Wednesday, May 23, 2018

New Pizza Crust Test

Roasted Cauli Hashbrowns
I slept SO much better with the windows closed. Kev says he remembers the exact same conversation last year when I tried to have window open. Lesson learned. I did get up around 2 to pee but back to sleep quickly. I woke next at 6 when Sampson yelled and that got Teddy yelling. I held them off until 6:20 and then had to get moving. I dressed and took Sampson out for a longer walk outside before getting them all fed. It was a nice, cool morning, perfect for lingering. I woke up really hungry and got some bacon cooking in the oven. I had to have a few bites of last night's creamy beef casserole and holy cow it's just as good cold as it was hot. I heated the leftover roasted cauliflower and fried up two eggs to go with it all. The cauli was like hashbrowns. Very delicious. I ate while blazing through last night's The Voice finale and my girl won. My two favorites were up against each other so either would have been great.

Leftover Lunch
I cleaned up the dishes and did this hour of PiYo that I found online and it was great. I liked the instructor. I did the workout up in the guest room. I don't have a great place to do full movements but made do and got a sweat on. Me and Kev are going to make me some more room in the basement for the two months that PiYo is cancelled at the gym. I will also join Beachbody OnDemand so I can get the real deal classes. When I was done I put on my tennis shoes and did the 3 mile medium loop walk. Between some construction happening and the heat/sun, I wasn't up for the big loop today. Of course when I got home it clouded over. That would have meant a longer walk. I guzzled a glass of water with my new favorite mix for the morning... Mio Energy-Strawberry Pineapple Splash. It was about noon when I cooled off. I vacuumed, tuned the sprinkler on in the back yard and heated a bowl of my new favorite casserole from last night. Crap it's so good. I'm trying to save the Kev some but it's not looking like that will happen.

A Winning Crust
I did a little work and took a shower. I watched a little Schitt's Creek, worked a bit on the art piece and soon it was time to head to my yearly girly exam, THRILL. The good news is that I was done within 30 minutes. I got home, went up to my office and got busy on the art piece while finishing up the season of Schitt's Creek, which was so great. I went down at 6 to feed the kitties and to start dinner. I was trying this skillet pizza recipe and was very excited about it. The dough was easy to make and easy to cook. I topped with 2 TBSP pizza sauce, 6 slices of pepperoni, one mushroom sliced and the Italian mix cheeses. I put the skillet under the broiler to finish and ate the whole thing along with a simple cucumber salad with red wine vinegar, salt and pepper. I had about 1/4c granola for dessert and watched Sunday's Little Women on PBS Masterpiece.


Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Super Yum

Before Dance
I had another night of off and on sleep. I think it's because I've had the windows open. Tonight I will close them and see what happens. I woke at 1 something to pee and was wide awake. It took a long time to get back to sleep and then the cats woke me at 6:20. I dozed and ignored them until just before 7 when I finally got up and dressed. Sampson lingered on his walk outside and I sat on the front porch step as he enjoyed the morning. He and the babies all ate good and I got Sampson back up in his penthouse while I made bacon and eggs. Three of each.

Lunch Shake and a Curious Fish
I played catch catcher with the kitties before I went up and changed. I headed on over to the gym and danced it out. It was not a crowded day, which was so so nice, not as hot. I again didn't have my full energy but again, I think it was lack of sleep. I got home, took a shower, dressed, answered some email and then made the amazing chocolate, avocado, coconut milk shake. I added in a cup of unsweetened almond milk, a full teaspoon of vanilla and some chocolate Stevia along with the rest of the ingredients and it was so creamy and delicious. I sipped it while I blazed through last night the voice performance finale.

