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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Mop Philosophy Wednesday

 Despite the cold and the frost these roses, "The Fairy" are still blooming.  They do not disappoint, they have been on the go all summer.
Speaking of summer, I miss it already but in warm-weather news I did book our tickets to Florida for our winter visit to my in-laws.  It will be wonderful to see the sun in February, and wear some pink and coral frocks with these jewelled shoes:
Old J.Crew shoes that are my favourites,
even though they hurt like heck to wear.
With a coral silk J.Crew dress from 2005.
That frock is coming on 10 years!
 Roasted chickpeas... who knew?
They're so delicious!  I drained a can of chickpeas and rinsed them well with water.  Then I threw them in this shallow dutch oven with some olive oil, fresh thyme, red onion and a sprinkle of salt.
 I also roasted some sweet potatoes, very easy with olive oil and salt...
 as well as some beets in some protective foil wrapping.

Voila!  This was an easy and attractive dinner last week, I served the whole roasted business on top of greens, fresh tomatoes and a vinaigrette.
 The rascals loved it too.  There's some kind of magic healthfulness to eating beets and chickpeas together... I can't remember the specifics but they do complement each other in texture and colour.

I'm wearing my Brora cashmere military jumper today.  This was a gift from Mr. BP a couple of Christmas' ago.
 It never fails me.  I'm wearing it with my Eileen Fisher dark brown riding pants and my La Canadienne boots, also in dark brown.
 How about some boot detail?
 Of course I am rarely without a Brora shawl, this one is a particular favourite, I find the shades of peach, pink and celadon on the pearl gray so fetching.
I'm off to make some cream of carrot soup as I've had to go on a soft food diet for a bit.  Anyone else suffering from Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction?  I hope not, it's the pits!
I hope instead that you are well and happy today.
xoxDani

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  1. I have to say it, I do love your butt Dani - I am green with envy for a curve there.
    That dinner is beckoning to me, that is my favourite kind of food, I have never had roast chickpeas but I am guessing they will be quite nutty.
    I had TMJ once after a bad filling, it was 6 months before I could open my mouth wide enough to eat an apple.

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  2. Tabs, haha! The grass is always greener! You would love that dinner. I haven't been able to eat an apple for years. It's really bad today, very swollen and puffy, hurts terribly,I had some popcorn yesterday big mistake too much chewing. Now I have to have soft foods like a Victorian invalid.

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  3. Effortless Chic is your mantra. I agree with Tabs…nice ass. Years ago when I actually stressed, I would clench my teeth while asleep and be sore the next morning. Not TMJ, bless your heart. What do you do? I have been suffering from planters fasciitis going on 5 months. It sucks.

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    1. BB that is very painful, do you have to do those foot exercises? Advil works for me but now it bugs my stomach so I have to try not to take it. I'm going to go on soup and yogurt for a week and see if that helps. Thank heavens I'll still be able to have a cocktail.

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    2. Mine is caused by running, which is hate to give up...I actually like to run. I do exercises and wrap it but then it feels better, I forget, and it's back. I do prefer Alleve over Advil or Tylenol. Dentist recommended years ago after a root canal.

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  4. Love your Hermes enamel bracelet! I just got a Clic Clack from hubby or my birthday! I've been waiting for one for a long while... such, beautiful classic jewellery that I can one day pass on to my daughter!--Helen

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    1. Helen that's a lovely gift. Mine was an anniversary present from my hubs, very nice indeed, I wear it every day.

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  5. HI Dani, that plateful looks wonderful! I roasted some beets the other day and we had them as a salad with a vinaigrette and pomegranate seeds. And I'm so into sweet potatoes now - I generally have them instead of the white kind.

    Sorry to hear about your TMJ, that's no fun.

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    1. Patricia roasted sweet potatoes are my favourite. Your salad sounds delicious and colourful. Thanks for that sympathy I shouldn't be whining about it but the soft food diet is making me cranky!

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  6. Lovely dinner! Roasted chickpeas are a great little predinner thing for parties; I do them spicy sometimes with smoked paprika.

    I hope your jaw improves; can be such a stubborn problem, though.

    Those boots are waterproof?? Gorgeous.

