And I think it's pretty cool that we both had a thing for plants and gardening...
So last blog you read that my birthfather killed himself and there's so much more.. There IS!
So how did I even find out any of this info anyway? When I was four, I discovered a box with a baby comb, a baby brush, and a little Bible that had written inside the cover "To the new parents of Magoo." I just realized that those of you who know me but haven't heard that story will probably start calling me Magoo now, but that's ok- you'll get over it eventually LOL
So I went to my adopted mother and asked her what this was about and she told me I was adopted.
I have NO idea how I felt back then...I was FOUR. I'm glad she didn't keep it a secret and didn't balk when I turned 18 and wanted to find my birthparents. I was 20 when I actually started the search because I was about to get married and I had no physical record of any birth defects or problems that ran in the family.
I went to the state and got my obligatory birth records...the ones that back in the 70s they'd marker out things you weren't allowed to know (my birthname, her info, his info..etc) and then photocopy so you definitely couldn't read it.
I did read in my paperwork that my birthname was Rosemary. (yeah another nickname for ya lol) and in ONE SPOT they left a single detail unmarkered!
It was RIGHT near the end of the page so they MISSED IT!!! (happy dance!!!)
It was my last name at birth: Meads!!
Thus began the search! I literally got out the phonebook (wish I'd had the internet LOL) and called each and every Meads that lived in the area! Imagine you get this phone call "Hi, about 20 years ago, I was born and my birthname was Rosemary Meads" It was quite an interesting process... I did have some help along the way...more on that next blog :)
FOOD IS MEDICINE
Coffee: Good or bad?
Many Americans wake up to either the smell of the coffee machine having been set the night before or they stay zombies (lol) until the smell of those roasted beans and the trickle of hot water finally kicks in and opens their eyes.
Aaaah, Coffee. You may now speak to me.
I used to be one of those people and that's exactly what I would do every morning. Until one fateful day...
I woke up planning on taking my 7 year old son to Busch Gardens Theme park, which is about an hour away from here. We got in the car...headed out...
and halfway thru a TUNNEL I had a full blown panic attack!!!
I'd never had one before in my life! I won't go into detail because those of you who have them could actually have one from my description. It's safe to say that if you've never had one YOU DON'T WANT ONE!!
Especially not in a TUNNEL!!!
Of course I went to a doctor and found out I had inner and outer ear infections and I had taken benedryl because I thought I was having normal seasonal allergies and the benedryl had skyrocketed my blood pressure.
What I ALSO learned was that two cups of coffee can cause a panic attack for someone who has never had one before.
In my class today, I learned that coffee causes adrenaline to enter your body, keeping your body focused and alert (but usually at times you don't NEED to be focused and alert!!) So your body doesn't really know what to do!
It's the equivalent of being chased by a bear....ok, maybe not a bear..maybe a mean antelope, but you get the idea. That mechanism was put into your body to protect you and now it's being stimulated REGULARLY.
I'm not here to tell you coffee is bad or that you should never drink coffee again.
One person's food is another person's poison!
I do want my readers to be aware of what they're eating/drinking and make conscious decisions about what they're putting into their bodies.
This recipe comes from www.veganricha.com. It's tried, true, and delicious! Add extra spinach, asparagus, and broccoli into it and make a nutritious, filling, delicious meal!
Pumpkin Seed Alfredo Fusilli. Nut-free Vegan Alfredo Recipe. Easy cashew free alfredo sauce with pasta. Vegan Soy-free Nut-free Recipe. Can be gluten-free with gf pasta
Author: Vegan Richa
Recipe type: pasta
6 to 8 oz fusilli or fettucini.
Pumpkin seed Alfredo
1 tsp oil
½ cup chopped onion or shallots
3 fat cloves of garlic
¼ cup raw pumpkin seeds
½ cup water, divided
3 tbsp nutritional yeast
¼ tsp or more dried thyme
¼ tsp dried basil or oregano
¾ tsp or more salt
1.5 to 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
½ tsp white vinegar
1 tbsp flour (I use whole wheat. use rice flour to make gf)
a generous dash of black pepper
2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1 cup unsweetened non dairy milk
black pepper, red pepper flakes and vegan peptita parm for garnish
1 cup baby spinach and ½ cup thawed peas (optional)
Cook pasta according to instructions and keep aside.
Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add onions and garlic and cook until translucent. 3 to 4 minutes.
Add pumpkin seeds and ¼ cup water an bring to a boil. about 4 minutes. Cook for 2 more minutes, then let it cool a bit..
Meanwhile add all the ingredients from nutritional yeast through non dairy milk to the blender (nutritional yeast, herbs, salt, lemon, vinegar, flour, pepper, olive oil, on dairy milk). Add the onion pumpkin seed mixture to the blender. Blend until smooth.
Return to the skillet over medium heat. Add another ¼ cup water.(I use the water to rinse the blender and added it to the skillet). Bring to a boil. Stir frequently to avoid lumps. The mixture will thicken considerably. Cook for another minute, so the flour is cooked through. Total 3 to 4 minutes. Carefully taste and adjust the salt and tang. Add more herbs if you wish.
Add the cooked pasta, spinach, peas and other veggies if using. Toss well. If the sauce is too thick, add a few tbsp of water or the pasta cooking water and mix in. Cover and switch off heat. Let the pasta sit for 2-3 minutes before serving.
Garnish with pepper flakes and nutritional yeast or vegan parmesan of choice.
To amplify the flavors, add ¼ tsp onion powder and ¼ tsp garlic powder, or a good pinch of Indian black salt.
Add more garlic and fold in chopped roasted chile or jalapeno for variation.
Use 3 to 4 tbsp cashews at Step 3, if ok with nuts.