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1 hour ago, ms.sss said:

Ooohhhh that loooks so gooooood.

...just made a mental note to pick up some smoked salmon during tomorrow’s grocery run!

Yay on the weight loss!

P.S. I forget...do you have a date yet for ur surgery?

It was really good actually, we both loved it! :D

No date yet, elective surgery is still up in the air right now, and I am still deciding if I go with my original surgeon in Sydney or find one here in Brisbane... tricky as the Queensland borders are closed still and not expected to open until Sept... makes it a bit hard to plan a date, but I am sooooo ready lol!!

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15 hours ago, ms.sss said:

Ok, it was a “Side Dish” feast at Casa SSS tonight! Had a bunch of foods that needed to be used up again!

Meal for me consisted of one lobster tail, one lobster claw, 1/2 a corn cob & maybe 1/4 cup-ish of Brussel Sprouts. Cleaned the plate! Am stuffed.

P.S. the fam LOVES sautéed onions. They can eat it by the bucketful. Im always annoyed with how much it looks like raw vs. how little it looks like after sautée-ing for an hour....

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Hey good lookin' we know what ya got cooking... how bout cooking something up for me/us! LOL. What a wondrous feast, Chef SSS! The caramelized onions - right there with the fam on that favorite. WOW.

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13 hours ago, Cheeseburgh said:

We splurged tonight, it is my husband’s 65th birthday! (I’m married to an official senior citizen)

I made his favorites: Prime ribeye, which I overcooked a bit, asparagus and mashed potatoes. He’s allergic to wheat so my youngest son and I made him Gluten Free banana bread. Normally sugary/bakery things are pretty good with alternative flours..Not this! I could have bounced it off the floor.

This meal was too dense for me so I didn’t eat much, I forgot how much I love mashed potatoes!

I made up for his rubber bread by using a tacky candle that plays Happy Birthday!

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What a pretty spring table setting. That prime rib dinner looks pretty yummy to me despite your critique. Very funny about the banana bread. Let's play catch? Maybe become a door stopper after all that loving effort? Happy 65th milestone hubby Cheeseburgh and here's to many, many more less the brick. Haha.

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12 hours ago, DaisyChainOz said:

Y'ouch!! Hope you are on the mend now! :)

@Sophie7713 your buffet and salad looks amazing! So yummy :D Fresh apricots are delicious if you get a good one, if they are floury not so nice, and if too green they are very sharp flavoured, but one that is just right... Oh Yeah!!!

@ms.sss Wowsers your lobsters and sides looks incredible! We sometimes buy the frozen Canadian lobster tails and they are scrummy.

@Cheeseburgh Your hubby's birthday meal looks lovely, the candle is hilarious!! :D haha, shame about the banana bread, the gooey-ness of the bananas probably weighed down the delicate GF flour quite a lot, not sure what you used, or if you have tried this... but I find 50% Almond flour 50% GF flour a better combination for banana bread when doing GF.

OK so today's lunch salad....

50gm Smoked Salmon with Avo, feta and leaves... super yummy, ate all of mine (smaller one at the back, foreground is hubby's)

approx 215 calories and carbs approx 5.3gm

So far this week of being very careful I have lost 3kg (6.61 lb) I know most is Water weight, but happy with it it's half of what I have put on since isolation.

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DELICIOUS and BEAUTIFUL salad! We tried the apricot chia pudding last night. Way too sweet for my tastes now. The recipe calls for cooking them in fresh orange juice (an overkill) - Water next time. And, to think - hubby's carrot cake use to be a favorite! Our Christmas party 2018 right before WLS surgery December 17th. Treasured memories. Glad that sweet tooth, however, has gone bye bye. Anyone else had that fatal attraction for sweets halt after WLS?

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42 minutes ago, Sophie7713 said:

Anyone else had that fatal attraction for sweets halt after WLS?

