Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Ok Connery, You Got Me On This One, But I Shall Return!
As some of you know, the long awaited wedding in my life took place over this last weekend. No, not my wedding. That doesn't ever seem likely but that is a topic for another blog. Rather, this was my cousin's wedding in Bells, Tennessee which is about a 6 hour drive for me from the Louisville area. The wedding was really nice and everything went off without a hitch. I was an usher for the proceedings and my twin girls were the flower girls. It was a lot of fun watching them all weekend basically making the entire weekend about them, as 7 year olds do.
So with them as a flower girls, and me as an usher and down 142.9 lbs. since May of 2012, I figured that this would be a fantastic opportunity to get some pictures of all of us together. I haven't been big on getting any pictures of myself as an adult due to weight issues over the years so this was a big change for me. Since I was going to be in a tux for the second time in my life (in 2009 at my friends wedding...I'll do comparison pics in another blog on another day) and with the weight loss, I think I even talked some smack to Sean Connery in a blog last week! Bring it on Connery? Lol! Ok, so I am no Connery but here is the wedding weekend in pictures of me and my "Bond Girls"...
At The Hotel, Ready To Head For The Church
My "Bond Girls" Calli & Sydni Before The Wedding
The Girls & I Before The Wedding
After The Wedding While The Bridal Party Was Doing Pictures
Calli, Daddy, & Sydni After The Wedding
Girls Blowing Bubbles As The Bride & Groom Walked Out
Sydni & Daddy At The Reception
Calli & Daddy At The Reception
The Girls & I With My Mom At The Reception
Oh Boy, Look Who Caught The Garter...
You may be wondering about the reception and its location. It was supposed to be an outdoor reception but with the rain, it got moved into a big auto garage type place which explains the background of a few of the pictures.
Well, I guess that about does it for the "OO7" blog. Oh, who are we kidding? I paid good money for that tux and I have worked my butt off (literally), so of course I have more pictures and guess what? I'm sharing!
Had To Do It
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Monday, March 25, 2013
This is my first go at a video blog! My next blog will be in the written form with lots of pics from the weekend wedding festivites!
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Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Is This The Swedish Chef's Last Blog Appearance?
As you may know from the first two installments of the "Chef Boyar 'B'" series, the Swedish Chef is my culinary hero! The original Iron Chef! But after this, the third installment of my series, I am considering not bringing him back for future blogs. This may surprise some, but let's be real folks, dude is kind of a liability in the kitchen. He makes a big mess, I don't understand what he is saying, and he is a bit of a culinary diva. If you think I am wrong, and you would like to see the Chef make a return in the future, feel free to voice your opinions in the comment section. Thank you.
Now, on to the real "meat" of the blog. Get what I did there? I'm punny...
Yes, welcome to the third installment in the Chef Boyar 'B' blog series! You know what this means right? The Chef Boyar 'B' blog series joins some pretty elite company amongst the great trilogies of our time!
Who could ever forget the classic Godfather trilogy...
Then along came the fun trilogy, Back To The Future...
Who could ever forget the great trilogy...
Wait...what? Oh, for the love of Justin Bieber! Who ever gave the green light to make 3 Look Who's Talking Movies? Somebody got fired. Just sayin.
In my 'Cornucopia' blog the other day, I mentioned that I was going to give being a vegetarian a try. That starts on April 1st so until then, I will have some chicken and turkey and will share them with you in blog form.
My first thing this week is Crockpot Soy Honey Chicken.
cooking in the crockpot & after it was done
1 1/2 lb of chicken tenderloin, 1/2 cup soy sauce, 3/4 cup honey, 1TB olive oil, 1 tsp onion powder, 2 cloves garlic (minced), 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper. Put frozen chicken in crockpot and poured the other ingredients (minced together) over the top. Cooked on low over night.
I also made some brown rice and combined the two. Let me tell you, this is THE BEST chicken dish I have made so far! SOOOOO GOOOOOOD!
