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.


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.