-3.8 pounds!

Hannah and Jacob worked over the Christmas weekend, so they both enjoyed the last three days off.  I am sure I’ve mentioned it before, but we don’t have a garage, just a long driveway.  So sometimes it’s a shuffle of cars at night to put them in the exact order based on our work schedules.  Monday night I asked Hannah if she wanted to move cars and she said she wanted me to wake her up so she could wake up on the drive to drop me off at the train station and be more productive during the day.  Tuesday night she said “Mom, I can’t tell you how much stuff I got done by 10:00 by getting up at 7:15 in the morning!”  So I’ve been spoiled the last three mornings with drop offs and pick ups at the train station.  Thanks Hannah!

Yesterday in the car to the train station, she said “what’s in your lunch box?”  I told her the last of the quiche, a salad, chili and chicken, and some fruit.  But as soon as I said that I was trying to remember “did I actually put the quiche in my lunch bag?”  Once I got on the train I realized that answer to that was a big fat no.  I had the fruit, but not the quiche.  I got a Starbuck’s gift card for Christmas, so I went on the WW app and discovered their plain steel cut oats were only 4 smart points.  $2.36.  Done.

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You can barely see the oats under the fruit, but boy was this delicious.  A bit higher carb than I am used to, but it’s good carbs, and worth the extra bit of insulin.   It may look like a lot of grapes, but they are cut in half.  I ate every last bit of this.

I was super busy at work again, but I emailed the attorney I was working with to let her know that I had lunch plans from 12:20 – 1:20 (my Weight Watchers WI) and she was fine with that.  She’s actually a super fun attorney, we have the same sense of humor and she swears just as much of me.  So it was a pleasure to work hard for her yesterday.

I really had no idea what to expect the scale was going to say, and to be honest, I didn’t really care.  I enjoyed my Christmas holiday, I went to the gym, I drank more water than wine.  I thought overall I did pretty good.

What I didn’t expect though was waiting 20 minutes to weigh in – it being so close to the New Year there were lots of new people signing up.  By the time I sat down the meeting was only 10 minutes from being over.  But I looked at their hours and realized that they have a WI at 8:00 a.m. in the morning, so I am just going to go in before work to weigh in, then when I go back at lunch, I can skip the lines and just attend the meeting next week.

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-3.8!  Wowza!  I’ll take it.  I know a lot of it is water weight, but it just gives me the momentum into the next holiday weekend to make good choices.  And by the way, that Week 6 WI is the weigh in at this new WW meeting in Chicago.   I got back to work, quickly heated up my lunch of more leftover beef and bean chili, and I paired it with some grilled chicken I made on Monday during my meal prep to bump up the protein. 

It was a good decision because I worked right up until 9:00 last night.  The trains only run on the half hour, so I had to wait 25 minutes for my train, and because it’s later at night, have to take the train that makes all.the.stops.  Which got me home at 10:43.

I picked up dinner at the train station – thanks to my trusty app, I threw out the biscuit that came with my meal – I seriously would have guessed 5 points at the most – not 10!  So the spicy chicken tenders and mashed potatoes came in at 12 smart points.  I had 17 points going into dinner, so it’s all good.

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I’ll just have to drink a lot of water today to flush out the sodium of that dinner Open-mouthed smile

I just realized this is my last post of 2016!  What a crazy year it’s been!  I plan on posting on Monday with kind of a year in review and goals I have for 2017.  I have a feeling it’s going to be a great year!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!   Seriously, thank you to everyone who takes time out of their day to come to my neck of the interwebs, leaving comings, messaging me on Facebook and Instagram – hugs to you all for a safe and happy New Year!

Tell me what some of your goals are for 2017 – I’d love to hear!  Make it a great day!

Leftover Beef and Bean Chili

I hit the ground running at work yesterday it was so busy.  But I was lucky enough that my train actually got into the station a bit early so I had time to eat my breakfast before the craziness ensued.

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Another 6 smart point breakfast – 5 for the quiche, and 1 for the salad.  I decided to dice my apples up and put it on top of the salad, and used 1 teaspoon of light Italian dressing on it (1) and sprinkled with a bit of salt and pepper.  I actually loved the salt, pepper and dressing on the apples.  It most likely will be tomorrows breakfast again too.

