Hi, it is officially Wednesday, so I get to start the thread.
Laura, nice to know you had some overcast skies to keep you comfortable during the heavy duty yard work. Brava on tackling the yard. Going out to be around people is good for the soul. I like to people watch myself. Hugs dear. I have to scavenge the depths of my freeze. Be afraid very afraid.
On a fast for blood work at 8:30. I'm starving. My big meal was at noon yesterday! I've had nothing since my cheese stick and fruit at 7:00!
Janet, what a lovely day you had. You are making me hungry!! The roasted tomatillo juice came from Bobby Flay's Bar Americain cookbook. I've only had time to skim and it is quite delectable. I"m going to aim for a Pickled Mary soon. Tell your friend about a fruit cocktail tree.....Three or four different kinds of citrus grafted on one sturdy root stock...The tree will grow oranges, limes and meyer lemons all on one tree. I had one in a pot and it froze two years ago. I was quite upset.
Joce, thank you for the info on the oxygen concentrator. I had one leased through a medical company and my current (new) insurance company refuses to pay for it any longer. I have to "qualify" before they will cover the expense. The sleep study will document my crazy leg kicking. How did the hair cut come out? Again, thanks for looking up the information for me.
So sorry to hear that Lori is suffering as badly as Bryan....a bad back is horrible. I sure wish I were there to lend a hand. Sending hugs and healing thoughts their way.
Well, I have to plumb the depths of the deep freeze to plan my cooking plans for my days off. I'm flat out bushed. 5 days in a row, 12 hours each day committed to work and commute is hard on me. I'm still trying to figure out a WW Greek menu one night. I do guarantee that following my long fast...I'm stopping for some breakfast asap! Sausage gravy and biscuits would be killer....or French toast....but I should probably get a veggie egg white omelette.
Okay it is officially 2:00 a.m. and I'm watching my DVR "Taste". I like this show....I can't stand two of the judges....what mouthy Blankety Blank snobs. Oh well. It is interesting to watch. When you don't know what the recipe is and you only get one spoonful...it is hard to figure out what the heck you are eating....really challenging those taste buds to the max. LOL
See you all later my friends. I'll check in after the vampires let me go.
Good Morning Tina! You'll be up again by now to get ready for your blood tests. Hope you got a bit of sleep at least. As far as scouring the depths of freezers...I must say that mine is actually looking empty. When Benjamin was home I'd make up big batches of Vegetarian meals and freeze the leftovers for future, plus we need to head soon to pick up another order of Beef from the Farmer's Assoc. as I'm pretty much out. And I guess we just haven't been home enough to contribute to the freezer fullness. I know it's better to have a full freezer than an empty one too....for energy efficiency. I have never heard of a Fruit Cocktail tree before. If I saw one in real life I'd think I'd fallen into Wonderland. :) And you're off now 'til Saturday right? Pace yourself and take care of that foot remember!!!!! I still have to look to see if we get "Taste" on our channels. Although I detest blankety blank snobs of all sorts! :) The Weather Network is issuing winter storm warnings for us. We are supposed to get 6-8" of snow by tomorrow morning. I think Jim is going to work from home. I had planned on keeping the car today as I have a Dr.'s appointment to check on the results of the Lung Function tests mid-morning. And then I arranged to meet one of my old Hardware store customers for lunch at "Jack Astor's" http://www.jackastors.com/menu.aspx?locID=24 for lunch. When I'd left the Hardware store we'd said "Oh, we have to get together for lunch sometime and be sure to keep in touch" and here we are 9 months later and it hadn't transpired. I'm crossing my fingers the snow holds off and I can squeeze lunch in and then run home. :) I bought a Panini cookbook awhile ago and had yet to try anything out so this evening I am going to make "Goat Cheese with Salami and Olive Pesto Panini". I do think I have some homemade soup down in the freezer I could thaw to go with it. Hope everyone has a grand day!
I want that panini!!!! Double yum. I hear you on the get-together functions that get shoved to the back burner. It is important to reconnect....always. Janet, everytime you talk about picking up your beef from the Farmers Assoc. I remember when mom and dad bought half a steer. Our second freezer never looked so full in years. LOL
We are getting your Arctic blast about 3 days later, I believe. Expecting some of our coldest air Saturday into Sunday.
Well, I haven't settled on the food stuffs for my 3 day weekend. Thinking I'm going to take a nap. Fred refused to join me for breakfast....still haven't eaten, No fun,.
Awwwww....just cancelled my lunch date. I'm so disappointed. But I'm sure I did the wise thing. Wind has picked up and it sounds like freezing rain on our roof. Jim is going to drive me into my appointment and then we'll come straight home. Boo. :( You always like a breath of cold air don't you Tina? Go eat something and then have a nap to catch up on all that sleep you haven't been getting at night time!
