NELSON MANDELA TURNS 100
Today it is my HONOR to post on my website, that one of the greatest men who ever lived would have turned 100 years old today.
Writer, President (non-U.S.), Civil Rights Activist (1918–2013)
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (July 18, 1918 to December 5, 2013) was a nonviolence anti-apartheid activist, politician and philanthropist who became South Africa’s first black president from 1994 to 1999.
Becoming actively involved in the anti-apartheid movement in his 20s, Mandela joined the African National Congress in 1942.
For 20 years, he directed a campaign of peaceful, nonviolent defiance against the South African government and its racist policies.
Beginning in 1962, Mandela spent 27 years in prison for political offenses.
In 1993, Mandela and South African President F.W. de Klerk were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to dismantle the country’s apartheid system.
For generations to come, Nelson Mandela will continue to be a source of inspiration for civil rights activists worldwide. (SOURCE)
You know – if you really look into history, this was truly a great man. He spent 27 years in PRISON for Political Offenses – then got out, became President, and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
What a great example, of someone, who after 27 years in a Prison, was able to come out – and change the world.
Let’s continue to learn, inspire, love, and make 2018 one of the Best Damn Year’s to be alive.
NEVER GIVE UP – and MAY GOD ANSWER YOUR PRAYERS. LIVE LONG AND PROSPER !!!
Awesome Song to hear, I’m promoting the Old-Sk00L Tr0N from 1982 – this song is from the reboot.
Remix from Daft Punk.
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Does it Make you FEEL GOOD?
The reboot movie is pretty cool, but nothing beats the nostalgia of an old Disney movie from the 80’s.
I like old stuff, I like history – and I love my country and my faith.
I encourage you all to seek God and the higher power – and to take each and everyday as a blessing.
We just passed the half way point of 2018 – what an incredible year.
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It cost them dearly.
They could never see their wife again, not the children, not their beautiful home again. They are with God now. So I honor them today on earth, and say –
Thank You for your Service. We will never forget your sacrifice. God bless America.
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We are the United Spirit of America and we want you to live long, have a beautiful family, and to be rich with God. I wish you a wonderful life. Live the dream. Stop and smell the roses.
Let’s all start winning at life again.
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Music I resurrected from Summer 2015. This is very enjoyable. The picture is from Life is Beautiful 2016.
Strength and Honor. In God We Trust. Getting ready for summer 2018.
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Was the Mandela Effect real?
Why do all these people remember the same thing that I do, but it was not real? Heath was really cool, I liked his work and his attitude.
I did not realize that he had died at 28. Maybe just a coincidence – but far too young. You would be shocked at the vibration of the number 28.
Most of us are too busy to pursue these strange coincidences, and we all have debt, financial issues, stress, hard jobs, and family troubles. We all do.
Someone told me yesterday the retiring age was 55 when he was a child. Now they are trying to move it up to 70. This guy told me “they are trying to work us to death”.
Well – we can enjoy every single day. We can count our blessings. We can love our family, our friends, we can help the poor. We can give to others who need. We can be better people. This is why I still work on this website. To dream and inspire greater.
In my life I have been to many dark places, some of them it would be difficult to write about. Many times I would ask, why God. Why was I given this hard of a life?
I am writing my autobiography and will share it with you all when it is published. At this rate, I have set the release to August, 20th, 2028.
Here is a riddle for you.
You saw me where I never was and where I could not be. And yet within that very place, my face you often see.
What do you think the answer is? I was never good at riddles.
Behold, my reflection. That is the answer. I really didn’t come too close myself. Want another one?
It is greater than God and more evil than the devil. The poor have it, the rich need it and if you eat it you’ll die. What is it?
Think about that for a min – the answer is very simple. What is greater than God?
Nothing. Nothing is greater than God, nothing is more evil than the devil, the poor have nothing, the rich need nothing and if you eat nothing you’ll die.
The word ‘riddle’ describes a statement or question, which directly requires a concrete answer or presents a puzzle whose hidden meaning has to be deciphered. There are two kinds of riddles. First there is the enigma – a metaphorically expressed riddle – and second there is a conundrum – a very tricky problem usually including a pun in its question or answer. An example for a conundrum would be: “What is the difference between a jeweler and a jailer?” – “One sells watches and the other watches cells.”
