Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Tasty Tuesadays - Food Disasters

Welcome to this weeks edition of Tasty Tuesdays. I know I'm late but better late then never isn't it? Well this weeks theme is Food Disasters and this is the first thing that came to my mind. Although fried turkey is soooooooo tasty it can go very wrong if you fry a frozen turkey. So cool, but a sad end to thanksgiving.


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Don't forget to join us for next weeks edition and share a post about Hot Breakfast.

Tasty Tuesdays - Fail

I have been experiencing some technical difficulties so Tasty Tuesday will post when I get home from work in a few hours. Sorry for the delay guys!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Exercise Sadness

I have found some really cool videos to work out with, like The Biggest Loser Cardio Max and The Biggest Loser Power Sculpt. I enjoy the videos and I get a decent workout in only 30 minutes.

The downside is I don't really have 30 minutes to spare during my on week. I know you probably say, "Who doesn't have 30 minutes?!?!" During my on week I leave from work to go to class, take the bus home from class, sleep for 4 hours, and then I'm off to work again. The only thing that I can cut back on would be sleep, and I have to say I can barely function on the 4 hours I get. :(

I'm sure I'll figure something out. Maybe I can do jumping jacks on the train ride home... Until I get arrested :P



Sunday, January 24, 2010

Sunday Secret

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Saturday, January 23, 2010

This bus knows me





Friday, January 22, 2010

55 - Flash Fiction

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Getting back on track

I've been doing well with my weight loss and my new way of eating, but I was starting to lose focus slightly (but haven't cheated thank goodness). So I am going to start a two week induction phase to kick start things and focus a bit more.

In preparation I've made some Beefy Mushroom Soup, Baked Meatballs, and I am about to bake a pack of chicken breasts. Pre Cooking food makes it so much easier to stay on track, especially when we work graveyards.

On a good note my mom started Atkins last week and has already lost 7 lbs. YAY!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Tasty Tuesday - Meat

Welcome to this weeks edition of Tasty Tuesday, this weeks theme is meat. Remember if you don't eat meat this would be a great time to post an alternative to meet, reasons you don't eat meat, or just anything about food.

I've always loved meatballs and there are many stores that carry them in the freezer section. However this is a problem when I am looking for a low carb or gluten free option because many of these frozen meatballs contain bread, sugar, etc. I've found a recipe that is great and it fits into these types of diets. I found this wonderful recipe at Linda's Low Carb Recipes. Below is the recipe and I've made my additions in bold:

BAKED MEATBALLS
-1 pound ground beef
-1 pound bulk Italian sausage
Instead of the beef and sausage I use two pounds of ground turkey
-2 teaspoons dry minced onion. As usual I am cutting out the onions because of heartburn.
-1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
-1/2 cup parmesan cheese, 2 ounces (I used the kind in a can)
-2 eggs
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-1/4 teaspoon pepper

Mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl using your fingers. Mix until the meat no long feels slimy from the eggs. Shape in golf ball size meatballs and place on a large baking sheet with sides. Bake at 375º for 15-20 minutes until the meatballs are done all the way through. Rinse in a colander to remove any egg and cheese that has leaked out.

Makes about 20-30 meatballs. Can be frozen. Per meatball: 92 Calories; 7g Fat; 6g Protein; trace Carbohydrate; trace Dietary Fiber; .5g Net Carbs



The pictures I posted show me making a double batch since more is always better *Drools at the thought of meatballs*

Join us next week for the Tasty Tuesday theme of Food Disaster, which should be super fun! Thanks for joining in guys

Smooth Traveling - Almost

I was excited for smooth travel to school since I Showered and was out of the house at a decent time. I drive to the closest train station so I could enjoy the free parking and I used my "free" transit pass to head up to school. Not only did I not have to wait for the train, but it only took 22 minutes to get to the university.
As I walked to class I thought how great my trip was, little traffic, practically empty train, and nobody on campus... Wait, where is everybody? Why haven't I seen anybody on campus?

FUCK Yay it's Martin Luther King Day!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Los Pantalones

I've been wearing pants with a size 50 waist since I started my diet in August 2009, but they have gotten so loose I couldn't stand it anymore! Since the smaller pants in my closet don't fit loose enough for my taste I decided that I needed to get something to wear in between. So today I went over to Wal-Mart and check some pants out. For $30 I came home with two pairs of carpenter cut jeans with a size 46 waist. I probably could have done a 44 but I was afraid they might shrink a little bit.

As I get closer and closer to my goal weight I will be excited to fit in the skinny clothes I've been saving.

Off to a good start!

Well everybody I'm off to a good start but I still have over 100lbs to lose. So far all I have done is I have changed my eating habits but I think starting to work out will kick it up a notch!

Where I work we finish up really early on the weekends and sit around doing nothing for hours, but I thought it would be fun to start a workout group. Last Sunday we tried out The Biggest Loser Cardio Max DVD. It's a great DVD that lets you customize workouts and it cost less then $10!!! I plan on doing that a few times a week and then starting to add some weight training in.

