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X is for Xylitol and the X Factor!

Xylitol is a sugar alcohol sweetener used as a sugar substitute. Xylitol is a tooth friendly sugar and is roughly as sweet as sucrose with 33% fewer calories. Unlike other sweeteners, xylitol is actively beneficial for dental health, reducing caries to a third in regular use, and has been shown to reduce the incidence of acute middle ear infection. Xylitol also inhibits the growth of Streptococcus pneumoniae, as well as the attachment of Haemophilus influenzae on the nasopharyngeal cells.

Xylitol is a naturally occurring sugar alcohol sweetener used as a sugar substitute. Pure Xylitol is a white crystalline substance that looks and tastes like sugar. It is a naturally occurring 5-carbon sugar alcohol found in many fruits and vegetables. Xylitol is also produced naturally in our bodies from the foods we eat. Our bodies produce up to 15 grams of Xylitol from other food sources using established energy pathways. Xylitol is not a strange or artificial substance, but a normal part of everyday metabolism!

Here is Donna’s website that explains xylitol in more detail:

Xylotiol has the x factor in benefits…

X Factor; no not the show, but the extra [that’s it] factor/benefits.

The X Factor is that special something that is kinda unspoken and something that you just give off. Some say it’s an energy. Other’s say it’s the spirit/aura of God. I think all people give off an energy or a vibe and I think all other people can sense that.

It’s not like we are puppets but there are things you/I can do to control y/our energy. It’s the focusing on the negative or positive things in your life.

Some would say – Who wants to be around people who are negative, complain a lot, or have nothing good to say? In fact, many would run a mile when they see them coming.

Instead, be the kind of upbeat person who lights up a room with your energy when you enter it. Do it by looking for the best in people and things. Smile warmly, spread good cheer, and enliven others with your presence. Now I didn’t say it is easy but the more in tune with your own self and the creator I believe the easier it will become. I would like to say however that this does not negate the moments of serious conversation and exploring weighty situations.  We all must make time to talk things through with a confident or spouse.

I feel that a person with the X Factor is a person of integrity and values that he or she will never compromise. He or she is a great family man or woman who puts their family first and would protect them with their own life.

A person with the X Factor is really a champion in this world. Sometimes a silent strength other times vocal. A champion that can achieve a difficult goal or overcome challenging obstacles.
A champion is a person that gets up even when they can’t. How you say? With the strength of God the creator who gives all things liberally.

helping hand

A person with the X Factor gets involved and is a Great Samaritan. Living a life of passion and not mediocrity and many times a forthright individual.

X Factor compiles the comfort of being in one’s own skin, not haughty but know their positive portrayal is a result of time with the creator. They are humbled by the awareness of the awesomeness of God who loves them.

There is no definable yard stick, set of rules, to have and to hold list but it just is. One thing I do know; I want to have the x factor.

Photo byJoanne Hoyles-Keating

Photo by
Joanne Hoyles-Keating

Quotes to Ponder!

“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.” Leonardo da Vinci

 Whenever you’re in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening it. That factor is attitude. William James

“I believe He wants us to love others so much that we go to extremes to help them.” – Francis Chan,
Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God

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P is for Potato and Patience!

The potato is a starchy, tuberous crop from the perennial Solanum tuberosum of the Solanaceae family (also known as the nightshades). Potato Cultivars appear in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes

If you can get past the mumbo jumbo see how wonderful a potato really IS.

Humans can actually survive healthily on a diet of potatoes supplemented only with milk or butter, which contain the two vitamins not provided by potatoes (vitamins A and D). The potato contains vitamins and minerals, as well as an assortment of phytochemicals, such as carotenoids and natural phenols. Chlorogenic acid constitutes up to 90% of the potato tuber natural phenols. Others found in potatoes are 4-O-caffeoylquinic acid (crypto-chlorogenic acid), 5-O-caffeoylquinic (neo-chlorogenic acid), 3,4-dicaffeoylquinic and 3,5-dicaffeoylquinic acids.  A medium-size 150 g (5.3 oz) potato with the skin provides 27 mg of vitamin C (45% of the Daily Value (DV)), 620 mg of potassium (18% of DV), 0.2 mg vitamin B6 (10% of DV) and trace amounts of thiamin, riboflavin, folate, niacin, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, and zinc. The fiber content of a potato with skin (2 g) is equivalent to that of many whole grain breads, pastas, and cereals. Thanks wikipedia once again.

