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    4 Forks

    For me and my husband, 2 forks is enough, 3 is better and 4 is max. “For that amount of money, we’ll just buy new stuff when we get there and give all this stuff away!!!” The words still ring in my ears as I laugh to myself about my husband’s response to the mover as we planned to move cross country. But that’s exactly what we did. Donated. Sold. Purged. All worldly possessions but the very few small things that could fit into our Honda Civic, along with our 3 animals. We donated so much to a local charity that they limited us to a specific number of car…

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    Vintage Vittles

    hahaha-vintage vittles, or is it “viddles?” Synonyms for vittles Synonyms bread, chow, chuck , comestibles, eatables, eats, edibles, fare, food,foodstuffs, grub, meat, provender, provisions, table. Well, considering what I grew up eating, “vittles” is an overstatement! My first memories of food are from my elementary school years, and boxed food was the rage, along with anything Kraft advertised on TV and in magazines. One of my favorite things for my mom to make for us on a Friday night (in her light pink oven) was foil-wrapped hot dogs, including relish and mustard and cheese, all heated up making the hot dog bun warm and crunchy. I can taste it now. I haven’t been able to locate the vintage ad, but wieners were all the…

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    Power Your Person

    Branding first began more than half a century ago as a way for cattle ranchers to mark their animals-horses and cattle. This was the perfect way to prevent or at least deter stolen herds. In the late 1880’s, packaged goods like Coca-Cola started taking off. I know-can you believe it?! 1880’s?! Well, the generic soda wasn’t the same, and Coca-Cola had to have a way to separate their product from the generic sidekick. So, branding it was. Not with a branding iron, of course, but with words and slogans. David Ogilvy, pictured above, was what they called an Advertising Tycoon aka “The Father of Advertising.” “When I write an advertisement,…

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    High-Fat?Low-Fat?No Fat?!

    fad  /fad/noun an intense and widely shared enthusiasm for something, especially one that is short-lived and without basis in the object’s qualities; a craze.       I’m not one to go with the crowd and follow the fads, BUT there is one fad I wanted so badly to be a part of, and that was the go-go-boot fad. I was in 6th grade, it was the 60s (as my grandson says, the 1900s!). All the girls and I wore crazy colors of fishnet hose, held up by a garter belt. Then the final touch was the go-go boot, which my mother said looked trashy. I wore my fishnets with…

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    No Flash in the Pan

    An article from several years ago in the local news that pretty much explains my reason for creating recipes and competing. It’s just fun!   For more than 40 years, cooking was nothing more than a hobby for Paula Todora, a Fort Worth resident with a 30-year career in commercial insurance. But less than five years ago, she entered a national cooking contest, and it “opened up a whole new world.” Paula is a seasoned veteran at the World Food Championships and will be a co-host of a nationally syndicated radio show, “Golf, Grape & Grub Show.” In 2010, Todora discovered what made her “tick.” She entered a Paula Deen…

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    The Foosball Tournament

    I compare the Super Bowl to a really long and new Say Yes to the Dress episode that most women wouldn’t miss for the world and most men would try anything to miss. I understand some women love the foosball, and I can sit for about 30 minutes as long as my husband entertains me, but I’m not one of them. NOW, if the Dallas Cowboys were in it, my Texas patriotism takes over, and I’m all over it-making the Super Bowl spread, dressing worthy of watching a silver and blue event, buying special dangly earrings with footballs on them-the whole shebang! Rams vs. Patriots Tom Brady, Tom Hanks, Tom…

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    Google + Comes to an End

    Sometimes I find myself liking or favoriting or lol-ing the same post on facebook, then on Instagram, then on Twitter, then on Google + Sometimes I get confused as to where I’ve seen something because we have so many platforms for social media. It seems that the older generation favors Facebook, some peeps love Instagram because it’s phot-based, and others love to Tweet. Recently Reddit seems to be the fad, but my favorite happens to be Twitter. The reason? Because I get my most current news, whether tech news, political news or entertainment news via Twitter. It seems to move fast, like me, and is more my style. Google +…..well,…

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    Tamale Workshop Recipes

    I took a Tamale-Making class at our local Central Market with a few work friends. Our teacher was a Tamale EXPERT, Nettie Lopez. She and her family have been making, not only tamales, but beans, flan, guacamole and other authentic Mexican dishes for years and years-the recipes were passed down over the generations. How lucky were we to actually get her recipes, and I’m sharing them with you! (I apologize in advance for not putting the individual recipes on cards to print-working on that to have available in this post soon) Tamale Workshop Nettie Lopez, Central Market Cooking School Tamales Ingredients: 2 cups masa harina (corn flour) 2 cups reserved…

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    Finger Foods for the Super Bowl

    I’m thinking that The Super Bowl is the most popular time to serve finger foods-whether it’s going to be a party of 1 or a party of 100. I figure it’s easier to watch the game while stuffing your face with finger foods instead of trying to use a fork or spoon. None of these photos are mine-I got them from Pinterest, so simmer down. Some of my favs, no recipe needed for these ~ And for Dessert ~ Please follow and like us:

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    What’s a Spurtle, you ask?

