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Monday, November 14, 2016

Letting the true me shine...

Letting the true me shine...

I originally posted this as a note on my personal Facebook, but I wanted to share it here as well.

You know... Ever since the Presidential Election, especially all day Friday, I felt awful. And I don't mean physically ill (puking after having garlic and pumpkin eggnog with spaghetti, notwithstanding); I mean emotionally ill.

I felt like I needed to ‘hide.’ Hide who I was; hide my thoughts, my feelings, my wants, my desires.

I felt like I was wrong... wrong to feel the way I do. I felt like I had no right to be scared. That even though I’ve seen and read evidence of the horrendous things that have been said for the last 12+ months and can interpret them, that I was seeing it wrong... along with millions of other Americans.

I felt attacked... like I needed to change my opinion just to suit others. I felt like I was on the losing end, so instead of ‘ruffling feathers,’ I felt like I was expected to just nod and smile politely, just to avoid fighting... Just like a ‘good woman’ does.

I felt afraid... afraid to post or share things on Facebook that I related to, for fear of being told to ‘stop believing the mainstream media.’ Fear of once again, being told that None of that will ever happen and that I need to do my research away from the ‘mainstream media.’ Fear of not even knowing what others would consider the ‘mainstream media.’

I even felt stupid... that even though I think I had a great education and I feel confident that I can clearly and cohesively interpret things I read/see/hear, that I wasn’t understanding them the way I was expected to.

and then... I felt ashamed.

I felt ashamed of being a Democrat. Ashamed of being a liberal. Ashamed because I am scared out of my mind that someone who is against EVERYTHING I believe in is going to lead the country for the next 4 years. Ashamed that I feel the way I do.

And most importantly, I felt ashamed of myself for letting it get that far.

Mommy didn’t raise me that way. Mommy would be SO upset with me if she was alive. She’d be scolding me for not standing up for myself. She’d be yelling at me for letting myself feel like I was bullied.

I sat and took a long look at things... No one else is letting their friends ‘control’ what they post. Why the hell am I?

I don’t need to ‘hide’ how I feel.

I’m not wrong for feeling the way I do.

I shouldn’t care whether I ‘ruffle feathers’ or not.

I shouldn’t feel afraid to post things I agree with. It’s MY wall; not yours.

I shouldn’t feel stupid, because I’m not. I’m smart and have a good understanding of most things.

AND I SHOULDN’T EVER FEEL ASHAMED OF ANYTHING!

I am proud of being a Democrat. I am proud of being a liberal. I am COMPLETELY scared out of my mind that someone who is against EVERYTHING I believe in is going to lead the country for the next 4 years.

I’m scared for my black friends. I’m scared for my Latino/Latina friends. I’m scared for my other foreign friends, which are too many to list. I’m scared for my female friends. I’m scared for my poor friends. I’m scared for my disabled friends. I’m scared for my LGBTQ friends.

I’m scared for America.

From now on, I’m saying WHAT I want, WHEN I want. It could be sweet; It could be so laden with swear words, it’d make a sailor blush. (Actually, I’d bet on that last one, truth be told) If it goes against what you think, TOO DAMN BAD.

Life is too short to worry about making others happy. You gotta make YOURSELF happy and the hell with everyone else.

And THAT is what I intend to do.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Love with Food October 2016 GF box

Love with Food
October 2016 box

What is Love With Food?
Love With Food helps you discover new organic or all-natural snacks delivered to your door every month. Our subscription membership starts as low as $10/month. Every month, Love With Food members will receive a curated box of unique, hard-to-find tasty snacks which varies based on seasonal themes.

For every box sold, we donate a meal to several food banks such as the Feeding America Network and Share Our Strength - No Kid Hungry. Join us to help end child hunger one meal at a time!

Say goodbye to boring grocery selections and start discovering your Love With Food experience!
November's box is on it's way, so it's time for the monthly post!

This month’s theme is ‘Love is Wicked.’ We show love for the important people in a lot of different ways, and sometimes it might come off just a little bit… wicked. Maybe you love to tempt your friends and family with irresistible indulgences like cookies or candy? Well, we think that’s the best type of wicked. So go ahead, be a little extra wicked this month with your Love With Food box… if you dare!

Again, this month’s box didn’t come with an information sheet, like the other Love with Food boxes usually come with. It just had a card with the paragraph above and a few other tidbits that really didn’t have anything to do with the snacks. While it saves ME time from not having to type the info, it makes it a bit hard to disclose all the dietary guidelines. Apparently, this is their new method, so I will try my best to provide what diets can have the snacks.
*It would be safe to assume these snacks are gluten-free only unless otherwise noted..


