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Got Pretzels to Use Up? Check Out This Recipe List! ;-)

I’m NOT a big fan of pretzels but I DO use them when I make:

Slow Cooker Party Mix. 

The problem is, where we live, there seems to be no small bags of pretzels, just LARGE BAGS that leave me with a lot left over, when I make a batch of party mix.

Thought I’d check out some other ideas for using up pretzels today and I found this list:

27 Perfect Ways to Eat Pretzels

I’m still undecided what I’m going to try from this list, maybe the Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars or the snack mix.

But I definitely will be able to use up those pretzels! 😉

Do you like pretzels? Have any recipes to share that include pretzels? Please do! 😉

Happy Cooking! 

Photo courtesy of Flickr

I ♥ My Veggie….Followers! :-)

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Woohooo, 🙂 my 500th follower signed up at Veggies…this past week.

I am so grateful to everyone who follows Veggies, Yarns & Tails and at my other two blogs:

My Poetic Path

and

My Real Life Reviews.

And also, to be able to enjoy hundreds of my fav WP blogs each week. What fun it’s been to get to know so many of you via WordPress. Isn’t the Internet grand???

I’ve been blogging (on and off) for a lot of years. I’ve had one blog, I’ve had 4 at times, now I have 3.

There were times when I was very busy offline and I actually stopped blogging entirely, for months at a time. But I always missed it and I always came back. Can you relate? 😉

 I’ll be back next week with a post about why I ♥ my slow cooker, sooooo….much. With some recipe too, of course. 😉

Have a wonderful weekend! And cyber-hugs to all 500 of you! 😉  

Peanut Butter: I Still ♥ It! ;-)

I’ve always been a peanut butter fan! 🙂

I  ♥ it, especially the natural, organic (with no-salt) kind, that contains only peanuts.

I feel sorry for children who can’t eat this wonderful spread, due to allergies etc. It was a staple when I was a kid. Not the case anymore it seems. 

But for those of us without allergy concerns, peanut butter (in moderation, it’s always about moderation isn’t it?) can apparently be good for us (and not just delish) for health and many other benefits.

I also like to add a tablespoon of pb to my morning smoothie. Apparently added to soy milk, peanut butter provides a complete protein source.
 
This provides an alternative to adding protein powders to smoothies. And some protein powders can be hard to digest; so I like this option instead, for adding protein.
  

 Aren’t these yummy looking? Yummy to eat too. 😉
                        
I’ve made these many times:
 
I do cut back on the sugar though, by about 1/2 and they are still “plenty sweet” IMO!
 
My dear mom made these too.
 
What bliss after school with an ice-cold glass of Mmoooo….teehee…that’s what we called milk. 😉
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Do you enjoy peanut butter? Any PB recipes that you particularly like? If you have a link to a good one, do share. 😉

If You ♥ Toast and Jam (and all things organic) ;-)

 

organic jam

If you ♥ toast and jam  and all things organic (like I do) this is a product you’ll want to check out! 🙂

Italissima Organic Fruit Spread is oh so yummy good, made with organic fruit from Italy and with no added sugar.

And unlike a lot of commercial jams and fruit spreads, this one is not “jelly-like” with a lot of pulverized fruit. It’s very close to good homemade jam with real fruit pieces that you can actually see! 

I’ve tried the Blackberry flavor so far and have some of the Blood Orange on the way right now, from Amazon.ca. Unfortunately, did not see this product at Amazon.com but I’m guessing it would be available at a lot of stores in the US and probably Canada too.

The company that makes this product could probably help with where to buy their products in your area, their site can be found here. They also offer several additional flavors of this jam and a wide variety of other gourmet food products.  

It’s taken me a long time to find a commercial, organic jam that I really like, but I finally did! 😉 Italissima is a keeper!

Handmade and Heartfelt Holiday Gifts!

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I ♥ handmade and heartfelt gifts, to give and to receive.

Made with ♥, special and one of a kind gifts. Also, giving of our time, in big and small ways. Treasures and memories that will be enjoyed and remembered for years to come.

Gotta ♥ all those reasons and more. 😉

On the eve of Black Friday, I thought I’d share some suggestions here at Veggies…for easy to make handmade gifts and other ideas, just in time for Christmas.

What is your fav handmade gift that you’ve made for someone or received?

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From the kitchen:

Easy Chocolate Hazelnut Clusters

Slow Cooker Party Mix

The BEST Gingersnap Cookies

Spicy Honey Almonds

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Knit and Crochet:

52 Free Dishcloth Patterns 

Some Lovely Knit Shawls

Five Spring Knit Cowls

How to Knit Socks and an Easy Peasy Pattern

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 Giving of Your Time and Talents

(the most special gifts of all, IMO) 🙂

-Volunteer to read to someone on a regular basis who is blind or vision impaired.

-Spend a day exploring winter’s wonderland with a child in need. Perhaps a way to also give a single parent a much-needed break.

-Befriend a older person at a care home who has no family or friends that regularly visit.

-Knit prayer shawls and give them to recipients personally, throughout the year.

