Weekly WI . . . -1.0

See that +2.6 from last week?  That week I tracked everything, got a blue dot every day, and had no alcohol.  And was up 2.6.

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This week I had a snacky Father’s Day weekend, had wine, did a little bit of emotional eating with another holiday without Tony, and I lose a pound.  I did kill it on the steps, so I am assuming that helped.  But it is just a reminder that you can’t let the weekly up and downs derail you from the big picture.  Just keep plugging along and eventually there will be losses then gains. 

I’ve declared this summer LOSE SOMETHING EVERY WEEK.  Even if it’s only -.5, my only goal this summer is not have a gain.  

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I didn’t have time to take a better picture of my breakfast, but had more egg whites (1 cup is 1 point!) topped with the Ranchero Scramble topping, (1) half ounce of cheese (2), a slice of whole grain bread (3) and a cup of fruit.  7 smart points for breakfast. 

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It was a great Weight Watchers meeting.  We talked about movement this summer and how to get exercise in when sometimes summer means sitting outside with food and wine and not moving much.  I walked past the Daley Center, but didn’t buy anything since I’ll be going to the Green City Market tomorrow.  But I did pick up Red Curry Chicken from Rock N. Roll Noodles.  So spicy good, but everytime I eat it, I think “Biz, you can make this!”   It may be on my lunch menu next week 😀

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I was night secretary last night and had to stay until 6:30.  Only one tiny problem, my next train wasn’t until 7:30, and I didn’t want to suggest working longer and then the attorney throw more work at me and I’d miss the 7:30.  So I got my walking shoes on.  

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The 7:30 train makes all.the.stops so I know I wouldn’t be getting home until 8:45.  Then I knew I would be so hungry that I’d walk in the house and want to eat everything in site.  As I was walking I suddently remembered Blackwood BBQ!  

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I first asked if I could just get the meat alone.  Lean protein to hold me until I got home.  But the minimum purchase is 1/2 a pound and it would have cost the same by itself as it would to get the dinner platter.  I avoided the mac n cheese (which is f_cking amazing) and got the baked beans and asked for lean brisket.  While I am all about the moist brisket, which is the fattier part of the beef, did you Weight Watcher peeps know that 8 ounces of lean brisket is only 5 smart points?  That tiny container of baked beans?  7 points!  Even still, my dinner was only 12 points and totally fit within my day, with 1 point to spare.

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I used the North Carolina sauce which is very vinegary and thin – so good!

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I have plans this weekend!  Tomorrow is the Farmers Market in Lincoln Park.   I may stay downtown for lunch, but I’ll just play it by ear.  The weather is supposed to be in the low 70s.  I’ll be getting lots of steps, that’s for sure!

Saturday night I am going to my neighbors house for a bonfire.  Sunday, not sure yet.  Momma, do you have plans?  You can come over for a BBQ, or we can meet for lunch after church?  I’ll give you a call tonight.

I hope you have a great weekend.  I feel as if a weight has been lifted from me . . . but you’ll have to wait for Monday’s post to find out why.  😀

Make it a great day!

30 Days of Brave Challenge

I can’t say enough good things about these Lavash wraps.  The texture, how easy they are to turn into wraps without tearing, how filling – I can’t wait to try making a pizza with one on my baking steel.

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I found them on the same aisle as the bread and tortillas at Walmart.  Although I will say that they are out of them a lot, so when I find them, I stock up.  I bought that package on May 26 – so with a use by date of June 10, they have a pretty good shelf life.  Not sure how they would be frozen and defrosted though.  I made a ham, egg white and lite mozzarella cheese wrap (6) with the sweetest strawberries for dessert.

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Even though I have a dedicated lunch from 12:30 – 1:30 so that I guarantee to leave my desk, I had a doc that needed to get out, so missed my window to walk with my sister.  I finally left at 1:15 and walked south and found another smaller farmers market.  You know I had to get some cheese – I’ll show you that later, but I got a $3 section of a spreadable white cheddar with a pistacchio crust – yum!  And I bought another basket of cremini mushrooms from River Valley Kitchens.

