Category Archives: Healthy Living

Hillbilly Caviar

Also known as Red Neck Caviar!

Did you ever find a recipe that you just love, but are surprised you even like it?  My friend Cindy made this for a church event and I didn’t even want to try it.   Finally,  I sampled it and loved it.   I begged for the recipe which she shared. It is a very healthy treat and tastes wonderful.  It is great served with Tostitos Scoops Tortilla Chips or any type of crackers. I took it to work for the guys to try and they all gave it a thumbs up! I thought you might enjoy this tasty recipe.

Great Recipe
Hillbilly Caviar

Hillbilly Caviar


2 cans of black-eyed peas, drained

2 cans shoe peg corn, drained (use a bag of frozen corn since I couldn’t find the canned)

2 cans Ro-Tel tomatoes, drained

1 can black beans, drained

2 large peppers, chopped

12 small green onions, chopped

3 ripe tomatoes, chopped

1 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. garlic salt

1 tsp. parsley flakes

1 16 oz. bottle Zesty Italian Dressing

Mix everything in a big bowl and refrigerate at least 12 hours. (24 is better)

Serve with scoop tortilla chips or crackers.

This recipe is very flexible.  You can substitute anywhere and it still turns out great!

I have no idea where they came up with the name for this healthy, delicious recipe, but I hope you enjoy it.   Let me know what you think if it in the comments below.

Put An End to Dry Eye Discomfort

Dry Eye DiscomfortDo you spend a lot of time at your computer? If so, you probably have had at least one episode of dry eyes. Some people suffer from dry eye discomfort on a daily basis. Studies show that at least half of us are coping with dry, itchy, irritated eyes. This can create problems reading computer screens and books. It can even lead to infections.

I have had dry eye problems for several years. Working at a computer for most of the day for my job and then in the evenings for my business has sometimes been difficult. I have tried all kinds of drops from over-the-counter to prescriptions from the eye doctor. I have done eye exercises and used reading glasses. I have found there are a few things everyone can easily do to help dry eye discomfort.

Some tips for combating dry eye discomfort.

Nourishing Eye Drops   Drops that contain tissue-soothing vitamin A alleviates dry eyes faster and prevents complications like blurred vision as well as pricier drops. You can apply one drop to each eye two to six times a day.

Coffee   Did you know that drinking one cup of caffeinated coffee can stimulate the nerves to significantly increase moisture production within an hour and the improvement lasts several hours. Supposedly caffeine tablets have the same effect.

Sugar   Artificial sweeteners such as aspartame can cause a dry gritty feeling in your eyes. Aspartame irritates blood vessels that moisturize the eyes. Use a spoonful of sugar instead. Just remember that more than 10 tsp. of sugar per day can increase the chance of dry eyes.

Warm Wet Washcloths Hold a warm, wet washcloth to your eyes for at least 10 mnutes daily to ensure the oil-glands in your eyelids are not clogged. These glands providea thin protective layer of oil that mixes with tears. When the glands become clogged with hardened oil, you have very watery tears that evaporate quickly.

Rest Last but not least, make sure you are getting sufficient sleep at night. At least seven hours should be the norm. Also when working at a computer or reading, take breaks at least once an hour and rest your eyes.

These sound like simple things, but they can make a world of difference to your eyes and the comfort you experience with dry eyes.

Do you have any other tips to add to help combat dry eyes? Please leave your tips in the comments below.