RESPECT FOR THE AGED DAY

TL 9-19 RESPECT FOR THE AGED DAYRespect For The Aged Day is a Japanese designated public holiday celebrated annually to honor elderly citizens.  The holiday recognizes the contributions that elderly citizens have made to Japanese society.

I wonder how much America could learn from this tradition?  In this country it seems that our elderly are not honored, but tossed aside or institutionalized where they become someone else’s problem.  It’s so sad because our senior citizens have so much wisdom to offer.  They’d be more than happy to share with us if we’d just ask.

WEAK MEMORY, STRONG HEART

Choosing to love an elderly person, whether they are family or not, is a choice.  We can choose to be impatient and irritable with them, or kind and helpful.  You could think of it this way…  if you live long enough, you’ll eventually be elderly.  How do you want to be treated?  It goes back to the Golden Rule:  Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.  – Ephesians 4:32

If there’s an elderly person in your life, take some time today to show respect for them.  Here are just a few ideas:

  • A phone call shows that you care.  Let them know you’re thinking of them.
  • Send a card that says you’re concerned about their welfare.
  • Ask questions about how things were back when they were younger.  They’ll be happy to share stories.
  • Show appreciation for any special gifts and talents they have.  Compliment the most recent project.
  • Give a little present to show love and appreciation.  It doesn’t have to cost a bundle, but it’ll do so much good.
  • Plan a special outing if possible.  There’s nothing quite like an occasion to look forward to – and dress up for.  It doesn’t have to be expensive – just a nice lunch at a favorite restaurant would be nice.
  • Offer a ride to an appointment or to the grocery store.
  • Share your precious time with someone who is more than likely lonely and may need some human contact and conversation.i-must-take-time

We all just want to be respected, don’t we?  We would like to have our efforts and our contributions appreciated once in a while.  How much more would we like all that if we were older and possibly all alone?  As we age, we need even more help, but we also need common courtesy from others and wouldn’t it be great to get some respect?

Remember the old Rodney Dangerfield routine… I DON’T GET NO RESPECT – ???  Well, it’s funny as a bit, but it’s really not very funny when you don’t get respect in real life.  :-/

 

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A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

TL A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART (20)If I’m going to maintain this low-carb weight losing lifestyle…  I’ve GOT to get creative!  I thought about all the foods that used to call to me and cause me to go find them.  I say USED TO because I’m talking about FAST FOOD!!!  Cover the kids’ ears, because this could be shocking!

Got ’em covered?  Good.  Okay…  here’s what I want you to do.  Think about your favorite fast food.  Mine is the Market Fresh Turkey & Swiss Sandwich at Arby’s.  Now – what ingredients do I need to say NO to?  The bread…  I have to say NO to the bread.

As far as I can tell, the rest of that sandwich is amazing and legal.  Sliced turkey, sliced Swiss cheese, tomato, red onion and romaine lettuce.  Instead of a traditional salad dressing, I mix mayo and Dijon mustard together and put it in the salad bowl.

And here’s what it looks like:IMG_1502It’s a happy little low-carb lunch!  I didn’t use romaine lettuce because I already had iceberg.  I made this salad for a fraction of the price they charge for the sandwich at Arby’s – and I’ll have enough stuff to make this a few more times!  Yay me!  Success!

There are sub shops that will make any of their sandwiches into salads for you – but you have to ask because some of them don’t have that information posted.  Most restaurants will bend over backwards to make substitutions for you, but ask if the change will cost you extra.  Different places have different policies and it’s best to be on the safe side.  You don’t want to get a big surprise on your check at the end of the meal.emergency-309727_1280

In the KEEP MOVING department…  so far, so good.  I’m going to Planet Fitness 3 days a week and working on the treadmill for 15 minutes, the bike for 15 minutes, leg machines at 20-50 pounds, arm machines at 20-30 pounds and ab machines at 20 pounds – and those things kill me – just being honest.

I’ll never be a skinny person, but I’m doing the best I can.  There are some pretty awesome rewards for being consistent with diet and exercise.  I don’t know why I doubted that it applied to me, but…  surprise – it does!  I’m pretty happy and very pleased that my blood glucose levels and A1c are in normal range.  🙂

 

 

 

NATIONAL GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH MONTH

TL APRIL IS NATIONAL GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH MONTHIt’s a meal we usually enjoy in front of the fire as snow flies outside – but yes, April is National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Month.  I must say, my husband makes the most delicious ones in the world!  Oh, so good!

Here’s a traditional recipe – one that most of us are familiar with.

WW MINI GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICHES WITH TOMATO SOUP (makes 4 servings – 6 points each)

INGREDIENTS:

2 Tbs. reduced calorie vegetable oil butter spread

4 slices reduced-calorie whole wheat bread

4 slices WW American cheese

14 1/2 oz. cream of tomato soup

DIRECTIONS:

Spread 1-1/2 tsp. vegetable oil & yogurt spread on each slice of bread. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Lay 2 slices of bread, dry side up, in skillet. Place 2 slices Reduced Fat American Pasteurized Process Cheese Product Singles on each slice of bread. Top each with the remaining 2 bread slices, spread side up. Cook until sandwich is golden brown on each side.

Remove from pan and cut each sandwich into 4 squares. Arrange 4 grilled cheese sandwich squares onto a skewer; repeat. Serve 1 grilled cheese skewer with 1 cup prepared soup.

