Thursday, January 18, 2018

Patrick




This man.... I'm so in love with him. He's reading a Michigan magazine.

I looked at my hands and noticed how wrinkled they are since losing weight. Half kidding I asked, "Will you still love me when I'm totally saggy baggy?"

He answered, "You'll be cute saggy baggy. Of course I'll love you. "

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Chicken Stroganoff



Always looking for ways to used cooked chicken. Came up with a Chicken Stroganoff recipe for 6 Freestyle points per serving.

This recipe serves 2.

3/4 cup Fat Free Gravy
1 cup Fat Free Greek Yogurt
1/4 cup White Wine
3/4 cup Fat Free Cheddar Cheese
Mrs. Dash, Salt, Pepper, Minced Garlic, Minced Italian Herbs
Heat on low

Cook 3 cups Carba Nada Noodles in salted water, drain

Add to sauce
8 oz cooked chicken cubed or shredded
Cooked noodles

Serve over
Zucchini sauted with Chili Lime Seasoning


Thursday, January 11, 2018

French Berry Pancakes






After my Grandma Shea died I took her cookbooks and hand written recipes home. I was 18 and a senior in high school; I put them in a box and forgot them. When my Mom moved to an apartment I found them. At that time,1975, I was a new mom with time to look through the box. I was pleasantly surprised to find that my Grandma had written notes by many of the recipes. Most were "good" a few were "not good" but some were "very good."

This recipe is inspired by one of her "very good" notations. It was called French Pancakes. The eggs are separated and the whites are beaten with a mixer until peaks form. After mixing the rest of the ingredients the egg whites are gently folded into the batter. This causes tiny air bubbles to create light and fluffy pancakes that melt in your mouth.

I added different ingredients until the flavors were scrumptious and there was enough batter to make pancakes for both my husband and me. It was also important to keep the points as low as possible.

Success!

Each serving - 4 pancakes - 2 Freestyle Points

French Berry Pancakes
Preheat griddle sprayed with Pam

2 eggs, separated - whites beaten to peaks
Yolks in separate bowl
Add to the yolks:
1 banana
1/4 tsp butter extract (optional)
Sprinkle of Cinnamon 
1/4 cup Kodiak Pancake mix

By hand gently fold the egg whites into the batter. Do not over mix.

Spoon batter onto hot griddle and if you want berries add to each pancake after they are on the griddle. It doesn't take them long to brown, so work quickly. Then flip the pancakes.

My favorite breakfast... Enjoy.



Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Cream Cheese Parfait




A Small Delicious Cheesecake Parfait - 3 pts

This recipe makes 12 small parfaits. They are delicious and our non Weight Watcher company loved them too. Just the right size to satisfy the craving for something sweet.

8 oz Fat Free Cream Cheese
1 cup Fat Free Whipped Topping
1/4 cup Powdered Sugar
1 single serving container FF Greek Yogurt

Blueberries, Raspberries, and Blackberries

36 Trader Joe's Crispy Crunchy Chocolate Chip Cookies (These are tiny.)

With hand mixer blend cream cheese, yogurt, powdered sugar and whipped topping.

Crush 3 cookies into the bottom of each parfait glass. Put a dollop of cream mixture on top. Add a layer of fruit. Top with another small dollop of cream mixture.




Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Pizza and Bagels

The things I missed most were pizza and bagels. Well... no more.  We've had pizza for lunch the last two days and bagels 2 times last week.  We both love them.

Same dough - easy peasy



Pizza
1/4 cup Self Rising Flour
1/4 cup FF Greek Yogurt

Mix and then knead for a couple minutes

Preheat oven 400°
Divide into 2 and flatten on parchment paper covered cookie sheet.
We topped with
Al Fresco chicken uncured bacon 
Green peppers
FF mozzarella 
Spray with Pam Olive Oil
Bake 20 minutes

1 of these pizzas is 3 pts


Bagel
1/4 cup Self Rising Flour
1/4 cup FF Greek Yogurt

Preheat oven to 450°

Mix and knead for a couple minutes
Divide into 2 pieces
Roll into balls and stick your thumb through for the bagel hole
Brush with egg
Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar or Everything but the bagel seasoning from Trader Joe's or sesame seeds or poppy seeds
Put on parchment paper covered cookie sheet
Cover and let rise for 15 minutes
Bake for 25 minutes

One of these bagels (no seasoning) is 2 pts


Thursday, January 4, 2018

Peanut Butter, Chocolate & Banana Oh My




Trying a new dessert.

