Friday, April 24, 2015

#29 What's For Dinner?????

The Dreaded Question...

   What's For Dinner???


 


Why is this such a dreaded question?  It's dreaded because most of the time it's an after-thought that you think about close to 4-5pm when you know it's time for your dear hubby to walk in the door.  It's the dreaded question because nothing has been PLANNED and nothing has been taken out of the freezer

You know that your not going to be able to feed your family something "INTENTIONALLY" well-thought out and delicious.  So now it's a mad dash to see what you can thaw out quickly, what you can add with it, or worse -- what you can order out -- you know the drill.

 We all know the saying:








I do make weekly meal plans, but lately our household has changed a bit due to changes with both my husband and I.  My husband has been pretty much on his own with his dinner, by choice. He comes home and has a taste for eggs, so he will make eggs.   Or he has a taste for salad only or a smoothie -- so he pretty much is self-sufficient when it comes to making his own dinner. 

But in my mind -- I like to have something prepared just in case he does not "FEEL" like coming home and thinking about what to eat. He has told me not to concern myself with fixing him anything -- but being a women, wife, nurturer -- it's my duty to concern myself about these types of things (at least I've told that to myself :-).






OK, I think he will like it if I make...

Also, lately me and the hubby have been laying off of meat. So in my mind you have to be really creative with what you are going to prepare. So I find myself planning twice -- something for me (and hubby -- just in case he wants to eat what I've prepared) and a meal for the boys because I don't want to deprive them of meat just because we slack off of it from time to time. GREAT SCOTTS!!! 

I found this cute book at the library and I'm going to try some of the recipes with the family. It's called Peas and Thank You by Sarah Matheny.








This lady and her family were once meat eaters but the wife and husband decided to go meatless. She didn't want to deprive her children of meat so she found meat alternatives. She concocted this cookbook of delicious meals that now her entire family loves. We are not talking about going vegetarian (yet :-) -- because we will have a burger every now and again -- and chicken and fish will probably always be something we will eat -- but I'm just SAYIN -- we have laid off of it considerably.

So what's a girl to do in situations such as this???  The dreaded question -- "What's for dinner?" -- now stares me in the face?   Tell me, who are you cooking for and what's for dinner????


Until next time...


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Friday, April 17, 2015

#127 Sowing Organic Seeds In-Doors

I'm getting a jump start on my outdoor gardening.  I'm trying my hand at growing seeds indoors.  I'm growing Zinnia's, Tomatoes, Cucumbers and Morning Glories. 






I like the idea of starting early -- but I'm going to need more space and better lighting to keep this up.  My plants have germinated and are growing nicely but they want outta here.  They want to spread their roots into deep soil.  I don't start outdoor gardening until after Mother's day (sometimes a little earlier) just because our weather here in MO is quite fickle. 
 
If you have never checked out my garden, here is a link to check it out:  My Garden Stuff  (just scroll down and you will see all my gardening post - including this one).  Be on the lookout for a full garden redo.  I have an organic garden and it will be expanded this year with a walk-in enclosure.
 
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Friday, April 10, 2015

#126 New this spring!

Thank God it's spring!  I love this time of the year with the flowers growing and time to plant veggies and just enjoy warmer weather.  Change is in the air.  So much so, I decided to lighten my load this spring with a new haircut and color.

Honey Blond Baby!

I really like the color.  It's Honey Blond!  Woohoo!  Who knew I would have anything with the name blond in it on my head.  Well I love it.  It's short and so easy to manage.  Just jump in the shower and wash it and put a little gel on and go!

Swimming, gardening, working out -- whatever -- here I come!

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Friday, April 3, 2015

#125 He is Risen!

Happy Resurrection Sunday!!!  He is Risen!



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Thursday, March 26, 2015

#124 Funky Monkey Smoothie -- My Favorite Thing for March!




Haven't done a favorite thing in a long time.  Since this is the last Friday of the month I thought I would get back into the swing of things by adding my favorite thing for the month of March.

