A Healthy Christmas Gift Idea

On this blog, I just completed a 66-Day Experiment to Redeem Time without sacrificing the daily need to eat healthy, reserve time for Bible devotions, and exercise.

Now is a good time to extend the idea of eating healthy into Christmas gift giving.

(Fresh rosemary spiced olive oil) 


Food is a great consumable gift – after all, we all eat!

Food gifts can either be special items that the recipient enjoys but wouldn’t normally buy, regular items to help ease their budget, or homemade gifts.

Here is one healthy food gift idea.  Select a favorite healthy recipe.  Decorate a recipe card and attach part of the ingredients.

This gift is a recipe for Hearty Winter Bean Soup with dry pinto and garbanzo beans included. (For the complete recipe, look under Investigatin’ Recipes.) What ideas do you have?

Investigating Kitchen Tips for the Holidays

With cool evenings and family gatherings in store this holiday season, here are a few  hints to use in the kitchen.

  • If you cut the root end of the onion off last, you’re supposed to shed fewer tears.
  • Combining the juices from canned and cooked vegetables with soups will increase the quantity, nutrition and flavor.
  • Pour lumpy gravy in a blender and blend til smooth.
  • To eliminate spattering and sticking when pan-frying, heat your pan before adding butter or oil.

Check Investigatin’ Recipes for a Cheesy Broccoli Soup recipe that is SO GOOD.

What to do with Thanksgiving Leftovers

Happy Thanksgiving!


For an idea of what to do with leftover turkey, besides making sandwiches, try this recipe from Thyme Waves cookbook:

Layered Leftovers

1 pkg. (8oz) egg noodles

1/2 c green pepper, chopped

1/2 c green onions, chopped

4-6 oz mushrooms, fresh or canned

1 can  (16 oz) tomatoes

1/4 c black olives, chopped

8-10 oz leftover turkey

8-10 oz cheese, grated

Cook and drain the noodles. Microcook the green peppers, onions and mushrooms in small amount of water 3-4 minutes on HIGH. Drain. Mix tomatoes and olives with vegetables and noodles. Alternate layers of noodle mixture, meat and cheese. Microcook 10 minutes on MEDIUM or bake, uncovered at 350 for about 20 minutes until cheese melts.