I am always hungry and will die if not fed, whatever I touch will soon turn red.
The answer is Fire.
I just want to tell you all, that Mr. Paul Michael Black was my brother. He died in August 20th, 2006. He leaped off a mountain in Maryland. It was not his fault. Paul, we both know why that all happened. I prayed to the most high God to have him have mercy on your soul. I love you, brother.
Currently it’s still cold, a storm is passing through my town.
We had lots of dark clouds today. I want to express myself again through another podcast on soundcloud, and that is below these pictures. Just click the play button. I have disabled auto-play due to it being annoying for people who already listened to it once.
Today is the 28th day of February. Does anyone know about our planet going through the Ascension?
We have lots of things about technology, cryptocurrency, the stock market, artificial intelligence, and new health discoveries. Finding the time to gather my thoughts to write all this stuff down is so time consuming, but it should come about.
I heard the Youtube censorship is really cracking down. They are policing the channels like crazy. My vision is to buy enough bandwidth and put anything on my site that is needed, regardless of what any company thinks. We are the number28, and we live in the greatest country in the world. I also love all the other people on this planet. Just google some of the censorship going on right now, very disturbing times with free speech.
Right now however, I wanted to just rant a little and get more creative with some reality stuff and how I see things after my experience last year. God willing I can post more inspiration things and point the direction of our blogs to the greater good.
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Again, always a work in progress. We want to tell you that you are important. That you matter. That we are about you and want the best for you. Love is stronger and is the highest vibration in the universe. All the planets vibrate in space and have a sound. Our spirit is demanding our attention, we all need love. We are attracted to that energy. I will tell you that the motivation keeping this site alive is through passion and pure grit.
Remember karma means if you do something good, it will come back to you. Just stay positive. I wish you a prosperous 2018 !
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What happened on June 1st, 2017 ?
The true story of the revelations of having went into cardiac arrest and into a hospital coma. We bring you – the number28 timeline.
Together we might some day find out what really happened, and why.
I will be posting some of my medical records here, I spent months getting them, and no – they didn’t want me to have them.
UPDATE 1/28/18 : This is not edited at all, and at times can be sporadic in context. It does seem dark after listening to it entirely, and I realize this but wanted people to hear the raw story, at least, part 1. One reason I survived was because in my visions I had an angel speak to me and whisper and say that the Lord had come into our dimension to solve this. Unknowingly to me, if this was real or not, I have much more of this story to tell.
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Ten years from today – we will be in 2028.
Could you imagine? Is that the future or what.
I wish you peace, long life, and joy wherever you go.
Here is some facts found by BBC.com about Tesla and Einstein, a rather curious read indeed.
Celebrated inventor and physicist Nikola Tesla swore by toe exercises – every night, he’d repeatedly ‘squish’ his toes, 100 times for each foot, according to the author Marc J Seifer. While it’s not entirely clear exactly what that exercise involved, Tesla claimed it helped to stimulate his brain cells.
The most prolific mathematician of the 20th Century, Paul Erdos, preferred a different kind of stimulant: amphetamine, which he used to fuel 20-hour number benders. When a friend bet him $500 that he couldn’t stop for a month, he won but complained “You’ve set mathematics back a month”.
(28 EDITOR’s NOTE) Hey guys – don’t do amphetamines. It does help some people, but only if you suffer without it. My experience is it effects long term memory. If you were a real brilliant person you would use herbs, medicine, and healing elements in the highest regard. Try to avoid chemicals if at all possible. **
Newton, meanwhile, bragged about the benefits of celibacy. When he died in 1727, he had transformed our understanding of the natural world forever and left behind 10 million words of notes; he was also, by all accounts, still a virgin (Tesla was also celibate, though he later claimed he fell in love with a pigeon).
Like it or not, our daily habits have a powerful impact on our brains
Many of the world’s most brilliant scientific minds were also fantastically weird. From Pythagoras’ outright ban on beans to Benjamin Franklin’s naked ‘air baths’, the path to greatness is paved with some truly peculiar habits.
