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It's time for another Eggface giveaway! A chance to win a GIANT 5 lb. tub of my favorite Max Protein Powder!!!

I heart Max Protein. It's made my post weight loss surgery journey more pleasurable. It took me months of tasting (err gagging on) some pretty gnarly shakes before I found my Max Protein oasis. It's literally the BEST Protein Shake you will EVER try. It's a pleasure to drink! I know... crazy huh? A pleasure to drink your protein shake. It can be.

Max can be used in soooo many ways... shakes and smoothies, protein donuts (yeah donuts), protein truffles, an unbelievable toe curling good protein ice cream and this TO DIE FOR GUILT FREE 5 Minute Cake...

Shelly's Cookies & Cream 5 Minute Protein Cake

1 Egg, beaten
3 Tablespoons Milk
2 Tablespoons Sugar Free Vanilla Torani Syrup
2 Tablespoons Canola Oil
3 Tablespoons Multigrain Pancake Mix (I use this)
1 scoop plus 2 Tablespoons Cookies and Cream Max Protein Powder
Pinch salt
1 - 2 cup Measuring Cup or Microwave Safe Mug

In a measuring cup or microwave safe mug, Mix egg, milk, syrup and oil and combine thoroughly. In a separate bowl, mix pancake mix, protein powder and salt. Tip dry into wet and stir till combined.

Nuke in microwave for 2 minutes (my microwave is getting old and needs 20 seconds added now.)

Let it sit for three or so minutes (it pulls away from the sides) before tipping the cake onto a plate. Yields 4-5 slices. I topped my slice with Sugar Free Land o Lakes Whipped Cream and a drizzle of Smucker's Sugar Free Hot Fudge Sauce. Heaven.

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Shelly's Chocolate Mint Max Protein Ice Cream Cake

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Shelly's Max Chocolate Mint Mocha Protein Shake

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Breaky Pecky

A beautiful morning! Wanted to enjoy it before the heat made being outside unbearable (it's been triple digits all week) so I took breakfast in my super cool Bento Box outside on the patio.

Blue Box (top left): Bacon and (in little blue container) Shelly's Semi Homemade Granola
Green Box (top right): Shelly's (Fill in the Blank) Flavored Yogurt
Pink Box (bottom left): Shelly's Pesto Parmesan Eggs
Orange Box (bottom right): Shelly's Banana Nut Mini Muffins

I make my own flavored yogurt. Way more protein, less carbs, and you control the sugar grams...

Shelly's (Fill in the Blank) Flavored Yogurt

3 1/2 oz. Fage Greek Yogurt (1/2 a container. I use 2%, they have 0% too)
1 Tablespoon or so of ANY flavor Sugar Free Torani Syrup (this time I used SF Raspberry - on sale now)

Mix till combined. I sprinkle some cereal or granola on top for a little crunch. You can top with fresh or defrosted frozen fruit. If you want fruity chunky yogurt drop everything plus some frozen or fresh fruit in a mini food processor and whiz till smooth. This makes a GREAT dip for sliced apples too.

You guys know I'm 50% Italian (Sicilian) and I love to start my day with those flavors. My favorite eggs...

Shelly's Pesto & Parmesan Eggs

1/2 tablespoon Butter
3 large Eggs
pinch of Kosher Salt
a few twists of Black Pepper
1 Tablespoon Parmesan cheese
1 Tablespoon Pesto, more to taste (I use Trader Joe's or Buitoni)

Melt butter in a non stick pan. Beat eggs with salt and pepper. Pour eggs into pan. Stir eggs until very loosely set and slightly runnier than you like them. Drizzle pesto on eggs. Give eggs a few more stirs enough to finish cooking them and to distribute pesto in dark green streaks. Sprinkle with Parmesan.

I shared this Breaky Pecky with my Mum... she's a Brit (my other 50%) and breaky pecky is the name we've called breakfast since I was a kid (still do.)

After breakfast I watered the tomatoes... still a few to come. It's been a GREAT year! and by the time I was done the heat was upon us. Ughhh. I am soooo done with summer. Bring on the crisp nights, smell of cinnamon, pumpkins, colored leaves, sweaters... I look way hotter in sweaters ;)

Cheesy Bites

If you aren't familiar with my "Bites" I have 40 or so different versions both meat and vegetarian. Think crustless quiche.

