It’s Official . . .and a Giveaway!

I am addicted to breakfast pizza!   The base of this pizza was 1/3 cup of my marinara when I had my asparagus ravioli earlier in the week – I added zucchini and chicken sausage to the base.

Topped with spinach, 1.5 ounce mozzarella cheese and 1 egg.  Bake in 425 degree oven for 15 minutes, or until egg is set.

Done!  Jenn and I still think it’s weird how the egg still looks raw!

I added hot sauce and fresh basil after it came out of the oven.  This whole pizza tipped in at 675 calories, but I ate 3/4 of it.  Believe me, it was very hard to give the dog the last piece!

Then it was off to twinfest!  My sister Jenn and I:

Jenn and Biz! 😀

And we always get pizza when we get together!  😀  I had three squares of sausage pizza.  Our hostess had no hot sauce! But she did have chopped gardinera, so I put that on my slices.  Lunch comes in at: 465 calories, 57 carbs, 26 protein, 15 fat and 3 fiber.

So while I had planned on making blackened chicken pizza for dinner, I – for once – was not in the mood for pizza!!  Tony was having chicken wings, so I jumped on that bandwagon.  Dinner comes in at 550 calories, 12 cabs, 42 protein, 33 fat and 1 fiber.

I used about 2 tablespoons of this for 10 wings total - I had 5 wings

After dinner I took Ed for a short walk – it was rainy/foggy/chilly 😦

So it’s no shock that my grade for Saturday was a C+

Total for Day: 1691 calories, 164 cabs, 99 protein, 71 fat and a measly 8.4 protein

I decided that for every 50,000 page views I’ll do a giveaway as a thank you for everyone who takes time out of their day to see what goes on in my life – I really appreciate it!

So I thought it was only appropriate to keep the pizza theme going!  Up today is a 3 piece Chicago Commercial Grade Pizza Set.  With this set you can make thin crusts or Chicago style deep dish pizzas.

Just some of the pizzas I’ve made in the past here at BDL:

Reuben Pizza

Chicago Style Deep Dish Pizza with a layer of sausage (inspired from Diners, Drive-Ins and Dive)

Hand tossed Spinach Pizza with Parmesan and ricotta (inspired from The Lucky Monk)

Three Pepper Jalapeno Pizza

Chicago Style Pizza Dough

No Rise Pizza Dough – ready in 5 minutes!

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Mexican Pizza

Okay, I’ll stop there!  Wow, I really am obsessed with pizza!  All you have to do is leave a comment telling me what your favorite pizza is – how easy is that?? I’ll pick a winner using on Wednesday, April 28! 😀

While my menu planning is a bit plain this week – my lunches are going to be stellar!  The lovely Sophia gave me some wonderful tips on making a Korean Tofu Spicy stew that I plan to make.  Also on the menu?

  • Low fat spinach dip with pita chips and fresh vegetables
  • Alison’s soba peanut chicken salad
  • cauliflower grilled cheese sandwich with cauliflower soup
  • soon dubu tofu stew with brown rice
  • macaroni and cheese soup with buffalo chicken bites (really can’t wait for this one!)

My only unusual breakfast is this girls Personal Tortilla Quiche. Our dinners are just using up meat that’s in our deep freeze, I’ll have to see how I can jazz them up using what I have on hand.

Plans for today?  A trip to Bed, Bath & Beyond for new sheets and to buy a shower gift.  Lunch out with Tony :D, laundry and cooking!!

Enjoy your Sunday!

Date Night = Great Night!

I still hadn’t made my quiche or scallop bisque – so yesterdays breakfast and lunch is what I like to call “throw shit in a bag and see what you can put together at work!”

I grabbed an egg to make an Arnold thin egg sammie using the last of our steak.  I got to work, started to crack the egg and nothing!  I cracked again really hard, only to realize that I grabbed one of Tony’s hard boiled eggs!  All was not lost – I sliced it and put it on my sammie – while messy, it was still good!  Oh, and I may have added Tabasco! 😀

On the side I had the best orange – although I could only eat half of this bowl because I was full!

