Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Penny's Red Smoothie

My sweet friend, Penny, sent me the recipe for her favorite smoothie.  It has become my new favorite as well.  It's yummy AND healthy.  What more can you ask from a smoothie?


Penny's Red Smoothie


  • 1 med. (chopped) beet
  • 5 oz. of org. spinach, (about 2 handfuls)
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 - 3 cups frozen org. blueberries
  • a little Naked Juice or water

Makes 3 smoothies.

Mix all in a good blender - Vitamix or Blendtec.  If you have just a standard blender, it might not be able to handle the beet, but you could use the bottled beet juice instead.

My variation - I added a scoop of protein powder because my hubby (who has cancer) is supposed to be including that in his diet.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Cutting the Cable - Part 1

I consider our monthly cable bill obscene and we don't even have any premium channels.  I'm on a quest to cut the cable and figure out how to get the programs we like without paying an arm and a leg.



Hubby and I are retired (me late 50’s, he early 60’s).  We have a few favorite programs, but most of what we see on cable doesn't interest us.  Don't get me started on all the ridiculous reality shows and the conspicuous consumption celebrities with no talent.  

My husband loves sports – mostly baseball, golf and football.  We love Jeopardy.  Downton Abbey is a thrill for me each year.  Is this really going to be their last season? We enjoy a few home shows, especially Fixer Uppers and Tiny House Hunters.   We love old movies, too.   Lately, we seem to spend more time searching for something to watch than actually watching something.  

I keep seeing where other people are dropping cable and instead relying on cheaper services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and You Tube.  We have had Netflix for awhile, which seems insane.  As much as we pay for cable, it seems there should be no need for anything more.  Just this week, I made the plunge and signed  up for Amazon Prime.  We order from Amazon frequently, so it seemed to make sense/cents.  Sling TV looks like it may be a good solution for us as well.  It may be that we won't need both Netflix and Amazon Prime.  

There are cheaper ways to get local channels, but I'm just beginning to look into that.  I think you can get a very basic cable subscription.  You can also get some sort of antenna or box I think.  

I need to make certain that Hubby can watch the Atlanta Braves on TV.  If not, that would be a dealbreaker for him. 

We are still in the just-thinking-about-it phase on this idea.  If we actually make the jump, I'll do an update after we've used it for awhile.

If anyone has advice, 
I sure would appreciate it.  

Want to know more?  Check this out -  

The Ultimate Cable TV Alternatives - This post is fantastic!  It includes all sorts of info and options.  The author (a true techie) gives you a quick solution and also more detailed options so you can fine tune to get just what you need.  In his quick example, he breaks down the cost as follows - 

Cable TV Alternative Cost:
  • Roku 3 or Apple TV – $69 – $99 one-time cost 
  • TV antenna – $80 one-time cost 
  • Subscription Services – about $17 a month
  • Internet access – at most $60 per month
This equates to a $170 startup cost, and a monthly payment of $77 for internet, TV and Movies. That’s much cheaper than the average cable bill in the U.S. Using streaming based cable TV substitutes reduced my families entertainment cost by half.


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Parmesan Baked Cod

OMG!  This is the easiest recipe ever and it tastes great!  I found the recipe on Taste of Home and did a little tweaking.

My husband has never been a fish lover, but he's been told to eat more fish and less beef.  SO, he's learning to like fish.  His nutritionist suggested he start with fish like cod, mahi-mahi and flounder because those taste "less fishy".  She also told us to stick to WILD-CAUGHT fish because it tends to have less toxins.

I started by cooking the fish rather plain, which is fine, but am now trying to find more recipes for fish so we don't feel like we're eating the same things over and over.

This is our very favorite.


A few comments -

The original recipe called for worcestershire.  I substituted coconut amino because worcestershire has gluten and I can't have it.  Coconut aminos are wonderful, but not always easy to find.  I have found them locally.  Vitamin Shoppe carries it and I think I have have seen them at Fresh Market.  Amazon carries them, too.

The original recipe also called for green onions.  I omitted those altogether.  I like onions but they don't like me.

For those with gluten issues, one other thing to consider is the Parmesan.  I have trouble with pre-grated Parmesan.  I'm pretty sure the flour-y stuff they add to the grated version to keep the strands from sticking together contains gluten.  I have no trouble with the parmesan I buy in chunks and grate myself as long as I don't get carried away.

The sauce is rich.  My husband loves lots of it.  I prefer a lighter covering.  I recommend trying the recipe as written first.  You'll soon get a feel for your preferences and may end up making less topping or you might even make more.  It's also pretty easy to adjust for the number of fillets you are making.

The bottom line - this recipe is soooooo easy and can be put together so quickly that it will definitely be a primary go-to fish recipe.  If I could find a couple more that are this easy and this delicious, we'd have fish way more often.  Hubby says it's doesn't just make the fish tolerable, it makes it taste so good that he looks forward to it.

Moving Cancer Posts to a New Blog

I'm moving all the cancer-related posts from this FIRST A DREAM blog to a new blog -  RUDY AND DENISE.



I've just about got it up-to-date. Soon, I'll be deleting most of the cancer posts from this site.

This First a Dream blog was created mostly for house things, crafts, decorating, cooking and light topics.

I wanted the RUDY posts kept together in a dedicated location where it can be organized better.  It will serve as a journal as well.  It will hopefully help me keep up with things.

The new site has a spot on the sidebar where you can sign up for emails for anyone who wants to keep up with our journey.

I'm looking forward to getting this blog back to normal home life things.  I really need to keep some normal in my life.

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