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Long time, no blog!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Hello friends! I've been creeping around sparkpeople, but not blogging. Thought I would take a few minutes and post an update.

Weight - After hitting my maintenance weight in August of 2012, I maintained for about a year. The last year I have been peeking over the top of my maintenance range by as much as 4 lbs. That's almost 10 lbs over goal. Not cool. Pleased to announce that the last three weeks I have been laser focused and am back in range!

Exercise - I joined a gym in May and love it. I generally go at 5:30 a.m. and also to an evening spin class. I am a social exerciser. Love being around other people at the gym.

Nutrition - Three weeks ago, I started using an app called Two Grand. It is basically food tracking with pictures. It has been so motivating! I find myself not going back for seconds because I don't want to post a picture of it. I'll add more veggies for a better looking plate. You follow each other and like/comment on their meals. If you join, I'm amanda79. Here are a couple screen shots.

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    I just joined Two Grand a few days ago myself. I am Coffee_On_My_Mind there also. Love it, makes me think twice before eating anything, so good for a person who frequently indulges in mindless eating!

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KOFFEENUT 8/16/2014 10:23PM

    Hadn't heard of this app before; thanks for sharing what could be a GREAT motivational tool!

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Slow Cooker Honey Mustard Chicken

Saturday, May 17, 2014

I revived the What's Cookin' Good Lookin' recipe game on the maintainers team this month. We pick a new recipe, make it, and blog about it. Here is the link to the discussion thread if you are interested.


This month I decided to make Slow Cooker Honey Mustard Chicken. It is very popular at sparkrecipes. Here's the link.


I doubled this recipe and made it in my Ninja slow cooker. If you haven't heard of a Ninja slow cooker, the thing that makes it special is the metal insert and the stove top setting. You can sear your meat before you cook it. With this recipe, after it had cooked for six or seven hours, the sauce was still really thin. I took the lid off and turned it up to stove top high setting for a few minutes and the sauce thickened right up!

Kids and adults enjoyed this recipe. It had a really great flavor. I served it with uncle ben's long grain and wild rice and creamed spinach.

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JULIAOAK 5/20/2014 3:34PM

    looks yummy!

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KIMBERLY_Y 5/18/2014 10:00PM

    Going to have to try this one. Would probably be a hit in my house. Thanks!

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TINAJANE76 5/18/2014 9:31AM

    Looks delish! Thanks for sharing the recipe and your review.

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MTN_KITTEN 5/17/2014 10:55AM

    mmmmmmmm ... keep sharing.

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-BLESSINGS- 5/17/2014 10:19AM

    oooo YUM YUM... thanks for sharing with us...

~Wishing you a SPARKtacular Saturday~
~BLESSings ALLways ~Deby

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Hamburger Noodle Casserole - delicious!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

I was browsing through my Taste of Home Comfort Food Diet Cookbook and came across this recipe. What caught my attention was the use of cream cheese. Very similar to Million Dollar Spaghetti recipe that is floating around the net, but way easier on the calories. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw that someone had already entered it into the recipe calculator. Here is the link to the recipe here on spark.


Hamburger Noodle Casserole

This photo is from the taste of home website. I forgot to take a picture of mine.

I can't say enough about this easy, delicious, healthy meal! I made it in two 8x8 casseroles and froze one for later. The kids loved it. The husband loved it. I loved it. The cream cheese mixture tempted me to lick my plate. Yes, it's that good. I may sub jarred marinara for the tomato sauce next time for a little more flavor, but it is great as written.

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KIMBERLY_Y 1/14/2014 12:49PM

    My mouth is watering. I am going to add it to my grocery list.

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JULIAOAK 1/13/2014 1:33PM

    looks v.tasty! emoticon

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KAYOTIC 1/12/2014 8:52PM

    Looks good, my boyfriend doesn't like hamburger, so when I make these things I usually sub cooked chicken breast...I would like it with the burger though! emoticon

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Taco Spaghetti - YUM!!

Monday, December 02, 2013

Taco Spaghetti Recipe Review

Recipe Link

This is a Taste of Home recipe. We all liked it so much that I wanted to know the calorie count and share it with you all!

The combination of ground beef and black beans makes this recipe high in protein and inexpensive. I made this into two 8x8 casseroles and put one in the freezer for an easy meal on another night.

Everyone in my family loved this! Give it a try!

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TINAJANE76 12/15/2013 10:39PM

    Ooh, this looks super yummy! I'll definitely be trying this over my long Christmas break.

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RUTHXG 12/5/2013 4:27PM

    Looks yummy & super-easy! I have some beef in my freezer, which is rare--I don't normally stock it, but there was an opportunity to buy some free-range beef from a trusted source this fall, so I got 5 lbs. About 3 lb is ground, so maybe I'll use part of it for this recipe!

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ADARKARA 12/5/2013 11:27AM

    it looks delicious, thanks!

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JSTETSER 12/5/2013 10:17AM

    I just might give it a try!

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JULIAOAK 12/3/2013 2:13PM

    emoticon emoticon

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DELIA38961 12/2/2013 9:16PM

    sounds yummy emoticon

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EVIE4NOW 12/2/2013 8:52PM

  Sounds good. Thank you.

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Recipe Review!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

We have revived the recipe review game over at the At Goal and Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance team. I had this one saved for ages, so it was a perfect time to try it.

Mom's Slow Cooker Pork Chops and Sweet Potatoes

Here is a link to the recipe

This was really simple to put together and cooked nicely in my slow cooker. Per some of the other reviews, I sprinkled a little cinnamon and nutmeg over the top of the sweet potatoes (I used raw, not canned).

I think everyone in the family loved this but me :( I found the whole dish really bland. I'm certainly not ready to give up on it yet as it was healthy and easy. I may try just a tad brown sugar on the sweet potatoes next time or maybe two cans of cranberry sauce (they were the only thing that I really liked). I also might try browning the chops before putting them in.

This recipe got a ton of great reviews on sparkrecipes and I'm no food snob, so I'm really surprised. Like I said, I think it may just need a little tinkering.

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JULIAOAK 11/10/2013 6:29AM

    looks really tasty! emoticon

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KIMBERLY_Y 10/21/2013 10:11PM

    I have done pork in the slow cooker without browning and I am not a fan either. I think it is tastier when I brown it first and then finish it in the slow cooker. It gives the meat so much more flavor. But, I love the idea of putting the potatoes and the cranberry sauce into the pot too. Sounds delicious and I may have to try it. Thanks for sharing.

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RUTHXG 10/15/2013 9:15PM

    Since the family loved it, it's worth tinkering with, right? I see one reviewer says she seasoned the pork with thyme and rosemary as well as salt and pepper; those sound like they would be great additions.

I am in the minority that prefers sweet potatoes without any added sweetness, unless I'm making them into a pie or another dessert. But it's intriguing to think about slow-cooking them with cranberry sauce & pork . . .


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KAYOTIC 10/13/2013 1:03PM

    To me, most of the fun of trying new recipes is the tinkering....that sounds like a good start to the recipe, hope you tinker away and make it great!

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