Saturday, March 17, 2018

Lets Talk Tooth Paste

It goes without saying we are bombarded with choices today from cereal to automobiles.  Gone are the days with 3 or 4 choices to make whether watching TV or making a purchase.

The toothpaste aisle is similar to the cereal aisle with a huge amount of brands, flavors and benefits.  You can whitened and brighten your teeth, you can get rid of plaque and even cure periodontal disease.  Flavors range from different mints to fruit flavors.  All toothpastes promise healthy teeth.

I decided to head out to the store and check the different brands and pay attention to the multitude of ingredients.  Most of these ingredients are very difficult to pronounce let alone understand where they come from.  There are also some private brand  toothpastes which also incorporate many different ingredients.  I do not know of anyone who has gotten sick from toothpaste but it has left me wondering how these mystery ingredients work in our bodies.

Most of us feel that toothpaste is no big deal.  We swish in our mouths and hope are teeth get cleaned well.  However, any product that gets on our skin or inside our mouths travel to our bloodstreams Not to mention how much toothpaste we swallow.    Today with most products people feel if they taste good they must be good for your health. 

A few years ago I decided to create my own toothpaste and not have to worry about all these different ingredients.  Different companies that produce over the counter products which include mouthwashes, pain medication etc.  are out to get your business one way or another.  Not to mention to tremendous competition between the old companies and the new emerging ones.   Most large companies that produce  packaged foods are now involved in many other enterprises.  The bandwagon for new businesses in the consumer arena is huge.

I am here to share my simple recipe for toothpaste which has worked well for me.

1/4 cup of baking soda
Enough coconut oil to get a thick mixture (but one you can put on your toothbrush)
1/4 teaspoon of xylitol for a little sweetener (optional)
about 6 or 7 drops of peppermint or lemon essential oil

Blend well together and store in a small container.

I use the lemon at night and peppermint during the day.

The coconut oil helps remove bacterial from your mouth and the baking soda is a great cleanser.

I have been making many of my own skin and beauty lotions and potions for several years now, and I love that I know what goes into them.

Find out more about this from my book:  Amazon: Feel Better Every Day


Thursday, March 15, 2018

Retirement can be a full time job

In the past, before we retired I would ask people what they did in their retirement.  I thought that if I retired from working I would have nothing to do.

Today retirement is a job--though maybe an exaggeration about being full time.

First of all lets talk about electronics.  It is true you can stay in the dark ages and avoid computers, cable TV and cell phones.  However you would miss Facebook and not know what everyone is doing.  You would be forced to stay in touch by telephone and hand written letters.  The joy of waking up to Facebook would not be part of your agenda. You could not look forward to the daily hundred emails selling you everything from houses to hearing aids.

 Without your computer you would be faced with going to the library to research  or catching the news daily to know what is happening in our world. And leaving your house without a cell phone could cause severe stress and the fear of breaking down at any time.  These are all wonderful inventions however they need love and care.  You have to get the computer worked on when it doesn't work and there is no computer genius in your home.  The cable goes out and you have to call the cable company.  You may spend hours on the phone pressing buttons and talking to a robot.  Or you may get lucky and talk to a real person.  Problem is solved. However a week later the same problem may occur and back on the phone.

Cell phones need updates and hopefully you know how to take care of these. The time comes when you need to buy a new cell phone and don't know what to get unless you have a genius in your home. And you have to figure out the best plan and can easily get swayed by a good sales pitch.

This painting I created when thinking of all the chaos going on today in cities everywhere.

Paying bills is simple today if you know how to pay online.  Many people enjoy this way of paying bills.  Problems still arise with bills and you are back on the phone trying to get the bills straightened out.

A new worry has developed with our electronics or even if you pay your bills by mail---cloning and hacking are part of our vocabulary today.  Time to get protection from Lifelock or one of the companies that protects you from someone using your information.

Insurance is a huge factor in our lives.  Remember when you just bought life insurance? Today there is insurance for everything.  We need protection with everything we do and have.

