Thursday, April 12, 2012

Random Friday Notes

Good day good people. And heathens!

Work has me hemmed all the way up.
It has been stressful and anxiety ridden

I paid $12 at 2 different bakeries for five really bad cupcakes. The cakes tasted stale or they tasted like boxed cake; the lemon didn't taste remotely like lemon nor did the strawberry taste like strawberry. They were "turrible"

I was more mad about wasting the calories than wasting the money

In my world eating cupcakes is considered market research...LOLOL

My daughters rock

Oh I found out I have asthma. This inhaler has been lung opening awesomeness!

Gotta go back to the allergist for a 2 hour skin testing....

Almost 40 and my body wanna do what it wants to do? No ma'am no sir. I am the boss of this here!

Praise the Creator for good employment and health insurance!

B and I are going to see Ragtime at Miller Outdoor Theatre this weekend.

I love the many free entertaining options Houston offers.

Hope you all get up get out and do something fun this weekend!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Our Easter Menu

What's on your Easter menu?  

Ours will include:

Lamb (haven't decided how I am going to prepare it yet)

Scalloped potatoes

Roast cabbage slices (my sister's recipe)

Green beans with fried onions

Homemade honey rolls

Brown butter cornbread

My momma's banana pudding and a Strawberry Vanilla Cake (this cake looks soooooo good)

Have a wonderful weekend!

Monday, April 2, 2012

What To Do?

Found this on the clearance rack at my favorite grocers. It looks so good! Jalapeno Bearnaise Sauce.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Homemade Seasoning Salt

The salt reduction struggle is real at 18082. Both E and I have high blood pressure so any chance I get to lower or eliminate sodium in our diet I take it. A couple of years ago E had a scare that sent him to the hospital.  Seven days and one surgery later, I knew I was going to make some drastic food changes to our diet.

I started with purchasing those salt free seasonings. At the time the selection was limited and they were running about $3.00 for a 2.4 ounce container. I cook nearly everyday there is no way I could afford that on an ongoing basis; plus we like curry spices, garam masala, BBQ seasonings, etc and I just couldn't find low or no sodium versions of the seasonings we liked.

So I started experimenting with my own. I started with a taco/chili seasoning, moved on to a tandoori mix and now a seasoning salt mix. Homemade mixes use better ingredients and waaaaaaaay less sodium than the store purchased brands. You can adjust the spices to your liking and you will definitely taste the difference.

Homemade Seasoning Salt
Adapted from

What you need: 

  • 3/4 cups chili powder
  • 1/2 cup each

ground black pepper
onion powder

  • 1/4 cup each

garlic powder
dried parsley
cayenne pepper
ground cumin
celery seed

  • 1 heaping Tbs turmeric

What to do:

  • Mix all of the spices together in a medium bowl until well combined
  • Store in an airtight container