Monday, February 13, 2017

Chill!

Last night I started reading Carl Hiaasen's Strip Tease and in the middle of reading Chapter 2, I realized this book was made into the movie Strip Tease, starring Burt Reynolds and Demi Moore, which I loved. It was made in 1996.

Anyway, I plan to continue reading it, because books are usually so much better than movie interpretations. So, if you saw the movie and like it, too—then you'll love reading Carl Hiaasen's entertaining books, because they are great mysteries and so much fun to read.

Today has been great. This afternoon, after the board meeting, on the correct Monday, I had a lot of rescue ranch business to take care of, so I made Tony and me Avocado Toast for lunch, because it so fast and easy to make and, of course, we loved it.

After cleaning up the kitchen, before returning to work on my ranch related e-mails, phone calls, etc. I decided to make FORKS OVER KNiVES' super delicious Chia Pudding With Strawberries again, for a late afternoon dessert for us to enjoy.

But this time I added a few more ingredients to the delicious recipe. After I put the recipe's almond milk, chia seeds, organic maple syrup, cinnamon and vanilla, into Jaws—I then added a banana, several big scoops of my goji berries, chocolate covered goji berries, chocolate nips and walnuts mix, before I let Jaws blend it all together. Then I let it chill for a couple of hours and then served it with raspberries and blueberries.

And omg! Tony and I loved it so much and I plan to make it this way from here on out—using strawberries, too. Here is a picture of our dessert, in a clear glass, before we dug in and ate it.


It is now starting to rain pretty heavy outside, so I am going to go ahead and unplug everything and spend the rest of my evening reading more of you-know-who.

Y'all have a great evening and keep on laughing!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Strip Tease!

Because I have thoroughly enjoyed reading Carl Hiaasen's fabulous, mystery Basket Case so much, last night I stayed up, until 1:00 to finish reading it. I loved how he ended it and I highly recommend it, not that Carl needs any help selling his fabulous books.


As y'all already know, when I get excited about something I can't help but blog about it. I am definitely excited about discovering Hiaasen's books and later on tonight I plan to start reading another one of his fun to read mystery books.

I am also excited about finding out about FORKS OVER KNiVES and their whole-foods, plant-based lifestyle. Just think, if I had not purchased their incredibly great magazine and checked out their website, Tony and I would still be eating unhealthy food.

Please note that my blog is not turning into a foodie blog or Mr. Hiaasen's Texas cheerleader for his novels, but I can't help writing about them, because I love reading his books so much and Tony's and my new healthy lifestyle change is so exciting to me.  

Today has been great. I slept in this morning, because I stayed up so late last night, to finish reading Basket Case by you know who.

Anyway, I must tell you about our delicious lunch that we ate this afternoon, because I can't help it. We had  the FORKS OVER KNiVES' delicious Red Kidney Bean and Rice with Cilantro-Cashew dressing again, because I still had leftover brown, short grained rice, but this time I also added summer squash and zucchini to the mix. 

When I started chopping and cooking, etc. I had time to thumb through the FOK's dessert section, in the their magazine. When I saw the delicious-looking Chia Pudding with Strawberries, on page 90, I decided it make it for dessert.

I was so anxious to make this dessert. But, because it needs to chill for one hour before serving, I recruited Tony to help me chop the tomatoes and kale. And he was glad to do it, because, he could not wait to eat the tasty Red Kidney Bean with Rice with Cilantro-Cashew dressing, again.


This dessert was so easy to make even though I had to use raspberries, instead of strawberries, because I didn't have any frozen strawberries. And I also decided to add blueberries to make it even more healthier. 

The ingredients to make this fabulous dessert are: almond milk, chia seeds, maple syrup, cinnamon and vanilla and you mix all of that together and then chill it for an hour. And when you serve it you top it with the fruit.

Here are pictures of our main meal along with a picture of Tony's plate.




Once again, their was plenty of leftovers, so I labeled it and put it in a big baggie and then  tossed it into the freezer.


Then I served our yummy dessert.


This dessert was like eating a healthy, soft-serve ice cream with fruit and it was so delicious I plan to make it regularly for us, because Tony loved it so much. 

Unfortunately, I did not have a white bowl to put it in, so I could photograph it, so please know that the not-too-pretty, orange bowl, does not do it justice.


And because this dessert was so delicious, but didn't look that appetizing, in the orange bowl, I am using a photo, on page 90, in my FOK's magazine, just so you'll know how delicious it actually looks. And please note that you can go to FORKS OVER KNiVES website, to learn more about this healthy lifestyle and you can download their free app that has all of these healthy, delicious recipes.


