Tandoori Spiced Naan Bread

I was happy to see that my Starbuck’s had protein boxes in stock.   I liked how all the grapes were tiny except for one!

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I felt so fashionable yesterday, wearing a scarf that Karli and her Mom and my “beef friends” gave me – this scarf is from Shelley, who I have met when I went to the Chicago Beef Wellness weekend back in October 2013, and again when I went to Lubbuck, TX in June of last year.  Thanks Shelley!  I also like to haunt you guys with the office horse wallpaper – you’re welcome!

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It was super busy yesterday at work, which I loved.  I am the type of person that I need to have a dozen or so things going on and I am sharp as a tack.  Give me one task and I’ll probably make a mistake.  I was on my feet for a good portion of the day, and I wasn’t wearing the best shoes to do that.  I thought I could sneak out to the gym, but pretty soon realized that wasn’t going to happen.  I had leftovers for lunch – chicken leftover from our egg rolls earlier in the week and some leftover veggie fried rice.  Eaten at my desk.

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I actually thought I was going to have to work late, but in the end I left a little after five.  My left knee was hurting me, so instead of pushing it, I came home instead of going to the gym.  I had already declared that Thursday night was going to be leftover night, and I realized I had bought a garlic pizza dough from Trader Joe’s that needed to be used up, so I ended up making pizza with leftover Italian sausage and baby spinach.  I wasn’t a huge fan of the dough – it smelled better than it tasted, and even though I put lots of corn meal on my pizza peel, it stuck to the board as I was putting it onto my baking steel, so some of the toppings fell off and I ended up with this big piece of dough on one end – not the prettiest pizza I’ve made before – that’s for sure!

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My boss and his wife have gotten into the habit of making my chicken tikka masala on Friday nights.  I decided I still needed to be Bizzy in my kitchen last night, so I decided to make them some tandoori spiced naan bread.  OMG, naan bread is so easy to make, you’ll never buy it in the store again.  Nothing fancy needed, just a bowl, rolling pin and non-stick skillet.  This made 16 naan, each one coming in at 127 caloires, 1.4 fat, 25 carbs, .9 fiber and 3.3 protein.

  • 4 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1.5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup hot tap water
  • 1 teaspoon yeast
  • 1.5 cups Silk unsweetened almond milk (plus 1-2 tablespoons more)
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon tandoori spice

Mix the water and sugar together and stir, just until the sugar is dissolved.  Sprinkle the yeast over the sugar water and let it sit for 10 minutes.  Pour in the almond milk and stir until combined.  In a large bowl add the flour, salt, baking powder together.  Mix in the almond milk mixture, and using your hands, combine until the dough pulls away from the side of your bowl – I needed to add about another 2 tablespoons of almond milk to get all the flour incorporated.  Let it sit for an hour.

Heat a non-stick skillet and using a pastry brush, brush the bottom of the pan.  I ended up cutting my dough into two circles, then cut each circle into 8 equal pieces.  Roll it out – mine were about 5-6 inches I guess, and cook in skillet, you’ll know when it’s ready to flip when you start to see bubbles forming on the top.  While the bottom cooks, brush the top with olive oil, sprinkle with a bit of tandoori spice and flip and cook an additional minute.  I ended up using a large glass jar to press the naan to the bottom of the pan.

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I started to add some toasted sesame seeds to a couple, but the sesame seeds kind of burned.  These would make great breakfast pizzas, sandwich wraps – who knows?!  Well, I know I need to make more chicken tikka masala!

I have a phone call to make today to one of Tony’s friends.  It’s a guy he worked with at GE a long time ago, and they have the kind of friendship that comes and goes over the years – they will have not talked for a year, but then one of them would pick up the phone and they would just pick up where they left off.  I thought over the weekend that I hadn’t called him to let him know about Tony.  I disabled Tony’s cell phone so I wouldn’t be paying for a phone not in use, but I needed to charge it to get this guys phone number off of Tony’s phone, and saw that he left a message for Tony last week to give him a call back.  That’s going to be a tough call to make.

I also have Jacob’s nieces Memorial tomorrow.  Jacob painted and put together the top of her Memorial box, I think it turned out great.

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And then Sunday my Mom and I are going thrifting.  I didn’t even realize that Sunday was the Superbowl!  I haven’t watched football since Tony passed away, I couldn’t even tell you who is playing.

