Deconstruct a Watermelon

The fastest way to cut up a watermelon in to perfect cubes!


Are you all in high gear for summer?  It’s been crazy hot everywhere! Mark is up on NW Indiana and the heat index was around 106 degrees! Holy Cow, that’s hot for that area!

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I’ve been buying watermelon fairly often lately as it’s a great thing to keep Mark hydrated on those treatment weeks. Sadly, he doesn’t tolerate cold foods really well for about 5 days so I need to time it just right. But come the weekend, he’s all over it!

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Let’s Party #24!

Hey! Are you ready for another Party??


I never share Big Kitty Kitty so here he is! Massive Kitty with massive paws and claws to go along …

Mark goes for his 8th treatment today … and it’s messed up. We got clearance for him to do the infusion and then he gets to take 6 pills a day for 7 days straight. That way he wouldn’t have to do the pump for an additional 48 hours. That allows him a little more freedom and the ability to travel. Perfect! Makes things seem much more doable, right?

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Shrimp with Mango and Cucumbers – Whole30/Paleo

Mark is heading out of town on Wednesday and will be out for 10 days … what a perfect time for me to give myself a little break and get my food stuff back on track!

First up will be this yummy salad … bonus because I have everything on hand! Yes!

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For a while, there I would call this a “shrimp salad” but it’s not really a salad, per se, nor is it a salsa … so I don’t know what to call it! It’s just a Whole30/Paleo Approved Shrimp with Mango and Cucumbers ….

Easy Peasy.

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So, let’s talk about the shrimp itself, ok? This bag is from Trader Joe’s. It’s $10.99 for a full pound. It is, by far, the best tasting, cleanest shrimp I’ve found in a LOONG time … I was hooked on Costco for a while there but then had this for New Years Eve a few years back and I’ve since been stuck on it! And the price? Never changed. Always the same.

Ok, let’s get to the recipe!

1/2 pound of cooked shrimp, peeled and those pesky tails removed! I prefer to cut in half or 1/3 to make smaller bite size
1/2 cup of cucumbers, seeds scraped out if really watery and chopped (tip: just buy the english cucumbers!)
1/2 mango, chopped
1/4 cup of canned pineapple, drained, and chopped
1/4 of a red pepper, diced (I use the mini peppers too if that’s all I have!)
1/4 of a small red onion, diced
1/2 smallish jalapeno, seeds and membranes removed, diced
1/4 cup of parsley leaves, chopped
3 tbs olive oil
juice from 1 lime
1 tsp dijon mustard
1/2 tsp honey
1/4 tsp garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste

Place shrimp, cucumbers, mango, pineapple, red pepper, onion, jalapeno and parsley in larger bowl.

In a separate smaller bowl, mix all the other ingredients, whisking to incorporate well.

Pour the liquid over the shrimp mixture, cover and place in the fridge for 30 minutes or so to allow everyone to do a meet and greet and get friendly with each other.

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Serve cold and enjoy!

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

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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!

As always, I won’t tire you with rules, BUT please, make sure you share family friendly links and tips and while you are at it, go visit some of the other folks who are sharing here!

We all love comments so make sure you leave a comment when you go visit the others!

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Let’s Party!

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!

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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!

I’m fairly easy going and will not tire you with rules, BUT please, make sure you share family friendly links and tips and while you are at it, go visit some of the other folks who are sharing here!

We all love comments so make sure you leave a comment when you go visit the others!

Thanks for sharing the love!

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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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