Trial runs

In the pre-planning stages of Christmas, and my husband’s birthday we have Beef Wellington! It’s my first stab at this recipe. My lucky husband and children get to experiment with me.

I added a bit of sautéed greens, and a little red wine reduction to bring it all together.

Cooking is one of those things that I really enjoy, especially when it works!

A memory

I was flipping around Facebook, and they will occasionally bring up old posts to re-share. This one came up today.

This was from the first Honey Tasting I had done for my wild gal-pals 3 years ago.

We had Tallow tree, Yaupon, and Wildflower honey. That’s the darkest to lightest in the spoons. I also served creamed honey, which my friend Sheryl thought was honey and butter.

I served a baked brie, fruit, different breads, smoked meats, and I made dark chocolate truffles with creamed honey centers. That is the white ball in the square dish, upper left Photo. I had to coat the truffles in white chocolate, just because.

Of course we had to have a bit of wine too. The red wine, in my opinion went the best with the honey and smoked meats. The Chardonnay went great with the Brie. The Champagne was fabulous with the fruit.

I’m not the biggest fan of Facebook, but the look back is fun.

Bolognese a bubbling

What is it about rainy days, and the first “cool” front that makes me want to cook?

I got to the store early after spotting a great recipe for a Short Rib Bolognese sauce.

Today I’m grateful to find a new recipe to try, ingredients easy to acquire, and a fabulous pot to cook it all.

It’s a bubbling. Should be ready for dinner, and the house now smells amazing.

What do you like to cook on rainy days?

Here’s one I’d never seen

Strolling down the square in downtown Glen Rose, I saw a sign in the window of the local Chinese restaurant.

This was a first for me. Not sure what to think.

What dishes do you think they trade for the bass?

Farmers Market

I made my way into the evolving downtown Tomball, TX today to visit their new Farmer’s Market.  (Tomball, isn’t the most hopping place like Spring, but it’s getting there.)

It was the usual display of pop-up gazebos, aligned in a row, with just a few off to one side, like a very short T.

A guitar player was singing songs in Spanish.

There were actual Farmers there displaying their fruits and veggies.

There were Ranchers there taking orders for beef, chicken, and pork.

There were purveyors of BBQ, selling sliced beef sandwiches.

Two Beekeepers showed up selling honey, pollen, and Beeswax.  I took the time to chat with them about their girls, and how things were looking for them this Spring.

There were handmade Bird Houses, Soaps, Lotions, and Commercial Skin Care lines ready to make a sale.

I saw a local Olive Oil merchant and chatted him up about his trees.  The olive oil was quite good, and who knew that Mission Olives did so well in Texas?

Gathering my goodies, I made my way to the car.  There is nothing like a fresh tomato.  Just pulled radishes, and just cut Brussel Sprouts called out to me, so I gathered them up too.  I can’t wait to make a great dinner.



Sneaking a spoonful of Cream Cheese Frosting


Mama’s Cafe San Francisco, CA.  Photo by me.  Amazing baked goods, huh?

Looks yummy, was yummy, and my mind went whirling down memory lane.  Cake, cookies, brioche french toast, maple syrup, butter…..Oh my.

I’m in Week 6 of Weight Watchers, and I’ve been a good point-counting girl for the most part.  It was a rough start, as I gained 3 pounds the first week I went on the program.  I’m now down 8 (should be 11, but I grumble) pounds, and I find myself getting weak.  My mind drifts to the baked goodies I love, more bread than sweet, but darn it!  Sometimes a gal needs something sweet to keep her from going stir crazy.

I ate my carefully portioned chicken salad for lunch, and went about moving the uneaten lettuce around on my plate.  There had to be something gooey, creamy and sweet in the house?  Some sort of sugar jolt to keep me from grumbling about had to be hiding in the recesses of the pantry or fridge.

Wandering from the pantry to the fridge, I moved around the Almond Milk, the Kefir, and the bottles of water….and Ah HA!  I found a canister of bliss.  Creamed Cheese Frosting, just hiding back there, waiting to be rescued.

Checking it over, debating to taste the sweet creamy yumminess of the canister, I hesitated and put it back.  Chastising myself for blowing my diet…..BUT!  I quickly cut-that-shit-out and grabbed that can, ripped it open, and got myself a spoonful.

