Sunday, March 13, 2016

Chicken in peanut sauce (EMT cookbook)

Do you know what's for Dinner? Are you looking for a new chicken breast recipe. I love taking this to work and sharing it with fellow EMT and Paramedics. The Chicken recipe works really well when you put the recipe on skewers. Our family is always looking for new healthy recipes for dinner. The chicken in spicy peanut sauce is a mixture of the classic chicken breast and Indonesian spicy peanut sauce. 

What you will need to make this chicken breast recipe:
1 TBSP dark brown sugar
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons of creamy peanut butter
1 tablespoons of toasted sesame oil
1/4 cup of low sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon of sriracha sauce
1 tablespoon of rice vinegar
1/4 cup of warm water
1 tablespoon of freshly squeezed lime juice
4-6 thin cut boneless skinless chicken breasts

Preheat broiler, Line a sheet pan with foil

Whisk together the brown sugar, peanut butter, sesame oil, soy sauce, sriracha, vinegar, water and lime juice. Set aside 1/4 cup of the peanut sauce.

Brush chicken with remaining sauce so that the chicken is coated. Place on the waiting pan. Broil until the chicken is just cooked through. This will usually take 10 to 12 minutes. 

From Sheet Pan Suppers by Molly Gilbert. You can purchase this great recipe and 120 others

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Keep your chin up Louisiana

I may be miles apart from you! My prayers go out to you brothers and sisters Paramedics! Keep your chin up Louisiana!

Should bilingual be mandatory?

Since we are on the topic of EMT salaries, I'm sure this question has come up a lot. Should EMT, Paramedics, and EMS be forced to know another language

How much of a salary increase should an employee receive for knowing another language. Or do you believe that knowing another language is just the way life should be.

I have been on several calls where the patient isn't very fluent in English. There have been times when the client doesn't speak a word of English. I have to say that it frustrates me to no end. I'm not frustrated because the other person has decided to not learn a major language. I'm frustrated because there is a road block. I'm unable to give a patient the help that they need in the time that they need it.

I've decided to learn Spanish and Chinese because they are the two largest languages spoken in the United States. Unfortunately, there are no pay bonuses for speaking other languages at work. In truth, I'm learning them so that I can do my job better. Perhaps I can offer tutoring classes in the future for extra money on the side.

After a little research, most companies like Fort Worth Fire Department and Fort Worth Police Department offer $1200 a year to it's bilingual EMS personnel. In truth, that's a nice chunk of change for being an Paramedic and knowing another language. As for being forced to know another language. I would hope that people in this field would want to take the steps to be the best they can be in their career as an EMT and Paramedic.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Medic munching on moon cheese

As I move along my weight loss journey, I'm always looking for new snack to get me along my way. Today I decided to try NutraDried Natural Crunchy Gouda Moon Cheese. The claims of a high protein, natural, gluten free product is an enticement to someone who's fighting Diabetes.

I love the fact  that the Moon Cheese is created from nothing but Pasteurized Milk, Cheese Culture, Salt, Enzymes, and Annatto (Vegetable Coloring). Is it the perfect on the go snack from NutraDried? 5 grams of fat, 21 mg of Cholesterol, 
190 mg of Sodium. Is it the healthiest snack out there?

I have to admit that the first bite is pretty tasty. You may have to get use to the crunchiness. NutraDried Natural Crunchy Gouda Moon Cheese is firmer than most cheese snacks. It also seems to be a little more greasier than most natural cheese snacks.

The unfortunate thing is that the Gouda Moon Cheese is only tasty for a few bites. After a while the product takes on a strange taste. I can't tell if it's due to the fact that it's a Gouda flavor or the fact that it's a dried product.

Will I be buying this food product again? That would be a definite "NO" The Gouda Moon Cheese is a product full of flavor but not worth the $5 price tag at Starbucks.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Life inspirations from the universe

I try to take inspiration from God in all kinds of forms. I received a little email this morning. I'm really tired and a little burned out on the job. I was beginning to wonder if I would ever become a Paramedic. The state test seems so far away. There is so much to learn. How can I remember it all. 

Then the message read like this:
You can secure an important victory and achieve a long-held aspiration today. This obviously is not an overnight achievement but probably something you've been intermittently pursuing for a long time. Some dreams refuse to die, and this may be the day for one of those dreams to begin to see the light of day in the real world. Be heartened and don't let up now.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Don't touch me EMT

It's not my goal to scare the EMT's and Paramedics that are reading this. In reality, I think that one of the toughest thing for someone who works in the EMS field is obtaining a directive that they don't like. The job is so geared at saving a persons life that when there is a legal document saying "NO!" it's like getting slapped in the face by a client.

Or if you are a family member of someone who is unresponsive but you know their wishes is to die peacefully. Or you are a member of a religion that does not allow resuscitation. An EMT and Paramedic will do everything they
can to respect your wishes but a person is going to receive
medical treatment if there is not a legal document present at
the scene of the accident or illness.

There are four different types of Advance Directives. They are:
  • DNR Order
  • A living will
  • A health care durable power of attorney
  • A physicians orders for life sustaining treatment
A Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) is a legal document or order that covers resuscitation issues only. A DNR will not stop an EMT or Paramedic from providing other types of medical care in the event of trauma or illness.

