Simple Fitted Sheet Hack / How To Mark Which Direction It Goes

fitted sheet hack

When it comes to making your bed, it can be so frustrating, especially when making a king-size bed, to know which direction a fitted sheet needs to go. In this post, I’m going to give you a simple fitted sheet hack and a secret that works like a charm.

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What’s the fitted sheet hack secret?

Fitted sheets that you purchase from the store have a sewn-in tag in one of the corners. The corner with the tag always goes on the BOTTOM RIGHT side of your mattress or the TOP LEFT CORNER. Who would have known?

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How to Mark Your Fitted Sheet Another Way 

Once you’ve located which direction it goes, I recommend applying a big safety pin on the bottom or top side of the sheet. Then you can quickly see which side is which without spending time searching for the tag. The safety pin can be left on while laundering.

How Often Should You Change Your Sheets?

Here is a post that I found interesting. It has several good tips that I’m passing on. They stated that according to a recent survey by Mattress Advisor, the average person changes their sheets about every 24 days. That seems really discussing to me. But they go on to recommend changing your sheets weekly. That is what I do. How about you?

Check out the post here.

 

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Simple Instant Pot Mayocoba Beans | Creamy and Delicious

These mayocoba beans are creamy, mildly seasoned and so simple to make in the instant pot. All you need are a pound of dry beans, bay leaves and garlic cloves to make a pot of these beans. You’re going to love the velvety texture and their buttery flavor. They make a yummy side dish with tacos, chicken, and fajitas, or simply eaten alone as a bean soup. You can also make delicious refried beans with the leftovers.

Instant Pot mayocoba beans

One thing I love about this recipe is that you can throw all the ingredients in the INSTANT POT and walk away. If you don’t have an Instant Pot yet, I highly recommend you get one. I seriously use this appliance almost daily. (I have two and often use both of them for the same meal). This is one of the best purchases I have made. There is NO NEED to be intimidated by this electric pot wonder. Once you make something in it, you’ll be in LOVE!

mayocoba beans

What are Mayocoba Beans?

Mayocoba beans are also called canary beans, Peruvian beans, or Peruano beans since they originate from Peru. They are similar in size to pinto beans, and have a slightly yellowish color that cooks up into a tender beige bean with a silky buttery texture that reminds me of small cannellini beans. It’s one of the best beans to make because you can use it in so many different ways.

Where do you find them?

You can find these dry beans in your local grocery store but they may be labeled as canary beans. Some specialty stores may also carry organic packages of mayocoba beans and you can find them online. Make sure the beans have not been sitting on the shelf for too long. If they are older than 5 years old then they may not get soft (no matter how much you cook them).

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How To Use Cooked Mayocoba Beans

Because they are mild-flavored beans they can be used to replace basic white beans or even pinto beans in recipes. Here are some other ways to use them.

  • Serve them with a simple bowl of rice and a scattering of cilantro.
  • Use drained beans to make the best creamy refried beans. Simply saute a little onion and garlic in a bit of olive oil and then add the beans and mash them up with a potato masher or immersion blender.
  • Eat them alone in a bowl with homemade cornbread or biscuits.
  • Mash them up and add a few more spices and serve with corn chips, or veggie sticks as a bean dip.

Instant Pot Mayocoba Beans Ingredients

  • 1 pound of mayocoba beans
  • 2 TB olive oil or avocado oil
  • 1 large onion (diced)
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 cups water

Instructions

  1. Rinse the dried beans and pick out any pebbles if you find them.mayocoba beans soaking
  2. Soak the beans in a bowl of water overnight or 8 hours ***You do not have to soak the beans, however, soaking them will help them cook faster and it will make them easier to digest. If you find that you get bloated after eating beans, try soaking them to see if that prevents the bloated feeling. You can also try adding a pinch of baking soda to the water.
  3. Chop and mince the garlic. When it comes to mincing garlic, this tool is the only way to go!
  4. Use the high saute setting on the Instant Pot and heat the oil. When the oil is hot, add the onion and garlic and cook until the onion is softened and translucent. 
  5. Add all the ingredients to the instant pot. Seal the lid and make sure the valve is in the sealed position.mayocoba beans instant pot
  6. Cook on HIGH PRESSURE for 18-20 minutes/ 30 minutes if NOT SOAKED.
  7. Let the Instant Pot release naturally. This will take 15-20 minutes.
  8. Remove the bay leaf. Give them a taste and see if you need to add more salt.
mayocoba beans freezing

Frequently Asked Questions:

How long do Mayocoba beans last?

Cooked beans will last in the refrigerator for up to five days in a sealed container. You can freeze them for about six months before they lose their flavor and nutritional value.

