Thursday, March 15, 2018

A St. Patrick's Day Prayer

Blessed St. Patrick's Day!
From 'St. Patrick's Breastplate Prayer':

I bind unto myself the Name,
The strong Name of the Trinity;
By invocation of the same.
The Three in One, and One in Three,
Of Whom all nature hath creation,
Eternal Father, Spirit, Word:
Praise to the Lord of my salvation,
Salvation is of Christ the Lord. Amen.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Brooklyn Crafted Ginger Beer Recipes for St. Patrick's Day and Easter

I got turned onto Moscow Mules a couple of years ago.  I've tried many different brands of Ginger Beer.  "Brooklyn Crafted" is my favorite.

I wanted to share these fun drinks with you guys:


Ginger Whiskey Cider


2 oz. Hard Cider
1 oz. Whiskey
Brooklyn Crafted Ginger Beer Mini in Traditional, to fill
Crushed Ice


In a 12-16 oz. high ball glass, combine the hard cider and whiskey. Fill the glass with crushed ice and top with Brooklyn Crafted.

Apple Ginger Bourbon Fizz


1 oz. Bourbon
½ T apple butter
4 oz Brooklyn Crafted Ginger Beer Mini in Traditional
Lime Wedges


Add ice, bourbon and apple butter to a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. Pour over ice. Top with Brooklyn Crafted and garnish with a lime wedge.


Gingered Apple Sparkler 


1.5 oz. handcrafted Vodka
1.5 oz. sour apple liqueur
Splash of Angostura Bitters
4 oz. chilled Brooklyn Crafted Ginger Beer mini in Lemon/Lime
1 maraschino cherry


Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the vodka, liqueur and bitters; shake well. Strain into an ice-filled highball glass. Top with Brooklyn Crafted and the cherry.

Peach Nectar Ginger Beer


1.5 oz. Handcrafted Peach Vodka
3.5 oz. Brooklyn Crafted Ginger Beer Mini in Mango


Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the peach vodka and Brooklyn Crafted; shake well. Strain into an ice-filled glass. 

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Fun St. Patrick's Day Ideas

We have become HOOKED on EXPLORE CUISINE.  Although I'm strictly a Corned Beef gal on St. Patrick's Day, I made one of these earlier this week.  Love their products! 

With Dom's cancer returning, I'm trying to focus on HEALTHY.  These products are free of artificial colors. Explore Cuisine integrates beans, peas, lentils, and rice to provide you with nourishing meals which are easy, quick, colorful, and simply delicious!

All Explore Cuisine products are vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO and jam-packed with nutrients.

This was delicious!  I adore Pine Nuts!
Green Lentil Penne with Deconstructed Pesto


1 package Explore Cuisine Green Lentil Penne - cooked, drained
2 T. olive oil
3 garlic cloves, sliced thin
Handful fresh basil leaves, rough torn
salt and red chile flakes to taste
3 T. pine nuts, toasted
Parmesan cheese (optional)


Heat oil in a small sauté pan
Add garlic and cook one minute
Toss penne with garlic oil. Gently fold in torn basil
Season with salt and chili flakes
Garnish with pine nuts
Add cheese if desired

I'm going to whip this up in a couple of days.  (In between doctor appointments).  The pine nuts got me again! 

Organic Edamame and Mung Bean Fettuccine in a Light Pesto Sauce


7 oz. Explore Cuisine Edamame and Mung Bean Fettuccine - cooked and drained
2 large yellow squashes, peeled into ribbons with a peeler
3.5 oz. pecans - peeled & halved
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
3 oz. pine nuts


1 large bunch of fresh basil
2 cloves garlic
2 oz. olive oil
2 tbsp pine nuts
1/2 tsp coarse sea salt


Peel skin from garlic cloves, and chop into big chunks.
Using a food processor, pulse basil, garlic, and nuts several times until finely chopped.
Add the salt and olive oil, pulse until blended. Pesto may be thick, so add more olive oil for a looser consistency.
Lightly toast the pecans, pomegranate seeds and pine nuts in skillet.
Mix the fettuccine with the sauce, gently fold in the remaining ingredients.

Serve immediately.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

An Update on our Patient

We had to drive into NOLA for a visit with Dr. Safah at the Tulane Cancer Center.

Over the summer, his blood pressure dropped dramatically from the Velcade and Revlimid.  They took him off of his blood pressure medications.

All was well for months.