The potato is best known for its carbohydrate content.

I must say my favorite food item is potatoes.  I grew up in a town when most of my friends had a potato bed in the back of their garden. Potatoes have become the staple food since the 1800s in my homeland of Newfoundland and Labrador.


Potatoes are a relatively easy vegetable to grow and it doesn’t take a lot of patience to be successful.

Another word that is important Patience.

Patience or [forbearing] is the state of endurance under difficult circumstances, which can mean persevering/resolute in the face of delay or frustration without acting on annoyance/anger in a negative way; or exhibiting tolerance when under strain, especially when faced with longer-term difficulties. Patience is the level of endurance one can take before negativity. It is also used to refer to the character trait of being steadfast.

Being humble and gentle. Wow it is to Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.

What is that saying, “United We Stand – Divided We Fall!”

If ever there was a monument raised to honor the virtue of enduring patience, it is the grave marker of the late great British politician, philanthropist, and leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade, William Wilberforce (1759 – 1833), found in Westminster Abbey, in London, England – the English “Hall of Fame!” The brief inscription, below the pedestal of his statue, reads: “He removed from England the guilt of the African slave trade, and prepared the way for the abolition of slavery in every Colony of the Empire.”

Patience is not a desperate waiting in doubt; but, a hopeful waiting in confidence! I truly want to be able to act so.

I know that patience sometimes appears unattainable but it’s a virtue to aspire.  How wonderful to have patience. It is gracious, compassionate; and, with understanding, judges the faults of others without unjust criticism. It inclines oneself to bear up under weariness, strain, and persecution when doing things you ought to be doing for God and the community.

Sometimes to be patient in its purest sense we need to be aware of our surroundings, have a perspective of the bigger picture, use listening skills.

This is actually funny.

ILL: President Franklin D. Roosevelt got tired of smiling that big smile and saying the usual things at all those White House receptions. So, one evening he decided to find out whether anybody was paying attention to what he was saying.
As each person came up to him with extended hand, he flashed that big smile and said, “I murdered my grandmother this morning.” People would automatically respond with comments such as “How lovely!” or “Just continue with your great work!”
Nobody listened to what he was saying, except one foreign diplomat. When the president said, “I murdered my grandmother this morning,” the diplomat responded softly, “I’m sure she had it coming to her.

Patience is desperately needed but so difficult to attain because it’s in the rough stuff, bad stuff, turbulent stuff we learn patience.

How will we respond to the following:

  • How do you respond when someone does you a wrong?
  • How do you deal with delays or disappointment?
  • How do you respond when dealing with difficult circumstances?

I have to tell you this story.  Just recently I painted my first acrylic painting in about 20 years. I felt the need to start again.  It was to be a painting for my granddaughter’s second birthday.  She loves owls.  So I proceeded with my painting.  I was doing very well and it seemed there was magic in the brush.  When I began to paint flowers that were in my garden the brush just would not work.  I got a little frustrated and decided to calm myself [please God help me in patience here] look at the picture and let my fingers do its work with the brush without demanding it look a certain way.  Patience took over and I was pleasantly surprised.


Desiring to be a patient human being is demanding, hard work; of course goes against our humanity, goes against our fast past culture and against the wrong mindset that impatience gets the job done.  I still believe patient people gleans a great understanding of their surroundings which influence their perspective which in turn increases patience.

Some Amazing Quotes:

Patience is the ability to suffer a long time under the mistreatment of others without growing resentful or bitter. 

~  Jerry Bridges

Have patience with all things, but first of all with yourself 

~    Saint Francis de Sales

He that can have Patience, can have what he will.

~  Benjamin Franklin

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap,

if we do not give up

Teach us, O Lord, the disciplines of patience, for to wait is often harder than to work.

~  Peter Marshall


Here is a song on the Potato; please forgive my silliness.

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What can I say unless you are deathly allergic, nuts are great for you.

A nut is a fruit composed of a hard shell and a seed, where the hard-shelled fruit does not open to release the seed (indehiscent). A nut in botany is a simple dry fruit with one seed. Though some nuts are not true nuts in the botanical sense nevertheless is a nut in the culinary sense.

