Author Archives: Judith

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,

Husband In The Kitchen???

My husband is British and he makes a dynamite English Trifle, but this easy version is really good too!

Berry Trifle

1 store bought angle food cake or store bought pound cake, cubed or torn into small pieces

1 pk. instant vanilla pudding

1 cup cold mild

1 pt. vanilla or French Vanilla ice cream just slightly melted

1 regular pack of strawberry jello

1 cup boiling water for the jello

1 9 oz pk. of frozen strawberries thawed

In a sq. or rectangular glass baking dish, scatter the cubed cake and in a separate bowl, mix the dry pudding mix, milk, and ice cream. Beat this until smooth and then pour it over the cake. Dissolve your jello in the boiling water and add strawberries. Cool a bit then spoon it over the pudding layer. Cover with foil or plastic wrap and put it in the fridge overnight. This is such a great dessert-Oh, BTW, you can do the same thing with peaches and that is maybe even better. Just sub peach anyplace it says strawberry.

It’s So Very Easy!

I love to just put things together differently. I move settings around in my house. I buy grocery store flowers or silk plants and mix, match, and don’t match. Have a good look at your stuff and then create something unique!

J is for January and Other Things

I get that JANUARY can be pretty dismal at times, but honestly, if you think about it, perhaps is is not January that is dismal, but actually YOU who are dismal. Some people are sad and downhearted all year long no matter what the weather or whatever else is happening. If that is you, please seek help. Life can be a wonderful gift. Please enable yourself to open the present!

Let Me Speak Frankly!!

Please do not ever tell me you have nothing to do. If you are sitting staring off into space and feeling sorry for yourself, get up and move around. Yes, it is as simple as that. Walk around where you are. Stretch and jog. Bend over as much as you can. Twist around from the waist. You get it. Moving around can make you feel better in both mind and body. The more you move the better. Physical therapists use the phrase, “Motion is Lotion” and they are so very correct!!

In The Kitchen

Oh, what to make for the kids???? Well, how about that Monkey Bread that looks so hard to make and is really so very easy?

Monkey Bread The Easy Way

  1. 1 cup sugar
  2. 2 teasoppns cinnamon (More if you like that flavor)
  3. 3 packages of tube refrigerator biscuits cut into quarters (I do this with my kitchen scissors)
  4. 1/2 cup chopped nuts (I like walnuts)
  5. 1/2 cup margerine
  6. 1 cup brown sugar

Put the sugar and cinnamon in a plastic bag, add the biscuit pieces and give it a good toss. Grease a bundt pan and place the coated biscuits in and sprinkle the nuts. Mix the sugar with melted butter until disolved and not grainy Bake at 350 for about 30 min. I like to serve this while it still warm with a cup of cocoa, tea, or coffee. The kids love to pull it apart and in fact my neighbor kids actually call it “Pull Apart Cinnamon Bread.”

Let’s Talk About JOY!

A dear friend just sent me a beautiful picture of a little puppy frisking is a water puddle. The caption was “We all define JOY differently.” How true is that? These guys look like they have joy to share and so do we all. Let’s try to make 2024 as joyous as we can. It takes all of us to do this, because so far it doesn’t look that good. Shall we give JOY a try?? Are you in???

Three Bean Salad Plus 1

Everybody makes 3 Bean Salad, right? Well, I am proposing that we step it up a bit and add a fourth ingredient.

1.One can of beans-I use pinto beans, but others use kidney or black beans

2.One can of green beans-I use the French cut and yes, I use canned

3. One can of well rinsed garbonzo beans-These add a real texture and crunch if you lightly toast them in the oven for about 5 minutes.

4. My last ingredient? You know that I love corn, especially in the summer. Add a little can of kernel corn, scrape two cobs of fresh corn, or if you love corn too, add a bigger can.

I dress this with Newman’s Own Raspberry Walnut Vinaigrette Dressing. This is yummy and I take it everywhere in the summer!