Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Blackened Mahi Club

Several months back I ate at the Ruddy Duck with some friends and had a fish sandwich. Not just any fish and not just any sandwich. Oh my! A nice thick slice of blackened Mahi and here today I'm sharing my version.

Blackened Mahi Club
a slice of Mahi-blackened (blackened seasoning: 1/2 tsp chili powder, 1 tsp each of oregano, parsley, garlic powder, paprika, white pepper, black pepper)
lettuce
tomato
bacon
bun
sriracha mayo

This is a delicious filling yet not heavy meal. Great for lunch or supper.

My friend Diana introduced me to the Mahi club at The Ruddy Duck in Morehead City. Their's has a slice of cheese melted over the fish and served with honey mustard, a side of pickled veggies and chips. My version cost $3 per sandwich not bad on the budget!

If you've never had Mahi and are not very fond of fish, this is a great type to try. It is not fishy and is meaty. Some say "taste like chicken" but come on, everything can't taste like chicken! Fresh Mahi does cook up more like a 'meat' than fish when you are looking at the flesh/meat. Mahi is also known as dolphin but not a porpoise. Mahi Mahi is a big fish with a flat head, not an attractive fish but tasty.
Isn't he a beauty? LOL a face only a mother could love. Now the flat faced are the males and the pointed faced are the females. And there is your marine biology for today.
Seriously though I do hope you'll give it a try and let me know what you think. Happy Eating :)
ENJOY!!

Dawn~

Friday, May 26, 2017

Southwest Chicken Chili Frito Nacho Salad and Funny Friday

I'm a big salad lover but I like my salads to have substance, protein and lots of flavor. The meat and bean mixture you could use in tortillas, over corn bread, in a bread bowl or by itself with crackers. Really the possibilities are pretty numerous. I ate my salad two different ways, as you'll see below and both were delicious. My son enjoyed it as well.
This is also a Funny Friday post, that you will find after the recipe.
With a super busy schedule and the weather heating up so quickly around here, this recipe is perfect. It cooks while I'm at work, I come home and assemble, eat and enjoy the leftovers for several days. No, I did not get tired of eating it. I was sorry to eat the last bit.
Southwest Chicken Chili Frito Nacho Salad
8 boneless skinless chicken breast tenders
One can of fire roasted diced tomatoes
One can kidney beans rinsed and drained
3 tablespoons of homemade taco seasoning
Slow cooker for 6 to 8 hours on low
Shredded chicken and stir well
Place Fritos on a plate, top with lettuce and chicken mixture then add cheese and dressing. Or salsa guacamole sour cream.

2nd way
top with sweet corn relish and ranch dressing

Today’s post is this month’s Funny Friday, a regular feature published on the last Friday of every month. Funny Friday is a collaborative project. Each month one of the participants submits a picture, then we all write 5 captions or thoughts inspired by that month’s picture. Links to the other bloggers’ posts are below, click on them and see what they’ve come up with. I hope we bring a smile to your face as you start your weekend.
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Here’s today’s picture. It was submitted by Bookworm in the Kitchen      http://www.bookwormkitchen.com/

40 - Dinosaur Superhero Mommy - May 2016.jpg
1. Wait a minute guys, let me just move the truck.

2. hey hey kid, what are you doing up there??

3. My dream...to ride in a fire truck!!

4. Family day at the fire department and the firemen are making dreams come true, allowing the kids to sit up in the drivers seat.

5. Hey mom...take my picture!


Click on the links below and let some other bloggers make you smile:
Bookworm in the Kitchen      http://www.bookwormkitchen.com/
Baking In A Tornado             http://www.BakingInATornado.com
The Bergham Chronicles            http://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com
Southern Belle Charm            http://www.southernbellecharm.com