^^what I received^^

RW GARCIA 3 SEED SWEET POTATO CRACKERS
FROM THE BAG: RW Garcia 3 Seed Sweet Potato crackers bring something new to the table. Great with any topping - our nutritious ingredients include North Caroline Beauregard Sweet Potatoes (prized for their exceptionally sweet flavor), stone ground corn and a trio of seeds blended together to make a delicious gluten free cracker. Enjoy!

Reminded me of a sesame cracker I was addicted to as a teenager. I am NOT ashamed to say I ate the whole bag in one sitting. I really didn’t taste the sweet potatoes in the crackers either, nor did I taste the chia or flax seeds.
My gums were a bit sore after eating these, but that’s because a piece of cracker JAMMED itself into my gums. YEOWTCH!!
I also received a recipe card with this box, which I will be posting on my recipe blog soon.
TASTE: 9.5/10
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free

GARDEN OF LIFE RAW ORGANIC PROTEIN in VANILLA CHAI
The directions on this say to mix with water, but I had a feeling this would not have tasted very good with water, so I cheated and used straight up cow’s milk. It still tasted disgusting and I ended up being nauseous while running my monthly errands.
TASTE: 2/10
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free, Vegan, Dairy Free, Soy Free

LANCE’S GLUTEN FREE PEANUT BUTTER BITE SIZE SANDWICH COOKIES
FROM THE BOX: You can always count on Lance to provide great-tasting, high quality snacks for you and your family.
We are proud to offer Gluten Free Sandwich Cookie Bites, little bites of deliciousness for when you are looking for something sweet and satisfying. Each mini sandwich starts with real peanut  butter spread between delightfully baked gluten free cookies to create a wholesome and flavorful snack.
Free from gluten and egg, you and your family will love Lance Gluten Free Sandwich Cookies.

These tasted just like Ritz Peanut Butter Sandwich crackers. I’d be hard-pressed to tell a difference. Only thing I didn’t like with these were some of them were haphazardly put together. Cosmetic issue, I know. But that was my only issue with these.
TASTE: 9/10
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free

RUNA CLEAN ENERGY SPARKLING GUAYUSA BEVERAGE in ORANGE PASSION
FROM THE CAN: Clean Energy in how we describe what Amazonian hunters call the “mental strength and courage” they get from drinking guayusa, a super leaf that has naturally occuring caffeine, polyphenols, and flavonoids.
These compounds in guayusa give you sustained and focused energy. No harsh chemicals. No  feeling burned out later. Just organic, healthy energy from a leaf, not a lab.
Get the energy you want now without sacrificing how you feel later. Not all energy is created equal -- keep yours clean.

Judging by the ingredients on the can, I was picturing a carbonated fruit juice drink. This was NOT the case.
This was completely disgusting. Thinking it was just my taste buds because I’m not one for low-sugar/no-sugar drinks, I had some other people taste it and they said the same thing; it’s nasty. It almost tastes like the fruits they used were rotten. We poured about half of it out.
TASTE: 1/10
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free, Organic

BEANITOS WHITE BEAN CHIPS
I got two flavors of these chips: Sweet Chili and Sour Cream, and Garden Fresh Salsa.

SWEET CHILI AND SOUR CREAM
Take a Fritos Scoopable chip, fill it with sweet and spicy chili, then drop a small dollop of sour cream onto it; you have the flavor of this chip. VERY yummy, but a bit hot for me. I took one for testing, then gave the bag to Mama Melissa, since these are diabetic-friendly.
TASTE: 9/10
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free, Diabetic

GARDEN FRESH SALSA
I could really taste the salsa seasoning on this. It actually felt like I was eating a chip with salsa on it. The tomato flavor really shines through with these chips. Again, I took one for testing, then gave the bag to Mama Melissa, since these are diabetic-friendly.
TASTE: 9/10
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free, Diabetic

PAMELA’S BAKING AND PANCAKE MIX
FROM THE PACKAGE: Wake every morning to light and fluffy pancakes made in no time! Quick, easy and delicious with 8 whole grains per serving, use Pamela’s Baking & Pancake Mix to make all types of delicious baked goods!

