Happy Saturday!

Because I got about two dozen emails and facebook messges when I posted late yesterday – I have to give a shout out to Tony – I usually blog before work.  I finished my blog – I use Windows LiveWriter – if you don’t use this you should check it out because I can literally get my posts up in about 20 minutes.

Anyway, yesterday morning after I was done with the post, I entered my user name and password on WordPress, and just walked away and finished putting all my shit together.  I never went back to the computer.  I realized when I got to work that it hadn’t posted and I had to wait until Tony got home to the computer so he could fix the problem – thanks Tony!

My work lunch went great – here is a shitty picture, but I just wanted you all to be jealous of my work office’s sweet cowboy wallpaper. 

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This post is short and sweet – you know, like me!  I slept in until 10:30!!!  And then I had to pick up my contacts – and now I am off to see my twin sister and our best friends who are twins for twinfest!  They just turned 44 in August, so now we are all the same age again. 😀

I’ll be back on Monday with a recap – oh, and I am going to have a new (possibly weekly?) installment here on My Bizzy Kitchen – ASK TONY ANYTHING!  Seriously, ask anything you want.   Just leave a question in the comments section or email me at mybizzykitchen@gmail.com.

Enjoy your weekend!

First Day of School!

Today is Hannah’s first day at her new University.  She could not be more excited.  Her books were ordered weeks ago, her school supplies at the ready.  I am so happy that she’ll be at a school where kids actually like to learn.

Community college is kind of like what we called it when I was younger – high school with cigarettes.  Most of the students Hannah went to school with went there because they didn’t have a choice.  We opted for her to go to community college as a cost effective way to get her general education credits out of the way.

I am sad because I usually take a first day of school picture, and this is the first year I won’t be able to do that, so I re-post her first school picture in kindergarten.  She was growing out her bangs and I had her hair pulled back – it looked really cute.  The photographer however, gave each kid a comb, and even though she thought she didn’t need to use it, felt obligated since he gave it to her.  So we got a nice picture of how long her bangs were!

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I was a horrible student.  I didn’t particularly like long projects, like my junior theme.  I don’t even remember the topic, but my Dad loved the topic so much he actually wrote a theme.  He asked me to read it and I loved it so much I turned it in as my own – he got a B+!

The only time I did good in school was when I was on a sports team – you had to maintain a B average and not miss any classes or get any detentions, otherwise you didn’t get to play.

Spring of my junior year I was a bit “lax” about going to certain classes.  Turns out my boyfriend had lunch 4th period when I had Spanish, so it was hit or miss if I would go to that class.  He had study halls the last two periods, so computers and English were hit or miss too if I went.

A letter got sent home saying I was failing some classes.  My Dad scheduled a  meeting with all my teachers and Dean.  At 7:30 in the morning, my Dad told all my teachers and Dean that he thought I wasn’t being challenged enough – basically he thought I was too smart and just bored.

I’ll never forget it when the Spanish teacher stood up and said “If your daughter showed up to class once in a while, maybe we could teach her something she doesn’t already know.”

My Dad’s face fell.  For the rest of the semester (this was February!) I had to sign in and out of each class, each teacher had to sign off that I did my homework/projects, etc.  I ended up on the honor roll by the end of that semester.

I found that I had a Jimmy Dean breakfast bowl in the deep freeze – who even knows how long its been in there, but it was delicious – especially topped with my grilled cherry salsa and a sliced apple.  Breakfast comes in at 312 calories, 8 fat, 38 carbs, 5.3 fiber and 22 protein.

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I ran to the grocery store at lunch – its grilling Friday at my office.  I am making chili hot dogs, apple coleslaw, and I made small peanut butter cookies to make mini ice cream sandwiches.  I had planned on having a taco salad for lunch, but when I went to my veggie drawer in our basement fridge, almost all of it was frozen.  So when I was at the store, I got about $3 of greens and veggies for my taco meat.

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I didn’t realize until after I downloaded my picture, that you really can’t see the goodness in this salad – mixed baby greens, carrots, tri colored peppers, some cheddar cheese, cucumbers.  My salad dressing was 1/4 cup of my salsa mixed with 1 tablespoon of ranch dressing – so delicious and filling – 411 calories, 26 fat, 4 carbs, 2.2 fiber and 37 protein.

