Sunday, July 27, 2014

Spiced Apple Pie Cupcakes with Carmel cream cheese icing

We are still perfecting the recipe. However, they sure did turn out cute!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Meatball ravioli soup

It is raining....again. I'm convinced the weather man forgot that this is an "arctic desert". We have had record rain this summer.

Rainy days make me want soup.

My standby soups are getting old.

This took 5 min to throw together as all the ingredients were in my pantry and fridge:

1 bag frozen meatballs
1 carton broth (4 cups )
1/2 bag frozen spinach
1 can crushed tomatoes
A dash or 4 worchestershire sauce
1 cup dried chopped onions
1 bag frozen ravioli
4 cups water
Salt and pepper to taste

Still the little things....


Those who know me often find it hard to pry me out of the kitchen. 

I love to cook, and it is my passion.

Before the strokes, I always used fresh ground pepper to season my food. After the strokes, I started buying already ground pepper because using a pepper mill was to hard.

Recently I have noticed myself grabbing for and even preferring the pepper mill again.

It really is the silly little things.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


My bed isn't enough....I have to find you on my pillow!? Rotten puppy!
Minnie is not only "queen" of my wheelchair....evidently she has claimed my pillow too...and Daddy's blanket when out. Hubby called her "his" puppy last night cuz she gets all excited when he comes home and she begs belly rubs out of him! A hot mess, that is for sure! I think she is up to a whopping 10 lbs or so.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Cheesy chicken and tomato pasta- kid food

First, I was a total food snob before my strokes. I even made my bread from scratch. Well, the strokes took care of that. Now I'm all about healthy food made quick and easy. So, that is what this is. Mostly heathy food for families has become a slight obsession.

Main ingredients:
Cheesy tomato pasta sauce
White fiber pasta
Can of garlic flavored diced tomatoes
3 bonless skinless chicken breasts, chopped into little pieces

Here is where your taste buds come into play:

I browned my chicken with salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder.

Brown your chicken bits while the water comes to a boil. Add salt to your water. Add cheese sauce and tomatoes to chicken. Boil and drain pasta. Add pasta to chicken and sauce. Simmer for 5 min. Serve

Poutine take two

This has become a lunch time favorite. Now, I'm aware that I have created monsters. My 11 yr old saw a container of marinated cheese curds and set to begging. Yes, I 11 yr old food snob...

Frozen sweet potato fries, baked
Brown gravy (I make my own 'cuz I'm a gravy snob)
Marinated cheese curds

Bake fries, top with gravy and then cheese curds.

To my Canadian friends, please don't think I'm bonkers. It might be true, but this is yummy.

Gravy: melt 2 tablespoons butter, stir in 2 tablespoons flour, cook for about a min, slowly whisk in 2 cups msg free beef broth, add salt, pepper, and onion powder to taste.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

My home gym

From my caring bridge site:
First of all, yes, I am spoiled. My hubby does everything in his power to help aid my recovery. That includes spending too much money on things he thinks might help. I love the man, and by golly I admit I enjoy being spoiled.

We discovered quite by accident that I am able to work out using an elliptical with bars. The motion directly mirrors walking and we learned that later in the day after I've used one, my "muscle memory" kicks in, allowing for a more regular stride instead of the circumducting I was doing with my right hip. The indoor play center on base has elliptical machines that mommies can use while watching kids play. I learned that I could use the silly machine while letting my kids play. I can't use any old elliptical. It has to be the kind I can wheel up to from the back, and it needs bars that I can catch myself on if I fall. So, being the rather indulgent hubby that he is, Scott got me this one. 

It took me 10 min to go a whopping half mile, and I thought my legs had turned to jello when I finished.....but this is my new toy. 

Also seen in the picture, my 3/4 blind old lab that is fiercely protective of me. Her name is Taffy. My puppy,  Minnie, is in the background in the back yard.

Party closed

The 31 party is closed.

Thursday, July 17, 2014