“This Shit is Bananas!” – Shaun T.

Guess what I did this morning?

OH.  EM.  GEE.

This is by far the hardest workout I have done all year.  I am exhausted and it’s only 11 am.  I have no idea how I’m going to get through the rest of the day!!

Here’s my awesome stats:

Love it.

I thought I’d also post a sneak peek of Miss P’s ballet costumes this year.  Just cuz they’re so damn cute!

And the back of this one:

The frou-frou one:

Now go ahead and try to tell me these aren’t absolutely freakin’ adorable!  That’s how these dance places get ya.  It’s a racket!!  These 2 outfits that she will wear on stage for a total of 3.5 minutes cost me $81.  And don’t forget tights and shoes – another $24.  A RACKET I TELL YA!  I’ve been wondering if there is a group that I can donate her costumes to – it just feels like such a waste……

Sorry no recipes on today’s post.  I’ve been recycling a lot of old favs so it’s been a bit mundane.  I’ll try to get something up before the end of the week. 

Later peeps!

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Mother’s Day

Hope all you Moms out there had a great day! 

We spent the afternoon at the In-Laws for lunch.  I brought dessert ☺

Lemon Layer Cake

      Golden Pound Cake 365 gram(s) Sliced Lengthwise – this took 1 (285g) cake and another (80g) slice from a second cake
      Cool Whip Sugar Free, 1.5 cups
      Sugar, .75 cup
      Cornstarch, 3 tablespoons
      Water, tap, 2/3c
      Lemon Juice, .25 cup
      Lemon Peel, 1 tsp
      1/4tsp salt
      1tbsp butter or margarine

In a 1.5 quart saucepan add the sugar, cornstarch and salt.  Turn on the heat to medium high and slowly add the water, stirring constantly.  Once all the water has been added, boil an additional minute until the syrup is thick then shut off the heat.  Add in butter and lemon peel, stir until the butter is melted.  Add in the lemon juice.  Pour into a chilled bowl, cover and refrigerate 1-2 hours until set. 

To assemble, lay 2 pieces of wax paper on a platter and center the first piece of cake.  Spoon on 2 tbsp lemon filling and 4 tbsp cool whip.  Continue until you’ve used all the cake slices.  You’ll probably have leftover lemon filling.  Garnish with strawberries.  Pull the wax paper out and chill 1 hour before serving.

 10 Servings 
Amount Per Serving
  Calories 225.2
  Total Fat 7.1 g
      Saturated Fat 2.7 g
      Polyunsaturated Fat 0.0 g
      Monounsaturated Fat 0.0 g
  Cholesterol 15.4 mg
  Sodium 197.8 mg
  Potassium 8.3 mg
  Total Carbohydrate 40.0 g
      Dietary Fiber 0.6 g
      Sugars 25.4 g
  Protein 1.1 g

Seroiusly delish – and worth all that sugar!!!

(Lemon Filling from Betty Crocker cookbook)

I also made a pecan pie for the MIL as it’s her favorite:

This thing has 1/2 day’s worth of fat and calories in 1 slice!  I didn’t have any but I was told it came out good – and this is my first attempt at pecan pie!

The rest of my day continued as normal – dinner, baths, laundry and bedtime stories.

Off to see my Momma today!!  Have a Mah-velous Monday!

Thanks for holding.

Hey folks!

Sorry for the long absence, I’ve been taking care of Moms for the last week and haven’t been able to sit at the computer for an extendended period of time.  She finished her last radiation treatment this past Thursday and I’m happy to report today that she is finally starting to feel a bit better.  Please keep your fingers crossed – thanks!!

I wanted to give a big shout out to Miss Mia and Miss Ella who had a birthday yesterday!!!  The BIG #1

Ahhhh!!! Aren’t they adorable??!!! ♥♥♥♥♥

And another big shout out to my sisters’-in-law, Angela and Lynda whose birthday is today:

I bet you’re wondering how I enjoyed my first taste of Peanut Butter on Easter morning…….

Well, it was a tad anticlimactic:

Best rice cake EVER.  I had about 3 tbsp of PB in the morning and then OD’d on some Blue Diamond Cinnamon Brown Sugar almonds that night ☺

The kids’ Easter morning looked like this:

We went out to brunch with Officer M’s grandparents (his Mom & Dad were in Boston with his sister and the new baby), and my family came over later in the evening for some ham and potato soup and homemade cornbread.  Pretty low-key, which I love.

Well, I gotta get a move on.  Hopefully I can post the rest of the stuff I had planned on later today or tomorrow.  Have a great Tuesday!

21 hours and counting……

Teeeheeee ♥ ☺ 

First off, let me announce that my sister in law gave birth to a cutie patootie baby boy on Thursday.  He weighed 7.5 pounds at 20 inches.  Don’t you just want to chew on those cheeks!?! 

LOVE HIM!  

Happy Birthday PJ!!

Now, on to the countdown.

I usually get up at 6am so that means I have 21 hours and 14 minutes to go!!  And I’ve been contemplating how I will enjoy my first taste of PB in 44 days.  I’m not kidding, I’ve been thinking about this for like 2 weeks now.  It’s gotten to the point where it NEEDS to be perfect!  

Here are some ideas:

 

Aww, who am I kidding?!  It’ll probably look more like this:

Or really more like this:

but I probably won”t wear a diaper….

Seriously though, it’s gonna go something like this:

Ohhhhh yeaaahhhhhh……

If you don’t hear from me for a while, I’ve probably OD’d and am in the hospital with an IV full of jelly. 

Cuz everyone knows jelly counteracts the effects of peanut butter.

