Friday, September 30, 2011

Meal Plan

Saturday through Monday. Tuesday I have an event that starts at 4pm and won't be over till at least 8pm so I haven't figured out what to do about lunch and supper that day...

Cottage cheese/eggs, peaches
Bacon, Eggo's
My sausage patties in canned biscuits with cheddar

Honey mustard BBQ sloppy joes, cucumber soup (new recipe)
Creamy white chili (new recipe)

Roasted red bell pepper alfredo w/leftover turkey, french bread
Leftover turkey in salad w/Craisins
Mom's Night Out?

I also have the ingredients for creamed carrots (new recipe). They were supposed to be for supper tonight but I ended up going grocery shopping this afternoon instead of this morning and opted for something quick for supper!

If the new recipes are good, I'll post them :)

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Chicken and Millet

I had some millet leftover from last year when I tried a Chinese dish. The Chinese was good but we're not in the mood for Chinese very often. So the millet has sat on the shelf, locked up tight in a jar. That recipe is the only time I've ever cooked or eaten millet... Till today :)


Big batch millet and onions:
3 tbsp butter
2 medium onions, chopped
2 cups millet
4 cups chicken broth

Melt butter over medium heat. Saute onions and butter, stirring often, until millet is golden brown. Add chicken broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 25 minutes or until millet is cooked.

Additional ingredients:
Leftover chicken, chopped
Tomatoes, chopped
Salt & pepper

Mix the rest of the ingredients and millet in whatever proportions you like. I portioned the chicken into individual bowls, then mixed in some of the millet mixture - about 1/2 cup millet per 2 oz chicken. Stir in cream until desired consistency. Add S&P to taste. Heat if necessary. Mix in tomatoes.

Save the rest of the millet for another meal.

Yummy, healthy, and very hearty!

Thursday, September 15, 2011


I made it back to the gym today :)

Food journal

Breakfast - cottage cheese w/peaches

1/2 cup coffee w/the usual

Lunch - rotisserie chicken breast; roasted red pepper hummus; blue corn tortilla chips; small piece cake

Supper - tuna/peas/rice with a little mixed shredded cheese and cream; Ghirardelli square

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Meal Plan

(Need one more for tomorrow - will decide when I make a quick grocery trip tonight)
Eggs/cottage cheese, toast, peaches
Bacon, Eggo's
My sausage, white gravy (probably Rice Dream white sauce with cream), Grands buttermilk biscuits
Smoked sausage, canned biscuits

Baked chicken, macaroni and cheese (Annie's boxed), cucumber salad
(Pick up something heat and eat while grocery shopping Friday)
Sweet Beef and Rice
(Sunday - usual lunch out after church)
Macaroni and cheese (Annie's boxed) with hot dogs, broccoli/green beans
Roasted red bell pepper alfredo (jarred RRBP, jarred Newman's alfredo sauce), pasta or French bread

Roast beef (lunchmeat) salad with chunky bleu cheese dressing
Tuna salad
Salad with chicken

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Back to the Gym :) C25K, Wk 1 Day 1. Take #???

I FINALLY made it back to the gym today!!! I've been trying and trying to go but between trading sickness, my back, etc, it just hasn't happened :( Till today :)

Gabriel took an early nap. I didn't get much sleep last night, housework needed to be done, supper needed to be prepped, my workout clothes had to be unearthed (haven't used them since we moved)... In short, there were lots of reasons I "couldn't" go.

Jesse got his own workout moving boxes to find my clothes while I prepped supper. I left a dirty kitchen. I realized when I got there I also left my purse at home... with my driver's license in it. Good thing I didn't miss it!

