Petunia Bloom


Recipe Box April 30, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — 5:53 pm

I have been creating my own virtual recipe box on and  It is so cool!  You can search for recipes you want to try, save them to your recipe box, and then look them up at a later date.  On one can even generate a shopping list.  The user just has to select which recipes they would like to create a shopping list for and viola!  It is very easy to edit the shopping list once it is generated.  Then, simply print and be on your way.


Another Good Video Podcast April 27, 2008

Filed under: Food,Health,Podcast — 9:45 pm

I found another video podcast that is really good.  It is called Budget Health Nut.  The theme is healthy, five star flavor on a budget.  I have tried two of Joe Dias’ recipes: the eggplant dish and the omelet.  They turned out really well.  There are several more recipes I would like to try.  The only negative to the podcast is that recipes are not provided (that I could find).  Check it out!


Aunt Jennifer’s New Puppy

Filed under: Family,Sophie — 9:37 pm

My Aunt Jennifer got a black toy poodle puppy just like Sophie! It was so cute. It made me want another one. When we got to her house, we could see through the front door the little puppy laying in a big pink bed with her big pink bow. It was adorable.


Strawberries for 99 cents!

Filed under: Good Buy — 9:10 pm

This past week I went to Aldi and found that a small carton of strawberries was only 99 cents!!  I started loading up my cart as I love strawberries and they looked and smelled good.  The next stop for my morning errands was Target.  I noticed the same amount of strawberries at Target were on sell for $2.99.  Just another reason I am shopping at Aldi now.  I still head to Target once a week but only after I make a stop of Aldi.  I realize that not everyone has time to stop at multiple places to do their grocery shopping, but if you do it is worth your time and money.


Green Peppers Galore April 11, 2008

Filed under: Food,Health — 9:11 am

No matter where you look these days, you will read about staying healthy.  What does your body need to stay young, live longer, and live better?  Pretty much every reliable source agrees that one must eat a wide variety of healthy foods, drink water, and exercise.

I have always done a fairly good job on the exercise part of the equation and have made it a goal to eat healthier.  Some of the ways I have gone about doing that is adding large servings of vegetables to every meal.  If I brown hamburger, I throw in 1 cup of diced green pepper to brown with the meat.  Diced peppers, in fact, have become my best friend.  You can dice them and add them to about anything.  I have added them to enchiladas, meatloaf, hamburger dishes, and wraps.  They are fairly inexpensive and are a good green vegetable.  In the May 08 addition of Fitness Magazine, it recommends eating one and a half cups of peppers (any color) per day or similar high-fiber vegetables such as raw spinach or broccoli (page 70).  So, now I am using more green peppers in my cooking than ever.

Another way to add vegetables is to shred them and add them.  Feel free to add them to ANYTHING!!  I had some extra zucchini lying around so I shredder one large one very fine and patted it dry with a paper towel (it is pretty moist) and put it all over a pizza I was making.  My husband didn”??t even notice it!  I asked him if he even noticed any zucchini on it, and he said no!

When striving to achieve goals, we all have ups and downs.  I have definitely had ruts since January, when I contrived to start cooking healthier, but I believe I am getting better at coming up with healthy ideas to incorporate into my cooking.  Each small change makes a difference!!

What do you do to eat more vegetables, eat healthier overall, and live healthier???