Pumpkin and oatmeal? Yes, please.

SONY DSCWhen I opened the fridge this morning, I noticed that I still had a little bit of pumpkin puree left in the can that I opened this weekend. I was thinking about what I wanted to do with it when I saw a recipe for oatmeal pumpkin creme pies appear on my facebook from who else, Sally’s Baking Addiction.

The only thing I could possibly love more than finding a recipe is finding one that I have all the ingredients for! Since I started baking more regularly, this has become easier and easier. Luckily, this was another recipe that I had all the ingredients for. Hooray! SONY DSC

What was even better about this recipe is that one of these sandwiches is only worth 4 WW points! They are small, but they’re filling. And it’s made with pumpkin and oats, both of which are good for you.

I liked the cookies a lot and I think I will keep the recipe to just make the cookies alone, with some raisins or dried cranberries of course. And the frosting could be used with a lot of other recipes.

SONY DSCThis may become one of my new favorite recipes. I know, which one of her recipes aren’t my favorite, right?

Chilli makes everything better

Current weight: 157/ goal weight: 130

So, I was a little disappointed when I weighed in this morning. I guess I should be happy that I didn’t gain weight (especially after my cheat day) but I was kind of peeved with myself for not pushing myself to work out more.

Dang it, self!

SONY DSCAlas, I do have some good news to report…I made an AMAZING chilli in the crock pot! It’s so simple. I go the recipe from Weight Watchers (turns out they also have recipes…who knew!) and it’s only six points for one serving!

I paired this with my whole wheat bread for a 10 point dinner. Yeah, that’s a little steep but I saved up for the day to enjoy this wonderful meal. And I was even able to enjoy two Caramel deLites after!

Yes, it is lame that I count points for every meal but if it means I will be able to fit into my old jeans and not have to get rid of anything – well, unless it’s too big; then I will totally get rid of it – and not have to buy any new clothes, I will do it!

Plus I love that feeling of being able to laugh in my Wii Fit’s face when it tells me I lost weight. It’s the little things in life.

Recipe below (you will be surprised how easy it is):

If you use my measurement of 1 1/2 cup per serving, there’s about 4 servings…maybe a little more.

  • 1 pound uncooked turkey sausage
  • 15 oz can of pinto beans, undrained
  • 14 1/2 can of of diced tomatoes with chillies, undrained
  • 14 1/2 can of diced tomatoes with garlic and onions, undrained
  • 1 medium uncooked onion, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • I also added some chilli powder to spice it up a little

Put it in the slow cooker and cook on low for 5-6 hours. We had mine about 5 hours after I put it in the cooker and it was amazing! So warm and delightful.

What is your favorite chilli recipe? Share in the comments!

 

Cheat Day meets Homemade Day

After I made the baked turkey chimichangas, Sam felt he needed to show me how to make authentic Mexican food. Who was I to tell him he couldn’t make me some homemade food! So, on Saturday, his sister and brother in law Kenny came over and Sam and Kenny decided they would make chicken enchiladas, and even make the sauce for them.

IMG_2852I was telling them about this recipe I found for homemade pretzels and that I just picked up a couple packets of yeast. Of course, that got us inspired to make the cheesy homemade pretzels I was talking about. Kenny even showed me how to make a delicious cheese sauce for dipping.

I only needed one of the three packets of yeast I purchased so we decided to use the other two packets for this whole wheat bread recipe I had. The recipe yielded three loaves of bread, which would be perfect for Sam’s lunches and to have around the house.IMG_2854

I was a little skeptical of how they would turn out since I heard that bread is really hard to make and I have always been spoiled by my mom’s baking, but they actually turned out really good! Next time, I’m going to try a jalapeno garlic recipe.

Of course when Sam and Kenny were at the store, they got their arms pulled by the Girl Scouts and came home with SIX boxes of cookies! Kenny questioned buying them since I have been on this cookie baking binge lately but nevertheless, we ended up with some cookies. Once I saw the Caramel deLites, I knew there was no turning back.

So, in one day, I had homemade pretzels, bread, chicken enchiladas and Caramel deLites. Man oh man, was it worth it! We all need cheat days here and there, or we will go crazy! The trick is to not let every day turn into a cheat day!

this week at the weekly treat

SONY DSCSo, its another week at the weekly treat! This time around…I am visiting my favorite couple, chocolate and peanut butter. I found myself daydreaming about how much I wanted some of these wonderful treats, and I think a lot of people were doing the same thing because my Facebook and Pinterest sites were full of wonderful ideas!

