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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Sweet Potato Fries

Back when I was attempting yet another Whole30, I was on DAY 3 and we made burgers on the grill … which meant …


Beer was ALWAYS the cause of my failure.

Sweet Potato Fries - Whole30 / Paleo

See … back in the “old” days aka before #tinycondo life, when we grilled, we would sit outside where it’s like a sauna and NOT in a good way … between swatting the skeeters and dabbing at the back of your neck with a papertowel, it’s almost a given that you Get Yourself a Coozie and have a chilled beer (bonus point for the first person who can Name That Song!) … but that’s not very Whole30’ish like. Actually, it’s everything Whole30 isn’t …

But don’t you worry … I improvised on so many levels and was so proud of myself …

I did indeed grab a coozie and then a can of LaCroix Sparkling Water Lime … and you know what? That satisfied that habit/need/desire/whatever to roll the edge of the coozie around the table in a circular fashion, sip from the can and give it a little swish swish back and forth, set it back down … run my finger around the rim, play with the tab and so on. Yeah, I am a little fidgety.

So anyways … I had bought a gigantic bag of sweet potatoes from Costco and still had a small bag from Aldis so I wanted to use those up first. Yes, they were starting to show their age a little …

Grab yourself some sweet potatoes, wash them and peel them up. Lob off the ends of each one (actually, if you cut  off the pointy end BEFORE you peel you will avoid that annoying stop with the peeler when it hits the tough spot).

Turn on your oven to 425 degrees.

Cut them bad boys in half long ways and then cut in to fry size pieces. Uhm, I just sliced, cut and sliced the thicker ones again.

Toss them in a bowl and drizzle with some avocado oil and sprinkle with some oregano, salt and pepper. Ok, you can use olive oil if you want but I was so excited about the avocado oil 😉  Make sure you salt them well. I totally under-salted mine!

Lay out the fries in a single layer, leaving a little room between so they don’t “steam” …

Throw the pan in the oven and let them cook for about 15 minutes. Pull out and turn over, the best you can, trying to keep them in a single layer and a spaced apart the best you can.

Allow to cook for another 10 minutes or so, checking for desired doneness.

Yup, they tasted just as good as they look!  I don’t think I’ll be buying the frozen bags anymore as they really didn’t take any longer to prepare than the frozen ones! 

Go ahead and give them a try!

#SweetPotatoFries #MakingDinnerAtHome #Whole30 #Paleo

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Let’s Party #50

Hey hey hey who is ready to Party?!

I had the kids and Baby N this weekend … which was GREAT! Matt’s youngest brother was getting married so I go to go along to Miami to act as a babysitter 😉 We had a blast. Unfortunately, on our way home, we had an accident but everyone is fine and we made it back to the tiny condo in one piece. LONG day to end what would have been a perfect weekend. This off duty (just got off shift) Customs Police officer saw it all happen (the car that hit us took off) and pulled over and stayed with us the whole time (an hour) … and guess what? 30 days without pay. No matter which side of the fence/wall you are on, these folks put their lives on the line and should be paid.

We had a lot of links again last week and I want to thank ALL OF YOU for stopping by to share your ideas, thoughts and creations!  Let’s do it again this week!

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Let’s Party #49!

Hey hey hey, who’s ready to PARTY?!

Meal Prep – Balsamic Beef and sauteed green beans!

Mark is in Indiana this week and returns Sunday night. Last week’s infusion went according to plan with the same side effects as expected Friday and Saturday … he said he’s been really tired but it could just be from doing all the family stuff and such, hopefully.

Me? Working. Organizing the kitchen. This Friday and Saturday will be in Miami with baby Nolan and Randi & Matt … then Sunday back here and Mark comes home that night.

We had lots of visits again last week with some awesome shares. I can’t wait to see what you have to offer this week!

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Balsamic Beef – Whole30/Paleo

Mark’s out of town and well, I went to Costco, again.

I have no idea what I was thinking … I wanted to pick up a few more boxes of the dishes, a few more boxes of hangers and some food … but not a lot.

And I didn’t really buy a lot but certainly MORE than one person needs for a week. Continue reading “Balsamic Beef – Whole30/Paleo”

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