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Healthy & Happy Snacking

Healthy & Happy Snacking

Hello, and welcome back to Join The ME Project. Today, I will be sharing ten healthy snack options, some savory, some sweet. Does your favorite healthy snack make the list?

List of 10

Pistachios: They are one of my favorite nuts to eat, and a great addition to both savory and sweet meals. The generally accepted portion amount is about 1 cup. You can put some in a sandwich bag and take with you on the go.

Watermelon: If you’ve read, Spoonie Tips for Surviving Winter, you would know that I am partial to watermelon. It’s great for an in-between meal snack and it aids in hydration which is also important.

Giving you ten healthy snack options to lead a happy life.

Broccoli: By itself, it’s fresh and good. But my sister has got me hooked on drizzling the broccoli with a little olive oil, some lemon pepper seasoning, and roasting it for a few minutes. It’s really good.

Cottage Cheese: Cottage Cheese may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it is a great healthy option to consider. It’s a great source of protein and can be topped with savory or sweet depending on your preference. My favorite combination is mandarin oranges and honey.

Guacamole: Now, guacamole, is my mother’s favorite snack. Usually, we buy a bag of avocados from our local Sam’s Club and we make it fresh and home. Eat it with tortilla chips or veggies.

Bananas: I think bananas are the quiet, unsung hero in our house. They offer so many health benefits, I could probably write a blog post on that alone. We try to keep them in the house, especially now that we’ve cut down on sweets.

Apples: Usually, when I have an apple as a snack it’s in combination with something else. I will slice up an apple and pair it with some caramel dip or cheese. Most of the time, it’s apple slices, cheese, and whatever lunch meat we have available.

Easy Tuna Salad: This easy tuna salad is just that, easy. Take a bowl, get your tuna, mayo, and lemon juice. Mix those ingredients together and then add salt and pepper to taste. Put over a bed of lettuce or a slice of tomato.

Giving you ten healthy snack options to lead a happy life.

Yogurt Parfait: The main components of yogurt parfaits are the fruit, yogurt, and granola if you like it. The possibilities truly are endless. Making a parfait should be based on your specific taste or dietary needs.

Smoothies: I am a huge fan of smoothies. The day can go by so quickly before you realize you haven’t had anything to eat. Smoothies don’t take long to make and you can also make them ahead of time. If you have an issue eating all of your fruits and veggies, just cram them in a smoothie.

As always, let me know what you think in the comments below. What healthy snacks would you include in a top ten list? To read more posts like this one visit Village Bakery.

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Not so Black & White: My Family History

Not so Black & White: My Family History

As soon as I learned my colors, I knew something was different about my family. There were so many colors involved. The various hues and saturation of browns with rich undertones of yellows and reds. I’ve always been a curious person, even at a young age, I constantly wanted to learn and I asked questions.

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My mother tells a story that when I was four years old, I walked up to her and said, “I have a black grandma and a white grandma.” She asked me, “Who’s your black grandma and who’s the white one?” I told her, “Daddy’s mom is my black grandma. And your mom is the white one.” She laughed and said, “My mom isn’t white!” And I told her, “Well she ain’t black!”

Now, I have to say I was a pretty precocious child. My siblings were a lot older than me, and I entertained myself by listening to adult conversation. There was such shade variation between my paternal grandmother and my maternal grandmother that I knew that they were different. But it wasn’t until I got older, that I learned and understood what those differences were.

I told her, “Daddy’s mom is my black grandma. And your mom is the white one.” She laughed and said, “My mom isn’t white!” And I told her, “Well she ain’t black!”Join The ME Project

My paternal grandparents were from Montgomery, Alabama. They moved to Pittsburgh, PA when my father was young. My paternal grandfather liked to tell me stories that he was related to the husband of famous civil rights leader from that area, but I never knew if he was telling the truth or not. He had a silver tongue, and he could pull the ladies in his old age even without having any teeth.

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My paternal grandmother couldn’t tell me much about her family, but she knew that her grandmother was a slave. Sadly, my parents separated when I was 12 due to domestic violence and my father moved back to Pittsburgh, PA. My paternal grandfather died in 2005. My paternal grandmother is still living, but I don’t know if I will get the chance to see her.

