Friday was National Doughnut Day in case you didn’t know. Some donut shops gave away a free donut with a purchased beverage. I got my favorite donut with chocolate icing and cream inside. Mmmm, it’s the best! But wait a minute. Is it donut or doughnut? Either. It’s doughnut in the UK. It was doughnut at first in the US, but we changed it to donut. When I was a little girl, my mother would get me up at dawn on Saturdays to go down to our church kitchen. Several ladies gathered there to make Spudnuts. The kitchen was in a wing with a bedroomRead More →

Mother’s Day makes me think of memories of my mother baking in her kitchen. She would either be baking a cake (our favorites were German Chocolate and Pineapple Upside Down Cake), her specialty teacakes, cornbread or dinner rolls. Dinner rolls that divided in the middle or the ones that had three sections were my favorite kinds. Bread was my weakness, especially bread with butter. Butter melted in a hot roll was as good as dessert – almost. I think my parents must have liked the cornbread the best, though. We had cornbread in chicken and dressing, casseroles, baked in iron skillets, crumbled up in milkRead More →

A kitchen is not complete unless eggs can be found in the refrigerator! In my opinion at least. How can one egg yolk contain so much fat that it’s too unhealthy to eat? An egg yolk has the good fats, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated. Eating three to four eggs per week doesn’t adversely affect your heart disease risk according to an article by Healthy Eating. Indulging in a three-egg omelet every day would probably not be the moderate thing to do. I like to boil three or four eggs ahead of time and keep them in the fridge. A boiled egg makes a quick energy snack whetherRead More →

Easter 2014 came and went, but the fond memories of family gathering together for church, Easter picnics, Easter egg hunts, and pictures linger. Pretty outfits and colorful baskets add to the fun of making this holiday special with children and grandchildren. Spending last Sunday with my daughter and little toddler granddaughter made my memory-making Easter one of the best! The funniest story I’ve heard about this Easter was about one boiled egg that is still hidden. What makes it funny is that one of my sweet family members let her granddaughter help her hide some eggs inside the house. Not the plastic ones but real, boiledRead More →

Eating out is often on the agenda of those who don’t like to cook because they work full time. Make vegetable and fruit shakes in a batch (this has really helped me). Bring your own veggie and fruit snacks in a lunch cooler. Note: It’s best to use the shakes prepared in advance within 24 hours to ensure that you don’t lose the nutrients. Invited to a dinner? You can let the hostess/host know that you are on a detox meal plan. Bring one of the new vegetable recipes you’ve tried on your cleanse program. Vegetable trays always are a good snack to offer when invitedRead More →

Saturday I made a variation of a salad I’ve enjoyed for years. It’s a sweet pea salad with beets. I’ll never forget the first time I made the pea salad. Hubby and I were helping out a church during the summer of 1981. An elderly lady in the church was out of town that summer and worked it out with the pastor for us to apartment-sit for her. I had made the pretty beet/pea salad that we had eaten for lunch. We were leisurely enjoying the Sunday afternoon when suddenly the door was unlocked and opened by the lady of the apartment and her friend.Read More →

Don’t like to eat much fruit or vegetables? Mix them in smoothies. Try a Shakeology vanilla, latte, or chocolate flavor and blend with frozen strawberries. Making nutritious smoothies, or juicing, is simple to do and a great way to get But is juicing really the healthiest way to go? Making nutritious smoothies, or juicing, is nothing new but still is a healthy way to include nutrition in your daily diet. But is juicing really the healthiest way to go? Kari Hartel gives the pros and cons to juicing. I was raised in the South on fruits and vegetables from the garden, and I liked them.Read More →

Fish for dinner has never been like a treat to me – until I stayed on a detox diet for over seven days. The detox diet I went on allowed one to add chicken and fish on the eighth day. I added chicken first. A few more days went by before I tried fish, and it was definitely a treat. Vegetables and fruit are good to eat but can become boring without eating any meat. Thinking about why fish is not greatly appealing to me, I came up with the reason. My mother was allergic to fish, and I don’t remember a time that sheRead More →

Have you ever had purple hull peas and Chow-Chow? It’s a southern thing. Chow chow is another term for relish and is made different ways. One of my grandmothers made it with ripe tomatoes, and the other grandmother made it with green tomatoes. I learned how to shell purple hulls at a young age. My parents often had a garden, and both of my grandmothers always had one. When it came time for pea-shelling, the whole family helped out. Since I have committed myself to a 21-day detox program of mainly vegetables and fruit, I’ve created recipes that I would have never considered before. LikeRead More →

I love eggs! I love eating them scrambled, fried, baked and especially for omelettes. Today’s omelette recipe, Green Veggie Eggs, consisted of: three eggs (not counting the cholesterol today, okay?) kale spinach cheddar cheese, grated cilantro avocado (1/2 of a VERY small avocado)   Breakfast is good anytime of the day, early with the sunrise…   …brunch, lunch, afternoon meal, or at night. Breakfast, or “break fast”, makes the perfect meal after several hours of not eating. Get it? Break fast. You break a fast every morning. If you ate dinner at 6:00 pm yesterday and ate breakfast at 6:00 am this morning, you endedRead More →