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    hollysmokes got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Psyching up for a December W30!   
    Starting off Day 3 feeling great! I overdid it on my walk/hike yesterday and have a couple of hot spots on my feet and sore/tired ankles but it was a wonderful day to be outside. I totally screwed up my meals but came through it well. I ate M1 much later than usual and didn't think about needing to bring M2 with me on my walk/hike. About 2 I was trying to figure out why I was hungry and, doh!, it was because I hadn't eaten since around 930. By the time I got home it was a little after 3 so I had a cup of beef bone broth with collagen, some olives and a handful of blackberries to keep me satisfied until dinner. Not ideal but it worked and was compliant.
    @kirbz thanks for the links. I made the Salisbury meatballs a could of weeks ago and loved them. I took someone else's advice and made a double batch of the gravy so now I have some of that in the freezer to help out the steak that my husband grilled to DEATH last night! Have you tried Mel's Cuban meatballs? They are awesome! https://meljoulwan.com/2014/03/28/mmm-cuban-meatballs/ .
    @Laura P. My mayo recipe only calls for one whole egg and one cup (about 225g) of oil (I use expeller-pressed sunflower oil). I think that using the white adds extra liquid to help jump-start the emulsion and then I don't have a million egg whites that I have to find a (compliant) use for. I also use ground mustard powder so I don't get the Dijon mustard flavor unless I want it. I, too, am working on being kinder to myself. It didn't help that I bought a couple of new scrub tops last week and then realized they were too tight- not good for my already ailing body image. Do I spend the $9 to ship them off to exchange for the big girl size or do I add them to the stack of clothes that I can't fit in right now but will? Hmmmmm. 
    @LadyLisbette when you make your ginger lime mayo do you use the lime juice as the acid (I usually use raw ACV) or do you add the juice just for flavor? Costco is my main grocery store! I don't find it any different from stopping at Publix or WalMart and I hate the WalMart near me so I try to avoid it whenever possible. I'll stop at Costco just to pick up 1 or 2 things and people in line will ask me if that's all I'm getting. I don't like to shop either so I blaze in and out as quickly and efficiently as possible and try to go when I think it will be least crowded- sometimes I'm right and other times I wish Scotty would beam me out of that crazy place. I wish I liked coconut butter and just don't but your breakfast sounds delicious! I use the refined coconut oil that has no flavor and then I have to wonder if the refining process has negated all of the benefits. 
    How's everybody else doing? Especially you, @tinman57?
     
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    hollysmokes got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Psyching up for a December W30!   
    Over the Day 1 hump and I had a really busy and productive day so I'm feeling pretty good. I didn't eat enough at M2 and was hungry mid-afternoon so I had half of an avocado and a little kombucha as a post workout snack and that held me until dinner. I got some good movement in- both exercise and just keeping moving beyond the speed of sofa all day- so I was pretty tired last night and was hoping for good sleep. Not so much but it wasn't terrible and I feel great today.
    I have a batch of egg salad to go with some compliant (but not very good) smoked salmon and I put together some scotch eggs so my breakfast needs are met for the week with some left over for my husband if he is so inclined. I just finished baking up the gigantic Costco bag of chicken thighs so those are about to go in the freezer. Except for lunch & dinner, that completes my cook-up for this weekend so I can get outside to enjoy a beautiful day. It's supposed to get up to 70 today (wooohooo!!!) before it gets back to the business of being cold again so I'm going to go walk a Rails to Trails trail nearby since that's the only thing dry enough to walk on after all of the rain the last few days.
    @LadyLisbette those mushrooms sound amazing. I've only cooked oyster mushrooms once and didn't know what to do with them so I just sautéed them. They were delicious but I bet there are better things to do with them. Y'all dove right into the house hunting! Since we were trying to look at houses from several hundred miles away, I spent a lot of time on-line just weeding out the ones we didn't want to see. It turns out the house I loved on-line was even better in person and is the money-pit  we wound up buying. We still love it, though.
    @Shosh2015 what a great birthday present to give yourself; glad you decided to join us. Hopefully your cold goes away soon. I'm not very familiar with Target's frozen foods so you'd probably have to read labels. I think there are some brands of frozen dinners that boast limited ingredients but it seems like most of those types of dinners involve pasta. Good luck!
