Wednesday, September 04, 2013
I forgot to mention as I told you about Chef Meg's luscious offerings the almost most important part!!! Since I wrote that first blog about the recipes I've tried, I've lost 1 pound. As long as I get some exercise each day and eat only (or mostly) only these dishes.......the weight drops! If you have "The Spark Solution" it pretty well says that right out! And it works! I strongly recommend getting, reading and trying out this book!! Take 'er out for a spin! Kick the tires!! It works if you work it!! Promise!!
Hope you all are having a super day and a super successful day as well!! (((HUGS)))
Tuesday, September 03, 2013
So, most of you know I've been trying out some of Chef Meg's recipes and have asked about which ones I've tried and if they were good....well, here goes.
I have tried more that serve 4 or 6 or more so my DH & DS can get some benefit, too. So, recipes I've tried and love ( from the Spark Solution book):
Dijon-Herb Pork Tenderloin---yummy and easy, too!
Inside-Out Burgers ----I think I could have done better with finding some way of making them juicier and more moist with the los-fat meat.
Alfredo Pasta with Broccoli - Yummy and easy peasy!!
Baked Macaroni and Cheese - East and yummy!! DS was raised on mac & cheese ( I know, I was a hurry up mom) and he liked it fine!
Meg's Pan-Fried Chicken - Yup! Good, too!
One Dish Dinner: Chicken and Vegetables - Very good and easy!
One Dish Dinner: Southwestern Chicken and Rice - My all-time fav!! Makes more than you'd think! I ate a 1 cup serving and DS did, too. I still froze 8- 1 cup servings!
Great for go-to lunch or suppers!
Panko-Breaded Fish with Tomato Salad - If you like fish, you'll like this! I didn't care for the tomato salad, but the fish was dee-lish!
Quick Chicken Enchiladas - Very good, but it took me a long time to prep! But I am not skilled in the kitchen, so it took me awhile. I bought a rotisserie chicken and weighed out my amount and shredded it for this recipe. Sooo yummy!!
My fav. lunch of hers is the Curried Tuna. She suggests eating it like a sandwich or a wrap, but I just eat it right out of the bowl I put it together in! Love it!!
Not in the Spark Solution book, I did the ......(forget the name she gave it).....like little baked hand held Apple Pies or dumplings! Instead of using phyllo as she has, I bought canned croissants and made half the filling and rolled it up in the croissants! Had enough to do all 8!! I'm going to do this much more frequently!! No sugar added or needed!!
So here it is! I've had to type this 3 times now as it keeps disappearing! So I'll close now in fear of it going away prematurely!! Hope you try some of these!! Chef Meg is trying to teach me how to cook!!!
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Sat., DH and I drove to Mt. Pleasant, S.C. (near Charleston), to visit my sis, and her DD & family. My niece & her husband have a beautiful, big home there where they live with their 6 yr old DD and 2 really old Veshla's (probably misspelled--sorry). They had a "mother-in-law apartment" in the downstairs for my sis and she got to have some input as to how it was done. It's sooo nice! So Sat. was mostly driving. No exercise, but there are lots of going up and down steps at their house and of course, I got to bring all the bags in and up the stairs myself. (and back down when time to leave). If I didn't search for things to do to get some exercise, I'd have been upset about it! hehe
My sis & niece are great cooks. Had some ham, some really good baked beans and homemade potato salad for supper. Visited a lot! (Haven't been there for almost 4 years!)
Sunday, they had fresh fruit and a Danish for bkfst. I only are fruit! Yay me! Lunch was the same as the day before and we went out for seafood for supper. I know this blog is sounding just like a meal plan, but honestly, we did very little but eat and talk. Just letting you know that I didn't do too bad.........until we went to a Baskin/Robbins for ice cream! Hadn't been to an ice cream shop in forever, so I went totally overboard and had 3 scoops of peanutbutter/chocolate in a waffle cone! UGH! Should have given at least 1 scoop to somebody else, I know, but that was hindsight! Always 20/20!
