Bunco Party Tomorrow nite!

Yes, bunco party again at my house!  Food will be black bean salsa like I made last month, chicken fajita wraps(will post picture), and smoked salmon wraps(pictures again!).  Larry will be going out to feed cows at a friend’s place and take neighbor Neal with him.  I am sure we will be entertained by Tooter and Jr..they love showing off for company..will try and get pics of them too!

Yesterday was cook day for me.  The menu was Opa Sausage, cabbage & potatoes; batter bread; banana bran muffins(Larry loves this recipe!); cole slaw, and potato salad!  Larry grilled pork ribs and chicken breasts.  The left-over chicken breasts will be what I am using for the chicken fajita wraps tomorrow evening!  If you would like any of these recipes, let me know and I will accommodate you!  The potato salad dressing will be what I am going to use with the smoked salmon wraps, so I will be posting that with the pics! (the potato salad was REALLY good!) The recipe came from my dear friend, Kat Jacoby!  Larry & I went to her and her hubby’s house one evening when the boys went dove hunting.  We stayed for supper and Kat had fixed the potato salad I made yesterday and we just fell in love with it!  So, since we were grilling yesterday evening, I knew that this recipe would be wonderful plus not BAD for you! (you gotta wait until I post with party food pics! Sorry!) Gotta keep you coming back for more, now, don’t I??!!!



Hi! I'm Mr. Catfish!


I couldn’t post something without a picture, so, I am showing this pic of “THE BIG ONE” that we caught earlier this summer at the lake!  “Ain’t he a beauty!”  He weighed over 30 pounds!  He was the one that was on the limb line by the RR bridge and I was hanging onto the limb and he came up and said “HI!  MY NAME IS JAWS!”  I held onto the limb and he went back into the water still on the line and Larry was scrambling around trying to dip him into the net…he nearly wet himself he was so excited…..anyway, that was snake week at the lake..Larry killed over 25 snakes that week we were there…I have pic of graveyard but I won’t post it……I hate snakes….no, I did not get out very much that weekend….


"I'm scared....I'm not coming out......"

Yes, I would be too!  That cat was BIGGER than you, JR!  And you are a BIG cat!  No, the kids did not go with us that week!  Anyway, Stay tuned for Bunco Party Food recipes and pictures!  Hugs!  Me



Published in: on September 26, 2011 at 9:22 pm  Leave a Comment  

Keeper Fish Recipe


Tonite I made a recipe from Tosca Reno’s “The Eat Clean Diet Favorites” magbook!  This was in one of her earlier cookbooks but since this was the “faves” book, I can see how this recipe made it!

The "Eat Clean Queen" does it again!

The recipe is called “Tosca’s Keep-It-Tight Tilapia”.  I did not follow the recipe to the “T” but the changes I made (are you surprised?) were still good!

Recipe from the book!

Ok…my changes…….

Instead of three fresh cloves of Garlic minced or pressed, I pressed just one clove of garlic; I had some roasted garlic in the fridge, so I mashed up two large cloves on a small plate and added it to the olive oil in the ramekin; I DID put all the spices in the EVOO and mixed it with a little whisk; instead of tilapia, I had some frozen Swai that I thawed out. I found them in the frozen fish section at H.E.B.(no, I did not use any catfish, although there was some in the freezer!); I also did not bake the filets, I pan cooked them in my Fissler non-stick pan in pecan oil from Der Kuchen Laden!

swai coated with spice mixture

I took each filet of fish, dried them off with paper towels, and using my fingers, spread the spice mixture on both sides of the fish making sure they were coated as evenly as possible. The spice mixture was a paste because of the mashed roasted garlic, otherwise, it would have been a bit more runny!  I did not cake the mixture on the fish, it was just nicely rubed all over!

Ramekin with spice paste and whisk.

I used the whisk to place the spice mix on the fish before rubbing it in with my fingers.

My wonderful Fissler pan and the Pecan Oil.

I just love my Fissler pan and I just love using Pecan oil when I do pan fish!

Swai cooking in my Fissler pan!

