Friday, May 24, 2019

Stuffed Grilled Poblano Peppers - Grease Monkey -May FOTW 2019

Welcome to the May 2019 edition of Fly On The Wall. This month I'm doing something a little different. It all started when Karen and I were discussing my many moves. Only 53 at this point, but there will be more. Then I said I had probably had just as many jobs. (Well, if you know me and have been around any length of time you know I've moved.. a bunch.) What has that got to do with jobs? Well, I've had as many jobs as times I've moved. Which translates to a LOT. Actually 58 to be exact. YES you read that correctly and it's no joke or exaggeration. FIFTY EIGHT jobs... dang.

So today, I'm sharing my first. At the bottom of the post you'll find links to the other participating bloggers. Be sure to stop by and say HI.

My first job? Working in my Daddy's garage. I was his little grease monkey. Yes, I learned how to rebuild a carburetor, change a transmission, rebuild a motor, grease wheel bearings, and anything that had to do with rebuilding a car but mostly I did body work. He made me sand the cars and tape them off. He did the painting of course but I enjoyed every minute of it. I also learned how to do bondo.
We shared a lot of laughs, some scary moments and some hysterical ones. Today I'm going to share some of those with you.

My dad and George were working on a car, it was cold outside and the garage door was shut. When I walked up I heard a strange sound. Opera music! WTH yep opera. I stopped, stood in shock and listened as the two of them sang!! They were pretty good for two old rough drinking rednecks with little education and a lot of alcohol. When I walked in of course they stopped and acted like I was crazy when I said something. But it is a memory I hold dear. Two old buddies working, laughing and singing together.

When I was pregnant with my oldest son I was steering a dump truck in to the bay, we were changing out the motor. The motor was actually hanging from the ceiling beam on a chain horse waiting to be dropped in and bolted down. I was steering, Daddy was pushing, as I rolled into the bay I was to stop the truck so the motor was hanging over where we would drop it in. Well, I hit the brakes but they didn't work, I had both feet on the break pushing as hard as I could and CRASH the motor came through the window and I was covered in glass. At first my Daddy was mad and yelling then when I climbed out of the truck and said I was pushing as hard as I could. All he could do was just stand there looking at my swollen belly and me with glass in my hair. He said "go on in the house and I'll fix it" he sounded mad, I was upset, scared and shaken. Later he tole my mom how scared he was when he realized how hurt or even killed I could have been and me pregnant to boot. After I went inside he found that the break lines had been disconnected. Thankfully the shaft end of the motor that went through the windshield went into the center and not the drivers side.

When I was 16 I was sanding a cement mixer and when I came down off the top my foot slipped and I landed on my shin into the battery box. Of course it resulted in a broken leg. I was so afraid my Dad would be mad until I hopped on one foot to the truck and climbed in the passenger side. Rode home and hopped into the house where I propped it up. He had gone back to the shop. When my mother got home at 10 o'clock that night she took one look at my leg and said "Good land girl what have you done?" I told her and she said she was pretty sure it was broken but it was late and she didn't want to go to the emergency room So the next morning she called the orthopedic, who had set all my other broken bones, and he took us right in. Yep, it was cracked thankfully not broken through but it put a damper on my summer that's for sure.

My Daddy would have loved these peppers! He loved hot food and the only time he ate anything on a grill was when I cooked it for him and that was maybe twice. My parents were not "grilling" folks. Man they missed out. I love to grill.

Stuffed Grilled Poblano Peppers
4 large poblano peppers, cut the top off and remove seeds
ground turkey, beef and chorizo for a total of 1 1/2 pounds
diced sweet peppers 
diced onion
1 egg
Mexican seasoning, taco seasoning
1/2 cup chihuahua cheese (no puppies were harmed in the making of this dish)
Mix all the ingredients well and stuff into the peppers, place on a hot grill and grill for 8-10 minutes, turn and repeat. The peppers will blister on the outside and add flavor to the meat mixture.

I remember countless hours sitting on a 5 gal. bucket as a stool handing my Daddy tools as he called them out to me while he was under a car working.
This was my Daddy's wrecker, he loved it. I helped by sanding and taping off, we did the painting and pin stripe as well. He was proud of this big boy.

