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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

If you were to see me sitting here, you would see my dual intentions for the day. Waist down: yoga pants, socks, tied sneakers. Waist up: bathrobe, LOL. We will see later, who wins. Exercise, or just lazing around. Or maybe some of both!

Interesting grocery experience yesterday, here in New York. My local Stop N Shop was pretty empty, people-wise. The cashiers each have a plexiglass partition as they check out your food that you are told to stay behind so you're not breathing on them. There is also black tape on the floor to show where you should be in relation to the cart in front of you. Very smart thinking. The egg section was totally bare but there was lots of bread. We found a four pack of tissues but otherwise there was nothing as far as paper towels or toilet paper. My husband had the great idea of using cloth napkins when we eat since they can easily be thrown in the wash and we are saving our napkins "in case of emergency". Still no pasta except one box of whole wheat pasta ( I took it, happily) and all of the flour, sugar and oils are gone. Perhaps everyone in my town has decided to bake cake! I need to go out and smell the air, lol.

I continue to fall madly and deeply in love with my Mediterranean diet. Just looking at my grocery cart bursting with such colorful, nutritious, delicious goods ... ugh, it could bring a woman to grateful tears, I tell you.

I made my own enchilada sauce yesterday! I made my husband the enchiladas he enjoys and we have eaten together for years, and I made myself my own special enchiladas (using organic rice tortillas) and had him try a piece. He said those three little words that a wife loves to hear.

"I'd eat that!"

Yay! Another win for me. I do see that my husband is naturally refining his own eating without my saying a word. He is going for nuts rather than chips. He won't turn down a fruit. It's good evidence that you can win a person over, without a word. I like that. I am proud to be a good example to someone.

Mediterranean Diet-approved enchilada sauce

3 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
freshly ground pepper and salt, to taste
pinch of cinnamon
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 cups vegetable broth ( I used Swanson's chicken, bone broth)
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

I heated all ingredients on the stove top at medium heat. Stir until everything is as blended as possible... the wheat flour will look a little lumpy. Then let cool and blend in a blender for 15 seconds to smooth out texture.

Yes, maybe it looks like baby diarrhea, but I swear, it tastes good! LOL

Stay safe, be compliant, and know that this too will pass.
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    I so enjoyed reading your blog. Best wishes to you to stay safe and healthy in NYC. (I have physician friends working in NYC - it sounds scary, so I'm glad it sounds like you are doing well.)
    66 days ago
    Our stores are beginning to fill up the shelves now but there is a limit on who much each person can buy. I am glad your husband joins you in your meals. My husband is pretty flexible too.
    67 days ago
    Love your upbeat blog, Sue! It's great that you've found such healthy, delicious food that you enjoy preparing yourself--and that you're successfully influencing your husband to join in this new way of eating. You made me chuckle with the "baby diarrhea" comparison.

    It's interesting to hear about what's going on outside the hospitals over there. The news is full of horror stories that make me sad or angry, so reading about your trip to the supermarket is a welcome change, though I'm sorry you still can't get toilet paper. That problem has resolved itself over here, but there was a time a few weeks ago when any kind of paper products were totally unavailable and I thought we were going to have to install a lock on our garage door to prevent against the theft of our Bounty paper towels I bought at Costco a few months back and that I thought I might have to use if our toilet paper did run out. Fortunately, it didn't come to that, but I understand your switching to cloth napkins at this time, when tissue supplies are still uncertain.

    Take care, and stay well.
    68 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/29/2020 12:12:51 AM
  • _BABE_
    Those ingredients sound like something that adds up to delish!
    69 days ago
  • SHARON10002
    I encountered the exact same scenario yesterday when I went to our grocery store.
    The enchilada sauce recipe looks good. How wonderful that your DH is being supportive in his own way! Be safe and stay healthy! emoticon
    70 days ago
  • BEDA65
    Did you really have to go there??? Lol!
    70 days ago
    I love your ensemble (mine is similar), and your sauce looks awesome! YUM! ...and you're being a social influencer (the best ones don't use words)!

    Things here aren't all that different than where you are except, due to swift/strong government leadership, early implementation of social distancing and immediate isolating of preemptive cases, we are not yet as hard-hit as New York (we do seem to be flattening the curve... only time will tell). We're in our third week of isolating and second week of 'shut down' of all but essential services. You're all in our prayers!

