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Play with your Food

Have some fun! Play with your food.

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Wash out the egg shells, let dry. Place a water soaked cotton ball in each shell, add grass / wheat seed and place in sunny location. Trim hair and nibble!

Another wonderful idea from https://www.facebook.com/greenrenaissance?fref=photo

Abundance Celebration

At this time of harvest, gratitude has been frequently on my mind. I saw this picture and smiled warmly.

The picture and quote are from a site I follow on facebook called Practicing the Presence through Mind and Meditation.

Breathing in I Feel Gratitude
Breathing out I Give Thanks
Breathing in I Feel Joyful
Breathing out I Celebrate

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

International Year of Quinoa

The United Nations General Assembly declared 2013 as the “International Year of Quinoa.”   This superfood was new to me this year. It looks like beautiful flowers growing, yes? It is not a flower or a grain – it is a seed.  Nutrition-wise, quinoa has awesome benefits for you. One cup contains eight grams of proteinand it is a complete protein.

Although it plays the roll of a grain in the kitchen, quinoa is in fact a seed that’s harvested from a plant related to beets and spinach. That makes it a pseudocereal in the technical parlance, which is a word more people should work into casual conversation.

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Celebrate the Harvest

The Autumn Equinox is here. This little film called  “The Scarecrow,” the companion film for Chipotle’s new app-based game. The song “Pure Imagination” performed by Grammy Award®–winning artist Fiona Apple, is available for download on iTunes. No agenda, I just think it is creative and a visual feast.

Bottled water in your car is very dangerous!

I have wondered about this….Have you?

This is an article that should be share to anyone important in your life!   People should not drink bottled
water that has been left in a car. The heat reacts with the chemicals in the plastic of the bottle which releases dioxin into the water.
Dioxin is a toxin increasingly found in breast cancer tissue. So please  be careful and do not drink bottled water that has been left in a car.
Use a stainless steel canteen or a glass bottle instead of plastic!

This information is also being circulated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center … No plastic containers in microwaves. No plastic water
bottles in freezers. No plastic wrap in microwaves.  Dioxin chemical causes cancer, especially breast cancer. Dioxins are highly poisonous to cells in our bodies. Don’t freeze plastic bottles with water in them as this releases dioxins from the plastic. Recently the Wellness Program Manager at Castle Hospital , was on a TV program to explain this health hazard.

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My love of wooden cutting boards is supported

Why Wood Cutting Boards are Better than Plastic or Glass

We were required to use plastic cutting boards when catering. In Plastic and Wooden Cutting Boards by Dean O. Cliver, Ph.D of UC Davis, they noted that “the U.S. Department of Agriculture told us they had no scientific evidence to support their recommendation that plastic, rather than wooden cutting boards”.

The problem is that while it may seem like plastic is non-porous and can’t absorb liquids, with use the surface becomes knife-scarred. This rough surface is exceptionally difficult to clean, even with bleach or running through the dishwasher. Wood, by contrast, shows the ability to halt the growth of and kill bacteria applied to its surface. Both new and used wooden cutting boards maintain this ability equally well.

In a study conducted at the University of Wisconsin (also by Dr. Cliver), they tested bacteria known to produce food poisoning – Salmonella, Listeria and enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli. These bacteria were placed on cutting boards made from seven different species of trees and four types of plastic. All the wooden boards consistently outperformed the plastic.

The scientists found that three minutes after contaminating a board that 99.9 percent of the bacteria on wooden boards had died, while none of the bacteria died on plastic. Bacterial numbers actually increased on plastic cutting boards held overnight at room temperature, but the scientists could not recover any bacteria from wooden boards treated the same way.

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