New Friends

It was a chilly start to the day – 37 degrees – but a gorgeous one!

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I don’t know what it is about the brisk air, but it just makes me feel alive.  I heated up the other half of Tony’s breakfast from Sunday, and had strawberries and bananas on the side.

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I had strength and cardio on tap yesterday, but now that the strength portion has more exercises and 30 minutes of cardio, I didn’t think I’d have time to do the whole routine, so I ended up doing 40 minutes on the stairmaster – 35 minutes, and then 5 minutes of cooldown.  In 35 minutes I went 2.02 miles and 99 floors!

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I love how sweaty the stair master gets me Open-mouthed smile  And I love that Chobani shirt – I got it in a gift pack from them a couple years ago, and its been washed so many times its super soft.

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I made a big pot of chicken noodle soup over the weekend.  There is just something so comforting about a good bowl of chicken soup.  I gave a small bowl to my boss and she said “I don’t know how you get so much flavor in your soups!”  It’s because I use the whole chicken carcass, skin and all to make a rich stock.

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On the side I was so excited to try this hummus.  When I was cleaning out the pantry, I found a bag of pitas – not exactly stale, but definitely not fresh.  So I made pita chips out of them – so easy – I mixed minced garlic and olive oil together, brushed that over the pita (each one was cut into 6 pieces) then sprinkled with Italian seasoning and coarse sea salt – baked at 350 for 10 minutes.

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Until I opened the package – fucking onions!!

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I scooped out about a tablespoon from the middle, but ended up giving it to my co-worker – it just stank of onions.  Lesson learned!

Before I knew it, it was time to meet up blog reader Randi and her wife Julie.  We met here:

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Randi had read some good yelp reviews of this place – but it turned out it was more of a take out place, but there were a couple tables so we were fine.  They are headed back to California today.

They are wonderful people – I think Randi felt like it was meeting a neighbor because she’s read me for so long she feels like she knows me – I love that.  They are down to earth and I am so happy that they found love and happiness together. 

I think I’ve said it before, but Tony was sure that I was a lesbian – I played field hockey, softball, threw the shot put in track and was on a bowling team!  Of course playing college field hockey we had a few lesbians on the team, sexual orientation has never bothered me.  One of my best friends from college was a gay man – he used to fix my hair and if I saw an outfit on a girl on campus, he’d track her down and ask to borrow it!

The sign of a good Chinese restaurant is traffic.  The phone rang a lot, there were a lot of take out orders.  I ended up getting the szechwan green beans and the beef and broccoli.  Yes, you are correct – the fucking onion rears its ugly head again – I’ve never heard of onions being with green beans before!

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The broccoli was crisp tender, the beef was tender.  I only had a couple of the green beans because when I got home, I put them in a colander and rinsed off the oil (which it looked like) and scooped out all the onions.  I used some of the leftover green beans and broccoli for a stir fry lunch today.

Randi even brought me a gift!  How did she know I loved granola?

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And a package of dry rub – can’t wait to try this later this week – I have steak on the menu.

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I love meeting new people, and I am so happy that we had a chance to get together – thanks Randi!

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Since it was Monday night football, I had plenty of time to get my sweat on – I did 40 minutes of the Cardio Power & Resistance.  Um, I think someone needs their bangs cut!

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I am in a confidence pool with Tony and my step-son.  I have absolutely no idea about football.  I guess at who’s going to win, sometimes just based on which town I’d rather vacation to.  I guess on the points too – which is driving them nuts because so far I am 63-29 on the season – better than the experts on Yahoo!  Lori, you would appreciate my winning streak – I should make it a bet for dinner out like you and John do!  Last night I got 108 points out of a possible 120!  (Hi Joe if you are reading this – you didn’t seem to answer my texts about who’s won more games!).

Sadly, my streak will be short lived like it normally does – but I like to gloat when I get the chance!

Stats for the Day:

  • 1561 calories, 202 carbs, 81 protein, 53 fat, 31 fiber
  • A- grade from CalorieCount
  • 29% of calories from fat, 20% from protein and 50% from carbs
  • 40 minute Stairmaster – 2.02 miles
  • 40 minute Insanity after dinner

I got up extra early this morning because I got the pre-authorization from my insurance company for my EKG and echocardiogram and am stopping by the outpatient building on my way to work.  I may pick up some coffee at the hospital – it’s actually pretty good – I’ve had a cup or two over the years with Tony’s various hospital stays.

Make it a great day!


60 thoughts on “New Friends

  1. I refuse to answer those texts.

  2. It’s so much fun meeting blog friends in person! Yay, for a great meet up!

  3. I’ll just come right over and pick up that onion hummus for you. 😉
    P.S. I love super soft t-shirts like that. They are so hard to find nowadays! I had one for – gasp! – 20 years and just had to give it up because it finally died with holes. So sad.

  4. Good luck on those tests! I just used that Mitchell Street seasoning on steak this weekend! I grew up pretty close to Mitchell Street in Milwaukee. I see her seasoning was from the Spice House – that’s the founding store of Penzey’s! They have wonderful spices, herbs, blends, etc…nice stores and a neat catalog. So cool that you met some nice blog friends. Sorry about those onions – funny, I often eat something and say…’it’s good, but it would be so much better with some onions added ”:) Oh well, that’s what makes life interesting – we’re all different!

    • We love the spice house, so much more than penzeys. Julie is from Milwaukee too.

    • The only Penzey’s I’ve been to is in Oak Park – I love that you are able to buy a little tiny bottle of a seasoning to see if you like it. I am going to marinate steaks tonight to make Steak Diane for tomorrows dinner. I am making this recipe – scaled down for two – without onions though. 😀 I am curious how the coconut milk will be in the gravy, and then adding sliced mushrooms too:

  5. Silly Biz… of course the hummus was going to have onions it was an everything flavored hummus 😉 I hope you had the coffee after the EKG because it could have an impact on the results.

