This morning I’m packing for a 48 hour getaway. Since I have 4 days of eating well behind me and starting day 5, I have to prepare enough healthy choices that I don’t get caught hungry. “Eating right is my reward”. Even though there will several restaurants where I will be, I am packing some fruit, and raw nuts, raw almond butter, plain rice cakes, carrots, plenty of water, some dark chocolate (just a little) and some LaraBars. Speaking of Larabars, I just called my local Trader Joe’s and  asked them if they could change up some of their Larabar flavors. After all, there are so many! I requested Ginger Snap. It was my favorite of the samples that Larabar sent me earlier this year.  I am also going to make use of the fitness center this trip. My intentions are always good but I never seem to quite follow through.



Every year I promise myself that I am going to make fresh hot pepper from my hot pepper crop. This year I am doing it. As part of my “changing it now” promise to change.

I am 75 days from my one year goal and I am not doing well with my eating plan. Other positive changes are continually happening and yes, everyday is new. Hot peppers!



I grew up with a second generation Italian dad who kept tradition alive throughout his entire life. Some of the things he did was grow a beautiful garden every year, make wine, cheese, sausage, homemade pasta and jar tomatoes so we had fresh sauce all year round.

I have always grown vegetables, which I inherited from dad’s traditions but this year is the first year I am jarring my own. My brother took me through the process and I am now doing it myself. It’s pretty cool and easy to do actually.


I picked through my riper tomatoes and cut them in half. I passed them through a tomato press several times  assuring that all the juice was squeezed out and then I took the juice and boiled out the water. On the side, I boiled the mason jars and lids to kill any bacteria. I added my fresh grown basil to the jar and a teaspoon of salt. (I am inclined to leave the salt out but I am still following the family recipe.) Once the tomatoes were ready, I poured the boiling hot tomato juice into a jar up to the brim and dropped the sterilized hot lid onto the jar. Then I screwed the band on tightly. WaLa, and here it is.


I promised this year would be about change. I am working on eating better although I’ve been far from perfect. I am back to eating whole wholesome foods with no added sugar and I am avoiding the gluten due to stomach problems.

I love the “farmers market” in town on Saturdays. All fresh and grown in NJ. Scotch Plains Farmers Market

Another major change I’m working on is Divorce. I have been putting off filing for 2 years. I finally did it. It’s bitter sweet but I need to move forward in a positive light.