A Life Worth Living by Nancy Buxton

Posts tagged ‘healthy’

How are you feeling?

I have never given much thought to how I am feeling.  Lately my health has become a subject to be discussed in our home.  My son even threatened me today that he would ” turn me in”  to my son-in-law if I didn’t get an antibiotic. 

First, my knee, it hurts now and then.  Second, the cancer on my nose.  Third, my crown and I don’t mean on my head.  Fourth, my root canal.  Fifth, my cold.  Now isn’t this about enough little problems for now?  I can tell you this I now have the new bed I was planning to buy in my mouth.  Root canals and crowns add up to a lot of money.

You may be wondering where I am going with this whining?  I just want you to be happy where you are, I want to be happy where I am.  Things can always get worse.  Give thanks everyday for your blessings.  God is good all the time.

There is a Lesson to Be Learned

That’s what my mom would always say, “there’s a lesson here some place.”  I say my lesson is to be happy with what I have or I should say had.  I just got a new phone, I hate it.  I want my old one back!  Why didn’t I just keep what I was familiar with IDK. Why do we always want the newest, the biggest the best?

I was reading about Ruth and Naomi, what a pair they were.  A daughter in law who would not leave her ML and  ML who helped Ruth find a husband.  It seems to me Ruth was a woman who knew what she had a was not interested in bigger, better or new.

I love a good romantic story and the Bible is full of them.  Really the Bible has wonderful stories, exciting stories, romantic stories, dramatic stories, sad and scary stories.  What a book.

How can I be excited about soup this time of year?  I just do really love soup and this is an especially great dish.  Again this is from the cookbook, The 30-day Diabetes Miracle Cookbook.


Makes 8 1/2 Cups

1 1/2 Tbs. Smart Balance                                              1 Cup whole kernel corn

1 1/2 Cups Morningstar Crumbles                            2 Cups 3/4 inch cubed peeled butternut squash

3/4 chopped green bell pepper                                  2 Tb. McKay’s Beef broth

1 Cup chopped onion                                                       3/4 tsp. dried basil

2 cloves minced garlic                                                   1/16 tsp. cayenne pepper

3 cups water                                                                       1/2 tsp. salt-I omitted

1 can pinto beans, drained                                           1 can diced tomatoes

1 can kidney beans, drained                                        2 Tb. water

1 Tb. cornstarch

I added 2 envelopes of Sazon Seasoning–find this in a Mexican store but it’s not in the recipe.

Melt the margarine in a large pot over medium heat.  Add the crumbles, pepper, onion, garlic and saute until vegetables are tender, 4-5 minutes.  Add all the remaining ingredients, except the 2 Tb. water and cornstarch.  Cover and simmer until the vegetables are almost tender, about 20 minutes.  Whisk the cornstarch and water together, and stir into the stew.  Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, and serve.

I have to admit I doubled almost all the ingredients except the corn,  kidney beans and tomatoes.  I used GW Broth 6 envelopes because I didn’t have any McKay’s Beef Style Broth.

I’m Puzzled

I’m puzzled about many things, oh to be able to sort out life and have the sorting be correct would be wonderful.  I know I’m not making sense.

One of my level-headed friends is in the hospital, he has always been IN CONTROL.  Now as I sit and watch and listen I realize he is fighting to still be the boss but. . . .If he had taken better care of his body would he be in better shape. Probably!  If I take better care of mine will it prepare me for the dismal days of old age?  Maybe!

Then what about this. . .All parents damage their children.  It cannot be helped.  Youth, like pristine glass, absorbs the prints of its handlers.  Some parents smudge, others crack, a few shatter childhoods completely into jagged little pieces, beyond repair.  Yikes!!  Good thing I didn’t know this before we had children.

And this.  Parents rarely let go of their children, so children let go of them.  They move on.  They move away.  The moments that used to define them–a mother’s approval, a father’s nod–are covered by moments of their own accomplishments.  It is not until much later, as the skin sags and the heart weakens, that children understand; their stories, and all their accomplishments, sit atop the stories of the mothers and fathers, stones upon stones, beneath the waters of their lives.

For sure I am in the skin sagging and the heart weakening stage and I do understand some of the things that use to aggravate me about my mother.

This is the weekend ALL the kids will be here–I will get some pictures for you!! What fun we will have.  This is one of the recipes I will be making.


2  Mr. Dell’s frozen hash browns

2 cans evaporated milk

1 stick butter –I will use less

4 T Mckays Chicken Seasoning–I will use a little more

Put in the largest oblong dish, bigger than a 9×13–bake 350 for 45 minutes



I just love food–oh I forgot you already know that.  Here is a fun recipe and a delicious one, maybe a new twist on oatmeal.  After making this once I will adjust the sugar.

This is the first time I have given a recipe without trying it first but my friend said every time she serves this everyone goes home with the recipe.  That’s  good enough for me.

Ione’s Bircher Muesli

From The Swan’s Inn in San Francisco

½ C. raisins (or craisins)

½ C. Old Fashioned Oats

1 ½ C. Quick Oats

1/3 C. brown sugar

½ Tsp. Cinnamon (or more to taste)

2 C. milk (1% is fine)

Mix all ingredients together and refrigerate overnight.