A living will covers resuscitation and more general health care issues including the use of life support or not.

A Health care durable power of attorney. This is also known as a Health Care Proxy. This document legally allows someone to make medical decision for a Pt. If the Pt. is unable to make that decision for himself/Herself. Many hospitals or long term care facilities will have the Pt. sign this legal document so that decisions can be made on the Pt. behalf.

A Physicians orders for life sustaining treatment (POIST) is usually created if the Pt. is not expected to live more than a year. The legal document allows the Pt. to decide what level of care he wants to receive before resuscitation is needed.

There are times when a Pt or family member of the Pt will say that they have an advance directive but it is not present at that very moment. Until the Pt or family member produces that advance directive consider initiating treatment immediately.

Contact medical direction for instructions on how to proceed.
Continue treatment until the problem has been resolved
Be sure to communicate to the Pt all the risks that may come with not obtaining medical care.

For the EMT and Paramedic, it is important to follow local protocol to keep from obtaining legal action against you. For the patient, it's important to know what you rights are. Ultimately unless a patient can prove that he/she is oriented enough to answer the classic "Person, Place and Time" questions then local EMT and Paramedics will begin medical care.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Fort Worth King Wok San Sien Frangrance

As I'm getting my health together, I'm always looking for meals to benefit my weight loss. With over sixty menu items King Wok of Fort Worth Texas has a lot to offer the taste buds. My friends and I have tried several other Chinese menu items with much success. So we decided to try King Wok San Sien Fragrance.

So how was the ratio of meat to vegetables. How were the side items? Was the hot garlic sauce just too much for the taste buds? This was a major concern for all of us.

King Wok is never cheap on the portions. A person could make three meals out of one item from the menu. The problem with the menu items is the lack of meat and fish. There is never enough shrimp, chicken, and beef. This is a great menu item if a person loves pepper flakes, bell peppers, and onions. Ultimately we felt that we spent one dollar for meat and eight dollars on vegetables.

Was King Wok San Sien heat to much for us? The flavor started out sweet and ended with a high amount of heat. The garlic sauce was so hot that it caused one of my friends to choke on her food. The bland fried rice didn't offer enough comfort to calm the taste buds. I guess we shouldn't have dived in when we saw the red pepper flakes.

Ultimately, King Wok San Sien Fragrance was the wrong choice for our crew of healthy foodies. The sauce and vegetables were a poor cover up for bad portions, bad options, and no flavor.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Weight Loss Journey 365+ Healthy Meals

I can't believe that I have been on this weight loss journey for over 365 days. I wish I had started writing about it when I first started. It is my hope to update this blog to include the meals and exercise that I did for each day. I think that there will be 800 meal ideas in total. With over 800 days dealing with healthy eating, I'm sure there are going to be some great days, good days, bad days, and plain fubar days (in polite terms "Fubar" F up beyond all repair/recognition)

So what was my healthy meal plan for today?

Protean shake

Turkey Sandwich on whole grain bread, 1 tbsp. of mayo, lettuce, tomato
10 grapes
Bottled water with lemon

Grilled chicken sandwich on whole grain bread, 1 tbsp. of mayo, lettuce, tomato
1/2 cup of beef chili

1 hour of walking
No weight training

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Sugar free isn't always best for Diabetics

You should have heard the scream of joy for this Diabetic Medic when Werthers Originals announced that sugar free caramels were hitting our local stores. I had given up candy as much as I can for a year. I was craving some really good sweetness. I decided to buy three bags.

Then I was wondering why my blood sugar was in the 200's. Flip over the bag and what do I find? Though Werther's original contains carbohydrates.

What a waste of money when I found out that the hard caramels had sugar alcohol in them and the chewy caramels had cane sugar syrup. How is cane sugar syrup sugar free?

A carbohydrate is a carbohydrate is a carbohydrate. This is the reason why labels need to be read. Of course these Werther original products contain less carbohydrates then their full sugar products. Unfortunately, you can not eat the products to your heart content.

Most Diabetics are allowed 45 to 60 grams of carbohydrates per meal. I'm the type of person where I would rather obtain my fuel through fruits and vegetables. You can guess that I will not be buying this product anymore. 

Why did I bring up the subject of Diabetes, sugar alcohols, and this classic product. It's simply a friendly reminder to always read the labels and know what is going into your body. I know that my goal is to live a long and healthy life as a Diabetic. I just want to help you do the same.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Food Review: Jimmy Johns Big John sandwich

Jimmy Johns Big John sandwich is medium rare shaved roast beef on a roll with mayo, lettuce, and tomatos. My husband is a major carnivor, so he loves sandwiches that have a lot of meat. For those of us that are not major meat eaters, this might not be the Jimmy John sandwich to order.

Personally, this Jimmy John sandwich is not one of my favorites on the menu. The roat beef was too satly and really noticable in the sandwich. Pherhaps if the franchise had topped the roast beef with mustard, there would have been less of a salty taste.

