This cold weather is just sucking the life out of me.  I can’t help but think of what Tony would say to me every day if he were still here – “why do we live here?!”  He hated winter most of all, and this lingering winter would have drove him batty.  And while I’ve bumped up my thermostat to 68 (I usually like it at 65), Tony would have it at about 78. šŸ˜€

Another waffle sammie for the win.  These are my Bolthouse Farms vanilla smoothie waffles – 1/2 of the waffle (shown below) is only 3 points, with egg whites, ham (1) and lite mozzarella (1) and sugar free syrup (1) – breakfast is 6 points.

Since it was so cold, my sister and I walked Macy’s.  You may not be able to hear it, but the song we are singing was playing in the store – we didn’t just burst into song, although I have been known to do that. 

I cooked up some chicken over the weekend for meal prep this week.  The whole plate is 5 points – 1/2 container of wholly guacamole (2) and 1/2 cup of yellow rice (3).  After this picture was taken I added a boat load of hot sauce to the chicken – yum!

I left work on time, but just missed the 5:20 train.  The 5:33 train was running 20 minutes late, so by the time I walked in the door it was 7 p.m.  The house was super quiet.  The kadults were napping.  The dogs were so happy to see me, so when I went to change my clothes, I just laid down on my bed for a few minutes and the dogs immediately went under the covers to sleep.  I closed my eyes and the next thing I knew it was 7:25 – but it was still light out and for a minute I thought I slept through the night and it was the next morning and thought I was going to be late for work!

But then I remembered I never ate dinner!   Over the weekend I made yet another dish from Jessica’s cookbook The Pretty Dish.  This dish is called “Our Favorite” because it’s one of Jessica and her husbands favorite dish.  

I’ve been “weight watchering” her dishes, and there wasn’t much I had to do to make this sauce more weight watcher friendly.  You’ll have to wait for my version of the recipe, because I forgot to grab it off the counter as I wrote my changes.  I do know that I reduced the butter to just 1 tablespoon, used Jennie-O Italian turkey sausage in place of the pork/beef combo, doubled the amount of mushrooms, and subbed in Bolthouse farms plant milk in place of the heavy cream.

With those changes, each 1/2 cup serving is only 1 point (without the meat).  Let me explain – I decided to leave the base of the sauce without the meat, so I could add in whatever protein I wanted.  Last night I added 2 1/2 ounces of the Jennie-O turkey for 4 extra points.   I don’t know why I haven’t thought to use so many mushrooms in pasta sauce before because the flavor is so meaty, rich and thick.  And promise Mom and Jenn, you can’t taste the mushrooms – much like you tell me that you can’t taste the onions!

Speaking of onions, I added 1/2 a cup of onions to this sauce – I know!  I can hardly believe it myself.  I even showed it on my Instagram story.  Um, turns out I was wearing a tank top that was see through and didn’t know it – so if you watched that video on my story #sorrynotsorry – I don’t wear a bra on the weekends and basically one minute after I walk into the house. šŸ˜€

I added zucchini to my noodles to bulk it up – one cup pasta (6) with 1/2 cup of the sauce (1) and the turkey sausage (4) makes this an 11 point dinner and worth every point. 

I used PhotoToaster to edit the picture below.  Hannah yelled from her room “Mom, did you use PhotoToaster?”  I hid under my blanket.  She’s challenged me to only use the edit mode in Instagram for the next 30 days. She’s so demanding that child!

I edited this photo using the Instagram editing, and Hannah approved of this one.  If you have The Pretty Dish – this recipe is on page 112.  I am going to try this again using one pound mix of ground sirloin and pork (it may be the same amount of points) but even with the turkey sausage, this was delicious.  I’ll add the recipe when I get home from work tonight. šŸ˜€

Timehop showed me yesterday that I was 20 pounds lighter this time last year.  From April to December of last year I slowly gained all 20 pounds back.  I just need to figure out what my mindset was last year – maybe I’ll go read last years posts to get inspiration from . . . me!  

I know what to do, but for whatever reason it feels like I am walking through mud.  It hasn’t helped that this bronchitis is lingering.  I know all I have to do is have a few days on track to get the ball rolling.  Um, yesterday wasn’t that day.  I had wine, which led to eating nuts while watching American Idol and I wasn’t even hungry.  Gah.

Today is a new day.  Make it a great day!