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Tidbit Tuesday – When the Weather is Cold, is your Diabetes Controlled?

I’ve been working on a few ideas for a diabetes fair and I thought I would share this information with you. This is for diabetics and anyone who knows someone who is diabetic.

A Minor Illness Can Result in a Major Rise in Blood Glucose Levels

Be prepared. As a person with diabetes, you know how important it is to take good care of yourself. Although we all hope to stay healthy year-round, there are always times when you do not feel well. During the winter and early spring many people catch a variety of illnesses such as colds, sore throats, and the flu.

sickIllness puts your body under extra stress. To help you fight an illness, your body releases hormones that cause your liver to release glucose (sugar), and interfere with the action of insulin. This can make your blood sugar rise, sometimes to dangerously high levels. High blood glucose makes your body’s immune system less effective at fighting germs and makes you feel sicker than you would with normal blood glucose.

Avoid a risky situation. Some simple planning can help you keep your blood sugar in control during times of illness so your body can recover quickly. Make a sick day plan and discuss it with your doctor before you become ill. Your plan should include a box of all the supplies and materials you will need to manage your diabetes during illness.  Continue reading


Weekend Fun

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What a weekend! The weather was beautiful, a little warm, but overall lovely.

The afternoon was spent at Elliott Family Farms for Heritage Days








But the morning started with Prince P’s first run.









The HOP 5k & 10K with the 1 mile fun run.












A sugar cane maze, story telling, horse and buggy ride, apple butter and BBQ awaited us after the run.














We were thoroughly exhausted at the end of the day.


Eggplant was the center of attention for dinner Saturday night. I wanted something light and refreshing. I sliced this beautiful eggplant, that came out of a dear friend’s garden, dipped it in eggwash and breadcrumbs and baked for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, I opened two cans of tomatoes, added a few spices. Once the eggplant was finished I stacked and enjoyed.

I also tried out my new bread machine, given to me by my boss. Talk about a great hand-me-down.










My first creation has so far been everyones favorite. Banana nut bread!! Delicious.








I finished the weekend with a little work in the garden. The radishes were ready to be pulled up and I found a few okra lingering. I decided to try my hand at pickling these. I’ll let you know how that turns out.


I had one eggplant left that needed to be used, so I decided to stuff it. I was preparing sausage pizza for the kids so I used left over sausage, garlic and left over tomatoes from the eggplant Parmesan. Topped it with mozzarella cheese and baked. Served this with stewed tomatoes and okra and Italian and herb bread.


Even though the homework is waiting, I enjoyed being able to get back in the garden and kitchen this weekend.

Now its back to the books!

How was your weekend?

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Wacky Wednesday

In this post, I mentioned my recent acceptance into the Coordinated Dietetics Program at Rutgers.

That day I went out and proudly stuck the “R” on the back of my little pickup.












Yesterday, while meeting my husband before work for a shopping trip my son, Master A, said,

“Mama, when did your truck get a tattoo?”


This is him, the silliest boy I know. 

Showing me how happy his tongue is when it gets yogurt from a stick!!

Showing me how happy his tongue is when it gets yogurt from a stick!!














Enjoy Wednesday, ya’ll!!!

Divine Dinner

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“Divine Dinners” is the name on one of my favorite Pinterest boards. I pin recipes for hearty meals on this board and I would be crazy if I didn’t include the meal I prepared tonight.

This all started with me running out to the garden after work and noticing all the green beans ready for picking.

Plant pre-greenbeans

Plant pre-greenbeans with a little Piper in the background 

After picking a bucket full I decided I had the perfect meal in mind to get the entire family involved.

Prince P washed and snapped the beans.

Master A was our entertainment, as always.

I mixed up the ground pork and all the add ins for pizza meatloaf and readied it for muffin tins.  I used a variations of this meatloaf recipe.  I tossed the red potatoes in the microwave for three minutes.

My hubby needed to do something with okra fresh from his mother’s garden and he got a little help to prepare a gallon freezer bag.

I quartered the potatoes and added them to a skillet with the beans, a little chicken stock and a few herbs and covered

Let this cook on medium for twenty minutes until it looked like this

This side paired well with the meatloaf. I am a big fan of pairing pizza with pepperoncini peppers so these pizza meatloaf muffins were no different.

Remember to fill half your plate with fruits and veggies.

Have a great night!!

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Peach Oatmeal Muffins for Your Saturday Morning

The kitchen is constantly calling my name. I love to cook and bake. I spend long hours in there and I make most things from scratch. I’m also new to this, so I am learning as I go. I have been looking for a healthy muffin recipe that incorporates fresh fruits and oatmeal and one my boys will love. I’ve tried dozens and my boys have loved them all but they were not THE ONE!! I’ve played around with the amount of oats, the amount of applesauce and add ins. Recently, I even let my boys help with blueberry muffins and about halfway through the baking time I realized I forgot to add baking powder. My six year old was so upset because apparently he read that ingredient out in the directions but I must not have heard him. They ate the “mini” muffins anyways. The last time I made a successful batch, I decided I would add more applesauce and less sugar.

Tonight, while the boys were watching Where the Wild Things Are ( ← great movie, by the way) I decided to try once more with a few fresh peaches we received from one of my patients.

Here goes…

Peach Oatmeal Muffins

  • 1 ½ cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup natural applesauce
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 3 peaches, pitted and chopped

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line muffin tin with baking cups or coat with cooking spray

Combine the flours, oats, spices, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. In a medium bowl, combine applesauce, oil, eggs, and sugars. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and mix well. Do not over mix or the muffins will end up rubbery. The batter should be lumpy, not smooth.

Gently fold in the peaches.

Spoon batter into the prepared muffin pan. Bake for 20 minutes, until the tops are browned and the muffin bounces back when you gently press on the top with your finger tips. Let cool for a couple minutes in the muffin tin before removing to serve.

Makes 18 muffins.

Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy and have a great weekend!!