Well…poopie…..not that I am

complaining about my weight loss, I feel a LOT better, but I went to pull out all my travel clothes, light weight, moisture wicking, and NOTHING fits!

Now I like to clothes shop like any self respecting woman 🙂  but I had to re-buy stuff that is only used occasionally.

Auugghhh, plus I waited until two weeks before to check, so now I have a deadline and can’t wait for sales……(sobbing on floor….auugghh).

Luckily, I found a few things on sale, and I am combing my closet for light stuff I can fit into.

So, glad about the weight lost, but not about the money I am spending :’)

 

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Another tomato bites the dust….

aka, some stupid bug ate it, the WHOLE thing, sheesh!

So I took the rest of them that were close to done and brought them in, so they turn red in my kitchen in safety.

I have some stuff coming up in my boxes, and , ahem…. ok….I am not really sure what it will be since I have the patience of a 6 yr old….ok…fine…3 year old!

When stuff doesn’t come up I add more, then all of a sudden stuff starts coming up but I have no idea what, shit, last time I thought I had spinach and it was small potatoes…

It is my mystery garden, seriously, most of the stuff coming up is a complete mystery!

 

 

We said “good bye” to our JRT mix

We had Rudder for 16 yrs.  We got him because our boys were getting older and we wanted someone for Dempsey our Boxer, plus Vance wanted a dog, of course he wanted a big dog like a Husky, we said no, to much shedding, they went to a breeder, supposedly he wouldn’t shed. HA!  He shed more then my mom’s goldens!!  And not only that, it was sharp fur and would stick in you!  But he was a wonderful dog, when Dempsey died 2 years later, we got Iggy, a Pug, those two were together for 10 years.

They would go in the same cage at the groomers and boarders, they didn’t like to be separated.  When Iggy died 10 years later, we got Mushu, (sorry Rudder), he seemed lonely and sad, but Mushu is … well…cray cray!  But they made it thru.

Rudder was mostly healthy, but just recently, his health started to fail, and over the Memorial Day Holiday, we had to let him go, he is now running in great health and playing with his Mama Dempsey, and his Bestie Iggy.

All of my furries are greatly missed as there is never a more pure/true/loyal love then that of your dog.

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Kitchen Mash-up bean style

I bought dried beans at the store, 3 different kinds.  They were in my pantry.

I had some veggies that were getting soft so I threw them in a pot and made Veggie broth.

Later that week I had a left over piece of chicken, sooo, I pulled out my veggie broth and boiled the chicken it in, now I have a chicken soupy type broth.

I then decided to soak my beans overnight in my chicken broth!  Sometimes I even surprise myself!

Then the next day, after draining the old broth, I cooked them in some new broth, when they were almost done, I added a bunch of veggies from the fridge and pantry, and make a chicken veggie bean soup.  YummY!

And it was souper (see the joke?) good and make 6 servings, for about $4.00 dollars!

Kitchen Mash-up Banana Bread Muffins

sooooo….you all know I like my sweets and snacks, I just like them healthy, well we all know that Banana Bread isn’t really the healthiest of choices…..but I healified them!

We have had some bananas go soft, so I peeled them and froze them.  A lot of them!

So I used the same muffin recipe as the Apple Fritters with some minor changes:

 

2 cups all purpose flour….hmm….well….ok….I admit, the flour in my cabinet is basically a mix of white, wheat, soy, almond, and flax seed 🙂  – but hey use all purpose if you want

1 cup sugar…..yeah…..like that is gonna happen…… changed that to 1/3 cup Truvia

1tsp baking powder

1tsp baking soda

2 banana’s cooked with 1/2 cup water, cinnamon and vanilla to taste, should be a pudding like mixture

1 8oz container of blueberry yogurt –  nope used 1/2 cup  of Plain fat free yogurt, I mixed the Banana mixture in it to make it moist

1 egg – remember I am not vegan, you can probably use a “flax egg” if you are

1 tsp Vanilla – NOPE – already used with my banana mixtute

4 Tbl Spoon butter – NOT!!!  I made a batch with 1/2 the butter, couldn’t tell the difference, then I made a batch with NO butter and still couldn’t taste a difference so I skip this altogether

 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease 12 muffin cups or line with paper muffin liners.
  2. Stir together flour, sugar, baking soda and baking powder. In a separate bowl, combine yogurt, banana mixture, egg,  and . Stir mixtures together just until combined; batter will be very thick. Scoop into prepared muffin cups.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes.