For some reason, I failed to look at the weather forecast this week.  These cool mornings lately have already switched my brain to fall weather and comfort food.  When I left the office, it was 93 degrees!  I made beef stew in the crock pot.  The only thing I did differently was that I tossed the beef chunks in 1/4 cup of flour, 1 tablespoon powdered mustard and 1 teaspoon of paprika.  I brown the beef and then tossed everything in the crock.

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Tony wrapped up some garlic in foil and put that in the beef juice to cook.  He made some amazeballs garlic bread – perfect for soaking up all the gravy.  Dinner comes in at 468 calories, 19 fat, 48 carbs, 6 fiber and 23 protein.

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Tony joked and asked if we were going to have split pea soup for dinner tonight since it will be in the 90’s again today.  I am secretly hoping for some sort of Party Pizza Friday! Open-mouthed smile

And ever since I saw that Rhonda found this popcorn, I’ve been dying to have some.  Although we call it the Chicago Mix – half cheddar popcorn and half caramel corn.  A restaurant near my office actually sells it so I swung by on my way home.  I may have had a couple handfuls while watching t.v. last night – so good!

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Alright – have to get my shit together for all the food I am bringing for my work lunch.  Question of the Day:  Were you a good student?  Make it a great day!

You Buy, I’ll Fly

Wowza.  Who knew yesterday’s post about KERF was going to be such a touchy subject!  I am still happy I wrote it.  While some thought I was bashing KERF, when anyone puts themselves out there in blogland, you have to take the good with the bad.

In the nearly four years I’ve had my blog, I’ve gotten emails that I am fat and diabetic because I eat too many carbs.  I am too upbeat.  I use too many exclamation points!!!  But it’s my blog, and I’ll say what I want.  If you don’t like it, there are a million other blogs to read.  Right? Open-mouthed smile

I did have to copy Mr. Biz (Tony’s) comment in case you missed it. 

Mr. Biz (Tony) on August 22, 2012 at 8:12 pm said:Edit

I drink coffee so my eliminations are regular. I drink beer so my neck skin is smooth and pliable.

Reply ↓

And I have Jacky to thank about showing me the smugnom.com forum where people talk about other bloggers – I had no idea!  And Aimee said that there were fake Kath and Matt twitters – I’ve asked her for the links so I’ll let you know – she said they are pretty funny!

Shall we move on?  It was Wednesday, so it was bagel day!  This time half a Thomas bagel, with 1 egg, baby spinach, rosemary ham, 3/4 ounce of cheese with some cantaloupe on the side.   Breakfast comes in at 400 calories, 15 fat, 42 carbs, 7.5 fiber and 31 protein.

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My boss has a Lean Cuisine pretty much every day.  Until she forgets to stop by the store on the way to work when she runs out.  As luck would have it, that was what happened yesterday.  She offered to buy lunch if I went to pick it up.  Free food?  Yes please!

OMG, this fuji apple salad from Panera was amaze balls.  It came with a white balsamic apple dressing (that I am going to have to try to recreate!)

All-natural, antibiotic-free chicken, mixed field greens, romaine lettuce, vine-ripened tomatoes, red onions, pecans, Gorgonzola, apple chips & white balsamic apple vinaigrette.

I left out the onions (obviously!) and the tomatoes. 

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With a small broccoli cheddar soup on the side – it’s the “You Pick Two” option.  I love that they have the nutritional info on their website.  Together, lunch comes in at 480 calories, 29 fat, 32 carbs 9 fiber and 24 protein.

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If you like that broccoli cheddar soup, I have a copycat recipe that tastes just like it.

I came home to see that Tony set up another fly trap – the flies were coming back with a vengeance!   This time though, he tied it to our wood pile rack, near the garbage cans, so hopefully they won’t both us when we are sitting in under our gazebo.

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I had flank steak that I needed to cook up, and decided to make a Mexican fiesta.  Seriously, I could have this meal every night and never get sick of it.  Although I did overcook the flank steak a bit. Sad smile

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I had this tostada, times two.  Both were 503 calories, 31 fat, 33 carbs, 4.2 fiber and 22 protein.

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So thanks for all the comments, good or bad yesterday.  Turns out I do have a thick skin, so it’s all good. Open-mouthed smile

I had to share this picture – I was looking for a recipe for crock pot beef stew that I thought I had on the blog, and saw this picture.  Looks appetizing doesn’t it? 