Managing money is another item that takes a lot of time.  Prices are going up at a rampant rate and our incomes often stay the same.  Budgeting and making changes is something we must be aware of.

Free time and how to spend it.  What was busy when we were young is different from what is busy today.   Remember the days when you worked, took care of kids and still maintained your home?  Though your kids may be grown life often does not feel any easier.

Having pets today can be a challenging adventure and expensive.  I used to take our cats in to the veterinarian when something was wrong, and all of them lived to a ripe old age without six month check ups.

Repairs seem to be a weekly activity aside from the electronics.  Something always needs fixing from changing light bulbs on our 9 foot ceiling to garbage disposals that get stubborn.

I almost forgot about all the decisions we must make every day.  With Netflix, Hula, Showtime, HBO etc we have more than a thousand shows to choose for our viewing pleasure.  And how often do you say there is nothing to watch.

Take some time out today to think of all the details you have to take care of on a daily basis.

I was inspired to write this post when my husband spent an entire day trying to get a bill worked out.  We were waiting for a refund which took six months to get and daily phone calls.  Who says retirement is easy?


Sunday, March 11, 2018

Eating Fish for Healthy Diets

We try to have fish for dinner at least two or three times a week.  Coming up with creative ways to cook fish takes some doing.  It seems like when you talk about chicken and creating a  healthy dinner there are so different and delicious recipes.  Eating fish is great for healthy diets.

Since my husband does all the grocery shopping he usually brings home whatever fish is on sale for the week.  Our favorites are Ahi, Salmon and swordfish.

Ahi is the easiest to cook as it can be rare in the center and is easy to determine when it is done.  I usually marinate the fish in the fallowing mixture:
1/4 cup of olive oil
juice of one lemon
1 teaspoon each of basil, tarragon and oregano
Salt and pepper to tatste

I mix the ingredients together and pour over the fish on both sides.  I allow the fish to sit for about an hour in the fridge.

I heat up a small pan and brown on each side until  the outsides are cooked.  Some of you may prefer to cook the fish until it is completely cooked. 

Salmon is also easy to cook, but the minute it goes from translucent to opaque it must be removed from the pan or broiler.  I also marinate this fish in the above marinade.  If you are an expert griller this fish tastes wonderful barbecued.  Another easy way cook salmon is to season the salmon with salt and pepper, a squirt of lemon juice and  a tablespoon of sesame seed oil and wrap completely in foil and bake for about 20 minutes at 350 degrees.

I am not nearly as creative with fish as I am with beef, chicken, pork or lamb.  The most important thing about cooking fish is amount of time you cook whatever fish you choose.  Meat and chicken are far more forgiving.  I will admit that I have actually thrown out overcooked fish a few times. 

Speaking of overcooking fish I did come up with a way to use the damaged fish.  I cooked the fish and cut it in small pieces or shred it you can.  I added some mayonnaise, cider vinegar along with capers, chopped celery and sunflower seeds.  I seasoned the fish with basil, oregano, cumin and salt and pepper.  It actually made a tasty salad.

There are many health benefits to eating fish.  The first one is that most fish contain a lot of Omega 3 plus vitamins and minerals.  Fish is generally low calorie and is suitable for many weight loss diets. The best part about eating fish is that I eat much less fish than beef.  A serving of 5 ounces is plenty but I seem to really like at least 8 ounces of pork or steak. 

Maybe you have had enough of my fishy story today.  Check out my book for some really good fish recipes.

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Friday, March 9, 2018

What is Eating Healthy?

What makes up eating healthy and what does it really mean to eat truly healthfully?  Many times people will tell me how healthy they eat. At that time they often go into what they think makes up a healthy diet.  Usually claiming that  read labels and buy only whole wheat, natural and low sugar products.  I have to say, if this is true it is probably better than eating fast foods.

These healthy eaters claim they have tons of veggies but often fail to explain how these vegetables are cooked.  Healthy vegetables can lose a lot of their health value when over cooked, sauces added and sit too long in the fridge.  Though there is nothing wrong with corn and potatoes, and they do contain some vitamins and minerals, but they are also full of starch.  People often claim to love salads, and what starts out as a healthful salad full of nutrition is overloaded with bottled salad dressing.  And please don't claim to use low calorie dressings until after you read the label.