These beans freeze well and make a great quick go-to meal. Simply thaw the frozen beans and reheat.

How do I prevent my beans from getting mushy?

Make sure you do not overcook the beans. You can always add more cooking time if the beans are not soft enough but if you over-cook them they will get mushy.

Can you make this recipe without an instant pot? 

Yes, you can still cook these mayocoba beans WITHOUT an instant pot. Cook the beans on your stovetop after you soak them in water for at least 8 hours. Rinse the beans then put them in a pot with the other ingredients and cover them with fresh water. Bring the water to a boil then reduce the heat and simmer for 2 hours or until soft.

What do you do if the beans are not cooked all the way?

Older beans may take longer to cook. If they are still too firm or undercooked, simply return the lid to the pot and cook a little longer. (Since the pot is already very hot, it won’t take long to get up to pressure again).

 

If you haven’t tried mayocoba beans/canary beans, I hope you give this recipe a whirl.

Enjoy!

Simple Instant Pot Mayocoba Beans | Creamy and Delicious

These mayocoba beans are creamy, mildly seasoned and so simple to make in the instant pot. You’re going to love the velvety texture and their buttery flavor.

  • Prep Time15 min
  • Cook Time30 min
  • Total Time45 min
  • Yield8 servings

Ingredients

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    • 1 pound mayocoba beans
    • 2 TB olive oil or avocado oil
    • 1 large onion (diced)
    • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
    • 1 bay leaf
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 6 cups water

Instructions

1

Rinse the dried beans and pick out any pebbles if you find them.

 
2

Soak the beans in a bowl of water overnight or 8 hours

***You do not have to soak the beans, however, soaking them will help them cook faster and it will make them easier to digest. If you find that you get bloated after eating beans, try soaking them to see if that prevents the bloated feeling. You can also try adding a pinch of baking soda to the water.

3

Chop and mince the garlic. 

4

Use the high sauté setting on the Instant Pot and heat the oil. When the oil is hot, add the onion and garlic and cook until the onion is softened and translucent. 

5

Add the rest of the ingredients to the instant pot. Seal the lid and make sure the valve is in the sealed position.

6

Cook on HIGH PRESSURE for 18-20 minutes/ 30 minutes if NOT SOAKED.

7

Let the Instant Pot release naturally. This will take 15-20 minutes.

8

Remove the bay leaf. Give them a taste and see if you need to add more salt.

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How To Cut Watermelon Sticks // Fun Finger Foods

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Summer has arrived and what a great time for a chilled and juicy watermelon.

watermelon sticks servingWhy not try cutting and serving watermelon sticks instead of the usual wedges? It’s a fun presentation and they really are easier to pick up and eat.

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Tips For Choosing A Good Watermelon

You’ll want to select the right watermelon.

  • Choose one that feels heavy for its size. Pick up a few and compare the weight of similar sizes. The heaviest of the bunch will be the ripest.
  • Also, look for ones that are free of dents or bruises and are symmetrical in shape, especially if you’re making watermelon sticks.
  • Look for a creamy-colored field spot. The darker yellow field spot usually means it was on the vine longer and is full of flavor.
  • When the melon is shiny it is under-ripe.

This site had a great info-graphic that helps you see what to look for.

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What You’ll Need To Make Watermelon Sticks:

  • A ripe watermelon
  • Large cutting board
  • Serving platter or tall rectangular container
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How To Cut Watermelon Sticks

  • Before cutting the watermelon, wash the exterior really well and place it on the cutting board
  • Cut the watermelon in half down the center.
  • Place one of the halves flat-side down on the cutting board. Start cutting the watermelon into slices about 1-2 inches thick. Try to make the cuts as perpendicular and as straight as you can.
  • Discard the two end pieces because they will be mostly rind.
  • Carefully rotate the cutting board and start cutting slices at 90° to make 1-2 inch squares.
  • Repeat the process with the other half of the watermelon.
  • Separate the slices and tad ah, you have watermelon sticks.
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How To Serve Watermelon Sticks

These cute little sticks look beautiful on a white serving platter or in a rectangular glass container.

This is such a fun, unique way to serve watermelon at a party or gathering.

Enjoy!

 

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Salsa Infused Black Bean Burgers / Yummy Meatless Recipe

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These yummy black bean burgers are infused with salsa and are one of the best meatless burgers around. They’re easy to make, cost-effective, and simply delicious.

We have been eating a little healthier at our house lately, and have been cutting back on the meat we eat. We have gone totally vegetarian in the past but for some time now have been eating meat, too much meat for my liking. I’m not saying I want to be totally vegetarian again but would like to be more PLANT BASED in my food consumption.

If you want an interesting read or something interesting to watch regarding food, check this out: FORKS OVER KNIVES. You can get the book here or watch the video here.

