Good and Bad

I am having technical difficulty this morning.  My pictures wouldn’t download on my desktop so I am blogging on my phone this morning.

I follow a lot of BBQ people on Instagram.  The good after Hurricane Irma?


This guy and his catering company opened his house and grills and would cook up any of your defrosted meat with the power outages going on in Florida – full with tents, ice and water.  If I lived anywhere close to there, I would have jumped behind a grill in a heartbeat 🤗

My parents in law are still without power but the good?  They only lost three roof tiles  and have a small tear in their screened lanai.  They have an outdoor kitchen and my MIL pulled out a camping stove to cook and they are doing fine.  She did say that Naples as a whole looks like a war zone.

The good?  We have settled on the date and details for Hannah and Jacob’s wedding shower and wedding!  In 31 days they will say I DO. 💕

The bad: Jacobs grandma’s cancer is back and we are not sure of the prognosis, hence why Hannah and Jacob wanted to get married so she would be here for it.

The bad: my Instagram friend and fellow WW ambassador Kelly just found out her Mom has stage 4 breast cancer – she’s having a fundraiser in the link in her bio below:


So I have talked about being in the struggle bus and realized it’s the good and bad of what’s going on in the world that wakes me up and makes me realize I have so much to be thankful for.  I will always miss my husband but that doesn’t mean I can’t live each day to the fullest.  No one is guaranteed tomorrow.

Let’s all focus on the good today, shall we? Leave a comment below – I’d love to hear what good things are happening in your life.

Make it a great day!

Bubble Up Breakfast

As I was walking into work yesterday morning, I got this text from Hannah.  Ignore the part where I texted her the sales at our local thrift store over the weekend 😛  

Pickles, the baby squirrel that Hannah tried to save, died overnight.  She feels she did everything right, she read how they like to burrow when they sleep, she had it in a box with plenty of ventilation.  She buried it in the backyard.  I am sure it is only a matter of time before the dogs figure out where it is – fingers crossed they don’t find it!

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Jacob asked if his Dad could come over for dinner on Sunday.  So I bought one more steak.  The kadults were working until 6:00, so Jacob told his Dad to come at 6:30.  Guess what time he showed up at?  4:00!   So I don’t have any pretty pictures of my take on this bubble up breakfast from Daily Dose of Pepper (which I now realize she calls a bacon, egg and cheese biscuit bake!)   Let’s say I was “inspired” by her recipe to come up with this one.  Her original recipe was 8 smart points per serving.  My version is 10 points for 1/4 of the cast iron skillet.

So while I had hoped to make this with plenty of daylight and get good pics, I was a good hostess and hung out with Jacob’s Dad.  Who now wants to do this EVERY Sunday.  I don’t mind Sunday dinner, but hopefully he’ll come at the required time so I can finish the stuff I want to.  This recipe is so easy though – I put it together in a matter of minutes, popped it in the oven, and 30 minutes later it was done.

My first substition was to use Jennie-O turkey sausage.  Only 1 smart point per two ounces vs. 1 point per piece of bacon in her recipe.  The second substition was that I used only 4 eggs and used 1 cup of egg whites.  And lastly, I used Trader Joe’s lite mozzarella (one point per ounce) in place of the American cheese she used.  So you can see, mine was inspired by Star – thanks for the inspiration though!

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Oh, and I had a zucchini that needed to be used up, so I added that in with the sausage.

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Just mix, pour and bake!

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Bubble Up Breakfast Bake

A great meal plan breakfast - 4 servings at 6 WW points each.  Cook once and breakfast is set for the week!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 1/4 of skillet
Author Biz

Ingredients

  • 1 cup liquid egg whites
  • 4 large eggs
  • 8 ounces Jennie-0 turkey sausage, chopped
  • 1 cup zucchini, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 4 ounces Trader Joe's lite mozzarella
  • 8 portions reduced fat refrigerator biscuit

Instructions

  1. Cut the refrigerator biscuits in quarters and toss them in a big bowl.  Add all remaining ingredients except the cheese and mix well.  Pour into a cast iron skillet, or casserole dish.  Top with cheese, another sprinkle of dried parsley, and bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes.

I wish I had a better picture to show you, but this was delicious.  Only one tiny problem.  When I entered this into my recipe builder, I forgot to add the reduced fat biscuits, so instead of being 6 points for 1/4 of it, it’s 10 points per quarter.  But I was only able to eat half of my serving yesterday, so 5 points for 1/8 isn’t too bad! 

