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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Costco ... Again!

Yeah, there was another Costco trip made on a Wednesday night!

Of course, had to drive Brutus since the Tahoe took a dive last night on my way, yes, to Costco ... I was about 2 miles from there when I noticed a HUGE plume of smoke behind me when I left a stoplight ... ummm, hey, is that ME??? Yup, it certainly was. Red stuff just gushing out underneath. Wouldn't you know, Hubby is out of town?? Called tow truck, told them to take it to Lee's Auto and well, heck, I'll call him in the morning and let him know the baby is coming in yet again! Good grief. Long story short, thankfully, it's not the transmission (and thankfully, I pulled over IMMEDIATELY when I saw something wasn't right) ... just a hose that blew off, but the clamp is still attached which means .... they didn't connect it  correctly the LAST time it was there (end of August, after the roadtrip to take Sonny Boy to school) ... curious as to how much this is going to cost ...

So anyways, I was bound and determined to do a Costco run. I've got a girls night coming up on the 5th and well, I'm trying to stay stocked in MY foods while Hubby is out ... plus I needed some extensive cleaning supplies ... yeah, yeah, excuses, I know. Again, spent WAY too much money ...

10 lb organic sugar (Fran will be so proud of me!) $8.99
Chinet Plates $15.99 - $3.00
Kirkland d/w soap $9.99
1 lb cooked bacon $14.79
24 pk muscle milk $29.79 - $6.00 *
3 dz eggs x 3 (yes I bought 9 dozen eggs) $5.39 x 3
6 pk romaine lettuce $4.29
90 ct Mega Red Krill $19.99 *
skort $9.99 x 2
fresh garlic $3.49
3 lb of whole almonds $9.99
2 pk demi bra $18.99
2 pk non stick spray (it's CANOLA, I can't believe that!) $5.99 - $1.75 *
half & half $1.69 x 2
3 pk butter lettuce $4.56
spinach $4.29
3 lb thick cut bacon $8.99
4 lbs smoked applewood bacon $15.99
LARGE container of coconut oil $15.99
Dinner franks $9.99
8 pk albacore tuna $14.99
twin pack mouthwash $9.49 - $1.00
4 pk combo ziploc $10.99
multi pack sponges $12.49 - $2.50
6 pk toothpaste $13.99 - $3.50
Jet dry rinse $10.99
3 pk pledge $10.69
dish soap $7.99 - $2.00
20 pk bath soap $9.49
cashews $14.99

Grand total? Didn't you add that up as you went along? $412.64 ... after tax. Uggg. So much more than I wanted to spend. There were a few spontaneous items, bras, skorts, bacon etc. BUT the BACON ALERT has me very very very worried! A bacon shortage? WHAT???

So ... I should be able to feed my girlfriends, Princess, Hubby and I fairly well for the next week and then some ... MUST STAY OUT OF STORE ... :-)

Monday, September 24, 2012

Pumpkin Pancakes - Grain Free

Hubby is traveling again this week and I really want to try a few new recipes while he's gone ... so I'm digging out the Practical Paleo book and whipping up the pancakes found on page 242 ...


The appeal? Honestly, I have everything in house to make them AND maybe, just maybe, they will help with my craving for something sweet and luscious. Uggg.



Did I tell you that I am NOT a big fan of pumpkin. Well, with the exception of the Pumpkinhead beer ... and it's a small miracle that I even have canned pumpkin in the pantry (but NO pumpkin spice which I discovered at the last second, hence the ginger and nutmeg) ... this whole new eating habit could be a little worrisome to the outside visitor!

Ok, so here's how I did it ... you want the real recipe? You will have to buy the book ... this is real close though!

3 eggs, lightly whisked, I used 3 because mine are extra large Costco size eggs :)
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbs maple syrup
1 pinch of nutmeg
1 pinch of ground ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp baking soda
2 tbs melted butter

Ready?

Whisk eggs so they are broken down and add in pumpkin, vanilla and syrup. Whisk til mixed well and add in dry ingredients along with melted butter, whisk til all incorporated



Grease a skillet and heat over medium heat. Scoop mix out using 1/4 cup measure and allow to cook til a few bubbles appear on surface, flip and continue cooking til done, just like regular pancakes.

Serve with a dab of butter and some sliced bananas on the side. Or just overwhelm the plate with bananas :)



This was good. A little too eggy for Hubby most likely but I like it. Could definitly fix any sweet/carby cravings I have, thats for sure! I think next time I'll dig out the coconut milk whip recipe and top them with that ... oh baby ... heaven!

I had a few issues ... started out with the teflon griddle and a little butter ...

I switched out to my super cool non stick pan with LOTS of butter for round 2 which is how I got 4 PERFECT cakes ...



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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Menu Plan - Week 39

Fast approaching Week 40 ... whoa!

