Let’s Party #13

Hey! Are you ready for another Party??

I’m late this week … sorry!

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Here’s an off the wall picture of the Kirkland Brand Fully Cooked Bacon … they must have finally paid off Hormel to get their own! $11.99 (if my memory serves me right) and so worth it since I’m the only one that seems to eat the stuff nowdays!

Mark had his 2nd round of chemo Tuesday with his continuing pump through Thursday afternoon. So far, he’s tolerated it rather well, a little queasy, a little tired, a little bit of that jolting/electrical charge in his mouth, throat, lips and hands when cold things make contact. That’s due to the Folfox I guess. All the things they told him to expect. I’m hoping that he tolerates Friday better than the last time!

Ok, that’s it for the Mark update!

We had some awesome shares last week! But because I’m LATE, I won’t be linking any of them but please, be sure to check out some of the great stuff that’s being put out there!

I’m fairly easy going and will not tire you with rules, BUT please, make sure you share family friendly links and tips and while you are at it, go visit some of the other folks who are sharing here!

We all love comments so make sure you leave a comment when you go visit the others!

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Let’s Party #12

Hey! Are you ready for another Party??

clam chowder to eat

Mark had his first round of chemo Tuesday with his continuing pump through Thursday evening. So far, he’s tolerated it rather well, a little queasy, a little tired, a little cleaning of the pipes, etc. All the things you’d expect. He explained Friday afternoon that he felt like he had just a little bit too much to drink the night before, which, he hadn’t … but he equates his feeling to a slight hangover. I will say that his energy level is LOW … and I’m trying super hard to be patient and understanding about it. This is what I will have to work on … I hate sitting around all day and night without doing something …

Ok, that’s it for the Mark update!

We had some awesome shares last week!  *UPDATE – my links did NOT pull in on the original post but I’ve since fixed that! Whoops!*

Emily at Life Sew Savory shared an awesome Tomato Basil Bruschetta … this is one of my all time favorite appetizers to make!

And then there was Jessa at Low Carb Delish sharing her Cheesy Cheddar Cauliflower Rice … I’m going to have to give this a try and share my results … her dish looks super delicious!

And because Easter is right around the corner AND I’m a grandmother now, I had to check out these Cute Chick Easter Crafts by Kelli at 3 Boys and a Dog! Definitely pinned this for the future (I’ve got a year or so to perfect my child crafting skills!). I think I need to start a Pinterest Board called Nolan Skills 😉

I’m fairly easy going and will not tire you with rules, BUT please, make sure you share family friendly links and tips and while you are at it, go visit some of the other folks who are sharing here!

We all love comments so make sure you leave a comment when you go visit the others!

Thanks for sharing the love!

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Easy Clam Chowder

A few years ago, my sister in law shared this recipe with us while we were visiting Indiana … and Mark was like WOW and all over it.

Three of the main reasons we like this:

1 – no chunky tomatoes … Mark, the master chef, will NOT eat cooked chunky tomatoes. It’s either New England Clam Chowder or nothing at all

2 – everything is pretty much from the pantry which is kind of cool to have on hand for a last minute soup

3 – it’s fast and easy to make!

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New England Clam Chowder is creamy. Manhattan is red and chunky. A no no for Mark. Especially now.

Just for the record, I do NOT like clam chowder, normally, AND I don’t normally like things that are highly processed (aka, canned stuff) but hey, it’s tasty, it’s a once in while soup and NOW it’s something that Mark can eat and tolerate so I’m all over it!

chop bacon in food processor

It is a little indulgent so for the average bear, I wouldn’t make this DAILY but once every few weeks would be deemed acceptable 😉  Here’s what you need!

1 pound of bacon, cooked and crumbled. Save a LOT of the bacon grease in the skillet when done

2 medium onions, chopped

4 cans of baby clams

5 cans of diced potatoes, drained

3 cans of cream of celery soup

2 cups half and half

2 cups milk

2 tsp dry dill

chopped bacon
Make you life easier and toss that cooked bacon in a food processor, give a quick whirl and Ta Da! Chopped Bacon! 

