Skinny Ms 15 Bean Burgoo

Here is the first recipe from Skinny Ms Slow Cooker Recipes. The name was intriguing to me. It’s a stew from the Kentucky area that features at least 3 separate things. There is no single recipe for it; the meats vary from kitchen to kitchen as does the vegetables and seasonings. Now, I made the investment in a slow cooker and found it easy to use. I did buy the Crockpot name because I wanted the quality for an item that would be working as long as it works.  I just had visions of a short-circuit or something with a lesser known brand.

I’ll list the recipe as it is in the book. At the end I’ll expound on changes I made, my opinions, etc.

1 cup dried 15 bean mix

1 1/2 cups fat-free, low sodium chicken broth

1 cup water

1 tble olive oil, divided

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into bite size pieces

1 pound stew meat, trimmed of visible fat

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 small sweet onion, diced

1/4 tsp sea salt

2 potatoes, cut into 1 to 2 inch pieces

3 carrots peeled and sliced

2 ribs celery, chopped

1/4 red pepper flakes

1/2 tsp black pepper

1 tsp Hungarian paprika

1 bay leaf

1 cup frozen okra

1 cup corn, no sugar added

1 14 1/2 oz can petite  diced tomatoes

Sort beans. Rinse and place in a large pot with 3 cups water. Bring to a boil and reduce heat and simmer for 2 minutes Cover beans and soak in existing water overnight.

Drain and rinse beans. Add beans chicken broth and water to slow cooker.

Add 1/2 tble oil to large skillet lightly brown the chicken and meat. Drain any fat and discard. Add meats to slow cooker. Add 1/2 tble oil to skillet and saute onions and garlic till tender. Add garlic, onion and remaining ingredients to slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 8-9 hours.

Yield 16 1/2 cup servings. Points = 9 points per cup serving


Things I changed: I used all chicken broth, no water. I used “regular” paprika as I did not have Hungarian. And I cooked it on high for 5 hours due to a time constraint.

What I thought: There wasn’t enough broth and I like a thick stew and this was more like a soup. It was different having the chicken and beef in one dish. I liked it, but I would like to make changes to this recipe so it suits my personal taste more. So, you’ll see this again, but with my spin on it.


Versatile Blogger AwardThank You Brenda Stonehouse – Pencils, Paints and Pixels for nominating me for this award. It’s nice to get recognition, and from a blog and blogger I really admire. OK, now I have to tell you seven things about myself, but I came up with five:

  • I’m Diet Coke, not Pepsi
  • Cary Grant and George Cloony – all style, talent and class
  • I live in Florida, but hate the heat
  • My children have fur and that’s just fine by me
  • I’ve finally accepted that I swear and will continue to do so and that doesn’t make me a lesser person

As for referring other blogs, I have a blogroll that I will direct you to. Most of the roll if not all of it has received this award. More gs are forthcoming.

Thanks again Brenda!

AWOL No More

First, let me apologize for going AWOL on you. I have just undergone what I thought would be a minor surgical procedure only to find that it impacted me in a major way. The surgery went fine, and I am doing well, but the impact was on my weight-loss. Last week I really went off the rails and ate what I shouldn’t have and didn’t exercise, gaining a pound. And this week is a repeat. When I get anxious, I eat. And while I downplayed the surgery, it was a bigger deal to me than I thought. I didn’t really understand the dangers inherent in the procedure for someone my size and for someone who has never undergone general anesthesia. Ignorance is bliss and I think if I had been more cognizant of the dangers, I may not have had it done.

Weight Watchers says that to gain a pound is normal, not to worry. What I am finding is the journey is more complex than I expected. When I started, everything was so cut and dried and clear. I did what I was supposed to do and never thought there would be anything that would interfere with my progress. You don’t know what you don’t know. Now I see that  there are many factors at play in this journey and that it may take longer than previously expected. And that’s OK. This isn’t a race, there’s no one I’m competing with. I just want the journey to be over so I can get my Ipad!

I’ve been writing for the internet and so far all the things I’ve written have been accepted by the clients. I have to write five pieces before I am evaluated and given a ranking which I hope will be four stars. That is where the bulk of the assignments are. It’s a lot of fun to write such a variety of pieces. So far I’ve written a blog post on how words hurt, a short article on romance, a piece on the attractions in the Orlando area, and a synopsis of an Australian photographer and explorer. Currently I am working on a piece about closet organizers. You never know what the assignment list will hold for you. And while I enjoy writing, I am limited in my ability to assign myself pieces to write. I need someone to give me the topic to write about. I struggle with this on this blog. I love writing for it, I just have a hard time coming up with new posts.

