Archive for November, 2010

Replacement Breakfast Sandwich

I bought the ingredients this weekend and made my own version of the pesky breakfast sandwich that I so love.

Food Serving Cals Fat Chol Sodium Carbs Fiber Prot Sugars
Thomas’ Light English Muffin 1 100 1 0 120 22 8 5 0
Egg Beaters Egg Beaters Original  1 30 0 0 115 1 0 6 1
Kraft Fat Free Singles, Sharp Cheddar Cheese 1 25 0 5 250 2 0 4 1

Serving Cals Fat Chol Sodium Carbs Fiber Prot Sugars
HomeMade Breakfast Totals 1 155 1 5 485 25 8 15 2
1 210 5 15 610 27 2 13 3

It didn’t taste quite as good, but the health benefits are worth it.  It’s that damn fat free cheddar. That stuff is really nasty.  I’ll work on it. 

Have you ever done crunches on an exercise ball?  Man oh Man it’s scary.  I’ll work on that too.

Tracys Vegetarian Chili

This one came out very nicely!  About 13 moderate sized servings.  (11 of which are in the freezer as we speak)
1 cup rice
16 oz. Black Beans
2 qts. water
2 lg. onions, chopped
2 lg Green Peppers Chopped
4-16 oz. kidney beans
29 oz. can tomato sauce
4 –  16 oz Crushed tomatoes
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp. crushed red pepper
1 clove garlic minced
4 tbsp. chili powder or more
2 tbsp. vinegar
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 oz. unsweetened baking chocolate squares
1 1/2 tsp. salt
4 drops Tabasco sauce

In an 8 quart kettle combine rice, water and onions; simmer for
30 minutes. Then add remaining ingredients. Simmer for 2 or 3
hours, uncovered.

15 Minutes to kill

Well, I do in fact have 15 minutes to kill before I need to go fold my laundry and get ready for yoga.  15 minutes is not long enough to start anything, nor is it long enough to finish anything.

I am having a hard time keeping my focus lately.  I’ve got some new projects I’m working on and they’re very difficult to start.  It’s five minutes, ask a question, wait 12 hours for a answer, work for five minutes, ask a question, wait 12 hours.  I’m trying to be patient, but my lack of focus is not helping.

The last week or so my stomach hurts (just a little) every time I eat.  What is up with that? 

I am looking forward to tomorrow.  It will be my husband and I, my daughter and her Jason, my son, my sister, my two nieces, my sisters boyfriend, and I assume my stepfather. My sister will do all the work and I will languish in joy at her vegetarian dish filled Thanksgiving!  Num!

I have another thing.  I haven’t told my husband yet, so when I type it here he’ll probably see it.  I was going to try and hold off and surprise him but I guarantee someone will say something tomorrow.  Our house will be paid off in two weeks.  I have an appointment next week with the lawyer to find out what we need to do .  It’s a whole big thing about a  not valid will and a land contract so it’s complicated.  But then we will be in a small percentage of people who are not making rental or mortgage payments.  Yay!  One more piece of the security puzzle.

Everybody is all “ooo, you can take out a loan and fix it up” and I’m all, oooo, maybe I’ll just enjoy no payment for awhile.  Maybe I’ll let it fall down around my head until I have enough cash on hand to do whatever I want to do instead of a high interest loan.  You know?  I mean, I have other considerations long term that I need to think about.  Those go in a protected post though. 🙂

So, Honey if you read this, let me know okay?  I could probably use your help with some of the documents.

Allright, off to fold my clothes!  Enjoy your evening.


is just a big old test! 

Picture Day!

Maybe I should start making my own egg sandwich breakfast instead of buying the Smart Ones.  This batch while not all crumby and creepy instead looks like someone did a taste test before it got to me.

I think I’ll research calorie/nutrition counts and look at making my own.

I wish they sold the little squares of frozen cheese they use.  It’s perfect.  🙂

What is it about my office door that makes people stop at least once a month, ring the bell and then ask me when I answer the door wearing my jeans and tennis shoes, “Is this the Chiropractors office?”.

At least todays was a nice looking young man with a fun accent.

I’m a little cranky this week.  I’m not sure why, but I feel off.  Just like I want to yell at everyone.  Hopefully it will go away soon.

Sad breakfast and intriguing daters!

This is what my Smart Ones English muffin sandwich looked like when I took it out of the package this morning!  BOOO!

My eggs & cheese were creepy so I was forced to have my lunch for breakfast.  Lunch time will be sad now.  

This is Biggbys coffee.  You can find my husband and I here most Saturday evenings for a little bit.  Normally it’s empty (YAY!)  but this Saturday it was all full up!  Including my  neighbor who happened to show up at the same time as we did.  Hey Brandon! 

The couple making out in the chair were fascinating.

They were sitting at a table along the wall studying when the guy stood up and moved to the chair.  He was on the phone.  The girl then stood up walked towards him, stopped about a foot before she got to him and stared at herself in the window.  I know she was looking at her own reflection because she was turning so she could see herself at all different angles!  It was so odd!  Then she climbed up on his lap and started kissing him while he was on the phone, until he hung up.  I am always so interested in watching peoples behaviors!  Does anyone have any conclusions to draw about this couple?

I believe I bought the perfect fitting jeans this weekend.  They are levi’s, and they are dark wash, straight leg.  They are that thin denim which is not my favorite, but they are just the most perfect fit ever.  I hope no one ever tells me if they are not flattering because I do not want to know!

Off to my Monday call.


These are so tasty I can only talk about them on a protected post.


Have you seen this?

I don’t know what made me grab it when I saw it last weekend, but I did.  And then I made it.    As I was eating it I was thinking “hmmm, this is interesting”.  I followed the directions which meant I had a very liquidy vegetarian bean soup.  So this weekend the experimenting begins!  I really like the spice blend of this pack.  So I bought a bag of colorful mixed beans and did the quick soak.  I also chopped an onion and browned it up in some olive oil.  Now I’ve got the bean mix from the packet and my beans in a pot of water simmering with my browned onions.  After a couple of hours I’ll add in the spice mix and let simmer for a while longer.  I think it will be very good!  Hearty & warm on a cold fall day.

Of course next weekend I’ll experiment with adding whatever pops into my head when I’m eating this batch.  The soup packet was on sale for $00.99 x 2, and the extra bag of beans for $1.99.   I used half the bag of beans per batch.  Makes about 8 cups of soup.  Perfect!  No need to freeze.


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