Star Wars Day

PBC Blog General 2 (16)Soon you may be seeing memes, posts and hearing people around you saying, “May the fourth be with you.”

I have said it knowing that it is an acknowledgment to Star Wars but this year I wanted to know more for some reason.  So I did what anyone would do.  I searched Google and landed and Wikipedia!  (Side note I just laughed at myself for a quick moment.)

Landed on Wikipedia I did…

(Side note I just laughed at myself for using my internal Yoda voice.)

Nonetheless, the phrase is a pun with Star Wars Day being on May the fourth and the Han Solo famous phrase to Luke Skywalker, “May the force be with you.” in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope.

Wikipedia didn’t let me down but it sure didn’t tickle my Midi-chlorians .  I could have gone on with life not know the background of Star Wars Day.  Yet, in my research I did find something that may have tapped into my Dark Side – some people are saying NO to May the fourth.

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Star Wars Day Attack Ad: Say No to May the 4th on Disney Video

Nonetheless, in my heart, I believe I am a Jedi.  Thus, I end this post with…

May the fourth be with you!

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Health Benefits of Pineapple

PBC Blog General 2 (15)Pineapples are on sale!  This sweet refreshing fruit is probably on sale at your local grocery store and if not it will probably be on sale soon.  So it is a great time to learn about the health benefits of this festive fruit, but there are some things you want to be aware of.

Benefits

Pineapples are a low-calorie fruit but they pack a hard punch with Vitamin C.  In fact, pineapple has about 79 mg of vitamin C per cup – which is more than orange.  Vitamin C is well known for being a safe and super helpful nutrient.  It will not cure your cold but it can protect you against other things.  According to WebMD , their team of doctor and researchers, benefits include:

Protection against immune system deficiencies cardiovascular disease, prenatal health problems, eye disease, and even skin wrinkling.

Buyer Beware

There are some risks to consuming too much pineapple.  Yes, there can be too much of a good thing – like… nausea, heartburn, diarrhea… you know the tune.  And this can have you reaching for that pink bottle.  Live Science does a great job of sharing risks, and even more health information on pineapple.

Picking a Pineapple

So what is the best way to pick a pineapple?  I feel like pineapples, cantaloupes, watermelons, honeydew, and other similar fruits with thick skins/rinds are difficult to select.  However, Organic Facts has taken some of the guesswork out.

The ripeness and freshness of a pineapple can be determined by the smell if its base (no matter how green the crown is). Pick a pineapple, the base of which smells sweet, just like pineapple juice. A fragrance-free pineapple is either harvested too early or is not sweet as it should be.

Recipes

For a fresh take on pineapple check out these unique plant-based pineapple recipes.

Also, Mr. Macka B wrote a song, or rather rap, about it. Want to hear it?

 

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Free Purple Hat with Every Purchase

PBC Sale

Free purple baby hat with every purchase. No coupon code required. We are building awareness this month with special posts focusing on child abuse awareness.

Visit the shop at https://www.etsy.com/shop/peacesbycortney and follow Peaces by Cortney to build your awareness and share! #purplecrying #childabuseawarenessmonth

Nursing Homes in 2069

PBC Blog General 2 (14)Recently, I took my mother to visit the skilled nursing and long-term care facility that she went into when she had her stroke.  She was thrilled to see the friends she made, both staff and patients when she visited.  Then while standing listening to golden oldies over the speaker in the dining hall as she talked to her favorite kitchen worker, and my mind began to wonder…

What will nursing homes be like for my generation?

Video or APP games will be our BINGO –  I don’t think we will find full satisfaction BINGO.  But leaderboards within the nursing home charting patient progress in Words with Friends, Candy Crush, Angry Birds, Zelda, or Super Mario.

Plant-based, Paleo, Keto, Pescatarian, Vegan, and Vegetarian Diets – Many are adopting new lifestyles and choices of living.  I just hope Ensure is working on some new dairy-free recipes.

Wireless Everything – Sure there may still be the need to buttons or remotes.  However, most electronic may be voice activated or be controlled by another smart device.

Different Dining Music – In the dining area instead of Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, Beyonce, Green Day, or N’SYNC will probably be streaming over the speakers.

Virtual Pets – Being that many nursing homes don’t allow pets to be long term guests; I suspect many will have virtual pets that patients take of on their watch, tablet, phone or other device.

Beauty Salon Extravaganzas –  Also, I think the salons inside of facilities would need a wide variety of color options for dying hair.  In addition, they should be prepared for men and women getting manicures and pedicures.

