Posts Tagged with 'food'


on April 5th, 2010 by

I have issues taking pills – I have for a long time – but I really like taking daily vitamins. I was determined to find a solution this time.

Since I exhausted all of my options at GNC, or at least all of the options from a few months ago, I went to Vitamin Shoppe to see if they had an alternative. I even talked to the girl behind the counter. She helped a lot and told me she had the same problem. She showed me what she uses and told me some hints & tips other customers have told her too. I ended up buying the Vitamin Shoppe Multi Vitamin & Mineral Powder to mix with water, milk, juice, or a liquid of my choosing. She also recommended a product called Perfect Food Berry that adds even more good stuff to the vitamin shake and said that it really helps mask the taste of the multivitamin powder. I bought that too.

The result. I have taken my vitamins all week and with no issue or stress. The little extra money is so worth it to have that stress lifted. I just have to gradually increase my intake over the next few weeks to coincide with my weight and all should be good. I mix the vitamin powder with Simply Apple Juice and it actually tastes good. My bamboo whisk that we got with our DoMatcha tea also has a second purpose now – to mix my vitamins.

To me, the look doesn’t even make it unappealing either…

Crab Soup

on February 12th, 2010 by

I made crab soup for the first time ever. I found a recipe and tried to follow what I could and then add replacement items for stuff I didn’t have. I purchased crab meat in the grocery store about a week or so ago in hopes to make something with crab and all of the cold weather made soup seem like the perfect option.

Substitutions (that worked well) since we didn’t have certain items :

  • Edamame for the lima beans
  • Lemon juice and ground pepper for the lemon-pepper seasoning

Maryland Crab Soup Recipe

It was awesome. A little spicy and good flavor. And it made about 8 2cup servings.

Scalloped Potatoes

on April 22nd, 2009 by

I had never made scalloped potatoes before today. I looked at over 5 recipes and wasn’t happy with any of them. So, I took bits and pieces of different recipes and added an idea of my own. Below is the result of the concoction. It is not the typical scalloped potatoes but all of the major ingredients are there and it tastes great. Plus, 4 out of the 5 ingredients are organic. The only ingredient I haven’t found in an organic variety is cream cheese… one day.

Scalloped Potatoes


  • 4 oz – Neufchâtel cheese (1/3 less fat than regular cream cheese)
  • 1/2 c – sour cream
  • 1 1/2 c – half and half
  • 3 lbs – red potatoes
  • 8 oz – shredded cheddar cheese


  1. Heat oven to 350°F.
  2. Mix cream cheese, sour cream, and half and half in a bowl.
  3. Thinly slice potatoes, place in bowl with cheese mixture, and gently mix to coat potatoes.
  4. Spoon into 9″ x 13″ baking dish and scatter 2 oz of shredded cheddar cheese on top.
  5. Bake for about 1 hour until cooked through.

Nutritional Information
Serving size 8oz

  • Calories: 278
  • Fat: 15.7g
  • Cholesterol: 45mg
  • Sodium: 548mg
  • Carbohydrates: 26.6g
  • Fiber: 2.7g
  • Sugar: 4.7g
  • Protein: 11g

Makes 10 servings

Trail Mix Recipe Mod

on February 20th, 2009 by

Recently, we have been making our original Trail Mix recipe on the lighter granola side (maybe a winter thing) and since I make our granola from this blog every time, I thought I would update the recipe. There are only 2 modifications: double all of the non-granola ingredients (or cut the granola in half with respect to the other ingredients) and remove the dates (we were not enjoying them) and replace them with 1/2 raisins and 1/2 cranberries.

Trail mix

In a large bowl, mix the following ingredients:

  • Raisins (45 grams/1.6 oz/4.5 Tbsp)
  • Dried Cranberries (45 grams/1.6 oz/3.5 Tbsp)
  • Almonds (28 grams/1 oz/4 Tbsp)
  • Peanuts (28 grams/1 oz/4 Tbsp)
  • Cashews (22 grams/0.8 oz/4 Tbsp)
  • Walnuts (28 grams/1 oz/4 Tbsp)
  • Pepitas (aka. Pumpkins seeds without shells) (30 grams/1.1 oz/4 Tbsp)
  • Chocolate Chips (60 grams/2.1 oz/4 Tbsp)
  • Granola (110 grams/3.9 oz/1-1/3 cups)

Note: All ingredients are listed in grams, ounces, and measuring device depending on how specific you want to be and what your scale reads. If you want something more exact with a closer repeatability, use the grams/oz measurements. If you want something a little bit more random or want to put it together really fast, use the Tbsp/cup measurements.

Store in an air tight container and enjoy. We store the bulk of it in a large air tight container and then put small 30 g servings in small air tight containers that we can take to work or throw in our bags when we have to run out the door quickly. It gives a whole new meaning to fast food.

