Well wishes for Wednesday....

  • chuckieb 6 months ago
    Good Morning Everyone! I'm all snug as a bug in a rug back in my own house. I'm on the computer in front of the pellet stove and snow is falling outside. The birds were SUPER happy this morning to discover I'd returned and refilled the feeders. I have to do a Costco run today and grab some more black oil sunflower seed.

    Sending BIG wishes, prayers and all good thoughts to Kimmer and her hubby this morning. Hope the surgery goes smoothly, quickly and as painlessly as possible. So thankful we live in an age where such technology as this is available to us.

    No clue what's for dinner tonight. Am on my second cup of coffee. Missed 'our' coffee too. Isn't it funny how set in our ways we get. :)

    I asked over on the IMI11 thread but I'll also ask here. If anyone has any tried and true crockpot recipes can you copy and paste the link to show me, I'd really appreciate it. Thanks! I'd like to make one for the Challenge this month.

    That's just so awful about the 100 car pile up Karen! Glad you weren't at all involved! Semi's scare me. Awww on Traveller being right there when you got home. Hope indeed that your GS doesn't have the flu. :(

    Hope you're not so achy today Laurie. Constant pain is very nasty to have to deal with.

    Re: Jim letting me shop in peace when he was itching to get home quickly Linda. :) Jim and I often laugh and joke about 'domestic airmiles' and I earned a lot this weekend since I spent mega time with a ton of his family. LOLOLOL. So because we did so much that focussed on him, he was the one who actually suggested we stop off at "Foodsmith's" since we were passing right by and I could go for a shop. He's a good hubby and knows how much I love that store.

    I've got a grocery list concocted. Am super excited to try that English Muffin toast recipe this week Linda.

    Wishing everyone a great hump day!
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  • LindaLMT 6 months ago said:
    Good Morning Everyone.

    Good Luck to your DH Kimmer. I too am wishing you both well and that the procedure goes as planned and all is well. Please let us know when you can that all is well.

    Well Jim gets a big "Atta Boy" in my book Janet for letting you cash in the 'domestic air miles' at the Foodsmiths. I was picturing you pushing your cart thru the store at record breaking speed grabbing what you could off the shelf. LOL!! I know I like to browse and take my time at just our regular grocery store going up and down each isle. When I'm at a store I normally don't get to shop I'm like a kid in a candy store mesmerized by what I see.
    Here are some crockpot recipes. Even though I haven't made this particular chicken recipe I've made one very much like it plenty of times and love it and just may do it myself.
    Chicken In A Crockpot
    Am also thinking about the one from Keni too.
    Slow Cooker Kraut And Sausage
    Fantastic split pea soup.
    Split Pea Soup In Slow Cooker
    This one looks great too.
    Slow Cooker Sauerbraten Beef
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  • LindaLMT 6 months ago said:
    Pulled out the dough I froze for pizza last night and thawed it in the fridge and will make a pizza for lunch. One so I can see how the dough works after having it frozen and Two to try my new stone.
    You had noted my other stone being so thick Janet, it was from a restaurant supply store and was meant for commercial cooking. I guess if I owned a restaurant I would have bought a few, lined them all up in my oven and cooked away.
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  • chuckieb 6 months ago said:
    Good Morning Linda. There's no physical way I could zip through Foodsmiths. LOL. I look at every little thing and they have such a cool assortment of foodie stuff that I don't see anywhere else. Thanks for the crockpot ideas. I'll go through them. I think my problem is that I don't care for the texture of meat that has been cooked in a crock pot. To me it all tastes stewed and I'm not a stew fan. I do have a fall back recipe to make chicken stock in the crockpot and I may just end up going with that.
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  • chuckieb 6 months ago said:
    Good luck with your pizza crust and your new stone! I don't think I've ever seen a pizza stone that's 1" thick! That's heavy duty for sure. :)
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  • LindaLMT 6 months ago said:
    I'm thinking of doing a dessert in the crockpot like rice pudding or a dump style cake.
    Crockpot Rice Pudding
    Apple Cinnamon Crockpot Cake
    Slow Cooker Chocolate Brownie Cake
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  • LindaLMT 6 months ago said:
    Or maybe applesauce
    Crockpot Applesauce
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  • Good4U 6 months ago said:
    Good Morning!
    Hoping your HB's operation is very successful, Kimmer. So true what Janet said we are so lucky to be living in a time when information and technology can make this happen. Let us know how he is doing when he gets home, please.

