Monday, September 26, 2011

Catching Up

I haven't updated this blog in forever. I've been busy, but I have accomplished some things on my list. Time for me to get serious since I only have about a year an a half to complete the rest of my tasks.

So, these are the items that I've checked off since my last update.

21. Go 1 day without using TV or computer
  • I did this while in Palm Springs. Even away from home this was much harder that I thought it would be. I am way too dependent on modern technology. I need to get back to having tech-no Sundays. That means no TV, no computer and no microwave for cooking.

43. Go Zorbing
  • This was such an awesome experience that I got to experience with my friend Nicole. I went out to Tennessee and had a ball (get it? hardy-har-har)

49. Look into getting Invisalign
  • Discussed this with my dentist at my last appointment. I am a good candidate for this as long as I can correct my tongue thrusting issue first.

60. Sing Karaoke
  • I've done this twice since this has been on my list. Once in SD and once in TN

68. Vacation in Palm Springs
  • This was such an awesome vacation. Four days in Palm Springs on my own. I was able to do what ever I wanted when ever I wanted. I'm thinking of making this an annual trip.

82. Do a spa day
  • This was also done while I was on vacation in Palm Springs.

94. Go to a bar alone and meet 3 people
  • Glad that I did this, but not something that I want to do again. Out of all the items on my list, this was the most scary to me.

96. Potty train Kayla
  • Woo hoo! So glad that I can check this off my list.

100. Grow fruits and or vegetables in my own garden
  • I found out that I am a complete failure at growing my own fruit/veggies. I attempted to grow four tomato plants; it didn't go very well.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Catching Up

So, I've been slacking on my blog for a while. Let's recap what I did before my bloggy-break:

1. Post this list to a blog
17. Get eyebrows threaded
51. Make cookies from scratch
87. Tip 100% at a restaurant

And now, here is what I've completed since my last post:

7. Don't eat out for an entire month (Feb 2011)
53. Pay off credit card
54. Pay off Pathfinder
67. Take Kayla to Disneyland
72. Watch sunset at the beach
73. Watch the Godfather movies
79. Get a facial
99. Make 12 new recipes (I've made many more than that)

Take a look at the remaining items on my list and let me know if you want to do anything with me. I have until 05/12/2013 to complete all of these tasks. :)

Friday, October 15, 2010

#87 Completed {Tip 100% on a restaurant tab}

Went to dinner at BJ's last night and had a great talk with a friend. My total tab was $12.05, but I left a tip of $12.95 to make up for the fact that we sat at the table for two hours and talked.

It feels good to cross one more thing off my list.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

What have I been up to?

Life got in the way and I've fallen behind on getting my goals completed. I have made progress on some and I have completed others. So, let's see what I have done since my last post.

Make cookies from scratch (done):

I've actually done this twice now. The first time I wasn't thrilled with how the recipe turned out. I had used the recipe from the back of the chocolate chips. The second time...well, each bite of cookie was a little piece of heaven. I used the Best Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe.

Try new recipes (in progress):

It's hard for me to remember what I have made since my last post, but I do know that I have made a cheese cake (which was wonderful) and some apple muffins (which were horrible). This means that I have completed 5 of the 12 recipes that I want to make.

Watch The Godfather movies (in progress):

I just finished watching the first movie in the trilogy. Two more to go.

Tip 100% on a restaurant tab (almost):

I was all set to complete this task until the check came and the restaurant already calculated the tip for me. I did end up tipping 50% because we were a whole table with screaming children and I felt bad for the wait staff, but I did not tip 100%

Potty Train Kayla (in progress):

I need to put more time and effort into this. She seems to want to go on the potty, but can't make the connection yet. I can't wait to throw a potty party for her the first time she goes.

Monday, August 30, 2010

#99 3/12 Completed {Make 12 new recipes}

Here is what I made tonight. So yummy! Even Kayla loved it. She decided to ignore her cup of milk to shove as much of this in her mouth as she could. She kept telling me, "This is yummy. I love it"

I found the recipe at:

Turkey Sausage and Tomato Sauce over Pasta

Turkey Sausage and Tomato Sauce over Pasta
Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 8 Size: 1/2 cup sauce, 1 cup cooked pasta Calories: 324 • Points: 6.25 pts
  • 1 lb lean Italian turkey sausage, casings removed
  • 1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes (I love Tuttorosso)
  • fresh or dried basil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup fat free ricotta
  • 16 oz uncooked whole wheat, high fiber or low carb pasta
Remove the casings from the sausage and saute in a deep skillet. When browned and cooked through, add crushed tomatoes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cover and simmer on low for about 10 minutes. Add basil and ricotta and simmer another 5 minutes. Serve 1/2 cup sauce over approx 1 cup (2 oz dry) of your favorite cooked whole wheat, low carb or high fiber pasta.

