Getting ready for the work week! Organizing my juices.


I went and purchased 4 more GNC drink containers. The glass Bell jars don’t work well in my classroom. I spilt a little beet juice on my shirt Friday and knew I needed a container with a smaller mouth.

I also found the recycled bottles I had at home hard to clean. The GNC drink containers worked great and clean so easily.

It was worth the investment and right now they are buy 2 get 1 free!!!



Alright, I decided on the cookbook/s…..well kind of…

I have been looking through the books I have, trying to decide which one will be my cooking guide this summer.

I couldn’t choose…I just couldn’t do it!

I choose a range of my favourite things and some that I know will be good for me…and I want to learn about.

So here they are…up close!  The cook books that will guide my summer and help me become a better cook.

  • Celebrate by Sheila Lukins:  This cookbook has themed meals with appetizers to desserts.  So I won’t have to mix and match my own dishes together…it’s done for me.  And…I have already tried the Christmas and Academy Awards…WOW!
  • Recipes for Self Healing (from England) by Daverick Leggett.  This book was recommended by an acupuncturist and is filled with some healthy wisdom that I could benefit from.  In my blog, I will share what I glean as I go along.  This is the book I am most looking forward to because it uses more ‘whole foods’..more vegan…and I can target certain aspects of my health I want to work on through the foods I eat.
  • Tea Time at the Inn by Gail Greco:  Foods from over 40 different inns..it’s just heavenly to look through and one of those books I find myself  ‘dreaming’ about.  I hope to introduce tea time for my family.
  • Sarah’s Garden Recipes from an English Country Garden by  Henrietta Green for Wedgewood:  I was given this cook book in England and parts look lovely but tricky. I’m just intrigued.
  • Pret A Manger by Pret A Manger:  From England…probably my FAVOURITE ‘fast food’ in England.   From Oxford to London…the healthy, fresh foods were a delight so I bought the cook book just before we left and haven’t really had a chance to make anything.  This book includes sandwiches, soups, deserts…and fresh sauces.
  • Sweet and Sugarfree by Karen Barkie:  I have had this book for so long and used it when my children were little.  It’s time to bring it back.
  • Welsh TeaTime Recipes from Wales :  There are some FAB scones and teacakes just calling my name.  A lot of fishy food…but I’m up for it.  Wales was one of my favourite places to visit.  Very peaceful…one of those places that stay with you and leave a lasting impression.  I can’t wait to share some of the recipes I make from here.
  • Deceptively Delicous by Jessica Seinfield:  I did a whole unit with my students on Food Wars about this topic…improving the health of food by adding food puree.  I have made a couple of things from here so I’m excited to try more.
  • The Italian Diet by Gino D’Acampo:  Ok..not shown…and I don’t know what I was thinking because I LOVE this cook book and even when I tried to cook for a few weeks last fall, somehow we were eating pasta but feeling healthier than ever!
  • The Teen’s Vegetarian Cookbook by Judy Krizmanic:  It’s been a while..but there was a time I really wanted to return to vegan…but with a family, I just struggled.  I want to revisit this book with hopes of improving the food I feed my family.
  • Food Glorious Food by the Macmillian Cancer Support Agency UK:    I bought this cook book because some of the recipes caught my eye back in England but I haven’t opened it since.  I wonder what I will find…

I look forward to sharing and look forward to any ideas and insights…


Belgium Waffles… so far so good and I can sneak in some healthier ingredients…shhhh

Yesterday we made Belgium waffles!

I am excited about this cooking thing. So far so good. Yesterday we woke up and made some Belgium waffles with the machine my son gave me for Christmas. I didn’t make them from scratch but I will give it ago tomorrow.

I did sneak in some ground flax-seed – two heaping tablespoons for the whole four waffles. I have heard flax-seed is good for many ailments and I am working to lower my cholesterol and lose weight.

My son had his suspicions when I sent him on an errand to the front room for a moment and when he came back the batter was a little spotted,

“Did you put something else in?”

“Ah…would you like to add blueberries?”

