Monday, January 21, 2013

Food Porn

SO sorry about missing my blog post on Friday. I was busy from the time I woke up until dark. Was just one of those days. Maybe I'll look into becoming one of those organized bloggers who writes a post on the day before and schedules it to post the next day.

Started the day with breakfast at the donut shop where I get my breakfast burrito dumped in a bowl so at least it's low carb. This is not paleo or Whole30 approved for those following that. Just so you know.

 The kids had park day with their homeschool group so while they were playing with friends Chuck and I walked around a little near the woods and got to see all kinds of animals: a bunny, yellow bellied sapsucker, hawk, little birds, and leaf cutter ants. It was such a pretty day. I needed that little walk and a good dose of sunshine.

Lunch was at Carl's Jr. Evil burgers!
 I got their low carb burger. They are really good. Again, not paleo or Whole30, folks. Lunch on the run.
 Chuck had a contrast MRI scheduled so I went with him and got that done. Of course we were done right when rush hour traffic was at its worst. I don't know why they call it rush hour when all we do is sit there.

By the time we got home, we were tired so it was a quick dinner of eggs and bacon. Breakfast for dinner. Oh, with a dash of hot sauce.
 Saturday was pretty busy, as well. Running errands and then taking some new shooters to the range. This guy is from Lithuania.
 And Chuck's cousin. They had a great time.
 And me? Was such a pretty day that I kicked back in the grass....
 ....and watched the clouds in the sky.

I've mentioned how I'm experimenting to see if I can have a "splurge" meal once a week and still lose weight. It's kind of a "have your cake and eat it too" type of thing. I'm not saying it's the right way or wrong way to do this whole weight loss business. I'm just trying it out for myself.

Obviously this means I'm not exactly doing Whole30. Most days I stick to that way of eating because I do think it's healthy and a good way to live. But (there's always a but) I'm wanting to settle in to this long term which means I will allow myself the freedom to deviate and see how things go.

If you're looking for an all paleo, or all Whole30, or all low carb blog, this isn't it. But I will tell you when I give a recipe if it fits in one of those categories so you know.

Anyway, disclaimers aside, Charlie had a friend over for a sleepover so I asked the kids what was the one thing they would like me to cook. It was unanimous: my awesome tacos.

Chuck, Rachel and I got in the kitchen and had a great time. Chuck and I may have had a couple of margarita shots. We laughed a lot. Example of one thing that cracked Rachel and I up:
Chuck: What's the Mexican word for taco?
Rachel: (Rachel and I look at each other confused) Uh....taco, dad.
I'm pretty sure he was joking. Haha!

We cooked tacos with homemade shells, Mexican rice topped with a lime wedge, and refried beans with queso fresco. It was a big hit with Charlie's friend who went back three times for more!
 All recipes can be found in America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook. I love their books because everything always turns out perfect.

Not only did we have a perfect dinner but Rachel made margarita cupcakes! I topped mine and Chuck's with a little shot of tequila with a time lime wedge. Omg, these are good!
The recipe can be found at Recipe Girl's blog.

I'm sure I don't need to tell you that all of this is high calorie and not low carb, paleo, etc etc. This is my once a week splurge and it was incredible. Plus we got to have fun in the kitchen together. Wish you could have been there. I share!

The next morning was back to watching what I eat. Chuck made a taco omelet for Rachel and I. Taco meat and cheese inside and salsa, sour cream, jalapenos and queso fresco on the outside. VERY good low carb breakfast.
 It kept us so filled that we skipped lunch altogether.

That afternoon the kids played paintball with around 20 of their friends. This was Charlie's first time and he got a couple of nasty bruises. Rachel has one across her knee. Ouch!
They had a "blast" and can't wait to do it again. I also sent the rest of the cupcakes home with another family so none of that temptation is around.

Now for confession. Someone mentioned pasta at the paintball place. It could have been me or Pinterest or someone else there. The point was "pasta" was mentioned and all of a sudden I wanted some. Chuck said it sounded good too. So, after the kids were cleaned up we went out to BJ's Brewhouse for their Tuscan Chicken Limone. It was very good and I only had about half of mine but it was definitely not on plan and was a second splurge meal.

I'm pretty ashamed of myself. It seems like a good idea at the time but it's rarely worth it. No telling what the weigh in will be Wednesday but I'm not expecting anything good. We'll see.

It's behind me now. It was a decision I made and I own it. Time to just pick back up and keep moving forward. Ugh, I hate reporting mistakes. But there you have it.

What a fun weekend that was! Busy too.

Before I go, let me share a GREAT cookbook offer! Ditch the Wheat has an ebook cookbook called Indulge filled with gluten free, dairy free desserts. I'm talking about cakes, cookies, muffins, and more. All of the recipes fit within a paleo lifestyle. I think that most of these could easily be made low carb, as well, with a few substitutions in sweetener.

Desserts aren't an everyday thing but sometimes a girl wants a dessert! And if you need to avoid grains this has perfect recipes for that.

I got a copy and love it.  I didn't get a free copy to review; I just really like this book!

It's on sale until the end of January for $19.98 so it's a perfect time to get it. You can go to her blog and see a few pictures that are in the book.

Hope you had a wonderful weekend! See ya on Weigh In Wednesday. Eek! :)


  1. Oh my goodness, that Mexican meal looks amazing! One of my weaknesses for sure! And don't get me started on BJ's, sooo good. I had a planned cheat meal this weekend too, and I think once and a while it can be a good thing. I'm not feeling guilty about it. In fact, it's making me more motivated to start Monday strong.

  2. Being an organized blogger is the only way you'll see my posts on schedule! ;)

    Your Mexican meal looks amazing. I love queso fresco and could sprinkle it on everything - YUM!

  3. yum yum- every single food pick looks amazing. My "cheat" is sweets on the weekend. I'm doing the same thing as you- pending my weigh in on Wednesday- I might keep doing this/might not. Last weekend I was up a pound eek- so we'll see what happens this week. Don't feel guilty just start back up strong the next second you can. rah rah!

  4. I love the pickled jalapenos on your taco omelet!! Everything looks delicious, but I am especially eyeing those tacos! :D


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