Not a way to start the day . . .

My husband picked up a message on our answering machine this morning saying that there would be no bus service for school because of a house fire that was on the next street over.

I immediately got the dog, grabbed the camera and headed up the street.  As soon as I turned right, and saw the firetrucks at the top of the hill.  I knew it was the bar.  We have a small bar (that looks like a house) a block and a half from our house.  While the building structure is in tact, the whole thing was burned on the inside.

So on my way back from dropping my daughter off to school, I happend to see one of the owners.  I asked her what happened, and she said they thought it was electrical and started in the basement.

She seemed so calm though and then she said something that put it in perspective.  The fire was contained, it didn’t spread to any other house on the street, no one was injured.  “It’s just stuff.”  Her main concern was about their two full time employees! 

It’s a rainy day here, the type of day you want to just stay in bed. 

Breakfast:

  • 1 slice of my wheat berry bread
  • 1 tsp. smart balance
  • .5 ounce spinach
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ounce canadian bacon
  • .5 ounce provoloe
405 calories, 17 fat, 36 carbs, 4.9 fiber, 26 protein

405 calories, 17 fat, 36 carbs, 4.9 fiber, 26 protein

My break is over, back to work!

Lazy dinner. . .

After coming home, putting the groceries away, chopping up the tomatoes, etc. I decided to make a simple meal tonight.  My daughter LOVES turkey cheddar brats.  They are Johnsonville brand and each one is only 120 calories and 6 grams of fat.  The more charred the better!

I cut up one potato, drizzled with a little olive oil and french fry seasoning and oven baked them.  I guess you could say my other vegetable was the Tabasco ketchup (and the dill pickles on the brat!)

390 calories, 9 fat, 53 carbs, 4.5 fiber, 18 protein

390 calories, 9 fat, 53 carbs, 4.5 fiber, 18 protein

 Here’s a look at the tomatoes – I chose ones that were on the soft side to see what difference it make make in my sauce.  It’s still cooking down, so we’ll see.

7 pounds of tomatoes for $4.75!

7 pounds of tomatoes for $4.75!

With the poblano peppers my husband got last week, I decided to make stuffed peppers for my lunches.  Here they are before going in:

Each half is only 110 calories and 7 fat!

Each half is only 110 calories and 7 fat!

STATS:

  • 1351 calories, 87 fat, 223 carbs (way too much for one day, but that french toast was worth the extra insulin!), 15 fiber (not enough) and 75 grams protein.

EXERCISE:  none 😦

It was bound to happen sooner or later. . .

Yes, after seeing the commercials, and being out and about with my daughter today, I had to try the Volcano Taco.  It was VERY spicy, which I loved.  I ordered two, but only ate one because I didn’t have the nutritional information.  SO GLAD I checked when I got home – each taco is 240 calories, and 17 grams of fat!  But it satisfied my curiosity!

I think I have a new record in grocery shopping this week – $69.24! 

And some of the things I got (besides the normal veggies and fruit):

  • 7.5 pounds fresh tomatoes (for making more pasta sauce to can)
  • 1 whole roasting chicken (4.5 pounds)
  • 3 pound boneless pork roast
  • 1.5 mix of meat loaf meat (pork, beef and veal)
  • 4 pounds ground beef
  • 10 pound bag of Idaho potatoes
  • 3 pounds boneless chicken breast
  • 1 pound shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 pound shredded mozzarella

Not exactly what I am going to make yet with all of it, but my pantry is pretty well stocked, so we’ll see! 😀  Off to chop tomatoes!

Yummy french toast

Okay, not the healthiest way to start the day, but the bread I baked yesterday meant only one thing: French Toast!

Denny’s French Toast

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup fat free half and half
  • 3 tablespoons splenda
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • 4 one ounce slices of bread
  • 1 teaspoon butter (to pan fry with butter flavored Pam)

Mix together the eggs, milk, flour, splenda, vanilla, alt and cinnamon.  I used my stick blender to get the batter really smooth. 

heat a large skillet.  When the skillet it hot, add the butter and spray with Pam.

Dip each slice of bread into the batter for 20 seconds on each side.

Cook each slice 1 – 2 minutes per side until golden brown.  I served with 1/4 cup sugar free syrup (oh, and two sausage links!)

480 calories, 27 fat, 41 carbs, 1.5 fiber, 33 protein

480 calories, 27 fat, 41 carbs, 1.5 fiber, 33 protein

The batter gave the bread a nice crispy crust, while staying soft in the middle.  So good!

Here’s a cute picture of Ed my daughter took last night.

The plan is to go to the Mall 😀 and figure out the menu for the week, then grocery shop.

Some good, some not so good

Okay, I have tried to like salmon, but I just can’t get over the taste.  I think this is the fifth time I have tried it, but no such luck.  We used the cedar planks and they gave everything a nice smokey flavor though! 

we soaked these for about 4 hours

we soaked these for about 4 hours

But I loved the Barramundi!  I marinated that in an Asian marinade:

  • 1/2 cup lite soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • black pepper to taste

It was so “non-fishy!”  It was very smooth.  My husband preferred the salmon.  We coated the salmon with a lemon pepper butter.  Half of the shrimp I put barbecue sauce on, the other half I just sprinkled with garlic seasoned salt.

on the grill

on the grill

the corn was kind of old, but still tasted smokey from the planks!

the corn was kind of old, but still tasted smokey from the planks!

spinach and carrot salad (bacon bits) with Annie's Goddess dressing - so GOOD!

spinach and carrot salad (bacon bits) with Annie's Goddess salad dressing

the daughter and I split a grilled peach with 1/4 cup vanilla bean icecream - SO GOOD!

the daughter and I split a grilled peach with 1/4 cup vanilla bean icecream - SO GOOD!

So, despite not liking the salmon, I loved everything else!