Inspiration for lunch was when I found six frozen shrimp in my freezer – I realized I hadn’t made stir fry forever!   The base of my stir fry was yaki soba noodles – so good and only 150 calories for a 5 oz. serving!  They are already cooked – I just heated them in hot water and then drained them before adding them to the veggies.

Once at my desk I realized that it needed a bit more sauce – I should have tossed the noodles in the pan – I had a few slices of orange left, so I added about a teaspoon more of stir fry sauce and then juiced the oranges over the top – it turned out delicious!

I got a bit hungry later in the afternoon – I knew our reservation wasn’t until 7:15, so I had an ounce of sourdough pretzel nuggets.

I could hardly wait for the work day to get over with!!  I came home, changed clothes, put on some make-up and we were out the door.  First stop?  We stopped to see my steop-son Joe at work for a cocktail.  I had a glass of Fat Tire. 😀

Then we headed to the other side of the mall to Ruth’s Chris!   It’s funny – the location we went to is Tony’s old stomping grounds – he said in the 70’s and early 80’s that whole property was farm land and two lane roads – it is so built up now with malls and corporate offices!

I had a glass of Shiraz at the bar.  Now here is where my pictures go to hell in a hand basket – that is probably our only complaint that the restaurant is so dimly lit!

I went with the $40 option – you can create your own three course meal!

I chose the corn and crab chowder to start with.  Holy cow was this good!  It tasted like corn off the cob – so crunchy!  And the cream base with a hint of crab and spices on the side.  I am definitely going to try to create a healthy version of this over the summer when we get fresh corn!

We also ordered a bottle of wine – I first had this wine at an office event – its Coppola’s Claret.  It’s part of their diamond collection.  I know nothing about wine at all – that job is well taken care of by my friend Cathy at the Noble Pig!

All I know is that I like how it tastes!

I went with the six ounce filet and shrimp combo for my dinner.  OMG.  Tony and I had to ask where they get their meat from – we have never been disappointed!!  Turns out they raise their own cattle, right down to what they eat, so they have complete control of their meat.

the plates come to the table sizzling hot!

Oh, and there may be a tad bit of butter on the bottom of the plate!

for $10 more, Tony got the 11 ounce steak - his and hers! 😀

I had garlic mashed potatoes as my side, and Tony got creamed spinach.   And that creamed spinach melted in your mouth!!!

For dessert Tony had a couple bites of the chocolate cake – okay, I had a couple bites of his too – my dessert was just perfectly ripe berries!

I got brave and used the flash on this one!

Who wants to guess the tab??

Best part?? We had $150 in gift cards, so our bill was only $30+ tip – nice!!!  Thanks for a great night out Tony!

I have no idea how many calories I had, just moving on to another day! 😀  I did walk for 45 minutes yesterday though!

I am about to pull a breakfast pizza out of the oven and finally watch Glee!  Then it’s off for lunch with my twin sister and our best friends who are twins too.

Come back tomorrow for my recipe for blackened chicken pizza with creole Tabasco sauce!  😀


I loved reading your comments about Hannah being vegetarian – or what some of you called “Flexitarian!”  I had never even heard of that before!

My day started out with hash, or rather, what can I cut up and make for breakfast.  1.5 ounce steak, red pepper, shredded zucchini, 4 ounces canned potato and 1 egg.  On the side was 1 oz. of sourdough bread (question – has anyone made sourdough bread from scratch making your own starter?) and a vanilla Chobani – my new favorite yogurt!  Breakfast: 507 calories, 51 carbs, 39 protein, 15.5 fat and 4.1 fibe.r

I love how this is only slightly sweet - yum!

So yesterday after fixing my breakfast, I went to the deep freeze and pulled out what I thought was my buffalo chicken chili, only to discover it was marinara sauce!  For once I labeled something! 😀  I remembered I had asparagus ravioli in my freezer from when Maxi was here.  I bumped up my meal by adding diced zucchini and 1/2 of a spicy chicken sausage.

While my lunch was delicious, I need to remember to really roll out my pasta dough really thin – when it cooks it really plumps up – so I thought the ratio of dough to filling was a bit off.  And I could have added more lemon zest in the filling.  Lunch: 454 calories, 55 carbs, 25 protein, 14.5 fat and 4.5 fiber.


love how bright the filling is!


