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Rome Apples

Homemade apple pie.

There are levels to the homemade-ness.

Fully homemade pie will have the crust made from scratch, the apples will be fresh and… I guess those are the main parts.

Over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, I made a ~homemade apple pie. But the crust was Betty Crocker mix just-add-cold-water.

Warning: there is no final picture. Honestly, it was ugly and I didn’t think about taking a picture. It didn’t taste that great either; it was a bit dry.

Interestingly enough, the weekend prior I had also made an apple pie and that pie, made the same way, was perfect in every way. Amazing.

But this one, was not. Idk why. We certainly can’t blame the apples, THEY were perfect.

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About 7 Rome apples were washed and chopped as seen above.

Rome apples are really crisp and sweet and juicy!

Then I cooked them on the stove. Not fully cooked. They still had some bite but they were not raw any longer.

What they were was very fragrant and flavorful. The addition of cinnamon and nutmeg helped with that πŸ™‚ also added cane sugar and water and a pinch sea salt. Also stirred in some flour after they were removed from the heat.

Something really interesting was the color of the pie afterward. I think the red pigment in the peels seeped into the filling because it was red inside. So red that people asked me, “What is it?”

It did look odd and so I wasn’t too offended… And then everyone ate the pie so maybe I’m the only one who thought it to be sub-par.

Rome apples, though, are great. I’d class them with HoneyCrisp apples, perfect for eating when you want something healthy.

However, they don’t keep well long l-term like other apples do. So, eat your apples! Or juice them. But eat them so you can get some fiber too!

I guess the next questions can include just how many varieties of apples are out there? Let me see how many I can name without searching:

  1. Rome apples
  2. Macintosh apples
  3. Granny Smith apples
  4. Red Delicious apples
  5. Pink lady apples
  6. Jazz apples
  7. HoneyCrisp apples
  8. Green apples
  9. Crab apples

9, not bad! #10 was Chinese apples but those are actually pomegranates and those are totally different!

It would be great to do a thing for pomegranates but I personally have questions about if the fruit is worth the effort. Conversation for another day.

But today, I’d like to thank you for reading πŸ™‚ Peace & love

Also side note: the above pictured apple is the only one that was tie-dyed like that inside. 🍎🍎🍎

Trying Graze Snacks

My son and I had the pleasure to try these snacks!

Snacks are always a good idea to have near. That’s extra true when you really try to eat healthy.

I first heard about Graze snacks as a subscription box service a couple of years ago (I think!).

However, I don’t have a subscription. I saw some of these snacks on sale at CVS Pharmacy. I bought one sweet flavor and one savory.

Today, my son, Legend, and I tried them!

First, we had the sweet:

These oat squares had the texture of a chewy granola bar. The cacao flavor really came through strongly! As well as the cranberry and vanilla.

I loved it! Legend didn’t enjoy it as much. I think that he likes his treats sweeter. Because these were not very sweet, which is one thing I really loved about it.

I think we saved the best for last – a crunchy snack mix:

Legend and I both wanted more of these! It was so good, pleasantly crunchy and crisp. Although, not very spicy, I would have enjoyed a little more peppery kick. However, the makers know what they’re doing, flavor-wise. I could eat a 2 pound bag of this mix! πŸ™‚

Over all, yes these are good and highly recommended.

Check out this video of us trying them ⬇️⬇️⬇️

https://youtu.be/AyjTbe_sgPU

Tomatillos!

These fruits (or are they vegetables?) were a first time buy for me. Like many, I often saw tomatillos in the produce section and passed by without a second thought. Well, today I gave it that second thought. They were on sale for $.99 cent a pound!

A stranger saw me randomly choosing some of these golf-ball shaped Earth foods and he had something to say.

“I’ve only seen 2 people buying these,” he said. “Me and you.”

I replied, “Well, that’s interesting because this is my first time!”

He was surprised and immediately began to give me cooking tips. Namely, he told me to roast them. Roast until the skins get “real black” then peel it off and add to chili.

I thanked him for the suggestion. Because I probably would have eaten it raw.

