Chickpeas

Like drinking a glass of milk – who knew? According to Wikipedia

Chickpeas are also a significant source of calcium (190 mg/100 g). Some sources quote it as equal to yogurt and close to milk.

They taste really good cooked from dried – much better than the canned – not as salty either, of course.

I made this wicked good recipe that I had seen on Friday. I still have some chickpeas left to make another recipe tomorrow.

We searched all day for some Fels-Naptha Soap – who knew that was so hard to find? I ended up ordering some online. I want to make some laundry detergent.

Am I nuts?


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Weekend’s here

I really did try to post one night this week and the system was “unavailable” – but I’m seriously slacking here.

We had a small bit of snow, and it’s turned really cold here. Seems like a good day to stay inside. Except I stay inside way too much all week and I’m sure I will get restless later and venture outdoors.

Yesterday I left work an hour early and all hell broke loose. An engineer in California (who was also on a day off, I find out later) was trying to reach me to get him some very old software for a customer emergency. Fortunately, I’d told my buddy D I was leaving and my engineer friend usually falls back on D when he can’t get me. But at the end of the entire email trail I had a message from my absent boss about the deal. So – will he be mad at me because I took off an hour and did not tell him? It will be hard for me to know but I suspect he is upset because he never ever contacts me about anything. This is truly the strangest job I have ever had.

I’m just glad that I thought to check my email yesterday – breathing a huge sigh of relief – I was at least able to send absent boss and “all is okay” message.

I soaked some chick peas to cook in the PC today – I have a recipe I want to make.

Tempting fate one time too many, we ate at the Imperial Buffet and today my scale is up a pound – this is a number I do not want to see so much work to be done this weekend to knock it down.


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Oops

I stayed home from work yesterday – but I worked – and I completely forgot to update here. Not that I have much to update.

I did another pressure cooker “experiment”. I had a recipe for chicken & dumplings that I modified – it turned out okay but next time I will make a few changes. Next time – yes, I’ll make it again because it was way good.

So after all this chicken – tonight we ate tilapia. A nice break.

Yesterday was just rain here but lots of ice and freezing elsewhere. A few snowflakes were falling on my commute home but really nothing. It’s been a weird winter -mostly in the 40s and 50s but we are cold now and getting colder tomorrow.

I had another night where I needed a pill to sleep. Tonight I must avoid napping early so I can sleep at a normal time – without having to resort to medication. American Idol starts tonight so that should keep me awake IF I sit up and resist going to watch it in the bedroom.

Scale was up a half pound this morning – not sure what the deal is but it’s still an acceptable number (135).


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Sunday

We stayed up way late watching the Saints/Eagles game. I really was happy the Saints won. I know Brent is thrilled, and it’s such a boost for the city of New Orleans. They need something good after all the bad they’ve had.

Got up late (for us) and was happy to see that the pound I was up yesterday was gone – drank lots of water on Saturday.

I did a couple of PC experiments. Cooked a bag of spelt. That came out very nice – it’s all divided up into some individual servings and it was cooked in half a hour – perfect, too.

Then I had found some smoked turkey legs at BJ’s yesterday and had seen a recipe for split pea soup using them instead of ham. Searched all over for the recipe – found it AFTER I’d sort of improvised on my own.

Made the split pea soup for our lunch – 10 minutes to cook and about 10 minutes to release the pressure – pretty quick. It was good – I’ll change it a bit next time and follow the recipe (which I’ve saved.)

I have some chicken cacciatore in the crock pot. We have a 4:30 game today so we’ll eat during that game. I’m going to cook some whole wheat pasta and likely a side of TJ’s Greens with Envy (love those!)

I still have not decided on whether I will go in to work tomorrow or work from home. The threat of the ice looks like it’s not going to materialize, so I’ll likely just go to the office.


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Making Soap

I’ve been wanting to try this “homemade soap” and intended on buying the ingredients today. I forgot, but I want to record the recipe here so that I will have it next time I shop.

Powder recipe:
1 bar Fels Naptha grated,
1/2 c washing soda
1/2 c Borax

Use 2 Tbsp per normal load; 3 Tbsp for heavy loads.


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Saturday means shopping

There is literally no room in either freezer for food though – so I must show some restraint.

We ate out at new Chinese buffet last night – bad news – lots of sodium, and I ate too much grease I am sure. But it’s hard to resist a new restaurant – especially on a Friday night, right after it’s grand opening on the prior Thursday – which translates to “no crowd”. We have to be very selective or eat very early on Fridays, since neither of us waits well.

I want to cook something in the PC this weekend, but not sure what it will be. Most of the recipes I have call for thawed meat and most I have is still frozen. I may pull out some chicken and let it defrost overnight and then cook up a bit batch of something tomorrow.

For now, we are almost finished with laundry and then we are going out to run our errands.


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Pressure Cooker – Pork Tenderloin

So I’ve had this very small pork tenderloin that I’ve searched all over for a PC recipe to use to cook it. I’ve had zero luck, so I sorta pieced together my own recipe.

I sliced the tenderloin in 1″ slices. Browned it in the PC, with a medium sized onion sliced and a spoonful of chopped garlic. Then I poured in 1/2 cup barbecue sauce mixed in 1/2 cup of water. Cooked it under high pressure for 10 minutes.

It was really good, nice and tender, but a bit too much liquid. I’d wanted to shred the pork but the way it was cut that didn’t really work.

Next time I will cook a whole tenderloin – I a just concerned about the time. I hope I can figure that part out.

This is definitely something I’d cook again. Who can beat a meal that I threw together in half an hour from start to finish?


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Moving

Today’s bombshell was the “move”. We’ve heard rumors of a relocation of our cubicles, and today we saw the plan. I suppose it could be worse – the small half-sized cubes on the first floor. But I am not thrilled to be moving from my nice cubicle once removed from a large window into a crowded inside aisle cubicle about 50 feet away. The plus is it is closer to the door and further away from some annoyingly noisy people.


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Thank goodness for leftovers

That was dinner. From the pot roast I cooked on Sunday.

And I’ve entered all my food (I think) in CK and I have a pretty low calorie day in spite of eating beef. I didn’t have soup at lunch and had a lower calorie salad, so that could play a part in the total.

Also I used Almond Breeze in my cereal this morning – saved 50 calories right there.

So the scale has been stuck this week and maybe tomorrow it will budge a half pound.

I am having issues with my audio books – I have started two books since the holidays and I can’t “get into” either one of them. So tonight I loaded up on some new ones.

And I found a book that I’d heard about over on L&M that I’d planned to purchase and actually read – so I’ll give it a listen – or hope I can stick to it. I am hoping this inability to concentrate is temporary and that I just need something different to listen to.

Deadline for self-assessment tomorrow. I am about 90% done – I hate those things. And I feel totally inadequate this year as far as accomplishments. It’s just been steady work – but who appreciates that?


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Poor planning

Last weekend I planned my menus for the entire week. I meant to do that yesterday, but I neglected to do it. I was so sorry when I got home and had no clue what to fix for dinner.

I had some chicken breasts in the freezer that were relatively quick. Found a recipe on line.

I need to try to come up with some plan for the rest of the week so I don’t come home floundering again.

So I’ve put my food and exercise into CK and I am 28 calories away from 1200 – so kitchen is closed for the day.


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