Roasted Red Potatoes
Cut up 2 lbs of red potatoes. Microwave in water for 20 minutes to soften potatoes. Strain. Mix with olive oil, pepper, oregano, basil, onion powder, garlic powder, hot sauce, and a pinch of parmesan cheese. Cover with foil and bake for 60 minutes on 350.
These potatoes turned out really well! They had a lot of flavor. You could always leave out the hot sauce for something more mild.
Pineapple Angel Food Cake
So simple! Mix one box of angel food cake and one 20oz can of pineapple tidbits. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes. NO FAT! REALLY GOOD! It is soft and full of flavor! A good alternative if you are really craving cake.
Pineapple Strawberry Oatmeal Smoothies
Blend pineapple, strawberries, coconut almond milk, vanilla greek yogurt, and oatmeal. Probably the second best smoothie I have made to the pineapple orange oatmeal smoothie. I will definitely make these again!
That was pretty much how I spent my Saturday night. In the kitchen, being creative! Could be worse, right? Had a great weekend, experimenting in the kitchen and embracing the possibilities! And don't forget about the fate of the Swedish Chef!
Good Day Sparkville!
Saturday, March 16, 2013
The Golden Cornucopia. You want it, but you can't have it!
Not really sure it will be considered a cornucopia, but I do have a few things to cover in this blog. Let's be honest here, I really just wanted to use the word cornucopia. I mean, you literally need a cornucopia of cornucopia's in your life! Am I right? Hopefully this first paragraph let you meet your allotment of cornucopia's for the day. If not, you better go seek some higher power cornucopia! God speed my friend.
Now that we have that out of the way, let us discuss weight loss. More specifically, mine. I know it seems a bit narcissistic, but after all, it is my blog. With my weigh-in yesterday (down 2 lbs.), I have now lost 142.9 lbs. in 315 days. Those numbers really mean a couple of things to me.
One, I can't believe that I am actually able to type on here that I have lost 142.9 lbs! I mean, I knew it was possible but I didn't! Know what I mean? I am now only 23.6 lbs. away from reaching my original goal! That also seems really hard to believe!
Two, I am only 50 days away from 1 year! Just 50!
That 50 number is the one that really has me thinking. Do you want to know what I am thinking? (You guys are always so wonderful and always want to know) I am wondering if I can hit my goal number by day 365? Could I hit my goal within 1 year of starting this crazy thing? Is that possible?
The answer is, YES! Of course I can. It is just under 1/2 pound a day. That is totally doable, right? Yea, but...
Isn't there always a "yea, but?" In this case, it isn't a bad "yea, but?" It really isn't. It would be #SuperWonderfulFantastic to make my goal within 365 days, but if I don't, I won't stress over it. I won't lose any sleep. I know that I will be really close to it by then, so what does it matter if it takes me 375 or 385 days? Doesn't mean I don't hope to make it by 365, it just means that I am being realistic about it!
I said a cornucopia, so let us cover some other things.
I am thinking about going vegetarian. Well, not so much thinking about it, but more like I am going to try it for a month starting April 1st. I am really into challenging myself these days, so I thought that going vegetarian would be an interesting challenge. I figure, try it for a month and see how I like it. See how it makes me feel. We'll see, and I'm sure I will keep you updated on how that goes.
Took this myself the other night! Nice, right?
Our Rec basketball season is over :( We lost our first playoff game on Thursday night by 2 points, season over! I really wish we could have gotten the W and gotten at least one more game in. But the basketball experience for me was fantastic! It was a lot of fun and another good challenge for myself! No way I could have even considered playing basketball with all of the running a year ago, but now I want more! Looking forward to playing again!
Bringing The Fight!
Last thing for today, Les Mills Ultimate Warrior Combat Hybrid workout. Say that 5 times fast, I dare ya! I am done with the first 14 days of the 60 day workout plan. I have to say, I am loving the program. I have been sore for the first time in many months! It is the good kind of sore that means I am working some new muscles! Plus I have lost 8.8 lbs. in the first 14 days, so you can't argue those results. Really looking forward to see what the next 46 days can do for me!
