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I absolutely LOVE Mexican food.  The spicier the better.  I love the fried taco shells, beans, meat and TONS of cheese.  I could eat them until I bust.  Too control myself and to keep from over-eating I turn my taco love into Taco Salad.  I usually use a huge salad bowl to make this in but to make it look prettier I put it on one of my many plates that I have collected.

I start with a base of Spring Mix (my sister uses romaine), onions, tomatoes, black beans (my sister uses fat free refried beans), salsa, reduced fat cheese (today it was Mexican blend), and a little scoop of yogurt (instead of sour cream).  Then served it with a side of Tostado Multi-Grain Scoops.  The whole thing was just 7 points.  YUM.

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It was so odd waking up today with it being dark outside.  I am so not use to daylight savings time, but I like it being light outside when I leave work.  It was rainy and gross today in Wilmington, but not cold.  I will be so glad when winter is over. 

Adios

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A Weekday off and W.W. Bacon and Sun-Dried Tomato Alfredo Pasta

Since I have off next week, I have to work this Saturday, and that meant that I had today off.  That meant a three day weekend.  Woohoo.  So I got up this morning and instead of rushing to get dressed I took my time. I settled down on the couch with an iced coffee and last nights “The Amazing Race.” Am I the only person that thought this guy was an idiot?

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I try to take at a B-Vitamin every day, and I usually take it with breakfast and have no problems.  But this morning I did not feel like eating breakfast so without thinking I took it and about 30 minutes later I felt like I was going to get sick.  Definitely did not feel like breakfast after that, but luckily I had a banana on the table so I ate that and it made me feel better.  So I finished watching “The Amazing Race,” then went off to do errands.  I went to Trader Joes (love their Fat Free Feta, egg beaters, and baby bella mushrooms), Whole Foods (for their Baby Spring Mix), The Salvation Army, Harris Teeter, and our day old bread outlet.

Then I came home to start cleaning my office/craft room.  This place is always a catch all for EVERYTHING.  My craft desk is usually full of mail, papers, and stuff I have purchased at work.  I spent the next 30 minutes shredding papers.  Then I fixed a salad with lettuce, grape tomatoes, onions (lots), feta, and Strawberry Vinaigrette for lunch.  Then off to more shredding.  My office/craft room looks so much better now.    Here is a really blurry picture, the overhead light in the room is broken, so it was really hard to take a picture.  I will try to take some more on a really sunny day.

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I decided to settle down on the couch and watch some Netflix.  I have had “A Home of Our Own,” in my queue forever so I decided to watch that again.

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That and a couple of “Roseanne” episodes later it was time to start dinner before my sister got home from work.  Tonight’s dinner was a favorite from the “Weight Watchers 5 ingredient, 15 minute Cookbook.”  I changed some things but here it goes.

Bacon and Sun-Dried Tomato Alfredo Pasta

8 ounces of uncooked multigrain penne pasta (I used a whole box)

1 (10 ounce) package of light Alfredo Sauce (I used Classico)

1/2 cup of sun-dried tomatoes, packed w/out oil (I used a pack of Trader Joes Sun-Dried Tomatoes)

4 slices of precooked bacon (I used 28 grams of real bacon bits)

1/4 cup of fresh basil (couldn’t find any that was not $2.99 a pack, so I used some dried basil I had in the cabinet)

1/4 tsp. of black pepper

Cook the pasta according to directions.  In the meantime add the Alfredo sauce and the sun-dried tomatoes to a large sauce pan and cook until the tomatoes are plump.  Then remove from the heat.  At this time I added LOTS of black pepper and some dried basil (less then 1/4 cup).  Stir.  Drain the pasta and add to the saucepan.  Combine the pasta and the sauce.  Stir in the bacon. 

I served this with some hoagie buns that I turned into garlic bread. This is made 4 servings and with the garlic bread it was 10 points.  That is a lot for dinner, and this is the reason I usually avoid pasta.  But my sister would rather have pasta or spaghetti then anything else.

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Well tomorrow its back to work, and tonight is ‘Biggest Loser” night. 

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Flour Burgers

This is the old family hamburger recipe that I was talking about last night.