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I added two points to my tracker yesterday 😛

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Jenn and I walked at lunch – it was an absolutely gorgeous day.  We walked north on Wabash and never saw this sculpture before.  Hi Jenn!

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It was a tad windy too 😀

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While I know you’ll look at this and think “that’s lasagna soup!”  Nope.  This is tomato soup with baby cheese ravioli and spinach.  I had a giant pot of marinara I made last weekend that had to be either used up or frozen.  I froze two cup portions and had about a cup leftover, so mixed that with one cup of chicken broth and viola!  Tomato soup.  My store sells their homemade ravioli that is 6 points for 1 cup and delicious.  I only reheated the cooked ravioli for about 30 seconds, just to get the chill of from the fridge, then when I heated up the hot soup, just poured the ravioli into the soup and it heated through as it sat on my desk.

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It was a busy day at work, so it went by fast.  Jacob is back doing low carb/keto and when I mentioned I was making Michael Symon’s Cinncinati chili he asked if that would work in his diet.  Yep!  The only difference between Michael’s recipe and mine was that I left out the onions (duh) and I only made half a batch using 95% lean sirloin beef.

Jacob had his served over sauted cauliflower.  Hannah tasted it and thought it tasted like ass, or in her words “it tastes like chili pasta sauce.”  It is a different consistency then regular chili, because it’s meant to be chili mac, but the flavors are amazing – cinnamon, cocoa powder, sherry vinegar.  Yum!  I have some for lunch today.

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I wasn’t hungry for dinner yet, so I went to the gym.  Here is the obligatory next to the janitor closet, gym selfie.  I did two miles on the treadmill.  Five minutes of 3.8 mph, then each additional five minutes I jogged – my last 5 minutes was at a 6.2 mph pace!  

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I got home a little after 9 p.m. and the thought of having chili made me want to throw up.  So I made toast!  One savory:  7 grain bread (5 points for 2 slices) topped with 2 ounces deli turkey (1) and 1/2 container guacamole (2) and the second sweet: 1 tablespoon peanut butter (3) strawberries and a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar.  I could have that for any meal any day of the week.   11 points of deliciousness.

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I haven’t been on Half Baked Harvest’s blog for a while, but I saw this on Instagram, and this is going to happen this weekend – doesn’t it look amazing?!  Honey, apple, cheddar, and bacon panini.  Um, yes please!

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As far as I know, my parents in law are still without power.  I am going to get in touch with them sometime today to see how they are doing.  Just so glad they are okay!

Alright, the train is almost into the station – happy Tuesday – make it a great day!

Irma, WI and a Winner

I’ve been on pins and needles all weekend worrying about my parents-in-law.  I know that if Tony were here he would have tried to get them to evacuate, but I know my father-in-law wouldn’t have listened to him.  He’s set in his ways, they have been through hurricane “type” weather before, their house was built to withstand a Category 4 storm, they had food and water and they were just going to ride it out.

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I last spoke to them around 11:00 a.m. yesterday morning and they had already been without power for a few hours.  I didn’t want to talk to them too long to drain what cell phone battery they had, but I texted them a few times throughout the afternoon and evening and got no response.  This morning I googled “ariel view of Naples after Irma” that picture above was one of the first that popped up.

Happily I woke up this morning to a text from my MIL Bonnie “We are fine.  No power, but all in great shape.”  Thank goodness!!

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Can anyone explain to me how when you think that you are going to have a gain, you have a loss, and when you think you killed it, you have a gain?!!  I dodged a bullet last week with a loss of .4.  I have to be extra careful this week so that any residual indescretions I had last week don’t show up on the scale this week.

I didn’t go to the meeting until 10, so after running a bunch of errands I didn’t finally eat anything until nearly noon.  I had two slices of avocado bread for 10 smart points.

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Hannah has a new employee that moved to town with her boyfriend.  Sadly, her boyfriend broke up with her, but for financial reasons they have to still live together.  He flat out told her that she had to find someplace else to stay Saturday night because his brother was spending the night.  She has a key to the coffee shop because she opens, and had planned on sleeping there. 

Hannah called and asked if she could sleep at our house, and of course I said yes.  We were going to dinner at the place we think we are going to have Hannah and Jacob’s wedding shower and invited her along.  She’s a very sweet girl (I think she’s 23) and at the end of the dinner she handed me $7 and asked if that was enough to contribute to dinner.  I told her to keep it, but as we were leaving she said “If you find $7 laying around your house after I leave, I have no idea how it got there!”

