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    Crimsann got a reaction from NancyW in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Well, to be honest...it was really more the "matching everyone I saw" and the complete inability to be myself that I truly hated.  I rarely ever wear polo shirts anyway, but if it had been my idea to wear them...well, even then it wouldn't have been so every day.  And did I mention they were all the same color?!  I refused to even call it a "uniform", I called it the clone costume.       Oh, and it was the exact same color that the employees at a local grocery store wore so there were all sorts of mix-ups when staff went to buy groceries on the way home and were accosted by other customers.  This never happened to me, but then I made a very pointed point of removing the polo shirt before I even left the parking lot each and every single day.  When I get my back up about something...
     
    So now, that outfit is also still allowed for those who want the comfy thing...or it's a suit basically.  But somehow, everything in between is inappropriate?!?!  Makes no sense to me. 
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    Crimsann got a reaction from NancyW in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Well I got an answer on the car, but I sure didn't like it.  It ran along these lines...
     
    "We were trying to save you some money, so we used a cheaper brake pad than what originally came with the car.  And, uh, those do sometimes make noises.  Nothing wrong with them though!"
     
    I can't tell you how many things I found wrong with that statement.  Starting with, who wants to take bets as to who actually "saved" money when they opted for the cheaper product.  Call me a cynic, but I doubt that was really passed on to me in any meaningful way and by his own estimate it was about $20.  Since I was in to the tune of around $700, the words "drops" and "buckets" come to mind.  Then, I know you don't all know me so very well as this, but there is ZERO chance I would have opted for anything other than the original parts, especially when it comes to brakes.  Between driving at night, driving in a rural area, driving in the snow....nothing about my lifestyle says skimp on something like brakes.  And finally, maybe I'm just fussy, but to me MAKING A NOISE is SOMETHING WRONG. 
     
    He also admitted that this is the second instance of this he has seen in two days, so he assured me they would file a report and if enough people complained, they would pull the product and issue a new design next time.
     
    This is so completely unhelpful to me right now.  I kind of just had to stare.  He isn't even suggesting a possible recall, he is saying some future version of this product might be better. 
     
    OH, and if that weren't enough, he also trots out the reassurance that the LAST version was so bad they often squeaked before they even got the car out of the bay after installing them. 
     
    I mean, the only thing you can say for this guy is....he was probably being honest.  To sort of a fault.  Right?!?!? 
     
    So new plan. I'm going off Whole30 effective immediately, eating nothing but cinnamon rolls and butterscotch lattes and baguettes (will come back to that in a sec) for all of March and then in April I'm going back on.  I will wait until, oh, about Day 4...and then I'm taking my car back in to have the brakes replaced.  ::evil grin::
     
    Okay, totally kidding, but let me tell you about what happened next.  I left the dealership and headed to Panera because my office is having another stupid non-compliant and inconvenient carry-in tomorrow and someone sent an email out asking if anyone could please bring bread.  Pffft.  Well, to be honest, I could have done this one if  had the time and/or inclination to lug in a crock-pot and end up with unwanted leftovers.  The theme is soup and that one really would have been pretty simple, but between the goings on today and my work load and the fact that I'm teaching half a day tomorrow AND it might snow...I just wasn't even going to bother.  But bread, that I can pick up and I will show for a few minutes and eat my chicken salad in their company.  I did reply back though that someone is taking the leftovers if there are any.  Otherwise it's just cruel.
     
    So it's drizzly rain today, drive-thru is a zillion cars long, so I park and go in.  I don't really want to ogle the pastry case or spend too much time thinking about the menu so I just ask the kid, looked like he was 12, if they had any French bread.  He looks at me all seriously and says, well we have some baguettes.  I say, sure, fine one of those and some sourdough.  He keeps looking at me.  "Do you know what a baguette is?"
     
    Yeah, go back, read that over again.  He asked me....do I know what a baguette is. 
     
    I die.
     
    I mean, does this mean I am now so waifish I look like I've possibly never met a baguette?!  No, no honestly, I have no clue what that question was even about.  I can't even hazard a guess. 
     
    I reassured him that I was, in fact, familiar with the concept and was amenable to taking one even if it is a slightly funny shape.  But I am still sort of shaking my head.
     
    The kicker?  He goes off and comes back with a bag of bread....that is still freaking hot. 
     
    Never, ever, ever, have I gone in to Panera and got bread so fresh it's still hot.  I mean their stuff is fine, but that's just not my luck to hit the right time or whatever.  So here I am, steaming myself still over the car issue and I'm headed back into the rain to drive to work along side a still warm loaf of bread which I can't even inhale too deeply near. 
     
    How can the world be so cruel??? 
     
    Ah well, truth is, I wasn't even a little tempted to sneak a pinch off it.  Not that I wouldn't have enjoyed it, but mentally it would have been a choice to do it, not a craving I couldn't control.  Just like I passed up the latte I'm sure I deserved too.  Part of me is kind of sad I had to make that choice, but it wasn't even hard to do so...and that's pretty crazy ladies. 
     
    I'm sure I've taken up more than my share of inches here, but I do want to circle back around to closet cleaning in another post...maybe not tomorrow cause crazy day (unless we bet buried in snow and I can play hooky) but don't let me forget!
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    Crimsann got a reaction from NancyW in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Hey guys, just checking in as it's been a few days...more drama with my car means I will be sitting in the lobby waiting on news again tomorrow so cue the stress.  This time, I have some reason to think it's something they did or did not do last time and it hopefully won't be major and may not even be a charge.  But of course there is that little voice that keeps hinting it might be totally unrelated and costly.  Sigh.  So far it seems to just be some brake noise and brakes were one of the things they replaced barely two weeks ago so....surely....but still it's both inconvenient to have to take another partial day off and hardly fun.  At this rate I'm not going to have any problems staying under our vacation time budget (cut in half this year as far as how much we can store before we start losing it) but I'm going to be less relaxed than ever!
     
