Let’s get started

19 Nov

Someone suggested I start a blog. I’m not sure how this will go, but here goes. This is just going to be my thoughts, feelings and things I find along the way.

Today I thought about starting a cookbook. Here’s the first recipe as I posted it on Facebook.

My favorite is “Whatchagot stew”. A package of meat from the freezer in the bottom of the pot. Yes, frozen. Who plans anymore? Add any and all veggies hanging out in the bottom of the chiller drawer, even the wilted ones. Some potatoes and onions if you got them. A can or two of whatever veggies you have in the cupboard and maybe a can of beans(with the liquid, potatoes always need salt). Add a seasoning packet or two from a ramen package, save the noodle part for later. Add some water, usually half a pot, don’t worry, it’ll make more. Let sit on low all day or high if you started at noon when you realize you forgot to plan dinner. Just before eating, check for taste. Probably needs salt, remember those potatoes? Also pepper, garlic powder, parsley if you’re lucky enough to have it. Now crush up those ramen noodles you saved from earlier and add them. Stir through. By the time you find all the kids and get them washed and to the table, dinner is ready. Just add milk and bread and butter. Said kids will love you forever. Or at least until you take away their phone for not taking out the garbage and helping with the dishes. Enjoy!

I also need a place besides Facebook to keep my Gratitude List.

  • Today I’m grateful to really start a blog. I hope it goes well. I’m grateful to be feeling better from my tooth extraction. It’s making me spunky. Grateful to have my child here today. No matter how often we fight, argue and generally disagree, I always have his back. I remember a time when he wasn’t sleeping across the room. LOVES

Chicken corn chowder

7 Dec

Looking outside this morning at the rain makes me think of soup. And I have some potatoes that really need to be used. So I scrounged around in my pantry to see what was available because its really too wet to go to the store without a ride. And I didn’t plan ahead well.

So I pulled my big crock pot out because I have 2 crock pots, a big one and a little one, and 2 1 quart sauce pan. I decided on the big one and invite the neighbors for dinner. Less leftovers for me to overeat.

In the bottom of the pot, I threw in 3 frozen boneless, skinless chicken thighs, 6 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into large-ish cubes, a can of cream of mushroom soup and one of cream of chicken. In my blender cup, I put a cup of frozen sliced onions, a big scoop of Better Than Bullion low sodium chicken base, some sriracha, lots of garlic powder, some pepper, and Mrs Dash. I also added the liquid from a can of corn to help it go around. The corn went into the crock pot. I did have to add some more water to get it to the consistency I wanted. Someone I love to pieces won’t eat onions unless he doesn’t know they’re in there. I then added 2 more cans of corn with their liquid to the crock pot. Poured enough extra water over all to bring the level 2 inches from the top.  Put the lid on and turned it on high. I figure it will be soup in about 5 hours or so.

I’ve let the neighbors know I’m cooking today and I have already heard from one of them. Now to finish the dishes while I wait for dinner. Although the neighbors need to bring their own bowls. I only own a couple.

  • I’m grateful to those who have gone before who taught be to make something out of not much. I’m grateful for my pantry in times of need. I’m grateful to my Facebook Buy Nothing group for the crock pots.

Night all. LOVES

Stupid tired

6 Dec

I went to another doctor yesterday. It was at the diabetes clinic. It was basically a do-over of Wednesday. We talked about my general health, how I’ve been feeling, and what I should and shouldn’t be doing.

I should continue to follow-up with my regular primary care physician. I need to be testing my blood sugar more often. And getting more exercise.

I shouldn’t be eating junk or not getting enough rest. But I shouldn’t be sleeping all the time either.

The thing about the whole visit is I don’t think she was thinking about me. She took a phone call while in with me to make an appointment with someone else and took notes on MY paperwork the times and what she needed to do before HER daughter’s appointment. She didn’t even look at me because she was so focused on her stuff. I get that she’s a working mom, but come on, a teeny bit of professionalism is expected and deserved.

Anyway, by the time I got home, I was so tired, I was getting stupid. I forgot to put the groceries away. I had stopped for milk and something for dinner. I couldn’t remember why I was doing stuff or why I went into the other room. I know that’s not too abnormal, but it was really bad yesterday. I think that’s why I forgot to blog. So I’m writing this morning and probably going back to bed for a bit after I get the boy up and off to school. I’m still really tired and forgetful this morning. I didn’t sleep well last night either.

  • I’m grateful to remember the milk before it went bad. I’m grateful I remembered to test my blood sugar this morning, but I forgot last night. I’m grateful its Friday.

Night all. LOVES

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

5 Dec

I was back at the doctor’s today trying to find out why I’ve been sick for almost 2 months. My lungs are clear and my throat isn’t inflamed and red. It does hurt and I sound like a smoker, which I’m NOT going on 7 years now. I still have a stuffy, runny nose and the sinus headache. And I’m just exhausted ALL THE TIME!

My doctor thinks I might need to see the psychiatrist and maybe tweak my psych meds. And he took a ton of blood to check all my vitamins and minerals and stuff to see if something there is wonky. He suggests I be patient and eat right and keep taking my vitamins.

  • I’m grateful I didn’t cancel this morning like I wanted to. I’m grateful I was early enough to my appointment to completely charge my phone. I’m grateful for a great playlist on my phone. Singing with the music really loud helps boost my mood and energy.

Night all. LOVES

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

4 Dec

I’m sitting on children this afternoon for the neighbors. Its only been a few hours and I’m about done.

  • I’m grateful that MY youngest is 18. 5-10 year olds are noisy. I’m grateful that their mothers are on the way jome. Relief is in sight. I’m grateful I don’t need to do this every day! I’d be investing in a shovel and rocks.

Night all. LOVES

Cranberry jam

3 Dec

I decided to share my secret family recipe for cranberry sauce. I know its after Thanksgiving, but maybe you’ll still want to make some. Its delicious on toast with peanut butter.

I start with a 1 pound package of whole cranberries. I’ve been known to buy a bunch during the holidays and stash them in the back of the freezer. Cranberry muffins in July are awesome. Put the berries in a saucepan. It doesn’t matter if they’re frozen or not. I add 1 jar of Smucker’s natural orange marmalade. I use it in place of the sugar most recipes call for. You don’t want to use a jar that has additives or other stuff because when it cooks down, those flavors are exaggerated. Makes your berries taste funky. I also add a cup of orange juice to the saucepan. Set over low heat and let it come up to a simmer. Once the berries start popping, let it go for 5 minutes. Then remove from heat. Let it cool and pour it into your storage vessel of choice. Store in the fridge until gone. You can also put the jam in smaller plastic containers in the freezer for later. Just leave a half inch of head space for expansion.

  • I’m grateful to have some more berries in my freezer for the next batch. I’m grateful to still have some jam in my fridge from Thanksgiving. I didn’t take the whole batch to the kid’s house for dinner. I’m grateful to have my dishes done. Maybe I’ll experiment tonight?

Night all. LOVES

Sunday, December 1, 2019

2 Dec

Another night of gratitude.

  • I’m grateful to have a couple of doctor’s appointments this week. I need to get whatever is going on taken care of. I’m grateful my son came home from his weekend away in a great mood. It did both of us some good. I’m grateful for leftover cranberry sauce. It makes excellent jam on toast.

Night all. LOVES

Saturday, November 30, 2019

1 Dec

just gratitude tonight.

  • I’m grateful for my son’s foster mom. She is giving me respite and spending time with my son. I’m grateful it’s the last day of the month and I have food in the freezer. I’m grateful to hang out in my pj’s all day with a book. Great day of self care.

Night all. LOVES