Salad Dressing

We have so so many choices for what to put on a vegetable salad.  I have been advised to make my own salad dressings, which I have done.  For example I have made my own balsamic dressing, and foresee that I will again in the future.

Living with SpecialK changes some of my options.  He would rather have me purchase than make some things, and salad dressing is mostly on that list.

In an ongoing effort to maintain a harmonious marriage, we have compromised, and bought dressings that seem to be healthy. Until today, when that ideal was shattered by an email from VeryWell.

The dressings that we use are made by Wishbone.


My point of concern was that the VeryWell article was strongly suggesting that we limit our choices to those that have less than (or equal to) 250 mg of sodium.  These bottles each have 350 mg of sodium.


As I set the bottles up to take this picture, I realized that only the Caesar is made with EVOO.  Sadness reigns, as I begin to realize I will be making salad dressings after all.

Your favorite salad dressing?


Product Taste Test: Carrot Chips

When we find a new to us product that I can eat, we try them.  Imagine my surprise when SpecialK stood looking at a bag of beet chips.

Sue:  “Do you want to try them?”

SpecialK:   “No”.

Sue:  “Do you even like beets?”

SpecialK:  “No”.

So I did what I usually do, and dug through the rack, to see what else they had.  Ignoring the bags of potato chips, I came up with a bag of carrot chips.


Sue:  “Do you want to try these?”

SpecialK:  “Will you eat them, too?”

Knowing that I didn’t want to be told that I said to buy them, I answered tentatively.  “Yes, I’ll try them”.

We brought home a bag of carrot chips.  Did you know they claim there are vegetable servings in the bag?

Surprisingly, the bag was not ripped open during our ride home.  Once home, unpacked and settling in, I may (or may not) have opened the bag.  We tried them, and my first thought was that they tasted like sweet potato chips.  So I ate a few more.  They look like carrot chips, and started to taste like carrots.


What is your newest snack food?


I was not compensated or sponsored in any manner for this post.  Product selection and opinions are all my own.  We paid at the register just like everyone else.

A crazy week

Hi, how are you?

Good?  Me?  I am limping through the days, life is calming down,

It began 15 days ago.  10:00 in the morning, my Aunt called, told me her grandson, who had been very ill, had passed away.

(That afternoon, my tenant told me she was leaving, in case you need a 2 bed, 2 bath condo).

i was stunned, perhaps in shock.  I got through Monday and Tuesday, and early Wednesday we boarded a plane to Chicago.  I booked the ticket on Sunday night, and Monday morning, SpecialK called and told me he was taking that flight with me, then connecting west.

We set our alarms for 4:45 am and left for the airport less than an hour later.  We boarded the plane at 7:00 am. Departure time of 7:35.  We took off at 7:30, and landed at 6:00 pm in Chicago.

If you are a friend of mine on FB, you know what happened that day.  If not, just know there were several FAA rules bent, pushed and extended that day.

I went to the funeral on Thursday, and tears are in my eyes as I type this.  He was 15.  Perhaps in sympathy, my left ankle began to hurt.

I returned home on Friday, no delays, and at 7:00 the next morning, we drove to Cape Cod.  We spent two days with friends, before heading home.

i spent the next few days sitting down, before going to Urgent Care for my ankle pain.  X-rays showed several issues, nothing broken, and 4 days later I am in much less pain.  Drinking the Kool-Aid and wearing the sling as directed (not an actual sling).

We went to the Gluten Free/Allergy Friendly Expo in Worcester last Saturday.  It took me until today to realize who wasn’t there, but we got some New England products, some bread, and rolls, SpecialK got cookies, and we paid less to enter than we had in CA.  He told me early Saturday that he doesn’t get anything from these Expos.  I reminded him of Breton Gluten Free, that he got pre full market release.  I reminded him of the pita bread he found last year.

So asked if he got his money’s worth from this Expo, he said yes.  Score!  I will be adding this event to my calendar yearly.

IMG_1526How are Udi’s and Earth Balance sister companies?

What have you been doing?



