A Favorite Things Extra – October

Ah, a few of my favorite things – the best October brings:

Favorite Squash: Kabocha! Mmmmmmmmmmmmm…

Japanese Pumpkin “Kabocha”

Pomegranates — does anything compare?

Pomegranate Arils

I’m a believer that it must have been the “forbidden fruit”! 😀

Ah, the beginning of scarf weather…

Traveling Vines Scarf

I made this pattern into a scarf.

Scarves are so fun and easy breezy to create too, and something nice to do on stormy nights 🙂

This picture shows the unfinished scarf. It is a really nice pattern available for free at the same site An incredibly generous woman, with the most gorgeous scarf patterns for free…I’m intent on working through them!

The Asherton Scarf, it’s reversible too!

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! Yay 😀 Don’t front — you know you look forward to it, too 😛 My favorite Autumn tv special 😀

As an aside, watching something like this, which brings back good memories and feelings and emotions…this is an exaple of something to do that is “comforting”; we should do similar things rather than reaching for food — good or bad foods — and there are SO many other ways to soothe ourselves or so-called, “treat” ourselves..UGH… I’ll stop there as I feel a preachin’ comin’ on 😉

Wow, too much fab produce to remember!

O, lordy…speaking of compare, does anything  to…


Persimmons? Nothing like them, right?

Nice Autumnal combo:

Raw Pearsimmon Pie

A fresh, seasonal pie, made easy in small portions using the small pie plates. Pears + persimmons…Yum

so much to do with these babies — leathers; pies; puddings; cultured veggies! Everything! Of course, smoothies.. And straight? Oh, yeaaaaaaaah!

There are 2 types  most often found in stores —  Hachiya and Fuyu — however, one may be lucky to find other types at farmers markets– both are outrageously yummy. I’d love to try a chocolate persimmon! :O Purported to be sweeter with chocolate notes (I’ve read they taste like chocolate mousse)  without that bit of astringency in some persimmons —  more like the fuyus.

Raw persimmon pie — can’t remember if this was a persimmon-pumpkin combo…Old pic!

If you love persimmons, by the way, try some Hoshigaki Persimmons.Even though you may not be able to have the pleasure of Hoshigakis  😉 , you can dehydrate your own, too–

Dried Persimmon

— okay, sorry, this wasn’t supposed to turn into persimmon entry. Hm, but good idea for a future post!

Favorite Fall cup 😀

Don’t you have favorite utencils, or am I the only weird one?! I have favorite bowls, cups…forks! Hee hee.


The cold, sunny, weather here in SoCal

The trees! Oh, such beautiful leaves, even though we don’t get the variety of colors like other states, we’ve got our own kinda gorgeous 🙂


Apples galore…

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Halloweenie Stuff

Jacks! Using a fresh, ornamental pumpkin, I enjoy carving!

Favorite safer way to light my pumpkins…

Lights instead of candles. This is a large one, and can be used for lighting other decorations


These are great, especially, if you find using the traditional candles a bit dangerous in a particular situation or place you may be putting your pumpkins.

Battery operated, these can illuminate your gourd in various colors, and there is even a multi-colored option which switches colors with a speed variable too! Disco Jack 😉



I also like these little candle ones; some flicker and look more like you’ve got a candle goin’…

Best for small items or as an alternative to or where you’d use tealights. Very Cute! Inexpensive, and since you don’t use them for too long, they can be used for all the forthcoming holidays. I’ve had mine a few years.

Favorite sweet to give out on the frightful night –Trader Joe’s fruit leather…


List of ingredients:

Tj’s fruit leather label ingredients. Not too-too bad


Probably not the fave of trick-or-treaters, but, better than nothin’. Plus, I’m NOT giving out junk!

So much more but that’s all I can do at the moment!

Happy Halloween, and DO take advantage of the gifts this planet offers this glorious season!


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These Are a Few of My Favorite Things…

Whether the dog bites, or the bee stings, or not feeling sa-a-ad! :^)

Not really a products review, but, you know how you just randomly remember things you like, but forget about it a minute later? Well, these are the things I like that I recall here-and-there.

Okay, so, as I remember them, I’ll just post random stuff I like, no rhyme or reason, can be anything at all that I happen to recall at the time.

This begins a new category of “Favorite Things”…

Here are a few…

Fave Probiotic – Tonix -Love this stuff. Sadly, only we  locals are so lucky.

Can’t-do-without fave Running socks (see their  ex-celerator socks – would be great for diabetics too!)

VOSS Water – Best ever, hands down

My review of the AquaSana water still stands. And, if pressed, I’ll still buy the Smart Water before any other of the plastic-bottled waters, as I mention in that post. Considering the outrageous price of buying water — (isn’t it pathetic…BUYING water?! How absurd that clean water is not a given. Ugh X2) — and the glass costing more to boot, it’s just another reason to be happy to be an ETLer, since we don’t need to drink a well a day, getting most of what we need through eating the most nutritious foods available, with all their natural “juice” (water) intact. So I (we) don’t need to buy water much, if at all.

I’ve saved a lot of money, let me tell you: I used to buy ridiculous amounts because I bought into the conventional advice of drinking loads constantly, throughout the day. Did I  mention what a relief not to be running to the lavatory every 20 minutes? Or having to lay out plans according to where all the restrooms will be??! Just another area, eating properly changes and frees your mindset; (and can ultimately be a less expensive way of life).

But, VOSS is my first choice, and definitely the top of the line in my book.

Blue Light Special! The lights have various uses; and some important benefits. Great product!…and conveniently, small, lightweight. Great for taking with, or keeping, fairly inconspicuous on one’s desk. If you have an issue with the blue light, or prefer the traditional white light, it is available as well.

Featured Product and  little sprouting fave …

Well, it’s a tough call, naming my absolute favorite nut, but, I think pistachios edge out pecans by a nostril ;’)

An outstanding nutritional profile, one cannot overlook the powerhouse that is the pistachio! And, to top it all, it’s GReeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeN!


Aside from crackin’ my own and sprouting, my favorite packaged nuts and seeds source would have to be these de*licious pre-sprouted nuts and seeds!

Some folks who cannot tolerate/digest well nuts and seeds find they can if sprouted (same with beans, by the way — sprout before cooking). If too fussy for you, then pre-sprouted is the way to go.

Blue Mountain Organic’s, “Better Than Roasted, Totally RAW Nuts,” offers sprouted nuts and seeds of the usual suspects, and some not so usual……

Raw, sprouted Pine Nuts…

Pinons are great! And how often do you find them sprouted?!!

Totally Nuts even has pecans, which is a real find

I notice the increased flavor that sprouting offers with these bigtime, especially the sunflower seed-pumpkin mix — Wow, big flavor.


Covenient and delish.

Listen here about nutritional excellence (and how important fat is — that is, nutritious, essential fats — to our diet) and why it’s different from what you *think* you know.

Until next time…

Strix ;^)

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