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!

Brain Health??

Doctors and behavior specialists are saying that things like jigsaw puzzles and crosswords are good for maintaining brain function. So, to that end, I have taken up crossword puzzles as one of my hobbies. Boy, it has turned out to be not only fun, but a communication tool as well. For example, I can ask my friend in California what a 6 letter word for FUN could possibly be and when she answers, she also recalls some of the fun things we used to do together. It is quite easy to build a little network of crossword pals as it turns out. Who Knew???