Alternative Medicine Practitioners on Staff –  Due to the increasing demand for natural remedies I think these practitioners may find a home in these facilities.

Just random thought, but I would like to know your thoughts on this.

I am sure I missed something…what do you think nursing homes will be like?  Leave your reply below!

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Best Vegan Frozen Dessert

I tried vegan frozen desserts years ago and was not impressed.  However, vegan frozen desserts have come a LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG way!  Since starting a plant-based diet I have been on the search for what I would call the best vegan frozen dessert.  As I try new flavors I will update the list.   There are tons of flavors out there!  And it seems like mainstream creameries I jumping on the vegan bandwagon.

Let me know what to try next!

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Top Vegan Frozen Desserts

  1. So Delicious Very Vanilla (Cashew Milk Based)
  2. Ben and Jerry’s P.B. & Cookies (Almond Milk Based)
  3. So Delicious Salted Caramel Cluster (Cashew Milk Based)
  4. So Delicious Bananas Foster(Cashew Milk Based)
  5. So Delicious Peachy Maple Pecan (Cashew Milk Based)
  6. Breyers Non-Dairy Cookies and Cream (Almond Milk Based)
  7. Breyers Non-Dairy Peanut Butter (Almond Milk Based)
  8. So Delicious Dark Chocolate Truffle (Cashew Milk Based)
  9. Ben & Jerry’s Non-Dairy Chocolate Fudge Brownie (Almond Milk Based)
  10. Halo Top Non-Dairy Pancakes & Waffles (Coconut Milk Based)
  11. Halo Top Chocolate Almond Crunch (Coconut Milk Based)

 

A Poem: So Sick & Tired!

For those who have or had toxic family, friends or people in their lives…


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by Cortney of Peaces by Cortney

 

My mother always said, “no one has to tell you what to do when you are sick and tired.”

She is right and I got sick and tired.

Sick of them acting one way here and another there.

Then have another change of heart as if they colored their hair,

Who are you now? Your heart has been dyed black.

No, we can’t go back to the way things were.

Your toxic fumes and furry have overtaken my system.

No longer can I inhale your exhaust of lies, drama, and deceit.

It makes me sick and I am tired.

Today is the day and I am the one.

No longer, no more, for I am done.


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This is Me: My Bedtime Routine

My Bedtiem RoutineYou may have stumbled upon this post thinking about a bedtime routine for a child.  But this is a bedtime routine that I actually follow as an adult.  As many of my followers know, last year was a real challenge for me in so many ways.  All of which led to my  This Is Me: 2018 Resolution Theme .

Nonetheless, with it being a few months into the year I have been able to establish a regular bedtime routine for myself and has been successful in my ability to get a better nights rest.

Sleeping Deeper & Feeling Refreshed

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On most days, before I can even get out of my car as I get home from work I am greeted in the garage by my two kids.  Collecting my things from the car I ender the kitchen, greet the rest of my family and begin to cook dinner.  Afterward, I leave the kitchen with dirty plates, pots, and pans and head upstairs to begin my bedtime routine.  washes.

Shout out to all the men who wash dishes! Especially my husband!

In 2018, I decided to be more intentional about taking care of myself.  I have found the routine below to work well for me.  However, please read my  Full Disclaimer because this post is not meant to cure or treat any conditions.  And as always, my posts do not contain any affiliate links.


My Bedtime Routine

  1. Shower – Find a good body wash or soap that you really like. I have always been a fan of Philosophy Pure Grace.  I find that taking a shower in the evening helps me to process the day.  I almost feel like I am washing away any troubles and sending them right the drain.
  2. Stop Eating – Our family eats dinner around 6:00 pm and I make an effort not to eat anything afterward.  Now I must admit I may have a treat or dessert after dinner every now and then but certainly not every day.
  3. Essential Oils – My diffuser has served me so well in my bedtime routine!  I usually put a few drops of lavender and orange to help me ease into the evening.  The scent helps me to further unwind and relax.  I have a few favorites and if you are looking for a good one to get started check this out my VAVA Desktop Diffuser Product Review.
  4. Get Headspace – This step can also be called mindfulness meditation.  Sitting down for about 10 minutes I meditate with the help of Headspace.  In addition, if I find I am having trouble settling my mind I will also use their Goodnight and Sleep Sounds meditation singles. I am a full subscriber of Headspace and with all of what the app offers; for me, it has more than paid for itself.  Also, if you are looking for another blog to follow the Headspace Blog may be right up your alley.

