Fingers Crossed It’s Not the Cotton

Well I didn’t receive any emails asking where I was yesterday, but I am sure everyone was wondering. Just a blah day and my creativity rating was in the red. I know it may surprise some, I am a mere human.

I can admit my sugar cravings are much better, still no happy dance over another glass of water, but tolerating it much better. I just really need to see some change on the scales in the morning. I want to say my pants are looser, but maybe they have stretched. You know how it is when you wear the same pair of jeans for 2 days and they become so comfortable and you think, “maybe I have dropped a few pounds, can’t keep my pants ups”, then you wash them and the truth is revealed. Cotton stretches!

My daughter texted me last night asking me to send her a picture of my sloppy joe recipe so I sent her the vegetarian recipe I make in the crockpot. But she wanted the “real” one. She will cook lentils with garlic and onions to substitute for the meat. But this cold rainy day, I think that good ole fashioned Sloppy Joes will hit the spot, so the roomie and I will be having them tonight.

Sloppy Joes

This is the recipe my Mon always used. To make this vegetarian simply cook a pot of lentils with onions and garlic.

 1 lb. ground beef (FYI, I have tried ground turkey and some things just need beef if you are using a meat.)

1 ½ cup onion, chopped

1 ½ cup celery, chopped

1 can tomato soup

½ cup catsup

1 tsp salt


Whole Wheat hamburger buns

Brown beef, onions, and celery in large skillet, (If using cooked lentils, add them in after the onions and celery are tender) until meat is brown and vegetables are tender.

  • Add soup, catsup, salt, and pepper and bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes, stirring frequently
  • For my “diet” part, I usually just open the bun up and put the meat on both sides and use a fork. Somehow I think this makes is less calories, but I am sure I use a lot more meat this way.

227 days and 26.52 pounds(fingers crossed this changes tomorrow) till Disney Food & Wine


About rosestancil

I am your average 50+-year-old who woke up one morning wondering how and where the extra 30 pounds suddenly appeared came from. I am a Mom to two grown children, an Environmental Engineer (go Clemson Tigers), and a farm girl. I was raised on a green onion and collard farm in what was then rural Lexington County, SC. I still live on a part of the farm and hope to stay there. I have had a subscription newsletter, Green Onion & Collards for several years. I published recipes using seasonal local foods. I became a bit overwhelmed at the responses (I know, this should have been a good thing right?) and stopped it about a year ago. Some of the recipes I post will be from the newsletter. I will not count calories or eat lettuce. Girl gotta eat. I also will not give up good craft beer and wine, I will watch my portion size however. I intend to cook healthy, full of flavor foods, which will allow me to eat more, exercise at least 4 times a week (no gym or gym contracts), reduce and try to eliminate processed foods, and have snacks handy. I am a work in progress and will always be. If I am crazy enough to post my weekly weight, you need to be crazy enough to tag along on this journey.
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