Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

I am lucky in the fact that Tony takes excellent care of our cars.  We both drive 2001 cars, which have been paid off for almost six years, and we love not having car payments.  But at some point, there are just some things that he can’t take care of.

Our Ford Explorer has been sitting in our driveway, because we thought it needed a new transmission.  We hemmed and hawed on what to do, and finally bit the bullet and decided to get it fixed.  We did some research and figured it was going to cost us around $2500.  We don’t have credit cards, so that’s a pretty big chunk of money!

We had it towed from our drive last week (FYI, if you have State Farm Insurance, check and see if you have unlimited towing.  It doesn’t matter what the tow is for, they will reimburse you.   We paid $69 for the tow, and I faxed it to our agent and two days later we got a reimbursement check!)

Hannah called me yesterday to say the auto repair place called and said the truck was ready.  I am not going to lie when I was thinking of writing a check for that sum of money at one time didn’t turn my stomach into knots.  So I called the guy back.  He’s foreign, Tony and I think he’s either Russian or Ukranian – doesn’t matter, but he’s difficult to understand.

So I hear the work “transmission” and am trying to figure out what else he is telling me, when I stopped him and said “can you tell me how much?”  It will be $120.   At first I thought “did he mean to say twelve hundred dollars?”

Turns out it was just the line to the transmission that needed to be repaired!  Hallelujah!  So Tony and Hannah went and picked it up yesterday afternoon and it is back home.  Whew!

Breakfast was an oldie but a goodie.  I haven’t made it in a while either.  5 oz baked potato (which was half of one giant potato).  I scooped out the insides and cooked that with 1 egg and 1/4 cup diced red pepper.  I stuffed the egg mixture back into the potato shell, topped it with an ounce of cheese and put it in the toaster oven under broil to melt the cheese.

I realized as I was waiting for the cheese to melt that this would be a great breakfast if you had guests over, because you could do it the day before then just reheat the potatoes and broil the cheese. 😀

breakfast comes in at 410 calories, 43 carbs, 17 protein, 14 fat and 6 fiber

For some reason I just did not want to work out yesterday.  I hadn’t worked out since last Thursday, and its amazing how once you take a couple days off, its hard to get back to it.  While part of me just wanted to go through the drive thru at McDonald’s (which is right next to the gym by the way!) I ended up doing a 5.3 hill climb on the bike machine.  OMG, I was dying after 10 minutes, but I stuck with it.  I then did 15 minutes on the treadmill to round out the workout.

My face gets super RED when I work out, so I made my sweaty picture black and white.

why hasn't anyone told me I have two caterpillars as eye brows?!

My inspiration for lunch was from another blogger – Kim of Stirring the Pot.   But since I think my family would throw up in their mouths a bit at the thought of spicy turkey meatballs, I adapted it for one serving, also using what I had on hand.

Biz’s Spicy Asian Meatballs for One

(268 calories, 9.1 fat, 9.8 carbs, .7 fiber and 34 protein)

  • 4 ounces ground turkey breast
  • 2 tablespoons panko bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon sriracha sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried Szechwan seasoning (mine is McCormick) but crushed red pepper will work too
  • 1 tablespoon House of Tsang Szechwan sauce

Mix everything together except for the Szechwan sauce.  Heat Pam or oil in non-stick pan over medium heat.  Brown the meatballs all over.  When they are almost done, pour the tablespoon of Szechwan sauce in the pan and toss to make sure each meatball is coated.  Serve with rice and steamed veggies.

the cilantro is key - and I think next time I'll add just a bit of lemon zest to the mix too

Green Giant has a line of “steamers” out.  You just toss the bag in the microwave and call it a day.  While I don’t normally buy these products, it was in the 50% off bin, so I couldn’t resist.   The one I had was rice with carrots and green beans – 1 cup was 180 calories.

Lunch 449 calories, 43 carbs, 40 protein, 12 fat and 3.1 fiber

I am glad I decided to give ground turkey another chance – these meatballs were delicious!

I am happy to say that Tony is starting to feel better!  Not 100%, but he’s getting there.  So while he had buttered noodles for dinner, Hannah and I had my mock Panera Broccoli soup with grilled cheese sammies.

with a touch of crushed red peppers for my bowl to kick it up a notch 😀

And one of my favorite cheese for my grilled cheese sandwich:

550 calories, 44 carbs, 23 protein, 31 fat and 4.6 fiber

Stats for Tuesday:

  • 1409 calories, 131 carbs, 81 protein, 57 fat and 13 fiber
  • 37% of calories from fat
  • 109 average blood sugar

Who watched Glee last night? It was so good!  Alright, I am off to make apple pancakes with nutty topping for breakfast – it will be close to see if I can get it done and out the door on time this morning! 😀

Make it a Great Day!


35 thoughts on “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

  1. Weighting For 50

    Hi Biz,
    BIG phew that the car repair wasn’t too horrible!!! And the meatballs for one look amazing!! I’ll be bookmarking that one! Have a wonderful day!

  2. Wow those meatballs look awesome!! I might have to try them sometime.

    I want to you know that I tried to channel you yesterday at the gym. I am always impressed by the ability to walk at 4.0 mph up a 10% incline for 45 minutes.

    Well, I couldn’t do that, but I did do 7% and 3.5mph for 20 minutes. My knee just couldn’t take anything steeper or faster.

