Optimism!

Winter is nearly upon us. For me winter and the cold weather and bare trees can be a severe downer. I think this winter in particular can get to us if we let that happen. So, the usual suggestions do not apply obviously. We are not going to gather with friends or go to the movies. We are not going to go out for lunch and a big fun, shop. We can’t even go for a walk on many chilly or rainy days.

What will we do to keep our chins up and move forward? Well, I am not going to sit in front of the TV. I am better than that. OK, maybe not much better, but some. I love to read. Get some books on line or for your kindle. I know this can add up to $$$ so maybe trade books with a friend or neighbor or go to the library if yours is open. Our library will now let you check out books on line and pick up at a window. Pretty cool.

I have done at least three house deep cleans just for something to do, but I am now to the rearranging decor yet again. Believe it or not, I kind of enjoy that. Also, Christmas is coming so maybe go up to the attic or down to the basement and check out your stuff. I did this with my grandson and he loved it. We spent a whole afternoon thinking about where things might go. He wanted to do it again this weekend so yes!! of course.

I always carry a bag in my car in case I meet a homeless woman. Don’t sound surprised. It happens to me about twice a month because my husband and I volunteer at a thrift shop in a marginal neighborhood. Why don’t you make up a couple of bags to have in your car or make up some bags to take to your local homeless shelter. I can promise you they are open for business.

Perhaps my biggest hope for these times to come is that I am able to keep optimistic. Attitude is of huge importance. No matter what your politics or your current situation, there is something to be grateful for. Try to find it and expand on what you are feeling in the gratitude section of your daily life.

A Month Of Recipes

November is often chilly and as it is today as I post these recipes, quite warm. We had a week of temperatures in the 40degree range, and today and for the next three days it will be between 70 and 74! Anyway, here are 30 days of Fall recipes that are easy to add too and modify and are also obviously, interchangeable.

  1. Potato Leek Soup with Kings Bread Rolls (Also try Bisque of Tomato)
  2. Burrito (Any meat, cheese, tomato, lettuce. Also easy vegetarian. Serve with salsa and chips
  3. Quiche-Any cheeses, any chopped veg., mushrooms, etc. Buy a pie crust!
  4. French Toast and Sausage (Veg sausage recommended: Morning Star Farms) Also, this can be a French Toast Bake, see the WEB for recipes.
  5. Impossible Cheeseburger Pie-There are tons of Impossible Pie types of recipes on the Bisquick site. Yum!
  6. Fish-Any kind, I love salmon or cod.
  7. Any pasta-I like baked rigatoni or linguine with meat balls. Veggie meat balls are super-I like Quorn.
  8. Grilled Vegetables=Toss any veg in a large bowl with olive oil, S and P, and a little garlic powder (not salt) and roast on a sheet pan.
  9. Chili, Chips, Salsa and a Green Salad
  10. Green Salad with Grilled Chicken (Veg, I like a Quorn Cutlet) AKA Chicken Cesar Salad
  11. Burgers and Fries, (Veg. I like Morning Star Farms any variety!)
  12. Vegetable Stew-Add meat if you must
  13. Baked Beans with Corn Bread-I make the Jiffy Corn Muffins
  14. Chicken Nuggets and Roasted Potato Wedges-Add any veg
  15. Shepherds Pie Topped with Mashed Potatoes
  16. Egg and Bacon Burrito
  17. Baked Potato with any additives-Cheesy broccoli, Sour Cream, leftover chili etc…
  18. Any Stir Fry
  19. Tacos or a Taco Pie
  20. Snack plate-Cold Cuts, Cheeses, Breads to dip in olive oil, raw veggies, any dip you like with chips or pita chips, etc…
  21. Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with the classic tomato soup
  22. Lasagna (Use veg. sausage or ground beef)
  23. Pancakes and Bacon-One of my very favorite suppers!
  24. Big Meat and Veg Salad (Like a chef’s salad)
  25. Quesadilla Filled With Anything
  26. Curry-You can make curry out of anything believe me.
  27. Ham, 27. Ham, 28. Ham, 29. Ham-You can do Anything with ham

Any and all of these recipes are expandable, changeable, and repeatable.

