Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Faux Mashed Potatoes #keto friendly

When you say faux your mind might conjure up pictures of fake fur or a faux finish on the walls, you know where you spend hours making your walls look like denim  only to grow out of that phase in a few short months.
So faux mashed potatoes? yes...looks like lumpy mashed potatoes, taste even better but without the starch/sugar and carbs!What?! Yes! FABULOUS mashed potatoes without the guilt. Using what you ask...well fasten your seat belts, it's cauliflower! YES that unsung vegetable hero that no one seems to know what to do with because it really is tasteless. BUT like tofu it absorbs the flavors around it.
Faux Mashed Potatoes Keto Friendly
1 - 1 lb bag of frozen cauliflower
2 TBSP oil or butter, I used chicken drippings from baked wings (don't judge me!)
2 TBSP butter
salt and pepper to taste (I use sea salt so it is added at the end and fresh cracked pepper)
1/3 cup water
cook until done, about 8 minutes, then add a splash of cream along with
1/4 cup Parmesan Regigano grated cheese
Stir and allow to cook until the cauliflower breaks down and the liquid thickens.
Next pour into a bowl and add 
2 TBSP cream cheese vegetable spread
Stir well and "mash" the cauliflower as smooth or chunky as you like.
ENJOY!!
It really is that simple!

Now I did make 2 Marco Polo videos while making these. Sent to my Sissy and I thought about adding them to this recipe, BUT I could not figure out how to transfer the videos. I did manage to figure out downloading and saving the videos, just not how to get them into the blog. IF at a later time I figure it out, I MIGHT add them, but they SERIOUSLY need editing! LOL

Monday, July 24, 2017

Keto - low carb - high protein - new way of eating

Here's an update on where I am. I mentioned recently that I was going keto, well let me explain, I am not going 100% and my reason why is this...Keto WOE (way of eating) is when you put your body into ketosis. My middle son is type 1 diabetic and when you say ketosis I think ICU. He has been there far too many times due to being in DKA. AND with my family history, my father passed from renal failure, the last thing I want to do is to put myself into ketosis. So I am low carb, extremely low, good fat, high protein, no potatoes, corn, bread, starchy veggies and minimal fruit.

Previously what my weekly meals looked like:(see bread all the time or potatoes, rice and pasta) however I had started to cut back...
Now, what I am doing is DRASTICALLY cutting out carbs, ramping up my protein and adding good fats. In doing so, I am at the 3 week mark and have lost 8.2 lbs. I have also been walking a LOT more than before. I am sure this is helping as well. Along with eating more during the day. I am preparing foods and taking to work. Before I had fallen into the not eating all day, coming home late and eating everything in sight. NOT a healthy life style.

what my meals look like now...well food prep anyway

On Sundays I am prepping food so that each morning I can grab and go because let's be honest, at 0300 the last thing I care about is food or packing a lunch or breakfast for that matter. Now I reach in the fridge, grab my bag and walk out the door.
My carry-to-work foods are easy, non messy, high protein, low carb finger foods. Diced cheese, diced chicken, boiled peeled egg, kosher dill pickle, sunflower seeds, all portioned out and of course several bottles of water. This list I found at wifemomgeek.com 

Over the next...who knows how long, you'll find my recipes change. Low carb, high protein, keto friendly. I hope you find them helpful and enjoyable.


Here is a list if you're curious of what is a Yes No food...

this I found at lowcarbalpha.com
This last chart is SUPER helpful to me, I was getting major cravings prior to going low carb and my doctor had said I was LOW in magnesium, potassium and B  vitamins, well that explains some of the cravings! 