I ended up working through lunch yesterday, so I ate my lunch at my desk.  I think I talked about meal prepping chicken for stir fry on Monday.  I just sauteed the chicken in 1 teaspoon of soy sauce and 1 teaspoon of Thai chili paste, then added the Frank’s ginger stir fry sauce to my veggies of zucchini and red pepper.  Even though I had five ounces of chicken, this whole plate was only 6 smart points – by 2 in the afternoon I’d only had 12 smart points and quite a bit of food.

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One of the gifts the kadults got me for Christmas was this giant microwave bowl, that has a really tight fitting lid and a steam spout so no splashes in the microwave.  I’ll get a lot of use out of this, and it’s nice to carry back to my desk without fear of spilling soup on the floor.

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But around 4:15 I got really hungry.  Like I hadn’t eaten much at all, so I was happy that I brought a Premier Protein shake to stick in my desk the other day.  I mixed that with some iced coffee from work and this kept me full until dinner times with the 30 grams of protein.  Another gift from the kadults – a really nice travel coffee mug.  My coffee stays hot until the last sip, and it kept my iced coffee shake really cold.

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Hannah texted me if I had any thoughts for dinner.  Since her dinner wasn’t ready until nearly 10:00 p.m. the night before last, I told her to just go ahead and I’d make something for myself.  She had plans on making smoked sausage with onions and cabbage – which actually smelled really good – but there were huge chunks of onions and because she chopped up the cabbage, I couldn’t tell what was onion or not.  I asked if she minded if I used up some of the crockpot beef and she didn’t mind.  Hannah and Jacob “talk” about eating leftovers, but that rarely happens.

So as I was on the train ride home, I thought in my head that I had everything to make a chili with the leftover beef.  Only one tiny problem, I had no tomato sauce, crushed tomatoes or anything like that.  But guess what I did have?

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For some reason I have a fear out of running out of Bush’s beans – I believe as I type this I have probably half a dozen more cans in the pantry.  I picked up this Tapatio picante sauce on a whim because 1. I love Tapatio, and 2. the whole jar was only $1.78 at Wal-mart.  I thought I could use that to make the base of my chili.  Um, best decision evah!  It’s spicy, but flavorful spicy.  I did end up adding an extra 1 cup of chicken broth to thin it out just a bit with all the beans, but holy balls this was delicious.  And 1.25 cups is 6 smart points.

Leftover Beef and Bean Chili
Serves 6
A perfect weeknight dinner because it uses leftover beef and pantry ingredients - oh, and it's ready in 15 minutes!
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Prep Time
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Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
17 min
Prep Time
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Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
17 min
285 calories
35 g
39 g
8 g
20 g
3 g
318 g
1614 g
8 g
0 g
4 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
318g
Servings
6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 285
Calories from Fat 74
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g
13%
Saturated Fat 3g
16%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 39mg
13%
Sodium 1614mg
67%
Total Carbohydrates 35g
12%
Dietary Fiber 12g
49%
Sugars 8g
Protein 20g
Vitamin A
22%
Vitamin C
4%
Calcium
7%
Iron
31%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 6 ounces leftover beef (mine was chuck)
  2. 16 ounce bottle of Tapatio picante sauce
  3. 1 cup chicken broth
  4. 2 cups canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  5. 1 cup canned corn, drained
  6. 2 cups Bush’s chili beans (don’t throw away the chili sauce!)
  7. 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  8. 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  9. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  10. 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  11. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  12. 1 teaspoon brown sugar
Instructions
  1. Dump everything in your stock pot.  Mix until combined.  Cook over medium low heat for 15 minutes.  Scoop it in a bowl and garnish with a bit of cilantro and a pinch of cojita cheese and enjoy.
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This was delicious for a meal that literally took no time to put together at all.  Note to self though:  stock up on canned tomatoes!  But in a pinch, find this Tapatio picante sauce.

Since I had 18 points going into dinner and my dinner was only 6, I used 12 tortilla chips (4 smart points) to dip into my bowl of chili – basically here is the perfect bite.