 My favorites are almonds, cashews, peanuts and brazel nuts. Nuts are linked to protection against coronary heart disease.

Many nuts have essential fatty acids are good sources of vitamins E and B2, and are rich in protein, folate, fiber, and essential minerals such as magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, and selenium. Thank you Wikipedia.


I went to a restaurant/bar/steakhouse type place with my hubby many years ago and I was appalled at the idea of seeing everyone around the bar eating from bowls and bowls of peanuts [that part wasn’t bad] and just throwing the shells on the floor. Of course the nuts are there so you could be so thirsty you are hollering for another drink. But the idea that it’s a good thing to throw the shells on the floor. What are we, pigs? 

Sorry if you think I am going to agree with this type of behavior in todays world just for people to unwind. No thank you.

It is a blooming Mess.  Oh well to each his own I guess.

Which brings me to the idea of being a neat individual.
Why shouldn’t we aspire to being neat. It actually saves time and energy to be neat.
Why let it build up.

NEAT! Yes it’s a 4 letter word but not a bad word. It is very good.

Neat means arranged well, uncluttered. Some would disagree but I would add clean also.

Simply get up; put things away; organize. A part of being neat is to clean. If you are opposed to traditional cleaners use vinegar and water; simple.  However there are lots of green products available.

I hope you like my list of ideas.
How to be neat and clean even with a busy schedule.  I know for some people with other complexities in their life it is challenging.

  • practice making your bed
  • organize and declutter and downsize
  • put things away after its use
  • leave a room better/nicer/tidier/cleaner than when you entered
  • recycle and put garbage in the trash
  • if you can’t wear it or use; give to goodwill
  • try not to be a clutter bug
  • wipe things down especially the bathroom and kitchen
  • always give your bathroom a quick wipe each day; especially the toilet
  • run dishwasher at night to conserve/reduce your electric bills
  • put dirty clothes in hamper/basket
  • put a load of clothes in wash as soon as you get a load and at night
  • have rugs in front of door or patio doors to catch excess dirt
  • don’t be afraid of a broom
  • if you cannot do vacuum all together then run a vacuum on one level at a time every other day or on weekend.
  • break up the house/apartment into segments and identify a day for certain tasks
  • that way you are not worn out trying to tidy/clean
  • personal hygiene is the epitamy of neatness; who said a toothbrush, comb, shampoo & water couldn’t do wonders.
  • find joy in organizing your space; I’m sure you have great ideas
  • while organizing and clean don’t forget to listen to music; makes it fun

Simple items/ideas to use to get organized:

  • baskets
  • mason jars
  • clear plastic containers
  • storage bins
  • filing cabinet
  • wicker dresser with baskets
  • one closet to store items; makes house/office tidy looking
  • entertainment centre that has multiple purpose sections to optimize organization
  • roll towels, facecloths and blankets easier to take from closet etc

Why be Neat and Clean? 

  • people who are neat are usually calmer
  • entering a clean tidy neat space is very much refreshing
  • surrounding atmosphere is feng Shui or inappropriately called zen i call it neat
  • people thrive in a neat space
  • saves time in locating items especially important to teach children

Now I also realize that people that suffer from depression find it difficult sometimes to be tidy and clean. It could be a daunting task so break the tasks/room up into sections and do so much a day. This should help you to complete your project.


Here are fun pictures illustrating decorating, neatness and organization.




Great Organization skills here.  Check comfree.




childs room

Here is a picture of my granddaughter’s nursery.  It doesn’t cost much to decorate and make a room tidy.  We did this ourselves.  It was a fun, low cost and exciting project to do together as a family.

Emmas Room

Meet Joe Black
is a 1998 American fantasy romance film produced by Universal Studios, directed by Martin Brest and starring Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins and Claire Forlani, loosely based on the 1934 film Death Takes a Holiday.

I do not own the rights to this photo but Universal.  I just love the library.

LIbrary in movie Meet Joe Black
meet joe black

Check out Martha’s way of organizing.

I hope you have fun!

I love looking at other interpretations of artistic organization.

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M stands for Mushroom and Meekness!

Hmm mushrooms. Grown in most unusual way; usually mushrooms are grown in compost including straw and hay.


