Frozen coconut chunks from Trader Joes

Do You Love Coconut? Then You’ll Love This

I recently made a discovery that I want all you coconut lovers to know about. It’s Trader Joes Frozen Coconut Chunks. Now, I know that coconut is one of those foods that many people either love or hate. There’s not much middle ground, so if you’re not a fan, you can stop reading now.

I love Trader Joes, but don’t have one very close to me here in southeastern Virginia. In fact, I’ve been emailing them to try to get one in Chesapeake ever since we moved here…so far, it’s a no go. Fortunately, while I was out and about last week, I found myself in Virginia Beach, where there happens to be a Trader Joes, so I stopped to do some shopping. [BTW, I was not compensated in any way for this product mention. I just love to share my discoveries.]

I have a list of favorites that I always try to buy when I’m at TJs, but since my visits are less frequent now, I hadn’t seen this product before. I’m a lover of all things coconut, so was excited to see that this is just what the package says, “JUST COCONUT CHUNKS”, nothing added. No preservatives, chemicals, sugar or salt. I LOVE THAT.

Coconut product from Trader Joes

I brought it home and popped the bag in the freezer, but not before taking out 8 or 10 chunks and putting them in a Ziploc bag in the refrigerator. (My husband loves coconut too.) A few hours later, I took them out and gave them a try. Lo and behold, they tasted like fresh coconut, just as you would imagine.  I was a little concerned that the texture might be impacted by freezing, but I didn’t notice any difference at all.

Frozen coconut chunks from Trader Joes
Here’s what the coconut looks like just out of the bag. This is only about half of the bag.

The best part for me is that the chore of cracking open a whole coconut and digging the meat out is totally eliminated. I love this too! Think of the time and mess you’ll save.

Here’s the nutritional info (below).

More good news: I found many articles, like this one, praising the benefits of eating coconut.

Raw coconut is rich in medium-chain triglycerides, a type of dietary fat that may encourage weight loss.

It’s an excellent snack option for those looking for low carbs and high fiber. The rumors about its ability to promote weight loss are not thoroughly substantiated, but would be a nice bonus. And did you notice that it contains iron and protein too?

I love that it’s a sweet and filling treat, with health benefits. Now I just need to get back to TJs and buy more to stock my freezer.

Coconut Trader Joes
Just Coconut – Trader Joes Nutritional Label

Have you tried this coconut? What do you think?

Do you have any favorite recipes that you make with it?

I’d love to hear from you.

30 Days of Lists

I did it!  I took the plunge and signed up for 30 Days of Lists for March 2018.

My daughter, Amy has hosted this project in the past, with her friend Kam and although I’m going to be pretty busy in March, I thought I could squeeze in some time to do this for at least some of the days.

I’m not setting expectations to create journals or scrapbook pages or even create a book or anything, but I THINK I can at least write a list a few days each week.  You see, I’m not even committing to doing it every day.  I’ll just take it one day at a time and see how it goes.

I created the image above from the prompt: “Home is where…”

I’m already behind, but hoping/planning to do be able to get creative and share some of them.

Let me know if you sign up.

Happy Spring!

30 Days of Lists December 2013

Holiday Turkey Recipe-Amazing Every Time!

how to cook a turkey

If you’re looking for my recipe for “Perfect Turkey Every Time” I’ve updated the post and you’ll find it here.

I’m in the process of moving all my most popular content to my main website at Traveling with Purpose. That’s where I share about living a purposeful life at home and when I’m traveling.

If you haven’t tried it before, trust me on this one. This turkey recipe is delicious. Never dry! The white meat melts in your mouth. It’s a SLOW roasting method, and once it’s in the oven, you can forget it for hours, until you’re ready to eat.

Have fun and let me know how your dinner turns out.

Mom’s Button Tin

Mom's Vintage Button Tin Today my sister reminded me of my mom’s button tin.

Some of my earliest memories are of my fingers sifting through this smorgasbord of buttons when I was too small to even get the lid open by myself.

As I grew older, on many occasions, I’m sure I dumped the contents all over the floor and watched the discs roll in every direction. Then I painstakingly searched all the nooks and crannies until they were safely recovered.

My mom wasn’t really what you would call a seamstress. She didn’t make our day-to-day clothes, but as someone who grew up during the depression she could handle any utilitarian task.

For years she created our Halloween costumes from scratch with lots of hand sewing involved.

She taught me how to sew on a button. I replaced missing buttons on my clothes,  but also used them to make eyes for my sock puppets.

