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.