    So in between that nonsense, things have been going okay otherwise.  I made a number of different things this weekend, but rather than counting on any of them as weekday meals, I tried something just for the weekend and that way if it was another fail...I wasn't up against the wall for the week.  Gettin' smarter, aren't we all!?!  So for the first thing, I made that chicken meatball/sweet potato noodle/cauli alfredo sauce thing.  Overall, I ate one serving, but that will likely be it.  The meatballs were pretty dry to be honest, the sauce had way too strong a garlic flavor though I feel that was my mistake as I didn't have fresh and probably overdid it subbing powdered, and the noodles far from being last weekends pasta texture were underdone.  Oh sure.  I try to make fries and I get pasta, I try to make pasta and I get carrot sticks.  Just really not worth all the effort, and that's kind of been the bottom line of so many recipes I have tried on this journey.  Probably a lesson in that too.  I also tried the green bean salad and this was better, but that ended up being an eye popping amount of mustard so the end result was a lot less like the typical bean salad I had in mind.  I haven't ever made that myself, but without looking, I would guess the dressing for those is some kind of sugar and vinegar business so I should have suspected this would be different.  It's not exactly bad, but it ain't pretty like the glossy bean salads of my dreams so I may look for some other variations on that theme as well.  Nice green beans aren't that easy to find right now anyway, but come summer that would be a go-to recipe if I could perfect it more.  Lets see...oh and I tried another batch of muffins.  This time with peach and using almond flour.  I had to improvise wildly because I had neglected to take into account that coconut and almond flour absorb moisture in wildly different ways.  I would have been better served in looking for a recipe that used almond flour as a base rather than trying to adapt the one I had, but the end result wasn't much different as far as taste and texture so I must have gotten that part right.  But never one to leave well enough alone, I added a dash or two or three of Chinese five-spice which I just never seem to learn....hasn't won me over in anything I've tried it in yet.  It just feels like it should be fun, and yet at least one of those spices doesn't hit my palate right.  The taste isn't super strong, but it's there enough that I'm less motivated than ever to eat more than one.
     
    LOL, possibly I could come up with a whole new diet plan...make all my dishes with chicken and five-spice and pick at tiny helpings for the rest of my life. 
     
    You've already seen chicken mentioned once, and it's what I made for lunch again too.  However.  This weeks was a slam dunk.  I put the chicken breasts in the crockpot again, on low, salt and pepper (might have been lemon pepper) and let them cook for most of the day until they fell apart and had soaked the juice right back in it seemed.  Simple but great flavor and I just chopped up some crisp celery and some red grapes, added a touch of Tessemae's mayo and we have chicken salad.  The fewest ingredients and pretty easy prep work, but it is a winner. 
     
    I do think, as I start to look towards March, that I'm going to work really hard on keeping it that simple.  Fresh ingredients are starting to show up here and there as the weather lightens a little and I think my palate also wants lighter and simpler fare.  I don't regret playing around with ingredients this month and trying to add some new things to "the table" so to speak, but I want to keep it uncomplicated and success friendly for the remaining few weeks.  If I'm enjoying food going into April I'm less likely to hit the gas headed downhill.  I've got a pretty good feeling about where I'm at right now, I feel like the daydreams of what I would go for first are a lot less defined than they were at the end of January even, and whatever I choose will be more a choice than a capitulation. 
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    Crimsann got a reaction from NancyW in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Well I got an answer on the car, but I sure didn't like it.  It ran along these lines...
     
    "We were trying to save you some money, so we used a cheaper brake pad than what originally came with the car.  And, uh, those do sometimes make noises.  Nothing wrong with them though!"
     
    I can't tell you how many things I found wrong with that statement.  Starting with, who wants to take bets as to who actually "saved" money when they opted for the cheaper product.  Call me a cynic, but I doubt that was really passed on to me in any meaningful way and by his own estimate it was about $20.  Since I was in to the tune of around $700, the words "drops" and "buckets" come to mind.  Then, I know you don't all know me so very well as this, but there is ZERO chance I would have opted for anything other than the original parts, especially when it comes to brakes.  Between driving at night, driving in a rural area, driving in the snow....nothing about my lifestyle says skimp on something like brakes.  And finally, maybe I'm just fussy, but to me MAKING A NOISE is SOMETHING WRONG. 
     
    He also admitted that this is the second instance of this he has seen in two days, so he assured me they would file a report and if enough people complained, they would pull the product and issue a new design next time.
     
    This is so completely unhelpful to me right now.  I kind of just had to stare.  He isn't even suggesting a possible recall, he is saying some future version of this product might be better. 
     
    OH, and if that weren't enough, he also trots out the reassurance that the LAST version was so bad they often squeaked before they even got the car out of the bay after installing them. 
     
    I mean, the only thing you can say for this guy is....he was probably being honest.  To sort of a fault.  Right?!?!? 
     
