I hardly ever wear makeup.  I’ve never been one of those women who worries about what they wear or how they look.  I am pretty sure most of my shirts have stains.  When I got married I had my hair and make up done – when I first saw Tony I think he was like “is that even Biz?  It looks like her sister!”  He also said my face smelled like cake!

My sister was the one who always was up way before me, changing outfits several times.  I literally would not get out of bed until her boyfriend honked his horn to pick us up for school.  Most likely I would keep the sweats on I wore to bed, change my shirt, wash my face, brush my teeth, throw my hair back in a pony tail and I was good to go.

One day in high school though, I decided to dress up.  I work this cute pencil skirt with a white top, and white high heals (all the rage in the 80s!) and curled and fixed my hair and put make up on.  I walked to my boyfriends high school locker and leaned in to give him a kiss when he was like “what are you doing?  What if Biz finds out?”  He thought I was my sister!

Yesterday I wore makeup.  Not a lot.  Just some foundation to even out some, ahem, age spots, some bare minerals veil (which I love – does anyone else use bare minerals?), some mascara and some light lipstick.   I didn’t think much of it until my boss walked by and said “oh, you wore makeup today – it looks nice!”   I don’t know why I would care, but it was a nice compliment 😀

I bought some everything bagels over the weekend – each one is 300 calories, so I had half for breakfast and half for lunch.

303 calories, 45 carbs, 23 protein, 5 fat and .6 fiber

I did a hard 45 minute workout on the elliptical on level 10.  In this picture I was trying to show the stain on my shirt, but you can’t really see it in this picture!

When we were at the Fresh Market over the weekend, they had all their winter squashes for .99 cents a pound, which is really cheap for that store!  I bought a small butternut squash, and upon putting it in the basket, I think Tony asked “what’s that for?”  I assured him it was nothing I was making for dinner. 😀

Shannon made a chilled apple soup for one of her courses for the Food Buzz challenge.  I am not a huge fan of chilled soups, but I wondered what would happen if I added apple to make a butternut squash soup?

Butternut Apple Soup with Goat Cheese Crumbles (printer friendly version here)

Makes 2 servings (250 calories, 13.5 fat, 22.3 carbs, 3.9 fiber and 11.09 protein)


1 small squash, butternut
1 small apple
2 cups chicken broth
2 ounces coconut milk
4 ounce potato, red and cooked
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 pinch of salt
1 pinch of pepper
1 ounce goat cheese


  1. Cut squash in half and remove pulp and seeds. Peel and quarter an apple. Put apple slices in half of the squash, then bake on a cookie sheet for 30 minutes at 400 degrees.
  2. Hint: if you don’t have a leftover potato, you could put the potato on the cookie sheet at this time as well.
  3. Remove from oven and let cool. Put broth, coconut milk, potato, apple, pulp from squash, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper and simmer for a few minutes.
  4. Using a stick blender, puree. Garnish each bowl with 1/2 ounce of goat cheese.
here's how it looked after being roasted - nice and tender 😀

The verdict? I think this may be my new favorite soup!  It isn’t overly sweet – the balance of the crushed red pepper and goat cheese make this more of a savory soup to me, with a hint of sweet from the squash and apple.

with half a bagel sammie
504 calories, 54 carbs, 35 protein, 17.9 fat and 5 fiber

Later in the afternoon, my blood sugar started dropping, so I stole asked my boss for one of his kudos bars – he has a huge box of them from Costco!  It was pretty good.

For dinner I decided to make grilled bbq bone-in chicken breasts.  Since I knew I would have to wait for the coals to get ready, I decided to make a loaf of artisan bread – I’ve never actually gone from refrigerator to oven before.   I’ve usually taken a grapefruit size ball out, let it come to room temperature and then baked it.

The only difference is that it needed to be cooked about five minutes longer – worked out perfect.  And I love the smell of fresh bread 😀

waiting for the oven to get to temp
done! now that its getting dark by dinner, get used to flourescent light dinner pics 🙁
um, I may have used a bit too many coals for two chicken breasts

While Tony had K.C. Masterpiece, I had this:

one of the condiments that was saved from the chopping block 😀

My plate, with a slice of bread and pat of butter not shown:

I ate half the chicken: 619 calories, 60 carbs, 57 protein, 16.9 fat and 7.2 fiber

So I still needed to do 15 minutes of exercise to meet my 60 minute goal.  I took our dog for a walk to the river.  I took this first picture trying to use different settings on my camera to see if I could even take a picture in such low light.

And then took this shot – I know its just the camera trying to get as much light as possible, but isn’t it scary?  It looks like a noose hanging from a tree!

Stats for Tuesday:

  • 1527 calories, 176 carbs, 116 protein, 43 fat, 13.9 fiber
  • 24% of calories from fat
  • 45 minutes elliptical
  • 15 minute walk with the dog

Question of the Day: Can you leave the house without wearing makeup?

p.s.  Hannah thanked everyone for her hair compliments on the last post 😀