Talking Flowers

Talking Flowers

People had a “flower language” over 150 years ago. They gave each other bouquets of talking flowers that said a lot without speaking out loud. You could do that, too or use flower names as code language in notes or emails.

Following is a list of commonly used flowers and what the message was from each beautiful flower.

Talking Flowers

  • Amaryllis: “You’re beautiful, but I’m shy.”
  • Apple blossom: “I like you best.”
  • Camellia: “Thank you!”
  • Carnation: “I love you truly.”
  • White Chrysanthemum: “This is the truth.”
  • Four Leaf Clover: “Be mine.”
  • Red Daisy: “You’re beautiful even if you don’t know it.”
  • Wild Daisy: “I’ll think about it.”
  • Dandelion: “I’m flirting with you!”
  • Fern: “You are fascinating and sincere.”
  • Holly: “Did you forget me?”
  • Iris: “I’ve got a message for you.”
  • Ivy: “I’ll be true to you.”
  • Lily of the Valley: “I’m happy again!”
  • Oak Leaves: “We will be brave!”
  • Parsley: “I feel silly.”
  • Purple Pansy: “I’m thinking about you.”
  • Red Rose: “I love you.”
  • White Rose: “I won’t tell.”
  • Sweet Pea: “Let’s get together.”
  • Violet: “I’m your faithful friend.”
  • Zinnia: “I’m sad since you went away.”

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Is Your Mom the Finest Cook on Earth?

Mom The Finest Cook on Earth?

Do you think your mom is the best ever cook? Tell her so with this little ditty, prose, poem, etc. Whatever we call it, we thought mom’s ’round the world would appreciate it. Especially mom’s who really are the finest cook on earth. At least to you.

Our sister site  created the image for it. For just the text of the poem, see below the image.

Most of all and at the very least, we hope it brings some smiles and shares some love. 🙂 Who better to share the love with than mom. The finest cook on earth!

Even if your mom isn’t big on cooking, she would probably enjoy reading the poem. Maybe she’ll want to sent it off to grandma. Sometimes grandma is the finest cook on earth.

Whichever the case may be, let them know. You never know when they won’t be there any more.

Mom - The Finest Cook on Earth Prose
Mom – The Finest Cook on Earth

My mom’s the finest cook on earth,
She told me long ago,
That bread’s no good
Unless you add
Some lovin’ in the dough.
-Original author unknown

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See also: A Mother’s Prayer

Popular Candy Servings 100 Calories

Popular 100 Calorie Candy Servings

Here we have a list of some of the most popular candies on the market, and their 100 calorie serving equivalents.

  1. 1/2 Kit Kat bar – this one is awesome; you can just split the Kit Kat in half and re-wrap the rest for next time.
  2. 2/3 cup mini marshmallows – little sticky on the fingers but soft, sweet, and delicious.
  3. 29 M & M’s – count ’em out, then let ’em “melt in your mouth, not in your hands!” 🙂
  4. 10 Peanut M & M’s – chew these up well and savor the protein-packed peanuts.
  5. 1/3 Snickers bar – a little more difficult to break into 3rds (knife works best), but worth the effort.
  6. 1/3 3 Musketeers bar – same as our beloved Snickers bar.
  7. 1/2 York Peppermint Patty – Yummy! Let the chocolate and peppermint blend melt slowly while you savor the flavor!
Popular 100 calorie candy servings
Popular 100 calorie candy servings.

 

Making candy at home can be a fun and even a special event.  You can do it with your kids, or dig in when you have some alone time. While the candies listed above are all popular favorites, candy servings from home made candies can be even better! Plus, you can control the calories and fat.

Whatever diet you practice, or if you just try to lighten up your diet from time to time to avoid extra pounds, you’re sure to find something suitable to add to your candy recipes in our Candy Recipe section. If you don’t have a recipe collection for candy, why not get started? Enjoy a sweet treat from time to time – you’ve earned it.

Hot Dog Mummy’s Sunday Funny

Hot Dog Mummy, Anyone?

Hot dog mummies
Hot dog mummies?

LOL! How about a cute little hot dog wrapped in dough with its eyes bugging out look like little mummies? Some people told me they thought they look like little babies wrapped in a blanket. Quite a difference, there but either way, very creative and too cute! They look like they taste pretty good, too.

It is so fun to see this kind of creativity. Especially when it comes to food. Because well, food should be fun and enjoyable. When we battle weight problems, it appears more like an enemy. That is not a good thing. We are in such a rush these days that taking time to actually enjoy food is losing ground. Next time you have some spare time, perhaps you could create with food. Just a thought.

