Thursday, December 31, 2015

This EMT waist isn't the only thing that is going to shrink!

Happy New Year everyone! I'm starting my resolutions early! Why wait for the new year to come around. 2016 is going to be about a lot of things Fort Worth, Texas! One of those things is making sure that a lot of things around me shrink. 

  • Biceps
  • Chest
  • Waist
  • Size
  • Bills
  • Stress
  • Sadness

All of these things are going to have to shrink in 2016. Of course I want to see a big weight loss before my fall classes start at Tarrant County Community College. I want to be able to be comfortable in the desks. I want to be able to save lives without being self conscience about myself. 

I want to get rid of my bills. I do have to say that I'm blessed more than most people. I have a best friend that I share rent with. Though I think we are going to move into a bigger place this year. We have been sharing the rent on a studio. We both want to move into better neighborhoods. We both can afford a small increase on rent. 

I just have several medical bills and student loans that need to be paid up. I'd love to see my credit score in the high 700's instead of it being in the low 400's. So it's time to get my credit report and start paying on as much as I can. I have to save for school and a rainy day too.

Reduction in sadness. I've had a lot of sadness in 2015. A lot of the sadness had to due with relationships. There are sayings all over the web to cut ties on people that do not bring happiness into your life. Sometimes I find that hard because I'm such a people pleaser. I want people to be happy. I have been ignoring myself for too long now though. 

I figure if I am good then the people around me will good. Well at least that is the plan for me in Fort Worth at least.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Old fashion chocolate eclair pie

It's another day for a food review! Time to give our honest opinion about new products that are out on the market. We are slowly creating our food company database so that this Diabetic Medic can give our fellow foodies the culinary facts the minute the product goes on the market.

What are we reviewing today? We were blessed to try a free Old Fashioned Chocolate Eclair Pie from Walmart stores. I really like the packaging. It's a brown paper box with an 1800's city scene on the front. The packaging almost creates excitement that the Walmart product recipe has been around since the 1800's and has been perfected.

Unfortunately, the packaging is there to fool you. This is not an Old Fashioned Chocolate Eclair Pie at all. This dessert is a vanilla pudding pie drizzled with chocolate. I do have to say that the crust of the pie is great. It's flaky as pie crust should be. The only problem is that Eclairs have more of a philo dough flakiness. This pie crust was your classic butter and flour pie crust.

Walmart! Eclair custards are lighter then what you are serving to your clients. The Old Fashioned Chocolate Eclair Pie tasted like vanilla pudding instead of Eclair cream. The filling was also very heavy tasting with almost a rubbery texture. I have a feeling that our free sample was perhaps something that Walmart couldn't sell anymore.

Would I purchase the Old Fashioned Chocolate Eclair Pie to give it a new review. Absolutely not!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Is Starbucks Coffee orange syrup too acidic

Are you looking for a new flavor of Starbucks Coffee? Are you like me? A person who likes to try out coffee house secret recipes? Recently my husband and I went to our local Starbucks Coffee. I wanted to try something new. So I decided to try a shot of Starbucks Coffee Acadia Orange syrup in my morning coffee.

Did I like the blend of a deep roast and orange flavoring? Unfortunately, I have to say no. The orange flavored syrup ended up giving the coffee a strange and acidic aftertaste. I was only able to drink about two sips before having to throw the coffee in the trash. The ultra bitter aftertaste was just too much to handle.

Thankfully, Starbucks Coffee fans don't have to shy away completely from the Acacia Orange syrup. The product works well with Tazo teas and the new Italian sodas. The lighter brews work really well with this syrup. 

I also like using the syrup in Starbucks Coffee Vanilla Bean. The mixture gives off the taste of the
50/50 ice cream bards that our family use to eat
when we were kids.

All in all, the Acacia Orange syrup at Starbucks Coffee is a good product. It is my hope that they keep the syrup on the menu. Just remember to choose another syrup when you plan to drink a dark roast blend.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Chocolate Recipe: The gift of Chocolate

I love making this recipe when it's Fireman appreciation or Police appreciation day. I wish I could make a batch big enough for all of our Fort Worth finest. Are you looking for a recipe that would be great to use as a gift. Our family loves cooking up a batch of different styles of Dark Chocolate Fudge. We wrap them up in a pretty container and make sure that we include a recipe card so that the gift receiver can make them throughout the year.

