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Ladies, why are you carrying around an 8 lb bowling ball?


While enjoying my breakfast this morning, there was a segment on Good Morning America about women’s excessively large purses and all the items inside they’re lugging around. First thought – why are they talking about this? A woman can carry around whatever she wants in her purse, that’s her choice. She’s the one who has to carry it, next subject.

But as the segment continued, it was all about the extra, nonessential items in the purse that add excessive weight. As the reporter and style guru wandered around Manhattan weighing the purses of random women, most bags weighed in the  7 – 8 lb range — the weight of a bowling ball or new-born child. Who am I to tell a woman what to carry in her purse but I do have to ask, why carry all that extra weight around? As bags get bigger and bigger, we tend to stuff more “stuff” in it. Time to slim down those purses ladies!

It then got me to think about men and their wallets — the same issue definitely applies. I know several members of my family with excessively large, bulging, overflowing wallets – I don’t get it!

If you were a fan of the Seinfeld Show and the character of George Costanza, remember his wallet?

Years ago when I was standing up in a wedding, I received a Coach Slim Card Case as a groomsmen gift and to this day, I still use that in lieu of a traditional wallet.  It’s so slim and allows for only the basics —  ID, a credit card or two, insurance card and a few bills — what else do you need? It’s bad enough that I now walk around with the card case in one pocket and a smart phone in the other, but that’s another topic for another time.

It got me to thinking about slimming things down in general and of course, food. Recently, I slimmed down a traditional pasta meal with the use of spaghetti squash.

1227 Foster- Chipotle Red Pepper Shrimp

If you haven’t tried this amazing vegetable, you have to run out to the grocery store and get some now!

1227 Foster- Chipotle Red Pepper Shrimp 2

Simply bake it in the oven and shred it with a fork to create strands of “spaghetti-like” noodles. Talk about slimming down a meal with absolutely delicious results, not to mention low-carb and gluten-free!

Chipotle Southwestern Shrimp & Spaghetti Squash

Serves 2
Allergy Shellfish
Dietary Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Meal type Main Dish
Misc Serve Hot
Website 1227 Foster


  • 1 Large Spaghetti Squash
  • 1lb Large Shrimp (peeled and deveined)
  • 1 Small Red Onion (chopped)
  • 3-4 stalks Celery (rinsed and chopped)
  • 1 Medium Red Pepper (deseeded and diced)
  • 1 Large Tomato (cut into large chunks)
  • Chipotle Seasoning (Messa Rosa Chipotle Brand from Urban Accents)
  • Olive Oil


Step 1
Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. While preheating, slice spaghetti squash lengthwise in half and scoop out seeds.
Step 2
Place each half facing down on a large baking dish lightly coated with olive oil and drizzle additional olive oil over the exterior of each squash.
Step 3
Bake squash for 45 minutes to an hour until you can easily pierce with a fork and shred the squash.
Step 4
Once cool enough to handle, take a fork and pull from the edges towards the center to create "spaghetti" strands. Set Aside. Note: the shrimp recipe serves 2 and so does each half of the spaghetti squash.
Step 5
In a large sauté pan, drizzle with olive oil and gently heat over medium heat.
Step 6
Once oil is hot, add in onions and sauté until translucent. Add in celery, peppers and tomatoes and mix until tomatoes have broken down to create a chunky sauce.
Step 7
Season with Chipotle blend to your taste liking and then add in the shrimp. Continue cooking until shrimp has curled and turned pink.
Step 8
Serve shrimp over spaghetti squash and enjoy!


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    • Kathy, I’m so glad you enjoyed the post! If anything, maybe you can lighten your purse by removing just one item — take baby steps :)

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  1. Oh Danny I AM laughing ~ guilty as accused!!!! Not 4 Kg, more 3, but it does pull one’s shoulder down!! Is a nuisance! Does make me mad! Living in the country I normally go out for the day ~ some of the stuff really is necessary, other things there just in case’ :) ! Have a separate paper money and change purse – and Australian change is darn heavy and collects seemingly very fast!!! [And cash is still very much used here – more than in the States methinks!]. Hmm, really have to take these baby steps and remove a few ‘insurance policies’!! Horrid photos of the new Chicago freeze alll over the news last night – hope this passes soon . . .

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    • At least it’s only 3 Kg :) And I totally understand, better to be prepared than sorry. Glad I brought a smile and a good laugh to your day! As for the Chicago weather, we’re surviving — it is January but I can’t wait until Spring arrives. Thank you as always!

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  2. oooh..spaghetti squash. I really should try those skinny noodles one of these days.
    haha bowling ball bags. My mom’s bag is like that – but then it seems like she carry my dad’s stuff in it too.

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    • Hi Marnelli! Happy New Year!!!!!!! Yes, you have to try spaghetti squash if you ever get the chance — you will love it! Glad you know exactly what I’m talking about with those heavy purses and you’re right, I bet a lot of women actually carry their other half’s stuff as well :)

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  3. Great little post and it is so true our purses are just too heavy. I used to carry a huge purse when I lived in the States as I never had to carry it far just from my car to work, etc. However, now that I live in Asia and have to walk every where and carry everything I purchase, I have a very light purse with just the most essentials. Beautiful spaghetti squash pasta dish and perfect for that low carb meal. Look delicious!
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    • Thank you Bam! Glad to hear that you have been able to unburden yourself with the massive purse from your days in the States. And thank you for liking this latest spaghetti squash recipe! All the best!

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