So, if you’re into chocolate and peanut butter, you’re in the right place. And we should be friends. Here are some good recipes to try:

Skinny chocolate peanut butter cupcakes, from Sally’s baking addiction (duh)

Chocolate peanut butter cup popcorn, from the gunny sack (perfect for movie time!)

Reeses peanut butter no-bake bars, from i heart nap time (for the days you just don’t feel like baking, dang it!)

Whole bunch of peanut butter comfort treats, from loveveggiesandyoga.com

Frozen peanut butter chocolate covered banana bites, from yummy mummy kitchen

I’m also posting more recipes as I find them in both the weekly treat group and my facebook page.

What are your favorite chocolate and peanut butter recipes? Share them here!

Healthy food can taste good too!

Current weight: 157/ goal weight: 130

So, I’m finally on a roll with this losing weight business. The only issue is that it’s only a pound a week. While I’m happy with my weight loss, I know I need to kick it up a notch. So, I decided to look up the Weight Watchers menu to see if there was anything that looked reasonably edible. And yes there was!

I’ve made two recipes so far, and while I’m trying my hand at being a food blogger, I forgot to do the obvious…take pictures of my work! I swear it happened, though.

The first day (yesterday), I made the quick vegetarian chilli. Now, it says that it’s worth eight points. But for some reason, the recipe builder adds extra points for stuff that has zero points. So if you just delete those items from the recipe list, you’re good! After I did that, it was only five points. Those extra three points could go to some good use…like a cookie.

Then today I made baked turkey chimichangas, which are six points each. I was given some grief by my Mexican boyfriend about them not being made the “real” way, deep fried. Apparently I wasn’t following tradition, which is an ongoing theme around here. At any rate, he ate them and didn’t say that they were too horrible. Which coming from him, is kind of a big deal. I, on the other hand, loved them.

IMG_2809We were all out of my last batch of cookies so I made a batch of healthy pumpkin chocolate oatmeal cookies, from my favorite baker (well, aside from my mom of course) Sally. I made these for my dad’s birthday and fell in love with them, so I decided I would make some for here too! Luckily, these are only three points…and I saved enough to have two of them, which was the coolest thing ever.

So, for everyone who makes gagging sounds when someone mentions they are making some healthy food….don’t knock it till you try it.

moving is the best exercise. ever.

Current weight: 158/ goal weight: 130

When we moved into our apartment, I was five months pregnant and was not able to lift anything without everyone screaming at me to put it down. I was immediately tasked to putting away small things, cleaning and of course…resting.

This time when we moved, I was two months post baby and didn’t have anyone telling me to take it easy. I did all of our packing and helped with moving all of our stuff down a flight of stairs. Since I knew I would be active all weekend, I ate whatever I wanted…which was nothing healthy. I had a couple oranges but that was it.

I finally got my WiiFit set up on Tuesday and I was a little worried about what the result would be. I was already telling myself that I would have to be extra strict this week to make up for the weight gain after the weekend.

But then…it happened. I was finally under the 160 mark!!! I’m also only 8 lbs away from my pre-baby weight!

I have taken out all my pre-pregnancy clothes from under my bed and put them in big ol trash bags in our closet, something I have to look at every day. So, here’s my goal to make those bags disappear: I want to get to my pre-baby weight by next month so I can finally get rid of those bags!

I’m giving myself four weeks to lose eight lbs, which averages two lbs a week. I’ll be updating my progress every week to help me keep on track. Every time I try on those jeans, I get just a little more motivated.

Fortunately for me, I still have a lot of furniture to move and organize before the week is over!

first week at the weekly treat

SONY DSCThe weekly treat on facebook has started today! Since we’re all new to this group, I revealed two treats: chocolate chip cookies and a recipe for salted caramel cake that was offered by one of our members, Bri.

To get people inspired, I added these recipes for chocolate chip cookies:

cake batter chocolate chip cookies from sally’s baking addiction

healthy pumpkin chocolate oatmeal bars from sally’s baking addiction chocolate chip salted caramel bars (fun combination of both recipes!) from two peas and their pod

death by chocolate peanut butter chip cookies from (once again) sally’s baking addiction

So, if you’re looking to join a baking group, check us out! All you do is choose a recipe, make the treat and post it in our group by Sunday!