Wondering where to begin with your January home organizing? Start in the kitchen with the refrigerator, pantry staples, and making a list of foods to plan your meals for the month. Comfort that begins in the kitchen promotes daily satisfaction and motivation. Begin with a cup of hot tea or coffee (or Coffeccino as in my January 10th morning kickoff). Next, clean the refrigerator and organize fridge magnets. Throw away old leftovers, organize fruits, vegetables, condiments, etc. You’ll feel better when your frig smells clean and looks shiny, free from smudges and germs. Make a list of fresh vegetables and fruits to add to yourRead More →

Breakfast, eggs, and pancakes I love. So when I came across a recipe for egg and banana pancakes without flour, I had to try it. Flour thickens the pancakes (and the midsection, too). If they tasted alright, flat over fluffy might be worth it. There was only one way to find out what they would taste like without flour – make them. They’re good! I was surprised they were so tasty without the fluffy flour. However, a few other ingredients were added which made them taste superb. I added a sprinkle of cinnamon, about half a teaspoon of almond extract and about one-half teaspoon ofRead More →

Photo:¬†http://sweetsugarblossoms.blogspot.com/2014/01/apple-cinnamon-waffles.html#comment-form Thinking of today’s and past Christmas Eves, I decided on making another tradition. Making breakfast for my little two-year-old grandy-girl and her mommy (my daughter) and her daddy. What brought that on was hearing Little Sweet saying she wanted waffles. “You want waffles?” I asked, wondering if I was hearing her correctly. “Uh-huh,” Little Sweet said. I had seen a yummy-licious-looking apple-cinnamon waffle (photo above) on Pinterest. Sounded like a good idea for a new Christmas Eve breakfast. Curious about what made Little Sweet ask for waffles, I asked my son-in-law if he had been making waffles. Yes, he said he had. He isRead More →

What foods do you look forward to during the Christmas holiday season? Sweets? Breads? Good old-fashioned family recipes? The Christmas season is a time when most of us struggle through, eating chocolates, candy, and everything that isn’t nutritious. Feasting from favorite potluck dishes at annual family holiday gatherings seems to pack on the pounds all at once. Festive parties and daily snacking on sweets help to increase those pounds even before Christmas Eve. One thing that works to combat this pack-on-pound festivity eating is to replace the normal breakfast or dinner with a vegetable/protein shake.   A simple nutritious shake recipe is: Banana Beet ShakeRead More →

Oatmeal is a good nutritious food to keep in the kitchen cupboards. It makes a great breakfast blended with fruit and toast on the side. Serve it with or without milk. Recently, a friend handed me a copy of a new popular oatmeal idea – Skinny Overnight Oats in a Jar! I hadn’t ever heard of it before. There’s no cooking required. It’s a breakfast loaded with fiber, vitamins, and nutrients. Families in a hurry every morning should take note of this idea. It’s quick and filling. The recipe my friend gave me called for: 1/4 cup quick oats 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk 1/4Read More →

Lentil soup always seemed quite blah to me. Then I saw a recipe with lentils, red wine, and kale. I prefer spinach over kale so I decided to try it. It was so good! The hubs loved it and requested that I make it again. I knew this recipe would stay on my recipe-favs-list. The catch is this: hubs said don’t change anything. He knows me well – I do like coming up with twists to already-tried recipes. This one is so good, however, that it’s worth fixing over and over. I hope you enjoy it!   Spinach, Chicken Sausage & Lentils Recipe Type: MainRead More →

The best kitchen decor is the kind that comes with a story. It serves a purpose in your kitchen and is a great conversation piece. I found the perfect gadget holder one day when I pulled up at a vintage shop. One of the vendors had pulled out several old vintage items from her trunk to show the shop owner. While the owner was making her decision on which things she wanted to keep for the shop, I studied two chair springs. Thinking that I could make use of them somehow in my kitchen or upcycle them to sell, I knew I just had toRead More →

You can eat this omelet and still maintain your gluten-free and dairy-free lifestyle. It’s creamy-delicious and filling.         Daiya Cheese and Spinach Omelet Recipe Type: Breakfast Cuisine: American Author: Angie with kitchenhospitality.com Prep time: 5 mins Cook time: 5 mins Total time: 10 mins Serves: 1 Vegetarian omelet Ingredients Daiya cheese, mozzarella style (a small handful) 2 eggs or egg whites 2 handfuls raw spinach, chopped 2 tablespoons Coconut Oil Instructions Put the Coconut Oil onto a heated griddle, medium temperature. Add the chopped spinach then the eggs. Let the eggs set a few seconds then scramble them into the spinach. SprinkleRead More →

                      One of the Labor Day weekend breakfasts I made for the hubby and me was especially delightful. The food was really good as it was my favorite – veggie cheese omelets with ground turkey and cilantro and gluten-free waffles topped with a tad of butter and local honey. Yum!                   The delightful part was watching the our two little kittens, brother and sister, play inside the basket on top of the kitchen scale in the herb garden. We just knew they were going to tip theRead More →

Quinoa is a new healthy foods staple for this southern girl’s kitchen. It looks like “Ke-no-a”, right? See, you thought so, too! But it’s “Keen-wah” I found out. Now I feel better about using the staple because in my neck-of-the-woods stomping grounds in Southeast Texas, “keen” means you’ve got good sense. A person who eats quinoa does have good sense I think. First of all, it doesn’t take long to cook it. Second, one cup uncooked quinoa turns into about four cups cooked. Mixed with a medley of vegetables and lite soy sauce, it makes a filling dinner, and there’s plenty left over for lunches.Read More →