I’ve been tweeting and posting this countdown of my top ten favorite posts of 2012 for the past couple weeks, but I thought you might like to read them all in one place while you recover from your New Years Eve bashes…

10). Oh, Am I Boring You?


I’ll be back to my old social diva ways soon enough

Tracy Morgan ( who I find infinitely hilarious) tweeted this yesterday, “What r you guys doing for labor day? I might want to stop by.” My reply? “I’m laboring. Are you any good at biz plans?”  I’m not holding my breath for that visit. Read more…


9). The Sticks & Stones of Healthy Arguing

Five tips to healthy arguing: advice I would give my twenty-five year old self

Five tips to healthy arguing: advice I would give my twenty-five year old self

Earlier this week, fashion designer Oscar de la Renta deftly pointed out  the difference between constructive criticism, and a personal attack when he wrote an open letter to fashion critic Cathy Horyn in Women’s Wear Daily. I applaud Mr. de la Renta for the aplomb in which he communicated his displeasure in their “cat(walk) fight,”  Read more…


8). Breaking Up Can Be Hard To Do

How do you separate egg whites?

How do you separate egg whites?

Separating eggs is tedious, especially if it’s the whites you’re after for a meringue, because any foreign particles in the whites will prevent them from whipping up in volume properly. The correct way to do this Read more…


7). Blog Birthdays & Hat Tricks


Hats for all mood, seasons, and reasons

This blog (click here to see my first ever post), Jewels from The Roving Stove began exactly three years ago today with my taking you “from VIP entrances in Versace to service entrances in my apron.” Well lately it’s been focused mainly on the food and apron part, and  I’m ready for a good healthy dose of the fashion Read more…


6). Five Tell Tale Signs I’m Getting Older

Trading in fast men and cars for comfortable luxury sedans

Trading in fast men and cars for comfortable luxury sedans

Like RIP Van Winkle, I fell asleep and apparently woke up 20 years later. I don’t feel 20 years older, but there have been a few tell tale signs. Why cry over the inevitable? I can let myself get all paranoid and obsessed with the fountain of youth (fillers and surgery), or I can choose to inhabit my “more mature self” with grace, and a sense of humor. Read more…


5). Model Make-Up Tricks & Tips: Lipstick

The tools

The tools

I’ve done a couple heavy posts lately, so I thought I’d lighten the blog up a bit this weekend with a make-up tips I learned as a model post. A nice idea since I will be drawing the winner of the Joy the Baker cookbook giveaway, and Joy mentions in her blog bio that “I really suck at wearing lipstick.” So, here are my “make your lipstick stick tricks” Joy (and anyone else interested). Read more…


4). Dear Valentine

Heart shape red velvet pancakes get Valentines Day started with a romantic breakfast in bed

Heart shape red velvet pancakes get Valentines Day started with a romantic breakfast in bed

You know how much I love a fabulous meal out on the town, but to me, there is nothing sexier than a man who can cook an intimate meal at home for me on Valentines Day. It says a lot about how much he cares since a lot more thought, planning and execution goes into preparing that sensual meal than just ripping out the plastic like he might do any other night of the year. Read more…


3). From Catwalk to Red Carpet Ready

BTW, my fashion predictions were confirmed when Stacy Keebler wore my #1 pick to the Oscars

From catwalk to red carpet ready

From catwalk to red carpet ready

Of course, I have my favorites to win the Academy Awards, but I’ll be honest – the part I watch for is the red carpet. I’ll never grow tired of my “little girl dressing up fantasy,” because I need my fashion fix as surely as I need air to survive, and the Oscars are the epitome of Cinderella going to the ball. Read more…


2). Please Sir, I’d Like S’More

Daisy did her best big brown pleading eyes to get Tatjana to share, but to no avail

Daisy did her best big brown pleading eyes to get Tatjana to share, but to no avail

Shock horror! Yes, I am starting the new year off with a slightly less than healthy eating example since my poor deprived daughter never had a S’more experience growing up.  Read more…