Nutritional Information… coming soon
Serving size 30 grams/1.1 oz

  • Calories: –
  • Fat: –
  • Carbohydrates: –
  • Protein: –

There are lots of substitutions that can be made. Some substitutions are:

  • use one type or other types of nuts
  • use one type or other types of fruit
  • use sunflower seeds or pretzels in place of pepitas
  • use M&M’s or peanut butter chips in place of chocolate chips

If there are any allergies, remove those foods and either add more of something already in the recipe or something else. The trick is to keep a preferred ratio of granola to the additional ingredients. If you like it more on the granola side, then add more of it and if you don’t, then add less. Trail mix is so easy to make and it relatively good for you in small quantities when not exercising; and, it is a great energy food when hiking or such. Just remember to write down what you do end up making so you can make it the same way or know what to increase or decrease next time. Just remember, trail mix is supposed to be an energy food not junk food.

More Peanut Butter Product Recalls

on February 6th, 2009 by

I received an email from today notifying me that there was an update to the “Peanut Butter and other Peanut Containing
Products Recall” that has been in the news for a little while now. The FDA has a new list of the foods. Please check it out. I don’t want anyone I know getting sick because another stupid company wasn’t careful with food.

Body + Soul Challenge Day 4

on January 29th, 2009 by

The Challenge Day 4

Stay on Track

Healthy food for all week. Check. I made a crock pot full of rice, quinoa, lentils, split peas, veggies, and spices. I can only wonder if something in this concoction is breaking my face out. I am used to eating healthy, but I am new to quinoa and a few of the spices I used. Also, I may not be accustomed to all of the extra virgin olive oil (healthy fat) that I am using in our food lately. We have enough of this food though to eat all week, so once it is gone, I will see if some ingredient in this dish is the cause.


Q: What are your main day-to-day stressors?
A: Money, Accomplishing all my daily tasks, Keeping a clean desk, Planning and organizing for the future (not in any particular order)
Q: On a scale of one to 10, how stressed do you feel?
A: 5, In the middle. I don’t feel overly stressed, but I know I am stressed at times.
Q: What are your methods for dealing with stress?
A: Watching design shows. Playing video games. Cleaning. Organizing. Building things. And figuring out what caused the stess and either remove it or modify it so that it isn’t as stressful.
Q: Do you feel these methods are healthy or unhealthy?
A: I feel they are healthy methods. A little bit of escape/distraction. A little bit of constuctiveness. A little bit of busy tasks where I can think but not think too hard.
Q: What, if anything, would you like to change about how you react to and deal with stress?
A: I keep too much in. I need an outlet. Some people lash out and that just isn’t me. Some people vent to others, but I just don’t like putting my problems on others very much. Blogging can get me an outlet to vent if I like along with talking with my husband and sticking to my methods above.

Purifying Bath

Oops. Last night as I was reading ahead for the next couple days so I could be prepared for what is coming next, I read this section. I need ingredients that I don’t have and it is too late to run out and get them. A few tasks will just be out of sync. This would have derailed me last year when I attempted this challenge, but this year I am not going to let it. The ingredients don’t seem so bad at least: Epsom Salts, Grapefruit Oil, Baking Soda and possibly Jojoba or Almond Oil. I can find most of these items at our local health store and what I don’t find there, I can find at any drugstore hopefully.

Other Findings

I am probably not doing as well with the media detox as I should be. Positive moments: no watching of news, no unnecessary web surfing, less general computer time. Not-so-positive moments: more watching of TV than normal (design shows were building up on my DVR and I didn’t want to loose them), can not get out of checking my email before bed but trying to figure out a way, I am journalling on my computer rather than a notebook which increases my computer time but in no way compares to normal computer time.

Going Out of Business Sale: The Dinner Company

on October 29th, 2008 by

As you may have learned from my previous article, The Dinner Company in Salisbury, MD is closing its doors. They are having a raffle and a Going Out of Business Sale. Below is an excerpt from an email I received from them regarding the Going Out of Business Sale:

“This weekend, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, November 1st-3rd, we will be holding a GOING OUT OF BUSINESS SALE from 7am to 7pm each day where we will be selling meals, spoodles, recipe books, furniture, decorations, office equipment, and commercial kitchen equipment. Everything must go!”
– The Dinner Company

In a flyer that accompanied the email, they also stated that “Many items will be 50-75% off” and listed many of the items they are selling:

  • Home Décor Items (couch, lighting, plants, pictures, rugs, etc.)
  • Office Equipment (computer, printer, fax, small items)
  • Large Restaurant Equipment (double door freezers, refrigerators, sandwich units, prep tables, 3 bin sink, shelving units, etc.)
  • Small Kitchen Wares (measuring cups, knives, cutting boards, bins, pans, spoons/spatulas)
  • Meals (many of from our favorites menu)
  • Miscellaneous Items (food, SS sink, toilet)

So, please visit The Dinner Company located at 810 Beaglin Park Drive, Salisbury, Maryland 21804 in the same shopping center as the Old West Steak House on Saturday, November 1st thru Monday, November 3rd during the hours of 7am-7pm.

