Monday, October 16, 2017

Meal Plan Monday

Its my last week as a 54 year old.. Its been a shock to realize that on Saturday I will be a senior citizen! Seriously... I feel like im still in my 30s. Plus... if I was still in the UK...I would have another few years til I was officially a senior. But.. after the year I have had..I'm not complaining. I have a good life, with a wonderful husband and hopefully now the "silliness" is over... have quite  a few years ahead of me

Anyway... back to this weeks menu. I had a great deal on chicken this weekend.. 99 cents a pound and reduced to half price. I stocked the freezer so we will be having it a couple of times this week. Also this week I only have 5 dinners to organize as the weekend is covered. 

So an easy week really. What have you got planned?

Weekly Plan - 16th October 2017
Monday             Smokey Ranchero Chicken, Jacket Potato, Salad

Tuesday             Tacos

Wednesday        Pork Chops, Potato Au Gratin, Broccoli

Korean Chicken Kebabs, Vegetable Rice

Spinach and Mushroom Pizza

Birthday Dinner out

Sunday               Church Fellowship

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Salted Caramel Cookies...

My Hubby loves Chocolate Chip Cookies. When I bake I usually make enough for home and for him to take to work. On Tuesday he said.. "the guys at work are wondering where their cookies are" Yes...right.. the guys at work. So yesterday I  had to stay in and wait for the man to come fix our it was no hardship to whip up a batch or two. 
The problem was... I had no chocolate chips. I was sure I had some. I think the dreaded chocolate chip monster must have stolen them! But.. I did find some caramel chips that I bought before I became ill. The chocolate chip monster obviously didnt like them... or he didnt know they were there.
 So I had to switch to plan B and find a recipe. I tried this one for Salted Caramel Cookies. They turned out pretty good... and the chocolate chip monster liked them so much he took some for "the guys in work"

Salted Caramel Cookies

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon coarse salt
1 3/4 cups brown sugar
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup white sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups caramel chips

  • Preheat oven 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  • Whisk flour, baking soda, and salt together in a bowl.
  • Set aside
  • Beat brown sugar, white sugar and butter together in a bowl using an electric mixer until creamy. 
  • Beat eggs, one at a time, into butter mixture until blended 
  • Beat in vanilla extract. 
  • Stir flour mixture into butter mixture until dough is just combined
  • Fold in caramel chips.
  • Using a small ice cream scoop... arrange dough on a baking sheet. 
  • Bake in the preheated oven until edges are golden brown, 13 to 15 minutes. 
  • Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool.
And just to prove not everything goes smoothly in my kitchen.... I burnt the first batch. You could have built a wall with them they were so hard... 

Love and Hugs
Phoebe x

Tuesday, October 10, 2017


Yesterday MrD and I had to go to the dentist over in Fullerton about 12 miles away. It was an unusually windy day. As we left home I could see big brown clouds in the distance.
As we were driving the sky was very strange...and the sun was bright red. It seemed quite dark even tho it was only three in the afternoon. It was like a scene from a halloween movie.. but it was more scary than that. 

The Anaheim hills which are about 20 miles away (and about 10 miles from our dentist) are burning. Thousands of people have been evacuated. The Santa Ana winds are spreading the fires over thousands of acres. As we got closer to Fullerton we even got ash on the car.
Its not as bad as in Northern California. We, ourselves, are not in any danger.. thankfully. But we are getting evacuation alerts on our phones for areas closer to the fires. I am so sorry for those who have had to leave their homes and dont know if they will have a house to go back to
Even coming home the sky was still very eerie. My thoughts and prayers are with those caught up in this. Stay safe!

Love and Hugs
Phoebe x

Monday, October 9, 2017

Meal Plan Monday

Here we go...the start of a new week. A bit of prodding for me this week... today at the dentist..and later in the week a follow up visit with my surgeon. But no worries... everything will be fine

My menu this week is getting a bit Fall like... even though its been 90 degrees here the last few days. Comfort food.. apples... corn.. and of course.. Hubby requests. MrD's omelette is made just how he likes it... 2 eggs, ham, cheese, onions, jalapenos and black an extra sprinkle of cheese on top. He says its better than Dennys... not sure if thats a compliment or

Have a great week everyone

Weekly Plan - 9th October 2017
Monday             Chicken Pot Pie, Cabbage

Tuesday             Mexican Stuffed Green Peppers, Salad

Wednesday        Apple Cider Pork Chops, Mashed potatoes, Corn

Thursday           MrD's Omelette, Hash Browns, Brown Gravy, English Muffin

Friday                Crispy Tilapia Fingers, Lemon-Garlic Mayonnaise Dip, Potato Wedges

Stuffed Hamburgers

Sunday               Church Fellowship

Friday, October 6, 2017


When I finished my chemo...I thought that it would be the end of doctor visits and no more needles. I was mistaken. My oncologist dosnt want to to take the porto cath out of my chest... so every six weeks I have to have it flushed
I have had a few problems since I had it put in... it keeps flipping over so on one occasion we couldnt use it for the chemo. Yesterday...when I went to have my first flush we had problems again. Every time Nurse Sue tried to put the needle in the port moved. Eventually after three attempts she got the needle in. 

The flush itself wasnt too bad and it was over and done with in less than 10 minutes. But seeing as the port has to stay in for about a year... I hope the flushes get easier. And I wont be so sore
At least I got a lovely iced coffee on the way home for being a "brave girl" Mine is the small one.... honest! Thank you MrD

Love and Hugs 
Phoebe x

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Thrift Shop Find... and Butternut Squash Soup

As you may or may not know.. I dont drive over here in the US. I'm used to chugging around little towns and villages and pretty country lanes. I'm not comfortable driving on the 'wrong' side of the Los Angeles drivers are crazy!! I get nervous crossing the street cos I STILL look the wrong way. So.. I walk everywhere...unless hubby takes me. I dont mind as I always find things to photograph.. but that means I only have access to one Thrift store.. Goodwill..although I do find it over priced and apart from clothes..there is not much there. Imagine my surprise when I popped in earlier this week and found this pretty dish. Ok ...I know its the wrong time of year..but its perfect for Easter. I just love pastel colours and just look at the bunnies cute face. Not bad for $2
But...Spring is a way off and the weather here in California has been a little cooler... but I know it probably wont last. For a couple of days I've been fancying some homemade soup.. so Im making my favourite Butternut Squash. Its the recipe my mum used and I've made it lots of times over the years. Its quick.. easy.. freezes well.... and delicious. Perfect for my lunch today.

Butternut Squash Soup

1 large butternut squash
1 medium onion
1 lb potatoes
1 3/4 pints vegetable stock
Knob of butter
Olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
Coriander leaves to garnish (optional)

  • Chop the stalk and flower off the squash and peel. Cut in half, scoop out the seeds and cut into 1 inch cubes
  • Peel and chop the onion and potatoes
  • Place the butter and a little oil in a saucepan and melt on a low heat
  • Add the onion and stir until softened, but not brown
  • Add potatoes and stir well
  • Add squash, stir well and then cover and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally
  • When potatoes have softened, add stock and simmer for 15 minutes or until vegetables are soft
  • Blend to a puree and serve
Love and Hugs
Phoebe x