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WIAW~ October 21, 2015

It’s that Happy time of week when we get together over at Peas & Crayons and talk about what we’ve been eating all week.  It’s What I Ate Wednesday!  When you’re finished here, be sure to stop over there to see what everyone’s been munching on all week long!

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I’m always up for a breakfast at the diner.  My best friend Gail and I took our other best friend Alice and Gail’s brother, Ray to the airport for a flight to Florida.  No problem except that we had to leave at 4:30 am!!  Again, no problem, but we wanted to go to breakfast and contrary to what we thought, all of the local diners are Not open at 5 am! We went to one that had recently reopened after renovations.  It looked nice but this was 5 am.  There were only 2 other people in the diner and we had to wait almost 25 minutes for our food.  It wasn’t that great when we finally got it.

Diner breakfast

But it was better than some early diner breakfasts I’ve had.  We headed to the gym afterwards to work it off.

I got a better breakfast at home on another day.  I like trying unique things with omelettes.

Omelette with black beans

Not the prettiest photo but very tasty.  Egg beaters and egg whites seasoned with Mrs. Dash and chipotle powder.  Inside chopped broccoli, 2% cheese and a quarter cup of black beans.  Topped with Cholula hot sauce, my new favorite.  The small addition of the quarter cup of black beans makes this extremely filling.  I add them in whenever I have the home-made beans in the fridge.

Sometimes I’ll take a little shortcut.  Ralph brought home a salad from a local convenience store labeled “super food” salad.  It was made with kale, slivered almonds and chopped apples.

Home Salad

I added some chopped spinach, cucumbers, tomatoes, black beans, 2 % cheese and light balsamic vinaigrette.  It was delicious!  It’s nice to take a little help when you can.  I love doing that with store-bought salads.  I can always find a way to make them more substantial or add some protein.

One more salad.  Ralph and I went to one of our favorite restaurants on Monday afternoon.  In line with my continued efforts to get back on and stay on track with my food choices, I had already decided what I would have before we got there.  When the server brought the menu, I left it on the table and didn’t even look.  I didn’t want to be tempted to stray from my plan.

Greek Salad

This restaurant has the best Greek Salad I’ve ever tried.  It looked better but I started to poke around at it.  I forgot that I’m blogging again and needed a nice photo!  Regardless, I think it’s beautiful and I know it was delicious.  I also asked for only one roll with it, that way I wouldn’t be tempted by an entire basket.  I keep trying!

That’s What I Ate Wednesday for me this week.  I need to get back to doing more cooking and coming up with some unique things.  We’ll see how I do.  Whatever I come up with, you can be sure I’ll be back here next Wednesday.  Be sure to stop over at Peas & Crayons to check out the other linkers!

Happy What I Ate Wednesday!


WIAW~Who Knows Where or When

Hello!  Yes, I am still alive, still recovering from my bilateral hip replacement but pretty much doing fabulously!  I still have probably two weeks of physical therapy left and (being the Good Patient that I am!) doing my exercises daily and using my cane for another week.  I’m trying hard to get out and get some walking in every day because my physical therapist tells me that’s important.  The days that I am able to get extra walking in, I do feel better.  Eventually, I will write a post All About the Adventure that was my surgery.  In the meantime, I move along trying to feel like my old self.

Part of that is getting back to blogging.  I have missed it So Much!!  I need to get a schedule set up for myself again and stick with it.  What better way of getting back on schedule than joining in for What I Ate Wednesday hostessed by the lovely Jenn at Peas and Crayons?  So here goes!

What I Ate Wednesday: FALL into Good Habits

My food offerings are somewhat random as you can probably tell from my title.  Just a few tasty things, some of which I’ve saved for a few weeks, always intending to do a post!

Pumpkin pancakes


Ralph and I went out to breakfast on Tuesday morning.  Right before going into the diner, I swore to myself that I would make a good choice, allowing myself to get back on track with my food.  So of course, I ordered pumpkin pancakes!  I did ask for the sugar-free syrup…Do I get points for that?!?

Pepper and egg sandwich


One of my all time favorites…pepper and egg sandwich with American cheese from our local pizzeria.  I love this and it never fails to satisfy.  Also, it always reminds me of my Mom.  Good enough for me!