So what will you need to make Dark Chocolate Fudge?
  • 3/4 cup of Nestle Toll House DelightFulls Mint Filled Morsels, cut in half
  • 10 ounce package of Nestle Toll House dark chocolate morsels
  • 14 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Line an 8 inch square baking pan with foil. Coarsely chop 1/4 cup mint filled morsels and set aside.

Combine dark chocolate morsels and sweetened condensed milk in a heavy saucepan. Warm over lowest possible heat and stir until smooth. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Gently stir in the remaining 1/2 cup of mint filled morsels. Don't melt them, just make sure that they are covered with the other chocolate. Spread mixture evenly in prepared pan.

Sprinkle with coarsely chopped mint filled morsels. Press gently into fudge. Refrigerate 2 hours or until firm. Lift from pan and remove foil. Cut into pieces.

Each recipe makes about 20 Servings

This recipe is brought to you by Nestle USA and www.verybestbaking.com

Monday, November 23, 2015

Inspiration at 0200 hours

I have a confession to make Fort Worth, Texas. I almost gave up on becoming an EMT B. How did this happen? Why did the thoughts come into my head? The devil is playing tricks on me. See what Satan likes to do is remind you of all the mistakes that you have made in the past. Satan likes to remind you of all of your faults and imperfections. Satan likes to make sure that you are comparing yourself to others in the world.

What is God about? God is about love. God is about accepting yourself. God is about inspiration and motivation. So what message did I get this morning?

Be strong in your convictions and don't be distracted from doing your best.Your spirit of dedication will improve your chances at accomplishing whatever else you're pursuing. Feel virtuous and humble, and successful, too!

I'm really not the type of person that likes to pat myself on the back. I really am hard on myself. I don't give myself many breaks. That's what happens when you spend a lifetime trying to please people. Or you spend your teens walking on eggshells.

I really do have the dedication to achieve the things that I'm praying for. God knows what is on my mind and my heart. Just to prove that I'm exactly where I should be, God gets me involved with a Medstar call at work. I was amazed on how smoothly everything went. I was amazed on how calm I was with the possibility that I might have to perform CPR on the client.

I think my frustration stems from the fact that I'm always comparing myself to others. It's not wrong to want to live in a nicer neighborhood. It's not wrong to want to live in a bigger place. It's not wrong to want a vehicle. This would really help with getting me to church on Sunday morning. 

I look at the fact that I'm divorced. I feel that I have failed God. I look at the fact that I live in one of the roughest neighborhoods in Fort Worth, Texas. I look at the fact that I'm renting a hotel room because of many things.

I have to remember that I'm really connected to the community. There's not a day that goes by where I'm not saying hello or shaking hands with people in the community. A day doesn't go by where I'm keeping an eye out for my community. 

It's funny that I'm from Los Angeles, California but Fort Worth, Texas is now My Community.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Retired Fort Worth K9 need love too!

Who's the top dog in the Fort Worth Police Department? Well it's the K9 units of course. You know the guys and gals right. The ones that work day in and day out just for the joy of doing a good job. I know it sounds like I'm talking about the men and women of the Fort Worth Police Department. I'm really talking about our four legged officers that need your help too.

Have you ever wondered what happens to canine Officers after they retire? Do they obtain city benefits just like human Police Officer do? Do they have a retirement set aside for them? Or are all the expenses laid into the lap of the canine's partner? It seems that health insurance is not available for our four legged Police Officers after they retire from the force.

Thankfully, there are many Fort Worth citizens who believe that is unjust.Winslow's Wine CafĂ© is holding an event to support K9 Support. This is an organization that helps Fire and Police with veterinarian bills their retired canine officers might be stacking up. 

I wish I could go because I love our two and four legged officers but I have the duty of making sure that 800 citizens are safe on Sunday night. So if you can't go, there is a paypal donation account that those with a good heart can sign up in honor of Winslow.

If you do go to the Fort Worth event and come across my blog, I hope that you'll comment and let me know if there were any pictures taken of the event. Much love to our Fort Worth Police Officers and four legged retired officers!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Diabetic Medic chowing down at Cooper's

Are you asking yourself "Where is there a good Bar B Que restaurant near me?" Old Time Pit Bar B Que claims that it's all about the meat. The restaurant does have the largest pit that I have seen. Can it hold up to the taste test. Our friends and family decided to try it out.

