When you have a guest over for coffee, you want everything thing to be “just so”.
Brew your coffee the night before using good-quality coffee beans, and make it very strong as it’ll be diluted with ice and milk. That way, it can come to room temperature by the time the morning comes around. As always, add cream (milk), sugar, simple syrup to your taste!
dievca’s friend likes to add simple syrup to her brew, so dievca will be making her own syrup – directions below.
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup coffee, at room temperature
2 tablespoons half and half*, or more, to taste
To make the simple syrup, combine sugar and 1 cup water in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Let cool completely and stir in vanilla extract; set aside.
Serve coffee over ice with half & half and simple syrup, to taste.
dievca’s plan to be a feast for the eyes and the tummy came to fruition, last week.
she offered up her peaches to her Master. Perhaps you might be interested, too.
First up was the ICONE VeraCruz lingerie set:
Followed by a peach bottom:
Finishing with fresh-baked peach crisp:
A fitting Summer send off for your Sir or Madame!
dievca’s Master loved it.
dievca’s self-care goodies while Master is traveling.
The Full Sturgeon Moon
August’s full Moon will appear this evening of Sunday, August 2, before reaching peak illumination at 11:59 A.M. Eastern Time on Monday, August 3. On either August 2nd or 3rd, look toward the southeast after sunset to catch a glimpse of the Sturgeon Moon rising, weather permitting!
August’s full Moon will hang relatively low in the night sky, which makes it look larger due to perspective (Ebbinghaus Illusion). Why is the Moon hanging lower? A full Moon is opposite the Sun, which as we all know, is higher in the sky during summer. So the full Moon runs lower.
The Ebbinghaus illusion is one optical effect that might help explain the moon illusion. In this illustration, the green circles are exactly the same size, but the ones on the right appear larger than those on the left.green
dievca remembers stopping by farm stands in the Midwestern Summers to buy fresh produce. There was even a place that dievca’s Mother found to dig up and buy mushrooms – a dark, musty space with soil.
As she was driving to the Delaware River dievca spotted similar stands along the road in New Jersey, she forgot to stop on her way back to NYC.
The NYC farm stands are not as good as the local ones, but they offer a reminder and convenient option to eat healthily.
Something of Use!
New York City — formerly a humid continental climate — is now within the humid subtropical climate zone. The city has met the National Climate Assessment’s requirements to classify as humid subtropical for the past five years.
What do those requirements entail?
- Temperatures have averaged above 72 degrees in the summer
- Higher than 27 degrees in the winter.
During the first three months of this year, the average temperature in Central Park was over 42 degrees Fahrenheit, the director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Northeast Regional Climate Center.
Newer climate maps place NYC inside of the subtropical zone and instead of the humid continental warm summer climate zones similar to Pittsburgh and Chicago. This makes sense when you look at vegetation and plant hardiness zone maps. NYC’s native birch and sugar maple trees are NOT flourishing in the heat while plants and trees that have historically thrived in Southeast Asia and South America are loving the weather.
The main culprit is assumed to be climate change. Climate zones around the world are shifting at an alarming rate. dievca expects her steaming concrete jungle to continue to get warmer. Per one study’s estimation, by 2050, the city could be as hot as Alabama. But who knows what will happen after COVID-19.
Time to treat NYC like a seasonal beach resort!
How are you battling the heat?
It’s called the TRPV1 receptor. So when you eat or drink something hot, these receptors get that heat signal, and that tells the nerve to let the brain know what’s going on. When the brain gets the message “It’s hot in here,” it turns on the mechanism we have to cool ourselves off: sweating.
dievca has exchanged recipes with friends and family during the COVID-19 quarantine and this is a recipe she tried and enjoyed: Cajun Shrimp Pasta
Warning – dievca didn’t have any Cajun Spice mix so she made the offering from the same blog (recipe below)
It’s got a serious kick.
And her cooling system works efficiently. Hello, sweaty upper lip!
Maybe this is something for Temperature Play?!?!?
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
- 8 ounces penne pasta
- 1 pound raw shrimp deveined, cleaned, tail removed
- 2 tablespoons cajun seasoning *see note below
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
Add salt to a pot of water and bring to a boil. Cook pasta to al dente doneness. Before draining, scoop out at least 1/2 cup of the cooking water. Drain pasta and set aside.
