Warm Weather. . .Here I Come!

Morning!  I am at my Mom’s house this morning.  Our flight is relatively early this morning to Key West so I spent the night last night.  We went out to dinner last night to an Italian restaurant near her house that she’s always wanted to try.

Weird, we walked in at 7 on a Sunday night and there was literally just one other table.  Kind of made me a bit nervous!  But you know wine fixes everything, right?

 

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I ended up getting a wood fired pizza – meatball, goat cheese and roasted red pepper.  This doesn’t look like much, but it was delicious!

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I ended up eating only two slices, but it was a very delicate crust – so good!

Alright, I have to scoot and jump into the shower before the cab comes to takes us to sunshine!  I most likely won’t blog again until next Tuesday, but you can always follow along with my on Instagram – my bizzy kitchen, or find me on Facebook and friend request me (Beth Hills Velatini).

I just wish Tony were going with me!  Well, technically, he is.  I have some of his ashes in my purse and plan on scattering them in the water near where we stayed for our honeymoon at The Pier House.  Back then the hotel cost $250 a night, which we thought was steep then, now it’s like $585 a night!

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Here is your daily reminder too to vote for my pizza – the pizza with the most votes gets $1,500!

Have a great week!  Hugs and Love, Biz

 

Winner Winner Lobster Dinner!

Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway to win Andie’s book – It Was Me All Along!  The winner is. . .

True Random Number Generator  Min 1: Max:  39 Result: 7  Congrats Molly!  Just send me your mailing address to mybizzykitchen@gmail.com.

Molly

I am going to figure out how to use a fitbit that someone gave me.

It was so cold yesterday, I decided to stop by Panera and bring in some coffee cake to work.  Aren’t I fucking nice?!  Anyway, she swiped my card and said that I had a free bagel coming – done!  And of course, the everything bagel is the best one ever.  I scooped out most of the inside bread, so that it ended up being 2 ounces.  Cooked up some egg beaters with spinach and a bit of cheddar cheese in the microwave, and breakfast was served – this isn’t calorically too bad – just under 300 calories and 30 carbs.

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Work was a bit slow yesterday so I couldn’t wait to leave to get to the gym.  I ended up doing 2.0 miles at 5% incline.

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Last weekend I had a bunch of potatoes to cook up, so I ended up making another version of my smoked sausage and potato soup, only this time using real potatoes instead of the German potato salad.  My store sells on the German food aisle jarred carrots and celery.  They are shaved and in a slightly brined water, I thought I had a picture of it, but I can’t find it, but in any event, it is .99 a 16 ounce jar, so I just threw that in my soup with the potatoes, chicken broth and smoked sausage.  So flavorful and delish!

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Yesterday was legs for strength!

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I ended up doing squats with a 10 pound medicine ball – just held it out in front of me while I did my squats.  I am up to a 50 pound barbell for my straight legged dead lifts!

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When it got to the lying leg curls machine, I saw that it was on 13.5 and I thought, “I’ll start with that.”  Holy fuck that was hard.  And I had 4 sets of 10 to do!  Between each set I had to get off, stretch my hamstrings and try not to let anyone take my machine in between.  It wasn’t until I was done that I noticed from my angel, all I saw was the kilogram plate weight – I was actually doing 30 pounds, but on top of the plates is an added plate where you can add 5, 10 or 15 pounds to the plates – so I was doing 45 pounds on the lying leg curl machine – no wonder it was so hard.  And no wonder I am going to be a Spartan bad ass!  (ha!)

I finished off with another 2.0 mile walk at 5% incline.  I was planning on doing a 5k, but my blood sugar was dropping – my leg workout took me 25 minutes to complete, so my after work routine was just over an hour.

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Congratulations are in order because Jacob got a job!  He’ll be working at Home Depot.  To celebrate I texted him and said “I am picking up steak!”  His reply?  “Oh shit!”  See, Jacob loves beef just as much as I do.  Long time readers will know that Tony didn’t really care for red meat or pork since his colon cancer surgery, so it’s nice to cook for someone other than myself who will enjoy it as much as I do.  Only problem with indoor cooking is that when I use my cast iron grill pan to get awesome grill marks, well, I smoke out the whole house – it’s not a pretty sight to be choking and barely able to see each other in the kitchen when I cook steaks.  Cannot wait for grilling season!