Flour Burgers

2 pounds of ground beef

3 eggs

2 1/2 cups of milk

1 1/2 cups of flour

Chopped Onion (lots)

Mix until combined.  You should have a loose meatloaf like mixture.  Heat a pan with enough oil to cover the bottom.  Then spoon hamburger sized patties into the pan, cook one side then when the edges start to brown, flip and continue to cook on the other side.  Then you must eat these on white bread with a slice of hoop cheese on the side. 

These make a lot of burgers.  We used 2 pounds of beef today because my sister wanted some for lunch next week.

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Birthday Weekend

It’s my sister Debbie’s 52 birthday this weekend.  She is 15 years older then me and my best friend.  We usually spend a few days of her birthday on vacation, most of the time in Myrtle Beach.  But my vacation request was not approved this year for that time so we will be celebrating more the week after.  Here is a picture from last year.

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Today we spent the day shopping.  Eating at Chick-fil-a.  And making really unhealthy choices.  First off the shopping.  It was a blast.  We laughed and had fun.  First up Mannequin with nipples that we saw at Kohl’s.  Why must a mannequin be headless but have nipples? 

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Tonight we are vegging out, watching “Brothers and Sisters” on Netflix, eating my brothers really good but really bad popcorn and drinking. 

 

Here are two beers I bought at World Market today.

The first is a Toasted Coconut Porter, brewed in Greenville, South Carolina.  They say it is a “brown porter that’s a great beer on its own and is even better with a subtle coconut character that compliments the dark grains wonderfully.  A complex and exotic brew that’s an easy drinking, refreshing tropical liberation.” 

This was ok.  The first sip had a little coconut taste but after that just has the taste of a typical porter.  I bought this on mainly because of the label on the bottle. 

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The next one was a Lion Stout Imported beer from Sri Lanka.  I bought this one on the recommendation of the guy in World Market, I really wish I had his name because I would  call and tell them how helpful he was.  This one was REALLY good, and had some bite to it.  It has 8.8% alcohol in it, and I would buy it again.  They describe it as “soft, fresh, and delicious, top-fermenting Lion Stout is bottle-conditioned and has an extraordinary chocolaty, mocha character.”

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I went the whole month of February without drinking any beer (or soda), and have kind of fell off the wagon this month.  I think with all the stress of the crap with my father (not going into it right now), and stress with work.  I still have had only one soda in the last seven weeks or so.  Today is the first time in nearly 6 months that I have given into my love of buying and trying different beers.  I will definitely buy The Lion Stout again. 

Tomorrow I am going to cook my sister a birthday dinner.  We are having Flour Burgers (a family recipe also known as depression burgers), rat cheese, and chips.  If I can get the recipe written down tomorrow I will post that as well.  Its hard since we really so not measure anything.

Night.

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It’s almost Friday..

I am so glad that tomorrow is Friday.  I have the weekend off and it’s my sisters birthday weekend.  We are going to go shopping and go out to eat dinner on Saturday.

 

Tonight’s dinner was pretty good.  I bought some of Johnsonville Cajun Chicken Sausage that I cooked in the oven with some fries.  The swelled up to more then 2x the size so I cut one in 1/2 and ate it on 2 buns.  Topped that with some Vidalia onion spread, ketchup, mustard, and sautéed peppers and onions.  This was a really fast and easy meal.  The sausage turned out to have 4 points, the buns 3 points for both, and the fries 2 points for a serving.  And you can’t have sausage dogs without an icy beer on the side.

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Stuff a Pepper

I actually got to cook tonight.  It is always hectic getting off work at 5:30, getting home 15-20 minutes later, changing clothes, and rushing into the kitchen to cook dinner.  Tonight’s masterpiece:  Stuffed peppers and salad.  I did get a step up with dinner, my brother (who doesn’t eat anything good like peppers), cooked my ground beef with onions and my brown rice.

Here’s the recipe I used and adapted it some to fit my purposes.

3/4 pound of beef (my brother used the other 1/4 pound for his dinner)
diced onion (I come from the school of thought the more the better)

Brown the ground beef with the onion until brown.

Cook the brown rice according to the directions.  You want to have 2 cups.  This is a good time to use the leftover rice in the fridge.

