Monday, November 13, 2017

TUESDAY TRIVIA , TASTY TREATS & A REVIEW


Despite being born in August, I'm no fan of hot weather, so the past few days here in NC have been great!

Something about cooler weather gives me extra energy, and encourages me to catch up on my massive reading list which continues to grow. The cool days didn't last very long, because it looks like we'll be back in the 60's again all this week.


Meanwhile, more veggies are supposed to be on the menu, so I'm passing on this unique and simple recipe for collard greens which takes about 35 minutes to prepare and cook.  If you use these exact ingredients, the calorie count should be no more than 180 calories.

JAMAICAN COLLARD GREENS 

INGREDIENTS
1 Tbsp Coconut or Olive Oil
1 Cup Chopped White Onion
1 Habanero Chile, stemmed and diced (or jalapeno for less heat)
2 Tsp Chopped Fresh Thyme
1 Tbsp All Purpose Flour
2 Cans (13.5 oz. each) Coconut Milk
2 Bags (16 oz. each) Fresh Chopped Collard Greens
1 Tsp Salt
1/8 to 1/4 Tsp Ground Nutmeg
1/4 Cup Unsweetened Coconut Flakes


DIRECTIONS
In a large pot, heat oil over medium-high.  Stir in the onion, chile and thyme, cooking for 3 minutes.  Add the flour and cook for 1 minute.  Whisk in the coconut milk, bringing to a simmer, cooking for 3 minutes.

Stir in the greens, then cover and cook for 2 minutes.  Use tongs and mix the wilted leaves.  Reduce heat to medium and cook for 15 minutes, covered, mixing a couple more times. If you like your greens more done, leave in for 30 minutes more.  Stir in salt and nutmeg.  Transfer to a bowl, and scatter toasted coconut on top.



PRODUCT REVIEW
I always get a kick out of trying new things, so when given this new product in exchange for an honest review, I was definitely on board.
ARGAN  SHAMPOO from Maple Holistics is hypoallergenic, BPA free, and safe to use on all hair types.  The ingredients include argan, jojoba, almond, peach kernel, avocado, camellia seed and botanical keratin.


My hair is very thick and curly, but it tends to be dry, so I wondered if  this would work better than some of the name brand shampoos I've been using.


The first thing I noticed right away once I opened the bottle was that it had almost no scent at all, which sort of disappointed me because I'm a HUGE scent person.  So if heavy scents bother you, or you're allergic, 
Argan Oil Shampoo  would be perfect to try. 


Despite that, like most of their products, it doesn't take much to create lots of lather, which I enjoyed.  The result once my hair air dried was softness, and it was easy to comb.

If you'd like to try this for yourself or other products,  be sure to visit their free samples page  and their dermarolling blog post .  






In 1852 Louisa May Alcott released her first novel entitled, The Rival Painters:  A Story of Rome, and it didn't get a lot of attention.  But she became famous once she wrote the classic, Little Women about 17 years later.  So many people wanted to meet her that crowds would show up at her home in Massachusetts.  The renowned author was so shy, however, that she pretended to be a servant to trick her fans into leaving.  


The movie Little Women has been created in 1933, 1949, and again in 1994.  Some people consider this one of the best movies for the Christmas season because it's so family oriented and heartwarming.


GIVE ME MORE CHEESE
I'm fanatic about cheese and will add it to just about anything.  When we think about cheese, Wisconsin comes to mind because they're the makers of more than 600 high quality varieties. 
I just wish I had the skills to make my own cheese like Rain from Rain's Garden!  *Waving at Rain".





44 comments:

  1. Thanks for the collard greens recipe.

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    1. I just tried this and it was out of this world fabulous. Made me want to eat veggies more often. (lol) Hugs...

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  2. We don't get collard greens here. Some day I will get to try them. And I hear you on a love of cheese. I am inching towards becoming a vegan, but cheese is a big sticking point for me.

