Preview of April Challenge

Due to the recurring fever, I am stuck homebound for yet another day. I am using my time to prioritize my April Pinterest Challenge.  I will do so by sharing some pics of various recipes in the running.  Enjoy!

TacoPastaCasserole SpinachCheeseLasagnaRolls SpinachArtichokeDip SweetPotatoFries SkinnyCajunChickenPenne PuffPastryBaconandCheddarQuiche PizzaCrescentRollUps Philly CheesesteakStuffedPeppers PersonalPanPizza LoadedMashedPotatoCasserole ManlySteakChili  PancakeBaconStrips  LoadedBakedPotatoSoup GnocchiMacandChees OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA FriedGreenTomatoes CrockpotChickenEnchiladaFilling CrockpotFarfalleCasserole DirtyMartiniSteakKabobsCreamCheeseCrockPotChicken EggsBenedictCasserole JalapenoPopperChickenCrabRangoonDip CilantroLimeRiceChickenParmesanCasseroleChickenHandPies CarrotCakeWafflesTurkeyandSpinachMeatballsCheddarBayBiscuits CheesyBiscuitBombs ChickenBrothBakedPotatoes chickencordonbleucasserole CandiedBaconBurgerandFriesPotPie  BangBangShrimp BroccoliCheeseChickenBraid   BuffaloChickenDipBroccoliCheeseSoupBakedRavioliBroccoliCheese BitesAppleFrittersbaconhotdogPastaPie

 

 

 

Note: After I get my full list of possible recipes compiled, I will be giving veto power to the Coulti.  Each of them may choose to remove 3 items from the list of their choosing, no explanation required.  This is starting to become real.

 

April Project- Pinterest owns my soul

I’m posting this to make my plan official. I will be using recipes that I discover on Pinterest to prepare meals in April, Sunday through Thursday, for my household.  I will post at least once a week with pictures of what I have prepared along with recipes that I used. I will, of course, adjust all recipes I find to my liking, but the intention does not change.  Pinterest will be running my kitchen for the week.

I am considering inviting friends over on various nights to get a wider arrange of tastes and responses to the recipes.  I will ultimately be trying to broaden my own food horizons with trying to incorporate different proteins, produce, and styles of cooking.  I will, of course, be enlisting the assistance of my dearest Razzle Dazzle, as well as the elder Coulti brother. The heat is on! Wish me luck!

 

 

Blog Re-purposing! Stuffed Green Peppers

My poor neglected blog.  I need to find a use for you that will help me to be more attentive to you. I am going to at least start posting recipes with photo in a section so people can find the things I make since I have so many people becoming fascinated with the fact that i can make things. Anyone can, as long as they have intuition and the ability to follow a recipe. The thing I find most fascinating is that people don’t understand when I say I don’t always follow recipes. So many times I will purely do things to taste, which can make it difficult to replicate.  So if issues arise, please share with the class, or contact me for help.  I always like helping people develop recipes.

First up, we will start with the stuffed green peppers I made this week. I had never completely undertaken them, so I was nervous at first. Looking at comments on various recipes I had seen made it easier to develop.  I hope your family enjoys it as much as mine did.

Stuffed Green Peppers 

I started with the following ingredients:

4 firm green peppers (A nice, hollowed out pepper with seeds cut out. I use whole peppers rather than cutting them in half, but for a crowd or for kids, halves would probably work)

1.25 lbs of spicy italian sausage

.5 lbs of ground sirloin

1 red bell pepper (chopped)

1/2 of  a medium white onion (minced) (NOTE: I hate onion, that’s why there isn’t much in it)

1 bag of  Kraft shredded cheddar pepperjack cheese

1 bag of mozzarella cheese

1 jar of Clasico Spicy Tomato Basil  pasta sauce (Any of your favorite sauce will work as long as it’s not too watery)

3/4 cup dry arborio rice (I like the risotto rice because of the stickiness it adds to the meat mixture)

3 cloves of garlic, minced

large pot of water (will be needed)

9/13 baking dish

large skillet

2 quart pot with 1 1/2 cup water

extra virgin olive oil

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350°

2. On medium, heat 1 Tbsp Olive oil in skillet.

3. Add sirloin and italian sausage, garlic and onion to skillet. Cook until browned, but not dried out, adding the minced red pepper about 2 minutes before meat is done. Drain mixture in a colander. Set aside.

