A Life Worth Living by Nancy Buxton

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I know it has been a long time since we’ve had a recipe.  I don’t know why, I’m still cooking  just as much.  Oh I forgot, I’ve been on the road a lot lately, maybe that’s it.

Next week we  will continue the belief window–I find it interesting and I’m  really interested in seeing where God fits into this window.  I know He does.

I think I will make this recipe tonight.  LOL  I got on the scale this morning and it’s  not good news, I am toying with the idea of going back to my original place and start again.  I can’t, I won’t gain all that weight back.  Having said that–here we go.


You need a corning pan to sit on your stove top.  Put a little over 1/2 cup of regular sugar in the pan, and let it heat.  It will melt, but first it will lump and clump together.  Be not dismayed it will smooth out.  Stir, and keep stirring.  Don’t let it burn.  Low heat.  When it becomes liquid take the pan and tilt round and round coating the sides til the caramel has cooled completely.  Now you are ready for the filling.

4 eggs, 1/3 cup sugar, 1 can evaporated milk, 2 tsp. Vanilla.  This is additional sugar from the above.  That’s it.  Beat with mixer til sugar dissolved.  Pour through a strainer to trap the squigglys in the eggs.  Pour into the sugar-coated pan and put this pan in a pan of water, preheated, then into the oven for 50 minutes.  Test with a knife to come out clean.  350 degrees.

Cool Refrigerate several hours.  To serve turn flip the pan on platter or plate, hopefully with a lip to contain the sauce, or a low sided bowl.  The sauce is yummy.  Make sure the flan is loose in the pan before you flip so it doesn’t break.  You need to press your dish right against the pan, and flip.


I just attempted to make this, here’s what I learned.  You can’t pour the liquid sugar into another pan or bowl, it cools off too fast.  Don’t let your oven give out as you are baking this.  Yup, right in the middle of the baking my oven went beep, beep, beep and quit.  It won’t go back on, I still have a light so that means I have electricity but no heart or lighted panel.  UGH–I think that means expensive fix.

What about the flan?  I stuck it in the microwave on high, it ran over and now it’s done and cooling, I don’t expect it to be good after all that.  Company coming tonight for dinner, think we will have ice cream.  LOL

Good luck.  LOL

Are You Vain?

This is just an honest assessment of myself.  Do you ever do that?  Think about yourself and how you feel about things, how you react to stuff?  Do you wonder if your sensitive? Are you vain? 

Last weekend while visiting our kids, I hurt my 8 year old’s feelings.  We all know a grandma would never do such a thing on purpose.  The truth is I am NOT sensitive.  That may not be a true statement because I am sensitive after the fact.  His mom asked him to  tell me what I did that made him feel bad.  He didn’t really want to do that but she wants him to be able to express how he feels about things (a  good thing for a man to be able to do).  I am sensitive about hurting his feelings, I wanted to cry myself.  But, I am not sensitive when it comes to always knowing how my words make someone else feel.  I didn’t realize when he told me he would miss his mom and dad if he came home with me and I said, “Oh poo,” that I was making him feel bad. 

Isn't this lovely?

How about vanity?  Are you vain?  I don’t think I am very vain and if I am I think I will be cured.  I have a big band-aide on my nose.  Yup it really stands out.  Not only that once the biopsy report comes back I will probably have stitches on my nose, won’t that be fine and dandy.  Then, this fall it gets worse, I am going to have to put a cream on my face that will turn it bright red, this will peel away the top layer of my skin and get rid of the pre-cancer skin condition I have.  Vanity, vanity, I hope this will cure any vanity I have. 

If I were too vain don’t you think I would be successful at Weight Watchers?  I know you have been holding your breath wondering how I am doing.  WELL, I have not lost a pound.  It’s not WW fault, it’s mine.  What to do, I sure don’t want to gain back what I have lost.  It’s a problem. I just called WW and canceled my membership. 

Here’s what’s cookin’!  From the same cookbook–30-day Diabetes Miracle Cookbook–I am telling you I love this cookbook it just has yummy recipes. 

Linda B.’s Sesame Lettuce Wraps with Thai Peanut Sauce 

My Mother's Day gift is right there in the middle do you see it?


1/2 tsp canola oil

2 1/4 tsp toasted sesame oil   

1 Tbs. Soy Sauce                                                 

 1 1/2 tsp McKay’s Chicken Broth–I did 2 Tbls. 

