Best News!

Tony and I met with the surgeon yesterday.  He had the results of the CT scan and I am not going to lie both of us have had knots in our stomachs waiting for this appointment.  The moment of truth to see if the cancer has spread or not.


We of course, are beyond thrilled.  We have a surgery date of February 15.  We both can collective take a sigh of relief, and now have our game faces on for this surgery.  We can’t thank everyone enough for the emails and comments while we were unsure of where this ass cancer was going.   We have a plan and we are going to kick its ass! 😀

One of the things of course that keeps my mind off of the “C” word is reading recipes, blogs and cooking. 😀  Last week I saw this recipe and thought it sounded interesting.  I did adapt it though a bit though.

Green Chorizo (adapted from Sweet Life)

(printer friendly version here)

  • 1 pound ground turkey breast
  • 1 poblano pepper
  • 2 tomatillos
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper.

Heat broiler on high.  Put the poblano, tomatillos and garlic on a roasting pan and roast until the skins are blackened.  While she removes the blackened skin, I leave it on like I do with my Baja Fresh Salsa (can’t wait to uncover the grill to make some more!).   Add all the ingredients into the food processor and pulse until combined.  I decided to make this 8 servings, 2.75 ounces of raw meat per serving.   Heat a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat – add Pam and Pam fry for about 2-3 minutes per side.  She originally said to refrigerate overnight, but I did a test batch right after making it, and then made it again yesterday morning, and couldn’t really tell the difference.

116 calories, 4.5 fat, 1.7 carbs, 0 fiber, 16 protein = 3 points per serving

I decided to crumble my patty for green chorizo egg tostadas – holy yum was this delicious and worth the 12 points 😀  Two tostadas, 1 ounce black beans, one green chorizo patty crumbled, 1 scrambled egg and 3/4 ounce of cheese (fyi . . . you can still get 3/4 oz. of cheese for 2 points!)

Lunch was leftover beef and sauce from last nights Italian Pot Roast – 3 ounces of beef, 1/2 cup of sauce and 10 ounces of cooked spaghetti squash.  Try as I might, spaghetti squash dishes always look like dog food but taste delicious!

So to celebrate Tony’s cancer not spreading, I decided to make dinner a surf and turf.  We split a New York strip steak, and I made garlic shrimp scampi.  I adapted this recipe from Kevin of Closet Cooking.

Shrimp Scampi for Two (printer friendly version here)

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 pound shrimp (peeled and deveined)
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1/2 lemon (juice and zest) this was too much for me, so I reduced it to 1 tablespoon and zest of half a lemon.
  • 1/8 cup minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley

Heat the oil and melt the butter in a pan.  Add shrimp and saute for 2-3 minutes a side.  Remove the shrimp from the pan.  Add the wine, garlic, lemon juice and zest and bring to a boil.  Simmer the liquid until reduced by half – about 5 minutes.  Return shrimp and toss together.  Sprinkle with dried parsley.  I lucked out got these giant shrimp for only $3.89 at my store’s 50% off bin. 😀

285 calories, 13 fat, 4.5 carbs, 0 fiber, 24 protein = 6 Points Plus


having the wine really stretches out the butter flavor

My plate: 3 ounces of steak, 1/2 serving of scampi (although Tony was missing the bread crumbs – sorry about that!) and roasted zucchini that was tossed in 1 tsp. olive oil and roasted under the broiler – so good!  Dinner comes in at 12 points.

We were a little snackish later in the night and I had pretzels with french onion dip – I thought it was around 4 points, this morning turns out it was an 8 point snack – it’s all good, I still have flex points left 😀

Stats for Thursday:

  • 38 points
  • no exercise since I went to Tony’s dr. appointment
  • average blood sugar 107

I have to give a shout out to Chobani regarding the Traveling Oven Mitt Recap that Emily from Chobani put together!  You can check out all the lovely participants here.  You had to provide a “quote” for the post, and I told her that I was a condiment whore and typically have a minimum of 27 hot sauces and mustards at the ready.  Love how she classed me up and called me a “condiment junkie!”

Since this was a recipe contest between the bloggers, could you vote for mine here?   If you “like” my recipe you are automatically entered for your own chance at an oven mitt, a tote bag, and most importantly, an entire year’s worth of Chobani!

