Monday, July 11, 2016

Tilapia Tots

We eat fish once or twice a week,
but we were getting burned out on the "usual."
Typically, I put some white fish in a pyrex with coconut oil
and seasoned with pepper, salt and parmesan and cooked.
It's a good recipe, I was just getting tired of it.

So, I went to my friend "google."
We tried Tilapia Tots.

They were a nice change with some homemade tartar sauce.
Little protein bites and low in carbs (if that is important to your diet.)
Not super fishy for those who are a little squeamish.

Tilapia Tots

1 lb tilapia fillets or other white fish
2 eggs 
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup almond meal
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp lemon pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder 
1/4 tsp salt

Bake the fish fillets until they flake with a fork at the thickest point. 
Place fillets in a medium bowl and flake.
Let cool 5 minutes before stirring in the eggs.
Add the cheese to this mixture.
In a small bowl, combine almond meal, baking powder, lemon pepper, garlic powder and salt.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir.
Use a scoop to place the fish mixture in mini muffin tin.
Bake for 20 minutes at 375*. 
Makes about 18 tots. 

Thursday, June 30, 2016

How Will I Age?

I have forever been a people watcher. 
I love to be in crowds or in cities so that I can just watch people.
Actions, reactions, expressions, interactions.

One of the reasons that I practice Thankful Thursday
is that I want to make thanksgiving a habit.

I have watched people age in 2 ways:
Some become grumbling and complaining and are not a joy to be around.
They practice an entitlement mindset.
Some are thankful and focused on others and are an encouragement at every turn.
They practice the mind of a servant.

I would like to be the second.
I want to be thankful for each thing God has given.
I want to be thankful for each food on the table - even if it is not my favorite.
I want to be thankful for the efforts of those who are carrying the load that I no longer can carry.
I want to be grateful for each day of health and strength - even if it includes aches and pains.

So I practice Thankful Thursday.
Today I am thankful for the ability to walk, to move freely.
I am thankful for the small town I frequent most mornings on my walk.
I am thankful for the strength that I have increased over the years.
I am thankful for the ability to keep learning about the mechanics of my body so as to keep it working well.

How will you age?
Will you practice thanksgiving with me?
Will you remind me when I forget?

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Books in Style

This weekend did afford some time to put together the new bookshelf for hubby's "office."
The former bookshelf was left from my early teaching days in FL.

It had moved from FL to NY to NY to NY to NY to WA to NC.
The laminated pressboard and cardboard back were really not meant for so many moves,
but it served well in each location.
Hubby was eager to have a bookshelf that matched my desk,
so we put it together.
Love the metal and the dark wood and the more open look.

Monday, June 27, 2016

All Purpose Greek Marinade

One of our favorite summer meals is a grilled chicken and veggie salad.
It is quick, easy, and satisfying.
Goodbye expensive restaurant salad - hello DIY.

All Purpose Greek Marinade and Dressing

1/3 c olive oil
1/3 c lemon juice
2 minced garlic cloves
1 TBSP oregano
1 TBSP thyme
1 TBSP basil
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper

Mix all ingredients in jar and shake.
Pour over meat and/or veggies.
I use chicken, peppers, onions, zucchini.

To make into a homemade vinaigrette:

Take 1/3 c marinade, add 2 TBSP Dijon mustard and 1/3 c olive oil.
Shake well.  Enjoy!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

A Change of Temperature

Typically, my Thankful Thursday entries are the small day-to-day blessings around me.
Today, is a larger blessing.

12 years ago, God gave us a beautiful car.
It was brand new and afforded us 3 years to not worry about major problems while hubby was out to sea.
The car was priced amazingly low.
It was a simple car - 5 speed, no a/c. am-fm cassette.
Just the base model.

The lack of AC was not a problem in NY, it was definitely not a problem in Seattle.
We moved to NC and the lack of AC was a little more unpleasant,
it was only for 4 years, right?
Well, 4 years have turned into 8.

Last Wednesday,
we began looking for a new car.
I emailed a few dealership 
and found one that listened to my requests
and offered a good, even great, price.
We did not have to haggle or go back and forth.

