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August 18, 2022

Mr. Non-Compliant vs. Mr. Corn

It’s that time of year when my dear cousin, Roger, aka Mr. Corn, and his wife Barb, come to Indiana for a visit. They now live in Florida, where swe

August 11, 2022

An Herb that Helps Reduce Anxiety, Induce Sleep, and More

I find it fascinating when one single food, or in this case, an herb, can contribute so much to our health. Cilantro is one such herb. While it’s no

August 4, 2022

Happy National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day

National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day may inspire some baking… While preparations have begun for those going back to school, there’s still lots of su

July 28, 2022

A Summer Meal with a Kick

While many of us would like to add more vegetables to our diet, it can be challenging to come up with new ideas. Discovering main dishes that are vege

July 27, 2022

Spicy Mushroom Tacos

These vegan tacos have a kick, so if you’re not a fan of spicy foods, cut back on the cayenne or omit.  Serves 4 Ingredients 1 lb. mixed mushrooms

July 21, 2022

Are They Eggs or Just Eggs?

In an effort to help those who are allergic or choose not to eat chicken eggs, this blog’s for you. And if you love chicken eggs, biscuits and gravy

July 13, 2022

Lipstick on a Pig

For any of my new blog followers, cauliflower is one of the few vegetables that I’m not fond of.  I’ve tried it all sorts of ways. Readers have s

July 13, 2022

Super Simple Roasted Garlic Cauliflower

After rinsing the head of cauliflower, cut it into florets, remove the thick stem portions, and slice it very thin. Arrange in a single layer on a sto

July 7, 2022

Vidalia Onions, Salsa, and Qigong

In case you haven’t noticed, it’s still possible to find Vidalia onions in local stores. I’m not sure how long they will last, so now is the tim

June 30, 2022

Navigating the Holiday Weekend Deliciously

Happy almost 4th of July weekend! The celebrations are about to begin. Parades, barbecues, picnics, watermelon, fireworks, adult beverages, and probab

Mr. Non-Compliant: Where Have All the Flours Gone?

Each trip to the grocery store these days is a new adventure. It has become such a conscious, thought-out process.

What time is best? Where am I most likely to find what I need? How quickly can I get back to my home?

As usual, more questions than answers.

While I was victorious in my hunt for toilet paper, there is another item that eludes me. My latest challenge is finding a bag of organic, unbleached (or any white) flour—full of gluten, mind you—so that I can make Mr. Non-Compliant his favorite cookies. Now, under “normal” circumstances, this is not a problem.

Interesting that every store I’ve been in has GOBS of sugar, and no flour. Perhaps the masses have taken up bread making, which is great. However, this leaves me with a very sad Mr. NC.  

In the meantime, I keep him happy with those Easter colored plain M&M’s—in small bags, so he doesn’t get carried away. I’ve heard that some folks are struggling to keep their weight in check with all this staying home business, since they find themselves going to the kitchen a few too many times throughout the day. (If this is YOU, I’ll see you at my Zoom Group Coaching on Saturday.)

The bottom line: if you are one of those people who bought flour to bake cookies, let Mr. NC know and he’ll drive by your house so you can toss a few in his direction. He told me he’s happy to help humanity with their struggle to fit in their jeans.

In case you need a new snack to make while you’re hanging around the house, here you go.

Crock Pot Trail Mix

This slightly sweet recipe will give you energy on and off the trail. The nuts offer protein, fiber, and fat, along with some vitamins and minerals. A handful, about ¼ cup, makes a great snack any time of day.

  • 2 cups raw walnuts (halves or coarsely chopped)
  • 1 cup raw whole almonds (or cashew halves)
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 2 to 3 Tablespoons coconut oil (or 1 to 1 ½ Tablespoons butter, cut in slices)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips

Place nuts, sugar, coconut oil, and vanilla in a crock pot and mix. Place on High for 45 to 60 minutes and stir occasionally to prevent burning. Turn to Low and continue cooking for an additional 20 to 30 minutes, stirring a time or two. Place the nut mixture on paper towel to absorb excess oil, and let cool at least 15 minutes before mixing in the chocolate chips. Store in an airtight container or Ziploc bag.

Stay well, my friends.

Much love,
Carol

“All of us might wish at times that we lived in a more tranquil world, but we don’t. And if our times are difficult and perplexing, so are they challenging and filled with opportunity.”― Robert Kennedy

Crock Pot Trail Mix

This slightly sweet recipe will give you energy on and off the trail. The nuts offer protein, fiber, and fat, along with some vitamins and minerals. A handful, about ¼ cup, makes a great snack any time of day.

  • 2 cups raw walnuts (halves or coarsely chopped)
  • 1 cup raw whole almonds (or cashew halves)
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 2 to 3 Tablespoons coconut oil (or 1 to 1 ½ Tablespoons butter, cut in slices)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips

Place nuts, sugar, coconut oil, and vanilla in a crock pot and mix. Place on High for 45 to 60 minutes and stir occasionally to prevent burning. Turn to Low and continue cooking for an additional 20 to 30 minutes, stirring a time or two. Place the nut mixture on paper towel to absorb excess oil, and let cool at least 15 minutes before mixing in the chocolate chips. Store in an airtight container or Ziploc bag.

Cauliflower is the New Kale

Cauliflower. You know it as my least favorite vegetable.

I realized something was up when I came to breakfast one recent morning and there was a cauliflower article awaiting me. Thank you, Mr. Non-Compliant, who is never one to agitate. I jest.

