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January 2018


Chicken and Waffles

It started out rainy, but warm #win!  By the time I got downtown, it stopped raining and it was near 50 degrees.  The river was still partially frozen, but it was a glimpse of spring and it was a glorious walk to my office from the train station.

These muffins.  OMG.  I am posting the recipe for these tomorrow, but they taste like a potato biscuit.  Have you had a potato biscuit before??  You can check a recipe here for those – I am going to try to tweak this recipe by subbing in the Greek yogurt for the milk – I’ll keep you posted.

Pinky swear I’ll share this recipe tomorrow. 😀  Each muffin comes in at just 2 points, and no matter how you double, triple, quadruple, they are still two points each.  #love

I’m just teasing you now with this close up!

It was drizzling outside, so Jenn and I walked Macy’s.  She was wearing this necklace, and asked if I liked it.  Um. no.  So I did a pole and 1/3 of my Instagram followers loved it, the others didn’t.  But who cares?  If she loves it, that’s all that matters!

I worked late, even though I wasn’t supposed to, but I had overnight packages that had to get out.  It was still near 50 when I was heading to the train station at 6:15 – and all the ice melted!  It was a happy accident that I got the moon in this pic.

Hannah had some friends over last night, so the kitchen was quite cramped, and while I had visions of deep frying these chicken fingers because I had the points, that just didn’t work out, but these were still delicious.

Chicken and Waffles

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Serves: 2 Cooking Time: 10


  • 1/2 pound chicken tenders
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon grape seed oil
  • 2 tablespoons Frank's hot sauce
  • 2 waffles
  • 1/2 cup sugar free pancake syrup



You can easily use frozen waffles, but I used my pumpkin waffle recipe, which is 3 points per waffle.


Mix the flour, salt and pepper together, and coat the chicken. Heat the oil in a cast iron or non-stick skillet and heat to medium. When the oil is hot, cook the chicken, about 7-8 minutes depending on the size of your chicken, turning to brown all sides.


Toss the Frank's hot sauce in the pan and coat the chicken. Place half the chicken over the toasted waffle, drizzle with the sugar free syrup and garnish with dried parsley.


Using the WW recipe builder, and with my 3 point waffles, this dinner is 6 points - 3 for the waffle, 2 for the chicken and 1 for the syrup.

Skinny Chicken and Waffles

This was healthy comfort food at it’s finest, and the perfect balance of sweet and savory.  And it was ready in about 15 minutes which was good since I didn’t fix dinner until nearly 8:15!

I was so happy about all the snow almost melting except for big piles in parking lots, but of course, being January in Chicago, we got a couple inches of snow overnight.  

In case you are wondering, the first day of spring is only 56 days away!

Happy Tuesday friends – make it a great day!


Mini Cinnamon Rolls

I looked at my points tracker on Friday night and was astonished that I still had 30 weekly points left on the table the night before weight in.  I had a great week.  Didn’t have a 46 point day, drank my water (we’ll talk about exercise later, m’kay?) and am still going strong with #dryjanuary

So I was shocked when I only lost .2.  But then I had to remember, it’s not unusual for me to have a low loss after a big one, and I did lose 3 pounds last week.  I didn’t let it rattle me, it’s just a number, and I am in this for the long haul and in the end its the big picture, not just one weigh in of seven days.

After Weight Watchers I went to the local car dealership because the lease was up on my Nissan Juke.  I loved that car, but seems like I was the only one who liked it.  Hannah and Jacob thought it was too small – but guess what?  It was my car, and it fit me perfect.  But they don’t make the Juke anymore.

That’s my new ride!  It’s a Nissan Rogue Sport.  It’s actually a down grade from what I had – cloth seats, no sun or moon roof, but it still has a lot of bells and whistles – heated steering wheel?  Didn’t know that was a thing.  It came with a remote start, and it’s $150 less than my old car payment.

