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Welcome my friends. I’m tweaking my weekly journey with my healthier living. It’s a step in the right direction for sure. I hope you come along for the ride. Instead of day-to-day comments, I’m going to post something from my personal journal to share. Hope you enjoy. Remember all of us go down this path and we are all in it together ❤
Week of 02/11-02/17/2018 – Week 6
“Dear Journal – Sometimes I think we beat ourselves up too much. There is a line between challenging yourself to do better and pushing yourself over the edge. If I push myself too much, it becomes something I *have* to do, a chore if you will, and my OCD gets tested. If I leave it at the pace I’m going, I can fit it into my life where it becomes a habit in the end and not so much as a chore. Shaking my head. Life is full of complications – LOL. But so far, I think I have this right now. I do want to pick up the pace a bit more. Now I’m trying to turn a 24 hour day into 36 hours. Do I really need sleep? Just joking – I love my sleep. It’s hard to believe how things these days in the form of moving around is so much easier. I’m so grateful that I had breast surgery. I think I need to send the doctor a thank you note.”
This week walked: 9.12
TOTAL 2018 Miles: 53.30
TOTAL 2017 Miles: 541.06
❤ small goals turn into big accomplishments ❤
Okay my friends – another week with using the air fryer at the Hotel Thompson. One of my biggest weaknesses foodwise is fried chicken. It might be a southern thing. It’s a huge comfort food here in the south. And it’s something I was never able to work around with trying to lose weight but yet keeping my favorite food in the mix. Who needs all of that grease that it’s deep fried in, right?
Well, I think I found my heaven. Let me present to you Exhibit A – fried chicken (skinless and boneless) that was prepared in air fryer. I put it on on the white napkins straight from the air fryer so that you could see – absolutely NO GREASE. Look at the crispy outside and the inside was so juicy. Better yet, I’ve found with the air fryer that you actually taste your food and not the grease that it is cooked in. I seasoned my chicken before hand with salt/pepper and some pepper flakes. I then dipped it in a seasoned egg mixture and then dipped it in a seasoned flour mix. I then put the chicken in my air fryer. The basket held five chicken thighs at one time. I set the timer for 20 minutes on chicken at 380 degrees. At 10 minutes, I stopped the timer and turned the chicken. It came out this beautiful. It was a HUGE hit here at the Hotel Thompson.
The Olde Courthouse Tavern that is – snorts with piggy laughter. This is Wednesday so welcome to Travels in the South my friends. Mom/dad heard about this fabulous restaurant that is a couple of towns over from us called the Olde Courthouse Tavern. They met some friends and visited it a while back and I’ll tell you something, their food porn pictures made my little tummy rumble with excitement. I’m actually going to have to break up this restaurant in a couple of weeks – there was way too many yum yum’s to share. So today, we are going to start with some appetizers.
Dad is a sucker for fried cauliflower. At this point in his life, if this is the only way that mom can get dad to eat his veggies, so be it – snorts with piggy laughter. The restaurant cuts up cauliflower, batters it (of course here in the south you should learn by now we batter and fry anything and everything) and fry until golden brown. They serve the fried cauliflower with a creamy horseradish sauce on the side. Of course, mom/dad asked for extra sauce. Now again, dad has had his share of fried cauliflower over the years so the question is how did this rank with him? Between grunts of yum and rumblings of I can’t get enough, dad said that the restaurant scored BIG time on this appetizer. Dad said it was some of the best fried cauliflower that he has had in some time. Mom was surprised as well. The bites were cut small enough for one bite and the horseradish sauce had just enough kick to say hello without setting your mouth on fire. Both mom/dad loved it!
Anywhere that mom goes and sees pretzels, she has to try them. This restaurant has traditional salt pretzels served with beer cheese sauce, one of mom’s favorites. Mom is pretty picky when it comes to her pretzels. If she is going to indulge in any bread product, it better be good. What did mom say about these? She loved them! The pretzels had just enough salt – they weren’t overpowered like some can be that you immediately need water and they had enough salt where you could taste the salt. The beer cheese was creamy and really added to the pretzels. Even dad couldn’t keep his hands off these pretzels. So score two out of three so far.
Now for the onion rings. Out of the three appetizers, everyone agreed that the onion rings were the least favorite. Don’t get them wrong. They were tasty and crunchy. They looked as fantastic as they tasted. However, they just didn’t have the same pizazz that the other two appetizers had. Yes they would get them again but they wouldn’t be at the top of mom/dad’s list. Now join us next week to check out some entrees that everyone enjoyed – you don’t want to miss it!