I have a feeling that this is due to the fact that the Jimmy John Big John only comes with lettuce and tomatos. When someone orders a Jimmy John Billy Club, the sandwich tastes less salty. So if you really like roast beef then I would suggest spending the extra dollar and getting all the extra goodies

Friday, March 4, 2016

Save a place for me in Heaven EMS Brother

Nothing hurts more than losing an Officer in your community. When they announced the death of Euless Texas Officer David Hofer, all I could think was "Is it one of our locals?" If you have ever watched the reality show "Nightwatch". Well my life is like that. I've come to know many Police Officers by name.

I dread the day when I recognize one of the names. I dread the nightmares when I have to transport one of our own to a local hospital.

Holly from Nightwatch once explained everyone that worked EMS as family. Though I have never met Officer Hofer, my heart goes to his family, as they are my family. I can imagine what his Wife must be experiencing right now. My heart aches that all I can do is pray for her and the family.

Well pray and donate money. Yet I don't think that wearing my blue thin line bracelet and donating to Guns and Hoses is enough. I know that I have dedicated my life to helping people but these men and women. The things that they have to go through to come home safe.

So rest in peace Officer Hofer. You've gone to our eternal home. Watch over us when we need it and kick us in the behind when we are being stupid.

EMS Life in a year!

I can't believe that I will be telling the EMS and Diabetic community that I'm 44. Everyone else in my community too! What a difference that a year makes. It's amazing at what can be accomplished in a year. I just wanted to take a few minutes and several words to celebrate it.

In a year I have:
Become an EMT B
Started working on becoming an EMT A
Lost 118 pounds
Started working on losing another 100 pounds of  body fat
Got out of an unhappy Marriage
Celebrated being at a job that I love for two years
Have my Diabetes under control

Now of course there have been some struggles too:
I lost my friend of 14 years
I lost another friend to suicide
Had some other medical issues
I never got the nerve to ask the FW Police Officer that I had a crush on out for coffee.

What doesn't kill you only makes you stronger, right?

What do I plan for my next 365 days?
I want to be in the next Cowtown marathon
I'll be at the Fire-Rescue St. Patricks Day run
Get further involved in my community
Buy a car
Move to a better neighborhood in FW Texas.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Diabetic Medic drinking Crystal Light Liquid Peach Belini

To keep  drinkers interested Crystal Light Liquid has come out with Peach Bellini. What is a Peach Bellini? A Bellini is a cocktail that is a mixture of peach puree and sparkling wine. So to keep to taste and texture Crystal Light has tried to add a lingering flavor of sparkling wine.

The problem is that the lingering flavor of wine give this Crystal Light Liquid product a really sour aftertaste. That would be fine and well if there was carbonation added to the water. This product just does not work in plain cold water.

Would I recommend this product to family and friends? First I would recommend to buy some carbonated water. Our family mixed this product with ginger ale and it actually tasted a lot better. Club soda did not work well with Crystal Light Liquid because the saltiness of the club soda over 
powered the flavor.

Choose another flavor if you have to stick with plain cold water. The mixture of artificial sweetner, peach belini flavors, and other flavors will just leave a bad aftertaste. 

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Food Review: Fort Worth Jimmy Johns Ultimate Porker

The Jimmy John Ultimate Porker was suggested to my husband and I by someonw who worked at a local Jimmy Johns. I fiugred that since it was an employee suggestion, that the sandwich must be good. Some employees need to keep their suggestions to themselves.

I wish I had not taken the employees recommendation of sandwiches. The Ultimate Porker ended up being a mixture of dry applewood smoked ham and bacon slices. Jimmy John claims "What could be better!" I know what could be better and it's not the Jimmy John Ultimate Porker.

Though perhaps I need to give the Jimmy Johns trade mark sandwich a second chance. I didn't ask for all the extra freebies. Some sandwiches just need extras to give it some umph and make sure that it doesn't taste dry.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Dating in Fort Worth Texas

Maybe I stepped out into the world of dating too soon. I've had a 140 pound weight lost. Why do I still struggle with not liking what I see in the mirror. Sometimes I get frustrated with my own personality. I'll see a guy I find attractive and have no problem flirting with him. Then I'll see myself in the mirror asking "What were you thinking Cate!" and making the internal statement "He doesn't want to date that!" 

Maybe it's time to just focus on God, my health, education, weight loss, and career. Maybe it's time to take a year for myself. A sabbatical from the daily stresses of self judgment, public judgment, and internal frustration. Wait, this post is not suppose to be about me.
O.K. it's about me a little bit.

My adventures of online dating in the city of Fort Worth and the state of Texas. I'm surprise to see how so many men are on the opposite ends of the dating spectrum. Some men just want to have sexual fun. Some men are looking for a wife. I guess I should be happy that these guys know what they want out of life. That's one of the reasons why I got divorced. I was too ambitious and he didn't have any ambition. 

It's just that I'm in between the online dating spectrum. I'm not looking for a one night stand. I may be looking for friends with benefits. On the other hand, I'm not looking for to get married right away either. I've only been divorced for a year. Information on the divorce is a completely different blog post.

So online dating in Fort Worth, Texas is a strange arena for me. It feels like an obstacle course. A really difficult one when your a girl that likes the guy to make the first move in the world of dating.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Jokers: Smoke Detectors

Since people deal with so much anger and sorrow in their lives, I thought I would include some jokes shared among the EMT, Paramedics, Police Officers, and Firefighters. This one was shared with me from one of our very own Fort Worth Texas Firefighters.