Oh my gosh when I was about ten years old  and it was summer, hotter than blazes, we were out in the shop working and Daddy and George were drinking "water" from a mason jar. I thought it was water, it was clear and cold. They were enjoying it. I wanted some. They had a big laugh and handed me the jar, "take swig of this fire water" I had no idea what that meant but found out pretty damn quick let me tell you. It was moonshine. Pure, cold, strong alcohol that tasted and burned like kerosene!!

One day Daddy brought home a puppy, he found it in the junkyard. There was a momma dog there and she had a litter, most of them were scruffy and sick looking but Bear was the cutest thing and Daddy decided we needed a shop dog. I loved that dog, he was the best and tough as nails.
But...Bear had a fixation on wires. If you didn't park far enough away from him he would crawl up under the car/truck and chew the wires to bits! He also would tell us when he didn't like someone, by peeing on them. Yep, one of the men who lived down the road, I swear every single time that man pulled in our yard Bear would fill his boot with pee! I found it hysterical.

After I left home Bear got loose one day and was hit by a car. When my mom got home he was laying in the ditch. She called Daddy at work and he came home, Bear was not in the ditch. He heard a noise and there was Bear by the garage door whimpering. He had been hit and had a broken hip and back leg. Bless him he made a full recovery and lived another 4-5 years with a limp but he never went near the road again.
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   
Menopausal Mother           
Bookworm in the Kitchen
Follow Me Home              

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Mexican Bowl - Life is but a vapor

Can you believe it is the 21st of May? Almost June, half the year, poof! Gone just like that.
I truly am starting to think that while we sleep someone puts life on fast forward, I wake up when I thought I just fell asleep, still tired to begin a new day and blink...another month. It's crazy how fast time goes.I apologize, I know it is topic of conversation a LOT around here, but seriously! Am I the only one that feels like life goes by too fast?
I know, if you're the mom of a toddler you think it isn't fast enough, but trust me, you'll blink and that messy little face will be moving his tassel and out of the house.
Enjoy today because we are not promised tomorrow and that is exactly what I'm doing. Enjoying life but in a healthier way. Eating less, eating better, moving more (not just houses but my butt) and taking time to stop and breathe.
Have you done that lately? Stopped? Took a deep breath and just watch the clouds go by, listened to the birds singing, watched the squirrels rummaging around in the leaves for last winters buried treats? If not, do. It will do you a world of good in many ways.
Taking time for yourself helps your mental stability, mood, blood pressure, general well being.
Now sometimes when I am "taking a breather" I start to think about food, what am I fixing for supper? What can I do with that chicken so my husband won't go. grr chicken again?
We love Mexican food but with my CKD and GFR issues I've had to cut out a lot of foods that we ate on a regular basis. Learning to modify our favorite recipes has been a trick especially when so many contained tomato sauce, beans, red meat, spinach, nuts,etc... all on the "do not touch" list for me.
Here's is a quick throw together meal that will please everyone. You could add tortilla chips or beans if you wanted to. I just can't for myself or a very small limited amount.

Mexican bowl
Spanish rice (prepare your own or use a box mix)
1 lb ground turkey cooked with 1 TBSP taco seasoning , 1/2 cup diced onion and diced mini sweet  peppers
1-2 TBSP per bowl chihuahua cheese
1 large -fresh diced tomato
chipotle sauce (optional)