Alright, off to work I go – another busy day – woop!  Hope you have a wonderful weekend and I’ll see you on Monday.  Hugs!

I never really thought about it.

The night before last I came home and there was a message on the machine.  It was Tony’s primary doctor, and it surprised me to hear his voice – I hadn’t spoken to him since the day we brought Tony home for hospice.  My Mom is trying to get a refund for her Hong Kong trip that she had to cancel when it was clear that Tony didn’t have much time on earth.  Since she cancelled the trip so close to leaving, she needed a doctors note for the travel insurance company to reimburse her.  The last thing that our doctor needed was for me to fax a letter yesterday saying it was okay to provide Tony’s medical information to a third party.

He asked how I was doing, and in my “must be positive to outside people voice” said “everything is okay, taking each day as it comes.”  We chatted for a few minutes and that was it.  But about thirty minutes later, I realized I never really thanked him for his excellent care.  Um, how should I put this.  Tony could be a difficult person at times.  Not in a bad way, but in a stubborn way.  If he felt he wasn’t getting the answers he wanted, he would just keep pressing our doctor for answers to get him well.  And if that meant calling our doctor on his cell phone at 10:00 p.m., he did it!  (and yes, we have our doctors cell phone number!).

So I knew I couldn’t say it over the phone without breaking down, so I sent him a text message:

“I didn’t have the strength to say this on the phone with you earlier without crying, but I just wanted to thank you for always listening to Tony and always being there for him – I am grateful you were his doctor!  I will never forget how patient you were with him, and I know it wasn’t easy at times.”

A few minutes later my cell phone rang, it was our doctor, but I was already crying so I didn’t pick it up.  He left me a great voicemail message – I’ve already listened to it about 10 times.

“Hi Biz, I just received your message and I appreciate your feelings in the message and I really appreciate you reaching out to me and thank you, very, very much.  You and Tony were wonderful through all this and Tony is, believe me, he was one of my very favorite patients, so it’s not always easy for the doctor to go through these things too, let me tell you.”

And then it hit me how hard it would have to be to be a doctor and lose patients, and wonder if you had done everything in your power to keep them here as long as possible.  While I see my diabetes doctor on a quarterly basis, I only see this doctor as my primary once a year, but I will look forward to my next appointment in June and give him a hug and let him know that I already know he did everything in his power to keep Tony with me as long as he could.

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I forgot to post my weekly WI yesterday.  The week before I think I was down 3.6, well, I guess I got a bit comfortable, and I gained 2.2 – although granted its my TOM, so I am not all that concerned, but I just want to keep it real:

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I thing beginning February 1, I will only WI once a month. Open-mouthed smile

I did take my actual weight:

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I don’t have a particular number in mind on where I want to be (hell, I’ve been trying to lose weight on this blog since 2008, so who the fuck am I kidding!) but let’s just say, a number lower than that, and just leave it at that – mkay?

Blog reader Wendy is correct – I need to put the deep fryer back in my basement!  Who the hell fries up blue corn tortillas before work to make breakfast nachos?  Guess that would be me!

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Egg beaters with diced ham, baby spinach on a blue corn tortilla with Cabot pepper jack cheese, a bit of avocado and some homemade salsa verde.  I ended up making 8 tortillas, but ended up only eating 5 – look at me, leaving food on the plate?!

I did chest for strength yesterday, then finished it off with a 2.0 mile walk at 8% incline.

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I had more lasagna soup for lunch, this time not taking any insulin to make sure that my blood sugar would be high enough to do my after work walk.  No picture, but I am kind of sure you’ve seen the lasagna soup on the blog once or twice before.

In the afternoon I grabbed a cup of coffee, and texted this picture to my DIL Lizz and her friend (my friend!) Natalie – saying this cup makes me happy!

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Lizz said, “I need one of those!”  Then I sent her this picture of MORE snowmen mugs – I love the picture of my step-son Joe and Hannah in the background – Hannah was in 8th grade and Joe was a sophomore in high school – even though they are not blood related at all, they sure could pass for brother and sister!  They were so young back then!  I miss those days sometimes.

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After work I ended up walking a 5k at 5% incline – my blood sugar was 280 before working out, so I took 4 units of fast acting insulin, and after 50 minutes my blood sugar was at 127.