It's been 4 months since I went to the gym. When I got there I didn't recognize the trainer at the desk (I assume she's the new one) but she smiled and told me hi. I brought the boys to the nursery and headed to the treadmills. One of the trainers (the one who did my orientation class) was doing a private training session near the treadmills. She stopped me, mentioned she hadn't seen me in a long time, and asked how I was doing. I told her we had moved and been passing sickness around. She was genuinely concerned and genuinely happy to see me. She asked what my plan was for today's workout. I told her my intention was to just get in the door and that I was getting on the treadmill to do a C25K workout. She encouraged me so much! Told me it was a good idea to ease back into working out. Said that I had done good just coming back. She sounded pleased that I had come in with a specific workout laid out. She told me I would feel so good once I got back in the routine of working out. I told her I had been dying to get back and got a big grin in response :) Just the fact that she remembered me and stopped me to say hi was encouraging, never mind the rest!

The workout itself wasn't too bad. I used the C25K app and had an operator error that made me walk an extra 5 minutes at the beginning but it went smoothly after that ;) I streamed the Pandora Christian Rock station through my headphones. That didn't work out so well. The music was too slow for my workout :( I want to get some MP3's on my phone and do a playlist. I won't be able to have it for next time but hopefully soon... Jesse suggested I stream Air1 through their app next time. I think I'll try that instead.

As for the workout itself... I ended up with a 10-minute warm-up. Which was probably a good thing. I worked up to 2.7 on the treadmill during the warm-up and used that speed for my walking intervals. My jogs were at 3.3. I'm satisfied with those speeds. I had to push through the last 10 seconds of my jogs, and the walks felt brisk but I recovered fairly well before my next jog. I think those were the speeds I was using in May. My hamstrings and butt were sore the first couple jogs but were okay after. I didn't really struggle till the last jog.

I stretched for a few minutes after but didn't feel very tight. I was HOT so I headed to the sinks and splashed cold water on my face for a while. It helped :)

It was hot outside so I didn't cool off completely until after I got home. Once I cooled off, I was STARVING! I ate supper, some dessert, then some leftovers before I was finally full :p

Looking forward to my next workout!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Pumpkin Spice Latte

I looked for where I had posted this recipe to share it with someone and SURPRISE! It wasn't there :p So, here it is...

Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte (Copycat)

3 tablespoons canned pumpkin
2 tablespoons vanilla-flavored syrup (I used Torani)
1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 cup milk
3 ounces espresso (1-2 shots)

In a small saucepan, stir pumpkin puree into milk. Add vanilla syrup and pumpkin pie spice. Heat gently, continuing to stirring occasionally just until steaming and foam begins to appear. Pour pumpkin flavored milk into a tall mug and pour espresso over. Top with whip cream and a dash of pumpkin pie spice.

Monday, September 5, 2011


So much has been going on... Where to start?!

I haven't been too consistent with posting my food journal. I'm trying to do it every day but I decided if it's too much to keep up with some days, oh well :p Overall I think I've been doing pretty good. I've been hitting the chocolate more than usual lately but I think there are reasons for that which I will explain later...

Main thing I need to work on with my eating? Making sure I get my veggies. I've noticed I do better with eating them when I make a meal plan, and when I go to the store that has the fabulously fresh produce. This last week has been terrible with veggies because of the tropical storm. I couldn't do our grocery shopping till Friday, and that's the day the tropical storm started coming in. We didn't know if we would lose power so I had to buy canned foods just in case. I try to do it at the beginning of hurricane season but with moving we haven't had the money to do it. I didn't have extra money to do it last week, but I didn't have a choice. And what got cut from the groceries was the veggies :( We don't eat many canned foods so I didn't have hardly any in the pantry. I bought enough for us to eat at least two days just in case. And it really ate into the grocery budget... I'm looking forward to getting some fresh veggies later this week!

I would also like to lower my consumption of white flour. I used to eat whole wheat whenever possible and miss it :( A longtime online friend makes a homemade gluten free, lower carb bread in her bread machine. I have her recipe and plan to get the ingredients to try it soon as an alternative to white bread. I picked up a variety of brown rice pastas recently so I'm stocked up on them for a while. We like them better than whole wheat pasta and they're whole grain too! I would love to have some time to make oat waffles to freeze for quick whole grain breakfast carbs. Pancakes too. Maybe one day...

