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Can I get a post in Please!

I have been trying and trying to get another blog post in and it seems it just wasn’t meant for me till now.

I wanted to share this with you yesterday but couldn’t get the photo to upload!

Why did I want to post this picture with a massive smile on my face? Well because right before this picture was snapped I had just completed day 1 of the couch to 5 k program. No big deal right? Except for me this is a huge accomplishment. I have been trying for years to complete the couch 2 5 k program and I couldn’t even get thru day one of the workout, that changed yesterday and I’m looking forward to day two of training!

Every day I am more and more in awe of just how far I’ve come in my weight loss and fitness journey.

I am still working on cleaning out the freezer so here’s  some pictures of what we’ve been eating lately.

First picture is chicken and cheese Quesadilla with Tzaziki

Second picture is chicken salad on crackers

Third picture is Meatloaf made into meatballs

Fourth picture is my first attempt at Pumperknickel bread

We have also been enjoying lots of frozen berries, salads, yogurt, Cottage cheese whip(it’s just equal parts frozen fruit and cottage cheese blended in the food processor till smooth, some add a touch of honey to make it sweet but I don’t), roast beef wrap, chicken wraps and we had some hotdogs one day as well for a quick lunch. I don’t eat the bread when I have hotdogs but the kids do.

Better made at home

My husband and I recently went on a date and it was terrible. Now my date was amazing but the restaurant was terrible. So when we got home my husband did some searching and found this website http://www.healthspace.ca/fha/food

When you look on the website you can see how well the restaurants score. I have to say I was pretty grossed out with most of the reviews. So for the next little while we will be eating at home. I’m sure that there are review sites just like this one wherever you live. The thing that shocked me the most is that some of these restaurants are still open and serving people when they have reports of not having food safety knowledge, rodent and pest infestations, improper food storage and dirty equipment. What in the world does it take for a restaurant to shut down?

Thankfully I love cooking and will be making my favourites in the kitchen. It was kind of a blessing to find out just how gross the restaurants are. Now I can cook my meals reduce some of the deep frying and fat involved in most restaurant dishes and add a ton of veggies to my food.

I seem to be all mixed up in my days because of Veterans day being a holiday here and forgot to make a meatless Monday dish. But I did make some home made Sloppy Joe’s and served it on spinach. Truth be told I was suppose to cook some biscuits but forgot. I also forgot to take a picture but trust me you will want to make this recipe over and over again for your family.

Homemade Sloppy Joe Mix

Cooking Time – 10-20 minutes depending how thick you like the mix


  • 3 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp minced onion(dehydrated onions)
  • 1 Tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 lb.  ground beef
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp mustard
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp vinegar

Mix brown sugar, onion. paprika, cumin and garlic powder set aside. Brown ground beef. Add tomato sauce, water, vinegar and mustard and stir. Add the spices and mix. Bring to a boil then simmer until desired thickness. I like my sloppy joe to be quite thick so I tend to simmer it for 15 minutes or longer. And your done. This recipe serves 4.

You can serve this mixture on biscuits, rice, spinach, salad, toast….my youngest has even requested it on a frozen waffle lol. I’ve used leftovers to make naan bread sloppy joe pizza.  Enjoy!