And the Winner Is. . .

Thanks to everyone who entered my Blog’s 5th Birthday Giveaway!  I loved seeing where you all live!  The winner is. . .

Min: 1  Max:  99   Result:56

Brooke: Not on a Diet

Happy Blog Birthday to you! How awesome! :) It’s fun to look back and see how it all started and how horrible the posts were.

I’m from Illinois (which you knew) and side note, I’m going to be up your way next weekend. I’m not 100% sure of my agenda, but maybe there can be a beer or two shared between us.

Congratulations Brooke!  I will email you later today!

And speaking about numbers. . . I got the results back from my last diabetes blood draw.  My A1C is . . .  5.9 and my cholesterol, triglycerides and HDL are all . . . NORMAL!   Needless to say, my doctor was pleased and so am I.   While it sucks to have the sugars, it is a manageable disease, it just takes dedication.

I feel like I could have used an extra day today just to sleep.  I did sleep in Saturday morning – 10:00 a.m.  I had a few errands to run and since my store didn’t have a sale flyer in the newspaper, I went to pick up something just for dinner on Saturday night and planned to menu plan yesterday.  Um, no sale paper.  They said “you’ll just have to see what’s on sale when you walk around the store.”

Huh.  That’s not how I shop – I base my meals on what meat is on sale.  So I took a look when I picked up our sirloin tip roast and made some notes.  They also had tomatillos on sale for .39 cents a pound.  This salsa is a winner – TONS of cilantro!

Tomatillo Salsa

  • 1 pound of tomatillos, husks removed
  • 1 cup of cilantro
  • juice of 2 limes
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 to 1 jalapeno – depending on how hot you want it
  • that’s it

I grill the tomatillos and jalapeno just like the baja fresh salsa.   Then just throw everyone into the food processor pool and whirl away.

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Holy yum.  I brought this to Tony to show him how green it was and he said “it smells like the devil’s farts.”  Our neighbor came over while we were grilling so I brought the homemade chips and salsa out and after one bite he said “this is outstanding.”  Tony just turned his nose up to It – too much cilantro for him!

I took a 50 minute walk on Saturday – it was a beautiful day, and just starting to get cloudy on my way back home.

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While I was walking, Tony went to pick me up . . . pumpkin beer.  I’ve been seeing it everywhere on Instagram and Facebook!  This one is a winner, which isn’t a big surprise because I love their Fat Tire beer.  This one has cranberry notes too – so I wouldn’t say it’s very pumpkiny, but it is a delicious fall beer.

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It was dark out by the time our roast was done – it’s getting dark so early!  It was delicious – just garlic, salt and pepper.

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I had a work event last night, so I had to make cookies to wrap up as a thank you give away at the end of the event.  I am not much of a baker, so when I saw Martha Stewart’s Mexican Hot Chocolate cookies – I was sold.  Well, that and the two sticks of butter per batch of cookies!

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They turned out great – slightly chewy in the middle but a bit of a crunch.  The only think I left off was the cayenne pepper that they called for in the cinnamon sugar mix – while I loves the spicy shit, I know not everyone does.  See how nice I am?

And since Tony had to accompany me to my work event, um, let’s just say he was a bit bummed that it interfered with his beloved football Sunday.  At least the Bears played at noon, but I guess they kind of sucked ass.  I actually picked the Lions to win because I didn’t think they could go 4-0.  Anywho – football food was my choice because Tony didn’t care what I made.

Pig’s in a blanket!  So simple.  Heat oven to 375.  Unroll the crescent rolls.  Put half a slice of American cheese and half a hot dog and roll it up.  I made an egg wash of 1 yolk with a teaspoon of water.  Brushed the tops with the egg wash, then sprinkled with poppy seeds.  Bake for 10-12 minutes until browned and serve with mustard.

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I kind of have to remember that there are only two of us at home. Open-mouthed smile  Maybe Tony might reheat the leftovers for lunch this week?

