Friday, October 30, 2009
Goodwife Farm's Almost Apple Turnover (2 WW points per turnover, 5 points for two)
•1 1/4 cups warm water
•1 TBSP canola oil
•1 tsp salt
•2 tsp brown sugar
•2 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
•1/3 cup vital wheat gluten
•1 1/2 tsp yeast
Add all of this to a bread machine in the order given. Set to dough cycle. When there are about 10 minutes remaining do this.....
•4 small apples, cored and diced but not peeled
•1/2 cup brown sugar
•2 tsp ground cinnamon
•1 tbsp all purpose flour
Toss together in large bowl until well mixed and coated. Set aside
Remove dough from bread machine. Divide into two equal balls. Set one ball aside. Cut other ball in half, then cut each half into 4 equal pieces, giving you a total of 8 little balls. Flatten each ball into a round and roll thin, turning as you go to keep the round shape. You want this to be a little thinner than a ruler. Now add 1 heaping tablespoon of apple mixture to the round and fold over, pressing edge with a moistened fork to seal. Place on sprayed cookie sheet. Now do the same with the rest of the balls. When you have all of those done, do the same with the other ball of dough, until you have 16 turnovers. Bake at 400* for 15 - 20 minutes. These are delicious whether hot out of the oven or cold on the counter. I should know cause I ate one both ways ;) These also have the kid seal of approval from my daughter!
I should mention that these aren't flaky like a real turnover because the only way that you can get that is by adding yummy butter or lard, and of course that adds fat. Let me know if you try it and like it.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Today I just really didn't want to do my Couch to 5 K. I simply wasn't "feeling" it! After taking my darling girl to school, I looked out the car window and noticed what a lovely fall day it was. Brisk, a bit windy, nice and crisp with the leaves and such a dark blue sky (because we are about to get deluged with rain again). I thought, why the heck not..........do your C25K OUTSIDE! So I went in and got my tennies on, strapped my watch on my wrist and headed out the door. I jogged north out my driveway and headed out of town. I began week 5, day 1 and was able to do it! It was great! I jogged uphill, downhill, past a silly black dog that was trying to be scary. As I jogged along the back roads around my home I startled a lovely Blue Heron feeding in the creek. I enjoyed the crisp wind in my face and the beautiful colors of the leaves.
It was physically harder to jog outside. I was jogging on asphalt and gravel roads and I could feel my knees and my calf muscles. Not pain, just was aware of them. Mentally it was far far easier. The 5 minute segments of my jog flew by. I couldn't believe it and kept checking my watch to be sure it was right! The time doesn't go by near as fast on the treadmill, but I don't feel sore at all.
It was nice and I hope to slowly switch over to jogging outside. I don't want to do it too fast because of stress on my body, but it was a fabulous change and I enjoyed it immensely!
Till next time..........I'll be joggin'mywayunTHICKINandsoTHINNIN!
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
I've said this before and I know I'll say it again but I'm so thankful that my Jesus led me to WW. I've never felt better about myself, never felt or been healthier. I'm strong, I'm healthy and I'm getting stronger and healthier. I've lost 29 lbs and feel great! When I hurt my back this time, it only took a week to heal and I know it's because I'm much healthier and fit this time and it was so much easier for my body to bounce back. I know that whatever life tosses my way, I'm better equipped to handle it now and things will only improve. I'm learning to see food as fuel, albeit enjoyable fuel, and not as a fix all for everything.
Thanks fellow WW'ers for your support, encouragement and for sharing the ride! :)
Now I'm off to the treadmill! :)
Till next time.......I'm unTHICKINandsoTHINNIN!
Friday, October 23, 2009
In one of my previous blog posts I was on a rant about being angry and about how you have to pick yourself up and just keep going no matter what without whining or being a drama queen. Well within a few days of me writing that post, my back went out, I had a 1 lb gain at WI, and I discovered those spots that needed to be biopsied. I was in the kitchen fixing supper and I told my husband that I knew that it was God smacking me down for my rant about whiners. I knew that it was God saying, "So you are an **** kicker huh? Well lets see if you can put your money where your mouth is!" My girlie was in the front room and she hollered into the kitchen, "Nun uhh Momma, that isn't how God does things! He loves you!!" I know that He loves me but I still think that He likes to keep me in line and humble when I need it!
