Ham and Cheese Breakfast Cups

I woke up 30 minutes early yesterday and got a quick walk in before work.  It was gorgeous – no breeze, 50 degrees.  I loved the fog hovering over the river.  It was such a great way to set the tone of being on track for the day.

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I didn’t do a full grocery shop this past weekend because I had plenty of food to use up.  I am the queen of doing a full grocery shop every.single.week until Hannah is like Mom, you can’t fit one more thing in the pantry!  Okay, I get it ๐Ÿ˜€

I meal prepped these ham, cheese and veggie breakfast cups over the weekend.  So easy and delicious and the best part is that each cup is only 2 smart points (but 5 for two and 7 for three).  This would be perfect for a brunch because everyone could add their own favorite veggies and it bakes all at once.  

I am having trouble with my recipe plugin, so below is the recipe.  I love the crispy edges of the ham.

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Feel free to use any veggies you like ๐Ÿ˜€

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Yesterday was such a busy day, I didn’t have time to set up any pretty pictures of my food.  I had two breakfast cups (5) with fresh fruit on the side.

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Luckily my sister and I got together to walk – it was sunny and 72 – perfect!  By the time I got back from our lunch walk, I had already walked 11,000 steps!

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In meal planning through my fridge/freezer/pantry I found this . . . soup?  chili?  Not exactly sure, all I know is that I wrote “5 points per cup” so I had that with an ounce of tortilla chips for 9 points.  I think it must have been a vegetarian chili because there wasn’t any meat. 

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The day flew by.  I had a Premier Protein on the train ride home because I had goals to get to the gym before dinner.  Hello stranger!

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I did the 30 minute circuit first:

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And then finished it off with 30 minutes (5 minutes cool down) on the treadmill.  I start out at 3.5 mph hour for 4 minutes, then “sprint” one minute and repeat.  My last sprint was 6.1 mph – which is about a 9:40 minute mile pace.

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I didn’t eat dinner until almost 9:30.  I decided to use leftover steak to make a steak, egg, cheese and hashbrown brinner panini.  I used the Joseph’s Lavash bread (2) two ounces of steak (2) one egg (2) 3/4 cup Ore Ida hash browns that I cooked with Pam (1) and an ounce of muenster cheese (4) then put it on my panini maker to get it all crispy and melty.  I dipped this into spicy salsa and this was a super filling and delicious 11 point dinner.  

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I ended up with a few steps yesterday ๐Ÿ˜€  I remember when I first got my Fitbit that I thought it would be impossible to reach 10k steps!

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Day 1 of Biz 2.0 was great.  I was tempted by apple cider donuts, leftover pizza, gummy bears that were on sale at the store, and I chose me over the food.  Now let’s see if I can continue that another day.  Just taking it one day at a time, but it feels good to be in control.

The only thing I was lacking yesterday was water – I might have only had 60 ounces, so I am going to fill up my gallon container and keep it on my desk as a reminder to drink up!

How was your Monday?  What are your goals today?  Make it a great day!

Weekly WI and Shrimp Lo Mein

Friday night I posted my dinner on Instagram and Connect, and I got all sorts of messages “recipe please!”  There isn’t really a recipe because there are only four ingrendients, but I thought I’d post it here for reference.

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Shrimp Lo Mein

A super quick and easy weeknight dinner using store bought stir fry sauce - so delish!

Servings 1
Author Biz

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces dried lo mein
  • 1 cup green beans
  • 3 ounces shrimp
  • 1 tablesponn House of Tsang szechuan
  • 1/4 cup starchy pasta water

Instructions

  1. Cook the lo mein noodles according to package directions - mine only took 3 minutes.  Drain, reserving 1/4 cup of the starchy pasta water.

    In a large skillet, saute the shrimp for 2 minutes.  While the shrimp are cooking, put the fresh green beans in the microwaver and cook on "fresh vegetable" setting.  I love this method because I love a crunchy fresh green bean.  Remove from microwave, chop into bite size pieces and toss that in with the shrimp. 

