Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Rotten Coconut- First Video

Here's a long-ish, boring(kinda) video of what a rotten coconut looks like inside. It's SUPER gross and the smell is horrendous. Anyway, My husband and I are in our grubbies and undies, but you don't see that..but, sorry for the lack of professionalism, but I'm blogging for fun not for money. :) k...have fun watching really is kind of funny. :)

Birthday Cake

 This picture is my first attempt to a styled birthday cake. I've made round or square ones before, but this was different for me. This was for my daughter's 1st b-day. She's about to turn 2 in a couple weeks. Any ideas on a another princess themed cake? She's totally into princess this year. Last year, I picked it out, this year she actually understands. So, round we go... :D
I'm holding my daughter and the other birthday girl (my lil sister) is showing my daughter how it's done. :)

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Unable to Post

I am trying to work on a video post on how to crack a coconut, but it's being pushed back, seeing as my husband and I have spent our free time trying to catch some mice(in our house). Yes, I know, mice should NEVER really be brought up on a food blog, BUT...sometimes, life happens...hmmm...sorry.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Grocery Shopping in Seasons, great tips from KCL

Here are some great tips from KCL.

I think this info is pretty cool!!!!

Everyone knows that produce is seasonal.  If you want to make a triple batch of strawberry or apricot freezer jam, the best time of year to do it is during the summer when the fruit is in season, and thereby at it’s lowest annual cost.  A savvy shopper waits until a product is on sale and then stocks up!  The idea is to create a stockpile that will last you 3-12 months, or until the product again reaches its lowest price.
Packaged Foods are seasonal just like produce! Each calendar month brings a new batch of sales.  Here’s the predictable sale cycles for each calendar month:


National Oatmeal Month: Quaker
Diet Foods including: Healthy Choice, South Beach, Lean Cuisine, Special K, Kashi, Smart Start, 100 Calorie Packs
Super Bowl Sunday:  Pepsi, Coke, Chips, Dips, Cheese, sandwich items, crackers, snacks, wings
Seasonal Produce: Oranges, Pears,Grapefruit, Tangerines, Broccoli, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chard, Collards, Kale, Kiwi, Avocado, Cabbage, Spinach
Clearance:  Christmas Decorations, Toys, Wrapping Papers,
Winter Health:  Cold Medicines and Vitamins


National Canned Food Month:  Canned Fruit, Vegetables, meats:  Tuna, chicken, salmon, pie fillings
National Hot Breakfast Month:  Malt O Meal, Oatmeal, Eggo Waffles, Syrup
Valentines:  Chocolate, Hershey’s, KY Lubricant, etc
Chinese New Year: Soy Sauce, Teriyaki Sauce, Noodles
Seasonal Produce:  Artichoke, Asparagus, Raspberries, Potatoes, Strawberries, Broccoli, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chard, Collards, Kale, Kiwi, Avocado, Spinach


Frozen Food Month: Frozen Meals, TGI Fridays, Contessa, Foster Farms Chicken, Eggo, Sara Lee, Healthy Choice, DiGiorno, Freschetta, Breyers, Dreyers, Marie Callendars
Seasonal Produce: Artichoke, Asparagus, Avocado, Haas, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chard, Collards, Fennel, Kale, Leek, Lemon, Lime, Mushrooms, Onions, Spring, Orange, Peas, Radish, Rhubarb, Spinach, Strawberries, Tangerine


Easter:  Ham, Eggs, Some Baking Supplies:  sugar, spices, baking mixes, chocolate chips
Earth Day: Organic foods, Energy saver
Seasonal Produce: Artichokes, Asparagus, Beets, Broccoli, Cabbages, Carrots, Grapefruit, Hass Avocado, Mushrooms, Onions, Peas, Rhubarb
Clearance:  After Easter sales are the time to stock up on decorating, baskets, etc for the next year.


