Sometimes peer pressure can be a good thing. Just when I think I’ve tried everything one of the If You Have an Egg Facebook Group girls finds something I haven’t even heard of. Acorn. Butternut. Yellow. Zucchini. Spaghetti. I thought I had tried all the squashes. Apparently not. So you know how this goes. They… [read more]
In the real world I own my own business, an always busy currently thriving local small business and I have to tell you being woman owned does sometimes have it’s advantages. And many times it’s disadvantages as well. Customers come to us because a woman cares about their project, is sensitive to the many times emotional decision they are making, and as a woman understands that they may choose their new kitchen on the first visit…but doesn’t lose patience when it take two, three or even ten trips to decide.
Because of the expectation that woman owned sets and because I always try to be available, most days I am lucky to get a potty break much less sit still to eat lunch. This isn’t new. This is going to happen every day. Yet no matter how hard I try to plan what and how I’m going to be able to eat I fail. I fail to get my lunch assembled before someone comes in asking for me. I fail to get my food out of the microwave before someone else puts theirs in between customers. I fail to consume preprepared fruits and veggies before they turn into an unrecognizable goo. But here’s what I don’t do. I refuse to plan to fail.
Today was a perfect example. Husband got to come home for a quick stopover between jobsites so I didn’t assemble my lunch. Ingredients for a lovely tuna salad are still in their respective containers in the bottom drawer of the showroom fridge. Lots of customers who saw my Woman Owned ad in the local paper Sunday (yay!). Suddenly it was 3pm and the only thing my tummy had to show for the day was a mini naan, a hard boiled egg, and two cups of coffee. Not exactly what I would recommend to stay full, satisfied and on track!
Stop. Think. So you failed to plan Kelly, don’t top it off by planning to fail. Old me would have said “well forget it now, poor pitiful you, eat everything in site and you will start again tomorrow.” WWNMD? (What would new me do?)
Stop. Recognize I am hungry and stop now, not later, now and eat a healthy snack that would stick. Today I made it a banana and a Quest bar. It took me 2 customers and 15 minutes to eat them, but because I could sneak in my office and break off bite size pieces it worked
Stop. Call, text or email someone and tell them what I’m eating. Saying it out loud makes you infinitely more likely to eat what you said rather than playing what my WW leader calls refridgerator roulette later. Remember the husband who came home early? I texted and told him I would like a date night to split a pizza at Brixx. Took him two seconds to be on board and kept me to 16 satisfying points for dinner
Stop. Make a ready to eat, easy to eat meal to grab and go for tomorrow. Or accept help if someone offers it. As I was leaving Expeditor Bobbie asked if I wanted her to make Avocado Egg salad for tomorrow and she had already checked to see if I had more romaine lettuce. Yes ma’am, please and thank you!
Go. To bed early. Go. Get some rest. Go. Forgive yourself and move on to the next day. Go. Outside and play. It’s ok, it’s life, it’s going to happen. But what happens next is all up to you.
Brixx Thai Chicken Pizza split halvsies with the hubby – 16PPV
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Have you ever imagined a recipe and how yummy it was going to be only to be disappointed when you finally get to try it? Not this one. It was so good and so authentically Italian I almost started singing “That’s Amore!” after that first bite.
While I was trying to come up with a name the word Trattoria kept popping into my head. Now remember, it’s been 20+ years since the summer I lived in Italy, and almost 10 since I’ve even been there. I knew I liked the word but I didn’t know why so I looked it up.
an Italian restaurant serving simple food.
Portabella di Trattoria…mushrooms of the simple Italian restaurant. I like it. And you’ll love it.
Portabella di Trattoria – 9PPV
- 1 large portabella mushroom cap (stem and gills removed)
- Olive oil spray
- 1/2 cup Victoria (or other brand) marinara sauce
- 1 tbsp minced garlic (yes I love garlic!)