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    hollysmokes got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Psyching up for a December W30!   
    Oh! I forgot, @kirbz, how are you doing? Do you think you might be able to come up with a plan?
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    hollysmokes got a reaction from tinman57 in Psyching up for a December W30!   
    @tinman57 Doing a W30 at any stage of our lives is a challenge but I'm with you on viewing it as a source of stability and positivity. I did a W60 last December & January after my father died. It made me feel like I was honoring his memory by taking care of myself. And, yes, gave me some control as well. Please stay active here and I hope we can help support you on your journey.
    @LadyLisbetteOh no! Two months sounds like a long time but it's really not much time house hunt, go through all of the legal machinations involved in buying a house and move! We had to do all of that from another state and in post-Katrina chaos but it all went amazingly well. Hopefully your house hunt will as well. Trust the program!
    Happy start day to everyone as well. I'm pretty excited about this round and have been looking forward to today all week. I keep seeing recipes that look delicious and I want to Cook All the Things which is better than Kill All the Things I think. I'm going to brave the weather (torrential down-pouring) to go to the farmer's market to pick up the meat I scored on Cyber Monday sale. Then I'm going to mess up my kitchen!
     
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    hollysmokes got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Psyching up for a December W30!   
    Hi there @LauraP! My focus this time is all about self care and self worth as well. I'm only a couple of years behind you and, no, it's never too late! I've made a few small changes this week and I'm already feeling better so I have high hopes for what I can accomplish in the next 30 days. Because I'm worth it, I've treated myself to collagen peptides, some yummy foot lotion and my first pair of Softstar slippers that I won't get for a couple of weeks yet.
    I love cooking as well except for the times that I just want someone else to feed me. Since it's a PITA to eat out on a W30, I'll probably do that tonight as a small treat before we get started tomorrow. I have two cats and they have learned that if I'm at the chopping board, good things come their way. One of them is nice and patient but the other is very vocal about it so I'm trying to break her bad habit right now. Right now they're enjoying beef scraps from my bone broth making last weekend.
    Are you doing anything special as a kickoff?
    I love your avatar...never forget.
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    hollysmokes got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Psyching up for a December W30!   
    Hey @kirbz don't give up! Today is Day 5 so you're already 1/6 of the way there! I totally understand not wanting to give up valuable outside + family time for a big cook-up but what about a little cook-up? Even if I don't get anything else cooked on Sunday, I make all of my breakfasts for the week and dish it out into 5 containers so then I know I have one meal covered every day. My go-to's are roasted veg add some browned sausage crumbles and scramble or fry up a bunch of eggs to top it off or a crustless quiche kind of thing with whatever veg is looking tired, sometimes some meat and a dozen (or so) eggs beaten with a can of coconut milk, spices and herbs. Scotch eggs would be another good one and I'm planning those in the near future- maybe with a schmear of mayo and some cherry tomatoes?
    Looking at the Costco list that you so kindly supplied, most of those items would fulfill your requirements on the days that you don't have access to a kitchen plus you can add some packs of tuna or sardines, olives and cherry tomatoes. Costco has big bags of broccoli florets, too so I'll grab a handful of those and dress up my mayo with some Italian  (or ranch-type) herbs and extra vinegar and just dip away! My Costco doesn't carry the kraut but I make my own and it's pretty tasty wrapped in a lettuce or collard leaf with one of the proteins on your list and some avocado (or those little containers of guac you mentioned).
    Ideally I like to make a big batch of something that we can eat a couple of times for dinner but that doesn't always happen so I fall back on a quick sauteed protein like pork chops, chicken breast, shrimp or fish when we want to splurge or burger patties. Add some steamed broccoli, asparagus, cauli, brussels or green beans and you're done. It takes almost no effort to throw a couple of sweet potatoes in the oven on the weekend and those travel and reheat well. It's just the two of us so I rarely cook just enough for one meal. That way I can either eat it one more time later in the week or stick it in the freezer for another day. Do you ever bake up a big batch of chicken? I got the organic chicken thighs from Costco and did that and they've lasted for months. In fact I'm eating the last of them for lunch today with a big glob of mayo so I can just chop them up, give it a stir and enjoy a quickie chicken salad. It took me about 2 seconds to throw them in a container last night and I just added the mayo to the frozen chicken knowing it will all be defrosted in time for lunch.