Memorial Day: BBQ Sauce, Ketchup, condiments, charcoal, salad dressing, potato chips, dips
Paper Products:  plates, utensils, insect repellant, sunscreen
Cinco De Mayo:  Salsa, tortillas
Seasonal Produce: Artichokes, Asparagus, Avocado, Beans, Green, Beets, Blackberries, Carrots, Onions, Sweet Vidalia, Peas, Edible Pods, Peas, English/Shelling, Potatoes, New, Raspberries, Strawberries


National Dairy Month:  Eggs, Milk (Free Milk Catalina, wyb cereal), Ice Cream,
Cheese, Butter, Yogurt, cool whip, In-store dairy coupons or booklets
End of June is Fourth or July Sales: Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, BBQ Sauce, Ketchup, condiments, charcoal, salad dressing, potato chips, dips
Seasonal Produce: Apricots, Blackberries, Blueberries, Boysenberries, Cherries, Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant, Grapes, Honeydew, Nectarines, Peaches, Potatoes, Raspberries, Red Onions, Squash, Summer, Strawberries, Sweet Vidalia Onions, Tomatoes, Watermelon


National Ice Cream Month
More 4th of July BBQ Sales:   Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, BBQ Sauce, Ketchup, condiments, charcoal, salad dressing, potato chips, dips
End of July:  Back to School Sales begin:  crayons, pencils, folders, binders
Seasonal Produce: Asian Pears, Bartlett Pears, Beans, Green, *Blueberries, Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant, Figs, Garlic, Grapes, Nectarines, Onions, Red, Oranges, Valencia, Peaches, Peppers, Sweet/Bell, Plums, Potatoes, Squash, Summer, Tomatoes, Watermelon


Back to School: Pudding cups, Lunch meat,
Staples and Office Depot Penny items
Disinfectant:  Clorox, Purell
Clearance:  Insect Repellant, Sunscreen, charcoal
Seasonal Produce: Apple, Gravenstein, Avocado, Hass, Beans, Beans, Green, Berries, Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant, Figs, Grapes, Melons, Onion, Peaches, Pears, Bartlett, Pepper, Bell, Plums, Raspberries, Squash, Summer, Tomatillo, Tomato


Back to School Sales through labor day:  crayons, pencils, folders, binders
Diabetes:  Bayer Glucose Meters, Glucerna Cereal
Seasonal Produce: Apples, Artichokes, Beans, Bell Peppers, Chile Peppers, Cucumber, Eggplant, Grapes, Onion, Orange, Valencia, Pears, Asian, Pears, Bartlett, Pomegranate, Squash, Tomatillo, Tomatoes, Winter Squash


Halloween:  Candy
Beginning of the baking sales:  Canned pumpkin, evap milk, baking chips
National Seafood Month
Adopt a Shelter-Dog Month: Pedigree, Purina
Seasonal Produce: Almonds, Apples, Artichokes, Arugula, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbages, Chard, Chestnuts, Cranberries, Lemons, Parsnip, Pears, Pomegranate, Potatoes, Potatoes, Sweet, Pumpkin, Spinach, Squash, Winter, Turnips, Yams


Baking Sales in full swing: nuts, chocolate chips, evap milk, sweetened condensed milk, coconut, cake mixes
Canned foods – soup, broth, condensed milk, vegetables, fruits, spaghetti sauce
Turkey, canned pumpkin, stovetop stuffing, betty crocker boxed potatoes, gravy mixes, rhodes rolls, frozen pies, cranberry sauce, jello, marshmallows
Seasonal Produce: Anjou Pears, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbages, Carrots, Celery, Comice pears, cranberries, kiwi, lemons, orange, potato, squash, yams
Clearance:  After Halloween sales are the time to stock up on things for the next year.  I like to buy the Halloween candy-alternatives like halloween crayons, erasers, watches, spinning tops, etc.  I mix this in with my next year’s candy bowl and it stretches my loot for all the neighbor kids!


