It’s Been A Long Time

Hannah is one of those people that is never sick.   As a baby I can remember one night when she was about 2 1/2 that she puked 4 times in a night – twice in her crib and then twice when I brought her into my bed.  Only problem was that I only had two sets of sheets for each bed and I think we ended up sleeping on blankets.

It’s easy to make them feel better when they are little.  You pick them up and let them lay their head down, rock them back and forth, read them books.  So imagine my surprise when Hannah called me at 1:00 in the afternoon to say she felt sick and had to leave school.  Mind you, other than having the chicken pox when she was in kindergarten, Hannah has never missed a day of school.

When I got home from work, she napped, she cried because her stomach hurt, and when she tried to take Pepto Bismol, it made her puke.  She didn’t quite make it all the way in the bathroom, and when she came out she said “don’t go in there – I puked everywhere.”  But no matter if your baby is 9 months, 9 years or almost 19 like my baby, I did what a good mother should and cleaned it up.  Then I told her she was probably faking it because it was garbage/recycling night and that’s one of her chores. 😀

So hopefully she feels better today!

I did my usual baked potato Sunday – I baked up 4 potatoes to use during the week.  Love that they keep in the fridge for a week.  Breakfast was my stuffed baked potato breakfast: 3.5 ounce potato, 1 ounce black beans, 1/4 cup diced red pepper, 1 egg 3/4 ounce of cheese (only 2 points!).   Scrape out half of the potato leaving half of the shell.   Scramble the potato with the black beans, red pepper and egg.

Then when I got to work I just put the egg scramble in the potato, topped it with 3/4 ounce cheese and put it in the toaster oven under broil.  This is so filling.

love that this is only six points 😀

I went to the gym at lunch.  I ended up doing 35 minutes on the stairmaster and then a 15 minute 3.3 hill climb ride on the bike – nice and schweaty workout.

In the March FoodNetwork magazine, they had a pull out of 50 things to do with pesto.  One of the first things to jump out at me was the pesto bean soup.  Although I made modifications – I added a can of chick peas, and left out the onions.  While this was delicious I think next time I made add some smoked sausage to this.

Pesto Bean Soup (printer friendly version here)

4 servings: 1 ½ cups per serving

6 WW PointsPlus (246 Calories, 5.1 fat, 36 carbs, 12 fiber and15 protein)


  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 1 can cannellini beans
  • 1 can of chick peas
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 roasted red pepper chopped
  • 2 tablespoons prepared pesto
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 ounce shaved Parmesan cheese


1.    Heat oil over medium heat in a stock pot.  Saute garlic and red pepper flakes for a couple minutes.  Add the drained beans, chicken stock, celery carrots and red pepper.  Cook for 15 – 20 minutes or until the carrots are tender.

2.    Remove from heat, stir in the pesto, salt and pepper to taste.  Garnish with a few shaved pieces of Parmesan cheese.

I actually never liked pesto until a few years ago - now I love it

My bowl with a 3 point slice of bread – lunch comes in at 9 points.

Dinner was pork chops with 1/2 cup blue cheese polenta,(except I halved the recipe and reduced the butter to 1 tablespoon) and a sauteed zucchini with fiesta seasoning – nice and spicy.  I only ate half the pork chop, so that was about 5 ounces.  Dinner comes in at 11 points.

I love squeezing lemon juice over pork chops

Someone at my office brought in a chocolate Portillo’s cake.  Anyone in the Chicagoland area knows that this is an amazing chocolate cake.  It’s super chocolately and so moist.  In fact, I’ve made a copy cat version – you use a box of cake mix, 1 cup water, 1 cup mayo, and 3 eggs – so not good for you, but you have to splurge every once in a while. 😀

Well, I brought a slice home for Tony, and wouldn’t you know we split it watching t.v. last night – totally worth the 5 points!

Stats for Monday:

  • 31 points, 47 flex remaining, 16 activity points earned
  • 35 minutes stair climb, 3.3 mile hill bike ride
  • average blood sugar 122

Come back tomorrow for roasted red pepper soup with cilantro cream – only 6 points for two cups! 😀

Have a great day!

35 thoughts on “It’s Been A Long Time

  1. You Hannah is Mike’s age and it doesn’t seem to matter, they are still our babies. You’re a good mama. Hannah will feel better soon.
    I love that baked potato, it looks awesome. I love potatoes and I know they aren’t that great for us but if made into a meal it has to be okay.
    Take care my friend and have a blessed day!!

  2. thehealthyjunky

    I hope your daughter feels better soon. She is lucky to have such a wonderful mom like you. That soup looks amazing. Anything with pesto is good in my eyes.

  3. Poor Hannah! Hope she feels better.
    The photo of your soup is amazing. I can almost taste it!

  4. We’ve had a wicked virus going around here.. it’s the one that made Mr. Helen lose 9 pounds in a few hours and made me disinfect my house from top to bottom 2 days before Christmas. I hope Hannah doesn’t have that!

    Every single thing you ate yesterday looks yummy to me. I always used to make gorgonzola polenta until I tried Pioneer Woman’s creamy goatcheese polenta and now that’s our new favorite!

  5. Hope Hannah feels better soon. Really – nothing is worse than a sick child. 😦 regardless of age.

    Have I told you that I love her name? It is the awesome and fits her wonderfully.

