Don’t let life get in the way . . .

I am sure every parent of young children at one point in time or another, can’t wait for the day when their child is self sufficient and on their own.  The nights when they get up every hour on the hour and you wonder if you’ll ever get a full nights sleep again.

But then all of a sudden that time is here.  Hannah is 18, she just clocked in her 50th hour at work, she’s taking 13 credit ours in school and she has a social life.  It would be easy just to keep on going like we are, hardly seeing each other, but I decided to change that.  Depending on her schedule, I plan on doing something with her once a week – even if it is only a few hours, I’ll take it! :D

Tony made me his delicious spicy breakfast taco – I didn’t even eat breakfast until 11:00! :D  (I may have slept in until 9:45).

Tony LOVES a pork tenderloin sandwich, the kind that is way too big for the bun.  Here is a quick recipe for one:

  • 1 six ounce pork chop, butterflied
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons cornmeal
  • 1 hamburger bun
  • 1 tablespoon mayo
  • sweet pickle chips

Trim off any fat, and using a meat mallet, pound the cutlets really thin (Tony helped me on that one!).  Mix the egg, milk and salt and pepper on one paper plate, the flour in another and the cornmeal in the last one.  Dip the cutlet into the egg, into the flour, back to the egg and into the cornmeal.

Pan fry for 2-3 minutes per side – make sure your oil is hot before you add the pork, otherwise it gets too greasy.  Another tip – put the breaded cutlet in the refrigerator for a minimum of 30 minutes to help the breading stick – it kind of fell off while Tony was eating it, but he loved it :D

I then went to exercise t.v. to see what I could do.  I started out doing a Bethany Frankel one hour yoga and strength training, but she was a whiney biatch and I couldn’t stand it after 5 minutes.  So I just did a bunch of things:

  • 20 minute kickboxing
  • 15 minutes arms with attitude
  • 25 minutes Jackie Werner 1 on 1 core (this one was really hard!)

I always love how our dog literally sits right where I am exercising – at one point I was on my back doing sissor kicks and his tail kept whacking me in the face.

Then I finished my grocery shopping and headed out to the store.  On my way back home I could start to feel my blood sugar really drop – so  a quick drive through at McD’s saved the day – the $1 menu chicken sammie with buffalo sauce – that did the trick!

Since Hannah and I were going to have our Asian date night, I made Tony one of his favorite casseroles – tuna noodle!  I have Simple Comfort Food to thank for the recipe – my only alterations were to leave the onion out, and I reduced the panko bread crumbs and cheddar cheese to 1 cup.

I didn't even know they made this!

I then added everything to my big bucket to mix well before putting it in my casserole dish.

ignore my messy stove - I cleaned it up later :D

I made such a big casserole because I thought that it might be something would eat as a leftover – nope!  So I am bringing it to work – something about free food always gets eaten at work!

I had Hannah call me when she was leaving work so I could heat up the deep fryer for our tempura appetizer – I blanched green beans, broccoli and zucchini.  The green beans completely stuck on the first batch, so we mostly had broccoli and zucchini – both delicious!

For our stirfry – I coated chicken pieces in corn starch and cooked those in the wok separately, then tossed them in a mix of equal parts of these sauces:

I ate about 2/3 of this - I kept eating and it was like a never ending bowl!

We watched the movie Away We Go with Jim from the Office – we really liked it!

my feet on the left, sitting in our comfy chair - thanks for hanging with me Hanners :D

So today is Weigh In Day!  Last week I was 170.4 . . .

so close to 169!!! I'll take the -4 :D

Tony found this cartoon and tore it out for me – I thought it was funny!

Great news!  My foodie friend Mara has made it to the next round of the Project Food Buzz – she had to make a meal in a Food Buzz travel bag – check it out – she put everything in mason jars!  I’ll have the link up in an hour if you can take time to vote for her.

Question of the Day: If you have kids, any age, do you schedule time to do something, or does life get in your way?

46 thoughts on “Don’t let life get in the way . . .

  1. Thanks for the link love!!! AAAH! Voting starts now!!!! EEK!

  2. Unfortunately my daughter lives far away… but when she comes home, time with her is our number one priority. I think it’s cute how you had a date day with Tony and a date night with Hannah this weekend!

  3. You’ve really been doing great with the Hot 100 challenge–it seems to have given you the extra push you needed to start losing again! LOL–my dog does the same thing–I think they do that to make sure you haven’t forgotten about them. Sometimes I end up kicking her by accident and, weirdly, that makes her get even closer to me!

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  4. We have Family Fun Day every Wednesday. Otherwise we all get caught up in our own schedules!! I think it’s GREAT you and your daughter have such a great relationship and enjoy hanging out together. There’s nothing better….. :)

  5. That quote is too fuuny about blogging! Those eats look great. I love how close you and your daughter are. Mom and daughter nights are the best :))

  6. We’ve taken to having home made nachos and watching AFV on Sunday nights. The rest of the week it’s just too crazy to do anything. They’re so busy with stuff!

    • My brother commented?? Holy shiz!

      Now I want home made nachos – do you bake them?

      • Whoa! My sister replied to my comment?!?!? WTF.

        The nachos are lame. It’s basically tortilla chips from a bag plus meat and cheese. Then individuals further decorate their own plates with sour cream and/or salsa. Nothing to write home about, from a haute cuisine point of view, but we enjoy it.