With these adorable little hot dogs, let’s imagine the dogs are all beef and lean. The tender flaky crust a lower fat version. I don’t know about you, but I’m getting a craving for a hot dog here.  🙂

I do not know where this image originated – if I did I would happily source the person/site. If anyone knows, drop me a line via comment or email.

Meanwhile, hope it brought you a smile!

You may also enjoy our cooking tip on what to do with Burnt Hot Dogs. Waste is not good, so we share some ideas on how to use a burnt hot dog.

We Need Peanut Butter, Too!

In Praise of Peanut Butter

Diets rich in peanuts and peanut butter appear to protect against heart disease by lowering levels of bad LDL cholesterol and controlling body weight. So enjoy this time-honored favorite with the whole family.

Peanut Butter and Bread
Peanut Butter and Bread

Following are some quick and nutritious peanut butter nibbles to take any boredom out of peanut butter while reaping the health benefits.

  • Spread your peanut butter in a new way. For an appealing and healthy snack, spread peanut butter on apples, bananas or pears.
  • At breakfast, spread it on waffles. For lunch, roll it up with jelly.
  • Swirl it. Heat 2-tablespoons peanut butter in the microwave for about one minute until soft. Swirl it into yogurt, or use as a topping on frozen yogurt or fat-free/low-fat ice cream.
  • Dress it up. Add sliced strawberries or golden raisins for a more grown-up taste.
  • Put peanut butter on a toasted whole-wheat English muffin; top with pear slices and honey.
  • Blend peanut butter, a banana, 1 percent milk and a little vanilla extract for a smoothie for two.
  • Make a sauce by combining light brown sugar, low-sodium soy sauce, lime juice, peanut butter, crushed red pepper, and a minced garlic clove. Serve with vegetables, pita wedges, or chicken.
  • One whole-wheat tortilla with 1 tablespoon reduced-fat peanut butter and 1-tablespoon all-fruit strawberry jam. Or try the delicious Peanut Butter Honey Spread atop that whole wheat tortilla…yummy!

Peanut Butter Hard in the Jar?

Here are a couple of ways to soften jarred peanut butter if it’s not as creamy as you’d like: Add one teaspoon of hot water. Stir. Add a few drops of sesame oil. It not only restores creaminess, but increases the nutty flavor.

A Couple Cautions:

The American of Pediatrics suggests parents wait until children are at least two years of age before introducing them to peanut butter. Wait until age four to give them crunchy peanut butter to guard against choking.
Quick note: Discourage eating peanut butter right from the spoon. It can cause choking in both adults and children.

We Need Peanut Butter

Because Man Cannot Live on Bread Alone!

“Man cannot live on bread alone. He needs peanut butter, too.” – Unknown

 

Peanut Butter Quote
Peanut Butter Quote

 

Peanut Butter: It IS Healthful

Peanut butter is a very satisfying food, which actually suppresses your appetite for hours after you’ve eaten some.

Super Snacks with Peanut ButterFresh Bananas

  • A piece of bread, toasted or not, with a tablespoon of peanut butter spread atop and one-half a banana sliced on top of the peanut butter.
  • Top a toasted English muffin with peanut butter, pear slices and honey.
  • Blend peanut butter, a banana, 1 percent milk and a little vanilla extract for a smoothie.
  • Take a tortilla and top with 1 tablespoon reduced-fat peanut butter and 1-tablespoon all-fruit strawberry jam.

Read more on peanut butter: Guard Your Health with Peanut Butter

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P.S. National Peanut Butter Lovers’ Month is November!

P.P.S. National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day is March 1

Physical Fitness or Shopping?

Physical Fitness or Shopping?

Would you rather go to the gym for an hour of working out or to the mall to shop? Mall shoppers take heart! You even burn calories when you are shopping. Especially if you are a power shopper. 😉

Physical Fitness or shopping?
Men call a 50 mile hike physical fitness; women call it shopping.

Yes, this is a bit of humor, but there is elements of truth here.

Physical Fitness Facts

  1. A 140 pound person burns 151 calories shopping for 60 minutes.
  2. According to a new study, the average woman burns 15,000 calories every year by shopping. (Source: You Burn 15,000 Calories a Year Just By Shopping)
  3. 1 in 10 shoppers burn off 1,000 calories per trip

Of course, if you snack while on a shopping spree…yeah, that makes some of that calorie burn null and void.

