Empty Nesting

Pizza Two Ways

Pizza Two Ways

  I was pretty bummed today, because of my dog, Bo’s, increasing arthritis pain.  I know the end is coming soon and it’s pretty much breaking my heart. He still has moments of joy, especially in the morning, when it’s time to go out and […]

Coconut Chicken Curry

Coconut Chicken Curry

  I’ve been pouring through my recipe binders, cookbooks and, of course, the internet, looking for some new recipes. One of the reasons I used to stick to my tried-and-true recipes was because I hated the thought of all that work to turn out a […]

Crunchy Pork Chops with Sauteed Apples

Crunchy Pork Chops with Sauteed Apples

  I love Instagram.  I can’t believe I would ever like any form of social media, but I do, and here’s why. It’s filled with thousands of ordinary people, living their lives in the best way they possibly can.  There are parents with adored children, […]

Burgers with Olive Oil Steak Fries

Burgers with Olive Oil Steak Fries

  My feet are frozen.  Why?  Because I’ve been walking around in wet tennies, in an unheated house, with no socks on. Yesterday I bought a packet of heirloom Bibb lettuce called “Tennis Ball.”  Wouldn’t it be a fun job to develop a variety of […]

Brandy Dijon Chicken

Brandy Dijon Chicken

  This was our sky tonight on our driveway.  It was an amazing day, full of sun.  In Oregon in the winter, this is an unexpected gift, because we are known for our annual 7 months of rain. I strolled (ok, I didn’t stroll.  I […]

Peach Balsamic Chicken

Peach Balsamic Chicken

  A couple of years ago, the girls came with us to pick peaches at this gorgeous peach orchard out in the country.  Just the spectacular view of the Oregon Coast Range was enough to make the trip worthwhile. The owners would rope off the […]

Light Chicken Piccata

Light Chicken Piccata

  I was skeptical about this lighter version of Chicken Piccata before I made it, but it got 5 stars, so I thought, what the heck. The original recipe I love uses 6 Tablespoons of butter, so I felt it would be quite a challenge […]

Veggie Tarragon Omelet

Veggie Tarragon Omelet

  I just spent about 10 minutes cleaning orange juice concentrate off of my kitchen counter, drawers and floor.  What a mess. People who invent these cute little tabs that you’re supposed to grab and peel obviously don’t consider those of us with arthritis.  I […]

Chicken Marinade with Dijon, Honey and Lemon

Chicken Marinade with Dijon, Honey and Lemon

  I called the doctor’s office again, since I was pretty sure it was Monday and that they’d be open. I’m just kidding.  I may think a Saturday is a Friday, but I’d never mistake a Monday! Of course, next Monday and Wednesday, Bill will […]

Burritos on Homemade Spinach Tortillas

Burritos on Homemade Spinach Tortillas

  Tonight I am making Ground Chicken Burritos with Pureed Black Beans, Restaurant Style Mexican Rice (that I wrote about yesterday), and Homemade Spinach Flour Tortillas.  I can’t wait for dinner! You can throw all of this together in minutes, if you use store-bought ingredients.  […]

Restaurant Style Mexican Rice

Restaurant Style Mexican Rice

  I called my doctor’s office today to complain about their giving me one, 30 day supply of a med I’ve taken for 20 years, with NO refills!  God, those people.  Sometimes I feel like I’m dealing with the federal government! When I got the […]

Greek Pizza

Greek Pizza

  Bill asked for ground beef pizza tonight.  I’ll make him one that’s maybe 8 inches in diameter and throw in plenty of vegetables. I’m having Greek.  It’s pretty amazing and still healthy! This is Alton Brown’s recipe for homemade pizza dough.  It took me […]

Living Life On A Whim

Living Life On A Whim

  Bill and I bought our property in the Oregon wine country 10 ½ years ago.  We still talk sometimes about why we would do such an impetuous thing, on a whim. We’ve come to the conclusion that the “sudden” decision to move to the […]

Whole Grain Mustard and Sage Chicken Salad

Whole Grain Mustard and Sage Chicken Salad

  My daughter in Florida is on a keto diet.  Why she’s on a diet in the first place is beyond me, but you know how easy it is for women to be self-critical. It sounds pretty yummy – I mean, who doesn’t love bacon?  […]

Lemon Thyme Chicken

Lemon Thyme Chicken

  I’m still atoning for my food sins of the past weekend.  Calorie-wise, it will probably take me about 2 weeks to compensate for the pork (1/2) burrito and ½ a croissant sandwich.  Why is that, anyway?  Oh, well; I don’t really mind, because it […]

Louise Belcher Cupcakes

Louise Belcher Cupcakes

  Remind me not to quit my day job and become a baker (I don’t have a day job, but that’s beside the point!) My granddaughter has this thing for a cartoon called “Bob’s Burgers” and loves the character, Louise Belcher.  Never heard of either. […]

Orange Salad Dressing

Orange Salad Dressing

I was starving by 4:00 this afternoon.  What I wanted to do was get into the leftover Homemade Crunchy Beef Tacos.  Surprisingly, the taco shells do not get soggy or tough or anything when microwaved the next day.  They were kind of broken, but I […]