    Welcome home, Janet. We are supposed to be getting an inch an hour of snow today and it could be as much as 10 to 15 inches! I hope your drive gets cleaned soon. Be careful driving if you go out. I am not a big crockpot person myself. Even for pot roast now I do it in a slow oven. So I am of no help.

    Good luck with cooking you pizza today on the new stone, Linda.

    Wow, that is quite a car pile up, Karen! Good thing you weren't in it. I hope your GS doesn't have the flu. Cute that Traveler was waiting for you:)

    Den is home today b/c of the snow and he is working from home. No doubt he will go out and shovel later on in the day and then again tomorrow morning. Enough already! I am sick to death of the cold and snow! Not quite sure what we are having for dinner but it will be chicken something.

    Wishing everyone a great day!
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  • chuckieb 6 months ago said:
    Thanks for more ideas Linda! :) We have company coming in a couple of weeks, Jim's cousin and family from St. Catharines, and their two girls might go ga-ga over that Slow Cooker Chocolate Brownie cake. I bookmarked it.
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  • chuckieb 6 months ago said:
    Hi Joce! We've decided against going out today. My birds will be upset but it's coming down quite a lot out there and it would be nice if the lane way was clear. LOL. Good that Den is working from home today. A wise decision. Yum on Chicken something. Enjoy your day.
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  • mommyluvs2cook 6 months ago said:
    Hey everyone! I'll catch up in a bit. People at Michael's work have been bringing in food for everyone, home cooked and picked up from restaurants so I guess it's my turn to cook for everyone! Making enchilada's and Mexican rice for 30+ people :\ Making the rice today and the enchiladas tomorrow. Probably going to have to do batches on the rice since I don't think I have a pan or pot big enough. Will pour into the disposable pans when done and he can just throw in the oven and reheat. Anyway, going to get that started, have lot's of chopping to do lol! Have a great day everyone!
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  • LindaLMT 6 months ago said:
    That's a great idea Michelle! If everyone takes a turn cooking, even though it's for many people, it makes it so much easier with the day to day for each person.
    You can bake rice ... get a large enough disposable pan and bake it.
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  • LindaLMT 6 months ago said:
    Holy Cow on the predicted amount of snow today for you Joce! I sure hope the weather man is wrong.
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  • MissouriFarmWife 6 months ago said:
    Good morning. I told Wayne about the domestic air miles....he got quite a kick out of the concept. Good idea staying inside!

    I haven't used my crockpot for a while, Linda. The last thing I made was a venison roast, I think, with peppercorns, onion, bay leaf, and garlic. Carrots and potatoes added, and you have a great meal. Let us know how the stone works.

    Good idea Den working from home, Joce. Traveler has shortened his distance to about 12 a 15 feet. He just sits and watches us!

    The ice / sleet / snow storm didn't materialize. It stayed South. We could have used the moisture for sure. Now they are calling for weather to deteriorate on Sunday.

    Wayne has a fire going and we finished a second cup of coffee. Landry waits. Best go.
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  • MissouriFarmWife 6 months ago said:
    SP Michelle!
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  • chuckieb 6 months ago said:
    Holy Smokes at Enchiladas and rice for 30 people Michelle. I've never cooked for that many people in my life. That's very nice of you and the others to do.

    We do giggle about domestic air miles alright Karen. It's a funny concept for sure. That's good the storm did not materialize although like you say you could use the precip.

