Sunday, January 29, 2012

home decor updates

It was nice to have a Saturday with absolutely nothing to do! The last few weekends have been very enjoyable and spent with some of my best friends, but sometimes not having anything planned is just as nice.

I slept in, watched Pioneer Woman, had a long chat with my mom, and then decided I needed to accomplish something. There have been a few little home decor changes I have been wanting to do and I finally saw them through ;)

(I don't remember where I found out about the Red Stamp app, but I'm in love!)

Sunday, January 22, 2012

my first skinny recipe

I'm not really sure how I haven't come across before, but now that I know about Gina's recipes I won't miss any of them!  I especially love that her recipe posts list how many Weight Watchers points the recipe is. 

This past week I attempted to make my first "skinny" recipe - Skinny Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Gravy and Skinny Garlic Mashed Potatoes.  I loved the mashed potatoes, which is hard to believe since they didn't have but a tablespoon of butter in them!  Our small town grocery store didn't have lean turkey as the recipe calls for so I had to use two pounds of lean ground beef.  I followed the recipe exaclty as it called for, but next time I make this I will probably cook the patties completely through instead of just browing the sides before adding to sauce.  I browned the sides of the patties and then set them aside and they still needed some cooking time.  I sauteed the mushrooms, added the patties back to the skillet, and added the sauce, but by the time my patties were fully cooked my mushrooms were starting to burn and my sauce was becoming less!  It turned out to be very tasty and I will definitely make this again - but maybe with a little more sauce - the farmer loves lots of sauce, but then of course, the point value of this recipe may increase :)

If you need a good meal to add to your menu lineup this week, try this one!

Here's the links to the recipes on Gina's website.


Monday, January 16, 2012

Christmas Update - just a little late :)

Christmas has always been my favorite holiday, but in the past two years it has become a little more entertaining. With the birth of our nephew and niece our Christmas has been anything other than quiet!  Michael turned two right before Christmas this year so he was all into helping pass out gifts, ripping paper off of his gift and everyone else's, and playing with ALL his gifts at the same time.  He was a little overwhelmed! 

The farmer's grandmother - she could hold that baby all day long.

The little entertainer!

The farmer's sister and her husband

The farmer and I :) 

The boy's got a redneck wine glass - they loved it!

My MIL looooves Christmas fairies.  They creep me out, but I add one to her collection every year. 

One of Michael's gifts from Aunt Whit and Uncle Matt - a landscaping set!  He loves to work outside with his dad in the yard. 

and the best gift of the whole night....

a DRUM SET! We HAD to get him one! :) 

Papaw and Granna got him a John Deere Tractor.  He was a little overwhelmed by big gifts.  He put his landscaping set in the back of his tractor and would run back and forth driving his tractor and playing his drum set.  

The house got pretty loud with Michael and Uncle Matt playing the drums, but it didn't phase little Mia one bit!  She was just taking it all in :) 
Michael managed to find my boots in all the Christmas mess.  He was quite a ham trying to walk in them :)

I leave you with a video of Michael playing his drums, he loved them!  Papaw and Granna were glad to send them back home with Michael :) 

I know I'm a little late on the Christmas update, but I hope everyone had a good holiday season :)


Wednesday, January 4, 2012

santa fe salad with chili-lime dressing

Well I decided the week before Christmas to start Weight Watchers.  Probably not such a great idea!  I did lose 2 1/2 pounds the first week, 1/2 pound the second week, but lo and behold I gained a pound the third week, which doesn't seem that horrible considering we had two huge Christmas dinners plus munching with family the whole week between Christmas and New Years.  I'm trying to get back on track this week.  Breakfast and lunch aren't too hard for me, but dinner on the other hand gets a little tough since the farmer usually has a large appetite :)

Thanks to the wonderful world of Pinterest I found a Weight Watchers recipe for Santa Fe Salad with Chili-Lime Dressing for a whopping 3 points!  That is a Weight Watchers dream come true :)  Well, in true Whitney fashion, I turn a healthy recipe into a not as healthy recipe!  Ha! But not too terribly bad.  In all honesty, this salad was quite delicious! 

A few notes about how I prepared the salad:
*Our small town grocery store must have had a large demand for reduced-calorie mayonnaise because there was none, zero, zilch.  So, I had to resort to regular mayonnaise.
*I left out the cilantro.  Those that know me well know I HATE cilantro! 
*Back to that small town grocery store - no scallions so I substituted substituted chopped green onions.
*The farmer hates beans just about as much as I hate cilantro.  He will not even touch a bean, unless it's a green bean.  I'm not a big fan of black beans so I opted for Ranch Style Beans, washed well, and only added to my salad to give it a little extra flavor.
*I made one batch of dressing and thought it was a little extra "limey".  I made a second batch to add to the first (wanted some extra for lunch tomorrow) and left out the lime.  It was just the perfect hint of lime.  I'm not so big on lime either :)
*OH, and I added a few tortilla chips - see, I started turning it into a not so healthy recipe! And added some fajita chicken. Ha!
I had made Tortilla Soup on Monday night so we had some leftover.  This salad paired with a little bowl of tortilla soup was quite a tasty meal!

Santa Fe Salad with Chili Lime Dressing

6 Tbsp reduced-calorie mayonnaise
3 Tbsp cilantro, finely chopped
3 Tbsp water
1 medium uncooked scallion(s), minced
1 1/2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp chili powder
15 oz canned black beans, rinsed and drained
1 1/2 cups cooked corn kernels, fresh or frozen
2 cups grade tomatoes
1 medium sweet red peppers, cut into thin strips
8 cups romaine lettuce

To make dressing, in a small bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, cilantro, water, scallion, lime juice, sugar, and chili powder until smooth.  Transfer to a jar or a plastic container wiht a tight-fitting lid and refrigerate until ready to use. 

In a large bowl or food storage container, layer remaining ingredients in order listed; cover and refrigerate. 

To serve, spoon salad ingredients into a bowl.  Shake dressing and then drizzle dressing over salad; toss well to coat. 



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