Mystery Tools in the Kitchen

I am big into yard sales, thrift stores, auctions. Just Love me a good sale period. 😉 Lol

Anyhoo, whenever I’m out I Always seem to find a Mystery Tool.

This weeks mystery tool only took me a few days to find out what it was.
I bought a set of 4 of these edged spoons at our local re-uzit store. I wasn’t exactly sure what they did, but thought they were cool looking so I bought them. 😀

Mystery Tool 1

I actually figured out what they were by watching an episode of I Love Lucy… believe it or not.

On the episode they were eating breakfast and she was using one of these spoons to cut wedges out of her grapefruit! 😀

So I looked it up on the net and sure enough they are most definitely grapefruit spoons.
I didn’t even Know there was such a thing! 😮

I used one today to cut the tops off my breakfast strawberries…of course I’m not sure if that was one of its originally uses, but whatevs. 🙂

TTFN,
The Bluemoon Thinker 🙂

P.S.- Any of you Foodie Fun experts have any Mystery Tools hiding in Your Kitchen drawers?
Drop me a line or two in box or better yet, blog about it and leave me a link to your post. 😀

More Foodie…Fun?

Ok, here we go with another Food post….I know, but it is Seriously hard to find yummy stuff to eat that’s healthy. There is only so much salad and meat variations that I can come up with. Oy!  :/

So, here’s my salad combo for tonight’s supper. *Sigh*

foodie fun 2

Yes, it looks pretty yummy, but I had the same thing for lunch…only with deli meat. *Double Sigh*

My doctor said that I can start introducing grains into my diet, but I’m not convinced. Lol
Soooo, sticking with the veggies and meat…… Yuuuuuuum. 😉

Maybe I can come up with something yummilicious for tomorrow that is Not salad and meat.

Eggs and meat maybe??  Lol 😀

TTFN,
The Bluemoon Thinker 🙂

P.S.- I tried my Fave dessert from Barnes and Noble, and got a migraine… 😦
I’m gonna try it again in a week, hopefully it wasn’t my yummy treat. *Triple Sigh*

Foodie… Fun ?

Time Comsuming Breakfast

Wow!  I know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but must it also be the longest to prepare??  😮

Because of the whole non-grain thing, I have to make more,”complicated,” breakfasts. Gone are the days of a quick bowl of oatmeal, cereal, toast and sun nut butter, etc. Now I actually have to take the time to make a meal.  Oy!  Time, you say?  What is this time you speak of??  😉

So on today’s menu.  An egg, burger, and cheese omelet, turkey bacon, and homefries.

Of course, the hubby wanted some too so I made double my normal amount….well, triple…the hubby is a big eater, not that he ever gains weight… That is def. fodder for another post! Lol

Anyhoo, so for those of you who read any of my Random drivel… in an earlier post, I hinted at my foodie freak tendencies…Is it done enough? let me get out my food thermometers… Oh my gosh someone left the fridge door cracked open for 15 minutes? Throw ALL the food AWAY!! 😮

Okay, so I admit it.  I am a Foodiefreako-germaphobe. That’s not a real word obviously, I just came up with it, in fact my spell check is going zonkers right now….take that spell check! Mwahahahaha!!

Where was I? Oh, yeah. Foodiefreakogermaphobe… I’m extra careful with my foodie prep, well as compared to other normal people that I see cook food. 🙂  But because of the Foodiefreako in me I tend to overthink everything when I cook.
Aaaaaand because I hate doing dishes and the Randomkids have a round about way of “getting” to them to actually oh I don’t know…. Clean the flippin dishes so we actually, have clean plates, cups, utensils, and pots to cook with!!…I tend to cook as much as I possibly can out of one pot or pan.

So this morning started with me cooking the bacon, for normal people they would cook it according to package directions…9 minutes…me, 20-25 minutes..what? I like to know it’s done, AKA browned or blackened a bit. Lol

Then I put in my omelet after floating my eggs, drying them off, then mixing all my premade and cooked goodies into it…those things took time to finish up too but I’m not including that in my Brekkers Tale…

So, there I was, patiently waiting for the omelet to finish, when I suddenly realized I had forgotten all about the potatoes waiting in the microwave to be turned into homefries.

