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04-29-2008, 07:06 AM
No coffee on the deck this morning unless you have rubber boots and rainwear as it's cool and rainy. Everything is brilliant green though. :)

I'm up earlier than usual because Hershey wanted out RIGHT NOW! She can be a very demanding dog but I guess it was necessary. :shrug:

I am off to town for a haircut this morning and will NOT go to the Chinese Buffet even if they try to drag me out of my car. :lol: Actually my appointment is for nine so I should be home for lunch as I just have a tiny bit of in town shopping. With the price of gas so high, :yikes: I am trying to consolidate my trips to town. Claire and I exchange lists to save time and now money. It's too bad that both decent sized towns are a half hour drive.

Late this afternoon, Hershey and I do pet therapy at the nursing home. I have to do a "cottage" and pre-prep dinner so I don't end up eating something stupid instead of a proper meal. I'll reward myself with AI and diet gingerale.

What's happening with you this drizzly Tuesday? :cofdate:

04-29-2008, 07:13 AM
Morning Ruth...hope you can get home from the beauty parlor without getting wet!!

It's cold here (at least for southern LA in April!) It's in the 40's this morning and usually in the 70's this time of year. weird weather. It is supposed to start raining on Thursday and continue through Sunday. So much for jazz fest on Sat. Hate it when you can't really look forward to a weekend!

Other than MIL taking us out to eat when we get home from work, nothing much at all happening here. Yesterday, I put on a big pot of white beans before I went to school and then made turkey scallopini and salad and brown rice to go with it. I found some very thinly sliced turkey the other day. yum. The same store (which of course is in another town) also had some great artichoke/kalamata olive hommus. I'm not usually crazy about the stuff, but this was REALLY good.

04-29-2008, 07:15 AM
:coffee: Coffee's at my kitchen table, it's cold and wet on my deck, too.

At least she warned you in time, Ruth, or you could have had a replay of yesterday morning. ;) I'm off for a color and trim this morning, too. That is, unless Maggie is home from school. Cindy called me from the hospital at 1:35 am to ask me some questions about Maggie bumping her head last night. It didn't seem like a big deal when it happened, she cried a little but acted normally so I wasn't too concerned. But she woke around 10, nauseated and agitated, so they called the doctor and he suggested they bring her in. So I'll call them around 7:30 to see what happened. I'm thinking maybe she had a slight concussion, if anything at all. :crossed:

04-29-2008, 07:18 AM
Good morning to you, Cat. Your turkey scallopini sounds good, I haven't made that in a long while. Thanks for the idea! :)

04-29-2008, 07:22 AM
And I like the beans idea, Cat! I've got some soaking now and will do them in the crockpot overnight.

Cottage, I do hope Maggie is OK. Kids are such a worry.

Hershey seems to have settled in for the morning under my desk with her head on my feet. The house is pretty cool so I gave in and turned up the heat - it IS still April!

04-29-2008, 07:38 AM
Morning Cottage...hope little Maggie is doing ok today. Head stuff is scarey!
Have fun bean cooking and getting your hair done. I'm jealous...I haven't had my hair cut at a salon in a couple of years at least and I color it myself. My hair is so crazy that no one can ever cut it so it is not wild. So I just put it in a pony tail on top of my head and whack off about an inch every now and then. Might treat myself to a beauty parlor day this summer. The only time I wear it down is if it's very cold and not humid...not many of those days here.

04-29-2008, 07:47 AM
:cofdate: Good morning Chicks! Cold and dreary here too but very green. I swear I can actually see the grass growing! I know it's really spring because I have lots of bug bites from the weekend. Snow to itching in one week!

Ruth - Have fun in town :) Hope Hershey's belly is all better today. We have the same grocery situation here but I work in town so plan all my shopping when I'm at the office.

Cat - How do you prepare your beans? I am an absolute bean fiend (I joke that I lost weight on the bean diet) and am always looking for new ideas.

Cottage - Hope Maggie is alright this morning. My hair is graying slower now that my daughter is older - bumps, bangs, breaks she did it all!

A busy day here again. I'm actually glad it's raining because I don't feel bad about being at my desk. Seems like being on the road two days, even for meetings, makes the other days twice as crazy. I was up at 5 this morning to get some work done for a meeting. It will be worth it to have a three day weekend though! I'm trying to figure out how many vacation days I would have to use to work 4 day weeks all summer! I do love shorter weeks.