Bring It On Connery!
Ok, I lied, one more thing. Picking up my tux this week for my cousins wedding next Saturday. Looking forward to getting some good pics with my girls (they are the flower girls). Might even sneak in a James Bond type pose or three ;)
Embrace The Possibilities
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Friday, March 08, 2013
The Original Iron Chef
It has been awhile (far to long actually) since I got a blog on here about what I was doing in the kitchen. As some of you may know, I am really putting my culinary skills to the test as of late and trying to broaden my horizons a bit. I have been trying to infuse my diet with more vegetables and more variety! Who says eating clean and healthy has to be dull?
First, I wanted to give spaghetti squash a try. I have been wanting to give it a try for a long time now. Italian food is my favorite and spaghetti has always been near the top of the list for me among favorite foods. But let's be honest here, all of those noodles are carb city and that just doesn't work in my eating plan these days. Soooo, spaghetti squash it is!
spaghetti squash in the oven
It is really simple. Cut the squash in half. Brush some EVOO on the cut side, sprinkle some salt and pepper to taste, place face down on a pan, bake for 50 minutes on 400. Simple, right?
spaghetti squash is done
Once it is cooked, just take a fork and scrape out the insides. It really couldn't be easier. The texture isn't quite like noodles, but it is a great way to get in more veggies and nip that spaghetti craving in the butt!
Next up in the kitchen, spaghetti sauce. Makes sense right? Got to have some sauce to go with the spaghetti squash. So what should I do for sauce? Go to Trader Joe's or Kroger and buy some? PLEASE!!! Come on guys, this is Chef Boyar B we are talking about here! I am making my OWN! I started by roasting some red peppers in the oven...
Roasting Red Peppers
The sauce consists of roasted red peppers, 1 tbsp EVOO, 1 small onion chopped, 2 cloves garlic minced, 1 28oz can diced tomatoes, 1/2 tsp dried oregano, dash red pepper flakes, basil, 6 oz plain greek yogurt, and 1 lb of lean ground turkey.
Homemade Spaghetti Sauce
Let me tell you, SOOO GOOD! Seriously! This sauce turned out really well and I will definitely make it again!
So what could I make after the homemade spaghetti sauce? Naturally, I went with the Honey Mustard Pretzel Chicken. I know, you feel bad that you didn't guess that but hang in there, you'll have another chance shortly!
Homemade Honey Mustard and Crushed Sourdough Pretzels
I am not playing around here people! I made that honey mustard myself! Ok, I didn't go grab a bee hive or anything like that...don't get smart! But I did mix, 1/2 cup EVOO, 1/2 cup dijon mustard, 1/3 cup honey, 1/4 cup water, 3 tbsp red wine vinegar, salt, pepper. Blend together. Pretty easy and REALLY good!
Honey Mustard Pretzel Chicken Done
I rolled the chicken in the honey mustard to give it a good coat, then rolled it in the pretzel crumbs. Cooked for about 45 minutes. This turned out really well flavor wise and the chicken stayed nice and moist. I will definitely make this again as well.
One more to share with you for the week. You know how I love my smoothies, so...this was your chance to guess! I feel like Alex Trebek asking about 16th century French Lit here guys! This week's smoothie, is better than 16th century French Lit. How about Pineapple Pear Oatmeal Smoothies...
Pineapple Pear Oatmeal Smoothies
Blend 1 can pineapple, 1 can pears, 18 oz vanilla greek yogurt, water, 1 cup coconut almond milk, and 1 1/2 cups of dry oatmeal. This smoothie turned out really good! Has a nice blend of flavors to it!
Making this food does take up a good chunk of time on my Sunday's, but it is really worth it in the end. It helps me plan my meals and helps steer me in the right direction to making good choices for my diet. Not to mention, it is kind of fun to try new things! Plus, I get a nice sense of accomplishment when I make something so healthy that turns out to be so good! Open your minds to new things and EMBRACE THE POSSIBILITIES!
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