It is now time for me to start walking four more fast, firming miles with Leslie Sansone, before I go over to Kinky's, so he and I can go on a fun hike with The Friedmans. 

And before I go and not to disappoint y'all, I want to let y'all know that after I watch the Grammy's tonight, I'll start reading this book. LOL!


Y'all have a great Sunday and keep on laughing!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Yummy!

Yesterday was great. Early in the morning, I decided to try to reduce some of our healthy, whole-food, plant-based food, that had completely taken over the kitchen counter.

First, I emptied out the big container that was full of sugar, so I could use it to consolidate the organic, bags of short grained rice. And I didn't throw out the sugar. I put it in two big baggies, so Tony could take it outside, to use to fill his many hummingbird feeders.


Then I added the sack of Himalania Dark Chocolate Goji Berries to the big container that I already have a mix of goji berries, walnuts and organic chocolate nips.






Then before Tony went outside to do his chores, I made us this ugly-looking, but totally delicious, healthy smoothie for our breakfast. It consisted of: almond milk, frozen mixed fruit, blueberries, banana, 3 big handfuls of kale, goji berries, walnuts, organic chocolate nips, cinnamon, ginger and chia seeds. Then I stayed inside to walk 4 miles with Leslie, while our super-great friends/volunteers walked our dogs for us.


Then a little while later, Tony and I went to the Apple Store, in Medina, to eat lunch and to celebrate sweet Eileen's birthday. Eileen's party was really fun. The food was delicious and Suzanne's beautiful, chocolate, 3-layer, birthday cake was absolutely delicious, even though I only ate one bite and took mine home for Tony to enjoy later.

Then last night, I relaxed and had a wonderful time reading more of Carl Hiaasen's great book Basket Case. Seriously—it is one of those books that you don't want to put down.

Today has been great, too. We had some visitors come out to see our rescue ranch. We gave all of them a tour, but unfortunately none of them were in the market to adopt a super dog from us.  

Late this afternoon for our lunch, I tried a new recipe, that I found, in the Forks Over KNiVES magazine. I made us delicious Yam Quesadillas, on page 70 and I topped them off with their Pea Guacamole, on page 71.

Both recipes were very easy for me to make and to Tony's surprise he thought they were absolutely delicious. And I must admit that I would have never dreamt that blending yams with vegetable broth, green chiles, lime juice, chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, cumin, garlic, black beans and salsa could taste so yummy. 

Here are pictures that I took of the whole process. yam mixture, before I grilled the tasty, yam quesadillas, in 100% whole wheat tortillas, using my pretty, pink George Foreman grill.




Then I made their delicious Pea Guacamole recipe.


Then we sat down at the kitchen table to eat our healthy, meatless lunch and we thoroughly enjoyed it, especially Mr. Potato Head!


After we ate lunch there was a "ton" of leftovers, so I filled two, one,  gallon-sized baggies with one small baggie of yam/black bean mixture (2 servings) and then I slipped four, 100% Whole Wheat tortillas into each big baggie, labeled it and sealed it. Then I put the bags into the freezer, so in the future, we can eat this meal, two more times. And all that I will have to do is just make the Pea Guacamole or real guacamole.


And that is about it for tonight, because I can't wait to start reading more of Basket Case by Carl Hiaasen.

Y'all have a great evening and keep on laughing!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Weird-Looking!

Last night, while I was totally enjoying and rapidly reading Carl Hiaasen's Basket Case I decided to get ahead of the game and cook the short grain brown rice, in vegetable broth, for today's lunch, because it takes about one hour to cook it.

Today has been great. This morning for our first plant-based breakfast, I made us Forks Over KNiVES' Avocado Toast recipe. It was easy to prepare and it was absolutely delicious. Their recipe's ingredients are: avocado, whole grain bread, tomatoes, cucumber, romaine lettuce or spinach, alfalfa sprouts, salt and pepper and lemon juice.

I didn't have alfalfa sprouts, because yesterday a very nice H-E-B employee told us that they no longer carry alfalfa sprouts. I also didn't buy romaine lettuce yesterday, because I prefer to eat kale instead. So, I made our Avocado Toast with Kale and no sprouts and I didn't toast the Eureka Organic Seeds The Day bread.







After breakfast I took care of rescue ranch business, by returning several phone calls, e-mails and paying the bills. Then I did my 4 Firm Miles workout with Leslie Sansone, inside The Cabin.

This afternoon I made us lunch and I used the recipes, in the FORKS OVER KNiVES magazine, which can also be found, on their free app.

I am glad that I cooked the short grain brown rice last night, because it actually didn't take me that long at all to prepare the Red Kidney Beans And Brown Rice Bowls recipe and the Cilantro-Cashew Dressing.

