Tuesday, October 28, 2014

2 miles...

2 miles on the elliptical, no stopping, no brace

This is my "good" left hand. Some "reward" for two miles! I'm thinking a swirly cone is a better idea ;)

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Voice in my head

Repost from caring bridge: 

2 .5 yrs is what it took.... Yesterday I realized that the voice I hear as I jibber jabber on is finally mine. The voice I've bern hearing for the last 2.5 yrs has come from my mouth, but didn't sound like the voice I know to be mine. I was talking to the kids yesterday when I realized that the voice I hear is actually mine, meaning either I've finally grown accustomed to my craggily voice or it has become normal enough that my brain finally hears "me". 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Baked Pumpkin Soup -repost

***repost**** October 24, 2014

I made a version of this soup, but added turkey bacon pieces before i hit it with the immersion blender. Hubby added shredded cheese to his (I'm trying to watch calories, so I didnt) and it was awesome.

Btw, a good immersion blender is a kitchen tool must! Ask for one for Christmas if you don't have one.

Did you buy pretty little pumpkins to use to decorate your table or mantle? I did.

 I can't take all the credit for this. I was inspired by Alton Brown's recipe below. However, I did change it up a bit, and omitted some of the ingredients he used. My version is fat free, super creamy, and all the family loved it. AND...big AND...King Hubby had seconds. That is a big thing people. A BIG THING.

Here is Alton's recipe:

Here is my version - Baked Pumpkin Soup

1 whole "pie" pumpkin
1 small onion diced
1 granny smith apple, peeled and diced
2 cups low sodium chicken stock
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp kosher salt
1 bay leaf
2 whole cloves of garlic

Preheat the oven at 350 F. Prep the pumpkin by removing the "lid" jack-o-lantern style, making a little "hat". Scoop out all the seeds and scrape out the stringy-gooey insides.

Keep (and roast) the seeds for yummy snacks!

Place the cleaned out pumpkin in a round baking dish that will support its sides. (see picture). Spray the sides with cooking spray for easy clean up.

Dump all of the ingredients into the hollowed out pumpkin.

Place the "lid" back on the pumpkin.

Bake for 1 1/2 hours, or until ingredients inside are soft. Remove from oven, and take the bay leaf and whole garlic cloves out. Use a spoon to scrape the soft pumpkin "meat" off of the sides and into the soup. Use an immersion blender to puree to a smooth consistency. OR, carefully ladle the contents into a blender and puree.

Serve warm. Do not top with pumpkin seeds. I topped it with roasted pumpkins seeds, thinking I was clever. Nope, they just got mushy, and we didn't like them on top.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Enough already!

We felt another shimmy-shake again today. 5.1 magnitude, 47 miles from the big city near me. Everyone here is fine. Ok. I'm over it. I can put that on my "been there done that" list. Next?!? 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

HEYWIRE on the blitz

For those of you who contact me via HEYWIRE, it is on the blitz and hasn't let me type responses for five days. Please contact me via email. If you need my email, leave a comment. I won't publish them, just email you...

Monday, October 20, 2014


Funny, it felt like when the Air Force practices dropping 1000 lb bombs. A 5.18 earthquake hit about and hour and a half ago. We are fine...just seems strange.

Gadget review for "strokies" and regular folks too...

I admit....I am a copycat! My friend J, who also had several severe strokes, reviewed this gadget. I then proceeded to find one for myself. I have not been compensated in any way.

I love this jar opener. Even pre stroke, I had whimpy hands and hardly ever got jars open.

This gadget, and I honestly forget the name, allows me to open jars I never thought possible. I can do it one handed if needed. My children love using it as well. It allows them to open jars. I highly recommend it for stroke survivors and even regular folks with whimpy hands as well.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Grilled potatoes

Slice 1/2 inch medallions 
Toss in a couple Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to your liking plus a sprinkle of garlic

Microwave them for about 3 min. Grill until you see grill marks....about 15 min...

Golden coins of yumminess.

A rant

We interrupt the regular blog content to allow Kendra to pitch a royal Queen sized fit atop her soapbox:

I'm mad. So mad, I was laughing so I wouldn't cry. I saw a bumper sticker today that made me glad I didn't have a loaded gun in my car. "9-11 was an inside job" was what it said.

Really? Thousands of lives, both civilian and military.... Really?

Dumbfounded silence on my part...

3 loved ones overseas at various times....

Wounded Warriors by my side in the hospital....

A hubby who takes care of wounded warriors every day...

Urr...I can't even form the words I feel.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

School time

Our new computer based program for third grade and above called Switched on Schoolhouse and Prince Charming doing Star Wars handwriting.