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So on the drive home I am thinking what to make for dinner.  I knew I had chicken, and the kids love chicken fingers, so I thought I would do that with rice a roni and green beans on the side.  I made my light beer batter, heated up the deep fryer while the rice was cooking, and made the first batch of chicken.  And it sucked.  It stuck to the bottom of the fryer basket, the coating never really stayed on – I had no idea what I was doing wrong.

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I wasted nearly a whole chicken breast on the first batch.  Hannah texted me that she and Jacob were on their way back from the gym, so I ended up adding corn starch to the batter, but now I don’t really have much chicken left at all.  I had Italian sausage in the fridge, so I just . . . threw those in the fryer too!  I’d apparently lost my mind at this point!

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And for the record, no, I’ve never thought of frying up Italian sausage, but it was getting to be nearly 7:45, and I was hangry!

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I kept apologizing about dinner to the kids, but all they said was “this is delicious!”

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It was a clean plate club all around!   It actually tasted pretty good in the end, but not exactly what I had in mind – oh well!

I got all my steps in and then some!

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Alright, time to get this show on the road – I think I am going to stop by Starbuck’s for a protein box for breakfast.  And maybe when I go downstairs to get dressed for work this morning, I’ll take the deep fryer back to the basement for a little vacation. Open-mouthed smile

$255 for Funeral Expenses

I remember going through the motions with my parents in law and my Mom while planning Tony’s memorial at the funeral home.  I heard the funeral director say to me “we contact social security directly, it’s a Federal law, but they will be in touch with you to discuss the $255 contribution to your husband’s funeral expenses.  Huh.  Maybe a week after Tony’s memorial I got a call from social security telling me that they would be setting up a phone call to verify information, and that the first available date would be on January 27 at 11:10 a.m.  Again, huh?

So yesterday at my desk, my cell phone rang and it was social security.  I had to provide Tony’s date of birth, birth date, parents names, my name, date of birth, where I was born, MY parents names, where Tony died – and at the end they had to tape record me saying that everything I discussed was true and correct.  And that was it.  “A surviving spouse may receive a special lump-sum death payment of $255.”  I’ve never really thought that $255 could be described as a “lump-sum” and $255 towards funeral expenses is just a drop in the bucket.  But it was hard to keep hearing the word “deceased” with every question:  “what is the deceased date of birth, etc.”  So, in about 30 days or so, I’ll be getting a direct deposit from social security.  Which will basically cover my hotel stay for my Spartan Race in Milwaukee!  You know I have to put a positive spin on all this shit going on in my life.

Hannah worked at the coffee shop so I stopped by on my way to work.  Instead of a parfait I decided to try one of their breakfast sammie’s, but not have it cooked and I would cook it at work on my panini maker.  It was called the “Eldorado.”  Egg, bacon, baby spinach on 9-grain bread with pepper jack cheese and this chipotle sauce that Hannah put on the side so the bread didn’t get soggy.  I ended up using just a schmear of the chipotle sauce, and I can’t believe it’s not butter to grill the panini.

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That’s a salad plate by the way, but AFTER I ate it, I put it into Calorie Count, and realized this sammie comes in at a whopping 522 calories.  I probably could have only cooked half yesterday and had the other half today with some fruit, but oh well!  It was delicious!

I had legs on tap for strength, then ended up walking 2.5 miles at lunch:

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Knowing I was going to do my hour of walking after work, I took half the amount of insulin that I needed for  . . . more lasagna soup!  I’ll probably have it again for lunch today, it’s just so damn good.

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So imagine my surprise when I go to test my blood sugar before leaving the office, I was so surprised that it was so low!

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My blood sugar normally drops 125 points – and if I worked out my blood sugar would have dropped to about 7, which obviously would be impossible because I’d start feeling like shit once it got below 65.  This is always a dilemma.   Do I eat more to work out, which will basically make my workout a wash?  In the end, I realized that I had already nearly reached 10,000 steps before leaving the office, and I cut my losses and came home.

The kids were home and Hannah and Jacob gave me this cute picture.  Do you know the song “A Bushel and A Peck?”  My Mom used to sing that to her grandkids when they were little.  So sweet!

