Monday, February 19, 2018

Mudhustler Brownies

Going to try this on Saturday - on company! Yikes! Sure hope it tastes good! YIKES!

I am going to change to real brown sugar which will make the brownies 2 points.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Enchilada Casserole

Oh yum! Big hit last night with company.

Enchilada Casserole
6 xtreme ole tortillas 
1 1/4 cup Trader Joe's Cheddar, Monterey Jack and Mozzarella blend light shredded
3/4 cup FF mozzarella 
1 can Enchilada sauce
1 lb lean ground turkey
1/2 cup green pepper
1/2 cup yellow pepper
1/2 cup onion
1 can pinto beans

Add vegetables to pan and saute. Add pinto beans and mash all together. Add 1/4 cup cheddar cheese.

In a seperate pan cook turkey with salt, pepper, cumin, garlic, ancho chili, paprika, Mrs. Dash, fennel. Mash as cook.

Put a few TBS sauce in a Pam sprayed casserole dish. Layer:
2 tortillas
Bean mixture
1/4 cup cheddar blend cheese
1/4 cup mozzarella


End with 2 tortillas pour remainder of sauce and last of the cheese. Cover with foil.


Bake 350° for 1 hour. Take out of oven and uncover. Let rest for 10 minutes. Serves 4 generous servings 6 Freestyle SP each.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Lent 2018

St. Dominic's Parish
SS Peter and Paul Church
Saginaw, Michigan
Lent 2018

I love it when art and environment is inspiration driven. Nancy had this Lenten vision and it is beautiful. She chose words from the readings for the day and made signs to be added each week to the Gathering area cross.  I made two PowerPoint slides to be shown before Mass each week with those words.

In Church

In Gathering Area
Each week a new word will be added to this cross

 Ash Wednesday - Slides 1 and 2

 1st Week of Lent - Slides 1 and 2

 2nd Week of Lent - Slides 1 and 2

 3rd Week of Lent - Slides 1 and 2

 4th Week of Lent - Slide 1 and 2

 5th Week of Lent - Slide 1 and 2

 Palm Sunday - Slide 1 and 2

 Easter Sunday - Slide 1 and 2

Thursday, February 15, 2018

This Ahi Tuna recipe was so easy and so delicious.

I found this on Pinterest and followed it to the website "Sisters Do Food and Fitness"  (Click the picture to go to the website.) Right after I publish this post I am going back to the website to find more recipes to try.

This was my first time cooking Tuna that wasn't in a can or a pouch. I switched the black sesame seeds to Everything But The Bagel Seasoning. I served it over rice and vegetable stirfry and drizzled the tuna with the dipping sauce. IT WAS SO GOOD!

Ahi Tuna
2 (5 ounce) ahi tuna steaks
1/4 c. panko breadcrumbs
1/4 c. black sesame seeds
1 tbsp. sesame oil

Soy Dipping Sauce -
1/2 c. soy sauce
2 tbsp. lime juice
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 tbsp. honey
2 tbsp. cilantro, chopped
1 tbsp. sesame oil
1 tbsp. Sriracha (or red chili sauce)

In a small bowl, combine all ingredients for the soy dipping sauce. Place in refrigerator to chill.

In a large skillet, heat 1 tbsp. sesame oil over medium-high heat. 

Combine panko and black sesame seeds in a large bowl. Roll the ahi tuna steaks in the panko mixture to coat.

Gently place the crusted tuna in the skillet and cook to desired doneness, 1 minute per side for rare.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Friday, February 9, 2018

Carba Nada Pasta and Zoodle Bake

This was delicious.

2 packages Lean Ground Turkey
Fennel seed 
Mrs. Dash

Mix together refrigerate overnight

Cook turkey sausage and crumble while cooking. 
Add 1 box tomato sauce 
1 can chopped tomatoes
2 wedges Laughing Cow Cheese

Half a package Carba Nada noodles boiled 1 minute 
5 zucchinis zoodled baked
1 TBS parmesan mixed together

Mix together
1/2 cup ricotta 
1 cup cottage cheese
1/4 cup FF mozzarella 
1 egg

Sauce on bottom (leave out turkey)
Cheese mixture
Turkey sauce
1/4 cup mozzarella 
Turkey sauce
3/4 cup FF mozzarella 
2 TBS Parmesan

Refrigerate overnight
350° 1 hour covered 10 minutes uncovered then take out and let sit 10 minutes

This serves 8 generous servings 4 Freestyle points each

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Love this

Lately visitors have been looking for Lenten ideas. Love being a source for them.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

First Sewing Lesson

Ayva learned how to thread the machine and pull the thread from the bobbin. Then she practiced a basic straight stitch.

We washed the material for her skirt, and measured her little waist. Next lesson will review today's lesson and start the skirt.

She is a very good student.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Hometown Hero

From Simone Niles Instagram a powerful quote from the statements of survivors.

From Glamour magazine:

After hearing the testimony of Amanda Cormier, a music lover who said she couldn’t write or perform after Nassar’s abuse, Aquilina said: “It seems to me, after this, you can finish writing. You found your voice. It's a strong, effective, brave voice, and you have a child coming. Maybe what you need to do is start and finish a lullaby."

Responding to Taylor Cole, a woman who testified she suffers from anxiety and lack of sleep because of Nassar, Aquilina said:“Push away those nightmares. He’s gone. Your words replace what he’s done to you.”

Aquilina told gymnast Bailey Lorencen:“The military has not yet come up with fiber as strong as you…. Mattel ought to make toys so that little girls can look at you and say, ‘I want to be her.’ Thank you so much for being here, and for your strength.”

To read the article click here 

Friday, January 26, 2018

Visit with Great Grandkids

I love when they come to visit. Last night Caroline brought my makeup that I ordered from her. As soon as they walked in the door they put the tablets down and found things to do. Ayva got the bag of felt and started making clothes for her stuffed dog toys, Mr. Pug Johnson and Weenie. Then Javier started helping her.

The boys got the blocks out and started building. Then the tow trucks to knock this down.

Before they left they had ice cream and pop. Hope they went to bed okay, Grandma Caroline!

Thursday, January 18, 2018


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.


I forgot to add the Kodiak pancake mix and although they were more fragile they were delicious AND 0 points.

Or.... the original has 2 Freestyle Points.

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

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

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

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


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."

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.