It’s Finally Friday!


The weather today is supposed to get into the 90’s – a few minutes ago my car thermometer said 87. . . just glad I have air conditioning in the house AND car!  Decided to do a bit of a trip to stop at three stores all in the same shopping ‘center’ (don’t know what people call them now days – where you have shops all together but not in an enclosed place, like a mall). I needed to hit Office Depot/Office Max as I had a $10.00 off coupon for printing ink (really don’t ‘need’ the ink until next month but didn’t want to lose the discount), stopped at JoAnn’s to check out their baby yarns – again 50% off coupon was my inspiration (bought one big skein) then off to Walmart for a few things. I don’t go to these places that often (about every 3-4 months, maybe) and then I try to coordinate what I need at each one. My very close friend’s birthday is this coming Thursday (she’s also the head of my special needs group) – she’s like me: has everything she could ‘want’ – so what to get her? I ended up finding one of those semi-circular neck pillows – she can ALWAYS use a rest and a large lavender candle – soothing smell – think she’ll like them.

Still on my new diet – in almost 2 weeks I’ve lost 7.2 lb. and am not starving. Happy with the results so far (don’t like the taste of the drink stuff but sometimes ya gotta forfeit something to get what you want, right?). I ended up mixing the powder with room-temp. cranberry juice and just gulping it – works. I would LOVE to maybe see 145 lbs (right now I’m at 179.2) – we’ll see how/where this goes.

Talked husband into going out to lunch yesterday – both the boys were gone, so we stopped at Village Place near us. I ordered a Greek Chicken Wrap and it was GREAT! In fact, I liked their dressing so much I just called to ask the name, hoping I could buy it. Turns out they make it IN HOUSE…sigh. She did say I could buy it by the cup if I wanted . . . that’s a little weird – I suppose if I really liked it that much, I would do that, but for now I’ll pass.) This wrap had big hunks of chicken, sliced beets, chopped red onion, chopped tomatoes & lettuce & feta cheese all wrapped up in a wheat wrap – SUPER YUM! It was so big I took half home for my dinner!


Peaches ‘n Cream Bars

1 (8 oz) pkg. refrigerated crescent
roll dough, seamless
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1/2 C. sugar
1/4 tsp. almon
1 (21 oz) can peach pie filling
1/2 C. flour
1/4 C. brown sugar
3 T. cold butter
1/2 C. chopped walnuts/almonds
or pecans

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Unroll dough & press into lightly
greased 9 X 13″ baking dish. Bake
5 minutes & cool completely.
Beat cream cheese, sugar & almond
until smooth; smooth over baked
crust & spoon peach filling over
cream cheese on crust. Whisk
flour & brown sugar then cut in
cold butter to form a grainy crumb.
(it helps to use your fingers in this
process) Toss in nuts & sprinkle over
peach filling. Bake 25 minutes until
edges are brown. Cool on wire rack
before cutting. Serve warm.


Tex-Mex Chopped Chicken Salad

1 C. Ranch salad dressing
2 T. taco seasoning mix

3 C. chicken, cooked, cooled/diced
4 C. Romaine lettuce, chopped (about
1 head)
2 Roma tomatoes, diced
1 cucumber, seeded/diced
1 C. whole corn kernels, fresh or frozen
4-5 green onions, sliced
1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained/
4 oz. sharp Cheddar cheese or Pepper
Jack, cut into 1/4″ cubes
1/4 C. chopped cilantro
juice of 1/2 lime
1 C. tortilla chips, crushed

Garnishes (optional):
diced jalapeno peppers
toasted pumpkin seeds
diced avocado or jicama

In small bowl stir together
dressing ingredients; chill until ready
to use.
In large bowl toss salad ingredients
together; add dressing, a little at a
time, then to until lightly coated.
Season with salt/pepper, to taste &
garnish with toppings, if desired.
Serve immediately. Serves 8


Taco Skillet Dinner

1 lb. ground beef
1 T. taco seasoning mix
1 tsp. kosher salt
1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes
1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained/
1 (4.5 oz) can diced green chilies
1 C. shredded Mexican cheese
chopped scallions – garnish

In large skillet over meidum-high
heat cook beef until golden, 6-8
minutes; drain. Season with taco
seasoning & salt, stir to combine.
Add canned tomatoes, black beans,
green chilies & stir to combine. Cover
top with cheese & let melt then
garnish with scallions & serve.
Serves 4

Mini (Eggplant)  Pizza Bites

2 large eggplants, cut into 1/2″
olive oil
kosher salt/ground black pepper
1 C. shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 C. mini pepperoni, sliced
1/2 C. shredded Parmesan cheese
1/4 C. finely sliced fresh basil