I had defrosted two pork chops for dinner.  While I had spicy bbq on mine – Tony just had simple salt and pepper on his.  We grilled on the gas grill on our side deck and enjoyed a glass of Chardonnay while grilling.   Tony actually took this picture – love it!

Our dog Ed likes to bring his toy outside to play – he’s had this toy almost 2 weeks and it is still in tact!  He usually is “friends” with them for a couple days, and then one morning we’ll go into the living room and all the stuffing has been pulled out and it will be a dead carcass.

the lawn looks great honey! we are supposed to get 1 - 3 inches of rain over the weekend 😦

My bbq sauce of choice last night?

This is actually produced locally to me – they have several flavors – including “lava” which is really spicy!  If you want to check out their line of products, go to:!  I ate 3 ounces of pork chop, 4 ounces of potato and 3/4 of a small zucchini dressed with a teaspoon of light balsmic dressing.  Dinner: 310 calories, 29 carbs, 31 protein, 7.7 fat and 3.3 fiber.

Tony's naked chop

my plate!

And then Ed’s plate when I couldn’t finish mine!

Probably since my dinner was so light, I was still hungry later last night – I had an unphotographed string cheese and an ounce of this crack snack:  Munchies!

Stats for Thursday:

  • no exercise 😦
  • 1,451 calories, 153 carbs, 104 protein, 45 fat and 12.9 fiber  (do you think it’s subconscious that I never add my wine to my calories for the day?!)

Tonight is date night with Tony!!  I am using $150 in gift cards for us to go to Ruth’s Chris for dinner – so party pizza Friday will have to be pushed back a day!

Do you go on dates with your spouse? Here’s hoping the work day flies by – have a great one!

Oh – and I almost forgot!!  I am entering my beet hummus in Christina’s Friday Firsts! 😀

Hannah blames me.

Yep.  My daughter blames me for her not liking meat.   You see, when I was pregnant with her, any type of meat turned me off – even my beloved burgers and steak!  What did I crave?  Chinese food!  So my 18 year old daughter hates meat and loves Chinese food! 😀  She mentioned to me the other day that unknowingly, she’d gone 4 days without eating meat and decided to see if she could stick to a vegetarian diet.

What did I do?  I cooked her chicken!  Tony and I were having a pork roast, which I knew she wouldn’t touch with a 10-foot pole, and when I called her to dinner I told her that I had grilled her some Greek marinated chicken, she looked at me and said “Um, Mom, remember when I told you I was a vegetarian?”  So her chicken became my lunch!

First off though, yesterday was “Professional Administration Day.”  Basically a made up holiday, but we got bagels and fruit – the office managers gave us cute vases with daisies (which luckily I can’t kill!) and one of my bosses gave me an orchid (which I definitely will kill) and a gift card – to be used strictly for Tony and I to go out to dinner 😀  Thanks Nancy! 😀

I am nervous about the orchid.  Usually plants come to my house to die!

So while I brought an Arnold thin for my breakfast sammie, I could not pass up 1/2 of an asiago cheese bagel 😀

Breakfast: 406 calories, 50 carbs, 30 protein, 10.7 fat, 1.9 fiber

I decided to make a wrap with Hannah’s chicken – I sauteed some red pepper and put lots of Dijon mustard on my wrap.

I actually accessories my sammie with canned soup.  I know, can you believe it?  I won it from Lisa a while back – I ended up eating the whole can, which was 2 servings at 200 calories – but 80% of my sodium for the day. 😦

The verdict? It wasn’t too bad!  A tad on the salty side, but I swirled in some Tabasco to make a spicy broth.  I like the thick noodles, but the chicken tastes kind of rubbery to me.   Speaking of Tabasco, my sister sent me a link with tons of Tabasco recipes!!   Guess what my party pizza Friday pizza is going to be??  Blackened chicken pizza with spicy creole tomato sauce! Doesn’t that sound fantastic??!!

It was so nice outside, my friend and I walked for 45 minutes in t-shirts.  I had to work about an hour late last night, and when I called Tony to let him know I was coming home, he asked if he could get dinner started.  I knew it was going to be quick to put together – I told him to light the grill – it was then that he told me it was cold outside, and he was right!   It was probably 65 degrees at lunch and it felt like 45 outside!