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I had meal “ideas” for dinner, and it’s funny because Hannah doesn’t really like red meat all that much, and Jacob doesn’t like ground beef, but when I said I could make burger sliders and fries they both said yes!  Hannah said it was the best burger she’d ever had, and Jacob cleared his plate.  It’s been nice having people eat and like my food!   Looking back, Tony didn’t really eat much of my food the last year of his life.  Nothing tasted good to him, he’d have a yogurt and some fruit before I got home from work, and he’d have about 2 bites of whatever I made for dinner.  I cook my burgers on a cast iron skillet in the winter, at a super high heat so that they get a nice crust on both sides – beef, it’s what’s for dinner!

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But the show stopper of that burger?  THE MUSTARD!  Yep, the mustard on the bun is from my parents in law – they sent me a gift box from The Mustard Factory in Naples, Florida and this was the first mustard that I opened:

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Holy balls people, this is amazing!  Perfect amount of spice, without being too spicy, yet it still has that vinegary kick from the mustard.  Pretty sure that will be gone within a week!  Thank you Bonnie and Carl for sending it to me. Open-mouthed smile

So I have my plan for training for my Spartan race, and from what I have read, strength training is 70% of the course and 30% cardio.  So starting Monday I am going into a pretty intense 12 week workout strength training program used to train for Spartan races.  I am actually thrilled that I have a 16 week goal to achieve, if nothing more that it gives me something to focus on in the future, and will help me not want to eat deep dish pizzas all by myself every night.   It’s not too late to leave a comment on this post and try to win a free entry to a Spartan race near you!

Thank you for all your continued support, emails, texts, etc. to help me get through each day without Tony – I will be forever grateful for your love and hugs! 

Now go kick some ass today!

I Have A Secret

Back in the middle of December, I received an email from a social media consultant for Spartan Race, asking if I wanted to talk about Spartan races on the blog and give out a free admission to any U.S. event.  I just couldn’t deal with any emails right after Tony died, and I seriously forgot all about it.  He contacted me again last week and said “just following up on my email I sent to you.”  I replied and told him that I was sorry I didn’t get back to him, that my husband had died recently, but I would love to give out a free entrance to this race – some of these races cost up to $140!

He replied back with condolences, and he ended up giving me a free entrance to a race too!   Well, the secret is that I signed up for a Spartan Race!

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That’s kind of what my body looks like – ha!  In any event, there are some Spartan races that are called sprint ones, and the one I chose to do is in Milwaukee the weekend of May 23.  It’s going to be at Miller’s Park, and since it’s at the stadium, Hannah and Jacob and whoever else can register for free to be a spectator to cheer me on – how cool is that?  I have 16 weeks to train – it’s 3 miles long with 15 obstacles.  It will give me something to work for, and my only goal is to finish it!  My step-son is doing an 8 MILE race in Texas!  We’ll just both be bad-asses!

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I’ve talked about baking up a bunch of potatoes on the weekend to use during the week.  Yesterday I ended up making a potato hash with egg beaters, baby spinach and bologna.  I love German bologna!  Of course, with Frank’s RedHot.

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I ended up dressing up for work – well, dressed up for me.  I recently bought a necklace from my friend Karli who is a consultant for Stella & Dot.  I had a gift card that I used to buy this necklace:

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It’s silver (I hate gold) and can be worn 4 different ways – I just did a smaller loop, a longer loop and kept the tassel on – check out my BOLD pants!  I bought this outfit at Goodwill on Saturday for $6.99!

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I didn’t realize how blurry the picture was, but you get the idea.  Of course my boss asked if I was interviewing!  And yes, that is horse wallpaper in the bathroom in my office – the first time I saw it, it freaked me out!

I went to the gym and ended up doing 15 minutes of arms for strength, then walked 2.5 miles.

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It was snowing really big flakes when I left the gym – check it out!  That is snow falling in front of my face – and Shelley, I didn’t wear a coat because it was only 30 degrees. Open-mouthed smile

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Guess what I made over the weekend? More lasagna soup!  This time with medium shells.

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I ended up doing another 5k after work – I walked around my office quite a bit, so I knew I’d hit my goal of between 18,000 and 20,000 steps for the day:

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Hannah LOVES Asian food.  She blames me because I craved it when I was pregnant with her, and hated the taste of red meat – and well, she’s not a fan of red meat now.  I ended up making veggie spring rolls for her with veggie fried rice and I added cooked chicken to mine and Jacob’s spring rolls.  That girl is picky about her chicken too!