They make a great weight loss surgery friendly breakfast, lunch, dinner or party appetizer! One of the first things to go on a buffet... kids love them too 'cause they are so darn cute! They freeze well. Defrost in fridge & reheat in oven or toaster oven. Can be microwaved too. Oodles of protein and super yummy!!

Yesterday's super yummy lunch...

Shelly's Italian Cheesy Bites

1/2 cup Italian Blend Cheese, shredded
1/4 cup Ricotta Cheese
1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese, grated
5 eggs
1/2 teaspoon Oregano
1/2 teaspoon Pizza Seasoning
1 Tablespoon Fresh Basil, snipped
1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
a few twists of Black Pepper

Preheat oven to 350. Mix all ingredients together. Spoon into lightly greased (Pam works great) mini muffin tins. Bake for 30 minutes at 350. Makes 24.

I served the Bites for lunch with a Mixed Green Salad with tomatoes I picked from the garden still warm from the sun and topped with my Bacon Yogurt Dressing. Tastes like a BLT. Mmmm.

Shelly's Bacon Yogurt Dressing

3 oz. Fage Greek Yogurt
2 Tablespoons Mayonnaise
2 slices of cooked Bacon (leftovers from breakfast are great for this)
1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
a few twists of Black Pepper

In a mini food processor (A post-op MUST have) whiz dressing ingredients till smooth. Makes enough for 2-3 salads. Makes a great dip for veggies too.

More Eggface Bites

Greek Three Bean Salad

I love bean salads. They are great to have in the fridge when you want a quick side dish or a yummy protein packed snack. They travel well so perfect for hauling to the park or beach and since there is no mayo, no risk of spoilage.

Shelly's Greek Three Bean Salad

1 (15 oz.) can Chick Peas, rinsed & drained
1 cup Cooked Lentils (love those Trader Joe's pre-cooked ones)
1/2 cup storebought Giant Greek Beans (marinated item found on olive/salad bars)
1/4 cup Feta Cheese, crumbled
1/4 of a Red Onion, diced fine
1 Cucumber, chopped
1/2 teaspoon Oregano
1 Tablespoon Fresh Basil, chopped
squeeze of Fresh Lemon Juice

Mix all ingredients together and chill. Make several hours ahead so the flavors get a chance to love on one another.

Other Eggface Bean Salads:
Shelly's Italian Bean Salad
Shelly's Greek Bean Salad
Shelly's Black & White Bean Salad
Shelly's Corn, Crab and Black Bean Salad
Shelly's "Award Winning" Jazzy New Orleans Muffaletta Salad :)
Shelly's Beef & Bean Taco Salad

It's gonna be another hot one in my 'hood. Forecast high of 104°F. A cold bean salad for lunch is perfect.

Dear Summer, I am through with you. That is all. Signed, Me

Japanese Bento

One of my favorite snacks is steamed Edamame (young green soybeans.) You know those yummy beans they give you in sushi restaurants. I buy frozen bags of them (in the shell) and nuke them in this groovy gadget for 2 minutes, sprinkle them with salt and gobble them up. Oodles of protein and soooo yummy. Plus they are fun to eat.

They made a great addition to my Japanese themed super cool bento box lunch...

Blue Box (top left): Naked Chicken Nuggets with Teriyaki Sauce
Orange Box (top right): Steamed Edamame
Pink Box (bottom left): Shelly's California Roll Salad
Green Box (bottom right): Frozen Kyoho Grapes
Along side: Peach Green Tea Drink Packet

Other Eggface Asian Food Fixes:
Shelly's Asian Lettuce Cups
Shelly's Chinese New Year Meatball Soup
Shelly's Chicken Chop Suey
Shelly's Chinese Shrimp Packet
Shelly's Cashew Chicken
Shelly's Naked Asian Chicken Salad
Shelly's Shrimp & Peas Stir Fry
Shelly's Foo Rangoon Bites
Shelly's Chicken Egg Foo Young
Shelly's Almond Cookie Protein Ice Cream

Ricottage Cheese Pancakes

This was a yummy Sunday morning breakfast. Used some of the great no sugar added dehydrated fruit I've been making...

Shelly's Cherry Vanilla Ricottage Cheese Pancakes

1/3 cup Ricotta Cheese
1/3 cup Cottage Cheese (I used pre-mixed Pineapple Cottage Cheese - Breakstones, Knudsen, Fresh & Easy)
1 Egg
3 Tablespoons Multigrain Pancake Mix (I use this)
1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Jello brand Vanilla Pudding Mix, dry
2 Tablespoons Dried Cherries, chopped.