Little Johnny's preschool class went on a field trip to the fire station.
The firefighter giving the presentation held up a smoke detector and asked the class: "Does anyone know what this is?"

Little Johnny's hand shot up and the firefighter called on him.

Little Johnny replied: "That's how Mommy knows supper is ready!"

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Fort Worth P.F. Chang Bistro review

Our EMS family is on a quest to find the best Asian restaurant near me. Why does it have to be near me? Well I'm the mom of the house. You know what they say "Happy Wife..Happy Life!" Since we were in downtown Fort Worth, Texas, we decided to stop into the P.F Chang's China Bistro on Throckmorton.

This local Asian restaurant offers a great atmosphere for people who like an open dinning experience. Though the decor is orient inspired, it offers a modern look to local clients and hungry business clients. I have to say that I almost felt under dressed at the establishment. It almost inspired a person to be wearing business casual or to dress up to have a night on the town.

Though our order was to go, we had a great friendly greeting from the hostess. She was quick to take our order and made sure we felt welcomed why we waited for it. She even checked the order before handing the times over to us. Which I thought was an improvement to most to go orders. Some restaurants just seem to hand you the bag and be off with you.

What do we like to eat?
Miso soup
Spicy Tuna Roll
California Roll

What are we looking forward to trying?
Pretty much everything on the menu. Of course well be heading back home to blog about each and every morsel. How can a person not want to try everything when the head development Chef thinks like this about food.

"Culinary creativity is really important to me. I like to see people have fun with a dish, and bring their own experiences and memories into the recipe."

P.F. Changs may not be a local family owned restaurant but they may become one of the top favorite Asian restaurants near me.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Paw Paw Liqueur Store Grill is not for Diabetics

It's hour 7 on a twelve hour EMS shift. Your blood sugar is low and the headaches are coming on. Your stomach is sending off fireworks like it's 4th of July around the work. It's screaming "Feed Me!" You could stop into Paw Paws if your on Lancaster in Fort Worth, Texas. The Liqueur Store holds a grill that offers up different items for every taste bud.

I can say that I have had everything on the menu. I have to say that my favorite menu items are the burgers and the chicken strips. The chicken strips are not your normal small strip of chicken inside a lot of breading. 

Paw Paws also offers up these items for under $5
Burger Baskets
Chicken Patty Baskets
Fried Catfish Sandwich Basket
Fried Catfish Basket
Philly Cheese Steak
Onion Rings
Fried Chimichangas

As you can see, Paw Paws isn't really a place for those with Diabetes.

The good news is that depending on who is on the grill, you can get a large salad made up. I personally like to order chicken strips and a large salad. It's not the greatest Diabetic meal but it's the best choice at this grill when your in a rush.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Joker: No stone unturned

The congregation of the small stone church decided that the stone which formed the step up to the front door had become too worn by its years of use, and would have to be replaced.
As a sign of the faithfulness of members over the years, the stone had a pronounced dip in the middle, well-worn by parishioners entering and leaving the chapel.

Unfortunately, there were hardly any funds available for the replacement. Then someone came up with the bright idea that the replacement could be postponed for many years by simply turning the block of stone over.
They discovered that their great-grandparents had beaten them to it.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Joker: I'm not going to call you that!

The manager of a large office asked a new employee to come into his office.
"What is your name?," was the first thing the manager asked.
"John," the new guy replied.

The manager scowled. "Look, I don't know what kind of a namby-pamby place you worked at before, but I don't call anyone by their first name! It breeds familiarity and that leads to a breakdown in authority," he said. "I refer to my employees by their last name only - Smith, Jones, Baker - that's all. Now that we got that straight, what is your last name?"

The new guy sighed and said, "Darling. My name is John Darling."

The manager said, "Okay, John, the next thing I want to tell you..."

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Food Review: Fort Worth Five Guys Burgers

We were going to celebrate and do a restaurant review at another location. It didn't work out to be a good thing for the other establishment. My friends and I walked around the corner and decided to try Five Guys Burgers and Fries.

When you walk into the Sundance Square location, you might not think that the restaurant is open. There are supplies and free peanuts hanging out at the front door. The decorum is almost a car hop red and white. I wouldn't be surprised if I would find a jukebox at one of the five guys burgers and fries around the U.S.

So are the burgers worth the price tag of $3-7? My answer would have to be an astounding yes! When I bit into my double cheeseburger with grilled onions and grilled mushrooms, I was in ground beef heaven. The patty size is not like most places where they start out at a quarter pound and end up with an eighth of a hamburger patty. I honestly believe five guys uses three quarter pounds of beef before they put it on the grill.

Don't want to take my word for it? You just have to read all the write ups on the wall about five guys burger and fries. The newspapers aren't the only people raving. Reviews of customers are up the wall in great graphical colors! It's a restaurant I will be going back to.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Fort Worth Jimmy Johns

Business is booming in Downtown Fort Worth Texas. Just recently a franchiser opened up a new Jimmy John's sandwich shop. Our family had a long day of job searching and appointments, so we decided to give the place a try.

I have to say that I like the feel and decor of the establishment. It seems that Jimmy John's is trying to mix freshness with cute funkiness. There are unique and strange sayings on signs throughout the seating area. The staff is young and friendly. Speaking from experience this can be a good thing or a bad thing. Young staff members like to slack off at times.