Friday, July 21, 2017

Orange You Glad Drink and FOTW July

A little back story, when I was growing up there were several things I hated. Coconut, shrimp, okra, squash and raw tomatoes. Fast forward oh let's say 30+ years, yeah I know more than that but humor me. I love all of the previously mentioned things. LOVE them I tell ya! Funny how our taste changes over the years.
So I said all that to say this, recently I was introduced to Malibu Coconut Rum, oh sweet mother of pearl! WHERE has this been all my life? Okay, there was the 25 years that I didn't drink a drop of ANYthing alcoholic, so I guess it came out during that time. It is my new favorite thing.
Previously I was a vodka or tequila person. No dark liquor and definitely not a beer person. ICK!
I've been experimenting with the rum and various "frozen" drinks. Just throwing things in my blender and seeing how it taste. Here's the newest:

Orange You Glad #SpatulasOnParade

Orange You Glad (yes, yes I am!)
3 scoops of orange sherbet
6 oz Mango Pineapple Orange blend from Dole
2-3 oz Malibu Coconut Rum
Blended and poured into a chilled glass. You can then sit it in the freezer for about 20 minutes to allow it to thicken up again IF you can wait. Sometimes I make two, one for the freezer and one for, well while I wait. LOL
I had to pick up a call at 0530 one morning. It was to a very expensive exclusive condominium area in the historic downtown region of our town.
Upon arrival these two guys walk out and you can tell they are toasted. One comes over to the drivers window and wants to know if I am there to take his friend home. I told him yes.
He says "WOW you're a woman!"
I laughed and said, yes when I got dressed this morning I was and I'm sure it hasn't changed.
Just before I leave he wants me to drive him back up the ramp because he's too drunk to walk up it. Can you hear my eyes roll? I told him no. So then he asks me for a favor.
He says "when you drop my friend off can you give him sex, he's really good"
I said "sir you have called the wrong company, that is a service that we do not   provide".
He says "well can't blame me for trying" (actually I can)
OMG are you kidding?!?!
On the way to drop him off, he says "what did my friend ask you?"
I told him and he was very apologetic and says "I'm too drunk anyway"
Good grief (hear my eyes rolling?).
I asked him for the address and he says "I can't remember but I know where it is".
Great...
We get close and he says "it's a dirt road up here on the left and runs deep into the woods by the river, I promise my house is down here and I won't hurt you"
Again...great.
I said "well 1 you're drunk, 2 I'll cut you, 3 I promise if you try anything you'll regret it forever"
He says "I promise I'll be good"
Lort habe mercy(in my best Madea voice) these early morning drunks. Thankfully these type of fares are few and far between.
So I'm in my local grocery and see a new display. Local beers, having dealt with the sloppy drunks the other morning I stop to look at them. I had to take photos to share with you. Would you drink these based on name only?
VooDoo Ranger
ChopShop
Hoptical Illusion
Terrapin
Mother Trucker
White Zombie

My friend Becky posted on FB...she's at the grocery with her grand-kids in line and she says "WHAT?"
she said, my hearing must be going because I swear she said "which bitch is skinnier" when what she really said was, look at the fidget spinners.
LOL
Athena, my grand pup. LOOK at those ears!! she looks like a bat! But she is the sweetest pit baby ever.
Beau, my big love bug. You can tell I've worked a LOT of hours lately. I come home and he literally wraps around me. Poor kitty.

My co-worker and I are super close. He is a great guy. 31 yo same as my oldest son and they actually went to high school together. His wife says I am his "work wife" which is funny because I was thinking he was my work kid but anywho. 
He comes in the other week telling me about his daughter. She just turned 5. A few funnies she has said lately.
"Daddy, pee eww, the dogs ass stinks"
"Daddy, did you see Shadow?! He's licking his butt!" YES honey, that's why I tell you NOT to let him lick your face. "OMG Daddy that's nasty!"
"No Daddy I can't pick up my toys, it's too exhausting".
Gotta love kids.