Ralph and I went to a wonderful wedding for the son of close family friends.  I was very happy when along with the usual meat and fish choices, the invitation offered a stuffed mushroom.  Having no idea what that might be, I made that choice.  Was I ever pleasantly surprised.

Stuffed mushroom


The base was rice, then the Portobello,  It was then stuffed with what I think was a tasty puree of white beans and wonderful herbs and spices.  Topped with yellow squash although several people have said it looks like potato chips.  No chips but it was Delicious and very filling.  I loved it!

Of course, it wouldn’t be BCDC without at least one salad.

Birthday Greek salad


We have recently started going to a local Italian restaurant that we hadn’t gone to before.  This is their Greek salad.  I love the combination of the greens, olives, tomatoes and feta.  It’s a much more delicate Greek salad than some of the ones I get around here.  It is just delicious.  This restaurant has other good choices too, but I think this might be my favorite.

Just typing up this post is getting me back into the feel of blogging.  It’s not that I haven’t wanted to, I just haven’t had the enthusiasm for it.  I feel that coming back.  Maybe it’s the Fall.  I always want to start something in the Fall.  In this case, I’m re-starting something.  The whole idea makes me happy!

Be sure to stop over at Peas and Crayons to check out all of the other wonderful food and ideas that everyone is sharing.  I know I will!

Happy What I Ate Wednesday!!

WIAW~Food Between The Boxes

Silly title, I know, but I really feel that’s what’s been happening around here lately.  I sort and pack boxes and try to fit some food in between.  I suppose I should photograph some of my food ON the boxes…that would be fun.  But no, I don’t think so.

Anyway, It’s time for What I Ate Wednesday hostessed by Jenn at Peas & Crayons.  Be sure to check out the other foodies when you’re finished here at BCDC.  Bet they won’t be whining about boxes over there!

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My meals are from all over the place this week.



One of my favorite breakfasts…egg substitute, egg whites and garlic chili sauce.  I like this so much that I had eaten half before I remembered to do a photo.  It’s way bigger than this to start.



Veggie burger on a salad…Yum!!  I actually had this twice this week…I know what I like.



Another favorite this week has been bran flakes and soy milk.  I’m trying to get breakfast in on a more regular basis and I really like this!



Fourth of July at Ele’s house!  I made the big salad and brought my own beans.  I had two bowls that looked just like this.  Love Ele’s deviled eggs…Yum!!



Ok…so there was Funfetti cake for dessert…so good!  Ele makes the best cakes!



Bran flakes and soy milk again…this time with banana! I’m happy that I’ve been doing better with breakfasts lately.



Tea for two at the Chinese restaurant…



Vegetable lo mein.  I haven’t had it in a long time and I really enjoyed it.



Ok…so there Had to be ice cream somewhere this week!  I had rum raisin and Ralph had black cherry.  So good.  We’ve got to make the most of it…they close in September!!



…and just to prove my point…one last breakfast.  Scrambled eggs and sliced tomatoes.  Always a winner.

So that’s WIAW for this week.  Be sure to check out the food gang over at Peas & Crayons.  There’s always something to drool over!

Happy What I Ate Wednesday!

WIAW~Living In The Maelstrom

I looked it up…


/ˈmeɪlstrəm/ Show Spelled[meyl-struhm] Show IPA



a large, powerful, or violent whirlpool.

a restless, disordered, or tumultuous state of affairs: the maelstrom of early morning traffic.

