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Progress on goals this weekend

January 9th, 2017 at 07:29 am

- Selling lower unit of duplex:
I still haven't heard from my downstairs neighbors regarding my email about my concerns about his finances that need to be settled before we can form a co-ownership agreement for the duplex. I'm going to propose we meet up in person about it next Monday, since I have MLK Day off.

- Continue home renovations:
We heard from the contractor that they'll start tearing out the upstairs bathroom today. Just in time, because an unfortunate smell, like stagnant water or sewage, has started becoming noticeable just this week. We think it's coming from the shower drain. Hopefully nothing too serious!

- Walking and eating habits:
I was nearly perfect about walking (hit my Stepbet goals for the week!), skipping breakfast and avoiding night snacks. Unfortunately I didn't lose any weight, but I'm going to keep it up this week and hopefully the scale will be my friend next Sunday!

- Self-publish two novels:
I offered AS $50 apiece (out of my own spending money) to review my two novels and give me her high-level editorial opinion. Hopefully a financial incentive will give these a better chance of happening!

- Try new recipes:
I tried out a new recipe last night, Tofu Swiss Steaks from the cookbook "Friendly Foods." I thought it was really good, and there was a lot of leftover tomato-veggie sauce that the tofu baked in, so I cooked up some pasta and mixed the sauce in to make two days of lunches. Verdict: The grownups liked the new recipe but the kids didn't, so I probably won't make it again for a while. Anyway, 1 new recipe down and 49 to go!

6 Responses to “Progress on goals this weekend”

  1. Beawealthywarrior Says:

    Did you mean not skipping breakfast?

  2. ceejay74 Says:

    Nope, I skip breakfast on purpose. It's a thing called "intermittent fasting" where you try to consolidate all your eating into a small window of the day. For me, that's eating lunch between 11:30 and 1:00, then dinner between 6 and 7:30.

  3. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Could you tell me the recipe for the tofu marinade?

  4. ceejay74 Says:

    There wasn't really a marinade; he had you pour some soy sauce on the tofu and then fry it in sesame oil. Then you make a tomato veggie sauce separately, and bake them together.

    Someone posted the recipe online; here it is. I pressed the tofu before pouring the soy sauce on, just so it would crisp up better when fried. I used 14 oz tofu cut into 8 slabs, vs. 4 slabs of 2 oz each. Also, I didn't have fresh tomatoes so used 15 oz of diced tomatoes drained.

    The sauce was yummy but there was way, way more than you'd need even for 14 oz of tofu. Luckily it was great on pasta.


    2 Tbs. sesame or canola oil
    1 1/2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
    1 cup halved and sliced onions
    1 cup diced green bell peppers
    2 Tbs. minced garlic
    1 Tbs. chopped basil (I used 1 teaspoon dried)
    1/4 cup dark barley miso dissolved in 1/4 cup water (I used a different miso I already had on hand)
    2 cups tomato puree
    1 cup water
    1/2 tsp. black pepper
    4 tomatoes, blanched, peeled, seeded, and chopped (optional)

    4 to 6 tsp. tamari
    4 pieces of firm tofu, 2 ounces each
    1/4 cup sesame oil


    Heat 2 Tbs. of oil in a medium saucepan. Saute the mushrooms, onions, bell peppers, and garlic with the basil for 5 to 8 minutes. Stir in the dissolved miso. Then add the tomato puree, water, pepper, and fresh tomatoes. Simmer for 5 minutes.

    Pour the tamari over the tofu pieces, distributing it evenly. Heat the 1/4 cup of sesame oil in a skillet. Saute the tofu on both sides until golden brown.

    Place a little sauce in an 8-inch square baking dish, place the tofu on the sauce, and cover with the remaining sauce. Cover the dish and bake at 350 F for 20 to 25 minutes.

  5. Frugaltexan75 Says:

    Thanks Ceejay. The marinade recipe I've been using with my tofu is so salty, even with cutting down on the brags aminos. This sounds really good.

  6. Buy, Hold Long Says:

    Fantastic. I hope your book takes off. That is just another way to get some revenue coming in each month. While it isn't a constant income it is still quite impressive. Well done. Glad to be a part of your journey Smile

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