Creamy Beef Casserole
I did a little Pinterest-ing in search of recipe ideas and made a grocery run in the early afternoon. After I put the groceries away I decided that I needed a few more flowers for the front garden and went to the local nursery. I got them planted and they look so sassy. I watered them good and called it a day. I got inside to nibble one slice of Genoa salami and a whole lot of thunder booming started up and lasted for about 20 minutes straight. It was nice and sunny out and I was chatting with Mom K when, within about a minute, the sky turned overcast and a hard rain came up, including hail. I ran around the house closing windows and a good bit had already come in the bedroom. Everywhere else was good. It passed within 10 or so minutes so I re-opened the windows and man what a temperature drop! It was amazing. I started dinner, which was going to be a test of this recipe for Creamy Beef Casserole. I didn't have sour cream so used cream cheese instead, and I used salsa verde for the enchilada sauce. I riced a fresh cauli and cooked it to start it off. When put together I baked for 30 minutes and let rest for 20. Oh my gosh it's divine. So divine I ate half the freaking pan and was stuffed. I watched a couple episodes of The Arrangement until I was caught up to current, which was the season finale.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Monday Eats

Nice Morning Light
I woke a few times in the night, mainly because Sampson was yelling. I woke at 6:30 this morning due to the same thing. I dressed and made the bed. Took him for a very short walk since he got distracted by some plants in the garage. I got all the babies fed and made myself bacon and scrambled eggs to get Monday going. I played cat catcher with Teddy and Remi, watched an episode of Schitt's and did a smidge of work before it was time to change and get to the gym.

Protein Shake and Teddy
The hour of PiYo was tough on this Monday. And it totally felt like a Monday. My energy was a little lower and I had to mentally focus harder. It's likely because I didn't a great night of sleep but I got my sweat on and my muscles some action. I got home and went on the big loop walk with my earbuds in and the sunny day smiling on me. I got home and made a protein shake with 1c unsweetened almond milk, chocolate protein powder, 1 TBSP peanut butter, 2 TBSP cocoa powder, chocolate Stevia, ice.

Afternoon Snack
A friend came to pick up her plants that we stored in the garage over the weekend and we chatted a bit before she left. I went to Hobby Lobby to get a couple art pieces framed and learned that they were closing the store in June. The rent was getting too high, which isn't surprising. I'm sad because it's such a convenient location for me to get all my art supplies. And they have great sales. I got home and chatted with some neighbors for a bit before needing a snack. I had four slices of Genoa salami and some Colby jack and watched an episode of Schitt's.

Fantastic Steak and Coconut Cream for Dessert
The rest of the day flew by. I talked with my 98 year old great Aunt for some time and I also scheduled my second trip home for Dad's birthday, since I didn't have visit time in April. And...he will pick me up at the airport but would not return me. So I extended my trip and Mom and I will go visit that great Aunt, as well as another Aunt before she takes me back to the airport herself. I do not understand my Dad but it just is I guess. I baked a thick sirloin along with some cauliflower in the oven and broiled both to brown them up when done. I started the Hallmark movie Royally Ever After, that had two of my favorite Hallmark actors, then paused to clean dishes and get a little dessert. I added a little lemon juice and lemon extract to the last of some coconut whipped cream that was in the fridge. It was a light, sweet way to end the day.


Sunday, May 20, 2018

Yarn Bombing

Sunday Morning
Sleep was pretty good. I went to bed around 10:30 or 11 and woke at 1 for a pee, drank water before getting back to sleep, woke at 5 for another pee, thanks to the water and dozed again until 7ish. Sampson yelled a couple times in the night but the babies didn't have anything to say this morning, which was a first. We got up and I made coffee while the Kev got ready for work. I put bacon in the oven and then made fried eggs to go with them. I sipped a cup of butter coffee after breakfast while we decided on our health insurance plans for his new company.

Lunch Shake and a Sassy Tree
He headed out around 10:30 and I was immediately bored. I didn't want to watch any TV either so I chatted with Amy across the street and then offered to help her plant her flowers. She only had two so that didn't take long. I went back across to the house and decided that it was time to wrap the front tree with all the pretty strips that I had ready to go. I made one and Susan also donated one but this wouldn't have been possible if it weren't for Mom K. Yay Mom K! Thank you for helping me make the vision happen. I now have a burst of color when I look outside. I made a quick run to Walmart for a few little plants, got them in the ground and went in for some lunch. A shake sounded good so I made the chocolate avocado one. I did add in a TBSP of chia seeds, more unsweetened almond milk to thin it out a bit and chocolate Stevia. Oh man it's divine.

