Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Randomness ...

Just a List

Some days you have a lot on your mind.
Some days you have nothing on your mind.
Some days it's easy to remember everything.
Some days you need a list to remember anything.

Here's a list of random thoughts for me.

1.  The world it is changing.
2.  My daughter just turned 29 years old, how did that happen.
3.  People can and will lie when it is advantageous to their cause.
4.  I love the ocean and the calm I feel around it.
5.  Two dogs, one big and one small are a ton of work.
6.  I love those two dogs and would hate if i had to give them up.
7.  My taste buds have changed.
8.  I seem to be enjoying plain food lately.
9.  I am a spiritual person, but not a religious person.
10.  Politics - they are tearing friends and families apart.
11.  Sometimes I wish horrible things on the current President of the United States.
12.  I don't like wine.
13.  I love my husband.
14.  Family, sometimes it's a love/hate relationship.
15.  I believe Heaven is a real place and that many people will never get there.
16.  I love the Lularoe Perfect T shirts.
17.  Some of my best friends live in my computer and we've never met.
18.  Money does not buy happiness.
19.  Pizza yum ... but only thin crust.
20.  It seems no one has time for anyone else anymore.
21.  When did we all become so self centered and self absorbed.
22.  I miss the East Coast.
23.  I enjoy California but hope not to live here forever.
24.  Exercise, I need to do more of it.
25.  I hate Diabetes 
26.  Why can't we find a cure for Alzheimer's Disease.
27.  Peonies are my favorite flower.
28.  I don't care for hard ice-cream but I love soft serve in a cone.
29.  I wish I could travel more.
30.  Do things that make you happy.
31.  Don't worry about what others do to make themselves happy.
32.  Try and pay my debt down.
33.  Help other people when they need it and don't ask questions.
34.  Drink more water.
35. Laugh whenever and wherever you feel like laughing.
36.  Make and eat more salads for meals, we love them.
37.  Remember, you cannot fix every wrong in the world, but just one small good deed can lead to so many others that might fix one thing at a time. 
38.  NO one is Perfect, including me.
39.  Take Naps, they're a good thing.
40.  Have a good cry every once in awhile.
41.  Try to blog more often even if no one reads it.
42.  Hugs and Kisses 

That's it for now ... random stuff.
Ever changing.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Whole 30 Chicken Verde

On my hunt for recipes that will help me on my journey towards lowering my sugar (diabetic problems) I have found this recipe, it looks yummy.  I borrowed it from "The Nourishing Home" page, there is a  link below, check out the website listed at the bottom of the recipe.

1 medium yellow onion
2.5 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1 1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp cumin
1 (12oz) jar Whole30-compliant Salsa Verde (see recipe note)
1 large red bell pepper
1 large yellow pepper

🌶Cut the ends off of the onion and remove skin. Then slice into 4-5 thick slices. Place in the bottom of a 6-quart slow cooker.
🌶Place the chicken thighs on top of the onion. In a small bowl, combine the seasonings and evenly distribute across the top of the chicken.
🌶Evenly spoon the Salsa Verde over the top of the seasoned chicken. (Trader Joe's and Whole Foods both have Whole30-compliant brands, be sure to read labels.)
🌶Slice the bell peppers into thick slices; discard the seeds and stem. You can either - place them over the salsa and cook with the chicken for very soft peppers that meld into the sauce, or add the peppers during the last hour of cook time to enjoy them al dente (as shown in photo).
🌶Cover and cook on low 5-6 hours, until chicken is fork tender. When chicken is done, use a slotted spoon to transfer the salsa-covered chicken and peppers to a large platter. Move the peppers to the side. Use two forks to shred the chicken.
🌶Serve on large Bibb lettuce leaves. Top with diced tomatoes, avocado, and fresh cilantro. So delicious!
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Monday, January 22, 2018

Creamy Tuscan Chicken

Disclaimer: This is not my own recipe.
 I found it on my Facebook Feed and thought I would share it here.  I have yet to make it ... but I will, very soon.  In an effort to eat healthier I think this will satisfy everyone at our house with some huge servings of veggies on the side. 

