May 25, 2018: I have a diet for the headaches, a diet for the stomach ache, a headache and a stomach ache. :( Then there's the see-food diet. I see food and I want it. :/ Sadly, none of these diets are the same. :( If only going back to bed would help. :( Getting a load of dishes done might! :D Also, getting some other business taken care of = less stress.
April 5/18: Oops! I just accidentally dumped way too much cottage cheese into a rice salad that I'm making with some leftovers. Salad will be very cheesy and probably good! LOL :D
March 30/18: I wanted to start my day by making a pot of soup and realized that I left some ingredients in the bus. The bus is out back for the weekend, it's dark out there, and our coyotes are not pets. 🐺🍅🥕🌽🚌🌜🤔 update: I decided to boil the brown rice and split peas as they take the longest to cook. I'll add the others after daylight. I don't know if our hydro rates are reduced on Good Friday or not. Playing it safe by trying to get things done before 7am. :)
March 17, 2017, on the topic of putting pictures of obese children on fast food packaging with warnings: as a child, I ate Big Macs, and I was not a big child. I was always one of the smallest for my age. I was active; along with occasional Macs, I ate well, in large portions. It's not all about the food - we've created machines to do just about everything for us. We've created jobs that embrace the idea of "working smarter, not harder" and our out of shape bodies pay the price. Our stress levels are through the roof, like never before, and our bodies are drowning in Cortisol. We take drugs to mask the stress, stressing the body, further. We promote an unhealthy lifestyle in exchange for a higher standard of living, but living with poor health is not a standard that we ought to aim for. "I like to move it, move it! I like to move it, move it! I like to move it, move it... Ya like to... MOVE IT!!!" oh, but if you're having a Big Mac, skip the fries and pop! no body needs that many carbs at once! SB: I love bigmacks lol and every time I've had a baby I get a big Mack after 😂😂 so technically it makes me smaller!! DB: I like the BLT quarter pounder better. ML: You see fat parents with fat kids and look at what they have in their shopping carts, fat, fast foods. Big Macs aren't the problem. DB: I think a big part of the problem is food prices. A package of pasta is almost nothing, but fruits, vegetables, and meat are a lot more expensive. You'll notice that the kids from poor areas will be heavier. Eating healthy is a lot more expensive. me: Also, organized sports are expensive and backyard sports don't seem to exist anymore
August 7/16: deciding on breakfast... a true story... Heather made some stir-fry veggies, so I really want to also make some stir-fry veggies. I like making things in big batches, so I aim for the Dutch oven. it's full of bees wax and cold water. I reach for the juice pitcher which had honey and bees wax in last night, there's a moth in there, despite the fact that it was covered. I go for the other Dutch oven. it has the last three pieces of last week's five dozen cobs of corn. I'm having corn for breakfast, and perhaps stir-fry veggies for dessert! LOL me: I like to eat my corn outside. it's just like the only way to truly enjoy it. but there's a fox, outside my door. not really close, but close enough that I'm sure the desires to not disturb each other are mutual. me: breakfast with the girls... I decided to be brave enough to eat outside my front door, just on the edge of the lawn. the sun is just barely up, but the girls are already out, foraging in the plantain blossoms that are all over my lawn. one benefit to all the drought we've had - grass doesn't get cut as often as usual so more beneficial plants find a way to flourish. me: breakfast crasher: I went out for the last piece of corn and a bumble bee came along, pretending to be a honey bee, too. though a smaller of the bumbles, it was still big enough to bring the whole plantain stalk down to the ground. silly bumble, plantain is for little girls! ;) she just checked out a couple of stalks and left.....
June 23, 2015 · I try to keep my budget as low but as healthy as possible. I've been checking out what the dollar stores have to offer, comparing their prices and sizes to the grocery stores. I bought a big, glass jar full of bean salad. The vinegar/sugar ratio is a bit off and the beans aren't fully cooked. Refusing to throw anything away, I added some ground beef and tomatoes and it made for some amazing chili con carne! :D A bit of corn would be good, with it, too!