1/2 Cup chopped onions fine                                                 

  1 Tbs. honey 

1 clove garlic, minced                                                                 

  pinch of cayenne pepper 

2 Tbs. grated carrot                                                                     lettuce leaves 

1 pkg. drained water-packed extra firm tofu cubed into 1/4 inch cubes 

1/2 Cup Morning star Farms Crumbles 

3 green onions minced 

Heat the oils in a skillet add the chopped onion, green onions, carrot, tofu cubes, and crumbles.  Saute until the onion is tender, 3 to 4 minutes.  Stir in the remaining ingredients, except the lettuce and cook until the tofu is a little brown.  The recipe says 4-5 minutes I cooked it about 15 minutes.  Place 1/4 cup in each lettuce leaf and drizzle with peanut sauce.  This would be really good as a burrito.  It is yummy.  I will give you the peanut sauce tomorrow

It’s Crunch Time

What happened to the lazy, hazy days of summer?  When I was a kid it seemed like summer lasted forever.  When I was a young mom by the time summer ended I was really ready to get those kids back on a schedule.  Now that I am an empty nester, LOL who am I kidding I am long past being an empty nester.  My nest has dried up and blown out of the tree.  The older I get the faster time goes.  Is it just me that this has happened to?

I hate how fast time flies!  I feel like summer is almost over and it doesn’t help that I am getting ready to take a trip to Atlanta and will be gone for 10 days.  My far away kids arrive in Lincoln the same day I do.  Won’t that be fun?  Speaking of fun I will actually be on the same plane with them from Chicago.  I can’t wait.

However, between now and then I have plenty to do and only a week to get it done.  We have a birthday to celebrate, yup, my fella is having a BIG birthday. I won’t tell what it is but it’s pretty big.  We need to celebrate.  I have bread to bake, granola to make and a downstairs to get ready for action.  For five days ALL of the kids and grands will be here, just think of the fun we will have with a 12, 7, 5,4,2 and 1-year-old.  I would guess we will all fall into bed each night. Well, everyone but the kids.

Oh, you want to know about Weight Watchers–well finally I settled down and lost 3.7 pounds this week.  I know it’s not very good but it’s not WW fault it’s mine.

When we use to visit my husband’s parents his mom would always make Swedish Pancakes–my son loves them.  Today they are mostly called Crepes.

Put in a blender

 2 eggs

2 T oil

3 T sugar

1 Cup flour

1 1/3 milk

Blend well.  This is actually better if you make the batter the night before.  Spray your non-stick skillet and get it pretty hot and just pour enough batter to coat the bottom of the pan.  Don’t turn the crepe over until it is almost cooked through then flip it over and roll it up.  These are really yummy and you can either use syrup or grandma served them with blueberries.

Where Have I Been?

LOL I have been right here having fun with my three girls.  My daughter and her two little gals, ages 4 and almost 2.  Today I am spending time with Jillian because her mom and sister have gone to the zoo and will pick their daddy up from the airport this evening.  At this moment Jill’s has the phone off the hook and is playing with the calculator, but at least we are in the same room and both sitting LOL.

Here is a fun recipe for you–I know you can buy this already made but it will have partially hydrogenated shortening in it.  So don’t buy it just make it.  It’s simple and a much healthier version and delicious.  Okay I know you want to know about my weight.  Let’s say I am holding my own, have I been to Weight Watchers you are asking?  Yes I have twice, but I have more excuses than I have success.  It’s not WW fault it’s mine, too much going on and no will power.  This Wednesday I am headed there again, no excuses this time.  It’s a battle.  Every garage sale I go to has books for sale about weight.  Do we all fight the battle of the bulge?  What I notice is everyone who has these books at their sale are still pleasingly plump?  Don’t these diets work?  IDK–It could have to do with willpower and we don’t know where to get it.  You say pray about it–I do!  You say pray harder!! I have!  What is the answer?  Again IDK.  One answer might be to stay away from ice cream toppings.

Magic Shell Ice Cream Topping

1 1/2 Cups of chocolate chips

1/2 Cup Coconut Oil–measured when solid

Melt about 1 minute in microwave, stir, stir, stir when you take it out.  If you need to you can micro again.  I store mine in a jar and just heat it up when we want some.  This is not really great eaten by the spoonful it is better over ice cream.  At least that’s a plus.

No Time

LOL!   Isn’t this the story of our life, NO TIME?  I am tired of it, I want time to do the important things.  I want time to read, sew, garage sale. . .oh that’s what I do.  Could it be I love to do too many things?  I have to think that over.  Do I need to cut out some of the things I enjoy?  I think I do.  UGH–WHAT?  Just what do I stop doing?  Really it is another case of self-control, and you already know I have trouble with that.

