Thursday, October 19, 2017

Tuesday, October 17, 2017


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.

Monday, October 9, 2017

The New Wonder Woman

Wait until you see Ayva's Halloween costume. She has wanted to be Wonder Woman since we all went to the movie.

I looked on the Internet and they wanted $100! What?

So I decided we could do better. I promised Caroline not to post the finished product, but here are a few teasers.

Thai Chicken and Squash

Thai Chicken and Squash

Pat and I both liked this.

4 servings - 8 SP each

Cube a butternut Squash 
Line cookie sheet with foil, spray with Pam
Roast 400 until done 45 - 60 min.

Chicken - I used slow cooked that I had frozen
Warm up 12 oz chicken with 2 tsp Tumeric 

Microwave 2 containers of prepared rice - serves 4

Place rice, squash, chicken in thirds in four flat bowls. Drizzle 3 TBS Peanut Sauce over each.

Peanut Sauce - makes 8 servings of 3 TBS each - can refrigerate up to a week
1/2 cup PB2
Make a thick paste with water
2 TBS Red Curry Paste
2 TBS Apple Cider Vinegar
3/4 cup canned coconut milk
1 tsp minced ginger
1 tsp sugar

Whisk together and drizzle over food. Refrigerate leftover sauce.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Thanksgiving Dinner Test

I tested my Thanksgiving dinner. We had four friends over and I forgot to take pictures! But it was delicious.

My favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner is the stuffing. I got it down to 2 pts for 3/4 cup and everyone loved it.

My secret was half of the bread was actually Kodiak pancakes. And 3 cups of vegetables diced small to bulk it up (recipe follow). The pumpkin tarts is in the recipes in Weight Watchers online. The potatoes are boiled potatoes crushed drizzled with a bit of olive oil and baked at 350 until crispy. Squash was 2 pts because I added butter - worth it!

Thanksgiving Dinner

Turkey 4 oz.              1 pt
Stuffing 3/4 cup.       2 pt
Squash 1/2 cup.        2 pt
Potatoes 3/4 cup.      3 pt
Gravy 2 TBS.             2 pt
Salad.                         0 pt
Pumpkin Tarts 2.     2 pt
Wine 5 oz.                 4 pt

16 pts including dessert and 1 glass of wine.


1 cup onion diced small
1 cup celery diced small
1 cup zucchini peeled and diced small
2 egg whites or 1/2 cup Egg beaters
1/2 cup chicken broth
10 slices 1 pt bread sprayed with butter spray (up to 30 sprays divided among the bread)
3/4 cup Kodiak pancake mix with enough water to make pancakes.

Salt, pepper, sage, Mrs. Dash

Make 8 small pancakes let cool while dicing veggies. Spray bread with butter spray. Cut bread and pancakes into small cubes.

Combine all ingredients. Season. Bake in 350 for 1 hr. Each serving 3/4 cup - serves 8 - 2 smart points per serving.

Bake 4 medium squash
Remove seeds and skin
1/4 cup butter
Salt, pepper, Chile Lime seasoning

Serving 1/2 cup - serves 12 - 2 smart points

Monday, October 2, 2017

Quinoa Salad

Quinoa, black beans, edadame, can of diced tomatoes. Salt, pepper, garlic, parsley and mixed in the Mango Jalepeno Salsa that came with the quinoa. Squeezed lemon over it. Yummy.

Salmon with crab Chile Lime Seasoning - 9
1 cup salad - 6
6 oz wine - 5

20 pt dinner - worth every point


Amazing - all pain is gone - even the pain I've had for a few months


My doctor said my heel pain is Planter Fasciitis - more a bother than anything else. Early morning it hurts then seems to get better during the day. Sitting in the car seems to aggravate it.

Yesterday at church when we were standing it felt like something popped and the pain was awful. Both Pat and Caroline felt me jump and I immediately sat down.

I stayed sitting until it was time to go. I could walk holding on to Pat and putting the weight on the ball of my feet. I stayed on the couch for the rest of the day.

This morning it feels much better, but I walk like it might happen again. I hope it doesn't!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

New Floors!

We still have to put the trim back on and move most of the furnitire back in, but we love our new floors. Yeah! Too tired to post too much - going to bed.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

New Floor is Almost Here

Thankful for good people in our lives. Caroline, Joanna, John and Jason helped us pull carpeting and all the staples on Saturday. Yesterday Bill helped Pat get rid of the linoleum in the kitchen AND after calling Amy they are having our dinner at their house this week.

I've been busy cutting and applying felt on all the furniture. Should finish that today after Weight Watchers and the dentist.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Stuffed Squash

Great make ahead meal. I cut acorn squash in half. Sprinkled with salt, pepper and sage. Placed face down on parchment paper covered cookie sheet. Baked 400 til done. Mine took 40 minutes.

While cooking. Take Turkey sausage out of casing. Add salt, pepper and Mrs. Dash. Brown. Blot grease with paper towel. Add 1 large onion diced, one apple diced. Add 3 wedges Jalapeno Laughing Cow Cheese. Stir to melt. Divide evenly into four containers. Refrigerate.

Take squash out, cool, place in refrigerator.

When ready to cook for dinner empty a container of sausage into each squash half. Bake 350 until warmed through.