My middle son comes home from work furious. He says there's this little old woman that comes in the store all the time and always gives him a tract. (religious pamphlet) So he's stocking shelves and down in the floor on his knees filling the lower shelf. She walks in and goes straight to him. She says "Son while you're down there why don't ya do some praying".
NEVER judge a book by it's cover. Yes he is covered in tattoos, 27 to be exact, yes his ears are gauged to over 1 inch, yes he has 6 facial piercings BUT he has a heart of gold and will do anything for his friends. He is a very sweet, kind hearted, loving young man. Her attitude will not allow her to see this. Very sad.


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
Go Mama O                              http://www.gomamao.com
A Little Piece of Peace                 http://little-piece-of-peace.blogspot.com
Never Ever Give Up Hope                   http://batteredhope.blogspot.com
Bookworm in the Kitchen                http://www.bookwormkitchen.com/     

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Quick Simple Italian Baked Chicken

These days work is keeping me very busy. I work 75 hours a week sometimes more and that is done in 5 days. So when I get home, I'm too exhausted to cook. Which is a crime because cooking has always been my creative outlet and stress reliever. Being that I'm too pooped to pop my meals have to be super easy. Breakfast food is a main staple as is salad and sandwiches.
I have a few previous meals and recipes that I'll be sharing from the last month however, when those are complete, you'll begin to see new recipes. I am attempting to go Keto/Low Carb. It is not easy as I love fruit and sugar. Keto does away with both. I can tell you now I will not do this one hundred percent perfect or as recommended. I need fruit!
A key for me is food prep. If I don't have things quick and easy to grab I will tend to gravitate to drive thru, which is not budget or diet friendly. So I'm dicing, chopping, separating and packing foods for quick snacks and meal time. I'll let you know how it goes.
Quick Simple Italian Baked Chicken
Sliced zucchini (1 medium size)
Diced butternut squash (1 cup)
Chicken breast (2 large boneless skinless, butterfly open)
Place the veggies in the baking pan, I used a ceramic 9x9 square pan.
Place the chicken on top. Next...
Sprinkle parsley, oregano, paprika, garlic powder and onion powder on top.
Pour Italian tomato sauce over the chicken.
Cover the chicken with 1 cup of Parmesan cheese
Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

Serve with butter garlic noodles and a side salad or whatever else you choose.
Enjoy

Monday, July 10, 2017

Clay Pot Lighthouse: Hot Fun #Blogwithfriends

Welcome to another #Blogwithfriends post, that time each month when we, several diverse bloggers, get together and with one theme come up with many ideas to post on the same day. This month our theme is "hot fun" because, well dang, it's HOT!
Now when my kids were younger and would go to camp, the first rule they were given upon arrival was this: it's hot, we all know it's hot, so please refrain from telling us it's hot. Did they listen? Yes, because if not, you were given KP duty. Wish I had of thought of that!
So this month I did something totally different. My hot fun was a day with my mom. For my birthday we had a "craft day". Something I have never done with my mom. Now I used to craft all the time and my mom is a very accomplished seamstress. However, we've never done a "project" together except for yard work, ie..her flower beds.
I had seen a cool idea on FB where they used clay pots to make lighthouses and since I collect lighthouses I thought this would be a fun idea and something totally out of the box.
My mom was game, which shocked me, she's an inside the box person, where I am out. Anyway, the original one was BIG and was in the yard. Since I didn't want my mom to break the back I thought we'd do smaller versions and then we could each place ours on our perspective decks.
After a delicious lunch, pork tenderloin, gravy, homemade mashed potatoes, garden peas and lemon meringue pie, we set out for the craft store.
I gather the supplies we would need, then we headed home with our bounty.
My mom was kind of hesitant and waited for me on each step but about half way through she gathered her confidence and took off.
They are not perfect and we had a few blunders or blobs of paint but we had an enjoyable time and plan on doing more projects together.
Here are the finished products and simple directions. OH be sure to check out all the other projects!!
Purchase 3 clay pots in sizes that will sit inside of each other, upside down, but leaves a space where you see the pots. Not where they sit flush. We used a 6,7 and 8 inch
1 tray large enough for the pots to sit in and leave room for the "water or rocks"
Applecrate acrylic paint in red, white and blue
1 lb of small rocks, this is enough for two lighthouse projects IF you do a small one.
Solar light, purchased at the dollar tree, pop the stick off the bottom
Gorilla glue or an epoxy that will hold outside to a clay pot
We used sponge brushes
Clay pot sealant spray, this protect the lighthouse from drying out

