I have a Weather Bug app on my phone.  This morning when I got up, there was a weather alert – a damn winter storm warning.  Starting tonight and into tomorrow, we could get up to 5 inches of snow and have wind gusts of 30 mph.  Tony and I have to keep reminding each other why we still live in the Midwest – gah!

I ended up making more banana granola pancakes for breakfast – these are so good I hope you try them.  I had two yesterday with 2 ounces of deli ham on the side.  And for the record, that’s a salad plate, not a dinner plate. Open-mouthed smile

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After stepping on the scale to face the music yesterday, my sister read my blog and sent me this:


Thanks Jenn!  It was just the push I needed to get in a great workout at lunch.  I decided to run a 5k.  I told my sister my goal was to get under 37 minutes.  Much like Shelley, it takes me a while to get my breathing going.   I decided to run my first mile at a 4.5 mile pace.  I walked for .1 of a mile, then sped up my next mile to 5.0 mph.  Then I walked for .1 miles, and finished my last mile at 5.5 mph.  I made it!


I think it helps that I watch t.v. while I am working out.  I tell myself I can’t look down to see how far I’ve gone until I hit a commercial. Open-mouthed smile  I’ve said this before, but if I can run a 36 minute 5k at 171 pounds, just think how fast I could be at 141 pounds!

Ever since Tony’s colon cancer surgery, his eating habits have really changed.  Before Tony was a man who loved thick bone in pork chops, thick steaks – a true meat and potatoes man.  Lately though?  Pork is out.  It makes him want to gag.  A few weeks ago I made a pork stew and when I went to clear the dishes I realized he ate everything BUT the pork.  So, I guess if I want pork I will have to make it for my bosses or my SIL. Open-mouthed smile  I can’t get Tony to pork anymore.

So while I defrosted pork chops inadvertently, and realized my other dish for the week was chicken visuvio, which when I read the recipe before leaving the office I determined it would take nearly 90 minutes to make, so I went with the old standby, and something Tony does love – smoked sausage and Zatarain’s red beans and rice.  As usual, I top my serving over a bed of baby spinach.  And I added a sprinkling of cheddar cheese and Buffalo Tabasco.

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But we have a small crisis in the Bizzy Kitchen people:

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I am out of buffalo Tabasco!!  And I know I have about 27 more bottles of hot sauce at my disposal, but this one is my go to, all around hot sauce.  Like the Frank’s hot sauce commercial, I put that shit on everything. Open-mouthed smile

I already have some ideas for my meal plan next week – check these delicious eats out.

Melanie made homemade tomato soup with a puff pastry topping.  Holla!   While I can’t eat a tomato by itself, a great tomato soup is something to behold.  And having the puff pastry on top?  It really does make a decadent soup!

While its been years and years since I’ve been to an Olive Garden, Kim made a copy cate recipe of the Zuppa Toscana that looks delicious.

Small world – my new boss has a SIL that has a food blog!  She recently posted her weekly menu (she is a meal planning guru!) and she linked to a buffalo chicken pizza that I need to make – soon!

Right now I have a potato crusted quiche in the oven for breakfast, and I am going to be making roast beef and brie panini’s with herb mustard for lunch.   My one boss asked me yesterday “are we going to have panini’s this week?”  And tomorrow, since it’s Lent, I am making a veggie chili with jalapeno corn bread on the side. I loves me some corn bread.

Time to get this show on the road – make it a great day!