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    1. I think this recipe may work with any type of greens, but I like how this turned out. I wish I could become vegan, but the thought of giving up my cheeseburgers stops me cold. (lol) Hugs...RO

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  3. I am more of a winter person too, although our winters aren't really extreme. I think our brains work better in the cool.

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    1. Hey Andrew! That explains why I have more energy!!! Hugs...RO

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  4. I also prefer winter to summer. In winter you can add layers, in summer you can only take off so much and be decent.

    I LOVE cheese and anything milk related. I had to go to Rain's blog and check out her cheese and her dogs and cats, too. Wonderful blog you found for cheese making. Hope you are having a lovely week. The cat looks quite happy (grin).

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    1. LOL! You're sure right about that Elizabeth. I definitely don't want to scare anyone away. When it comes to actual milk in the liquid form, I tend to stay away, but cheese in my life is a must. So I'm totally with you! Hope your Wednesday is as wonderful as you are! Hugs...RO

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  5. I'm afraid I'm a lover of summer, but living in the UK we don't get much of one. You'd probably love it here!

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    1. I love to travel, so hanging out where it's mostly cool would be wonderful. I've heard great things about the UK! Hugs...RO

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  6. I do love to snuggle up with a good book on a cold, grey day, but I would happily migrate to a warm golden beach – with book in hand of course.

    I often add a dollop of Argan oil to my hair after shampooing so I feel sure I would like this product. I will have to give it a try.

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    1. LOL! I would go that same beach, but would probably be out of there in about 30 minutes if it was too hot. Ironically, I lived in Virginia Beach years ago literally 5 minutes from the beach. I visited in November and December. (lol) Hope you can give the shampoo a try. Hugs... and Happy Wednesday!

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  7. hmmm, nope not a fan of winter but maybe if I had to endure southern summers I just might. The last two winters here in mid Missouri have been mild but there have been winters where ice and snow non stop. I also enjoyed learning a bit more about Louisa May Alcott Thanks RO

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    1. Sometimes the bugs are outrageous when it gets hot Debbie.(lol) I lived in North Dakota, and the snow and ice was seriously over the top, which I loved. Hugs...RO

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  8. I do like winter, but it should be snow snow and cold not like it is now

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  9. I tried one of their other shampoos and liked it.

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    1. I really, really loved their Tea Tree Oil a lot. This was good, but just not as good as that one. Hugs...RO

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  10. I like Aargan Oil and I really want to try this shampoo, too.

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    1. It really does a great job in moisturizing your hair for sure! Hugs and Happy Friday! RO

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  11. I don't mind the cold weather...but, I don't like snow! Thanks for another great recipe!!!

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    1. I hear you on that one Angela. I love snow, but all too often it turns into that dreaded ice that's so dangerous. It would be cool if it could snow for a day, then disappear the next, snow two days later, then disappear. (lol) That recipe turned out fantastic! Hugs...RO

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  12. I am a cold weather lover, too. You are not alone. :)

    I love Little Women and its sequels. That's funny about how Ms Alcott got rid of pesky fans.

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    1. Yay! Kindred minds on coldness! I thought that was a cool piece of trivia too. I wonder how many people she actually fooled. (lol) Hugs...RO

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  13. I love winter too but our winters are quite mild. About the 40s during the day and 30s in the night. It doesn't get below 30 much.

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    1. I could definitely go with those numbers, Deanna. However, I've lived in North Dakota where the winters were brutal and often went below freezing with drifting show. I loved it, and felt that the people were so friendly and kind, and the area was super safe, too. Hugs...RO

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  14. I haven't found a collard greens recipe I am wild about, but I am totally willing to give that recipe a try... collard greens go so well here in the Central Valley and they are cheap and EVERYWHERE, haha! - http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com

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  15. ***waving right back!!!***
    Thanks RO!!! You HAVE the courage! You just need the milk and the equipment!!! Heck, I don't have fancy stuff, I make do. I've had ups and downs but mostly it's been a great fun adventure! You need to make some Cams!!! :)

    Oh the cold...the cold...winter is beautiful. But it's the deep freezing Arctic weather that seems to freeze my insides...if not for that, I love winter from my window!! :)

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  16. Sounds like a nice shampoo, though I DO love good scents so it not having one is a bit of a bummer. Ah well, as long as it works, right?

