Our Easter 2018 Menu

Since I’m eating a vegetarian diet, coming up with a holiday diet is going to be interesting.

I went to Skinny Taste to try to find some vegetarian dishes that might be delicious.  I ended up finding all of my vegetarian dishes on her blog.  Not only will be my dishes will be vegetarian, they will also be healthy.

For the Meat Lovers in My Family:


Mashed Potatoes

Roasted carrots or Honey Glazed Carrots

The Vegetarian Part of the Meal

(All of the recipes come from Skinny Taste.)

Portabello Shepherd’s Pie (My main dish)

Cream of Asparagus Soup

Spiralized carrots with lemon and dijon

Brussel Sprouts and shallots with a balsamic glaze or makeover spinach gratin

Berry Salad

Shared Components of the Meal

Deviled Eggs

Easy Garlic Knots

Dessert – I haven’t decided on the dessert.


Happy Eating,




Vegetarian Diet

As you know, I’ve been on a primarily gluten free diet.  Actually I was eating gluten free from June until a week after my gallbladder surgery.  I’ve only had a few foods that have had gluten in them – a small piece of pretzel, half of a Hawaiian roll, and some of a tortilla.

This week I read about people who have a gluten sensitivity – not Celiac – should try sprouted wheat bread instead of just gluten free bread.  I’m going to try eating some sprouted wheat bread to see if it bothers me or not.

Anyway this post is not about my gluten free diet.  It’s about the fact I’ve been eating a vegetarian diet for the past month.  On the 12th of February, I had some delicious sausage.  The sausage made my gallbladder mad so I had another attack.  On the 14th of February, I decided that I needed to go meat free.  My last taste of any meat was on the 13th of February.

I could take and leave meat at times.  Sure there are times that I miss the convenience of eating meat especially when I am out and about.  I don’t really think I miss the meat.  Just the convenience of being able to get something quick to eat.

Until you begin eating vegetarian/ vegan do you realize how much of the standard American diet relies on meat?  There are so many more choices.

For example, Hubby was looking at restaurants in Louisville because we are going there in 10 days.  He told me a restaurant had a vegetarian choice.  So what was it?  Fried green tomatoes – I’m like that is a NOPE.  Number 1:  It might have a breading which means gluten.  And Number 2:  I’m not a big tomato eater so that won’t work.

Then yesterday he tried to tell me that I could eat the rest of his beef lo mein.  I used to love shrimp or chicken lo mein before I went gluten free.  I have not had Chinese from a Chinese restaurant since February 2017.  He told me that I could just pick the meat out of the dish.  Again I am like NOPE.

So what do I eat?  Well, I am a work at progress with my food.  Sometimes I eat healthy and then there are times that are not so healthy.  Because just like with the Standard American diet not everything that is available to a vegetarian is healthy.  There is a such thing as vegetarian junk food.  I love to get a pizza from Mod Pizza or Rapid fire and load it up with all kinds of veggies but that is junk food.

So join me on this journey I am taking with my eating.  I have linked up my Instagram on the right sidebar.  When I have eaten something healthy, I will share it on Instagram.  I will also share the not so healthy foods that I am eating.

The one benefit from eating this vegetarian diet is that I am losing weight.  I was losing it prior to my illness.  Since my surgery, I have lost 7 pounds for a total of 36 pounds lost since February 2017!

Happy eating,

Back to Downtown Charleston – Day 7 Part 6

After we left the Citadel, we once again visited downtown Charleston. Once again, we parked on Church Street in front of the St. Phillips Church. We, meaning the boys, were starved after the walking tour of the Citadel. Hubby and I promised them some ice cream before heading back to the beach house.

The family began walking down Queen Street towards Waterfront Park. Instead of ice cream, we found gelato which is even more delicious than ice cream. At Belgian Gelato, I tried a new dessert which was a scoop of gelato with espresso. The espresso flavor I tried was pistachio.

After we got our gelato, we walked to the Waterfront Park. There is a pineapple shaped fountain in the park. Kids and even some adults can get in the water to wade around. So cool.

There was also a splash pad area. The Wee One thought that was cool. He opted to try to avoid the streams of water, so he wouldn’t get wet.

We then walked to Philadelphia Avenue. When we were in Charleston in 2013, Hubby tried to find the geocache that is in Philadelphia Avenue. He wanted to try to find it. Success! It was found.

A stranger offered to take our photo at the entrance of Philadelphia Avenue. The photo is my current favorite photo of the family.

After we were finished getting gelato, we headed towards the Marketplace so that I could find some chocolate. Again, success!

Since we had chocolate and gummies, we headed back to the car so that we could go back to the beach house. On the way back to the beach house, we stopped at Chick-Fil-A for our dinner. The Wee One did not complain about his feet hurting while we were walking around the Citadel and then downtown Charleston, so we allowed him to pick our dinner.

Enjoy the video I created for the time we spent in downtown Charleston.

Have a magical day,

ZooAmerica – Blog Post #5

After I allowed the Imaginative One to go off on his own, it was my turn to explore the park.  He would not be happy with his mom not wanting to ride all of the roller coasters.  I like roller coasters but some are too much for me and it was really hot.  (90s)

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Mom, What’s for Dinner? – Week of March 12th

It’s been so LONG since I meal planned.  Between my gallbladder illness and then recuperation, it’s not been a priority.

My family and I are unique because the boys and Hubby are meat eating, gluten loving while I’m dabbling my feet back into the gluten waters and am currently a vegetarian.  So planning for suppers is difficult.

Here are my dinners for the week:

  • Sweet Potato Chili, Baked Apples, Cornbread
  • Red Beans and Rice, I think, and Roasted Veggies
  • Lentil Sloppy Joes on Baked Potato
  • Mushroom and Spinach Stroganoff over Mashed Potatoes

Here is what I planned for the gentlemen in my family:

  • Pantry Chili, Baked Apples, Cornbread
  • A freezer meal – I made up several before I could no longer eat meat.  I’ll randomly pick one of those out and cook it for them.
  • Sloppy Joes, Chips
  • Spaghetti

We will also have leftovers

I’ll have overnight oatmeal and smoothies for my breakfasts.  For lunches, I have leftover hummus tray and Hot Head Burritos from this weekend.  I will also make a blueberry, goat cheese, and almond salad with balsamic dressing.  Yum!


My Favorite P!nk Songs Part 2 (The Truth About Love Album)

P!nk’s last two albums are my favorite of hers. I have so many songs that I can listen to on repeat.

“Are We All We Are” is just a fun song to listen to in the car. When the song begins to play, you can’t help but to sing along with her.

“Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” is another fun song of hers.

The video and message from “Try” leaves me breathless. “You’ve got to get up and try, try, try.” Don’t give up on your dreams.

After Tanya died, I would drive my car and cry to this song. I wish I beam up and see her just one last time. Whenever I hear this song, I just start to tear up. Instead of a blackbird, I saw a Monarch butterfly. That is why I now I have a Monarch butterfly tattoo.

Another song “The Great Escape” reminds me of Tanya. There are times I wish I did not allow her escape to her pain. Life was hard for her.
After her death, people tried to smooth over my pain. They did not understand the pain I was feeling. The pain I still feel when I think about my sister.

“Just Give Me a Reason” is so beautiful.

“True Love”

The Citadel – Day 7 Part 5

Once we were finished with the Battery, we visited the Citadel.  Since the Imaginative One is in the eighth grade, we decided to do a campus tour of the Military College

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