She and I talk about everything, and I do mean everything. I want to have a relationship with her and I want her to know that she can come to me anytime, about any topic. She was 3 years old and she asked my dad what it meant to "make sex" My dad of course flew off the handle and says to me "I don't know what you've got going on down there but your kid just asked me how you make sex!!" So of course me being the sarcastic b!t(h that I am replied in the only possible way that I could "Gee Dad, we're making pornos and she's running the camera!" So later that day I told her that Pop Pop had mentioned that she had asked about sex. She said "Mommy I just wanted to know of Pop Pop and Granny ever made sex." I then told her that sex was how you get babies and since they had me and her auntie then yes they had made sex. Then I asked if there was anything else she wanted to know and she asked me why trees were green. She didn't need details, she just wanted a simple answer to a simple question. That has set the tone for our relationship. She knows that nothing is off limits with me or her daddy. I also explained to her that those types of questions made some people uncomfortable and she should limit the conversations to me and her dad. She's only 10 but we've had some great conversations about some sticky topics and I'm so thankful. I pray that she will continue to come to me throughout her life. Sometimes it's hard to remain composed and not react with shock to anything, but if you freak out then they will stop coming to you and that isn't an option to me!
I'm so proud of the person that she is. Her compassion for others knows no bounds. I'm not proud of this story, but when I was a little girl there was a boy in my class named Herbie. He was poor (as was I, but the difference was in that I had parents who cared and he didn't) and he smelled, really really smelled. As an adult, I'm very aware that it wasn't his fault that he smelled, he was a child! But as a child I wasn't very nice to him. My daughter reaches out to those kids. There is a boy in her class that the others kids were just horrid to. She reached out to him and has included him in her circle of friends. Every night I read her a story and right now we are reading the Serendipity books by Stephen Cosgrove. One of them was about a creature that was fat and ugly, but had the most beautiful heart in the world. No one would be her friend because of the way that she looked. When we were done with the story, she said Mom that's just like Rodney! He's a great person, all he needed was a friend! I'm so proud of her for being that friend. I'm proud that at the age of 10 she says to he!! with what others think, I've got a brain and I've got the courage and guts to use it! That is hard to do as an adult, let alone a 5th grader! She has such a grasp on things. One day a couple years ago we saw the shell of a locust clinging to a tree. She looked at it and said, "Mama this is just like what we are!" I said, "What do you mean?" and she replied "When we die, this is all we are because the important part of us will be in Heaven with Jesus"
So many examples I can give of her wisdom and depth and times that she has made me proud, but I'll leave you with this final one.
Idid a blog post several weeks ago about my daughter and my concerns for her and her eating habits reflecting mine. She has been making such wonderful choices and we've been talking alot about healthy eating, healthy weight and such which is very hard because I don't want to make her feel bad about herself, or make it a big issue.
This morning at breakfast she was having cereal. I keep very small (1/2 cup) crock bowls to eat cereal out of. That way you can fill the bowl full and still not over eat. She had eaten all of her cereal and I said, "If you are done, put your bowl in the sink please) She said that she wasn't done. Then she closed up the cereal and put it away. I asked her if she had changed her mind and she told me that yes she had changed her mind because she didn't want to be a fat ugly pig. I told her that no matter what size she was she would never be an ugly pig! To which she replied "But I would feel that way inside and I don't want to feel that way!" I said well that is good thinking because I want you to be strong and healthy!
We've discussed alot that heavy people are still beautiful and wonderful people but they can have lots of health problems and sometimes can't run and jump and play. Her best friend's older sister is a very heavy girl and my daughter commented that she walked sooooo slow, so then we discussed that even though she is a beautiful girl she is putting alot of stress on her body by being so heavy. My daughter said she didn't want to be like that so that led us to discuss once again the topic of healthy eating and being active. It is so hard to be an overweight Mama and to try so hard to make sure that your child doesn't have the same struggles that you do. It seems as if leading by example is working at my house, and I pray that it continues!
Till next time.......I'm unTHICKINandsoTHINNIN!
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
It's going to be such fun and a nice old fashioned social activity. I'm not much for socializing because of how worldly most things are, but this is a social activity that I can get excited about!
Till next time..........GOD BLESS FROM GOODWIFE FARM!