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Huge shout out to my Aunt Martha for some more Christmas loot.  The amazing Whitley nuts that she and her partner sell – um, maple bacon peanuts – yes please!  And this spicy hot sauce that is made by friends of theirs – I already popped it open and it’s delicious – almost too spicy, but I can handle it.  Some jalapeno pepper and two pairs of the softest socks rounded out the package.  Thank you Martha and Will!

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I did end up having 4 points of nuts last night before I went to bed, but ended up with 28/30 for the day.  Two days in a row of tracking and not going over my points!  I have WW today – I didn’t track at all over the long weekend, so I’ll be happy with a small gain and just move on.   Oh, and please don’t ask me where I got my countertops from (ha!) I think they are from 1972?!  One day I’d like one part of my kitchen to be made out of butcher block – we have those at The Chopping Block and while it requires some routine maintenance, I love them.

Here’s to one day closer to the weekend – make it a great day!

On Track

It’s amazing how many times in a day food can distract you into making the wrong decision.  Let’s take my train station for example.  As soon as I walk down the steps headed towards my office, all I smell is deliciousness.  Dunkin Donuts, Cinnabon, McDonald’s, Taco Bell, Popeyes Chicken – just to name a few.  And even though I’ve packed my food for the day, a little tiny person on my shoulder says “just get a mini cinnabon to accessorize your breakfast!”

While I do make really good Weight Watcher friendly dishes, the one reason that WW has asked me to be an ambassador for them, I feel like I should really start walking the walk instead of talking about it.  I actually didn’t do too bad over the holiday weekend.  I definitely had more licks and tastes (cookies, Chex Mix!) but it’s time that I actually followed the program to a T.   So yesterday was my first day in a long while that I ate exactly 30 points.  Turns out I didn’t leave any room for wine Open-mouthed smile

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Leftover quiche, leftover salad and half of a Jazz apple – this whole plate of food was only 6 smart points.  One of my new co-workers asked me out to lunch last week, and suggested the restaurant in the lobby of our building, Boston Blackies.  It’s been ages since I’ve had a burger there, and knew that I would get that for lunch.   I did some investigating on the Weight Watchers app – but there is such a wide range of point values for hamburgers – from 10 points all the way up to 45!  I decided 1/2 of the burger would be 10 points (no cheese, and veggies on top – mushrooms and green peppers – yum!) and ate 1/4 of the sweet potato fries and counted that as 4 points.  Um, for the record, this burger was worth it – juicy, they were able to cook it medium rare (not a lot of places do that for health reasons) and full of flavor.  I may have added a touch of mustard to my burger too Open-mouthed smile

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I am actually super busy at work – I thought I’d have a cake week with my main boss out of town, but duh, that means other secretaries are taking time off this week and word is getting out that I know my shit, and now I am getting requests directly from the attorneys – which is nice!   I got a text from Hannah in the afternoon stating that she was making beef barbocoa – yum!   She picked me up from the train station and wanted to know on a scale of 1-10 on how hungry I was.  At that point it was about 6:45, so I said “about a 6 or 7.”  Turns out Hannah and Jacob had a busy day, ate a late lunch and she didn’t put the beef in the crock pot until about 3:30.   There was no way it was going to be done by that time, so I switched to Plan B.  I had cooked up a bunch of chicken breast on Monday to just have on hand, so chicken tacos were the easiest thing to make last minute.  I had exactly 10 points left  for dinner, and guess what?  My dinner was exactly 10 points!

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Hannah had done some grocery shopping for her and Jacob, so there wasn’t a whole lot of room to make even a half way decent photo, but I am keeping it real.  Various utensils on the counter, scissors from cutting open some mail, extra hot sauce.  Um, speaking of hot sauces – I just found this sriracha salsa at the store made by Red Gold.  While I don’t think it’s that spicy, it has some great flavor.  My two corn tortillas (3) were stuffed with three ounces of chicken (2), 2 tablespoons 2% cheese (1) and more leftover salad.  I Pam fried them until crispy.  Half an ounce of tortilla chips (2), 1/4 cup refried beans (2) and the sriracha salsa on top.  It was ready in about 10 minutes and it hit the spot.  But at 30 points spent for the day, that left no room for wine, so I had tea last night.

