Turmeric Breakfast Cookies

Wednesday already!

My Brother-The-Middle-Boy, some years ago, told me about the benefits of Turmeric. At the time I couldn’t find any recipes I liked that included it as an ingredient, and eventually lost interest in looking for one. And there the matter stood, until last week. I got it into my head that including Turmeric in my daily diet would be a good thing, so I began anew to search for appealing recipes. I found one, but it didn’t quite meet my criteria for a healthy recipe, too much sodium, too much sugar, and too many “fussy” ingredients, like using soaked flax seeds instead of an egg. So I tinkered with it. My version of Turmeric Breakfast Cookies is low sodium, low sugar, and full of oatmeal and a vegetable or fruit, depending on what options I choose at the time. I enjoy one of these cookies in the morning with my coffee. They are very spicy, so eating them as a snack before bedtime was not a good idea, heartburn!

This morning I arose at 5:30 a.m., which is normal on a weekday. I get up with Attila, who has to get ready to go to work. Immediately I began to putter in the kitchen. I was out of Turmeric Breakfast Cookies, so a batch was soon underway, and the first cookies were in the oven before Attila left for work. Today’s dinner will be Baked Beans (Instant Pot, recipe to be discovered) with “wieners”, Yves vegetarian copies of the real thing. Navy beans had been soaking overnight, so they were set to cook in the Instant Pot, 9 minutes and done to perfection. Everything was baked or cooked before 7:00 a.m., when the price of hydro went up to mid-peak prices.

The habit of taking ACV (apple cider vinegar) daily slowly faded away, after discovering that it really was beneficial in controlling blood pressure, at least in my case. Yesterday I read that this combination would reduce heartburn and deter the acidic taste: 1 cup filtered water, 1 tablespoon ACV, 1 teaspoon baking soda. Whoa!! Undrinkable in my opinion, down the drain it went. Then I tried 1/2 cup filtered water, 1 tablespoon ACV, 1/4 teaspoon baking soda. Well that was a bit better, but the baking soda is full of sodium (315 mg in 1/4 teaspoon), so it really isn’t a solution for anyone on a low sodium regime; at least I am not wasting any part of my daily quota on something that tastes so vile. So, the conclusion is that 1/2 cup filtered water, 1 tablespoon ACV, 1 teaspoon brown sugar, is the recipe of choice at Mist Cottage. Attila, well he just drinks the stuff straight up… I get tears in my eyes and my throat closes up just thinking about that!

turmeric breakfast cookie

Turmeric Breakfast Cookies, stored in a glass dish, with the layers separated by waxed paper. I love these cookies!

navy beans and mason jar of frozen water

Cooked navy beans in the Instant Pot inner pot, and a jar of frozen vegetable cooking water. The cooking water is being thawed to use as the liquid in making Baked Beans.

Yesterday’s harvest from the garden: Scarlet Runner Beans and three varieties of tomatoes: Amish Paste, Health Kick, and San Marino. The beans will be refrigerated for a meal this week, and the tomatoes will be frozen to process into tomato puree and pressure canned when the harvest season is over.



Date: 12:00 PM EDT Wednesday 12 September 2018
Condition: Mostly Cloudy
Pressure: 102.6 kPa
Tendency: Rising
Temperature: 21.5°C
Dew point: 18.6°C
Humidity: 83%
Wind: SE 10 km/h
Humidex: 28
Visibility: 24 km


“You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.”
Henry Ford
1863 – 1947

Times change!

Easy Days

By the time Attila has a day off work we have a lot of catching up to do on the domestic front.

The temperature has been just above freezing for the last few days! Yesterday Attila spent his day off work shovelling snow, and lots of it. It snowed all morning as he worked. All the snow on the south facing roof came down yesterday morning, with a thunderous, house-shaking crash. The north facing roof still carries the full winter load of snow, and will probably not release it during this thaw.

Sunday’s are special! Attila had all this snow to play with! It was the second half of the snow from the southern side of roof. He needed the metal shovel to break the compacted snow bank (almost an ice bank) so that he could shovel it all off the deck.
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The load of snow from the roof spread considerably when it came down, blocking the walking path to the house and the woodshed. By mid-afternoon Attila had the yard ship-shape again. He noted that with this last “shedding” some damage was done to the deck railing, which will need to be repaired in the spring.

With the warmer weather comes a reduced need for firewood. Two daily firings in the masonry heater are sufficient to keep the house toasty warm. The weather prediction for the next two weeks is for relatively warm winter temperatures, just below freezing during the day, slightly colder at night. The down side to this balmy forecast is that snow is likely to fall almost every day! Still, with the reduced firewood load, and the snow removal completed for the next little while, Attila is in for some easy days.

Yesterday I made pumpkin squares, or squash squares, we are not really sure which. The pumpkin/squash had been frozen some years ago, and the package was not labelled or dated. The squares were delicious. The squares were beyond resistance, so I persuaded Attila to store the squares that remained in our large refrigerator downstairs. Out of sight, out of mind. The large refrigerator downstairs is the whole downstairs, because we do not heat it. Miraculously it stays above freezing in all but the coldest weather. It is a handy size for a refrigerator!

