Give Yourself a Compliment

When was the last time you  complimented yourself? You compliment others don’t  you? Tell someone they look nice.  Someone has a good idea and you comment on it, or does something nice and you compliment them for their manners, both are a form of complimenting. But you? When was the last time you complimented you?

When did you last tell yourself you looked nice, hot even, in that favorite outfit? You prepare a meal for one, and enjoy it, did you compliment the chef? You get the bills all paid, on time or even early, did  you compliment yourself on a job well done? So many opportunities during the day to compliment ourselves and we let them slide by.

In fact, instead of complimenting we often put ourselves down. We don’t acknowledge how nice we look, just remind ourselves we’re too fat, too skinny, too tall, too short, too, too, too. When in fact, we look great.

Other opportunities often  also ignored. For today, whenever today is, how about making a pact to give yourself a compliment at least three times just because. Also, vow to give yourself a compliment every time you catch yourself being negative to you.

In case you need some help with compliments for you, here are a few that spell W-I-D-O-W

W – WISE

You didn’t get to the age you are without learning a few things. Wisdom you are willing to impart to others as well as knowledge you use each day. Knowledge that helps you complete your day and reach your goal. You are wise, acknowledge and embrace that aspect of you.

I – IMPRESSIVE

Are you aware how you impress others with your skills and talents? Do you garden, sew, paint, write, clean house, do floral arrangements, listen, babysit, take photos, care for dogs, visit shut-ins, volunteer? Whatever you do is impressive. Not only to those who watch and are in awe, but those who are affected by your talents. They enjoy the fruits of your labor. Compliment yourself of your impressiveness instead of finding fault with your endeavor.

D – Daring

 

 

Women in general are daring, not walk on an airplane daring. Although there have been women wing walkers, as well as women pursuing other bold feats. No, simpler actions can be just as daring. Walking into the boss’s office and asking for a raise is not for the weak. Pointing out an error on a bill takes courage. Stepping outside when all you want to do is crawl back in bed is daring. What daring action are  you taking today? Don’t forget to compliment yourself on following through.

 

 

 

 

O – Opinionated/Original

 

Yes we have opinions. From breast feeding in public to gun control, and everything in between, we have an opinion. We share our opinions in many ways, speaking out to family, friends, strangers, writing our views in letters to the editor, to our legislature, or in our journal.  We are also original, a one-of-a-kind work of art. No one sees anything quite like we do. Celebrate your originality and opinions.

W – WHIMSICAL

 

While we are serious wise women, with strong opinions, we are also whimsical. We build fairy gardens, and create wonderland yards for holidays. We color our hair green or purple. We wear our favorite jewelry while doing housework. When you find yourself being whimsical, congratulate and compliment yourself.

 

 

Giving yourself a compliment is good for your mental health. Try it.

 

When was the last time you complimented yourself?

Will you find a reason to compliment yourself today?

What is your favorite compliment, to give or receive?

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Day 3 Decluttering, Removing Unused Glassware

Coke® glasses, you’ve probably seen them, in stores or advertisements. Those glasses with small bases and larger rounded tops with the words “Coke” or “Coca-Cola” emblazoned on them.
I have several.

I don’t use them.

In fact, most of them are still packed from a previous move. Not even the move to this house, before that. They may have been packed in a cleaning spree (I have those sometimes.)

One reason they hadn’t been unpacked is that I didn’t want to use them and break them, they held memories.

My husband and I got the glasses many years ago when some place did one of those promotions where, to attract customers, they gave away things. That year it was Coke® glasses. Neither of us drink that soda, but the glasses were “cool” and they reminded us of our college days when, on the rare occasion, we could afford to go out and eat those were the glasses the eating place used.

Now the glasses are for memories of college days, and our making a special effort to buy enough for a set in later, but still scrimping by on little money, years. If one of those glasses broke, I just knew it would shatter my heart.

“Excuse me,” I said to myself, “how can they evoke any memories packed away in a box and not seen?”

Oh darn. My inner self had a good point. What good were the glasses packed away? How could they remind me of anything if I didn’t see them? Good-bye Coke® glasses. I still have the memories.