OK, What about if you came up with a subject you’d like to see me write about? The subject could be weight-loss or it could be about mid-life or art or books or cooking…you get the picture.

As for the recipes I am reviewing, bear with me, I’ve done one and I hope to get the review up today or tomorrow. I also have a new book series to review for you as well.

A Respite

I went to my sister’s house for a little get-a-way this week. It’s great having her  close-by as opposed to when she lived 1500 miles away. We went out to eat…Japanese one day, Mexican the next. Both were outstanding If I’m not going to stay on plan by eating out, I want the experience to be memorable. These were. Both were dishes I wouldn’t make at home, or if I did, they wouldn’t be as good as these authentic ones were. That is my criteria for eating out; something I don’t have at home. The Japanese was chicken and shrimp hibachi style and the mexican was chicken en mole. Just outstanding. Now to find a mole recipe I can do at home.

We went exploring using my sisters golf cart.  I am starting to research living situations for the future after I turn 55 and found my solution where she lives. It will involve a major lifestyle change on my part, but I think it is doable and has given me a goal to work towards financially. We will continue researching the area and keeping an eye on the real estate market in the price range I can afford. But I am heartened to know that I will eventually be living near her, and not an hour away.

At my job they’ve announced that hours may be cut in the future and this has me investigating new sources of income. I have found a viable option for replacing the eventual loss of income by writing for the internet. I’ve only just started, but I see great potential for an income source with this. All-in-all it’s been a good month of research yielding options for my future.

Today it’s back on the bike and there is where I need to be for the remainder of the week. That sounds like I’m going to be on it without break, but you know what I mean.

My first recipe from “Ms Skinny Slow Cooker Cookbook” is coming this week. Until then, take care and keep smiling.

Review – “The Kindness of Strangers” Mike McIntyre

Just finished The Kindness of Strangers by Mike McIntyre and it was a great read. Books that take me out of my comfort zone are great to read from time to time. This is one of those books. It’s the story of a journalist who embarks on a journey across the country without any money. He walks over 4000 miles and I have to say that I just couldn’t stop reading…I wanted to know if anything bad happened to him, as I would imagine it would if you hitchhiked your way across country. The people I know, myself included would not be in his book as we wouldn’t have stopped to pick him up or invite him into our homes for the night. But people did from coast to coast.

It’s a book you can enjoy as it is ultimately positive and uplifting. You can live the adventure vicariously through Mike, and he leaves you feeling better for having joined him on his journey.



On The Way To FInding Myself

“I’ve never understood what people mean when they say they have to find themselves. We know who we are. The hard part is being that person. It’s always so much easier to be someone else.”

The Kindness of Strangers

Mike McIntyre

I know the name of this blog says I’m trying to find myself, but what does that really mean? I am comfortable in my skin now, more than I’ve ever been. And I do have a sense of who I’m supposed to be and yes, it is difficult to be that person. I want to put on masks, like I do when I go to work, or go out socially. I may know who I am but I may not let you know me. It’s a protective measure.  What I mean by finding myself is to get to the reason why I have never felt thin in my life and peel away the layers of excuses as to why that is and change my thinking so that when I get thin this time, I feel it, believe it, and live it as my truth.

The Weigh-In

This week I stayed the same. Last weeks cookies and “sick eating” coupled with some less than stellar food choices this week have caused this. I know what I did. I want to be “perfect” and just do the right thing all the time, but I am finding that I am human and that means going off track from time to time. Accepting this is a challenge for me. I have perfectionist tendancies and they are difficult to overcome. But necessary. Weight Watchers knows this and expects you to derail from time to time as the natural process of losing weight. Since I tend to be unforgiving about things, this is new to me.  A realistic approach to the task of weight-loss is new to me. The last time I did this and the last program I followed was so regimented and unrealistic and painful, that seemed normal and expected as a weight-loss plan. Weight Watchers is so much easier on you and I can see how this is a lifestyle that can be maintained for a lifetime.

In The Kitchen

I haven’t been in the kitchen much since being sick, cooking on the fly really or eating my frozen convenience foods made awhile ago. I was approached by a book publisher to review their book “Ms. Skinny Slow Cooker Cookbook”, and I will be featuring recipes and a review from that book in the near future. Link to the book on Amazon is: Note that the book I’m working with is not the natural book which is 19.99. I’m working with the 9.99 one.

Product Details

I haven’t been writing on this blog since getting sick, but I will be more attentive now that I’m better. I’ve started writing professionally for the internet and that has taken up some of my time and energy.  I’ll post about this experience a little later, after I’ve completed more assignments.