And, here are my pictures:

The ingredients:


The grossest part...taking the meat out of the casings:


Sausage is browned:


Sausage and tomato sauce simmering:


Adding the ricotta and basil to the sauce:


Sauce is done:


Ready to eat:


#99 2/12 Completed {Make 12 new recipes}

Here is what I made last night. I will admit that I didn't follow the recipe 100%. After searching 4 stores, I could not find adobo so I researched online what it was and I tried to make it on my own. I also added some of the wet adobo sauce that is found in the chiles that I used. After all of that, the recipe was too spicy for Kayla, so I added plain yogurt to bring the heat down (it worked and didn't really change the taste!).

I may try this recipe again if I can find the adobo, but if I don't make it again, I won't care either.

Here is where I got the recipe from:

Mexican Slow Cooked Pork Carnitas

Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 8 • Serving Size: 4 oz (1/2 cup) Points: 4 pts
Calories: 176 • Fat: 7.7g Protein: 25.8 g Carb: 1.3 g Fiber: 0.1 g
  • 2.5 lb pork shoulder blade roast, lean, all fat removed (I used Smithfield)
  • 6 cloves garlic, cut into sliver
  • cumin
  • adobo
  • garlic powder
  • 3/4 cup 99% fat free chicken broth
  • 2-3 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (to taste)
  • 2 bay leaves
Season pork with salt and pepper. In a medium sauté pan on medium-high heat, brown pork on all sides for about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

Using a sharp knife, insert blade into pork, cutting small holes and insert garlic slivers. Season pork generously with cumin, adobo and garlic powder all over.

Pour chicken broth in the crockpot, add bay leaves and chipotle peppers. Place pork in crock pot and cover. Cook low for 8 hours. After 8 hours, shred pork using two forks and combine well with the juices that accumalated at the bottom. Remove bay leaves and adjust salt and cumin (you will probably need to add more). Let it cook another 15-30 minutes.

The ingredients:


Preparing to brown the pork:


Browning the pork:


Sliced garlic:


Putting the garlic in the pork:


Seasoned and ready to cook:


8 hours late:




Ready to eat:


Saturday, August 28, 2010

#99 1/12 Completed {Make 12 new recipes}

Here is my first of 12 new recipes I need to make. These were very yummy, but I calculated each one to be 6 WW pts, not the 4 mentioned in the original recipe. One reason is that I made 8 instead of 9. (Had I made 9, they would have been 5 WW pts each). Another reason is because I could not find fat free ricotta cheese.

I will be making these again.

I found the recipe on:

Spinach Lasagna Rolls

Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 9 Serving Size: 1 roll Calories: 224.9 Points: 4 ww pts
Fat: 5.1 g Fiber: 3.4 g Protein: 13.0 g
  • 9 lasagna noodles, cooked
  • 10 oz frozen chopped spinach, thawed and completely drained
  • 15 oz fat free ricotta cheese (I like Polly-o)
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • salt and fresh pepper
  • 32 oz tomato sauce
  • 9 tbsp (about 3 oz) part skim mozzarella cheese, shredded
Preheat oven to 350°. Combine spinach, ricotta, Parmesan, egg, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Ladle about 1 cup sauce on the bottom of a 9 x 12 baking dish.

Place a piece of wax paper on the counter and lay out lasagna noodles. Make sure noodles are dry. Take 1/3 cup of ricotta mixture and spread evenly over noodle. Roll carefully and place seam side down onto the baking dish. Repeat with remaining noodles.

Ladle sauce over the noodles in the baking dish and top each one with 1 tbsp mozzarella cheese. Put foil over baking dish and bake for 40 minutes, or until cheese melts. Makes 9 rolls.

To serve, ladle a little sauce on the plate and top with lasagna roll.

Here are my ingredients:


Cooking the noodles:


Ingredients for the filling:


Filling all mixed up and ready to go:


Sauce at the bottom of the pan:


My noodles all dry and ready for the filling:


Yummy filling on the noodles:


Rolled and almost ready to cook:


Final touch before putting them in the oven:


40 minutes later and they are done:


Ready to eat:


Left overs!