Simple advice for a better life.

Birthday Party AppetizersWhether you are cooking at home, dining out, or ordering take out, there are almost always some leftovers to deal with after the fact.

There is nothing wrong with having leftovers.   After all, you spent time and money on this food, so you deserve to enjoy it to the last morsel.

Some prepared dishes are not suitable for later use as a leftover…they lose their taste and texture, so it is best to just part with them right there and then.

Numerous others, on the other hand, are still great for at least one or two meals, or even to be frozen for that rainy day when you have no time or desire to cook.

Some people do not like leftovers, and never keep them.  However, if you are like me, you don’t mind them, and feel that you get your money’s worth if you use them.

Most Europeans don’t believe in leftovers….maybe because they hardly ever have any.

They serve their meals already preportioned per plate, and make just enough to feed the crowd they accounted for.  The portions are large enough to satisfy the consumer, so there is no need, or room, for seconds.  Therefore, there are no leftovers.  Any remaining food on each plate, which hardly ever happens, is discarded.  It is almost impolite to ask for a “Doggie Bag”.

Here in the USA we have no problem asking the waiter/waitress to pack up our leftovers to take home with us.

It is very important to keep track of your leftover food in your fridge, which is one of my pet peeves.  I almost feel like I am a fridge police, whether it is at home or at work.

There is nothing worse than seeing “old” food sitting in the fridge way past its safe consumable time.

My personal time line for using up leftovers in up to 3 days…4 being the absolute max.

Now I will share my best way of using up leftovers, and keeping your fridge fresh, and ready for restocking.

Since most of us work full-time, and don’t have much time for cooking during the week, we prepare extra food on weekend, to hold us over for couple of days.  Then by mid-week, it’s time for some take out.  By Thursday we have leftovers to use, or lose.

I consider Thursday  a “Leftover Smorgasbord Dinner Day”.  We pull out all the leftovers from the past few days, and add something new if needed, and call it a day.

Everyone is to create their own plate of food from the smorgasbord spread available.  We also use disposable dishes and utensils that day, to save time on clean up effort.  Whatever food is remaining after this dinner, gets discarded for good.

This is the BEST way to free your fridge of leftover food, and to prevent any food from hiding in there for too long.

Since we have no dishes to wash on this day, we devote our time to cleaning up the fridge, and getting it ready for fresh food from Friday or Saturday shopping.

It works very well every time, and it also is fun, economical, and stress free.

I suggest you try it too, and share your comments.

Have fun!

SPRING 2014  Easter Eggs decorated by my children

Spring is my favorite season of the year.

It wakes up Mother Nature from its winter sleep, brings back life, hope, and beauty of nature.

Spring inspires me to spend more time outdoors, walking, gardening, and enjoying nature.

Spring also brings Easter; a very religious holiday for me, filled with Ukrainian traditions, including Traditional Ukrainian Easter Baskets, and Pysanky.

Since many of my Jewish friends celebrate their spring holiday, Passover, I prepare and post some of their favorite recipes associated with this holiday.

I specifically chose to resume posting to my blog at this time, to coincide with the rebirth of nature, as well as a new beginning for the people of Ukraine.

The current situation in Ukraine is improving in one way, yet being stifled in other ways, as you probably already know by following the news on internet, or via other uncensored media sources.

The perseverance and unity of the Ukrainian nation via Euromaidan, prevailed by toppling over the corrupted government of Yanukovich, ending up with his cowardly flee to Russia, as well and the escape to various countries, of many of his equally corrupted collaborators.

Hundreds of Ukrainians lost their life in Kyiv, during their fight for human rights, democracy, and freedom, but their sacrifice was not in vain.

The current, temporary government in Ukraine, which was approved by the people, but will hold official presidential elections on May 25th, signed political elements of a trade pact with the European Union on Friday, March 21, 2014.

This is a big step forward for Ukraine and its future.

The current political turmoil in Ukraine was sparked by Yanukovich’s withdrawal from such an association with EU in November 2013, disappointing the majority of  the population of Ukraine.

Thank you for being patient with me during this difficult time.

Thank you for your moral support, prayers, and everything you do to contribute to world peace, human rights, and freedom.

I will continue to share my recipes with you, and am looking forward to reading your comments.



My country's flags

Dear Readers,

First of all, THANK YOU VERY MUCH for all your support, your visits and comments on my blog.

I would like to inform you about my intent to take a temporary break from posting to my blog, due to the current unrest in Ukraine.

I am following the old saying:  “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen”.

I am “getting out of my kitchen” , since I am totally consumed by the current events in Ukraine, a country of my ancestors, and current motherland of many of my relatives and friends.

I am so blessed and thankful for living in a truly democratic country, where my human rights and freedom of speech are not violated.

