Saturday, April 30, 2011

Chayote Bread

I've had two of these laying around, thanks to Bountiful Baskets. (Otherwise, I'm sure I'd still be ignorant about them!) First, I had to figure out what they were, and then I had to figure out what to do with them. They are Chayote (chah-YO-tay) squash, sometimes called "Mexican zucchini." I've also seen them humorously labeled as "Zucchini butt." Since my foiled zucchini bread making a few days ago (see this post) I finally decided to substitute the chayote for zucchini and make the Brown Sugar Zucchini Bread from Everyday Food Storage. I'm glad I did! It turned out delicious, and you would never know the difference.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Do you have to be fascinating to own a fascinator?

I watched The Royal Wedding today. It was awesome!  If I learned one thing, it would be that if you ever go to a Royal Wedding, you better make sure you have a cool fascinator like the lovely bride always wears.
Now, I'm pretty realistic. I'm never going to be invited to a Royal Wedding....but it would still be fun just to own a cool fascinator. I'm not to old to play dress up. I love the colors of this one!

This one could double as an artist's paint wheel.

I think feathery looks are my favorite.

Happy Wedding to the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011


Please tell me you have mixed up these:

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and these: 

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From my Bountiful Basket I gleaned what I was sure were two zucchini. I saved them carefully on my counter with the intent of making some delicious zucchini bread...Brown Sugar Zucchini Bread, no less. Last night I began my bread making endeavor by shredding one of my lovely "zucchini." As the sent wafted up from the bowl, I realized that it wasn't zucchini at all....but a cucumber! And now I cannot get over how I, experienced gardener and grower of both zucchini and cucumbers, could have confused the two?! If I thought I was crazy before, now I'm sure of it.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Scenes from an Easter

My beautiful children!

My children said, "Can we take a crazy one?" This is their interpretation of crazy.

As far as I'm concerned, you have to eat deviled eggs on Easter.

My own Fresh Strawberry Cake.

As far as my kids are concerned, you have to get Peeps and blow them up in the microwave for Easter.

And no Easter basket is complete without Reese's and Cadbury eggs!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

"I wish diabetes would just go die in a hole."

This is my son Jared, or Joj as I like to call him. He is 13 years old. He loves to design, make, and fix all kinds of things. He will literally spend hours making boomerangs, wooden fingerboards, and airplanes, just to name a few. He loves wrestling, hunting with his Dad and fishing. He is hilariously funny, and he does it all while living with with Type 1 (Juvenile) diabetes. He was sick for a day last week, and any kind of sickness and diabetes do not mix. Any little virus, including a cold virus, has the potential to send him to the hospital. (We've been very blessed because in the 9 years we've lived with this disease, that has never happened). So needless to say, getting sick with diabetes just stinks. When Joj was sick last week, I went to check on him and asked him how we was doing. He replied, "Okay." And then in a very matter-of-fact tone of voice, he added, "I wish diabetes would just go die in a hole." And I laughed, because even though it isn't funny it IS funny. I hope that makes sense. And Joj, I wish diabetes would just go die in a hole, too.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

A trip to Payless is in order....

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! these sandals. Lilac Flower Wedge by Dexter. Shall I get them in Pewter, pink, or black? Umm, yes!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Going bananas!

It's supposed to be spring around here. But it's not. We've seriously had about 8 inches of snow today. It has been snowing ALL. DAY. LONG. So what else do you do in winter weather but bake? I had a couple of really ripe bananas, and went looking for a good recipe to use them in. I found it over at Mel's Kitchen Cafe. I am a recent Mel's convert, and very happily so. I've made several of her recipes recently, and none of them disappointed me. These banana bars were simply delicious!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

My favorite workouts

Last June I started working out, like I have a lot of other times in my life, but unlike those other times, I haven't stopped. That's 10 months of consistent exercise so far, and I love it. I started out with Jillian Michaels' 30 day Shred. Honestly, I thought I was going to die at first, but I didn't give up. I don't know what made the difference for me this time, but I told myself I would NOT quit, and I haven't. (I'm so proud of myself!) After several months, I decided to give her Biggest Loser buddy Bob a try.

This is one of Bob Harper's Inside Out series. I love the Cardio version seen here. It includes a 20 minute workout called "Butt and Balance" that is AWESOME. And tough. But so much fun!

This is another of Bob's Inside Out series, the Super Strength. I love this one, too. It's incredibly tough that I have yet to get all the way through the hour-long workout. I usually do the 20 minute version, which works upper body, lower body, and then abs.

 Lastly, my favorite yoga DVD is Jillian's. It really works up a sweat by alternating through power poses. Awesome.

I have also, less successfully, tried a few other workout DVDs. I have a few of Leslie Sansone's walking workouts. They are okay, but they aren't my favorite. This is mostly because I'd rather walk outside if I'm going to walk. I have also tried Billy Blanks' Tae Bo. I liked it, but my knee didn't. A word to the wise: if you have arthritis in your knee like I do, don't do Billy Blanks. I couldn't walk, much less do my regular workout sessions, for a whole week.