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Tony and I used to go to this restaurant all the time, so when I realized I had points for a Boddington’s beer, I got that.  Their food prices are rediculously cheap – this sirloin steak kabob with Asian slaw was only $8.95, and perfectly cooked.

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On Friday night, having only 4 smart points left for dinner, I made this zucchini ribbon shrimp dish – but the most questions I got asked was “where did you buy the zucchini ribbons.”   All I did was use a vegetable peeler. 

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I made this giant breakfast pizza – lavash bread (2) leftover beef (3) egg whites (1) and feta cheese (3).

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Just bake at 425 for 10 minutes.  I baked it on my baking steel and it was perfect.  So filling though, I only ate 3/4 of it.

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Oh, and add a point for the bacon 😀

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Longtime readers will remember that several years ago I had two squirrels who would frequent our front desk and would literally take peanuts out of my hand.

I was playing frisbee with the dogs in the back yard when all of a sudden out of my woods comes these two tiny squirrels.  I thought for sure Roman and Rummy would attack them so I quickly grabbed the dogs with Jacob’s Dad who was over for Sunday dinner and got the dogs in the house.  They were shaking, but kept walking to my gazebo.

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I still had a bag of apples from my friends house by the back door, and bit off pieces for them to eat.

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Then one of them jumped into the bag of apples!  It was all fun until one of them jumped at me!  I texted Hannah pictures and videos as she was on her way home from work, and I knew she would want to keep them.  Before she got home, one wandered back off into the woods.

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Hannah did a quick google search on “how to take care of baby squirrles” and she read that they have to be kept at 99 degrees to stay warm.  She immediately got a towel and put the squirrel in there.  Next, she microwaved a soft t-shirt and put the squirrel in that, and it immediately fell asleep.

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She’s going to take it to our local animal shelter today.  She read that if the Momma doesn’t come back to the babies within two hours, it most like won’t come back.

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Or I’ll come home tonight and she will still have it!  She named it Pickles 😀

I forgot to announce a winner for my 9 year blogavarsary!!  Using random integer, the winner of the magazine subscription is:

Susan (Eastendmom)
Hi Biz! I really don’t know how long I’ve been following – five or six years, maybe? This post on Tony made me very teary. I can’t believe it’s been nearly 3 years already; as always, the days may drag but the years fly. I was widowed at a young age also, so my heart absolutely went out to you and I ached for what the days ahead would hold. But you are really moving forward, no doubt about it, remaking your life (even your home!) and Tony would be more than proud. Congrats on Hannah’s upcoming wedding & continued blessings to you and your family.
 
CONGRATS SUSAN!  Shoot me an email at mybizzykitchen@gmail.com and we’ll chat about what magazine subscription you would want.  
 
Happy Monday – now got make it a great day!

Struggle Bus

I didn’t stick to my meal plan at all this week.  While I could have easily made steel cut oats at home, I picked up a small container at Pret (4) and added bananas, blueberries, strawberries and 2 tablespoons of granola (2).  Even though this is a high carb breakfast, it is most definitely insulin worthy.

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My days have been off since we were off work on Monday, so when Hannah and Jacob asked if I would have lunch with them I absolutely said yes.  Not even realizing it was Thursday and my usual Weight Watcher meeting.  I still go to the meetings by my house on Saturday’s, but I really love the Thursday leader.  Next week for sure!  We headed back to Revival Food Hall.  

I knew Jacob would be all over the brisket, and I was on that bandwagon as well.  Hannah couldn’t decide, but after tasting one bite of the brisket she said “I’ll have a chopped brisket sandwich please!”  Probably the most meat she’s eaten in the last six months.

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Oh my word – so delicious.  If you have a chance to eat at Smoque in Chicago, I highly recommend it.  They also have amazing pulled pork sandwiches and jalapeno sausage.  

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Brisket is actually low in points.  I asked for the leanest part of the brisket for my chopped sammie.  

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The three amigos!  Even though I live with them, I still love that they like to hang out with me. 😀

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They went on to stop by my sisters office, and then headed to the Shedd Aquarium because it was a free admittance day.  They walked from the loop all the way to the museum campus – which is about 5 miles!  We all made the 5:33 and took the train ride home together.  

