Today was a shopping day and while I spent more than I intended, I got some good stuff and I decided to prepare some meals ahead of time to stick in the crock pot later on. Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken, Island Chicken, Crock Pot Maple Dijon Chicken, Crock Pot Orange Chicken, Crock Pot Honey Garlic Chicken, & Slow Cooker Jambalaya are the ones I tried- That was six and I found two other I want to try but will need to make some room in the freezer before I go buy more meat. Tonight we are just having teriyaki chicken legs (or nachos? Will ask Mattie which he prefers for tonight) and whatever veggies I grab out of the fridge, but sometime this week I’ll pick one of the crock pot meals to try out. I’m not sure which one to pick, so maybe will let Mattie choose that one.

Fruits & Veggies $30.49

  • Red Onions (x3) $1.68
  • Celery $0.98
  • Canned Pineapple $0.98
  • Garlic (x3) $1.74
  • Apples (x2) $1.20
  • Mushrooms $1.98
  • Winco Black Olives $0.98
  • Winco Frozen Veggie Mix (x2) $2.24
  • Beets $1.98
  • Cucumber $0.68
  • Bell Pepper $0.48
  • Asparagus $3.82
  • Salad Mix (x3) $4.74
  • Pineapple $3.48
  • Tomatoes $2.28
  • Spinach $0.98
  • Jalapeno (x3) $0.27

Dairy & Ova $14.64

  • Block Cheese $5.92
  • Eggs (x24) $2.96
  • Cottage Cheese (x2) $5.76

Condiments & Sauces $9.80

  • Lemon Juice $1.98
  • Winco Teriyaki Sauce $1.08
  • Rice Vinegar $1.60
  • Spaghetti Sauce $1.18
  • Nacho Cheese (x2) $3.96

Meats $38.96

  • Chicken Thighs $5.13
  • Chicken Breasts (x8) $5.98
  • Ground Turkey (1lb) $2.98
  • Turkey Thighs (x2, 3, I can’t tell) $5.87
  • Bacon (x2) $6.96
  • Ham Steak $3.51
  • Chicken Drumsticks (x12) $5.81
  • Winco Tuna (x4) $2.72

Everything Else $22.69

  • Winco Water $3.68
  • Lean Cuisine (x5) $11.65
  • Flour Tortillas $1.78
  • Tony’s Pizza (x1) $2.25
  • Gallon Freezer Bags $1.85
  • Tortilla Chips $1.48

Total Haul $116.58

A lot of the veggies are already cut up and in bags in the freezer for the crock pot meals. The onions, celery, canned pineapple, a lot of the garlic, mushrooms and bell pepper disappeared fast in prepping the meals. I used up the last of my olive oil in the bags so need to put that on my list for next week before I forget. I’m also noticing pretty soon we will have every type of vinegar there is in the kitchen. Just means I need to find more recipes that use the stuff I guess.

We start the new season of pool league tonight, and I heard there is a new team playing this season. I have no idea who they are, but I kinda hope they are not very good… LOL! Maybe I’d win a few more this time around then. I want to win 18 games this season. I won 6 my first season, 12 my second, so why not 18 my third?

I ordered the pattern for my Halloween costume for this year so just waiting for it to arrive. Then I will be picking up fabrics the start of next month for it. The costume was picked to fit the theme of a party, and I think it will do nicely. I also have a bid in on another pattern for a really cute jumpsuit I want to try making with a few modifications.

Not a lot else to say today. Its hot as hell and has been all week, which is really a kick in the ass because its freaking September. It should be cooling down, not having one last hot hurrah. At 7am it was chilly but it was 90° by 10am. Blergh!



The top I made Wednesday and the second maxi skirt I made today.

The last few days have been pretty much spot on as far as food goes. I’ve stayed very close to my Points limits and some days stayed right on track. That’s a good thing.

Mattie is taking his dad to the doctor’s this afternoon after work so he’ll be home late and I am on my own for dinner. I’m thinking just a simple salad with a can of tuna in it. Nothing fancy and nothing I need to pull out of the freezer and thaw out.

I got Mattie’s gift I had made in the mail today and its wrapped up and waiting for him to open up when he gets home. He doesn’t even know he is getting a gift unless he reads this post before he gets here tonight. :P

I spent a good part of Tuesday, Wednesday, and today in my craft room sewing. Tuesday and most of Wednesday was spent making repairs to a large project I made about 5 years ago, and the rest of Wednesday I spent making a super cute top for myself. Today I sewed up two maxi skirts, one of which was pretty much a flop due to awful fabric. The second turned out really cute though. I’ve deadpoolnever had long skirts or dresses in my life and now all of a sudden I can’t get enough of them! I am thinking about digging through my fabrics stash and seeing if I have another 2 yard cut of some sort of knit to make one more.