Friday, May 19, 2017

Full Loaded Brownie Bake and FOTW

Look at this deliciousness!!
Fly On The Wall...what happens when you guys aren't around. On the job, around the house and in town. ENJOY
I'm driving a family to the grocery store and we stop at the gas station. The kids stay in the car with me. YAY...not. Anyway, the oldest, a girl says "I see TAKIS!I'm gonna get my momma to get me a bag of Taki Taki! I got money." Her little brother says "you ain't getting no Taki Taki"
She looks at him and says, with lots of attitude! "YOU ain't my MOMMA, you ain't even a girl!"
I was busting out laughing. They look at me like I'M the one who's crazy! OMGosh these kids!!
Their parents come back out and I start telling the dad about the earlier exchange. The little girls says "OH NO wait wait, this is my story let me tell it!"
Again, I'm busting up.
The little boy breaks in and says "She said I ain't no girl, I'm a boy"
She says "NO you ain't no girl, you ain't got no long hair!"
I'm busting up and said "WAIT your daddy has long hair" he had dreads down his back.
She says "NO HE HAIN'T, that ain't his hair!"
OMGosh!! hysterical
We have a security guard at work, he works nights and well, OMGosh to say he is gorgeous and built like a brick wall is an understatement! IF I work late I see him, he always comes over and gives me a big old hug. 
Ann one of our drivers said "WHY doesn't he do that to me?! MY GOD that man is gorgeous!" "And he smells so damn good!"
I said "yes he is one FINE looking man, smells great and is married" ALSO "because he can smell your cougarness a mile away and it scares him. Besides he knows I'm harmless! YOU might not let him go. AND by the way, he's married!"
She says with attitude "well damn of course he is! ugh"
Fully Loaded Brownie Bake
Betty Crocker salted caramel brownie mix
2 eggs
1/3 cup oil
3 TBSP water
Jett puff marshmallow cream
Hershey's caramel syrup
mega stuffed Golden Oreo cookies
1 cup M&M semi sweet baking chips
Friendly's vanilla bean ice cream
extra creamy cool whip
Hand mix the first four ingredients in a bowl. Pour 1/3 into a greased 13 x 9 pan.
Drizzle caramel syrup over batter
drop teaspoons of fluff/marshmallow cream over batter
crush Oreos and sprinkle over batter
Pour remaining batter and gently spread
sprinkle M&M chips
sprinkle with more chopped Oreo's
top with the salted caramel from the brownie mix
Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes
Allow to cool and top with Vanilla Bean ice cream and or extra creamy Cool Whip and a drizzle of caramel syrup.

When you go for that last bite of cereal and see...an ant floating in your milk?!? My first thought was damn I have to toss it. Then I thought wait a dang minute!!! How many did I eat??? Omgosh
So I had a first...a guy jumped out of my car, work car, and ran off without paying! Did he get away? Hell no, I chased that sucker down, found a sheriff and he paid his fare, then I left him standing in the parking lot. Sorry piece of crap. Ticked me off! That's the short version!
Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 9 bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and buzz around my house.

Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes:
Baking In A Tornado                  http://www.BakingInATornado.com
Menopausal Mother                     http://www.menopausalmom.com/
Searching for Sanity                 http://singlemumplusone.blogspot.com
Eileen’s Perpetually Busy            http://eileensperpetuallybusy.blogspot.com/ 
A Little Piece of Peace                 http://little-piece-of-peace.blogspot.com
Never Ever Give Up Hope                   http://batteredhope.blogspot.com
Bookworm in the Kitchen                http://www.bookwormkitchen.com/   
Not That Sarah Michelle                  http://notthatsarahmichelle.blogspot.com  

Friday, May 12, 2017

Loaded Green Veggie Beef Stir Fry and use your words

Hey howdy hey! I'm so excited to share this recipe with you! This is by far the BEST, no kidding, the BEST stir fry I ever prepared. OMGosh, I'm telling you my son and I gobbled it up like it was our last meal and we were walking the green mile!
2 small chuck steaks, fat trimmed and sliced
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp chili powder
1 TBSP parsley
1 tsp ginger powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp black pepper
1 TBSP flour
2 TBSP soy sauce
1 TBSP butter
2-3 TBSP oil
2 TBSP brown sugar
Put the oil and butter in a non stick skillet or wok if you have it. Slice the meat and toss into the hot pan. Sprinkle all the spices, flour and brown sugar over the meat. stir well. Once the meat begins to brown pour on the soy sauce.
Stir and cook to medium. Now add:
broccoli slaw
sweet bells sliced
pea pods, I used a generous handful, maybe 3/4 cup
10 brussel sprouts sliced
3 green onions, diced
broccoli, about a cup or florets
asparagus, baby size and a small bundle
Stir until you have the desired crispness of the veggies or wilted to your preference.
While this is going on, boil water and toss in your
chow mein noodles
These should only take 2-3 minutes. Stir these in and a couple of tablespoons of the water. Serve and eat immediately.
Delicious 
Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.

At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them. 

