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Wind, wind and more wind.


So since it was 66° out when I got home from work, I decided to do my:

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I needed to get in 50 minutes of Cardio so I thought it would be great to go for a run and that’s exactly what I did.

Yes, I only did 40 minutes worth because I hit the trail by our house:

 Which ended up going out into the country.  Well the weather may have been nice out but:

 

Yep, it was windy, windy and windy out as I was running.  Let me tell you heading out wasn’t bad but coming back, it was a pain in the butt.  Needless to say I didn’t run the fastest (more like walked) most of the way home.

When I got back I finished out the last 10 minutes with:

 

 

t was:

Two new flavors from Hamburger Helper. We decided on the Italian Cheesy Italian Beef.  Let me tell you the kiddos loved it.  They gobbled it up faster than I could snap a picture of it.

I guess it was a hit with them.  Hubby and I thought it was just okay.  Yes, boxed meals are not the best but it is one way that we are getting the kiddos to help with the cooking responsibilities.  Bubba is now 13 and Chickie is 11 so we have decided it is a good time to get them going on cooking.  When do you think it is a good time to start teaching your kids how to cook?

Now off to watch The Biggest Loser, have a great evening.

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Barbecue Muffins


Barbecue Muffins

These are quick and very easy.

Prep Time:  10 min.  Cook:  20 min.

Ingredients:

  • 1 (12oz.) can refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
  • 1/2 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

Directions:

1.  Preheat oven to 375°.  Separate biscuits; pat or roll into 5-inch circles on a lightly floured surface, and press into lightly greased muffin pans.

2.  Brown ground beef in a large skillet, stirring until it crumbles and is no longer pink.  Drain and pat dry with paper towels.  Wipe skillet clean.  Return beef to skillet; stir in ketchup and next 3 ingredients.  Spoon into muffin cups.

3.  Bake at 375° for 15 minutes.  Sprinkle with cheese, and bake 5 more minutes or until cheese melts.  Cool in pan on a wire rack 5 minutes.  Makes 10 muffins.

These are quick and easy and everyone in the house loved them.  Something different to have besides just plain ole sloppy joes.

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Were you surprised?


So, were you surprised by the results of the Iowa Caucus?  I was.

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Just eight votes is how Romney won the State.  Does that tell you something?  It tells me that every count votes.  In fact in November our City Council came down to just 1 vote.  Can you believe that.  What a year it is in the state.
Now on to supper.
So I was searching the blog today when I came across a soup recipe on Iowa Girl Eats website. 
Spicy Tomato & Turkey Soup with Ditalini – sorry for the picture.  I decided to take a picture after I had inhaled half of the soup.  If you want to see a better picture go to Iowa Girl Eats’s web page.  This is delicious.  It is a little spicy but tastes great.   I did tweak a few things.  We used leftover turkey from Christmas instead of ground turkey and I used elbow macaroni instead of ditalini (didn’t have any on hand).  Must say two bowls were inhaled tonight eating this.
Now off to do Zumba on the Wii.  I think I am addicted to it.  I guess there are worst things to be addicted to.

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Holiday without the Kids


So today was a holiday for almost everyone except, the kiddos. They had to go to school today. Hubby and I were totally disappointed exstatic and couldn’t get them to school fast enough this morning.  After we had them dropped off (by 7:35 – Bubba had BBall at 7 and Chickie had Band at 7:40) we hit the road for some shopping.

So an hour later we hit the college town.  Of course it wasn’t a very busy college town.

This is one of the dorms.  As you can tell there are about 6 cars in the parking lot.  Can you tell it is still Christmas break?

So as we move further down the road we come across this tree.

This tree is white with no bark on it.  I have never seen such a tree ever.  Made me wonder what kind of tree it is.

So we were off to do some shopping.  First stop:

Best Buy.  We were on a mission to find a netbook case, PC game of hidden object and a flash drive.  Needless to say, we walked out with nothing.  What a bust.

Then it was off to Sam’s Club. For those of you who don’t know it is like Costco but it is affiliated with Wal-mart.  Needless to say we walked out $450.00 later.  Before your eyes fall out of your head I must say we did get the flash drive, printer cartriages (make that 4 – 2 color and 2 black) which these 5 things totaled $200.00 plus food for Bubba to have after BBall practice and many other things.  It amazes me how fast things add up.  It blows my mind sometimes.

