Thursday Things


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Here are my Thursday Things for the week:

1. Manuka Honey.  This is the Cadillac of honey.  If you like honey, Manuka honey is going to rock your world.  It’s the most wonderful tasting honey I’ve ever tried.  This type of honey is typically produced in Australia or New Zealand and there are different brands of Manuka honey.  To be labeled Manuka honey, honey should have a manuka pollen count of at least seventy percent.

I tried Manuka honey for the first time about six years ago and fell in love.

Manuka honey

I am a believer in the healing properties and benefits of honey, too.  Honey is antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, but most honey you buy in stores isn’t living and has been pasteurized and has had the good properties stripped away.

Honey has UMF Ratings.  “The UMF® found only in selective Manuka honey describes the anti-bacterial property (from non peroxide activity), sought after for its qualities that support the body’s natural health and wellbeing. Independent laboratory testing determines the UMF® value after the honey is packaged. The higher the UMF level, the higher the level of anti-bacterial benefits.  Besides the health promoting properties this product has wide appeal as a pleasurable eating experience…”

0 – 4:    Not detectable

5 – 9:    Maintenance Level

10 – 14:    Suitable for therapeutic usage

15 and higher:   Superior levels with very high activity levels for therapeutic usage

2. UMF Active 10+ honey is a little bit of a splurge but you’re worth it.  Consider it your sweet treat to yourself for Valentine’s Day.

UMF Active 10+ honey

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3. The Eater Spring 2012 Cookbook and Foodbook Preview

The Eater Spring 2012 Cookbook and Foodbook Preview

Do I “need” another cookbook?  No.  Do I want 27 more after looking at this list?  Yes.  I love cookbooks.

4. Deb’s post on Why Did My Cookies Spread?

There’s all kinds of possible reasons.  Dough temp, butter or margarine, temperature of the cookies sheets, surface of the cookie sheets…

5. That post ties in with my thin-nish Mango and White Chocolate Cookies.  Tasted great and were super soft and chewy (even more so than thicker cookies which was a bonus), they just a little spready.  But they got eaten.  No problems there.

Mango and White Chocolate Cookies

6. And that ties in with flour and does the brand of flour matter?

King Arthur Flour Unbleached All-Purpose Flour

Thanks for your thoughts and comments on if you think King Arthur is worth it.

7. These Tom’s Lina Woven Ballet Flats.  They are not backordered in my size.  For once, it’s good to be a bigfoot.

Tom's Lina Woven Ballet Flats, with woven pattern

8. Can you wear the Valentine’s Women Classic year round?  I think I’d like to try.

Toms Grey with pink heart pattern

9. Can you eat chocolate and peanut butter year round?  I don’t have to try.  I do.

Ritz Cracker Stuffed Peanut Butter Cups (NoBake and Vegan. Ritz are ‘accidentally vegan‘) combine my two year round faves.

Ritz Cracker Stuffed Peanut Butter Cups

10. Personalized spoons on Etsy.  So cute.

Personalized valentines spoons in coffee bean bowl

Happy Valentine’s Day!

What are your Thursday Things? 

What’s caught your interest lately?  Food, recipes, websites, products, books?  What are your things?

Do you like honey?  Shoes?

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  1. Honey I love! And Manuka Honey is definitely a gem with so many wonderful benefits for our precious bods.
    Hmmmm…. My Thursday things? Cute frilled sports skirts from Lululemon Athletica. Baking for the first time the BEST flourless chocolate cake and winning over my Fiance’s tummy on Valentine’s Day. Re-discovering gorgeous watercolour paints…. their splashes of pastel rainbows make them a warm and fuzzy Thursday thing for me. xo

  2. I bought King Arthur’s whole wheat flour, and I really like it.. It seems lighter than other brands, but I rarely have to buy it because I bake maybe once a week if that. Since you bake SO much and have a knack for making yummy things I’m not sure if it’s worth the extra though. So helpful I know–but I do like it :)

  3. Hi there, I really like your site, so incredible . I have a question and hope hope you can offer assistance. (I’m not vegan ..I hope that is okay…I don’t intend or want to be either, hope that is also okay).
    I eat a diet with a lot of whole fats (whole eggs, avocados, olive and coconut oils, etc), fish and chicken, protein powder, yogurt, veggies and fruit, Lundberg brown rice cakes, some wild rice, gluten-free breads, gluten-frree cereals, nondairy milks, some flax, nuts/seeds, dark chocolate, etc.
    I’ve been binging a lot for the last month. Every single night I eat yogurt, fruit, nuts, dark chocolate (1 ounce of chocolate every night) and 4 or 5 rice cakes before bed (and more, I’m giving examples). I feel like my colon, kidneys, and liver need a serious cleanse and to be reset since my bowels are so unhealthy feeling and appearance and my body is cramping at a chronic rate. However, I’m unwilling to lose weight. How do I accomplish such a feat? I’m confused. How does one stop the binges, “recover” and ‘cleanse” the body from a cleanse without losing weight (I’m already low weight and fear losing more)? Due to physical impairments I cannot exercise the “next day” to make me feel “cleansed” so I feel terrible about making it worse and worse each day and night. Should I feel so bad? Have I “ruined” my body? What are sample meal plan days to recover and help my organs/body without losing weight? Any advice you can give would be incredible. Email me if better. Thank you.

  4. OOOH I love those personalized spoons!! So cute :) Also thanks for writing about honey. I have wondered about Manuka honey and it’s nice to hear someone elses opinion. Plus I didn’t really understand the ratings.

    1. Glad it helped and I didnt fully understand the ratings, either, until I really researched it for this post.

    1. So you put it right on your skin? Or you eat the honey, too? Or both? Either way, glad to hear it’s working!

  5. I love those spoons! Super cute. I’m actually not a huge fan of honey, but I don’t think I have ever had the good honey. My dad just bought whatever kind came in a bear. Even now when my husband wants honey he wants it in bear form. He once told me that’s how they should measure it too. One bear’s worth of honey, two bear’s worth… I love that man, lol.

  6. Those Toms are freakin’ adorable. I need a pair and this would be perfect.

    I’ve seen those spoons everywhere. Thanks for the link!

  7. You know I used to be a beekeeper when I lived in HI–love bees and honey! I haven’t been eating honey hardly at all since I moved here, but right now I have a cold/flu and have been having a little manuka honey and some other healing honey from HI to help.