DietBet WI #2 and Tomatillo Cucumber Salsa

I usually bring my cell phone into the bedroom with me every night.  I don’t know why, but it’s a habit I picked up from Tony.  He always had the house phone and his cell phone on his night stand every night just in case.  So yesterday morning, I hear a beep on my phone.  I pick it up and it’s my Timehop for the day.

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One year ago yesterday Tony and I were enjoying sitting outside.  I was still working at the restaurant.  I just remember how happy we both were to be sitting outside after a long winter, and with him being in and out of the hospital twice already by this time last year.  But I am not going to lie, seeing his face right there, when I was just waking up and not prepared for it, I just started to cry.  Yesterday was again another first – the first year without my husband, the first year I wouldn’t have him lean over and kiss my cheek and whisper into my ear “everything tasted wonderful – great job.”

I gave myself a few minutes to collect myself, only to wake up and have Hannah sleeping as well as our overnight guest, Hannah’s friends son Carver who is 3.  Jacob had to work yesterday, so I decided since I couldn’t get bizzy in my kitchen yet, I’d get my walk out of the way before the day got away from me.   It was just what a needed – brisk air, just listening to my music.  I find that I have to get music that is faster paced because I tend to walk to the beat of the music.  A Pitbull song came on, and while I normally fast forward songs like that, I stuck with it, and one of the lyrics said “But everyday above ground is a great day, remember that.”  And while it still stings that Tony isn’t here with me, I know I have to keep putting one foot in front of the other.

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And when I got back?  Carver was still sleeping – it’s so cute to have a little kid in the house, but I am no where near ready to be a grandma yet.  You hear me Hannah and Jacob Open-mouthed smile

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So Saturday night I made a really shitty dinner.  Like Hannah and I didn’t even want to eat it.  I won’t post it here, because I will go back to the drawing board, but thank God I had bread dough rising and after dinner I baked off two amazeball loaves of bread.  Whew!   When I was in Key West we went into a spice shop called Spice and Tea, and they had sample size bags of a lot of different, unusual blends.  I ended up buying 5 for $20, one of them is a Tuscany blend, that they had mixed with olive oil to use as a bread dipping sauce.  I decided to use it on top of my bread and it turned out amazing – just the right amount of seasoning.

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I had a very low key menu.  Homemade bread, roasted asparagus with a walnut pear balsamic glaze (the glaze was store bought!), glazed carrots, ham, fresh fruit and monkey bread.  Hannah asked for the monkey bread.  I actually haven’t made it since my step-son Joe moved to Texas nearly three years ago! 

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My Mom brought me daffodils and a really good sauvingon blanc, and carrot cake for dessert – so good!  That face of Rummy’s?  That her sad face because she wanted to get all up in Carver’s grill when he opened up his Easter basket and we wouldn’t let him on the floor. 

It was nice to see my sister-in-law, her son and grandson – which I realized I never got a picture of Chris and Sean but it was great to see you guys!  We are still family even though the person who brought us together isn’t here anymore.

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One thing that Tony would not have missed had he been here was the “unseen” humor between my family.  We just always find a way to laugh, and it feels . . .good.  As my Mom was leaving I had Hannah take a bunch of pictures of us, most of the time I like to throw in some goofy ones, but I love the one of me kissing my Mom’s head.  And these pictures again prove that I am my Mom’s favorite child and my daughter is her favorite grandchild!

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So one of the appetizers I made was a tomatillo salsa.  Except I decided to make it more “spring” like and added a whole English cucumber, and it is unlike any “salsa” I’ve ever had but everyone gave it two big thumbs up.

  • 8 large tomatillos, husks removed
  • 1 English cucumber, just chopped, skin on
  • 4 whole garlic cloves
  • 1/2 seeded jalapeno (this is that I use when I share it, otherwise I would have added one whole one)
  • 1 cup cilantro
  • juice and zest of one lime
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Put everything in a food processor and pulse until combined.  That’s fucking it.  No roasting, no baking, no grilling.  Just pulse and eat up!

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So bright and fresh!  And great with tortilla chips or fresh veggies. 

I have to give a shout out to blog reader Lisa – when I saw this on Instagram I nearly spit my water out that I was drinking – it kills Lisa, thanks for sharing!  So close!  #nailedit

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So yesterday marked the end of Week 2 of my DietBet and I actually wasn’t nervous about getting on the scale.  Yes, I had this amazeball burger with my sister at The Gage on Friday – holy balls was this a delicious burger!

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But life is all about balance, so I made sure I got my steps in and did my strength training last week, and knowing how Week 2 of a diet I can get a bit cocky and think “I lost 3 pounds last week, so I can totally do that again” but I really had to be conscientious of my eats, and well, it paid off!

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So I lost another 2.2 pounds this week, bringing my two week total to –5.6!  I am only 1.2 pounds away from my 4% goal with my DietBet, and I still have until April 20 to lose that.  And DietBet sent me a text that I have an 83% chance of winning at this point, based on other peoples weigh-ins to date.  But again, I need to make good choices, get my protein in, which actually keeps me fuller longer and I don’t even think about eating in between meals.  And since I have to take insulin every time I eat, I am only taking 3 shots a day, plus my night time insulin shot – nice!

