15 Down and Counting!

All this bean counting and portion measuring did bring a fantastic result! Drum roll, please: During the last four weeks my husband has lost 15 lbs. There was no wacky diet to follow and no magic trick, other than the right selection of ingredients, extremely tight portion control, and a 30-minute walk every evening. His…

Secret Mango Flower Pie

Flowers are not only pretty; they have meanings.  The language of flowers, sometimes called floriography, has been used throughout the ages to express messages of love, longing, happiness, desire, pity, and sometimes even suspicion and sarcasm. Although the book Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh elaborates mainly on – ahem! -elaborate Victorian flower arrangements “used…

Sweet Potato Twigs

I had a craving for potatoes.  Not just potatoes, but long, thin, crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, deliciously greasy french fries! But I am too good for my own good – I don’t even have potatoes in the house, to avoid exactly this kind of temptation. I have sweet potatoes, though,…