Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Eye Surgery!

The weather has been awesome these past few days. Yesterday we had hard rains and soft rains all through the day with thunder and lightening.

I really had to push myself to go off to exercise class but I did it and was glad for it. Came home cleaned up and ran to the store for a few things.

Came home and sat out on the porch enjoying the beautiful cool breeze and rain.

Today went to the eye Dr. and yes I really need cataract surgery really bad. The vision in the left eye is just about non existent. So next Wed. is the day. I am so happy to finally get this taken care of.
I shouldn't complain about my eye sight when my grandson maybe blind in the eye he had the tumor behind but they say it's to soon to tell. We are praying for a full recovery.

I can't wait for this month to be over. So much is going on. But looking good for pulling out mid June for a few weeks or a month.

Good Night All

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Moon Shots

Went out with my daughter Tracy for breakfast this morning and did a little shopping. We hung out at my house for a little while before I took her back home.

Didn't do to much after I returned home. Gathered things to get the week started.

My sister called to tell me about the moon so I grabbed the camera and headed out the door.

Sure wish I had a good program to remove the wires.

Hope everyone had a peaceful but fun weekend.

Good Night All

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Awesome Day

It was a beautiful morning and I sat out and drank a second cup of coffee. I later went in and got a nice cold bottle of water and sat out most of the day. I did get half of the fence up but kept forgetting to bring the keys out to open the shed for the other half. Filled the fountain with water and it started right up. Once it got to hot we came in.

I called my friend Dianne and we made some tentative plans for mid June up in the White Mountains.

Then this crazy storm blew in and I thought for sure the slats were going to be torn off the side of the porch. It rained pretty good and then the wind stopped. It had cooled down really nice so out we went again.

I also made another dish I may have shared before but can't remember. This one was from my friend Terry. I need to stop making all these dishes as the fridge is quite full now and I am tired of cleaning up the messes I make in the kitchen LOL.

·        ½ C quinoa, rinsed and drained. (buy boxed, already rinsed; I think it’s near packaged rice)
·        ½ C farro (find packaged near quinoa or packaged rice
·        1 C frozen shelled edamame, thawed
·        1 C fresh or frozen whole kernel corn, thawed if frozen
·        1 C frozen broccoli florets, thawed
·        1 yellow or orange bell pepper, sliced and cut into @1” pieces
·        ½ medium red onion, diced into whatever size pieces you want
·        8 or more grape tomatoes, halved or quartered, depending on size
·        ¼ C lime juice
·        2 Tbsp. olive oil

In a small saucepan, combine quinoa and 1 cup water.  Bring to boil, reduce heat. 
.Cover and simmer 15 minutes or until water is absorbed.
Remove from heat; set aside
. cooking  farro according to package directions.   but doesn’t absorb water and needs to be drained.

1.      You can use just about any firm vegetable you want: carrots, cauliflower, green beans, etc.  In most instances I would use the frozen variety, thawed, because fresh would be too firm.

2.      I omit the cilantro because I do not like it.

I had some of this tonight with a wonderful piece of Talapia baked in the toaster oven.

Hope everyone had an equally wonderful day.

Good Night All

Friday, May 1, 2015

Hotel Saguaro

I made it through exercise class today legs a little wobbly but it was all good. 

Came home cleaned up and went off to the Mission looking for something important and couldn't find it. And the lady in the church store was so nasty I wanted to slap her. So walked out but not before I let the other person  know what I thought and a sale they lost.

Took a few pictures but it was so hot we moved on to have lunch. I ran into my youngest daughter there where she was having lunch with her friend who is celebrating her birthday today.

After lunch just headed home as the heat was really high. Guess summer has arrived.

This was one busy Saguaro but hard to photo because of the position of the sun

Looked like all the rooms were booked

It sure will be nice to sit out on the porch and enjoy my coffee without having to run out by 8:30 am.

Good Night All

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Diner Guest

Went to the make up  exercise class this morning then stopped at Dr. office to pick up the labs that need to be done. While I was there we did a weigh in and I lost 4 lbs. Very happy about that. Tomorrow is another class and then a 2 day reprieve. But I'll make sure I keep moving and do some stretches.

My daughter Debbie came by tonight and we had diner together. Had some Southwestern Chicken, Spanish rice and I had Southwestern Black Bean salad. Debbie doesn't like black beans. It was a nice visit. We don't get to see much of each other these days with her busy schedule running her boys everywhere. At least basketball is over for a few months and that will give her a break.

Good Night All

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The Culprits

I finally remembered to grab my camera this morning on the way to exercise class so I can take pictures of some of the culprits of the allergy season. Of course the winds have added to every one's misery too.

Palo Verde trees usually don't bloom this long and of course they grown everywhere. You can see the Saguaro in the back ground is now budding out too

 I'm not sure what the name of these trees are but the floors look like Orchids they are so pretty. Due to the wind the flower had to be held still
 Oleanders usually seen  as bushes these have been worked into trees but they are really bad for allergies too

Tomorrow we have our make up exercise class and then another class on Friday that's 3 days in a row I wonder how I'll manage this well I hope.

Tonight I made the Loaded Cauliflower and it sure was good

1 large head of Cauliflower cut into bite size pieces (approx 6 cups)
6-8 strips of bacon cooked and crumbled (Cooked in oven at 400° for 20 mins) I used imitation bacon bits
6 Tbs chopped Chives
1/2 cup Mayonnaise ( fat free)
1/2 cup Sour Cream (fat free)
2 cups Colby Jack Cheese ( may use cheddar) or any cheese of your choice
8 oz container sliced mushrooms (I don't use mushrooms in mine)(optional)
Preheat oven to 425°
In a large pot boil water and cook Cauliflower for 8 - 10 minutes, drain and let cool.
In a large bowl combine sour cream, mayo, 1/2 of crumbled bacon, 3 tbs chives, 1 cups of cheese, mushrooms and cauliflower and mix well... place in baking dish and cover with remaining 1 cup of cheese and rest of bacon crumbles. Bake for 15-20 minutes until cheese is melted. top with remaining 3 T chives and serve.

This is one of the flowers that made it through the winter

Good Night All

Saturday, April 25, 2015

New Recipes

The morning was so nice so I went out and finally sprayed the weeds. Swept up the mess on the porch from all the wind. Which came up again shortly after I finished.

I did some searching for new recipes today and found a few. The one I will share tonight was given to me by someone in the crochet class. I also made a turkey loaf.

Mock Potato Salad
2 cps Cauliflower (cook firm, cool, chop)
2 Hard boiled eggs, chopped
 2 Tb, low fat Mayonnaise ( 2 grams)
1 tsp. salt
2 Tb, bell pepper ( your choice I used mini red)
1 Stalk celery, diced fine
2 tsp olive oil ( I used 1)
2 tsp, red wine vinegar
1 tsp. Prepared mustard ( I used spice mustard)
Mix all ingredients well and top with paprika, and chill well

Total points for 4 servings, or 2.5 points per serving
I use salad plates instead of larger plate for smaller portion control.

Now I don't think it tasted like potato salad but it sure was tasty.

As I make new things I will share them with you. They are all low cal or low carb.

Good Night All