Wednesday, February 24, 2010


Jack loves breakfast. But, I don’t so the poor baby almost never gets to eat it. Since we like to keep Jack happy, I decided to start having “breakfast for dinner.” Not only are many morning recipes yummy but they are a real healthy choice, too. Using’s- low carb diet web page, I found directions on how to make a crustless quiche, which takes little time and effort.
This is the combination I came up with and Jack loves it! I have to say I really like it myself, so much so that I actually ate the leftovers, which I never do.


4 Slices fully cooked bacon

2 Cups, fresh spinach

8 Green onions

½ to ¾ Cup sliced mushrooms

4 Eggs

9 Chopped green onions

1 ½ Cups cream, milk or soy (I used vanilla flavored soy milk)

Coconut oil (for medium heat)

Saute bacon, onions and mushrooms in coconut oil for about 3 minutes. Add spinach and cook 3 to five more minutes or until spinach is “cooked down.”

While other ingredients are sautéing, whisk eggs with milk until combined. Add desired herbs to mixture.

Cut sautéed ingredients to desired size, then spread in bottom of quiche or pie pan, sprinkle cheese over top, pour over egg mixture.

Bake at 375 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes.

If you want less fat, eliminate the bacon and it’s practically a perfect health dish and it’s something anyone can make.
Bon Appetite!

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Thursday, February 18, 2010


In 776  B.C., The first recorded Olympic Games took place featuring chariot/horse racing, wrestling, boxing, running, combat, and pentathlon. Women were not admitted. They were held every fourth year until 393 A.D. when an earthquake destroyed Olympia. 
The first successful attempt to emulate the ancient games was formed in France from 1796 to 1798 during the revolution. Later, in 1850, the English revived them until 1866.
In June of 1890 at the Sorbonne in Paris, the first multinational Olympic Games were planned to take place in Athens in 1896. Demetrius Vikelas was elected as the first president. ( From: (

1928: Games were held in Amsterdam and women participated for the FIRST time. Sonja Henie of Norway won the ice skating championship.

1932:  Winter Games held at Lake Placid for the first time.

1964:  Olympic Games held in Tokyo. U.S. wins 37 Gold Medals, USSR wins 41

1968:  Games in Mexico City. US takes 45 medals USSR gets 29

1976:  Held in Montreal 32 Asian and African countries withdraw because of political issues.

1988 Winter games held in S. Korea. Ben Johnson from Canada breaks the 100 meter world record but is disqualified for taking drugs. (From: “The timetables of History the New third revised edition by Bernard grun.)

The 5 intertwined rings of the Olympic symbol represent the five inhabited continents including North and South America as one.

What I find interesting about this process is that the Olympic motto expresses the philosphy that the most important thing is not winning medals but in taking part in the sport. Unfortunately, we don’t hear that very often either from the Olympic Committee or from the participants. Maybe we should focus more on the struggle and challenge of making it to the Olympics than on “who wins what.”  It's enjoyable to watch the events regardless of who wins.

I think the atheletes should all get a “participation medal.” Let’s face it, those who perform under such stress are already the "best of the best."

What do you think?
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Thursday, February 11, 2010


Since almost all lyrics deal with love in one way or another, what can be left to say about the subject?  The mere number of words devoted to love is proof enough of its' importance.  Here are a few good ones:  "Love comforteth like sunshine after rain" (Shakespeare), "Love and scandal are the best sweetener of tea" (Henry Fielding) and "...there's nothing worth the wear of winning, but laughter and the love of friends" (Hilaire Belloc). These are all from The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Quotations by Angela Partington.
To my guy, I want to say, how do I Love Thee?  Let me count the ways.
I love the way thee takes my car and brings it back sparkling clean, with a tank full of gas.  I love thee when I'm feeling like crap and thee brings me takeout.  I love thee when thee folds thee's own laundry and puts it away.  I love thee when thee encourages my latest cockamamie scheme, no matter how nuts it sounds--thee is my biggest fan.  And, I really love thee, when thee defends me when thee thinks someone is picking on me.
Since my guy is so good to me, I made him this flourless, healthy, chocolate cake that is so easy, you can quickly whip up one for your honey.  It's rather flat but so rich and full of flavor you don't need a very big piece to really enjoy it with light, Redi Whip.
4 (1 ounce) squares semisweet chocolate, chopped (I used chocolate chips)
1/2 cup unsalted butter
3/4 cup white sugar substitute
1/2 cup cocoa powder
3 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.  Grease 8 inch round cake pan and dust with flour or cocoa powder.  In top of double boiler over lightly simmering water, melt chocolate and butter.  Remove from heat and stir in sugar substitute, cocoa powder, eggs and vanilla.  Pour into prepared pan.  Bake for 30 minutes.  Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto cake plate and cool completely.  Slices can be reheated for 20 to 30 seconds in microwave before serving.


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Wednesday, February 3, 2010


Witnessing nature's beauty no matter the time of year, holding my husband's hand, getting bear hugs, finding something I have feverishly searched for, the touch of my cat Jolie's nose waking me up in the morning. These are some of the simple pleasures I fully intend to concentrate on and enjoy more from now on. Those, along with the scent and taste of my incredible morning coffee.
In addition, having a new recipe come out great, seeing hoof prints pressed into the winter snow and spotting a beautiful doe outside our bedroom window is pretty great.  Going to sleep and waking up with no pain is right there at the top of the list, too.  I love my cozy, warm bed.  It is a real blessing on these cold winter nights.
I love the sound of a hearty laugh.  You really can't beat a good joke and some people even think I'm funny.  Well, they think Jack is funny, too and he really can be.  A cat's purr is as delightful as my favorite songs.
A good book or movie is a real pleasure.  There is so much out there that is mediocre or just plain bad.  Finding a treasure is a mood elevator.  I rented Charles Dickens' "Our Mutual Friend" last week and enjoyed every minute of it.  Despite the fact that it took place in the 19th century, the setting, characters and story kept me interested until the very end--and it was a 2 disk set!
These are just a few of my simple pleasures.  What are yours?

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