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Today was weigh day......I lost 5.4 lbs! I'm sitting at 200.4 lbs, which means I'm just a breath away from onederland! Wow! I didn't expect that at all. I felt like I'd lost, but not that much. I had a gain of a little over a pound last week, so this was nice. I wasn't able to work out much at all this past week because of my back. This week I started week 4 on the Couch to 5 K program and was able to do it without any problem. I also did my weight lifting which I haven't done since last a week ago Saturday when I hurt my back. No worries on that part either so that felt really great! I also went to Salvation Army and bought a skirt that is a size 12 and it fits!
On Saturday I found a spot on my breast so I went to the doctor today to have it and another one on my hip removed and biopsied. Several years ago I had a malignant melanoma so I take these things very seriously. I'm hopeful that these two spots will be benign, but it pays to be careful. My doctor is leaving tomorrow on vacation, so it will be a while before I have any answers, but that's ok too.
My quilt is coming along nicely! I also visited my friend Deb today and we were talking about starting a quilting club where we can get together in each others homes and work on our quilting. That will be fun!
Well I hope you all are well and happy and good!
Til next time.....I'm unTHICKINandsoTHINNIN!
Friday, October 16, 2009
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 cup skim milk (I use 3/4 cup whole goat's milk and then add water to make 1 1/2 cup total)
1 TBSP canola oil
1/2 cup mixed berries, lightly mashed
Add dry ingredients to medium sized bowl. Mix wet ingredients (except berries) in measuring cup, beating with a fork to beat up egg. Add wet to dry, mixing just till combined. Mash berries and fold into batter. Drop by 1/4 cupfuls onto hot griddle. Cook until golden brown, flip and cook until golden. Serve hot with banana butter, or your favorite topping! Yum!
3 cups mashed bananas
1/4 cup lemon juice
6 1/2 cups sugar
1 bottle liquid pectin - (6 oz)
Add the banana to saucepan. Add lemon juice, and sugar; mix well.
Bring to hard rolling boil; boil
hard 1 minute, stirring constantly.
Remove from heat; quickly stir in pectin. Ladle into clean, hot jars.
Seal by water bath canner for 10 minutes
This recipe yields 8 or 9 half-pints
Hope you enjoy this recipe, and if you try it, please leave me a comment about how you like it! They are so delicious!
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Last year around this exact time, I leaned over to close my dishwasher door and something went haywire in my lower back. I couldn't straighten up and was in lots of pain. I went to the chiropractor and got adjusted, and she took me off work for 2 weeks. I had to go see her 3 days a week. In the progress of this, I got a stomach virus and was throwing up. When I throw up, I throw up and I managed to separate the cartilage between two of my ribs. This hurts........this really really hurts. They thought I had broken a rib, but I hadn't. So anyway to make a long story longer, my full recovery from this took about 6 months! I've been working out for the last 3 months, lifting weights, walking, jogging and the elliptical with no problems whatsoever. Until Saturday..........during the final part of my workout I felt that little twinge and that was all she wrote. I could barely walk. I began icing it and taking ibuprofen. Saturday was pretty awful, Sunday was better but I had to skip my workout. Monday is my normal day off working out and it was quite a bit better. Still sore, but not too bad. I kept icing it and taking the ibuprofen. Today it's just the tiniest bit sore and I'm going to try a small workout. Trying to decide between the elliptical and just walking on the treadmill. Probably the elliptical as it will be kinder and less jolting.
This scared me.........really scared me! Wow, I was thinking "Oh no!! What if I can't workout!!" It amazes me how much this made me want to eat. I mean really eat! I was hurting, I was scared, and I was down and that made my demon say...."Hey kid, a giant bowl of mashed potatoes and gravy will make you feel sooo much better" He's a bit fat freakin LIAR my demon! I'm proud of myself because I didn't cave in. I didn't drown my back pain and my fears in food, but boy did I want to. My husband is a former smoker (been smoke free for 12 years) I asked him if he ever just out of the blue wanted a cigarette, even though he now thinks it stinks and is very nasty, in moments of stress did he think, "Boy I'd like to have a smoke!" He said yes.......once in awhile he did, so I assume that my compulsion to eat during stress will never go away. That's why I've got to be ever vigilant and squash those compulsions like a slimy worm when they crop up! That's why I love you all and I love blogging. You are helping me squash the worms in my life! :)
Till next time...........I'm unTHICKINandsoTHINNIN!
