Raya Bergin

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When I’m hungry, I get imaginative with my food. So, the wheels in my hungry brain were turning. What should I eat with this banana? Aha! Marcona almonds and organic honey!

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Fresh bananas, Marcona almonds, and organic honey.

Ingredients

One serving

  1. One fresh ripe peeled banana
  2. One-fourth cup roasted and salted Marcona almonds
  3. About two tablespoons of organic honey

Utensils

  1. Cutting board
  2. Sharp knife
  3. Plate
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Marcona almonds information.

Preparation

Slice the peeled banana and lay the slices on your plate.

Add one-fourth cup Marcona almonds over the banana slices.

Drizzle about two tablespoons of organic honey over the banana and almonds.

Where did I purchase my ingredients?

The bunch of bananas were from Target.

The Marcona almonds and Organics 100% organic honey were from Albertsons.

Conclusion

I hope you enjoy this dish, and like this post.

Be good, be happy, be healthy, and be safe! ūüėÄ

 

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On Friday, June 30, 2017, I celebrated my pre-birthday with my co-workers.

Birthday cupcake

My Bubba Sweets cocoberry cupcake.

Stanley called me to the main part of the office. I stepped into the room; everyone sang Happy Birthday.

I could not stop smiling. I partially covered my mouth. I felt a bit awkward being the center of attention.

I looked at everyone in the room. Everyone’s voice was in unison. Then, I blew the candle.

Stanley blurted, “There are twelve kinds of cupcakes here!”

Hope added, “You get to pick first, Raya.”

I picked mine and shared the rest with my co-workers.

I had a Bubba Sweets Daily Cocoberry: vanilla cake, coconut buttercream filling and frosting, domed in shredded coconut. It was yummy. ūüėõ

 

 

This post as been updated. It was initially written about five years ago. I revised parts of it to fit the present, and so that you may be able to read it better.

Introduction

I wanted to use the self-timer feature on my Nikon D60. I needed to learn how to configure it and I didn’t have my manual handy so I decided to google the instructions on how to configure and use the self-timer feature from the web.¬† I found instructions in the Nikon website’s forum page, but the instructions were not as detailed as I expected.¬† I decided to write my own detailed instructions in this article to share this to other Nikon D60 owners looking for this specific instruction.

The instructions below are for those of you who are familiar with the camera’s controls and displays shown on pages 4 – 14, “Getting to Know the Camera,” Nikon D60 User’s Manual. The preceding link shows a downloadable version of the manual.

Configuring the Self-timer settings

Nikon Camera D60 PowerSwitch ShutterReleaseButton

Power switch and shutter-release button.

Turn on your camera by turning the Power switch to “on.”¬† On the back of the camera’s body you will notice the MENU button on the left side.¬† Press the MENU button.¬† In the monitor, you will notice five major groups of menus on the left side.¬† Press the up or down arrows on the Multi selector button so that the yellow highlight is on the pencil icon.¬† The highlighted pencil icon indicates that you are on the Custom Setting menu.¬† Press the right arrow key on the Multi selector button to keep you in the Custom Setting menu.¬† Now you should see the yellow highlight within the Custom Setting menu.

Highlight 04 Release Mode.  Press OK on the Multi selector button.  Move the yellow highlight to Self-timer.  Press OK on the Multi selector button.  You will notice that the 04 Release Mode now has the self-timer icon next to it.

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Move the yellow highlight down to 11 Self-timer/Fn button.  Press OK on the Multi selector button.  Highlight Self-timer and press OK on the Multi selector button.  You will notice that the 11 Self-timer/Fn button now has the self-timer icon next to it.

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Move the yellow highlight down to 16 Self-timer.¬† Press OK on the Multi selector button.¬† You will notice four choices of times in seconds:¬† 2s, 5s, 10s, 20s.¬† Press the up or down arrows on the Multi selector button to choose the length of time you would like the self-timer set for.¬† After you’ve made your choice, press OK on the Multi selector button.

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Press the MENU button twice to exit the Custom Setting menu and to go back to the Shooting Information Display.

Using the Self-timer feature

Mount the camera on a tripod or place the camera on a stable level surface.  Face the camera towards the subject.  Press the Self-timer button on the left side of the camera.  You will notice the Self-timer icon on the Shooting Information Display indicating that the Self-timer is on.

