Waking Up With The Blues

Maybe it’s because I can’t seem to get enough sleep at night. Some nights it’s restless leg syndrome; sometimes it’s getting up three or four times to relieve myself.  Some nights I just don’t feel tired enough to go to sleep.  Or I feel tired, lay down, and am then wide awake.  Whatever the reason, I woke up not wanting to get out of bed this morning.  Normally I am a cheerful person.

I made myself get up (I’m not feeling the blues now.) and made my new “start the day right drink”.  My husband found this recipe online yesterday.  It’s a detox drink, best consumed while still warm.  It was a little tart and a little spicy, but it’s supposed to be good for you, so I’ll try it for a couple of weeks, per instructions on the website: draxe.com.

Secret Detox Drink Recipe

1 glass warm or hot water–12-16 oz.

2 T apple cider vinegar

2 T lemon juice

1/2 to 1 tsp. ground ginger

1/4 tsp. cinnamon

1 dash cayenne pepper

1 tsp. raw local honey

NOTE: Add lemon juice and honey last.

Directions:

Warm the water. Mix all ingredients together.  Best served warm but drink at desired temperature.  Drink 20 minutes before eating.  The website says to drink this two or three times a day.  I’m going to try for two.  With our schedules here, it’s hard to plan consistent meal times.

The website lists all of the benefits of the above the above ingredients, and a breakdown of the amount of daily value you get from each of them.

 

 

My Favorite Cookie Recipe

I used to make these every year at Christmas when the kids were growing up. Now that they are grown and some of my grandchildren don’t like chocolate, I haven’t made them in years–until now.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies (copied from Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies)

1/2 c. canola oil

1 c.  pumpkin (about 1/2 can)

1 c. sugar

1 egg

1 tsp. vanilla

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. milk

2 tsp. cinnamon

2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

2 c. flour

2 c. chocolate chips

  1. Mix oil, pumpkin, sugar, egg, and vanilla in a large bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl mix baking soda and milk. Add to pumpkin mixture.
  3. In a separate bowl  mix cinnamon, baking powder, salt, and flour. Add to pumpkin mixture.
  4. Fold in chocolate chips.
  5. Preheat oven to 350°.
  6. Allow batter to rest for 10-12 minutes
  7. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet (I line it with non-stick foil).
  8. Bake 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned and firm around the edges.
  9. 1 recipe yields 3-5 dozen cookies, depending on size of spoon. I doubled the recipe and got 11 1/2 dozen cookies. I used a regular teaspoon. I also added some allspice to the batter.

Happy Eating.