Premier Protein Blueberry Scones

I’ve talked about my love of scones on this blog over the years.  The first one that stole my heart was the one from Starbuck’s – the cinnamon chip one – swoon!  Um, turns out it’s 21 smart points though – or basically the equivalent of two meals.

I wanted to try yet another version using Premier Protein (I still have so many to use up before they expire!) and pulled out a bananas and cream protein shake.  I also used this generic Splenda as well.  

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You’ll only need one cup of the protein shake, but reserve the rest to brush over the top of the scones so the cinnamon sugar mixture sticks.

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Normally I would make 16 scones to make them more point friendly, but once I put them in the recipe builder as 8 servings, I was thrilled when 8 scones was 4 smart points each!

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Premier Protein Blueberry Scones

I always pair lemon with blueberries - the zest just wakes up these scones.  Using vinegar with the Premier Protein acts as a mock buttermilk which will give you the lightest scones.

Course Breakfast
Servings 8

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup Premier Protein bananas and cream shake reserve 2 tablespoons
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1/2 cup Splenda, no calorie sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon sugar

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 425.

    Mix the vinegar and Premier protein together and let it sit for a few minutes, or until thickenend.  

    In a large bowl, add the flour, baking powder, splenda and salt.  Add the vinegar/premier protein mixture into the flour mixture, and add the vanilla, lemon zest, lemon juice and blueberries and mix until combined.  The dough will be a bit sticky.

    Form into a circle, put the dough on parchment paper and freeze for 30 minutes.  You'll be able to cut the scones into 8 pieces much easier this way.  Brush the tops of the scones with the remaining protein shake, and sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture over the top.  Bake for 14-16 minutes, or until they are browned.

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I used one of the scones to make a mock Starbucks protein box – but pretty sure that they don’t have steak in their protein box.  Breakfast came in at 9 points.

My sister was busy at work so I was solo on my walk.  I bought a new purse that goes over my shoulders with a zipper so if someone tries to steal my phone, they are going to have to take me with them!  I brought enchilada soup for lunch, and before I left for my walk I put it on the counter to help defrost before I got back.  It was then that I realized that I froze this soup without the chicken – the first time I made it I added rotisserie chicken to it right before heating it up.

A couple blocks from my office has a big salad bar/hot bar, and I bought .25 pounds (about 4 ounces) of grilled chicken off the hot bar for $1.55 and chopped that up in my soup.

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Lunch came in at 8 smart points.  

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I normally don’t check my email during work, but jumped on around 3 to make sure that the marketing director at The Chopping Block got my lastest blog post.  I saw that my Mom had planned to go downtown last night with a friend to see the free Broadway show at Millenium Park, but her friend was sick and she asked if either Jenn and I wanted to go with her, because she still wanted to go, just not by herself.

If your 76 year old Momma asks to hang out with you – always say yes!  She texted me that she had shrimp, hummus, cheese and fruit and an adult beverage.  I went to Walgreens and picked up more adult beverage, crackers, deli ham and dark chocolate mini pretzels.

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She tried Bandit pinot grigio and loved it.  I love these cardboard boxed wines.

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No big deal – just my Momma hanging out with her favorite child again. 

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Turns out a lot of other people had the same idea we did!  I got there at 5:15 and the pavillion, both the seats and lawn area (seats 7,000) was already at capacity and they weren’t letting anyone else in.  So we ate our little sninner (snack+dinner) and then made our way over the pavillion, and after a few minutes as people left, they would let more people in.

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We had a pretty good view and the music was amazing.  I definitely want to see The Color Purple and Waitress.

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It was so much fun Momma!   I got home around 10:00 and was in bed by 10:30.  Jacob was telling me that he’s never been to musical before, so this fall we’ll have to take care of that.

Happy Tuesday – make it a great day!

Weekly WI – +2.0

I was so ready to go to Weight Watchers on Saturday morning that I was up at 7:00 a.m. for my 8:30 meeting!  You know how some weeks you feel like you’ve gained weight, but have to go anyway and face the music.  Um, that wasn’t me this last Saturday.  I killed it last week.  Except for my 45 point day the previous Saturday when I met friends out for lunch and beer (which I totally tracked) I tracked 100%, did my Max Insanity 5 times, went to the gym every night except Wednesday night when I had to work late.

