Weekend Thoughts | Reminiscing

Last week, I was feeling a little sad. A little nostalgic. I miss going out to eat occasionally. I miss the freedom to travel and to visit with friends and family. I miss the random date nights outside of the house.

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One of my favorite things to eat is hotpot cooking. The place we loved to go to was truly a gathering place for the community. There were neighbors we knew and neighbors we didn’t. But we all sat around the big table and ate and drank and laughed.

The last time we were there we met a younger couple who was newly dating. The guy started talking with us and sharing his trials. His challenges. His hopes and dreams. After all was said and done, we hugged and wished each other well.

I’ve always known that food had the power to bring people together—and as my husband would say “So does a good beer!” But that night in particular I truly saw the power of food. That night seemed a little more picturesque.

We had no idea it would be the last night we would eat out before the pandemic took over.

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Until we can safely step out an gather, again, I hold onto the memories we made, and work towards making new ones…at home.

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And, of course, when I think of that night, I think of the wonderful people who cooked for us and served us.

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How about you? What do you miss the most?

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Alicia Silverstone: School Lunch & Snack Ideas

Alicia Silverstone came into my peripheral as Cher Horowitz in the funny-rich-kid film Clueless. But in real life Alicia Silverstone is a vegan mom and wife. In this clip she shares her tips for making snacks and school lunches. Do you have some ideas? Please share!


Ripped From the Pages: Oprah’s Sorbet

With the release of her cookbook, Food, Health and Happiness, Oprah Winfrey really can say she’s done it all.

There’s no denying Oprah knows a thing or two about good living. Not just because she’s one of the richest people on the planet, although that certainly helps!

But because her fame and fortune has afforded her the opportunity to be in the company of some of the most talented chefs, designers and health aficionados.

People we aren’t typically exposed to. The same people who helped Oprah create her own home, life and dinner party menus.

Oprah’s appreciation of good food and good living combined with the knowledge she’s acquired from her talented friends and employees will influence everything she does pertaining to lifestyle.

When Oprah shares I listen, borrow and apply when and where I can.

For example, those sorbet recipes you see above. I assure you those sorbets taste just as delicious as they look in that pretty little picture. Likely due to the tips Oprah’s received from her famed chefs.

I prefer a sorbet over ice cream. I never liked the way my mouth or my body feels after eating whole milk ice cream. It turns out I am lactose intolerant, though, I didn’t know this until I was an adult.

After attending a health presentation a few years ago I was inspired to try my hand at making sorbets and shakes. They were delicious.

Even my husband, a die-hard chocolate and sugar lover, agreed the homemade desserts are competitive to the store bought products he was used to eating.

Knowing it was healthier was an added bonus. He said there was no sugar crash either. I think sorbets are a delicious healthy alternative to store bought anything.

Even better is that I know what goes into my food. I’ll share some of my own recipes with you down the road. But for now, I think Oprah’s sorbet is ‘peachy-keen,’ as they said in the fifties.

If you have kids this would be something fun to try with them, too. Let me know if you try the sorbets. I want to hear what you think. And don’t forget to share this if you like what you read here!

What’s your favorite summer treat?

Enjoy! April

Oprah’s Ginger Peach Sorbet

Serves 8


  • 4 cups chopped ripe peaches (about 6 medium)
  • ½ cup superfine sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. pickled ginger
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • Pinch of fine sea salt
  • ¼ cup water
  • Directions

  • Cook time: 2 hoursCombine all the ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a container and refrigerate until cold, about 2 hours. Pour into an ice cream machine and churn according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Smart Points: 1 per serving
    Calories: 77 per serving
    Read more: http://www.oprah.com/food/oprahs-ginger-peach-sorbet-recipe#ixzz4mdkJYtLh

Speaking of Food

I do believe Martha Stewart finally has some real competition. The Kraft Heinz Company and Oprah Winfrey recently announced the debut of O, That’s Good!, a line of four flavorful soups and four savory sides that bring a nutritious twist on comfort food classics to everyone’s table.

The twist includes healthy substitutions like replacing some of the potato in their Original Mashed Potatoes dish with mashed cauliflower. In their Broccoli Cheddar Soup they’ve replaced some of the cheese with velvety butternut squash – increasing the number of veggies while keeping all of the rich flavor in every bite.

“I love healthy foods and eating from my garden,” said Winfrey. “When Kraft Heinz approached me for a food line, what got my attention is making nutritious comfort foods more accessible to everyone. This product line is real, delicious food with a twist. You’ll feel good about serving it for your family.”

The O, That’s Good! Soups will retail for $4.99 and the sides will go for $4.49. You can expect to find the new line in the refrigerated section in select grocery stores and will be available nationwide in October 2017.

For more information on O, That’s Good! Soups and Sides, please visit http://www.Othatsgood.com.

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