4. Prepare rice in 2 qt pot according to directions, taking off of burner about 2 minute early to preserve a slight bit more bite to your rice.

5. While rice  is cooking, put large pot of water on high until boiling, with enough water to completely cover your green peppers. After boiling, turn to medium, add peppers, and cook for 5 minutes.  Quickly remove peppers and set aside on paper towels to drain.

6. In a large bowl, add meat mixture, 1 cup of shredded cheddar pepperjack cheese, prepared rice (I didn’t end up adding all of it. It’s purely a personal preference.) and stir.

( Note: This is when I season to taste. I used a mixture of basil, fennel seed, paprika, a tiny bit of cayenne, cumin, and kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper.)

7. In your 9×13 baking dish, pour 3/4 of the jar of sauce.  Place your peppers safely spread out  in the sauce (carefully, or else you might crack your pretty peppers)

8. Using 2 spoons (I used my titanium sporks, because I am cool like that )

Stuff your peppers to the brim with the delicious meat/rice/cheese mixture.

9. Top peppers with about a tablespoon each of your sauce from the bottom of your baking dish, smoothing it over the top as a kind of wet seal. Top with mozzarella cheese, about 1 cup between the 4 peppers. Place into 350° oven, uncovered, for about 20 minutes.

10. After 20 minutes, remove from oven, put the rest of your sauce jar on top of your peppers, and top with additional mozzarella. Put back in the oven, and flip your oven to a high broil.  Watch your peppers closely, broilers can be oh-so-finicky.  As soon as your cheese melts and browns, remove from the oven and you should be ready to serve!

I look forward to making this again.  I think next time I might try making a risotto with my arborio rice the night before and using leftovers with the meat mix to give it extra flavors.

 

If you are looking for any other recipes you may have seen me post pics of in the past, let me know.  Next up on the agenda will be my giant crockpot vegetable beef soup.

 

Cavity Creeps

Sitting in the dentist’s chair waiting for the mold to take and the numbing agent to take hold, I have nothing but time to sit and think about my current dental situation.
I grew up not having any cavities, pulling all my own baby teeth, cleaning after cleaning being fine.
Then came my car wreck when I was 16. This was when the first signs of incompetence started to show with my family dentist.
7 broken teeth. Could have been remedied with porcelain crowns on a tooth build-up (or so I know now). He told me there was nothing that could be done until they started “causing trouble”. That was the first I heard that phrase I now truly loathe. “We’ll keep an eye on that area.”
Months later some started needing fillings, which was devastating to me with my teeth being the only thing I had never had any trouble with in my life. The cost was adding up for my parents, and I felt awful for that. I went to my parents and asked them why, if this was a result of the wreck, and the dentist had said as much, why it wasn’t covered by the medical insurance as it was told to us it would be.
It turns out his receptionist/billing expert/wife had coded it incorrectly with the original check and had billed it to the dental insurance. (Aka she screwed my teeth and my parents)
My mother, being the good Catholic woman she is, didn’t want to cause trouble, so they just dealt with the bills, and for that I can’t thank them enough. I can’t imagine what costs my parents had revolving around my health, or lack thereof, and klutzy habits.
Then came my dry mouth problems after my gastric bypass surgery. He just couldn’t figure it out. My gums were pulling back due to the dryness. His recommendation, “Make sure you drink plenty of water.” I have since found out that is a common symptom of anemia and there are about 20 different and better suggestions for fixing dry mouth, including, but not limited to: sugar free lemon drops, chewing gum, using biotene rather than listerine, due to listerine’s alcohol content. None of these suggestions were made to me before I switched dentists.
As far as I can tell, my dentists idea of “watching an area” was watching it rot out of my skull. He eventually sent me to another town to an endodontist to get 2 root canals. However, my dentist fit me for the crowns and put them on himself. 3 problems with them: 1.they didn’t match my tooth color. 2.one fell out two days after he put it in place. Last but not least 3. One crown didn’t fit properly when I bit down, his solution was to grind it down to the point that you see a black spot on the crown. He was horrid. More talk of watching areas had me fed up to no end.
Then I had to go get teeth surgically extracted because they were broken beyond repair and I was in terrible constant pain. 4 of them, only one being a wisdom tooth had to be pulled. I was done with him.
Razzmatazz got me in to his dentists office. I was still in pain and had an almost loose adult tooth.
In comes the dentist. He looks like a young teenage boy, but ultimately he proves to be my mouths savior!(that’s what she said)