My hubby was gonna be late for work, a watched omelet Never cooks, and I needed to make the difficult decision…do I use another pan or not…tick, tock, tick, tock… Cue zoom in to biting nails.

I mean heck it was Bad Enough that I was baking the hubby’s toast directly on the oven rack!!! 😮  Oh the humanity!!
I never do ANYTHING like that, that is the hubster’s M.O. ….I find it horrifying, I mean what has been on those racks? We’ve only lived here for a year! What did the previous tenants and owners Do in the oven? The food needs to be safely on something, a cookie sheet, parchment paper, aluminum foil, anything!!

But, soon I calmed myself and figured… Hey, I wasn’t going to eat the toast, and he would normally do it anyway if I wasn’t there, soooo just go with it.

Okay, back to my Breakfast Tale…

There I was looking at the omelet that just would NOT bake!! and the homefries staring at me, just waiting to be made.  So I did what any other self respecting foodie cook would do, I gave in and pulled out another pot! 😮   ~Duh, Duh, Duhhhhhhhhh!!   😉

But, it was all cool, I cooked up the homefries, the omelet Finally got done, and I plated it all up.
The hubsters plate was sooo full he had to doggie bag half of it to work. LOL   In yo face, Subway and McD’s lunch… you Won’t be visited today! Ha!

Aaaaaand as a bonus, I was able to reuse the homefries pot for hot dogs at lunch. 😀

Stay tuned for,”Adventures in Suppertime Preparations,” coming to a blog post near you.

😉 😀

TTFN,
The Bluemoon Thinker 🙂

P.S.- Any of you out there in internet land have a Brekkers or Lunchfest Tale of Amazement, Whoa, or Meh to share?
Drop me a line or more in the comment box.

Happy foodie fun! 😀

The Milk Debate…

fresh taste guaranteed

Shouldn’t this say, best if opened by sell-date and Sour within 7 days? or will go bad within 7 days?
I am the type of person that needs plain directions.

Aaaaand, by the way, just a small side note. Does Anyone really ask for a refund on their milk, especially sooo many people that they have to limit the amount of refunds??

Well, back to the topic at hand…
We opened a carton of milk at Christmas time…yep, Christmas time, we are now Full into the second week of January…Anyhoo, the sell by date on the carton is for January 18th but there is this label on the side of the box.

Soooo, I had a banter….can’t really classify it as an argument….with the hubby as to whether we should continue using it or not. 
His view was as long as it tastes, looks, and smells ok, we use it.
My view…I’m a freako about food, in a bad phobic sort of way…We are waaaaaaay past 7 days people! At this point it doesn’t matter how it tastes, looks, smells, and the sell by date be darned, we should throw it away.

After a full 15 minutes of back and forth banter an additional 10 minutes of online info and even dragging the Randomkids in on the debate…they could care less, they just grab any open container of milk in the fridge…we never came to any viable solutions and the milk is still sitting in the fridge.

*Sigh*
If you can’t beat em join em…..Fuzzy Yosemite Sam logic, but still….

cocoa

Cocoa isn’t too bad with….best if used within 7 days but is waaaaaay past that milk. 😉

TTFN,
The Bluemoon Thinker 🙂
P.S.- Any of you out in internet land care to weigh in on the debate? Drop me a line or two in the comment box.
Mmmmm, that’s actually good cocoa…. Stay happy and have yourself a cup of cocoa while you’re at it. Spoiled milk is optional.
😀

No More Grain…

Yes, you read that correctly.  I quit grain Cold Turkey! 😮

My family has a loooong list of allergies, food related and otherwise so I figured how hard could it be? 😀

Actually, I had no choice.  For some strange-oid reason I started reacting to grains.

