Tuesday, July 24, 2012
A few days ago I posted a blog about one of my most favorite kitchen appliances: the slow cooker. There were many comments with personal experiences, recipes and tips on how you use your slow cooker.
Well, would you believe that there is a SparkTeam for quick meals preparation called "Cooking for Fast Lives" Here's the link: www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
I joined today and hope some of you will follow me there, too. That is if you aren't already one of the 50,000+ members!
In that group under the Method Cooking Forum, there are feeds on Crock Pot and Slow Cookers. There are lots of Recipes, too. Happy exploring, SparkerFriends!
Monday, July 23, 2012
They had a great sale on peaches last week at each of our regional grocery stores. They were all locally grown on farms not far from here so I felt good about my "green" footprint when I came home with almost 6 pounds of fresh peaches.
Last night and today I spent some time figuring out what to do with all these sweet, juicy, delicious peaches.
So far I've used up 5 cups to create a So-Simple Fresh Peach Cobbler in the Crock Pot. Then I kept a half dozen in reserve to eat the old fashion way--by hand. I froze two cups in 1/2 cup containers for future smoothies. And the most delightful was this morning waking to a fresh peaches on top of my cereal. There are still 2-3 cups left for ice cream topping, add-ins to my Greek yogurt cup and mix-in with cottage cheese.
Do you have suggestions on other ways to each fresh peaches, or any fruit in season?
Sunday, July 22, 2012
If I were a poet, I would write an Ode to the Crock Pot!
Today--and at least twice a week--I whip up two or three meals in one of my most favorite small kitchen appliances: the Crock Pot.
It's so simple and easy to throw all the ingredients into one cooking pot, plug it in, set it for hours, and forget about it until it's time to dig in at the dinner table. Plus, the house smells like someone's been cooking all day when we return home.
Recently I purchased the "Cook Once, Eat Twice Slow Cooker Recipes" cookbook at a used sale. Now THAT makes using my Crock Pot even more practical. Two different meals -- not just leftovers -- out of one cooking cycle.
Now if I could only get it to clean itself, that would make it the ultimate small kitchen appliance.
Friday, July 20, 2012
Today a colleague brought into work boxes of chips and crackers. He was gifted these treats from his sister, an employee of the chip company, who could not place the product in stores due to the near expiration date. Had he not shared these chips, they would have been destroyed per company policy.
So, I graciously accepted the gift -- two grocery bags full of chips and crackers -- and brought these "treats" into our home.
[Please Note: I NO LONGER spend our family meal budget on such things in the store.]
One of the snack bags is Ruffle Potato Chips. We all know "no one can eat just one."
I wish we had never opened that package!
So, I removed myself from the kitchen and came here to SparkPeople.com for motivation and inspiration. Thank goodness I have somewhere to go, someplace to run, my wellness rock, my healthy refuge.
Thank you SparkPeople for teaching me that I can escape, get away from that poison. Reading congratulatory messages from SparkFriends are my restraints to help keep me from putting that poison into my body.
I am on this new life health and wellness journey and my spark is flaming. No more delaying my progress!
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