BREW99   25,647
25,000-29,999 SparkPoints
BREW99's Recent Blog Entries

Weekend in Photos: January 15-17th

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Is there anything better than a three-day weekend? My husband teases me since I am one of the greediest wives in the world – since I extremely dislike sharing my husband with others. Hence, an extended weekend with my husband and furry babies is just one of those blessings from God that is priceless!

Exercise: Friday night as I had planned a cold walk to the gym with the hubster, I got a surprise from my husband stating that he was taking me to the store to pick up a present. The present was the new Wii Fit Plus with Balance Board kit that I have been waiting patiently to receive. Yay! (Jumping up and down) For those of you that are unaware, the Wii Fit Plus is the second addition to the Wii Fit. The back of the pkg suggests it has more than 60 games that are for active-minded players. It is not a “sit down with a bag of chips” type of game. So, as expected, you can tell what we did the whole weekend. Let’s just say we didn’t get out in the freezing temperatures outside to run but rather only left to go to the coffee house and also church.

Food: Personally I love to cook, therefore I take every week as a new adventure to try various ethnicities of food. Last week we went ahead and had an entire menu list full of You Are What You Eat Cookbook recipes. It was our first attempt at the cookbook recipes since we bought the book over Christmas holiday; we found that the recipes were more bland than we generally prefer… So, this week we are going all out with flavor and delighting in Asian cuisine. MMMMmmmm

Saturday: DH woke up with a slight stomach ache, no wonder due to the frozen menu we had the night before – really bad choice once you start to eat healthy again. So, I made Irish Oatmeal. Mine I put a little pour of organic unsweetened soymilk and some brown sugar. Husband had a sliced banana, sliced dates and the cow-friendly milk I used.

Lunch: Salad with Whole Foods Natural Organic Hummus – four kinds. Sliced cucumber and a few glasses of water… Also, I believe I had a Japanese rice cake that is sweet on one side and salty on the other.

Dinner: Khao Soi (a Thai Pasta) which is similar to pasta with coconut curry sauce. It was slightly too creamy for me but I loved the curry flavor it in. DH loved it! He has been impatiently waiting for curry again. The noodles were pre-packaged from our local Asian store – more of a udon style noodle instead of ramen (egg filled) that the recipe called for in it.

Sunday: Today we had some homemade bread toasted. The bread has sprouted sunflower seeds and flaxseeds. Additionally, it is made from Whole Grain Flour instead of white.

Lunch: I had a trivial time after church because my husband wanted to go out to eat but I thankfully convinced him into having a healthy meal at home instead. His stomach was rather bad this last week, so I wanted to make sure that he had the right nutrition to build his immunity back up before work on Tuesday. General leftovers…

Dinner: Vegan Bibimbap was on the menu. It is a mockup of the traditional bibimbap that I used to make before going vegan. This time we made it veganized. It turned out a little different but it was a good healthy alternative to the original. It does not have meat, or sesame oil, or a generous portion of sesame seeds. First Photo: DH bowl with extra spicy tofu (nasty smell so we threw out) and second photo: mine with extra Korean Red Pepper Paste.

It was wonderful to have this weekend together with the husband and furry babies. We had tasty meals and healthy portions. We stayed indoors away from the cold weather and got exercise through the wii fit plus.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SUGIRL06 1/18/2011 9:13PM

    Love the cartoon! And I am the same way, greedy with the hubby but I think my hubby is more greedy with me;)

Report Inappropriate Comment
ELISA322 1/18/2011 7:47PM

    Vegan bibimbap looks great. I may try that some day with tofu.

Report Inappropriate Comment
BREW99 1/18/2011 11:10AM

    Haha, thanks. The DH does loves all my food (or so he says)... crazy since before I met him he wouldn't eat Mexican even since it was "foreign". I guess that is what you get for marrying a translator. haha You would think that he would weight about 500 pounds but at last I'm trying to "fatten" him up since he is underweight. So hard!

