Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Last night I made chicken spinach soup from the SP recipes. Since I was making it for a main course, I added extra spinach, chicken and potatoes. It was a little bland so I added some spices. I used skim Lactaid milk (lactose intolerant) and sprinkled some parmesan cheese on each bowl before putting it on the table. It was already thick from the added veggies so I skipped the cornstarch too. It was a hit with my family! So yummy - in fact, I'll have a bowl for lunch today.
Tonight I'm going to make homemade pizza. I use whole wheat thin crust (156 cal. for 1/4 of the whole crust), reduced sodium pasta sauce, loads of veggies, lean, browned, ground turkey, lots of spices and part skim mozzarella cheese. I make it usually once a week. It is so yummy that we actually prefer it to Pizza Hut, Domino's or Poppa John's. I have trouble with just standing, so most of my creative cooking is done from sitting on a bar stool that I drag up to the kitchen counter. I'm loving trying new things and using more unprocessed ingredients. The taste of fresh foods is so much better - better for us too. It helps me control my sodium intake and ups my veggie intake. Already I'm looking for something good to make for the other nights this week. This is actually a lot of fun!
Friday, February 13, 2009
My hubby and I usually try to treat each other with love and kindness on a daily basis. Some days are nicer than others of course. Over the years we have two distinct occasions (other than birthdays and Christmas) when we take time out to do something really romantic for just the two of us. One occasion is our anniversary and the other is Valentine's Day. Sometimes we decide to take a weekend here and there too but these two times have become sort of a tradition over the years.
In years past we've rented a cabin at a spa, flown to Florida (that was before we moved here of course), flown to Las Vegas, rented a room at a motel in our general area for a Valentine's Day package, had a spa day, took a cruise, stayed home and drank champagne and ate strawberries and the list goes on and on. We didn't always spend much money (we often times didn't have much money so we had to get creative) but we had each other and made the effort to be romantic. This year we have been trying to find a romantic get away that is within 1 -1.5 hours of our home and it has to be something we can afford. I found this little place which is an historic house set up like a French Château. They have themed rooms like the Sunset Room, the Garden Room, the Lake Room. Every room is decorated to reflect the view and has antique furniture. The only problem is that the first free night is February 21st. Maybe we'll just stay in this year and light candles, listen to music and have a nice dinner. A night at home is sounding better and better the longer I research this. I've been looking for 3 weeks now. There are lots of big special events that have booked a lot of the best places in our area; starting with the Super Bowl, the State Fair and the Gaspirilla so this year dining and romancing has hit a premium price! That's why a quiet, romantic evening at home is very appealing right now. Although the French Château may be a possibility in the near future. Ahhhh what a romantic soul I am.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Today was devoted entirely to my emotional and spiritual growth. I finished writing about the old topic this week and decided upon a new topic. I intend to spend the next two weeks writing about this new topic. I will take a look at how far I've come in my personal growth in my selected area. I will remember to ask daily for God's guidance on this portion of my journey to health. I believe that the journey to health includes physical, emotional and spiritual health. You can't improve one part without working on the other two. Since I have to spend so much time on my posterior end because of my foot, I am devoting that time to my emotional and spiritual growth. (I've discovered that I have some work to do on both!) At first, I was afraid that I would find this a painful journey and I kept putting it off. Now that I've had time to access the situation, I'm forging ahead, pain or no pain because in order to grow, it has to be done. I've shed quite a few tears since I began two weeks ago but that's okay. I've come to grips with some very heavy stuff. I feel like I'm making some headway but as I look at the list of topics that I'd like to cover, this could be a rather daunting task. So, I've decided to apply the baby steps rule to this portion of my journey. I believe that every day I make a little more progress and I'll keep looking forward. I've been rewarding myself with some very positive self talk. It seemed silly at first but in actuality it has been very helpful. More positive self talk is starting to become a habit, which is great! I've also opened this ongoing dialog with God. I find myself chatting with him as I do chores or when I'm on my way back and forth to the doctor's office. The people in the other cars probably think I'm dotty but they don't know what I know. I'm having a spiritual event while they are screaming at the other drivers or flipping them off. I would wager that my stress level is a very small fractional part of theirs!
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