So I ended up broiling New York strips – not going to lie I was a bit nervous.  I’ve never done that before.  These were pretty thick so I turned my broiler on high and cooked them just 5 minutes a side and let them rest.  I did a small salad on the side, and it was delicious!  I ended up eating half for dinner and plan on making a hash for breakfast this morning.  And yes, I like my meat that rare.  I missed the crust that a cast iron pan or grill pan gives the steak, but it was still delicious – I melted a teaspoon of butter and added a bit of fresh garlic and rosemary to finish off the top of each of our steaks.  Yum!  Hannah had a chicken finger salad!

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I ended up with just over 15k steps yesterday – nice!  Kim, Laura and Andrea are still my stiffest competition!  You may be wondering who is #1 in my group?  Well I got a friend request from a “Dale” so I accepted it, and it’s ridiculous – it says he averages 33,000 steps a day – and I don’t know how to “unfriend” someone on fitbit, so if you know, let me know!

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I forgot to link to my pizza contest yesterday!  So here is the link to vote for my Cheezy Italian Beef Pizza – thank you very much, I appreciate it! 

I am really getting into vacation mode, only one more day of work today and I am off until March 2!  I’ll probably have one more blog post on Monday before taking a week blog break.  You’ll just have to follow me on Instagram next week (mybizzykitchen) to see what I am up to and all the good food I am going to be eating!

So excited because today I am meeting up with fellow bloggers Courtney and Tia!  Well, Tia doesn’t blog anymore, but she did.  We are meeting up for drinks and pizza after work – looking forward to it ladies!

Alright, time to start cooking my breakfast hash and getting this show on the road – make it a great day!

Pork Carnita Breakfast Tacos

Over the weekend when I was passing the prepared food part of the deli, I stopped in my tracks because they were just refilling a sheet pan with pork carnitas.  Holy balls, the smell was intoxicating, and when I found out they were selling it for $5.49 a pound, I quickly grabbed 1/2 a pound to take home.  I had a taco on Saturday with it, Hannah and Jacob had a few tacos, and when I was putting my food together yesterday, there was literally about two heaping tablespoons left in the container, and I knew I was going to make pork carnita breakfast tacos.

  • 8 tortilla chips
  • 1/2 cup cooked egg beaters, cut into 8 triangles
  • baby spinach
  • 1 ounce pork carnitas
  • 1/2 an ounce of cheese
  • salsa

I have an microwave egg cooker that’s awesome.  Just 1:30 seconds in the microwave, and then I cut it like a pizza to get 8 “slices.”  I put baby spinach on the bottom, then flatten the eggs a bit and put them on the tortillas, topped with the pork and cheese and broiled for a few minutes so the cheese is all nice and melty.  Then top with salsa.  With the tangerines on the side, my breakfast plate comes in at 465 calories, 13 fat, 54 carbs, 7 fiber and a whopping 35 grams of protein.  This was so filling!  And tasty too – duh, because I made it. Open-mouthed smile

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Wednesday’s are my semi-rest day.  Just cardio.  I ended up not going to the gym because I needed to pick up a few more things for my trip.  What trip you might ask?  I am going to Key West next week!  Yep, my Mom, Aunt and cousin and I are ditching our shitty winter weather and will be in Key West for a week.  Tony and I had our honeymoon in Key West so I am going to be taking some of Tony’s ashes with me to scatter in the water.

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I ended up buying 4 pairs of capri pants, 2 pairs of shorts, 1 pair of pants for work, 5 tops, 4 tank tops and a bathing suit cover up all for $35 at Goodwill – woop!  Marie, you would have been so proud of me!

I ended up picking up a salad at Mariano’s for lunch – I had to do a Sam’s Club run for work so by the time I got back I didn’t even eat until nearly 2:45 and I was still pretty full from breakfast and ended up only eating half of it.

