Shocking Celebrity Sighting!

Today’s Daily Prompt asks:  Scour the news for an entirely uninteresting story. Consider how it connects to your life. Write about that.

Have you seen MSN or Yahoo home pages where they shout various hot stories at you? There’s always some celebrity gossip available and usually none too flattering. These don’t interest me at all because I respect artists and I’m not into cabal.

The page I saw was this one:

“CELEBRITY TOOB:  3O FAIRLY SHOCKING PICTURES OF CELEBRITIES WITHOUT MAKEUP PHOTOS”

(Gotta love the redundancy here. You can tell this is high-class news reporting.) I looked these pix over and thought most of the celebs looked pretty darned okay without their glam on. Just as I was thinking they shouldn’t be too offended, I came upon picture #25. This was a celebrity I’ve known nearly all my life. One that is beloved the world over and has personally been a part of millions of lives!

I was shocked indeed! No need to tell you who she is—you’ll recognize her in an instant.

Celebrities_Without_Makeup_25

This is just wrong. Barbie deserves way more respect than this. But even so, Barbie looks amazeballs with or without her makeup, doesn’t she? (Perfect hair. How does she do it?)

Of course this connects to My Cooking Life. I was immediately reminded of something that happened just last night!

I was cruising around my natural food store late last night after work looking for some ready-to-eat dinner. I was going through the produce section on my way to the deli hot food when I spotted them.

I couldn’t believe it! Completely whole. No trimming. No preparation. No hiding their large, rough, blemished roots. One of the most famous, world-renowned celebrity ingredients in nearly every cuisine, cooking method and dietary program.

And I caught them incognito without a speck of glam!

CELERY ROOT PAINT

True culinary stars loved by all. Do you recognize them? I didn’t at first until I took a closer look.

CELERY ROOT CLOSE UP

“We’re not quite ready for our close-up, Mr. DeMille,” they exclaimed. “Don’t worry, Miss Celli, you’re gorgeous just as you are!” I answered.

I was so thrilled, I didn’t bother asking for an autograph. I swept these two off their shelf and brought them home with me. Imagine what these will look like when they’re all glammed up! Ahhh, the things you have to endure in show biz.

Stay tuned for that. . .

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Autumn in New Mexico

The shift in the outdoor palate is not so subtle now.

In late August you can barely see the changes. But even then, I can usually notice how the green in the leaves of trees is no longer fresh, no longer so vibrant. The green is looking a bit worn, a bit old.

September has nearly passed and the inevitable is now evident. I love the subtleties as well as the obvious change of orange, red and yellow hues in the foliage.

No wonder artists love to come here! No wonder they paint in purples, golds, pinks, and every other color here in New Mexico!

SAGEY LOOKING

The sage colors are sagier, the blossoms dropping.

SUNFLOWER
CACTUS

Gorgeous even without the flowers.

What Babies Talk About

Today’s Daily Prompt challenged:  Write a post about anything you’d like, but be sure to include this sentence somewhere in the final paragraph: “He tried to hit me with a forklift!”

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English: Portrait of 1-year-old baby girl
(Photo: Wikipedia)

Baby Chloe: “Do they ever try to make you eat green stuff?”

Baby Liam: “No, I don’t think so. What is it?”

Baby Chloe: “It’s oooooh soooo good for you babeeee.”

Baby Liam: “What’s that mean?”

Baby Chloe: “It means I have to eat it and they think it’s easier for me if they talk baby talk. I think it would be easier if it was chocolate-flavored!”

Baby Liam: ” Prolly right. My Mama keeps trying to make me eat carrots, but I can’t stand them when they’re all mushed up out of the jar. Geesh! Let me get some more teeth and I’ll just chew on the carrot whydontcha!”

English: 10-months-old baby during winter stro...
(Photo : Wikipedia)

Baby Chloe: “Teeth? How many do you have to have? I’ve got four so far.”

Baby Liam: “I dunno. I can put just about anything in my mouth if they’d let me. One time Mama got tired of trying to spoon in that carrot stuff and she told Papa to feed it to me. He’s not used to it so he gets a big person’s fork and dips it in the carrot jar and starts waving it around making weird sounds.”

Baby Chloe: “How bizarre is that?!”

Baby Liam: “Yeah, I know, right? Then he gets this wild look in his eye and tells me it’s an airplane and open the hangar ’cause it’s coming in for a landing. Next thing I know, the fork is headed right for my face!

Baby Chloe: “Eewe! What happened?”

Baby Liam:  “I shut my mouth tight and started crying and fussing and calling for Mama. But Papa, he was so busy playing airplane in the hangar, he comes swooping up with that thing and thought he could make me open my mouth by just putting the fork right into it. It’s like he tried to hit me with a fork lift! But it was too late. I already squirmed around in my highchair and the carrot stuff landed in my hair. That was awesome!”