    Add the noodles, stir fry sauce and as much pasta water as you want (I used 1/4 cup) to make a sauce.  Cook one minute until the noodles are coated with the sauce and serve. 


Recipe Notes

I put this in the WW recipe builder and it was 8 smart points - 6 points for the noodles, 1 point for the shrimp and one point for the stir fry sauce.

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This is my favorite stir fry sauce – only 1 smart point per tablespoons and super spicy.

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I may have had a couple beggars wondering if I was going to finish it all!

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The week before last I thought I would have had a 3 pound gain, instead, I lost .6 – but I knew it would catch up with me.  My meals are spot on – I know exactly how many points my breakfast, lunch and dinner is, but it’s the “extras” each day that add up to a 3.8 pound gain in two weeks.

Hannah and Jacob love snacky food, as do I, but I try not to buy that stuff because I know come 9:00 at night when I sit down and relax, my immediate thought is “I think there are Doritos in the pantry!”  Gah.  

I also went to my WW meeting last Thursday, and someone mentioned that it’s only FIFTEEN WEEKS until January 1, so I need to get my head back in the game and see if I can end the year on a positive note – I lost 20 pounds the first 10 weeks of the year, so I am hoping to continue that streak going through this holiday season.  

I am taking it one day at a time, posting my daily results on Healthy for 2016 page on Facebook (message me if you want to be added to this private group or email me at mybizzykitchen@gmail.com)

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I babysat for my friends on Saturday night who have two kids, ages 7 and 10.  Such fun ages!  Of course, I brought stuff to make pizza – duh.  I think the kids played with the pizza dough for roughly 30 minutes before we actually made the pizza.  The older one decided to use cookie cutters to make the pizza, and I loved that idea.  I wasn’t sure how they would turn out after baking – only the snowmen which were a smaller cutter, lost its shape while baking, but the large cut outs turned out great.

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Here are the pizzas before hitting the oven.  O doesn’t like a lot of cheese ๐Ÿ˜€

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Baked at 425 for 10 minutes – these turned out great and they each ate everything they made over the course of the evening.

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When I got home around 10:00 on Saturday night, Hannah and Jacob had made a bonfire and they said they had a productive eveining.  My house pretty much is “company ready” at all times.  My living room is always spotless, as is my dining room.  The kitchen is always in various stages of cleanliness, but not too bad.  My basement, however, is a hot fucking mess.  Like all the time.  It’s the “catch all” when someone doesn’t know where to put something “just put it in the basement.”  

They spent a few hours sorting what was down there, putting a donate pile together on items not used, breaking down boxes, etc.  I’ll post a picture when it is done (you didn’t want to see the before!) but I was very happy at how far they had gotten, and truth be told, quite embarrased that I had let it go that long. 

Saturday afternoon we continued the project, and in going through some of my old stuff, came across this old WW sliding points calculator.  Anyone remember taking this to the grocery store?!  I also found an old WW calculator, and finding those old tools only motivates me to get to goal, so I can stop paying Weight Watchers money – ha!

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One of my cooking club friends husband posted on Facebook that he was thinking of going to an Oktoberfest a few towns over, and I suggested after we worked in the basement a couple hours to go.  

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Um, thank you weeklies, because I dipped into them for this grapefruit beer – if you love grapefruit and beer, this is delicious!  My guess was 5 points for the 12 ounce pour.

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I love this picture of Hannah and Jacob aka my roommates. ๐Ÿ˜€

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Here is something I learned though – don’t go to a fest during the last 90 minutes because they were out of almost all the food.  When I finally chose this sauerbraten sandwich with sauerkraut, they guy said “last sandwich of the day!” And literally scraped the bottom of the barrel to put this sandwich together.

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It was just okay.  The meat was tender, butthe sauce too sweet, even with the balance of the saurkraut.  Oh well, the beer was delicious, we had fun and the kadults had the best apple cider donuts of their lives – all good!

