Let’s Party #58!

Hey hey hey! Who’s ready to Party??

The weather has been awesome here the past few days … a lot of time has been spent at the community pool (this pic is from the old house which I miss the POOL more than anything right now!) The complex does have a nice pool, just a lot of people AND little kids … 😉

Mark has infusion today … then he flies off to Indiana at the crack of dawn tomorrow. All in all, he’s good. Just really tired and the nausea hits him unexpectedly. We used to be able to time his off days. Now we can’t. That stinks

I’m ready to Party! And cook! And go to Costco! All those fun things are coming up in the next 10 days … let’s see if I can share some new recipes too!

Ok, let’s party! You know the rules: family friendly, link directly to the post you are sharing AND most importantly, go mix and mingle, make some new friends!

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Let’s Party #57!

Hey hey hey, who’s ready to Party??

Did you all miss me the past few weeks? It’s been busy and then I was sick with this awful cold … luckily, Mark has NOT come down with it yet …

Picked this up at Whole Foods the other day because we all need some calmness and joy in our lives!

We have family coming in town at the end of the week. Just for a day, which is fine as I’m slammed at work and well, not so sure I can blast out early on Friday …

In the meantime, I’m on the road to recovery, about 90% there so let’s just get this party started shall we?

Rules are simple: family friendly, link directly to your post and by all means, go mix and mingle, make new friends and leave comments!

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Let’s Party #52!

Hey hey hey, who’s ready to Party?!

Houston and MD Anderson was good … the tumors have not spread nor have they grown which is considered GOOD. Mark will stay on the Taxol and the other R-word stuff along withe blood pressure meds. NOW they will focus on dealing with some of the side effects.

We had some great shares last week! Thank you for coming by again this week to share your wonderful ideas, crafts, and of course food! I can’t wait to see what this week brings!

As always, my rules are simple: share family friendly stuff, link directly to your post, link back to ME and go visit others and leave comments!!

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Let’s Party #44

Hey hey, who’s ready for a Party?

The move is underway! We started on Thursday with the movers bringing all the boxes from the BIG storage unit. We left the bedroom set, office desk and chair and my awesome favorite console table. Those will be donated to Faith Farm if I can ever get them to schedule a pickup.

We still have the smaller unit which Jamie moved most of his stuff out last weekend to his new place.

I feel like I climbed a thousand flights of stairs and picked up a million pounds of stuff. But things are getting put away slowly. We still have to finalize our inspections which is a little bothersome in that my stuff keeps getting moved out again to the main living room floor. We don’t have a refrigerator (original one was damaged and now there’s a whole new issue) but we have a cooler with ice and can I just tell you how I’m looking forward to a home cooked meal! Not soon enough!

We had TWO links last week … one of which was mine. I missed my timing and look what happens! But the good news is my Chicken Piccata was shared to numerous sites and has been a favorite so thank you!

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Awesome Onion Dip

This is a super yummy and easy to make appetizer for all those upcoming holiday parties …

FYI … THIS IS VERY ADDICTIVE AND YOU WILL WISH YOU HAD MADE A DOUBLE BATCH!

 

It’s been a looooong time since I made this as we were making it every weekend and both Hubby and I decided that it was a little too indulgent to make “just because it’s Saturday!” BUT now the Boat Parade Party is coming up and well, we are attending as GUEST, what better time than that to make this again! Yippee!! Continue reading “Awesome Onion Dip”

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Let’s Party #40!

Hey! Are you ready for another Party??

Halloween Horror Nights did NOT disappoint. And neither did the Magic Kingdom or Epcot! So much fun and nice that we know people who are able to get us guest passes for FREE! FREE! Yes, FREE! 😉

In other news, we head to MD Anderson again Thursday and Friday … this time there is a whole slew of test: blood work, CT Scan, PET Scan and then Friday is the Endoscope and doctor appointment. We are nervous and Hubby is having major anxiety from this and other family drama/issues. I am thinking positive, happy thoughts as there are no other options, in my opinion. Everything will work out just fine. Might not be perfect, might not be the way we’d prefer, but it will all be fine.

Moving onward even more … I’m so glad to see you again this week and can’t wait to see what you are sharing! There’s been some awesome stuff and I’m pinning and sharing on Facebook as much as I can! Are you following me on Facebook yet? Not a big social media person but working on it!

Let’s get on with the party, shall we??

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Let’s Party #38!

Hey! Are you ready for another Party??

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We partied over the weekend with a quick overnight trip to see Kid Rock. What an awesome show. Wheeler Walker, Jr. was the opener and we skipped him (no offense but I think he might have been too vulgar for our taste) and then there was Brantley Gilbert who we DID want to see .. and of course, Kid Rock.

I had picked these tickets up in February, shortly after Mark’s diagnosis. At that time, we weren’t sure what to expect for his future … I mean, heck, this is what Cancer.gov shows:

Percent Surviving  5 Years  19.2% (2008-2014)

Well, that just stinks and is flat out scary.

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Gold Chicken Wings – Slow Cooked

These are the BEST! The very very BEST!

Gold Wings Ready to Eat

They are NOT fried. And are only baked at the end to crisp up …

Bring out the crock pot baby!

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I know I constantly talk about the temporary housing …

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THIS is what I have to work with … and then I have this thing staring at me as well:

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Ok, so these wings? I got the recipe over at MadeItAteItLovedIt … and you really need to go check her site out, ok?

