Vanilla comes from Beaver Butt? / Still meditating / Maya Angelou quote

morning babble / Thursday 07-28-22

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Not quite the weekend, but it is FRIDAY EVE!

Meditation every day is still going strong. Today, the line I enjoyed was “Meditation is the art of paying attention to what really matters.” This is all via Sam Harris and his app “Waking Up” – I think it’s great. I love how it really walks you through everything.

157 days until EXIT PLAN

Several weeks ago, we were at a friend’s house and we were discussing cupcakes, desserts, and such, when she asked – do you like vanilla? My wife and I agreed. Our friend then added, “Well, it comes from beaver’s butts.”

Article on the National Geographic website “Beaver Butts Emit Goo Used for Vanilla Flavoring” For more info, click here.

Beaver butts secrete a goo called castoreum, which the animals use to mark their territory. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration lists castoreum as a “generally regarded as safe” additive, and manufacturers have been using it extensively in perfumes and foods for at least 80 years

“While most anal secretions stink—due to odor-producing bacteria in the gut—this chemical compound is a product of the beaver’s unique diet of leaves and bark.” So, instead of smelling like . . . butt, “castoreum has a musky, vanilla scent, which is why food scientists like to incorporate it in recipes.”

Did I mention that I enjoy Vanilla Bean which means it comes from the Vanilla Bean!

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“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”by Maya Angelou

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