Thursday, July 8, 2010

I am ready for school to start and life and schedules to have more consistant order. People in my home have had work schedules that have kept them from being at home. I made chicken spaghetti on Monday night and ate some on Tuesday for lunch. Last night I ate a banana sandwich. Tonight I don't know who will be home.  On Saturday the guys will be shooting in an archery tournament. I'll need to find out more about their schedules and weekend plans before I can make plans.
5 weeks till school starts!!!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Sometimes life just happens and one can't coral everyone to the table at once.

This week my son went shopping for his breakfasts and snacks. He brought home a variety pack of animal crackers and toaster strudels. He has his heart set on making a Key Lime Pie so since he is showing interest in making something I encourage him.
A friend gave me a jar of homemade jam. I like homemade because I know there are no unnecessary ingredients. This really tastes good!

I have on hand: Cheerios, Smucker Natural Peanut Butter, Vegies  and  some beef in the freezer.

Tuesday: scrambled egg sandwich
Wednesday: grilled chicken and steak, green beans, mac & cheese
Thursday: getting together with friends
Friday: out to eat
Saturday: going to some friend's home
Sunday: may pick up pizza

Hope everyone has a great week!

Monday, June 28, 2010

June 28-July 4

I don't have everything worked out just yet. I am working on family schedules.
I do know if we will be going out to eat one night and getting together with friends one night, possibly 2 nights and 1 night a family member will be out of town which means I probably will enjoy a quiet evening with cereal. As soon as I can finalize schedules I will post our weekly menu.

Monday, June 21, 2010

June 21-27

Breakfast Choices
Cheerios w/1% milk
scrambled egg sandwich made w/ Egg Beaters and whole grain bread
cheese toast on whole grain bread

Lunch Choices
tuna or chicken sala:, chopped bbq chicken sandwich: PB&H sandwich w/milk;

Snack Choices, chooses 3 a day
fruit such as white peaches, watermelon. banana (great for after a morning sweat)
cheerios; Kashi granola bar; 1/2 natural peanut butter and honey sandwich
1/2 smoothie

Evening Meals
Monday:breakfast supper of toast, eggs, grilled lean sausage, and grits
Tuesday: steak and potatoes for the guys (I prefer chicken), salad
Wednesday: chicken, sweet potato wedges, salad
Thursday:fish, slaw, cajun rice
Friday:out to eat
Saturday: grilled burgers for lunch; grilled chicken kabobs & corn for dinner
(We really enjoyed the grilled corn at our daugher's & son-in-laws home on Father's Day.)
Sunday lunch: roast, sauteed potatoes & onions in a small amount of Smart Balance oil, green beans, whole wheat rolls. I may make a splenda apple pie.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Banana Pudding

In 8C microwaveable bowl, stir together:
1 1/2 C sugar and 1/2 C flour.

Using a mixer, blend in:
4C 1% milk
1C Egg Beaters
2tsp Vanilla extract (I use Vanilla, Butter and Nut Extract)
Microwave on high in 2 minute intervals, mixing in between each interval, for a total of 10-12 minutes. Mixture should be hot and not too thick. Allow to cool some before layering.

Pour enough pudding in dish to cover bottom then layer:
vanilla wafers, bananas, pudding finishing with vanilla wafers or meringue.

If you choose to make a meringue:
Beat 3 egg whites with 1/4 tsp cream of tartar until soft peaks from. Gradually beat in 1/4C sugar until stiff. Spread over pudding; seal to edge. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until meringue is golden brown.
My son likes bananaless pudding so being the sweet mom that I am :) I made him 2 small puddings

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

My little sancutary

This is my place to escape for some peace and quiet. I turned one bedroom into My Playroom. I have a drafting desk, papasan chair, bookcases with books, treadmill, weights, closet has shelves with craft stuff and board games. My place to escape from so much football on tv.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

.What is Healthy Eating?

The guidelines I follow:
1. Limit junk food such as chips, cookies, candy, soft drinks, fried foods
         Once a week I treat myself to something.
2. Portion control, stop eating before I feel full. Fullness will come.
3. Bake, grill, stir-fry meat. I don't fry meat, except for deer tenderloin which is about twice a year.
4. Use healthy fats such as Smart Balance cooking oil and Smart Balance margarine when a recipe
          calls for this. This brand has healthy fats, no trans fat.
5. Cook vegetables in water or broth or stir-fry in SB oil.
6. Eat fruit and vegetables. Limit starchy vegies such as white potatoes.
7. Limit starches such as rice, pasta, white potatoes, bread.
           I didn't say that I don't eat them. I eat them in moderation.
8. Limit sodium. We get plenty without adding any salt.
9. Eat 6 times a day, Breakfast, A.M. Snack, Lunch, two P.M.-Snacks, Dinner
10. Know what a serving size is. Read labels.
       Read nutrition info at fast food places.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Chicken, cook once for 2 meals

Choose 2
Amount to cook depends on how many servings you need. Most of the time I am cooking for 2. We are almost empty nesters.

grilled chicken, chicken spaghetti, chicken alfredo
shredded bbq chicken sandwiches, hawaiin chicken with pineapple

more to be added when I have more time

June 14-20, 2010

Evening Meals:
Monday - Pork Chops, Rice a Roni (partial pkt of seasoning to cut sodium), green beans
Tuesday -Chicken Alfredo made with a homemade sauce, this helps me control the amount of fat and other stuff
Wednesday and Thursday -no meals to prepare due to family schedules keeping us scattered
Friday -out to eat
Saturday -friends coming over, appetizer of lowfat cream cheese mixed with Pepper and Onion Relish purchased at Harry & Davids served with Melba Toast,will grill kabobs of Chicken and pineapple, sides of baked sweet potatoes, stuffed bell peppers, green beans and homemade rolls. Dessert will be homemade apple pie sweetened with applesauce.
Sunday -undecided at the moment due to family being here and there. I hope to gather the children and their significant others for an afteroon of dessert or an evening meal.