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Brussel Sprouts and Polish Sausage

This is a quick meal for 2 that can be made in less than 10 minutes in one pot. I love this one better than the one with broccoli and polish sausage.

Brussel Sprouts with Polish Sausage

  • 2 polish sausage links, sliced
  • 1 package frozen brussel sprout in steamable bag
  • 2 teaspoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • pepper to taste
  • Parmesan Cheese

Place frozen brussel sprout in microwave and cook according to package directions (mine says 4 1/2 minutes). Meanwhile in pan melt butter and toss in garlic and slightly saute garlic. Drop in cooked brussel sprouts and cook stirring for several minutes until slightly browned. Add polish sausage and cook until they are also slightly browned. Divide onto 2 plates and top with Parmesan cheese.


Meatloaf Soup

This week I was at a client’s home and the scent coming from her kitchen was distracting me. It was every bit of heaven and I had to stop discussing insurance to ask her for the recipe. I didn’t get to try it as it wasn’t finished cooking while I was there but I did quickly get all of the  ingredients to make it for myself. This is one of those quick dump into one pot recipes for a quick meal too which is a plus.

I told my sister, Donna about it since David absolutely loves meatloaf she came over to try it too. David loved it as did I and Caleb but Donna didn’t care much for it. So three out four enjoyed the recipe. I hope you do too. By calculations it has come out to 17 carbs minus 5 fiber to make 12 net carbs per serving.

Meatloaf Soup

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 red/purple onion, finely diced
  • 1 can Hunts Meatloaf Tomato Sauce
  • 1 large can tomato juice (I used Kroger brand)
  • 1 bag tri-color coleslaw mix (green cabbage, purple cabbage, carrots)
  • 2 envelopes McCormicks Meatloaf seasoning packets
  • cheddar cheese, shredded

Add onion and ground beef into a large pot and cook over medium high heat until ground beef is browned. Drain grease and add remaining ingredients except cheddar cheese. Cook for 20-25 minutes until cabbage is tender. Spoon into bowls and top with cheddar cheese. Enjoy!

Polish Sausage with Bacon and Broccoli

As a single woman I have found most of my recipes are just too large for a single person or even a couple who don’t want to be eating the same meal for more than one extra evening. I found this recipe to be very good, quick and it only made one serving. Of course if you want to make it for your family feel free to increase the portions. It can be easily done.

You will need to have everything chopped prior to beginning to cook as it cooks very quickly and you will need to stir non-stop. There will not be need to add additional salt as the bacon, polish sausage and the Saute Express all contain salt.

Polish Sausage with Bacon and Broccoli

  • 3 slices of thin sliced bacon, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 bunch of broccoli with florets cut into bite size pieces
  • 2 polish sausage links, sliced into bite size pieces
  • 1 square, LandOLakes Saute Express- Garlic and Herb

Fry bacon in a nonstick pan and when cooked entirely remove the bacon from the pan but leave the grease. Add the Saute Express square to the pan and stir quickly to melt. Toss in broccoli and continue to stir non-stop until broccoli is almost completed. Add polish sausage and stir another minute to heat thoroughly. Serve hot. This could also be good with cheese on it but I liked it as is.  One very large serving or 2 small.



Chocolate Shake

I made this today after coming home from listening to a friend play in a local band. Whitestone Redemption played on top of a local restaurant that is located next to the river and it was hot but the band was wonderful. I am so glad that I was able to go. It was nice to chat again.  The man playing the white guitar and his wife used to work with me at one of the nursing homes where I worked as a Social Worker.

I found the recipe for the chocolate shake at DJ Foodie’s blog. To find her recipe please go here.

Chocolate Shake

The only change that I made to it was to use Splenda instead of Swerve as I do count the sugar alcohols in my carb count and 33 carbs from the sugar alcohols do effect me and spike my glucose. It was a wonderful cold drink to relax and cool off after returning home.


Smokey Hamburger Cauliflower Casserole

I made this tonight and it is a keeper. I found the recipe on Buttoni’s Low Carb Recipes blog. I only made one change to it. I don’t like cream of mushroom soups so I substituted Cream of Chicken for it. I didn’t take a picture but you can see Buttoni’s picture of the recipe on that site.  This recipe is very easy to make and kitchen clean up was a breeze. It is a great way to get the kids to eat their veggies.

I had never had gouda cheese in a recipe before but it was perfect. A mild alternative to the normal cheddar cheese most recipes call for.

Smokey Hamburger Cauliflower Casserole

Cream of Chicken Soup

Shower Door

Today was a big day in the home remodeling project at my home. In the master bedroom I have a very tiny bathroom with a toilet and a shower stall. At first I had thought to completely gut the bathroom and install a new shower stall and toilet because they are blue. The wall is also a chocolate brown. When I moved in the shower stall only had the old metal trim from a shower door that had been removed a long time ago. It also had very brown grout around it.

I had my doubts if the old grout could be removed but earlier this week my parents came over and together they were able to get the old metal trim off and all of the old grout came off with chiseling and deep cleaning.