To be fair, I did keep one glass. It’s on my kitchen window sill. Right now it has a sweet potato growing in it. I plan to use it as a flower vase.

Do you have anything packed away that could be discarded?

Have you ever tried packing something up to see if you’ll miss it before discarding the item?

Do you remember the Coke® glasses from real use?

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Jicama and a Barbcue Place – Adventures in Food

Trying new foods is one of my “adventures.” Sometimes it’s food new to me, sometimes it’s a food prepared in a different way, or by someone who knows how to cook it, sometimes it’s a new eating establishment.

This month I have two food adventures to share. A new eating place, and a new food.

First up, Earl’s

Earl’s is a barbecue place in Edmond Oklahoma. I wish I’d thought to take pictures. It’s one of my cousin’s favorite places to eat and he treated me to lunch earlier this week when I had to be in the city.  The interior has a fifties vibe. The restrooms are labeled, Elvis (men’s) and Priscilla (women).  Inside the ladies room are large framed pictures of Elvis and Priscilla, one with them holding baby Lisa Marie.

The dining room has space between the tables so the guests aren’t crowded during the busy times, although we were lucky and were eating at an odd time, so the place wasn’t too busy. The tables are polished with just a little bit of texture remaining. Old license plates from around the country decorate the walls.

The food was good,  they didn’t skimp on the meat or the fries. Dessert was cobbler. I had blackberry, his mom had peach. They didn’t skimp on the servings there either. Mine might have been two servings somewhere else. No, I did not save part of it for later. Ate the whole thing then and there, and enjoyed it. I’m willing to go back next time he wants to go. I might even go by myself next time I’m in that part of the city.

Okra is a must

I first learned about Earls this summer with my cousins and I were traveling to California. We stopped at a barbecue place in New Mexico or Arizona and he was beyond upset that they didn’t serve okra.  I’m not sure New Mexico or Arizona knows about okra. Okra is served almost everywhere in Oklahoma and Texas, and I often order it, sometimes by itself.  I didn’t know okra was considered a staple side dish for barbecue. After all, I always have fries and or coleslaw. However, in his mind okra goes with barbecue, period. Which made it imperative for him that I eat at Earl’s so I could see how barbecue should be served.

It was a great day. Good food and good company.

A New Food

While I was in the city another friend asked me to pick up some   jicama. I thought she wanted it for her. But, since I won’t see her for almost two weeks, and we weren’t sure how long Jicama would last, it turned out it is for me. I hope I like it, I love saying the name “Hic a ma.” with a name that fun to say, it’s bound to taste good.

What is it?

According to the internet jicama is:  a Mexican yam bean or Mexican turnip. It is the edible tuberous root of a Mexican vine, jicama. According to the label on my purchase, and the nice man who helped me find it in the store, it is known as a Mexican potato.

 

Do you try new eating places often?

Do you try new foods often?

What was the last new dish you tried? Did  you like it?

 

 

Friday Food: Slow-Cooked Roast Served Three Different Ways

What did you eat this week? Anything exceptionally good? How about super easy? When I started this blog, this time, I thought I’d talk about fitness and food on Friday. I love alliteration. Let’s get real though, fitness isn’t going to make an appearance. At least it hasn’t so far. I’ll find another day to talk about exercise. It appears Fridays will be FOOD.

This week I thought I’d share how I served a roast several different ways. Cook once, eat multiple times. The roast in this case was pork roast, because that’s what’s in my freezer. The same thing can be done with any meat roast.

Monday

Before going to my critique meeting I put a roast in the slow cooker. Since I was running late (ha, normal for me) I didn’t take time to add carrots, potatoes, onion or celery. I just seasoned it with garlic powder, onion powder, and pepper, tossed it in the slow cooker with frozen roast juice from the last roast. Added the lid, turned it on (after making sure I’d plugged it in) and be-bopped to my meeting.

When I returned my roast was falling apart tender and ready to eat. Except, I wasn’t hungry. No problem. Since I’d used a cooking bag (I couldn’t find a slow cooker liner when I wanted them) to make clean-up easy, I just lifted the bag out of the cooker, twisted it shut, placed it in a bowl (in case there was leaking) and refrigerated the whole shebang.

