I sometimes grab a banana on my way out the door to work. It is a quick breakfast. Bananas have a mood-lifting power, in their combination of vitamins B6, A, and C; fiber; tryptophan; potassium; phosphorous; iron; protein; and healthy carbohydrates.
When you eat a banana, you get a quick boost from the fructose as well as sustaining energy from the fiber, which helps prevent a blood sugar spike. Carbohydrates aid in the absorption of tryptophan in the brain, and vitamin B6 helps convert the tryptophan into mood-lifting serotonin. Bananas are also a great source of potassium. Although potassium isn't directly related to mood, it is needed to regulate fluid levels and keep muscles working properly, which is important for feeling energized. Bananas also give us iron, which produces energy and fights fatigue. Bananas are available year-round and are easy to take along.
Bananas can be added into a variety of smoothies or made into many types of other dishes. I love to dip bananas in chocolate and freeze them....yummy!
Have you seen Bobby Deen's new show on the Cooking Channel or Food Network? It is a neat show where he takes his Mama Paula Deen's famous recipes and cuts out most of the calories while keeping the taste. It is a neat show! I found this bio info on the Cooking Channel site:
Growing up in a traditional Southern kitchen, self-proclaimed “Georgia boy” Bobby Deen went to work in that kitchen — his mother Paula’s kitchen — when he was 18. Bobby, now 41, has been an essential ingredient in the recipe that has made his mother an American hospitality and cooking icon. The warmth, humanity and kindness that are so much a part of Paula Deen’s persona are really family traits that were passed on to Bobby and his older brother, Jamie. As the family continues to cook, write and effectively welcome the world to sit in the kitchen and be a member of their family, Bobby maintains his own style, interests and passions.
After high school, Bobby was the delivery man and an integral part of the now-legendary home business that launched Paula Deen on the road to success. Bobby brought “lunch-and-love-in-a-bag” to the customers and the praise and feedback to Paula. The Bag Lady saved Paula and her two young sons from near homelessness. The business would soon grow into a restaurant, The Lady & Sons.
Bobby Deen was in the front of the house and took care of the customers, leaving his mom to craft recipes that gave The Lady & Sons its first national exposure and launched Paula and her family on a trajectory that has made them one of the most recognized and beloved families in America.
With The Lady & Sons firmly established, Bobby and Jamie began appearing to rave reviews on their mother’s cooking shows on the Food Network, and then launched their own show on the network, Road Tasted. The success of the program had Bobby and Jamie exploring America in search of more examples of love and warmth-infused cooking, and began to draw younger people and a new audience to the growing number of Deen family fans in America.
By mid-2011, the Deen brothers had published four books: The Deen Bros. Cookbook-Recipes From the Road in 2007; Y’all Come Eat, released in 2008; Take It Easy in 2009; and Get Fired Up in 2011. They published four standalone magazines in 2010 and have plans for more in 2011. They’ve expanded their efforts with a line of spices, barbecue sauces and T-shirts.
Bobby and Jamie continue to work together, and in 2011 they were again judges in the Beringer Great Steak Challenge. Both also worked with the Grain Foods Foundation by supplying grain-based food recipes to promote a healthy diet.
But Bobby, after starting to lift weights, work out and master jujitsu with friends when he turned 30, has developed a new passion. He still loves the traditional foods, but he’s developing healthier versions of some of the family classics because of the changes in his lifestyle that came with his training. He’s still a devoted sports fan, and he still plays the drums, something he started as a kid. Bobby continues to evolve and even picked up acoustic guitar, a craft he’s now devoted to learning.
Bobby makes his solo television debut on Cooking Channel in his new series Not My Mama’s Meals, where he develops healthier versions of the traditional foods he grew up on.
This month has been a little crazy around here! First my Mother had a stroke and spent a week at the Mayo Clinic. I was worried sick about her. Knowing how worried I was, my friend Pat from Arkansas made a connection with the Cards of Love group president Della Ivy Levan in California. I began receiving beautiful cards in the mail from people I did not know, but they noted my friend Pat had given them my information. It was so beautiful to open the mail box and find the cards.
Before the week was over we had attended the funeral of our dear friend Jim Williams (no kin, but a member of our extended family). Then we received word that our nephew Scotty Williams had been killed in a truck accident. I would not want anyone to have to attend a funeral on Saturday and another on Tuesday. Those cards really helped us during this difficult time. Bless all the ladies who took the time to send a card and write such encouraging words.