A mushroom is the fleshy, spore-bearing fruiting body of a fungus, typically produced above ground on soil or on its food source. Wikipedia

It is known that edible mushrooms are consumed by humans as comestibles for their nutritional value; Mushrooms have Niacin, riboflavin, vitamin D, potassium, selenium to name a few.
They are occasionally consumed for their supposed medicinal value.

The Humble Mushroom is waiting in the shadows to be picked. The meek and mild mushroom waiting for our table but don’t be fooled there are poisonous mushrooms out there so be careful.

We can be valuable and sought for like edible mushrooms or we can be toxic like poisonous mushrooms.

We choose who we want to be. Yes there are circumstance in our lives that would drive faith away, drive away love or un-nurtured love, bitterness, anger, fear, confusion; the list is endless. In acute situations it could involve counselling. However there comes a time we Must face the demons and seek after that which is good. Like Meekness.

Meekness is not exactly a sought after attribute nonetheless an important one.

How would you describe Meekness?

• Humble, patient, kind, gentle even under provocation from others
• Don’t repay evil for evil
• Person of good conversation, live a good life, good deeds done in humility without fanfare.
• Calm temper not easily provoked
 • Bridles anger -Anyone can get angry
• Linked to humility not prone to jealousy or envy
 • Goes against human pride and the ills of humanity of grabbing, greed, climb the ladder and knock the-other-person-off-the-rung-  if-you-can kinda a mindset
• So I’m told that meekness “literally means “strength under control
• Meekness is not weakness, but strength harnessed for service
 • Not wimpiness or spineless as some would suggest
• Doesn’t create collateral damage
• Not survival of the fittest by force
• Exercised in Compassion
• Concerned with the interests of others
• Gracious

What practical example can we give for meekness.  The kid who sits alone at the lunch table; join him.  I am sure you can think of others.

Quotes I am Pondering Today!

With Malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds.
 -Abraham Lincoln


 “I believe the first test of a truly great man is his humility. I do not mean by humility, doubt of his own power, or hesitation in speaking his opinion. But really great men have a … feeling that the greatness is not in them but through them; that they could not do or be anything else than God made them.”
-John Riskin


Poem by Abraham Lincoln

Meekness is not weakness

Meekness is not weakness its strength under control,
Don’t think of me as weak, shy, reserved, or timid.
I’m a child of the king the half has not yet been told.
No! You can’t walk all over me and treat me like a door mat,
I’m not trying to straighten out the world and that settles that.

I refuse to respond to every critic and I won’t let it bother me,
I may have the power to do something about it, but my time
Is too valuable you see: I’ll keep my focus and stand tall doing
What I’m called to do. My strength and power is in God’s control
Meekness is not weakness, blessed are the chosen few.

yellow flowers forest

Hope you have a terrific Week!

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Day 19  of my recent 30 Day Thankfulness Challenge; I am thankful for Mary Brown’s Chicken and Taters & other Newfoundland Food Traditions.  😀

In a world where there is so much hungry and people living without; we often don’t want to talk about the foods we like.

At first I was going to continue in a more serious vein of Thanksgiving days but then I thought I have a relaxed and humorous side as well.

Our life isn’t all serious and I am grateful that I actually have food and can actually have the opportunity to have preferences.

Yes it is deep fried and probably drive vegans and vegetarians crazy and for that I am sorry but I must confess I love Mary Brown’s Chichen and especially the taters with gravy.

Day 19 body-feast copy

This is a fun and great Facebook page entitled Newfoundland and Labrador!

Thanks for reading my blog – Beverley

Beverley’s book Feet First is available from any part of the world through;.com; or  .ukBook Cover has a direct link to AmazonBeverley Hoyles CVR and spine

Here are some pictures of some of the more popular foods in my homeland Newfoundland and Labrador.

Fried Squid or Calamari

Fried Squid or Calamari

Jiggs Dinner

Jiggs Dinner

Cold Plate

Cold Plate

Fish and Chips

Fish and Chips

Stuffed Turkey

Stuffed Turkey



Fish Cakes

Fish Cakes

Home Made Bread

Home Made Bread



Fries Dressing & Gravy

Fries Dressing & Gravy

Pea Soup & Dumplin

Pea Soup & Dumplin



Baked Beans

Baked Beans



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