When you eat healthier…..

Your body will revolt when you don’t.

I learned this the hard way last night.  After bowling league, Damien asked if we could get something to eat before going home.  I should have gone with the first choice, Subway, but didn’t.  We ended up at Taco John’s per my husband’s request and Damien’s final agreement.

One soft taco, some Potato Oles with nacho cheese and a little bit of soda later, we were on our way home.

Not so bad, right?


I’ve made a lot of changes to the way I eat in the last couple months.  The biggest one is to cut almost all prepared foods out of my diet.  My body has been happier with me, working better and feeling better.  Losing weight is a bonus.

With these changes, I expect a bit of a reaction when I ‘splurge’ on prepared foods.

I was not prepared for the night ahead of me.

Every two hours, almost like clockwork, the bathroom was my friend.

My body was making quick work of disposing of the offending foods.

And I was not reacting well to this.

Twelve hours later, I feel much better.  I treated myself to a small amount of greek yogurt with blueberries and strawberries.  My body seems happy again.

The moral of the story:  Years of eating processed crap and your body will mildly revolt when you introduce healthy, whole foods to it.  Keep your body happy with healthy, whole foods on a regular basis and the one time you indulge in that nasty, processed crap your body will revolt in a way that will make you regret your momentary lapse in judgement.


Don’t take someone else’s stuff!

Don’t take their toys.

Don’t take their men or women.

Don’t take their money.

Don’t take their photos.

Don’t take their writings.

Don’t take their recipes.

And claim them/it as your own.

It’s theft, no matter how you look at it.

I post recipes here a lot.  Some of them take from many different ideas/recipes I read.  If I use the majority of one specific recipe or if I get them from somewhere else, I’ll reference that person/place/thing/blog.  It was brought to my attention that one of the blogs I follow is thieving recipes from other blogs and claiming them as their own.  This is unacceptable.

 I will not repost any recipe from another person or place without giving them proper credit.  I hope you will all do the same.

Baked Chicken Nuggets and Roasted Potato Wedges

My kids would love if I would just go to McDonald’s and get them food, but they know that’s not going to happen often.  So, when my daughter asked for homemade chicken nuggets, how could I say no?

Homemade Panko Baked Chicken Nuggets, Roasted Potato Wedges and a nice salad was dinner tonight.

Baked Panko Chicken Nuggets
1 1/2 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1 1/2″ chunks
3 C Panko Bread Crumbs
3 TBSP Olive Oil
3 Large Eggs, lightly beaten
3/4 – 1 C All-Purpose Flour
2 TBSP Garlic Powder
3-4 TBSP Seasoning Salt
Preheat oven to 400. 
If you like, you can lightly toast the Panko first.  Line a cookie sheet with foil and spread the Panko out on it.  Place in oven for about 6-8 minutes, watching closely.  As soon as you see it start to brown, pull pan out of oven.  Transfer Panko into a bowl.  Spray foil lined cookie sheet with cooking spray.
In a medium bowl, mix flour and seasonings with a fork or whisk.  You should have 1 bowl with flour, 1 with egg, 1 with Panko.
In batches, coat the chicken in flour, shaking off excess, dip into egg, then coat with the Panko, pressing it to stick. 

Place in oven and bake until chicken is cooked through, about 12 minutes or so depending on your oven.

Roasted Potato Wedges  
4 medium russet potatoes, scrubbed and rinsed
3 TBSP olive oil
3 TBSP Garlic Powder
2 TBSP Seasoning Salt

Cut potatoes in half, then each half in half, then each quarter in half.  Place in a large bowl.  Add olive oil, garlic powder and seasoning salt.  Toss to coat thoroughly.  Lay wedges out on cookie sheets or glass pans with one cut side down.  Bake for 20 minutes, or until potatoes are tender and sides start to crisp.

Chicken Wild Rice Soup

I love warm, comforting soups on cold, dreary days.  So, since I picked up some 10 lb bags of chicken hindquarters for cheap a week ago, I figured it would be a good idea to use some of it up.

I made chicken and dumplings for Damien, since his texture/taste sensory issues don’t go well with my main dish.

This, however, is what the rest of us had!

Chicken Wild Rice Soup

For the rice, I used 1 C Lundberg Farms Organic Wild Rice Blend and prepared it with broth instead of water

9 C Chicken Broth (I used homemade, but always use low sodium)
3 C Shredded Chicken
1 C Carrots, diced
1 C Celery, diced
1 C Onion, diced
Prepared Rice (see note above)
4 Cloves Garlic
2 Bay Leaves
1 Tbsp Sea Salt
1 Tbsp Pepper
Dash Red Pepper Flakes (to taste, I use more)
1 C Skim Milk
1/4 C Flour
1/2 Pkg. Block Cream Cheese (I used 1/3 less fat)
6 oz Baby Bellas, roughly chopped
Olive Oil

Heat 2-3 Tbsp. Olive Oil in 8 qt. pot.  Add in carrots, celery, onion, garlic and saute until onions start to turn translucent and vegetables start to become tender.  Add in seasonings and chicken.  Saute 3-4 more minutes.  Add broth and rice.  Simmer over med-low heat for about 10-15 minutes.  Combine milk and flour in a bowl and whisk until smooth.  Remove about 1 cup of liquid from soup and combine it with cream cheese in another bowl.  Whisk until smooth.  Set heat at medium.  Add milk and flour mixture to soup.  Stir well to incorporate.  Add in baby bellas.  Reduce heat to simmer.  Cook another 10 minutes.  Add cream cheese mixture.  Stir to incorporate.  Serve with crusty rolls or some fresh bread.

