Saturday, September 27, 2014

Coming and goings

Wow, what a week!

Had a gall bladder flare up and had to figure out what triggered it, not real happy but it seems sausage is on my no no list (but i love sausage gravy too much to give it up, so we shall see).  Jr, my son was sick most of the week, right when we were trying to play catch up with his homework and testing.  But it hasnt stopped us from busting our can to get it all done.

Hubby hasnt felt good for the past week, I am kinda thinking the idea of another heart operation looming over him is really getting to him, even if he tries not to let it show.  We just have to deal with his ever changing emotions, perhaps the surgery will put him back on the right track.  I hate not knowing how to approach him and how he will react.

Jr turned into a teenager yesterday.  He says it is just another day, but its a special day since he is entering a different phase in his life.  He got a check from his grandmother yesterday, and he has decided that he will be buying pizzas for dinner tonight. Which that was awesome of him to share with his family...to make it even better and kick it up a notch, I told him my gift to him would be to add onto dinner...I am going to make garlic bread, cinnamon buns with that glaze, chocolate peanut butter bars and churros...I have never seen a smile so big in my life...I think I made his day.  And I had a pint of honey vanilla frozen yogurt in the freezer and to end the day we split that little carton of ice cream between us...made his night.

I will be doing something a little different on here starting today.  I came in contact with a gentleman from a company that produces a line of high end hair care products and skin care products.  We will start out with "before" selfies, and take selfies all during the testing phase...and then a final selfie to show how much our hair has changed because of using his products.  These products are used by some very well known individuals in hollywood...I will also review and describe each product that is used.  These products are all natural, all natural ingredients.

So, my dear readers, you have a lot to look forward to, because beyond that product trial, i will be posting some really great recipes that I have tried this past week...my version of devilled eggs, my version of curried tandoori chicken, etc....keep your eyes open and try not to drool on your keyboard lol.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Fantastic Sale

Readers, I know it is early, but the holidays are right around the corner, or maybe you have a bday coming up and no idea of what to give? Well, come and check out my friend's sale she is having for a very limited time.  From now till Sept. 24th at midnight she is having a 25% off sale.

My friend is Ann Gray, she is celebrating hitting 23,00 likes on her facebook page! Check out her facebook page at:  Esther Destiny' s Jewelry@ www.facebook. com/EstherDestinysJewelry.  I love her jewelry so much that I agreed to post this bulletin/advertisement for her.  She has some of the most unique and beautiful pieces of jewelry you can't find anywhere else.  She has a unique way of wrapping wire that others could only dream of copying...Each piece is one of a kind, they are not mass produced.

Her jewelry is here on Http://www.etsy.com/shop/etherdestiny7.  Or just go to etsy and type in EstherDestiny7.

Please, check out this site...the pieces are classic, timeless, and beautiful.  There is something for everyone there.

I do hope you find what you like...Please hurry, time is limited, and you really dont want to miss this great deal.  Tell Ann that Annamarie sent you!

Good luck to one and all!

last night's dinner: Bacon and onion pasta salad

This has become a family favourite after trying it just one time:

Bacon and Onion Pasta Salad:

Ingredients:
12 strips of bacon, cooked and crumbled (bacon grease reserved)
6 cups of your favourite pasta, cooked, drained and cooled.
2cups shredded zucchini or sliced cucumber
2cups mayo
3tbsp spicy brown mustard
1 large red onion (small dice)
2tbsp minced garlic
4tbsp seasoned rice wine vinegar
1 tsp sugar
1tbsp fresh ground black pepper
1 1/2 cups crema or sour cream
1/2 cup grated parmesan (green can is fine but fresh is better)
1/4 cup dill pickle relish
2 tbsp sriracha sauce
1 can jalapeno spam (diced small)

DIRECTIONS:

In a large bowl, combine the bacon, zucchini or cucumber, mustard, mayo, onion, garlic, vinegar, sugar, pepper, crema/sour cream, parmesan, relish, sriracha and spam, mix thoroughly.  Toss in the cooled pasta, mix the dressing and other ingredients thru the pasta, till thoroughly combined.  Serve room temp or for more flavour, cover the bowl and let sit in the refrigerator for a few hours before serving.

This is a great pasta salad, with a pleasant little kick.

Monday, September 15, 2014

life's craziness

Hello all my followers/readers and friends...

I am sorry I have been incognito for awhile but let me give you a little rundown, and you can see what's kept me off here for so long..

I went in for knee replacement surgery, during the last week of june, and that kept me flat on my back for at least 2 weeks.  No fun, let me tell ya, to be honest, in hindsite, had I known there was going to be this much hassle and pain, I would have never had the surgery to begin with.

I just found out today, 9/15, that I will be going back in for a follow up surgery, tomorrow...nothing like last minute planning.  I have been told it is a day procedure, not really surgery but they refer to it as such.  It is supposed to be a procedure that only lasts about 30 minutes, of course, the last time I went in for a day surgery I was put in ICU for a week.  So, we shall see.

About three weeks after having my knee surgery, I ended up back in the hospital.  I was sicker than a dog, and had to be taken in to the er, where I was put thru every imaginable test, including giving up nearly 15 or so vials of blood.  I was told, I now have to deal with gall stones, fibroids in my female parts, and blood clots stemming from my surgery.  I can never get a break...

Had a biopsy done a couple of weeks ago, all tests came out negative for cancer.  Thank God. That is the biggest break I could get.

So as you can see it has been extremely chaotic.

But, I am back, and I will be posting some fantastic recipes and reviews for you.   So this is the first in a long line of posts.  I hope to get some of these posts going today, if not by wednesday...and that is a promise.

If any of my readers out there have any ideas about what they would like to see me post, such as themes, recipe ideas, holiday ideas, etc...bring them on.  Have any of you been looking for a long lost recipe, or recipes from certain restaurants you would like a copycat recipe of, just drop me a line.

Be writing at you very soon!