It’s January~Diet Time!

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Last night, we went to a church meeting.  We pulled into the parking lot and it was packed.  Yikes!  Our meeting wasn’t that exciting, so what was happening?  Well.  It turned out that it was the first meeting of Weight Watchers for 2017.  Everyone is ready to get rid of the excess poundage that the holidays brought.

This morning I saw that Good Morning America had a segment on weight loss diets that experts like.  Here are the 7 best diets

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Let Peace Begin With You

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We all have them in our family.  People who can’t live without drama.  Don’t let them pull you into their frenzy.  Step back and take a deep breath.  You will bring them with you and make their life a little less crazy along with your own!






Being Enough

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I have been dealing with someone lately who seems to think that in order to feel respected, he needs to get expensive gifts. It made me think about this clip from the movie “Cool Runnings.”

John Candy tells Darice that if you are not enough without it, you will never be enough with it.

So many people get caught up in getting awards.  Fancy cars.  Expensive gifts.  It’s almost like a drug.  They are constantly looking for the next fix.

I have been thinking about setting intentions this year.  Not coming up with goals. Instead,  I want to look at how I live my life.  What do I intend to do this yea?  I want  to simplify my life.  Declutter it of things and people that don’t bring me pleasure or peace.

What about you?  What are you doing with this year? 


No Dreamz Too Big!

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Have you ever watched the movie Rudy?  In it, his friend Pete said “that dreams are what makes life bearable.”  What a lovely thought.  And as for Rudy, he was a small guy that had been told he wasn’t college material and there was no way he would ever be part of The Fighting Irish!  He didn’t let that stop him.  I followed his dreams.  And he got them.  If you get a chance, go watch the movie Rudy.  You won’t be sorry!




Happy 2017 To Everyone!

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Hi Everyone!

It feels like I have been gone for ages.  4 months to be exact.  Last year was a crazy year.  So many things happening.  Our family has grown.  I just had to take some time off to process everything.

First off, I helped my friend Amy run for city council.  We were considered such a long shot that people said run just to get your name out there.  You can always run again in 2 or 4 years.  Guess what?  The long shot is now my city council person.  We spent from March to June getting Amy elected.  First she was in a run off.  Then she went on to beat the incumbent.

How did we do it?  Plain old retail politicking.  We got out there and knocked on doors.  Listened to people.  Getting to see old friends and neighbors.  Meeting new neighbors.  We had a blast!  And our city council is a much better council.  Amy has brought a fresh set of eyes to everything.

After that, I started working on Hillary Clinton’s campaign.  We all know how that turned out.  How can someone who won the popular vote by almost 3 million people not be our president?

Through all this, we welcomed Marcos, our foster son to our home.  He is an 18 year old who is from Honduras.  And he is here legally.  We fell in love with him the first time we met him.  Things have not been perfect.  We have had plenty ups and downs with him living with us.  Our lives are a lot less quiet these days.

My niece says that New Year’s Day is when you can hit the reset button. Everything is fresh and new. What do you think?

I have been pondering how I want my life to go for the next year.  Am I going to set resolutions?  Nah.  They don’t seem to last as long as January 31st.  Resolutions are goals of things that I want to be or do.  Something in the future.  If I don’t achieve them, I feel let down.

This year, I want to be more in the here and now.  Enjoy my life.  Live my life more purposely.  Live my life with intent.  We shall see what happens.

I hope you all are enjoying your New Year’s Day.  Be Safe!





Vancouver Food Trucks Roundup#1 — veggiezest

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From Veggie Zest!

Living in cow country(Texas), I am so jealous.  We are starting to see cities with food trucks around the state.  However, vegetarian?  I think we are going to have a little bit of a wait for those.

At least restaurants are much more vegetarian friendly these days.  When we moved here we were lucky to get a Cesar’s salad without the meat.  I would ask for a vegetarian entree for dinners and receptions and get boiled vegetables.  Yuck!

I was at a banquet recently, where my main entree was a delicious tofu dish.  Times are a changin’!




SO here is a post about all the food trucks you see lingering around the streets of Vancouver. This is the first roundup of some of the trucks – I have listed four of them with vegetarian options. Over a period of time I am going to do more posts with food trucks. Hope you […]

via Vancouver Food Trucks Roundup#1 — veggiezest

There Are 2 New Starbuck’s Offerings?

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Starbuck’s has come out with 2 new beverage offerings post Valentine’s Day.  However, I have to get something off my chest.  Did you know that they had molten chocolate beverages? 

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Red velvet ice cream

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From Ice Cream Magazine!

Doesn’t  this look wonderful?  When we were kids, my mom would make us a red velvet cake for special occasions.  A real Red Velvet cake is made with cocoa and buttermilk and butter. It is very tender and moist.  And to me, it tasted like a red devil’s food cake.  The only other cake that my made that was better was her Million Dollar cake!


I saw this post and thought what a great idea.  A southern Ben & Jerry’s type of recipe.  The recipe does call for Mascarpone cheese.  It’s Italian cheese or thickened cream really.  You can get it at any supermarket.  Red velvet cake?  I am not so sure, but it’s worth a try to look!

Source: Red velvet ice cream




Valentine Mosaic Jello

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From Once Upon A Spice!


I love this recipe!  It reminds me of “wigglers” which my son and I would make when he was little.  The jello is so concentrated that you can easily pick it up with your hands and it doesn’t melt.  We had little molds that we would pour the mixture in.  Different molds for different seasons and holidays.  I think this recipe would be wonderful to make with your child for Valentine’s Day.


Thanks to Lana for the idea!


Source: Valentine Mosaic Jello



An Irish Love Poem For Valentine’s Day

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From John Boyle O’Reilly


THE red rose whispers of passion,
And the white rose breathes of love;
O, the red rose is a falcon,
And the white rose is a dove.

But I send you a cream-white rosebud
With a flush on its petal tips;
For the love that is purest and sweetest

Has a kiss of desire on the lips