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!


Wednesday, August 25, 2010

#95 Completed {Go to a movie on my own}

I did it! I went to a movie on my own. I don't know why I thought it would be so scary or weird. It is not like you sit and converse through the movie.

I went to see The Switch (Jennifer Aniston and Jason Batemen). The movie was okay, I'd rate it a B- or a C. It was slow, but I did like the story line. But, I'm now wishing I would have purchased a ticket to see Vampires Suck.

Another item completed from my list.

3 items down. 98 More to go. 990 days to complete.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

#17 Completed {Get eyebrows threaded}

Getting my eyebrows threaded was one of the easier tasks I had to complete, but I was scared to do it. I've had bad waxing jobs before so I know how it feels to be uncomfortable with horrible eyebrows sitting right on your face.

After I made this goal, I read on a friend's Facebook page about her getting her eyebrows threaded. The place was 20 minutes away, but she had a good experience and the place had good reviews on Yelp. So, I decided to go. Overall, I am very happy with the results. I think my right eyebrow is a little more arched than the left, but looking at before pictures, that is how my eyebrows are naturally.

Below are my before and after pics.





Sunday, August 15, 2010

#1 Completed {Post this list to a blog}

A big thank you to my friend, Elicia, for introducing me to 101 in 1001. After much thought, I've compiled a list of 101 goals to complete in 1001 days. Most items are fun, some will push me past my comfort zone, but all will make me happy.

My journey starts August 15, 2010 and will end on May 12, 2013 (my 34th birthday) in Paris, France in front of the Eiffel Tower.