Thursday, November 22, 2012

Pineapple Bread Pudding

Recipe for a baked pineapple bread pudding using crushed pineapple and pecans or walnuts.

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes


  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 can crushed pineapple, drained (14 ounces)
  • 2 cups French bread cubes (about 1/2-inch pieces)
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts


In a large bowl with mixer on medium speed, beat butter, sugar and cinnamon for about 1 minute, scraping the bowl frequently. Add eggs; beat on high speed for 2 minutes, or until light and fluffy. Fold in remaining ingredients; pour into a greased 1 1/2-quart casserole. Bake in a preheated 350° oven for 40 to 45 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
Serves 4.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Cramps Are Good

     So I went for jog yesterday. This was the first time I have gone jogging since I quit smoking. Now when I smoked and I got a wild hair up my butt  I would try and go for a run. It usually ended with me running about a block and a half and then having to stop and spend 5 minutes trying to get a breath. I would spend the rest of the time walking, except when cars drove by or someone was out in their yard, then I would resume a jogging ( like I was some kind of athlete LOL). After the car passed or I was out of eyesight of the person watching I would stop, catch my breath and continue walking. Once I got back home I would immediately throw myself into a lawn chair and light up a smoke.
     Well this jog yesterday was the first time I didn't get winded. I actually ran a mile with out stopping. As a matter of fact I did a 50 yard sprint, which was where I got a cramp. What was really funny, I couldn't figure out why my side hurt so bad. This was due to the fact that this was the first time I had a cramp from exercise since I was 10 years old. I mean honestly this was a rare event for me. So yeah, I was pretty damn proud of that cramp. Go me!


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Monday, November 5, 2012

Fiery Squash Chili



  • 1/2 acorn squash, peeled and cut into small chunks
  • 3 large beefsteak tomatoes
  • 1 small, white onion, finely chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsps tomato paste
  • 2 tbsps butter or olive oil
  • 2 tsps paprika, 1 tsp thyme, 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 red fresno peppers, chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped

Cooking Steps

Melt the butter/oil in a large pot. Add the onion, fresno pepper and garlic and saute for a few minutes until onion turns golden.
Add the tomatoes, carrots, squash, bell pepper, tomato paste, paprika and thyme. Stir and let saute for about 2 minutes.
Pour in the chicken broth. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat to let it simmer. Simmer (covered) for 30 minutes.
Serve with sour cream, guacamole or grated cheese.

NOTE: Just a suggestion, you might add some mushrooms and some kind of meat ( lamb would be awesome ) to even out the flavor. You might also steam the squash a little or will be impossible to cut. Still even without meat it was pretty damn good.
PROPS TO:     great site for paleo style recipes

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Gerd, Paleo and Golds

     Sorry it has been so long between posts but as I stated in a previous post I was in a rut.  I think I may have started to change that, as long as I stick with this change in routine.  I guess I was just tired of sitting on my ass miserable and gaining weight.  You see I quit smoking about a month ago, which was good,  but I replaced cigarettes with food, which is bad. The result of this was a weight gain of about 20 Lbs, while in itself that isn't horrible, the fact that is in addition to 20lbs I have gained since becoming a stay at home parent is. It's not that I strive to eat crap and not exercise, it's just that I've always been so busy taking care of my family I have never had the time to take care of myself and I am sure other stay at home parents will tell you this is a common trap, a trap which I wholeheartedly jumped into.
     Now to talk about the serious stuff. Years ago I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, which I managed to control through diet, a diet which I haven't been on in a long time. So I checked my blood sugar the other day and was horrified to find my fasting glucose was 150. Not good. Because of the cigarettes, I was having problems breathing, to the point that I had developed a nasty smokers cough ( which I quit but replaced with food ), you know, the kind that sounds like your boiling marbles in your chest and lasts about 2 minutes. And to top it off, for the past 8 months I was suffering from non stop gerd (heartburn that goes up your throat and is the most pain I have ever experienced). I was taking Zantac four times a day and it wasn't touching it. My cholesterol and triglycerides were off the charts. I was a walking heart attack.
     So after I quit smoking I was feeling pretty good about myself until just for shits and giggles I weighed myself on the dust covered scale in the bathroom. I didn't feel so good about myself after that. LOL I thought I had accidentally washed my clothes in hot water, guess not. So after a couple of weeks feeling sorry for my self I decided, after lots of excuses of why I couldn't, I joined a Golds Gym for $10 a month. Ironically my biggest excuse was my family. I mean how could they survive with me gone for an hour every other day? Yeah, lame I know but I was grasping at straws.  So I made the commitment to go 3 to 4 time a week.
     My next question to myself was why was I working my ass off at the gym so I could eat fast food, chips and just maintain my current weight ( which was too heavy ). So I decided if I was going to commit I was going all the way, Richard Simmons type stuff. I am going to go for transformation.  I decided to change my diet. Since I like meat, and pasta and bread are horrible for diabetics ( this was how managed my diabetes before, by going low carb ),  I looked into the Paleo style of eating. It made a lot of sense to me and had a large supportive community. So I committed to major change.
     Some would like to say this is a selfish thing that I have chosen to do. You would be correct, but how can I take care of my family if I can't take care of myself .  The best way you to take care of your family is to take care of yourself. So don't make excuses just jump in head first and see where it takes you.