Considering there are 4 grams of sugar in this mix, and the diabetics I live with like to keep their count to 3 grams per item, I’m not entirely sure we’ll make this.
What I really like about Pamela’s Products is their support of national and regional non-profit Celiac Disease, Gluten Intolerance and Autism Support Organizations. The last one is important to me, since I have HS friends whose children have Autism. Those organizations need all the support they can get.
TASTE: UNKNOWN
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Kosher

TESSEMAE’S ALL NATURAL ORGANIC LEMON GARLIC DRESSING & MARINADE
I usually don’t do salads… at least not the ones here. (Sorry, I don’t do strawberries and bananas with my lettuce and tomatoes. Not happening) I may see if I can add this to a chicken salad,
TASTE: ?/10
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free, Organic, Non-GMO, Dairy Free, Diabetic, Vegan

KETTLE BRAND MAPLE BACON POTATO CHIPS
FROM THE BAG: In Salem, OR, we re-introduced native plants to our 2-acre wetland & have watched wildlife return, including a family of herons.
We planted 5 acres of native tallgrass prairie, now alive with a variety of songbirds in Beloit, WI.
Our national promise -- Non-GMO Project Verified
Gluten Free
No Preservatives
0 Grams Trans Fat

I usually shy away from kettle chips, because they are normally too hard for my teeth. But I ‘bit the bullet’ for the review… and I was pleasantly surprised.
I really don’t taste the maple flavor on these; I thought I tasted barbeque sauce, then a heavy taste of bacon.
If Lay’s or Wise made these, I’d gladly eat them more often, since those brands seem to be softer.
TASTE: 9.5/10
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free, Non-GMO

WALKER’S GLUTEN FREE PURE BUTTER SHORTBREAD
I love shortbread, so this was a happy surprise. And Walker’s brings me back to my childhood, when Mommy would order gifts from Figi’s and these would be the ‘Free Gifts.’
However, these cookies have a strange taste to them. I’m not sure if it’s the butter wasn’t completely fresh or if the absence of gluten alters the taste, but I wasn’t a huge fan of these.
TASTE: 7/10
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free, Non-GMO, Vegetarian

BROWN & HALEY ALMOND ROCA BUTTER CRUNCH TOFFEE
I was very skeptical about trying this, because I remember Butter Toffee can be very hard on the teeth, and I was afraid of this bothering my oral issues. While it hit the sore spots, it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. It tasted just like regular butter toffee.
TASTE: 9/10
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free

BIXBY ORGANIC CRAFT CANDY BAR in DARK CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER SEA SALT
This reminds me of a Baby Ruth with dark chocolate. I really liked the peanuts in the bar itself.I didn’t like the dark chocolate, but I never did like dark chocolate to begin with. I ate about half and tossed the rest.
TASTE: 5/10
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free

AWAKE ENERGY GRANOLA BAR in DARK CHOCOLATE CARAMEL
This was EXACTLY like a Quaker Granola bar. It was absolutely DELICIOUS. Even though it says it has dark chocolate in it, I didn’t taste the normal bitter dark chocolate taste. I think the caramel covered the taste well. I may pick some up the next time I go to Walmart.
TASTE: 10/10
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free

SALTED CARAMEL SQUARES BY TAHANA CONFECTIONS
Good friends offer advice and words of wisdom. Real friends come over with caramel, cocktails, glitter, duct tape, catsuits and a plan.
We believe in the power of glitter, cocktails, catsuits, and, most importantly, friends and caramel. So before you go back to ruling the world, make sure to treat yourself. You deserve it.

I got these last year (ironically, ALSO in the October box), and the review can be found here: http://www.thecpchick.com/2015/11/love-with-food-gluten-free-box-october.html
Visit us at www.tahanaconfections.com and save 20% off your order. Use coupon code LWF2016 at checkout.*
*One coupon per purchase. Offer excludes Caramel of the Month Club and gift certificates. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Expires 06.30.17

I really don't see disabled people having a problem eating these snacks, barring any chewing/swallowing issues. The hardest thing I see would be opening the box and the individual packages.

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FINAL THOUGHTS
Still loving the variety in this month's box. I like how I got lots of snacks that are good for me.
STARS:
WOULD RECOMMEND: Yes

**As per FTC guidelines, I received this product in exchange for an honest review. Only compensation I received is the product(s) mentioned above. All opinions are my own and your usage/results may vary.**

Thursday, November 3, 2016

NaBloPoMo postings...

NaBloPoMo postings

In place of NaNoWriMo I'm trying to do NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) postings. However, due to the 3rd being the day I get my Disability check, I am physically spent and did not have time or energy to prepare a post for today.

I will have a post on the 4th... I hope to aim for 2 posts.