Keurig descale again

Dude I had to descale my keurig again! Man either the water in my area is full of crap or damn I don’t know.
It seems like once a month I’m pouring vinegar through and cleaning off a white scum material. Gross.

Pour vinegar in the reservoir, let it sit, rub scum off filter and sides, rinse out.
If necessary run the vinegar through the machine… However, don’t use that water for coffee until vinegar is totally gone…. Coffee and vinegar don’t mix well at all! Yuck!

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Coconut coco cream pie

A cup of puréed sweetened coconut
2 splashes of vanilla
2 big dashes of cinnamon
3 eggs
2-3 cups of heavy whipping cream
A bit of powdered sugar
A lot of powdered coco
2 graham cracker pie crusts

Mix in mixer until thickening

Pour in the crusts
Bake at 350 until done. ( looks porous over the entire top) about 30-50 minutes (I kept adding time)
Cool
Refrigerate
Add whipped cream on top
Yum

This was an experiment. For being an experiment with no set recipe it was pretty good.

Coconut muffins from smitten kitchen

These would probably divine when paired with a nutty coffee….

http://smittenkitchen.com/2012/02/double-coconut-muffins/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+smittenkitchen+%28smitten+kitchen%29

Double Coconut Muffins

Although these are a fine muffin, fragrant with coconut and filled with a dense, moist crumb as written below, the potential for adaptation is almost endless. First, you could make them triple coconut muffins (and dairy free) by using coconut milk instead of yogurt, but I do like the texture that the tangy yogurt imparts and these muffins have no lack of coconut flavor. You could make mango-coconut muffins by adding a cup or so of diced mango chunks to the batter; pina colada muffins would use the same volume of pineapple chunks. You could replace the yogurt with mashed banana or banana puree to make a banana-coconut muffin and if you’re into that whole lime-in-the-coconut thing, you could add a teaspoon of lime zest. Chocolate chips? (1 cup), Macadamia nuts? (1/2 to 3/4 cup, toasted and chopped)… Really, I’m just getting started.

If your yogurt and egg are not at room temperature, they will re-solidify the coconut oil, which is fine for baking but makes the batter quite thick and difficult to stir, like a cookie batter. (Uh, see my photos above.) But, it all works out. It’s much easier, however, if you let the ingredients warm up.

Yield: 10 standard muffins, though this seems off to me and I suspect that some of you will tell me you made a dozen (as I’d expected to).

1/2 cup virgin coconut oil
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon table salt
1 cup full fat Greek-style yogurt, at room temperature is best
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg, at room temperature is best
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup sweetened shredded coconut, divided

Preheat oven to 375°F. Either grease 10 muffin cups with butter or coconut oil, or line them with papers.

[Oh, you’re out of paper liners too? Cut parchment paper into 5-inch squares and form them into your empty muffin cups, pressing any creases flat. They won’t stay put until you fill them with batter, and you should make sure you push that batter down so it gets into the corners, but otherwise, they should work as well as the real deal.]

In a small saucepan, warm your coconut oil just until it melts. It should still be on the cool side.

In a medium bowl, whisk together your flours, baking powder and salt. Stir 1/2 cup shredded coconut. In a separate bowl, whisk together egg, sugar, coconut oil, yogurt and vanilla. Stir into dry ingredients until just combined. Divide batter among prepared muffin cups then sprinkle the top with remaining 1/4 cup coconut, about 1 to 2 tablespoons on each.

Bake until a tester inserted into the center comes out batter-free, about 20 minutes. Transfer muffins to a rack and let cool.

My boogie

We were so happy when we found out we were pregnant with Sam. I’d previously had a miscarriage and prayed for a baby. I told God if I became pregnant again I’d name a boy Samuel or a girl Ruth. (look up their stories in the bible).
This time we waited until I was almost 12 weeks along to tell anyone we were pregnant.
Sam was born after 10pm on feb 27,2007 after labor being induced due to high blood pressure and possible preeclampsia. This little boy was a hungry bird and was a 24/7 nurser. Didn’t like back sleeping or driving in the car. Grouchy and totally lovable when he wasn’t playing at 2 am. With him I found some of my closest mommy friends.
Stubborn, hardheaded and so much like me, he is my blessing….and my burden…(hahaha) Through his being here, he has caused me to challenge myself, and my presumptions. He’s my boogie.
Ok gag me now I’ve become way too sentimental… Barf! Cough… Gag… Puke…
He’s a brat! He’s my brat! I love him!
Much better!

