“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.
Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you.
I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”
Isaiah 41:10


My doctor gave me a list of foods I need to eat frequently…

Oatmeal was on that list.

Apparently it lowers your cholesterol.

But the oatmeal I was used to eating, was the one that I made
and it included lots of dried fruit, a few (maybe 2 or 3) almonds,
whole milk, brown sugar (or honey), and cinnamon.

I don’t think that’s the kind the doctor meant.


I had to come up with a healthier recipe for me to eat
since I have want to have it at least 3 times a week.

Here are a few options I came up with:



I love this one!  It’s an apple topping I thought of one day
probably because I love apple pie and I can’t have that right now.

Apples are also on that doctor’s list, btw.



Apples are on sale again and they look and smell wonderful!!
I just bought 5 lbs today so I can make some apple sauce.
(and oatmeal, too, of course!)



I choose a nice, firm apple . . .








I know all these pictures aren’t really necessary…

It’s like I can’t help myself.

I just love the colors, the apples, …
Thought it would make a great photo…
(I’m always looking at the world as through the lens of a camera —
that’s my only excuse).

Please bear with me.



After I peel, core, and chop the apples,
I add a little brown sugar…



And some cinnamon.



I stir it and cook it in a small skillet or sauce pan (doesn’t really matter)
for about 5 minutes, just until the flavors blend and the apples soften a bit.



The whole house smells wonderful when this is cooking!



While the apples are cooking, I make the oatmeal in the microwave.

I use 1/2 cup of oatmeal and 1 cup of milk, a pinch of salt, 1/2 tsp of cinnamon,
and 1 tsp of brown sugar (or honey).  If you like it sweeter, add a little more



When the oatmeal is done, and the apples have cooked enough,
I put the oatmeal in a pretty bowl, then spread the apples on top.



If it’s too dry, I add a splash more of milk.


My husband prefers slicing a banana over the oatmeal
and sprinkling just a tiny bit of cinnamon over the top.



He also loves some almonds, a few raisins, granola, …
whatever he can find in the pantry that he thinks will go well with it.

I don’t add nuts to my oatmeal because they are a headache trigger,
so it’s just better if I stay away from them.



I’m always looking for new toppings for the oatmeal,
and I’m really enjoying the nice, warm breakfast it provides.

It’s delicious and very comforting.

Now, not many things are both delicious AND “ordered suggested by your physician.”

This is one thing I can eat and feel great about.

Let me know if you have any other ideas,








Isaiah 40:8
The grass withers, the flower fades,
But the word of our God stands forever.

Homemade Pizza

I was craving pizza last night,

but I’ve been away and haven’t had time for grocery shopping,

so I just used what I had in my fridge & pantry…



The result was an interesting (but tasty) combination
of some random items I normally would never consider putting on pizza.


I started out by making the dough for the crust.

I actually love this part.


Peeking inside the bowl…

I love the smell of dough, and when I let it rise
and come back, it’s amazing how it’s doubled it size!


I cover the bowl with a light-weight towel and forget about it for about an hour.


It’s pretty cool how it grows and becomes so soft.

I love this part, too… Now I get to play with the dough
and form the pizza crust.

It reminds me of playing with Play Dough! :)

When the dough has risen, I put a little bit of flour on the counter
and I either roll it out to the size I want, or I just plop it onto the greased
pizza pan (or cookie sheet, in this case).



I like this part, too!  I use my fingers to softly spread the dough
over the cookie sheet.

Someday I’ll buy a pizza pan!
These are the simple ingredients I used on the curst.


First, I sprinkle garlic powder over the crust,
then I spread olive oil on that.


Then I pour some of the sauce…
Sometimes I make my own sauce, but this time I just decided to make things easy.



I use this cheese for sandwiches…

I’ve never used this one on  pizza before, but it works well
if you like some heat.

I think it would’ve worked out fine…
…but I also put some hot chiles (in lieu of red/green peppers)…
In my defense, …I was tired, hungry, sleepy, exhausted,…
I wasn’t thinking.
…let’s just say the pizza was HOT!
But delicious.



These are the toppings I came up with in my limited pantry:

Corn (I know! I know! It’s not traditionally a pizza topping, but…
I was desperate,…what can I say?)
Black beans (same excuse as with the corn)
Chiles (I didn’t have any red or green peppers so I thought this was the next best thing)
Black olives
Meatballs (Leftover from last night’s dinner) Cut into quarters.



