Bariatric Surgery - My Story · sushi · Uncategorized · WLS

Sushi

It was National Sushi 🍣Day yesterday. I saw that it was trending on Twitter and talked David into going to dinner.

It was so good. I ended up eating the sashimi (no rice), and one piece of the California roll.

Blessings.

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Affirmations · Bariatric Surgery - My Story · Bible verse · college · Depression · Faith · goal · Goals · Uncategorized · WLS

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Lately I have been struggling with what others say I don’t have.  Today I woke up with what I have accomplished.  My positivity came back.  I am staying in the direction that I feel God has led me on since the beginning.  Just because I don’t like what I am hearing, or what others are saying doesn’t mean that God may lead me to stay the course instead.

College has been hard (for me with working full time).  Most of the time it is too much work, that it is too hard.  I want to walk away –sometimes (okay most of the time).  But I come back to “I am not a quitter.  I am a finisher!”   I need to put blinders on and concentrate on the end goal.  Just because I won’t finish college in the typical four years doesn’t mean I won’t finish.  A seven-and-a-half year college plan is a goal, right?  Semester after semester, just to keep plowing way, one class here, maybe two classes there.  Then one day, I will wake up and realize I have a degree.  But I won’t get there if I quit.

I won’t get to my weight goal if I keep thinking that eating cheese puffs and Chardonnay for dinner is healthy either.  I need to put the green, leafy vegetables in my mouth, drink water, and exercise for the plan to work.  Again, the goal of weight loss isn’t easy.  My gastric sleeve surgery was a tool to help me lose the weight, not for me to gain it back in a year.  I didn’t go through surgery to fail.

Every day is a new opportunity to succeed.  I felt deflated yesterday.  I cried yesterday.  Self pity is not pretty, but we all go through it.  Today is a new day.  I am planting new seeds.

Let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. — Galatians 6:9 ESV

Beginning again.

Bariatric Surgery - My Story · cheese · dips · Summer · Uncategorized · WLS

Million Dollar Dip

This dip has been making it around social media lately so I thought I would try it.  I found the original recipe at Home Made Hooplah and made some minor changes.

  • 1 1/2 cup mayonnaise. (I only used 1 cup)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  •  4 green onions chopped small 
  •  1/2 cup pre-cooked bacon bits (real bacon – chopped)
  •  1/2 cup slivered almonds
  •  tortilla chips for dipping (I had Ritz Crackers)

Measure, chopped, and place in a bowl.  Thoroughly blend or mix together.  Serve.  Yes, it is that simple!

I splurged and had three crackers with the dip.  Carmen and David enjoyed it, and I will be making it again.

Super simple, creamy, crunchy and yummy.

Blessings.

Bariatric Surgery - My Story · encourage · motivation · Quotes · Random Stuff · Random Thoughts · Sunday · Uncategorized · WLS

Flame

Yesterday, I posted a quote about being fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.

Today – surround yourself with those that will fan that flame!

Fan your flames-Rumi

Do you think about who surrounds you?  Who encourages you?

Will Smith talked about this, and actually asked to look at your phone to see who the last five text messages were from?  Then, what did they say?  Did they support you and your dreams?  Do you like what you see?

Surround yourself with people that are there for you, and fan those flames!

Blessings.

 

 

 

 

 

Bariatric Surgery - My Story · casseroles · cheese · Jimmy Dean · Leftovers · Uncategorized · Vegetables · WLS

Breakfast Casserole

Have you ever stared at something then suddenly realized you could do something else with it?  I did that exact thing with my leftover baked potatoes.  I have baked potatoes, and just used them for normal leftovers.  David would used as a normal side dish, or top them for BBQ pork or brisket.  But Carmen was home, and I wanted to make something different.

