Made in the USA: Muscle Milk Organic

musclemilkMore October Healthy Living theme.


I still have a few samples to review, and this is one I’m really excited to share with you. (As always, I received product, but no other compensation.)

Rich, creamy chocolate. Need I say more? Vanilla is yummy too, don’t get me wrong, but the first sip of the chocolate Muscle Milk Organic made my mouth do a happy dance.

Once again, I sent a sampling to my son to offer his opinion.

He’s goes from zero to sixty from the moment he wakes up: teaching at university, then running, hiking, surfing, biking until dark — he gave me an honest critique by email:

“Mom, it’s DELICIOUS. Send more!” Just like a kid, right?

On the go, as a snack, or for post workout recovery, toss a couple of boxes in your gym bag or backpack. It’s completely ready-to-drink:

  • 15 GRAMS OF PROTEIN
  • 120 CALORIES
  • GLUTEN FREE
  • CERTIFIED ORGANIC

From the website: “Protein is nature’s building block. After a workout your body demands it to recover and grow stronger. We’ve developed Muscle Milk® Organic with 15 grams of organic protein to help you recover after your workout. We sweetened it with organic cane sugar and organic stevia for a light, delicious taste. It’s low in saturated fat and cholesterol and is gluten free, making it a healthy and guilt-free source of protein whenever your body needs it.”

Hey, it’s made in the USA — we need to support our home grown companies!

BREAKING NEWS: “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” Cancelled!

Honey_Boo_Boo_eyes_on_you_animated_gif“There goes Honey Boo Boo”  — that should be the new title, ha ha.

NEWS: TMZ reports that TLC has cancelled “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” in the wake of allegations that June Shannon, aka Mama June,  is dating convicted child molester Mark McDaniel.

According to the TMZ, the network has already shot an entire season of new episodes, but will not air them due to the allegations, as they believe that Shannon is putting her children at risk.

In a world that ignores and covers up domestic violence and child abuse in professional sports, where whole networks are dedicated to hunting and killing animals, I am skeptical of TLC’s swift action to cancel “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo”.

Is it a ploy to placate those of us who are outraged?

Is it just another spin — will HCHBB be reinstated after a short period of time, like that other stupid show, “Duck Dynasty”?

Or is this another kind of spin to garner more publicity and gauge the pulse of the public with regard to just exactly how much we’ll tolerate?

Were the advertisers outraged?

This is all speculation on my part because I don’t watch the show.

And why not, you might ask?

Yes, it’s offensive on a myriad of levels, but the major reason is that it pains me to my core to watch so many horrible fashion choices.

Happy Friday, y’all!

Best Protein Bar EVER – with Garden of Life

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So…by now y’all are aware that I went all whiny and whingy at BlogHer14, but I came away with a few positives, like meeting the awesome reps from Garden of Life Kind Organics.

I start every day with smoothies prepared with Raw Protein-Beyond Organic Protein Formula

  • Good for those with gastrointestinal sensitivities to milk, whey, and other protein sources
  • Easily digested – supports digestive health and function with live probiotics and protein-digesting enzymes
  • It’s raw, vegan and gluten free.
  • One serving has 17 grams of raw plant based protein.

My family loves my protein bars — I’m on a constant quest experimenting with different recipes to pack as many nutrients as possible in every bite, and THIS one is so good, it could be a meal replacement bar, too.

There are a lot of ingredients, but don’t let that scare you; it makes enough to last a long time.

This recipe uses Garden of Life Raw Protein in Vanilla, but you could use any flavor. Chocolate would be DELICOUS, and if you use that, add 1/2 cup cocoa to the dry ingredients.

“Bomber Bar” with Quinoa and Lentils ©™

We call them “Bomber Bars” ‘cos “bomber” is a term for an awesome wave. In my family, everyone but me surfs, and this is a great snack when you’ve burned all those calories in the water.

Lentil Puree:
4 ounces lentils, approximately 2/3 cup, picked over and rinsed
2 cups water
Cook until soft, about thirty minutes, then mash or use immersion blender. Set aside.