    Eating shouldn't suck for any of us and you're not a buzzkill, stress is a buzzkill. 
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    hollysmokes got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Psyching up for a December W30!   
    Good [email protected]! It looks like you're an early bird, too. And possible on Eastern time? Volunteering at a cooking school sounds like a hoot and duck fat roasted potatoes sound decadent and delicious! I just got access to Restaurant Depot (it's like Costco for restaurants) and I bet they have duck fat. I'm going to go check it out and put those potatoes on our Christmas menu. Since I'll be W30-ing for Christmas (we all are) I'm trying to plan a more elaborate and indulgent menu than usual. Cinnamon and chili powder sounds like a great combo; I've been on a kick with Mel Joulwan's Lebanese spice blend and this weekend I'm going to mix up some poultry seasoning. I love it but I always thought it had a bunch of highly questionable ingredients in it. I found out it's just rosemary, sage, marjoram, thyme and a couple of other things. Mark Sisson sent out a recipe for "dressing" that's just riced cauli, carrots, onions, celery and poultry seasoning and I though it sounded pretty tasty but I wondered about the poultry seasoning. Now I know!
    It looks like everybody here (so far) has W30 experience. It'll be fun to hear about it. Welcome @tinman57 and thank you @LadyLisbette for 
    It reminds me of @MeadowLily 's "She thought she could so she did". 
     
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    hollysmokes got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Psyching up for a December W30!   
    Thanks @kirbz; love me some Ray Wylie! I try to remember it and think about it every day.
     @LadyLisbette I'll check my balsamic when I get home; I don't think it has added sulfites. Naturally occurring sulfites are OK. Thanks for the Annie's suggestion. I think Publix brand is compliant but if it's not I'll look for Annie's. Ginger and lime mayo- yum! Yeah, that could be easy to overdo. I bet it would make a fabulous chicken or tuna salad. I'm getting some limes!
    I love hiking as well and I tried to get my husband out on a trail last weekend before it started raining but he wasn't so interested. I'm going by myself next time and I think that's going to be this Sunday (rain on Saturday). My neighbor walks her dogs several times a day no matter what the weather. She even has crampons for when it's icy! She's my inspiration! Unless it's storming, I'd like to do a hike every weekend.
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    hollysmokes got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Psyching up for a December W30!   
    Hey @kirbz! Even though I didn't really start posting until last year, I lurked around the forums for months and recognize your name. Glad to have you join the party!
    @Worldismyoyster what prepping are you doing? Aside from stocking a few things in my pantry, I've been making sure I used compliant ingredients in the big batch things I've recently cooked so I would have some things in the freezer for nights I don't feel like cooking. I also finished up some locally cured country ham that I'm sure has added sugar in it even though I haven't been able to confirm it.
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    hollysmokes got a reaction from tinman57 in Psyching up for a December W30!   
    Hi @ElizabethG! Welcome to the thread! Last December was my second W30 and even though I started a couple of days after the rest of the group, it didn't really matter. You'll be blazing the trail for us this time! I wound up turning that W30 into a W60 and really got a lot out of it. I'm not doing that this year and am pretty excited that I'll finish just in time for our wedding anniversary. Except for some beer/wine indulgences and more carb-dense veg than I really need, I haven't strayed too far too often so getting back on track should go pretty smoothly.
    I've been making homemade mayo for years and have it down to about two minutes and only dirtying my immersion blender. I left an egg sitting on the counter this morning so I can replenish my supply this afternoon. My Mom actually made homemade mayo when we were kids and everybody thought that was the weirdest thing ever! My husband is a major convert and don't even think about getting between him and the mayo if he's eating beets. I've never flavored my mayo and I think I need to branch out a bit. I've added curry powder to my chicken salad so I guess that's like using curry mayo but that's as close as I've come except for making salad dressing. I'll add a little red wine vinegar, salt, pepper, garlic powder and Italian herb blend to make creamy Italian dressing. If I'm not W30-ing I'll leave out the herbs and do the same thing with blue cheese (I don't have any problems with dairy except overconsumption and W30 has nipped that in the bud). I have some Thai basil cubes in the freezer. Oh! And some garlic scape pesto! I bet those would make a good combo. Thanks for the idea and that chicken looks delicious. I can't remember if I have compliant Dijon mustard or not so I'll have to check but I have everything else. My husband isn't a dark meat fan so I'll probably just cut up a whole chicken instead of just using the thighs.
