Steamed Green Beans

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The one vegetable that I absolutely hated with a passion when I was growing up were green beans.  It was a running joke in our family – there was no way even a single green was going to pass between my lips!   What was even worse – I had to help pick, tip, and snap massive quantities every summer.  We grew all our vegetables and my mom, sisters and I were kept busy all summer long with planting, hoeing, picking, preparing to can and freeze the harvested treasure.  Growing up you don’t realize what a real treasure a garden is, until you start your own family and don’t have one.  Farmers markets help fill the void, but they never really can equal having your own little garden and having the satisfaction of growing yourself. [Read more...]

Taming the Mail Beast – One Idea to Organize Mail

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OK – Let’s be honest.  The above picture really isn’t “keeping it real”.  This is a “neatened” up version of our mail mess.  Usually Mike or one of the kids brings in the mail and just throws it on the counter until the mail fairy comes and magically cleans it up.  I’d like to know where the hell that mail fairy is and why she doesn’t come more often!

In all seriousness, our mail mess was stressing me out.  It was preventing our kitchen from being what I like to call “semi company ready” at all times.  It required me (the proverbial mail fairy) to sort through a bunch of crap and decide what should be done with it.

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Spring Cleaning your Bathroom Drawers


From previous posts, you may recall that I am always trying different skin care products, makeup, etc. Well, experimenting with all these products causes CLUTTER. Then you have partially used items that you thought were okay, but didn’t really like, but throw it out???? That is hard. So you keep it until it gets old and crusty. It is a lot like my plants. Once they are half dead, I move them to the garage where they attain full death and then they go in the garbage. That is my process. Yes, I know it is flawed and the inevitable is coming, but I can’t help myself from sticking with the process.

I got sidetracked. Okay, as you can well imagine, my bathroom makeup drawers, all four (4) of them were getting a bit out of control. I waited until the day where I was in the right mood to toss stuff. If the mood doesn’t strike, there is [Read more...]

Mexicali Quinoa


I found a new recipe for a wonderful meal. Not only does it taste wonderful but also is very healthy. [Read more...]

Roasted Red Potatoes

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I mentioned last week that I’ve been interested in trying some new recipes lately.  I posted a recipe last week from a Taste of Home’s Quick Cooking recipe magazine that I’ve had laying around from 1999.  Well, this week, I’m going to post another recipe from that same publication; Roasted Red Potatoes.  As is true for any recipe that becomes a favorite of mine, this recipe is easy and delicious.  [Read more...]

Weekly Menu

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This is going to be another busy week.  I am traveling three days for work, so I will be making a few things for Rick to eat while I am gone.  This week is all about ‘EASY’!  Her.e’s what we are having for dinner this week.  Hope you have a great week!

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Tortilla Pizza

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Everyone here at Chick Chat knows I love pizza…I think I have mentioned it several times already in previous posts….well with the LONG cold winter continuing to drag on into early April it has been a major struggle to keep the weight off.  So I have been dragging my behind to the gym after work, which to me is about the most boring thing to do, in order to get back in shape for spring.  I have been dying for some pizza, but the calories for even one piece leaves me with a sense of guilt just to even think about eating a single bite.  We had a Chick Chat meeting this week and Andi mentioned that she has been making personal sized pizzas using tortilla shells…well, that sounded like a guilt-free option. [Read more...]

Banana Bread – The Emeril Lagasse Way!


If you’re like me you hate wasting food.  Every week I have bananas left over.  You know the kind, that one banana that everyone kept bypassing.  The one that eventually got to the point where no one was going to eat it.  You know what I do with that banana(s), I freeze them.  Of course I then have a freezer full of bananas that I don’t know what to do with!

One day while trying to decide what to do with my frozen bananas, I came across this recipe from Emeril Lagasse for banana bread.  I decided to give it a whirl and was glad I did.  It’s become one of my favorite go-to banana bread recipes.

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A Couple More Updates–Healthy Healing and Fathead

New Year’s Resolution–Healthy Healing Update


In January, I wrote a post about my New Year’s resolution to do something good for myself and it was about getting my body healthy. I had gone to the chiropractor, specifically ProActive Chiropractic in Appleton. What I thought was aches and pains that I needed to deal with as I get older, I found out was something that could be improved and prevented. Thanks to Dr. Jason Litwin, I am here to report that the action I took that day has had great results!

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Cahipandina Drink from Brazil

I wanted to share a new drink with everyone. I bring this recipe fro the country of Brazil. I brought Cashaca (a liquor) back from a business trip to make Chaipadinas which is a local drink. [Read more...]