mmm. bueno.

by Janetha on December 17, 2009

in meals,moves

so i am currently watching the food network and unwrapped is on.. and it is the episode from 2005 called “extreme”.  it is showcasing a dude-tucker shaw-who made a BOOK out of everything he ate in a year.  it is called “everything i ate”~have you guys seen this episode?! it is the epitome of a food blogger. you simply must check it out.  i found myself nodding along to everything tucker said as they interviewed him about why he did the book.  hah~it even said that a flash going off in a dark restaurant is “like a siren blaring in the streets”.. ain’t it the truth?!  i googled him and you can check out an interview about the book here.  funny stuff.

one thing he said is: “Food magazines are like fashion magazines: They celebrate what’s beautiful, new, or unusual, but very rarely report on what people really wear or eat. If people in the future rely on current food-related media, they’ll think that we eat nothing but ramps and pork bellies all day. Or McDonald’s and Chips Ahoy and low-carb cupcakes. The truth is much broader.”

touché.  food blogs definitely do a great job of showcasing what people really eat, rather than food magazines that showcase fancy recipes or advertisements for prepackaged foods.

anyway, it is a really interesting interview if you are into food blogs.. which you are, or you would definitely not be reading this.. so check it out!

okay so anyway. this is going to be short.. first off i got home really late and then second off i lollygagged before dinner then third off right after dinner my favorite everythingtarian called and we chatted for AN HOUR which seemed like five minutes. no really. and then i watched that episode of unwrapped and now it is 10:07 PM.  woops!


guess what today was? national maple syrup day.  i did the best i could and celebrated with some mighty maple protein oats!




lunch was nothing short of amazing because it was leftover christmas pasta and just like a fine wine, leftover pasta gets better with time.  don’t you agree?


how festive.


i was going to pump some iron right after work so right around 4 o’clock i had myself a pre-workout protein packed snack of oikos+shredded spoonfuls+cinnamon+chocolate pb2+pistachio shells


oh and look! back at my own desk. home sweet home.


see that empty water bottle? don’t worry. i filled it up before devouring my pistachio shells greek yogurt mess~


muuuuuch better.

oh yeah. about the shells.


apparently i didn’t get all of the pistachio shells out of the cereal box yesterday.  good thing i caught this guy before chomping down on him!

and yes, in case you were wondering, pistachio shells are boys.



you have no idea how excited i was to do a lower body workout today. my favorite thing to do! yesss!

6 minute warmup on bike-resistance level 7

cyce 1: three times through




single leg barbell deadlift 30 # barbell 12
stability ball hamstring curls body weight 12
ball plank body weight 1 min

cycle 2: three times through




bulgarian split squat 15# db each hand 12 each leg
plie squat with calf raise 25# dumbbell 12
ball crunches holding plate above chest
(arms extended)
10 # plate 30
step ups with knee raise body weight 24

cycle 3: three times through




bridge w/ feet on bench 10# plate on hips 20
bench tuck crunches body weight 20
oblique crunches on ball body weight 20
reverse crunches on bench body weight 20

cycle 4: twice through




lower ab crunches on decline bench body weight 50
oblique twists on decline bench 10# plate 50

cycle 5: three times through




single leg calf raises (laying) 100# 12 each leg
reverse single leg calf raises (works the muscle in front of your shin) 80# 12 each leg


the end! good workout. my legs already feel the DOMS coming on :)

got home and didn’t have to worry about making dinner!


i spent seven minutes this morning preparing dinner for tonight. SO worth it!  on the menu? taco soup! in the pot:

  • 1 lb ground chicken (browned before placing in pot)
  • 1 can black beans, drained 15 oz
  • 1 can kidney beans, drained 15 oz
  • 1 can corn with juices 11 oz
  • 1 can diced green chiles 4 oz
  • 1 can diced tomatoes with juices 28 oz
  • 1 can tomatoes and chiles with juices 11 oz
  • 1 taco seasoning packet
  • 1 hidden valley ranch seasoning packet

cooked it on low for 10 hours..

