Julie Anne Rhodes breaking through by Mike Owen
Oh no! Right after promising to get back on track with the healthy recipes and get in shape for summer with the “get fit” cheerleader act… I hit the sidewalk, and it hit back. Now I’m flat on my back, foot iced and elevated, dreaming up much more exciting stories than “I broke my ankle walking my dog”. I’ll be prepared when I get that inevitable “how did you hurt your foot?” a gazillion times in the coming weeks.

So much for power walks and the gym
There I was, thinking I was so evolved. I read the volcano and British Airways strike as being a messages from the universe not to travel, when clearly the message was stay home. I got it. Normally I’d be on the verge of a nervous breakdown by now, but after my recent surgery, a broken ankle only registers as a minor annoyance on the mental health Richter scale.

Maybe it is not just my foot that was twisted? The first thought to race through my mind as I hit the ground was “oh no, will I be able to wear stilettos again?” Do you think Manolo or Jimmy Choo make a sexier version of the boot cast? The NASA moon boot look doesn’t go well with my wardrobe. At least Andrea Loeffler Barber shared how to accessorize my crutches with faux fur at LemonAid Crutches.


Where are the hunky muscle men when I need a lift?
A bemused Daisy
Daisy is traumatized by the ugly foot apparel, and won’t come near me. She’s even more bemused that she missed her walk today. Newly healed chest wounds mix about as well with crutches, as oil and water. Thankfully, many of you have joined in the story weaving game with me on facebook, and made it too much fun to let it get me down. All the stories are brilliant- but this one by Kelly McAllister Hulse had me ROTFLMAO, so I have to share it with you all again here:

It was a dark and stormy night, you were cocooned in your cozy kitchen making your super duper extra confidential top secret cupcakes, when Daisy’s ears perked up and she let out a low *woof*. “Whats up Daisy?” you asked. She looked up at you and she said with her eyes “there is mischief afoot”. It was all the warning you got before three figures dressed head to toe in black came flying into the room. Ninjas! All three of them wore the insignia of your arch nemeses Alton Brown! Alton has been trying to to get your super duper extra confidential top secret cupcake recipe for years. He is ruthless when it comes to getting what he wants, he tortured his own grandmother with cold wet noodles for weeks to get her City Ham recipe. But you were ready for Alton Brown’s ninjas because you have been secretly training as a ninja on the secret island of Ping with the secretly legendary ninja master Yoda-San. You also learned Yoda-San’s secret Margarita recipe.


As the Alton Brown’s Ninjas close in on you, wielding un-orthodox kitchen implements that are not kitchen implements you whirl into action. You are whirling poetry in motion taking out one ninja after another. They soon realise that they are out matched, so one throws a coconut at Daisy while another tosses your bowl of super duper extra confidential top secret cupcake batter in the air. As you move to save Daisy from certain headache your foot slips in batter and you break your ankle, but save Daisy. 

Hop-along Jewels
Thank you for all being such great support! I think I’ll swap my super duper extra confidential top secret cupcake batter for a healthier snack while I’m immobile though Kelly. Here is my latest obsession.
Crispy Kale

This healthy, nutrient packed snack will tame those salty-crisp cravings without making your waistline bulge. The slightly sweet contrast from the crushed nuts adds a flavorful dimension as well as a touch of protein to keep those hunger pangs at bay even longer.

Servings: 4 (1-2 in my household)

  • 1 large bunch of fresh kale, washed, and stalks removed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, extra if it is an especially large bunch
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons honey roasted peanuts, crushed for garnish (optional)
optional ingredients: Choose just one for a flavorful variation
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chinese five spice seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1/8 teaspoon Wasabi powder

1). Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2). Spin or towel dry the washed kale. Toss with olive oil until it is all lightly coated. Spread kale evenly in a sheet pan, sprinkle with Kosher salt, black pepper, and one of the optional ingredients if you desire (it is great without the extra seasoning too).

3). Bake in the oven for 10 minutes, and remove. Turn oven temperature up to 425 F., toss the kale, and place back in the oven for an additional 5 minutes.

4). Sprinkle with crushed peanuts (optional), and serve immediately. On the rare occasion that there is any left, you can crisp it back up a preheated 425 degree oven for 2-3 minutes.

Serving Suggestions: This makes a great afternoon snack the kids will love, but I also like it sprinkled with Chinese five spice seasoning in place of potato chips with my Jewels Turkey-Jasmine Burgers. Sprinkle some toasted sesame seeds on for garnish if you don’t like peanuts.

P.S. Last chance to enter the competition to win CLOAK & DAGGER BUTTERFLY by Amanda Eliasch. Enter your “ladies that lunch menu”here. Competition closes May 30th. Our top four favorite menus will be posted in a pole on the blog, and YOU will choose the lucky winner.
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