Wednesday, January 30, 2013

How do you snack?

I don't know about the rest of the world,
but cold weather makes me
have the MUNCHIES.

This is what I would like to eat!
These are some pancakes I made for
breakfast one Sunday...


But...
I try to watch what I eat, so my munchies tend 
to consist of lots of fruits.
The problem is that fruit does not fill me up at all.
So, for the last few weeks, my afternoon snacks
have involved each of the following...
a banana, 
an apple, 
 an orange, 
some strawberries,
and 
a box of raisins or a granola bar. 
This all followed by a couple of bottles of water.

I do feel healthy eating all of this, so I guess all 
is well, but it doesn't change the fact that 
I would also LOVE to have about 6 Krispy Kreme doughnuts and a huge hot steamy Starbucks latte right now.

Willpower is very tough.  
One thing that helped me a little, was the fact that I had
a nightmare recently that I was having to get stents put into my heart....YIKES!

Unfortunately,
the only one who can 
make me eat right and exercise is me.
The bad dream did light my fire for a few days anyway.  
I have managed to get in a bit more exercise and have continued on the fruit snack journey.

It never hurts to hear from others though.  I get so many ideas online, but I was wondering...
What are your favorite go to healthy snacks?  
I could use some new ideas because now I am craving the apple pie that I made a year ago, pictured below...     :)


Love what you eat and eat what you love!  :)

(while still trying to make it kinda healthy)




Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Fish tacos.


When it comes to fish,
I am not very picky.
I like most any kind of fish, whether
battered, fried, baked, seared or grilled.

One thing I have never tried is the fish taco.  
I have been wanting to try them, just haven't.

Finally, the opportunity presented itself recently.
I bought some fresh tilapia
and decided I was not in a mood to freeze
my buns off while grilling it, so I thought...FISH TACOS!

My motto is always to keep it kinda healthy, but I was wanting 
to fry the fish, so I lightly coated the pieces in flour and fried them in just enough coconut oil to make them fry up nicely.

I just can't bring myself to deep fry anything when I know how much oil is going to soak in and add so much fat 
and calories that are completely unnecessary.  

I used the medium size flour tortillas for these and topped them with shredded cabbage and carrots, 
slices of grape tomatoes and avocados.

I whipped up a sauce that consisted of fat free sour cream,
wasabi horseradish, a few squirts of lime juice, 
and salt and pepper.


They were just what I was craving and pretty darn healthy.
If you haven't tried one, you should!

Love what you eat and eat what you love!  :)


Friday, January 18, 2013

Stretchy pants and more of me in the same pose.

While posting on my blog, I have realized a couple of  things.

First thing is that while I am standing in
front of my camera with the
timer on, I do a very similar pose almost 
every time.

There is something about waiting
on that beep beep beep beep...
I can try to be spontaneous, but it gets me
every time.

I just throw my hand on my hip, stand up
straight and smile.  :)

Well, I am just here to show you the outfits anyway, so just think of me as a mannequin until
I learn to be a model.  

Another thing I have realized is
that over the last few years, I have become 
a stretchy pant lover.

Whether it be jeggings like these from Maurices...


or stretchy jeans...like the black ones...


or super thick tights like these...

























You can't beat the comfort.  It is like having your comfy lounging pants on that you would
wear around the house, but you can
wear them out!

I hope your inner fashionista gets inspired by
 my outfits!  
Mine had fun playing in my closet and putting
them together.  She just
left me a big ole mess when 
she got done.   :)



Thursday, January 10, 2013

The RUTABAGA!

Last weekend we went to Paducah, Kentucky for a much
needed weekend getaway.
It's amazing how one night in a hotel, a good 
meal at a nice restaurant and some dancing can revitalize 
my being.

On this particular trip, I made a stop on the
way home at the local grocery store.
I love to shop in different towns
and see what ingredients they may have to offer.

On this particular trip, one discovery was the RUTABAGA.


I have never bought or cooked one.
I ate one once that was cooked by 
my sister-in-law, Karen.
I am pretty sure she cooked
them kinda like turnips.
I just remember they were
good.
  That was about 20 years ago.

As many turnips I have seen in my life, I was still
intimidated by this 
turnip-like
 veggie.
It is covered in wax.
That may have been one factor that
caused me to be leery.
Turns out, it is a wonderful and easy veggie
to cook.

First, I cut it in half.  I then used my peeler to peel it.
I only used half for this recipe.
I cut the half into nice chunky fries and tossed 
the pieces with a bit of olive oil,
steak seasoning, garlic powder, salt and pepper.



I preheated the oven to 425 degrees and placed the strips
on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper.


I cooked them for about 40 minutes.  I tossed them a couple of times.  The would have probably crisped
more, but it would have taken and hour...
and I was hungry.


These were soooooo
good.
They were similar to white potato fries,
but they had a slight sweetness to them and more 
pizzazz.

And about half the calories!
  OMG!

The RUTABAGA will definitely be on my 
"to buy" list from
now on!  

Here is a pic of the fries with 
my huge slab of awesome salmon that I grilled.

It was so so so DE-LisH-Ous!



The hubs had a huge ribeye that I grilled to medium...


 BUT...he admitted the RUTABAGA fries 
won
his heart 
over.   

Love what you eat and eat what you love!
:)

Monday, January 7, 2013

A bunch of fashion experiments...

Hello peoples!

I have gotten lazy with my posting my fashion lately.  

I have been taking some pictures, just haven't found the time to post about them.  

I sometimes like to post them just so that I can use them as a future reference...hmmm...what was that outfit I wore last month.. 

Therefore, I am just gonna throw a bunch of fashion out there at one time, with the hope that it triggers your inner fashionista!












Feel free to comment if you would like to know some of the outfit details.  Some stuff I have had for years so it would be hard to post all of the details.  :)

Swiss chard and...there is a face on my pan?

I finally figured out what my New Year's resolution 
should be.  Other than just my normal...
eat healthier and exercise more, which comes and
goes.
I decided I am going to
try at least one new cooking ingredient
every week.

This week, the star was SWISS CHARD!



For starters...
It is a beautiful rainbow of colors.
I watch the Food Network all the time and have seen it many times but never saw it at the grocery store.
I love looking at different grocery stores, so on the 
trip back from Paducah, KY this weekend, I stopped
at their local grocery and found it.
  
I read a little about it and found that the stems can be tough, so I decided to saute them with a little bit of onion before adding the leaves.  I cooked them for about 5 minutes in just a bit of olive oil, salt, and garlic.

It is such a pretty veggie...


After 5 minutes, I added the chard leaves.  I had torn them into about 2" pieces.  I only cooked them for about 3-4 minutes.  They are pretty soft, so I just let
them wilt and turn glossy.

I added about 2 cups of spaghetti squash that I had just roasted in the oven.  Spaghetti squash is very low
calorie and so easy to cook.

Just slice the squash in half, scoop out the seeds, and place the halves on a cookie sheet at 375 degrees for about 45 minutes.

It is wonderful with about any topping you want to put on it!
I topped it with some feta cheese.  
Delish!



I also have to share the photo of my cookie sheet after the squash was cooked on it.   I see all the time where people think they see Jesus in different objects.  
Here is my pan...I know that I sound crazy, but I really do see a face and to me, it looks like Jesus.  Maybe that is 
why the squash was so yummy. 

hehe...... :)


Love what you eat and eat what you love!  :)