My heart aches, watching the peaceful Ukrainian protesters on  Euromaidan in Kyiv, and numerous cities of Ukraine, since November 2013, fighting for their constitutional rights, grossly violated by their dictatorial government.

Many Euromaidan participants are being abducted by Berkut, even from hospitals while recovering from injuries, stripped naked in subzero temperatures, inhumanly tortured, humiliated, and even killed.

Please watch this short video to get a better understanding of what is going on, and you will be appalled of what you witness here.

I am a humble, religious woman, who does not get too involved in politics, but who cherishes freedom and human rights.  I support these values for all human beings throughout the world.

I dedicate this post to the five fallen heroes of Ukraine, who lost their life for freedom and democracy in Ukraine, during this turbulent time at Euromaidan in Kyiv, yet will  never have a chance to cherish it.

They had no weapons, hence not being a threat to anyone, yet their life was taken by sadistic, fascist, heartless, government supported thugs  – Berkut and Titushky.


Yuriy Verbytsky – 50-year-old seismologist and Euromaidan volunteer, was found dead in a forest near Kyiv on January 22. He was abducted from a Kyiv hospital along with opposition activist and journalist Ihor Lutsenko after sustaining an eye injury during a police clash. Lutsenko says both he and Verbytsky, whose hands and clothes bore traces of duct tape, were tortured all night. Police say Verbytskyy died of exposure.

Mikhail Zhyzneuski – Euromaidan activist who was in his late 20s, died of a gunshot wound to the heart on January 22 during police clashes. A native of Belarus, he was a member of the Ukrainian nationalist group UNA-UNSO.Native of Belarus, killed during police clashes on Euromaidan in Kiev

Roman Senik, a protester from a town in the western Lviv region, died in a Kyiv hospital on January 22 after being wounded in the chest during clashes with riot police. Senik, 45, underwent several operations, including an arm amputation, before succumbing to his injuries.

Serhiy Nihoyan, 21, was shot dead on January 22 during a violent clash between riot police and protesters in Kyiv. An ethnic Armenian, Nihoyan was part of Euromaidan’s security team. The authorities insist Nihoyan was killed by bullets that are not used by police forces.

Pavlo Mazurenko -  was badly beaten by the police on the roof of the trade centre on Gnata street in Kyiv, for participating in Euromaidan. On 20 December he however refused to go to the hospital, and died on 22 December in life support department of Kyiv city hospital from pneumonia.

Please join me in prayer for the souls of these fallen heroes,  speedy recovery of hundreds of others who are gravely injured, and for Freedom of Ukraine from their Dictator Yanukovych with his thugs.


If you are interested in learning more about these events, here are some links for you to check out:

I will be back, once the situation in Ukraine progresses towards peace and democracy.

According my  Google report, thousands of my readers are from over 39 different countries, some of which can easily identify with the current situation in Ukraine.

Please contact your country’s government to support freedom in Ukraine, impose sanctions against the grossly corrupted government, force resignation of  equally corrupted Ukrainian President Yanukovych, and do not allow any of those thugs to seek exile in your countries.

Slava Ukraini – Glory to Ukraine!

Heroyam Slava – Glory to her Heroes!

Thank you for all your support.

Sweet Poison – Health Related News

Sugarfree GumAspartame





I just received a very interesting email from one of my friends, and since I personally can identify with these issues, I decided to share it with all of you.

The subject discussed here are sugarfree drinks, mainly containing Aspartame, but also other sugar substitutes disguised under different scientific names, which can easily confuse the general public, as chemists, and food scientist would agree.

I personally do have an adverse reaction to sugarfree gum, and do not like any foods containing sugar substitutes.  Not only they leave behind a bitter aftertaste for me, I experience abdominal cramps, discomfort and other issues associated with these conditions.

I would strongly suggest for you to read the whole article quoted here, as it will only take a couple of minutes, but it is quite informative.

I would love to hear from those of you who are in the medical field, chemistry, or food science.

If you experienced adverse reaction to these chemicals, please share your story.

Please share your comments.


In October of 2001, my sister started getting very sick.  She had stomach spasms and she was having a hard time getting around. Walking was a major chore.  It took everything she had just to get out of bed; she was in so much pain.

By March 2002, she had undergone several tissue and muscle biopsies and was on 24 various prescription medications.   The doctors could not determine what was wrong with her.   She was in so much pain, and so sick she just knew she was dying.
She put her house, bank accounts, life insurance, etc., in her oldest daughter’s name, and made sure that her younger children were to be taken care of.
She also wanted her last hooray, so she planned a trip to Florida (basically in a wheelchair) for March 22nd.

On March 19, I called her to ask how her most recent tests went, and she said they didn’t find anything on the test, but they believe she had MS.

