Fish Tacos Recipe

I found this recipe, and wanted to share.  I am going to make this tonight for my family, but I will make some changes.  For the Frozen Fish Sticks, I will be using left over salmon.  For the Cheddar Cheese soup, I will use Newman’s Own Black Bean and Corn Salsa.  I’ll have the taco shells for the kids, but I will be using whole wheat tortillas.

Ingredients:

16 frozen fish sticks (fingers)
8 medium taco shells
2/3 cup condensed cheddar cheese soup
1/2 cup canned, diced tomatoes with jalapenos, drained
1 cup shredded lettuce

Preparation Time: Approximately 3 minutes

Cook Time: Approximately 12 minutes

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 450°F. Put fish sticks on a sheet pan and bake until crisp, about 12 minutes.  Two minutes before fish sticks are done, arrange taco shells on tray, place in the oven, and heat through.

To assemble tacos: Spoon 2 teaspoons cheddar cheese soup into the bottom of each taco shell. Put 2 fish fingers in each taco shell and top with 2 more teaspoons cheese soup, 1 tablespoon diced tomatoes, and a small portion of shredded lettuce.

Servings: 4

Nutritional Information Per Serving: 

Calories 320; Total fat 17g; Saturated fat 4g; Cholesterol 30mg; Sodium 770mg; Carbohydrate 33g; Fiber 4g; Protein 10g; Vitamin A 25%DV*; Vitamin C 8%DV; Calcium 10%DV; Iron 10%DV

*Daily Value

This recipe comes from Mealtimes.org.

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Fort Bragg NC Soldier Opens Fire On Police

Firefighters responding to a report of smoke at the Austin Creek Apartments at about 10 p.m. were unable to get inside and called police for backup. When police arrived, he man inside fired on them. – WRAL

This occurred in Favyetteville, NC, early Saturday morning.  Two police officers and the shooter were injured.  The soldier’s name has not been released.

I was talking to my father, retired infantry soldier, about soldiers that are deployed in a combat area.  These soldiers are placed under a great deal of stress.  The longer that they are deployed, the more stressed they are.  Their humanity can be broken down to the point that they are no longer able to tell right from wrong.  They simply react to their environment.

As a civilian, our first thoughts may be that this is a bad soldier.  A rotten apple.  After talking with my father, I realize that this is not the case.  This may be a case of a good man pushed beyond his breaking point.  He could have snapped, had a complete breakdown.  Soldiers that return from a war situation can suffer from PTSD, and require treatment. As this story develops over the next few days and weeks, I’m sure his state of mind will be investigated.

Church Posts Beyonce Child Is Satan

According to TMZ, a NC church posted on it’s outdoor church sign “Beyonce Had Her Baby Satan is on Earth.”  TMZ claims in it’s article that the pastor of the church, Beulah Hill Baptist Church, said that he became aware of the sign after numerous complaints, and fixed it immediately.  The pastor has claimed that he never made that statement to TMZ, that the sign never said that, it was an internet photoshop hoax.

What do you think?  Was the sign real, or a hoax?  Either way, to me, the whole thing is in bad taste.  It’s one thing to target Beyonce, but to include an innocent baby is revolting.

Youngsville NC Cop Steals Lottery Tickets

Jeremy N. Montejano, 34, of Wake Forest, was charged with seven counts of obtaining property by false pretense. He was released after posting a $10,000 bond.  WRAL.com

This Youngsville, NC police officer was caught cashing in stolen lottery tickets at various supermarkets.  I know times are tough, but really?  This one bad officer gives the brave men and women that serve in the law enforcement field a bad name.  I have a strong respect for police officers.  When one is caught breaking the law, it doesn’t shake my faith in the law enforcement community in general.  It simply reminds me that they are human.

Low Calorie High Fiber Breakfast

If you don’t have a lot of time to fix a healthy meal for breakfast, this is something that is for you.  It’s quick to put together, and is healthy.  Rice Cakes alone have no significant nutritional value.  When you add Polaner Sugar Free with Fiber jam, you are giving yourself a much needed fiber boost.

Rice Cake – 1 serving

40 calories per cake (1 serving)

No cholesterol

8g carbs

Polander Sugar Free with Fiber Jam – 1 serving is 1 tablespoon

5 calories

3g fiber

5g carbs

0 sugar


Sorry the picture is a little blurred. My camera doesn’t take close-p pictures that well.

NC School Officials Hazed Disabled Man

I was shocked when I heard about this.  Five school officials at Cherokee High School, in Cherokee, NC, hazed a disabled man by making him eat hot sauce.  The disabled man helps out at school sporting events.  He was forced to eat the hot sauce because he attended a sporting event that did not involve the school.

Even more shocking, is that the school officials that were involved in this incident included the school principal and vice-principal.  Also involved were basketball coaches.  They were all suspended.  No charges were filed against these men, because the police say it wasn’t a crime.

Really?  It should be a crime.  I’ve heard of hazing going on at colleges.  I don’t like them.  I think they should be illegal in all states.  It is abhorrent to me that five high school officials would do this.  I don’t know what kind of disability the victim has, physical or mental.  Even if the man had no disability, I would be shocked at this hazing incident.

I hope that all five men are fired.  They have no business working with children.  I would fear for any child of mine in a school with staff capable of doing what they did.

