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Sunday, September 13, 2015

First Day-Gluten Free

Okay so today is our first day of a gluten free/night shade free life.

Breakfast was at the Black Walnut Restaurant. We didn't know they have a special gluten-free menu.
 I had a ham and cheddar cheese omelet with gluten free toast and a cup of strawberries.

Lunch today was a piece of gluten free bread from Trader Joe's and two slices of turkey breast from Costco. 

Tonight we had 1/3 pound grilled burger, yams, and brusell sprouts/bell peppers.
Yea, the picture shows bell pepper and two slices of tomato. That is all we have left in the house so we will eat it up and not buy anymore. The avocado spread had a couple spoons of Costco salsa. That too is the last of what we have. 

From the top: hamburger with avo/salsa, yams, olives, tomato, brussels sprouts/bell peppers. Amazing dinner
 I found a gluten free baking blog. Most of the time gluten free recipes have so many ingredients. This blog keeps it short and simple. After our first 30 days I will try some of her recipes.
See: Elana's Pantry

Monday, September 7, 2015


The other day hubby was listening to Amy Myers, M.D.'s pod-cast on Financial Sense.

I have been suffering from continual inflammation in my joints now days and have been using 1000 mg of Turmeric each night and Valerian Root for relaxation. 

Since I read Amy's book I am convinced I am gluten and night shade veggie sensitive and if I continue on this road my inflammation could become chronic. Don't be afraid, the used book I bought was just fine.

Giving up gluten and night shade veggies is going to be tough. She recommends giving up three other things also, but I am going to try this first. My chiropractor once said that night shade veggies aggravate inflammation and to start taking 750 mg of Bromelain (extracted from the stem of pineapple). It's my form of aspirin, since I don't take any aspirin anymore.

Next week we will not eat any gluten products or night shade veggies for 30 days. Fortunately I am a carnivora so this wont be to bad.

Night Shade Veggies:

Potatoes (not yams or sweet potatoes)
Peppers (sweet and hot peppers including cayenne pepper, paprika, and Tabasco sauce)

I will buy Annie's Organic Salad Dressing for salads. We haven't added southern greens to our salads so I am going to try Trader Joe's Power Greens Mix. It has a combination of kale, swiss chard and spinach. I will add that to my Romaine. 

Without bad carbs I am bound to take off a few pounds. Gluten products like cookies, muffins, and such are filled with sugar. Getting rid of sugar is a good idea also. Remember, CANCER LOVES SUGAR.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Organized in a Busy Life

Even if you don’t have children life can be very busy. Years ago most of us lived closer to work in smaller communities buying our groceries at “Grocery Stores” along with a full garden. Some had chickens and other farm animals.

Today we commute with our blue-tooth, coffee commuter cup, fast food breakfast, and GPS for directions. Way to many distractions if you live where we live…close to Houston. 

Some time ago I blogged about making a grocery list from your weekly menu, including what you need for lunch, breakfast, snacks, and deserts.

Here is what I do. I make my list then specify what store I buy this and that at. I use three stores. I have a list for each store. Since we are away from our home from 7:15am to 6:00pm I try to do my grocery shopping one weekend morning. Although lately we have altered that routine by doing the majority of the grocery shopping after work on Friday, after a relaxing dinner out on the way.

Why spend any time shopping for clothes or odds and ends at, let’s say, Walmart when you can shop online for all you need, other than groceries, and pick up the items at their customer service table on the way home from work. I also order my books online from the library and pick them up or drop them off on the way home.  The Dollar General is on my route home so I stop there if I need to.

You see what I am getting at? Decide what you need BEFORE the weekend and spend a few minutes getting things on your way home. DON’T go out of your way. PLAN PLAN PLAN. This way you have a relaxed weekend. 