Memorial Day Weekend Shoping

This weekend, I got to meet a former coworker/ friend of SpecialK’s.  Since he offered to drive her up to meet her family in MA, we decided to go to the shopping outlets.

I warned him that this was not the right time to go shopping.  I had enough summer clothes, but will absolutely need some winter clothes.

He had his mind set, so off we went.  He shopped, I shopped.  We shopped until SpecialK was ready to drop.

What did you do on this long weekend?

Gluten-Free, to be or not to be?

IMG_1437This is BIG.  This is two days before moving cross country big.  This is the result of meeting with a new nutritionist, who wanted to follow my CA gastroenterologist’ suggestion that I have fewer eating restrictions.

This nutritionist told me that she believes that only those with celiac or certified gluten intolerant should eat gluten free.  (Wait, didn’t my FL gastroenterologist tell me he believed I was gluten intolerant?). She also suggested that at the time I began eating gluten free, I had gut issues, that were most likely healed by now.  This is where she got me thinking.

I have to eat low carb, no matter what.  But would my life be easier as I get older, not being gluten free?

The nutritionist believes I have a fructan problem, so she started with me eating sourdough bread.  Then a sprouted wheat bread.  Pushing everything else aside for a moment, I do not like sprouted bread, and per our last conversation, I will not be eating more of it.

There are still more challenges to complete before we are absolutely certain.  I also am so well versed in whole grains, that she agrees that some of what I learned Gluten Free will be ok to continue.  So, maybe I will continue to eat regular bread, and eat whole grains otherwise?  They just won’t be wheat.

My favorite bread is pumpernickel.  What is your favorite type of bread?


Shrimp Scampi Zoodles

I visited with my aunt again last week, and made her shrimp scampi for dinner before departing the next morning.  It was so delicious that I made it this weekend for SpecialK.

I did not go to my aunts home expecting to make anything.  When she offered some shrimp she had, I offered her shrimp cocktail or shrimp scampi.  She wanted me to show her how to use the spiralizer I set her last year.  (I sent her this one.)

Imagine how excited I was to search for ‘healthy shrimp scampi’, and find Shrimp Scampi Zoodles.  While shopping for the vegetables we would need for SpecialK and I, I found these tomatoes.  They were the least expensive tomatoes, and I bought them.


I had already rinsed them off and cut them in half to make dinner.  If I could have these tomatoes everyday, it would be a long time before I would have had enough.

Now, on to the main course.  I found the recipe at

This is what my dish looked like.  It will be made again.  SpecialK, when offered rice or pasta with it, declared “There is already pasta in there”.  No pasta in there, just zucchini.  How far he has come!  Grab a fork, I made this, ate some, then remembered to take a picture.  These leftovers were another dinner, and lunch for SpecialK.


Big news coming soon.  Stay tuned.  What new dish have you made for dinner?

The Battle of the Boxes and Life Goes Forward

I went off to spend a few days with Aunt Judie as I shared with you in my last post.

I had lunches with Stacy and Valerie, and dinners with Aunt Judie and Phyllis.

I did several loads of laundry for Aunt Judie, making sure the pile was depleted before getting back in the car 8 days ago, and heading back to the extended stay hotel.  Why, hello Candlewood Suites!

I was approximately 5 minutes away from Aunt Judie’s house, when my phone rang. As I was driving a borrowed car, that would not sync my phone, I pulled off the road to answer.  SpecialK called to inform me the movers would be a day earlier than expected, and would arrive on Sunday.

I drove back to the hotel, and did our last load of free laundry.  Life became a whorlwind.  Saturday morning, I test drive a Ford Focus and then a Honda Civic.  We bought the Civic!  We then went to Costco, to load up on necessary things, toilet paper, paper towels, laundry detergent.  Somehow $250 didn’t go nearly as far was we hoped!

After loading up on all those ‘necessaries’, we came to the rental center to collect our keys.  The rental center opens up at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday’s, the movers said they would be there at 11:00 a.m.

Sunday morning we packed our bags, all 9 of them, and arrived at our next home. (SpecialK had checked 3 bags, I checked 2, and we each carried 2 bags.  That equals our 9 bags).

