Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Bacon makes everything better and it certainly made these Brussels sprouts delicious! Ingredients: 3 slices bacon, chopped 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 shallot, chopped 1-1/2 pounds Brussels sprouts, trimmed, small sprouts left whole, larger sprouts halved Salt & pepper, to taste 1 cup chicken broth Directions: Brown bacon in a medium skillet over medium-high heat.  Remove … [Read more...]

Victory over the Winter Blahs


Yes, I’m one of those people who gets the blues during the winter months.  I can’t stand the cold and gloom.  I read an article recently about how to beat the winter blues but I didn’t find it that helpful.  However, it did cause me to think about the things I do to get through the winter without losing my mind. Open the curtains!!!  Even if it’s gloomy outside, I do better if I open the … [Read more...]

Planner Use: How to Use a Monthly Task List

Monthly Task List

Many monthly calendars come with a back page for monthly tasks, including Franklin Covey Daytimer DIY Fish Life Mapping Inserts. This monthly task list is often overlooked or underused but it can be a very valuable tool.  Here are some ideas for how to use the Monthly Task List: Monthly Checks. I have several tasks that I do every month.  These tasks include checking the smoke … [Read more...]

How to Vacuum a Throw Rug

throw rug

I have several throw rugs in my house – all for various purposes.  For example, I have one in the kitchen to make it more pleasant to stand at the sink and to make the room look prettier.  I have another at the back door to make it easier for my 12-year-old Labrador retriever to get in and out of the house.  The tile floor is a little scary for her.  I have another throw rug in the entry to … [Read more...]

Progress Report: Fixer Upper Week 55

house exterior

Well, until David gets his new and improved truck back from the repair shop (getting a new engine), we’re at a stand still on our bigger house projects.  However, we’ve been told it might be ready today or tomorrow. In the meantime, junk has been piling up in the garage.  David said the first thing he’s doing when he gets the truck back is fill it up and make a dump run.  The mess in the garage … [Read more...]

What’s For Dinner (No. 147)

place setting

We’re in full swing with the elimination diet for David.  We’re trying to follow the low fodmap diet as closely as possible so we can figure out which foods are a problem and which foods aren’t.  It’s VERY challenging but I’m managing to find recipes that work. Here’s what I came up with this week: Monday Roasted Sweet Potatoes Huevas Rancheros (NEW) NOTE:  David loved this but it broke the … [Read more...]

How to Make Twice Baked Potatoes

Twice Baked Potatoes

The first time I heard about Twice Baked Potatoes I thought they sounded like a lot of work and I wasn’t interested.  But then I tasted them.  And then I tried making them.  They’re not that much work and they’re worth every bit of it. If you’ve never made them before, take a look and see if it’s something you might want to try. Choose between four to six potatoes that are similar in … [Read more...]