Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Nordic Ware Popcorn Popper ~ You'll never go back to bagged microwave popcorn!

This product is SO fantastic and has been a huge hit in my house.  Seriously, if you are still eating microwave popcorn out of a bag, it's time to head to your local Target and pick one of these up.


On here the nordicware website it is more, but it is on special right now at Target for $8.99  I found it in the same aisle as the popcorn.

This isn't a separate appliance, it's simply a specialized bowl and lid that go in your microwave.  Add 1/3 cup popcorn, and set the time like you normally do for your bag of popcorn.  You DON'T need to add any oil.  After it's done popping add your favorite seasonings, put the lid back on, shake, then enjoy!

My favorite seasoning is 2 tbsp butter + a couple pinches of salt.  Salt goes a LONG way, so don't add too much!

The bowl is so easy to clean, it is top rack microwave safe.  Also, you can use it as a serving bowl! So if you are using a bowl to put your bagged popcorn in, you really don't have much more to wash.  Fresh popcorn tastes so much better, and you can make it much healthier and control the ingredients that go in to it.

Monday, January 30, 2012

A hard decision, will be leaving my son for a week

One of the hardest things I will have to do in my life so far:

I have to leave my son for a week. No physical contact, no being near him, only skype & face time.

This is not optional, this was not an easy choice.

My son deserves a healthy mommy to take good care of him, take him to the park, play with him, cook him good meals, and all that good stuff.

I have had a thyroid problem for several years, over 10 years even.  It has been laying low, and not really done anything in that 10 years.  I haven't been on medication for it.  I have a rather large nodule, but it hadn't changed in size at all.... that is until this last year.  Now, I am trying to get healthy, for my son and for any future children we might have.  I have had low energy for several years, spells of anxiety, which all may be attributed to my thyroid.  Add on top of that a large growing nodule in my neck that is starting to cause issues with swallowing... I think it's time.

I had two choices... and this was a VERY hard decision.  Some of you may not agree with my choice, but it is what it is.  I had to choose between radioactive iodine treatment (RAI) or surgery.  I have chosen to go with RAI.  There are several factors that led to this decision.  It requires I will have to be away from children for at least a week.  The easiest way to do this is to remove me from the household for a week.  I couldn't bear the thought of making my son leave his house and his mom & dad for the duration, so he will be staying here with my mother in law, and my hubby when he is not at work.  I will be staying at a relative's house.

I know my son will miss me, I mean, he has me all day long.  He misses me when I go to somewhere and leave him at home with my husband.  I'm just glad he is young enough that he shouldn't remember me leaving him for so long.  I will miss him dearly.  I am thankful for things like skype and face time.  This means I will actually be able to see and talk to my son during this time.

If any of you have suggestions of what I can do to make this easier, please leave a comment.  I appreciate it.