    So new plan. I'm going off Whole30 effective immediately, eating nothing but cinnamon rolls and butterscotch lattes and baguettes (will come back to that in a sec) for all of March and then in April I'm going back on.  I will wait until, oh, about Day 4...and then I'm taking my car back in to have the brakes replaced.  ::evil grin::
     
    Okay, totally kidding, but let me tell you about what happened next.  I left the dealership and headed to Panera because my office is having another stupid non-compliant and inconvenient carry-in tomorrow and someone sent an email out asking if anyone could please bring bread.  Pffft.  Well, to be honest, I could have done this one if  had the time and/or inclination to lug in a crock-pot and end up with unwanted leftovers.  The theme is soup and that one really would have been pretty simple, but between the goings on today and my work load and the fact that I'm teaching half a day tomorrow AND it might snow...I just wasn't even going to bother.  But bread, that I can pick up and I will show for a few minutes and eat my chicken salad in their company.  I did reply back though that someone is taking the leftovers if there are any.  Otherwise it's just cruel.
     
    So it's drizzly rain today, drive-thru is a zillion cars long, so I park and go in.  I don't really want to ogle the pastry case or spend too much time thinking about the menu so I just ask the kid, looked like he was 12, if they had any French bread.  He looks at me all seriously and says, well we have some baguettes.  I say, sure, fine one of those and some sourdough.  He keeps looking at me.  "Do you know what a baguette is?"
     
    Yeah, go back, read that over again.  He asked me....do I know what a baguette is. 
     
    I die.
     
    I mean, does this mean I am now so waifish I look like I've possibly never met a baguette?!  No, no honestly, I have no clue what that question was even about.  I can't even hazard a guess. 
     
    I reassured him that I was, in fact, familiar with the concept and was amenable to taking one even if it is a slightly funny shape.  But I am still sort of shaking my head.
     
    The kicker?  He goes off and comes back with a bag of bread....that is still freaking hot. 
     
    Never, ever, ever, have I gone in to Panera and got bread so fresh it's still hot.  I mean their stuff is fine, but that's just not my luck to hit the right time or whatever.  So here I am, steaming myself still over the car issue and I'm headed back into the rain to drive to work along side a still warm loaf of bread which I can't even inhale too deeply near. 
     
    How can the world be so cruel??? 
     
    Ah well, truth is, I wasn't even a little tempted to sneak a pinch off it.  Not that I wouldn't have enjoyed it, but mentally it would have been a choice to do it, not a craving I couldn't control.  Just like I passed up the latte I'm sure I deserved too.  Part of me is kind of sad I had to make that choice, but it wasn't even hard to do so...and that's pretty crazy ladies. 
     
    I'm sure I've taken up more than my share of inches here, but I do want to circle back around to closet cleaning in another post...maybe not tomorrow cause crazy day (unless we bet buried in snow and I can play hooky) but don't let me forget!
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    Crimsann got a reaction from NancyW in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Hey guys, just checking in as it's been a few days...more drama with my car means I will be sitting in the lobby waiting on news again tomorrow so cue the stress.  This time, I have some reason to think it's something they did or did not do last time and it hopefully won't be major and may not even be a charge.  But of course there is that little voice that keeps hinting it might be totally unrelated and costly.  Sigh.  So far it seems to just be some brake noise and brakes were one of the things they replaced barely two weeks ago so....surely....but still it's both inconvenient to have to take another partial day off and hardly fun.  At this rate I'm not going to have any problems staying under our vacation time budget (cut in half this year as far as how much we can store before we start losing it) but I'm going to be less relaxed than ever!
     
    So in between that nonsense, things have been going okay otherwise.  I made a number of different things this weekend, but rather than counting on any of them as weekday meals, I tried something just for the weekend and that way if it was another fail...I wasn't up against the wall for the week.  Gettin' smarter, aren't we all!?!  So for the first thing, I made that chicken meatball/sweet potato noodle/cauli alfredo sauce thing.  Overall, I ate one serving, but that will likely be it.  The meatballs were pretty dry to be honest, the sauce had way too strong a garlic flavor though I feel that was my mistake as I didn't have fresh and probably overdid it subbing powdered, and the noodles far from being last weekends pasta texture were underdone.  Oh sure.  I try to make fries and I get pasta, I try to make pasta and I get carrot sticks.  Just really not worth all the effort, and that's kind of been the bottom line of so many recipes I have tried on this journey.  Probably a lesson in that too.  I also tried the green bean salad and this was better, but that ended up being an eye popping amount of mustard so the end result was a lot less like the typical bean salad I had in mind.  I haven't ever made that myself, but without looking, I would guess the dressing for those is some kind of sugar and vinegar business so I should have suspected this would be different.  It's not exactly bad, but it ain't pretty like the glossy bean salads of my dreams so I may look for some other variations on that theme as well.  Nice green beans aren't that easy to find right now anyway, but come summer that would be a go-to recipe if I could perfect it more.  Lets see...oh and I tried another batch of muffins.  This time with peach and using almond flour.  I had to improvise wildly because I had neglected to take into account that coconut and almond flour absorb moisture in wildly different ways.  I would have been better served in looking for a recipe that used almond flour as a base rather than trying to adapt the one I had, but the end result wasn't much different as far as taste and texture so I must have gotten that part right.  But never one to leave well enough alone, I added a dash or two or three of Chinese five-spice which I just never seem to learn....hasn't won me over in anything I've tried it in yet.  It just feels like it should be fun, and yet at least one of those spices doesn't hit my palate right.  The taste isn't super strong, but it's there enough that I'm less motivated than ever to eat more than one.
     
    LOL, possibly I could come up with a whole new diet plan...make all my dishes with chicken and five-spice and pick at tiny helpings for the rest of my life. 
     
    You've already seen chicken mentioned once, and it's what I made for lunch again too.  However.  This weeks was a slam dunk.  I put the chicken breasts in the crockpot again, on low, salt and pepper (might have been lemon pepper) and let them cook for most of the day until they fell apart and had soaked the juice right back in it seemed.  Simple but great flavor and I just chopped up some crisp celery and some red grapes, added a touch of Tessemae's mayo and we have chicken salad.  The fewest ingredients and pretty easy prep work, but it is a winner. 
     