Jimmy John's is a great break from Subway for a family that is on a budget. The ingredients are fresh and the sandwiches are made to order. I simply wish that the staff members would have followed through with the menu items because my sandwich did not include the freebies that come with all the subs and clubs.

I had the country club and my husband had the hunters club. Both were good choices from Jimmy Johns menu. I just wish they would have added the extra freebies which would have made it more enjoyable.

So all in all, if your looking for good subs and club sandwiches then check out Jimmy Johns. Lesson learned: Make sure you tell the staff exactly what you want on your sandwich.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

The You Rock Award goes to.....

I thought I would create something fun on The Diabetic Medic to celebrate all the people in EMS and Public Service that go above and beyond the call of duty. For now it will be given out weekly to a man, woman, or team that I think is ultra cool. If life gets really busy in the EMS world, then awards might be given out daily! 

I need your help though. Contact Diabetic Medic if you know an Correctional Officer, EMS Dispatcher, EMT, Nurse, Paramedic, Police Officer, Sheriff, or team that needs recognition.

So many men and women do their job day in and day out. They put their lives on the line 8, 10, 12, 24 hours a day to help others. It's time to give them some recognition even if they think they are just doing their job.

Today's YOU ROCK award goes to The Mysterious Fireman of Omaha, Nebraska! His Captain just had to take some time to brag about his battles with Diabetes. The man is in insane health and goes out each day to help others. To struggle with something and still constantly think of others rocks in my book!

Saturday, February 20, 2016

You may not think that you are changing the world

You may have moments as a Paramedic, EMT, Police Officer, and Nurse where you don't think that you are changing the world. It can seem like a blur when a night can be filled with over 10+ scenes for your partner and yourself. 

Helping one person may not be changing the world but you are changing the world for that one person.
Each person we come into contact with is an opportunity to change a life. Sometimes we just don't know exactly how we affect a person while we are on and off the clock. The opportunity may not even be the Pt. or person that you are in direct contact with. You could change the life of an innocent by 
standard on the scene.

I'd like to use my own life for example. When I was a kid, I didn't always want to be a medic. I was raised by Police Officers, Security Guards, and Fireman. I didn't want that life and stress when I was younger. I wanted to be an Accountant. I wanted to do peoples taxes because I was chasing after the money.

Then one afternoon, a 16 year old was the first person on a scene and it was bad. A woman had speed around the corner, blew a tire, and wrapped her car around a telephone pole. I only knew the basics but I did what I could. I made sure someone called Emergency Services and made sure that the woman remained conscience. 

As I watched the scene, how everyone worked together, I was hooked. I wanted to save lives for a living. I was caught up in the net of EMS when one of the local Firemen walked up, shook my hand and thanked me for stepping up to the plate.

So when your feeling like crap about your day. Try remembering why you became an EMT, Firefighter, Paramedic, Police Officer, or Nurse. You never know when your words or actions could change a persons life for the better. We may have a specific title but we are the fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, medics, counselors, and advocates to the world.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Fort Worth Kolache Shoppe on Hadley

Are you asking yourself "Where are the great family owned restaurants near me?" After a bad experience with one restaurant, our EMT family decided to walk up the street to have breakfast. We had no idea what we would find but we are glad that we took the little culinary adventure. The family owned restaurant that we found is called The Kolache Shoppe.

The Kolache Shoppe is an interesting mixture of antique store, bakery, and cafe. The business has been owned by the same family for nearly four generations in Fort Worth, Texas. Though the decor is a large screen television, several fast food tables, and a surrounding of antiques, the restaurant is a nice place to sit down to have breakfast or lunch.

It's located at:
The Kolache Shoppe
6724 Brentwood Stair Rd, Fort Worth, TX 76112
(817) 457-0071

What should you try at The Kolache Shoppe? The pastries and Kolache of course. Every pastry and Kolach is baked every morning. Your senses are hit with warmth, baked goods, and cinnamon scents when you walk into the cafe. If you don't know what a Kolache is, then check out the picture on this post. It's a pastry that has a sour dough taste that can be filled with pretty much anything. 

Don't forget to try the burgers and the soup of the day. Everything is made fresh daily. Even the hungriest burger lover will be happy with The Kolache Shoppe burgers. Add a side salad and you'll have a great lunch time meal. 

The best thing that I love about The Kolache Shoppe is the people. This is an area family, with an area business, who go to an area church, and are involved in their area. The cafe is really about community where your greeted sometimes by name when you walk through the door.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Food Review: Trader Joes Honey Roasted Pumpkin Raviolli

Last night I was looking for something easy to cook for dinner and thought I would stop by Trader Joes. The store usually has some great new items each time their fearless flyer comes out and I don't mind being a little fearless with food myself. Will hubby enjoy Trader Joes Honey Roasted Pumpkin Ravioli? I guess another bag at $3.49 is in order.

Trader Joes Honey Roasted Pumpkin Ravioli are soft pockets of blended pumpkin, honey, molasses  brown sugar, ricotta and mozzarella cheese. Trader Joes suggested that some browned butter in a pan would be a sauce to be served with these raviolis. I would also like to suggest a sprinkling of grated Asiago cheese. Even though the Trader Joes product is filled with the flavors of fall already, the sprinkling of cheese really brings home that rustic flavor.