I ran across the most interesting recipe for a grilled cheese sandwich – but hang on…  it’s really different – but in a good way.  😉

WW GRILLED SWISS CHEESE SANDWICHES (makes 4 sandwiches – 6 points each)

INGREDIENTS:

1/4 c. light mayonnaise

4 tsp. Dijon mustard

8 slices reduced calorie rye bread

8 slices WW reduced fat Swiss cheese slices

cooking spray

DIRECTIONS:

In small bowl, combine mayonnaise & mustard.  Spread 1/2 Tbs. on each piece of bread.  Top 4 pieces of bread with 2 slices of cheese each; cover with remaining bread, mayonnaise side down.

Coat skillet with cooking spray.  Heat over medium heat.  Grill sandwiches, pressing down lightly with a spatula, until lightly toasted & cheese melts, about 3-5 minutes.

If you’re looking for something to break the monotony, give this a try – it’s really pretty good!  If you have the points to spare, you can even have a little pouch of Goldfish crackers for 3 points!  Put them in your soup or just eat them on the side – either way they are so good!  🙂

HOSTESS CUPCAKE DAY

TL 5-11 HOSTESS CUPCAKE DAY

It’s a silly little memory – some childhood memories are.  My mom used to pack my lunch, which included a bologna sandwich with mustard and lettuce on white bread, some cheese curls or potato chips, apple slices and a Hostess CupCake.  That was the crowning moment – eating that yummy chocolate cupcake.

The Hostess story began in 1919 when the world was introduced to the Hostess CupCake.  Six years later, Continental Baking wanted to add a line of cakes.  Twinkies and the rest were baked and the brand Hostess was created.

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The signature white filling is my favorite part

 

For years we had a Hostess thrift store where my dad picked up all sorts of delicious goodies for lunches or snacks at home.  My favorite has always been this signature treat, with the perfectly swirled white icing on top of the smooth, creamy chocolate.  That, along with the filling in the center, makes this the most iconic and delicious ending to any lunch.

A chocolate Hostess CupCake, showing the chocolate cake and icing, and the signature line of white squiggles
A chocolate Hostess CupCake, showing the chocolate cake and icing, and the signature line of white squiggles

Today, of course, I can’t eat things like that.  Everything that Hostess makes is now just a distant memory.  My mind goes back to elementary school in the lunch room.  I knew my mom loved me when I opened my Bobby Sherman lunch box every day!

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Bobby Sherman had lunch with me every day at school

I know some of you enjoy having a clone recipe.  This is the closest one I’ve seen!

http://www.browneyedbaker.com/homemade-hostess-cupcakes/

As adults, we are more smart about snacking.  The best we can do is choose more healthy ingredients so we can get a little taste of nostalgia.  Sometimes all you need is just a little taste.  Wink!  😉

 

I STILL BELIEVE AS I GRIEVE

TL I STILL BELIEVE AS I GRIEVE6

Today I wish my parents a happy wedding anniversary in heaven.  My folks were married at a judge’s office here in Kansas.  My mom’s brother and sister-in-law stood up with them.  It goes to show that the expense and fanfare of a big wedding is not necessary to ensure the marriage is a success.

The things we do outlast our mortality…  They’re like the pyramids that the Egyptians built to honor the pharaohs.  Only instead of being made of stone, they’re made out of the memories people have of you.  – R.J. Palacio

We used to celebrate together.  I used to take them to dinner or take a cake to the house.  In 1976 I bought them an anniversary clock – for their 30th anniversary.  We made some precious memories and they are more precious now.

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Mom & Dad’s 27th Wedding Anniversary

When their anniversary fell on a Sunday, we went to church and then to the Bonanza restaurant for lunch.  Truth be told, most Sundays we headed for the Bonanza for lunch after morning worship service.

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Mom & Dad’s 33rd Wedding Anniversary

 

I hope they would be pleased with me today.  They taught me so much about living and loving.

Thank you mom and dad for all the lessons you taught me.  Thank you for giving me a model for marriage and showing me how it should work.  In a time when people choose to walk away instead of work on relationships, thank you for teaching me how to compromise and love another person more than I love myself.

Thank you for showing me every day that having purpose and meaning in life increases well-being and satisfaction.  To love another person completely will ultimately make me more happy than expecting love from him.

Thank you for instilling Christian values in me because God is the source of love.  I know if God is in the midst of marriage, it will be successful.  🙂

 

EAT YOUR VEGETABLES DAY

TL 6-17 EAT YOUR VEGETABLES DAY

http://youtu.be/0nQrmVpI7Ig

OK, this starts out a little slow but it gets better and is really CUTE! It makes me feel sorry for that poor little carrot! 😦

Today we celebrate EAT YOUR VEGETABLES DAY!!! I hear you groaning… “I don’t LIKE vegetables!!!” Well, I didn’t either until I stumbled upon this salad recipe. I think Mary Poppins was on to something when she said (and sang) “Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down” – because the bit of sweet in this makes it really good – and guess what, diabetics??? It does NOT raise my blood sugar one bit! This will be my Summertime go-to for lunch.

Green Salad with Honey-Lemon Vinaigrette
Serves 8 (but I make-ahead and eat on it all week)

INGREDIENTS:
1/4 cup olive oil
3 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon honey
Kosher salt & pepper
2 shallots, finely chopped
2 heads green leaf or Boston lettuce, leaves torn (about 12 cups)
1 bunch radishes, thinly sliced
1 cup frozen peas, thawed
1 cup fresh dill sprigs

INSTRUCTIONS:
In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, mustard, honey, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; stir in the shallots.

In a large bowl, toss the lettuce, radishes, peas and dill. Toss with the vinaigrette just before serving.

Note: If making to eat for an entire week – do NOT toss the entire salad with vinaigrette. Just toss enough for one serving and eat immediately. This salad stays fine when stored in my sealed food saver container. The dressing can be stored in a regular container and both need to be refrigerated.

Remember to eat your veggies today!  🙂