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RICE! This recipe is worth trying!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Good morning friends!
This week we had another guest, one of our deacons lost his wife and we invite him every so often to eat with us-well I invite him, Erik enjoys his visits.
So my dilemma was what to serve that is good for me and tasty for someone with different tastes. We had a pork roast (he told me almost everyone serves him chicken + it's something he's comfortable cooking), rice, green beans (from the garden) w/almonds, and a salad with tomatoes from the garden. Thankfully they were cherry tomatoes, he could pick around. The salad was red & green leafy lettuce mix w/ garbanzo beans, tomatoes and cucumbers-dressing choices on the side. I also had sunflower seed, black and green olive pieces for those who so desired. The pork loin was a half I had put in the freezer a few weeks ago, so I rolled it in coarsly ground pepper and garlic powder, put it in a high oven for 40 minutes then lowered the heat, poured on a 1/2 cup of apple juice and a little water and tented it-it had not completely thawed and I needed it done on time.
NOW FOR THE RECIPE -I found this in a Diabetic's recipe magazine for the Chicken roll-ups I made for FR. Eric. For this week I made 1 1/2 times the recipe and used it as a side.

Apple-Pecan brown rice!

1/2 cup apple juice (watch the sugar content)
1/2 c. instant brown rice (one half)
1/2 c finely chopped unpeeled apples
1/4 c chopped pecans ( toasted them in the oven before chopping this time)
3 TBSP of sliced green onions

Bring the apple juice to a boil. Add rice, cover, reduce heat and simmer 8-10 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Stir in apples, pecans and green onions and remove from heat.

Now you can use it as a stuffing for chicken roll-ups-maybe pork chops (I had 4 chicken breasts-pounded to 1/4 of an inch last week) or as a side with pork or chicken.
Hope you like it!

Eriks comment about dinner Tuesday night was EXCELLLENT! YES he drew it out, and repeated it as he ate more rice, green beans and pork roast. I love it when my son likes what I cooked and I had added NO SALT! emoticon emoticon

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INGMARIE 8/31/2014 10:33AM

    emoticon Looks really good.
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MILLISMA 8/28/2014 10:05PM

    That sounds really yummy. I always like having apple "something" with pork. Yes, it is very special when our "kids" really like something we've prepared and they do have their favorites.

hugs....Mary Anne

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MARTYLYNN1 8/28/2014 7:19PM

    The rice recipe sounds wonderful!

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BUTTONPOPPER1 8/28/2014 12:36PM

    That sounds delicious! I thought the chicken roll-ups sounded great last week, but this sounds even better-combining the apple flavor with the pork roast sounds perfect! It must have made you happy that your recipe was so well received by your Erik. What a loving mother you are!

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WIFE48 8/28/2014 11:48AM

    Sounds marvelous! emoticon

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GABY1948 8/28/2014 11:38AM

    Your dinner sounds so yummy!!!! Thanks for sharing this!

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    Your dinner sounded delicious and it was so nice of you to be kind to this grieving gentleman. It must be very difficult for him. My father is a widow and he has been miserable every since my step mom died. There was no one like her. I know the meal must have been fantastic as you have mentioned that Erik is picky.

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JANET552 8/28/2014 9:12AM

    Your dinner makes my mouth water. The rice sounds delicious too. The recipe says 12 c. of rice. Is that right? It sounds like so much but 1/2 sounds like too little.

I hope your house is back to normal -- or almost at least. I'm more able to do things in my new cast since my fingers are freer but it is still hard to use that thumb. It had its own surgery and stitches come out of the thumb next week. No stitch removal on the arm. He used dissolvable. Yesterday I even helped wash dishes.

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Pastor's dinner a success

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Dinner was a success emoticon ! Thanks for the encouragement emoticon , I don't like fussing but I like to make a good meal. Funny because I'm frequently trying new recipes on my guests this time there were two new recipes. That's not usually wise but it insures that I'm extra careful in the preparations.
The dessert I chose was a Three-Berry Kuchen from my Motts applesauce cookbook. It had 1/4th of a cup of plain yogurt and two tablespoons of butter, the only milk products I used. It is made with egg whites and I adjusted the flour to be part all-purpose part whole wheat. Since I didn't have raspberries I used strawberries, blackberries and blueberries. We ate it warm, but Erik and I had a piece cold for breakfast and it tasted even better.
The salad was a SP salad except that I substituted Romaine for the spinach.
Father was not put off by apples & pecans in the rice stuffing, strawberries & almonds in the salad and the berries on the dessert. The roasted zucchini was not quite as browned as I would have liked but it was tasty with garlic powder and italian herbs. I made a note to better sear the chicken rolls, baste them with apple juice and upon Father's suggestion cover them with foil when they are in the oven-chicken was just a tad dry, which my Erik hates.
All and all both Erik & Eric were happy with their dinner and Father Eric even fixed Erik's closet door for us.
A side note about the two of them: They are both EJH, they are both fun loving characters, they are both born on the 17th of a month beginning with A..., Father Eric is 8 months older than Erik John.
Now to take Erik John for a new brace
Have a terrific Thursday.
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MILLISMA 8/22/2014 10:44PM

    Finally read both your blogs about the dinner and all I can say is GREAT JOB! What a yummy sounding meal. Found the EJH comparisons very interesting...they must get a kick out of that.

Have a great weekend.

hugs...Mary Anne

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CHARTHESTAR 8/21/2014 8:04PM

    oh- it all sounds so good. I would have loved to try all of it. I am big fan of the old fashion kind of stuff but that sounds so good.

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LIVINGFREE19 8/21/2014 6:06PM

    It sounds like you had a great meal! emoticon

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MARTYLYNN1 8/21/2014 4:54PM

    Your dinner sounds great! Glad all went well.

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GABY1948 8/21/2014 12:45PM

    THIS all sounds so YUMMY! Wish we all lived closer to enjoy! I do hope the brace goes well!


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PGHP31CK 8/21/2014 10:34AM

    So glad that it went well! How neat that Erik and Fr. Eric have so much in common!

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    I'm so glad it went well. Things like that make me nervous. I don't like to cook for other people. Never have. Especially large groups.

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BUTTONPOPPER1 8/21/2014 8:21AM

    I agree with Janet 552. My mouth is watering just reading about this delicious-sounding meal. So glad it was a success! That cold berry cake sounds out of this world!

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JANET552 8/21/2014 8:03AM

    I knew a dinner made by you would be a success!! You are making my mouth water just thinking about it (good thing it's not my surgery day). I'm glad things went so well. Father Eric sounds like someone I would like to know. I love your attitude about making a new recipe for company. I often do that and I know that goes against conventional wisdom. I'll remind myself of your thought next time!

Hugs Ginie!! I hope all goes well with Erik's brace.

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Pastor coming to dinner-Help needed with MENU!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Father Eric doesn't like onions (specially raw), can't eat coconut and is mildly lactose intolerant.

I've come up with: Apple-Pecan roll-up chicken which contains brown rice,
zucchin- I might just roast it with italian seasonings ( I have two from my garden)
steamed broccoli,
salad ( thought of spinach, strawberry & almonds but I might be overdoing it)
and a Three-Berry Kuchen.
His birthday was the 17th and mine the 18th-I tried to find a healthy meal and dessert using the berries and foods in my fridge.
All I have to buy is some yogurt, applesauce and chicken breasts.
What do y'all think?
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LIVINGFREE19 8/20/2014 10:45PM

    Sounds emoticon !!!!!!!!

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BUSYGRANNY5 8/20/2014 8:56PM

    Yummy!!! I'm sure your pastor will appreciate all your efforts as well as the home cooked meal!!!

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    Sounds delicious to me!!

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PGHP31CK 8/20/2014 9:04AM

    I'm drooling. Sounds wonderful!!

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GABY1948 8/20/2014 8:10AM

    It sounds yummy, Ginie! emoticon

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BUTTONPOPPER1 8/20/2014 7:54AM

    Wow, it's a good thing I just finished eating. Otherwise, thinking about these menu ideas might make me start grazing in the kitchen, even though I don't have anything right now that sounds nearly so appetizingl I agree with the other commenters here--sounds like a gourmet menu, very appealing, especially those chicken roll-ups with brown rice!

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JANET552 8/20/2014 7:10AM

    I think it sounds delicious Ginie!! Go for it!

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RIDLEYRIDER 8/20/2014 7:09AM

  Sounds delicious and sure to please!! Go for it!

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Early Birthday celebrations!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Okay my sweet friends!
I went to the chiropractor Saturday morning, she fixed my back and my knee and massaged some of those pesky stress knots away-Thanks Doc!
I hired someone to do my yard for a change!
While he mowed I took that huge zucchini cored and shredded it and made Zucchini bread with part whole wheat flour and brown sugar. I modify my recipes to make them somewhat healthier. I ended up with 5 loaves, so at my party I gave one to each of my children who live away from home. So far the verdict was -it's good!
I told Steven that yes indeed, his wife was right! Mom would like a new vacuum cleaner! Woohoo, I am now the owner of a Shark Rocket-professional sweeper! So far I used it and it seems as if it will work. I have to believe that! After 16 years my second hand Rainbow vac kicked the bucket-litterally it sprung a leak and several of the attachments were breaking. My Aaron figured I pd about $50.00 a year for it-matching the brand new Oreck he had bought for him and his wife several years ago.
Steven fixed my lawn mower-it had a clogged air filter!!!! Why didn't I guess that, with all this GA red dirt flying around. So that is working, what a relief I really can't afford another new one-that one is two years old.
He also took Erik to the storage unit while his wife and I were out shopping. They brought home Erik's tool chest-Erik is in seventh heaven. He found his drill bits, drilled a hole at the end of the crack in the brace-Steven says this is sound logic, it will block the trajectory of the crack stop it from growing. BTW poor Erik wrote me a one word note with a design to let me know what was wrong with his brace. I know where we have to work on his improvement now "CRAGAH" does not spell crack, I was so confused and thought he wanted me to go to Kroger's...oh well, he tried emoticon
My Birthday party yesterday was nice. Only one person was missing my DIL, Stephanie, is in Boston on a business trip. I had a nice big salad with tomatoes from my garden, grilled chicken tenders, corn on the cob and baked beans. Then we had a banana nut cake with stabilized whipped cream and blue berries, raspberries and tiny mint leaves for decorations-no horrible decorators icing ( I used to decorate cakes-that stuff is evil!)
Here's a picture of my cake my darling daughter made for me...

Today, I went to Mass with my friends. Before church I picked up a bit, planned a simple breakfast including zucchini bread, small individual omelettes made to order for three of my friends, Erik and me. We had a nice visit, and my one friend helped me a lot in the kitchen, even Erik helped by starting the coffee pots and slicing the zucchini bread!
Tomorrow I will work, since I really didn't do much of anything yesterday or today-picking out a vacuum cleaner doesn't really count... emoticon nor learning to use it. emoticon
So my dears, for my Birthday I slowed down-not a bad idea. Now to begin my new year-tomorrow night, Steven & Kim and Erik are taking me out to my favorite Italian restaurant...guess I'll make light choices for the day!
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CLAIREINPARIS 8/26/2014 4:27AM

    Joyeux anniversaire en retard, chère Ginie ! Je suis heureuse que tu aies eu une si belle journée. Ce gâteau est tout simplement superbe, on peut voir que tu as eu l'habitude d'en décorer... En effet, le glaçage des gâteaux à l'Américaine semble extrêmement chimique, ce glaçage-ci est beaucoup plus sain.

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MARTYLYNN1 8/18/2014 12:17PM

    Sounds like you had a great day. The cake looks wonderful!

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GABY1948 8/18/2014 10:11AM

    That was a great day for you! I'm so do so much for your family! Bless your heart!


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PGHP31CK 8/18/2014 9:26AM

    Happy Birthday, Ginie!!!

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BUSYGRANNY5 8/18/2014 7:26AM

    It sounds like a great birthday! Love the cake!

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BUTTONPOPPER1 8/18/2014 12:59AM

    It was fun to read this cheerful report, but I must say it made me a little hungry, with all the talk of food I really love--zucchini bread, banana nut bread, grilled chicken tenders, corn on the cob, and that lovely berry-topped birthday cake! It's a good thing it's time for lunch as I'm writing this! Otherwise, I'd be in serious trouble! Anyway, keep having fun with your sweet family! You all seem so very close.

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MILLISMA 8/17/2014 9:33PM

    What a great weekend you had! So glad that you got the chance to just enjoy yourself. Had to laugh that you wanted a vacuum. I remember when I asked Jay for a wheel barrel many years ago (40 to be exact) he thought I was nuts. Well, I'm still using it!

I like the sound of your zucchini bread recipe and that cake looks so yummy!

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LIVINGFREE19 8/17/2014 9:11PM


That cake looks very good!

I hope you have really good luck with the Shark vacuum!

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ALICIA214 8/17/2014 8:48PM

  Happy belated birthday....

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    So you are giving the gardener a rest now and getting your massages from the chiropractor. emoticon

My GF makes zucchini bread. It is delicious but I've never made it. You would never know zucchini is in it. Sounds like a great way to sneak veggies into the kids.

That sounds like one great vacuum!! Sharks are supposed to be fantastic. Your kids must really love you!! Steven sounds like a prince!

I love that cake!!! I'm not even into cake but that is beautiful!!

You certainly know how to celebrate!!

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Please let me on the Merry-go-round and off the Roller coaster

Friday, August 15, 2014

Okay, so as my eldest son says "you do it to yourself mom, why do you schedule so much in one week"
Last week the painters began by patching, moving furniture away from walls and moving stuff in general in the four rooms being painted. I had already removed stuff from on top of the mantle, the desk, etc all over except my coffee pot and Erik's in the kitchen. It was pointed out to me that Cuckoo would have to come down Monday morning and my bookcase needed to be emptied so it didn't break when the moved it. So I put all the books under my bedroom window (not a smart move)
I ended the week with Erik at his brothers which made the disorder in the house less stressful for him-not for me.
Saturday I spent the afternoon with friends at the parish picnic, I limited my food and wine to reasonable amounts and mostly good choices from what I could.
Sunday: Mass, breakfast with friends at Papa Jack's (pancake), went to the library for a Prayer shawl knitting book and some novels, dinner at Steven's & brought Erik home.
Monday after breakfast I put away the coffee pots, took the Cuckoo clock down and removed a few more things I noticed. I suddenly realized that the alarm tech was going to be here and he wouldn't be able to access the window in my closet where I put all the paintings and wall decor on a table in front of it-so I had to clear that off, then I looked and realized I had to clear a path through the books-what a pain in my back. The alarm guy came to re-connect the alarm to all the windows, the painters came and started covering furniture in clusters, and banished Erik and I from the main living space in my house. Erik went to Glancy-not so bad for him, but I was stuck in my office with my knitting, a book and a computer-I did NOT work on financials as I should have the mess in here is overwhelming with stuff from the kitchen, living room, dining room and sunroom crowding in around me. Erik and I ate lunch and dinner OUT and it wasn't healty or logged. No walking, I should have.
Tuesday we made a space for Erik to eat at the table, moving the blinds and plastic Pedro had put on it. I ate a banana with peanut butter made coffee, then put the coffee pot back in my office. Erik went off with Sarah. More time in my office but Pedro left his crew finishing up while he went and got supplies for his next job. By 11:30 I was getting "Miss, where goes this?" so I went out to see my fully repainted rooms, the guys put all the furniture back where I wanted it after sweeping and damp mopping the floors with only a few streaks. When Pedro got back he hung my big picture over the fire place, my tapestry in the dining room and the roll shades in the sunroom and kitchen, I paid him and began dusting stuff and rehanging-I'm almost there.
Wednesday I got out of the house and did the grocery shopping. Then I put more stuff up. I still have some to go. Oh and I finished the second book of the week. My back was killing me so I didn't do much, except get an appointment for Saturday with my chiropractor. My bug man came. Forget the lawn I called the second person to give me an estimate on the walkway after checking his references-he didn't answer. Made a dinner, salad, baked sweet potatoes and chicken breasts-but I over cooked them-too dry for Erik and me. emoticon
Thursday I went for a walk-early. Then I worked a little around the house. Erik needed help with his exercises Sarah gave him since she had surgery and will not be back till Monday.
Had a message from the landscaper, he's mowing my lawn for me Saturday, Went to the eye doctor, got my eyes dialated and went out to dinner with my two sons and DIL. Again, not the best choices but I tried to watch the amount I ingested.
Today I'm going to Mass, on the way I have to stop at the grocery store and see if I can fix my mistake-I bought Erik liquid stevia instead of the tablet form he got in Europe-we're out. Then the man from LZBoy will come to fix my two wingback recliners and the back of my couch. I hope to get more stuff out of my office, the garage, my master closet and bedroom.
Goal today finish replacing books on bookcase, walking and back exercises. Maybe get some of my tins back on the kitchen cabinets. OH and make a healthy dinner.
Tomorrow: Chiropractor and my birthday party at Steven & Kims....grilled chicken, large salad, corn on the cob and banana nut cake with lightly sweetened whip cream in place of frosting.
My favorites except the chicken-but I have to try to eat well even if it is my party. I will be celebrating until Monday the 18th when I'll be 66 at around 11:56PM.
Okay not active but stressed, looking back I could see where I could have fit at least a few short walks-I'll do better next week.
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JANET552 8/17/2014 8:14PM

    You've slowed down. Things seem to be coming together. That birthday cake looks and sounds yummy!! You are relaxed from your visit to the chiropractor. Hooray for all that!!! Happy Birthday tomorrow!! I hope you have a great dinner and maybe a bit of a walk sometime during the day. Hugs!!!

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GABY1948 8/16/2014 2:44PM

    emoticon Ginie! And remember, it will all be WORTH it in the end! Try to keep repeating that!


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MILLISMA 8/15/2014 10:16PM

    Everything has been so crazy for you lately but remember....when it's finally finished it will be FINISHED. Hang in there and try not to push too hard. Hope you have a great birthday celebration with your family! emoticon emoticon

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LIVINGFREE19 8/15/2014 8:41PM

    You are doing the best you can and that is all that really matters, regardless of what anybody thinks!


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    And to think that so many people hate paneling. LOL. After reading this I'm thinking I might want paneling. LOL. We are still remodeling. It's not too late. I hate to paint.

This will really strike you as funny. I have a cold and you know how that affects your eyes. I was reading along and thought you wrote - "Had a massage from the landscaper". LOL. I was like, OMG! What??? Maybe I need to budget for one! LOL. emoticon

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MARTYLYNN1 8/15/2014 11:42AM

    I get tired just reading your blog! Another friend posted a blog and today is Relaxation Day. I am afraid I won't be able to celebrate it. The corn is ready to put up in the freezer and grandkids to entertain. Hope you have a wonderful birthday party!

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SUEARNOLD1 8/15/2014 8:24AM

    The WOW earlier summed it up! You are one busy lady.

Have a emoticon and enjoy the weekend!

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BUTTONPOPPER1 8/15/2014 8:02AM

    I can't help comparing my energy level with yours, and let me tell you, I really come up short! You can pack so much activity into such a short time! I know how hectic (and maybe disturbing) it is to have the kind of work done on your house where you can't live in it as you normally do. I'm sure yours and Erik's lives were pretty disrupted, but it sounds like you handled it very well, and you're being rewarded with freshly painted rooms and a nice, clean environment. I hope things calm down a bit for you next week so that you can get your walks in. And happy birthday! You sure do deserve a fun celebration after all this!

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JANET552 8/15/2014 7:54AM

    A LOT is being accomplished at your house!!! I can certainly understand why food choices have been a bit off and exercise opportunities lessened but it sure must feel good to be getting all of that done. So, just move on but enjoy those birthday celebrations too!

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MJRVIC2000 8/15/2014 7:50AM

    Faith makes everything possible; Hope makes everything work; and Love make everything beautiful! God Bless YOU! Vic.

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