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I was supposed to meet up with my friend Alison last night for beers, but I saw on my calendar that I was meeting up with my accountant to do my taxes.  It wasn’t until 7, so the kids and I ended up going out for a quick bite to eat.  Galati’s in Cary was a place that Tony and I frequented a lot the last few years, because they had our favorite beer on tap, Boddingtons.  They moved to a bigger location in town and it was the first time we’d been there.  My new mantra is that I can’t have alcohol at home, but I did have a beer in memory of my husband.

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The owner of the bar saw me, came over and shook my hand, and I had to tell him that Tony passed away.  It was quite a blow to him, because obviously the last time he saw us, literally a month before Tony died he seemed fine.  I nearly lost it and started to cry, but I pulled it back in.  We ended up having excellent food.  We started out with pretzel bites and “bada bang” shrimp.  I had a couple tastes of each and they were excellent.

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I ended up getting an appetizer for my entrée – the steak kabob over veggies – this plate was only $5.95!  Not to worry, I gave the red onions to Hannah!

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Then it was off to the accountants.  I’ve been going to this woman for the last ten years and we’ve become friends.  As soon as I walked in the door she came around her desk and gave me a great big hug and told me how sorry she was to hear about Tony.   I nearly lost it AGAIN!  She even donated money to the Rainbow Hospice.  I still haven’t finished all my thank you cards, but I need to finish them in the next couple days.  It’s just another stinging reminder that he’s not here.

I came home, and there was Hannah’s tiny dog to greet me.  She has a sixth sense about tears, because I may have shed a few in the car ride home.  She loves licking the tears off of faces!

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I love in the big picture how Rummy’s foot is hanging out of the sweat shirt and you can’t see it, but her paws are around my neck.  So cute!

So I got nearly 10,000 steps in.  I should have walked in place while watching American Idol, but I didn’t.  It’s all good.  Today is a cardio and strength day. Open-mouthed smile

It’s cold people.  Fucking cold.  Right now:

Cary, IL (60013) Weather

Wind Chill Advisory until Thu, 12pm

7:05 am CST

-12°F Feels Like -30°

Yep, it feels like –30!  Just so you know, the forecast next week in Key West is the mid-to high 70s.  I’ll take that! 

Choose Your Hard

I loved reading all the comments yesterday about how you were going to make yesterday great.  My new mind set is that I have to take each day as it comes – not worry about what I could or should have done the day before and not wondering what I should be doing tomorrow or next week even.  Just make conscious daily efforts to make each day the best it can be.  My friend Veronica posted this on Facebook yesterday and I told her I was totally going to steal it.

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This made me think of all the times I watched Biggest Loser while eating chips and salsa!  Life is all about choice and nothing is going to happen until you make it happen.  This last week has been an eye opener for me, because I’ve been numbing myself with wine every night because I really can’t bear the thought of Tony not being here anymore.  Even though I was working out, it was basically a wash with the wine.  Last Wednesday I told myself that no amount of wine was going to bring Tony back, and like that, I ditched the wine to the curb.  That’s not to say I won’t enjoy a glass now and again, but I won’t have any at home.  That’s my new rule.  I can’t remember a weekend when I didn’t have wine, but I enjoyed hot tea, lemon water and coffee and I was fine.   And since I am training for my Spartan race in May, um, I’ve never seen anyone doing an obstacle with a glass of pinot grigio!

Yesterday I used some leftover steak to make a microwave egg omelet – egg beaters, baby spinach, about 1.5 ounces of steak and some Swiss cheese, with grapes and tangerine on the side.  You know I put Frank’s RedHot on that!

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We had a dual baby shower yesterday that I was in charge of, and it went very smoothly.  I brought Caesar salad and white chocolate chip macadamia nut cookies.  I used this recipe for the base of the cookie, but used bagged chips and added chopped macadamia nut cookies – they were a big hit!  I didn’t get a picture, but you’ll have to check this recipe out.  My plate:  salad with a slice of spinach mix deep dish Chicago pizza.

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Since I missed my lunch time workout, I spent about 90 minutes at the gym after work.  It was nice to see a sunset again when I got there!

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Strength took me 25 minutes – I am up to a 50 pound barbell for dead lifts – woop!  Then finished it off with a 5k on the treadmill at a 5% incline.

