January Hibernation

January11Hello and welcome to the blog.  On Sunday our high temperature was just 4 degrees.  It was colder than snot.  But January 11th marked a day of hope.  Our average high temperatures in Iowa slowly increase starting this day.  Thank goodness!

I’ve not posted anything for a bit.  Following the last camping trip on New Years I became sick with a cold and a terrible ear infection.  Like a dummy, I kept working even when the inner ear pain was excruciating.  It’s just not worth it to work when one is that sick…

I also had a doctor’s visit and got the news that was expected… The blood sugars were pretty bad.   The good news is that things have been getting better.  Within a couple of days of the doctor’s visit, the sugars were brought back in line.  During our visit I told the doc that getting things reversed was not a “New Year’s Resolution” thing.  It’s more of a “I’m sick of all this dang rich holiday food and am ready to eat something healthy.”

Make ahead Bacon SaladEating healthier really isn’t that bad.  As much as I love cooking, it’s fun to make tasty, healthy, colorful food.  The salad shown on the right is one of the easily portable foods that might go on a future trip.

Using a bag of mixed greens from Walmart, I added a couple strips of crumbled bacon, 1/2 cup of dried cranberries, 2/3 cup of feta cheese crumbles, 1/2 cup of English walnuts, a few sliced sweet peppers, and stored it all in a gallon freezer bag in the fridge for a few days.  The salad held well and made two big servings.  At serving time balsamic vinaigrette dressing was added.

Bugs BunnyRabbit food actually tastes pretty good these days.

The cats and I are “hibernating” at the homebase for a bit, working on home projects.  But one of these days, there will likely be a little camping trip somewhere just for fun to get a little fresh air and exercise.

For now though, camping can wait just a bit longer!


Take care and thanks for stopping by.  2016 is going to be a great year with some healthy fun.  Spring will be here before too much longer!

Brad, Jesse James, and Jennifer
Jones County, Iowa

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