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I recently received some turkey loot at my friends from Jennie-O Turkey.  I am a 2017 Ambassador for them, and was thrilled to try out this turkey.  I accidentally threw out the package, so thanks google for this pic.

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4 ounces for 2 points –I love that you can cut it thick or thin, It’s fully cooked so you could throw it in a fried rice, or in soup, or on top of a chopped salad.

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This sammie was delish – four ounces oc turkey (2), lite mozzarella (1), spinach, mustard, the lavash (2) and veggie straws (4) with sliced apple.  9 points for lunch.

I knew I wanted to grill last night, which meant I had to take into consideration how long it would take for my coals to get to temperature, so I had a Premier Protein shake on the train home.  I asked for a doppio shot in a Venti cup over ice.  It costs $2.17 and as luck would have it, I had $2.15 left on a gift card, so this only cost me two cents. Open-mouthed smile  I really love the caramel flavor.

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It’s the perfect snack because I didn’t walk in the door starving and eat my way through meal prep before my dinner is even ready.

I got more loot when I got home – this time from Simple Girl products.  You all know what a condiment whore I am, and when they told me that their products were low or no sugar, I was instantly intrigued.  You would be surprised at how much sugar is hidden in a lot of condiments.

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I decided to use the sample pack of the balsamic vinaigrette to marinate my veggies – the whole package was only 15 calories for 1.5 ounces and I marinated the veggies for about 30 minutes while I lit the grill and got everything else ready for dinner.

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If you are looking for a lean cut of beef, look for sirloin tip steak in your local grocery store.  It’s super tender, not a lot of fat, but just enough to give it some flavor.  This is the regular store price – $3.49 a pound.  I’ll easily get two more meals out of my steak – Jacob ate all of his.  😀  

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5 ounces of beef is 4 points, 5.5 ounces potato (that I nearly burned!) was 4 and the rest is zero.

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These mushrooms are amazing!  they held onto the marinade.  I still can’t believe I didn’t like mushrooms until a few years ago.

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You know I am all about challenges – although sometimes I declare a challenge and then by day five just stop talking about it and pretend that I never joined a challenge.

But this one is different.  It’s a 30 Days of Brave Challenge.  It can be anything you want it to be.  You will get daily emails that will help reaffirm whatever it is that you choose.  For me?  Self-Love and no binge eating for 30 days.  And by binge eating I mean not eating half a bag of Doritos because they are in the pantry, or stopping at CVS on my way home to buy gummies.  No keeping food in my bedside table anymore (you know, just in case I have low blood sugar – can’t use that as an excuse to keep peanut m&m’s in there and eat them even if my blood sugar isn’t low).  You get the idea.

I plan on keeping up my journal for 30 days as well.  I know that keeps me focused too.   I just thought I would share this challenge in case it’s something that could help you along your journey, no matter what that is.

I can’t even believe it’s the last day of May already – this year is flying by.   Before we know it, we’ll start seeing school supplies at Walmart.

Make it a great day!  Let me know if you decide to join the challenge – there is strength in numbers! 😀

Chicago’s Riverwalk

You knew I wouldn’t let my leftover French fries go to waste, right?  I used an ounce of chopped leftover fries as the base of my omelette.  I will tell you though, that this is best right out of the cast iron skillet, because the fries get nice and crunchy, but even reheated, this was tasty.  One egg, egg whites, deli ham, pepper jack cheese and spinach for 7 points, with strawberries and mango on the side.

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I’ve been really excited about walking around new places around my office.  The riverwalk was too far away from my old office to take advantage of.  Basically by the time I got there I would have had to turn around and go back.

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It was probably 74 degrees on my walk and so many people were out.  It’s a great place to take your lunch and just people watch.

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Not more than a month ago, Hannah showed me photo of an igloo – basically no matter the weather, hot, cold, rainy, you can rent this “bubble” and its temperature controlled with comfy furniture and you can drink wine and eat food in there.  Um, it isn’t cheap – a party of six costs $600 – which includes three glasses of wine per person and a charcuterie platter.  It also lights up at night.   Still pretty cool though!

