MANY TRADITIONS NEW YEAR’S DAY HASH

I cook. I actually love to cook. That hasn’t always been true. While it may be rare to see a recipe here on this site, I had to share this one. I am German/Swiss by heritage on my father’s side and I have lived in the South (Texas) for over 20 years now. Traditional food…

DISTORTED IMAGE (and being comfortable in stretch-marked skin)

I took this photo before I went in for my first meeting with my bariatric surgeon, Dr. Davis, last Friday. I was waiting outside in front of the elevator bank since the office staff had not returned from lunch so I decided I wanted to take a “before” photo.  My hands were shaking because I…

PLAYING WITH FOOD

Once upon at time, at a place called, “Murphy’s” we played with food. This was before the bandaid was needed. Yummy salad. Alcohol was involved. It was delish!

THANKSGIVING

Today was a fun, relaxing day. We started out with breakfast around eleven, then met Robin at Luby’s for a late lunch at 3 p.m. (Thanks, Robin, for lunch!) We stopped by to say hello to our favorite little girls and their families, then came back to watch tv and chill. The Colts are playing……

THE INFERNO, AKA SMOKY POPCORN

I have bad popcorn karma, or, more specificially, bad microwave popcorn karma. When I make microwave popcorn, 25% of the time the bag catches fire. This happens for many reasons, the main one being that I, up until a few months ago, refused to use the handy popcorn button on the microwave. I’ve burned so…

THANKSGIVING KITCHEN ADVENTURES, PART 2

It’s nearly three in the afternoon and the leftovers are safely tucked in the refrigerator. First of all, I am proud to report I didn’t burn anything, and that includes myself. At 9 AM, I made my way downstairs to make coffee and get the turkey ready to be violated. I washed it (without soap,…

THANKSGIVING KITCHEN ADVENTURES, PART 1

It’s that time of year again, folks, the season where I timidly enter the kitchen and do everything Jene’ tells me to do. I will note here that my mother has passed on from this life, but she never really passed on any lessons from the kitchen. I did learn to how to turn the…

The Amazing Cake Recipe

The amazing cake recipe from my birthday surprise… Jene’s Chocolate Cake 2 cups white sugar 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 3/4 cup HERSHEY’S Cocoa Powder 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 3 eggs 1 cup milk 1/2 cup applesauce 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2/3 cup boiling water Grease…

RULES FOR EASTER CANDY Rule #1 Don’t leave the Easter basket sitting on the coffee table and leave the blinds open, too. Rule #2 Don’t eat all your jelly beans at once. (Smucker’s jelly beans are really good but those green apple and orange ones are tart). Rule #3 Don’t go buy more Easter candy…

P. S. Chuy’s was really good last night. Thanks, Jene’!