Grandma’s Cookbook – Hard Boiled Eggs

This is my grandmother’s cookbook.

Grandma's Cookbook

Inside the marked cover – she had written a note.  I pause and think about that.  Let me clarify – She wrote me a note – just seeing her writing again is so precious to me.   I remember few weeks went by that I didn’t have a letter from her.  They always ended the same way –  XOXO (hugs and kisses) and a reminder to be good to one another.   The book was published in 1940 and her words state that it was a gift early in her marriage to my grandfather; and she thought I’d enjoy it.  When I open the book I can’t help but fan the pages and breathe deeply.  

Although I have had this cookbook in my procession for years, I have not seriously taken the time to see what I could learn from this book and in a way my grandmother.   I started to thumb through it and soon I had a list of recipes I’d like to try and perhaps put my own slant on or use as is.  

The first recipe that caught my attention was for hard boiled eggs.  I want to come clean..I’ve always had a hard time cooking a decent hard boiled egg.  Up until 10 years ago this wasn’t much of a problem because eggs weren’t one of my favorites.  Okay – my parents would be rolling their eyes right now because as a child I DESPISED eggs.  I tried every trick in the book to not to have to eat them and if they were part of the lunch tray at school there was a good chance my mom was going to receive a call from the school nurse because Debbie was complaining of a stomach ache.  My mom would tell me that I didn’t need to eat the egg but just having it on my tray put my tummy on a ferris wheel.  But then I started liking them – strange  but true.

When you work outside the home – you start looking at food differently and hard boiled eggs have a lot going for them.  They are a good source of protein, are very portable and keep for days.  But I have been frustrated with underdone eggs and had trouble peeling the shell until I opened my grandmother’s cookbook.

Hard Boiled Eggs
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  1. Eggs
  1. Get a large pot of water boiling. Prep another large bowl with ice water.
  2. In a separate bowl, place uncracked eggs in and cover with cold water
  3. Heat until boiling.
  4. Turn down to low for 18 minutes.
  5. Place cooked eggs in ice bath for 10 minutes.
  6. Dry eggs and place in bowl in the refrigerator for 6 hours.
  7. Crack and peel.
  8. Store peeled eggs in sealed container.
  1. Eggs that have set for several hours in the fridge tend to peel easier.
Adapted from The Culinary Arts Institute Encyclopedic Cook Book
Adapted from The Culinary Arts Institute Encyclopedic Cook Book
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Hard Boiled Eggs - peeled

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Hard Boiled Eggs - Add hot water

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The written word is preserved in a way that can be picked up and revisited.  It means that someone was thinking of us and the words reach past the constraints of time.  Let us choose our words carefully (whether written or spoken) for WORDS are powerful.  They either build up or tear down.   

If you were to rate your skill making hard boiled eggs, where would you fall?….10 is EGGcellent – 1 is I’d rather not talk about it.


Vacation – Don’t Let Your Goals Get Derailed

May 2015 vac - train

(A precious grandparent moment – taking 2-year-old Caden on his first big train ride. I’m not sure who was more excited – the child or the adults?)

Summertime is made for vacations.  Back in May, I had a wonderful getaway with my family.  It was extra special because we haven’t had a chance to have this experience with our now grown children in many years.  Going places, sharing new experiences, laughing and being away from the normal routine is good for us.  I hope you’ve had a chance to get away or have a plan in mind soon.

 At the time of our vacation, I was 4 months into using the 21-Day Fix Program and was seeing results.  I wondered how this time away would translate with the new lifestyle habits regarding nutrition and fitness I had been implementing.  I ended up having a good experience while away.  Here are my insights about how not to get derailed with taking care of yourself when you are away from home.

Remember the week before vacation will customarily been busy.  

 I created checklists to help me get things organized:

What needs to be done before I leave in regards to my home?

  • Mail, garbage, newspaper, plants watered, animals, clean out fridge, etc.

What needs to be done before the trip?

  • Packing list (clothes, medications, exercise equipment, electronics, chargers, workout DVDs, food, tickets, money, etc.)

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(This was the view from our condo in Oceanside – it was perfect.)

