Monday, January 29, 2018

Caprese Chicken Salad

OMGosh, Holy Guacamole Batman, Stop the presses!!! This is the best thing I've fixed in a LONG time! and I mean LONG time! was so stinking good I'm thinking about a repeat, like every night this week. WOW oh WOW!

Okay, so you know about caprese salad right? Fresh mozzarella balls, tomatoes, fresh basil and balsamic vinegar. That simple. I've done it on skewers and with pasta but this...this salad is kicked up to adult portions like no bodies business.

It is simple and took less than 20 minutes to cook, assemble and have on the table.

Depending on how many salads you plan to make, will depend on the quantity of food you need. I made two large salads.
4 chicken tenders, raw boneless skinless
Marinate them in: 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar, 3-4 T olive oil, 1 tsp dried basil, 1 tsp brown sugar (or you could leave this out if you are low carb/keto or substitute with the Swerve brown sugar) fresh cracked sea salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste
Pour just enough of the marinade over the chicken to coat it well. Allow it to sit 2-4 hours.
Place it in a hot cast iron, skillet or grill
Cook until done.
Set aside to cool slightly and prepare the salad bed.

I used a small bag of prepared lettuce. It's what I had on hand. Chopped lettuce, iceberg and Romaine, shredded carrots and purple cabbage. Approximately 2 cups on each plate.
On top of this I added 1 diced Roma tomato, 1/2 sliced fresh avocado, 1 inch of a hothouse cucumber peeled and diced, 12 small pearl fresh mozzarella balls cut in half. Now slice the chicken, two tenders per plate. Lastly pour the remaining marinade over the two salads. Serve and enjoy! We sure did.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Easy Keto meals, moving, cats and a Professional WHAT? FOTW

Keto is probably one of the easiest ways to eat, unless you are a carboholic, then it's the toughest. Honestly it's not the carbs I miss, it's the sugar. Yeah, sugar, white glittering granules of sweetness. Mmmm oh sorry, I digress. (cheesy grin)
A nice omelet filled with veggies and cheese, some sausage, bacon, a naked burger aka bunless, bacon, faux mashed potatoes, bacon, did I mention bacon?
Wrap bacon around a hot dog and cook in a skillet, how hard is that? Not at all! How good is that? DEElicious!
Sauteed smoked sausage with onions and mushrooms, deviled eggs and cauliflower hashbrowns

Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 4 bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes.(their links are at the end) Come on in and buzz around my house.
We had just gone to bed. My husband looks at me and says “ hey I need to ask you a serious question “
Crap is my thought. Okay
He says in a very serious tone “ have you been watching planet earth when I’m at work?”
Umm yeah on tv. Did you know there’s the BBC and Disney versions?
Uh no and who said you could watch it without me?
Yeah we’re weird. 
On our most recent move, 18 days ago, my husband split his finger (to the bone I might add) and we had to spend a few hours at the ER. While waiting, I was walking up and down a hallway, when I look over and did a double take. Yes, you had one job to do...poor maintenance, they hung the door upside down.

I hear a noise, go in the bathroom and find Beau in the tub. What in the world? Silly kitty. I walk out, Sugar is having a fit. Yes I say, I know Beau is in the tub. Sugar keeps meowing. I turn around, now he's on the vanity. ??? Strange behaviour even for Beau. Sugar, still meowing, now Beau is in the sink. I give in, go give him water. Now all is well in the Universe. LOL

 It took a year, well almost, Feb 4th would be a year, but on Jan. 16th I had my hair trimmed. Last Feb. it was touching my shoulder. Now WAY down my back. Not the best photos I have ever taken, but I'm real, it's me, take it. LOL Feels so much better!
 I'm surfing FB, the online yard sale group, in my new city...I stop. Rub my eyes. Look again. Yep I read that correctly the first time.
A Professional Mourner! Woo...I know we're busy people, but come on! Yes, I've heard of these, many years ago, my grandmother spoke of this lady she didn't care for, her job...a professional mourner and it horrified my grandmother to no end. It wasn't proper. Well, I guess she rolling over now! 

My husband stood up to go to the bathroom and something fell in the floor. What is that? and I didn’t have my glasses on. He bent over picked it up and said it’s my teeth and stuck it in his pocket and walked back out of the room. I cracked up laughing you hillbilly! 

