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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¡Achís!

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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Just thought you should know… The top 8 organic MISTAKES most people make – NaturalNews.com

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When people are converting from the Standard American Diet, (SAD) to an “organic” diet,  they often go from buying “normal” processed food, to buying “organic” processed food, thinking it’s healthier. What they don’t realize, is…processed food is processed food, even if it’s marked “organic”. It’s still contains refined ingredients, fillers, preservatives and flavorings. Here are 8 mistakes people make, when purchasing “organic” food, from Naturalnews.com.

#1. Buying from organic companies that sold out to Big Food’s evil corporations

You see a nicely labeled organic product, which appears to be from a quaint little, mom and pop owned organic company. What you don’t realize is that Big Food, has gobbled up many of the smaller, family owned, mom and pop organic companies.

Upon purchasing these companies, the “organic” products are filled with canola oil and unfermented soy products. Even in organic forms canola and soy can cause problems in the…

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Why H.O.P.E.?

Reclaiming HOPE

Fibromyalgia is a funny thing. Funny strange, not funny ha ha. One day you’re feeling well, you’re feeling optimistic that you might actually recover from it, and the next day, you’re in bed, feeling as if you’ve been hit by a truck.

I realized not too long ago that I was starting to feel hopeless. I just started feeling that I might never feel like a “real person” again. I knew two things: 1. I couldn’t live the rest of my life feeling so hopeless and 2. I had to figure out some way to live, and live well within my new parameters. As I thought about the most important thing the fibro has taken away from me, my hope, I started thinking about the best way for me to reclaim it. Part of it, of course, is doing things that help me physically, but I also needed to address…

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Obsessive, Moi?

Tripping Through Treacle

As regular readers will know, I follow theOvercoming Multiple Sclerosis (OMS)lifestyle approach to help me feel in control of my MS. The fundamentals of OMS areexplained here and, believe me, in regards to diet, it was ahugelifestyle shift for me. Gone are the dairy milk chocolate bars dunked in tea and the boxes of melted Camembert I devoured at Christmas time with hunks of bread. Now, my diet is mainly dairy-free and plant-based but with some fish and seafood. It’s amazing how quickly your body adapts, especially when you make the effort to look into alternatives that can also be considered treats – I now love 100% cocoa chocolate, whereas in the past it was just a bit too bitter. I have adapted old recipes, like chocolate cupcakes, to dairy and egg free ones that taste just as good (ask my kids!) as the ones…

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Forks over Knives Cherry Chocolate Chip Bliss Balls

This recipe was super easy and came out really good. My only issue is I could have used a little MORE water to bind them better. I warn you they are easily…

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