Cook your onion in that skillet with some leftover bacon grease. Go ahead, it’s ok! Cook until soft and translucent. Add the juice from the canned clams. Set the clams aside for now.

drained canned clams

Add the potatoes to the pan and cook until they are tender, about 15 to 20 minutes.

Add the balance of the ingredients EXCEPT the clams. Stir and allow to simmer for about 45 minutes or until thick.

soup coming along

Add your clams in at end here, stir and let cook for a few minutes until they are warmed through. Don’t let them cook too long as they will become chewier and well, we know that super chewy clams are no good.

clam chowder to eat

Dish up and top with some bacon bits and a little fresh parsley if you have. Enjoy!

This makes a LOT and can feed 12 with a few leftover servings. We’ve frozen this in the past and it has re-heated just fine!

Looking forward to sharing with some of these GREAT Parties … go check them out!

#Soup   #FastDinners   #EatDinnerAtHome   #SoftFoods   #BeatCancer 

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French Onion Soup

*This is a recipe that I’ve had since 1998! I’ve made it quite a few times and decided to share it with YOU from the “other” site.  I’m thinking I need to make this for Mark soon as it’s one of his favorite soups … fingers crossed that he can tolerate it! 

I’ve made this specific recipe a few times, but then I get distracted with a newer recipe and try that … and ALWAYS have to listen to Hubby ask why I don’t just stick with the first one I have… he’s right.

So, Saturday, it was a nice, sunny, BEAUTIFUL day, high of around 86. But the nights are getting a little cooler, and this morning it was 72 when I went outside at 8am … hence, it’s FALL TIME in Paradise, time to make soups!

The sprinkler dudes were here making repairs, and since they were digging up in the back yard, I didn’t really want to toss on the ole bikini and jump in the pool to float … just not my idea of cheap thrills, you know? 😉

So, again, I made soup.  AND I used what we had on hand … it’s a miracle, don’t you agree?!

Here’s what you need ….

3 lbs of onions, make sure ONE is a sweet onion, and ONE is a red onion

1/2 pound smoked bacon

2 tbs thyme

12 cups beef stock

1/2 cup dry vermouth or white wine

1 tbs sea salt

black pepper to taste

1 tbs dry sherry

6 ounces sliced provolone, gruyere or mozz cheese (whatever you have will work)

6 slices of baguette or other thick bread

Cut your bacon up in 1/2 inch or so pieces and cook in a LARGE heavy bottom pot til crispy.

While bacon is cooking, slice your onions thin, thin, thin. I use a mandoline, and I asked Hubby how on earth I sliced all those onions back in the day so thin before I had this thing? He said it wasn’t pretty … hmmm … I think I need to hold back a bowl of soup from him …

Remove bacon to a lined bowl to drain and toss the onion slices in, on top of the bacon fat, add the 2 tbs thyme. Give a quick stir to mix everything up and then let the onions sit there, undisturbed for about 10 minutes, give them them a quick stir again and really leave them alone for about 20 minutes so they can caramelized. The secret is to NOT TOUCH the onions … hard as it may be.

Once onions are caramelized, pour in the 1/2 cup of vermouth to deglaze. Allow to cook a minute or so and then pour in the broth and season with salt and pepper.

Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer. NOW, add in your bacon and sherry. Let simmer for 45 minutes to an hour and marvel at the lovely, deep color of the broth. Yummm.

When ready to serve:

Toast the slices of bread under broiler. NOTE: I always drizzle a bit of olive oil on the bread just to give it a little more ‘richness’

Place oven proof bowls on a baking tray.

Place bread slice in bowl, ladle a generous portion of soup over the top. Add a slice of cheese carefully over the top of the soup.

Place in oven under broiler until cheese is melted and bubbly, 2 to 3 minutes. Serve up and warn everyone that a) the bowl is HOT and b) the SOUP is hot …

Enjoy!

FYI … we served these with some awesome roast beef sliders … never got around to making the ham & cheese ones and Hubby said that this soup needed a beefy dish to go along … watch for THAT recipe soon!

