Let’s Party #59!

Hey hey hey! Who’s ready to Party?!

Mark’s out of town still.

I hit up Costco … took Jamie and Hailey with me … Hailey had never been inside a Costco before. Thought hmm, maybe I should take her on the weekend instead of a Thursday night. Nah, Jamie didn’t want to overwhelm her so off we went. I was glad to see these sausages again as I had thought they were discontinuing them. Apparently not! I did kind of blow my budget there but we got LOTS of yummy food to eat for the next month!

Mark met with the local infusion center up in NWI … local onocologist told him he would support it as needed if they would agree there. They did so now that changes things a little bit … he has a house he’s looking at and I might fly up Friday for the weekend to look at it. We aren’t going to move there full time but go back and forth … eventually …

So. Enough of that! Who is ready to party?? Oh! Anyone have any issues with last week’s party? It’s a new setup, and well, you all know I don’t like things that change on me 😉

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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!

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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?

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Let’s Party #56!

It’s that time of the week again! Let’s Party!

Hey hey hey! Who’s ready to Party??

Paleo Whole30 Chicken Lettuce Cups
Paleo Whole30 Chicken Lettuce Cups

We missed last weeks party. Kids weee in town, hubby had chemo and things were just all over the place.

But today?

We are ready to PARTY! I am and I can’t wait to make this Chicken Lettuce Cups again! They were awesome!

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Let’s Party #55!

Hey hey hey! Who’s ready to Party??

This past week went by so quickly! Mark had his infusion and we are hoping that this last mixture might be the key to him having a good quality of life while doing this … we were able to stay focused on getting our tax stuff together for the accountant. Not a big deal you say but for us this year, it is! Sold house with major capital gains. 8 rental units with lots of repairs and upgrades. Medical expenses that included trips. And, then, of course, my stuff.

OH, and did I mention my dad went back in the hospital again on Sunday morning. Whew. He’s ok, I think, but I have a tendency to think there is something seriously going on inside him that they have not pinpointed. Obviously!

Ok ok, enough of that! Who’s ready to party? There was some awesome shares again last week! I can’t wait to see what you all have for me again!

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Fully Loaded Cauliflower Mash

Here’s a quick and yummy side dish that will surprise you!

For years, and I do mean YEARS, you couldn’t get me anywhere the majority of vegetables … especially anything that resembles a tree or shrub. AKA broccoli. And cauliflower

My, how things have changed in the past 5 or so years!

It looks like a loaded baked potato. But I will not tell you it taste like that … only because I’m an honest person and I will never tell you that cauliflower taste like taters or rice. Because it doesn’t.

But hey, if you add enough stuff to that cauliflower, it will certainly taste better than just plain, ordinary cauliflower!

All credit for this yummy dish should be credited to Gina with Skinny Taste … with modifications, of course …  (and yeah, we do have one of her cookbooks!)

Ok, enough chatting! Let’s get to how you can make this too!

24 ounces of cauliflower florets … I love Costco for stuff like this (or 6 cups worth or use the bagged riced stuff!)

1/4 cup or so of bacon bits (again, great Costco buy!)

3 cloves of garlic, sliced

1/3 cup milk (I used 2%)

1 tbs butter

3/4 tsp salt

black pepper to taste

2 tbs of finely sliced green onions (you do regrow the roots, right?)

1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese


Grab your rice cooker and steamer insert. Add water to bottom of pot and fill up the steamer basket with the garlic and cauliflower. I really had to cram mine in to close the lid … 

Set to 17 minutes to steam. Go ahead, toss a load of laundry in the washer, hop on pinterest, play with the cat/dog/kid/whatever … 

Once done steaming, transfer the cauliflower and garlic to a food processor with the blade in.  Add milk, butter, salt and pepper and turn on to puree … 

Stir in the green onions and transfer to an 8×8 baking dish to serve family style OR if it’s just you eating a snack (ahem, I don’t judge, really), then grab a small dish and dish some up in that. Top with the shredded cheese and bacon bits.

Now … you have two choices. I opted with the first option since it was a small dish for ME … microwave for 20 seconds or so til the cheese is a little melty OR if doing the big dish, bake in a 400 degree oven 5 minutes or so til the cheese is melty. It’s up to you, and again, I won’t judge …

Add the bacon, cheese, and bake for about 5 minutes or so, til the cheese is melted.

If desired, sprinkle with a little morel green onion over the top, serve up and enjoy! 

*If the cauliflower seems to be really “moist”, let it drain a little in a strainer … or use LESS milk … if it’s too watery, you will be sad that you just have a liquid form of cauliflower instead of a nice thick, creamy cauliflower … 


*To grow those green onions, simply put the white root ends in a small glass (standing up) and add a little water to the glass and they will start growing!