Beans cooked overnight in the crockpot. This morning they were drained and additional ingredients added to prepare baked beans. The plastic lid to the crockpot broke. The pot was purchased some unknown number of years before 1992, and has been in continuous use since then. Undeterred I experimented with various stainless steel lids from the cookware set, until one was found that fit the crock. There is another large crockpot at the little house in the city, and two smaller, aging crockpots at the country house.

Caveat: Cook beans in a crockpot at your own risk, do it the right way. “Dried beans, especially kidney, contain a natural toxin. These toxins are easily destroyed by boiling. Safe steps for preparing would include soaking the beans for 12 hours, rinsing, and then boiling for at least 10 minutes, before adding the beans to a slow cooker.” University of Minnesota Extension

I have been in the house with Mist for a consecutive sixteen days. We are planning an outing, very exciting! Attila must travel to have a blood test, and hour there and an hour back. This can only be done during working hours, on weekdays. So, he will have to take time off work, and forego his income for those hours. The plan is to choose a weekday that offers clear, dry roads and sunny skies, and to take the afternoon on that elusive perfect day, to have the blood test done, then shop for supplies. Attila is attempting to work extra hours to make up for the time he will need off.

I did not sleep well last night, too many murder mysteries! We watch Midsomer Murders episodes, but what tipped it over the edge for me was watching And Then There Were None, an Agatha Christie film from 1945, which I enjoyed. However, it was too much mayhem for one day.

Worldly Distractions


Date: 7:30 PM EST Monday 13 January 2014
Condition: Light Rain
Pressure: 100.1 kPa
Visibility: 16 km
Temperature: 4.0°C
Dewpoint: 0.2°C
Humidity: 76%
Wind: S 18 km/h


“To punish me for my contempt for authority, fate made me an authority myself.”
Albert Einstein
1879 – 1955

Attila & Mist Read The Daily News

An Evening With Attlia and Mist: Reading the News
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This morning the sun was shining! The snow was melting! By mid-afternoon the sky had clouded over, but the snow was still melting. At last, it seems that spring is actually going to arrive.

I am busy in the kitchen today. First thing this morning, after Attila left for work, I was busy adding all the ingredients for baked beans to the crockpot. By dinner time they will be ready for this week’s lunches. After cleaning for a while, I baked two loaves of bread. After that, while the oven was still hot, I mixed up the batter for an Orange Loaf and popped it into the oven. The clean up always takes a little bit longer than the preparation.

Caveat: Cook beans in a crockpot at your own risk, do it the right way. “Dried beans, especially kidney, contain a natural toxin. These toxins are easily destroyed by boiling. Safe steps for preparing would include soaking the beans for 12 hours, rinsing, and then boiling for at least 10 minutes, before adding the beans to a slow cooker.” University of Minnesota Extension

The manual for the new camera is very good. Configuration gets complicated as soon as the dial is moved away from the automated and preset functions. I’ll be sticking with those for the most part. I love to take pictures, but I do not have a passion for light. I think the inspired use of a camera presupposes a passion for light, and the absence of light. Also, I am not sure I can adjust to the restricted way the camera sees the world.

That’s the day then: cooking, baking, learning about the FinePix S4200 camera and working on genealogy sources. Now all that’s left of the day is the eating and reading part.

Worldly Distractions


8 °C
Condition: Sunny
Pressure: 102.0 kPa
Visibility: 16 km
Temperature: 8.3°C
Dewpoint: -2.6°C
Humidity: 46 %
Wind: SE 28 gust 39 km/h


“Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.”
e. e. cummings

Hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to work I go.

Another crockpot of baked beans was filled up and turned on this morning. We are finding that baked beans make a wonderful meal, one we both really like. I am experimenting with reducing the sugar, and sautéing the onions in olive oil before adding them to the pot.

Caveat: Cook beans in a crockpot at your own risk, do it the right way. “Dried beans, especially kidney, contain a natural toxin. These toxins are easily destroyed by boiling. Safe steps for preparing would include soaking the beans for 12 hours, rinsing, and then boiling for at least 10 minutes, before adding the beans to a slow cooker.” University of Minnesota Extension

I received an email from my Mom, to say that she arrived back in Canada, from Florida, last night. She drives there and back by herself, every year. I would be nervous about doing such a thing, but not my Mom. She is 81 years old and still running circles around all six of her children.

An early morning telephone call invited me to work for three hours this morning. I gladly accepted the offer; gladly because it is working at a location I truly enjoy.

An afternoon telephone call invited me to work for two hours a day for a few days. Two hours isn’t really worth going in for, after taxes and travel there is no income left; I will basically be working for free. But I like this location, and working will make the lingering winter less odious, so off I go to work for part of this week. All of the hours I will work this week, will amount to the equivalent of one day’s work.

It has been snowing off and on all day, but the sun has managed to peek through the clouds from time to time. When the sun does appear things begin to melt immediately. This melting cheers one up immensely.

We need to go to town, 35 km away, for some supplies. We wanted to go when Attila got home from work today. There is a little bit of a blizzard going on outside tonight, and the roads are bad. No trip into town for supplies for us tonight!

A relatively uneventful day, and a good one.

Worldly Distractions


-4 °C
Condition: Mostly Cloudy
Pressure: 101.5 kPa
Visibility: 16 km
Temperature: -3.6°C
Dewpoint: -11.2°C
Humidity: 56 %
Wind: WNW 28 gust 43 km/h
Wind Chill: -11


“If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.”
Thomas A. Edison
1847 – 1931