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Then I did about 5 minutes of continuous abs with a medicine ball and stretched.  It felt so good!

I may have been watching Travel Channel while I was working out and they were in Portland, Maine, a place that’s been on my bucket list for a while – and let me just say, they were showing lobster rolls and whole lobster dipped in drawn butter – but this picture looked amazing!  Have any of you guys been there or live near there?

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I came home and had a bunch of mail since there was no mail delivery on Monday.  I got the sweetest card from Abbe – check out her latest blog post for some amazeball Mardi Gras recipes!   The card and message inside was so wonderful Abbe – thank you so much!

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And my long time blog friend Lisa from Jersey Girl Cooks sent me this apron – is this me or what??  I can’t wait to grill some pork shoulder outside while wearing this.  Thank you so much Lisa! She has a meatball recipe that is high on my list of things to make.

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So when I got home from the gym, I was pretty hungry.  The kids ate a late lunch so it was each man for themselves.  I decided to make another recipe of lasagna soup, some to have last night for dinner and then lunches this week.  So while it’s a pretty quick soup to come together, the longer it cooked the hungrier I got.  So 25 minutes later, I pour myself a bowl of soup, and realize the sausage had gone bad.  It was a package I defrosted, didn’t use all of it, but it’s been in the fridge for a few days and the original sell by date was January 29.  Fuck.  So on to Plan B.  I saw we had brats, so I cooked one of those up, and heated up this package of veggies I bought on discount.

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I ended up slicing the brat and adding some Dijon mustard and then added the microwaved veggies to the bowl.  This kind of looks like dog food, but at this point, it was nearly 8:00 p.m. and I was going to chew someone’s arm off if I didn’t eat!

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So this weeks WI:

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I’ll take it.  Any number going down is a win in my book!   The way I look at it though, is that if I keep up this pace, in a year I could be down 41 pounds, which would put me in the right weight range for my height.  If only I were 6.1, I’d be perfect – ha!

So I am leaving you with this – the choice is yours.  What you eat, how you exercise, if you choose to watch t.v. for four hours every night.  Choice is a powerful word, isn’t it?

p.s.  I found out that you can only vote for my Pizza every 24 hours, so if you voted late Monday night when I posted it on Facebook, you couldn’t vote the next morning.  Here is the link to vote today – thank you!!

It Was Me All Along Autographed Book Giveaway!

Thanks for all your kind comments about Tony’s article in the paper.  I talked to Tony’s parents and they agreed that Rick Morrissey completely captured the spirit of Tony.  And we all agreed that Tony is smiling down from heaven about this!

Hannah worked at the coffee shop yesterday so I swung by on my way to work and picked up a mixed berry parfait.  I love the packaging – thanks Hannah!

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It was a super busy day at work.  One of the secretaries was out sick so I was pretty non-stop all day.  Finally took a break at 1 to get to the gym.  I did 40 minutes on the treadmill and high tailed it back to work.  It went by in the blink of an eye – that hasn’t happened for a long time, so that was nice!

So along with ditching my wine at home, one other small change this week is that I wanted to have at least one low carb meal per day.  It could be breakfast, lunch or dinner.  Over the weekend I realized I had some Jennie-O sweet Italian turkey sausage in the freezer and defrosted one link – 160 calories.  After dinner the night before last I just cooked that up and put a whole zucchini in the microwave and cooked it for 1:30.  I let that cool and sliced both the turkey sausage and zucchini and threw it in a container, set that next to a container of marinara I made and shredded an ounce of Cabot white oak cheddar.

Once it was time to heat up lunch, I put the zucchini/sausage mixture in the microwave for a minute.  Took that out and then made little bites – zucchini on the bottom, then a slice of sausage and topped that with the cheese and put it under the broiler in the toaster oven.  I heated the marinara for a couple minutes and then when it was time to plate, put a heaping teaspoon of sauce on the plate, and set my zucchini sausage bite on top – I ended up with 9 bites and it came in at 319 calories, and 12 grams of carbs.