I asked myself what did I want to experience when I came home from vacation.  Would I remember that I had a vacation experience but I was still on course with my goals or would I regret some of the decisions I made in regards to my fitness and nutrition.Okay – so now it was time to test myself –

  • After 4 months, did I have a diet or a new lifestyle mentality?  A diet often has an end date attached to it – we think once I reach this weight or wear this size clothing I’m done and then we are right back to where we started.  But a lifestyle change is different – it’s action incorporated in wherever our life is – even on vacation.
  • I decided before vacation what I wanted to happen when I got home.  I envisioned where I wanted to be when I took my stats (weight and measurements) at the end of the 3-week challenge group which happened to land on my last day of my vacation.  I was down 3 lbs the day before we left.  I decided I’d give one of those pounds away during vacation but wanted to strive toward a 2 lb weight loss.  What I didn’t want to happen was to take several steps backward in my journey. 

Chocolate Banana Almond Smoothie
Chocolate Banana Almond Smoothie Recipe

So now I needed to determine how I was going to make that happen..

  • I took my Shakeology with me because it is a portable and is a delicious meal replacement. This helped offset the occasional treat food and give me balanced nutrition.
  • I packed nuts in individual baggies – again because they are portable.
  • We were driving so I packed some sliced cooked chicken, cut up veggies, and fruit.
  • I researched restaurants before we arrived and decided ahead of time what I would order.  I usually ate half of what was served. 
  • I took my 21-Day Fix portion containers with me to be used when I wasn’t at a restaurant.  Happily I realized that the 4 months of practicing this system had cemented into my mind and I was able to portion out my food without them most of the time.
  • I ate several of my favorites but modified what the restaurant wanted to serve me.  For instance I love Fish and Chips (mainly the fish) so when I ordered it, I ate all my fish, 10 french fries and substituted the coleslaw for a side salad with oil and vinegar and you know what?  I was just fine with that.  Eat mindfully – choose your favorites and determine how much you will eat.  It may taste awesome but it won’t be awesome if you have to live with the results for months to come.
  • I chose iced tea or water instead of alcohol for several reasons – it doesn’t work well with my Interstitial Cystitis.  A glass of wine or beer isn’t worth several days of pain plus it gives me the munchies and I tend to overeat and that isn’t going to support my goals.
  • I brought my laptop and used Beachbody on Demand for my workouts (I forgot my dvds – very glad to be able to stream my workouts) and a set of 8 lb weights.  Don’t have weights – use 2 water bottles or 2 cans of vegetables.
  • Drink Water and then drink more water – we should be drinking ½ of our body weight in ounces.  For example a 160 lb person would drink 80 ounces of water a day.  I found this the most challenging.  I would get busy having fun and forget.  Take your favorite water bottle with you.
  • If you are staying somewhere where you have a kitchen, take a few easy to prepare recipes.  Spend a few minutes shopping and cooking so you have nutritious food to eat while away.  This will also save money.  Pumpkin Turkey Chili is a great choice.  You can even premeasure your spices at home and put them in a ziplock bag.  
  • Yes –  I had desserts – caramel cheesecake, crème brulee and a flourless chocolate cake with coconut sorbet but each time one dessert was ordered and shared with multiple people.  
  • I did my workouts early each morning before the day got started and I could find 10 reasons why I didn’t need to do it.  I decided before vacation that my workouts were non-negotiable.  It was 30 minutes and I’m worth 30 minutes.  I’m fortunate I have a supportive family but we can often find ourselves with others that aren’t on the same journey as us.  Not everyone is going to be your cheerleader.  Be true to your values and goals – you just don’t know who you might inspire.  
  • I stayed connected to my support system (challenge group – women who have like minded fitness goals).  What a help to know they were available on line so I could document my progress and look to them for encouragement when needed.
  • Stick to your eating routine as much as you can…Breakfast, AM Snack, Lunch, PM Snack, Dinner, Evening Snack.  Eating nutritious – real food left me content and satisfied.  We were in California so I allowed myself an extra serving of fruit.  Oh why oh why can’t the fruit in Arizona taste like the fruit in California?
  • I created a self-made calendar so I could map out my workouts before I ever went on vacation.

        vac2015-Evan and Rhi (We celebrated my son’s birthday by going to Stone Brewery for lunch, tour and dessert. The food was amazing as well as the memories. The engaged couple will soon be Mr and Mrs in a few short months.)

