•At first I thought this might be good for some people but I don’t need it. I am perfectly capable and have the time to do grocery shopping.
•Then my sister tried it and she loved it so I decided to use the free first month to check it out. Super smart of Amazon to offer the free trial so you can decide for yourself if it is for you.
•The selection is good. Lots of brands that I normally use. I selected produce, dairy, meat and staples to check out the quality and freshness.
•The pork tenderloin I received was excellent. Dairy products were all fresh and expiration dates were good. All of the produce was very fresh except some strawberries that were soft and they immediately refunded the cost and gave me a $9.99 credit on my Amazon account.
•The prices were surprisingly ok! Might be a bit higher but I know that I am saving a lot by not buying “impulse” items that I always by in the grocery store.
•Packaging is awesome. Delivered right to my door. Cold things cold. Frozen items frozen. I even ordered ice cream to see if it would stay frozen.
•This would be an excellent service for shut-ins who are not able to get to the grocery store.
•My next order is already in! I know that I will save way more than the $14.99 monthly charge in “impulse” buys alone!
Here is a face to put to the devastation of Hurricane Harvey.
I just learned that my housecleaner, Maria’s, daughter – Karen- lost everything: home, car, and all her belongings in the flooding in Houston. On top of this Karen has recently been diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She and her two children, a three year old girl and a sixteen year old boy, are currently in a shelter in Houston.
Maria will be leaving on Friday to travel to Houston to see if she can help her get a car and get into some housing. Also to see if they can get into the doctor because her appointment was cancelled due to the flooding. The appointment was to stage the cancer and discuss treatments.
You guys all know me and you know that I have never done any type of fundraising on my page before. BUT…. if you are looking for a way to help someone that was affected by the floods and you feel led and you want to know that your money will go to a specific person please consider donating to this gofundme account. ANY amount will help. https://www.gofundme.com/harvey-relief-fund-for-karen
With everything going on in our country today it is amazing to see the stories coming out of Texas of people helping people. We have it in us. That is who we are.
Thank you so much in advance. #cancersucks #texas #thisisamerica
What to do with all that zucchini from the garden? Make zucchini bread of course!
This is my favorite recipe for zucchini bread. It was inspired by this recipe. I switched out the all-purpose flour for King Arthur 100% Organic White Whole Wheat Flour. I like using whole grains whenever possible and using this white whole wheat flour gave it a richer, nutty taste.
I also substituted melted organic coconut oil for the vegetable oil. I am trying to avoid corn and canola oil and prefer the healthier aspects of the coconut oil.
You could add nuts, chocolate chips, or whatever you like to this. My grandkids like it just the way it is and they eat a whole loaf up quicker than you can bat an eye!
I hope you will try this recipe and let me know how you like it.
Fresh From the Garden Healthier Zucchini Bread
Yield: 2 loaves
3 cups King Arthur 100% Organic White Whole Wheat Flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon ( I love the Kirkland Signature Ground Saigon Cinnamon from Costco)
1 cup organic coconut oil – melted
2 1/4 cups sugar
1 Tbsp vanilla extract (Do not use imitation vanilla extract. Ever! For anything!)
2 cups grated zucchini (about 2 medium sized zucchinis)
-Preheat oven to 325º (I used the convection/bake setting on my oven but the regular setting is fine)
-Grease and flour two loaf pans.
-Sift flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon together in a bowl.
-Beat eggs, coconut oil, sugar, and vanilla in bowl of standing mixer until well combined. (Or stir by hand)
-Add dry ingredients to the mixing bowl and beat on low until combined. It is best to use a mixer here as the batter will be thick.
-Add the zucchini to the mixture and mix on low speed just until combined.
– Spread batter into the prepared pans.
-Bake for 40-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. (Mine took about 47 minutes.)
-Cool in pan on rack for 20 minutes. Remove from pan and cool completely.
I am a LA girl deep down inside. I love the Dodgers, Dodger Stadium, Tommy’s, Griffith Park, the Hollywood Bowl, Travel Town, Giamella’s, Porto’s, the Smoke House, Damon’s, and so much more.
