Friday, October 26, 2012

Twice Baked Potatoes Casserole ---wwpp=3pts




Everyone loves a little comfort food. This really turned out to be a good one. I can't wait to reheat it for my lunch today.

Twice Baked Potato Casserole      wwpp=3pt
(this made about 12 servings)

Ingredients:

3 large baked potatoes ( I baked potatoes the night before and had some left over. I used 3 large ones, but you could use 6 medium ones) (they need to be cold from refrigerator to be able to work with)

1 cup of fat free shredded cheddar cheese

1/2 cup of fat free sour cream

1 cup of spinach (kinda chop it up, I used frozen, thawed it a bit)

2 tablespoons of real bacon bits.

1 tsp of minced garlic

1/4 cup of minced onion

Seasoning to taste (you could put a little hot sauce, salt, pepper, garlic salt)


Instructions:

1) Take the potatoes and grate them up. ( I will mash next time)This makes them kinda a ricey texture, the next time for the kids they prefer smooth and I will mash them a bit more. I also left the skins on.

2) Add warmed spinach, (cut up a bit).

3) Add onions, garlic, seasoning, sour cream and 1/2 cup of the shredded cheese.

4) If at this point it seems really dry you can add a little water or just a bit of milk. Put into your crockpot.

5) Cook on low for 4 hours and then open and put rest of cheese on top.

Then serve. You could do this in an oven really easy too. Just put in Casserole dish and cook, oh maybe 30 minutes at 350, until it is all melty and brown.

Also the next time I make this I will be adding Cauliflower (just boil until tender) and will mash it all together. The flavor was so great, you wouldn't be able to tell. And with kids, that is my goal.
* for my ww friends, it would lower the points with the cauliflower.

Another great idea would be to add broccoli, or maybe a chili one. Almost like a loaded potato but in a casserole. You could also stretch this and add more potatoes and ingredients for little money.

I wanted to post this today, so I wouldn't forget, sometimes I get so crazy and get so busy, that I forget. If you give it a try let me know. If you do something different, let me know too.

So get out there, gonna be a beautiful fall weekend and enjoy the day..

Spend some time with family, make something, talk and play. There are other days to work. Make a treat together..

Enjoy the day, Make it yours!



Pretzels/Kisses/M&M's Tried it--Liked it just alot of work



Another one of the Pinterest Ideas...http://houseonhilltop.wordpress.com/2010/12/15/our-favorite-christmas-treat/
First off couldn't find the round circles, now that would make them alot neater. It was very tedious and not sure if I would adventure to try it again. I think I would prefer just a mix, of chocolate chips, m&m's , and pretzels, like a trail mix.

I did like the taste of chocolate and the salt of the pretzel. They were better when they were kept in the refrigerator. I do however think this was a bit time consuming to make. Peeling the kisses and then the strategy of getting them on the pretzel, melt a bit and then poke a m&m. As you can see were were a little off, you gotta work so you get them in and center. Too much for us.

Pretzels/Kisses/M&M's

Ingredients:

1 bag of round pretzels (we used what we could find)

1 bag of hershey kisses

1 bag of m&m's

Instruction:

1) Lay pretzels on a cookie sheet.

2) Put a hershey kiss on top of each one.

3) Slide in over just to melt the kiss (be watchful, we let ours go a little and the chocolate was hot, poking in our m&m's.



Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Fall - A leaf project inspired by my Mother



Remembering fondly my Mother. She would have enjoyed this post.

Fall, Is such a beautiful time of the year.

Pictured above is a collections of leaves pressed in Wax Paper. It makes for a lovely thing in the window, for the light to shine through, or maybe a placemat. This is a craft that she taught me to make when I was little, I shared it once before in my other blog.

http://louise-watson2.blogspot.com/2011/10/october-fall.html  (I repost on bottom)

I never would have in a million years, thought that within a little over a month's time  (last year, 2011)from this picture that my Mother would be with the Lord. I can remember this conversation about me writing a blog, and collecting a few recipes. I will post the recipes, when I can actually make them without wanting to cry. I had told her all about the "new kids blog" that I was working on, and was reminiscing about the things she did with us. She was touched that I remembered so much.