- 1/4 cup Panko Bread Crumbs
- 2 oz fresh mozzarella broken into pieces
Wash portabella caps and pat dry with a paper towel. Remove stems and gills. Spray both sides of the mushroom cap generously with olive oil spray. Score the top lightly with a knife and then lay stem side up on a parchment covered cookie sheet. Stir marinara and minced garlic together and heat gently in a small sauce pan until just heated through. Pour evenly over mushroom cap and then sprinkle Panko on top. Add fresh mozzarella pieces close to center. Place in a 375 degree oven for 15 minutes. Turn oven up to 500 broil and cook an additional 5 minutes or until cheese is melted and beginning to brown. Let stand 5 minutes for cheese to set before devouring…if you can.
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Nana is really loving this fresh veggie selection right now. Her little garden is booming with tiny versions of what we had tonight. I have a feeling here in a few weeks everything will boast fresh from Nana’s garden green beans, summer squash, tomatoes, sweet and hot peppers. Tonight though we had Lentil Stuffed Peppers, Oven Fried Tofu, Balsamic Asparagus and Baked Pita. Four recipes, one post, ready? Here we go!
Lentil Stuffed Peppers – 2PPV per pepper
- 2 large bell peppers – cut in half and seeded
- 1/2 cup cooked lentils
- 1/4 cup Daiya Shreds (Available in the organic section of most markets)
- 1/2 cup diced carrots, celery, onions
- 1/4 cup stewed tomatoes
- 2 tbsp Heinz Simply Ketchup
Place lentils, carrots, celery and onions in a shallow baking dish and heat on 350 for 10-12 minutes. At the same time blanch peppers in boiling water for 3 minutes, remove carefully and place in a glass baking dish just large enough to keep peppers upright and touching. Scoop the lentil veggie mixture evenly into each pepper half. Spoon half of a tbsp onto each pepper mixture and then evenly add the Daiya shreds. Place in oven for 25 minutes on 350. Allow to rest 5 minutes before serving. 2 halves = 1 serving. Enjoy!
The other three recipes follow this yummy picture…
- 1 pound firm tofu cut into 1/4″ – 1/2″ slices
- 1 cup whole wheat Panko Bread crumbs
- 2 tbsp onion powder
- 1 tbsp dried parsley
- 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp poultry seasoning
- 1 tsp fresh ground black pepper
- 2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
- 2 tbsp sesame oil
Set tofu, soy sauce and oil aside for a minute. Mix remaining ingredients in a bowl. Put soy sauce in a shallow dish. Spread the oil evenly on a cookie sheet. Use one hand for the wet ingredients and the other hand for the dry ingredients. Quickly dredge each piece of tofu in the soy sauce and quickly move to the other hand to dredge through the dry ingredients. Place on cookie sheet. Bake in a preheated oven on 350 for 20 minutes, gently flip and cook another 15 minutes. Divide into four servings. Serve warm or cold, as a main dish or great on sandwiches.
Balsamic Asparagus – 0PPV
- 1 bunch asparagus
- 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
Trim asparagus and place in a sealable bag with the balsamic vinegar. Kneed gently until all stalks have been coated. Spread evenly on a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes on 350 degrees or until stalks are tender Serve immediately.
Garlic Pita Wedges – 5PPV
- 1 Toufayan Whole Wheat Pita Bread (available at Costco)
- 1 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1/2 tsp fresh ground dried spicy garlic mix
Brush pita evenly with EVOO and sprinkle with garlic powder. Bake for 15 minutes on 325 degrees turning once. Cut with a pizza cutter into wedges and serve immediately.
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Expeditor Bobbie at KSI loves avocados. Her husband Roy calls them “mangoes”. We on the other hand love everything Bobbie makes for us to eat. Cakes, yummy soups, her tiny lunches smell better than anything we could ever dream up in the showroom on our own. Today’s lunch though was a surprisingly delicious AND healthy twist. Bobbie’s beloved avocados AND a fabulously delightful meal, success!
Avocado Egg Salad – 8PPV
- 1 avocado sliced
- 2 hardboiled eggs sliced (we used Bobbie’s own fresh from the chicken tushie eggs)
- 2 tbsp Smart Balance Light Mayo
- Sea Salt
- Fresh ground pepper
Makes two servings. Lightly mash together the avocado and eggs. Mix in the mayo evenly. Lightly sprinkle with salt (not too much, this isn’t a bowl of fries!) and pepper to taste. Divide into two equal portions. I put mine on Romaine lettuce leaves to keep the points down. Bobbie had hers on an Arnold Sandwich Round which would add 3PPV. It was so good I forgot to save any for anyone else to try!