And before I knew it, I had to get ready for the work event – THIRD WEEKEND IN A ROW that I’ve put on makeup and had my hair down.  That is truly a record I think.

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We didn’t get home until almost ten last night, so I feel like I could sleep a bit more because I got a second wind when we got home.  Oh well, hopefully the day will go by fast.

I have week 3 of my strength training – today is legs.  I need to pick up the intensity of my night time workouts, it felt last week that a couple days I was just going through the motions.  And wine crept back into my week so I have to ditch that this week.  150 is my goal to weigh on December 31 and drinking wine isn’t going to get me there.

Alright, off to pack my gym bag and throw my food together – new recipe tomorrow – black bean and barley chili!   Make it a great day!


Party Pizza Friday!

I could not have been happier when 5:00 came yesterday.  It was a busy week at work, which I love, but I am glad the week is over.

I love these tortillas – I stole this picture off google images, didn’t want you to think I was eating tortillas that should have been eaten by July of 2012. Open-mouthed smile


I ended up making an egg white/ham/cheese breakfast burrito with a blueberry Chobani.

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I was so busy at work I couldn’t work out. Sad smile  I ended up bringing a serving of Tony’s cacciatore from the night before for lunch – all I did was saute one zucchini yesterday morning before work and added that to the dish – I think the flavors were even better the next day.

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I talked to Tony and he asked what was for dinner.  Other than making him a wedge salad, I didn’t know what we had at home to make, when he suggested, “why don’t you pick up some sausage and pepperoni and make pizza?”  Music to my ears!  Long time readers know I may have a bit of an obsession with pizza.

I think I may need a pizza intervention!  I google searched “my bizzy kitchen pizza” and I think there are about 50 links – ha!

When I got home I made a no rise pizza dough:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon yeast
  • 1 cup water

Mix until all the flour is combined.  Usually it’s ready to roll out at this stage, but it was a gorgeous night so Tony and I sat outside for an hour and had a couple drinks and caught up on the day.

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So my dough rose for an hour.  When we came inside, I put move oven to 425 degrees.

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That recipe above is dough for either two small six inch pizzas, or one large 14-16 inch pizza.  Mine was probably closer to 14 inches.  I rolled the sides in because I love a good crust on pizza.  When I went to pick up the sausage and pepperoni, I hit up the salad bar for spinach and green pepper for my side – just .57 cents worth.

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Bake for 15-17 minutes.  I usually cook it on my pizza pan for the first 10 minutes in the middle of the rack.  Then I shake it off the pan and finish it off on the lower rack in my oven just on the rack – the crust is super crisp.

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Shhh…..I may brush a tablespoon of melted butter on the crust when it comes out.

I took this picture this morning so you could see the crust – love all the air pockets.

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When I entered my food in Calorie Count this morning, I realized my dinner was 1000 calories with the pizza and wine – oops!

Stats for the Day:

  • 1855 calories, 164 carbs, 97 protein 14 fiber
  • Calorie Count Grade – C+ for the alcohol, sodium, not enough carbs and not enough fiber
  • no exercise

I am ready to meal plan this week, although I don’t think we did too bad this week – between the two of us I think we spent less than $20 at the store for odds and ends – not bad!  I am also going to workout today and tomorrow to make up for yesterday.

Don’t forget to enter my 5 year blog birthday giveaway – a winner will be picked on Monday.  Enjoy your weekend!

Spaghetti Squash Pancakes

Thanks for all the wonderful comments yesterday on My Bizzy Kitchen’s 5th birthday!  Even though it was a super busy day at work, I kept looking down at my phone whenever another comment was left – I felt the love. Open-mouthed smile

So not having gone grocery shopping this week, it’s been . . . interesting.  I had half a spaghetti squash that was already cooked leftover in the fridge.  I usually just use it as the base for chili or pasta sauce, but I wanted to see what else was out there.

A quick Google search landed me at Half Baked Harvest.  I love it when I stumble upon a blog and instantly love it.  I am following her on Instagram too (halfbakedharvest).