Another method to turn the self-timer on is press the Quick settings display button, move the highlight to Release Mode, press OK on the Multi selector button, and select the Self-timer icon.

Press the Shutter-release button half way to focus the subject, then press it all the way down to start the self-timer.¬† You’ll hear a high-pitched beeping sound, then you’ll hear beeps in rapid succession before the camera shoots a picture.

On the camera’s front view you’ll see the blinking self-timer lamp on the left.¬† The self-timer lamp will stop blinking and will stay lit for about two seconds before the camera shoots the picture.

Note that after your camera shoots the picture, the Release Mode will default back to the Single frame release mode.  The Single frame icon will display on the Shooting Information Display.

This post as been updated. It was initially written about five years ago. I added a new photo and revised parts of it to fit the present, and so that you may be able to read it better.

Brewing my coffee takes about 15 minutes of my time.

The following is what you will need to quickly brew your coffee

Krups and Bodum

Coffee grinder and French press.

A two-tablespoon scoop

16 ounce coffee tumbler

A dash or two of ground cinnamon (optional)

A tablespoon of evaporated or powdered milk (optional)

An electric coffee grinder

Filtered water

34 ounce french press coffee maker

Gas stove

Kitchen timer

Long-handled wooden spoon

Oven mitts

Small basting brush

Stove top kettle

Whole coffee beans

The coffee-brewing process

Fill the coffee tumbler with filtered water to about half an inch from the top.¬† Pour this water into the stove top kettle.¬† Cover stove top kettle and place it on the gas stove.¬† Turn gas stove on and heat the water until you “hear” the water about to boil.¬† Tip:¬† It’s the moment before the kettle is about to blow out its shrill sound indicating that the water inside it is boiling.

While the water is heating, grind the coffee.¬† Using the two-tablespoon scoop, add the coffee beans into the electric coffee grinder.¬† Cover the coffee grinder, plug it in.¬† Grind the coffee until it’s as fine as you want it.¬† About five seconds on the first grind, then about three seconds on the second and third grind.¬† I like to grind the beans until I no longer hear them bumping around in the grinder.

Transfer the ground coffee into the french press.  Use a clean small basting brush to move the residual ground coffee into the french press.  During your coffee grinding process, be aware of your water heating in the kettle.  When you hear the water about to boil, turn the stove off.

Once all the ground coffee is transferred into the french press, set your timer for five or six minutes or to your preferred time you like your ground coffee to brew.¬† Put on your oven mitts to protect your hands from accidental burn.¬† Pour the hot water carefully into the french press.¬† Put the now empty hot kettle back on the gas stove.¬† Take off your oven mitts.¬† Take your long-handled wooden spoon and stir the coffee solution slowly for about ten seconds using the wooden spoon’s long handle.¬† Set the wooden spoon aside.

Cover the french press with its top with the filter raised a level above the coffee solution.  At this point, the filter should not touch the liquid.  I like to rotate the french press top so that the slits face the handle and the french press is completely closed keeping the steam contained while the coffee brews.

While your coffee is brewing, add a dash of cinnamon into the coffee tumbler.¬† The last step is optional if you don’t usually use cinnamon to spice up your coffee.

When the timer goes off, it’s time to pour your coffee into your tumbler.¬† Rotate the french press top so that the slits now face the glass spout.¬† Slowly press the filter all the way down until it stops.¬† Pour all the coffee into the tumbler to the last remaining drop.¬† Add milk to suit.¬† Cover your tumbler.¬† Enjoy!

What happens after I’ve consumed my coffee

This is what you will need to wash your french press and your tumbler:

Clean bottle brush

Hot tap water

The washing process:

I always manually wash my coffee tumbler and french press.¬† Why?¬† To protect them from the crazy dish washer (even though the products are dishwasher safe), and I don’t like to wash my coffee tumbler and french press with dish soap.¬† I got this really neat tip from a friend of mine:¬† don’t use dish soap to wash your tumbler and french press because the soap residue tends to add a soapy taste to your next coffee brew.¬† Manual washing without dish soap cleans, while leaving the coffee taste on these containers, and ensures a better tasting coffee the next time you brew.