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Ms. Vegan Manners

Hello Sweet Readers!

Let me introduce myself! I am publicly  known as Ms Vegan Manners but my full name is Vivienne De La Choux. You, Sweet Readers, may call me Vivi! (In case you aren’t sure about that, let me ease your discomfort by explaining you would pronounce that “vee vee.”)

VIVI

Today I’d like to talk to you about the awkward situation in which we find our desire to impart our vegan wisdom on another for whom we care is met with resistance, rebuttal and downright rudeness.

First may I say, Sweet Readers, that the subject of how one eats and what food one chooses can very quickly become controversial and even political. You might consider this before deciding to tell your co-workers, dear friends and family that they are incorrect in their food choices. My oh my! That can become a heated argument faster than you can say, “tofutti!”

Think for a moment about all the scuttlebutt surrounding GMO’s, animal rights, local organic vs factory farming! As you certainly well know, food—being a core component of staying alive—is a subject that is much protected and defended by vested interests. Is your beloved “student” really ready to hear that corn on the cob is probably not a good idea unless it’s organic? Or that cheapest possible price for their weekly groceries is not necessarily the most economical in the long run?

And besides, we all know what an emotional subject food can be and it can be a medical subject as well. So many of us are turning to food choices and dietary education so we might remain healthy and active in our lives. And bless them, there are those who are successfully recovering from serious illness by changing their eating  habits.

And then there are the weight-loss diets. Let’s not even go there! Do Not, Sweet Readers, Do Not open the door to the topic of diet at your next luncheon or business brunch where there may be Paleos and McDougall enthusiasts together in the same room!

The answer to all these dilemmas lies in simply having good manners and setting a good example. By this I mean, in your personal relations and social interchanges, you consider the viewpoint and feelings of the other person as well as helpfully and politely assert your own when the time is right.

Accentuate the positive, as they say!

Most of the time, when people learn you are vegan, they have questions and you sometimes find you are answering the same questions over and over again. Realize, Sweet Readers, that the questioners are mainly curious probably because they have already heard elsewhere or realized themselves that their own eating habits are sorely lacking or possibly harmful to them.

This is the time when you should assume the best about these questions and try to answer them in the best way possible. What is obvious and common knowledge to you, may not be for the innocent questioner. Don’t take these questions as an invalidation of your lifestyle.

GORILLA

Here are a few more tips about discussing your vegan eating habits:

1. You are not required to entertain snide comments from anyone about the type of food you eat.  Just smile and walk away or if you must converse with this person, try changing the subject. Letting yourself be pulled into an argument with such people will only pull you down.

2. When going to social functions where there may not be many good food choices for you, eat ahead of time.  After all, Sweet Readers, aren’t we in much better moods when we’re well-fed? You will be less likely to feel un-accommodated if you are not starving. Instead, enjoy the party and make new friends! This is not the right time to let your host or hostess know that the food they are serving their guests is unhealthy, not supportive of environmental well-being or wrought with evil intentions to kill off the pet cow.

3. When hosting guests yourself, be thoughtful in your menu planning. Either ask someone else to bring non-vegan food if you yourself will not prepare it, or choose some dishes that could be very satisfying for anyone whether they are vegan or not.  And this brings me to the next point which is very important . . .

4. For goodness sake learn to cook! There are thousands of cookbooks and blogs such as this one centered upon vegan and whole foods cooking and there are even a few vegan or vegetarian television cooking shows you can watch. The more you invest in learning how to prepare tasty food, the better off you and your friends and family will be. A wise cooking teacher once said to me that the most delicious food in the world will also be the most healthy.

Just remember, Sweet Readers, good manners will take you very far in whatever you are seeking to do and a very good teacher is one who not only has good manners her/his self but who also teaches others to be mannerly as well.

[Prompted by today’s WordPress Daily Prompt which asks: What Makes a Teacher Great?]

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Rainbow’s End

Traveling is always a challenge for anyone who is on a special dietary program or just wants to eat well. I have been on the road and in fact, I’m still on the road and after almost three weeks of scrounging for something I’m willing to eat and hopefully something I actually want to eat, I’m doing pretty well.

Usually on the road I rely heavily on my Super Blue Green Algae products to see me through. They are mineral rich, whole, organic and they are the greenest of green foods. But you know how it is, at least a few times you’d like to find a nicely prepared meal that you can sit down to and enjoy.

You might even say you’re looking for that pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.  And I happened to find that in Las Vegas, Nevada where I’m working. A friend told me about Rainbow’s End Health Food Store and its Veggin’ Out Café at 1100 East Sahara Avenue and it turned out to be my little pot of gold for dining.

I don’t know what it’s like where you live, but around where I live there are no independent “health food stores.”  There are the big chains such as Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and something called Sprouts that is really only semi-health food oriented. When I walked into Rainbow’s End I thought of stores I used to go to in the 70’s and 80’s.  And being a hippie at heart, I really liked this store.

