Trent’s Birthday

Today is my son, Trent’s 34th birthday. Here is a picture of him 30 years ago. Isn’t he a cutie!!

I made him a seasoning & snack pack that included 4 seasonings (Crazy Herb, Garlic & Chive, Turkish and Spicy Indian), 2 popcorn containers, microwave popcorn and a can of chips.

Since I did not have a plain gift bag large enough, I took this brown bag

and printed a birthday cake. Then glued it onto the bag.

I have been able to get all my homemade and hand crafted gifts completed on time this year. I have also been making hand colored cards with my thoughts printed on them. Just another personal touch.

 

Steak & Shrimp Fajitas

Have you ever had a craving for something? That’s what happened this weekend. For some reason I wanted fajitas. Even though we don’t eat tortillas, the meat & vegetables in the fajitas will suffice. So I picked up some top sirloin that was on sale, and red, orange and yellow sweet peppers. I was going to get a fajita seasoning packet but decided that I already had the main seasonings (cumin, chili powder, garlic powder and oregano) at the house. I had purchased a small package of shrimp a couple of days before so I included them in this meal.

When it was time to eat, I cut the top sirloin, peppers and an onion into strips. Using the same amount of cumin, chili powder, garlic powder and oregano I seasoned the meat and placed a skillet. Then seasoned the peppers and onions and added them to the skillet with the steak. I threw the shrimp in just a minute before the veggies were tender-crisp, . The fajitas were served over a bed of cauliflower rice and garnished with cilantro.

It was delicious. Next time you get a craving, I strongly suggest you act upon it and enjoy!

NATIONAL WALNUT DAY

We eat a nut mixture which contains walnuts, almonds and Macadamia when we are driving.  I like to season them with either Tabasco, creole seasoning, vegetable oil and salt & pepper or Wasabi, Five Spice, Sriracha, peanut oil and salt & pepper and bake them on a low temperature around 250 degrees Fahrenheit for about 1 hour.  The slow baking allows the nuts to absorb the flavors from the seasoning.  Nuts are a very good snack for a Ketogenic diet because it has good fat and protein.

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*** May 17th recognizes a “nutty” holiday.  Each year on this day, it is National Walnut Day.

Rounded, single-seeded stone fruits of the walnut tree, walnuts are a high-density source of nutrients, particularly proteins and essential fatty acids.  Like other tree nuts, walnuts must be processed and stored properly.

Grown for their seeds, the Persian or English Walnut and the Black Walnut are the two most common major species of walnuts.

  • English Walnut
    – originated in Persia
    – commercially produced
  • Black Walnut
    – native to eastern North America
    – high flavor
    – hard shell and poor hulling characteristics prevent it commercial growth for nut production.

The husk of the walnut, which is peeled away from the shell at harvest, and contain juice which will readily stain anything it comes in contact with.  The husk juice has been used as a cloth dye.

The United States is the world’s largest exporter of walnuts.

Ninety-nine percent of the nation’s commercial English walnuts are produced in the Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys of California.

 

 

*** http://www.nationaldaycalendar.com/national-walnut-day-may-17/