Monday, March 30, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
I found a great recipe I want to try from thewwchick.blogpspot.com. I copied it below. I plan on trying it this week. Hopefully the boys will love it and not think it's weight watcher food. I hate that sometimes they complain when I'm on a diet that they are being punished and have to be on a diet too. Of course, the healthy eating is good for them and they have to understand that. But, sometimes a 10 year old and 7 year old have a hard time understanding. Except when it's WW muffins. They eat the entire box before I get one bite. And, those muffins aren't cheap!
Crock Pot Cheeseburgers
POINTS® Values Per Serving 4
1 1/2 pound 90% lean/10% fat raw ground beef
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
8 oz Kraft Velveeta Light Reduced-Fat Pasteurized Processed Cheese Product
2 Tbsp fat-free skim milk
1 medium green pepper(s)
1 cup onion(s)
2 clove garlic clove(s)
BROWN GROUND BEEF WITH GARLIC, PEPPER UNTIL COOKED IN A SKILLET. DRAIN. COMBINE COOKED MEAT AND ALL REMAINING INGREDIENTS IN CROCKPOT. MIX WELL AND COOK ON LOW 6-7 HOURS. SERVE: SPOON INTO BUNS. COUNT THE POINTS FOR YOUR BUN SEPARATE.
If you haven't checked out the ww chick's blog, you really need to. She has terrific ideas on dieting and staying on plan. I struggle with that at times. I've found that my problem is making food a celebration or fun time. I love to go out to eat. My co-workers love to go out to eat at good restaurants, not fast food places. It has to be a TGIFridays, or On The Border restaurant. Eating out every once in a while is ok, but everyday becomes a problem. I find that no matter where we eat, the calories and fat grams are always much worse than expected. You simply cannot eat healthy at a restaurant unless you are very diligent about what you order. I have some co-workers that love to rationalize eating bad. "It's only for today, just eat healthy tomorrow", " You're no fun, go eat with us", "I just couldn't eat like that, I have to have my meat (or sugar or bread)". Those are some of the things I hear on a regular basis at work. I just need to remember that it's about me for once. I need to keep my resolve and not listen to everyone else. I heard once that people that have a weight problem always want company. They want their friends to stay unhealthy with them so they don't feel so bad. Well, I've always been a girl who never had to watch my weight until I had kids. Even after having my oldest, I went to my 6 week checkup and weighed 135 pounds and I'm 5' 4". Needless to say, I weigh much more than that now. But, I've always attributed it to my son suffering from a disability since birth and the depression that followed, the divorce that came 8 months after my youngest was born and then the tragic death of my father just when I thought I had gotten my life back on track. Once again, I was re-inventing my life and it was tough. But, also, I'm happy, fat and happy, that's my problem too. I've been in love with a man for the last 5 years that makes me feel like I'm the most beautiful person on earth and I've started slacking in the past couple of years and getting comfortable with being overweight. This Spring, that ends. I need to be here for my boys and my sweetie. I need to be healthy as a good example for those boys. I tell them all the time that I used to run 4 miles a day in college. I'm going to show them that it's true and I can be healthy and exercise on a regular basis. I want them to be proud of their mom and the strong person that I've become both mentally and physically.
*Getting down from soapbox now*
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Nothing like greasy, er...I mean...plump, juicy sausage patties.
While the sausage is cookin' away, preheat your oven to 350 degrees or whatever the biscuit directions say. Put your biscuits in the oven about 5 minutes before you're done with the sausage patties. I use Wal-mart's generic brand, Good Value biscuits. They taste the exact same to me. But, get the flaky kind because they soak up the gravy better. By this time, I'm really getting hungry.
When the sausage was almost done, I remembered that Mr. Hautemama had bought some of that old-fashioned kind of bologna at the store. A real treat is to cut your bologna in slices and fry it in the pan in the grease from the sausage. Now, that is something my dear, departed Dad would cook me when my Mom was in nursing school when I was a really little kid. It was his speciality - fried bologna sandwiches! Yummy! And for people who aren't from the South or Midwest, I swear to you that we don't eat like this all the time. Just on rare special occasions! HA!