Have a good greening day all!

04-29-2008, 08:03 AM
Good morning. No jog today, as my knee is showing signs of aggravation. I'm giving it a day of rest and just stretching. My neck hurts, too - never felt like I was falling apart before in my life, but that's where I'm at now!

Dinner last night was chicken cacciatori and some broccoli. Didn't realize til I was done that I automatically didn't make the pasta. I usually do, and I am sure I would have overeaten. I guess it's a good sign when you cook healthy and don't remember making the decision to do it.

04-29-2008, 08:13 AM
Good Morning ladies!!

Just got finished with 15 minutes on the elliptical then 120 crunches. feels good!! haha

Cat---isn't this weather a wonderful treat!? As we both know what's in store for us in a few weeks!

Cottage -- hope the baby is okay....head bumps can be a smidge scarey and still turn out to be nothing at all!!

Ruth -- what type of dog is Hershey?? I work in a nursing home and am able to take my greyhound mix with me to work some days....the lab mix is still too much of a puppy and likes to jump!

Ya'll are reminding me that I need to get my hair tamed as well! The last cut I got was a learning experience....I told the girl to do "whatever she wanted within reason"....haha...I'll likely never do that again!!

Have a good one girls!!!

04-29-2008, 08:21 AM
Mandy, Hershey is a ten-year-old Portuguese Water Dog and a wonderful creature! She has been working as a therapy dog for seven years now and is my pride and joy.

Cyndi, I hope you can swing a 4-day week. I did back when I was working and really enjoyed weekends.

Gotta go - my lavender bath is waiting!

04-29-2008, 09:04 AM
Mandy, I like it a little warmer than this...I'm a sundress and flip flops kinda girl. My legs are freezing right now, but looks like this afternoon will be perfect. I teach in Ponchy in the mornings and am praying the air conditon is not on this morning. The computers heat the room up pretty fast though.

Cyndi, re the beans. Yesterday I did them in a crock pot. Soaked them over night. Put onions, bellpepper, celery, garlic and some turkey tasso in the pot, then added the drained beans and covered them with just enough water to cover what was in the pot...then I add creole seasoning, a few shakes of hot sauce and a can of jalepeno peppers and a couple of bay leaves and some salt and fresh ground pepper. Then cook on high for about 6 or 7 hours. When they are done, I smash a few fork fulls against the side of the pot and stir them back in to make them creamy. I sprikle a little fresh parsley and green onions on the top when serving. I know most areas of the country don't have tasso, so you can use maybe turkey bacon, or turkey sausage, or chicken sausage etc. The tasso has kind of a smokey flavor, so maybe even a little bit of liquid smoke instead?

When I cook them on the stove, I saute the seasoning vegs and tasso first in olive oil, then add all the other stuff and cook for about 3 hours or so.

04-29-2008, 09:06 AM
Good morning ladies...I am getting a bit of a slow start this morning. I had a really long night with the baby. She just wouldn't I am kinda discouraged this morning as I was hoping we were getting closer to better sleep. And I hear older daughter upstairs fussing with DH over getting dressed. It's one of THOSE days so far around here.

Be back with more in a bit.

04-29-2008, 09:22 AM
busy day... the auditors are here checking to make sure we are secure. ugh.

coolish today but semi sunny... had my hair done thursday did my color on saturday.. insanely cute now..

food is spot on
scale evil.... :cry:

today i have a funeral. a friend's grandfather. i never knew him, but i'm going for her.... she's dear to me... younger (obviously) than I am...

04-29-2008, 10:00 AM
I'm a bit down in the dumps this morning :( - TOM came and it has had me in this funk since yesturday. I just don't feel like doing anything and I feel real uh! I'm hoping this feeling won't last long cause this just isn't me.

04-29-2008, 10:18 AM
Gonna, sounds like pure evil, but I'll bet if you get some exercise today it will help with the funk. I know it's just the motivation to do it that's the killer.

Nessa, love the new pic and are are damn cute!!!

04-29-2008, 10:22 AM
good morning all. Just a quick hello. Got a busy day today. Will post later.

