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.

Waiting…….

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. 

 

Chili Verde

It’s always interesting to try a new recipe.  It looked good when I read it.

It turned out wonderful. Big chunks of fall apart-tender pork, a mild, savory green chili that was light enough for a rainy summer night.  

The Indian Fry bread that I had made on Wednesday took up all the goodness, and tied the meal together in a nice bow.  Besides, I didn’t have any good tortillas.

Simply Recipes was the website I got this treat.  I did not use the tomatillo husks, that seemed weird to me.
Also, I roasted all the garlic, I didn’t add the extra two cloves of garlic to the onions raw.  

Here’s how mine turned out.

   
     

Photos:  by Wendy (which is why the browned pork shoulder is a little blurry.) 😝

Once the pork was browned, and I started the onions, I did deglaze the pot to get all the yummy goodness off the bottom.  

It was a little labor intensive cleaning up the pork shoulder, and cutting up all the meat, but it was worth it.

Next time I make this, I’m going to try it with Venison.

Today:  I’m grateful for new recipes, the satisfaction of making a meal for my family, taking time to relish the simple things in life, and small accomplishments.

Hector and the search for Happiness on Netflix

I have a very eclectic taste when it comes to food and movies.

As I write this I have Chili Verde cooking on the stove.  I’m making Chili Verde because it’s raining again, inside and out.  Last night I made an over supply of Indian Fry Bread, and chili sounded like just the thing to even things out. (Logic and I are working through some issues.)

On the movie side, I had some time to kill while doing the laundry this morning and searched Netflix for something “interesting”.

Hector And the Search for Happiness was interesting, original, and very stirring.  I enjoyed it.  I hope the Chili turns out as good.

  
  
#10 should be sweet potato stew.  Great scene in the movie.

Lion face and my first yoga class.

We hugged trees.

We hummed.

We made the lion face.

We finished with the dead pose.

I don’t know what I was expecting, but the inappropriate giggle came bubbling out when 20 women and 3 guys were making the “lion face”.

  
Photo courtesy of Style Craze.

Yep…all of us tongue out, eyes bugged, and panting.  It was quite a site.

It’s not as fun as Zumba.  I only fell over twice. Not horrible for my first attempt.

I did have an odd craving for a hamburger when I was done…I almost pulled into McDonalds.

Self control was implemented and I came home and drank my coconut water.🙏🏻😛

Today, I’m grateful it’s Friday, that I tried the yoga class, I passed up McDonalds, and that I can successfully do the Lion face.

Have a great weekend ya’ll!

Pretty pickles

with a plethora of cucumbers growing at a magnificent pace, I spent today catching up with them.

Check out my Bread and Butter Pickles heading into their hot water bath to seal those jars.

Pretty Pickles.

  
Today I’m grateful for the time and strength to put up pickles, that my garden is producing, and I had plenty of Ball Jars on hand.

Good day.

Zucchini Bread

Zucchini has done well this year, not so much the yellow squash.

I spent this morning grating half the harvest for zucchini bread, pancakes, and latkes.

The other half I cut into circles to freeze for future use. 

The few you see in the picture, I picked today after I finished chopping and grating what I had.

I got 3 gallons of cut/grated produce for our future soups, stews, pancakes, and breads.

I got to make bread today to enjoy the freshness of the moment.

The bread is done.  My home is full of fresh baked goodness, it’s pretty awesome.

  
How do you like your Zucchini?

Do you “zoodle”?  Those are pretty fun too.

Tomorrow, I start the pickles.  The cucumbers will outpace the zucchini 3-1. 

Don’t get me started on the tomatoes, they are starting to get red, and I will get to start making salsa.  I have Roma’s, some beautiful beefsteak, some cherry tomatoes, and early girls.  They are beautiful.  I’m ready for Caprese salads, marinated tomato salads, and pasta sauce.  

It’s going to be awesome.

Today, I’m grateful for the opportunity to utilize what’s in our garden….For the strength to clean my kitchen 3 times….for a KitchenAide Stand Mixer to make things easier…for the simple tasks that make my house a home.

Melting ice, poetry, and grapefruit

i have this poem stampeding through my brain.  It’s woken me up twice, but I can’t translate it from my brain to the paper.

  
Photo credit eatthispoem.com

Then I got hungry and saw this on Pinterest.  Ironic that the sight that had the Robert Frost quote is eatthispoem.com.

The photo made my mouth water, and I started thinking about what a surprising and lovely flavor combination.  And it’s Healthy too!  Progress away from the crying over Girl Scout cookies, and gaining weight on my diet!

  

 

Photo credit:  simply recipes.com
So my poem is frozen, the stove of my creativity is off, and I’m headed to the store to buy avocado and grapefruit? 

My ramblings and musings are more wandering and…….Squirell!

  
Credit:  Disney Pixar “Up”

Have a great Tuesday.

May your thoughts be more coherent than mine today, may your creative stoves be red hot, and all your endeavors…..uninterrupted.