UPDATE: Within a few days of the Paleo/Primal diet my blood sugar dropped 15 points and the gerd completely disappeared.  I will update you all soon.The Primal Blueprint By Sisson, Mark (Google Affiliate Ad)

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Google Affiliate Ads Tryout - Am I Worthy?

     Alright here we go,  I am going to experiment with the new Google affiliate ads. Oh what should I do what should I do. I know! I got a new smart phone a couple weeks ago. It's a SAMSUNG GALAXY NEXUS.  Did anything happen? Oh wait a little button just popped up, sweet,  I'm on my way to capitalism. Who is Jon Galt ? Sorry couldn't help myself.
     Just to put this out there,  if your upgrade is good to go on your phone plan,  here is a little tip that will save some cash.  Best Buy will match any price on phones.  For example I went to Walmart and found my Nexus for 97cents ( weird my laptop doesn't have cents symbol ) but they were out of stock.  So I went to Best Buy but the phone was $75.  Well I told them that it was 97 cents at Walmart and that I was told they (Best Buy) match prices.  So with a sad look on their face they gave me the phone for 97 cents.  Also, if your using Verizon, go with Best Buy's insurance plan and not Verizon's.  Verizon will charge you $100 deductible, Best Buy has no deductible and will get a phone asap if it's in stock ( Verizon will make you mail it in and thus no phone until they deem to send it back ).  Oh and I like the phone very much.  There ya go Google am I worthy?  Wow I feel kind of like a whore. 

Self Indulgent

     I'm worn out,  I sit here trying to think of something to write and nothing.  Just nothing.  So now I have some kind of stream of consciousness thing going on.  I suppose maybe it gets all that inane crap out of my head that has been blocking all the creative type things jammed up in there. LOL I figured it out, I have brain constipation. I have a big blockage full of schedules,  due dates,  unresolved issues,` and stressing about what to do with the rest of my life.  Not to mention taking care of everyone but myself.  I would love to be acknowledged for something, ya know?   I feel like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day, I just keep doing the same variation of crap everyday over and over again.  BLEH!  I know this is a pretty self indulgent rant and I apologize.  I just needed to vent,  and since I live a pretty isolated life ( plus my kids wouldn't understand what the hell I was talking about and my spouse is in shut down mode after work ) you get to be my anonymous therapist.  You know what ? I actually feel a little better.  I guess what they say is right, 90% of writing is showing up.  Hhhmmm maybe just writing a post full of bitching is like a brain enema.  Yes I am feeling a little more positive about the future, maybe go back to college at night or writing "that" book thats been rolling around in my head.  Maybe I'll start that non-profit or maybe I'll wake up tomorrow and live the same day I had today.  Rut,  rut,  rut,  I'm in a rut.

 Rut,  rut,  rut,  I'm in a rut.Rut,  rut,  rut,  I'm in a  
 Rut,  rut,  rut,  I'm in a rut.Rut,  rut,  rut,  
 Rut,  rut,  rut,  I'm in a rut.

     Sometimes I like to imagine that I'll pack a bag and just go. I don't know where just away. Somewhere where no one is depending on me or putting me down because the things I do for them isn't good enough.  Maybe I would do something exciting like be a bush pilot or a bouncer in a small town bar or maybe I would go somewhere quiet and just breathe.  I know this is a selfish line of thought, but this a self indulgent post and that is the whole point . Would I just check out like that....never,  but you and I know we have all thought about it.
     Well look at this I wrote a blogworthy post. A post full of nonsense,  whining,  and selfishness but I do feel a little less constipated,  so good for me I guess.