Looking forward to sharing with some of these GREAT Parties … go check them out!

#Soup    #DinnerAtHome   #SavingMoney

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Let’s Party #11

We missed last week and are really sorry … life interferes once in a while. Mark had his port put in that day and well, it was a LONG day for him at the hospital, and a long day for ME at the office. Throw in a last minute showing and breaking my pinky toe in my quick clean rush and all bets were off for the day.

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MD Anderson gave the same treatment plan the week before so Mark started on Tuesday. 5 hour chemo treatment followed by an at home fannie pack 48 hour infusion. He should be disconnected by Thursday late afternoon and hopefully ready to party by Friday evening. Fingers crossed as we have no idea how he will respond. Hopefully, internally, he will respond awesome as it appears to have spread even more in the past 4 weeks according to the CT Scan we had in Houston. They did tell us that he will probably feel “normal” by Sunday. I will say he was jacked up Tuesday evening ….

But you know what? WE ARE STILL READY TO PARTY!

Two weeks ago there were TONS of great shares! I want to say thank you to all of you that continue to stop by each week and share your creations and inspirations!

I’m fairly easy going and will not tire you with rules, BUT please, make sure you share family friendly links and tips and while you are at it, go visit some of the other folks who are sharing here!

We all love comments so make sure you leave a comment when you go visit the others!

Thanks for sharing the love!

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Paleo Beef & Broccoli

It’s been a LONG time since I made this recipe … about 2 1/2 years I’d say so why not make it again!

I originally made this while I was under a Pantry/Freezer Challenge and even though I’m not really on one at this very moment, it’s perfect in that I’ve got everything on hand and we are trying to really reduce our spending lately.

Here’s how I made it … keeping it healthier my way …

2 – 2 1/2 pounds of boneless beef of any sort. I used some large sirloin steaks that were in the freezer from Costco

1 bag of broccoli (I used half a bag of the fresh stuff from Costco)

2 cups beef broth (pantry)

1 cup of coconut aminos (update, I opted 1/2 cup garlic sauce and 1/2 cup of coconut aminos)

2 tbs sesame oil (pantry)

scoop of diced garlic

Dash of red pepper flakes (depends on how spicy you like it!)

4 tbs arrowroot

8 tbs of the sauce when done cooking

Mix broth, garlic sauce, coconut aminos, sesame oil, garlic and red pepper flakes in the crock.

Slice the beef in thin strips and add to the sauce. Give a quick stir so that all the beef is covered.

Sorry for the large picture of raw beef, but I wanted to point out 

that you will need to trim some of 

the big chunks of fat off the beef when you are slicing!

Cover crock, turn on high and leave it alone for about 4 hours. After 4 hours, check the beef for doneness. It should be tender, but NOT shredded. If it’s still tough, you will want to let it cook a little longer (30 minutes or so) before you proceed to the next steps! Just remember that there is about another hour worth of cooking to be done 😉

Once the beef is cooked to desired taste/tenderness, measure out 8 or so tablespoons of the sauce into a small bowl and whisk in the arrowroot. Try to be quick as you want the sauce to be hot. Pour this back into the beef mixture and stir well. Cover the crock and allow to cook for another 30 minutes on high.

After 30 minutes, add the broccoli (fresh or frozen whichever), stir to coat, cover and allow to cook for another 30 minutes.

During the last 30 minutes, cook your rice, if you are serving so it’s hot and ready when the beef and broccoli are.

Serve up and enjoy! I think this is way better than the take out stuff … I’m sensitive to salt flavors and I can tell you this is so much yummier!

Go ahead, dig out the crock pot and give this a try! I think you will like it!

*I let mine cool off a little and then put in a glass Snapware dish, covered and put in the fridge for a premade dinner come Wednesday night! I’m so excited about being able to pull this out and reheat (on the stove in a pot) for dinner!

Looking forward to sharing with some of these GREAT Parties … go check them out!