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I ended up buying something called spring roll pastry sheets:

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Each one is 45 calories, and super thin.  My only problem was that they didn’t stick together like normal egg roll wrappers – usually I just wet my finger around the edge of the wonton wrappers and press and they stick.  Um, nope – that didn’t work at all.  So I went to youtube, and found a video of a woman who made a “paste” out of flour and water and that did the trick.  Now, I deep fry these, but since my deep fryer keeps the temperature right, they aren’t greasy at all – I add 1 teaspoon of oil to the recipe above for “absorption” but I doubt that much gets absorbed – each one came in at 104 calories, 1.6 fat, 13.8 carbs, 1.5 fiber and 9.2 protein.

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And check out my steps!

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I bought a bunch of t-shirts at Goodwill to wear to the gym.  I texted this picture to my step-son Joe and his wife and their friend Natalie:

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Love it!

Please leave a comment on the blog if you want to enter for the drawing to win a free entrance to a Spartan Race!  I’ll pick a winner on Friday.

Um, turns out I am a bit competitive!

Last week I talked about a FitBit challenge my friend Dave put together called “Workweek Hustle.”  Basically to try to get more steps in during your work week.  It ran Monday – Friday.  FitBit suggests you get in 10,000 steps in a day, which works out to an average of about 5 miles per day.  Well, with a desk job, some days I can look down and before my lunch time workout, I’ve only had about 1200 steps!  But, I got my ass to the gym during lunch – ended up doing about 15 minutes of strength before getting on the treadmill and walking.  I could usually get in 2.25 miles at lunch alone.

The key to my success for the week though was walking for 60 minutes after work.  I am loving it!  I would just change back into my workout clothes at work, and literally be on the treadmill by about 5:07.  The traffic is a lot less at that time too, so I am usually home between 6:30 and 6:45 – not bad!  I even went to the gym AFTER having a beer and dinner and a movie out – how crazy is that!

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Jenna W, not sure who you are but I kept getting notices that you were on my heels so to speak, and it did keep me motivated to go that extra mile.  So in all – between Monday – Friday, I walked 46 miles and did an hour and fifteen minutes of strength training – woop!

I had a good weekend.  Still trying to figure out my new “normal.”  All I know is that I have spent more time with Hannah these last two months than I probably did the last two years when she lived in Chicago and I am loving it.  Friday night she and Jacob asked for pizza.  Mind you, Jacob HATES pizza, but he loves my pizza.   If they ordered pizza back in Chicago, Jacob would never eat it, and always get chicken fingers.

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I relaxed and caught up on my DVR – Red, their older dog, will sit with me as long as Rummy, the tiny dog isn’t around – which normally doesn’t last long, but this dog reminds me of Ed.

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We went out to lunch on Saturday.  I decided that this year is going to be Adventure 2015!  Meaning I am going to push myself outside my comfort zone and do things that I normally wouldn’t.  While you guys all know I am a complete foodie, I always have a fear of ordering something unfamiliar at a restaurant in case I hate it, and usually stick to what I know.  But Saturday it was a bit chilly, overcast, and I wanted soup, so I ordered a spicy shrimp udon noodle soup.  Holy balls, this was good – perfectly spiced broth with cooked shrimp, zucchini, broccoli and carrots and a tempura shrimp on the side.  It had this thick delicious noodles – it felt like I was eating for 1/2 an hour, and I hardly made a dent.  I plan on adding chicken to the leftovers and having it again for lunch one day this week.

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We went thrifting, I went to the gym and Saturday night Hannah and I caught up on American Idol for the week.  Not sure how long I’ll watch that show, but I do like the audition parts – just wish they had more of the bad auditions though!

I had to send a message to my blog friend Tracey on Saturday because I filled up on gas – she lives in California and was complaining about when she’s going to get the lower gas prices because she was still paying just under $3 a gallon.  I paid:

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It only cost me $16 to fill up for the week – nice! 

My friends at Cabot Cheese sent me some more cheese loot – I have a giveaway planned with them next month, but this was my loot:

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I decided to make breakfast nachos yesterday using the Pepper Jack cheese.  I told Hannah that I was using that cheese and she said “do you think you could do have that cheese and half of regular cheddar?”  Have I mentioned that Hannah doesn’t really like spicy food?  I know!  How they hell did she come out of my body not liking spicy shit AND liking onions.”  If I wasn’t there, I would ask for a DNA test. Open-mouthed smile

I buy blue corn tortillas at my store – they sell 50 tortillas for $1.99 and I make tortilla chips out of them in my deep fryer – so I get 200 tortilla chips for $1.99!  I cooked up some egg beaters, egg whites and spinach, topped the egg mixture on the tortilla chips and topped it with the Cabot cheese and finished it up under the broiler until the cheese was all melty.  Then some chopped cilantro and Frank’s hot sauce.  Yum!