Mom also taught me how to mend the holes in my socks, which wasn’t so easy. I really didn’t like wearing socks that had been mended, because the repaired spot was always lumpy and felt strange. Sometimes it rubbed the wrong way on my feet and just bugged me. When I got older I decided that socks were cheap enough that I could get new ones instead of having to mend them.  Now I use them for cleaning rags when they wear out. It’s much easier on my feet and my mending pile.

My Barbie doll wardrobe was created with a running stitch at the edge of a piece of fabric, carefully gathered into the shape of a flowing skirt.

I can still sew a mean blind stitch to hem my pants and dresses. I’m not sure if I learned that from her or in my 7th grade Home Economics class. Every person in the 7th grade, boys and girls included, were required to take Home Economics and Wood Shop.  I loved them both! Home Ec was the class where I learned how to sew on a machine.  We practiced curves and corners on paper without thread to begin with, then graduated to thread and eventually to fabric.  I still remember the gold pin-wale corduroy jumper that I made in that class.

I don’t remember my mom having a sewing machine. Everything she did was by hand.

Mom’ll be 90 years old in January and she’s still proficient at hand sewing. She hems her own pants, shortens and hems her shirt sleeves – they need to be 3/4 length, otherwise they get in her way. She also adds darts to the shoulder area of her blouses because her shoulders are rounded and she needs them to fit better.

Between my mom’s hand sewing lessons as a child, a hand quilting class that I took as a young wife and my Home Economics classes in Jr. High, I feel fairly comfortable with sewing.

I made several outfits for our kids when they were toddlers, sewed a red and blue baby quilt for my sister’s oldest son, Jason (I wonder what happened to it), made a fabric baby doll from scratch for my daughter, various crafts and some nice quilt squares that are still laying around somewhere. Someday maybe one of my kids or grandkids will make them into pillows or wall hangings or something.

Now, I’ve become the proud guardian of Mom’s lovely vintage tin filled with all sorts of buttons. When she was moving a year or so ago she was trying to simplify and decided that she didn’t need them all. She let me have the whole spectacular tin.

It’s more than just a button tin though.  It’s filled with so many precious memories.  2013.08.28 Mom's Button Tin 008 (640x424) Do you have a button box? Did your mom teach you to sew?

I’d love to hear about your memories…

New CD from Bob Ryan & Terry Hann

Rough Mix CD Cover by Bob Ryan and Terry Hann

You may have heard that my husband is a musician. He’s been playing music all his life and loving it.

He was in a band when he was younger that made an album and now we get to announce the release of a long awaited 2nd recording!

Bob Ryan does all the song writing and Terry adds instruments to the arrangements.  They’ve played at local venues as well as at the Tucson Folk Festival and Sunnyslope Art Walk.  They’re anxious to share their love of music with everyone.

Hope you’ll love it as much as we do!

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/bobryanterryhann

Pass it along to your friends!

Easy Easter Quiche

Happy Easter!

Easter
Happy Easter
by Don & Tonya Christner


If you’re thinking of making Quiche for an Easter Brunch, here’s an easy recipe that I’ve been using for decades.  The secret to keeping your quiche from coming out soupy or runny is to toss the grated cheese in a little bit of flour before baking (see recipe).

I also love the fact that you can use a variety of cheeses and a variety of fillings.  I’ve used Swiss, Monterey Jack, Mozzarella, Cheddar – most any semi-soft cheese. For fillings I’ve used ham, bacon, broccoli, crab and more. Just choose your favorites.

This link also takes you to a couple of other tasty brunch recipes.

Hope you have a wonderful day celebrating our risen Lord with family and friends.

 

Guest Posting at Lemon and Raspberry

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Lemon and Raspberry Blog

Hey friends,

I wanted to share with you that I had the chance to do a guest post yesterday on Lemon and Raspberry’s New Year’s Day Blog Party!  What a fun way to start 2013 and so much available in one day.

Amy always provides lots of information and motivation for all kinds of business and personal projects throughout the year and this is the way she kicks it off.

You’ll find tips and inspiration about Memory Keeping, Blogging, Photography, Travel, Marketing and just general creativity and productivity.  She also provides creative prompts for journaling the details of your life.

My post is called Memory Keeping with a Purpose. If you have a few minutes stop by and say hi to Amy, check it out and tell her that I sent you. She’s running a free mini online workshop and several giveaways as part of the New Year’s Blog Party, so sign up to participate or for a chance to win one of the prizes.

Amy T Schubert