Happy Easter 2014 – Photo Heavy

April 21, 2014 · Leave a Comment

My family and Mercis’ family were here yesterday for Easter. Our parents, children, grandchildren, sisters, nieces, nephews and cousins. We packed a full house and that is a good thing.

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Here are the Easter eggs I colored on Saturday morning. I boiled 18 and lost only 2, I thought that was pretty good.

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My mom Tessie with Mercis’ parents Nina and Andy.

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Here are Erin, Erica, Vera and Dana catching up.

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Veronica, Marianne, Bill and Merci enjoying some Prosecco.

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Natalie, Sophia, Liam and Christian. These kids ran up and down those stairs all day. I’m thinking it was all the candy they ate :)

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Whatever candy they did not eat, they decided to sell. The made a market on the spare bed. Can you believe they made $18.00?

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The kids just adore playing around with Sandra

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Here is Miss Emma with Caleb. They were so cute playing together. It was all fun until they wanted to sleep. Then it was time to go home pronto.

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Merci with her husband Billy.

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After the appetizers, we start with my moms’ rabbit stew which is served with spaghetti. Our kids do not eat rabbit, but they love the sauce. Merci husband Billy and my son in law Bill do like the rabbit.  There was ham, filet mignon and shrimp for all after we rested a bit.

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I made two salads, a little something for everyone.  There was also roasted potatoes.

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This is a figolla, the traditional Maltese Easter cookie stuffed with almond paste. It comes in all types of shapes, this one is a fish.

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This is the dessert table, what can I say?  We take this very serious :) My favorite is Marlenes’ tangerine trifle. She makes it on Easter and New Years Day.  I’m looking forward to some more tonight.

I don’t know how I missed to take a photo of Sandra and Chris, but to see the cute video she made yesterday click here

Easter brings fun, happiness,  God’s endless blessings,  love and the freshness of spring. Happy Easter to you and your family!

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It’s A Gooooal!

April 17, 2014 · Leave a Comment

I am so excited about spring sports this year because my grandson has joined a soccer team.  

Christian is the youngest member on his team.  Most of the children are ages 5 and 6, he is yet to be 4 ( he will be 4 on the 21st of May.  Did you know that Christian and Liz have the same birth dates). I love that!  

Go Christian!photo_1Now here he is just practicing his walk.  Well not exactly he was walking away from the soccer balls.

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Of course the children had a great coach. This coach would call out simple instructions to the children and they seemed to follow the instruction fairly well.  Except for one little tyke.  My grandson!

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Christian’s dad had to step in, a few times, to give his son some encouraging words or more like encouraging instructions.   Now see the little guy in this photo.  This guy showed so much enthusiasm for the sport that he got me cheering for him to make a GOAL!

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Some how I don’t think that daddy’s talk really penetrated.   Christian always seemed to be thinking of something else.  What he was thinking?  Heaven knows.

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The first few minutes of the game Christian did appear to be getting involved.  But then it became apparent that he was not going to get in between those dueling feet, for just a ball.

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Towards the end of the game Christian was put in the goalie position.  He did not really seem to like the goalie spot. I got the feeling that he may have thought he was being punished.  I mean standing in front of a net while all the other kids are running and having fun just did not make him happy.

photo_15When the game was done it was time to get their after soccer game treats.  The treats were especially welcomed by the future soccer players.

If there was a GOAL this was the time it happened.

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April 16, 2014 · Leave a Comment

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Ground Chicken Stuffed Zucchini with Carrot and Potato

April 14, 2014 · 1 Comment

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This is a great recipe for the warmer weather ahead. No oven. No sweat  This dish is cooked on the stove top in a large frying pan with lid.

Ground Chicken Stuffed Zucchini with Potato and Carrot

2 Medium zucchini, 1 lb ground chicken,  (pulp from the zucchini), 1/2 cup chopped onion, 1 egg – beaten, 1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs,  3 TB olive oil, 1/2 cup grated cheese, 1/4 tp. salt, 1/4 tp pepper, 2 bay leaves, 4 small peeled potatoes – halved , 4 peeled cut up carrots

  1. Cut zucchini in half lengthwise Scoop out pulp, leaving 1/4-in. shells.
  2. In a large skillet, heat olive oil and cook ground chicken, pulp and onion over  medium heat until meat is no longer pink;  Remove from the heat stir in  egg, bread crumbs, salt, pepper and 1/2 cup cheese.
  3. Spoon about 1/4 cup into each shell.
  4. Clean frying pan.  
  5. Put stuffed zucchini and potato and carrots and bay leaves in frying pan  – add 1/2 cup water or chicken stock – season to taste
  6. Cover with lid and cook over medium heat for 45 minutes until potato and carrots are tender.
  7. Yield: 4 servings.

You could use any ground meat you like. Enjoy :)

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Spring Into Good Eating

April 10, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Now that spring has sprung and summer time is just around the bend , I thought, it was time to put away my winter blues food.

Spring is also the time to step up my exercise routine so I can get into the clothes of  summer.  However, if I can eat foods that supercharge my metabolism that would mean I don’t have to work out extra hard.

 Here are some of the foods that I will begin to eat and drink to jump start my metabolism, which kinda gets clogged up as we climb the ladder of age.

Matcha

Matcha is another name for green tea.  Had no clue that green tea goes by another name.  Matcha (green tea)  is packed with caffeine, which speeds up your heart rate and thus your metabolism, but it also has norepinephrine-stimulating EGCG, a nutrient that helps boost your metabolic rate.

Gotcha Matcha!

Almond Butter

Almond Butter sounds so delish!  This  nutty spread is a low-glycemic food, which means it will help keep your blood sugar level stable. That’s crucial because regular blood sugar spikes and drops slow down your metabolism.

As I age my blood sugar is spiking, so on my next shopping run Almond Butter will be carted home.

Pistachios

This is a nut that can take a long time to eat.  So I guess the slower we eat the better it is for our metabolism.  So it is recommended that we eat small meals and snacks, like pistachios,  throughout the day which will allow our bodies to process them.

Coconut Water
Just recently tried this coconut water and truly enjoyed drinking it.  It was great to find out that coconut water is a  super-hydrator  and keeps you from getting dehydrated, which disrupts your metabolism.  Go Metabolism!
Cottage Cheese
Always liked cottage cheese but stopped eating it for some, I forgot, reason.  Now I knew that cottage cheese was packed with protein, but did not know it took longer to digest than carbs or fiber. And when your body has to work harder to break down a food, it burns more calories, supercharging your metabolism.
So this is my Supercharge Spring Food List.  Like I said, ‘Bye, bye, winter foods” it is time to Supercharge it.

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