Is vegan and vegetarian a healthy way to eat? I love animal protein so hopefully  you won't think I am biased.  Many vegetarians allow themselves eggs and cheese, and will eat pasta by the bucketful. Their diets are often laden with sugar and salt and foods with preservatives.  Vegans have a strict fruit and vegetable diet but still can make brownies with coconut flour etc.  The paleo diet is probably one I could follow as you can eat animal protein as well as a large variety of produce.  The latest craze is the Keto diet which encourages about 70 percent of fat and the rest protein and some fruits and vegetables.

I rarely have someone confess to me they eat a really bad diet, because in reality they think they are eating healthfully.  Very often they rationalize while commenting that they had their yearly coke, a rare piece of cake and a small piece of pizza.  I have peaked into friends pantry and fridge and sometimes amazed at finding canned everything, packaged cookies and crackers, cases of coke or diet coke. 

It is all about being truthful to yourself.  If you drink ten cans of beer a day own up to it.  If you go through a box of cookies in an hour face it. 

We really eat healthfully and have an ongoing healthy diet with lots of produce and the usual grass fed beef, wild caught fish and organic chickens, but we occasionally will have some of my favorite flavor ice cream, a fatty steak, or some other treat.  The keyword is occasionally and really meaning just that.  And remember restaurant food at its best is not always healthful.

For some really healthful ideas on staying healthy check out my Amazon book   Feel Better Every Day

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Making Wise Choices is the Best Way to Stay Trim

Sounds easy doesn't it?  A plate of cookies out of the oven or fresh carrot sticks--what will you eat?
I think before I eat everything but this eating habit is now based on my subconscious mind.   I allow myself a few indulgences either every week or when I know we are going to a fabulous restaurant or being served some fabulous dessert. Not only does conscious thinking and choosing keep off the pounds but also creates healthy eating patterns.

First of all I rarely if ever have anything sugary or foods made with white flower in my house.  Most of my food doesn't have labels.  However, every once in a while I get a yen for something very fattening and unhealthy.  If I am home I let it pass by as the grocery store is a 20 minute drive.

When I go to a party and there is tons of food, I scan the table and put on my plate only my very favorite foods.  If there is nothing that is calling to me I may just have a small piece or serving of this or that.

When we go out to a restaurant and potatoes and veggies come with the main course I ask for double veggies and skip the potatoes.  If bread is served and it is not my absolute favorite I ignore it.  Why eat a fattening dessert after eating a huge meal?

I will occasionally order a sandwich but often turn it into a half sandwich and hold the mayo.

Salad bars are tricky.  I scan the selections and avoid cheese, bacon and pasta which also makes for healthy eating.  I do admit to treating myself to my favorite Ranch dressing.  I never use the low calorie selection as what it lacks in calories it lacks in taste.  And who knows what is creating the taste which is often sweet.

You can learn to say no which feels wonderful after you have not added a pound to your body by eating several chocolate chip cookies.  Pick out the few things you absolutely adore and indulge with a planned event.  I always know when I am going to eat something from my "forbidden" list.  I do enjoy those few moments when digging into a treat and know I have sanctioned it.

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Quick, Easy, Healthy and Economical Dinners


Quick, easy, healthy and economical are the best buzz words for cooking that I know.  I love quick, easy, healthy, yummy and economical.   I enjoy preparing healthy dinners with lots of vitamins and minerals, which is another step in achieving good health.  And let it be known that most of us like to create meals that don’t break the bank, and are still easy to make and save some dollars.

Here is one our favorite healthy dinners and so easy to make.  My husband does all the grocery shopping and he always checks for sales and seasonal bargains.  

