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Turkey Round Up!

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Confession ... we aren't frying a turkey, or six, this year. Our friend is roasting a 21 pound bird and we will eat it at our house ...

WHAT!?
I remember last year our usual partners in crime spent the holiday back at their home states, Princess was in California visiting her fiance's (now her husband) father who has been there for a year receiving chemo treatments (who passed away that December), my dad had the flu and the boy and his girlfriend were vegetarian (still are) and doing something Veggie Like. And then I got the text message from my best friend in Bethany Beach that her mom was admitted to Hospice End Stage (which has just broken my heart for both her and her mom) ... which left me and Hubby ... WHO, by the way, was wearing a boot and waiting on x ray results on his foot ... this year, thankfully doesn't have all that drama ... a few things, but nothing like that!

This year's only excitement will be the pregnant lady (Princess), only one partner in crime (s…

Loaded Baked Cauliflower

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Hey! I've been a little MIA this past week ... sorry about that! 



did have a few recipes that I wanted to share for the big feast coming up on Thursday but life has, once again, interfered with my good intentions.
So, hopefully, you'll have everything on hand to give this a try ... if not on Thursday, maybe Saturday or Sunday when you start to get really tired of those leftovers ;-)
As I'm sure you've noticed, I've really started to try MORE veggies and so far, so good ...so here's to this yummy dish that I picked up over at Skinny Taste ... with modifications, of course ... 
This is how I made it on a fine Saturday afternoon ... you should too!
24 ounces of cauliflower florets ... I love Costco for stuff like this (or 6 cups worth or use the bagged riced stuff!) 1/4 cup or so of bacon bits (again, great Costco buy!) 3 cloves of garlic, sliced 1/3 cup milk (I used 2%) 1 tbs butter 3/4 tsp salt black pepper to taste 2 tbs of finely sliced green onions (you do regrow th…

Island Shrimp with Avocado

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*Repost alert ... I'm planning to make this over the weekend as I have everything on hand except the radishes which a quick, "frugal" stop at the store can be done on the way home from the office ... enjoy!

Another new recipe from another new cookbook, Primal Blueprint Quick & Easy Meals. I've decided that I really want to get back in to the cookbook mode ... I LOVE cookbooks, and have tons of them ... but with my new way of eating, I need some inspiration, here and there.
By the way, in case you didn't know, 450 Swagbucks will  give you $5 in Amazon cash ... and that's how I've been buying the cookbooks ...
Another side note ... I do NOT like to have them on my Kindle. I mean, yeah, it's sort of cool to just open up the Kindle BUT I don't like the layout/format whatever. It's not the same as looking at the 2 pages, side by side ... so I've decided no more cookbooks on the Kindle.
So anyways ... I have everything, EVEN the mangoes for this…

Tuscan Garlic Chicken

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Ready for an old favorite? One that I haven't made in a while and boy am I excited to make it coming up this week??

Tuscan Garlic Chicken.

Even those who don't like chicken breast will like this. Ahem, I'm referring to my father in law who will be eating this and slurping, I promise.


This is really a good recipe and I need to make sure I put it on the menu rotation soon as it's been a little while since we've made it ...

It may look like a lot of work but you CAN do it it parts and generally, that IS what I do as I don't like standing in the kitchen for hours on end at the end of the day, you know?

Here's what you need to make this really yummy dish ...

2 large chicken breast - slice them in half (which now I know, alternatively called butterflying!)
3/4 cup flour
1/2 tbs salt
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp basil
1 tsp black pepper
olive oil (ummm, says 5 tbs total, but I don't think I used that much)
4 cloves garlic, minced (or use the lovely garlic press)
5 …

Grocery Shops in Review!

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There were three stops this past week ... one in Indiana and then the other two back here in South Florida.

It's nice to be back home, can I just tell you that?? I'm looking forward to prepping a few meals and having them ready to grab and heat for the week ahead!

Here's what I picked up ... check back on Sunday for the Menu Plan and Meal Prep!

Jewel-Osco – November 4th, 2017 Total Spent - $104.65  I'm not going to detail this shop but will share a *few* things I picked up!
Ghee $12.99 100 count Splenda $4.99 4 individual almond butter packets $1.00 each 2 cans scubby bubbles cleaner $1.99 each bag of pretzels $3.49 20 pumpkin shaped Reese's Peanut Butter Cups - these came to about 8 cents a piece ... I left the majority in Indiana in the freezer for our next visit!
Then on Tuesday, I got on the airplane and I was HOME!