Located a short drive from downtown Fort Worth, this Cooper's location is host to thousands of Fort Worth Stockyard fans and tourist each year. Mr. Cooper has been doing bar b que since the 1950's. It's a nice large casual location family and friends to meet. The building and area is nice but how is the customer service.

Food review:
Cooper's has over twelve meat choices, seven side choices, and four different cobblers. I dug into the beef brisket, bake potato, grilled corn, and pecan cobbler. There's free beans, pickles, onions, extra sauce, sliced white bread, and pickled jalapenos at the table.

The beef brisket was so tender that you could cut it with a spoon. It's was so good, I wish I had ordered a half pound of it. The sauce is a sweet vinegar red sauce. Don't get me wrong. It's a nice sauce but I was looking for something more sweet and sticky. 

The grilled corn and potato was a little over peppered on the outside. Once you get past the pepper, both hold a great taste. Be prepare to be full at the end of your potato. They are huge. Plus they come with butter, cheese, bacon, and sour cream. Definitely not something to eat while your on a diet.

The pecan cobbler tasted more like pancakes with pecans in it. It's not something that I would go back for. Though I'm looking forward to trying their apple, blackberry, and peach cobbler.

Customer Service Review:
The staff treat you like family. They know that their customers are their business. When you spoil the customers, they'll definitely return if the food is good. The food is good.

Cleanliness:
Everything is kept clean and tidy. I just wish that the soap dispenser gave out a little more soap. I don't know why only one knob on the sink worked. I didn't like washing my hands with luke warm water. I figure it would be a nightmare for someone who just ate one of Cooper's chickens or beef ribs.

All in all it's a great Bar B Que restaurant near me. I'm glad that my cousin introduced us to it. Be sure to check back often, I'm hoping to review one meat selection and cobbler selection at the end of the month.

The directional stuff:
Cooper's Bar B Que
301 Stockyards Blvd
Fort Worth, Texas 76164
(817)626-6464
www.coopersbbq.com

Crushing those carbohydrate cravings

It's another day of striving towards a healthy lifestyle. Now that I have gotten over the shock of the fact that I have Diabetes, things have started to move towards a better life. I really thought that I would have cravings for bread, pasta, and rice. With a little self talk on how large amounts of these things are death to me, I don't seem to want them.
So what have I been using as side dishes? I hate to say it but there are so many different foods out there, a person just has to try to find things that they like. Here are some of my favorites

  • Spinach, Tomato, String Cheese Salad with a home made dressing
  • Spinach, Avocado, Pico De Gallo Salad
  • Steamed Spinach
  • Steamed greens with pine nuts
  • Steamed greens with sliced nuts
  • Kitchen Sink Salad
  • Grilled Mushrooms drizzled with olive oil
  • Asian Salad of Broccoli, Carrots, Onions, Mayo, and Raisins
  • Cucumbers, Carrots, and Onions marinated in vinegar
  • Fake Mash Potatoes - Cali-flower steamed/Mashed mixed with low fat sour cream
  • Black Beans
  • Lettuce Wraps - Dice vegetables mixed with low fat sour cream wrapped in lettuce leaves
Well this is what is helping me stay healthy. I hope that you will find some things that you like or are willing to try some new things. He're to a healthier you!

Monday, October 26, 2015

Super Bowl Sunday Baked cheesy sweet onion dip

Super Bowl 2015 will soon be here. It's three months and counting. I'll still be in my studio apartment this Super Bowl season. I can't wait till Super Bowl 2016 though! The excitement of preparing goodies and drinks for people to enjoy. 

I can honestly say that being a hostess is one of the things that really makes me the happiest. I love the fact that I can send my favorite guys and gals home with full bellies and smiles on their faces. One of the favorites for snack time as been Kroger's baked cheesy sweet onion dip. It's a dip that brings the taste of sweetness, earthiness, and tang.