At 12:20 p.m. On Sunday, the driver called to tell me they were an hour off schedule. They arrived at 1:30 p.m.

On Monday, SpecialK left for work, and ignoring one box of fragile things, I unpacked every box in our bedroom, putting away all of my clothes.  Then I attacked the boxes in the guest room.  By 11:30 a.m.  All of the boxes, except that fragile one were unpacked and flattened, Witt wrapping paper strewn about.

Monday evening SpecialK flew off for a business trip.  While he was gone, I was in an unpacking frenzy.  Every kitchen box was unwrapped, with the papers shoved inside the boxes.  When SpecialK came home from his business trip, he was greeted by a mountain of unpacked boxes.

On Wednesday, we went and received the Civic.  It is shiny and new.

I drove myself around Thursday in a car that was not rented or borrowed for the first time since I sold my Acura.

Fast forward to Saturday, today.  There was snow on the top of that Civic, but we were moving too fast to stop and take a picture.  We went out and ordered furniture, some to replace the furniture I had sold before leaving CA.

That was my past week.  That wall of boxes waiting to be unpacked?  They are waiting for another cabinet, ordered today, to be delivered.  I know better than to leave our delicate China on the floor for SpecialK and /or I to mistakenly trip over!

How was your past week?  Do anything exciting?

The calm before the boxes

Hey there!

It is hard to imagine that a week ago the movers were loading our belongings into a truck.

We have been staying in an extended stay hotel since arriving here early last Thursday morning.  It is expected that our belongings arrive next Monday, but will be confirmed via phone call on Saturday.

Being that I have nothing better to do, I will be meeting my friend Stacy for lunch today, before heading out to help Aunt Judie for a few days.  She broke 2 bones in her ankle, and needs assistance for laundry, and other odd things we do without thinking.

I have been test driving cars, as I cannot pull off the feat here that I did in Los Angeles. There will be no walking everywhere, shopping, doctors, and work.

My next “job” will be unpacking boxes.

Have I mentioned we now live in the land of snow?


What is on your agenda for the next few days?  For me, please find some fun!


We made it!

We landed here early by everyone’s time zone, 5:19 am east coast which is 2:19 am on the west coast.

After a quick breakfast at the airline club, a perk from SpecialK, we collected our bags and went to our hotel.  SpecialK changed his clothes, and went to his office.  I checked my email,and Facebook, and fell asleep.

SpecialK came back before noon, and he fell promptly asleep.  He awoke, made an omelette, ate it, and was off for another business trip.

I awoke at 8:30 am, texted my husband a note that said “Good morning.  We have noisy neighbors”.  He responded, and shortly thereafter, I fell back asleep.

I don’t believe in jet lag.  I believe the problem with cross country flights is lack of sleep.  The flight was 4 hours 40 minutes from LAX.  I can’t get a full night’s sleep in 4 hours.

This is the view from our window:


Yes to my west coast friends, there is snow.

We have a estimated date for delivery of our belongings,  March 27.  Extended stay hotel is our home until then.

Tomorrow we are going to see our next apartment.  I have yet to see it, and SpecialK will measure for furniture purchases and placement of our transplanted pieces.

The LA marathon is this Sunday, while more snow is expected in the east.  What will you do this weekend?

Moving Day

Today’s the Day.  It’s “Let’s Move Across the Country, Again, Day”.

Yesterday, three guys from the moving company came and boxed up all of our fragile pieces.  Today, three different guys came and are loading our belongings into a truck.  We learned this morning that we will be the last loaded, so ours will be the first delivery for this truck.

When they came into our home, the first thing they did was roll red carpets done our hallway, to protect the carpet underneath.  We live only a few miles from Hollywood, it seems only fitting.

Tonight, we sleep on a plane, or not. Tomorrow, we exit that flying tin can, and begin the next chapter of our lives.

I often post sunset shots on Facebook, so this is what that shot looks like in day light.


So off we go, have a great rest of the week and I will be back online soon.