Friday, June 18, 2010

Thank You!

Thanks to everyone who left such kind and encouraging comments--you're all awesome! My mother came home yesterday after a rather uncomfortable week at the hospital. She has angina and now knows that she needs to be more watchful for her health. I think so many times, we take it for granted! Don't let it get to such a point that you have to suffer from something as serious as a heart attack.

Thank you all again. It was and is greatly appreciated :)

Friday, June 11, 2010

My Mom

I know that I don't have too many readers out there but those of you who come and leave comments are so appreciated! My mother was admitted into the hospital yesterday after suffering a mild heart attack. She'll be there for some time while they run tests and decided what needs to be done. It's pretty common now for any number of heart procedures but because of her kidneys there are more risks.

The best reason of all for staying fit and eating healthy--not developing a chronic illness such as diabetes that brings with it a multitude of additional risks!

Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers--they are appreciated so much :)

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Quinoa and Rain

We've had some nasty weather in my part of the world. Not far away from my home, a tornado touched down and caused some terrible damage. I got lucky with just a bit of flooding in my basement.

So, the weather has been kind of yucky and because of that I'm taking care of things indoors. Gardening is unfortunately on hold for a bit. I recently became enamored with Quinoa and have tried a few recipes using it. Anybody out there have a favourite? has some good ones that I'll be trying.

Have a great Wednesday :)

Just ate for lunch: Lemony Quinoa-1 cup quinoa cooked in 2 cups of water (let boil then simmer until water is gone); add one stalk chopped celery, 1/4 chopped red onion, chopped bunch parsley, juice of one lemon, salt and pepper to taste. Reminds me of tabouleh but without the mint. Delish!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Roses and Lemon Squares

I have a very dear friend who is supportive, loving, and kind. She is extremely allergic to dairy products but loves tasty goodies (who doesn't?). So, I took my favourite lemon square recipe and substituted margarine for butter. You know, they turned out awesome! I love baking but DON'T love having that stuff around so it's wonderful to be able to make things for other people and have one piece for myself :) It was a perfect day for baking as it rained for much of the morning and the temps came down quite nicely. I also managed to get a few more pictures in of some of my other roses. The yellow rose is Graham Thomas (David Austin). The red/pink bush I have dubbed Snow White and Rose Red. The pink was what I purchased several years ago not noticing that it had been grafted onto what is probably Don Juan. The pink is extremely fragrant while the red has little or no fragrance at all.

Hope that you're all having a wonderful Wednesday!