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My Favorite Breakfast

I love carbs of all kinds. If I could eat bread/biscuits/pasta etc. at every meal and snack, I would. When I started doing Weight Watchers, I had to cut back on my carb intake…especially at breakfast.

I found this wonderful recipe somewhere along the way and I have fallen in love with it! I have made a few adjustments to make it my own, but it still turns out great every time. I can’t believe that I have never take a picture of these babies, maybe I inhale them too fast!!! As written, these are 3WW Points, each. Back when there was the “Core” and “Flex” plans at Weight Watchers, I would substitute apple chunks for raisins to make this a “Core” recipe. Get creative with these!!! They are very large and filling….and very easy to make!

Big Breakfast Cookies

1 1/4 cups rolled oats (old-fashioned work best)
1/4 cup raisins (or chopped apples, or craisins….)
1/4 cup flour (I use whole wheat)
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 1/2 cups dry milk (I usually use a little less…just over 1 cup so it doesn’t taste so milky)
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (or a little dab more)
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 cup Splenda (I usually use a lot less than this, like a heaping tablespoon, so it doesn’t have that fake Splenda flavor)

Mix ingredients well. Spoon 4 cookies on a cookie sheet sprayed with PAM. Bake in a 350* oven for 15-20 minutes. I use my baking stone which makes them perfect every time!)

 

These do need to be used up fairly fast, otherwise they will get soggy and start to mold. I store them in a ziploc in the refrigerator, but I have never tried to freeze them.

 

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August 14, 2009 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

EOS Lip Balm Review

A few days ago I recieved a package in the mail from Irissa at Behrman Communications containing 2 great lip balm samples. 100_1095

Both samples were full sized lip balms from EOS (the evolution of smooth). According to the company, both products contain Jojoba Oil, Shea Butter, and Vitamin E for lots of moisturizing, healing, softening, soothing and protection. Both varieties come in 5 flavors:

  • Honesuckle Honeydew
  • Pomegranate Raspberry
  • Sweet Mint
  • Summer Fruit
  • Vanilla Bean

EOS also points out a few things that make their products unique:

“100%natural and USDA cerified organic (made wiht 95% certified organic ingrediets, petrolatum-free and paraben-free, revolutionary Smooth Sphere precisely glides directly on to lips, and soft-touch packaging in vibrant, sophsticated colors”

The first balm I tried was the Lip Balm Smooth Stick in Sweet Mint. The packaging was much like that of a lipstick with a tall cap that pulls off. The outside of the tube was slightly textured, with almost a grippy feel. I liked the flavor of this balm, as it was just like the name suggests…a little minty and tingly with just the right amount of sweetness if you happen to get some on your tongue. To me this was just like using a regular lip balm (but not a cheap chapstick type) and it did leave my lips smooth for quite awhile between applications.

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Next I tried the Lip Balm Smooth Sphere in Honeysuckle Honeydew flavor. This balm was packaged in little ball with the same grippy exterior. When I first opened this package I pulled and pulled at the lid but could not get it off. Then I realized that it was a twist off lid.

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When I first saw the Smooth Spheres, I had it in my head that this would be a roller ball applicator with a liquid type balm in it. Boy, was I wrong! It is a big ball of lip balm that is very similar to the stick form. Using this for the first time was awkward as the ball was a lot bigger than the surface of my lips, but I soon realized that it is easiest just to relax and make one or two big swipes! Again, this product left my lips feeling silky smooth, even during a run which is when my lips seem to dry out the quickest.

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I like the unique shape and texture of this product because it is easy to locate in the bottom or my purse or gym bag. Overall I really liked both of these products and would probably purchase them for myself or as a gift. I especially loved that they do not leave a greasy, oily residue like some chapsticks. They are pure moisture!

Right now you can purchase these at Drugstore.com and the EOS website for somewhere between $3 and $4 a piece, but they are suppose to be available this summer or fall at locations like RiteAid, Walgreens, and Target.

Thank you, Irissa for giving me the chance to test these out!!

August 13, 2009 at 8:00 am 2 comments

Zucchini Blueberry Bread

Last week when I was having my bad day, I baked. Not a healthy recipe, but oily, sugary, baking. Boy did it feel good!

I don’t feel too bad, though, because remember this monster? I shredded him up and used part for this recipe and froze the rest. This monster zucchini gave me 7 1/2 cups of shredded zucchini…that’s a lot!

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Okay, here’s the recipe….but you have been warned….THIS IS NOT HEALTHY!!!!