    I do think, as I start to look towards March, that I'm going to work really hard on keeping it that simple.  Fresh ingredients are starting to show up here and there as the weather lightens a little and I think my palate also wants lighter and simpler fare.  I don't regret playing around with ingredients this month and trying to add some new things to "the table" so to speak, but I want to keep it uncomplicated and success friendly for the remaining few weeks.  If I'm enjoying food going into April I'm less likely to hit the gas headed downhill.  I've got a pretty good feeling about where I'm at right now, I feel like the daydreams of what I would go for first are a lot less defined than they were at the end of January even, and whatever I choose will be more a choice than a capitulation. 
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    Crimsann got a reaction from bpaitsel in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    On the other hand...I know of at least one person who will be doing a Whole30 in March and wouldn't mind the company, LOL! 
     
    I think what Nancy is saying is that the pizza was the splurge and it led to even more bad choices, not that it was the only step off the path so I'm not sure a true reintro is really possible if you have been eating a lot of mixed things for the two plus weeks since the end of January.  But what I hear her saying too is that the struggle she has is with snacking and with non-compliant foods, not so much looking for food sensitivities so I don't think she needs to go straight back on a Whole30 to purify again either. 
     
    My suggestion, from what I've read in her posts even as far back as September is that she might need to make her own set of rules and she needs to figure out what those are.  The black and white and the group accountability seem to work, but when it goes back to grey areas it's too easy to just jump right in the deep end again.  She doesn't want the full on Whole30 rules for her daily routine, that feels too restrictive even still, but if she doesn't have some rules...it's the same as having NO rules. 
     
    I'm kind of the same way, which is why I planned out my entire year months before it started.  When it was all still a theory, I could make rules for myself, decide if I thought they were doable, and once they were in place then I committed to them.  I wanted a year where I was on Whole30 nearly as much as I was off it, I planned months I knew would be easier than other months so the temptation to cheat would be minimized...and I built in some rest periods where I had more flexibility so I was never facing a full 90 day chunk of the hard and fast rules at a time.  I always had "just a few weeks" until there was some kind of break or change up in my routine.  I also knew I had "just a few weeks" before I would be back on program too and it wasn't going to pay to try and cram a years worth of cinnamon rolls into that time off. 
     
    I don't know, could be way off base, but I wonder if it would help to sit down and make a list of the top ten trigger foods.  Start that list off with pizza, and then commit to at least another 30 days or I would say it's maybe time to push that even more and make it 90 days where you can eat what you want except those ten things.  You have a much wider variety to choose from than being on a Whole30, but you are just saying "no" to the things that are causing you to stumble the hardest.  Just as black and white as a true Whole30.  I liked the comment from someone else the other day about "we can do anything for 30 days" because that is true from both sides...it's sometimes what we can do for more than 30 days that is going to change us the most.  I'm already starting to analyze the things I really want to have in April, and if I feel the pull of something is so strong that a single serving wouldn't be enough it will go on my very own temporarily banned list until I can think about that food without swooning.    
     
    I keep hoping that I will someday just be able to eat sensibly without really thinking about it, but I know for sure I'm not there yet and I will continue to use the program and to use my variations on it in between until I feel like the old habits are really dead and not just that, but that they are replaced with new instincts.  The longer I push myself to stay as close to the core of the plan as possible, the closer I feel like I get to that. 
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    Crimsann got a reaction from bpaitsel in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    On the other hand...I know of at least one person who will be doing a Whole30 in March and wouldn't mind the company, LOL! 
     
    I think what Nancy is saying is that the pizza was the splurge and it led to even more bad choices, not that it was the only step off the path so I'm not sure a true reintro is really possible if you have been eating a lot of mixed things for the two plus weeks since the end of January.  But what I hear her saying too is that the struggle she has is with snacking and with non-compliant foods, not so much looking for food sensitivities so I don't think she needs to go straight back on a Whole30 to purify again either. 
     
    My suggestion, from what I've read in her posts even as far back as September is that she might need to make her own set of rules and she needs to figure out what those are.  The black and white and the group accountability seem to work, but when it goes back to grey areas it's too easy to just jump right in the deep end again.  She doesn't want the full on Whole30 rules for her daily routine, that feels too restrictive even still, but if she doesn't have some rules...it's the same as having NO rules. 
     
    I'm kind of the same way, which is why I planned out my entire year months before it started.  When it was all still a theory, I could make rules for myself, decide if I thought they were doable, and once they were in place then I committed to them.  I wanted a year where I was on Whole30 nearly as much as I was off it, I planned months I knew would be easier than other months so the temptation to cheat would be minimized...and I built in some rest periods where I had more flexibility so I was never facing a full 90 day chunk of the hard and fast rules at a time.  I always had "just a few weeks" until there was some kind of break or change up in my routine.  I also knew I had "just a few weeks" before I would be back on program too and it wasn't going to pay to try and cram a years worth of cinnamon rolls into that time off. 
     
    I don't know, could be way off base, but I wonder if it would help to sit down and make a list of the top ten trigger foods.  Start that list off with pizza, and then commit to at least another 30 days or I would say it's maybe time to push that even more and make it 90 days where you can eat what you want except those ten things.  You have a much wider variety to choose from than being on a Whole30, but you are just saying "no" to the things that are causing you to stumble the hardest.  Just as black and white as a true Whole30.  I liked the comment from someone else the other day about "we can do anything for 30 days" because that is true from both sides...it's sometimes what we can do for more than 30 days that is going to change us the most.  I'm already starting to analyze the things I really want to have in April, and if I feel the pull of something is so strong that a single serving wouldn't be enough it will go on my very own temporarily banned list until I can think about that food without swooning.    
     