04-29-2008, 10:33 AM
Ruth: Enjoy your trip to town and to the salon. I'm like Cat, cut and dye my own hair. I'm glad Hershey let you know that it was time to get up! Stay dry and safe.

Cat: Enjoy your day and stay warm! My hair is the same way - one of the best things about living in the desert is that I don't have to deal with the humidity. Hope the schools is nice and warm.

Cottage: I hope Maggie's okay. Keep us posted, please. Enjoy your day inside!

Cyndi: Wow, I bet that a three-day weekend will make all of your hard work worth it. Enjoy your day at your desk.

Fluffy: I hope your knee and neck feel better quickly. DH and I have a theory that we didn't start falling apart after starting working out, it's just that we are now able to listen to our bodies more than we used to. Enjoy your day of rest.

Mandy: I'm so afraid of bad hairdressers, I don't thing I'd ever be brave enough to give one free reign. Have a nice day!

Natalie'sMom: I hope the rest of your day turns out better than the start you've had! :hug:

Nessa: How sweet of you to accompany your friend to her grandfather's funeral. I'm sure she will appreciate your presence.

Gonna: :hug: I hope you get out of your funk quickly. I think you should spend the day relaxing.

Me: Not much going on this morning. I was actually able to wake up early this morning and get a good workout in. Those Firm ladies are tough! They're great motivation for me, though.

Tonight is leftovers for dinner as DH will be out at his boss' ranch for a bit after work. All of his head honchos from Austin are in town and they're having a "dinner thing". The Spurs are playing tonight, so of course we have to watch that.

Well, I really need to get to work. Have a great day, ladies!


04-29-2008, 10:38 AM
Thanks Cat & Kim I just don't know what to do with myself - I did workout lastnight even though I did not want to. Don't know if I will be working out today as we are suppose to go to lunch for bosses bday and then bowling after work so we will see. TOM is just giving me a fit this time :mad:

Nessa love your pic - your adorable

04-29-2008, 10:49 AM
Good morning chicks, had a crazy Monday and Tuesday isn't starting off much better. I am having a mini-crisis at work due to an error in judgment, the kind of thing that could come back and bite me in the butt, but I'll just have to make the best of it and hope it all comes out alright in the end. In the meantime, some stress, on top of other stress because I've got a big meeting next week I need to be preparing for but instead am dealing with this situation. I won't go into details because it is very boring stuff, so I will spare you.
Anyway, we went to the Chinese buffet last night for DD2's birthday dinner, and I was so busy all day I didn't get to eat much and was starved. Now there's a recipe for disaster. But I think I did alright, although I ate more than I normally would have, and of course everything is too high in salt and fat. Today is about drinking lots of water, eating clean, and flushing the system! I did get my 4 mi WATP in to try and release some stress and will probably do the same today, if my phone stops ringing.
Hope you chicks are having a better one!

little chick
04-29-2008, 11:04 AM
Good morning chicks it is cold and damp here. We are listening for flood warnings. You would not believe the water in my back yard. I can not let the kids out at all. I will take a pic later and post it. I am feeling crappy today. I have a stuffy head and a wicked cough. GRRRR. Today there is not much going on for me. I am going to do up my meal plans and do some prep work while the wee ones are all having their naps.

Ruth- have fun at the hair salon there is nothing better than being pampered.

Femme- Hope you have a great supper. You are such an inspiration.

Cottage- I hope Maggie is ok. I am sending her my thoughts and prayers. It is so scary when they get hurt.

Cindi- enjoy your day, hope it goes by fast.

Fluffy- take care of that knee

Mandy- wish I could get moving in the exercise dept, good for you.

Nataliesmom- sending you hug. My youngest dd did not sleep through the night til she was over 2 and to this day does not sleep well and she is 14.5. Hope you get a chance to have a small nap today.

Nessa- the new do looks great. Keep up the good work and those evil scales will be on your side in no time.

Gonna- :hug: hope you are feeling better soon. I hate funky moods.

tkglenn- morning, hope you have a great day.

kim- good for you exercising. Enjoy the game tonight.

Thanks tdiprincess, Barb and Kara for thinking about me. It was a terrible thing. He was on life support for a week. So sad really he was only 35 the funeral was sad, I couldn't go but dh went. His brother spoke, and held it together really well, they had a falling out a few years ago and had not spoken to each other in two years.