But what if these are more than superficial facts? Scientists are increasingly realising that intelligence is less about sheer genetic luck than we tend to think. According to the latest review of the evidence, around 40% of what distinguishes the brainiac’s from the blockheads in adulthood is environmental. Like it or not, our daily habits have a powerful impact on our brains, shaping their structure and changing the way we think.
Of all history’s great minds, arguably the master of combining genius with unusual habits was Albert Einstein – so what better person to study for clues to mind-enhancing behaviours to try ourselves? He taught us how to squeeze energy out of atoms, so maybe, just maybe, he might be able to teach us a thing or two about how to squeeze the most out of our tiny mortal brains. Could there be any benefits in following Einstein’s sleep, diet, and even fashion choices?
10 HOURS OF SLEEP AND ONE-SECOND NAPS
It’s common knowledge that sleep is good for your brain – and Einstein took this advice more seriously than most. He reportedly slept for at least 10 hours per day – nearly one and a half times as much as the average American today (6.8 hours). But can you really slumber your way to a sharper mind?
The author John Steinbeck once said: “It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it.”
Many of the most radical breakthroughs in human history, including the periodic table, the structure of DNA and Einstein’s theory of special relativity, have supposedly occurred while their discoverer was unconscious. The latter came to Einstein while he was dreaming about cows being electrocuted. But is this really true?
Back in 2004, scientists at the University of Lubeck, Germany, tested the idea with a simple experiment. First they trained volunteers to play a number game. Most gradually got the hang of it with practice, but by far the quickest way to improve was to uncover a hidden rule. When the students were tested again eight hours later, those who had been allowed to sleep were more than twice as likely to gain insight into the rules than those who had remained awake.
Those who have more spindle events tend to have greater ‘fluid intelligence’
When we fall asleep, the brain enters a series of cycles. Every 90-120 minutes the brain fluctuates between light sleep, deep sleep and a phase associated with dreaming, known as Rapid Eye Movement (REM), which until recently was thought to play the leading role in learning and memory. But this isn’t the full story. “Non-REM sleep has been a bit of a mystery, but we spend about 60% of our night in this type of sleep,” says Stuart Fogel, a neuroscientist at the University of Ottawa.
Non-REM sleep is characterized by bursts of fast brain activity, so called ‘spindle events’ because of the spindle-shaped zigzag the waves trace on an EEG. A normal night’s sleep will involve thousands of these, each lasting no longer than a few seconds. “This is really the gateway to other stages of sleep – the more you sleep, the more of these events you’ll have,” he says.
Spindle events begin with a surge of electrical energy generated by the rapid firing of structures deep in the brain. The main culprit is the thalamus, an oval shaped region which acts as the brain’s main ‘switching centre’, sending incoming sensory signals in the right direction. While we’re sleeping, it acts like an internal earplug, scrambling external information to help you stay asleep. During a spindle event, the surge travels up to the brain’s surface and then back down again to complete a loop.
Intriguingly, those who have more spindle events tend to have greater ‘fluid intelligence’ – the ability to solve new problems, use logic in new situations, and identify patterns – the kind Einstein had in spades. “They don’t seem related to other types of intelligence, such as the ability to memorize facts and figures, so it’s really specific to these reasoning skills,” says Fogel. This ties in nicely with Einstein’s disdain for formal education and advice to “never memorize anything which you can look up”.
And though the more you sleep, the more spindle events you’ll have, this doesn’t necessarily prove that more sleep is beneficial. It’s a chicken and egg scenario: do some people have more spindle events because they are smart, or are they smart because they have more spindle events? The jury is still out, but a recent study showed that night-time sleep in women – and napping in men – can improve reasoning and problem solving skills. Crucially, the boost to intelligence was linked to the presence of spindle events, which only occurred during night-time sleep in women and daytime slumbers in men.
It’s not yet known why spindle events would be helpful, but Fogel thinks it may have something to do with the regions which are activated. “We’ve found that the same regions that generate spindles – the thalamus and the cortex [the brain’s surface] – well, these are the areas which support the ability to solve problems and apply logic in new situations,” he says.
Luckily for Einstein, he also took regular naps. According to apocryphal legend, to make sure he didn’t overdo it he’d recline in his armchair with a spoon in his hand and a metal plate directly beneath. He’d allow himself to drift off for a second, then – bam! – the spoon would fall from his hand and the sound of it hitting the plate would wake him up.
