Settle a Bet About Weenie Winks

I am just wondering as I typed that title how many google searches I’ll get with “Weenie Winks” in the title.  Ha!  Okay people.  You need to settle a bet between me and Tony.  Recently I bought Tony some Lit’l Smokies for a football snack.

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Growing up on Christmas Eve our family would have a big smorgasbord of food – all different kinds of things from cheese trays, crackers, finger food type things.  We would set it up around 7 at night then snack as we wanted and then would pretty much leave everything out, go to church and then come back and eat some more.  One of the things my brother always made (or liked and my Mom made them – can’t remember!) was these smoked sausages in bbq sauce – we’d have tooth picks on the side and you could just dip your toothpick right in there and get all that bbq sauce too.  We always called this Weenie Winks.  I was positive this was a popular term that most Midwesterners would know, but Tony somehow didn’t get the memo on this one.  He thinks I am  crazy for even coming up with the term Weenie Winks – so I am hoping at least ONE person can back me up on this!

After taking it easy on Sunday and sleeping like a log Sunday night, I was back to normal yesterday morning – felt great!  I ended up making more breakfast tacos over the weekend, so I just reheated these in the toaster oven and had a Chobani on this side.  Those are blue corn tortillas by the way.Open-mouthed smile

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I had every intention of going to the gym at lunch, but work had other plans for me.  We had a client in and I saw my window of going growing smaller and smaller as the day progressed.  I ended up having to pick up lunch at Panera.  As I was standing in line I just happened to look over at the cinnamon buns.  My step-son would love those! 

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Each one would only set you back 630 calories and 24 grams of fat – holy shizz!  The pecan rolls – 740 calories!  No wonder they taste so good.  I set up lunch, kept working and before I knew it, it was 1:30 and I was hungry!  I ended up eating half of a leftover sandwich, and a cup and a half of lasagna soup I made last week and never ate.  I left the noodles out for a lower carb soup and with the sammie it was a filling lunch.

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As soon as I took the sandwich out of the bag I smelled it.  The dreaded red onion!  I don’t do sliced tomato on sandwiches either.  I know I am weird.

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Had I had more time, I would have pulled out my panini maker and toasted this bad boy up, but it was tasty.  This half sandwich was 290 calories, not too bad.

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And before I knew it, it was time to come home.  I have to say it was nice coming straight home after last week!   Better yet?  Tony made dinner!  This is one of his favorites – Zataran’s red beans and rice and smoked sausage – cooked in our rice maker.  Takes about 25 minutes but he starts it so its basically ready by the time I come home.  I steamed up a cup of broccoli for the bottom – then 1 cup of the red beans and rice and 3 ounces of the sausage.  Don’t worry, generous amounts of hot sauce was added after this picture was taken!

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I couldn’t decide which picture to post, so you get both.  You are welcome!

Stats for the Day:

  • 1508 calories, 53 fat, 158 carbs, 102 protein and 18 fiber
  • 42% of calories from carbs, 30 from fat and 27 from protein
  • no exercise
  • average blood sugar – a perfect 104

Okay, so since Spark People is giving me $5k for my buffalo chicken chili recipe, I thought it only fair that I check out their site again.  I used Spark People a long time ago, and for one reason or another, just didn’t find it as user friendly as some other sites.  But I have to give them props.  I actually like this better than calorie count!  The app is easier to use on my phone, there is a ton more detail, and it lets me put in my blood sugars for the day as I test them.  This morning it was 151 – before lunch it was 98, and after dinner it was 65.  Oops, I may have given myself a tad too much insulin at dinner, so I ate half a cup of grapes and I was fine.

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Do you send out holiday cards or any type of greeting cards anymore?  If so, Louise is your go to for beautiful hand made cards.  She has an etsy shop and I just bought some holiday cards from her – one of them of course is a snowman!  I can’t link to it because its off her shop because I bought them, but check out some of her cards – so talented!

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If you have some special cards you need to send, I hope you check out her shop. 

It’s another busy day in the office with depositions going on – I swear since I started at the restaurant my day job has been busier than it has in months – go figure! 

Make it a great day!

46 thoughts on “Settle a Bet About Weenie Winks

  1. I’m with Tony on this on Biz, we just called em lil smokies……..

  2. I’m with Peggy, lil smokies. Weenie winks does make me giggle. It is so odd to see your lasagna soup without noodles. I still send out holiday cards and letters. I am one of the few who likes snail mail.

    • I love snail mail too – I used to be an avid letter writer back in the day – I am hoping with the cards I get from Louise it will prompt me to write more!

  3. I’ve never heard that term before- but its cute! I can’t believe I STILL haven’t made that lasagna soup….I send out picture holiday cards :)

    • With shutterfly and other places like that, it’s so easy to send out picture holiday cards – I am sure yours is adorable – baby K is getting so big!

  4. Yeah, “Weenie Winks” is not a thing just across the border up here in Wisconsin. I’m with the other gals, we call them “Lil’ Smokies” no matter how they’re done up.

    And we do send real holiday cards in the snail mail, but only because we’ve got a kid, so we send those photo cards. But no brag letter!

    • In Iowa where I live we had wiener winks for school lunch ( A long time ago) and everyone loved them. It was a toasted piece of bread with cheese melted on it and a hot dog inside and kept together with a tooth pick kind of shaped like a taco. They were always kind of soggy but soo good. We call the lil smokies barbequed weenies and we had them so many times no one makes them any more think we burned ourselves out. Some people used to make them with grape jelly in the sauce

      • I have heard of the grape jelly Ann – and when I googled “weenie winks” what you are describing is what I saw on google images – sounds good to me!

