Since I started my AdvoCare 24-Day Challenge, I’ve been having nutritious chocolate shakes for breakfast. I love chocolate! It’s kind of like having chocolate milk for breakfast. My breakfast shake packets ran out (I shared them with my hubby and forgot to order more in time). This morning I needed to come up with a healthy meal. It didn’t take long to figure out what. Broccoli omelet! I like steamed broccoli. The best way to cook broccoli is boil it in water for five minutes, turn off the burner, cover the pot, and let it set for 20 minutes. You get tender broccoli that isn’tRead More →

Cooking meals for my AdvoCare 24-Day Challenge calls for creativity in my kitchen. Eating nutritious food in moderation and adding daily supplements is a good thing. However, I like to eat, and I like food cooked southern style. If it doesn’t look and taste good, I’m not interested in eating it. Plus, it’s got to be filling and satisfying. Perhaps you aren’t familiar with southern-style cooking. Let me introduce you to it.                       My mother and grandmothers grew vegetable gardens. I was raised on fresh vegetables that were blanched and preserved by freezing them. My favoriteRead More →

When I started out as a newlywed cook 35 years ago, I wondered at my maternal grandmother’s advice to add a little of this and a little of that. Craving her chocolate meringue pie one day, I called and asked her how to make it. She estimated the measurements for me the best she could. Her expertise in how much of each ingredient went into each recipe gave her an ability that I had not yet accomplished. Things have changed – at least with vegetables. When deciding on which vegetables to stir fry, I open the refrigerator and grab whatever I have on hand. IfRead More →

Kitchens have intrigued me since my early memory of eating sugar in a cup and making mud pies. To this day I like sweets and digging in the dirt (though not together). It’s no wonder that I have an herb garden handy just outside my cabin kitchen. Come to think of it, however, I do have dirt and sweet combined. I planted a Sweet Maya Stevia in a basket that sets on top of a scale! If a Stevia plant could talk, this one must be telling me that it felt offended at being placed on top of the scale (one of my favorite vintageRead More →

Today is a special day – June 7th! My parents married on June 7, 1943. Dad left for the war less than a month later. He and my mother didn’t see each other for two years. Mother passed in 2008. Dad is now 89, and he looks good and is in pretty good health. He becomes frustrated at times because he can’t remember like he used to. But today when I talked to him on the phone I asked him did he know what today is and did he know what yesterday was. Of course, when I mentioned that it’s his and Mother’s anniversary, he rememberedRead More →

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 →