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Cooking with Mother (recipes and photo)

Friday, May 31, 2013

Today I spent the day at my parent's house cooking with my Mother. I have another work potluck this weekend, so I wanted to get the stuff made for that.

I made Pasta Salad. That is a given. Although, this time, I did something different. I measured out
1 cup of pasta
1 oz of ham
1/2 oz of pepperoni
1 oz of cheese (total 1/2 provolone, 1/2 colby jack)
green pepper and tomato
placed it in a separate container. To this, I added 1/4 cup of light italian dressing. This will be exclusively for me. This is enough for 2 servings. It greatly cuts down on the calories, and I can still enjoy it!

(this is what my pasta salad looks like)

I also made Peanut Butter Cream pie w/ an oreo crust and a homemade peanut butter tandy cake.

I asked Jason what he wanted for his cake, and normally every one requests the chocolate peanut butter filled cupcakes but he said he wanted to challenge me. He still wanted chocolate and peanut butter, but something different. I accepted and that is what I came up with.

Peanut Butter Tandy Cake


2 cups of flour
2 cups of sugar
2 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
1 cup of milk
4 eggs
2 tsp vanilla

Peanut butter - I don't measure this... I just glob it on until it looks like enough
2 7oz hershey bars

*preheat over to 350*

Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside
beat eggs and vanilla on high until fluffy, add milk and give another whirl. Add the liquid to the dry ingredients and beat until well combined.

Grease and flour a jelly roll pan. Pour batter into the pan and bake for 20 mins. Be very careful not to over bake!!

remove cake from the over and glob peanut butter on the hot cake and allow it to start melting. Work the peanut butter around until the entire cake is covered. Place cake in the fridge for several hours and allow the peanut butter to harden.

Once the peanut butter is hard remove the cake from the fridge. Break up the chocolate bars and place in a sauce pan. Melt the chocolate over low heat. Once it is completely melted. pour over the cake. Work it around until it is fully covered. Place cake back in the fridge until the chocolate hardens.

I don't have a picture of the pie, but I will include the recipe.

1 oreo cookie pie crust
1/2 cup of peanut butter
1/4 cup milk
3oz soften cream cheese
8oz tub of cool whip
Hershey chocolate syrup

Beat the milk, peanut butter and cream cheese together until well mixed. using a large spatula, fold in the cool whip. Once well mixed place in the pie crust. Drizzle with syrup and refrigerate.

Sometimes I think i should be setting a better example for my co-workers and bringing them in healthy dishes instead of these calorie laden and fattening things. Like I have said before, a healthy lifestyle is all about moderation. I do frequently bring my BFF/co-worker/supervisor Sue lunch. Of course, they are the healthy recipes I prepare for myself. She had enjoyed everything that I have made her so far.

I guess I feel like I should be the one bringing the veggie or fruit tray... Of course, none of my co-workers are really overweight either.

Oh well, I am sure every last crumb will get finished.

I think that is all for now

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IMAVISION 5/31/2013 3:50PM

    I always take a couple of dishes that are healthy & to my taste. That way I know I won't be tempted by the zillion of unhealthy dishes on offer.

I, also, am in the habit of taking at least one dish that is acceptable to friends who have diabetes to deal with. I got into that habit years ago when my treasured father-in-law was faced with diabetes. He did one swell job of keeping it in check!

God bless!

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PATTYR81 5/31/2013 7:59AM

    I Love how creative you are!!!

I also still like to cook- I like your strategy of making your portion/version of a yummy crowd pleaser!


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LOVINGAFRICA 5/31/2013 2:26AM

    You are a creative cook, food is your art. I suppose you have to play for your audience's taste? But it would be a fun challenge to educate their taste buds with something healthier. So talk to them about what they want? Healthier or Naughtier?
I bet you they are VERY happy working with you. And you get invited to every pot luck. I bet you the pot luck dinners are not that frequent when you are on leave.
I still like cooking, even if I can't eat anymore. It gives me joy to see people enjoying what I made.
(Have been known to taste and spit like at a wine tasting)

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COCK-ROBIN 5/31/2013 1:42AM

    Every last crumb would b devoured. Yum!

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The Price of a Coffee Habit

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

I admit I am addicted to iced coffee. I adore them. I love them. They are yummy! I usually get one from McDonalds - and even the large 32oz big gulp only has 160 calories. Honestly, calorie wise, that isn't too bad. I would stop and get one here and there. Then I started getting one every day that I work.

I went through my bank info yesterday and found out... in the last 90 days, I have spent over $90 ($92 and some change) on iced coffee. Not only that, but I have also consumed over 4,000 calories! In iced coffee!!!

