Happy first day of Fall! I’m spending my day doing light duty around the condo, which means I’m not out enjoying the tempering breezes and the first colors changing in our surrounding forests here in the Lower Ozark Mountains of Arkansas. Some say the early colors are the result of heat stress or wet summers. The lack of sunlight is the reason for leaves not making the chlorophyll or green color, so the other colors in the leaves begin to show through. Actually, any stress will make the trees change early! Stress certainly makes me change, but not usually for the best. Color seems to be running about a week early across the country in most places I checked.
I found a handy interactive USA map for 2017 Leaf Color. You can move the date line and watch the colors change across the country. Very fancy these internet gurus!
While you entertain your family and plan your road trip, you might want to whip up a gourmet mix of pistachios, macadamia nuts, and deluxe unsalted mixed nuts for a healthy snack. This takes at most 5 minutes to prepare and a couple more minutes to store in airtight canisters or mason jars.
1 cup Wonderful pistachios (preshelled)
4 oz Planters Unsalted Premium Blend
160 grams Raisins
1 cup sahale tangerine macadamia nuts
4 tbsp Chocolate, Nestle Real Semi-Sweet chocolate chips
Mix by hand in oversized bowl. Put into large mouthed mason glass canning jars or air tight BPA free storage containers for your cabinets. Store away from heat, moisture, and sunlight.
Tips: You can vary the mix by adding different dried fruits to this trail mix.
Directions: Merely measure on a scale, mix in a bowl, and store in an airtight jar. Enjoy.
Serving Size: Makes 20 one ounce or 1/4 cup servings
Nutritional Info per serving:
• Calories: 133.9
• Total Fat: 8.4 g
• Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
• Sodium: 52.9 mg
• Total Carbs: 14.1 g
• Dietary Fiber: 1.5 g
• Protein: 2.8 g
VITAMIN AND MINERALS
• Vitamin A 0.4 %
• Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
• Vitamin B-6 5.0 %
• Vitamin C 0.4 %
• Vitamin D 0.0 %
• Vitamin E 2.3 %
• Calcium 2.0 %
• Copper 10.3 %
• Folate 0.1 %
• Iron 3.7 %
• Magnesium 6.7 %
• Manganese 11.3 %
• Niacin 0.3 %
• Pantothenic Acid 0.0 %
• Phosphorus 5.8 %
• Riboflavin 0.4 %
• Selenium 0.1 %
• Thiamin 3.8 %
• Zinc 0.1 %
Posted in Environment, Hot Springs, Arkansas, Nutrition guide, Travel
Tagged arkansas, autumn equinox, cooking, fall leaves, family, nutrition, recipe, Stress, Trail Mix, travel
Most folks in the workplace function better with their caffeine of choice. In Cornie’s Kitchen, the caffeinated beverage of the morning is a blend of caffeine and decaf coffee. I prefer to ease into awareness, rather than take a rocket ship ride to full alertness. Then again, I like to wake up early enough to give myself this extra time.
When I was young with a child at home, mornings were much more hectic. My caffeine was full strength and I had a big to go cup also ready for our dash out the door. We usually ate a toast or bagel in the car.
What happens to people’s need for their daily dose of caffeine and community when a hurricane hits town? If people have been hunkered down at home or in shelters, they’ll be itching to get out to see what’s left of their town, to support one another, and start the cleanup process.
That is a job for coffee, my friends!
To gauge Hurricane Irma’s impact on Miami, some won’t be watching just the weather; they’ll be tracking Cuban coffee consumption.
Cuban-style espresso, or cafecito, is a staple of daily life in Miami. Former Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator Craig Fugate says how fast Cuban coffee stands reopen may indicate how the city is faring.
Fugate led Florida’s emergency management division during the 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons. At that time, he used the Waffle House restaurant chain as a gauge of the storm’s impact.
Waffle House is known for being open all the time. Thus, a closed restaurant was a very bad sign. There are no Waffle Houses in Miami, so Fugate suggested Cuban coffee as an alternative.
He says if Cuban coffee stands are closed, “it is bad.”
Posted in coffee, Cuba, Florida, Food, Friendship, Hurricanes, sharing, Uncategorized, Waffle House, Work
Tagged coffee, Cornie's Kitchen, Cuban coffee, Florida, hurricane, Waffle House
FORGET ABOUT THE HAIR.
If you aren’t sweating, you aren’t getting your money’s worth. My trainer at the YMCA used to tell me, “Miss Cornelia, you need to sweat to get your heart rate up! If you’re just gonna pose and look pretty, you aren’t getting any benefit from your session!”
I would shoot daggers at him with my eyes. Sweating in public goes against everything I’ve ever been taught as a polite southern lady who was born in the last century. (That’s the Stone Age, for those who are pulling out your calculations.) We are supposed to “glow” at most, but never sweat…horses sweat! Men perspire, but we ladies are supposed to be more fragile and delicate.
My trainer would roll his eyeballs heavenward when I mentioned how I was raised. “I need you to get over this idea to get healthy. This attitude stands in between you and your cardiac efficiency.”
All right. I can see I’m not going to get to wimp out on this watch. Limp hair we can cover up with a hat. Showers are available in the dressing room. I can bring a change of clothes, or I can swagger outside with my gym body and flaunt it.
Be proud of your gym hair. You did something good for your health today.
Posted in Exercise, family, Generations, Health, Physical Training, Southern Culture
Tagged attitude, exercise, health, Physical Training, sweat, ymca