While the pasta is cooking, cook the shrimp and sauce. Combine shrimp with cajun seasoning and olive oil in a bowl. Toss to combine.
Heat large skillet over medium-high heat. Add butter and melt. Add shrimp in a single layer and cook until golden brown on each side, turning only once. You may have to cook shrimp in two batches to allow enough room. Once done cooking, transfer cooked shrimp to a clean plate and reduce heat to medium-low.
Add heavy cream to pan and scrape bottoms to release any food that is stuck to the bottom. Allow the cream to bubble. Reduce heat to low and stir in parmesan cheese to melt. Add cooked pasta and shrimp and stir to coat. If the sauce needs to be thinned, add pasta water, one tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is achieved.
Cajun Spices (if needed)
- 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 2 teaspoons onion salt
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Combine all spices in a small bowl. Use as a dry rub on poultry, beef, shrimp, etc. You can also add to sauces and soups. Store in an airtight container.
Makes 1/4 cup
Equal portions of onion powder and kosher salt can be used in place of onion salt
Four cups of strong coffee a day might be the recipe for a healthy heart, especially for older adults.
That amount may vary from person to person – but it seems to be a good solid number. Also, note that though caffeine is the first thing that comes to mind when you think about coffee, it also contains antioxidants and other active substances that may reduce internal inflammation and protect against disease.
The following focuses on caffeine intake – about 250 – 350 mg a day.
A team of German researchers, led by the molecular biologists Judith Haendeler and Joachim Altschmied, thinks it has discovered clues about how coffee works its caffeine-fueled magic on our heart health and how much caffeine we should drink each day to see the best benefits.
By studying caffeinated lab mice and dosing human tissues with caffeine, the researchers discovered how a jolt of the stimulant could improve the way cells inside our blood vessels work — essentially, by making certain proteins inside older adult cells perform more like young and nimble ones. The study was published Thursday in the journal PLOS Biology.
“When you drink four to five cups of espresso,” Altschmied told Business Insider, “that seems to improve the function of the powerhouses of our cells, and therefore seems to be protective.”
Scientists have for years noticed that people who drink coffee seem to be less likely to die from all sorts of causes, including heart disease, stroke, or diabetes. Perhaps the best evidence yet for this comes from two massive studies: one of more than 400,000 people in the US by the National Institutes of Health, and another of more than 500,000 Europeans. Both studies found that regular coffee drinkers were less likely to die from any cause than people who don’t sip a daily brew.
Coffee is also associated with a whole host of other health benefits, including a lower risk of liver disease (cirrhosis), a lower risk of developing certain kinds of cancer, lower rates of dementia and Alzheimer’s, and a reduced risk of depression. It’s also great for your heart — people who drink three or four cups a day may be 19% less likely to die from cardiovascular disease.
Altschmied said he hoped his new study would debunk the old advice that people with heart problems shouldn’t drink coffee, and he argues that drinking the equivalent of about four shots of espresso a day could help reduce the risk of heart attacks, especially for people who are obese or prediabetic.
“It will not replace other things,” he said. “Keep on doing your sports, eat healthily, and add coffee to your diet.”
If you don’t like the taste, green tea has similar levels of caffeine and could also be an effective way to boost heart health.
It’s important not to overdo it with the new recommendation, as too much coffee can quicken your heartbeat and cause other health problems. But drinking up to six cups a day should be OK, cardiologists say, and may even reduce arrhythmias in people with irregular heartbeats.
One caveat: The study wasn’t done in humans — only in human tissues and lab mice. What works in a hyper-controlled environment of mice, dosed with very specific amounts of caffeine, may not be the same as what happens when you drink a cup of joe at home.
“If I had four cups of espresso and you had four cups of espresso, we cannot guarantee that we reach the same level in the blood,” Altschmied said.
He also offers a word of caution: Because caffeine can make blood vessels grow, providing more oxygen to fuel tumors, the coffee-drinking advice might not hold for people who have cancer.
