Sunday, December 30, 2018

Cheesecake Pudding Cups - #WW

I haven't said much, I know so unlike me! BUT...November 6th, 2018 I joined WW formerly known as Weight Watchers. I'm doing really well and proud of myself for sticking with it.
My struggle? Sugar! And not my kitty...although he can be a royal pain when he wants to be. Sugar as in the white stuff, the sweet treat to my tummy.
Solution? Come up with sugar free treats or desserts that don't make me feel deprived but also fall in line with my low oxalate WOE per my doctor. NOW that is a challenge! 
Now I know that dessert is not a NEED but...oh who am I kidding? YES IT IS! So, I need to stick with the program. Not just the #WW program but also the low oxalate program. My health and life depend on it.
So I made these little goodies. 
These cups can be filled with sweet or savory items. Light and flaky they feel very indulgent but you won't break the bank on points with WW or calories. You can purchase them at any grocery store in the frozen food aisle. 

Cheesecake pudding cups
1 package of sugar free pudding in cheesecake flavor
fresh black berries
1 package of Phyllo cups

I prepared the pudding with 1 3/4 cup milk instead of 2 cups. Let it set, then spooned it into the cups, popped a blackberry on top. DONE
3 cups is 3 points but it satisfied my sweet tooth

Friday, December 21, 2018

Cherry Bourbon Glazed Pork and FOTW

It's almost Christmas y'all!!! Are you ready? Gifts purchased, wrapped and under the tree? Cards sent out? Baking done? House cleaned for guest arriving any day now? NO?? What are you waiting on?
We will not be going anywhere this year for Christmas but my oldest (adopted son) will be joining us. First time in...gosh no idea. We will go to my husband's sister's house on the 22nd. Jesse's birthday is the 23rd and then it's Christmas. However, like every year since he was born. We celebrated Jesse's birthday early. This way he doesn't feel jipped on Christmas. We actually went out on the 15th. He enjoyed one of his favorites...sushi. eww but it wasn't my birthday.
PS: This is the last issue of FOTW for 2018. No worries, it will be here in 2019. The third Friday of each month.
Remember to visit my blogging pals and see what's been happening in their neck of the woods so to speak.

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. 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        
Menopausal Mother           
Never Ever Give Up Hope  
Spatulas on Parade         

We went to MS for Thanksgiving and enjoyed time with our youngest son, his family, our oldest went with us. We really enjoyed our time and fell in love with the Gulf Coast, especially the shrimp!

My darling husband purchased new iPhones for us. That also meant that our son got D old phone. Also, new numbers for Jesse and myself. 
So my son is at work, he sends me a text...let me know when you're here. I replied that his dad was picking him up. Next I get a text photo. LOL a screen shot from my son.
J:Text me when you're here
D:Who is this?
J: Your son
D: Oh, I'm outside

My wonderfully talented hubby recovered my office chair.

Sad conversation at our house...
Me: Where's the remote?
D: I don't know
Me: Are you sitting on it?
D: What? No
Me: Stand up
D: ARE YOU kidding?
Me: No
D: grunt, huff and puff... See no remote
Me: get up walk across the room
D: looking for this (holds up the remote)
Me: where was it?
D: where YOU were sitting
Me: oh
D: laughs
Me: hush!

I watched Michael Symon make this dish on The Chew before it went off the air. I saw the episode last year. I decided then and there I was making that and I did, like a couple of days later. How in the world I have forgotten to post this I don't know. BUT it would make a lovely Christmas dinner! I might just do that.
I did not do a rake of pork like he did, instead I did boneless center thick cut chops. A little salt and fresh cracked pepper, pan sauteed in butter, the sauce on top, green beans, some bread, Mmm! Dang it was good.
Here is the glaze recipe as I did it.

