I haven’t written about my brother in a while, but I thought I might let off a little steam about it tonight. He spent over a month in the hospital with the Diabetes, kidney disorders, and everything else. After he finally got well enough to leave, he was so weak he could not hardly do anything. He has since been in a nursing home, from which he leaves tomorrow. He really has had a pretty miraculous recovery, yet do you know what he is once again doing? Smoking! Now I know there are many of you that smoke, so don’t take this as a personal jab. Doggonit! He has not smoked in nearly 60 days – why is he starting back now?! Grrr!
Outside of this it has been another good, although long, day. Great eating, some exercise, all is well.
Have you watched Wednesday’s Word of the Day yet? If not, it is a good one. You should check it out.
Oh, one last thing. My wife and I bought sweet potato chips at Whole Foods last week. Let me tell you, these things rock! However, I might surprise you with the next statement. They are fantastic with Biz’s Baja Salsa. Of course, I am pretty sure shoe leather would be good smothered in this salsa!
What is the strangest combination of foods you have ever tried and enjoyed? Don’t be shy – share your thoughts in the comments today. I’ll tell mine tomorrow night.
I have really had a long day, much of which revolved around manning the smoker most of the day while I smoked a lot of peppers. Mmmmm! I also did some grilling and roasted two batches of coffee. If I show a loss tomorrow, it very well me from the sweating from standing so near the heat all day.
My goals report for the week is as follows:
- Weight loss portions overall daily. – Uh, not so much so again today.
- Exercise of some sort six days a week. – I worked in the yard and garden all day, then I took a short walk this evening.
- No eating after my post for the evening. – There will be no more eating today.
My eating report for the day is as follows:
Okay, so two of these meals need more info. First of all, this Basil Puree Steak Topping is outstanding! It is a great way to use up all that fresh basil in the garden. Both my wife and I were pleasantly surprised at how good this was.
That wasn’t the only surprise of the day though. We are consistently disappointed with homemade salsa. It is no secret among the blog world that Biz puts together some outstanding food, and my mouth has drooled over the pics of her salsa preparation for some time now. Well, today I decided to quit drooling and start making. Am I ever glad I did. Biz’s outstanding salsa is some kind of awesome! Seriously folks, this is the best salsa I have ever tasted. My wife and I both could not keep our spoons out of it. The one change we made to the recipe though was the water. The consistency of our salsa was just right with no water at all.
Regarding eating, I also had peanuts and a bowl of strawberries, almonds, and milk today. Way too much in the food department.
My exercise report for the day is as follows:
I worked in the yard all day long, although much of it was manning the smoker and the grill. I also took a short walk this evening.
Summary: These brownies are a great alternative for those looking to avoid grains and sugars. You will be amazed as you cannot tell the difference between these brownies and those made with flour.
Thanks to my sister for this recipe!
- 1 15 oz. can black beans (make sure they aren’t seasoned)
- 3 large eggs
- 1/3 c. melted butter, more for baking dish
- ¼ c. cocoa powder
- 1/8 tsp. salt
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- ½ c. plus 2 T. Splenda
- ½ c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/3 c. chopped walnuts
- 3 T. butter, softened (not melted)
- 5 T. unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 c. Splenda
- 1/3 c. heavy cream, or Fat Free half n half
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Butter an 8-inch baking pan. Place the black beans (rinsed well), eggs, melted butter, cocoa powder, salt, vanilla extract and Splenda in the bowl of a food processor and blend until smooth. Remove the blade and gently stir in the chocolate chips and walnuts. Transfer mixture to the prepared pan. Bake the brownies for 30-35 minutes, or until just set in the center. Cool before cutting into squares.
Place all ingredients in a medium bowl and beat with mixer till well combined. Use to frost brownie.
Per serving (1 brownie/about 2 oz/60g wt.): 160 calories, 9 g fat, 50 mg cholesterol, 35 mg sodium, 17g total carbohydrate (2g dietary fiber, 12g sugar), 4 g protein.
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