I was still hungry when we got home, so made this quick and easy beef with green beans and mushrooms – again another meal that I could eat over and over.  Four ounces of beef, a cup of green beans and mushrooms.  While I sauteed the green beans and mushrooms in Pam, most restaurants pour clarified butter over their steaks before they hit the table.  I melted 1 teaspoon of butter (2 points) and poured it over the beef and veggies so that I had a buttery taste in every bite.  So good.

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Day 1 of 15 weeks of Biz 2.0 (or 11.0 – but whose counting?!) ๐Ÿ˜›

I am using Biz of 2013 for inspiration – and realize that strength training has to play a bigger role in my workouts.  Walking is fine for cardio, but I will only reshape my body with weight training.  I want to be a bad ass like my friend Jody who does Crossfit.

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Four years ago today I was well over 100+ days of Insanity. I was consistent, not perfect and need to do that again.

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I got up early and snuck in a quick 25 minute walk before work in 50 degree weather – it was glorious and a great way to start the day. 

Happy Monday – make it a great day!

25,000 steps!

While I prefer a sunny day over rain or overcast, a rainy day is my brother’s favorite.  I had to snap this pic and send it to him yesterday.

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I had more bubble up breakfast.  I think I am going to tweak this recipe over the weekend, adding more egg whites, veggies and reducing the biscuits.  I can’t believe I am about to say this out loud, but it’s almost too much bread. 

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My sister has decided not to do Weight Watchers anymore and do her own thing, so I was solo at Weight Watchers.  A good leader makes all the difference, and even though I weigh in at home on the weekends, it never hurts to go to another meeting.  One of our members there Steve has lost 73 pounds and kept it off for the last two years.  He still comes to the meetings every week and still tracks everything – such in inspiration!

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If I were going straight home last night I would have bought some of these mushrooms – how gorgeous are they?!

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I got back to work and got slammed and didn’t eat my lunch until nearly 2:30 – not the prettiest picture, but this was my Cincinnati chili with an ounce of chips on the side for dipping.  I decided not to take insulin with lunch so that my blood sugar would be high enough for my 5k later.  It wasn’t until I finished the last bite that I was like “was chili the best choice before a run?!”  #fartparty

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The race was at Grant Park and our route was on the lake front.  Geogeous 70 degrees and sunny – could not have asked for a better night.

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And the scenery didn’t suck either ๐Ÿ˜€

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Done!  My time was 46 minutes, but I didn’t start right when the gun went off, so my guess was 40 minutes – I jogged and walked when I had to – I didn’t push it too hard, and I felt great the whole time.

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This is my co-worker Melissa and fellow Weight Watcher – we go to the same Saturday meetings because she lives out by me.  I remember meeting her last winter when started at the firm and I remember her telling me that she’d lost 20 pounds and felt so great.  Well, fast forward some months and she’s down EIGHTY POUNDS.  Yes, I am shouting because it’s that fricken awesome.  She’s stuck with it.  I know she still goes to Portillo’s, has ice cream, but she makes it work and her consistency has paid off.   I need to take some inspiration from her – I seem to go in waives of being fully committed, to being off the rails, and everywhere in between.  Someone at the WW meeting yesterday said that Christmas is in 15 weeks.  I don’t want to start the new year off where I was when I started.  Yesterday’s 5k was just the kick in the pants I needed to continue this journey.

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We were provided Potbelly boxes – I had a sandwich (12) small bag of potato chips (4) two small cookies (4) and a pear.  I was hungry!  Yep, dinner set me back 20 points, but I was only over 5 for the day.

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I always forget how gorgeous Chicago is at night.  So lucky to be able to work in such an awesome city.

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I was getting ready for bed when I realized I was only 200 steps to 25,000 steps, so you better believe I hit it.  ๐Ÿ˜€

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I am a tiny bit sore today, but tonight I am going to pull up a stretching video on demand – I know I didn’t stretch long enough before the run last night.

