Thursday, June 25, 2009

Vegetables

Bleck. Lets face it. They just are not for me. Remember my true confession? Well, I am still plugging away, trying to get more veggies in my life. The other night, I cooked up some squash and zucchini that I sliced longways, and seasoned with Mrs. Dash and tossed on the georgy grill to go along with the chicken. I tried folks. I really tried. 2 bites. 2 smaller bites. A piece with a piece of chicken. A small piece that I ended up slugging down with a big swig of Heiniken lite. Ick. Can't do it. No way. Sorry. I am hoping my buddy Johnny will take the rest of the squash & zucchini I have in the fridge as it's going to waste if he doesn't and you all know how I feel about that!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Feeling the need to go shopping

I feel like I've been scrounging for food the past few days, even though I know that's not true (here, take a look at these pics over in this post: http://recipesfif.blogspot.com/2009/06/pantry.html and I think you will agree). But, I am running low on stuff, and running OUT Of stuff (like dishsoap. I have NO dishsoap, having to use the dishwasher every day ...) And running low on stuff puts a little anxiety in my life as I've already come clean and admitted that I am a food hoarder. Now, when you look at those pics, you KNOW that there is no way in heck I can't feed my family (all 3 of us plus the animal) for another week, or perhaps two. BUT. We have friends back in town. We also have boating every weekend again (woohoo!!!!) which requires food during the day ... that can't be just leftovers, or a plate of tortilla chips with cheese melted on top. AND. Well. We have JULY 4th coming up and I'd really like to do a little BBQ that day. Which of course, requires a mandatory trip to Costco. Uggg. So I have a rather legnthy list for Costco. BUT am trying to talk myself out of half of it. At least on this trip. The obvious things that I would buy are the tp & papertowel as I've yet to find a better price anywhere else for the quality (hey, it's kirkland brand, and I've been happy with it for years). But realize, that maybe, just maybe, I should put it off for a little longer if at all possible. See, I want to put $400 on my WAMU/Chase card and use that for July shopping. Groceries, gas, lunch out (yeah, I do cave occasionally) and so on. BUT a trip to Costco would eat up every last penny and then some! You know it would. We joke around (friends) that it's called the $400 store. Just like Target is the $100 store. Come on, you know it's true! So now I need to go back to the list and re-evaluate it. I really need to buy tp, paper towel and dishsoap asap. I suppose I could just pay top freakin dollar for the tp & paper towel at Publix. But then I'll be yelling at hubby to NOT use the paper towel (he's king of paper towel wastage!) which would be downright dumb! Anyone else out there feel the need to do a Costco run??

Monday, June 22, 2009

Teeth

Nice title, don't you think? As a kid, we didn't have dental insurance. I can remember my FIRST time going to the dentist. It was actually the guy who gives you a shot & pulls your teeth all out, not a dentist. I had 3 cavities that were so bad, my parents just decided it would be best to have them pulled. Owww. Not a good intro to a dentist. I was, oh, 14 or 15? Must have been 14, hubby was not in the picture yet. But it was December. And I had a Christmas Dance to go to (back when they were called Christmas Dance, not Winter Dance) and just so remember the humiliation of looking like a chipmunk, bad breath and not being able to eat. Uggg. Then I also had the issue with BIG teeth, and a somewhat small mouth. My eye teeth were up high so I looked like I had fangs. Ugggg. So, my soft spot is my teeth. About 15 years ago, hubby and I agreed to do the braces. We had dental insurance, and it would cost us like $90 a month. Yeah, I know, that's alot for that long ago, but I wanted the clear ones (wow, was I vain??) So 2 and a half years later, they were done. Amazing. Straight. Beautiful. I smiled so big it wasn't even funny! Now, I admit it. I have not worn my retainer like I should. And they've shifted. But nothing like they used to be. Hubby tells me to go get them fixed again. Nah. I'll wait. BUT one thing that I do have going for me, besides BIG teeth, is that they are fairly white. Not blinding, unnatural white (you know what I'm talking about) ... but I did smoke. I do drink alot of coffee and used to drink sodas too. So for a while there, I used the crest white strips. Those things made my teeth super sensitive. Not to mention the taste, and the unnatural urge to spit, spit, spit and suck on your teeth ... no thanks. I do use a whitening toothpaste (without really thinking of it, I just buy it). So when I was over at the Grocery Cart Challenge, I see that Gayle was posting about teeth whitening. I am going to try this and see if it works. Heck of a lot cheaper than the strips AND I get the feeling that it will not bother my teeth like the strips do either!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Visiting the Produce Store