They had a taste for chicken, and picked up chicken wings and tenders from Jewel and brought it home.  I took one chicken finger, tossed it in Frank’s hot sauce and made a buffalo chicken finger salad with tater tot croutons.  Yes, you read that correctly – the tots totally made this salad.

And this dressing is AMAZEBALLS.  Yes, I am shouting because I want you to run right to the store and buy some.  One smart point per tablespoon and it tastes rich and delicious.  Thank you Bolthouse Farms for sending me this!

This was delicious.  Although when I was eating it, it instantly reminded me of Tony, as this was my signature salad (well, the chicken tender salad – not the tots!) I would have when Tony was in the hospital.

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I’ve somehow found myself on the Struggle Bus this week.  You know what sucks about being on the Struggle Bus?  I am the fricken driver and I have yet to stop driving and let myself off.  I’ve had wine every night, snacking after dinner – my actual three square meals have been on point though, it’s just the “extra” shit that has to end.  I will face the scale tomorrow and accept what it says and move on.

My one Instagram friend Jane who enjoys cocktails as much as me, gained 5.2 pounds and she said “if you booze, you will not lose” and that’s so true.  I’ve gotten my 15k steps nearly every day this week, but haven’t been to the gym since last Saturday, so I have to get back on track.  Because we are coming into the “season” as I like to call it the season of eating – from Halloween to Christmas – it will all be here before we know it and I can’t end the year where I started it.

Anyone else on the Struggle Bus?  How do you tell yourself to get off of it?!

Looking forward to lunch today – my Momma is going to join me and my sister for Fancy Food Friday!  I am not going to treat it like my last supper before getting back on – check out the menu – what would you order?  I might get the scallop appetizer for my lunch. 

Off to write in my journal on the remainder of my train ride in to work this morning.  Make it a great day and Happy Friday!

Bone Broth

The first time that I heard about Bone Broth was on the Food Network.  They were at a New York restaurant called Brodo that had a walk up window where you could be a steamy cup of bone broth.  The first batch I made I used chicken feet a couple years ago.  That apparently set someone off, enough to have them write about me on GOMI, a blog I haven’t read in a long time, but basically if someone writes about you on that blog they want you to “get off my interent.”  People can disagree, and say “SOMI” or “stay on my internet.”

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All I know is that it is delicious!  “bone broth is rich in minerals that support the immune system and contains healing compounds like collagen, glutamine, glycine and proline. The collagen in bone broth heals your gut lining and reduces intestinal inflammation.”

I basically take two chicken carcasses and cover them in water.  I added whole chopped carrots, celery, two teaspoons of powdered chicken stock, 1 scoop of that collagen peptides below, and a tablespoon of peppercorns.  I just let that simmer for a couple hours.  Cool and remove all the chicken pieces and strain so that you are just left with the broth.  It just tastes like really rich chicken broth.  On the WW app it varies from being 0 points to 3, so I called mine three points.  I was so busy at work that I never ate the hard boiled egg and fruit I brought to go with it.

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I have to say though, it kept me full until I met up my new friend Chris at Revival Food Hall.  She found me on the WW connect and has been following the blog for a while (hey Chris!).  She was super nice, the coversation flowed and we ate delicious ramen.  Holy balls, was this good.  The broth in this ramen is probably the best I’ve ever had.  Rich, spicy.  I think next time I’ll get the veggie ramen and ask them to make it spicy, because there weren’t any veggies in mine.  I got the chicken and tofu – and those marinated mushrooms?  Amazeballs.  I ate about half, and decided to call that 10 points.

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Thanks for meeting up with me Chris! 

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I worked late last night.  I caught the 6:25 train home – I caught this view out of my bosses office just as I was leaving.

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Oh, and here is the loot that Chris brought me!  Peppers, tomatoes, eggplant – carba-nada which I’ve heard good things about, and those baby watermelon looking things?  Those are Mexican sour cucumbers!

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While I thought I would just add veggies to my ramen from lunch, I had a taste for Mexican, so made these 9 point tostadas using some of the fresh tomatoes.  So good.  I just put the tostadas in the toaster for about 30 seconds to warm and crisp up.  Um, I may have tried that at my old office one time, but walked away to go to the bathroom, and set off the fire alarm!  So don’t walk away when you toast your tostadas.  #themoreyouknow

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Hannah and Jacob are meeting me for lunch today!  Guess where we are going?  Revival Food Hall!  I think I may get Antique Tacos – they have a potato and poblano taco – I’ve never had that before, but my daughter-in-law just posted her version on her YouTube channel here – cannot wait to make these at home.  Great job Liz!

