Writing about my fitness and weight loss journey with some fun recipes thrown in, along with finding myself and a little about life thrown in.
Memories of Mom Monday, Jan. 23rd
As I am fairly new to the bulk meal prepping bandwagon, I can definitely understand why the books I read said to write down your plan. I was reminded this weekend of my Mom's meal plans. She was amazing when I was younger about fixing something for us that while it may have been the same base to it. For example, I recall her making pinto beans and cornbread. Then the pinto beans may be had as leftovers or she would make chili beans. We would use the chili beans to make Frito Pie or put the chili on baked potatoes. I wish I had the ability to think of things that way. Honestly, I could have beans and cornbread (especially Mom's special cornbread) for days and not get bored. But my family is not entirely in agreement there. I recall my Mom's special cornbread was posted in a PTA cookbook when I was in 2nd grade. I know things like that seem to have gone by the wayside since the internet and Pinterest have made it so easy to search for recipes. Although, admittedly it is one of those things that I love collecting when I can find them. One of the things that I took pleasure in, while my Mom wasn't always a big "follow the recipe" kind of gal, she threw in what she thought would sound good. One of the things that I asked my Mom for years ago was her recipe for meatloaf and she sent it to me via email. I still have a copy of that in my recipe book. It makes me smile when I look at it. However, I have since made it my own. I substitute the "sleeve of saltines" with panko and ketchup with tomato sauce. Although some things that Mom made, I enjoy just the way she made them, like her Goulash. My daughter is definitely in agreement there. What about you, do you have "family recipes" that you have made your own? Do you think of loved ones that have passed when you make them?
Happy Wednesday a/k/a Hump Day friends! It seems most of the folks on my social media are also experiencing cold weather. My part of Texas is currently in the 20's at night. I am not a big cold weather fan, but I have to say that one of my favorite things when the weather is cold...and this goes back to me being a little girl...is a nice cup of hot chocolate. So, here is my dilemma, as many of you know, I don't eat much in the way of sugar substitutes. Swiss Miss Milk Chocolate packet is 4 SmartPoints per serving...whaa?? Yep, 4 SP per serving. I could have 4 and that would eat up my daily points on the MyWW Purple plan but would I really want to use ALL my SmartPoint allotment on hot chocolate? Um, let me think about it, no. So I have been on the hunt for something that would give me that hot chocolate fix without breaking my SmartPoint bank. I found this low carb hot chocolate recipe and thought it might work. Okay, first off, it helps to read all the directions a…
Happy Saturday friends! It's the most wonderful time of the year! Some fellow YouTubers have taken some time out of their schedules to share some cookies or other sweet treats together for you. When I got invited to this collaboration by Joan (Joan's Pointed Plate), I was not really sure what I wanted to make. Since I do not use some of the ingredients that others do, such as light butter, I decided I needed to find something that didn't have a lot of butter in it. So I did a search of Pinterest and found a TON of great recipes, but not all of them had been updated for the new plans. I choose a Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookie as it really seemed like I had most of these ingredients on hand anyway. Here's my recipe, using my substitutions.
Tracey's Variation of the Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie
35 grams Lily's Semi-Sweet Baking Chips'
2 tablespoons Butter
1/2 cup Granulated Monkfruit Sweetener
1/2 cup Truvia Brown Sugar Blend
Happy Hump day friends! I hope you are having a good week thus far. We're halfway to Friday! As many of you know, I am a member of WW f/k/a Weight Watchers. I have really been trying to work the plan, as the saying goes, and have been trying to find foods that I can enjoy, not get too bored of and will keep me full. I started following Kim (PrepWhisperer) on YouTube. I don't quite remember how I came upon her, but I enjoy her videos greatly. She shares her meals, recipes, tips and tricks. She shared her overnight oats recipe during her meal prepping videos, the specific one I cannot recall. I tried a couple of the variations and they are very tasty!
I had heard some not good things about overnight oats from various sources and after doing additional research, I think I understand why. A lot of the overnight oats recipes have yogurt and do not require heating. I don't know about you, but I like my oatmeal warmed up. Cold oatmeal is not my idea of tasty. Person…