#CrockPot    #SlowCooker    #Paleo

#DinnerAtHome     #SavingMoney

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Meal Prep – Breakfast Bowls

Did you see the Breakfast Bistro Boxes I finally shared a while ago? I can’t believe I didn’t get it up sooner! FYI … this is from the “other” site that I’m slowly moving over here!

Well, then I made myself a Breakfast Bowl that really was really yummy!

And I shared pics on Instagram and such but never got around to sharing with YOU!

Continue reading “Meal Prep – Breakfast Bowls”

Chicken & Broccoli Stir Fry

Back when I was attempting yet another Whole30, I came across this recipe and immediately modified and made it our way.

Even Mark liked it … what do you know!?

Yeah. It was good!

I’ve since made it quite a few times since … and really should have made it again when I had those bags of fresh broccoli from Costco … I didn’t though as we ended up traveling to Houston for our 2nd opinion with  MD Anderson but now thinking I need to make this in March! I also think I need to get a menu plan going and start some meal prep on Sunday after we get back home and so many other things … but FIRST we need to get Mark’s treatments started so we can get moving with our lives …

Regardless. MAKE THIS! SOON!

I haven’t made this with frozen broccoli but I’m thinking that it would be ok? Continue reading “Chicken & Broccoli Stir Fry”

Let’s Party #10

Hey! Are you ready for another Party??

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Normally I would love to share three recent links that caught my eye … however, we are currently in Houston at MD Anderson getting the 2nd opinion for Mark’s cancer.  It appears they agree with the original plan so we are not overly happy about this, but will tough it out the rest of the week to see if anything else comes up with the additional tests that are being done. The great news is that chubby baby will be at my house when we get back on Saturday night (he’s 4 weeks older than this pic!)

We had a lot of activity last week and there are some great links! Go check them out!

I’m fairly easy going and will not tire you with rules, BUT please, make sure you share family friendly links and tips and while you are at it, go visit some of the other folks who are sharing here!

We all love comments so make sure you leave a comment when you go visit the others!

Thanks for sharing the love!

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DIY Foaming Dish Soap

If you enjoy cooking, it seems all you do is chop, cook, clean and repeat. Seven days a week. 52 weeks of the year.

Toss in a Whole30 and well, you certainly will do this and then some. 30 days straight … you know, cook, eat, wash and repeat for 30 days straight. No break in the middle for a dinner out or pizza delivery.

30 days straight. Non Stop.  Look how long ago that was shared on Instagram? Still the same TODAY!  (Psst…isn’t it time for you to follow me!?)

I LOVE Dawn dish soap. I’ve made it no secret that there are certain things that I’m brand loyal … such as Dawn, Tide, etc.  I can’t help it … and NO, Dawn has NO idea who I am … it’s just what I prefer!

So … when I was able to pick up one of these Dawn Direct Foam bottles a year ago with a great sale and coupon, I was so excited. It’s perfect for a quick clean up on something that’s not so messy and it keeps the sink fairly empty on a low volume cooking day …

Dawn Direct Foam

I even bought the refill bottle which is basically almost 2 refills worth … but that was pretty expensive.

And then, that ran out. Oh sad day!

But guess what?? You can do this yourself and I can’t believe I didn’t look into that before!!

Ready to hear how easy it is??

Mix half water and half soap, place in bottle, put the pump top on and shake it up and ta da!

DIY Foaming Dish Soap

Ok, so here’s a few tips for you:

If the pump seems to be clogged, you most likely used too much soap, just dump a little out (into a jar, you can save it for the next time!!) and add a little more water. You will know as it will be more soapy then foamy.

If the suds seem to thin and water, you added to much water, so again, dump a little out and add a little more soap.

I have not tried this with hand soap, but can’t see why it wouldn’t work too? I personally do NOT like body wash, prefer a bar and washcloth, but wish I had a pump bottle to try the hand soap for the sink …

Also, I’ve not tried any other dish soap except dawn to do this with. I would imagine, again, that it would be just fine.

Got a Frugal Hack to share? Let me know and I’ll give it a shot!

Looking forward to sharing with some of these GREAT Parties … go check them out!

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