Balsamic and Orange Chicken

Balsamic and Orange Chicken

  I am having some animal angst lately.  My darling Bo is 13 and isn’t doing very well.  The doctor thinks it’s the arthritis in his knees.  I’ve got him on anti-inflammatories and pain meds, and they seem to be helping. Molly, our 8 year […]

Chicken Pasta with Vodka Sauce

Chicken Pasta with Vodka Sauce

  This recipe comes to you, thanks to Rachael Ray.  Personally, I preferred to watch her when she wasn’t so damned famous, with all of her own cookware and dog food and what-have-you.  But back in my Food Network-obsessed days, I have to admit, I […]

Mediterranean Pasta

Mediterranean Pasta

  Man, oh, man, was I tired tonight.  I spent the entire day on Canva, trying to figure out how to create “long pins.”  If you are a blogger over 50, you may understand.  And my sciatica was killing me.  All I wanted was a […]

Herbal Chicken on Red Quinoa

Herbal Chicken on Red Quinoa

  I was scouring through my recipe binder this afternoon, trying to find something healthy to eat that I haven’t made yet for this blog.  Pretty sure I’ll be trying a bunch of untried Pinterest recipes from here on out.  Admittedly, my limited repertoire could […]

Parmesan Chicken

Parmesan Chicken

  Bill has only 10 days left of his horrible commute to Portland.  We’re sort of stocking up on the items we buy from Costco and the Asian Market, which are on his way home. Spending nearly 4 hours a day, fighting stop-and-go traffic for […]

Saints’ and Sinners’ Homemade Pizza

Saints’ and Sinners’ Homemade Pizza

  Bill has been a good sport about my health kick the last couple of weeks, so I thought I’d reward him with the “Sinners’” version of my much healthier “Saintly” version. This pizza dough recipe comes from Alton Brown and, as usual, he is […]

Pork Fried Rice

Pork Fried Rice

  I love my wok, and I love making and eating Asian food.  It used to be super cheap to go out for Chinese, but not anymore!  Even if we did have the money, this town doesn’t have a decent Chinese restaurant. So, I make […]

Ham, Cheese and Egg Muffins

Ham, Cheese and Egg Muffins

  I don’t know how it happens.  The week takes forever, but the weekend flies by in the wink of an eye.  Of course, Bill has been working Saturdays, too, so that doesn’t help. Sundays mean a lot of time in the kitchen, preparing for […]

Three Herb Chicken and Mushrooms

Three Herb Chicken and Mushrooms

  I just got home from schlepping some groceries.  It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, except for two things.  One, my sciatica (on both sides – ouch!) is horrible today; and two, there was a gal not that far from me […]

Apricot-Balsamic Chicken

Apricot-Balsamic Chicken

  I am sitting here, trying to figure out ways to avoid going down the hill and into town.  I need to return a bunch of stuff that came with our grocery pickup order. Someone was obviously new there.  Not only did they get my […]

Polish My Halo Spinach and Chicken Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

Polish My Halo Spinach and Chicken Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

  I finally finished packing the 13 bins that hold all of our Christmas decorations.  I always dread that task, but I finally managed to get it done, at least. Last night’s soft homemade chicken taco dinner sort of went south. Bill was supposed to […]

Homemade Corn Tortillas and Soft Chicken Tacos

Homemade Corn Tortillas and Soft Chicken Tacos

  Yesterday I finished my Healthnut Dump Soup that I made sometime last week (yay, me – I had a mug every single day!), so I had to make another batch.  So, I’ll be good for another week. And I forced myself to do 45 […]

Pork Tenderloin with Red Wine and Dijon

Pork Tenderloin with Red Wine and Dijon

  I have discovered that the more I want to put off some disagreeable chore (like working out), the more things around the house cry out for my attention.  I remember in college, wanting to postpone the arduous task of studying for finals.  My room […]

Chicken, Vegetable and Wild Rice Soup

Chicken, Vegetable and Wild Rice Soup

  I am making this tonight because I’m on a health and fitness roll. I am having a difficult time taking 10,000 steps a day.  I certainly don’t go outside for a walk, not in this cold, rainy weather.  Just because I live on a […]

Breakfast Burritos for Dinner

Breakfast Burritos for Dinner

  Just for the record, I wrote this way before Christmas, when our bacon lovin’ vegetarian granddaughter was visiting and I was stumped as to what to make for her!  So, no, I haven’t given up on my healthy New Year’s goals! This breakfast burrito […]

Healthnut Soup

Healthnut Soup

  This Healthnut Soup will not win any beauty contests, if you throw the fresh spinach into the pot at the beginning.  The overall color will be a green gray, which is not exactly enticing.. So cook all the veggies and, just before blending, throw […]

Mentally Preparing for Healthy

Mentally Preparing for Healthy

  My daughter gave me a FitBit for Christmas and I’m pretty darned tickled. I’ve had this blog for about 3 months so far and I wonder what all that sitting and typing has done to the size of my rear end.  Thankfully, I can’t […]

No Bake, Make Ahead Chocolate Peppermint Torte

No Bake, Make Ahead Chocolate Peppermint Torte

  This is the nicest dessert for your Christmas or Christmas Eve Dinner.  You can make it a few days ahead of time, wrap it lightly with foil (non-stick foil is best — not plastic wrap, which would stick to it), and store in the […]



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