Thursday, March 30, 2017

If you're wondering how things are going...

On top of HKPP, sleep deprivation, kidney stones, and the rest of the crap I usually deal with, I have a doozy of an upper respiratory infection at the moment. There is so much that I would like to do, but even getting out of bed to sit up in a chair seems like too much to ask this week. Thanks, Life.

I'll have a less cranky update when I am functional again, someday.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

39 @ 9:29

Well, I'm in the home stretch to the big 4-0. Let's see if I can get there.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Throwback Thursday - Seven Years Ago

Hard to believe this was 7 years ago. Yet, it seems like a lifetime. Weird how that happens. Things were different back then, to an extent anyway. 2010 wasn't easy, to say the least.

I intend to catch up on a few things blogwise, but I've been curled up in bed with kidney stones this week. I'll be back soon.


Saturday, March 11, 2017

New Decor for Midori the Gypsymobile

I see your nuclear family window decals
And I raise you musical dancing food

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Vegetarian burritos and another dollar store run

Howdy. Let's discuss dollar store meals again. The original post is here.

First, a quick note that my body is currently reacting badly to beans and legumes. Systemic disease wins when it comes to food reactions, so I'm letting you know that I gave the black beans away and went back to the store. You'll see what I did below. But first, a few new foods and short reviews from the Dollar Tree grocery section:

Terrible with a capital T.
Tiny bits of pepper, soggy breading, questionable cheese.
F minus. Moving on.

I haven't tried the bagel bites yet, but everybody knows these tater tots.
They are rubbery in the microwave, but fine fried or baked in a real oven.

SOON. With dollar store ranch dressing (not pictured).

Some of my photos uploaded sideways
but I decided I didn't care. Ha. Sorry, though.
Both of these products are awesome, by the way.

Dollar store bacon!
(I haven't tried it yet. Wish me luck.)

Since I am omitting beans from the burritos,
I decided to buy dollar store cheese as compensation.

The one item that I didn't buy at the dollar store was a pack of button mushrooms, but they were only a dollar on sale. Score!

I overfilled it big time, so I had to fold it up to eat it.
It was really, really good. Really!

I ate one burrito, and made six more.

To the Batcave! I mean the freezer. *cough*

Hey y'all, bonus leftovers!

I had plenty of rice left, so I flash froze it for later!
Rice freezes well, but it also survives in the fridge for 4 days, FYI.

The leftover mushrooms will be sauteed tonight
and served as a side with dinner (baked pork chops).

I also had 2/3 pack of taco seasoning left, but forgot to take a pic.

If you don't overstuff the shells, you can easily make 10.
If you include beans, you would make a dozen or more.
If you want vegan, omit the cheese.
If you are a cheese freak, the dollar stores have packets of Velveeta for a dollar that you can pour on top of the burritos and warm in the oven until bubbly.
But you didn't hear that from me.

I'm quite happy with the burritos. I've done them before, and I feel like they're proof that meat isn't always necessary.

I'll be back soon with a final review of the remaining dollar store products from both hauls. Thanks always for visiting!

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Homemade Electrolyte Drink (Sports Drink)

I was inspired by this video to try my hand at homemade sports drinks.

I already had most of the stuff to make it, so why not?

I didn't make it exactly like Chef John did, but it turned out flawlessly. It not only tastes like a sports drink, it tastes a little better IMO.

My recipe:

*32oz vessel of some sort. I have this, available at almost any Walmart.

*One small bottle of 100% fruit juice, any flavor. It's the tiny bottle that comes in a 6-pack on the juice aisle. You know what I'm talking about. Edit note: 10oz bottle

*Refill the juice bottle with water twice and pour it want to dilute the juice to 1/3. That's a ratio of 2:1 water vs juice.

*1/8 teaspoon potassium salt - I have Hypokalemic Periodic Paralysis, so I need potassium. If you don't have HKPP and you don't have issues with sodium, you can use sodium. If you want a little of each, you can find Lite Salt at any grocer (Lite Salt is a combo of sodium and potassium salts, if you didn't know).

*1/2 teaspoon of "berry" green powder, available at Walmart and most health stores. It's called green powder, but the berry flavor looks magenta FYI.

*1/2 teaspoon Natural Calm magnesium powder, any flavor. It is the only Mag powder I can personally recommend. It's sold all over the world, including Amazon. Disclaimer: magnesium has a laxative effect in some people. For me, it's a godsend for my leg cramps. If you dig far enough into the product reviews, you'll find mine there entitled "the cure for charlie horses".

*I added a squeeze of lime juice, but I forgot to put the lime in the photo.

Note that I did not add a sweetener, since I used prepared juice.

Give it a good stir or shake to dissolve, and chill well before serving.

By all means, if it tastes off to you, adjust your ingredients. Buying sports drinks is easier, but this is so much healthier, especially for people like me. I plan to make these drinks regularly from now on. I have a feeling summer will be a little more tolerable this year as a result. I'll try to remember to give another review in the sweltering months of doom (that would be June-September down here).

If you have any suggestions or questions about making this, holla at me.