Creamy Tuscan Garlic Chicken
Makes 3 servings

Per serving

1 Leaner protein
1 fat
3 condiments

• 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, thinly sliced 
• 1 Tablespoon olive oil 
• 1 cup low fat plain greek yogurt 
• 1/2 cup chicken broth 
• 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 
• 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning 
• 1/4 cup parmesan cheese 
• 1 cup spinach, chopped 
• 3 slices sun dried tomatoes

In a large skillet add olive oil and cook the chicken on medium high heat for 3-5 minutes on each side or until brown on each side and cooked until no longer pink in center. Remove chicken and set aside on a plate. 
Add the yogurt, chicken broth, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and parmesan cheese. Whisk over medium high heat until it starts to thicken. Add the spinach and sundried tomatoes and let it simmer until the spinach starts to wilt. Add the chicken back to the pan and serve over zucchini noodles if desired.

Doesn't this recipe sound delicious, not get over to that kitchen and give it a try, I suspect we will not be disappointed when we sit down to eat with this on our plate.

Yummy in your tummy!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Thanks For The Memories Mom

Memories are a sweet thing, and for me "food memories" are some of the best. I love creating recipes that I remember so fondly from my childhood. Mom was a cook of the times, much like other women who worked on limited budgets, dinner could be pretty mundane and plain. Meatloaf, hotdogs and beans, pot roast, roasted chicken, spaghetti and meatballs, jello salad, date bars ... everyone had their own recipes for the same foods. My mother however always looked for ways to change things a bit, especially after we moved to California, fresh vegetables instead of the canned versions began to cross our plates, and salads seemed to be at every meal. My favorites were always the homestyle stuff, her Italian sauce with spicy hot sausage was one I always looked forward to after it cooked slowly all day on the back of the stove, unfortunately I've never made one to rival hers though my sister Debi knew moms secrets and always made a good sauce. Meatloaf was never a favorite of mine because mom always tried to sneak veggies in that I didn't like, green peppers and onions ... eventually though I would eat it and actually loved leftover meatloaf sandwiches in my lunchbox the next day. Pot Roast with carrots, onions and browned potatoes was always amazing and again leftovers on white bread with yellow mustard always made me smile. Stuffed Cabbage with her twist of cooking in beef broth instead of tomato sauce was a family favorite, it seemed there was never enough for leftovers because we couldn't get enough. Swiss Steak her way (again no tomato sauce), beef and cauliflower, and a French favorite for breakfast, Corton (a homemade potted meat spread) that we so enjoyed spread on warm toast in the morning. I miss my mom, and I miss her cooking, thankfully I was observant enough to learn many of these recipes so I could share them with my own family. This morning I taught my daughter Morgan to make "mom's" stuffed cabbage, it was a great way to share something very special that I just know my mom would be thrilled about if she was still here with us. 
Thanks for the memories mom.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

DIABETES (Type 2) And All That Jazz

Well for years I've had type 2 diabetes.
For years I've kept in under control with medication.
It was so well under control they lowered my medications.
Then ...
Anxiety moved in to my life.
Mostly because of some things I could not control.
Well ... I went for blood work last Wednesday and went about my business.
I planned on calling to see my doctor for results and meds.
My phone rang Thursday morning at 8:30 in the morning ...
it wasn't great news.
My blood sugars were over 500 ...
way too high.
They wanted to see me right away.
My choices were immediate switch to Insulin along with pills.
See a Nutritionist ... I'll be calling tomorrow for an appointment.
Off Metformin on to a stronger, new to me medication
a change to my carb heavy diet with the addition of exercise.
Well ... I don't want Insulin unless there is no other choice.
So begins a very difficult phase in my life.
Right now I'm hungry all the time.
I want bread for breakfast, not chicken.
It won't be easy ...
It's quite depressing for me especially in the mornings.
I'll keep trying though ...
because really what other options are there.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Meal Delivery Companies ... what do you think?

Hello Fresh vs. Chef'd

It's Expensive to Eat out in California!!!