So my idea for these spaghetti squash pancakes was to make them as a base for an open faced egg sammie.  I didn’t have very high hopes for this one, so I set the bar pretty low so I wouldn’t be disappointed.

Spaghetti Squash Pancakes

  • makes 6 large pancakes – each one:  110 calories, 5.5 fat, 10.5 carbs, .3 fiber and 5.0 protein

I ended up doubling the recipe since I had two cups of spaghetti squash.


  • 2 cups cooked spaghetti squash
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup white flour
  • 1 tablespoon of butter (for frying)
  • salt and pepper
  • that’s it

Mix everything together.  Melt half the butter for the first three pancakes (I also used Pam) and then the second half of the butter to pan fry the second three.

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p.s.  I love using an ice cream scoop for pancake batter

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I scrambled 3/4 cup of egg whites with salt and pepper.  When I got to work I heated up the pancakes for 30 seconds in the microwave.  Then topped each one with two slices of deli ham.  Divided the scrambled eggs between the two and then topped with 1/2 an ounce of cheddar cheese and put it under the broiler until the cheese was nice and melty.  This plate comes in at 426 calories, 17 fat, 25 carbs and a whopping 40 grams of protein.  I didn’t end up eating lunch until 2:15 so this breakfast stuck with me.

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The verdict?? I loved these pancakes.  Just slightly sweet from the spaghetti squash, but with the mix of the salty ham and cheese – it was the perfect bite when you got pancake, ham, egg and cheese.  These are a keeper!

I ended up going to the gym late – not many people there at 1:30 in the afternoon!  Yesterday was legs and calves.  I am happy that I was able to increase my weight on every exercise but one. Open-mouthed smile

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And I have put my weight exercises on my phone so I don’t have to carry around a piece of paper anymore.  The first number is the weight, x 12 reps x 3 sets.  That took me 30 minutes.

I actually had . . . .canned soup for lunch!  I know, crazeballs.  I have no idea how long this has been in my pantry, but the expiration date is next month!

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It actually wasn’t too bad – I added Tabasco to the broth to spice it up – but the whole can was only 200 calories.

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And on the side I had a low carb spinach and cheese wrap – just 1/2 a cup of baby spinach, 1/2 ounce of cheddar and melted in the broiler.  It was crunchy and chewy at the same time.

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My sister doesn’t have Instagram on her phone because she’s got a Windows based phone – I like to send her pictures of my Instagram’s just to show her what she’s missing!  (are you following me??  biz319!)

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This app is called “picplaypost.”  The picture of the weights is actually a video. Open-mouthed smile

When I came home Tony was outside – it was such a nice night.  It was a long couple days of work, so wine won over Insanity. Open-mouthed smile  Tony tried to catch birds again – it hasn’t happened yet but he’ll keep trying!

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I had to work late the night before last so the bone in chicken breast I thawed hadn’t been used yet.  Tony asked if we had any tomato sauce and I said no, so yesterday he did a quick shop and told me not to worry about dinner. #love

He was making chicken cacciatore – and I had to really think about it, but I am not sure I’ve ever had it!  He simmered the bone in chicken breast with canned pureed tomatoes, olive oil, garlic and mushrooms and just let it simmer for a couple hours.  The chicken was so tender it shredded easily – the only problem was making sure all the bones were found!  Next time he wants to use dark meat so the bones will be easier to get out.  And next time he’ll add black olives.

We had leftover egg noodles so we threw those in the last few minutes.  This was so good!

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Pure comfort in a bowl.  I had to guess on the calories since I don’t know exactly how Tony made it – but I put this plate at 571 calories.

Stats for the Day:

  • 1875 calories (including wine), 134 carbs, 90 protein, 17 fiber
  • Calorie Count gave my day a C+ for not enough carbs, the alcohol and too much sodium
  • 30 minute legs and calves at lunch

You still have until Monday to leave a comment for a chance to win Nicole’s cookbook!  The winner will be announced on Monday.