    Nomnom's wonton meatballs that @LadyLisbette mentioned are really good too. If you haven't tried them you should. I think those meatballs and the chicken are going to be part of my cook-up this weekend. Tomato soup doesn't sound like a bad idea either since it was 17 degrees here this morning. I like to add some chopped, cooked kale and mini meatballs to make it a meal.
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    hollysmokes got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Psyching up for a December W30!   
    Thanks @ShannonM816 I always wondered how everybody did that!
    Here I am! I'm getting geared up for our Saturday start: restocked my coconut aminos that was almost empty, made sure I have plenty of oil to keep the mayo supply going, made beef bone broth, have some compliant tuna on hand in case of lunch un-prepare-ed-ness emergencies and took advantage of a super sale my meat guy was having so I'll pick up a bunch of good quality meat this weekend- hah! on Saturday, actually. 
    Nice to meet you, World is Your Oyster! I'm afraid I'm non-FB-er as well but it's nice to keep in touch here so the Marvelous Mods can keep us in line
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    hollysmokes got a reaction from tinman57 in Psyching up for a December W30!   
    @tinman57 Doing a W30 at any stage of our lives is a challenge but I'm with you on viewing it as a source of stability and positivity. I did a W60 last December & January after my father died. It made me feel like I was honoring his memory by taking care of myself. And, yes, gave me some control as well. Please stay active here and I hope we can help support you on your journey.
    @LadyLisbetteOh no! Two months sounds like a long time but it's really not much time house hunt, go through all of the legal machinations involved in buying a house and move! We had to do all of that from another state and in post-Katrina chaos but it all went amazingly well. Hopefully your house hunt will as well. Trust the program!
    Happy start day to everyone as well. I'm pretty excited about this round and have been looking forward to today all week. I keep seeing recipes that look delicious and I want to Cook All the Things which is better than Kill All the Things I think. I'm going to brave the weather (torrential down-pouring) to go to the farmer's market to pick up the meat I scored on Cyber Monday sale. Then I'm going to mess up my kitchen!
     
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    hollysmokes got a reaction from tinman57 in Psyching up for a December W30!   
    Hi @ElizabethG! Welcome to the thread! Last December was my second W30 and even though I started a couple of days after the rest of the group, it didn't really matter. You'll be blazing the trail for us this time! I wound up turning that W30 into a W60 and really got a lot out of it. I'm not doing that this year and am pretty excited that I'll finish just in time for our wedding anniversary. Except for some beer/wine indulgences and more carb-dense veg than I really need, I haven't strayed too far too often so getting back on track should go pretty smoothly.
    I've been making homemade mayo for years and have it down to about two minutes and only dirtying my immersion blender. I left an egg sitting on the counter this morning so I can replenish my supply this afternoon. My Mom actually made homemade mayo when we were kids and everybody thought that was the weirdest thing ever! My husband is a major convert and don't even think about getting between him and the mayo if he's eating beets. I've never flavored my mayo and I think I need to branch out a bit. I've added curry powder to my chicken salad so I guess that's like using curry mayo but that's as close as I've come except for making salad dressing. I'll add a little red wine vinegar, salt, pepper, garlic powder and Italian herb blend to make creamy Italian dressing. If I'm not W30-ing I'll leave out the herbs and do the same thing with blue cheese (I don't have any problems with dairy except overconsumption and W30 has nipped that in the bud). I have some Thai basil cubes in the freezer. Oh! And some garlic scape pesto! I bet those would make a good combo. Thanks for the idea and that chicken looks delicious. I can't remember if I have compliant Dijon mustard or not so I'll have to check but I have everything else. My husband isn't a dark meat fan so I'll probably just cut up a whole chicken instead of just using the thighs.