Today my stepfather- Bill came and together he and I installed a new shower door. I love this door but boy was it a chore to get it installed. It was a tight fit and despite many setbacks Bill never gave up. I think we made a good team. Now I can work on painting the room and eventually installing new tile flooring. This room will be beautiful!

The blue is actually growing on me. :)

Pinnacle Rock State Park

Today I was in McDowell County on business and found that I could not find a public restroom anywhere. Now let me tell you how this went down. One of my clients stood me up after I had driven 3 hours to get there. I still had other appointments in the area but I had 90 minutes before my next meeting so I had some time to get to know the area.

I decided that I needed gasoline and also to go to the restroom. I had to drive 10 minutes before I found a gas station. Guess what? No public restrooms. They told me that the next gas station down the road had an outdoor restroom. I had expected that to mean that the restroom was on the outside of the building. Nope. That isn’t what it meant. It meant a portapotty placed in the heat of the sun right beside the diesel fuel pump. So that was a no go too. They informed me that the next public restroom would be 15 minutes away. So back in my cute little car I went. Her name is Fiona! One of my followers over on my facebook page helped to name her. :)

Mom you need to stop reading now!

I get to the next gas station and by this time I thought I would wet my pants. As I am pulling into the gas station a police car swoops in lights a blazing and the police officer jumps from the car with his hand on his gun and begins screaming at a man who is standing beside his car next to the pumps. Now I had to go to the bathroom and I was determined that no matter what I was going to go at this location. I pulled Fiona around the man the police were yelling at. I jumped out of my car and entered the building without looking back. I was hoping that Fiona didn’t end up with a bullet hole in her.

I came back out of the convenience mart just in time to see the police haul the man away in handcuffs. I still needed gasoline but with the confusion I couldn’t get to the pumps so I get back into Fiona and begin driving back towards the little town that I originally started in. While on the way I see a beautiful little park along the side of the road in Mercer County.

I wish that I had my camera with me but my cell phone would have to do. This picture does not do it justice. This was actually in Mercer County and the park is Pinnacle Rock State Park. I was in love.

There was a sign that said there was an overlook trail. I would love to have more time to follow the trail to actually see the overlook. So this was my crazy day. A little excitement and adventure to keep me awake. So I know my Mom hasn’t stopped reading- so since I am typing this I apparently wasn’t shot by anyone during my travels today! :) I love you Mom!!


Toy Closet

When I first moved into my new home I had planned to add shelving to the closet in the boy’s room but Caleb had other plans. I had planned to temporarily put the toys in the walk-in closet in the hallway upstairs but it became the perfect small room for toys. Donna and David donated an extra shelf to allow us to put Isaiah’s toys a bit closer to the floor so that he could reach them. This is what happens when you lose control of your closet to your grandchildren.

And the boys have just enough room to play in the floor together keeping their room neat and clean!! This has turned into such a blessing in my home.




Lyla Woodward

I know that I have been going on and on about how much I love my new home but it is true! I want everyone to know who is responsible for working so hard to help me find the perfect home for my needs and wants.  Her name is Lyla Woodward and she is the most amazing person. She is more than just a Realtor. She is a Christian who walks the walk and doesn’t just talk the talk. So often you will meet people who you just know are Christians from the moment you speak with them. Lyla is one of those people.

Lyla gave the best direction and was very patient in helping me to find the perfect house. She took me to over 30 homes and never once lost her temper with me. She helped me to find a wonderful brokerage lender who even though they at times made me pull my hair out they did come through in the end and that is all that matters. Lyla knew that this mortgage lender would get the job done.

She works with Runyan and Associates and they have a strong reputation in this area as being trustworthy Realtors. If you are looking for a Realtor I highly recommend giving Lyla a call. She is fabulous. She can also sell your home to help you to downsize or upsize if that is the case. She is one of the most amazing people that I have ever met and I am blessed to call her friend. She can be reached at 304-419-0460. Just give her a call. You won’t regret it.

Grilled Chicken in White Sauce

I made this over the weekend when Caleb was spending the night and he loved it. Then on Sunday night my sister, Donna and her husband David came over to help with a few things and I served it to them for dinner as well. They enjoyed. I enjoyed it so much that I made it again tonight for my dinner.

I served it on Saturday with Grilled Zucchini with Parmesan and Grilled Pineapple. It made for a very quick meal all cooked at the same time. Caleb and I sat on the back patio and we played Go Fish after our meal. We followed the meal by spending the next 3 hours at the playground across the street from my new home. It made for a perfect evening.

Grilled Chicken with White Sauce

  • 4 Chicken Breasts
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 6 Tablespoons White Wine Vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons yellow mustard
  • 3 teaspoons Creole Seasoning
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

Mix everything but the chicken breasts in a bowl, whisking until well blended. Put about 1/3 of the sauce in a small bowl and refrigerate the remaining mixture for serving with the meal.

Heat the grill until 350 degrees. Place chicken on grill and baste throughout cooking with the 1/3 cup sauce until chicken is well cooked and juices run clear when cut into. Remove from heat and serve with remaining sauce on the side.

Store remaining sauce in refrigerator. This was a very flavorful chicken but not overly spicy despite the creole seasoning. This recipe is less than 1 carb per serving.