I had huge NSVs last week – from not reverting to food and wine like I do in stress situations, like when my phone was stolen out of my hand, or when I thought I lost the brand new phone.  That was huge for me!

When I got home from work Friday night, the kadults were napping (they worked early shifts that day) so I went on a 45 minute walk.  Then went to the gym – I had my highest step totat to date – over 27,000 for the day!  

So I was shocked at a 2 pound gain.  Like really shocked.  But then I thought back to the week, and the only thing I didn’t really track was my water intake.  Maybe with all the exercise I wasn’t drinking enough.  Could I possibly be gaining muscle?  I felt smaller, so I took this gain in stride and know that my efforts for the last 7 days aren’t going to magically show up on the day of weigh in.  It’s all good.  

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After WW I went to Hannah’s coffee shop to meal plan – my next blog post for The Chopping Block was due today and I did a Meal Planning 101 blog post – a topic they surprisingly hadn’t covered since they started blogging several years ago.  That sugar free caramel latte with almond milk is 4 points and worth it – so good!

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Later that day, this popped up on my phone – since I’ve had my Fitbit, I’ve walked 5,000 miles!

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I had a busy day in my kitchen Saturday, which I’ll post recipes for later this week – one is a Premier Protein blueberry scone that is only 4 smart points and absolutely delicious.  I’ll be posting that recipe tomorrow.

I made my way to the gym on Saturday, and as I was walking in, I saw that an elderly couple was coming out of the grocery store and were parking in the handicapped parking.  They had these giant bottles of water, so I ran over and asked if I could help load their car for them.

The woman looked me up and down and said “honey, in your condition, you shouldn’t be lifting anything heavy!”  I had this look like “what the fuck did you just say?” but that didn’t stop her from asking me when my baby was due.  When I didn’t say anything she asked “you aren’t pregnant?!”  And I just said NO! and walked into the gym.

I realize that most of my weight is in my middle, but seriously?!   I took this picture after my workout.  My face shows that I am still pissed by the comment, but I didn’t let that derail my workout, if anything I pushed harder.

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I spend a lot of time in my kitchen this weekend that makes me very happy.  While I easily could have walked out of my WW meeting across the parking lot and walked into IHOP for a giant cinnamon roll as big as my head, I came home and made these cinnamon roll waffles with apples – the waffle is 5 points, I sauteed the apples with coconut spray and the 1/4 cup sugar free syrup was 1 point.  In case anyone was wondering, a Cinnabon classic cinnamon role is 37 points. 

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Cinnamon Roll Waffles

Using Premier Protein powder ups the protein by 30 grams for this recipe.

Course Breakfast
Servings 5
Author Biz

Ingredients

  • 1.25 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoons cinnamon sugar (I use McCormick brand)
  • 3 tablespoons egg whites
  • 8 ounces unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 scoop vanilla Premier Protein powder

Instructions

  1. In a 4 cup measuring cup, add the almond milk and vinegar, stir with a fork and let it sit for 5-10 minutes - you are making a mock buttermilk so if it looks all chunky, that's what you want!

    Stir in the egg whites, eggs, vanilla and stir just until combined.  In a large bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon sugar and protein powder. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and stir just until combined.

    I used 3/4 cup of the batter per waffle (I have a cheap $10 waffle maker) to make 5 waffles at 5 smart points each.

So this week I am going to continue on like I have been, the only thing I am adding this week?  The gallon of water a day challenge.  We have well water so we can’t drink our tap water, but we refill our gallons of water at Walmart for .37 cents a gallon.  Jacob drinks a lot of water, so with my gallon a day challenge, we may need to refill midweek.  I thought it was going to be near impossible to finish a gallon of water in a day, but I had no problem with it, I just kept refilling my 8 ounce glass of water throughout the day and by the time I was ready to go to bed, I had finished it.  I am going to buy a gallon of water at Walgreens across from my office today and have that at my desk as a reminder, then refill it before I leave for the next day.

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I grilled skirt steak and pork last night, but I wasn’t really hungry and only ate some yogurt and fruit for dinner.  Hannah lit a fire and then quickly realized she and Jacob were going inside to watch Game of Thrones, so I manned the fire until it died down.  

