Day 3 (yup skipped a day!)

At the end of Day one, I had the worst migraine I’ve ever had in my life! I went to bed at 7:00 and didn’t wake back up until my alarm went off at 4:30 the next morning. I decided to take a break from juicing yesterday to see if that helped. It did! So, today I’ve decided to use the juice as a supplement instead. I’m eating regularly, but juicing as a snack to do two things. First, to increase my fruit and veggie intake. And second, to hopefully get fuller and not eat as much. Let’s see how this goes…..

Today’s morning juice is pretty tasty!

http://zestycook.com/the-power-of-juice-juicer-recipes/

The Red Racer – This one will be a great treat for those sweet tooth’s out there like me.  Consumption of these berries will reduce your cravings for the unhealthy sweets.  Or so that is what I find with me.

  • 1 Cup raspberries
  • 1 Cup Strawberries
  • 2 Oranges
  • 2 Apples

Using electric juice extractor, press all ingredients in the juicer. Whisk to combine.

 

Here’s to a good day, despite the rain and thunder!!

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Juicing Day One, part 2

After unpacking only 5 boxes today but feeling like I unpacked 50, I was starving. I knew a juice wouldn’t work, it wouldn’t satisfy my hunger. (Guess I really needed a Snickers!) So, I had a bowl with cut up cucumbers and tomatoes with a dash of salt and a drop of Italian Dressing. Only cheating a little here…

For the afternoon hunger before the dinner hunger begins and before the boys get home and start eating and make me want to eat too, I made another juice.

http://zestycook.com/the-power-of-juice-juicer-recipes/

Apple Green Grape – Simply delicious!  These flavors were made to be together.  The combination of grapes and apples is one of my favorites.  When you were a kid, what was your favorite color Kool-Aid?

  • 3 Granny Smith apples, quartered and cored
  • 1 Cup seedless green grapes
  • 1 Thin wedge lemon, peeled

Using electric juice extractor, press apples, grapes and lemon. Whisk to combine.

I used Gala apples, since the kids eat the Granny Smith and I was running low on them already. (Even tho I just went to the store yesterday) and I added a few pieces of ice at the end. Simply delicious. Maybe a dash of cinnamon next time, and it will have an apple pie taste to it.

Let the rush of the afternoon/evening festivities begin. I am ready!

Let the juicing begin….. (again!)

So this week will be just a one week thing, the boys are out of school next week and there is no way I will be able to resist the temptation of eating bad for you things while we are out exploring! I decided to try juicing again because my energy level is non existent! I have about 15 boxes left from the move and a garage full of crap to be organized. I need motivation. We have cable for the first time in over 2 years and I just want to sit on my butt all day and do nothing. This can’t be a good combination! So join me this week while I try all new juicing recipes and let you know whether you should try them or not!

Here we go………

This morning’s juice is kind of a cheating juice, since really it’s a smoothie, and it has more in it than just fruits or veggies. But, it looked good and has good for you ingredients, so in the name of journalism, I will try it.

 

Green Monster Spinach Smoothie:

http://iowagirleats.com/2012/01/04/my-top-secret-diet-weapon/

Ingredients:

1 frozen sliced banana

1 Tablespoon peanut butter

1/2 cup 0% Vanilla Chobani Greek yogurt

1 cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze (or other kind of milk)

4 cups baby spinach (or more, or less)

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Nutritional stats:

350 calories, 10g fiber, 21g protein

 

Can we say yum? I can see drinking this more than one time. Some of those other juices I tried the last time I made sure to keep those recipes in a never again unless I’m dying and need nutrients category. But this one is a keeper for sure. I am just about done with it, so I’d better get going, those boxes aren’t going to unpack themselves. Wish I had friends here, I could have an unpacking party!!

Such a slacker….

….I am! I have taken the last few nights of cooking off. We had dinner at a friend’s one night, then I ate out and cheated with tomato soup and grilled cheese for my family, then we all ate out tonight! The whole point of this blog was to discipline myself into actually starting something and then finishing it. (What a novel idea I know!) I will get back on the ball tomorrow.

On a completely different topic (but I guess not really since it was the reason we ate out tonight) I am learning how to dehydrate meat in an oven in order to take it camping and eating it in the woods. I am quite interested in finding out what else it’s used for other than spaghetti. The meat log was 10 pounds and I know I saw at least 5 come out of the meeting the other night = a lot of dehydrated ground beef! (Scouts, camping, 10 days, we’ll save that for another blog on another day). So the reason for eating out tonight? 4 trays of ground beef in my oven for a total dehydrating time of 6 hours.

Maybe my next 2 weeks project can be to find out what can be dehydrated and how long it’ll stay good for? (Or maybe not…)

As a side note, my phone died, the software malfunctioned and I lost all of my pictures. So, no dinner pictures from the other day. I will have to try again tomorrow.

