Sneak Peek – I’m nuts about summer

Here’s how cashews spend the first day of summer in Southern California

(Warning!!!  “R” rated – it’s a nude beach)

Life Chew
Life Shew

Thanks Sharon for the inspiration!

Where Do Cashews Come From?
Ever wonder where cashews come from?  You might think they grow inside a shell, like any other nut, but their true origins are far more bizarre.
First of all, cashews are not actually nuts, but rather fruits from the cashew tree, a large evergreen tree that thrives in tropical climates.
The tree produces red flowers, which in turn produce yellow and red oval structures resembling apples.
These so-called cashew apples are very juicy and pulpy, and their juice is often added to tropical fruit drinks.  However, cashew apples are not actually fruits in a scientific sense;  the real fruit of the cashew tree is the kidney-shaped formation growing at the end.
These fruits, also called drupes, are harvested and become what we know as a cashew nut.
In their raw form, the outer layer of the fruit contains multiple toxins, including anacardic acid, a powerful skin irritant similar to the toxin found in poison ivy that must be removed prior to eating.
Roasting the cashews destroys the toxins, but roasting must be performed carefully outdoors,
because the smoke can irritate the lungs, sometimes to a life-threatening degree.
When they are roasted, cashews change from their natural greenish-gray color to the light cream-colored nut sold in stores.
Next time you crack open a tin or bag of cashews, take a moment to appreciate the long journey and the efforts of many to get those little C-shaped nuts from the tree to your table!


Top Ten Ways: How to Get Through the Winter.

I can barely imagine what it is like to be “snow bound”.  Having spent all of my life (minus the first year) in the SouthWest I have no concept of living in a State of Snow.  One of my dearest friends Jann lives in Minnesota.  Jann has fibromyalgia yet she walks 2 hours every day, rain or snow. (Blizzards excluded)

This is for you Jann!

#10:  Schedule 15 minutes every day to be depressed and then Zumba the rest of the time.

#9.  Go to Brazil for a Bikini Wax

#8 Crank up the thermostat and go to bed with “Ben & Jerry Chunky Monkey”

#8  Stoke the furnace and go to bed with Ben

#7  If Ben Doesn’t work try the Monkey

#6 Fill the basement with sand and sit under an umbrella in a bikini (see #9, you’ve already had the wax)

#5  Be grateful.  It could be summer, 100 degrees with 90% humidity and you skipped #9

#4 Start training for the Iditarod.

#3  Make Snow Angels and become rich by selling them on Etsy (or e-bay)

#2 Run for Governor, become a Vice Presidential Candidate and get the hell out of the freezing weather



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