Snow

Just pics from this mornings trip to Whole Foods (very yummy recipe coming soon) and all the snow we got last night.

Hope you are staying warm today and eating yummy football food! Hula is spending her day on her heating pad, which is her favorite place on earth these days. We are off to a party, might need coffee #2 on the way out.

Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup

The cold weather seems to be holding strong still, and I’m just about over it. Laying in the sun sounds so nice right now. We are expected to get snow tonight through Sunday, ugh. Luckily I’ve been working overtime so I will probably only have a 4 hour shift on Friday, get home before the snow gets bad.

Today is day two of no eating past 6 pm. It’s definately something I’m going to have to get use to because usually we eat around 7:30 or 8. Tonight I almost forgot until I looked at the clock and it said 4:55 pm! Eek I only had an hour to eat so Mr. Gaunt and I went the easy route and had Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup with a big salad. The soup and sandwich are pretty basic (we use I Cant Believe It’s Not Butter, Low Calorie Whole Wheat bread, and low-fat cheese). The salad on the other hand is a bag salad from Costco that comes with a little packet of Blue Cheese Crumbles, Almond Slivers, and Dried Cherries. It is soooo yummy! I LOVE dried cherries! The lettuce is good too to use on all kinds of things. We are big fans.

Anyway we are now on season two of Everest: Beyond The Limit…umm.. addicting much?

New Pants, New Shirts

Umm It’s still snowing. Yup we are going on two days of non stop snow. I skipped work today because my car was plowed in. Anyways Mr. Gaunt and I left the house for a short while (dont worry the roads are pretty clear) to get some last-minute Halloween costume pieces and to hit up Goodwill to see if we can find some long sleeve shirts (all of mine are too big) and maybe some snow boots. Anyways the boots were a bust but I got some shirts! Oh and today I wore a size smaller in pants! These are pants Kelli gave me, and they fit now, yay yay yay! I never even wore this size in highschool! Im actually looking forward to weigh in on Saturday.

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Hula and I all warm in the house

 

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New sweater $2.99

 

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Side view...hmm does my butt look rounder?

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Green Shirt $3.99

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Mr. Gaunt Sweeping off my trunk

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Me trying to unbury my drivers door!

Soup and Snow

I’m on my soup kick, so last night I tried a low fat version of the Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana. This is my favorite soup when I do that whole Soup Salad and Breadsticks deals, but Im SURE its full of fat and sodium two things I don’t need to partake in. So anyways I decided to make my own version!

Ingredients:

-One Quart FAT FREE Half and Half

-3 cups Low Sodium Vegetable Broth

-1 Large bunch of chopped Kale (I think like 4 or 5 cups worth)

- 3 Medium Yellow Potatoes

-1 Medium onion Diced

-1-2 Cups Sliced Turkey Sausage or Ground Turkey Sausage

-1-2 table spoons of Red Pepper Flakes

-Salt and Pepper

-1 Teaspoon Minced Garlic

-1 Tablespoon Olive oil

DIRECTIONS:

-In a medium frying pan saute olive oil, garlic, onions and sausage.

DSC05055-Meanwhile wash and slice yellow potatoes (skins still on) and roughly chop Kale. Place chopped kale into a large soup pot with the Vegetable broth, bring to a simmer and cover.

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-When kale is limp, add the sauteed onion and sausage mixture to the kale and broth in the pot. Add all the half and half, bring to a boil. Add sliced potatoes, red pepper flakes, bring to a simmer and cover.

DSC05063The sausage I used was an apple turkey sausage so my soup was a little sweet at first. To salt-en it up a bit I added about a tablespoon of salt (start with a little at a time) and a good few shakes of Worcestershire sauce. Add more or less red pepper flakes depending how spicy you like.

Let the whole thing simmer for about 1/2 hour or until potatoes are soft but not mush.

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This soup is soooo yummy! And it tasted like a rich cream soup only its fat free cream! Holla! Oh and it was even better on day two with the snow we have falling right now!

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Snow and Chili

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It has snowed all day. It was snowing at 5:00 am when I got up and is still snowing at 7:45 pm.

Dear Colorado,

What happened to fall?

Love,

Me (who loves fall!)

Anyways it is cold and when it is cold I like nice warm cozy foods…ala…Chili! Mr. Gaunt and I made this in a GIANT pot (lots of leftovers) and it was so easy and so yummy! Here is the recipe, its kind of dump and stir sort of deal:

INGREDIENTS:

1 Medium Onion

1 lb Extra Lean Jenny-o Ground Turkey (the lean had 8gr of fat and the extra-lean has 1.5)

1 Can Black Beans

1 Can Pinto Beans

1 Can corn

1 Can Diced tomatoes with Chili’s (or any kind of tomatoes)

1 Small can of Tomato Paste

1 Packet Low Sodium Chilli seasoning

1/2 Can Water

Fat Free Sour Cream

Low Fat shredded Cheese

DIRECTIONS:

Dice and saute onion, add turkey and cook throughly.

In a large pot add everything (except cheese and sour cream)! Then stir in the onions and turkey. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer on low for 10 minutes. You can add more water if it’s too thick. Top with a dallop of Soup Cream and a sprinkle of cheese.

P.S. Hula says hi! And a little peek at the entry way paint job.

P.S. Hula says hi! And a little peek at the entry way paint job.

Vegan Oatmeal Banana Cookies

An old High School friend who has a vegan family linked this recipe last week on Facebook. Because I love to bake ( but avoid it due to the usual high calorie contents that comes from it) I decided to try this one out. This recipe was super easy and uber healthy! I mean Oats, Bananas and whole wheat flour? No butter, sugar or eggs. Come on thats good stuff!

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The recipe is here and calls for chocolate chips, but I only made half the batch with them. They cooked very fast, like 5 minutes and they are pretty yummy. I wouldn’t say they are super cookie like, more like banana bread or if your from Washington they taste like Bakers Breakfast Cookies.  I also didnt have Canola oil so I just used vegetable oil, and it says they make 12 cookies, but really they make about 18 BIG cookies, and make sure you press them down into cookie shape because they dont spread on their own.

Oh and its snowing today! Not enough to stick but still…October 8th and its snowing! Good thing I bough this new sweet orange hooded pea coat yesterday at Savers for $20!

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