So by the time we got done there I was starving.  So it was off to find lunch.

Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar plus it was an added bonus because they had all the bowl games on and Hubby was dying for some football.  So what to get when you have started your New Year’s Diet which involves cutting out carbs??

So it was a honey bbq chicken taco and a salad on the side.  Since I am cutting out the carbs I just emptied everything out of the taco shell and made myself one big salad.  Which by the way was much cheaper than ordering an actual honey bbq chicken salad.  The salad cost $7.49 and what I ordered was a lunch special for $5.99.  Score for saving money.  Afterwards we had to hit up some fro yo.  I know, it doesn’t count for the diet but I needed ice cream and hubby and I shared.

Hello Orange Leaf.

So into the cup went Brownie Batter, Mint Chocolate and English Toffee and topped with cashews, heath bar and white chocolate syrup.  By far the English Toffee was the best.  It was just the right amount to top off a light lunch.  Before we headed out of town we had to make one more stop.

Yes Panera Bread.  We had to get something for the kiddos:

A bakers dozen of cinnamon crunch bagels.  The kiddos love them.  In fact they eat them plain.  Yes, that is how good they are.  It about killed me driving home smelling them and knowing they were full of carbs and not being able to eat one.

So once we got home it was time to unload and repackage some of the bulk items.

Cheese.  We buy the cheese in 5 pound packages and then divide it into quart freezer bags and freeze it until we need it.  It is way cheaper and we use a lot of cheese.

Of course while we are bagging the cheese these are at our feet.

The pups are at our feet trying to catch every little crumb that we might drop.  Of course we have gotten much,  much better and now only drop one handful instead of 10.  😉

So since we ate out for noon it meant I had to cook supper.  Must use up some of the bulk food we bought so what sounded good plus it had to include a salad?

Citrus Tilapia Salad.

 

Citrus Tilapia Salad

by Nicole Weber

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

 

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 (6-ounce) tilapia fillets
  • 1 cup Romaine lettuce
  • 1 Tablespoon Vadilia Onion Dressing of choice

Instructions

Whisk together oil, lemon juice, lime juice, garlic, thyme, and salt and pepper to taste. Place fish in a shallow dish, drizzle with citrus mixture, turn to coat, and marinate at room temperature for 10 minutes.

Heat grill pan or nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add fish and cook 3 to 4 minutes per side.

Place on top of lettuce and drizzle with dressing.

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This is quick and very, very easy.  I just made the fish and then put it on top of a salad and drizzled with dressing.  This was delicious.

Now off to a meeting.  Have a great night.

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Cold, Wet and Rainy


Today it was just a gloomy day.  What does a gloomy day make you want to do?

Just makes you want to curl up with her, doesn’t it?

Actually she does this when I tell her I have to go back to work.  She doesn’t appreciate the fact that I have to work to put food in her tummy.

So when it is cold, wet and rainy what sounds best for supper?  Soup of course.  What kind of soup?  Lasagna Soup.

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This soup is quick and easy to make plus it tastes just like Lasagna.

All you need is the following ingredients:

It talkes about 45 minutes to make and it is well worth the time.  Plus an added bonus is it doesn’t have all the extra cheese and calories that lasagna normally has.

Now off to hit the treamill.  Have a great night.

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Pancake and Pork Chops


So I had an epic fail this morning.  Since it is December 1st I thought I would start the month off getting up at 5:15 a.m. to run.  Well the alarm went off and what did I do?  I hit the snooze for 45 minutes straight.  I am not good at all getting up when it is dark and cold outside.  So I didn’t get my run in.

So what do you have for breakfast when you’ve slept in and it is cold outside?  Pancakes of course.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Savory Mushroom & Herb Pork Roast


Savory Mushroom & herb Pork Roast

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 12 baby carrots
  • 1 boneless pork shoulder butt roast (3 to 4 lbs.)
  • 1 can (10 3/4 oz.) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 6 fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 tsp. dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1/4 tsp. dried marjoram
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 2 Tbsp. cold water
  • French-fried onions, optional

Directions:

Place onions and carrots in a 5-quart slow cooker

Cut roast in half; add to slow cooker.

In a small bowl, combine the soup, broth, mushrooms, thyme, Worcestershire sauce, rosemary, marjoram and pepper.