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These were actually really good and filling.  I had a cup of cantaloupe on the side for dessert.   Before I knew it, it was time to hit the gym again.  I am in week 3 of my strength training and now I at 4 sets of 10 reps each.  Last night it took me 25 minutes to finish strength!  I still use the assisted machine to do dips, but with less weight – go me!  Then finished with 35 minutes on the treadmill for an hour after work workout.

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We were meal planning this past weekend and Hannah remembered me making red beans and rice with smoked sausage and asked if I could make it.  Yep!  I cheat, I use Zataran’s, but I use the low-sodium version.  Hannah kept saying “it smells so good!”  She likes smoked sausage because there isn’t any gristle.  But as soon as we started eating it, she said “this isn’t what I remembered you making” and really only ate the sausage.  Jacob, who’d never had red beans and rice gave it two big thumbs up.  You win some you lose some!  I sauteed zucchini and had that on the bottom of my dish.

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Do you remember me talking about my friend Andie’s Book – It Was Me All Along back in mid-January?  First book I’d read cover to cover in nearly 10 years!  I was so moved by the book, and Andie’s writing style, that I reached out to her and asked if I could buy a book and have her autograph it so I could give it away on the blog.  She quickly replied “you don’t have to pay for it, I’ll just send you one!”  Love her!   You can check out all her amazeball recipes here by the way.

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Just a few of the many many quotes I highlighted on my Kindle:

  • “It all requires discipline and the absolute desire to change.  Losing necessitates feeling terrible now so that you can feel better later.”
  • “Food had to be a friend, not an enemy.”
  • “I was the one who abused the food and gave it character.”
  • “I set [a cupcake] on a pretty antique plate, brewed a steaming cup of tea, and ate it seated at the kitchen table for the better part of ten minutes.  It was delightful.  I’d made it special; I’d enjoyed it, and because of that – the eating lacked regret.  And though I did wish I could have another, I didn’t feel my old urge to binge”

There are so many noteworthy things I got out of this book, so I am hoping it will do the same for whoever wins this autographed copy.  Just leave a comment telling me, just for today, what you are going to do to make it a better day.  Workout after not having worked out in days?  Plan a meal, drink more water?  Spend more times with your kids or husband?  I’ll pick a winner on Friday’s post – good luck!

And I have the link for my Sebastiani pizza contest for voting!  Mine is the Cheezy Chicago Italian Beef Pizza – not sure when the voting ends, but I’ll remind you every day – you’re welcome!  AND THANK YOU!

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Alright, I have to get this show on the road – we have dual baby showers at my office that I am in charge of and I have to get all my stuff together for that, and I just got a text that the secretary who was sick yesterday is still sick today, so I better get a move on.

Make it a great day!

Tony’s White Sox Legacy

Remember on Friday how I told you Rick Morrissey, sports writer for the Chicago Sun-Times was going to interview me on Friday about Tony’s obituary?  Well, it was such an easy conversation to have – a. because I was talking about the love of my life and I could go on for days about that, and b. Rick was super easy going and laid back.  Turns out he grew up in Oak Park too, although he went to the Catholic high school in town.   And, ahem, he looks to be a few years older than me, so I am not sure our paths would have crossed growing up.

When I hung up the phone with him I didn’t realize we talked nearly 30 minutes it went by so fast, and I had no idea where the story was going to go, but the bottom line was Tony was the consummate and ultimate White Sox fan.  Even more so than that, he hated the Chicago Cubs, and when the Sox didn’t look good after say the All-Star break, Tony would love to watch the Cubs play and make stupid mistakes and lose.  The perfect day?  When the White Sox won and the Chicago Cubs lost on the same day.  I can’t tell you how many texts I got from Tony with just this: “It’s the Perfect Day!”

I was asked to provide photos of Tony in Sox gear.  I sent several for them to choose from.  I knew from the reply to my sending the photos to the editorial department that the article would be in yesterday’s print Sunday paper.  I was shocked when I got home from the gym Friday night and Rick shot me the article was already up online and posted at 4:30 that same afternoon!  It read well online, but I was so shocked by the print version!