While I was cooking and preparing the Red Kidney Beans And Brown Rice Bowls recipe, it was very easy for me to whip up the delicious Cilantro-Cashew Dressing, because I used Jaws (Vita-Mix machine).

The ingredients to make the Red Kidney Beans And Brown Rice Bowls are: red kidney beans, frozen mixed vegetables, spinach (I substituted kale, again), brown rice, tomatoes, green onions and cilantro and bowls.

The ingredients to make the Cilantro-Cashew Dressing that you drizzle over the mixture are: cashews, cilantro leaves, lemon juice, Serrano pepper, garlic, hot sauce and sea salt. And this is what our meal looked like, before we sat down to eat our totally delicious, healthy, plant-based lunch.




Tony isn't fond of rice, because when we first met he told me that he is a potato man and that he didn't care much for rice. And, at that time, I remember, saying to him, "Hmm." Because I didn't want to scare him off. 

Anyway, back then I also quickly learned that Mr. Potato-Head was also a very picky eater when it comes to his vegetable choices. And that worried me, but not very much, because we were already living together and we were madly in love with each other.

Today, after 21 years of being together and being-in-love most of the time, he balked when he spied me drizzling the green-colored, cashew-cilantro dressing, over my veggies and rice. So he said, "I don't think so. I love cashews, Nance. But I think I'll just use my ranch dressing instead, because it is weird-looking." 

I shot him my Cousin Nancy pouty look that always works, and then I nicely said, "Please try it for me. Valentines' Day is only five days away." And that did the trick, even though he made a point to make sure that I saw him roll his eyes, before serving himself and reluctantly drizzled the "green dressing," over his bowl filled with delicious veggies and rice.

So as I finish writing this tonight, I am more than proud to announce that my dear, sweet Tony loved our, super-healthy, colorful lunch so much—that he ate two bowls of it and he covered his second helping of vegetables and rice, with "that weird-looking, green dressing." And he wants me to make it again! Life is good.

Y'all have a great evening and keep on laughing!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Forks, Knives & Hiaasen!

Yesterday and today have been great. Yesterday, while Tony and I were waiting to checkout our groceries, at the big H-E-B, an interesting-looking magazine, on the rack, caught my eye, so I picked it up and started thumbing through it. And I found it to be so interesting about their whole-food, plant-based lifestyle, I added it to our pile of groceries, that we were still waiting to pay for.


So on our way home I started reading this FORKS OVER KNiVES magazine  and by the time we got back home, I was completely SOLD on the idea and I could not wait to check out more about it on the FORKS OVER KNiVES website. 

Good grief, I spent over an hour browsing around, reading several articles and checking out their delicious-looking plant-based recipes, on FORKS OVER KNiVES, so now I was even more excited about learning more about living a healthy, whole-food, plant-based lifestyle. 

So, I immediately went to Netflix and then watched their fabulous FORKS OVER KNiVES documentary. And I was so totally convinced and overwhelmed by all of the research studies, testimonials, etc. I race-walked, down the hall and told Tony all about it. And I am proud to say, that I talked him into trying it with me.

Feeling happy and excited that Tony was on-board with me about trying this whole-food, plant-based lifestyle, I celebrated by sitting down with Little Debbie and Big Al(ice), sitting on my lap and enjoyed reading over fifty, hilarious pages on my 3rd Carl Hiaasen book Basket Case. Then I went to bed and counted cabbages instead of sheep to fall asleep.


This morning after exercising with Leslie Sansone again, Kinky called me and then he put Dylan, on the phone, because Dylan was over at the Lodge visiting Sophie, and he wanted to talk to me about a dog possibly needing some help. Anyway, after our conversation Tony and I took off, for Kerrville, so we could go buy us some healthier whole-food.

Our first stop was at Next Generation Produce, that we love, and I quickly filled up our grocery cart with healthy plant-based food that I never knew existed. Then we went over, to the big H-E-B, so we could buy more healthy food.

When we got back home, we had more whole, plant-based food than we had space to store it. So, we piled up the remaining, homeless, healthy plant-based food, on the counter. Then I took this picture of it, for my blog tonight. And I've titled this picture—Our Counter Runneth Over.


And then with-tongue-in-cheek, (not a pretty picture since I do wear dentures) I said, "Tony, the freezer is way too full, so I think that we should finish-off that big carton of Blue Bell Home Made Vanilla Ice Cream, instead of just wasting it and throwing it out, so we can put more healthy food, back inside the freezer." Tone liked my idea and that's exactly what we did and it wasn't easy, but it was really delicious, with the added topping of Reddi-wip which we had to eat, in order to free-up more room, inside the fridge. 