Whiz ingredients in mini food processor. Spray pan with non-stick spray. Cook on low till golden, place a few dried cherries on each pancake. Flip. Flatten slightly. Cook on low till done. Makes 8 small pancakes. Top with Sugar Free Maple Syrup or Sugar Free Jam. Mmmmm.

My dehydrator has been going non stop... taking advantage of all the super cheap summer produce and the trees in my yard have been helping too. My Asian Pear tree was ready for picking so I dried those this weekend. I made 3 different batches of granola too. Wanna see?

Apples, Asian Pears, Pineapple

Weekend Fun

Hope everyone is having a GREAT weekend!

Hit the Farmer's Market on Saturday and stocked up of the summer's best fruits and veggies. This week's haul: squash, peaches, plums, corn, strawberries, blueberries, onions, greens, cucumbers, grapes. Excited to come up with some new recipes to use them all. The market was crazy busy this week. So happy to see everyone supporting their local farmers & farms. Want to find a Farmer's Market or CSA in your area. Click on this link to search by zip code.

Also stocked up on my favorite olive oil from The Temecula Olive Oil Co. If you haven't done an olive oil tasting seek one out and do it. It's really a neat experience. Amazing the difference when an olive is picked can make... same olive, different times totally different flavor.

Went on a 4 hour hike in the local mountains which totally wiped me out. Normally this wouldn't wipe me out but the humidity has been gnarly this weekend. Odd weather for Southern California. So not only was I wiped out but I was having a bad hair day. Curly Hair + 74% Humidity = Electric Shock Victim meets Medusa.

When I finally mustered up some energy I grilled a batch of zucchini, loaded up my super cool bento box and ate dinner at the park...

Pink Box (top left): Shelly's Crabby Corn Cakes and (in little blue container) Shelly's Homemade Tartar Sauce
Green Box (top right): Storebought Greek Bean Salad
Blue Box (bottom left): Grilled Zucchini
Silicon Blue Cup (bottom right): Plum
Along side: Peach Green Tea Drink Stick

Shelly's Homemade Tartar Sauce

3 oz. Fage Greek Yogurt
2 Tablespoons Mayonnaise
3 Tablespoons Sweet Pickle Relish (hot dog topping stuff)
dash Kosher Salt
a few twists of Black Pepper

Whiz in a mini food processor till well combined. Serve with fish, crab cakes, shrimp.

Who needs fries?

These were two super side dishes to these new yummy BBQ'd burgers I found at Costco.

In the first I used pre-cooked lentils from Trader Joe's (find in the refrigerator section) but you could just cook dry ones and chill. Lentils are especially good for post-op gastric bypass people... high in protein, iron, B1.

The second took advantage of the great summer cucumbers I keep getting at the Farmer's Market. It's best made a few hours ahead so the cucumbers soften slightly, everything chills and the flavors have time to love on one another.

Shelly's Leek & Lentil Salad

1 1/2 cups Cooked Lentils, chilled
2 Leeks, diced (white & light green parts only)
3 Green Onions, diced
1/2 a Cucumber, chopped
1 stalk Celery, sliced
2 oz. Herb Goat Cheese, crumbled
2 Tablespoons Orange Muscat Vinegar
1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
a few twists of Black Pepper

Saute leeks till golden. Set aside to cool. Add cooled leeks to lentils and all other ingredients. Mix till combined and chill.

Shelly's Summer Cucumber Salad

1 Large Cucumber, thinly sliced
2 oz. jar Pimentos, drained
1 Tablespoon Fresh Dill, snipped
2 Tablespoons Storebought Onion Poppy Seed Vinaigrette
1 Tablespoon Rice Wine Vinegar
pinch of Kosher Salt
a few twists of Black Pepper

Mix together. Chill till serving.

The burgers: Quick'N Eat Fully Cooked Choice Angus Patties (12 in a package/$13.79)

I found them at Costco (I understand Sam's Club carries them too) and I am in love. Soooo easy to prepare. Fully cooked (grilled) all you need to do is heat and eat. Which usually means they will be tough and dry... not these. They are super moist... which is mucho mucho importante for post-op eating. They are one of the best burgers I have eaten. Seriously.