At first, I wasn't keen on trying the Pumpkin Ravioli. When fall rolls around, it seems that everyone has some kind of pumpkin item. Everyone also tends to go to the sweeter or dessert side of pumpkin recipes. My fear was that this was going to be the case with this Trader Joes product. I was fearful that I was going to end up with a bowl of sweetness wrapped in pasta dough.

Thank goodness that was not the case. The Trader Joes Honey Raosted Pumpkin Ravioli actually turned out to be a decent meal. Along with a small salad and some fresh bread, this meal produced one happy full tummy.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

How to cook warm blue crab bruschetta

Are you looking for an easy crab recipe that is full of fresh ingredients, textures, and taste? Let me share how to cook warm blue crab bruschetta. It's a shellfish recipe full of Italian flavors and summer ingredients. If your unable to find lump blue shell crab, canned lump crab or chilled diced shrimp could be used as a substitute.

Start the Appetizer recipe with:
4 cups peeled, seeded and diced Roma or plum tomatoes
1 cup diced white onions
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1/3 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
2 tablespoons sugar
1 pound lump blue crab meat, check for shells
1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1/3 cup minced fresh basil
2 baguettes, sliced and toasted golden (I like to use a little bit of olive oil on the slices to give it a really golden color from the toasting.)

Combine tomatoes, onion, garlic, oil, vinegar, oregano and sugar in a slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for two hours.

Add crab meat, salt and pepper. Stir gently to mix ingredients, taking care not to break up the crab meat lumps. Cook on low for one more hour.

Once done cooking, fold in basil and serve on the toasted baguette slices. 

This recipe will make 16 servings or two appetizers per person. You can also serve the warm blue crab on melba toast, whole grain crackers, sour dough slices, or in appetizer service spoons.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Dinner Recipe: Mixed Vegetable Stew

Do you want to know how to cook mixed vegetable stew. It's another meal at the PNS shelter. Though the concept of mixed vegetable stew is great, the shelter made it too salty. Actually a lot of foods at the shelter are too salty. Sometimes I wonder if they are in cahoots with the local hospital to earn income.
What you will need to cook mix vegetable stew:
four ounces of beef shoulder per person, one potato diced per person, one large bag of frozen mixed vegetables, a quarter of an onion diced per person, one bay leaf, salt and pepper to taste.
So a family of four would need a pound of beef shoulder, four potatoes, a large bag of frozen mixed vegetables, and one large onion diced.
Cut beef shoulder into chunks and brown in skillet. Transfer stew meat to a large pot and cover with water. Bring heat to medium and let simmer until meat begins to break away in strands of beef.
Add potatoes, onions, and the large bag of mixed vegetables to pot. Cook on medium until potatoes are tender. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Alternatives to how to cook mixed vegetable stew:
Add a can of tomato paste and sauce to the pot while cooking
Add a can or jar of gravy to the pot, you can also make your own with butter, flour, and beef juice
Serve meal over cornbread
Serve meal over steamed white or brown rice
Serve meal over spaghetti squash

Monday, February 15, 2016

Food Review: Fort Worth Oliver's Fine Foods Texas Caviar

What do you think of when you think about the word "Texas Caviar". As a classified Northerner, Texas Caviar was a new term to me. I had stopped into Oliver's Fine Foods for a bag of vegetable chips. I saw that the staff had set out several new dips for the day and I had to get a sample of each.
It's a shame that they didn't have any packaged "Texas Caviar" out or I would have bought some on the spot. Oliver Fine Foods isn't fishy caviar but a marriage of fresh ingredients that make up an enjoyable bean dip.
This bean dip is unlike most because it offers a mixture of diced tomatoes, green pepper, onions, jalapenos, and black eyed peas. It offers a mild spice to the taste buds. One could compare "Texas Caviar" to it's cousin Pico de Gallo.
Though this Oliver product is a little pricy per pound. The price does seem normal for most of the items in the store. I could see using this Texas Caviar as a dip, nacho topping, and replacement for salad dressing.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Lunch Recipe: Sweet And Sour Romaine Salad

Soon the weather is going to be hitting triple digits around the U.S. I know during this time I'm always looking for ways to make cool meals that don't take a lot of time in the kitchen. Large salad, like the Sweet and Sour Romaine salad, are always on the menu in our home.

So how do you make a Sweet and Sour Romaine Salad? The dressing is a light red wine vinegar which blends really well with the blue cheese and strawberries that are in the recipe.

1 cup canola oil
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
Salt and pepper to your preference

Blend all ingredients together with a whisk until sugar is disolved.

1 head of romaine lettuce, chopped
1 cup sliced strawberries
4 green onions diced
1/2 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
1/2 - 3/4 cup of the dressing

Toss all ingredients together in a large bowl and serve.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Fort Worth Oliver's Fine Foods Guacamole Burger

Instead of doing a restaurant review as a whole, my husband and I thought that we would write about each meal that we had at a specific location. We had a few extra dollars to spend a couple of days ago. We both decided to stay out of the shelter a couple more hours and eat at Oliver's Fine Foods.

