Spring has finally arrived in our neck of the woods and it’s proving to be a really wet and gray one.
Excuse the grainy pictures…last night’s pictures were brought to you with little natural light for photography by my iPhone.
I’ll admit we need the rain because we didn’t have a lot of snow over winter but those gray skies and buckets of rain leave me longing for sunlight and make me feel like hibernating.
Spring usually brings lighter meals for us with a lot of grilling and salads but with this wet and chilly weather, a hot bowl of soup and delicious cheesy bread was just what we needed.
Along with spring come the ticks. Make sure you’re protecting yourself and checking your pets thoroughly after walks and hikes before bringing them in the house.
We’ve already had one tick inside the house and two ticks crawling on Tony after hiking with the dogs. As soon as the rain lets up I’m going to be spraying the yard with the all natural spray we used last year in hopes of stopping the mass infestation that we dealt with the last season. We sprayed late as the ticks took us by surprise. I’ve never seen so many in one area and we had several in our house, it was very unsettling.
If you’re bitten by a tick, be sure to go immediately to the doctor for antibiotic treatment. Most doctors are ill informed and will tell you that unless the tick has been attached to you for a certain period of time or unless you have the red ring rash, you don’t need to be treated. That is untrue and unproven.
Most doctors will also ask that you or the tick be tested before treatment which is also a mistake. The CDC has already admitted that current testing is bunk and more often than not gives false negatives. It’s just simply better to be safe than sorry. If you’re worried about taking antibiotics, I don’t blame you. But keep this in mind, treating at the time of a bite will result in less medication and less antibiotic “damage” to your body and far, FAR, outweighs the consequences of living a lifetime dealing with chronic Lyme Disease.
Treatment in the early stages isn’t foolproof, but many people have found if they they are treated right away, they don’t have any future issues.
Keep in mind also that ticks don’t just carry Lyme Disease bacteria which in itself causes horrible issues. They can transmit many other devastating diseases and bacteria (called co infections) that when left untreated can cause a lifetime of very unpleasant symptoms and even death.
That’s my public health warning for this season, please be safe and Happy Spring!
Spicy Pork Loin Soup
1 Pound of Pork Tenderloin (or chicken), cubed in bite size pieces
1 Medium Onion, chopped
3 Large Cloves of Garlic, chopped
1/2 of a Large Red Bell Pepper, chopped
1 Tablespoon of Cumin
2 teaspoons of Dried Oregano
1 1/2 teaspoons of Chipotle Chili Powder
1/2 teaspoon of Sea Salt
1 15oz can of Garbanzo Beans, drained and rinsed
64 Ounces of Chicken Broth
1 Cup of Fresh Cilantro, roughly chopped
In a dutch oven lightly brown the pork, onion, bell pepper, oregano, chipotle, and garlic. Add the garbanzo beans and broth and bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer and simmer for about 1 hour. Stir in cilantro and serve.
Cheesy Jalapeno Flat Bread
2 Boxes of Chebe All Purpose Bread Mix (it is grain and dairy free)
2 teaspoons of Garlic Powder, plus more for sprinkling
3 teaspoons of Dried Oregano, plus more for sprinkling
1/4 teaspoon of Sea Salt, plus more for sprinkling
6 Tablespoons of Avocado Oil
1 Cup of Filtered Water
Arrowroot or other gluten free flower for flouring hands
2 Fresh Jalapeno, sliced into rounds
Daiya Cheddar Style Cheese
Sheep’s Milk Mozzarella
Sheep’s Milk Feta
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment and set aside.
Grate the Daiya cheese, mozzarella, and crumble the feta. The amount of cheese will depend on how many pieces of the flat bread you want cheesy. I did 6 out of the 12 and probably used about 3/4 cup of the daiya, 1 cup of mozzarella, and maybe 1/4 cup of feta.
Measure all ingredients except the jalapeno and cheeses into a large bowl and stir with a fork until thoroughly combined. Scoop 12 mounds of dough onto the baking sheets and then flour hands and pat each dough mound into a circle. Sprinkle each with sea salt, garlic powder, and oregano. Bake for 35 minutes and remove from oven and turn on broiler.
Top with cheeses in this order: Daiya, mozzarella, and feta. Place slices of jalapeno on top. Broil for a few minutes until cheese is melted and mozzarella is beginning to bubble.