Excellent shopping. . .

I went to Fresh Market and Trader Joe’s this week for groceriies.  Between the two stores I spent $84!  That’s huge considering how expensive everything is at The Fresh Market.  I ended up getting my tilapia, shrimp, and as a treat 10 stuffed escargot shells for Tony.  They have the escargot and herb butter mixture all in each shell and I end up baking them in my mini muffin tin.  He loves them!

When I got home, as I was putting away my groceries I remembered I never tried the kale I bought last week, so I ended up trying kale chips.  I had about 2 cups of chopped kale, drizzled about 1/2 teaspoon olive oil and mixed that around.  The sprinkled parmesan cheese and grey sea salt and cooked them for about 15 minutes in a 375 oven.  The result?  Not much flavor at all.  First I expected bitterness, maybe I overcooked them because they were very fragile.  I tried dipping them in jalapeno mustard but it wasn’t coming together.  I probably ate about half of what I made.

My sammie, however, was delicious!

  • 1 ounce corned beef
  • 1/2 ounce swiss cheese
  • 1 slice Trader Joe’s 10 grain bread
  • .5 ounce sauerkraut
  • 1 teaspoon thousand island dressing
This whole lunch was only 310 calories, 15 fat (mostly from the olive oil) and 27 carbs

This whole lunch was only 310 calories, 15 fat (mostly from the olive oil) and 27 carbs

Then by the Fresh Market is a DSW, and they have a huge clearance room.  I was able to get a new pair of gym shoes for only $25 with tax!  They are Saucony brand.

um, can you tell blue is my favorite color?!

um, can you tell blue is my favorite color?!

Menu for the Week:

  • turkey tetrazzini
  • grilled tilapia tacos with refried beans and Mexican rice
  • white chicken chili over baked potatos
  • shrimp scampi over thin spaghetti with garden salad
  • tofu stir fry for me and Hannah and beef and broccoli stir fry for Tony

See you at dinner!

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Snow on the way!

Yep, supposedly we are going to get up to six inches of snow by tomorrow!  Last December 1st Hannah had a snow day from school, so hopefully we won’t repeat that this year!

I defrosted steak last night, but didn’t use it, so I diced up some for a steak/egg scramble with an ounce of peasant bread with a pat of butter.

448 calories, 21 fat, 15 carbs

448 calories, 21 fat, 15 carbs

 Now I am of to continue the laundry, clean out the fridge and make my menu for the week and grocery shop!  So happy I have one more day off!  See you later!

Plan B

I swear when Hannah and I went to the store I picked up yeast for the pizza dough.  I remember because it was on sale: two 3 packs for $3.00 which is a great price!

So Hannah’s friend is over, and I start to make the pizza dough.  No yeast!  I look everywhere, Hannah doesn’t remember seeing it, and its not on my receipt.  Nertz!

So on to Plan B:  no yeast pizza dough!

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

Combine all ingredients into food processor and process for 5 minutes.  I ended up having to add an additional two tablespoons of flour to the dough so it wouldn’t stick to the sides of the bowl.  It felt like my usual pizza dough but the finished texture was more cracker like?  I can’t really put my finger on it though!  It was okay, and in a pinch I’d use it again.  What’s nice is that it’s pantry items you would usually have!

495 calories, 18 grams of fat and 58 grams of carbs

495 calories, 18 grams of fat and 58 grams of carbs

My individual pizza was:

  • 3 ounces of pizza dough, rolled thin
  • 2 ounces pizza sauce
  • .4 ounces of diced pepperoni
  • 3 tablespoons of mixed peppers
  • 2 ounces part skim mozzarella cheese

Very filling! 

I can’t believe I have another day off!  Definitely have to tackle the laundry tomorrow and grocery shop.  I got my Clean Eating magazine and am going to try to incorporate (i.e plan!) some of their meal plans for my breakfast and lunches next week.  And I have to get to the fitness center at some point tomorrow.  I keep telling myself to do it, but after walking Ed I just decide not to.  But now that I said it “out loud” hopefully I’ll keep my promise to myself!

See you tomorrow!

Decorating!

Hannah pulled out some of our decorations and we were able to put the lights on the outside of the deck, around the front door AND we got a new decoration!

a 4 foot inflatable snowman!  He's sitting on a table on the deck facing the street

a 4 foot inflatable snowman! He's sitting on a table on the deck facing the street

I also put this out, but I am missing one of the snowmen – I need to find it and glue it back on!

I got this a craft fair a few years ago

I got this a craft fair a few years ago

I picked up lunch while we were out and got a grilled chicken pita, with about 1.5 ounces of fries.  I schmeared some of my mango habanero sauce.  Yum!

About 445 caloires, 12 fat and 42 carbs

About 445 caloires, 12 fat and 42 carbs

Hannah has a friend over so I plan to make them homemade pizza – not to worry, Tony is going to have steak!  I couldn’t subject him to another pizza party night!  See you then!

Tony is so good to me!

He found a movie I would like on t.v., For Your Consideration.  It’s the same cast as in Best in Show, and a Mighty Wind.  I just love those type of quirky movies!  So with coffee in hand, Tony went to make me breakfast.  SO GOOD!  The surprise though was that there were scrambled eggs with Tabasco in the middle!  I have a feeling this will keep me full for a long time.

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Then I took Ed on a short 1 mile walk – too many other dogs at the trail and he is not friendly to other dogs!

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My turkey soup turned out okay, but the noodles ended up kind of gummy.  I added them to the simmering pot thinking they would could slow, maybe I should have cooked them as instructed and then add to the soup? 

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Hannah and I are going to start Christmas decorating, much to Tony’s dismay.  If it were up to him we wouldn’t put anything out until the third week of Christmas!  Since its about 40 degrees today, we figured we would start with the lights on the deck.  See you later!

Lasagna at an Irish Pub

Whenever I don’t order something a restaurant is known for, Tony says its like ordering lasagna at an Irish Pub!  We ended up going to Buffalo Wild Wings for lunch, and I did not get chicken wings!  But what Hannah and I got was very good!  We each got the grilled chicken wraps that came with tortilla chips and salas on the side.

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I ended up eating one whole taco, then the guts out of the second one, and I ate almost all the chips – maybe 15 in all?  But the star of the show was a new sauce they had which I asked for on the side to taste.

Mango Habanero Sauce!  It is the perfect balance of flavorful hot and enough heat to make you start to sweat!  We bought a bottle of that to bring home and Tony’s favorite, the parmesan sauce.  The label recommends for best results apply after cooking, but I am going to try to marinate chicken in the sauce and see what happens.

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Then we knew Joe would be working so we drove by to see him in action!  He was expecting it to be a busy night!

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Here is his serious face:

Hopefully it won't be too cold for him tonight!

Hopefully it won't be too cold for him tonight!

Right now I am cooking down the turkey carcass and making turkey soup to have with sandwiches later.  We are still full from lunch (um, and maybe the popcorn we got at the movie theater!).   See you later!

I may have burned off my pie!

We slept in until 10:00 this morning!  Love that!  Breakfast was quick and easy – toast, ham/cheese/1 egg scramble:

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Hannah and I took an hour walk with Ed this morning – it was so nice out!  The car said 39 degrees, but it felt a lot warmer:

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I love how the shadow pics turned out!

I love how the shadow pics turned out!

We are off to have lunch out and see a movie!  See you later!  Hope everyone is having a great day off!