Ingredients:
½ – 1 cup Garden of Life Protein Powder
1½ cups whole-wheat pastry flour
1 cup buckwheat flour
½ cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon (we love cinnamon)
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
2 teaspoons fresh or ground ginger
1 teaspoon cardamom

2/3 cup maple syrup
½ cup vegetable oil or coconut oil
1 egg (delete egg to make it vegan)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2/3 cup unsalted peanut butter

2 cups rolled oats
½ cup raw quinoa
1/2 c. Garden of Life chia seeds or ground chia
1/4 c. ground flax seeds
¼ cup rice bran
1/4 c. shredded coconut, sweetened

½ cup dried blueberries
1 cup assorted dried fruit, such as raisins, cherries, apricots, cranberries
1 cup chopped almonds

Directions:
In a really big bowl, combine the first ten dry ingredients, whisk to stir and set aside.quinoalentilbarCombine the quinoa, chia, flax, coconut, oats, and almonds on a baking sheet. Bake for 5-10 minutes @350 degrees until lightly browned.

quinoalentil6in a large pot, mix the peanut butter and maple syrup together and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in the rice bran, salt, cinnamon, allspice, cardamom, ginger, and vanilla extract.

quinoalentil7Combine the quinoa/oats/almonds mixture with dry ingredients that were set aside. Whisk to mix.

Pour the peanut butter/maple syrup mixture into the bowl with dry ingredients, add oil and egg (if used).

Add cooked, mashed lentils. Mix well with wooden spoon to completely incorporate.

Add fruit. At this point, I use my hands to mix it all together. The mixture is a bit heavy and thanks to the maple syrup, it should stick together, so you may need to slightly moisten hands as you go.

Line a 13×9 pan with parchment paper, leaving enough hanging over the sides so you can lift it out after it bakes and cools.

Pour the (heavy) mixture into the pan and press down firmly.

*This is a super important step. When my tugboat man is home, this is his job. When he’s not here, I use a one-pound can to roll back and forth until it’s a flat and mooshed(?) together as possible. Pack it down to ensure it fills each corner and creates an even, flat surface.

Bake at 350 degrees for about thirty-forty minutes. Remove from oven, and press down again. The more dense the bar, the less crumbly it’ll be.
Let cool, refrigerate for at least two hours. Cut into 2×2 inch squares. To keep them fresher longer, I wrap each individually in parchment paper and always refrigerated.

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quinoalentilproteinbar2 quinoalentilproteinbar3One of these bars is a protein packed “bomber” that’s a perfect snack or even meal replacement.

My son needs to eat several small meals with high quality nutrition and these are perfect for his busy, on-the-go lifestyle.

I’m happy because I know my family is eating healthy food made with love.

I’m Guessing The Honeymoon Is OVER

Source:Found on Pinterest

Source: Found on Pinterest

Here’s why.

This is what it’s like being married to a professional mariner who’s also a surfer.

My erstwhile and often absent tugboat man is trying to program his work schedule for the rest of the year based solely upon future winter swell forecasts, and NOT about being home for the holidays.

On his regular daily call, I was forced to listen to a thirty minute diatribe (while he’s studying a calendar) about these pressing issues:

“If I come home now, I’ll miss the next swell but if I stay a bit longer, it’ll put me in the perfect position for that potentially big December surf.”

Nice to know I’m such a high priority in his thought process, right?

Welcome to my world, friends.

And don’t even think for ONE MOMENT that I’m not contemplating either jewelry or a new dress that will look FANTASTIC with those new Loubies I’m getting because of his previous infraction.

(Hee hee)

Book Review: Drowning by Jassy de Jong

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With my broken toe limiting all sorts of athletic activity, I cracked open my e-reader ‘cos I accepted a request to review an advance copy of Drowning by Jassy de Jong.

Hand to heart, I didn’t stop reading until I finished it at 1:30 a.m.

That’s how much I enjoyed reading Drowning by Jassy de Jong.