So today, 
I am thankful for my new car.
I am thankful for the good price.
I am thankful for the car dealer who listened and arranged everything online.
I am thankful for a car with air conditioning.
I am thankful that our old car sold at a fair price.
I am thankful that we could sell it to a student in the trailer park.
I am thankful that it sold in only 2 days
(this was a blessing since it was a 5 speed and had no a/c).

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Just Listening (to Myself)

Hubby and I have been doing a lot of simplifying, revamping, rescheduling, evaluation.
You have seen the pictures of home remodeling - 
trying to breed efficiency in our space and a spirit of peace.
One of our goals was to make an open space where we could work out together.
That involved paring down and using space wisely.

One of the things that we are constantly evaluating is our workouts.
We both like to push hard - we like consistency.
We like to follow a plan and to not be distracted from it.
Our usual workout time is 4:45 am.

In our evaluation,
we are trying to learn to listen to our bodies.
Sometimes we just need rest.
Sometimes we want to be lazy and need to work harder.
Sometimes we need a break.
Sometimes  we need the consistency of the scheduled workouts.
Sometimes we need to ignore the scheduled exercise.

We are trying to listen.
We are trying to value quality over quantity.

Are you pushing too hard today?
Are you asking too much of yourself?
Or do you need to do more?

Be a fair critic and listen to yourself.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Next Project

The next project is in the wings ...
in fact, it was started today.

The project is to replace a bookcase that I have had since my early working days ...
after almost 20 years, it is time to update.
It was not a high quality bookcase ...
press board,
laminate coating,
cardboard back.

hubby cut the angle iron today,
he cut the wood today,
and for the next couple of days,
I will be staining, polying, and polishing.

We will have a bookcase to match my new little desk :)
The bookcase is part of hubby's office space and it should be a nice upgrade.

Pre-Tuesday Transformation

Monday, June 20, 2016

Kitchen "Must-haves"

OK - so I suppose that they are not "must-haves,"
but they do make my life easier.
I love the bright colors - so much fun!

The first are silicone ice cube trays in two sizes.
I use the small for my almond butter fudge.
Easy single portion.
I use the larger size for the Pineapple Freeze.
Again.  Easy portion control.
No thawing, cutting, and refreezing!

The second tool is a tomato corer.
It works to take the stem out with no waste.
I also use this when making the stuffed strawberries.
It makes a nice area to stuff without cutting open the whole strawberry.

I almost forgot this one:
the avocado tool.
It has one size to slice,
the tool in the middle to get the pit out (just place on pit and twist),
the other side to scoop and slice at the same time.
I didn't have much confidence when I received it at a "white elephant" exchange ...
but it really works!
We use avocado sliced with eggs for breakfast,
as guacamole for a snack or mexican side dish,
and have been using it to make pudding recently :)

Thursday, June 16, 2016

AAHH! Thursdays!

On this Thankful Thursday,
I am thankful for Thursdays.
I am thankful for Thursdays because the alarm is set for 1 hour later in the morning.
I do not think that we get an extra hour of sleep because of Prayer meeting on Wed. night,
but there is something about waking at 5:30 vs 4:30 that just lets the heart sing.

Do you have a restful morning each week?
I hope you have some time to refresh and relax.

I am also thankful for 2 nephews and 1 niece who are holding me accountable ...
for my physical health through exercise
and my spiritual health through daily time with God.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Teaching Work Ethic

One of my pet-peeves is a "fear" of work.
It shows itself in many ways ...
it could be always looking for the easy way out,
it could be looking for ways to simplify any task,
it could be "cutting corners,"
it could be a disappearance when it is time to work.

I am thankful for my parents and teachers who instilled a work ethic in me.
We (my siblings and I) all took turns mowing ... with a push mower.
I still enjoy the effort today.
My parents made me finish textbooks ... even when my teachers were going to cut it short.
My teachers made me do timed drills and whole pages of tedious exercises.
My music teachers made me count out loud and "try" to memorize.

Does work ethic seem lost to you?
Do you run into a lack of it more often than you used to?
Do you work with children - your own or someone else's?
The "hard" way should not always be something to be avoided.
Are you in the process of growing up?
Practice a good work ethic in your school studies, your home chores, etc. ...