Monday, May 13, 2019

Fire Seared Chops with Lemon Dressing -May Day - BWF

Welcome to 2019's edition of Blog With Friends. Where a group of bloggers get together, chose a theme and collectively post on the same day reflecting our own style and take on the theme. For May we have chosen May Day.
For me, as a food blogger, I had to think of "what" I could come up with to translate May Day, especially after researching the holiday. Hmm...okay. Grilling. Camping. Campfire meals. Meals by the fire...I might be on to something.
So I went with these delicious chops! Fire seared/grilled to perfection and topped with a lovely lemon dressing/sauce.
If you're like me, May Day brings back memories of grade school and May pole dances, which I later learned in life had to do with fertility. Guess our teachers should have done their homework. I'm sure my mother would have had a proper Southern hissy fit if she had of known this little fact.
So with that in mind I decided to do some research on May Day. Here is what I found...
The British Isles, home to the Celts, believed May 1 to be the most important day of the year, when the festival of Beltane was held.
This festival was thought to divide the year in half, between the light and the dark. Using symbolic fire was one of the main rituals it was thought to  help by celebrating it returned life and fertility to the world.
When the Romans took over they brought their five-day celebration known as Floralia, devoted to worshiping the goddess of flowers, Flora. Taking place between April 20 and May 2, eventually the two rituals combined.
I found this lovely package of chops on sale with 6 beautiful thick chops. I only needed 3 but grilled them up and it gave us 2 meals. Now the sauce/dressing is only enough for the 3. If you want to cover 6 or use it for something else you will need to prepare more. Just a heads up. I made a second bath of the dressing for some chicken the next day because my husband loved it so much.
Fire Seared Chops with Lemon Dressing
While the grill was heating up I rubbed the chops with smoked paprika and a touch of brown sugar. You can skip this if you want but it added a great little crunch/crust when it seared. This helps keep the moisture inside. Also, be careful not to overcook them as they will be dry and tough.
The dressing is very simple. In a small sauce pan add:
zest and juice from one nice fat lemon or skinny juicy lemon, I don't discriminate citrus
1 garlic clove minced
1 TBSP Dijon mustard
1 tsp dried Oregano
1/4 tsp of ground cumin
fresh cilantro leaves and tender stems finely chopped, as much as you want.Once it was finely chopped I had about 2 TBSP
1/2 tsp brown sugar or substitute if you're cutting calories
1-2 tsp water to keep it loose
Do not boil or over cook unless you want it to be bitter, then go for it
Simmer on low for 5-10 minutes
Chop time!
While the dressing is simmering, toss the chops on a hot grill. Sear those chops on each side then reduce the heat and close the lid. Grill for 4 minutes, flip and grill 4 more.
Remove and allow them to rest for a couple of minutes.
Top with the dressing and serve with whatever sides you'd like. I was cutting calories and SP (ww) so I had a dab of rice, fresh slaw, grilled carrot and mushrooms. Delicious! 

My husband enjoyed it so much, he said "that's a keeper!" two thumbs up.
One last thing about May Day.
Do you know what May Day has to do with the international distress call, "Mayday, Mayday, Mayday"? Nothing, as it turns out. The code was invented in 1923 by an airport radio officer in London. Challenged to come up with a word that could easily be understood by pilots and ground staff in case of an emergency, Frederick Mockford used the word "mayday" because it sounded like "m'aider," a shortened version of the French term for "come and help me." Interesting.

Please be sure and pop over to the other pages and see how they interpreted our May Day theme.
Karen at Baking In A Tornado
Lydia at Cluttered Genius
Melissa at Mlisrobinson 

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Sweet and Spicy Turkey Meatballs

I love meatballs. I mean who doesn't? They are just little round hamburgers or if the word "balls" sounds unappetizing to you, call them meat spheres, turkey bites, meat jiblets. That sounds worse to me. LOL
These are super simple. I didn't want to add a bunch of stuff because of my low oxalate diet, mandatory from the doc, and being on WW I don't want to add a bunch of points.
You could use ground beef if you wanted but the turkey is leaner and I have to ration out the red meat these days.

Sweet and Spicy Turkey Meatballs
1 lb 93% lean ground turkey
1 egg beaten
1/3 cup panko bread crumbs
mix, form balls, cook and add sweet and spicy chili sauce

I had green beans with this along with 4 Korean dumplings, yes and rice. It is a rare treat for me. This entire meal was 9 smart points if you are a WW Freestyler.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Knock Your Pants Off Orange Cake

Yep, it is a holiday. I'm all for it. No pinching my waist, no binding me up when I'm bending or squatting. Just pure freedom.
Hmm, I know the "people of Wal-Mart" might be out in full force today, so I'll stay in, put on a big shirt/tunic or night shirt and parade around in the freedom of my own home. I'll spare y'all the shock of seeing me without pants.
NOW if only...if only...the POWM would do the same.
I was there earlier, and I think they didn't get the memo, instead of no pants they were "no teeth, no bra" glad I missed that memo. shivers
Now to be honest, until my dear friend Karen, over at Baking In A Tornado, made me aware of this glorious holiday, I was unaware of it. NOW that I know about it, well, I've marked it in my Google calendar. Shoot, I don't want to miss this from now on!
Running around, no pants, long shirt, socks so I can skid on the floor like in Risky Business. Oh yeah. Wait, you don't know what I'm talking about?? Oh dear, I'm old. Let me find the clip from the movie. Hold on a second.
THIS is how to celebrate NO PANTS DAY!! Let's rock out!! 

However, I can promise that IF I do this, my son will be mortified and call the paddy wagon for me, however, my husband will be thrilled beyond belief.

