Guess Who Has Their Cleaning Pants On?

My co-worker gave me one of her new flavors of Chobani – pear, so I made an apple/pear/Kashi Go Lean Crunch parfait for breakfast.  Again, I should know this by now, I need to use the plain Chobani in parfaits, by the last 1/4 of it, I was just done because it was so sweet – the first 75% tasted good though!

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I am participating in Lori’s heart healthy weekend, and planned on doing a 5k yesterday, today and tomorrow.  Sadly, right before working out my blood sugar was only 140.  I contemplated eating more to get it up, but in the end, scratched that idea and ended up swimming for 40 minutes, which is about the time of my 5k. Open-mouthed smile

While I didn’t make soup for everyone, I did have time to make soup for me and my boss.  This is really easy, because it only needed to cook for about 20 minutes before the butternut squash and apple were tender enough to puree.

Apple Cinnamon Butternut Squash Soup

  • makes 4 servings of about 1.5 cups each
  • 138 calories, 2.7 fat, 22 carbs, 4.3 fiber, 2.3 protein, 374 mg sodium


  • 2 cups peeled, cubed butternut squash (1 large)
  • 1 apple, cored and cubed
  • 4 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 6 oz. container plain Chobani
  • salt and pepper

In a stock pot, put all the ingredients except the Chobani and cook, with a lid on, for 20 minutes.  Stir half way through.  If you have a stick blender you can use that, otherwise carefully transfer to a blend and puree.  Put back in the stock pot and stir in the Chobani. 

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That’ show it looked after 20 minutes.  I think the only thing I’ll add next time is maybe some unsweetened coconut milk to thin it a bit.  It kind of looks like baby food. Smile with tongue out

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But it was delicious.  Slightly sweet, but with the hit from the crushed red pepper it was a good balance.  I made us a ham and cranberry brie panini on the side – we each had half a sandwich and a bowl of soup.

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I love my panini maker – bought it at a garage sale for $10 and it had only been used once.  Here’s a trick on cleaning it though – when you finish your sandwich, turn the heat off, unplug it and wet a paper towel and lay it across the press, then close it.  The steam from the wet paper towel steam cleans it, and once it’s cool, its clean. Open-mouthed smile

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You know what makes me happy these days?  It’s still light out when I leave work!

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Tony and I can’t wait to be able to hang outside, listen to music, grill up some food.  Sadly it’s only 15 degrees today, so we have a ways to go!

While I am not Catholic, Tony is, so no meat on Friday.  His guilty pleasure during lent for lunch? The Wendy’s fish sandwich.  He declares it the best fish sandwich of fast food restaurants because it isn’t greasy.  I’ve never had one in my life!

fish sandwich

Tony opted for cheese tortellini.  For some reason he’s been put off by red sauces lately, so he just had his with butter and Parmesan cheese.  Me?  I can eat meat so I make a quick Bolognese:

  • 2 ounces of bulk Italian sausage
  • 1 8 ounce can of tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1/8 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 cups chopped fresh baby spinach
  • big pinch of crushed red pepper
  • salt and pepper to taste

I just browned the sausage, then added everything in except the spinach and let it simmer while the pasta water started to boil and the pasta cooked.  I stirred in the spinach and let it wilt a bit.  For a 15 minute sauce, this was amazing – it made 2 generous servings – I plan on sharing the other half with my SIL for her lunch this week.

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Tony and I decided to have breakfast out this morning – something we haven’t done in ages!  I had scrambled eggs, 2 pieces of bacon, 1/2 the hashbrowns and a piece of toast.  We both agreed that the coffee was a bit week, but we enjoyed it while reading the paper.

We ran some errands and when we got back, I had a cleaning jones going on.  I knew I needed to deep clean the living room, move the couches, end tables, etc.  We have have carpet stains from Eddie when he couldn’t control his bowels near the end of his life.  I picked up this product and it works really well!  I just sprayed it, let it sit for 10 minutes, then used a sponge and scrubbed just a bit and the stains came out.  We found it at Menard’s.

