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Jamilie’s Ullie Green Beans, Lebanese-style #FamilyFavorites

Here is another recipe from Family Favorites cookbook by Joyce Brown.
1 sweet onion,
10 garlic cloves,
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1-1/2 lbs fresh green beans,
1/2 teaspoon salt.

In large skillet add one tablespoon olive oil, along with the thinly sliced onions and garlic cloves.  Sautè onions and garlic till slightly brown and caramelized, about 6 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside. Add 2nd tablespoon of oil along with the green beans.  Sautè till brown, about 6 minutes.

Combine the onion and garlic mixture with green beans, season with salt.  Cover, let simmer for 25 minutes.

Jamilie’s Ullie Green Beans recipe makes the perfect side.



Celebrating A Lucky 8s’ Birthday ~ Look Who Is 88

What a difference a year makes, last year while we celebrated my moms 87 birthday little did we know that she had suffered a mild stroke. As the weeks passed she would tell us she was seeing things and people in the house. Finally we took her to the Emergency Room and they informed us that she did in deed have a mild stroke affecting her eyesight. After weeks in the hospital and rehab, she came home and has slowly progressed getting better and stronger. She is not the same but we know how worse she might have been. And we are grateful for her steady recovery and good health.

Family is all my mom wanted for her birthday, so this year I decided to cook (my mom stopped cooking around this time last year, which was another hint that we missed)  and celebrate with a home cooked meal. I made spaghetti and meatballs for the kids, sausage, peppers and onions and some chicken cutlets with potatoes and asparagus for dinner. My sister bought the cupcakes and  cake, my daughter bought my mom flowers and my niece, Sandra brought some chocolate.

The kids played video games and watched movies and then my daughter brought out a card game Exploding Kittens, we are a competitive group so we can get loud and we did.

When people say that kids don’t get enough exercise any more playing video games, well that does not include my grandson Caleb. He gets so excited playing the games that he dances and jumps around. I guess it’s because he wants so bad to beat his older brother in just one game.

The best news is that my mom is playing her daily number and pick 4 again. She goes to the corner deli once a week picks up milk and eggs  and gets her numbers for the week. This is the greatest gift she could have given us!!! We keep a deck of playing cards out hoping one day she will want to play some poker.

No matter how old you are no matter where you go, Home is always where your Mom is. Happy Birthday Mom. Wishing you joy, peace and many many more birthdays.


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Aromatherapy with Essential Oil Diffusers by KarinParramore #Wellness

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Disney ~ PIXAR ~ COCO #Familytime #OscarWinner

The word on the street is Coco is another Pixar masterpiece and we totally agree. My family and I have watched Coco so many times and enjoy it each and every time! The kids all turn to look at me and say “Look Grandma is crying again”.  Get some popcorn and spend some family time with Coco, and know how blessed you are. Be ready to sing your heart out!!!

Coco is winner  of two Academy Awards – Best Animated Feature Film and Best Original Song “Remember Me,” and also won the 2018 Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Motion Picture. The movie became the highest grossing film of all time in Mexico and has earned widespread praise receiving 97 percent from critics and 95 percent from audiences on Rotten Tomatoes.

Coco is now available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand and can also be found digitally on HD and 4K Ultra HD as well as on Movies Anywhere.


Red Potatoes: Recipe from Family Favorites from an All-American Lebanese Family #Dinner #Recipe

Red potatoes are lower in calories, lower in carbs, and a better source of protein than your white potatoes.  The red potato is richer in anthocyanins as well as a good source of vitamin C.

Now, red potatoes happen to be one of my favorite sides.  So when I saw this recipe in Joyce Brown’s, Family Favorites it was on my list of to cook.

Yes, Family Favorites from an All-American Lebanese Family is now my family favorite.

Cutting and washing the red potatoes was quick.

When they were done the red potato turned a  golden brown.


This red potato recipe  from Family Favorites was the perfect side dish.

Can’t wait to try another Family Favorites recipe…vegetable will be next.