It’s nights light last night that I miss Tony the most.  It’s not as fun sitting outside by myself, but I enjoyed the cool night, the chirping of the birds and the sounds of the fire crackling.   I just wish there were two chairs instead of one.

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Face to Face Friday and Thank the Baby Jesus

I got to the train station yesterday morning and as I pulled in the parking lot, I thought “hmmmm…something is weird here!”  There were only a handful of cars and for a second I thought “is it Saturday?!”

Nope, sadly a 49 year old woman took her life in front of a freight train on my line at 2:45 in the morning.  Because it was a freight train, the investigation took a lot longer than Metra, and they suggested finding “alternate routes” to get to work.  I had a busy day ahead of me, so I sucked it up, stopped and got a giant cup of coffee and thought I would drive to work.  

But one of the roads that gets me to the express way was closed due to the accident, and everyone was deverted to the other road, and well, I got nowhere fast.  I think I got .25 miles in 20 minutes – and have I mentioned I live 55 miles NW of Chicago?! 

The radio announcement said that the trains were moving, so I quickly got off the road I was on and went to the Barrington train station, which is two stops after my normal station.  I heard that a train was coming and that it was going to be express to Chicago, so I hightailed it up to the platform, paid for my parking (which is $3 not $1.50 in my town!) and realized . . . I didn’t have my phone.

Yes, the new phone that was replaced by my stolen phone earlier in the week.  I realized the train coming through wasn’t going to stop, but the next train that was coming through would be express.  I had all of about 60 seconds to run back to my car and see if I could find it, but I didn’t.  Damn.

I emailed the kadults when I got to work – they were working at various times during the day, Hannah doing paperwork at home because she was sick, but I asked if they had time, could they drive to the station, call my phone and see if I maybe dropped it when I was closing the door and that’s why I didn’t hear it?


I hadn’t heard from them all day and pretty much resigned myself that it was gone.  But as I was walking to work feeling sorry for myself, I passed by probably a dozen homeless people begging for money because they were hungry.  And here I was walking to work, that has hot coffee all the time thanks to our hospitality department, I have a job that pays me to keep a roof over my head and food on my table and well, suddenly I didn’t feel too sorry for myself!

At 4:00 p.m. Jacob called me to tell me they found the phone.  On top of my car.  But on top of the passenger side back door?  What the what?  I have no idea how I did that, but not 15 minutes after Jacob took this picture, it started to downpour – I really need to buy a lottery ticket tonight!!

My sister jointed me at WW yesterday after taking a bit of a summer hiatus.  She’s been house hunting, and her two oldest are both going to college and her youngest needed a passport to travel with a friend to Canada, so she’s been a bit stressed.  Even the leader said “Welcome back!” when she walked in.  We went to a salad bar place, and I got a giant salad and used Bolthouse Farms salsa verde avocado dressing – so good!  

I didn’t have to work night secretary because no one signed up, but for no apparent reason, the train left 30 minutes behind schedule, so I didn’t get home until nearly 7:30.

I made this quick dinner before heading to the gym.  I skipped my Insanity and plan to do that tomorrow and Sunday when I have more time.  The kadults order from this Chinese restaurant all the time and most of the time I think the food tastes like ass, but they love it.  They are notorious for not eating leftovers, so I was happy that the free “hibatchi” noodles that came with their order was still available.  So good!

3/4 cup of noodles with sauteed zucchini and steak for 9 smart points.  This was filling, yet I wasn’t stuffed so I could really push at my night time workout.

I started out with the Planet Fitness 30 minute Biggest Loser circuit – that is so hard, but I love it!

Then did 5 minutes of ropes – holy balls, have you tried this before?  I actually do 30 seconds on 30 seconds rest for 5 minutes, so really I am only doing 2 1/2 minutes of ropes, but my arms are like jelly just after that.  Then I finished it off with 30 minutes on the stair master.

Hannah is sick, so she rested at home – poor thing.  Colds usually hit her really hard – she was off yesterday and took a 6 hour nap during the day!  

Last November was when I started going to the WW meetings downtown since I was working downtown – it made sense, and I was able to finally meet my long time blog friend Amanda in real life.  She and I have been following each other for years.  