Beef ad Broccoli Test Recipe
I found Schitt's Creek season 4 and watched a couple episodes before I went up for a shower. I lounged for a while before changing into some going out of the house clothes and making my way next door for my neighbor girl's high school graduation party. I took my gift, a Scenery bag because she was in theater, and visited for thirty minutes or so until I left the kids to their fun. I got home and steamed a fresh broccoli. I then browned ground beef with mushrooms and red onion and when done added in the broccoli. I melted in a TBSP of butter, 2 TBSP mayo, about 1/2c Parmesan, salt, pepper and garlic powder. I was going for a mock alfredo but it didn't quite get there. It was tasty enough but it needs work. Not sure if I'll make it again but it did the trick. I sprinkled on some cayenne pepper and ate while watching a Hallmark movie called A Royal Winter. After I cleaned the dishes I made a cup of hot decaf tea and got back to the Royal evening.


Saturday, May 19, 2018

Marrow Burgers and Meatza

The Favorite Breakfast
I snoozed off and on until the Kev made it home from work around 1AM. I was asleep again around 1:30. I woke next at 7, dressed and went down to get tea made and breakfast started. I wanted Snickerdoodle egg crepes and Kev had no complaints. I mixed the eggs with cream cheese, Splenda and cinnamon to make the batter and let it sit for a minute or two while butter was melting in the pan. I made six crepes and had three along with three slices of bacon. The filling was butter, Splenda and cinnamon and I chopped up one large strawberry for garnish. This would be the start to a fruity day.

Marrow Burgers
I started the royal wedding after we ate and the dishes were cleaned up. I was oh so glad that I recorded it because goodness it was FIVE hours. I fast forwarded the majority but watched fun bits like the stars that attended, Meghan getting out of the car and her dress reveal, the vows, the walk hand in hand after the ceremony and the carriage ride on the gorgeous day through the town waving at the people. It was beautiful. I only saw up until Harry and Meghan got to the alter before I stopped to get dressed and get ready for Susan and Ben to join us for lunch. They arrived around 11:45 with some beautiful greens and radishes from their garden. Susan made a balsamic, EVOO and Dijon vinaigrette for it and I added in some of our fresh lettuce. I made a cucumber avocado salad with fresh dill and lemon juice and it was devoured completely. The marrow burgers from Blackbelly were great. I added on a little Miyokos and nibbled a slice of bacon with it. After lunch we had fresh berries mixed with some Splenda and a little balsamic. I made a whipped coconut cream to go on top. It was mixed with powdered Swerve and some vanilla.

Meatza Night
They left around 3 and Kev ran to pick up some plants for a friend that was out of town. When he got back we made a Walmart run and then on to Best Buy to see their Apple watches. I'm getting on mainly to track my exercise. I ended up finding a base model, all I need, from Costco and got a great deal. I then found mesh sport bands on Amazon which were free thanks to a gift card I had. Woo! I finished the rest of the wedding and Kev had already started dinner. Tonight was meatza and he mixed the ground beef with the hot Italian sausage. We rolled it out and baked it, sopping up the grease twice. When done I spread on pizza sauce and added on the pre-cooked bell pepper, fresh mushrooms, red onion and Italian blend of cheeses. We ate, eat four squares, while watching an episode of Homeland and had a small bowl of the berries with coconut cream for dessert. We went up to bed around 9:30.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Busy as a Bee

Friday Cheese Omelet
I went to sleep around 10:15 and woke at 11, thinking it was almost time to get up. I went back to sleep and woke at 1 to pee. I went back to sleep and woke at 7 when Sampson had had enough of the waiting. I got up and did the morning things. Sampson lingered outside as long as I would let him. The kitties all got fed and Sams put back in the geriatric penthouse. I cooked bacon and made a cheese omelet. I finally got to an episode of The Arrangement that was on the DVR. YAY for no commercials!

It was 9:15 when I went out to mow the yards. I wanted to take advantage of the fabulous, cool morning. I weed-eated and swept, pruned the dead branches from the knockout roses and then did some weeding in the front garden. This then led to the pruning of all the trees and hauling branches to Boulder. When I got back I cut back the big grasses and watered the plants before calling it done.

