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Mexican Baked Crunchy Cod

1 Pound Cod fillets
1.5 Cup Salsa
1 Cup Reduced fat cheddar cheese, grated
½ Cup Corn chips, crushed (baked scoops work well)
1   Avocado, peeled and sliced
¼ Cup Reduced fat sour cream
    Cilantro, chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease a 8 by 12 baking dish.
  2. Rinse fillets under cold water and pat dry. Lay fillets side by side in prepared baking dish. Pour salsa over the top and sprinkle evenly with the shredded cheese. Top with crushed corn chips.
  3. Bake, uncovered, for 15 minutes or until fish is opaque. Serve topped with avocado and sour cream.

So, why?
• Lean protein, baked
• Salsa makes a great nonfat, healthy sauce
• This is simple and leaves the fish nice and moist.
• Wins approval from my non-fish loving husband.
• Avocados are a source of good fats


• With frozen cod fillets on hand, I usually have the makings for this at any time.



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Football Day Strategy

In the old days, I would make fattening dips and snacks for a football game and make dinner. We were all stuffed by the end of the day. Sometimes, my family didn’t even want the dinner after I’d labored over it all. So my new game day strategy is this:

This is dinner.  (OK, this doesn’t work for early games, we tape those and watch them at dinner time).  If my boys are still hungry later they can have a bowl of cereal.


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A few pictures from our Hatteras Island trip in June

Cape Hatteras Light

Frankie studying Townsend under the tent


Jon fighting for position on the racetrack


Sunset at the sound

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Its Us Against the Groundhog

This year we decided to plant corn in two week intervals which turned out to be a good idea – I think. Just like last year, about the time the corn was almost ready….. tragedy struck. A groundhog. Again. These animals are amazing. This garden is surrounded by 6 foot deer fencing. And a battery operated electric fence. Now the fence is obviously not strong enough to deter this groundhog. If you’ve ever been duped into touching a shock pen – its about that level of discomfort. These groundhogs don’t bother digging under the fence. No they climb over the fence and then they go to town. The first time this groundhog got it – he took out the first two rows that we just ready for harvesting. Two rows of Ambrosia sweet corn. The battle was on. Live trap – he doesn’t go for it. Fill in his hole. He comes back. Just in time to get the next two rows…..

Well fortunately Brian knows how to take care of these critters. This one bit the dust. See how fat he is!

Fat Groundhog bites the dust

Today, I pulled out all the stalks that with eaten corn cobs. I found one piece of perfect corn. Brian and I split it with dinner tonight. Best corn I’ve ever had. No wonder that groundhog ate so much!

Ears of corn eaten by groundhog

We have two more rows of corn that are tasseling now and just starting to form ears. Hopefully we will get to eat it before another groundhog visits!

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Birthday Weekend in Williamsburg

For Brian’s birthday we spent a weekend in Williamsburg, touring Shirley plantation, downtown Colonial Williamsburg and a few of the buildings at William and Mary.

Susan on steps of Wren Building

(Minor) British Invasion of Williamsburg

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