This Fort Worth, Texas location is located in the middle of the Sundance area of the city. The location looks like it could have once been a bank and recently was turned into the restaurant that it is today. The location is open and airy. I enjoy the fact that there is plenty of seating and they offer large comfortable bench seats for those of us that need a little more cushion for our tushie. You can see the layout for yourself at:

Oliver's Fine Foods
415 Throckmorton Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76012
So did we enjoy the Guacamole Burger? If your the type of person that would like to spend $8 for a quarter pound hamburger then I would say have at it. My husband and I both agreed that the meat was seasoned with way to much salt. When a person bites into a hamburger they should taste the richness and grill of the meat. What a person shouldn't be tasting is the aftertaste of saltiness in a hamburger.

Will we be going back to Oliver's Fine Foods? This location is a great place to pick up things for lunch if you are in the downtown area. I can see why they cater to the hotels and businesses. I'm looking forward to buying a few things from Oliver's deli. On the other hand, if my first experience there was a not a good one, then I'm a little skeptical about trying the other things on their menu.

Will Oliver's Fine Foods draw us back for their biscuits and gravy breakfast? Will we dare try this restaurants breakfast tacos? I guess you will just have to wait and see. I would love to hear your opinion of Oliver's though. Do you think we should spend any more time at the place?

Lunch Recipe: Bacon And Jalapeno Grilled Cheese

Did you know that April is National Grilled Cheese Month? Everyone loves the classic grill cheese and tomato soup. What I have found is that people in Texas are doing it bigger and spicier than most. The Wisconsin Milk board is even having a 2013 Recipe Showdown.

The weekend chef offers up a mixture of gooey cheese, bacon, and spicy jalapenos to kick off your tastebuds. You can find a photo slideshow of the recipe at The weekend chef!

What will you need to make Texas grilled cheese with bacon and jalapenos? Each sandwich is a mixture of:
1 cup shredded soft cheese
1/4 stick butter
2 slices Texas toast
1 1/2 slices bacon
1/2 jalapeno, thinly sliced

If your looking for more of a smokey flavor from the jalapenos then try grilling them or saute them before you add them to the recipe.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Dinner Recipe: Spicy Orange Chicken

What's for dinner tonight? Tonight is going to be a very simple night. I thought I was going to do leftovers but when I saw what was left over in the refrigerator, I decided that I wanted something a little more healthy. So tonight we are having Spicy orange grilled chicken with rice.

I had posted on Facebook that my husband was revolting over my control of the finances when he sneaked in a bottle of Panda Express orange sauce. I'm more of a brown sauce or teriyaki sauce type of gal but the bottled Panda Express sauce is not bad. It has a nice balance of heat and sweetness. Plus I like the fact that you don't have to use a lot of the sauce to get a nice coverage over your meat or chicken.

What you will need to make spicy orange chicken and rice:
1 bottle of Panda Express orange sauce
chicken breast
steamed white rice

Marinate chicken breast in the panda express orange sauce for at least one hour. This usually only takes a quarter of the bottle for marinade. 

To start the rice, make sure that you rinse the white rice to insure that the rice doesn't stick together while cooking. Keep rice warm in pot while you grill the chicken.

Grill chicken on medium high heat until pinkness is gone and chicken is tender. I personally like to baste the chicken breast with more orange sauce while it's cooking. Be sure to never use the marinade as a basting sauce to prevent contamination of your food.

Place rice at the bottom of the plate, slice chicken when done and place on top of plate. Drizzle any juices that may be left in the pan over the chicken and rice.

Side dishes that would be great with this would be:
Steamed zucchini, eggplant, and bell peppers
Spinach salad with water chestnuts, shredded carrots, and red onion
Steamed snow peas

Thursday, February 11, 2016

New Dinner Recipe: Family Night Burritos

Are you asking yourself tonight "What's for dinner?" If that commercial we all hear from the beef industry comes to mind then you are right. Beef is what's for dinner at Two Married Foodies. I'm in the mood to try new recipes, so tonight I thought I would try family night burritos. I obtained the recipe out of Crock Pot magazine October 2009 issue #44.

It's a great recipe to try if you like spicy and tender meat. I was a little hesatent because my husband normally doesn't like foods that have a lot of heat. Each individual can always cool the heat from the salsa down with things like sour cream, guacamole, or extra rice in the family night burritos. I really liked this recipe and this is one meal that I will be making over again. I may even plan to make a whole bunch of them and put them in the freezer. This way if my husband and I are working long hours then we won't have to worry about cooking.

What you will need to make family night burritos:
1 boneless beef chuck shoulder roast (2 to 3 pounds)
1 Jar or 24 ounces of home made salsa
8 flour tortillas, warmed.

This recipe makes 8 servings. Suggestive toppings are dice black olives, shredded cheese, sour cream, salsa, diced tomatoes, diced onions, guacamole, diced green onions.

Place roast in slow cooker and top with salsa. You will want to cover the pot and cook on low for 8-10 hours. 

Remove the beef from the slow cooker and shred with 2 forks. Return to cooking liquid and mix well. Cover and cook for 1 to 2 hours longer or until heated through.

Serve shredded beef wrapped in the warm tortillas and let your family top with the ingredients that they want.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

What if the DNR can not be found?