I admit to a certain amount of anxiety about the setting — a lodge in South Africa  –because I didn’t want to discover that I’d be immersed in a sub-plot about hunting, but I was relieved and SO pleased that the characters (and the author) are advocates for conserving and protecting animals from poachers. Yay and double yay!

Drowning won me over with an intriguing story, great dialogue, and an ending that left me wanting more.

Don’t you love it when you turn that final page and wish it went on and on because you’ve become emotionally invested in the characters?

Me too!

Here’s a short description to whet your appetite:

Erin Mitchel doesn’t remember drowning, or how a mysterious, brilliant and handsome stranger saved her life. Forgotten, too, is her bleak marriage to an abusive husband. Now, stranded indefinitely at the luxurious Leopard Rock Resort with her impossibly irresistible savior, she’s faced with a dilemma: remain faithful to a man she vowed to love forever or give in to wild lustful desires in the steamy heat of South Africa.

Author Jassy de Jong was inspired to write her first novel, Random Violence, after getting hijacked at gunpoint in her own driveway. She has written several other thrillers including Stolen Lives and The Place for Fallen Horses. De Jong also edits a hair and beauty magazine. She lives in the northern suburbs of Johannesburg with her partner Dion, two horses and two cats.”

One more thing…Most reviews never address the nuts and bolts of publishing, but I’d like to offer kudos the proofreaders and editors for doing such a great job. With a discerning eye like mine, I’m always the one who can pick out spelling, punctuation, or grammatical errors — I’m happy to report this book seemed to be error-free!

RATING: Drowning by Jassy de Jong 5 Louboutins out of 5. 

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Amazon: http://amzn.to/10jRnom

Barnes and Noble: http://bit.ly/1xwZLPm

Astor+Blue: http://bit.ly/1u8LJk5

 

 

Quest Protein Chips: Review

proteinchips2What if I told you about a crunchy snack that provides 21 protein grams, 5 grams total carbs, gluten/soy free, AND most importantly, tastes DELICIOUS?

Oh, and each bag has only 120 calories!

What would you say about that?

The nice people at Quest Nutrition sent me a box of Quest Protein Chips to sample and review.

Not a bad job, right?

The box included three varieties: Sea Salt, BBQ, and Cheddar & Sour Cream.

I shared some of the bags with a few friends for their review, too.proteinchipsa

We all agreed that they’re yummy and guilt-free.

In order of favorites, this is our collective opinion:

1. BBQ
2. Cheddar & Sour Cream
3. Sea Salt

All alone or with a dip like hummus, these chips are clearly a hit!proteinchips1

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Sad Seashell Sunday

sad seashell faceWithout my tugboat man.

He’s STILL not home — possibly not until the endif October or beginning of November, which means he’ll have been gone nearly two months.

Sheesh. Instead of gone girl, he’s my gone guy.

My yesterday was accident-prone; chock full of injuries.

Alll in separate events, I broke the third toe on my right foot, a toe I’ve broken several times before, sprained my left wrist, the same one I broke last year, cut my left hand, and poked my right arm with the tip of a nasty agave, which feels like being stabbed with a hot knife. :(

Nothing major and at least it all seems to be balanced —  both sides equally wounded.

So it looks like I’m taking it easy today. Cleaning out drawers, organizing, and listening to Sinatra and Ella.

BTW, I’d like to extend an enthusiastic “HELLO, friends!” to my readers from the far reaches of the globe — I guess you could say the entire universe  –  from Kansas to Sao Paolo to Colchester to Mountain View(!) to Saint-jean-d’angely, Poitou-Charentes, and India, Pakistan, South Africa, Texas, Brazil, Sweden, Australia, tons of you guys from Canadaxoxo, Fiji, Czech Republic, Germany (danke!), Bosnia, Hungary, and Indonesia, just about every state in the United States, along with a special “hollz beeyotches!” to y’all from my home state of Cali.

UPDATE: Chinwags and Tittle-Tattles frowned and shook her perfectly manicured finger at me for failing to give proper mention to my many lovely, tea drinking, special readers from the UK, the United Kingdom, my brilliant British buddies. Now y’all MUST visit her blog and let her know that I’ve righted the unintentional  wrong!

