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July 25, 2013 · 7:24 pm

Homegrown Fall Gardening…

Homegrown Fall Gardening

This is our first attempt at a fall garden.  We planted greens, lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage.  We also re-planted a couple of our favorite summer veggies to see how they would do.  The first freeze rolled in last week so the Hubs covered the summer veggies with plastic and made a make shift green house.  When the temperatures began to creep back up as they do down here in Southeast Texas the plastic was pulled back to reveal a beautiful homegrown fall harvest.

Homegrown Fall Gardening

This is summer squash also known as patty pan and arugula.

Homegrown Fall Gardening

A bowl of lettuce; green leaf, butter lettuce and romaine.

Homegrown Fall Gardening

Sweet Satsuma…our Homegrown Fall Garden harvest.


Filed under All Things Foodie, Eat to Live, gardening and other green things, postaweek2011

never give up…

Since embarking on this new healthy eating lifestyle I have read lots of articles about healthy eating, healthy recipes, healthy this and healthy that. 

Tonight I was cleaning up my in-box and came across an article from sparkpeople.com.   The article is titled “Going through the Emotions” by Mike Kramer.  It’s a great article very encouraging and inspirational.  I hope you will jump over and read it in its entirety. 

It caught my eye because I am feeling a little bit emotional about my new eating plan.  I keep telling myself I don’t miss those sugary sweets or crunchy chips or the savory steaks.  But truth be told I do kind of miss a few of my bad eating habits. 

 I am also feeling very emotional about my trip to NOLA that is coming up.  I have worked so hard and given up so much these past 5 weeks to lose weight and live healthier.  I know the temptations may be too great to overcome.  I am concerned that discouragement and disappointment will settle in and I will revert to my old bad eating habits.  

My husband has lost twice as much weight as I have in the past 5 weeks so he has more wiggle room than I do.  He has decided that he is going to eat whatever he wants on the trip (within reason, I am sure) and I want to do the same. 

 But NOLA is home for me and going there always brings back warm comfy memories of food loaded with butter served over rice with side of warm bread pudding and sweet tea.  But my heart is telling me that I don’t have to give in to my old ways.  I can still make delicious healthy eating choices and enjoy my trip to one of the greatest culinary cities in the world. 

I do not believe in coincidences. I know that God’s plan was for me to read this article right when I needed it most.  Mike’s words encouraged and inspired me.  (I think I will print this on a few 3X5  cards and put them in different places so I will come across them randomly and be encouraged and inspired all over again.)

“There will be good days and there will be bad days – sometimes several in a row. There will be lazy days and discouraging days. But there will also be days of revelation, days of making a breakthrough, days of being proud of who you are becoming, days of wanting to climb on top of your success and reach for the stars, because you just know that anything is possible.

 These are the days that make it all worthwhile. These are the days that let you deal with those other, not-so-great days. Once you know those bad days will be there, it’s easier to accept them at face value and deal with them. But you have to keep kicking on those bad days to get to the good ones. If you’re not kicking, you’re sinking.

Don’t let the world or your own doubts take away one of the most positive things you have going for yourself – your determination to create a healthier, more energetic, more vibrant, more wonderful YOU.”


Filed under Eat to Live, encouragment, postaweek2011

Eat to Live…

” Eat to Live” is a totally new concept for this nolagirlatheart.  Although I never really thought of it as living to eat that is what I have been doing all my life.  I grew up in a family filled with incredible cooks.  Delicious dishes are always the focus of every family gathering.  And the mere idea of having an event catered by someone outside of the family brings gasps of disbelief. 

My husbands family is no different from my own.  Food and Family!  Food and Fun!  They are also a family filled with wonderful cooks.  Food follows us everywhere we go. 

When my husband and I met we were both working in the food industry.  We both worked for one of the best fresh produce houses in the city of Houston again food was at the center of our lives.  Also at the time my husband was one of those gym rats and he was eating 6 meals a day, need I say he was food focused. 

I continued to work in and around the food industry for the next 15 years.  Eating out at the best restaurants in H-town was an every day occurence.  In a typical week I might have eaten at Michael Corduas Americas, Backstreet Cafe, Cafe Annie, Hugos, , Ruggles Grille 5115, Pappas Brothers, Nikko Nikko or Goode Company Seafood.  It’s probably obvious but I will say it anyway, I LOVE FOOD!!! 

Not only do I love to eat out, but I love to cook.    I love the sound of vegetables beeing chopped.  I love the smell of pasta cooking and shallots and garlic sauteing.   I adore the feel of breaking crusty bread and placing it in the bread basket.  The anticipation of the dish as it simmers.  Then the actual plateing of the food, the presentation, the first taste.  It is always worth the wait!  I love Food!

So this concept of eating to live and not living to eat has me feeling like the proverbial hamster caught in the wheel.  I am at a loss as to how to make the jump from cooking the way I have always cooked.    How does a nolagirlatheart cook with so many restrictions.  How do I enjoy Gumbo or Jambalya or Shrimp with Angel Hair Pasta?  It is going to take some time to change my mind set.  Learning a new eating lifestyle is a lot like learning a foreign language…parli dieta…NO!…Mangiare per vivere!!!!!


Filed under All Things Foodie, Eat to Live

Hummus Chicken Salad…

This whole eating healthier thing is a struggle in today’s fast- food pre-packaged eat on the go lifestyle most of us live.  So when I find a web-site, internet article or health and nutrition blogger sharing a good idea I just have to share it.  I know I am not the only person struggling with the concept of  eating to live.
I have been following Michelle Myers on twitter for about a month.  However, I had not visited her blog until she twitted about checking out the healthy recipes on her site.  Well I jumped over there just as fast as my browser would go and lo and behold, She was true to her tweet. 
I am learning that eating healthy does not require me to go without my favorite foods, it just requires a little recipe tweaking.
Here is a an old favorite with a new twist.  I made it for lunch and it is delicious.  If you try it you are sure to like it!
Hummus Chicken Salad
2 cups skinless boneless chicken breasts
1/2 cup of hummus (use your favorite)
2 stalks of celery, diced
1 small apple, diced
1/4 dried cranberries (or fresh grapes)
pepper to taste
Thanks to Michelle and others like her, I will learn to eat to live instead of living to eat….I’ll Get By With a little help from my friends…
In the words of the Beatles tune from 1967 Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band..
 Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends
Mm, gonna try with a little help from my friends
Yes I get by with a little help from my friends
With a little help from my friends


Filed under All Things Foodie, Eat to Live