The cost of this dinner:

One half of a chicken:  1.50
Mushrooms:     .50 cents
Red peppers …..25
One large  Onion………..25
Tomatos………..,25
Brussel sprouts  25
Quinoa………….30

Total Cost for the dinner  $3.30  
Add another $1.50 for two more people for the chicken. There are enough veggies for four people. 

We  bought the chicken on sale.  We actually bought 4 packages for future meals. And the rest of the veggies I had in the fridge.

Chicken Recipe

Ingredients;
chicken half
1/2 red pepper chopped in small pieces
1 large onion  chopped in small pieces
2 Roma tomatoes  sliced i half
1 cup of mushrooms sliced
1 cup of sliced brussel sprouts
1 cup of quinoa  (this is enough for two meals for two)
1 1/4 cup of water or chicken broth
1/2 cup of sesame seed oil
1 tablespoon each of curry powder, turmeric, rosemary, basil garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350
  2. Blend the oil with all the spices and mix well
  3. Dip the chicken in the mixture and remove,  and set in large baking dish
  4. Fit the veggies around the chicken breast keep each separate  from the other
  5. Pour the rest of the oil mixture over the veggies.
  6. You may want to pour extra oil over the veggies
  7. Add 1/2 cup of water and pour over the chicken and vegetables
  8. Bake for about 1.5 hours.


Lots more  healthy recipes from my book  Feel Better Every Day

Monday, February 12, 2018

Stay Happy as You Age


As we age we find the mirror starts playing tricks on us.  While looking in the mirror we may suddenly have lost the bloom of youth.  Actually it was not so suddenly, but it does seem that way at times.  The reality is that when growing older some things feel easier in life and some things become more challenging.  Our attitudes change in many facets of our lives. We also find stress and anxiety are often part of our daily landscape.

There are other things that happen as we age just alone in our physical being.  We find our energy doesn’t  last quite as long as it did, and we may not be as agile. Our weight has a way of shifting around changing our proportions. One thing for sure that is easy and that is gaining weight.  

So what is the good news?  The best news of all is that we are here living and can look forward to each day if we choose to be happy.

I once read that happiness is a choice.  Okay so you are looking at this page right now and snickering at me.  You have a ton of problems so how can you choose to be happy.  Trust me this is no easy feat but you can find happy moments each day.  We all have something to be grateful for.  My mother in law had a great saying which I have carried around with me.  “Everything in life has its compensations.”  Think about that one.

One thing I do most days is write a gratitude list.  I write down all that I am grateful for and it sticks with me all day.  We all have issues in life and no one is free from them.  Haven’t you seen miserable people who have everything and happy people who have very little?  

We all wake up with those days that we feel the weight of the world on our shoulders for many reasons.  It could be family, money or health—the three biggest detours to happiness.

And lets not get into stress and anxiety as we all have our doses of that each day.

Here are just a few simple ideas to find ways of being happy every day.

  1. Plan a treat for yourself 
  2. Take a walk and enjoy nature
  3. Have a forbidden food to sneak in for the day
  4. Watch a favorite TV show or movie
  5. Call a friend who is a good listener
  6. Unclutter a closet or room.  (This really helps me)
  7. Take some time to meditate that will clear your mind
  8. Take a bath in scented water
  9. Just smile
  10. Buy yourself something new and  it doesn’t have to cost much


This growing old and dealing with aging problems is a challenge and we have to work at fighting back with different solutions. I am getting up today and I have decided to be happy.


More ideas for staying happy in my book  Feel Better Every Day on Amazon

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Natural Cleaning Ideas to Save Money



Cleaning house is not my favorite thing to do, but having a clean house is my favorite place to be.  I actually threw away all of my aerosol cleaning solutions and decided to make make many of my own cleaning products.  So far I still buy laundry and dishwasher detergent.

There are many recipes out there for liquid soap.  I made up this recipe which I also use for personal soap and even my hair.  I love it as it is easy to make and pure.

