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The Versatile Blogger Award

Neat-O!  I was nominated for an award!  I wasn’t sure what it was all about, but a bit of reading explains how one is nominated by fellow bloggers and readers.  I think it’s terrific that the blogging community does this.  So as per the guidelines…

The Rules:

Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy.  Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy — if you can figure out how to do it.

Thank you very much for the nomination, Bakermom from La Petite Kitchen!

Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly. (I would add, pick blogs or bloggers that are excellent!)  Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award.  In no particular order:

  1. In Her Chucks
  2. Fruhlingskabine Micro-Farm
  3. A Table in the Sun
  4. Romancing the Bee
  5. Heedley’s Hens
  6. Scratch Cradle
  7. Ferndale Chickens
  8. Garden Sunshine
  9. Salt of Portugal
  10. Aquaponic Family
  11. Grow It Cook It Can It
  12. Real Food, Real Deals
  13. Gourmet Veggie Mama
  14. Frugal Feeding
  15. Poor Baker

Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

  1. I want to live my life with gratitude, empathy, and integrity.
  2. I wish I had a miniature Jersey cow; they only need a half acre!
  3. I love watching and reading the news, but don’t like blogging about it.
  4. There are twenty something books sitting on my nightstand at any given time and I’ll eventually read them all.
  5. Despite my green thumb outside, I’m dangerous to houseplants.
  6. I wish I had a conservatory for my poor houseplants and to have a nice place to read during the day.
  7. Hurray for bicycle rides with my family!

Where Fish Wear Seat Belts

Passengers: 1 Toddler, 1 Goldfish

Safety Equipment: 1 Rear Child Seat, 1 Front Seat Belt

The Outcome: 1 Toddler Buckled in Rear Child Seat, 1 Goldfish Buckled in Front Seat Belt

Internal Mommylogue: I’ve crossed a line somewhere.


Caffeine-Free Teeccino for Two

I’ve tried eliminating coffee from my diet before. It worked, but somehow coffee’s call always boomeranged its way back into my life. It’s not really the caffeine that I miss, especially not the headaches that come by accidentally missing one’s daily dose, but just the cup of hot deliciousness. I’ve tried herbal teas, but just don’t love ’em. Pregnant times call for desperate measures and the wonderful world of the Internet showed the way to Teeccino, an herbal caffeine-free coffee substitute.

The Good:

  • No caffeine
  • Brews like coffee
  • Tastes good with milk and soymilk
  • Approved for pregnancy
  • Sold at the local health food store
  • Responsibly produced
  • Gluten-free
  • It’s better than no coffee

The Bad:

  • It’s not coffee
  • It’s not coffee
  • It’s still not coffee
  • It’s not locally produced
  • Not available at the local grocery store
  • Since it’s made from things like ramon nuts and carob and barley, wouldn’t it bad for your teeth to sip the stuff all day? I’m going to limit to my morning dose.

The Confusing:

  • It helps my acidity (What’s acidity and why does my body need help with it? Haven’t the Teeccino inventors ever pickled or canned anything? Don’t they know that most fruits and veg are naturally acidic? I guess I have to research that one more.)
  • Dr. Oz endorses it on tv (Um.  Ok.  Maybe I should watch more tv?)

Overall, it’s good stuff. I like the original flavor best, but I’ve also tried some of their flavored varieties with positive results. Here’s how to brew the perfect cup o’ ‘cino:

Add 1-2 Tbsp Teeccino to a 6-cup French press. Remember that coffee is measured in 4 oz. servings in those presses.


Add boiling water to fill.


Wait three minutes, press, pour, and drink.


I like my Teeccino with a splash of unsweetened soymilk. What are the ingredients in unsweetened soymilk? Soybeans and water. That’s. It. Regular soymilk has way too much sugar added. Even if it’s organic sugar, it’s still sugar.



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