Paint each pot red, trim in white, it is not necessary to paint the inside as isn't seen. Trim in white. The inside of the tray in blue.
Allow each to dry, which only takes a few minutes in between coats.
This process is very quick.
Once dry, place the largest pot on the bottom, the middle on top and then the smallest. We placed a small dab of glue in each one to hold them together.
Place them on the tray and add a dab of glue as well.
Next fill in with rocks or shells if you like.
Lastly pop the stick off the solar light and glue it to the top. IF you are using large pots the solar light will fit in the hole in the bottom of the pot, since we used small pots we glued ours to the pot. 
Then last but not least OUTSIDE, spray the finished project with the sealant. Once the smell hits you, you'll understand why it says "use in a well ventilated area".



 http://www.clutteredgenius.com/repurposed-porch-decor/
 http://www.thinkinenglish.org/thinkinenglishblog

 www.thelieberfamily.com




Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Grilled Roast Beef

With my work schedule, a minimum of 60 hours a week but the last two weeks it's been 75-85 in 5 days. Due to this whacked out schedule I have to find quick, easy and filling dinners. Some days it's yogurt with granola, salads, wraps and sandwiches. About once a week sometimes twice I will cook a big meal but mostly it's something simple.

This recipe is exactly what I'm talking about. A grilled roast beef sandwich. I had planned on adding slaw and slices of granny smith apples but changed my mind.
Roast beef
Swiss cheese
Spicy brown mustard
butter
multigrain bread

Spread butter on one side and place it butter side down in the pan, spread mustard, add cheese and roast beef. Now top with bread and spread butter. Flip when it is golden brown. Cut in half and serve with a salad, chips or by itself.

See, simple!
What is your go to quick meal?
Stayed tuned, you see more easy dishes in the next few weeks.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Oven S'mores and FOTW