She raised 6 kids and had 11 grandchildren. My mother never stopped teaching and sharing herself, with my littlest, I would call every week, and she would sing to him, Teaching him songs. Her all time favorite was "Jesus, loves the little children".

She would give my oldest advice on college and how proud she was that she was going to be a teacher. She loved the profession of a teacher. My oldest sister is a teacher, and my mother was always so proud of her and her accomplishments. We all held a special place in her heart, equally proud of us all. She was a wonderful mom, and she did a great job at it.

She was our teacher, our guide, my Mother. For my oldest son, she shared his love for nature and animals. My littlest still tells me he talks with her. She was constantly always spreading joy and beauty, even in her voice.

She had lost her sight many years ago, but she would always tell me about the beauty and colors in her yard. She kept her front yard full of flowers.  Mother may have lost her sight, but not her spirit for life. Her spirit will live on, within me, within my kids, because I share everything she gave me. She always took the time to enjoy the smallest of things. I called her on everything, kids, life, cooking and just because I missed her all the time.

As I write this, I miss her always, and so much more sometimes. I know she is in a good place, but it sure is hard without her. For my sisters and brother, I always pray that they have comfort in their lives, knowing she is okay and with God. They lived in the same town we grew up in, with her. They were so fortunate to have her all these years. I had moved away and with financial and health reasons I never got to come home again. She never once made me feel badly about not visiting, actually she always told me to stay in Ga and take good care of my family. That was what was so much more important to her. I was blessed to get to talk to her often. I enjoyed and I will remember every conversation we ever had.


This was taken from the original blog:

Fall is one of my favorite seasons and I try to make it all special for my family. I make it a point to rake those leaves, so they can jump right in. So take time and be sure to get out and enjoy all this cool weather and the changing colors. Fall is such a good time for kid and the "young at heart". The colors of the leaves are just so beautiful.



Pile those leaves up and jump right in.



One of my all time favorite things when I was smaller was how my mother would make sure that we didn’t miss a holiday.



Columbus Day, I remember was a banana with a sail stuck in it, our own little boats. Funny how those smallest of memories stick with you forever. I truly believe the memories of the good times are what gets you through the rough one.



Another cool thing my mom would do with us would be collecting those beautiful leaves and when we had a bounty full, she would show us how to make something beautiful.




Leaves Place mat / or Window Sun Catcher


Stuff you will need:


Waxed paper


Leaves


Iron


To do:

Lay out a sheet of waxed paper on your ironing board.


Let the kids (or just yourself, to make something pretty) lay the leaves on the waxed paper leaving at least an inch around the boarded and space around each leaf.



Lay another sheet of waxed paper the same size on top.



Iron the two sheets together. They will melt together. (watch the paper is hot when you are finished)



Let cool and then cut into a place mat size or in a shape to hang from the window.



You can enjoy the beauty inside. They also make nice place mats for Thanksgiving.



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Get out there and make memories and have fun...Much love from my family to yours.




Mother's Pickled Eggs with Beets (wwpp=2pt per egg, if you use splenda)



Some say this is an acquired taste. I call it heaven. The longer they sit in the pickled beet juice, the deeper the color goes, I like them all the way, but you have to really keep shifting it to the back of the refrigerator, to keep them long. I have three here at my house, that could eat them all up in a day.

Growing up my mother would make a batch of these, I would just be so happy. Usually a good time for a batch was Easter, when hard boiled eggs were all over. Egg salad and pickled eggs. She really knew how to keep us fed, and in a way where nothing was ever wasted. Then there were those occasions with a little begging and she would just make a batch because she loved me.

This is really easy, and if you are not sure that you might like them, try a few in a jar and see.

