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Why You Absolutely Must Do a No Till Garden

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Planning for Canning



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1 Night, a Movie Review

Last week I wrote a sponsored post on Infinity Jars. This week I am writing a short movie review. Until Mike from TetherGroup reached out to me, I had never heard of this movie 1 Night. However 1 Night does have an official Facebook page, a Twitter account and even a trailer that you can watch! It took me a couple of weeks to find the time to actually sit down and watch this movie 1 Night, but I’m glad I did.1 Night


1 Night is available in Theaters and On Demand and has been since 2/10/17. The movie is only 80 minutes long and would be classified as a romance drama with some comedy. I really enjoyed 1 Night, it is insightful and fun and helps us take a look at what makes and keeps our relationships alive.1 Night


The Plot

1 Night is about a young thirty year old couple played by Anna Camp and Justin Chatwin. Anna must decide whether to salvage her relationship with her husband after much personal disappointment. Bea and Andy are the second couple in the movie, they are teenagers played by Isabelle Fuhrman and Kyle Allen. Isabelle and Kyle were childhood friends who must now overcome their differences in high school as they deal with their status among the high school crowd.1 Night


These two couples explore love over the course of one night at a hotel; Anna and Drew are trying to recreate what first brought them together and Isabelle and Andy are learning about young love.1 Night


I enjoyed the movie. I was reminded of a very good play in watching, there is not a lot of fast passed action in the movie it is much more insightful that that. The older couple is looking at the younger couple and being reminded of where they came from. They also try to speak wisdom into the lives of this young couple that are so focused on the moment.


I strongly encourage you to take the time to watch this insightful movie.1 Night



Cycling MealsCycling Meals

We all need food to fuel us. A cyclist needs to pay particular attention to make sure they’re fuelled to perform at their peak.

But the struggle to consistently eat healthily and ride strong is hard. That’s why I’ve prepared a list of nutritious, convenient meals that are super easy to access and make.

In fact, you’ll most likely have some of the ingredients in your garden already.


Oatmeal cereal

Oatmeal is one of the simplest foods to prepare – all you need is some water, a pinch of salt and a few minutes of your time. Perfect for someone as lazy as me!

You can spice up the flavor by adding healthy topping combos like cinnamon, dates and coconut flakes; peanut butter and ripe banana slices; or just simple brown sugar and milk.

Oats are a low GI food, which means they’ll fill you up for longer by releasing energy slowly into the bloodstream. So they tick all the boxes by being satisfying, delicious, convenient and nutritious.

For some more ideas check out some of the ideas on active.com.



If you want to grow big and strong you need to eat your veggies, at least that’s what my Mum always told me. Ten years on and I’ve found out she wasn’t making it up!

You need at least five portions of fruit and veg per day. That’s because veggies are filled with all the essential nutrients that your body needs.

When it comes to options, the greener the better, although it’s also advisable to eat the rainbow to your heart’s content, as each vegetable color variant contains different vitamins and minerals that all benefit you as a cyclist.

Vegetables are also much lower in calories and higher in fibre than the usual foods we consume. Less calories is great for those watching their weight, but cycling burns lots of calories, so make sure you’re eating enough to power those pedals!

Experts over at Bicycling have some great tips on the best veggies to keep you nourished while on your ride.Garden vegetables

Fish is an excellent source of protein, and it also contains healthy fats like Omegas 3 and 6. You can prepare fish steamed or cooked, although it’s advisable to stay away from fried fish as they contain Trans fats, which might slow you down over time

Here’s a great fish taco recipe by USA Cycling Marathon Team member Sonya Looney from Outside Online


Nuts and Seeds:

Nuts and seeds are a fun snack to enjoy while you’re out on the road and they make the best substitute for unhealthy junk food. They’re jam-packed with good fats and consuming them regularly can help lower your body’s production of bad cholesterol.

Nuts and seeds also help to fight inflammation in the body, which is one of the leading causes of diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, infections, and allergies.

You can enjoy nuts and seeds as they are or you can blend them up with water, herbs, and spices to create a variety of nut butter and dips.



If you have a few chickens running around your garden eggs are a light but satisfying source of protein to add to your diet. You can enjoy them boiled, fried or lightly cooked, and then season them lightly to add some flavor.

Getting enough protein into your blood stream is important if you want to continue cycling effectively, as it builds muscle, promotes post-workout recovery and plays a significant role in immune function.

You can of course use supplements to get enough protein but proper food is always preferred.cycling meals


Coconut water

Depending on where you live it’s entirely possible to find these falling into your back garden! According to Global Cycling Network, coconut water is one of the healthiest and most convenient ways of getting nutritious hydration for your workouts. You can just enjoy it as it is or you can make it fruity with cucumber, strawberries, kiwis and apples.