So last year I tried out a meal delivery service, it was called Chef'd.  I enjoyed it because I was not locked in to trying 3 meals each and every week, and I was able to pick my meals from an extensive list of about 100 choices, though I wasn't totally pleased with the quality of the ingredients, I did like that the prices varied based on the recipe.  
We tried a few different meals and enjoyed all but one of them and that wasn't because the meal tasted bad, it was because it came with chicken thighs which I hate.  LOL
So in an effort put a bit more variety in to our meal planning (it seems I just can't plan a meal with new items that I love anymore my own), I have joined another meal plan company, Hello Fresh!
I am only doing the meals for 2 people x 3 meals per week (it's usually just Pat and I for dinner), with the option to change some of the meal choices I may not want to options we might prefer.  The choices are much more limited each week and I have the option to "opt out" for certain weeks.  I have also decided at this point to only do meals two weeks every month, opting out the other weeks unless we find that we need more.  The price is very good for a main course for two, it's a little shy of $10 per person, or about $20 per meal (I will add in salads or other veggies that we may like from our own grocery shopping). 
We went out for Italian food last night and it cost us with tip about $75 for 3 people, no dessert, no appetizers, no alcohol ... that's a lot of money.
With Hello Fresh for 3 meals a week, it will be less than the price of one night out, and for our first week I had a code so I only paid $29 for 3 meals (yay). 
Now, I'm not saying I won't be eating out anymore, but we really enjoy eating in and relaxing, it's cheaper and the food is usually better. 
My first 3 meals will arrive on the 30th, I can't wait to give them a try and the choices I made sound delicious.  Does anyone else have experience with this particular company?
If you do, I'd love to hear about it.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Random Stuff

1.  Maybe I should start a "Random Stuff Bullet Journal".
2.  I don't like the taste of most food anymore unless it's cold or tart.
3.  Anything too Savory turns my stomach.
4.  I crave my mom's Italian Spaghetti and Sausage.
5.  I am always HOT ... like boiling from the inside out.
6.  Having two dogs to contend with in a small Condominium is a lot.
7.  Fall is my favorite season of all ... but not in California.
8.  I am a Card Maker.
9.  I sell Stampin' Up products and truly believe they are the best on the market.
10.  I have been married now for one year to Patrick Gilmore.
11.  I complain a lot, but I am truly thankful for everything that is good in my life.
12.  I'm not sure what I believe anymore in the way of Religion.
13.  I used to love to cook, but not so much anymore.
14.  I need to have my eyes checked and get new glasses.
15.  I am a bit of a procrastinator.
16.  I am VERY Liberal.
17.  I am not as patient as I used to be when I was younger.
18.  Soup ... I love it just about any time of the year.
19.  I have never traveled to Europe.
20.  I prefer thin crust to a thick crust pizza any day.
21.  I don't wear yellow gold at all.
22.  I am not a "hugger" or a "kisser" with strangers, I prefer not to be touched.
23.  I love to read and prefer historical romances.
24.  My favorite TV show is probably Outlander.
25.  I never went to a "real prom".
26.  I hate surprise parties, as I do not like to be the center of attention.
27.  I have never been in a wedding party, ever.
28.  I love a good steamed Hotdog with mustard, relish and raw onion.
29.  I'm allergic to shellfish.
30. I have one daughter but I've had two pregnancies.
31.  I love to play board games.
32.  I love to watch You Tube.
33.  I've never seen "Gone with the Wind" in it's entirety.
34.  Growing up I enjoyed watching "Ma and Pa Kettle" movies on Sunday's.
35.  I was born on the East Coast.
36.  There is nothing like Bell's Seasoning for Turkey Dressing.
37.  I feel at peace watching the ocean waves.
38.  I don't like birds .. and I don't ever want to hold one.
39.  I prefer Ices to Ice Cream, Rita's Italian Ice is a favorite.
40.  My dad died when I was 11 years old.
41.  My mom died from complications of Alzheimer's Disease.
42.  I worry that I will die from Alzheimer's Disease.
43.  I want to be cremated, not buried.
44.  I've been married 3 times in my life.
45. I've been divorced only once.
46.  I love the snow.
47.  Maine is my favorite state.
48.  I hate driving especially in California.
49.  I am diabetic.
50.  I am the 3rd of 3 children in my family.

Just random stuff about me, now you know me better.