Rocktown Roasters Coffee Review

#sidehustleblend coffee
#sidehustleblend
Rocktown Roasters
Bulletproof coffee
Bulletproof coffee

I find humor in the term “coffee snob” it seems like such an insignificant thing to have a strong opinion about.  I wonder tho, if maybe I have actually tumbled into this strange land of coffee snobbishness.

Let me give you the back story…. A few years ago I discovered how much better fresh ground coffee tasted. Almost immediately I purchased myself a coffee bean grinder and was pretty happy with my “new coffee”.  I also became a fan of the delicious coffee drink called bullletproof coffee, this was a great way to have breakfast in  cup and be nourished for the morning tasks. I was on the journey of ridding my kitchen of plastic so when my drip coffee maker kicked the bucket, I found an amazon deal on a french press…. Oh yes, much better coffee!!! I was pretty sure that I had landed on the perfect combo, fresh ground coffee and a nice glass container to brew it. Then one day I realized that there is such a thing as fresh roasted coffee …Whaaat!!! So I could have coffee made with fresh roasted, fresh ground, french pressed, bullet proof coffee!!! This sounded wonderful, but the price knocked the wishing right out of me!!

I kept hearing such good things about fresh roasted coffee, like less preservatives, and more flavor!! I offered to do a review for Paul from Rocktown Roasters , because if anyone was going to know coffee it would be Paul! He sent me two flavors to try, Side Hustle blend, and Waste Not!! I had heard a lot of good stuff about Side Hustle blend and was anxious to taste it, so it was the first flavor I brewed. Sunday morning is a slower time at our place and so I shared with my husband! We both were very impressed. Really good is how I describe it, I do not know any fancy coffee terms but Real Good is my rating! It was not bitter nor had an aftertaste. Yours truly, even drank a cup black, yes black!! The other thing I decided is that fresh roasted coffee is worth the higher price! I also think I may be gifting some to my close friends, because friends don’t let friends drink bad coffee!!! My friends, get you some Side Hustle blend from Rocktown Roasters!!

Currently I am drinking the  Waste Not brew and am enjoying it as well!! Stop by and I promise not to be snobby, I’ll gladly share a cup with you!!

Dorcas for #thedelightfulcottage

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How I Became a healthier Wife & Mother

My Plexus Journey
My Plexus Journey
My Healthy family

I knew something needed to change!!

I had brain fog, headaches, and fatigue, I was also dealing with Endometriosis pain, as well as adhesion pain from 2 C-sections.  Life was not a cheerful place I felt very blue and this was not normal for me.  I had tried the traditional approach for my pain, over the counter pain meds, and a prescription for birth control.  They would give some relief.  During my “time of the month” I had to take oc pain meds( Motrin, Excedrin, Tylenol) the full strength, alternated every 2-3 hrs, and wash them down with caffeine or coffee to get relief.  I was not comfortable with all the side effects of the bc, or the painkillers, but I had to function somehow! The Doctors  only answer was “deal with it the best you can and when you need stronger pain meds we will get a prescription for you, and when you can’t control it then we will schedule a hysterectomy”!! I wasn’t even 30!!  We know we wanted to have at least one more child! So I decided to start figuring this out on my own!! I began researching endometriosis and fatigue, the info was enlightening yet confusing! It appeared to be some sort of deficiency or imbalance, but what exactly caused it, the professionals differed on!!

One thing became clear, I (we) needed a diet change! The American diet is killing us! I started out simple, just cutting out high fructose corn syrup and highly processed wheat products. I also began to limit my sugar intake and pay closer attention to food labels. It is surprising what ingredients are in food! Around this time I also came across a medical journal article talking about Estrogen Dominance and what to do to help re-balance the body.  This was a huge turning point in my research! I now had a list of vitamins and minerals, to supplement my diet with, as well as info on how beauty products like hand cream, deodorant, body wash and shampoo were causing more of an imbalance. So I also changed my toiletries to more natural formulas.

In Feb of 2010 we became pregnant with our youngest son. During this pregnancy I developed a severe case of Diastasis Recti (muscle separation in the abdomen wall).  My recovery and journey back to normal (whatever that is) was very long and painful.  I still was sure I’d need the hysterectomy in the future. We felt that if we couldn’t control the Endo naturally we would need to go the stronger med route( so many health risks).

