Corn and Black Bean Salad

I don’t eat black beans and corn a whole lot anymore … it doesn’t fall within my food guidelines, but once in a while I will eat some (which yummm) but then, generally, I feel the effects the following day.

The Boy and Hubby, and the majority of my friends, however, DO eat corn and black beans, so heck, summertime is here and THIS is the perfect BBQ/Pool Party dish to be making!

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Let’s Party #23!

Hey! Are you ready for another Party??

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Mark had his 7th treatment last Tuesday … he did surprisingly well but said they took one drug out as he only had the one bag instead of two … his side effects were not as bad as they were after the 6th one AND they didn’t come on as fast.  Sadly, everything has a funky taste he said. That stinks. I’m hoping it gets better but so far not happening.

Kitten is making sure that we don’t leave home without her. Her and Kitty Kitty have a vet visit today and we pulled the carriers out over the weekend to get them used to being out as Kitty Kitty is pretty smart and knows what they mean … he’s a b!tch to get in the crate since he does not let anyone pick him up but me, and even that is limited.  We have a pill to give him to ‘relax’ him but he still puts up a fight to put him in the crate. Mark had to wear his welder gloves the last time.  I’m not sure how he’s going to do this all by himself but he said he’s up to the task!

OH! Did you know you can save $10 off your first Walmart Pick Up order? Yes, This IS an affiliated and I will be receive a little compensation IF you use it BUT I am all about saving you some money too! I’m swinging by on my way to see my Dad tomorrow and plan on saving myself about 45 minutes to an hour of that time by doing this! Even better? I can see how much my bill is as I add stuff … sweet!

I am so thankful that you all keep coming back every week to share your wonderful creations, ideas and thoughts! We had some great shares again!

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BLT Boats – Paleo / Whole30 Approved

Quick and satisfying BLT that is Paleo and Whole30 approved!

All three times I’ve tried to do the Whole30 (and have NEVER EVER EVER made it past Day 14!), I always come across some really great and tasty recipes that are definitely keepers!  This would be one of them!

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These are perfect since you don’t use regular bread, but instead, yummy butter lettuce or baby romaine lettuce leaves come into play here …

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Oven Roasted Chili Lime Corn

I don’t eat a lot of corn these days with that grain issue I try to avoid, BUT on Memorial Day weekend, I grabbed some at the store and made this … it was SPOT ON!

So easy to make and honestly, I don’t see myself making it any other way for quite a while! This is the way to go!

Oven Roasted Chili Lime Corn

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Let’s Party #22!

Hey! Are you ready for another Party??

We had the follow up visit with MD Anderson last week and well …

Also, last week we had some great shares, yet again! I want to thank all of your for stopping in and sharing!

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Fluffy Waffles from Scratch

Father’s Day is coming up soon and I think I’m going to make these for Mark, if he’s up to eating that particular day!

Fluffy Waffles from Scratch
Fluffy Waffles are the perfect Sunday morning breakfast!

I bought myself a waffle maker for Christmas 2 years or so ago, maybe it was 3 years ago … and I also remember that someone else in the house had bought one too! Being that mine had been a dirt cheap, black Friday steal, I made the other person take theirs back! I had no need for two, you know??

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Thai Style Shrimp Salad

This is a FAVORITE of mine and I make it whenever the Jamie is not around and Randi is … not as often as I’d like since she is now a married woman and a mommy of a 5 month old sweet baby boy living TWO HOURS west of us!

Paleo, grain, dairy and soy free Thai Shrimp Salad
Paleo, grain, dairy and soy free Thai Shrimp Salad

Mark is NOT a fan of this … once I added the diced avocado and mango, I knew it would be an eye rolling, stick a finger in his mouth gesture … so again, MORE FOR ME!

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Let’s Party #21

Hey! Are you ready for another party! I am!

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Mark had his SIXTH and last treatment 2 weeks ago. He is skipping this week as we have his follow up at MD Anderson on Thursday and Friday this week … thoughts and prayers are greatly appreciated!  Depending on the results of his scans will determine if he continues the brutal every other week for 3 days each time treatment or if something else needs to be done. I will add that the metal taste has not gone away, he’s still sensitive to cold foods/drinks, his fingertips are numb and tingly as are the bottoms of his feet. The doctor was to have turned down the drugs that cause neuropathy but Mark thinks maybe he turned it up since the last treatment really kicked his butt.

I missed the last 2 weeks … came down with a wicked cold (and yes, Mark did catch it as well 🙁 but recovered faster than me!) and work was just plain crazy busy. I’m glad May is over but not so happy we are in the sixth month of the year!

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Homebrewed Ice Tea

Homebrewed

Kind of a strange word, in my opinion.

Regardless, it IS homebrewed tea.

Easy to make ice tea

See, Mark LOVES ice tea … you know, Arnold Palmer and Pure Leaf and all those others that you can buy pre-made. Which we always did buy them, beats buying soda and such,  right?

But then the cancer stuff came around and well, he just needs to be a little more aware of what he’s eating and making sure he drinks PLENTY of fluids …

No problem, you say? It is! This chemo stuff has given him this nasty metallic taste in his mouth. *FYI – lemon flavored stuff seems to help offset that taste*

And then we just have to deal with one of the side effects of this chemo and that is the feeling of something in the back of his throat that makes him want to gag for those 10 to 12 days whenever he swallows something.

Cold foods and drinks are pretty much a no go from the first day of infusion (Tuesday) to about 10 days later (so he has, maybe, 3 to 4 days where he can tolerate ‘cool’ foods and drinks) as if feels like glass shards and electrical currents (eek!)

I just decided to start making him a batch of tea every morning. And dang, it’s so easy!

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Not to mention, we are saving a few dollars a day doing this! Those Pure Leaf teas that he loves? They were $5.99 a bottle and he used to drink one a day … which, again, was fine as he needs to stay hydrated. THIS way is much better!

Pure Leaf Tea

All you need is:

4 cups boiling water (I don’t have a tea kettle so I just heat the water in a sauce pan)

2 regular size tea bags

2 tsp sugar (I use real sugar)

4 cups of cold water (I toss in 1 or 2 ice cubes as well to cool it down fast)

Just pour the boiling water over the 2 tea bags and add your sugar.  Let the bags steep for about 5 to 10 minutes. Pull the bags out and toss them. Sorry, resist the urge to squeeze all the liquid out, just toss them!

Add your 4 cups of cold water and give a quick stir. I have to let the tea sit out all day on the counter and since my glass pitcher doesn’t have a lid, I just put a piece of press n seal over the top.

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Mark keeps telling me how good the tea is. Kind of makes me laugh because dang, it’s so simple to make!

Ok, quick survey: Iced Tea or Ice Tea? Which is the proper wording??

Looking forward to sharing with some of these GREAT Parties … go check them out!

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Lets Party #20

Hey! Are you ready for another Party??

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Mark had his 5th Treatment last Tuesday … as you may have noted, he was still sleeping when I put the party up late on Wednesday.  Shortly after I hit ‘publish’ he walked in the office … and scared the snot out of me!  His tshirt was 80% red … apparently at some point, he must have been fidgeting (imagine that?) and one of the connections on tube/line came undone and instead of the chemo pumping IN, the blood was pumping OUT (and yes, I believe the chemo was dripping out as well. We had to call the on-call nurse who came out a few hours later to make sure all was well after Mark put it back together. I think he was a little freaked out and just plugged himself back together without thinking twice!

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