Tuesday

I divided the roast and the juice into four serving size portions. Might could’ve done six, but I wanted to have enough.  Three portions were put in containers and replaced in the refrigerator. They could have been frozen, but since I plan to eat them this week there didn’t seem to be any point.

The juice of the remaining portion was thickened into gravy, the roast cut into smaller pieces and placed in the gravy to be warmed. A couple of potatoes were boiled and mashed. The roast and gravy was poured over the potatoes for a filling meal. No, there were no veggies, would have been better, but I didn’t.

Tuesday evening I reheated the roast and gravy and used it to top a baked potato. Easy and fast.

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Wednesday

Another portion of the roast was used in a roast and veggie mix.  The original recipe called for macaroni shells. Since I didn’t have any I used egg noodles and a little cauliflower. Next time I’ll use all cauliflower. Also, I didn’t have any bread to go with it, garlic bread would have finished it off great. No need for extra veggies since there was cauliflower and tomatoes in the dish.

Thursday

On Thursday I traveled to a livestock show to watch a couple of my grands show their pigs. I planned to stop at the store and buy some bread and cheese for what I was going to call a faux-philly cheesesteak. Big problem, the store burned down eight months ago. They are in the process of rebuilding, but for now the local  Dollar Store serves as an emergency grocery store. For their weekly shopping, residents drive to a nearby town.

Except, that town was 20 miles south, and I lived 20 miles north of where I was. I didn’t want to go in the opposite direction. I did the next best thing, I stopped at Dollar Store for bread, they didn’t have any cheese. At least not the cheese I wanted. So instead, for supper tonight, a basic roast sandwich with, meat, spinach, and avocado, using the newly purchased bread, with carrot sticks on the side was planned. However, by the time I was ready to eat, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich sounded like a better option.

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FRIDAY 

Because I had another stock show this afternoon, this time a sheep show, and for two different grands, I choose to make it easy. For lunch a roast sandwich with roasted sweet potato wedges.

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The rest of the roast went in a labeled freezer bag, along with the cooking juice. It will be used later for soup. I’d planned to make soup Saturday. However the temperature is predicted to be in the fifties. That is not soup weather to me.

That’s what was for dinner this week. Next week is anybody’s guess. 

What did you have for dinners this week?

Do you have meals in the freezer to go to on busy nights?

What’s your favorite go-to meal?

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Five Foods

 

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I try to be adventurous and sometimes I find I like a new food, other times, no. Here are six foods that were new to me when I married.

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A sampling of a food.

1. Lamb chops – Even my husband had never eaten lamb. We live in cattle country. People here eat beef, or pork, we raise a lot of pork here too. There is the occasional vegetarian. When one of his students butchered his project lamb, he decided to share the meat. Oh gee, thanks. Neither of us was excited about it and we were both happy when the meat was gone. Several years later someone (probably another student) once again gifted us with some mutton. We re-gifted it to our friends Bill and Charlotte. They were ecstatic to get the meat, we were happy for them to have it.  This summer while visiting my cousin, his wife prepared lamb chops. I ate them, expecting to have a tough time, however, to my surprise they were good. I guess I just need the right person to prepare them. I won’t be cooking lamb anytime soon, but I might be more willing to try it when it’s offered.  

2. Okra. I never heard of the strange vegetable until moving to Oklahoma and meeting my husband. It can be boiled or fried, some people pickle it. Boiled okra is slimy and I’m not a fan, except when it’s in soup. Also not a fan of pickled okra, but then I’m not a pickle fan. Okra can also be sliced, dipped in batter and deep fried, or, sliced, rolled in cornmeal and pan fried. Either way its hot, crunchy, goodness can’t be beat

3. Lamb fries, calf fries, mountain fries, or mountain oyster. Whatever you want to call them my answer is, “no,” just no.  It’s not that they taste bad, they do NOT taste like chicken. It’s more they have no taste at all, just bland. The flavor is in the meal coating.  The dish is testicles sliced, rolled in cracker meal and fried. They are a staple in Oklahoma steakhouses. My daughter and I are always amazed that men seem to love them. Here is a video of them being prepared, https://youtu.be/kQYh76qtAtE  and a Chevy Chase clip.  https://youtu.be/DejWlekKQfI

