Greek Festival


souflaki pastitsio dolmades loukoumades


Yep … these are just a FEW of the delicious foods I ate this weekend at the annual Greek Festival.  Every Greek Orthodox Church has a festival once a year, and ours rates amongst the top of the best or so I think!  I always try to enjoy the foods I don’t cook often and have fun fooling myself into believing I am eating my YiaYia’s cooking.  I’ve been doing these festivals since I was a very young girl growing up in Chicago and always told my friends that the calories don’t count if you are a Xeni.  Me, however … I won’t get on the scale for a few days at best!

The festival closed at 3:00 and I did not bring food home with me.  I actually felt hunger pangs around 6:00 … oh no … what am I going to do!?!?!  And then I started craving my VI Protein Crunch Cereal of all things.  So … I put together a nice bowl mixed with banana and chocolate coconut granola and voila … ahhhh … taste buds satisfied once again!

So until next year … STEEN IYIA MAS and OPA!


Salad In A Jar




1.Use a glass mason jar.

2. You must layer your salad in a specific order – dressing at the bottom, followed by veggies and other heavy foods and finish with the lettuce.

3. It’s not recommended to add the croutons to the jar as they may get soggy (keep in a separate plastic bag or container and add at the time of eating your salad)

4. Lettuce shouldn’t actually touch the dressing in the jar.

5. Heaviest foods at the bottom.

6. You want to pack the jar contents in tight so that there isn’t room for the salad to move around and potentially have the dressing get to the lettuce.

7. Be creative with your salads.

8. When you are ready to eat, shake it up, pour it out, or eat straight from the jar. Whatever way works best for you, enjoy!

Have a Happy Healthy Day my friends … and thanks Bobby Boarder !



Ugh!  Thought I was on track correctly about my workout plan but NOPE.  I was feeling so good out on the track Tuesday morning at 6:45 that I just didn’t care about the “gee is that a pain I feel in my knee and is it spreading to my thigh” thought that went through my mind.  The cool morning air was invigorating and LOOK at ME kinda running!  Ugh!  I just kept going … Big mistake!  So my fitness goal of running a mile by December 31st … Well … I’ve still got time and gee … Maybe I need a pair of fresh shoes!  Oh wait … I have 2 pair in the closet.  Double UGH!



About Suicide




I have been absent from blogging because I have been” processing” my 25-year young Godson’s suicide just a week and a half ago.  He wasn’t famous so he didn’t get worldwide attention, but we have been dealing with the heartbreak just like America has for Robin Williams.  During this past week, this subject has been on the media more than ever before, and when we ponder our Michael, we are learning that he did indeed pull away from family and friends a few weeks prior to taking his life.  He was also engaging in risk-taking behaviors and bought a firearm.  He posted dark pictures on his FB site.  Michael was adopted at 4 days young, and we know his birth-mother was a drug mother and suffered depression which made Michael at high risk for these struggles regardless of his loving adopted family.   No one is at fault for Michael’s death, and we are grieving as we attempt to understand knowing very well we may NEVER know all the details.

I did some research on this topic and found these stats to be even higher than I imagined.  I like sharing with readers so we can be more informed and MAYBE help someone else before it’s too late.  It’s tough to do though because once a person has his/her mind made up …

This is from a site called

  1. Nearly 30,000 Americans commit suicide every year.
  2. In the US, suicide rates are highest in the spring.
  3. Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for 15 to 24-year-olds and 2nd for 24 to 35-year-olds.
  4. On average, 1 person commits suicide every 16.2 minutes.
  5. Each suicide intimately affects at least 6 other people
  6. About 2/3 of people who complete suicide are depressed at the time of their deaths. Depression that is untreated, undiagnosed, or ineffectively treated is the number 1 cause of suicide.
  7. There is 1 suicide for every 25 attempted suicides.
  8. Males make up 79% of all suicides, while women are more prone to having suicidal thoughts.
  9. 1 in 65,000 children ages 10 to 14 commit suicide each year.
  10. There are 2 times as many deaths due to suicide than HIV/AIDS.
  11. Over 50% of all suicides are completed with a firearm.

Fat Is Ugly


This is  really gross … One pound was bad enough but THIS is enough to push most  of us over the edge to start doing SOMEthing serious about weight loss and fighting our own obesity!  JOIN ME!