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And I finally cleared out Eddie’s toys, put his cage and dishes in the basement.  It was too hard some days to see his toys on the floor, as if he was going to come inside and play with them. Sad smile

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When he was young, he used to keep a stuffed animal for a couple days, and then Tony and I would wake up and the eyes would be chewed off and the stuffing would all be pulled out.  But the last couple years stuffed animals that I bought from garage sales stayed in tact – no eyes missing or anything! 

Well, I am off to the gym – well, as soon as I check my blood sugar and see that I am okay!  Fingers crossed the number is over 200!

Enjoy your weekend – see you Monday! Open-mouthed smile


19 thoughts on “Guess Who Has Their Cleaning Pants On?

  1. I don’t like fish…so the thought of that fish sandwich turns my tummy ;). Pasta on the other hand? All over that action!!Good luck with the weekend challenge. Sorry about having to clean up Eddie’s toys 😦 Tear

  2. I have some pear Chobani in the frig, have not tried it yet. Bought Chobani’s “bite” Coffee with dark chocolate chips…really good, has 100 calories.

    Tis hard to put away Hyko’s stuff too, but it has to be done, I keep thinking he’ll be coming round the corner to lay on his quilt. Time Heals though.

    Have a great weekend.

  3. Has Tony tried Arby’s fish sandwich? I think it may have Wendy’s beat!

  4. That IS a genius idea for cleaning a panini press!! I bet that would work for my belgian waffle maker. Perfect.

    Bob and I said “screw it” to the weather . . . . and grilled twice this past week. We’d had enough of being without it. When’s spring going to get here?!? 🙂

    • Hooray for grilling! I’ve been known to make my grilled baja fresh salsa in six inches of snow, so I get it. I didn’t know it was supposed to be so cold this weekend!

  5. McDonald’s is definitely good, and ALWAYS a bargain during Lent, but. . .tell Tony that he HAS to try Burger Kings Big Fish. They changed it a few years ago and whooooboy – it actually tastes like a real fish filet and piping hot and crunchy, no grease – and yummy, fresh lettuce. Plus their buns are SUPER good too. Being Catholic too we have never eaten meat on Fridays, not only Lent but all year too and there are many a Friday night “dates” that me and Pooldad are found in the parking lot of BK eating a fish sandwich and sharing a French fry. It’s more intimate in the car. You understand Biz, I know you do ::wink::

    Now I got all excited on your soup because I thought “Oooh another Friday no meat recipe” but can I use vegetable broth instead? The addition of cinnamon and red pepper is outstanding and I am anxious to add it to our mix if I can. Otherwise we’re eating it on Tuesdays. ::laughing::

    Love you sweetheart. Hey’s and howdy doos to Tony and your baby. Skip

    • He hasn’t tried Burger King’s either! Now it will be a toss up between BK and Arby’s next week. I have no idea what you are talking about being intimate in the car :double wink!:

      Veggie broth would be a great substitute – let me know if you try it! Hugs back to you!

  6. Fast food fish sandwiches creep me out, I don’t know why. And I didn’t even know Wendy’s made a fish sandwich – I wonder if it’s only in the US?

    • It creeps me out too – who even knows what kind of “fish” is in there anyway, and I don’t care for tarter sauce either, so there is no way I’ll even try it.

  7. I am definitely using your tip on the panini press!

  8. I’m laughing, I wouldn’t eat one of those fish sandwiches if you paid me! But you are really making me want a panini….! 🙂

    • I am thinking of making my boss a breakfast panini this week! The panini press is finally getting good use – since my daugher moved out, I haven’t used it as much – she was my panini partner in crime!

  9. I need t borrow those cleaning pants! I’ve got some cleaning projects that are calling my name.

  10. Great weekend you had Biz and your family date looked like a lot of fun too. You all look so alike, it’s not hard to see you’re family.

    I can’t wait till it gets Spring either, today was the first day I left for work and it wasn’t dark anymore. This means I’m leaving and coming home in daylight: hooray for that!

  11. I haven’t had the fish sandwich from Wendy’s, but I do like the ones at Arby’s! Not greasy at all – Tony should try it!

    I need to borrow your cleaning pants. Seriously, our house (and vehicles) are a disaster. BLECH!

  12. I didn’t even know Wendy’s had a fish sandwich, I used to like the McDonalds ones when I was a kid. We don’t have Menards here but we get the baseball package and see their commercials all the time and the jingle gets stuck in my head!

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