There has been a great deal of controversy about dog food. Problems of salmonella has resulted in several recalls of dog food.  Many people make their own which is what I used to do when I had dogs.  There is also the discussion about feeding your dogs raw meat.  Again, there is the high probability of germs, salmonella, and more.  One year for the holidays, my family and I went to visit my in-laws who lived in an apartment.  We had to travel to see them and, of course, brought the dogs.  At that time I had two Dobermans, a mother and son.  We placed them in a kennel near the in-laws that was surrounded by trees and lots of grass.  We were assured that they would be fine.  After we returned home, the son, Smokey, began to appear sick.  I hadn’t changed his routine or his dog food.  So I drove one hour to an older vet I knew.  He tested him and said his kidneys were failing and he was operating at three percent.  He gave me a diet for him that I started immediately.  I also used this recipe for my granddaughter’s dog because she hates dog food. It’s efficient but takes a little effort.  You can make it in whatever quantity you prefer.  I started with a large pan.  I  cut up and browned some onions in a large pan.  I also browned any of the following: chicken lives, beef livers, or any cuts of inexpensive meats.  I removed the meats and put them aside.  I then added boiling water and whatever amount of rice you might need for several days of food.  You can also include carrots or any vegetable your pet might like.  I included chicken bouillon for extra flavor.  I did salt the meat.  Once the rice was close to being finished, I added the meat so it had a good flavor.  My dog improved dramatically and lived a few more years.  My granddaughter’s dog is thriving. So, if you are tired of recalls and want to lower your pet’s food bill, try my recipe.  It really works.  In the Good Gus series there were very few dogs.  If you think about it, how did they feed their dogs?  The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

  There are continual articles about antiviral foods.  The articles tell you to eat these foods yet they do not offer recipes to help convince you to include them in your diet.  For example, garlic is an antiviral food.  Other than pasta sauce, people have no clue where to use it.  They could start with including it in mashed potatoes when you cook the raw potatoes.  It also works well if you are spicing up chicken, salmon and even beef.  Ginger is also an excellent antiviral food.  It’s delicious with stir fry and of course ginger snaps.  We are constantly told from the time we are young that we all need to eat our leafy green vegetables.  Of course, it’s healthy but you can use it a variety of ways besides salads.  Spinach pies are a fabulous way to enjoy spinach although I also love it fresh either in a salad or cooked.  Either way it’s delicious.  Nuts and seeds are also antiviral foods.  They  are quick and on the go not to mentioned full of fiber and protein.  Don’t leave out broccoli which is great cooked, raw or even on top of pizza.  If you are not a fan of green tea, add it to your iced tea or hot tea.  It’s not really noticeable when you drink it but it does boost your immune system.  In the Good Gus series, antiviral foods were readily available.  The series is online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” can be easily found on these cool nights at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

While we are all at home, we seem to be tired all the time. You need to boost your energy.  As the groceries seem to have a large supply of fresh produce, that is the first place to start.  What your mother said to eat when you were little is still true today.  If you want to boost your energy go back to leafy green vegetables.  When people began to panic, I went to the grocery not knowing that the hoarding had begun.  I could easily find some of the foods I eat such as yogurt.  All the other shelves were empty.  I moved on to a health food store that still did have a full bin of spinach but all the other bins were empty.  It can be cooked, added to a sandwich, or used in a salad.  It’s a great way to increase your greens and boost your energy.  Beets are also great.  They can easily be added to a salad.  There are many recipes that include fresh beets.  Apples are always a plus.  The old saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” is still true today.  They are a simple nutritious snack for both adults and children and will give you a boost. Of course, the old standby fish, particularly salmon should be on everyone’s list.  It may even become more important now since there may be a pork shortage which has instantly turned into a panic as a meat shortage.  One time in Ireland, I went to the grocery not realizing that there had been a problem with prok.  I wasn’t planning on buying it but my son was going to make carne asada that night.  There was, however, plenty of fish so we changed the menu.  It may be possible that all these issues with food may lead to healthier eating.  Of course, as all my readers know, Pecos was a farm to market economy.  The series is online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

