I made a pie.

I don’t know what it is, but once kids are back into school, football starts airing, it really doesn’t matter to me that it is still 90 degrees out, my mind has already made the transition to fall comfort foods.

So for breakfast I had one of the 19 grams of fiber bagel sammie.ย  I didn’t realize it at the time, but the deli where I got my sliced mozzarella gave me REALLY thick slices – this one slice is 1.5 ounces!ย  I promise there is an egg and ham underneath all the glorious cheese.

with 1 cup canteloupe: 432 calorie,s 48 carbs, 43 protein, 18 fat and 20 fiber ๐Ÿ˜€

The verdict of the bagel?ย  I liked it!ย  It’s very soft and fluffy, and slightly sweet which surprised me, but it’s definitely a keeper!

Work was busy, so I missed my window of opportunity to work out.ย  Lunch was a serving of leftover red beans and rice, although this time, I dipped 1 ounce of tortilla chips into the bean mixture, doused each bite with Tabasco and it was so good!

491 calories, 56 carbs, 28 protein, 17.9 fat and10.5 fiber

So I have two additions to I want that! First is my co-workers pretzel recipe, which I hope to get today.ย  She said “I have my pretzels on the counter if you want to try some.”ย  While I was heating up my lunch I grabbed a handful.ย  Oh.My.Goodness.ย  These are crack pretzels!ย  She takes ordinary pretzels, seasons them and rebakes them.

The second I want that! was Pioneer Woman’s Chicken Fried Steak.ย  As soon as I saw it, I knew I was going to make it – soon!ย  I used to buy cube steak all the time when money was tight when Hannah was little because it was so cheap.ย  I had forgotten how much I liked it!

I sauteed mushrooms in one small pan - Tony loves mushrooms ๐Ÿ˜€

I heated up the oil and butter.ย  I realized that I may not have coated my steaks enough, because the outside never got crunchy (which is what PW’s looked like) but it was still delicious!

really, how can you go wrong with butter??!!

Once I removed the steaks, I added 1 cup chicken broth, a teaspoon of flour and salt and pepper to make the gravy.ย  I strained it before putting them on the steaks so you didn’t get a clump of flour.

Tony’s plate with mushrooms:

My plate.ย  You better believe I ate every single bite of this!

489 calories, 48 carbs, 14.9 protein, 22 fat and 8 fiber

So here is why I made a pie.ย  Hannah’s AC on her car went out.ย  I am so lucky because I have a husband who is so handy!ย  He often calls himself the maintenance man because he does so much around the house, but I couldn’t do 1/10th the things he can.ย  So it turns out the parts to fix Hannah’s car was around $100 – however, with the labor, it would have easily been a 600-700 repair.

Tony spent six hours, and three separate trips to the car dealer and Auto Zone and now Hannah has her AC back, and he fixed her broken turn signal!ย  So at the very least I thought Tony deserved a pie.ย  And pumpkin pie (right after pecan!) is one of his favorites.

And to show my love for him, I used my very last can of pumpkin! ๐Ÿ˜€

I like to call this pie recipe, food processor pie, because it does all the work for you.ย  I processed the pie dough in it, and the filling too.ย  I also changed up my pie dough by using half butter shortening and half butter – I really love how tender and flaky the crust came out!

you only want to process the dough just intil it comes together - too much and the dough becomes dense

Vanilla Soy Pumpkin Pie
Submitted by Biggest Diabetic Loser (http://www.biz319.wordpress.com)

Makes 8 servings (252 calories, 11.1 fat, 34 carbs, 2.5 fiber, 5.1 protein)

The crust is delicate, and the filling is not too sweet!


1 1/4 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons shortening
3 tablespoons butter, cold
5 tablespoons water, cold
2 eggs
15 ounce canned pumpkin
1 cup vanilla soy milk
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. In a food processor, combine the flour, salt, shortening, butter and water until just combined.
  2. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour (or freeze for 1/2 hour).
  3. Meanwhile, throw remaining ingredients in food processor.
  4. Roll out dough to fit pie plate. Add pumpkin puree to pie plate and bake at 350 for 1 hour.

Yep, this was definitely insulin worthy! ๐Ÿ˜€

252 calires, 34 carbs, 5.1 protein, 11.1 fat and 2.5 fiber

So thank you Tony for all your hard work – you know I appreciate it!ย  I love you! ๐Ÿ˜€

Stats for Monday:

  • 1663 calories, 196 carbs, 90 protein, 69 fat, 41 fiber ๐Ÿ˜€
  • 35% of calories from fat
  • no exercise

Don’t forget to check out this weeks BSI Hostess:ย  Creative Sanyukta chose Milk!

28 thoughts on “I made a pie.

  1. The pie looks amazing! It reminds me so much of Thanksgiving ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I am addicted to pumpkin pie! This looks so good!!

  3. Oh yum! Everything looks so good. Can I come to your house for dinner? ๐Ÿ™‚

    I feel the same way about fall. School has started back up and we had a slight break from the heat Saturday morning so you can almost sense that fall is on its way. It’s my favorite time to get in the kitchen and work up some hearty recipes. Stews. Biscuits. Pies. Breads. The house never smelled so good.

  4. Guess what I made at the end of last week? PECAN PIE! When we cut the vacay short and came home I think I was looking for comfort. I love to have pie when it’s unexpected. That Tony sure is one great guy!