I recalled an article a friend of mine e-mailed to me and I asked my sister if she drank diet soda?   She told me that she did.   As a matter of fact, she was getting ready to crack one open that moment.

I told her not to open it, and to stop drinking the diet soda!

I e-mailed her an article my friend, a lawyer, had sent.   My sister called me within 32 hours after our phone conversation and told me she had stopped drinking the diet soda AND she could walk!  The muscle spasms went away. She said she didn’t feel 100% but, she sure felt a lot better.

She told me she was going to her doctor with this article and would call me when she got home.
Well, she called me, and said her doctor was amazed!  He is going to call all of his MS patients to find out if they consumed artificial sweeteners of any kind.

In a nutshell, she was being poisoned by the Aspartame in the diet soda… and literally dying a slow and miserable death.

When she got to Florida March 22, all she had to take was one pill, and that was a pill for the Aspartame poisoning!   She is well on her way to a complete recovery.  And she is walking!   No wheelchair! This article saved her life.

If it says ‘SUGAR FREE’ on the label;   DO NOT EVEN THINK ABOUT IT!

I have spent several days lecturing at the WORLD ENVIRONMENTAL CONFERENCE on ‘ASPARTAME,‘ marketed as
‘Nutra Sweet,’  ‘Equal,’ and  ‘Spoonful.’

In the keynote address by the EPA, it was announced that in the United States in 2001 there is an epidemic of multiple sclerosis and systemic lupus. 

It was difficult to determine exactly what toxin was causing this to be rampant.   I stood up and said that I was there to lecture on exactly that subject.

I will explain why Aspartame is so dangerous:

When the temperature of this sweetener exceeds 86 degrees F, the wood alcohol in ASPARTAME converts to formaldehyde and then to formic acid, which in turn causes metabolic acidosis.

Formic acid is the poison found in the sting of fire ants.

The methanol toxicity mimics, among other conditions, multiple sclerosis and systemic lupus.

Many people were being diagnosed in error.

Although multiple sclerosis is not a death sentence, Methanol toxicity is!

Systemic lupus has become almost as rampant as multiple sclerosis, especially with
Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi drinkers.

The victim usually does not know that the Aspartame is the culprit.

He or she continues its use; irritating the lupus to such a degree that it may become a life-threatening condition.   We have seen patients with systemic lupus become asymptotic, once taken off diet sodas.

In cases of those diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, most of the symptoms disappear. We’ve seen many cases where vision loss re turned and hearing loss improved markedly.

This also applies to cases of tinnitus and fibromyalgia.  

During a lecture, I said:

‘If you are using ASPARTAME (Nutra Sweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc) and you suffer from fibromyalgia symptoms,

  • Spasms,
  • Shooting  pains,
  • Numbness in your legs,
  • Cramps,
  • Vertigo,
  • Dizziness,
  • Headaches,
  • Tinnitus,
  • Joint pain,
  • Unexplainable depression,
  • Anxiety attacks,
  • Slurred speech,
  • Blurred vision,
  • Memory loss

you probably have ASPARTAME poisoning!’  

People were jumping up during the lecture saying,’I have some of these symptoms.  Is it reversible?’
STOP drinking diet sodas and be alert for Aspartame on food labels!   Many products are fortified with it!   This is a serious problem.

Dr. Espart (one of my speakers) remarked that so many people seem to be symptomatic for MS and during his recent visit to a hospice; a nurse stated that six of her friends, who were heavy Diet Coke addicts, had all been diagnosed with MS. This is beyond coincidence!

Diet soda is NOT a diet product!

It is a chemically altered, multiple SODIUM (salt) and ASPARTAME containing product that actually makes you crave carbohydrates.

It is far more likely to make you GAIN weight!

These products also contain formaldehyde, which stores in the fat cells, particularly in the hips and thighs.   Formaldehyde is an absolute toxin and is used primarily to preserve ’tissue specimens.’
Many products we use every day contain this chemical but we SHOULD NOT store it IN our body!

Dr. H. J. Roberts stated in his lectures that once free of the ‘diet products’ and with no significant increase in exercise; his patients lost an average of 19 pounds over a trial period.

Aspartame is especially dangerous for diabetics.

We found that some physicians, who believed that they had a patient with retinopathy, in fact, had symptoms caused by Aspartame.   The Aspartame drives the blood sugar out of control.   Thus diabetics may suffer acute memory loss due to the fact that aspartic acid and phenylalanine are NEUROTOXIC when taken without the other amino acids necessary for a good balance.

Treating diabetes is all about BALANCE.   Especially with diabetics, the Aspartame passes the blood/brain barrier and it then deteriorates the neurons of the brain; causing various levels of brain damage,
Seizures,Depression,Manic depression,Panic attacks,Uncontrollable anger and rage.

