Sunday, June 30, 2013

Burger Week - Day 2: Classic Bacon Cheddar Melt




(Yes, I use a countertop electric burner. I dislike the range in my house.)
(Pro Tip: A plate helps to melt the cheese quickly so the burger doesn't burn.)




So simple, yet so wonderful. Wowzers.

Ingredients:
Kaiser roll
5 oz (approx) ground round
Kosher salt to taste
Fresh cracked peppercorns to taste
Borden Mild Cheddar
Center cut bacon
Sliced red onion
Store-bought mayo and mustard
(PS - Add lettuce, tomato, and ketchup if you like)

An American classic! Enjoy!

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Burger Week - Day 1: Guacamole Goodness









It's avocado season! Let's make a guacamole burger!

Ingredients:

1. Burger
Kaiser roll, toasted
5 oz (approx) Ground Round
Taco Seasoning (I use AB's Taco Potion w/reduced salt)
Kraft Authentic Mexican Cheese Blend

2. Guacamole
1 Haas avocado
A couple slivers of onion, chopped
1/2 squeezed lemon or lime
Kosher salt to taste
Fresh cracked peppercorns to taste
Garlic powder to taste
(P.S. - Add tomato if you like. I didn't have one.)

3. Condiment
1 tbsp mayo
Garlic powder to taste

Enjoy!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

URL Changes

Hi everyone, just a note to clarify what I've done with my site this week:

1. I transferred my domain, ugottafriend.com, to another host.

2. I decided to redirect ugottafriend.com to come directly to My Roller Coaster Life (this blog).

3. The old ugottafriend.com front page still exists, but is now known as Gulf Coast Girl.

4. The current URL is gulf-coast-girl.blogspot.com. It will redirect from a new dot com soon.

5. Even after the new dot com is active, you can still get to the front page, Gulf Coast Girl, by the URL above, just as you can still get to My Roller Coaster Life via ugottafriend.blogspot.com even though it's officially ugottafriend.com now.

6. New templates are in progress for each of my Blogger pages.

7. This has been the plan for a while, but I'm just now getting to it and there is much more work to be done. Thank you for your patience during this transition.

-Kelli


Thursday, June 13, 2013

Anorexia is real. It happened to one of my own.


I have a distant cousin who passed away at the young age of 40. She was anorexic. People think it can't happen to them but what you don't realize is that when you're doing this to yourself, you don't get how bad off you really are. Everybody sees themselves differently than others see them so things are not always what they seem. This applies to life in general...to everyone.

Educating yourself as to what is healthy and ideal, striving to be self-aware, and being honest and rational is vital to health and well-being. Please understand that weight loss can be just as dangerous as weight gain. As with everything, moderation is the key to wellness. If you're eating very little, thinking you're doing yourself a favor, please reconsider. My cousin's family tried to help her but she was too far gone...before we knew it, her organs were shutting down. She died a horrible death, alone and broken in a nursing home. She was only 40 years old with a teenage daughter.

Please assess yourself, find a safe person that you can be accountable to, and make healthy, REASONABLE choices above all else.

Operation 2013 Review

I cannot believe the year is almost half over. Crazy!

I'm making as much effort as possible in my condition to tackle Operation 2013. I can't sleep (again) so I thought I would take a look at my progress thus far.

Operation Zoey is complete, of course. I just wish she didn't live so far away.

Aunt Kelli's Punkin!


I already gave an update on Operation Pound in my last post.


Operation Grub has gone nicely. I finally nailed refrigerator dill pickles, thanks to a little help from The Spice House in Chicago. Their pickling spice and dill seed are top notch. It basically amounts to putting the right ratio of spice, water, and white vinegar in the jar. My current batch is spot on, and most importantly, there is no salt added. So excited.

Other food accomplishments: various pizza flatbreads, sweet and spicy chili, bean burritos from scratch, chicken stock, ridiculous mac n cheese (for my bro and sis-in-law), baked potato soup (also for my bro and sis-in-law), reduced-fat shrimp alfredo, and an amazing veggie beef soup.