    I keep hoping that I will someday just be able to eat sensibly without really thinking about it, but I know for sure I'm not there yet and I will continue to use the program and to use my variations on it in between until I feel like the old habits are really dead and not just that, but that they are replaced with new instincts.  The longer I push myself to stay as close to the core of the plan as possible, the closer I feel like I get to that. 
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    Crimsann got a reaction from misslindy in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    And...it's another menu time, how did it get to be Friday already?! 
     
    I looked up the nutritional yeast thing from the cauliflower "alfredo" recipe and it's considered compliant but with an asterisk that if you tend to overindulge in cheesey tasting things it could be a personal no-no.  I've never tried it, so no idea if it's something I would even like and probably best not too think too deeply about what it is.  I can just tell myself that yeast makes bread taste good so let's not consider it any closer.  I am very curious to see how much like cheese this would really get, so I on a mission to find some and try that recipe this weekend while I still have sweet potatoes to use.
     
    I'm planning a really simple breakfast for dinner thing for next week, so all I really need to pin down now is lunches.  So far I'm drawing a complete blank, but I know I need it to be something other than chicken. 
     
    February is over half-way done and I've only used my "flex" month once to make those blueberry muffins.  This is good and bad, great that I've not strayed into non-compliant intentions that much even given the chance to do so, but less great on the experimentation front.  I have tried some new recipes though and that was the ultimate goal, it doesn't matter that I played it safe overall.  Besides, I do still have a full week and one more weekend to go to do something more creative and there is that almond flour pasta.  I may try to do something with that next weekend before heading into a strict March. 
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    Crimsann got a reaction from misslindy in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    I may be ready to admit to slander....I think I maligned that chicken dish before properly tasting it.  It turns out, I've gotten it down quite easily both days this week so far.  Nothing special, just chicken, some chunks of butternut, chili and cumin, and some very plain bbq sauce.  I added the butternut on a whim thinking that letting it cook down for a long period of time would result in a sort of "sauce" of it's own adding some thickness and some sweetness to the sauce itself.  When I was shredding the chicken, I smashed the soft squash as well leaving just a few larger pieces.  At the time I thought I had gone all wrong with trying to make it sweet.  I wasn't looking for anything actually sweet just thought the thing we love about bbg is the counterpoint between sweet and tangy...or that's the way I like it anyway.  Thankfully after it all cooled and melded some, it seems that worked pretty well.  It's still not quite what I want, but it's definitely edible. 
     
    Dinner tonight was what is becoming the Tigers and Turtles version of "fast food" I think...the old chicken sausage standby.  One way chicken never lets me down, LOL!  I added to that a whole mess of roasted asparagus after finding bunches of the super thin stalks for a change, so much more tender than the woody stuff.  And a few sliced strawberries.  The asparagus roasted while I packed my lunch for tomorrow and it was all very simple and tasty.  Whew! 
     
    Tomorrow is looking like a fun one, after hounding the photographer for an appointment for my little niece's 6-month photo's she contacts my sister at 11:00 PM to say she can get us in tomorrow morning.  Since I have half the props and studied photography...I usually go, but trying to make plans this late at night to get off work and....grrrrrrr.  I'm kind of hoping my sister decides not to take that one, though I suspect she is trying to get it in on a Wednesday when her husband is off so he can go as well.  It just would be the worst day this week for my schedule and such late notice.  We love this girls work, but the last time we both had problems with our orders and it's getting harder and harder to get in.  I suspect if she doesn't take this opening....well off to try and get things packed so she can pick them up at least if I can't make it. 
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    Crimsann got a reaction from misslindy in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    I may be ready to admit to slander....I think I maligned that chicken dish before properly tasting it.  It turns out, I've gotten it down quite easily both days this week so far.  Nothing special, just chicken, some chunks of butternut, chili and cumin, and some very plain bbq sauce.  I added the butternut on a whim thinking that letting it cook down for a long period of time would result in a sort of "sauce" of it's own adding some thickness and some sweetness to the sauce itself.  When I was shredding the chicken, I smashed the soft squash as well leaving just a few larger pieces.  At the time I thought I had gone all wrong with trying to make it sweet.  I wasn't looking for anything actually sweet just thought the thing we love about bbg is the counterpoint between sweet and tangy...or that's the way I like it anyway.  Thankfully after it all cooled and melded some, it seems that worked pretty well.  It's still not quite what I want, but it's definitely edible. 
     
    Dinner tonight was what is becoming the Tigers and Turtles version of "fast food" I think...the old chicken sausage standby.  One way chicken never lets me down, LOL!  I added to that a whole mess of roasted asparagus after finding bunches of the super thin stalks for a change, so much more tender than the woody stuff.  And a few sliced strawberries.  The asparagus roasted while I packed my lunch for tomorrow and it was all very simple and tasty.  Whew! 
     
