Monday, December 06, 2010
A Gift - Our Family and Food
We received a Christmas gift in the mail today - a family cookbook - from my sister-in-law who lives on the Big Island of Hawaii. She is my husband’s youngest sister and is a writer by profession.
She had asked all of the family to submit our favorite family recipes to her this past year, as she planned on compiling them into book. The original idea was to create a family cookbook to present to the nieces and nephews when they got married. Since this adventure started, we have had 3 get married – before the book was completed.
Food Memories – Recipes and Recollections from Our Family Kitchens
The following is from the first page of the book...written by my sister-in-law, Peg.
Food has played an important role in all our lives from the very beginning. Being raised on a farm by parents who spent most of their lives producing food, it was at the heart of who we were as a family.
But growing and making food for our family was something Mom and Dad loved to do most of all. And they shared that love with us. Nearly all our family gatherings were organized around the meals we shared. From these meals came wonderful flavors, memorable smells and many very full bellies.
Our yearly themed Christmas Eve dinners inspired culinary adventure and experiments. Whether good or bad (most were very good), we enjoyed being able to share something new.
From our early years, Mom was the one who inspired that cooking curiosity. She was always trying new dishes, reading magazines, jotting down recipes from friends. She even concocted some of her own.
Her love of cooking, baking and enjoying food has clearly been passed down to all of us, as evidenced by this wonderful collection of recipes. Some go back generations, while others are more recent family favorites. And while we can’t get together as often as we used to, we can share great family memories and preserve that family bond by making all the great recipes within this book.
Cheers to Mom and Dad!
Now, to go make my self a cup of hot tea and sit back and read this treasure of family recipes and stories - cover to cover!
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Several years ago I bought a soft cover book titled: "Fit from Within 101 Simple Secrets to Change Your Body and Your Life" written by Victoria Moran.
The cover said: "Fit from Within will provide you with everything you need to know to start living fully and stop dieting. What a relief."
I pulled the book out a couple of days ago wanting to page thru it again and pull out those little tid bits that could help me where I am right now.
The book has 101 chapters, if you will, each chapter introduces the reader to one of the 'simple secrets.' Each chapter is only two or three pages in length. A quick, easy read that packs alot of useful information in a small package.
The information is sane and practical.
Chapter One is: Accept Yourself Today. Good place to start. Today, right where I am, accepting myself as I am. The chapter starts with the author's note: "If you don't accept yourself, you won't live fully, and if you don't live fully, you'll need to get full some other way."
I have decided to read this book again now during the busy, heck holiday season to help me stay focused on what I originally set out to do: Change the way I had been over-eating and not moving - to now improve my health - one step at a time. This book is a good motivator for me!
A quick preview of the next chapters:
Chapter 2 = Honor Who You Are
Chapter 3 = Include a Spiritual Component
Chapter 4 = As a Rule, Eat Three Meals a Day
I would urge you to check this book out at your local library or visit the author at her website: www.victoriamoran.com for more information, too.
Chapter 66 = Go Ahead and Have a Beautiful Face
Chapter 67 = Give Your Weight Less Credence
Chapter 68 = Beware of Saboteurs
Chapter 72 = Get Plenty of Sleep
Chapter 73 = Allow for Sane Indulgences
Chapter 75 = Think and Speak Positively
And one of my favorites - Foodies...
Chapter 78 = Sample Ethnic Cuisines
Chapter 100 = Allow Yourself to Grow and Change
Chapter 101 = Just Keep Moving Forward
Monday, November 29, 2010
I had to help with the re-count of ballots for Governor of Minnesota today.
While I didn't plan any exercise for today (I did walk 5 Miles with Leslie yesterday!) I did pack my lunch.
That's nothing too special. I packed my lunch most days for 29 years while I worked at the bank.
I just was surprised that NO one else packed a lunch.
They must have thought that we would get a lunch break.
We did, for about 20 minutes.
Some left the courthouse - for coffee, etc.
One got a can of diet soda pop.
One went to the vending machine and got a pack of meat sticks, snack mix of some type and a regular soda pop.
While I had to eat faster than I like to - I had my planned, packed lunch of:
String cheese, raisins, applesauce, Greek yogurt & crisp bread sticks. This is a typical lunch. I ended up with 2 fruits and NO veggies. I usually have atleast one of each - but didn't have any raw veggies or V-8 to bring with me.
It held me over for the afternoon and I didn't get that dip in blood sugar at 3:00-4:00 p.m. like I used to. Spark People has helped me learn to eat a bit more protein rich foods at lunch to ward off that afternoon dip.
I came home and just ate a regular dinner. I wasn't starving like I think some of these people must have been by now.
Again, if I plan, I can succeed.
Oh, yeah - the hand recount of ALL the ballots in our county went very well.
It took most of the day - as planned. It was a real learning experience for me.
Many Minnesota counties will take several days to complete their hand recounts.
I am glad that we were able to get it all done in one day!
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