( initial capital letter ) a famous hazardous whirlpool off the NW coast of Norway.
Well…I’m no where near Norway, but the first two definitions are fairly appropriate to the state of affairs in my house.  I’ve been working hard all week to crack this nut and although I am by no means completed, I am feeling hopeful.  I will get it done!
But that doesn’t mean that I can’t participate in What I Ate Wednesday…that fabulous food maelstrom that happens weekly over at Peas & Crayons, led by the lovely Jenn!
Spooky Snacks and Healthy Halloween Treats
Though I haven’t really gotten into snack and treats all that much, the most obvious reason being that if I have them around, I’ll eat them…here’s WIAW from the Maelstrom (just love using that big word…which I looked UP!  So excited that it actually meant what I thought it meant!! 😉   )  My food is sort of a combo of various days but I guess that’s what I usually do!
Sunday breakfast always seems to be an egg sandwich on a sandwich thin.  Enlivened up here by some sriracha and a Smiley!!  Topped with just a touch of Locatelli cheese…that’ll liven up anything!
You’ve heard of oats in a jar…this is cottage cheese in the container…
Why dirty a bowl when there’s just about a 1 cup serving left in the container?!  Topped with LOTS of ground black pepper and sweet pickle relish…if you think this doesn’t look good, then…Sorry, but you’re Wrong!  It’s delicious!
Crock pot apples topped with plain fat-free yogurt and a bit of cinnamon.  So delicious.  I’ve got to get to work on the bag full of apples I got earlier in the week.  I’m so excited!!  These are just delicious!
A yummy early lunch from Monday.  When Ralph goes for his bi-annual (I looked it up and bi-annual is right!) doctor’s appointment we always stop at a particular diner that serves me this plate of deliciousness.  It’s called an Athenia burger plate and is meant to have Greek salad and a regular burger.  They’re happy to swap in a veggie burger which is so good, I’ve asked them for either the recipe or where they get them.  They will give me neither…  😦  Wish I could find the answer to that question!  This is just the right amount…very satisfying.
Monday night’s dinner was another of my odd combos.  In the spirit of cleaning up and cleaning out…I’m doing the same thing with my freezer.  I found some Morningstar Farms chicken-ish strips.  They were in great shape, but the broccoli I found was in less than stellar condition, hence it doesn’t look very green.
Made a quick batch of couscous.  While that was plumping, I sautéed onion, garlic and red bell pepper, my last, I really need to get to the produce market!  When that had cooked a bit, I added the chicken-ish strips and the broccoli which was really a freezer burned lump, but it added volume!  Added some veggie broth (which I need to tell you all about soon) and just before it was finished I added a half cup of cottage cheese for some extra protein and cheesiness.  Topped it all with some Locatelli cheese.  This was so good and very filling.  I love these bizarre combos that I come up with!
That’s What I Ate Wednesday for me today!  Be sure to check out all of the fun over at Peas & Crayons and remember to leave a comment…well…because we Love them!  I continue with my grand project and I must say I’m feeling good about it.  Keep tuning in and I’ll keep updating you!  Go eat something Delicious!
Happy What I Ate Wednesday!!

Not The Way It Is At All

I know that I’m a slug sometimes.  I take full responsibility for that.  I’ve even developed a sort of pride in my slugdom.  If I’m going to be a slug, be a very good slug.  Read a book all day and nothing else except for food and bathroom breaks.  THAT”S a slug in action…you should excuse the mixed metaphor.

But, I haven’t really been a slug this week, yet I feel like one.

I did some, admittedly not much, but some reorganizing of my closet area in expectation of putting in a new clothes hanging rack.  Of course, that has to be assembled, but one step at a time!

I’ve started to work on cleaning out my car which is more like a mobile storage unit, but still does transportation duty. 😉 I believe I’ve removed all of the legitimate trash from the car. I found 4 rain coats and 4 umbrellas…guess I’m Really worried about the rain!  Oh, yes, also a rain poncho that Ralph put in …Just In Case!!

There is still an entire box of rummage sale/yard sale/Goodwill household finds that I want for our house in New Mexico.  If I had done this before the trip in August, I could have taken them all there and wouldn’t have to worry about them now!  There’s also a box filled with books.  Some came from Florida after my trip in January.  I didn’t actually get them until April when Gail drove back.  Others again are rummage sale/yard sale/Goodwill treasures.  Some though are destined for My yard sale in the Spring.  Thank goodness!

Also found a bag full of CD’s that I used to listen to in my office to sooth me when people were driving me crazy.  I had no idea where they were and I was glad to find them.

At least I no longer have the urn with my ex-father-in-law’s ashes back there.  I was given custody for various reasons too long and complicated to go into.  He rode with me for quite a while until we figured out what to do with him.  I thought of him as my guardian angel on my long commute.  I would talk to him sometimes.  He received his proper burial about 2 years ago.  I miss his comforting presence back there.

The car is probably going into the shop today, so I need to get more of my treasures out of there.