Einstein’s daily walk was sacred to him. While he was working at Princeton University, New Jersey, he’d walk the mile and a half journey there and back. He followed in the footsteps of other diligent walkers, including Darwin who went for three 45 minute walks every day.
These constitutionals weren’t just for fitness – there’s mountains of evidence that walking can boost memory, creativity and problem-solving. For creativity at least, walking outside is even better. But why?
When you think about it, it doesn’t make a lot of sense. Walking distracts the brain from more cerebral tasks, and forces it to focus on putting one foot in front of the other and not falling over. Enter ‘transient hypofrontality’ – translated into basic English, this impressive mouthful basically means temporarily toning down the activity in certain parts of the brain. In particular, the frontal lobes, which are involved in higher processes such as memory, judgement and language.
By turning it down a notch, the brain adopts a totally different style of thinking – one which may lead to insights you wouldn’t get at your desk. There isn’t any evidence for this explanation of walking’s benefits yet, but it’s a tantalizing idea.
So what do geniuses eat? Alas, it’s not clear what fueled Einstein’s extraordinary mind, though the internet somewhat dubiously claims it was spaghetti. He did once joke that his favorite things about Italy were “spaghetti and [mathematician] Levi-Civita”, so we’ll go with that.
Though carbohydrates have got a bad rep, as always, Einstein was spot on. It’s well known that the brain is a food-guzzling greedy guts, consuming 20% of the body’s energy though it only accounts for 2% of its weight (Einstein’s may have been even less – his brain weighed just 1,230g, compared to an average of around 1,400g). Just like the rest of the body, the brain prefers to snack on simple sugars, such as glucose, which have been broken down from carbohydrates. Neurons require an almost-continuous supply and will only accept other energy sources when it’s really desperate. And therein lies a problem.
Despite this sweet tooth, the brain has no way of storing any energy, so when blood glucose levels drop, it quickly runs out. “The body can release some from its own glycogen stores by releasing stress hormones such as cortisol, but these have side-effects,” says Leigh Gibson, a lecturer in psychology and physiology at the University of Roehampton.
These include the familiar light-headedness and confusion we feel when we skip dinner. One study found that those on low carbohydrate diets have slower reaction times and reduced spatial memory – though only in the short-term (after a few weeks, the brain will adapt to salvaging energy from other sources, such as protein).
Sugars can give the brain a valuable boost, but unfortunately this doesn’t mean binging on spaghetti is a good idea. “Typically the evidence suggests that about 25g of carbohydrate is beneficial, but double that and you may actually impair your ability to think,” says Gibson. For perspective, that’s around 37 strands of spaghetti, which is a lot less than it sounds (around half as much as the recommended portion). “It’s not as simple a story as it sounds,” says Gibson.
SMOKING A PIPE
Today, the many health risks of smoking are widely known, so this is not a habit that it would be wise to follow. But Einstein was a hardened pipe smoker, known as much around campus for the cloud of smoke which followed him as for his theories. He famously loved to smoke, believing it “contributes to a somewhat calm and objective judgment in all human affairs.” He’d even pick cigarette butts off the street and stuff the remaining tobacco into his pipe.
Not really the behavior of a genius, but in his defense, though evidence had been mounting since the 1940s, tobacco wasn’t publicly linked to lung cancer and other illnesses until 1962 – seven years after his death.
Today the risks are no secret – smoking stops brain cells forming, thins the cerebral cortex (the wrinkled outer layer responsible for consciousness) and starves the brain of oxygen. It’s fair to say that Einstein was clever despite this habit – not because of it.
But there is one final mystery. An analysis of 20,000 adolescents in the United States, whose habits and health were followed for 15 years, found that irrespective of age, ethnicity or education, more intelligent children grow up to smoke more cigarettes, more frequently, than the rest of us. Scientists still don’t know why this is, though intriguingly it’s not true everywhere – in the UK, smokers tend to have lower IQs.
No list of Einstein’s eccentricities would be complete without a mention of his passionate aversion to socks. “When I was young,” he wrote in a letter to his cousin – and later, wife – Elsa, “I found out that the big toe always ends up making a hole in a sock. So I stopped wearing socks.” Later in life, when he couldn’t find his sandals he’d wear Elsa’s sling backs instead.