Chia Seeds. Not just a cheesy Secret Santa gift anymore!

No not this:

This:

Now before you go thinking I’m crazy to be eating this stuff, let me give you some examples of the health benefits these little seeds carry.

  •  30% of the chia seed’s oil is Omega 3 oil. 40% of its oil is Omega 6 oil. This provides the nice balance those who take supplemental Essential Fatty Acids are looking for. The chia seed’s substantially dense percentage in alpha-linolenic fatty acid also makes this seed a healthy dietary source of fatty acids.
  • You do not need to grind the Chia Seeds to digest it. It is a relatively easy to digest seed, whereas flax seeds are not. Often, one has to grind flax seeds to be able to process them in their digestive system. That is not the case with chia seeds.
  • The chia seeds are great for athletes because they are highly hydrophilic. Being hydrophilic means it absorbs large amounts of water. Chia Seeds can absorb over 10 times their weight in water making them a great enhancer in hydrating our bodies. They absorb the water we drink holding it in our system longer.
  • Studies show that eating chia seed slows down how fast our bodies convert carbohydrate calories into simple sugars. This leads scientists to believe that the chia seed may have great benefits for diabetics.
  • The chia seed gels when becoming wet and this gel, when in our digestive systems, helps prevent some of the food, hence calories that we eat from getting absorbed into our system. This blockage of calorie absorption makes the chia seed a great diet helper. Eating the seeds also helps dieters by making them feel fuller faster so they will be less hungry!  (check out www.mariahealth.blogspot.com for a really cool pudding recipe!)
  • Chia seeds provide antioxidant activity
  • Chia is a great addition to a detoxification program. Chia seeds are high in fiber and in healthy oils making them an excellent addition to many detox programs.
  • Mix Chia seeds into yogurt, sprinkle them on cereal in the morning, add to salads, or even add them to your baking. There are many ways to add chia seeds into your daily routine!  Mine go into my daily bowl of oat bran!

Read more: http://healthmad.com/nutrition/the-health-benefits-of-the-chia-seed/#ixzz1K45wEefU

They are pretty much tasteless, and added into my oat bran, they have a subtle crunch very similar to a poppy seed.  Go ahead, give em a try.  What’s the worst that could happen?

Oh, and in case you were wondering….

4 Days until BFF and I can have Peanut Butter!!!!

I’m stocked and ready:

Wait? Wheredja go?

Hiya peeps.

Sorry I’ve been MIA for the last week or so, it’s been crazy round these parts and I really haven’t had a lot of time to sit down at the computer. 

In case you didn’t know, my Mom has cancer so I’ve been spending a lot of time taking her to her appointments/treatments.  I think, for a while at least, I may only post once a week, so hang in there with me!

On today’s agenda though is fun stuff!  Know what this is?:

Yes, it’s a stair climber.  But not just any stair climber – it’s the Summit (duh, duh, dunnnnnn).  It’s like climbing up stairs 3 AT A TIMEOooh, it burns so good!  I’ve used this thing twice this week so far and I’ll probibly use it again today.  

Next week I’ll start the second P90X series, I don’t want to fall into the cardio whore routine like last summer – that wasn’t doing me any favors.

The plan is to take the rugrats to the pool after my workout and then we have the rest of the afternoon open.  

OH Hey!  Only 8 days till I can have peanut butter and nuts again!  This year has been really, really, really, really, really, really hard.  Really.  No kidding. 

 Have a fantastic friday and wonderful weekend folks!

Ole!

Hey peeps!  It’s a cruddy day outside today – rainy and cold.  Better than snow though.

So last night I made mexican for my Mom and step father.  Mexican MY WAY.

Delicious, cheap to make and healthy.

Salsa Crock Pot Chicken

3lbs Chicken breast

1 jar Salsa

1 cup Additional water or unflavored tomato sauce

Put everything in the crockpot on low for 6 hours.  Shred the chicken and leave on low for another 2 hours.

  • Servings Per Recipe: 8
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 113.5
  • Total Fat: 1.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 49.3 mg
  • Sodium: 255.9 mg
  • Total Carbs: 4.0 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 0.0 g
  • Protein: 19.6 g

With that, I made some Southwest Style Oven Rice

1 cup uncooked Brown Rice (Carolina)

1 15 oz can (fat free/low sodium) chicken broth

1 4oz can diced green chilis

1/2 c blak beans (reduced sodium), drained

1 mini can (no salt added) corn, drained

1/2 c diced tomatos (Salsa, Southwestern or Chili flavor)

Put all ingredients into a 2.5 quart casserole dish, cover and bake at 350 degrees for 60-70 min, stirring once or twice.

  • Servings Per Recipe: 8
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 65.3
  • Total Fat: 0.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
  • Sodium: 224.4 mg
  • Total Carbs: 13.0 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1.4 g
  • Protein: 2.3 g

Put the two together with a half cup of fat free refried beans and Ole! 

Stats for this bowl of yummy goodness  =

289 Calories

2g Fat

37g Carbs

29g Protein

The only downside to this dish is the sodium.  Even though I use low sodium/no sodium stuff, it’s still pretty high (around 980).  I just make sure to drink a ton of water to counteract any bloat. 

Oh hey!  Only 20 more days till I can have peanut/nut butter again!  Half way there, baby!

These are definitely helping:

Stats are very similar to PB too (which is cool cause that’s where a lot of my daily fat was coming from and I have been waaaay low lately):

AND 90 mg for a 1/4 cup as opposed to the 980 in the pumpkin seeds!! 

 I’m out- hope your Monday isn’t sucking too bad!