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
I don't like drama queens and/or the drama that they constantly bring with them everywhere they go. I am a shit or get off the pot kinda gal and really truly have no patience with people who can't seem to do either. I don't like whiners and can't stand the "poor me" mentality that so many people seem to have nowadays. Everybody gets down sometimes, everybody feels sad and that sucks. I think we are entitled to feel sad for a while, and then we owe it to ourselves to get over it. Get over it. There is nothing you can do about the past. NOTHING. We can't control what life throws at us or the actions of others. What we can control is our actions. We have free will. We can choose the people that we surround ourselves with, we can choose who we want to be friends with, and we can choose to end those friendships at any time that we want. That's a beautiful thing!
I'm not good at friendships. I take true friendship, real friendship very very seriously. I've been hurt by what I thought were solid friendships so now I just don't let it happen. If you want to be my friend it is gonna be on my terms and if you don't like that, well sorry. Is that a shitty way to be? Probably, but it's a defense mechanism that I've got down pretty darned well. I get so sick and tired of women judging me, judging my marriage, telling me that it isn't healthy when what it isn't is worldly and that is a rare thing in this day and age. People have become so worldly, so wrapped up in material things that don't matter a bit in the long run. My husband is my best friend in the world. There is no one I'd rather spend time with. I had a former friend that told me that wasn't healthy. It wasn't healthy for me to want to be with my husband when I can. Well riddle me this........if you have a best girl friend, that you get together with at every available opportunity, how is that different from me wanting to be with my husband? Why is it ok for you to spend all your free time with a girlfriend and it's not ok for me to want to spend all my free time with my husband?? Once upon a time, married couples loved each other and wanted to be together. If I didn't love and respect the man, I would never have married him. Is that type of relationship good for everyone? Probably not, but it's good for me. I don't judge other people for the way that they do things, this is America after all. Live and let live people. If you don't like the way somebody else does things, who said it was any of your business anyway!!
As my good buddy Hank Williams Jr would say........if ya mind your own business, you won't be mindin mine!
Till next time...........I'm unTHICKINandsoTHINNIN!
Today I've been thinking alot about how my ancestors ate. Years and years ago my great, great, great grandma didn't have a supermarket to go to. There was no such thing as fiber bars, 100 calorie packs, and such. White flour was for Christmas and nothing else, and the same for white sugar. A couple times a year if that. The rest of the time, they ate whole cornmeal (not this degerminated crapola we have today) whole wheat that they probably ground themselves or else took their sack of wheat to the mill and had it stone ground, maple sugar and fresh meat and vegetables that they raised. Then times got "better"! People could afford to buy white flour! Glory be what a miracle! They could afford white sugar, not just for Christmas, but all the year round. Then not only could they afford to buy those things, but grocery stores began carrying white bread and already baked and cookies, cakes, and pies! Then the powers that be figured out that if they could just make it to where that stuff would last longer, they could bake more volume and make more money. Enter the preservatives. I currently have a container of heavy cream in my ice box because we are making homemade ice cream and I didn't have enough milk to seperate for my own cream. I was reading the ingredients list, thinking well it's probably just cream right?...........WRONG. Heavy cream, skim milk, mono and diglycerides, polysorbate80 and carrageenan. What??? I'm pretty certain that those last few ingredients do NOT come out of my goat? What is that stuff and why is it in there? Have you ever read the ingriedents list on a packet of instant hot cocoa? Good grief, but I digress.
As times got "better" people stopped making so much of their food themselves. It was far easier to purchase it and wow, look how fancy we are having store bought white bread at every meal! I firmly believe that our lives might have gotten easier with these new innovations, but they for sure didn't get healthier or better. I'm not saying that we all should go back to beating our laundry against a rock in the creek (because face it, the clothes that are made today wouldn't stand up to it) but I am saying that we need to get back to a more natural way of eating. For me, I'd much rather get my fiber from some oatmeal, fresh veggies, or fruit, rather than something wrapped in cellophane paper! :)
ok, I'll step down off my soapbox now!
Till next time....I'm unTHICKINandsoTHINNIN
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Today I'm mixing up two batches of homemade ice cream. We never buy ice cream, just mix it up and make it here. It's so much better than anything you can get in the store! Since I'm drying Tulip off, we are trying to get enough made to last until Naomi kids in December. I don't think we will make it! We'll just have to do without until she freshens.
I'm also busy working on a baby quilt. I love to hand quilt and this is going to be beautiful. After it's finished, I've got another one ready to start!
Hope you are all happy and healthy!