Mind you, I had been on Weight Watchers all of 2016, yet was constantly trying to “beat the system.”  Wondering how much wine I could drink, or pizza and work out enough so that I could still show a loss on the scale each week.  Um, turns out you can’t do that.  It wasn’t until this year that I finally realized I had to treat the weekend like I do the weekday.  Go to bed around the same time, get up at the same time (okay, I do sleep in until 7:30!) and not do great Monday through Friday only to scream “it’s the weekend!” and not track a single thing I ate or drank, only to get “back on” on Monday.

This year hasn’t been perfect, but I’ve been more consistent on the program than I have been in years.  When I lost 70 pounds back in 1999, it took me 15 months.  I am down nearly 20 pounds from that pic on the left, and have 23 pounds to go to hit my first goal of 140.  If I keep at it, I may just make it there by December 31! 

My ultimate goal is to be between 130-135, since that’s at the high end of my weight range for my height.  Oh, and to be a Spotlight with Oprah on Connect by my 50th birthday.  That’s totally going to happen.  I mean, I’ve already met her once, so she’s sure to have remembered me, right?  

I hope you have an amazing weekend, can always find the positive when things don’t go your way, and be thankful to be alive!  Make the most of it 😀  Hugs!

Laugh or Cry?

There was another pedestrian incident on my train line this morning.  I decided to drive to work, but got no where fast because the roads around where the accident happened were closed, so traffic was backed up. 

I heard the train lines were moving again, went to the train station two after my usual stop, got on the platform and . . .no phone.  I had about 60 seconds to run back to my car to see if it was in there, but didn’t see it right off the bat, and had to catch the train.

Not sure if I should laugh or cry if I lost that damn phone after having it a whole day!

So I couldn’t log onto my laptop on the train ride in, but the good news is that I caught an express train which got me to work on time and its a beautiful day out.  Gotta keep riding the positive waves!

Make it a great day!

Breakfast:

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Lunch – which wasn’t very good – back to the drawing board on this ground turkey bolognese:

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Worked late, so no gym or insanity, but I made this delicious 7 smart point pizza:

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I used my vegan pita dough – so good on my baking steel!

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Send your good vibes that my phone is in my car!

Greek Turkey Meatballs

Guess what I did on my train ride to work yesterday?  I read a book!  I know, such a novel idea!  (see what I did there!). It’s the first time I haven’t used an electronic device on the train since I’ve been taking it, I think, and it was a nice change of pace.  For anyone who is wondering, I am reading: No One Tells Everything by Rae Meadows.  I bought it at a garage sale a while back in a box of books that were .5 cents each.  I didn’t realized until I opened it up yesterday that it’s actually signed by the author!  I got 50 pages in on my train ride to work – nice!

My phone got delivered around 11:30 yesterday.  It was super easy to file a claim online with my phone insurance company, and when they offered free overnight shipping I checked the box “yes please!”

I normally take my lunch photos in an empty office right outside my cubicle, but an attorney just moved in there.  So I was scrambling to try to find a spot to take this photo of my lunch, and while it will never win any food photography awards, these Greek turkey meatballs are delicious!

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I haven’t dropped by the 50% off discount bin at my local Jewel for a while, and last week after I handed off the littles to their parents, I stopped by to see what I could pick up.  I Can you see the sticker in the middle?  “this product was sold with $2.00 of coupon.”  It was normally $3.99 for the package, but I got this for $2, so I stocked up and bought three packages.

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This ground turkey is 1 smart point per ounce, so I decided to make this recipe into 16 meatballs, basically one point each.  I didn’t add any fillers (like bread crumbs or egg) to keep this together, which is why you won’t want to skip the step of putting these in the freezer after you form the meatballs before pan frying them – they won’t hold together otherwise.

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Have you seen these seasoning grinders before?  I picked up that one at Walmart and am loving it.  Great in this recipe, but also on eggs, potatoes and pork chops.

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The batteries were out in my food scale, so I just divided my meatball mixture into two equal portions, then cut the circles like I would if I were making scones to get each one about the same size.  

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For the record, the Halo Top is not mine – Jacob bought some for he and Hannah to try.  While I don’t mind eating some of their fruit that is about to go bad, I typically don’t eat the food that they buy for themselves.

