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Insomnia and culinary pursuits 
Jun. 15, 2012 2:09 pm 
Updated: Jun. 17, 2012 6:14 pm
I have trouble sleeping.  Despite their claims my new memory foam adjustable bed has not cured me but it has made me more comfortable while I toss and turn.  Anyway, I am up and down all night, sometimes watching tv, even the infomercials.  I succumbed to Kathy and John  and  "Ready, Set, Cook" the amazing grilling machine.  It is a sandwich maker, egg cooker, cake baker, pannini maker, steak griller, you name it.  Has a central one well base pan, a split pan section and a mini cupcake type insert.  I felt so stupid when the box arrived.  What seemed like such a good idea at 3 a.m. was now taunting me from the box......."Sucker"!  I unpacked it, read the recipe book and I have begun to cook.  In two days, I have made a really good rib eye steak, darned decent "over easy" egg, pastrami and swiss on rye grilled sandwich, garlic toast, grilled zucchini. I look forward to making the crab meat stuffed mushrooms and the turkey meatballs. 
 The grands are coming for the weekend and we plan to make sausage in a pancake (like pigs in a blanket), hot dogs, mini pizzas  and probably several other things they will pick from the recipe booklet.  I actually like it, it does not heat up my kitchen, it cleans up with just a wipe, and it helps in portion control, and most foods are prepared just using a spray of Pam, no other oil.  Less calories and fat.  Who knew there could be an upside to Insomnia.   
Jun. 15, 2012 4:08 pm
I use Ambien (Zolpidem) now, I also was on Lunesta (Eszopiclone) (but it had side effects for me. they help but the longer your on them the less they help. for a long time I abused alcohol so I could sleep. alcohol had large effects on my liver, 2 1\2 years of AA help keep me sober.
Jun. 15, 2012 4:51 pm
I'm glad you took steps to kick the habit, although I guess it will always be a day by day recovery. Took a lot of guts to do it. I am still up and down all night even with a sleeping pill. Some nights it will make you crazy. Good thing now is I don't have to go to work if I had a bad night and can sleep in the morning if my body allows.
Jun. 15, 2012 9:37 pm
I am beginning to believe insomnia is another blesssing from menopause. I am not much of a TV watcher other than a few shows, so I don't have the infomercial temptation. I bake if I know I won't be sleeping. My building super loves it LOL! Enjoy your new gadget.
Jun. 16, 2012 4:03 am
I had to look up your new cooking gadget. That looks like something my boys would like...have fun with the grands using it. I find it funny that I can watch TV in the evening and can't keep my eyes open for the life of me, but when I crawl into bed I'm wide awake...go figure.
Jun. 16, 2012 6:03 am
Hello Covergirl, I know how it is with the informercials. I have bought redi-set-go cookers and I love them for mini pizzas, omlettes. etc. So, I got the 2 for one and then I saw one on Ebay that was really cheap. Now, I have 3. Sounds crazy, but my guests had fun baking their own pizzas in the little red suckers and I don't have to turn on the oven.
Jun. 16, 2012 8:32 am
good to hear from you all and Lela you hit the nail on the head, I was too embarrased to tell you all I got two of them also, they say you get the second one for free, but they charge separate for shipping and handling so they get it in the long run. I planned to give the second one to my recently widowed bff who now complains about cooking for one and has little interest. However, I keep looking at it and thinking I really want it for myself for just such occasions as make your own pizzas, omlettes, etc. I hope I don't see it on tv again at 3 a.m. I am liable to end up with a total of 4. I know the grands will love it.
Jun. 16, 2012 7:15 pm
Covergirl, your first two sentences drew me in to read the rest of your blog. I admit I had a hard time seeing through the tears from laughing so much. I suffer from the same sleep issues, but so far, I've managed to avoid QVC and late night infomercials. I usually use that time to find more recipes. It's why my AR recipe box contains 2,882 recipes.
Jun. 17, 2012 7:40 am
Oh my, are they all sorted to their proper files? I only have 200 or so unsorted and I keep telling myself I will get it done. Unfortunately, when I am up in the wee hours I am too tired to concentrate on anything specifi. TV just becomes background noise. Once in awhile I catch a good night, and it was good last night, got 6=7 hours. My grandkids spent the night, don't know if they just wore me out or what. Feel good today.
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I am a retired registered nurse. I have two fabulous grandchildren ages 10 and 7, they live only 1 mile from me so we cook together often.
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I like one pot meals, slow cooker, rustic fare. Lately, I am cultivating recipes for soup and have turned out some really good results, especially using curry seasoning. I am not a baker.
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I make many of my mother's dishes. I like to entertain with just a wide array of appetizers sometimes, even though it is labor intensive.
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My Italian spaghetti sauce. My famous pot roast made in an oven bag. Appetizers.
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My latest debacle is making Pho, Vietnamese beef soup. Very labor intensive, many exotic ingredients, cook all day. I went to strain it through a cheesecloth lined colander and forgot to put anything under the colander. Down the drain it went; 7 hours worth of broth. Oh Well!
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