One night after work I popped into the grocery to pick up a few things. I saw these BIG OL' marshmallows that said "S'more" on them. I thought oh man, s'mores those would be good. So I went over to the cookie aisle to grab some grahams and thought, why not use a cookie cookie and not a graham. SO I found the Deluxe Grahams. Oh yeah babe! Now we're cooking with gas!
The marshmallows were so big I had to lay down two cookies, top it with a mallow and then two cookies on top. I placed the cookie sheet in the oven, 350 degrees for just a couple of minutes.
Big, gooey, hot, delicious s'mores and no the cookie did not melt or get yucky. They were perfect. Actually maybe too sweet. GASP yes "I" said too sweet. I ate one, my son at two. I put the rest in a air tight container and we enjoyed them for a few days.
Super easy and delicious. You could use any cookie and regular marshmallows if you wanted. The possibilities are only as few as your mind allows.
Mother's Day and we are sitting at my mom's table. My daughter-in-law is picking on my granddaughter about her boyfriend. LMSP says "what is wrong with you girl?! I DON'T have no boyfriend!" I was cracking up. I told her, I said boys have cooties and you're not allowed to have a boyfriend until you're 35 anyway. She looks at me and says, "that's okay I don't want one". Good
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My youngest son was visiting from Texas! First time in 3 years. We are at my aunt's house visiting and a movie comes on, we are not really paying attention until...on the screen of her 72 inch TV a naked woman pops up. We all go, at the same time "OH!" I said "Aunt W what channel is this??" She is frantically trying to change the channel but you know the stupid remote was hiding. LOL
Then my daughter-in-law sitting beside me says "oh wow, that was something I never thought I'd do, watch a movie with a naked woman with my mother-in-law" We all fall out laughing.
I guess you had to be there...
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My youngest son is into "dad jokes" now. Corny, not funny, silly jokes that are appropriate for kids. So he says, "I'm perfecting my dad jokes and I'm getting quiet good at them...So a burger walks into a bar and orders a drink. Bartender says, sorry we don't serve food here." bah bah bum
What has 6 eyes, 4 noses, 2 mouths and is hairy all over? Ugly
What fish is best served with peanut butter? Jelly fish
What do you call two spiders that just got married? Honey webbers
Then after they left I found this one and sent it to him in a text: How do you organize a space party?
You planet!
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34 year old guy I took to Havelock...offers, well. I'm driving down the road and he says:
Do you get hit on much? I bet you do.
My reply was yes but I ignore it.
Conversation continues and he makes a comment about us pulling over and "parking"
I said, you need to behave or I may be forced to knock you in the head and I laughed thinking he'd cool it.
Nope, he replies " we can pull over, and you can knock me in the head as long as you do me"
I said "DO YOU?" WTH man are you crazy! One you are the age of my kids, two I don't "do" anyone, three you could be some psycho no way I'd pull over, four if you make one more comment you are walking home"
He laughed
When I arrived at his home, he says "well looks like no one is home, wanna come in?"
I dropped his bags in his driveway, said bye and drove off.
The nerve of some people! Sheez
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Watching TV and I hear this MAD woman says "I'd like to dip his ass in honey and set him on a fire ant mound". WOO GURL she mad!!
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Snapperz we have the best pot in town. 
A t-shirt. Advertising a seafood restaurant near by. They sell crab boil pots. 
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Guy gets out of the car and hesitated. He says " on the down low, you know where I can score some pot?"
Um...no. 
"Oh okay" and he gets out. 
What?!
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The  first flight of the day was delayed 2 1/2 hours. Reason being a passenger jumped off the plane! Yes the plane was taxiing down the runway and A gentleman jumped out of his seat snatched opened the emergency door and jumped out. Due to concern over a bomb or weapons on the plane it was turned around. The plane was searched along with everyone and  The luggage. Once it was cleared they took off again. Only 10 minutes into the flight to have mechanical problems. I turn the plane around and went back to the airport. Where everyone was taken off of the plane and the luggage and put onto a new plane to leave again. Honestly just cannot make this stuff up. Surprisingly I did not make national news. It didn't even make local news. But it happened. If you only knew  The things that I see in here in a days time. Working in an airport is very entertaining and enlightening. It really makes one not want to fly at all! 
It took a few days, but it made the news!
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Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 7 bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and buzz around my house.

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
A Little Piece of Peace                    http://little-piece-of-peace.blogspot.com
Never Ever Give Up Hope               http://batteredhope.blogspot.com
Bookworm in the Kitchen                http://www.bookwormkitchen.com/           

Friday, June 16, 2017

Chocolate Flourless Gluten Free Mug Cake AND #UYW

Several years ago my ex and I planted a garden, well actually we planted one every year for four years. Due to his background in construction he spent hours building pens or raised beds for our plants, flowers, hybrid pepper plants and bushes. It was not cheap but saved a ton of time and effort where weeding was concerned.
I really miss my garden and fresh veggies. Currently I do not even have access to a farmers market so I'm stuck getting veggies at the grocery store. Thankfully our local Piggly Wiggly does carry some local produce. There are several nurserys that have flowers, hybrid plants, cheap or fairly inexpensive construction material for beds, pens, fences and other outdoor needs.
Okay, that's all I could come up with for these words, sorry Minnette! Now be sure to check out the other links. I'm sure these ladies did a bang up job!

