Bullet Point Friday With a Week of Office Lunches

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Happy Friday! I’m between work and a dinner date with The Husband so I’m going to make this quick. First of all, work is AWESOME! I really, really love it. Maybe it’s still the newness of everything that makes me happy but I don’t think so. I’m having a little self-doubt and confidence issues here and there but that’s just me. I’m starting to feel productive and part of the team, although I know still have a long way to go

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Lentil Soup with Homemade Ham Stock

Lentil Soup with Homemade Ham Stock

This is the post in which I declare my love of soups. I’m sure I’ve made this declaration before but I feel compelled to restate it especially since I’ve been diving deeper into the world of homemade soup and stock. This Christmas for the second year in a row I made my traditional French Onion Soup using homemade beef stock. I would have never thought it was as easy as it was until I tried it — roast bones, simmer, strain.

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Chipotle Beef Bean Butternut Casserole

Chipotle Beef Bean Butternut Casserole

It’s the eve of my first masters CrossFit competition.  For those who don’t know, “masters” basically means “old person” division. Now that I’m over 40 I don’t need to compete with all the 20-something athletes. I get to go head-to-head with all 40-year-old athletes!  Sometimes I wish they had a discovered-fitness-later-in-life division for those of us who didn’t start actually moving our bodies or training until we were into our 30s. Anyway, I’m going to do what I always do —

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Roasted Red Pepper and Sweet Potato Soup

Finsihed red pepper and sweet potato soup

Is it possible for someone to feel great and crappy at the same time? Overall I’ve been feeling fantastic. My commitment to food journaling and upping my veggie consumption this past month has me less bloated and more energetic. However, a nasty sinus infection has me feeling like an alien is attempting to burrow out of my sinuses. Even my ears feel congested. My ears. ugh. Anyway, I’m mushing on and in my arsenal to battle winter colds is what Mom

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A Potato Soup Newbie Adventure

Finished potato soup

Confession: I’m 40 years old and I don’t think I’ve ever had a bowl of potato soup. I’ve never made it. I don’t order. I didn’t grow up with it. It’s just not something I gravitated towards. Until today. For some crazy reason I bought a 20-pound bag of potatoes at Costco for Thanksgiving.  Considering I was making two complete Thanksgiving meals, I thought (at the time) it was a good idea. And maybe it was until I got home and realized I

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Warm Brussel Sprout Salad with Bacon, Walnuts and Dried Cranberries

Warm Brussel Sprout Salad with Bacon, Walnuts and Dried Cranberries

I’m just popping in real fast to share my latest Brussels Sprout addiction. Last week I shared this story on Facebook… Once the family approved of my quick side dish I knew I had a winner. They don’t mind Brussels sprouts. They tolerate them. While I, on the other hand, adore them! Apparently, adding in some bacon and dried cranberries makes all the difference. They even ask for seconds! A total win in my book. Here’s how I make them… Warm Brussel Sprout

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An Early Thanksgiving Celebration

Thanksgiving Table 2016

So I again fell off the planet for a few days in respect to the blog but Operation Overboard Prevention was in full effect. Since my parents had vacation plans this week the entire family decided to celebrate Thanksgiving early over the weekend. I was in full blown holiday mode starting Friday when I shopped for the big meal. My in-laws came in Saturday and then Sunday the whole family sat down to the feast I prepared. Thanksgiving has become my

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My Breakfast Smoothie Blueprint

Green Smoothie

Not only am I returning to MyFitnessPal food journaling but I’ve rediscovered smoothies for breakfast. The other day I started watching Food Choices and it inspired me to up my fruit and veggie consumption again. At one point in the movie one of the experts interviewed said  something like “ask anyone and they will tell you fruits and vegetables are good for you.” And I thought.. YES! We worry so about fat and carbs and protein but what if, at the

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Citrus-Marinated Flank Steak with Maple-Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Fingerling Potatoes

Citrus Marinated Beef Flank Steak

I decided to go all out for dinner tonight. Monday is one of only two days during the week where everyone is home and we have nothing vying for our time. Plus, it’s usually the day after I go grocery shopping so everything is fresh and my fridge is stocked. I defrosted a flank steak that was just under a pound and a half.  I never buy this cut of meat but since I purchased a quarter cow from a local

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Stuffed Pepper and Cabbage Soup

Stuffed Pepper and Cabbage Soup

So I fell off the planet for a few days. My apologies to my fellow OOPers.  I actually started my food journal Friday morning and then I’m not sure what happened but the day ended with me on the couch with a bag of Halloween candy. Saturday started with a morning trip to the gym and soccer games then ended at a friend’s house playing pool and enjoying a few ciders. In between was a whole bunch of not-much. Lately not-much is just

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