I just found out some great information about a really delicious all natural, GMO free protein bar that you can easily throw in your purse, back pack or gym bag.
Would it be okay if I told you a little bit about it so you could make your decision to buy some?
Now if you were my kids you would want them because they are full of protein and easily packed for the zombie apocalypse, but the rest of us need these bars because our busy schedules sometimes do not allow us to make it to a real kitchen to cook and we need an alternative to a drive through window.
Protein bars come in all shapes and sizes and I have eaten a few of them myself. However, the ingredient list and source of protein in these bars is to be admired and I just love them.
My favorite flavor is the lemon bar and it tastes just like a lemon danish. I truly feel naughty when I am eating my lemon bar for lunch because it feels like I skipped lunch and went right to dessert! Intellectually I know it has 18 grams of protein and a slew of vitamins and minerals, but the taste buds just say dessert.
So I will repeat myself … would it be okay to try some of these bars? You won’t regret it.
I think that in my house we speak too much of Zombie Apocalypse, Alien End of the World Scenarios and winter storm preparedness. However, my kids wouldn’t pay attention if I said, in case of a blizzard do this … make sure the solar powered lantern gets outside to recharge. That is SO boring. However, if I say … in case the nasty aliens come and we have to escape the house, make sure we have the solar-powered lantern and radio and here is where they are kept. They pay attention.
Now, my preference for alien movies are ones with nice aliens that want to talk to us as opposed to nasty aliens that want to take over the world; but I do admit that I am an idealist who was raised on Star Trek. I will concede that “Falling Skies” is an excellent TV Show and I am glad that my son asked to borrow it from the library. There are many positive characters who work hard to survive and help others to survive. But there is one character by the name of Pope, who survives despite his bad ways. He is a convict, but he is tolerated because he is a chef who makes amazing bread. In the last episode we watched he also makes bombs … so you wonder what kind of kitchen he worked in … but, hey, no matter what scene he is in you know you have to watch him for he may use a kitchen knife or a hunting knife to stab you in the back.
There are many arenas to survive in. In the youth fiction dystopias survival is in the gladiator arena on live TV … a harsh form of reality TV shows. Being trained ahead of time about weapons and wild foods in the weeks before show time. In time travel novels survival is figuring out what kinds of medicines and food is available at any given time. Or winter storms when we have to keep the wood stove going well enough to not fret about frozen pipes and frozen kitties. Or the very difficult task of turning on a propane burner without a pilot light. I have lost some hair on my fingers doing that before!
We can only hope that our children won’t have to fret about gladiator arenas and time travel — but they will need to be prepared for life after home … laundry, cooking and other apartment related duties.
Some days I feel proud of my kids and am certain that they would succeed well — no matter if it were alien invasion or winter storm. Sometimes I am glad I have a few more years with them. Now the real question is … when should I take them down to the creek to beat the laundry against the stones? You don’t ever see people concerned with laundry in “Falling Skies” … maybe we just haven’t seen that episode yet!
Sometimes, I am quite adventurous and teach my kids to cook all kinds of things and sometimes I don’t want my kids to enter the kitchen because they make it dirty and “forget” to clean up after themselves.
Today I had to leave for work and left them with instructions on how to finish yogurt and farmer’s cheese. I felt like I was abandoning them part way through an experiment, but I had to admit … yogurt making is not rocket science. It would take really hard work to make it explode and it really isn’t flammable … at least not in any dimension that I can perceive … so what was the danger?
My kids are pretty good in the kitchen. They make soup and chili. They are excellent in most breakfast preparations from crustless quiche to pancakes. Their soups are pretty good. They can slice and dice with the best of them and though Thor tends to make salad with large pieces of lettuce that Grandma would frown at … he makes a decent salad!
Last winter we got into the habit of making something that we called Yak Snacks which others may have called chocolate nut clusters: a combination of rice cereal, chopped nuts and seeds, coconut flakes and chocolate.
We are very inventive in the kitchen and that is what we love. Creating yummy fun things and sharing them with family.
The Dreaded Holiday Letter
This year I received many queries concerning my lack of dreaded holiday letters for the past few years. If I remember correctly, after I moved to Goshen I sent out a letter with a change of address and a recap of that year (2007) and then I have merely meant to write and haven’t actually gotten around to doing it.
But really, who wants a dreaded holiday letter? Much is the same year to year: we are busy, I am working, the kids are dancing and going to school, there are hurricanes, ice storms, snow storms and other forms of precipitation. We boldly move forward and try to see friends and family when the schedule allows.