It's this fantastic smoothie that I've been enjoying called Funky Monkey.  I got this recipe from Domestic Geek.  You can check out the original here:  5 More Incredible Smoothies.

Here's the recipe:

I can't get enough.  So easy and so good!


Funky Monkey
1⁄2 cup milk
1⁄2 cup Greek yogurt
2 bananas
1 tbsp chocolate protein powder
1 tbsp natural peanut butter

Blend together and enjoy!  It's is sooooooooo delicious.  Until next time...

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

#123 Homemade Bread Update

To say that I've been enjoying my bread machine is an understatement!  WE LOOOVE THE NEW BREAD MACHINE!!!!  I've made plenty of bread since the machine has been in my home.

My first bread was the Oatmeal Maple Pecan Bread.  I made three of these and gave two away.

Oatmeal Maple Pecan Bread

I've also made:





  •  Garlic Bread
  • 100% Whole Wheat (my husband's favorite)
  • Basic Ultra Fast Bread (my boy's favorite)
  • Morning Sticky Buns (made on Valentine's day for the family)
  • Irish Potato Brown Bread
  • Hamburger Buns
 


  • My best bread "EVER" -- Wheat Bread

    Great rise and the taste is YUM!



    Hamburger Buns

My bread machine was a gift from my sister.  You can check out my first post about this here:  Bread Machine Post.  It has at least 12 settings and for the hamburger buns I used the dough setting.  Afterwards I formed them into balls and smash down slightly and placed them into the oven.  Once done I cut them in half and "Voila" -- hamburger buns.  And believe me when I say they are much better then store bought.  

Thank you sis for the bread machine.  Sis be looking for more bread and a jar of jam -- which the bread machine does as well!  WHO KNEW!!!?!?!?!

Until next time...


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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

#122 Are You Getting Enough FIBER?

In order to keep the pipes flowing in my body I needed to add more fiber to my diet.  Me and the hubby decided to add some Fiber One to our everyday salad.  This is the claims for Fiber One:

14g Dietary Fiber



Do you see that -- Dietary Fiber at the bottom?  Just by adding a 1/2 cup you are getting a whopping 14g of fiber.  According to the Institute of Medicine, women need 25 grams of fiber per day, and men need 38 grams per day.  WebMD Article.  It was noted that the average American only eats 15g of fiber per day.  I've been eating this Fiber One two ways:  a bowl of cereal or using the cereal as croutons in my salad.


Add a 1/2 cup or more to your salad as croutons


While I'm sharing -- I also want to share what I found at the Dollar Tree.  It's cheese!  I love white cheese on my salads and I was out of my usual white cheese so while in the Dollar Tree I stumbled upon this:


6oz. package found in the refrigerator section of Dollar Tree


As you know, cheese can be pricey.  I love me some Pepper Jack and this was a great find.  I had to share!  It was "DELISH!"  I added it to my Graty which shreds it up to top off my salad.




Fiber One Adds that Extra "Crunch"

  
Not a bad way to add more fiber!!



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Friday, March 6, 2015

#121 Get Organized and Meal Plan!




I've found that in order for me to eat well I need to organize well.  What that means to me is having my meals planned.  Having it organized in a book of sorts to have what I need for grocery shopping and so on and so forth.  One thing that has been very helpful to me is my Menu Planning & Grocery Schedule Binder.  I got this idea from a YouTuber I love to watch called How Jen Does It.  You can check out her binder here.  Jen's Binder Click Here.  My planner is pretty much set up like hers so if you want details that I don't have here -- please check out here video.

I've always made a meal plan for at least two weeks that work around our pay periods.  I go to the grocery store twice a week for my necessities (and my meals for two weeks) and also during the week for produce (you know how quickly that comes and goes).  What's nice is that you can see what you have as well in your freezer and refrigerator and make meals based on what you have.  Literally it has been a life saver and it saves money as well.  You are not constantly in the store standing like a dear in headlights wondering what to feed your family.  You don't have to eat the same things over and over (unless you want to) and when it's time for dinner you just pull out your ingredients and make dinner.  You feel so accomplished because it's one less thing you have to think of or worry about.