What you will need:
1. pump bottle
2. Pure castille soap
3. baking soda
4. Water
5  Rosemary essential oil

Directions:
1. Fill the bottle halfway with castille soap
2. Add 1 tablespoon of baking soda
3. Fill to almost the top with water
4. Add 4 or 5 drops of rosemary essential oil


Quick Cleaning Recope
What  you will need:
1. Large Spray bottle
2. White vinegar
3. Baking soda
4. Hydrogen peroxide
5. 6 or 7 drops of lemon or lavender essential oil

Directions
1. Fill the bottle half full of water
2. Add very slowly 2 tablespoons of baking soda
3. Add 3 drops of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide
4. Add 1/2 cup of white vinegar
5. Shale very very gently

This solution is great for doing bathrooms and kitchens.  I use it on granite with no problems.  I often spray the furniture to deodorize the sofas and chairs.  You will want to check first on the back of a chair or sofa that is upholstered to make sure the fabric is colorfast.

Just Baking Soda:

I use baking soda for so many things.  I keep a cup of the soda in each bathroom, by the washing machine and by the cat box.

For a quick cleaning in my bathrooms I pour a little in the toilet, tub and sink.
I simple take a damp rag and go over everything.  I am sure to give another swipe of a damp rag over all of the surfaces pick up all of the residue from the baking soda.

I add about 1/4 cup to a load of laundry.  Every morning when cleaning the cat box I sprinkle a little in the box and never have cat odors.

I love looking under my sink and seeing very few cleaning solutions.  I am working on a laundry detergent and furniture polish next.  I feel healthier knowing I am not spraying all kinds of toxic and scented cleaning solutions in my house.

I have many more recipes in my book  my book Feel Better Every Day


Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Being an Empath--Solutions and Ideas

Surviving as an Empath

Perhaps you have discovered that you are an empath, well at least you can use this label to describe how you navigate in life.  There are good things and challenging things about being an empath.  I recently discovered that this label describes me and my actions.  I am going to go through some of the traits and some easy (well maybe not so easy) solutions to  live peacefully with ourselves.

1.  We often know stuff without being told.
 This is not a bad thing but often creates a feeling of unrest inside. It can also cause us to make quick judgement and even decisions.  It is best  to just allow these thoughts to flow through and evaluate everything before plunging in.

2.  As an empath we often feel  other's emotions whether where we are  or even far away.
 This feeling can make it challenging to our spirit when entering a room.  You can tune out this feeling by engaging in conversations and focusing on your environment.  Experiencing the faraway emotions  is different story as we are often not sure if what we are feeling is real.  When my head gets full of other's emotions I try to divert myself or have a quiet meditation for a few minutes.


3 Some empaths have an addictive personality
Hopefully you can create positive activities in your life to avoid any addictions.   Currently I have no addictions but sometimes it is as simple as being addicted to buying art supplies.  I have gone through that particular addiction. It certainly is not dangerous but could get expensive.  Dealing with alcohol, food or spending money addictions  will require some outside support and help.  Sometimes empaths just need a good friend to share feelings with.

4. Drawn to holistic and metaphysical beliefs.  To me this is one of the best traits of an empath, and something I have always geared towards.  Developing healthy protocols for staying healthy is excellent,  and metaphysical gives direction to our mind and soul.

5. Needing solitude.
 I try to find time each day to be alone and do things I love like read or paint.

6. Feelings always show
I am not sure we can do anything about this and I personally don't care.  If you are in a situation where it is not to your best interests to show your feelings, this is something you can work on.

7. Clutter dampens the spirit
We have clutter in certain rooms in the house, and if I can have some spaces that are clutter free I am okay with this.

8. Negativity is over whelming
One of the best ways to avoid negativity is to surround yourself with positive people.  We all have those negative moments but they often flee.

9. Sympathy with underdogs
Pick your underdogs wisely and make sure they are working at helping themselves before you reach out. Many people are excellent at playing this role.


10.Crowds can become unbearable
I personally avoid crowds as much as possible.  We rarely go places where there are lots of people in one place.

There are more traits to deal with for the empath.  If you feel you are one there are excellent sources to check out.