And that’s just today! What a small world, don’t know how I’ll fit y’all in but here goes:

********** Welcome to Casa de Enchanted Seashells *********

Just in case you really didn’t believe me that our home is saturated with seashells, join me on a tour, starting at the foyer.

Come on it! (But take your shoes off first.)

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The mirror took a long time to get exactly right, but it’s one of my best projects.

Now we’re on the first level.

shell decor1

Hmm, pics a bit wonky, I’ll fix ‘em right now.

Nothing here but the formal living room that no one ever uses.
Heading up the stairs, seashells lead the way.

I love my DIY Seashell Bouquet, don’t you?

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 The personal princess spa with seashells lining the walls,
because of course.

bathroom1Close up of the one and only princess mermaid bench.
Tugboat man crafted the bench and I embellished.

flowery mermaid bench

OK, that’s enough. I need my privacy, y’all!

Cleaning leads me to thinking about my mom — we loved to clean together, and she LOVED Old Blue Eyes, and even saw him in person when she was a young teen.

If she were alive, she’d be 100 years old in 2015.

She could sing along (just to annoy me) to all of his tunes; before she died, she especially loved “It Was a Very Good Year”

But I loves me some Ella. “A Sunday Kind of Love”

 

Here’s hoping you enjoy a happy and accident-free Sunday.

 

Squished, Smashed, Squeezed, and Flattened

Wonder why I’m thinking about these?

Guess who had a mammogram?

In addition to my October theme, Healthy Living, it’s also National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Let’s all be aware of our breasts, OK?

We all know it’s a chore and a pain, but do it anyway, OK?

After putting my clothes back on, I exited the exam room to a hearty round of applause from the lovely group of technicians at Imaging Healthcare Specialists in Encinitas.

Here’s my pink reward for successfully taking a bunch of nudie shots in very uncomfortable positions…

It’s a scarf or a handkerchief and I know it’s a bit wrinkly –  the OCD in me wanted to iron it before I snapped a pic, but the lazy part of me won this round and said, “Just do it.” So I did.

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Confession: I’m Addicted to Wheat Grass

gardenoflifewheatgrass2I’m not REALLY addicted, I was being hyperbolic — what I really mean is that I love wheat grass and greens of all kinds.

But I AM a wheat grass junkie!

I love the fresh green fragrance; I love the way it tastes; I love the grassiness of it, I love the color, and I love the feeling that it’s happily dancing in my body with all of its gorgeous greenness infusing my cells with energy and light.

Garden of Life’s Raw 100% Organic Young Wheatgrass Juice Powder — is SO GOOD.

A shot of freshly pressed grass is a great pick-me-up on one of my marathon shopping days — the kind of endurance shopping that calls for stamina and more of a lift than caffeine provides —  but THIS is superior on a daily basis.

Always great in a smoothie, but I also love it mixed with water for workouts. It’s perfectly yummy in my Hello Kitty/Yale water bottle.

I know lots of people scrunch up their faces and think it tastes yucky, but I swear it doesn’t and the more you drink it, the more you’ll love it.

Here’s a tip: Eating a slice of freshly cut orange after you drink wheat grass helps just like a squeeze of lime helps with shots of tequila, I guess :)

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Peeking Into My Past. Throwback Thursday

wolfiesabsdsuA peek into my past.

Poetically:

Revealing the year is something I’m not gonna do…
The shoes MIGHT be a clue,
But II’ll only divulge it’s SDSU.

That’s me — yes, it is — with Beowulf and Sabrina. Sabrina (best Border Collie EVER)  is sitting under my chair and my part-wolf, part Malamute rescue puppy — I rescued him when he was three weeks old and bottle fed him, bringing him everywhere in a front pack baby carrier.

He’s a year old here — circa “I’m not gonna tell ya” — and needed my attention.

Yes, they both sat there like well behaved children when I walked up to the podium for my diploma.

 

#SDSU #Throwback Thursday #rescue #allaboutme #TBT