CARDS OF LOVE
BLESSINGS FROM ABOVE
HEARTS REACHING OUT
SPREADING CHEER ABOUT
BRIGHTENING SOMEONE'S DAY
VERY PERSONAL WAY
TAKING THE TIME
ADDING ENCOURAGING LINES
GETTING IN TOUCH
MEANS SO MUCH
CARDS OF LOVE
BLESSINGS FROM ABOVE
We are very thankful for CARDS OF LOVE....and thankful for Pat and Della.
I love it when celebrities use their fame to promote a project or create a foundation to help others. Lady Gaga may only be 25 year old, but she is setting an example for others with her new "Born This WayFoundation" with the name inspired by her hit song. I watched the news with her and Oprah talking about how she hopes to inspire young people. With a little help from Oprah Winfrey and a few others, Pop singer turned philanthropist Lady Gaga formally and officially launched her “Born This Way Foundation” (Wednesday Feb 29) at Harvard University.
The newly launched foundation’s point of existence is to “challenge meanness and cruelty by inspiring young people to create a support system in their respective communities,” Gaga said.
Though bullying is a favorite cause of Gaga’s, the singer says that the BTW foundation wasn’t created to just fight bullying alone, but rather to empower youth and promote bravery.
GO TO THIS WEBSITE AND CHECK OUT HOW YOU CAN HELP!
These buffalo heads are mounted inside the lobboy of the Cherokee Restaurant on I-40 west of Oklahoma City. The Cherokee Restaurant serves buffalo burgers and other dishes made out of the extra lean meat. The Cherokee Restaurant on I-40 between Weatherford and Clinton has live buffalos in a pen near the restaurant. There are several locations in Oklahoma where live buffalo can be seen roaming in the pastures.
Oklahoma designated the buffalo as official state animal 1972. A bull buffalo can weigh over 1800 pounds and stand 6 foot tall at the shoulder. Buffalo once roamed the American prairie by the tens of millions and provided a way of life for the plains Indians. But European settlers hunted buffalo to the brink of extinction - it's estimated that between 300 - 500 animals remained when the federal government passed stricter game laws in 1889.
The buffalo is an inseparable part of American history; no other wild animal has played such a significant role in human affairs. The tribes of the American plains relied on bison for food, shelter, clothing, and as a powerful spiritual symbol.
This week has been sad for the Williams family. We lost our beloved nephew Scotty in a tragic auto accident. Scotty never met a stranger and he had over twelve thousand friends on his facebook. He never said anything bad about anyone and always pointed out the good about others when he heard a negative comment. Scotty was one-of-a-kind person who lit up the room with his smile and humor. He never left without telling us how much he loved us, and even though we were not there when he departed this earth, we feel his love around us.
Quote from Scotty:
"Do not spoil what you have,
by wanting what you don't have.
Remember what you have now
was once among the things you only hope for."
Scotty was the founder and field representative for the
X.R.A. - Ex Rodeo Association
we encourage everyone to join the X.R.A.
and keep his memory alive.
Scotty will always be in our hearts.
We will always be thankful that he was part of our lives.
My Mom has a Easter Egg hunt for all the Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren, friends and neighbors. She has a huge front yard that the children have a blast running and searching for the eggs. This is a photo of her front yard I took last fall. The toddlers get to hunt on the space between the house and the rock wall of the flower bed. The older ones search up on the top part of the yard. The teens get to hide the eggs for the younger ones and everyone has a great time.
Since my Great Granddaughter and my son's three stepchildren (add to my three grandsons and it brings me to a total of six grandsons and one granddaughter) will be there for the hunt this year I decided to make personalized Easter Baskets for them. That many could get expensive, so I went to the local thrift store and picked up eight bucket/baskets and three bags of green Easter grass for $4.93! Having their names on the bucket/baskets will save any confusion over eggs or baskets. Instead of lots of candy that they don't really need Mom stuffs some of the eggs with quarters or dollars and the children just love it.
Check out Miss Lizzie Tu...she wants in every photo of everything!
These are the bucket/baskets I picked up.
I will wash and spray with bleach to make sure they are clean before adding the names.
I also will add some extra color to the purple bunny bucket.
I will color with permanent marker to highlight the carrot, eyes, etc.
Callie Ann sees that Lizzie Tu is getting in the photo...
These darn cats are just like kids...monkey see monkey do.