There has of course been food in my week.  A nearly empty jar of Sunbutter made yummy overnight oats…

The day that Ralph and I spoke to the mechanic about getting the car fixed we stopped at Taco Bell for lunch.

I had their veggie cantina bowl.  This was really good. Fairly high in points, but it was tasty enough to be worth it!

Last night, I was hungry but again playing the part of the slug.  I made cous cous spiced with Mrs. Dash Fiesta Lime.  That’s not  much work…In the microwave, I heated some of my crock pot black beans (it’s so great when they are waiting in the fridge for me!), some frozen corn, some veggie broth and lots of Penzey’s Arizona Dreaming seasoning.

Topped it with some Locatelli cheese and in about 8 minutes…dinner was served! It doesn’t look all that appetizing (a lot of times I think that about my food!) but trust me it was delicious!

So I guess, if you total it all up, I haven’t been a slug.  Just can’t figure out why I feel that way.  Oh, well…Guess I just need to make every day productive whether it feels that way or not!!

Happy Thursday!


I Dream Of Veggies

As much as I enjoyed our trip to New Mexico and the recent one to Atlanta, there was something that was missing for over a month…enough veggies.  When we were in New Mexico, I spoke about our fridge issues.  It wasn’t working so I couldn’t really stock up on fruits and veggies and make all the salads I had intended.

In Atlanta everything was a la carte, and a side salad was Very expensive.  I don’t mind paying for a salad, but $9.oo for a side salad is a little beyond me.  I suffered in silence and ate no salads except the one at the banquet.

I realized when we got back to New Jersey that I had left some veggies around the house which I had intended to give to my sister, Ele.  They served me well on Tuesday night.

Bedraggled green peppers and a zucchini plus some garlic.

A slightly past its prime potato cooked in the microwave.

With the addition of a few spotted tomatoes that I forgot about when I took the photo, lots of salt and pepper and some mystery spices from my cupboard and topped with some shredded cheese…This was delicious and filling!  My kind of dinner!

Wednesday took us to another of our family birthday lunches.  I didn’t know about this one until Monday, but as soon as I found out…I started dreaming of this…

A Greek salad topped with grilled Portobello mushrooms.  My body was craving this and I couldn’t have been happier.  This is possibly the best Greek salad around.  Mild dressing which is used lightly and with the addition of the grilled Portobello, it is a real meal!  Made me Smile! 🙂

Glad they only gave me a small piece of birthday cake…I do still need to weigh in on Saturday at Weight Watchers.  I would like to have some success so that I can feel back on track after such a long time of being Off Track.

The crew included…

Ralph’s sister Kathy and her husband John.

Sister Maddie and her husband George.

Cousin Kathie, Cousin Lynne (The Birthday Girl!) and Aunt Marie.

We had a lovely.  I always enjoy when we all get together!

So my dreaming of veggies continues.  When I finish here, I go make a list for my visit to the produce market.  I can’t wait!!

Happy Thursday!

WIAW~Feeling Like A Human

In all my daze and confusion during our recent trip to New Mexico and California, I never forgot What I Ate Wednesday.  One week I had to post a non-food edition, but hey, I still TALKED about food and I was here for the party.  I’m feeling more like a human now and I’m getting back to more of a normal routine…well, normal for me at least! Remember that this fun food fest is brought to you by Jenn over at Peas & Crayons.  Be sure to visit all of the other fun food people over there when you’re finished here…Leave some comments, Kids!

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It’s Fall and I love Jenn’s new WIAW logo…there I said it!

Tuesday was the first day where I felt back on track in food and in other aspects.  Started with a good breakfast.

Barbara’s shredded oats-leftover and brought back from NM.  I can’t find them anywhere in the regular grocery stores here.  I have to start looking further afield.  Delicious with the Silk Pure Almond!  This bowl makes me Happy!

In my effort to get back on track, I made egg salad in the morning.  It’s a great thing to have on hand because both Ralph and I can eat it for lunches (oh, Ok, for snacks sometimes too!)  A big plop of it (Ok, I measured…it was a half cup) on top of some of the leftover salad from the big salad I made to take to Ele’s on Saturday night.  I love when I have already made salad in the fridge.  I should probably do it more often.  A little bit of Mrs. Dash Fiesta Lime and some pickled jalapeno spiced it up.  I’ve recently gotten hooked by these tasty beauties.  I had them at Ele’s house and I can get them in a jar at Aldi…cheap!  I forget what I paid, but I’ve put them in eggs, on veggie burgers…Yum!  Also love my Free yellow bowl! Perfect size for lunch.

