Today a sweet friend surprised me with an Irish dinner at my door! I’ve had vertigo for nearly two weeks, and she cooked enough for her family and me. The meal included corned beef, Irish potato, and carrots. She apologized for not bringing the cabbage, but it was still cooking at home. I was thrilled to be treated so kindly, cabbage or no cabbage. I love the Irish Reuben sandwich, but I actually had planned to make a chicken salad sandwich (the corned beef dinner has me craving the Reuben sandwich now). Having cooked a pot of garlic-seasoned chicken breasts ahead of time, I madeRead More →

Coffee Experiment People plan new goals when each January rolls around. Resolutions often diminish somewhere in the midst of well-meaning plans before the month ever ends. That’s because life happens. It’s like a preacher’s sermon I once heard preached. A curtain falls, and another curtain falls. Unexpected events happen. We don’t know what is behind the curtains (imagine all the anxiety if we did know). It’s good to make plans and goals. It’s also good to go with the flow of events without feeling like you have failed because you didn’t stick to your resolutions or goals exactly as planned. I’ve been on a missionRead More →

Spaghetti squash has intrigued me for a long time. Gluten-conscious friends talk about it being an alternative to pasta. Bloggers write about its nutritional value. So last week I decided to buy one and try it. Although I grew up eating fresh vegetables from the garden, spaghetti squash was not one of them. Finally, I took on the challenge of cooking the squash- after it set in the frig a few days. Inspired by Spaghetti Squash Burrito Bowls on Pinterest, I couldn’t wait to see what I could create with ingredients I had on hand. I came up with my own version of boiling theRead More →

Start your grocery list now for your Super Bowl food favorites. Organizing the home has been the hot topic of January, but you can also organize your weekly grocery lists and recipes, however. Now is a good time, too, because Super Bowl is coming up soon. Super Bowl Sunday, according to an article on huffingtonpost.com, is the second-largest food consumption day of the year. Think about that for a minute. What have you planned for your Super Bowl menu? Pizza? Wings? Chips and dip? Consider making the dip you love but with lighter calories. Create a nutritious dip with Quinoa. Imagine the amount of caloriesRead More →

Earlier this week I posted about Egg and Banana Pancakes. It’s a simple recipe with only eggs and bananas. Since that post, I bought some almond meal/flour to add to the eggs and bananas. This evening I tried it. Egg, Banana, and Almond Meal/Flour Pancakes Ingredients: 2 eggs 1 banana 2 Tbsp. Coconut Oil 3/4 cup almond meal/flour almond extract (to taste) Mash eggs and banana with a fork. Add almond meal/flour and mix well. Add almond extract. Add Coconut Oil to griddle. Fill a ladle halfway for each pancake (makes 4-5). The pancakes looked golden and fluffy and bubbled up while cooking like theyRead More →

Make this nutritious soup when you’re needing comfort food. It includes some root vegetables, good sources of important daily vitamins. Preparing the vegetables to go in the soup may even help bring stress levels down. Chicken Apple Sausage and Vegetable Soup Recipe Type: Vegetables Cuisine: American Author: Angie with kitchenhospitality.com Prep time: 15 mins Cook time: 40 mins Total time: 55 mins Serves: 4 A good comfort food, this soup’s ingredients provides most vitamins. Ingredients 6 potatoes 6 Carrots 3 Bunch Green Onions 3 garlic cloves 2-3 large handfuls of kale 1/2 cup lentils 1 package gluten-free chicken apple sausage 1 box organic chicken brothRead More →

Wondering where to begin with your January home organizing? Start in the kitchen with the refrigerator, pantry staples, and making a list of foods to plan your meals for the month. Comfort that begins in the kitchen promotes daily satisfaction and motivation. Begin with a cup of hot tea or coffee (or Coffeccino as in my January 10th morning kickoff). Next, clean the refrigerator and organize frig magnets. Throw away old leftovers, organize fruits, vegetables, condiments, etc. You’ll feel better when your frig smells clean and looks shiny, free from smudges and germs. Make a list of fresh vegetables and fruits to add to yourRead More →

Breakfast, eggs, and pancakes I love. So when I came across a recipe for egg and banana pancakes without flour, I had to try it. Flour thickens the pancakes (and the midsection, too). If they tasted alright, flat over fluffy might be worth it. There was only one way to find out what they would taste like without flour – make them. They’re good! I was surprised they were so tasty without the fluffy flour. However, a few other ingredients were added which made them taste superb. I added a sprinkle of cinnamon, about half a teaspoon of almond extract and about one-half teaspoon ofRead 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 →