Next, remove the sausage (and bologna) from the pan but keep all of the grease in the pan. That's where all the flavor in the dish is going to be. Add about 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil, then about 1/4 cup of flour or enough to stir in with all the oil. You need to brown the flour to cook the flour taste out of it. Keep stirring, if it seems like it needs a little more oil, put a little more in. There are no rules, just go by feel. That's something my Mom would say. When your 1/4 cup or so of flour has browned, pour about a cup of milk in. Keep stirring and it will thicken. If it doesn't seem like enough gravy or it gets a little thick - add some more milk. Then salt and pepper. It's that simple. After a while, you'll end up with this:
Cream gravy with sausage! Food of champions! Now put it on a plate and serve with the fried bologna! This isn't our dinnerware. This is one of the kid plates that I serve my sons! Sunny yellow! But when you're on Weight Watchers - you might want to just eat a biscuit with some Polaner's fruit spread. I didn't eat the gravy - but the biscuit is only 4 points. And....it's worth every stinkin' point! Ha!
Dinner was great and Mr. H is now watching basketball. I have no idea why, but I don't really like to watch basketball. I'm a football girl, through and through. Basketball might be too fast for me - who knows. I was 5'4" in the 2nd grade and Dad's from all over town would call our house when I was a kid and beg my Dad to put me in basketball. I was so shy I didn't want to do it. I played softball and tennis. That's all I wanted to do. Oh, and I'm still 5'4" in my thirties. I just grew super fast. Guess if I'd have played the sport I might like it.
My little T-man did his report today on Hawaii. He said the poster board he did last night got a 100%. Yay!
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
About 8pm, the storms started rolling in and Tom and Melissa, our friends and neighbors called to let us know that there was golf ball size hail and a possible tornado coming our way. Tom is a meteorologist for the local TV station and wanted to warn us and tell us that we needed to come to their house and get in the safe room if it got bad. That made me panic a little bit. I called my Mom and told her to stay at her house with the golf ball size hail. At least her car would be in a garage over there. Luckily the storm didn’t end up being so severe. But I still couldn’t go to sleep, wondering if we were going to get blown away.
One of my biggest worries was if the satellite would get interrupted while I was watching my favorite shows. Monday night is my night for some good TV watching. I love watching Jon and Kate +8, well, let me correct that, I used to love watching Jon and Kate +8. Now that they’ve become rich and famous, I just don’t think it’s as fun watching the show. They live in a million dollar mansion that was bought solely with money from the TV show. Now, I don’t care that they’ve tried to better themselves, but at what cost to their children. Do their children really enjoy going on all of those trips or does the family have to go to get the plug in for the resort or whatever place it is? And, Kate, please treat Jon with a little more respect. My gosh, is it that hard to be nice on camera to your husband? I can’t stand watching her berate Jon sometimes. I would be ashamed of myself for treating someone I love that way. The other shows I adore are Big People, Little World and 18 and Counting (The Duggars). The Duggars were in town this weekend at a bookstore signing autographs. I wish I had gone to see them. I really admire that family. They are self supporting and really seem like genuine people. The mother never seems to lose her patience or get angry with the children. I wish more mothers could act like that. They really make Kate Gosselin look horrible!
I’m sitting at soccer practice writing this. I actually remembered that my laptop was in the car with me. Why not get some blogging done while I wait. The wind is too strong to sit outside. I know, I’m one of those moms. But, hey, I don’t see any others sitting outside. Both boys are doing so good at soccer. Last weekend, they were both in the game at the same time and T-man passed the ball to his brother and he kicked it in for a goal. They were like the dynamic duo! It was an awesome moment! I was so proud of them!
Today is my nephew Bryan’s birthday. He’s 21. Such a grownup! I can remember when he was born, I was just a bratty teenager-HA! Bryan is in Orlando with his parents because my nephew Brett is at Spring Training with the Braves. He is in their minor league system and was with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans last season. I’m not sure where he will be this upcoming season. I just hope he’s doing good at Spring Training. Bryan and my sister (his momma) went to Disney World today because you get in FREE on your birthday. My kids are gonna be so jealous! I hope he’s having a great birthday – he deserves it!
Friday, March 20, 2009
I'm thinking of ordering the cutest wallet ever. I found it on the Etsy store, Sewgracious - http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=22318339
I love, love love it! You should go look at the Etsy site. So many temptations.