2nd Pinterest dinner…

I was so excited from last night’s success that I have even planned out the next 3 days and shopped for it today! Today’s dinner was a the main meat and some biscuits. I took pictures of the after but now my phone has died and it’s too late to go charge it, so the pictures will be uploaded tomorrow. Also, today I decided to include the link and the recipe, to make it easier.

Dinner was crock pot barbecue chicken, mashed potatoes, corn and 7-up biscuits. I was a bit lazy this morning and did not get the chicken out in time to defrost, then I was going to throw it in frozen, but even tho the research I’ve done said that was ok, I just can’t bring myself to do it! So, instead I cooked them at 350 degrees for 20 minutes and it turned out yummy!

http://forkinit.blogspot.com/2010/09/crockpot-barbecue-chicken.html

4-6 pieces boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 bottle BBQ sauce (sweet baby ray’s all the way!)
1/4 c vinegar
1 tsp. red pepper flakes (gives it just the right kick you don’t expect in barbecue recipes)
1/4 c brown sugar
1/2 – 1 tsp. garlic powder

Mix the barbecue sauce with everything but the chicken, put the chicken in the pan (or slow cooker) and pour the mix over the top.

For the mashed potatoes, I cheated and used instant, but added sour cream and cheese at the end to make it taste better.

The corn is my grandma’s secret recipe that is an Anderson family favorite. I’m not sure yet if I’m ready to share it, stay tuned….

The biscuits were the best thing on the plate.

http://www.plainchicken.com/2010/04/7up-biscuits.html

2 cups Bisquick

1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup 7-up
1/4 cup melted butter
Preheat oven to 450.

Cut sour cream into biscuit mix, add 7-Up. Makes a very soft dough.
Sprinkle additional biscuit mix on board or table and pat dough out. Melt 1/4 cup butter in a 9 inch square pan.  Place cut biscuits in pan and bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.
I had a really hard time with the dough sticking to everything, so I tried my best and ended up plopping the dough into the pan and then trying to spread it in there. I was really worried about the outcome. I used more flour than I probably should have just trying to keep it from sticking to my hands and the counter. But, in the end, they weren’t the prettiest thing out there, but my 12 year old who does NOT eat crescent rolls  or any sides of bread ate 3! On the other hand, my 9 year old who will eat a slice of bread just cuz he’s hungry did not like them. My husband and other son both thought they were good. To quote my 12 year old, “any time you make biscuits can you please make these? They just melt in my mouth!”
As a side note, I was pleased to get a text today that a friend of mine was making a recipe tonight for dinner that she’d seen from my pin! I’m waiting to find out how it went since that will be Wednesday night’s dinner here!

My 2 Weeks Of Pinterest Recipes

So, here is my first 2 week challenge. Make dinner every night for the next 2 weeks from recipes on Pinterest. Why? Well, first of all, why not? Second of all, there are so many recipes out there today at your disposal without ever needing a cook book. So, how do you choose what to make? How do you choose what will be good or not? Who better to ask then your peers! I will try to keep it to just pins from my friends, but if they don’t have enough I will venture out.

My first attempt was tonight. I made the following recipe, repinned from a friend of mine.

http://savorysweetlife.com/2011/04/the-pioneer-womans-black-heels-to-tractor-wheels-and-asian-inspired-flat-iron-steak-recipe/

When I went shopping for this recipe, I couldn’t find flat iron steaks at my grocery store. The butcher told me to use flank steak instead. It ended up being a bit more grisly than I would have liked, but we can’t blame that on the recipe! My husband however, got a good piece and loved it. I paired it up with fresh green beans sauteed in butter and sesame oil, salt and pepper with some plain brown rice and soy sauce.

I was unable to cook it on the grill as recommended in the recipe. We are searching for a new grill as we speak. Hopefully that will happen very soon! Instead, I cooked it in the bottom of the oven on broil, 7 minutes on each side. My husband thought I overcooked it (as I often do with my meat) but once he sliced it open, was happy to discover it was still pink and tender.

Tonight I can only give the opinions of my husband and oldest son because my younger two ate pizza and wings at a birthday party. My husband cleaned his plate, and my son got seconds. I took a smaller slice of steak after I had a hard time with my original one and was impressed. The flavor worked really well.

For my first night of a Pinterest recipe, I would definitely recommend repinning this one!

You’re never too old….

This is my first ever blog post. Isn’t this something 20somethings should be doing? But here I am in my 30somethings trying something new for the very first time. I don’t think I’ve ever even read a blog, so even tho my theme will be every 2 weeks, I will start off by blogging daily until my first 2 week challenge begins on Tuesday. Maybe then when I am doing my challenges I will be better at typing into the infinite place that is the world wide web. I will begin by finding out what tags are, and what all of those cool buttons are at the top of the screen that I am typing on. ~sigh, wish me luck…..