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Yesterday was twin fest!  Long time readers know that I have a twin sister and that our best friends are twins.  We’ve known each other since we were 8 and this year marks our 39th year of friendship.  Note:  We do not dress up for these events – usually sweats, no makeup and glasses are worn.  It’s usually at one of our houses, but this was the first time that we had it my house!  Usually Tony was always here.  It’s a long drive for them to get to my house – 45 minutes for Donna & Dora and just over an hour for my sister.   I made chips and salsa, had hummus and pita chips and some marinated mozzarella cheese and crackers.  And lunch?  More pizza!   My Instagram friend Sherri and I believe that life isn’t worthy living without pizza!

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We laughed, we cried, we laughed again. . . and cried.  We talked about the details of Tony’s passing.  I was just talking all matter of factly about some of the details of when Tony got transferred to University of Illinois, and how on the Friday before he passed away, one doctor came to me and said “your husband is dying and there isn’t anything else we can do for him.”  I was perfectly fine saying that sentence out loud, but the next words out of my mouth brought the tears.  “I never thought he was going to die.”  And that’s the truth.  I just assumed that he’d be sick for a long time – if he got a transplant, then worrying about organ rejection, etc.  I would always be the caregiver and take care of him.  We’d all be dabbing the tears from our eyes, and then I would say something like “thanks for coming over and making me cry!” and then we’d just laugh again. 

I know it’s okay to laugh between the tears.  Laughter is good for my soul.  So thanks ladies for coming over – love you guys!

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Now go make today awesome!

10 Minute Enchilada Soup

Yesterday was a weird work day.  My boss had a brief due, which sometimes can mean it’s a high level stress day, or she ends up doing it all by herself.  I just never know.  I got in early, and hour and 45 minutes early because she had some edits to the brief and wanted those edits done before she got in.  Um, the edits?  Only took me 15 minutes.  So I kept waiting for the rush, but when around 11:30 I noticed she was still writing, I asked “do you mind if I run to the gym?” and she said “No! I need you to stay.”  Um, okay.  I sent Dave, one of my fitbit challenge buddies a text through fitbit and said “I am not getting a lunch today and I am going out to dinner and a movie tonight with a friend, no way I’ll get my steps in today!”

I ended up eating my breakfast pretty early for me – around 7:30.

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At around 1:20, my boss came out and said “I did it all, you can go to the gym.”  Gah.  But here’s the thing – I normally don’t like to work out that late because now I haven’t eaten in six hours.  But I didn’t want to use that as an excuse, so I ate a Kind bar (thanks Jacky!) went to the gym, did 15 minutes of leg work and walked 2.20 miles.

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You’re welcome for the boob shot – happy Friday!

So one of the attorneys just got back from maternity leave yesterday and I told her I would bring her lunch.  Well, I ended up feeding about half the office yesterday!  I used to frown upon rotisserie chickens, but it’s the same price, if not more to buy it raw, and why not let the store do the work for you?  I adapted this soup recipe from Ali at Gimme Some Oven.  If you don’t follow her blog, you should.  Awesome recipes, awesome food photography.  This is the recipe I adapted it from.  I also added canned hominy, which I love!

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That’s fucking it and it’s delicious!

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That picture above does not do it justice.  I left the cheese out of the recipe and just diced up some Cabot cheese on top with chopped cilantro and some sour cream.  I forgot the tortilla chips at home – bummer.  That’s a tiny bowl, probably just under a cup of soup because by the time I got back from the gym, it was already close to 2:30!

I met my friend at iPic for dinner and a movie.  Since I knew I was going to have a beer, I decided to go low carb with my dish and ordered the beef satay with peanut dipping sauce and asparagus.