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I meant to defrost some chicken to cook up before work yesterday, but I forgot.  I brought cucumber and hummus and friut, but just needed some protein.  During one of my walks the other day, I saw a sign for this place – The Halal Guys

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I figured I’d just pick up their chicken and make these cucumber hummus chicken bites.  They asked if I wanted their signature white sauce and hot sauce, so I figured why not?  First, I am not sure why the chicken is . . . grey.  Second, while tender, it had hardly any flavor.  And that hot sauce?!  Holy balls, my lips were burning after the first bite.  I tried to scrape it off with a knife, but the flavor still lingered.  I may have eaten half that plate, with an orange and a banana.  Lunch was lame – oh well – there are worse world problems!

The office is coming together, considering we’ve only been in the space three days.  I need to figure out where to put all the junk my bosses don’t want because right now my desk looks like junk yard.  I look at it and think “I’ve only been with this firm for just over five months, I can’t have accumlated this much shit!”

 Lori – you will be happy to know that the mini coffee station is right around the corner from my desk.  It has three different types of teas, coffees and hot chocolate.  It also has a mini fridge so I can keep my lunch in there too.  I like to think they made that area just for me. 😀

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I worked late because I was night secretary, so I didn’t even start making my dinner until 8 p.m.  

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 I got a bunch of Cabot Cheese loot in the mail.  I am loving these individually packaged cheese – each one is 3/4 of an ounce for 3 points.  Um, somehow if I eyeball an ounce of cheese off a block of cheese, it ends up being half the block 😛  I still had some of the prepackaged zoodles in the fridge, and ground beef so I had beef and zoodle tacos with the Cabot cheese.  I know I’ve talked about the ghee at Trader Joe’s before – it’s basically clarified butter, but 1/2 a teaspoon is only 1 point and adds so much flavor to these fried tacos.  I used Pam and that 1/2 teaspoon of ghee to fry these and they were super crunchy, and you get that buttery taste in every bite.

I am on the train early going to meet my sister for our weekly WI.  I missed last week due to the office move and Cooking Club.   I have no idea how much I weigh because neither of the scales in my house work.  I should just throw them out now that I think about it!  And the WW meeting is just  a short 3 minute walk to my office Open-mouthed smile

I’ll be happy to see my sister too – haven’t seen her all week!   Make it a great day!

Beer and a Burger

It was already a balmy 60 degrees when I left the house yesterday morning – love!  I think my ideal temps would be from 50-70 degrees, no humidity. That’s not too much to ask of Chicago, is it?!   I made a mason jar parfait for my train breakfast – one container Chobani (2), strawberries, bananas, a little drizzle of sugar free pancake syrup and 1/2 tablespoon chia seeds (1).

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I am loving our new work space.  What I am not loving is that the stuff my bosses don’t want in their offices has somehow piled up at my desk, and I am not a happy camper about that.  I still have four boxes of stuff I need to unpack, but now have no where to put it.  Hopefully I’ll have some down time today to find a spot to put their stuff.  My boss had a lunch meeting, but he was the only one getting food.  Normally hospitality takes care of food, but I told the woman who normally orders food not to worry about it (she’s still getting situated too, with new food options around our new office, etc.).   Hannah’s Bretzel is right around the corner, so I picked a sandwich up for my boss, and got a fruit bowl and a small container of almonds (4) for myself.

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Note to self:  buy fresh mint and put it on all your fresh fruit.  It was so good!!  I could eat a giant container of that fruit.

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My sister has been off the last two days, so I’ve gotten my walking shoes on.  Yesterday I walked to Millenium Park and Maggie Daley Park – such a pretty walk.  By the time I got back to my desk, I was already at 10,000 steps!  Right now I am in two fit bit challenges for the week, and it does push me to get more steps in every day.

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When I got home, the kadults found out that their house closing is being pushed back a week.  This is a sellers market, and the appraisal wasn’t going to get finished in time.  I know they are so anxious to move out, but this is just a small bump in the road.  Hannah is so cute, she went to Aldi yesterday and bought all the staples for her new kitchen – seasonings, flour, sugar, etc.  They both keep asking “what else do you think we need?”  I told them they should just wait to move in and then decided what’s necessary, instead of buying something you may not use (a crock pot!).  