Now to be fair, my weight hasn't really changed. In fact, in the last 90 days, I have even lost a few pounds... but to think, I wasted over $90 and 4,000 calories on a drink just has me in shock!

In other news...

Today was a gorgeous day out! I strapped my bike on and headed out for my first trail ride!! From the very start, something didn't feel right with my bike. Then i started to hear and feel a weird clicking and grinding... I got off and checked it out, and everything seemed fine, so I rode a little more. When I got about 2 miles in, it got worse, so I turned around and went back. I didn't want to get 10 miles out on the trail and have something major happen. I would have to walk it back, and it was already 6 in the evening. I am going to call the bike shop tomorrow and see when they can fit me in for a repair.

I then just drove to the gym and worked out there for a while. I did some upper body stuff, and ran a 1/2 mile.

I am getting together with my mom tomorrow to cook. I have yet another work potluck dinner this weekend. I am making Pasta salad, peanut butter oreo pie and peanut butter tandy cake. I like to cook, and it is my co-worker Jason's birthday. I love Jason. He is just great. we are fellow nerds/geeks. We need to stick together!

I think that is all for now!

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PATTYR81 5/31/2013 8:55AM

    Way too funny Cortney-Lee!!!

Very early I was just sipping my first favorite home-made HOT skinny mocha of the day emoticon , opened SP and thought that I would write a short blog about how much I LOVE this part of my day, when I read your blog!!!


After WLS, when I first discovered how much I REALLY ENJOYED my coffee drinks, I calculated the calories/$ I was spending at SB and experimented with various ingredients to make a home-made one that I actually like BETTER than SB! It has way fewer calories and costs less.

I consider the $ and calories spent on my coffee drinks to be an investment in my joy and contentment in life.

WAY BETTER and CHEAPER than my past indulgences on fast and junk food & drink!



Happy Day Friend!


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HOUNDLOVER1 5/30/2013 3:17PM

    I used to love those as well. I changed the habit in tiny baby steps, making them myself and replacing 10% of coffee with decaf until it was all decaf and also reducing the sugar by 10% until it was unsweetened.

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SPARKLISE 5/30/2013 2:02PM

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TERMITEMOM 5/30/2013 7:07AM

    Yikes, this is a lot of $... emoticon

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LOVINGAFRICA 5/30/2013 2:24AM

    Can the chef in you figure out a way to make them yourself, (cheaper)?
Hope you guys enjoy the potluck...

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COCK-ROBIN 5/30/2013 2:12AM


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NANCYRUBIO 5/29/2013 11:44PM

    Think of the money you saved by going to McDonalds, you would have spent a lot more going to Starbucks. emoticon

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PAZUZURISES 5/29/2013 11:33PM

    Lol, this is the reason I'm broke

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LADYMARCIA1 5/29/2013 11:21PM

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I love my cats!!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

I love my cats. I know that sounds crazy, but I really do. They bring such joy into my life, my boyfriend's life and our house. They are always doing goofy things to make us laugh, and wait for us by the door to greet us when we come home.

When I am sad or sick, they are right there by my side to make me feel better. There is something so very comforting about petting a cat during stressful times.

I don't know what I would do without them.

They make our house a home

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ANDYLIN90 5/29/2013 1:51AM

    Oh, that's so nice. Now, if only they could read...

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LOVINGAFRICA 5/29/2013 12:51AM

    That is so true, and I love it when they purr. Cat song is like medicine.
(You should hear a cheetah purr, it is one of my best loved African sounds) Will look for a clip on youtube and post it. I worked with cheetahs for 5 years, and had many tame, semi tame and wild spotted friends, who 'sang' to me.

Comment edited on: 5/29/2013 12:55:41 AM

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COCK-ROBIN 5/28/2013 10:16PM

    This reminds me of that CSN song:

Our house
is a very, very very fine house
With two cats in the yard,
Life used to be so hard,
But everything is easy 'cause of you....

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THROOPER62 5/28/2013 6:50PM

    I love my cats. Am I crazy? No! Are you? NO? emoticon

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CHEETARA79 5/28/2013 6:17PM

    They are cuties. I have 4 cats myself.

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BESCATS 5/28/2013 5:54PM

    You definitely do not sound crazy. Animals, both cats and dogs, make our lives whole. I still have a cat and 2 dogs. Just recently had to let my other cat cross the "kitty rainbow bridge". I can't imagine life without an animal in it.

Your babies are beautiful, and look like they are very comfy!!

