Christmas Trees and Cold Weather

Brrrrr, good morning all from a very cold Kimmy’s Patio! It started out a chilly 22 degrees this morning and has now warmed up to a balmy 38 degrees, lol.

Oh yes, and I started the day by getting peppermint essential oil in my eyeball via my contact: lesson here is Wash hands after handling essential oils during oil pulling and before inserting contacts!!! Now on to the rest of my post.

It seems I have been setting up Christmas trees all week, and that is fine, I like to do it. First, I helped my dad and Sean (my oldest) set their tree up…

Dad and Sean looking for the plugs to turn on the lights

Once we got it up and decorated, it was really pretty. He still uses all the old ornaments from when we were kids and when Sean was little. That’s very cool.

The finished product

At first I thought he should go get new stuff, but after seeing his tree and how pretty it was, it is nice that he kept all that stuff all these years. Some people really care about tradition, I am more of a new-theme-every-year kinda girl.

Yesterday my brother called and asked if I would help with his tree, I did and then forgot to take any pictures. Doh!!!

I did take a pic of my breakfast though featuring the egg cups I made with the nutritional yeast flakes. They were good, but that orange was horrible! Super sour and weird texture, I kind of bit into each slice for a bit of juice and wound up tossing them out.

Egg cup and a bad orange

The night was not a good one for sleep, both my husband and I were up at different times, one of those, I snapped this pic of the radar, weirdest thing I’ve ever seen, southern Texas getting snow when we were not, however, we had no moisture to create any.

Strange weather in the south

That’s the news for today, wish me luck trying to get some of my flash fiction pieces accepted for publication, I got a rejection yesterday but I think it might be because I did my cover letter wrong. I will re-submit today and see how that goes. Happy Friday everyone, stay warm now, ya hear?!

 

 

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Have You Tried Nutritional Yeast Flakes?

Good morning everyone and how are you doing this blustery, chilly day? I am normally so against the cold but even I have to admit, 80 degrees is just not normal for December! Maybe cooler weather will put me more in the spirit of things, lately,  I have just not been feeling it. Then again, I wasn’t feeling well so maybe that’s the problem. Anyway, today is better since I have been feeling almost back to normal! One of the first things I did this morning was cook egg cups for David’s breakfast.

Egg cups make a great portable breakfast!

I couldn’t reach the turmeric and didn’t want to bother with a ladder, so I decided to sneak in different beneficial ingredients…nutritional yeast flakes! Have you heard of these? They give food a cheesy protein-filled boost, and they are also a great source of fiber, amino acids, and vitamins. They can be sprinkled on popcorn, mixed into smoothies or casseroles, or as a seasoning for salads, soups, and gravies. One and a half tablespoons provide 4g of fiber and 8g of protein, and also 320mg of potassium.

Choose flakes that are GMO free and have Vit B12

Nutritional yeast has several benefits too:

  • It’s an inactive form of yeast, so no problem for people with yeast overgrowth
  • Antiviral and antibacterial properties
  • Promotes healthy hair, skin, and nails
  • Improves digestion
  • Might aid in weight loss due to protein and thiamine
  • great for vegans and vegetarians as a non-animal source of protein

Don’t confuse Nutritional yeast with Brewer’s yeast, it is meant for flavoring-not brewing beer. They are grown from the same type of fungus which is usually grown on sugar beets, sugar beet molasses or sugar cane molasses, therefore making it gluten-free. Look for yeast flakes that are grown on sugarcane molasses for the best quality flakes.

Nutritional yeast flakes can be found in most health food stores, store it in a dark, cool cabinet where it will keep up to two years. It can also be stored in the refrigerator. I like to use it in places I would normally use cheese sprinkles for a bit of salty, savory flavor. Try it on just-popped popcorn for a real treat!

Personally, I can’t imagine it in smoothies, since the flavor is kind of nutty and cheesy, so I think I’ll stick to chia and flax seeds for that. Do try them though and let me know what you think. Now that I’m in a cooking mood, I may have to give some Paleo Christmas cookies a try! I found some on Pinterest last night that were so adorable! If I do, I’ll take pics if they don’t become a Pinterest fail!

Yall enjoy my snowflakes (if they are showing up) I get to keep them until Jan 4th! See ya later, on the patio!

Shattered

Morning everyone and how is your Friday morning going? It’s a chilly 45 degrees here but somehow it feels warm in the house, maybe because I am not feeling well, or maybe just in comparison to outside. For all you bloggers that may have missed the news yesterday, I did not have my neck surgery because Wednesday afternoon, I started coming down with some kind of virus.

Much like what’s left of my beautiful fountain I feel shattered this morning

I thought when I vomited (rare for me) that afternoon it was because I ate something old or maybe a slight case of nerves, but then I started freezing and by the time I left my Dad’s, all I wanted to do after picking Dave up from the auto shop, was crawl into my bed and try to get warm. Thinking I was still having surgery the next morning, I could not take any meds for pain or for my upset stomach. I was not hungry and alternated between burning up and freezing all night long, in addition, all my bones hurt (especially my lower back) and my heart felt like it was beating out of my chest.

Later that evening, I still managed to make myself get up and take the required shower with the “special” soap, crawl into clean clothes and clean sheets and try to sleep until 4am. when I had to get up and repeat the process. I still felt bad, but we went anyway, thinking they were going to give me antibiotics by IV anyway. Then I started thinking, what if this is the flu and post surgery I’m still sick and vomit again? That would not be good after just having my neck redone. They agreed and canceled the surgery. 😦

By five o’clock yesterday when I had to go pick take Dave t pick up his truck from the shop I was feeling better but still lethargic. This morning I thought the same, but by the time I fed the dogs, made my coffee (you know the process), watered the plants and got myself dressed (in no particular order did those things and more get done), I was exhausted and decided I would pound out my blog for today and then go sit on the couch for a while. I did feel like I was going to hurl (and still may) for a minute and my heart is beating too fast, but other than the weakness and lethargy, I feel fine. sneeze Scuse me.

They had taken me off of all of my vitamins, supplements and essential oils, but until I get rescheduled, I’m back on at least the EO’s in an effort to get over this…whatever this is. If it is indeed a virus, there is no point wasting my money at the doctor, they can’t do anything anyway. I am diffusing peppermint, eucalyptus, lemongrass, and frankincense and drinking water with a few drops of some of those same EO’s. Plus I did my oil pulling this morning with a super-sized mouthful of coconut oil and 2 drops of oregano essential oil. I WILL nip this in the bud!!