eat happy

 I’m not sure that this really works, but it’s worth a try…especially if you already have the winter blues

10 Food Tips To Keep You Happy During Winter

• 1. Citrus – eat and drink as much citrus as possible, here’s a different way to eat citrus- make a Sicilian Salad of sliced grapefruit, orange, red onion and flat leaf parsley, good for lunch or with any meal.

• 2. Tea – start sipping, tea is good for you, one of the ways to enjoy tea is to have several different varieties, cut off the caffeinated types at about 3 o’clock

• 3. Grains – grains are good especially in the winter, try a few new grains. Eat wheat berries, farro, buckwheat groats for breakfast or in salads at lunch and dinner time. They are complex carbohydrates, they keep you going and help you beat  the winter blues!

• 4. Chocolate -Treat yourself to a really good piece of chocolate everyday, try new kinds.

• 5. Have a Special Meal – Once a week, maybe Sunday morning, Friday night, Sunday night or whenever your schedule works, invite friends or not, plan and cook a special meal and you’ll look forward to it all week. Don’t skip it, make it your once a week good thing ritual.

• 6. Leafy Greens – Eat, drink and cook a lot of them.

• 7. Soup – is easy to make in large amounts, eat it every day.

• 8. Go on a Hunt – Try different restaurants looking for the best french fries, greatest squash soup or most delicious veggie burger…

• 9. Eat Sweet Potatoes – Roast them, bake them, mash them, make them into fries, use them to make pancakes . . . sprinkle with brown sugar, cinnamon, flake salt, dried cranberries and candied walnuts.

• 10. Eat or drink your favorite comfort food once a week – hot chocolate with marshmallows, pb&j sandwich, meatloaf and mashed potatoes or whatever makes you think about being a kid

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stay well

Mom- everywhere I go there are sick people, what can I do to stay healthy? 

You can’t do much about getting sick unless you want to stay in the house for the next 6 months, but there are a few things you can do to try to fight the evil sickness bugs…

  • don’t let sick people cough on you, sneeze on you or touch you
  • wash your hands a lot- at least 30 seconds with soap, frequently
  • get a flu shot
  • stay out of big crowds
  • keep hydrated, eat fruit and vegetables and healthy food to keep your immune system strong
  • don’t use anyone else’s phone, computer, fork spoon, coffee cup, straw or toothbrush
  • if you get sick, stay home so that you don’t pass it on

when I want your opinion I’ll ask for it

Dear Mom, I have a friend who has an opinion about everything and she thinks that she is always right. She also thinks that everyone should agree with her, it drives me crazy, what should I do because I still want to stay friends, but it’s getting really difficult.

Check out info on your own and find out what you need to know then form your own opinions. When your friend gives you her opinion about anything and everything if you agree good, if not ignore her and move on.  Never discuss politics, religion, money or anything else important at a party or socially…be as shallow as possible!

9 innings of snacks

these recipes will make the World Series even better…
  • 1 (1 ounce) package taco seasoning mix
  • 1 (16 ounce) can refried beans
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (16 ounce) container sour cream
  • 1 (16 ounce) jar salsa
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 small head iceberg lettuce, shredded


  1. In a medium bowl, blend the taco seasoning mix and refried beans. Spread the mixture onto a large serving platter.
  2. Mix the sour cream and cream cheese in a medium bowl. Spread over the refried beans.
  3. Top the layers with salsa. Place a layer of tomato, green bell pepper, green onions and lettuce over the salsa, and top with Cheddar cheese. Garnish with black olives.

Annie's Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips Recipe

Annie’s Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips

Original recipe makes 10 servings


  1. In a large bowl, thoroughly mix kiwis, Golden Delicious apples, raspberries, strawberries, white sugar, brown sugar and fruit preserves. Cover and chill in the refrigerator at least 15 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  3. Coat one side of each flour tortilla with butter flavored cooking spray. Cut into wedges and arrange in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Sprinkle wedges with desired amount of cinnamon sugar. Spray again with cooking spray.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven 8 to 10 minutes. Repeat with any remaining tortilla wedges. Allow to cool approximately 15 minutes. Serve with chilled fruit mixture.


baked shrimp scampi


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).
  2. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the butter, mustard, lemon juice, garlic, and parsley. When the butter melts completely, remove from heat.
  3. Arrange shrimp in a shallow baking dish. Pour the butter mixture over the shrimp.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until the shrimp are pink and opaque.

play ball

I love things that happen once a year- the World Series starts tonight and you really should watch…

the World Series is a way to make summer last a little longer…and if you’ve never watched it before here’s everything you need to know-so get peanuts in the shell and a drink, pick your team and enjoy…it’s America’s great pastime

Baseball is played with a bat, ball and glove. It sounds simple: throw the ball, hit the ball, run and catch the ball… simple, but not easy…


  • every game is nine innings long and each inning has 2 halves, unless the game ends in a tie, then extra innings are played
  • the visiting team bats first and tries to score runs, when three outs are recorded, then the teams switch
  • the action comes from the pitcher and the batter, to start the game the pitcher throws the ball past the batter into the catcher’s glove or make the batter hit the ball to put it in play
  • As the ball is put in play, the eight fielders try to catch it or throw out the batter so he can’t get on base and score a run
  • The batter’s goal is to put the ball in play so that the eight fielders can’t catch the ball or throw it to another fielder to record an out
  • and the part I like the best- the seventh inning stretch!

try it

Ask Mom- I’m always afraid that I’m going to make a mistake, so I don’t do anything.

oh no, really, the biggest mistake you can make is doing nothing…

Go for it and if things don’t work out probably the worst that will happen is that you’ll have to do it again, or fix it, but if you give it your best shot and it works out then by not trying you would have made a huge mistake…

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get rid of it

Dear Mom, Why am I having a bad day every day?

Sounds like you’re in the middle of a funk…it’s easy to wind up face down in a funk this time of year, but it’s not that hard to get out of it

  •  you can tell it’s coming-  the days are getting shorter, colder and grayer and you’re feeling blah for no reason
  •  fight it head on- when you get to the point where you’re ready to do something about it, start moving and doing things, go where there are other people, exercise, dance, run around in the leaves, do anything but don’t sit and wallow in funk
  • reward yourself for getting out of the funk, treat yourself to a delicious dessert, new scarf, a book, a happy light and do whatever it takes to take your mind off your funk- keep very busy, a funk is one of those things that only exists if you let it exist

you can eat it

Check this list BEFORE you throw out anything in your fridge that has PASSED its expiration date on the package-

DON”T throw out your food yet…ALMOST everything is still good to eat days, weeks or months after the expiration date has passed

still good days after their expiration date has passed-

  • salmon 1-2
  • guacamole 1-2
  • pizza 3-5
  • gatorade 3-5
  • hummus 4-6
  • fresh deli meat 5-6
  • milk 5-7
  • spaghetti sauce 5-10
  • sour cream 7-10
  • mushrooms 7-10

still good weeks after their expiration date has passed-

  • bacon 1
  • salsa 1-2
  • cream cheese 1-2
  • butter 2-3
  • eggs 3-4
  • shredded cheese 3-4

still good months after their expiration date has passed-

  • mayo 1
  • nutella 1-2
  • olives 2-4
  • hot fudge 6-8
  • jam 6 months- 1 year
  • beer 6 months- 1 year

still good years after their expiration date has passed-

  • mustard 1
  • ketchup 1
  • soy sauce 2-3
  • worcestershire 2-3

good forever!

  • honey
  • maple syrup has a complete list