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    1. Lane I'm not sure these are waterproof, my black ones are but they have a different lining etc. These are leather lined, I've been wearing my old Hunters on rainy days.
      The jaw thing is a lifelong problem, it can only be managed!

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  7. Dani, is this a stupid question, but do you roast the beetroot in their skins and for how long,please? Also, love the H bangle.sue

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    1. Hi Sue not a stupid question! I roast the beets in their skins inside the foil... then if the skins are okay looking I just chop them, if they seem dodgy and scarred I peel them after they've cooled down. I usually for for 40 minutes but I have an extremely hot convection oven. Thanks that bangle is a good one I agree, goes with everything.

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  8. my migraines were misdiagnosed as all kinds of crazy things, including TMJ. A few uncomfortable nights with a very expensive retainer... Finally got to a doctor whose approach was more empirical - there are different kinds of migraines and different tryptans, he told me, so we will start by trying these. And they worked, I don't know who was more surprised, me or the Dr.

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    1. Oh Fred I'm happy you have that Doc. My TMJ is definitely a bad case, the jaw popping and locking, I think it's genetic, my Nana had it too.

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  9. You deserve your figure eating so healthily like that! Circumspect about chickpeas except for in humus! But I do like your boots and need a new pair for the coming winter.

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  10. Ps hope your eating a lot of anti inflammatory food for your tmj. My friend followed the perricone diet for aiding the condition and it seemed to work a little and speed up healing.

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    1. Hi Naomi I checked out that diet thanks for the tip! I don't think I could do it, all the salmon! Wild salmon to be specific which is what gave me that dreadful food poisoning in September, I can't ever eat it again. I have to look a little further into this anti inflammatory food, my dentist recommends advil but it's hard on my stomach, I can only take it when I am desperate!

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    2. Dani, try kale and other dark greens, they are anti inflammatory. I love oven baked kale chips!

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  11. That plate made my mouth water. It is so lovely when food is beautiful as well as delicious.

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    1. Monty even my rascals thought it looked attractive!

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  12. How nice to have blooming roses in Canada when it is almost November. That warms my heart.

    Can you tell me how you wrap your shawls under a coat? I can never seem to do it without creating added bulk due to the extra fabric compared with a scarf. There must be a way and if anyone would know, it is you.

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    1. xoxo I tuck half of the shawl into my coat or jacket and throw the other half over the shoulder. It is a fuller look than a scarf to be sure but very warm. You know me I'm very sloppy with tying scarves!

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  13. The roasted vegetable dish looks delicious!! I would never have thought of roasting chickpeas. It's a great idea for a gluten-free dish. Love your outfit too. La Canadienne boots are worth their weight in gold. I bought a pair a few years ago and I am so grateful for them every winter. I hope your jaw feels better soon!

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    1. Louise they are totally worth it! My daughter has some too and we just keep fixing them, they are an investment to be sure. This is a good gluten free dinner try it on your family!

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  14. First, I'm sorry you're on that soft food diet, yuck. But such lovely roses and Brora to cheer you! :) I hope your jaw feels better soon.

    I just roasted some chickpeas the other day, yum. I also was just chopping up a giant load of sweet potatoes for a big family dinner in a couple days. Roasting those with some acorn squash and pairing with some cozy chili. Love fall foods!

    Jealous of your trip booked already! We may head to Florida late winter as well. I'm ready for the chilly weather right now, but soon enough I'll be lamenting and hoping for warmth.

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    1. Hi M! Your kitchen is sounding like a happy place. We missed our Florida trip this past winter and we REALLY missed it. There is just one flight that we like to take, my in-laws pick us up so we need to be mindful of their schedule, so I book it all early. It is really nice to know we're going! I hope you go as well.

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  15. Hi Dani,

    do you have a nightguard? It made a lot of difference with my TMJ. That and visiting a doctor who showed me some simple exercises and tongue posture things.

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    1. Hi Hadilly oh yes I have to wear my nightguard or I'd have the hockey player smile. Good idea I should try some physio.

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  16. Hope you get some relief soon.

    My ex-dentist is kind of a specialist in this field. The first appointments I had with him he made sure my bite was well aligned. He is no longer practising general dentistry, but now teaches other dentists and publishes regularly on the subject of TMJ.