Pour over pork.  Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until meat is tender.

Remove pork to a serving platter; keep warm.

Skim fat from cooking juices; transfer to a large saucepan.  Bring liquid to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.

Serve pork with gravy.  Sprinkle servings with French-fried onions if desired.

This is fantastic and the meat melts in your mouth.  The kiddos and I love this.

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Broccoli Gratin with Crispy Onions


Oh, long time no talk.  The weekend got away from me and then I didn’t want to get up for work today.  My boss is back from having hip replacement surgery last week so it was crazy busy at work.  When he can’t do anything for himself except walk, it wears a person out.  So thankfully Hubby made supper tonight and he stuck with our Meatless Monday meal.

Broccoli Gratin with Crispy Onions

Ingredients

  • 2 T Butter
  • 2 T Flour
  • 2 c. milk
  • 1 Bunch Broccoli, chopped
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste
  • 1 c. Grated Fontina Cheese
  • 1 c. French-fried onions

Directions

1.  Cook butter and flour in a sucepan over medium heat, whisking, for 1 minute.

2.  Whisk in milk.

3.  Add broccoli and season with salt and pepper.  Simmer until tender, 8 to 12 minutes.

4.  Add fontina and mix well.  Transfer to a baking dish and top with french-fried onions.  Bake at 350° until browned, 5 to 7 minutes.

 This was excellent and the kiddos gobbled it up.

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Honey/Soy Chicken


Hubby made supper tonight.

This is one that he made up.

Honey/Soy Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 3 Chicken Breasts – cubed
  • 1 1/2 T minced garlic
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1/3 c. soy sauce
  • 1 t. sesame oil
  • 2 t. ginger
  • 1/4 c. honey
  • 3/4 c. water
  • 3/4 T cornstarch
  • Brown Rice

Directions

1.  Cube chicken into bite size pieces.  Place chicen in frying pan with olive oil and minced garlic.  Cook chicken until no longer pink.

2.  Add the soy sauce, seasame oil, ginger and honey to the chicken.  Cook for 2-3 minutes on medium heat.

3.  While the chicken is cooking, ccok rice according to directions.

4.  In a small bowl mix water and cornstarch together.

5.  Slowly pour cornstarch mixture into the chicken.  Stirring as you pour.  Heat pan to boiling and cook for 1 minute or until the sauce thickens.

6.  Serve chicken over rice.  Makes 4 servings.

This was fantastic and the kiddos loved it.

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Meatless Monday


So we are trying a new tradition in our household in where we are doing meatless meals on Monday.  Since I have Mama Pea’s Cookbook we are going to be trying out some of her recipes.  First up tonight:

Thai Veggie Burgers

Thai Veggie Burgers

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 c. old fashioned oats, ground into a coarse flour
  • 1 – 14oz can chickpeas, drained & rinsed
  • 2 t. soy sauce
  • 2 t. lime juice
  • 2 t. sesame oil
  • 2 t. minced garlic
  • 2 t. ground ginger
  • 2 T. peanut butter
  • 2 T. cilantro
  • 3/4 c. broccoli slaw
  • 4 whole wheat hamburger buns (I used Arnold’s Sandwich Thins – Multi-Grain)
  • 4 pineapple rings (fresh or canned)
  • Optional Toppings: lettuce, vegan mayonnaise, etc.

Directions:

1.  In a food processor or blender, grind oats.  Add chickpeas, soy sauce, lime juice, seasame oil, garlic, ginger, peanut butter, cilantro and broccoli slaw and pulse until mixture is combined yet still slightly chunky.  Chill mixture for 30 minutes.

2.  Coat a skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat.  Score bean mixture into quarters and form each portion into a patty.  Fry in skillet for 5 to 6 minutes on each side.

3.  Toast buns and top with pineapple and other desired toppings.  Place finished patties on buns and serve.

Hubby and I loved these.  We topped them with lettuce, tomatoe, pineapple and mayo.  The pineapple adds a nice sweetness to the mixture.  The kiddos did not appreciate them at all.  They ended up having a peanut butter sandwich.  I am going to still continue with the meatless Monday until I find something that they like.

Now on a lighter note, we had some camera fun after supper.

This picture reminds me of the goats at the petting zoos trying to get as much food as possible so they stick their heads through the fences.

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