So, as I sit here, contemplating if I should go walk a few more miles with Leslie Sansone tonight, because we had to purge our refrigerator, to make more room for healthier food choices—I've decided not to, because I would rather sit down, with a glass of Franzia's Chillable Red boxed, fine wine and read more of Carl Hiaasen's hilarious book Basket Case.

But before I finish writing this and get to enjoy reading more Hiaasen, I want to share this super, great, short video, that my dear, old friend, Judy Ward, sent to me today. It truly is a must see and I guarantee that it will put a big smile on everyone of y'all's faces. So please do check it out, because I am going to buy one of these.

Y'all have a great evening and keep on laughing!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Click!

I am finally out of hibernation, because the Super Bowl was great  and so exciting, including Lady Ga Ga's performance and because today has been great, too.

I wasn't all that excited about watching Super Bowl, because the Cowboys weren't in it, but I watched it anyway. And I am glad that I did, because the last twenty minutes of the game had Tony and I glued to the TV.

I must confess that early this afternoon, noon to be exact, was embarrassing for me, even though I should be used to being embarrassed by my "Senior Moments."

Early this morning, after giving Roy his morning pill and after drinking my first cup of coffee, I pulled on my sweats so I could do my workout video Walk Slim: Fast & Firm! 4 Really Big Miles with Leslie Sansone.


Right after I started the workout the phone rang—it was Kinky—so I paused my workout. First, we talked about the great Super Bowl game. Then he suggested that we eat lunch together, in Kerrville. "Kink, we would love to, but I have to do a call-in, at noon, for a Board Meeting conference call with Jay & Sarah Pennington and the rest of the Pet Search & Rescue Board Members. It should last about an hour or so and then we can go."

"That's perfect," Kinky said. "Where do you want to eat?"

"You decide. I'm tired of making decisions. Let's talk after I do the board meeting? I'll call you as soon as I am done."

"Sounds good." Click. Kinky didn't say goodbye, because when he and I talk we rarely, ever say goodbye to each other. Bottom Line   We just hang up on each other after we're done talking. Because it's been a "family tradition" with us for over twenty-five years. An old habit that we're okay with.

Anyway, after my sweaty workout with Leslie I took a quick shower and dressed and had only three minutes left before calling Sarah's cell phone, for our board meeting."Hi Nancy," Sarah said.

"Hi Sarah."

"It is good to hear from you. What's are y'all up to?"

"Nothing much. We're meeting Kinky and Dylan for lunch today, in Kerrville."

"Oh, that sounds fun."

"It always is," I replied. Then there was an awkward silence.

"Nancy, are you calling for the board meeting?"

"Yes. I am ready to do it." Then there was another awkward silence.

"It's next Monday, Nancy. Not today." Then she and I started laughing about me having a senior moment and getting the date wrong. Then we properly adios-ed each other.

As soon as I got off the phone with Sarah I called Kinky. And when I told him about me getting the date wrong for the board meeting he chuckled out loud.

At 1:35, we walked inside the Thai O'Cha restaurant and we were over five minutes late when we joined our friends for a delicious lunch.

Tony and I had a super fun time eating lunch with Dylan Ferrero and Kink. The two of them took turns telling us interesting and/or funny stories from their past. When I asked Dylan to give me an update on the seamstress repairs of his old, famous, cobra  snake jacket. Kinky chuckled and teased him, and said, "Oh not again. Keep it short, Dylan. Every time you and Nancy get together y'all end up talking about that jacket, that only you and Keith Richards own." We laughed.

"I got mine first," Dylan reminded Kinky. "When Keith saw mine, at a Band gig, he had one custom made for him, too. And only he and I have those coats. Sure there are other cobra jackets everywhere, but none like ours." Then Kinky jokingly yawned as Dylan gave us his latest, famous, jacket update."

Then it was Kinky's turn to talk to us about his upcoming East Coast tour, in March, that he is really looking forward to doing. And while we ate our delicious lunch together, Dylan and I talked about the time when he was with the Rolling Stones, backstage at a Band concert and him getting his good friend, Ronnie Wood, to call his friends, in Marble Falls, Texas, because they were big time fans of the Rolling Stones. 

And his friends not believing it was the famous rock star, Ronnie Wood, guitar player, because they thought it was Dylan playing a joke on them. "After Ronnie had talked to them, he handed me the phone and they were still in disbelief that they were talking to Ronnie. They even teased me and told me that I needed to work on my Cockney accent before pretending to be Ron Wood...."

And when Dylan and I changed the subject and were talking about our love for dogs—Tony and Kinky had cleaned their plates and were talking about Sophie and the rest of The Friedmans and Kinky's upcoming tour dates. And that is about it for tonight.

Y'all have a great evening and keep on laughing!