Holiday Dinner:  Egg Nog, Deli Platters, Instant Potatoes, gravy mixes, rhodes rolls, frozen pies, cranberry sauce, jello, marshmallows
Baking: Flour, Sugar, Butter, Cream, Cake mix, Brownie mix, Muffin mix, Breads, Pie Crust, Marshmallow, Whipped cream
Canned foods – soup, broth, condensed milk, vegetables, fruits, spaghetti sauce
Clearance:  Buy all your Thanksgiving Decorations, extra table settings and turkey carving products now once they’re at least 50% off.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Fruit for the Summer

I decided to look up the sale produce this week for Safeway and find recipes to go with it. Here are some options, these are not my own recipes, I will be trying them for the first time this week.

Cantaloupe: (funny photo, huh?)

Here are some recipes you can use it for-

Cucumber-Tomato Baguettes-

      1 loaf of Baguette Bread
       1 large cucumbers
  2-3 roma tomatoes (are on sale now also)
        tub of cream cheese
    salt and white pepper to taste

Cut Baguette into 1/2inch  to 1 inch(depending on how easy to cut of tough/soft bread is). Cut cucumber and Tomatoes into thin slices.  Spread each slice of baguette with cream cheese, top with slice of cucumber, then slice of tomato, sprinkle over salt and white pepper(to taste). And it's so STINKIN' delicious!!! and easy, snack or hors d'oeuvre. 

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Pregnancy Cravings

I remember craving mac and cheese with soy sauce, cheeseburgers, Caesar salads, ice cream, eggs, taco bell at Wow, it was crazy. I remember falling in LOVE with Salmon and Tuna fish. Twice baked potatoes tasted heavenly one time...among other things that seemed WAY better when you were pregnant.

Choosing healthy options are very important. At age 18, when I was pregnant with my first child, I ate poorly, I had gestational diabetes and wasn't a happy camper toward the end of my pregnancy. My 2nd child I was doing better with eating, but still craved the sugar and also had gestational diabetes with that child. My 3rd baby, I was 22, and had become more aware and accustomed to eating healthier and did NOT have gestational diabetes. Here are some things to eat and to avoid while pregnant, for you or anyone you know having a baby soon. I just found out my cousin is pregnant, so I'm dedicating this post to her, :) lol

Top Ten Power Foods for Pregnant and Nursing Women

These foods are great for pregnant and lactating women, along with their families. When it's important to make every bite count, depend on these nutritional powerhouses. In case any of these don't suit your taste buds or your dietary choices, we've included alternative sources of key nutrients as well.
• Yogurt
• Dark Leafy Greens
• Eggs
• Fatty Fish
• Lamb
• Berries
• Sweet Potatoes
• Avocado
• Legumes
• Nuts

Whole Baby
Foods to Avoid during Pregnancy
During pregnancy, the foods you eat have an effect on your developing baby. It is important to be aware of foods that may present hidden consequences. Avoid these foods when pregnant and nursing:
• Unpasteurized dairy products and unpasteurized juices, which may contain bacteria dangerous to a developing baby.
• Caffeine-containing beverages including green tea, alcoholic beverages and cigarettes.
Green tea contains a compound — epigallocatechin gallate — that blocks the enzyme necessary for folic acid to be utilized in the cells. Folic acid is needed for cells to divide, which is especially important during the critical periods of growth and development during the first trimester of pregnancy. Without folic acid, cell division is slowed down. In fact, inadequate intakes of folic acid have been linked to an increased risk of giving birth to an infant with neural tube defects. While green tea can be beneficial at other times, to be safe, pregnant women should avoid green tea throughout their pregnancy.
• Raw or undercooked meat, poultry and seafood, including oysters and sushi, which can carry parasites or foodborne illness.
• Some species of fish, including tuna, shark, swordfish, king mackerel and tilefish, due to their mercury content. Learn more
• Processed foods and "junk foods" with artificial flavors, colors, preservatives and hydrogenated oils, especially fried chips and French fries.
• Trans fat-containing hydrogenated oils prevent the synthesis and inhibit the utilization of the long chained omega-3 fatty acids-EPA and DHA-that are vital for brain development.
Learn more: Fish | Transfats

