Meatloaf Meltdown

Every now and then I like to switch up my recipes. Since my bf is diabetic I tend to explore meals that he can enjoy too.

So on Monday I decided to try out this new recipe for Bacon Meatloaf.

Here is how it turned out for me.

So I got all the ingredients that it asked for and prepped everything.

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I combined all the ingredients and put it into a 12″ glass pan. After that I applied bacon on top to cover the whole thing. What the person never mentioned is the fact that it will be so fatty that the juices will make it hard to crisp the bacon.

So as I pulled it out of the oven I poured out all the juices and put it back in the oven for another 20 minutes. I wanted to make a side dish so I made Cauliflower mash potatoes (without the potato). By the time both were done we were already hungry so I apology for the cut meatloaf.

When I had my first bite it was disappointing. Since the ingredients weren’t measured to be balance correctly I had some bites that tasted good and other that tasted bland. My bf tried to be nice and say that it was okay. But I didn’t bite my tongue when I said I hated it. After that one piece I did not go back for left overs if anything I told my bf to throw the rest away. Made me sad that I wasted all this meat and food on a dish that was such a pain to eat.

As I served myself more mash cauliflower my bf said that I should probably stick to my original recipe and I couldn’t agree more. But the Cauliflower was beyond delicious. All you do is boil it until it is tender then throw it into the food processor with olive oil, butter, salt and pepper.

Oliver oil (1 tbs)

Butter (1 tbs)

salt and pepper (to your taste).

 

Hopefully the next recipe I make will be a success.

Happy hump day!

 

 

This Weeks Lesson

Happy Friday!

I so happy that the end of this week finally came. I have been so stressed out trying to make sure I am on top of celebrating everyone’s birthday. This week and next week I have friends and family that have birthday’s back to back to each other.

This week it was my Dad’s birthday (2nd), Boyfriend’s (7th),  my friend Jesse (8th), my Mom (9th) and my bf Mom (10th). So that was pretty hectic! I’m so grateful that my Mom and boyfriend don’t mind sharing the same weekend.

With everyone sharing the same month it becomes overwhelming so this year I learned some new things. One being that it isn’t always about the amount of money you spend on someone but the amount of effort.

This year for my boyfriends birthday I decided to approach it with a different mentality. Since I love getting an amazing response from my gifts I always go big or go home. So as I was on Best Buy’s website, I was browsing their gaming section to see what new toy I can get him. Once I looked through all the pages of products I found myself seeing nothing that he would love. I was rattling my brain on what would be a great gift. Then it hit me, I wanted to give him multiple surprises. I wanted to surprise him in the morning, while he was at work and when he came home.

For his Morning surprise I put a note on the mirror that said Good Morning and to go to the kitchen for his surprise. In the kitchen I taped a sign that said surprise inside with a balloon to the fridge. Inside the fridge I made him a lunch from scratch with some fruit and beef jerky I got from Whole Foods. Right in front of his bagged lunch was a handmade card. I jotted down some things that I love about him and how much he means to me. My whole goal was to make sure that he started his day off right.

When I got to work I wanted to create a nice photo collage of him and all the photos we have together. So I wrote a sweet note and posted it on Facebook. He loved it so much and people were complementing me on how nice it looked.

Here is where the headache really started. So my plan was when I get home I have two hours to bake a cake and decorate while I’m waiting.

What I didn’t know was that baking a cake with coconut flour gets pretty tricky especially if you have never worked with it. I decided to be bold and make him a sugar- free, low carb cake. So as I was mixing all the ingredients together I started noticing that it was pretty thick and hard to stir. Before I started panicking I kept adding water and even skim milk  to the mixture to see if it changed. Well sadly it didn’t but I was running out of time and I said, ” F*** it I’m just going to put it in the oven.”

One task was taken care of, so now I had to tackle decorating. I had this idea for his last surprise to tape a note outside the door to go to the kitchen, that a surprise is waiting for him. I was going to make a balloon avalanche so when he open the kitchen door balloons were just going to fall on him. I was going to be inside waiting with a cake with candles and sing him happy birthday.

But of course things didn’t go as I imagined so I just had to adapt. I hung the streamers and began to blow up the balloons. Just to do a time check I text my bf to let me know when he is almost home and what did he respond with… 10 mins away. So the idea of an avalanche was thrown out the window.