I just can't call it a farmer's market, it's not. It's Penn Dutch. Been around forever. A little icky but heck, its one of the best fresh produce stores around. Plus they have the meat dept with GREAT prices. I went to get, primarily, the ground turkey for $1.19 a pound and the b/s chix breast for $1.69 a pound. Did NOT the turkey. It was not turkey breast. But now I think I should have gotten it anyway. It's got to have less fat than the cheapest ground beef and still at least 70 cents cheaper a pound. Grrr. Live and learn. I did get TONS of produce. They also had 8 ounce packages of "imitation crab" for 89 cents each. Hubby used to LOVE this stuff ... I hope he still does. Need to go pull some recipes as it's been awhile since I've had any around. So, $40 later, that was pretty much my grocery money for the week. Oh but look! It's Thursday already and my new week starts Friday! Woohoo! I really almost made it a whole week!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Impulse buy that actually pays off

When I go to Target, I love to do a quick (yeah right) walk through the home goods, particularly the kitchen area. These were $19.99. I picked them up about 2 months or so ago. Hubby complained, constantly because I left them on the countertop, smack in the middle of the work area. And really, did we need ALL 6 of those bowls? Well, matter of fact, we do. I wash at least 2 if not all 6 each and every day. They are used by sonny boy to beat his eggs for breakfast. Hubby uses them to reheat leftovers for lunch (weekends), I use them to mix everything for meals. When I make tacos, they are great for the fillings (largest one gets all the shredded lettuce, next size is for meat, then cheese, then tomatoes, then onions, and so on .... So there you have it, I saw them, thought they looked "cute" and "bright" and "cheery", paid $19.99 and look, they get the most use probably of any other item in the kitchen!

Monday, June 15, 2009

True Confessions

Really. A real, bonafide confession. I do NOT like vegetables. I do NOT serve vegetables. I have never forced my children to even try something, if they had this belief that they would keel over and die if they tried a food on their plate. I am a bad mother. Oh heck, look at Princess. There. It's out in the open. WAIT. Princess was caught once eating a head of brocolli like an apple right out of the fridge one time. And I seem to remember having to remove her from an appetizer table as she sat there and ate all the veggies from the trays, double dipping no less! Sonny boy on the other hand, is an extremely difficult kid to feed. I have given up for the most part. 16 and a half years later, I pretty much tell him this is what I'm making, if you don't like it then go make something else. And don't forget to do the dishes when you are done! I DO try to incorporate veggies into my diet. I mean, I eat salads. I eat some veggies, mushrooms, peppers and so on. But don't even think of brocolli, cauliflower, green beans/wax beans or any of that sort, those will pretty much get flicked across the room! I really do try. I just tried green beans last week. No go. Same with brocolli a few weeks back. Same results. An a girlfriend made me some asparagas...boy, I felt so bad telling her no thanks after my taste. Grrr. I want to like them, really, but I can't do it. So, I just stick with my salads. BIG salad to try and offset the lack of green stuff found elsewhere. And a minimal amount of dressing. I will keep trying. Maybe someday, I'll say "Hmmm, that's pretty tasty". But I don't know. I am trying the Eat More Fruits and Veggies Challenge over at Heavenly Homemaker, and do make large platters of cut fruit and carrots, celery, cherry tomatoes and cukes, but that's it. Uggg. So there. It's out in the open. If it's green, chances are, it's not on my plate.

Menu Plan Monday

Hubby is traveling this week, Monday thru Thursday (comes home on Thursday) which means it's just me and sonny boy, and the animal, if you want to count him too. Since princess is no longer here, I am starting to cut down on the amount of food I prepare, which means less leftovers, and really, less food that I FEEL I need to be eating (a little reverse psychology there). So, sonny boy & I are having: Quesidilias Ravioli (freezer) McDonalds (49 cent burgers) Then Thursday, hubby comes home, but not til later in the evening grilled chicken & pasta burgers and fries Steak & taters pasta & garlic rolls (will make dinner rolls & sauce from scratch) Of course, we were to have had the steak & taters this last Saturday, but went boating, forgot to take steaks out of freezer, and we were exhausted so ordered 2 pizzas for $30. What are you all planning to eat this week??

