Rent with Hertz

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Sometimes, you need to rent a car.  Hertz is SpecialK’s choice, I am just the passenger.

So imagine this, you fly to an airport, meet your spouse, and go to pick up your rental car.  They are out of cars.  We wait about an hour, and they give us a Dodge, with no Bluetooth. We are heading out and see several vehicles parked in the gold section. 

Eventually, we are allowed to take one of those cars

This was after they offered us a $100 voucher for our troubles, but gave SpecialK a voucher for $1.

Have I mentioned that SpecialK rents so many cars in a year that he is in their Presidents Circle?

So we start to drive out, heading to the lines of cars waiting to go through Hertz’s Checkpoint Charlie.

Two lines of cars, we move to the shorter one.  A guy comes out of the booth, to tell us the system is down, we can’t get out.

2 hours after we first approached the Hertz area, we head out.

Did you have a good weekend?

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District 45

We don’t eat out often, but find our way to eat wherever we are.

We were out with Adam, Emily et famille last month, and they chose to go to District 45 in Lynn, MA.

Looking at the reduced menu they offered for brunch, I chose a panini, minus the bread.  I have never actually had a panini, as they became popular after I had renounced gluten.

The combination of ingredients appealed to me.   A flattened piece of chicken, topped with a slice of bacon, a slice of apple, covered in melted cheddar cheese.

Would you be surprised to hear that I wanted to recreate at home?

I did, using the ingredients we had at home.  A large chicken breast, that I tried to butterfly.  I ended up with 6 pieces.

We have Trader Joe’s Peppered Turkey Bacon, nitrate and nitrite Free.  1/2 slice on each piece of chicken fit great.   Granny Smith apple was sliced, not peeled.  The apple was not precooked, as the crunch of the apple slice adds a nice bite.  Top with white cheddar, which we buy at Aldi’s.

 

I am sure I will have better pictures the next time make this.

 

What new food combinations do you enjoy?

Toasted Cheese with jam

Where have you been all my life?  I might just be in love again.

i don’t recall where I read this idea, but here it is.  Toast a piece of bread, and spread a layer of your favorite jam on top.  Add some sliced cheese and return to toaster.  (Works best with toaster oven or regular oven).

It wasn’t until I was eating this that I realized the need to share this idea.

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Perhaps it is a statement of where I am at, or a need for delicious offerings, but this one works!

In other news, I got my stitches out yesterday, and can resume living, and getting my steps done.  Cancer free by my birthday was a nice gift.

What is your favorite way to eat toasted, or grilled, cheese?

A little c

5F9267A9-4C84-4E2F-A2BF-1F38800CE759.jpegA little “c”?  A small tumor, a basal cell with nodes and integrating roots.  The best news?  This type of tumor does not head to your lymph nodes.

The location of my basal cell was on the left hand side of my nose, as the nose flares out near the end.

I had Mohs surgery yesterday, followed by reconstruction surgery today.  As I said to SpecialK tonight, this is miserable surgery.

Sunscreen every day.  I like what my primary care doctor said, which is that  Vani-Cream is a zinc based lotion.  I was given some by a dermatologist in CA, and will not mind using it.  (I won’t feel the need to shower before bed, as I do when wearing sunscreen).

This is why I haven’t been cooking or baking of late.  However, I did supply myself with SmartFood and Halo Top for the duration.

Stitches come out Tuesday, and I can’t wait.

But first will be my birthday, this Saturday.  I have requested burgers on the grill, and a side of grilled pineapple.  SpecialK ordered me a cake, chocolate with chocolate buttercream.  (He turned down ganache, because of sugar.  WTH?)

Still here, hanging on.  Life will get better.  For tonight, I succumbed to a pain pill, and lay here wide awake with codeine in my system, again.

What will you do this Memorial Day Weekend?

Why we eat what we eat, and why I avoid coconut

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Beware the inheritance of your parents!

My mother had low blood pressure. Some thyroid issues, skin cancer and other various ailments, but she ultimately passed away from dementia.

My father has had heart issues,  high blood pressure and diabetes.

I am the middle child, and medically predisposed to genetically acquire some of their ailments.

Some of those ailments are rearing their ugly heads.

I eat gluten free, as I got very sick in 2009.  I thought I would give gluten free a try, and I felt much better.  Oh, and my allergies mostly disappeared.

In 2010, I was advised to walk away from sugar.  Apparently, if I wasn’t careful, I too would be diabetic,  I wasn’t having any of that.

