My Sweet Marie

Archive for October 2011

I remember when I was a child, I couldn’t wait for Hallowe’en! Back then you made your costume. So you’d borrow a shirt or jacket from Dad, he won’t mind right? Then you put on make-up that you borrowed from big sister, ripped up a pair of jeans and voila…you were…a…what was I actually? Or the old potato sack and tie a rope around your waist, a feather in a headband and you were an indian? How naive and politically incorrect was that? At any rate we had fun!

That day we’d come home from school and Mom would have grilled cheeses going and a pot of tomato soup on the stove! Every year! So, of course I kept up that tradition! Wonder if my girls are doing that tonight? I guess Mom had the right idea, fast and easy, filling and nutritious enough considering all the candy we were about to devour! Remember the lady down the street who gave out popcorn balls? That was my Mom! Oh yeah…still does it! Man she’d get lines up for those! I found out yesterday Melissa made a bunch up for Heidi to take to school today for their ‘Orange and Black” day. Heaven forbid we call it Hallowe’en!

Heidi paid us a visit yesterday for an early trick or treat as she’ll be too busy tonight to drop by! Oh my, but we had to see her scary costume! Too cute, she’s a witch with a curly red headed wig fit for an Annie production! Adorable, least scary witch I ever saw! Apperently Blake will be a monkey, very fitting I say! Holly is going to be an elephant, a costume that Melanie hand-sewed last year and Holly would not go near!

Whatever your plans are for tonight, trick o’ treating or shelling out treats, playing tricks or simply watching from afar, please be safe and watch out for the ghouls!


Scariest regards,

Sweet Marie


Holly arrived right at lunch time yesterday for a day and night of fun while Mel and Jim headed off for a Hallowe’en party! They had to go to Toronto for the party, hence the early arrival! I know, likely story but you don’t hear me complaining, do you?

First order of business was lunch, we were on our own because Pepe was putting in some overtime! So pasta it is! Holly loves her noodles, much like her Mommy! She had a good fill and Melanie did tell me she was tired. So, lunch finished, we tidied her up and off to bed she went! She had a decent nap while I sat and relaxed with a book, not a bad gig if you can get it!

Second order of business for the day…Healthy Creations Bakery! When Holly woke up, I told her we were going for a ride to the bakery and she kissed me! I kid you not, she jumped up and kissed me! She absolutely loves this bread and since she’s on a gluten-free diet, it’s a huge treat to have tasty bread!

So off we go, she was chattering all the way there in the car, and the second she walks in the store, she clams up! Of course she does! I couldn’t get her to say boo! They sampled her on cookies and bread, all GF but still all they got was a very meek …thank you. So, off we go with our purchases, they treated her with a little pack of candies, but the second she got in the car, she hands me the candy and says bread Meme, bread please! She chose bread, dry bread instead of candy! That’s how good it is! She ate the first slice before we hit the second light!

Back home, we baked some Gluten-free Bisquick peanut butter cookies! Oh my, are they good! One would never know they are GF! I think I’ll make a batch of these for Andre’s Xmas party so that there is a GF option for the kiddies! They definitely pass Holly’s tough standards!

Finally Pepe arrives home and I can get dinner on table! We made Holly’s faves, GF hot dogs and sweet potato fries! That’s an easy one and she loves them! She’s so tiny that I love to see her eat and eat she did! Perhaps the cookies for dessert was the motivation but still she ate!

After dinner we took her for a walk around the neighborhood, and about halfway through I look down and she’s half asleep! Denis asked me what I did to wear her out? Her worn out, you’re kidding right? How about me? That’s got to be worth a few calories burnt, don’t you think?

We managed to keep her awake long enough to get her home, have a bath and a snack, gotta have a snack at Meme’s, and then off to dreamland for her! I read her one story and she was almost asleep by the time I closed the door to the bedroom, gotta love that!

So that my dear friends is how I spent my day yesterday, and my morning today. I absolutely adore my grand-children and to get a whole day with one to myself is a joy and we lived it to the fullest! Of course I am plumb worn out today but I can rest anytime…well almost anytime!

Sweetest regards,

Sweet Marie

I highly recommend these cookies. Not only are they yummy but easy to make!


  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter creamy or crunchy
  • 1/2 cup marg or butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1  1/4 cups gluten-free bisquick
  1. Cream the sugars,marg and egg together.
  2. Add in the GF bisquick( Available in the USA only I am afraid)
  3. Refrigerate for 2 hours.
  4. Shape dough into balls, then flatten with a fork dipped in sugar.
  5. Give them lots of room to grow!
  6. Bake at 375 for 9-10 minutes.


I came across an article by Dr.Phil on drama queens and I couldn’t resist! If you recognise yourself in this list, well you can ignore it or change it!

Here’s a list of signs that you’re a drama queen:

  • None of your life events, even the ordinary ones, are ordinary. (You could create drama from watching paint dry!)
  • Every sickness you have is the worst the doctor has ever seen.
  • You have to be the center of attention and are insecure.
  • You  thrive on crisis.
  • Every comment made to you is either the sweetest, warmest thing you have ever heard or the rudest, most vicious attack imaginable.
  • You engage the world in such a way as to sacrifice all credibility. Those around you soon recognize your histrionics, and discount anything and everything you say.
  • You are over animated and act out scenes.
  • People respond to you with lots of smiles, nods and eye rolls.
  • You wear your  history on your sleeve.
  • You are never wrong, it’s always someone else’s fault!

To all the drama queens out there, thank you for taking the focus off me when I am misbehaving!!

Sweet Marie

You don’t have to be great to start but you have to start to be great!

Zig Ziggler

I recently saw this saying somewhere and it helped me get back on track with my health plan. We all have to start somewhere to get anywhere, so whatever it is you’ve been putting off..get started! Sweet Marie

This is a great appetizer, low in calories!


  • 2 cups of white kidney beans
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 tbsp water or lemon juice or half of each
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme
  • 1 clove crushed garlic
  • salt and pepper
  1. Puree in food processor all of the ingredients to a smooth texture.
  2. Serve with fresh veggies and/or crackers/rusks/bread sticks.

I saw a recipe recently for this and had to give it a go! I have no idea where that recipe went so I made up my own!


  • 2 lbs of mushrooms (Portobello,cremini, white) chopped
  • 1 onion sliced thin
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cups of red wine
  • 4 cups of chicken or beef broth or veg.
  • salt,pepper to your taste
  • thyme leaves fresh or dried
  • 4 rusks or 1 c. croutons
  • 1 cup shredded or sliced swiss cheese
  1. Brown all the mushrooms and onion in olive oil.
  2. Add red wine, simmer to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes.
  3. Add broth and spices.
  4. simmer till all veggies are tender and broth is a deep brown color.
  5. In a french onion crock, lay down a rusk(dutch bread crisp), pour soup over top, then top with 1/4 of cheese.
  6. Brown in oven for 30 minutes.
  7. Bon Appetit!