Sunday, December 29, 2013

Happy Holidays

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I know, it's been a while since I've posted.  Like most of us, I was caught up in holiday preparations and blogging was the last thing on my mind.  We had a wonderful Yule, hope you did, too!

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Taylor and Lindsey, cutest cooking couple!

For Christmas Eve dinner, I served my usual Stuffed Shells along with Jazzy Vegetarian's Garlic Bread & Salad.

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The Kids' Table

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The obligatory Christmas-morning-in-our-pj's pic!

 Our family's tradition is to order Chinese food on Christmas Day, a welcome reprieve from cooking!

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We are currently in Savannah, GA, drove up to retrieve the motor home yesterday.  After a huge repair bill, she is currently back in working order..whew! Taking into consideration her age and mileage, we've decided not to push her any further, won't be taking this RV on any more long trips.  We'll still take little weekend jaunts,a few hours' drive, but no more mountains! At some point we may upgrade but for now, we'll be vacationing closer to home.

Today we'll head back to Ormond and then tomorrow back down south.  Lots of driving, am glad this "chore" is finally behind us!

I'll be posting on a more regular basis after the new year, new recipes and a re-vamped eating plan in the works!

Have a wonderful day,


Monday, December 2, 2013

Monday Menu Planning ~ Post-Thanksgiving Recovery

In order to help each other stay on track throughout the temptation-filled holiday season, my friend Laura and I have decided to "buddy up." We'll be sharing recipes and food journals, supporting and encouraging each other, and if one of us gets into trouble we've agreed to use text messages as a "panic button." *grin*  I'm really looking forward to this process as Laura is such an inspiration to me. A beautiful woman and successful weight loss example, you should go check out her blog.

So, here's my dinner plan for this week, relying heavily on the whole food, plant based, no oil McDougall program:

Quinoa Chowder
Tunsian Sweet Potato Stew
Creamy Vegetable Curry
Southwestern Black Bean Soup
Minestrone Soup 
Moroccan Red Lentil Soup

Yes, you'll note an abundance of soups on the menu; not only is it the perfect season for them (even here in Florida), but Dr. McDougall really loves his soup! There are dozens of different recipes on his site and in books, I could probably eat a different one each day for a year! Since there are only two of us, I end up with plenty of leftovers for lunches or to freeze for another day.

The recipes can be found at the link above, but I'll also be sharing them as I go along.  

Well, it appears that my coffee cup is empty so I think that means my time is up. Off to tackle the unpacking, wish me luck!

Have a wonderful day,


Sunday, December 1, 2013


Wow, I've been "gone" a while, huh? Sorry about that, have just been consumed with packing/moving and all that it entails, then, of course, there was Thanksgiving.  Since all of my kids are in one place and had limited time off from work, it only made sense that Chip and I be the ones to travel. Kristyn was happy to host the dinner, and I was ready to pass the proverbial baton to her, so off we went.

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Kristyn & Jesus did a beautiful job decorating, preparing, and cooking; I was so impressed and very proud of my daughter! The Thanksgiving meal is no easy feat, so many different dishes have to be ready at the same time, but she pulled it off without a hitch. Below is the menu she emailed to me..grin..pardon the saucy language. And, yeah, to appease the omnivores she did cook some turkey legs; they were appreciative since that would not have happened at my house!

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Everything was absolutely delicious! Amidst the traditional dishes our family has always enjoyed, she added some new recipes which quickly become favorites. The photo below does not begin to do the meal justice, it was truly phenomenal! I've included links to the recipes below, please note that vegan substitutions were made anywhere necessary. 

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Turkey legs (Serious Eats)
Stuffing (Thug Kitchen)
Mashed potatoes
Green bean casserole (Isa's)
Candied sweet potatoes (Emeril's)
Rolls (canned or pre-made)
Gravy (from turkey/tofurkey)
Ambrosia salad (Grandma's)
Pies (Lindsey)
Cranberry sauce (canned - fuck it)
Brussels sprouts (Food Network Magazine)

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After dinner we relaxed and watched movies, got up the next morning and had breakfast at Lindsey's house before heading back south.  We picked up bagels and cashew cream cheese from a wonderful local market, and I just had to stop & take a pic of these greens. This giant bag of greens, 2 for $5.00! How awesome is that?! 

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Lindsey's balcony herb garden

Bagels & Cashew Cream Cheese, locally made

We spent one night in Ormond then began the arduous process of packing up the house.  We filled the trailer full of the most important items, will have to make another trip for the rest.  Whew!

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So, here we are, settling back into South Florida for real. It's going to be a busy week of unpacking, arranging, organizing, etc so I'll be eating extra-well to keep up my energy. Tomorrow I'll be posting the week's menu, hope you'll stop by.

Have a wonderful day,