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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First real Monday of the year

So last Monday was a holiday making this the first full work week of 2007 for me.

I experimented with not keeping a journal over the weekend. I am not sure if I should continue with that. The scale is up a half pound from last Monday.

So today it is back to CalorieKing. And back to work.


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What is wrong with this picture?

It is JANUARY, for goodness sakes. Robins do not belong in New England in January. This poor young bird obviously is confused and thinks it is Spring.

I just could not resist taking his picture (I presume it is a “he”).

We are having our January thaw before we ever had a freeze. I saw some johnny jump-ups blooming in a rock wall, daffodil bulbs are popping out of the ground, and forsythia’s are beginning to bud. At this rate we are going to have a very ugly blooming season. Which does not amuse me since Spring is my most favorite season of all.


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Sixteen Bean Soup

I really wonder if there actually are sixteen kinds of beans in that bag, but I’ll believe it. I really didn’t have a complete recipe. I used what was on the bag –
soaked the beans for a couple of hours last night but I didn’t like the way they were looking, so I drained and rinsed them and put them in the fridge overnight.
This morning I took them out and rinsed them with some warm water.
I put a Tbsp. of olive oil in the cooker and “browned” a large onion, two stalks of celery sliced, and a handful of baby carrots sliced up. I put the beans in, and a smoked pork neckbone. I am not sure how much meat – I bought a package that I divided in thirds – froze the other two portions for future use. Anyway, I added 8 cups of water and set the thing on high pressure for 22 minutes. That was just my best guess and it turned out good. The longest cooking time needed was for garbanzo beans, so I tested one of those and it was tender.

The meat stayed amazingly intact. I did take it and remove as much of the lean meat as I could from the bone and put the meat back into the soup. My cats loved eating the rest of that pork. I offered them the bone, but they obviously are cats and had no clue what to do with it.

So I divided the soup into six portions – our lunch today and two more meals. Not a bad way to spend an hour early this morning.


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