Me- I am just going to take it easy today the weather is yucky and I am feeling blah. But I did finally get caught up with the boards Well I must go grab my tea. Have a great day chicks.

little chick
04-29-2008, 11:07 AM
Schmoodle sending you a big hug. Hope your day gets better. Keep drinking that water and you will flush out any damage you did. Have a great day.

04-29-2008, 11:12 AM
Cat - The turkey scallopini sounds great. I'll have to see if I can find turkey tasso...I haven't seen it around here, but then again I haven't looked.

Cottage - Scary! Hope it turns out to be nothing serious.

Cyndi - 4 day weeks during the summer sound like a good idea. 3 day weekends are always nice.

Fluffy - sorry to hear about the knee. Cold packs!!

Mandy - ick. I don't even want to think about Louisiana summers. It is my most hated (and LONGEST) season.

NataliesMom - How old is the baby? It hasn't turned out to be one of those days yet....but it was yesterday. I'm crossing my fingers that it doesn't turn out that way again today.

Gonna - isn't it crazy what TOM can do to a person? Men just don't believe it.

Nessa - cute hair!

TK - Morning, girl. Have a great day.

Princess - I didn't have time to mention anything yesterday, but I'm so sorry for your loss. What a horrible thing. It really teaches you to treasure the time that you have.

Schmoodle - good luck with work today. Those situations are stressful.

Finally finished!

Today is going to be an at home day due to the rising gas prices. We'll likely go to a different park that is walking distance from our house. It isn't as nice, which is why we usually don't go...but it will do. I'm going to ask hubs to drop off the library books that are due and pay the bill that I need to pay in town so I don't have to drive.

My plan today is to tackle my son's closet (the catchall for EVERYTHING) and my underwear and sock drawers. I have too many socks and underwear. I can barely close the drawers.

Calvin and Alex are watching Super Readers right now, and I'm about to go make a cup of decaf chai tea with low fat milk.

I'm also planning to make today an entirely clean day, it's been too long since I've had one. If not for one reason or the other. Since I'm not going anywhere, it should be quite easy. I think that Cat's recipe for beans sounds really good....I might make that tomorrow night for dinner, but tonight is steak kebabs with peanut sauce, broccoli, and garlic kale.

Have a great day, ladies ;)

04-29-2008, 11:32 AM
Zeff, I get it either at Albertson's or Winn Dixie. Both Richard's and Savoie make it and I think both of them are pretty close to you in SW LA, so you should find it most anywhere around there.

It is also really good to season vegs with. Saute it with onions, peppers, garlic,squash, zuchinni, eggplant etc in a little evoo and Zaterain's and it's heaven.

04-29-2008, 12:22 PM
Good morning all. I'm finally back at work after a painful day yesterday. Spent the day in bed with muscle relaxers, Adill, a book, and the remote. Needless to say, I didn't get much done, let alone go to work.

So, now I'm playing catch-up.

Yesterday was pretty bad eating wise for me as well. I had 1 "light 'n' fit" yogurt, 3oz of baked fish, a big salad, 4 battered clam strips, and 9 BIG cheese-it crackers. Didn't drink enough water, and didn't eat enough good food.

Oh well... today will be better :)

Have a great day all!

04-29-2008, 12:25 PM
Richards and Savoie's are both readily available where I am....I'll have to check for it the next time I'm grocery shopping. The greasiness of regular tasso usually prevents me from preparing it. I've really been impressed with the smoked sausage at the local butcher, but it's pretty fatty, so we don't have it often.

Mare- Glad you're feeling better. Sick days are the worst.

