Friday, October 20, 2017

Kitties, Strange Signs and Love - FOTW October

Alright! My favorite time of the month, Fly On The Wall, when you get the opportunity to buzz around and see what goes on in the lives of myself and several other brave bloggers. Raw, bare, real and sometimes TMI but always fun.

Driving down the road in a town I have never been to before and overhead hangs a sign... NO in red. That's it. Nothing else. I thought, No what? Why NO? Who are they talking to and what is it all about? No more NO signs, and I drove home baffled. Now I'm on the quest to find out WHAT the heck the NO is for...

Last weekend while out and about I see little LED squares above the lanes, some have red X and some have green arrows. I was told that during rush hour, some roads in our area become ONE WAY, so pay attention to the time or you might get run over! WOW thanks for the heads up. You would think there'd be a BIG sign explaining this, for those of us passing through or new to the area, but NO oh wait...maybe that's what the BIG NO is for!!

Dr says, "Okay a kidney stone when it moves causes pain, if it is not in motion, there is no pain. The best way to describe this pain is to think about a porcupine walking backwards up a garden hose." Now that just creates ALL sorts of fun images, doesn't it?!?!? Heavens to Betsy! OUCH does not even begin to cover it.
Some say that kidney stone pain is similar to birth, but I agree with Larry the Cable Guy. You hear women say, after natural childbirth, several years later...I want another baby. NEVER EVER have you heard anyone say, several years later, I think I want another kidney stone. Gives you pause to think.

My youngest granddaughter, this was taken by her mom outside of Wal-Mart. Thanks for the gorgeous back drop. LOL isn't she precious? Just nod and say yes!



The last two weeks of September I was on hiatus. No working, just living life and loving it. I have seen some marvelous places, hiked some gorgeous trails; dipped my toes in streams, rivers and lakes;eaten at some of the finest restaurants; taken photos that are breath taking, but one thing I know. The love and acceptance of someone special to you is worth more than any of these things. Time alone just sitting still and 'being' with that one person makes all the other things seem trivial. 
Sugar propped up on the bed, just as I go to fix it. I said, "hey move" and he gives me the HELLO I'm comfortable look. LOL

Last month there were some strange and disturbing things in the news. A pooping jogger. A pooper copy cat, going in a car wash. NFL players NOT standing for our National Anthem. Hurricanes, tornadoes, wild fires and earth quakes.
All these strange things mean that we have some sick people seeking attention and the natural disasters tells me this, that NONE of us are promised tomorrow. So live, love and laugh because you might not get another chance.
Driving through a small town I am stopped at a stop light, look to the side and see this big ol'dragon on top of a bldg. Had to snap a picture.

The kitties intently watching Daddy work on a chair bottom. They are so sweet!
And last but DEFINETLY NOT least, in case you missed it, I got engaged on 10/13/17!!! I'm super excited!!
Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes:
Baking In A Tornado                  http://www.BakingInATornado.com
Menopausal Mother                     http://www.menopausalmom.com/
Searching for Sanity                 http://singlemumplusone.blogspot.com
Never Ever Give Up Hope                   http://batteredhope.blogspot.com
Bookworm in the Kitchen             https://www.bookwormkitchen.com/   
The Blogging 911                       http://theblogging911.com/blog

Monday, October 16, 2017

TexMex Casserole/one pan meal #keto

If you've been around here for very long you know two things about me, well, more than that but when it comes to food you know...I love Mexican and Chinese food. Gosh dang it! I love both and unless I'm not in mood for one, I have a hard time deciding between the two.
Going keto has been difficult in this respect, because neither one of those International flavors is really keto friendly. I mean you have tamales, tacos, burritos, fried rice, dumplings, lo mein, chow mein, sweet and sour chicken...I could go on but I'll stop. If I don't stop I'll need a towel to wipe up my drool.
So anywho...I love both types of food and I thought to myself, Self-there has GOT to be a way to enjoy my favorite foods without going carb crazy.
This recipe is kind of like a taco salad, taco or the inside of a burrito, just without the tortillas.
AND it's all prepared in one dish, which AGAIN you know I love.

The larger photo is the final product going into the oven. Top right, some of the ingredients. Middle right my homemade taco seasoning, bottom right peppers and onions going into the seasoned cooked meat, middle bottom tomatoes added, bottom left adding the Mexican creama. Yes you see beans on the side, those were for D.

TexMex Casserole
1/2-1 lb ground beef
homemade taco seasoning (2 TBSP) recipe HERE (second recipe on this page)scroll down
4 small sweet salad peppers, diced
1 small sweet onion, diced (I used Vidala)
1 can diced tomatoes with jalapenos (or just diced tomatoes or a can of Rotel)
3/4 cup Mexican creama (or sour cream)
1 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese
(1 can refriend beans with raw onion on top were for D you can omit this as it is not part of the recipe)
Brown the beef in a cast iron or oven proof skillet with the taco seasoning. Once it is done add the diced peppers and onions. Stir well and allow to cook for a few minutes. Next add the can of tomatoes and stir well. Allow to heat through. Now  add your creama and stir, top with cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes so everything is nice and hot and the cheese is melted.
Enjoy with a nice side salad.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Brussel Sprout Stir Fry with Spicy Nut/Seed Mix - #BlogWithFriends

Brussel sprout stir fry with spicy nut/seed mix
I got the idea for this recipe from the Diet Doctor, her recipe is raw and served as a salad. Mine is cooked and served as a side dish, I changed a few other things too of course. 
Here is the inspirational recipe : RECIPE

Reflection
Second chances
Life Rebooted
Good Fortune *changed subject*

This is the monthly post/contribution to the group #BlogWithFriends. We had chosen good fortune as our theme but with all the tradgy in the world lately we felt it was insensitive to use that theme.
However, there is good fortune in all that we've seen. Those who survived, those who changed their minds about the concert, the families whose homes did not perish in the fires, the hurricane going out into the ocean instead of impacting the East coast like we had prepared for. Good fortune was everywhere. 
There was also sadness, horror, evil, death and destruction. None of us could have known or seen what was coming. No way to prepare. Now those directly affected have to mourn, rebuild and figure out life in a different way.
For myself life rebooted, a second chance, good fortune and yes lots of reflection, our new theme.
Taking time to reflect is always a good idea. Time to reflect, ponder, reevaluate and maybe change direction.
I have done this in many areas of my life, one being how I eat. So with that, here is a recipe that I hope you enjoy.

Brussel Sprout Stir Fry with Spicy Nut/Seed Mix
1/2 lb fresh brussel sprouts, thinly sliced
3 - 4 TBSP olive oil
salt
pepper
paprika
cumin
chili powder
RAW nuts
hazel nuts
walnuts
almonds
maccadamia nuts
raw or salted and roasted sunflower seeds
Thinly slice the brussel sprouts and toss in a pan with olive oil, salt and pepper. As they cook, chop your nuts and mix with the seeds and other spices. Just before the sprouts are done, add the nuts and continue to cook, be careful not to burn the nuts or brown too quickly as they will taste bitter.
It only took about 5-10 minutes to cook.
Enjoy!

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Karen at Baking In A Tornado
Most of the prep work can be done in advance for these meal sized Sriracha Chipotle Ranch Chicken Nachos, perfect for a dinner, a lazy weekend afternoon or a tailgate party.

Cluttered Genius
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Kia

The Lieber Family
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