Your words are: Construction ~ cheap ~ pens ~ hybrid ~ flowers
They were submitted by: http://www.southernbellecharm.com      
Chocolate Flourless Gluten Free Mug Cake
1-2 oz of dark chocolate (I used 3 mini special dark chocolate Hershey bars)
1 TBSP milk
2 tsp cocoa powder
1 egg yoke
1-2 tsp powdered sugar, optional
I used my Pampered Chef ceramic egg cooker , it took a total of 1 minute and 15 seconds to make this decadent moist fudgy little cake.
Place the milk and chocolate in a cup/cooker for 30 seconds uncovered
stir well
Add the cocoa powder and egg yoke. stir well again.
Microwave for 30 seconds, if wet in the center cook again for 5 seconds, check and do this until set. Invert on a plate and sprinkle with powdered sugar.
ENJOY!
   
Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.

At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them. 
Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts:

Baking In A Tornado                        http://www.bakinginatornado.com
The Blogging 911                   http://theblogging911.com
On the Border                           http://dlt-lifeontheranch.blogspot.com/
The Bergham Chronicles                  http://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com    
Simply Shannon                           http://shannonbutler.org  
Southern Belle Charm                    http://www.southernbellecharm.com  
Part-time Working Hockey Mom       http://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch  
The Global Dig                                  http://theglobaldig.blogspot.com   
Climaxed                                          http://climaxedtheblog.blogspot.com    

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Swiss Chocolate Cake with Coffee Vanilla Almond Frosting AND June Poetry - Fatherhood

Hey y'all, how's it going? June is flying by at record speed. Our busy season at work has hit and I work so many hours I'm meeting myself coming and going! Does that ever happen to you?
When I'm stressed, worried or exhausted for some reason, I want cake. I guess it is comfort food and in my mind it makes me feel better. This one did!
It is a no brainer really. I just added a few ingredients to some store bought items and BAM! Cake 😍
I decided to share this one today because of our poetry theme...Fatherhood. As some of you know my Daddy passed away 4 years ago on the 2nd of this month. Father's Day is coming up and of course my mind goes to him, as it does most days to be honest. Yes, I was, am and always be a Daddy's girl.
One of his favorite things was ... chocolate! He loved chocolate in any form he could get it. Now he wasn't a fan of coffee until his later years but he loved cake and I'm pretty sure he would have liked this one. Even if he didn't he would have eaten it and told me it was wonderful. Why? Because my Daddy loved me, no doubt in my mind and he would have eaten mud if I offered it.


So in honor of Fatherhood, we have a group of bloggers offering up poetry, check out the links at the end of the post and I have this cake. The poem might not be the best, but hey, I never claimed to the be next poet laureate. 

Duncan Hines Swiss chocolate cake mix
prepare according to package, mine is made in a 13 x 9
Allow to cool.
1 can of store brand creamy white frosting
2 TBSP powder fine coffee, your choice of brand
Mix the coffee in the frosting. Cover the cake and top with sliced almonds.
whipped topping, optional
chocolate syrup, optional
See, super simple! But man was it good!!

My Boys Are Dads
My boys are Dads
How did this happen?
Just yesterday they were little boys
running around playing games
throwing mud and skipping stones.
Today they are grown
with families of their own.
Somehow my boys became Dads.
They went from legos and Zelda
to dates and cars.
From paint ball fights
to late college nights
to working two jobs.
Finding a girl
to making her his wife.
Getting married
moving away
having babies
and making mom sad.
We all grow up
we all move away
we all grow old
we all can't stay.
I'm not sure how it happened
BUT
My Boys Became Dads!
They are mature men
with wives and responsibilities.
Little ones who look to them for guidance.
Reading bedtime stories
instead of being read to.
Tying shoes and wiping noses
instead of having skinned up knees themselves.
Making a budget and paying bills
instead of asking for allowance.
Somehow when I wasn't looking,
My Boys Became Dads.
So if your kids are small
hold them now
before they are too tall.
They will look down on you and smile
and say
look mom...
now I"m a Dad.