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Monday, February 5, 2018

Unusual Foods With Huge Health Benefits


Research

I spend a lot of time researching different foods, herbs, spices and supplements. It is easy to get swayed into trying many of these by the many promises they offer in the arena of preventing disease and different conditions. I do not believe in any magic bullet for cures of any kind,  but there are many wonderful foods out there that can often be considered like medicine.  I try to find several sources  in my research that concur on any new idea, thought or product. I am going to share these three products with you that I have found to have many health benefits.

Black Garlic: 

 Most of us are familiar with garlic and use it to spruce up many different dishes. Black garlic is something many have probably not heard about.  The black garlic has more allicin than white garlic which is the most important health ingredient of garlic.  Black garlic is a stronger antioxidant and rich in more amino acids than white garlic. The black garlic is actually regular garlic that has been carefully fermented.  The flavor and scent is less strong, but very flavorful.  The black garlic also comes in supplements if you are not fond of adding garlic to your food. 



Broccoli Sprouts 

These little sprouts  rich in Sulforaphane which is reported to be a substance that can help the body stay free from many diseases. I use these tasty little sprouts in salads and when I make  a healthy sandwich of tuna or chicken on whole grain bread.  I even add them to soups and stews.  I keep a small container in my fridge all the time and try to incorporate it in some dish on a daily basis.

Here is a list of a few of the benefits
1.Lowers cholesterol
2. Helps keep the cardiovascular system healthy
3. Supports brain health
4. Anti inflammatory.
5. Protects muscles

Chia Seeds

Chia seeds is another product I keep stored in my pantry. You can eat these little back seeds raw or cooked for their health benefits. I add these seeds to soups and salads and even meatloaf and stews. These seeds are not for munching as a snack by themselves.  These seeds aid digestion primarily and support healthy skin and can help regulate blood sugar.  The seeds have  a large quantity of manganese, magnesium,  calcium and vitamins A,B,D and E.  Chia seeds are also rich in antioxidants and Omega 3. These seeds provide a simple way to get all of these vitamins and minerals in your diet.


Do you have any special healthy tips of something you enjoy consuming?  I would love to hear of any different ideas.  I have a few more up my sleeve and will save them for another day.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

I am an Empath--Are You?

I am an Empath are YOU?

I am not big on giving people labels as they seems to stick with them and often create an unhappy image.  However,  I have found my label —like it or not.  I am an Empath.

What is an empath?

The simple definition of an empath is that if you  are affected by other peoples energies. and are gifted with an intuitive feeling and ability to perceive others.   You are highly sensitive and emotional but that is not all.   We often know the motivation of others and also can take on the emotions of others.  This is not a learned way of being.  In other words you are either an empath or not. We  Empaths are walking around with accumulated karma and emotions and energy from others around us, which is not always easy. 

Situations

We often feel more of what is going on outside than what is happening inside of us.  Where there is disharmony there is an unhappy empath.  Unpleasant situations and confrontations create a feeling of unhappiness and unrest.  Empaths often do well in therapy as talking out problems helps a great deal.  If the problem is not settled the act of sharing feelings help. Healing comes from talking and reasoning. 

Suffering as seen in others is very hard on the empath personality.   Empaths are almost always caring and understanding.  Strangers  often pour out their problems and deepest fears, not just occasionally but often. Empaths can go from happy fun and very humorous to sad and despondent— but there is  always a reason.  They need stimulation but can get this from being alone and delving into their own special fun projects and fantasy.


Here are some traits of the Empath 

If you fall into most of these traits you are a member of the  empath club.

  1. Many times empaths know stuff without being told
  2. Sometimes crowds and noise becomes unbearable
  3. You feel other people’s emotions whether in the same room or miles away
  4. You almost  always know when someone is not being honest
  5. Sympathetic with the underdog
  6. Can have an addictive personality
  7. Drawn to holistic therapies and metaphysical beliefs
  8. Truth and fairness is of utmost importance in life
  9. Empaths must have answers and explanations for things they are curious about
  10. Daydreamers and happy being alone and getting into their dreams
  11. Free spirits—rules and regulations bog them down
  12. Cannot hide feelings and the feelings always show
  13. Clutter dampens spirit
  14. A strong need for solicitude and quiet 
  15. Easily bored in situations and gets distracted and starts to day dream
  16. Negativity is overwhelming for Empaths



You can live happily being an Empath, but you have to be aware of your surroundings, choose friends carefully and take care of yourself. 