I love you more every day Tony!


71 thoughts on “Best News!

  1. Yay for Tony!!!!!!! I’m so happy for you both!

    Love that you and I are representin’ for the “over 40” bloggers out there in the Chobani Recipe Challenge!

  2. Great news about the cancer! Looks like you got your foot firmly in the door for kicking its butt!

    Dog food always tastes great the next day! 🙂

  3. Awesome news!

  4. So happy for you guys!!!

    Dinner looks wonderful, especially the shrimp. I’ll have to make some soon!

  5. So relieved, so happy for the great news!!! It’s wonderful that you can start looking forward to beyond the surgery now. 🙂

    OK, off to go vote for you!

  6. YEAH!!!! HIP HIP HORRAY!!!! AWESOME!!!! I am so happy for you all, Tony especially. That is terrific news. Now it’s just get it out, heal and life can go on.
    And surgery is after the super bowl so Tony can enjoy all of that with you guys without having to worry about junk.
    I am so proud of you all. Such a great family, a blessed family!!
    My father-in-law has cancer, the one that Jackie Kennedy died from. It’s been in remission for years and it was suppose to of sent him to our savior years ago but it hasn’t because my mother-in-law has done so much research on finding the right foods to feed him in the right combinations. He is more healthy now then he was in his 50’s and he’s 75 now. Some day it might return, who knows…well the Lord does, but until then he’s ours. Look for the right foods, the right combinations to get and stay cancer free.
    Take care Biz and have a blessed day!

  7. Congratulations!!! That’s amazing news!!!!! CELEBRATE!!!

  8. Biz–I’m so happy you all got good news! I’ll still be thinking about you guys!

  9. YAY! What great news! Hopefully the next great news (to be received very soon!) will be Tony is cancer free!

  10. oh fantastic news, Biz! So happy for you both!

  11. Yayayay!!! I’ve been praying for you guys!! So happy for you both. 🙂
    Enjoy your weekend!

  12. That’s amazing news!!!!! Congrats to you and Tony!


    So my first thought? I bet they’ll celebrate Valentines on the 13th since he won’t be able to eat much on the 14th… and I can’t imagine two people who love each other so much not celebrating Valentines.

  14. Great news, Biz! I am so happy for you both. Now to kick its ass!

  15. That’s brilliant news. I’m so pleased for you and for Tony. What a relief.

  16. I’m so happy the cancer hasn’t spread. I’m praying and I have cofidence that surgery will go fine on the 15th. Dinner sure looked yummy.

  17. Wahoooo great news!


  19. Yay!!! Sooooo happy the news is good!!!

  20. Hooray for awesome ASS news! 😀

    You’re all “liked”! FYI…you have to “like” Chobani’s FB page first and then you can “like” your picture/recipe.

    Happy Friday, Biz! Maybe you and Tony can relax a little bit this weekend!!!

  21. Yea, kick ass now Tony!
    I’m headed over to vote now……………….have a good weekend!! 🙂

  22. whoo! i am so happy to hear your good news! you two keep rockin & rollin & kickin butt 🙂

  23. I’ve been thinking of you two so hard! I’m incredibly pleased for you–there’s some happy dancing going on at my house! xoxo

  24. Yaay for the good news!

  25. Congrats! That is awesome news! Now you have a good reason to celebrate this weekend..not that you need one.

  26. Janet in Houston

    Glad to hear that the cancer has not spread. What a relief! Will keep you both in my prayers.

  27. I voted!!!

    Congrats to Tony! Great job on keeping your ass in check! 🙂

    I think the chorizo and the surf and turf look scrumptious!!

  28. Congratulations to you both on the WONDERFUL news! What a perfect early Valentine’s present 🙂 And that amazing looking scampi for the surf and turf sounds like the perfect celebration!
    PS – I am SUCH a condiment “junkie” too 🙂 They make everything better!

  29. So so happy that you are kicking ass. Head a funky day and this news just made me smile big!

  30. Hi Biz and Tony!!!! GIGANTIC YAY for your news!!!!!!! What a HUGE weight off of both of your minds!!! Have a great weekend! (I know you will)

  31. I’m so relieved the cancer hasn’t spread!!!!! That is great news! Have a great weekend 🙂

  32. Great great great news!
    I’ll keep him in my prayers.

  33. erintakescontrol

    Thank God it’s “just” ass cancer! I’m so happy the cancer hasn’t spread!