1). Practically Effortless & Healthy Dinner Party

Making garlic sauteed spinach - simple, healthy, but delicious

Making garlic sauteed spinach – simple, healthy, but delicious

Weight loss diets, or getting back on track with eating healthy in the new year can sometimes present a real challenge to any social life. Drinks don’t work for me, plus I’m over rich restaurant food and crowds after the holidays, so what’s a gal to do? Read more…


Lite Curried Turkey 1

Lite Curried Turkey

To start the year right, I thought I would share one of my favorite go to weight loss recipes, because as a complete meal, it is bursting with exotic flavor, high in fiber, and low in fat. The cinnamon also helps curb appetite while the savory flavors with a hint of heat (remember you control how much and may omit the heat altogether if you prefer) are balanced nicely by the sweetness of the raisins.

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes


Lite Curried Turkey

  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger (powdered)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper or to taste
  • 2 teaspoons coconut or olive oil divided
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 1/4 pound ground turkey 7% fat or less
  • 1 cup 99% fat free chicken broth add 1/4 cup at a time, reserving 1/4 cup for later
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro chopped


Lite Curried Turkey

  1. Mix the curry powder, cinnamon, ground ginger, ground cumin, and cayenne in a small bowl; set aside.
  2. Heat the oil a large saute pan over medium heat, about 1 minute. Add the garlic and cook 30 seconds. Add the spice mixture and cook until fragrant, and additional 30 seconds.
  3. Add the turkey breaking up with the back of a wooden spoon as you brown the meat, stirring well to incorporate all the spices, about 8-10 minutes.
  4. Add the chicken broth 1/4 cup at a time, stirring well to deglaze the pan (stirring up any gooey brown bits from the bottom of the pan, and reducing for flavor before adding more as needed, cooking until turkey is no longer pink inside, about 5-10 minutes.
  5. Add the raisins and cilantro, stir well long enough to heat through, about 2 minutes, and remove from heat. There should be some thick liquid along with the meat - add a little more chicken broth if needed (this will help keep the turkey moist as you store it).

Serving Suggestions

Serve 1/2 cup ground turkey mixture over 1/2 baked sweet potato with 1 cup steamed or roasted broccoli (or any green vegetable of your choice.

Heat To Eat

The turkey sometimes absorbs the excess liquid while stored, so I like to add a little extra chicken broth before heating. Vent lid of container and heat in microwave on 50% power for 3-5 minutes, stirring midway to distribute heat evenly; or heat in a large saute pan over medium-low heat, stirring frequently until heated through, about 8-10 minutes.


I had some shredded carrot to use up, so I added them once the turkey had browned. Add in any vegetables you like for more texture.


Be sure to add 2 large sweet potatoes (I prefer the California golden ones, but the darker orange ones are delicious with this too), and broccoli to your grocery list.

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  • December 31, 2012
    5:02 pm

    Holy smokes Julie Anne! Can your blog posts get anymore amazing? Much blessings to you and your family for the new year!

    • January 1, 2013
      5:05 pm

      Oh thank you Carly! Since I’ve been all work and not much play – I was worried they were a little boring. So happy you enjoy them. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  • January 1, 2013
    4:10 pm

    Dear Jules,

    Reflecting on the past year, I have to admit that reading your blog has been one of the highlights of 2011 and 2012! You are the absolute best!


    • January 1, 2013
      5:07 pm

      Thank made my first day of the year so special – thank you Karen!

      • January 1, 2013
        5:07 pm

        … (post happy fingers) and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  • January 1, 2013
    5:17 pm

    I couldn’t possibly narrow down my top fave blog posts of yours – they were all so great to read! I look forward to more in 2013 and enjoying my premium membership!! Happy New Year!

  • January 2, 2013
    9:09 pm

    All your posts are wonderful, they make me smile, think, rethink and get me motivated. Those are all positives. Plus, your posts are written so personally that it’s as if you are sitting in the kitchen chatting with me and urging me to the next level of proficiency, not just in cooking, but in life. I owe you big time Jewels, if only you knew how much!