Zucchini Blueberry Bread

3 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup vegetable oil (I used canola)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract (or one big “glug” straight from the bottle)
2 1/4 cups white sugar (I used 1/2 white and 1/2 loosley packed brown)
2 cups shredded zucchini
3 cups all-purpose flour (I used 1/2 all-purpose and 1/2 whole wheat)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon cinnamon
3 cups fresh blueberries

Preheat oven to 350*. Lightly grease 4 mini loaf pans (I used 2 regular sized loaf pans, you just need to increase the cooking time by about 20 minutes). In a large bowl, beat together the eggs, oil, vanilla and sugar. Fold in zucchini. Beat in the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon. Gently fold in the blueberries. Transfer to prepared pans. Bake 50 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool slightly before removing from pans and cutting.

* I think you could probably “healthify” this by using half oil and half applesauce and reducing the sugar a little bit.

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August 12, 2009 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

I’m Outta Here!

One more hour until my “weekend” starts! That’s right….I’m taking the next three days off to spend with my old college roomie! She is driving up tomorrow! I’m so excited!

Tonight the hubby and I are headed to the county fair for some semi-truck pulls and *maybe* an elephant ear (hubby had never had one….I think he needs to try it!). In the morning I am heading out bright and early to the farmer’s market and to do a few other errands before Alicia arrives. I will not be blogging the rest of the week since I don’t have internet access at home, but I have put together a few posts that should go up this week.

Now onto the important things…food.

For dinner last night I made homemade enchiladas served with homemade guacamole (1 avacado, a heaping spoonful of diced tomatoes with onion, lime juice and salt), blue corn tortilla chips and (unpictured) watermelon. It was wonderful!!!

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Today, I made blueberry pie oats, again.

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For lunch I had leftover enchiladas, guac, and watermelon

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Snack was a Carrot Cake Clif bar (these are so amazing!)

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I’m not sure what we are doing about dinner tonight. The truck pulls start at 7 and we have to drive about 30 minutes, so it will depend on what time hubby gets out of work. I would be happy with guac and corn chips!!

 

I hope everyone has a great week! I will be back on Monday (and I’m not looking forward to how full my Google Reader will be!).

August 11, 2009 at 3:14 pm Leave a comment

Crazy Weekend!

Wow….what a jam packed weekend this was! Saturday was the big family reunion, but there were severe thunderstorms all day which put a crimp in the plans (the hayride got cancelled…bummer) Hubby was gone all day with his friends and our power went out right after he left so I head over to mom and dad’s house to shower and get ready. Mom made me a hot ham and cheese on a bun sandwhich….just like they used to serve in school (I loved those things!!). 

We headed over to the reunion where the highlight was holding the 4 month old twin cousins. They are ADORABLE. (Of course my camera was charging when the power went out and I forgot to take it with me.)

Sunday the hubby and I headed to “the city” to go to Olive Garden (with a gift card!) and get some groceries. I tried one of the new dishes at Olive Garden and did not like it at all. That is the first time I have ever had something bad there! After we put the groceries away we went to hubby’s mom and dad’s trying to escape the 96*+high humidity weather in our (non air-conditioned) house….but there house was 10 times worse! So, we ended up at my parents (where the AC works wonderfully!) and I grill hamburgers and hot dogs for dinner. We also broke out a bottle of red wine that my parents were given as a gift. None of us have ever had wine before, so this was an experience. (We didn’t have a corkscrew, so we improvised with a big screw out of dad’s tool box!) Needless to say, we did not like the wine. It was too bitter. Is that normal? What is a good red wine for “beginners”?

I was actually excited for work this morning…mainly because I only work today and tomorrow and then have the rest of the week off to spend with my college roomie who is coming up to stay with us! Can’t wait…but I have tons to get done tonight and hubby wants to go the the semi-truck pulls at the county fair (yet another “exciting” country passtime!)  tomorrow night.

On to the food!

Breakfast: Blueberry Pie Oats (oats with water, blueberries, cinnamon and brown sugar)

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Snack: Pistachios

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A Tootsie Roll

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Lunch: Salad with organic spring mix, fat free feta cheese, and reduced fat catalina dressing and a PB&J on an Arnold Thin (Haven’t been terribly hungry…I think it’s due to the weather)

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Snack: None so far. I may have a banana on the drive home

Dinner: Homemade enchiladas and watermelon. Yum!!!

At lunch time I ran to the local Kroger store and bought a ton of cheese. They had all their store brand cheese on sale 10 for $10. I ended up with 3 blocks (colby jack, swiss, and cheddar) 2 packs of sandwich slices (mozzarella and munster) and 5 bags of shredded which I will put in the freezer (2 cheddar, 1 mexican blend, and 2 mozzarella). I also bought 5 carrot cake Clif bars that were also 10 for $10. My total savings was just over $28! I think I got a bargain!!

