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Seen On A Tee-Shirt

Lately, I have seen soooo many Tee-Shirts with hilarious sayings that I have decided to share. What brought this on? Well, you may ask. This morning my husband and I started to look through one of those catalogues that come in the mail and they had a Tee-Shirt section that had us both in stitches. OK, so we were pretty hard up for a laugh-and who isn’t these days- but honestly, I will share a couple of them and then ask YOU to also share those you think are funny and we will see where we go with this. Thanks in advance for sharing.

Judith

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.

Fresh and Refresh

Refresh, fresh fish, fresh produce, fresh face, and on and on.

What we are talking about here is fresh! To me fresh has mostly food meanings. I love to Farmer’s Market shop for crunchy veggies and I always do “pick your own” fruits in season whenever I can. What is also part of the meaning of the word fresh to me is renewal. I guess I am talking about the term “freshen up.”  To freshen ourselves up or to freshen up our surroundings can be daunting and frustrating. the New Year is a good time to perhaps revisit some goals that may have failed in the past.

I think that the new year is a time for forgiving ourselves and giving whatever it is a “fresh” try, don’t you?  How about we start with remodeling the bathroom? Oh, can’t afford the contractor or the architect? Well, here is an idea for a fresh start. Begin by just cleaning the hell out of everything. Scrub everything out, wash the walls, and whatever else needs to be done. Stand back and look at that then look at your budget. Start with some colorful towels and move on to a bright, cheerful shower curtain. If you don’t have a medicine cabinet buy a mirror at Lowe’s or Home Depot. They start at under $ 20! Do all of that and then see how you feel. No tile or paint or sink. Just that. I promise you will see you old bathroom as new and fresh! 

 Wow, you have been so successful there, let’s do the fridge. Start by taking everything out-yes, I mean everything . Look at your stuff and toss anything old. Wipe down what you have left and then wipe down the inside and outside of the fridge. I read in a magazine that you should see color when you look in your fridge, so try to do that. Put fruit in front. Arrange labels so the colorful side shows. Use your imagination. Make your fridge cheerful. Don’t say this is stupid. Just take half an hour and try it. When you are done, give your kitchen a great big clean and buy some grocery store flowers and a basil plant and be happy. Oh, finally, for just a couple of dollars, replace old dish towels and check out that old fringe curtain above the kitchen sink window. Walmart and a couple of dollars could change your dish washing life! You might get so inspired that you will go crazy and clean the whole rest of the house while looking for cheap easy places to put color. 

Last but not least, and most important of all, refresh yourself. Read a good self help book, take a big shower in your new bathroom, shave your legs, put a rinse on your hair, and put on a cute outfit that is easy to button or better yet has an elastic waist band. As the new you walks out the door to buy those flowers and herb plants, think good thoughts about you having spent half a day and about $25 and having a really fresh outlook on 2022. 

PINK-Free Advice

  “Yes, yet again it is advice you may not really want to hear!”     

The Uphill Skater  One year when we lived on Hilton Head Island, we had a party invite for every night in December including Christmas Eve. We could not believe it and indeed felt very popular. That is until we realized that nearly everyone had invites for every night in December and if they didn’t it meant that they were having a party of their own. Let’s face it y’all, HHI is a party kind of place and Christmas and the holidays are just to perfect to pass up!  I said I had unwanted and unpopular tips for you party goers and I do. If you follow these tips even though it seems a real party pooper agenda, trust me, you will thank me very much later. You can shoot me and email or comment on my blog to say, “Thanks Judith, you were right” any time you like. first of all, and this is not a fun killer, believe me, simply do not drink at parties. There is always something non alcoholic around to have without anyone noticing or caring and if you keep your wits about you, you will chat more, see more, and just as a side benefit, you can have the last laugh at those who have had too much to drink. Oh, and there is one more benefit-it will be much easier for you not to overeat. When one has had something to drink the tendency is to overeat because you are simply not paying attention. Just try this for your first party. You can thank me tin the morning! 

Next, and this is not a party killer either, be comfortable. Wear comfortable shoes, a comfortable dress, comfortable undies and so on. If you have a dress that is just that bit too tight, don’t be tempted to wear something to hold you in. It isn’t worth it. Don’t wear spikes or total flats. Wear comfortable shoes that still look good. I am sure you have a pair somewhere. If not, buy yourself one for Christmas. The last thing you want to say when someone asks you if you are having a good time at the party is, “My feet are killing me!” You can still look great and will look even better because nothing hurts and you can actually stand up.

When you do go to the buffet, which of course you will, try to pick out some of your favorites. This should be obvious, but how many times have you seen people not only loading their plates, but standing next to the table snacking as they fill and refill? Yes, I know this because it used to be my life. You can eat literally thousands of calories simply standing there noshing. Remember, you are comfortable and sober. You don’t need to eat your way through the evening. Last tip: figure out if you need to go alone or with someone. If you would like to meet someone new at the party, for God’s sake don’t go with your skinny blond girlfriend. Also don’t go with a guy friend. He may look too much like a date and scare off Mr. Right. Do take a friend if you don’t know anyone else and do not want to be left standing alone all evening. Kind of gauge how you are thinking the evening will pan out. And remember, it is okay for you do drive home whenever you feel like it because you are sober. Enjoy the parties. And by that, I mean that you should enjoy the parties even more than you ever have before!!  Love, Judith

PINK #friendship

 “I often wonder how Elizabeth Millen and her crew think up these really great themes???”   The Uphill Skater  #friendship goals set me to thinking the minute I read it. I not only thought about the word friendship, but also how in the world it could be tied in with the word goal? Eazzzy Peazzy as it turned out, but because I am into food and nutrition, my first thoughts were about how to make food your friend. In other words, what sort of goals would you set to make food your actual friend. So many times in my day I think of food as the enemy. I see cookies, my special weakness which is chips of ANY kind, that second glass of wine, butter or extra cheese on anything… I could go on and on, and so could YOU! We spend so much time thinking about foods that seem yummy but are in fact looking to be sneaky and glue themselves to our hips, that often we look at all foods in the same light and we forget that we must have food to survive and that we also must have the RIGHT foods to be our best selves.  