This is fish in the pan and it has not been turned over yet!  While it was cooking, the smells reminded me of Blackened Fish but without using cast iron!  I still love my Fissler pan! I cooked the fish about 5 minutes or so on medium heat once I had the pan hot enough with the oil in it.  Because the spice mixture had EVOO in it, the pan DID do some smoking because EVOO does NOT have a very high heat point before it starts smoking.  That is why I turned the burner down from medium high to medium or less.

Finished product! (Yes, I did some decorating with parsley!)

I was impressed with the finished product, if I say so myself!

This is my plate!

Supper consisted of Pan Cooked Swai on a bed of brown rice, steamed fresh Broccoli, cut carrots, and sliced fresh Serrano peppers, along with a glass of milk to cool things down! (I did go back and eat more fish and rice than what you see!)

Swai is a mild white fish that is a good protein source and relatively cheap! The bag I bought was around $7.25 for 7 frozen filets, that is a little over $1 a filet!  It purty much cooks well any way you do it!  Next time I fix this fish and spice mixture, I will bake it like the original recipe requires you to.  I will bake it at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or until it flakes done.  When I do this, the baking dish will be lined with foil first so that clean-up will be easy!

Hope you consider trying this recipe on your next fish cooking nite!  If you have questions, please post them here and I will answer them!  In the mean time, have a good rest of the week!   Hugs!  Me!

P.S…..I recommend you get your hands on this magbook! It should be at your favorite store or you can get it on-line from Robert Kennedy Publishing! (that is where I got mine!)  ta ta!  Vicky D

Published in: on September 22, 2011 at 10:37 pm  Leave a Comment  

vacation pictures and rain man

Thought I would share some pictures of the kids while on vacation plus my “rain man”!

Ok..just see if I care.....

I had just put their new toys on the floor and JR was having a field day with them!  Tooter could care less at that point, he would rather lay his head on daddy’s shoe!

"I love cat nip toys!!"

Jr is such a sweetie!  And a BIG one at that!

"I like the RED mouse! It is mine! Mine! Mine!"

Tooter DID start playing with the toys and he especially liked the red mouse!

My "rain man"!!

It rained Sunday night here in Fredericksburg (we got over 1 inch!) but before it had started to rain the first time, Larry was outside cleaning out the perch tank in back.  He had water running in the tank and when it came down the second time around, he knew he needed to turn the water off so it would not overflow from the hose and the rain both.  This is Larry as he stepped in the house from turning the water off!  My rain man! (if you see through the windows, there is pink light from the north!)

I love you! Sweetheart!

Hugs!  Me!

Published in: on September 20, 2011 at 9:35 pm  Leave a Comment  

Yogurt misshap :(


Just a short note to say that I made a batch of yogurt the way one of my fellow employees makes hers and it did not turn out the way it does when I make it the way I posted here earlier on how to do it.  Instead of cooking the milk to the certain temp, and cooling it, I took my yogurt starter and mixed it into the 2 liters of cold milk and cooked it for over 24 hours in my faithful yogurt maker.  It turned out to be yogurt milk…..  😦   it is not solid at all……   The taste is there but there is no texture like yogurt should have and has had in the past when I cook the milk first, cool it and finish it off.  WHAT AM I GOING TO DO WITH THE QUART OF YOGURT I HAVE IN THE FRIDGE AND DID NOT GIVE TO MY TRUSTY FRIEND DEBBIE??????

runny yogurt 😦 but not toal loss!

Well, today I took about 1/2 a cup and gave it to my big cat, JR; I also took a 1/2 cup with me to work to put on my oatmeal mixture with fresh blueberries.  Since it is the consistency of buttermilk, I will use it like buttermilk in recipes such as banana bread/cake or batter bread or corn bread or whole wheat pancakes plus use it to top off my oatmeal like I did this morning! So!  It is not a total waste!  BUT!!!!!!  Next time I will make it the way I have always done and had good luck with it!  The next batch I make I will use the powdered yogurt starter that I have in the fridge from The Peach Basket and see how the consistency is from when I use plain yogurt.  Stay tuned for my uses of runny yogurt!!!!!

PS……..here is a clip of my measurements that I said I would post when I talked about my vacation…..we will see what they are in two weeks!

See if you can see what is written on the paper!

