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…

Health Tests For The Cardiologist And His Wife

[ Post by Lisa Tedder ][ Post on February 8, 2011 ][ In Uncategorized ]

Recently I began to wonder whether my own health is really as good as I think it is.  And what about my husband’s health?  Though we exercise, are we really fit or are we fooling ourselves?  So we decided to put ourselves to the test.  Last week, we had blood drawn for several tests and we had a calcium score, a simple test to check for plaque buildup in our arteries, a sign of heart disease.  In the coming weeks, we will have our fitness levels checked by a local trainer.  Once the results are in, I will begin posting the facts on my blog on jonesboro.com.  Then you can decide whether what we preach is the gospel or just alot of bunk.  Should be interesting to see what the results are.  I predict that one or both of us needs to work a bit harder at fitness though.

As for the Super Bowl party, I admit I pigged out pretty much especially with the Mexican Layered Dip and chips and the sausage stuffed mushrooms my sister made at the last minute.  The cupcakes were to die for but as the recipe didn’t make many (this is a handy tip, don’t make extra),  I only ate one.  I skipped the alcohol this time and actually drank milk.  Milk goes better with chocolate cupcakes anyway.  I was dreading the scales the next morning but I was surprised to see I hadn’t gained any.  So my other strategies paid off; eat sensibly most of the time and exercise!

You can get outside at this time of the year and exercise you know.  So many adults and unfortunately, even children, stay inside in the winter and become more sedentary.  Being outside does so much good for your mental status as well as for the rest of your body.  I took our extremely short haired dog for a walk this morning – we both bundled up in coats and we both felt better for the fresh air and sunshine.  My kids and their friends get out and enjoy the snow like kids should, sledding, exploring and having snowball fights.  I had planned on sledding yesterday but there wasn’t enough snow.  Maybe on Thursday………

This is the last week I’m going to post our week’s menus.  I hope seeing what we actually eat is inspiring to you.  I know so many people don’t take the time to cook so I also hope my easy recipes will help with that too.

Monday – Tuna marinated in orange juice, parsley and oregano, wild rice and Brussel sprouts
Tuesday – Chili spaghetti and garlic bread (a good way to use up the leftover chili from Sunday)
Wednesday – Crab and corn chowder, a new recipe
Thursday – Chicken and dumplings, a family favorite

Stock up on supplies.  I suspect that we will have more snow this week in our local area by Wednesday.

Upadated on February 8, 2011

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