    Tomorrow is looking like a fun one, after hounding the photographer for an appointment for my little niece's 6-month photo's she contacts my sister at 11:00 PM to say she can get us in tomorrow morning.  Since I have half the props and studied photography...I usually go, but trying to make plans this late at night to get off work and....grrrrrrr.  I'm kind of hoping my sister decides not to take that one, though I suspect she is trying to get it in on a Wednesday when her husband is off so he can go as well.  It just would be the worst day this week for my schedule and such late notice.  We love this girls work, but the last time we both had problems with our orders and it's getting harder and harder to get in.  I suspect if she doesn't take this opening....well off to try and get things packed so she can pick them up at least if I can't make it. 
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    Crimsann got a reaction from bpaitsel in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Spiralizer report...kind of mixed results.  First off, I looked up the one my sister got me and it's this:  http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/paderno-spiralizer-4-blade/
     
    I found it a bit initimidating to setup the first time, the directions were just barely enough and there seemed to be a whole lot of steps and sharp blades.  Looking back on it, I think this is probably for the best because it means it packs down better than if you didn't need to assemble it all.  Once I got it set up and deciphered the final (least clear of all) direction, the rest went very smoothly.  I did find I needed to occasionally take the potato off and slice the end clean to keep it secure and feeding through smoothly but I was astonished at how many "noodles" came out of a single potato. 
     
    I tried a recipe off the spiralizing site I linked before for sweet potato "fries" which were roasted with a mix of paprika and garlic.  Loved the flavor, but the texture was way more "pasta" than it was "fries".  As a side dish with steak it was fine, but not entirely what I had hoped for texture wise.  I had some leftover and will try reheating them on the griddle tonight hoping for a crispier texture.  My plans for them for the week was to have them topped with grilled pink salmon so a pasta texture won't be the worst, but fingers crossed for something less mushy. 
     
    I think I will probably like the sweet potato noodle version better than I did the zuchinni and this is coming from someone who adores zuchinni.  It just had a better overall taste and feel. 
     
    The curse of the chicken continues though, my totally "safe" crockpot shredded bbq chicken is looking like yet another fail when it comes to being a tasty lunch.  Will someone please tell me to just stop buying chicken until this runs it's course?!?  The problem is, nothing else sounds good either.  I was talking to my friend the other day though and I think I almost always hit a phase like this as spring approaches.  Usually this time of year I have to go to the local gourmet grocery for fresh flowers, fresh bread, and ice cream...in that order...just to tempt myself into eating anything.  I hadn't really realized it until I couldn't do it, but somehow it's like my appetite just gives up during the winter months.  Is that a thing?!  No idea...but I hope it passes soon, it's making all this a lot harder.  This week I'm all about brainstorming which foods I haven't incorporated recently and trying to hit on anything that seems fresh and/or tempting.    The first two things that came to mind were grapefruit and asparagus...probably NOT together.
     
    @bpaitsel, hope you got luckier than I did with the weather...after a nightmare drive home Friday, the rest of our snow came early enough on Sunday that it was a memory by this morning.  At least as far as the roads went.  Not complaining, not at all, but there was no excuse for making it a long weekend.  Sigh.  On the other hand temps are set to climb all week, though I will believe that 60 when I see it. 
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    Crimsann reacted to bpaitsel in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Reintroduction:  Gluten      Why:  obviously I have a memory deficit.  I decided last week that I was going to try gluten - again.  I have been gluten free for almost 2 years with exception of a couple of cross contamination incidents.  I had looked back over my food journals for last 2 years and realized that a lot of the symptoms I was tracking seem to have resolved with stopping HRT.  (Now in hindsight I realize that I just didn't journal symptoms very well )  I fully expected that I would have some immediate reaction Friday after having real spaghetti (it was hard to find a gluten source without dairy because I didn't want to mix the two).  I didn't have a reaction.  Then I started thinking "oh my gosh, what if for the last 2 years I have been so diligent about gluten and all along it was dairy and side effects of HRT."  That would be a good thing - right?  Except then I would feel pretty stupid too.  I didn't want to have symptoms but then again I didn't want to not have symptoms - talk about split personality - I am a Gemini after all.  Never mind the fact that I know I have about a 48 hour delay in symptoms - always have.  So here I sit now so very nauseated since last night, headache and joint pain.  We are expecting snow/ice here tonight and tomorrow - not that I want bad weather but I'm hoping not to work tomorrow
     
    Anyway - this just shows the importance of really good journaling I guess.  Hope everyone has had a great weekend and had have a safe week.
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    I think that's the exact recipe I found and how funny, I read your first post about it to say you had bought the soup so I was guessing this wouldn't even be close really but printed it out to try.
     
    I'm feeling pretty good in spite of the snow on the horizon...ran out at lunch and got everything I need for this next week, I hope...so I can stay in all weekend. 
     
    Now this part is pretty silly, but have to share...I've mentioned before I am something of a gamer.  Well, one of the games that I play has a pro league with tournaments and a live final with some pretty high stakes winnings.  One of the teams in the finals this year has a player I sort of have (the worlds hugest) crush on.  He does some live broadcasting of himself playing the game and yesterday while I was at lunch I got a pop up on my iPod that he was live.  Turns out he was doing some "training" where he played a match against random people just to tune up his reaction times and practice his moves...but if he lost, he dropped and did some pushups on camera.  This cracked me up to no end, it's so not the stereotype of a gamer to be even a bit buff in real life but this guy sort of defies a lot of the typical traits of a hardcore gamer.  I ended up listening to it all afternoon and it was oddly inspiring to me to work in more exercise myself.  That probably won't make sense to anyone but me, but this is someone I can kind of relate to showing that you can have fun and work out too.  No gear, no video, no set schedule...just toning up some while waiting on the game to move forward.  Sometimes inspiration comes from the oddest places!
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    Crimsann got a reaction from misslindy in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
     
    I think that's the exact recipe I found and how funny, I read your first post about it to say you had bought the soup so I was guessing this wouldn't even be close really but printed it out to try.
     