We did add some frozen blueberries and no one noticed a difference in flavor from my secret ingredient!


Ribs, pasta and chicken wings…from Sheila Lukins’ CELEBRATE!

Oh my gosh…I followed the directions for the sauces and the pasta…it was FABULOUS and delicious!

Alright…we invited people over for dinner.

 If you know our family, that is a shocker!  

Our home is sort of our sanctuary and with such busy lives, when we come home,

we sort of all come home together…just to ‘be’. 

However, my husband will be having ankle surgery soon and will be at my mercy for a few months. 🙂  Not to celebrate, but to share one of his last walking days, I wanted to have his friends family over for a good meal.

from Barnes and Noble…a fab deal for $14.99. All sorts of delightful, delicious and inviting meals themed around special events. Not just the entree….but side dishes, deserts and more!

I LOVE Sheila Lukin’s CELEBRATE Cook book.  

I can’t say that I have made many of her recipes..YET…however, the book just looks lovely and inviting.  I have made the ribs before and knew them to be good.  So off I went….

In addition, I made the noodles that went with the Awards Dinner night and coated chicken wings in the rib sauce.

I also made a summer salad…adding strawberries, carrots and apples to mixed greens.

Our guest brought corn on the cob which my hubby roasted on the BBQ and the meal was set.

The only change:  I slow cook my ribs as taught by my dad for 2 hours on 300C surrounded in whatever sauce you decide.  Then we place them on the BBQ for a few minutes each site to give them that BBQ taste but with the tenderness of slow cooking.  I did the same with the chicken wings and they didn’t get dry.  I think the secret is to keep them covered in aluminium foil.


Green chili enchiladas

My family is mexican and I grew up with the simple, delicious food that signals family to me. It is the one genre of cooking that just comes naturally.

The meat:  Ground turkey – ok not authentic but healthier 🙂  Normally I slow cook a pork roast or chicken all day after coating it, just so, with cummin, fresh garlic, onions or onion power and green chilis.  I’m not a ‘hot’ mexican food person.  Watching my mom sweat and knowing she could eat foods that LITERALLY burned off her taste buds…was not my definition of delicious.  That is not to say I don’t love hot sauces…but for some reason…not with my mexican Food.  Go figure!

The spices:  Cumin, onion power, garlic power, pepper…cover the meat once lightly over.

The BEST:  Chopped green chilies.  I love green chilies!

The cheat:  Green enchilada sauce.

I only place a white cheese in with the meat…no cream cheese or other filling.  Roll them up side by side and cover with the enchilada sauce.  EASY PESY!

The other cheat…shhh…don’t tell my grandma

The beans:  Ok.. I admit. I could cook the beans all day.  But I don’t.  I cheat.  I mix a good can of black beans with another can of green chilies and vegetarian refried beans.  Mix them all up.  1/2 I make another set of bean enchiladas and the rest I coat with a white cheese and place next to the bean enchiladas and bake along side.

Ok…this meal was sort of cheating.  I can cook mexican food.  

Surrounded by my family, it was a weekly balance of tacos, enchiladas, burritos and more.  Except for Christmas!  Christmas was reserved for Tamales.  Sadly, I can’t make those by scratch anymore.  After years of helping my grandma, the years I have been away from ‘home’ have taken away any recollection of how to make the ingredients…although I can still remember how to ‘make’ the tamales in the corn husk.

Maybe…just maybe…this summer I will look up a recipe for that or ask my grandma to send me hers!


Day 1 Meal 1

ImageToday is the first day of my summer! I plan to cook and learn to cook. I haven’t decided on the cook book I wanted to follow. So today I cooked from my cupboard! I had a Shake and Bake, some wheat pasta and Italian spaghetti sauce. I can’t claim I had the idea for chicken Parmesan. The back of the Shake and Bake box had the directions :). I just added the broccoli and corn. It was a hit! My hubby and son loved the meal. Tomorrow I am going to choose a cook book, make a menu and go shopping. It will also be the first day I start to exercise!