Tonight we ordered Mazzio's Pizza for the second night in a row. And, I wonder why I need to go on a diet! Actually, I didn't order last night, Mr. H ordered last night. I ate a salad.
I need to go to the dreaded "Wal-Marts" tonight and do some grocery shopping. Oh, how I dread the Wal-Marts. It is good people looking though. I just don't understand the parents who drag their babies in there with only a diaper on. Or on the nights when I need to go after the boys are asleep and there are little kids there at 10pm at night. Very odd.
My weekend is going to consist of tasks. Here's the list:
- Make sure the boy's soccer uniforms are clean and set out for the game tomorrow
- Organize and clean out the linen closet
- Finish doing the laundry and put clothes away
- Make out monthly menu for the rest of March - I've been a slacker lately
- Type out a master grocery list
- Detail car inside and out
- Work on T-man's report on Hawaii
- Find library book titled Fighting Dinosaurs so I don't have to pay $15 to the school for it
- Find easter decorations to put out
Here's what I got one year ago tomorrow. I was floored! It was the most beautiful ring I had ever seen!
Thursday, March 19, 2009
I've wondered about Kelly's situation and knowing how much she wanted that baby and how truly excited she was for her birth, I knew she would never be able to go back to work. I think she will make a wonderful, loving, caring mother. I'm so excited for her and in all honesty, I'm secretly jealous. Not in a bad way, but just wish my circumstances were a little different and I could stay home with my boys.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
3 pounds corned beef brisket with spice packet
10 small red potatoes
5 carrots, peeled and julienned
1 large head cabbage, cut into small wedges
Place corned beef in large pot or Dutch oven and cover with water. Add the spice packet that came with the corned beef. Cover pot and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Simmer approximately 50 minutes per pound or until tender.
Add whole potatoes and carrots, and cook until the vegetables are almost tender. Add cabbage and cook for 15 more minutes. Remove meat and let rest 15 minutes.
Place vegetables in a bowl and cover. Add as much broth (cooking liquid reserved in the Dutch oven or large pot) as you want. Slice meat across the grain.
Anyway, we took care of Sabl the weinie dog and Stormy the Shitzu (get it....Stormy's Dad sells safe rooms-Ha!). They were so funny. The second they came into the house, they acted like they lived there. I looked in the living room and they were both sitting in the recliner and looking at me like, "Where are you gonna sit?". That started off a pretty good weekend filled with all kinds of dogs, our Beagle Baylee and White Boxer Allie(alliesdogblog.blogspot.com), the neighbors Sitzu and Dachsund, then Sunday we babysat my brother-in-law's puppy Bella the Boxer. She was so cute. She ran circles around the other dogs, biting them and sniffing their hineys! Dogs are so funny that way!
I got a few errands done that I had been putting off for a while. I ordered about 6 dresses from Target. They were on sale and were super cute, but not for any woman who has any sort of figure. Stick figures would be the only people who would look good in these dresses. I couldn't believe how huge the dresses made my hips look. Yuck! Complete disappointment. So I took them back and got my money back. I'm tired of buying things thinking I'll lose 15 pounds and wear it. We are in a recession. I'm not wasting my money on things that aren't perfectly suited for me anymore. I also took back some sailor pants from JCPenney - yet again, another clothing choice not good for women with any sort of hippage. I was going to swing by the Goodwill store but didn't have time. I want to go check it out. Apparently, some of the other bloggers out there find really great name brand clothing at Goodwill. Anything to save a dollar!
Speaking of saving a dollar, we made homemade pizza instead of ordering delivery. It tasted better than our usual $20 pizza does. I might try to keep pizza dough on hand in the fridge more often. It only cost about $10 to make 2 pepperoni pizzas. Pretty smart homemade alternative!
Friday, March 13, 2009
Not much has been going on this week. It seemed to drag on forever, possibly because I still don't feel well. I started getting sick about a month ago with some sort of sinus junk, then it turned into bronchitis, then walking pneumonia. I went through 2 rounds of antibiotics and I'm still coughing. UGH! I need to feel good next week because we see Elton John/Billy Joel. I'm so excited! It should be terrific.