Why I Use Cloth Napkins

cloth napkins

I’ve been using cloth napkins instead of paper napkins for at least 15 years now.  I do NOT use cloth napkins to save the environment, although that’s a good reason to.  I use cloth napkins because: 1.       They save money; 2.       They look classy; 3.       They feel better on your face and hands than paper napkins; and 4.       They’re extremely convenient (this one is the most important … [Read more...]

Progress Report: Fixer Upper Week 20


Did you notice anything different about the front of the house?  The shutters are gone!  Here’s what it looked like last week: Besides removing the shutters on the front of the house, David also re-attached some of the trim that was falling down.  And we spent some time scraping the front: We also got an estimate on removing the dead tree out front - $650.  It hurts but we … [Read more...]

What’s For Dinner (No. 115)

place setting

Well, apparently winter isn’t quite through with the Midwest.  Saturday was 80, Sunday was about 70 and today is supposed to be 41 with snow showers.  Really?  It was 80 degrees two days ago.  So I can’t decide whether I should plan a picnic or soup.  That’s the Midwest for you.  But here’s what I came up with: (1) Turkey Burgers Sweet potato fries Roasted asparagus (2) Greek Tuna … [Read more...]

Spinach and Orzo Salad

Spinach and Orzo Salad

This recipe was easy to make and a definite winner.  It worked well as a side dish and then my husband took the leftovers in his lunch. Ingredients 1 (16-ounce) box dried orzo pasta 1 (10-ounce) package fresh baby spinach leaves, finely chopped (1) ½ pound crumbled feta cheese ½ red onion, finely chopped ¾ cup pine nuts, toasted (2) 1 jar sun-dried tomatoes (3) 1 jar artichoke … [Read more...]

Asian Salmon

Asian Salmon

My husband really likes to eat fish so I’m always looking for new recipes.  I tried this one last week and he liked it a lot.  I’ll be adding it to my recipe box. Ingredients: 2 pounds salmon fillets with skin 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons rice vinegar 2 tablespoons soy sauce 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 pinch black pepper 2 tablespoons … [Read more...]

12 Tips for Awesome Naturally Curly Hair

curly hair

I have naturally curly hair.  My hair stylist says it’s off-the-charts curly.  She told me that after I asked her why all the “curly” hairstyles in the magazines were more wavy than curly. When I was younger, I hated my hair.  I tried everything to make it straight instead of curly but I never succeeded.  It just looked dumb.  See what I mean: Then one day, I’m not sure how it … [Read more...]

5 More Food Journals for Your Planner

Food Journal

The only way to know for SURE what you’re eating is to write it down!  These five food journals can help. Food Journal 1 This food journal is especially helpful if you like to plan ahead what you’ll be eating.  It gives you space for the plan and space for what you actually ate.  You don’t have to re-write like I did – you could use some sort of symbol or other technique.  Food Journal 1 … [Read more...]