A group of writers that I am a part of at my local library wrote fake dreaded holiday letters and this group of ladies has a really warped sense of humor … this is why we meet I guess! There letters were so funny about divorce, bimbo girl-friends and incarceration that I had to laugh and think. Hmmm, maybe dreaded holiday letters are worth something. Humor is the best form of medicine and really just because the post office seems to cost an arm and a leg to mail anything these days (do not ask about bulk mailing permits for the library — EGADS!) it really is cheaper than a doctor’s visit and we all need a little cheer around the dark time of the year.
So this year I am contemplating a dreaded holiday letter. Now, I need to start purchasing stamps (can’t buy them all at the same time or I may miss a mortgage payment!) — I have to see if I have any snail mail addresses for people (really, I can’t just Facebook it to everyone?). And lastly, I need to contemplate what picture to send out … do I have to be a part of it? Hmm, that is indeed the question.
So the debate is still on … and I don’t mean original Star Trek VS Star Trek: Next Generation … to write a dreaded holiday letter or not.
So do you?
There are so many veterans from so many wars and conflicts.
Many have a very hard time dealing with their past and the people they had to become to do their duty. War is a time when soldiers grow into great heroes and sometimes carry regret over the decisions of saving peers and making choices that no one should have to make.
Society makes great leaps forward in times of conflict: anesthesia, prosthesis, weaponry. We know more about different kinds of trauma now than ever before. People who would have died on the field twenty years ago can now be saved because of the medical technology.
Our society has become more welcoming, able to separate an individual’s actions and a government’s decision. This lesson was learned the hard way and a generation of soldiers were taunted and belittled when some had no choice to be where they needed to be.
There are so many wonderful books and movies about these veterans and the times they lived through. Some are complete fiction, but many have lessons and stories that we can all learn from about what it means to be trained to difficult tasks and endure hardships that a civilian can only imagine.
“Unbroken” By Laura Hillenbrand
“The Heart and the Fist” by Eric Greitens
“Until Tuesday” by Luis Carlos Montalvan
“Flags of our Fathers” by James Bradley
We should be happy that we live in a time when books can be published so easily and we want to know what happened. These stories would once have been lost … when the participants died.
Happy Veterans’ Day — may these stories be preserved so that one day we can learn and not repeat the mistakes made by those who have gone before.
As I mentioned in an earlier post we are supposed to take our weight and then take that number and divide it in two and drink that many ounces of water. In warmer months I have absolutely no problem with this, I carry a water bottle with me in the car, leaving it all the time only taking it out to wash and refill it.
In colder months I prefer my water hot with something in it: tea, coffee or hot chocolate. Unfortunately, though this may make me happy — these beverages don’t have the great benefits of drinking plain water, so I need to start playing games to coax myself into doing it. I also can’t leave the water bottle in the car overnight because of the possibility of freezing. In the garage I may have more luck, unless it is really cold, but it isn’t something I want to try too often here in the Litchfield Hills.
I can have a cup of tea, after I drink a mug full of water. If I have coffee first thing in the morning … I need to have an equal amount of water later. Maybe I am just looking for something warm. Should I try warm water? That sounds unexciting … maybe warm water with a spritz of lemon? Sounds slightly more palatable. But I truly believe it is a psychological thing. To me tea is a comfort drink, black tea in a warmed teapot with a cozy and served with milk or some other white liquidy stuff. This was the drink my grandmother made, this is the drink my mother serves. This is my “life is horrible I want comfort” drink.
How do we re-train a life of turning to tea? I suppose I will have to figure this out at some point. However for now, I will have to play the drink a cup of tea … then drink a mug of water games.
How are you at drinking your water?
In today’s society of rush, rush, rush … it is hard to cut back and say ‘NO’. The expectations of getting kids into good schools and helping the community just add to the social engagements. Isn’t it good to volunteer for worthy causes? Don’t you feel horrid when you can’t fit one more thing into your calendar?
But all this busy stuff isn’t good for you. Your body was meant to do stuff and then rest. Go hunting — then rest for a while. And a while meant more than 6 hours of sleep a night! It was more like one week on and then one week off.
When you body is stressed — it releases hormones to give you energy. But if all it does it release hormones then there needs to be a time to rest. But we are driving down the highway and someone cuts us off — we kick into fight or flight mode. Then someone beeps at us when we are stopped for a light. Then someone steals our parking spot. All this angst and it could be just twenty minutes of our day.
So we need to manage stress and some studies give us clues as what can help us deal with the damages from stress: vitamins B & C do great things in helping us manage our daily stress.
The following study, published in PubMed, suggested that to deal with work force stress that we raise our B Vitamins intake for 90 days and see if we feel better.
Here is another study that also includes a great tonic with B vitamins and herbal adaptogens to help with work place stress. I have found it very helpful in my own life with hectic schedules and community volunteering.