Consumption of Aspartame causes these same symptoms in non-diabetics as well.

Documentation and observation also reveal that thousands of children diagnosed with ADD and ADHD have had complete turnarounds in their behavior when these chemicals have been removed from their diet.
So called ‘behavior modification prescription drugs’ (Ritalin and others) are no longer needed.

Truth be told, they were never NEEDED in the first place!
Most of these children were being ‘poisoned’ on a daily basis with the very foods that were ‘better for them than sugar.’
It is also suspected that the Aspartame in thousands of pallets of diet Coke and diet Pepsi consumed by men and women fighting in the Gulf War, may be partially to blame for the well-known Gulf War Syndrome.

Dr. Roberts warns that it can cause birth defects, i.e. mental retardation, if taken at the time of conception and during early pregnancy.

Children are especially at risk for neurological disorders and should NEVER be given artificial sweeteners.

There are many different case histories to relate of children suffering grand mal seizures and other neurological disturbances talking about a plague of neurological diseases directly caused by the use of this deadly poison.’

Herein lies the problem:

There were Congressional Hearings when Aspartame was included in 100 different products and strong objection was made concerning its use. Since this initial hearing, there have been two subsequent hearings, and still nothing has been done.
The drug and chemical lobbies have very deep pockets.

Sadly, MONSANTO’S patent on Aspartame has EXPIRED!   There are now over 5,000 products on the market that contain this deadly chemical and there will be thousands more introduced.   Everybody wants a “piece of the Aspartame pie.”

I assure you that MONSANTO, the creator of Aspartame, knows how deadly it is.

And isn’t it ironic that MONSANTO funds, among others, the American Diabetes Association, the American Dietetic Association and the Conference of the American College of Physicians?

This has been recently exposed in the New York Times.   These [organizations] cannot criticize any additives or convey their link to MONSANTO because they take money from the food industry and are required to endorse their products.

Senator Howard Metzenbaum wrote and presented a bill that would require label warnings on products containing Aspartame, especially regarding pregnant women, children and infants. 10pt”>

The bill would also institute independent studies on the known dangers and the problems existing in the general population regarding seizures, changes in brain chemistry, neurological changes and behavioral symptoms.

The bill was killed.

It is known that the powerful drug and chemical lobbies are responsible for this, letting loose the hounds of disease and death on an unsuspecting and uninformed public.

Well, you’re informed now!

Please print this out and/or e-mail to your family and friends.

8 Ways To Be A Better Role Model

I do what my dad doesWe all know the old saying “monkey see , monkey do”, and this is such a perfect example of how children copy adults in what they say and do.

We always should be on guard about how we are expressing ourselves in front of children.

I found a perfect article about how parents can be better role models for their children, written by Dr. Ronald D Snyder, and Arlene Fitzgerald. 

Even though I gave you a link to this story, I an inserting part of the article in a quote, since I know from my previous experience, that these links do not work after a while, and a very useful information is no longer accessible to my readers.


Kids see, kids do. Our children look to us to know how to navigate the world. That’s how babies learn to smile — by grinning back at beaming parents. It’s why toddlers want to push the grocery cart or help wash the car.

1.    Be adventurous with a fork. Sample healthy foods you haven’t tried before — maybe that’s arugula, pomegranates, quinoa or tofu. And, praise your child for trying something new, too — even one bite. You’ll help a picky eater warm up to new, nutritious choices.

2.    Let your child see you in action. When you enjoy being active, you set a wonderful example for your kids. Let them know how great you feel when you exercise. And, look for fun activities you can do together.*

3.    Get lost in a book. And, help kids find books they’ll enjoy. You’ll pass down a love of reading — and a valuable life skill. For starters, good readers tend to succeed in school.

4.    Show kindness. Go out of your way to help others. Open a door, drive a neighbor to a doctor’s appointment or let someone cut in front of you in the checkout line. Suggest small ways your child can pitch in, too.

5.    Practice gratitude. It’s contagious. Acknowledge favors with a smile and a sincere thank-you. Show kids how you write personal thank-you notes — and help them pen their own. Talk about how good it feels to let others know they’re appreciated.

6.    Let off steam the right way. When you’re stressed or upset, be careful how you react. Remember who’s watching. Take a few deep breaths — or a brisk walk. And, encourage your child to try these self-calming tricks, as needed.

7.    Spread a love of learning. Be curious and excited about the world around you. For example, take turns around the family dinner table sharing something you each learned today.

8.    Rise up to challenges, big and small. Do your best to solve problems in a healthy way — for example, by taking responsibility and working well with others. And, praise kids when you see them solving problems independently. You’ll be building their self-esteem — helping them feel more competent and confident.


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