Bariatric Surgery - My Story · Carrots · Indulgence · Uncategorized · WLS

Parmesan Carrot Fries

6 large carrots
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
1/4 cup Olive oil
garlic powder
salt and pepper
Cut carrots into strips.  Mix together all of the other ingredients in a bowl.  Add the mixture to the carrots.Toss gently to coat evenly.Spread evenly on a baking sheet.  Preheat the oven to 400 degrees, bake for about 15 minutes, then turn, baking for another 10-15 minutes or until crispy.My plate with the shredded BBQ Chicken.img_3578

These tasted a lot like sweet potato fries, but not as sweet.  I really liked them.  Carrots are always available, and these make a nice vegetable side alternative.






Bariatric Surgery - My Story · Carrots · Chicken · Instant Pot · Uncategorized · WLS

BBQ Shredded Chicken-Instant Pot

Another Instant Pot recipe.  🙂

6 chicken thighs
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup tomato sauce
5 tbsp Maggie
4 tbsp Worcestershire
Season Salt & garlic power
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup Angry Orchard Cider
Grated orange zest
4 shakes of Tabasco


Mix together in a bowl, tomato sauce, Maggi, Worcestershire, brown sugar, Tabasco, garlic powder, orange zest. Stir until well blended.Pat the chicken thighs dry, then season with Season Salt, Pepper and Garlic Powder.  Sear chicken on both sides, and remove from the Instant Pot.Saute the onion, and once translucent, add the cider and vinegar.Stir, and scrap the bits from the bottom of the pot.  Add the chicken and the sauce mixture then add the parsley.Pressure cook for 15 minutes.  Manually release, and remove chicken.  Shred with two forks.Add chicken back into the pot and pressure cook for an additional 7 minutes.  Manually release pressure.  Stir well.My plate.  I liked this.  Need to get rolls for the boys, but it had great flavor, and super easy.  I would also suggest serving this on chips or nachos.


Bariatric Surgery - My Story · lupus · Random Stuff · Raynaud's · sjogrens syndrom · stuff · Uncategorized · WLS


I do this weekly.

It stings, but doesn’t hurt. I hate doing this, but I know it helps me.


Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sjogren’s Syndrome, Raynaud’s Syndrome—crap.  So…life.



Anxiety · Beth Moore · Bible · Bible verse · Jesus is Calling · Random Thoughts · Sunday · thoughts · Uncategorized

Sunday Thought

I have mentioned before that I have these daily flip calendars.

The oldest one I have is my Apples of Gold (bottom, far right).

“If you have learned to walk a little more sure-footed than I, Be patient with my stumbling, and know that only as I do my best and try, May I attain the goal for which we both are striving.”

Beth Moore Twitter Talk is the one on the bottom left:

“We are terrified of boredom.  We often resist obedience to God because we fear He’ll bore us to tears.  We have not idea the life that awaits.”

And finally, Jesus is Calling by Sarah Young:

“Bring me your weakness, and receive My peace.  Accept yourself and your circumstances just as they are, remembering that I am sovereign over everything.  Do not wear yourself out with analyzing and planning.  Instead let thankfulness and trust be your guides through this day; they will keep you close to Me.  As you live in the radiance of My Presence, My Peace shines upon you.  You will cease to notice how weak or strong you feel, because you will be focusing on Me.  The best way to get through this day is step by step with Me.  Continue this intimate journey, trusting that the path you are following is headed for heaven.”  Psalm 29:11; Numbers 6:24-26; Psalm 13:5

I could read each one of these today and know that on their own, they are significant to me.  But reading them in this order, and pondering each for a moment, makes my heart and mind think they belong together.

My anxiety was over the top yesterday due to a credit card decline, and a near accident on the way to a birthday celebration for my sister-in-law.  David’s touch can calm me, but I couldn’t let go of things.  My stumbles.  My walk.  Needing to be quiet in the moment and rely on a God that has gotten me through so very much.  I eventually calmed down, but have thoughts spinning constantly.

Everyday we have the opportunity to seek Him.  Everyday I need to bring Him my weakness, and rest in Him.  His plan is the plan that I am following.  Being quiet in the moment this morning, and having Him guide my path today.  Reminding myself of this at each moment of anxiousness will be the challenge.  I am feeling up to that challenge today!

Blessings today and always.

Carmen · Carmen's Thoughts · college · encourage · family · Uncategorized

Carmen’s Thoughts – Parent Appreciation

When I was in nursing school, the majority of my classmates were older than me, and of those people, they were mostly working parents trying to get a degree to better theirs and their family’s lives.

Once school gets in full swing, plus work and anything else I’m involved with, my schedule gets really busy and I can feel overwhelmed. Then, once I calm down, I start to think of the parents that are also in school (shout-out to Mom to taking two classes again!). The student-parents do everything I do, plus take care of a family, sometimes all on their own.

Some of these parents aren’t that much older than me, but it all blows my mind. I can barely take care of myself, let alone a tiny human. I look up to these strong people who do what they can to make their children’s lives easier in the long run.

If you’re a student, parent, or both, you are amazing. You do what few people can handle. You are strong, and deserve to be recognized.


Bariatric Surgery - My Story · Beef · Instant Pot · Uncategorized · WLS

Beef Ribs

Beef ribs in the Instant Pot are the only way to go.  (Original recipe in link)


  • 2 pounds Beef short ribs
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoons pepper
  • 1 1/2  teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 1/4 diced onion
  • 1 teaspoon mince garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cups Red wine
  • 1/3 cups Ketchup
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 3 carrots-chopped
  • 1 individual Thyme, fresh

Due to the nature of pressure cooking there is always room for inconsistency.  The times given here are base on 4 servings fresh.  If you are using more servings you may need to increase your cooking time.  Sprinkle ribs with salt and pepper and cut between bones (3 or 4 inch segments). Sear the beef on all sides in the inner pot and remove.Add onions, carrots and cook until translucent, add garlic and cook for 1 minute more.img_3518img_3520Place ribs back into pot, cover with sauce.  In a bowl, combine wine, ketchup soy sauce Worcestershire and brown sugar.  Place sprigs of thyme on top.img_3521Lock cover into place and seal steam nozzle.  Cook on high pressure for 35 minutes (I checked these at 35 minutes and decided to go another 10).  Naturally release pressure for 5 minutes then quick release.  Remove thyme.David’s plate.  The rib meat was incredibly tender, and had so much flavor.David said that it was restaurant quality.  I was super impressed that I cooked this! ha.  I will be cooking this again.

More Instant Pot recipes to come!


Bariatric Surgery - My Story · eggs · quiche · Uncategorized · WLS

Crustless Broccoli Quiche

One of the websites I follow is the  They posts recipes that are surgery friendly, and help with reset.  I found this recipe there and modified it a bit.


  • vegetable cooking spray
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup ricotta or cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 cups cooked broccoli tops (used roasted)
  • 4 ounces shredded cheese (I used Swiss)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • a few grates of a fresh nutmeg
  • Ground Mustard – I love this in my quiches or breakfast casseroles.


Spray a glass or ceramic baking dish with the vegetable cooking spray.  Preheat oven to 325 degrees.I had leftover roasted broccoli that I used.Whisk eggs, ricotta, milk, seasoning in a large bowl until well blended and light colored.  Stir in broccoli and cheese.  Pour into baking dish, and bake 35-40 minutes or until knife testing the custard near center comes out clean.  Center should still have a bit a of wiggle and top slightly puffed and golden.  Cool slightly, serve warm rather than hot. Yummy.  I didn’t miss having a crust at all.  Moist, and the broccoli being roasted added more of a nutty flavor to it.

I will make this again.