Morning everyone ! I have a WW meeting smack in the middle of the day and then I am going to hit the store Again! We have been going through fruit like crazy! Now that Becca is eating healthy too and Rachel will think nothing of sitting down and eating a whole pint of blueberries or strawberries. Crazy! Frank has requested low fat penne Ina spicy vodka sauce it's hard to link on the iPad. (Not really I'm just lazy lol)
Tina, at least your blood work is in the morning! I remember my commute to & from work..I do not envy you in thst respect..it's hard on you, to work full time and then have to drive..I hated it..so tired when I got home..Rick was always home before me after working his 8 plus hours and always helped with dinner..I used to have pre made meals as well, lasagna etc or we'd throw something on the grill and have a salad...yep, don't miss those days at all...of course I'm older now that might have something to do with it:)
Janet, more snow? Sorry your lunch was cancelled! Love your dinner, let us know how it turns out:)
Hi Laurie, is that Ina Gartens recipe for the vodka sauce? Sounds so good:)
Well, don't know what's for dinner..will have leftover lasagna for lunch (I made a smaller version than I usually do) so something grilled might be nice, supposed to be near 70 today in the valley so we will be a few degrees under that..springlike weather:)
Hello to everyone! Lori, hope your getting better xoxox
Yesterday someone posted they were interested in the Ajiaco recipe but wished they could translate it. I just looked at it using my Chrome browser and the browser offered to translate it for me. I said yes and like magic I could read the ingredient list. Try it it is very cool.
Off to drive downtown in a bit. Have to pick up some AC filters then I may go over to the local Home Grown Food coop and see what the farmer have brought in. Back later.
Tina, Get some good relaxing rest time in on your days off. You certainly need it after all the time you have put in at work for the last few weeks. Make sure you take some good quality time to yourself too!
Janet, It sure looks wild outside with the wind and the snow etc! Den is working from home today as well. Probably a good thing you canceled your lunch just in case it does get worse out there by noon.
Laurie, I think it is excellent that both girls are eating healthy choices now:)
Marie, Gee enjoy your 70 degree weather! I am envious:)
Laura, I am more than envious of your fresh veggies from the farmers as well:) I have been using that Chrome translater (SP). It works very well when I hit a food blog that needs to be translated for example on Foodgawker.
Lori, Sorry to hear about your back as well as Bryan's back problems. Hoping you both got some answers and relief yesterday.
I will be having my Granddaughters for the weekend as my son Chris and Ang are taking off for the weekend to go snowmobiling. I will take advantage of this opportunity to get the girls to clean out what toys and things they don't want or need anymore in the spare bedrooms. Maybe I can clear out some of the unneeded clutter in those rooms. As far as feeding them for the weekend they are pretty easy to please. Give them sliced cucumbers with dill pickles other raw veggies and fruits for snacks and they are quite content munching on stuff like that. They have already requested a couple of things one is roast chicken with (don't look Janet) broccoli and mashed tators their absolute favourite with chocolate ice cream for dessert. I might also make up a pan of lasagna with a salad and garlic bread for another night too? We are having spaghetti tonight with garlic bread. Just staying in an staying warm out of the nasty weather today.
Talked Fred into a drive to the beach, we took an hour and a half drive with the top down. Beautiful day, 74 degrees, sunny. We stopped at the Frog Pond and had brunch. I had eggs benedict...and they serve the most delicious fresh strawberry jam. Fred had eggs/hash browns/sausage and toast. We called Liv and she joined us there and we treated her to sausage gravy and biscuits. The Frog Pond has huge portions, all in all well worth the money. Their hollandaise is extra lemon tart and very good.
Aw, Janet, sorry about having to cancel, but better safe in such weather.
Laurie, I know the fruit disappearing quickly. Since that is all I eat after 6:00 p.m. these days, the fruit vanishes. I'm looking through the WW takeout book trying to decide what to make. I'll review just for you!
Joce, your weekend plans sound wonderful. Great menu and I'd be very happy as your guest to be treated like a "Queen". Nice. Stay warm and safe.
Marie....A grilled dinner in 70 degrees would be sublime. Nice indeed. Yep, I hate the commute...30 minutes door to door versus 5 minutes is quite a difference. Plus the expense of extra gas. It took 57.00 dollars to fill the tank today. I nearly fainted.
Laura, a beautiful day to hit the Farmer's market. Thank you for the reminder about the a/c filters. We have to get our supply replenished. We have an odd 20 x 20 filter that is hard to find. Have to get 5 at a time from Lowes to keep on hand.
Lori, sending you get well wishes. Hope to see you soon.
Tina, It definitely sounds like you had an enjoyable morning and day so far. I would love to be somewhere driving with the top down in such lovely weather and your brunch of Eggs Benedict is my absolute fav! Super that Liv was able to join you and Fred too! I have never had sausage biscuits and gravy ever but you talk about it a lot so it has to be good:)
Tina, gas is almost $4 a gallon here..crazy! When Rick fills his truck, it's over $100...AND he gets a whopping 11 MPG..it's a 1 ton utility bed, with a heavy pipe rack..so that's probably why! OH! Wish I had a convertible!!! Nice to take a ride in such beautiful weather:)
Joce, how fun, having your granddaughters for the weekend!!! Be sure not to tell them until they get there that you're putting them to work!!!! lol
Had to pick up some more cold medicine, it seems to be getting a bit better..can't believe how long colds last!!!