Needless to say, I “grilled” indoors!  Super simple – surf and turf – ribeye steak (1.4 pound steak for $4.50 – it was in the 50% bin last week!) and scallops with asparagus.

Have you cooked with scallops?  I have always read that you need to have “dry” scallops to get a good sear, but for the life of me, I cannot get them dry!  I even squeezed each on individually in paper towels, laid them on my cutting board until I was ready to use them, and they were still wet!

I am a bit obsessed with grill marks! 😀

sauteed in 1 pat of butter, 1/2 tsp. olive oil and Pam

My plate: 3.5 ounces steak, asparagus and 3 ounces of scallops.  At the table I drizzled the asparagus with Paul Newman’s light balsamic dressing – that turned out really good!  Dinner comes in at 425 calories, 5.7 carbs, 59 protein, 16.5 fat and 1.8 fiber.

And then later in the night I got the munchies!  I measured out a serving of Trader Joe jalapeno crunchies – yum!

130 calories, 19 carbs, 2 protein, 6 fat and 2 fiber

So overall my day was good – except I ended up with 200% in protein, not enough carbs and way high on sodium.

1408 calories, 123 carbs, 147 protein, 45 fat and 24 fiber

Okay, so I am caught up with Biggest Loser!  OMG, tissues were definitely necessary!!  Can I just say that I love O’Neal??!!  Just his personality, determination – even while grieving the loss of his brother.

But one thing that I noticed – when they had the temptation to eat whatever they wanted, one of the contestants had their “typical” breakfast and it only came in at 175 calories – really?  And then Sam mentions that he eats the most calories at 1,800 – which still seems low for how much they work out.  Any thoughts?

I am off to put together my breakfast and lunch – not sure what it’s going to be yet because I didn’t make the quiche I wanted to and I never made the scallop bisque!

Happy Thursday!

One of those days. . .

Yesterday was one of those work days that just goes on and on, where you feel like you’ve been there an hour and all of a sudden it’s 4:00 in the afternoon!  I worked late last night, but expected to.  Tony was nice enough to wait for me to come home so we could have dinner together.  I love you Tony!

I took exactly seven pictures yesterday – that is so unusual for me!!!  Breakfast was egg beaters breakfast pizza.  My friend Jenn just tried making breakfast pizza too – hers turned out amazing!  She used a flat out for the dough – great idea!  My pizza comes in at: 429 calories, 57 carbs, 20 protein, 15.3 fat and 2.4 fiber.

Lunch was inspired by In Praise of Leftover’s chile tamale pie.  Although I halved the recipe, I thought it still called for too much enchilada sauce, but I was sadly mistaken.   I didn’t realize how much the corn tortillas would soak up the sauce, so the result was a somewhat dry casserole.  I also ground my own chicken and added canned pinto beans to up the fiber.  I am not going to post my recipe yet – still needs tweaking!  But since I had my baja fresh salsa on the side, it wasn’t a total loss – I just dipped each bite into the salsa!

Lunch comes in at 608 calories, 57 carbs, 41 potein, 26 fat and 13.9 fiber

My store had cornish hens on sale – buy one, get one free!  Have you tried cornish hens before? They taste just like chicken to me!  It was almost 7:15 by the time we lit the grill, so in the end we were grilling in the dark! 😀

we cook them above a cast iron skillet on a rack - this way they get crispy all the way around - and while it looks like the hens have zits, it's actually garlic from the marinade!

I had two wings, some breast meat, and 1 cup of red potato smashed potatoes.

Dinner: 423 calories, 30 carbs, 26 protein, 23 fat and 2.8 fiber

Stats for Tuesday:

  • no exercise, I worked through lunch 😦
  • 1,461 calories, 144 carbs, 87 proein, 64 fat and 19.1 fiber
  • I didn’t watch: the Biggest Loser, American Idol or Glee last night 😦
  • I watched deadliest catch and Chopped though! 😀

Today will be a much calmer day at work thankfully.  It is beautiful today so my plan is to do my 45 minute walk at lunch today – my exercise has been seriously lacking lately!

Happy Wednesday! 😀