4. Shrimp. Growing up my mother prepared blackened shrimp. Before blackened anything was popular. Needless to say I did not like shrimp. Until I met my husband. He introduced me first to deep fried shrimp. Oh. My. Gosh. I loved them. He had ordered them for himself, and I had ordered a burger. Good thing he liked burgers because poor man had to eat mine since he generously gave me his shrimp. Later I learned about cold cocktail shrimp, and grilled shrimp, even sautéed. Can’t go wrong with shrimp.

5. Calamari. Calamari goes on the same plate as lamb fries. No thank you. It’s not that it tastes bad. It’s that, like the lamb fries, it has no distinct taste, and is chewy. Not only had I not eaten calamari growing up. I didn’t try it until after he died and I was visiting my daughter’s family. My grandson loves calamari and offered me a taste of his order. Nice of him to offer, but I had no problem letting him finish off the order. Octopus and squid is found in the ocean. I live in Oklahoma, a landlocked state. Calamari isn’t local. I know, neither is shrimp, that’s different, don’t confuse me with logic.

There you have it, five foods that were new to me, until adulthood. How about you? Is there a food you were introduced to as an adult you’d never tried as a child?

Is there a food you didn’t like as a child but love now as an adult?

Is there a food you loved as a child, but now don’t?

Leave a comment. Let me know what you think of food.

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Six Festivals to Visit

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Continuing with the “10 About You” series, we are to number six. Six places.

I wonder, six places I’ve lived, six places I’ve visited, or six places I want to visit.

 How about six festivals I plan to attend. A festival is a place, right?  At least it’s held someplace.

Traveling to places within Oklahoma allows me to keep my traveling shoes on, yet be back in my own home at the end of the day. It is cost-effective, traveling expenses are just the gas to fuel my car. No hotel bill to consider, no airfare to purchase.

Yes, there is eating, but I’m going to eat anyway so that cost is negligible. Since my traveling budget is minimal this year, and I believe seeing what’s in my own backyard is a worthwhile adventure, this summer’s plans are to visit as many of the festivals in Oklahoma as time and money allows.

Let me take you on a pre-tour of six festivals and their locations I plan to attend this Spring and Summer.

APRIL

Spring weather has sprung (hee, hee, couldn’t resist) and the warmer days of summer are coming. With any luck the tornado winds have left the state. Although, history suggests that isn’t true.

However, hoping the winds and cold weather stay away, first up will be the Sand Springs annual BBQ Festival. Sand Springs is a small town in northeast Oklahoma, just outside Tulsa. It’ll be about a two hour drive for me, almost straight up the highway. No turning here or there to arrive. Just get on the highway and go.

I know, Texans and Kansan think they make the best barbeque. However, they are wrong. We have several barbeque restaurants across the state to prove it. Plus, there are the festivals and cook-offs. This one looks great. Good food, and music to jam too. It’s going to be fun.

MAY

The Kolache Festival in Prague. Prague is another small town. Let’s face it, most of the towns in Oklahoma are small. Prague is one of what I call an international town.  Prague was settled back in the 1902 by Czechoslovakian pioneers. Which is how the town got it’s name, those early settlers named it in honor of their homeland.

The festival began as a way to celebrate the town’s 50th birthday. Since Czech pastries were loved by everyone, they named the party after one of the favorites.

There is a contest to determine the best homemade Kolache, and arts and crafts show, a parade, Czech dancer, and a Czech costume contest.

Good thing Prague is only an hour away. I’ll want to get there early.

June

In June I’ll travel to Yukon for the Yukon Chisholm Trail and Crawfish Festival.

I have to be honest, the only way I’m going to eat crawfish is as part of this festival. Can’t imagine going into a restaurant and ordering the stuff. However, for the festival, I will try it. Plus, they’re bound to know how to prepare it properly.

