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Pavement

This weekend while visiting Carmen, my feet tripped over themselves and I hit the pavement. Hard.  First, nothing is broken.  Second, I am fine.  Bruised, scratched, and a little humiliated.  The girls had on heels…I was the one in sneakers trying to help them steady themselves over the stupid pavement.  So grateful that it wasn’t nothing worse.It happened early Saturday morning, and the above picture was the first night, still really swollen, and glasses scratched (badly).  Wrists, elbows, shoulders, nose and mouth (no loose teeth either) are tender, but my left knee is in some pain.  (The picture below is at home 36 hours later.)This picture is Sunday (about 30 hours later) at lunch (breakfast) at Louie’s in Baton Rouge (a must if you are in town).  We eat there whenever we are there.  Swelling is down, and starting to scab and heal.  Bruising is darkening, and my joints are hurting.And, now I am home…another bath with Epsom salts…and spare glasses are working fine.

Blessings.

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Affirmations · Bariatric Surgery - My Story · Bible · Bible verse · fall · Gardening · Meal Prep · Random Stuff · Random Thoughts · Sunday · thankful · thoughts · Uncategorized

Sunday Thoughts

This morning I woke to a cool temperature of 60 degrees. It felt invigorating.

So I promptly went to work on the laundry, cooking and prepping for the weeks meals, working on bills, and repotting a couple of plants.

I love this weather. I love Fall. Having the windows and doors open, things roasting and baking is dream like for me.

Today has been a true gift, and I am thankful.

“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” Colossians 4:2

What are you thankful for today?

Blessings.

Bariatric Surgery - My Story · Beef · fall · Uncategorized · Vegetables · WLS

Roast Beef & Mushrooms

The past couple of Sunday’s, we have been making beef roasts.  It’s not been cool enough to the oven on, but my cravings for them have been there.

So I did the same basic recipe with Beef Roast that I made not too long ago.  However, this time I added a container of white button mushrooms.Saute until cooked down, and a little brown.Add the meat back and cook on 350 degrees for 4-5 hours.   David’s plate below.And, my plate.I served it with pan sauteed carrots.  I think I need to make another roast.

Blessings.

 

Bariatric Surgery - My Story · Dinner · fall · rice · Uncategorized · WLS

Parmesan Risotto

Going back over dishes that I haven’t made in forever, and making sure I still love them.  This is one of those dishes.

Everyone seems to think that risotto is hard, and it can be, as you have to constantly stir and tend to it.  But if you are willing to do that, this dish is wonderful.  Start by adding Arborio Rice to a dry skillet to toast for about two to three minutes or until the rice is warm.Add in sauteed onion or shallot (about a 1/4 cup) that is just cooked just to translucent, not browned.  Add about one teaspoon of olive oil as well and continue to toast for about 5 more minutes or until the rice whitens.Then add one cup of good white wine (whatever wine you would actually drink).  Simmer until absorbed, stirring constantly.   Add about one teaspoon of fresh thyme, salt and pepper.  Bring to a simmer two cups of chicken stock in a separate pot, and add to the rice mixture one ladle at a time, stirring, until the liquid is absorbed each time.  This will take about 20-25 minutes over a slow simmer.  Again this takes time so don’t rush the rice.  Be gentle in stirring, and let the rice absorb the liquid. Once the rice is cooked and the liquid is absorbed, add about one cup of parmesan cheese.  Gently fold into the rice.Serve warm, and add a bit of cheese on top if you wish.Succulent, creamy, rich and full of flavor.  The rice had a nice bite or chew and the cheese added a super creamy flavor.  It is time consuming, and make sure that you have everything in place before you start cooking as it can get complicated. img_7138I served this with the baked salmon as it was good compliment to the fish but will hold up on it’s own.

Blessings.

 

Bariatric Surgery - My Story · fall · football · snacks · Uncategorized · Whisps - Parmesan Cheese Crisps · WLS

Parmesan Crisps

David and love crunchy snacks, but since my surgery, I need to have snacks that have substance.  Protein is key, and we have loved Cheese Whisps but those are costly and don’t last very long.

I decided to try my hand at making these fresh at home (again).  I microplaned the parmesan cheese (grocery store brand – nothing expensive) instead of grating it as it made it a fluffy shred.Placed the cheese into two strips on my cookie sheet (with either parchment or silpat).  Bake at 400 degrees for 10-12 or until golden and bubbly.Let cool, and break or cut into chunks.A little bit of work for a lot of yummy pay off.  Super crispy and great flavor.  And the bonus is that I know it is all cheese – nothing added.

