Thanksgiving Meal Practice Run

I decided to do a quick run through of my thanksgiving meal today. Since this is my first time making it I didn’t want any surprises. I cooked 2 Cornish hen in my slow cooker, some white rice with corn, broccoli, cream of chicken soup and cream of mushroom soup in the rice cooker, candied yams, mixed greens, stuffing and gravy, and Mac and cheese.

I am proud to say that everything turned out great!! The only thing that I will tweak is that I didn’t anticipate how quickly the sides would be done compared to the rice and Cornish hen. The Cornish hen takes 6 hours so I started that process way ahead of time. I didn’t realize that the rice would take as long as it did t it didn’t take any longer than normal I guess. More like I didn’t anticipate the sides being so easy to make and finish so quickly. So on thanksgiving the only change is that I will cook the sides once the rice and meat are completely done.

I’m so proud of myself. I cooked an entire meal by myself. I feel like such an adult.

My First Thanksgiving Dinner

So this year I’ve decided to make thanksgiving dinner myself. Since it will only be me and I didn’t want to actually go out I thought this would be a good time to try out some cooking skills? Am I crazy or nah? This shouldn’t be that hard right? I mean just because I’ve never cooked anything besides eggs, hamburger helper, and some turkey chilli in a slow cooker doesn’t mean I can’t do a bang up job on this dinner.

Here’s the menu;
2 Cornish hen – no need for a large turkey just for me.

Mac and cheese – my favorite all year round

Stuffing and gravy – 2nd favorite all year round

Rice with cream of chicken soup, corn, and veggie medley – I do make this all the time i n my rice cooker

Cornbread – never made it before but how hard could it be?

I’ve decided since its just me that I’m going to make all my favorite thanksgiving dishes only. These are all pretty simple to make. I think. I’m just putting the Cornish hen in the slow cooker, rice in the rice cooker. The only thing I’m actually worried about is the cornbread. I don’t know how to make the gravy for the stuffing but that’s where Google and YouTube come into play. Anyway, we’ll see how things turn out and I’ll post pics of the finished products and maybe some along the way.

Carb Counting

Carb counting is a must when you are a diabetic. Counting the number of carbs in your meal and dividing that by the number of units of insulin you need to give yourself is time consuming and can be downright confusing at times. Yet and still it must be done for every meal. The difficult part is when you go out to eat. You’re never quite sure how many carbs are in the meal because they don’t supply you with a nutrition label to read from so you have to guesstimate. After many years I kind of have it down to a science and I can kind of eyeball the amount of carbs in the meal but that is not a given every time. I have had episodes where I over estimated or underestimated the amount and found myself in a bit of a pickle.

Reading nutrition labels on all packages is a must. You do not want to go grocery shopping with me, trust that. Once I find something that I like and learn how it affects my body I will eat only that. There are only a few things that I eat on a constant basis. This is more because I know the carb count and it is easier when it comes time to administer insulin. I do like to eat different types of food but I have to be careful with experimenting.

Diabetics are natural mathematicians whether they know it or not.  I thought I was horrible at math until I got carb counting down. Now I can do it without a calculator and almost on auto pilot, I automatically know that this amount of food will equal this amount of insulin. 98.5% of the time I’m right.

Clutter free

Being able to reinvent myself is such a good thing for me. I can start all over fresh with a clean slate.  I think a minimalist lifestyle works best for me.

I used to be all about collecting things. I felt like having things gave me purpose. I was so wrong. All that did was weigh me down. For example, at one point I had over 300 pairs of shoes only to wear about 10 or 15 on a regular basis. I had some of them just to have them. Ridiculous.

The less I have the less cluttered my brain can be. The less cluttered my brain the better I can think. The better I think the better I write.

National Diabetes Awareness Month

November marks national Diabetes Awareness month. As a type 1 diabetic, this is kind of a special month for me. Not only is thanksgiving one of my favorite holidays but I also get the chance to spread awareness about type 1 Diabetes and its affects on me and my fellow t1d’s.


First, let’s dispel the myth of the look of a person with Diabetes. Not all diabetics are unhealthy people that didn’t eat correctly and/or exercise. I am a type 1 diabetic, so this is something that is an auto immune disorder that occurred naturally. My pancreas just decided to stop working. I am an avid runner and I’m all about healthy living. I didn’t create this because of my lifestyle choices.

Another myth is that I can’t have sugar. Umm… Without sugar I would die. My pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin aka glucose aka sugar to support and breakdown the food that I consume. While in the case of most type 2 diabetics, they may over produce insulin and yeah maybe they should stay away from the sugar because their body produces too much.

I stick myself at least 10-12 times per day to test my levels and that is on a light day. I test once when I wake up, before and after every meal and again before I go to sleep. I give myself an insulin shot in the morning on my long lasting/slow release insulin and a shot of my fast acting insulin before every meal. So imagine getting a flu shot at least three times a day everyday of your life. Not to mention the numb fingertips from the constant pricking to test my blood in the morning, before and after each meal, and whenever I feel a little out of whack.

This life is not easy. When you see a diabetic, especially a type 1 diabetic, hopefully you’ll understand a bit of what we go through. Oh and did I mention the carb/calorie counting and converting to units of insulin? Oh my gosh!! You need to be a mathematician to understand it all. We do what we have to do to stay alive and hopefully one day there will be a cure. Until then we just keep pushing.

I Miss my Nook

The one thing I miss the most about losing everything is that I lost my nook. Sunday mornings like this would be a great time to curl up with my nook and read a book.

When I replace my nook I’ll still have to get download the majority of my books again. Some of my books I bought from Barnes and Noble but the majority I downloaded. Oh well, just one more thing to replace.

I do have some good news. I was able to secure a new place and I’ll be moving in soon.  I’m pretty excited about it and I’m so ready to be in my own place.


This journey to a new me has started. The fire has jump started that. Since I have to rebuild why not make a better version? Who rebuilds and keep the crummy building that was there before? Rebuild bigger and better. This is going to be a long journey and I’m prepared for it.