Our trip to Madrid was fabulous. It is an historical, yet modern, city with world-class museums and architecture. The Christmas lights sparkled all over the city, the people were friendly and welcoming, and the food was excellent.
Let me s... Read more
A Magical Anniversary Celebration
This year of our 50th wedding anniversary, we are having an extra special family Christmas together. Both my sons and their families will be with us for the day.
(This is a first, since they live on opposite coasts of this country.)
Th... Read more
Holding Pattern for the Holidays
I have been writing down everything that I put in my mouth these days.
The notes are kept in a tiny notebook in my purse.
(I felt it was less of a problem to record with paper and pencil -- especially when I was in company. Writing it on ... Read more
Just Write it Down
The most effective strategy for me to be in control of my eating is:
WRITE DOWN EVERYTHING THAT GOES INTO MY MOUTH.
AND TRACK IT ON THE NUTRITION TRACKER.
I don't have to decide to stay within the calorie range. I don't have to be... Read more
Aromas are important!
I'm happy to not be cooking today, but I miss the delicious aromas in my house -- especially since we have guests arriving in a couple of hours. So I have put a hot apple cider beverage on my stove, containing cloves and cinnamon. I have also ... Read more
Thanksgiving This Year
This is the first Thanksgiving in a very long while, when my husband and I will not be sitting at a table loaded with delicious turkey and dressing and other goodies -- either at my house or at a family member's house.
Our two sons and thei... Read more
Yummy Butternut Squash
The link below will give you the recipe for this dish - along with a video on how to prepare it.
Surprisingly, it is quite easy. The hardest p... Read more
Pancakes are a food that I usually avoid - because of too many carbs.
In fact, i never make them - and hardly ever order them when eating breakfast out.
French toast is my preference.
This morning, though, I tried a recipe from the Ne... Read more
Planning that allows for choices.
My idea of planning food is to have options from which to choose.
Here are the possible breakfasts you can have: e.g. apple slices with peanut butter, avocado toast, veggie omelet, etc.
Here are some proteins for dinners or lunches: chic... Read more
Shadow Self Portraits
Now that the sun is out, I have taken a couple of self portraits that are shadows of me photographing New England in the fall: rock walls, trees, and colorful leaves.
... Read more
Some Calorie Surprises
Some foods can really surprise us with the number of calories they contain.
Here are a couple that I found interesting:
1 tablespoon maple syrup = 53 calories
1 cup maple syrup - 819 calories
1 teaspoon sugar = 16 calories
1 ... Read more
I have an assignment for the photography course: create a photo that is a self portrait.
I could just use the remote control on the camera and stand in front of a mirror - brought outside to the yard - with trees in the background, then tak... Read more
Hunger or Flavor?
Watermellen's blog this morning was about stopping eating when we are almost full - which is a very good idea.
That got me thinking, though, about why I sometimes overeat.
It is a rare occasion these days that I overeat to the point o... Read more
Cara Cara Orange
This blog is going to sound like an advertisement, which, of course, it isn't.
I just want to let the world know about a delicious orange that I discovered a couple of years ago when I was in Arizona.
It is the Cara Cara orange. It is... Read more
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Structuring My Retirement Days
I begin each day with a list.
Lists have been a major part of my life for years now, because my memory is almost non-existent.
The list is written in the morning on an index card - and placed somewhere easily reached - in my handbag ... Read more