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Love And Care For The One And Only You

How do you love and care for the one and only you?

I gained and lost 350 pounds – 50 pounds for each pregnancy. Doing the math, that equals a higher-than-average maternity weight gain, and seven delightful children.

Mother and daughter standing together looking at each other with much love and affection

Along with teaching them how to floss their teeth and keep fingers out of their nostrils or anyone else’s, I wanted my children to have a taste for healthy foods.

Healthy Habits for the One and Only You

Several habits we adopted early included introducing vegetables as baby’s first foods, drinking water with meals, and spending the grocery budget on whole foods as close to their natural state as possible.

Staples on our grocery list and on our cupboard shelves include rice, beans, meats, dairy, fruits, and vegetables. For between meal munchies, the children have carte blanche permission to reach for any vegetables and fruits.

Most recipes were well received except for the lasagna that included layers of zucchini.

My son suspiciously eyed the casserole dish. “What’s for dessert?”

He wanted to know if that night’s dessert was good enough to justify eating the zucchini-infused dinner.

80/20 Rule for the One and Only You

We’re far from purists and happily enjoy soda, chips, and the occasional fast food when traveling and with friends, as well as boxed sugary cereal for birthday breakfast. Menus include cakes, pies, and cookies made with real and wholesome ingredients. Our eating mostly resembles the 80/20 rule: 80 percent healthy and 20 percent not-so-much.

The rewards are adult children who are active and fit, and frequently call home to ask, “Hey mom, what’s the recipe for that orange oatmeal pie we ate for breakfast when we were kids? And the hot fudge sauce you served over fruit?”

Since you asked, here are a couple family favorites.

Orange Oatmeal Pie

9 eggs

2-1/4 cups milk

12 oz. concentrated orange juice straight from the can. Do not add water.

1-1/2 cups oatmeal, uncooked

¾ cup brown sugar

Mix ingredients together. Pour into greased 9 x 12 casserole dish. Bake 375 degrees for 40 minutes.

Best Hot Fudge Sauce on the Planet

12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips

¼ cup butter

½ cup milk

Place ingredients in a glass bowl. Microwave on high for 2 minutes. Stir until well blended. Drizzle over fruit and ice cream.

City Lights Chicken

Marinate chicken breasts cut into bite-size pieces in a mix of

Lime juice

Bunch of Cilantro

Tequila (optional)

Saute chicken in oil with strips of green, red, and yellow peppers

Add into the skillet the marinade

Stir in half and half

Thicken with arrowroot (Stir arrowroot into a cup of cold water until blended. Slowly stir the arrowroot and water into the sauce over medium heat. Stir until sauce consistency.)

Serve over rice.

This story, by PeggySue Wells, is part of the book, Love and Care for the One and Only You by Michelle Medlock Adams at Sam’s Club and on Amazon.


Meet PeggySue

We’ve heard of soccer moms and stage mothers. I’m a writer who trailers my kids and horses across the nation. My Apple computer, fondly christened MacBeth, is the essential I bring along.