Some days they even fight like my girls did when they were younger.
Remember to shop the after EASTER sales! Look for Easter basket grass that is in neutral colors...clear sparkle, yellow, white, etc.... that can be used in gift baskets all year long. Look for Easter baskets that do not really look like a Easter Egg Hunt baskets to also use for wedding, baby shower, house warming, birthday, etc. gift baskets. Look for bows, solid color cups, plates, napkins, tablecloths for other parties during the year.
Everyone knows a year in advance when they will be doing birthday parties and it is less expensive to have the "basics" on hand and then just add "theme" items at the last minute. Example: yellow and red table cloths go with nearly every "boy" action figure type theme. Buy them for half price or less and add the theme with other decor.
One of our favorite things is Bar S Smoked Sausage. You have to watch the package, because they come in classic and hot. The hot is pretty hot! Like everything else in the grocery store today, the package has gone from 16 links to 14 links for around $5.00. Ticks me off that is only going from 31 cents to 36 cents per sausage link, but it is still a increase in the price. Seems like everyting I pick up is still the same price as before, but the package is smaller!
We still feel that they are a good value for the money, even with the price increase. We use these "big dogs" in so many different ways. I don't want to sound like Bubba in Forrest Gump, but these are a few of the ways we fix these Bar S Smoked Sausages:
Hot Dogs - they are as long as the bun
Cut up and cooked with barbecue sauce
Cut up and mixed in with mac and cheese
Cut up and put in baked beans
Cut up and added to an omelet or quiche
Split open and fried
Cooked with Sauerkraut
etc., etc., etc.
They can be served as the "main" meat dish or added to something to make a dish. Next time you are looking for something different try Bar S Smoked Sausages.
A few weeks ago my Aunt and one of her friends came to visit. I got up early and put pinto beans and rice in the crockpot. I added lots of yummy seasonings. I was really hungry for rice and beans. This is what happened! It turned into one solid lump of nasty. My Aunt and I looked in the crockpot...I said this could be used to set a fence post, so she stood a knife up in my beans and rice and then nearly died laughing!!!
THIS IS WHY MY HUSBAND COOKS!
Her friend said "Where is that Chinese restaurant"
We all had a good laugh and went to eat Chinese!
Peggy and my Aunt Sharon
This is the little Main Street park by New Young China Restaurant.
My husband loves his new pot. It is a 5 quart covered oval porcelain enamel cast iron casserole pot. We have Paula Deen cookware and this pot just added to it. It is perfect for a pot roast and lots of other dishes. The cast iron really holds in the heat, ensuring that food remains hot. It is great for slow-cooking. The big loop handles are easy to get a hold of even with oven mits. It is also broiler safe. It is a pretty red pot with white inside. The label says "making memories one meal at a time" and that is exactly what we do!
HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY...this is my little Irish snowman I put out at my office each year. I sat him on my customer chair with my file cabinet as a background. I love my magnetic photo frames with my family on the file cabinet.
I ask my husband for some of the Irish Limericks he is always saying...OH, not a good idea for my blog...seems as though he only learned the "tooooo colorful" ones!
While I was looking for good Irish Limericks I found this funny little story...Hope you enjoy...
‘Twas late one Saturday night, when the local Garda (police officer) spied Timothy O'Carroll driving in quite a meandering fashion along the streets of County Cork. After pulling him over, the policeman asked O'Carroll if he had been drinking that night.
“Who told on me?” asked Timothy.
“Well, so I have, occifer. So I have,” continued the thoroughly drunk O’Carroll. “It’s Saturday night, you know. Me and me lads, we made a stop by the pub, but I only had six or seven pints, that’s all.”
“But then they had somethin’ called ‘Happy Hour’ during which they served these delicious margaritos, or margaritas? Anyway they are quite good. I had four…no five of those. Then I had promised to drive O’Hara, me friend, home, and he invited me in. Well, I had to go in for a couple pints of Guinness. I really couldn't be rude, now occifer, Could I? Of course, on the way home I stopped to get another pint for later…”
At that point Timothy began fumbling around inside his coat and suddenly lifted up a bottle of whiskey for the Garda to inspect.
The policeman gave a deep sigh, saying “Sir, you will need to step out of the vehicle to take a breathalyzer.”
Indignantly, O'Carroll replied, “Why? Don't you believe me?”
