Friday, February 28, 2020

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Travel Travel Little Mouse

Just read this article from Dumb Little Man Tips for Life - one of my favorites and, I assure you, NOT DUMB!

Backpackers vs. Glampackers: What Kind of Traveler Are You?


It was a good read and reminded me of my constant dilemma - deciding whether or not I am a Country Mouse or a City Mouse! 

You may remember this Aesop fable from your childhood. I am not sure why, but I think of it often as I travel for both work and pleasure. 

Country Mouse City Mouse reviews the lives of two cousins living two very different lives, one in the city and one in the country. Each feels the other's life is so much better, but after switching places, find each has its pros and cons!



Living in rural Delaware as I do, I love going to DC, Philly, Atlantic City, and Baltimore on a pretty regular basis - I often brag that I am two hours from anywhere and it is pretty much true. It is often nice to go to the city and have access to shopping and restaurants we may not have at home and especially nice to RETURN HOME! 

Last week I had an especially aggravating time with traveling to DC and then Crystal City. There was so much construction and traffic; it was raining on top of it all. I got home and declared. Ok, I am done wondering: I AM A COUNTRY MOUSE!

But, this week I am back to wondering. I guess I will always be a bit of each. When we do travel, we will often camp at a state park in a tent or a cabin. But, we can be found other times spending an inordinate amount of money to have a room with a view of the Canadian Falls or a shot of excellent bourbon we can't find in our local stores. 

The bottom line - it's good to have choices!  Traveling exposes you to people, food, and places you would not otherwise know about any other way. Appreciate where you are and plan where you will go. I know that is what I will do! 

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Mary Sherwood, MS, CDMS, CCM
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Professional, Rehab, & Occupational Services, LLC
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Friday, February 7, 2020

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Professional, Rehab, & Occupational Services, LLC
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Best quick fry pork chops

Ok, I have to admit that when I was at the salon recently, my stylist informed me she didn't know I was so "bougie." This after a conversation about our coffee making exploits and my pontificating about the best coffee we can buy locally (Indian River Gourmet Coffee - available online!) and there being no more Deer Park 5 gallon bottles at the Safeway.

Bougie. Humph!  Short for bour·geois (/bo͝orˈZHwä,ˈbo͝orZHwä/)
According to Google: An adjective
  1. "of or characteristic of the middle class, typically with reference to its perceived materialistic values or conventional attitudes.
    "a rich, bored, bourgeois family""

A compliment, she assured me! I guess it is true - Jim and I have certain brands and minimum standards for a number of things (I more than him I'm afraid!):

Coffee - Indian River if possible, if not then Notting HiIl Coffee in Lewes or Starbucks 
Water - Fiji for small bottles (I try not to for the environment!) and Deer Park for the 5 gallon
Eggs - only Twin Post Farm
Pork - only Elysium Farm
Ziploc - only name brand
Rubbermaid - only name brand
Reynolds wrap - only name brand AND heavy duty wide
Beer - craft IPA, actually there is a pretty healthy list of these! 
Here is where my bourgeois really shines!:
Wine - Bota Box Chardonnay at home, regardless - three ice cubes! 
Chicken - only Perdue bought here in Delaware - elsewhere it tastes "old"
Apple - I drank the "kool-aid"
Staples for office supplies
Food shopping - Lewes Farmers Market Lloyd's Market, and Fresh Market, especially for produce or meat
American, local, thrifted anything if possible! 

I guess that gives you enough of an idea of what Michelle at Coastal Salon is privy to! There may be even more of a list of I would never buy/eat/own, now that I think about it!

We have a small cadre of farmers that meet up here in Lewes on the offseason every other week:


It is a real treat to see these farmers all year-round and get good, well cared for and nourished foods! 