In 2012, SpecialK and I connected.  He originally thought he would eat gluten free to make it easier for our kitchen.  His migraines diminished in occurrence.  He decided to stick with it.

I can’t have spinach, due to its high concentration in oxalates.  I can thank Mom for my intolerance of lactose. Neither of us here eat pork.  I barely eat beef at all, sometimes lean ground beef. I mostly prefer chicken.  We also eat salmon, eggs, beans, fruit and vegetables.

We eat eggs, low fat soft dairy cheeses, and full fat hard dairy cheeses.  Having said that, we use whipped cream cheese.  The taste is better, and compared against light cream cheese nutritionally, whipped wins.

A light olive oil bottle is refilled often,  we use extra virgin olive oil on occasion, and grape seed oil for the rare times we fry.

You won’t find coconut butter, milk, flour or any part of a coconut in our kitchen.  Coconut is high in saturated fats, and I won’t be eating it.

Its time to get cooking!

 

New York weekend and Canadian find

Last weekend, May’s first weekend, we headed to New York City for the weekend.

I took 2 pictures in NYC, starting with this picture, outside Tiffany’s.

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This second picture was of the surrounds of our outdoors breakfast, looking up.

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We left New York a bit earlier than originally planned on Sunday, as SpecialK had a flight to Canada to catch on Sunday evening.

When he came home, he brought some Canadian snacks, gluten free and low carb, somewhat.

The one that caught my attention was this bag:

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Of course, I tasted them, before devouring the entire bag.  (It was a single serve bag.)

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I liked them!  (Hey, Mikey liked it!)

Here’s the back of the bag.

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Yes, it’s Canadian made.  Finding a foreign product that we like, just like when we went to Costa Rica.

Have you found any foreign made foods that you wish you could buy locally?

Slaw

I enjoy cabbage.  Having been encouraged to eat colorful vegetables, purple cabbage in now.

I made this slaw with a small head of purple cabbage, one Granny Smith apple, peeled and cut, and my home made dressing.  1/2 C each extra virgin olive oil and apple cider vinegar.  Salt and pepper.

Easy.  By the bottom of the bowl, I confess to adding some raisins and a small bit of honey, to offset the acid.  No slaw remains.

What is your favorite slaw?

Spaghetti with…?

I decided to try Walmart’s rice pasta.  I was definitely in an “I don’t care” type of mood, so I cooked some up.  Without a jar of sauce to use, I decided to have a bowl with cottage cheese.

This morning, because I want to use up this pasta, and because I have been told to eat more carbs, I carefully weighed out one serving.  I broke it in half, and plopped it into my frypan of boiling water.  Once cooked, I rinsed it, put some fresh water in, drained it, then added other ingredients.  I added some Earth Balance, a raw egg, and a hand full of shredded mozzarella.  Cooked until the egg was cooked and the cheese melted, I added salt and pepper and grabbed a fork.

It was crazy good this morning.  I followed up with an orange, as I started my daily steps.

Today is our 4th wedding anniversary, and SpecialK will be home sometime before dinner.    We will go out tomorrow night to celebrate.

What are you up to today?

 

What I had for breakfast

When I was a child, I went to summer camp.  Four years at a day camp before I began years at an overnight camp.  At that camp, we were required to write home a minimum of three times a week.

I was 9 years old when I began going to overnight camp, and not the writer I am now,

My mother wanted to know what happened in our days, and she would tell us to tell her what we had for breakfast.

My mother is no longer amongst us, so I thought I would tell you what I had for breakfast this morning.

I made a one egg omelet this morning, mixing the egg with dried chives, and making an omelet with Boursin cheese in the middle.  I had a piece of gluten free bread toasted, lightly “buttered” (Earth Balance).  An orange joined the plate.  I had a glass of sparkling water with my plate of food.

I had to taste my food, before sharing this with you, to make sure it was worthy of being shared; it was tasty.

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What did you have for breakfast?

Keychains

We are all packed up and ready to go.

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I stopped for a minute and thought about giving up more keys.

When we move out, some of the keys leave the ring.  I was remembering my first key, when the keychain mattered.  My first car key was a big addition.

Nowadays, I have a car, but no key.  I am happy using a small carabiner clip, for all of my rings of keys and loyalty cards.

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I will lighten my load tomorrow, when our belongings are loaded on a truck.  The set on the left will no longer be present.

Dinners and baking will commence from our next location, and everything new will become our new version of regular.

Does your keychain matter?