Friday, April 13, 2018

Coupon Codes for Book Orders

April 2018

Front and back covers.
Available in hard cover, paperback, and e-book.

I am sharing a few coupon codes for anyone looking to purchase a book at I have not tried these codes myself, so I am not 100% certain they are all still valid. The first one is listed on Lulu's site, so that one should work for sure. I also read that if you sign up for their subscription, and this is your first order, you can get 15% off. You may be able to also use a coupon code on top of that.

If anyone tries the following codes, please share your experience!

  • BOOKSHIP18 - 10% off print order, and free mail shipping or 50% off ground shipping; ends April 16th at noon
  • ONESHIP - 50% off
  • SHIPSAVE20 - 20% off all print products, and free mail shipping or 50% off ground shipping
  • FIVEPLUS - 30% off 5 or more books
  • FIFTEEN - 15% off
  • SHIPSAVE17 - free shipping
  • TRGE15 - Buy 3 books, get 1 free
  • LULUORDERS5 - 5% off
  • SHIPIT2018 - free mail shipping, or 50% off ground shipping
  • WORLDBOOKDAY - 25% off

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Curried Celery Soup

I wish my husband enjoyed blended/unusual soups as much as I do, because I love this one!

Some of the ingredients I used


  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon died rosemary leaves
  • dash crushed red pepper flakes, optional
  • 4 cups celery, chopped
  • 3½ cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • ¼ cup uncooked long grain or whole-grain rice
  • Optional garnishes: nonfat Greek yogurt and celery leaves - the yogurt will mellow the flavor a bit

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Tomato Basil Pasta

I love this versatile flavor combination as a base for pasta salad! Stir in 1 lb. cooked chicken strips, to serve as an entrĂ©e*. 

fresh tomatoes, fresh basil, fresh cheese...


  • 1 lb. cocktail tomatoes, chopped
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup dry whole-grain pasta: spirals, bow-ties, or broken spaghetti
  • Additional sliced fresh vegetables, as desired: mushrooms, bell peppers, zucchini, carrots... I use whatever I have on hand, and I happened to have mushrooms this time
  • *1 lb. thinly sliced cooked chicken breast - to prepare as a main dish
  • ⅓ cup fresh cheese, shredded Parmesan or chunked mozzarella - I used mozzarella this time

Friday, March 2, 2018

Ginger Roasted Carrots

I created this from a similar recipe I read, and we absolutely love these carrots! They look so much like sweet potatoes, that I think the next time we have them it may be in a dish with potatoes and carrots. Maybe, I will even throw in some butternut squash or apples. 


  • Carrots, peeled and cut into strips - I used about 2 cups
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes, more or less, to taste - I used about ½ teaspoon, which was delightfully spicy!
  • 1” piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt 
  • Dash ground cinnamon, optional

    Click on photo to enlarge

    Thursday, March 1, 2018

    Crusty Artisan Bread ~ made with whole-wheat flour and [optional] sourdough

    The original recipe I read for this bread warned NOT to make it with anything except all-purpose flour. Since I know that whole-grain and sourdough breads are healthier, I altered the recipe anyway. The end result has been amazing! I have made this bread with the following ingredients at least five times. You can also make it without sourdough starter, if you do not keep sourdough starter on hand.

    Baked bread; more photos below


    • 1¾ cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 cup whole-wheat flour
    • ½ cup sourdough starter*
    • 2 teaspoons kosher salt 
    • ½ teaspoon dry yeast
    • 1¼ cups lukewarm water

    *To omit sourdough starter, use 2 cups all-purpose flour and increase water to 1½ cups.

    Sunday, January 28, 2018

    Just like an Orange Julius!

    I remember an Orange Julius store in our local mall when I was growing up. I loved their beverages, and this recipe is very close!

    About half the batch

    Ingredients - makes 3 large glasses

    • 8 to 10 ice cubes
    • 1⅔ cups low sugar orange juice (not concentrate)
    • ¾ cup fat free milk and/or half and half  - I used about half of each
    • 1 tablespoon Stevia
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    Wednesday, January 24, 2018

    Lean Sirloin Stew

    I entered this fantastic recipe in a contest a few years ago, and it was one of the finalists! It is delicious. The flavor combination is excellent.

    Ready for the oven

    Ingredients - serves 4

    • 1½ lbs. sirloin, or any lean cut, steak 
    • 2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil
    • 2 small onions, quartered
    • 8 oz. fresh mushrooms, sliced or quartered
    • ¾ cup thinly sliced carrots
    • 1 small garlic clove, crushed, or ⅛ teaspoon garlic powder
    • 3 tablespoons whole-grain flour
    • 1 cup low-sodium beef broth
    • 2 tablespoons tomato paste - see one of my "hints" blog posts to see how I divide and store this to keep it fresh
    • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
    • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
    • 2 tablespoons dry red wine