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: http://sweetsugarblossoms.blogspot.com/2014/01/apple-cinnamon-waffles.html#comment-form 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 →

What foods do you look forward to during the Christmas holiday season? Sweets? Breads? Good old-fashioned family recipes? The Christmas season is a time when most of us struggle through, eating chocolates, candy, and everything that isn’t nutritious. Feasting from favorite potluck dishes at annual family holiday gatherings seems to pack on the pounds all at once. Festive parties and daily snacking on sweets help to increase those pounds even before Christmas Eve. One thing that works to combat this pack-on-pound festivity eating is to replace the normal breakfast or dinner with a vegetable/protein shake.   A simple nutritious shake recipe is: Banana Beet ShakeRead More →

                      One of the Labor Day weekend breakfasts I made for the hubby and me was especially delightful. The food was really good as it was my favorite – veggie cheese omelets with ground turkey and cilantro and gluten-free waffles topped with a tad of butter and local honey. Yum!                   The delightful part was watching the our two little kittens, brother and sister, play inside the basket on top of the kitchen scale in the herb garden. We just knew they were going to tip theRead More →