More Leftovers

Panko Chicken Cutlets leftovers can be freshened up by adding 1 or 2 new items

This meal does not look (or taste) like panko chicken cutlets leftovers because I’ve added a fresh salad and blueberry cake to it. I love to rearrange meal components according to what I’m feeling the need to eat. For this meal I reheated a leftover Panko Chicken Cutlet and added it to a salad with broccoli slaw, apples and italian dressing. I even included some refreshing blueberry cake.

Beef Bulgogi Meatballs from Hello Fresh

Every once in awhile I will purchase Hello Fresh’s trial offers in order to connect with my youngest son as he likes to cook. The ingredients are all premeasured and prepared for you and it’s delivered right to your door. Although it costs more money than I would like to spend, I find that’s it’s money well spent because I get to hang out with my son and do something we both enjoy. By the way, this meal was absolutely delicious. So delicious, I had it the next morning, too, for breakfast with a side of spinach.

Left overs from last night’s Hello Fresh meal (Beef Bulgogi Meatballs paired with spinach. Yum!

Pizza and Wings night!

Family Night: pizza, wings and Gin Rummy 500!

We decided to have a once a week family night “take out dinner” to spend more time with our teenage boys! Each week a different family member gets to decide where to go.

This particular night was Pizza Hut! Even though I didn’t feel like having pizza, I ordered 6 chicken wings, with a side of ranch dressing. I cut up some carrots and celery to dip the dressing in. Perfect!

Sugar Free Chocolate Chips by 365Brand!

Look what I found at my local Whole Foods

I ran out of Lily’s chocolate chips and I couldn’t buy them from Amazon at this time of year because I’ve read the chips melt in the heat. So I stopped by my local Whole Foods and not only did I find generic Lily’s chocolate chips that are $2.00 cheaper than Lily’s (they’re called 365 Brand by Whole Foods) but I also found these chocolate salted caramel chocolate chips by Lily’s. I cannot wait to use them in a recipe!

Left overs!

I freeze everything. I mean whenever I make something that only I like, I freeze it in little baggies and label it with the contents for future meals . It comes so handy now that I’m taking two graduate courses this summer.

Whenever hunger strikes in the middle of reading a chapter, taking a quiz or writing a paper for school I’ll just put together one of these little meals that I pre-made and froze a few weeks before and 3 minutes in the microwave later I’m good to go.

Shown here are leftovers from eggroll in a bowl and chicken cutlets. then I added fresh fruit to balance it all out.

Do you freeze your leftovers?

First fruits of our garden!

It is so exciting to see the vegetables finally start growing after many weeks of planning and preparing our garden. And what’s even more exciting is having so many growing that we even get to give some away to our friends!

Who could you encourage today with a homemade card or gift?

Freshly picked zuchinni for my friend, Holly, who likes using them with her pasta
I love writing handmade notes to encourage people
Molly, our pug, looking adorable

Pretty Simple Planners

Coral Floral
Let’s Do This

I love Pretty Simple Planners! Not only are they beautiful and super inexpensive, they give you little supplements throughout the year to help you organize your days AND your meals!

They have many designs but these are my favorites. I bought the January version but they also have the ones that start in July. Something for everyone. Enjoy!

Listen to their Pain

Experts Say (the picture on the right) is What Jesus Really Would Have Looked Like courtesy of

“Leave me alone!” The White mom said speaking from her family room couch, while sitting in her paid off home in her affluent neighborhood in which she lived. She and her husband sacrificed much to pay off their home and they were finally reaping the rewards for which they worked so hard.

The coronavirus was already too much for her saturated mind to handle but now to add on to it the anxiety she was feeling watching the news with the ‘Black Lives Matter’ protests and riots that were happening in many major cities across the globe.

“When will this be over!” She said to herself. “I have enough to deal with caring for my elderly aunt, mom and dad as well as my son who just got out of drug rehab.” She is trying to figure out how often she will be able to drive the hour and a half down the Parkway to visit them while learning how to set boundaries with her son and still let him live his own life. “I have enough to deal with!” She said again in her heart. “This doesn’t involve me, I didn’t do it and I want nothing to do with it.”

But the Zoom call from earlier that morning as she talked with her Black friends from church regarding their feelings about the injustice done to George Floyd continued ringing through her mind as she recounted the pain she heard in their voices on the other end of the call. When it was her turn to speak she continued, “No, I don’t know how you feel” she said but neither do you know how I feel.” She justified herself enough to continue to ignore the pain that they and millions of people across the globe were feeling at what was done to not just a man named George Floyd, but what the death of George Floyd represented; the continual injustices being done to the Black population as a whole.

As she hung up the Zoom call, she put on her sneakers to go for her usual walk around the neighborhood. But this time, as she walked past the huge mini-mansions that lined her streets, she suddenly realized that if she were a Black woman she would have been watched like a hawk by the residents of the neighborhood or even had the police called on her to make sure she wasn’t planning to rob their houses.

You see, it’s not just about George Floyd. It’s about the racial injustices that we’ve been dealing with for way too long in this country that nobody has been exposing until now. We can stand up for racial injustice if we each do our part together.

How are you standing up for the injustices of racism, sexism or LGBT?

Minimum Daily Routine

Whenever I get up feeling unmotivated to do anything productive in the morning, the first thing I do is make my coffee, have my quiet time, and get myself a big glass of water (sweetened with Stur, of course). If I haven’t exercised in 2-3 days (like today), I also put my sneakers on and here’s why.

My favorite workout video, Leslie Sansone’s 2 mile Walk Strong

Doing this almost guarantees that I will have downed a glass of water and done 1/2 hour of cardio with strength training even if I do nothing else for the rest of the day. But doing nothing after this is rarely ever the case. Afterward, I’m feeling hydrated, strong, and ready to take on the day.

Growing Romaine!

My neighbor, Nicole, showed me how to grow Romaine Lettuce from the scraps of used Romaine! Genius! I cannot wait to put these in our garden and watch them grow.

First, cut the ends off of Romaine lettuce making sure to leave about a 2 1/2 inch stump. Then simply get a bowl and fill with an inch of water. Make sure to change the water every day or so. You will be surprised how fast these grow. After about 2 weeks be sure to plant them in the ground so the dirt just covers where the cut was made.

We put the Romaine in the ground today along with onions, cucumbers, zuchinni and apple trees!