Julie Anne Rhodes breaking through by Mike Owen
Oh no! Right after promising to get back on track with the healthy recipes and get in shape for summer with the “get fit” cheerleader act… I hit the sidewalk, and it hit back. Now I’m flat on my back, foot iced and elevated, dreaming up much more exciting stories than “I broke my ankle walking my dog”. I’ll be prepared when I get that inevitable “how did you hurt your foot?” a gazillion times in the coming weeks.

So much for power walks and the gym
There I was, thinking I was so evolved. I read the volcano and British Airways strike as being a messages from the universe not to travel, when clearly the message was stay home. I got it. Normally I’d be on the verge of a nervous breakdown by now, but after my recent surgery, a broken ankle only registers as a minor annoyance on the mental health Richter scale.

Maybe it is not just my foot that was twisted? The first thought to race through my mind as I hit the ground was “oh no, will I be able to wear stilettos again?” Do you think Manolo or Jimmy Choo make a sexier version of the boot cast? The NASA moon boot look doesn’t go well with my wardrobe. At least Andrea Loeffler Barber shared how to accessorize my crutches with faux fur at LemonAid Crutches.


Where are the hunky muscle men when I need a lift?
A bemused Daisy
Daisy is traumatized by the ugly foot apparel, and won’t come near me. She’s even more bemused that she missed her walk today. Newly healed chest wounds mix about as well with crutches, as oil and water. Thankfully, many of you have joined in the story weaving game with me on facebook, and made it too much fun to let it get me down. All the stories are brilliant- but this one by Kelly McAllister Hulse had me ROTFLMAO, so I have to share it with you all again here:

It was a dark and stormy night, you were cocooned in your cozy kitchen making your super duper extra confidential top secret cupcakes, when Daisy’s ears perked up and she let out a low *woof*. “Whats up Daisy?” you asked. She looked up at you and she said with her eyes “there is mischief afoot”. It was all the warning you got before three figures dressed head to toe in black came flying into the room. Ninjas! All three of them wore the insignia of your arch nemeses Alton Brown! Alton has been trying to to get your super duper extra confidential top secret cupcake recipe for years. He is ruthless when it comes to getting what he wants, he tortured his own grandmother with cold wet noodles for weeks to get her City Ham recipe. But you were ready for Alton Brown’s ninjas because you have been secretly training as a ninja on the secret island of Ping with the secretly legendary ninja master Yoda-San. You also learned Yoda-San’s secret Margarita recipe.


As the Alton Brown’s Ninjas close in on you, wielding un-orthodox kitchen implements that are not kitchen implements you whirl into action. You are whirling poetry in motion taking out one ninja after another. They soon realise that they are out matched, so one throws a coconut at Daisy while another tosses your bowl of super duper extra confidential top secret cupcake batter in the air. As you move to save Daisy from certain headache your foot slips in batter and you break your ankle, but save Daisy. 

Hop-along Jewels
Thank you for all being such great support! I think I’ll swap my super duper extra confidential top secret cupcake batter for a healthier snack while I’m immobile though Kelly. Here is my latest obsession.
Crispy Kale

This healthy, nutrient packed snack will tame those salty-crisp cravings without making your waistline bulge. The slightly sweet contrast from the crushed nuts adds a flavorful dimension as well as a touch of protein to keep those hunger pangs at bay even longer.

Servings: 4 (1-2 in my household)

  • 1 large bunch of fresh kale, washed, and stalks removed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, extra if it is an especially large bunch
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons honey roasted peanuts, crushed for garnish (optional)
optional ingredients: Choose just one for a flavorful variation
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chinese five spice seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1/8 teaspoon Wasabi powder

1). Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2). Spin or towel dry the washed kale. Toss with olive oil until it is all lightly coated. Spread kale evenly in a sheet pan, sprinkle with Kosher salt, black pepper, and one of the optional ingredients if you desire (it is great without the extra seasoning too).

3). Bake in the oven for 10 minutes, and remove. Turn oven temperature up to 425 F., toss the kale, and place back in the oven for an additional 5 minutes.

4). Sprinkle with crushed peanuts (optional), and serve immediately. On the rare occasion that there is any left, you can crisp it back up a preheated 425 degree oven for 2-3 minutes.

Serving Suggestions: This makes a great afternoon snack the kids will love, but I also like it sprinkled with Chinese five spice seasoning in place of potato chips with my Jewels Turkey-Jasmine Burgers. Sprinkle some toasted sesame seeds on for garnish if you don’t like peanuts.

P.S. Last chance to enter the competition to win CLOAK & DAGGER BUTTERFLY by Amanda Eliasch. Enter your “ladies that lunch menu”here. Competition closes May 30th. Our top four favorite menus will be posted in a pole on the blog, and YOU will choose the lucky winner.
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  • May 27, 2010
    6:07 pm

    Aw! I'm just so glad that I made you laugh in your time of need. :cD*hugs*Kelly McAllister Hulse- I'm not normally like this… oh wait… yes I am!

