Dangerous Garden Warnings

The garden can be a dangerous place. No kidding! On Sunday I encountered a HUGE snake, slithering amongst the end of summer overgrowth but that said, the mice were beginning to ruin all my tomatoes and cantaloupe. Now I walk gingerly and keep my hands out of those overgrown corners. Earlier in the year the hornets were everywhere but I let them swarm around me while I worked, they never once bothered me and if it hadn’t been for them pollinating, I wouldn’t have had fruit. Now they are gone and the bees have moved in for the second round of flowers but I did get stung and it gives me the chills thinking of it now. Those hornets built a nest under my front porch. In the garden we got along fine but when my hat brushed against their nest, several of them came after me, ouch! As I walk out into the garden now, after having seen that snake, which I’m not sure if it is a rattler or not, I will remember the warning the hornets gave me.  I won’t wait for a warning from the snake as it just might be the “Don’t tread on me” variety.

Suellen Ocean is the author of Gold River one of her books for a buck available at Amazon.

The Apple Diet – Pretty & Fresh

When I first got together with my husband he had us go on an “apple diet”. But it wasn’t entirely apples, he allowed us to eat a little raw cabbage as well.  It didn’t last very long, probably just a day and a half and after we were through we smelled like apples. It wasn’t too big a deal for me because I’d been enjoying apples from the trees I found out in the woods and eating quite a bit of them because they were so pretty and fresh, I was young and believed that if I ate something so pretty and fresh right off the tree, I couldn’t help but look that way too.  Now days, I still eat fresh apples but just one at a time, sometimes only three apples a week. But I noticed that when I’m craving something, anything, whether it feels like I need protein or sugar, that apple really hits the spot.

 

Suellen Ocean is the author of Gold River available at Amazon.

From Mice To Moose-Sized Deer / Predators In My Garden

I think the mice are eating as much as the deer, although it is a huge thrill to come face to face with a buck staring you down on the other side of the garden fence. But the deer stay out while the mice party down night and day on organic heirloom tomatoes and cantaloupe. My husband told me the neighbor’s cat was in there yesterday. Much as I love those cute little mice, I hope our feline friend enjoys his daily patrol and the rodents go back to their native fare … acorns!

 

Suellen Ocean is the author of Gold River one of her books for a buck available at Amazon.

End of Summer – Not the Time to be Apathetic

If you’re a gardener like I am, you may be a tad exhausted after months of soil preparation, weeding, watering and harvesting but the end of summer is not the time to shrug and let the garden go. Keep watering, weeding and if necessary fertilizing. You’ll get a lot more produce that way, which is what you planted it for. Right?

Suellen Ocean is the author of Gold River one of her books for a buck available at Amazon.

What’s This High School Skinny?

I’m not so sure we’re supposed to be high school skinny. After all, take a look at the life of a tree. Don’t they get bigger as the years go by? If they are given room to grow, they spread out and become beautiful. Yes, studies say that thinner people live longer and there is no question that too much body fat causes problems, many of them fatal. So I strongly encourage myself to do my best to keep the fat down but I don’t expect to be high school skinny nor do I expect that of anyone else except those in high school and only if skinny is their body type. I will say that I wish I knew then what I do now in regards to calories and the way our bodies burn them. The metaphor of a wood stove helps me to understand the calorie burn. The bigger the logs the bigger the fire to burn them. No fire no burn. High school skinny? Not me. Comfortable with the body I have? Absolutely.

 

Suellen Ocean is the author of Gold River one of her books for a buck available at Amazon.

Non-fat Doesn’t Mean Non-Tasty

For some of us the day comes when we need to cut calories and fat. It can be very depressing to suddenly stop our former way of eating. It’s like a death. But a good diet brings life and a higher quality one at that. Use juicy foods like fresh tomatoes and steamed onions to flavor pasta or rice and if your diet allows salt, a bit of soy sauce helps as well. Some diets allow a tiny bit of maple syrup, which can also be used to flavor. When you have a salad with a little vinegar on it and put it on the same plate as your entree, the vinegar will mingle with the soy, onions, tomatoes and spices. If you’re new at this, you’ll get the hang of it. Good luck, good health.

 

Suellen Ocean is the author of Gold River one of her books for a buck available at Amazon.

Just Think of the Calories You’ll Save by Omitting Butter

My father used to say, “You want bread on that butter?” because my sister and I gobbled so much of the creamy, yellow fat onto our crusty French bread. I have been omitting it for years and now find the taste of butter foreign. Substitute olive oil, it makes nice garlic bread, people have been doing this for years. It takes time and patience to change a diet but you can do it. You’ll get used to no butter and you’ll omit many calories of which all are fat.

 

Suellen Ocean is the author of Gold River one of her books for a buck available at Amazon.

Save Calories By Cooking Without Oil

The key to cooking without oil is to use a cast iron skillet, no-stick spray and low heat. Follow the directions carefully on the no-stick spray then put your garlic, onions and sliced mushrooms in the sprayed cast iron skillet. Cover but leave a crack so the steam can escape. After three or four minutes at low heat, crack your eggs and add the whites then cover again leaving a crack for steam to escape and cook until the whites are done. With toasted bagels and a salad with juicy tomatoes, this is a tasty omelet-like dish.

 

Suellen Ocean is the author of Gold River one of her books for a buck available at Amazon.

It’s Hard To Stay On A Diet But That 15-Minute Rule

Really works. If you wait 15 minutes and you are still hungry then maybe you need more to eat but I’ve found that second helping I was dying for 15 minutes ago is unappealing because I’ve allowed that time to let my digestive system work on the food I already ate and give me the full feeling so desperately needed while dieting. It doesn’t always work, sometimes you are just famished and nothing will stop you but if you can, have one helping then wait fifteen minutes or more before you have another helping.

 

Suellen Ocean is the author of Gold River one of her books for a buck available at Amazon.

Save Calories By Letting The Veggies Cook Themselves

It’s not as much fun to cook without oil but it protects those who have high cholesterol. Using cooking spray correctly (heat it in the pan first) then adding vegetables like mushrooms, onions, zucchini, celery, garlic, etc. then putting a lid on it and turning the burner down to low, will saute’ them. Be careful that you don’t overcook them, unless you enjoy them well cooked. Add them to brown rice or some great fresh bread, throw in a salad with only a dash of vinegar and there you have a low-fat (non fat?) meal that will be satiating and keep you and/or your loved ones around for a while.

Suellen Ocean is the author of Gold River, one of her books for a buck available at Amazon.