Archive for September, 2014

Sweet Potato Fries (Baked)

Sweet Potato Fries (Baked)…and simply delicious! 

I guarantee if you try these…you will not go back to deep fried again!

They are salty-sweet, crunchy, and spicy… if you so dare and have now become my favorite snack.

These fries are easy to make and require fewer cooking steps because they’re baked rather than fried.

Sweet potato fries pack a nutritional punch, too.

Did you know that one baked sweet potato contains over twice the amount of vitamin A you need for the day (source: Whole Foods).

Sweet potatoes are complex carbohydrates that contain protein, so you can eat to your heart’s content. (literally) 😉

Another great point is that you can eat an entire sweet potato (or two) of fries and you will not feel hungry or tired an hour later.

Yep! tis true!

Don’t we need a food that not only tastes great but is good for you?

Oh yeah! 

Have you tried baked Sweet potato fries yet?






Sweet Potato Fries (Baked)
A healthy great tasting sweet potato that is baked not fried.
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  1. 2 Sweet potatoes.
  2. Sprinkle of Corn starch (optional)
  3. 2 tablespoons of Olive oil.
  4. Sprinkle of cayenne pepper or your choice of garlic salt/powder, paprika, curry powder
  5. Salt and pepper to your taste
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees and peel and slice the sweet potatoes into shoestring pieces Try to cut them into similarly sized pieces so the fries will bake evenly.
  2. Toss the uncooked fries into a plastic bag containing the oil and spices
  3. Mix/shake to distribute evenly ...if using corn starch to aid in separation (and for added crispness) make sure it is mixed with no visible "white".
  4. Add the fries directly onto a aluminum foil baking sheet that you have sprayed with a cooking spray.
  5. Arrange fries in a single layer without touching each other or they will not get crisp.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes, then turn the fries so they can cook on all sides. (tongs work great for this chore)
  7. Bake for 10 to 15 more minutes, or until the fries are crispy. It is ok if the edges are a little bit brown.
  1. I like to make shorter fries by slicing the potatoes and then cutting each slice into a "fry"
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A Poem Lovely As a Tree…

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.

Joyce Kilmer wrote that poem and I have always loved it!

However, much as we hated to do it….the Captain and I decided to remove two trees that were becoming a nuisance with their roots coming too close to the house and all the pipes etc.

So after debating for a while, we decided to have them cut down.

The shade they delivered was wonderful…the twisting roots quite another.

I thought you might like to see how these two trees were cut down.

Because of their close proximity to the house….they were cut from the top down….by two men who scampered among the limbs like they were a four legged squirrels only they also carried chain saws.  

It started by one of the guys jumping up the carrotwood tree…no ladders were ever used in the cutting of these trees…and he started high up and cut limb by limb.

Meanwhile the other guy, jumped up in the Shady Lady Black Olive Tree and began his cutting of branches.

The “cutter” used a rope to “tie off” the limb…then he would cut partially through…then the limb would be guided down by another guy at the bottom of the tree on the other end of the rope…and then the tree cutter would lean over and finish cutting through the limb as it slid down vertically to the waiting hands of the guy on the bottom guiding the rope.

Yeah! Amazing!

Below are pictures of the process.


The Carrotwood Tree

The Carrotwood Tree



Chainsaw in hand

Balancing act

Balancing act

No nets or ladders....

No nets or ladders….


The Shady Lady...the pause before going up

The Shady Lady Tree…the pause before going up



High up

High up…see him about 1/3rd down in the pic

Guy with rope on the ground

Guy with rope on the ground

Cutter cut the branch after tying with rope

Cutter cut the branch after tying with rope and lowering it down, branch is coming down upside down

Someone has to cart the limbs off

Someone has to cart the limbs off to….

The "shredder" guy in the trailer

The “shredder” guy in the trailer

Almost done

Almost done

first there were there is none.

first there were two….now there is none.

