31 August 2012

Life Does Go On

Life is not fair, I know this, it doesn't usually bother me.  This week, it has hit me in the face and reminded me.
Martin died last week.
About three weeks ago, he developed a cough/cold.  I was giving him some cough medicine, and cold meds.  On August 18th, he fell trying to get to the toilet.  On Sunday afternoon, he called me into his room, and he had a small hematoma on his leg, I put ice on it, gave him a pain pill, and told him we would keep an eye on it.  By Tuesday morning it was nearly wrapped around his leg.  He was in a lot of pain, and wanted me to take him to the ER, I told him there really wasn't much they could do, besides what I was doing, keeping an eye on it, putting ice on it, and pain pills.  I had also talked to a friend of mine that is an RN, and she and I agreed that if it got worse to go to the ER.  I had an appointment for him on Thursday morning, August 23, for both the cough, and the hematoma. 
On Wednesday, Mo and I went out shopping, because her granddaughter was getting married on Aug 26th, and we needed to get her an outfit, and a wedding present.  We come back home about 5pm, and I had swung by Long John Silvers for supper (yeah, I know, it doesnt go by their diet, but once a week is okay). So I make him a plate of sliced tomatoes, coleslaw, and french fries (he doesnt eat fish or chicken).  He eats about 3 slices of tomato (I believe I had given him 8 or something like that) two bites of the coleslaw, and about three french fries (believe I had given him about ten or so fries).  I asked him why he hadn't eaten everything.  He talked about how he just doesn't eat like other people, and that he just doesn't eat that much.  I took the plate away, did the supper dishes, and other evening things that I do, and then had a video conference with my genealogy club.  I heard him coughing, and went in and gave him some cough syrup.  The cough changed, but it was the sound of when a person *hocks a loogie* (I hate that term, but its the best way to describe it).  I didnt really think much about it, except that he was finally getting the crap out of his chest.  All of a sudden the coughing and his breathing changed.  You know how being a mother, you just KNOW something is different.  It was that feeling.  I went in, and he was asleep, but felt different, so I tried rousing him, and he was NOT waking up, he had very shallow breathing.  I then leaned close for some reason, and realized his lip was blue.  I immediately called 911, they had me get his blood sugar (which was 230) and do chest compressions (I had been doing a sternum rub).  The EMT's got there, and declared him gone.
Even writing about that night, it just tires me out again, as if I went through it all again.  I believe his death has hit me the hardest because I was with him 24/7, even sleeping in the room with him, being there on a constant basis for him.  Making sure he ate properly, worrying if he needed anything, etc.
We had the funeral the other day, and I will now officially say his real name Marvin Orr Mechlin.  I use aliases, to keep the families privacy.  Anyway, at the funeral the other day, I did really well, until they did TAPS, that is when I lost it.  That was our final goodbye.
This is the Memorial I did for him on FAG http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSmcid=47480045&GRid=95888234&  
I miss you Marvin, you will always be in my heart.

30 July 2012

Picky Eaters Will Be the Death of Me

I am so over this picky eater thing!
Eat what you are handed, or go hungry!
So Sunday evening, I lost track of time and didnt realize it was after 5pm, and normally I start working on supper around 4 to 4:30.  So Tree said "got an offer you can't refuse, I will pay for Mickey D's if you pick it up." He was right, I couldn't refuse, lol.
So I get everyone's order and I head over there.  I look down at the paper.
Martin wants two cheeseburgers, pickle, onion only, no bun
Mo wants a Big Mac, no salt, and fries no salt
Tree wants a Big Mac, no lettuce no sauce, and fries no salt

