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)

Until next time...

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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...





Until next time...

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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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Friday, February 6, 2015

#117 Stomach Update!

Before 1/08/2015
After 2/06/2015

 
 
No photo editing.  It's going down slowly but surely.  34 to 32.  Woohoo!
 
  
After 2/06/2015
Before 1/8/2015














I will keep you posted as I move forward with my goal.


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Thursday, January 22, 2015

#116 Homemade Bread - YUM!

I have been wanting to make my own bread but not the old fashion way of kneading and letting it rise and kneading again and you know the drill.  It's seems like an all day job. 





So what's a girl gotta do?  Buy a bread machine that's what!  Several ways of getting your hands on one.  You can either buy one new or get one from a garage sale, get one from a friend who back-in-the-day bought one and does not use it and is willing to give it over to you -- or you can like me, have a super sweet sister who buys you one!  SCORE!  How blessed am I. 

Well, I've been making bread for my bread heads (AKA hubby and two teenage boys) who absolutely love anything with gluten in it! 
So far, I've made 3 maple, pecan breads -- one was a gift for a girlfriend's birthday, one for my sister of course, and I couldn't make bread without making a loaf for the bread heads mentioned above.  As I'm typing out this blog there is a loaf of garlic bread churning in the machine. 



My First "EVER" 1.5 lb. Loaf
What I love about my machine (which is a West Bend) is that it's practically foul proof.    Put in the ingredients from top to bottom, shut the lid and in hours you have fresh bread.  It has 12 settings to choose from depending on what type of bread you want to make.  Set it and forget it!  Literally.  I purchased a book of over 300+ bread machine recipes (that you can use with any bread machine) and boy am I excited.  I realize that I'm on a quest to loose my tummy (Loose My Tummy Blog #115) and bread is not the best thing to be eating in order to do that -- but I'm also on a mission to make healthy breads as well.  So be looking for healthy bread recipes in the upcoming months.


One more thing -- can you say BAKERY.  That's literally what my house smells like when I bake bread.  I can turn off my baking scented Yankee candles and just bake bread. 

Life is good.

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

#115 Its Gotta Go -- My Tummy That Is!

This is the year that the tummy has got to go.  I'm determined!!  I'm focused!!  I'm on a mission!!  Here's what I'm working with -- there is no shame in my game.





Not bad with pants pulled over belly


Front view



But when pulled down -- you see the full belly




You know I have to love sharing/helping on my blog to be bearing it all for everyone to see.  But it is what it is and it's gotta go!  Another thing I would like to say in my defense, I've had two boys from this body -- but they are 16 and 17 -- so there is no excuse -- moving on.  It's time to roll up my sleeves, continue to use that Gold's gym membership and work it off!

First things first that I'm doing -- cleaning up my diet better.  I'm NOW strictly eating boo-coo veggies, lean protein and fruit. I'm not a bad eater -- but it doesn't take much to sabotage your efforts.  I don't eat processed foods, but I'm going to tighten the reigns on my eat out or cheat meals and be more mindful of my snacking.  Including WATER, WATER AND MORE WATER.  At least 2 or 3 liters per day (that's 8 or 12 cups).  As you may know, when you work out, it's necessary to drink lots of water.

I'm going to be doing these exercises from these videos below for my tummy as well as classes at my gym and Jessica Smith's challenge below.





Vladimir Massillon is the creator of the video above and below (guy below).  He also has a wonderful abs workout using a stability ball below (which is my favorite).



The last thing I would like to suggest is to join a challenge for 2015.  I've joined Jessica Smith's Fitin15 weight loss challenge.  There's always plenty of challenges going on during the month of January so find one you like.  Jessica's are free, fun and fast.  It started January 5.  But you can easily start today and jump right in.  The exercises are 15 min. each day.  Who doesn't have 15 minutes?  You can find out more about her Fitin15 Challenge here:  Fitin15 Challenge


 
So take a good look at the above tummy.  Say bye-bye!  I will be posting my results as I go along.

Until next time...

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Friday, January 2, 2015

#114 Have You Done It Yet?




It's 2015. Happy new year!!!!  There's one thing that I want to make sure I do right off the bat this year and that's ask you a question.  Have you done it yet?  Have you given your life and heart to the Lord Jesus Christ?  It's real easy and simple -- here's the scripture of how to do it:


Romans 10:9-10 

New American 

Standard Bible (NASB)

[a]that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 10 for with the heart a person believes, [b]resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, [c]resulting in salvation.

I know this is controversial with so many and frankly -- it's my blog and it's my belief -- therefore I'm sharing.  If you don't agree or don't think I should share -- it's a free country for you to feel that way -- but I feel otherwise.   

I pray that you do turn your life to Him.  Yes it is a new year.  But Jesus is coming back for His Church.  The bible says no one knows the day nor the hour (Matthew 24:36).  I pray that you are ready when He returns.

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Friday, December 26, 2014

#113 Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!



Wishing you and your family a blessed New Year!

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Friday, December 19, 2014

#112 Diet change for my young adults

It all started with a "Meatless" Spinach Lasagna Roll-Up recipe we had for dinner.  Jen's Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups Recipe.  We typically will have two days were we will have meat in our dinner rotation, two days of a bean type meal and two days were we will have some type of pasta meal. 




My 16 year old asked the aged-old question -- "What's for dinner."  Here's how it went down:

Me:  Lasagna.
Son:  Let me guess, no meat.
Me:  You guessed it.
Son:  Why is it we never have meat anymore in our lasagna?
Me:  We have meat twice per week, as a matter-of-fact we had that for the last two days.
Son:  I know, but we never have it in our lasagna.

This discussion brought forth a chain reaction.  At dinner dad and I began to talk about the eating habits of our teenagers.  For the most part, I felt their diet was OK compared to a lot of teens their age but then dad made it clear we needed to re-evaluate what they ate more carefully. 

  • Breakfast:  Cheerios (no milk), a ready-made sausage for the microwave and toast. 
  • Lunch:  Bologna sandwich and tortilla chips.  My oldest will have an apple but the other does not eat fruit (unless forced). 
  • Snacks:  Graham Crackers, pretzels, Fruit and Grain Cereal Bar, Clubhouse crackers and a box of raisins. 
  • Dinner: would consist of something healthy that I cook for the entire family which varies nightly. 

Needless to say, the snacks are no longer an everyday option.  Fruit and vegetables are now the new norm.  Both myself and the hubby feel if we are going to eat healthy -- primarily something green or a fruit with breakfast/lunch/dinner and our snacks -- why not our kids. 

Believe it or not, they did not take this hard.  It was as if they knew it was coming and took it very well.  I thought there would be a big kicking and screaming (not literally) but there wasn't.  We will continue to have our eat out day on Saturday's which is something we all enjoy  -- but for the rest of the week -- they will have better nutrition in their diets.  Thanks to hubby!  And yes, we will have meat in our lasagna from time to time in the future.

Until next time...

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

#111 My Puff Stitch Cowl & New Haircut

Last week I announced that I was going to start back crocheting and I showed a puff stitched cowl that I was interested in making.  Well, it's finished.  Here's the one that I was trying to make:

How To Make Your Own


and here's mine:

















Closer View



Mine is a tad bit different in my yarn is a little stiffer then the original one -- so my stitches seem to be a little tighter instead of loose -- but other then that -- I absolutely love it.

Now on to making some headbands now that I have a new hair cut.  Need to keep this noggin warm - LOL!!!


Shaved in the back
I'm loving it!

I know -- Right?


Until next time...


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