    The early response hasn't stopped those inclined to think only of themselves from having their day... for me this has been the most shocking aspect of all of this. Had anyone told me that grocery/big-box stores would have been cleaned out as they were in a matter of HOURS, I would not have believed it. It didn't even occur to me to 'stock up'. Despite all of that, we're doing fine, and are even happy at home together. We have all that we really need.

    Sounds like you have this well in hand for your family! How's your daughter doing?
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    71 days ago
    The enchilada sauce is a thing of beauty. Be proud. And enjoy the husband compliments. Stay well!
    71 days ago
    Good morning Sue,
    I am going to make this sauce. Thank you for sharing it.
    Sorry about the shelves in your store. We are the same here.

    Have a nice Thursday. Hope you are having some sunshine.
    Hugs and Joy,

    71 days ago
  • CATE195
    Today I chose Joy-James 1:2 emoticon
    71 days ago
    I am glad your sauce turned out well. Our stores are out of a lot of things too. Target had no toilet paper or paper towels today. Luckily, I just happened to be on that aisle and did not really need either. Hopefully they will start staying stocked soon.
    72 days ago
    Good for you for finding joy! And enjoy the sauce!
    72 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    72 days ago
  • SHELLS514
    You are doing fabulous my friend! Take care, be safe, stay Healthy!
    72 days ago
    Glad that foods you are making are great...one thing I find is lots of fruits/veg..lot I can freeze, but I love both, so that's a good thing..buying for one makes it a little easier, but I enjoy trying new things, too!
    Stay well, healthy, safe! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    72 days ago
    I’m so glad you are doing well. We are being vigilant and compliant here in CA, too. At least those of us who want to protect society as a whole. There are still selfish people who think it cannot hit them. They go to the beach and parks without heeding social distancing precautions. But, that is not for me to worry about. My extended family and my husband and I are doing our part. I’m about to make bread in my bread maker. I have not had it out for several years. I have been squeezing and freezing our way too abundant citrus. I also pick it and set bags out in front of our gate for friends and relatives to pick up.
    Thank you for your uplifting post. The enchilada sauce looks yummy.
    72 days ago
  • WILDKAT781
    72 days ago
  • 1BLAZER282005
    Enchiladas sounds delicious thanks for the recipe 😋. Glad your hubby is following your lead, hopefully my will one day lol 🤣. Prayers for all affected. Stay safe
    72 days ago
  • BERRY4
    Thanks for sharing your recipe! ~ We did not have enchiladas on Sunday because, alas, I had no sauce.
    FYI I don't think people are "baking cake", rather there's some bread-baking going on! I had to go to 2 stores to find yeast.
    And here's the "crazy" at the 2nd store: absolutely NO restrictions, spacing, etc at the Self-Checkout. However, a long line wrapped around the side of the store to be "safe" & go to 3 separated clerks for check-out. Then a store employee directing 1 person at a time to an available clerk. Go figure?! Seemed profoundly inconsistent to me!
    So, yes, I'll do a video-chat w/ my acupuncturist later today. She will prescribe some herbs for safety's sake. (I have a complicated assortment of both exposures, Spring allergies, & a head cold from Mar. 12.)

    Little by little, we can all make healthier choices!!
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    72 days ago
    Hubby and I are eating healthy on our diet too. Staying home and safe.
    72 days ago
    Hi! I have declared this “Shake your booty day or laugh trying”! Sounds like those enchiladas were delicious. I know this sounds weird but I am making enchiladas for dinner. I will try your recipe sounds delicious! Have an awesome day! Hugs and blessings!
    72 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/25/2020 12:54:27 PM
    I was wondering how you were doing.
    Have you ever made spaghetti squash enchiladas? The squash is the container and then you had the
    enchilada sauce and cheese. I also cook some ground chicken and mix it together.

    Stay safe!
    72 days ago
    You did great, especially with your husband!
    72 days ago
    I'm so glad the Mediterranean diet is working out so well for you!!
    72 days ago
    That is so great you can find healthy food!!!
    72 days ago
    I make my own enchilada sauce too. Sounds like you’re doing great on your new way of eating.

    Sorry your story is so bare, art store was out of eggs too. Have a great day Sue! emoticon
    72 days ago
    Baby diarrhea......I'm down all day every day. Looks delicious!!! How wonderful that you are using this time to cook! We love you in NY!
    72 days ago
    Yeah! Proud that your good examples are swaying DH to eat healthier. That's sparking!

    I'l trust you that the enchilada sauce tastes delicious -- the recipe looks good.

    Hugs, stay safe, stay well.
    72 days ago
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