Scallops in the Air Fryer

We use the Philips HD 9220 air fryer so when I tell you how things work, you’ll know which one I’m talking about. They’re all pretty similar but there are some differences and the difference in wattage can make a difference but overall, I think most all the air fryers are pretty good.

One of the “diet” foods we like is sauteed scallops. I buy frozen scallops and defrost them, then drain them really well on paper towels. I’ve always used a skillet and because so much liquid cooks out of them, in order to avoid boiling them, I cook them outside on a really hot fire. I get the oil to barely smoking and toss them into the skillet. There’s always a lot of splattering and hissing and if I can keep the fire hot enough, I can cook the liquid off while browning the scallops.

I had the bright idea this evening to do them in the air fryer. I defrosted them, then drained them well on paper towels, put them in a bowl and tossed them with olive oil and Slap Ya Mama seasoning. The air fryer was set to 390° and preheated. The scallops were amazing! The liquid went through the slits in the basket and there was no boiling. The scallops were much better than cooking them in a skillet in butter or oil outside.

One word of caution. I had the scallops in the basket cooking and decided they needed a bit more seasoning. I pulled the basket out just a bit and with the fan still running, gave them a healthy shake of Slap Ya Mama. The fan blew some of the seasoning right into my eyes! Slap Ya Mama is not good for the eyes. So, if any additional season is going to be added, either turn off the fan or remove the basket a safe distance so the fan cannot blow anything into your face.

Thyroid Meds

While we’re on the subject of medicines and doctors and my deficiencies in all areas <G>, let’s talk about thyroid issues. 

It was over 20 years ago that I was diagnosed as having hypothyroidism and put on meds. We were in Louisiana at the time. When we moved to Kentucky and I went to a doctor there, he did blood work and told me he didn’t think I needed thyroid meds so I stopped taking them. At some point, I saw a different doctor and he thought I needed them. I explained that I had been on them, was off and now he thinks I need them again. He said hypothyroidism usually doesn’t correct itself. Once you need the meds, you’ll always need the meds. All this time I’ve been taking the meds.

The last time I was in Missouri, I forgot them so for almost two weeks, I didn’t take them. I didn’t feel any different not taking them than I did taking them and from what I’d always heard, if your thyroid was underactive, you really should feel it. About three weeks before I was going to have my and get a “clean” reading without taking any meds. I explained to the doctor that I hadn’t been taking them so we could see what my non-medicated reading was. It was perfect. Right in the middle . . right where you want to be said the nurse . . with no meds.

So, at this point, I’m pretty happy to be 62 and not taking any meds all all.

Next year when I go for blood work again, I may be back on thyroid meds . . who knows. It’s all kinda weird. There are probably things that can cause variations in the readings but I find it all weird. Even with our insurance, the prescriptions are darned expensive so I’m happy to not be needing any and I know I’m very blessed to have such good health.

Addie Sleeping

Nicole sent me this picture this morning:

Addie Sleeping

Addie Sleeping

Every picture of her makes me smile but this one especially did. She has George right there with her and I bought him for her over 2 years ago. I made the pillow case she’s using. I bought the pajamas she’s wearing and the quilt . . a story of it’s own.

Chad was 9 years old when we moved from Louisiana. When we still lived there, I was doing some fabric dying so he was probably 6 or 7 years old. He wanted me to make him a quilt so he chose the colors. I dyed the fabrics and then he wanted it to have stars so I used the Milky Way block.

Chad's Quilt

Chad’s Quilt

Luckily, I was able to go back and find this old blog post. I started the quilt in 1994 and, my guess was right, Chad would have been 6 when we started this quilt. That linked block post was written when Chad was 18 and he’ll be 29 in a matter of days so right there, I’ve been able to go back in my memory to when he was 6 and helping me dye fabric, to when he was 18 and driving me nuts (per the blog post).

I can’t travel down Memory Lane forever but the blog surely helps bring back some precious memories.

Chad wanted the top of the quilt to look like the sky and the bottom to look like the ground so he chose the fabric with rocks for the backing.

Back of Chad's Quilt

Back of Chad’s Quilt

And now, so many years later, his little girl is almost as old as he was when he helped me dye those fabrics, and she’s sleeping under the quilt made for her dad . . you can bet this brings a smile to my face.