R is for Raspberry Matcha Smoothies {A to Z Challenge 2018}

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At work, we’ve begun serving Matcha smoothies. Here’s what Matcha Source has to say about the tea:

What are the Health Benefits of Matcha Tea?
*One serving of matcha tea is the nutritional equivalent of 10 cups of regularly brewed green tea
*When you drink matcha you ingest the entire leaf and receive 100% of the nutrients of the leaf Matcha powdered green tea has 137 times more antioxidants than regularly brewed green tea

The matcha powder is pretty bitter though, so we like to use honey to sweeten our smoothies, and then raspberry syrup to flavor it. I’ve only had it a few times, but I hope to enjoy this delectable and healthy treat in the future.

Q is for Quinoa Salad {A to Z Challenge 2018}

Happy Thursday, folks!

Today the letter “Q” is for Quinoa Salad. It’s one of my favorite meals to make because you can do so many variations of them and they’re all delicious!

I did things a little different this time and my little brother actually stood on a chair to film me. Not quite the best set up, but I’ll master it one of these days, folks! 😉

P is for Plantains {A to Z Challenge 2018}

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Plantains are delicious. We don’t have them very often around here, but when we do they’re always a treat and barely come out of the frying pan before they’re gobbled up by whatever family members are lurking around the kitchen.

Have you ever had plantains? What’s your favorite way to eat them? We generally fry them in olive oil and then sprinkle salt on top – yummy! 

(And, I’m fighting some kind of flu today, so this short post is all I’ve got. Blessings!)

O is for Onions

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I was nearly nine when my oldest sister got married. One of my favorite things to do in the following years was to visit her. At one point, she and her husband and firstborn lived in the woods in a little cabin down a steep ridge. They didn’t have electric or indoor plumbing and when I would visit I’d have to haul my bags down the exhausting 75 steps that were built into the hill. I thought it was delightful and longed to live in a cute little place like that when I got married, too.

One day when I was visiting Betsie asked me what I wanted to do that day. I promptly replied that it had always been a dream of mine to make noodles. She assured me it would be a long process, but if I wanted to spend my time in the kitchen with her then she would be happy to oblige.

That day in the kitchen was a happy one – full of laughter and talking and reminiscent of when she lived at home and we cooked together nearly every day. What stands out in my mind the most though is when we were making supper to go along with the noodles we’d fashioned.

Betsie made venison burgers, then began chopping onions to go along with them. It wasn’t long until both of us had red, stinging eyes, so I asked her why in the WORLD anyone would go through such misery just to have onions to eat. She explained that since her husband liked onions she served them regularly. When I vehemently declared that when I got married and had my own kitchen I would never cook with onions, she laughed and said I might change my mind when I fell in love. I found that hard to believe.

That was far more than half my lifetime ago, and yet I’m still often amused by little ol’ me when it comes to what I’m willing to put up with in the kitchen to provide a tasty meal.

And onions? Well, I’ve gotten to a place where I’ve actually prayed that my (future) husband likes them because I enjoy cooking with them so much. So, I bid adieu to my emphatic declarations of childhood and conceded that my sister really was right after all.

N is for Nutmeg {A to Z Challenge 2018}

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I guess with April in full force around us it’s not exactly the right time of year, but it still felt like this delightful winter tradition should be shared with all. Maybe you’ll bookmark it and while sifting through your websites eight months from now with the December wind screeching around you, you’ll see it and try it for yourself.

N is for…

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In the winters it gets dry around here – hands cracking, lips bleeding type of dry. To add humidity to the air sometimes we put a pot of water on the stove to boil in addition to the humidifiers stationed around the house, trying valiantly to do their part.

Around the holidays, we sometimes spice up the water (literally) and that creates the most pleasing aroma that wafts around the house.

There’s no cut and dry list of ingredients that need to be used, but the same ones generally find their way into the pot – nutmeg, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and orange peels.

With this boiling away on the stove the house is warmer, cozier, more comfortable for the extremities, and welcoming indeed.

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What I Listened to While Blogging:
The silence of an early morning
Where I Blogged:
At my desk
Fun Fact:
The highest-calorie fast food item in the world is a milkshake
Question of the Day:
What is your favorite season?

A is for Alphabet Soup {A to Z Challenge 2018}

Since I missed three letters in the A to Z Challenge, I decided to catch up with them on Sundays. Enjoy!

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As a writer, I’m not sure if I should even confess this, but it might help some other struggling author out there, so I decided to just blurt it out for the whole world to see…

I’ve never, ever, in my whole entire 9,328 days of life enjoyed alphabet soup.

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Yes, that’s right. Folks, I’m a word-lover. I read a dozen or so books a month and write all the time – blog posts, stories, letters, emails, notes… And yet alphabet noodles, which in reality should be the crowning glory of a writer’s diet, are kinda gross. In reality, I don’t think it was the noodles themselves that bothered me, but instead the soup we ate the noodles in. I couldn’t stand it.

Okay, a little redemption here, folks. I do like alphabet pretzels. In fact, if you want to make my little heart happy, you can just let me loose with a whole bag of them. I’ll create words, play with my food, and generally act like a happy kindergartener. And of course, I’ll eat them in the end because they’re delicious.

If you’re concerned, let me just assure you with one last tidbit before I sign off: Even though I disliked alphabet soup, I was always thrilled when we had it. Because yes, I’m a writer. Words in food? What could be better? But eating it? Actually putting it in my mouth? Um… #nothankyou

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What I Listened to While Blogging:
Movie soundtracks… again
Where I Blogged:

Hanging out in my office
Fun Fact:
Alphabet soup has been around for more than 150 years

Question of the Day: 
Do you like alphabet soup?

M is for…. {A to Z Challenge 2018}

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Marshmallows make my life better. They’re delicious, fluffy, cute, whimsical, and come in all shapes and sizes.

Marmalade – particularly orange marmalade – was something that captured my imagination as a child. See, I grew up with my mom reading Paddington Bear to me and Paddington always ate orange marmalade. (Spoiler Alert: It was better in my imagination than in real life.)

Mint tea is a total sign of summer to me. As children, we’d go out and pick mint and Mom would use it to make iced tea. Pretty much one of the best parts of summer. So refreshing and pleasant.

Mango. I literally just licked my lips when I read the word. If you’re looking for a juicy fruit with vibrant color and the perfect tang, you need look no further.

Mushrooms – thankfully I have a sister who craves them from time to time. She also does a lot of cooking so it’s not unusual to find lightly cooked mushrooms sprinkled with salt and ready to be consumed at the table. The best way to have mushrooms though? Stuffed with cheese. #yesplease

Macadamia nut white chocolate cookies pretty much make my mouth water just thinking about them. They’re soft, chewy, bursting with flavor, and the nuts add the perfect crunch.

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What I Listened to While Blogging:
I watched a movie (Again? Say whaaattt?)
Where I Blogged:
At my adopted parent’shouse 
Fun Fact: 
Peanuts aren’t nuts, they’re legumes
Question of the Day: 
What is your favorite M food?

Folks! I’ve (sadly) missed three letters so far, so to catch up I’m scheduling posts for Sundays. So, check back tomorrow for letter A.