I am off to get some walking in before work – I hope you had a wonderful holiday and have planned your meals and exercise this week.  Make it a great day!

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  • Susan
    April 6, 2015 at 6:21 am

    Congrats on your weight loss last week and weigh in. Just keep
    doing what works!! Loved your pictures of your family and food
    thanks for sharing!

    • Biz
      April 6, 2015 at 7:37 pm

      Thanks Susan – I appreciate it!

  • Marcia@Frugal Healthy Simple
    April 6, 2015 at 9:07 am

    Great job on that diet bet. Keep it up!

    That bread looks so amazing.

    Aw, that little boy is so adorable. He’s very close to my Daniel’s age. Can you believe it? I’m almost your age, my husband IS your age, and nevermind grandchildren – I have a kid that age. (And one of my 44 year old HS classmates is pregnant!! Yikes!)

    I’m glad you got your walk in. Music can make such a difference. I’ve been in such a HUGE funk lately with work being crazy and layoff-y, and then with busy PTA stuff, and with a cold. Seriously depressed and blah.

    But today I started a new workout program from Fit Yummy Mummy (bad name, great program) – one month challenge. So I did a 20 minute kettle bell workout and 15 minutes of intervals and I feel AWESOME. After making it as low as 140.2, I’ve been hovering at 144 for a month. I need to lose those last 10 pounds!!

    • Biz
      April 6, 2015 at 7:39 pm

      I can’t tell you how many of my high school friends this year posted pics of their oldest going to first grade – I don’t know how you do it, I wouldn’t have the energy. I was wiped out after having a 3 year old for 24 hours, and I wasn’t taking care of him but 10% of the time!

      Sorry about the bullshit at work – hope it gets better! And for the record, 145 is my goal weight, and you are already there! 😀

      • Marcia@Frugal Healthy Simple
        April 10, 2015 at 9:05 am

        Ha ha! You know, the way you handle a 3 year old is – well, they don’t start off there. It’s one day at a time so that you get used to the suffering. 🙂

        But man, you had a full time job, a part time job, and a sick husband. Biz you can handle anything.

        • Biz319
          April 11, 2015 at 8:16 am

          Aw, thanks Marcia – I appreciate it! It’s just been so long since I’ve been around little kids. He was crying one second and then I got him to stop by telling him we’d go look for worms after it rained!

  • Joanne
    April 6, 2015 at 11:02 am

    Wow! You are doing a great job losing weight. Keep on doing what you are doing. The pictures are great from the weekend.

    • Biz
      April 6, 2015 at 7:39 pm

      Thanks Joanne – hope you had a nice Easter!

  • Lori
    April 6, 2015 at 11:20 am

    Great job Biz – you are doing fantastic!

    • Biz
      April 6, 2015 at 7:42 pm

      Thanks Lori! Sorry you are still getting snow 🙁

  • Shelley B
    April 6, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    Awww, I remember when my kids could sleep so hard like little Carver! So sweet. 🙂

    You made it through another “first” – you’re doing well.

    • Biz
      April 6, 2015 at 7:43 pm

      Yep, I made it through – it was nice having Tony’s sister and her family here. 😀

  • Kim
    April 6, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    Even though it was hard to wake up and see Tony’s picture without being prepared it is sort of like his way of being part of your Easter!!
    Sounds like y’all had a great day full of awesome food, family and fun!!

    • Biz
      April 6, 2015 at 7:44 pm

      This comment made me smile Kim – maybe it was his way of wishing me a Happy Easter!

  • Kym
    April 6, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    I find it difficult to believe that you could make a bad anything when it comes to food. Your recipes always seem to come together. Love the photos of the family. The tomatillo salsa looks amazing. I also like that it is a little different. I may have to give it a try. I have been on a “dip” addiction lately.

    • Biz
      April 6, 2015 at 7:45 pm

      Yep, there are clunkers every once in a while! I was trying to make a crispy pan fried lemon chicken but it tasted like ass. You will love this salsa! So refreshing and I love that it comes together in a minute with a food processor.

  • Kimberly
    April 6, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    The salsa looks amazingly fresh and delicious. I’m glad you had a nice Easter! Way to go with the weight loss.

  • Biz
    April 6, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    Thanks Kimberly – hope you had a great Easter too!

  • Erin
    April 6, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    Ooh, I love tomatillos. I would have never thought of putting a cuke into salsa. Great idea, Biz!

  • Fran
    April 7, 2015 at 5:50 am

    Looks like you had a great Easter with your loved ones Biz.

    And you are rocking the dietbet!

  • Jacky
    April 7, 2015 at 7:56 am

    You are on a roll, great job. I am going to try this salsa tonight, it just screams SPRING. and I am ready for some spring.

    • Biz319
      April 8, 2015 at 8:54 am

      I was just jealous of your taco fiesta last night that you posted on Instagram! 😀