As it turns out, rocking the hipster look probably didn’t do Einstein any favors. Regrettably, there haven’t been any studies looking directly at the impact of going sock-less, but changing into casual clothing, as opposed to a more formal outfit, has been linked to poor performance on tests of abstract thinking.
And what better way to end that with some advice from the man himself. “The important thing is not to stop questioning; curiosity has its own reason for existing,” he told LIFE magazine in 1955.
Failing that, you might try some toe exercises. Who knows – they might just work. And aren’t you dying to find out?
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My good friends at positivehealthwellness have asked me to share a wonderful menu with you all this year.
What a year this has been, I have been shown how to be humble and to show compassion, from our creator.
How to forgive others, and let go of the past.
This year was absolutely crucial in my growth as a person. I give thanks to God, my family, my friends, and the ones who believe in me.
Well, may you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving 2017 and enjoy a few menu suggestions.
Not sure what to make this year?
Here is the ultimate Thanksgiving dinner menu that goes through absolutely everything you need for this year.
Don’t forget the sides and get a turkey dinner to die for!
For the Turkey: 3-Way Roulade
Why not make a Turkey roulade instead of a traditional bird this year. There are a few benefits to this. You will know that all the meat is cooked before you start serving everything up and you create smaller portions for everyone. We always end up overeating at Thanksgiving, and it’s not great for the waistline.
You will also get to avoid the big turkeys. You just need some turkey breasts, helping to keep the costs down.
The 3-way roulade offers three different stuffings for your bird. You can do all three if you’d like, but make sure you stock up on extra turkey breasts. This recipe will give you enough turkey for one filling of choice.
- 2 skinless, boneless turkey breasts
- 1 filling of choice (fillings below)
- 1 1/2tbsp oil of choice
- Salt and black pepper, for seasoning
- Fennel-apple filling ingredients:
- 1 fennel bulb, chopped
- 2 apples, cored and chopped
- 2 shallots, chopped
- 2tbsp butter
- 2tbsp fresh tarragon, chopped
- 2tbsp fennel fronds, chopped
- Salt and black pepper, to taste
Bacon and Mushroom Filling Ingredients:
- 4 slices of bacon, chopped
- 1lb mushrooms of choice, chopped
- 1 bunch of scallions, chopped
- 1/3 cup of fresh parsley, chopped
- ¼ cup of dry white wine
- 3tbsp seasoned breadcrumbs
- Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
Sausage and Cornbread Filling Ingredients:
- 8oz of Italian sausage, out of the casing
- 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
- 2 cups of cornbread, crumbled
- 1tbsp fresh thyme, chopped
- ½ cup of chicken stock
- Salt and black pepper, to taste
- Preheat your oven to 425F and line a baking sheet with foil
- Butterfly the turkey breasts, avoiding slicing all the way through
- Wrap one open breast with cling film and pound to about ¼ inch thick
- Season the breast with salt and pepper and then repeat with the second
- Make your filling (method for each below) and then spread half into a turkey breast, pressing into the meat
- Roll the turkey breast tightly and secure with butcher’s twine, tucking the ends in
- Repeat with the other turkey breast, roll both breasts into oil, and season with more salt and pepper
- Place on the baking sheet and cook for 40-45 minutes
- Stand for 10 minutes and then slice to serve
Fennel and Apple Filling Method:
- Cook the fennel bulb, shallots, butter, and apple in a skillet over a medium heat until golden
- Stir in the fennel fronds and tarragon and then season
Bacon and Mushroom Filling Method:
- Cook the bacon for 6-8 minutes in a skillet over a medium heat
- Place on a plate and pour away the dripping, apart from 1 1/2tbsp
- Add the mushrooms to the pan and cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally
- Add in the parsley and scallions, cooking for another 2 minutes
- Add the wine and cook for another 3-4 minutes, until the wine evaporates
- Stir in the breadcrumbs and mix everything together, seasoning with the salt and pepper
Sausage and Cornbread Filling Method:
- Cook the sausage for 5-7 minutes in a skillet over a medium to high heat, breaking the sausage into smaller pieces
- Add the garlic and cook for another minute
- Add in the thyme and cornbread and then remove from the heat
- Stir in the chicken stock to fully combine, and then season with the salt and pepper
For the Sides: Make Rosemary Monkey Bread Stuffing
Even with the stuffed turkey, people will want stuffing on the sides. There’s just something about Thanksgiving that calls for a delicious stuffing to sit on the side to work with the rest of your food options.