  • May 27, 2010
    6:31 pm

    Julieanne,Sorry to hear about you accident! I know how you are feeling on the crutches. I have used them full time for the past 15 years because of a brittle bone disease in my left leg. I have become so skilled with them that I could carry a tray of food down a flight of stairs and walk in 4in. stilettos on mine.Thank you so much for the link to LemonAid Crutches! What a fabulous company! How did I not know about this site sooner? The most style I thought I could ever bring to my crutches was trying to color coordinate the color of arm and hand pads to the crutch tips (tan and gray seemed to be the only options). I don’t use crutches full time anymore. Last year I became an amputee and now walk with a very high-tech and sleek prosthetic, so I only use them now when I don’t have my leg on. Still, I am so excited to explore this site further. Thanks for the discovery and I wish you a speedy recovery and back on both feet again soon!All the best,Chrissy

  • May 27, 2010
    6:36 pm

    Oh Chrissy! I'm so sorry to hear you have been through all that you have, and thank you for reminding me to see the glass half full! Maybe we should start our own line of sexy walking casts, and crutches.

  • May 27, 2010
    7:56 pm

    Only you could look elegant with crutches and a cast. Karma does have a way of getting back at you. For years, I swore I would be able to walk, work, carry on life as usual despite physical problems remaining from having meningitis as a child. Now, I am unable to walk without a walker which does nothing to accessorize any outfit. If I fall, I have a panic button on my wrist to call for help. I'm not an old lady! But, I'm determined to do what I can & manage to live on my own with my feline companion Molly. Molly loves to ride on the walker and frequently hitches a ride only to get to the kitchen in style. LOL I guess my point is to not let this get you down and to keep doing as much as you are physically able without using up all your energy. But, to glam up your crutches, have a couple of pair painted to complement the main colours that you wear. Get some fabric and make different designer pads for the under arm and hand areas. If you make them using velcro as a fastener, you could have different fabrics to go with various outfits. If you don't sew, use a glue meant for fabrics. One of my biggest and most vain complaints about my issues is that I've never been able to wear stilettos due to my balance issues. I've always worn sensible boring shoes. I'd love to wear great make up, but I have such sensitive skin and I don't go out much. I guess my point in writing all this is to let you know that others share in your fashion issues while having medical problems and can sympathize with you. If I were in California, I'd try to whip up the pieces for your crutches to save on $$$. Better to buy some bling or fragrance with any extra money left in the budget at the end of the month. Or, some extra treats for Daisy. Hang in Julie Anne! You will heal from this just like your surgery. You have such a strong will to not just live, but to live life to the fullest and be elegant at the same time. I admire that in you!! I read each blog and enjoy them so much, it's as if I'm seeing everything you describe happen in my mind. Wishing you well and speedy healing with boxes of kick a$$ stilettos in your future! By the way, did your ex have any comments on your broken ankle? I hope he was the epitome of an English gent and very polite about the situation. Very, very proper, wouldn't you agree? 🙂

  • May 28, 2010
    3:13 am

    Oh Daisy. She must be so sad and confused. You look fabulous, very haute, in your short black dress and a smile.Stilettos pale and blush in embarassment … the black cast looks very good.Well …

  • May 28, 2010
    8:52 am

    Only you could look a million dollars in a NASA Moon Boot! :)So sorry to hear of this misfortune – I can totally sympathise (World Cup 1990 comes to mind!).But look to the bright side:Being waited on hand and ahem, foot.Handsome men rushing to your aid when out in public.Extra portions and sympathetic chocolate treats from friends.Extra care and attention from loved ones.Hmmm.. I may forsake my Doc Martens temporarily for a pair of stilletos ;)Take care and stay positively lovely!!

  • May 28, 2010
    3:18 pm

    http://bistro161.com/More on your quest for great food. We came across this one on a tour of Vancouver Island last summer. Tiny place, off the ugly town, but the food is to KILL for!! Absolutely masterfully prepared!!

  • May 28, 2010
    6:16 pm

    Amen!!!! :)Julie Moreschi Barrientos

  • May 28, 2010
    6:17 pm

    let me know when you find themJulie Spinoso

  • May 28, 2010
    6:17 pm

    Hahaha! Three Julie's looking for the hunky men.

  • May 28, 2010
    6:30 pm

    remember those wonderful old stories of someone frantically racing to town on a wild horse to bring the town doc back? housecalls – how nice would that be. getting to the doctor and waiting and parking is rather like taking a flight and now doctors like some ID please – just who are you – because they can't remember?suggest something chocolate.xxooMadeleine Gallay

  • May 28, 2010
    6:47 pm

    LOL!!! Julie's KNOW what they want!!! ;)Julie Moreschi Barrientos

  • May 28, 2010
    10:14 pm

    great minds (as well as a name) think alike!Julie Spinoso

  • May 29, 2010
    6:43 pm

    Looks delicious!!!!!MariFer Cruz Ortega

  • May 29, 2010
    6:44 pm

    yum yum…Michele Llanos

  • May 29, 2010
    6:45 pm

    It is delish, and reminds me of the seaweed at Mr. Chow (only not deep fried, so less calories). It's my new obsession.

  • May 29, 2010
    10:29 pm

    Yum! Sounds great!Suzanne Voelker

  • May 31, 2010
    9:26 am

    Oh no! Julie Anne, so sorry for your little mishap, I do hope you are back on both feet in no time. They do say things come in three (with surgery, trip cancellation, now your ankle)…..let's hope that this is the end.Take CareAussie Mum

  • June 1, 2010
    1:01 pm

    Oh Jewels…even on crutches you can rock an LBD!