Calories 280
Protein 25 g (per patty not including cheese)

I BBQ'd them 5 minutes on one side (lid down) flip, add cheese & 4 more minutes. You can also nuke 'em or toss them in a pan.

Both of these side dishes were YUM! "Side dishes" always makes me think of Cartman.

Who needs Carvel?

Shelly's Protein Ice Cream Cake

You need:
Stainless Food Ring
Protein Ice Cream
Sugar Free Cookies (I used these)
Sugar Free Torani Syrup (I used SF Vanilla)

Amounts will vary based on how big a cake you make.

Crush Sugar Free Cookies and add enough SF Syrup to make it clump. I needed about 8 cookies and 1 Tablespoon of Syrup. Place food ring on a plate. Fill base with cookie mixture and press to cover bottom (about 1/2 to 1 inch high) I'm thinking protein bars would work for the base too.

Fill with Protein Ice Cream you get right out of the machine (soft serve stage)

Cover with plastic wrap and freeze till hard.

Unmold. I used a warm (nuked 20 seconds) damp dish towel to warm sides and the ring just lifts off.

Decorate if desired. I nuked some Sugar Free Hot Sauce and went to town but you could use fresh or frozen fruit or nuts. My cake made 4 big wedges. Great for a post-op birthday celebration.

The Protein Ice Cream flavor I used...

Shelly's Vanilla Bean Protein Ice Cream

1 cup Vanilla Soy Milk (or Regular Milk)
2 scoops of Vanilla Protein Powder
1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Vanilla Jello Pudding Mix, dry
2 Tablespoon Sugar Free Vanilla Syrup (on sale right now)
scraping of 1 Vanilla Bean

Mix together milk, protein, pudding mix, bean scrapings (little black seeds inside the bean) and syrup. I used this gadget to mix it up. It makes it airy and lump free. If you don't have one just toss it in a blender on super high. You want it fluffy almost double in size. Pour into ice cream maker. Follow your machine's instructions for freezing. You can eat it right away it is soft serve-ish (use for Protein Ice Cream Cake making) if you want scoops put it in the freezer to set for an hour.

I made a double batch. When you double protein ice cream don't bother doubling the protein. Supposedly we only absorb so much and the rest would be a waste ;)

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Shuffle Off To Buffalo

Actually I shuffled off with Buffalo... Buffalo Chicken Salad packed in my super cool bento box.

Pink Box (top left): Shelly's Buffalo Chicken Salad
Green Box (top right): Green Grapes
Blue Box (bottom left): Horseradish Cheddar Cheese and (in silicon green cup) Pepperoni Chips
Orange Box(bottom right): Shelly's Peanut Butter & Jelly Mini Muffins

Shelly's Buffalo Chicken Salad

Celery, sliced
Carrot, diced or shredded
Naked Chicken Nuggets (or leftover rotisserie chicken works great)
Frank's Ready to Use Buffalo Wings Sauce (careful it's got a kick)
Shelly's Blue Cheese Yogurt Dip

Toss cooked Naked Nuggets in 1 teaspoon of Frank's Ready to Use Buffalo Wings Sauce per 4 nuggets. Mix till well coated. Mix all salad ingredients together, top with chicken and a dollop of blue cheese yogurt dip.

Shelly's Blue Cheese Yogurt Dip (or Dressing)

3 oz. Fage Greek Yogurt
2 Tablespoons Mayonnaise
1/4 cup Blue Cheese
1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
a few twists of Black Pepper

In a mini food processor (A post-op MUST have) whiz dressing ingredients till smooth. Great as a salad dressing or a dip for veggies or steak.

A word on using storebought sauces (BBQ, ketchup, hot sauces, mayo, etc.) I use the real deal. Not Sugar Free, Not Fat Free. Nothing special just the same old stuff I used before surgery. The difference is post weight loss surgery I don't slather. I use a very small amount so I still get the taste I'm longing for without the dumping syndrome or extra unneeded calories.

Here's my 2.5 cents on Sugar Free and Fat Free condiments... most taste like crud and add stuff that is equally as bad for you so why not have the real deal (in moderation) and enjoy. Life is too short to eat anything that tastes like a monkey's ass.

Stellar Snack

Thought I'd share one of my favorite snacks. I know some schools went back yesterday from summer vacation and this makes a great after school snack that both kids and adults love.