Knock Your Pants Off Orange Cake
1 tsp orange extract
3 eggs
1 Oikos Greek Yogurt 5.3 oz Orange Cream
liquid from can oranges, Great Value No Sugar Added Mandarin Orange Segments 3/4 cup (mine was 3/4)
mix well
Duncan Hines orange supreme cake mix 15.25 oz 
Great value Sugar Free vanilla instant pudding, box 1/34 oz
stir well, do not over mix
Squish orange segments(with your hands unless you are squeamish) to break them up and fold into mix
Grease a bundt pan
add batter, spread evenly
350 degree oven
36 minutes
allow to cool
frost or not

Yep, that simple and oh man! Knock your pants off! It is really good. Since being on WW I have drastically cut sugar and my baking is almost non-existent BUT on occasion I do play around and see if I can come up with something satisfying that doesn't break my bank on points. This one did the trick. Even with adding the frosting. The cake makes 18 servings and 1 point per slice!! NOW if you add frosting it is still only 4 points per slice. WORTH every single one!!
If you're not familiar, WW is formerly Weight Watchers. Now focusing on wellness with a benefit of weight loss. Not a diet but a healthy lifestyle. I love it and am able to incorporate my low oxalate diet into it as well.

Other delicious low sugar, WW friendly desserts:

Below are the links of my dear blogging friends who are celebrating No Pants Day with me! Be sure to pop in, pants not required.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Pickled Not Drunken Chicken

A pickled chicken? You mean drunk? 
No fear of this chicken. It is not drunk nor soaked in alcohol. It is soaked in...pickle juice.
Yes you read that right. Pickle juice soaked chicken. I know it sounds crazy but it makes the best, most tender, moist chicken ever.
You've heard of brine, right? A solution of water, salt and spices. Well, this is similar. Except you soak the chicken in dill pickle juice.
And I might have to be drunk to order these "denim panties", have you seen these?? Seriously, they are selling them online, starting at $370 a pair.
THREE HUNDRED AND SEVENTY DOLLARS A PAIR Have they lost their ever loving minds?
Eww, just go commando, it will feel the same. I just can't.
I saw these advertised on Facebook and the link came from an Instagram account.
I apologize I digress.
Back to the chicken...

Now, the chicken recipe inspiration came from someone else. She marinates her chicken in the pickle juice along with several other ingredients. I used the pickle juice only.

I have made this a few times now and we love it each time. The first two times I did dredge it in flour and fry it, the last time I just marinated and grilled only. Still came out extremely tender and juicy.

Pickled chicken
chicken breast tenders (I have also used boneless skinless breast that I thin sliced)
pepper, and paprika, a 1/2-1 tsp of each depending on your taste. (I did not use salt because the pickles of course have salt)
pickle juice (after you eat your pickles, save the jar and juice in the fridge)
just enough oil to pan fry to cut fat and calories of if you don't care, deep fry those bad boys)
Take the tenders and dredge them in the flour with the spices AFTER it has soaked 6-24 hours in the juice. I pour the juice into a zip top bag, gallon size, and let it get all happy. I normally do this first thing in the morning, pop it in the fridge and by 5:30 pm it is ready to go. You can also do it the night before if you work and don't have the time in the mornings. It will be fine.
Use a non skillet pan and add just enough oil to pan fry the tenders, maybe 1-2 TBSP at the most.
Brown one side, flip and brown the other side.
This should take no more than 15 minutes from start to finish.

When I grilled them I soaked the chicken, heated up the grill, placed the chicken on the grill and after 8 minutes flipped them. Done!

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

I Agreed To WHAT? and A Kicked Up Roast Beef Sandwiches

If you are a writer or blogger, sometimes you run into what we call "writers block" when this happens you try all sorts of tricks and look for tips on how to break out of it. Like -
Spam email post...
Have you ever looked in your spam folder? No, not Spam in a can, your spam folder. Junk that goes to your email that if you have a filter system you are lucky enough to never see.
What if...what if you agreed to do or buy the first 10 in your spam folder. (this is totally fiction and just for fun y'all so please don't message me about the dangers of spam emails. It's all in good fun)

Here's what I would have agreed to...
"How to get a hard on up into your 70's!" WOW I can't get a hard on now, so up into my 70's would be remarkable.
Casanova's Dirty Secret, it's how a 70 year old man impregnated over 50 women. Dang, guess I'll need a job to pay all that child support. But wait, does a hard on guarantee children if I'm NOT actually doing the deed and if I don't have a slong? Hmmm

Cooking with Paula Deen the newest cookbook Cooking In Cast iron, well just what I needed. Another cookbook and for cast iron. We just picked up our third LARGE cast iron pan. I wonder if when the book arrives there are recipes I can adapt for the grill. Because seriously I wanted to use the pan on the grill. Goody!