  34. Yahoo!! GREAT news! So happy that the cancer has not spread!

    Your celebration dinner looks GREAT!

  35. That is the best news ever!

    Thanks to Jenn for the more detailed instructions on how to vote for you! I couldn’t figure it out on my own! What a techno weenie I am!

  36. That’s great to hear Biz. So happy for you both!

    (I voted for you)

  37. Fab news from the doc. So pleased for you both.

  38. I saw your news on Facebook this morning, I was SO happy!!! Elated, really. Hugs!!!!

    And uhhh….what a way to celebrate! Tony, you’re one lucky man!! 😉

  39. WOOHOO!!! Biz I am so glad to hear this. We need to keep saying F*** Cancer and show it to the door because too many people I know and care about are being diagnosed. 😦

  40. Here’s wishing you both, the strength to deal with what you’ve been handed. I wish you both love and a good outcome in your battle.

  41. Good news! Good NEWS! So happy to hear it!

  42. excellent news!!! i’m so happy to hear that!

    i love the look of that shrimp, oh my goodness, i’m thinking of making it right now as a midnight snack.

  43. Yay! I’m SO happy! If you could send a little of your good juju my way, I would greatly appreciate it! My CT came back a little “off” and I could use good vibes too!

  44. YAY, what fabulous news!!! And the perfect meal to celebrate – so happy for you!!!

  45. YAY! Oh, that is just such a glorious thing to hear. I’m so thrilled! Thank GOD! I voted for you. 🙂

  46. Ahh yes best news ever!! I’m so happy for you guys!!

  47. Hoorah for the good news! Kick a_ _ Tony! Sorry, just couldn’t resist.

    If eating well is the best revenge, y’all are doing a fine job.


  48. Great news!!! So happy for the both of you, you deserve it! I’m glad you celebrated with a nice surf and turf dinner as well:)

  49. Excellent news for Tony!! Way to kick cancer’s ass for good!

    You have me craving a tostada now!

  50. This is such great news, Biz! I’m so glad!!! 🙂 Give Tony a huge hug!

  51. Does this mean no chemo or radiation? (Sometimes they do that preventatively even if it has NOT spread.) Hooray!

    Perhaps the letter C will start having more positive associations with it now: chorizo, cinnamon rolls, chili…

  52. So glad to hear the good news. Tony will kick cancer’s ass.


    Ahh!! I’m genuinely, maddeningly ecstatic, Biz!!! xD
    I hope to hear more good news!

  54. Oh, Biz!!! This makes my heart SO HAPPY!!! I’m truly so happy that his cancer has not spread. That is the BEST news. You have all of us behind you in this. Fuck cancer! 🙂

  55. This is great, fantastic, totally wonderful, awesome, incredible news! I can only imagine how happy all of you are.

  56. Happy to read about your great news!

  57. I am SO glad you commented on my blog so I could find yours!!! I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your posts and I cannot wait to see more.

    I am also happy to hear this great news (I don’t know the whole story but that is still awesome!)

    I hope you’ll be back to read my blog! I will definitely be reading yours 🙂

  58. that is the best news I’ve read!!

  59. I can not express how thrilled I am for you all. This is such great news. Give Tony a big hug from me. Way to kick ass cancer’s….ass.

  60. I can’t tell you how thrilled I am for you!!!!

  61. That is fabulous news…so happy for the both of you!

  62. This is my first time here and I feel a little like a voyeur. I hope he does well. I will have to read back to see this unfolding.
    Your food looks delish. Healthy too. That is inspiring.
    Thanks for stopping by.

  63. Oh, thank goodness!!! So glad the cancer hasn’t spread – now to (with a nod to that Mini Cooper Super Bowl commercial here) give it the boot OUT of the boot!

  64. Sorry that this is a little late but I’m so happy to hear the great news.

  65. Oh Biz, that’s wonderful news!!! I am so happy for you guys. 😀 Here’s to a full, speedy recovery! XOXO

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