Yes soup for me!

Greyhounds can be funny creatures. Most folks assume that such athletic looking dogs must be full of energy and require lots of exercise. HA! They didn’t earn the moniker of 45 mile an hour couch potatoes for nothing!

Today we took Luke and Leia for a walk down to the Escapees front office to sign up for a propane delivery. It was cold (40’s) so they had to wear their jackets. Leia has a long red coat with a turtle neck that comes up around her pinned back ears. Luke has a brown fleece with super-macho, multi colored polka dots all over it (I did not pick this out. ;-p). The folks around here know us primarily by our dogs. The usual comment is, “Here comes Luke and Leia!” or “How are the Greyhounds today!”, most people don’t even see us there with them LOL. Well, today in their fancy coats was certainly no exception to that rule.

The walk from our rig to the office is a little over a quarter mile and it was about 10:30am as Nancy an I set out with the dogs. Along the way both dogs like to explore the various smells and check out whats going on in the dog news today. Luke will usually ad some of his own comments to the daily array of doggie blogs found along the way. Today they must have sniffed some bad news because about half way to the office they both decided they had walked far enough! By the time we had dragged their considerable girth the rest of the way to the office and back to the rig it was 11:45!

Fast, athletic dogs my foot! 😉

For tonights dinner, Nancy and I decided on a nice soup to warm our bodies on this chilly East Texas day. Nancy got out the crock pot after arriving home from our dog drag, and began to assemble our Chicken Tortilla Soup. Her first step was to dice the onions. Jeannie is apparently not a fan of the smell of freshly diced onion as she demonstrated by discarding a hairball in the middle of the kitchen floor. I took care of the mop up duty as Nancy continued preparing ingredients.

Next Nancy minced up some garlic and fresh cilantro while pouring the chicken broth into the slow cooker. The rig quickly began to fill with all the wonderful aromas from the fresh ingredients. It’s gonna be tough to wait for this treat until dinner!

Here is a link to the full recipe.

And below is the cooker Nancy used:
Hamilton Beach 33967 Set ‘n Forget 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker

Dinner time finally came and boy was it worth the wait! All day I smelled that delightful southwestern soup stewing away in that slow cooker. Now there was a steaming bowl full sitting in front of me with 2 pieces of buttered wheat bread and a bottle of Shiner Spring Ale to wash it all down.

The first spoonful provides you with an explosion of southwestern flavors. The corn, cilantro, onion, pepper and a hint of lime. Then comes the spice. This is a soup that will give you the *sniffs*. Spicey but not overpowering in any way. Mopping the bowl with the buttered bread was the icing on the cake!

This is the perfect finishing meal to a chilly south western day in East Texas!

Enjoy!

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Lunch-Rotisserie Chicken sandwiches day 2

Living in an RV full time has some definite benefits. For one your home is one wheels which makes it really easy to get a change of scenery almost any time you wish. All that’s required is the motivation and a few gallons of diesel fuel and you’ve moved! Right now Nancy and I are using Livingston Escapees park as our “home base”. What this really means to a full-timer is that we have all our vehicles registered here. We have our dentist in the area, doctors, veterinarians etc. We come back here when we have those sorts of domestic chores to accomplish. Right now we are spending time here while Nancy has some dental work sorted out.

A few months ago Nancy started having some pain in one of her teeth. We were on our way across country from the northeast heading for the Balloon Festival in Albuquerque New Mexico and stopped off in Amarillo Texas on the way. While there Nancy decided she needed to have the tooth looked at as soon as possible. She found a dentist willing to get her in and found that she needed a root canal. Luckily for her, the dentist she found was very good and got the job done quickly and with very little pain. Or so we thought…

A few weeks later after seeing the Balloon Festival and spending some time in Carlsbad Caverns, Alamogordo, Cloud Croft NM and exploring the Trinity site (site of the first atomic explosion only open twice per year to the public) the pain returned. Nancy contacted the dentist who prescribed her some anti-biotic’s over the phone. When the anti-biotic worked to cure her pain the dentist assumed the problem must be that he missed a root and recommended that she return so that he could complete the job.