This was delicious. Served with couscous made with wine, zucchini, 1 cup navy beans. Garlic,Italian Herbs, Parsley, salt, pepper, Mrs. Dash, rosemary.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Night Visions

Our trees have yellow lights shining on them until 11:00 each night. I like laying on my side looking out the bedroom door, down the hall, out the sliding glass doors, onto the porch, over the railing.

This is what I see. I love it.


It was cold! I put a reminder for next year to bring gloves! But we had a great time and the sunrises and moonshine were spectacular. (No moon on Saturday Night.) I was sad the phone wouldn't pick up the deep orange of the Sunrise on Sunday. It was hazy so we could look right at it.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Apple Pie!

I did it!
This is Michigan... This is September... This is a piece of 4 SP Apple Pie! Yum!

I knew if I only did a top crust I could reduce the points. I made the crust first. I wanted to only use 3/4 cup of flour (9) and 6 TBS light butter (20), 1/4 tsp salt and enough ice water to make it combine into a ball. But I ran into a problem with not enough ingredients to make the food processor work. So I used 1 cup of flour and 7 TBS of butter. After combining the crust I patted it into a pile and covered it with plastic wrap and put it in the refrigerator.

I used 10 small to medium apples and I had 2 large apples that I threw in to use them up. 2 TBS sugar (6) and 2 tsp cinnamon. Sliced the apples very thin. Sprinkled the sugar and cinnamon over and mixed well so all slices were covered.

I used a 8x12 rectangle Pyrex dish. Piled the apples high in it and rolled out the crust. I rolled it thin leaving it thicker on the edges. After placing the crust on the apples I cut off a couple inches all around. Bringing the ingredients back down to 3/4 cup of flour and 6 TBS butter!

I baked it at 400° for 40 minutes. I cut it into 8 pieces. 1 piece 4 SP and it was delicious. The crust was buttery and flaky. The apples were tart and a little sweet. This is one of the reasons I love September in Michigan and I was determined to make it point friendly.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Trader Joe's

I sure wish we had a Trader Joe's close by - we made a quick trip to Ann Arbor yesterday morning.  The people are so friendly in that store.  Workers go up and down the aisle asking if you need help.  The customers are trading recipe's and stories.  So many people were from out of town.  Our nephew, Ben works there, but he is an afternoon guy and we always go in the morning.  We especially wanted to get out of the traffic for the holiday weekend.  Made it home before it got too busy.

Thankfully, I restrained from buying too much.  Our freezer closed, barely!

Not much going on this weekend.  Carolina Moon Keeps Shining is coming over to give me a pedicure and to help me clean out the toys in the toy box - way too many in there.

The rest of the weekend is just sitting on the porch - if it gets warm enough - it was freezing yesterday!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Peanut Butter Parfait

I never thought in a million years that I would use powdered peanut butter... good thing I didn't bet on it!

This was delicious

3 Bananas sliced
1 8oz FF Cool Whip
2 TBS Unsweetened Cocoa

Mix Cool Whip with PB2 and cocoa. Layer this with sliced bananas.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Started Marketing Today

I've been slacking on marketing - you all know how much I hate it!!!!

But I've been going to blogs and sending out books for reviews.

Say some prayers for good reviews!!!

Friday, August 25, 2017

Pa Shaltry's Potato Soup goes on a Diet

Yum... Lots of veggies brings the points down. Used less ham than usual and the butter was 1/4 of what I used to use. But I used whole milk for the soup to be creamy.

It was delicious. I could taste the butter and the consistency was great. 7 Smart Points for 1 1/2 cups. This makes 12 servings.

Pa Shaltry's Potato Soup goes on a Diet

8 medium potatoes
1 large onion diced
1 stalk of celery about 8 ribs diced
1 small bag of small carrots cut
4 medium zucchini spiralized or diced
8 oz cubed ham
2 cups whole milk
2 cups low sodium chicken broth
4 TBS butter

Peel, boil, drain and mash potatoes.
While potatoes cook other vegetables in a Pam sprayed frying pan.
Season as you go - each portion should be liberally seasoned. Use as much of the spices you like.  I used:
Mrs. Dash
Everything but the Bagel
Red pepper flakes
Italian blend

When potatoes are done put in large soup pan or roaster and mash with butter and milk. Add cooked vegetables and ham. Stir in enough broth to make it the right consistency. Simmer for 1/2 hour. Cool.

Put in the refrigerator overnight to thicken.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Back Together

Bill and Amy and Jim and Jan came to dinner tonight. We haven't been all together in three weeks. It was so good to have us all talking and laughing.

Made chicken cacciatore for dinner.

Homemade sauce with fresh tomatoes.

I cooked chicken yesterday in chicken broth and put in refrigerator. Today I cut the cooked chicken into cubes, shook them in a bag of seasoned flour. Melted one Tablespoon of butter (I used to use a whole stick) and sprayed Pam. Browned the chicken and added it to the sauce. Added diced onions, celery and green peppers to the same pan I browned the chicken in.  When cooked added to sauce.

The zoodles I spiralized this afternoon and two hours before I needed them I put them in a 400 degree oven and after a few minutes I turned off the oven and left the zoodles in the closed oven.

Added the zoodles to the sauce. It was delicious.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Lunch at Tom and Steve's

Such a fun day. Tom and Steve are the best hosts. Even the smallest detail was thought of to make the afternoon so special. We are blessed to have such good friends.