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Sardine Tacos

I can imagine some of you have cringed and said, "Yuck!" For me, the health benefits outweigh the "yuck" factor.  I have actually come to enjoy the little buggers. The husband still needs convincing, but he that last night's dinner is helping him along.
First off, the usual is sardines on toast or in pasta. All well and good, but I wanted something different. So I began to search like crazy and on some food blog, I think Chow, someone suggested using it in a taco. Now that sounded very interesting.
The recipe was a hit.
I did do some tweaking with the ingredients. Instead of corn tortillas I used habanero-lime ones from Trader Joe's and also go my sardines there. I did not have coriander seed so I just used ground up coriander. I used Siracha in place of having sardines in chili oil and I did not toast the cumin seeds out of sheer did not feel like it-ness. I was going to add cabbage, but the hubby forgot to pick it up. We usually dig cabbage with our tacos…

Frugal Is As Frugal Does

I am a little tired today because our handicapped dog, who was just diagnosed with Lyme disease thank you very much, woke me at 1:30am for a drink. The doxycycline she is taking makes her extra thirsty and since she cannot get to a water bowl on her own, she whines a little to let us know she needs something and we accommodate. There are times that whine could make you smother someone with a pillow. Once she was set I laid back down to sleep.
At around 4:30am our son woke up, calling out for us. My husband went in twice then so did I. Poor kid had a hard time settling and honestly, I probably should have stayed awake at that point. I have not had broken up sleep like that since he was a newborn so I am very short with everyone today and pretty much of a muddled mind. That being said, trying to work on my novel while he naps would actually not be a good idea. Instead, I am going to post here, then do some reading.

A very helpful and interesting blog I read is The Prudent Homemaker. She…

Hormones are Hell

So would a bloody mary or a nice glass of Prosecco.

This post will seem a little off after I wrote about the importance of being grateful. I still am, but I am also hormonal so all bets are off right now.

One of the big issues is that I have been unable to sleep through the night for some months which sucks. Thank you perimenopause. This getting old crap sucks. If I sit crossed legged for too long, when I go to get up, oh mercy me! My hip bones seem to have gone on revolt, locking in place and mocking me along with all the muscles that assist them and my legs into standing. If my house was on fire I would probably move faster crawling. How sad. I am working out still and I feel great while doing it and after, but once I sit, you would think I never stretched my body ever. I really need to do yoga every night, just to unwind all that is wound. Deep thinking right there dude.
My horrible hormonal imbalance is also making me short tempered which is not a good thing. I do my best to keep …

Being Grateful

Most of the time, a lot of us folks feel like we are running uphill most of the time. Whether it is from work, a relationship or everything and anything in-between, life can get you down . Sometimes I feel like even though I have done a lot during the day, I almost feel like I could have done more. I do try and take moments where I am outside with my son and just listen to the birds or smile at the clouds, but most of the time I am trying to prevent him from killing another bug. We are currently learning that we do not touch spiders. Spiders bite and my newest tactic to prevent any issue is telling him that spiders are hot like a flame. So far we are okay, but like any curious lad he will still attempt to pet a spider. God help me when the big garden spiders start to rear their heads. But I digress...

Today as I was cleaning the guest room I moved a bag that had a comforter set inside. One day friends of ours called and said they had an extra set they did not need and would we want it…

Yes, I Cried While Watching This

Heartwarming, touching and proof there is some decency left in this world.

As part of the "Prank it Fwd" campaign, the Ascencia Homeless Shelter in Glendale, CA was turned into a 5 star restaurant for an evening as a surprise for the residents.

What killed me most is the woman saying, "And I never in my life got treated like this, never."

Human kindness people, we need more of it.


An Amusing and Surreal Moment

*An Oldie But A Goodie Song

Last night while I cooked dinner I regressed back to my youth and began blaring music that my friends and I used to boogie to in the clubs. Here I was, bopping around my kitchen to songs by Ministry, Skinny Puppy, Psychedelic Furs, Love and Rockets, all good stuff, and making the house favorite recipe of Zesty Chicken Enchiladas. I used shrimp for chicken and added corn and spinach and bell peppers. I had no cream so used milk instead and since I am sans tomatillos I used salsa verde instead. All while our two year old son ran in and out, amused by his Mama singing Tool's Parabola on the top of her lungs as she handed him more pieces of cheese.

Sometimes it is good not to be a full on grown up and enjoy life.

I think of movies and shows that depict people 50-150 years ago and how 40 was middle age and old and you wore helmet hair and clutched your pearls at anything "radical". I am grateful to be a Generation X-er, sure there were drawbacks, b…


Our beloved 17 year, 5 month old cat had to be put to sleep this morning.  She was very ill and we knew this time was coming, but it is never easy. We all went to the vet together and said our goodbyes. Our little man laughed and head butted her which was bittersweet, but she loved him so I know it made her happy. She was the last of three cats we had and as someone who has always had a cat since I was twelve years old, it is extremely odd and almost eerie to not have a feline in the house. Goodbye Chloe you were a gentle, sweet soul. Love you little lady.

With heavy heart,