Previously I’ve shown you how you can decorate your small home with simple things such as changing your dining table centerpieces. It can make a big difference in how your house/apartment looks.
But what about the outside of your home? I live in a single wide trailer in Florida so I have a small amount of space. It still takes some planning to change the looks outside.
Decorating your mailbox is one easy improvement you can make. The covers are relatively inexpensive and easy to use. If your mailbox is metal, there are magnets on the edge of the cover that hold it in place. If it’s plastic, there are small holes punched along the edge that you can use zip ties to secure it with.
As veterans, we always have an American flag out, but on the other side is a different story. Here I use large garden flags. I tend to change these with the seasons!
I have a number of the smaller flags that I use. Here are the three that I have out right now. The one on the left is positioned so that when I am backing in, I can use it as a guide for how far over I should be. If I’m doing it right, that flag will be just to the right of my car fender.
You can only go so far with flower pots so try adding colorful solar lights to add interest to your space.
Don’t forget the special appeal of garden statues! These come in all sizes and can also be changed to reflect the seasons.
That’s all I have for you now. Stick around to see what else I can find to decorate my space!
2019 IACP Award Winner in the Health & Special Diet Category
2019 James Beard Award Finalist
Take control of managing diabetes with a one-stop cookbook of 400-plus creative diabetes-friendly recipes. Meticulously tested recipes deliver exceptional flavor and maximum nutrition and provide a healthy way to cook and eat that truly benefits everyone but especially those battling diabetes. Complete nutritional information is provided with every recipe for easy reference.
Diabetes is a health crisis. America’s Test Kitchen’s urgent mission is to provide a path to healthier eating for anyone cooking for diabetes and encourage home cooks to get into the kitchen with a complete collection of great-tasting recipes. Vetted by a dietician and a doctor, all of the more than 400 inspired recipes maximize healthy ingredients and flavor while adhering to specific nutritional guidelines. Enjoy every meal with fresh and creative recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including options for entertaining, snacks, and occasional sweet treats.
Rating: 5 out of 5.
Anne5.0 out of 5 stars Very similar to The Complete Mediterranean Cookbook with overlapping recipes
Reviewed in the United States on November 11, 2018 Verified Purchase
As is Cook's Illustrated's pattern,there are many repeated recipes in their books. Still, I think it is worth having both the Mediterranean and Diabetes cookbooks as guides for more healthful eating. The major difference is that the Diabetes Cookbook's recipes include per 1-cup serving information (Cal, Total Fat, Sat Fat, Chol, Sodium, Total Carbs, Fiber, Total Sugar, Added Sugar, Protein, and Total Carbohydrate Choices). I am not a fan of diet books and their claims, however, the Mediterranean way of eating makes sense and for me is easy because I like the foods it promotes: a lot fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts, legumes and seeds; fish and seafood; poultry, eggs, cheese, and yoghurt (in moderation); wine and a lot of water.
The book(s) is well designed and provides a lot of helpful side-bar information. These recipes take well to everyday meals. None are overly complex and most are easy and good information is provided for the novice cook. Unlike most previous Cook's Illustrated cookbooks these are in paperback with a lot of colored photographs of finished dishes or information on certain ingredients or techniques.
If you want to become more adventurous and prepare more authentic Mediterranean meals (which I reserve for dinner parties due to the time involved) I recommend seeking out Elizabeth David, Paula Wolfert, and Joyce Goldstein's books.
Kris Abrahamson5.0 out of 5 stars Great recipes! Too many carbs?
Reviewed in the United States on November 11, 2018 Verified Purchase
Many great looking recipes for diabetics or those who just like good, healthy food. I agree with the reviewer who said many meals appeared to contain too many carbohydrates, so use judgment with how many carbs you actually eat based on your specific medical plan. The idea that 25% of a diabetic meal could be carbs is common, but probably not a good idea for everyone. For those interested in halting the progress of diabetes, I recommend THE END OF DIABETES by Dr. Joel Fuhrman.
WIAPilot5.0 out of 5 stars One of the BEST Diabetes and Low-Salt Cookbooks!
