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Chipotle Chili, Minestrone, and other good stuff.

Friday, November 05, 2010

I made chipotle chili last night and it was fabulous as always. For the longest time, I could not make chili to save my life. It was never just right. Until I found this recipe:

I do make some changes. I use stew meat instead of ground beef, for example. I leave out the onion because I hate onions and I see no need to put them in. I put in at LEAST 3 cans of beans because I love beans. I have put the sausage in, but it's fine without. But this is a fabulous recipe. It's spicy and smoky and just wonderful. If you need a good chili recipe, or just want to try something different than your standard, you have to check it out.

Speaking of recipes, a big emoticon to my Sparkfriend, VANESSAVOS784. She talked about minestrone in a blog several weeks ago, and explained to me what it was. I made some for lunch today and it was GREAT!!! Oh man, it hit the spot like nobody's business. I just put some chicken broth, garlic, Italian seasoning, carrots, mushrooms, and spinach in the crockpot and let it cook all morning. I was going to put in chickpeas, but we didn't have any!

By itself, it was great. Fresh, not to salty, plenty of garlic. But when I sprinkled a 3-cheese Italian blend over it (parm, romano, and asiago), it was AMAZING!!!!!! Oh man!!!! I want some more!!! LOL

I went for a walk today. It was colder than I expected. I came back and my arms were red and my ears were aching. emoticon Just made a hot bowl of soup even better though!

OK, so, confession time. I drank milk yesterday. But it wasn't a total failure. I had made a spice cake for Matt, and I wanted to see what it tasted like because I'd never had spice cake before. So I had a very thin (like, so thin it was hard to cut it that thin) slice of cake and ONE CUP of SKIM milk. Not 4 cups of 2%.

On a side note, the spice cake didn't thrill me since there's no chocolate involved. It was good, but I doubt I'll eat any more of it.

*edit: I know milk is healthy, but too much of anything isn't, and when I get into a milk-drinking habit I can easily slam down a gallon a day. It's really better for me if I just don't keep it around. I still eat cheese and yogurt for calcium.

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VANESSAVOS13 11/8/2010 10:19AM

    Did you put beans in your minestrone??? Put a can of mixed beans in (I LOVE BEANS TOO!!!!) and it's amazzzzzzing! You can also put elbow macaroni in it (if you want) and it's got every food group! Glad to see you're going to make it again!

I made a big batch of chili a couple weeks ago too, I can't click your link to check out the recipe you used!?!? I put ground turkey, a chicken breast all cut up, corn, mixed beans, mushrooms, peppers, onion, garlic, celery, tomato, SOOOOO Good!! I love chili so much.

Milk's not too bad. Everything in moderation girl. Keep up the good work!

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Working out... winter vs. summer

Friday, November 05, 2010

I know most people long for the warmth of summer, and can't wait to get outside and spend time in the sunshine.

Somehow, I am the opposite. Sounds insane, but my exercise routine always dips in the summer because it's too nasty hot outside. I just want to stay indoors in front of the AC with a cold drink!

The heat zaps my energy, but the cold invigorates me somehow. It just feels good to be outside breathing that fresh, cool air.

I can't wait to get outside today and take a walk!

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VAMANOS 11/5/2010 12:54PM

    I couldn't agree a point. I seem to have about a 20-degree comfort range for outdoor activity, from about 55 degrees to about 75. Otherwise I'm a wimp and want to be inside. But if I had to choose a little cooler or a little warmer, I'll take cooler.

Enjoy your walk!

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SFISHER333 11/5/2010 12:09PM

    I'm with you. I can't stand the heat and humidity of summer. I still find it amusing that Oklahomans think 50 degrees during the day is cold. I moved here from Massachusetts. 50 is downright balmy!..I'm sure that will change after a few more years here.

Right now I'm loving that it finally feels like my definition of fall!

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When Boys Make Dinner

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Last night, Matt made dinner and mashed potatoes.

I took a bite of the potatoes and said, "Wow! These are great! What's in them?"

He said, "A tub of sour cream and a brick of cheddar."


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JO2TOM 11/4/2010 3:26PM

    Tom is pretty good about cooking light...we live by the plan: whoever gets home first cooks. Anyway...there is no accounting for the fats at all....Whatever tastes really really good definitely is full of sour cream and butter and cream cheese, etc.

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CARRIE310 11/4/2010 1:17PM

    Boys will be boys. Boys grown up to be men, who still do not understand. If you get one that does understand and get it and treats you like he treats his mother (which I hope is with love) then HE IS A KEEPER. emoticon

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VANESSAVOS13 11/4/2010 10:02AM

    Hahahaha sounds like my boyfriend! That's hilarious. He made KD the other night and I had some and said the same thing "wow this is great, way better than when I make it, how did you do it" he said "I dont screw it up by putting all of that milk in it, just lots of butter!", NO WONDER It was so good!!!

P.S. The mashed potatoes DO sound delicious LOL!

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VAMANOS 11/4/2010 9:41AM

    Tell him you'd like to get back into your jeans, and he can doctor up his own potatoes! Wow, they just don't get it, do they? I've never met a man who knew anything at all about nutrition.

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SFISHER333 11/4/2010 9:17AM

    Your husband and mine must be related.......last night he wanted french fries for dinner, nothing else, just french fries (fried, not baked). What is it with guys and their potatos?????

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DIANA_IS_BACK 11/4/2010 8:57AM

    That sounds about right! LOL..... my husband would have added about another cup of feta just to make sure there was enough....

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HEALTHYASHLEY 11/4/2010 8:54AM

    I asked that same question at work when they made mashed sweet potatoes and the chef's got mad. Finally I got it out of them that there was a ton of cream in there. Boys just don't get it.

