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May 2014


Kitchen Diva

For some reason I wasn’t that hungry for breakfast yesterday morning.  Just one of my Nature Valley copycat granola bars and a cup of coffee did the trick.   This batch I added 2 teaspoons of Giradelli cocoa powder, and they stuck together really well.

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Working a double yesterday, I skip the lunch time workout since I know I’ll be walking and on my feet for 6-7 hours.  That meant garage sales!  I actually only went to one – an estate sale.  You could tell that these two older gentlemen who were running it were liquidating their Mom’s house.  Turns out she collected PIGS and ANGELS!

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And check out this pair – $150 for both – have you ever seen these before??

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I sent this picture to my Mom, since she collects angels too.  Um, let’s just say my Mom’s collection is a bit more tasteful.

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I ended up getting a snowman soup bowl, and two gallon size bags of pens for $1.  I don’t know how it happens, but I’ll start out a shift at the restaurant with 7 pens and I come home with 3.  After sorting through them, these are the ones that worked.

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And they had this old brand of sewing machine, Mom, have you heard of this brand before?  My Mom was a Singer sewing machine gal.

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It was close to 1:15 and all of a sudden I was hangry.  I went to one of Tony’s favorite places.  He LOVES their steak and cheese on garlic bread.  When I told him I got an Oven Grinder (basically a heated up Italian sub) and kept saying “why didn’t you get the steak and cheese on garlic bread??!”

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I got that sandwich and a diet coke – and it came to $9.03!  Ah, now I remember why I don’t go there so often, but it is oh so good.  I could only eat half, and I wrapped up the other half to have later for my dinner.

I got this picture from Joe later in the afternoon – I love these damn dogs!

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Work started out really slow.  My boss and her husband and son came in though, so that was nice.  I was supposed to have a 6 top and an 8 top – one starting at 7:30 and one starting at 8:00.  7:30 came and went, and my 8 top finally sat down at 8:30.  And my 6 top finally called to cancel.  Rats.

We did have a great shared entrée – a 32 ounce Tomahawk steak with a 1 pound lobster tail!  It’s only $90 (ha!)

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And we sold a couple seafood towers – this is one pound of split king crab, jumbo shrimp, raw clams, oysters, smoked salmon and lobster meat.  The large one sells for $105.

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I finally got out of work at 11:00 – only made $105 with 4 tables it was that slow and with my cancellation.  Oh well!  It’s better than a poke in the eye!

Remember the other half of sandwich I was going to eat for dinner?  Well, that would be difficult to eat because I left it in my office fridge.  So I ordered a pizza from work (I get 50% discount) and a several squares when I got home.  With a glass of wine.  Momma’s puppies were tired!

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I got my steps in, even without a lunch time workout – I only had 2,500 steps going into work, and ended up with:

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It’s gorgeous out today – I wish I didn’t have to work tonight, but oh well.  Not sure what’s on tap today – maybe a trip to bed bath & beyond to get a generic filter for the coffee maker – I tried to use the old one I had in the new machine, and it only spit out a 1/4 cup of coffee – I think the holes are too small.

Hope you have a great weekend!  See you Monday!


Cream of Celery Soup with Sriracha Shrimp

You all know I can’t seem to go too long without having some sort of taco, tostada, etc. It’s just that it is so easy to put together and so tasty! Take these breakfast tacos – you could easily spend Sunday morning putting these together and cooking them with just the eggs and cheese. Then store them in the freezer in packs of three. I reheat mine under the broiler setting for 3-4 minutes if they are from the fridge, and 7-8 minutes if frozen. They crisp back up great – and then just stuff with your favorite fresh veggies and you are good to go – I went with cilantro and shredded red cabbage. and of course hot sauce – duh.

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These were so filling, I didn’t even leave for my walk at lunch until 1:00 p.m.!

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I ended up walking for 45 minutes – the weather was perfect – 73 degrees and sunny.

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I was listening to Pop radio on my iPhone and this song came on – Adore You by Miley – I have to admit, I really like this song – my daughter-in-law loves Miley! I texted her this picture and she said “you need to listen to the whole album!” I may just have to do that.

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So last week Helen was writing about her fabulous vacation in St. Martin, and she talked about a cold celery soup. Huh. I had never even heard of celery soup, let alone a cold one. A quick Pinterest search, and I found this recipe. I changed it up a bit, I didn’t use any oil and of course, you know I left off the leeks! I also made my shrimp spicy and subbed in cilantro for tarragon. Not a huge fan of fresh tarragon.

Cream of Celery Soup with Sriracha Shrimp


  • Makes 4 servings (about 1 cup of soup with 3 oz. of shrimp) 225 calories, 3.4 fat, 19.9 carbs, 2.2 fiber and 27 protein
  • Ingredients:
  • Pam spray
  • 2 cups chopped celery
  • 8 ounces potato, coarsely chopped
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups low fat buttermilk
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of cracked pepper
  • 12 ounces of shrimp
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha


  1. - Chop celery into chunks. Spray cooking pot with Pam. Add celery, potato, broth and simmer for 20 minutes.
  2. - In a separate pan, add 2 tablespoons of water to a non-stick skillet. Bring to boil. Add shrimp, cook for 1 minute, squirt in sriracha to taste, put a lid on the shrimp and turn heat off and let sit for 3-4 minutes to finish cooking. My shrimp were 41-50 per pound, so kind of small. Adjust cooking time to size of shrimp.
  3. - Remove soup from heat. Pour in buttermilk, cayenne pepper and puree with stick blender.
  4. - Divide soup into four bowls. Top each with 3 ounces of the cooked shrimp and chopped cilantro.