Alright, I am off to sauté some zucchini to go with Tony’s leftover cacciatore for lunch.  Happy Friday – make it a great day!

My Bizzy Kitchen Turns Five!

Wow, I can’t believe I started this blog five years ago!  Hannah was still in high school, my step-son Joe was still living here.  We’ve been through a lot these last five years: Tony beating colon cancer, Hannah graduating from high school,  and Joe getting married, just to name a few!

I have “met” so many wonderful people over the years, who I do actually consider my friends, even though we’ve never met in real life.  You all know who you are!  I never thought that having a blog would give me so much joy, but through all the ups and downs over the last five years, it was the one thing I could always control, and it’s been comforting. Open-mouthed smile

I think the best thing about blogging is that this is my living diary and I love the fact that some day my future grandkids, great grandkids, etc., can read back about my daily life.  My grandma kept a diary but this is what it was like:

Monday.  Had bridge club.  Made chicken for dinner.  It was chilly.

Of course they’ll also see that I swear like a truck driver and sometimes show boob pics, but hey, that’s me!

So I thought I would do a Top Five Posts.

  • My most viewed recipe, especially now that fall is here – My Buffalo Chicken Chili
  • Recipe I’ve made most often from someone else’s blog – of course, my beloved Lasagna Soup!  (have you fucking made it yet??!!)  Even though I got the recipe from Suzie, next weekend I’ll get to meet the woman Suzie got the recipe from at my Beef Counsel weekend at the Wit Hotel!
  • Who can forget my most controversial post – my, ahem, distain of Kath Eats!   For the record, I still can’t stand her.
  • All the participants I got for the first 101 Day challengeRachel – I am still sorry about how big your picture is in this post – I really had no computer skills back then!  Can I just tell you that you and Dave are kicking ass in the weight loss/working out department – so proud of you guys!
  • And this last one is a visual of quite possible the WORST picture of food I’ve ever put on this blog:

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When I look back at some of my photography it makes me cringe just a tiny bit!  How anyone thought anything I cooked looked the least bit appetizing is beyond me.  I think that post was called “best oven fries.”  Kind of looks like I dropped them on the floor and scooped them back onto the plate. Open-mouthed smile

I think this picture is much better of my Creamy Tortilla Soup:


So let’s celebrate these last five years with a giveaway!  I was so excited when the publishers of Nicole’s cookbook asked if I’d like two copies of Nicole’s book – one to keep and one to give away.  I jumped at the chance!  This was back in August and they said they wanted to do a “media blitz” around September 15.  Well that date came and went so I contacted them and their records showed the books were FedEx’d to me on August 18 – wtf – I never got them. Sad smile  So they were gracious enough to send me two more and got them the day before yesterday.

I cannot wait to dive into this cookbook – so many good things – but you know I am proud of my baja fresh salsa recipe (with onions!) was mentioned in the book.  It’s one of the oldest recipes on the blog – September 8, 2008!

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This is also one of her husband’s favorite salsas – you can check out his vlog here.  (And it was his birthday yesterday – happy birthday Mr. P!)

All you have to do is leave a comment telling me what state you live in (or country!) – that’s it – super easy.  No twitter, or liking on facebook, or rafflecopter – I am a simple person so it’s a simple giveaway.  I’ll announce the winner on Monday, September 30 – good luck!

So thank you to all of you who take time out of your busy lives to stop by and visit My Bizzy Kitchen.  I am a richer person because of all of you!

Hugs – now go make it a great day!

Pork Stroganoff

I never went grocery shopping this week because of everything we have going on, but I think I can find stuff to make just using my pantry and fridge this week.  Should be interesting!

I had leftover pancake batter from last weeks banana bread pancakes, so I cooked two off for breakfast with some Canadian bacon on the side – this may be my staple breakfast this week.

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I had to do a lunch run for my boss, and Panera was so packed it took me 30 minutes to get there and back.  One of the other secretaries had to pick up lunch, and my blood sugar was fine, so I had her go to lunch and decided to go to the gym later.  By the time I went it was 1:30!

