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
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!
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