Browning creates flavor, there is no denying it. Most slow cooker recipes call for browning meat before putting it into the pot, but I wanted to know if browning makes a difference. I do not always approach things in the most scientific manner, but I gave it a good try with this experiment. To do […]

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  • September 30, 2016 - 1:28 pm

    Arlett (Chasing Joy) - What a great experiment. I don’t usually brown my meat or veggies before using the crock pot. Now I might.ReplyCancel

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, but now he lives at my house. I am the female Humpty Dumpty. Each time I catch a glimpse of myself in a mirror that’s who I see. Almost one year ago I had abdominal surgery from which I have recovered well, save for the two hernias that now protrude […]

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  • September 21, 2016 - 11:30 pm

    Peggy Gilbey McMackin - Well, it seems your elevated fashion sense should work lovely with your very pretty face Nancy. Having a signal operation years back including donor bone from base of brain half down the spinal cord, a scar on the neck indeed caused a unique disturbance leaving the shower pressure to clean it with some subconscious fear on touching it. My next door neighbor just had a hernia operation anticipating recovery and discomfort of which he was up and at me in literally few days. I just love to prepare soups and foods for family and friends in recovery. You have my cell. ❤️❌⭕️ReplyCancel

    • September 23, 2016 - 7:38 am

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Thanks Peggy! I am putting this surgery off for practical reasons, but hope for it to be easy 🙂ReplyCancel

  • September 21, 2016 - 11:36 pm

    Peggy Gilbey McMackin - Ah a little iPhone spell change glitch… Lol… My next door neighbor was not up and at ME in literally a few days he was up and at EM the expression. His wife wouldn’t appreciate the otherwise. Especially given she is one of my best friends. OMG LOL 😂ReplyCancel

  • September 22, 2016 - 11:14 am

    Beeray - Love how you are able to humour about it.ReplyCancel

    • September 23, 2016 - 7:37 am

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Keeping a sense of humor is critical for all situations!ReplyCancel

  • September 22, 2016 - 1:11 pm

    Danielle - None of us are perfect, right? As we get older these imperfections become more pronounced and we learn to deal with it or stop caring so much what others think. We only have so much time here, so it’s best to enjoy it rather than fretting over ourselves so much.ReplyCancel

    • September 23, 2016 - 7:36 am

      nrlowell@comcast.net - I think back to how I felt about myself, my body etc. when I was in my thirties… This is a lesson we learn and relearn over the duration of our lives. At least I do.ReplyCancel

  • September 22, 2016 - 5:11 pm

    Melony - Aww, Nancy. That’s just awful. 😔 you’re a beautiful person on the inside and that has to reflect on the outside too. We all good use a bit of positive self-image training.ReplyCancel

    • September 23, 2016 - 7:34 am

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Thanks Melony, I try to keep that in mind with varying degrees of success.ReplyCancel

Everyone is looking for recipes for dinner in under thirty minutes. I know when I get home speed is paramount, and impacts my mood for the evening. Planning is great, but if you’re like me you don’t do enough of it. Many of my quick, on the table in less than thirty minute meals are […]

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This year is the first I can remember that we did not take a summer vacation. We often make a trip to Boulder to see one of my dearest friends, and last year we made our epic (at least to us) Pennsylvania Road Trip. We did make it to the beach for one day last […]

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  • August 29, 2016 - 8:36 am

    Peggy Gilbey McMackin - Happy you had a good time Nancy and a well deserved though short break. Enjoy your blog-off week too, see you when you return!ReplyCancel

You know those Szechuan green beans you get at Whole Foods Market, or at a Chinese Restaurant? They’re wrinkly and soft, but not overcooked. They’re so good you could eat them all day, every day, but you can’t seem to make them at home. Here is why; they’re blanched in the deep fryer. Yep, they […]

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