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8/5/19 4:06 P

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Did you know?
you can brew lettuce tea by pouring very hot water over romaine leaves, then letting them steep for ten minutes before adding a tbsp of honey for a sweet flavor and added sleep aid. Also, walnuts provide melatonin and tryptophan both of which are needful for sleep. Honey helps tryptophan absorb faster in the body.

So maybe drink lettuce tea with toasted walnut-honey cups, or do Yogurt mixed with walnuts & honey? Best bang for the buck to double or triple up on these natural sleep aids.

Ps. you can store walnuts in the freezer so they won't spoil as easily.

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7/12/19 6:25 A

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One of my wife's favorite comfort food is eating "Marshmallow Maties". Oy vey! But she also likes to eat hot oatmeal made with hot water.

Another comfort food from my youth is eating toasted bread with a shmear of nut butter on it while toast is freshly hot and a drizzle of honey.

Did you know you can defend against some local allergens if you eat local raw honey? My dad did that in Oregon and reduced his hay fever with a Tbsp a day starting in about February until May. And we actual did cut, rake, and bale our own hay for our cattle and horse. Weather permitting we got two crops a year actually.

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7/4/19 3:17 P

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Aside from hot cocoa, I make with unsweetened cocoa and molasses, I do enjoy Indian fry bread but that is generally something I make and eat prior to trying to rest rather than as a try-to-get-to-sleep aide at zero-dark-thirty. One could make these prior, and then heat them under a dampened napkin in the microwave 8-15 seconds.

This is very similar to Sopapillas, basically tortilla mix that is fried to make little pillows.

Servings: 12 Fry-breads
Calories: 183kcal

Ingredients
4 cups flour
1 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoons baking powder
1 or more cups hot water
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 quart vegetable oil for frying

Instructions
In a large mixing bowl, stir together the flour, salt, and baking powder. Gradually add in the water, mixing with a spoon or your hands until combined. It will be sticky.
Cover and let rest 2 hours. This is not a risen dough so the dough will not rise, but it does need to rest.
Drizzle olive oil over the dough. Pull off golf ball-sized pieces of dough and stretch or roll out until very thin, without ripping it. The thinner the better.
Pour enough vegetable oil into a pot to cover it with 2 inches of oil. Heat to 350 degrees F.
Working one at a time, fry the dough in the hot oil until golden brown, flipping halfway through. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.


Notes
Fried bread can be kept warm in the oven until there is enough to serve.
Nutrition
Calories: 183kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 196mg | Potassium: 196mg | Fiber: 1g | Calcium: 7.1% | Iron: 11.4%

Note: If you substitute half of the water with starch-water (from boiled potatoes works best, but rice or spaghetti also) then the baked/fried goods will keep edible for much longer than suspected. First time I used that trick I made large biscuits, stored them in a plastic bag in the cupboard and ate them for 4 days until they were gone. They stayed soft and pliable the whole time. I gleaned that trick from a New Mexico Newspaper item from about 1905. Yes, the turn of the 19th into the 20th century.

Now, there's two treats in one. A great recipe and a great baked/fried foods trick that really works.

Woo Hoo.
Ciao for now,
Chow for laters!
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