Report Inappropriate Comment
CLALIZ 1/18/2011 10:41AM

    emoticon Love the cartoon!
Also -- Food: Personally I love to cook, therefore I take every week as a new adventure to try various ethnicities of food.--- I figured that one out. Your husband is soo lucky! all your food looks delicious!
Have a great week!

Report Inappropriate Comment

Wii Fit Addict

Sunday, January 16, 2011

This Friday my husband surprised me with the Wii Fit Plus, the one that I have been waiting to get for a while now. Let's just say I played for about two hours that night! I would have played longer however the DH got the idea that he wanted to play also and wanted to go to bed at sometime in the middle of the night.

My first week impression is that it is addictive! I am loving a few of the games more than others such as the Hoola Hoops and the running. So much fun! There is also Kung Fu (which I aced on the first try), pilates and yoga! I'm excited to try out the options for creating training plans also that I must keep to everyday. There are a lot of games, I'm impressed and I'm having so much fun working out with it more.

emoticon Food has been a slight eyesore this weekend. I haven't been really paying close attention to what I am eating as much. My hatred for the cold is affecting my eating habits - so I would like to convince myself. Seeing that we have a three-day weekend, I will have photos on Tuesday for everyone.

emoticon Exercise has also been a downfall this weekend. It is so terribly cold outside that I look outside and grimace at the mere thought of going out to the gym. At least that is what I'm telling myself, it could also be that I'm addicted to the wii yoga and other exercises at the moment. Unfortunately running on the treadmill works off more calories than the wii fit plus does... haha

Pretty happy though to have gotten some things around the household done - such as rearranging our entertainment room (so that we can play with the wii without punching things...). Also, I have made some new recipes that I will be sharing with everyone this next week.

Oh, and I am getting ready for Aussie Day on the 26th and CHNS New Years on the 4th of next month. Yay! Is anyone else planning for these two events?

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SUGIRL06 1/18/2011 9:12PM

    I am actually loving the cold! Ha! I got some cold gear for running and after that horrible dreadmill run, I refuse to run at the gym! Luckily my running buddy agrees and we hit the bike path together, cold or not! We've actually found today we were a little hot and sweaty! Ha!

Have fun with your Wii Fit!

Report Inappropriate Comment
ELISA322 1/16/2011 8:56PM

    I know I hate this cold too. I don't even want to go outside at all, I'm just miserable -- I have the space heater on me all the time.

Wii Fit Plus sounds pretty cool with the kung fu! I thought the first Wii fit was fun, now I'll have to try this one. Although for xmas we bought ourselves the Xbox Kinect and the game Kinect Sports. That's also a lot of fun and gets you moving too.

Can't wait to see your new recipes. I really enjoy your food blogs.

Report Inappropriate Comment
CFMOSS 1/16/2011 6:12PM

    cheers to you.

Report Inappropriate Comment
NATPLUMMER 1/16/2011 5:49PM

    There are worse things to be addicted to. At least it gets you moving.

Report Inappropriate Comment

1/14/11 Day in Photos

Friday, January 14, 2011

Today was a very strange day... My husband has been feeling very tired lately so he came home at lunchtime. I had a lot of things planned but being a wife comes first. So, I didn't eat the right types of foods and didn't get any exercise in that I had so wanted to get in today. But, life goes on...

Brekkie: Again I had one of my "go-to" meals which is a rice mixture with cabbage and kale. Mmmm It is seriously one of the best recipes that I have come up with that is satisfying to the taste-buds and stomach. I use mild soy sauce which has much less sodium than most other Kikkoman types so it is a healthier option. It does taste a little less strong but it does the job. For DH, I add in kidney beans and more rice since he is trying to gain some weight.

Lunch: The DH came home at lunchtime so I was trying to be really quiet. I went ahead and had some blue corn chips and some baked vegetables from last night's dinner. No Photo. Also made some homemade whole wheat bread with flaxseed and sunflower seeds and had one roll.