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Thursday, February 1, 2018

New and Simple Ideas for Dinner Parties

The New Dinner Party idea

Today it is sometimes a challenge to have friends over for dinner. Either people have certain things they cannot eat or certain things they do not want to eat.  There are so many special diets to include: Paleo, Keto, Vegan and Vegetarian along with  low sodium, low fat, low sugar, no dairy, and the list goes on.

I have come up with a new inventive idea and I call it the cocktail dinner party.  Not only will you please all your guests but your work is cut in half.  To me the most challenging thing about a dinner party is the last minute preparation, setting the table, serving pieces ready and keeping everything hot or cold.  The best thing about the cocktail dinner party is that you can  do just about everything ahead of time or choose to make a few things that require last minute prep.  Now the purpose of this is to please all of your guests with foods for your vegan friends, vegetarian and those on Paleo and kept diets. I find that most foods do well being served either chilled or room temperature.

Setting of the table requires:
  1. Small plates and napkins
  2. Drink glasses

You will need to have red and white wine, beer, soda for your non drinking friends and a nice touch is flavored water.

Here are some suggested menus for this new dinner party.
  1. Cold shrimp with sauce
  2. Hummus dip with veggies
  3. Baked cheese
  4. Cheese cubes with green olives and cherry tomatoes
  5. Baked cheesy zucchini strips
  6. Sirloin steak cubes with spicy sour cream sauce
  7. Stuffed mushrooms with ground beef filling
  8. Pineapple cubes for something sweet
Everything here can be made ahead of time and refrigerated. 
Remove everything from the fridge ahead of time except the shrimp and allow to return to room temperature.

Set everything out on a table.

Some advantages to serving food this way.  

  1. People are allowed to eat what they want and follow their special diets
  2. People are moving around and not getting sleepy at the dinner table
  3. People are mingling more
  4. People don't feel obligated to eat what they don't want
  5. Cleanup is easy 



Monday, January 29, 2018

A Healthy and Very Easy Dinner Recipe

What is for dinner tonite?  This is a question I wake up with in the morning since I am the main cook in our household.  Fortunately my husband is a good griller and we do barbecue often throughout the entire year.  I forgot to mention the word  easy which is one of my favorite words to use when referring to cooking. I truly believe that wonderful food does not have to take a huge amount of time nor cost a huge fortune.

Here is a favorite meal of ours that takes me almost no time at all.

The menu is grilled hamburger steaks and grilled veggies with cucumber slices.

1.  I make hamburger patties and season with garlic powder, basil, salt and pepper.  I add about 1 tablespoon of olive oil.  The grass fed beef we get sometimes is a little dry.  And remember adding a little oil to most foods help conduct the flavor.

2. I get out a large aluminum throw away pan with about 2 inch sides.  I sprinkle a little sesame seed or grapeseed oil on the bottom.  My favorite seasonings to add are oregano, basil, garlic powder, turmeric  (about a teaspoon or two each).  I blend in the seasonings.

3. I cut up an onion in medium size pieces along with red peppers.  I use whole mushrooms unless they are too large and then cut in half.  Other  veggies you can add: zucchini, celery, tomatoes, cauliflower, broccoli and brussel sprouts (cut in half)

4. Add the veggies to the pan and it doesn't matter if they crow each other.

5. Pour a little more oil mixed with more seasoning over the top and ready to go.

6. Slice your cucumber slices and add a few tablespoons of cider vinegar over them.

You have an easy and healthful dinner that you can put together in about 20 minutes.


There is nothing better in my estimation than barbecued vegetables. And to boot they add a very healthy and delicious addition to many different meals.

*You can substitute chicken, turkey or black bean burgers depending on your preference.