Death by #DeepFry…What a Way To Go!

My man’s friend brought over a new toy…a deep fryer!

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And chaos ensued, figuring out what could be deep fried, to “break it in”. I searched for a batter recipe on Pinterest, substituting cajun spices instead of the spices listed in the recipe. Next thing I know, Extreme Beans, B’nOlives, pickles and bacon were out.

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The batter recipe said to tap everything dry from the juices.

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My man covered everything with the batter and started frying. For the record, this was his first time deep frying and he didn’t burn anything!

Going into the fryer…

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Frying…

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Checking to see how they are doing…

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To plate everything, my man combined tzatziki and caesar salad dressings, with the spices from the Extreme Bean bottle (since he had used up the beans) for the dip. Here’s the “communal platter” for all the adults who were present…the children all passed…silly kids!

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And because my man is a professional photographer, he felt the “need” to plate each item separately for me to take photos with my iPad. 😉

Deep Fried B’nOlives:

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Deep Fried Pickles:

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Deep Fried Extreme Beans:

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Deep Fried Bacon:

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Oh. My. Gawd!! So much yumminess…and proof my man is trying to “kill me” with all this deep fried yumminess! 😉

* This is NOT a sponsored post. *

* It’s just a snapshot in time of the craziness and yumminess that happens in our lives. *

My Kids’ First #Chiropractic Appt in Years (#Autism)

My daughter has been saying off and on for a couple of weeks now that when she has gym or Vumba (similar to Zumba) club at school that her foot hurts. Late last week, she was telling me daily that it was hurting so I made an appointment on Monday for her after school. We all went after her Christmas concert at school. She started getting a bit nervous because she couldn’t remember her last appointment (when she was a toddler) so my man and I both had our adjustments first.

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Seeing our adjustments, and “talking science” with our chiropractor made her feel comfortable so she had her adjustment done, and her ankles and feet felt better afterwards.

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My man and I kept looking at eachother in disbelief while my son was being adjusted. He INITIATED the adjustment! He was laying still! He was following the chiropractor’s directions! Three days later, and he’s still asking for Dr Paul. 🙂

My #Daughter…the #DentalSurgery Superstar!

On Tuesday, my daughter had dental surgery to pull four baby teeth that were in the way of her adult teeth coming in. We went to the pre-op the week before and she had been voicing a lot of nerves and anxiety around the whole procedure. After the pre-op appointment, those fears were gone…her biggest concern was that she wasn’t going to be able to eat breakfast the morning of her surgery. She even “warned” me that she would be eating more for the few days before her surgery to “make up” for not having breakfast that morning. 😉

 

The morning of her surgery, she was in great spirits. We had to check in an hour and a half before her surgery time so we read a book, she played with the other kids in the waitroom, and she was really proud when she built a “person” (the red at the bottom are the high heels – lol!) and a tree:

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She was even in great spirits when she wrestled with her housecoat that was “attacking” her:

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We even got to have some cuddles and kisses time:

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I got to take her into the operating room, and be there with her, holding her hand while they put her to sleep. So hard to see her go to sleep but I just kept telling her how much I love her and that I’ll see her soon. When she was in the operating room, my man and I went across the street to grab me a Starbucks chai to try to help me calm a bit. She had chosen two stuffed animals to take into surgery with her, and of course I became “custodian” of them during the actual surgery so they came with us. Spike the dinosaur tried stealing my chai!

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I was fine just reading my book while we were waiting (even remember what I was reading on each page!), but when that hour and a half mark came and went, and I hadn’t heard from hospital staff to go in to be there when she woke up, I started getting nervous. Shortly thereafter, her dentist came out and told me everything was fine and gave me her four cute little teeth…in a little treasure chest. Glamour, my daughter’s other stuffed animal of choice, decided to guard her teeth until she came out of surgery:

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About 20mins later, while my man was trying to help me remain calm, they came out and told me it was time to go in. She looked so little in the recovery bed, but I could see her beautiful red hair from across the room…and her face was a bit swollen. Poor thing! They offered her a popsicle, and she discovered how yummy lime popsicles are.

After she woke up completely, they gave her some pain medicine, they wheeled her into the recovery room, where she got more popsicles…and my man got her some balloons for being such a trooper!

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She fell asleep in the car on the way home, and again on the couch before bedtime, but not before more popsicles, Jello, chatting with neighbourhood kids, and even eating some solid foods. Yesterday, she even went to school because she missed her friends after the long weekend, and then being away for her surgery. She was an absolute superstar! I’m sssoooo proud of her!

Farm time!

A few weekends ago, we went to visit my parents at their farm. They asked before we went if we could help with the clean up of branches and sticks that had fallen during our really long winter. No problem…and we dressed appropriately. My man and his son joined us as well…crazy guys that they are. His son jumped in and helped out:

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Someone had to watch the burning barrel at all times.

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When my man took a turn, he remembered a camping hack he had read recently where you “roast” Starburst. Surprisingly, it works! He pointed a stick with his knife, roasted the Starburst until they were just bubbling, blew them to cool them off, and enjoyed!

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He also had some cheap Easter chocolate in his jacket pocket so tried that too. Surprisingly, it caramelized the outside, and made it taste almost like Lindor.

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We were all outside for hours…and surprisingly, my son just kinda wandered around, doing his own thing and no one was worried he was going to run away. Yay! So different from when we lived on the farm for a year when we couldn’t be more than 1-2′ away from him for fear of him taking off.

Needless to say…we had some sleeping children in the backseat when we drove home. 🙂

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#WordlessWednesday: New Necklace Charms

My man bought me some more charms to add to my “divorce present” to myself…a necklace I bought a couple of years ago. I had already added a couple of charms since the original purchase…and now I’m adding more Autism and a camera…cuz my man is a professional photographer.

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Thank you hunny!