Pimento Cheese, Not Your Grandma's Spread

Pimento cheese is one of those foods that has been so corrupted by the food industry that it has become synonymous with other crappy foods like Spam.  I'm not even certain what store bought pimento cheese might contain, nor do I want to find out.  It's a shame because pimento cheese can be a delightful treat, even if it does Read the full post…

Plum Good BBQ Sandwiches

In a few days it will officially be fall but the temperatures are still warm enough for me to continue swimming for a few more days.  The breeze was a little cool but that didn't stop me from swimming several laps this morning and I felt great afterwards!  Have you exercised lately?  With fall's cooler temperatures and fewer insects, you Read the full post…

Shingles Vacine and Treatment

A friend of mine was recently diagnosed with shingles so I felt I should discuss this nasty virus once again.  If you ever had chicken pox, you are at risk for getting shingles and believe me, you don't want it.  Shingles is a painful rash with blisters that scab over and may take 4 weeks or more to heal.  The Read the full post…

Vegetarian Tacos are muy delicioso!

There are times when I think I could easily become a vegetarian, especially when I try a new dish that is as good as the vegetarian tacos I had at Local Lime restaurant in Little Rock and the tofu fried rice at Sai Tai here in Jonesboro.  My husband and I celebrated our 23rd anniversary this past weekend by spending Read the full post…

Midyear Health Check

Summer is winding down , the year is more than half way over and our January resolutions are long forgotten.  It's time for a health reality check.  First of all, how is your health lately?  If you have enjoyed good health, are you thankful?  Take some time to appreciate how wonderful it feels to be healthy, for your family to Read the full post…

Vacation Lessons For A Healthier Life

  I'm back from a lovely beach vacation and I wish I was still there with all my heart.  Wouldn't it be nice if our every day life was as nice as a vacation?  If we could relax, eat well, sleep and exercise just enough without having to worry about bills, work, illnesses and school, our lives would be perfect.  But Read the full post…

Chocolate Bunnies Lurking In Your Future (Jezebel Sauce)

[ Post by Lisa Tedder ][ Post on April 19, 2011 ][ In Miscellaneous ]

Easter is coming and like every other holiday, it has turned into a time to feast.  Children awake to baskets of chocolate bunnies, cream filled eggs and marshmallow chickies.  Adults indulge in more grown up delights though we also check out the basket when the kids are asleep.  To keep the sugar and calories down a bit, fill your children’s basket with items like bubbles, books, movies or small toys like matchbox cars.  If you still do a basket for your teens, give gift cards to their favorite places to eat, the mall or movie passes.  Gas cards would be really appreciated now.

My house will be filled with relatives this Easter and I will need to feed them.  The key as usual is to try to be moderate.  I’ve been back and forth over what to feed everyone, desiring to have some luscious, fattening foods while struggling with my health oriented conscience.  There will be 16 or more people here on Saturday and I’m hoping we can have a barbecue and the weather will cooperate.  Watching the weather report doesn’t give me much hope though.

So my menu for the weekend keeps changing but for Easter Sunday we will have ham with Jezebel sauce, deviled eggs, fresh asparagus, and caramelized carrots.  We are actually going to have two desserts – coconut cream pie and lemon meringue.  Saturday, we will have smoked chicken or pork barbecue sandwiches, slaw, fruit salad and macaroni and cheese.  I’m going to serve lemon cupcakes, I think.  Here is the recipe for Jezebel sauce for those who’ve never had it.  It is a great accompaniment to ham.

Jezebel Sauce
12 oz. pineapple preserves
12 oz. apricot preserves
3 Tbsp. dry mustard
6 Tbsp. horseradish
Mix all ingredients well and refrigerate.  Serve with ham or spread over cream cheese for an appetizer.  Keeps several days.

I am also struggling with another back injury, this time muscular, which does seem to be healing pretty fast.  It has prevented me from exercising since last Thursday and I can only ease back into it now.  Exercising has always been one of my strategies for coping with extra calorie consumption.  If it rains all week like Mr. Vaughn is predicting, I may have to walk the mall.  As usual, I am trying to watch my calorie consumption this week and keep it low.

Check back Thursday to see how the Easter prep is going.

Upadated on April 19, 2011

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