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Friday, October 27, 2017

Tues. dinners

Chicken with mushroom sauce
2 tsp cornstarch
1/2 cup milk

2 boneless chicken breast
1 tbl. olive oil
1/2 lb. fresh mushrooms, sliced
1/2 med. onion, sliced and separated into rings
1 tbl. butter
1/4 cup chicken broth
1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and milk until smooth, set aside. Flatten chicken to 1/4 in thickness. In a large nonstick skillet, cook chicken in oil over med. heat for 5-6 min. Remove and keep warm.
In the same skillet, sauté mushrooms and onions in butter until tender. Stir in the broth, salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Stir cornstarch mixture into the pan and bring to a boil. Cook and stir until thickened.

The chicken was a bit flat so should maybe add some seasoning to it before cooking it. Loved the sauce and think it would be great over a steak!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Tues. night dinner

I am so far behind on this posting that I can't remember when I cooked what lol....

One night I fixed baked cod with a very easy recipe. Wash and dry fish and simply rub some soy sauce over the fish and sprinkle with veg. seasoning. Bake at 350 for 12 to 14 min.
but the real hit was the Creamy orzo with asparagus & parmesan
1 cup orzo
1 cup asparagus, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 tbsp. butter
1/4 to 1/2 cup cream
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper
Cook orzo in boiling water until tender, about 10 min. After the orzo has been cooking for about 5 min. add the asparagus to the same pot and continue to cook until all is tender. Drain off the water and quickly add the parmesan cheese and butter. Stir thoroughly, allowing both the cheese and butter to melt. Slowly add the cream to the mixture, while stirring. Continue to stir and add the cream until you reach your desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper.

The carrot salad was from the deli:)

Sunday, October 15, 2017

My contrubution to fall

I can't tell you how many plants I have planted in this planter and they all die. This is a weed and of course he is thriving.
I decided to take the plunge and simply slip pots of plants for the seasons in the hole starting this fall with this one.
I fell in love with it but it is prettier at close range...
Isn't it amazing?

Monday, October 9, 2017

My new love


 borrowed this picture from the internet.

When thinking about yoga, you may immediately picture Spandex-clad young people in seemingly impossible body contortions. But there's much more to yoga than advanced positions. In fact, yoga is a quiet and relaxing activity that can become a way of life.

If you are a senior, regular yoga practice (2-3 times/week) can play an important part in keeping you healthy, because yoga helps:

  • Reduce swelling in joints
  • Increase joint mobility and strength
  • Improve balance and stability
  • Reduce chances of having a fall
  • Improve cardiovascular health
  • Aid digestion and elimination
  • Improve sleep
  • Lower blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Improve blood flow
  • Improve mood and well-being
  • Recovery from surgery
  • Aid in the grieving process
  • With depression and anxiety

 I have tried yoga in the past and I never was able to connect to it until I recently bought this audio cd

from (there are many different cd's or downloads available).

I have discovered there are three major requirements for yoga:
It is for the above reasons that I never was able to benefit from trying it when I was younger.
I can't tell you the difference it has made in my life now. I feel so much better, stronger and more balanced ...this captures it all.

but since I am at home it matters not and who knows....maybe someday I will be able to do this....
but no matter; what is important is I look forward to doing it and I have never felt that way about exercise before.
ps...there are modifications of the poses if you are heavy or if you can't stand of don't want to get down on the floor there are chair yoga programs.