04-29-2008, 01:39 PM
Ruth: Its actually sunny here. Rainy yesterday, beautiful today. DH and I may go for a bikeride!! :)
Femme: Have fun at dinner.. the hummus sounds yummy, I think I may try to experiment at home with it :) The bean dish sounds yummy also!!
cottage: enjoy the coffee!! hope all goes well with the hospital!!
cyndi at least you're inside for the day while its rainy.. The positive of everything :)
fluffy: hope your knee feels better, and yes that is a very good sign when you don't even think about having to cook healthy :congrats:
mandy: good morning back.. I'll have to remember NOT to let a hairgirl do whatever she'd like LOL :shrug:
nat's mom: hope you make it through the day... :)
nessa: I like the new picture!! :)
gonnabe: sorry you're down in the dumps.. just think about the scripture in your signature and others that you know :)
Kim: have fun with the leftovers.. enjoy the spurs :)
schmoo: sorry about the stress :( Good idea to do the WATP videos to relieve it instead of food.. and that will help with the chinese dinner...mmm...i haven't had chinese in a while.. I think I'm gonna find a few SB friendly recipes :cool:
littlechick: hope you feel better later on.. my DH rides motorcycles. I always worry a little bit, but he doesn't have one right now. We'll prolly get another one soon. I don't know what happened in your cousin's case, but its always sad when one goes down no matter how it happened. Your family will get through this.
zeff: I hear you about the gas prices.. we drive a Turbo Diesel Jetta (TDI) and while Diesel prices are up, we get 700 miles to tank. DH drives for work, we put about $150/week toward gas.. ick!! Were bugging the boss for a raise. But consolidating trips is the best way!!
iamhere: sorry to hear about your pains. What's the cause? I have a form of rheumatism that gets me down sometimes.. I hear you though, glad today is a new day ;)
TK: Hi there..catch ya later!!

YAY!! DONE!!! Anyhow.. off to do some running around with DH. We'll go for a bike ride lunch and picnic later on.. I have to find something to cook later too!! Suggestions (chicken..with leftovers..) Anyhow.. I'll be back laterzz :)

04-29-2008, 02:00 PM
Hello everyone, sounds like another busy day for everyone.

I am trying to figure out what is going on with my other laptop while at work today hopefully we will get it fixed so it behaves.

Tomorrow I am going on field trip with DD3 she is so excited, she is four and last night she was putting in bread to toast to make her own sandwich and pulled out my lunch bag and starting packing for our picnic, so funny.

I never have time for personals but I do have to say Nessa you look great, that color really looks good on you.

I have been doing so much better this week, feeling much better and the scale is moving down again so I am hoping by end of month next month we will be progressing back into the 180's and continue on.

Have a great day everyone

04-29-2008, 02:08 PM
:hug: Thank you td your right, sometimes the answer is right under our nose but we are so blinded by other things we don't pay it any attention - you opened my eyes and now I feel much better :)

04-29-2008, 02:13 PM
thanks everyone... i think that it's a very very flattering shot of me... i need to photoshop some clothes on me however...

04-29-2008, 02:33 PM
GAH! Stress makes me want to eat! DH did the shopping this week and forgot the dishwasher detergent and bought me fat free fudgesicles instead of sugar-free and now I have a sink and dishwasher full of dishes that are bugging me but I can't find a minute to hand wash them, and I really want one of those fudgesicles!
Just found out that I now have a trip to Norfolk on Thursday, just what I needed on top of everything. Help!

04-29-2008, 02:34 PM
TD - 700 miles to the gallon and you put in $150 a week! DANG!!!Between my husband's car and my SUV we probably spend about $300 a month if not less. I get 300-375 a tank and husband gets about the same, but doesn't drive his car often at all. Your husband doesn't get a gas allowance or anything for work? Ick.

Have fun on your bike ride. Alex and I have been looking to buy bikes for quite some time, but it just hasn't worked out budget-wise. My dad is giving us two bikes in August when we drive to Minneapolis, so that will be nice. Now all we need are some nice bike trails around here. :)

04-29-2008, 02:45 PM
Schmoodle - I have a couple homemade detergent recipes if you are in need :

The first one is a green version: 1 part borax, 1 part baking soda - if you have really soft water, leave the baking soda out. I've had problems with a white film on some of the dishes, but it just wipes off....

Second: 2 parts baking soda to 1 part liquid dish soap (Joy, Dawn, etc.). The baking soda prevents the dish soap from foaming too much. Just mix it into a paste and add it to the detergent dispenser.

Hope they help! I remember what it was like to not have a dishwasher.....I would be lost without it these days ;)

04-29-2008, 03:15 PM
zeff, thanks for the recipes. I did actually think of a recipe for dishwasher soap that I have and pulled it out a while ago to see if I had everything to make it but I don't. It's more complicated than yours. I think I'll try one of yours and see how it goes. Clean dishes would definitely make me feel better. We are out of forks and almost out of glasses.