For one thing, I found a lot of lesser known brands and local products that looked very interesting—especially in the health and beauty section. Maybe some of the things I saw are readily available on the west coast but they were new to me.

Indie Tea.  Interesting blends with psychedelic labels.
Indie Tea. Interesting blends.
RAW HONEY

The Veggin’ Out Café promised vegetarian, vegan and raw selections of dishes made from organically grown food. See what I mean? It was quite a find! And even more so because the menu was varied and interesting.  (And if you have a meat eater in your party, they offer something for them too.)

Very nice little place!
The Veggin’ Out Cafe is a very nice little place!

My first meal there was Quinoa and Vegetable Soup and a Green Machine Smoothie made with bananas and pineapple & coconut juice. That was such a satisfying lunch after weeks of making do with almonds, whole wheat pita and packaged hummus and veggie wraps featuring mostly lettuce and tomatoes plus some regular restaurant food. I ate with great relish and without stopping to take a picture. (Sorry)

I enjoyed that lunch very much and went back for more meals there. The food is flavorful, not overly salty, very reasonably priced and attractively served.  No bland, intolerable tofu dishes. The chef knows what she’s doing here!

I also met the owner of the store, Sam Friedman, who was working the counter quite incognito and very personable.

If you find yourself in Las Vegas and looking for a meal, I highly recommend the Veggin’ Out Café at Rainbow’s End!  Check out their menu here.

Transported

Today’s Daily Prompt asks:  Humans have very strong scent memory. Tell us about a smell that transports you.

I could write about the sharp aroma of garlic wafting out the doors of a tiny corner family restaurant down in South Philly . . . .

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Or the early morning wake-me-up scent of fresh coffee beans being roasted at the independent gourmet coffee shop I lived above in Englewood . . .

mile high sign

Or the fragrance of mint, of ginger, or roasted Hatch chili peppers in September. . .

hatch

After all, this is my cooking life.

But today my answer is not in the kitchen. Unless you consider the linen kitchen towels or the brightly colored cloth on the kitchen table. Or the clothing I cook in.

That is, If they were hung to dry on the clothesline on laundry day.

That fresh, outdoorsy, clothesline-dried smell! It’s like no other I can think of

Transport me it does.

To my childhood in Michigan when Mom and I would hang everything outside and I would play hide and seek with my neighbor David weaving in and out of the drying clothes, the wind flapping them up into our bright and giggling faces!

The irresistable smell of a freshly made bed of linens brought in from the line made naptime almost desireable and offered an invitation to the sweetest dreams at night.

I was transported just yesterday by the mere mention of clothes on a clothesline and a cute little photo of them that my friend included in her blog.

She lives in Michigan. And I was a child again running through the flapping cloth.

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Guest Post: Healthy Traveling — It Can Be Done!

One of my New Year’s Resolutions for this blog (besides the chocolate mousse quest) was to make the blog more interactive by having six guest posts.  I had one guest earlier and it is now time for another, Cole Millen!

Cole Millen
Cole Millen

He introduced himself and offered me a post on eating well while traveling. Perfect for vacationers or business travelers!  Cole describes himself as an avid traveler and foodie who never forgets that life’s best memories are made through real life apprehension of legitimate “experiences.” Follow his blog at Cole’s Mill.

Thank you, Cole, for your contribution!

HEALTHY TRAVELING — IT CAN BE DONE!

The horizon is looking sunnier for the health-conscious traveler. Hotels and resorts are always looking for revenue-boosting schemes, especially as the traveling dollar of the average tourist becomes harder to get. They are designing more nutritious business banquets, restaurant fare, room service menus and min-bar options. The popularity of special diets is pushing much of this change as more people go paleo, gluten free and vegetarian. Smaller portions are becoming the norm on more hotel menus, and some hotel chains brand themselves around using locally sourced or organic foods.

When Flying

Flying has always been tricky for travelers watching their weight. The food options in airport terminals relied on coffee, pastries and chain burgers. Flyers trapped in the terminal faced few good options. Experienced travelers learned to eat a healthy meal prior to going to the airport, and packed their own healthy snacks for when they get a craving. Airports are doing a better job at offering healthy food options but it is still important to find the grilled chicken and salads whenever possible. Travelers intent on maintaining their weight and health should stay active during delays and layovers. Walk in the terminal, do some stair climbing or otherwise burn some calories. Avoiding alcohol in-flight is a good way to avoid calories. Drink water throughout the flight rather than soda or juices to curb hunger and dehydration. Skip the in-flight meal and pack a healthy meal of a sandwich, fresh veggies and a bottle of water instead.