    I'm feeling pretty good in spite of the snow on the horizon...ran out at lunch and got everything I need for this next week, I hope...so I can stay in all weekend. 
     
    Now this part is pretty silly, but have to share...I've mentioned before I am something of a gamer.  Well, one of the games that I play has a pro league with tournaments and a live final with some pretty high stakes winnings.  One of the teams in the finals this year has a player I sort of have (the worlds hugest) crush on.  He does some live broadcasting of himself playing the game and yesterday while I was at lunch I got a pop up on my iPod that he was live.  Turns out he was doing some "training" where he played a match against random people just to tune up his reaction times and practice his moves...but if he lost, he dropped and did some pushups on camera.  This cracked me up to no end, it's so not the stereotype of a gamer to be even a bit buff in real life but this guy sort of defies a lot of the typical traits of a hardcore gamer.  I ended up listening to it all afternoon and it was oddly inspiring to me to work in more exercise myself.  That probably won't make sense to anyone but me, but this is someone I can kind of relate to showing that you can have fun and work out too.  No gear, no video, no set schedule...just toning up some while waiting on the game to move forward.  Sometimes inspiration comes from the oddest places!
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    Crimsann got a reaction from misslindy in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
     
    I think that's the exact recipe I found and how funny, I read your first post about it to say you had bought the soup so I was guessing this wouldn't even be close really but printed it out to try.
     
    I'm feeling pretty good in spite of the snow on the horizon...ran out at lunch and got everything I need for this next week, I hope...so I can stay in all weekend. 
     
    Now this part is pretty silly, but have to share...I've mentioned before I am something of a gamer.  Well, one of the games that I play has a pro league with tournaments and a live final with some pretty high stakes winnings.  One of the teams in the finals this year has a player I sort of have (the worlds hugest) crush on.  He does some live broadcasting of himself playing the game and yesterday while I was at lunch I got a pop up on my iPod that he was live.  Turns out he was doing some "training" where he played a match against random people just to tune up his reaction times and practice his moves...but if he lost, he dropped and did some pushups on camera.  This cracked me up to no end, it's so not the stereotype of a gamer to be even a bit buff in real life but this guy sort of defies a lot of the typical traits of a hardcore gamer.  I ended up listening to it all afternoon and it was oddly inspiring to me to work in more exercise myself.  That probably won't make sense to anyone but me, but this is someone I can kind of relate to showing that you can have fun and work out too.  No gear, no video, no set schedule...just toning up some while waiting on the game to move forward.  Sometimes inspiration comes from the oddest places!
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    Crimsann got a reaction from misslindy in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
     
    I think that's the exact recipe I found and how funny, I read your first post about it to say you had bought the soup so I was guessing this wouldn't even be close really but printed it out to try.
     
    I'm feeling pretty good in spite of the snow on the horizon...ran out at lunch and got everything I need for this next week, I hope...so I can stay in all weekend. 
     
    Now this part is pretty silly, but have to share...I've mentioned before I am something of a gamer.  Well, one of the games that I play has a pro league with tournaments and a live final with some pretty high stakes winnings.  One of the teams in the finals this year has a player I sort of have (the worlds hugest) crush on.  He does some live broadcasting of himself playing the game and yesterday while I was at lunch I got a pop up on my iPod that he was live.  Turns out he was doing some "training" where he played a match against random people just to tune up his reaction times and practice his moves...but if he lost, he dropped and did some pushups on camera.  This cracked me up to no end, it's so not the stereotype of a gamer to be even a bit buff in real life but this guy sort of defies a lot of the typical traits of a hardcore gamer.  I ended up listening to it all afternoon and it was oddly inspiring to me to work in more exercise myself.  That probably won't make sense to anyone but me, but this is someone I can kind of relate to showing that you can have fun and work out too.  No gear, no video, no set schedule...just toning up some while waiting on the game to move forward.  Sometimes inspiration comes from the oddest places!
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    Crimsann got a reaction from C_Cezeaux in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Just popping on to say hello as it's been longer than I like to go without checking in.  I spent a rather stressful weekend gearing up for an all day camping out at the car dealership worrying over my aging "baby"...turning ten this year and with the commute I put it through.  I am pretty sure I'm the poster child most days for control freak so there is nothing like handing over the keys and then waiting for a damage assessment to put me on edge.  It took even longer than I had anticipated, so happily I had taken my laptop and tried to drown my sorrows in an online game with somewhat mixed results because every sales guy in the vicinity wanted to watch and ask questions.  LOL!  I ended up being there all day and edging right up to the point of "might as well make a down payment" before it was all said and done but the changes are dramatic. 
     
    Unfortunately nothing they did is going to make me any happier with driving in tomorrow as it's snowing outside.  Why, oh why, must it?!  So, food-wise I'm good, mood-wise I'm less so. 
     
    I tried that lemon chicken over the weekend but haven't tasted it yet, it would have been dinner tonight but I wasn't up for it and haven't had a chance to make what I had planned for lunch tomorrow so that was an easy swap.  No report yet on the "sour cream" as the grocery stocked nothing but roasted nuts this week, I suspect with an eye towards Super Bowl crowds.  I need to read over the recipe again, but I was sure roasted/salted wasn't what was called for.  So it's going to be an interesting week of makeshift meals and that makes the dicey weather even more annoying.  Hoping to be off to bed early to just pull the blanket over my head and try to unwind.  To that end I'm fighting the cup of coffee I desperately want to cozy up to.
     
