Ever since my sons were in grade school, I made it a point to learn something new when they began their school year. One year I learned how to decoupage, then I moved on to doing wall paint treatments. I loved doing the storm clouds on two of my sons ceiling. I also learned how to simplify my life and the list goes on and on. I keep a running list of what I’ll be learning and what I want to learn next.
Making MRE’s for backpacking that are healthy, keto, and vegan
Learning how to market myself on the different social media platforms while also getting some work done.
I really want to learn how to knit, once and for all.
Making 1-minute videos that are on point, interesting, and relevant.
I want to learn how to code
Writing how-to books
Adding to my repertoire recipe creation
I’m already signed up for a couple of marketing courses and I’m really excited for them to start. But this knitting thing has held me captive when my mom tried teaching me when I was younger.
Have you ever thought about learning along with your son or daughter? Doing homework together is always a fun way to set an example. Plus, it’s good to have interests other than raising your kids because it helps you as they grow until they move out of the house and on to college.
I’m also learning how to make MREs (meal replacements). Here’s one that I’m making for my husband’s backpacking trip this weekend. It’s keto and raw vegan.
Keto Sunflower Seed Hummus
1 cup raw sunflower seeds, soaked overnight, drained
1 clove garlic
2 teaspoons curry powder
1/2 teaspoon Himalayan salt
3 Tablespoons avocado oil
Juice of 1 lime
3 – 4 Tablespoons water
Place all in food processor, process until smooth, scraping down the sides periodically. It’s ready to enjoy now or you can use your dehydrator and dry it for camping and backpacking food.
Spread on parchment paper (cut to size of dehydrator trays) in a nice thin layer. Dehydrate for 6 hours on 125 degrees. Cool on trays. Pour the dried hummus into backpacking containers (we’re using recycled gelato containers that I’ve saved for eons). To reconstitute: Add 1 Tablespoon of water at a time until the desired consistency. Eat with crackers or crudités.
Try something new. Learning is life long. Once we stop learning, we stop growing.
Learning takes us to new heights and brings new opportunities!
This week I wanted to share with you a Friday Favorite that I never intended to buy. Ever go to Trader Joe’s and come out with things you’ve never bought before? All the time, right? A couple of weeks ago I bought their box of virgin unrefined coconut oil. I was intrigued by it, but not enough to do anything with it so it went into my pantry and there it sat, until I had a conversation with a client about getting more in our diet while we’re out and about.
After that conversation, I went home and realized I had bought something for this purpose. I had these handy coconut oil packets but never really used them, until this last week. I had a couple of coffee meetings and don’t want to add all the creamers and sugars to my coffee so I popped these little cuties in my bag and off I went.
They worked but I had to have one of the baristas cut the top off since they don’t have easy-to-open tops…or they are Laura proof. But it worked. I stirred it in and my coffee turned into a little vegan bulletproof paradise. Then I started thinking about all the other ways I could use these packets while traveling.
Coconut oil packet uses while traveling
- If you mix one packet with a packet of sugar available in your hotel room, you have a soothing foot and body scrub.
- Take one packet and mix it with the used coffee grounds from the coffee pod you just had for breakfast, add a packet of sugar and you have a sweet coffee facial scrub that will wake up your skin and make your skin ultra soft.
- It’s a great way to continue oil pulling on the road.
- Need a deep conditioner, work a packet of the oil through your hair before you shampoo, or after you get out of the pool. It protects your hair from the bad chlorine impacts.
- It also makes the perfect eye makeup remover. Then you can wash your entire face with it and not need a moisturizer.
I truly love the sweet coffee scrub.
Yes, this is me with absolutely, no makeup on.
That’s my Friday Favorite for the week.
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