Take apart your french press and tumbler.  Remove your used ground coffee.  Using hot water and a clean bottle brush, wash, brush and rinse thoroughly.  Dry the french press and tumbler using a clean towel or lay these on the dish rack to dry.

Noshing a cold whole crisp red nectarine is pleasing. ¬†I would like to share some facts I’ve read about this fruit.

The Nectarine

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The Nectarine

The word ‘nectarine’ means sweet as nectar. ¬†Nectarines belong to the same species as peaches and have smooth skin. ¬†The nectarine is closely related to the peach. ¬†It’s sweeter than the peach and the¬†fruit¬†has yellow or whitish flesh.

Nectarines, cultivated in ancient Persia, Greece and Rome, probably originated in China over 2,000 years ago. They were grown in Great Britain in the late 16th or early 17th centuries, and the Spanish introduced this fruit to America.  California is the largest producer of nectarines.

Nectarines are available from January through September.

Nutrition Facts

A raw nectarine’s fruit size is small, medium, large. Listed below are the approximate sizes and weights:

  • small
    • 2-1/3″ in diameter, 129 grams
  • medium
    • 2-1/2″ in diameter, 142 grams
  • large
    • 2-3/4″ in diameter, 156 grams

For purposes of this article, I will refer to the medium fruit size for the data below.

It has the following proximates in grams (g):

Water 124.38 g

Protein 1.51 g

Total Lipid (fat) 0.45 g

Carbohydrate 14.98 g

Dietary Fiber 2.4 g

Sugars 11.20 g

The minerals found in the plum in milligrams (mg) are:

Calcium 9.0 mg

Iron 0.40 mg

Magnesium 13.0 mg

Phosphorous 37.0 mg

Potassium 285.0 mg

Sodium 0.00 mg

Zinc 0.24 mg

The plum has the following vitamins as specified in milligrams (mg), micrograms (mcg), and IU (Equivalencies of retinoids and carotenoids):

Vitamin C 7.7 mg

Thiamin .048 mg

Riboflavin .038 mg

Niacin 1.598 mg

Vitamin B6 .036 mg

Folate 7.0 mcg DFE (microgram Dietary Folate Equivalent)

Vitamin B12 0.00 mcg

Vitamin A RAE (Retinol Activity Equivalents) 24.0 mcg

Vitamin A IU 471 IU

Vitamin E 1.09 mg

Vitamin D 0.00 mcg and 0 IU

Vitamin K 3.1 mcg

The plum has the following lipids (fats) in grams (g) and milligrams (mg):

Fatty acids saturated .036 g

Fatty acids monounsaturated .125 g

Fatty acids polyunsaturated .160 grams

Cholesterol 0.00 mg

And, there is no Caffeine 0.00 mg in nectarines.

Reference:

National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference Release 24, USDA Agricultural Research Service, National Agricultural Library

Peach, Wikipedia

Produce Oasis

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A bowl of cold washed raw plums is refreshing and nutritious to eat on a warm Summer day.¬† I would like to share some facts I’ve read about this fruit.

The Plum

Nutritious Plums

Nutritious Plums

A plum is a fleshy fruit with a stone pit.¬† The mature fruit may have a dusty white coating, known as the “wax bloom.”¬† One can easily rub and/or wash off the wax bloom from the fruit.

The plum’s thick skin covers its juicy pulp.¬† It tastes sweet and/or tart.¬†¬† It’s juicy and one can eat the fruit in its fresh state or use it in jam-making or other recipes.¬† One can also ferment the plum’s juice so that it turns into plum wine.¬† In central England, a cider-like alcoholic beverage made from plums is known as plum jerkum.

The plum or gage in the genus Prunus is from the rose family.  The Prunus and its ancestor fruit originated in the Caucasus Mountains near the Caspian Sea.

Plums are available year round.

Nutrition Facts

One serving of raw plum is a fruit size approximately 2-1/8″ in diameter and weighs about 66 grams.¬† The plum is quite nutritious.