Dinner was fairly standard…the rest of the leftover salad with some added celery, green bell peppers and tomatoes (which didn’t go in until after the photo!)  Topped with some shredded cheese and Catalina dressing (also brought back unopened from NM, couldn’t open it because of the fridge issues) Oh, yes…a Morningstar Farms spicy black bean burger, too.  They are still my favorite!  All mixed up in my very favorite…The Big Purple Bowl!!

We’ve had a great deal of rain the last few days and even though I’ve been starting to feel like getting out to walk again, the weather has Not cooperated.  I know I need to start to get exercise again.  So it was 40 minutes on the exercise bike for me.  Great way to get some exercise in and some reading…well I’m exercising too, right?! 😉  Wish I had a treadmill…once we move, I’m voting for a treadmill!

I also feel VERY accomplished because I did a lot toward sorting and packing.  My hairdresser is buying a set of dishes that I had packed away.  They were packed in plastic bins wrapped in clothes.  I thought they were my clothes but they were shirts of Ralph’s.  As I packed up the dishes in the new way I’ve learned (I’ll explain that sometime!) Ralph tried on all of the shirts to see if they still fit.  😦  Only weeded out one shirt, but I’ll find more. 

Three plastic bins OUT of the bedroom and ready to be packed with something else!  Moving them out allowed me to get to several boxes that were marked “Books Not Read.” OK! I went through those books (mostly Goodwill finds so-Cheap!) Found two duplicates of things I’ve bought again, because I didn’t realize I had them! But weeded through them as well, pulling out books I don’t think I really want to read.  More for the Yard Sale…Hooray!!  I was able to then pack in some others that were in my towering (toppling) To Read pile.  I now have more room in the bedroom and more fodder for the Yard Sale!

That brings us to the end of What I Ate Wednesday…And Everything Else I Did!!  I felt very accomplished by the end of the day.  I need more days like this in the food department and in the sorting and packing department as well!  I think it’s still rainy out there, so no walk for me today, but I WILL be on the bike!

Don’t forget…hope over to Peas & Crayons to check out what all the WIAW cuties are posting today!

Happy What I Ate Wednesday!  I Need To Go Do A Project!!!




Say Hello To Salads

One of my favorite things, right?!  Well, Yes!!  As much as I loved our trip to New Mexico, salads were not a big part of it.  Since our fridge wasn’t working properly while we were there, I couldn’t really stock up and have a bunch of veggies at hand.  I did make one big salad when we first got there, but after that, no fridge=no salad… 😦

I did get up and going on Thursday.  I got my hair cut early (photos to follow if they turn out decent) I got to Aldi for some groceries ( there was truly nothing in the fridge except mustard, ketchup, mayo and water bottles!) I then headed to the produce market and shopped with restraint.  Under the circumstances, I could have gone hog-wild, but I decided that I would keep my control.  It was difficult, because I was dazzled by all of the veggie goodness! 😉

When I got back, Ralph was ready for lunch.  I decided that since I would be facing weigh in at Weight Watchers today, I’d try to make a good choice.  Since Picasso’s is right around the corner from us, and I know they have things that are good choices, I suggested that.

I decided on their mixed cheese salad again.  I really can’t go wrong with this, it’s filling and very tasty with the balsamic vinaigrette added.  I love that they always give me extra.  Hello dinner salad!

I actually couldn’t wait to get to my dinner salad.  It had been So Long since I’d had one. 

I’m so out of practice, that I forgot to put the tomatoes in the photo!  But of course the romaine, celery, green bell pepper, shredded cheese and veggie burger made it!

Happiness is a Big Purple Bowl filled with veggies!!  I enjoyed this so much.  Ralph joked that if I said “mmmm” one more time he was leaving!!  It was very good and was just what I needed.  I think there will be many more of these in my future! 😉

I’m off to weigh in at WW in a little while.  I’m hoping I have an acceptable result.  I’m pretty sure I’ll have a gain, just hope I don’t have to pay!  We’ll see how it goes…Hope it’s worth not having my coffee this morning!