GOOD GRIEF, are you kidding me??
I don't mind them being that picky, in that really Mo honestly with her diabetes AND her low sodium diet, most likely shouldn't have had the Big Mac.  My thing is, putting these poor workers to work, on such a feat, lol.  Why are you so picky?  If you are that picky of an eater, don't go out to eat, cook it yourself (or since you have someone who does it for you).  That way you know what you are eating, you know what you are getting.
But you have to realize, I have always been a shy, quiet reserved person.  I do not like attention on me, even when I am picky about something, I rarely, if ever, ask for concessions.
I do not like ketchup that much, so I prefer my burgers to not have it, but I never ask for it, simply because I don't want to bring attention to myself, nor put anyone out.
And I was also taught, growing up, eat what you are given, be gracious.  If you don't like it, comment that you aren't that hungry, or something to that effect.  Never be rude.
Tree has a bad habit when I am making something he doesn't like, of saying "EWWWW, why are you doing that? That's gross, you eat weird foods."  First of all, do not say this in front of your grandchildren, especially the young ones, they will copy you.  And second of all, I would never say that about something you like, (bologna sandwiches, ewwwwww).
But I guess this is just a pet peeve of mine.  Fine, I don't care if you do not like it, that is your choice, that is why I am making THIS over HERE, for you.  But you do not need to be rude about it either!
Picky eaters, why must you vex me?
I rarely say this, but my ex husband spoiled me!  We were only together a little over five years, but he made cooking, and food easy.  The boy was a foodie like me.  He nearly ate anything and everything, and could even cook himself, lol.  Like I said, he spoiled me, I really can't remember anything he didn't like.  Yes there were a few "whoops" recipes I made, that usually we both decided that that wasn't going to happen again, lol.
I believe my worst experiment, that actually wasn't an experiment, but just a mistake, was the spaghetti incident.
He loved my spaghetti and meatballs.  Meatballs the size of, well larger than a golf ball, smaller than a baseball, lol, homemade sauce, (or gravy as some call it).  I had a jar of pearl onions, so I decided to add it.  And boy was THAT a mistake, what I had failed to realize was that the pearl onions were pickled.  Ick, yuck! NO NO NO, a whole pot of meatballs and sauce completely ruined, woe is me!!
See, we all goof up and make our mistakes, and yes, we can be picky.....but I would rather be killed with kindness, rather than pickyness!

11 July 2012

LIfe is Yummy

Sitting here watching the Waltons (which we do every evening). And its one of my favorite episodes, where Olivia, Jim Bob, and Elizabeth are in a car accident, and get lost in the woods.  Even tho they are scared, and worried, they still enjoy their time together.  Jim Bob and Elizabeth catch fish for supper, and Olivia just simply enjoys watching her children..

A number of years ago I was married (yes, my crabby self!) And I remember laying on my bed a few weeks afterwards, reading a book, and I was content. I looked around at the room, looked over at my husband playing on the computer, and I simply smiled.  The simple things in life are what make us happy, we honestly do not have to go searching for them, they are within our heart.
I don't have to go find a husband, or boyfriend, I don't need to be sitting here crying because I never had (birth) children.  I can be happy with the simple things, accept what wasn't gifted to me, and appreciate what was.

Tonight for supper was very much a blessing, diabetic, low sodium, and YUMMY all in one.

Cubed steak with some cream of mushroom I had made homemade a few weeks ago, then froze.  Just put the cream of mushroom in the pan with the cubed steak, with some water, then popped in the oven til it got yummy.  After I took it out of the oven, I took the meat out, added a wee bit of flour to the liquid, thickened it up, and had a bit of gravy over the meat.

Tree had a baked potato with it (he doesnt like veggies at all, lol)

I made THIS Rice with Roasted Cauliflower, and changed the recipe a little bit, didnt put anysalt,  curry powder or red pepper flakes in it, and used regular onion instead of the green onions, and sprinkled a bit of of Braggs Liquid Aminos in it, since that is a very VERY low sodium soy sauce.  But otherwise I followed the recipe, lol.

And then for a veggie I made Chayote Squash Side Dish recipe, but I found another similiar recipe and combined them.

1 tbs oil
1 garlic clove
1/2 onion chopped
2 squash, peeled and cut into strips
1 tbs vinegar
1/2 tsp sugar
oregano
Heat oil, saute onion and garlic, then add the squash, and the seasonings (except vinegar) cook til tender, add vinegar.

This was really good, but I apparently didnt cook the squash long enough, next time I will roast it in the oven til its tender, then add it to the garlic and onion.  I had cooked it in the microwave for about 3 minutes, but like I said, either next time will do more micro time, or in the oven.

10 July 2012

We can eat normal!

Today Mo had a heart healthy clinic appointment.  Basically what this is, is we go about once a week for different types of education classes.  Nutrition, pharmacy/medications, signs of heart failure, things like that.  Today was talking to the pharmacist, no biggie, talked about the different meds she is on, and how they can effect her, and what OTC meds they dont want her taking (Ibuprofen, Naproxin, Decongestents, etc) because they could either raise her blood pressure, blood sugar, or work against a med she is already taking, or mess up her kidneys.