Here's the one I have (won't call it mine because I think I copied it from somewhere on this site):
Dishwasher soap-
In a plastic container with a lid add:

1 cup 7 Mule Team Borax
1 cup Baking Soda
1/2 cup salt
1/4 cup Pure Lemon powder or 2 packets of unsweetened lemon koolaide
30 drops of essentail oils (Citrus work well for this, as does tea tree or eucalyptus)

Place lid on tightly, shake until well mixed. Run an empty dishwasher with it first so that you don't get grime on your dishes. This stuff seems to clean out the dishwasher of old gunk. Just put a tablespoon in each cup. If your water is really hard and your dishes come out with any film on them, add 1 cup of white vinegar into the rinse cycle.

04-29-2008, 03:31 PM
Zeff: we also put nearly 1000 miles a week on our car... we drive for a living. We have 2 cars. One is in the garage... its a Mitsubishi Lancer EVO (400 horsepower...) 20mpg (at best...when I drive it LOL) And then the TDI... The EVO takes 93 octane or better... TDI takes Diesel.. We go far with the TDI and we love both cars. We are looking at getting a different car and getting rid of the EVO (DH HATES working on an all wheel drive car)..he's doing a clutch rebuild on it. When we sell that we're probably gonna get another VW most likely a 6-cylinder car... DH LOVES cars...and I don't mind, they can be a lot of fun. But gas prices SUCK!!! The 6-cylinder would get about 26-30mpg so better than the EVO and still pretty fun.. :)

04-29-2008, 04:25 PM
Ugh. I hate gas prices right now. I want to leave the house!! Alex had an RX-8 last year, and sold it....which we are so glad he did. The thing got like 10 miles to the gallon. It was cute though. ;)
VW's are great. I used to have a GTI when I was in college.

Anyway, I need to vent. Hubs went to pay a safespeed ticket for me today (safespeed is a camera mounted to certain intersections. It takes pictures of speeders and then mails tickets...rather like a red light camera, only more annoying.) He went to the Consolidated Government building (the people who issued the ticket) and they gave him the, you don't go go no no, you go to this different place....FINALLY, after being there for a half hour, he calls me and asks me to pull the info online and tell him where to go. The building was across town :( I can't believe nobody knew where he needed to go, and someone actually told him that Laf. Consolidated Govt. had nothing to do with the SafeSpeed program......when the ticket was ISSUED by Laf. Consol. Govt.!!!! Ugh. Bureaucracy. *end rant*

04-29-2008, 04:42 PM
DH and I are SOOO lucky. We only spend $75 a month on gas and he drives an F-350 pick-up. I'm about to up the budget to $100 a month for the rise in gas prices, but I'm fairly certain that will be excessive.

04-29-2008, 04:54 PM
Good afternoon everyone! Maggie is just fine, but she did have a slight concussion and stayed home from school today. Her grandfather stayed with her until I was finished at the hairdresser's, so I got to keep my appointment. Do you want to know how she bumped her head? While I was busy making their supper, she and Audrey got the bright idea that it would be fun to ride their sleeping bags down the stairs. :dizzy: I don't think they'll try that trick again!
I'm home early today! :) I picked up Audrey from school and dropped the girls off at Richard's office. The girls don't know it, but they're all going to the doctor's to get their innoculations for their trip to Botswana this summer. I'm glad I didn't have to take them for their shots!

I don't have time to reply to each of you, but Nessa, I do love your new "do", and Schmoodle, I hope your day got a little brighter!
:grouphug: to you all.

04-29-2008, 05:37 PM
Cottage-My mom used to let us ride down the steps on one of those sleeping bag mattresses. It was slick plastic on one fast and so fun! None of us ever got a concussion, but I'm sure we had lots of bruises. Come to think of it, I'm not sure mom so much LET us, as tolerated us doing that.

04-29-2008, 05:45 PM
zeff: in NY its illegal to have the cameras..I'm sure that'll change over time... But that run around STINKS!!! I had a GTI for about 3 weeks... I totalled it... Great part: I bought it for 1700 and got 4500 from insurance on it.. LOL.. Yeah, we're prolly gonna go with a GTI, or GLI maybe a 1.8T or something like that.
Manual or auto?