I have been eating much better these past two days since my friend Debbie and I did a bunch of cooking on Sunday!  I have also been eating a protein and carb around 4:00 in the afternoon just like the Eat Clean plan tells you to do! I will try to start posting my meals with pics for you when I can also! (gotta keep the camera handy in the mornings so I can shoot what I put in my lunch bag!  So!  Stay tuned for more!!!!!!!

(if you enjoyed reading this, please hit the “like” button on facebook and do the “twitter thing” also!   Hugs!  Me!

Published in: on September 20, 2011 at 9:13 pm  Leave a Comment  

Vacation….soon to be over.:( :)


Have been on vacation since this past Sunday!  It has really been nice to get away and be at the lake with my sweet hubby, Larry!  We were not able to get the boat in the water because the level was too low and the extension on the boat ramp had sunk about 5 inches.  We tried to unload the boat Sunday afternoon but it centered out on the ramp, not good...

We pulled the trailer back up to the house and surveyed the situation at the ramp and decided that on Monday we need to make a trip to Beeville to get QuickCrete and do some fixing on the ramp.  Long story short, the boat stayed on the trailer from the time we got there Sunday afternoon until we left Thursday afternoon.  It was not our main intention to kill ourselves fishing but it would have been nice to put out a few jug lines and get some fish for the freezer.  Larry DID put out some throw lines along the bank and had them out from Sunday evening  until Wednesday morning.  The only fish caught was two little catfish about 14″ and one that weighted about 3 pounds.  He fished off the dock Thursday morning while I drank coffee and he caught three gasper goo fish.  He kept those, scaled them and fileted them and we took those home with the cats he caught off his throw lines and had fresh fried fish last nite (Thursday)!!!!

We got plenty of rest and peaceful time there regardless of not getting the boat in the water.  We explored Beeville and went to HEB twice and found the laundromat and did a load of laundry.  Made a note to ourselves that when we spend a long length of time at the lake to make sure to go and do laundry in Beeville before coming home to help offset dirties when we get home!

The “boys” came with us this trip, Tooter cat and JR cat.  The trip down and back was as usual when we take the “kids” with us! JR did his usual yowling and Tooter was good as usual.  Every time we bring JR with us, we vow to not do that again but we talk ourselves into it again…….some-timers works good!

Ok…now for the food…..we grilled Sunday nite(pork ribs), and Monday nite(pork chops).  Tuesday I baked Chicken and on Wednesday we had left-overs.  Wednesday I also made an apple pie with whole wheat pie crust using butter as the oil base!  It was my “bad food” for the trip, I just had to have an apple pie after the store made apple pies for the shopping thing on Saturday.  I kept it clean by not using refined sugar or white ap flours!  BUT! that does not counteract the liquid refreshment that we had while there!  Ok….remember I am on vacation!

We came home Thursday and will have to go back to work on Monday.  Saturday, tomorrow, I am baking a turkey with good trimmings.  Left-over turkey will be put in freezer for other uses, such as soups, along with the bones to be boiled up for stock.  Sunday will be cook day to start off the week right.  I am going back on the “Clean Eating  Wagon” beginning on Monday!  I will post my current inches in the places I want to reduce and keep the reduction posted every week.  I will be accounted for here on my site!  Please stay tuned!  Clean recipes will be posted here too, so please stay tuned!

Yes, vacation will be over on Monday, but the good thing will be that I will be back on the wagon of clean eating with my whole heart to make sure I reach my goal that I will have posted on this site!  Hope you stay tuned!  Hugs…Vicky D

Published in: on September 16, 2011 at 8:41 pm  Leave a Comment  

Bunco Party Food!

HI!  The Bunco Party was a success and we all had fun!  All food was good and the Dishes I made, the recipes were requested, so, I am posting them here first!  The three most liked recipes I made were out of the “Power Foods” cookbook by Whole Living Magazine.  I have two of the links directly to the website and the other recipe I will have here!

The most liked recipe was the Spiced Nuts, made with raw almonds, sunflower seeds and quinoa.  Even my dear sweet hubby liked the spiced nuts, so, if you kinda squirm about the ingredients, get over it, and make them anyway!  They are good!  So, here it is!

Spiced Nuts

Mix 3 cups whole nuts, I used raw almonds,  with 1/4 cup each flax seeds, quinoa, and raw sunflower seeds. In a separate bowl, whisk 2 egg whites with 2 tablespoons honey, 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt, I used sea salt, and 1/4 teaspoon each-ground cayenne, cumin, and cinnamon. Toss with nut mix.

