Robitussin is my new bff

I feel SO much better after taking this stuff!  I haven’t been sick in so long I didn’t even realize that I needed to sign off that I was over 18 to buy this stuff!   I got the non-drowsy for the day and then Tylenol PM for tonight.  All I know is that I am able to do things, like grocery shopping, without having to stop and cough.  😀

Our grocery shop went great, I’ll detail in my next post.  Even including $19.99 spent on one ingredient (the 1 pound of lump crab) our groceries came to $152.07, which when you see my menu I think is great!  Not only does that include Superbowl Sunday, but also 7 complete dinners and lunchmeat for Tony’s sandwiches during the week. 

So do you ever have a jones for certain things?  Mine is gyros!  I love the fact that they take your pita and fry (i.e. soak!) the pita in butter before adding the gyros meat!   Hannah and I split one, but I ended up taking off 2 ounces of the meat, using my TJ pita and only having 2 ounces of fries, which I of course added Tabasco!

stacking my fries like that makes me think I have more!

stacking my fries like that makes me think I have more!

I just steamed my pita for  30 seconds and then put in my gyros meat – with 1 tablespoon of the cucumber sauce on the side.  Hit the spot!

524 calories, 29 fat and 50 carbs

524 calories, 29 fat and 50 carbs

Now before I would have had the whole pita, with a large fry by myself.  That version would have been 1185 calories, 64 fat and 83 carbs!  Yikes! 

What is your favorite fast food go to?

Off to clean up the kitchen so we can bring in the groceries.  Lot’s to do!  See you later. 😀

Mmmm….Ham Steak

Tony loves ham steak but I rarely think to get it.  When I was at Aldi last week I saw it and picked it up – this whole steak only cost $3.25!  I pan fried it in Pam for about 6 minutes a side.


I heated up some premade hashbrowns in the toaster oven, and made us eggs/egg white scrambled eggs.  Delicious!

My plate comes in at 415 calories, 22 fat, 15 carbs

My plate comes in at 415 calories, 22 fat, 15 carbs

I still haven’t gotten rid of my cough yet!  Thanks for all your suggestions so far though! 😀  I am going to go to the pharmacy today and see what types of cough syrups I can get.  The problem with that is  a lot of them interfere with my blood sugar, so my options are sometimes limited.  The worst part is that I feel okay, so I keep wanting to do things, only to start hacking up a lung!

Yesterday I said I was going to post the recipe for Joe’s Crab and Artichoke Dip from Joe’s Crab Shack.  I had it all wrong – the recipe comes from Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab restaurant – big difference!  This is the dip I am making for the Superbowl.  I am also going to be making steak tartare!  Tony and Joe absolutely love it, but I just can’t over the raw meat factor.  You need to get REALLY good meat for this so a trip to the butcher shop is on the list today.

Joe’s Crab and Artichoke Dip

  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1 pound lump crab meat
  • 1 cup grated asiago cheese
  • 3/4 cup rough chopped artichoke hearts
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions (no thank you)
  • 1/2 cup diced red bell peppers (Tony doesn’t want that added)
  • 1/2 cup diced celery (which we are leaving out because the texture is just like onions!)
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley
  • 2 tablespoons sherry wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Tabasco Sauce (yea!!)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1/2 cup grated asiago cheese

Whip cream cheese until smooth and light with mixer.  Add may and combine well.  Fold in the remaining ingredients by hand with rubber spatula gently until combined well.

Pour into a greased 9×9 baking dish.  Sprinkle top with grated asiago.  Bake in 400 degree oven for 10 to 12 minutes, or until golden brown.  Place under broiler for additional one minute to brown more if necessary.  Serve with your favorite chips: garlic crisps, pita chips, etc.

Okay, I am off to get some relief from this cough!  See you later!

Home Remedies and Easy Pizza

So although I have buffalo chicken pizza on my brain, we just ordered pizza tonight – I didn’t want to get my germs all over everyone’s pizza!   Next week that will definitely be on the menu!

classic sausage pizza with my trusty Tabasco!

classic sausage pizza with my trusty Tabasco!

 So Tony has been on the internet trying to find home remedies for my cough.  It’s a dry cough, not a satisfying cough if you know what I mean!  Other than that I feel fine!   It’s so annoying!

So first up:  1 teaspoon honey, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, warm water and drink.  The results?  Didn’t help.