I have made a Breakfast Casserole with a hash-brown crust before but it was made with those frozen hash-brown patties.  I decided to shred the leftover baked potatoes, and make a breakfast casserole. Simple – right?  It was!Clean, and peal the potatoes.I used a boxed shredder, and used the large grater side.Spray the bottom of a casserole dish (9×13) with non-stick cooking spray, and then layered the potatoes on top.The rest was either frozen or canned, but assembled and re-purposed into the casserole.  The first being the roasted bell peppers, chopped to add color and a bit of a bite.Jimmy Dean frozen turkey sausage.  I had half of bag left in the freezer.  So simple, pre-cooked.  Done.(8) Eight eggs, beaten with a cup of sour cream (no milk- do what you can with what you have – right?).Mixed in ground mustard (a must for my breakfast dishes – adds a bite without a lot heat), parsley, salt and pepper.  Blend together.I added about 2 cups chopped frozen broccoli to casserole.  With the red bell pepper it adds a nice color.Pour the egg and sour cream mixture over the top of the hash-brown layers.Top everything with shredded cheddar cheese (again, what I had in the freezer). Oven at 350 degrees, and bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through.  Since everything was already cooked but the eggs, it really is a simple bake.My corner piece…It was bright, creamy, and super yummy!  Carmen loved it – she didn’t have to make anything for breakfast- score.  And, it made for great leftovers for the week as well since it was mainly David and I at home.Breakfast Casseroles are a great way to use up to lots of little things left in the freezer or refrigerator.  Carmen really liked it.  I loved this.  David really enjoyed it as he loves potatoes, and anything that I cook with them in it.  What do you cook that you use up your leftovers or extras?

Blessings.

Bariatric Surgery - My Story · desserts · Summer · Sweet · Uncategorized · WLS

Blueberry Galette

Okay —it’s summer time.  I was craving something sweet and not complicated.  I had seen recipes for Galettes or rustic pies before and I thought – simply enough, right?  I had defrosted, frozen pie dough, and unrolled it on a parchment lined baking pan (I added some sprinkled sugar under the pie dough).  Preheated the oven to 425 degrees.  Mix together two cups of frozen blueberries, two tablespoons corn starch, two tablespoons lemon juice, and half cup of sugar.  You will want to drain off the mixture as when it cooks – it will bleed…and you will want to cry.Spoon filling into the middle of the pie crust.Fold, and pinch edges around the the filling.Whisk together an egg, and a tablespoon of water to make an egg wash. Brush it over the folded part of the pie crust.  Sprinkle granulated sugar over it as well.  Add dabs of cold unsalted butter to the filling top – see below.Bake for approximately 30 minutes, then add slivered almonds (if desired) and bake for another 5-10 minutes or until brown.I could have cried…I was able to transfer it to a platter —I felt very accomplished—since you couldn’t actually see my mistake.As you can clearly see from the pictures, mine did leak.  I did NOT drain off the liquid like I should have.  I didn’t think I needed to.  Well, clearly I did!  I added some additional sugar to the top before serving, and served it with whipped cream.

Everyone enjoyed the flavors, and it was yummy!  The crust was a bit soggy…but was soaked with the blueberry juice – so what was not to enjoy?  Right?

Blessings.

Bariatric Surgery - My Story · Korean · Uncategorized · Vegetables · WLS

Pickled Carrots and Radishes

A quick pickled radish with carrots for added sweetness…wash and slice the radishes.  I bought already sliced carrots (I know).  Bring to boil, (1) one cup rice vinegar, (1) one cup water, 1/2 cup sugar,  and a good pinch of salt.  Pour over radishes and carrots in a glass dish.  (Please be careful doing this…)I let mine cool on the counter then refrigerated for several hours.  I like them crispy and tangy.Serve with Korean dishes or with any side dish.  I like to have them with a boiled egg.

Blessings.

Bariatric Surgery - My Story · Carmen · Emeril · Indulgence · Random Stuff · Random Thoughts · Uncategorized · WLS

Baby Girl Time

Carmen was home over the holiday weekend.  She had a doctor’s appointment on Tuesday, that led to me being off of work.  So we ended up at Emeril’s Coastal Italian in Destin for lunch.

We shared the coastal board (a daily special that varies) which had olives, marinated blue crab claws, and artichokes and crab.  It was yummy, and a perfect size since we decided to have dessert!They have changed up the plating, which gave us much more of a serving of the Olive Oil Cake – okay! It used to be served in the (picture in the link) cups but this is a huge slice and is AMAZING!  I have added Emeril’s recipe in the link —if you have the gumption to make it.  I think I might try to one of these days.  But to have the entire cake at my disposal might not be a good thing.  We ended up taking half of it home even after sharing it.Although the food was wonderful, time with Carmen was better.  Always good to have her home.

Blessings!