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Greek Turkey Meatballs

Spicy, super flavorful meatballs - great for a pita sandwich, but I can't wait to slice these thin and put them on a pizza!

Servings 16
Author Biz

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 cup spinach, fresh and chopped fine
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 pinch salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Mix everything together in a large bowl.  Portion the meat mixture into 16 meatballs, roll and put on a plate.  Put them in your freezer for 15-30 minutes before pan frying in a bit of grape seed oil and coconut oil spray.  Cook for 4-5 minutes if you are meal planning and will reheat them later, otherwise, cook 6-7 minutes, turning frequently, until they reach 165 degrees.

The Dijon mustard and lemon zest make these meatballs for me – they are so flavorful.  I seriously and dreaming about slicing the meatballs thin to make a pizza this weekend. 

I had a bit of technical difficulty downloading my pics off my new phone last night.  It said one picture had an error and asked if I wanted to skip it.  I said yes, and I must not have read the whole prompt through, because it deleted about 10 photos I’d taken of dinner.  Oh well!  

I got home from work at 6:40 and by 6:50 I was already doing Max 30:Insanity – I am loving these workouts!  I can now do them without stopping, only modifying about half of the steps.  My goal is that by the end of two months, be able to do the whole 30 minutes without any modifications.  One day I will do a minute of pushups!

I had avocado toast for dinner.  I bought this sunflower bread at my local grocery store that is amazing.  I topped it with Wholly guacamole, a pan fried egg and pom seeds for 11 smart points and it was the perfect fuel before heading to the gym at 9:00 p.m.  I know some of you can’t imagine working out that late, but it works for me.  I have the hour train ride home to “rest” and I did a 45 minute tread mill workout out – five minutes walking 3.4 mph, then each subsequent 5 minutes running without stopping.  My first five minute run (okay, let’s call it what it was – a jog!) was 4.3 mph, until the last 5 minute run was at 6.0 mph – or a 10 minute mile pace!  And I didn’t die. 😀

After workout selfie in the car at 10:00 p.m.:

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I have to give a shout out to Bolthouse Farms.  I gushed about their 1 smart point salsa avocado dressing on Instagram, and they DM’d me and asked if I wanted to try out more of their products.  Um, yes please!  I told the kadults they couldn’t use anything until I took a picture.  Last night Hannah asked “can I finally drink one of these smoothies?!”

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Hannah tried this one.  I had a sip and it was light, refreshing, and wasn’t overly sweet.  Sadly, too many carbs for this diabetic, even with insulin – I know the carbs are all from fruits and veggies, but I can’t drink it fast enough without my blood sugar spiking.  But Hannah LOVES them so they will go to good use.  I will just be having a lot of salads – yum!

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Off to catch up on my blog reading and Insta stories on the rest of the train ride to work.  It was tough being without my phone for 24 hours!   

Make it a great day!

My Phone Was Stolen

I had such a busy day at work yesterday.  Had a filing for one attorney, a bunch of revisions of another attorney, and a secretary near me was out, so I had her attorney as well.  I was still planning on meeting my sister for lunch for our walk, but as it got closer to leave, too many deadlines and I had to bow out.  I got caught up at 1:45 and thought “should I really go to lunch this late?”  It was so nice out though, so I decided to head to the River Walk and walk for 45 minutes before coming back and heating up my lunch.

I had my cell phone in my pocket the whole time.  My step-son Joe and I have a thing about having stuff in our hands when we are walking – we typically don’t like it.   I was at State and Wacker, waiting for the light to change, when I pulled it out to see if I could walk a few more blocks before heading back to work.

All of a sudden, I felt a tug of my earphones, and realized a kid on a bike, who looked to be about 14, grabbed the phone straight out of my hand.  It took me all of a couple seconds to figure out what was going on, and then I ran after him!  

You see, I was getting to the point where my blood sugar was dropping – it was late in the day for lunch, and I was fucking hangry.  Like MAD!  I started yelling “that asshole kid stole my phone!” all the while I was literally five feet running behind him and he was on his bike.  He kept looking back at me like “shit – she might catch me!”  I may be almost 50, but I am still pretty fast.  I had it perfectly mapped out – I was going to knock him off his bike, grab my phone, and sit on him and call 911.  Yep, in those two blocks I ran after him, that was my plan!