I got a Big Skinny and Cream!

Last Monday was my 27th birthday but I haven't had a chance to post about my nifty birthday presents yet. *hangs head in shame* My wonderful wife got me a cute little FSM Car Emblem and a new wallet. My wallet has always been an issue because I tend to hoard things in there which makes it HUGE. Well you know what they say about a guy with a huge wallet don't you? HIS LEGS LOOK FUNNY WITH A POCKET BULGE! I definitely don't need help making my thighs look any bigger :P With my old wallet even when I emptied it out put it on a diet it was way to big.

When I opened the envelope with The Big Skinny I didn't realize what it was at first because it was so thin, but I was excited to use it. I transferred all of my stuff into the new wallet and I was amazed at how small it was, especially when the new full wallet was smaller then my old empty wallet. Another big test was when I got dressed for work that night. I slipped the big skinny into my pocket and looked in the mirror (I know I'm that much of a narcissist), and you couldn't even tell I had something in the pocket. YAY!!! The only downside was when I would put my hands down at my side and freak out because I couldn't feel my wallet in my pocket, but I've retrained myself. Below is a video about the Big Skinny and I think it's lots of fun.



I have frequently shaken my money maker while holding my open wallet upside down, and I'm happy to say the contents stayed put. I have yet to try it with my bikini but I plan to when it's two piece weather :P

I also got a surprise gift from my friend Malynda and it's extra fun because it shows she is reading my blog. YAY! The topic for Tasty Tuesdays the week before my birthday was "Toppings", and I expressed my desire to own an isi Cream Whipper. Well what did I receive in the mail from my friend? A CREAM WHIPPER!!! I was excited to try it out but my cream was bad *cries* Before the expiration date even! Every visit to the store since then I have intended to buy some cream but I keep forgetting *bangs head on desk*. Today I plan on going grocery shopping and I won't forget this time because I just added it to the shopping list, which helps, unless I forget the list. LOL.

Punnett Square of Awesomeness


In this square we see demonstration of the Awesomeness Gene. When looking at the population you can tell that this gene must be recessive and is represented in the square by 'a', which means the dominant non-awesome gene is represented by 'A'.

You can also observe in the population that some people display awesomeness at times but show non-awesomness the remainder of the time. Which leads me to believe that the recessive awesomeness gene will show itself at times in those who have an 'Aa' arrangement, while the 'AA' population will never be awesome at anytime... EVER!

I'm happy to say that I have the 'aa' gene arrangement for awesomeness and you are privileged to know me. Surprisingly those who have the coveted awesomeness gene are often privileged to have the humility gene, which I also have. Wow am I fantastic!

School is back!

It seems like I've been slacking on the blog front this week! Well I had a good reason. SCHOOL STARTED! YAY! *does an educational scholastic dance* Wow I'm surprised that I can spell scholastic correctly this early in the morning.

This semester I'm taking Genetics and Organic Chemistry I. Genetics is an interesting class so far but the teacher is like an old robot droning on and on, but who knows maybe I will learn something fun. However if I have to draw another Punnett Square you might find me at the top of the clock tower on campus! Wait, there isn't a clock tower. Hmmmmm *thinks* Damn it! Maybe I'll just have to draw them and get over it. Edited to add: Ok I drew a punnett square and it was fine, but this one is more fun! The Punnett Square of Awesomeness.

I'm also taking Organic Chemistry, which makes some people cringe but for me it's not so bad because I LOVE CHEMISTRY! A few years ago I had enrolled in classes and I ended up dropping the classes after a week or so because my hiatal hernia was becoming problematic. Organic chemistry was one of those classes but I remember the professor and how much fun he was in the few lectures I attended, which you can see in my post Super Chemistry Man. Well Super Chemistry man is back and ready to share his organic goodness with us all... Wait, that sounded bad. Ummmm. His Organic Chemistry Goodness! Does that sound better?

While living in Utah I have had the experience of taking Trax (Light Rail Transit) but I haven't used the bus systems yet, but this changed the other day. As a way to save gas money and to avoid the $70/semester parking pass I had this crazy awesome idea to take the bus home from school. Since my wife and I work together near the campus I am having her drop me off at school on the way home from work (we work graveyard shift), and after class I will take the train/bus home. The first test run went boringly smoothly and it only took me about an hour. In the future I will have studying to do during my trip so it shouldn't be as boring, but I think it will work well.

I feel the force on "The Facebook"

I get lots of email forwards at work and this was one of the ones that I thought was worthy of posting on the good ol' blog. This is from an amusing blog called LOL Facebook Moments.

Sunday Secret - Facebook

This is my weekly choice from Post Secret.It was kind of an obvious choice since I am addicted to "The Facebook," even though I don't play farmville (or other applications).

