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!
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Dinner was a success ! Thanks for the encouragement , 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.
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
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... nor learning to use it.
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!
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.
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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