Banana Oatmeal Cookies With Chocolate Chunks

TASTY BANANA OATMEAL COOKIES WITH DARK CHOCOLATE CHUNKS! Two of my favorite things are bananas and chocolate and these rustic cookies embody both of those. The flavorful bananas melded with dark chocolate chunks along with the vanilla and cinnamon is a delicious combination. Bananas are such a convenient and versatile fruit. You can eat them straight out of the peel or put them in your cakes, breads and cookies. They make yummy banana pies … Continue reading Banana Oatmeal Cookies With Chocolate Chunks

Inspiration and Guidance for Writers at all Levels

INSPIRATION AND GUIDANCE FOR WRITERS AT ALL LEVELS! Nature is alive and growing in what’s left of Spring here in Oregon and for me it’s the perfect time for some personal growth too. I’m always looking for new information to broaden my skills and awareness as a writer and Amazon recently shared a new program they are now offering. Enjoy this photo of some gorgeous volunteer chives courtesy of my … Continue reading Inspiration and Guidance for Writers at all Levels

Chicken Salad In A Whole Grain Wrap With Spinach

CREAMY CHICKEN SALAD IN A WHOLE GRAIN WRAP WITH HEALTHY SPINACH! A rotisserie chicken is the perfect way to make a quick chicken salad to put in a wrap, use in a sandwich or place on a bed of spinach. To make the wrap, I use a whole grain tortilla, diced celery, dill pickle relish, mayo, spinach and a few black olives on the side. This creamy crunchy chicken … Continue reading Chicken Salad In A Whole Grain Wrap With Spinach

Sometimes a Day Just for You is Precisely What’s Required

SOMETIMES A DAY JUST FOR YOU IS PRECISELY WHAT’S REQUIRED! Today is one of those rare days when my usual inspiration and motivation levels are especially low, so I decided to take a day for myself or a “me day.” These photos were taken about three months ago, but they look exactly like what today feels like and that tells me it’s time for some proper rejuvenation. I’ve been feeling a little weary … Continue reading Sometimes a Day Just for You is Precisely What’s Required

French Toast With Maple Yogurt and Pecans

YUMMY FRENCH TOAST WITH RICH MAPLE YOGURT AND RAW PECANS! French toast or “pain perdu,” which means, “lost bread,” was created as a way to use stale bread instead of giving it to the birds. Just dip it in some eggy custard. You can top it with almost anything you like. Try some maple syrup, yogurt, whipped cream, nuts, honey, jam, fruit, chocolate or even an … Continue reading French Toast With Maple Yogurt and Pecans

Cantaloupe and Banana Protein Rich Smoothie

REFRESHING CANTALOUPE AND BANANA PROTEIN RICH SMOOTHIE! Smoothies are a quick and easy way to get more healthy foods into your diet with their focus on fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables. This refreshing cantaloupe and banana version is especially satisfying and with the addition of yogurt and protein powder, it is a well-rounded wholesome beverage. The only sugar in the drink comes naturally from the fruit. Cantaloupe is a member of the melon family … Continue reading Cantaloupe and Banana Protein Rich Smoothie

Go for a Walk in Nature to Get Inspired!

WALKING THROUGH OUR NEIGHBORHOOD PARKS IS INSPIRING! Studies say walking improves creativity, because there is a connection between walking, thinking and writing and I can attest to that belief first hand. At times I’ve had writer’s block, either while writing my novel or while working on a new blog post, when right in the middle of a walk I suddenly can’t wait to get back home and start … Continue reading Go for a Walk in Nature to Get Inspired!

Making Easy Perfect Soft-Cooked Eggs

HOW TO MAKE EASY PERFECTLY COOKED SOFT-BOILED EGGS! Several times a week, my mother and I each enjoy a nutrient packed soft-boiled egg for breakfast. With these easy steps, you can make perfect, to your liking, soft-cooked eggs every time. One large egg has 13 essential vitamins and minerals and all 9 essential amino acids, as well as 6 grams of high-quality protein. Eggs are an excellent addition to a well-rounded real food meal … Continue reading Making Easy Perfect Soft-Cooked Eggs

Cream Cheese Swirl Banana Bread with Walnuts

CREAM CHEESE SWIRL BANANA BREAD WITH WALNUTS! Who doesn’t love good old-fashioned banana bread? I’ve always loved it, but I decided to take it to another level by adding a luscious cheesecake swirl. Then it’s topped with some healthy crunchy walnuts that go perfectly with the nutritious bananas, white whole-wheat flour and local honey. Using natural sugar from the ripe bananas and the honey as the only sweeteners in … Continue reading Cream Cheese Swirl Banana Bread with Walnuts

Spring Showers Bring Colorful Flowers

 APRIL SPRING SHOWERS BRING THE COLORFUL MAY FLOWERS! It has definitely been one long winter season here in the Pacific Northwest. The National Weather Service in Portland, Oregon is quoted as saying Portland has experienced the most wet days EVER, with over 150 days of rain since October 1, 2016. In addition to the rain, we’ve had more freezing cold days this winter than I can remember in my lifetime. This pretty patch of … Continue reading Spring Showers Bring Colorful Flowers