I grew up in LA. Burbank to be exact. Say what you want about Los Angeles but there is just something about it. It is a pretty exciting place to be. Ed and I headed up there on Saturday to see Billy Joel at Dodger Stadium. Pretty awesome. Billy Joel! Dodger Stadium!
Our first stop was at Philippe the Original for french dip sandwiches. If you have been to LA and have visited them, you need to! There is nothing like a french dip from Philippe’s.
Philippe’s is an LA institution. They have been in business since 1908. The french dip sandwich was invented by Philippe Mathieu. According to Philippe’s website, “One day in 1918, while making a sandwich, Mathieu inadvertently dropped the sliced french roll into the roasting pan filled with juice still hot from the oven. The patron, a policeman, said he would take the sandwich anyway and returned the next day with some friends asking for more dipped sandwiches. And so was born the “French Dipped Sandwich,” so called either because of Mathieu’s French heritage, the French roll the sandwich is made on or because the officer’s name was French. The answer is lost to history.”
Our next stop was in my hometown. Burbank. Yes, Beautiful Downtown Burbank. It has changed so much since I grew up there but one thing that has not changed is the tea cakes from Martino’s Bakery. Yes, they have changed their location but it is still the Martino’s I love.
How do you describe a Martino’s tea cake? Well, if you are from Burbank you know exactly what one tastes like. I can’t describe it any other way than, “tea cake.” It is a honey-y, cake-y, maybe a tinge of citrus flavor that is so so good. Especially with a cup of coffee. When I was a child every Girl Scout meeting, every PTA meeting, every Woman’s Club Tea had them.
Martino’s also has other amazing baked goods but if you go there, you must try a tea cake. (Or a dozen!)
Last stop of the day was Dodger Stadium. Let me tell you. If there is one place that reminds me of my childhood it is Dodger Stadium. I spent many a warm summer night there with my dad and my brothers watching my Dodgers play. Love them!
The reason we were there at Dodger Stadium was to see the Billy Joel concert. He did not disappoint. What a great venue for him to perform at! He sang for over two hours. He also had two surprise guests for us. First Pink came up and sang with him. She has such a great voice. Then a little later Axl Rose came up and he and Billy did a cover of Highway to Hell. The best part of my night was seeing my sweet Bible study friend rocking out to it! Amazing concert. And Dodger Stadium.
All in all, it was a great LA day. A little bit of a trip down memory lane, a little childhood food, and a little rock and roll.
Well. I guess I really do need bone broth after all!
So glad that I made a big batch of the broth on Monday because yesterday I came down with a nasty sinus infection that has knocked me out for the past few days.
Today I had the energy to make it downstairs and when I opened the refrigerator I saw those lovely jars of bone broth. And the extra chicken meat that I plucked from the bones before making the broth. Win.
Ahh…… chicken soup! Nature’s antibiotic. (Although I got a Z Pack as well!) I have also read that chicken soup is good for sinus infections. I just know that when I am sick, chicken soup sounds so good.
I am not a fan of canned soups. The Hubs loves them but I try to make him homemade soup whenever I can. I always have Kirkland Organic Chicken Stock from Costco on hand but I was super excited to have my own homemade broth to use.
I looked through the pantry and the fridge and threw these ingredients in the Bella Electric Pressure Cooker and voila – an easy, fast, yummy soup was ready for my lunch. Now, back upstairs for a little nappy poo. We have tickets to see Billy Joel on Saturday at Dodger Stadium and I need to get better!
Here is how I made it:
Easy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
Serves about 6
4 stocks celery – cut into chunks
3-4 carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
Baby carrots – as much as you want (I usually don’t have baby carrots on hand-these were left over from something and I needed to use them up)
3/4 cup uncooked wild rice
1-2 cups cooked chicken
2 quarts chicken broth
Throw it all in the electric pressure cooker and push the “soup” button. Release pressure after timer beeps.
Garnish with green onions or whatever your little heart desires. Easy!
Do you love sweet potatoes? I do. There is something so comforting about a nice roasted, caramelized, brown around the edges little chunk of orange-y goodness.
