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If we were having coffee this week I would invite you to the nut bar to find the right mix to pair with your tea or coffee. The nut bar is a nod to both #OctoberUnprocessed, which I find easy to do, and to the tidy guru, whose advise I am finding very difficult to follow. I purchased more fall festive flavors of white tea and chai partly because my tea company offered a free tiny bottle of honey with an order over a certain amount. I was a sucker for the honey, and have yet to impose any kind of tidy rules on my tea cupboard. It makes me very happy, and when a swing the lazy susan cabinet that houses it closed it adds no visual clutter to my kitchen.
In my journey to minimalism and clean eating I have created an alternative to processed crackers this week that is far superior to the store bought version. I made pesto shortbread to die for. I still have some in the fridge ready to slice and bake. It has the flavor of homemade pesto I already had on hand and utilizes some of the pine nuts I also have in stock. My tidy muse reminded me that all of the nuts in my fridge are from last year. The few pecans I still have in the shell have been waiting for way to long to be cracked open and eaten. She (tidy muse) is absolutely right about consuming the old food to make room for the new crop which is soon to arrive on the market. In the spirit of tidy AND unprocessed I have started eating a daily deconstructed dessert. It started with apples and honey for Jewish new year. It is so pleasant and satisfying that I have followed with sliced apples or pears with cheeses and with nuts. I have been enjoying this sweet indulgence by purchasing different honey and apple varieties to combine. The honey from the tea company is cinnamon flavored, which is delightful with both the nuts and the apples. I have pecans, pine nuts, walnuts, hazel nuts, and pistachios all on special for my tasting pleasure. During your weekend beverage visit please help yourself to these seasonal delights. The tidy muse will be so pleased when all the nuts are gone.
I am inspired by the many ambitious writers who frequent this coffee share. Some of you are very prolific while you continue full lives in other realms. I have been thinking about writing more poetry, since I do really love it. Like tidying, I have to struggle against some lazy lady lurking in the shadows who does not want to make the effort to write poetry. I was set up to attend a poetry reading on Thursday, meant to get my poetry mojo working. I slept through it, as I did the vice presidential debate the previous night. I am extremely early to bed and early to rise, as well as a very sound sleeper. I count myself as lucky to be able to easily sleep and dream, so I am not too harsh on myself when I snooze through anything. I can always catch up on world events on twitter when I awaken.
Politics in the United States are heating up in all the most bizarre ways. The tidy lady needs to school the politicians about hoarding old nuts. There are now scary clowns in the woods as well as in government. We are on a strange collision course with destiny. There is absolutely no telling what will happen.
Catch up with writers who share coffee on the weekend here. Sit down, enjoy, share whatever is on your mind. Have a Nut! They are on special this week.
Love your post! Pesto shortbread! I want to make some. The recipe? Don’t suppose you’d share? I’m trying to eat clean as well. Tidying. I’m trying to make myself a writing room. Having to completely clean out a sunroom to do it. Trying to declutter as you seem to be. Yes, politics here in the U.S. – crazy. Just wrote a somewhat political post today which is rare for me. Love your work – again!
Thanks Rosemary. Here is the recipe I used ( slightly altered it for smaller batch) https://www.pinterest.com/pin/46302702399533863/ It is simple. A writing room would be a dreamy goal, and I should think about at least a hallowed writing space…instead of in the center of my office disarray.
I live in the United States, I don’t lesson to political writers.
I find your blog different to read. It is hadr on my eyes. Is ot from an iPhone?
I love homemade pesto! And thanks for the cinnamon tea and nuts! I may as well get into tidy muse mode in the cupboard to make way for the healthy, delicious and the unprocessed. Thanks for inspiring.
Thanks for visiting and sharing digital pesto shortcake, Claire. That tidy muse just never shuts up once she starts in..I am warning you.
I know what you mean. I love tidying and cleaning up and I get carried away, but once the muscles back ache sets in, the tidy muse is definitely on mute 🙂
Thanks so much for the coffee and I snuck a bit of your honey and loved it but I guess the sticky finger prints on your bench top gave me away…Sorry!
I have no trouble writing poetry but minimalisation is a foreign concept. If I wasn’t Australian, I’d be a squirrel!
Interesting you started out with nuts then mentioned our politics which is… wait for it… NUTS! 🙂 Have a great week! ~Tara
Yes, that pesto shortbread sounds fantastic!!!
They are delicate, but delicious, when warm..kind of fall apart, but who cares?
Hazelnuts and pistachios – my favorites!
Maybe your muses need to sit down at the nut bar. =)
I’ve never tried them in sauces….I’ll have to mention that to our resident chef (which isn’t me).
Romesco sauce is a Spanish sauce thickened with nuts..very rich and good on everything.
Stevie https://www.pinterest.com/pin/46302702399533863/ the shortbread was ab fb on the baked pears in port with blue cheese..sprinkled the shortbread like a cobbler crust…ooou lala