    Nomnom's wonton meatballs that @LadyLisbette mentioned are really good too. If you haven't tried them you should. I think those meatballs and the chicken are going to be part of my cook-up this weekend. Tomato soup doesn't sound like a bad idea either since it was 17 degrees here this morning. I like to add some chopped, cooked kale and mini meatballs to make it a meal.
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    hollysmokes got a reaction from LadyLisbette in Start Date: December 1st   
    Decompression isn't going as well as I had hoped but I feel better today. The construction problems are definitely taking their toll; I slept pretty well the last couple of nights (new and different!). I've been eating well and have managed to do a little stretching, which I desperately needed. Thank you for the Gabby Bernstein quote. Like so many things you've turned me on to, it was extremely timely. A friend of mine used to always say that life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it. I try to keep that in mind but have been so overwhelmed with problems that I couldn't get past it. Reading some of Gabby Bernstein's words about staying grounded, balanced and focusing on your own well being gave me a real boost so, once again, my friend, thank you for being here.
    When I got home yesterday, one wall had its first coat of paint on it and it looks like we were finally successful in choosing the correct paint color after pretty epic fails on two prior occasions. I geared up to finish my cook-up from the weekend and fixed an easy dinner of pan-grilled grouper and roasted veggies. I had bits of veggies that had to get cooked or they were headed for the compost bin- butternut squash, cauli, brussels. Have you tried Mel Joulwan's Lebanese spice blend? I really like it and used that on the veggies for something a little different. I had it sitting on the counter because I use a little bit of it in tabbouleh and I had just finished making some with the parsley from the garden. The whole reason I planted parsley was to be able to make tabbouleh. I harvested a mountain of parsley Saturday and we cleaned it up and got it chopped on Sunday so 3 of the 9 (!) cups of parsley went to that so I'm really feeling the garden love in my lunches this week. 
    I am moving beyond Kill All The Things and feel like there's a light at the end of this negativity tunnel and it isn't another train 
    Yes! It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.- Confucius
    Much love to you!
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    hollysmokes got a reaction from LadyLisbette in Start Date: December 1st   
    “Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.”
    —Buddha
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    hollysmokes reacted to socaldebbie in Throwing away food   
    I heard a saying once that I repeat to myself in such situations: Extra food is already wasted, whether you eat it or not.
    And another: you are not a garbage disposal.
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    hollysmokes reacted to kirkor in Energy Balls   
    lol ya reminds me of how I've long marveled at how marketers got the "protein bar" label to be accepted on what should clearly be called "carb bars".
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    hollysmokes reacted to laura_juggles in Energy Balls   
    They're called energy balls because people who want to eat healthy foods wouldn't be interested in "sugar high balls". 
    They give you energy because you're on a sugar high. 
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    hollysmokes got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in Start Date: December 1st   
    So sorry! Didn't realize we were committing a faux pas; it was just the natural progression of what we were doing. Whatever you think is fine with me, LadyLisbette.
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    hollysmokes got a reaction from LadyLisbette in Start Date: December 1st   
    So...not sure whether to call this Day 1 again or Day 31; still trying to figure out which gives me a bigger boost. You keep grabbing me with your salads, LadyLis! That sounds really good. I'm a big fan of cold meat on salad and  tahini dressing is so good. I made some tuna salad for lunch today with tahini and lemon plus have some olives, pickled turnips (sauerruben)and spicy pickled carrots sticks to go with it. You also got me on a meatball roll! I made the Cuban meatballs last night for dinner and had them again for breakfast. Hubby was a little skeptical about olives (not his fave) and raisins in meatballs but really liked them and just wished there was some sauce. I need to work on a sauce inventory. I'm thinking I need to have a meatball cook-up, too! I think I'm going to get a bunch of ground meat and make a few different flavors to have on hand in the freezer. Thanks for all of the inspiration! I, too, had a long day at work yesterday and didn't feel like cooking AND had no plan. Thankfully my husband had the foresight to pull a pack of ground beef out of the freezer and the meatballs were a breeze to make. Pork tenderloins tonight! So weird that we're so often on the same page  
    As for the pork rinds, when you get a half of a pig, there's a LOT of skin and I hate to waste. I did a meat curing challenge a few years ago called Charcutapalooza and got really involved with sausage making and other charcuterie so I still make a lot of things and am still trying to learn to cook (and like) the odd bits. Cooked tongue a couple of weeks ago- I'll spare you the details- and I have a pig head in my freezer right now from my last half pig. We decided NOT to tell my husband's  grandkids that when they came to visit in October-LOL
    I've never had a problem with hot flashes (lucky me). I had a partial hysterectomy over 20 yrs ago so I don't know when I started menopause but, at 57, I know I'm there. Are you worried about the spiciness making them flare up? You can always decrease the heat level to accommodate. That recipe makes a lot, too. A half batch is still a pretty goodly amount.