    • I thank you for not writing a brag letter! We haven’t sent out cards since Hannah was in high school – I figured at 18 and 21, that’s old enough to send out kid pictures! Now they are 21 and 24!

      We haven’t gotten one card in the mail yet, so maybe Christmas cards are a dying art?

  5. I have never ever heard of weenie winks – lol!
    And I don’t like tomato on my sandwiches either. :)

    • “Weenie Winks” is adorable but I’ve never heard them called that.

      I do Jacquie Lawson cards and she also has an Advent calendar that has become a tradition in our house. We get to open a new item each day, and some are interactive like making wreathes or decorating a Christmas tree. Then, when you’ve finished, your project appears in the calendar. We love it. :)

      • west coast over here, never heard weenie winks but I can see how your family would get a kick out of calling them this.

    • I think it has to do with the tomato seeds – it just grosses me out.

  6. Nope, I’m right in the NW ‘burbs and never heard them called weenie winks either.

    Doing my usual Tuesday morning fast before my weight watchers weigh-in at lunchtime, and OMG, all the food you posted looks good. Except the onion & tomato, LOL. I don’t like raw onion, and can’t blame you for also not wanting that tomato – typical winter tomato, bleh.

    Have a good day!!!

  7. We didn’t grow up with them in my family, but they were at others’ parties. But I’m not a fan of bbq sauce or many smoked items, so I never ate them.

    I bet that lasagna soup still tasted delicious without the noodles!

  8. I googled weenie winks and found this ( Apparently this is what the world is calling a weenie wink. I think it’s because the weenies wink out of the side of the toast. What you described about the lil’ smokies in bbq sauce remind me of crockpot lil’ smokies. Just basically lil’ smokies, grape jam, and bbq sauce in a crockpot. I think I made it for a potluck once. It’s delish!

  9. I am from Eastern Iowa, so not too far from you.

    Wiener winks to us are hot dogs or little smokies wrapped in a breading material and baked. For example, hot dogs wrapped in crescent rolls and baked.

    Little smokies are in a crock pot with bbq sauce or your own sauce.

  10. I’m not midwestern so I have no vote in your bet. I have slowly but surely whittled down my Christmas card list to either people who are out of town or our more ‘senior’ friends/relatives. I used to do everyone – friends, family, etc. but over the years we were getting less cards ourselves. I think social media (like Facebook) has changed that. In a way, it’s sad to see the card tradition go.

  11. Biz: I picked up the term from Tom Rodenberg back in college. It’s possible he said “wiener winks” and I misheard it. Or he made the initial play on words and I just adopted it.

    • Oh my gosh, I totally forgot about Rody! I still like the name weenie winks though. Thanks Charlie! Love, your prettiest sister, Biz

  12. Tony (Mr. Biz Moto)

    Ahhhhh Vindication!!!

  13. I’m with Tony on this one – wtf are Weenie Winks?! We always just called them “lil smokies” or “smokies with bbq sauce” or some variation of that. Nebraskans are fancy schmancy like that; oh and Hillshire Farm?! THUMBS DOWN from this girl who grew up in Hormel land! ;-)

  14. I’m from Ohio, and definitely never heard that term used…just lil smokies for us! haha

  15. Those cards are adorable! And smokies for sure :) Hope you’re staying warm!!

  16. Hahaha…weenie winks, nope never heard “lit’l smokies” being called that before, but it’s cute. Grape jelly and ketchup in the crock pot was the way I used to make them.

    Thanks for showing some of the cards I have made. Your cards are in the mail today. Hope you like them and thanks for the card order. I did the Etsy Tap Dance, no, did not video tape it :) And yes, it is sad to see the card tradition go. Social media is killing us softly…..maybe that is why the PO has to raise prices for stamps, it’s a losing battle!!

    We are just finishing up batch 12 of lasagna soup, it has lots of vegies and I put sliced cabbage in it this time around, left out the cheese :( Think I will make another batch in a couple of days as it is a good one for diets, and maybe leave out the noodles too. Is it still called lasagna soup after those changes???

    • You lost me on the ketchup mixed with grape jelly Louise!

      I am happy to share your talents! And actually, without the noodles I am calling it tomato and sausage soup! I may have to try adding more veggies next time. :D

  17. Sorry, we just call them lil smokies in the deep south. lol And yes, I had to google weiner winks. I got lil smokies wrapped & baked in crescent rolls…which is what we call ‘pigs in a blanket’. :-D
    I actually have my Christmas cards with me to send out today. It’s mostly family & close friends. I’ll be sure to check out Louise’s Etsy shop. :-D

  18. We’ve always called them little smokies but you better believe I’m going to bust out with weenie winks when we make them for our New Year’s Eve party!!!

  19. Well better late in the day than never…I’m in Dallas and I’ve only heard them called Lil Smokies. Sorry Biz. But I think weenie winks is hilarious, and I’d call them that just to giggle at myself! For the first time in about 10 years, we’re sending out Christmas cards. Are they actually called cards if they’re the photo type?

  20. How you celebrated Christmas Eve as a kid is how we do New Year’s eve for the past couple of years. We used to go to friends that night but since I (have to be honest here) hate New Year’s Eve (I love Christmas though) we decided a couple of years we stay home and make it comfortable for ourselves with fingerfood on the table and watch some TV and I love it.

    I stopped sending Christmas cards last year. I was getting less and less cards and it was a lot of work writing it. Like Helen says FB/email has taken over that tradition (so is sending birthday cards for that matter) and I think it’s sad too. I still sent out birthday cards but no Christmas cards.

    • We don’t like NYE either – too overrated, expensive, people drinking and being assholes – much better to stay at home safe and sound!

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