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Archive for March 3rd, 2009

Here is a GREAT tip from IdealBite:

Are you gunning for the forest every time you use an ATM?

The Bite
Maybe, since the number of trees that go to making receipts is just plain criminal. Hold up on requesting a receipt at the ATM, gas pump, checkout stand, and anywhere else where you have the choice, ski mask or not.

The Benefits
Less eco-thievery.Receipts from the 8 billion U.S. ATM transactions each year create a lotta waste – and most end up in the trash.

  • Not robbing yourself of time. You can view all your transactions on your bank’s website, and some stores, such as Apple, will send an e-receipt to your email – überconvenient.
  • Peace of mind. Misplaced receipts can help thieves steal your identity.

Personally Speaking
Wallets stuffed with receipts give the illusion of more cash, and personally, we can’t afford to be any more deluded about our spending reserves than we already are.

Wanna Try?
*Just say (or press) no. Tree and hearts:9624

What’s on the menu tonight?

Sloppy Soyrizo Joes

 This was a surprisingly tasty dish and served in a “cabbage bowl” , it proved the perfect Tuesday night treat. 

Ingredients for 2 servings plus left overs:

  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 6 baby carrots chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 3/4 pkg. of “Soyrizo” Vegetarian Sausage
  • 6oz Pasta sauce
  • 1 15 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 4oz can mushrooms (stems and pcs)
  • 2 TBS barbeque sauce
  • 1 small head of cabbage
  1.  Slice the cabbage in 1/2 and scoop out some of the inside with a sharp knife.  It’s a little tough – do the best you can without slicing the sides, through the bottom, and most importantly – don’t slice your finger.
  2. Put the cabbage 1/2’s in a large pot, fill with water 3/4 to the top and bring to a boil.  Let slow boil, cover slightly cracked open, until the cabbage is softened (about 15 min.).
  3. Meanwhile, heat a large pan with 1 TBS EVOO over med.- hi heat and add the first 4 ingredients.  Cook about 8 minutes.
  4. Add the pasta sauce, tomatoes, mushrooms and BQ sauce to the sausage mix and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 12 -15 minutes.
  5. Remove cover and let simmer an additional 5 minutes – or until you are ready to eat.
  6. Carefully remove the cabbage and drain all the water. 
  7. Turn the cabbage 1/2’s over and make an even slice (to make a flat bottom) – without cutting through, on the under side. Turn the 1/2 back over and it should stay firmly on the plate … like a bowl.
  8. Scoop out more of the inside of the cabbage if needed (it’s softer now and easier to do).
  9. Put them on your plate, fill with your Soyrizo Joe mix, top with cheese if you want, serve with crusty bread.
Soyrizo Joes in a Cabbage Bowl

Soyrizo Joes in a Cabbage Bowl

  I was lucky with this meal. Ted made himself a steak and left me to enjoy my veggie dish.  He insists he won’t touch the left overs tomorrow because it has that “soy stuff in it”.  You should have heard the reaction when I told him that the baked beans he enjoyed so much Saturday night and the last couple of days ALSO had that “soy stuff”.  Hee Hee Hee!  GOTCHA Honey! 🙂

Everyone – have a great night!

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This morning, as Shane and I turned toward the Gym at MVCC,  we saw a questionable situation.  There is usually a bicycle chained to a post at the corner of the building.  I have seen it there throughout this nasty winter.  Today, there was a person (moved like a man) lumbering across the parking lot toward the Gym building.  He went right to the bike and began sawing at the chain.  It actually went through my mind whether to say something or not.  Would he say something to me like “not to worry – it’s my bike”. NO.  It was 5:30 AM… did he wake up and suddenly decide it was time to get his bike and WHOOPS! forgot the code/key  to the lock? 

Given some thought, I decided it wouldn’t be very smart to open my mouth even though I was in the company of a great big German Shepherd.  Usually people who steal and commit crimes in general, are not really nice.   My next thought was that if I saw anyone in the foyer at the Gym I’d gently knock on the window to get their attention. No one. This was a rare morning where we didn’t see Campus Security, people in the lit buildings – nothing. So I remained quiet and watched this person get on the bike and ride it out of the parking lot.  Hmmmm????   If I saw a Utica Police Car (which I do on occasion) I thought I would stop the Officer. Not this morning. Just me and Shane and a “potential” bike thief.     

Enough about crime…. what’s with this strawberry? 

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 Why do you think some strawberries spread and look  like “mutants” ?  I always look at them in a questionable way before eating them, wondering if they are going to be the sweetest or the least tasty in the bunch.   This morning, they were added to my Smooth Banana Protein shake so it was hard to tell. But the shake did taste very good!

 Staying on the topic of food, my breakfast grain was Bob’s Red Mill 10 Grain Hot Cereal, espresso style.  I added a little cinnamon and about 1/2 tsp of espresso powder, a few raisins and dried cranberries, and finished the cereal with 1/2 a chopped apple. 

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The espresso was very subtle.  The apple and dried fruits gave it only a hint of sweetness. Not bad – not the best.

Workin’ It on Tuesday.

Today’s workout was legs and it was a good workout as well.

4 sets x 15 reps.

Walking lunges with weights, leg presses, ball squats against the wall with weights, leg extensions, leg curls, seated calf raises, and finishing with 3 x 20 sets of ab exercises. 

The aerobics were 21 minutes on the elliptical, 15 minutes on the treadmill at a 6.7 run, and a 2.75 mile walk with Shane. 

To my joyful surprise, most of the sidewalks along the Parkway were clear. It was the first time in months I’ve taken the Parkway home. Not bad … Spring must be around the corner!   

Have a great day!

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