  6. I’m sort-of cracking up that Tony thought you were a lesbian because of the sports you played. Actually when I coached college cross country and track, I was still single and I know lots of people thought that about me – part of the gig!!! Glad y’all had a great meet-up.
    Hopefully you will have a day with no onion experiences!

  7. “Fucking onions”, you crack me up! Have a great day!

  8. I know I’m evil but I always laugh at “fucking onions!”

  9. Honestly Biz! I think you need a different approach to food when eating out. You need to automatically ask if there are onions and if they can be removed. ASSUME THERE ARE ONIONS! Because you know, most of us like them and their flavor 😛

    • I don’t know where my head was on that one Helen! Next time I’ll start by saying “no matter what I order could you please not put any fucking onions, or scallions on my plate – thanks!”

  10. owwwwwwwww- that hummus sounds awesome to me (but I love onions ;)). You have some of the best readers! I think your open-ness really allows your readers to feel like they know you! Granola or hot sauce- the perfect gifts for you

    • That is very true – I am pretty much an open book. And if it weren’t for my Mom and MIL who are daily readers, I would probably swear a lot more – ha!

  11. I’ll take the fucking onions out of those green beans for you! Glad you had a great meetup; granola is a perfect gift for you!

    Have a great day, Biz!

  12. I’ll trade you those onions for beets any time. I hope to never intentionally eat another beet in my life. Sounds like a fun meet-up. You are queen of the workouts! Go Biz, go!

  13. I think the onions are trying to tell you something… 😉

  14. Tony (Mr. Bizmoto)

    When people finally figure out that I am worthy of being King, I will make the consumption of onions illegal. Also I am still pushing for topless Tuesdays!

  15. I just finished off a container of that same hummus…yummo…but my family are big onion eaters…its not uncommon for us to eat raw onion with dinner.

  16. The above comment is mine…not sure what happened

  17. Your chicken soup looks amazing! Do you cook the noodles first? Last time I roasted a chicken I took the carcass and put it in the crockpot. I got the most flavorful/rich broth from that and used it for cooking. OMG! So good!

    • At the very end I turn up the heat to let the soup boil like I would to boil pasta – then throw it in, I think this cut spaghetti only took 9 minutes to cook, then I immediately took it off the heat. When its in the fridge, the noodles absorb some of the stock, so I sometimes have to add more later in the week. Pure comfort in a bowl!

  18. I think my husband and I need to go for chinese in the next week or so….food looks good. My stepfather did not like onions….not sure how we worked it around him years ago, course I was not a mushroom fan back then. But now I am and I like onions in everything. Even my Lasagna Soup. See my blog, gave you, Suzie and Brenda kudos for that wonderful soupa!!! Chicken soup is always our standby….I like to buy the already cooked chickens, eat what we want then throw the rest in water and make some soup…..always so good!!! Have a great day!!!

  19. A CHO workout shirt just makes everything that much cooler. 🙂

    Amy @ Chobani

  20. Weighting For 50

    I’ll scoop the f’in’ onions off the hummus for you! 🙂 OMG…Tony’s comment? HILARIOUS!!! Hmm…it is Tuesday, but my top is on. Tony is not king yet! 🙂

  21. That hummus looks and sounds amazing – you are too funny about onions, and my BFF Catherine would totally agree with you, she is the exact same way! I have to cater to her onion issues every time I cook for her 🙂

  22. I hope your tests went well. Have a great day! 🙂

  23. I think your long bangs are so pretty! Or maybe it’s just you rocking the long bangs. 🙂 Glad you got to meet a reader and make new friends – good times!

  24. Poor Biz and the onions. I laughed out loud when my text reading computer lady read that line about the onions. She is so deadpan, but she saves my eyes a little work.

    We are a totally non-sports family including my son-in-law. On the few occasions I’ve been forced to watch a football game, I was always for the guy who had the ball and was running. Team? What team? Ha ha

    • OMG, I nearly spit out my coffee when I read this comment – although in my head I had a Stephen Hawking voice saying “fucking onions!” I am so glad that you are getting a break with your eyes – hugs!

  25. F’ing onions and Topless Tuesday! LOL That’s why I read this blog! 😀

  26. How fun to have a meet up with a blog reader! As usual your food looks amazing. I have no clue about sports and lucky for me my hubby doesn’t follow them!

  27. wow! I’d eat the onion first then the green beans. 😛

  28. OMG…that hummus looks amazing…because of the onions! lol

  29. I have to admit that every time I put onion in anything I have this inner voice that says “Biz would not be happy” 🙂
    It’s always fun to meet new people!

  30. The comments on this post are awesome especially Tony’s. I love onions! However if you were coming over for dinner I would make sure nothing had onions.

    Sounds like a fun blogger meet up. I have only met one other blogger, but we work at the same hospital.

  31. I can’t remember why you hate onions so much 🙂 but your comments about them sure made me laugh.

    Looks like you had a great night with the girls.

    • All I know is that it was an onion hatred from the beginning, and both our Mom’s would cook with LOTS of onions, and when we complained would say “you can’t even taste them” to which we would shout “then why put them in the recipe in the first place if you can’t taste them!”

      Somehow I birthed a child who loves onions, and on family reunions is the first to jump up and offer to chop onions!

  32. findingradiance

    Damn Biz – you had better start asking for dinner with the picks! 😀

    That beef and broccoli looks so good. That is probably my favorite chinese food next to shrimp and broccoli!

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