What foiled me?  My shoes!  I was wearing slip on Mary Jane’s that had a strap across my feet, but one started to give way, and I stopped for a second, and contemplated just leaving my shoes on the ground where I was, but then he got away. 

I ran for three blocks.  A near 50 year old woman running after a kid on a bike, and no one did a thing.  No one asked “what happend?”  or “do you want to use my phone?”  I got looks, of course, but no help.  Thanks Chicago.

When I got back to work I was REALLY mad, and called Verizon immediately to disable the phone, then tried to call Apple because I couldn’t remember my Apple ID, and kept getting Indian people who couldn’t spell my last name and I was at my desk yelling “V E L A T I N I!!!!!”  I am sure my boss thought I was insane, and after I calmed down a bit, he came to my desk and said “do you want to take the rest of the day off?!”  Ha, nope.  

It was then that I realized it’s just a phone.  I wasn’t stabbed or shot for it.  I wasn’t hurt.  Yes, I had to pay $199 (with insurance!) to get a new phone that will be shipped to my office today, but the whole thing just made me mad.  It’s just as the day went on, and especially on the train ride home, how much my phone has become like an extra hand to me.  I thought, oh well, at least I have my laptop for the hour ride home!  Um, no you don’t – because your phone is your hot spot.  

And as I had all the time in the world to kill on the train ride home last night, I also realized that since I started working downtown with my Mom at the tender age of 16, all the years I’ve traveled on the L and the Metra, and walked all over the city, this is the first bad thing that comes to mind  that has ever happened to me, so for that, I am grateful.

I am very proud of myself though.  It was all I could do not to just buy a tiny box of wine for the train ride home (yes, alcohol is allowed on the trains!) and a bag of Flaming Hot Cheetos, but I’ve got goals.  I got home at 7:05 and found a Max Insanity on YouTube and did that for 30 minutes.  I wasn’t hungry for dinner yet since I didn’t eat my lunch until nearly 3:30, so I went to the gym.  I finished the day with nearly 24,00o steps.  So I didn’t let something that was out of my control, let me get myself out of control with wine and food. 

So yesterday was a win!  I hopefully will be back to regular Instagramming and Programming on the blog tomorrow – you really will need to make these Greek turkey meatballs I had for lunch yesterday – so good!

Has anything like that ever happened to you?!

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Friday night pajama party!  I had the pleasure of having these two littles over Friday night for a sleep over.  I went to their house to grill up some chicken pitas and brought mac n cheese for the kids.  After we ate, I scooped the girls in my car and brought them home.  I live less than 10 minutes from their house.  Their Momma?  Called me within five minutes of getting home asking if we got home okay. 😀  The girls don’t spend very much time away from their parents, so I get it.

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I lit candles and the littlest little asked “can we turn off all the lights like a real movie theater?!”  Yep!  Um, we may have stayed up until 11:30 – I seriously didn’t realize it was that late, but then again, we watched two movies!  I thought for sure, no problem, they will sleep in!

Nope – the littlest little was up at 6:22.  We all slept on the sofa, which is so comfy.  But I have black light curtains in my bedroom, at 6:22 the living room was flooded with sunlight.

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Since I already went to a meeting last week, I only had to weigh in.  I am sure the girls would have been fine sitting for a 30 minute meeting, but I promised them donuts and smoothies at the coffee shop Hannah works at since she was working.

We walked into WW to wait in line for me to weigh in and the littlest little said “where are the smoothis?!”

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I was very happy with -1.6 after last weeks -3.6.  I think eating a bigger meal at lunch helped, and getting to the gym at night, which I am loving by the way.

We made it to the coffee shop where the girls got donuts as big as their heads.  We brought half home as well as their smoothies.  Their parents did some chores around their house and I told them to go have lunch by themselves.  

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Guess what the littles and I did?  We got Bizzy in my Kitchen!  They brought their own aprons and everything.  That little below made up a recipe – I just had ingredients and she mixed flour, sugar, baking powder, milk, eggs – not sure what else, but they tasted really good!  She could have easily addd a cup of baking powder making them inedible, but they turned out great!

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The bigger little made spicy drop biscuits for her parents – using a recipe because she’s an amazing reader.

