Crock-pot Time

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Hello once again Readers!!! Fall is finally here (in Florida)!! The air is cool. The leaves rustle in the faint breeze. My sweaters are being pulled out and washed! And this weekend we will be carving pumpkins…what!!  I digress. So I have recently become obsessed with this nifty gadget called the crock-pot (perfect for a fall attitude). For those of you who have yet to experience this, what the *bleep* are you thinking! It’s like the Holy Grail! It is the missing link! It is the reason I get out of bed in the morning (to throw the ingredients in and turn it on).If you are an on-the-goer, then this is definitely something that needs to be added into your daily arsenal (alongside of Red Bull, a good book, and Advil). Don’t get me wrong, I love to cook. The sizzling sound butter makes when it hits the pan. The fresh spicy scent of freshly chopped garlic. The sound of steel slicing through the many layers of an onion. It’s all mouth-watering and wonderful…but there’s something about a crock-pot that just goes beyond the power of a saute pan.

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No, I’m being serious! A crock-pot is the epitome of multitasking. It can hold all of your food groups and provide you with a hearty meal. And something about fall just screams “lets see how much we can cram into one pot”. It’s really quite fantastic.

That being said, I found this on Pinterest: 365 days of crock-pot ideas for every kind of meal. Can you imagine the possibilities? I’m like freaking out over here. Okay, so maybe I’m not, but I had to have something to write about today and the lovely smell of potatoes and meat melding together inside my house was just as inspiring as the star chart I have recently begun studying for my next project that I think I am going to attempt for NaNo WriMo. I am also writing, From the Embers, which is in the baby stages, so it will be my first time trying to tackle two projects at once. We shall see.

I’m not making any promises, that’s for sure. I am just simply…exploring my options.

Any who, have a fantastic day, Readers. It’s the perfect day for a jog/walk (which I am going to do next). Get your butt up and get some fresh air and think about a crock-pot meal or NaNo for those who are joining.

Question of the day: Do you have a recipe you’d like to share?

Echelon out ♥

A walk for the cure

Hello once again readers!!!

How have you been? Fantastic, I hope!

So I wanted to blog this week about something that is close to my heart-my very best friend Sonya. Her daughter Taylor, was diagnosed back in 2008 with type one diabetes. Now, the majority of people automatically assume that diabetes is all about managing the sugar intake. But its way more complicated than that. It’s a disease. Something as simple as a common cold causing the body’s white blood cells to attack the pancreas. Crazy right?

But it’s true, and it’s forever life-changing. Think about how many things you eat in a day, including soda. Everything has to be accounted for. Now think about going to the fair with your family. You see a corn dog stand and your mouth starts to water. You walk up to the stand and ask them how many carbs are in their world-famous corn dogs…but they don’t know.

But you have to know, because you have to configure how much insulin you need to help digest the carbs you are about to take in. This is what diabetics go through EVERYDAY! It’s not easy, but like every dark cloud, there is a silver lining. JDRF. They are fighting as we speak to find a cure. Things that make it easier for children to live a normal life. Things like a mechanical pancreas that can help reduce the daily shots that come with the disease.

So how can you help??? Donate to the cause! Click here ♥

Even a dollar could bring a child some relief from the round-the-clock stress of being a diabetic. The company I work for has decided to help the cause by raising money for the walk that is going down on March 3rd at UCF. Come join us! We’ve spent the last month raffling off a 50/50 pot,  gift cards, chocolates, and now we’re having a bake/art sale on Monday (2-27).

I’ve spent the weekend creating cupcakes and paintings to take in hopes that we will raise that last bit of money needed to reach our goal. I’m all frosted out lol. I really hope we have a good turn out tomorrow. Cookies, brownies, muffins, cupcakes…something has to appeal the masses. And art from Fae Tis Moor-an art business Sonya and I started up.

Here are some pieces that we’ve created. If you’re interested feel free to shoot me a message. Everything we sell up until March 3rd will be split with the JDRF fund! We also take special requests.

If you or someone you know has been touched by diabetes, please feel free to share with us! Or if you have any questions-just ask! Knowledge is power!

That being said…Echelon out ♥