And now for the biggie... Between moving, trying to cut costs, etc, I hadn't been taking all of my usual supplements. I had gone down to taking a probiotic (necessity for me) and immune builder. I cut my iron dose in half and was sporadic at best with everything else.

And my body decided to rebel...

It took me a while to realize what was causing my seemingly unrelated symptoms. My depression and anxiety started up. I had no energy. My patience and tolerance were much shorter. I was starting to get really concerned. I could feel that I was on a downward spiral but had no idea what to do about it. I asked my natural health place about it and they suggested a chromium mixture. I didn't have the money to buy it but I kept it in mind.

I went online and researched vitamin/mineral deficiencies and depression. I was convinced there was something my body wasn't getting that was affecting me mentally. This - - is one of the articles I found and I was SHOCKED at what I realized! Almost every vitamin and mineral on their list is something I had stopped taking...

I showed the article to Jesse and we discussed it briefly. We decided to find the money to get me back on everything and see what happened. Over a period of about a week (he gets paid twice a week so we split the cost between paychecks), I started back on everything I used to take except the multi (plan to add it back soon). I felt a difference in just a few days... My depression and anxiety started lessening. My stress level went down. My energy level went up. My patience and tolerance started returning to normal levels. The days were no longer a struggle to get through. I started sleeping better.

For almost three weeks I had had a backache. I didn't injure it, but it HURT. Jesse tried to massage out the worst of the knots. I went to my chiropractor - it helped but I was still hurting. I iced it. I rested it as much as possible. It HURT. The only other time my back hurt that much was during my first pregnancy. This definitely rivaled it and I was in a lot of pain then! Aleve helped, but didn't get rid of the pain and knots. I tried sleeping in different positions. Anything I could think of for some relief! As you can guess, my back trouble was only making my depression etc worse...

A few days after I started back on my supplements, I noticed my back was better. I stopped taking Aleve and icing it. I worked back up to doing things that had been torturous - like standing for more than a few minutes at a time. Apparently something in my supplements had an effect on my back! I'm wondering if I had a severe deficiency in something and it made my back inflamed. It's still bothering me a little but is so much better!

Little by little I'm feeling better - both physically and mentally - since getting back on my supplements. I'm trying to be mindful of taking them as I'm supposed to. I now know how badly I need them...

So with everything going on, I still haven't made it back to the gym :( I'm hoping to this week but poor Gabriel is fighting something so it depends on that.

Between the depression, having no energy, being in pain, etc I haven't felt like blogging much. Plus I have to type posts on my phone and it takes so long! I just haven't wanted to take the time and effort to do it...

Now that I'm feeling better, I hope to get back on track with cooking, eating, exercising, blogging, and everything else ;)

And as for the chocolate... It's a natural antidepressant. It also contains a lot of the minerals that are in my supplements. I think I've been craving chocolate for those two reasons. (Look for my previous post about the health benefits of chocolate for more about this)

Have a great week, and thanks for reading!!! :D


Food journal

Breakfast - chicken/rice/butter/parsley

1/2 cup coffee w/the usual

Lunch - brisket sandwich (brisket w/same sauce as yesterday on bun); Ghirardelli dark caramel square

Supper - grilled chicken breast; sweet potatoes (canned w/butter and salt); bittersweet chocolate chips


Food journal

Breakfast - homemade hash browns w/bacon

1/2 cup coffee w/the usual

Lunch - brisket potato (~3 oz potato w/butter and little bit of cheddar, 4 oz brisket, 1/2 can corn, sour cream, little bit my honey mustard, little bit of BBQ sauce); bittersweet chocolate chips

Supper - grilled cheese (white bread, butter, colby-jack); cookies

Later - saltines (stomach felt upset)

Thursday, September 1, 2011


Food journal

Breakfast - turkey sausage w/mustaise; Eggo w/butter

1 cup coffee w/the usual

Lunch - turkey melt (turkey, Colby-Jack, onions on bun w/mayo); peas w/mayo; Ghirardelli dark caramel square


Supper - burger - (homemade from a local bakery... They make their own buns!) w/mayo, mustard, green leaf lettuce, tomato; bittersweet chocolate chips