3 Bananas
1/4 cup PB2
1/4 cup Cocoa
1/2 cup Fiber One

Combine bananas, PB2, and cocoa until smooth with hand mixer. Fold in Fiber One.

Fill into 12 mini cupcakes. Freeze.
1 = 0 pts
2 = 1 pt

Freeze but take out of freezer for 10 minutes before eating.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Bagel Oh Yum

1 cup Self Rising Flour
1 cup FF Greek Yogurt

Mix
Knead in bowl (sticky)
Cut in 4
Roll into ball, push hole through middle

Put on parchment covered cookie sheet

Brush with egg

Sprinkle sesame or poppy or Trader Joe's Everything But The Bagel seasoning

Cover with towel and let rise while oven gets preheated.

Bake 350° 20 minutes
Broil 500°  2 minutes

Makes 4 bagels 3 pt each


Wednesday, December 27, 2017

End of Year

Since beginning Weight Watchers on May 21st I have done pretty well.

My cholesterol medicine dose was cut in half. Hoping adding exercise this last month will get it taken away completely. We go to the Freeland Sportszone every morning for 35-45 minutes of biking, walking and some of the machines.

I've had a bit of a glitch since the program changed in the beginning of December, but I think I've got it figured out now.

So I'm ending this year with a 56.4 loss. Still a long way to go but it has been amazingly much easier than I thought it would be and I feel so much better.


Sunday, December 24, 2017

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Oh Yeah!


The only thing Pat wanted of his Dad's! 

Yup, I married a Mountain Man!


Monday, November 27, 2017

Advent


We looked to Bishop Ken's homily from the first Sunday in Advent - 2003 for inspiration for our worship space at the SS. Peter and Paul site of St. Dominic's in Saginaw, Michigan. The empty manger at the cross.

"The calendar that affects us today is the Catholic liturgical calendar. In that calendar, the New Year begins on the first Sunday of Advent, which we are celebrating today.    
Our liturgical calendar revolves entirely around Jesus Christ. Every single year, we celebrate the whole story of Jesus Christ. We begin with the Advent and Christmas seasons, which revolve around his birth. The Christmas seasons ends with the baptism of the Lord by John the Baptist, and we begin his public ministry.  So we start listening to Gospels telling us about the early days of his ministry. After that comes Lent, when we begin looking toward his arrest, his suffering, his death. Lent leads up to the three-day Holy Triduum, when we meditate on his passion, death, and resurrection. Then we have the fifty day Easter season when we celebrate the truth of his resurrection, leading up to Pentecost when we celebrate his pouring of the Spirit upon us. Finally, we spend the rest of the year proclaiming all that he did and said.
We do that every liturgical year, the same sequence. Then when it ends, we start over.
So here we are at the very beginning of another liturgical year - the first Sunday of Advent. There's an interesting thing about our beginning. Every year, on the first Sunday of Advent, the Gospel is about the end of the world. At first that might seem strange - to begin with the ending. On the other hand, that's the way we map out a trip. If we're trying to figure out how to get somewhere, we start with the ending - our destination. Then we figure out how to get there."

http://www.visitationnorth.org/index.php/year-c-luke/123-first-sunday-of-advent-year-c

Friday, November 24, 2017

Happy Day After

What a great time yesterday. 20 people in our condo. No kids so it was less than expected but we all had a place to sit.

The turkey was delicious and very juicy even though it was done an hour early and we had to wait for everyone to arrive.

That pumpkin slab pie was such a good idea. Potatoes and dressing made in crockpots turned out yummy.

This made the day run smoothly.

After work was done


Thankful for so much.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Easy Peasy

I decided to make a cookie sheet pie. Doubled the pumpkin pie recipe on the Libby's pumpkin can. 350° for 55 minutes. Turned oven off and left it in for 30 minutes. It's gorgeous.


Monday, November 20, 2017

New Perspective

I love how the angle of the sun changes in the fall. It changes the landscape with shadows. This afternoon we drove through the countryside, stopping lots of times so I could take pictures. A great afternoon.