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I think my photography has gotten a tad better over the years! 

Alright, I have to put my crock pot beef stew together and my breakfast and lunch together – all in 30 minutes before I have to leave for work and I am still in my pajamas!  Wish me luck! Open-mouthed smile

KERF Fan or Not?

It was 57 degrees when I woke up yesterday.  Glorious!  Sorry Suzie, but I love this cooler weather.  I am just pissed that this cough is preventing me from doing anything active.  I’d say I am about 75% back to normal.  Just sometimes out of nowhere I’ll start coughing my head off. 

I made a breakfast hash yesterday for breakfast.  4 ounces of baked potato, 2 ounces deli ham, 1 egg, 1 cup baby spinach and 1/2 an ounce of cheddar cheese.  On the side was 1.5 ounces of bread I made over the weekend with a pat of butter.  Breakfast comes in at 486 calories, 20 fat, 46 carbs, 4 fiber and 33 protein.

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Still no exercise for me yet – it would have been a perfect day to go on a walk. Sad smile  The other bad part about not working out is that my work day seems about 10 hours long – I miss the break of going to the gym.

I had leftovers for lunch.  And it was delicious!  I took 3 ounces of the leftover turkey breast from the weekend and tossed it in a ziploc bag with about 1 teaspoon of taco seasoning and 1 teaspoon of water.  Then I took 1/2 a cup of leftover baked beans and added 1 tablespoon of Frank’s hot sauce and mixed that together.

On the bottom, 2 corn tortillas, 1/4 cup of baked beans per taco, split the turkey breast, then a sprinkling of cheddar cheese and put them in my office toaster oven until everything was heated up.  Topped with lettuce and grilled cherry salsa, and had 1 ounce of chips and more grilled cherry salsa on the side.  This plate of deliciousness comes in at 487 calories, 11 fat, 73 carbs (wow!), 12 fiber and 26 protein.

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I have Tony to thank for dinner.  Now ladies, if your husband can’t cook (mine definitely can though!) this is a meal for him to make.  Take a package of smoked sausage and 1 box of Zataran’s red beans and rice.  Put them both in a rice cooker and run it through one cycle.  So simple and I loved that dinner was ready when I got home from work – thanks Tony!

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I had mine on a bed of baby spinach.  Dinner comes in at 550 calories, 26 fat, 64 carbs, 10 fiber and 25 protein.

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And I am proud to say, no night time snacking!  So while I did good yesterday calorie wise, 1523 calories, um guess how much sodium I had yesterday?  (Skippy, you should skip this next sentence!)  5,941!  Holy shit, no wonder I’ve been so thirsty lately!  I plan on drinking a gallon of water today to flush out all that sodium, I really need to put that on my radar.

Alright, I may be upsetting the apple cart with this next topic, but can KERF have her f_cking baby yet?!  I’ve never known anyone to research more about giving birth, or how her uterus feels, or buying maternity pants 8 weeks into pregnancy in my life.  Her latest BERF topic was how to prepare for the mother, which including buying stool softeners, because you never know.

http://www.babykerf.com/38-weeks-props-for-mom/

I’m trying to be conservative introducing the tea. The tea is thought to tone the uterus and prepare it for efficient contractions – it isnot supposed to induce labor.

Really?  She’s drinking tea so that her uterus can have more efficient contractions?  I know she’s super Type A, but she’s going to have a rude awakening if she ends up giving birth to a colicky baby. 

She’s also talked about potty training:

Elimination Communication

But perhaps the answer to the question of how to handle the poop is to not using either disposables or cloth. I was recently introduced to something called Elimination Communication. Have you heard of it? Parents train their infants to go to the bathroom in the toilet while they hold them over it. And to put it simply, it’s kind of like dog training. You watch your baby closely for cues that they have to go and hold them over the toilet, make a ‘ssssssss’ noise and they let it out. They do still wear diapers because there are usually some “misses,” as they call them, but the diaper changing is much, much less of a strain and potty training usually happens much earlier.

There is information on this site, and I also met a woman in Cville who started doing it at 4 months at a baby fair. And Pregtastic did a very helpful episode on it that explained it in everyday language.