I came across a great blog called Cafe Delites when I was searching for a new way to make sweet potatoes. Karina has tons of healthy and delicious recipes posted. Just browsing for a few minutes I have found so many that I can’t wait to try.
This recipe is so many kinds of delicious! The Hubs raved about them and they were so easy to make. They are sweet and savory and buttery and garlicky and so so good. I honestly could make a meal of just these alone.
Please check out the recipe and make these! And while you are there, get lost in all the recipes that Karina has to offer.
I keep seeing “bone broth” popping up on my instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest feeds. Sounds disgusting, doesn’t it.
But then I started doing some research on it and apparently it is good for numerous bodily things. (Bodily things: a very scientific word for that which ails you.)
Here is a list of some of the things that bone broth is used for: arthritis/joint pain; metabolism, detox and weight loss; skin conditions; autoimmunity; digestion, leaky gut and IBS. Here is a link to an article on the information I found.
Today just happened to be the day that I went to Costco to pick up some groceries. Does anyone go to Costco and NOT pick up one of their rotisserie chickens? They are the best. Right?
Tonight we are having the Sweet Kale Salad with some of the rotisserie chicken on top and calling it a day. Easy peasy and perfect because we are still a little bit tired from the excitement of the wedding this weekend.
As I was picking the chicken off the bone I got to thinking about bone broth. Pretty weird huh? What a thing to be thinking of. Then I thought about how I throw the bones away every week from my rotisserie chicken. Which led me to think about my Bella Electric Pressure Cooker. Which, of course, led me to the internet.
I found this recipe and decided to give it a try. The first bonus I found was that I ended up with almost one cup more chicken than I usually get from a chicken because I really picked the bones clean before putting them in the pressure cooker. That is enough to add to a pasta meal or for chicken salad for the Hubs and I!
I had all the ingredients for the broth on hand because they are pretty much staples. My fresh herbs are growing like gangbusters right now so I grabbed some fresh thyme and oregano and threw it in as well.
Here it is all ready to cook. I left the skin on the onion so the broth would have a richer color. Pretty sure it doesn’t add any health benefits but it will look pretty.
As I finish up on this post my bone broth has finished cooking and I have strained it. The recipe made about three and a half quarts. I poured some in a mug and I am sipping on it now. It’s pretty good. It has more taste than I thought it would. I am glad I added the fresh herbs to it because I can really taste them. The oregano and thyme is the perfect combo.
I don’t think that I will be throwing those rotisserie chicken bones away again. I’ll be making bone broth with them!
I try to stay up to date on tech things as much as I can. Not in a nerdy, tech-y, super up to date way. The things that I try to keep up on are the things that I hear my kids and grandkids being interested in.
I love the newest iPhones when they come out but I will never wait in line for one! No, I will wait until I can get one a month or two or six after the release.
We just bought the new Nintendo Switch and I enjoy playing with the grandkids on that. Tetris is a fun game for the Switch. That was a game that we spent a lot of time playing together when my boys were younger. I was glad that it came out on this platform as it is my all time favorite video game.
As I mentioned in this post, we love to play games. So I was intrigued when I came across a new interactive board game by Mighty Boards on my Instagram feed. It is called Petrichor and it looks like something that my older grandkids would like. And what better way to bond with them than spending time playing a game with them.
Now here is the catch – it is a Kickstarter campaign game. Which basically means that they raise money on Kickstarter before they make the game and the people that back them get the game first. Kickstarter is not new. It has been around for awhile but this is the first time I have actually backed something on it. I am kind of excited! I feel like I have helped someone with their dream. And….. I get a new game.
I will get it in December which is so opposite of how I usually purchase things. I am all about Amazon Prime and the two day shipping. Patience is not my strong suit. But it will be fun to get updates on the campaign from the Kickstarter app until December.
This Kickstarter app will be fun to explore and find new products that we all might be interested in. What about you? Have you tried Kickstarter?
This weekend my oldest son is getting married. He has two kids. He is marrying a wonderful, gorgeous, loving, sweet, caring mother of four kids. The Hubs and I are beyond excited for them.
My family is blended. My oldest son is from my first marriage. My middle and youngest son are from my current (and final!) marriage. When my kids were younger it took a bit of doing to work my oldest son’s visitations with his dad into our schedule, but it was manageable.