Per Serving: 205 calories; 4.5  38.1  3.6  26  179 

Saved money by freezing my banana’s until I was ready to use them, save on my waistline as they are very good and moist without a lot of sugar!

Well I did it, I ordered some Ladybugs

I am hoping to put them in my garden and that they will eat all the pesky bad insects.  I hope it works.

So my potatoes (not spinach) are doing good, my tomatoes are coming back in, and some lettuce is looking good.

I have some bean plants coming up too.  I have 3 old grow boxes I am going to fill up also.

So we shall see!

3…..2…..1…. NONE

OMG, I have 3 Freaking Orange Theory Sessions left……aaauuuggghhhh…..if I wasn’t so cheap I would say “screw it” but , I  am 🙂

They keep letting me know I am almost out and they have “deals”, yeah, no thanks, nah, not gonna happen again, ever!

I am using these last ones when I know I go off the deep end, and eat more then I should.  I know it, I still do it, it is a lifestyle, not a diet, shit happens, then you eat chocolate!

I will be so Happy when I am down to ZERO!

and my husband still has TEN sessions,  who is the slacker now huh???!!!

Vegetarian .. or just eating healthy..

I do my best to eat foods that aren’t processed, WW app helps with this, I scan a food in the store I am interested in, the points will confirm or not if it is as healthy as it looks.

I eat less and less meat, main reason…my health, I feel better the less meat I eat, second reason, I love animals, all animals, so it is a personal choice.

With the new Beyond Meats coming out, I think more and more people might try skipping meat a meal or two.

In the big scheme of things, eating less meat and more plant based foods is healthy for you and costs less.  The side benefits include being better for the earth and animals.  A win for everyone!

I say if everyone just reduced their meat consumption 25%, it would be better then the few people who “convert” to a full vegan (which I can’t do) or vegetarian(which I try to do) lifestyle.

 

 

 

The Beyond Burger is AWESOME

So, Carl’s Jr.  has an Incredible Beyond Burger so I tried it, OMG…..it tastes and bites just like a burger.

I was skeptical at first, because all “veggie” burgers are not equal, not at all.  But this is the freaking BOMB!

I heard that some Del Taco’s are using the Beyond Beef for their taco’s, that is my next stop, I like the Turkey Taco’s, but meatless is better.

Better for my body, better for the animals, and better for the Earth.  Everyone is a winner!

 

My international enchiladas

So I make enchiladas a LITTLE different then most people, my kids have found this out the hard way when they got into relationships 🙂

This one of my first kitchen mash-ups ever, as we usually do this the day after we have taco’s.

So I use Flour tortillas (they need to be big, plus they never liked the corn ones), then Asian or Persian rice (they hold up better for reheating) then either ground beef or ground chicken or sometimes both, and Italian tomato sauce (they don’t like enchilada sauce) what ever cheese we have in the fridge when I make them.

I take a large glass cooking dish, I put the tomato sauce in and swirl around, then I take the flour tortilla’s and dip one side in, I layer then up on my work space.

Then I take the rice that has been in the cooker, and add the meat and stir it together, then I place a large amount of that mix in the tortilla and top with cheese and roll and place in dish.  I repeat till done, I usually cook 8 at a time, this is 2 meals because they are hefty.

I then take another can of tomato sauce and depending if it is for both boys, I only add to ONE side, because one likes it, one doesn’t….sigh….then I top with whatever meat, rice, and cheese is left over.

They are yummy, but not typical!