At first it was a bit of tummy problems with wheat…well, let’s just say when we were out and about if I had to go I’d be like, “Drive husband, drive like the wind!  Quick it’s a McD’s!” …*grabs the wheel from the passenger side to help him turn faster*… Jumps out, pushing small children and old people out of the way….You get the idea.    #^^’#

So, I Obviously cut out the wheat.  I switched to rice and limited amounts of oatmeal.  That seemed to have worked wonderfully well until I started getting Ridiculous pain in my wrists and joints. It was horrible!  I couldn’t open anything, twisting open a container…forget it.  Popping open tupperware lids…I would just sit there and wonder how long it takes a person to starve to death…Upside-I’d lose weight. 😉

I went to my doc, talked to some friends, and decided to give up grain.  It worked!  No more pain!  Yay, me. 🙂

Of course all of this happened right before Thanksgiving.  Thankfully…Ooo, no pun intended, lol…I had already started experimenting with no grain recipes at the end of October, so it wasn’t too horrible having no grain during the holidays.

I did miss things like potatoe filling and gravy…I forgot I could have substituted white beans, xanthum gum, or potatoe starch in order to make the gravy.  :/

But I have had a ton of fun trying new recipes out.  I am allergic to nuts so it’s made the whole searching for grain free recipes a bit harder, but I Looooooove me some Pinterest.  So if I find a recipe that looks promising but calls for something I’m not cool with right now, I search for replacement ingredients. 😀

Here’s one I’ve never tried before.  I took all of our leftovers from the week.  We had beef barbeque, garlic green beans, baked potatoes, and I made turkey bacon.

I took all the leftover ingredients and mixed them in various ways, mixed up a few eggs, shredded some cheese, and cut up the bacon.

I placed the various mixes in different casserole dishes poured on the egg, cheese, and bacon pieces and sprinkled Parmesan over all.

They each came out different, tasted delish, and Most Importantly passed the Family Likee Test. 😀delish

Yummo!!   (^.^)

By the way, I discussed Cloud Bread in a previous post, but haven’t had a chance to try it out yet.  Anyone out there in internet land tried their hand at this recipe?  Or do you have any other yummo grain free recipes to share?  Please drop me a line in the Comments below. 😀

TTFN,

The Blue Moon Thinker 🙂

PS- Remember we’re all in this together.

And without Pinterestin’ ideas & Google I’d probably starve. 😀

 

 

 

The No Microwave Oven Challenge….

no mic

Well, as I’ve said in a previous post.  We rent.  I Looove our rental and I really like our landlords, they are very nice people and take really great care of their house.

That’s Extremely hard to find.  We should know, we’ve been renting for a looooooong time. 😀

Anyhoo, this AM when the husband went to make his morning tea, the microwave turned on as usual and did its little spinny thing, But after 3 whole minutes… No heat.  His glass was as cold as when he first put it in the microwave!   Never, to be deterred, my husband turned it on for 2 more minutes…a total of 5 minutes cooking time.  Nothing, Nada, Zilch.  So, I called the landlord and they will be out to replace it ASAP.

Now, in the meantime, I got to thinking.

A year or so ago, I had chatted with the husband about the idea of going without a microwave.  It’s not really that great for ya anyhoo.

Well, we kicked it around a bit and then proceeded to chuck it right out the door.  After all, with all the kiddos food allergies I already cook enough stuff from scratch.

The microwave is a time saver, energy saver, and on crazy days, helps me be less on the Cray-side of life.  So, I let the whole idea float into the oblivion of my mind.

BUT, Now, I have the chance to take the NO Microwave Oven Challenge.

Soooo, I’m gonna try it out….at least until the new microwave is installed. 😉

Hey a girl can’t quit cold turkey All the time, right?!! 😀

Have any of you ever taken THE Challenge?  If ya have OR even if ya haven’t drop me a line or two in the Comment section down below my  incoherent rambling and let me know how ya did  or if you’ve ever given any thought to embarking on The NO Microwave Oven Challenge!….I feel like there needs to be an echo on the end of that…Allenge…Allenge…Allenge.

Lol

TTFN,

The Blue Moon Thinker 🙂