The penne sounds good Laurie. Have fun at your meeting. Wow on your spring weather Marie. HOLY BATMAN it's snowing big time here. Huge flakes and A LOT of them!!!!!! So glad I took Jim up on his offer to drive and that I cancelled lunch. The only safe place to be right now is inside! I envy you your trip to the Co-op Laura. Have fun! I keep forgetting about Foodgawker Joce. Need to go check that out again. How fun you get some quality time with your Grand-daughters. It sounds lovely. Tina, I'm glad you got to go for a good drive and your breakfast sounds heavenly. Ugh on the gas tank bill. Just got back from getting the results of my lung tests and I have asthma for Heaven's sake. :( Never had asthma before in my life. She has given me a prescription for a different puffer. Hopefully I can make it go away somehow as quickly as it came on. :) She also wants me to lose some weight as I have gained some since retiring. And get this...she says "Quit the potatoes, don't eat any potatoes for a month....eat things like BROCCOLI or KALE...."ROFL! You can imagine my reaction. I told her I couldn't eat those two things, I'd throw up. :) So we settled on salads instead. :) She wants me to lose 2 lbs. in the next 2 months. I can do that I'm sure. I've just been to careless lately with both exercise and diet. Warming up some celery soup for our lunch.
Had a quick e-mail from Benjamin this morning recounting a 'foodie' story. Shall copy and paste a paragraph of it here.....Ewwwww snake. "Yesterday evening I went out to Huaxi night market with two Americans. It's near Longshan Temple, and the local specialties are snake soup and oyster omelets. The main drag, which is indoors, is called "Snake Alley" for that very reason." :)
I'll pass on the snake. Thank you very much. I have to admit a bit of giggle when your physician suggested those DREADFUL suggestions to you, Janet. How are you with spinach?
Getting Italian subs with lots of lettuce, onion, olives and tomatoes stuffed inside with Genoa salami, ham, cappicola (sp?) provolone from Publix. Avgolemno soup, homemade from WW cookbook I have lemon sorbet for myself and chocolate gelato for Fred for dessert, (On sale at Publix)
Yep, Laura, we enjoyed the drive. I am looking forward for another deep chill. I want to stretch out our NO AC weather for as long as possible.
Marie, if I had to put $100 dollars in my gas tank, I'd think I would have to rethink my job seriously. Ouch is right. I was spoiled with my five minute drive to Broder, that was the only positive about that job.
Took a brief nap. Had way too much coffee at brunch to rest properly. Going to pull out a card table and empty the freezer and re--sort, stack and inventory the goods, (I know there are shrimp and salmon hiding in there somewhere). Want to cook up a slow cooker of chicken for enchilada fillings, salads, stews, crepe filling, alfredo etc,. Tomorrow is cook day.
I love spinach Tina and that was third out of her mouth after the B and K words but I'm not supposed to eat a lot of it because of my kidney stones.? Good luck with your freezer dive. Gonna go light a fire for Jim and pour us a glass of red wine to snuggle up with. You should see all our snow. Wow.
Lofat Penne With Spicy Vodka Cream Sauce It's my recipe that I made over from another grouprecipes member. Tina I can't wait to see what ou make and hear your review. With your awesome descriptions maybe I can use it to sell some cookbooks :). Eggs Benedict is my all time favorite breakfast food! I am also a little jelly of the farmers market! I wish it was nicer here, it poured all day Janet you could take a tip from Tina and make some veggie soup instead of those dreaded suggestions. I have the WW one somewhere. It's 0 points and you can eat it anytime.
Oh Janet, don't ya just love cozy snowy weather when you don't have to go anywhere:) I bet the snow is just beautiful! Had to chuckle when your Dr mentioned kale & broccoli..actually I laughed out loud:D Wow on Snake Alley..ewwwwwwwww Also, have you heard from Lori? Poor girl, sure hope she's ok..
Wow Tina! love the idea of crock pot chicken for all those yummy dishes! You never cease to amaze me:) Love alfredo sauce...I found an old recipe where you use only butter & parmesean cheese on the hot fettuccini to make the sauce..not real healthy, but rich & good!! The way we look at Rick's gas bill, we get 55 cents a mile writeoff for mileage, and every single mile he goes is business related.. if he's buying gas, he's working and making money:) We have to look at it that way or we'd be crying!!! LOL
Hi Laura, how are things in your neck of the woods? How's your Dad doing?
I just woke up from a 2 hour nap..I can't believe I slept that long..but I already made the potato salad and grilling the sausages is quick & easy..love easy meals!!
Thanks so much for pointing that Veggie Soup recipe out to me Laurie. I'd actually bookmarked it at some point but had forgotten it. And....I'd actually eat that....I'd puree the whole thing, but I'd eat it. And probably quite enjoy it. Thank you. Marie, I did message Lori on FB to see how her ex-rays went. She did them but won't get the results for a bit yet and she has to go back to work tomorrow. Her back was a teeny bit better but it hurts her to sit in a chair for a long time so work is not going to be pleasant for her and we all know how supportive DL is going to be. :( Hugs going out to her from all of us.