  7. I homeschool my kids, so we end up spending lots of time together! However, I do try to do something fun at least once a week, and sometimes I have to admit that I let life get in the way and we don’t do it.

  8. I love that cartoon about blogging…hahaha!

  9. I love how important family is to you…so sweet. :) I LOL @ that comic! Especially these days where all I do is blog. :)

  10. I’m not a parent, but my parents when they get the chance always find time for us if we have it. that’s more of the problem these days, the kids don’t have time! haha! but i know they miss us, cause when we all happen to be at home at the same time, they don’t do anything but hang out with us!

  11. Kids grow up way too fast. I still can’t believe my little girl is 15. How did that happen?!
    We do things as a family all the time but we don’t get a lot of one on one time with each kid. I need to do that.
    All the eats look great.
    Congrats on the weight loss! Oooooh, color me jealous. :)

  12. Hi Biz! I haven’t heard of that movie, I’ll have to check it out.

    I know what you mean about life getting in the way! It seems the weeks fly by and the weekends even faster. Although my daughter is 10 years younger than your daughter, she still is like glue to me as soon as I walk in the door. And I love that the boys will hang out in the kitchen with me!

  13. I’m so lucky to get to be a stay at home mom! I know it’s not for everyone, but it’s the perfect job for me. I love spending all day with my little girl and soaking it all up because in just a blink of an eye, she will be off with her friends and dates and work and school and … LIFE! :)

    W00t on the -.4 loss! :D

  14. My three oldest are impossible to pin down [well Tee gets a pass because he is in the AF]but the youngest we do – absolutely – because she is the only one left at home. And our next to youngest we try to go and visit at school [2 hours away] at least once a month. We miss her so.

    We like our kids and we would like to think they like us. :) [Well the younger two anyway.]

  15. [Dangit I always forget to comment on the food.] That pork sandwich is supreme. I swear Pooldad would attach himself to me for a week if I ever made one of those. And I am so happy to see I am not the only one that makes tuna casserole – it is HUGE in this house. The ultimate comfort food I think. [Tell your friend that needs low sodium this is a great dish for that - I did an analysis of it with cheese & no cheese - and both are low enough in sodium that it makes a great meal - I use a little bit different ingredients than yours tho' - she just has to check the labels on what she uses.]

  16. Woo woo! Way to go! I love dates with my mom! I’m so glad I get to hang out with her and my mother-in-law anytime I want now! Muahahahahaha! Have you ever tried coating pork chops with Ritz crackers? Holy foodgasm it’s amazing! Have a great week!

  17. I don’t have any children but I still try to find time to hang out with my parents. I normally go to their house for dinner once a week if I can. It is always nice to catch up and hang out.
    My cats do the same thing when I am working out…they have to be right in the action. So funny!

  18. Paco does the same thing to me when I’m on the floor – I swear, he tries to mimic whatever pose I happen to be in! I LOL’d on your whiny Bethany comment, btw.

    Glad you are making special time for Hannah – it’s so true, before you know it, they are off living their own lives!

    That pork sandwich looks great!

  19. Love that you make time with Hannah – I try to make time with my Dad pretty often! :)

  20. Great job on the scale Biz! And I love that feet shot while watching tv! Too cute!

  21. It looks like you and Hannah had a great Asian “date” night!

  22. Our kids are in college, one is living in Spain this year while attending classes and the other lives at home and commutes. We see our son who lives at home on Sunday evenings. Hubby travels so I have dinner with our son a few times during the week!

  23. Yippee on the loss!

    I love hot sauce – and that pic of your sammie from McD’s had me drooling. I might need hot sauce on something tonight…

  24. Love the cartoon… I went and voted for your friend… all the dogs I had in the hunt are out, so nice to have someone to root for

  25. Can you believe I’ve never had tuna noodle casserole? It looks good!

  26. I love tuna noodle casserole, but haven’t had it in a couple years because my husband hates it, and I don’t want to make one for just myself. Glad you and Hannah had a great “date night”. I love spending that kind of time with my momma :)

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  27. No kids, but I agree about not letting life getting in the way! That’s so cool you guys had a date night. :)

    I had to laugh at your “whiny biatch” comment about Bethenny Frankel – she always came across like that in Real Housewives.

  28. Mike is 18, works 40 hours a week and just started evening school 2 days a week. I know it’s hard to get family time in. We have made our Sunday’s as family time. We don’t visit anyone, we don’t take phone calls, we go out to breakfast together. It’s just our time. Mike and I will also try and do somethig at least one Saturday afternoon a month. We went geo-caching and mountain bike riding this month.
    Keep up getting that time in. Soon, like my son, they’ll be out on their own and time together will be so much harder.
    Take care and God Bless!!

  29. When I was a kid, we had family game night with my grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins Saturday after church. That went away after awhile as we became teens and had part-time jobs or later went away to college, but when my grandfather was diagnosed with cancer, we brought it back. I live too far away to participate regularly, but every time I go home, my first question is “are we doing family game night Saturday?”

  30. Awesome that it is a priority to make time for her! I’m still trying to make time AWAY from mine a few hours a week! :-)

    The sandwich looks wonderful!!

  31. You’re such a good mom to commit to spending quality time with your daughter. She is very lucky to have a mom like you.

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