I cooked some quinoa to have under broccoli beef stir fry. It is good. I was surprised at how much like rice it is. The texture is a little different. The taste is a little different, but I really enjoyed it. Sadly, it's not any lower in ca... Read more
There was a mouse in the house!
We recently had new doors and windows installed. Apparently, during the installation process, a lone little mouse took refuge from the cold in our kitchen! Yuck! While my husband and I were basking in the afterglow of a homeowners job well do... Read more
Thoughts from Sunday school class
Well, we didn't get to go to the large church service I wanted to go to over ther weekend. We had to get my cousin and sister safely back to their homes before the ice storm moved in. I hung out at my sister's an extra day until the roads were... Read more
Reflections on family
My cousin's husband, Curt, died. He had a rare form of cancer that was particularly aggressive. He was diagnosed 4 months ago, and the doctors thought it was manageable, though not curable. They were wrong. I hoped until his last weekend tha... Read more
Once a Month Cooking Manuals
Here is a list of the books I have used over the years to learn about once a month cooking.
1. Once a Month Cooking by Mimi Wilson and Mary Beth Lagerborg This book provides good, general instructions about the process, and we like the re... Read more
Physical Therapy Exercises
Yesterday I got down on the floor with my printout and equipment, and I did my physical therapy exercises. It had been awhile. For the time being this is going to be my strength training. My goal is to do them twice a week.
Sneaky little... Read more
Once a Month Cooking
These are the recipes I made this month for once a month cooking.
White Chili (Taste of Home magazine)
Pork BBQ (allrecipes.com)
Everyday Meat Loaf (Better Homes and Gardens Step by Step Cookbook)
Lentil Soup (allrecipes.com)
Pork C... Read more
I bought a bulb of garlic a few weeks ago that has been extra good. Two days ago when I was mincing up some more of it to use for cooking day, I noticed some of the cloves had sprouted. Since it had been such a good clove of garlic, I decided ... Read more
The History of Me and My Weight
Me and food. We go way back. I was a tiny, scrawny thing. When Mom brought me home from the hospital and our neighbor came over to visit, she said, "*!*!, I don't see how those little legs are ever going to walk." However, she stayed until f... Read more
Dishes and laundry
When I was in my 20's a friend of mine came by my apartment wanting to go out to eat. Of course I went. (Even back then I loved to eat out.) As we settled in at our table she confided in me she had asked one of her other friends, whom I had m... Read more
There was a robin convention in our yard this morning. There were easily 50 robins foraging on the ground and drinking and bathing in the bird baths. One of the guys at church made us a heated birdbath. It's very popular this time of year. O... Read more
I feel like I have reached my first milestone on this journey. Until the last two weeks I have felt hyperfocused on what I'm eating. Eating healthy occupied a large percentage of my brainpower. I was overwhelmed with the amount of dishwashing... Read more
I'm biting: part 3
I have decided to write this up real time, after each meal today.
Breakfast: Never in my life have I ever eaten just egg whites, so I had my first new experience right off the bat. How do you cook egg whites? I scrambled these, then I ... Read more
I'm biting, Part 2
Shopping: None of the three grocery stores in town had oat bran bagels. I substituted 100 per cent wheat bagels. I was surprised. I thought oat anything would be pretty common. I guess not.
I made the chili last night because I didn't... Read more
Okay, I'm biting...
On Wednesday I have decided I am going to try to follow the Spark suggested menu all day. I made one small change. I will use a small about of real butter on my cornbread rather than spraying it with I Can't Believe It's Not Butter.
I've ... Read more
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