Other food goals for the year: Cole Slaw, Brunswick Stew, Tomatillo Salsa, Salad Dressings


Operation Organization is moving along, albeit, slowly. I finally cleared off the craft table in my dining room (which doubles as an art studio). Most of the stuff went to the storage room, which still needs tremendous attention. I'll get to it. I still have another table to tackle. In the bedroom, I've upgraded from a 13 inch tube TV to a 20 inch tube TV with DVD and VHS players...ha! My brother put it in a corner by my bed instead of on the file cabinet, so now I have the file cabinet available for my computer-related stuff. I've put some things I'm not using under the bed, and I took 20 items out of the closet to sell or give away. Next up - books. I'm going to make an effort to finish reading the books I haven't finished so I can get rid of them. Maybe I'll look for a local book swap. The ones I wish to keep will be neatly organized on the shelves. Hooray progress!

Last but not least...


Operation Orlando is officially ON!!!!! I had a scare concerning transportation, as all three methods I had planned fell through. I nearly had a meltdown, but let my aunt know what was happening and she and my uncle have graciously offered to get me there. Donations from friends and a few sales on my Etsy store have allowed me to complete registration and secure my hotel room. I AM SO GRATEFUL. Words cannot express how grateful! I love you all.

This year has been very difficult with the disease and with my circumstances in general. In spite of that, I am accomplishing some important goals and I do not take that for granted.

Thankful.


Operation 2013 Update: The Weighting Game


Operation Pound-A-Week has become Operation Pound-A-Month. I'm not happy it's taking me this long to lose, but at least I'm moving in the right direction.

Let's face it - I'm built like a football player. I'll never be skinny like I was when I was a kid, and I can accept that. My main focus is getting a little further away from the "danger zone". I'm apple-shaped and carrying so much weight in the front of the body puts a lot of strain on the pulmonary system. I have enough trouble with that as it is, thanks to Muscular Dystrophy. My goal weight is very reasonable, and I'm glad I'm not gaining anymore.

13 lbs to go!

Monday, June 10, 2013

And this, folks, is why comments are moderated.



Dear "Alan",

I've decided to follow up on your "Kelli's Q&A" comment with a Q&A just for you.

Q: What do breast implants have to do with HKPP?
A: Nothing. Whatsoever.

Q: Who in their right mind would have implants when they're already full figured, and with a backache to boot?
A: Not this chick, nor any sane chick I know. And by the way, unless you're targeting ladies who have never worn a bra in their lives, they know the difference between cup size and bust line. If they are "confused" for some odd reason, I assure you that you, sir, would not be the person they would seek counsel from on the matter. Mama, Sister, Aunt, Grandma, Cousin, Neighbor, or Mama's Sister's Aunt's Grandma's Cousin's Neighbor's former roommate. Not Alan. Nice try, bozo.

Q: Why do you keep insisting I consider getting implants? Furthermore, what makes you think I would go to the other side of the world to do so?
A: Clearly, Alan, you are a few fries short of a Happy Meal. Your elevator doesn't go all the way to the top. You're Looney Toons. Cray cray. Insane in the membrane. Loco. Nuts. Bonkers. Batty. Cracked. Cuckoo. Daft. Desperately delusional.

And you're crazy too.

Love,
Kelli


PS - If you caught my Spaceballs and I Love Lucy references, you win the internets.


Saturday, June 8, 2013

Kelli's Q&A

Just a quick note that I posted a Q&A on my Periodic Paralysis blog.

If you're following My Roller Coaster Life to read about Periodic Paralysis, you probably know by now that this is my catch-all blog...the one where I rant and rave about whatever I want. It includes HKPP often, but this is not my "medical" blog. Feel free to follow whichever one you prefer...or both, or neither...it's a free country. :-)

Even though I shut down the comments section a couple years ago, I want you to know that I appreciate you being here and you're always welcome to email me if you like. Thanks for reading.