Snack: After the DH had some good quality sleep, ate a hearty lunch and was feeling better we finally got out the door. It was grocery shopping night so we picked up some little snacks at the Chinese store - rice sticks.

Dinner: Again, since we were very stretched for time, we picked up some frozen items (which we haven' t done in about 6 months) from the Chinese grocery store. We chose Korean vegetarian gyozas and veg spring rolls. I hate the idea of MSG being in almost all Asian food - the world would have been a healthier place if Japan hadn't come up with that invention. For health purposes, we had a large plate of salad and some ginger dressing on top. We also had a baby cucumber between the two of us.

Calories: I was within my calories but I was very close to the top end of them. I'm not sure about the total calories per Asian food item though since the pkg's said very low amounts (spring roll = 8cals?). Sounds very strange so I just used pre-listed items on SP for calorie counts.

Exercise: None.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

CASJ57 1/14/2011 11:38PM

    Have you tried coconut aminos? Kind of expensive, but less sodium than soy sauce and really tasty.

Report Inappropriate Comment
NATPLUMMER 1/14/2011 2:23PM

    That breakfast does look really good. Can I have the recipe?

Report Inappropriate Comment
KIMHALLMARK 1/14/2011 8:26AM

    like the 'laft over' emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment

1/13/11 Day in Photos

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Breakfast: This morning I wanted something a little sweet but then healthy. I chose to make traditional rolled oats with water and added some blueberry preserves. There is nothing like a colorful bowl of oatmeal to warm you up in the morning. Unfortunately, oatmeal does not fill me up for a long duration so I was hungry in about two hours. But, at least it was warming and colorful to cheer me up first thing in the morning. Start the day off right and it will all go right!

Mid-morning snack: Clementine was my snack of choice since we did not really have anything else in the household. Sorry, no real photo...

Lunch: Since dinner was a flop last night (it happens), I chose to make something out of the leftovers that were in the fridge. This is one of the benefits of working from home, you get to make your own meals fresh and hot! I chose to make a Korean Bean Paste Soup with Cabbage and Daikon. Unfortunately, I used way too much paste and it was a terrible taste. I ended up taking a few bites and threw out the rest. I did pick through to get all the delicious daikon out. Mmm Then I had a side of Korean Spicy Tofu. I make this every once and a while. I love it because it takes like two minutes and it has fresh, uncooked garlic! I had three pieces of Australian candy that was sitting around called Fantales. Yum!

Snack: Since it is just about shopping day, we have very little in the household for snack time. I do try to eat at least five meals a day, but sometimes it isn’t always well planned out as it should be for my schedule. I ended up eating half a homemade Poptart, yep, homemade. It was just okay but it did help me from starving. Mine were strawberry.

Dinner: Again we cooked from the You Are What You Eat Cookbook, the recipe called Cabbage and White Bean Soup. Unfortunately, I think that the recipe should have called for a bit more broth since it was pretty much watered down broth with some thrown in cabbage. I am going to try to make this again with the right white napa cabbage (our store didn’t have it and we didn’t have the time to go to the Chinese market) so we used purple (my fav). Tonight I was smart though, I remembered to make some side dishes and also some Korean brown rice with hijiki. We had baked veggies (fennel, carrot and potato); brown rice with hijiki; more Spicy Korean Tofu; and a special dish that my husband likes with Kidney beans, vegan breakfast sausage, garlic and some spices. The latter is the best recipe since it can then be mixed with rice and made into breakfast!!! Love those type of recipes!

Snack: We had another Clementine between the two of us, some mixed trail mix, some dark chocolate (which is vegan) chips, herbal tea, and the hubster had some blue corn tortilla chips. We ate these as we were playing the wii for exercise!

All in all, I did an okay job with food. My total daily count totaled around 1,100 but I am not worried because I didn’t count in the half of homemade poptart. I was a little lazy in putting in the recipe to get the calorie count. Oh, well… So, I think that with that addition, I was well into my calorie count for the day. I’m calling it a success!

