Idea of March

Beware the Ides of March!

This year would be no exception.  As the season is about to move to Spring, so the “Fourcast” continues, a fourth Nor’easter, in four weeks, is predicted for tomorrow.

Due to a long stretch of business travel for SpecialK, he needs more time to pack up.  After a discussion with the moving company, we have postponed our move 5 days.

As SpecialK travels, I now walk carefully down a hallway of boxes.


This delay actually allowed me to take a deep breath.  The painter will hopefully finish tomorrow.  The cleaners have already been rescheduled from Wednesday to Thursday, and I am running out of days for the painter to finish.

Occasionally, I remember to take a deep breath.

I told SpecialK I was ready for the fairies/angels/elves so I could blink and be settled into our next home. He agreed and said “That would be nice.  Keep packing”.

What will you do to celebrate the arrival of Spring?


Moving, again!

One year ago today, we left CA.  Taking a night flight, we landed in CT early in the morning of March 16, 2017.  After living in an extended stay hotel near the airport for 10 days, we moved into our current abode, an apartment in Vernon, CT.

For those who know, I sold my FL condo last October.  Those funds rolled into the purchase of a condo, 30 minutes north and west of our current home.  It will be closer to SpecialK’s Office, and closer to the airport for his business travels.

Next Friday, our belongings will be loaded into a truck, and unloaded that night into our next home, where we plan to stay a while.

I have organized the painter, who we ❤️, the awesome guy who installed our hardwood floors, and the tile guy who did a wacky job of installing our backsplash.  That backsplash has been taken down, and subway tiles are going in.

Next Wednesday, we are having the condo deep cleaned.  Every drawer shelf and cabinet is to be opened and cleaned.

Thursday, the moving company is sending over their packers, and Friday we adjust our home base.

That’s what we are up to, what are you up to these days?


Costa Rica

We left early on the morning of February 27, 2018.  We intended to stay for 8 days, returning late on Wednesday, March 7, 2018.  Mother Nature had a good laugh, and we came home on the night of March 6.  Our original flight on the 7th was cancelled, I found out from the comfort of my home.

One of SpecialK’s nieces was getting married, and we decided to make a vacation of the days.

As we often do, we rented a place through Airbnb.  That means grocery shopping.

We found two new to us gluten free, low carb products there.

I found these baked tortillas.  With 3 crackers per pack, they were portion controlled and reasonable for my dietary restrictions.

SpecialK found these sesame treats.  We both enjoyed them, and they are low carb.  They also had amaranth bars and sunflower seed bars.

Alas, they do not have distribution in the US.  I am talking with them, as the US low carb world needs these.  With 6.2 g of carbs, and 2.6 g dietary fiber, they would be a great snack for SpecialK when traveling for work.  No artificial sweeteners pleases SpecialK, while the protein and low number of net carbs pleases me.

Do you venture into grocery stores when traveling?  Have you found any new products you care to share?

Tomorrow is Valentines Day.  Longtime readers  will remember how that rolls around here. (Valentine’s Vegetables).

I am not sure, yet, what dish will appear on our table for tomorrow night.  I think I have a lock on dessert, but, maybe not.  I guess I will have to decide today.  SpecialK will be home late tonight, but I have already advised him that there will be a full dinner and dessert.

Considerations include a ricotta tart with salad, a chicken dish or any other idea that sounds good today.  SpecialK, if you are reading this, your input IS welcome.

We have a lot going on here at Casa d’SpecialK. Travel plans and …

Stay tuned, pull up a comfy chair, as our lives are about to get very crazy.  Then, it will be over, and normal life resumes.  I am sticking with that.

I will be back soon sharing what I did make for Valentines Day dinner.

What will you do for Valentines Day?

Beef and Cabbage Soup

It’s snowing!  Snow means cold, which makes it Soup Time!  Besides, SpecialK ❤️ soup.

Do you remember, a while back, I shared a recipe for Beef and Cabbage?  When you shred a whole head of cabbage, and there are only two people in the house, let’s just say there are leftovers.  Those leftovers were in the freezer, portioned into lunch servings that I never ate.