He knows how devastated I am with all the problems, and he is the most reassuring presence ever. Which I needed with the huge amount of stuff I needed done. I needed my other 3 wisdom teeth pulled immediately. They were all broken and in at weird angles and just causing more pain and infection. Also, I had pariah, and needed intense periodontal work. I needed multiple root canals, even more crowns, and there were cavities on every tooth caused from multiple years of dry mouth untreated resulting in receding gums exposing areas of the teeth that should never be exposed. All in all about 10000-13000 worth of work for something that feels like it was completely avoidable had I originally had a dentist that was worth a damn and one that didn’t have an incompetent wife for his help.
Okay, the root canal is complete for today and so is my rant. Yes, this blog entry was completed entirely in a dentist’s office.
Keep those cavity creeps away! Also, make sure your dentist is as amazing as Dr. Whiteside.

 

 

Back in the Saddle

It’s been years since I have blogged.  I have missed it dearly.  Always having the outlet to post anything that was found to be irritating, fascinating, or just an overall time-suck that I wanted to share with those that found me on the crazy inter-webs!

For those of you new to my blogs, my content isn’t always interesting. In fact, there are times when I am sure you will find them quite boring. I know, I am awesome at encouraging loyal readers, right? Face it, this is mostly going to be my way to get out the things that are causing me splitting headaches, constant anxiety, or just simple irritation.

People  who show themselves to be ignorant will most likely feel offended by something in my blog at some point in time.  If so, I must tell you now, I do not really care. I have paid for this site to get my thoughts out.  Feel free to get your own blog if you want to whine about being picked on via the internet. I will break it to you now, no one will listen to you beyond your overly-sympathetic Facebook followers that have nothing better to do then post sad face emoticons on your status updates.

Yes, I can be harsh and cynical, but I have to be.  I find myself making every effort to be overly nice on a daily basis to as many people as I possibly can.  There are times when it is appreciated, but most of the time it is brushed off  becoming expected to the point that if I do get upset with someone, people assume there is something wrong with me.  There are times when I want to correct this assumption, letting them know that it is, in fact, their actions/words that are the source of my overall irritation. I’ve gotten to kind of a snapping point with it, which is what finally got me to get this started.

For those of you who stick around, welcome to my tiny window into my life as well as my mind. It can be a disturbing place, or it could just be a recipe that I’ve tried out and people have requested, or maybe just a fun pic that I felt someone else needed to see.

Thanks for reading, I will have a real post soon.  I promise!

In closing, I leave you this awesome zombie find.  Thank you, internet.

 

 

 

Shoes?

That’s right, I’m a girl, let’s get that out of the way.  My first non-introductory post is going to be almost completely shoe-related.  More specifically Chuck related.

Converse All-stars, aka chucks, are my best friends. Give me some High-tops or low-tops with some fun designs or bright colors, and I am a happy camper.

My current treasures are as follows:

and my recent find from high school in my storage shed finds:

Lastly, I found some epic chucks recently thanks to targeted Google advertising.  I adored them the first time I saw them, and I ended up venturing to the mall Saturday morning just to find out if they were readily available in my size.  THEY WERE! I was ecstatic. In and out of the Journeys store in less than 2 minutes.  Can’t beat that! I saw the shoes, squealed a bit to myself, then took them to the counter quickly and asked if they had them in my size.  The kind gentlemen went to the back and before I knew it, he popped back out saying, “My last one in that size!” I slapped my debit card down and said “I’ll take them!” He laughed and asked me if I wanted to try them on first.  I assured him that trying on chucks was completely unnecessary for me.  They are amazing:

That’s right! my love of Comics, colors, and Chucks, combined! They came with 3 sets of laces that will surely be a daily decision whenever I decide to wear them.

Converse has got to be my favorite shoe.  The fact that I will wear them with socks and scrubs or tights and skirts is still one of the most fun parts about them. The custom converse shoe builder is definitely one of the best creations in recent years.

Okay, I know, no one cares about my shoes.  I just had to share the find. I’m sure after he reads this and rolls his eyes at me, Razzle Dazzle will surely regret helping me set this site up tonight.

Completely unrelated note, I am beyond sick of this heat. I want to tell all the people that were whining about the snow back in February to suck it! I can’t wait for my hoodie weather to return.