It was in the summer of 2011 and I realized I hadn’t planted or weeded my flower beds, this was highly unusual for me, I am an outdoors person! I was still dealing with Endo pain and pain from the Diastasis Recti! I was discouraged, some months things felt like they were getting better, than the next month they would regress. I knew the answer was out there, I also knew I needed higher quality supplements but wasn’t sure were to find them. It was around this time that I discovered Trim Healthy Mama eating plan and face-book community. THM was a huge answer to prayer, I learned even more about how our bodies and food work together. I was encouraged by other ladies results and this helped me continue to research.

Enter Plexus! I kept hearing about the pink drink and passed it off as a fad! One day I read one of my friend’s personal health story and I knew she wasn’t the type to share something if it wasn’t legit! I chatted with her, and seriously gave the products some of my research time. I was shocked to realize that they were most of the same supplements I was already taking. One of my big issues/headaches with my current supplements was quality control and what to take with what!! Plexus had already done the research for me and had a simple plan.  All their products were dye and GMO free (big deal to me). What I was reading lined up with research I had already done. The focus was on gut health and as I had learned, the gut is the root of all our health!  I decided to try the Triplex for a couple months –Big changes- less headaches, more energy, less endo pain! I then added the multi-vitamin (xfactor) and the omega (megax) . I began to realize I had not reached for the pain meds, the sodas were not as appealing, and I had plenty of energy for my mom sized days!

As each year passes and I look back and see the big leaps forward my health has taken, I can’t help but praise the Maker of the Universe for the timing of his blessings. I am happy to no longer fear the need of a hysterectomy, I have zero endo pain and naps are now a fun luxury instead of a necessity to get through my day!

I look forward to a future of many years of enjoying activities with my boys, a homestead with our own meat and a big garden and orchard! What is your dream my friend?? What if plexus is your answer as well??

I’d love to help you, please contact me if you have any questions. I am on facebook and IG #thedelightfulcottage

Dorcas For the Delightful Cottage !!

The links included are to my plexus website.

Triple F Salad – Fast Frozen Fruit

If you know me in real life, you know that I don’t consider myself a foodie! You also know, if you know me in real life, I do like healthy food. I am also a fan of quick and easy!! I know those three things are not really compatible!! Although once in a while I stumble across a new way to do something that does actually fit all three,

Like my creation of 3F Salad!! Fast Frozen Fruit Salad is a big hit at our house and we almost always have some handy in the freezer.

See a Quick Demo here!! 3F Salad

Dorcas for #thedelightfulcottage

Ingredient list

Water, 3 cans of fruit cocktail, 1 can of crushed pineapple, 1 can of frozen orange juice concentrate, 2-4 bananas.

 

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Texas is Different

Well we are in Texas folks!! We are learning to embrace the differences and to be grateful for the new experiences.

Big Tex

There are many differences like  Higher speed limits, More space, Straighter roads, Dryer climate, Laid back natives, and Unique wildlife, Oh and lots of trucks … trucks of all sizes and styles!!

I have lots of pictures to share, So I’ll let them do the talking.

Checking out Dad’s truck.
Dad headed out to the first Farm.
Wild FLowers
Laundry room Guard
High & Dry
Unique Wildlife
Canyon Scrub brush
Copper breaks state park
River through the canyon at sunset
Wind farms
Cacti Flowers
Texas Longhorn steers This Guy was 22 yrs old.
Texas Longhorn Steer

 

Wheat Harvest in Progress
Supper in the field
A rainy day view from my Front door.

Thanks for Visiting and enjoying a glimpse into our lives.

Dorcas for The Delightful Cottage.

If you would like to read more about our adventure, you may find this post interesting.

Things that saved my sanity (or at least space)

Our Little Cottage on Wheels

I have discovered several items that have been space savers for us here in a small space and that helps this claustrophobic mom stay sweet.

I am just going to list the items as well as links ( affiliate links) to them if possible! The links are the underlined words!!

I will say that I didn’t get all these items as new , I like me a good 2nd hand shopping day!!

Clip Hangers, I have found these to not be very handy in tight closets BUT they are wonderful for hanging items to dry both inside and out. I currently have my queen sheets flapping in the breeze thanks to these mighty little workers.

