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I Have A Secret

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Good Morning Darlings!

Secrets are the most fun. Well, when they are happy secrets. Like birthday surprises, raindrops on roses and brown paper packages tied up with string. Some of my favorite things!

My friends at Black Tie Barbecue keep the most fun secrets ever!

Wanna hear a secret?

Get Fresh

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

Good Morning, Darlings!

Have you seen Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution? I just saw the first episode today online. You can view it here.

Now I don’t usually talk much about my past, but in 2000, I started a catering company in Tampa, Florida. In order for me to cater, I had to find a commercial kitchen from which to work. I found one at a private school, but the stipulation from the principal was that I would have to also provide a hot lunch each day for the students. Yes, darlings, I was the lunch lady. In the beginning, I trotted out my fresh lunch menu, with a different, healthy lunch each day.

No one wanted to buy lunch.

The principal informed me that I was going about it all wrong. These kids wanted chicken nuggets and pizza. I was crushed.

After a year of trying to battle the system, they told me they were going with another lunch lady. My catering career ended there.

So, you can understand, this show hit me hard.

Eric and I have been working hard to try and change our eating habits. More fruits and vegetables. Less fat, sugar and alcohol. Let’s just say it is easier to add something to one’s diet as opposed to taking something away. But we are making strides. This was lunch yesterday:

Ooooh, You Are Soooo Fresh!

As wonderful as I think you are, I want to make sure you love yourself as much. Take the time today to think about what you are putting into your body.

After all, if you aren’t here, I’ve got no one to blog for. And you are so special to me.

xoxo, Patti