And I was hungry, but you know what I told myself?  You won’t starve after 25 minutes of strength training.  I am a day behind this week, so I will do weights Tuesday – Friday this week.  Yesterday was chest and arms again – the same routine I did last week Day 1.

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For the tricep pushdowns I used the rope and really felt a difference – check it out on my first and third reps I did 40 pounds!  My arms were literally shaking at the end.  That’s kind of what my body looks like – ha!


Aimee commented on last weeks picture where I was laying down and I said that’s the only time I don’t mind my muffin top – the fat just kind of lays down – she said that my abs were so flat, or words to that effect.  Um, no – the “pooch” is still alive and well – seems the last place my body wants to lose weight is my middle!

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But I still have 25-30 pounds to lose, so I will get there eventually! Open-mouthed smile

I brought leftover beef stew from the freezer and had 1.5 cups of that with a bowl of honey dew melon.  My stew kind of looks like dog food, but it was tasty!

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When  I got home from work, Tony was enjoying one of the cigars I got him for his birthday.  The sunset was gorgeous, but I think the temperature dropped 5 degrees every 5 minutes!

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I defrosted a pork steak to do something for dinner.  I like pork steaks because they are super flavorful, inexpensive, but there is a bone and sometimes a lot of fat.  I ended up trimming the pork steak and ended up with 4 ounces of pork.  Tony loves beef stroganoff, so I decided to make a version using pork.

Pork Stroganoff

  • serves 2 – 540 calories, 26 fat, 49 carbs, 3 fiber and 25 protein


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 4 ounces pork
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 6 ounces of mushrooms
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 3/4 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons low fat sour cream
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 cups cooked egg noodles

Salt and pepper the pork and toss in 1 tablespoon of flour.  Heat skillet over medium high heat and add butter.  Once melted, add the pork and sear on all sides, but don’t cook it all the way through.  Remove pork.  Add in garlic and mushrooms and cook for 3-4 minutes.  Add in the remaining 1 tablespoon of flour and cook for another minute.  Slowly add in the chicken broth and stir until thickened.  Add the pork back in, put a lid on it and let it simmer for 3-4 minutes, or until the pork is cooked through.  Remove from heat, stir in sour cream, taste for additional salt and pepper and divide pork gravy mixture over 1 cup of cooked egg noodles per plate.

The shitty dinner lighting pictures have begun!  It’s starting to get dark so early these days – so both these pictures don’t do this dish justice – pure comfort in a bowl.

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Tony gave it two thumbs up Open-mouthed smile

A while back I got sent some workout clothes, but I never reviewed them because they were UGLY.  It asked if I like neutral colors or bold colors, and when I checked the box “bold” this is what I got!

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These neon blue super stretchy pants with this shocking pink tank top.  I will actually have to do a proper review at some point because guess what?  I loved this to work out in – the pants never folded down like some stretch pants do over my muffin top, and the tank held everything in while I did Insanity for 40 minutes.

I was showing Tony how I could do anything in these pants and started showing him how stretchy they were – he said “you look like a cat that has shoes on!”  Sadly, I had no idea the video he took was going to be put on facebook – I don’t think I’d wear these pants to get the mail, but oh well!  They are super comfy.  Here is a nice sweaty boob pic I accidentally took – ha!  You’re welcome.

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Stats for the Day:

  • 1809 calories, 241 carbs, 99 protein, 25 fat
  • not pictured was the Merck’s port wine cheese and pretzels I had as a snack at night – that stuff should be illegal it’s so good
  • 25% of calories from fat, 21% from protein and 52% from carbs
  • Calorie Count gave my day an A!
  • 25 minute strength – chest/tricepts at lunch
  • 40 minutes Insanity after dinner

You will want to come back tomorrow because I have a great giveaway to celebrate My Bizzy Kitchen turning five!  Here’s a hint. . .

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I will forgive Nicole for adding onion to this salsa! Open-mouthed smile  Make it a great day!