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I could cry.

Thursday, November 04, 2010

I just don't understand this at all.

Last week I tried to put on my favorite jeans, the ones that I wore practically every day when I was in school (about 6 months ago). They used to fit perfectly.

I could barely pull them over my thighs. And there was no buttoning possible.

I cried. Seriously, how could this have happened? I'm getting about the same amount of exercise I did when I was in school. I'm eating WAY healthier- no more mayo-laden tuna subs for lunch, no more night snacking, I cut way down on diet pop and drink a ton of water.

Also, my boobs are busting out of my bra. I can't contain them in the cups- there's spillage no matter how I try to pack them in there.

I guess I have gained more weight than I thought.

All the more reason to get serious, I guess.

My no-milk streak is still going strong. No milk for 4 days, today will make 5.

On a happier, somewhat funny note, my mom and I were talking last week on her birthday about midlife crises. I know lots of women who got tattoos in their 40s and 50s. Men buy sports cars and date younger women, and women get tattoos. emoticon I joked to her, "Mom, you already have the sports car, you just need a tattoo and a date with a younger man!"

I planted the idea in her head... and last night she called me up, ridiculously excited to tell me she got inked. emoticon I can't believe she did that! She got a tiny rose on her ankle. It looks very cute.

My grandma went with her and apparently got a lot of stares from passing motorists. emoticon Heck, I'm surprised my grandma didn't get a tattoo also. She's a feisty old lady. Actually, I am more surprised about my mom doing it than I would be if my grandma did it. I am not lying.

Well, it's a craptastical day here... I need to run out to the store. I want to make chipotle chili tonight. I neeeeed to go to the gym too. I've been slacking because I was on vacation, and now I'm having trouble getting back into the routine. You all know how that goes. emoticon

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JO2TOM 11/4/2010 3:23PM

    I think it is kind of funny...the tattoo thing. I hate needles...necessary and self induced. I would not choose to be poked. But I know what you mean. I am alot older than you, and my mother who is 90 is probably more likely to get a tattoo than I am... She swims every day, and I sometimes can't keep up with her schedule at all. And when she gets tired of Florida (????) she goes travelling around the country.

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CARRIE310 11/4/2010 1:14PM

    I can relate. First stop beating yourself up. You will get back on track. Do not give up. Keep going back and eventually it will happen. I used to beat myself up all the time. I have stopped. I want to tell you this, while going through some papers after I retired (March 2010), I came across a nutritional sheet a nutritionist gave me in 1995. The calorie count was 1200 calories a day. You add up the years and as of now today 11/4/2010, I have yet to eat 1200 calories on a consistent basis. I was depressed about it, got counseling because there had to be a reason after all these years that I have not gotten it. But I have not given up on me eating 1200 calories consistently, some days I do and some days I do not. However, I do not beat myself up anymore because tomorrow or the next hour is another chance. So you will get there, just hang tough.

As far as the tattoos, I got my first one at 50 and it was such an addiction. I got another 6 months later and at 62 I still want more but have not yet. I am sure before I leave this earth I will get at least one more.

Congrats to your mother. You stay positive.

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VANESSAVOS13 11/4/2010 10:06AM

    I'm havin the same trouble, and it makes me want to cry too. I bought some jeans a few months ago, maybe 4-5 months ago, and they are tighter than ever now. I've resorted back to wearing my bigger jeans (one size bigger) which have rips in them and look awful when I wear them. My bra's are the same. I feel your pain. I weighed myself this morning and I'm UP 2.6 POUNDS which made me want to cry and go back to bed. I've been doing P90X consistently for 3 days now and eating well, and I'm UP???? I am insisting that it's muscle swelling. It's so frustrating, I know where you're coming from. Hang in there, if we just give it 110% we can get back in our "skinny" clothes.

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VAMANOS 11/4/2010 9:40AM

    Ummm, I hate to bring this up, but with boobs busting out of the bra...are you maybe expecting? If so, I hope that's good news!

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SFISHER333 11/4/2010 9:03AM

    I have a friend who got her first tattoo at the age of 60. She liked it so much she got 3 more! Last time I talked to her she was thinking about getting her nose pierced.....

I call her Rebel Granny emoticon

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SHAWFAN 11/4/2010 8:42AM

    Don't beat yourself up. Get back on track and you'll be able to fit into those jeans and bra again soon! emoticon emoticon

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My "no milk" streak is going great.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Last week I blogged about the contributing factors to my weight gain. I said that while sweets were a problem, the accompanying milk was the bigger problem.

At my worst, I can drink half a gallon to a gallon of milk every day. Even drinking skim milk gives me at LEAST 680 extra calories per day.

And my boyfriend drinks 2%, so that's what I've been drinking too. No wonder I gained weight. Geez.

I quit drinking milk before, when I lived alone, and dropped weight without changing anything else in my diet or exercise routine.

I still eat cheese and yogurt, so no worries about calcium.

I haven't had a glass of milk since Saturday and I feel great! I think I might be a little lactose intolerant (or let's face it, maybe I just drink TOO MUCH milk) but it really bloats me up horribly.

The only milk I've had was a half cup of skim in my breakfast smoothies. And because of my "no milk" rule, I haven't had sweets either. Treats and milk go together for me. If I see a huge gooey brownie, a lack of milk will stop me from eating it. I just don't want sweets without milk.

I kind of forgot how easy this can be when I just make a concrete decision and stick with it.

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VAMANOS 11/3/2010 1:14PM

    You're right, having no milk makes me think twice before indulging in most sweets. Good job on getting twice the benefit from your decision!

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OKIE2006 11/3/2010 12:59PM

    Good job! I agree with your logic, sweets and milk go hand and hand!

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