Wednesday, January 30

I'd Be Golden Come be Golden With Me!


I'd Be Golden Come be Golden With Me!, 2013, lifestyle, life, coffee, work, job, career, San Diego, New York, San Francisco, success, writing, write, creative, ideas,




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BeckyCharms

Good Boy Dummberry Woof Woof

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Good Boy, Dummberry!  Dummberry has been spotted as Pluto {Disney}.. I bet Mickey's looking for him.  Rascal. 

+Sharpie art.. it's so fun!

I'm not worried about it being perfect, or the lines not matching up.  I can always take the time to redraw it.. the fun part about these is their impromptu nature and spontaneity.  I don't overthink it.  This means you don't have to either, if you like to create.  Just do what makes you happy.  Wayne White says it's creating beauty.. create your beauty!

Faith & Fruition,
BeckyCharms

Dummberry is Such a Goof, Garsh


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Dummberry's getting silly with his newest disguise.. Goofy!  Well, Garschk!!

Share a smile and send this to your biggest Disney-lover friend!

{I'm so happy to finally use my +Sharpie markers, and not just sit and stare at them!}

If this made you smile, please leave a comment!  {-smile-}

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Dummberry and Two Sweetheart Mice It's a Small World



Dummberry and Two Sweetheart Mice It's a Small World, 2013, dummberry, beckycharms, art, arte, Disney, Disneyland, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, cartoon, illustration,

Dummberry and Two Sweetheart Mice It's a Small World, 2013, dummberry, beckycharms, art, arte, Disney, Disneyland, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, cartoon, illustration,

Dummberry and Two Sweetheart Mice It's a Small World

Dummberry does Disney right by starting with the classic originals!

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Dummberry in Disguise as Twin Chipmunks Causing Shenanigans

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We are Disney fanatics, Annual Passholders, and seem to buy trinkets and treasures every time we experience a trip to the Magic Kingdom.  Apparently, dummberry loves these two little rascals.  Good one, dummberry, good one!
 
These dummberry drawing/colorings are all Original Works by me, BeckyCharms {BeckyGomez} from San Diego, currently created with my favorite marker of choice: +Sharpie
Follow dummberry's snail trail . .. .. . . .. . .. . . 
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I can't wait to see who he dresses up like next, can you?


I hope this cheers you up and makes you smile!



Thanks..xo {-smile-}

Faith & Fruition,
BeckyCharms

Tuesday, January 29

Dummberry Went That Way, Who Did, Did What, What Rabbit?

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Dummberry Went That Way, Who Did, Did What, What Rabbit?

Dummberry has been found in yet another disguise.  This time he has hidden himself, appearing here and there when he feels fit, as the Cheshire Cat.  You've seen the Cheshire Cat in Alice In Wonderland.. he's a funny fella, that dummberry, but watch out!  With his newest disguise he'll trick the pants right off of you!

These dummberry drawing/colorings are all Original Works by me, BeckyCharms {BeckyGomez} from San Diego, currently created with my favorite marker of choice: +Sharpie !

Follow dummberry and his adventurous shenanigans with the searchable hashtags:

  • #dummberry 
  • #dummberrythesnail
  • #dummberryindisguise
To read more about dummberry the snail, please visit his About.Me page http://about.me/dummberry.

Faith & Fruition,
BeckyCharms


Sunday, January 27

Dummberry is a Hoot like Maria Palito's Owl

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Dummberry as Maria Palito Owl

I overheard some Hoot Hoot's coming from dummberry's dressing room.. look at him!  He looks just like Maria Palito's owl.. 



Check out her website.. it's absol-HOOT-ly adorable!

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  • #dummberry 
  • #dummberrythesnail
  • #dummberryindisguise
To read more about dummberry the snail, please visit his About.Me page http://about.me/dummberry.

Faith & Fruition,
BeckyCharms

Dummberry Oh Boy Oh Boy Oh Boy Aww Phooey

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Dummberry Oh Boy Oh Boy Oh Boy Aww Phooey

"Quack Quack" says dummberry.  Looks like dummberry has a bad case of Disney fever!  He almost fooled me, but I could see him behind that duck bill.  
Follow dummberry's snail trail . .. .. . . .. . .. . . 
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DummbeDummbeDummberry The Snail

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DummbeDummbeDummberry The Snail

WHOA!  I didn't know snails could change so fast.. but dummberry has done it again.  This time he's gone Japanese Kawaii, dressed as KeroKeroKeroppi.  

He has two versions.  One green, one without.

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Awww, he's so handsome, don't you think?  He's a frog, no, a snail, no a frog.. oh, this diguise is GOOD!

