A Semi-Vegetarian Recipe Today’s featured semi-vegetarian recipe is yellow squash. Grow this delicious vegetable in your garden, and preserve it in your freezer. Puttin’ up vegetables (the Southern way of saying preserving, canning, or freezing vegetables) will keep you from having to purchase high-priced organic food at the supermarket throughout the year. Preserve the squash by blanching it. Blanching Squash The blanching process starts with washing the squash, then cutting slices about 1/8″ to 1/4″ thick, depending on how thin you like it. Boil water on the stove, enough to completely cover the squash slices you have. Some people add salt, about two tablespoons, toRead More →

Need to Eat Healthier? Try Out a Part-Time Vegetarian or Flexitarian Diet for 30 Days I love to eat eggs, cheese, and meat. That certainly limits my choice of becoming vegan. Patty Cakes Pantry and Kitchen Southern Hospitality food bloggers agreed to a 30-day vegan blogging and eating plan. At first, I said yes. I reconsidered. How could I be vegan for an entire month? No way. But vegetarian? Maybe. When I looked closer at vegetarian options, I saw the flexibility of food choices. Then I discovered a term, flexitarian. It’s the same as a part-time vegetarian or semi-vegetarian. That could work for me. CanRead More →

My vegetarian breakfast menu for today was oatmeal (the minute-cooking kind), toast, and apple slices. Easy breakfast for kiddos. It’s filling, nutritious, and it’s quick to prepare. Good thing because when my three little grandchildren are hungry, having to wait is not a priority. My granddaughters are used to having honey in their oats. I make it for them like their mom makes it for them – oats and honey cooled with an ice cube. I like butter and milk in my oatmeal. This is acceptable by lacto-vegetarians because they use dairy products. However, if you are an ovo-vegetarian and you prefer not to use dairy, you could leave theRead More →

Vegetarian Burrito Day Today begins my thirty days of vegetarian recipes. This month will be challenging for me because I like to eat meat. But like my dad told me once, “A person doesn’t need to eat meat every day.” So in April, I’ve decided I will skip meat a few days each week and see how I feel at the end of the month.Read More →

Easter Memories with Grandchildren What does a grandma do with the Easter candy that the grandkids didn’t take home? Eat the leftover candy, of course. Jelly Beans. M&M’s. Fruit snacks. Smarties. Rice Krispies Treats. It’s all good – and full of SUGAR. Ten small jelly beans have eight grams of sugar. Milk chocolate M&M’s, fun size, have ten grams sugar. Welch’s Mixed Fruit Fruit Snacks, one pouch, have seven grams sugar, and Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treats snack has only four grams. Kellogg’s is the lowest at four grams of sugar. You can count Easter-egg hunt day being full of hyperactivity with all that sugar. TheRead More →

International Women's Day

Celebrating with Purple and Easy Recipes International Women’s Day, founded by Clara Zetkin in 1910, has evolved from “bread and peace” in 1917 to the “Press for Progress” theme in 2018. The idea is to celebrate with purple and carry out the #PressforProgress theme worldwide all year. I started the day with bagels topped with Raspberry Chipotle Fruit Spread and cream cheese and coffee. Pressure cooker chicken and rice, baked eggplant, and cherry juice was celebrated in purple style.Read More →

Goulash

What do you eat as a comfort food? Macaroni turned out to be my comfort food on Monday, March 5th. I ate a small portion, about 1/4 cup, of leftover macaroni and cheese I made for my little grandchildren this past weekend. It’s the go-to food in every household with children, right? It’s fast and easy to make. Tastes good. Everybody’s happy with dinner, parents and kids alike. We’re talking comfort food. Not necessarily the healthiest. Just what tastes good and makes you feel good.Read More →

Should you downsize now that you’re 60?  Moving from a larger home to a small one takes a big adjustment and requires a lifestyle change.  Downsizing may not be your choice (it’s not mine, even after turning 60), so don’t worry if you still are happy having your extra space. But for the lifestyle changers ready to live in a smaller home, perhaps, you are over the big house hassles of cleaning, dusting, and maintenance and don’t need all that space. If that’s you, tips for moving into a tiny house, RV, or a smaller home could be of help. Consider the following recommendations (includingRead More →

Eat a little. Weigh a little. Eat a lot. Weigh a lot. What thoughts do the saying, “You are what you eat”, trigger in you? The question has value and can make a difference in the food you consume. Think of the last time you ate a Black Angus hamburger. Did you feel healthy and strong or miserably stuffed for three days?Read More →