Spread in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper; bake at 325 degrees until dry, stirring every 15 minutes, about 45 minutes. Scrape from pan while cooling, to avoid sticking. Makes 16 servings

Spiced Nuts

These are worth making once a month to keep on hand to munch on!  They are good and good for you!  Don’t be intimidated by the ingredients!  It is worth the time to make them!

Next was the Quinoa salad with corn and red peppers.  Here is the link to the recipe at Whole Living and I will copy the recipe here for you too along with MY picture!


Quinoa and Corn Salad

  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 medium garlic clove, minced or pressed
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil sea salt
  • 1 1/2 cups quinoa, thoroughly rinsed and drained (about 4 Cups cooked)
  • 2 ears corn, kernels cut from cob-(I used frozen corn-2 cups)
  • 1 medium red pepper, cored, seeded, and diced
  • 1 large cucumber, peeled, halved lengthwise, seeded, and diced-(I omitted this)
  • 3 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 large jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced-(I used three Serrano peppers, sliced thin and chopped but not de-seeded)
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1 medium head red-leaf lettuce, leaves separated, washed and dried, small inner leaves reserved for future use-(did not do)
  • 2 ripe medium tomatoes, cored and cut in thin wedges-(did not do)
  • 1 ripe avocado, pitted and thinly sliced-(I had this on the side in a separate bowl)
  • 1 lime, cut in wedges-(did not do)
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds, toasted-(did not do)


  1. Bring 2 3/4 cups water to boil in a small saucepan and stir in the quinoa and some salt. Return to boil, reduce heat to simmer, cover, and cook until water is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Turn off heat, place corn kernels on top of quinoa, cover pan, and let stand for 5 minutes. Stir corn into quinoa, remove from pan, and spread out on baking sheet to cool for about 20 minutes.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together lemon juice, cumin, chili powder, garlic, oil, and salt to taste; set aside.
  3. Place cooled quinoa and corn, red pepper, cucumber, scallions, jalapeno, and cilantro in large bowl. Add 1/2 cup dressing (or more to taste) and salt to taste; mix until combined. [I used all the  dressing in the salad!  I also stopped at this point and served it as is with the avocado on the side.]
  4. Place large lettuce leaves side by side in a circle around a large serving platter so the curly tops extend just beyond the platter rim. Mound quinoa salad in center.
  5. Arrange tomato, avocado, and lime around quinoa on top of leaves. Sprinkle pumpkin seeds over salad. Serve immediately or hold briefly at room temperature.

You can follow this recipe as is or leave out some of the ingredients like I did.  It was good the way I did it and was good as left-overs mixed with the black bean salsa and avocados!

Quinoa Salad with Corn


This was a very pretty dish and I used frozen corn because I did not have fresh corn on the cob!


Next comes the Black Bean Salsa!  I had one person say that she does not like black bean salsa but this was very good!  So, here yo go!


Black Bean Salsa

  • One 19-ounce can black beans
  • 1 small tomato, seeded, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 2 scallions, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeds and membranes removed, minced-(I used two Serrano peppers, sliced thin and chopped)
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt


  1. Preheat broiler. Rinse beans under cold running water. Make salsa: Place 1/4 cup black beans in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until coarsely chopped; transfer to a bowl. Add remaining beans, tomato, scallions, jalapeno, cilantro, lime juice, and salt. Stir to combine; cover and store in fridge until ready to eat!

I did not do the baked tortilla chips as the link shows but you can go to the site and see how to do them if you wish!  It is not hard to do!

Black Bean Salsa


Not much left over as you can see!  It was great mixed with the avocado and the Quinoa salad and I had topped it with grilled chicken breast left overs!  Good and good for you!  Low cal but a complete meal!


Hope you enjoy these recipes and I have found quite a few more things from the Whole Living site!  Please go there and see what you find!  Their cookbook, “Power Foods” has been a great investment for me to use for my clean eating lifestyle that I am trying to do!  Great food and good for you!  Enjoy!  Vicky D

Published in: on September 5, 2011 at 8:41 pm  Leave a Comment  
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