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Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet Potato Casserole
Sweet Potato Casserole

I fell in love with this recipe from the moment I first tried it.

Ingredients

  • 5 large sweet potatoes, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 3 tbsp butter, divided
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup, divided or subbed sweetener
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp cinnamon, divided
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes, chopped
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted

Directions

  1. Fill a large saucepan with water and bring to a boil. Add the sweet potatoes and cook for 10-15 minutes until fork-tender. Remove from heat and drain.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Add two tablespoons of butter and maple syrup, to the pot with the sweet potatoes.
  3. Stir in the vanilla, one teaspoon of cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
  4. Mash until smooth. Adjust salt to taste. Transfer to a baking dish.
  5. In a small bowl, toss the walnuts with the coconut flakes, coconut oil, remaining butter and syrup, and teaspoon of cinnamon.
  6. Cover the sweet potatoes with the walnut topping.
  7. Bake for 18-20 minutes until the walnut topping is golden. Serve warm.
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Goody Potatoes

goody potatoes
goody potatoes

 

I’m not entirely sure where this recipe comes from but my Mom has made it for years. Now it’s a must have for Holiday meals around here.

 

Ingredients

Filling

  • 2lb Bag of Hash Browns
  • 16 ounces of Sour Cream
  • 1 Stick (2 cups) of Melted Butter
  • 1 can of cream of chicken soup
  • 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 chopped Onion

Topping

  • 2 Cups of Crushed Corn Flakes
  • 1 Stick (2 Cups) of Melted Butter

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F
  2. Take hash browns out of freezer, keep in bag, set aside.
  3. In microwave, melt 1 stick of butter in large bowl; mix in sour cream, cheese, onion and cream of chicken soup.
  4. In large bowl combine hash browns, sour cream, cheese, and soup/cheese mixture.
  5. Spread into 9×13 pan (sprayed with cooking spray).
  6. Melt 1/2 stick of butter and then combine with crushed cornflakes until well coated.
  7. Spread corn flake mixture on top of the other ingredients.
  8. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until golden brown on top and cheese is bubbling.
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Green Bean Casserole Without the Cream of Soup :)

Green Bean Casserole
Green Bean Casserole

Ingredients

  • 2 (15 ounce) cans French style green beans, drained well
  • 4 ounces mushroom stems and pieces, drained
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, sliced, separated into rings
  • 2 stalks celery, sliced small
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup diced cheese (optional & your choice of cheddar, jack, pepper jack, cream)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Frenches Fried Onions (This is optional and the amount is your call).

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. Melt the butter in a skillet and sauté the onions, celery and mushrooms until soft (about 7 to 8 minutes).
  3. Mix the mayonnaise and cream.
  4. Mix everything together in a casserole (I also add some of the fried onions in the mix and reserve some for topping).
  5. Bake covered, for 30 minutes.
  6. Uncover, top with Frenches Fried Onions if desired & brown.
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Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry Sauce
Cranberry Sauce

I grew up eating Cranberry sauce from a can, but then I made this, and I never went back!

Ingredients

  • One 12 ounce bag of fresh or Frozen Cranberries
  • 1 Cup of Sugar are Sweetener Equal to 1 Cup
  • 1 Cup of Water
  • 1 strip orange or lemon zest

Directions

  1. Put cranberries in a pot on the stove, and pick through to remove soft and/or brown ones.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients, stir, and bring to a boil on medium-high heat.
  3. Stir frequently. The cranberries will pop, and then release their “gel” — and the sauce will come together like magic.
  4. Cook until the sauce is the consistency you want, about 5 to 10 minutes.
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Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful…

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We need Healthcare..

Stethoscope on a printed sheet of paper
Stethoscope on a printed sheet of paper

Normally I don’t get upset and go on Rants, but today I’m going to. Right now, my 61-year-old Mom is sick, she’s at home with a fever. She’s not sure what’s causing that fever and she can’t afford to find out, because she doesn’t have health care. WE NEED MEDICARE FOR ALL. People shouldn’t have to choose between paying the bills and going broke because they are sick. I’m in my current condition because I couldn’t afford health care before we had the Affordable Care Act, and I ended up not being diagnosed for a very long time, then when I was I couldn’t afford to keep getting my bloodwork drawn and meds Adjusted. Now a bunch of people want to get rid of the Affordable Care Act instead of improving on it. I personally would gladly pay higher taxes to ensure that others never must suffer through making the tough choice of going to the doctor or paying bills.

