Tiktoks for fun Date & Dried Cherry Bread Treats

Some Date & Dried Cherry Bread Treats

@frank_mentorsf Some fall baking with dried cherry & date bread (no nuts). Follow #foodtoktv for the recipe. #fall #halloween #bearinthekitchen #bearsoftiktok ♬ I Put A Spell On You – The Ghost Doctors

 

@foodtoktv Date – Cherry bread by @frank_mentorsf is a delicious fall treat!! #dates #datebread #foodtoktv #LevisMusicProject #PINKHolidayRemix #TheHarderTheyFall ♬ Surf music that feels summer – SKUNK

A overdo update

Had some great time fiddling around with some projects while spending time in Provincetown this fall. Been years since I had spent the October and November months waterside. Even managed to knock out a few TikTok recipes for our new collaborative project FoodTokTV.

One of my favs was a way to create a “faux focaccia” bread but using Bisquick as a stand-in for traditional dough. And some gift-making with Date & Dried Cherry mini loaves. Which ended up perfect snacking food as we got hit with a “nor-easter” which knocked out power for a day.

Then, of course, Halloween in Ptown is always a blast which prompted me to do up an adult version of “pigs in a blanket” which I served up on my new hand-painted plate set from Sam of https://artisticmermenprovincetown.com. I even managed to support Breast cancer awareness week with some pink caramel pretzels.

Best of all was my daily walks along the beach looking for treasures.

and the Tiktoks continue!

Yeah Yeah, I know.. What is he doing on TikTok? Well, it’s a great pastime, gives me a mental break and in the process, I have met some great folks. For instance the @FoodTokTV collaborative  I posted about earlier. These are all new people making my day brighter.

Other than that it’s business as usual. got to do a second guest spot on the podcast for the HPP Journal which was a lot of fun. That went live this week. Next week, I head back to Ptown for a spell to work on a project and enjoy some fall weather.


Got the house decorated for  Fall and Halloween ( yup.. early I know…. but what the hell)

Oh those Friday nights

It’s been a really busy few weeks and before I knew it it was Friday again and I had forgotten to post this!

So with my regular work being busy, and then having a great opportunity to jump on an Amazon live with one of my favorite TikTok food personalities, CookitErica for first Amazon Live (Erica goes live weekly by the way). You can get the details here for Erica’s Amazon space or follow her amazing Tiktoks as CookItErica

It was equally fun to get invited after for a zoom debrief call with Erica and some great new creator pals, Caz and Katie, and next thing you know it was 6 PM.

So what to come up with when you haven’t gone to the grocery store well last Friday night  I went with pasta

The full recipe is posted on the Pepper App, but essentially this was what I had in the refrigerator sauteed up until warm and tossed with pasta.

Last night I did a similar mash-up; but used all the grilled flank steak from the night before, along with the roasted veggies, and added some broccoli to make a loosely inspired Beef & Broccoli dish with a soy, ginger, and brown sugar sauce. 

 

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When everyone is hungry, but no time to shop. Get creative with leftovers. Dice and saute them up, make a quick sauce and dinner! #leftover #notime

♬ Mission Impossible (Main Theme) – Favorite Movie Songs

 

 

Stay agile and think beyond the borders we create for ourselves.

These days to stay successful requires the ability to stay agile and think beyond the borders we create for ourselves. Sometimes it means trying something new or even putting ourselves in different environments. For me, I started to say yes to more guest invitations on podcasts, even those outside my traditional genre. It not only exposes me to new ideas and audiences. I generally walk away inspired by the process of the conversation and with a germ of a nugget of a new idea to explore.

This is a recent guest spot on The HPP Podcast, the podcast for The Health Promotion and Practice Journal from Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE)
 
Title: Ep. 33 Exploring A Career in Health Promotion: What HPP Editorial Board Members are Up To with Frank Strona
 
Description: In this episode, The HPP Podcast host, Arden Castle is in conversation with Frank Strona, Editorial Board member for The Health Promotion Practice Journal. Frank talks about his 35+ years of experience in the sexual health field and his transition to the national response for COVID. He reminds us that it is never too late to go back to school and to challenge ourselves with new opportunities. He ends the episode by reflecting on HPP’s supplemental issues, the diversity of the HPP Editorial Board, and the excitement that this work bring
 
 

 

My month for guest podcasts!

First I guested with the great group from The Bear Element Podcast on Youtube
🐻 EP 56 | Delta “V” and Men’s Health! | Guest: Frank Strona! 


Then this week I was just a guest on The HPP Podcast, the podcast for The Health Promotion and Practice Journal from Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE)
 
Title: Ep. 33 Exploring A Career in Health Promotion: What HPP Editorial Board Members are Up To with Frank Strona
 
Description: In this episode, The HPP Podcast host, Arden Castle is in conversation with Frank Strona, Editorial Board member for The Health Promotion Practice Journal. Frank talks about his 35+ years of experience in the sexual health field and his transition to the national response for COVID. He reminds us that it is never too late to go back to school and to challenge ourselves with new opportunities. He ends the episode by reflecting on HPP’s supplemental issues, the diversity of the HPP Editorial Board, and the excitement that this work bring
 
 

Another Wed treat day…

Someone asked for keto friendly and full sugar treats for a “thing” Wed.

My goto Lemon Bliss cake (waiting patiently for it’s final glaze) should fit for the sugar group.

The two keto friendly cookies should cover the rest. One laced with orange for a added freshness.

Another one for my “Dorian Gray Collection” here at home. ❤️❤️

One of my favorite things to be gifted with personally creative expressions from friends.

I am not talking “art” in the sense that it has to perfectly executed (although thats never a bad thing to get either and I have many professional artist friends whose work I love 😉).

But rather, art that reflects the creators unique imagination, personality, growth, spirit, feelings and emerging style. I have kept all of them over the last 30 years and always smile when each new one arrives.

Keep in mind, I define art widely, as any expressive form someone puts energy into. From handmade holiday and bday cards to sketches, music “tapes”, movies, jewelry and paintings etc.

This week, just when I needed a smile during a rough one , Mike sent me this sketch. Which is framed and up already!

Thank you Mike for thinking of me! Another one for my “Dorian Gray Collection” here at home. ❤️❤️