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My daughter in law Liz has a new video out – green vegan posole!  Check it out.  I plan putting that on my menu next week, sans all the onions.  And instead of mushrooms, I may add shredded chicken.  ๐Ÿ˜€

And Chicago peeps!  I’ll be working at The Chopping Block on Saturday, September 30 from 10-6 at the Lincoln Square location – I could be working the grill or the register, or anywhere in between – if you are in the neighborhood, come by and say hello!  Click on this link for all the info on apple fest – it’s always fun!

Happy Friday – we made it!  I am babysitting for some friends tomorrow night so will be having party pizza Saturday tomorrow where we’ll build our own pizzas – the kids are 7 and 10, so I love sharing my love of cooking with kids.  And I am excited to see my friends new house – should be fun.  She’s the one that decorated my house – can you believe that was two years ago already?! 

Alright, time to do some blog reading before my train hits the station.  Make it a great day!

 

5k today!

I think my computer glitch yesterday was as simple as not shutting down my desk top ๐Ÿ˜›  I can’t remember the last time I rebooted it or shut it down, but now everything seems to be working.  I had about 10 minutes to spare yesterday morning and instead of jumping on Facebook, I took a 10 minute walk – low 60’s and foggy.  It was so refreshing and just a reminder that hey, I could probably get up 30 minutes earlier and get a 30 minute walk in before I start my day.

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There is a tiny coffee shop across the street from my train station.  I keep forgetting to buy creamer for home, so I popped in for a cup of coffee.  This place is so eclectic – he’s got a piano in there, leather couches, he has booths for breakfast or lunch, and then he turns into a bar at 5:00.  Anywho, he’s trying out a new bakery and he had free samples, and while I waited for my coffee, I ate the equivalent of half a muffin – 6 points worth!  It was good, but not on my plan.

Which is why my breakfast baked potato turned into an egg wrap.  Two ounces of baked potato scrambled with egg whites and topped with a tablespoon of bacon bits, with fruit on the side. 4 points, so my TOTAL breakfast was 10.

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I was solo on my walk yesterday – my sister had a lunch to go to.  As I was crossing Michigan Avenue, I saw this sign and was like “yeah, that’s happening!”  Lerd, if you ever come to Chicago, get this popcorn.  I paid $.76 with tax for a small back of their caramel/cheese popcorn combo.  It turned out to be a blessing, because as I was walking I could feel my blood sugar dropping.  I ate half of the two cup bag for 5 points.  When I got back to my desk my blood sugar was 62, so it must have been low!   I gave the second half of the bag away – otherwise I knew I would eat the rest of it on the train ride home.

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I could eat this wrap below every day and not get sick of it.  Lavash wrap, Italian deli turkey (so flavorful!) romaine and lots of Dijon mustard, with 1/2 ounce of chips and salsa that I picked up for $1 at Qdoba.  I also pickled some cucumbers so they were so spicy good.

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The fog came back when it was time to come home.  I didn’t have to work late which was nice.

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As luck would have it, Hannah made dinner for Jacob – keto meatballs – the only thing that makes them keto vs. paleo is that she used almond flour and eggs as a binder and used Parmesan cheese – I think paleo you can’t have cheese?  I can’t keep up with their diet changes, but all I know is that I cut one meatball (4 ounces) sliced it and put it on a Healthy Life hot dog bun and dinner was delish.  I am calling this 8 points to be on the safe side.

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A couple of Hannah and Jacob’s friends came over and we played banana grams – such a fun game with lots of laughs.

I am doing a 5k after work today!  Our office is participating in a 5k – I think 40 of us are doing it.  One of my co-workers is killing it on Weight Watchers – she’s lost 80 pounds in the last year.  This is her first 5k race, so I told her our only goal is to finish it.  If she wants to jog a minute, walk a minute, walk the whole thing – whatever, I’ll help her get to the finish line.  Should be fun!

If you have time – can you show me some love over at The Chopping Block?  My Apple Fritter Muffins turned out amazing if I say so myself ๐Ÿ˜€

Make it a great day!

