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 →

Are there any dads reading this post today? If there are, Happy Father’s Day to you! You must like to cook, want to learn how to cook, or know something about cooking if you’re reading this blog. You know what else? I think it’s a great thing if you’re a dad and you are willing to cook. Some of my favorite meals were cooked by the two greatest fathers in my life, my dad who is now 90 years old and my husband whom I’ve been married to for 36 years. When I was a young school girl, my daddy would cook breakfast for my brothersRead More →

Kitchen garden herbs are a delight to cook with. They make the best marinade for grilling. Season vegetables and salads with them. Blend them with olive oil and Balsam Vinegar to dip bread in. The herbs are growing fast. I walked through the garden the other day, pinching off a good bit of each one to use for marinating chicken and steak for the grill. A thought, more like a picture, flashed through my mind. Herb, olive oil and Balsamic vinegar to dip bread in. Yum! I didn’t have any certain recipe for the herb bread dip, but it didn’t take long to come upRead More →

Breakfast is a good way to start the day. On holidays and special occasions, like when company came, my mother used to cook French Toast. Since she didn’t make it often, I suppose that is why I never did. I preferred toast, pancakes or biscuits except on vacations and occasionally at a restaurant (if it looked too good to pass up). Then I would order a fancy meal – French Toast with bacon and eggs. Dining at restaurants is a luxury most of us in the fast-paced living of the 21st century are accustomed to, including expectation of top-notch service. But how many people considerRead More →

You know what happens when a blogger buys a half flat of strawberries? Blog a series of posts about strawberry recipes. I’ve had fun coming up with these recipes, hoping they will actually taste good. It’s all about experimenting. Experimenting – that’s what my new friend Angel told me yesterday that she was doing when she came up with a butter cream (at least that’s my name for it) for cornbread. She makes the cornbread in a round small pan and tops it with a walnut or pecan. I purchased one of these at a vintage shop called Sugar Shack. A tiny container filled withRead More →

It’s strawberry season! Fresh organic strawberries taste amazing. Today I’m going to share two new recipes I tried last week. Before I share them with you, let me tell you about my foodie blogger friend from PattyCakesPantry.com. Like me, Patty Cakes grew up around southern cooking and home-grown vegetables and fruit. She stopped by a side-of-the-road fruit stand and picked up a flat of the gorgeous berry beauties. Knowing how I love fresh strawberries, she brought them by and split the flat in half with me. It was perfect timing because I had used the last ones in the two new recipes I’m going toRead More →

Have you ever woke up one day craving strawberries? One recent morning I decided I was going to make something different with the huge package of strawberries in the frig. Since trying diligently to record my daily food intake on the very cool MyFitnessPal app, I’ve been eating more fruit. Strawberries in their fresh raw form are totally delicious. Let’s look at the nutrition facts. One cup of halved raw strawberries is: 49 calories (cal. from fat=4) 0.5 g fat 0 cholesterol 2 mg sodium 232.56 mg potassium 3 g fiber 7.4 g sugars 1 g protein Eating raw fruit without added sugar or otherRead More →

  This week a blogger friend and I had some blogging work to do. She took me to breakfast at a country club restaurant called the Sand Trap Grill, and we brought our laptops. She wanted to take me to the restaurant because it’s quiet and she likes the food. Quiet is good for me right now because I’ve had vertigo for over a month. The type of vertigo I have doesn’t mix well with movement or acute noise. One of my worst episodes happened at another restaurant when another friend took me to breakfast after a doctor’s appointment. It was a good thing weRead More →

Counting calories is not so bad when you include juicy raw fruit like these gorgeous cherries. I can picture myself sitting down in a comfy chair with a favorite magazine or book and a big bowl of cherries, strawberries, and grapes. The calories for a bowl of one cup of each of these combined only comes to 242! Two ladies I know have lost mega pounds by counting calories. Both successfully lost weight by eating about 1200 or 1300 calories daily. One of the ladies said she loves to eat large portions so she eats a lot of vegetables throughout the day. The other ladyRead More →