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and then all i had to do when i got home was chop some cilantro~


add it to the pot~


lay a whole wheat tortilla down in a bowl.. ladle the soup.. dollop ‘o’ daisy.. sprinkle of cheddar.. and dinner is served!


i am still trying to find the best spot to photograph my dinner. this was my entryway table.



i love taco soup.


actually i love all mexican food. i don’t discriminate. it got even better when i mixed the sour cream in..


sometimes the most delicious food is not the prettiest.

muy bueno :)


and THEN the lovely holly called me and we talked the night away. and marshall did this:


awe. sorry babe. i have a bloggette crush on holly and there was much to discuss! maybe she will find you some packer stuff.. oh crap, i already can’t remember who his fave green bay player is.. oops.. i fail at football stuff.

oh he looks so sad, it breaks my heart. marshall is a really good sport when it comes to me and my blogging habit. sometimes there is tension when it takes up a lot of my time.. but hey, at least it’s not crack ;) i am sure there are worse things i could be addicted to. but i have been trying to tone down the blog factor as of late.

side note, check out marshall’s tattoo of randy pants on his right arm. i don’t like tattoos but i <3 that one.

anyway! that is that. this turned out to be longer than i thought it would be. and it is 10:58 so that was almost a solid hour of typing. i should go. the dogs are bored:


or maybe just sleepy.  i know i am. time for bed!

YAY friday tomorrow! and then not one but TWO three day work weeks in a row. it feels like christmas!! oh wait.. it IS christmas! holler.


1. what is your favorite kind of soup? what about your favorite mexican dish? i had the best of both worlds with my taco soup tonight.

2. do your blog writing/reading habits ever get in the way of any relationships? take too much time? bother those around you? how do you deal? discuss.

xo. janetha b.

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Ildie December 18, 2009 at 9:45 pm

I like stuffed pepper soup. SO GOOD!

I used to do all of my blogging at night, which would end up taking up a LOT of time when you toss in playing with photos and making them juuuuust right. Now I try to add to it during the day and I wrap up the last of it at night. It’s been working out better. It used to annoy the BF when I did it ALL at nigth. HOWEVER, he’s got his silly video games and I have my silly (not silly) blog. SO TAKE THAT MR! Mutual annoyances equal each other out, right? HA!

Nicci December 18, 2009 at 11:47 pm

I have to admit, my bf gets tired of me blogging sometimes and reading blogs, whole were suppose to be watching tv together. lol

Susan December 19, 2009 at 11:10 am

I am impressed by your bulgarian split squat. That is soooo killer. And hard to balance. Remembering this soup recipe!!! A lot of the sow cooker recipes require a fair bit of prep work in the morning, despite it being ready when you get home. Seeing as I make my lunch in the a.m. too, it’s just too much!!

1. Favourite soup is chili. Does that count? :P Fave mexican dish are quesidillas. But they have got to have potatoes and green salsa.

2. I have a no blog-reading rule when Chris is around. But sometimes he’ll come over when I still need to get a post up. He’s usually patient about it, but I also get a lot of eye rolls : It’s different when you don’t live with your boyfriend, because time spent together is specified “hang time.” Where when you live together, you’re not expected to always entertain the other person when they’re around.

Sarah December 21, 2009 at 2:34 pm

okay i just got a crockpot for a christmas gift and i am so totally making this taco soup. it looks delish.

1. i would say my fav soup is french onion (drooling just thinking about it)

2. yes! sometimes its hard when i come home from work and blog and all my boyfriend wants to do is hangout. i am working on this balance. haha

glidingcalm December 21, 2009 at 9:33 pm

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO christmas pasta!! BOY does that look good.

SUM DAY MAMI WILL COOK FOR ME!!! and i will wear a beanie too :)

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