Blessings.

Appetizers · Bariatric Surgery - My Story · fall · football · Saturday · Uncategorized · WLS

Dips

Last week was our first football Saturday, and I made some dips for the day.

I have made these dips before, but wanted to talk about them separately again here.  All three are simple and use mayo.   The middle dip is pimento cheese with 2 cups of shredded cheddar, 1 small jar of chopped pimentos with juice, a pinch of crushed red pepper, 1 teaspoon of ground mustard, and about a cup of mayo.  I do the mayo last as the juice and cheese dictate how moist it will be.  

Artichoke and crab dip:  1 can artichokes in water – chopped, 2 cans of crab meat-drained (whatever kind of crab that is your preference), ground pepper, 1 cup of parmesan (and more to cover the top), lemon juice and about a cup of mayo.  Again, I add the mayo at the end and may or may not use the entire cup.  Mix together, sprinkle extra cheese on top, and bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until cheese is golden brown on top.

And my favorite at the moment is Million Dollar Dip as you mix it together and serve at room temperature.  Nothing to heat, and still creamy.  It has a cup of the following: slivered almonds, chopped green onions, shredded cheddar cheese, chopped-crispy bacon and mayo.  Super simple and so yummy.You can serve all of these with pita chips, tortilla chips, celery, , sliced bell peppers, cucumbers or toasted baguettes.  Really anything or nothing at all. Fall, Saturday’s, football, and dips–can’t get any better.  Well, maybe with a cookie or two?

Do you have a go to recipe for football or Fall?  Share!!

Blessings.

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September

This month means a lot in different ways for all of us.  For me, it is the beginning of College Football.

College Football started this past Thursday (officially) although for us it was Saturday.  Loved being able to spend time with friends earlier in the day, and then to have time to make snacks/dinner for the family was really wonderful. I made my pimento dip, million dollar dip and crab and artichoke (hot) dip.  It was so yummy! I hated having to turn on the oven with it being 90 plus degrees outside.  I haven’t made the crab artichoke dip in a long while.  I don’t always seem to make it the same way…what we have on hand I suppose. College Football is almost like a religion in the South.  I have missed it so…

Blessings!

Bariatric Surgery - My Story · desserts · fall · German · Recipes · Uncategorized · WLS

Blueberry Streusel Pie

David and I subscribed to the German Box monthly delivery for a couple of months to see what they would send.  We received some different items, but mostly box mixes of stuff I used to love when in Germany.

One of the items they sent was the Kathi German Streusel.   I had a can of blueberry pie filling, and wanted to give it a try.


I followed the instructions on the box.  Although it says to use a spring form pan, I used a pie plate.  But the mix came together really well.Sprayed the bottom with non-stick spray, and pressed in 3/4’s of the mixture to the bottom of the pie plate.I didn’t just want a blueberry pie.  I wanted something a little more German.  I used 1/2 cup of sour cream, an egg, and 1/4 cup of granulated sugar – mixed it together and poured in the bottom of the crust.Then I dropped the pie filling onto of the cream mixture.Again, followed the instructions to use the rest of the streusel mix to the top.Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean in the middle.Let cool, and enjoy.  (Refrigerate after completely cool.)

It was so yummy.  As like most German desserts, it wasn’t overly sweet.  The sour cream mixture made it creamy, and cheesecake like but without the density.   I will definitely make this again.  I have Googled where to purchase the cake mix, and hope to get it again before Christmas.

 

Appetizers · Bariatric Surgery - My Story · fall · football · Pork · Uncategorized · WLS

Sausage Cheese Balls

My supervisor brought in some of these sausage cheese balls to share, and oh my, I loved them.  Original recipe at Plain Chicken.

Cream Cheese Sausage Balls
(Printable Recipe)
1 lb hot sausage, uncooked
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 1/4 cups Bisquick
4 oz cheddar cheese, shredded

Preheat oven to 400F.

Mix all ingredients until well combined. (I use my KitchenAid mixer with the dough hook attachment)  Roll into 1-inch balls.  Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until brown.

Sausage balls may be frozen uncooked.  If baking frozen, add a few minutes to the baking time.

Plain Chicken’s advice to use the mixer with the dough hook attachment was the best ever!  It didn’t over mix making it tough.   They were blended, and completely mixed.

I froze half of the mixture.  These were creamy, moist, and had a bit of a kick due to the hot sausage (used Jimmy Dean’s Hot).  I loved the original recipe of the sausage balls without the cream cheese, but these are so much better.