Put your shoes inside a disposable shower cap before packing in your suitcase. It keeps the shoes from rubbing on your clothes. The shower caps can be found at most hotels and easily carried in your suitcase.
The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond's new cookbook is going to be hot off the presses on March 13! She has announced her 2012 Cookbook signing tour and I have listed the cities where she will appear. My friend Pat is planning to make the five hour drive so we can go to the Oklahoma City book signing together! I am so excited!! I watch The Pioneer Woman on the Food Network every Saturday morning at 9 am Central Time. To find out more about the new book or additional dates check out http://thepioneerwoman.com/
New York City
Tuesday, March 13 @ 7:00 p.m. Barnes & Noble Union Square 33 E. 17th Street – 4th Floor Event Space *Special presentation + book signing
Boston Thursday, March 15 @ 6:00 p.m. Brookline Booksmith presents at the Cooledge Corner Theatre 2900 Harvard Street Brookline *Special presentation + book signing
Virginia Beach Saturday, March 17 @ 2:00 p.m. Books-a-Million 3312 Princess Ann Road *Book signing
Pittsburgh Monday, March 19 @ 6:00 p.m. Barnes & Noble The Stacks at the Waterfront 100 W. Bridge Street Homestead, Pennsylvania *Book signing
Columbus Wednesday, March 21 @ 6:00 p.m. Barnes & Noble 1739 Olentangy River Road *Book signing
Indianapolis Thursday, March 22 @ 4:00 p.m. Kroger (Location TBA)
Denver Saturday, March 24 @ 4:00 p.m. Tradesmart 8500 West Crestline Avenue Littleton, Colorado *Book signing
Tulsa Thursday, March 29 @ 6:00 p.m. Booksmart presents at Cain’s Ballroom 423 North Main Street *Special presentation + book signing, live music, great food and drinks!
Oklahoma City....I can't wait to attend this book signing! Saturday, March 31 @ 1:00 p.m. Full Circle Bookstore 1900 NW Expressway *Special presentation + book signing
Bartlesville, Oklahoma (Ree's hometown!) Monday, April 2 @ 6:00 p.m. Walmart 4000 Green Country Road *Book signing
Birmingham Wednesday, April 4 @ 6:00 p.m. Books-a-Million 757 Brookwood Village *Special presentation + book signing
Wichita Thursday, April 12 @ 6:00 p.m. Watermark Books presents at The Forum Theatre 147 South Hillside *Special presentation + book signing
Dallas Saturday, April 14 @ 12:00 noon Sam’s Club 6185 Retail Road Dallas *Book signing
Ponca City, Oklahoma Friday, April 20 @ 4:00 p.m. Brace Books 2205 N 14th Street *Book signing
Seattle Tuesday, April 24 @ 6:00 p.m. Third Place Books 17171 Bothell Way NE Lake Forest Park, WA *Special presentation + book signing
Los Angeles Thursday, April 26 @ 6:00 p.m. Vroman’s 695 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena *Book signing
Phoenix Saturday, April 28 @ 2:00 p.m. Changing Hands Bookstore presents at Dobson High School 1501 West Guadalupe Road Mesa, Arizona *Special presentation + book signing
Albuquerque Monday, April 30 @ 6:00 p.m. Bookworks presents at Albuquerque Academy 6400 Wyoming Blvd. Northeast *Special presentation + book signing
I have this cookbook and it is AWESOME...I also have Ree's novel The Pioneer Woman Black Heels to Tractor Wheels...A Love Story, and I have given the children I love copies of Ree's Charlie the Ranch Dog. I can't wait to get her new cookbook!
Dried orange and lemon peels are a far superior choice for use as kindling than newspaper. Not only do they smell better and produce less creosote than newspaper, but the flammable oils found inside the peels enable them to burn much longer than paper.
Make a pomander
Pomanders have been used for centuries to fill small spaces with a delightful fragrance as well as to combat moths. They are also incredibly easy to make: Take a bunch of cloves and stick them into an orange, covering the whole surface. That’s it. Pretty simple, huh? Now suspend your pomander using a piece of string, twine, or monofilament fishing line inside a closet or cupboard, and it will keep the space smelling fresh for years.Simmer for stove top potpourri Fill your abode with a refreshing citrus scent by simmering several orange and/or lemon peels in 1-2 cups of water in an aluminum pot for a few hours. Add water as needed during the simmering. This process freshens up the pot as well as the air in your home.