Finding a healthy Hotel

Stay at a health friendly hotel if possible. A little online research during the trip planning stage saves calories and pounds. Read the hotel description on-line before booking a room. Usually the restaurant menus and other items are available on the website. Some also list nearby restaurants, so research the dining options that will be available. Often time’s hotels are misleading in their services and offerings. I recently found a great and informative site that made finding the right hotel easy. I was looking for hotels and found a great site that listed reviews for Las Vegas hotels called Gogobot. The site listed reviews regarding not only the hotels amenities and services, but also regarding the restaurants in the surrounding area as well as things to do. This made is so simple to not only find the right hotel but also to plan out the restaurants and things we could do and maintain our healthy lifestyle while away.

At your Hotel

Once at the hotel, travelers have the option of refusing the mini-bar key. This will help prevent those late night raids that are costly to the wallet and the waistline. Bring along packages of instant soup or oatmeal and plastic spoons. These meals can be made by heating water in the coffee maker and mixing the meal in a coffee cup.

If ordering room service, specify low fat or healthy cooking methods, and order the healthiest meal available on the menu. Select fruit, yogurt and whole grain cereal or toast at breakfast rather than a raspberry cheese Danish. Stay away from vending machines, unless they contain healthy food choices. Most hotels are surrounded by restaurants ranging from fast food to gourmet fare. Avoid the all-you-can-eat buffet and the fast food places. Pick somewhere with a varied menu to get a healthy meal. Utilize the hotel’s booklet of nearby restaurants and peruse the menus before leaving the room. Have healthy snacks such as fruit in the hotel room to take the edge off pre-meal hunger.

Finally, use the exercise room provided at the hotel. Take the stairs if it is reasonable to do so. Swim some laps in the hotel pool before taking a dip in the hot tub. Find the in-room yoga channel and complete a routine between the business meetings and the banquet meal. Take advantage of the exercise opportunities offered rather than using business or vacation travel as an excuse to leave the diet and exercise regimen behind.

Eating Out

At a restaurant, look for healthy words such as baked, boiled, broiled, fat free, fresh, grilled, high fiber, light, marinated, multi grain, roasted, steamed, stir fried, vegetarian, vinaigrette, and whole wheat in the menu descriptions. Avoid any food listed as stuffed, smothered, loaded, breaded or fried. Choose leaner cuts of meat and eat vegetables instead of simple carbohydrate side dishes. Use basic dieting and weight management knowledge at a restaurant and at home.

I love . . .

Today’s WordPress Daily Prompts:  Party Animals? asks:  After spending time with a group of people, do you feel energized and ready for anything or do you want to hide in the corner with a good book?

I Love

I love a good party ’cause I love to talk.

I love to talk ’cause then I can get you talking.

I love to get you talking ’cause I love listening.

I love listening to you ’cause I love having you in my life if only for an hour or two.

I love having you in my life ’cause I love hearing about what you are having in your life.

I love hearing about your life ’cause I love that you’ll share your adventures with me.

I love that you’ll share your adventures with me ’cause I love knowing about you.

I love knowing about you ’cause I love finding out what we have in common.

I love finding out what we have in common ’cause I love feeling connected with you.

I love feeling connected with you ’cause I also love seeing what is different about us.

I love seeing how we’re different ’cause I love understanding you my sister and my brother.

I love understanding you ’cause that is one of life’s great joys.

Understanding is one of life’s great joys ’cause then we can feel kinship and friendship.

I love feeling kinship and friendship ’cause that way, whatever we’re doing, it’s going to be a beautiful time.

I love having a beautiful time with you ’cause that is my kind of richness.

I love that kind of richness ’cause it even makes doing the dishes after the party okay with me.

I don’t love doing the dishes though.

But it’s okay if you’re there and we’re talking.

That I love.

I’ll wash, you dry.

Unwashed dishes in a sink; an authentic situation.
I’ll wash, you dry.  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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No Longer a Mortal

Today’s Daily Prompt, “No Longer a Mere Mortal,” asks:  You’ve imbibed a special potion that makes you immortal. Now that you’ve got forever, what changes will you make in your life? How will you live life differently, knowing you’ll always be around to be accountable for your actions?

The Love Potion
(Wikipedia)

Who said I was mortal and needed a special potion in order to keep on living? My body ages, but I somehow do not. After all, I feel like a very wise child with nothing but future ahead.

Would knowing I’m immortal cause me to change something about my life, or are my actions important now regardless? If I assume I will not be around more than the average length of time, and that my actions don’t really matter, then why care about any of the choices and actions I make? Does the potion prevent anarchy?

How do you know that my actions today won’t have consequences into the millennia? Perhaps you think they don’t matter unless I’m going to be around to see them?

What is this “forever” anyway? And why do you think I don’t already have it?

I have drunk the potion of knowingness. And I know I am an immortal spiritual being responsible for every moment of my existence. Knowing makes it so and the Truth is there to be known.

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