Tuna and Pruned Trees under Cloudy Sky
It was 1PM when I went in and started cleaning. I scrubbed the bathrooms and vacuumed all three floors before going up for a shower. I dressed, dried my hair and ate an Atkins Caramel Nut Chew bar on the way to the pet store for Sampson treats and to Costco to return a pair of shorts for the Kev. I was then on my way to Hobby Lobby to get a couple pieces of art framed but the ominous black cloud over that area made me take a right turn into my hood instead. When I got in I changed into my comfies and it got darker and darker out. Flash flood warnings were going off on my phone and on the TV, even cutting off the episode of The Arrangement I was watching on the DVR. I finished up the bit of tuna I made yesterday as well as a cookie and my neighbors popped in to see the babies. They were a no show though and I'm not used to shy kitties. I don't like it.

My Version of Hamburger Helper
I chatted with Kev and with Mama and around 6:30 I got some dinner going. It would be a repeat of last night's beef and cabbage bowl but I added a few mushrooms in tonight along with the red onion. I browned the beef with the onion and three mushrooms and when almost done dumped in the leftover cabbage to heat. This is my version of hamburger helper and it was delicious. After dinner I had a pecan cluster and watched an older documentary about Kate Middleton and how she's in the making to be a great, modern queen. Had to watch something royal before the wedding day tomorrow! I then watched The Arrangement until 9:30 and went to bed. And just FYI and TMI, between the two Atkins treats and the cookie, I will not be able to light a match in the house. Just sayin.


Thursday, May 17, 2018

Almost the Weekend

Eggs in Pepper Rings
I was ready for sleep when it came. I read a little Outlander and listened to music to get me there and slept until 1AM when I woke hot and had to pee. I went to my office and stood in front of the open window. There wasn't any breeze so I went into the guest room where the ceiling fan was on. It seemed to suck in a breeze from that cracked window and I stood there for a minute until I started cooling down.

Sampson let me sleep until almost 7 this morning. I got up, dressed and took him out for his grass nibbling. Fed all the furry babies and I put bacon in the oven. I watered the flowers and then got to thinking about eggs. I was going to make them fried and then saw the half bell pepper in the fridge and it needed to be used. I cut two slices and got them softening in some melted butter before I cracked in the eggs. When done I turned on The Arrangement and watched while I ate.

Tuna Lunch
When the show was done I changed, had a cookie, went to dance, got home and was tempted to mow.  I then re-thought that since it was pretty warm and sunny out and tomorrow morning would be overcast, cooler and I wouldn't have any class to get to. Friday won so I showered, dressed and then made a run to the grocery. When I got home it was noon already so I made some tuna with both light and white, the remainder of my marinated cucumbers and olive oil mayo. I ate a half cup of it and started a new episode.

PM Shake
Sampson was yelling so around 1:30 I went up to spend some time with him and totally fell asleep. I woke at almost 4 and was hungry. I decided on a coconut milk/avocado chocolate shake since it was warm out and this sounded yummy and cooling. I added a TBSP of chia seeds to the mix this time and it was a little thick. Next time I'll add more almond milk. 

Beef and Cabbage Bowl
I didn't do much of anything the rest of the afternoon. I watched more of The Arrangement and had a long chat with Mama before I got up around 6:30 to get some dinner started. I cooked up a cabbage in bacon fat and browned 8oz of ground beef with about 2 TBSP of chopped red onion. These quick beef and veggie bowls have become a favorite go-to for me. Browning ground beef takes no time and it pairs with any veggie. Just a little salt and cayenne is all it needs. Always a no fail meal. I took my first Metformin after eating so we'll see what happens. The doc wants me to take one per day for a week to see how I feel. After that I'll do two a day for three months and then will go in for a blood test/check up. I am curious to see what happens. Since I don't have any blood sugar issues and I really don't eat carbs, will my blood sugar drop? Should I eat more carbs? The whole point is to maybe bring some more foods back into my life without my weight going up immediately.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Banana Shake