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It’s Wednesday so you know what that means!Would you rather?
Have a small Sonic Cream Slush (any flavor) for 12PPV?
Medium Sonic Onion Rings for 12PPV?
That’s a hard one. The Cream Slush is just a small…but it’s a cream slush. And it’s hot outside. And it’s any flavor. On the other hand the onion rings might actually fill me up…and they are quite yummy. This one may depend on the day, am I trying to cool down with a yummy treat or do I need something savory yet filling?
What would you rather?
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I used to skip breakfast because I thought it was boring. Now I wouldn’t miss it for anything. If there has been one joy during this journaling journey so far it has been this, my rediscovery of the most important meal of the day. So many egg ideas so little time!
Canadian Bacon and Eggs – 5PPV
- 1/2 cup Baby Porta Bella Mushrooms
- 1 farm fresh egg
- Babybel Light Mini broken into pieces
- 1/4 cup black beans rinsed
- 2 slices uncured Canadian Bacon
- Fresh ground black pepper
- Blackberries and strawberries on the side
Spray a non stick skillet and add sliced mushrooms, sautee 5-6 minutes over medium heat stirring twice. Add egg, breaking yolk and let cook 2 minutes or until egg starts to set. Add rinsed black beans, Canadian bacon, Baby Bel and continue cooking for 2 more minutes or until cheese is melted, flipping once. Add fresh ground pepper and at least let it cool enough to not burn yourself before you devour!
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Finally! I had to wait until 10pm to get it but we are finally enjoying the big salads. I love food, all kinds of food but there is something magical about a big salad. Especially in a big bowl. My daughter and I love them so much we bought big big bowls. Big black bowls that flare out at the top. Because you can’t have a big enough bowl for the big salad Did I mention they were big?
The Big Salad Tuscan Style – 13PPV
- 1 cup romaine lettuce
- 1 cup baby spinach
- 1/4 cup banana peppers, all #0PP.
- 1/4 cup Dried cranberries
- 1/4 cup Feta cheese
- 2 tbsp Greek olives
- 1 tbsp Sunflower kernels
- 12 strips Simple Truth Meatless Grillers
- 3 tbsp Kraft Tuscan House Dressing 3 tbsp
This week at Weight Watchers we each had to come up with one thing that made us happy. As our fearless leader Gwen pointed out, happiness doesn’t always have to be an over the top emotion…it can be something simple that brings you a smile. Someone compliments your weight loss, you button up jeans without lying on the bed with a crowbar, your new Fitbit band comes in the mail and it matches your walking shoes. You know, the little stuff that makes you smile. Puts a little giddy up in your step. Makes it worth getting up and doing what you do and for just being you!
My exercise for you is to find and tell someone two things that just genuinely make you happy. Maybe that person needs to hear it. Maybe it will make someone else happy. Of course I want you to name five things, but it will still make me happy if you name two (see how that works?). And it can’t all be puppy breath and extra fries in the bottom of the bag, those make everybody happy so they don’t count.
My top 5 things that always make me happy:
- Bit O’ Honey Hunt – don’t get me wrong, I like the little Bit O’ Honeys too but there is just nothing quite like the full size ones. And at 1PPV per piece it makes them worth the hunt. I especially like finding them in obscure places: gas stations in tiny towns, the hospital gift shop, my husband and daughter are in on the hunt too which makes me even more happy.
- Frog songs – I don’t care what language it’s in or where we hear them but I love love love the sound of frogs singing. At one time we had a pond and before summer was over we would have identied at least 4 kinds of frogs and one toad just by their songs
- Sheet season – the first day it’s cold enough to change the bed into flannel sheets. Count me in, I’m there
- Days til Disney – At the most random times we will get a text from my husband announcing how many days are left until our next Disney trip. They usually arrive when I’m busy at work and I know the people around me have to wonder what the little smirk is before I set down the phone.