Chicken with Peppers & Zucchini

on October 19th, 2008 by

Chicken with Red Peppers & Zucchini

  • Red Bell Peppers, organic (2 large)
  • Zucchini, organic (2 medium)
  • Chicken tenders, natural (1lb)
  • Canned Tomatoes, organic (28oz) (type depends on preferred liking)
  • Water (optional) (1/2 cup)


  1. Place chicken separated in bottom of baking dish.
  2. Cut up veggies and place on top of chicken in baking dish.
  3. Pour tomatoes and water over veggies and chicken.
  4. Bake at 350°F for 45 minutes.
  5. Check chicken temperature to make sure it is 165°F to verify it is fully cooked.
  6. Enjoy!

Nutritional Information

  • Calories: 142.5
  • Fat: 1.3g
  • Cholesterol: 48.8mg
  • Sodium: 229.6mg
  • Carbohydrates: 11g
  • Fiber: 3.5g
  • Sugar: 6g
  • Protein: 22g

Makes 4 servings

Will change nutritional information

  • Swap out peppers and zucchini for preferred veggies

Egg Salad

on October 19th, 2008 by

Egg Salad

  • Eggs, large brown natural cage-free (12)
  • Mayonnaise, light canola (1/4 cup)
  • Mustard, yellow organic (1 tsp)


  1. Hard Boil eggs using desired method (See Egg Boiling Steps).
  2. Cut up hard boiled eggs into a large bowl.
  3. Add mayonnaise and mustard to eggs and mix thoroughly.
  4. Enjoy!

Nutritional Information
Serving size 3oz

  • Calories:118.1
  • Fat: 8.1g
  • Cholesterol: 322.5mg
  • Sodium: 121.9mg
  • Carbohydrates: 1.5g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Sugar: 0g
  • Protein: 9g

Makes 8 servings

Will change nutritional information

  • Add more or less of the ingredients depending on preference

Dinner Company Closes Its Doors

on October 19th, 2008 by

After a long summer struggling to keep their facility open, The Dinner Company in Salisbury, MD is closing its doors. I received an email earlier this week letting me know and I was saddened to hear but understood – people are cutting back everywhere they can save a few dollars. They are staying in business though just modifying their business strategy in these trying economic times. They have reinvented themselves to exclusively a dinner delivery system. I considered the meal delivery option, however, I like preparing our meals and making adjustments when needed (that was one of my two favorite things about The Dinner Company – the other getting to socialize with the owners), so unless we are super busy, I feel as if we will be preparing our meals again. I have learned so much though that I have so many new tools at my disposal for preparing meals ahead of time now.

Over the last couple months as I was hearing that they were having troubles but hanging in there, my husband and I started planning a back-up strategy (always have a back-up plan with as many things as you can). We wanted a way we could still have our prepared meals that we put in the freezer and then into the oven, but where we could modify things, should the opportunity arise. During out recent visits to The Dinner Company, we started to change over to glass dishes to store our dinners in the freezer to reduce waste and tried to put as many things into zipper plastic bags to reduce the space needed in the freezer. We also wanted to go more organic and natural with our food choices which The Dinner Company was moving to with using natural chicken, but they started thinking about moving to organic right before the economy started to suffer, so some of that got put on hold – understandable. We now have the opportunity to eat more natural and organic foods, decrease our packaging waste, and use the glass bakeware that we bought by preparing our own meals at home.

Glass Bakeware

For tools to get us started, don’t have to go out and buy much to prepare. We already have the bakeware and lots of kitchen tools that we have collected over the years from places like Pampered Chef. The largest learning curve will be the oven temperature and length of time to cook the meals along with figuring out nutritional information and thinking of what to prepare for the next week or two.  At the start, I believe we will prepare a week of meals ahead of time, however, I would like to move to preparing meals 2 weeks ahead of time to give more variety to choose from and less preparation time over all.

Planning and preparing meals for a time will be more complicated, but we adjust well. Once we get into our new routine, all will be fine. At least I have a whole month to plan for the change since next week I get to pick up the meals for next month that we ordered and paid for at the beginning of this month. When I heard they were closing their doors, I was afraid that we would loose the money that we paid for these upcoming meals, but they are two wonderful people that are treating their customers well even when they are struggling. I am so proud of them and hope they succeed in their next venture.

As a result of this new food cooking adventure of ours, I will now be posting meal creations with pictures, ingredients, and notes. How exciting!

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