Flash forward to yesterday.  It was SKY HIGH.  Again at Tulane today it was around 180 over something.  An hour later it was 160 over something.

So, Dr. Safah wants to get his blood pressure normal before any new chemo.

We have an appt. with our family doctor tomorrow morning, then a meeting with our Slidell Oncologist shortly after.

Once again, Dr. Safah is calling the shots.  We go to Slidell for treatment out of convenience.  The new plan is Kyprolis and Dex.

Once his blood pressure is normalized, they'll begin giving him infusions of KYPROLIS:


He'll be taking that along with Dex.

Wish us luck!

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Seriously Good Freezer Meals: 150 Easy Recipes to Save Your Time, Money and Sanity

The publisher sent me this today. 

It's a beautiful 368-page cookbook loaded with full-color glossy photos.  As Dom and I are now dealing with Dom's cancer once again, things will be chaotic with doctor visits.  This cookbook will be used- A LOT!

Don't Freeze Up at Meal Time -- Reach Into the Freezer Instead

Let's admit it: we all want to save time and money while still putting healthy and tasty homemade food on the table. But how? Karrie Truman, creator of the much-beloved blog Happy Money Saver, is going to let you in on a secret: the answer is freezer meals.

When she was an exhausted young mom, Karrie found herself serving processed or fast food at the end of a busy day even though she knew it wasn't what she wanted her family to be eating. Then she discovered freezer meals. Immediately, she had home-cooked, easy and delicious food at her fingertips and more time to spend with loved ones.

In Seriously Good Freezer Meals, Karrie shares 150 recipes photos that will change the way you think about freezer cooking. You won't find your mother or grandmother's freezer meals here (except lasagna, of course). Her recipes include Morning Energy Bars, Empanada Hand Pies, Coconut Cashew Basil Curry Soup, Smoky Grilled Louisiana Turkey Legs, and Layered Chocolate Mousse Cake with tons of vegetarian, gluten-free and vegan options, too. Plus, she adds a bulk-batch chart for ease in making large quantities of each freezer-meal recipe.

Karrie gives you all the tools you need to become a freezer-meal genius: information on shopping, cooking, freezing, thawing and everything in between. The book includes beginner, intermediate and advanced meal plan programs to guide you in cooking 7 to 50 meals in a day. You read that right: 50 meals in a day. No more excuses: it's time to start cooking delicious meals that will have you feeling anything but left out in the cold!
Get it HERE
Hi! I'm Karrie Truman, wife, mother and author of the blog Growing up in a large family I've always been keen to find ways to cut costs and more importantly time. I try hard to live my dream of spending time my family while still having tons of fun (sometimes trouble) by living life to the fullest. You know, doing crazy things like making 50 freezer meals in a day, raising chickens, learning to make things the old-fashioned way, and dancing to 80’s music while cleaning my house.

I live and blog out of Eastern Washington with my husband and four amazing kids who keep me running around and steal my heart. 

My website helps folks find delicious recipes, learn ways to live life to the fullest while on a budget, make things from scratch, and learn to try try again when things go wrong. My goal is to keep you all cooking in the kitchen and laughing along with me when things don't always go as planned. 

175 Best Multifunction Electric Pressure Cooker Recipes

Dom recently bought me a pressure cooker, so I was tickled to receive this cookbook from the publisher!

This is all new to me, but these recipes are very easy to follow.  I'm no longer intimidated by this new contraption!

Delicious meals in a fraction of the time that stovetop or roasting methods take.

With their many function features (some have as many as 7), electric pressure cookers help make delicious and healthy foods that are not only easy and quick to prepare, but use much less energy. Clean up is minimal, too.

Bestselling small appliance cookbook author Marilyn Haugen uses her expertise to create rewarding recipes for this ingenious small appliance. There are recipes for every meal of the day. In a hurry? Done. Low and slow? Got it. The perfect stew or roast? No problem. Entertaining? How about Coq au Vin with Creamy Mashed Potatoes?

Haugen has created super time-friendly recipes for those frantic mornings like Sausage, Hash Browns and Pepper Casserole or Quinoa, Millet and Almond Bowls. And even on the busiest of work weeks, Beef Barbacoa Tacos with Chiles can be on the table in no time flat. Butternut Squash, Quinoa and Pomegranate Casserole made the night before can just be reheated.

These inviting recipes are sure to become family favorites that will be requested time and time again. The home chef can impress family and friends with the wide variety of satisfying dishes effortlessly created in an electric pressure cooker.

Take a Look Inside HERE