My binder is set up like this.  My first couple of pages displays the stores I go to and what I typically purchase there.  It's my checklist to see what I'm out of and need to replace.  My next sheet list a column of meat dishes, bean dishes, pasta dishes and the last column is my "Whatever" for Saturday meal.  I use a lot of YouTubers for my recipes.  Of course you can add your own favorite recipes to your binder but for this binder I don't do that.  I pretty much use favorites that I've made from other YouTubers.  So my first page consist of my Table of Contents.  I made this using Microsoft Word and I used tabs labeled 1-31.  I have so far 10 YouTubers who I have recipes from.  I have tried their recipes and if I enjoy them (family approved) I add it to my binder.  So my Table of Content looks like this:





                         Table of Contents

1
Stores/Meat, Bean and Pasta Meals Table

11

2
LAURA VITALE

12

3
ROSIE

13

4
HOW JEN DOES IT

14

5
DO IT ON A DIME

15

6
DANI SPIES

16

7
MY SO CALLED HOME

17

8
ROCKIN ROBIN

18

9
CUT THE FAT

19

10
AT HOME WITH NIKKI

20



Our schedule consist of eating whatever we like on Saturdays -- most of the time I make something from home that is not how we normally eat.  Burgers and fries, fried rice and orange chicken, pizza, tacos, etc.  Or there are times when we go out to eat and that's added to my list (if I know in advance).  So I will put meals on the menu for this two week period.  We eat meat two day out of the week, a bean meal two days out the week and a pasta meal two days out of the week.


What’s for Dinner
8 meals for two weeks
Saturday
Fri/Sun
Mon/Tues.
Wed./Thurs.
Eat Out Day
To last one day
Meat Meal
To last two days
Pasta Meal
To last two days
Bean Meal
To last two days








Saturday
Fri/Sun
Mon/Tues.
Wed./Thurs.
Eat Out Day
To last one day
Meat Meal
To last two days
Pasta Meal
To last two days
Bean Meal
To last two days





























I plan for eight meals in a two week period.  I go through my binder and pick out eight meals and make enough to last for that period.  Our Saturday meals is meant for just one day.  There are times when a two day meal does not spread out for two days (someone ate too much -- then I will always add something to it in order for it to work.  There are times when there are leftovers after the two days.  I either freeze this or have it for lunch.  It pretty much works itself out.

I keep a copy of the recipes with it's ingredients and it's stored in my binder.  I then make a grocery list of those eight meals and head off to the store.  This has saved me so much time and money that I had to share.  

Don't get caught at 3, 4 or 5pm standing in front of the refrigerator asking..."What am I going to make for dinner?"  Be prepared and you will find yourself saving time, money and your sanity.

Until next time...

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

#120 Cauliflower Pizza Crust!!!

Scoot on over to my "Oh Taste & See" blog and check out this week's post regarding a great pizza crust I made with Cauliflower.   Oh taste and see for yourself how good it is!!!!

Click here to go to the post:  Cauliflower Pizza Crust Recipe Blog Post


I could have eaten this entire healthy pizza (8 slices)

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

#119 The Mind -- Think on These Things....

Disclaimer:  If you have come to this blog thinking all you will read about is Yo-Yo Eating No More -- you are sorely mistaken...hence the title AND SO MUCH MORE.  Gotta love blogging :-)))


The mind is a funny thing.  I look at it as a big REPLAY button...

But the funny thing is -- what's replayed the most is the unpleasant stuff.  Have you noticed that?  For instance, I've been doing this blog since 2012 and I hardly get any comments.  My mind replays that over and over.  It skips over the fact that I have over 22 THOUSAND VIEWS -- and that people are always complimenting and saying how much they enjoy it.  How soon we forget all of that because the mind replays the fact that you did not get one comment today on your post -- boohoo!!!