So I just have to continue to say no to food I didn’t pack, and tell myself YES that it’s worth it to pass by all that shit.  It’s only Day 1 (for the billionth time) but let’s hope that I can string a bunch of those good days together.

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Here are a few more pics from Christmas I wanted to share:

12.25.16 134 My parents in law sent me this cute real mini tree – if I keep it alive I can actually plant it outside – how cool if this could be a future Christmas tree one day?  It came with mini lights and ornaments too.  So cute.

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I found these cute little stockings for Hannah and Jacob’s Starbuck’s gift cards.

And Shelley – this one is for you!  I sent myself as a baby on Snapchat, then she had to send one back to me, and I couldn’t help but do a side by side comparison.  Hilarious that we were both wearing our glasses too!

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I am on the left Open-mouthed smile

And I know I don’t need anymore snowman stuff, but I will always accept snowman gifts from others, you know, I can’t be rude!  But I did make this purchase when I was buying some stuff from The Chopping Block – a Momma Snowman and Baby Snowman spatula!  How cute?!

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And one of my favorite pictures of the whole weekend.  Roman with Hannah.  I love how he’s actually looking into my camera!

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I’ll be having the same breakfast as I did yesterday to use up the leftovers.  I also have chicken stir fry for lunch and will probably have Hannah’s barbacoa for dinner tonight.  I think it was finally ready to eat at about 10:00 p.m. last night. 

Gotta love a short week – cannot believe it’s Wednesday already!  Make it a great day Open-mouthed smile

Ham and Cheese Quiche – 5 Smart Points!

It was so nice to have three days off in a row! Makes me appreciate the time off that much more after working seven days a week for several weeks. But the best part about this holiday is that I didn’t over commit, stress shop, or anything like that. In fact, I did all the shopping for the kadults on Christmas Eve. I already knew what I was getting them, and I shopped, came back home, wrapped everything in just a couple hours. It was wonderful! I didn’t buy too much – or keep buying stuff because I had finished weeks before like I normally do. Everyone liked what they got, so it was a win all the way around.

Jacob’s Mom ended up spending Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with us. The three of them actually spent most of the afternoon at Jacob’s grandparents house on Christmas Eve, so I enjoyed a quiet house, with my Christmas music playing, doing some last minute cleaning and prepping for our appetizer dinner. At 4:00 p.m., just as it was starting to get dark, I poured myself a glass of wine – I love this snowman wine stopper!

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Jacob has a family favorite holiday appetizer that he wanted to make: hearts of palm wrapped on prosciutto and dipped in vinegar – sounds really weird, but it was actually quite good!

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Hannah made shrimp and green onion wontons – these were delicious too – and I actually ate them with all the green onions in them !

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I made chicken wings. Nothing holiday about that, except they were on sale and I had just cleaned out the deep fryer so the oil was fresh.

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We played games on Christmas Eve – Uno, which I haven’t played in ages, a game called Spoons, and we finished off with Yatzee. We had to laugh at Hannah’s competitiveness when it comes to playing card games – I have no idea where she gets her competitive streak from?!

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Hannah is usually the first one up Christmas Day, but when Jacob went to wake her up, she begged for just 15 more minutes. I had time to put the monkey bread and quiche in the oven to reheat (I made both the day before) and just enjoyed some coffee.

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I figured out in my head that 1/8 of this pie was going to be 6 smart points, but after putting it in the recipe builder, was happy to see that it’s only 5 points, including the pie crust!

Ham and Cheese Quiche
Serves 8
A great make ahead breakfast quiche - make once, eat for a week!
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
50 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
50 min
233 calories
11 g
71 g
14 g
14 g
5 g
124 g
418 g
0 g
0 g
8 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
124g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 233
Calories from Fat 127
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g
22%
Saturated Fat 5g
27%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 71mg
24%
Sodium 418mg
17%
Total Carbohydrates 11g
4%
Dietary Fiber 1g
2%
Sugars 0g
Protein 14g
Vitamin A
4%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
17%
Iron
7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 eggs
  2. 1 cup liquid egg whites
  3. 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  4. 4 ounces cooked diced ham
  5. 4 ounces 50% reduced fat Cabot cheese
  6. 1 9 inch pie shell
  7. salt and pepper
  8. pinch of crushed red pepper
  9. pinch of dried parsley
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 350. I used store bought pie crust. Roll crust out and press into a pie dish. In a bowl, mix the eggs, egg whites, almond milk, salt, pepper and crushed red pepper. In the bottom of the crust, put the diced ham. Pour in the egg mixture, top with the cheese and the dried parsley. Bake for 45 minutes or until the eggs are set and the crust is browned. Cool completely before serving to avoid it being too liquidy. Not sure if that’s a word, but I am sticking with it. On Christmas morning I just popped it in a 350 oven for 10 minutes to heat up.
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Delicious breakfast for a crowd and only 5 smart points per slice!