Carob Vs. Chocolate

Carob: First Rate Food!
by Paulette Millis

This food comes from the fleshy fruit pod of evergreen trees that reach heights of up to 50 feet. The carob tree, Certonia siliqua, also known as locust bean, locust pod, and St. John’s Bread, grows well where water is scarce. They are found mainly in the Mediterranean, but have also been planted for shade purposes in southern California. The prolific pods, (they are legumes), are reddish-brown, 4–8 inches long, leathery on the outside and succulent and sweet on the inside.
Carob powder is produced by grinding the pod after removal of the hard, brown seeds inside. This powder is the source of carob we usually see in whole food stores. It tastes somewhat like chocolate, is similar in many ways to cocoa, and health food enthusiasts and those who cannot eat chocolate use it as a substitute. I was introduced to it when my son became allergic to chocolate at age five, and continue to use it religiously instead of chocolate.
The seeds are the source of carob gum or locust bean gum, used as an additive by food processors in confections, frozen desserts, gelatin salads, party dips, salad dressings, and sauces as a stabilizer and thickening agent. It is used in baked goods to improve texture and extend shelf life and stabilize pie fillings and meringues; in dairy products to prevent separation of fats, solids, and water, and impart smoothness and richness with only traces of calories; in meat products as stabilizers and thickeners; and to give meatlike texture to vegetable protein analogs.


Carob per 100g portions:

protein 3.8 grams

fat 0.2 grams

carbohydrates 90.6 grams

calcium 290 mg

phosphorus 81 mg

sodium 10 mg

potassium 800 mg

Powder Cocoa per 100g portions:

