I've been looking for a healthy replacement for my world famous "Breakfast Cookie" for a while now and these Banana Oatmeal cups might just be it. In fact they are very similar to my cookies but don't have all the sugar and shortening. And the less refined sugar I eat, the better. So they're easy to make, healthy AND sugar free.
I was up very, very early due to my hotel being across the street from a Mosque and I was jolted out of my slumber by the morning call to pray. I kept meaning to log the daily prayer times to see if I could figure out the pattern but never seemed to get around to it. It does make a good alarm clock although I woke up a bit earlier then I had planned. But getting up early was good because I had a long day ahead of me, although I didn't know at the time how long it would be. My tentative plan was to go pick up the bicycle I arranged to rent for the day, bike the 15km up to the Todra Gorge, go hiking in the mountains beyond the gorge and then bike back to Tinghir. After breakfast and making a video from the roof of hotel, I stopped into a small store I had found and loaded up on water and snacks, mainly fruit but also an assortment of strange Moroccan cookies and treats.
If someone asked me where on the Nova Scotian mainland I'd like to go on overnight hike to, I wouldn't hesitate before saying "Cape Chignecto Provincial Park". I admit that I do have a great love for the Kenomee Canyon trail system on the Economy River but the allure of the Bay of Fundy coastline would take me to the cape every time. Cape Chignecto Provincial Park is approximately a 3 hour drive from Halifax and is located west of Amherst on the piece of Nova Scotia that juts out into the Bay of Fundy dividing the Midas Basin from Chignecto Bay.
It's difficult to explain my love of camping as even I don't fully understand it. There's just something I love about the sounds and smells of the forest, or if I'm out in the winter, the absolute silence and stillness of it all. The freshness and newness of the world when I wake in the morning after an solid sleep makes me smile and babbling brooks and crackling fires can hypnotize me for hours. Ok, so I admit I'm a "tree hugger" but I think everyone needs to connect with nature now and then to ground them. In these modern times we like to delude ourselves into thinking we don't need the natural world but we've spent way more of our history immersed in nature than we have in the artificial electronic world that surrounds us today. But don't get me wrong, I need the modern world and the social connections just as much as the next person, but I also need nature and the forest to chill me out now and then. Science has recognized this as well and there is ample research linking access to nature and improved health.
I've now come to the conclusion that my worm bin revolt problem was not in fact due to environmental issues but rather my lack of attention in feeding them on a regular basis. At one time the worm bin was located in my kitchen which made it easy and convenient to feed them. But since I relocated the bin to the basement, I admit I have been lazy and not attending to them as much as I should have. Yes, I am a cruel worm owner. Please don't tell PETA!
Since I've forsaken land animals for a more plant based diet, the humble Black Bean has taken on a greater significance in my life. And what a bean it is! Low in fat as well sodium and cholesterol-free. Not only that, a single serving of black beans provides 118 percent and 84 percent of my daily dietary fiber and protein requirements respectively. And I could go on but I won't, suffice to say they're good for you in many ways.
Well it's a sad day here for me as I've had to temporary shut the WindowFarm down due to an insect infestation that I just can't seem to get a handle on. I still haven't even been able to identify the insects that are munching through my Pesto factory and in fact I can barely even see them because they're so incredibly small. I can really only see them with a strong magnifying glass but even then there's not enough magnification to see them in any detail. I did borrow a small microscope from a friend a week or so ago and only then was I able to get a good look at them.
Because I have a shaved head, I have more surface area to shave than the average person and at one time I was burning through razor blades at the rate of about 1 a month. Last year my good friend Urban Hippy showed me a trick to extend the life of my razor blades. Since I started using this technique to sharpen my razor blades, I have tripled the life of my blades and could probably even use them longer if I wanted to. And with the cost of razor blades approaching $5 per blade, why not use them longer.