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The online version didn’t have the title, the subtitle, or the top part in red that said:  “If you didn’t know that the White Sox won the World Series in 2005, it wasn’t due in lack of effort on Jeff’s part!”  My only regret in life was the night that the Sox won the World Series, Tony was on a business trip in Cleveland and we “watched” the game over the phone and we both yelled so loud when they won!  It was a magical season.

And I am thrilled that one of the several thousand “cigar” pics I’ve taken and shown to you over the years made it in an actual paper!  Although I can hear Tony’s voice now saying “you couldn’t have found a picture where my face was thinner?!”  It took several stops around town because I didn’t leave my house into well into the afternoon yesterday, to obtain the last 7 print copies I could get my hands on.  I plan on sending them to Tony’s parents, son and sister, and will probably frame one myself using a high resolution of that photo.

I emailed Rick when I saw the online article and said “holy fuck that was awesome!”  And I went on to tell him that as the tears streamed down my face, it was the first time since he died that I had a smile on my face as I was reading the article.  Tears AND smiles at the same time when I am thinking of my beloved husband?  Nothing better!

And I had to laugh – my friend Cassie sent me this photo – so true!  Thanks for the laugh Cassie!

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I had a good weekend.  For the first time in weeks I had no specific plans for the weekend and it felt. . . nice.  Saturday was my long cardio – 90 minutes.  I wished I could have walked outside like I did last week, but um, no.  With temps in the single digits and wind chills pushing –20 below, no thank you.  The treadmills at my gym only go to 60 minutes and then put in in a cool down mode, so I had to reset it and finished my 90 minutes.  This tied in with my participation with Lori’s Heart Healthy weekend – the 5th year I’ve participated I think!

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I went at around the time I’ll be doing my Spartan run – mid afternoon.  I am trying to figure out my blood sugar going in so that I don’t bottom out on the course.  My blood sugar was 275 before going to the gym, and I wasn’t convinced that was going to be enough, so I ate half a chicken sandwich, so it got it up to 330 before working out.  I felt fine the whole time, no signs of low blood sugar, and when I was done,  it was 135 – nice!  So my thought process is this:  maybe take high carb granola bars on the course with me and kind of eat a little as I go so that I can keep the blood sugars high enough – from what I’ve read online, even though its only a 3 mile obstacle course, with 15 obstacles, it could take over two hours to finish.  It was a good trial run and I still have plenty of time to work out any kinks.  Damn sugars!

Sunday morning I felt like something sweet, which I normally gravitate towards eggs and cheese for breakfast.  Except I felt like cinnamon rolls and I didn’t really plan ahead for that.  Most cinnamon roll recipes require rising, or suggest making them ahead of time and letting them rise in the refrigerator the night before.  Ain’t nobody got time for that!  So I did a quick Pinterest search and found that Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest made a quick version – score!  Although I did tweak her recipe a bit – I used regular flour vs. whole wheat; unsweetened almond milk vs. her buttermilk and I reduced the icing in half.  And while hers has no yeast in it, even though there isn’t a rise time per se, I added 1 teaspoon of fast acting yeast.  So each one of my mini cinnamon rolls comes in at 135 calories, 6 fat, 19 carbs, 1 fiber and 2 protein.  You guys?  30 minutes from beginning to end!  #winning!

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Some of my brown sugar was a bit lumpy, no worries!  Although after I looked at this picture I thought – “I should have added pecans!”

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My glaze was a bit thin, and I actually only used half of it, so technically these are a bit under 135 calories, but I don’t need to be nit picky about it.  Um, let’s just say Hannah and Jacob loved these, because I ate one of the end pieces, and they ate the rest!  Thanks for idea for this Tieghan!

And just like that, another weekend is in the books.  I had my cleaning pants on yesterday.  It was a “rest” day from exercising, but I was pretty busy in my kitchen all day – shocker!  I deep cleaned the fridge and pantry, and after the cinnamon rolls were out, I made another smoked sausage soup for lunches this week – I bought a bag of potatoes for .88 cents last week and needed to use them up.  I like this version of the German potato soup I made a couple weeks ago and I’ll post the recipe for that later this week.  And, I had a taste for Deep Dish pizza, so I made that for dinner last night.