Often we get into trading recipes and talking about odd cuts of meet with Bob, from Elysium Farm - last week we gave him a recipe for Pepper Pot Stew that we most often use turkey in, but thought he might use, oh I don't know, pork? He sold us some quick fry pork chops in return. These chops are quick to fry up and you can almost tell the hogs have been raised by people who hug and pet them! Really, they have pictures on their table:


I decided to use the dutch oven to saute the onions to flavor the pork - as if they didn't have enough! I removed them to add to the sauteed cabbage. Meanwhile, I had some beautiful golden beets roasting in the toaster oven - first whole after rubbing with olive oil, salt, and pepper, then quartered.


Four came in the pack, but I sauteed two at a time.  I found it worked best to put the fatty side in the center and to turn the pan around after about two minutes, since I have an electric stove. It only takes about 4 minutes to brown the first side and that or less for the other. 

When done, I covered them with Reynolds wrap and let it sit in the oven while I sauteed the cabbage, added back the onions and flipped around the beets! Don't forget the salt and pepper - that reminds me, we use Himalayan Pink Sea Salt, which might actually be good for you.


I decided to put some color on the cut sides of the golden beets - they are my favorite vegetable!


I served the chops on the sauteed cabbage and onions, with the beets to the side. I almost toasted some homemade sourdough bread - I only use http://sourdoughbreads.com/ - her products and methods are less fussy and tastier than others I have tried! In the interest of saving carbs and unsure we could fit it in any way, I held off on the bread. 


You know, I am ok being "bougie." Try it - you'll like it! 

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Mary Sherwood, MS, CDMS, CCM
lifeworks@mail.com
Professional, Rehab, & Occupational Services, LLC
http://www.life-works.info
http://www.injuredworkerhelpdesk.com
https://www.linkedin.com/in/marysevinsky
Landline 302.644.1827 | Mobile: 410.444.1989 | Skype Mary E. Sherwood

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Mary Sherwood, MS, CDMS, CCM, Occupational Consultant

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Home Post Holidays!

Well, the holidays flew by as quickly as always. An odd year this!  We decided to forego the drive to Baltimore to visit Jim's family for Christmas and having my dad over Christmas Eve, typically. Instead, we planned to smoke a young turkey we got from the Fresh Market for Christmas and have my dad over then. Unfortunately, he became ill and, not sure what to do we ate leftovers. 

You may remember that Christmas was in the middle of the week this time around - we both worked the days before and days after. Although Dad still wasn't feeling well, the turkey wasn't getting any younger, so we decided to make it after work....It did not go well!

The wind dampened the coals, but Jim was finally able to coax them to life and get things into shape. Sweet potatoes were rolled in oil, salt, and pepper, wrapped in foil and tossed in the coals. The turkey - positioned just right! With the Brussel sprouts ready to roast in the broiler with pistachio nuts and dried cranberries, it seemed we were in for a good meal!

NOT! The wind kept Jim at the weber checking and fussing and when I thought the larger-than-normal turkey was nearly done, I put in the sprouts. Nope, turkey not done. Maybe another half hour we guessed? Ok. I set an alarm and rewarmed the sprouts in the toaster oven (my go to for broiling!) accordingly. Meanwhile the poor sweet potatoes were still in the coals...

When we finally brought the turkey in and covered it with foil, the potatoes and Brussel sprouts we burnt. So sad! It was about 10:00 pm then. I tore off a leg, gnawed on it for a while, we looked sadly at each other, shook our heads, packed up the turkey, and went to bed.

Needless to say, I got creative with the turkey leftovers for the next couple of weeks! On the weekend I broke the turkey down, putting one breast in a Ziploc (only a real one will do!) in the fridge and the other in the freezer. The wings went right into my stock parts Ziploc in the freezer and the dark meat in a big Rubbermaid  (sorry - I do still call it Tupperware if it is any consolation!) in the fridge. 

I wanted to make a pot or Shepard's pie, but never did. We had the typical turkey sandwiches (once with avocado and another with bacon!) and turkey noodle soup. The most creative thing we had was turkey cacciatore. That was delicious and a really good use of the dark meat. 

Normally we have some sort of a trip, if only on the weekend, but we stayed close to home last month. I do a good bit of regional traveling for work, which gets me out seeing the sites and stopping here or there for a yummy meal or a varied shopping experience. 