- Love you too, love you one – when our daughter was little we began using the normal ways to get her started counting. 1 jellybean for me, 2 jellybeans for you, you get the idea. Well one day she told her daddy “love you” and naturally he said “love you too”. Well this miniature smarty pants thought she found a new counting game and said “love you three”. They continued until one of them suddenly said “love you one!” again and a winner was dubbed. For years it was a who can love a higher number and then a surprise zinger love you one for the win. She is 21 years old and she still makes sure someone else says love you too so she can zing in with love you one. My favorite happy of all ✨☺️✨
What’s your happy? Seriously, I want to know so let’s hear them!
By definition birthday is:
“The anniversary of the day on which a person was born, typically treated as an occasion for celebration and the giving of gifts”
BirthDAY. Celebrating the DAY of your birth. So it’s a birthDAY not a birthWEEK or a birthMONTH. I have decided to enjoy my day, saved up weeklies and activity points (for the record I normally don’t eat my activity points) and am going to enjoy my day.
And when I get up tomorrow it will be a new day. Today will be done, no regrets, no looking back, just tracking and moving on. I mean it’s one day…enjoy it! ✨🎂✨
My husband just showed up at work and wouldn’t leave me alone until I came in my office to see what he brought. My favorite cookies…it’s just one day…and I did share…but I could eat thumbprint cookies until I pass out! And the card was hilarious #sorrynotsorry hope you enjoy it too
My first trip to Aldi was in 1988 when my sister and I lived in Urbino, Italy during the summer with a group from Ramapo College. Of course we thought we were the stuff, living in an apartment in a foreign country with no real adult supervision. The first week or so someone doled out our money and we pretty much stayed close to school. After we had picked up all the pertinent lingo like “Dove il bagno?” And “mi fai un sconto?” We were ready to blow that Popsicle stand. It was all fun and games until one by one we ran out of food…and spending money. We had all already figured out that school cafeteria food is school cafeteria food, I don’t care what language you speak. So we bravely set off in search of a 24 hour grocery with a deli counter and guess what? They don’t have any! The Saturday morning market on top of the hill sold one ply toilet paper and squid on ice. That’s going to come in handy. The market in the ever exciting downtown Urbino boasted the very American sliced cheese and (get this!) Weight Watchers sliced toast. It was basically a loaf of stale sliced white bread that had been “toasted”. So we racked up on toast, slices of American gold, and a stick of butter. Several days and about 10 grilled cheese later we realized we needed help. Some well meaning and I’m sure extremely dreamy Italian cab driver offered to take us to another city to visit the grocery. If you’ve seen the movie Taken you know it wasn’t our most adult decision, but hey…we lived and now we have Aldi in our hearts from way back.
Not gonna lie, I can’t use Aldi as my main grocery store especially since we do live in the 24 hours a day immediate gratification zone. I use Aldi mainly for their Fit & Active brands as well as some produce and a few frozen items.
I was starting to run out of a few things and decided I would stop on my way home from 4.4 mile walk with my Accountabilibuddy Karen. Not much time so I grabbed my two favorite things from Aldi and headed home for yet another grilled cheese. Even after all that, I still love me a good grilled cheese.
There are so many but tonight I want to focus on my two favorite Aldi items:
Aldi Fit & Active Whole Wheat Whole Grain Bread – 1PPV per slice. A soft and light whole wheat that is still only 2 WW Points Plus when you have two slices as opposed to most which kick on over to 3 points. Makes a delicious sandwich but on its own is still thick enough to make French toast, cinnamon bread or garlic toast. This is a staple at our house!
Clancy’s Barbeque Baked Potato Crisps – 3PPV for 14 chips. These are absolutely the best baked chips I’ve ever had. They are light and crisp, lots of bbq flavor. Good thing they are only 3 WW Points Plus because I can rarely keep from opening the bag on the way home.
So for dinner two of my favorite Aldi items became this yummy 9 Points Plus simple dinner
- 2 slices of Fit & Active WW bread
- 2 slices Velveeta Sliced Cheese
- 2 slices uncured Canadian Bacon
- 1 tbsp Smart Balance light mayo
- 14 Clancy’s BBQ Crisps