Mix the ground beef mixture and the rice.  I then added 2 cups of Tomato-Basil Spaghetti sauce, Italian Seasoning, Salt & Pepper.  Mix it all up.  Next time I will definitely add some red pepper flakes.

Then take your bell peppers (I used 3 red bell peppers, that way my sister and I would each have one for dinner and she would have an extra one for lunch tomorrow).  I had planned on leaving them whole but decided to cut them in half instead.  I microwaved them for about 4 minutes to soften them a little.   I then put 1 cup of mixture in each pair of peppers (say that 3x fast).  So a serving was a whole pepper and 1 cup of mixture.

My final step is what I think is the most important.  THE CHEESE.  I love cheese.  I topped my sisters with some Colby Jack shredded mix.  And I topped mine with 1 oz. of Cabot Hot Habanero.  They then went into a preheated oven until the cheese started bubbling and got a little brown.

I always have to have load of vegetables to fill me up so I made me a salad with Organic Girl Spring Mix from Whole Foods (it is really the best I ever tasted), cherry tomatoes, LOTS of onion, and Raspberry Dressing.  My sister had the same salad but with Romaine lettuce instead of spring mix (at least its not iceberg).

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This was an AWESOME dinner and it is definitely going on the short list to have again.  I did have some leftover filling, and I plan on picking up a few more peppers tomorrow so we can enjoy at least another lunch out of this.  The extra servings really messed up my points calculations.  So I counted this as 8 points for the peppers (since the cheese was 3 points), and 1 point for the salad.

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At a loss for a title…

it’s just that.  I have no ideas for a title today.  I have been up since 3:20 this morning, since I had to be at work at 5:00 for another wonderful Black Friday in retail.  Today really was not that bad, and I got to “hang out” with some of my friends that I work with.  Vegging out on the couch right now, drinking a rum and coke, and watching “Dawson’s Creek” with the sister.  I have indulged WAY TOO MUCH the last few days (really the last month), and really need to make a change. 

I say this again and again.  I just find it really hard to stick to a plan right now.  I made the statement today that I am going to eat a salad everyday for lunch starting Monday.  That should be easy, it’s a small change, and I LOVE salads.  I should also try to join the bandwagon of the less processed that is going around.  May try this.

I guess I should shut down since I have to be back to work tomorrow at 8 am, Sunday at 9 am, and all of next week from 9:30-5:30.  Got to love retail for the holidays.

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Made something new…

Tonight we tried a new Weight Watcher Recipe.  Cheesy Chicken Nachos.  These were AWESOME.

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We grilled some chicken, and shredded it.  Then on top of some foil (next time spray it….duh), layer tortilla chips, black beans, the chicken, salsa, roasted red pepper strips, shredded cheese, and jalapeños.  Stick in the oven for about 10 minutes.  Top with some plain yogurt (use this all the time instead of sour cream).  All this was 8 points.  The only fault I have with the dish is the chip to topping ratio.  WAY too much toppings.

Had been doing OK on the weight loss front.  Yesterday was just a bad day all around, problems with my Dad.  He is driving all of us crazy, well at least the three of us that take care of him on a weekly basis.  We stopped on the way home after all the drama, got a six pack of Coronas, then stopped at Wendy’s for a Spicy Chicken and fries.  Was too tired to care about the diet, so my sister and I vegged out and got our drink on.  Back on plan today, and doing pretty good.

Planning on spending rest of the night watching “One Tree Hill” with the sister and trying the new Healthy Choice Frozen Yogurt.

Hope everyone is having a great weekend.

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Will not go into 40 fat…

that I have made. Since June 1st, I have been journaling, watching what I eat, and not drinking any alcohol.  Since then I have lost 5 pounds, and if you count the 3 pounds from the week before I started journaling. I am down 8 pounds. WOOHOO.  Since I am an electronic junkie, I downloaded a new app on my phone to journal with. LOVE IT!!!  I am even writing this post with my phone…so easy.  Have a great Wednesday (what’s left of it). PEACE OUT. 🙂

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A New Year….

is upon us.  I cannot believe that 2012 is right around the corner.  There is a lot that I have planned for the New Year.  I just have to sit down and write it all out.  I have fallen off the wagon big time when it comes to my health and dieting.  I would love to be 25 pound lighter by my birthday in MAY.  That will be 5 months.  It is possible.

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