It took them about 3 1/2 hours to bring down two trees, haul them to the shredder and shred them.  The bigger logs they put into another truck.

Where there was lots of shade….there is now sunlight!

Let me think…should we plant another tree? 😉

Have a great day!





Chocolate Caramel Cake

Chocolate Caramel Cake…..simply delicious but very rich and decadent.

Recently I was poolside with a good friend who I will call “Dot”…she really likes polka dots of all sizes (and wears them frequently) so you know I had to give her a special name…..:)

Anyway, Dot and I were having our tea under the shade of a rust and white colored polka dot umbrella, which hovered above the round table when she announced she had made a cake she wanted me to try.

Of course, I will never turn down a slice of cake… and when I saw this cake….I was really impressed with not only the looks of the cake, but it was very moist and bursting with flavor!

The cake is made with a German Chocolate Cake Mix and Dot called it Chocolate Caramel Cake.

I asked her where she got the recipe and she said at the doctor’s office in one of the magazines. (isn’t that the best kind?)

Dot used Cool Whip to “frost” her cake and it was simply delicious.

A couple weeks ago, I decided to make this cake of Dot’s…but I decided to keep with the caramel flavor going on with the cake and I made a caramel frosting.

OH MY GOSH!!!!!  Talk about a special cake….

I have added the Caramel Frosting Recipe below the Chocolate Caramel Cake Recipe.

There is a special ingredient in the Caramel Frosting that makes it even creamier and tastier.

It is called Dolce de Leche….which is becoming a frequent item now in most supermarkets.  

When I lived in New Mexico, I found it almost always available.

Perhaps you are not familiar with Dolce de Leche.  

It is basically sweetened milk that is cooked very slowly, until the mixture thickens and turns a darker color. The flavor has a metamorphosis during the slow, low heat and it becomes almost like pudding.  


This is what it looks like and it is abundant in our Florida supermarkets.  I have seen it at Wal-Mart also. (Goodness! what doesn’t Wal-Mart carry on their shelves?) 🙂 

It is frequently used in Mexican desserts as well as Portuguese, Cuban and South American dishes.

There are other caramel frostings in my recipe file that are quite simple as melting butter and brown sugar.

BUT…. if you are wanting a special dessert for a special occasion….try this recipe for Chocolate Caramel Cake with Caramel Frosting….or do as Dot did and add Cool Whip!

Either way…it is simply delicious!

Have a great day….






Chocolate Caramel Cake
A great cake to make with a cake mix. However, you may also make a German Chocolate Cake from Scratch if desired. I would also like to recommend using a 9 X 13 cake pan as it is easier than working with layers. I wanted to make the cake very special so I used layers...but it was a learning curve. 😉
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  1. 1 German Chocolate Cake Mix
  2. 1 can of sweetened condensed cream (14 ounce)
  3. 1 jar of caramel ice cream topping (12 ounce)
  4. 1 carton of Cool Whip, (8 ounce, thawed)
  5. 1 chocolate candy bar to make chocolate curls (optional)
  6. OR you can crumble a Heath bar over the top
  1. Bake cake in prepared layer cake pans or a 9″ X 13″ pan according to package directions. Remove cake from oven and immediately poke holes in the cake with a skewer and then pour sweetened condensed milk over the cake.
  2. Allow milk to soak into the cake and then pour caramel ice cream topping over the top.
  3. Be sure to allow the cake to cool completely. Frost cake with Cool Whip topping (or the caramel frosting recipe below.
  1. This cake is very rich but soooooo good. The easy frosting is the Cool Whip and you can add the chocolate curls or crumble a Heath Candy bar if desired.
  2. If you really want to be decadent....frost with the Caramel Frosting Recipe Below. 😉
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Caramel Frosting
Dulce de leche is simply milk with candy....or milk candy or candy is made by heating sweetened milk slowly until it sort of turns to candy as it changes flavor and color and consistency. This is used in Mexican and Portuguese recipes and has just now been made available at your local supermarket.
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  1. 2 sticks softened butter
  2. 1 can Dulce De Leche,(13.4 Ounce Can)
  3. 3 cups powdered sugar
  4. 2 teaspoons vanilla
  5. pinch of salt
  1. Using an electric mixer, mix the softened butter, the leche, the powdered sugar, vanilla and salt. Mix until light and fluffy.
  2. Spread on the caramel chocolate cake recipe above or on any cake.
  3. It is yummy!
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Creamy Chicken Enchiladas