So we all know what foods are not out friends, but let me share a few foods that could and should be not only our friends, but our BFF and bonded sister friend for life. First the quick and easy. Raw fruits and vegetables are good in so many ways. Nutrients, minerals, and big time fiber are some of the ways that raw fruits and vegetables love us and we should love them back. Quick and easy too.  Buy them in a bag or not and just enjoy. Oh, also, nutritionists pretty much universally say that you should eat the rainbow. In other words, enjoy foods of all colors. The deeper the color the better and surprise, surprise, the deeper the color, the fresher the product.  PS-Frozen veg are also quick and easy and equally healthy. Dairy in moderation is also our friend. Just for something really quick and good, take either cottage cheese or yogurt, add any fruit, a bit of honey, and some nuts or granola. This is sooo very good and so healthy. Note the above advice and and eat colors-blueberries, strawberries, apples, oranges and so forth. Fat free frozen yogurt is good with fruit, by itself, and in a smoothie. Use fruit juice in your smoothie instead of milk and add vitamins and save calories.  A final way to make food your friend is to take it with you. Yes, bring along your new friend. Set a goal to take food you have prepared yourself at home  and you will be sure to have something good and good for you. You are sure to like it also! Take your lunch. Take your breakfast and eat at work or on your break. Pack your own food whenever possible.  Let food be something you welcome into your home and to your party. Bring it along just as you would a friend. Welcome good nutritious food and set a goal to seek it out. Look for fresh produce, read labels, sample and taste, and read up on the values in different foods. Pick your favorites and hang out with them just as you would your special friends.  You can thank me later!

The Humble Potato-Not

Potatoes are probable the most versatile of all known foods. Okay, so partly why I say this is because I love potatoes, but really, just look at some of the ways you can fix a potato:

  1. Like the picture above-slice with a vegetable slicer and make potato chips.
  2. Bake in the oven or microwave and top with just about anything. I like cheese, broc, butter, sour cream any mixed vegetables, chili, meat or soy meat gravy, and on and on.
  3. Who doesn’t like scalloped potatoes?
  4. Who doesn’t love roasted vegetables and you must include both sweet and regular poatoes.
  5. Potato soup
  6. Mashed potatoes
  7. French Fries
  8. Hash browns
  9. Cottage fries
  10. Creamed potatoes

Okay, here are 10 bare suggestions. Have a great Potato Day!!

PS-Did I mention potato Latkes?

Easy and Showy

There are tons of really simple recipes that can be made from “store bought” dough. Yes, I just press it down into my big ceramic pie pan and make a quiche, but I also do this:

Roll out the dough even more and cut out little circles about the size of a large jar lid. Put something in the middle of each little circle: a bit of meat, some cinnamon and sugar, some ricotta cheese, and so on. Fold the circle over and bake until lightly browned. This is about 15 min. at 350.

These little half circles are easy to dress up on a passed appetizer tray and if you use your imagination you can do some really unique fillings. ENJOY!

“Winter Smoothie”

We have talked a lot about smoothie recipes, but I don’t think we have shared what I call the “winter” version. Think about YOU at Starbucks and what you might order hot. A latte perhaps, some sort of delicious coffee concoction with mocha or a chocolate flavoring?

Well, all you have to do is leave out the ice cubes (Duh) and add a tablespoon or so of protein powder and put it in the blender, and you have a really yummy “winter smoothie.” I also like to sub non-fat milk and use a powdered coco mix like Swill Miss. Try it!

Someone/Anyone!

It is quite a trick these days actually cooking. So often I hear on HGTV people wanting that modern, totally upgraded kitchen and yet they will laugh and say that they seldom cook or only cook on holidays.

Well, I am not in that category. I cook something nearly every day and I really love it. My dad taught me how to cook and it always reminds me of good times and funny mishaps and “interesting” finished products. (My dad drank!)

Some days though I wish I had a back up. Someone?Anyone! My husband cooks some things really well and others just so/so. I often which for a chef once a week or one of those Hello Fresh box dinners. It is not really the cooking that gets a little old, it is thinking of what to have. I think I am going to do some research and see what I can find in the way of new recipes. Yes, I will share!

The Blank Slate

I know that we have talked about the “blank slate” and new start concept before, but what better time than now to actually try it out. A New Year is a new opportunity. Rethink, reset, redo, refresh and try to look at things in a positive light. Look at yourself and perhaps visualize a better you by doing things that are actually in your power. Stop setting unrealistic goals and take an honest look at what YOU can and cannot do, then get to it!

I just saw in a magazine, (HGTV Magazine) several ways to refresh/redo a room for under $50. It recommended things like painting or wallpapering one wall in the room, adding some floating shelves, starting with a BIG clean, buying some colorful pillows, thrift shop discovering a new piece of furniture and painting it, adding some books artistically stacked, a vase of flowers, and on and on. Use your imagination.

BTW on a final note, I mentioned Thrift Store Shopping, and I love it. I have kind of a farm house look and I use old milk bottles for vases and I put in both grocery store flowers and herbs that I grow in my raised bed garden. I have purchased old wooden chairs for as little as a dollar and have found them to be so versatile. Old frames are soooo cheep! They also are useful in many ways. You know that you can frame or just put almost anything up on your walls, right?

So, think about the future as a blank slate. Let go of bad stuff and let’s try it all again in 2022.