Reviewed in the United States on March 29, 2019Verified Purchase
My fiancé was recently diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure. He is recovering now, but also is on dialysis, is a diabetic, and has high blood pressure. For him to have any quality of life at all, he is going to need to DRASTICALLY change his diet. We typically would eat out in restaurants or have fast foods. I didn’t cook that often, although I am a very good cook. This has to change and I ordered about 10 Lower-Salt Cookbooks and Diabetes Cookbooks. It was somewhat frustrating because I want to learn to cook with spices and herbs rather than with salt and sugar. This cookbook is absolutely one of the very best! I look forward to trying many of the recipes! It is laid out very well and has beautiful pictures! I cannot recommend it enough!
Steve W. Bonds3.0 out of 5 stars Higher than expected carbohydrate content in recipes
Reviewed in the United States on January 17, 2019Verified Purchase
While this book does make some effort to use foods where the carbohydrate might be absorbed more slowly than usual, there are still a number of recipes in here that may not work well for many people with Type 2 Diabetes. Use your glucometer to be sure the foods work for you-- don't rely on the recipes alone to create healthy and safe meals.
LOL5.0 out of 5 stars Healthy, quality recipes
Reviewed in the United States on November 20, 2018Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )Verified Purchase
The recipes in this book live up to the reputation of ATK. No question. There is a lot of variety and they choose quality ingredients. My only small issue with this book is because of some differences in opinion on how diabetics should eat. If you are on the super low carb side of the argument, you might find that this is too carb heavy (in terms of grains and starchy carbs). If you fall in the moderate carb camp, you will find plenty of options. Many of the recipes could be easily adapted to a lower carb lifestyle. I will use this a lot.
Ever feel as famished as a farmer and long for simple country cooking ideas? Find them in this new collection of recipes, tips, and stories from Amish cooks.
CUSTOMER 5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Color Photos Reviewed in the United States on November 19, 2020Verified Purchase This cookbook is a treasure for my collection! Color photos on heavy glossy paper. Includes Recipes, Time-Tested Home Medicinal Remedies, Cooking Tips & Wisdom, Condiments from scratch, Homemade Cottage Cheese, and has a bonus of natural bug and critter repellents, barnyard tips for animals, and garden tips. Just simple & just fabulous
Deanna Stevens, Kindle Customer 5.0 out of 5 stars Nice collection of Amish recipes Reviewed in the United States on August 30, 2020 I enjoy browsing through cookbooks and this sample cookbook was a nice example of what Wanda's Amish Friends Farmhouse Favorites contains. I tried a few and found many more I am wanting to try. Wanda's books are always a pleasure to buy or receive. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and Barbour Publishers my review is voluntary.
Kimberly S 5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Cookbook Reviewed in the United States on August 10, 2020 This cookbook is another wonderful treat from Wanda E. Brunstetter! It is packed full of easy recipes, wonders stories and advice. I love that anyone, of any age can pick this cookbook up and start cooking! Filled to the brim with beautiful pictures and over 200 delicious recipes. The Breakfast Protein Cookies are a family favorite now! I highly recommend this cookbook to everyone! I was given an ARC from NetGalley and this is my honest review
Let’s Fix Lunch! makes it easy (and fun!) to prepare meals that are good for you and good for the planet.
This eco-friendly cookbook features delicious, waste-free recipes for sandwiches, salads, soups, snacks, and more.
An inspiring guide for anyone who wants to do their small part to save the earth, Let’s Fix Lunch! makes it simple to create a sustainable, waste-free home.
• Easy-to-make recipes for all home cooks • Includes more than 50 simple tips for reducing food waste and plastic use • Features a handy guide to buying in bulk, meal prepping, and food storage
This eco-conscious cookbook is written by Kat Nouri, founder of the beloved, environmentally friendly kitchen brand Stasher.
Let’s Fix Lunch! is the perfect kitchen companion for eco-conscious parents and office workers.
• Brims with bright, vivid photographs of tasty dishes and beautifully packed lunches • Perfect gift for anyone who tries to live a waste-free, low plastic, and environmentally friendly lifestyle • Packed with inspired, accessible meal-prep ideas and techniques • Add it to the shelf with books like The Healthy Meal Prep Cookbook: Easy and Wholesome Meals to Cook, Prep, Grab, and Go by Toby Amidor; The Just Bento Cookbook: Everyday Lunches to Go by Makiko Itoh; and The Best Homemade Kids’ Lunches on the Planet: Make Lunches Your Kids Will Love with More Than 200 Deliciously Nutritious Meal Ideas by Laura Fuentes.
