Blueberries take a stroll . . .

blueberry, buckle, compote, crumble, bake, Valentines Day, special occasion, humor, funny, baking, loveI wasn’t exactly thinking of baking a blueberry dessert when the little rascals from my Big Box Store shopping extravaganza were scrambling all over our driveway the other day!  Oh dear.  My beloved will probably be reading this.  I washed them off Steve, truly I did!

Such is the caper of the rogue blueberries:  I opened the passenger side door of my truck to a splash of little purple berries spilling out onto the concrete beneath my feet.  I ended up stepping on one or two as I stepped back to figure out what had happened.  Squish!  They had rolled underneath the truck, in front of the door, all around my feet, down the driveway, and even past the sidewalk 20 feet away.  Geez oh man!  Good thing for cracks in the sidewalk or the courtyard would be a “hazy shade of Winter” too!  Maybe they wanted the freedom from their cramped clam shell cave into the cloud-covered, 30+ degree air?  I dunno.  I was getting cold so I set myself to rescue all that I could quickly without crushing them . . . two by three.  Blueberries on the loose are not easy catch you know!

Two days later I had figured out that the day AFTER Valentines Day would be a perfect occasion for putting my little treasures to good use.  I didn’t even use a recipe and yet I was able to concoct a gluten-free wonder made with a stick of butter, chopped pecans, and slightly sweetened coconut cream topping that would seem to get along well together.  Yes!  It was yummy!

So let this be a lesson for bakers everywhere.  If you want a great homemade treat for a special holiday and exceedingly wonderful someone, rough up the ingredients on the pavement first.  The beating will soften them and you just enough to get your creative juices flowing.  The delectable dessert prize surely will soothe your taste buds long enough to make you forget about your sore knees and the blue stains under your fingernails!

Your sweetie will like it too.  ;JJ

 

 

 

The Do It Sick Chef Makes 5 Part Vitamix Soup

You can’t beat a bowl or mug of a steamy, creamy, savory soup on a cool Fall day, right?  Oh yeah, and it can be an essential way to warm up in the Winter time too.  Well it ain’t getting any warmer here in the Midwest of the United States so get out that high-speed blender (the Vitamix is my favorite) and let’s get cranking!

Here you will find a video and recipe for my own 5 Part Vitamix Soup.  Feel free to substitute 1 or 2 other veggies, another crunchy element (such as corn chips, rice crisps, and the like), and your favorite high-fiber food for the pumpkin seeds used in this segment.  I am so grateful to be learning as I’m going in this Do It Sick Chef video series.  Hey, I even got sort of dressed up for this one!  Take care, JJ

5 Part Vitamix Soup Recipe as a pdf document.

5 Part Vitamix Soup Recipe as a Word document.

3 for 1 from the Do It Sick Chef

Finally the haze of a medical setback has lifted for me and I can make my food in regular clothing!  And that is a bonus for fans of the Do It Sick Chef!  Sweats have been replaced by a flannel shirt and jeans.  Woot!  Woot!

First and the best of the bunch are tips for making salad for one or more 1) meals or 2) people, conserving energy and resources as you go.

Next up are subjects important to those planning meals while restricted in dietary choices and dealing with a serious illness.  Not quite sure how I remained upright for the taping of this one!  (See the Six Deer and a Skunk post for the reason!)  Check out these simple tips for freezing food portions to help your meal planning when time and energy are lacking:

And third is a quick take on making your own ghee butter.  That’s butter without the milk solids for those who must be dairy free for health reasons.  It tastes very mild and tends not to burn when used for sautéing too.

To keep closer tabs on upcoming foodie tips from the Do It Sick Chef (yours truly!), “Like” the Facebook page Hope Beyond or Subscribe to my YouTube channel directly.  I will do summary blogs periodically here that will be filed under the “Do It Sick Chef” category at the end of this webpage.  Future topics will include fabulous 5-ingredient Vitamix soups, kitchen organization & simplification, and more.

Remember that food is fuel, food is medicine, and Lord willing we are going to get well!  I will be praying for you Gentle Reader.  Take care, JJ

From the Do It Sick Chef: Lettuce Roll Ups

No, this entire blog is not being overcome by a crazy foodie!  :J

We all gotta eat and preparing meals can be challenging when recovering from a serious illness.  Enter here another strategy to keep myself sane while the yada, yada, yada nightmare over here continues.  (Yes, made another visit to my fav Emergency Room last night!)  So let’s forget about all that and make some food, eh?

I’ll be adding a few more videos from Vimeo and You Tube to catch up the blog here so please bear with me!  You are invited to follow the Do It Sick Chef videos on Facebook at Hope Beyond too.

Or, by following this blog and clicking on the Do It Sick Chef category, you can also keep track of the latest meals, tips, and survival strategies.

In the meantime, my belly is now full and it’s time for a nap.  The IV fluids helped last night too, by the way.  More testing will be coming regarding the lower right belly ache.  Thankfully it’s not from the fabulous lettuce wraps created above . . .

Lord willing, we are going to get well!

Take care, JJ

From the Do It Sick Chef: Oatmeal!

Hey there Gentle Reader:  we all gotta eat right?  Well who likes a one-bowl meal that will satisfy your cravings for something sweet, savory, fatty/rich, and satisfying?  Me!

Check out this version of oatmeal that is good enough for a breakfast, lunch or dinner feast from the Do It Sick Chef (aka Just Julie).

To follow all of the Do It Self Chef videos and join in the chat, “Like” my Facebook page at Hope Beyond.  I’d love to hear from you and the strategies that are working for you while recovering from serious illness or just life in general, eh?

By following this blog and clicking on the Do It Sick Chef category, you can also keep track of the latest meals, tips, and survival strategies.

Lord willing, we are going to get well!

Take care, JJ