Monday, January 11, 2010

Tasty Tuesday - Yellow

Welcome to Tasty Tuesdays! When deciding on the theme for this week I thought I would pick one of my favorite foods (Curry), because yesterday was my birthday. YAY! Well it also happens that today is National Curry Day so it seems like it was meant to be! I know that there are people who aren’t fans of curry so I chose the theme “Yellow” because it’s a little broader. Remember if you can’t think of something to post you can do a wild card and choose a previous topics. ANYWAY, on to the topic at hand:

"Curry is a generic description used throughout European and American culture to describe a general variety of spiced dishes, best known in South Asian cuisines, especially Indian cuisine. Curry is a generic term and although there is no one specific attribute that marks a dish as "curry", some distinctive spices used in many curry dishes include turmeric, cumin, coriander, fenugreek, and red pepper." Source

When I make curry I lean towards Japaneese style and I use Sun Bird Golden Curry Medium Hot 3.5 Oz, which can be found in the ethnic section of most grocery stores.

Normally I will use chicken but I also love to get some pork or beef stewing meat because it's cheaper. For veggies I use a frozen mix of broccoli and cauliflower, mushrooms (frozen, canned, or fresh), and sometimes I will add carrots.

Below are the directions from the box of the curry block, but I have added my own tips in bold:

Directions:
• Cut 1 to 1-1/2 lbs of lean beef (or chicken, lamb, shrimp, or tofu)
• Dice one large onion.
• In a large skillet, sauté meat and onion in oil until lightly browned, about 3 minutes. If desired, add carrots, potato, celery, or just about any vegetable you like. Discard excess oil.
• Add 3 cups of water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until meat (and potato) is tender, about 10 minutes. I like my curry thick so I only put enough water to go half way up the veggies and meat. Then I put a lid on the pot.
• Break Golden Curry Sauce Mix (roux) into small pieces and add to pot stirring until (roux) is completed melted.
• Simmer the instant Japanese curry for another 5 minutes or so stirring constantly. (If curry sauce becomes too thick, just add water).
• Pour over freshly cooked rice. Sometimes I would use pasta, but this is now the case all the time because I'm on a lower carb diet. I use an amazing low carb pasta called Dreamfields.

You may increase or decrease the amount of vegetables and meat in your Japanese curry mixes by as much as 50%. However, the amount of water you add should not be decreased. If the consistency of the curry stew is too thick, adjust it by adding water at the end. S&B curry roux comes ready to eat, so you've no need to add salt or pepper. I normally add some garlic because I love it!!!

Well that is one of my fave dishes and I plan on making some on my coming week off. I'M SO EXCITED!!!! Don't forget to join us next week for the theme of "Meat". Remember if you don't eat meat you can post something about why you don't eat meat, or a great meat alternative.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Weekly Secret - Revenge

This is my weekly choice from Post Secret.




Friday, January 8, 2010

Enjoy Your Spaghetti In Hell

I love how people overreact about everything! This is some hate mail to The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster:

This is rediculous, just another way for atheists to attempt to make fools out of people who actually have something to believe in.

Enjoy your spaghetti in hell assholes.

CRITICIZE AWAY

-SpaghettiEater


Hahahahahaha.... They said "rediculous"

A fun reply from a Pastafarian (Member of The Church of the FSM):

I love how he/she is like “I’m eating SPAGHETTI!”
This is secretly submitting yourself to His Holy Appendages.

Pesto be with you!

-your fellow Pastafarian.

Boggle Me Thursday



I was excited to hear from my friend Smarmoofus that Boggle Me Thursday had started up again. YAY! Ok I'm totally late with this but it's better late then never.

These are the words I found:

  • Wig
  • Wigs
  • Quart
  • Quarts
  • Sat
  • Sag
  • Sane
  • Save
  • Neva
  • Rio
  • Riot
  • Riots
  • Wax
  • Net
  • Nets
  • Got
  • Tog
  • Ten

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Wordless Wednesday



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Monday, January 4, 2010

Tasty Tuesday - Topping


Happy Tasty Tuesday Everybody!!! This weeks theme is toppings which is in honor of National Whipped Cream. Mmmmmmmmmmm whipped cream. Since I'm on a low carb diet I love to put a little whipped cream and put it on some sugar free Jello, but all the sugar in the canned stuff causes a problem. I've always wanted to get a cream whipper (like in the picture) because it would give me a sugar free whipped cream that I can have all the time. *adds cream whipper to wish list for next Christmas*

What kind of toppings are you guys and gals into? Let me know by posing your participating post link in the comments, and don't forget to come back next week for the topic of "Yellow".

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year

Wow I can't believe that 2009 is already over. It was a good year and we had a few changes. The little woman now works with me, and it's lots of fun getting to spend more time together. Our dachshund Chloe had a spinal injury and in her best interest we found her a new home with a stay at home mom, and a doggy door so she didn't have to worry about holding her bladder. We also had to say goodbye the our old dog Shelly, who was getting a little too old. We miss her but know it was for the best. We also got a few new family additions with a boxer puppy named Bo, and we recently rescued a pug named Hunny. We sure love our furry critters.

Nothing super excited planned for 2010 but we are excited to move into the new decade.


HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYBODY!