Tuesday, October 30, 2012

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Of hormones, Ivy League professors, and possibilities


Wild garlic mustard from my backyard, which grows along with marsh marigold and a few dandelions.  I could think of them as weeds. Instead, I think of them as nutritious vegetables which required no work on my part to grow and are readily available when most other greens are barely getting started.


It's all about perception.  Which happens to be the worship theme of the month at my church. I wrote the following poem in almost one sitting, after meditating on the theme. 


"Are you on faculty here?"
the Ivy League historian of women's studies asked.

"No."
"I'm a graduate student in education."

Her shoulder turned away, towards another, younger graduate student.
Dismissed.

Wait!  I wanted to shout.
There are reasons why I took so long to go to graduate school.

Like growing up in a family where life after high school meant work.
Like having children.
Like, you know, being a woman, for god's sake.

I feel old and young at the same time.
Is it adolescence or perimenopause?
Hot flashes and mood swings.
I am wise about certain things.
Clueless about others.
I wonder more than I should how others perceive me.
I am certain that I am bound to do great things.
And terrified that I am just ordinary.
And I have no idea what I want to be when I grow up.

Perhaps, rather than thinking of myself as middle-aged,
I will consider this a second, kinder adolescence.
Minus the narcissism, naivete, and nerdliness.
Or at least less of those.

Actually, I'll keep the nerdliness.
And the passion, the sense of endless possibility,
The finding out what this body can do,
The desire to have this life matter.

I could do without the mood swings though.
And perhaps the Ivy League professors.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Homemade fruit roll-



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Friday, October 5, 2012

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Frozen peanut butter



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almond pulp crackers



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No Bake Peppermint D



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Fresh Vegan Spring R



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Homemade peanutbutte



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Portable Baked Oatme



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mint chocolate chip



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power bars



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Vegan No Bake Pepper



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Homemade protein bar



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Power Balls – Hiking



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Yogurt covered blueb



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Almond sugar cookies



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Raw almond coconut m



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3 ways to use nut pu



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What Do Do With Pulp



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Almond/nut milk pulp



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My New Roots: Raw Nu



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banana + peanut butt



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Homemade Nut Butter



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Peanut Butter and Oa



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No Bake Energy Bites



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Thursday, October 4, 2012

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

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Friday, September 7, 2012

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Monday, September 3, 2012

almond pulp crackers



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No Bake Peppermint D



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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Fresh Vegan Spring R



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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Portable Baked Oatme



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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

mint chocolate chip



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power bars



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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Vegan No Bake Pepper



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Friday, June 15, 2012

Summer Strawberry Sweetness


In honor of National Tapioca Pudding Day and strawberries in season, I made this concoction from Thai Cooking with Jam.  That's vegan tapioca pudding made with coconut cream.  I refrigerated a can of coconut milk, which made all the creaminess rise to the top, and used a cup of that "cream."

The strawberries, part of my weekly Fruit for Life box from Hurd Orchards, were pureed with a tad bit of maple sugar and ground anise seed.  I almost skipped the anise seed, but I'm so glad I didn't.  They give just a hint of flavor, not too licorice-y as I had feared.

I had the day off for dissertation work, and by late afternoon T. and I (and Zoe) were ready for some relaxation.  Zoe has recently discovered that she loves the hammock swing.




Now I have to fight both T. and Zoe for some time in the hammock.  Luckily for me, they seem to think I've earned it after that lovely dessert.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Not a pretty sight


This is what my work space has looked like for the past week.  Actually, that's not true.  It was much messier, with the piles scattered all over my sewing table (on the other wall across from the dusty spinning wheel shown here).  Those piles contain paperwork for 8 tax returns (don't ask unless you want a rant on DOMA), and books and files which I neurotically feel I must have within sight at all times as I'm working on my dissertation and related research, which is pretty much all the time, especially with my sabbatical leave ending this weekend.

Which leads to the reason for this post.  Stress is a bad thing.  And for me, that can lead to an outbreak of cold sores.  Like the title says, not a pretty sight.  I've read various sources that say that 60-90% of people carry the virus, but only 20-40% have outbreaks.  If that's not bad enough, the virus is linked to Alzheimer's disease.

Let's stick with what we can reasonably control, shall we?  Although there's an antiviral drug, I've never found it particularly helpful.  But Dr. Andrew Weil (along with my wonderful acupuncturist/Chinese medicine expert and friend) says that eating foods high in arginine can trigger the virus and make it worse.

So, with my most recent outbreak, I decided to try this approach.  In addition to those listed by Dr. Weil, my friend recommended I avoid oats, wheat, chocolate (ouch), grapes, nuts, seeds, brown rice, and coffee (double ouch).  Let's be clear that those foods constitute about half my diet.  Oatmeal, hazelnut milk with my coffee, nuts and raisins in my trail mix, whole grain bread, granola, and dark chocolate.

My friend also recommended that I enjoy lots of green vegetables, sour foods, yogurt.  I can do that.  There's been a lot of sauerkraut and salads around here lately.  And life is really not the same without coffee, but I'm just having one cup instead of two.

Meanwhile, I took on the challenge of adapting my favorite protein bars, which have lots of the offending foods.  So, if you want to give this a try, here are the changes I made for low-arginine protein bars:

*barley flakes instead of oats
*dried apples instead of raisins
*white chocolate chips instead of regular (white chocolate has a different chemical composition from regular chocolate, but they are not vegan; I was feeling desperate.  Next time I'll probably just use more dried fruit.  Apricots or blueberries would be good.)
*instead of peanut butter, I pureed tofu with butterscotch pudding.  I have no idea where that inspiration came from, but it worked!

Whenever I'm feeling stressed or rundown in the future, I plan to give this diet a try and see if I can prevent an outbreak entirely.

As for the piles of work and taxes, those 2 things in life are certain.

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