Cherry whiskey/bourbon glaze
1 cup bourbon (or your favorite whiskey)
1 orange, juiced and 2 peels reserved
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 TBSP sugar
2 cups cherries pitted, I found mine at Aldi in a jar, no sugar but you could use fresh
1 TBSP unsalted butter
salt and fresh cracked pepper
In a small sauce pot over medium heat, add bourbon, orange juice and peel, vinegar, and sugar. Cook about 10 minutes. add cherries, salt and pepper. Cook until cherries are tender and the sauce thickens so about 20 minutes. Throw peel out and stir in butter. Pour over your pork roast or chops whichever you choose to top. Last drizzle with a little good quality olive oil.
BAM! Delicious 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Arrzo Con Pollo

We live in a highly populated Hispanic and Latino community. Which to me is wonderful because I am a big foodie and love Mexican, Spanish, Cuban and other foods. We are very blessed with tons of restaurants, markets and little shops all over.
Each week I go to my friendly butcher/market and rarely I can converse with anyone there, but I know what I'm looking for and head straight for it.
What you ask, the meat counter.
They have a great meat selection, cut daily and fabulous prices. Seriously, I spend 35-45 dollars a week for meat. YES! Really I kid you not.
I was walking around one day picking up a few items here and there when I heard one of the workers say she was fixing Paella for dinner. I said to myself, mmm but I'm not a fan of the muscles or clams and then I thought, wait! I'll fix Arroz Con Pollo!
I did and here it is!! So good.

8 pieces of chicken
Goya seasoning- Sazon Goya with Saffron
olive oil
1 cup diced onion
3/4 cup diced bell pepper
3 cloves of garlic minced
1 1/2 cups of rice
1 chicken bouillon cube
Sazon Goya with Saffron seasoning packet
1/4 cup sliced olives
1 jar pimentos, drained
1/2 cup peas, green garden variety

Season the chicken with one packet of seasoning, brown in a skillet, remove and set aside. Saute onion, bell pepper and garlic. Stir in 3 cups water , bouillon cube and rice. Cook for 25 minutes. stir in more Goya saffron, olives, pimentos and peas. Place all ingredients in a 13 x 9 pan, place the chicken on top and place in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes or until the chicken is done.
Serve with garlic bread or rolls and a salad. I served mine with fried plantains. 

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Spicy Jalapeno Crusted Fried Pork Chops

A good ol' country meal right here baby! Fresh corn on the cob, Italian or flat green bean snaps, cheesy bacon cornbread and spicy jalapeno crusted fried pork chops! OOOH man, slap yo'momma good!

The pork chops were super easy. If you are familiar with that nasty green bean casserole and the fried onions that go on top, French's makes them. Then did you know that they also make Fried Jalapenos!?! Yes they do! I love them, they are very versatile, great to top a salad, a burger, or crush up and coat chops like I've done here.
I took 1/3 cup of the fried jalapenos and crushed them up, mixed with 1/3 cup of flour and then dipped the chops in a beaten egg with milk. Dipped them in the dry mix and pan fried them. When I say pan fry, that means just a dab of oil in the bottom of the pan, not a deep fry. You could also bake them if you didn't want to fry them. Brown on one side, flip and repeat. Done. That simple. Serve with whatever sides you enjoy.
Easy peasy squeezy

Monday, December 10, 2018

No Bake Goodies - BWF

December... and 14 days until Christmas. HOW did this happen? This year has flown by, so much has happened and changed. But one thing remains. I'm "Jolly". My daddy was considered a jolly fella. He was a big kid, he loved sweets, and food in general, he loved to laugh, to make people laugh, he loved the holidays and did his level best to make them great for me. He would work endless, tirelessly, insane amount of hours just to make sure that I got what I needed and most of what I wanted.
So when we were discussing topics/themes for this months Blog With Friends post. I thought about him, which is nothing new, he is on my mind most days. But the theme, "Jolly" was chosen and I thought, yes that what I want to celebrate. A jolly season. To be a jolly soul. To live jolly.
That may seem odd to some but it came as natural as breathing to me.

