What goes WOW between two pieces of bread?


Sometimes it feels like I should put on a chefs hat and open a little lunch lounge.

That’s what I’d call it,
“Little Lunch Lounge”.

Open: 10am – 3:30pm

Menu: The best sandwich you’ve ever tasted!

Today I created a
‘Finish up what is left in the fridge’



•Pumpernickel bread
•Ham Deli meat
•Tomato (organic)
•Baby Spinach
•Swiss Cheese
•Red Bell Pepper
•Red onion slices
•Pickles on the side


Now, what the big ‘hub bub’ is, is the TECHNIQUE.

Man, the TECHNIQUE, this is really the kicker!


Anyone can just slap these ingredients together and call it a sandwich.

But this, this is a ‘SaNDwiCH!’

Here it is:








At the end, one sandwich has all ingredients and the other is minus the tasty tomato and red onion. My 4 year old doesn’t know what he’s missing.




Bamboo clues…

After years of washing my bamboo cutting board, like any other dish (hot water and dish soap), I just now realized;

“maybe I should google the proper way to care for a bamboo cutting board”.

With all the information available at our finger tips, why not?


Here Chef Grant Chen – Top 5 Benefits of Bamboo

I like this link below the best:



Simple, use mineral oil regularly. Wash with warm water and mild soap. Don’t let food juices sit on surface. Sanitize with hydrogen peroxide and water or bleach and water.

This discussion is interesting:
Serious Eats talk


If you have some time, this is a nice read:

Savory Lotus – Sanitize your wooden cutting board

One commenter mentions Walnut oil to treat in place of Mineral oil.

Interesting ;’)

The best PANCAKES ever!!

If you haven’t tried coconut flour in a recipe yet, try this one.

Here is the recipe link below:

Coconut Pancakes By Nourishing Days

It may take a few try’s to get it right.

This is how hers came out:



And, this is how mine came out:


They aren’t the prettiest pancakes, but they tasted great!


I am a newbie with using Coconut flour. My goal in having a healthier diet includes using coconut flour to replace the all purpose flour in recipes.


With that said, there are some notable differences when you are accustomed to All Purpose flour.

1. Coconut recipes require many more eggs- so you will taste it.

2. The texture IS different. (You have to store your coconut flour correctly or you can get very grainy tasting results.
I keep my bag of coconut flour in a double ziplock bag, then place it in the back of the refrigerator. I’m not an expert, but that’s my method.)

3. You will get fuller faster. (If you normally eat 6 regular pancakes, coconut pancakes will have you full in 3 or 4. That’s what happened with us. )

4. If you don’t have the right technique, you will have to try again. (With regular pancakes, the technique isn’t so critical in your success. But, with the coconut flour pancakes, you’ve got to be ‘on point’. )

5. When you get the coconut pancakes right, you will be amazed. It will taste great and your body will feel great.

Here are some links to other articles that talk about the benefits:

Examiner -Top 5

Eating Well – Pros and Cons

Diabetic Connection – very informative plus other links


These were awesome!

Please share your thoughts. If you know more about this topic, please share.

This is a wonderful journey to healthier eating…

Settle into harmony

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settle in…


There is something about the beach that has an energizing power. The breezy air flowing from the sea. The sounds of water crashing on itself, and the seagulls  flying over-head searching for a snack. The sensation of warm firm sand melting under your feet.


As this winter season continues, I take a moment to reflect on the feelings of warmth experienced this past summer.

I look forward to it coming back around again.


Curious mid-night snack

Ever wondered where the peanut butter sandwich came from?

I did. So that was the topic of my google research last night.

Oh, where my curious mind takes me…

Wikipedia explains this way…

The comment to readers by Joyce, found in the below link was very interesting. She mentions,

We were not the only kids to have pb&j in our lunch boxes. It was hardly the kind of thing that you would write in a “cookbook.” I think the lack of a printed record describing how to spread peanut butter and jam on a piece of bread does not mean that it did not happen – it did. Do you have a written record of when the first “toast” was served? Was it buttered? What kind of butter? Some things just happen naturally and often in many wide spread areas.

Linda Stradley explains here…


The article linked below, brings out a good point: The invention of sliced and wrapped bread.

Having sliced bread available, made it easier for children to make the sandwich. In turn raising the popularity of the sandwich.

Andrew writer on seriouseats.com


Reader participation:

How do you like your peanut butter and jelly sandwich?

I like:
1. Wheat bread toasted
2. Crunchy peanut butter
3. Low sugar/ home-made jam

This is another product that I buy and do not deviate from. I don’t like other peanut butters.



I will stick with these until I learn how to make my own. Which is something I look forward to doing in the future.

Funny video:

peanut butter jelly song – banana dancing

P B & J, interesting video:

Neat to see explained…

Snack attack…


The snack attack took over.

After this treat came out the oven, it was on the plate, then on its way down to the belly, in less than a minute.


After making the ‘not so perfect’ pizza dough…


I separated it and made two crusts…


Fresh cranberry sauce (made from fresh cranberries a few days ago). Looks like tomato sauce.

Little helpers are welcome for assembling this treat.



Fresh apple peeled, then grated over it. To look like the cheese part.


Then raisins on top.


In the oven it went.

Then on to the plate.

And yummy!