Creamy Chicken Enchiladas is a recipe ….that was given to me by my friend in the Pacific Northwest!

Yes, really…I am sure you thought I was going to say from New Mexico, because after living there for so many years, …I have posted many Mexican, Tex-Mex and other truly original Southwest recipes.

However, this recipe comes from my yodeling friend in Seattle… via a friend of hers, Katie Butler.

You knew I was going to have a special name for this friend, didn’t you? 😉

I just love giving my friends special names, plus it helps you, my readers to keep all the players straight! Right? 

Plus,…. my yodeling friend really does yodel…and she does it well, although she is not from Europe but she does sing country and western songs. 😉  

I personally, don’t know her friend, Katie Butler, but I did make her recipe and it is a great “go-to” meal in one….and simply delicious.

Katie roasted her chicken, but I bought one at the deli….saves a lot of time and let’s face it….they are good and it doesn’t hurt to have a little help in the kitchen.

I actually saved a little chicken to make chicken salad sandwiches….so I got two meals for the price of one. 😉

And that is always a good thing.

Please try Katie’s recipe and let me know your thoughts.

Have a great day and thank you my yodeling friend in Seattle….and a special thank you to your friend Katie Butler.





Creamy Chicken Enchiladas
I made this recipe following Katie's instructions and it turned out beautifully. I added chopped cilantro to the top after baking as a garnish, but that is optional.
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  1. 1 roasted chicken (or you can use a deli roasted chicken)
  2. 10 Flour Tortillas (enchilada size)
  3. 1 8-oz pkg cream cheese
  4. 1 Can fire roasted green chiles
  5. ½ Medium Onion fine diced
  6. 1 Can Cream of Chicken Soup
  7. ½ Cup Sour Cream
  8. 1 Tbl. Lime Juice
  9. ½ tsp garlic salt
  10. ½ lb Mozzarella Cheese
  1. Season Chicken w/garlic salt and grill/cook. Cut/shred into small pieces.
  2. Add cream cheese, chiles, and onion and mix well. (I use a kitchen aide
  3. whisk attachment to shred the chicken and mix the ingredients)
  4. In separate bowl, mix cream of chicken, lime juice, sour cream.
  5. Divide chicken mixture into tortillas and roll tight.
  6. Put in 9x13” pan.
  7. Spread cream of chicken mixture over the top and top with Mozzerella Cheese.
  8. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes – or until cheese is melted and ends of tortilla begin to golden.
  1. From Katie: Serve with rice (I also will add some rice to the mixture if I have some left over from a previous meal.)
Adapted from From the kitchen of Katie Butler
Adapted from From the kitchen of Katie Butler
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Chim Chim Cher-ee and The Tile Roof

Chim Chim Cher-ee and The Tile Roof…Yes, we do have a fireplace and a chimney and a tile roof and they all need periodic cleaning. 

Living in Florida has “perks” …and among the most obvious which is the weather, there are the houses which are mostly stucco, and if you are lucky, you have a tile roof to go with the architectural design.

The Captain and I have such a house.

One might think it is not lucky to have a tile roof for a number of reasons.

I simply love the terracotta color of the tile roof of our stucco home.

However, as with all “pleasures”…there comes a price.

A Tile Roof needs occasional tending.

As in, cleaning the grime and dust and mildew off of these fragile tiles.