During this crisis, many people are beginning to question their eating habits. Because they cannot buy all their favorite foods and eat at restaurants they are now discovering eating at home again after many years.  Although yesterday as I went to the health grocery store when I drove home I was shocked and amazed that the line at the window of Chick-fil-a was around the corner.  Apparently take away in the U.S. continues.  I have not heard of this in Europe.  A chef commented today on the internet about people changing their lifestyles in terms of the foods that they eat.  He believes that people will realize that eating healthy might prevent catching the virus in the future.  Other articles remind people to grow and or eat fresh herbs.  Whenever a new cook starts out, they generally begin with a semi-homemade recipe.  Then, because they feel that they are on the path to better health they experiment with fresh herbs.  For example, a simple tea sandwich you could make easily is this.  Soften and mix cream cheese and add a dash of lemon juice.  Cut up fresh dill, parsley or the fresh herb of your choice and blend well.  Trim the crust of two pieces of bread and spread with the cream cheese mix.  Peel and slice some cucumber, tomato,  or any other type of vegetable you might like and place on the cream cheese mix.  It’s a quick easy sandwich that you can completely enjoy.  It’s a small step towards better health.  Just an update regarding dog number three at my daughter’s.  A neighbor, who is a nurse, was grateful that her dog was found.  Now if she could find a home for Duke who is still a puppy, everyone would be happy.  By the way, my daughter’s original rescue dog, Bonnie, refused to eat in the beginning.  So I did what I used to do with my two Dobermans; I made their food.  If there is no dog food and your dog has no allergies, you can make your own easy inexpensive meals.  Find cheap meats at the grocery such as chicken livers, beef, even turkey and brown it in some oil.  Cook a large pana fair amount of  rice and add some carrots or any type of vegetable your dog will eat.  Use a bouillon cube for the broth.  Then, when the rice is done, add the meat and cook a few minutes longer.  It’s inexpensive and healthy for your dog.   In the Good Gus series everyone did have better health because they ate farm to table food.  The series is online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

So many people today tell me they are pinching pennies.  Economies claim to be good and for some people they are.  However, the cost of living continues to rise everywhere so it makes things difficult for them financially.  Rather than dwell on the fact that you can’t buy lobster or filet mignon, find ways that can help you eat well and be tasty.  For example, cheaper cuts of meat tend to be tough.  If you make a brine and soak them prior to cooking, they will be quite tender.  Combining any vegetables with chicken or turkey in a sauce and making a pot pie. If you don’t have the skills a thick creamy soup can be used as a gravy and there are many pre-made pie crusts that can be utilized.  You end up with a large tasty meal that can fed several people, or you can freeze the leftovers for another day.  Utilizing baking soda and vinegar for cleaning is a great way of pinching pennies.  I do recommend you use a decent detergent.  Many people use too much in their washers and over soap.  I have been guilty of that.  If you are pinching pennies with detergent, your appearance will suffer.  After all, these are the clothes you wear to work and it is important to look professional regardless of your profession.  Many years ago, I knew a man who was an engineer.  He dressed like all the engineers in a flannel shirt, khaki pants, and inexpensive shoes.  He really wanted to get ahead.  So, my late husband I took him shopping.  He nearly fainted at the cost of  decent clothes.  When it came to a leather belt and shoes, he looked like he was going to pass out.  However, the first day of wearing those expensive shoes made him realize at the end of the day that his feet didn’t hurt.  Within two weeks, a top executive was walking through the plant when he spotted my friend, the only well dressed man in the entire area.  He choose him for a presentation and today my friend is a top executive with a worldwide company.  Sometimes pinching pennies for the wrong things is a bad idea.  In the Good Gus series, I had different characters wear various colors to make them stand out.  The series is online at Nook, Kindle, and Waterstones.  Hard copies are still available at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California. “Misplaced Trust” is also available for these dreary winter days online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

