Food, Health and Life

I know you are all wondering what happened. I admit I went ghost for about 4 months. It wasn’t on purpose but more out of necessity. Life has a way of making you slow down, either you do it voluntarily or it will sit you down involuntarily. I know what it’s like to sit down involuntarily and since I felt my body going in that direction. I stopped myself before things got worse.

Health

My health was going in a downward spiral and I was trying to keep up with blogging and social media, but it just wasn’t working for your girl. Everyday tasks are a chore for me. It takes a lot of energy and effort to accomplish everyday tasks. I started to notice that I was tripping over my feet and falling more than usual. I would get shortness of breath while getting dressed in the morning or even walking up the stairs; which is already a struggle. I was getting weaker and needed to pay attention to my body.

Food

As you all know I love food, but I also love me more and taking a break was needed. While I was on this break I did lots of eating, some cooking and explored other cultures. It was a great way to work on blog material but not be forced to get a post out I managed to brainstorm lots of content for future posts and even took some pictures.

Life

Things happen when you least expect them. My circle of support has been changing a lot over the last year or so. Instead of my circle getting smaller it has been getting larger. There are some people who have been placed in my life to help me grow and move forward with not only this brand but others I am working on as well. In order for me to fully focus on myself and what’s coming, I had to rest.

My resting started with a vacation to Aylen Lake in Canada with my boo. He knew I needed to rest and had been telling me to slow down for months. When he suggested that I come to with him to his family home I was more than ready to take the trip. I enjoyed my time away I got the chance to really relax and rest. While I was there I decided to finally start my own book blog, instead of always being a contributing writer or a guest reviewer. The Literary Courier has launched and I am very excited and thankful.

Ready to Work

Now that I have gotten some rest, and I’m on a better work/life schedule I can get back to blogging and producing content. Have an idea for Taste Test Tuesday, Kitchen Tip Thursday or Food Friday, let me know.


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Kitchen Tip Thursdays: Types of Vinegars and Ways to Use Them

Happy Thursday Everyone!! We hope you enjoyed your holiday. It’s almost time for the weekend. Today in the kitchen we are going to talk about vinegar. We will explore different types of vinegar and ways to use them into your everyday meals.

Vinegar can be used to create a marinade, a sauce, a vinaigrette, or just add a burst of flavor to a dish. Store vinegar in an airtight container in a cool, dark place and they should last six to eight months.

Red Wine Vinegar is made from fermented red wine, has a bold flavor. Can used for braises, dressings, a simple vinaigrette and marinades.

White Wine Vinegar is mostly used to make creamy dressings, adds flavor to reductions and sauces like hollandaise and Bearnaise.

Champagne Vinegar is made from the same grapes as champagne, pinot noir, and chardonnay. Less acidic than red or white wine; can have a sweet, delicate flavor to it.

Sherry Vinegar is mostly used in Spanish cooking. It’s sweet and tart with a complex flavor. Often used with red meats, and to flavor soups and sauces.

Rice Vinegar is very popular is Asian cuisine. Lightly acidic and has a sweet taste.

Apple Cider Vinegar is mostly commonly used in BBQ sauces and marinades. It can also be used as a rinse for your hair.

Distilled White Vinegar has a very high acidic level. Commonly used for pickling vegetables.

Balsamic Vinegar is popular in Italian cuisine and made from white grape juice in a wooden cask. Usually ferments for a minimum of 12 years. Used a lot in dressings and vinaigrettes.

What vinegars do you like to use when cooking?


Taste Test Tuesday: Quaker Real Medleys Bars

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Happy Tuesday folks! We hope you all enjoyed your holiday weekend, we sure did. This week we have a new item for you, well it’s kind of a spinoff from a previous post we did from Quaker. Remember the Real Medleys Oatmeal? Today’s taste test is the sibling to the oatmeal.

These bars have combined the fruit and nut combinations from the oatmeal and created granola bars. Great idea for an on the go snack. If you love oatmeal then you will love these bars. You don’t always have the time to grab a cup of oatmeal, mix in the hot water and enjoy the great taste of fruit, oats, and nuts. These Real Medley Bars give you that option.

These come in 3 flavors: Cherry Pistachio, Apple Nut Harvest, and Peach Almond. Each bar has 8 grams of whole grains in it. There are 5 bars to a box. They are located in the same aisle as the oatmeal.

Have you seen these yet? Are you going to try them?

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