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How cold is too cold?

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Good-morning, kittens & dawgs! I crawled out of bed at 5am to a bone chilling 7℉. What a way to start the day! For the next few days Knoxvillans will think they are in a freezer.


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Thursday ?s & Thoughts #1: Coconut Oil

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Amanda from SelfSagacity and I are teaming up to bring to you our combined memes into a brand new hop called…

At the moment, this is still a work-in-progress venture. For those of you who have been so faithful in keeping with Amanda’s Thursday Two Questions, then keep doing what you been doing as nothing has changed. At this point, we don’t have an official button for the hop, so please bear patiences with us as we decide.

I use Grammarly’s plagiarism checker because sometimes it pays to let the cat out of the bag. When I think of coconut the first thing that always comes to mind is the commercial jingle…

I know coconut oil is receiving positive press on its many benefits, but the one thing that interested me initially is its use for personal lubrication. Its natural with no additives or perfumes.

On Sunday afternoon, we ventured to Earth’s Fare to buy some. The only thing I knew was I wanted expeller cold-pressed extra-virgin coconut oil. Our local whole food store did not have a lot to choice from, but after studying the labels we came to a decision based on the store’s supply. We bought two brands: Nutiva and Garden of Life.

I wasn’t totally flying by the seat of my pants on this venture. A few days prior, I stumbled upon the hard working of one woman who did quite a bit of coconut oil testing. She listed her recommendations; if you would like the low down on her discoveries, then click here.

FYI: Both oils are expeller, cold-pressed extra-virgin, but the Nutiva has a stronger coconut oil aroma & flavor. This will be my first choice for now.

However, I was very surprised to learn about the health-boosting properties from the oil of this nut. Unlike other fats, coconut is good for your heart. I have a good ticker, but others aren’t as fortunate. Coconut oil can help to restore your thyroid with better insulin use by the body and boosts the metabolism. Did you know that when the thyroid doesn’t work properly, then it increases your cholesterol levels? Of course, we all know when the thyroid isn’t functioning properly weight gain is one of the side effects. Another reason to get your thyroid back on track.

One thing that particularly fascinated me was by incorporating coconut oil in your diet breaks down healthy fats in the liver for energy and I found out it helps to reduce that stubborn belly fat. Hallelujah, I am all for that! Also, the antioxidant action of coconut oil helps our body to cease the damage to our skin. Could this mean, I have found the Fountain of Youth? Probably not, but anything I can do to stop unneeded aging then count me in! The oil has been found to be a good moisturizer for the skin and hair, aids in digestion (great for people such as myself with an intestinal disorder), brain function, and it’s an anti-viral/bacterial/fungal fighter.

Armed with these little perks of coconut oil, I made myself a lab rat. Yesterday, I started eating straight from the bottle, 2-tablespoons of coconut oil. I am not sure how soon I will see the effects of my personal science experiment, but as I see developments I plan to reveal my findings.

1. Do you have any experience with coconut oil? (Brands: likes, dislikes)

2. What prompted you to begin using coconut oil?

Check out these 101 Ways to Use Coconut Oil and read this info of some ways coconut can improve your health.

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Don’t Miss…A Bad Moon Rising!


Okay, I’m not talking about CCR’s hit song. In fact, at 11:35 p.m. on  May 5th there will be a full moon. It won’t be like any other full moon. As pictured below in 2011, we had a similar occurrence.



The Bible describes the moon as the lesser light of the night. This Saturday, the moon will come within 221,802 miles from Earth and predicted to be 16% brighter than normal.

Scientist report there is no reason for alarm. The slight distance difference isn’t enough to cause any weird acts of Mother Nature. However, it should be an excellent opportunity for sky gazers to view a spectacularly bright and big moon nicknamed, Supermoon.

Get ready and get your camera out! 😉

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25 Useful Ways of Using Coffee Filters

My good friend forwarded this interesting, fact laced email about coffee filters. Who knew? Not me! The neat thing is you can buy 1,000 at your local Dollar Tree for dah, $1.00 and that can get you the larger ones, too. Perhaps, you’ll find it this just as intriguing as I did. Thanks Lisa F!

25 very useful ways to use coffee filters:

1. Cover bowls or dishes when cooking in the microwave. Coffee filters make excellent covers.
2. Clean windows, mirrors, and chrome… Coffee filters are lint-free so they’ll leave windows sparkling.
3. Protect China by separating your good dishes with a coffee filter between each dish.
4. Filter broken cork from wine. If you break the cork when opening a wine bottle, filter the wine through a coffee filter.
5. Protect a cast-iron skillet. Place a coffee filter in the skillet to absorb moisture and prevent rust.
6. Apply shoe polish. Ball up a lint-free coffee filter.
7. Recycle frying oil. After frying, strain oil through a sieve lined with a coffee filter.
8. Weigh chopped foods. Place chopped ingredients in a coffee filter on a kitchen scale.
9. Hold tacos. Coffee filters make convenient wrappers for messy foods.
10. Stop the soil from leaking out of a plant pot. Line a plant pot with a coffee filter to prevent the soil from going through the drainage holes.
11. Prevent a Popsicle from dripping. Poke one or two holes as needed in a coffee filter.


12. Do you think we used expensive strips to wax eyebrows? Use strips of coffee filters..
13. Put a few in a plate and put your fried bacon, French fries, chicken fingers, etc on them.. It soaks out all the grease.
14. Keep in the bathroom. They make great “razor nick fixers.”
15. As a sewing backing. Use a filter as an easy-to-tear backing for embroidering or applique for soft fabrics.
16. Put baking soda into a coffee filter and insert into shoes or a closet to absorb or prevent odors.
17. Use them to strain soup stock and to tie fresh herbs in to put in soups and stews.
18 Use a coffee filter to prevent spilling when you add fluids to your car.
19. Use them as a spoon rest while cooking and clean up small counter spills.
20. Can use to hold dry ingredients when baking or when cutting a piece of fruit or veggies. Saves on having extra bowls to wash.
21. Use them to wrap Christmas ornaments for storage.
22. Use them to remove fingernail polish when out of cotton balls.
23. Use them to sprout seeds. Simply dampen the coffee filter, place seeds inside, fold it and place it into a zip-lock plastic bag until they sprout.
24. Use coffee filters as blotting paper for pressed flowers. Place the flowers between two coffee filters and put the coffee filters in phone book.
25. Use as a disposable “snack bowl” for popcorn, chips, etc.
Oh, yeah! They are great to use in your coffee maker, too! 😉

I have not used coffee filters in these sorts of capacity other than in a coffee maker but I certainly will consider some of these some time. Good ideas!

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