Monthly Archives: February 2013
UPDATE: Thanks to everyone who participated! The contest is now closed and winner has been chosen.
Friends, I am neck deep in book makin’ and just when the world seems like it’s nothing but fermentation jars and photo shoots and writing and rewriting, something fell into my lap (figuratively) and made my crazy days a bit brighter.
Someone told me about Nikki’s Coconut Butter. Hoo yeah.
First of all, I am a fan of coconut butter. Not to be confused with coconut oil which is just the oil extracted from coconut meat (although I’m a fan of that too), coconut butter is the meat from a coconut blended into a delicious, dream-like paste that has about a million culinary uses. My favorite being eating it straight from the jar.
Nikki’s Coconut Butter seems to do it one better, however. You see, their coconut butter is available in five scrumptious flavors. So not only is coconut butter itself a dream, Nikki’s amped it up by adding all-natural foodstuffs to make it an even better version of itself. We’re talking chocolate hazelnut brownie, vanilla cake batter, midnight mocha (chocolate lover’s dream!), macadamia nut cookie, and honey pecan pie. See what I mean? Poetry in a jar.
None of them contain any refined sugar, and like their website says, coconut butter is a treat that is good for your body. It will make you feel sooooo much better than eating something rife with sugar and refined seed oils. Blah.
Nikki’s sent me a jar (madacamia nut cookie!!!) to try out and it is divine! So, because I love you all so much and I want you to share in the wealth, I’m offering one you a FREE 12 ounce jar of the flavor of your choice. It will be a random drawing and you have until Friday, March 1 at noon EST to enter. All you have to do is leave a comment below and tell me which flavor of Nikki’s Coconut Butter you’d choose if you’re the lucky winner. And like that, you’re entered to win.
If you’re already a Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram follower, get a friend to follow me and drop me an email (Jill@FirstComesHealth.com) and let me know. That way you’ll both earn extra entries!
So, hop to it! I guarantee you’ll want to win this. I’m off to attack my jar of coconut butter with a spoon. You could be doing the same!
I have been dreaming of this day and it has finally arrived! My book, Fermented. A Four Season Approach to Paleo Probiotic Foods, is now available for pre-order on Amazon.com!
Yep! The book I’ve been briefly talking about here and there, the giant massive enormous project that I’ve thrown myself into lo these past six months, the reason my wee blog has been nearly dead for the longest while, is almost finished and I’ve reached the next milestone – seeing it up for sale!
There is MUCH more to come!
Book 16 weddings during 2013 - Custom menus have been created and sent to four wedding prospects. Meetings are pending.
Develop 30 new LadyFingers recipes and successfully implement them into 2013 events- Developed three new recipes for a January event and they were a hit. I have offered them to two new customers.
Update and publicize all LadyFingers menus by June 1. Update both online and print menus throughout 2013 as new recipes are developed (see above) - Am jotting notes for the first menu update.
Update the LadyFingers website each month with Portfolio and/or Recipe entries - No updates in January.
Consistently maintain the LadyFingers Facebook page to remain current and relevant. Increase viewership - Am posting but haven’t developed a method to ensure consistency.
Re-commit to fitness using a method that will work on a consistent, life-style basis and keep a journal of progress and/or set-backs - Re-thinking this goal due to upcoming surgery
Increase vegetable garden production through improved efficiency - Re-thinking this goal due to upcoming surgery
Increase charitable efforts both personally and professionally - Am reviewing ways to donate my services to benefit the community, and I am considering potential volunteer efforts in areas of literacy, neighborhood revitalization, and historic preservation.
Shed all superfluous items - Cleaning closets and sorting items (online sale, Spring garage sale, donation), also cleaning Facebook page and unsubscribing from those whose posts are a constant annoyance (14 so far).
Finish things I write – The writing has been hit or miss, although I have prepped four poems to submit to a journal, so I take that as good progress.
Excel at my job – This is hard for me to measure, but it’s the one item here I feel the most progress on. Every day I think critically about what I’m
doing and why I’m doing it, and this has made sure that I feel a sense of accomplishment each week.
Finish 36 books – three books finished in January. This has been a fun one, although it’s here in the spirit of supporting my writing goal above. I don’t know if it’s had any impact, but I’ll push forward with it for its sake.
Have perfect finger nails by June 1 – Bought a new nail file/emery board and my nails are coming along nicely.
Run a 5k by October 2013 – Doing a lot of walking and bike riding in prep for getting serious about 5k training.
Exercise at least 3 times per week – I have been using the workout facility here in AZ regularly — have been meeting my 3 times per week goal regularly.
Floss at least 5 times per week – Minor failure on the flossing goal — have been hitting 3 times a week, short of my 5 times goal.
Expand my boundaries and add some”new”….new people, new experiences, new skills, new adventures! – My “new” in January was becoming part of my new running group and meeting a bunch of really cool “South Hills” runners. February’s “new” will be a little more exciting!
Complete the Pittsburgh half marathon on May 5 and beat my 2012 time – I feel like I am doing very well with this. I have been running three days a week with a friend, plus I joined a casual training group of Pittsburgh area CrossFitters who are also training for the half. We meet once per week and run together. So far, so good!
Confidently turn 40 on November 19 – 286 days left in my 30s, and I’m feeling good.
Complete a home makeover – In January I did a total closet overhaul! Not only did I get rid of a ton of clothes and shoes that I no longer wear, or are too big, Dude and I actually removed some of the built-in shelves out of the closet to make it more easily organized. I bought some organizational bins and shelving to put in there that work more with what I have. Along with the closet, our kitchen pantry and storage area has seen a total overhaul. More purging of things that were going unused, and we are planning to wallpaper and paint this particular area of our kitchen. I currently have 7 wallpaper samples hanging there to decide what we like best. Many things were sold on Craigslist, and we made $75 last month doing it. I’m very pleased.
Become a more confident runner – As mentioned above, I’m running more often and for longer distances. Something I must work on in February, however, is doing more CrossFit. Strengthening my body with CrossFit does a LOT for my running confidence. It may not seem like it at the time, but those burpees and squats are good for me!
Have more in-person interactions with those I love most – I was just so-so on this one. I have plans in February already to see some people and I’m looking forward to it.