    I also really like winter over summer. Granted, fall is my favorite because it's not usually TOO cold, but I cannot stand being hot and I get hot really easy.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  17. I am in LOVE with winter this year for some reason.

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  18. Those collard greens sound amazing! I'm going to have to try this recipe.

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  19. Yay someone else who doesn't like the hot weather! I live in Texas and it's still in the freaking 80s! My family and I are trying to move up north to Portland, Oregon because we're so done with living here. I'm one of the few people who gets more depressed in the summer than in the winter which is terrible since it's sunny and hot 9 months out of the year here. I used to live in New Mexico and I miss getting snow for the holidays.

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  20. I'd be happy to send you some of our winter weather - give me summer any day :)! Do you know I've never tried collard greens? Looks delicious!

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  21. I love summer but now that cooler temps have settled in I guess I have to accept it. Wah!!! Although you're right, I do get more reading and writing done in the colder months. I've wanted to try that shampoo but I fear with my thin hair it may make it greasy.

    Have a beachy week!
    Elsie

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  22. I miss not interacting with Rain like I used to. She is so talented and really puts .. herself into everything she does. She’s a great blogger and a very good writer.
    Your post was very good to read and I miss you too. I enjoyed reading about little women. I never knew she avoided her fans but I can see why she did. I love cheese on toast with brown sauce.

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  23. I love the trivia on Louisa May Alcott. Didn't she create an amazing story?
    I'm not a big collards fan, even if I am a vegetarian:), but I think I'd really like them fixed Jamaican style:)
    You have a weekend as special as you are, Rockin Ro.
    Hugs,

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    1. I'm like a little kid when it comes to eating veggies (lol), but these turned out so well, (well, I did have to add some extra spice) that I actually ate these twice over two days. All my vegetarian friends (like you), are starting to rub off on me, Super Sandra! Happy Saturday! Hugs...RO

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  24. I'm not a fan of super hot weather, so I like spring and fall.


    I eat collard greens sometimes, usually during the holidays. More than likely I'll have some this Thanksgiving.

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  25. I love cheese, and I have to watch it now but I will always be a cheese fanatic. :) And I like it cool too, which is good since we're supposed to get down to 32 tonight!

    Hope you're having a great weekend!

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  26. The collard greens recipe is one that I an jotting down, my husband loves them. :) And I do love the cooler weather, I always feel so much better, don't know how to explain it but I do.

    My daughter uses a shampoo that has argon oil in it and she really likes it. We went through several different brands before she found the one she uses now, and her hair looks so much healthier now that she uses it. I am thinking that I should use it. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

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  27. Always fun trying a new product and seeing what it does. I prefer winter, too. But I'm not above complaining when it dips below 30. lol

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  28. There's a scene in Jo's Boys where Jo (grown up Jo from Little Women) pretends to be a servant to hide from her fans. I've always read that scene was autobiographical! Agatha Christie was uncomfortable meeting fans as well. I need to try the Argan Oil shampoo. I have thick coarse wavy hair that can be dry - especially on the ends and this sounds perfect.

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  29. Interesting trivia about Louisa May Alcott. Thanks for sharing!

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  30. I loved your choice of photo with smiling child ,how loveable and cute !!!
    i used to love winter and i still do though my joints suffer in winters ,but thank god this winter is different as i am on medication for this pain and feeling relived !

    thank you for recipe my friend .
    and thank you for introducing this excellent writer i will look for this compelling novel as i love reading family oriented books

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