He finally had a weekend off, not on call, first one in 7 weeks. So we ventured out to the mall. OMGosh...they had a classical pianist playing in the main store and it was being broadcasted to the parking lot. I was impressed.
Once in the mall, at Sephora, there is a DJ in the window spinning jams. WOW this mall is HUGE...
So much has happened since last month. Another move, 2 snows, I'm now volunteering with a no kill animal shelter and more. I'll fill you in next month. Be sure to visit the others!
Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes:
Baking In A Tornado        
Never Ever Give Up Hope  
Bookworm in the Kitchen   
Spatulas on Parade         

Monday, January 8, 2018

Keto Pizza Poppers - Resolutions #BlogWithFriends

Have you ever thought how interesting it is. We start the week, crawling up the hill, Wednesday it's "hump day" we've climbed the slope and down we go toward Friday. Thursday comes and we are thrilled Friday is in sight. Friday! WOOT PAARRTAAY
The weekend flies by in a flash and well, darn, it's Monday again.
Such a roller coaster this life is.
But what if...
What if we didn't dread Monday? WHUT? I know, crazy notion, but really what if we ALL became the "glass is half full" kind of folks. So Monday wasn't something to dread but something to look forward to. A new week, a fresh start, a new beginning but what if...we remembered that if the glass is half full we CAN fill it back up?!
Which brings me to the point of this post. Resolutions.
You see, once a month we (a group of bloggers) decide on a theme and then set about with our own interpretations of that theme create a post that is unique to us. Normally I create a recipe to go along with the theme.

This month however I'm just going to share my thoughts on "resolutions" with you. Okay and a recipe at the end. You know I can't help myself.
Resolution, a resolve to change things, make them better, a conscience decision for change. For me, well I grew up being that pessimistic person. Eeyore. The glass is half empty. One day I decided I had been miserable long enough and I became a realistic person. The glass might be half empty but I can refill it. It might be raining but I can wear rain gear or stay in. Realistic. Some still see that as pessimistic. I'm not Susie Sunshine, always smiling, rose colored glasses, the world is round, moving and fantastic. Hogwash! Life sucks sometimes, it's hard, people are mean and rude. That's realistic.
Now you can either have lemons or lemonade. But if life throws lemons at you and doesn't throw water and sugar, you don't have lemonade so throw them back! LOL
Just kidding.
You know all the cliques right? Life is like a bowl of cherries, full of pits. Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're going to get. And on and on.
Here are my resolutions, my realistic life goals.

First in keeping with my 1st and 2nd resolutions...let's look at pizza. I know, I just went out into left field but stay with me okay?
Pizza...who doesn't love pizza? Well, my youngest son ate his first slice at the age of 13. Yes you read that correctly. A teenager who had never eaten pizza. It wasn't my fault! Lord knows I tried to entice him. Homemade pizza, deep dish pizza, pizza casserole, pizza pasta. Nope, he was having none of it. So what made him eat that first slice? Hunger! He was at youth, had not eaten since early that morning and to be honest was starving, so he broke down and ate a slice. I remember him coming home and saying, "I ate pizza tonight". Good grief Batman I about fell over! I said, "YOU what?" He shrugged and said "yeah I was hungry, it was okay" as he walked in to the kitchen to attack the fridge and all its contents. And so it began. Pizza for us all. YAY! Good thing too because the rest of us LOVED it.
That brings me to NOT keto friendly. I have made the fathead pizza dough, time consuming but delicious. I have made crustless pizza, cauliflower crust pizza, pizza dip, pizza casserole and pizza chicken. All keto friendly. But I miss dough, pizza dough, pizza crust, pizza bones. I do.
It was lunch time, it had snowed, a LOT, I had not been shopping and I was wanting pizza. Oh wait...I remember I used to make pizza poppers! 
Why did I think of them? Because I was watching a movie on TV and they were advertising pizza rolls. So into the kitchen I went.
Now, what to do, how do I make the pizza poppers without flour? Coconut flour will not work, unless you want them dry, crumbly and tasting like coconut. Almond flour would work and I though I might have just enough left.
Hallelujah, it worked!
Keto Pizza Poppers
3/4 cup almond flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
pinch of pink Himalayan sea salt
1 TBSP parsley flakes
1 TBSP oregano flakes
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp paprika
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
1 egg
3/4 cup almond milk, unsweetened original
1 cup shredded Colby/cheddar blend
1 cup chopped/diced pepperoni slices

350 degrees in a greased mini muffin pan, 24, for 15-18 minutes. Pop out, cool and enjoy!
  1. To be the healthiest version of me that I can
  2. To continue to learn about keto and change my habits to better suit what works for me
  3. To move my ass, yeah I know I moved 3 times last year, but I mean exercise
  4. To write more and think about it less
  5. To read more (I used to read 1000 books a year, yes you read that correctly but life has been hectic the last three years, now that it has calmed down. I plan to pick this habit up again)
  6. Create more keto recipes and revamp old favorites
  7. Complain less
  8. Have fun and who cares if someone is watching
  9. Nurture relationships that are worth it and not invest in those that are not.
  10. To stop procrastinating and do what needs to be done when it needs to be done (I'm really bad about this.)
  11. Let my yes be yes and my no be no. Even if folks don't like it. I owe no one an explanation.
  12. Stop worrying about things and people I can not change. 
I'll stop there because I could go on and on but then it would be overwhelming when I reread this later. I'll keep you updated on the progress, discuss how things are going and tell you about any new resolutions that pop up along the way.
My apologies to everyone. My laptop went belly up before all the projects were ready. I have done my best to get everyone added.