After the cheese, I put the meatballs…


IMG_1176Then the corn…

Black beans,…



Black olives, and green chiles…


I’m SO glad I had this cheese!!

I sprinkled it all over the pizza.



It actually looked pretty good.

I baked it for about 20 minutes at 425 degrees.


I was surprised at the flavor.

I didn’t expect it to be so spicy
—-(I’d forgotten about the cheese slices underneath everything)

I didn’t expect to like the mixture of the toppings as much as I did.
—-(maybe the fact that I was so hungry had something to do with it?)



 The crust was crispy on the outside and soft on the center.

It was tasty and just what I was craving.

Not as good as the Pizzeria, but a little healthier.  :)



It’s really not difficult to make pizza
and it’s fun!

Hope you’ll give it a try!



1 cup warm water
1 envelope active dry yeast
1 Tb sugar

I warm the water in the microwave;
warm enough but not hot.
Then I add a tablespoon of sugar to the water,
add the yeast, and use a whisk to mix it well.
Let it sit for about 5 minutes, until bubbly.

While the yeast is working, I mix the dry ingredients:
3 cups bread flour
1 Tb sugar
2 Tb olive oil

Add the wet ingredients to the dry, until a dough begins to form.
Transfer to floured surface and knead until soft and smooth.
Place in greased (with olive oil) bowl, and let rise for one hour.
Remove from bowl and either roll dough or use fingers to desired
shape in pizza pan or cookie sheet.

Top crust with your favorite toppings and sauce.
Bake for 20 minutes at 425 degrees, in preheated oven.

Last week I was tired and felt a little like Heidi…
(she missed the mountains and the great outdoors!)

My husband & I drove to the nearest beach
and took a walk…



It might seem like it’s night time in this photo,
but actually, it’s early morning on the beach.

The skies were cloudy,
so even though the sun had technically risen,
it wasn’t as sunny as a “normal” sunrise.



All I had was my cell phone,
but I wanted to take some pictures.




The little birds were just waking up, it seemed.




If you click on this photo above, and zoom in,
you can see a line of birds flying just above the water.






The sound of the waves, the water between our toes,
the breeze…


This is what I needed.




Ever so slowly, it began to get a little brighter…




“You rule the swelling of the sea.”  Psalms 89:9



We walked for a mile and a half.




In some places, close to hotels,
the workers had begun to set up
umbrellas & chairs for rentals.

In a few hours, this place would be
crowded with  lots & lots of people.

But for now, it was just a few, here & there,
walking, some jogging, some riding their bicycles.



By the time we had turned around and returned to where we had started,
it was much brighter.

And so it was for me.


Take time to go outside and enjoy it.

Have a terrific weekend,



Lemonade Slushy

Its been SO hot lately…

We needed something COOL to drink!



Lemons were on sale!



Don’t you just love the beautiful color of lemons??



They just say SUMMER to me.




Lemons, water, sugar, and ice.

That’s all you need for this refreshing lemonade slushy.




I used 3 lemons
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup ice
1-2 cup(s) of cold water

Put in blender
then pour into chilled glasses.




It is so good!!




You can add more lemons/sugar/water according to your taste.






So refreshing!
So easy!
So quick!





My family loves when I make this.

It lasts about 1 minute.





One good thing about summer,


A Visit

It was so good to visit my Dad recently.

I don’t get to see him as often as I’d like.



Visits to see Dad usually include a walk in the backyard.
It was the end of the mango season for his trees…



He counted seven on this tree…




They would be the last ones of the summer…




I did get to eat one or two that he’d pick earlier.  They were delicious!!
They smell so good!
I wasn’t the only one enjoying these delicacies…



There he is in his workshop, enjoying the fruits of his labor,
taking a break from work.  That’s his lovely wife.
They’ve been married for over 15 years (my Mom passed away many years ago).



I did get to bring one or two of these home with me.  :)


Later that night he decided to cook some ribs on the grill.



I made a rub for them, and he put them on the bbq.




He kept a close eye on them until they were done.




We had a great time that night.
My brother & his wife & kids came over and we laughed a lot
as we always do when we get together.


It was a short visit but oh, so sweet.

Enjoy your summer.  :)




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