Sunday, September 02, 2007

Trading Desires

Today is Chantix Day 88 (or day 3 of the 0.5mg dose while tapering) and Smoke-free Day 76.

I woke up in such a great mood today. I have the feeling this will be another very productive day, and I don't even have any desire to smoke. Instead, it's like my desire to cook and do some organizing and planning have kicked in instead almost *because* I don't smoke, if that makes any sense. If not, that's OK, because it really doesn't to me, either, but that's just how it feels. The cooking thing has been building for the past few weeks, but this other stuff is new. I don't expect this little phase to last forever, so I intend to enjoy it and make the most of it.

Recent cooking adventures and results:
  • Kielbasa With Tomatoes and White Beans - This was Wednesday, and I really *loved* this, and Tom really didn't because of the tomatoes.
  • Beef Keema - This was Thursday. Great flavors, but would love it more without ground beef, or potatoes. Tom felt that way, too. Still, I gave it a thumbs us, and Tom not so much.
  • Trailer Trash Mixup - This was Friday. Sadly, this is exactly the kind of thing folks like us would love, but we didn't. At all. And we like all of the ingredients, and so many did give good reviews for it being ugly but yummy, so I don't get it.
  • No-Bake Fudge Cookies - Later Friday. I was redeemed and Tom loved me. They never did set very firmly, but I think cooking them longer than I did will help next time. Still yummy!
  • Crepes - Even later Friday. I made these late at night as a snack because I wanted to try them. Easy and yummy, and someday I'll get creative with the options.


  1. My friend Tom quit on Chantix and he told me that he "found" more time in the day. All those ten minute breaks add up so it kind of makes sense. He also has more energy and desire to be active. I think it all adds up and am looking forward to experiencing it myself.

  2. You're doing so good Maggie, I'm really proud of you. I'm following behind in your footsteps. :)

    Those chocolate no bake cookies I fix all of the time. My hubby, kids, and grandkids love them. I found that if I bring it to a full boil and boil for 1 1/2 minutes, that they turn out perfect.

    I love to cook and bake as long as I have someone to eat it. I'll be fixing a large breakfast late tomorrow morning for my daughter and her family.

    Have a great weekend.

  3. Sign me up for fudge cookies and crepes.

  4. Maggie I tell ya sometimes reading your post I nearly starve to death afterwards.
    now where is my box of cheezits! Oh there they are....Yummy!
    Hope ya have a great weekend!

  5. I think I see the fatal flaw in that Trailer Trash Mixup (if you don't consider the ingredients to be the fatal flaw): why the heck would you microwave something already full of soft textures? That hot dish was begging for a few minutes in the oven and 30 seconds under the broiler.

  6. You're doing awesome Maggie... Thanks again for your encouraging words :)
    Have a great Sunday!
    ~ Lisa~

  7. Chris - I hadn't thought about the extra time factor, but I do think it's true.

    Sue - Thanks for the cookie tip! Tom will be grateful.

    Tasina - Sorry, all gone, but I'm still on a cooking tear if you are in the area ;)

    Tabatha - I don't know what's come over me, but everything just sounds so yummy to me, too, and I'm feeling inclined. Before long, I'll be back to a box of Cheezits, too ;)

    Danielle - Strong point about baking instead of microwaving. I don't think Tom will ever let me attempt it again, though.

    Lisa - Thank you! So good that you are doing so great on your quit!


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