Saturday Smiles

Today is going to be a great day!

Sun is shining, we bought a pool, beer is in the fridge along with some Sangria, charcoal for the barbi and good food to put on it

and

we are that much closer to Christmas….only 207 days, 15 hours and 51 minutes to go!

Have a wonderful Saturday!

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I’m Tired again….

I posted this on August 27,2012 and again on December 6,2012
and here it is again… 😀

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Every so often I just get tired, tired of working, tired of cooking and cleaning, tired of the constant debates with the kids, tired of my responsibilities,
and tired of being so damn happy and positive all the time!

I am just tired today, my body feels heavy and I have aches and pains and my brain is not working to its usual full capacity 🙂

No Mother I was not drinking last night!  I’m tired of that too.

So I think I’ll just go to bed .

I usually “Count my Blessings”  but am too tired for that as well.

Tommorow is a new day!

Savoy Cabbage Slaw with Papaya and Pomegranate

 

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Savoy Cabbage Slaw with Papaya & Pomegranate
Yield: 4 med sized servings or two really large ones (double recipe for a crowd)
organic produce is recommended
3 cups savoy cabbage, finely shredded
2 cups red cabbage, finely shredded
1 cup jicama, julienne sliced
1 cup papaya, julienne sliced
1 cup pomegranate seeds
1 cup raw macadamia nuts, either whole or roughly chopped
4 tbsp lime juice
finely grated zest of one half lime
3 tbsp cold pressed extra virgin olive oil, organic preferrably
1 1/2 tbsp maple syrup
pinch sea salt
1 watermelon radish, julienne cut, optional as garnish
Method
Finely shred cabbages with a sharp knife or a food processor and toss together in large bowl.  Julienne (slice in thin slivers) the jicama and the papaya and set aside.  Combine lime juice, lime zest, olive oil, maple syrup and sea salt and wisk well to combine.  Toss cabbage with dressing, adding the jicama slivers,  then carefully folding in the papaya & the pomegranate seeds so as not to crush them.  Garnish with watermelon radish and macadamia nuts. Enjoy!

This is a wonderful recipe for a crowd as you can make an enormous bowl of it by doubling the recipe and it almost always gets eaten up.  I have had the left overs the next day when there’s been some, it’s still tasty but it’s not nearly as crunchee.  So remember, if you don’t think the whole lot will be consumed don’t toss it all with the dressing, just toss 1/2 and then toss more if needed.   During the week, it’s also handy to  have the cabbage & jicama shredded in the fridge as they keep well for a few days and then just add the papaya & pomegranate and the dressing which will also keep 2-3 days

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Smoked Cheddar and Lentil Burger

Happy Monday!!

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Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup dried lentils
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped carrot
  • 1 cup(4 ounces) shredded smoked cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup dry breadcrumbs
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon ssalt
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 3 large egg whites, lightly beaten
  • Cooking spray
  • 8 teaspoons stone-ground mustard
  • 8(2-ounce) whole wheat sandwich buns, toasted
  • 8(1/4-inch-thick) slices tomato
  • 2 cups trimmed arugula

 Preparation

Place first 3 ingredients in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes or until tender; drain. Discard bay leaves. Place lentils in a large bowl; partially mash with a potato masher. Cool slightly.

Heat oil in a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and carrot; sauté 5 minutes or until tender. Cool slightly.

Add onion mixture, cheese, and next 8 ingredients (cheese through egg whites) to lentils; stir well to combine. Cover and chill 45 minutes. Divide mixture into 8 equal portions, shaping each into a 1/2-inch-thick patty.

Heat a grill pan coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add half of patties, and cook 5 minutes on each side or until done. Repeat procedure with remaining patties. Spread 1 teaspoon mustard on top half of each bun. Place 1 patty on bottom half of each bun, and top each serving with 1 tomato slice, 1/4 cup arugula, and top half of bun.

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Sunday Shave

Daughter #3 was heading for the tub and asked if we had any shave gel..
I said
” Ooops sorry honey, I bought wine instead of shave gel, use peanut butter”.

“OMG mother!”  Seriously?!

“Ya sorry honey, I bought wine instead”

“Nooooo,  I meant peanut butter , seriously mother?!”

” Your grandmother used to do this to me all the time,
Harvey’s Bristol Cream instead of shave gel,
that’s when I learned about peanut butter shave gel,what can I say”

“OMG, mother!

Just try it!

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Believe it or not, peanut butter makes a great shaving gel.
Just apply it like you would apply the gel, and shave as normal.
It works just as well and anyone that has bought a container of shaving gel will know, it is a hell of a lot cheaper.
The end result is a very smooth shave and, as a bonus, the oils in the peanut butter are very good for your skin,
so you don’t need to spend even more money on moisturizer for your legs or face!!!!

Your welcome 😀