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About Judith

Judith is a retired Reading Resource Specialist with a Masters in Education. She is a published author and also a regular columnist with monthly articles in Pink Magazine and other publications. She and her husband Bill live on Hilton Head Island and, when not sailing their 36ft. yacht Serenity, they both volunteer at The Deep Well, Habitat for Humanity and the Boys and Girls Club on a regular basis. For many years they have also sponsored and produced a children's educational TV program called The Reading Room which is aired on WHHI each week and which is supported by their educational no-advertising web site, www.readroom.com.

Coffee, Anyone?

Coffee is so confusing these days one does not know what to order. Even more important, it is often debatable what coffee is value for money, overpriced, over processed, non-sustainable, and on and on. Here is a simple guide to what you are getting for your $$$ and options for you to make your own informed selection.

 

  1. Drip: Used in most coffee machines. Use about 2 tablespoons for 10 ounces of water. Many different brands to select from and personal preference is the guideline.
  2. Cold brew: This is new and a matter of personal taste. You soak ground coffee for up to 24 hours in cold water. Use about 10-12 ounces of beans to 6 cups of water. This is very mild and I think it tastes watery!
  3. Single Origin:Many people swear by this as it is traceable sometimes even to a single farm but mostly to a country so one can balance the “fair trade”option
  4. Instant:This speaks for itself and has had a bad reputation, but there are brands of instant coffee that I think are very good and there has been huge improvement in instants. I like the dark black Folger’s.
  5. French Press: In a cylinder, pour water over coffee (your grind preference) and let it set again to your strength preference. Pour out gradually after you depress the handle.

there are other exotic ways to buy/make/enjoy coffee, but if you notice, I have used the word preference many times in this article. Coffee is purely a matter of personal taste. ENJOY!

Movie Review

We saw “Ford versus Ferrari” last night and it was really excellent. Matt Damon absolutely nailed Carrol Shelby. He had the accent, the swagger, AND the just right cowboy hat.

The race scenes were amazing if just a bit long. Ken Miles was depicted as exactly the super hero knowledgeable guy that he honestly was. Very humble but also the acknowledged expert. I also found it fascinating to see Henry Ford II depicted as being surrounded by “suits” who were nothing more than yes men.

Go see this movie even if you are not a car buff. Highly recommended.

Winter Recipes

Tune in over the next couple of weeks for some fabulous vegetarian and pescaterian recipes. It is cold here and we need to “gather” and eat some warm, yummy, healthy things. Also get the inside info on canned winter warmers. Soups, chili, and all sorts of canned/heat it up items are not so bad for you as you might think.

I have a lot to share and I hope YOU do to. Go to the comment section to add thoughts, recipes, etc!!

Cold and getting colder

It is cold here and predicted to get much colder very soon.

Get a flu shot

Keep your ears and the back of your neck warm

Keep lotion on your skin-especially face and feet

Drive more carefully

Sleep cool-warm jammies but not heavy covers

Many more tips to follow!  Happy Winter-Yes, I am told that many people actually enjoy winter and thrive on cold weather. Who knew???

A Total Day

Make your day a totality today. Take a big shower, wear something you really like, eat a healthy breakfast, and look out the window. Then:

  1. Say a little prayer
  2. Stretch and jog in place
  3. Get into it-house, kids, work etc.
  4. Try to smile as many times a you can
  5. Sing to yourself
  6. Eat a good lunch and treat yourself to a cookie or 1/2 a donut
  7. Take an afternoon rest
  8. Buy yourself some flowers at the grocery store (Grocery store flowers are not bad!)
  9. Have a busy but settled evening
  10. Watch a little TV and clean up the kitchen just before you go to bed
  11. Stretch in your jammies and do a little yoga
  12. Listen to a meditation on your phone
  13. Go to sleep-You have earned it!

Insights

All of our lifetime is actually spent doing over. Hopefully, I do not mean repeating trying to be better, I mean trying things in a new and different way. Often we are forced to do this by a move, job change, death, uncontrolled circumstance and so on. Our self-measure is not so much what we do, but how we do it.

How do we respond? Well, we can only respond the way our life experiences have told us that we can-or is that really true? Explore some other ways to think about something and give a new approach a shot. Ask someone, read something about it, go on line and check it out. Make a conscious choice to NOT repeat a failed method and see what happens.

Yum Yum-FishTaco!

We ate lunch out the other day and I had what was called the Baja Fish Taco at Casa Del Sol. Wow-it was fabulous. As far as I could tell and from what the menu described, it was deep fried, but very lite, panko  mahi, sweet pineapple/cabbage cole slaw, bits of  red onion, and a lovely thousand island dressing. This was the perfect lunch dish and soooo easy. I am going to do it again and again and serve it next time I have people over for sure.

More on Toast

No, not more verbiage on actual toast, but more good stuff to put n top of your otherwise ordinary toast. Try this:

Pear Cottage Cheese Toast 

 

Use any type of bread you like. We have been obsessed recently with Dick’s Killer Bread. Very high in fiber and protein and low in calories. It is coarse and very filling. Spread toast with any cottage cheese that suits your pallet. We use Lo Fat and usually just whatever is on sale. Thinly (Very thinly) slice a not quite totally ripe pear and layer on to the toast. Drizzle with a bit of honey and sprinkle with anything crunchy. We like a bit of granola or chopped walnuts.

We have talked about avocado toast and a couple of others. What do YOU like on toast? Please do share any suggestions or new ideas.

Pescatarian News Alert

I love news alerts. Generally Speaking they are updates on current thinking in a variety of topics. As you would expect, the term “Pescatarian” is so new in common usage that my spell check is not even consistent on the actual spelling. Is yours??

As we know, people who wear this label eat no red meat, chicken, turkey or any other meat products or by-products but have added or re-introduced, as in my case, fish and shell fish. We are very careful about health as always and look for “wild caught” and sustainable and other vocabulary in labeling. If you are a vegetarian for health reasons only, I suggest you look in to this new format. It broadens so many possibilities.

More to come soon regarding recipes, content of ingredients, and ideas. Stay tuned.

School Time!

“Up in the morning and off to school.”

The teacher is teaching the Golden Rule.

American history and practical math,

I’ll be lucky if I pass!”

Yes, I love that old Chuck Berry song. Kids are off to school now and catching the bus right down on the corner in front of my house. So, this comment is two pronged.

Number one-Watch out for children because chances are they are not watching out for you.

Number Two-Help a teacher. Many teachers, no all teachers except college professors, are woefully underpaid for the responsibilities they have. Find out about a teacher in your local school or find out about some needs for supplies, food donations, clothing help etc. and extend a hand to these real heroes.

Our church asked our teachers to list their needs and they we put out a box in front of the Sunday School classrooms. It was full in a week. There is a teacher in my neighborhood who shared with me that her greatest need is not for tissues or pencils, but for earbuds! Yes. they are frequently lost, broken, etc. and are costly to replace. Another teacher at my local school told a woman’s group that I belong to that her greatest need (Believe this or not!) was for children’s clothing. Second grade kids who wear the same shirt every day, have no coat, have holes in their shoes, and do not wear socks have little need for expensive pens.

Food-Well, yes. Juice boxes, health bars, trail mix and so on are all good to give to a classroom teacher, but you could also find out about the Backpack Buddies in your area. These are groups who pack a special “weekend addition” to those children who get school lunches, but do not have a food source over the weekends. Such things as cereal, staples, canned goods, and donated seasonal items are always needed.

 

Do a little “homework” and fill a need. I get that it does not help a teacher with salary negotiations with the local School Board, but you can help a teacher help a child. Try it-I  promise that for a very small investment you will feel VERY good.