Not to get too greedy, I took my good, sweet time, enjoying that indulgence.  It was totally worth it!!!!!

Today I’m grateful for weight loss, and I’m grateful for indulgences.  Life is about balance, and not all about Chicken Salad, cabbage, or a number on a scale.

Enjoy LIFE!  We only get one.


American tradition

Normally, I don’t bake.

Normally, I don’t eat sweets.  

But tomorrow is a special day.  The return of Blue Bell Icecream to our stores!  

The Original Blue Bell Creamery is 40 miles from my house in Brenham, Tx.

It’s a summer time tradition to have either Home Made Vanilla, or their Peach Icecream on the 4th of July.

Blue Bell voluntarily recalled their entire outstanding inventory earlier this year, and shut down production due to a Listeria outbreak that killed 3 people.  They worked diligently to remedy the situation, and have worked with the Food and Drug administration to test, retest, and certify the quality of their product.  They almost went out of business.  But, there was a huge support movement launched across the country, and a few big investors lent their finances to keep the 100 year old creamery solvent.

Tomorrow is the big day.  They are starting with their top seller, Home Made Vanilla.  So a few of us are having a little Welcome Back Party.  In honor of such a great occasion, I baked little Apple Pies.

Aren’t they cute?

Apple Pie and Icecream. I might have to drive the Chevy pick up to the party, and be an American Cliche.

After all, what’s more American than Apple Pie, Icecream, and Chevrolet?

Coco or Coconuts?

Nutrition alerts!

It’s been a month on Bee Pollen, Coconut Water, and Coconut oil.

I can honestly say, I have nothing to report.  No weight loss, no increased energy.  No glowing skin.  It’s odd that it doesn’t do anything for my hair either.  In fact my hair doesn’t like it at all.  

However, I got a good report on recent blood tests, so I will take that improvement, and let the coconuts work from the inside out.

Zumba has helped me look better in shorts.  Muscle tone is looking so much better.  It does wonders for my mood and mental well being.

My exersize in Patience, has left me a little tired.  The silence and non-response from the people I reached out to, has me a bit sad, and discouraged.  

The old doors seem cemented shut against me.  So, it looks like it is time to turn the page and start a new chapter in my life.  

The question now, is it back to school for me?

Photo from Town and Country

Exersize in Patience

Waiting is difficult.

Waiting to see results of my efforts.

Waiting to get returned phone calls and emails.


What do you do while you wait?

I think waiting is difficult because I wonder if I will be rejected.

Do you ever feel that way?

Today I am grateful for things to do while I’m waiting.

Sunday Smiles

A robust day of cooking for the week ahead.  We are expanding our nutrition, and working through the Fast Metabolism Plan of Haley Pomroy.

I’m still taking my coconut oil, coconut water, and bee pollen.  No noticeable difference in feeling better, but my recent blood tests came back greatly improved.  Cholesterol down, the icky estrogen dominance has been obliterated, my hemoglobin was perfect!

We did this plan about 18 months ago, and it was quite successful.

The trick is to plan ahead, cook like crazy, and eat the 5 times a day (which is really hard).

I will not give up my coffee, as the plan insists.  That’s just un-American.  And I require coffee as a necessity.😛

If I make some good progress, I will let you know,

When I looked at all of my achievements for today, it made me smile.

  1. A pork tenderloin with carrots, onions, and peppers.  Monday night dinner.
  2. Chicken breasts with sweet potatoes.  Wednesday night dinner.
  3. Butternut squash Soup.  Lunch anytime.
  4. A cauliflower pizza crust.  Sunday night veggie pizza.
  5. Turkey and asparagus roll ups with mustard.  Wednesday and Thursday snacks
  6. Sautéed spinach and egg white scrambles. Wednesday and Thursday breakfast. 
  7. Steel cut oatmeal and strawberries.  Monday and Tuesday breakfast.
  8. A big batch of quinoa for the stuffed zucchini squash boats.  Tuesday night Dinner. 

I’ll grocery shop again on Thursday for the weekend goodies.

My plan is in place, and I’m looking forward to the improved nutrition, improved health, and hopefully lighter in weight.