In the morning add fresh fruit and nuts.

     (apples, bananas, peaches, pears, figs, berries, walnuts, pecans – pretty

      much what you like and/or have on hand – I’d omit citrus fruits)

Probably 2-4 cups fruit – just nothing like citrus or pineapple that could curdle the milk.  Try any of these fruits up to 4 cups.

2 unpeeled apples finely chopped

2 peaches or pears finely chopped

3 or 4 figs chopped if you have them

10-12 strawberries chopped

10-12 raspberries

2 bananas chopped

½ – 1 Cup chopped nuts

Serve right away.  Refrigerate leftovers and continue to enjoy.


The Birthday

Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me, happy birthday dear meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee, happy birthday to me.  Can you tell I love my birthday?  I know what you are wondering–what did he get me?  Wellllllllllllll a long time ago I had mentioned I would like a couple of Mary Kay items.  One was a set of camel hair brushes with the holder to keep things tidy when I travel.  The other was an organizer for my make up. 

Bob got the brush set and the Topeka kids gave me the organizer for the makeup.  No Ipod.  LOL  It’s okay.  You know what?  The best part was just being together with no drama.  I mean we were all healthy, happy and thankful.  We had 20 some for lunch everyone brought a thing or two and we had fun.

I stepped on the scale Monday morning and knew the party was over.  So back at it again, this time I am going to work on getting 15 pounds off. 15 pounds would put me pretty close to my goal.  It’s really no fun but has to be done.  This is my problem and if you can think of what works for you let me know.  I seem to be an all or nothing kind of person.  I am either really watching what I eat or I am eating everything.  I have to learn moderation.  You know like maybe only eat what I take and never go back for seconds.  Something like that.

Please Pray With Me. . .

Have you ever known a person who takes everything to heart.  If they find out someone has cancer it is almost like they have cancer.  If they found out someone has a marriage problem, they feel the pain all the way to their bones.  I have a friend like that, she just feels other people’s pain so very much.  It makes me feel sad for her because her own life is less than it should be because she is in pain over someone else’s problems.

Having said all of that, I feel a little bogged down myself.  There is so much pain in this world the best place for me to go with this pain is to Jesus and yet I have so little faith.  We have talked about this before, you already know my faith is weak, I have not seen a ton of intervention by God.  Oh wait a minute, I should say, God hasn’t done what I think He should do.  Oh, oh wait a minute, so does that mean He isn’t listening, He isn’t working miracles?  I don’t know I am confused. 

Here is the deal, my friend, Terry Schwartz has cancer. The doctors have not given him much hope especially since his PSA has doubled since he finished his radiation treatments.  I am praying for a miracle and I ask you to pray for him too.  I don’t know what God has in mind for Terry, I do know God is plenty capable of healing.  I just don’t have the answer that I am looking for and I know you don’t either.  Please join me in praying for Terry and his family as they walk this walk.

I am headed to MN for the last women’s retreat of the season, it should be a lovely weekend.  I am doing a seminar on Women’s Ministries and I am looking forward to it.

Here is your Thursday recipe on Friday–I love these apples, they are great to use in muffins, or on your oatmeal.  Next week I will give you a muffin recipe that you may use them in.

Roasted Apples

1 pound each of Granny Smith and Pink Lady Apples–core and cut into about 1 inch pieces.  1 Tbs. cinnamon, 1/2 cup Agave Nectar, 1/4 Cup fresh lemon juice.  You can get Agave Nectar at Walmart or a health food store or Costco.  Line your cookie sheet with foil or parchment paper.  Mix apples and all the rest of the ingredients together and spread on cookie sheet.  Bake 35 minutes, rotating the pan after 20 minutes.  The apples will be soft.  Let stand for 30 minutes or until cool.  These will keep in the refrigerator for a week.

So, How Do We Develop Self Control?

Today was the day to weigh  in,  down 1/2 pound.  Slow isn’t it.  I talked to them today about starting maintenance soon.  We decided when I have lost 40 pounds we will start maintenance.  What does that mean you may be asking?  We will start adding food back to my menu, like another fruit a day, another starch and the next week some veggies that I have not been able to have on this plan.  I am eager to eat less processed vegetarian food and more beans. 

The big thing is I can’t start eating all the junk I use to eat, it will get me into big trouble.  So, how do I develop self control?

I have read that self control has to become a habit, so I guess I need to develop the habit of self control.  The second thing is to never lose sight of my goal. My goal is to be a healthy weight from now on.

So I think it goes like this, to develop self control is to have clear goals, know what is necessary to achieve them, and develop the habits necessary to do so.  Never lose sight of the goal when temptations come along. Maybe even put your goals in writing and make a plan. 

I want good and healthy children, therefore I will do the following. . .

I want a good marriage, therefore I will do the following. . .

I want a relationship with Jesus, therefore I will do the following. . .

I want to remain at a healthy weight, therefore I will do the following. . .

Plain and simple we have to deny ourselves short-term pleasures that interfere with our goal.  Sounds harsh and no fun, but I think it is an important lesson to learn.  Let’s pray about self-control, it’s Biblical.


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