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Boating on Saturday

We took the boat out all day long on Saturday. Was glad that sonny boy opted to come along, even though his sis (whom he invited) couldn't come and none of his friends wanted to motivate that early ... we went south to haulover inlet which is an absolutely gorgeously clear water area ... and a nice ride too to be sure the boat is running well.
How do I know it's running well? Look at this:
Says we were going 32 knots and using 27.9 gallons of fuel per hour. Anyone out there want to do the math for me? Haulover inlet is about 20 miles south of the dock. Ah heck. Forget it, don't do the math, it just takes all the fun out of the day.
Then, we saw this going over the las olas bridge when we were on our way out in the morning, but I've never seen it in the water:
This is a huge tourist attraction (I guess) and actually kin dof cute, when you think about it. We beeped the horn at them & everyone started quacking. Kind of cute in a real corny way.
All in all, a great day, bright & sunny, HOT and well, even though we kept applying the sunscreen, we all still got a little crispy, some more than others (I'm pretty much fine) ...

Friday, June 12, 2009

Friday Night

After a long and busy week, I am sitting on my patio, enjoying a Corona Light with some celery sticks, carrots and cucumbers to munch on, and hope that the healthy snacky stuff will offset the few beers (ha!) that will be consumed this weekend. I just lit the grill while hubby finishes up a phone call to an old friend. We will make, at last, the pork tenderloin that was to have been Wednesday night's dinner. Ah heck, better late than never, right? So, the Grill. Yes, capital G. When hubby was out of work a few years back for 18 months (just long enough for us to exhaust the COBRA insurance option and he is non-insurable) he figured, what the heck and splurged and bought this Grill. Oh. And the new icemaker (which died, oh, 18 months ago but is still in the bar area as a reminder).... anyways, back to the Grill. We've always bought the $99 ones from Sears. They lasted a year (we live in south Florida, near the ocean, lots of corrosive stuff going on around here) and he would go buy the parts to rebuild it for another year at a cost of around $50. So we'd get 2 years before it would just die all together, and then we'd start the thing all over again. WELL. He finally made the decision to bite the bullet, he was worth it, yada yada yada. $1000 later. He comes home from Home Depot with Jenn-Air behomoth thing. Stainless Steel. Side Burner, xxx square inch/foot cooking area, x amount of btu's, you name it. Woohoo. Pretty. Expensive. So NOT needed at that time in our life, but it is what it is. All these years later, maybe 5, it's starting to need to be rebuilt. The thermostat is dead. Well, not dead, just totally inaccurate, which actually, in my book, means dead. The burners need to be replaced. There actually major flames coming out of some areas that I think are areas that have rusted and bigger holes have developed. We've looked for parts. Have to order online. Shipping cost are WAY high. But this evening, I'm in the right frame of mind to click "checkout"... Maybe I should eat another celery stick & drink the rest of my corona and re-evaluate? Hehe. Hope your evening is as eventful as mine!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

The menu for week has been pretty much followed so far, with the exception that Thursday was the sandwiches since we put the boat back in the water, which means this evening will be the Island Pork ... yummm We finally have the boat back in which means more fun stuff on the weekends, so long as we don't get hurricanes and / or rain. Keeping my fingers crossed!! I've been working on a post about the American Dream. Someday, I'll finish it and post ... but it's really a personal opinion and a reflection of my attitude of the economy and general mindset of how we got there in the first place. Oh well. Since I am in the real estate industry, I see first hand how the financial and housing market started sliding. You think someone would have put the screeching brakes on well before this. Ok, off to work. Got a closing package waiting for me, I hope, otherwise I will have to deal with an irrate realtor. Don't get it, the buyer and seller are perfectly fine with closing late afternoon yet the realtor needs to get her blood pressure under control after her recent response. I understand that those commission based individuals are pretty hungry BUT give me a break, you don't run the show, the buyer, then the seller, then the bank do. Not exactly what she wants to hear, I'm sure. Heaven help me if I don't have a loan package ready.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Menu Plan