And you know I have so much kitchen stuff, I told Hannah she could take anything she wanted.  Well, except the deep fryer.  She can’t have that.  Or my cast iron skillets.  She can’t have that either.  Kidding!  I plan on giving her a couple of my cast iron skillets, but I am serious about keeping the deep fryer.

They suggested we go out to eat, and even though I had stuff to make burgers at home, we went to our local restaurant and sat outside and had wonderful conversation.  As I sat there listening to them talk, I looked over at Hannah and thought “where did my little girl go?”  It seemed just like yesterday she was in 5th grade, with hair down to her butt and the tallest girl in the class (fast forward to freshman year of high school and she was one of the shortest!)

I am so very proud of them.  They asked if I would miss them and I will of course, but a parents job is to give your kids wings to let them fly, not keep a leash on them to keep them with you.  The circle of life!

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I love this place (Cary Ale House) because they have such interesting beers on tap.  That beer is a NW Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery out of Oregon.  So good!  That pour is worth every bit of the 6 smart points it cost me.

That burger is their signature Pub Burger.  It’s a 7 ounce angus beef burger, and I will always love a place that will cook a burger medium rare for me.  This burger is perfection – soft bun, good bun to patty ratio, perfectly seasoned – I just asked for it without the icky red onions.  That would have ruined it.  

I immediately cut it in half, and asked for a take out box.  I put the fries in the box with the second half of the burger and ate 1/2 of this burger.  It was delicious, and my guess is that half is 10 smart points.  

Because dinner was 16 points, I went over by 2 points for the day, no big. I still have 15 weekly points left for the week, and tomorrow is my WI day, so it’s all good.

Speaking of WI, I think my WW meeting is even closer to this new office – I’ll have to check that out.  Hopefully if my sister isn’t tooswamped today, she can go walking with me, athough I think we have rainy weather in the forecast coming up for the next several days – I think the next time I’ll see the sun is next Wednesday!

Question of the Day:  How do you like your burger?  I know a lot of people who like them well done – just curious!

Make it a great day!

Reverse Seared Cowboy Ribeye Steak

I got up early yesterday to make sure I had a decent breakfast to start my day off on the right foot.  Just a simple egg white omelette with ham, spinach and cheese (6) with fresh fruit.  I cooked the omelette while I was in the shower.  I just pour the ham and egg whites in a skillet with a lid, turn it on low, and by the time I get out of the shower (granted, I take quick showers on the weekdays) it’s done.  I love the bit of crunch in the fresh spinach on top.

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Today is our last full day in the office and the final stretch before the move.  It’s been nice that we have been able to wear jeans all week, and yesterday they had free pizza, but I said no thanks!  While I still had Roti on my bread, it was pouring down raining at lunch and I didn’t feel like getting wet, so went to another favorite – Pret salad and their tomato feta soup.  I am calling lunch 14 points, but that may be on the high side.

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While I love that salad, I normally chop it up when I get back to the office, but I had already packed up my cutting board, so it was kind of hard to eat.  And yes, I have a cutting board at work 😀

Since I am walking around my office so much, I decided not to take any insulin with lunch, but still my blood sugar tanked at 4:00 p.m.  I brought one of these Premier Protein bars to stock in my drawer.  While it is 8 smart points, it’s a giant bar.

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It tastes like a giant candy bar.  I was the night secretary last night so I didn’t get home until after 8, and didn’t eat dinner until 9:30.  I could see eating this as a quick breakfast on the go with some fresh fruit.

 One of the reasons I didn’t eat dinner until 9:30 was that I was bizzy in my kitchen!  I have cooking club tonight at Courtney’s house.  While it’s a Mexican themed night (#love) I was assigned an appetizer.  Since I work downtown I have to think a little outside the box and think what will transport well.  I think I came up with a winner – cucumber avocado chipotle bang bang shrimp bites.  Below is the bang bang shrimp I came up with made with Chobani and some other good stuff – you’ll have to wait for that recipe, but I couldn’t help putting some of the shrimp on top of my steak last night – you know, for quality control to make sure they were good.   I haven’t run the numbers yet, but I think every shrimp bite is only one smart point.  

