Friday’s Fave Five

Itโ€™s Friday, time to look back over the blessings of the week
with Susanne at Living to Tell the Story and other friends.

As another week zooms by, I enjoy these Friday pauses to stop, think, and thank God for His provisions.

1. Dinner and SpaceX viewing.Timothy and Granddad planned to go fishing last Saturday, but plans got canceled for a variety of reasons. But he wanted to “hang out” with us, so later in the day Jason and Mittu brought over rotisserie chicken and mashed potatoes. I have not kept up with the SpaceX flights, but Jason has. They were due to splash down that evening, so we watched the coverage. It was a fun time with the family.

2. The first day of fall came right on time with cooler temperatures.

3. Low carb experiments. We’re trying to lower our carbs–my husband’s blood sugar numbers were running a bit too high, and we could both stand to drop some calories. Frozen riced cauliflower has been a good substitute for rice in soups, stir fry, and even as a side dish with pepper steak. It didn’t work so well in a casserole–it doesn’t absorb liquid like rice does, so the dish was a little soupy. We may add more next time or use half rice, half riced cauliflower.

We had tried frozen pizza with a cauliflower-based crust in the past and didn’t care for it at all. And not having pizza is not an option unless we’re at death’s door. ๐Ÿ™‚ But we tried thin crust pizza the last couple of times. Jim prefers pan pizza, but he said the thin crust didn’t raise his blood sugar significantly. I’m a carnivore, and the thinner crust seems to bring out the other flavors better to me. (I’d love to hear any other low carb tips and tricks you have, other than just eat more salad.)

4. Restoring order. My utensil drawers in the kitchen had gotten jumbled up, so I spent a few minutes taking items out, putting like things back together, and cleaning out crumbs that mysteriously gather in drawers that are mostly closed. It’s an oddly peaceful thing to do, and opening those drawers now brings a smile of satisfaction rather than frustration over not being able to find what I need.

5. Preorders of books can be often be had for a cheaper price than what the book will be upon publication. I just found out here yesterday that Christmas in Mistletoe Square is available at $1.49 as a preorder. I’ve only read one of the four authors listed, so I hope it’s good. But $1.49 isn’t a bad risk. ๐Ÿ™‚

8 thoughts on “Friday’s Fave Five

  1. I know what you mean about cauliflower. I did come across this recipe for meatballs that subbed riced cauliflower for breadcrumbs and successfully kept the tender texture of the meatballs. There are other cauliflower recipes that might be useful or inspirational.

    How nice to have a relaxing task bring satisfaction as well ๐Ÿ™‚ We could all do with more of that!

    Hurray for lower temps and family time. I love that you all enjoy and find ways to be together.

  2. Yes, I’d like to know how those crumbs get in to the drawers. Maybe we need to install cameras in the kitchen…
    My daughter is a big fan of roasted veggies–potatoes, carrots, peppers, kale. Even sweet potatoes. There are carbs but if you push the other veggies and minimize the potatoes, it is still a yummy main course.
    The cooler temperatures on the first day of autumn didn’t last today…although it is not as hot as last week.
    Enjoy a hopefully cool but sunny weekend.

  3. I was going to say what Willow said about veggies. My husband needs to cut WAY back on his carbs (he eats the WORSE kind: white rice, white potatoes, white pasta, white Italian bread) so I now buy whole grain breads (the thin kind usually), brown rice (WAY better for you and you don’t need much…..1/8 cup of rice on your plate is fine with LOADS of roasted or steamed veggies like Spinach, sweet potatoes, carrots, broccoli, sweet onions, zucchini, summer squash, kale, beets,). We do like the riced cauliflower for soups but i don’t use it much for anything else.

    We had a HOT and HUMID day on the first day of autumn this week here in NY but today a nice perfect cold front came through and we are enjoying evening temps in the high 50s and daytime temps in the low 70s. My absolute fave weather.

    I love organizing and putting back in order my cupboards and drawers. Glad you had some time to do that.

    Happy Weekend!

  4. Sounds like you had a good week. I like to clean out my drawers as well. It feels so good to have clean, organized drawers. Thanks for the tip about that book. I’m off to check it out. Have a good weekend. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I use Jo Ann Lund cook books for most of my cooking. She has a lot. They are old books but you can find them on line on various sites. One of her favorite is “Cooking Healthy with the Man in Mind.” Her recipes actually give you some food to eat and all the calories, fat, carbs, etc are listed at the bottom and so is the Diabetic information on the recipe. She uses normal food items you can get at the store and not unusual ones. Here is a site with this particular book. She has a lot of them.

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