Monday, January 24, 2011

Start of the day

I have learned that starting off the day right is very important. This is what I normally have..

Egg white omelet with spinach, mushrooms, and a tiny bit of cheese
Handful of nuts
2 pieces of whole wheat toast

Here are some of our other family favorites:
whole wheat pancakes
veggie sausage biscuits
apple cinnamon baked oatmeal
hard boiled eggs & coffee cake
cereal and muffins
breakfast burritos

I would love some more breakfast ideas.


"All things are difficult before they were easy." ~Thomas Fuller

My willpower has been next to zip. I am having a hard time refusing temptation. I have determined that changing my diet is going to be a lot harder than I thought. I now have a food journal. I am going to keep track of what I am eating.

I am also putting myself first when it comes to my workouts. I need to do this for myself and my family. I am going to be working out a schedule this week.

I know that I can do this. In the words of Fire Chef...we will get there, together.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Thinking of Spring

I am anxiously awaiting the day that I can start my seedlings. Before I can start them, I need to decide what to plant. My ideal garden would have cucumbers, tomatoes, beans, watermelon, eggplant, herbs, sweet peppers, hot peppers, zucchini, corn, crookneck squash and patty pan squash. I would also love to have strawberries.

I wish that I took the time to create a garden journal last spring. If I had I would not have to try and remember what I planted last year. Last year I did square foot gardening, but it failed due to the fact that I had major surgery in June. The garden was neglected while I recovered. This year I am going to ask a friend that had a wonderful garden last year for advice.

I do know that one big part of my garden this year will be an herb garden. I am just not sure if I am going to put them in the garden or a container.

Seed companies here I come....

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Veggie Wraps

I took these....
And some of these....
and made some of the best grilled veggie wraps...

Friday, January 21, 2011

Spinach, Black Bean & Mushroom Quesadillas

This was our lunch the other day. We love spinach in my house. I personally cannot get enough of it. In order to make this go with my diet I did the following:

~used whole wheat tortillas
~added spinach
~used a small amount of cheese & sour cream
~added salsa

Monday, January 17, 2011


We are here. I have been busy trying to get my diet under control. I am being fairly strict on what I can and cannot eat. I have dropped most of the sugar and salt in my diet. What I have not eliminated I have cut back drastically. I no longer add salt to anything other than baking. I have cut back my sweet tea consumption to next to nothing. Fire Chef has started to make my tea. He is making it with half black tea & half green tea. He has me down to only 1/2-3/4 cup of sugar per gallon. For me that is good. I have also started to exercise more. While my kids are at PE I have started to workout at the gym. I am enjoying the time to myself. I have found it difficult to eat out. This is due to all of my dietary restrictions. I am slowly getting into the habit of making everything at home. Right now my goals are to increase my water intake and get at least 8 hrs of sleep.

The good news is that I am down almost 10 pounds in 2.5 weeks. This week I will be stepping up my workouts more. Right now I am just gradually increasing the frequency. I did not want to go too hard and then burn out.

We have been cooking at home, but I have not been very good on taking pictures and making notes. I do have some pictures that I plan on posting tonight along with recipe review.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Repost from 2/13/09 Just a Beach Bum at Heart

I am reposting this in honor of one great lady. I love you Bam!

I have been trying for a little bit to create a post about our day. I can't do it. Instead I want to take you down memory lane.

Growing up I was one of 13 grandkids. Twice a summer we would all get together for a family pool party at my grandmother's house. My mom and dad would go get 2 bushels of blue crabs fresh off the boats. They would pick up shrimp and corn on the cob too. All the kids would play in the pool while the grown ups cooked our meal. My grandmother, Bam, would be in charge of the crabs. She would purposely, I mean accidently, drop a few live ones on the ground to chase the kids. My dad and his brother would be 'manning' the grill. They would cook the corn, hot dogs, and whatever else we had. We would then all sit down at huge tables to eat our meals. We always had fun. There were games of all kinds. We would play football, soccer or baseball up on the fields next to my dad's childhood home. We would play games in the pool as well.

Bam's house was the one that we gathered at for the holidays. I can picture the men on the couches while watching the football games on Thanksgiving. I can see the kids all playing with the knick knacks that Bam collected as she traveled all over the world. I can see the tree in the sun room. I can picture all the food in the dining room. I can picture my grandmother so clearly and so full of life.

When I had to do a 6th grade project on a country in Africa, Bam helped me. She had just gotten back from a trip to Egypt. She gave me all of her artifacts that she collected. I got an A that day.

Many of you that read my blog know that I love the islands. I love the sand, the water and the sun. I feel like I am at home when my feet are in the sand. All of my worries go away at the smell and sight of the ocean. It is as if my worries get washed away with the tide. The reason that I am at home at the beach, Bam. She taught me to love the islands. She showed me that there was peace in the sand. Bam & I have been to few different beaches. We have been to Jamaica where we climbed a waterfall, the Bahamas where she lived part time, and we have been to the Eastern Shore of Md. The music that I love the most reminds me of the water. They are Beach Songs.

Last May, she was taken to the hospital because she fell. They didn't know if she would make it to my cousin's wedding on June. She made it. She had another goal, make it until I came for a visit in August. She made that goal too. She was well enough to make a trip to her house in the Bahamas over the holidays.

Unfortunately, Bam died this morning. I am so glad that I got the chance to see her in August. I am thankful that my kids have a great memory of eating sushi with their great-grandmother. I am thankful that she got to see them one more time. Mostly, I am just grateful that she was my grandmother.

I will miss you forever Bama. I'll see you at the beach. Photobucket

photo courtesy of Virtual Tourist

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