Good and Bad

I am having technical difficulty this morning.  My pictures wouldn’t download on my desktop so I am blogging on my phone this morning.

I follow a lot of BBQ people on Instagram.  The good after Hurricane Irma?


This guy and his catering company opened his house and grills and would cook up any of your defrosted meat with the power outages going on in Florida – full with tents, ice and water.  If I lived anywhere close to there, I would have jumped behind a grill in a heartbeat ๐Ÿค—

My parents in law are still without power but the good?  They only lost three roof tiles  and have a small tear in their screened lanai.  They have an outdoor kitchen and my MIL pulled out a camping stove to cook and they are doing fine.  She did say that Naples as a whole looks like a war zone.

The good?  We have settled on the date and details for Hannah and Jacob’s wedding shower and wedding!  In 31 days they will say I DO. ๐Ÿ’•

The bad: Jacobs grandma’s cancer is back and we are not sure of the prognosis, hence why Hannah and Jacob wanted to get married so she would be here for it.

The bad: my Instagram friend and fellow WW ambassador Kelly just found out her Mom has stage 4 breast cancer – she’s having a fundraiser in the link in her bio below:


So I have talked about being in the struggle bus and realized it’s the good and bad of what’s going on in the world that wakes me up and makes me realize I have so much to be thankful for.  I will always miss my husband but that doesn’t mean I can’t live each day to the fullest.  No one is guaranteed tomorrow.

Let’s all focus on the good today, shall we? Leave a comment below – I’d love to hear what good things are happening in your life.

Make it a great day!

Bubble Up Breakfast

As I was walking into work yesterday morning, I got this text from Hannah.  Ignore the part where I texted her the sales at our local thrift store over the weekend ๐Ÿ˜›  

Pickles, the baby squirrel that Hannah tried to save, died overnight.  She feels she did everything right, she read how they like to burrow when they sleep, she had it in a box with plenty of ventilation.  She buried it in the backyard.  I am sure it is only a matter of time before the dogs figure out where it is – fingers crossed they don’t find it!

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Jacob asked if his Dad could come over for dinner on Sunday.  So I bought one more steak.  The kadults were working until 6:00, so Jacob told his Dad to come at 6:30.  Guess what time he showed up at?  4:00!   So I don’t have any pretty pictures of my take on this bubble up breakfast from Daily Dose of Pepper (which I now realize she calls a bacon, egg and cheese biscuit bake!)   Let’s say I was “inspired” by her recipe to come up with this one.  Her original recipe was 8 smart points per serving.  My version is 10 points for 1/4 of the cast iron skillet.

So while I had hoped to make this with plenty of daylight and get good pics, I was a good hostess and hung out with Jacob’s Dad.  Who now wants to do this EVERY Sunday.  I don’t mind Sunday dinner, but hopefully he’ll come at the required time so I can finish the stuff I want to.  This recipe is so easy though – I put it together in a matter of minutes, popped it in the oven, and 30 minutes later it was done.

My first substition was to use Jennie-O turkey sausage.  Only 1 smart point per two ounces vs. 1 point per piece of bacon in her recipe.  The second substition was that I used only 4 eggs and used 1 cup of egg whites.  And lastly, I used Trader Joe’s lite mozzarella (one point per ounce) in place of the American cheese she used.  So you can see, mine was inspired by Star – thanks for the inspiration though!

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Oh, and I had a zucchini that needed to be used up, so I added that in with the sausage.

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Just mix, pour and bake!

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Bubble Up Breakfast Bake

A great meal plan breakfast - 4 servings at 6 WW points each.  Cook once and breakfast is set for the week!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 1/4 of skillet
Author Biz

Ingredients

  • 1 cup liquid egg whites
  • 4 large eggs
  • 8 ounces Jennie-0 turkey sausage, chopped
  • 1 cup zucchini, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 4 ounces Trader Joe's lite mozzarella
  • 8 portions reduced fat refrigerator biscuit

Instructions

  1. Cut the refrigerator biscuits in quarters and toss them in a big bowl.  Add all remaining ingredients except the cheese and mix well.  Pour into a cast iron skillet, or casserole dish.  Top with cheese, another sprinkle of dried parsley, and bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes.