Monday, my niece was doing some weeding and mulching, so I picked up a bunch of sticks from a small area of her huge yard! I could have done that the whole weekend and barely made a dent in the picking up of sticks! Did a little weeding as well. Also, we ALL took a walk of about a mile! (my great-niece rode her bike, so guess we didn't ALL walk! hehe)
Monday's bkfst was a heavy one. My sis made sausage gravy and biscuits, had more fruit and hashbrowns with onions & greenpeppers ! Yum! Bkfst was late-ish, so skipped lunch for an early supper. Memorial day cookout. There were burgers & dogs, left over beans and potato salad, corn on the cob and fruit. The reason we did our meals like this was b/c we had reserve tickets to see Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers with Edie Brickell. It was a great show!!! If you like bluegrass, you'd love these guys!!! Even if you don't, you might! They are 5 extremely talented fellows!! as well, of course, as Steve and Edie! Steve was funny as usual and can he ever play a banjo!!! A great time was had by all!!
Tuesday, we had a small slice of berry Danish and coffee with my niece's DH and with my sis till John had to leave and we left about 15 minutes later. But, I thoroughly enjoyed the time with my family. They are just about all that's left! My sis is on the down side of 70 years young and I am 56 til mid July. Our parents and our brother are gone as well as all of our Aunts and Uncles. We have only each other and our own kids & their families!
I have always sort of hero-worshipped my big sissie, and now that she's living 400 miles away, we really miss each other terribly! We communicate by phone or by e-mail or even snail mail, but being together is always best. This is why I had such a great weekend!!! Spent it with loved ones I don't get to see much!
Hope everybody had as great a time, no matter who you were with or what you did!
Happy to be home and my DGD and my Bruno doggie met me at the door yesterday when we arrived!! What a fabulous welcome!
Back to normal today, with DGD. She's being especially good today and patient while I try to catch up with SPark! Oh, yeah, that's another thing I wanted to mention.... we took our laptop, but nobody could remember their password to use the network! So, it was for not. Trying to hit all the bases today. I need to figure at least an estimate of my fiber for those days for my 5% challenge and remember my fitness minutes. I know, I should have written them down, but I was mindful about all of it!
Please have a great day, y'all! Let your family members know you love them and pay them a visit if you can! I feels sooooo good!
Love all my SPark friends!! Missed you those few days, but now, I'm back! Happy Day!!!!
Monday, April 08, 2013
Wow! Didn't realize it had been so long since I blogged! Sheesh! So weather is nice and I'm getting back in the swing, but today........ I could have done without ! So, my neighbor & I were getting in our first mile walk of the day and took my dog. If you'll recall my blog of a couple of years ago, about my friend's dog getting attacked on a walk, this is the same dog that attacked her!!! The owner had his inside door open and when the dogs saw us, they got excited and jumped against the door, which then opened! Of course, they were out before you could blink! Yes, there were 2 dogs. The one is a young, white bull dog, and he actually listened and stayed away, but the other one.....grabbed Bruno by the neck! Fortunately, he has extra skin around his neck and she didn't get to anything important. In fact, she actually didn't even break his skin, Thank God!!! But when the owner pulled her away, she lunged back at Bruno and like a good (albeit crazy) mama, I stuck my hand out to protect him! I got a pretty good scratch at the base of my left index finger and some little tooth marks on my hand, too. Gonna get a tetanus shot for just in case. Bruno has no broken skin that I can find...no blood anywhere. (Will be getting him to the vet just for a look-over to be sure he's ok) If my minor injuries prevented any to Bruno, it was more than worth it!
So now, I'm pretty well back to normal. I have cleansed my booboos , taken some ibuprophen and the adrenelin has come back to normal. I'm just wore out! Had a terrible night's sleep and then this!!! Whatever. I supposed I burned a few calories in the process! (trying to see a bright side---hehe)
Well, sorry to have drama in my first blog for a long time. Will blog again soon with nice things to report!
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