Let’s Party #32!

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Did you all have a good Labor Day Weekend?? We rented a cute little Jeep and drove it across the alley on Saturday morning. When we left, there was a simple “wave” that had 20% chance of forming into anything more serious. Imagine our surprise on Monday morning to see Tropical Storm Warnings and Watches out!? Lots of rain on that drive home but we made it safely and here we are, another week in!

The temporary house had a few minor roof leaks, not surprisingly to us. As Jamie said, it rained pretty darn hard here so yeah, I’m sure a lot of folks found some roof leaks! On the chemo front, this is Marks week off and he’s looking forward to feeling good again for a little bit. Come Sunday morning, it’s time to start popping those pills again.

Did you see the BBQ Beef recipe I shared on Friday?? It’s delicious and I’m looking forward to making it again real soon! BUT FIRST, I need to get the refrigerator defrosted and try and get it serviced so it runs a little more efficient! 😉

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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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Let’s Party #31!

Oh HI!  Are you ready for another Party??

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Looks like the tree frog followed us from the other house

We went to MD Anderson the week before last for our follow up scan and testing. Just been out of sorts and really need to get ourselves back on track in our groove. They put Mark on Capecitabine, 2 weeks on and 1 week off. We head back on November 1st for follow up again, this time a PET Scan to get a real good idea of what’s going on … and an endoscope and ultrasound. Yippee.  Mark is fine, he’s just tired as heck and I believe a little depressed, bored, etc. Our temporary housing isn’t all that fun and we just can’t get comfortable here. It’s temporary and that’s all we need to remember.

I missed last week’s party … by the time we got back from Houston and tried to finish settling in here, I totally missed it! This past weekend was the FIRST time I actually spent any considerable time on the computer … but I’m BACK!!

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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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Let’s Party #30!

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We head to MD Anderson on Thursday for our 2nd follow up and scan. We are not overly optimistic … there are some lingering issues from the chemo and I think Mark is feeling some of the things that first made him go to the doctor before his diagnosis. We try not to think about it too much as anxiety doesn’t do anything good for you! PLUS we don’t know what the next step is if the Folfox stuff is finished.

We are settling in to the house, somewhat. I’m trying not to go too much in as we are only here temporarily. BUT geesh, I could not wait for Comcast to get here and fix the cable and internet! Took forever. They finally had a technician out on Sunday afternoon (yes, Sunday!) and the issue was STILL not resolved so they came back again on MONDAY morning and fixed 3 of the 4 boxes. Of course, the master bedroom has NO cable still and the WIFI is on the other side of the house so Hubby is going to look for an amplifier or whatever those things are called.

Thank you for sticking with me through this move … it’s not been easy and has been more stressful that I admitted out loud! BUT I’m trying to get settled in hopefully once we have the cable and internet running to full capacity, things will fall in place 😉

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The Latest and Greatest

I’ve gone quiet …

Mostly because we don’t have WiFi or internet yet at the temporary home.

We sold the boat on Tuesday. That was a surprise!

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We closed on the house Wednesday. That was sad.
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We close on our new condo Friday. That’s sad as well. Not sad in the way the house sale was but sad, nonetheless.

We are staying at a friend’s home … fully furnished, large and right around the corner from the old house. Well, across the bridge and south. But still close by. It’s the total opposite of our old house but quite interesting.

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Let’s Party #29!

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Mark had his 10th and what should be his FINAL Treatment last Tuesday … he convinced the local oncologist to sign him up for one more before we head back to MD Anderson but now says he may not do the 7 day pill regime, just the infusion. Those pills really, really mess him up and make him feel like crud. To the point where he wanted to just ditch taking them half way through the week. Not GOOD. BUT if he chooses not to take the bonus round of pills, that is his choice … I have a feeling Dr. B at MD KNEW that 10 would be the maximum to tolerate …

We are in FULL BLOWN MOVING mode. We close on our sale 8/8 and our purchase 8/10. Of course, we have some extensive work to do to the condo we are buying … I’m hoping to add about 500 more square feet … IN MY DREAMS! OMG I didn’t think we had this much stuff! Mark has been taking care of the garage and I get to take care of the inside … 4 bedrooms, 3 baths … 2 kitchens … LOTS OF STUFF. Staging furniture was moved out on Monday. Our movers come on Saturday. We have a temporary “home” for a few months, thanks to a wonderful open and generous heart of someone who is seriously the BEST and most kindest person in the whole wide world … we will have a FULL house (which is a custom built really retro home) that is fully furnished and functional for as long as we need it. Seriously, I can NOT wait to share pictures of this place … the person who offered this up to us is just wanting to give a good place for Mark to lay his head at night to deal and heal his body … does that just not give you the chills? Oh, and the cats? It’s ok, there’s been 17 cats and dogs in that house over the years, it will be just fine…

I will forever be in debt to this person in my heart even though they do not ask for anything in return. I don’t even have the words STILL to share how I feel.

Ok, ok, let’s get on with the party since I’m LATE today …

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Let’s Party #28!

Its Party Time!

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Mark had his 10th treatment earlier today and isn’t feeling all that great today.  But he did come home with this cool Llama pillow.  A local church makes them and brings them around to all the infusion centers.  How cool … and wonderful. Mark said most of the patients were happy to receive these little gifts.

Mark has one more treatment in 2 weeks … the same week we close on the sale of our house and the purchase of the new condo. THEN we go to MD Anderson the following week for a follow up scan and testing … thoughts and prayers are always appreciated!

Last week we had some great shares and thanks for those of you who keep coming back every week and sharing your great ideas and projects!

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Awesome Italian Potatoes

Here’s a super quick, awesome side dish to add to your next summertime Sunday Dinner at the grill!

Ok, let’s get one thing straight … these are NOT Italian Potatoes in the sense that anyone Italian grandmother would be making for Sunday dinner.

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There. I put it out there …

They are, however, an awesome, easy side dish to make if you are grilling for a Sunday dinner.

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So there. I put that out there as well!

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