Monday, February 20, 2017

Life Goes On While Counting Teapots

Life's activities continued while I was posting my teapot series, but I opted to continue the series and blog about the other activities afterwards.

I didn't see any of my grandchildren on Valentine's Day but they all received cards and treats.  The youngest three got gift cards to 7-11 for Slurpees [a favorite of theirs].  

[Internet Photo]

Jeremy sent a picture of Ellie after the mailman delivered her Valentine card [the other two grands were in school].

On Valentine's Day I spent most of the day at a friend's house learning a more healthy way to cook. Linda had to change her eating and cooking habits when her husband became seriously ill and was taken off beef, pork, dairy, refined sugar and processed foods. Only recently has the Dr. allowed some poultry [without hormones] and fish [caught in the wild, not farm raised] back into his diet again, but basically they eat veggies, fruit, nuts, and non-GMO [genetically modified] foods. They both feel better and have more energy on their new diet, and as a bonus they've lost weight and look great!

Linda had several books and recipes on her kitchen table when I arrived, all ready to begin teaching me a new way of eating and preparing foods.  After the books, we had a "hands-on" cooking session where I prepared an entire meal to bring home.  It was an educational and fun day, with many cups of tea too.  Thanks, Linda!  Below is just one of the books she showed me, and I brought three others home to read.

Below is a sampling of what we made - turkey meat balls with chopped artichoke hearts and fresh basil instead of bread crumbs. When I got home I made a meatless marinara sauce and 100% whole wheat spaghetti to go with them.  Fresh green beans with garlic, and two kinds of "cauliflower rice" -  plain and with sauteed, chopped baby portobello mushrooms and onions.  I like almost all vegetables and fruits, so this diet is doable.  Now to get my Ninja food processor ordered.

My "Valentine" gave me a dozen red roses and a beautiful silver "Tree of Life" [Biblical] necklace that he brought back from Israel last December. 

We enjoyed an "extended" Valentine's Day by going out to dinner on Thursday evening instead of Valentine's Day. My meal probably wasn't completely compliant with what I learned on Tuesday, but it wasn't too far off, and I declined dessert.

Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing, Chicken Piccata with Artichoke Hearts and a Baked Potato.  Yum!

I hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day!

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P.S.  It's hard to believe, but today marks 1,300 blog posts.  Who would've thought!


  1. Sounds like you had a lovely Valentine's Day - interesting, fun, and delicious. Congratulations on another blog milestone!

  2. So, is your hubby willing to change his diet along with you? I've been adding more 'plants' than ever but mine will not give up meat. Our family Dr. even said to eat more fish but that's a challenge too.
    Lovely tree of life pendant from Jerry.


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