#Vegetables #LoadedCauliflower #Cauliflower

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Let’s Party #53!

Hey Hey Hey, who’s ready to Party??!!

Old picture of Big Kitty but look at those ears, eyes and LION PAWS

I’ve been in a bit of a funk the past two days … I mean, it’s bad, sad and just not ME. The kids and Baby Nolan were here over the weekend which was GREAT (he’s walking!) but when they left on Sunday, I ran out to see my dad at the assisted living facility … he just came home a few weeks ago from what they suspect as congestive heart failure, for the LIFE OF ME, I don’t understand why it’s not a solid yes or not that he had heart failure??!! Anyway, I needed to go through his stuff as the home is moving him from his semi-private room to a shared room for the same fee per month … because he needs Level III care now. Ugh. So I was fine clearing stuff out, let him keep his 4 pairs of prescription glasses and 3 electric shavers (because, heck, that’s all he really owns!) and then he was asking me about Mark and I just started bawling 🙁 My dad doesn’t need that. And I’m so angry with myself for losing it but I do understand that it was just a stress related thing. I just haven’t been able to shake it since though, that’s the problem … I guess it’s because I don’t cry over all the crap that’s going on and that little trickle turned into a raging river.

I’m hoping you all have some GREAT stuff to share with me this week because I really need it! So go ahead, give me your VERY best that you have and give me a boost …

I seriously do want to say thank you to all of you that come to visit and share each week … I’m not feeling so festive right now but that will pass …

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Smothered Chicken

I started to make something else a few weekends ago but Mark asked that I NOT make it … that in itself was a little unusual! So I said fine, I’ll make something else.

I had chicken breast. Bacon. Cheese. And onions. I hadn’t been to the grocery store in a few days (actually, like 10 days!) and since we are trying to be more mindful of what we bring in to the #tinycondo, I decided to make this as a sort of spin off from another recipe I have …

Can I just tell you how AWESOME it was?! And to have it again for lunch the next day? Woohoo!

Sadly, in keeping with the #tinycondo stuff, we’ve also downsized our meals … so there isn’t that much leftovers for lunches. It’s ok, though. At least, I keep telling myself that! I will be making this a little more often just so I can have it more!

4 chicken breast

1/2 pound bacon

1/2 cup of shredded cheese of choice (I used Monterey Jack)

1 onion, sliced thin

Cook up your bacon in a skillet til crispy. Move that off to a plate and add those onions to the bacon fat.

Caramelize the onions. Ok, here’s the deal: when you want to caramelize the onions, lay them flat in the pan, turn pan to medium heat and do NOT touch them until you see them starting to turn golden brown. If you keep messing with them they will just get steamy and never caramelized! Yes, it takes a little while. Just be patient!

Once onions are caramelized, move those over to a bowl and NOW toss in your chicken breast. If the pan is a little dry, go ahead and add a little bit of olive oil. Season the chicken breast with your favorite all around seasoning (I used our garlic/onion power/salt/pepper blend) and cook til golden brown, flip and cook til no longer pink.

Scoot the chicken over to the middle of the pan, go ahead, crowd them! Top with the onions and then the bacon (I suggest you crumble the bacon instead of leaving the big slices) AND then add your cheese. Put a lid on the pan and let it cook for about 5 minutes or until the cheese is melty.

If you are lucky enough to have some seasoned butter (or finishing butter!) go ahead and add a little dab to the pan! This really was a nice touch!

There you go! Serve it up and enjoy! *We had ours with steamed broccoli … not a big steamed broccoli fan but it’s what we had that night!


#WinnerWinnerChickenDinner #CookAtHome #MakeDinnerAtHome

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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!

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Let’s Party #51!

Hey, hey, hey, who’s ready to Party!!??

We head to Houston this Thursday and Friday for the follow up scans … let the Scanxiety begin! It’s not funny, not really, but on the other hand, good grief! How can one thing cause so much stress and worry?

Mark’s been feeling off … this last treatment on Tuesday really hit him hard and Saturday was seriously just a day of laying on the new sectional all day long with aches and pains to his body and joints. I can’t even begin to imagine my hand pain in my whole body as he has it … ankles, toes, knees, hands, fingers, wrist, elbows, back, neck, everything. Feels like he was hit by a truck or feel down a flight of stairs is how he describes it. Didn’t help that it was cold and rainy all weekend either. Taxol better be kicking this cancer’s ass for all the side effects Mark is feeling! I ended up making Smothered Chicken Sunday night (that’s what that is above) and will be sharing the recipe this week! Trust me, you will want to try this!

I want to say thank you for stopping by and sharing your creations and ideas each week! I can’t wait to see what you have been working on!

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