Happy Halloween!

So glad that the weather is going to be decent today – it never seemed to fail that we’d have great Chicago weather the week before and the week after Halloween, and then the day of Halloween it would be like 20 degrees and rain/snowy!

Here is Hannah’s first Halloween – she was 7 months old πŸ˜€Β  She was an early walker – she was walking at 10 1/2 months old.Β  I remember because she was invited to a birthday party and I bought her a pair of patent leather shoes – I carried her downstairs and the sound that the shoes made on my parents hardwood floor just mesmerized her – click, click, click – I think she walked back and forth between the living room and kitchen for 30 minutes straigh!

We had no plans yesterday, so I got my cleaning freak on.Β  I even vacuumed baseboards, moved the sofa – I did the living room, dining room, deep clean of the bathroom, put in a new plastic shower curtain, mopped the kitchen floor, cleaned the freezer and refrigerator and then did my South Beach meal plan.

For breakfast I had leftover fruit from our Halloween party and an open face breakfast sammie with a touch of chipotle tabasco sauce:

I didn’t eat breakfast until almost 11:00, so when Hannah got home from work and fixed lunch around 3:30 – I was hungry.Β  Now, my Mom is going to hang her head in shame – because yes, a 42 year old mom loves . . . spaghettios!

The proper way to eat spaghettios is with toasted and buttered white bread – I am confident my brother would agree!Β  I actually ate them with a few tostito scoops! πŸ˜€

Once we were done with lunch, Hannah and I went to a shitty thrift store and then to the grocery store.

I spent $92 dollars at the store – my sirloin tip roast was $10 alone, but it will be morphed into two leftover meals for me.

On our dinner menu next week:

  • black bean pork chili
  • taco salad
  • pork chops with balsamic glaze with green beans
  • lemon oregano chicken breasts with broccoli gratin
  • classic roast beef with mashed potatoes and carrots (that’s for dinner tonight – our farewell to carbs! – I plan on using leftover roast beef for a lunch and making a soup from the rest)

My Lunches:

  • spaghetti squash with meat marinara
  • zucchini stuffed black bean pork chili
  • roast beef and horseradish lettuce wraps
  • thai chicken soup
  • split pea soup with diced smoked ham


  • sausage, cheddar and broccoli quiche
  • zucchini and green chile breakfast casserole
  • egg veggie cheese in ham cups

I am also making Tony some egg salad and basil chicken salad for his lunches. πŸ˜€

I had leftover Butcher’s ragu and decided to make lasagna for dinner – and as mine was cooking in the oven, my twin sister called to tell me she was making lasagna too – twin powers activate! πŸ˜€Β  No real recipe here – I used cottage cheese instead of ricotta, added 2 eggs and Italian seasoning.Β  I used my leftover sauce and sprinkled mozzarella cheese over the top.

I had 1/4 of this small casserole.

Tony requested a “last breakfast” this morning, so I may be in the process of making mile high buttermilk biscuits with sausage gravy.Β Β  Hannah just tasted one of these biscuits and declared them the best biscuits I’ve ever made πŸ˜€

I didn’t exercise, but I consider my 2 hours of cleaning exercise.Β  I think I will do a Jackie Werner video when Hannah goes to work.

Happy Halloween!




29 thoughts on “Happy Halloween!

  1. I haven’t had spaghettios in forever! I used to love those πŸ˜€

    Love the baby picture!

  2. Spaghettios! The lunch choice of my 2 year old, I like the kind that have little meatballs in them πŸ™‚


  3. I love spaghettios – even cold. With white bread and butter. No shame. But they have to be the real spaghettios, without meatballs or extra calcium – just the REAL ones.
    You menu sounds really good this week. YUM

  4. That video was traumatizing! I hope you’ll give us your biscuit recipe. πŸ™‚ Happy halloween!

  5. Ok, I was just saying this morning that I want to work on learning to make really good biscuits. So…recipe please!!!

  6. Such a cutie!! Love the pumpkin costume you put on Hannah, just adorable.

    I didn’t realize she had a piercing above her lip. I’m assuming that’s new. I had my nose pierced once…maybe its just a college faze. It’s “cute” at first, but then it gets old (I’m sure you agree).