Shopping Around the World this month is being hosted by our great friends Shoko and Kali with Canadian Cats – thanks ya’ll! ❤
This month we are highlighting seafood recipes. Now mom/dad usually go out to eat seafood but there is the rare occasion when mom uses the big box in the kitchen for something more than a paper weight and actually cooks dinner. Now having this assignment of seafood, mom thought she would fix one of dad’s all time favorite meals in the world. She fixed it and then dad sat and wondered did he miss an important date? Was he in trouble for something? Did mom overspend on a credit card? What was the special occasion. That’s when mom told dad that she loved him ❤ So, here it is my friends – mom’s seafood special.
Are you hungry yet looking at that picture? I had to fix the hub unit’s favorite meal – ribeye steaks, french fries and fried shrimp. Of course you don’t see the salad on the side. I have to get the hub’s veggies in somewhere with this meal. I’ll tell you the prices for everything and break down the shrimp for you.
◊ Ribeye Steak – I had some in the freezer. I usually buy the entire loin and have the butcher cut them for me. The last time I bought steaks, it cost me around $50 and I got 16 steaks. I then take them home and wrap everything up individually to freeze. By buying the entire loin like this when it is on sale, the price per steak comes out around $3.15 per steak. Two steaks $6.30
◊ Two large baking potatoes. Buying a pack of potatoes at Sam’s Warehouse it costs $8.00 for about 20 potatoes. That’s around $0.40 each potato. Two potatoes $0.80
◊ One pound of fresh shrimp (or frozen but make sure they are thawed out). I got large 31-35 count shrimp this date from the market. They cost right $8.00 a pound. And trust me, I fixed them all for dinner and none were left. My hub will snarf these down like potato chips ❤
So the entire meal will cost less than $17.00 for two people. And yes we could stretch the meal; but, this was the hubby’s special meal and he likes to pig out on it – and you will too.
How to fix the shrimp:
I like to put all of my shrimp in a colander and run them under cold water for a few minutes. This makes sure that they are all thawed out. Shake the colander and make sure all of the excess water is out and pour them in a bowl. Here’s the fun part – making sure they are all clean and deveined. Take this kitchen hint, you can buy them cleaned and already deveined. You may have to pay a little more. I have been cleaning shrimp all of my life. It’s something that my dad taught me so it takes no time to fix them right up. Once they are all cleaned, wash them again to make sure all of the ick is removed. Once you start cleaning the shrimp, you will know exactly what that ick is that I’m talking about – LOL. I like to take a mallet and pound my shrimp out a bit. Don’t whack them too hard. Just enough to smoosh them a little so they will lay flat. (Look at mine above for size for flattening).
In a bowl mix together a cup of flour, a cup of cornmeal, salt, pepper and a little cayenne flakes. In another bowl mix together, milk, 3 eggs, salt, pepper and cayenne. (We like them a little spicy – you put as much or not at all according to your tastes). Go ahead and put your grease on the stuff and let it get hot. Here’s the secret to a really good crust on shrimp or chicken. You want to dip your shrimp in the flour/cornmeal first, then to your wet mixture and then back to your dry. After that, the little shrimp go for a swim in the hot oil. When they turn a pretty brown, they are done. If it’s like our house, most of the shrimp won’t make it to the dinner table because every one is hanging out in the kitchen eating them as they come up hot from the grease. They are highly addictive. Don’t say I didn’t warn you 🙂
Oh Yes – do a little dance – shake your booty – today, February 22, is a holiday that mom can definitely live up and enjoy – National Margarita Day! Mom especially likes either a frozen mango margarita with a sugar rim OR a habanero margarita with just enough spice. So whether you enjoy the spice, frozen, on the rocks or fruity – find that lost shaker of salt and enjoy you a margarita today in celebration of this fantastic holiday!
