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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The cold weather has made me Squishy.

When it is cold, it is no surprise that I want warm, yummy food.  But when it is really cold, I want warm yummy HEAVY food.  It has been freezing.  This does not take away from my enjoyment of winter, but I do not like when I carry extra poundage.  I don't, however, diet.  It is evil.  I do, however, change what I eat and increase my movement when things are feeling heavy.  I think all this planning ahead with the meals helps, too!  I eat better, as does the familia, and we spend less time going out to eat.

Here are some things that I have been enjoying when I need to eat leaner...
Only 108 calories, but so filling.
This idea is from my friend, Bella.  Roast a veggie in the morning for the week.  You can use it with any dish to build up quantity of food with lower calorie content.  You can use zucchini, beets, any squash, cauliflower, even potatoes.
butternut squash+olive oil+onion+brownsugar+s&p.
I have finally figured out how to love Crock Pot Chicken.  I used chicken breasts, Bone on, skin on.  I crocked with onion, spices, broth, and msg free bouillon.  CROCK FOR ONLY 6 hrs on low.  It saves it from turning out all dry tasting.  It was perfectly cooked.  (In the past, I always let it go all day...and it has that dry grainy texture.) I shredded it, removing all the bones and skin, and then spooned in some of the broth to keep it moist.

You can use this in a chicken pie, in a brown rice bowl, with pasta, in a tortilla....whatever.  This is good protein that tastes good, and was minimal effort.

150 calorie snack.  You won't be hungry afterwards.
Here are some other ideas, but unfortunately I do not have photos!  Sometimes, I am just trying to fit in the eating before the next request for a story, playdough, or painting with Ms. S.

  • Imitation Crab 1/2C+ Salsa 1/4C+ 1/2 Avocado+Green onion+Lettuce
  • Imitation Crab+Yogurt Dressing+Cucumber+Lettuce+Green onion
  • Butternut Squash+Chicken Sausage+Brown Rice+Spinach
  • Brown Rice+White Beans+Garlic+Carrot+Spinach
  • Ground Turkey Spaghetti Sauce+White Beans+Roasted Veggies
  • Butternut Squash Soup+Ham Chunks+Avocado Chunks
  • Refried Pinto Beans+Tortilla+Taco Sauce (only 300 calories, and easy to freeze)
  • Egg+Low Fat English Muffin+Ham Slice+Dijon Mustard (also easy to freeze)
  • Blueberries 1/2C+ Oatmeal 1/2C+1 TBS pecans+cinnamon

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Spring Fashion 2015

I was sitting in the car wash waiting room, and saw the Spring InStyle from across the room.  I was so excited!! I can't wait to be inspired to dress for a new season.  I took a few photos of things I saw, and it got me mentally planning my wardrobe for the warmer months.  (Plus, with the SURPRISE visit to FL in a month or so, I get to try a few things out early.) 
Love these braids for sweaty days!

Flower Belt?  Yes, Please.  
One of my March Outfits.  I'm sooo excited!
And this one... I was cracking up laughing.  ARE YOU KIDDING ME?  How do you change position?  What happens to those flowers when you walk?  If you are interested, they have it in both long and short lengths.  Bahahahahahahaha!
Also inspired by the fashion, Miss S decided to put together this get-up one morning... 
And lastly, I was inspired to go through all of her clothes and organize them for now, as well as for the spring.  We have a HUGE pile for the consignment store!  Now.... if I could only be as inspired to tackle my own closet.  

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Where have I been? Winter 2015

I have been thinking of blog posts while in the shower, in line in the grocery store, and during my daily chores.  Yet, for some reason, I haven't been able to post any yet this month.  What is wrong?  I love blogs!  I love other people's blogs!! I am silently sad when a favorite blog of mine hasn't posted!!  (Damn Facebook!)

We've been snuggled in, nursing colds, and TCB (Taking Care of Business, as my husband says), and my poor blog has been neglected.

It is easier to catch up on photos, rather than words...

Homemade (non-ugly) Pillow Case
My Puppy
Getting back to the gym
Crafting makes a HUGE mess.

New 'do

Prep for my Candle Making Party

Special Little Collection

Another Collection
Planning a Trip to...Guess Where?  Shhhh...It's a Secret!