Good Days

The only difference between a good day and a bad day is YOU! My daughter has a sign on her front door that says: “Today Is a Good Day For Having A Good Day.” Do your best to keep upbeat, as cheerful as you can be to others, and open to good suggestions. Your Good Day can easily become a good day for anybody else you come into contact with!!

Mindfulness

There seems lately to be a lot written about the term “Mindfulness.” I have read several pieces in Yoga journals, Prevention Magazine and even in Better Homes and Gardens. It makes me feel really deeply happy to see so many meaningful and well written articles about a method of relaxation and well being development that works, is free, and can really create a healthier lifestyle. As you know, this BLOG is titled “Skating Uphill” and sub-titled Living a Healthy Lifestyle and living mindfully is such a big part of that.

Oh, so what does Mindful mean? Well, I will elaborate more on this in future statements, but for all purposes in general, the word Mindful simply means that one lives in their moment. Do not dwell on the past for better or for worse, and do not worry about the future. Breathe, center and be right where you are.

Food For Thought-No Calories!

I just read in a magazine that big changes are started with small thoughts. I am going to disagree with that. I think any changes are made with and start with small irritations. If something bothers you, you are apt to try to think of a way to change it. The more something bothers you the more apt you are to make bigger changes. Think about it. If something is really getting to you, what can you realistically do about it?

We Are Back!!

I know it has been a while since we last posted on this BLOG and for that I am really sorry. PINK Magazine has, of course, continued to publish and my articles have appeared monthly, but the BLOG has been sadly neglected. We are back in all categories, and we hope that you will try us out, or return if you were a regular. Again please accept apologies and Welcome Back!

Yummy Four Ingredient Desserts

Here are some more recipes from the Four Ingredient Cookbook that are fast and easy. Boy, time savers that are also tasty and do not look nearly as easy as they must be some kind of a gift, right?

Pineapple Coconut Sherbet

  1. 2 cans (8 oz.) of unsweetened crushed pineapple drained (I save the juice for smoothies)
  2. 2 cups non-fat vanilla yogurt (Obviously you can use any other yogurt but I use the Okinos 80 calorie pineapple yogurt ,duh!)
  3. 1/2 cup shredded coconut-I use the sweetened
  4. 2 Tablespoons honey
  5. Combine all ingredients and stir well. Pour into a shallow pan and freeze until soft set. Pour into a bowl and beat for appx. 4 minutes. Pour into a container with a cover and freeze solid. Soften at room temp. for about 15 minutes before serving. This is really tasty and simple. Top with a bit of Cool Whip for a fancy touch.

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Chocolate Express

Boy, is this ever GOOD!

  1. 6 Tablespoons chocolate liqueur (Or something else you like-brandy, bourbon, etc.)
  2. 1 envelope plain unflavored gelatin
  3. 1 1/2 cups black coffee
  4. 2 cups fat free chocolate ice cream

Combine liqueur and gelatin in a blender container. Wait for 1 minute for gelatin to dissolve a bit then add hot coffee. Blend until gelatin granules are all dissolved. Add ice cream and blend until smooth and pour into four servers, custard cups, etc, and chill until set.

Obviously you can really make this with any ingredients to your own taste. Do watch proportions though.

More Four Ingredient Recipes

As promised, here are a few more of the Four Ingredient Recipes from the book by Linda Coffee and Emily Cale. I have made a few additions and I hope you always do the same to modify recipes to your own personal taste.

Marinated Vegetable Salad

  1. 2 cps. broken up cauliflower
  2. 2 cps. broken up or chopped broccoli pieces
  3. 1 cup cherry tomatoes cut in half
  4. Italian dressing to taste
  5. If you want pasta salad, simply add 2 cps of cooked pasta-your choice. I use the little swirls.

Meat and Bean Casserole

This is quick and easy and I use Morning Star Farms Ground Beef Crumbles

  1. 1/2 pound beef crumbles
  2. 1/2 cup chopped onion-I chop it very fine
  3. 16 oz (2 small or one large) cans of baked beans. I use the 16 oz. Bush’s Vegetarian fat free baked beans-yummy!
  4. 1/4 cup catsup
  5. Brown meat in a skillet and add onion and cook til tender. Add beans and catsup and heat through. Yes, this is really quite good!