New life, new posts!

I am doing a bit of revamping, to retool, and refresh.  I am going back to the drawing board, and we will be fresh as a daisy before you know it!  By the way, you can get the recipe for this cake at Recipe52, although I did use a different frosting.

A few weeks ago I found out that Congress is working to undo so much good work.  GMO labeling is essential to our healthy lives, and as long as we continue to let the big money run rampant while we stand by and pay the price with our health it will only continue.  Find what makes you happy and pursue it.  It that means speaking up against those who are hurting us please do so.

May 9th, the movie Fed Up will hit theaters.  I love to watch these types of movies at home because I usually like to take notes, [or yell at the screen!] but I may have to hit this one up in the theater.  I am excited to see what it shares, but from the looks of the trailer it is right on target!

Have a wonderful weekend!


Make your own sunscreen!

Might make a great experiment, although I am a little finicky about how things feel on my skin.  
Have you tried this?



It's been a while.  Life has been busy, crazy, and still fun.  I have been working on a new blog idea/development and since it's in a similar vein to this one I decided to launch it here rather that starting elsewhere.  New name, new topics, new fun stuff.  I hope you join me!

Stay tuned!


Out with the old, in with the new...

Some of these links are still active, and they may be needed to I am creating an archive of sorts while I re-design the site!


Found a recipe you love?  The site is no longer called RecipeBliss.com but it is still available, just in case!

Pay It Forward! You are welcome to "steal" this award and pay it forward.  Make someones recipe and let them know you loved it!




Happy Halloween! Spider cupcakes anyone?

Our kitchen flooded in May.  More on that later, but let's just say we finally got the plumbing for the sink put back in today.  So we are in the homestretch!  I am looking forward to having an oven so I can make these Awesome looking Spiderwed Cupcakes!  



an update and a happy, happy mouth!

You may recall my first visit to Qdoba and my disappointment in the shredded beef. I had to go back and try it again since the shredded beef craving just wouldn't go away. I ordered exactly the same thing, and the shredded beef was, again, dry. I traded and ate someone elses nachos. She was happy, I was somewhat happy, all good.

Last week we had one of those nights where it's too late to thaw anything, I just did not want to cook anything that I had on hand, we had a coupon for a free burrito, so the logical choice was Qdoba. This time we went to a different location, closer to home, and I asked to sample the shredded beef first. Same stuff. Then I asked to sample the steak from the Steak Queso Burrito I have heard raves about. It was tasty. So I ordered said Steak Queso Burrito and my mouth was happy! The queso sauce has a nice kick to it, so all in all it was good!

The only remaining problem was: still no shredded beef. So off the the kitchen to whip some up. The first batch, a little dry, but very flavorful. So I was on the right track. I seared a top round roast on all side, put it into an oven safe dish, poured in some beef broth, 2 ground up chipotle pepper, lots of other great seasonings, and baked at 350 degrees for about 4 or 5 hours.

Round #2: a different cut of meat (bottom round), lots of great seasoning, seared it, added the required liquids, slow cooked at 275 degrees for 5 hours. I decided to slow cook after reading several instances where this produced fabulous results. Sorry to say it was dry, dry, dry. Since it was already super dry I just decided to leave it in for another hour and the results were the same.

Qdoba Mexican Grill on Urbanspoon



recipe experiments

I have been cooking up a storm. Well, maybe a small storm. But since I can't decide which recipe to submit to the BloggerAid cookbook I am not posting these. Once I decide I will have a few more goodies to share.

We have made a few changes in our family eating habits. I have a future-step-daughter, who I call my step-daughter for simplicity sake. She has had a rough life and is overweight, and without a good sense of her body and how food impacts it. She was raised to believe that anything that tastes good or sweet is "bad." And yet, like many people, she has little self control when it comes to food. But she is trying, and learning, and improving.

I have been working very hard to change the way we use and view food in our home. I have been following Nurit and Joie de Vivre on their Weight Loss Weekly posts. I have even gone so far as to answer the questions myself. Call it self education or self preservation. Some of the changes we are making are simple: food & exercise tracking for me, water, water, more water, (I only drink water, just not always enough, that's the challenge), involving the whole family in the meal planning process.

My whole goal with this blog and my cooking was to make healthy comfort food. Food that we love to eat and is healthy too. Taking our favorite restaurant foods, or old family favorites, and making healthy home-made versions. Teaching my family that a good meal is satisfying, fortifying, and not a bad thing at all. So tonight I am making sliders on whole wheat rolls, with grass fed Texas long-horn beef (extremely low in fat,) and various cheeses, good things in little packages. The real treat is the healthier-version dessert to go with it. Let's just call it a miniature meal!

What's you favorite food and have you made it healthy?


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