The morning started with my having an enormous headache. I was trusting my doctor that the new medication would be helpful but this particular morning I was thinking "he must be joking, this stuff is not working". I felt like I had been run over by a mob of angry vikings! 
I walked into the kitchen and there sat my beautiful boy, Sam, my tuxedo kitty. He jumped on top of the freezer and eagerly awaited his morning bowl of kitty nibbles.
Walking over I gave him a generous rub down and reached for the food container.
MEOW
I know, don't you see I'm getting it.
MEOW
Give me a minute impatient butt.
MEOOOOW
What? so I walk over and see his water dish is almost empty.
Okay okay let me fill it up. There, happy now?
Sam rubbed against me purring away.
I stroked his face and he closed his eyes, lifted his face towards me as his kitty motor went into high gear. I smiled, his unconditional love and massive purring always made me feel better. I thought to myself, how could anyone NOT love a kitty?
Pouring his food I saw my medication on the counter. I walked over and picked it up. Looking for the phone I dialed the number for the pharmacy to ask a few questions. They might seem silly but there could be something I missed, like take with food, take only at bed time or something of this nature.

Either way, I was asking...as soon as I managed to get through the automated system to a real person. Ugh I could feel the enormous headache morphing into gargantuan.

Your words are:
Enormous ~ trusting ~ mob ~ joking ~ tuxedo
They were submitted by: http://www.bookwormkitchen.com/

Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts:
Baking In A Tornado                        http://www.bakinginatornado.com  
The Blogging 911                       http://theblogging911.com
On the Border                           http://dlt-lifeontheranch.blogspot.com/
Bookworm in the Kitchen      http://www.bookwormkitchen.com/
The Bergham Chronicles                  http://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com  
Simply Shannon                           http://shannonbutler.org   
Southern Belle Charm                    http://www.southernbellecharm.com    
Confessions of a part-time working mom         http://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch/  
Climaxed                                       http://climaxedtheblog.blogspot.com     





Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Chocolate Fudge Pudding Cake and Motherhood Yo Yo Poetry Post

Who put this year on fast forward?? It is almost the middle of May! AND Mother's Day is this weekend! EEK

My youngest son sent me a text on Sunday asking me what I wanted. He was not happy with my answers and told me I needed to improve my gifting list. What?? I hate people asking me what I want. I have never been good at this. I always buy for everyone else, the pets and the house, but when it comes to me I've always been last or not at all. So if you ask me what I want, I will stare at your blankly and go...Ummm I don't know. My mother on the other hand is a pro at it. She can rattle of a list a mile long. Not me. My boys have always been able to give a list ,my daughters-in-law can do it without thought, so can the grandkids, well those old enough to talk. Me, not so much. I'm the perfect catch for a man right!? I don't have a list of wants and can never think of things for me. I'm single why? LOL

SO anywho...
This month the poetry group decided on motherhood. I had all sorts of suggestions that had nothing to do with motherhood. Why you ask, because some have horrible mothers, let's be honest. They are estranged, their mother is deceased, they are adopted and no idea who their biological mom is, women who are barren or have lost several babies and still trying to conceive. There are lots of reason why motherhood is a poor subject.

I fall into several of the categories but that's another post.

One thing I do know and that is most, not all, but most moms love dessert and if the dessert is chocolate they love it even more.

So how about this...chocolate fudge pudding cake?!?!?! YES, mmm mmm good-gracious-get-out-of-my-way I want more and will not share deliciousness! 
Chocolate Fudge Pudding Cake
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup baking cocoa
1 pkg chocolate fudge pudding
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup French Vanilla creamer, liquid
1/3 cup oil
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg
Blend all the ingredients together in a bowl, pour into a greased pan. I used my Le Crueset pie dish, bake at 350 degree for 30 minutes.
Slice, sprinkle on powered sugar and sprinkles for a festive look mom is sure to love!
Motherhood Yo Yo
Motherhood is a roller coaster
a yo yo of sorts.
There are highs
there are lows
there are times of great woes.
Muddy prints on the walls
dirty shoes all down the hall.
Dishes piling up
dust bunnies rolling
clothes filling baskets
and toys making rackets.
Tears and jears
shouts of joy
dating and curfew fights
all end when we say good night.
All too soon they are grown and gone
our homes fill empty and our hearts mourn.
Vacations are short
holidays are not enough
and then we are old, alone and forgotten
by the ones that we raised and are rotten.
So motherhood is a yo yo
but one worth every up and every down
even if we are just a memory
from their hometown.
If you are lucky
and have a great mom
be sure to let her know
she is not forgotten.
And if you are a woman
you will too find
that motherhood is a yo yo
and life is a woe
but also a show!

