Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Money, Teeth, Recliner, Cooking, Bowling.

Money, what's money? I now have a quote for my new partial plate which, even with assistance from the insurance, is still going to cost me about $470, and that is without fillings and extractions. However, when we came home on Monday after bowling I developed a terrific toothache and was feeling very sorry for myself for several hours until my Tylenol 3 started to work. Have an appointment for Thursday at 9 to begin the process. Horrors, I will have to get cracking that morning. I hate dentistry, but I've got to go ahead with it or suffer.

So then I phoned the chair repair people and said where was my quote. Ends up they want $160 plus tax to repair it. I said that was offset by the initial payment and they said "oh no, only if he had fixed it there and then". Bloody hell. I should have asked if they did senior's discounts.

Tuesday morning I made a large batch of Spiced Beef in Red Wine which freezes very well and which we both enjoy. The original recipe calls for the veg to be processed. The first time I didn't do that, the second time I did and we didn't like it much, so this time the vegetables are regularly chopped. It is a Nigella Lawson recipe. Full of carrots, leeks and onions with star anise and cloves too. We really enjoy it.

Monday bowling was pretty good. A couple of the best games I have had for a while. Long may it last. Funny another bowler, female, beat the couple with the high scores last week. She got lots of strikes and spares but not lots of strikes in a row, but ended up with a 268. So that was 266, 267, 268. In the last couple of weeks.  I wish I could pull a 300 game out of the hat. It's a while since I had one.

There are lots of recipes for crock pots lately and this is one which appealed to me, it's so simple and so easy. One could also make it with goat cheese which is a favourite of mine.

Crock-Pot Chicken With Black Beans and Cream Cheese

"I love this Crock-Pot chicken recipe for two reasons: one, my family loves it and two, it is so easy to make! I got this recipe from my sister. She has two children of her own, and they love it too! It's also
the best leftovers in the world -- if there are any!"

4 -5 boneless chicken breasts, frozen
1 (15 1/2 ounce) cans black beans
1 (15 ounce) cans corn
1 (15 ounce) jars salsa, any kind
1 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese

1. Take 4-5 frozen, yes, frozen, boneless chicken breasts put into crock pot.

2. Add 1 can of black beans, drained, 1 jar of salsa, 1 can of corn drained.

3. Keep in crock pot on high for about 4-5 hours or until chicken is cooked.

4. Add 1 package of cream cheese (just throw it on top!) and let sit for about 1/2 hour.

5. All done and enjoy!

Servings: 4

Author: Jen Santiago

Have a great day


  1. Sorry about all the dental work. That always sucks.
    That is a ripoff with the chair. He just took pictures - doesn't sound like he had any intentions of fixing it then anyway.

    1. Doesn't it just Alex. That doesn't include any subsidiary work they have to do.

      I agree, it is a rip off.

  2. Wow that's a lot for both the dental work and the chair. If it's a La-Z-Boy, maybe you can contact them on their FB page and tell them what happened and hopefully they can make it right.

    1. I contacted La-Z-Boy in the first place JoJo, it is their rep who is doing the work - or not as the case may be.

  3. I love that even when you have insurance, going to the dentist still costs you hundreds of dollars. Yeesh. I hope all goes well for you and that toothache is soon gone.

    Admittedly, I wasn't on board with that crockpot chicken recipe, until you mentioned the magic words - goat cheese substitute. I'm very much on board with that.

    1. I know, tees you off doesn't it Bryan? I feel so sorry for the poor buggers who have no dental insurance at all.

      I'm a bit the same way with goat cheese. Did you ever see the Bobby Flay recipe for Goat Cheese Potato Purée. One of my favourites. I published it a while back.

  4. I dislike the dentist and had major issues going until I had to. It cost me thousands and a summer of being in that chair. Better to get it done even with that horrible cost. The chair is a ripoff and I think it is cheating on their part

    1. Me too, I hope I don't end up spending thousands Birgit. I still have to pay for fillings and extractions. Although the insurance covers some of that too. I think the chair is a rip off too but if I want it repaired, seems to be I have to get ripped off.

  5. The chair is a rip off alright. What a shame. I've never had a La-Z-Boy. They must be very comfy. Maybe it will be worth it.

    1. It sure is a rip off Pinky but I may go for it anyway it is a very comfortable chair.