Three Quick Questions for Kat Nouri, Founder and CEO of Stasher
What’s wrong with lunch?
I think lunch is the most overlooked mealtime. Whether you’re working long days while at home, in an office, or just constantly on-the-go, balancing it all while trying to find inspiration for that mid-day meal can be draining and difficult. And that’s for a meal that should be our most important of the day! Most of us opt for uninspiring options or look to takeout for variety. What I love most about this book is that you can eat healthy, make it easy AND reduce your reliance on single-use plastic containers. I’m thrilled to share my ideas for easy, delicious and creative lunch ideas that are not only good for you, but good for the earth too!
What will readers learn from this cookbook?
I want people to be inspired again during lunch. This book provides options for easy prepping and tips that not only nourish your body but feed your imagination. We have easy-to-prep sandwich, salad, soup and snacks recipes that are super simple and make you look like a four-star chef. And it provides valuable and budget-friendly tips to make your meals (and kitchen) a little more planet-friendly.
What is your go-to favorite lunch?
I love a good salad with all the fixin’s. My absolute favorite go-to right now is the baked tofu salad with a miso-sesame vinaigrette. vIt’s a perfect warm-weather salad! I also love to pair the salad with the Kuku Sabzi. I make this ahead at the beginning of the week and then store it in my Stasher Stand-Up and it stays fresh for a few days in the fridge
This is a simple recipe for a weeknight dinner that can be adjusted to feed more people if needed. Stir Fries are usually made with leftover rice but my husband can’t eat rice so I use Orzo pasta instead.
I start by cooking the orzo first. Another good substitute would be brown rice. Doing this first gives the rice/orzo time to cook while you prep the remaining items.
Cut the meat up into bite sized pieces. Use whatever leftover meat you find in your refrigerator. Don’t be afraid to mix up different kinds of meat if you’re feeding a crowd!
Vegetables come next. Take a good look at the refrigerator shelves. I tend to skip this soft ones and go for the crunchy ones. Another good choice is frozen vegetable mixtures. I used Broccoli Normandy for my picture.
At this point, your rice/orzo should be done that you can drain it. Drag out a non-stick deep skillet. If anything isn’t cooked, do those next. If you have to, as things get done, take them out and place in a bowl.
By now everything should be done and all you need to do is assemble it. I start with the Orzo so I can brown it a little bit. Add the veggie and meat(s). If it starts to stick, add a little bit of soy sauce. Serve in Bowls with additional soy sauce on the side. Enjoy!
Store-bought ricotta can’t hold a candle to creamy, rich homemade cheese. You don’t need any special equipment, and the YOGURT setting on most Instant Pot models gently heats the milk to the perfect temperature, so there’s no worrying about scorching the milk on the stove. If you don’t have a Yogurt setting, heat the milk on Sauté on Normal/Medium heat, stirring occasionally, until a thermometer reaches 190°F before proceeding as directed. Ricotta is only as good as the milk you use to make it, so buy the best milk you can find and make sure that it isn’t ultra-high-temperature (UHT) pasteurized milk. The UHT process changes the proteins in the milk and will prevent it from forming curds. You can use fresh lemon juice to make the milk coagulate, but I find it easier to add citric acid, which you can find at spice shops or buy online. The liquid left over in the pot after cheese making is called whey, as in Little Miss Muffet’s “curds and whey.” It’s full of beneficial probiotic organisms, amino acids, vitamins, and minerals, so don’t pour it down the drain! You can use it in soups, sauces, and smoothies as a neutral-flavored liquid that adds a big nutritional boost.
You might feel like making lasagna in a pressure cooker is crazy. Don’t you need an oven for those crunchy edges? To make sure the meat is cooked through? How can anyone make lasagna without baking it? Well, trust us – this one is well worth making. If you have a 6- or 7-inch springform pan and you kept the trivet that came with your Instant Pot®, you can make a delicious layered lasagna pie in 30 minutes. And if you want to make it ahead, you can prep the lasagna, put it in the freezer, then put it right into the Instant Pot® for an easy dinner.