I ended up placing the balloons on the floor, bed, couch and on his desk area. I took the cake out and started putting in the candles because clearly there wasn’t any time to wait for it to cool. So as he walked in and was surprised by the decoration I started to sing to him.

For his gift I got him a Pacific candle and massage oil from Whole Foods. He absolutely loved it and I was beyond relieved. I told him of my ideas of getting him something expensive and he said that I chose the perfect gift. After he opened his gift we went to Gen (Korean BBQ restaurant) and we had a feast since it was all you can eat.

At the end of the day everything fell into place and made it one for the books. It taught me not to get so invested in an idea because some times things don’t go as planned. Another thing it taught me is that the gift means more when it comes from a place of love instead of money. I think that’s why I fell in love with my bf because material things don’t mean anything to him he prefers love.

 

P.s. The cake I made was okay, I had some left over batter and the cupcakes saved the day. While the cake ended up in the trash. You live and you learn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday Motivation

Good Morning all you lovely people!

Hope you didn’t work too hard this weekend. Yesterday I got a head start on my grocery shopping! So I’m pretty proud that the task I always put off was accomplished yesterday.

Last week was pretty scary and stressful. I never knew that being a support system was extremely hard. Keeping a brave face can be so difficult at times. There are even moments when I just want to cry. The person who has diabetes is my boyfriend and this whole time I wanted to keep it to myself. I mostly did it because its really not my news to share.

But last Tuesday his friend came over and tested him with his machine. His number was at 182 and his friend was telling us that we should go to the ER. We were waiting on his insurance to finally kick in so we could FINALLY see the doctor. It turns out that there was more BS involved than we thought. So I decided to go with him last Wednesday to the Urgent Care to hear what the doctor had to say. They didn’t tell him anything important! They gave him his medicine told him how to use it and sent us off (after waiting 4 hrs).

They didn’t run any tests even though his blood sugar clocked in at around 240. The doctor even advised my boyfriend to get off his ketogenic diet that was working wonders on him. But to top it all off his dietitian never called him back since Wednesday. So as I’m trying to control his carb and sugar intake with these diabetic websites. But it seems like nothing is lowering his blood sugar not even his medicine. I’m beyond worried and angry because it seems like no one is helping us.

It’s these moments I have to stop and say to myself this is a test. I have to remain strong and fight through this. I can’t let this win and take over. So today more than ever I need this motivation Monday to remind me to keep going. If there is anything I want you to take from this it is to get yourself checked. If my boyfriend would have gotten checked a year ago we probably wouldn’t be here. Please don’t put your loved ones through this especially if you can prevent it from getting out of control.

Top-30-Inspiring-Disney-Quotes-Sayings-motivating: So True:

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I love you all and truly care for your well-being.

Erika

 

My Weekly Update

Things have been pretty crazy lately. I have been trying to keep up with making meals by hand and it’s insane. Who knew that living a diabetic lifestyle would be so hard? The things that you have to cut off for me seemed so extreme. I went from making an easy lunch to making a meal. I use to get away with making a sandwich and having a soup with it. But now I have to lower the amount of carbs and sodium I eat. So there are days like yesterday when I eat my lunch and am still hungry. I honestly think that if I start adding more healthy cheap snacks to my daily routine I’ll put an end to that hunger.

There are some things that I have to take from this week. You just have to do a lot of research and I’m not just talking about deciding what you are going to eat. Groceries tend to add up and what I think is funny is that eating healthier cost A LOT more. So making it a habit to look at store ad’s and clip coupons is important.  

Another thing I took away was that creating these diabetic friendly meals were easy. I loved that there was so much information out there about this disease. Since my loved one is waiting on their diagnosis of what kind of diabetes they have we have changed our eating habits for the severe kind. So I picked dinners that would be easy to make and were affordable. I was so afraid that I was going to think that the food was bland and nasty but it wasn’t. I was so shocked after my first meal because I honestly thought that, that was the best meal I have EVER made. It was tasty, flavorful and healthy. Something that I never thought would be together.

One thing I learned for next week is to prep food. I hate doing it and having to keep making food even after I’m done making dinner. But when I put it off until the morning I am either late to work or I never get up to actually do it. I also have to plan out when and what time we are going to work out. This one is going to be a challenge but it WILL happen.

Hope you enjoying checking in on me and this new lifestyle habit I incorporated into my life. For more diabetic recipes that I have tried and plan on trying check out my Pinterest. I even pinned some diabetic recipes just in case you get a sweet tooth.

 

Love,

Erika