protein 16.8 grams

fat 23.7 grams

carbohydrates 45.4 grams

calcium 133 mg

phosphorus 648 mg

sodium 717 mg

potassium 651 mg

Chart from Food and Nutrition Encyclopedia Vol. 1

Carob, a delicious, healthy food choice, is processed by drying, roasting, and grinding. Chocolate is processed with harsh alkalis and contains theobromine, both toxic to the liver. Chocolate is so bitter it is inedible without being heavily sweetened, while carob is 50% natural sugar. Chocolate has a heavy flavour, while carob is delicate. Carob is very low in fat (see table under nutrition) while cocoa is high in fat. Carob is free of caffeine and oxalic acids. When oxalic acid is used with calcium, as in chocolate milk, the calcium is rendered unusable.
Carob and cocoa contain tannin. Use both in moderation in children’s diets especially, as tannic acid reduces the absorption of protein through the intestinal wall.
Suggestions for Substitutions:
• use 1 1/2–2 parts by weight of carob for cocoa in beverages unless spices are used to enhance flavour.
• bland-flavoured carob goes well with cinnamon and peppermint.
• reduce the amount of sweetener when substituting carob for cocoa.
There are many foods available, particularly in whole food stores, that use carob. Try some of the carob flavoured drinks, such as Carob Rice Dream (milk and chocolate free!), carob confections such as granola bars, energy bars, carob bars (the carob nut mint cluster is my favourite!), puddings, pie fillings, teas, and especially the frozen carob treats made with Rice Dream Ice Cream—yummy! Read the ingredient list carefully and choose snacks that have food as a first ingredient, such as seeds, nuts, grains, dried fruit, etc., and beware of added sweeteners, sugar and it’s many aliases. Best choices would be without sweeteners.
Brewed teas of roasted carob powder are effective and without side effects in the treatment of acute-onset diarrhea according to Murray and Pizzorno in the Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine. The beneficial effects are attributed to the high fiber content of carob and the polyphenol compounds. A study involving infants with acute diarrhea showed carob powder was particularly helpful with normalizations in defecation, body temperature, weight, and cessation of vomiting, with no side effects. (Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine p.435).
Carob contains 50% natural sugars, some protein, lots of fiber, less fat and calories than chocolate, and significant quantities of vitamin B, vitamin A, and minerals. It is an excellent source of calcium (see table pg. 8), having 3 times more calcium than milk!
It was very difficult to choose just four of my favourite recipes! There are many available for carob ice cream using your blender — try some. For yummy Carob Chip Muffins, see Volume 4 Issue 5 of WHOLifE, January/February 1999.
Peanut Butter Squares**
Try this great frozen dessert!
1/4 cup liquid honey
12 oz. soft tofu
1/2 cup natural peanut butter
2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt
2 eggs
Blend all of the above and spread a flat layer in an 8” x 8” pan.
1/3 cup liquid honey
1/4 cup carob powder
2 tsp. vanilla
Stir together and pour on top of first layer. Marbilize the layers with a knife. Freeze and enjoy.
Carob Syrup*
2 cups boiling water
1/2 cup honey
6 tbsp. carob powder (sifted)
1 tbsp. arrowroot powder
pinch of salt
1 tsp vanilla
In a small saucepan, combine the water with the honey and boil for 5 minutes or until syrupy. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, dissolve the carob powder, arrowroot powder and salt in a few tsp. of hot water; add to the syrup, and boil for another 5 minutes or until thickened. Let cool and then add vanilla. Refrigerate in a covered glass jar. Makes 1 1/2 cups.
You may use with milk, soymilk, Rice Dream or any combination of milks for a hot chocolate substitute.
Eatmore Bars*
Wonderful for snacks!
1/2 to 1 cup of peanut butter
1/4 to 1/2 cup of honey or to taste
1 cup carob chips (see note below)
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 cups of oatflakes
1 cup chopped roasted peanuts
water, if needed
Boil the peanut butter and honey. Add carob chips and vanilla. Add remaining ingredients into the mixture and then press in a greased flat pan or cookie sheet. Once cool, cut into bars and serve.
Note: check labels for sugar and milk content of carob chips. No sugar, no milk chips make a dark bar, regular chips, with milk and sugar, make a lighter version.
Mahagany Cake
2 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour or stone ground whole wheat flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1 cup milk
2 tsp. vanilla
1 cup butter
1 cup honey or maple syrup (use brown rice syrup if you are diabetic as it doesn’t tend to unbalance blood sugars)
2 eggs
1/2 cup sifted carob
1 cup hot water
Sift flour, soda, and salt. Stir vinegar into milk and save. Cream butter, add honey, beat in eggs one at a time, and blend in carob. Add sifted flour mixture and milk alternately to butter mixture until batter is smooth. Stir in hot water and vanilla. Bake in 350° F oven for 40–50 minutes in three 8” layer pans, or 8 x 12 pan for a sheet cake. Also can be made into cupcakes.
My daughter-in-law makes this cake for my grandson’s birthdays, and uses tofu puddings for icing. Yummy!
* taken from Nutrition, Cooking and Healing, P. Millis
** adapted from Freedom From Allergy Cookbook, R. Greenberg
References: The World Encyclopedia of Food; Food and Nutrition Encyclopedia; Whole Foods Encyclopedia - Rebecca Wood; Complete Book of Natural Foods - Fred Rohe; Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine - Michael Murray N.D. and Joseph Pizzorno N.D.
The above is information regarding nutritious foods and is not intended to replace any instruction from medical or health professionals.
Note: Due to an increased interest in the subject of carob by many WHOLifE readers, we decided to repeat Paulette Millis's Carob: First Rate Food! article in this issue. It was first published in WHOLifE: March/April 1999 (Volume 4, Issue 6).
Paulette Millis lives and works in Saskatoon as a counsellor and nutritional consultant. Her cookbook, Nutrition, Cooking and Healing, is available in health food stores, or by calling Paulette at (306) 244-8890, or visit

Alkaline Vs. Acidic

I once heard that your alkalinity level should be slightly higher than your acidic level. I also heard that you will never get cancer in an alkaline body, because cancer won't survive in an alkaline body. I don't know if any of that is true, but I do know that lemons are AWESOME for helping with headaches and they are alkaline forming, also they are great to help prevent kidney stones, which, in my case, is REALLY good. :)

Here is a list of foods that are either akaline or acid forming when they mingle with your body.