I’m not saying this is “the perfect way to eat” but it does have some good nuggets to consider.

Oh, food, such a quandary and complicated topic. We can discuss my food journey in another post. Perhaps some of you can relate to the frustration in knowing what way to eat. There are so many theories and philosophies when it comes to food.

Regardless, if you’re wanting something good to eat and want to try something new, give this black bean burger recipe a whirl.

Years ago we tried this recipe and it was definitely a keeper! I can’t believe I haven’t shared it until now. When I first made these black bean burgers, my 16-year-old son (now 26) really liked them. He came home from skiing one day and was trying to find something to eat. I had made a double batch of these burgers and had frozen what we didn’t eat. He popped one reluctantly in the frying pan (another interesting healthy food) to warm up and ended up getting another one out to eat. The next day after school he had another one for a snack. If a picky 16-year-old thinks they are tasty, perhaps you will too.

black bean burgers

Put them on a toasted bun with some lettuce, tomatoes and the usual burger condiments, and you won’t miss the beef at all. I like to make up a double batch and freeze them in a zip bag. They make great quick snacks and another easy quick meal!

Black Bean Burger Ingredients

  • ½ cup prepared salsa
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, rinsed
  • 1 cup well-crushed tortilla chips (You can substitute slightly blended oatmeal)
  • ½ cup grated white onion
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise or (optional vegan alternative)
  • 4 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons avocado oil, divided
  • 8 burger buns, toasted

Condiments:

  • ½ cup prepared guacamole
  • 8 slices tomato slices
  • 1 cup sprouts
  • ½ cup thinly sliced red onion

Black Bean Burgers Instructionsblack bean burgers salsa

  1. Place salsa in a fine-mesh strainer and stir a few times to drain excess liquid.black bean burger chips
  2. Crush tortilla chips. I like to put chips in a zip bag and mash them with my fist to crush them. These are blue corn chips in the photo. I don’t usually use blue chips. (This is a good way to use up those crushed chips in the bottom of the bag).black bean burgers beans
  3. Mash beans with a potato masher in a large bowl until no whole ones remain. Stir in the drained salsa, crushed tortilla chips, grated onion, egg, mayonnaise, chili powder, cumin, and salt. Let stand for 10-30 minutes in the refrigerator.black bean burger patties
  4. Form the bean mixture into 8 burgers about 3 inches wide (1/3 cup each).black bean burgers fry pan
  5. Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium, add 3-4 burgers and cook until browned and heated through, 3 to 4 minutes per side.
  6. Repeat with the remaining oil and burgers.
  7. Serve the burgers on buns with guacamole, tomato slices, sprouts, and red onion.

Black Bean Burger Tip

Individually wrap cooked burgers and refrigerate for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 3 months. Microwave or toast to reheat.

If you have any great ideas or tips for eating a plant-based diet or any great resources to share, please comment below.

Enjoy!

 

Salsa Infused Black Bean Burgers / Yummy Meatless Recipe

black bean burger
These yummy black bean burgers are infused with salsa and are one of the best meatless burgers around. They’re easy to make, cost-effective, and simply delicious.
  • Prep Time10 min
  • Cook Time20 min
  • Total Time30 min
  • Yield8
  • Serving Size1

INGREDIENTS

    • ½ cup prepared salsa
    • 2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, rinsed
    • 1 cup well-crushed tortilla chips
    • ½ cup grated white onion
    • 1 large egg, beaten
    • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
    • 4 teaspoons chili powder
    • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
    • ¾ teaspoon salt
    • 3 tablespoons avocado oil, divided
    • 8 burger buns, toasted 
     

Condiments

    • ½ cup prepared guacamole
    • 8 slices tomato slices
    • 1 cup sprouts
    • ½ cup thinly sliced red onion

INSTUCTIONS

1

Place the salsa in a fine-mesh strainer and stir a few times to drain excess liquid.

2

Mash the beans with a potato masher in a large bowl until no whole ones remain. 

3

Stir in the drained salsa, tortilla chips, grated onion, egg, mayonnaise, chili powder, cumin and salt. Let stand 10-30 minutes in the refrigerator.

4

Form the bean mixture into 8 burgers about 3 inches wide (1/3 cup each).

5

Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium, add 4 burgers and cook until browned and heated through, 3 to 4 minutes per side.

6

Repeat with the remaining oil and burgers. Serve the burgers on buns with guacamole, tomato slices, sprouts and red onion.

To make ahead: Individually wrap cooked burgers and refrigerate for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 3 months. Microwave or toast to reheat.