Tonights supper was spaghetti and broccoli.

Recipes
Spaghetti with meat sauce:
Dreamfields spaghetti 
hamburger
onion
garlic
Italian seasoning
oregano
spaghetti sauce (I got this at Trader Joe's it has the name Trader Giotta's, and it was low sodium, 35 mgs per half cup)
onion powder
garlic powder
1 Italian sausage link (Johnsville, I believe, it has 800 mgs PER LINK, but because I ground it up, and so yes, it was high in sodium, but at least it was all mixed in with everything else)

I sauteed the garlic, onion, and seasonings and powders together for a few minutes til the onion became translucent.  Then added the hamburger, and sausage link.  Ground and cooked it all up, then added the jar of sauce.

Boiled the Dreamfields noodles up, (no salt!) and added it to the meat sauce, let it simmer for awhile.

Broccoli:
Head of broccoli
chopped onion
water
braggs amino
lemon juice
mayo
tarragon

I boiled up the broccoli, with the chopped onion and water, then stirred in about a tbs of mayo, tsp of braggs, tsp of lemon juice, and a tsp or two of tarragon.  Mo really liked this one, she didnt share ANY of her supper with the dogs tonight, lol.

09 July 2012

Cooler today

Weather has been good, at least cooler than it was all last week.  It was about 88-90, considering it was between 100-110 all last week, yep, 90 is a very good temp.
Mo had her second to last PT appointment today, they are really pleased with her.  She is walking well, she always has walked, but some days has a "drunk" day, lol.  She is alot more stable, she is sleeping, and taking naps a little less, and she is doing her exercises on her own, in between sessions.
Martin, not so well.  But I need to start doing some PT with him on our own.  Even if all I do is make him stand and sit down 5 times in a row.  This would at least unkink his body.

Okay, supper tonight: with Mo having to do both diabetic, and low sodium, some days its a bit of hunt, today is pretty easy.

Chili and cornbread (yeah, its hot, but some days it STILL sounds good!!)

Here is the recipes:
Chili:
hamburger
red onion
garlic
onion herb Mrs Dash

saute all together, drain the grease off, pour into stew/soup pot.

1 packet of La Preferida chili seasoning, it has no sodium at all (I found this at Sav-A-Lot)
about 1 1/2 Cups Red Gold no salt added tomato juice (I found this at Sav-A-Lot)
1 can Trader Joe's diced tomatoes no salt added
2 cans chili beans (I completely drained, and rinsed them)
1 can of water (I used the diced tomato can)
and I think I added a bit more water to it to level the liquid just above the ingredients

add all this to the meat mixture, and boil for awhile, then turn down to simmer for about an hour.

Cornbread:
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/homesteader-cornbread/detail.aspx?event8=1&prop24=SR_Title&e11=cornbread&e8=Quick%20Search&event10=1&e7=%2fmy%2frecipebox%2fdefault.aspx
that is the recipe, I eliminated the salt in the recipe.

Mo is on a low sodium diet, with the hope of being around 2,000 mgs of sodium per day, this I got from another site: the minimum sodium requirement is about 1,500 milligrams (mg) of sodium each day. This is less than 1 teaspoon of table salt.  So Mo is allowed 2,000 mgs, and yet 1,500 mgs is less than 1tsp! When she asked me the other day, how MUCH is 2,000mgs, and I told her around about 1 tsp, she moaned and groaned and rolled her eyes.  And you know what, I agree with her, that is absolutely ridiculous!!  How is it something that is natural in our own bodies, in natural foods, and other things, so bad for us, it isnt fair, but its a fact of life, and we have to deal with it.

Happy eating everyone!!

08 July 2012

Whoops

Okay, sorry, had ALOT going on in the past month, and just everything hit a head.  But its all calm again, and on we go!

Mo and Tree are going to Ohio in a couple of weeks to see Mo's daughter and grandkids for a week, so it will just be me and Martin for a week.  Not a total vacation, but it will be quiet around here!!

Tonight for supper was pork chops for Mo and I (marinated them in garlic, onion, and vinegar) and rib eye steak for Tree (marinated the same way) and hotdogs for Martin.  With macaroni and cheese for Tree and Martin, and macaroni (low sodium) for Mo.  And brussel sprouts.