Till next time...........GOD BLESS FROM GOODWIFE FARM!
Monday, October 5, 2009
The rearview mirror I can't deny
When I catch a glimpse of that big round dish
It makes me say Oh My!
I'm a brick house
I'm mighty mighty
I'm letting it all hang out!
Look at that booty. Show me the booty.
Gimme the booty. I want the booty.
Back up tha booty. I need tha booty.
I like the booty. Oh, what a booty.
Shakin' that booty. I saw tha booty.
I want the booty. Lord, what a booty.
Bring on tha booty. Give up tha booty.
Lovin' tha booty. Round booty.
Beautiful booty. Smokin' booty.
All about tha booty. Big ol' booty.
Serious booty. Amazin' booty.
Ooooh what a wonderful booty.
Girls, don't wait until you are at goal to love yourself. You are beautiful, wonderful, fabulous, amazing, and sexy! Live like you are already there and your journey will be much easier!
Till next time.........I'll be unTHICKINandsoTHINNIN!
Friday, October 2, 2009
- Yesterday for lunch I whipped up the most delicious potato soup and a veggie and mozzarella pita to go with it. This morning called for a yummy bowl of Apple Cobbler Oatmeal and some Black Cherry hot tea. I LOVE FALL! ;)
I'm going to post the recipes here for you to enjoy, if you desire. The Apple Cobbler Oatmeal isn't anything special, but it is very yummy and so filling on a cool fall morning.
Goodwife Farm's Apple Cobbler Oatmeal (5.5 points)
1/2 cup rolled oats (old fashioned oats, not the instant kind)
1 cup water
1 apple, cored and diced, but NOT peeled
2 TBSP raisins
1 tsp cinnamon
1 TBSP brown sugar
Combine first 5 ingredients in 2 cup bowl. Microwave for 1 minute, stir, microwave for 1 minute more, stir. Microwave for 1 more minute, stir. Top with brown sugar and enjoy! See I told you, nothing special, but very delicious!
Goodwife Farm's Potato Broccoli Soup (4 points)
1 cup diced potatoes (do not peel!)
1/2 cup diced onion
1/2 cup frozen broccoli
1/2 cup whole milk (I used goat of course)
Put potatoes and onions in small pot along with 2 cups water. Add a bit of salt and boil until tender around 10 minutes (more or less, just until fork tender). Do NOT drain water (depending on how thick you want your soup). Add in the milk and the broccoli and simmer over low heat until broccoli is tender and soup is piping hot. This is incredibly creamy and delicious!
Veggie Pita (4 points)
1 small green pepper sliced into strips
1/4 cup sliced onion
4 button mushrooms sliced
1 tsp canola oil
1/4 cup mozzarella cheese
1 whole wheat pita pocket (see past blogs for recipe)
Saute veggies in canola oil until desired tenderness. Remove from heat, top with mozzarella cheese and immediately stuff into pita pocket. Enjoy with your soup! I seasoned my veggies with a bit of cayenne pepper as they were cooking! Delicious!
Till next time......I'll be unTHICKINandsoTHINNIN!
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Now that that's out of the way......
I've been thinking alot lately about why some people have great success with this program and why others don't seem to do as well. It isn't the program. The program is the same for all of us. From reading boards, and blogs and different statements from lots and lots of different people there seem to be a couple different viewpoints about this program. I really get a vibe that some people are on WWer's because it's the "in" thing to do. Like people who try out for the volleyball team because all of their friends are doing it. They don't care about volleyball, have no intention whatsoever of practicing or trying to get better at it. They just don't want to miss out on whatever is going on at the practices or the games.
The other camp it seems is dead set on changing their lifestyle. They are serious and they are ready and they are bygosh going to make some healthy changes. They are working hard and ready to make the sacrifice that has to be made. The second camp is the one who will make it. The first camp probably won't.....at least this time. The day will come when they will be ready to be in the second camp and then (and only then) will they succeed at this game.
I'm glad that I'm firmly entrenched in the second camp and I hope that I don't ever pack up and move! Losing weight has never been hard for me. Keeping it off for more than 5 minutes has always been my challenge. It's my fervent prayer that I'll be able to keep it off this time. In the past I've always been in the first camp, doing it for all the wrong reasons. This time, I'm doing it for the right reasons and in the right camp. Hopefully that will make all the difference and I will be a WWer's success story!