Yukon is just outside Oklahoma City, those of us not from Yukon tend to think of it as part of Oklahoma City. However, Yukon residents strongly disagree. It is also known as the home of country singer Garth Brooks.

Yukon was part of the famed Chisholm trail and had a watering hole that welcomed many trail herds and hands.

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Their festival has the crawfish (uh-huh, we’ll see), Cajun food and music, gunfights, and living history reenactments. Yukon will be interesting to see.

July

In July I’ll be back down in my part of the state at the Porter Peach Festival.

Porter is on the eastern side of the state, which makes it barely an hour from my house. This side of the state has a lot of peach orchards. Thus, a peach festival.

According to reports, in addition to peaches prepared every way imaginable, and peach cooking contests, there will be a bike and car show. I’m guessing they mean motorbike and not pedal bike. Looking forward to that visit.

August

Rush Springs in the southwest part of the state tries to make August, more bearable with their Watermelon Festival. Because in Oklahoma, August is beyond HOT. This is when we often see multiple days of heat in the triple digit. Juicy, cold, watermelon sounds perfect.

I don’t know much about Rush Springs yet. I’m curious as to how it got its name. After all, that part of the state is not flooded with water. Not much grows in western Oklahoma, on its own. I’m glad they can grow watermelon in abundance. A festival that includes seed-spitting? Reminds me of a story I read as a child. I’m in. Won’t participate, but it will be fun to watch the “spitters.” Not to mention juicy cold watermelon will be available.

September

Summer will be winding down and fall will be on the horizon. Of course, autumn will bring its own festivals, fairs, and new towns to visit. Fall weather will be close, which will make it the perfect time for eating chili.

Which is where Claremore comes into the festival route. They have a Bluegrass and Chili Festival. Music and food to warm the body and soul.

Claremore is catty-corner across the state from Rush Springs. It is in the northeast corner of the state. It will be at least a two hour drive for me. But the food and music will be worth it.

Plus, while I’m there, I can see what else the little town has to offer. Claremore is also the home of Oklahoma’s favorite son, Will Rogers.

There is the itinerary for my trips around Oklahoma this summer. I hope you enjoyed hearing about 6 places I will visit.

 

What attraction does your state or town have that you haven’t visited?

Would you rather visit something semi-local or travel a long distance for a trip?

What is something local you would take a visitor to see?

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Healthy, Easy to prepare, Inexpensive Snack Foods

Snacks. Most people love them. They should be a food group all their own, proteins, fruits, vegetables, grains, fats and snacks. Right?

No, not only do they not have their own food group, wrong, just wrong. We are told snacking, snacks, and snack food is all bad for us. We should shun them like they afe evil. Except they aren’t evil. They aren’t even “bad” for us. Snacks have gotten a bad reputation.

“Don’t snack, you won’t eat supper.” Anyone ever hear that? Maybe you even said it to your kids.

“No, I shouldn’t, it’ll go straight to my hips.” Another one we’ve heard, or said.

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Guess what? Snack food doesn’t have to be high calorie, unhealthy, or taboo. Snacks aren’t always cake, pie, cookies, ice cream or candy. Really.

You know what else? Healthy snacks are also tasty. Who knew?

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The best thing about healthy snack food? It’s easy. I like easy. Here are my top ten easy snacks for between meals, or sometimes as a meal.

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  1. Apples
  2. Oranges
  3. Pomegranate
  4. Banana
  5. Pineapple

Then, of course there are the vegetables. How could I be out of carrots? Went to take a picture of the vegetables and, no carrots. Just celery, avocado and cauliflower. That’s okay, you know what a carrot looks like.Noimg_3330

  1. Celery
  2. Carrots
  3. Broccoli
  4. Cauliflower
  5. Snap Peas

There you have it, ten snack foods for when the munchie monster appears. Writing about all this food, and taking the pictures has awakened my munchie monster. Time to go feed her. That cauliflower is looking good.

Are you a snacker, or do you eat only at mealtimes?

What is your favorite snack food?

When do you most often snack?

Let a comment below and let share your feelings on snacking. This is post is part of the Ultimate Blog Challenge.