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Stupid Stuff

I try very hard not to do stupid stuff.  Some, my siblings for example, might chalk that up to me trying to be "Little Miss Perfect".  Others might call me risk averse.  I call it prudent time management.  After all, stupid stuff usually ends with some kind of trouble.  At a minimum it can mean I may have to do something over, or clean something up, or get something fixed...you know what I mean. Well, lately I've done a couple of stupid stuff things.  I know, it's hard to believe.  But these stupid things weren't all my fault.  No, blame can be shared. For example there was the incident of the attacking mailbox.  You may want to watch out because you probably have one where you live.  Mine looked like this... Attacking Mailbox And my car mirror will never be the same.  It needs to be fixed...someday...sometime...when I get around to it...soon. The Damaged Car Mirror Then there is the case of the attacking parking lot ice.  You remember, t

Spinach, Mushroom and Ricotta Cheese Omelet

Have you had a hectic day and don't feel like cooking dinner?  You can whip up a tasty omelet without too much fuss and bother.  Are you feeling like you indulged too much this weekend?  When I am trying to eat light, vegetable omelets always jump into my mind as a perfect solution.  Omelets make a great choice for breakfast, lunch or dinner.  Today I'm making omelets for dinner.  They'll be filled with spinach, mushrooms and ricotta cheese.  Oh, yeah, Baby!  Since I found out how easy and delicious homemade ricotta cheese is, I've been adding it to everything!  You can use whatever cheese you like, but the homemade ricotta cheese is wonderful in this omelet. Spinach, Mushroom and Ricotta Omelet Serves 2 Omelet Ingredients 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons butter 4 whole eggs and 4 egg whites 1 9 ounce package fresh baby spinach, washed and drained 8 ounces sliced mushrooms 1 large clove garlic, minced 1/2 cup ricotta cheese pinch of

A Healthy Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

I found today's macaroni and cheese recipe on the internet when I was cruising for a healthier version of the traditional baked macaroni and cheese.    The kitchn , an internet food blog, hosted a Best Healthy Casserole contest and today's recipe was one of the winners.  It caught my eye for two reasons.  The first was that it had artichoke hearts as a key ingredient and I LOVE artichoke hearts.  The second thing to catch my eye was the use of silken tofu in the cheese sauce.  I hear you gasping, "Tofu!"  Yes, friends, tofu.  This recipe uses the very soft, creamy "silken" tofu.  I've become a fan of tofu through using it in my Pad Thai recipe . I was curious about using it in a macaroni and cheese recipe. I have made this recipe twice.  The first time I used canned artichoke hearts because I had them on hand.  In my second attempt at this recipe I used frozen artichoke hearts, and I must say I prefer the frozen to the canned.  Let's see how t

Caramelized Onion, Proscuitto and Ricotta Cheese Pizza

It's Friday!  It's time to think about Pizza Night.  Tonight we are having a favorite-Caramelized Onion, Prosciutto and Ricotta Cheese Pizza.  This pizza is made with my homemade ricotta cheese.  If you haven't tried making ricotta cheese at home yet, please do.  You won't believe how delicious this pizza is!  Let's make it together. Caramelized Onion, Prosciutto and Ricotta Cheese Pizza Ingredients  The Pizza Ingredients  1 pizza dough 4-6 ounces home made ricotta cheese 6-8 slices prosciutto 2 Tablespoons butter 2 large onions, caramelized salt and pepper 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper parchment paper Early in the day, prepare your pizza dough, and ricotta cheese .  Cut onion in half and slice thinly.  Heat butter in large frying pan over medium heat.   Add onion, cayenne, salt & pepper and saute for 10 minutes.   Reduce heat to medium low and cook, stirring occasionally for 20 minutes more, until onions are browned and caramelized.   Set aside

Credit Card Fraud

Credit Card Fraud is a Headache This week I was victimized by fraudulent activity on my credit card.  Has this happened to you?  This was the second credit card fraud experience for me in the past six months.  Luckily the fraud was caught and stopped by the credit card companies, in both cases, before it could cause me any real headache. In the first case, six months ago, fraud occurred on a new Visa credit card.  I had only used it once or twice to buy something online.  I needed a new keyboard for my laptop and used the card to order one from an online supplier I had never shopped with before.  The credit card company called to confirm that I had submitted the order, the charge went through and the keyboard was delivered.  Unfortunately, within four days of receiving the new keyboard, another call came in from the credit card company asking about an $0.84 charge that was being sent through from an unknown vendor.  It seems that it is a common fraud practice to send through a lo

Another Day of Getting Real

Today is another day to talk about getting real by focusing on health and well being through diet and exercise.  Do you find yourself with the best intentions, but wavering motivation?  Keeping motivated can be a challenge.  Making a plan helps me stay motivated and makes me feel like I am in control. My plan is simple.  It has three steps: 1.  Exercise daily 2.  Make time to relax and reflect 3.  Plan my daily menu The day I wrote this post started off very cold, but bright and sunny.  I looked up in the sky and this is what I saw- A Blue, Blue Sky Nothing but blue, blue sky! With a day as beautiful as this one the only place for exercise was outdoors.  Since I can now see grass and asphalt instead of snow and ice, it was a great day for me to hit the pavement and visit one of my favorite outdoor running routes, a 3.25 mile route that takes me through a lovely seaside residential area and ends at a lighthouse. The Watch Hill Lighthouse I tied on my well-worn Nik

Time to Get Real!

Oh my! Oh my goodness!  Do you ever feel like......oh my? It started for me the day I went shopping and tried on bathing suits.   ....Oh my! Then my brother called.   "Don't you think you have been putting a lot of fattening recipes on your blog, Sis?" he asked me.  "Yes," I replied.  "Yes, I have,"  I agreed.  Comfort foods having been getting the best of me lately.  ...Oh my goodness! As February comes to a close it's time to focus on my calorie intake and healthy eating.  I'm going to focus on healthy food, exercise and motivating myself to take better care of me.  Do you feel like you need to do the same?  Today I'm jump starting the process.  Here's what I'm doing.  Just One Donna Jump Start Menu Breakfast My breakfast today is oatmeal made with 1/3 cup of oatmeal, 1/4 cup skim milk, 1/2 cup of hot water, 1 tsp Splenda, cinnamon to taste, 1/3 cup of frozen blueberries and 1/4 cup walnuts.  Two cups of decaf coffee wi