  3. That is awesome about the car. Jack always says that a repair is cheaper than car payments! I’m with you about cars…if it can get me from Point A to Point B (safely, of course) it’s all good.

    I go to the YMCA near our house and I love it once I get there…getting there is the problem. Am going to try those meatballs and I just looked up the recipe for the pancakes…boy, those look good, too.

  4. So happy for you and that sweet car repair bill!!! I hate hearing the word “transmission” – and unfortunately I’ve heard it several times. 😦

    Yum to the meatballs! I recently made some spaghetti sauce using ground turkey and it was really, really good – I’m with you…when did ground turkey become so tasty?!?

  5. Those meatballs made my mouth water! Good for you for getting the workout in–I could use some motivation in that department!

  6. thehealthyjunky

    Thanks goodness your car repair did not cost as much as you thought. What a relief. Those meatballs look yummy!

  7. You shouldn’t have pointed out your eyebrows, Biz, we never noticed! Now your gonna have to start plucking. 😉 I really have never done mine either and I don’t care enough to–don’t sweat it–they’re fine! What a relief on the car repair! Surprises like that are nice. Those meatballs and the grilled cheese have my tummy growling. Oh, and I have been buying those steamers lately for convenience and usually eat the whole pack b/c the ones I get are just around 150 for the whole thing and I find them so tasty! My favorite is the broccoli and cheese. 🙂

    • I am actually going to be getting them threaded – soon! I have super sensitive skin, and while threading my eyebrowns hurts like a son of a bitch – the pain is short lived and it doesn’t look as if someone just punched me in the eyes like when I get waxed! 😀

  8. Those meatballs look amazing, but I can’t bring myself to eat ground turkey 😦 So happy for you that your car repair only ended up costing your $120, that is a great surprise!

    I’m a HUGE Glee fan, and last night was one of my favorite episodes. I’m also a huge Christmas music fan, so naturally I had already bought the Glee Christmas album the day it came out 🙂

  9. Paid off cars and no credit cards… the road to real wealth!

    Never heard of sriracha sauce… is there a close equivalent??

  10. I was SO HAPPY to read that about your vehicle, it made me a little emotional! How nice to get a break, especially this time of year.

    Ground turkey… love it for some things, not so much for others.

  11. I am definitely going to make those meatballs. YUM! And what a great idea for breakfast.
    So how much time do you spend cooking per day anyway? Curious. 🙂

    A big congrats on the car repair. Now is the time to go out and buy a lottery ticket. 😀

  12. Phew! I’m so happy for you about the car repair! We don’t use credit cards either so I feel you!

    Those meatballs look so yummy! Gotta try them out on my family soon!

    PS…be proud of your full eyebrows! Some of us have to draw ours in! 😉

  13. Glee was uhhh mazing!

  14. Glad Tony is feeling a bit better – hope he’s fully recovered soon!

    Nice job on your workout and blood glucose levels! 🙂 And those meatballs? Look divine!!!

  15. I love the meatball recipe. I didn’t know you didn’t like ground turkey… I love it!

    I’ve made a similar meatball with part Italian sausage and part ground chicken that turned out totally deluxe.

  16. oh man, you must be SO relieved about your car! finding out something costs way less than what you have already anticipated is definitely one of life’s little joys 🙂

    by the way, i’ve already starred the meatball recipe. it looks easy and delicious!

  17. Wow, that’s awesome about the car repair! I had the opposite earlier this summer – went in for an oil change/filter change/tire rotation and walked out nearly $2k poorer. 😦 Such an awesome feeling though when the opposite works out for you!!

  18. i live for glee! it was definitely one of my faves last night. the meatballs look awesome, isn’t kim great!

  19. I’m so clueless about cars. A small part of me will be relieved when I move and leave my car behind!

  20. erintakescontrol

    Those meatballs look fab! Glad your car repair wasn’t horrendous. Transmissions are the one of the worst things to have to repair!

  21. Your food looks AMAZING! I am going to make those meatballs (and the breakfast, and everything else you ate that day). You look great in your black and white photo, and yay to only a broken transmission line. I bet that was a huge sigh of relief you heaved when it became clear what the mechanic was saying. Hope you have a great week.

  22. woohoo grats on the cheap repair!!!!!

  23. ohh… sriracha sauce is the best thing out there….I eat it on EVERYTHING

  24. Apple pancakes with nutty topping?? Now I’m totally thinking of breakfast already! 🙂

  25. Oh man!!! that must have been a huge freaking relief!! cars are such bothersome, expensive things; too bad they are absolutely necessary.

  26. oooh yummy meatballs! my face also gets super red when i workout too!

  27. YAy on the car repair!!! My van is a 2003, it’s nice not having to make car payments, but anytime something goes wrong and she needs a repair, I get a giant knot in my stomach.

    Love the breakfast potatoes and your turkey balls (i have the mind of a 10 year old, because i’m giggling right now…)


  28. I hate car repairs, but glad it was too expensive! I also hate the days where you really, really do not want to work out. Those happen to me sometimes, but then they can be the best workout! I still have 22.3 miles to run this year for my goal – I’m getting so close!

    I like to use ground turkey in thing in place of beef, but my dad is not usually the biggest fan. He will eat meatballs and shepherds pie made with turkey though, so those are small successes! 🙂

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