Visit the other bloggers to read their post and poems:
Diana at On the Border
Kristina at The Angrivated Mom

Monday, May 8, 2017

Outdoor Life/Picnic Food #BlogWithFriends

For this month's theme on Blog With Friends we chose "Outdoor Life" and I decided to go with camping/grilling or picnic type foods. As I thought about this I took a stroll down memory lane of days gone by when the ex and I used to take the boys camping. They loved it. I enjoyed our time away from civilization, time with friends, relaxing, nature but not sleeping on the ground. That I was not fond of, but... the things we do for our kids.

Here are a few 'old' photos from a few past trips. As you can see, it was years ago but that's okay.


Pasta Salad
8 oz Rotini garden pasta, dry, cooked per instructions, drained set aside
1/2 cup chopped broccoli
1/2 cup frozen peas
cook this in with the pasta the last 5 minutes
2.5 oz bacon pieces, cooked and chopped
1 cup grape tomatoes cut in half
8 TBSP ranch dressing
Drain and allow the pasta/veggies to cool, mix all ingredients and store in the fridge or cooler. Great as a side dish any time not just camping or picnics.

Have you heard of onion bombs?? These are the best, grilling ,in the oven or even the crock pot! LOVE these!
NOW let's see what all the others did!! Follow the links...

http://www.thinkinenglish.org/thinkinenglishblog

Friday, May 5, 2017

Lazy Cinnamon Rolls and SSS

I did this some time ago, on a Sunday morning. I wanted cinnamon rolls but really didn't want to go to all the trouble of rolling out dough. So I cheated. I made "easy or lazy" cinnamon rolls. Technically they aren't rolls more of a cake I guess but oh so delicious!
Lazy/Easy Cinnamon Rolls
2 cups of baking mix (like Bisquick)
1 cup milk
1 TBSP cinnamon
1/3 cup sugar
2 TBSP brown sugar
Glaze
1 cup powdered sugar
2 TBSP milk
a dash of vanilla
Mix the list of ingredients together and put into a greased pan. I used my pie pan by Le Crueset. I then baked it for 20 minutes on 400 degrees.
Once it was done I allowed it to cool for a few minutes, about 10 actually and poured the glaze on top. Sliced and enjoyed it!!
Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week 12 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts. 

If you could run for president what would your platform be about?
It was submitted by: http://theblogging911.com

There's no way I'm going to do justice to this subject...I have had it for over a week and just can't seem to get anything together. Why? Because being President is the last thing I would ever want to be. I mean seriously, the entire nation rest in your hands. That is why every president looks 20 years older after their term is up. Stress is at an all time high, demands of decisions that effect not just you, your state but your entire, yes entire country. What do I want from a president? Peace. Healthcare, lower taxes, higher wages, a better life for my grandchildren, better care for our elderly and terminally ill, help for our veteran, better schools, higher pay for teacher, but I don't see those things happening without MAJOR changes in our nation. Changes that no one wants.
Example: free health care? Free for who? those who receive it. Well, someone has to pay for. Our government can't unless we the tax payers do. So that would mean higher taxes.
Higher wages would mean higher prices. Companies can't pay the workers more without increasing their prices.
It really is a no win situation.
Peace. We have no control over that. IF we disband our military we are sitting ducks. IF we become peace makers and no one else does, we still lose.
Again, a no win situation.
NO I would not want to be president. Our former ones have screwed us all, all of them in one way or another.
I know everyone has their opinions and most of us do not agree and that is okay. 
I will leave this subject and topic and pray no one goes bat crap crazy over my comments. LOL

Read the following and hopefully you'll find lighter subjects!!

Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.  Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:
Baking In A Tornado                        http://www.BakingInATornado.com  
The Blogging 911                   http://theblogging911.com
The Lieber Family Blog                     http://thelieberfamily.com  
Sparkly Poetic Weirdo                   http://sparklyjenn.blogspot.com/ 
The Bergham Chronicles                  http://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com
Bookworm in the Kitchen      http://www.bookwormkitchen.com/
Simply Shannon                            http://shannonbutler.org
Southern Belle Charm                    http://www.southernbellecharm.com 
Confessions of a part-time working mom            http://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch/      
Not That Sarah Michelle                    http://notthatsarahmichelle.blogspot.com   
Climaxed                                    http://climaxedtheblog.blogspot.com