14 Days of gratitude: Day 11 Plus Hillbilly casserole and a failed homemade pizza

Happy Monday! Today’s gratitude prompt is, be grateful for your body. Is my body perfect? Absolutely not! But, I still respect it and am grateful for it. I have both arms, legs, feet all of which help me to hold, lift, exercise, move in general, walk, stand, run, jump, type, etc. Even if I have some flabby triceps I am still grateful for my arms. Even if I don’t have Buns of Steel thighs, I am still grateful. I have both my hands and I am grateful for that. I have a little arthritis, so I can’t do some of the things I used to, but I am still grateful to learn to do other things instead. I am grateful for my head that houses my brain and my eyes and ears. Without my eyes and ears I wouldn’t be able to see and hear the beauty all around me. I am grateful for my chest that expands when I breathe and houses my heart and lungs. My heart and lungs the lifeline to the body. I am grateful for those. My hips and abdomen that houses my womb where my children grew and thrived for 9 months before entering this world. My kidneys which to me are just as vital as my heart and lungs. While I still have 2 only one works well. But, I am still grateful for that, and all of the learning experiences that have come with having a failed kidney. Be grateful for what you have!

Friday I made some homemade pizza. It was super easy, affordable, and had good flavor. So, why was it a fail? Because, I used puff pastry for the pizza dough. I had it on hand, it has great flavor and figured why not. It was delicious, but puff pastry is flimsy and just did not make a good pizza dough. We ate it, but we just had to cut it instead of hold it. We didn’t use a lot of sauce and just added cheese. Super affordable!

Saturday, I made Hillbilly Casserole. This is a recipe I found on Youtube. It was super easy, delicious and affordable. However, it was not very healthy for anyone with CKD, or if you are following a low carb diet. All you need is a large bag of instant potatoes. I used Idahoan and they were only 1.50. A package of bologna. I used hot dogs, of which I only had 3 left from last week. It really was not enough hot dogs to get the full affect, but it worked. The last thing you need is cheddar cheese. I used about 4 ounces of shredded cheddar cheese. Fry up the bologna, mix up the potatoes. Put it all in a casserole dish, add the cheese, and bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes. This has a ton of salt in it, and phosphorus. Neither of which is good for CKD. Eat this in small amounts only and add some side veggies or a salad if you can. My family loved this, though more hot dogs in it would have been preferred. We still have some left and it will be a side for our chicken and broccoli tonight. Would I make this again? Yes, but with hot dogs not bologna, which to me are the same things. I would try and be sure we had veggies or side salad though.

We still have some of the homemade pork and beans leftover. That was definitely a budget friendly meal. I actually had them over the Hillbilly Casserole for my work dinner last night. They were super delicious that way. Bu, the last three days I have been eating way too many carbs. So, today I have to get back on track.

One thing I have already learned from my budget grocery shopping is that the sales flyers come out on Sunday. There were some great deals in the paper yesterday, but I had already shopped on Friday. I won’t make that mistake again. I will have to menu plan right through to Sunday and shop on Mondays.

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