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5 Cheeses

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Dr. Tanya continues her #5Things prompt series with our favorite cheeses.

1. Brie is far and away my fave. So delicate and delicious. 😋 It’s the most versatile cheese too. You can nom it with crackers and grapes, melt a blob of it on a burger, or just nibble a tasty chunk.

Brie

2. Mozzarella! The pizza cheese obviously and it’s also necessary for lasagna. Great melted on eggplant too as well as on any roasted veg. Kids like to munch sticks of it, and so do I. But pizza is the main event here.

Pizza

3. American. Best cheese for burgers and grilled sandwiches imo, though cheddar can work too.

Grilled cheese

4. Shredded Monterey jack and cheddar mix. This is the go-to cheese to melt over nachos and tuck into tortillas for a quick nuke in the microwave.

Bitmoji nachos

5. Cream cheese! A must-have spread for one of my favorite treats: lox on a bagel. It’s also perfect for tea sandwiches on white bread with cucumber slices. Mmm…

Lox on bagel

And there you have it. Say cheese!

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5 Breads

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Dr. Tanya continues her #5Things series with our favorite breads. Here are mine.

1. Rye bread, specifically sourdough rye. This makes the tastiest sandwiches and also grilled cheeses. 💕

2. My daughter’s challah. So delicious alone and great with a smear of peanut butter too.

3. There’s a seafood restaurant in Newport Beach (or was, pre-plague) that offered the nommiest cheesy bread appetizer. I could make a meal of this plus salad! Loved that place. 🐠

Sliced bread

4. Fresh warm homemade bread straight out of the oven with some butter! 😋

5. These guys…

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5 Things Picnic Style

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Dr. Tanya continues her #5Things prompt by asking about our preferred picnic items.

1. We have to begin with a lovely loaf of fresh bread, naturally.

Bread

2. That leads us down the path to mmm brie! So creamy and smooth. It’ll be delicious on our bread.

Brie

3. We’ll need an interesting salad…

Salad

4. What would a picnic be without an array of juicy, sweet fruits for dessert?

Fruit platter

5. Finally, let’s not forget the company. No one wants to picnic alone!

Man on picnic

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5 Fave Burgers

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Dr. Tanya continues her #5Things series by asking about our favorite burgers this week.

1. My most favorite burger isn’t on a bun ~ it’s a patty melt! Burger patties with grilled onions and melted cheese on grilled rye bread. Traditional cheese is Swiss, but I don’t like Swiss. American cheese, please! Mr. Food shares this image.

Patty melt

2. My next favorite burger is on a bun, but it’s a portobello mushroom not a hamburger patty. I like cheese on this one too, along with sauce. This one I found on Foodie Crush has avocado chimichurri. Not sure what that is, but it looks delicious!

Portobello

3. Staying in the veggie family, next up is a burger I do at home. It’s a spicy black bean burger… and I like to melt a blob of brie cheese on it, yummm! Serve with pickles on a toasted English muffin. So good. Also good with guacamole if I don’t have brie. (Image from Target.)

Black bean burger

4. Back to mushrooms… I occasionally grab a Five Guys beef burger with American cheese, pickles, mustard, ketchup, and a pile of grilled mushrooms. Mmm… (Image found on Reddit.)

Mushroom burger

5. Finally… a Bic Mac! Yep, I really do like these, though I don’t have them very often. So tasty. (Image from McDonald’s.)

Big Mac

And there you have it. Now you can go on with your day… betcha might feel like a burger later, huh? I know I will! 😋

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5 Fall Faves

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Dr. Tanya continues her #5Things prompt series with fall favorites. Here are mine…

1. A break from oppressive heat. While I love summer days, by October I’m ready for cooler nights. Since I’m in Southern California, we’re not talking freezing temps (usually), just a civilized dip into the 50s or so.

2. The opportunity to wear boots!

Happy Color chess phone boots

3. Going north for Thanksgiving to visit my eldest and her hubby. Yay!

4. Reese’s Peanut Butter Pumpkin candy. (These are peanut butter/chocolate cups in a pumpkin shape, which are even more delicious than regular ones because of the ratio or some other magic.)

5. Pumpkin pie!

Pumpkin pie

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Images credited to Happy Color and Google.

5 in the Kitchen

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Dr. Tanya continues her prompt this week asking about the #5Things I absolutely must have in my kitchen.

I’ve actually lived without a dishwasher, fridge, and microwave at various times, but not all three at once…

1. Fridge. I like milk in coffee/tea and a place to store veggies, condiments, and leftovers, not to mention a freezer for ice and veggie burgers.

2. A sink with hot and cold water. I don’t use bottled water, so I need water for my iced teas and hot drinks too. And kitties need fresh water. I don’t mind washing dishes in nice hot water, so I’ll leave off a dishwasher (rarely use mine). 🐱🐱

3. A microwave. Yep, I have gone without, but that’s no fun. I’d rather have this than a stove/oven if I have to choose!

4. Mugs for hot tea/coffee. Can put cold drinks, soup, ice cream, cereal, etc., in them as well. I could exist with paper plates and plastic utensils, though I’d cringe at all the waste, but I need my mugs.