Ready for PiYo
Sleep was better last night. I still woke off and on but felt more refreshed when I got up at 6:30. I walked Sampson and got everyone fed and then got a couple slices of bacon cooking. I made two scrambled eggs and ate while watching the majority of the RISE finale. The show was cancelled so it was the show finale after only one season. It's really too bad. It seems the good artsy shows always get cancelled. I did the dishes and watched some more of the show right up until I really had to change and get to the gym. It was emotional and there were tears and I struggled to tear myself away but I'm glad I did. I'm starting to look forward to the challenge of PiYo. I'm excited that I am getting, and feeling, stronger. I actually did kick thrus today, something I haven't been able to do. I sweated like a fiend and left feeling amazing. That feeling is getting addicting.

Meat Snacks
I rushed home, put on some deodorant, changed, put some meat snacks in a plastic bag, some water with Mio in a to-go tumbler and got back in the car. I met Sherri at the theater for Life of the Party, the new Melissa McCarthy movie where she goes back to college with her daughter. I love her and wanted to laugh, which we did. I had about 10 or so little sausages in the ziploc. I cooked them in a little BBQ sauce which didn't add many carbs/sugar. They hit the spot and kept the movie hungries away.

Banana/PB/Chocolate PM Shake Snack
I got home and finished RISE. I then started the first episode, season 2 of The Arrangement and got a little hungry. I've seen this shake recipe and have been wanting to try it. I changed it up a little since I didn't have yogurt. In it was 1c unsweetened almond milk, 1/2c full fat canned coconut milk, 1T cocoa powder, 1T peanut butter, 2T chia seeds, 1/2 tsp banana extract, Stevia, 1/2c ice. Delicious. But I mean what's not good about peanut butter, chocolate and banana? and none of the glycemic load of a banana. I called Walmart to see when they'd get more ferns for my front porch and don't you know they just got a new shipment in. I zipped over there, got two, came back and hung them up before getting back to The Arrangement.

Grilled Chicken Cobb Salad
I had filleted and marinated two chicken breasts when I got in from the movie. Seasoned with salt, pepper, Greek blend seasoning and lemon juice and put them in the fridge to chill. It was a beautiful evening so around 6PM I peeled myself off the couch and fired up the grill to cook them up. I clipped some of my fresh, growing lettuce and was ready for a big dinner salad. I had two hard boiled eggs and half an avocado ready to use and I baked a couple strips of bacon. I also cut up a little red onion, some marinated cucumber and shredded on a little Colby jack. I made a vinaigrette with a TBSP of mayo, 1T EVOO, lemon juice, a tsp Dijon mustard, a tsp apple cider vinegar, salt, pepper, parsley, onion powder and a little Stevia. I then watched a Hallmark movie I had saved on the DVR called Cooking with Love. I'm always a sucker for a good Hallmark movie. I enjoyed it with a dessert of an Atkins Caramel Nut Chew bar.



Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Test Coming

Granola Cereal
Sampson was snuggly last night. I got into bed and he popped up next to me wanting me to roll over so he could lay on my chest. After a while I put him down and turned the light off and he popped up again, this time I held the covers up so he could get under and curl up with me. He stayed there for a long time before eventually ready to go to his spot for the night. I tossed and turned, woke and slept, in general not a solid night of sleep, which I hope to be better tonight. I got up at 6:30 with Sampson staring me in the face waiting. I'd say he was ready to roll. I got dressed, made the bed, scooped his penthouse litter box and went down to feed the babies. I then got Sampson out for his walk and fed him. When secure upstairs afterwards I had some of the granola cereal I made yesterday. 2 servings of it with a cup of unsweetened almond milk.

Coconut Milk/Avocado Shake and a Teddy
I got the trash to the curb and then played cat catcher with the munchkins for a while. Soon it was time to change for the gym. I started getting mild cramps before heading out, of course, and popped one Aleve. The cardio got rid of them quickly though as usually happens. Exercise is just good all around. It was so hot in the room today and I left drenched. I was eager to get home for a shower and into my comfies and to do some fun work. I made this shake with coconut milk, unsweetened almond milk, half an avocado, cocoa powder, vanilla, sweetener and ice and took it up to the office to sip. I had a quick conference call with a potential client that now won't be a client. We didn't win the big project that we bid on, and I'm actually a little relieved. The big boss was looking to be a pain so it worked out. It would have been a super fun project though and I'll work with that group down the road.