Hubby flies out Monday, returning Friday evening ... so really, I could just say forget about a menu plan but I won't ... I still like to think I have a plan, regardless of how real life sets in! Yes, the Princess is still in existence, but between her 2 jobs and classes, she's not home a whole lot.

Still trying to use what's on hand for the most part ... things are starting to get a little emptier in spots, and I'm glad that I've come across some deals on meat ... this new healthier eating stuff can take a toll on the budget if I'm not on top of my game!

I have 10 lbs of 90/10 ground beef in the freezer that I picked up last week for a decent price. It's all divided up into 1 lb and 1/2 lb packages and then I used the food saver on them ...

I also picked up some roast beef (lunchmeat) that was pretty darn cheap and have that frozen ... now I just need to get caught up on chicken situation ...

I've got a LOT of recipes that I want to give a whirl ... most are grainfree and I really should make them while Hubby is traveling to see if it's something I can pass off on him with acceptance :) Hard to make something totally out of the normal comfort zone and present it ... he still won't eat the biscuits as he thinks they are all 'doughy' ... geesh ... need to re-train his brain!

Sunday - leftovers before Hubby heads out. Normally I'd say lets cook something special, but we have chops, sausage, rice and taters that will be tossed if he doesn't eat. I may just freeze the rice for a quick side dish for him ...

Monday - home alone ... digging into the Practical Paleo cookbook and making the Pumpkin Pancakes since I have everything on hand. If all goes well, I will post the recipe.

Tuesday - chicken stirfry ... one of the few last packages of chicken and frozen veggies in freezer. May give the cauliflower rice another try ...

Wednesday - leftovers OR a simple salad.

Thursday - shrimp something or another ... may just make a simple shrimp scampi and serve with cauliflower rice.

Friday - Hubby home ... IF the weather is decent, will make something on the grill (burgers?) or maybe make a pizza (been a long time) ... traditional for him, and a grainfree one for me.

Saturday - Hubbys' call ... most likely, boating with friends so dinner would be a low key type thing.

What are you cooking up this week?

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Tomato Soup

Gosh, I know I've been busy, but all of a sudden, I can't find my Ruby Red Shiner Beer and have resorted to Land Shark Shipyard Pumpkinhead stuff ... yummy delicious too, but geesh, I was really diggin the summer ale stuff ...

And then I realized. We just celebrated Labor Day weekend and I've been politely reminded that I need to put away my white sandals along with my white slacks until next summer ... because, apparently, September signals the preparation of ... FALL.

No way. It's still like 90 degrees here.

Oh wait. I do NOT fall in to that four seasonal thingy ... I live in Paradise, and well, it's summertime all year around here! Just too bad I didn't stockpile the Ruby Red stuff ... hindsight.

So regardless ... because it is, sort of, approaching fall, and you all know that I'm trying to eat a little healthier, and well, it's a rainy dreary day ... I pulled this recipe out of of my bookmarked recipes from like, a year ago ... nice, huh?

Pretty cool too in that I had ALL the ingredients to make ... just love when the planets align themselves just right ... and a rainy, dreary Sunday was the perfect day to make this in South Florida ...

I am really loving the new knives I picked up at Costco last week ... this new way of eating has me slicing and dicing a LOT and well, this makes life so much easier ... I especially love the Chef knife, because it's a pretty pink ... Hubby said "no thanks"!


 
 

The Kitchen Basic stock? I always thought it was way too pricey at $2.99 a box. But then I looked at the others (College Inn, Swanson) and they were like $3.29 ... WTF? AND no sodium!!!

Here's what you need to go gather up:

4 cans of tomatoes (14 oz) or mix it up and do 2 28 oz cans, or 2 14 oz and 1 28 oz ...
8 cups chicken broth
3 cloves of garlic, minced or use your garlic press
1 onion, chopped
2 tbs olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup of shredded parmesan cheese
Any type of cheese to top if desired (Hubby said you have to put a garnish, so I used romano/parmesan, he used cheddar)

Ready? Ready.

In large pot, heat oil and saute onions til they start to caramelize (resist stirring). Turn heat down and add the garlic and saute for about a minute.





The BEAUTIFUL jar of garlic ...

Add tomatoes (with juice), broth and the parmesan cheese. Cook for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.


I am famous for trying to cram stuff into a too small container. Hence, the pot is almost overflowing because I have a bad judgement of sizes :)



Take your little stick blender (if you don't have one, put the mixture into a blender but be real careful) and puree the soup mix.



Return to heat and allow to simmer a little longer to thicken up ...

Taste, season with salt and pepper. Make up some grilled cheese sandwiches ... and if you are like me, you use whatever the heck you have on hand, potato rolls and coastal cheddar ...



This made a lot for just the two of us ... thinking of freezing the full one and eating the smaller for lunches this week ...




Enjoy!

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