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The asparagus was amazeballs – but the beef was – eh.  Parts of it were cold and I didn’t know a satay was supposed to be cold, and one of the pieces of beef was all fat and I needed to spit it out in a napkin.  Klassy.  My friend got the burger trio, which she said was good and was split the truffle fries.  I prefer crispier fries so I maybe had about 10 fries?  Who wants a limp anything?! Open-mouthed smile

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My view watching the previews:

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It was the first time my friend had ever been to iPic, and now I have spoiled her with the reclining chairs, pillow and blanket.  We saw Unbroken.  It was good, but parts of the story line were disjointed, and from what I’ve read online, if you read the book, the movie was a disappointment.  And there were some parts that were slow in the middle and afterwards we both felt we could have taken a nap!  We got out of the movie around 8:30 and we said goodnight.  I realized I was probably going to go home and watch stuff off my DVR, so I swung by the gym and watched Bobby Flay Take Down and ended up doing 40 minutes of walking at 5% incline for 2.5 miles – woop!  I was still home by 9:45.

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So at one point of the day when I thought it would be a stretch to get to 4,000 steps, I did over 18,000!  And today is the last day of the work week challenge with a small fit bit group – I was in first place as of last night, but Jenna W is on my heals!  I do have to say this challenge definitely made me realize that if there is a will, there is a way if you want to get the steps in.

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Alright, off to put my food together and repack my gym bag.  If I get in 17,503 steps today, I will have done 90,000 steps from Monday to Friday – woop!  Happy Friday – make it a great day and have a great weekend.  See you Monday!  (follow me on Instagram mybizzykitchen.com to follow me on the weekends!)

I love walking.

This is going to be a fly by post because I have to be at work at 7:00 a.m. this morning – oh well, at least I’ll be busy!  (p.s. – thanks for all the comments on my blog post yesterday – I know I will have days where I just don’t want to get out of bed, but I appreciate all the virtual hugs!  – and to my cousin Sue, thanks for your email!)

Hannah worked again yesterday morning so I swung by for another parfait and a Café Au Lait.  I forgot how much I like that kind of coffee, I can’t even remember the last time I ordered one – need to fix that the next time I go to Starbuck’s with my gift cards!

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I ended up doing about 10 minutes of abs with a 10 pound medicine ball, then finished off my lunch time workout with a 2.25 mile walk.  I used to think that “just” walking was kind of a cop out for running, but guess what?  I can walk for miles and miles and nothing hurts – my knees, my feet – if I would have had more time I would have kept on going!  And when I wear a light weight jacket and walk on an incline, um, it’s a pretty good workout!

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Still flying by the seat of my pants meal planning wise this week.  I saw I had a chicken breast that either needed to be used up or put in the freezer, so I cooked it before work and then threw that and a bunch of other stuff to make a “panini quesadilla” using LaTortilla factory low carb wraps, sliced chicken, fat free refried beans, Cabot cheese, baby spinach and had baby cucumbers and spicy salsa.  The quesadilla came in at 402 calories, 28 carbs, and a whopping 17 grams of fiber and 47 grams of protein – bam!

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There were thoughts that I may have had to work late last night, but at the last minute, I was asked to come in early this morning.  So I got my ass back to the gym and ended up doing 4 miles in just over 60 minutes.

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I watched a whole show of Property Brothers – I love that show!  It’s amazing what they can do to “fixer-uppers” and well, typically $125,000 budget to makeover a whole house.  And they are easy on the eyes!

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I got home and had a package from blog reader Lynne from Wisconsin.  She sent me a very nice card and this apron – how cute and thoughtful was that?  And yes Lynne, I would definitely come up to Madison for the farmers market this spring for a meet up!

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I ended up making a super quick dinner – ground beef nachos with black beans, corn, baby spinach and more Cabot white oak cheddar cheese.  If I were on a desert island and could only have one thing, it would probably be cheese!

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Check out how many steps I got in yesterday!

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I really wanted to walk around the house until I hit 20,000, but I ended up making some super delicious enchilada soup that is ready in literally 15 minutes which I will post the recipe for tomorrow.  One of the attorneys at my office is back today after being on maternity leave, and I texted her that I was going to bring her lunch today since that would be one less thing she needed to worry about.  I sent that to her in a text and she replied “you don’t have to do that . . . but OKAY!”  I also made some coffee cake muffins, if they taste good I’ll share the link to that too – the recipe I used called for only 1 1/2 cups of flour for 12 muffins – I added an extra 1/2 cup of flour because I thought the consistency wasn’t where it should be, and I ended up only getting 9 muffins out of the recipe.  We’ll see!

Make it a great day!