Nah, Glenn Close is still very much around. :(

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43 minutes ago, Sophie7713 said:

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omg i LOVE that crown on your head!!!

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19 minutes ago, ms.sss said:

omg i LOVE that crown on your head!!!

FUN right! Our balloon master made us each a themed balloon for the evening! I guess I got the crown + jewelry because we were the host/hostess! Diamond ring and necklace, too. (Huge Sophie then) Hubby got a big puppy dog. My favorite was Rudolf the red nose reindeer. Adorable!!! And, that single friend assigned Rudolf as her official date for the evening. Haha. Sure is nice to reflect upon happier times right now... I love Christmas time. Entertaining and cooking...for the joy of all. I wonder what Christmas 2020 will bring forth?

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Sorry for the tangent! Back on point. Cabbage Soup for lunch today. Not cold, but a dreary and rainy week here.

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3 hours ago, Sophie7713 said:

FUN right! Our balloon master made us each a themed balloon for the evening

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Ok. I’ll make you a deal: I’ll make you dinner, but you HAVE to invite me to your next balloon party!!

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4 hours ago, ms.sss said:

Ok. I’ll make you a deal: I’ll make you dinner, but you HAVE to invite me to your next balloon party!!

DEAL!

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Soooo instead of dinner and a movie... Will play dinner and a balloon! Dinner tonight was picadillo basically a cuban stew, and a salad. I ate half portion of each. The balloon close-ups are simply amazing. But even more compelling, I had hired the balloon master for a dinner party five years previous to 2018. He was always very heavy set. He arrived at this party much slimmer. When I walked him out to his car after the event - I commented on how great he looked moving so much easier at his art. He told me he had lost 90 pounds and counting after gastric sleeve surgery. I just grinned and said, you won't believe this but I am scheduled for that same surgery in two weeks! Turns out we also enlisted the same surgeon in Boca Raton! He was such an encouragement (a true Christmas gift) as I had never met anyone who made that journey nor struggled with morbid obesity.

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1 hour ago, Sophie7713 said:

Soooo instead of dinner and a movie... Will play dinner and a balloon! Dinner tonight was picadillo basically a cuban stew, and a salad. I ate half portion of each. The balloon close-ups are simply amazing. But even more compelling, I had hired the balloon master for a dinner party five years previous to 2018. He was always very heavy set. He arrived at this party much slimmer. When I walked him out to his car after the event - I commented on how great he looked moving so much easier at his art. He told me he had lost 90 pounds and counting after gastric sleeve surgery. I just grinned and said, you won't believe this but I am scheduled for that same surgery in two weeks! Turns out we also enlisted the same surgeon in Boca Raton! He was such an encouragement (a true Christmas gift) as I had never met anyone who made that journey nor struggled with morbid obesity.

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Your parties look like so much fun Sophie, I want an invite too :D lol

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On 6/3/2020 at 10:31 PM, DaisyChainOz said:

@Cheeseburgh Your hubby's birthday meal looks lovely, the candle is hilarious!! :D haha, shame about the banana bread, the gooey-ness of the bananas probably weighed down the delicate GF flour quite a lot, not sure what you used, or if you have tried this... but I find 50% Almond flour 50% GF flour a better combination for banana bread when doing GF.

Normally I don’t bake, if I get anything gluten free I buy it. He doesn’t have much of a sweet tooth. I used. Namaste baking blend from costco. My son blended it with a hand blender and I didn’t worry about it getting tough because there is no gluten. It got tough!

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How amazing are those balloons. Never seen any as wonderful before. What a talented gentleman.

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Have you ever planned a really nice dinner, spent a lot of time and effort and even ordered/bought new Ingredients just to make that dinner, and it turns out fine, but not worth it?

I made Rick Bayless‘ Pastor recipe tonight, I think my fatal mistake was using pork loin vs shoulder. It looked so good, but honestly I prefer his Frontera Grill prepackaged marinades. They taste better and they are way easier!

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