Next up:  Vick’s Vaporub on my feet with socks.  The results?  Not sure yet.

Now he’s shouting “do we have cayenne pepper and ground ginger?’  I think I need to get him off the computer!

I hope I feel better tomorrow – its football weekend and I have a lot planned!  Off to relax – we just saw Howie do it.  When I laugh that makes me cough too, so maybe we should stick to dramas tonight! 

Sleep tight!

Shrimp Soup for the Soul

I decided I needed to make soup for my cold/cough/flu whatever I have.  In between coughing fits, I heated up 1 can of chicken broth, 1.5 ounce diced carrots, sprinkle of lemon pepper seasining, Italian seasoning, 2 ounces whole wheat spaghetti and 1.5 ounces of shrimp, and lots of crushed red pepper, which made for a really spicy broth!

I knew I wanted a protein in my soup, but the chicken would take to long to thaw and when I try to defrost meat in the microwave, I always end up cooking part of it!  So I just tossed the shrimp in the last minute until they turned pink.

290 calories, 2 fat and 50 carbs

I ate every drop: 290 calories, 2 fat and 50 carbs

 So while I was waiting for the carrots to cook in my soup, I had to be creative with Tony’s lunch.  It’s the end of the week, the lunch meat is gone, and seriously I think he’s sick of sandwiches by now!   So I looked in my cupboard and found way in the back two small pouches of tuna.  And the tuna melt idea was born!

I don’t like tuna, and when I don’t like things they tend not to get put in my shopping cart!  We’ve been married over 8 years, and I don’t think I’ve ever made him this sandwich before – and I know he likes it!

I just threw in what I thought would work.  The tuna, about 4 tablespoons of Annie’s parmesan and artichoke salad dressing (need to get mayo!), a splash of lemon juice, a sprinkle of lemon pepper seasoning and salt.  I first toasted the bread so it wouldn’t got soggy under the broiler.  Then topped with the tuna and fresh sliced tomatoes:

I love how sliced tomatoes look - wish I liked them!

I love how sliced tomatoes look - wish I liked them!

under a blanket of swiss cheese under the broiler for about 3 minutes

under a blanket of swiss cheese under the broiler for about 3 minutes

He loved it, and I promise I left the kitchen when I had to cough and I washed my hands about five times!

Now on to more good eats!

Megan made a delectable (and easy) caramel chocolate cake.  You can never go wrong with chocolate!

Lisa with Chocolate Eclair Puff – simply brilliant!

Stephanie made a mouth watering Pulled Pork BBQ in her crockpot.  I just stumbled onto her site, but it looks like she has TONS of crockpot recipes for anyone else who loves their crockpot – especially in the winter!  Can’t wait to see what else she has on her site!

Aggie made a delicious Mongolian Beef – you know how much I like a good stirfry.  I think even Tony would consider this a full meal instead of my tofu additions!

Tony googled “dry cough” and told me to try 1 teaspoon honey, 1 teaspoon lemon juice with warm water and drink it really fast.  We’ll see if that works!

It’s official . . . I am sick.

I could not stop coughing last night and for someone who is usually asleep 60 seconds after putting my head on my pillow AND not moving until the alarm goes off (and I usually don’t hear that!) I think I got about 4 hours of sleep last night.   I am glad I don’t have a sore throat though, I think that’s worse than coughing!

So today is going to be the most boring food you will ever see.  Don’t believe me?  Here’s my breakfast:

1/2 plain bagel with light margarine

1/2 plain bagel with light margarine

Want to see some good eats though?

Cory made an amazing Buffalo Chicken Pizza. In all my pizza party Friday’s, I can’t believe I’ve never made that!

Kevin made a Sweet Potato Poutine, which is Canada’s version of cheese fries I think?  Kevin, let me know if I am wrong about that!

Zesty cooked up some Roasted Cayenne Cauliflower Popcorn.  I just recently tried cauliflower and found that I like it!  Although don’t fall for the low carb trick of making mashed cauliflower because it tastes just like mashed potatoes because it doesn’t!

Robin Sue  made an wonderful Jalapeno Popper Dip!  OMG, what an awesome idea!!  That is definitely on my to do list to make, especially when I am not hacking up a lung!

The Recipe Girl  kicked up plain old nachos by making Chorizo, Bean and Cheese Nachos.  Umm…cheese!