Aldi – November 8th, 2017 Total Spent - $50.xx *at this very moment I can’t find my receipt again ☹ Sadly, they did NOT have the winter blend veggi…

Ranch Pork Chops - Crock Pot Style

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*This recipe has been made so many times in my household! You can use chicken or pork as both work really well!  When Hubby comes home on Tuesday, I plan to have this going in the crockpot to make his day ;-)

The very first time I made this, Hubby opted to take me out that evening so we ended up reheated this and served with some mashed potatoes and whew ... it was very very tasty!

Those items above? That's all you need in addition to the pork chops.  Seriously.

One packet of ranch dressing
One can of cream of chicken soup
1 tsp fresh garlic chopped
black pepper

You are chopping your garlic in mass quantities, right?

I mean really. All you do is spray the crockpot with spray, toss in the chop. Mix up the balance of ingredients in small bowl and spread over the chops.

Go ahead and toss in any chopped onions you see in the fridge ...


Put a lid on the crockpot and make yet another mental note to find a new handle to replace the broken one ...



Set the timer to low as long as it goes. I…

Yum Yum Chicken Thighs

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This is a repost but I'm adding it to my list of things to make in November so I'm sharing again! I'm also going to try and get some better pics! 

I had this recipe pinned forever and finally gave it a try a few years ago. Yes, YEARS ago ... almost 4 years to be exact. I've been pinning and blogging that long! 


Being that I'm pulling out some good chicken recipes for the month of February, I felt that I needed to put this out again and yes, I am making it too!

Yum Yum Chicken Thighs!
And I followed the recipe pretty darn close ... and realized, when I was about to bake it, it's a LOT like my Sweet Mustard Chicken recipe ... but that's ok ... any recipe that works out well is always a GOOD thing :-)

So here's what I did ...

2-3 lbs chicken thighs, boneless/skinless thighs (I've been stocking up on these WHENEVER I see them marked down at Walmart and freeze them as soon as I get home)
a little less than 1/2 cup of dijon mustard 
a little less than 1/4 cup ma…

Menu Planning and Meal Prepping

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Well, this is the week I head back home. Hubby was to be coming too, but a few things came up so looks like he will be staying a little longer, maybe a week? That’s fine, I have a lot of things to catch up on at the office so I’ll have a few late nights as well when I get back to South Florida.
I miss that view!
And yes, I am still menu planning and meal prepping!  Prepping is really an understatement as Sunday morning, I believe a mouse might have moved in and died a slow death in the laundry room of the house … sad because Hubby and I have a joke when we open the doors: "come on in family of mice! Come on in out of the cold!" Well, apparently, one did and now (as of 11:30am 10:30am (did you turn back your clocks yet???) Sunday) we still can’t locate him! *The joke is because my father in law makes it sound like the mice are lined up around the corner waiting to dash in the door and garage as soon as an opportunity arises. I will no longer laugh at him as he may have been o…

Grocery Shops in Review!

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HEY! Don't forget to change your clocks back tonight if you are in that funky time change area (we are!)
I'm kind of looking forward to getting back home next week and using up the new appliances! 

Here’s what we spent this past week while in NW Indiana still …
Meijers – October 27, 2017 Total Spent - $108.09
Hubby made this stop for some protein as our dinner plans fell through … good for him that apparently his cashier entered a code for him to get the “member discount” or whatever it’s called. 2 liter bottle of Squirt $1.38 Candy (??) $1.49 3 boxes of Little Debbies $5 for all 2 pkgs bacon $11.98 less $3 Large pkg of assorted pork chops $9.13 Margarita mix $5.99 2 pkgs sausage links $6 for both Bottle of Titos vodka $18.99 Bottle of Hornitos tequila $21.99 Bottle of whiskey $21.99 So much for ditching the booze! Not a fan of Hornitos but at least Hubby was thinking of me, I guess?
Strack & Van Til – October 30, 2017 Total Spent - $47.57
$9.99. A bargain!
2 bottles of w…