04-29-2008, 06:22 PM
manual ;)

Lafayette is making a killing on these dang cameras. In March alone there were 20,000 citations issued. It's ridiculous. What really pisses me off is that they don't take into consideration traffic conditions at all. I got the ticket at 1 a.m. on a road that had hardly any traffic. It wasn't like I was drag racing, either. I apparently was going 48 in a 40. Maybe the city should concentrate on drag racers....considering there has been like 18 deaths in the past two years due to it. Can you tell I'm not a fan of the city government? In Minneapolis, they had the speed and red light cameras, but they were removed and all citations were refunded. It was deemed unconstitutional.

Kim, how on earth do you get away with $75 in gas a month. Doesn't it cost just about that to fill up DH's truck?

04-29-2008, 06:25 PM
Nessa - LOVE the hair!

04-29-2008, 06:39 PM
Zeffryn: Actually, it's about $120 to fill up his truck, but it's because our town is so small and he rarely fills up...$50 gets him through 5 weeks and $25 gets me through 5 weeks. His work is about 2 miles from the house and mine is about 3 miles from the house. I walk to the grocery store on my lunch break so there isn't an extra trip and check the mail at the post office on my way home (it's en route). Then it's church on Sunday morning and Sunday night, class for me on Tuesday mornings and evenings and Thursday mornings (1 mile from my office which is where I come and go from). Every once in a while we'll go to visit friends in neighboring towns, but my vehicle gets 35 mpg, so I'm usually fine until the next month. DH has actually gone 3 months before having to refill his truck.

04-29-2008, 06:46 PM
Zeff: that does stink about the citations. I know they have them on the highway in AZ..but they only ticket after 10mph over the speed limit..
You go girl on the manual!! LOL I learned manual on the GTI and then DH (at the time my boy friend) found me an Acura Integra GSR..Manual.. We got rid of that when we got married in August (i missed VW) We got the TDI at that point.. :)

I made the salsa chicken bake but changed it:
I used 4 chix breasts and cutt them up into smaller pieces.. More salsa. Added green bell pepper, mushrooms. Chili powder, crushed red pepper, some chili paste(HOT!!) some Liquid smoke, cottage and ricotta cheeses... And then grated LF cheese on top... I think it's going to be yummy!! I'll let everyone know.. oh and upped the temp to 400..

04-29-2008, 06:59 PM
Sounds good, TDI.

Kim, LUCKY! That would be so nice. :)

04-29-2008, 08:51 PM
Thanks everyone -- I am late getting back here -- but had a good, on-program day. We even grilled shrimp outside tonight -- it was delish!

I am praying for better sleep tonight! Hope! Hope!

04-29-2008, 09:40 PM
Nat's Mom - How old is the little one?

I just tried the Crystal Light Sunrise Ruby Red Grapefruit. It's actually pretty good. It isn't nearly as tangy as real grapefruit juice, but if you're on P1 and craving some citrus, it would be a pretty good replacement. :)

On the menu tonight is marinated beef kebabs with peanut sauce, grilled corn on the cob, sauteed kale with garlic, and steamed broccoli.
I'm also going to make the iced coffee dessert that is in the Taste of Summer SBD cookbook. It sounds really great, and a nice alternative to Starbucks $4 treats. :)

04-29-2008, 11:46 PM
I'm pretty sure corn needs to be a once in a while treat since I don't think it is allowed even on phase 2 (unless that has changed with the new book)

04-30-2008, 12:15 AM
Iced coffee is very yummy and easy to make. I do it all the time... Although, my tradition is to add a little coffee at the bottom of the glass with my splenda so that it mixes well. Then I add ice, more coffee and some ff 1/2+1/2.. Love it, love it, love it!!
DH enjoyed the salsa chicken... he wasn't sure the way it looked. I think on P2 cooking some brown rice up and having that as a bed to soak up some of the moisture will be a good idea... :) Lots of leftovers (now I have an easy go to, healthy meal...) :D

04-30-2008, 12:16 AM
Barb - it hasn't. I didn't have it. It was just for DH and DS.

