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  • New cast, New easy dishes

    Posted on Friday, January 29, 2010

    Happy Friday!

    I had to get a new cast Wednesday.  Seems my “shower bag” had a couple of pinholes and I wound up being in a very wet and soggy hand holder.  

    This cast gave me a bit more finger freedom-hence the easier typing, sort of.  But it goes clear up to the elbow, so it’s not as easy on the clothing options.  

    Just wanted to let you know-if you ever find yourself in this predicament, check out your butcher counter for main dish ease.

    Besides already mentioned items like pre-packaged and separate portions of things like sausage, hamburger (turkey and beef) patties, there’s also salmon patties and individually  flash frozen fish fillets of several varieties.

    But your butcher counter has some great ideas as well-stuffed pork chops or salmon fillets, carne and pollo asada and some have fresh crab cakes as well.  I’ve also been looking into the deli counter for something other than tater tots and rice.  You can only do that so many times.

    I found some great healthy options!  Low-cal cole slaw, tabuleh, potato salad made with a vinegar base rather than mayo, just to name a few!  Several couscous and quinoa salads were also there.  

    Let’s face it, these are all easy to make dishes when you have two hands, but with one-peeling a darn carrot and cutting celery is presenting problems.

    So even though I’d rather make these dishes and save a few dollars-at this point I have no choice, so I’m going with the flow.

    As for next week-I’ll be leaving town for a split business trip and to attend my grandkids birthday party, so have a great week and I’ll post again on the 8th.

    By then, let’s talk about what we can do to help the romance along for Valentine’s Day!

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  • Love Pickles

    Posted on Wednesday, January 27, 2010

    I know this is just food related, but this story put a smile on my face the entire time I wrote it up-hope it does the same for you!

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  • Please Vote

    Posted on Tuesday, January 26, 2010

    Hi ladies,

    I just had a little entry for the reinvention contest published on you‘re a member, would you please read it and vote for it?

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  • Wow the things I can do!

    Posted on Monday, January 25, 2010


    Happy Monday ladies!

    I’m trying to at least do a few sentences here-I’m amazed at how adept I’m getting at adapting!

    I was able to make some quite tasty quinoa pilaf with Asian accents yesterday.  I made hubby BBQ some Asian inspired and marinated porterhouse steaks and yellow squash.

    We used soy sauce, grated ginger, minced garlic and peanut oil for the steaks and veggies.  I mimicked the spices and soy sauce into the grains and did it in chicken broth.  Made enough for my husband to package up the leftovers for his lunch today.

    No baking of late-I’m not even going to try.  Too risky.

    Tonight I took out some turkey basil meatloaf mix that I had mixed and packaged about a month ago.  

    Here’s an excellent tip-if you pre-make things like turkey/meat loaf, meat balls, and other adaptable entrees, you are able to get dinners together without much fuss.  Especially if you happen to have one of life’s unforeseen accidents.

    Thankfully I have a bag of pre-shredded cole slaw in the veggie bin.  This will be an easy side dish.  As for our grain/starch-no way am I going to attempt pasta!  Let’s face it, that would be a disaster.  LOL

    I’m going to use my bag of emergency tater tots as we are getting mighty tired of rice and quinoa.

    What are you serving tonight?

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  • Ideas for a Heart Healthy Valentine's Day

    Posted on Saturday, January 23, 2010

    Here are some ideas for a heart-healthy Valentine’s Day:

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  • 1-handed & still cooking

    Posted on Friday, January 22, 2010

    yes, I’m still managing to sort of get dinner on the table.  

    How you ask?  I made sure to get help from the market and just using the KISS method.  Keep it Simple, Silly.

    I made sure to buy things that are pre-washed:  bags of spinach, broccoli and cole slaw.  I bought things that didn’t need to be cut-just given a rinse, like cherry tomatoes, baby red potatoes and easy to eat fruits like apples, pears and bananas.

    For proteins-I had my nice helper at the fish/meat counter package things in easy 2 people portions:  fish, sausage, chicken breasts and leg quarters.  

    Okay-this is not what I would usually do and I’d rather use some spices, herbs and grills-but this isn’t going to happen.

    I’m going with the flow.  

    We may not have interesting new dishes for the next month, but I’m feeling less of a burden, making this a plus.

    Hubby is happy too-I’m sure I mentioned his idea of a “meal“, so he’s relieved that he just has to take it out of the oven/microwave and dish it out. He cleans it up too.

    So mealtime isn’t a gourmet experience, but we‘re not starving.

    How are you all doing in the kitchen?

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