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Okay, so here’s the deal. The soup is delicious – not overly celery tasting, actually just a hint – but I didn’t care for it cold. It was a texture thing for me. However, one of my co-workers ate it chilled and loved it. This is a perfect course to a summer dinner party!

Since my lunch was so low in calories, I was able to have an iced coffee – I keep unsweetened almond milk in our work fridge – this is coffee, almond milk, and 2 tablespoons of Almond Joy coffee creamer (sorry Jody, I still love that shit!) and whip cream and a touch of caramel sauce – 107 calories. Just ignore the clutter on my desk, mkay?

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So last night was finally the night I grilled up Tony’s squid! They have been blanched and marinating in olive oil, lemon and garlic for days. It almost looks like they are ready to climb out of the container!

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Me? I had steak and zucchini! I am not crazy. Open-mouthed smile

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I served Tony’s baby octopus over a white bean and artichoke salad – of course, made without the nasty red onions. Sorry I didn’t get a better picture of this – my commute home last night was 65 minutes due to lane closures and by now it was nearing 7:30! I also gave him a bite of my delicious steak. He loved it. I tried one baby octopus, but I immediately spit it out in a napkin. No worries – more for him!

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And I got my steps in! My Mom is thinking of getting a Fitbit – I love that she’s nearly 74 years old and wants one – but truth be told, I am a little scared because I think she’ll kick my ass in the step department! She’s one busy lady!

Alright, time to iron my work shirt – working a double today. I usually don’t work out on the days I work a double but guess what season we are in?? GARAGE SALE SEASON! I am going to see if there are any garage sales near my office to hit up at lunch today.

Happy Friday – make it a great day!



Beef Tostadas–or what I could eat every day

We have had some chilly mornings – yesterday it was 50 degrees when I left the house, but truth be told, I think that’s my favorite temperature.  If I could live somewhere where it was between 50 and 75 degrees all the time, I would totally move there.  Poor Tony though is still sleeping under our down comforter!

Breakfast was delish – kind of savory and sweet!  I made an egg beater ‘”omelet.”   I am putting omelet in quotes because it doesn’t look too pretty, but I added chopped cilantro and some muenster cheese in it.  On the side – a mini caramel apple parfait – one container Chobani plain yogurt, one small apple diced, 1 teaspoon sugar free pancake syrup, 2 tablespoons whipped cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce – I ate that last and it tasted like a breakfast dessert!

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It was still cool by lunch time – 61 degrees so I knew I was walking.  Going to take advantage before the heat is in the 90s and I have to go to the gym.  This time I had sunscreen AND a hat.

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I like listening to fast paced music – makes me walk faster!  All was well until I started to smell something and almost before I stepped right on it, I saw a dead raccoon that had a zillion flies on it – ew!  I couldn’t get across the street fast enough!

I had leftover steak from my salad the night before – I ended up making beef tostadas – pretty sure I could eat some variation of this every day.

Beef Tostadas


  • One serving:  451 calories, 15 fat, 23 protein, 53 carbs and 7 fiber
  • 2 corn tostadas (mine are 80 calories each)
  • 2 tablespoons refried beans
  • 1/8 cup black beans
  • 1/8 cup canned corn
  • 3/4 ounce Muenster cheese
  • 1/4 cup brown rice
  • 2 tablespoons salsa
  • 1.5 ounces leftover beef
  • cilantro and lettuce for garnish


  1. I smeared the tostada with the refried beans, then divided the beans, corn, cheese, rice and salsa and put it under the toaster oven on broil for about 5 minutes at 400 degrees – just enough to melt the cheese and get the tostadas toasty.  Garnish with cilantro and lettuce.
How delicious do those look?  Redic.

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I got home from work and Tony was enjoying a cigar outside – um, guess who decided after spending five days in the hospital last week to mow the lawn?  Yep – Tony!   I think he did it without me because he hates how I mow – in the 13 years we’ve lived here, I think I’ve mowed the lawn 4 or 5 times?!  Thanks Tony – it looks great!

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Tony always has a stash of peanuts, but in case Kyle or Lyle decide to get too close – he’s got peanuts to use as weapons!

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We ended up hanging out outside while I grilled up some chicken.

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I may or may not have added a bit of hot sauce to my plate. Open-mouthed smile

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My step-son sent me this cute picture of his dog Taquito – how cute is he??!!  I like how you can see their other dog Cinnamon Bun’s white paw touching Taquito.

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And because of my fast paced walk at lunch, had no trouble getting in my 10,000 steps!

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I ended up making a cream of celery soup for lunch today.  It’s supposed to be eaten cold, but when I tasted it warm I quite liked it – we’ll see if I end up eating it cold later on today.  If it’s good, I’ll post the recipe tomorrow.  My blog friend Helen had that cold celery soup when she was in St. Martin, and I’ve been intrigued with the idea since she posted it!

Alright, time to get this show on the road – make it a great day!