What’s the best grocery bargain you’ve ever found?

August 10, 2009 at 3:17 pm 2 comments

Ready for the Weekend!!!

It has been a crazy week. I haven’t felt like excercising…so I haven’t. I haven’t felt like eating that great….so I didn’t. I have wanted to be lazy all week….so I did. Now, I have a dirty house, a bloated yucky feeling, and a deep down terror that I will never be able to run the 1/2 marathon that I signed up for.

To help get me back into “motivated-mode” I went to the library at lunch today and checked out a few cookbooks and inspirational books on running. If only I could get someone to clean my house for me….. I need to do a good scrubbing this weekend since my friend from college is coming to stay with me Wednesday thru Friday, so I need a spic-n-span house (which is hard with two shedding puppies!).

This weekend is also the anual family reunion on my dad’s side. It is a three day event “at the farm”. Hanging out at the farm, which is across the road from where I grew up, is not so special to me, but all the relatives from the big cities think it’s the coolest thing ever to bring their tents and campers and take hay rides. (Like we really take hay rides on a normal basis….that is not a normal farm activity!!) (This is last year’s family pic, taken before the hay ride)

I also need to get groceries, find time to make it to the little farmers market in a nearby town, pick up the rest of my “stuff” that is still at my parents’ house, finish grooming the dog (round 4 was last night…she’s not getting much better!), work on getting our massive flower beds worked up so we can start over from scratch, and (hopefully) find my motivation to run (maybe it’s under the couch?).

Looks like I’m in for a long weekend! At least they are letting us out of work an hour early today!!

Eats:

Last night for dinner I made chicken nuggets with dipping sauce, roasted veggies (zucchini, summer squash, green beans, mushrooms, and baby red skin potatoes with olive oil and greek seasoning), grapes, blueberry-zucchini bread, and a homemade passion tea with lemonade. Yum! Hubby loves the roasted veggies, so I will keep making them since he usually won’t touch a vegetable!

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Breakfast: My new favorite oatmeal combination: Blueberry Pie Oats. This wonderful concoction had oats made with water, 1/2 cup blueberries, 1 tsp cinnamon and 1 heaping tsp brown sugar. All cooked together to make a yummy purple bowl of oatmeal goodness. Yum!!!

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Snack: A handful of pistachios

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Lunch: Salad with romaine lettuce, reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese, strawberries, blueberries, leftover chicken nuggets and reduced fat catalina dressing

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A handful of granola

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Tootsie roll for dessert

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Snack: Grapes

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Have a wonderful weekend! Mine will be filled to the brim and I am sure there will be lots of “food challenges”. Hopefully I can succeed and get motivated again!

August 7, 2009 at 2:26 pm 4 comments

A New Day

Yesterday was not a good day. Even after I got home from work I felt grumpy and agitated. I did not want to do anything. So, hubby called and ordered a big, cheesey, pizza….and chips. I ate two pieces + chips. Oh the shame…. Then hubby went to go help my dad with some stuff and I did something that always makes me feel better….I baked. I didn’t use a sugar free, fat free recipe either. I made something with OIL and 3 CUPS of sugar (but I did use 1/2 whole wheat flour 1/2 all-purpose!). By the time it came out of the oven, I was tired, so I went to bed.

I still haven’t eaten any of what I made! The baking is my stress relief, not the eating!

So, today is a new day. Hubby took the leftover pizza to work so I will not be tempted!

Eats:

Breakfast: Arnold Thin with 1 egg, reduced fat cheese slice, and turkey bacon

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Snack: Grapes

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Pistachios

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Lunch: Salad with romaine lettuce, strawberries, blueberries, fat free feta cheese, and  a black bean Morning Star burger with reduced fat catalina dressing

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Cherries

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Snack: A few more (unpictured) pistachios and a couple of Tootsie Rolls out of the office candy jug (that’s right…jug, as in one of the animal cracker jugs from Sam’s Club. Talk about temptation!)

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Dinner tonight will be chicken of some sort. Either chicken nuggets or BBQ grilled chicken with roasted veggies and watermelon.

I feel like I can get back on track, I’m not there yet, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

What do you do when you feel like your eating/exercising/life in general is spiralling out of control?

August 6, 2009 at 3:16 pm Leave a comment

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I'm Becci, a twenty something from a small farming community in Michigan. I grew up on a farm and still live on one...I can't imagine it any other way! Although, I do love to travel and see the amazing places the world has to offer! I have always struggled with my weight and living a healthy lifestyle, but that's about to change! This is my journey to eating healthy, traveling, and hopefully accomplishing my goal of running a marathon all while enjoying the country life!

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