Monday, February 25, 2019


It's really hard for me to get started dieting
when I am in the zone 
I do really well...but getting to that starting point is the hard part.

I've actually been enjoying coming up with some recipes this time.
It's so hard to make family friendly recipes and figure out all of the ingredients and calories and then divide it all into portions.
I'm really trying to get food made up ahead of time though
so I don't have to figure out all the details and I can grab and go.

I originally made these Jalapeno Poppers in a Cup for me
but Earl loves them.
I've made 2 batches for him already.
They have 234 calories so, 
although they are quite tasty,
I still can't eat them very often.

So far my favorite Muffin Tin Food
are these Mexican Taco Cups
These are full of flavor and filling at 355 calories they make a nice lunch or dinner.
Add a salad and I have a nice and filling meal.

So my tip to myself is to make ahead food
and make food that is tasty and filling without a lot of calories.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Breakfast Muffin Tin Foods

So I'm actually enjoying making these 
Muffin Tin foods.

I'm terrible at making breakfast 
but these eggs are so easy and really good too.

I also froze some and then heated them in the microwave
for a couple minutes and they still tasted so good!

Muffin Tin Ham and Eggs

So for the Muffin Tin Ham and Eggs I lined my muffin tin with paper and then used
2 Slices of Deli sliced Black Forest Ham
1 large egg 
salt and pepper

I baked these at 350 until done.

100 Calories each!!

Spinach and Mushroom Egg Cup

The Spinach Mushroom Egg Cups I made by
cooking a bag of spinach,
a small container of sliced fresh mushrooms,
garlic, in a skillet with a little bit of oil.
I let these cool and then chopped them up.
I mixed in 8 eggs and scrambled along with 
 1 cup of mozzarella cheese.

Then I lined the muffin tin with paper
 Black Forest Ham or not
and added some of the mixture
baked at 350 for 10-15 minutes.

These can be frozen also and have 100 calories each.


Friday, February 15, 2019

My "Muffin Tin Diet"

I lost 10 lbs last September/October
then we had a 3 house guests for 2 months,
a new baby in the house
and the holidays were here.  

So now I'm going to look at the positive side of all of this.
I am very happy to announce that I have kept off the 10 lbs off
and am finally ready to restart my new lifestyle.
Our house guests are gone
and we have a beautiful new granddaughter, Amira

I have several issues with my eating.
1.  I don't usually eat until I'm starving and then I just grab whatever is convenient.
2.  I don't drink nearly enough water during the day.
3.  I like to eat at bedtime.
4.  I'm used to cooking with white rice, pasta and white potatoes. 
5.  I hate writing down and figuring out what I'm eating.  It takes a lot of time and prep to get recipes and figure out how much I can eat.
6.  Once I eat a sweet I can't get enough.
7.  I tend to save the fresh and healthy food for the kids.

This is where the "Muffin Tin Diet" started for me.
Not everything will be in a muffin tin but the serving size and convenience of the tins 
make cooking and measuring easier for me.
It also makes for nice individual servings that I can easily freeze and heat up later.

So far I've got a few breakfast, dinner and dessert items in the freezer.
It feels nice to have foods ready to heat and eat that are healthy.

So my first recipe is simple and the kids like these too.

These are my Strawberry/Lemonade Frozen Yogurt Cups

I dumped
1 container of Greek Low Fat Yogurt into my blender 
6 cups of frozen strawberries
1 packet of instant lemonade mix
blended it up,
poured the mixture into paper lined muffin tins,
froze the yogurt
and then put the frozen yogurt cupcakes in a bowl with a sealed lid into the freezer. 

I let them thaw a little and then I have a
nice, creamy, delicious snack
that are only 43 calories per cupcake.

I used the paper liners for easier cleanup and the yogurt comes right out of them as they start to thaw.

I'll be back tomorrow with another quick and easy recipe in a muffin tin.

Earl just called me and said he's having Chinese delivered to the house
for a surprise for me and the kids. 
Thanks Babe for thinking about me and sabotaging my plans for the day.
Well let's look up calories for Chinese food ❤❤


Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Today is Jace's 12th birthday! 
I can't believe he's so grownup now.
I got up early this morning to make Brownies for his treats for school.
No problem right?  Quick and easy treat.....except for a little misreading on my part.

So here is my Brownie disaster for Jace's Birthday.
I started off with 3 boxes of Brownie mix, the oil, eggs, and water.
I got a little creative and added some vanilla and chocolate syrup.
So far so good....
I added 1 1/4 cups of water per box of Brownie mix instead of 1/4 cup.
So I added 3 cups to much water. LOL! What's a girl to do?!?!