Barley Grass
Beet Greens
Chard Greens
Collard Greens
Edible Flowers
Fermented Veggies
Green Beans
Green Peas
Mustard Greens
Nightshade Veggies
Parsnips (high glycemic)
Sea Veggies
Spinach, green
Sweet Potatoes
Wheat Grass
Wild Greens

Dandelion Root

Banana (high glycemic)
Cherries, sour
Coconut, fresh
Dates, dried
Figs, dried
Honeydew Melon
Tropical Fruits
Umeboshi Plums

Tempeh (fermented)
Tofu (fermented)
Whey Protein Powder


Chili Pepper
Herbs (all)
Sea Salt

Alkaline Antioxidant Water
Apple Cider Vinegar
Bee Pollen
Fresh Fruit Juice
Green Juices
Lecithin Granules
Mineral Water
Molasses, blackstrap
Probiotic Cultures
Soured Dairy Products
Veggie Juices

Calcium: pH 12
Cesium: pH 14
Magnesium: pH 9
Potassium: pH 14
Sodium: pH 14

Although it might seem that citrus fruits would have an acidifying effect on the body, the citric acid they contain actually has an alkalinizing effect in the system.

Note that a food's acid or alkaline forming tendency in the body has nothing to do with the actual pH of the food itself. For example, lemons are very acidic, however the end products they produce after digestion and assimilation are very alkaline so, lemons are alkaline forming in the body. Likewise, meat will test alkaline before digestion, but it leaves very acidic residue in the body so, like nearly all animal products, meat is very acid forming.

Winter Squash

Canned or Glazed Fruits

Bran, oat
Bran, wheat
Crackers, soda
Flour, wheat
Flour, white
Hemp Seed Flour
Oats (rolled)
Rice (all)
Rice Cakes
Wheat Germ

Almond Milk
Black Beans
Chick Peas
Green Peas
Kidney Beans
Pinto Beans
Red Beans
Rice Milk
Soy Beans
Soy Milk
White Beans

Cheese, Processed
Ice Cream
Ice Milk

Peanut Butter

Corned Beef
Organ Meats

Avacado Oil
Canola Oil
Corn Oil
Flax Oil
Hemp Seed Oil
Olive Oil
Safflower Oil
Sesame Oil
Sunflower Oil

Corn Syrup

Hard Liquor

Soft Drinks

Drugs, Medicinal
Drugs, Psychedelic

Beer: pH 2.5
Coca-Cola: pH 2
Coffee: pH 4

** These foods leave an alkaline ash but have an acidifying effect on the body.
There are several versions of the Acidic and Alkaline Food chart to be found in different books and on the Internet.  The following foods are sometimes attributed to the Acidic side of the chart and sometimes to the Alkaline side.  Remember, you don't need to adhere strictly to the Alkaline side of the chart, just make sure a good percentage of the foods you eat come from that side.

Brazil Nuts
Brussel Sprouts
Cottage Cheese
Flax Seeds
Green Tea
Herbal Tea
Lima Beans

Maple Syrup
Organic Milk (unpasteurized)
Potatoes, white
Pumpkin Seeds
Soy Products
Sprouted Seeds
Sunflower Seeds

This was taken from a different website, but I forget which one, :/


Ok, so I wrote about how I recieved 6 cartons of cherries last month. I had NO idea what to do with them, besides eat 'em raw. I googled recipes, of course. This is what I did, I pitted about 3-4 cartons. We ate the rest raw. I dehydrated some. They were SO good. Like chewy fruit snacks. Then I froze some, for fruit smoothies, my hubby's specialty. I made a Cherry Custard Pie, yum!!! and I was going to attempt Cherry Clafoutis, but I just never did. One day, I will. We sure enjoyed fruit smoothies though. :) and the pie wasn't too bad either. :)

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Stumbled across a life-saver blog

This blog I'm sharing with you is a total life saver in the kitchen right now for me. Healthy, budget friendly, and easy to prepare recipes!!! heck yeah!!! Thank you, LORD...seriously, I was so obsessively annoyed with cooking. I know what healthy is, and it's NOT what most of America thinks. I wanted truly healthy recipes, which I could find in some books and blogs, but they are HARD work (which is not my thing when it comes to kitchen time), AND most of the recipes were really expensive. We are on a strict food budget; saving for greater things. So, wanna know my new favorite blog?