Happy Friday!!

WIAW~In The Land Of Enchantment

Even if I’m confused about what day it is…and if you’ve been reading lately, you know that I am ever since we got to New Mexico…even with all of this…I Know it’s Wednesday and that means, What I Ate Wednesday!  That’s the wonderful food party instigated by Jenn at Peas & Crayons. Be sure to head over there after BCDC to see what all the lovely ladies are eating this week…and Leave Some Comments!

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Since I’ve only settled into New Mexico and now our California road trip is looming, I’m not doing too well with summer staples, but when we get back to NM at the beginning of the week…we’ll do some stapling! 😉

Finally got the chance to try some of the Barbara’s cereals, they carry them at the local food co-op.  I wanted puffins, but settled for shredded oats.  These are So good.  Very filling which I like.

Made a great salad the other night.  Romaine, some local grown lettuce, tomatoes, celery, red and green bell peppers and an apple. I had bought some Mrs. Dash, figured that would be a good all-purpose seasoning to have, some parmesan cheese and light ranch dressing.  It was very good.  Like my Big Green Bowl? Got it for $1 at Target.  Works great although, I do miss my Big Purple Bowls… 😦

Ralph and I went to the local Asian Buffet.  We’ve been there before and one of my favorite things is the fact that they have vegetarian hot and sour soup.  This is very spicy and yummy! 

I also had a nice plate full…

Veggie lo mein, veggie mei fun, egg foo young, mixed veggies and bok choy .  Very good and I was so stuffed, I couldn’t believe it!  I did have a nice plate of melon after but forgot to take a photo… 😦

So that’s about if for me for What I Ate Wednesday.  By the time you’re reading this, we’ll be on the road to California…at least we’d BETTER be!!

Don’t forget to stop over at Peas & Crayons to check on all the fun!

Happy What I Ate Wednesday…from the Road!!

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WIAW~Walking, Walking, Walking

Good Morning and welcome to the latest edition of What I Ate Wednesday!! Do I sound like a game show host?!  Not that I want to  but what the Heck!  Wednesday is the happiest day of the week around here. Why?  Because the delightful Jenn over at Peas & Crayons brings us all together each week for all of this fun!  Don’t forget to stroll over there and see all of the wonderful food and be sure to leave some comments!

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Yes, we’re still acting all fit!  For once, I don’t have to feel left out…as my title suggests…I’ve been walking and walking… I’ve walked 2 miles almost everyday over the past 2 weeks.  That’s not much for some people, but I’m just getting back into this.  In spite of the heat, I get out there early and give it my best!  I’m feeling really good about it and the days that I’ve had to miss for various reasons, there’s definitely something missing in my day.  I’m sticking with it!! 🙂

How about some food?  Ok by me!

Overnight oats with Spiru-tein tropical fruit flavor mixed in and a nectarine on top…So Good!

This salad looks a lot like my usual ones.  But I was finishing up some celery and it was SO crunchy that it took me over an hour to eat it!  I love a meal like that…the longer it takes me to eat it, the less likely I am to need a snack!

Over the weekend, Ralph and I went to Dunkin’ Donuts for breakfast.  Had my usual fav…iced coffee and the veggie and egg flatbread sandwich.  So good!

However, I have to confess….

I also had an apple fritter…I shouldn’t have but it was SO good!!  And yes…I counted the Points! 😉

Another salad in the lovely Big Purple Bowl!  This one had Morningstar Farms Veggie burger cooked up and added in.  Yummy!!

That’s about it for food photos this week…it’s not that I’m not eating…just not taking many photos.  Trust me, I’ll be overloading you with food photos when we’re on our trip which is less than 2 weeks away!!! I’m so excited!  I’m so behind!! We’ll see how well I stay on track then!!

That’s WIAW for me this week.  Hope you’ve all had a good week.  Be sure to scurry over to Peas & Crayons to take a look around and remember to leave a comment!  It’s such fun…you’ll never know if you don’t try.

Me?  Well, I’m going out walking !! Walking, Walking, Walking…

Happy What I Ate Wednesday!!