I love to lease because I don’t like maintaining cars, that was Tony’s job, and now that he’s not here, I’d just let someone else take care of that, and that is worth the price of the car payment alone.  I am perfectly aware that I could buy a car for a smaller car payment, but this works for me.  

I met up with Hannah, we ran some errands and it was after 3:00 before I started getting bizzy in my kitchen – unheard of for a Saturday!

I am THIS CLOSE to the perfect low point brownie.  These are actually chick pea brownies!  I didn’t have any black beans, and because people say that you can’t taste the beans in this recipe, I figured, once pureed, would you know if they were chick peas or black beans?

I had to laugh so hard, because this is how I handed Hannah the brownie to taste – mind you that is 1/2 of one serving, and only 1 point – 2 points for 1/9 of a 9×9 pan.  Pretty sure that’s how professional chefs serve their food, no?!   I will probably post this recipe next week after I tweak it a bit, but it’s close.

Aunt Martha, I still love that makeup bag you gave me – it holds all my diabetes stuff and I use it every day.

Sunday morning I had a taste for cinnamon rolls.  I haven’t had a true cinnamon roll in ages, and when I looked through my blog to see if I had made them (I was sure I did because my step-son LOVES all things cinnamon) turns out my recipe calls for a stick of melted butter, and a cup of brown sugar.

I took two ounces of my Skinny Pizza Dough and decided to make one sweet treat and one savory. Today I am showing the cinnamon rolls, because they were the star of the plate.

I rolled out the dough pretty thin, then spread 1/2 teaspoon butter over the dough, a teaspoon of brown sugar and a few pinches of cinnamon.  I rolled it up, then cut it into three pieces and baked at 425 for 10 minutes.

I made a glaze of powdered sugar and milk, and used 1 teaspoon of the glaze for the cinnamon rolls – so these three mini cinnamon rolls were only 3 points.  One for the dough, 1 for the butter and 1 for the glaze.  And these were perfect – a bit of a crunch on the bottom where the brown sugar caramelized, and soft on the inside.  If I wasn’t meeting my Mom for lunch, I would have made more right then and there!

Did you know that Hannah has a new Instagram account?  She joined Weight Watchers the second week of January and has lost 8 pounds.  So proud of her!  And go follow her on Instagram – she’s a much better photographer than I’ll ever be.  Go Hannah!

Before meeting my Mom for lunch, Jacob and I stopped by the coffee shop.  She makes the best sugar free hazelnut lattes.   I finished up my meal plan after doing a quick inventory of what I have on hand, and came up with this meal plan below.  I am SO excited to show you my low point chicken and waffles tonight.  I subscribe to NY Times food section by email and last week they did a recap of chicken and waffles, and I can’t shake it, so I am going to make it!

I only had three things on my grocery list, but it never fails that I can still spend a minimum of $50.

And my Momma and I were going to be shopping at Whole Foods!  #wholepaycheck

My Mom turned me onto mochi ice cream balls – holy cow, were these amazing!  I didn’t get a photo or video of me eating them, because we let them defrost for about 15 minutes and they were just perfect – a slight chew of the “dough” on the outside – and I got a coffee filling.  Luckily the price tag prevented us from buying more – they were $2 each!  My Mom treated me, because you know, I am her favorite.  #duh.  Loved spending time with you yesterday Mom!

Lookie there – I spent $10.39 on my groceries!  But if I had bought those same items at my local grocery store, it probably would have been $5 😛

OMG, have you guys seen the soap display at Whole Foods before??!!  Lori, I totally thought of you – they were selling these soaps for $1.49 an ounce – I weighed one of them and each one would cost between $10-$14 per bar, depending on the size.  That black and white one?  Charcoal and lemongrass and it smelled amazing.

The ones below were almond caramel and I almost wanted to it eat.

It was a great weekend.  I have to share pics of the pups – Roman doesn’t usually like me picking me up and will only tolerate it when he’s really tired.