Homemade soup time!

I started with some beef broth, or more correctly, beef broth maker. I added one well rounded teaspoonful to 2 quarts of water. I added some tamari, as I remembered SpecialK saying the Beef and Cabbage needed a bit more, for his tastes.


I added some fish sauce, because fish sauce brings the umami to any dish, or so says Michelle Tam at


I added salt and pepper, and offered SpecialK a taste.  He asked me to add more beef broth maker, So I added another well rounded teaspoonful.

I added in some of the frozen leftovers of Beef and Cabbage, which quickly melted in to the pot of soup.

As I sat enjoying a bowl of this soup, I realized that I really enjoyed the cabbage in there, and that the meat was too broken up.


SpecialK didn’t want anymore, because cabbage?

I made a second pot of this soup and I enjoyed it.  Leftover Beef and Cabbage is no more, while I still have a few bowlfuls of soup.

I see more soups in our future, as snow continues to fall.

What is your go to meal for cold evenings?


When Special K travels

SpecialK travels for work, sometimes frequently.

i don’t tend to cook a lot when he travels, so meals often look like this:


I had invited a friend to join me for dinner one night while alone.  She cancelled, which left me with a piece of chicken defrosting in the fridge.

i invited her again a few days later.  In a way, I think I knew she would cancel again.  I brined the chicken, but didn’t marinate it.  I made the croutons for our chicken Caesar salad, but I didn’t wash the salad.  Dessert had not been made.

She did cancel again, leaving me with a piece of chicken to cook.  I learned I love it when coated in flour, so I cut the chicken up, tossed it in a 1/4 cup of flour, and pan fried it.  I then added some chicken stock, and the juice and zest of lemon.  Salt and pepper to season it, and I was rather impressed.


i ate 1/2 of it last night, and the rest of it earlier today.    SpecialK will return later tonight, and I will make soup tomorrow.

What do you make to eat in bone chilling weather?


Goodbye 2017

2017 is departing, as we wait for 2018 to arrive.

The good, the bad, the happy, the sad; all of the accomplishments and progress made are now just memories.

One thing I completely stole, with the authors permission, thanks, Clare!  I no longer make resolutions.  No promises of working out (I already do!), no promises of eating better (we struggle, but we try!).  No resolutions whatsoever!

What will I do to instead of making resolutions?  I will state my intentions!

I intend to attempt to be more organized.  Efforts have already been made.

I intend to try harder at eating better.

I intend to be the best version of me I can muster.

I saw the following posted, and wanted to share it with you.



What are your intentions for 2018?

Happy Holidays!


Now that I have stopped working for the year, I have time.  Time to do whatever I want.

Whether you finished celebrating your holiday, are just about to, or it is coming soon, please accept my very best wishes for a very Happy Holiday!

Many new things will be appearing here soon, so stay tuned.

What is your favorite thing about this time of year?

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  If you live outside the US, Happy November 23!

I have been working very hard, basically non-stop for the past few weeks.  I am a substitute teacher in the local school system, and wow, it’s nice to have a day off.

Things I am greatful for this year:

SpecialK – the man I married.  ‘Nuff said?

I am grateful that cousin Jan found out what has been so painful this year.  Now let’s get her well.

I am grateful that I am able to work, and that the people have been so kind.

I am grateful for all the basics of life, and that I haven’t lost sight of what they are, for me.

What are you grateful for this year?59BE4881-9966-4C85-9769-8C168462F480

Birthday Cake

Tomorrow will be a) very cold and b) SpecialK’s Birthday.

I offered him a choice of cakes, and he decided I should use the Aldi cake mixes he bought.  I consulted with my gluten free baking consultant, and followed his recommendation to add sour cream to the batter.

I spread reduced sugar Strawberry Jam between the layers, frosted the cake with a hot cocoa frosting from Dollop.

I added some candy sequins on top, because it’s a birthday cake.  SpecialK may not celebrate his birthday, but he eats cake.

Happy Birthday to my husband, and have a piece of cake.



How do you celebrate birthdays in your home?