Mother's Pickled Eggs with Beets   (wwpp-2 per egg)

Ingredients:

Large jar ( I save my large pickle jar for this, you must have a jar big enough for the beets, juice and eggs)

12 Eggs hard boiled and peeled

2 cans of beets

2 cups of vinegar

1/2 cup of sugar ( I used splenda - that is what the ww points are for the splenda version)

Instructions:

1) Boil and peel eggs.

2) Take jar and pour in the beet juice (hold beets out).

3) Add vinegar and sugar (splenda). Shake until blended together.

4) Add 1/4 beets, then a few eggs and then layer beets and eggs  down into the pickled juice you just made in the jar.

5) Put lid on shake gently and put somewhere in back of fridge, so no one touches them for at least a full day.

I really couldn't tell you how long they keep, because ours never last.

I love a few beets and an egg, as a snack, as a side with dinner.

If you give this a shot, holler, I love feed back.

So here is another one of my Mother's recipes that I am sharing from my home to yours.

Keep those memories alive.

Get out there and make the day yours, create something, enjoy the memories of the past.

Have a wonderful day1

Lemon Bars (2 ingredients) Tried it - liked it (wwpp=3pt)



This is one of the pinterest things on my "Gonna Try Board." I have recently been trying the cake mix add ins and makes a new desert, I did this one, because I love lemon and I actually had a can of lemon pie filling just hanging around, hmmmm.. don't remember why.. So with one of Angel Food Cake mixes I put this together

The true author and website that I actually got the recipe off of was, (there are a few more that have tried this recipe, but this is the one I used) http://rachelschultz.com/2012/09/23/two-ingredient-lemon-bars/

They turned out to be a really nice desert. It wasn't like the lemon bars from the original idea, but it did have that really nice lemon taste. It was lighter and a bit more fluffier.

Lemon Bars (cake)   (wwpp=3pt)

Ingredients:

1 box of angel food cake mix

1 can of lemon pie filling

Instructions:

1) Mix together (by hand, don't over kill it)

2) Pour into a 9x13 pan that you sprayed with non-stick spray.

3) Bake at 350, it said 20-30 minutes, but I kept mine in about 40 and just kept a watch on it.

Cool, and cut. I cut mine into 4 across and 5 down.


This reminded me of that great lemon flavor that my mother used to put in her pound cakes.
This is worth a try if you like lemon. It is not like a true lemon bar, but it isn't a bad substitute.

So give it a try, quick and easy..

Monday, October 15, 2012

Roasted Veggies in Grilled Burrito wwpp= 4pt





Roasted Veggies in a Grilled Burrito, my lunch for the day.

I always like to check out that refrigerator and make sure that nothing goes to waste. Food is expensive and so we need to take care and use what we have. Doing WW, I find I eat more vegetables and I want to make sure they don't get a change to go bad. So for today, this was the creation.

I added up all the the ingredients on the WW adder for the recipes. Really don't understand why all the veggies added together without the oil yet, comes to 1 point. So it is what it is.

I am now hooked to the grilled burrito concept. I find that I can have left overs ready to load into one. Today I had a bunch of peppers, onions, tomatoes, and an eggplant hanging out. I really would have loved to have mushrooms, but that will be for another day.

Roasted Veggies in Grilled Burrito   wwpp=4pt

Ingredients:

Any kind of veggies, you have in the fridge, that you like roasted. I had what I am going to list below this:


Isn't that just a pretty color!

2 green peppers (bite size cubes)

2 onions (bite size cubes)

1 medium eggplant, peel and all (bite size cubes)

1 cup of cherry, santa tomatoes

3 tbs of olive oil

1 tbs of sea salt

6 xtreme wellness burritos (these are 1 point)

1 1/2 cup of shredded fat free cheddar

Instructions:

1) Put cubed veggies in a bowl and toss with the oil and salt.

2) Lay on a sheet pan and roast for 40 minutes ( at this time, you can put them up for another day or let them cool just a bit before you use them)

3) Take your burrito and lay in 1/4 cup of cheese and then a good scoop of the veggies.