Recently I posted my answers to the EMT Refresher notes on "Do Not Resuscitate" advance directives. Sometimes an EMT will go on a scene where the family members say that there is an advance directive but the actual paperwork is not present. Do you follow the wishes of the family members or do you do your job as an EMT?

It's my belief that an EMT should always follow protocol for the state that they work in. Consider initiating treatment to the patient immediately.

Contact medical direction for instructions on how to proceed. Be sure to tell them that there is no advance directive available but the family members say that the patient does have one.

Continue treatment until the problem has been resolved.


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Pt. says "I don't want to go to the hospital!"

Yesterday during my EMT refresher, we talked about advance directives. At times an EMT will arrive at an accident and the patient will not want to go to the hospital. There have been times in my career where I have demanded, stomped my foot, and urged people to go to the hospital.

A competent adult who can prove orientation to "person, place, and time" can deny consent of treatment. The patient must be informed of all potential risks and possibility of death. Even if the scare of death doesn't move them to seek treatment, then try to persuade them.

Make sure the patient is competent and able to make rational informed decisions.

Consult medical direction as needed or follow local protocol.

If the patient still refuses, clearly document what was told to the patient.

Document what the patient response is and have him/her sign a refusal form.

Before you leave the scene, encourage them to seek help if other symptoms occur.

Monday, February 8, 2016

EMT Refresher: That's just private

I'm actually glad this topic came up in the EMT Refresher notes. There are many times when someone sees an ambulance and ask what is wrong. I've seen my co-works tell the person who is inside the ambulance and why they are there. This result in a large cringe on my face. Personal information is just private.

The things that an EMT has to keep confidential is the emergency care the person is receiving, patient history, physical assessment of the patient and treatment of the patient.

So what happens when an EMT goes home and they just want to vent. Legally we are not to speak to the press, family members, friends, or other members of the public about details of the emergency care that we give a patient. Even though I have slipped too and talked about patients to my loved ones, I never use their name. Personally, that too feels like a breach of privacy.

Any information given out by an EMT requires a written release form signed by the patient or a legal guardian of the patient.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

EMT Refresher: Patient drop off

The past couple of days my EMT refresher has been talking about the legal ramifications of the interaction between an EMT and the patient. What happens when other people get involved? How do you protect yourself when you are transporting the patient to the hospital or transferring them to an Air Ambulance?

I'm going to discuss how an EMT can protect themselves legally during a transport and transfer situation.

The important thing to do is to use the medical facility that is closet and can treat the patient. Do not bypass a medical facility that is able to treat the patient unless directed by medical direction, patient or predetermined protocol.

Obtain full and clear report of patients condition from first responder if you are the EMT on scene. Obtain a clear report of patients condition from EMT if you are the medical staff at the facility or Air Ambulance.

Ensure that you are able to provide the level of care necessary during the transport and it is within your scope. If not, obtain assistance from ALS.

Obtain the informed consent form signed by patient or legal guardian if you are receiving the patient.

Obtain the written certification of transfer that includes the transferring physicians name and address, facility receiving the patient and the reason for the transfer.

As an EMT, know where you are going and take the quickest possible route.


Saturday, February 6, 2016

EMT Refresher: Can all patients be potential organ donors?

As an EMT you will come across hundreds of men and women who are organ donors. Can a patient immediately become an organ donor once the coroner is called on scene? Unfortunately the answer is no. There are a lot of rules that need to be followed when it comes to dealing with an organ donor as an EMT.

A signed donor card is needed as legal document.
The individual is patient first and then donor. Let's not forget to treat them with the respect that all patients deserve.
Hospital staff and patient family has final say on if the organs can be donated.
Communicate with medical direction that you possibly have an organ donor.
It's the physicians responsibility to determine death
Hypothermic patients can not be declared dead until rewarmed
Patient must be absent of pulse, breathing, and breath sounds
Patient must be completely unresponsive to any stimuli
No eye movement or pupil response
Absence of blood pressure
EMT must check for no reflexes.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

EMT Refresher: Responding to a crime scene

As an EMT or Paramedic, you will be called out to crime scenes. There will be times when the Fire Department busts down the doors and a crime scene is found. What happens then? Let's discuss special considerations in responding to potential crime scenes.

Recognizing a crime scene requires a high index of suspicion. A potential crime scene is any scene that may require Police support. As an EMT, be sure to take one way in or out. This will cut down on crime scene contamination and protect you on scene.

Touch only what you need to touch and inform Police what you have touched.

Move only what you need to move to protect the patient, inform Police of what you moved.

Do not use crime scene telephone unless you have permission from Police. Though with everyone having a cell phone, I don't see this being a problem. The only time it may become a problem is if you need a land line or company policy requires that you do not use your own personal phone for work.

In absence of Police permission, move the Patient only if Patient is in danger. Police will escort the Patient to the Ambulance or Coroners truck.

Observe and document everything

Do not cut through holes in clothing that may be caused by stabbing or gunshot wounds. It's always easier to cut along the hemline of clothing.

Do not cut through a rope or tie knot. The rope and tie may contain evidence that is essential to the case.

Do not cover patient with sheet.

If crime is rape, do not wash the patient with any solutions.