“Where people have a diagnosed tumor, we would say better take your hands off the coffee,” Altschmied said. “But if you’re otherwise healthy, it will not harm you, and it might help your heart and circulatory system stay better functional for a longer time.”
This post originally appeared on Business Insider.
So, what’s your method for getting it done on a Monday?
Still working from home, Zoom meetings…and trying to get the clothing items not going to the RealReal listed on eBay.
Using self-bribery with fancy coffee and a treat to get it done.
When dievca lived in Europe she stopped to see friends who were packing to move to Switzerland. The wife, who was Irish, offered dievca a glass of wine and was about to pour it into a plastic cup – they were packing to move. The husband, who was French, went meltdown and dug through the kitchen boxes to find the proper wine glasses. Ever since then, dievca has tried to offer the proper glass for a specific drink type. she won’t drink out of the can. But, on the other hand, she has broken beer and wine glasses on the rooftop. It is a mess.
Having a wine outside by the pool or on the rooftop may be the Highlight of this COVID-19 Summer.
Meeting friends for a 2-meter spacing dinner in a park calls for easy to carry, easy to eat food and accouterments.
Breaking a wine glass and having to clean it up – would just add to the 6 feet spacing stress.
dievca found some silicone wine glasses at Walmart.com, $11.99 for four. she bought Master a set, too.
Unbreakable Outdoor Rubber Wine Cups: 14 oz, Clear Silicone. 100% Dishwasher Safe, Shatterproof, can for easy carrying or storage. Solid grip, stable on the table. Replaces the one-use plastic.
she does wonder what Marius would say about the silicone….
Party on! Safely. XO
A little morning coffee to get the neurons firing….
A little Math to get the neurons firing…
The sun is peeking up to reveal a world cocooned by humidity.
Moist air smells of the ocean, a river glistens like glass.
broken by the cry of a seagull, the honk of a car horn
Years ago, dievca picked up this Kōzi Neck & Shoulder Wrap in TJMaxx on clearance for $12. It sat in its box for a year or more until dievca realized that heat really helps her aches and pains. Ever since that moment – its been in heavy rotation.
The wrap is handcrafted using natural herbs and grains to relieve stress, tension, cramps, and muscle discomfort. You can microwave (2 minutes) or freeze for instant therapy. dievca has ice packs, so she hasn’t frozen the wrap.
$50.95 + shipping seems to be a really high price for the wrap – so dievca found it elsewhere for a better price – if you are not choosy about color: Click here for chocolate, lavender or plum at $16.43 +shipping.
There are other shapes available, but this one hugs the neck and upper back nicely – then you can wrap it around a calf, knee /hamstring or sit on it for lower back or glute issues. dievca wouldn’t go for another shape. she doesn’t have the room for multiple pieces.
It’s been really great on text neck/computer neck. And a good option for Aftercare.
cryotherapy and thermotherapy
Ice is for injuries — calming down damaged superficial tissues that are inflamed, red, hot, and swollen. The inflammatory process is a healthy, normal, natural process that happens to be painful and more biologically stubborn than it needs to be. Icing is a drugless way of dulling the pain of inflammation and taking swelling down a bit. Examples of use: a freshly pulled muscle or a sprained ankle.
Heat is for muscles, chronic pain, and stress — taking the edge off symptoms like muscle aching and stiffness, which have many causes including overuse and arthritis. Chronic pain, especially back pain, often involves lots of tension, anxiety, hypervigilance, and central sensitization. Comfortable heat can soothe a jangled mind and nervous system.
Heat therapy is an effective remedy for back pain because it boosts circulation, which then allows nutrients and oxygen to travel to joints and muscles. This circulation helps repair damaged muscles, relieves inflammation, and improves back stiffness. Any type of heat therapy can help relieve back pain.
Like everyone, dievca has her worries. They add up to create fatigue. Then there is evidence that one of the worries is bucking the trend and involved with something you know brings them shear Joy. dievca started crying when her Mom’s caregivers sent photos of something beautiful:
Mom looks like the Goddess she is…
dievca was able to get her tickets to Europe refunded.
It was a relief to get the money back rather than receiving vouchers.
