of sleeping in until 10:00 over the weekend is having to set an alarm to get up.  Um, if my office could just open at 11:00, I would appreciate it! 😀

Tony and I found a new product at the grocery store – cheezy Ore-Ida hash browns.  The cheese may have caught both our eyes, but one that intrigued me was that it was that the package said “no oil needed!”

My breakfast:  1 cup hash browns, scrambled eggs with diced ham, cherries and 1/2 a promise spread Arnold thin.

434 calories, 60 carbs, 27 protein, 12 fat and 9.8 fiber

The verdict? Definitely needed oil!  They were kind of dry and both Tony and I could not taste the cheese at all.  But for 150 calories per cup, I can’t complain too much – just would prefer my potatoes instead! 😀

I made my trip out to Fresh Market in search of goat milk.  I got the recipe for making goat cheese from Kiss My Spatula.  It helps to read all the words because she said “avoid ultra pasteurized” goat milk.   So when I got home and saw that I bought ultra pasteurized goat milk I though all was lost.

I even went on youtube to watch some videos of making homemade goat cheese.  Each and every one immediately started to curdle once the acid was added.  Me?  Not so much.  After what seemed like a while, I just poured the milk mixture into my cheesecloth and walked away defeated.

ready for the cheese!

I then watched the end of the Chicago Blackhawks game – they are going to the Stanley Cup!  While Tony and I are not huge hockey fans, we’ve been enjoying these playoffs.  When I came back into the kitchen I was pleasantly surprised that I had curds in my cheesecloth!!

I just wrapped it up and hung it off my cabinet and let it drip for an hour and a half.

I squeezed any remaining liquid out and this is what I saw:

You better believe I scraped every last little bit out of this cheesecloth!  I then added fresh garlic, salt, pepper and some fresh basil from my herb garden:

Oh my goodness, so creamy!!!  So I basically spent $3.99 on goat cheese and got exactly 5 ounces of cheese.

168 calories, 17.4 carbs, 9 protein, 6.5 fat and 1.8 fiber

Since I had cheese on the brain, I made grilled ham and cheese sammies.  On the side I had 1/2 ounce of tortilla chips and some of my homemade salsa:

503 calories, 58 carbs, 21 protein, 22 fat and 4.9 fiber

We tried to hang out outside, but the cottonwood was too much!  Look at how it bunches around our gazebo!

We did enjoy a glass of wine though!

which I promptly forgot to add to my calorie count!

We did a beef rump roast on the grill.  We’ve discovered that the secret to great meat is to pull it off at 125 degrees, and letting it rest 15 minutes before serving:

And having a digital meat thermometer helps immensely!

After I pulled off the meat, I grilled up some asparagus – just tossed it in a little olive oil, salt and lemon pepper:

My plate: 4 oz. beef, 1 tablespoon horseradish sauce, corn on the cob and asparagus:

418 caloires, 39 carbs, 38 protein, 14.5 fat and 2.3 fiber

Stats for Sunday:

  • 1513 calories, 175 carbs, 94 protein, 55 fat and 17.8 fiber
  • housework was my only exercise 🙁

Check out the recap of last week’s BSI – Capers!  And check out this weeks hostess:  Alison has chosen Swiss Chard!  Thanks so much for hosting this week Alison! 😀

Gotta jump in the shower and get ready for work – happy Monday! 😀