In the midst of all of these steps, children are going back and forth.  I am often being bombarded with questions from them or helping my mother.  But the good thing about this is I am progressively finding mindful moments that are just for me.


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Laundry & Care Symbol Meanings

PBC Blog General (5)Ever wonder what all of those symbols mean on the inside or tag of your shirt.  I know a few but could not keep up with all of them.  Well, Clorox put together a chart that may just be worthy of posting in my laundry room!

National Day of Unplugging

I just took the pledge to “unplug” for National Day of Unplugging.   So I won’t be on social media from March 9 at sundown to March 10 at sundown and my Etsy shop, Peaces by Cortney will be closed.  To learn more or join in this pledge please visit the National Day of Unplugging website.

Won’t you unplug with me! Use #NationalDayOfUnPlugging .

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Slow Cooker Overnight Steel Cut Oats

My current addiction includes eating steel cut oats with berries and walnuts for breakfast. The quick cooking steel cut oats are ok but expensive.  The regular steel cut oats taste better and are way cheaper.  You can buy them from the bulk bin at your local health foods store or co-op.  But let’s be real, being a full-time mom, employee, caregiver, and wife.  I honestly don’t have time every morning to make steel cut oats on the stove.

Ain’t nobody got time for that!!

And my pocketbook can’t afford me to stop by Whole Food every morning for a cup of steel cut oats from the hot bar.

So I began the search for a recipe but I had a hard time finding one that was made completely with water.  So after much trial an error I have discovered one that works.  If you try it let me know in the comments below.

 

Slow Cooker Overnight Steel Cut Oats

  • Servings: 4
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup Steel Cut Oats
  • 6 cups water
  • 4 pinches of salt
  • 4 pint size jars

Directions

  1. Place 1/4 cup of the steel cut oats into each mason jar.
  2. Then pour 1 1/2 cups of water and one pinch of salt into each.
  3. Place the jars into the slow cooker/crockpot and add water to the crockpot until the outside of the jars are covered about 3/4 from the top.
  4. Cover and cook on high for 3 hours.
  5. Turn down slow cooker/crockpot to warm and allow oats to remain in the pot overnight.
  6. In the morning, give each jar a stir. If you would like to store them to eat later in the week, allow then the cool completely. Then cover each jar with a lid and store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Oats then can be reheated in the microwave and desired toppings added.  Also, these oats won’t go all weird on you once cooled.  Unlike rolled oats, steel cut oats will become a bit creamer each day.

5 Favorite Strawberry Recipes

Strawberry season will soon be here and I almost can’t wait!  Strawberries are red, small, sweet, and shaped like hearts.  How cute are they… I mean really?  When I was a kid we would go strawberry picking once during the season and come back with buckets of berries, red rings around our mouths, and full tummies.

Then arriving home we would wash them and transfer them into large bowls.  We kept some of them fresh but I remember helping with the prep work for soooo many recipes.  So here are five of my favorite strawberry recipes from Pinterest.  My family and I have tried them all and I have provided some additional insight to them.

Macerated Strawberries

This is recipe is super easy and the most dynamic of them all.  If you want to macerate strawberries without instructions or a recipe you can!  Just slice strawberries, add sugar, stir and let stand.  If you just added the sugar or orange juice as shown in the recipe you can freeze them.  Then you can top anything you want with the strawberries once thawed.  Put them on top of cereal, ice cream, oatmeal, cake… the list can go on.  But my all-time favorite way is to top them on My Grandma’s Old Fashioned Pound Cake with a dollop of whip cream.

Strawberry & Cream Pie

I first tasted this pie in the 80’s when my mother made after we went strawberry picking. I felt like a unicorn princess whenever I ate this.  It was that good!  If you buy a graham cracker crust instead of making your own, as mentioned in the recipe, you can still have that unicorn princess feeling that I had, just the same.

Strawberry Overnight Oats

I tried this in the fall of 2017 when I during my overnight oats craze,  of which I am still on.  I tried it just as the recipe directed.  However, the frozen strawberries we ok. Some of them were still kind of frozen.  But if you use fresh strawberries you are better off.  More of the strawberry flavor comes through and you are free from needing the chew frozen bits of strawberry.

Strawberry Mango Salsa

I first tried this recipe with grilled chicken years ago and it was DIVINE.  If you want to make it a full meal with the chicken just add rice.  And for my vegan friends, this is great with fried plantains, and rice in a burrito!

No Churn Strawberry Ice Cream

No ice cream maker means no problem!  Kids can really help towards the end.  However, forwarning, they may not be able to wait for it to freeze.

If you try any of them let me know!