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I hate pain…

Sinta Kitty Sleeping in the window
Sinta Kitty Sleeping in the window

So today I woke up in so much pain I was in tears. Luckily Mark was here and quickly came to rescue with tiger balm & advil, but damn it was bad. Also here’s an adorable picture of my fur baby sleeping in the window adore

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School Stuff

College clip art
College clip art

So today I have good news, I received both my admissions letter for the Medical Administrative Assistant Technology program at Cincinnati State, as well as my financial award letters. So I called today and set an appointment with my academic advisor for Monday the 18th. I’m looking forward to getting the ball rolling.

I thought long & hard before deciding that I didn’t want to go into IT. Basically it boiled down to not wanting to hate computers. As of right now I love working with computers and enjoy learning new things about them but I know if I were to make a career out of it I would essentially end up hating it & I really don’t want to do that. Also by going this route within a couple of years I can have an Associate of Applied Business degree and then continue on to a Bachelor’s degree if I want.

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Today’s Remedy

A spoon full of Nutella and Whipped Cream
A spoon full of Nutella and Whipped Cream

Some things can only be fixed with a spoon full of Nutella topped with Redi Whip…. So That’s what I decided to have! 10/10 Would highly recommend! gigglegigglegiggle

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Thyroid Caused Madness, Or how one wound lead to an odyssey

Stethoscope on a printed sheet of paper
Stethoscope on a printed sheet of paper

So for the past month I’ve been dealing with some kind of Rash that initially started on my leg as what appeared to be a small water filled bump. One night in my sleep I scratched it open. This lead to an open wound. For most people no big deal, for someone with both Graves Disease and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (ie…me), this is a problem. My already compromised immune system means that not only will my wounds heal more slowly there is a greater possibility of infection. But anyway I decided to wait a few days to see how things with my leg would pan out. During that time my leg began to itch horribly. To the point that when We finally decided to take me to Urgent care a huge part of my lower right leg was very red and very sore. So the Urgent care doctor gave me a prescription for Antibiotics and an Anti fungal.  For the next two weeks I took these and finished them, however at this point I now also had itchy rashes on my upper leg areas, on my stomach and chest as well as on both arms. I tried hydrocortisone, Gold Bond rapid relief, Gold Bond multi symptom with lidocaine, and Benedryl anti itch gel. Nothing worked to stop my itch.

With none of that working and things only getting worse, We finally decided it was time for me to see my doctor, So in we went. After examining me and being shown the prescriptions I already took, it was decided that I should have another round of antibiotics & anti-fungal medication. The doctor explained that because of my already weakened immune system I needed extra time for my body to heal and repair itself. She also told me I could take two oral benadryl per dose to help with the itching. But honestly it didn’t do much good. The only way I found any kind of relief was taking a shower and moisturizing afterwards. That would relieve my itching for a least a few hours, but this was also drying my skin out. In fact on one day I think I took at least 5 showers. Then I remembered that when I was a child, I had suffered through chicken pox. I remembered that my mom had used calamine lotion for the itching. I also noticed how dry my skin had become from all the showering. This is a problem, because my skin already dries and cracks easily due to my Graves Disease. So When Mark called me on his lunch break, I told him to pick up some Cotton Balls, Calamine Lotion, and Baby oil on his way home from work.  It’s been six days now and I’m actually seeing results. I think the Antibiotics are doing their job and the calamine has helped with the itching. Applying baby oil after showering has helped me to keep my skin from drying out. Today my arms and legs look much better and I’m finally not really itching. I’m just spot using the calamine at this point, so if a little area itch’s I just put some calamine on and it is helping.

Having an itch you can’t scratch is a miserable thing and when it’s been going on for so long it’s enough to drive you insane. I’m just so glad that it actually appears to be over now..hopefully soon enough my skin we be normal again.

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