Monday, June 18

Good Eating Monday: Sunday Eats

This was what was for dinner Sunday Night:

Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan served over colorful Rozoni Healthy Harvest Italian Trio Pasta
Dole Pomegranate Bagged Salad
Fresh Slices of Hot Garlic Bread
The Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan recipe is here.
It's just basically spaghetti sauce with a freezer brand of breaded chicken added the last hour of cooking, then topped with a whole block of Mozzarella slices for a thick gooey topping.
It's the breading that keeps the chicken moist.
I use the recipe often, but this time I tried Tyson Naturals 100% Whole Grain Breaded Chicken Breast Chunks.
They were the perfect size! And delicious. I noticed Tyson has a Naturals Gluten Free, too.
(I'm not affiliated with Tyson)

Wednesday, June 13

Garden Pic Wednesday: Blue Borage!

Garden Pic of the Day: 
The delicate blue star-shaped flowers of Borage, an editable herb plant & garden flower.

I've never grown it before, so it's a new addition this year.  It has large seeds and sprouts readily when planted.
The flowers & leaves are edible, but I wanted it for it's blue color and to attract bees. Honey bees, Bumble bees and all sorts of bees are supposed to love it!
The leaves must, indeed, be delicious, since snails were devouring them on several plants when they first came up.
 I had to put down snail bait in the vicinity and spray the plants with Neem oil---but all survived to leaf again and bloom.
They're about 24 inches tall and some stand straight up, while others tend to flop over. They need a little staking. 

Here's a Borage bloom in a vase in the house:
A stem broke off while I was staking some this morning. You can see how pretty the star shape is. 
Borage is also called: Star Flower, Bee Bush, Bee Bread and Bugloss.

Borage Edging the Back Rain Garden:
I have a good number of Borage along the edge of my rain garden, here (in the gravel area) mingled with Agapanthus lilies and coneflowers. 
I planted all the seed, so I actually have Borage plants scattered in several places. It's supposed to self seed readily---I'll have to see how that works out.

Handful of Blackberries:
Hybrid blackberries were one of my better investments. They're thorn free, tall (about 4 to 6 feet and need tying to stakes) and have been faithfully bearing for 15 years at least.
I've collected about a quart. I'll be making blackberry jam, which I is the best use for them. 

Monday, June 11

Good Eating Monday: Make Your Own Taco Seasoning!

My Eye Doctor, whom I've been seeing for the past 32 years, is finally completely retiring! He did my exam for the last time this month and gave me a sweet thank you card for being his patient so long. He's been semi-retired for about 5 years now, keeping his hand in and working just 2 days a month as a way of getting used to being retired. Now he feels ready, he said, to give up the business entirely. 
He took on a business partner a good number of years ago and sold his half of the business to her, so she'll be my Eye Doctor from now on. She's been doing Hubby's eye exams for years.
So, today, we stopped by Walmart and I picked out new frames for the new prescription, which involved just one slight change in the distance vision for my left eye. Everything else was the same.

Today's Good Eating recipe is for making your own jar of taco seasoning!
I've been meaning to do this for a while. It would save money in the long run and be healthier. I could even control the saltiness. 
So, since it's a great idea, I thought I'd share it!
Home-Made Taco Seasoning
1/2 cup Chili Powder
1/4 cup Onion Powder
1/8 cup Ground Cumin
1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder
1 Tablespoon Paprika
1 Tablespoon Sea Salt (or to taste)

Then combine in jar & shake together.

I'm not sure why Turmeric isn't on the list, but I'd add that, too---same amount as Cumin.
Turmeric is what gives taco meat such lovely color plus it's a super food!

Friday, June 8

Friday Finds: Simple Face Exercise

Today's "find" is some simple exercises for firming up facial muscles!
Muscles lose tone as we age, even in the face, so simple exercises like these can help tighten those muscles up!
Essentially, it's "face yoga." 
Easy to do while sitting at your computer at home or just sitting in the movie theater waiting for the previews to start or anywhere you have a little time to fill when no one is looking.
(Otherwise, you might look a little weird.)
Satchmo and Smiling Fish Face are two of my favorites!
Remember, just smiling is good exercise, too!

Another chin-tightener is to fold your bottom lip over your upper lip, then slowly raising then lowering your chin back to level for 10 repetitions. (too fast and you'll make yourself dizzy.)
This can help prevent or firms a "double-chin." 

Thursday, June 7

Mama Kat Thursday: Fashion Trends I Won't Do

The Mama Kat prompt I chose today is actually from the expanded June list of prompts:
 "Fashion Trends I just cannot do."

Purple Hair?
Not me.
This trend doesn't necessary look that cool on a woman of 60.
I can't say I've observed even one purple-do on anyone of any age, around town here, that actually looked good on the person wearing it.

Wearing Socks with Sandals?
No way.  

Super Short Cut-offs with the Pockets Hanging Down:

Not a chance.
 This is a stupid look, even on the young.
Totally classless.

Jeans with More Holes then Fabric

This, too, is a dumb look---and people actually pay for brand new jeans some designer added holes to!
Sometimes to they're shredded to the point of barely hanging on.
 If I get a hole in my jeans, I patch it with old jean fabric I have on hand, then add touches of embroidery.  
To me, that looks so much cooler.

So what fashion trend is on your "not a chance" list?