Canadian Pet Care supplies, well we all know they have the socialist medical care system for humans. Why not check out their supplies for pets. Will this stuff pass through customs? Hey, what's this? Homeopathic supplies for anxiety. I wonder if it's weed for cats? Oh no, that's cat nip and we have some of that. Yep, says right here "joint supply" oh never mind that's FOR joints/bone connectors not 'joints' as in weed. Shoot. What am I getting?

Well HOT DANG DIGGITY, FedEx has confirmed my deliver of $4,700,000,000 dollar inheritance check and all I have to do is click on the link and give them my credit card information so they can charge me the international fee of $350. Seems like a good trade. Right? No? Man, think of all the bills I could pay off and the retirement we'd have with that kind of money. I took a chance. (not really y'all this is totally fiction writing)

Your Ambien order is on it's way, we just need you to call 1-800-***-**** to confirm your credit card information and your 90 day supply will be on it's way. Well, I have been having trouble sleeping.

Fun Hook Ups, enjoy these women and flirting while we finish your subscription. Hmm don't remember doing this. Must have been while I was on the Ambien. You know it makes you walk, talk and eat in your sleep. Maybe I signed up for a dating site too. Click here to see who is waiting for you...should I see?

Apparently I'm a NY Surrogate and my payment is overdue. Wait. If I'm a surrogate, shouldn't they pay me? Hey this sounds fishy.

Walk-in bathtubs seem to be the hot ticket right now because well I'm not getting any younger and a fall could render me helpless in my own home. Seems I have an appointment for a tub fitting. How does that work? Do they measure me or the space the tub will go in? Should I call to confirm or just wing it?

OH LUUUCY YOU GOT SOME SPLAIN" TO DO! Seems I have a subscription to Lesbian Love? Hmm how's that gonna work with the Casanova Hard On meds? Don't think the ladies will appreciate that one. Could be cause for concern. Wow...first 10 spam emails? How about Lesbian Love is pages, yes pages, 3-7 in my folder. DANG must have been another Ambien night.

According to Mike Peterson in not one but twelve emails, my US Funds are sitting in a US reserve bank waiting for me to claim them. WOW wonder how much is in reserves?

Sorry if I shocked you, put you in a state of "what the hell is wrong with her" or just confused the snot out of you. It was a fun post and the brain child of Karen over at Baking In A Tornado. Please be sure to stop by and see what crazy spam mail is agreed to.

Now for a delicious recipe:
Kicked Up Roast Beef Sandwiches
good deli quality roast beef, thick sliced
I used Best's Oven flat bottom roast beef, 5 slices
cut into strips
cook with slices of onion and peppers, add a few dashes of Worcestershire sauce, to taste
serve on buns with mayo with or without cheese
Really I'm not sure it qualifies as a recipe but it is truly that simple. I bought roast beef, cut it into strips, sauteed it with onions and peppers, a few dashes of sauce, toasted buns, smeared mayo on them, added a slice of cheese and BAM done.
I hope you enjoyed today's post. It is totally out of the ordinary for me but sometimes you gotta break a few eggs to make an omelet. 

Friday, April 19, 2019

Grocery Funny 2019 FOTW

 The first Saturday after we moved into our new home, my husband decided he was going fishing. He went out in the garage and loaded up his gear. Or so I thought. He leaves. I walk outside to leave and what is in the driveway behind my Jeep? His tackle box and water. I shook my head and laughed. Then I called him. He answered and said "what did I forget?". I laughed and said "what makes you think you forgot something?" "Oh I don't know, me I guess." I said, well you won't get a lot of fishing done because your tackle box is sitting in the driveway.
"OH S*!t, okay I'm turning around now, thank you."
Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 7 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        
Never Ever Give Up Hope   
Follow Me Home              
The Crazy Mama Llama     
Bookworm in the Kitchen       

