Cheater’s Cheddar Cheese Sauce

February 10th, 2012

A person cannot live on juice and protein powder alone. That’s the only explanation I have for the recipe I came up with for tonight’s supper, ham and cheese pot pie—high fat, high sodium, and highly delicious.

But first, a little exposition. Cheese sauce is my nemesis. This has always frustrated me, because I do love a good homemade macaroni and cheese, and I have never been able to pull one off.  So I was absolutely thrilled when I accidentally discovered that you can stir shredded cheddar cheese into jarred alfredo sauce and come up with a perfectly lovely cheese sauce.

Anyway, it was already after 8:00 PM by the time I started cooking, and because I forgot that Spouse had for lunch the leftovers I was planning to make for dinner, I was at a loss for planning. I defrosted a premade pie crust in the microwave, opened up a bag of mixed vegetables in butter and herb sauce, and warmed them in the microwave. While that was going on, I cubed some leftover ham. I stirred the ham and a tablespoon or so of parsley into the vegetables, added about a cup of alfredo sauce and  a cup of cheddar cheese shreds, topped it off with pie crust, and baked for about 20 minutes at 450 degrees. Spouse commented that a) it as more like something he would make (meaning a Southern-style casserole), and b) the downwind neighbors were probably wondering why their cholesterol was shooting up.

I Can Haz Smartz

January 30th, 2012

For the fourteen years I have had a cellphone, I have had what I affectionately refer to as a “dumbphone”. No email, no camera, no internet, no app, no games; just voice mail, phone and texting. And I liked it that way just fine, thank you very much.

Every time I have replaced a phone, it was because of severe obsolescence. My most recent dumphone was the third one I’d had in all that time.

Over the holidays, we went down to Louisville to visit the in-laws, and the entire family, except me, was playing Scrabble-like games with each other on their shiny happy iPhones. (Spouse kindly let me play a few of his turns, in order to get me hooked). I felt a little left out, but it wasn’t that much of a much.

Unfortunately, my most recent dumbphone eventually got so dumb that it forgot how to make calls. It couldn’t even tell my new phone about my contact list.

I bit the bullet and got an Android phone that does everything but clean the litterbox. And since then, I have spent way too much time playing Scrabble-like games and Fruit Ninja.

And I can make phone calls.

January Results

January 27th, 2012

So, I’ve been serious about the nutrition and the gym for about four weeks and that means it’s time to check in.

Results so far…
1. My fingernails are a lot stronger and have stopped splitting.
2. My original resistance workout is way too easy.
3. Down one size in jeans. By way of full disclosure, the previous size has been loose for some time, but the new size was still too small. Not anymore!

Recent Smoothies and Juices

January 25th, 2012

Smoothies
apricot-pineapple-mixed berry
pineapple-banana-berry
banana-raspberry
watermelon-blueberry-strawberry

Juices
1 beet/1 lime/3 tomatoes/3 carrots/3 stalks celery/1 cucumber
3 tomatoes/2 apples/1 beet/3 carrots/3 stalks celery
6 apricots/2 tomatoes/1 grapefruit/3 minneolas/12 large strawberries
lots of kale/one-quarter head of red cabbage/ 3 tomatoes/3 carrots/4 stalks celery/1 parsnip/1 lime/1″ piece of ginger/1 cucumber/1 yellow bell pepper
–this one tasted fine, but the pigments in the red cabbage oxidized almost instantly resulting a muddy-brown, swamp-juice color.
8 oz watermelon/6 oz blueberries/12 oz blackberries/3 apples/3 minneolas/1 grapefruit

Two for the Post of One

January 19th, 2012

Today’s Juice:

1 lime
2 minneolas
3 tomatoes
16 oz pineapple spears
4 carrots
1 parsnip (yes, you can get juice from a parsnip)

Yesterday’s Juice:

1 beet plus greens from 3 beets
3 carrots
3 stalks celery
1/2 bulb fennel
1 apple
1 lime
1 yellow bell pepper
1 cucumber

Today’s Juice: A Little of Everything

January 17th, 2012

3 carrots

6 oz raspberries

1 mango

1 grapefruit

2 minneolas

2 pears

6 apricots

3″ knob of fresh ginger, which made the juice a little zippy

Kyrre Cuteness

January 16th, 2012
Cat in Lazy Susan

I'm in ur susan, bein' lazy

Recent Juices and Smoothies

January 16th, 2012

Note: Unless specified otherwise, all smoothies contain protein powder, nonfat yogurt, and orange juice.

Today’s Smoothie: Note to Self, Buy Frozen Mango Chunks
4 fresh kiwis
1/2 package of frozen mango chunks

Hiatus whilst out of town

Last Friday’s Smoothie: The Bananas Must Be Used!
3 bananas
1/2 package of frozen mango chunks

Last Thursday’s Juice: Sweet Beet
1 beet
2 small apples
4 pears
2 minneolas
20 oz red grapes
12 oz blackberries

Last Wednesday’s Juice: The Pink Stuff
(actually kind of salmon-colored, but close enough)
2 tomatoes
1 grapefruit
16 oz strawberries
24 oz pineapple chunks
3 carrots

There. I believe I am caught up. And need to restock the fruits and veggies.

Today’s Juice – Grassy Green

January 10th, 2012

Well, perhaps more vegetal than grassy, but still…

1 bunch of kale
8 oz broccoli florets
3 pears
2 small Granny Smith apples
1 red bell pepper
1 parsnip
1/2 bulb fennel
1 celery heart

How Many Calories Does That Burn?

January 9th, 2012

On Sunday, Spouse made a comment on being second-day sore from resistance workout with his trainer, Jennifer, and how he’s doing this partly because he knows it’s the right thing to do, but mostly because he loves me (I still squee in my mind every time I hear that).

I replied that he looked like he’d rather be off slaying dragons or Grail-questing than see Jennifer again. He thought about it briefly and agreed that was indeed the case.

I allowed as how Grail-questing was probably mostly cardio, but if he’s dragon-slaying in full armor then I would count it as a resistance workout…probably for both parties.