Have you ever had on an outfit or your hair was on "POINT" and just about everyone complimented you on how nice you looked and this one individual doesn't say a word but the eyes says it all -- or at least in your MIND the eyes says it all!




You know what I'm talking about -- right lol???  The replay button just keeps going back over and over and over and over on that face in your MIND.  No matter all the 50 thousand compliments you got before hand -- that ONE person sticks in your mind -- and you can't seem to turn off the REPLAY button.

The Bible talks about this because God knows our mind is a powerful thing.  It has the ability to think on ALL types of things but it focuses on the unpleasant things.  The Bible has to help us to focus on what to think on.  So before you start thinking about all kinds of mess the bible says this:

"Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things (Philippians 4:8)."
Example:  Think about those people that we think are living the life.  Hollywood stars, bloggers with 10 million comments (ha!!), people that appear to have it all together.  Well, life is not what it appears.  Robin William, for instance, loads of movies, beautiful wife who loves him, money, fame -- but the mind torments and it has to be something we shut off.  We have the power, with the help of the Lord.



Let's pay attention!  The mind can have you on a trip that will take you outta here.  We ALL have so much to be thankful for.  So-much-so that we can shut that replay button off and FOCUS on the good.

FINALLY...





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Friday, February 13, 2015

#118 Don't Ever Go On A Diet Again!



Don't ever go on a diet again.  I will tell you why!  Diets set you up for failure.  Unless you are willing to eat a low carb diet, Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers or any other diet -- for the REST OF YOUR LIFE, you are wasting your time and money.  They are making money off of you and that's how they stay in business.  How many people do you know that started Weight Watchers or any other diet and as soon as they got off of it and tried to eat "regular" food they gained back their weight and some?  Too many stories and unfortunately it doesn't have to be that way.

This is my suggestion.  Don't ever go on a diet ever again.  I'm going to suggest you do what you know is the only way your going to loose weight and keep it off.  Stop eating crappy food.  Eating out 2 to 3 times a week instead of fixing your own meals.  I'm talking restaurant food that you know is not good for you.  Greasy burgers, greasy chicken, fried rice, fried this, fried that.





And let's face it.  If you are eating out at restaurants instead of eating at home, even if you are not eating greasy food, you could be loading up on unnecessary calories.  These places should be at best every blue moon.  Not once or twice a week.  It is best to cook most of your meals 90% of the time.  That way you know what you are eating and you are avoiding sabotaging your hard work.

I'm going to say something I'm sure you have heard before.  What you NEED to be eating is more fruits, vegetables and lean protein (chicken, fish).  You can get full on this stuff -- you just need to know how to prepare it.  That's where internet and cookbooks comes in --- if you are not familiar with cooking.  As a family we try to eat meat once a week (the leftovers the next day), beans once a week (the leftovers the next day), pasta once a week (the leftovers the next day) and on Saturday is our eat whatever we want day.  I have teenagers who do very well eating this way during the week but I make sure I have a eat whatever you want day in the schedule as well.  This is mostly for my teens -- so I will say that on this day for me and my husband we will eat our usual way for breakfast and lunch and have whatever we want for dinner.    But basically this way of eating allows me to eat well 90% of the time and have something that I wouldn't eat everyday once in awhile.  This allows me to maintain my weight and if I want to loose unwanted pounds, I just cut back on food or exercise more.  It really is a matter of calories in and calories out.  I do not count calories -- the food I eat is so familiar to me I don't have to.

What I'm basically saying is -- you have to find a way that you can eat FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE and stick with it.  Don't fall for having food being shipped to your door unless you are willing to stick with that for the rest of your life.  Eat well (and that does not mean eating food that has no flavor or is boring because you will have to live with that for the rest of your life too -- are you willing to do that -- I'm sure not).  Eat foods that are good for you, that will fill you up, that taste good, and what you feel you could do for the rest of your life.  Then enjoy it!




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