4) Fold burrito style and put on grill or in a pan, with a non-stick spray.

5) When brown on both sides...enjoy.

You could use a little fat free sour cream or even a fresh picante.. or salsa. I had this for lunch and I was totally satisfied and it was good. The roasting of the veggies, made them take on a whole other dimension of taste.


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October is a great month now for Collards, Sweet Potatoes, and heartier vegetables. I love roasting these days. My next try is going to be Brussels sprouts...I will promise to share when I get to them

So for today.. make it yours, change up the veggies, eat to enjoy and enjoy your family.. From my family to yours Happy Fall!


Thursday, October 11, 2012

Green Beans Wrapped in Bacon (revision) wwpp= 1pt for 2 pieces


I thought this was the most appetizing picture of my wrapped green beans. I cut them with a knife right in the middle of the bacon and look how pretty.

I guess I should get on to telling you what a really easy and tasty way to make green beans. This is going to replace the green bean casserole this holiday.





Green Beans Wrapped in Bacon        (for wwpp= 2 bundles =1pt))

Ingredients: (with the 2 bags of beans and 1 package of bacon I got 26 bundles)

1-3 bags Long string green beans. ( I did these with fresh the first time and they were good. This time, the pictured above, I used frozen, and they did just wonderfully and they were easier to stack up and roll.)

1 package of bacon

2 tablespoons of splenda brown sugar (or brown sugar- be sure if you are ww- check the points)

soy sauce

Instructions:

1) Lay out a large cookie sheet with foil, spray with Pam.

2) Take package of Bacon and cut into thirds.
3) Lay out the  piece bacon, Lay in a bundle of green beans in the middle and roll up.

4) Lay seam side down on tray, they can lay a bit close, without touching, they did just fine.

5) After all bundles are down, sprinkle with soy sauce and sprinkle the brown sugar on each.. just a dab.




6) Bake at 375 for about 30-40 minutes, check they will be done when bacon is brown and carmely.

looked so good, that it even made the paper plate look good!


I actually hid a few for today, they were just so good. I guess anything wrapped in bacon is good. I like that actually cut the bacon in half and got a really great taste and a little less calories.

My son thinks this would be great with asparagus..hmmm..

The next time I will try turkey bacon. It actually in ww world only cuts about 1/4 point and not sure how it will deliver on taste, but I will let you know. Sometimes, even though we are trying to eat healthy, that we need a balance and a serving of bacon won't disrupt too much.. now the whole package, is another matter.

If you give this a shot, let me know how it turned out for you.

Today is a beautiful day.. get out there and make it yours.

I had to revise this to fit the third of a piece of bacon, it ended up making 42 bundles. They are soooo yummy and even better the next day. Mine were eating them cold.

I am reprinting this one to share for the holidays, it is definitely going to be on our table.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Mini Grilled Dessert Burritos wwpp=6 for two

this is the faux almond joy


We all know if you are watching your weight, that sometimes the hardest things to keep away from is dessert. I however have decided that it can't be a diet, it has to be a life change. A change in how we eat, what we eat and how much we eat. I always like the one bite rule for those really hard things.

This however came to me, when I was craving those almond joys. You know all the Halloween candy is out and is soooo tempting. I know that probably I could have gotten by with just one of the minis for all say, maybe 3 points, but these were so much more satisfying.

Mini Grilled Dessert Burritos  wwpp=6 for two

Ingredients:

I am going to post the point values of what ingredients I used and you can go from there

2 tsp of chocolate chips (the little minis makes it look so much more)   4pts

1 tsp of coconut (in the bag)    0 pts

1 tsp of slivered almonds  0 pts

2 small low fat tortillas   1-2 points (i found a variation of point values)

Instructions:

1) Take a small low fat tortilla and put in 1 tsp of choc chips in the middle

2) Take 1/2 tsp of coconut on top.

3) Then a pinch of slivered almonds.