Three Cookies and Wine

It was pretty funny standing on the train platform yesterday morning.  With temps in the low 50’s, there were some women who were clinging to summer wearing sleeveless dresses and sandles.  Right next to them were women with Ugg boots, full scarf around their neck and fingerless gloves.  

Yesterday was such a busy day.  I never even made it to the gym last night and I still had close to 18,00o steps.  I never even ate my breakfast until nearly 10:30.  I don’t think my breakfast photo is going to win any food photography contests 😀  One point Joseph’s pita, egg whites (1), 1/2 ounce cheese (2) and watermelon.  4 points for breakfast.

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My sister and I finally got together for a walk!  We walked along the River Walk – such a gorgeous day.

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I posted this lunch picture on my Instastory yesterday and had half a dozen messages asking me for the recipe for this beef fried rice.  Well, there really isn’t a recipe, but I’ll describe it here too.  1.5 cups of coleslaw mix which I cooked for about two minutes, so it wilted a bit, but it was still crunchy, then I added 1/2 a cup of rice (3), three ounces of leftover beef from my sirloin roast, diced (3), and then used House of Tsang Szchewan sauce (1) and tossed it together.  That’s it 😀 

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I normally put my points into the WW app as I go along the day, but I was so busy I didn’t have time, so on my train ride home I realized I still had 19 points left for the day – no wonder I was so hungry on my way home!

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I made batch 4,398 of Lasagna Soup!   This time I kind of deconstructed it.  The tomato base is fresh tomatoes that I cooked down with no additional fat, so that is zero points.  I cooked up 2 ounces of hot Italian sausage (6) and added 4 ounces of cooked rotini noodles (4) for a 10 point delicious bowl of goodness.  I also added shredded zucchini to this bowl as well.  I am sure I’ve mentioned this before, but if you make this soup, keep the noodles separate.  It makes it easy to count the points for one, but second, if you left the noodles in the soup they will be all mushy when you go to reheat it.  You could also save points by using turkey sausage, but my store had their homemade sausage on sale for $1.99 a pound and it’s delicious. 

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The moon last night was amazing!  I had to run to Walgreen’s to pick up a prescription after dinner, and I noticed it when I was getting back to my car.  Once I got home, I walked to the river and took this picture with my iPhone – no filter.  I sat there and looked at it for several minutes, just listening to the water.  

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Can we talk about my Walgreen’s trip?  There was a bit of a line for pick up, so I walked around the store, and before I knew it, I picked up a small bottle of wine and a 6 pack of $1 chocolate chip cookies.  WTF.  I think mentally I was like “I still have points left!”  Well, all my flex points were gone over the weekend with the extra wine I had so I really didn’t have the points.  

I got home, started watching America’s Got Talent, and mindlessly had 3 glasses of wine and 3 cookies.  I was 12 points over for the day and finished the day with 42 points.  I don’t know why I do it.  But what’s interesting, is that a lot of other people I follow on Instagram do the same thing, so I am not alone.  In fact one of my fellow Weight Watcher Ambassadors had an 88 point evening “snack” all while tracking it, she still ate it even as she saw the points go up and up every time she put something in her mouth.  For the record, two pop tarts are 17 smart points. 😛

This morning I threw the rest of the cookies in the garbage.  I have bone broth, a hard boiled egg and fruit for breakfast this morning.  I am loving this latest batch of bone broth – I mostly drink it as a snack.  I am going to post my recipe for it tomorrow – perfect to make with a rotisserie chicken carcass.

I am having lunch today with a fellow WW who follows me on connect.  She realized that we live in the same area and sometimes actually take the same train to Chicago.   We are going to Revival Food Hall today so I am looking forward to that.  

There is still time to leave a comment to my Blog Anniversary post – you can find it here.  

Goals for the day:  15k steps, 100 ounces of water, no wine, gym after work.  Make it a great day!

Banana Streusel Muffins

I took 238 pictures from Friday night until last night.  I may have a bit of a problem. 😀  It was a good long weekend.  I didn’t really have any plans except with my Mom yesterday.  It was a nice balance of productivity, cooking and lazy.  I will admit that we ordered pizza on Saturday night and I may have eaten half of a small pizza and three glasses of wine.   I tracked it, but I had wine Friday, Saturday and Sunday and yesterday decided to ditch the wine.  It’s just empty calories and I have a goal to lose 6.6 pounds this month.  