5. Now I’m stuck. If I say a pan to make a grilled cheese, then what about a stove? If I say a stove, but have no pans, what good is that? Eff them both… I’ll make quesadillas in the microwave and choose something else for the last item. How about this?

Sexy male chef

Mmm, now I’m hungry…

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Images aren’t mine.

5 Special Occasion Cakes!

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Dr. Tanya continues her #5Things by asking for our special occasion cakes. Well, every cake is special, and honestly I don’t eat much cake these days, so when I do… it’s a special occasion! 😂

Unlike others, I don’t go gaga for choccy in cake. I mean, I’d eat it, sure, but chocolate works best in candy imo and I prefer other flavors for cake.

My favorite cake of all time is coconut with coconut frosting. It’s also wonderful to pair compatible cake flavors, such as lemon or pineapple, with the coconut frosting. Or just give me a bowl of the coconut frosting, thanks. 😍

Coconut cake with coconut frosting

A distant second is… every other cake. 😂 Just kidding. But obviously coconut is far and away the best cake.

Carrot and/or spice cake with cream cheese frosting is up next. But don’t put nuts in it for gawd’s sake! 😖 Acceptable add-ins are pineapple chunks, dates, golden raisins, and coconut (duh). It’s good to put an orange frosting carrot on top to identify the cake plus also sprinkles for prettiness. 🐰

Carrot cake with frosting

Cheesecake is number 3, but it has to have a graham cracker crust or forget it. I’m not a huge fan of weirdly flavored cheesecakes either… just give me a normal slice, thanks.

Cheesecake with graham cracker crust

This will shock many of you, but one of the best cakes I’ve ever had didn’t have frosting on it. I know! But it’s true. My friend Nancy made it for her daughter’s birthday (who is coincidentally my friend Jenny), and it was so good. She called it a margarita cake! I’ll try to find a pic on the google… 💚

Last but not least is… coffeecake. But I’m not talking about boring coffeecake. I’m talking about one with a a swirl of moist cinnamony goodness in the middle and big fat crumbs on top. Plus a drizzle of icing. Like this… 😘

Now I am hungry… 😋

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Image credit ~ Google

5 Favorite Sandwiches!

Dr. Tanya returns with a #5Things prompt for us. This week it’s about sandwiches, which is a tasty topic indeed. No burgers allowed in this one, since they’ll have their own day. Here are mine…

1. Lox and cream cheese on a bagel with capers (tomato and onion optional). This has been a top fave of mine forever, and I often eat it open-faced. I like an onion bagel for this, but plain or sesame is okay too.

lox cream cheese bagel capers onion

2. Grilled cheese and tomato on rye bread. So, so yummy!

Grilled cheese and tomato

3. The old trusty peanut butter and jam! My favorite jam is blackberry, but strawberry is good too. Either wheat or white bread is fab for this sandwich.

Peanut butter and jam

4. Tuna! Okay, this one is a bit of a cheat. One, I don’t mix my tuna with mayo ~ instead I use guacamole. Two, I like this mashed up in a warm flour tortilla. It’s my latest invention and it’s delicious.

5. Egg salad with sweet and spicy pickle slices. I do use a little mayo for my egg salad, BUT! I also use mustard. Yep, I’m weird. What kind of bread? Rye again or whole wheat.

Sorry, I don’t have pics of the last two.

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5 Things I Hate About Summer

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Say what? I love summer! 🌻 But Dr. Tanya wants me to come up with 5 Things I Hate for her continuing prompt. I suppose I can spend days pondering this topic… psyche! I’ve already thought of ’em, neener!

1. Air conditioning. Just when it’s nice and warm, allowing me to bounce out of the house in short sleeves, crazy people insist on blasting freezing cold AC everywhere. 🥶 So, even on the hottest days, I have to bring a sweater with me. Annoy!

2. Gross men without shirts. Gah!

3. Traffic clogging up Pacific Coast Highway, and I can’t use it, bleh.

4. Amateur fireworks going off every night around the 4th. So dumb and irritating.

5. It’s over too soon, wah. Nice long days full of sun are already too short in August, and soon it’ll be dark early again. 😢

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5 Coping Tools

Dr. Tanya keeps 5Things going by asking us this week what we do to reduce anxiety.

1. I make a list. Whatever the problem is, a list will help. I break the task or issue up into teeny steps, so I can cross them off or delete them when done. 😎

2. I think of all the worst possible things that can happen, and then I tell myself whatever does happen probably won’t be as bad as I imagine.😱

3. I focus on breathing for a few minutes.

4. If I’m at home, I discuss the issue with a kitty. 🐱

5. Eventually, I talk about the situation with a sympathetic person, like a daughter. 💖

My strategies are different from the usual listen to music type of thing. Trying to distract myself from a stressful situation never works. I still know it’s there. What helps me is to stare it down until it shrinks from my glaring. I’m scary, rawr!

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