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I am actually really proud of how I’ve improved my grilling skills . . . I think my twin sister may have grilled twice on her own? Maybe never?!  And I think my brother is more of a burgers and hot dog kind of griller.  My brothers friend John had a BBQ at his home where he had amazing beef tenderloin, baby back ribs, I don’t even know what else, and John told me that Charlie just ate a hot dog.  I don’t know how my brother and sister don’t have the love of beef as I do – well, Jenn likes beef, but only has steak a couple times a year.  What the what?!

My new favorite way of cooking steak on the grill is called reverse sear.  Some BBQ people feel that if you sear the meat first, it “seals in” the juices, but I feel the outside gets way too done before the inside is done.  While I love a rare steak, I am not looking for burnt and raw.

I bought this ribeye at Sam’s Club.  While $20 might seem like a lot, my thinking was that I would get at least 4 servings out of this 2.5 piece of meat.  Um, what I didn’t count on was Jacob eating the rest of it, including eating the meat off the bone.  It’s all good though – I think he’ll miss my grilling when the kadults move!

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I flipped open the grilling guide and I whole heartedly disagree with those cooking temps.  If I were to cook this meat to 145, with the residual cooking or “carryover” cooking, it would easily be medium or even medium well.

125 to me is rare, 130 is medium rare, 140 medium and well, any temp higher than that, don’t bother spending $20 on this cut of beef because you’ve just overcooked it in my opinion.

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Since this is Certified Angus beef, I usually only season with good salt and pepper.  

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Always let your meat come to room temperature before grilling.  For smaller steaks like a NY strip or filet, 30 minutes is plenty.  This bad boy took about 60 minutes to come to room temp.  When I lit the grill I salt and peppered the steak.  Again, there are a wide range of opinions on when to salt meat, or whether to salt at all.   For smaller steaks I salt just about 3 minutes before grilling or pan frying.  For bigger cuts, I give it 30 minutes.  For roasts?  I salt the night before, wrap in plastic wrap, and rinse and dry before grilling.

I thought I had taken a picture of my grill to show you indirect grilling, but I guess I didn’t.  Thanks google images for this photo.  However, I pointed the bone of my steak towards the coals, and as the bone heats up, the heat travels through the bone and helps cook the steak.

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I was looking for an internal temperature of 105 before doing the final sear.  It only took about 2 minutes total, moving the beef around every 15 seconds or so, to get to an internal temperature of 115 – and once rested, got to a perfect 125.

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This is a picture of me searing the fat side, while it looks like my oven mitt is on fire, I was fine.

Reverse Seared Cowboy Ribeye

The next step is to let your beef rest.  For smaller steaks, 5-10 minutes is sufficient, but I let this rest 20 minutes before slicing.  

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I hope you get your grilling pants on this summer.  If you have any questions, you know where to find me. 😀

Check out my friend Louise’s cowboy ribeye that she did on the stove first to sear, then finished in a hot oven – looks delicious Louise!

I will not be going to WW today – I have to hit the ground running and am working through lunch so that I can leave at 4:30 to get to Cooking Club tonight.  Can’t wait to catch up with everyone!

Make it a great day!

The Best Beef Marinade Ever

Ah, what a great weekend!  The weather was perfect, and it was a great balance of productive and relaxing.

My friend Alison texted me that “if you are bored . . .” that they were just hanging out in their yard.  They have the cutest little girls, even if they are a bit fiesty with each other. 😀  They have a horse, dogs, and chickens!  I hung out for a couple hours, we got caught up and then it was time to go home and grill . . . in 60 degree weather!  Thanks for texting me Alison – it was great to see you 😀

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I haven’t done a full grocery shop this week, but I still have plenty of food to get me at least through Wednesday, so I am not too worried about it.  However, I did a $15 grocery shop to pick up this top round roast to grill.  I had a best beef marinade, but for some reason, the recipe is simply gone on that post – my friend Carrie (hey!) pointed it out, and I think it’s because I used an old recipe plug in that doesn’t exist anymore.