Protein Snack
After the call I chatted with YEN and Kev and then needed a snack to keep going. It was 1:45 when I grabbed some Applegate chicken, pepperoni and some almond mozzarella. I spread on a little olive oil mayo for a quick protein plate and added in some of my marinated cucumbers for crunch before getting back to work. And why do I see Nemo every time I glance at the image? I had a call from the endocrinologist that I'm healthy as a horse. Bloodwork was all great. Thyroid great even though I eat all the cruciferous veggies that are known to cause thyroid issues. Blood sugars are great thanks to the low carb, low sugar I eat. She offered for me to try Metformin for a little while to see if it will help curb the insane speedy weight gain. She said that I will be battling my genetics for the rest of my life and Metformin may ease the pain of the battle. If it does anything.

Beef and Brussels Bowl
I was done with work around 5 and right after I wrapped up Dany texted about a walk. I changed my pants and shoes and we did the big loop. It was warmer than we expected and we both got a little sweat on. I was past ready to eat when I got in at 6:30 and couldn't decide what I wanted. I grabbed the rest of the pot roast but put it back, getting the ground beef instead. I browned some up and sprinkled with salt and cayenne. When almost done I added in the leftover Brussels until heated and then stirred in a little coconut aminos. I was excited to eat it while watching the Harry and Meghan Lifetime movie. It makes me giddy for the wedding this weekend. I had an Atkins pecan cluster after I finished the bowl and continued the movie until it was over, around 8:30. I then watched the last episode of Season 1s The Arrangement before going to bed.


Monday, May 14, 2018

Stronger

Monday Morning Begins
The weirdest storm happened last night as we were getting into bed. The thunder started and just never stopped! It thundered and lightninged for about 30 minutes straight. One continuous thunder roll. It was mostly a grumble, kinda sounding like a plane passing overhead but without stopping even for a second. It finally came a downpour and wore itself out, as did we. I woke early needing to pee but couldn't get up. So I dozed off and on in between needing to pee and finally, just after 5 I got up. I slept soundly after that until 6:30 when I got up and dressed. I got bacon in the oven and tea brewing. The Kev took Sampson out and went to fill his car with gas and we h ad scrambled eggs with the bacon when he got back. He left for work at 7:30 and I cleaned up and folded some clothes.

Blackbelly Marrow Burger
I changed and went to PiYo, although earlier this morning I really was not wanting it. But I'm so glad I did. I've gotten stronger and was able to do some things that I haven't done before, like push ups not on my knees! They were baby ones but still a win. Also I did a few pigeon push ups lifting my knee. YAY! I headed to my car feeling great. Got home for a shower, dressed and drove to Boulder to meet an old work colleague at Blackbelly butcher and market. I got the marrow burger, and going in wasn't quite sure about it, but it was delicious and juicy. On it was bacon and a very good cheddar. Since I got no bun or lettuce/tomato/onion, they gave me extra slaw which came with an oil based dressing. There was some sugar in it I could tell so would likely do a side salad instead next time. But it was delicious. Before leaving I purchased six marrow burgers frozen and may cook them this weekend.

Roast and Brussels
I hit up the laundry and grocery on the way home. The fridge was bare of all meats and veggies. I got in, put things away and vacuumed, because white cat hair. I got Sampson fed some late lunch and then sat down and chatted with the Kev for a little bit. I then started the new Masterpiece series Little Women but then stopped it to make a batch of peanut butter power granola. We watched some show about cereal yesterday and now I NEED cereal. When it was done I sampled a wee bit of it and got back to the show, but then stopped again to read this article and to chat with Mama. My neighbor then knocked at the door and we talked about me helping with a design project for their daughter's graduation party. Next thing I knew 6PM was upon me and it was time to think about dinner. I whipped up some Brussels in bacon fat and ate them along with some leftover pot roast. Two cookies for dessert went nicely with Little Women, which I loved and look forward to the next episode. I enjoyed the spotty rain the rest of the evening.