Healthy Changes What health and fitness changes in 2016 did you make that you want to continue in 2017? New Year’s resolutions may only last until the end of January. But you can set goals and do things to make those changes part of your daily lifestyle. Back in July I started a new journey with Shakeology because of its nutritious value. By September, I noticed that I wasn’t having sugar cravings like before. Now that had my attention! Before the end of September, I started working out with the 21-Day Fix DVD’s, and the weight began to come off. I had been stuck inRead More →

Stuffed turkey, mashed potatoes, yams, grilled green vegetables, pumpkin pie and more delicious yummies made this week’s Thanksgiving Day a tummy-filling, yummy-tasting experience! Holiday celebrating began early for me with Southern California sightseeing with a best friend. Careless indulging was not an option on my priorities during this festive season. Holiday Slow Cooker Yams Favorite foods were prepared with wonderful seasonings, minimal salt, and low sugar for the healthy-conscious attending our friend gathering. Yams (recipe below) made it on the menu, and the easiest slow cooker  recipe ever made cooking on my part totally stress free.Read More →

What is the meaning of Memorial Day – other than eating watermelon? It’s a holiday to remember all who lost their lives for our freedom. I like what I heard at church Sunday. Soldiers sacrificed their lives for our freedom, and the way we can thank them is to love life and enjoy it. So that’s what my family and I did on Memorial Day weekend – love and enjoy life. Loving life and enjoying it always includes the kitchen. You’re either preparing the food, eating, or cleaning the kitchen. Our holiday weekend began early on Thursday evening when my husband and I pulled intoRead More →

 Easter History of Easter Easter will be here in 4 weeks – the last Sunday of March. Why does Easter fall on different dates every year? The date of Easter is determined by the Ecclesiastical Full Moon table. The table was able to be established because astronomers could determine approximate dates of future full moons. Therefore, in Western Christianity the date of Easter is the first Sunday after the Paschal (Passover) Full Moon which is the first Eccleasistical Full Moon after March 20. The death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ happened after the Jewish Passover, so the early believers of the Asia Minor church wantedRead More →

Christmas has always been my favorite holiday. When I was a young girl, my family and I went to my maternal grandmother’s house in a Texas country community on Christmas Eve. Her home filled up quickly with her ten children and many grandchildren. Early Christmas morning my parents, brothers, and I got up early to open gifts and eat breakfast. Then we traveled about 30 miles to my paternal grandmother’s house for lunch and opened gifts with her, my aunt, and cousin. We stayed all day. Early Christmas morning my parents, brothers, and I got up early to open gifts and eat breakfast. Then we traveledRead More →

Happy 239th Birthday, United States of America! How do you think the signers of the Declaration of Independence celebrated when they had all signed and were free from Great Britain? I was curious about what foods they ate when they celebrated and did an online research. One website revealed that booze played a large part of Revolutionary heroes and that Thomas Jefferson had an enormous wine tab when he left the White House. The life and culinary interests of Thomas Jefferson, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, is particularly fascinating to me. Jefferson was very generous in hospitality. When he was President ofRead More →

Planning a July 4th picnic? Chips and dips always go along with a picnic at the park with hot dogs and hamburgers. Surprise everyone with a fiery July 4th Sriracha hummus dip. No preparation required.  I bought a bag of Tostitos Roasted Garlic& Black Bean chips, the 9 Grain Blend healthy kind. Grabbing the hummus out of the frig, I got the idea of squirting a blob of Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce in the hummus and dipping a chip in it. Oh yeah, it’s got a bite to it. Really good! Really spicy! After dipping several chips in the zesty dip, I was hooked on this new Sriracha hummus.Read More →

When three-digit summer days make me feel too hot to eat, that is one hot day and a miserable me. I don’t like to be hot. The last few days have been that kind of hot, so a cool pudding craving came over me one day. Looking in my stash of pudding boxes, I found a sugar-free vanilla one. Sounded good to me. Mixing it with two cups of 2% milk and at least three serving spoonfuls of Cool Whip, I was ready to sit down and enjoy a cool summer day dessert. NOTE: This post contains an affiliate link which means if you click onRead More →

Photo: Thinking of today’s and past Christmas Eves, I decided on making another tradition. Making breakfast for my little two-year-old grandy-girl and her mommy (my daughter) and her daddy. What brought that on was hearing Little Sweet saying she wanted waffles. “You want waffles?” I asked, wondering if I was hearing her correctly. “Uh-huh,” Little Sweet said. I had seen a yummy-licious-looking apple-cinnamon waffle (photo above) on Pinterest. Sounded like a good idea for a new Christmas Eve breakfast. Curious about what made Little Sweet ask for waffles, I asked my son-in-law if he had been making waffles. Yes, he said he had. He isRead More →