Friday, November 17, 2017

Wonder

A heartwarming movie filled with growing up, friendship and family. I doubt it will win awards, but it won my heart.



Thursday, November 16, 2017

Much needed pj day

I'm sitting on my couch in my PJ's and it's after Noon! We have been on the go for weeks. Even if some of that time was fun time it was part of the nonstop pattern.

So today I'm watching an NCIS marathon, tipping my neighbors on Bakery Story, planning the cooking prep for 24 Thanksgiving guests (it may sound like work, but I love making a timeine) and not getting dressed until we have dinner with friends later tonight.

One last look from the living room before leaving for dinner.




Sunday, October 29, 2017

As good as it gets

We went to Lumberman's Monument with Barb Sharma last week. Everything was on sale. I saw this book and knew Romeo and Tino would love it. Yup. We laughed and laughed some more.


Saturday, October 28, 2017

Dreams!

So the result of the last post is that Pat and I slept most of the afternoon. I know that means I'll be up most of the night, but the dream I had makes it worth it.

I NEVER remember my dreams. But today was different. My best friend, Janet died several years ago and I really miss her. Today in my dream I was organizing our classmates to go to Grand Marais to see Janet. (Something I did when she was alive.) In my dream I forgot to tell Janet we were coming. Lots of stress when I couldn't get her on the phone.

Finally we all got there and Janet was nowhere to be found. My cousin, Jon, also a classmate, came in looking like a hippy with an afro!  (I can't wait to tell him that!)

Then I went in the living room and there was Janet. She was laughing. It made me so happy to see her. Then I woke up and I can't tell you how happy I am I got to see Janet.

Cleaning, lazing, still in my jammies!

Pat has a cold so it's a good excuse to stay in my nightgown all day long!  Haven't done this in ages. We watched a movie and now are watching the rerun of the Astro win last night because we both fell asleep before it was done.

Earlier I cleaned out the refrigerator. I zoodles the zucchini and took all the meatballs and sauce out of the freezer for our family dinner tomorrow.  Can't wait for everyone to come over.


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Fall

St. Dominic's Parish
SS Peter and Paul Site
Saginaw, Michigan 



Wonder Woman

Even though it is not Halloween yet, Ayva had her birthday party where she wore her costume. Here's Wonder Woman!






Thursday, October 19, 2017

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

UP

We've spent a lot of time in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in the last few weeks. We went to Marquette a few weeks ago. Nice trip. Won enough at the casino to play for awhile and pay for dinner. Saw some color, but this just isn't a great year for color.





Then Mary Berkshire said they were going to Mr. Lepeak's and maybe we could come up while they were there. Mary and I are friends on Facebook, but I had never met her. A few years ago she married Janet's husband, Rod.

So we made plans to go up on Sunday. I cooked all day on Friday. I made marinara sauce and a ton of meatballs. And chicken in the slow cooker. So I took 8 small Ziploc containers of meatball's and 6 of shredded chicken for Mr. Lepeak's freezer.

It rained most of the way up there. High wind warnings on the bridge. But we made it. We had a nice afternoon. It was so good to see Mr. Lepeak even though he seems much older this visit. It was so good to see Rod again and to finally meet Mary. She is very nice.




We drank a bottle of Mr. Lepeak's raspberry wine with the warning there wasn't any made this year because the mice ate the bark on the plants!





On our way back to St. Ignace i made the hotel reservation and didnt notice i made it for Mackinaw City. So we crossed the bridge and watched our first sunset on the bridge.





We stayed at the Comfort Inn and slept until 8 am. WE NEVER SLEEP AFTER 6 AM! We both awakened with no backache - another first. I had given our mattress to Joanna on Friday and was dreading looking for a new one. I pulled those sheets out of the foot of the bed and found they were made in Grand Rapids. Looking on the Internet I couldn't find a retailer. So I called the company and the man I spoke with said I was the 3rd person to call from Mackinaw City that morning. I ordered one. Should be here in a week.


Also a beautiful sunrise from our room.



We drove home 33 going through our favorite back roads in Atlanta. Saw more color there.







Today we went to see the Sharma's. Another nice day. Pat and Barb and I went to Lumberman's Monument - still not a lot of color. But a nice day anyway. I took her a dish towel I had transferred a recipe of her Mom's on.



Fun Fall.