Because we take our lunches to work I do extra planning. I make up a large bowl of fruit salad, maybe some macaroni salad, and anything I can quickly put in a container in the morning. I also make muffins for breakfast or a quick AM break at work. This weekend I am going to start making a batch of popcorn and take that to work for snack or have that after dinner while watching a movie. Most of the time, during the week, we get things together before we go to bed so we can have a relaxed breakfast and coffee in the morning. We get up at 5:30am because we don’t want a rushed morning. I don’t eat breakfast on the way or at work.

Anyway this is my opinion. It has been working for us. Hopefully soon we can just retire and raise those chickens, farm animals, and garden again. Sip our glass of wine on our porch before bedtime. Going back to basics is still our goal. Heck, it may be at the age of 65, but who cares.

Saturday, August 1, 2015


Years ago before I knew about healthy eating we used to go to Costco and buy that large can of Nacho cheese. Or even worse the block of yellow cheese on the grocery store shelf. OMG how could I have done that.
"If you cant make or buy the ingredients in any food you buy, DON'T BUY IT"

A long time ago I posted a pic of my homemade Nachos.

Since it is so hot outside we decided to make Nachos with what we had in the house.

No Meat Nachos 2 servings

I made a cheese sauce:

Melt 2 tablespoons butter, add 2 tablespoons flour. Cook for 3 minutes.
Add 1 cups milk. When heated it will be thick. Add enough milk to make a medium thick sauce.
Add 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese, or any yellow cheese you might have.
Cook on medium heat until all the cheese is melted.

Put a thin layer of tortilla chips on a plate, put some cheese sauce over them and add as many layers as you like. Top with sliced olives, salsa, and sour cream. You could add avocados if you like.

Here is a previous picture of Beef Nachos I made earlier.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Blueberry, Banana, Pecan Muffins


1 C white flour
1 C wheat flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon fine salt
1/3 C brown sugar
2 tablespoons oats
Mix thoroughly

1/2 C unsweetened applesauce
3/4 C milk (more it the mix is to thick)
1 beaten egg
1 banana  (Put banana in a bowl. Use a fork to squish it up)
1 C fresh blueberries
1/4 crushed pecans (toast ahead if you like)

Spoon into muffin pan. Cook at 400 degrees for 22 minutes.

If you wanted to sweeten this up a bit combine: powdered sugar and a squeeze of lemon juice. Mixture should be thick. Drizzle it over the muffins.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Gyro Time

We love our Gyros. I use lamb only, no beef.

1-3 nights before make the Tzatziki Sauce.

Grate 1/3 English cucumber (less seeds), 1-2 cloves of grated garlic, 1/2 C Greek yogurt, squeeze of lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon dill, and salt and pepper to taste. If it is to thick when you use it you can thin it out with milk.

Saute onions in olive and some butter until light brown. Add grilled or cooked lamb (lamb and beef if you prefer).

Warm pita bread or good flour tortilla.
Add: meat and onions, lettuce, tomato, Tzatziki Sauce, and Feta Cheese.
 Eat it like a burrito. Pull the bottom up and close the sides. 

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Three Day Weekend

Thank you Governor Abbot for the extra day off. I took this opportunity to complete all my chores I normally do on Saturday. This made Saturday, Fourth of July, an a actual day off. Time to watch Wimbledon Tennis matches and BBQ some burger/corn/squash.
It was a hot one today. With the air conditioning going our TinCan stayed about 79 most of the day.
Tomorrow I will make a fruit salad, tuna salad (for sandwiches), and chicken pasta salad for next weeks lunches. This time of the year hubby is to hot to eat anything heavy for lunch. Fruit and veggies with some pasta salad is good enough for him along with LOTS of water.

Dinner was a burger cooked on the BBQ with a slice of tomato, bacon, and guacamole slathered on both insides of the bun rather than mayo.  Along with the burger we had corn on the cob (very sweet), and grilled yellow squash.
Dessert was strawberries with home made whipped cream.

 Later, with my wine, I did Wine Aerobics.