With shopping season getting underway, it’s a motivating fact to know you’ll get the bonus of some calorie burn while your gift-hunting. 🙂

Eating Pizza Again?

You’re Eating Pizza Again?

Pizza again?

Uh oh. In some ways I can relate to this! 😉 With the many, MANY ways to eat and create pizza, who doesn’t enjoy it? Over and over? I know I can have pizza again and again!

There are SO many things to do with pizza. Fruit pizza. Vegetable Pizza. No crust pizza. BLT pizza. Cookie pizza. Dessert pizza. When my nieces were little I made them King Kong pizza’s for their birthdays. After they got a bit older they would ask right away, Pizza again? They loved them and it was so much fun.

I wonder if the inventor(s) of the original pizza could have ever imagined all that we do in the name of pizza these days? Or how far we would take this food creation! The possibilities truly are endless.

Did you know?

  • The original Italian pizza was made with green peppers and mozzarella cheese.
  • The original Greek pizza was simply crust and vegetables — no cheese!
  • Close to 40 per cent of all pizzas sold are pepperoni pizzas.
  • In India tandoori chicken and chili paneer are favorites.
  • While Americans prefer meat toppings, a popular pizza topping in Japan is squid and tofu.

Quick Pizza Notes

  • Pizza Pie Day is February 9th
  • October is National Pizza Festival Month.

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Silly Sign for Fish n Chips

Free Fish n Chips?

This is an actual sign outside of a diner! I’m not sure where it originated from, but we don’t wish to embarrass any businesses – it’s just a smile we couldn’t resist sharing! 🙂

 

Fish n Chips Sign

 

Buy one fish n chips for the price of two and receive a second fish and chips absolutely free!

Since fish n chips are not too good for you due to the frying, perhaps you would like to cook your own? Make Oven Fried Fish Fillets and have baked fries for your chips.

You also could try our Baked Herb Fish, which is a very tasty and low calorie recipe.

One more! A paleolithic (raw foods) recipe for Fast Lemon Fish – Whitefish or sole fillets with lemon juice.

Weigh In Humor

The Weigh In

Never done a weigh in like this with socks, but have done it with shoes! 😉

Weigh In
LOL – Have you ever done this with your body weight scale?

 

Maybe you should try again, but without the socks.

Of course, in reality let’s hope such little girls aren’t truly concerned about their weight that they felt a weigh in was necessary!

And oh dear…am aging myself, but I actually remember those little night caps. But I can’t recall why they were worn. Anyone remember?

Not so spoil the mood, but getting serious again, you may find of interest:

  • Coming to Terms with Your Body Shape – What do you see when you look in the mirror? Learn how to come to terms with your body shape.
  • Your Scale – It is important to have an accurate scale to measure your weight loss efforts and success. Keep a regular weigh in schedule, too.

A Smores Keyboard

A Smores Keyboard

S’mores lovers can’t help but love this – a keyboard that looks as if it was made with Smores ingredients of chocolate, marshmallows and graham crackers!

Smores Keyboard

Original source unknown – please post if you know where this originated from as we’d love to give credit where credit is due!

Did you know?

The first printed S’mores recipe appeared in 1927 in the Girl Scout handbook called, Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts. Folklore tells us the name “S’mores” came about because everyone who tasted one asked for “some more.”

Chocolate was once a luxury item for the wealthy, but thanks to Milton Hershey it became an affordable indulgence for all.

Source: Hersheys.com

Microwave Smores Recipe

  1. On a small saucer, place half a milk chocolate bar on top of one-half of a graham cracker. Add one large marshmallow.
  2. Cook in your microwave on medium for about 10 to 15 seconds or until marshmallows puff and grow.
  3. Remove the plate from the microwave, top with the other graham half and gently press down on the gooey marshmallow.
  4. Let cool a bit before eating. Have a napkin ready – these are deliciously messy!

Super Summertime Smores: Use fudge striped cookies and slide a roasted marshmallow onto the bottom of one cookie and top it with another cookie.

Love Smores? You may also like…

  • Cranberry S’mores – These cranberry smores make a sweet and gooey treat for kids of all ages.
  • Cherry S’Mores – A fun taste sensation to an old standby because cherries are among the list of fruits containing the highest levels of disease fighting antioxidants.
  • S’Amour Brownies – Made similar to smores with cocoa powder , marshmallows and graham crackers in a chewy brownie version.