So I had to go back to the drawing board.

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The Best Beef Marinade Ever

1 minPrep Time

10 minCook Time

11 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 2/3 cup grape seed oil
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon used coffee grounds*
  • 3 tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Whisk everything together and pour marinade over roast in a ziploc bag. Its great at 6 hours, but best overnight. Discard any remaining marinade.
  2. For the used coffee grounds, I just open a used k-cup and use that - I think it helps tenderize the meat, but who knows?
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Rummy was wondering where her plate was!  This top round roast is $3.49 a pound, works great on the grill low and slow.  This is also a great cut for beef stew braised in the oven.  It took 60 minutes to cook that roast.  If you don’t have a meat thermometer, you need to invest in one, you’ll never overcook meat again.  You also need to learn the temperature of the type of cook you want:

  • 125 rare (pull at 115)
  • 135 medium  rare (pull at 125)
  • 145 medium (pull at 135)
  • 150 medium well (pull at 140)
  • 160 well done (don’t bother cooking beef to this temperature because you’ve just ruined it) 😛

The biggest mistake people make in grilling is pulling off meat at 125 because they want rare beef, but don’t take into consideration the residual heat that will rise an additional 10 degrees when you let the meat rest.  Second mistake:  cutting a roast too soon – I let my roast rest a minimum of 30 minutes, but 60 minutes is even better.  It lets all the juices redistribute in the roast and when you cut the meat, you’ll get all the juice in your meat, not your cutting board.

The best part is that I have beef all week for leftover dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  #winning

Sunday afternoon I headed to Oak Park to meet my sister for my Mom’s spring concert.

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Always a great show – got to see my friend Laura and her Mom (hey Laura!)  

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The first picture was backlit, then we turned around and took more – and sadly there wasn’t a picture of all three of us that one of us didn’t have our eyes closed – sorry I cropped you out Jenn, but Mom will probably want to frame this one since I am her favorite.

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After the concert, my Mom and I went out to dinner.   I have my friend Jacky to thank for posting about this restaurant – Autre Monde.  It was my third time eating there, and it’s always spectacular.

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They first brought us this homemade bread with leek butter.  Holy balls was this delicious – I even ate some of the leeks which were very mild to my surprise.  Then they brought us a relish tray, like a traditional supper club.  

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We decided to split several things instead of each getting an entree.  We started out with shrimp cocktail with the best cocktail sauce I’ve ever had – very horseradishy, which I loved.

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Next up?  Lobster mac n cheese, which everyone talks about how seafood and cheese should not be paired together but this was delicious.

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I think my Mom and I will almost order fried green tomatoes if they are on the menu.  However, neither of us had ever seen this presentation before, with crab louie salad on top.  I loved the crunch of the watermelon radishes, the tender hard boiled eggs, and the sauce on top was surprisingly light.

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And because we needed a vegetable, we ordered creamed spinach.  That was one of Tony’s favorite sides if we ever went to a steak house, until he developed a dairy intolerance, and if he ate this would literally have to get to a bathroom in less than 60 seconds 😛 

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It was a fun weekend, and so happy to be able to spend time with my Momma at dinner.  Love you Momma!

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I talked about my new journal that I got from Weight Watchers on Friday’s post.  I was able to swing by my local meeting Saturday morning because I wanted to pick up one for my sister to give to her yesterday, and then give one away on the blog today.  Just for fun, to enter the giveaway, let me know if you like creamed spinach or if you think it looks like baby barf. Open-mouthed smile  You can leave your answer in the comments below.

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I’ll pick a winner on tomorrow’s blog.  I love how you can customize it with all the stickers.  But pretty sure I’ll need to get more stickers at Hobby Lobby – Hannah can spend three hours in there no problem.  Good luck and make it a great day! 