Exercise: Again, it is snowing like crazy! Our poor pooch has to have the snow plowed in the yard just to go outside! Yikes! So, when my husband got home, he didn’t want to leave again and I didn’t want to either. So, we stayed indoors and played the wii. I know this is terrible but at least we got in some exercise. Plus, as I was writing for work, I would do some light exercises to limber up and got the blood flowing. So, I’m not too depressed about exercise. We all have days that we can’t (or rather don’t want to) go to the gym.

Wii Age Today: 32. Gotta learn how to play baseball... haha

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SUGIRL06 1/18/2011 9:08PM

    I have a Wii exercise date with my friends tomorrow! The hubs and I are going over for some fun activity. It counts!

Report Inappropriate Comment
ELISA322 1/13/2011 5:15PM

    I would also like the tofu recipe when you get the chance.

Report Inappropriate Comment
-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 1/13/2011 3:11PM


Report Inappropriate Comment
NATPLUMMER 1/13/2011 10:51AM

    It all sounds and looks very tasty. I'm sorry your soup for lunch didn't work out.

Report Inappropriate Comment
CLALIZ 1/13/2011 9:19AM

    ohhh that sounds like a delicious day!!! :)
If you don't mind, could you share that tofu recipe with me? it sounds yummy!!! Well, all of them do, but the tofu you said doesn't take long at all and it's delicious!

Report Inappropriate Comment

1/12/11 Day in Photos

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Breakfast: I woke up this morning and was feeling a little less peachy, but I managed to get past it after about an hour. So, I chose to make my husband and nice bowl of Irish Oatmeal loaded with dried apricots, raisins, dried prunes and a mixture of nuts. For me, I made a bowl of my special “fried” rice. It is a mixture of Korean brown rice, hijiki, chopped kale and Swiss chard with a few other ingredients. It’s so delicious! 299 cals

Morning Snack: Since I loved the protein bar yesterday, I had another today. It was mocha dark chocolate. The Nu Go Protein Bar is amazing once again. It was 190 cals.

Lunch: Leftover Time – thank goodness for four servings a recipe since it means that we always have leftovers for lunch and leaves less thinking the next day. So, I had Adzuki Bean Stew from the You Are What You Eat Cookbook. I have to admit that I added a little more freshly ground sea salt and black pepper. It tasted much better.
252 cals

Afternoon Snack: 6 slightly salted original Pringles. We couldn’t find these in MI while we were there a few weeks ago, so I’m not sure if you can find it in your area. But, if you can, I highly suggest it!

Dinner: This meal was not a success. As I made Mediterranean Black-Eyed Pea Casserole from the You Are What You Eat Cookbook, my mouth was watering with the smell. Unfortunately, again, it was bland. I’m not sure if it’s the recipes or if I have just been making too many recipes from the new cookbook. Haha It might just be the latter – who knows… I ate about ¼ cup of the “casserole” and then couldn’t eat anymore. Then, I ate some pita chips and peanut butter filled pretzels for satiety. (Still working on the chips…oops!) 371 cals

Snack: Stash Herbal Tea: Raspberry Pomegranate Green Tea. Mmmm 312 cals

Exercise: Today was our day off from the fitness center. We went ahead and played about 1.5 hours of the wii.

Calories: I made my calorie count today with 1,234 but I’m not proud that I didn’t eat a proper dinner. I am planning to make some rice tonight just in case the dinner doesn’t good taste. That way, I have something healthy to lean on. Love my rice maker!

Cute Photo of the Day: Found my two furry babies sleeping together in our entertainment room.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SUGIRL06 1/18/2011 9:06PM

    OMG that picture of your fur babies is just so cute!

Report Inappropriate Comment
NATPLUMMER 1/12/2011 11:24AM

    Everything looks very tasty, including the casserole. I'm sorry it didn't turn out as good as it smelled. Maybe it is time to try another cookbook.
Wii...that's an idea. Maybe I'll play some ping pong on the PS3 today.
So cute!!!! emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment

First Page  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 Last Page