Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Real Strawberry Topping

This simple strawberry topping makes breakfast (or dessert) a happy occasion. I first made this when I bought some strawberries that weren't very sweet. No one in my house was that interested in eating them plain, so I decided to make them into a topping for pancakes. I wanted something that used the whole strawberries without too many other ingredients and I'm really happy with the result. I've made the recipe several times and so I feel confident in sharing it with you.

I happen to adore pancakes. These are my Orange Poppy Seed Pancakes. What's your favorite kind of pancake or pancake topping?

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Retro Re-Pin Party 31

I'm glad to have you here for the Retro Re-Pin Party this week. I do have an announcement.

This will be the last Retro Re-Pin Party that I co-host, but the party will live on. The party is getting some new fantastic hosts, headed by Stephanie (Sustaining the Powers). I hope you continue to link up at the Retro Re-Pin Party. Look for an e-mail next week or just visit Stephanie.


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Retro Re-Pin Party 30

Today at the public library I was in the teen section. A boy stopped me and asked if I had a reading suggestion for him. He said he liked adventure books and anime.

I first thought of Gregor the Overlander, but it wasn't on the shelves. I did see Ender's Game. I asked how old he was.

"I'm 12, but I'm turning 13." I pulled it and said I thought it might be too old for him. He told me that he reads lots of things that are aimed at older kids, and that he likes Hunger Games.

So I wished him luck with Ender's Game.

 But how cool is a kid who wants book suggestions from strangers?

If you were asked by a 12-year-old boy, do you have a book you'd suggest?

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Retro Re-Pin Party 29

A week ago vegetables and I were temporarily not friends. For some reason I was having a really hard time eating healthy meals, and I decided I needed to rekindle my friendship with vegetables and whole grains. For the past several days I've been making sure to start my morning with oatmeal -- just 1/3 cup dry oats to 2/3 cup water, so not a big bowl (the serving suggestion says to use 1/2 cup dry oats to 1 cup water). I think starting out my day with healthy food helps me choose healthier food throughout the day. Also, many studies show that oatmeal helps regulate blood sugar, which can improve your mood.

Another rule I followed was to eat a vegetable before each main course at lunch and dinner. I found that after the first day or so, I remembered how much I like vegetables. My body started to crave the more nutritious foods. Yes, it also has moments of craving sugar, salt, and fat, but that's okay in moderation.

Do you ever make rules for yourself health wise? Do they work? Tell me about it below.