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Live Each Day To The Fullest

 

I was looking through the boxes in my storage area recently looking for some Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas decorations.

As always when I do something like this I find things I was not looking for.

One of the things I found was the last card my father sent me for my birthday in 1987, five months before he died.

The message was simple, powerful and as relevant today as it was twenty-four years ago.

The message is timeless no matter your age. At age 65 I still find my father’s message to be the best way to live life.

See what you think.

Live Each Day To The Fullest

Live each day to the fullest. Get the most from each hour, each day, and each age of your life. Then you can look forward with confidence, and back without regrets.

Be yourself – but be your best self. Dare to be different and to follow your own star.

And don’t be afraid to be happy.  Enjoy what is beautiful. Love with all your heart and soul. Believe that those you love, love you.

Forget what you have done for your friends, and remember what they have done for you. Disregard what the world owes you, and concentrate on what you owe the world.

When you are faced with a decision, make the decision as wisely as possible – then forget it. The moment of absolute certainty never arrives.

Above all, remember that God helps those who help themselves.

Act as if everything depended upon you, and pray as if everything depended upon God.

S.H. Prayer

Featured Recipe                  Zucchini Crisps

I love zucchini. I like to sauté it in a mixture of butter and olive oil flavored with some sweet onion and garlic, then top with some Parmesan cheese.

But I also like these crisp little morsels. You can deep fry them if you wish. But deep frying is way too much trouble for this lazy cook. So I roast mine in the oven.

These are great as a snack on football day too. They go great with chicken wings. They are also rather addictive.

These also make a great after school snack for your children.

This is what you will need for 4 people:

2 medium zucchinis

2 egg whites

¾ cup yellow corn meal

2 tablespoons bread crumbs

2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Salt to taste

Cooking spray

Optional: 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

Here is what you do:

Heat your oven to 425 F. Spray large rimmed baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray.

Wash zucchini. Cut the ends off of the zucchini.

Then slice each zucchini in half.

Then slice each half in half again but this time slice the zucchini lengthwise.

 Then begin slicing each piece into kinda, sorta French fry size sticks or pieces.

NOTE: Some people cut the zucchini into rounds. Either way is fine.

Separate the eggs. Save the yolks for another use.

In a bowl beat the whites with a whisk until frothy.

Mix the corn meal, breadcrumbs, and cheese in another bowl. Optional: If you are using the Italian seasoning add it too the corn meal mixture.

You might want to set up an assembly line: zucchini, whites, corn meal, baking pan for the next part of the recipe.

Now dip zucchini pieces into egg whites. Shake off any excess egg white.

Then place the strips into corn meal crumb mixture and coat very well. Shake off excess. Place on the baking sheet.

I use my left hand to dip in egg white and put into bowl with corn meal;  and then I use my right hand to coat the zucchini slice with the corn meal mixture and then place on the baking sheet. I am sure you will find a way that works best for you.

When all of the zucchini has been dipped and coated and are on the baking sheets,  bake for a total of 10-15 minutes.

NOTE: You may need to bake in batches on two baking sheets. I did not get all of the zucchini pieces on one sheet.

Check and turn the zucchini pieces over at about the half way mark.

When the zucchini  is nicely browned on both sides, they are done. Do not over cook.

What you are looking for is crisp on the outside, but soft on the inside.

When brown on both sides remove from the oven and liberally salt the zucchini.

They are best served hot. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.  Marinara sauce or horseradish sauce are the two most popular.

Me???  I like my zucchini crisps sans any sauce. Just love the taste of zucchini.

FAIR WARNING:  These are very addictive!!!! You may want to make a double batch from the get-go.

Bon appétit!!!

Cost

2 medium zucchinis                           $2.99

2 egg whites                                     $0.22

¾ cup yellow corn meal                     $0.30

2 tablespoons bread crumbs               $0.11

2 tbspns grated Parmesan                  $0.48

Cooking spray                                    $0.05

Salt to taste

Total cost = $4.15
Cost per person = $1.03

Quote of the Day

Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all.

Stanley Horowitz

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1 comment to Live Each Day To The Fullest

  • Friend with a job

    I love the sentiment of the card your father sent you all those years ago. I just printed it out to post in my office as a reminder! A wise man, your father!