It makes a lot of sense to me. According to the episode, babies are aware of when they are going to eliminate. They are in control of their bladders and bowels. But we train them to ignore these cues and go in a diaper whenever they want. That makes real potty training pretty difficult because we have to un-train the behavior of going whenever they want and re-train what was natural to begin with!

The experts recommend starting EC around 4 months, but you can start earlier, and there are a variety of ways to do it. Since an infant can’t sit on the toilet yet (or even a potty chair), the parents sit with the baby backwards on the toilet and make the sounds (ssss). Watch this video to see it in action!

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How the hell are babies aware that they are going to eliminate? 

So here’s the question of the day:  KERF fan or not?  I am definitely not. 

Creamy Chicken Rice Soup

I was able to get another round of cough syrup and z-pak – hopefully this second round will knock out this cough.  The worst part is that I feel fine, I just have this nagging cough.  I am worried too about the 5k I signed up for – luckily its still three weeks away!

Over the weekend at the farmers market I bought a small bag of granola that is was a fund raiser for a one room school in a town near where I live.  He was giving out samples, and holy shizz, was it good.  I love granola but am always looking for a way to get granola clusters, not just loose granola.

The man explained that they made sheets of granola, then after it was cooled, they broke it into pieces – why didn’t I think of that??  These totally reminded me of Nature Valley granola bars – I much prefer crispy granola bars to soft ones.

Breakfast was 6 ounces of Chobani Peach yogurt (delish!), 1/2 a cup of cantaloupe and some granola clusters.  Breakfast comes in at 330 calories, 7 fat, 44 carbs, 1.8 fiber and 19 protein.

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If anyone has a crispy granola recipe, please let me know! Open-mouthed smile

When I was cleaning out the fridge/freezer over the weekend, I realized I had quite a bit of chicken left on a whole grilled chicken Tony and I cooked the last weekend.  I also had a can of cream of chicken soup, so chicken and rice soup it became.

Creamy Chicken Rice Soup

makes 4, two cup servings:  304 calories, 9 fat, 24 carbs, 3.4 fiber and 28 protein

Ingredients:

  • 10 ounces cooked chicken
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 cups celery, chopped fine
  • 2 cups carrots, chopped fine
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 6 ounces cooked brown rice (what I had in the fridge)
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • salt and pepper to taste

I have to warn you about this soup if you have a sodium issue (Skippy, I am talking to you!) each 2 cup serving has 1433 grams of sodium!  You could use low sodium chicken broth if you wanted.

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Heat oil in a stock pot.  Add celery and carrots and cook for 10 minutes.  Throw everything else in the pool except the cooked chicken and rice, simmer for 20-30 minutes or until the veggies are tender.  Add the chicken and rice in for about 5 minutes to warm up.  With a 2 oz. baguette with swiss cheese, lunch comes in at 540 calories, 17 fat, 55 carbs, 5 fiber and 39 protein.

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Still no working out for me – weird thing though yesterday.  It was partly cloudy but sunny most of the day, then all of a sudden there was a complete down pour for about 15 minutes – so hard the rain was coming in sideways!

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I have to thank an anonymous commenter!

Just an FYI on your roof. The sealing spray stuff they sell on TV where they spray the screen door in a boat actually works great! We use it in a pinch all the time at work. It has saved us big bucks until we actually repair or replace a roof. We buy it at our local Ace Hardware store.

Tony bought some of this spray and Sunday I got back on our roof and sealed in the leaks again.  Even though this wasn’t a sustained rain, he said nothing leaked yesterday – woop!  And our local store sold it for $4.99 a can. Open-mouthed smile

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Last night I made Company Salisbury steak, although this time I forgot the cheezy bread on the bottom.  Um, Tony noticed that I forgot!  I also didn’t have packaged brown gravy, but I went with an easy gravy recipe – 1 tablespoon butter, 1 tablespoon flour and 1 cup of beef broth.  Just melt the butter, stir in the flour for one minute then slowly add the broth, perfect beef gravy in about 5 minutes.

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My spinach froze, so I ended up sautéing some up for the base of my Salisbury steak.  I’ll use the rest for smoothies later this week.

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So delicious – this plate comes in at 487 calories, 25 fat, 27 carbs, 2.2 fiber and 35 protein.

Alright, time to get my shit into gear and put my food together for the day and get dressed.  Pretty sure I can’t go to work in my pajamas, just sayin. Open-mouthed smile

Make it a great day!