Last night Mo and Tree went on a date last night, went and saw that Ted movie, and went out to eat.  So I called out to a place called The Patio here for Martin and I.  Got him a polish sausage with fries, and got myself a half bbq chicken and rib tips meal.  HUGE meal, and Im still nibbling on it.  Ten bucks and it last me three days, yeah, I can handle that!!

Sorry I havent kept up so well with this, I will work on it more.  Especially now with Mo having to be diabetic and low sodium, so I will be sharing menu's and recipes that I am trying out.

05 June 2012

Another day!

Todays plans, I need to rearrange the living room, its a disaster.  No room to get a wheelchair, or ever letting a person walk through.  Its not messy, just so cluttered with furniture, can't move, and of course they have to have every little thing in here.
I got a blood pressure cuff a few days ago, haven't used it yet, everyone has been going to doctors the last few days (Martin has one this afternoon)  So I am just letting the doctors and nurses do that right now.  I had one years ago, but it got lost in a move.  I just want to make sure everyone is taken care of.
The next thing I need to get is a bathroom scales.
I cleaned out one of my desk drawer boxes (that go on top of a desk or cabinet) just a tiny thing with three drawers and a lift top, nice for inkpens and odds and ends)  I have in it the glucose monitor, and stuff like that.
Well, have too much to do today, so gotta get off here and get to work!!
We are having pork chops and potato salad, and fruit salad with sugar free whipped topping for dessert.
Mo's blood sugar was 357 this morning, I think its just even natural sugar of fruit, she behaved herself yesterday!! Ugh, even the things that are healthy are messing her up, bummers, I feel so bad for her.

04 June 2012

Life is Good

Today was a great day!
Mo had a doctors appointment this morning, she she got a shower (thats another story entirely), and we got there, and we both adore her new doctor.  He spent almost an hour talking to her, asking questions, and basically getting her life story, and listening to her.  Yes thats right people LISTENING to her.
I totally recommend this doctor, he is Doctor Bob Arthur on E Washington Street in Indianapolis, In. 
He is funny, and very personable. 
He took basic cholesterol, blood sugar, those kinds of tests that could be taken right there (her blood sugar was 453, egads!)  He didn't adjust any of her meds, what he wants me to do is keep her on the same insulin, and take her blood sugar a couple of times a day, to see where she is at with it for two weeks.  After that, he will adjust accordingly.  And finally, I have found a doctor that agrees with me that she might be brittle diabetic, everyone else kept telling me she wasn't.  He gave me three referrals to different doctors, an endocronologist, a kidney doctor, and a therapist for her depression.
After that, we went to Sam's Club, and found a few things (and they had samples, so she got to have fun with those!) Got a bag of mixed fruit, some strawberries and cherries, and a box of filet mignon that has the bacon around it, she loves that stuff.
After that, I ran into Walmart real quick, got some sugar free whipped topping, and a couple of over the door shoe racks.  I don't have enough shoes to fill the thing, but I have a habit of throwing things in it anyway.  Once a few years ago, I kept one hanging by my bed, for all the little things use seem to need when you are getting ready for bed, or what not.  Eyeglasses, cell phone, inkpens, little notebooks, stuff that might have been in your pockets, and there was even one hole I had for bills/mail. 
We swung by Taco Bell (I know, too fatty, too carby, etc, but eh, sometimes you have to blow it), came home, and while she chowed down, I got the stuff into the house, the dog taken care of, Idiot Dog, (yes, that is his name) had knocked the recliner in front of the front door, and I had a heck of a time getting in!
Actually his name is Ezekiel Galileo, but quite often he lives up to his nickname of Idiot Dog.
Once I finally got to eat, I started in on supper (starting early because it takes time) making potato salad, cucumber salad, and chicken salad.  Just one of those hot days where hot foods just make you go *ew, ick*.

I know I was supposed to be doing something else for supper tonight, but thats the good thing about working out of the home, I basically get to do what I want, and Im de Momma!  (If you are old enough to remember the Dinosaurs, you will understand the reference!)

Tomorrow is Marvins turn at the doctor.  Life is really good, yes, we all have days where we want to pull out every hair in our heads, but the good days totally make up for those days.

01 June 2012

You Have GOT To Be Kidding me!

