5 Tips for Cooking With Unfamiliar Foods

Cooking with Unfamiliar Food

My husband, David’s, diagnosis of IBS changed forever the way I cook.  I’ve always cooked reasonably healthy but the eating plan required for IBS (and lactose intolerance) turned my recipe box upside down! The biggest changes have been the avoidance of gluten, onion, garlic, beans, apples, pears and honey.  Eating for IBS utilizes a diet called the Low FODMAP diet.  If you’re interested in the … [Read more...]

Quinoa Tabbouleh with Feta

Quinoa Tabboulet with Feta

Cold salads make great side dishes and lunch foods.  I was pretty sure this recipe for Quinoa Tabbouleh with Feta would be a winner and it was. David said he LOVED it!  So I’ll definitely be making this again and again. Ingredients: 1 cup quinoa, uncooked salt & pepper ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons) (1) ¼ cup olive oil 1 cup thinly sliced scallions 1 cup chopped … [Read more...]

You Can Plan Too Much

to-do list

Planning is a good thing. But like any good thing, too much of it can be a bad thing.  And unfortunately, that's where I found myself lately. Time management/planning has never been easy for me and it's been worse these days as I struggle with menopause (which is bad enough by itself) and ADHD (worse because of menopause).  I've been playing around with different formats and systems in an … [Read more...]

Check Wrap Boxes for Exposed Edges

Kitchen Wrap Boxes

Ouch!  I had a little accident in the kitchen the other day.  It wasn’t emergency room worthy but it still hurt like heck. The accident happened when I reached into the kitchen wrap drawer to get some aluminum foil.  I reach in there all the time but this time I ran my knuckle along something VERY sharp.  When I pulled my hand back out, I had a nasty cut and a lot of blood. After I doctored … [Read more...]

Progress Report: Fixer Upper Week 62

Front view of house

The master bedroom shelves are done . . . and they look AWESOME!  I knew they would look great but they far exceeded my expectations.  I haven’t put anything on them yet because they kind of look like art work just the way they are!  But we will be putting books and some knick knacks on them this week. David also installed “nightstands” on either side of the … [Read more...]

What’s For Dinner (No. 151)

Dinner Table

I didn’t end up cooking quite as much as usual this week.  We went out a couple of times which was really nice. Monday Dinner @ Danny & Ashley’s Grilled Hamburgers Grilled Hotdogs Tator Tots Broccoli Note:  I had already thawed salmon for dinner and didn’t want to leave it until the next day so I seasoned it with olive oil and season salt and baked it.  David took it in his lunch the … [Read more...]

Leaves in the Living Room & Other Housekeeping Dilemmas


If an area of your house keeps getting dirty, figure out why and see if you can fix it.  If you can't, let it go.  Here are a few examples from my house: Leaves in the living room.  We keep getting leaves in the living room.  I sweep and/or vacuum daily but the leaves keep showing up.  I finally realized the front porch is covered with leaves.  Until I sweep those off, I’m going to keep getting … [Read more...]