Makes 12 servings.  152 calories, 19 carbs, 5g fat, 13g protein, 2g fiber per serving

In Honor of Fat Tuesday!

I was going to go all out and make Jambalaya or Gumbo, but I got lazy.  So, here is dinner.

Roasted Creole Potatoes and Sausage

3-4 C Russet or Yellow Potatoes, peeled and chopped into 1″ pieces
1 pkg Andouille Sausage (or comparable substitution), sliced in 1/2 inch pieces
1 onion, chopped in 1/2 inch pieces
1 8oz container sliced mushrooms
1 green pepper, chopped in 1/2 inch pieces
2-3 Tbsp Creole Seasoning
2 Tbsp Garlic Powder
Olive Oil

Preheat oven to 400.  Use a large bowl to mix veggies.  Pour 2-3 Tbsp olive oil over them and mix to coat thoroughly.  Add seasonings and mix to coat.  Pour into 9×13 baking pan.  Add more seasoning if you want (depends on the heat).  Cook for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until potatoes are tender and starting to brown.

I’ve been busy…..

Well, kind of.

Basically, I’ve been slacking.

I fell of the Focus365 wagon.

I fell off the recipe wagon.

I fell off the update wagon.

I’ve been lazy.

Anyway, I’m here.  I’m alive and kicking.  Still.  And I’m really, honestly, going to get back on track.

Here’s an update.

I’ve started a diet, of sorts.  I’m monitoring my calorie, fat, fiber, protein, carb intake and trying to eat more raw foods.  It’s working, so far.  I’m having a hard time taking in all the calories I need with the changes I’ve made, but I’m figuring it out.

I got a bread machine!  YAY!

I got a juicer!  DOUBLE YAY!

I’m getting D to eat more fruits and veggies, willingly!  YAY YAY YAY!

I should be going back to full time soon!

I lost a dear friend (family).  :((

I bowled in the Iowa State Men’s USBC Tournament!  Yes, I said men’s.  It’s all good.  No sex change here.  Just they needed an extra and one woman is allowed to bowl on their teams.  Yet, men can’t bowl in the Women’s State Tournament?  Interesting!

I’ve made a lot of food but failed to record it on here.  I’ll be changing that.

There you go.  A quick update and back to the grind for me!

CVS Trip 1/13

Today was TP stock up day.  It was a good deal, too.  I spent $26.33 out of pocket.  I purchased $130.55 in merchandise.  I saved $104.22 or 80%.  I also have $4 in ECBs left for next week.

Here’s what I got today:

And the breakdown:

I started with a $10 CVS Cash Card.

Transaction #1

  • 4 Bags Valentine Peanut M&M’s @ $3/ea = $12
    • Get $4 ECB wyb 4
  • 2 Dimetapp Cough&Cold @ $4.99/ea = $9.98
    • Get $3 ECB wyb 2
  • Used 4 Free Product coupon from Mars (up to $5) for the M&M’s
  • Used 2 $2/1 Dimetapp Manufacturer Coupons
  • Used CVS CRT Machine $2 off $10 Cold or Flu medicine purchase
  • Total due including tax = $5.52
  • Used $10 CVS Cash Card to pay total, leaving a balance of $4.48 on card
  • Got back $3 ECB and $4 ECB
Transaction #2
  • 2 Kleenex Hand Towel @ 2/$5 = $5
  • 2 Scott Extra Soft TP @ $7.49/ea = $14.98
  • 1 Scott Mega 12pk Paper Towels @ $9.99 = $9.99
  • 1 Dawn Dish Soap @ $0.99 = $0.99
  • Total before coupons and tax $30.96
  • Used 2 $1/1 Scott Extra Soft MQ
  • Used 1 $1/1 Scott Paper Towel MQ
  • Used 1 $1/2 Kleenex Hand Towel MQ
  • Used $3 ECB and $4 ECB from Trans. #1
  • Total after coupons and ECB, including tax = $22.13
  • Used balance on CVS Cash card -$4.48
  • Paid $17.65 total
  • Earned a new $10 CVS Cash Card
Transaction #3
  • 4 Right Guard Total Defense 5 Gel Deodorant @ $3/ea = $12
  • Total before coupons and tax = $12
  • Used 2 $2/2 Right Guard MQ
  • Total after coupons, including tax = $8.84
  • Used CVS Cash Card to pay total, leaving a balance on card of $1.16
  • Got back $3 ECB 
Transaction #4
  • 6 Suave Kids 2-in-1 Shampoo/Conditioners @ 3/$5 = $10
  • 1 Suave Mens Body Wash @ 2/$4 = $2
  • No MQs used
  • Total before CVS coupons and tax = $12
  • Used $3 ECB
  • Total after coupons, including tax = $9.84
  • Used balance on CVS Cash Card -$1.16
  • Total out of pocket $8.68
  • Got back $4 ECB for next week