It has the following proximates in grams (g):

Water 57.57 g

Protein 0.46 g

Total Lipid (fat) 0.18 g

Carbohydrate 7.54 g

Dietary Fiber 0.9 g

Sugars 6.55 g

The minerals found in the plum in milligrams (mg) are:

Calcium 4.0 mg

Iron 0.11 mg

Magnesium 5.0 mg

Phosphorous 11.0 mg

Potassium 104.0 mg

Sodium 0.00 mg

Zinc 0.07 mg

The plum has the following vitamins as specified in milligrams (mg), micrograms (mcg), and IU (Equivalencies of retinoids and carotenoids):

Vitamin C 6.3 mg

Thiamin .018 mg

Riboflavin .017 mg

Niacin .275 mg

Vitamin B6 .019 mg

Folate 3.0 mcg DFE (microgram Dietary Folate Equivalent)

Vitamin B12 0.00 mcg

Vitamin A RAE (Retinol Activity Equivalents) 11.0 mcg

Vitamin A IU 228 IU

Vitamin E 0.17 mg

Vitamin D 0.00 mcg and 0 IU

Vitamin K 4.2 mcg

The plum has the following lipids (fats) in grams (g) and milligrams (mg):

Fatty acids saturated .011 g

Fatty acids monounsaturated .088 g

Fatty acids polyunsaturated .029 grams

Cholesterol 0.00 mg

And, there is no Caffeine 0.00 mg in plums.

Reference:

National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference Release 24, USDA Agricultural Research Service, National Agricultural Library

Plum, Wikipedia

I like my chicken breast baked just so where the outside part is crispy and the inside part is tender.¬† I prefer my vegetables heated until crisp tender.¬† I like to use well-known recognized food brands that I trust so I’ll mention them here.¬† You may substitute my favorite brands with your favorite choice.

The timed minutes in my instructions are not set in stone.  You may adjust your timed minutes according to your preference.

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Baked chicken breast with mixed vegetables.

What you will need

Four to six pieces of Tyson Breaded Chicken Breast Tenderloins

A bag of Bybee Foods Organic Mixed Vegetables with Shelled Edamame

One baking pan large enough to hold four to six pieces of chicken breast

A sheet of aluminum foil to fully cover the large baking pan’s top

Two to three tablespoons of Trader Joe’s Organic Olive Oil Extra Virgin Cold Pressed

A one-quart saucepan

A gas stove

A quarter cup of filtered water

A large spoon

A large fork

A stainless steel turner

A pair of oven mitts

Danish Creamery butter

A dash of Morton’s iodized sea salt

A dash McCormick ground black pepper

A kitchen timer

The baking/cooking process

Time the baking and cooking process so that the chicken breast tenderloins and mixed vegetables are ready to serve at the same time.

Chicken

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.  Cover the top of your large baking pan fully with a sheet of aluminum foil.  Coat the top of the foil with two to three tablespoons of olive oil.  Lay four to six pieces of chicken breast tenderloins, evenly spaced out, on the foil.

After the oven heats to the set temperature, place your large baking pan of chicken breast tenderloins in the oven.  Close the oven.  Set the kitchen timer for twelve minutes.

After twelve minutes, turn the chicken breast tenderloins over using your large fork and turner.  Close the oven.  Set the timer again for twelve minutes.

After twelve minutes is up, turn the chicken breast tenderloins over.  You will notice that the chicken breast tenderloins now have a light golden brown color.  Close the oven.  Set the timer for eight minutes.  After eight minutes is up, turn the chicken breast tenderloins over.  Leave the large pan of chicken breast tenderloins in the oven.  Close the oven.  Turn the oven off.  Set the timer for another 15 minutes.  After 15 minutes, the chicken breast tenderloins are ready to serve.

Mixed Vegetables

Fill your one-quart saucepan with one-fourth cup filtered water then fill it to about one half-inch from the top with frozen mixed vegetables.  Cover the saucepan, place this on the gas stove and turn the burner on to medium low heat.  Heat for five minutes.  After five minutes uncover and mix the vegetables using your large spoon breaking them apart.  Cover.  Heat the mixed vegetables for another five minutes.  After five minutes uncover and mix the vegetables again.  Lower the burner heat down to low.  Cover saucepan.  Heat the vegetables in low heat for another five minutes.  Uncover and mix the vegetables around.  Turn the burner off.  Cover the saucepan.  Serve the vegetables together with the chicken.  Garnish the vegetables with butter, salt, pepper as desired.