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9 Aug

I’m being lazy this month. The high temperatures haven’t helped. But here it is into the second week of the month and I haven’t gone grocery shopping yet. We’ve been eating and making do with what’s in the cupboards.

This morning for breakfast I made some baked oatmeal. I started with almost a cup of rolled oats. I added one grated pear, the juice from 2 small oranges (about 2/3 cup), some cinnamon (I didn’t measure because the lid was open and more than I wanted went into the bowl) some freshly grated nutmeg (didn’t measure that either), 1/4 cup brown sugar. Blend it all together and spread on a greased tray and bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Until it’s brown and toasty.

For dinner I’m doing some chicken. I put 2 frozen, boneless, skinless chicken breasts in a pan of  water. I added some pepper, garlic powder, sriracha, Italian seasoning, soy sauce and some fish sauce to the water. I also added a handful of frozen celery and a handful of frozen onion. Brought it to a boil, lowered to a simmer and let it hang out until the chicken isn’t pink in the middle. Then I have chicken I can chop up and use in some noodles, the child likes ramen. And I have about a quart of chicken broth. I might add some of the frozen brown rice I have in the freezer to made some chicken rice soup.

I’m hoping the chicken will help us both feel better. I have a scratchy, sore throat, a growly voice, and a runny nose. I’ve used most of a roll of tp just since last night. The child has a cough and sore throat. I had the windows and doors open late last night because I figured all the smoke had dissipated, but I guess not.

  • I’m grateful to have stuff stashed in the house for those moments when I just can’t get out to the store. I’m grateful to be able to make excellent Whatchagot stew. I’m grateful that the weather is cooling off. Haven’t even turn the air conditioning on yet today.

Night all. LOVES

Day 2 of the Oregon blast furnace

4 Aug

Today the temperature has gotten up to 104. It’s not as high as expected because we have a layer of smoke from the forest fires between us and the sun. Good thing because it helps keep it cooler. Bad thing because you can’t go outside without seriously impacted breathing. They’ve even closed all the outdoor pools in the county.

We attempted to sleep downstairs last night because it was just too hot upstairs. I don’t think it got below 75 up there all night. I say attempted because I was on my broken couch. It has started to eat me and is funny to watch me climb out of it. Carson was in the recliner using a chair as a footstool because it doesn’t recline anymore. Neither of us slept much. And we’ve been nodding off and on all day. He is currently snoring!

I wanted to throw out a quick little snack that we like when it’s warm out. Or anytime actually. Especially for breakfast.

Put 1 cup ice in a blender cup. We have a Ninja with the single serving tumblers. Add a tablespoon of unsweetened vanilla coffee creamer, 2 tablespoons of hot chocolate mix (like Nestle or Swiss Miss), 2 tablespoons of peanut butter, and 1 cup of milk. Pulse until smooth. We add a banana if we have it. Or a 1/2 cup of yogurt. It’s also really good to use other types of fruit and leave out the chocolate. If the fruit is frozen, use less to no ice, depending on desired thickness. I also use non dairy milk like almond, soy, or the like. If it’s a lean week and we’re out of milk of any kind, I’ve used 3 tablespoons of dry milk powder and ice cold water with a dash of vanilla essence. Serve with a straw. I came up with this when I was looking for ways to get more protein in our diet. Especially for my non meat-eating child.

  • I’m grateful that we have options to stay cool. There are many here in the city that don’t. I’m grateful that I’ve been able to keep us drinking fluids. Mostly water even. I’m grateful it’s supposed to cool down to 102 tomorrow!

Night all. LOVES

Super simple tonight

14 Jul

I’m late writing tonight because I am just getting home from a meeting. Then I had to feed myself and the child.

He wants me to share his favorite dinner. Bean & Mato soup. He named it.

In a medium saucepan, add a can of black beans, a can of white beans, a can of tomato soup, and 3/4 can of milk. Heat gently over medium heat until hot. Season with garlic powder, dehydrated onions, salt, pepper, and a touch of sriracha. That’s what he wants tomorrow for dinner.

Tonight we had instant potatoes and gravy, and canned corn. It’s his second favorite meal. Third is chili mac. The sad part is that’s pretty much the ONLY things he eats.

He likes quesadillas or peanut butter roll-ups (peanut butter and honey rolled burrito style in a flour tortilla) for lunch or snacks. Cereal is always a winner. Lately it’s been Fruity Pebbles.

Sometimes I wish he would be a more adventurous eater, but we get by. At least we’re not starving.

  • Today, I’m grateful to my friend for driving me to and from the meeting. With a pit stop to pick up my child’s phone he left at his brother’s. I’m grateful to only have one more must do appointment this week. Then I’m done. I’m so tired. Had something to do every day this week. I’m grateful that, although I complain about his eating habits, on nights like this, my child is really predictable and easy to feed.

Night all. LOVES

Craving meatloaf

28 Jun

So what do you do when you’re craving meatloaf during the hottest week of the year? You improvise. And use an electric skillet. And  I used what was in the cupboard because it’s the last week of the month.