This rosemary monkey bread stuffing is perfect. The kids will love the name, and they’ll want to help you make it. Just expect questions about cooking monkeys when you have smaller children!
- 1 sweet onion, chopped
- 4 celery ribs, chopped
- 4tbsp butter
- 1 cup of chicken stock
- 2 eggs
- Salt and black pepper, to taste
- 1 1/2lb rosemary focaccia, cubed (if you can’t find the bread, you can use 1 1/2tbsp chopped fresh rosemary)
- Preheat the oven to 375F and butter a springform pan
- Cook the onion and celery with the butter in a skillet for 8-10 minutes over a medium heat
- Transfer to a bowl, allowing to cool for five minutes
- Whisk the eggs and chicken stock until combined in a bowl and then season with the salt and pepper, and then add the onion and celery mixture
- Stir in the focaccia
- Bake for 35-40 minutes, until the bread, is golden brown
- Cool for 5 minutes and then remove from the pan
This is much better served warm. If you want to use leftovers, reheat in the microwave or oven.
Vegetable Side: Brussels Sprouts Gratin
Nobody likes Brussels sprouts on their own. While you’ll want to get the health benefits of sprouts, you’ll want to make them taste amazing. This gratin is the perfect way to do that.
- 3lb of Brussels sprouts, halved and trimmed
- 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
- 2tbsp butter
- ¼ cup of all-purpose flour
- 2 cups of half and half
- 9oz of Gruyere cheese, grated and divided
- Salt and black pepper, to taste
- Preheat the oven to 375F and butter a baking dish
- Fill a pan with salted water and boil the sprouts for 5-8 minutes
- Drain the sprouts and rinse with cold water to quickly cool, and then lay them out on a baking sheet lined with paper towels
- In a saucepan, cook the butter and garlic over medium heat for a minute and then sprinkle with the flour
- Whisk the mixture for a minute, before adding in the half and half while whisking
- Simmer for 6-7 minutes, whisking regularly to help thicken
- Remove from the heat and then add in 6oz of the cheese, whisking, and season with the salt and pepper
- Pour everything into a baking dish and top with the remaining cheese, and then bake for 25-30 minutes
Allow cooling a little before serving. The kids will barely notice that you’ve served them Brussels sprouts. If you want to go one step further, you can chop the sprouts after cooking to help mix in with the cheese. It’s not quite as filling, but you’ll disguise the fact that you have sprouts!
Potato Side: Slow Cooked Mash
Mash potatoes are a must-have for your Thanksgiving dinner. While they are well cooked normally, these will help to eliminate some of the stress from the day.
- 4lb of potatoes, peeled and chopped
- 4 cups of chicken stock
- 1 cup of sour cream
- 1/3 cup of chives, fresh and chopped
- ½ cup of milk, warmed
- Salt and black pepper, to taste
- In a slow cooker, cook the potatoes with the chicken stock and salt on high for up to 3 hours or low for up to 5 hours
- Drain the stock and put the potatoes back into the slow cooker
- Add the sour cream and mash to preferred consistency
- Fold in the chives and milk, adding more milk if necessary
- Season to taste and serve, topping with chives if you’d like
You will have people asking for seconds. You may find that this is a Sunday roast mash that you make a lot more regularly than Thanksgiving!
A Side Dish with a Difference: Cauliflower and Sweet Potato Salad
Potato and egg salad is commonly made, but you can opt for something a little different this Thanksgiving. You want to opt for a cauliflower and sweet potato salad instead. You get a mixture of flavors packed with a healthy punch.