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The 4 Minute Workout | Nitric Oxide Boost at Any Age | Dr. Zach Bush

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Who would have thought that a 4 minute workout could do so much good for your body and soul? Well, this simple combination of movements created by Dr. Zach Bush can! In this post, I am going to go over the benefits, how to do it, and show you ways you can modify it to fit your physical needs. This is a workout that anyone can do.

Who is Dr. Zach Bush?

Doctor Zach Bush is someone I hold in high regard and have been following for quite some time now. He is a doctor of Endocrinology, Metabolism, Internal Medicine, and Palliative care, and is one of the few triple-certified physicians in the nation. This man is humble and SO FULL OF SOUND KNOWLEDGE. You can read more about him here.

What is the 4 minute workout?

This 4 minute workout uses simple moves done quickly and correctly with purpose. Bursts of easy-to-remember movements are done rapidly, focusing on form, technique, and speed. Best of all, it’s convenient! You can do this exercise anywhere; in your home, garden, workplace, and even at the airport before a long flight. It doesn’t require any fancy equipment and you don’t have to get in your exercise clothes to do it.

The Four Minute Workout is a new concept of exercise that revolves around the body’s ability to use Nitric Oxide for muscle growth. This is an efficient anaerobic workout that can be done multiple times per day. The more frequently you do it, the better your results. This exercise is often referred as the “Nitric Oxide Dump” because when you move in this way Nitric Oxide is released and as it moves downstream, blood vessels dilate allowing more oxygen and nutrient delivery to your whole body.

In just four minutes you exercise the 16 largest muscle groups in your body. It is free, easy, effective, and the best way to start toning your body systems.

What is Nitric Oxide?

Your body produces nitric oxide as a molecule that circulates in your body and relaxes the inner muscles of the blood vessels, causing them to widen and increase circulation. Nitric oxide production is essential for overall health because it allows blood, nutrients, and oxygen to travel to every part of your body effectively and efficiently.

What are the benefits of the 4 minute workout?

  • Boosts cardiovascular health
  • Decreases the viscosity of your blood
  • Increases the flexibility and elasticity of arteries and veins
  • Helps moderate blood sugar levels
  • Produces proteins that keep your muscles at their optimal levels

Another reason why you should be doing the Nitric Oxide Dump is its benefits for your mitochondrial health by slowing down age-related muscle decline. By doing the exercise, your mitochondria begin to produce proteins that keep your muscles performing at their peak level, especially for aging adults.

I think these are enough reasons to take this seriously and give it a go. What do you think?

How to do the 4 minute workout

Dr. Bush recommends doing the exercise three times a day. Some days I don’t get all three times in, but even one set is better than nothing. So do what you can. I love taking a 4 minute workout after sitting at the computer for an extended time. I feel energized and ready to get back to work.

Please remember that form is more important than speed. As you get more used to it, you can increase speed.

One session takes around four minutes, and consists of three sets with 10 repetitions of the following exercises:

  • Squats
  • Arm raises
  • Circular arm swings (also called non-jumping jacks)
  • Shoulder presses

Squats

The idea for this movement is to work the quadriceps in the legs.

  • Start by bending the legs and act as if you are going to sit back in a chair.
  • You’ll need to extend the arms forward to keep you balanced and the weight of your body should be in your heels.
  • Speed is more important than how deep you squat.
  • You’ll do 10 reps.

Modification: If it is too challenging to squat real low, don’t bend so deep. 

Arm Lifts

  • This is a 90° swing of the arms out in front of you and stopping at shoulder height.
  • You’re working the deltoid and back muscles. This isn’t just swinging the arms, it’s almost like a punch.
  • Stop firmly at the endpoints.
  • You’ll do 10 reps on each arm.

Arm Circles

  • Make fists with your hands. (This movement is kinda like a half jumping jack).
  • Click the hands together in front of you and then swing the arms out to the side and over your head, clicking the hands together.
  • Do 10 reps of this. You can bend the knees when your hands click at the bottom.

Modification: Instead of lifting arms out to the side, bring the hands in prayer position and raise the hands over the head and then releasing arms down to the side. ( Kinda like the breast stroke would be in the water).

Arm Presses

  • With the hands in fists, simply raise the hand over the head 10 times.

Modification: If it is too challenging to take the arms directly over your head, simply punch the hand directly in front of you at shoulder height.

REPEAT EACH MOVEMENT THREE TIMES

Most likely you’re going to be winded and out of breath. That’s ok. However, listen to your body and work up to the level that feels comfortable for YOUR BODY!

That’s it. Pretty simple and straightforward.

****Keep in mind that before you engage in the 4 minute workout, or any exercise for that matter, consult a doctor first especially if you’ve been sedentary for a long time.

I hope you enjoyed this and I hope you can implement this into your daily schedule

Be well & happy!

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