Bits and Bobs, and 317

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I celebrated my fifth and final Christmas 2015 a week ago Saturday with my BFF “G”. We met for lunch and a gift exchange in Rochester. I also brought a stuffed-full bag of paper grocery bags for her husband “M”. He uses them in his small business in lieu of buying logo bags.

After lunch, “G” and I went to the book store, where “G” bought a boatload of books. I bought nothing. I’m so proud of myself. We lingered at the in-store coffee shop for a while, sipping and chatting, until it was time to part ways.

Before I left, though, “G” asked me to turn around. I did, and she gave me a few light swats on my full and generous bottom. She explained that when she’d asked her husband if he wanted her to give me anything from him, he said, “A spanking”. Aww, and I only got him paper bags.

After work on Tuesday, I worked on the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign. Of ,course, I stayed up way too lateĀ  drinking (water and cocoa), which meant that I had to get up twice during the night.

The first time I got up, Bella Cat followed me into the bathroom and sat in the sink. Very odd. The second time, she followed me in, and sat in the shower. She never goes into the shower, as she’s learned it’s wet in there.

Ahhh, the light bulb came on. I went to her water dish and found it dry as the Sahara. Clever cat. Forgetful Mama.

On Wednesday, I cooked. Mushroom Burgers (from Top 200 Low Carb Recipes) and Citrus Herb Chicken. I also made Turkey Soup without a recipe and it turned out not-so-great. I ended up throwing that away.

Yesterday (Saturday), I went to my BFF “V”‘s house to play cards with my City Sisters. No.8 Sis was absent, as she’s visiting a friend in India right now.

I made Caprese skewers for the gathering. I saw the recipe on Pinterest, but I added pepperoni. It was so good, I made some more for lunch today.



In addition to the bag of bags given to “M”, I topped off a bag of clothes to donate. That puts me at a total of 317 bags, boxes or small pieces of furniture gotten rid of since January, 2014.

Stay tuned…





Basic Chicken and Pepper Steak

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I tried two recipes from “Nourishing Traditions” cookbook.




I tend to follow the recipe exactly when making it for the first time, but I did a little tweaking on this one. I didn’t have a full, skin-on, bone-in chicken, only skinned, de-boned chicken breasts, so I cut the cooking time in half.

I realized afterwards that the accompanying sauce recipe relied on said skin and bones, so the sauce didn’t really work out for me. The chicken was excellent, though.

I’d meant to make the pepper variation of the recipe, but I found no red peppers in my grocery bag when I got home from my shopping. I remember picking up a red pepper, putting it back upon deciding to fetch a produce bag, getting the bag, and then…apparently NOT returning to the peppers. So I made the basic recipe.


The pepper steak recipe called for smashed green peppercorns and lemon juice as a marinade. Tip: Do not put peppercorns in marinade bag and crush with mallet, as the lemon juice, when added, will seep all over the counter through holes in the bag (caused by either the peppercorns or the mallet, or the combination thereof).

Never say I haven’t taught you anything.

I followed the recipe exactly, and it turned out to be delicious.

Stay tuned…

P.s. I shared this post at Chic on a Shoestring.