    The big NSV I want to see in the next 30 days is strength & stamina. I fell off the yoga/weight lifting/move more bandwagon when I got sick the first time so it's time to put my big girl britches back on and get started again. My NSV's for the first go-round were looser clothes and being able to wear some that I couldn't before, way less achy especially my back (working on that posture), no more allergy meds. I'm also eating more interesting meals and trying not to just throw a bunch of stuff in a bowl because it's there and easy.
    The big news is a total scale victory: I lost 15 pounds!! I'm trying not to over focus on that but since I have plenty more where that came from, I'd be thrilled to follow that with another 10- I'm trying to set reasonable goals. Trying.
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    hollysmokes reacted to LadyLisbette in Start Date: December 1st   
    Thanks for all the positive remarks, Holly. I like what you said about perfect and good, that was a great reminde. I'm sorry you're weepy and blue. You've been so sick and are still recovering, having powered through work yesterday "just existing" when you'd rather be home in bed...I imagine you are just spent. Wishing you comforting things and time to rest. And the holidays are tender times, so that's a lot going on emotionally. Now that you're ready to focus on W30 things again, which I think includes working with the meal template?...I am guessing your mood will pick up soon with your recovery - 'hope so! When we're sick we can feel fragile physically and emotionally....I felt that way on Christmas and the days leading to Christmas.
    Now that my 2nd round is almost over, I'm feeling a closer relationship to this food freedom thing, and feel hopeful for the future...
    Also, I think I will stay more present on these boards between rounds to help stay in the spirit of things. So I will stay in touch in January! xo
    Hugs back!
     
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    hollysmokes got a reaction from LadyLisbette in Start Date: December 1st   
    Happy Monday to everybody! Day 15 for me and, except for a brief craving for a glass of wine last night (tired and exhausted-yes both- and feeling in need of a reward), this weekend was great. I took Mel Joulwan's Sunday cook-up to a whole new level- not something I would recommend on a regular basis! I didn't intend to turn it into a cook-till-you-drop, refrigerator-stuffing, holy-cow-what-have-I-done cookathon but I did! It's a good thing we have a second fridge in the basement because it's stuffed to the gills, too!
    I had gotten the pieces/part of chicken to make a batch of bone broth and I had that going before 7. I mixed up the meat mixtures for the portabellas and for a pate (grinding liver is really gross) on Saturday so I got both of those finished. Those stuffed portabellas are terrific; I'm having them for breakfast right now w a couple of scrambled eggs. Run Girl- thanks for mentioning that recipe. Since I was planning on eating it for breakfast, I used breakfast sausage and didn't top it w the marinara sauce. I also simplified the recipe and put the raw meat mixture into the raw mushroom caps then baked for 30 minutes. Next time I'll try to leave the meat a little looser and not pack it in and shave off about 5 minutes of cooking time. The nice thing about sausage (unless you want to stuff it in casings) is that it's no different than seasoning meatballs or a meatloaf so I just used my regular breakfast sausage seasoning. They are so delicious and a nice change of pace from my usual breakfast casserole. I got a batch of pear/cardamom kombucha going and it smells so good; I can't wait for it to be ready to drink. We cooked a GIANT pot of collard greens- thankfully I had smoked a pork hock and made stock from it a while ago so I just had to defrost it. For dinner I made the ropa vieja from SeriousEats http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2017/11/ropa-vieja-cuban-latin-american-beef-stew-recipe.html and it is amazing! It was easy (except for cleaning of the greasy splatter from browning the meat), seriously delicious and makes lots so there's leftovers- a must in our house since my husband works from home and I bring my lunch everyday even when I'm not W30-ing. Make it! Oh- and I forgot to add the olives at the end and it was still great. A triple batch of laundry detergent rounded out my day and left every kitchen appliance I own huffing & puffing.