Fast food has spread around the world.  It’s amazing.  People want it now.  The instant gratification shouldn’t be so prevalent in the entire world.  If it is easier to fry a food and add all types of preservatives so it will last longer, companies are doing it.  The worst part is that the fast food restaurants  take the meats out of the freezers, then they cook it where it sits for hours.  It’s not really fresh not to mention all the chemicals and non nutrients you are eating.  There are restaurants that purchase items and then let them sit in their refrigerators for four or five days.  Particularly if it is beef because of the wholesale price.  You would never do this at home, yet they cook and serve this food.  How frequently do you wonder why you became sick after eating at what might be considered fine dining.  Even in upscale restaurants, they utilize fast food but in a different way.  The prepare foods that they believe will keep for several days and then serve them.  They may not be fried but they are still a form of fast food.  I am not a fan of fast food.  The closest I may come is a salad buffet.  All food was made fresh daily in the Good Gus series.  Mary’s Cafe’ was the only restaurant in Pecos.  Bob’s Sweet Shop served ice cream.  In the new book, “The Christmas Pageant,” a new business will be arriving in Pecos.  As the gym is always my go to for ideas, I think I have the entire story now.  Remember, tomorrow Miss Patty will be at Balboa Park with hard copies of the series and her credit card machine.  Also, if you are passing through San Diego, you can purchase the books at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta.  It is still online at Kindle and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

All the diet studies are beginning to contradict each other.  Yesterday, I read about a study that stated a plant based diet was the only way to live.  It was a diet study of high cholesterol.  It was clear that this particular study indicated results that if you gave up all animal protein you would be much healthier and reduce your cholesterol.  They failed to point out that many individuals can have high cholesterol and still eat in a healthy way and not eat any animal protein.  In many families, high cholesterol is inherited from their relatives.  There may also be unrealistic goals of exactly what number a person should have.  When analyzing any diet studies, you really have to verify all the facts, find out who paid for the study, the number of participants, and if there is a hidden agenda.  The next article I read was about eating chicken vs. beef.  This study claimed that both products yielded the same negative effects on a person’s health.  True or false?  How can you believe it?  How was behind this study?  Could it have been the fish industry?  Who knows? The last study I read about said that you need protein particularly as you age to help avoid deterioration in your brain.  This may be the only one out of the three that I read that possibly made any sense.  It was more detailed and explained the need for protein for the cells within your brain.  As you read all these diet studies, check the sources and then read a few more to make sure your data is accurate.  In the Good Gus series, diet studies did not exist.  They ate all farm fresh food and protein.  Kindle seems to be having a problem with my Christmas book, “The Special Gift.”  If you will be patient if you are interested in the online version, I should have fixed within a couple of weeks.  In the meantime, the other books are available for your child’s reading pleasure.  For anyone in the UK, check out Waterstones and in San Diego, at the UPS Store, Tierrasanta, you can purchase the hard copies. Also, “Misplaced Trust” can be found online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

Once again heart healthy diets are in the news.  They are claiming that what you eat and vitamins don’t make a difference when it comes to heart disease.  Are they crazy?  If you eat a high fat diet, the fat has to go somewhere. It builds up in your body, so there is more area for the blood to flow and process.  It steadily clogs your arteries and before you know it you have heart disease.  As for vitamins, our soil around the world has been used and abused.  The lack of planting to nourish the soil because of the high demand for foods and profits has led to foods severely lacking in vitamins and minerals.  Where else are you going to get the extra nutrition you need except from a bottle?  There are daily articles on the internet citing the need for vitamins and minerals.  There is a preponderance of evidence that supports eating a healthy heart diet but most people ignore it.  If you walk down the frozen food section of any grocery you are likely to find prepared meals and foods that only require heating.  However, if you read the label you would probably return them to the shelves.  Yet, they are there because these products sell.  Many of those dinners are so high in fat and salt that if you were lazy and hoping for them to be part of any healthy heart diets you would be sadly mistaken.  It takes only a few minutes to prepare a reasonable home cooked meal.  If you are craving beef, how about low fat hamburg, cooked on a grill with a fresh vegetable or salad on the side?  Fast and easy yet filling.  In the United States they have meals delivered to you that  you can purchase with all the ingredients so that all you have to do is open the package, sort the foods out and follow the directions to cook.  It doesn’t get any easier. Healthy heart diets were a way of life in Pecos, Texas where the Good Gus series is set. Easy to find on Kindle and Waterstones, it is was also available today at Balboa Park and as always the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California.  “Misplaced Trust” is available at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

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