    I've got to get moving myself. Have been sending photos to everyone from over the weekend but my kitchen is in dire need of my attention. Jim wants to go for a snowshoe at some point.
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  • LindaLMT 6 months ago said:
    SP Karen. Hoping you get some normal moisture coming thru. You can do without the ice and snow.
    I love my crockpot. I like the consistency of soft braised meat and too that it has all the fat melted out. I'm thinking I need to pull mine out and get something going.
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  • chuckieb 6 months ago said:
    When you say all the fat melted out Linda, do you mean that it floats to the top so you can pour it off?
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  • chuckieb 6 months ago said:
    When you say all the fat melted out Linda, do you mean that it floats to the top so you can pour it off?
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  • chuckieb 6 months ago said:
    Jim has requested
    Chalet Style Chicken
    for dinner tonight. Not sure on sides.
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  • LindaLMT 6 months ago said:
    Yes Janet. Especially when cooking chuck roast. All the marbling just melts away leaving tender meat. There are some pieces of fat too big to melt all the way but they then are easy enough to trim away.
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  • MissouriFarmWife 6 months ago said:
    After all the crockpot talk I ended up deciding on spaghetti for supper. The crockpot will have wait for another day. Now I really need to get inspired and use the pressure cooking option! Aargh!
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  • chuckieb 6 months ago said:
    Putting this on overnight.
    Slow Cooker Chicken Stock
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  • kimmer 6 months ago said:
    Good evening all. Just got home and all went very well. Thank you all for your good thoughts and prayers. Will read back later!
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  • chuckieb 6 months ago said:
    I have to pick up some hamburg as I'd love a spaghetti dinner Karen.

    OH GOOD KIMMER! Great news! Thanks for checking in and letting us know that all went well. I'm assuming when you say "Just got home" that means the both of you? I imagine your hubby will need to lay low for a while to recuperate.

    Jim and I went for a snowshoe after lunch. It was nice but boy I felt it in my thighs! Hopped in the hot tub afterwards with a glass of red wine. Perfect. Made some mini potatoes for the side of the chicken. Drizzled them with lime olive oil and sea salt and will steam a pot of spinach. Called my Mom. She sounds good.
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  • kimmer 6 months ago said:
    Back for a moment or two. Yes Janet we are both home. Sorry, should have specified that, lol! Surgery was delayed a bit as some one who was in previously in the same operating room scheduled for hubs had flat lined and codes were going off. Scary and weird stuff when you are in there! Just hearing over the speaker that there is a Code Blue, tends to make you a bit nervous, lol. I guess that's why they make relatives leave that area once the loved one goes in. Hubs said once they took him to the hall before the operating room, they were still bringing out bags of bloody towels (sorry for visual). Kind of surprised they let him see that.

    He complained the entire time in recovery (as a good German would do). Told the nurse he was hungry and ready to go home. She said no, and since I have your clothes at my desk I don't think you'll be going anywhere. Lol, he told her, honey, I'll walk out of here in this gown! She looked at me and I said, Ya, he would. So she said, how about I bring you a toasted turkey sandwich that I will make myself, just for you. Well, she had him there! He ate it all and felt much better. And since all went so well she let him go earlier than what was expected.

    Recovery is the usual.....no driving, no showering, no heaving lifting and rest, rest rest! We will see how that goes with my stubborn man, lol! His dressings have a special ointment in them that induce healing and he can not remove it or get it wet for three days. His follow up appointment is next Tuesday. The fear here is an infection. Thus, no removing the dressing or getting it wet. If the site gets infected then the leads to the heart will be too. Scary stuff all around.

    So so glad it's over and he really is feeling good tonight! Again, thank you all for your good thoughts and prayers. Means the world to me! He wanted tomato soup tonight but told him no as it tends to give him heart burn, Talked him in to some chicken broth and a grilled cheese sandwich. He is enjoying that now.

    Sleep Sweet All.......I will now.........as always...........
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