    LadyLis, roasted tomatoes are so good. When our garden is going gangbusters and I start running out of time to can, I'll put halved tomatoes skin-side up, onions and garlic on a sheet pan and roast the till the skins are nice and brown and blistery then freeze it. It's good as a base for Mex, Italian or Cajun - just add spices, veg, mea,t whatever and you have a quickie meal.
    I got a rump roast this weekend so I'll probably cook that tomorrow and I want to get a batch of the W30 Thai Carrot Soup made. It is really good; has anyone else tried it?  Well I thought it was a W30recipe but now I can't seem to find it. If anyone's interested, I can send the recipe later. I was going to make it a couple of weeks ago but was out of almond butter. I just got a jar from Costco-only ingredient is roasted almonds- and it's almost too good. I have to really work to not stick a spoon in it every time I walk in the kitchen. Of course, one night when I hadn't included enough fat in my dinner, I mixed some up w cocoa and shredded coconut- that didn't suck  
    Have a good one!
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    hollysmokes got a reaction from LadyLisbette in Start Date: December 1st   
    Yeah he cracks me up too, except when it's 230 in the morning like this morning! We've had him since he was a day old and fed him with an eye dropper. Apparently we did too good of a job; he weighs 17 lbs and is really tall. He's solid black and my mother calls him a panther We have lever handle door knobs and he stands on his back legs, puts one paw on the door and swats the door handle with the other until it opens. He's even managed to hang onto the handle and pull a door open but usually he's on the "pushing" side.
    Aside from arroz con pollo (chicken & rice) that was a big deal at an extended family get together, my Mom didn't cook much Cuban food. Black bean & rice were in the regular rotation along with red beans & rice because I was born and raised in New Orleans and my Dad's side of the family is Cajun- both of which have been off the menu for about 5 years I LOVE beans . Those meatballs are a riff on picadillo. It's a tomato-based sauce w ground beef, olives and raisins served over rice and we had that a lot because it was easy and cheap.
    Hopefully your ordeal is over by now and you are getting to indulge yourself in something delicious.
    Have a great weekend everybody!
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    hollysmokes got a reaction from EWilber34 in Start Date: December 1st   
    LadyLis sounds like you had a great weekend. Congrats for staying the course! Our usual routine after gardening is to go up the road to our favorite watering hole and reward ourselves with a couple of craft beers so the urge to, at least, have a glass of wine as a reward for all of the hard work was strong. 
    I'm curious about what you said about kombucha- do you have a problem with it or was it your friends? I brew my own but don't drink large quantities of it- a few sips a day, at most, and I'm not even doing that right now.
    Gook luck with your 'scope. I'm (over)due for one and have been researching how to follow the prep without the usual Gatorade and bullion cubes. I found a homemade sports drink recipe here https://wellnessmama.com/2575/natural-sports-drink/ and figured bone broth and maybe some homemade gummies as a treat for all of the misery would fill the bill. I've put it off way too long and need to suck it up and do it.
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    hollysmokes got a reaction from EWilber34 in Start Date: December 1st   
    Happy Monday everybody! Hope you all had a good weekend. I know y'all are all further along on this journey than I am but I'm pretty pumped to be on Day 8. I successfully navigated the weekend in spite of it being my husband's birthday. I Made him pancakes for breakfast and wasn't even tempted but made him a pecan pie (complete with candle) and was SO tempted but didn't. I had to keep reminding myself that I couldn't lick my fingers or the bowl :0
    My stomach rebelled a bit Saturday night so that made getting to sleep difficult but I woke up Sunday feeling great and even managed to get out in the garden to plant 120 garlics and pick a half bushel of turnips! It was a beautiful day and a good time was had by all.
    I'm eating M1 as I type- ground beef/roasted veg hash w fried eggs on top. I made enough hash to last all week and just have to fry up my eggs each morning so I think I can deal w that pretty well.
    Have a great day and keep W30-ing on.