Keep kitties off your lawn Are the neighbor’s cats still mistaking your lawn for their litter box? Gently point them elsewhere by making a mixture of orange peels and coffee grounds and distributing it around the cats’ “old haunts.” If they don’t take the hint, lay down a second batch and try moistening it with a bit of water.
Apply as mosquito repellent
If you’re not crazy about the idea of rubbing onions all over yourself to keep away mosquitoes, you may be happy to know that you can often get similar results by rubbing fresh orange or lemon peels over your exposed skin. It’s said that mosquitoes and gnats are totally repulsed by either scent.
Show ants the door Get rid of the ants in your garden, on your patio, and along the foundation of your home. In a blender, make a smooth puree of a few orange peels in 1 cup warm water. Slowly pour the solution over and into anthills to send the little pests packing.
One of the blogs I follow, The Type A Housewife gives information on gardening and has the most awesome food blog! One time I noticed she had seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, so I looked them up and ordered a catalog. Now I know most people like to shop online which can be done with Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, but I am still old fashion enough to want to browse through the catalog and "dog ear" the pages before I order. I scanned a few pages of my catalog to show how much heirloom gardening information you can obtain from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. Their online site is just as neat! The seed site is www.rareseeds.com and they have a forum at www.idgimygarden.com Check out Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds for your garden this year.
Lisa Sorrell makes Custom Cowboy Boots in Guthrie, Oklahoma. I watched a story about her on Discover Oklahoma and was amazed at the art. Sorrell designs and builds each pair of custom made boots. It takes a month or longer for her to make each pair of boots that have a starting price of $3,500.00.
She grew up in Missouri and West Virginia, part of a conservative little church similar to a Mennonite church where the ladies all wear long hair and long dresses. Her mother began teaching me to sew when she was 12, and by 15, she was sewing professionally for the ladies in her church. At 20, she married her husband Dale and they moved from Missouri to Guthrie, Oklahoma, because that’s where he found a job.
After six months in a three room apartment, she got bored and answered an ad in the newspaper for 'stitching boot tops.' She had no idea what that was and had never worn cowboy boots. From there, Sorrell started to use her sewing skills in entirely new ways.
In March 2010, Sorrell won a gold metal for her “If We Make It Through December” boots in the very exclusive international competition, "Inter-Schuh Services (ISS 2010)," hosted by the Central Association of German Shoemakers. She was one of 50 selected entrants from around the world.
Lisa Sorrell will be at the
Smithsonian Craft Show
April 19-22, 2012
Celebrating the Creative Spirit of America
Featuring 121 artists, including 44 first-time exhibitors
2011 award winners juried into the 2012 show
National Building Museum
The Smithsonian Craft Show is produced by the Smithsonian Women’s Committee to support education, outreach and research at the Smithsonian Institution.
The Type A Housewife...if you want to see HOW food should be photographed check out this blog at http://thetypeahousewife.com If you are in a rut and need some new exciting and good for you recipes you will love her blog. I certainly hope she is logging all these great photos and recipes in anticipation of publishing a cookbook!
If you love to garden you will love her blog. She was still growing stuff in her garden in December! I look forward to her daily blog posts. So sign up so you can be as entertained and inspired as I am with The Type A Housewife!
About The Type A Housewife
It’s true, I’m not a housewife. The name of this blog is tongue-in-cheek–it’s a reference to that side of me that loves to cook, garden, and craft. While The Type A Housewife started as a blog to write about all things domestic, it has evolved to be mostly about food. When I started this blog, I had no idea where it would take me and I’m quite proud of what it has become!
I live just outside of Raleigh, North Carolina with my husband and our 4 cats. After graduating with my master’s degree in Information Science, I started doing consulting work in taxonomy and search engine evaluation. During one of the lulls in consulting work, I started this blog. Although it began as a hobby, I’m now starting to see blogging and everything related to it as more of a potential career. It’s funny how life leads us to places we never thought we’d go–I couldn’t have imagined I’d be a semi-professional blogger a year ago.
If you read my blog, you know I love cooking and gardening. I come from a family of artists and I always lamented the fact that I had no artistic skills, but I’ve realized that food is my form of artistic expression. Is that totally cornball? Probably, but it’s true. Although I don’t have much free time, I love to read, travel, and craft. I am passionate about using natural, organic, and environmentally-friendly products in my day-to-day life, and I try to share that passion through this blog as well.
And she is a cat person too....you know how I love my cats!