Another thing I did this week (well, since Wednesday which was my last WI)?  I ditched the wine.  Yep, went a whole weekend without a drop and I think my new mantra will be “only have a glass in social situations, don’t bring any home!”  Because one glass while making dinner, turns into one glass with dinner, and then one glass after dinner. . . hoping that will show a difference on the scale this week, so we’ll see.

Are you prepped for the week?  I am!  This weeks marks Week 3 of my strength training program and I am looking forward to upping the weights this week.

and p.s.  If the White Sox want me to throw out the first pitch of the season in memory of my husband, I am so okay with that!

and p.s.s.  I need your votes!  Voting begins for my $10,000 Recipe for Sebastiani wines – I am one of the top 8 finalists!  Click here to vote – and as always, I appreciate it!  (the link is up now!)

and p.s.s.s.  Tony’s article went a bit viral!  You can check out that article here.  All this attention about him thinking the Cubs suck would have made him so happy!

Make it a great day and stay warm!

Pizza Croutons? Um, yes please!

Much like the rest of the world, I am sick of winter.  The snow isn’t really melting and right now it is 1 degree, with a wind chill of –10.  I feel sorry for my sister who has to take the train to her job in Chicago, the only part I hated about working downtown was when I had to walk 8 blocks to my office in freezing cold.

I had the second half of the breakfast sandwich Hannah made me from her work.  Look at all that glorious melty cheese!

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I’ve been loving the cuties – I actually like to let them sit out of a while and the skin gets really dry, but then it bursts with flavor when you bite into it.

I ended up kicking up my cardio on the treadmill yesterday – incline of 15 for 2.25 mile!  I have to tell you, I really wanted to stop it, or go at a slower pace, but I told myself just to hang on until 2.25 miles, and guess what, I was able to do it.  Sometimes it really is mind over matter!

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I made soup last weekend and ended up having that with half a grilled cheese sammie.  I think chicken noodle soup is one of Hannah’s favorite soups I make.

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Work was.  Boring.  As usual.  The day felt like it was never going to end.  But when I walked outside at 5, I loved that it was still pretty light out – which means each day we are one day closer to summer.

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It took me about 15 minutes to do strength, and while I wanted to end the day with a 5k, at 2.5 miles I could feel my blood sugar dropping like a stone, and I ended up having to buy a granola bar to boost up my sugar so I could drive home.  Damn sugars!

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I declared last night, and probably tonight again, leftover night.  We have so much food that still needs to be eaten up.  Last Sunday night we ordered pizza, so I heated some of that up and made salads.  When I took the pizza out of the oven, then looked at my salad, I thought, why not use the pizza as croutons?! 

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And then I realized that I was missing something, duh – Frank’s hot sauce!

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I still ended up with decent steps yesterday:

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So I had an interesting email yesterday.  I got an email from a sports writer from the Chicago Sun-Times.  He said that he read Tony’s obituary, and loved the fact that he liked to remind Cubs fans that they haven’t won a world series in well over 100 years, and that he refused to call the stadium where the Sox play, Cellular field.   He said that it perfectly summed up baseball fans in Chicago, and that he thought there could be a column he could do.  So he’s calling me at noon today to talk to me for his article.  As I was driving home from the gym, he emailed me and asked for any pictures of Tony in White Sox gear – um, I have dozens!  But I sent him these:

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The email asked that I send pictures to an editorial email address, and I got a return email saying they could use any of the pictures I sent and that the sports writer will use them in Sunday’s column!  Now I don’t know if that means this Sunday, or not, but I’ll let you know.  Tony would have loved it – I just wish he were here to speak for himself.  I miss that face so much.

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For once in a long while I have nothing planned this weekend!  I am looking forward to being Bizzy in My Kitchen – I am entering another recipe contest for Sargento Cheese so plan to recipe develop tomorrow for that.  Also, my Sebastiani pizza contest I am a finalist in begins voting on Monday!  I’ll be sure to post the link as soon as I have it and would so appreciate your votes!

Have a great weekend!  Follow me on Instagram at My Bizzy Kitchen if you want to keep up with me over the weekend.   Make it a great day!