Rummy loves being picked up!   OMG, look at all that grey hair!  I don’t notice it until I see it in pictures, but I am low maintenance, so not ready to start dying it i


Breakfast/ Weight Watchers

Pumpkin Waffles

Yesterday both Hannah and Jacob had the early shift, and well, with one bathroom, that made things a bit of a challenge.  While I usually like to take the earlier train (hate being late) I decided to take the later train, which if all goes well, I get to my desk at 8:55 for a 9:00 clock in.  The train could be delayed, there are so many variables, but it worked out fine.  And gave me time to make waffles before work!

I tweaked my 2 point pancake recipe into these pumpkin waffles – each waffle is 3 points, or if you only eat half it’s only 1 point.  Not sure how that worked out, but that’s what the WW recipe builder told me.

Pumpkin Waffles
Serves 2
A delicious, light and fluffy waffle - perfect for a sweet and savory breakfast sammie!
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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
312 calories
49 g
194 g
8 g
13 g
3 g
307 g
695 g
13 g
0 g
3 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 312
Calories from Fat 66
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g
Saturated Fat 3g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 194mg
Sodium 695mg
Total Carbohydrates 49g
Dietary Fiber 5g
Sugars 13g
Protein 13g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 2 large eggs
  2. 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  3. 1 large banana
  4. 1/2 cup flour
  5. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  6. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  7. 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  8. 1/2 cup canned pumpkin*
  9. 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk**
  1. Mix all the ingredients together. **Check the consistency of your batter, if it's too thick, add up to 1/4 cup of unsweetened almond milk to get the consistency you want.
  2. This was enough batter for two large waffles, using a standard waffle maker (not a Belgian waffle maker).
  3. *make sure you buy canned pumpkin and not pumpkin pie filling, which has added sugar.
  4. Cook according to your waffle manufacture instructions. I made mine sweet and savory with a cooked egg, ham and cheese, for a 4 point breakfast.
My Bizzy Kitchen


It was a balmy 27 degrees outside so my sister and I decided to walk outside.  The ice is starting to melt on the river.  It was so refreshing to walk outside, but really made us wish it was about 40 degrees warmer!

I had lasagna soup on my lunch menu, but having it three times already this week, decided to hit up the salad bar.  OMG, the salad bar on #freestyle is amazing!  All the beans, have a hard boiled egg, grab that carved turkey breast.  I am out of my beloved Bolthouse Farms dressing, but they had a spicy cilantro dressing that was amazing.  The only points on my salad was the 1/2 ounce of cheese (2) and I am counting the dressing as 3 because I know there is probably oil in it.  Need to figure out how to recreate that dressing.


Huge Ass Salad

My sister found the Hebrew National 97% fat free hot dogs over the weekend, and the two stores I shopped at over the weekend didn’t have them.  I tried Jewel and found them on sale – #score!  I think I’ve mentioned it here before, but there is a restaurant across the street from where I get off the train and they have the best food – but their restaurant always smells like tater tots and as soon as I get off the train, I am like “shit, tater tots sound amazing!”

So I recreated my take on a beef stand chili dog using the 1 point hot dog, a light but (2), 1/4 cup Hormel vegetarian bean chili (1) and 19 tater tots that I Pam fried (6).  I had such high expectations of this dinner!

I don’t know if was because my mouth was waiting for that delicious crunch you get when you bite into a good beef stand hot dog, or that I haven’t had Hormel chili in a long time, but this dinner was just. . . eh.  The tots were spectacular though!

Even after my 10 point dinner, I was still 21/23 points for the day, and I still have 31 weekly points left for the week and tomorrow is my WI.  Not sure if that will help or hurt me on the scale, but I had a great week.  I went out to eat twice and made great choices, and as I am working up to 21 days on the new WW program (following it to the T – they say it takes 21 days to make a habit) I feel good about my mind set with food.

But I really want a good all beef hotdog now! 

Happy Friday – you may notice I have a new header!  Slowly getting this site enhanced – what do you think?

Also the comment button is on the bottom now, on the right hand side on the bottom of the post – it’s kind of small, but some people couldn’t find it yesterday.

Now go make it a great day!