[Experiments in Kitchen #7] One Bowl Chocolate Chip Banana Bread – Delightfull Discoveries

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I Tried it! Hello Fresh Meal Delivery Product Review


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? Welcome to the 2nd edition of my meal delivery product review series. I started this series to test the plethora of meal delivery services available and to see if they were cost effective,…

Braised Beef Chilli con Carne

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Now Christmas is over, I (and the rest of the nation), am dying to eat something ‘normal’. First world problem right? Christmas day was wonderful, but again, I had so much champagne that it got to a point where I couldn’t face drinking anymore – that’s when you know your life is actually pretty good! But today, I had some braising beef that needed using and instead of making a stew, I decided to make a chilli with it. Today was grey, cold and snowy so I wanted to make something tasty and warming – like a lot of my dishes lately! Chilli con Carne isn’t something I eat or make regularly but it turned out to be delicious and the beef was so succulent and tender, it is something I will definitely be making again.

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One Pot Ham, Potato and Bean Soup – No Plate Like Home


A tasty, hot, One Pot Ham, Potato and Bean Soup is perfect on a cold winter’s day. It comforting and warms you up. This broth based soup has so much flavor because it is made by stewing a ham bone in chicken stock which…

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Back To Skinny Taste


This image I use in some of my posts was from 2014 when I weighed approximately 180 lbs.  Since then I have yo-yoed between 185-193 and I can definitely feel the difference in my body.  So Evelina and I are back on using Skinny Taste recipes and healthier snacks.  The honest truth is I have been so lazy and have not exercised in over a year.  It’s actually a bit embarrassing to admit it out loud.

Last night Evelina made a bow tie pasta lasagna with ground chicken and it was delicious.  I’m excited about getting the weight off and getting stronger.  Eating better combined with the Insanity program will work wonders for me; it’s just hard!

At any rate, I highly recommend any of the Skinny Taste books and most of the recipes are easy to find online.  She has vegetarian, Vegan and meat-based options, all of which are delicious.


My Pioneer Cookbook Adventure: Good Housekeeping 1903 ~ Boston Brown Bread


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Hello all! Welcome to another edition of my adventures in cooking old school. As a brief summary, for those new to my blog, I have a small collection of cookbooks dating between 1895 to…

A Sneeze Away From Chili.

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He had been a bit under the weather lately… “¡Achís!” again, coming from the other room, as I was finishing the booking of my little surprise for him.

“Oh dear, I told you we’d end up paying for skinny dipping in Iceland!” thinking a bathing suit would probably not have made much of a difference, but we’d never know now, would we?

He was lying there, both resting on the sofa, and trying to make me believe he was doing just fine. But I was not easily duped. His red, runny nose, and mild fever told me otherwise.

To me, he was like an open book. A photo album, perhaps, of our past and future travels. Today, the footnotes were as clear as Tibet’s spring water! With his alpaga wool blanket around his shoulders and his constant sneezing in Spanish, I knew just what he needed…

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10 Recipes to Transform Your Leftovers

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Hello everyone…I just wanted to share my Thanksgiving leftovers list from 1 year ago. This is the first “recipe” list I ever did. I hope you enjoy it.

What do you like to make

with your left overs?

God bless…Namaste!

Ok, by now…if you have any turkey left…you are quite tired of it. That being said, I think it goes without saying, that these recipes aren’t just for leftover turkey. One of my kitchen rules, “use what you have on hand.” If you have leftover chicken, even rotisserie chicken from the store,  pork or perhaps leftover Sunday roast, feel free to swap it out. If you’re vegetarian, tofu or beans would work. Just FYI, if you swap out the turkey, in favor of beef, use beef broth in the recipes that call for broth, or veggie broth for tofu/beans.

I searched the web and tried to find something for everyone. I had…

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Low carb, 20 grams or less per day, not working so well.

Tessa Can Do It! Positivity is Catching!

I have decided to increase my carbs to 50 per day, still low carb, but not as drastic. I am not losing weight and the thought of eating like this the rest of my life is driving me nuts. I need more variety and I am picky as hell. It will most likely mean more insulin at first and I use insulin to correct what I am going to eat to keep my numbers lower.

Most days I probably won’t hit the 50 carb count anyway, but this gives me more choices. I am eating a lot more protein than the group I am in so will follow an atkins group which allows more protein. Atkins starts at 20 and goes up ater 2 weeks so already hit induction. I just reordered the original Atkins book and will attempt to reread. I know they have foods they don’t eat either…

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Today’s Featured Blog…Minnie Musings!!

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Labneh. You haven’t heard of it, you say? Not had I til only a few short months ago. But boy, I wish I had. Cuz next to finding the Lord and marrying my husband, it’s just about the biggest boost my quality of life has ever had. Perhaps I exaggerate. But then again, perhaps not. You be the judge.

China is a wonderful place with an abundance of good foods, but it is sadly lacking in the dairy department. Cheeses and healthy yogurts and sour cream are hard to find and those that are to be found are dearly bought. One extremely simple, if a little time-consuming, culinary discovery has cut my cheese cravings in half. While it doesn’t replace cheddar and mozzarella, labneh can be used as a vey passable substitute for Greek yogurt, sour cream and cream cheese in most dishes. I’ve EVEN made cheesecake with it! (Any…

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