The First Thing I Want To Buy When I Reach My Weight Goal

I’ve given it a lot of thought.  When I reach my goal weight, I will be buying a new wardrobe.  One thing I am going to include in my new wardrobe is a little something like this:


This is EdenFantasys I Love You Babydoll.  I think my husband would like it.    I also like the corsets they have on their site.
Exercising and watching what I eat isn’t easy.  I have days when it’s not a problem.  Then there are the days when I just don’t want to do it.  I have my medical reasons for doing it, but that’s not always enough to motivate me.  The new clothes I will buy help to motivate me.  Little outfits, like the one above, motivate me.

I also like this babydoll and robe.


I can wear the robe over the babydoll when the kids are awake.  After they go to bed, the robe can come off.

And look at this dress:


I don’t think my husband would let me out of the house in something like that.  I’m not sure it’s meant to be worn out in public.  It’s in their babydoll and chemise section, on EdenFantasys.  It looks like something you could put a jacket over, and go out to a nightclub.  But it would be so nice to be able to fit into it, and look good.

This was a compensated post by EdenFantasys.  I will receive a gift card to use on their site.  The thoughts and opinions are completely my own.  I so would love to fit into one of those outfits.

NC Hospital Policy Not To Hire Disabled

I found out yesterday that the hospital in my town has a policy not to hire mentally disabled, or let them volunteer.  I checked their website, and they claim to be an equal opportunity employer.  Is this a fair claim if they will hire a physically disabled person, but not a mentally disabled person?

One of the biggest hospitals in the state makes a point of hiring personnel with disabilities.  They will gear a job towards a person’s abilities.  Why can’t the hospital in my town do the same?  I don’t know.  I was going to contact them, and ask, but I got the feeling from my source that this was an unwritten policy.

The facts are, and I hate to admit it, they can not hire mentally disabled personnel, or allow them to volunteer, simply by not   creating positions for them.  Or by not adapting jobs for them.  There are a lot of tasks that a mentally disabled person can do, but employers have to take time to create positions for each individual person.  Unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of employers willing to do that.

This situation saddens and angers me.  In a few years, my son will be old enough to have a job.  He is very low functioning, but there are jobs that he can do.  He’s great with organization.  He’s great about putting things in their proper place.  He’s great at sorting.  He would need someone with him at all times, but he has a community aid for that.  He also has me and his father.

Things don’t get easier as our children grow up.  If anything, they get harder.

Got An Early Start This Morning

The first day of the Mamavation Challenge exercises kicked my but yesterday.  Planks look so easy, but they aren’t.  My body felt like jello when I was done.  I woke up early this morning and decided to get as many of the 10,000 steps daily goal out of the way before the kids woke up.  I was able to get 2,000 done.  8,000 left.  I think I will get those done after I get the kids onto the school buses.  It’s cold out, but the walking heats the body up quickly.

I learned that Lean Cuisine meals can be tricky.  I bought a couple that had two servings in them.  Luckily, I noticed that before I ate both servings last night.  My daughter was happy about that, because that meant I was able to share it with her. I also learned that my first attempt at the low calorie, low fat oatmeal cookies was better than I thought.  My son had munched out on them.  I was also able to have a couple yesterday without going over my calorie and fat limit.

My husband was in a bad mood when he came home from work yesterday.  The two weeks off for the holidays was too long.  He was tired, and stressed out.  I left him alone until he started to talk about it.  I can’t remember the last time I’ve seen him in that kind of mood.  I hope today is better for him.

My daughter was still doing her homework when he got home last night.  She didn’t finish it until 7:30.  That’s way too long.  It’s not that she had a lot of homework, she just wasn’t concentrated on it.  She kept getting up to do something else.  It’s so hard to get her focused on her homework.  I hope she does better today, because she has church classes tonight.

Time to help the kids get ready for school.

Update:  Did the other 8,000 steps.  Took 1 hour and 15min, for a total of 1 hour 40 min for the full 10,000 steps.

Wrestling With Carbs, Calories, and Fiber

I’ve been eating healthy for about 4 ½ months. I’ve been exercising for about 6 weeks. I couldn’t exercise before that because of my undiagnosed endometriosis and the surgery I had to have because of it. My cholesterol was high in August, and higher in December. I’m working hard on lowering it and on losing weight.
I’ve lost 30 pounds since I’ve started my healthy lifestyle diet. I’m having a hard time with figuring out what I should be eating. I did some research, and different websites say different things. I took what they had written on their sites and Have come up with what I think works for me. I’m trying to stick to 1200 calories a day. This is difficult. I tracked what I was eating the last two days, and was only getting about 1000 calories.
I am trying to keep my carbs at about 150g a day, my fiber at 20g, and my fat under 20g. With what I have been eating lately, my fat grams a day are under 10g. My fiber is averaging about 16g a day. If I get it higher, I also increase my carbs.
It’s a balancing act. Eat this, don’t eat that. If I raise the grams of good x, I’ll raise the grams of bad x. I can’t live without grains, so a low carb diet isn’t right for me. I have switched my bread to a wheat bread that is high in fiber. I have found that if I start my day with an egg sandwich, I eat better the rest of the day. I use Egg Beaters, and am so happy that they exist.
I’m working on an oatmeal cookie recipe that is low in fat and carbs. My first attempt at it was today. I wasn’t happy with the taste of them. The kids like them. I’ll re-work the recipe and try them again next weekend.
I am going to participate in the Mamavation Challenge. It’s difficult to diet and exercise alone. I’m hoping that having an online community to do this with will help. I have 45 pounds left to lose. I’ve told my husband to save some of our tax money for me to use for a shopping spree when I reach my goal weight. I really hope that by the time summer arrives, I can put on a bathing suit and not be embarrassed.