Shelly's Open Faced Apple Sandwiches

You need:

Variety of Toppings:
Peanut Butter *
Almond Butter (or another Nut Butter)
Ricotta Cheese
Sugar Free Jam/Jelly *
Granola (I used my Semi Homemade Granola, see below) *
Unsweetened Coconut
Powdered Peanut Butter
Protein Powder
Crumbled Protein Bar
Banana Slices
Crushed Nuts
Sugar Free Chocolate or Caramel Sauce
Sugar Free Maple Syrup

Slice apples crosswise (if you are making it for you and some whippersnappers be sure to tell them the Apple Star Story as you cut the apple.)

Rub with lemon to prevent browning.

Spread with peanut butter (or one of the other sticky suggestions) and sprinkle with toppings. Mine are the starred * items.

I made 3: a plain peanut butter, a PB&J with peanut butter and Smucker's Simply Fruit Strawberry and a peanut butter topped with some of my semi homemade granola. They are pretty filling. I cut them in 1/2 and shared them.

My food dehydrator was working overtime this weekend. I dried Kale into Kale Chips, Pineapple, Figs, Cherries, Peaches, Strawberries, Bananas. I used some of the yummy dried fruits I made to make a very uninteresting bag of No Sugar Added Granola super interesting.

My Semi Homemade Granola

Shelly's Semi Homemade Granola

1 cup No Sugar Added Granola
1/4 cup Dried Fruits (I used strawberries, figs, cranberries, cherries, unsweetened banana chips)
dash of Cinnamon

Mix till combined. Store in a sealed container. Great on my Open Faced Apple Sandwiches, in a bowl with a splash of milk or soy milk, as a topping for Protein Ice Cream or Yogurt.

Just what the Dr. ordered

Snobby foodies be damned. Old school casseroles rock. Listen I enjoy Kobe Beef and Kurobuta Ham too but casseroles well... they just rock. Yep, canned soup and American cheese. I would have used Cheez Whiz (for a "whiz wit" my Philadelphia pals will know what I mean) if I had it in the house but the singles diced worked out fine.

Hot, bubbly, cheesy, gooey, comforting yumminess.

Shelly's Philly Cheese Steak Casserole

1/2 a Maui Onion, diced
1 Large Green Pepper, diced
6 Mushrooms, sliced
2 small Zucchini, sliced
a little under a 1/2 lb. (about 7 slices) Roast Beef or London Broil Cold Cut Meat, chopped
1 can (10.5 oz.) Cream of Celery Soup, unconstituted
2 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
4 slices of American Cheese, diced (yep Kraft singles)
1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
a few twists of Black Pepper

Saute onions, green peppers & mushrooms till golden. Remove from pan. Add zucchini and saute till golden and fork tender. Add back veggies. Add beef, soup, Worcestershire, cheese & seasonings. Mix to combine and melt cheese.

Pour into Pyrex casserole dish. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

Had a super fun weekend with my sis and her "husband" David (28 years together but no paperwork dealio) but you know entertaining is tiring... lots of cooking and laughing. Last night after everyone was gone I needed an easy and comforting dish. This was just what the doctor ordered.

It's Peanut Butter & Jelly Time

Mmmmmuffin mornings are the best mornings. Coffee brewing, the smell of muffins baking, it's much cooler today. Can't get better than that!

Shelly's Peanut Butter & Jelly Mini Muffins

3/4 cup Spelt Flour
1/2 cup Vanilla Protein Powder
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
3 Tablespoons PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter, dry
dash of Salt
2 Eggs, beaten
1 Tablespoon Canola Oil
1/4 cup Sugar Free Torani Syrup (I used SF Vanilla)
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1/4 cup Peanut Butter (I used Creamy Jif)
1/4 cup Milk

Sugar Free or No Sugar Added Jelly/Jam
Optional topping:
2 Tablespoons Peanuts, chopped

Preheat oven to 350. Spray mini muffin tin with Pam and set aside. Mix all ingredients (except topping and SF Jelly) together till combined. Fill muffin tins 1/2 full with batter. Spoon a little dollop of Sugar Free Strawberry (or Grape) Jelly in middle of each muffin.

Cover with more muffin batter. If desired sprinkle chopped peanuts on top of each muffin. I did 1/2 the batch so 1/2 was "crunchy" (my fav) and 1/2 was "smooth."

Bake at 350 for 12 minutes.

Allow to cool in the pan for 3 minutes. Transfer to wire cooling rack to cool completely. Store in a sealed container to keep them soft and moist. Makes 24.