    Also didn’t realize you had a twin. And you both made lasagna on the same day?! Weird!

    So in regards to your question about South Beach, I have absolutely no problem with it. I would be more worried if you were type 2, or a newly diagnosed type 1. I think you know what you are doing. Since you take your blood sugars on a regular basis, you will know how your body reacts to the lower amount of carbs, and you should be fine. The only thing I worry about is the introduction phase. or first phase (whatever it’s called). Be very careful during this time because you will likely be using a LOT less insulin. Just be careful, and be prepared for low blood sugars.

    As for the cravings, yes, they will happen, and you will be PISSED because you’ll want the food SO BAD! But they go away after a while, I promise. Be patient. Good luck!

  7. She looks so darn cute…I really miss having the kids around for Halloween.

  8. Love the picture of Hannah!! I forgot about that one.

    good luck on the new plan, I think you have some deluxe meals there!

    SO funny we both made lasagna on the same night πŸ™‚

  9. My baby (age 8) loves spaghettio’s. I think they are the nastiest thing on the planet. Life some alien life form that does NOT taste anything like spaghetti!

    The biscuits look awesome, can’t wait for the recipe as I can NOT make biscuits!

  10. A happy Halloween to you, too! Love the shot of Hannah in her first costume. Sooo cute.

    I made the artisan bread that you posted a few days ago and it was just scrumptious!! In fact, I bought the book and have another batch in the refrigerator as I type this. I went to my daughter’s house in Minneapolis and made a batch there, too. Biz, you created a MONSTER with that post! And I don’t mean a Halloween monster.

  11. ooooh that pic of hannah is just too adorable!!!!

  12. I ❀ ❀ ❀ Spaghettos….love them with white bread…hate the ones with meatballs

  13. Not going to lie, even though I haven’t eaten them in a few years, I wouldn’t turn down Chef Boyardee raviolis every once & awhile. Even just typing that makes me gag a little, but they are yummy straight out of the can!

    I want roast beef & horseradish lettuce wraps!

  14. Spaghettios? Really? I haven’t had those in years! Maybe I’ll add them to my splurge list. πŸ™‚

  15. I love Spaghettio’s too. Ain’t no shame in it!

    Those biscuits look awesome. I love them with country gravy. So delicious.

    Happy Halloween!

  16. LOVE hannah’s first halloween costume! and are there any biscuits left?? πŸ™‚

  17. Had no idea Jennifer is your sister! How cool is that. The family that blogs together stays together? πŸ™‚

  18. Would you believe I’ve never had spaghettios OR biscuits, with or without gravy?! I had a sad childhood. πŸ˜‰

  19. Oh my. Those biscuits look divine!
    My son walked at 10 months, too – it was way too early! πŸ™‚

  20. We lucked out with the weather this year, too! Usually it’s cold and sometimes snowy, but the kids didn’t need anything but a light jacket this year!

  21. Such a cute picture of Hannah for her first halloween!

    My mom/grandmother used to make all of our halloween costumes! Oh dear! I should find some of those pictures to post!

  22. Happy Halloween! Sounds like you have some good meals planned out. I have been planning and cook two dinners a week and sticking with that goal…except now I am going out of town so dinners are on hold. Looking forward to eating some American food in the States next weekend.

  23. Happy Halloween sweetie!!!!!! OMG I am not kidding; the other day I was craving Spaghettio’s!!!!! they must be sending us subliminal messages! lol

  24. mmm spaghettios! haven’t had that in forever, and i agree – must have with white bread!

  25. Spaghettios!!!! Yes, it’s been years. They are the one exception to my I hate tomato based sauces.

  26. What’s up i am kavin, its my first time to commenting anywhere, when i read this post i thought i could also make comment due to this good piece of writing.

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