Because they are made of clay, one can not just jump up on the roof and start hosing it down with a garden hole or you will end up with broken tiles and then of course, they will need to be replaced.

So most people hire companies with special cleaners and power washers to do the job.  

This should be done about once a year….or if you are lucky…once every two years.

This is considered “good maintenance” on your investment because these roof tiles are very expensive.

Silly me!  I thought that the rain would take care of the job….but the Captain said the rain actually causes some of the mildew etc. 🙁

OK…so now we  have had our roof cleaned about 3 times since moving to Florida 4 years ago.

Our tiles were beginning to show a few dark spots, so a few weeks ago, we hired a contractor to come and clean our tiles…and they did an excellent job.

I decided to show you a few pictures of the process.


The Cleaning equipment (Power Washer)

The tile roof

The tile roof

One on the roof and one below

One on the roof and one below

Balancing power washer hoses

Balancing power washer hoses

Walking very not break the tiles

Walking very carefully…to not break the tiles

View from inside looking out

View from inside looking out…no, it is not raining! 😉

Even the cupula gets a bath !

Even the cupula gets a bath !

Gutters get a good cleaning

Gutters get a good cleaning!

Looking through the glass!

Looking through the glass!

Much better!

Much better!

Good for at least another year!

Chimney and roof done! Check!

Now if I can find the Captain to clean the windows, we will be in good shape! 🙂

Have a good day!





Paleo…Is It For You?

Paleo…Is It For You?

Hi Everyone!

You may be asking what is “Paleo”?

I asked that same thing a few months ago.

Paleo is ….yes, another diet….and I am not endorsing it…but I will tell you what I have found out about it.

Unfortunately, I am not on a diet….this one or any other, however, I do try to watch my sugar intake…and I do jump in the pool for exercise daily.

And…. I do wear a FitBit bracelet that counts my steps, calories burned, sleep pattern, etc….see below for yesterday! (Not sure why my sleep hours were not logged)

Oh, yeah….I forgot to turn it on to “Sleep Pattern”

Well, in my defense, it is complicated.

You have to “tap” your FirBit twice to turn it on for sleep.  🙂

OK…it is not complicated, but I don’t know why it is not considered exercise….if you could see my tapping finger, you would see how thin it is! 😉

OK…that was a bad joke….. but I am smiling!



So with my lifestyle of watching what I eat and regular exercise….do I look like I looked in my twenties?

Not hardly!

Nor in my thirties, forties or…..well, you get the picture! I don’t want to depress myself! 😉


But I digress…..;) (so what else is new?)  🙂

To quote the Paleo Creed…“The Paleo Diet is the healthiest way one can eat because it is the ONLY nutritional approach that works with your genetics to help you stay lean, strong and energetic.”  

Wow! I am now listening.  so what is the catch?

“Research in biology, biochemistry, Ophthalmology, Dermatology and many other disciplines indicate it is our modern diet, full of refined foods. trans fats and sugar, that is at the root of degenerative diseases such as obesity, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, depression and infertility.” 

Ok…makes sense….read on!

“The Paleolithic diet, also popularly referred to as the caveman diet, Stone Age diet and hunter-gatherer diet, is a modern nutritional diet designed to emulate, insofar as possible using modern foods, the diet of wild plants and animals eaten by humans during the Paleolithic era. Proponents of the diet therefore recommend avoiding any foods that are thought not to have been available to humans at that time, including dairy products, grains, legumes, processed oils, and refined sugar. The Paleolithic diet is a diet that became popular in the late 2000s.”

Popular in the late 2000’s……Now where have I been?….We will not go into the references to caveman and stone ages…I certainly was not around during those times! (Contrary to what my children may say!!!) 🙂

Critics of the Paleolithic diet have pointed out a number of flaws with its underlying logic, including the fact that humans are much more nutritionally flexible than previously thought, that the hypothesis that Paleolithic humans were genetically adapted to specific local diets remains to be proven, that the Palaeolithic period was extremely long and saw a variety of forms of human settlement and subsistence in a wide variety of changing nutritional landscapes, and that currently very little is known for certain about what Palaeolithic humans ate. Nutritionists have stated that the diet may be less effective than other popular diets in promoting good health.