If you can afford the fat grams that day I served the muffins with a smear of Strawberry Butter...

Shelly's Strawberry Butter

2 Tablespoons Butter, softened
1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Torani Syrup (I used SF Vanilla)
1/4 cup Sugar Free or No Sugar Added Jelly/Jam (I used Smucker's Strawberry Simply Fruit)

Whiz in a mini food processor till well combined. Makes plenty. Enough for a little smear on all the muffins. Refrigerate any unused portions.

It's Peanut Butter & Jelly time.

A day in my pouch

This is what I ate yesterday...

Breakfast: I've been adding a dollop of cottage cheese to my smoothies lately not only is it a little added protein but it thickens the smoothies. Even if you hate cottage cheese try it this way. I promise you can't tell it's in it and the texture thing which is what most people dislike is gone.

Shelly's Peach Cobbler Cottage Smoothie

8 oz. Vanilla Soy Milk
1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Torani Syrup (I used SF Vanilla)
1 scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
1/4 cup Cottage Cheese (I used Pineapple Cottage Cheese)
1/2 cup Frozen Peaches (still frozen)
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
dash of Nutmeg

Place liquid in the blender first, then powder, then additions. Blend on low then high till well blended. Top with Sugar Free Whipped Cream and a dash of cinnamon.

Other Eggface Protein Smoothies

Lunch: My Super Cool Bento Box got a workout when I was called to a job (my caterer friend needed an extra hand)

Pink Box (top left): Shelly's Crabby Corn Cakes and a BabyBel Cheese
Orange Box (top right): Shelly's Herbalicious Yogurt Dressing
Blue Box (bottom left): Asparagus Spears and Bell Pepper Slices
Green Box(bottom right): Cherry Tomatoes (from my garden)
Along side: Peach Green Tea Drink Stick

Did you know? Bell peppers contain more Vitamin C than an orange.


Shelly's BBQ Chicken Fajita Tortilla Pizza - Mission Carb Balance Whole Wheat Fajita Size Tortilla topped with BBQ Sauce, sauteed Onions and Peppers, 2 Naked Nuggets, Colby Jack Cheese, a sprinkle of Steak Seasoning

More Eggface Pizza Porn


Shelly's Almond Joy Cocoa - No Sugar Added Cocoa with a splash of SF Coconut Torani Syrup topped with Sugar Free Land o Lakes Whipped Cream, drizzle of SF Chocolate Syrup and a sprinkle of Ground Almonds (aka Almond Meal.)

and a couple of Shelly's Fudgy Chocolate Protein Balls I made these at 3AM when Insomnia reared its ugly head. They freeze great by the way. Just take a couple out into the fridge to defrost when you are needing a chocolate fix.

That is all ;)

Antipasto Skewers

So I went outside to watch the Perseid Meteor Shower which was supposed to peak last night.

Dear Space,
4 meteors ☄ does not a "shower" make.
Signed, Stiff Neck

Well at least I had yummy snacks.

This is one of my favorite beach or picnic foods. They travel well. It's the first thing to go at any party, BBQ or potluck. They are weight loss surgery friendly of course and ;) so darn cute...

Shelly's Antipasto Skewers

You need:
Bamboo skewers
Storebought Pesto Sauce
A variety of Antipasto Items

Bocconcini (small Fresh Mozzarella Balls) *
Olives (Green Sicilian & Black Kalamata) *
Pepperoni Slices *
Basil Leaves
Cubes of Cold Cuts
Cubes of Cheese
Giant Greek Beans *
Artichoke Hearts (water packed) *
Fresh Veggies (Cucumber, Cherry Tomatoes, Mushrooms, Peppers, all work great) *
Marinated Veggies (Gardinara, Mushrooms)

Thread items onto bamboo skewers. Repeat until you’ve run out of skewers or ingredients. Drizzle skewers with pesto sauce nuke it for a few seconds to thin it out and sprinkle with Kosher salt and a few twists of black pepper.

I used the starred items in my skewers last night. The cherry tomatoes are from my garden and were just picked a few minutes before making the skewers still warm from the day's sun. One of life's little pleasures.

Rite of Passage

Well I completed a post weight loss surgery rite of passage. I renewed my passport.

Wow. What a difference 10 years and -158 pounds makes!

They are so darn expensive to renew. I held out till it was almost expired but I was starting to get questioned at the border.