A Slow Start to the New Year

No, I have not abandoned my blog, although it might seem like it.  I intend to keep writing and this year, I hope to get back to a regular schedule, and even make this blog better than it has been.  All good plans aside, my new year got off to a rough start with a stomach virus.  So much for the collards and black eyed peas, the blog posts, the intention board.....I am finally back to feeling good, with big hopes for the year. I am inside this weekend with 8 inches of snow, temperatures in the single digits, and ice on all the roads.  I can see on Facebook that some people are out and about, and coffee shops etc are open, but I am a Southern girl with no experience driving on snow/ice, so I am not chancing it.  I am thankful for my cozy home, with cuddling kitties, lots of hot tea, and more projects than I can ever get to.  The roads around me have not been plowed but I did shovel off the driveway in hopes that the sun will melt what is left, and I can get out to work tomorrow.  I drive 80+ miles every day, so hopefully the roads get cleared.  If not, I'll be in the for the day again.  I hate to use vacation but better safe than sorry, right? 

Winter weekend cooking

Winter weekend cooking

So let's see....I haven't written since before Christmas. I enjoyed a wonderful weekend, although it went much too fast and I hated not having any extra days off.  My mom came to Winston-Salem for Xmas eve and we attended a beautiful midnight mass.  Neither of us are good at staying up late, so we opened all our presents before church, something to keep us awake!  I took mom on a night ride to see some Christmas lights, but WInston rolls the sidewalks up early, and most all the houses had turned off their lights by 9:30!  Christmas day we had a wonderful lunch and visit at my cousin's in Charlotte.  I made a cheesecake that was delicious but not healthy in any form.  I did make it with quality ingredients but in the end cream cheese, sugar, eggs and Neuman-Os are not good for you.  Definitely a special occasion food.  I won't share the recipe here since this intended to be a healthy eating blog but I am a proponent of life balance and splurges on special occasions, so I admit to the indulgence! 

What else?  In more news that probably no one cares about (Ha Ha!).... I ate fast food last week!  I hadn't eaten much in days, nothing sounded good, and I am in my car all.the.damn.day where you either bring it with you or you are at the mercy of what is near your patients....which is often nothing.  The other day I needed a bathroom break, it was 3 pm and I hadn't had lunch and was starving, and the only thing beside a gas station was....McDonalds.  I pulled right in, and had a small order of fries. 

I have to admit, they were delicious. I can see how that kind of food can become a habit.  Quick, cheap, salty and hot.  I won't do it again anytime soon, but it certainly was a welcome treat.  And since this has turned into a totally random blog post, here is a photo of the kitties.  I had pulled off the duvet cover and all the sheets the morning I got my stomach ailment.  I had no energy to finish all the laundry and put the cover back on, so of course this is what happened......BTW how the heck can you easily get a duvet cover back on?  It is as bad as folding a fitted sheet!

So I'll leave you first with a few more winter storm pictures, and lastly a recipe. I mentioned it weeks ago. Curried deviled eggs.  I love deviled eggs, and if you take them to a party, they will always get eaten. I have to take food with me every day (or end up at McDonalds!) and these are easy, portable, and are filling.  Vegans will hate, but I feel better when I eat eggs.  I always buy cage free and try to get them from local farmers.  So happy chickens = good eggs = happy Catherine.  Anyway, this is hardly a recipe.  Boil eggs.  Cool.  Mix yolks with mayo, curry powder and lime juice. Stuff egg whites.  Try not to eat all of them. The real recipe is at the bottom of the post.  So that's it for today.  I'm not making any promises but I really want to write regularly so hopefully I'll be back soon.  Thanks again for reading and sticking with me! 

And your recipe...

Curry Deviled Eggs

by Catherine Craig

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Keywords: snack gluten-free eggs

Ingredients (4 servings)

  • 4 hard boiled eggs, peeled
  • 2 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 tsp lime juice
  • 1/4 tsp curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • big pinch of cayenne pepper


Cut the eggs in half lengthwise and scoop the yolks into a small bowl.

Mash the yolks with a fork to break them up into small pieces.

Mix the yolks with the remaining ingredients. Blend until smooth.

Using a small spoon, fill the egg whites with the yolk filling. Dust with a little extra curry powder or cayenne for garnish.

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