Not a lot else to say, so I leave you with this picture (taken by Kate) of the cutest little chibi Deadpool ever!



I found a new theme I am absolutely in love with. Its called Flat and its so simple and just gorgeous! :) I may be switching over other blogs to this theme as well.

I haven’t been blogging but I have, except for a few days, been tracking.Last Friday and Saturday I did not track because we went out for dinner Friday night (date night!) and ate at a little hold in the wall Mexican place. We shared a cheese quesadilla as an appetizer, there was the seemingly unending supply of chips and salsa, and I had a wet chicken burrito with rice and beans on the side with horchata to drink. Saturday I really could have tracked but I just didn’t. We took Mattie’s dad shopping and went to Del Taco for dinner, and after we left his place we ran a few of our own errands and stopped for ice cream at Baskin Robins. I had a 2 scoop sundae with blueberry cheesecake and baseball nut ice cream, whipped cream, hot fudge, slivered almonds, and a cherry.

The last week or so I have been crazy busy with working on a personal project, which will be unveiled on Oct 12th. There have been a lot of ups and down on it, some poor decisions which blew up in my face, and finally, things got on track. I think I’m down to just making tiny adjustments and fine tuning things now and I have plenty of time to get it done. I hope that once its finished, it will be better than what I have now and will perform better as well. I almost wish I was moving up the date on this because I can’t wait to show it off, but its better to take my time and relax while working on it in case I miss something big.

My grocery shopping has been pretty darned good the last few weeks. I’ve been buying tons of fresh produce, meat, and some dairy. Except for Mattie’s lunches, 98% of what I buy is fresh. I feel really good about my shopping. I never thought I’d grow up and be proud of my grocery shopping skills! LOL I spent $77 this week, and with that got 37 items (one non-food item), 28 of which were completely unprocessed foods. Sometimes I think people put too much stress on only eating certain foods. All I’m doing is replacing carbs such as rice or pasta or potatoes with more vegetables. The first week was hard, but for the most part now we are good with a double helping of veggies (or even fruit as dinner) instead.

I stepped on the scale a few days and it was okay. Not great, and higher than I’d like, but it wasn’t panic-inducing high either. What I need to be doing is getting my butt back to the gym. I’d be back down to where I was in no time if I did that and kept my food on track. Sadly, I don’t seem to have any stick-to-it-ness lately and am failing miserably on the exercise front.

Thursday Day EIGHTY-FOUR


Walked 1.31 miles, jogged 0.3 miles, biked 2 miles

Not a lot to say today. I went to the gym and while I didn’t do a whole lot, I did something and that much is good. I’ve been tracking my food every day and have something like 25 days in a row tracked though to be honest a few of those days are pretty shady. We’ve got to a few social functions and sometimes the tracking just goes out the window. Those are the days I don’t bother adding into my Food Diary blog and just skip over, but I do at least start tracking, and track whatever I can over the course of those days.

Tomorrow I am planning on hitting the gym again and maybe if I am fully functional early enough, get in there on Saturday too before we head out to friends’ for the late afternoon and evening. We’ll be celebrating a birthday and there will be food and drinks, and the hard part will be not eating all the foods, or trying to drink a little of everything. I am so envious of those of you who can go to a party and maintain your control and eat as sensibly as possible and not over indulge. Sometimes I feel like I did good at an event for me, but its not good in general. Just better than my usual.

1I posted a few pics to Instagram today, ranging from (several of) the dogs, to my sweaty post-workout self & my heart rate monitor, and the dog pictures are of course instantly popular. Sashi is the most uncooperative dog ever when I try to get a cute photo of her unless she is outside playing, and even then I have to snap dozens to maybe get one good one I want to share. Unless she’s asleep, good luck getting one!

This picture was probably only possible because she was resting, and because I wasn’t trying to get her to do anything. I wish I had a dog that I could pose with treats balanced on its head or something silly and fun like that, but I just don’t work with either of them enough to come close. Pretty much the only thing they have done is knowing they need to sit before I will give out cookies or dinner, and sometimes before they are allowed to come back into the house.

I’m hoping tonight to finish reading my current book, and maybe move onto the next Stephanie Plum novel but I’m not sure that is happening. I still have like 200+ pages left in the current read and being as I’ve been kinda tired all day, I don’t think tonight will be a read until 3am kind of night. I seriously cannot believe I’ve already finished 92 books this year though. I read 85 for all of last year, and 33 the year before that. It was halfway through last year that I got my smart phone and the books started adding up. More so after I bought my Nook at Christmastime.