1 cup of low fat mayonnaise
1 cup sweet onion, chopped (yellow and red onions work)
1 Tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp minced garlic
1 cup shredded Swiss Cheese
1 tsp chopped Fresh Parsley

In a large bowl, combine the mayonnaise, onion, and Parmesan cheese. Spoon into a quart baking dish. Bake uncovered at 325 degrees for forty minutes. Serve into a fondue pot with your favorite bread or crackers.

If your having a large party like Super Bowl Sunday, you might want to make a casserole dish of the dip and keep it warm in the oven.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Weight Loss 366+ Healthy Meals on my weight loss journey

The days have been hit and miss when it comes to my weight loss journey in Fort Worth, Texas. The start of rain and the onslaught of a cold has brought exercise to a halt. It has been really difficult for me to get my heart rate up when it's hard for me to breath.

I haven't been very hungry so my eating has been light. I don't know if it's the lack of food/glucose or the cold medication that is making me feel like I'm dizzy. No matter how I try to eat something, it sits heavy on my stomach.

What did I eat today on today's weight loss journey?

Chocolate protean shake with 2 glasses of milk
Bowl of tomato soup with 5 crackers
5 pork spare ribs with BBQ sauce and 1/2 cup of spinach

I know I should have had more vegetables and fruits. When your mouth hurts from the sinus pressure, you don't want to eat anything.
 

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Healthy meals on a weight loss journey

Nothing really to talk about today. I usually like to write about my feelings on a different blog post anyways. What did I eat that was healthy on todays weight loss journey? Take a look at my list and you can decide. I hope that my daily list will give you an idea about things that you can add to your eating program.

Chocolate protean shake with 8 ounces of low fat milk
Starbucks Pepperoni & Tomato Savory Fold Over
Slow cook chicken breast
1/2 cup of salad
2 tbsp. salad dressing
1/2 cup of spinach

Diabetic Medic tries Seapoint Farms Dry Roasted Edamame

As a Diabetic and someone who is trying to lose weight, I'm always trying to find snacks that offer some extra punch. Sure I want to eat something that will kill a craving but I also want food that will keep my blood sugar low. I decided to try Seapoint Farms Dry Roasted Edamame.

The product boast:
  • Healthy snack for the whole family
  • Gluten Free
  • High Protean
  • 70% less fat than peanuts
  • 40% more protean than peanuts
  • 0 Trans Fat
I would hope that this weight loss snack is gluten free. Most products should be Gluten free due to the high chance on anaphylaxis shock. So be sure that your body can handle legumes and soy beans before you dive into this snack.

Sadly, I hope that you don't dive into Seapont Farms Dry Roasted Edamame. The dry roasting makes the Edamame really hard to chew. Have you ever under cooked pinto beans when making spicy frijoles? That's what the taste is like. The crunch is like under cooked pinto beans but the taste is burnt.

So for a snack while I'm on my journey of healthy eating, I'll stick to steam Edamame. Or perhaps there is another Seapoint Farms product that I can try.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

LEO and Medics are not stupid

I'll admit that some of us do some crazy things. Take for instance my friend who is part of the Fort Worth Fire Department. He's got a heart of gold but he's hyperactive as hell. Sometimes his brothers and sisters have to reign him in. It just goes to show that we are all human.

One thing we are not is stupid.

Did you know that there are 680,000 Police Officers in the United States. 50% of them have graduated from High School and earned an Associate Degree. 36% of our nations EMS system have Bachelor degrees or higher.

As for street smarts, we are constantly educating ourselves. Firearms classes, Self Defense, First Aid, Basic Life Support, Advance Life Support, Mental Health Education, and familiarity of street drugs.

Wait a minute that last selection didn't seem right. Police Officers and Medics are learning the names of street drugs. They are learning about what they look like. They are learning about how they affect the body.

We may be a little on the strange side personality wise. One thing for sure is that we are not stupid.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Paramedics loving Original Tommy's

Are you looking for a Burger Restaurant nearby? Located on the Hollywood strip is The Original Tommy's World Famous Burger Restaurant. The original recipe use to be just burgers and fries. The franchise has ranched out to offer a breakfast menu that includes that world famous chili.

Can I recommend this place as a good burger restaurant? The food is good. It's your typical breakfast, burger, and hot dog menu. The flavors seem to be the same at this franchise restaurant. If you don't have a strong stomach, I would suggest not to eat the chili and cheese. It's not that Original Tommy's World Famous Burgers do not have world famous chili. It tends to go straight through.