I wish I had a better picture to show you, but this was delicious.  Only one tiny problem.  When I entered this into my recipe builder, I forgot to add the reduced fat biscuits, so instead of being 6 points for 1/4 of it, it’s 10 points per quarter.  But I was only able to eat half of my serving yesterday, so 5 points for 1/8 isn’t too bad! 

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I added two points to my tracker yesterday ๐Ÿ˜›

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Jenn and I walked at lunch – it was an absolutely gorgeous day.  We walked north on Wabash and never saw this sculpture before.  Hi Jenn!

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It was a tad windy too ๐Ÿ˜€

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While I know you’ll look at this and think “that’s lasagna soup!”  Nope.  This is tomato soup with baby cheese ravioli and spinach.  I had a giant pot of marinara I made last weekend that had to be either used up or frozen.  I froze two cup portions and had about a cup leftover, so mixed that with one cup of chicken broth and viola!  Tomato soup.  My store sells their homemade ravioli that is 6 points for 1 cup and delicious.  I only reheated the cooked ravioli for about 30 seconds, just to get the chill of from the fridge, then when I heated up the hot soup, just poured the ravioli into the soup and it heated through as it sat on my desk.

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It was a busy day at work, so it went by fast.  Jacob is back doing low carb/keto and when I mentioned I was making Michael Symon’s Cinncinati chili he asked if that would work in his diet.  Yep!  The only difference between Michael’s recipe and mine was that I left out the onions (duh) and I only made half a batch using 95% lean sirloin beef.

Jacob had his served over sauted cauliflower.  Hannah tasted it and thought it tasted like ass, or in her words “it tastes like chili pasta sauce.”  It is a different consistency then regular chili, because it’s meant to be chili mac, but the flavors are amazing – cinnamon, cocoa powder, sherry vinegar.  Yum!  I have some for lunch today.

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I wasn’t hungry for dinner yet, so I went to the gym.  Here is the obligatory next to the janitor closet, gym selfie.  I did two miles on the treadmill.  Five minutes of 3.8 mph, then each additional five minutes I jogged – my last 5 minutes was at a 6.2 mph pace!  

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I got home a little after 9 p.m. and the thought of having chili made me want to throw up.  So I made toast!  One savory:  7 grain bread (5 points for 2 slices) topped with 2 ounces deli turkey (1) and 1/2 container guacamole (2) and the second sweet: 1 tablespoon peanut butter (3) strawberries and a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar.  I could have that for any meal any day of the week.   11 points of deliciousness.

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I haven’t been on Half Baked Harvest’s blog for a while, but I saw this on Instagram, and this is going to happen this weekend – doesn’t it look amazing?!  Honey, apple, cheddar, and bacon panini.  Um, yes please!

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As far as I know, my parents in law are still without power.  I am going to get in touch with them sometime today to see how they are doing.  Just so glad they are okay!

Alright, the train is almost into the station – happy Tuesday – make it a great day!

Irma, WI and a Winner

Iโ€™ve been on pins and needles all weekend worrying about my parents-in-law.  I know that if Tony were here he would have tried to get them to evacuate, but I know my father-in-law wouldnโ€™t have listened to him.  Heโ€™s set in his ways, they have been through hurricane โ€œtypeโ€ weather before, their house was built to withstand a Category 4 storm, they had food and water and they were just going to ride it out.

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I last spoke to them around 11:00 a.m. yesterday morning and they had already been without power for a few hours.  I didn’t want to talk to them too long to drain what cell phone battery they had, but I texted them a few times throughout the afternoon and evening and got no response.  This morning I googled “ariel view of Naples after Irma” that picture above was one of the first that popped up.

Happily I woke up this morning to a text from my MIL Bonnie “We are fine.  No power, but all in great shape.”  Thank goodness!!