So today was supposed to be a good day, and honestly it was.  I slept (and apparently so did everyone else) til ten, when I got up, Mo had been up for a few minutes, and had egg salad for breakfast (hey works for me!)  I got everyone their meds, etc, and breakfast.  The day went pretty well, I got quite a bit of laundry done, and walked over to Kmart to get stuff for chili.  Its 60 degrees and overcast and a bit on the chilly side.  Then about 430 Tree calls and tells me the van at the shop is ready (Yippie!!).  Its only a few blocks away, so I walk my happy but over there, and they wont accept checks.  URGH! The bank has been giving me a hassle about sending a check/debit card. They say they order it, I wait the few days, it never shows up, I go over to the bank and ask them what is up, and they say it was never ordered, ARGH!! So now I have to wait til tomorrow, get a ride to the bank, get more money out, and THEN finally go get the van.
So I walk back home, and unfortunately I end up jumping all over Mo, because I have caught her eating, even tho basically supper is ready, I just need to finish the cornbread to go with the chili.
Mo is in complete denial of her diabetes, she says she isn't, but she says she refuses to accept that she has it.  Well, Dears that is denial!!
I have had two doctors tell her that she is eating herself to death, she tells me I am crazy, the doctors never said it.  I honestly give up, I can't force her to do anything.  She is an adult, she has her complete faculties, and she is her own power of attorney.  So I can only do my best, not bring anything "bad" into the house, and encourage her to eat the right foods. 
But it is a good day, the chili is good, its been a cool day, the heat had been so unbearable, this was a nice end to the week. 
Next week is going to be fun, three doctors appointments in three days!  I will be chasing my tail, lol.

31 May 2012

Somedays You Just Want to Stay In Bed

I do not want anyone thinking that I am not happy with my life choices, or that I hate, or resent Mo, Tree or Martin.  Honestly I do not.
I am sure as a parent, there are days you feel like selling your children on Ebay to the highest bidder, do we think badly of you? No, we understand that there are some days, your kids are the spawn of Satan, and if you could deny any and all knowledge of them, you would.
Today was one of those days.  Actually it didnt start so badly, well it kind of did.  I woke up at 3am, not being able to fall back to sleep, so I watched some tv, read a book, and played on line for awhile.  At 5, Martin woke up and wanted something to eat, so I went ahead and got him his morning meds, and breakfast.  Finally about 7 I fell back to sleep for awhile, and woke up at 9.  They were both still asleep, so I got some housework done, and some phone calls taken care of.  By the time they both woke up around 10:30, I had quite a bit done.
I made egg salad for lunch, and they had it with coleslaw, Mo loved it, I didn't find out til later that Martin didn't..
I went to Kmart and got a few odds and ends, and came home and made some more fruit salad. 
At about 5pm, Martin said he was hungry, that he didn't like the egg salad (but had eaten the coleslaw).  So I told him I would have supper in a little while.  At about 5:45 I took supper into him (it was waffles, scrambled eggs and sausage and fruit salad), he ate all but a bit of the eggs, and fruit salad.  I was sitting in the living room, getting ready to go in and get his plate, when I hear a crash.  I go in there asking him about it, and he says "Oh, I  heard a crash, but I don't know what it is"  I look around, but don't see anything wrong, but I also can't find his dishes.  I check behind his recliner (he sleeps in a recliner instead of a bed).  OMG its a mess back there! Its like looking under your five year olds bed!! I nearly had a heart attack.  His plate from lunch, along with supper, is flipped upside down, so now there is all kinds of eggs and fruit salad on carpeting.  I found his remote control, cell phone, eyeglasses, couple of drinking glasses, blankets and other clothes, sheeesh!!  From now on I am inspecting his room at least once a day!
So I got all that cleaned up, and then at 9:30, I got everyones meds and insulins and whatever else they needed. 
I about had another heart attack, Mo's blood sugar was 323.  I swear up and down she is brittle diabetic (basically someone who all they have to do is smell any kind of food, and their sugar goes haywire).  But doctors just keep telling me she needs to eat healthy, she DOES!
As I said, she was late getting up, so no breakfast, but she had egg salad sandwich, and coleslaw for lunch, then for supper she had two waffles, scrambled eggs (with cheese) two sausage links, and fruit salad.  Then for her 8pm snack she had cottage cheese with fruit salad, and a few cheese puffs.  True the only veggies she got today was the coleslaw, but she isn't much of a veggie eater, its like getting your 3 year old to eat spinach, NOT GOING TO HAPPEN!!
Mo has had three strokes and three (hospital worthy) heart attacks, with smaller attacks where she let the pain go away.  She worries the crap out of me, because she even tells me that she doesn't care about her blood sugar, she is hungry, she will eat.  She is 4'10, and weighs around 180, she always complains about her weight, but refuses to do anything about it.  Not that I am much better, I am 5'0 and 280, so yes, I am just as bad, if not worse.  But I get up, I walk to Kmart, or to where ever else it is I need to go to.  Yes, I sit in front of the computer alot, and yes I don't eat as healthy as I should.  I am fortunate in so far not being diabetic, my mother, and both grandmothers were/are diabetic, so I am sure it will happen, I just don't know when.

