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About Judith

Judith is a retired Reading Resource Specialist with a Masters in Education. She is a published author and also a regular columnist with monthly articles in Pink Magazine and other publications. She and her husband Bill live on Hilton Head Island and, when not sailing their 36ft. yacht Serenity, they both volunteer at The Deep Well, Habitat for Humanity and the Boys and Girls Club on a regular basis. For many years they have also sponsored and produced a children's educational TV program called The Reading Room which is aired on WHHI each week and which is supported by their educational no-advertising web site, www.readroom.com.

Oh, Rats!

It actually snowed yesterday. Just when we here were all hoping for the dogwood blossoms, it actually snowed among the “white” trees. Yes, we had white dogwood trees in the start of their beautiful yearly bloom, then white flakes of snow making flurries into the petals. The robins on my front lawn were very confused as was I. The theme here is “hope.”

Winter in the weather and winter in my heart simply cannot last forever. Boy, warm weather and fresh fruit and outdoor hikes keep coming up in my dreams. How about YOU?

We Are Back!

I have been on a vacation, but have been thinking of all of those of you who have been faithfully following this blog. We have been learning new things together, I hope, and gaining and growing in many ways. Participation has been wonderful and I hope it will continue to be so. Please write a comment, share a recipe or thought, and just be a part of “Skating Uphill.” My sort of life motto has always been that skating uphill is really hard work, but when you get to the top, the view is well worth it! I hope you agree.

Anyway, we are back and ready to go again. Join the group for recipes, stories to share, comments, life style tips, and on and on. Thanks to all and of course, I have been “Thinking of You!”

Now

On a cold winter day, a book can be your best friend. I host a children’s story site that has a theme song. It starts “If you want adventure, if you want to travel far, your imagination can be your shooting star. All you gotta do is read a book. Open up the cover and take a look!”

It’s so true. Books, whether on tape, Kindle, or in your hand, are the guide, the key, and the escape. You can be anybody for a while. Go anywhere for a while, or learn from the greatest oracles in their fields.

How in the world did we humans ever get so lucky to discover plot, dialogue, story line, genre and on and on. Okay, you caught me-I absolutely LOVE to read!

Just kidding

Ha Ha, just kidding. This is a recipe for no crust quiche. By omitting the crust, you do indeed change the texture and the flavor a bit, but boy do you save tons of calories. even the LITE crusts that you buy or your own crust made from marg not butter can have hundreds (Yes, Hundreds) of calories. Crust is yummy because it is flour and butter or lard.

No Crust Quiche

  1. Butter, marg, or oil to lightly grease the pan (I bake this in my big ceramic pie plate)
  2. 12 oz. of frozen broccoli thawed, broken apart and stemmed. If you use fresh broccoli make it into small pieces and use about 2 cups
  3. 8 oz. cheese You can use any kind you like. I like really sharp cheddar but you may also use, feta, milder cheddar, or just about anything except the soft cheeses. You can also make a combination of several different kinds of cheese if you like.
  4. 1 pint of cottage cheese (I like the small curd)
  5. 4 eggs
  6. 1/3 cp. flour
  7. S and P to taste.

Set oven to 350 and grease your pan. Par boil or cover with boiling water to lightly cook broccoli-Microwave for 40 seconds will do the same. Add everything but eggs, flour and salt and pepper. Wisk eggs, flour and s and p until there are no lumps. Mix all ingredients and spread in the dish. Bake for about 40-45 minutes until not sqishy to the touch in the center. This is good with a mixed green salad or, actually even though I hate to say it, French Fries!!

What A Shockaroo!

So here I am with my empty plate at the church potluck and I spy what I thought were those yummy spinach balls. I grab a few and pop one in my mouth before I even sit down. UGH!! It is full of sausage. Okay, so that is not a disaster for everybody, but I have not eaten meat for over 30 years and I love my vegetarian, plant based life. Just in case YOU might want a REAL spinach ball, I thought I would share the REAL recipe:

  1. Big (10 oz.) package of frozen chopped spinach, cooked. (Really drain it well)
  2. One cup of seasoned not chicken or pork etc. stuffing mix. Get the herb seasoned stuffing mix or make your own out of bread crumbs or Panko.
  3. 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese. I just use the kind in the plastic jar since this is cooked.
  4. 3 beaten eggs
  5. A bit of the green part of an onion fine chopped-or not. You may not like this.
  6. 4 Tablespoons marg. melted in the microwave
  7. Combine all ingredients making sure your spinach is nearly dry. Roll into the size of small meatballs. (Ha, Ha, No Meat!) Bake on an ungreased coolie sheet for about 10 minutes at 350.

PS You can freeze these for an appetizer or whatever but take them out and cook from frozen for about 20 minutes at the same 350. These are really easy and very healthy and yummy.

Have you tried this yet?

I don’t know if I should call this recipe panmuffins or muffincakes ala pan. Anyway, it is one of those recipes that is not what it is meant to be.

Just try this. I loved it.

Mix a package of any type of muffin mix. (Think Martha Washington in the packets) and mix it with the appropriate fruit-perhaps blueberry or chopped apple depending on your muffin mix choice. Add 2/3 cp. milk and one egg. Mix well and use it to make pancakes. This recipe has fewer calories than my Krustez mix or the Bisquick mix, and it is really yummy. I have even thought of adding a packet of the appropriate type of instant oatmeal. What do you think???

As we know, HEAL stands for Healthy Eating, Active Lifestyle, but a big part of our overall heath is our emotional health. I saw this beautiful Japanese floral arrangement at the Japanese New Year Celebration in Los Angeles. It was so lovely, it made me feel an almost instant peace. Does it do the same for you?

Being at peace is just as an important aspect of health as what you eat and how you exercise. Mental peace is key to physical and emotional health. Search for beauty in your days.

Food For Thought

Shared thoughts for a cold windy day:

Vision is the gift of seeing what others are unable to see.

You will find there are no shortcuts to the really good places you want to be.

To look backward, you must stop and turn around. Don’t Do It!

Sometimes leading and being an active follower are very similar.

I love words like respect, pride, honesty, and compassion

Healthy Eating-Active Lifestyle

Cauliflower crust is all the new thing now. I have had pizza with cauliflower crust, assorted veggie type pot pies, and just about anything else you can think of that needs a crust-think quiche!

Just like everything new that comes down the pipeline, I must say that it is a mixed bag. Some are good, others not so much. I have liked so far also cauliflower gnocci which is very quick and easy. I put in in marinara sauce or just olive oil and basil.

The one thing I have not yet found that is really good is pizza with cauliflower crust. I have tried several brands and so far, nothing is good. Limp crust, no flavor, no body, etc.

Any body else have opinions?

Old/Easy/Pastry Free Favorite

Refrigerator Yogurt Pie

  1. 2 8 oz. containers of any type of fruit yogurt
  2. 1 cup of fruit-chopped and drained and the same kind as your yogurt (I like blueberry)
  3. Whole container of lo-fat Cool Whip
  4. Prepared chocolate or graham cracker crust or four clear glass cups with perhaps a little of your chosen fruit on the bottom

Mix all ingredients and pour into your chosen method and scrape your bowl with a plastic spatula. Refrigerate for several hours until set enough to slice or spoon out without dripping. Serve for dessert with a nice cup of spice tea.