The problem with this restaurant is the location and the customers. Most of the
customers seem to be people who are high, coming down from a high, intoxicated or there
to just hang out. The owners and staff don't seem  to want to do anything about the issue.

To wrap up this restaurant review, if you looking for an inexpensive meal in Hollywood California, then this is the place. Just remember "Take Out Only"

Monday, October 5, 2015

Italian Recipes: Mantia's Italian Meatballs

Our family loves to give reviews of food products that we find at the local grocery store. Mantia's Italian meatballs claim that they have the perfect blend of seasoning. Is this the honest truth? Are these meatballs a good buy for the family budget?

Mantia's Italian meatballs are actually a good buy. Each meal made with them costs our family about seventy five cents a plate. The meatballs are actually a nice size and they smell great while cooking. The scent alone makes my family run to the dinner table.

Mantia's Italian meatballs are a mixture of beef and pork. They are versatile and can be used in a lot of recipes. I have been known to cook them up and use them as taco meat. I also have been known to cook them up and use them over home made pizza. They have a good flavor and the seasoning is not overpowering. 

Word of warning though, don't cool them and then use them in a salad recipe. They seem to get this greasy texture around the outside when they are cooled.

All in all Mantia's Italian meatballs do have just the right amount of seasoning. They offer a good product that can be used over again and not get boring.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Chilly Dilly Dip on Super Bowl Sunday

To go along with the spicy buffalo wings during Super Bowl Sunday, I like to put out things that will cool off the tongue. A favorite of my family and friends has been a Chilly Dilly Dip that I have been making for years. I personally like serving this favorite recipe with cut up vegetables. The Chilly Dilly Dip also goes great with whole grain crackers like Triskets.

 What you will need:
2 cups Fresh Dill
2 small garlic cloves minced
2 cups of low fat sour cream
2/3 cups of low fat mayonnaise
4 Tablespoons grated Parmesan Cheese
2 Tablespoons cider Vinegar
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
1/2 pound mushrooms, washed and sliced
2 Large cucumbers, julienned
4 red bell peppers, julienned
4 carrots, peeled and julienned
2 Yellow Squash, cut into thick rounds

In a food processor or blender combine dill, garlic, sour cream, mayonnaise, cheese, vinegar, and pepper. Blend/Process until smooth

Scrape into a serving bowl, cover and chill for 2 hours. Serve with all those yummy vegetables. Refrigerate any leftovers if their are leftovers.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Uniform Stories: Rolling in a rig

So I was doing my security job around campus in Fort Worth, Texas. All of a sudden I hear music. It starts getting louder and louder. So I'm thinking that it's a car wondering around looking for drug sales. Sometimes the campus has cars race down the street. Or we'll have guys that like to roam around with the music blaring. It's not going to happen on my shift. Oh no!

What do I see but 5 handsome guys in a big rig roll down our street. I'm surprise that the police department didn't pull them over. Though I'm sure they are in cahoots with the East Side Fort Worth Police Department.

You know who you are rascals!

Thanks for putting a smile on my face tonight!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Diabetic Medics Autumn Chicken Recipe

This is a great chicken recipe to make if you have a large family or if you cook a lot of food for the week and then freeze it for later. I know that many can't afford a bottle of white wine or just don't like the taste of it in a chicken recipe. So expect to see a recipe called How to cook Autumn Chicken scratching the wine bottle. Until then enjoy this meal that makes 10 servings.

What you will need to cook Autumn Chicken
1 can or 14 ounces of whole artichoke hearts, drained
1 can or 14 ounces of whole mushrooms, divided
12 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 jar or 6 1/2 ounces marinated artichoke hearts, with liquid
3/4 cup white wine
1/2 cup balsamic vinaigrette
Ten servings of Hot cooked noodles
Paprika for garnish

Spread whole artichokes over bottom of slow cooker. Top with half of mushrooms. Layer chicken over mushrooms. Add marinated artichoke hearts with liquid. Add remaining mushrooms. Pour in wine and vinaigrette. Cover; cook on low 4 to 5 hours. Serve over noodles.

If you are planning to freeze this meal for later then omit the noodles and make the amount of servings you need when you plan to eat this meal again.