I am not trying to control what Martin or Mo do, how they eat, or how they live, I can only control myself.  But I am their caregiver, I am the one who takes them to the doctors, and the doctors look to me to do whats right, I can't do that, if they refuse to do so.  Yes, they are adults, and they will do what they want, but it sure would be alot easier if they cared enough about themselves, to take care of themselves.

30 May 2012

Todays meals, and Ideas

Okay, so for breakfast today, Martin got cereal, and Mo got waffles, scrambled eggs and pineapple tidbits.
For lunch I think I am going to run to Fazolis (its less than a block away, I can literally run, lol)  I am craving pizza, and their pizza taint so bad.  Mo likes nearly anything from there, Martin will most likely only want spaghetti.
For supper tonight is Kielbasa, mashed potatoes, veggie salad, and fruit salad.  
I got the stuff to make some rice pudding, so I will most likely make that for dessert too.
So I woke up before everyone this morning, so I walked over to Kmart (I love living in an area where  Kmart, four resturaunts, and a few other things are all within walking distance!)  I got a fan for the kitchen, and a trashcan for the kitchen.  As I said in an earlier post, we just moved to Indy, and somehow the trashcan for the kitchen got left behind (along with the vacuum cleaner, and a few other things!!) And I also grabbed a few groceries,   But I didn't get a whole lot, since I was walking, and had to drag everything home, lol.
Here is the dinner plans for the rest of the week:
Thursday: Waffles, scrambled eggs, fruit salad, and sausage
Friday: Chicken salad, cucumber salad, and potato salad
Saturday (if can find it) steak umms over baked potatoes and salad, otherwise will try to find the thinnest cut of meat I can find.  They love having basically Philly Cheesesteak over baked potatoes, works for me!!
Sunday: Beef and Potato Casserole I found this recipe floating around online, can be done int he crockpot, and with the oven being persnickety right now, this is a good alternative.  The family does like shepherds pie, and this is just a variation of it.
I will keep you updated on who likes what, what was a hit, and what was a miss!



29 May 2012

Picky Eaters!