May 2015 Vac - Family
(One last picture before we hit the road home. I have learned over the past few years how important it is to take time to vacation, to build memories. It’s not just about what’s happening during the time away but about the joy you have in dreaming about beforehand and being able to carry those times with you afterwards.)

When vacation was over I am happy to say that I was down 2.4 lbs and this experience encouraged me that I’d be ready for the next get away.

These are my latest before and after photos.   I forgot the “t” in strength but I decided not to take the time to fix it because I continue to learn it doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful.

 Feb - June 2015 Before and After Pics
I keep making progress – you can too. (Getting close to 15 lbs and 20 inches gone since Feb 16, 2015) We are halfway through 2015. Make the second part of this year time you build strength and learn to fuel your body with nutritious food. The next challenge group starts on August 3rd.  For more information on how you can get started working toward your healthy lifestyle goals, please fill in the form below and I will personally contact you.  The decision is the hardest part. I am here to help you.

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A Week In Review – 5/3/14

I took a peek at my Deliciously Inspired Facebook posts this week which are often different from what I post on the web and thought this is really a good collection of ideas.  Then I thought how nice it would be to have them all located in one post – almost like we were sitting down having a glass of iced tea over a kitchen table sharing what went on in my week.

Geraniums - April 2014

I am continually learning about taking pictures and sometimes I’m given a gift using my camera on my cell phone.  I took this photo while at Arizona State University – Tempe location early one morning.  The lighting was perfect and I’ve paired it with a quote from Nicholas Winton  “Sometimes we spend too much time concentrating on the past and not enough on the present or future.”  I had never heard of Mr. Winton until he was featured on 60 Minutes and this man’s action and humbleness is definitely inspiring.  It’s surprising the good people do in this world and how much of it never gets much notice.  For more information on Nicholas Winton’s amazing story – Click  HERE   

GC Meatballs-Finished2

If you are new to my blog you may not know that I’m using a 1940 Cookbook of my grandmothers and tweaking one recipe a month.  Here is the April 2014  – Gluten Free Italian Meatballs. When you go into my post you’ll also see some Amazon links to some of the products I use. I think the links are working now but I’ve had a few hiccups. One thing I’ve learned about having a blog is perseverance is essential.

Shoe - Emergency Room - April 2014

Somedays are full of uncertainty – especially when someone we love isn’t feeling well.  This picture was also taken with my phone while I waited in the Hospital Emergency Room.   I think the imperfection of this blurry photo of my shoe illustrates  (and even the bigger font) what this experience feels like when the tiredness is becoming more prevalent, the patience you walked in with has all but disappeared and the stories of the people sitting in the cramped space don’t seem nearly as interesting as they did when you first arrived.   Quite a contrast from the geranium photo above. 

Thai Salad

One Minute Cake - ss

The normal things of the week are such gifts after spending 9 hours in the emergency room – even cleaning out the refrigerator.  I was faced with looking at what was available in our kitchen and what it could be made into.  I had a box of Spelt Rotini Pasta, some veggies, dressing, 1/2 piece of cooked chicken, a few strawberries and about 1/4 cup of whipping cream and came up with these two dishes.  Thai Pasta Salad  (This recipe is part of a downloadable cookbook – $4.99 – titled A Few Favorites.  All proceeds go to Children’s Cancer Network) and One Minute Cake – Strawberry Shortcake.   Not bad for not having much.

Geraniums 2

This the same picture at the top but just cropped differently.  Funny how the same picture can look so differently when we concentrate on a portion of what is visible.  The beauty of the pink petals sings “Heavenly hands created me.” Also if you are looking for some fun ideas of how to celebrate Mother’s Day – check out this post from LouLouGirls  

ikea - pitchers
The big stores are not my favorite to visit so when my husband wanted to go to Ikea – I went UGG!  Looking back I’m glad we went because we found nicely designed pitchers for our refrigerator.  We like our iced tea – especially with the weather here in AZ reaching it’s 100 + degree days. Here are two of our favorite teas from China Mist – Passion Fruit and Blackberry Jasmine.  By the way this pitcher was only $4.99.   It also comes in Blue. 

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And of course we always need to keep our sense of humor so I’m borrowing this (source unknown)