Flat Iron Steak with Quick Pan Sauce

It’s cruel that Mother Nature can give us temps in the 60s in February, and then hit us with rain/possible snow/30mph winds when it’s almost Easter.  The kadults had work early yesterday morning, so when they leave, the dogs come into my room and snuggle for another hour with me until I have to get up.  Let me tell you, its hard to get up when you have the dogs to keep you warm! 

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It was rainy, cold, windy and just all around icky.  So I made a plate of sunshine!  Open-mouthed smile

Hard boiled egg with 1/3 of a mini container of guacamole (3), reduced fat swiss lorraine (2) deli ham (2) two baby clementines, strawberries and blueberries.  

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I managed to sneak out for a walk at lunch, even though it was gross outside.  Gotta get those fitbit steps in!  I decided to accesorize my lunch and happened to walk by Native Foods.  I always think of my blog friends Kris and Aimee when I go here.  I ordered the lemon grass broccoli to go, although I really wanted to order the buffalo chicken.  But, being a lower carb day, I stuck with the broccoli and what I brought from home.

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I don’t remember the menu saying that the broccoli was spicy, but it was and it was delicious!  I had a ham/cheese/low carb wrap roll up cut into pieces and topped with 1/3 cup of the mini guacamile cup, with strawberries and blueberries.

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Wednesdays I work as the night secretary, but only needed to stay until 6:00.  When I got home the first thing I did was pull out my steak to get it to room temp.  Do you guys ever buy flat iron steak?  My local grocery store routinely sells this for $3.49 a pound.  I get two steaks for that price, which is 4  four ounce servings, or only .87 cents a serving.  Who says you can’t afford to eat steak at that price?  I can buy a cup of Starbuck’s coffee for more than that!  Depending on where you live, the meat can also be labeled top blade steak, or top blade filet.  It has a nice bit of marbeling, which is why it’s 5 points for a 3 ounce portion – totally worth it – fat is flavor 😀

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I tried to make a horseradish mustard pan sauce to go with this dinner, but it tasted like ass, I was getting hangry, when Hannah suggested a simple beef broth pan sauce.  That worked!

I chopped up some asparagus and sliced mushrooms and sauteed that in the pan for about 5-7 minutes with a bit of coconut spray, then set that to the side.  Then I got my cast iron pan really hot, and seared the steak for 2 1/2 minutes a side, then set that aside.  In the pan I added 1/2 a cup of beef broth that I stirred in a teaspoon of corn starch, salt, pepper and dried parsley and cooked that for a couple minutes until the sauce thickened, then added 1 teaspoon of heavy cream to the pan and mixed that together.  Then I poured the sauce over the beef and veggies.  

Dinner came in at 6 points – 5 for the beef and 1 for the pan sauce.

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It wasn’t until I finished entereing my dinner last night in WW that I realized with the three meals I ate, I was only at 20 points for the day.  Protein just keeps me fuller longer, so I don’t even think about snacking in between meals.  Today is a higher carb day, so I brought some of my steel cut oat waffles for breakfast, and think I will make chicken tacos for dinner tonight with some cilantro lime rice.

Calorie wise I was around 1100 calories for the day, and 107 grams of carbs.  Today I’ll be closer to 1500 calories and 175 carbs.  

I am on my way to WW to weigh in.  I ditched weighing in at home so I never know how the weigh in is going to be.  My totally deluxe scale is now weighing in stones, not pounds, and I can put a 5 pound bag of flour on the scale and it will read anywhere from 3 to 10 pounds.  😛

Since we started out with Roman, let’s end with Roman – totally Momma dog!  He loves him Momma so – if he could be inside her shirt he probably would love it.

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Thanks for all your comments about Hannah and Jacob’s new adventure!  I hope to reply to those comments on the train ride to work this morning. 

I didn’t realize I hadn’t downloaded Timehop on my iPhone 7 yet, and did a side by side comparison of me from a year ago yesterday on the left, to two days ago on the right.  I can definitely tell my face is a bit thinner from last year.  I was probably 178 on the left, and at my last WI I was 162.something.

PicMonkey Collage - side by side

Make it a great day!