Picky eaters are going to be the death of me!
I am not sure how many know, but I am a live in aide for a family.  I do everything, basically I am Mom of three adults who are going to put me in an early grave, lol.
First there is Mo, she is 67 years old, diabetic, ornery, and spoiled rotten (and she admits it!)  Then there is her husband, Tree, (we won't say his full name, lets just say, he has one of the most unusual names I have ever heard) he is 65, and picky, picky PICKY!  Then there is Mo's brother, long story short, she and her brother last saw eachother in 1985 at their mothers funeral.  They vaguely kept in contact over the phone, but otherwise didn't have much contact.  Two years ago, Martin had a heart attack, and was found laying unconscious on his living room floor by a neighbor, they contacted Mo, as she was the next of kin.  Martin was living in Ohio, we were living in Mo at the time.  Martin moved into a nursing home, then we moved him into a nursing home in the town we were living in last year.  This past month, we moved to Indianapolis, bringing Martin with us.
Martin is 71, has lived alone the majority of his life, so he pretty much hides in his room.  He is a computer whiz, so he plays on the computer alot, and watches tv, but thats pretty much it for him.
Martin is my biggest worry actually.  He is an extremely picky eater.  These are the foods he WILL eat: Cauliflower, salad, hamburgers, hotdogs, baked or mashed potatoes (with or without gravy), grilled cheese, anything with hamburger (shepherds pie, spaghetti, hamburger helper, things like that), chicken salad, chicken and dumplings (or noodles), potato salad, pickles, and that my dears is about it.  I might be missing a couple of things, but can't remember, lol).
What makes it even more difficult, is that he is diabetic, so I want him to eat healthy, and variety of foods, but he doesn't like variety at all honestly.
Tree is just as bad, he will eat pasta (lasagna is his fave meal), anything with hamburger in it, hamburgers, hotdogs, spam, beef steaks, potato salad, very few veggies.  He won't eat pork except for sausage and bacon. Potatoes, and a few other things.
Basically, what Mo likes, Martin and Tree don't like, and what they like, its doubtful Mo likes it.  There are many times I have to cook two meals per meal.
For example, for Mo's breakfast, she will eat nearly anything, cold or hot cereal, waffles, pancakes, sausage (links not patties), sausage gravy, toast, biscuits, eggs, and nearly anything else you can think of that would be served at breakfast.
Martin will only eat cold cereal, scrambled eggs, waffles, and sausage gravy.
Tree is on his own (I typically only have to make supper for Tree, and he isn't in bad health like Mo and Martin are, and is capable of being a big boy!)
For lunch Mo will eat nearly any type of sandwich, spam, bacon, peanut butter, ham, turkey, etc etc.  Any type of salad (veggie, or fruit) and loves chicken noodle soup, and tomato soup, and bean soup.
For lunch Marvtn will eat grilled cheese, salad, a banana, a hamburger (If I am running errands and bring something home), or a can of bean soup.
So for supper, lets say I want to make baked chicken, buttered noodles and a veggie.  I have to make either a hamburger, or grilled cheese for Marvin, and either hamburger or beef steak for Oak.  As for veggies, lets say I make green beans, I have to make something else for Marvin and Oak, they will both eat peas, Marvin will eat cauliflower, or a salad.
The only true time I can get everyone to agree is if I make meatloaf, spaghetti, salsbury steak, hamburger helper (homemade of course), Salad, cauliflower, buttered noodles, baked potatoes, mashed potatoes, mac and cheese.
Martin doesnt like tacos, or anything Mexican, so if I make taco salad, he gets the salad only part of it, Tree doesn't like Chinese, so if I make Chinese (lets say beef and broccoli with fried rice) then I have to make something competely different for Tree.
None of them really see it as a problem, because they don't mind if foods are repeated daily, I think all of them would be perfectly happy eating hamburgers, french fries, and potato salad daily.  But that gets boring, and not that healthy!!
I get tired of making the same things all the time.
I nearly look forward to the holidays, just so I can cook something different!
I am on the hunt for recipes, and ideas, because my brain is overloaded.  Not sure what I am going to do, but I will figure it out.

22 March 2012

Chicken Yumminess!


This is the recipe for my Chicken things ...LOL
You can play with this any way you like and add or take away to your liking and taste.
What I use for the standard recipe:
2 packs 12 inch tortilla shells
1 whole chicken ( or if you would rather just use 6 boneless chicken breasts)
2 cans each cream of chicken soup, mushroom soup.
1 can cream of cheddar soup.
1 bunch of scallions (chopped).
1 bag shreaded Mexican blend cheese.

Ok now what ya do with this..
Boil the chicken and save about 1 cup of the broth. A boullion cube can be added for even more chickeny flavor.
After the broth is removed from the chicken add about 2/3 cup to the soups and the chopped scallions and let simmer while you dice up the chicken. (Chicken can be diced, chopped, stringed, bent, broken, spindled or just plain mutalated)
Add the chicken to the mix and stir frequently so it doesn't stick, as the mixture is sorta thick.
After you feel the flavors have blended nicely, remove from the burner and spoon out onto tortilla shells wrapping each up individualy and placing them on a none greased baking pan (pizza pan or cookie sheet). About two or three heaping table spoon fulls pre roll up.
Continue until all the mix is gone or you run out of shells. Remaining mix can be spread on top of roll ups. Now sprinkle the shreaded cheese over the top of filled tortilla shells and back at 375 degrees until cheese on top has melted nicely.
Serve alone or with what ever your heart desires.
The number of yield depends on how full you make them. But trust me if you have kids or people who like good food there are never enough.
You can add chopped bell peppers, spices, mushrooms, broccoli. You can stretch it with chicken flavored rice added to the mix.
You can use canned chicken for a smaller batch. Let me know what you think of this and what else you may have done to change it.

I swiped this from Tailyanker who swiped it from Rocker