I used a pound each of hamburger and pork sausage, 2 tablespoons of chopped garlic (from a jar), about a tablespoon or two of dehydrated onions (the child will eat THEM, but not regular onions! Go figure!), a big squeeze of sriracha, salt, pepper, and garlic powder (Don’t measure them, I just sprinkled until it looked like enough). Add a  couple of handfuls of oatmeal, a couple of squeezes of ketchup, an egg, and a splash of milk to make it all hold together. Mix it all together and pat it into an electric skillet drizzled with oil, in a big circle, not touching the sides, and about 2 inches thick. Cover and set at 300. Cook for about 40 minutes, carefully turn over, mine broke into pieces, and cook on the other side for 20 minutes or until done. I don’t have a thermometer, so I just was looking for no more pink in the middle.

I served it with instant potatoes and gravy (child’s favorite),and canned corn (again the child’s favorite).

Bonus recipe ~ take 3 bananas, a package of vanilla pudding, a tablespoon of vanilla, some hot cocoa mix (don’t have chocolate pudding mix or cocoa powder), and the milk the pudding asks for. Place in a blender for about a minute and pour into serving bowls. Place in fridge until ready to serve.

  • Today I’m grateful to Google for giving me ideas for making meatloaf in my electric skillet successfully. I’m grateful that my child actually tasted the meatloaf tonight. Didn’t eat it, but he tasted it. I’ll take that as a win. I’m grateful that I was able to make a yummy dinner without heating up the entire house.

Night all. LOVES

PB & Honey Candy

17 Jun

One of the things I do when my brain and I are arguing and not getting along is to cook. Something about the mixing and thinking about what goes together seems to calm the racing thoughts.

I have been working on this one for a while and it will probably be changed a few more times before I’m satisfied with it. The last time I tried baking  it into cookies but they burned way to easily. It could also just be that my oven sucks!

So here is the latest version.

1 cup peanut butter,  1 cup powdered sugar, 4 tablespoons hot cocoa mix, 4 tablespoons honey. Mix everything together until it looks like clay.  Place in an 8 in pan and spread to edges making it all even. Put in fridge for at least an hour to firm up. Cut into 1/2 inch pieces. Store in the fridge. The longer you let it sit, the better it gets.

Just a warning. You should only eat a couple of pieces because it’s really rich.

  • Today I’m grateful that we both were up by 11am. Without a fight even. I’m grateful I could wake up knowing the drug dream I had last night wasn’t real. I’m grateful my mom and grandma taught me how to experiment in the kitchen.

Night all. LOVES

Popsicle season

10 Jun

School gets out next week on Friday. They’ve added almost a whole extra week because there were too many snow days this winter. Really annoying going to school halfway through June because it cuts into popsicle season.

During the summer, my son and I love to make our own popsicles. Mainly so we can control how much sugar and other bad stuff is in what we eat. We wait until school is out to keep summer vacation interesting.

Our favorite is to make aqua fresca and then freeze it. You know, put 2 cups of fruit in the blender, add 2 cup of water, and make juice. Then pour it into popsicle molds. He likes watermelon. I like strawberry lime(use a half cup of lime juice in place of some of the water).

Another one we like to do is freeze our homemade “milkshakes” into popsicles. Put a frozen banana, half cup of yogurt, 2 tablespoons of peanut butter, 2 tablespoons of hot cocoa mix, a cup of ice cubes, and enough milk to make it blend. Between a half cup to a full cup, depending on how thick you want it. I use almond milk for mine.

This year I want to try a coconut pineapple one. He wants to figure out how to do a fudgesicle, root beer floatsicle, and a creamsicle. Gotta spend the summer being constructive.

  • I’m grateful for only one more week of school! Have I mentioned that I really don’t like waking him up in the morning? I’m grateful that Popsicle sticks are coming in the mail. 100 for under $5 for food grade sticks is amazing! I’m grateful I get to spend the night watching YouTube for how to Popsicle videos because the Boy is off to his Sissy’s for the night.

Night all. LOVES

Hot buttered noodles

26 May

I’m home alone tonight for dinner and I wasn’t in the mood to be extravagant. So I decided to do simple and easy comfort food.

Hot buttered noodles reminds me of being newly married and learning to cook for my husband and I. Honestly, I wasn’t a very good cook when I was first married. Most of what I know now, I’ve learned along the way. It’s really simple and the first time I served it was next to a baked chicken breast. He hated it! It became something I made again and again when I was home alone.

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and add your pasta. Tonight I used egg noodles, but I’ve used angel hair and spaghettini too. You don’t want a heavy pasta. Drain the noodles when al denté and return to pan. Add a chunk of butter. Maybe a tablespoon or two. Add seasonings of your choice. Pepper, garlic powder, dehydrated onions, some hot pepper flakes, and a touch of sriracha. I used 4 it those packets of Parmesan from Pizza Hut because that’s what I had stashed in a drawer somewhere. Stir well and serve. Tonight I added some chopped broccoli a minute before a drained the noodles.

I don’t know if my ex-husband would still hate my buttered noodles, but I like them.

  • Today I’m grateful to keep trying in the face of adversity. I’m grateful I like simple. I’m grateful to listen to the kids outside playing while eating my dinner.

Night all. LOVES