    Why is it always the last thing you need is the one thing you want?! 
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    Just popping on to say hello as it's been longer than I like to go without checking in.  I spent a rather stressful weekend gearing up for an all day camping out at the car dealership worrying over my aging "baby"...turning ten this year and with the commute I put it through.  I am pretty sure I'm the poster child most days for control freak so there is nothing like handing over the keys and then waiting for a damage assessment to put me on edge.  It took even longer than I had anticipated, so happily I had taken my laptop and tried to drown my sorrows in an online game with somewhat mixed results because every sales guy in the vicinity wanted to watch and ask questions.  LOL!  I ended up being there all day and edging right up to the point of "might as well make a down payment" before it was all said and done but the changes are dramatic. 
     
    Unfortunately nothing they did is going to make me any happier with driving in tomorrow as it's snowing outside.  Why, oh why, must it?!  So, food-wise I'm good, mood-wise I'm less so. 
     
    I tried that lemon chicken over the weekend but haven't tasted it yet, it would have been dinner tonight but I wasn't up for it and haven't had a chance to make what I had planned for lunch tomorrow so that was an easy swap.  No report yet on the "sour cream" as the grocery stocked nothing but roasted nuts this week, I suspect with an eye towards Super Bowl crowds.  I need to read over the recipe again, but I was sure roasted/salted wasn't what was called for.  So it's going to be an interesting week of makeshift meals and that makes the dicey weather even more annoying.  Hoping to be off to bed early to just pull the blanket over my head and try to unwind.  To that end I'm fighting the cup of coffee I desperately want to cozy up to.
     
    Why is it always the last thing you need is the one thing you want?! 
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    Crimsann got a reaction from C_Cezeaux in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Just popping on to say hello as it's been longer than I like to go without checking in.  I spent a rather stressful weekend gearing up for an all day camping out at the car dealership worrying over my aging "baby"...turning ten this year and with the commute I put it through.  I am pretty sure I'm the poster child most days for control freak so there is nothing like handing over the keys and then waiting for a damage assessment to put me on edge.  It took even longer than I had anticipated, so happily I had taken my laptop and tried to drown my sorrows in an online game with somewhat mixed results because every sales guy in the vicinity wanted to watch and ask questions.  LOL!  I ended up being there all day and edging right up to the point of "might as well make a down payment" before it was all said and done but the changes are dramatic. 
     
    Unfortunately nothing they did is going to make me any happier with driving in tomorrow as it's snowing outside.  Why, oh why, must it?!  So, food-wise I'm good, mood-wise I'm less so. 
     
    I tried that lemon chicken over the weekend but haven't tasted it yet, it would have been dinner tonight but I wasn't up for it and haven't had a chance to make what I had planned for lunch tomorrow so that was an easy swap.  No report yet on the "sour cream" as the grocery stocked nothing but roasted nuts this week, I suspect with an eye towards Super Bowl crowds.  I need to read over the recipe again, but I was sure roasted/salted wasn't what was called for.  So it's going to be an interesting week of makeshift meals and that makes the dicey weather even more annoying.  Hoping to be off to bed early to just pull the blanket over my head and try to unwind.  To that end I'm fighting the cup of coffee I desperately want to cozy up to.
     
    Why is it always the last thing you need is the one thing you want?! 
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    Crimsann got a reaction from misslindy in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Recipe Swap!
     
    So warning before you venture to follow the link below, this site in neither Whole30 or even particularly Paleo...it does however have a lot of great recipes, gorgeous photo's, and the dishes lean towards very simple fresh ingredients which means some of them are inadvertantly Whole30 and some can easily be adapted.
     
    On my menu for the coming week?  Lemon Chicken and Red Potatoes done in this quick and easy foil packet method.  I'm hoping to make up several servings, fully baked, then be able to pop a packet back in the oven on weeknights for a quick reheat. 
     
    Recipe here:  http://damndelicious.net/2015/06/13/lemon-chicken-and-potatoes-in-foil/
     
    Assuming your mustard is compliant, this one should be good to go as is.
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    Crimsann got a reaction from misslindy in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    I thought of this name for our group based on some fun conversations we had during our January Journey (http://forum.whole30.com/topic/32849-ttt-and-renewed-crew-january-journey/page-1) ...but on a whim I googled Tiger Turtles to see if we could find a mascot maybe and to my amusement I found an art installation called Tiger and Turtle which looks like a roller coaster and how appropriate is that for the ride we are on?!   Add in the fact that it was listed a few years ago as #5 on Huffington Post's "Most Extreme Staircases" and I was cracking up laughing. 
     
    All in favor, sign up here for an exciting year!
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    Crimsann got a reaction from misslindy in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    I thought of this name for our group based on some fun conversations we had during our January Journey (http://forum.whole30.com/topic/32849-ttt-and-renewed-crew-january-journey/page-1) ...but on a whim I googled Tiger Turtles to see if we could find a mascot maybe and to my amusement I found an art installation called Tiger and Turtle which looks like a roller coaster and how appropriate is that for the ride we are on?!   Add in the fact that it was listed a few years ago as #5 on Huffington Post's "Most Extreme Staircases" and I was cracking up laughing. 
     
    All in favor, sign up here for an exciting year!
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    Crimsann got a reaction from misslindy in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    I thought of this name for our group based on some fun conversations we had during our January Journey (http://forum.whole30.com/topic/32849-ttt-and-renewed-crew-january-journey/page-1) ...but on a whim I googled Tiger Turtles to see if we could find a mascot maybe and to my amusement I found an art installation called Tiger and Turtle which looks like a roller coaster and how appropriate is that for the ride we are on?!   Add in the fact that it was listed a few years ago as #5 on Huffington Post's "Most Extreme Staircases" and I was cracking up laughing. 
     
    All in favor, sign up here for an exciting year!