Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Chilled Sweet and Sour Cucumber Noodles



 Did you know I love my new spiralizer? I'm so glad I bought it and it will be packed in the truck when we go to Florida. 

I made zucchini "pasta" which was good. Didn't do anything fancy. Steamed the zucchini in a little garlic then added some fresh Parmesan cheese. Yum!


This cucumber salad is delicious and anyone with extra cucumbers in their garden and are tapped out of ideas what to do with them, try this recipe.

Kelly used a mandolin  with the julienne blade to cut the cucumbers. I have a mandolin but am deathly afraid of it so another reason to love the spiralizer.

If you don't have a machine to spiralize here's a link from Oh She Glows which shows you in step by step photos on how to do it.

Recipe slightly adapted from Just A Taste

Ingredients:

2 medium cucumbers, peeled( used 3 small cucumbers)
1/2 cup diced red onion 
3/4 cup rice vinegar ( used garlic rice vinegar)
2 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional) 
1 1/2 teaspoons white sesame seeds ( toasted the sesame seeds)

Directions:

Wash and dry the cucumbers and cut the ends off.

I peeled the cucumbers but it's up to you if you want to leave the skin on.

Spiralize and set noodles aside. I usually take a pair of scissors and cut the noodles into smaller pieces

Place the red onion, rice vinegar, sugar, crushed red pepper flakes in a small bowl and mix well.

Pour the mixture over the cucumbers and place the bowl with the cucumbers in the refrigerator for a few hours.

When ready to serve, plate the noodles and sprinkle with the sesame seeds.

Monday, September 1, 2014

MM 110 Weeks

                    I can do that too! See, I'm jumping just like you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


                                  Wanna see how high I can jump?


        Get me out of here!  Gosh- nag, nag nag and I don't even live with you!                                           

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Liebster Blogger Award

The Liebster Blogger Award is a way for bloggers to acknowledge the work of newer bloggers. Michelle from Ms. enPlace presented me the award and to say I was thrilled is an understatement.  

My first recipe featured was on See Ya In The Gumbo. Michelle is the hostess of Sunday's link party. When I saw her post I thought she was thanking me for linking up and I saw it was regarding the award I had to reread it a few times. Thank YOU SO VERY Michelle :-)


There is a part of the award that I am to answer a few questions to let other bloggers or anyone new get to "know" me a little better.

Here are both question and answers

1-What was the first meal you cooked? Meatloaf

2-What is your favorite movie? It's a Wonderful Life

3- What is your favorite post on your blog?  (Don't forget the link!) Max!!!!!MM 100 Weeks

4- Do you like your name/do you think it fits you? Linda was popular in the early 50's. I never thought about it till I married Gabe. My married name sounds so good with Linda:-)

5-Are you on time or do you tend to be late? On time and always get there earlier .

6-Are you a planner or are you spontaneous? Planner

7-What is the best piece of advice that you've been given? Believe in myself 

8-What was your favorite childhood toy? a red pedal car ( which I still own)

9- If you could be a villain for a day, who would it be? I don't watch many movies but I wouldn't want to be any of the villains in the Korean dramas ! 

10-What is the best thing that has happened to you as a blogger? Sharing recipes and  sharing photos of Max growing up

11-If you could live anywhere, where would it be? I wouldn't want to change our homes. Love our home in the woods and we have a sweet neighbor in Florida who is very dear to me. 


Friday, August 29, 2014

Fitness- Part One

I love my little wii fit. It has helped me with balance and when others spend time playing games on facebook  I'm doing yoga, strength training, aerobics, balance games and training plus.

When we were in Florida my weight hit an all time high. I avoided the scale but when I was weighed at the doctors office I was in shock. I weighed more than when I was pregnant with Gregory! The doctor down there didn't care if I was fat and never mentioned it but I knew I had to take off some weight.

A good 8 pounds came off in Florida but I was still up there. I really didn't work on it much more after the 8 pound loss. Made up every excuse in the book, from I'm old, why shouldn't I eat the stuff that I love and the good one was if I take off to much weight my face will look old. Hey, I AM old so that was sort of dumb.

I was so out of shape that walking make me out of breath. My little wii is in the basement so I can do whatever I want on it and sit when I'm tired. It keeps track of the days when you work out and lets you know when you skip. I had the Biggest Loser disc but I must of left that at Gregory's place. That one is hard. I kept getting voted off- LOL!





The person in the green is Gregory, Gabe is blue, I'm purple, next to me is Rip, and Dawn is yellow. Gabe has taken off weight but he hasn't gotten on the wii in years.


When you complete a game the wii characters celebrate. The wii in red is Rita, the one right in back of me is Mary.  

So I have lost some weight and hope to take off more. The wii is going to Florida with us and I have been making healthy meals. I have to admit Gabe isn't eating most of the good stuff I make but  he's so active diving that he stays in great shape.

Enjoy the healthy recipes with me. I started to add them for Dottie and I know Myra is into healthy food, even though she doesn't like zucchini. Carol is a great source for recipes that I know I will like and when Cyndy has time to cook her recipes are right up there with Carols.  I hope Marlene and Diane see something they might make and just a FYI- I still love to bake so the sweet stuff will still be posted.

If anyone has any question about the wii- just let know and I'll try to help you. It's fun and Dawn can tell you- I'm pretty awesome on a wii skateboard!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Skinny Shake








Ingredients:

 3/4 c almond milk
approximately 15 ice cubes
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1-2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1/3 banana

Directions:
Put all the ingredients into a blender and whip is up. It's delicious!

It's suppose to taste like Wendy's Frosty. I never had a Frosty at Wendy's so I couldn't tell you if it tasted like it. 

It's 145 calories per glass/ Wendy's Jr. Frosty 200

recipe from Just a Pinch

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Scottish Festival At Old Westbury

Rita and Grace invited me to the festival and I had a great time.

Got to see so many beautiful gardens and try haggis, which I liked.

I took over 200 photos and I spent many hours seeing what I should keep.

Hope you enjoy the Photos