I didn’t expect it to be so cold when I left for work.  -8 degrees!   I don’t know why I thought that just because the calendar says February, our weather would get any better.  And now we have more snow on the way – lovely!

I made another batch of Nicole’s Olive Oil (aka crack!) granola over the weekend, not only for me but for the squirrels.  I worry about them not finding food in all this snow.  They do seem to love it!  I had a Chobani, some granola clusters, an ounce of cheese and some grapes.  Kind of a picky plate breakfast, but that’s what I was in the mood for.

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Work was busy right off the bat – I much prefer to be busy.  All of a sudden it was 1:00 and I hadn’t gotten to the gym yet!  I had a window to leave and decided to swim to stretch out my legs from being on my feet a lot at work over the weekend.

All was well.  There were three kids taking swim lessons on one side of the pool.  I was at the opposite end of the pool when I heard a lifeguard whistle and someone saying “ma’am!”  Um, first of all, I am too young to be called “ma’am” and I couldn’t think of what I had done wrong to get the whistle!  Turns out a little girl pooped in the pool – and I had to get out immediately.  So I only got to swim for 25 minutes – oh well, better than nothing!  I felt sorry for the little girl – her Mom came down from the observation booth and picked her up and said in a loud voice “that is not okay!”  Of course, then she started crying.  The trials and tribulations of being three!

So in cleaning out the refrigerator over the weekend, I still had a one pound piece of sirloin tip roast leftover, so I decided to make chili.  I googled “leftover beef chili recipes” and found one I liked and printed it out.  I put the recipe into the recipe analyzer to get the stats, but for the life of me I can’t find where I got the recipe from.  I think I might have written it down at work – I will try to link to it later today.  Update: you can check out the inspiration for this chili recipe here

Leftover Beef Chili


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I would almost call this a soup chili – maybe if I let it cook down some more it would have gotten thicker, but the flavor is amazing – it’s spicy and I love the vinegary kick from the bbq sauce.  This made a lot so you may have to get used to this lunch every day this week!

Tony and I had two leftover items from our Super Bowl that we never got around to eating – so this is not a bad dinner for a Monday night!  I had already defrosted the crab legs.  Heat oven to 400 degrees – bake the crab legs for 10 minutes.  The water inside the legs steams the crab to perfection.   On the side – Hooter’s Copycat Shrimp.   Delish!

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Such a treat to have crab legs.  I never even tried crab legs until I was well into my 30’s – so much wasted time!

Stats for the Day:

  • 1663 calories, 130 carbs, 49 fat, 85 protein and 19 fiber
  • 40% of calories from carbs, 33 from fat and 26% from protein
  • 25 minute swim
  • no T25 (yet!)

Question of the Day:  Have you always liked seafood, or not until you were an adult?

Alright, off to get my stuff together – make it a great day!