Soooooo there you have it in a nutshell!


Wait!  Were nuts around during that time period?

Let us see the foods below that the Paleo diet would include.

  • Lean meat (should constitute about 45–65% of daily caloric intake)
  • Non-starchy vegetables
  • Fruits and berries
  • Nuts
  • No refined sugar (except honey)
  • Very little or no dairy food (butter, milk, cheese, yogurt).
  • Very little cereal grains (maize, wheat, barely, rice, etc.).
  • Very little salt.

 OK… a nutshell would be appropriate! 😉

AND I don’t think this particular diet would make one feel too deprived….or would it?

You know, I am going to think about this some more before I completely change my lifestyle.

I do believe a cup of hot green tea is in order and maybe one of those chocolate chip cookies I just made.

I need time to think this through and I certainly need nourishment. 🙂

And I will be posting my great chocolate chip cookie recipes, shortly.  

Yes, I said plural chocolate chip cookie recipes.

Until then…Below is a printable recipe for Paleo Banana Cupcakes – No Frosting of course! 😉


Just in case anyone is wondering about the eggs in this recipe. Eggs are not dairy!


I looked it up and I quote the “EggTutor”! 🙂

“Everyone knows that chickens come from eggs. Chickens are meat, but what are eggs? Eggs are considered by most people to be a dairy product. However, they are not dairy in the traditional sense. A true dairy product is made by the mammary glads of a mammal. Eggs do not fit this definition, however they are an animal byproduct, which is why they are are lumped into the same group as dairy products.”

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Have a great day!  I hear the teapot whistling….;)





Paleo Banana Cupcakes-No frosting!
A Paleo Diet Cupcake....made without sweeteners...everything natural.These are probably more like a muffin than a cupcake and do not contain grains, dairy or sugar. Yep! They are sugar free! Definitely not sweet, but they are good and nutritious...and healthy!
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  1. 4 very ripe bananas
  2. 1/3 cup smooth almond butter
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 1 1/2 cups almond flour/meal
  5. 1 tsp baking powder
  6. 1 tsp baking soda
  7. 2 tsp cinnamon
  8. 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  9. 1/4 tsp salt
  1. Mix together bananas, almond butter and eggs.
  2. In another bowl, mix together almond flour ,baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
  3. Gently add flour mixture to the banana mixture. Stir until mixed.
  4. Line muffin pan with baking cups.
  5. Divide batter between 12 baking cups.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20-25 minutes.
  1. FYI: Eggs are lumped into the dairy category but they are not dairy. They are an animal byproduct which is why most people assume they are a dairy product.
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My Dancing Friend Across the Pond

My Dancing Friend Across the Pond!

This will be a short post today as my dancing friend across the pond will be arriving soon.

I have written about her in my post “From Here To The Moon And Back”.  If you would like to see that post, check out the link below. 😉

From Here To The Moon And Back…

I am so excited to have her visit and I have been checking out places to go and fun things to do.

She came for a visit a couple years ago and we had a blast!

airboat airboat1

We went to see the alligators in an air-boat …skimming across the swampy waters and I introduced her to a few different types of foods that she had never tasted.


Actually, we used to be working “partners” for the same airplane manufacturer… although she resides in England.

We met through seminars and what we call “Home Week” in Seattle and have always stayed in contact!


This is the current weather situation right as we speak…..ugh, the green dot is Cape Coral!

There has been rain the last couple weeks (off and on), but I have ordered the Florida Sunshine to come out for the next few days and show her all about the sunshine state.

(We shall see how much “clout” I have with the weather! ) 😉

The good news is there is so much to see and do in Florida!