 As you can see he has a rough life. My view from the kitchen window, his office for the day. Sitting in the screened in porch, smoking a cigar, answering emails by phone. Poor guy has it rough. smh
 I get a smaller desk so as to discourage the kitties from "helping" me work. Yeah that's not working out so well as you can tell. Beau is very insistent when he wants to be.
 My bff/Sissy and I text daily. Auto correct has given us some interesting messages over the years but this one takes the cake. 
So I'm sitting on the couch watching AI and JT comes down the stairs, I wasn't really paying attention but all of a sudden he is behind me. "Mom, where is the scooper?" I'm confused. "Scooper, what do you need the litter scooper for?" He says "WHAT? NO the ice cream scooper, what is wrong with you why would I want the one for the litter?" I said "I don't know, maybe you were going to clean it. I'm tired. The scoop is in the bottom drawer on the left."

 Our new house! I love it,even all the stairs. My knees do not but they will adjust, or I hope so. The first photo is a view from the far corner and the second photo was taken from the entry landing.

So, I'm at the store and JT is with me. He kept seeing all kinds of great things I said man, my FOTW post is writing itself in here! YES score.
My Eeyore child, he says "WOW now they have 'organic' Gatorade? I highly doubt it's really organic they just put that crap on there to charge more." Don't hold back your feelings son, tell me what you think. He gets it honest.
 Same store, JT says "WOW you have to tell your employees it's not a break room maybe you should hire better "workers". " I said "another photo op!" I'm loving this place.
 Again, same store, we're walking around and JT says "wow, that doesn't look like normal tea." I look up and it took me a second I'll be honest. I started laughing and said "I must take a picture, of course this is going in my Fly post ya know." He says "you're welcome". LOL this kid.
 Beau has decided every morning now that he needs a drink from the faucet. Never before except on rare occasions has he gotten on the counter, but this one is huge and he loves looking at himself in the mirror. Good grief I think my cat is an egomaniac.
Which one would you try? Both? Neither?
When I showed my husband the picture he said, "well did you buy any?"
um no. "What? Why not? I'd eat the heck out of the bacon but do NOT buy the chicken and waffles that's just gross." THIS coming from the man who once drank from a mud puddle for $5!!

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Simple Lunch Around the House With The Kitties

We were sitting around one night and I asked my husband, "If the kitties could talk like humans, who do you think they would sound like?"
He thought for about two seconds and said Beau would sound like Thanos. I was like "really??" come on. So he began a google search on famous recognizable voices.
If your pet could talk, what or who would they sound like?

Lily might sound like Scarlet O’Hara or the Nanny-Fran Drescher. Lily is my Southern Bell but the older she gets the louder she gets it is annoying so that made me think of Fran. Sorry my dear.

Sugar would sound like (Prince) I know that made you laugh. But Sugar is my baby doll, he is sweet loving and squeaks but let me go in the bathroom and shut the door, he is howling at the top of his lungs, very demanding. I don't know why, but I thought of Prince. He had the soft, sweet and yes sexy voice but he could belt out a tune as well.

Beau would sound like (my husband thinks Thanos, actor Josh Brolin) I'm thinking a deep sultry very "in command" type of voice. But in that same token, Beau is my love bug, he is a gentle giant coming in at close to 17 pounds. He rarely meows but when he does everyone in the house is like "OH NO" and runs to see what is wrong. So I thought of Sam Elliot and Darrell suggested Jeremy Irons.

Simple Lunch...while I'm home enjoying life with the kitties and life in general I like to have a low key lunch. A lot of times that means leftovers, a salad more times than not and sometimes I throw caution to the wind and eat bread. GASP I know. These bread sticks from Wal-Mart are great for sandwiches, I've stuffed them, baked them, heated them on the grill and sliced them cold for sandwiches. A little light mayo (Dukes mayo only in my house), sliced deli turkey- smoked, the bread sticks have triple cheese and garlic so no need to add cheese. A side of grape tomatoes and a pickle. Done. You may not think to use something other than bread for sandwiches but there are a lot of options. I love to use hamburger buns for my breakfast sandwiches. If you follow me on Instagram you'll see I'm outside of the box when it comes to breakfast and lunch options.

Ms. Lily has taken up residence on the steps going to the top floor. That is until Beau decided that this was the highest spot in the house and of course the King took over.
HEY KING ELVIS! Maybe Beau would sound like Elvis.

