Guess this food!

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See if you can guess what food this is. Isn’t it gorgeous? Post your guess here. 

Wordless Wednesday: “Fancy”

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Recycle Through the Freecycle Network(TM)

Do you have something usable to get rid of but hate to see it thrown in a landfill? Are you looking for something that someone else may not need anymore? The Freecycle Network(TM) may be the answer for you.

I have been a member of our local Freecycle group here in Grand Rapids for a couple years now. I’ve been able to find people who want things that I can no longer use, such as craft supplies, my hockey stick, deer corn etc. I’ve also found things I was needing such as an old hose and water bin for an irrigation project I was planning. My favorite ‘find’ was a collection of “Organic Gardening” magazines that someone no longer needed and that I was drooling for!

Here’s how it works. Go to the Freecycle homepage and search for the group nearest you. It’s free to sign up. Then post something you’re looking for or post something you have to give away. There will be a huge list of posts that you can browse. If you find something that you’re interested in, you can email the person who posted and let them know of your interest. The main thing is everything must be kept free. There is no trading or selling allowed on Freecycle. There are a few other restrictions as well, such as no posting of computer software and no seeking out things to re-sell them. I will say that things tend to go quickly on Freecycle.

The Freecyle concept is a brilliant one and I highly encourage you to try it. Let’s keep as much as we can out of our landfills!

Good Nutrition Today on Rachael Ray Show

I happened to see a bit of the Rachael Ray show today and found it rather interesting. She was discussing anti-aging with Dr. Perricone (a dermatologist and anti-aging specialist).

I was pleased that Dr. Perricone was recommending healthy fats such as olive oil and fish oil to help prevent aging. He also suggests that we choose low-glycemic foods and grains. Perricone says low-fat diets aren’t good and that Prozac made it’s appearance around the same time that Prozac did. He said people were getting depressed without enough fat.

It is so encouraging to see good nutritional advice being given on national TV. I’m so sick of seeing low-fat products marketed all over the place. Fat is good for us and we need it! We need to choose good fats such as unrefined olive oil, butter and coconut oil. Let’s keep the good fat and instead do away with things like MSG, refined oils, margarine, white flour and high-fructose corn syrup. 

Vegetables Come to Life!

I recently stumbled upon a marvelous collection of books by Saxton Freymann and Joost Elffers that you absolutely must check out! We found several of them at our local library. Almost magically the authors turn ordinary food into characters with such expression and life! My daughter has enjoyed finding the various vegetables that we get from the farm transformed into a car or an animal or even a city. What a great way to encourage our children to eat their vegetables! Here are the ones we have read and enjoyed. I recommend them all!

image “Fast Food”
Just about any form of transportation you can imagine, all made with vegetables and fruits.

image “Dog Food”
A humorous use of dog-phrases. The dog watching a mushroom TV while sitting in an avocado chair is my favorite!

image “Food Play”
This is an excellent book for helping to develop the imagination. There are pages and pages of food characters with no text. You make up your own captions!

image “How Are You Peeling: Foods with Moods”
In 1999 this book won a “Best Illustrated Children’s Book” award by the New York Times. A great resource for explaining and exploring various feelings.

image “Gus and Button”
This story of a boy and his dog uses landscape and characters made entirely of food. He leaves the mushroom land he knows and discovers a whole new world of adventure.

Other ones that I know of include, Dr. Pompo’s Nose, One Lonely Seahorse, Food for Thought and Baby Food.

Reading these books reminded me of how as a child I used to play with my food. My family would occasionally go out to eat at the local family-style buffet. The highlight of the visit was the dessert bar where we could get all sorts of bulk candy. My little brothers and I would make little creatures out of the candy by sticking various kinds together and by carving mouths in them. The gumdrop orange-wedges were the best for this! I still find it tempting to play with my food. Mash potatoes make great mountains. And of course there’s always the broccoli trees. Hmm, maybe I should try a volcano with the gravy!

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