I went to the pantry and got 2 boxes of chocolate cake mix and another box of Brownie mix.
I added those and the eggs and a can of applesauce instead of the extra oil. 
My mix was still runny so I had the brilliant idea of adding some hot cocoa packets for extra dry mix.
I open up 3 envelopes at a time,
pour the MARSHMALLOWS in. 
No cocoa...the packets were just marshmallows.
Okay so I found 2 packets of hot cocoa added them and went on and threw in 3 more packets of marshmallows. 
What the heck right?!?!
  I even threw inn a chocolate donut to try to absorb some of the liquid.

Okay....I have them in the oven, baking...anxiously waiting.
They actually taste pretty good!
I think I will have enough brownie cupcakes for the whole school though!!!

My Recipe
4 boxes of Brownie mix
2 boxes of chocolate cake mix
15 eggs
1 1/2 cups oil
3/4 cup milk
3 cups of water
some chocolate syrup
1 can applesauce
2 packages of hot cocoa mix
6 packages of hot cocoa marshmallows
a little vanilla
and a chocolate donut for good measure

Happy Birthday Jace!
I hope your friends like the Brownie Cupcakes!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Recycled Wall Hanging and Dream Catcher

I've made this wall hanging and a couple of dream catchers
lately out of the rims of the cardboard coffee cans that we use.
I love the mixture of roughness of the rust and the femininity of the crochet.
Earl thinks I'm a nut and surely I'm the only one that will like these little pieces of art.
Maybe so, but I still like them....
a lot!
I actually did sell one too....Ha! Ha! Earl.

What do you think?

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Playing Catch Up On My Blog

I used to love blogging and since Facebook became so popular I pretty much quit blogging and became addicted to Facebook.  I do enjoy Facebook, but I really miss blogging.

Lexie and Jake were blessed with another healthy baby boy, Wesley, a month ago.
Mallory is 5 months pregnant and doing wonderful.
Ezie and Jace are doing well.
 The boys have been spending some time with a family friend and learning to ride ATV's.
Jace played baseball again this year.  It was his first year in the Major's division so he didn't get to play as much as last year but he did really well playing with the older boys.
Jace had a music recital so I bought him a new suit at the thrift store for a couple of dollars and he was pretty impressed with himself.
He has as you can tell opted from getting a haircut for the last year.
He has to get his swag on you know.
I haven't lost any weight yet.  My knee's hurt so bad from the arthritis and I'm looking forward to a knee replacement soon.  I'm trying to exercise some but it's really hard to even walk.  I'm determined to loose some weight though and build up some my muscles in my legs before surgery.
I'll do more catch up over the next few days.
I will be a better blogger.
Anthony, Owen, Lexie and Jake in their pregnancy announcement photo.
 Lexie at around 8 1/2 months pregnant with Wesley.
She's so beautiful and glowing. 

 Jake, Lexie. the 2 Big Brothers and Wesley
Such a handsome grandson I have!
I love you Wesley!
Mallory and Anthony's pregnancy announcement.

 Jace in his suit going to his 4th grade music concert.
 Jace getting ready to steal a base.
Ezie and Jace on our friends ATV's

Friday, September 18, 2015

Planning my Menu's, Wedding Shopping and Whatever Else the Kids Have Planned For Me

I'm trying to plan a few things to make so I'll have healthy foods
 ready to eat when I'm busy this week
 or just to lazy to chop, dice and cook.
I'm thinking about making
from Pip & Ebby's blog tonight for dinner.
  I think everyone will like that.
Pip & Ebby's photo
I'm also thinking about making
from Clinton Kelly's recipes on The Chew.
I'm pretty sure at least Earl and I will like it.
I'm also thinking about
These look so yummy and
I can substitute ingredients to make my own little yummy creations!
The Garden Grazers Phot
I've also got to go shopping and get me a few things
to help me look decent for my son Jesse's wedding tomorrow.
Ezie needs some pants and shoes also so thrifting we will go and then
 to Wal-mart for what I can't find at the thrift stores.
High School Football tonight?? 
Maybe....we have to see what kind of a mood Mal is in.

Day 1 and Day 2 of Eating Right

I did really well if I may say so myself!
Day 1 I stayed under 1500 calories
and even had a beer.
Day 2 I was under 1200 calories.
I ate lots of veggies, some fruits, lean meat and good grains.
I wrote everything down and added up the Carbs, Proteins, Fats and Calories that I ate to keep a good proportion of everything.
Actually I feel like I'm eating more than I usually do.
The only thing I hate about doing this is all the planning and journaling everything,
I know it will be worth it in the end.
Tonight I'm making Spinach Lasagna Roll-ups for dinner.
I found the recipe on Pinterest and the actual recipe is from
(I borrowed her photo also)
Spinach Lasagna Roll-Up Recipe: An incredible easy weeknight or weekend dinner the entire family will enjoy! Step-by-step photos included!
I doubled the recipe and made 35 out of the lasagna noodles for the family
and then I had 2 portabella mushrooms.
 that I put a serving of the cheese mixture in for me.
I added some garlic powder, pepper and oregano to the cheese mixture too
 because we like things spiced up around here.
They were so yummy easy to make!

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