Deviled eggs are a family favorite around here. They’re great as sides and as snacks. I love taking them on picnics, but it can be a bit messy unless you use a special container. Those containers tend not to fit very well into coolers. When it’s in the high 90s and 100s, you need to make sure that you’re keeping all foods at safe temperatures.
Yes, we still go out exploring even when it’s hot. We don’t stay out in the heat as much, but we still like to do at least some outdoor activities. We’d get a little stir crazy if we let the weather dictate all of our activities in the summer months.
I needed to come up with a way that we could easily take the deviled eggs with us. I mixed up the deviled egg filling and placed it into a zipper bag. I like to take a secondary bag in case we don’t eat all of the deviled eggs. It’s never happened, but I suppose it could. 😉 The hard boiled eggs without the centers are placed in a container. When it’s time to eat, I just snip the corner of the zipper bag and fill the eggs with the mixture.
It’s a simple, easy, and no mess way to take your deviled eggs on the go with you. Just make sure you keep the eggs and mixture in a cooler to keep them at the proper temperature. You don’t want to mess with food safety and ruin your picnic or special event.
The wildfires raged, but a rainstorm brought out the beautiful desert blooms.
Special thanks to Pratico for providing a free or discounted sample for review. All opinions are my own based upon personal experiences with the product in our home. This post may contain affiliate links.
As a family, we enjoy going out and exploring the desert. On days like yesterday, when it’s in the high 90s, it’s probably not the best of days to head out, but since we have ac in D’s truck, we still went out. This time, unlike when we’ve gone out in the past however many years, it was just D and I. Munchkin needed to work on finishing up the edits on her book as the deadline is looming, so I packed up some water and some snacks for our little off-road trip. I grabbed the new Pratico picnic blanket and off we went.
It felt a bit odd to be out exploring without our girl, but at the same time, it was fun to have some one-on-one time with D. Some people may find that the desert landscape is boring, but D and I both think it’s beautiful. The rocks around here are quite interesting, and of course, D loves how good they are for bouldering.
It took a little while, but we found an area where the boulders created a shady area where we could get out of the sun. Of course, D had to test out the rocks a little to see if there were any good finger holds for climbing – especially when he saw the chalk from other climbers. I think he was a little bummed that he didn’t have his climbing shoes, chalk bag, and bouldering pad with him. lol! He’s been dealing with a few shoulder issues, so he hasn’t been able to get in a lot of climbing. He misses it.
I was chuckling as D was so excited about the rocks that I ended up trying to get things set up. When he realized that I was setting up the blanket on my own, he gave me a sheepish grin and helped me out. Boulders tend to call his name. 😉 Of course, I often get side-tracked by taking pictures, so I can related to it.
We were pleased with how comfortable the picnic blanket was thanks to the protective waterproof backing, light padding, and flannel top. While it wouldn’t protect against cactus (what does?), it did help with all the small rocks. It was large enough that D was able to completely stretch out on the blanket for a little rest.
As much as I was enjoying the scenery, shade, and company, the heat soon started to get to me, so we hopped back in D’s truck and headed off to explore a bit more – in the comfort of the ac. 😉 Down the bumpy dirt roads we went. Enjoying all the beauty around us and talking. It was a fun impromptu date even if the desert temps were plotting against us.
Special thanks to HealPT for providing a free or discounted sample of their product for me to test out in my home. All opinions are my own based upon my personal experiences. This post may contain affiliate links.
Stress… Tension… Aches… Pains… Did you know that exercise can help relieve stress and tension? Exercise produces endorphins, chemicals in the brain that act as natural painkillers, and promotes a better sleep cycle which, in turn, reduces stress. Naturally, exercise also helps improve your overall physical and mental health and well-being which also reduces stress and tension.
You don’t have to do high-impact, aerobic exercise to get the benefits. Studies have shown that walking will give you some of the benefits. Basically, we need to make sure that we’re moving. Taking the stairs instead of the elevator and parking farther away from the entrance to the store can help add more movement to your day. Gradually increase your activity level to see more stress and health benefits.
I know that I’ve seen an improvement in my stress levels during some highly stressful times thanks to regular exercise. I periodically suffer from insomnia, and a regular exercise routine has helped me sleep much better. Well, I may get sore from the workouts, the aches and pains that, at times plagued me previously, have slowly gone away.