    Porridge? Well, simply put-they’re oats. usually steel cut oats, not what us Americans are used to. A Spurtle? A spurtle is a porridge legend with a lot of myths surrounding it. It’s a wooden stirring “stick” used for making porridge that dates back to the 15th century. The shape prevents lumps, unlike a wooden spoon, and also prevents the porridge, or oats, from sticking to it. A lot of thought went into designing it, it seems. Here, I’m standing with Bob Moore, the man on the Bob’s Red Mill packaging, with my BRM newly-awarded Oregon, where Bob’s Red Mill is located, makes their spurtles with myrtlewood. Here’s a myrtlewood tree.…

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    Burning Bridge

    The thought of burning any bridge figuratively may seem like a harsh reality, but sometimes it is best for self-preservation and happiness. I’ve always said, “You have to burn a few bridges to keep the crazies from following you!” That’s not as nice, but it is the truth. Have you met somebody that on first impression seemed nice, caring and sincere, only to discover they are self-centered, manipulative and (for a lack of a better word) CRAZY?! That’s when it’s time to step into action to save your soul. As a child, I thought someone would always come and save me, for some reason. Mom, dad, sister, friend. Later in…

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    Protein is KING!

    In the Low-Carb, Ketosis-Based world we live in, emphasis is on eating less carbohydrates, no sugar, and more fats. Protein plays a very key role in weight loss and metabolic health, and not many people realize this. I found it out just this morning. I was doing my annual work-related health biometric screening, and afterwards met with a P.A. who knew a lot about nutrition. I learned a few important things, and one is about protein and the way carbohydrates are broken down with the help of protein.    Carbohydrates, proteins, and fats are digested in the intestine, where they are broken down into their basic units: Carbohydrates into sugars.   Proteins into…

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      This guy. He asked one day why his last name was Bailey instead of his dad’s last name, Richardson. I said, “you’re kidding me, right?” “Brandon Bailey is just the coolest name I’ve ever heard. It’s contagious. It’s powerful. It’s perfection.” He agreed. We never spoke of it again. Tonight he conferenced me and his other grandma on a call together. We were both told that he called us together to discuss what we could all do to eliminate him having to spend 13 hours at his mom’s school. I should explain. He goes to 5th grade on a campus that is within walking distance of the high school his…

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    Thoreau had it right

    Most of us won’t find ourselves sequestered by a lake like Henry David Thoreau. I do believe that if my husband were able to take his boat named Dale and his fishing poles and tackle he might, however. Henry David Thoreau did make some great discoveries when he spent two years in the nineteenth century living by a lake called Walden Pond. The book he wrote, entitled Walden, describes the beauty of nature and how much he enjoyed it. In the book, Thoreau says, “Simplify, simplify.” I think we often go through life exhausted because we take on too many things, bring too much complexity to our days, and don’t have time to enjoy…

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    Treat Winter Ailments Naturally

    It all began in Black Diamond, Washington, which is a sleepy little town in the shadow of the mountain (Mt. Rainier, that is). When it’s clear, the mountain is out. When it’s rainy or cloudy, the mountain is asleep. Either way, the rain and cold and dampness really does a number on your immunity system if you’re not used to the climate. The owner of the restaurant/bakery we frequented in Black Diamond, named appropriately The Black Diamond Restaurant & Bakery, shared this old, family recipe of hers that goes back over 100 years. Her mother used to have a big pot of it simmering on the stove almost daily. When…

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    Pinch the Deliciousness

    In the fast and furious world we live in, cooking is sometimes only a necessity, unless it’s for special occasions. That’s when, in our digital lives, we need a comprehensive, trusted and easy-to-use recipe site. That’s where Just A Pinch comes in hand. I upload my recipes to Just A Pinch site, and I know in my heart that someday they will develop a phone app to make it even easier to access. For now, I do a Google Chrome search and use it that way unless I’m on my pc. HERE is my JAP profile page showing how many times my recipes have been shared, or “Pinched,” as they call…

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    Cooking Contests

    It all started in 2010. I saw Paula Deen on TV advertising a cooking contest. Nothing really caught my attention until I heard her say, in her twangy Southern accent, “Do you want to win $25,000?” My ears perked up, I went online and then called my BFF, Vicky, who is the best cook I know. I told her about it, and we both agreed to enter. You had to submit a video, and I had just gotten a new video camera for Christmas that I hadn’t even opened yet. I tore that sucker open, made a little cooking video and entered. Then I called Vicky and asked how her…

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    Motherhood

    When God Created Mothers by Erma Bombeck When the Good Lord was creating mothers, He was into His sixth day of “overtime” when the angel appeared and said. “You’re doing a lot of fiddling around on this one.”      And God said, “Have you read the specs on this order?” She has to be completely washable, but not plastic. Have 180 moveable parts…all replaceable. Run on black coffee and leftovers. Have a lap that disappears when she stands up. A kiss that can cure anything from a broken leg to a disappointed love affair. And six pairs of hands.”   The angel shook her head slowly and said. “Six…

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    A-L-D-I for Low Carb and K-e-t-o

    Here’s my haul today, more than usual due to restocking after the holidays-today is New Year’s Eve. Hello 2019! I’m ready for ya! I buy everything at Aldi. Everything. All low carb and keto recipes are made with 100% Aldi ingredients, which I find to be the best and most cost efficient for quality ingredients. The bulk pork sausage is wonderful and was 1.89 today (.10 off). We eat this every single morning with eggs. Without a doubt, Aldi has the best buys on dairy products, and they are quality, high quality…just look at the Pure Irish butter. I’ll go into more detail later, but for now, this gives you…

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    What Carbs Turn to Sugar?

    Carbohydrates are one of 3 macronutrients (nutrients that form a large part of our diet) found in food – the others being fat and protein. Hardly any foods contain only 1 nutrient, and most are a combination of carbohydrates, fats and proteins in varying amounts. There are 3 different types of carbohydrates found in food: sugar, starch and fiber. Sugars – The type of sugars most adults and children in the US eat too much of are called free sugars. These are the ones put in our drinks and candy and foods. Unsweetened fruit and vegetable juices, for example, are also counted as free sugars. Starches – Starch is found in foods…

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