Jacob’s Mom and the kadults left yesterday around 11:30. I got my organizing pants on got a lot of stuff done around the house, finished all my laundry – folded it, AND put it away. I also did some meal prep for the week – I bought chicken breasts that were on sale and pre-cooked some to have later in the week. I also cut up bite sized pieces for stir fry later in the week. Um, how is it I’ve just now seen this hot sauce from Frank’s Redhot?!

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A teaspoon of this sauce is only 1 smart point and it was great drizzled over the top. The chicken was sautéed in soy sauce and Thai chili paste, so this dish was super flavorful. This was a delicious 7 point lunch yesterday but a few hours later I was really hungry, but it was a few hours before dinner. I picked up some of these Premiere Protein shakes a couple weeks ago. It’s been all the rage on Instagram among Weight Watcher peeps to buy a two ounce shot of espresso from Starbuck’s and add the protein shake to make a 30 gram of protein iced coffee for 2 smart points.  Turns out Hannah and Jacob go to Starbuck’s just about every day and collectively they got about $130 in Starbuck’s gift cards.  My double shot cost $1.76.

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I was a bit leery because me and protein shakes usually don’t get along. Like, if I drink one I may as well drink it over the toilet that’s how fast it goes through me. But not this!  It was delicious and not overly sweet.  It’s 160 calories, 5 carbs, 1 gram of sugar and 30 grams of protein. This was more than enough to keep me from diving head first into a bag of Chex Mix – which both my brother and my Aunt sent me this year – THANKS GUYS! I love Chex Mix and Christmas time is the only time I eat it, so I’ve portioned it into 1/2 cup servings and am calling it 4 smart points.

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My blog reader friend Lynne (who’ve I met in real life!) sent me a box of her homemade goodies in the cutest snowman tin. I have no idea how she knew I liked snowmen – these are also a once a year treat, so I am calling each cookie 3 points, tracking it and moving on. They are delicious – thanks Lynne!

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And just like that, in the blink of an eye, the long weekend and Christmas 2016 is over. I watched several movies. One I hadn’t seen in a long time was Good Will Hunting. I had forgotten how much I liked that movie and had forgotten that Robin William’s characters wife died of cancer. A couple quotes really grabbed me:

“. . .I don’t regret the 18 years I was married to Nancy. I don’t regret the six years I had to give up counseling when she got sick. And I don’t regret the last years when she got really sick. . .”

I can remember long nights when I had to sleep on the floor because Tony would toss and turn so much that it kept waking me up, but I didn’t want to leave the room in case he needed me. The hours I spent in hospitals because he would fall asleep, remote in hand, within minutes of me walking in the room. Helping him to the bathroom after his colon cancer diagnosis, and basically having to change him like a baby because it took months for him to have control of his bowels after that surgery. When he had his artificial knee replaced and he couldn’t walk for three months, so I would spend my lunch hour driving home, fixing his lunch and going back to work. I don’t regret any of it.

“You’ll have bad times, but it’ll always wake you up to the good stuff you weren’t paying attention to.”

Which is what I held onto this Christmas. The way Tony made me laugh. How he got me and my sense of humor. His hugs, his kiss, and how he didn’t let a day go by in the near 14 years we were together to tell me I was beautiful. That’s the good stuff.

I hope you had some good stuff happen to you this holiday weekend – I’d love to hear about it.  Hugs!

Merry Christmas!

I want to thank everyone who left a comment, texted me, messaged me on Facebook, etc. about my Anniversary yesterday.  I would be sitting at my desk and every time I saw a notification on my phone, it was like getting a hug – thank you!

