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5 cool things I am happy to know about-(I’m sure you will love at least 3)

Check out these 5 cool things I am happy to know about-(I’m sure you will love at least 3). Dave and I just experienced the most mouth-watering pizza last week at a little pizzeria on Vancouver Island. It prompted me to write this little blog about some other wonderful discoveries around us and why they are so cool. Enjoy the little things.

1. Wood Fired Pizza!!!

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5 cool things I am happy to know about… wood fired pizza.
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Thin Crust, Wood Fired Pizza– Can you imagine life without this? 2000 years ago, the Greeks created the wood fired pizza oven. It started as a regular oven (called the Egyptian Tandoor) eventually becoming the front opening pizza ovens we see today. We recently came across a small restaurant in our town that advertised the best wood fired pizza around and they were not lying! What a beautiful flavor woodfire adds to pizza. We enjoyed it so much that it is now a regular Saturday date night event. If you want to discover everything about wood fire ovens, the tools of the trade and even courses on how to make your own delicious woodfired pizza, check this place out. https://www.breadstoneovens.com/collections/commercial-ovens

2. The lowly Dandelion

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5 cool things I am happy to know about…dandelions
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Not just a weed

Dandelions- These little wonders have suffered with the label “weed” for far too long. Let’s talk about the dandelion and how truly important it is on this planet. To some, the dandelion is insignificant. To the bumblebees, solitary bees and honeybees, it is the first food of spring and it is vital for their existence. Many other birds and insects also rely on these little yellow flowers. A dandelion is also human food.

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Eat the whole thing

You can eat the whole thing. From root to flower, the dandelion is king! According to precisionnutrition.com, one cup of chopped, raw dandelion greens (about 55g) has 25 calories, 1.5g protein, 0.4g of fat, 5.1g of carbohydrates, 1.9g fiber, and 0.4g sugar. Dandelion greens are an excellent source of vitamin A, folate, vitamin K, and vitamin C (in its raw form), and a good source of calcium and potassium. So, might I suggest not destroying these power packed little flowers with roundup and just letting them be. The bees and many others will thank you!

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3. Sunshine

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5 cool things I am happy to know about….sunshine.
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The sun IS your friend

Sunshine- Sun IS your friend and don’t let sunscreen companies tell you otherwise. Actually, ditch that crap and get some sun on your skin. There are so many chemicals and toxins in sunscreen and we need to pay attention to these ingredients and only support companies that create non toxic products. I’d like to introduce you to a very intelligent doctor by the name of Paul Saladino. His research is phenomenal and thorough.

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This fantastic short YouTube video below will explain why the sun is not the culprit that sunscreen corporations make it out to be and why lipids are. I have been following Dr. Paul for a few years now and his in-depth coverage of the foods we eat and the myths surrounding sunlight, vitamins, meat and butter is astounding and worthy of attention. We need sun. We need less chemicals. Not every exposure to sunlight will give you cancer. On the contrary, look at your diet and what you put on your skin. Check this video out and lets start the discussion.

Get some sun

4. puppies/babies

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5 cool things I am happy to know about…puppies!!!
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Are you a dog person?

I don’t know about you, but I am a dog person. When I see a friendly dog or a sweet and innocent little puppy, my heart skips a beat. What is the connection to humans and dogs that makes them so vitally important in our lives and in our evolution? We have been cohabitating with wolves for almost 40,000 years. Oxford professor, Greger Larson, said: “Dogs are our oldest and closest animal partner.

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Man’s best friend for eons. Photo by Scott Webb on Pexels.com

Our companions from day 1

Using DNA from ancient dogs is showing us just how far back our shared history goes and will ultimately help us understand when and where this deep relationship began.” Dogs have always been a source of companionship with humans since they first stepped into a civilized region to steal scraps of food. I wonder how the first wolf reacted when he discovered humans and shared pieces of meat with them?

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The wolf. Photo by Steve on Pexels.com

Need a shot of dopamine?

Little did they know that thousands of years later, they would be eating from cute bowls and sleeping at the foot of a bed with their favorite teddy. What a fantastic discovery for both humans and dogs. The first dog was of wolf origin and all subsequent dog breeds come from that one species. It’s hard to believe that my yorkie/chihuahua was once a wolf 🙂 If you love boosting dopamine, hang around with puppies.

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“The baby schema”. Photo by Victoria Borodinova on Pexels.com

The baby schema effect

Have you heard of the “baby schema” effect? According to ethologist Konrad Lorenz, babies produce in others, an innate releasing mechanism primed by a set of specific facial features, including a large head, a protruding forehead, a round face, big eyes, and a small nose and mouth, which evoke positive emotions and instinctual behavioral responses in adults. When have you ever seen a baby golden retriever or wiener dog that didn’t make you gush a little? That dopamine boost is great for everyone so the next time you sit with puppies ,you’ll know why they make you smile.

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5. Key Lime Pie

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5 cool things I am happy to know about
Delicious pie makes the world better. Photo by Vlad Kutepov on Pexels.com

Try a bite before you die

I mean, what more can I say? Have you ever tried Key Lime Pie? If you haven’t, you have to . At least try a bite before you die. I have had some good slices and I have had some really good slices but NEVER a bad slice. It’s such a refreshing dessert when you get tired of all the “boring” desserts like cheesecake or vanilla ice cream. The key (pun intended) element to this pie, is of course, the lime. It does depend on the freshness and the amount of lime juice put into the pie that makes it stand out from other more traditional pies like lemon meringue (which can be made from a box).

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Key lime history

Key lime is different. It has a bitterness that is necessary and a sweetness that puts it over the top. Wikipedia states that a 1926 restaurant menu includes “lime pie”, but it is unclear what it was. Various accounts claim that it was known earlier, but none were recorded before 1933. A widely-reported story claims that William Curry’s cook Aunt Sally invented it in the late 19th century. The limes in the Florida Keys were plentiful and some say that the recipe comes from local fishermen.

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The recipe for Key Lime Pie came from local fishermen. Photo by Ron Lach on Pexels.com

Flaky crust or graham?

Regardless of its origin this pie is unique and delicious. I absolutely love adding a dollop of fresh whipped cream on top of my key lime and definitely not ice cream. It can overtake that fresh lime flavor and kind of ruins it. I like to make a flaky crust as apposed to the graham cracker crust that is usually recommended. I find the graham too sweet for me and flaky crust made right is the bee’s knees. Here’s a favorite recipe ready to print https://francoisekitchen.com/wprm_print/5956

I hope you enjoyed this little collection of stories about stuff. I really enjoy writing them for you. Remember to take joy in the little things. We live in a world with new things to discover everyday. Take it all in. Be well. Shannon

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