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. πŸ™‚ 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

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.Β  πŸ™‚

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

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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

Peanut Butter Sweet Treats:

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. πŸ˜‰

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. πŸ™‚

Eating Pizza Again?

You’re Eating Pizza Again?

Pizza again?

Uh oh. In some ways I can relate to this! πŸ˜‰ 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.

You may also enjoy…

  • Quick Pizza Recipe – Super-simple and super fast to whip up, this pizza is great for those hectic days when you want something homemade but donÒ€ℒt have the time to fuss.
  • No Time Homemade Pizza Sauce – Mix up this fantastic low calorie pizza sauce in a snap. Doubles and freezes nicely.
  • Rolling Pizza Dough

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! πŸ™‚

 

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! πŸ˜‰

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.

How To Tell When Foods Go Bad

How To Tell When Foods Go Bad

For fun – but not off the mark, either! When your foods go bad, you will know it. Toss out bad foods immediately and wash hand after handling.

Foods in storage container
Foods in storage container

ICE CREAM – If you can’t tell the difference between your ice cubes and your ice cream, it’s time to throw BOTH out. Foods go bad when in the freezer too long.

FROZEN FOODS – Frozen foods that have become an integral part of the defrosting problem in your freezer compartment will probably be spoiled by the time you pry them out with a kitchen knife.

EGGS – When something starts pecking its way out of the shell, the egg is probably past its prime.

DAIRY PRODUCTS – Milk is spoiled when it starts to look like yogurt. Yogurt is spoiled when it starts to look like cottage cheese. Cottage cheese is spoiled when it starts to look like regular cheese. Regular cheese is nothing but spoiled milk anyway – if you can dig down and still find something non-green, bon appetit!

MEAT – If opening the refrigerator door causes stray animals from a three-block radius to congregate outside your house, toss the meat. Meat foods go bad often. Cut your losses.

UNMARKED ITEMS: You know it is well beyond prime when you’re tempted to discard the Tupperware along with the food.

Foods go bad
Foods go bad and get germs

CANNED GOODS – Any canned goods that have become the size or shape of a softball should be disposed of very carefully.

POTATOES – Fresh potatoes do not have roots, branches, or dense, leafy undergrowth.

BREAD: Sesame seeds and Poppy seeds are the only officially acceptable “spots” that should be seen on the surface of any loaf of bread. Fuzzy and hairy looking white or green growth areas are good indications that your bread has turned into a pharmaceutical laboratory experiment. You may wish to discard it at this time, depending on your interest in pharmaceuticals.

CEREAL: It is generally a good rule of thumb that cereal should be discarded when it is two years or longer beyond the expiration date, or when it will no longer fall out of the box by itself.

FLOUR: Flour is spoiled when it wiggles, or things fly out when you open it.

PRETZELS: Normally eternal, pretzels may be discarded if they can no longer be picked up without falling apart. Otherwise, there’s nothing to stop you from eating a pretzel that the Pharaoh put down only 4000 years ago.

RAISINS: Raisins should not usually be harder than your teeth.

SALT: It never spoils. However, if you can’t chip off reasonable amounts from the block, maybe another box is in order, as fresh salt usually pours.

SPICES: Most spices cannot die, they just fade away. They will be fine on your shelf, forever. Put them in your will.

VINEGAR: If your grandmother made it, it is probably still good.

THE GAG TEST – Anything that makes you gag is spoiled (except for leftovers from what you cooked for yourself last night).

EXPIRATION DATES: This is not a marketing ploy to encourage you to throw away perfectly good food so that you’ll spend more on groceries. Even dry foods older than you are may be ready to replace.

Original source unknown…

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