Have you wondered about my weight?  The scale is going the wrong way, and I have a new plan of attack.  I’m not ready to tell you yet what that plan is.  I’m not sure why, except maybe I don’t want to tell you just in case I fail.  Or maybe I just want to wait and see.  Or. . . .hummmm I think I really am afraid of failure on this plan.  I will tell you soon.

I have several things to share with you but NO TIME today.  I want to show you my sewing project and let you know how it’s coming.  I want to tell you about the finding of the purse and what happened after that.

For now I am giving you this recipe.  If you have ever wanted to experiment with tofu this is a great recipe.

Tofu manicotti

2 Water pack firm Tofu-drain the water and crumble

1/8 Cup Canola oil or less

1 1/2 Cup onion saute in above oil

1 T lemon juice

2 T Nutritional Yeast Flakes — I like about 4 T

1 T Honey

2 t salt

1/2 t garlic powder–I like 1 t

1/4 cup parsley

Mix all this together and stuff in two packages of manicotti shells.  Use your favorite red sauce to pour over the top or you could use a white cheese sauce. Cook the noodles before stuffing don’t over cook them, you can make this the night before and bake at 300 for 30 min and then reheat the next day.

O L D–Old Friends

It’s Thursday the beginning of Alumni Weekend at Union College.  A couple of Bob’s oldest earliest friends just got into town.  The wives stayed home it’s just three men (mine included) looking to have a grand time this weekend. There may be one more on his way from Denver so let the fun begin.  They are like the 4th grade boys I see at school.  They have giggled, punched each other and laughed some more.  We assured them that had they not made the trip from Texas our Alumni Weekend would have been really boring.

Here they are

Valentino’s will make some good money off  these two who rolled into town about 10 pm and made sure we had pizza waiting at the door.  They didn’t want any salad, no bread just pizza, with plenty left over for breakfast and I’m  sure they will hit the buffet at lunch.  I’m going to beg them to let me cook this evening but if I remember from year past  it will be pizza for dinner. 

 We had a game of Rook and went to bed.  Bob and I are the first ones up this morning and Bob finally got his Water Buffalo horn and blew it at 9 am.  Was this a signal that he is ready for a full day of fun?  I think so.

We laughed until we cried last evening, we all agreed it has been a long time since we laughed that hard.  It’s interesting, the thing is today it may not even be funny but at the moment we were all nearly rolling on the floor with laughter. A merry heart doeth good that’s for sure.

Don’t let this recipe scare you just because it has  tomatillos in it, it is really yummy we enjoyed it on enchiladas and then again on taco’s we used it for taco sauce.  Can you tell my eating has gone downhill this weekend and really for a couple of weeks I am making a promise to myself to get back on task Tuesday LOL.

Green Enchilada Sauce

2-3 TB extra virgin olive oil

1 large onion, minced

5-6 garlic cloves, minced

2 green peppers, chopped

1-2 jalapenos, seeded and membranes removed–I use rubber gloves to handle these peppers.  I used just a half of one good-sized jalapenos, next time I think I will use 1 jalapeno.

1 1/2 lb tomatillos, husked and quartered or halved.  Tomatillos look like green tomatoes, I bought just a little more in case one or two were not good.

1/2 bunch cilantro

1 1/2 tsp Kosher salt or just salt

1/4 tsp black pepper

1 1/2 tsp cumin

4 cups chicken broth, I use 4 cups water and all Mckays vegetarian chicken seasoning

2-3 Tb sugar–this is optional I left it out.

In a large sauce pan or stock pot, heat olive oil and saute onions and garlic until tender

While onions are sauteing, combine tomatillos, green peppers, cilantro in your blender.  Process until smooth.  You may have to do it in batches if it is too much.  Just add a little chicken broth to make it blendable.

Pour the tomatillo mixture over the onions and garlic and add broth, salt, pepper, cumin and simmer 15 minutes to 1 hour depending on the consistency you want.  I usually turn the heat to high and boil it uncovered until it reachs the consistency I want.

This is a big batch and you may freeze it.

I Know I Promised But. . .

This is a rather humiliating thing to have to tell you. So far I have told my daughter, friend and now it’s your turn.

I went to the diet center to start all over again and they informed me that I have to re-enroll. In other words they fired me, they let me go, that got rid of me. Actually they want my money. I don’t want to re-enroll. That means I would need to write another check for $100, I don’t want to.