Now there is $5000 sitting on an Amex card.
she will just have to pay her rent with the Amex card…
or maybe she should splurge and buy this espresso maker to remind her of traveling.
Designer and engineer Paolo Mastrogiuseppe developed the Aviatore Veloce Espresso machine. It is intentionally designed to resemble a military jet engine and can prepare a refreshing dose of espresso and tea with the help of high-pressure brewing. The hand-made, limited edition design isn’t just a visual delight but gets as authentic as one could be. It is built from a combining aviation-grade aluminum alloy, stainless steel, and aluminum bronze.
10 hours to go with a little color to spark some energy!
The Midwest is beautiful.
Photo: dievca 06/2020 rainbow midwestern road
You better say me!
Give me the damn coffee!
~You get by with a little help from your friend~
So maybe your back hurts
Sweat is dripping between your breasts
Insects are buzzing around your moist upper lip
Dirt is ground into your nails
High heels can irritate your back
Glitter lotion can cause your cleavage to shine
Lip plumper inflames your lips
Nail polish can hide messy nails
You would be in the same position body-wise and look a heck of a lot better, but….
you would be missing the natural glow gardening gives to a body and soul.
dievca’s hands are in the dirt!
Several groups of researchers from different countries have found that the sickest patients often have the lowest levels of vitamin D and that countries with higher death rates had larger numbers of people with vitamin D deficiency than countries with lower death rates.
Note: The early research is not yet peer-reviewed, and other experts say the scientific proof is lacking that vitamin D could prevent COVID-19 or make the infection milder.
dievca is getting her Vitamin D early and away from as many humans as possible for the following reason:
remonstrate with or rebuke (someone) angrily.
a person, in particular a woman, who nags or grumbles constantly.
Two women in full PPE suits and masks, power-walking in the middle of the road at Central Park scold the biker (15 feet away) for not wearing a mask.
Warning – the scolds are out, do not respond, and move away quickly. It could turn dangerous in more ways than one.
Photos: dievca, Hudson River NYC 05/2020
Are you drinking too much coffee? Wine? Gin & Tonics? more Wine?
Keeping water cool in the refrigerator and easily available on the tabletop during meals helps you drink more water.
Or maybe you need that water carafe bedside + aspirin after you drank a bit much…
dievca is using both and trying to go easier on the coffee🍮 and vino🍷. XO
Sitting at home.
Time to slip away,
To your Sir or Madam.
Don’t forget the healthy aftercare
But the list is short.
dievca took herself out of her Mother’s house to avoid — well, let’s just say she had to kill three hours. Masked and gloved she got gas, ran to CVS (pharmacy), and wandered Wal-Mart.
Her sister-in-law is disdainful about purchasing anything from Wal-Mart, but dievca rolls with it. she was able to get some lovely “grateful” cards to use as “Thank You” notes for people who acknowledged her Dad’s passing. Much sweeter and happier than the regular notes.
she was also able to get something stylish, eco-friendly, inexpensive, and of use.
The cotton tote is simple, roomy, 100% cotton, made in California, and other shopping bags offered are made from recycled bottles (PET). All the styles can be found on Amazon:
When is the Super Flower Moon?
May 2020’s full moon phase occurs at precisely 10:45 Universal Time on Thursday, May 7 — a global time that translates to 6:45 a.m. ET and 3:45 a.m. PT. That’s the moment of 100 percent illumination – seeing it before or after that time will offer you a chance to shake your wallet at the moon to come into money! May your skies be clear. XO
Maybe, instead, you can shake your floral tools at the Super Moon and all your DIY projects will be completed...
Note: this is the last Super Moon for 2020
April Showers bring May Flowers in more ways that one.
Something lovely for all the handy Mothers in the World on Mother’s Day (May 10th, 2020).
Something handy for those Non-Traditional Mother’s and Goddess’, too.
- Includes: Scissor, 10 ft tape measure, four-in-one screwdriver, hammer with a screwdriver
- Floral print
- Spot clean
- Imported, China
- Pouch shell: 100% polyester
Look what you can find in your parent’s basement.
with pretty good coffee!
has to be regenerated, somehow.
dievca passed out early and hard, woke up late, and is re-energized.
Happy Sunday to you!