Well, here’s what I plan for the week, but sometimes, life interrupts. And then I get these mangos ... so now I'm thinking I need to incorporate these in to the menu somehow, but who am I kidding? Sonny boy & hubby will NOT eat them and Princess would devour, if only she was around. Uhhh, we aren't going to talk about that now, are we? Sunday – hot dogs with cheese and cukes and tomatoes and whatever else you want, baked beans Monday – Shrimp (possibly on grill if not raining) and rice pilaf with broccoli Tuesday – tacos (taco salad for me and playing with the idea of using 1/2 of the boca meat crumbles with ground beef) Wednesday – Island pork (P90X recipe that's pretty tasty!) Thursday –leftovers Friday – sandwiches & salads Saturday – steak & crashed red taters (I'm thinking of leftover for Monday lunch as the evil jungle salad with some mangos) Sunday – burgers & brats I am trying to eat more fruits & veggies this week and also drink more water (there is the Crystal Light program going on out there and I always drink that stuff at home) … and I’m also trying to get back in to the work out routine (P90X) so really, planning the menu will help so long as I try a little more to stick with it, along with all my other things this week! Of course, just checked out the Pioneer Woman’s site and she’s got a Key Lime Pie (not really) going on … grrr … I have the key lime juice in bottle, and I think all the rest of the ingredients! HEY! That qualifies as more fruit, doesn’t it??

Mangos

Seems that everyone’s mango tree is ripening up right about now. My neighbor forwarded me 2 on Sunday. This morning, my one attorney brought in a bag from his FIL tree. I promptly grabbed one out of the bag & just about gave my other attorney a heart attack when I put it up to my nose to smell. Apparently, a LOT of people have allergic reactions to the skin and sap. Hives. Itching. Swelling. Etc. Huh. Who would have thought? So of course, now I’m itchy, chewy, scratchy. All psychological, thanks to the big boss for that! Purelled the heck out of my hands but that didn’t really cure the feeling! Mental note to self: use plastic gloves when cutting. Of course, anyone who has ever cut open a mango knows that this is going to be dangerous as hell, they are slimy, slippery, juicy little things and now I’m throwing on some plastic gloves? Someone better pre-dial 911.

7 things

1. Have you ever been doing something & think "I really need to clean this out"? I have this dilema with my tupperware drawer. Its a huge deep and wide door (think the size of a dishwasher) that holds all my lids, bowls & whatever else gets accidentally tossed in there! 2. Hubby finally finished his boat project (maintenance & wax) and we will hopefully put it back in the water on Wednesday. Well, providing it is not some horrible rain & wind like we've been having lately! 3. My legs are sore....and hopefully will be motivated this evening to continue (tried this morning but just could not do it, no energy and still tired). 4. Today is sonny boy's first official day of summer break. No clue what he has planned, but one thing I do know, he will be getting driving lessons. 5. The cat is going nuts with Mr. Mousey...shoving him under the fridge & pulling it back out, along with all the dust bunnies, pieces of food, glass, and I have no idea what some of that other stuff is ... of course, again, see item #1. 6. I have a menu set for the week, will try to remember to post later today and see if I can stick to it ... focusing on more fruits & veggies, more water, etc. All around, just plain healthier. 7. It's Monday. I'm trying to be optomistic!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Just a reminder to check over here once in a while as that's where most of my recipes are going (trying to update a little more frequently to make it like my online cookbook!) and any kitchen related things ...

Rain. Rain. And More Rain.

We've been very busy the past 2 weeks. Princess graduated from HS (woohoo, thank you God!) on the 30th, inlaws came in on the 27th, more people came in on the 29th and we just lived hard all weekend. Finally on Wednesday, we could breathe a little easier although it was a little sad. My princess has graduated. She is still not home. My family (inlaws) are back in Indiana. I miss them. This is probably one of the best visits we have ever had in all the 20+ years. Maybe because it rained so much every day that we didn't even do a third of what we planned, so we were couped up in the house, sitting around and just chatting. Really. Chatting. For 6 hours at one time. Wow. But the things we talked about :) I loved it ... really enjoyed it. And this animal: has stolen everyone's heart. He was so good, and didn't cause any trouble ... but the minute the company was all gone, he started with this: But that's ok. He replaces this ache in my heart: Not completely, but at least he lets me cuddle when I'm teary eyed & does not ask why I am crying (like now). I really must get over all this