Preheat grill to medium-high; brush
both sides of each eggplant slice with
olive oil & season with salt/pepper.
Grill until tender & slightly charred on
both sides, about 3-4 minutes per side.
Top each round with mozzarella & mini
pepperoni. Keep eggplant on grill to allow
cheese to melt, about 30 seconds more.
Remove from grill, top with Parmesan &
basil- serve. Makes 6 servings


Baked Tomatoes

2 large tomatoes cut in half,
4 T. olive oil
pinch salt
pinch black pepper
1/8 C. grated Parmesan
cheese per tomato half

Preheat oven 450 degrees F.
Place tomato halves in 9 X 9″
baking dish, cut sides up. Spread
1 T. olive oil on each half, sprinkle
with pinch salt & black pepper on
each half. Cover each half with
1/8 C. grated Parmesan cheese
& bake 20 minutes. Makes 4 servings,
1 half each


Orzo/Grape & Pistachio Salad

1 lb. orzo pasta
2 C. red grapes, cut in half
2 C. pistachios (shelled/
1 c. chopped basil
1/3 C. lemon juice
1/2 C. walnut oil
3 cloves garlic, minced

Toast Pistachios:
Place 1 C. pistachios in saucepan
with walnut oil – warm oil & nuts,
being careful not to boil. Saute
garlic in a little olive oil.
Prepare orzo accordg. to pkg. directions.
When orzo has been drained, mix in
enough pistachio/walnut mixture to
coat pasta. Add lemon juice, to taste;
mix in sauteed garlic. Add grapes &
half of basil. Chill several hours or
Before serving, add rest of basil, salt/
pepper, to taste & rest of pistachios.
Serves 6


Grilled Vegetable Salad

1/3 C. balsamic vinegar
2 T. olive oil
2 shallots, finely chopped
1 tsp. dried Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 1/2 tsp. molasses*
1/2 lb. carrot, scraped
1 red pepper, seeded, cut into
large chunks
1 yellow pepper, seeded, cut into
large chunks
2 zucchini, cut into large chunks
2 yellow squash, cut into large
1 large onion, chopped

Combine first 7 ingredients in large
ziplock bag. Add vegetables to bag,
seal & toss to coat. Let stand 30
minutes, tossing occasionally. Drain
vegetables, reserving liquid. Salt &
pepper vegetables to taste then
arrange in grill basket. Cook, covered
with grill lid, 15-20 minutes. Return
cooked veggies to reserved liquid &
toss gently. Serve immediately or
refrigerate overnight. Serves 4-6

*can substitute dark Karo syrup


Spiced Zucchini Bars

2 C. flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. cinnamon
3 eggs, beaten
1 C. oil
2 C. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. lemon juice
1 C. raisins
2 C. grated zucchini
3/4 C. chopped nuts
1 (16 oz) container cream cheese

Preheat oven 325 degrees F.
In bowl combine flour, baking soda,
salt & cinnamon. In another bowl
whisk eggs, oil, sugar, vanilla & lemon
juice. Gradually add flour mixture to
egg mixture; fold in remaining ingredients
except frosting & pour into greased &
floured 15 X 10 X” jelly roll pan. Bake
25-35 minutes until lightly golden. Cool
then spread with frosting. Cut into bars.
Makes 3 dozen bars.



There’s a pork roast & carrots in the
crockpot (with a pkt. of dry onion
soup mix on top). I have several
packages of baby fingerling potatoes
in the freezer, so that’s ‘what’s for
dinner’ here.

Working on the white/greens baby
blanket; I was originally thinking of
bringing it to the Ice Cream Social,
but have sort of re-thought that:
baby blanket on lap, outside, in
middle of summer when the temps
‘might’ be in the 80/90’s – not a
pleasant thought. Am now thinking
little baby headbands & baby hats –
much lighter!

It’s been rather quiet around here
the past 2 days – oldest son texted
me at 5:59 a.m. that grandson was
going up North with his mom, so we
were off the hook watching him
Thurs/Friday – can you hear me sighing
Ahhhhhhhhh! hehehe

Hope your day turns out nicely-
remember if you’re in a hot climate,



PS: Gas Prices here are down to $2.29/9!


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2 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. Congrats on getting healthier for the summer! In hot climates, watermelon is so satisfying when i lose appetite from the heat. I can eat 2 whole melons a day, so refreshing!
    Good luck on u’r diet, remember what mom says… eat u’r fruit and veggies. 🙂

  2. it sounds like you found something to help get the pounds off. Good job there.

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