Norwex microfiber clothes, These brilliantly designed cloths self-sanitize in the sunshine and are very durable and absorb so much moisture.  Because they don’t stink I am able to go longer between washes.. Love the money savings on the laundry!! My friend Sara Sells this. (they are an awesome company with a great focus and great host rewards)

Tupperware Modular mates, If you know me you know I use and love tupperware. The Modular Mate system has come in very handy here in our camper.  My Friend Carol Sells This. (hint… having a party will get you the best deals)

 

Hot plate, It is very hot and dry here and we pay separately for our electric… So cooking outside helps keep the camper cooler and the ac running less. and that is were this friendly little gadget comes in.

Folding tables. These tables are space saving life savers and are much easier to move in any situation.

Woven Rugs, I love the nice woven rag rugs for catching dirt and making the space homey. I know you can get these at most any small Mennonite stores.

Outdoor rug. I have an inexpensive outdoor rug outside the camper and it stops so much dirt and sets the scene for a bit of out door living 🙂

Mini Freezer. This has been a true sanity and budget saver. The fridge freezer in the camper is so small I cant fit two loves of bread and 4 ice trays. Having this extra space has helped me be able to buy larger amounts of food at one time.

Rolling Storage shelving. This handy little rolling rack has been my right hand in my kitchen. I use the top to dry dishes, and the racks hold modular mates and cookbooks.

Hanging Drying rack. This is also very handy for laundry drying or for swimming trunks.

 

Extendable shower rod. This last item saves my bacon on rainy days. I put it in the center of the shower and hang my drying rack from it. Also works good for a random towel or wet item.

 

Thank you for taking time to read this , Check back, I may add more links as I remember or find new items I like.

Dorcas  at the Delightful Cottage

#thedelightfulcottage

Dream Big

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Oh the People We Meet!!

For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth comes knowledge and understanding; he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of justice and watching over the way of his saints.  Prov 2:6-8 esv

Oh the people we meet.

Finally Loaded and ready to go!

We pulled out of the driveway in VA and headed for TX. All systems were go!  We had a reservation for a KOA near Nashville.  It was a rainy and breezy day but for the most part it looked like it should be good driving. It was only about an hour into the trip and we saw the sun peak through the clouds.

Beautiful sunshine after the rain.

We pulled in to our first fuel stop, topped off the fuel and checked/added air to the tires and grabbed some lunch.  As we pulled out of the fuel stop, we realized the Excursion had developed some sort of issue, It was running rough and didn’t want to idle! We pulled off the bottom of the exit ramp and after a bit of time it smoothed out a bit and we pulled out and continued on. It seemed to pull ok but something still wasn’t quite right.  We thought it was possibly bad fuel.

We hadn’t crossed out of Va and suddenly J said…. Oh we have a blowout on the Trailer! We eased off the edge of the highway and put on the hazards. That didn’t seem to matter much to the drivers passing us just inches away from the Trailer. I told the boys they HAD to stay buckled.  I was very thankful that the flat was on the guardrail side of the trailer and we had a bit of protection. We called roadside assistance but started working at changing it ourselves.  Just as we were finishing the guy showed up. He wasn’t quite sure what to do or if he should even charge us for the call since he didn’t need to do anything. We asked him for a recommendation for getting a new tire and headed to the closest Walmart with a tire center.

Blowout #1

The excursion was really starting to act worse and J was on his phone and talking/messaging his network of Diesel Pro’s. After we got the tire fixed at Walmart we decided to keep going toward our Nashville KOA and hope we make it. Relief doesn’t quite describe the feeling when we arrived at the KOA in Nashville and pulled into our spot! We quickly stabilized the trailer, slid out the slides, unloaded the bunks, found a quick snack for everyone, and fell into bed.

Morning came very quickly, we ate some breakfast and showered. The boys and I began the process of  getting the slides in and the stabilizers up. As we were doing this J was texting and calling contacts that the DPN (Diesel Pro Network) had sent him.  A couple of the guys were willing to help but were not close to our location, but there was one guy who was on our path about 40 min up the road!! We pulled out of the campground and gingerly headed towards the Flying J where we were to meet up with him. He said he would put a computer on it and tell us what he found and then we could decide what to do!