Because of my parents’ separation, I grew closer to my maternal grandparents. Funny enough, my maternal grandfather was also a storyteller. His family was Blackfoot Native American. He was originally from Mount Sterling, KY. They had a horse farm there, but it was gone by the time I came around. The family name could be traced back to Kentucky, it was the slave master’s name that was given to the slaves.

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The only mystery that I had was my maternal grandmother. After the conversation that I had with my mother when I was four, I went up to my grandmother and I asked her why she didn’t look like everyone else. And why my mom and my youngest aunt had brown skin, but the rest had light skin (turns out that’s just genetics). But she told me that I was the first person that had ever asked her that question.

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And to this day, whenever asked about it, my mom will say, “My mom was my mom. I never thought to ask her about her family.” Well, I had to be the odd one out, because I did. Turns out, my grandmother was half-Chinese. She knew that her father had a small shop downtown at one time, but then he left and went back to China. She never got to meet him.

My grandmother died in 2006, from Colon Cancer. This was just a year after my paternal grandfather had died, but this affected me more because out of all of my grandparents, I was closest to my grandmother. And just a few months later, I started my freshman year of high school so there was a lot going on.

During this time, I was stuck in a ball of emotions and I was looking for something that would connect me with my grandmother. So I started to write. Write down my emotions. Write down my memories and realize that not everything is black and white.

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How to Make| Kentucky Cream Pie

How to Make| Kentucky Cream Pie| Today I was feeling nostalgic so I thought I would share a family recipe. Read more to find out how to make, Kentucky Cream Pie.- jointhemeproject.com

How to Make

Kentucky Cream Pie

Originally posted: October 8, 2017

Hello, and welcome back to The ME Project. I was feeling a bit nostalgic today so I thought I would share a family recipe. Let me know your thoughts below and I hope you enjoy.

My grandfather was originally from Mount Sterling, KY. Kentucky Cream Pie was something he grew up having. My mother made it for him a few years ago before he died, making it yesterday, made me think of him too.

Now, because it’s a Kentucky tradition and it’s been passed down through generations, it has many names. Our family knows it by Kentucky Cream Pie. But I’ve also heard it been called a transparent pie, sugar pie, and chess pie. We have a friend in Greenup Kentucky, who has a similar recipe but knows it by Vinegar Pie.

How to Make| Kentucky Cream Pie| Today I was feeling nostalgic so I thought I would share a family recipe. Read more to find out how to make, Kentucky Cream Pie.- jointhemeproject.com

The family recipe that we follow calls for you to split the eggs. Use the egg yolks in the batter and the egg whites for the meringue on top of the pie. But our family recipe is also written inside of a Southern Living, 1983 Annual Recipes book. The recipe was written down by my mother, who will tell you that she’s not the best note taker. If  you would like to follow our family recipe, here you go, I wish you the best:

How to Make| Kentucky Cream Pie| Today I was feeling nostalgic so I thought I would share a family recipe. Read more to find out how to make, Kentucky Cream Pie.- jointhemeproject.com

As you are probably guessing, I didn’t follow the family recipe. I found a similar recipe at www.thespruce.com. We did not make the crust, we just used store bought. But in the link, they do have a recipe on how to make your own crust.

Ingredients Needed:

  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of flour
  • 1/2 cup of melted butter
  • 1 cup of heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla

Whisk the eggs in a mixing bowl, then add the rest of the ingredients. Just as a word of caution, reduce the speed of your mixer when you add the heavy cream.

If you haven’t made a mess of your kitchen, you can proceed to pour the mixture into your pie crust. The recipe that we were following said to use a pie shield, but we didn’t do that.

Temperature: 350 F

The recipe also said that cook time would only be 55 minutes, we didn’t find that to be true. Truly, it ended up being more like an hour and 10 minutes. Let it cool on a rack and then chill before serving.

And here we have it, Kentucky Cream Pie. Those curious about the taste that has never had it, simply put, it’s pecan pie without the pecans. That’s the best way I can describe it. If you don’t like custard or eggs, you may not find this enjoyable. But for me, this was a taste of home.

How to Make| Kentucky Cream Pie| Today I was feeling nostalgic so I thought I would share a family recipe. Read more to find out how to make, Kentucky Cream Pie.- jointhemeproject.com

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