Day 324-Manic Monday-What Are Your Top Three?

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Hey and welcome to another renamed day of the week for Kimmy’s Patio…Manic Monday, cause that’s how most of them feel to me.

Do you find that you are running to the store more often for the same three things? Well, when I was eating like everyone else and smoking, it used to be milk, bread, and cigarettes.

Real butter, full fat

Now that I eat more like a caveman, it’s butter, coconut oil, and tea! I use Kerrygold butter in my coffee every day and on my sweet potatoes at least twice, sometimes more a week. I need the healthy fats in my diet. The next thing is coconut oil, and here lately, I have been going less because I bought two big jars of Nature’s Way brand last time I went to the Sunflower Shoppe because they had a bogo sale.

32 oz jar, such a good deal on bogo

I need to buy it by the gallon, as much as I use! The third thing is tea.  Now,  I don’t know about you, but in the summer time, I go through ice tea, well…like water, lol! So I am always having to buy the big box of family sized bags to make my pitchers of iced tea.

My preferred brand

What are your serial three products? The ones you have to buy over and over again? Just curious because I was going to remind you that Amazon sells just about everything these days, even produce!!! Click on the link and it will take you to the review I wrote over on my website. It is amazing how many products and services this company covers. The new one is Prime Fresh and that’s where you get the produce I spoke of earlier.

Would you ever consider buying your produce through the mail? I’m just curious, lot’s of folks don’t seem to want to go shopping the traditional way anymore. Maybe the convenience of shopping from home is more appealing to some folks, or maybe it’s a necessity. Either way, it is so nice to know that Amazon provides a service like that, yes it comes at a price, but it may be worth it to you. Let me know how you feel in the comments.

 

 

 

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Day 251-Free Days-How Was Your Sunday?

Good evening everyone, I hope you all have had a fabulous Sunday!

Ours started with coffee and the decision to visit a new church. We both felt like we had visited this church a few times before, maybe when we were younger. Anyway, we felt instantly welcomed and comfortable and enjoyed the service very much. We did not get to hear a sermon however, today was the special Easter cantata. I’m looking forward to a special talk on Friday night from guest speaker Mark Winter of One Man Show Ministries. He will be presenting his monologue entitled “Encounter With Christ” which is perfect for Good Friday. I have never seen him but have heard he is a really good speaker, storyteller, evangelist.  Then of course, Sunday is Easter.

Of course, we couldn’t continue to rest on our laurels today and got busy removing a few bushes from the back yard. We got a little but done, but we have miles to go.

Small bushes removed, now to fill with flowers or container plants.

One section of fence with bushes removed, two more to go, and that’s only the back yard!! That fence needs a power wash, maybe a paint job! There are some excellent ideas on Pinterest I just may have to look into.

Supper was grilled chicken with sweet vidalia onion BBQ sauce, sweet potato and salad. I always opt for sweet potatoes because of their nutritional value, fiber and delicious taste-they are best baked on the grill and served with a pat of Kerrygold grass-fed butter. Yum! It is the only butter I use, especially first thing in the morning in my bulletproof coffee. I buy it a lot and it is pricey, but I’m worth it. 😉 (my health anyway)

What kind of butter do you use? I’ll give you my honest opinion and advice on which butter is better.

I hope your Sunday was blessed, see you tomorrow on the patio.

 

Day 4- Garlic Parmesan Salmon-2 New Updates

Omg, guys, I have to tell you I’m so excited and overjoyed right now! So, before I get on with today’s recipe, I have to share my joy! Yesterday, I accompanied my dad to the ENT for a hearing test and a hearing aid exam to see if they couldn’t find something that works better than his current hearing aid. Yes, he was down to using one. His right ear has always been bad, due to a childhood injury (by a dr. no less) and he was using the aid on the left ear. Anyway, after the test and exam, he was fitted with a new pair that were customized for the hearing loss he has. The minute she put them on and softly asked him “how do I sound now?” His smile was wide as he said “Fine!” I’m telling you, I started to cry, I was so happy they worked! It’s a trial for a week and then we go back for the ones he’s getting. I’m so exited and happy for him, it so frustrating not to be able to hear.  At that moment, neither of us cared what the cost was, and yes, it was high, my problem with that is the man worked all his life and put in his dues to SSN- yet Medicare pays nothing!! His secondary ins. will kick in $300 which doesn’t help much. The technology of these aids is so amazing that my feeling was, they are worth every penny to see him be able to hear (and without surgery needed!)

My second joy this morning is that I’ve recieved my first donation to the goal of $250 that is my team goal for the PKD Walk. I can’t tell you how exited I was to see that this morning. Again, if anyone wants to help me reach my goal, any amount helps and you can go to http://walkforpkd.org to donate or find out more.

Alright! Recipe time! Today I’m going to share an example of a meal we used to make a lot. Lately we just throw it on the grill but this works great in the winter. It’s a great, easy way to cook fish, in this case, it’s wild caught salmon. Check out my Pinterest page Everything Paleo for the pics and the actual recipe and notes.

Today’s recipe comes from championrecipes13.blogspot.com and it’s called Garlic Parmesan Salmon.

6 oz. portion of salmon

7 asparagus spears

1 tbsp (I use Kerrygold) butter

1 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese

1 clove garlic pressed2 tsp of lemon juiceGround black pepper to taste
Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F
  2. Cut a sheet of aluminum foil large enough for the the asparagus and salmon
  3. Arrange asparagus spears on foil and top with the salmon
  4. Mixed the remaining ingredients in a bowl to make a paste
    Smear the mixture on top of the salmon
  5. Cut another piece of foil large enough to cover everything and fold up the sides
  6. Place on a cookie sheet and bake for 30 minutes

That’s it, easy peasy! Wild caught salmon is best and also grassfed butter from Kerrygold is ideal. Sorry, I can’t seem to get the pics to load so please go to my Pinterest page and check out everything Paleo to check out the recipe. Gotta go, see y’all later, on the patio!😉

 

Many Happy Desserts

Sometimes, even people following the Paleo lifestyle like a sweet treat. Which is why I consulted my Pinterest board for some tasty ideas for ice cream-Paleofied of course! On my Everything Paleo board, I found a tempting looking ice cream called Caramel Almond Crunch from http://Flavourandsavour.com. Well, to make a long story short, I had no dates. Dates, evidently make the best caramel…not raisins. Which I subbed. Not horrible and with a few tweaks, I believe I can improve the flavor. Butter makes everything better right? My favorite (and only) butter is http://Kerrygold.com brand because it is grass-fed and simply delicious. I think if I heat the “mistake” up in a saucepan and add some butter, I’ll save this mess of a dessert I made. Now, the ice cream itself was frozen bananas, blended to a creamy texture. Then came the caramel and on top, my favorite homemade trail mix, Maple Nut Trail Mix from http://Dontmesswithmama.com.

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Like I said, pretty good but could have been better. When in the kitchen, mistakes are how you learn, become inventive, and sometimes even create a new masterpiece. What are your food fails? I’d love to hear them, or any suggestions on how I might improve this one! All comments are welcome, here on the patio!