Can you imagine the scheduling that my son and my new daughter-in-love have to deal with having six kids and four separate sets of parents! Oh my. I have observed them over the past year as they were getting ready to blend their family, and I have to hand it to them……. they do an excellent job!
They have about six hours on Thursday night that they have to themselves as a couple. They always make it a priority to have a date night. Of course, we would watch the kids whenever they wanted us to but with their kids being with them only fifty percent of the time, they just don’t want to be apart from them when they do have them. Not as many sleepovers with gramma and grandpa but totally understandable.
So, on Saturday, we will officially have four new grandchildren. Bringing our total to eight. How will we treat these new grandchildren? The same as we treat our other four.
These four are our bonus grandchildren. No, we weren’t there for their births. We didn’t get to rock them to sleep when they were babies. And we didn’t get to see their first steps or hear their first words. But now we get to welcome them into our family and share ing their milestones and accomplishments. They will now be our grandchildren for reals!
We are a family of 16 now and I can remember when I was a single mom, with just my oldest, and I so longed for a big, intact, loving family. I had some pretty tough days. Never in my wildest dreams could I imagine the family that I now have. I am truly blessed.
We are not the traditional two parent, never divorced family that was typical in the past. We sit at kids baseball games with our son’s ex and her spouse. And sometimes my ex and his spouse as well! We are flexible when scheduling events and we don’t expect everyone to be at everything. We try not to put expectations on anyone. Is it hard sometimes? Most definitely. Do we bite our tongues sometimes often. Of course! But we are committed to loving each other and helping each other get through this big, glorious, wonderful thing called life.
Our children have so many people that love them and call them family and our grandchildren have even more! Aren’t we the lucky ones!
Do you do Sunday dinner with your family? We do. And. I. Love. It!
It gives us a time to get together and connect and for the cousins to see each other and play and have fun.
Not all of the kids come every Sunday as our schedules are crazy. We also don’t pressure anyone to come. It is always “come if you can, no worries if you can’t.”
Most of the time I come up with the menu, but my favorite dinners are when someone requests something.
We were talking the other day about the really good chicken and waffles that Chili’s Grill and Bar is serving now. My oldest son suggested trying to make a bit healthier version for Sunday dinner.
I got right on it and searched for a recipe. I found this one and tweaked it a bit. I used a whole egg instead of just the white for a little richness. I also added some chipotle pepper for a little kick. Instead of making waffles from scratch I used our absolute favorite pancake and waffle mix made a few additions. The Kodiak Cakes Power Cakes is available at Costco and it is so so good!
The chicken and waffles were a hit. The chicken was moist and tender and crunchy without frying. The additions that I made to the waffles bumped them up just enough to compliment the slightly spicy chicken.
This will for sure be part of our Sunday dinner mix of recipes.
A Little Bit Healthier Chicken and Waffles
For the chicken-
1/2 cup white whole wheat flour
1/4 tsp chipotle pepper powder
salt and pepper, to taste
1/2 cup non-fat plain yogurt
1/8-1/4 cup skim milk
2 cups corn flakes, crushed
1 1/2 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into strips
For the waffles:
1 cup Kodak Cakes Power Cakes mix
1 cup milk
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp avocado oil (or oil of your choice)
Preheat the oven to 425°F.
Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place an oven-safe cooking rack on top and spray with cooking oil.
Prepare three bowls for dipping: one with flour, chipotle pepper powder, and salt and pepper; one with the egg and yogurt and a bit of the milk to thin; and one with the crushed corn flakes. Be sure to stir each bowl.
Dip the chicken breasts into the flour mixture, followed by the egg/yogurt/milk mixture, followed by the corn flakes, coating evenly. Place the coated chicken evenly spaced out onto the prepared rack.
Bake for 20-30 minutes until thoroughly cooked and juices run clear.
While chicken is baking prepare the waffles.
Stir all the waffle ingredients together in a bowl and cook per your waffle iron directions.
Serve with maple syrup, raspberry chipotle sauce, jalapeño jelly or what ever your little heart desires!