Even though exercise has helped with stress, I still struggle some with tension. I carry a lot of tension in my neck and shoulders. Depending on what I’ve being doing during the day, I can also have tension in my back. Moist heat packs helps with some of that, but there are times that I just need to work out the knots.
When D is around, he’s good about massaging at least some of the knots out of my neck, shoulders, and back, but unfortunately, he’s not always around, and he can’t always get the knots out. Did I mention I have a lot of knots? I have a massager, but it’s honestly not that good at breaking up the knots.
Enter in the porcupine massage ball and foot roller. Don’t be fooled by the name. You can definitely use these massage tools on other parts of the body. For your sake, I did not photograph me using them on my feet even though they work really well for aching feet. I recommend starting with the roller and then moving to the porcupine ball as the porcupine ball is definitely more intense.
The wood foot roller has rubber on the ends, so it doesn’t get damaged when you roll it on the ground. The grooves help provide a deeper massage which helps break up knots. You can control the intensity by how firmly your press against the roller.
The porcupine massage ball looks just like one of my dryer balls, but it’s firm instead of soft. It’s great for a deeper, more intense massage.
Both tools are easy to use on the arms, legs, and feet, but they’re a little difficult to use on your own for the rest of the body. You need to be a little more flexible if you’re going to try to utilize them by yourself. It’s even better if you have someone to help as you’re able to relax a little more.
Of course, exercise is great as is massage, but you also need to make sure that you’re staying hydrated. Your body can’t function optimally unless you take care of it.
How do you reduce stress and tension in your life? Have you found that exercise and massage help reduce stress and tension?
Summer is here, and the desert heat has come with it. When the temps hit 105 degrees in the shade today, I knew that we would be wiped after our outing, so I reached for my faithful blender as I knew it was time to make a refreshing, healthy smoothie to help beat the heat.
It’s no secret that I’ve been on a fitness journey the last few months. I’ve been focusing even more on real foods, whole foods, foods that heal and nourish. That’s not to say that I don’t eat some junk, because I do, but it’s not as often as in the past.
Most days, I like to begin the day with a berry smoothie. Ideally, I would use all fresh, organic berries, but that isn’t always possible. For those times when fresh berries aren’t available, I use frozen organic berries. I’m hoping to be able to freeze some farmer’s market berries this year rather than purchasing prepackaged store-bought berries, but we’ll have to see what is available. The drought conditions around here haven’t made things easy for the farmers.
On hot super hot days, like today, I will not only have a smoothie in the morning, but I’ll also have one around mid-day. Sometimes, I make them in the evenings for the whole family as it’s a light, yet filling, evening snack. If I have any leftover smoothie, I like to turn the smoothie into smoothie popsicles which is another fun way to beat the heat.
While you can use milk (dairy, coconut, almond, rice) or juice in the smoothie, I normally use water as my base as it means that I’m not adding additional sugar and calories from fruit juice or milk. The addition of a banana holds the smoothie together nicely. Depending on the day, I’ll toss in different goodies to increase the nutrients like Moringa Powder. Those extra nutrients are especially important on high energy output days. I can definitely feel it if I forgot to have my “power” smoothie.
If I want a little splurge, I’ll add a little whipped cream on top. Yum! I don’t do that all the time, so it still feels like I treat when I do. If D and Munchkin are also having smoothies, I usually add a little honey to their smoothies as they like them a little sweeter. Of course, it’s always fun to use a cute paper straw to add a little something extra to the presentation.
Beat the Heat with a Berry Smoothie Treat
Author: Heather at MarineCorpsNomads.com
Recipe type: Drinks
- 1 cup water (or other liquid)
- 1 cup mixed, organic berries
- 1 ripe banana
- Sweetener, optional
- Whipped cream, optional
- Poor water into the blender and add berries. If using frozen berries, pulse the frozen berries and water until they are well combined.
- Add banana and blend until thoroughly combined.
- Poor into glass. Top with whipped cream, if desired.
If you have any extra, you can either store it in the fridge to drink later, or you can pour it into popsicle molds and freeze to make smoothie popsicles.