Life is Beautiful is the title that I choose for my blog when I started it.
Lately , I put other family members first and have less time for myself, my husband and my house working a full -time job. It has caused me to delay my own check-ups, the first being my dental cleaning, was due in December. Each month, I knew this, yet I had to bring mom for many follow -up visits both in January and February for the dentist. until now, I spend every week house sitting ,and working alongside the ” Visiting Angel” coming to mom’s house; and during the months of July and August, taking my sister three times a week for Physical Therapy, left no chance to take them to the beach even for one day. Also, getting their porch fixed and selecting and ordering porch railings a priority.( expect a phone call any day this week that ready for installation. As long as it comes before the weather turns colder.
After I received a follow-up phone call,In August from my dental receptionist, , asking where are you? I said , “taking care of my mothers house, I don’t have time for my appointments” . I now in the process of getting a crown on a molar tooth For a cavity. This will cost big bucks.
At home, we prepare foods that are good for a couple of days in a stew pot, like lentils , with carrots, sweet potato in a tomato based broth, but I post a lunch salad recipe this morning.
Jiffy French Dressing ( not associated with the store box mixes)
1 Tbsp sugar or Sugar substitute,
1 tsp Paprika
1 tsp dry mustard
1 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
Put into a 1 – pint Screw-top jar. Add
1 cup salad oil ( canola oil , lower in cholesterol I buy what is on sale. )
1/4 cup vinegar or lemon juice
Cover jar tightly and shake vigorously to blend. store in the refrigerator. Shake well before using.
Makes : 1 1/ 4 cup French dressing
Salad for one person
Ring- Around salad
For each salad, place on a salad plate, 1 lettuce leaf , washed.
In center of lettuce, place 1 slice pineapple , well -drained,
Around the slice of pineapple, arrange
6 orange sections
Place in center of pineapple, one apricot half , cut side up.
Fill apricot with 1 tsp jiffy French dressing
Makes 1 salad
Peach and Cottage cheese salad
For each salad, place one crisp lettuce leaf on salad plate, and top with 2 peach halves ,
Place the peach halves close together, rounded sides down . Then arrange from the center of one peach half to the center of the other
1large green pepper ring .
Inside green pepper ring, place 1/4 cup cottage cheese and shape into a mound . Circle cheese mound with 2 or 3 rings of green pepper.
The design is of a cowboy. The peach halves are the rim of cowboy hat, the cheese forms the crown, and pepper rings are bands around the sombrero. If desired, drizzle over the top of the ” hat crown, Jiffy French dressing.
When it’s time for lunch, Choose a pretty plate from your cabinet, it does not have to match. I have a set of 4 clear glass salad plates and a few brightly colored plates that I purchased at Home Goods/ or Marshall’s.
I have a favorite plate that has the colors pink and green and beige, pink flowers from a well-known pattern, I purchase dishes in sets of Two.