We kept busy every day the last time she was here and so we have decided we would do a few things, but would mostly lie by the pool and catch up on all that is happening since I retired last November. 😉

Who knows?  We may be “sunning in the rain”…but the rain has been like a drizzle, which is much like the weather in England.

So I am off to lunch and then to the airport.

I will post pics of her visit for those “co-worker readers”  who know us both well! 🙂

I am hoping she shows me a few dance moves…she is very good at Latin Dances among others….I might just surprise the Captain! 🙂

Have a great Day, and keep dry in your neck of the woods!





Hawaiian Hamburger

Hawaiian Hamburger!  

Well, there is really nothing Hawaiian about this grilled hamburger, unless you count the pineapple slice and the sweet and sour sauce. 

I like to call it Hawaiian because it does have the pineapple slice and well..pineapples are grown in Hawaii….ok, they are grown in other places too. 😉

This is simply a way to add variety to a hamburger.

There used to be a restaurant here in my little city that boasted of 99 hamburger varieties and you would get a free hamburger if you tried all 99.

Well, not all at once…but they kept a record of which hamburgers you had eaten and which were yet to be eaten.

This little cafe is no longer in business….actually the owner retired after many, many years and a Mexican restaurant replaced the establishment.

I never tried any of their hamburgers….although many did sound good.

I like to make up my own variety of this old classic and the following recipe is a different take on the hamburger.

The sweet and sour sauce and the pineapple pairing makes for a great tasting burger.

Try it and let me know your thoughts.

Have a great Thursday!





Hawaiian Hamburger
Yields 4
This hamburger topping has a little of cheese, deli ham. pineapple slices and sweet and sour sauce...put them all together and you have a great tasting burger.
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  1. 4 slices fresh pineapple rings, about 1/2" thick, core removed
  2. 4 slices sliced Swiss cheese
  3. 4 slices thin sliced ham
  4. 1/2 cup sweet & sour sauce
  1. Brown ground beef patties being sure to cook thoroughly.
  2. Season with Lawry's seasoned salt, garlic powder and freshly ground black pepper
  3. Arrange the ham, swiss cheese, sweet and sour sauce over the ground beef pattie.
  4. Lastly add the grilled pineapple.
  5. Grill the hamburger bun (and pineapple) and serve with tomato, lettuce and onion.
  1. To add additional flavor grill your pineapple before you build your burger!
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Workout Energy Boost



Healthy Whole Wheat Banana Toast


Workout energy Boost!


There comes a time when we decide it is time to get into a regular workout routine.

Well, for some of us that is. 🙂

I really don’t have a  special routine but I do try to get into the pool daily which really gives my joints a reprieve from a regular workout such as jogging, etc.

Gosh, I haven’t “jogged” in a long, long time.

But that doesn’t mean that “healthy thoughts” don’t enter my brain processes.

Well, sometimes they enter and leave in almost the same instance. 🙂

BUT…on those days that I think about what I am putting into my body, …I want to be sure I am the hostess with the mostest for all my good intentions.

Hence, my research has determined that… believe it or not….carbs are very important.  I would say that carbs for the most part has always been my best friend. 🙂 

However, one must mix up the complex carbs and the simple carbs to release the amount of energy needed during a workout. In other words, the carbs should be released slow and steady for the best results.

This is why whole wheat toast with fruit (which is both types of carbs) are a bonus, because they are also easier to digest. 

Fruit adds the energy boost while the complex carbs in the whole wheat toast allow you to keep your workout going without a “draining” effect.

Now, every one knows that bananas raise potassium levels (and they taste good too)…and when you sweat during your workout, the levels drop. So this is a good thing.

For added “punch” to your snack, if you add a pinch of cinnamon…you will be stabilizing blood sugar and improving your brain function. (I eat a lot of cinnamon) 😉 



Healthy Apple Snack

Healthy Apple “Sandwiches”

After your workout…it is better to eat another snack…


(No, not a hamburger and fries, although that does sound good right about now)…but an apple sandwich made up of raisins, unsweetened peanut butter, cinnamon and oats! Yummy!




OR you may cut your apples in wedges and use the honey-oat mixture as a dip.

Both recipes are below…so go forth and eat and workout and eat again….

Do you have a “before and after” snack on your workout days?

Have a great Wednesday….and for my dear readers in the Southwest, stay safe in the rains and floods which are being produced by Hurricane Odile.






Healthy Whole Wheat Banana Toast
A quick and easy snack for any time of the day...but especially before a workout. This sandwich gives plenty of energy. 😉
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  1. 1 slice whole wheat bread, toasted
  2. 1 1/2 tablespoons natural peanut butter (no sugar)
  3. 1/2 sliced banana
  4. pinch of cinnamon
  1. Spread the natural peanut butter over the toasted whole wheat bread and add sliced bananas. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
  1. I like to make my own peanut butter by pulverizing peanuts in my Vita Mixer. It just takes a few minutes and I know it is completely natural.;)
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Healthy Apple "Sandwiches"
This apple snack can be made with apple slices or wedges, using the peanut butter mixture as a "dip".
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  1. 1 tbsp rolled oats
  2. 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
  3. 3 tbsps peanut butter (unsweetened)
  4. 3/4 tsp honey
  5. 1 tbsp raisins
  6. 1 granny smith apple (small)
  7. 1 tart red apple of choice (small)
  1. Mix the oats, cinnamon, peanut butter, honey and raisins in a small bowl.
  2. Slice the apples in slices (about 1/4 inch)
  3. Make "Sandwiches" by spreading the oat mixture between two slices of apples.
  4. Yummy!
  1. Any apple will work for this recipe. Choose your favorite. I make my peanut butter in my vita mixer by using nothing but the peanuts. It takes just a few minutes and I know my peanut butter contains no additives. 🙂 But you can certainly use store bought!
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Delicate Matters….and Public Restrooms!

Delicate Matters….and Public Restrooms!


Please forgive the topic today…but after a recent visit to a public restroom in a local movie theater….I just felt I had to make a few comments about a delicate topic!

Public Restrooms!


And the particular public restroom I visited, had a few problems with a couple stalls…and yes I did go to the management with my complaints and concerns. 🙁



You know… that when you are away from the comfort and cleanliness of your own home….and you have “to go”…your main concern is finding that elusive sign (in some cases) announcing the “RESTROOMS”! (They never seem to be in close proximity to where I am “in need”! 😉



However, that is only the first of many choices you need to make in your quest to find relief!


Here are a few of my practicing “habits”:

  • I never put my purse on the floor of the restroom….If the Captain is with me, I leave my purse with him. 
  • I always use the liners provided….or do the tissue drape routine.
  • I always use a paper towel or toilet tissue when touching the sink, faucets, doors, etc.
  • I have become adept at flushing with my foot….although I have heard some say not to do that.

So, after returning home from the movie theater, I went to the following medical website and found the 10 most useful tips to surviving a public restroom, and 

I would like to pass them on to you. 🙂



1. Finding the Cleanest Stall

One thing people hate about public restrooms is the lack of privacy. For many people, properly relieving themselves requires the utmost concentration and silence. There is nothing like sitting in an uncomfortable setting, with people carrying on a conversation outside of your stall, when all you’d rather be doing is sitting on your own porcelain throne at home. It is for this very reason that the stalls at the end of the restroom tend to be the most heavily used. If you want the cleanest, less frequently used stall in a public restroom, use the ones toward the front; of course, you’ll have to judge what is more important – privacy or cleanliness.

2. Use the Toilet Seat Covers

Believe it or not, those toilet seat covers available in every toilet stall that are so thin, they are almost transparent are actually very useful in warding off any harmful bacteria that might have been left by a previous occupant. If you want to add a little extra security, you can use multiple seat covers to protect yourself. In the event that the stall you’ve occupied has no toilet seat covers, try covering the seat with toilet paper for protection.

3. Always Check for Toilet Paper

This is a “look before you leap” tip that sounds obvious, yet has been overlooked by many. One of the worst situations anyone can possibly imagine when dealing with a public restroom is being stuck without a handy roll of toilet paper. You can always holler for aid hoping a fellow restroom user can hand you some toilet paper in another stall, unless of course you are in a one-stall bathroom. In that case, you’re going to have to get creative.

4. Avoid Flushing with Your Hands

Fortunately, modern science has brought about one of the greatest inventions to public restrooms, motion sensors. However, if you ever get caught in a public restroom void of motion sensor technology, or you end up with a busted motion sensor, make sure you use your foot instead of your hand. There’s no telling what type of bodily projectiles landed on or near that toilet handle. As for urinals, approach with caution.

5. Drop a Layer of Toilet Paper in the Toilet Before Use

There is nothing like a cold splash on your exposed nether regions as you sit or hover in terror over a public toilet. Don’t even begin to imagine what horrors you can possibly catch from what is thought of as the filthiest part of the restroom. If the thought of public toilet water splashing your backside keeps you up at nights, fear not – the simple solution is to create a mini landing pad in the form of a layer of toilet paper. Leaving a couple strands of toilet paper in the public toilet before use will help soften the landing when you do your business, and minimize or completely prevent excess splash. Just make sure you don’t go overboard and clog the toilet.

6. Wash Your Hands Thoroughly

The best way to fight bacteria and avoid catching some type of sickness or disease is to thoroughly wash your hands. Make sure to use as much soap as possible and hot water if it’s available. Scrub well and make sure you cover both sides of your hands and all the way up to your wrists. A proper washing of the hands should take 30 seconds, but to be safe, you should repeat the process a second time for another 30 seconds.

7. Don’t Assume the Hand Dryer is Cleaner and Environmentally Friendly

Many people assume that hand dryers are better for hygienic and environmental purposes since you aren’t required to touch anything and you’re saving trees while avoiding the creation of waste. However, there are a few things people need to be aware of concerning public restroom hand dryers:

  • In some cases, the amount of energy being used to power a hand dryer is less eco-friendly than using a few sheets of paper towels.
  • Some hand dryers require the push of a button to start, and that button can carry bacteria.
  • No one knows exactly how clean a hand dryer is, and there is the possibility that it might be blowing hot, contaminated air onto your hands instead of hot, clean air.

8. The Toilet Seat Isn’t Always the Dirtiest Thing

Many studies and reports have been seen and heard, but there is no definitive answer as to what holds the title of the dirtiest spot in the restroom. Many people automatically assume it’s the toilet, but that isn’t always the case. The bathroom floor can be much dirtier than the toilet due to the fact that urine can seep into the grout between tiles and is never completely cleaned, even after a thorough mopping. The sink is also constantly overlooked because it is recognized as a haven for ridding oneself of germs. But if one stops to think for a moment, the sink handle must be touched before a person has a chance to wash his or her hands. These are things to be mindful of when using a public restroom.

9. Paper Towels Aren’t Just for Hand Drying

If you are really worried about catching germs in a public restroom, make sure you use the provided paper towels for reasons other than drying your hands. A paper towel can be used when handling the public restroom sink to avoid possible germs. Using a paper towel on the bathroom door handle is also a good idea since it’s the most frequently touched item in a public restroom and has the potential for carrying harmful bacteria, especially from people who fail to wash their hands properly.

10. Trust Your Immune System

Sometimes you just have to suck it up and count on your immune system to do its job. While you can follow each and every one of the previous steps provided to ensure you never catch anything from a public restroom, there is no foolproof way of protecting yourself from germs present in public restrooms or anywhere else for that matter.

Well, there you have it! 

What are your concerns over “cleanliness” in regards to public restrooms?



Have a great Tuesday and enjoy the cooler weather!







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