Saturday, November 17, 2018

Camel Could Exist in the Temperate Zone

Camel under falling snow, credit to Kelli Bender

Many of us know that camels live in the desert, hot middle east region. People in the Philadelphia, USA saw camel was roaming on the side of highway while snowstorm by this week (November 15, 2018).

Snow camel, named Einstein wish to go to an event, but he (his escort) was quite confused because of heavy snow, stuck on the road for a while. Then the owner, Jewish Federation of Philadelphia decided to sent back Einstein to his home, “Peaceable Kingdom Petting Zoo.”

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Drivers who are passing by took pictures and videos, shared into social medias (tweeters and Facebook), then to be “breaking news” of all news stations in the Philadelphia: “camel could live in the colder area”   

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Hay Stacks in the Small Farmer Market

Look heavier stacks of hay

I know that hay is food for livestock such as cows, horses and sheep in the winter or during long drought. But, I just get new knowledge that other function of hay stacks is for erosion control or for landscaping called as a straw hay.

Hay for food has two types: lighter and heavier, but both fairly cheap in respect for price. The heavier ones contain higher protein. In addition to nutritious value, people look for dryness of hay. 

Lighter hay

Dryness relates to quality, since wet hay means easy to be destroyed or rotten by mold. To be easy to be dried and stored, many people choose round than square bales. Round bales also easier to wrap with plastic. 

I saw in the small farmer market not in great number of hay stacks, may be not sold for farmers or ranchers, but for individuals who feed their pets such as rabbit and deer or for decoration purposes only. 

I found square hay only, no round bales. The size might be 40 pounds (20 kg), not that big and heavy. It is might be due to storage capacity of market.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Creating Halloween Decorations for Fun

A doll with pumpkin head

We usually make Halloween decorations at the end of September until second of October every year, but we do little late for this year. We have made not scary things, just dolls and little things with pumpkins for fun purposes. 

Picture on the top is a girl with small pumpkin face and head, blonde hair and sitting on the crafted pumpkin. Dressing looks very simply. The doll are sitting at the corner of indoor house.  

Table decoration

We use plastic pumpkins and autumn maple leaves for Table decoration. As we know that Maple was used to force back the attacks of devil and demon spirits. Now days, maple leaves are symbol of peace, tolerance and unity (especially in Canada).

Decoration is hung at backdoor

The last photo is just decoration, not really special for backdoor. By the way, we do have Jack O Lantern Halloween. 

Happy Halloween to all of you.  

Friday, October 5, 2018

The Canned Boiled Peanuts Sold in the Walmart

Boiled peanuts in the can

I often buy the green peanuts after spring in the farmer markets, then boil them by myself. It is easy, just put the peanuts in the pot of salted water. Then, waiting for several hours (around 2 to 3 hours) to make cooked and soft peanuts. 

After September until next coming Spring, no selling of raw peanuts in my city. Some seafood groceries sell the cooked ones, but too salty for me, and it is also quite expensive price. Instead, I love to cook the peanuts by my own way. 

However, I sometimes buy the boiled peanuts in the can that sold in Walmart grocery. Uniquely, there are variety of flavors include Cajun, and Hot & Spicy. These are American Southern flavors and tastes. I always choose Hot and spicy flavors. 

I often buy 13.5 ounce can size. The other sizes are the 27 ounce cans and the biggest of 6 pound cans. The price is quite reasonable compared to raw ones. In addition, that we do not need to boil them for several hours. 

It is true that I never eat immediately from cans but microwave them for no more than 15 minutes to make peanuts to be softer and yummy. Just try it. 

Some nutritionists said that canned peanuts are healthier than raw or dry or roasted peanuts, it is because canned peanuts have lower fat and calories. Higher nutrients of canned peanuts could maintain healthy cells due to oxidations.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Fresh Mango in the US Market

Mango from Mexico

A lot of mango can be found in the USA market from spring to early fall. They are imported from Mexico. It is surprisingly, not Mexican indigenous fruit, but introduced by British from Philippine around 200 years ago.

In addition to Mexico, other Latin countries export mango to USA market are Ecuador, Peru, Haiti, Brazil and Guatemala. USA also imports mango from some Asian countries such as Thailand, Pakistan and India. 

Mango sold in Walmart

Actually, American produces mangos as well, but very limited. They are grown in California, Hawaii, Florida and Puerto Rico. Florida developed many kinds (varieties) of mango, some of them are Haden, Keitt, Kent, Tommy Atkins, Valencia Pride and Glenn. However, there are more than 500 varieties of mango worldwide.

One of varieties called as “Tommy Atkins” planted commercially in South American countries include Mexico, Peru and Ecuador. These countries export back to USA in great amount. We can see easily in many groceries across USA. Just try its!

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Jogging is Better than Running for Health

The full article could be read in my book:

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Some people, some time, confuse a different between jogging and running. We call jogging if we have a small run with less than 6 mile per-hour (mph). But, greater than 6 mph is said as a running. Some people consider speed higher than 4 mph but lower than 6 mph as jogging, but less than 4 mph as fast walking. ………………………………………………………..

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Depression Could be Caused by Sugar Consumption

The full article could be read in my book:

Sugar and depression (  

In addition to diseases, included chronic one, that eating too much sugar could causes depression. How come? Great amount of sugar causes spike of blood sugar and dysregulation of neurotransmitter thus may affect on mental health include depression. ……………….

Camel Could Exist in the Temperate Zone

Camel under falling snow, credit to Kelli Bender Many of us know that camels live in the desert, hot middle east region. People in th...