Staying hydrated has the potential to improve your performance exponentially and the more you ride and sweat, the more hydrated you need to be. So, make sure to add some coconut water to your arsenal of body strengthening and hydrating tools for more efficient training.


When To Eat It All

Cycling Weekly advises consuming a carb-rich meal at least 20 minutes after an intense race, as the body tends to absorb the nutrients more efficiently during that period.

So carb up post-work out while including some protein and good fats to strengthen your body and to keep a clear head throughout the race.

Hopefully, these tips will help you to maintain a balanced and healthy diet that’ll help you ride at your peak as often as possible.


Authors Bio:

Mike McLeish is the owner of the bicycle blog Pinch-Flat. He’s currently taking full advantage of the of the warm weather in SE Asia. You can find him cycling through traffic in Kuala Lumpur, attempting to drink coffee from a plastic bag, or eating Nasi Lemak at a local corner shop. Follow him on Twitter at @Pinch_Flat.

Monday Muffin’s – Corn Muffins


I have shared with you my recipe for corn bread; today I share my recipe for corn muffins. Corn muffins differ from ordinary muffins because of the addition of corn meal. I often use sprouted corn meal in my corn muffins. These muffins are a perfect accompaniment with chili, barbecue or even soup. Placing a basket of these delicious muffins on your table will sure to please everyone. The addition of just a few extra ingredients dresses up these corn muffins and makes them special. The addition of the peppers, onions and cheese also gives these muffins a tender moist texture, which I’m sure you will enjoy! My favorite addition is the cheese as it gives the crust of the muffin a wonderful crisp texture and the flavor can’t be beat!corn muffins


Corn Muffins




1 ½ cups flour

1 Tbsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

3 Tbsp sugar

¾ cup yellow corn meal

1 egg, beaten

1 cup milk

¼ melted butter

1 Tbsp finely chopped green pepper

1-2 tsp finely chopped onion

½ cup grated Cheddar cheese




Sift the flour with the baking powder, salt and sugar; add the cornmeal and blend well. Combine the egg, milk and melted butter. Stir the liquids into the dry ingredients until all the flour is dampened. Add the green pepper, onion and shredded cheese and fold in. Pour the batter into greased muffin pans.corn muffins Bake at 400 degree for 25-30 minutes. Makes one dozen muffins. Remove from the muffin tin and either let cool on a wire rack or serve immediately. These corn muffins are best served warm.corn muffins


If you don’t eat all the muffins they also freeze well.corn muffins


Next time you are cooking chili or barbecue be sure to mix up a batch of these delicious corn muffins.


Happy Friday! Starting today, March 10 it’s giveaway time! 

I’m joining my friend Katherine from Katherines Corner and the Katherines Corner Shop for her Rise and Shine Giveaway.

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Thai Chicken with Ginger SauceHave you ever cooked with fish sauce? Fish sauce is also called nam pia and is strong flavored and salty, so only a tiny amount is needed in this Thai Chicken with Ginger Sauce. Dried wood ear is another unusual ingredient in this Thai dish. Dried wood ear mushrooms are a type of mushroom commonly used in Asian cooking. You may be surprised by their small package but don’t let that fool you, when reconstituted they increase almost six times in size! Both fish sauce and dried wood ears can be found in most supermarkets or in Asian markets, they make this Thai Chicken with Ginger Sauce taste authentic!Thai Chicken with Ginger Sauce


Thai Chicken with Ginger Sauce




1 cup water

1 (1/2 oz) package dried wood ear mushrooms

1 cup homemade chicken broth

2 Tbsp soy sauce

1 Tbsp rice vinegar

! Tbsp cornstarch

1 tsp Asain fish sauce

2 tsp oil

1 ¼ pounds boneless chicken cut into 1 inch pieces

8 scallions, sliced

2 tsp minced peeled fresh ginger

1 garlci clove, chopped

½ pound sugar snap peas

¼ cup cilantro, chopped

2 cups cooked brown rice




Bring water to a boil. Add the dried wood ear, remove from heat and let stand for 20 minutes. Drain the mushrooms, coarsely shop and set aside.


Meanwhile whisk together the broth, soy sauce, vinegar, cornstarch and fish sauce in a small bowl, set aside.


Heat the oil over high heat in a wok or large nonstick pan, then add the chicken and sauté until lightly browned, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate.Thai Chicken with Ginger Sauce


Return the wok to the heat, add the scallions, ginger and garlic. Sauté about one minute, until the scallions have softened slightly. Add the mushrooms, chicken and snap peas and broth mixture. Bring to a boil stirring constantly. Reduce the heat and simmer until slightly thickened, about two minutes. Stir in the cilantro and serve with rice. Make about 4 servings.Thai Chicken with Ginger Sauce

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