I am having trouble again getting my photos off my phone – every time I plug in my phone to my computer, it pops up “no new images” when I know there are pictures there.  In any event, I went to WW yesterday to weigh in – I hadn’t been in three weeks!  I haven’t been doing as well as I could have been, obviously December is an emotional month for me, so I was pleasantly surprised that I lost .2!  I thought for sure I’d have a gain of five pounds!  But I think because of Weight Watchers, I am more aware – and most of my meals are definitely WW friendly, it’s the wine and in between stuff that gets me.  I really need to focus on the “other” stuff going into 2017!

I may post my eats when I get to work, just to be accountable, but I wanted to share some fun Christmas cards with you.  I first met Christina in 2008 via our respective blogs.  I loved her cooking style, and her sense of humor.  She was the very first blogger I met in real life (Mara was there too!) back in 2009.  You can see the recap in this post here.  We met a couple more times before she and her husband moved back to North Carolina where she is from originally.  She’s now married, and has the most beautiful daughter.

I am so happy she’s happy being a Momma – seeing her daughter grow is one of my favorite things to see on Instagram.  But what I LOVE about Christina and her husband is that they have THE BEST Christmas cards. 

UPDATE: I apologize that I never thought that Christina’s privacy may be compromised by putting her Christmas Cards on my blog, so at her request (sorry Christina!) I am removing them.

 

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday.  I plan to get some exercise in, do some last minute shopping (um, I mean start shopping!) for Hannah and Jacob, and then just have a relaxing weekend.  I plan to spend time in my kitchen making treats for family gifts that I am shipping next week – I figure if they get there before the new year I am good.

Merry Christmas!

Happy Anniversary

16 years ago today, I married my best friend.  I had no doubts marrying a man I only knew six months, heck, I knew after the first date that we’d be together forever.  I just didn’t know that forever meant only 14 years.  I know I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I am confident we were put together so that I could take care of him the last 7 years of his life when he started getting sick.  I don’t think he would have lived so long without me.  When he couldn’t work, I worked two jobs.  I made sure he got all his medication.  I talked to doctors and nurses for him.  And when it seemed difficult at the time, looking back on it, it wasn’t that hard.  I would do anything to have those 7 years back, even if that meant sitting in front of the t.v. eating dinner every night.  (Helen, I’ve only twice eaten dinner in front of the t.v. since he’s been gone!).

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Hug your spouse or significant other a little extra for me today okay?!   You never know how many more times you’ll get to do it.  Make it a great day!

Pork Medallions with Cheesy Grits

I am so happy to be eating all this Florida citrus.  The only thing better would be to eat it right off the tree in 80 degree weather!  I have to tell you though, before I started working at The Chopping Block, I think I may have massacred  every piece of grapefruit trying to get all the fruit out – that is until I learned how to supreme citrus.  Check out our Chef Owner Shelley’s video here – works the same for lemons, limes, oranges and grapefruit. 

I picked up steel cut oats at Pret, with their goji berry add on (not even a couple tablespoons) and then brought pom seeds, a supreme grapefruit, and a peeled tangerine and put together my breakfast.  This whole bowl comes in at 7 smart points.

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Holy yum – 5 points for the steel cut oats, 2 points for the goji berry mix, and the rest is zero.  This took me a while to eat, but I ate every single bite.   I got the inspiration for this breakfast from my friend Ashley’s winter citrus salad – go check that out here!  You have to follow her – she’s recently engaged, has amazing food photography and has a really quirky sense of humor, which is why I like her so much.  Let’s forget the fact that I am old enough to be her Mom! 

Work was busy – never got a chance to leave my desk much, but that’s okay.  I ate lasagna soup at my desk and just kept my head down and kept going. 

The kadults had their coffee shop holiday party last night, so I was solo for dinner.  It’s kind of nice to make what you want for dinner and not have to worry about anyone else’s likes or dislikes.  Jacob loves pork, but it doesn’t agree with him.  Hannah is always a no on pork, so pork it was!  I picked up this 1.3 pound pork tenderloin (Hormel brand) for just under $4.

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First thing I did was trim any visible fat, and remove the silver skin.  Then I was hungry, so I portioned out two 3 ounce pork medallions for dinner, and then made 2 ounce medallions with the rest of the tenderloin.