The veggies that are allowed haven't really changed much in the new book.

TDI - we simulposted. Glad the salsa chicken turned out well. I just looked at your recipe for it. It looks great. Might have to put it on the menu for next week.

I didn't end up making the iced coffees....maybe tomorrow night. Instead, I mixed some ricotta cheese with some splenda, vanilla, instant espresso and cocoa powder. topped it with a little cool-whip free. It was pretty decent, actually. I think next time I would add a little more splenda as the cocoa and the espresso powder made it a little bitter.

04-30-2008, 12:20 AM
it tasted really yummy... I made it extra spicey..mmmm... think next time, I may add more veggies to it. DH is not a huge fan of cooked veggies...but when they're meshed into a dish.. he eats them up great!! And when I was eating it, I was thinking this would make a really awesome..and easy soup!! I'll have to try it. Maybe p2 and add rice to the soup... maybe add veggie, or chix broth, add some beans to it.. maybe bake some ww tortilla strips for the topping...MMMMM :D

04-30-2008, 12:28 AM
That sounds great. We try to have a soup night at least once a week. It's a cheap, easy way to get lots of veggies into everyone. I'm making the summer chicken chili this week (I think it's from the summer SBD cookbook).

I'm just getting some beans ready for tomorrow. White beans for dinner tomorrow, and garbanzos for roasted garbanzo beans. That is one of my favorite snacks now, and so inexpensive with dried beans!

I'm planning on having spice rubbed chicken fingers (breasts cut into strips) with cilantro dipping sauce, white bean puree and probably broccoli (I have a TON of it right now) or green beans. DS really enjoys the chicken fingers. I make them spicier than the recipe calls for and he still eats them. He also likes to dip his fingers in the cilantro sauce and lick them off. :)

04-30-2008, 12:33 AM
LOL that's cute with the DS... Whats the cilantro dipping sauce? It sounds yummy.. and I'm gonna be planting some cilantro soon.
I've always been afraid of dried beans... although.. because of you posting in the chick chat a few weeks ago about the taco bake and using lentils instead... I used lentils (first time ever) DH was not a huge fan, but he ate it and enjoyed it. I think if I don't give him the choice..he eats it.. LOL...
So do you just soak any and all beans overnight? where do you get dried garbanzo beans?

04-30-2008, 12:44 AM
I find that lentils are a bit bland on their own, but take on the flavor of whatever you season them with nicely. I puree my lentils (or just mash them) so DS and DH think they are just refried beans. If they know, they don't let on ;)

I soak all dried beans overnight in clean, cold water. In the morning, drain, rinse and cook. It can take a few hours to cook them sometimes, so most of the time I do them in the crockpot.

Dried garbanzo beans can be found with all the rest of the dried beans (by the rice and stuff). They may also be called chick peas. I like using dried beans if I can because they are cheaper (MUCH!) than canned and don't really take a lot of effort if you plan ahead. That said, I do keep a few cans of beans in the pantry in case I don't plan ahead ;)

I have a favorite recipe for red beans and rice if you're interested. It uses turkey sausage instead of mixed smoked sausage and you can always omit the rice if you're P1. I've served it with cooked lentils before, but your DH might not be a fan.

04-30-2008, 12:48 AM
I would be interested.. even if I keep the rice in.. were almost to p2, I'm starting to gather p2 recipes.. I will start trying the dried beans.. Do the packages have cooking times and such on them? So if I were making a soup with dried beans.. I'd soak them overnight and then cook them or put them in the soup.. or a combo of both? I have a lot of questions about them... I think I'll be experimenting :)
The red bean dish sounds yummy... :D

04-30-2008, 12:56 AM
I'll post the red bean dish tomorrow. It makes a ton and is very filling. Easy to fiddle with the spices and such to make it as spicy as you like.

If you're adding beans to soups, soak them overnight -drain and rinse- and then add them to the soup...bring to the boil, reduce heat and simmer until soft (usually an hour or more)

If you have any questions though, don't hesitate to ask. If I don't know, I'm sure one of the other posters can help...and if they cannot....there is always google!

I'm off to bed. Good night :)

04-30-2008, 12:58 AM
Thanks... as am I... with DH :) Night.. this was fun chatting