Shopping Around the World
Shopping Around the World is hosted by us and our friend Fozziemom. This month since it is the Thanksgiving holidays here in the States, we are focusing on Thanksgiving foods. We have elected to post a side dish that everyone loves here in the south – black-eyed peas. Yummo! I admit that even this little oinker loves these peas. They are tasty… but of course I like mine without the bacon – you know for obvious reasons – snorts and rolls with piggy laughter. I leave the recipe and other delights of this recipe to mom – take it away mom! ❤
Black-eyed peas. Some people hear the name and stick out their tongue making a grimace while others smile and can’t wait to jump in feet first and eat their way out of the bowl. Which category do you fall into my friends? You’re not sure yet? Let me tell you my recipe and then you can make your choice. You will need the following:
⇔ Two cans of black-eyed peas (you can use fresh peas- I take help where I can) $0.98 each = $1.96
⇔ Four slices of bacon $3.99 pack/12 slices = $1.32
⇔ Cilantro $1.49 a pack; onion $0.49; olive oil $6.99 bottle; red pepper flakes $1.49 bottle = $1.50
Total Cost per Dish $4.78
The first thing we do is get out the old southern iron skillet. Put a tad of oil in the bottom, cut up the bacon strips and fry them in the skillet. While the bacon is cooking, dice up your onion and chop up your cilantro. Once the bacon has cooked, scoop out the fried bacon and put on a paper towel to drain. Leave the bacon grease in the skillet and add your onions to give them some color. While the onions are cooking, open your cans of black-eyed peas, drain them and wash them. Now some people use the juice out of the can, we don’t. If you like it, by all means use it. Once the onions have some color, pour in your two cans of black-eyed peas. Season with salt, pepper and red pepper flakes to your taste. Your black-eyed peas will have a semi fried taste – awesome. Trust me. Once everything is heated through, pour into a serving dish and top with cilantro and your fried bacon. You will never want black-eyed peas the old way again 🙂
Welcome my friends to another edition of Travels in the South.
Knowing that last week was difficult for the mommy in getting done a lot of things at work, mom/dad took time out for a little tender loving care in the form of sweet pleasures. They went to a local restaurant just for a little just desserts. May we introduce you to a Molten Salted Caramel Cake. Oh my friends, dad says that mom made sounds he hasn’t heard in a long time. I’m not sure what he meant by that – snorts with piggy laughter.
This creation is a salted caramel cake filled with melted yummy caramel. So when you cut into the cake, that wonderful caramel spreads everywhere – can you say yummy? Then the cake is topped with vanilla ice cream, more caramel sauce and salted caramel pieces. Now personally I don’t know how good this was but mommy came home happy and in a great mood. She also said that if you crave a salt/sweet combination, this is for you. Dad says it kind of taste like pancakes and syrup. Now, that I can relate to – snorts with piggy laughter.
So there you go my friends. Another awesome contribution to Travels in the South. Have you eaten something amazing lately?
Welcome my friends to Shopping Around the World. This month we are highlighting one pot wonders.
Mom is going to highlight her one pot wonder that she makes in the crockpot.
I’m licking my lips now – Take it away mom!
With working and trying to rush home to fix dinner, sometimes it can be overwhelming. So I take help where I can, just like with this one pot wonder in the crockpot. In the morning before coming to work, I will put some baking potatoes in the crockpot. So easy huh? All you have to do is wash and clean a baking potato. Take a fork and stick the potato several times. Place it on some aluminum foil and salt/pepper to your desire. Then wrap the baking potato up securely and place it in your crockpot just like the picture shows. We always fix extra potatoes because they come out so good for the next night’s meal. We bought a bag of baking potatoes at the market for $5.00 a bag. There were 12 large potatoes in the bag making each potato $0.42 each. After you get all of your potatoes washed, seasoned, wrapped and placed in your crockpot, turn the crockpot on low and forget it.
Now, before I leave the house, I checked the refrigerator for leftovers from the night before. I found broccoli and cheese and beef sausage. All I did was place these items in aluminum foil packets and put them back in the fridge. Around 2pm, I called my hub unit and told him to also place these packets in the crockpot to heat them up. The broccoli and cheese was a head of broccoli cut up from the night before with some shredded cheese melted over it. Total price was around $2.00 but this is the second meal so you can add $1.00 to tonight’s meal. The beef sausage was $2.50 and again this is the second meal so add $1.25 to tonight’s meal. So right now, we are looking at around $3.00 for tonight’s meal – so far.
When I finally get home from work, the fun begins. You take out a baked potato and put it on a plate removing the aluminum foil. Go ahead and mash some of the potatoes out and add butter, sour cream, salt and pepper – whatever you want. After it is fixed the way you normally eat a potato, add your leftovers. Tonight it was broccoli and cheese with beef sausage. Now look at that potato. And remember you washed and seasoned the peel, so eat everything.
It’s whats for dinner and a meal all in itself for around $3.00 for TWO people. You can’t beat that and it’s great on a cold night… if we ever get cold here.