By this point it was late in December and those of you who know Amarillo know that it gets cold up there in the winter. She had also won tickets to a Cowboys game via one of her sweeps so we made the several hundred mile trek back north via Arlington to brave the elements.

We stayed at Oasis RV park, which certainly did not resemble anything oasis like at this time of the year in Amarillo. Nancy’s appointment was for the following day and we couldn’t wait to get it out of the way and get out of there. When we arrived the winds were gusting into the 40mph range and the temps were in the 30’s for highs.

Nancy’s appointment went well enough that upon arriving back at the coach she was ready to leave. We packed up and hit the road within the hour and made a run for warmer climes. That night we drove all the way down to just north of Fredericksburg and spent the night boon-docking at a Walmart before heading over to Ladybird Johnson State park. We avoided the snow and raised our average temps by about 20 degrees!

It appears that this time the dentist was successful in completing the job but we have decided to find a dentist here in Livingston to set the crown. Once that is done we will again be free to roam about the country!

Lunch today was very pedestrian, same as yesterday actually (Rotisserie Chicken cold cut sandwiches). I shook it up today by putting them on Kings Hawaiian mini sub snackers sweet rolls. I really enjoy the Kings Hawaiian breads, they have a nice texture and add a nice sweetness to a standard cold cut sandwich. No Pringles today though, saving room for dinner. 😉

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Chicken Tortilla Soup

Ingredients

  • 2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips or chunks
  • 1 (15 ounce) can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 (10 ounce) can enchilada sauce
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cubanelle pepers, chopped (or 1 sm. can diced green chiles)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 (10 ounce) package frozen corn
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tbsp Lime juice
  • 1 tsp Franks RedHot
  • 1 15 oz. can black beans
  • 7 corn tortillas
  • Vegetable cooking spray

Directions

  1. Place all ingredients (except corn tortillas) in a crock pot. Cover, and cook on Low setting for 6 to 8 hours or on High setting for 3 to 4 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  3. Lightly coat both sides of tortillas with cooking spray. Cut tortillas into strips, then spread on a baking sheet.
  4. Bake in preheated oven until crisp, about 10 to 15 minutes. To serve, sprinkle tortilla strips over soup.

 

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Breakfast worthy of an Admiral!

The weather here in Livingston has been rather erratic of late. We are in one of the few spots in the US who hasn’t gotten snow yet this year, so we have that going for us. Temperatures are generally chilly overnight and into morning, lately as low as the 20’s but usually 40’s for lows. The sun here is still fairly strong though, so on most days temps will be in the upper 50’s to highs of over 70. Like I said, the sun is strong so the sun coming in through any unshaded windows will warm a room quickly. The cats love it!

Today for breakfast I’m planning something extravagant! My breakfast this morning combines the flavors of Thailand with the bounty of the plains of the US. This sweet and crunchy concoction flavored with peanut has been a staple of my and millions of others diets for many years now. What is this tantalizing treat that so many have enjoyed?

Cap’n Crunch Peanut Butter crunch!

Just hearing the *tink – tink* as these little sugary, peanut flavored balls of grain and corn flour hit the bowl is enough to awaken the spirit of any young boy or girl. Add about a cup of H.E.B.’s finest 2% milk and boy howdy! You got yourself a breakfast fit for an Admiral!

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Asian Night in East Texas!

Good evening fellow BadDieters!

The Escapees park here in Livingston is really more of an RV neighborhood than a normal RV park. There are numerous residences found within the park, most all have accommodations for a motor-home including, pad (usually concrete but occasionally gravel), water, electric (30 or 50 amp), and sewer. The residences themselves can range from a simple “park model” trailer up to beautiful log cabins nestled in the woods around the park. You can spend the better part of a day just taking the dogs for a walk down the many winding roads, checking out the different configurations and chatting with the folks you meet along the way.

Now for dinner, Chef Nancy is preparing an Asian delight for our approval. The primary “base” will be from the kitchens of Annie Chun’s. Annie Chun’s has a line of Asian meal starters straight from exotic San Rafael CA. Tonight, we will be sampling Organic Peanut Sesame chicken.

