Don’t like to eat much fruit or vegetables? Mix them in smoothies. Try fruit with a vanilla, latte, or chocolate flavored Shakeology drink. Making nutritious smoothies, or juicing, is simple to do and a great way to see that your family eats healthy. Vegetables and fruit are natural sources of vitamins and minerals. Encourage your children to eat more fruits and vegetables by planting a garden, even a small one. Include them when planting seeds and plants, watering, and harvesting. This will make it fun. ThenRead More →

Do you ever crave a big fat hamburger loaded with onion, tomato, and lettuce on an onion bun? It wouldn’t be a good idea to give in to that craving every day, but an occasional old-fashioned hamburger ON BUNS is SO good!¬†When I get off of my regular routine of eating every three hours, even a plain beef patty sounds appetizing. How does spending a few days away from your routine at home affect your eating? If you’re like me, it throws you off balance. You tend to give in easier to less nutritious foods like queso and chips, donuts, and few veggies. Like theRead More →

Summer Popsicles Grandparents Can Make for Little Grands It’s P-O-P-S-I-C-L-E time! Surprise your little loves with a summer frozen treat. When I am going for a visit to see my grandchildren, I love to bring them a surprise. I chose popsicle containers on this current visit. It took a little bit of waiting to create a recipe and freeze them, but they were definitely appreciated. My granddaughters got excited when I showed them what I brought. The toddler didn’t understand what the colorful container was. She thought it was a toy. But when she got to eat the yummy fruity treat, she was delighted! NutritiousRead More →

How can you satisfy dessert cravings on hot summer days? Make sugar free. Puddings make wonderful summer desserts. Preparing them in jars ahead of time makes them handy to serve. Can’t find the lids? Not a problem. Just cover the top with Glad Press’n Seal. It is possible, however, to pack lid-less jars for a picnic with the Press’n Seal. The box indicates that this wrap is leak-proof and airtight. That will work great in a cooler. My daughter uses clear, purple, and blue jars for drinking glasses. I used the clear ones to make pudding in a jar. She may have the lids, butRead More →

River Oaks Donuts Going on an outing in Houston at the River Oaks Donuts shop is a fun thing to do if you have grandchildren. I had never eaten filled donut holes until I visited this delightful place. It’s a small establishment but very friendly. They do have a couple of tables set up outside. Though hot in July, it’s nice if you get there early. There is another reason you want to get to this donut place early. They run out of a popular filled donut flavor fast. It’s called Red Velvet. I heard about it and didn’t get there in time to tryRead More →

An Easy Way to Bake a German Chocolate Cake This week I’ve got chocolate, German Chocolate and Texas Chocolate Sheet Cake, on my mind and woke up today wanting to bake one of them. What did you think about the Texas Sheet Cake I posted about this week? You’ve gotta try it. Make it and share with family and friends. Otherwise, you’ll want to eat it all yourself. 😀 The thing about German chocolate is that you have to like coconut or it’s not for you. But if you like chocolate AND coconut, you’ll love this cake. Remember I told you I’d be sharing anRead More →

Best Texas Chocolate Cakes The two best chocolate cakes ever that were made happen to be the Chocolate Sheet Cake and German Chocolate Cake, both popular Texas cakes. They’ve been a southern thing but their popularity has spread beyond the South. History of German Chocolate Cake Sam German created a chocolate bar in 1852 that would bring joy to a multitude of chocolate lovers. The first “German’s Chocolate Cake” recipe, as it was originally called, was first published in 1957 by a Texas homemaker. My mother must have read that Dallas newspaper because, from the time I was a little girl, she made German ChocolateRead More →