August 7/15: Wednesday, I drove back and forth to Tillsonburg a couple of times, and on the way home, the first time, I saw a police officer monitoring traffic on what seems to be a fairly quiet road. On the way back, the second time, there was a police car, again, not necessarily the same one. This time, lights flashing, I wondered what was up. As I got closer, I could see. A farmer (or farm hand) was towing a gravity wagon and a tire came right off, the wagon spilled right across the road. It is almost 100% cleaned up, now, but I thought of days gone by, even I remember picking grain (corn) by hand. I was grateful that grain is not so often picked by hand anymore, but spilled grain won't do much to pay for equipment, fuel, and labour costs, either. It's always a good time to keep our farmers in your prayers, but especially when all that big equipment is out there, in full force. Some of our farmers have 90 and 100% loss, this year, due to that late and heavy frost. Most will have insurance, but losses mean insurance costs go up, too. In any other industry, working alone and extreme overtime are downright illegal, since it's not safe to do either. Farmers often do both, pushing their limits as far as they can, to make hay while the sun shines. As the bumper sticker says, "if you ate today, thank a farmer". Maybe you grew and/or raised your own food, but if you meet a farmer, thank them anyway! They are part of the foundation of our economy and they might be earning some of the lowest wages in the country. They say at least a farmer will never go hungry but you can't eat a tractor. well, if you can, I'm not sure I want to hear about it! ;) I am thankful for every.single farmer out there. May you be blessed, abundantly. DB: One of the best ways to thank a farmer is to shop at the farmer's market. Buy local! me: road-side stands, too! :D I love them, best! I see Lee farm has one, now, just north of Old 24, on the east side of new 24. My neighbour sells potatoes and might have squash and pumpkins again, this year. There's a farm on Harmony road, just past Nixon Rd, going towards Delhi, on the North side (right hand side) and Wholesome Pickins, just on the edge of Delhi. Watermelon as you're leaving Delhi, on hwy 3, going towards Tburg. Kent Creek Orchards, on West Street/ 9th Conc./ RegRd 1, just west of Hillcrest. Tattersalls on Ireland Rd, across from Sprucedale grow some of the best. There needs to be a fb group, just for road side stands, so we know where they all are!! me: corn on the cob, just going into Courtland
June 12, 2015 · Internet + ADD/ADHD can be a dangerous combination! You know how it is, you telling me something important and I just can't but help exclaim "squirrel" or "oh, look, a chicken" halfway through. I TRY to pay attention, to hear every word you're saying, but the brain is off doing a thousand other things, at the very same time. Turn on the internet and now there's links to squirrels, chickens, shiny things, yummy things, wonderful family and friends, everywhere! I just went from looking at chalk boards to math circles, to Christmas ornaments, to finger knitting, making a dress out of a t-shirt, AND a garden, because of course they're all connected, online! Sites like Pinterest do or don't help, depending on the current agenda! My best defense against getting completely sucked into a virtual reality is to just shut off the computer during the day. It gets a little more tricky when I'm waiting on certain email messages, etc. Youtube is just as dangerous - you can just keep going from video to video - they even give you suggestions as to what you might want to see next. Of course you need to see it! How did they know?!
June 7, 2015 · Ever buy something from a store or restaurant and think "I can make this myself"? I got some "butternut squash", roasted with sweet peppers, leeks, olive oil... a little pricey but so delish! I have a ton (ok, maybe not a whole ton) of sweet potatoes, orange and purple ones, and I'm sure they're enough like butternut squash to make a go of this. I have onions instead of leeks, but it will still be good, and a whole lot less pricey. It should be ok to be addicted to vegetables!
June 2, 2015 · Mother Necessity, time for lunch. I have rye bread, which is a good start, hot dogs, but no buns, sauerkraut, but no corned beef, barbecue ranch dressing but not thousand island, cheese slices, but not Swiss... and yes, these items can come together for a Reuben variation. A Western Reuben?! :D
May 29, 2015 · free asparagus from along the road plus a twelve cent pack of Ramen noodles makes for a yummy and almost nutritious lunch! :D
May 22, 2015 · turned some leftover rice and peas into some surprisingly great burritos! Ground beef with taco seasoning or barbecue sauce - not sure which is more magical. LOL :D Fixes just about any meal!
May 13, 2015 · Storm's over (for now), but I cooked another one up, anyway! :) Double chocolate cake and cupcakes, lemon iced tea, grape jello, and a rainbow casserole - orange and green peppers, tomatoes, zucchini, and Ramen noodles. There would have been eggplant, too, but it was very much expired. Anyone else make good on the lower hydro rates of the morning/evening/weekends? or discounted foods at the grocery store? I guess this makes it a double win!
November 12, 2014 · I get so many spam messages that I just can't stand email any more. I use filters but still need to sort through because every once in a while, an important message goes to spam. Every once in a while, though, I get a winner! This one was unintentional, I'm sure! I got a message letting me know that home-style soups are on sale - and I know my favourite of that is French Onion soup. mmmm Am I going to run out and buy some because it's on sale? NO! I'm going to make it here at home, cheaper and far more healthy! Thanks for reminding me that I need to make some soup! I had cream of sweet pepper soup at a restaurant, recently. I'd never had that before, and it was amazing! I just got a bunch of sweet peppers on sale (half price) and am thinking that some sauteed peppers in my soup would make it sensational. I should make a huge batch and freeze some! If it lasts long enough! Even my crock pot is now begging for some of this soup!
Sept 27/14: I customized a Breakfast Casserole recipe, this morning, and it turned out to be a hit at the potluck breakfast! It tasted a lot like scalloped potatoes, but so much easier to make! Seriously, who's got time for making white sauce, anyway!?! BW: I never bother making a white sauce when I make scalloped potatoes. I just sprinkle a bit of flour over each layer of spuds and pour milk over the top. It always turns out fine. SS: I use cream of mushroom or celery soup a dash of milk, some sliced onion and once it is out of the oven let it sit with the top off for about 10 minutes and enjoy
April 7, 2014 · is warming some blueberry grape juice in the coffee maker. LOL Tell me you've seen a status more crazy than that!
March 18, 2013 · Tomatoes and cucumbers - I'm going Greek today! :D OPA!!! Wishing you all a balmy, Mediterranean-style day, even if you have to stay indoors for it!
March 18, 2013 · When making strawberry banana smoothies and run out of bananas before strawberries, Silk True Coconut "milk" is a good substitute! :) mmmmmm :) Now I'm out of strawberries, too, which is good - time for something else and they needed to be used up. BW: Of course you could've just called me...I have half a dozen organic bananas sitting on my counter begging to be used. I would have gladly run some over to you. Now I have to find the energy to bake with them. Driving would have been so much simpler!
and just 16 more minutes and a brief interlude by REO Speedwagon, "Can't Fight This Feeling" LOL! In the mean time - when I was staying in Thompson, my stay and meals all provided by my employer, I kept ordering apple crisp and it took a while but they finally made it and it was so good. A bit different from most, the "crisp" being more like a cookie dough base on top. I don't know if I ever need to find such a recipe, this stuff is addictive already! mmm