When I see my patient in New Jersey, I always try to see if Agnes' Cafe has any mango (or if not, blueberry) muffins left - they are to die for!  In Cambridge, RAR Brewing has good food too! On Kent Narrows, the Fisherman's Inn has the best calamari - I am always tempted to drink the broth! Cult Classic is definitely worth checking out too, they often have a food truck. 

This is a typical week of traveling for work: 
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Mary Sherwood, MS, CDMS, CCM
lifeworks@mail.com
Professional, Rehab, & Occupational Services, LLC
http://www.life-works.info
http://www.injuredworkerhelpdesk.com
https://www.linkedin.com/in/marysevinsky
Landline 302.644.1827 | Mobile: 410.444.1989 | Skype Mary E. Sherwood

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Friday, November 1, 2019

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TOMORROW


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  • lifeworks@mail.com
  • Professional, Rehab, & Occupational Services, LLC
  • Landline 302.644.1827 | Mobile: 410.444.1989 | Skype Mary E. Sherwood
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Thursday, April 4, 2019

It's all about your state of mind!


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Monday, April 1, 2019

Happy April Fools Day!

I hope these tips help you and your loved one, but comment below to let me know!


What is your funniest April Fools Day prank? 
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Friday, March 29, 2019

Seniors may be challenged by eating alone

It can be a challenge to ensure your loved one is eating right - especially when living alone!

Seniors may not feel hungry and may lose track of time and meals. Not only that, it is darn hard to cook for one person and just not all that fun to eat alone.

I share single servings of meals with my dad several times a week, even though he does pretty good on his own right now. He has diabetes, so this makes him keep close track of what and when he eats.

Not everyone has this focus!

If you are worried that your loved one may not be eating well between visits, you may want to consider meal prepping with them. 

This is an activity you can do together that will ensure your senior is invested in eating, even when you aren't there!

1. Set a day and time to visit to plan out meals - it may help to have a list of favorites to rotate through so you have the food on hand.

2. Healthy is important, but simple is key to ensure that your senior will actually fix and eat the meals you plan. Don't make things too complicated!

3. Actually write down days, times, and what to eat to eat. Don't trust that just because the food is in there your dear one will fix and eat it.

4. Consider setting a reminder on a smart device to provide an alert that it is meal time. I love google home for this, but a smartphone works just as well.

5. When you talk on the phone, text, email, facetime, etc., don't forget to ask what they ate today and how it was. All the planning in the world isn't going to matter if what is planned doesn't work. Make adjustments as needed.

6. Don't fuss if they changed the times or days of meals because they didn't "feel like" this or that. Remember your senior is an adult - don't make the mistake of treating him or her as a child, even if they are regressing or have memory issues. The goal is to ensure they are eating regularly. If they are, great!

Some things to keep in the fridge that should work for almost everyone:

Frozen berries and already cut fresh fruit
Milk and juice
Parboiled potatoes, cooked rice, and cooked pasta
Spinach or lettuce, cherry tomatoes, baby carrots, and precut celery
Hummus, salsa, guacamole, Italian dressing
Whole roasted chicken cut into pieces and some sliced for sandwiches, cooked bacon, ham, and cheese

Some things to keep in the cupboard that should work for almost everyone:

Tuna - foil packages may be easier to open
Sardines
Crackers
White corn chips (non-GMO)
Pasta sauce
Good quality soup - pull tabs may be easier to open
Cereal
Good quality whole grain bread sliced

Here is a smoothie you can make ahead with your senior to drink for breakfast or a quick snack:

Fill a blender with spinach - you will need to add more after whirring the ingredients.

Add two bananas, a cup of frozen blueberries, 1/4 cup of peanut butter, a couple of squeezes of raw local honey and a tablespoon of turmeric.

Blend and add more spinach to the top.

Blend until smooth - there will be visible particles of the spinach and blueberries in the end.

Turmeric and honey are natural antibiotics and turmeric also helps with inflammation!

I hope these tips help you and your loved one, but comment below to let me know!


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Mary Sherwood, MS, CDMS, CCM
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