Lent

Ok, I grew up in a non-denominational church. There was no talking in tongues or miracle healing from laying of hands….(basically not a charismatic church)… But there also wasn’t Lenten observance, saints, confessions, Eucharistic mass or prayer books (it wasn’t a traditional church like catholic, episcopal, Lutheran, Methodist)
We had prayers from a speaker not a prayer book, there were songs, offerings, preachings and the bread and grape juice communions in remembrance of Jesus’ last supper, sacrifice, death and resurrection.

When I was 20, I moved to Miami. Away from the church going members of my family and away from my church home. I floundered about until after a couple failed romantic relationships I found my darling to be husband at around age 23. He was a Roman Catholic and a volunteer youth group leader. We met, dated, got engaged and then married by April 2005.
I had converted to Catholicism. I’d read books and attended the catechism classes and I agreed with or saw the point of many of their teachings.
Well we had children. Darling hubby got a masters degree in theology and slowly realized he didn’t believe some of the traditions of the roman catholic church so we started attending the episcopal church.
He found a home.
I was never very happy spiritually in the Catholic church. I’d grown up with loud hymns, many hymns, less procession, more preaching, more straight from the bible, less prayer book…..
Attending a mass in the Episcopal church isn’t much different from attending a mass at a Catholic church.
So far I feel spiritually bereft.
It doesn’t help that daily in bombarded by negativity and ignorance on parenting discussion boards.
Growing up, I never followed Lent, since being Catholic and then almost Episcopal I’ve tried half heartedly to observe Lent….
This yr, for Lent, for the next 30 days, I will avoid babycenter and my anti- circumcision fan pages so that I can heal spiritually from the emotional turmoil, and anger I get when dealing with people who don’t see circumcision for what it really is and from the melancholy that over takes me when I think about those poor boys.

I will still continue my blog but hopefully, it will be a little sunnier….

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Refreshing sangria-like drink

Ahhh today I made a nice refreshing sangria-like frozen drink

I blended
Blush (rose wine)
Frozen strawberries
Frozen peaches
Added wine to the consistency I wanted.
Added a splash of lemon line soda.

I personally like sweeter fruity wines so I used a blush but a light red or white will work
You can maybe try blending frozen mango and pineapple with a light sweet white…
Or cherries and blackberries with a red (remember with blackberries you will get seeds in your drink)

Vary you concoction based on your wine preferences… If you like very dry wines then blending frozen fruits into your wine may not be for you…

My mother in law buys an Italian Spumante (like champagne but made in Italy) that is mixed with peaches…
Slightly bubbly and divine.

Stone haus has an orange squeeze and a red muscadine wine that my hubby and I like. I wonder what
I could blend into those…..
I’m thinking strawberries…….
Although maybe some mango in the orange squeeze ….

A stanza from a poem I wrote as a teen

I once wrote a poem while in high school… Actually I was very prolific in high school… The only part of this poem I remember is

My heart cries out in sorrow
My soul is weighed down by grief
At earning deep inside lies fallow
And from the pain there is no release….

This poem was written talking about my lack of a love life… However my adult reflections make me think about the failings of society…

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Almond and coconut butter

almond butter recipe: http://www.dishinanddishes.com/2011/05/30/how-to-make-almond-butter-my-new-obsession/

coconut butter recipe: http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2011/01/26/make-your-own-coconut-butter/

Basically take the main ingredient- purée it until smooth…. These people suggested using a food processor.

The link for the coconut butter will put you at a vegan-ish blog and lots of chocolate healthy recipes… I’ve yet to try them but they look divine!