- 1 1/2lbs sweet potatoes, chopped into wedges
- 1 cauliflower head, chopped into florets
- 7tbsp oil of choice, divided
- 3tbsp sherry vinegar
- 8 cups of mixed lettuces, torn
- 2/3 cup of pomegranate seeds
- Salt and black pepper, to taste
- Preheat the oven to 425F and line a baking sheet with foil
- Mix the potatoes, cauliflower, and 3tbsp oil, seasoning with the salt and pepper
- Roast for 25-30 minutes
- Whisk the rest of the oil in the vinegar, seasoning with some salt and pepper
- Add the lettuce, pomegranate, and roasted vegetables and coat everything
With the Brussels sprouts and this potato salad, you will not need any more vegetables on the side. If you want them, just grab some frozen veggies like carrots and peas. You’ll find your guests won’t be that interested in them though.
Time for Dessert: Sweet Potato Snickerdoodles
Whoever said dessert has to be unhealthy and full of sugar? These alternative Snickerdoodles are the way to feed the sweet tooth without feeling like you’re forcing health onto your guests.
- 4 cups of all-purpose flour
- 3/4tsp salt
- 1/4tsp baking soda
- 1/4tsp cream of tartar
- 3 1/2tsp cinnamon, divided
- 1 cup of butter, sat at room temperature
- 1 can of sweet potato puree
- 2/3 pt of confectioners’ sugar
- 2tsp vanilla extract, preferably pure
- 1 ½ cups of granulated sugar, divided
- 2 eggs
- 1 can of dulce de leche
- Whisk the flour with the salt, baking soda, 2tsp cinnamon, and cream of tartar
- In a separate bowl, beat the butter with the puree, 1 cup of granulated sugar, all the confectioners’ sugar, and all the vanilla extract until fluffy
- Add the eggs to the sweet potato puree mixture one at a time, beating until each one is blended
- Add the flour mixture until everything is combined
- Cover and chill for at least 2 hours to overnight
- Preheat the oven to 375F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper
- Stir the rest of the cinnamon and sugar together in a bowl
- Roll up the dough into 1tbsp balls and then roll into the sugared cinnamon
- Arrange on the baking sheets and bake for 10-12 minutes
- Cook for a minute and then place on wire racks to continue cooling
- Spread the dulce de leche on the flat side of the cookies and sandwich two together
Second Dessert: Pumpkin Cookie Crust Cheesecake
While the sweet potato sandwich cookies are great, they’re just not quite a dessert, right? You want a pie or cake that you can cut into. This is where this second dessert will help. You get a mixture of needs and wants with the pumpkin, the cheesecake, and a delicious cookie crust. Make sure you have room for a second slice. You’ll want it!
- 12 pecan sandy cookies, plus extra to garnish
- ½ cup of pecans, roasted and salted preferably
- 3tbsp butter, melted
- 2tbsp granulated sugar
- 3/4tsp salt, divided
- 8oz cream cheese, left at room temperature
- 8oz of sour cream, left at room temperature
- 1 cup of light brown sugar
- 4 eggs
- 15 oz of pure pumpkin puree
- 2tsp vanilla extract, preferably pure
- 1 1/2tsp ground cinnamon
- 3/4tsp ground ginger
- 1/2tsp ground nutmeg
- Preheat the oven to 350F and place the rack in the middle
- Place the pecans and cookies in a blender and pulse until ground finely
- Add the butter, granulated sugar, a 1/4tsp salt, and pulse until combined
- Press the mixture into the bottom of a springform pan and then bake for 10-12 minutes
- Allow to cool completely in the pan and then wrap the pan with aluminum foil
- Reduce the oven to 300F
- Beat the cheese with the brown sugar and sour cream until smooth and then add the eggs one at a time, beating each one
- Add the rest of the ingredients with the remaining salt, and beat until blended
- Pour the mixture into the cookie crust and bake for 1hr 10 minutes; the edges will be set, but the middle will still be wobbly
- Turn the oven off and leave the cheesecake in with door closed for an hour
- Remove from the oven and loosen the sides of the cheesecake from the pan with a knife gently, keeping the pan intact
- Allow to cook for an hour and then cover and chill for at least 8 hours
Only after chilling should you remove from the pan. This helps to keep the setting, so the cheesecake doesn’t end up an unserviceable mess! Serve with some of the pecans, cookies, and a bit of whipped cream!
My thanks to Danielle and her team. Have a wonderful Holiday!