4) Roll up like a burrito.

5) Lay on a hot grill, a pan, and put a weight on top. A George Foreman type grill would do both sides at once.

When nice and toasty on both sides, remove and cut in half. Let cool a minute..

Well, let it cool if you can..

Here's a few other possibilities (be sure to calculate numbers)
Peanut butter and Choc chips
Marshmallows and choc chips

a quickie pic of my son's marshmallows and chocolate chips.
Banana and choc chips
Pecans, choc chips
peanuts, choc chips

Cheese Burger Grilled Burrito wwpp= 7 (lowfat tortilla is 1)


I revisited that grilled burrito idea and it was another hit.  This one is a Cheese Burger Grilled Burrito.

Cheese Burger Grilled Burrito  wwpp= 7 points

Ingredients:

3 oz of ground beef 90%  (you can use turkey it will lower it by one point)

1 low fat tortilla

pickle relish

mustard

ketchup

onion

lettuce

slice of low fat cheese (if you want more control of points and calories, use a shredded low fat cheddar and you can just sprinkle a little. It all is about taste)

Instructions:

1) I actually measure and weighed my meat out. I then rolled it into about 5 inch fat snakes (like we used to do with play dough) and then flattened on the grill. I then cooked them through. This made them just the right size and shape for the burrito. Depending on how many you pattied, you could stretch it thin and make two (just account for the extra points)

2) Layed the cooked thin pattie in the middle of the burrito and start to pile what you like on top. (not too full, cause you gotta roll it up.)

3) Roll like a burrito and lay on a pan, grill and squish ( I use a flat iron thingy) and grill on both sides.

These were really good too. I can never get my littlest to eat a hamburger but he really dug these. I cut it in half and he dipped his in ketchup. Of course his was just meat, cheese and ketchup. I like mine with the veggies on top. It always makes me feel fuller and less having the need to eat another one.

I am going to cut this short so I can post the other type of Grilled Burrito I made last night. Cause it was mine and it was sooooo good..

So catch you in a bit..

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Steak, Peppers, Onions and Cheese..Grilled Burrito wwpp = 9 (6)


Steak, Peppers, Onions and Cheese in a Grilled Burrito   (this made enough for four)

weight watcher note: I used a regular large burrito and it turned out to be 4 points. If you find the low fat, low carb ones it makes it 1 point. So calculate accordingly.

Ingredients:

1 Pepper

1 large onion

8 pieces of deli roast beef (cut thinly)

4 pieces of low fat provolone cheese

2 tablespoons of fat free mayo

4 large burritos

Instructions:

1) Saute your onions and peppers together, I just use a bit of water and squirt of Pam.

2) Take your burrito and lay in two pieces of thin roast beef in the middle.

3) Then the piece of provolone cheese, cut in half on top.

4) A tiny swipe of mayo.

5) A pile of peppers and onions.

6) Wrap the burrito, burrito style.

7) Spray grill, and lay on burrito.

8) I use a small grill press and squish it.

When all toasty and brown remove and cut in half. I have been making these all weekend. I find that you can fill with the more healthier stuff and just a small amount of meat, which in turn fills you up and cuts calories.

We have tried them with a few other things, they have turned out yummy every time.

Here are some suggestions:

Corn beef, Sauerkraut, Swiss Cheese and a smear of ketchup/mayo.
Pepperoni, Mozzarella Cheese and Sauce.
Ground beef, slice tomato, lettuce, cheese and a squirt of ketchup and mustard.

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Been awhile since I have posted, but I am getting back on my feet, literally back on my feet. Had hip replacements a few years ago and the muscles are just not coming back like they should. So every day is a struggle. Alas, it is what it is, and it will not hold me back.

I am going to lose this weight. I am going to be happy, and not let what I can't do hold me back.

I hope everyone is having a great start, to a beautiful fall. Please bear with me and I will be posting more soon.

So for now, get out there and jump in those leaves...LIVE... live large...