Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Pelicans love our natural beauty

Our natural beauty
Pelicans made splashy landings while white wading birds skirted the shore. They got their catch minding their own business, while human fisherman worked from a bridge. I finally followed the signs to the signs near the Old and Lost Rivers, and sunned on rocks by a gazebo overlooking busy waters. While I picked up a brochure on the J.J. Mayes Wildlife Trace, I can see now I haven’t nearly seen all of the area of the Wallisville Lake Project. Though I did learn a thing or two at interactive displays designed for much younger visitors.          This place was a relaxing surprise I’d been driving past for years. Make some time to stop off Interstate 10 on your next trip toward Houston. Call (409) 389-2285 for more information.

Hold me to it
Embrace those New Year’s resolutions. Build yourself up while cutting yourself some slack. Clean the house. I mean get rid of stuff that you haven’t used. Make some space and be responsible for less stuff. Then move your body and realize eating right gives you the energy you said you wanted. I’ll be looking to share positive thoughts, finds, recipes, etc. with you all in this space. Hold me to it.

New Year’s herbal
For a new year of health, consider some new things from BioTerra Herbs. I’ve received, but not completely played with a couple of varieties I was drawn to because of crazy names and, of course, the health benefits: There’s "AHH" (Detox), "SHUSH" (Snoring) and "Z-Z-Z" (Sleep), 
For digestive issues there is "BELCH."   "GAHH" could get you going and for energy there is "BOING."
This company is not playing around. They offer non-GMO, Gluten-Free, Vegan, Natural, products.
Darragh Doiron loves sharing the good stuff with Port Arthur News readers.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Make a list, Chex it twice
I love anybody’s Chex mix. But I like choosing what to put in the one I try to make each season. This time oyster crackers came in to my life and pared well with wheat Chex, olive oil, Worchestershire sauce and Cajun seasoning. You know, you can use those guys for croutons on salad. That’s a healthy option, right?

Bamboo bowls, servers, utensils, etc. from Core catalogs are simple and sexy. They look good and they work good and they make you want to entertain. I’m playing with a bamboo vegetable dicer that could be the key to keeping your New Year’s resolutions to eat better. Everyone who has seen this bamboo “knife” can’t believe how well it works. This organically-grown bamboo knows how to work it.

Peruvian super foods
Could this be a Nutella hack?
Manuel Villacorta shares many simple, wonderful-sounding recipes in his new book, “Whole Body Reboot: The Peruvian Super Foods Diet to Detoxify, Energize and Supercharge Fat Loss.” I am not familiar with some of the ingredient in this book, but I know that in today’s culinary thrill-seeking world, you can get them.

Why do Incan diets work? The author will tell you all about it.
Good thing the following comes with a substitute.
2 tablespoons sachi inchi butter, or almond butter
2 tablespoons cacao powder
1 tablespoon agave syrup
3 teaspoons vanilla soy milk
Put all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until smooth. Scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula and pulse for 30 seconds longer.
Darragh Doiron loves to try new things and share them with Port Arthur News readers.