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Can anyone explain to me how when you think that you are going to have a gain, you have a loss, and when you think you killed it, you have a gain?!!  I dodged a bullet last week with a loss of .4.  I have to be extra careful this week so that any residual indescretions I had last week don’t show up on the scale this week.

I didn’t go to the meeting until 10, so after running a bunch of errands I didn’t finally eat anything until nearly noon.  I had two slices of avocado bread for 10 smart points.

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Hannah has a new employee that moved to town with her boyfriend.  Sadly, her boyfriend broke up with her, but for financial reasons they have to still live together.  He flat out told her that she had to find someplace else to stay Saturday night because his brother was spending the night.  She has a key to the coffee shop because she opens, and had planned on sleeping there. 

Hannah called and asked if she could sleep at our house, and of course I said yes.  We were going to dinner at the place we think we are going to have Hannah and Jacob’s wedding shower and invited her along.  She’s a very sweet girl (I think she’s 23) and at the end of the dinner she handed me $7 and asked if that was enough to contribute to dinner.  I told her to keep it, but as we were leaving she said “If you find $7 laying around your house after I leave, I have no idea how it got there!”

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Tony and I used to go to this restaurant all the time, so when I realized I had points for a Boddington’s beer, I got that.  Their food prices are rediculously cheap – this sirloin steak kabob with Asian slaw was only $8.95, and perfectly cooked.

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On Friday night, having only 4 smart points left for dinner, I made this zucchini ribbon shrimp dish – but the most questions I got asked was “where did you buy the zucchini ribbons.”   All I did was use a vegetable peeler. 

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I made this giant breakfast pizza – lavash bread (2) leftover beef (3) egg whites (1) and feta cheese (3).

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Just bake at 425 for 10 minutes.  I baked it on my baking steel and it was perfect.  So filling though, I only ate 3/4 of it.

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Oh, and add a point for the bacon ๐Ÿ˜€

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Longtime readers will remember that several years ago I had two squirrels who would frequent our front desk and would literally take peanuts out of my hand.

I was playing frisbee with the dogs in the back yard when all of a sudden out of my woods comes these two tiny squirrels.  I thought for sure Roman and Rummy would attack them so I quickly grabbed the dogs with Jacob’s Dad who was over for Sunday dinner and got the dogs in the house.  They were shaking, but kept walking to my gazebo.

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I still had a bag of apples from my friends house by the back door, and bit off pieces for them to eat.

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Then one of them jumped into the bag of apples!  It was all fun until one of them jumped at me!  I texted Hannah pictures and videos as she was on her way home from work, and I knew she would want to keep them.  Before she got home, one wandered back off into the woods.

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Hannah did a quick google search on “how to take care of baby squirrles” and she read that they have to be kept at 99 degrees to stay warm.  She immediately got a towel and put the squirrel in there.  Next, she microwaved a soft t-shirt and put the squirrel in that, and it immediately fell asleep.

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She’s going to take it to our local animal shelter today.  She read that if the Momma doesn’t come back to the babies within two hours, it most like won’t come back.

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Or I’ll come home tonight and she will still have it!  She named it Pickles ๐Ÿ˜€

I forgot to announce a winner for my 9 year blogavarsary!!  Using random integer, the winner of the magazine subscription is:

Susan (Eastendmom)
Hi Biz! I really don’t know how long I’ve been following – five or six years, maybe? This post on Tony made me very teary. I can’t believe it’s been nearly 3 years already; as always, the days may drag but the years fly. I was widowed at a young age also, so my heart absolutely went out to you and I ached for what the days ahead would hold. But you are really moving forward, no doubt about it, remaking your life (even your home!) and Tony would be more than proud. Congrats on Hannah’s upcoming wedding & continued blessings to you and your family.
 
CONGRATS SUSAN!  Shoot me an email at mybizzykitchen@gmail.com and we’ll chat about what magazine subscription you would want.  
 
Happy Monday – now got make it a great day!