  6. Hope Hannah feels better soon! Your story of when she was a baby brought back memories…there were several nights I slept on the kitchen floor with a puking baby/toddler because cleaning up the kitchen floor is so much easier than carpeting! lol I feel really bad now when my daughter calls from college and is sick, because there is literally NOTHING I can do to make her feel better….you never stop worrying about your kids and being their mom…no matter how big they get.

    What a great, great idea about the baked potatoes. I am going to pick some up to bake for the week for lunches at the store today!

    Have a good day, Biz!

  7. Hope Hannah feels better! Pepto makes me hurl too – horrible stuff!

  8. Ahhh the Pepto coated bathroom… know it well.

    Hey, wasn’t the latest issue of FoodNetwork among the best ever. I made the Cabanero sauce last night listed, with plans to do the garlic Month. And that Spaghetti cake.

    Biz, I just want to say that you are really among the best Weight Watcher (the brand and system, not the generic) people I have ever encountered. That Egg dish, soup and dinner is exactly what they have in mind. I went through a year with them and watched so many people sub bland hideous food for their meals and then were disappointed with the lifestyle.

    Continued good thoughts


  9. So nice of you to clean up her puke. It’s amazing what we will do for our kids!

    Pesto soup sounds really good!

  10. Aww I hope Hannah feels better! I love that egg scramble on the potato. What a good idea!

  11. Hope Hannah feels better very soon! That delicious and comforting pesto bean soup should help for sure!

  12. Poor Hannah – I hope she feels better soon! No matter what the age, when our children get sick, mother instinct goes into high gear.

    Loving that pesto soup idea! Sometimes if I have extra pesto, I have it as a spread on a turkey sandwich for lunch – just need a breakfast idea and I could eat it for all three meals, I love it that much!

  13. Aw, poor Hannah! It’s probably even harder being sick when you don’t get sick often. Hope she feels better soon!

  14. So the odd time Hannah is sick she really goes all out,eh?! Hopefully you’re cleaning up less this time around and she gets well soon!

  15. Get better soon, Hannah!!!! 😦

    My girl’s the opposite of yours. She can cough herself to a pukey mess at anytime. She even starts gagging at the sight of a piece of lint. NOT an exaggeration!

    I’m going to have to try the Portillo’s recipe for my daughter’s birthday cupcakes in a couple of weeks!

    Have a good one, Biz!

  16. It’s so sad when our kids are sick, isn’t it?? I hate when things are out of my control when it comes to me kid……I hope she feels better soon!
    And I still love your baked potato for breakfast idea. I just keep forgetting to make it for myself (and I even have potatoes at home)! 🙂

  17. DiningAndDishing

    aw, biz i hope hannah feels better! i’m grown up now too but nothing can beat having your mom when you’re not feeling well!

    – Beth @

  18. Hope Hannah feels better.

    Portillos! We loved that place when we lived in Chicagoland. I especially loved the chocolate cake shake 😀 Nothing like sucking up a hunk of chocolate frosting through a straw…

  19. Hope Hannah feels better soon!! What a good mommy you are! 🙂

  20. oh no!!! (So sorry Hannah) 😦
    I was similar growing up in that I never got sick or missed school. Maybe the odd sniffle but never anything that kept me from attending class. I can imagine for her how scary too that would have been to now have a full on cold/flu! Really hope she’s feeling better, no fun not even having pepto work eek. “mommy to the rescue” hehe, she’s lucky to have you there for comfort!! .. and later when she feels better, she’ll have delicious soup to look forward too ❤

  21. Aww, hope Hannah is on the mend!

  22. Oh no, poor Hannah! I hope she feels better soon – stomach illnesses are NO fun!

    I love the roasted red pepper in the soup! I need to remember to cook w/ those more often, they’re so delicious!

  23. Feel better soon Hannah!!! And Biz, take care of yourself while you’re taking care of everyone else! I’m sending a smile and good thoughts to you!!!!

  24. Poor Hannah 😦 I hope she feels better soon!!!

  25. I hope she gets better!

  26. My kids are sick a ton, not pukeys, but asthma, colds, fever…teachers must think I favor truancy, for they have never had a perfect attendance record.
    Your food is simply…..beautiful.

  27. Feel better Hannah!! I remember her perfect attendance record, so awesome!

  28. I hope your little girl feels better soon!

    Also? I’m totally starving for that potato now.

  29. It cracks me up whenever you preface a recipe posting with “I changed it up…” because we all know that “I didn’t use onions” is next. 🙂 That soup looks amazing despite it’s lack of onions!

    Hope Hannah is feeling better!

  30. I hope Hannah is feeling better soon! I still call my mom when I am sick! 🙂

    I need to start making potatoes like yours for breakfast…they always look amazing!

  31. aw, poor hannah! my husband is that kind of person too, i’ve seen him sick maybe once since we’ve been married. i hope she’s better soon!

    i’ve got to get that magazine, i love pesto, and i love that soup!

  32. Aw poor girl! I hope she feels better! I am loving the sound of that soup! I need to get on my soup making kick now that it’s so dang cold outside. Oh, thanks for the reminder on my dip post LOL I completely forgot to add in the amount of spinach in the ingredients!

  33. Poor Hannah! I hope she’s feeling better! I haven’t had the flu/thrown up in YEARS! I was a child the last time. I’ve been lucky!

    That soup looks FABULOUS, Biz!!!

  34. Poor Hannah! Being sick is no fun! oof and pepto makes me a little overly nauseous sometimes too!

    The soup looks really good =)

  35. i always forget how good pesto is in soup. great news from the doctor! yay!

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