MaryBeth made the cuttest Posh PiggiesPerfect finger food for a certain football game this weekend!

Okay, I am off to rest some more.  Come back later for more links to other peoples great food today and I am going to post my recipe for Joe’s Crab Shack’s Crab and Artichoke Dip I am making for Sunday.  It sounds delicious!

On Top of Old Smokey

Okay, so you know how I’ve said that Hannah doesn’t really like meat all that much?  Like almost never!  Except for chicken, any red meat is pretty much out of the question, unless its really tiny and cooked to death.  Any hint of pink inside and it will quickly be put in a napkin and placed on the side of her plate.

She came into the kitchen as I was putting together the meatballs. 

Hannah: “What are you making?”

Me: “Meatballs.”

Hannah: “How big are they going to be?”

Me: “About the size of golf balls.”

Hannah: “Could you make some for me, but make them tiny and cook them really good?”

Thus was born the tiniest meatballs I have ever made:

Ours came in at 1 ounce each, her marble size ones were .3 ounces!

Ours came in at 1 ounce each, her marble size ones were .3 ounces!

I didn’t really follow any real recipe.  Just used up what I had on hand.  I had leftover meat from our burgers and used the rest of the homemade garlic bread crumbs.  Then tossed in some Italian seasoning, fresh shredded parmesan cheese and a splash of egg whites.  I pan fried them in a smidge of canola oil and Pam.


I had 6 ounces of cooked penne, 4 ounces of sauce, 3 meatballs and a tablespoon of Parmesan cheese.  I almost forgot the crushed red pepper!   Don’t worry, after I  took the picture I sprinkled my plate very liberally!

562 calories, 16 fat, 67 carbs

562 calories, 16 fat, 67 carbs

So I want to say there has to be thousands of 100 packsout there.  Doesn’t matter what it is.  100 pack Cheetos, 100 pack oreo cookies, pretty soon they’ll be coming out with 100 pack meatballs!  My friend Cassie at work picked up these for $1.  The outside of the package looks so welcoming!

Little Debbie brand

Little Debbie brand

Here’s how big they are!

Yep, just a little bigger than the size of a large paperclip!

Yep, just a little bigger than the size of a large paperclip!

Isn’t that rediculous!! 

My kitchen is a mess.  Two things mostly happen when I make dinner – every once in a while I’ll set off the smoke detector, but the one constant is I make the biggest mess!  I seriously can use about 5 different spoons and 8 bowls to make one dinner.  It makes Hannah nuts.  So much so, that I’ll be cooking, I’ll reach for something, and she’ll say “I already put it away!”

See you guys in the morning!

Are there. . .

some tasks that either you or your spouse are better at, so that job just is always handled by that person? 

For me and Tony, its snow removal.  Tony is a master at snow removal!  The sidewalk next to our house, even the deck off the front door that we hardly used gets a clean sweep!

Me, not so much.  If I can get to my car without falling I am satisfied with that! 

So Hannah is taking Tony to get his hair cut this afternoon – first time since his surgery!  My first thought last night was “how is he going to get through all that ice and snow out the back door with his crutches?”

Hannah and I talked about it – there is probably a good 2 inch layer of snow RIGHT outside the back door.  We thought about pouring hot water over it, hoping it would melt and we could shovel it.  We proposed this idea to Tony, and I think he thought we were both nuts! 

So I sent Hannah to the store last night to get some salt to melt the ice.  Poor thing, she came back with two 40 pound bags of water softening salt!  She didn’t realize there was a difference.

So at lunch today, I went to the Hardware store and bought a 50 pound bag of Ice Busters.  I then picked up Subway for me and Tony, went to the bank to get him some cash, and then went home to lay the salt down.  I am hoping by the time Hannah gets home from school she’ll be able to shovel a nice clear path for Tony.  Fingers crossed!

Now onto lunch, I got the 6 inch turkey Subway, no cheese or oil, extra hot peppers though!  And quite possibly the best potato chip ever made:  Miss Vickie’s Jalapeno Kettle Chips!  1/2 a bag sets me back 100 calories – and let me tell you, its hard to resist reaching back into that bag and finishing them off!

Lunch comes in at 385 calories, 11 fat and 52 carbs

Lunch comes in at 385 calories, 11 fat and 52 carbs

Tonight is a simple dinner – spaghetti and meatballs!  See you then!