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The girls and I had waffles for lunch, but around 2 their parents called asking me to meet them at the local ale house.  I had the goat cheese appetizer and a couple beers – my lunch ended up being 25 points because of the beer (my guess was 7 points each – so good!) but totally worth it.  There may have been a tiny melt down by the time we left.  Um, turns out you can’t keep littles up to 11:30!   Alison, next time promise I’ll get them to bed at a respectable time. 😀

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The best part of being a babysitter is that you get to give them aback and walk away!  They were asleep within moments of driving away. 

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Sunday morning I got Bizzy in my Kitchen, this time making bagels with Premier Protein!   A girl I follow on Instagram from Cleveland posted bagels from her local bagel shop, and one of them was a cranberry cinnamon crunch bagel, which was the inspiration.  I made vanilla protein powder cranberry bagels and they are delicious!

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One scoop of protein powder is 1/2 a cup, so I just reduced the flour by 1/2 a cup and added in the protein powder.

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Then dropped in 1/2 cup chopped craisins.

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After two hours the dough was so light and fluffy.

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And because I baked them on my Baking Steel, the bottoms were perfectly crunchy, while the inside was chewy, exactly what I love in a bagel.  I entered the recipe in the WW recipe builder, and each one comes in at 4 smart points.

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Premier Protein Cranberry Vanilla Bagels

This 4 smart point bagel will cure any bagel jones, without having to cost you a half days worth of points!

Course Breakfast
Cuisine bread, bagles
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes
Servings 1 bagel
Author Biz

Ingredients

  • 4.5 cups flour
  • .5 cups Premier Protein vanilla protein powder
  • 2 teaspoons yeast
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1.75 cups lukewarm water
  • .25 cups craisins
  • 2 teaspoons McCormick cinnamon sugar

Instructions

  1. In a stand mixer, add the water and yeast and let sit for 5 minutes.  Add in the protein powder, flour, salt and craisins and mix in your stand mixer for about 5 minutes.  You may need to add a tablespoon or two of flour if the dough is sticking to the sides of your mixing bowl.

    Let rise for 2 hours.  Heat oven to 425.  I got 20 mini bagels out of this recipe.  I weighed out 1.75 ounces per bagel, rolled each piece into a 7 inch log, then brought the two ends together and pinched to seal.

    Heat a pot of water - just enough so the bagels don't sit on the bottom, and bring to a boil.  Once boiling, add 1 teaspoon of salt and 1 tablespoon baking soda - be careful because the baking soda makes the water rise! 

    Boil for 30 seconds per side, then put on a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Bake for 13-14 minutes.  Once out of the oven, brush with a bit of butter and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.  I tried adding the cinnamon sugar before baking, but it burned before the bagels were done - so don't do that. 😀




Yesterday’s breakfast – a spinach, mushroom, geta cheese omelette as big as my head, the bagel and watermelon.  So good!  

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And in case anyone was wondering, I got my workouts in this weekend.  Friday was my day off, but Saturday night I did the 30 minute circuit then 35 minutes on the Stairmaster.  Since I didn’t do Insanity on Friday, yesterday I did the 30 minute Friday Night Fight workout – holy balls that was hard!  Then went to the gym last night and my goal was to do an hour on the treadmill at 8% incline, but at 45 minutes, I could feel my blood sugar dropping, so figured it was best to call it a day.  I checked my blood sugar and it was 54, even though I took half the amount of insulin at dinner and ate a fruit salad with dinner.  Luckily there is a grocery store next door, and I got a banana and a granola bar and ate that in the car before driving home.  Damn diabetes 😛

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I hit up the 50% of meat bin at Jewel on Saturday and got lean ground turkey for only $2 a pound!  I have a couple great recipes to share this week – tomorrow will be Greek turkey meatballs and later this week a turkey bolognese.

Thank you Rachel!  Shout out to my blog friend Rachel who sent me her old Fitbit – which is a step up from what I had so I am feeling very fancy.  Her husband Dave curses me when I get more steps than me in our weekly challenges, and I love it. 😀  

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We may have rain at lunch time, but I’ll see if my sister wants to walk the Pedway today.  Gotta get those steps in!  

Make it a great day!