Thursday, August 19, 2010

Singletons....? WHAT!

I was talking to a friend today and she asked me how Sabrina was doing.  I told her fine and asked how her daughter was and if she was still planning on having a second soon.  She told me no and that it was a long story and how about us.  Were we going to have a second.  I had to think about this as it's a constant battle in this house.  So I said I'm not sure, the cost is high and the economy is what it is which makes things worse.  She then told me DON'T have another one, there is a new movement of people called Singletons that have only one child and will not have another as it impacts their financial situation  and as she put it to me, It's hard on Mothers like her who are in their 30's and working.

Ok, I'm in my mid 40's and working.  No, I will not be giving birth to a child but, more and more women are having children after 40 and unfortunately in their 60's ( I just threw up a bit in my mouth.  SIXTY! come on science, STOP IT!) Oldest Mother.  I know times are tough, but I think about Sabrina being an only child and it just does not make me happy.  I put her in her room to play while I folded her clothes,  She sat on the futon in her room and started to fall asleep.  She has, books, toys, stuffed animals and the list goes on.  She gets bored with us I think.  Bobby says, oh she has us to play with, but I do not think in our 40's we PLAY like kids play.  So a little different.  Lavishing the attention is not an issue, I think it is more get down on my level, lets play my way until we're done.  For us done is 20 - 30 minutes later when our OLD bones start to rattle and shake.   I would like to have another, it isn't anything do or die.  Two just seems perfect.  We will see what the future holds for us I guess.   Singleton Moms.

Trying new phone app

I wanted to see if i could use this phone app for posting. We will see if this ramps up my post to some degree. Doubtful, im still air headed.
Published with Blogger-droid v1.5.3.1

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Ok Michelle, here is the Vegetarian Chili Recipe

I did not use the garbonzo beans.  I did not think we would like the taste so I changed those to pinto beans.

I have to say, this taste GREAT!  This is an awesome chili.  I also did not use the vegetarian burger crumble, but instead boca makes a soy ground meat substitute so I used that.  The chili powder I used was pretty hot, which I LOVE.  I also added ground cayenne pepper.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 green bell peppers, chopped
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 (4 ounce) cans chopped green chile peppers, drained
  • 2 (12 ounce) packages vegetarian burger crumbles
  • 3 (28 ounce) cans whole peeled tomatoes, crushed
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, drained
  • 1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans
  • 1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Stir in the onion, and season with bay leaves, cumin, oregano, and salt. Cook and stir until onion is tender, then mix in the celery, green bell peppers, jalapeno peppers, garlic, and green chile peppers. When vegetables are heated through, mix in the vegetarian burger crumbles. Reduce heat to low, cover pot, and simmer 5 minutes.
  2. Mix the tomatoes into the pot. Season chili with chili powder and pepper. Stir in the kidney beans, garbanzo beans, and black beans. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer 45 minutes. Stir in the corn, and continue cooking 5 minutes before serving.

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Wow I didn't notice I had been away so LONG

Been busy lately.
We started a Cleanse on 8/02 and it last till 08/22.  The first week of this has been so rough.  It starts with you can only--- ONLY east fruits and vegetables for the first 10 days, no caffeine or juices.  So herbal tea is good, and water, they give you recipes for a few other drinks to make and for a few meals also.   Did you know it is DIFFICULT to make recipes out of JUST vegetables.  I tried going to vegetarian sites and most have noodles or rice in them (which no, we cannot have) so I can't use these.  A few of the Vegan sites I looked at also were difficult to do.  I have had to use my brain (OUCH THIS HURTS) to come with some recipes so we are not JUST eating simple things like broccoli, cauliflower or corn, But dishes.  I thought I was being so clever when I purchased a spaghetti squash and kept thinking what to do with it.  I remember oh they peel apart like stands of noodles if you bake them so i'll make a spaghetti out of it.  Then someone at work told me her Vegan sister has been doing that.  CRAP!  I thought I was so clever.  But it was good, the sauce came out pretty good considering I just winged it.  I could not find a sauce that looked right.  We can use canned veggies with no sugar plus a few other no's so I got around all that and came up with a sauce. 

Yesterday we had a take on Moussaka I found and had to tweak a bit also.  It was very good I think (should have taken a photo).  Tonight I am making a Zucchini style lasagna.   We will see how that comes out.  I have been thinking about how I want to do it for the past 4 days and I am starting to get it down good in my head.  I also found online a vegetarian chili recipe, nothing but veggies so I'm going to make that tomorrow. 

On day 11 we can have fish (some fish) and we can have organic turkey, chicken or red meat ever other day. So I think i'm going to stick with just some fish, salmon and tilapia and the chicken for Bobby and Turkey for me.  I think the first 10 days are so hard because you are supposed to be ingesting protein shakes also, but I HATE protein shakes, but if -- IF I am going to work out I will drink them.  So I worked out 4 days last week, and we will see how this week goes.  I has left me pretty drained and tired.  I still have not got my strength back and last workout was Thursday.  It's pretty cool cause I dropped 9.5 pounds this week and I Think Bobby did 8 or 9.  I expect to put half of it back on if I go back to just eating willy nilly. But I didn't eat too bad before, my LACK of meals kills me.  I have to learn to eat more a day, especially on weekends.  Most weekends I forget to eat and just have dinner, NOT GOOD people.  Very bad, body stores the fat and you retain it.  I just get busy and forget.  I still am not eating enough through the week or drinking enough water, but I'm trying harder now.   I plan on if we have a bad day like say we have pizza one night, for the next 2 days after we will eat like this cleanse dictates, fruits and veggies workout workout.  I am hoping it keeps weight off till the wedding in NY come October.  I need to fit into my suit.  or sew 2 of them together and make one big suit.