The preparation of the meal starters is rather similar to Hamburger Helper in so far as you simply add your favorite meat and whatever veggies you crave. We have decided on chicken that Nancy has lovingly diced into bite size chunks and for the veggie we have gone with snow peas and a lovely broccoli slaw from Walmart.

Opening the box you find only two components, a package of straight chow mein noodles and a package of peanut sauce. The noodles need to be boiled for 4-5 minutes before being added to your favorite meat and veggies with the sauce and stir fried until the chicken is cooked through.

While cooking, the smell from the peanut sauce really comes through. It provides a very bold peanuty smell with just a hint of sesame. Since we added a bit more veggies than suggested (I am theeater1 after all) we decided that adding a bit more sauce might be prudent. For this we chose Annie Chun’s gourmet Thai Peanut sauce.

Now the taste. As usual Nancy executed the preparations to perfection! The noodles had a slight wheat flavor that blended well with the peanut sauces. The chicken was tender and also worked well with the noodles and sauce. I chose to add a bit of soy sauce to mine to give it a bit of a sesame noodle flair, divine!

Nancy summed it up best, “Healthy and yummy!” a winner!

Thanks Annie Chun’s!

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1st Blog Lunch

Today I ate lunch while posting about my breakfast. I didn’t get the idea about this blog until around 11am Livingston time (CST) and wanted to try to include a full day of BadDiet’ing so I had one full meal of catchup to do.

Whew! Glad that’s over, now I’m all up to date!

Lunch today was a simple sandwich and a handful of Pringles. The sandwich was prepared by Nancy, and consisted of Deli Fresh Rotisserie Chicken Breast by Oscar Myer, Sargento natural provolone cheese (3 slices) on H.E.B Honey wheat (free with a gallon of milk purchase) and some Dukes Southern Mayo. The Pringles were the Family Favs Cheddar BBQ.

I really liked the Rotisserie Chicken and the provolone had a nice bite to it. Since we arrived down south I had to find a replacement for my previous favorite Mayo (Cains) and have been a big fan of Dukes since. Dukes can be found pretty readily here in Texas. We have found it as far north as Amarillo and as far south as Galveston.

Pringles are the type of chips you either love or hate. I think they are great as long as you don’t compare them to actual potato chips. The Family Favs Cheddar BBQ have a slightly stronger flavor than some others, I would classify them as bold.

My drink with lunch today was a Gatorade Perform Ice Punch.

And of course the whole meal was put together with love by my wife so it was just that much better!

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Breakfast of Chubbians!

Good Morning Readers!

My first submission to MyBadDiet comes to you from Livingston TX. Livingston is a small town about an hour north of Houston. For RV’ers like my wife and I Livingston’s claim to fame is as the home of Escapees. Escapees is a group dedicated to living the RV Lifestyle. The park here in Livingston is home to the Escapees Mail service and as such becomes the “home” address of many Escapee members who live full-time in their RV’s. I don’t know exactly how many Livingston “residents” are Escapees but it has got to be a good portion of the total population of the town. Needless to say Polk County and Livingston are very RV friendly.

Breakfast today wasn’t hugely exciting, it consisted of a Jimmy Dean D-lights sausage egg and cheese on a english muffin. I discovered these while work-camping in Sweeney Texas. My wife Nancy made the mistake of sending me out to do the shopping. After cruising the frozen breakfast sandwich aisle at the Walmart in Bay City (a ten minute drive from Sweeney) I found these little frozen morsels.

For a frozen “light” breakfast sandwich, I must say they are pretty flavorful. The whole grain muffin is as good as you could expect from a microwave muffin, while the turkey sausage actually has some real flavor and the American cheese is actually cheese-like! The egg is yolk free and does a decent job of tasting like a yolk free egg.

Nancy just found a coupon for these quick, tasty treasures today at the Jimmy Dean site. (click coupon above to go directly there) Normal price around here at Walmart is $4.50 for a 4 pack. Not too shabby for a quick easy meal on the go!

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