Fruit and Herb Infused Water To Refresh

After being in the 90’s for the last couple of weeks here in central Florida, I officially declared it was summer back on the 4th of June. Today I’m writing this post about infused waters to sip on hot days. We all know we should drink plenty of water. It’s like gas for our cars. Our bodies need it to function, and if we don’t drink enough we can suffer from the symptoms of dehydration. Dehydration can be a major contributing factor to illnesses, causing headaches, digestive problems, obesity and joint pains. By drinking water, you can support your body in improving your complexion, helping your kidneys to function properly, aiding weight loss and maintaining high energy levels.   I know that being dehydrated can make me tired. I can be in the middle of a busy day, and I suddenly my energy drops. Since I have learned that drinking water can keep your energy level up, I now ask myself, “how much water have I had today?”  Quite often I realize I haven’t had any water since breakfast. Time to take a break and have a large glass of water.

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Why Cooking From Scratch is Better

Here on the blog, I’ve shared quite a few recipes in the last 6 years. Personally, I prefer eating simple meals using real food. That doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy eating out occasionally, or that I don’t like short cuts in the kitchen. Unlike many people, I cannot live on take out. In the US, 60% of households order takeout weekly. With talks about America’s eating habits reaching unhealthy levels, there are ways to turn things around. This includes cooking from scratch and being responsible for what goes into your home-cooked meals. Indeed, you may not be able to cook all the time, and that may require eating out or ordering takeout. However, you benefit more when your meals are cooked from scratch. It can even help bring families together. Having everyone sit at the table and share your evening meal builds strong bonds. Today let’s discuss the main reasons for cooking from scratch.

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Cuban Arroz Con Pollo

I moved to Miami, Florida many decades ago. I explored  the beaches, the Keys, and tried lots of different foods.  I remember when we had a pot-luck party at work, I had my first taste of Arroz Con Pollo in the Cuban style.  I fell in love.  There are many variations of this dish as it is a staple in South America and the Caribbean and each group interprets it in their own way.  I would never say this is the only way to make it or even the best way, but it the way I love this yummy one-pot meal.  

 

 

 

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Tasty Orange Cake

Winter is the time to enjoy citrus fruits. Oranges ripen starting in November (depending on the kind of orange) through May.  Lots of us enjoy orange juice for taste and for health benefits with its vitamin C.  Today let’s discuss a sweet treat of orange cake made with orange juice and zest.  With one large orange and one medium orange, you can have the zest and juice to add lots of delicate flavor to a white cake and butter cream icing.  The cake is really wonderful plain too if you want cut some calories. If you ice the cake, I’d suggest you add some orange segments as decorations. Even orange slices  look great.

 

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Top Posts of 2020

Welcome to my 2021 review of 2020!  It’s always fun to look back over the year to see what the top posts were. I have left out the almost 7000 visits to my home page/archives as it does not name specific posts. I also dropped visits to my email subscribers page which was 2nd in visits. I had over 18, 000 visitors with the highest number of visitors coming in March. Ah yes, horrible March when we all were made to stay home.  I love having visitors but I don’t want another March like that.  Let’s have some fun at look at the posts that made people happy.

 

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