Monday, January 31, 2011

Today (January 31, 2011)

listening: a kids video playing in the background and Jordan giggling
eating: Yoplait Greek 2x protein honey vanilla yogurt and pineapple
drinking: water
wearing: white tee and pj bottoms
feeling:  drained
weather:  looks like it might rain, no surprise here in Oregon
need: to figure out what to make the kids for lunch
thinking: I need to do the dishes but don't want to
enjoying: that I have lost 4 lbs so far this week.  I wi on Monday.
wondering: if dh and I are getting our taxes done today 
internet find:

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Today (January 30, 2011)

listening: unfortunately Barney, LOL
eating: Yoplait Greek 2x protein strawberry yogurt and turkey bacon 
drinking: Diet Coke
wearing: white v-neck shirt with yellow beads and jeans
feeling: like I should be cleaning but have nada energy
weather:  sun is out
need: to get ready for today's meeting
thinking: I should go study today's magazine
enjoying: that I have lost 4 lbs so far this week.  I wi on Monday.
wondering: if I will get my new Food Companion next week. 

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Today (January 29, 2011)

listening: the newest Sarah McLachlan album
eating: ramen noodle soup (don't feel that well)  
drinking: earl grey tea
wearing: kelly green tee and pj pants (no surprise there)
feeling: tired
weather: a little cold, but the sun is out
need: to take a nap
thinking: about going back to school eventually
enjoying: that I have lost 4 lbs so far this week.  I wi on Monday.
wondering: if I should just go back to work.
internet find: Calorie Count

Friday, January 28, 2011

Gooseberry Patch

Have I mentioned before that I love Gooseberry Patch?? Well, I do.

Here's a recipe that we love from one of their books:
Cranberry-Pecan Pumpkin Bread

2  15-oz. cans pumpkin
2/3 c. milk
1 c. oil
4 eggs, beaten
3 c. sugar
3 c. all-purpose flour
1 T. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
1 t. cinnamon
1 t. nutmeg
1/4 t. cayenne pepper (we dont use this)
1-1/2 c. chopped pecans
1-1/2 c. sweetened, dried cranberries

Mix together pumpkin, milk, oil, eggs and sugar in a large mixing bowl; set aside.
In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, salt and spices; add to pumpkin 
mixture. Stir in nuts and cranberries. Pour into three greased 9" x 5" loaf pans, 
filling each 1/2 full. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour, or until done. Cool completely
before removing from pans. Makes 3 loaves.

We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
Bake this recipe in mini loaf pans for even MORE treats to share...just adjust 
the baking time accordingly and test loaves with toothpicks to make sure they're done in the middle.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Keep Calm

Easy Lunchboxes giveaway

Check out this awesome giveaway.  You could win a cooler and 4 easy lunchboxes.


Well, my sil couldn't get the WW books.  Apparently, they are out nationwide.  So, I had to bid on ebay.  I will find out in 7 hours or so if I won.  LOL.  Anyway, here's a snack recipe.  Can't remember where I found it.

No-bake Granola Flax Treats

1/4 cup margarine
4 cups miniature marshmallows
1 cup quick cooking oats
1 cup crushed cinnamon graham cracker crumbs (I used honey grahams instead)
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup dry roasted sunflower seeds
1/2 cup ground flax

Melt margarine in a large saucepan over low heat; add marshmallows and stir continuously until
mixture is smooth. Stir in oats, graham cracker crumbs, cranberries, sunflower seeds and flax.
Mix until thoroughly combined. Spray 8"x8" baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Cool
completely before cutting into squares.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

So exited!

I am so exited!  Tonight my sister in law is going to her Weight Watchers meeting and picking up the books and point calculator I need to finally start.  I want to be healthy and a good example to my kids.  Sam and I had to have a healthscreen done at his work yesterday (weighed, waist measured, bloodwork, and blood pressure taken).  The good news is that Sam has lost 75 pounds so far and my cholesterol went from 300 to 117 in about 2 years with no medication.  I am thinking of also trying to go low carb, not sure on that...yet.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Definition of strength

Strength is my word of the year for 2011.  Here's some definitions:


[strengkth, strength, strenth]
the quality or state of being strong; bodily or muscularpower; vigor.
mental power, force, or vigor.
moral power, firmness, or courage.
power by reason of influence, authority, resources, numbers,etc.
number, as of personnel or ships in a force or body: aregiment with a strength of 3000.
effective force, potency, or cogency, as of inducements orarguments: the strength of his plea.
power of resisting force, strain, wear, etc.
vigor of action, language, feeling, etc.
the effective or essential properties characteristic of abeverage, chemical, or the like: The alcoholic strength ofbrandy far exceeds that of wine.
a particular proportion or concentration of these properties;intensity, as of light, color, sound, flavor, or odor: coffee ofnormal strength.
something or someone that gives one strength or is a sourceof power or encouragement; sustenance: The Bible was herstrength and joy.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Sienna last Saturday with her cousin Evelyn

This was taken shortly before they both got their ears pierced.  Sienna was 14 weeks 6 days.  I think Evelyn is almost 12 weeks.

They both did great.  They are so cute together.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

2011 word of the year

Didn't do that great with last year's word.  I have been searching for my word for this year.   I think strength will be my word for 2011.  I need to strengthen my faith, mind, and body.  I still have 50 lbs to lose.  I will read the Bible or other publications daily.  I will strengthen my life this year.

Strength it is!!!