2 pounds of chicken wings that have been split. I used some from my 10 pound bag I bought from Costco eons ago and are taking up a big chunk of that damn chest freezer

1 cup of mustard based bbq sauce. I used Trader Joe’s Carolina Gold … *mustard base is NOT sweet so it needs to be this type!

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1 tbs of hot sauce, give or take a few extra shakes depending on how hot you like it! I used the Tessemaes Buffalo Sauce because I can’t find my Aldi knock off of Franks (still unpacking folks)

Salt and pepper

Ready?

Toss the wings in the crockpot.  Measure out your bbq sauce and add the hot sauce to that. Mix it up.

Pour it over the chicken wings.

Put the lid on and set it to 6 hours on low.  Ok, so truth be told, I cooked mine for a few hours on high and then knocked it down to low because I got distracted that morning by a girlfriend who came by …

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Once cooked, lay the wings out on a baking tray, preferably lined with parchment paper to reduce your clean up headache and either bake at 400 degrees or broil til crispy and golden brown. *The oven we have here in the temporary house does NOT have a broiler. What? No freezer?? No broiler?? Hence, I baked for 5 minutes, flipped and baked again. Yummy results!

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Parchment Paper Saves The Day!

Serve up with some celery sticks and blue cheese or ranch dressing. Or just skip that fancy stuff and dig right in!

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Enjoy!

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

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BBQ Beef Crockpot Style

You know our temporary housing didn’t have a freezer? All we had was a mid-80s SubZero refrigerator. That worked at about 60% of it’s capacity. And that I was not impressed with. So I made Hubby take me to Best Buy and I got a small chest freezer.

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THIS was a huge transition for me! Coming from a 3 freezer home to a ZERO freezer home and THEN a small chest freezer. Whee things were challenging.

The number ONE challenge with a chest freezer is everything goes SOUTH and to the bottom in no time flat. Oh joy.

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So when I saw Mary shared this recipe on her site at Sweet Little Blue Bird, I was all about digging out these 2 lovely hunks of beef I knew were in the bottom of said chest freezer.

It was worth the frostbitten fingers and mosquito bites galore.  And I’m glad I opted to keep the LARGE crockpot out of storage!

4 pound beef roast

1 1/2 cup ketchup

2 tbs worcestershire sauce

1/4 cup red wine vinegar

1/4 cup brown sugar

2 tbs grey poupon

1 tsp liquid smoke (I remember telling Hubby we had FOUR bottles of this stuff and I could not locate ONE! I finally opened another box and there they were!)

1/4 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp black pepper

1/2 tsp salt

Mix all your sauce ingredients together. Toss the roast in a large crockpot, pour the sauce over the top and turn that bad boy on high for 5 hours or low for 8 hours. I got a late start that Sunday morning so it was high for 5 hours which was PERFECT!

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You can either shred your beef or slice it. 9 times out of 10 you will need to shred it as it will be falling apart.

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Skim the fat stuff off the top of the juice. The juice will be super thin.I wanted a thicker gravy style so I sprinkled a little over a tablespoon of Wondra over the top, stirred it in and added the beef. Turn the setting to low for 30 minutes or so and let the beef warm up again and you will have a nice beefy gravy thing going on!

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When I can’t find the fluffy cat, I just need to look up. She’s discovered the ledges around this house now.

Originally, I was planning on serving as BBQ Sandwiches but instead, we had mashed potatoes (Mark) and riced cauliflower (me) with it. Healthier options are always available!

We were able to pack some for lunch for 3 days and we had it for dinner another night so this does make a lot!

#CrockPot #SlowCooking #Beef #BBQBeef

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Paleo/Grain Free Biscuits

I remember the first time I made these biscuits … I had them on my radar to make for a few weeks … I priced almond flour. All I wanted was one measly cup of almond flour. And it was going to cost me like $10. Yikes. In case you didn’t know, I’m kind of a frugal at heart girl. $10 for one pound of flour is NOT frugal. But a little research, and checking the post over and over and drooling, I finally thought “heck, I’ve got almonds coming out my ears in this house!” … and then I found that I could MAKE MY OWN ALMOND FLOUR! I was so excited so I hopped right to it and got baking!

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That first batch was good, but not the best. My almonds had the skins on so the biscuits were a little funky looking. The flour wasn’t smooth and as you can see in the picture, there were a few chunks there and they ended up looking like cookies instead of biscuits. Still tasty but not what I was aiming for.

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So I ended up giving in and buying a bag for a little UNDER $10 (which now, I just buy the stuff at Trader Joe’s!) and tried it with the super fine ground stuff. I’ve tweaked the original recipe quite a few times to get the right result for ME …

1 cup of almond flour
1 tsp baking powder, slightly heaping
1/2 tsp salt
3 egg whites (extra large)
1/3 cup of butter, COLD and cut in cubes

Mix first 3 ingredients and give a good stir. Add in the butter cubes and mix up til little pebbles/peas start to form.

Give egg whites a little whipping and stir in to the flour mix. Mix well. Using just 3 extra large eggs made the batter a little thicker.

Make 4 piles on the baking mat. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Ohhh and Ahhh and think, wow, the REAL DEAL does make a difference!

Dough/batter was much more manageable than first time

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These really do taste like biscuits and are nice and flakey moist. You can bake them a little longer if you’d like as they are NOT hold in your hand material BUT you need to watch them carefully as that almond flour will burn before you know it and then, well, that’s a no no!

Go ahead, give these a try … I’ve used them for breakfast with fried egg and bacon and for dinner with italian beef!

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

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