So…I’ve been gone…

I really am sorry that I’ve been away. In the last week I’ve tried to type this post out maybe 20 times and deleted them, every time….

I’m starting to think my house has bad juju or something. Anything bad that can happen has happened since we’ve lived here. I guess ya’ll are wondering what has happened to make me leave you for so long….

Sigh…(holding my breath)….here it is…

5 weeks ago my husband was electrocuted. It was pretty bad. I can’t go into a lot of details, only because I want to respect his privacy right now. If he ever gives me permission to talk more in depth, I will. He’s given me permission to post this picture, but nothing further.

43756784_497435234102295_5360326898616369152_n.jpgHis chest and his hands were burned. He’s been in a lot of pain. We spent the last 4 weeks at a burn unit here in North Carolina. He’s already endured 4 surgeries and is scheduled for a 5th one at the beginning of November. It’s going to be a really long, long road for him. However, we’re going to be home permanently soon. In the meantime, please stick with me. I’m coming back. I think about this blog and my dear friends all the time.

Uncategorized, Vegetables

Sweet and Spicy Sweet Potatoes


I originally made these with less sugar. I thought they were great, but kiddo and hubby didn’t really love them until I added a tad more sugar. I’m not going to complain though, 3 teaspoons is nothing really. I really love that I’ve found at least a few new veggie recipes. It’s so hard to find something new and fresh. A lot of the stuff are things I wouldn’t be able to sell to these guys. I’ll have to find us some more.

Cooper is home from school now, I guess I better run and do some homework!

2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed

4 tablespoons olive oil

3 teaspoons brown sugar

1 1/2 tablespoons paprika

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning

1/2 teaspoon chili powder

Pinch of cayenne powder

Mix everything in a bowl. Place on Lined pan.  Bake for about 15 minutes on 425. Flip potatoes and cook for an additional 10-15 minutes.

Uncategorized, Vegetables

Baked Cabbage


Cooper is the kind of kid that wont eat a ton of veggies, but he’s weirdly not picky about a lot of other things. My husband and I sat here and talked about what we thought he’d not try, since we had two veggies that were newbie recipes. I said I bet he wont try the sweet potatoes I made, but hubby swore he’d stick his nose up to the cabbage. Wasn’t he surprised when Cooper took a bite and said yum this is good! He tried the sweet potatoes and wasn’t a huge fan. I was a little shocked, but he’s in this kick where he thinks sweet potatoes have to have marshmallows on them. That crazy kid. I’m glad I found another item that I can get him to eat. It makes me feel a lot better. I realized how tired the guys are of the same ol’ stuff. I’m still on the hunt for recipes!

1 head of green cabbage, cut into wedges, core removed

Bacon cut into half pieces

salt and pepper

olive oil

1/4 cup butter melted

Put the cabbage in a glass baking sheet. I used a dutch oven and it worked perfectly. Top with salt and pepper. Drizzle with olive oil. Pour butter over the cabbage. Bake with lid on, or with aluminum foil over it for 30 minutes. Baste with butter. Cook another 15-20 minutes. It should be almost tender at this point. Bake for another 10-15 minutes to slightly brown the top. I did about 10 to prevent a ton of browning. Serve.

Uncategorized, Vegetables

Strawberry Spinach Salad


I know you notice there’s no almonds. That’s because I can’t have almonds! I’ll admit….Like I said last time….I don’t like salads. This wasn’t too bad though. I can live with this. I didn’t use much of the dressing that I used before, but it was the perfect amount.

I’ve been trying to weed out extra junk in my house. I wanted to get the attic done today, but it seriously didn’t happen. I tried really hard to force myself into it, but it didn’t happen. At least I have two rooms in my house done though. It’s better than none. What are your quick clean out tips?

Sliced Strawberries


Toasted Almonds

Dressing of choice

Mix all together! Serve

Seasonings, Uncategorized

Olive Oil and Lemon Salad Dressing


If you know me…you know I’m not a salad eater. I hate everything ranch, I don’t like really any other salad dressings, I hate lettuce…The nutritionist says that I should try it. She said I could do grilled chicken with some strawberries and spinach and so forth. I decided to just try making my own. I will know what’s in it and maybe I’ll be more likely to eat it. I did a test run and decided that I could try it out. It was actually really good.

8 cloves garlic, minced or finely chopped (more if you LOVE garlic)
1/2 tsp of black pepper (more if desired)
2 tsp salt
1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/4 cup Freshly squeezed lemon juice

Mix all together, in a container with a lid. Shake for about 1 minute.

Uncategorized, Vegetables

Roasted FROZEN Veggies


No kiddin’. I seriously used frozen veggies. I didn’t know if it was going to work, but it did. I had to turn the heat on the stove up a little more to help with the water. We didn’t want to make it mushy.  I’ve really been in a veggie rut. My problem is I have no good ways that I can make them and I really struggle with liking a lot of veggies. I’m pretty plain jane, I just don’t like a lot I guess. There’s no true recipe for this.

Olive oil

mixed veggies

salt and pepper to taste

Parmesan cheese

Place veggies on a cookie sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and salt and pepper. Cook until almost tender. Use a spatula and  flip around. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese to taste and cook until tender. Finish with parmesan. Serve!

Chicken, Uncategorized

Sweet Asian Chicken


I really love this. It’s probably my new favorite recipe. It’s spicy- it’s sweet…it’s delicious.

Today was crazy. I had so much school work. I finally finished my work. I had two tests to do. It took forever. I’m in a class called Intro to Religions. I really like it. This chapter was on Hinduism. I’ve always been really interested in other religions.

It’s been a long day and as I sit here my mind feels so blank. It might be the first time in a while that I felt that way. I’m not complaining though. Sometimes you just need moments of quiet.

I’ve started to limit Coop on his video games. I noticed he had a bad attitude. He was having problems going to bed on time. He just in general wasn’t doing so hot. We’ll see how that goes!

4 lbs chicken

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

3/4 cup low sodium soy sauce

1/4 cup lime juice

1/4 teaspoon curry powder

3 Tablespoons minced garlic

1/2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes

Combine sugar, soy, lime, curry, garlic and red pepper flakes. Marinade chicken. Can freeze. Thaw completely before use if frozen. Grill and baste in sauce.