Offer to help a neighbor who is living alone with some household chores like: snow shoveling, small home repairs, bringing over a fresh plate of cookies…There are a lot of lonely people out there and the holiday season is a particularly difficult time for many people.

-Volunteer to take calls at a local crisis center.

-Volunteer to help with a local literacy program.

-Plan small gifts to give as random acts of kindness: to people you meet on the streets, delivery people, letter carriers, clerks at stores you regularly shop at…and watch their faces light up with your thoughtful gesture.

Some suggestions: Coffee cards, a stack of fresh cookies tied up in a small gift bag, lip balms to help with winter chapped lips, simple hand-knit scarves, good-quality chocolate bars.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Two Kindle Countdown Deals at Amazon.com! :-)

Two of my Kindle books are on sale (at Amazon.com only) from November 21-28th. 

**Here is the Countdown Deal page link at Amazon.com to find both deals.**

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third chapter second chance cover

I am not able to access the page with the discount price living in Canada, but both eBooks should come up at .99 sale price, for anyone living in the US. 

Just go to the Cookbook category for The Groovy Green Kitchen and the Romance category for Third Chapter, Second Chance via the link I’ve given above, scroll down the list to my book(s) and the sale price will come up. 

Happy Reading and Weekend! 🙂

How About Organic Popcorn and a VERY Funny Movie? ;-)

If that sounds like a good plan for this week, you might want to check out my two latest reviews over at: My Real Life Reviews:

organic popping corn

Tout Naturel Organic Popping Corn (microwave)

is THE best microwave popcorn that I’ve ever tasted! Oh so yummy good and certified organic too. 😉

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And if you ♥ nostalgic movies based in the 60’s/70’s (like I do) you will ♥:

matinee movie

Matinee

 starring John Goodman and a fabulous supporting cast.

This one has moved up into my TOP 10 fav comedy movies of all time.

LOL funny from start to finish! 😉

Hope you enjoy a “movie and popcorn night” soon with these two recommendations.

Let me know if you enjoy them and have a great week! 🙂

On the Menu Last Night: Easy Vegetable Curry

I’m in “curry mode” these days, 😉 so thought it was a good time to share this post/recipes again, here at Veggies. I just love a good curry, don’t you? 

I am making this curry dinner again for tomorrow’s supper.

I hope you enjoy this easy main dish (and the other recipes featured) soon. 🙂

Happy Cooking and Week!

VEGGIES, YARNS & TAILS

It was a sweltering day here in BC yesterday at 35+ C.

Of all things, I was craving a curry! More hot stuff.

This is one of our fav main dishes and it didn’t take long at all to make.

I had rice ready to go beforehand. Added chopsticks for fun (I love eating with them) and cashews to top and it was a supper, good to go! 

Here’s thelink to the recipe for my version of vegetable curry and also the other recipesshown in this photo. 

Hope you enjoy this for dinner soon too. 🙂

                                            

PS: Badly-needed rain is in the forecast today. Here’s hoping it actually does.

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A Very Easy Diet Tip (that works) ;-)

 

 

olive oilI have been making a real effort over the summer to get into even better shape, fitness-wise.

Although I regularly do a lot of walking (fitness walking usually indoors with a DVD and leisure walking out and about) and also yoga, I had not kept up my strength training as much as I should have. That I have been really working on and my arms in particular are looking a lot more toned now and I’m much stronger too. What a great feeling! 🙂

Another thing I’ve been working on is to stop snacking at night and for this I found an easy way to make that possible, every day.

Here’s my easy diet tip:

I take 1-2 Tablespoons of Extra Light Tasting Olive Oil on an empty stomach (one hour before or after eating/drinking anything else) during the day (for me, it’s usually just 1 T. at around 3 PM)  and voila, my desire to snack or to overeat is gone. It might sound amazing but it works. And without using the oil, I have to have a snack at night or I can’t fall asleep. 

This is something I learned while following the Shangri-La diet, several years ago. 

You can read more about the oil I am using for this “diet” and also about my previous experiences with the Shangri-La diet here.

Sometimes simple can work better than anything! 🙂

I’m soooo happy not to be snacking after supper anymore, otherwise eating sensibly but pretty well what I like and STILL losing weight easily.

Happy Weekend! 

Have You Ever Made Rye Bread from Scratch?

rye bread

I’m making scratch rye bread this afternoon, after finding this yummy-sounding (and easy) recipe over at:

The Hungry Mouse

(click to see full recipe with how-to photos).

I’ve printed out the recipe and have all the ingredients on hand, so I’m ready to go!

I love making scratch breads. Such fun and a good arm workout too. 😉

Speaking of printing the recipe, if you copy it  from The Hungry Mouse, you’ll just get the text when you paste, which suited me fine. I didn’t want to have to delete all the photos before printing. 😉 The photo above is actually from Flickr. 

For any of you who have tried rye bread making before, you’ll probably already know that a lot of these recipes are complicated and take a lot of time. This one doesn’t. 

I’ll let you know how mine turns out.

It’s a perfect day for baking here in BC, rather chilly and rainy. 

How is your weather?

We are having a cool start to summer here but that’s just fine by me.

Happy Baking. 🙂

Bread photo courtesy of : Flickr