Now mind you I didn’t throw a fit, I wasn’t rude, I just told her I would have to think about that and then she said, “Is it the money?” I wanted to say nooooooooooooooooooooooooo I really don’t want to be here. I confessed it really is the money I just don’t want to write another $100 check because I can’t do it on my own.

So here is the plan, I am going to work on this last 20 pounds on my own, if I can’t do it I will “eat crow” and go back. I know what do–I just have to do it.

So there you have it!

There are some great bargains at Walgreen’s if you combine your coupons and the in-add coupon from the Walgreen’s insert on Sunday. Maybe I will take a Picture for you so you can be inspired. (more…)

Here We Go Again. . .

It is time for confession, THEY say confession is good for the soul.  Have you ever heard that phrase?  Well I think it really is.  So I am confessing, maybe that is the wrong word, I am telling you the truth, that’s better.

I have eaten everything in the house that is sweet, I think it is all gone now.  Welllllllllllllllllllll maybe there is a chocolate chip or two and I may have to send these to work with Bob.  My new found love for apples has gone out the door, I love Chocolate (notice I capitalized that).  I love sugar, I love sweets.

Here is the bad news, I am headed back to the weight loss center tomorrow, that’s right tomorrow.  They called!  They are wondering where I have been, I didn’t tell them hiding in the closet eating candy.  I’m embarrassed to go in tomorrow and own up to what I have eaten. 

Here is my goal, I will get OFF the pounds I have put on plus ten.  My biggest goal is to figure out how I can stay on the wagon and not become a glutton the minute I am off the plan. Oh I hate the  word glutton but it is the word that best describes to the point I have fallen.  My new clothes still fit but I can tell they are tighter.  This is where I usually just don’t get on the scale again and start back up the hill to being an overweight, overeating, high blood pressure woman.  Not this time!

Tomorrow I will let you know the amount I have gained since my all time low. I will let you know the plan and I will start in again eating my vegetables, fruit and protein and I WILL enjoy it.  Pray for me.

How about you?  Do you want to join me on this road or maybe you are at your perfect weight and don’t need to worry.  Good for you.

Oh I just remembered I think we still have some cheese cake in the freezer, better get that cleaned up tonight.

Words Aren’t Enough. . .

I hope your Christmas was glorious, fun, Spiritual and filled with love for each other and God.

Mine was funny, surprising, fun, snowy and Spiritual, what more could I ask for?  I still smile when I think of Jenna opening a gift and saying with a questioning look on her face, “but I don’t remember asking for this.”

A snowy Christmas!

I know you are wondering two things:  How much weight did I gain and the big question, what did my man get me for Christmas?

First, the weight, I felt really big on the way home especially since we stopped and I had a Candy Cane Blizzard all to myself.  I gained about 4 ounces over Christmas.  I am on the wagon today, we do have some candy in the house, I am planning to stay out of it.  I am actually thinking of sending it to work with Bob.  But, it is sooooooooooooooo good.

The Huskers play in a bowl game this week, and then there is New Year’s Eve, I can see eating in my future.  How about you, how did you do over the holiday?

Can you tell I am avoiding telling you what my fella got me for Christmas?  https://nancyoutlook.wordpress.com/2009/12/09/another-surprise/. Well, it was not another stuffed bear.  You know I was waiting with great anticipation.

Here is how it played out.  I had taken the envelope downstairs to the wrapping table.  I wondered if he would remember it, mean of me I know, but I had decided not to remind him.  At the last minute he ran downstairs and wrapped it up and put it in the car.

Jenna, in her Laura Engles dress and bonnet I made for her.

Christmas morning the kids had opened about all they could stand and we decided to eat breakfast and then open some more.  Quick as a wink, Bob jumped up and grabbed his present to me and said, “open it.”  All eyes were on the quickly wrapped package.  My hands were trembling (not really), I ripped the wrapping open and it was a  . . . . . . . . . . . . .KJV electronic Bible.

Here is the surprise!

This is what I am thankful for: He took the time to buy me something he thought I would enjoy.  He thought a Bible was something I would enjoy.  He was excited about the gift.  He loves me enough to venture out and buy something I had not asked for.  He bought it without help from anyone.

It will be handy for my purse and I will keep studying on how to use it. King James is not my favorite version of the Bible but I will use this gift with warm feelings for my man.

There has to be a Spiritual lesson here somewhere, could it be that I am not always thrilled with the gifts God gives me, but with every gift there is a lesson to be learned and a growing of character and mind?

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