Strange Weather

It’s just weird to have thunder storms and tornado warnings in November.  Yesterday morning I woke up and it was a balmy 68 degrees.  We actually lucked out because we just got rain – the storms were both south and north of us.

This morning I woke up – and this is what says:  Sunny.  24 degrees, feels like 12 degrees. I really hate when that happens – but that’s Chicago weather for you!

I had a quick breakfast after sleeping in yesterday.  An egg, 1 ounce of cheese and 2 pieces of bacon.

I did start my basement project, but I didn’t get very far.  We knew since it was going to start getting cold that we needed to set up our humidifiers in the bedroom and living room – they make such a difference.  We had to go get new filters so we went to lunch at Friday’s.  I asked if their chicken wings were breaded and they said no.  But I had “issues” right after I ate them, which makes me think they were breaded.

When I got home Hannah was home from work.  She and I started to watch Crazy Horse with Jeff Bridges.  OMG, snooze fest.  We got 45 minutes into it and couldn’t go any further.  (and I think Hannah wanted to take a nap!)

I did get my exercise in though – this first one Fat to Fit Fast – kinda had some hard choreography, and I am so not good at that, but it was a good workout.  Then I did Jillian’s Shred it with Weights.  I don’t have kettlebells, so I just used a 4 pound hand weight.  Do you have kettlebells? I am thinking of putting them on my Christmas list.

I rarely buy frozen side dishes, but this was in the 50% off bin, and sometimes the frugal side of me takes over!

It's Green Giant and this package was 1 serving

Tony’s side dish?  To him, the perfect salad:  The Wedge with Blue Cheese dressing:

My plate with a grilled rosemary marinated pork chop:

Tony DVR’d a show for me called “Fannie’s Last Supper.”  It was directed by America’s Test Kitchen’s Chris Kimball.   He spent 18 months coming up with how to prepare a 12 course meal using only ingredients and cooking methods available around the 1890’s.  They had to find calves heads to make mock turtle soup, they had to make their own fish stock from scratch.   They even installed a turn of the century cast iron stove into the kitchen because a wood burning stove would have been their main cooking sourse.

Look for it on your PBS station – it was definitely a great documentary to watch.  You can find more information here.

Stats for Monday:

  • 1279 calories, 20.2 carbs, 81 fat and 89 protein
  • 62% of calories from fat
  • 25 minute Fit Fast
  • 25 minute Jillian Shred with Weights

I used to figure out my calories – it said that one wing, not breaded, fried comes in at 99 calories – so I ate 8 wing halves – so do you think its 99 calories for 2 wingettes, or should it be 99 calories for each one?

Off to make some coffee – its cold!  Have a great day 😀



19 thoughts on “Strange Weather

  1. Biz–we’re about to have the same crazy weather–it’s 60 something today and then supposed to be barely 50 tomorrow and barely 40 by Black Friday!

  2. The weather in CLE is crazy, too!! I have a kettlebell, but I don’t use it much. I prefer my handheld weights.

  3. Our weather is in the “swing” season, too. About 60 today but forcast says lows in the 20s on Friday.
    I’d go for 99 for two if you had wingettes–a wing is the V shaped thingie IMHO.
    I’m so impressed with your food and the way you maximize your flavors and food variety while keeping a lid on the calorie intake. I’m stuck in a stall mode right now, hoping that calorie creep doesn’t begin.
    Have a great TGiving.

  4. Unseasonably warm here too today. But the cold is coming. Preceded by rain of course!

    Here’s the information I have for one chicken wing, meat and skin (2 of your pieces):

    Calories 115.0 , Total Fat 8.5 g , Saturated Fat 2.0 g , Cholesterol 40.0 mg, Total Carbohydrate 5.0 g, Protein 9.5 g

  5. I think its 99 calories for one whole wing.

    Call me!!

  6. Sounds like you had a pretty productive day overall! Eggs are the best way to start your day (in my book) and I’m a total sucker for deals on veggies and veggie mixes too. Hope you’re having a good Tuesday

  7. First time commenter…. I love reading your blog and seeing everything you cook! I’ve been meaning to ask for a while about what kind of cheese you use, like on the breakfast sandwiches. It always looks like it’s a ton of cheese but I know it’s not, and it looks perfectly melted…
    Weird question, I know. But I love cheese! 🙂 Thanks!

    • Hi Emily! I don’t buy a specific brand of cheese, just whatever is on sale. Sometimes its Sargento – then other times I buy what’s called “cheese ends” by our deli which is a package of all different cheeses.

      Glad to know another cheese head is out there like me! 😀

  8. I love ATK shows! I’ll have to look for that one!

  9. i do not envy you the “feels like 12 degrees” forecast! i’ve become completely spoiled and 45 feels like ice to me now. grilled rosemary porkchop sounds delicious by the way. i’m planning to use a lot of rosemary in my dishes on thursday – it’s one of my very favorite herbs!!

  10. Brrr! They were predicting snow for the hills around us (down to 2000 feet), but then they called it off. We’ve been getting lots of wind and rain, though, and even a little hail.

    I’ve been curious about the kettlebell. Be careful, though; I read on “Yum Yucky” (Josie featured 2 guest commentators) that Jillian does not use proper form on the kettlebell DVD.

  11. The wedge salad looks delish! I guess our weather in Boise is crazy cold and snowy too. But I’m still traveling and it seems that the sunshine is following me. Can’t complain too much about that.

  12. It’s 18 degrees where I live in Minnesota, today. There’s snow and sleet forecast for Wednesday and Thursday but mostly north and south of us. Our kids are coming on Wednesday and I’ll worry until they get here.

    I’ll tell you this…no way would I eat anything made with calves’ heads – ewwwww. And I wouldn’t eat turtle soup even if it was really made with turtles. And I am not a picky eater. So I wouldn’t have been good in the 1890’s, I guess 🙂

  13. I hear you on the weather! We are in the middle of a huge November snow storm (one that usually arrives in January). Temps are supposed to drop midday from 28 to 10 to 15 degrees!

  14. We are having the same type of weather in michigan. yesterday it was in the mid 60’s, this morning it was in the 40’s and now it’s in the low 30’s. Now we just need some snow 🙂


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