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    1. Hi Rose your dentist sounds pretty smart! I should go see mine, he might be able to help me, or at least give me better drugs ;)

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    2. They usually adjust the bite. I haven't had a single headache since then, so definitely worth looking more into it. I am not sure I had heard of headaches being related to TMJ until I saw my dentist.

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  17. My TMJ must not be as painful as yours. Sorry you're so uncomfortable that you have to go in a soft diet. But with your cooking, you'll be eating wonderfully. I've had three night guards made and they're all so uncomfortable I can't fall asleep in them:-(. Loving the roasted chick pea idea!!

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    1. AWSL mine has never been so bad, too many chewy foods lately I guess, I'm hoping soup and yogurt for a couple of days will bring some relief, then no more popcorn or raw carrots. I can't sleep without my nightguard I'd crack all my teeth off!

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    2. Been there...doing that. Chipped a new crown last month:-(. Maybe I'll try a different dentist.

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  18. Ooh that TMJ sounds v painful - I hope you get some relief soon.
    I love chickpeas so much - in fact they used to be my favourite thing to eat in curries, salads etc, but sadly, pulses are a disaster for my gut issues... ditto beetroot and sweet potatoes.
    Those boots are very chic indeed!

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    1. Ruth that whole dinner would be a disaster for you! Thanks Ruth it's a bit better this evening.

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  19. Hi Dani,
    That meal looks absolutely beautiful, healthy and delicious. Right up my alley. I've never roasted chick peas and will have to try this.

    Sorry about your TMJ. Did your dentist make you a mouth guard so you don't clench your teeth at night? Also, have you heard of The Feldenkrais Method? Feldenkrais practitioners address the mechanics of movement in a very organic way. The natural movement of the jaw bone/neck/back all the way down to the tail bone all affect each other and should flow well together. Awareness Through Movement/Feldenkrais explores connections and movement that helped my TMJ when I had it. It is a very gentle and interesting method which invites healthier ways of moving when we are injured or just as we age in general. I've been fortunate to work with practitioners who are certified in both Feldenkrais and Pilates and the two work so beautifully together for me. My guess is that there would probably be a choice of practitioners in Toronto or another large city in Canada.
    I hope that you have a speedy recovery.

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  20. Your dinner looks delicious - I'm quite fond of a chickpea, but have never tried roasting them. I'll add them to my roasted vegie mix next time. Last nights dinner for us was Syrian Chicken - it has chickpeas in it (and lots of saffron, cumin, cinnamon, poeigranite molasses, lemon etc). Completely delicious. Love your outfit - simple chic, with the scarf is the element that lifts the whole thing. HOpe the TMJ is over fast xx

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  21. Gosh - I was sure I left a comment yesterday, but blogger ate my homework! Love you in this outfit! I can't wait to add a brora jumper to Team Wendy - I love my two cardigans!!!

    Your supper looks great! We had a freezing frost this week and all my babies have died! We had a great stir-fry last night of veggies and chicken last night, and I put them on a bed of Chinese cabbage. So yummy!

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    1. WMM, blogger is definitely worse than the proverbial dog.

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  22. JAW BREAKER Dani, agree with Awakening that you might want to look into Feldenkrais. The other thing I have tried with some success for my jaw (broke it when I was young taking a tumble off a horse into a jump, plus had alignment and grinding issues anyway) is acupuncture. At first it creeped me out (and I don't really mind needles per se) but they are so small and you really don't feel it. Meantime enjoy the soup - I really like carrot with a touch of ginger. And you can add all kinds of things to smoothies (flax, protein...) to make them a bit more satisfying as well.

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  23. I hope you feel better soon. No pun intended but it's really a pain, I can commiserate. On the upside, you look gorgeous as usual!

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  24. Dani, So sorry about the TMJ. A lot of friends I know went through that. Hope you are feeling better soon! Love the look of the sweater, beautiful boots, and nice pants. It's all you need really isn't it? Your chickpeas look yummy. Going to try that!

    xKim

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  25. Dani, I'm a very long time reader (the blog is fab), but I have never commented before, so here it goes... Have you considered Botox in the jaw? I'm on my second round of it, and it has helped my jaw tension so much. I wish I had known about it six broken molars ago... All the best to you and yours! XO, a loyal reader in Michigan

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