We had to wait about 2 hrs. at the flying J until the guy could come,  we didn’t complain because he was sacrificing his free Saturday to come help us. We just relaxed and people watched. After a while a dark minivan pulled up and a red bearded guy walked over with a water bottle and a computer. RB (Red Beard) got right to work eliminating possible causes, finally after checking for water or gasoline in the fuel and running through codes on the computer, he came to a conclusion. It was most likely a sensor. The issue was that the sensor was in a hard to reach location and the engine was hot. After thinking a bit RB decided to have us follow him 7/10ths of a mile to his shop, and then bring his minivan back to Flying J and eat lunch there at the Dennys.  We followed him and pulled into a parking lot down the rd. He opened a gate and we followed him into an unmarked lot behind another business. He climbed into his service truck so he could bring his family back with him. ( unbeknownst to us, his family was eating lunch at the Dennys, while he was diagnosing our issue.) We got into his minivan and headed back up to the flying J. He sat down with his family and ate the food she had ordered for him, (who knows if it was even still warm) We ordered and ate our food then headed back to RB’s secret ford mechanic shop. By the time we pulled in RB had already dismantled the air box and coolant overflow tank and drained the coolant and was waist deep under the hood working at getting the sensor out. While the guys were working, I visited just a bit with his wife, and the boys payed with his two boys.  RB replaced the sensor (he just happened to have one in stock) and J and he reassembled everything and cranked it up. It worked perfectly!!!  RB and J took it for a test run and he pronounced it ready to run for another 100,000 miles!  We paid our bill, thanked him and shook hands. We pulled back out onto the highway and continued our westward journey!

We arrived very late at our OK. KOA, but because we had reserved our spot there was an envelope with our name and spot marked on it at the office! We pulled in, and went through the steps of getting everything ready to go to bed.  We slept very well and woke to a beautiful Sunday morning in OK.

Sunday Morning in OK

We didn’t hurry to pull out, we ate breakfast , washed a couple loads of laundry, and straightened up some stuff in the camper. As we were working in the camper, the KOA owner walked up and introduced himself. He had noticed our state and last name and wanted to meet us, turns out he had spent time at EMU!

Around lunchtime we headed west, enjoying the changing scenery! We were going through Oklahoma City when we had the second blowout on the trailer! This time we were near an exit and able to pull off the road much further and were under an overpass, which gave us shade! We didn’t even call roadside assistance, in less than a half hr we were back on the rd.

Blowout #2

Google maps came in handy again in finding a Walmart outside of OK city limits with a tire center. We pulled into the Walmart and the boys and I went in to get some supper and use the restrooms. When we came back through the tire center we discovered that we had chosen a very competent and friendly tire center. They were already finished and had even helped J swap a couple tires around so that the two new tires would be in the rear.  The friendliness of strangers had once again helped us on our  westward way!

The scenery was very beautiful and we were enjoying our adventure, but it wasn’t over yet. The turbo on the excursion started to malfunction, (this is a very necessary part of a diesel engine)and the engine was starting to get to hot. We pulled into a Loves parking lot and J again started to tap into the knowledge of the DPN.

Unscheduled Stop.

We were not sure what it was, maybe a bad turbo, cracked up-pipes, or just stuck turbo vanes. Since it was Sunday eve we decided to just “make camp”. There was a motel right beside the Loves and we noticed a large RV parked there and decided to join them.  The boys rode bike, scooter & rip stick, we ate supper and got the camper set for the night. J had made contact with a mechanic that could come out around noon on Monday, so we just settled in for the evening.

We all slept well and woke to a beautiful sunny but windy monday. When we stepped out of the camper we noticed the RV beside us had the front open and it wasn’t long before a Ford dealership service truck pulled in and a couple tech’s were checking something out.  The owner of the RV introduced herself to us and asked where we were from. Turns out we both came from the same area of Va, Elkton to be exact!!  The ford tech’s couldn’t figure out her problem, so she called another mechanic that was recommended by her RV place.  As we visited, J started checking out the issue on her RV and was able to narrow it down to a control box.

Helping the neighbor

When the Wise ol mechanic showed up, he concurred with J. diagnosis and put a band-aid fix on it to get her to his shop. Then he looked over at our rig with the hood up and asked what was wrong with it. J. gave him the rundown and WM had J start the Excursion.  The engine and turbo sounded fine,  but he gave us directions to his shop and told us to see what it did while we drove there. The WM’s shop was along the highway in the direction we were headed! J contacted the other mechanic that was going to come and found out he hadn’t even started our way yet. He was good with us having the other, closer mechanic, help us. Quickly we got the camper ready to travel and headed toward WM’s shop. The Excursion ran perfectly, no turbo issue! We pulled into his shop in line behind the RV.  We told him that it ran fine and his expert advice was “put it in the wind and continue”!  So we took the Wise ol mechanic’s advice and proceeded west once again.

