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New Normal January 5, 2011

Filed under: Hot Deals,Meal Planning,Multiple Sclerosis — clappingonthedownbeat @ 9:55 PM

I was just telling my Hubby about how tired I am (all the time) and he suggested I try to nap today.  Just before I did nap, I checked my e-mail and read this from MS Lifelines:

Did you know that most people living with relapsing MS experience fatigue? It’s one of the most common MS symptoms, and it’s not like ordinary tiredness. It’s often described as an exhaustion not caused by activity and often not relieved by rest.

If you’re finding that you are falling asleep a lot or feel like you don’t have mental or physical energy, you may be experiencing MS fatigue. But try not to be discouraged. Your doctor may be able to recommend strategies that can help.

YES!  That’s me.  I guess I am just going to have to adjust to this new “normal” state of being constantly tired.


I am finally going to post my recipes and pictures of our Christmas Eve dinner.  I will also post this weeks grocery deals and weekly menu plan, probably tomorrow.  I am a little behind.  Plus, I am excited to say that I was thinking about adding a recipe basics tutorial.  This will be my goal, to at least once a week post a tutorial on Cooking the Basics 101!

Here’s some deals for today:

A new magazine freebie! Go here to score 2 complimentary issues of Family Circle magazine courtesy of… you’ll receive the January and February 2011 issues. There are NO strings attached and you will NEVER receive a bill!

There’s a new coke coupon on the CVS website! Just go here to print a buy one Diet Coke or Caffeine Free Diet Coke get one FREE coupon! This should make for a couple inexpensive drinks while out shopping!

Check out this new site,! Basically this website allows you to turn your pictures into real postcards! You do NOT need a Smartphone to do this and you can send a postcard from your cellphone or their website.

They are currently offering up an awesome promo where you can send out 10 FREE postcards… they even pay the postage! Justclick on the “Get 10 Free” banner and sign up. Once registered, you will receive a verification email – click on the link in the email and sign into your account. After signing in, you should see that you have a balance of 10 FREE postcards (upper right corner).  I have already done this and the postcards were cute.  I sent them out for Christmas.

Head on over here to score a FREE sample of Post-It Durable tabs!

Check out the cupcakes I made for my daughter’s half birthday (they are to take to school tomorrow)


Annual Christmas Eve Appetizer Dinner:

Bacon wrapped Asparagus ( I usually do something wrapped in bacon like chicken, or pecan stuffed dates)

Baked Brie with apricot paste

Artichoke cups

Stuffed mushrooms


BBQ winnies

Old English Canopy

Clean asparagus and trim stems.  Cut bacon slice in half.  Wrap half slice of bacon around asparagus tightly.  Bake at 400 till bacon is crisp.


2 pkgs. frozen filo cups

1 1/2 c. chopped, drained artichoke hearts

1/4 c. mayo

3 Tbs. minced green onions

1/3c. grated parmesan cheese


Stir together artichoke hearts, mayo, green onion, parmesan and a little salt and pepper.  Fill shells with heaping teaspoons of filling.  Bake 8-10 minutes at 350.


Baked Brie:

Wheel of brie cheese

frozen puff pastry dough

1 egg ( in a small bowl beat egg with 1 Tbs water)

apricot, raspberry or blackberry jam

Thaw puff pastry dough.  Wrap brie in puff pastry dough.  Trim dough.  Use trimmings to add decorative details.  ( I used the trim to make a bow on top).  Brush dough with egg wash.  Bake at 400 for 15-20 minutes till golden brown.  Serve with jam.

Old English Canopy

1 jar old english cheese spread

1 stick of butter

1tsp lemon juice

1 dash tabasco

1 Tbsp mayo

8 english muffins split

2 cans crab meat

Mix all except crab in food processor.  Mix in crab by hand.  SPread on english muffins.  Freeze on baking tray for later use, or broil till browned.  Cut into fourths.


Stuffed Mushrooms

1 pkg sausage

1 pkg cream cheese

2 pkg large whole mushrooms


Remove stems from mushrooms and finely chop.  Place mushroom caps on a baking tray.  Brown sausage and drain.  Add mushroom stems, salt/pepper, and cream cheese.  Stir till melted.  Fill caps and bake at 400 8-10 minutes.


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