Wednesday, April 2, 2014

pain in the rear

This is the time of year that my sciatica starts being a "pain in the rear," literally.:-P

I spend most of my waking hours sitting, either sitting at home (studying or reading or watching tv) or sitting at work (tutoring or working on e-mails or transcripts in the office). My back ain't what it used to be, darn Hurricane Ivan cleanup. I need Dr. Garry Hendricks to move back in the more local locale!!!! Whaaaa! Ft. Walton Beach is just too far to drive for one of his acupressure-miracle-working-adjustments! So relieving.

Trim Healthy Mama life and losing 42 pounds has made a HUGE difference in my energy and activity levels. I can garden for hours, up and down, crawling around on the ground, back-bending over weeds and hauling, digging, pulling and trimming. I am feeling so much better! And yet this sciatica threatens.

I am starting to use Young Living Essential Oils...this month is my first as a Member. I am excited about it! They have an oil blend called Pan-Away for pain. I also LOVE the Frankincense and Stress Away oils. Mmm.

Garden prep is coming along slowly. Very slowly. Every weekend it either rains or I am busy with an uni exam or the nieces are visiting. Oh, well. Can't do everything. And I gotta spend time with these lovies, all the time that I can! <3
My adorable nieces!

egg roll in a bowl

Since I cannot find this exact recipe anywhere on the internet, and it's posted only on private THM groups or as an empty pic on Pinterest.

Here is the original THM FB post for it:

I can't tell you how delicious this dish is! My fam asks for it regularly, and I know better than to not make extra for lunch the next day! Braised cabbage is delicious and full of sulfurous goodness. The convergent flavors of this dish are delightful to my foodie palate.  Enjoy!

Praise the Lord for Diana Rodbourn and her Eggroll in a Bowl recipe! Here is a tweaked version of it, as made in my kitchen. :-)

Egg Roll in a Bowl (S)

By Diana Rodbourn
(S on THM) 
Same great taste you get in an eggroll, minus the deep fried wrapper! 
Makes 4 Servings

2 teaspoons sesame oil
1 lb. ground turkey sausage, or ground pork
6 cups finely sliced cabbage- a combo of regular green & purple (about 1 medium head) 
1 cup shredded carrots 
1 medium onion, chopped 
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped or minced 
2 green onion stalks, finely chopped 
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger or ginger powder
¼ cup Bragg’s Aminos or coconut aminos or (if you have to) soy sauce 
Salt and black pepper to taste 
Optional: 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes adds a nice kick! 

  1. Brown the meat in large frying pan (a wok or iron skillet works well!) until fully cooked. 
  2. Turn heat to medium-high and add chopped onion (not the green onions yet) and sesame oil.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the garlic, ginger and coconut aminos and add to pan, and then immediately add the sliced cabbage and stir. 
  4. Cook for a few minutes, stirring often, so that it doesn’t burn and so all cabbage slightly wilts and reduces in size. 
  5. Then add shredded carrots and cook for another few minutes.
  6. Turn off heat, add chopped green onions, salt and black pepper to taste, stir one last time and serve warm. 
  7. Enjoy!
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