It was pretty amazing to see the changing landscape as we continued west. The Texas border came into view and we pulled over and took pictures and rejoiced at arriving in TX safely!

Almost there!

As the journey continued we were wide eyed with wonder at the unique landscape and took pictures like tourists! There were so many unique things that we noticed (more on that in another post) but it was a wonderful feeling to see our destination come into view.

Praise be to the Lord for the many details large and small that were solved and his able grace and protection as we traveled.

Dorcas For the Heatwole’s #familyadventure #harvest2017 #ohthepeoplewemeet

Disclaimer for Affiliate links!    The links in my posts are links to items or articles I personally use and want to share. These items are not paid advertisement, I do get a bit of a percentage if you purchase through my links. The proceeds gained from the affiliate links help support my blog and our family on our adventure west.

 

 

Food boys hate, & a Cleaner Fridge!

Food my Boys Hate!

Help me out, am I the only mom who buys good food to fill the fridge for her family, only to find out they hate it? We eat a lot of yogert, or at least we use to! I have had a stash of it in the fridge for a while (way to long)! I would ask the boys during lunch packing “who wants yogert?” and they responded with gagging noises!!! This mama is fed up. So I started thinking, how can I use this all up?

A Cleaner Fridge.

I pulled all the yogurt cups  out of the fridge and emptied them into a large measuring cup. It was 8+ cups of yogurt!!! Now I have an empty clean fridge drawer to refill, not with yogurt tho!

I pulled a bag of frozen strawberries out of the freezer, some milk, protein powder, a bit of super sweet and the vanilla. We are going to have Strawberry Grande smoothies for supper. I split the strawberries into 5 sections and blended them ,one chunk at a time, with the milk and sweetener and protein powder. After that was blended, I topped of the blender with yogurt and a splash of vanilla. It made 4 huge beer mugs of smoothie with enough left for a refill.  I then pulled out my stove top popcorn popper and popped a Mega bowl full of popcorn topped with nutritional yeast and Himalayan pink salt.

What foods does your family refuse to eat? Have you discovered unique ways to use this food?

Dory ~ Copilot for The Delightful Cottage

 

Breakfast Options For Busy Mom’s

Do you wonder what to eat some mornings? What breakfast options are there for busy moms?

Fruit loops,

supper left overs,

juice box,

granola bar,

Or ice water!

We all know that breakfast is a very necessary part of a successful day! Who doesn’t want a successful day? It just seems almost pointless to stop and eat some mornings, but if we have a bit of a plan it helps. Moms especially, need to feel good, the household depend on us!

I am not a morning person; night owl would describe me much better! But as life would have it, I am married to a man whose job takes him out of the house most mornings before the rooster even stretches on his roost! I arise and pack my man his lunch and make him a mug of hot coffee or tea! Honestly tho ladies who want to eat breakfast at the crack of crazy???

A breakfast plan is a life saver.

I have come up with a bit of a system to get breakfast in this mom’s face.             Two  breakfasts, yes, 2 breakfasts, one at 4-5 am and the second around 9 am.  In the early am I drink a mug of bulletproof coffee, because it is easy, I just made a hot pot of coffee for the Man. Once the boys are off to school I eat a yogurt with fruit, or granola. If I actually take time to cook a hot breakfast for the boys then I have that option, such as oatmeal, or cornmeal. Some mornings one of the boys or I make fried eggs, these can be consumed with a slice of cheese or sour dough bread.

Sometimes you just need the biggest mug possible!

This system has really helped me stabilize my blood-sugar levels. I also take my supplements with the mid-morning breakfast. You must do whatever works for you, But, not eating is not an option!

Ladies we must take care of ourselves, we are the guides and map writers for the next generation!  We can do this, we know it is best for our health, both physically and mentally!

Eat your meals,

Research and take supplements.

Jump and run with your children to get your heart rate up.

Fill your mind with positive encouragement from Gods word!

Show by example, let them see us doing what is good and right for our bodies. By making healthy choices for ourselves we then have the mental and physical health to do what is best for the family!

“Give her the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates”   Prov. 31:31

Dory ~ Copilot for The Delightful Cottage!