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Gah, I hate my kitchen lighting!  Anywho, I packaged up two 2 ounce medallions into ziploc bags for three meals later – whether I cook them up for breakfast, or make pork tacos – not bad to get 4 meals of meat for under $4!

My sister told me about grits a while back and I bought a container and never really did anything with them.  I thought for sure over the course of 8 1/2 years of blogging I would have used grits in some way or another.  A quick google search told me the answer to that question was no!  Holy cow, were these delicious – and I made them in the microwave Open-mouthed smile

Pork Medallions over Cheesy Grits
Serves 1
A quick weeknight dinner that's fit for one or a crowd!
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
589 calories
30 g
151 g
24 g
63 g
8 g
776 g
1049 g
6 g
0 g
14 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
776g
Servings
1
Amount Per Serving
Calories 589
Calories from Fat 214
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 24g
37%
Saturated Fat 8g
39%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 12g
Cholesterol 151mg
50%
Sodium 1049mg
44%
Total Carbohydrates 30g
10%
Dietary Fiber 6g
25%
Sugars 6g
Protein 63g
Vitamin A
21%
Vitamin C
26%
Calcium
27%
Iron
24%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. two 3 ounce pork medallions
  2. salt and pepper
  3. 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
  4. 1 cup fresh green beans
  5. 2 teaspoons minces garlic
  6. 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
  7. 1/2 cup chicken broth
  8. 1 tablespoon good mustard
  9. 1/2 teaspoon honey
  10. one pinch crushed red pepper
  11. 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  12. salt and pepper
  13. 1/4 cup instant grits
  14. 1 cup water
  15. 1 ounce 50% reduced fat Cabot cheddar cheese
Instructions
  1. In a 4 cup glass measuring cup, mix the 1/4 cut instant grits with one cup water, mix well and microwave for five minutes – stirring half way through.   Stir in the Cabot cheese, salt and pepper to taste, and set aside.
  2. In a small skillet, add two tablespoons of water, add the green beans and cook over medium heat until the water evaporates.  Add 1/2 teaspoon of oil, the garlic and cook over medium low heat until the garlic starts to brown.  Set aside.
  3. In another small skillet, heat your pan over medium low heat.  These medallions were about an 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 thick so I wanted to make sure that they were cooked through before I seared them – I do reversed sear on my grill all the time and figured it would work on top of the stove.  I cooked the pork for 4 minutes a side in a skillet with a lid.  I removed the pork, cranked my cast iron skillet to medium high heat, added 1/2 teaspoon oil to the pan and once that was hot, seared both sides for about 1 1/2 minutes per side.
  4. Remove the pork to rest a bit.  In a small bowl, mix the chicken broth, mustard, honey, crushed red pepper, corn starch and salt and pepper and mix well.  Using a wooden spoon, pour that mixture into the cast iron skillet and scrape up all the bits on the bottom of the pan – let the sauce cook for about a minute, or until thickened.
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calories
589
fat
24g
protein
63g
carbs
30g
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I plated the green beans on one side.  Poured the cheesy grits next to the beans, then topped with seared pork chops and drizzled with the honey mustard sauce.

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The top picture was with my DSLR, the bottom with my iPhone  – these pictures don’t do this dinner justice – it was pure comfort food on a plate – and healthy to boot!  Only 11 smart points for the whole plate and dinner was literally ready in about 15 minutes or so.  I am pretty sure I am going to find any excuse to have cheesy grits at every meal going forward!

And I have to give a shout out to Weight Watchers who reposted my breakfast baked potato – and in the process I gained 150 new followers on Instagram – thanks WW!

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Seriously if you plan on having a giant group of people over at the holidays, this is the perfect brunch meal.  Bake a bunch of potatoes the night before and just let them hang out on the kitchen counter overnight.  The next day, scoop out the potato filling, scramble with eggs and any veggies or meat you have on hand, refill the potato boats, top with cheese and bam – everyone eats at the same time.  With a bowl of fresh fruit, this is the perfect brunch – you could even do a breakfast potato bar where everyone makes their own filling – so many possibilities!

Alright, time to get this show on the road – we’ve made it to Wednesday!  Make it a great day!