In the morning we enjoy coffee while sitting in the screened porch, watching the squirrels and birds. In the afternoon it's a place to wind down and relax before I begin supper preparations. In the evenings we sit and enjoy a drink, talk about our day and just enjoy the peace and quiet. The beauty is that now we can sit outside at night and not be carried away by mosquitoes and not listen to our loud and obnoxious neighbors from the apartment. Oh I do not miss them AT ALL. 
Looking out the bedroom window you can see the side of the porch and deck. Our favorite spot. Everyone's favorite spot. Mine, my husband, son JT and the kitties. They were hesitant at first having always been inside except for 6 years ago when we had the farm. They love it now. It's difficult to get Lily to come in.
One afternoon sitting outside and I caught Sugar just as he was leaping into my lap. Little scamp.
As you can see, both the boys are at my feet. You'll find Ms. Lily by Daddy cause she is his. It's so funny, she's under my feet all day but when he is around I'm not even chopped liver unless I'm giving her a treat or food. Hussy! 
You can't see me because I'm black and hiding behind white blinds with my feet sticking out. Beau. He loves this big window sill and lays up here every morning while the sun is shining.
My panther, he is a mess and I love him so. I took this photo from the living room so you could see him on his sill. This is in the office.
I was laying in bed and heard Beau meow, a rare thing, and I'm calling him. He's not running in, I said what is wrong with him? Then I look up and crack up laughing. Darrell says "what is it?" I picked up my phone and snapped the picture. I showed him, because from his side of the bed he couldn't see him. He laughed too. Beau is such a mess.

What about you? Have you ever thought about who your animals would sound like if they could talk? No?! It's just me? Surely not. Come on, you can share I promise not to judge you.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Spring Clean Up Eating - April BWF

Happy April, I say it every month, but seriously, where does the time go? Okay so as not to dwell on the speeding bullet of time, let's focus on BWF.
Blog With Friends is a group participation post based on a common theme. Several of us get together each month, pick a theme, then interpret that theme to fit our readership/blog/or mood at the time. LOL maybe that's just me. We all post on the same day and time linking to one another.

This month's theme is Spring Cleaning, well thankfully I don't need to do that as we just moved 2 weeks ago. Right now my house is all sparkly clean and I hope to keep it that way. Clutter free and organized. We shall see how that goes. Good intentions...well you know what they say about that.
You might look at the picture below and think I'm joking, but all of this is WW friendly. All meals stay within my points and I'm satisfied. Yes, even that cupcake.
So instead of focusing on cleaning an actual room or house, maybe even a yard. I am focusing on my eating. Since last November when I began this journey, yet again, but this time with help. I've been working on cleaning up my eating habits. Ditching the junk food, fast food, sweets (most of them) and eating more "whole foods".

I have found ways to eat some of my old favorites but in a healthier way.
One is pizza, instead of ordering a pizza I make my own with 2 ingredient dough. So I could eat a 14 inch pizza for 13 points instead of 1 slice of a take out pizza. I don't, but I could. I also use this dough to make bagels, calzones, stromboli, chicken pot pie and bread sticks. Let's not forget the fabulous chili dog bake!
Grilling food to cut down on fat.
Eating non fat yogurt instead of full fat. (be careful as some of these have hidden sugars)
More salad, lots of water and decaf coffee.

Speaking of grills, I purchased my husband a grill for his birthday. In truth the grill was for me. I love to grill and have dearly missed doing so but in an apartment they do not allow them. It's a liability. Folks still grill on their balconies, one night I stepped outside and looked up, flames were shooting 6 feet in the air on the landing above me. Fool was grilling and the lady was screaming, he's telling her to hush so they don't get in trouble. I'm like "YO dude, you're not supposed to grill on the balcony and YES you are going to be in trouble. My husband works for the owners!" Damn fool

So glad to have a grill again. Now my kitchen is outside.The grill I purchased has a side burner so I can sit a pot on there and no need to touch the stove/oven inside!

Grilled Chicken
marinade- 1/2 cup 0% non fat Greek Yogurt Fage
                3 TBSP Dijon mustard
                1 TBSP honey
Mix all ingredients well in a large zip top bag.
6 boneless skinless, fat trimmed, chicken thighs
Rub them down really well and allow to sit for 3-4 hours.
Grill until done.

Let's see how everyone else is celebrating Spring...
Karen at Baking In A Tornado has a delicious looking cake.

Lydia from Cluttered Genius

Jules from The Bergham Chronicles is cleaning out the closets

Stacy of  Stacy Sews and Schools 

Melissa at MLRobinson