That’s A Wrap for the May Bee (And Why Drinking Coffee Cuts Your Risk of Dying!)


I came into the May Bee challenge feeling energized and excited about the opportunity to blog every day most days in May. I had felt like I had been slacking on my posts, letting other things edge out my time spent at the computer writing. So I really relished the idea of doing this challenge. And I’m so glad I did! Not only did I learn a lot about the topics I’m interested in, but I also got to share that love with you. So, thanks for coming along on the ride. Maybe I’ll do it again next year.

For my last May Bee post, I want to talk about one of my favorite things in the world — a cup of coffee. If you know me at all you know I relish my coffee with gusto. So I was excited to read this article in The New York Times about how drinking coffee seems to reduce your overall risk of dying. Yay for no dying! As the article states “Coffee drinking was linked to a reduced risk of death from heart disease, stroke, diabetes, neurological diseases and suicide, although not from cancer.” I don’t need any health reasons to drink my two to three cups of coffee a day, but I’m glad to know I don’t have to feel guilty about my habit.

And with that, I bid a fond farewell to May 2017 as I welcome what I hope to be a really fabulous summer for me, and for you. Maybe it’ll be the best one yet.

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Maybe You Can Grow Your Own Scallions Super Easily

Maybe I will keep this post to the bare minimum today. 

Did you know you can plant the root end of a scallion with the roots facing down and a new scallion will grow? For real. 

It’s planting season in Minnesota, and I decided this year I’m not attempting to grow vegetables. Because let’s face it: I kill them all or the bunnies do and so either way it’s a total bust. I have a black thumb. But I WILL be planting the ends of my store bought scallions and maybe a few herbs and call it a day. I feel 100 lbs lighter just making that decision. Maybe I will do something amazing with all that free time. 

Happy Wednesday! 

Maybe I Need To Make Rosa Parks’ Peanut Butter Pancakes

Maybe this will be my favorite blog post of May.

Not that long ago a treasure trove of mementos belonging to Rosa Parks was revealed to the public. Letters from Martin Luther King Jr., slips of paper, recipes written on bank envelopes, volunteer lists.

Back in the 1990’s I had the honor to be part of a team to greet Rosa Parks at the airport in Phoenix when she came to speak about the importance of instituting MLK Day. At the time, Arizona was one of the last holdouts in the nation. I remember she arrived in a wheelchair, and while no photo exists of me and and her together, the moment is seared into my brain. I’m lucky that as a teenager I realized how special that moment was. UPDATE: I went on and found a photo of the moment. I’m somewhere in the periphery.

Rosa Parks Phoenix

As a person who loves to cook and try new recipes, I was ecstatic to see her handwritten recipe (on the back of an envelope, even) for “Featherlite Pancakes“. It reminded me so much of my grandma’s recipes, handwritten on worn scraps of paper. The secret ingredient: 1/3 cup peanut butter. The people of The Salt on NPR made the pancakes with Ms. Parks’ nieces and I can only say I wish I was in that room, too. I highly recommend reading the article to learn more about why peanuts were so important to African Americans in the south.

I will be making these pancakes and telling my daughter the story (maybe not for the first time) about the time I got to meet Rosa Parks .

Maybe I Found A One Pot Meal I Love

Maybe sometimes I just don’t want to wash a lot of dishes or wipe up a bunch of splatters on the stove. For those nights I want simplicity, I love one pot suppers. Good ones are hard to find. 

Years ago we visited a friend’s parents in the south and they made us a simple Low Country Boil. Since it’s May Bee I didn’t do any research on what a “real” Low Country Boil entails. I found this recipe in Real Simple Magazine and it sounded just like what we had all those years ago. 

I made it last night and it was really good! A little spicy for the 12 year old but she still enjoyed it. Give it a try, maybe. Click here for the recipe. Doesn’t it look delicious!? That yellow platter really makes everything look yellow. Weird. 

Maybe this blogging every day thing will be a breeze!