One of the things I made this weekend were these 4 smart point banana streusel muffins.  I am a sucker for the bananas on the discount rack, and bought 17 bananas for $1.79.  

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I used the Premier Protein bananas and cream shake in place of milk in this recipe.  I absolutely love how the crust came out on these – slightly crunchy but tender on the inside. 

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Banana Streusel Muffins

These won't break the smart points bank - only 4 smart points each.  Pair with some fruit and a hard boiled egg - breakfast is served!

Course Breakfast
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 12
Author Biz

Ingredients

  • 2 1/8 cup flour divided
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened divided
  • 1.5 teaspoons baking powder
  • .5 teaspoons salt
  • 2 medium bananas
  • 1/2 cup Premier Protein bananas and cream shake
  • 2 large eggs
  • 5.3 ounce greek yogurt (I used Chobani)
  • 1/2 cup Splenda (zero calorie) sweetenedr
  • 1/8 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon sugar

Instructions

  1. MIx 1/8 cup of flour, 1 tablespoon of butter and 1/8 cup sugar together and set aside - that is the streusel topping.

    In a large bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, Splenda and salt.  Add the butter, bananas, Premier Protein, eggs and greek yogurt.  Using a fork, mix just until combined.  It will be quite thick.

    Divide the batter between 12 muffins.  Divide the streusel topping over the top, pressing down a bit to get it to stick, and sprinkle the tablespoon of cinnamon sugar divided over the top of each muffin.  Bake at 425 for the first 10 minutes, reduce the heat to 375 and bake for 10-15 more minutes.

I spent yesterday morning sipping coffee, hanging outside with the dogs.  The weather was perfect.  I took a shower and got ready to meet my Mom for lunch at Big Bowl and a movie.  I went as Sporty Spice – I wore sweat pants and a comfy t-shirt.  #klassy

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Only one tiny problem with that – because it was Labor Day, Big Bowl didn’t open until noon and our movie was at 12:45.  So on to Plan B – Uncle Julio’s.  I am not sure how long this chain has been in Illinois, but this was our first time there.  Such a cute bar area!

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We sat outside and tried to contain ourselves over the super thin tortilla chips and salsa.  

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We both were in awe at how thin these chips were.  The salsa wasn’t too spicy, and I was going to ask if they had a spicier one, but then that would mean I would eat more chips, so I decided not to.

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We both got the shrimp tacos.  So good.  Mine came with a habanero mango sauce which was so good.  I didn’t care for the rice too much – lots of onions but for some reason it had no flavor to me.  The beans were amazing though.  We both said next time though we would order the tableside guacamole 😀

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It’s been a while since I saw a movie, and was a bit shocked at the $11.87 cost for a matinee!  But then I was reminded that the seats are super comfy, so that in itself is worth the ticket price.  This theater also has beer and wine that you can bring into the theater too.  I think they are trying to compete with iPic.

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My Momma told me I was a great date, which without her actually coming out and saying it, she basically said “Biz, you are my favorite child.”   And spending time with my Mom?  #priceless

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I meal planned using my freezer and defrosted a sirloin tip roast.  My Mom bought me a new remote thermometer for Christmas and I love it.  It has two parts – one that clips on the grill below and a second transmitter that can be 100 feet away from the grill and I can still monitor the temperature.  That way I can do stuff in the kitchen and keep an eye on the temperature.

You have to take into consideration the residual cooking that the beef does after you take it off the grill.  Also, don’t wrap a roast in foil after it comes off the grill to rest, because you are basically continuing to steam the meat wrapped up.  I just put it on a plate and stick it in my microwave to rest.

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I had a 3 pound roast and it took about 50 minutes to cook on indirect heat.  My goal internal temp after resting is 125 and it was absolutely perfect.  The best part is that I have lots of leftovers.  Today I have leftover beef fried rice for lunch.  I had 4 ounces of lean beef (4) 3/4 cup homemade mashed potatoes (4) and I made a bone broth mushroom jus for 2 points with grilled zucchini.  Sunday dinner at its finest.  Even if I ate it alone because Hannah and Jacob were watching a movie and ate in their room.

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I am hoping my sister is able to walk today, I think we only walked once together last week.  

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Show of hands how many will forget today is Tuesday and not Monday?!  Make it a great day!