Thursday, January 7, 2016

Food for Thought : New Year's resolutions -- Health & wellness

                                Father  teaching son to bowl .
As thoughts turn to new Year's Resolutions  for health and wellness , make sure  you make  your goals a family  affair . While it is important  to set personal goals  , creating  goals that include  the entire family  can be very beneficial . Not only  do children  develop  healthier habits  for their future  when they are modeled  by parents  for them , but the entire family  benefits  now from healthy behaviors . Here  are a few tips  to help you and your family  bring in 2016 with some healthy habits :
1 .  Make sure you are a good role model . Avoid fad diets  or unhealthy plans  just to quickly lose a few pounds . Let your  children  see you making  plans for  healthy  meals  and exercise .
2 .  Start a system to evaluate your family's meals . It doesn't have to  be complex , just something  your  kids  understand . A system  that uses happy or sad faces  for a little one  , or a system  that uses grades (A , B , C , etc) for kids in school . Make it a point to aim  for mostly high scoring  items with each meal .
3 .  Plan family time  around  activities  . Bowling  , hiking and miniature  golf  are great  ways  to start out  slow  when it comes to  getting everyone  active . Designate  areas  indoors  and outdoors  that are for physical activity  , and invest  in small  items  that are for physical activity  such as balls  , jump ropes , etc .
                              Crowder  Vegetarian    Style
Prep/Total Time:  45  minutes:          Makes  7 servings
2 cups cubed peeled potatoes
2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 cup chopped carrots
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 can (14-3/4 ounces) cream-style corn
1 can (12 ounces) fat-free evaporated milk
3/4 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
1/2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms (Can mushrooms , drained)
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons bacon bits

In a large saucepan, combine potatoes, broth, carrots and onion; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 10-15 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
Add corn, milk, cheese, mushrooms and pepper; cook and stir 4-6 minutes longer or until heated through. Sprinkle with bacon bits. 

A proud grand-poppa            G.


  1. Poppa , You are writing again , this is your first post of the year ,uncle Chris says Bubba was six and he would give his apple to daddy to start , daddy told him he was going to buy him some teeth at the dollar store . uncle Chris is grinning , we like bowling . Poppa we had fun in Reno we went to a lot of places . We showed the post to Bubba and he said that was when he was a kid , he is 8 years old now .
    poppa everyone should exercise it make you feel better . Now we know why you take lots of pictures and put a name on them what you going to do with them . We are so glad you are back , our teacher asked about you and when was you going to write again .
    Mama is making gumbo for tomorrow . Poppa we love you very much and be good so daddy will not spank your musty butt .
    Wrote by Sha

    1. Hello my dear Grands ,
      Yes , I am trying to help your mother , all the sites get attention but this one , as you know this red thing is my favorite . I am so glad all of you have fun in Reno , Bubba always wanted your daddy to bite his apple , he was missing his 2 front teeth . I will never forget , he would grin at your daddy all the time .
      Tell your teacher , I will help her in her classroom , my pay is reasonable .
      I love all of you and you are so special to me . Your daddy will have to catch me first , I will tell your mama on him .

  2. Hello G.
    Welcome back and this was a good post to start with , I called Anita to ask how old was Bubba , she said he had just turned 6 and was in Reno on vacation . They are growing like weeds . I love the way they take time with the kids , I think Chris and Gil make their schedules around those kids .
    Is Nee feeling better , I will bring over the soup a little later .
    Keep up the good work .
    PS: Tell Harvey to bring his butt home .

    1. Hello Jean and Harvey'
      Jean Harvey is here , Harvey said to tell you he will come home if you let him play with the honeypot (laughing my butt off ).
      Bubba was 6 at the time , Chris was 55 , I do believe Chris is 10 years older than Nee . Those guys put their kids first and ask them what they want to do and go .
      Gil has been home all day trying to keep Nee in bed , Jean you know Nee , She is feeling better and no fever , Gil made her a strong toddy , so she is watching TV or reading .
      I do so hope the soup is spicy , I want some now .
      I will get back to my routine as time passes .

  3. G.
    Glad to see you , you said you had wonderful posts coming this year that will benefit everyone , that's a great idea .
    This is your first post of the year , very enjoyable , I do miss your words of wisdom , glad you will bring it back .

    I remember the bowling shot , I asked Bubba why didn't he grin at the camera , he said he was busy throwing the ball . 3 years ,how time flies .

  4. My dear Joanna ,
    I hope people get something from each post , the posts will benefit them health wise.
    Joanna , my dear lady , I will continue the words of wisdom . Getting myself together now since everyone is gone .
    I said the same thing when I pull it out , I am so glad you told me to date each picture , which is a great help .
    I laughed when CC told us Bubba told Henry his name was Anthony , but since Henry was my brother , he could call him Tony .
    You want some pizza ?


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