Random thoughts of an upbeat mind

Sick and suffering


Oh my world is upside down.

I have been fighting germs all week and I am ready to concede. I have lost the battle. :(

Diva brought germs into the house and then I spent time with a sick cousin and now I’m suffering. It doesn’t help that I have not been taking the best care of myself recently.

The past two nights I resorted to drugs along with slathering myself in vapour rub. I thought I was on the mend but this morning I woke up feeling like death warmed over.

I’m really hoping that this is the worst of it and I will be better soon. I am not a fan of being sick.

Christmas savings

Now that Remembrance/Veteran’s Day has passed I think it’s acceptable to start talking about Christmas.

Sealed pot 2015

Sealed pot 2015

All year long I throw all my change into this “sealed pot”. It is my easy way to boost my Christmas savings. I don’t miss the coins and it makes such a big difference.

This is the fourth year that I am doing this. I got the idea from SFT and I love it.

Last year’s netted me $310.30.
2013 $445.37
2012 $106

Last year’s pot weighed 5.6 lbs and the year before was 8.8 lbs so it will be interesting to see how much this pot will net. I will not find out until the first Saturday in December.

2.5 weeks to add a few more coins. :)

Then the hard task of figuring out what to get everyone.

OTMTW – 11/16/15

Oh I am cooking with gas as my mother likes to say! Two weeks of meal planning in a row. :)

Monday – chicken adobo with rice and carrots
Tuesday – Spaghetti & meatballs
Wednesday – leftovers
Thursday – chick peas & rice
Friday – leftovers
Saturday – shawarma
Sunday – steak and TBD

Diva loved the pork adobo I made long time ago. Since I have not purchased any pork belly I thought I’d try my luck with chicken. Hopefully she will love this as well. Fingers crossed as the recipe makes 4-5 lbs of chicken.

OTMTW – 11/09/15

Going to try posting this earlier in the week. Hoping to inspire myself.

Monday – taco night I bought a kit with hard and soft taco shells. No one likes the hard shells. Going to go rogue the next time.
Tuesday – leftovers Fridge is full of little bits of this and that
Wednesday – chicken stir fry with rice
Thursday – leftovers for the kids; sushi dinner for me
Friday – pan fried pork and sidekick Diva is in on the secret so she can make this. ;)
Saturday – shawarma for the kids; Uncle’s house for me
Sunday – TBD

I would like to fit some vegetarian meals in my life. In an attempt to be healthier and cost effective I purchased dried chick peas. This weekend I will figure out how to cook them so I have have them on hand for quick meals. My kids actually enjoy fried chick peas and rice. And according to my mother it is a perfect meal.

I “need” to do some grocery shopping but I really want to see if we can last until next week. We have a lot of food in the freezer and cupboards. Just got to get creative.

I’ve been good

I am on a roll today!

French bread dough

28 minutes in the oven and presto change-o!

Baked French bread

So far I have

  • washed 4 loads of laundry
  • baked a new to me French bread recipe (kid approved :) )
  • had the kids vacuum the floor
  • cleaned both bathroom
  • watched some of the Steelers/Raiders game
  • pop a pizza in the oven since it was already hot

Now it’s time to watch Lilo & Stitch 2 with my girls as I am finished with being productive today.

OTMTW – 11/2/15

I know I’m a little late with this, but I am meal planning so I’ll include it for the record.

Monday – pan fried pork chops with sidekicks
Tuesday – spaghetti and meatballs
Wednesday – leftovers
Thursday – oven baked hamburgers and steamed Brussels sprouts
Friday – pan fried steak and mashed potatoes with steamed Brussels sprouts
Saturday – leftovers
Sunday – TBD

I have not taken any pictures of my meals as I think my phone pics are horrid and I’m lazy to find a real camera. Sorry, bad blogger.

I did a rather large grocery trip yesterday and hope it will last a while. I will not be purchasing much for the next two weeks.

Bits and Bites

I had a whole lot of thoughts to share and now I am distracted by some of the things I ate last week. Because I am so kind, I am sharing. You can thank me later. ;) Please ignore my horrible cell phone pics, my Blackberry is ancient.

On Saturday, I made a new to me protein pancake. I usually use the Kodiak Cakes power cakes mix, that I pick up in the States when I’m visiting. It is as simple as add water and stir.

Power cakes (Source)

My kids are not fans. It tastes too grainy they told me. It doesn’t look like white flour pancakes either. Oh well more for me as I quite enjoy them.

I am always on the hunt for a “better” pancake mix. I am not a fan of mixes but never until this moment have I thought to look up “better” pancake recipes. **putting that on my list of things to do**

Anyhoo …

While wandering my local bulk store, I came across a new protein pancake mix that looked more like “normal” pancakes.


Made these with breakfast sausages. Not even the sausages with a healthy dose of maple syrup could save them. :(

protein pancakes

Probably should have used a nicer plate if I had thought about it. Kids were not happy with these at all. The texture was off and I think when I cooked them the temperature was too high as the centers took forever to cook. Either way this mix was dropped off at my Mom’s house. Either my mom or sister can fight with it.

Since I actually meal planned and stuck to it I’d like to show you what I ate.

Lasagna roll up with added jalapeño slices. Tastes so much better than it looks.

lasagna roll up

My first attempt at beef with black bean sauce and rice noodles.

beef with black bean sauce

I will try to make the beef again. It was a touch too salty. I definitely need to learn how to make rice noodles. I think this will come with making them more often.


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