“Is this cauliflower article here for me?” I innocently asked. “Why, yes, it is,” he replied. Of course it was.

Turns out cauliflower is the new darling of vegetables, and farmers have expanded the acreage they use to grow it. Since it grows in 30 days, your odds of finding it are a great deal higher than finding a package of toilet paper these days. (Can I pleeeeeease trade you a head of cauliflower for 2 rolls of TP?) 

This vegetable is very versatile, and healthy. Cauliflower has made its way as a substitute for starch and dairy in pizza crust, “rice,” gnocchi, hummus, and vegan Gruyère cheese.

 Cauliflower can also be found in tortilla chips, at salad bars, mashed to replace mashed potatoes, and deep-fried at hot food bars. Health Coach Carol obviously does NOT recommend that last one.

You can also roast it, sauté it, dip it, toss it into casseroles, and add it to soups and salads. Some even make cauliflower mac and cheese. That seems rather…wrong. Guess I need to give it a whirl.

Due to its popularity, cauliflower now outsells kale, cabbage, and garlic. It still lags behind onions and lettuce–probably because I buy lots of onions and lettuce.

It is rich in fiber and nutrients, contains some protein, and is low in carbohydrates, making it the perfect choice for those who follow paleo and keto ways of eating.

I do enjoy cauliflower crust pizza, and can’t tell it’s cauliflower. I can even fool Mr. Non-Compliant. Other than that, well, I’m still not a big fan. I keep trying.

On a happier note…

Mark your calendars now for a FREE GROUP COACHING SESSION ON ZOOM, this Saturday at 11:00 AM central. It will last approximately 45 minutes.  

The topic will be: “Confronting Challenges in Creating the New Normal”

 We’ll be discussing the results from my Challenge, “Do the next right thing” and what people came up with that was right for them. Also: What has this past week been like for everyone emotionally? How do we continue to move forward when everything keeps disappearing from the calendar?  

Zoom is a video-conferencing platform where we are together virtually. On your computer, click on the Join Zoom Meeting link Saturday at 11:00 AM, and we’ll hang out with a bunch of our friends.

 Here’s the invitation:

Topic: Carol’s Group Coaching
Time: March 28, 2020 at 11:00 AM

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/688492449?pwd=cDdQZWJ4RVgyYmdyZmJwZVJBSlg0dz09

Meeting ID: 688 492 449
Password: 044748

I hope you can join me for this FREE online event. Let me know what you’re struggling with prior to our session, and I’ll address it on Saturday. Be sure to put it in your calendar so you don’t miss it. See you then!

Much love,
Carol

 “Few things bring us happiness like deeply rooted daily routines. There is something about healthy routines and rituals that leads the human person to flourish.”—Matthew Kelly, “Rediscover the Saints”

The Loss of Routine

First of all, I pray that you and your loved ones are safe and well.

I also pray that you have whatever you need to get through today: patience, food, faith, energy, toilet paper, etc.

As we adapt to the curtailing of many activities, I feel loss on a number of levels. I’m sure you do as well.

Rest assured, you will continue to see my emails appear in your Inbox every Thursday morning. There are still a few things I can continue doing without putting anyone’s health in jeopardy.

For the most part, I feel like a fish out of water.  

I miss my workouts. I miss my church. I miss my friends. I miss freedom. I miss hugs. Sorry folks, I don’t get the same energy from an elbow.

I miss my routine. How about you?

What are you really missing right now? What are you doing to get some sort of normalcy back into your life?

My ability to focus has been MIA for the last couple days. I think the lack of exercise is getting to me. Each day I tell myself I’m going to do something here at home. It’s yet to happen.

Today, here are some ways to feel more alive in spite of the global news:

  • Help someone else in some way. Maybe send a note or card to a friend who comes to mind; see if a neighbor needs you to pick up groceries; order flowers to surprise someone special.
  • Do a carry-out lunch or dinner to help keep your favorite eatery in business. Yes, you read that right! Desperate times require desperate measures. Besides, lots of restaurants have many healthy options. I did carry-out for my favorite salad the other day and it was AMAZING.
  • Spend 10 minutes stretching and moving your body. Here’s a link to some yoga freebies for you to check out Free Yoga Videos Or, go take a walk and do some push-ups. I REALLY am going to do this TODAY!
  • Get in the kitchen and cook.
  • Read that book you’ve been saying you’re going to read… for the last decade. If you have a library card, you can download eBooks and audio books for free.
  • Stop going to the kitchen and eating because you’re bored. Swimsuit weather is just around the corner and I don’t want to hear you whining because yours doesn’t fit anymore.
  • Drag out Monopoly, Scrabble, Yahtzee, or another family favorite, and bond with your family.

We must get creative with our new normal.     

Because we all need community and support, I’m going to try something for fun and see what happens. I’m going to do a FREE GROUP COACHING SESSION ON ZOOM, this Saturday at 11:00 AM central. It will last approximately 35 minutes.

The topic will be: “Confronting Challenges in Creating the New Normal”  

Zoom is a video-conferencing platform where we are together virtually. On your computer, click on the Join Zoom Meeting link Saturday at 11:00, and we’ll hang out with a bunch of our friends.

Here’s the invitation:

Topic: Carol’s Group Coaching
Time: Mar 21, 2020 11:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/2428454676

I hope you can join me for this FREE online event. Let me know what you’re struggling with prior to our session, and I’ll address it on Saturday. Be sure to put it in your calendar so you don’t miss it. See you then!

Much love,
Carol

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”–Arthur Ashe