I am sure every parent of young children at one point in time or another, can’t wait for the day when their child is self sufficient and on their own.  The nights when they get up every hour on the hour and you wonder if you’ll ever get a full nights sleep again.

But then all of a sudden that time is here.  Hannah is 18, she just clocked in her 50th hour at work, she’s taking 13 credit ours in school and she has a social life.  It would be easy just to keep on going like we are, hardly seeing each other, but I decided to change that.  Depending on her schedule, I plan on doing something with her once a week – even if it is only a few hours, I’ll take it! 😀

Tony made me his delicious spicy breakfast taco – I didn’t even eat breakfast until 11:00! 😀  (I may have slept in until 9:45).

Tony LOVES a pork tenderloin sandwich, the kind that is way too big for the bun.  Here is a quick recipe for one:

  • 1 six ounce pork chop, butterflied
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons cornmeal
  • 1 hamburger bun
  • 1 tablespoon mayo
  • sweet pickle chips

Trim off any fat, and using a meat mallet, pound the cutlets really thin (Tony helped me on that one!).  Mix the egg, milk and salt and pepper on one paper plate, the flour in another and the cornmeal in the last one.  Dip the cutlet into the egg, into the flour, back to the egg and into the cornmeal.

Pan fry for 2-3 minutes per side – make sure your oil is hot before you add the pork, otherwise it gets too greasy.  Another tip – put the breaded cutlet in the refrigerator for a minimum of 30 minutes to help the breading stick – it kind of fell off while Tony was eating it, but he loved it 😀

I then went to exercise t.v. to see what I could do.  I started out doing a Bethany Frankel one hour yoga and strength training, but she was a whiney biatch and I couldn’t stand it after 5 minutes.  So I just did a bunch of things:

  • 20 minute kickboxing
  • 15 minutes arms with attitude
  • 25 minutes Jackie Werner 1 on 1 core (this one was really hard!)

I always love how our dog literally sits right where I am exercising – at one point I was on my back doing sissor kicks and his tail kept whacking me in the face.

Then I finished my grocery shopping and headed out to the store.  On my way back home I could start to feel my blood sugar really drop – so  a quick drive through at McD’s saved the day – the $1 menu chicken sammie with buffalo sauce – that did the trick!

Since Hannah and I were going to have our Asian date night, I made Tony one of his favorite casseroles – tuna noodle!  I have Simple Comfort Food to thank for the recipe – my only alterations were to leave the onion out, and I reduced the panko bread crumbs and cheddar cheese to 1 cup.

I didn't even know they made this!

I then added everything to my big bucket to mix well before putting it in my casserole dish.

ignore my messy stove - I cleaned it up later 😀

I made such a big casserole because I thought that it might be something would eat as a leftover – nope!  So I am bringing it to work – something about free food always gets eaten at work!

I had Hannah call me when she was leaving work so I could heat up the deep fryer for our tempura appetizer – I blanched green beans, broccoli and zucchini.  The green beans completely stuck on the first batch, so we mostly had broccoli and zucchini – both delicious!

For our stirfry – I coated chicken pieces in corn starch and cooked those in the wok separately, then tossed them in a mix of equal parts of these sauces:

I ate about 2/3 of this - I kept eating and it was like a never ending bowl!

We watched the movie Away We Go with Jim from the Office – we really liked it!

my feet on the left, sitting in our comfy chair - thanks for hanging with me Hanners 😀

So today is Weigh In Day!  Last week I was 170.4 . . .

so close to 169!!! I'll take the -4 😀

Tony found this cartoon and tore it out for me – I thought it was funny!

Great news!  My foodie friend Mara has made it to the next round of the Project Food Buzz – she had to make a meal in a Food Buzz travel bag – check it out – she put everything in mason jars!  I’ll have the link up in an hour if you can take time to vote for her.

Question of the Day: If you have kids, any age, do you schedule time to do something, or does life get in your way?