Follow dummberry on his snail trail. . .. . .. .. . . . .. .. . .. .

Use the following hashtags to find him:
  • #dummberry
  • #dummberrythesnail
  • #dummberryindisguise

Remember this is original artwork by me, so feel free to share, but cite the source {and send me links/backlinks if you think about it so I can check out your posts and blogs!}

Faith & Fruition,
BeckyCharms

Dummberry Lives in a Pineapple Under The Sea

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Dummberry Lives in a Pineapple Under The Sea

 Well isn't dummberry looking adorable with his new disguise?  Here he is, dummberry as (SpongeBob).  He's so cute and funny.  

What do you think?  It's a quick draft that I literally just drew/sketched.. so obviously lines aren't one hundred percent perfect, but with all these ideas racing inside my mind, I just had to get him down on paper!

These dummberry drawing/colorings are all Original Works by me, BeckyCharms {BeckyGomez} from San Diego, currently created with my favorite marker of choice: +Sharpie

Follow dummberry's snail trail . .. .. . . .. . .. . . 

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I can't wait to see who he dresses up like next, can you?

Thanks..xo

Faith & Fruition,
BeckyCharms

Saturday, January 26

Dummberry Is A Lover, A Dreamer, Like Me



Dummberry Is A Lover, A Dreamer, Like Me as Kermit The Frog by BeckyCharms 2013, 2013, art, arte, beckycharms, cartoon, drawing, dummberry, illustration, lifestyle, Muppets, Kermit The Frog, San Diego, social, social media, twitter, vegan

Dummberry Is A Lover, A Dreamer, Like Me

Dummberry the snail has found another costume for today.. I wonder how he does that with his eyes.. Maybe he's wearing some of those fancy contacts!

Check him out, dummberry as Kermit The Frog.. he makes me smile, how about you?  He's looking at me, with those eyes.  Oh kermie.. er, I mean, dummie.  {-smile-}

Who knows?  Maybe one day he'll inch his way right into the Sunday funnies.. I always called them comics, or cartoons.  It was my favorite section of the newspaper.

I love sharing my imagination with you..grab a drink and a snack, and browse through past posts.  If you like something you see, share it!  Follow the fun and subscribe.

Don't miss what dummberry's doing next.. 

Best wishes, and..

Faith & Fruition,
BeckyCharms

Friday, January 25

Dummberry in Disguise Spotted Inching His Way Around


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Inspired from Twitter Profile Pic (nic adler)

 Dummberry in Disguise Spotted Inching His Way..

And as he saw me, he said "Ah, they're on my trail.. . .. . . .. . .. "

This time dummberry the snail has taken on the look of famed Nic Adler, owner of The Roxy {and that's just the beginning.}

Follow dummberry and his adventurous shenanigans with the searchable hashtags:

  • #dummberry 
  • #dummberrythesnail
  • #dummberryindisguise
To read more about dummberry the snail, please visit his About.Me page http://about.me/dummberry.

If you have a suggestion for dummberry's next disguise, I encourage you to leave a comment!


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Lessons Learned Time To Move On


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 These lessons learned in life provide us with clarity and the ability to accept truth and honesty.  Live a life of integrity.  No regrets.  Only lessons learned.  Lessons learned, now time to move on.

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The Beekman 1802 Mercantile {UN}Intentional Misleading Information

The Beekman 1802 Mercantile {UN}Intentional Misleading Information, 2013, beckycharms, Beekman 1802, business, ecommerce, Fabulous Beekman Boys, Farmer's Markets, farming, New York, small business, sustainable living, San Diego, writing, truth, honesty, integrity
Photo from Xfinity.


All I wanted was to support my 2 favorite farmers; their community, their vision, their mission, their llama, their Farmer John, the goats..and every living thing on the farm.  Have you seen them? 


Let me ask you, how do you feel when people lie to you?  Do you feel betrayed?  Do you feel..Judas' kiss, deception, dishonesty, double-crossing, double-dealing, duplicity, falseness, let-down, perfidy, sellout, treachery, treason, trickery, unfaithfulness, and perhaps the most prominent, sadness?

Did they do it intentionally?  Did they do it UNintentionally?  We many never know.

Sometimes people don't know they're lying.  Sometimes they don't know they're hurting anyone in the process.  That's understandable.  Once it's been made known, the decision to make amends and change is up to them.  

Here's a brief recap; in 2010, Planet Green aired the first episode of Season One of The Fabulous Beekman Boys.  Self-declared "Fabulous", the show was new, fresh, and whiney.  I became an insta-fan, spreading the word to every one I knew.  They had to watch the show.  I Tivo'd it, saving all the episodes to watch repeatedly.  I never tired of it.  I supported Josh and Brent's mission, their vision, and what they were trying to achieve; gain awareness and share the importance of farming, sustainable living, shopping Small businesses, and buying products "Made in the USA".  

Fast-forward to the present day.. to January 22, 2013.  I've had a few days to pray about this..

While browsing Twitter, and checking individual profiles, I noticed a retweet from The Beekman Boys 1802, so I replied;

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Everything was great.. I was just stating facts, that I had the Original tote, made in China.. then when they replied with "you need to upgrade to American-made", I agreed.  I like to buy American-made when I find something I like.  However, I shop and buy all kinds of items, from all over the world.  I have never stated that I ONLY buy American-made.

When the Beekman 1802 Boys reply with "everything with the exception mugs. Most everything is made within 20 miles of the farm", I was very content with the answer.  I liked their honesty, and in all fairness, I really wanted to know.  I asked my question, they answered my question.  I thought we were done.  I was surprised when I received another tweet.

The next tweet I received was from Beekman 1802 Boys, followed by one from DrBrent_:

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I obliged by answering the question referencing my sunglasses.  However, for all intents and purposes, it doesn't apply here.  It has no relevance.  I am questioning their company and about the origin of their products.  They're asking me about my sunglasses.  I'm not tricking anyone to buy my stuff by lying.  In case you didn't know what it's called when someone spits out falsities and untruths, it's called lying.  In the same manner, a lie by omission is still a lie. 

High-horse?  "You vote with your pocket book"?  Why are they getting so defensive?  Remember I was just asking a question.  It wasn't even a hard question, like one of those tough ones to answer.  At least, I didn't think it was.  Maybe it was difficult to answer publicly when their website states:

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In case you are unable to see the picture clearly, it states "..All Beekman 1802 goods are hand-crafted near Sharon Springs, NY, using only natural ingredients & quality materials..".  All?  All.  .. .. All?

Again I thought we were done with this nonsense.. NOPE!

The respectable Dr_Brent takes it up a notch, to a place that wasn't fit for Twitter.  I'm just glad that I didn't lash out, and I kept my composure.  I understand that when someone calls you out, you get defensive.  You get personal.  My questions had to do with business, his comment went personal.  Would you feel bullied by his pursuit?  His insistence and involvement in the defamation of my name, "BeckyCharms" and all that I stand for is a bit unnerving.  I don't mind you calling me out on anything, asking me questions, or whatever else.  

I still laugh because it's his and Josh's website that declares 'ALL' Beekman 1802 products are made near Sharon Springs, NY.  OKay.   

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Now now, DrBrent_, I like that you took the time to quote me.  Let the words ring true.  I respect your perspective.  After all, I like to look at things from many perspectives.  I even look at this entire scenario from your side.  But, it's not okay to trick your shoppers.  Tell them the truth.  They'll admire you more for it.  I know I would.  But there's no need to use your grandmomma's vocabulary and try to hurt my feelings; to attack. 

Here's what you accuse me of.. false advertising {#falseadvertising}:

"False advertising or deceptive advertising is the use of false or misleading statements in advertising. As advertising has the potential to persuade people into commercial transactions that they might otherwise avoid, many governments around the world use regulations to control false, deceptive or misleading advertising. "Truth" refers to essentially the same concept, that customers have the right to know what they are buying, and that all necessary information should be on the label.

Reference courtesy of: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/False_advertising"

You would be the doc on this one.  #listentothedoctor

And we, as consumers, customers, friends, family, fans, and supporters have the right to know the truth.  Please doctor, tell us the truth.  We can handle it.. and if we can't, let us judge for ourselves.

..."ALL"..

Well, all but my Original Beekman 1802 Canvas Tote.. all except for the mugs.  This led me to check my t-shirt.  I have one of the Limited Edition "BEEKMAN 1802 Polka Spot T-Shirt"s that my mom bought me for my 30th Birthday.  She also bought me 2 soaps and a handmade card.  The card wasn't in the package, so we wrote to them and they sent it out.  Then for Christmas last year I received their cookbook, the apron {the $83 dollar one}, a calendar, and the book bar.  It was so special.

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Well, here's mine..

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Whaaaaat?

BUT, the shirt is not made in the USA; not hand-crafted in Sharon Springs, NY, and that would have to be an extremely loose definition of "near" to qualify.

So I looked up Anvil Organic.. and their company looks great.  I would buy shirts from them.  I encourage you to look up their company too.  I encourage you to buy shirts from them.  Their mission sounds commendable and helps many people, including ourselves.  The point is that the shirts are from Anvil Organic, which aren't "hand-crafted near Sharon Springs, NY", nor are they 20 miles from the farm, and that would have to be an extremely loose definition of "near" in order to qualify.. and t-shirts aren't mugs, so it just seems like another secret the Beekman Boys are keeping.  I'm not into secrets, especially from companies, businesses, and brands that promote one thing, yet do another.  Ugh.  Inconsistencies.  Discrepancies.  Untruths.

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The Issue:  Our family shopped online from the Beekman 1802 Mercantile under the impression that ALL items came from Sharon Springs, NY.  We felt we were supporting the Beekman Boys and felt a part of their mission; to support local farms and their communities.  We felt duped when we discovered 2 of our items didn't even come from the USA.  {They're both nice.. just not what we thought we were getting.}

The Solution.. {You didn't think I'd forget a/the solution, did you?}

Change the wording on the home page of the Mercantile and for the Limited Edition Polka Spot T-shirt.  Stop claiming "ALL".  Omit that part if you must.  An apology is also in order, for the omission of the truth regarding the origin of our canvas tote and Polka Spot t-shirt, and for the personal attacks via Twitter.  Can't we all just get along? 

What you profess, we support.  What you claim, we support.  It's just time to align what you do with what you say.   

Consumers/Fans/Shoppers: If we don't tell companies how important this is to us, they'll never change, nor will they see how they're misleading their fans and supporters..US!.  We think we're supporting local Sharon Springs businesses when we're really buying more stuff that could just as easily have come from Walmart.

{I shop at Walmart.. but I've already explained this..}

I'd even still shop from Beekman 1802 Mercantile, save all my pennies to visit NY, and buy tickets to Harvest Festival.  My mom told me to square things up with the Beekman Boys.  It's been on our dream list for 2 years to save money for a trip to NY, with a visit to see The Beekman Boys.  Heck, I even have their Heirloom Cookbook, and now, so does my mom.       

I welcome your thoughts and comments regarding this dialogue..  Please leave them below. 

Here is the website for The Beekman Boys and The Beekman 1802 Mercantile

Since DrBrent_ posted "#falseadvertising", I prayerfully considered a reply.  Here it is:

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Looks like the Doc is still out.. let me know when #TheDocIsIn.

{ATTENTION: I am not perfect, I make mistakes, I have lied at some point in my life, and I will sin more in the future.. I am sorry for my sin, I will never be perfect. I'm trying to share the truth, and do good for others.  I'm doing my part to make this world a more honest place to live, a happier planet for all..by posting this, I am merely sharing my experience to teach you the importance of being informed.  There are lessons to be learned.  Ask more questions!  Never be afraid to ask your questions.  Be brave.  Tell the truth.  Remember who you are and what you stand for.}

It's so tough sad when your modern-day heroes are mortalized. 

Now, I feel I'm ready to delete the tweets previously posted.. I'll think about it, and Beekman Boys, I forgive you.

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Monday, January 21

We Eat Food We Need Food So Let's Celebrate



TOGETHER We The People For The People Will Declare "Cottage Food Day" by BeckyCharms, 2013, Cottage Food Law, National, USA, American, grassroots, movement, beckycharms, San Diego, SELC,
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We Eat Food We Need Food So Let's Celebrate!!

TOGETHER We The People For The People Will Declare Sept. 21"Cottage Food Day"!




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Saturday, January 19

InSTEALgram.. I'm Just Saying, That's What I Heard

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I heard they were changing their name to InSTEALgram.. InSTEALgram.. I'm Just Saying, That's What I Heard.. Do you use Instagram?  I thought it was super cool and easily integrated and shareable amongst apps and platforms.. until they changed their terms.. technically and legally speaking, they're not stealing because they force you to agree that they are free to take, edit, crop, and change {among other things} your photos.. at any time, any place, as many times as they want..

y/n?

What are your thoughts and feelings about the new terms and policy?  Do you still use the Instagram app?

Read the Instagram Legal Terms

Leave a comment below..

-BeckyCharms

Wednesday, January 9

You're About to Enter a Warp World

Like the days of Mario and Luigi, join the adventure and warp to a new world.  It's almost as awesome as collecting a 1-UP!!  LevelUp, anyone?

I dare you!  I double dare you!!  I triple dog dare you!!!


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Vanilla Bean Rice Pudding with Unsweetened Coconut Milk


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Hello! Vanilla Bean Rice Pudding.. made with unsweetened coconut milk resulted in a deliciously mildly sweet and essence of coconuty dreamy eat.  What, you've never heard of "coconuty"?  Pshh, whatever!  Not a word?  Well, it's a flavor!

I am so glad I ventured out of my comfort zone and into the world of coconut milk.  It was on sale this week at Sprouts, so I banked it as a sign.  It went into the cart and through the checkout.

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According to the original recipe from Trader Joe's, ..*GASP* I know, recipe from Trader Joe's and ingredients from Sprouts!  Oh my good gracious.  Well, ladies and gentlemen, times are changing.  It's time you oughta..too!  Anyway, back to what I was saying.. according to the original recipe for this Coconut Milk Rice Pudding, you are supposed to use vanilla coconut milk.  Well, these days I hardly ever do the things I oughta, except in the presence of my child, sooo, I used unsweetened coconut milk and added a teaspoon of Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Bean Paste!  {I use the best that I can afford to buy.. or can find!}  Oh yeah, and I had dark raisins instead of golden.  Get used to it.

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Stage 1: All ingredients go into the pot.  Soupy, ain't it?

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Stage 2: Little bubbles are ..bubbling up.!? errr, derrrr.. Not as soupy, noticing a change.

Vanilla Bean Rice Pudding with Unsweetened Coconut Milk, 2012, cooking, dessert, rice, January, beckycharms, Spanish, food, cinnamon, Winter,

Stage 3: The raisins are plumping up, just like we will after our 3rd serving of this yummy goodness.  Wait!  It's healthy, remember?  Go ahead and fuhgeddaboutit.  We all indulge and feel better when we think we're eating super fattening artery-clogging melted creamy loaded smashed anything! Don't lie.

Vanilla Bean Rice Pudding with Unsweetened Coconut Milk, 2012, cooking, dessert, rice, January, beckycharms, Spanish, food, cinnamon, Winter,

Stage 4: Thickened up and almost ready to eat.  Of course I've had a few little nibbles, just as a respectable chef would, and the flavor is developing quite nicely.  Did you have any doubt?  Nahhhh..

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Stage DONE: Ready to eat.. cool a bit, eat warm, or refrigerate for later.  I see vanilla bean flecks and cinnamon! 

Vanilla Bean Rice Pudding with Unsweetened Coconut Milk, 2012, cooking, dessert, rice, January, beckycharms, Spanish, food, cinnamon, Winter,

Hello, Tiny Baker!  Would you care for some Vanilla Bean Rice Pudding with Unsweetened Coconut Milk?  She says, "I don't think rice pudding is a lady-like food."  HAHAAHA, oh kids.  On second thought.. I think she changed her mind.  She LOVES to do that these days.

This recipe was a winner in her book, and in mine as well.. of course, I have a few changes from the original.. the first being the name!

Vanilla Bean Rice Pudding with Coconut Milk
adapted from Trader Joe's
  • 1/2 cup Jasmine White Rice
  • 2 cups Unsweetened Coconut Milk {I'm going to try 2 1/2 cups next time}
  • 1/2 cup SunMaid Raisins
  • 1 teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Bean Paste 
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of White Granulated Sugar {I added at about the last 10 minutes}
  • Optional: 1/2 teaspoon Fresh Lemon (rind) {I didn't have any, but next time I'd like to try}
In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine all ingredients. Over a low flame, cook the mixture, stirring frequently, for 30-40 minutes or until thickened and rice is cooked. Enjoy warm or chill overnight.
Serves: 4 {? I have no idea.. a bite here, a bite there..}
Cooking Time: 30 - 40 Minutes {I cooked mine for 25 min, then turned off heat, covered, and let sit for remaining 5 minutes.}

No dairy makes this vegetarian.. and vegan, doesn't it?  How about Gluten-Free?  From what I read, rice is gluten-free.. so for those with special dietary needs, this is an awesome recipe! 

Try it!  It's so easy to make.. and easy to adapt to other flavors.. I'm inspired to experiment..

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Monday, January 7

Rice Pudding with Coconut Milk Recipe from Trader Joe's


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Photo from Trader Joe's Rice Pudding with Coconut Milk

While grocery shopping for the typicals, the regulars, the good ol's, the what-I-buy-every-time-I-go-grocery-shopping staples, I picked up some coconut milk to give it a try.  I am not a vegetarian.  I am not a vegan.  I am not strictly raw.  I just wanted to try this coconut milk because it looked good, and I do like coconut.  Is it healthy?  Ehh, I don't know..

So then I got to thinking how yummy would it be in rice pudding, and apparently, it's good because there are endless recipes. 

I can't wait to try, and couldn't wait to share.. 

Recipe for Trader Joe's Coconut Milk Rice Pudding.

Have you tried this recipe?  One like it?  Do you love Rice Pudding?  Leave a comment and let me know how yours turns out!!

Faith and Fruition..
BeckyCharms

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