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It’s National Margarita Day! February 22, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Humor.
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I have it on good authority that February 22nd is National Margarita Day.

Today is February 22nd.

Hence, ergo, ipso facto, today is National Margarita Day.

Now, the announcement I saw didn’t specify the nation . . . so I say “go for it!”

Aah . . . that’s better!

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Stick With Chocolate! February 14, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Happiness, Humor.
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Certain foods, like chocolate, may enhance your mood and relieve anxiety.

Other foods, like candy and carbohydrates, provide temporary feelings of euphoria, but may ultimately increase feelings of anxiety and depression.

My RX for this Valentine’s Day:  stick with chocolate!

With a side of flowers!

But don’t take my word for it.  To read more: 8 Scientifically-Backed Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

I’ll add a 9th Scientifically Backed Way to Beat the Winter Blues ~> LAUGH!

To get you started . . .

A guy wandering the beach found a bottle washed up on the sand.  A genie popped out and gave him three wishes:

“I want a  million dollars.”

Poof!  A million dollars.

“And a Jaguar convertible.”

Poof!  A Jaguar convertible.

“Last wish.  Hmm . . . I know!  Make me irresistible to women.”

Poof!  The genie turned him into a box of chocolates.  

Aah . . . that’s better!

Mindful Eating February 7, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Mindfulness.
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Mindfulness can carry over to what and how we eat . . . with good results.

By paying attention, we tend to stop when we are satisfied rather than waiting until we are stuffed.  We do a better job chewing and tasting our foods which gives our stomach time to tell the brain, “yup, we’re good.”

When we are paying attention to the choices we make, we tend to make better nutritional choices.  We eat more fruits and veggies and cut back on sugar, salt, additives, GMO’s, fast foods, junk foods, etc.

And our bodies thank us.

We feel younger, more energetic, and we may even drop a few pounds.

Aah . . . that’s better!

 

Good Morning! January 17, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Gratitude, Happiness, Home & Garden.
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Some mornings, Mr. Coffee sets the tone for the day . . .

With his cheery greeting and aromatic countenance, we are galvanized and fortified, energized and vitalized!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Tea For Three January 11, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Less IS More, Life Balance.
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On New Year’s Eve, we invited a friend over for “Afternoon Tea” (a euphemism for over-indulging on baked goods and sweet treats).

I managed to put together an assortment of pastries from a number of high caloric offerings that had infiltrated our kitchen over the holidays ~> Cherry Squares, Stollen, Brownies, Grandma’s Coffee Cake, Macademia Nut Toffee.

Not wanting anyone to O.D. on sugar, I also put out some raw veggies with garlic herb dip, chips, fresh tomato salsa, and black olives.  (Not exactly a balanced meal, but not quite so lopsided as it looked at first blush.)

The good news:  we managed to make it through the holidays without succumbing to a sugar coma . . . or turning into roly-poly snowmen!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Bag The Broccoli! January 5, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Health & Wellness, Humor.
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Last month, I had to visit the Urgent Care clinic
While there, I received a band-aid
Opened and administered by the nurse
After she gave me a shot

*OW*

Full of steroids
To help eradicate the itchy, scratchy rash
That developed as a result of an allergic reaction
To OTC pain medications
Taken for lower back pain
That I incurred two days earlier

*POP*

*OW*

While moving a bag of broccoli (!)
In the freezer

Moral of the Story:  Vegetables are healthy to eat, but moving them around is fraught with peril!

And (per BFF) we should all bag the broccoli!

Aah . . . that’s better!

The Experiential Gift of . . . FOOD! December 11, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Exercise & Fitness, Food & Drink, Travel & Leisure.
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With rare exceptions, BFF and I do not exchange gifts for Christmas, Birthdays, our Anniversary, or Valentine’s Day.

Instead, we try to do something together ~ experiential gifts, if you will.

If we’re lucky, those experiences include FOOD!

This year, we decided to buy Annual Passes to Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure.

Like the Disney passes we bought two years ago, these park passes will give us plenty of exercise as we hoof it around the parks and City Walk.

Eating our way from one taco stand to the next.

While doing our best not to be eaten by aliens!

Earthlings . . . do not be afraid.  Everything tastes better with butter!  Even Skinny Minnies!  Come back!  Do not be afraid!  

Now I won’t keep you in the dark . . . you must work hard to stay hungry in the park!

Food is here and food is there . . .


Food is nearly everywhere!

You can eat it in a box.  You can eat it with a fox.  You can eat it here or there.  You can eat it anywhere.

It’s up high.  It’s down low.  Food is everywhere you go.

But the buyer must beware . . .

It is NOT the most nutritious fare!

And it’s as ubiquitous as the crowds, which almost never thin out.

But every once in a while . . .

Aah . . . that’s better!

Smile & Say C-O-O-K-I-E! December 3, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Happiness, Vegetarian Recipes.
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I don’t do much baking . . . not even Christmas Cookies.

But if I did:

Aah . . . that’s yummy!

My Christmas Wish List November 29, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Humor, Joke, Magick & Mystery.
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Dear Santa:

I haven’t written to you in a number of years, but I think of you often and fondly.

I hope that you and Mrs. Claus are doing well and staying warm.  If you want a warm weather Winter Break after the 25th of December, let me know.  We have a spare bedroom and the red tide should be gone by then.

Anyway, I know you’re busy so let me get to the point of this missive.  When you make out your list (and check it twice) to find out who’s been naughty or nice, I’d be ever so appreciative if you would include the following gifts for me:

1. A bottle of magic pills that will let me sleep for 8 straight hours . . . every night . . . with no side effects (other than a perpetually cheery disposition).

2. A personal chef who has mastered the art of Gluten Free Vegetarian cuisine (including delicious GF bagels, pizza, and bread) and who eschews cooking with fungi.

3. A magical scale that will let me weigh whatever I want to weigh . . . every day.

That’s not too much to ask, is it? 😀

Ho ~ Ho ~ Ho!

Merry Christmas!

nancy

P.S. I know you can’t give me a personal chef.  But a few gift certificates to same would make great stocking stuffers!

Aah . . . that’s the ticket!

Related post: Sunday’s Question! (Nuggets of Gold)

Columbia Restaurant November 27, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Humor, Travel & Leisure.
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On our last visit to St. Armand’s Circle, we made a pit stop at the Columbia Restaurant ~ an iconic venue which dates back to 1905 in Ybor City:

Founded in 1905 by Cuban immigrant Casimiro Hernandez, Sr., the Columbia Restaurant is Florida’s oldest restaurant℠, and the largest Spanish restaurant in the world.

We ate at a mini version of the Columbia, the Columbia Cafe, at the Tampa History Center.  The restaurant on St. Armands Circle is much bigger.

I ordered a Sparkling Sangria ~ it looked more refreshing than it tasted.  Next time, I’ll opt for Red Sangria.

As on our previous visit, we ordered Black Beans and Rice.  (You know those jokes about beans and “gas”?  Yup.)

All meals (and snacks) are accompanied by fresh baked Cuban Bread, which tested my resolve to be gluten free.  (Yup.  My resolve faltered.)

Since remaining gluten free was no longer an option, we ended our “snack” with a basket of hot Churros served with 3 dipping sauces ~ chocolate, caramel, and guava.

(The chocolate and caramel each got one vote.  The guava demanded a recount.)

Aah . . . that’s better!