One thing that I've done for 16 years, each Christmas, is make dozens and dozens of buckeyes. They were one of my Daddy's favorites. I mean, who doesn't love chocolate and peanut butter? Buckeyes seem to make even the biggest Grinch...jolly.
Since I can no longer enjoy chocolate or peanut butter, that means no buckeyes. A sad day in my house. The guys want me to make them anyway, for them. ugh...I might but I wanted to try to make something for me. A dessert/candy treat that was low oxalate and safe for my kidneys. Well, if I could take out the sugar, I did it. LOL that stuff is everywhere I look these days and trying to stay away from it is super hard. These tasty treats are no exception, they have sugar, they are rich but you only need 1 to satisfy a sweet craving let me tell ya.
A happy alternative to buckeyes. These biscoff cookie rounds, sweet bites, or whatever you want to call them, they are delicious and super easy to make.
1 cup Biscoff cookie spread
1 stick room temp butter, unsalted
1 cup powered sugar
Mix well. Shape into walnut size balls, chill and dip in white chocolate.
Simple , quick, easy, no chocolate and no peanut butter. Works for me.
Thank you for stopping by and try to be "jolly" this year, not just this holiday season, but all the time. We have so much to be thankful for. Why not be jolly?

So to you and yours... Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Seasons Greetings or whatever works for you. Jolly Jingles folks!

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Lemon Meringue Cookies for National Cookie Day

Did you know that today is National Cookie Day? Baby let's throw a party, a cookie party! I love cookies but truthfully I just love sugar. I've always enjoyed a fresh baked cookie, still hot, burn-your-fingers-blow-on=it-so-you-can-eat-it cookie. Mmm So when my dear friend Karen from Baking In A Tornado told me she was doing a National Cookie Day post and asked if I wanted to join her, well I said YES SIRREE BOB YOU BET YOUR BRITCHES I DO! Actually I think I just said YES! But you get the point.

With this wonderful renal (kidney diet) now I am so limited on what goodies I can and can't have. I thought and thought about what kind of cookie I could make that I could also enjoy. Nothing chocolate, nothing with nuts, nothing with too much sugar...well dang. What was left?

Lemon! Lemon is my second favorite thing next to chocolate and now my favorite since chocolate has been given the no fly zone from the doctor. Yes, lemon was the ticket, but what kind of lemon cookie could I make that also wasn't filled with sugar. Let's be honest, lemon needs some sugar...think, think, think.

YES! I had it. Lemon Meringue Cookies, that's what I'd do and I had several weeks to perfect them. Well, I would have had I not procrastinated, gone on vacation and just gotten lazy. So yesterday here I was busting my tail after one in the afternoon trying to get at least ONE batch of these DAMN  darned cookies to come out right. I gave up at the third batch and said good enough. See they all tasted great and came out with the right consistency but were tan not pearly white. I think it's because I have a gas oven but nothing I can do about that and under normal circumstances I love the thing.

So...not pearly white but still delicious.
Lemon Meringue Cookies
Lemon curd for the filling (you can buy this or make your own)

3 egg whites
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
1/2 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup sugar
Place the egg whites in your mixing bowl for at least thirty minutes so they come to room temperature. Add the vanilla and cream of tartar, beat on medium speed until soft peaks form and then gradually beat in sugar, 1 TBSP at a time on high until glossy white stiff peaks form.
Use a pastry bag or a zip top bag, fill with meringue and cut the tip off. Make 2 inch circles and build up the sides to form little cups. Bake on a cookie sheet lined with parchment or a silicone baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes at 300 degrees or until set, turn off the oven and let sit for 1 hour.
NOTE: I have a gas oven and doing the above made them brown. Try 200 degrees for 20 minutes and turn the oven off. I think this result was better, less crunchy and more white in color.
After they have cooled fill in the center with lemon curd.

Simple and delicious. Now check out the other bloggers and their cookies, see links below.