  5. What a great treat for Tony! Now that we’re home (where it’s hot AGAIN) from New England (where it was cool) I can’t wait for fall! I want to run outside!

  6. That pie looks amazing, wow!

  7. I love pumpkin pie!! That looks way better than the store bought pumpkin pie Andrew just bought me!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. i love that you made a pie! i am definitely ready for fall food!

  9. mmmmm pumpkin pie!!! And those pretzels look awesome. My step-mother gets pretzels at this little bakery seasoned like that that really are pretzel crack.

  10. How funny! I’m starting to cook chili’s and soups and more comfort foods too. However, it’s definitely not 90 degrees around these parts!

    Yum…Pecan Pie is my favorite pie in the whole wide world. Your Tony gets better and better every time I read about him! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. I’m not crazy about pumpkin pie (I’m a Georgia girl–a total pecan pie lover) but it looks good and has my mouth watering. How great to have a handy hubby. My own DH has learned a few things over the years and has many other redeeming qualities, but he’d never claim to be “handy” with cars, or electronics, or plumbing . . .

  12. Oh pie. Love pie. Pumpkin is one of my favorites. Tony is so lucky!

  13. don’t you just love the pioneer woman? she’s hilarious!

    your pie looks super yummy!

  14. Tony is awesome. Seriously car issues are the bane of my existence. I can’t stand having to deal with the cost of repairs. I would have made him a pie too! It looks fabulous. You two are a perfect couple!

    Andy and I aren’t handy at all. We had to call my dad to show us how to jump a car. So sad and pathetic.

  15. what a way to welcome fall and thanks tony! one lucky husband ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. I LOVE pumpkin pie!

    My air in my car has been out ALL SUMMER! Yes, ALL SUMMER! lol. Maybe Tony can look at it for me? lol. I’m kidding!

    Luckily I have a convertible and can at least put the top down but it’s been too hot for even that! I have a nice tan because of it though! lol

  17. I really ought not read this blog right before lunch. I’m drooling onto my keyboard. And now I want to make chicken fried steak.

    Hurrah for your “maintenance man!” How sweet of him to get Hannah’s A/C fixed. Definitely pie-worthy. And now I want to bake pumpkin pie for my handy guy…presuming I could find pumpkin. Although he’d probably be more happy eating chicken fried steak.

  18. Dear Biz,

    I love your blog and greatly admire your dedication in posting every day on top of what looks like such a full and positive life! Like you, I am an insulin-using type 2; I’m also the same height as you and built much the same, but unlike you I don’t have the discipline to workout. If this isn’t too personal a question, I was wondering what your insulin dose is. My metabolism is so deranged that I could *never* manage 196g of carb a day (as in this utterly delicious-looking entry!). In fact, it would require two and a half days’ worth of my ‘official’ insulin dose to deal with 196g carb! I know I can always bolus extra but I’m reluctant to do so as the weight has just piled on and on after going on insulin. I was also wondering if you had any thoughts on the impact of exercise on insulin sensitivity as my insane insulin resistance seems to be the biggest problem of all. Thanks very much and here’s wishing you many more delicious moments.

    • Hey! First off, it took me a good year to get the right insulin to carb ratio. It was a lot of trial and error and lots of high readings!

      For me, my ratio is 1 unit of insulin for every 5 grams of carbs. That’s why I pretty much weigh my food, put it into caloriecount, and then divide the carb number by 5.

      So far its worked wonders – my last A1C was 6.4 and my 30 day blood sugar average is 116. Another thing that helps keep my blood sugar down is exercise – that may help for you too. ๐Ÿ˜€ Just email me if you have any more questions: bdl319@gmail.com ๐Ÿ˜€

  19. Oops! Just realized your profile doesn’t say if you are type 1 or 2, sorry about that. I’m actually 1.5 – only not type 1 by dint of not having the antibodies. Thought I should clarify that!

  20. I’m ready for pumpkin pie season!! Those pretzels look good too – hope you share the recipe when you get it!

  21. You and I must have been sharing a brain last night, because I made J a pumpkin pie too. Although mine may have been a frozen pie that he bought awhile ago (and I am sure not as good as yours!). But nonetheless, I made it for him for his help around the house!

  22. I love punkin’ pie!! I guess I didn’t know the crust is that easy to make, I’ve always bought mine!

  23. The pretzels sound awesome! I’m a sucker for anything crunchy!

    The pie looks awesome. Used the last of your pumpkin, boy, he must be special!

  24. Yum, those pretzels look great! Rick Bayless does that w/ tortilla chips – he has a few “recipes” to season them and rebake.

    Poor Hannah – my A/C went out too. We had it recharged and they said it was good to go — uh, then it died again. Went back and after sitting there for 2 hours the guy gives us a $1,300 estimate. I think we left a smoke trail we ran out of there so fast. So – no A/C for Christina for a looooong, looooooooong time!

    Pumpkin pie looks great – I love your easy recipe and I definitely agree that Tony deserves it! What an awesome guy! ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. I absolutely love pumpkin pie… and lucky for me, I’m the only one in my family that does, so I always get to take home the leftovers ๐Ÿ™‚ Those pretzels sound great, too. Can’t wait to see the recipe!

  26. That is LOVE to use your last can of pumpkin ๐Ÿ˜€ We cannot get it here which is forcing me to consider making it from scratch – that is IF I can find a pumpkin. heehee

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