Eating Our Way Through February

Things have been quiet around here – I had bronchitis, then my husband was quite sick and then he passed it back to me.  So lots of quiet time.  Time for reading, some crocheting, watching movies and EATING!  Nothing has seemed to hamper our appetites.  Bob picked us up some delicious, homemade New England clam chowder from a local farm stand.


So creamy and delicious, filled with lots of clams and potatoes. On another evening, I found some shrimp in the freezer and made a quick stir fry.


Just some peppers, garlic and broccoli with red pepper flakes and teriyaki sauce (and a squirt of agave.)


I cooked some Thai noodles, which only take about 2 minutes, and stirred them into the veggies.


Yum! It only took about 15 minutes and was so delicious. We’ve also been eating lots of oatmeal around here. Tastes so good with nuts and raisons or fresh berries. It works for me for both breakfast or dinner.


Just like pancakes!


I whipped up a big bowl of gluten free pancake batter, and made some for breakfast and then froze the rest for a quick weekend breakfast.


When I got tired of standing at the stove, I put the remaining batter in a freezer bag for another day.


And, of course there was a quick and easy pizza. I cheated with ready-made crust and just added sauce and mozzarella.


And, Halos, those tiny, sweet, seedless tangerines – I’m hooked on these! Soooo delicious.


I even tried out the crock pot, something I haven’t used in a couple of years.


You can tell it’s ancient, but it still works. I just put in an onion and some garlic and put my salt and peppered little roast on top and added some beef broth and bay leaves. The house smelled good all day.


I made some mashed potatoes in the morning so they just needed to be heated up at dinner-time and steamed some carrots quickly. It was so good. Definitely one of those stick-to-your-ribs kind of meals.


And, then there was the seafood dinner. A piece of flounder, some shrimp and a baked clam along with spinach and mashed rutabaga – oh, my.


That was one of my favorites.


I admit to having a VERY hearty appetite lately. Even as I sit here writing this, I’m thinking about the leftover eggplant parmigiana in the fridge. Luckily, we’ve been eating lots of salads and fruits too and passing on sweets. Now that’s a hardship, considering the sweet tooth I have, but I’ve found the longer I go without sugar, the easier it is not to eat it. I do confess, to eating my fair share of chocolate on Valentine’s Day. But that’s just one day – I enjoyed every bite of it but today is a new day.

How about you? Do you find yourself spending more time in the kitchen this time of year or eating more than usual? Or is it just me.

Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead!



  1. says

    Hope you’re both feeling better! With so much good food around, it would be hard not to eat more than usual! And it’s not just you, we seem to be doing the same thing over here!

  2. says

    It’s not just you :) I’ve had a virus for awhile, too. Just looking at your meals makes me feel better! My oldest daughter helped me make some lemon marmalade last week and I have a bowl of Cutie mandarins on my table. I have ground beef and a clove of garlic in my crockpot and am going to add kale and other vegetables soon. I am glad the polar vortex did not freeze you, Susan, and I hope that you and yours and me and mine are truly well soon! xx

    • says

      Oh, I hope you’re feeling better, Gracie. We’re doing fine over here. Seems everyone has some sort of bug these days. Well, it will be spring before you know it and we can all get out and get some fresh air and sunshine. Though it’s snowing here right now and looks absolutely beautiful!

  3. says

    I must say . . .
    Reading this post, late in the evening with all those yummy pictures of food . . .
    puts me over the edge . . . now I am hungry!
    Really wonderful post Susan . . . thanks for all the ideas . . .

    • says

      Thanks, Penny. We’re actually both feeling so much better, I’m happy to say. Looking forward to occupying my time with things other than cooking and eating.

  4. says

    I think I have put on 15 pounds this winter with all the eating! It is time for Spring so that I can get out and hit the pavement and walk some of it back off. Eating is one of my favorite pastimes, unfortunately, no matter what time of year. Love the pictures of what is cooking in your kitchen–I am already planning ahead to supper. ☺

  5. says

    will you adopt me?

    i’m not going to gush here and embarrass both of us.
    I am. I love the way you live. and I’m so sorry you were both laid low with illness.
    but good heavens. such an incredibly beautiful and simple and delicious and healthful way to eat!
    I too have been using my crockpot this winter. I rediscovered it.
    but I grow excited all over again after reading this post!
    you’re quiet. and there’s an immediate simple inner peace when I come here.
    I relish it. and it’s uncanny. but I just visited here a day or so ago thinking…
    ‘gosh it’s been a long time since she posted!’
    and … HERE YOU ARE! thank you dearest bean.

    • says

      While you were visiting here, I was over at the peanut reading about the captains new book. Can’t wait to read it!
      Yes, Tammy, I really feel quite happy when things are quiet and simple. And it seems like you do to.

  6. says

    WOW! Susan you have me so hungry right now. I too have been down for the count with a cold. They say it lasts forever, but I am on the mend now. I’ve been reading a really great book, “How Not to Die” by Dr.Michael Greger.
    I like how he backs up everything he says and his touch of humor too. A really excellent read. I even have been following his simple 12 things he eats every day and find my energy level improving greatly. He is also online with daily missles of info. Enough said, I hope you feel better soon and you are so lucky I live across the country from you. Or I’d be at your door with aplate, fork and knife saying , What’s for dinner.!”

    • says

      Hi Sharon! Thanks for the heads up on Dr. Greger – I just looked him up. He basically believes in a vegan diet. I did it for 2 months before the holidays and found the longer I did it, the easier it became. Looking to lean back toward that again, though I can’t give up my 1/2 and 1/2 in my coffee.

  7. says

    Thank goodness I’m having lunch while reading this or I’d be starving looking at all of these dishes! THEY SAY ” FEED a cold” remember ? So you are doing what you should be doing :)

    I’ve had a head cold but can still manage to cook and eat in between sneezes just fine :)

  8. says

    I’m so glad you’re feeling better, Susan. I honestly was getting a little worried about you when you hadn’t posted for a while. Definitely not like you to do that. : ) All of this delicious food made me hungry for lunch now!! I just commented on another friend’s blog that I wanted to try my hand at making New England clam chowder. We’re also fans of homemade pizza here. The dough is a dollar and change in the grocery store and you can add your own toppings. Easy peasy!!! I hope you’re enjoying this beautiful day today!! xoxo

    ~ Wendy

    • says

      So glad to hear from you, Wendy. We’re back to our old selves again with nary a sniffle. And yes, it ‘s absolutely beautiful outside today and I’m enjoying every minute of it. xo

  9. says

    Ohhh my goodness Bronchitis is a terrible thing to deal with… I am glad that you are feeling better. Look at all that lovely cooking! I have not done much cooking this winter but am looking forward to this weekend cooking for my mothers 75th birthday… Yay mom lol… Have a great week end

  10. says

    Wow! If I’m ever ill I shall come round to your house to recover! All that delicious food is sure to do the trick. Yep, we always eat more at this time of year. It’s funny really, but I think it must have something to do with fending off the cold and the dark and being inside a lot more! x

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