I think you'll be amazed too!!!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

This BLOG is going to be GOOD

Check this blog out when you get a chance:

It's just starting out, but it's going to be GOOD!!!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Brussel Sprouts

Well, we all know they are healthy. Do you have any yummy recipes for them? I just made one tonight that is yummy.

Cut off rough ends, remove outer leaves (2-4), cut an 'X' on the "rough end" to even the cooking. Steam them for 5-10 minutes, do not over cook. When, bright green and fork tender, take off stove, put in sink and run cold water through them and the pot. cool both down and then soak the Brussel sprouts in ice water in the same pot to cool them down even more. While they are cooling, make this yummy dressing:

Whisk together:

6 T. olive oil
2 T. Dijon Mustard
4T. Red Wine Vinegar
2 t. honey or maple syrup
salt and pepper to taste

Pour over drained brussel sprouts into the same pot and put in fridge until chilled. Caleb, who is the pickiest eater I have, likes them a lot! They are pretty good. :)

Shiny Clean Kitchen

Everyone loves a shiny clean kitchen to prepare food in, but the reality is just not there. Last night I was defeated, I stared at yet another disastrous episode of my Kitchen rebelling against me over the weekend, and I giving in to it's strong will. Our weekends are Sunday-Tuesday. Last night I was just overwhelmed and annoyed that I let the Kitchen get SO gross. I'm talking maybe 3 sink fulls of dirty dishes all over the kitchen. You can't even walk in there without crunching or sticking into something, the table has residue from each meal we ate throughout the weekend. I'm so embarrassed to write this, but I'm being honest. So, since I was so stinkin' sick of feeling defeated I decided to figure out a quick list of things I can do to clean up the Kitchen, without having to wonder "where do I even begin, and then what next?"

Here are my 7 steps to cleaning up the Kitchen when it's overwhelmingly dirty, it worked great for me last night!
(First things first, wear some shoes or sleepers if your floor is anything like mine was)

1. Put all trash in can
2. Put anything left out back- in cupboard, pantry, another room, etc.
3. Wipe off table, counters, stove top-moving all dirty dishes to one side of sink
4. Empty dishwasher if clean
5. Load dishes into dishwasher or wash dirty dishes by hand(dry and put away)
6. Clean out sink and make it shine, you can use little bleach and baking soda for porcelain, and some bar keepers cleaner first then olive oil last to scrub and shine stainless steel. 
7.Sweep up the crumbs and mop if needed, or use a little rag and wipe up the sticky spots, until you can mop.

Your Kitchen should be completely clean after those steps, you can take out the trash if it's full and go to bed, or move on with your day!

Just a little laugh: Caleb(3) just came to me and said, "mom, Lili(1) pooped." I said, "oh really? ok, I'll take care of it in a second. thanks" and he said, "yeah I can tell because I felt the saggy fat on her butt." LOL, I don't know why, but that just seems so funny, you get the image of a baby with a SUPER full diaper sagging way down. yeah...:)

Saturday, May 8, 2010

I added just a couple recipes through out

I need to get everything organized, but I did add some recipes that were already saved to my computer. They are good. I have cooked and loved or strongly liked all of the recipes I put on here, enjoy!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

This is the Taste

Well, the title of this blog comes from a silly You tube video called Trale Lewous(sp?). A funny, Jim Carrey-like kind of a guy is doing a faux candy commercial/ music video. One of the major slogans is "Butterfingers is the taste". It just kind of stuck with me and my husband. So sometimes when we like something we'll say it's "the taste". This blog is about eating healthy and keeping up with planning and preparing meals. It is hard work and takes so much brain power that we often resort to processed foods, not good, not good---definitely not the taste...Three cheers for healthy, home cooked food...
It's...*cheer*....the....*cheer* ....Taste!!! *cheer*