At the word raw, he made a scrunched-up face.

“Nah, dont do that,” he said. “They’re not very good that way.”

“One more thing, sir.” I thought I’d better ask an important question while in the midst of an experienced tomatillo eater. “How do you know when they’re ripe?”

His reply made us both laugh.

“They’re always ready.”

It was cool to meet that guy.

They smell like grass.

Of course, I ate some raw when I got home.

It tastes like sour citrus at first, then a grassy flavor comes through as well.

I like it. They’re a member of the nightshade family, which would explain the green tomato appearance.

I don’t make chili very often so I won’t be taking that guys suggestion. But this roasted tomatillo salsa looks tasty, yeah?

Thanks for reading.

Pie Pumpkin Cutting [video]

Peace you guys πŸŽƒ

Around this time of the year, pumpkins are all over the place. They’re in patches, in just about every department of the grocery store.. I think I even saw a gun with pumpkin spice bullets. No lie. Is it getting out of control?

No way! Pumpkins (and other squash) are good for us πŸ™‚ make a meal of it and you’ll have a healthy dose of anti-oxidants to last through the week πŸŽƒ

Something else awesome about pumpkin season? We all have permission to over use this emoji πŸŽƒπŸŽƒπŸŽƒ

There’s a post coming up soon about some good fall recipes (plant-based, of course!)

To get properly ready for it, you gotta know how to cut a pumpkin. No canned stuff over here! (Well maybe a little because there was a can of organic pumpkin on sale for one dollar!) πŸŽƒ

Here’s a video I made showing how I slice a very manageable sized pie pumpkin.

And also with a bonus that no one asked for!: my thoughts on Halloween/All Hallows Eve :)πŸŽƒ enjoy ⬇⬇⬇

 

 

Easy Light Source: SLEEP

Sleep is a deeper form of meditation. Sleeping gives your mind and body time to rest and heal while at peace.

If your dreams are sound, you’ll wake up refreshed, renewed, and ready.

If you don’t dream, don’t worry about it.

If you wake up feeling drained from your dreams, hmeditation isΒ theΒ answer.

Sleep is one of the easiest light sources!

Getting enough sleep is an essential ingredient to thinking clearly, feeling energized naturally, inner peace, patience, happiness, and more.

Going to bed early is a gift you give yourself.

Drink a glass of water before you consume anything else when you wake up.

Waking up early is also a good idea but it’s not always EASY.

Please be careful with sleep aids. While they will force-shut down your mind,

Being able to fall asleep is a valuable skill to have.

Anxiety, insomnia, etc are disorders. It’s not okay if you feel bad because of those things. Be careful what energies you claim into your life experience. Don’t give in. You can overcome anything.

Bottom line:

Shout-out to Legendary Khalifah πŸ’›

Coconut Chips – (chocolate?!)

Coconut isn’t so bad..

For years, my abhorrence of coconut was narrowed down to my intense dislike of the “dry crunch” experience that Coconut brought to my mouth.

Now I must admit, writing that opener was tough, given the fact that I actually like coconut now.

All of it; I like all coconut.

Even the shredded coconut that they add sugar to in the baking aisle.

Coconut flour is a little weird though.. and I’d just rather not use it. I mean, it’s like a sponge. It will ruin the texture of things. Lots of things.

Sorry to put negative energy out on coconut like this! So we’ll switch it up:

These are a delicious snack. They’re sweet and crunchy and filling, especially if you eat the entire bag (2 servings per bag).

Wash em down with this:

This coconut water is really good but I was so disappointed to find out that there is sugar added 😦 bummer.

Okay, and then what about this chocolate flavor:

Chocolate coconut chips
chocolate is proving itself to be one of those things that go with everything πŸ™‚

These chocolate coconut chips are so fabulous! Crunchy and chocolate-y.

I was definitely skeptical but, looking back, what was I worried about πŸ™‚

I recommend coconut snacks because : They’re natural, high in fiber and flavorful! They’re also affordable – all of the snacks featured in this post can be found at the Dollar Tree.