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MOM2ACAT 5/28/2013 5:49PM

    I do not think you sound crazy! I feel the same way about my two cats. I don't know what I would do without mine either, they are my babies!
I'm going through chemo and cancer, and they are a big part of what keeps me going; I know that even on my bad days, I have to get up and out of bed and take care of myself, so that I am able to take care of them. They give me so much unconditional love!

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BARB4HEALTH 5/28/2013 5:29PM

    Animals seem to do the silliest things. One time, years ago, DH and I were getting ready to go out and we each were in the bathroom primping in front of the mirror. In flew our old Tiger (tom), jumped in the tub and squatted and leaked down the drain. Guess we just didn't here him at the door to let him out. All we had to do was wash it down. emoticon

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ABQANDREA 5/28/2013 5:23PM

    Having just moved in together with my boyfriend, I've had the joy of watching HIM fall in love with my (ours now) two cats. He finds them so amusing and sweet and cute, I love it.

I've had my two for years and years and they really do make home feel more like home. I wouldn't have had the courage to move across the country 6 years ago without my two sweet kitties. They were my little piece of home in a completely different city, 1500 miles from home!

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LAST20FORME 5/28/2013 4:19PM

    I love my cat too. When I had two I really enjoyed watching them play together, groom each other and their occasional fights were also amusing.

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No Trainer for 3 Weeks!

Monday, May 27, 2013

My beloved trainer is not going to be around for 3 weeks!

Today was the holiday, gym was closed
The next 2 weeks she will be on vacation. I am going to miss her! Yes, I could work with another trainer, but it won't be her! I am dreading July! She is moving! I will be ready for PC Fit by then, but I am really going to miss her!

She has taught me a lot, so I won't have any problems throwing together a workout, but I will miss her yelling "LET'S GO" across the gym when I have to run my laps!

I would like to get her a going away present to let her know how much she means to me, and to thank her for all that she has done for me, but I am not sure what I want to get her? Any suggestions are most welcome!

I hope everyone had a great holiday!

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BRADMILL2922 5/28/2013 5:09AM

    That is too bad that she is moving away. The good thing is that you have gathered the knowledge that she has shared with you during your time together and you can use that to your benefit moving forward! As for a present, I don't know...

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COCK-ROBIN 5/28/2013 1:17AM

    Not sure. Maybe the Spark Solution?

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LOVINGAFRICA 5/28/2013 12:36AM

    Oh, Bummer!
You two have achieved a lot together! What about the same fearless charm or a different cheaper one, that says 'Let's Go!'

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Orange Dreamsicle Pie recipe and photo

Monday, May 27, 2013

This is not a "healthy" recipe.
Remember, a healthy lifestyle includes balance.

I made this for my co-workers for the Memorial Day Holiday since we will be working

1 9 inch graham cracker crust
1 tub of cool whip (thawed)
1 can of sweetened condensed milk
1 packet of unsweetened Kool Aid (I use orange, but you can use any flavor)

Combine cool whip and condensed milk together and stir with a wire whisk until well combined. Add kool aid and continue mixing until mixed thoroughly.
Pour into crust and refrigerate.

Makes 8 servings

370 calories
15g of fat
52g of carbs
5g of protein

I will not be having this pie. I made my own desert. Cherry Cheese cake!

1/2 cup of 0% plain Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon of Jello Sugar Free/Fat Free pudding mix
1/2 cup of cherries (frozen is best because of the juice when they thaw)
1/2 graham cracker square

Crush up graham cracker and sprinkle the crumbs in the bottom of a small desert dish (or container since this is a take along to work thing for me)
mix yogurt and pudding mix together until combined. Spoon over the graham cracker crumbs
Place cherries on top!

makes 1 serving
170 calories
1g of fat
28g of carbs (fruit and yogurt = natural)
14g of protein

a much more reasonable desert packed with lots of goodness.
(sorry, I don't have a picture of this one)


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BRADMILL2922 5/28/2013 5:59AM

    I'm sure both are really good! Two of my favorite things, Dreamsicles and cheesecake!

Another good one is jello, yogurt, cool whip mixed together and put into a pie crust. Mix and match. Orange jello, vanilla yogurt is a nice dreamsicle one!

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LOVINGAFRICA 5/28/2013 12:52AM

    Sounds delicious!
I think your cherry pie is more tasty!

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OLIVIANIGHT 5/27/2013 4:55PM

    Oh wow, the first one looks super tasty and the second one sounds it!

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MJ7DM33 5/27/2013 4:35PM

  Thx for sharing!

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