I have chosen this name for this blog because it truly states my story. I am a type II diabetic who most certainly enjoys food. When I was diagnosed with diabetes several years ago, my blood sugar level was over 400. With some oral medications, a lot of research and some trial and error, I have found that unlike my ancestors I truly can continue to enjoy food. I hope this blog will help you to also enjoy food and be healthy. Some recipes are my originals and some I have collected. Everyone reacts different to various foods. Check your blood sugar readings so you will know whether or not a recipe works for you! And feel free to take a recipe and adjust it to suit your needs.

Sunday, December 7, 2014


Giving food gift jars can be fun but sometimes people wonder what they can give to a diabetic. If you want to give a diabetic a food gift jar, I suggest this bean soup mix. All you need to do is layer the ingredients in the order listed below into a quart jar.

1/2 cup pearl barley
1/2 cup red beans
1/2 cup baby lima beans
1/2 cup split peas
1/2 cup pinto beans
1/2 cup blackeyed peas
1/2 cup yellow split peas
1/2 cup navy beans
1/2 cup lentils

Instructions to attach to jar:

1 jar Trail Bean Soup Mix
2 quarts water
1 ham hock
1 1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 can (28-oz) diced tomatoes
1 large onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced

Place bean mix in a large bowl and add 2 quarts of water; soak overnight. Drain.

Bring 2 quarts water to a boil in a soup pot. Add the ham hock and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove the ham hock.

Add the drained bean mixture, salt, pepper, tomatoes, onion, and garlic. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour or until the beans are tender.