Wednesday, December 1, 2010

"Healthier" Dessert Recipes for the Holidays and a Substitute for Mashed Potatoes

Hi Ladies,

Long time no post! I know!  I'm afraid that since my father passed away, I've been really swamped, so I just haven't had the energy to manage more than one blog..and I have several. But I love this idea of Jaime's. With the holidays coming upon us, I know I've been more tempted than usual. I don't want to eat junk so how great it would be to bring something with me that I know I can eat!  We don't want to eat this stuff every day, but for those times when we might be's great to have a way to plan ahead.

I've been winging it for quite some time, but was recently encouraged to try South Beach's cookbook as they have put together some great recipes that are 'OK' for me to eat. Low carb and low fat--perfect!

I went through the cookbook and these are some  recipes I plan to try this week.

First, the easiest healthy snack which can be taken to parties, is Chocolate dipped strawberries. South Beach recommends this dessert (four strawberries only--just a little chocolate).  It's a painless splurge that can get you past the unhealthy snacks. Delicious! You can see how to make these here.

1/2 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
1/2 t. unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 t. vanilla extract
1 package sugar substitute
Dash espresso powder
5 mini chocolate chips 

Mix together the ricotta, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and surgar substitute in a dessert bowl. Serve chilled with a dusting of espresso powder and sprinkled with the mini chocolate chips.

261 calories, 15 g. protein, 17 g. carbs, 14 g. fat, 9 g. saturated fats

If you are going to indulge, and just can't help it...this is much better than most desserts...low carbish, low fat-ish, and enough protein to keep your blood sugar level stable.  This would be great to make on the night the rest of the family is having pie, or to take to a party (x 4 or 5)

Strawberries (or berries) with Vanilla Yogurt Parfait
4 ounces non-fat, sugar -free vanilla yogurt
1/2 cup chopped strawberries.
South beach suggests 'Uncle Sam's Cereal' as a layer too. It's just a high fiber cereal, so probably any high fiber cereal would be good. or even toasted oats. Yummy!
Spoon the yogurt into a parfait glass then add the strawberries. Serve immediately.

Grandma's Pineapple Cucumber Lime Jello Salad Recipe


  • 1 6oz package of Jell-O Lime gelatin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 2 cups cold water
  • 1 1/2 cups peeled, diced cucumbers
  • 3 Tbsp horseradish (or more if you want it spicier)
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated onion
  • 2 Tbsp vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cup of diced or crushed drained canned pineapple (you cannot use fresh pineapple with gelatins. The bromelaine enzyme in fresh pineapple will keep the gelatin from bonding.)


1 In a bowl, dissolve lime jello and salt in 2 cups of hot water (don't use boiling water, just regular hot water). Add 2 cups cold water. Chill until slightly thickened - the consistency of egg whites, about 30 minutes.
2 In a separate bowl mix cucumber, horseradish, grated onion, and vinegar. Fold pineapple and cucumber mixture into jello. Pour into a jello mold and chill for several hours (about 6) until gelatin sets.
3 To remove jello from its mold, fill up a basin half-way with hot water. Lower the jello mold into the hot water, metal side down, until the water comes up almost to the edge of the mold. Keep it there 5 seconds and remove. Place a plate on top of the jello mold and turn upside down. The jello salad should just slide out.
Serves 6-8.
This is one recipe that my friend, Shona, uses and I have wanted to try. I really need this one in my repertoire. 
4 cups cauliflower florets
1 ounce I can't Believe it's not butter! spray
1 ounce Land O Lakes Gourmet Fat-free half & half
pinch salt
pinch freshly ground pepper
Steam or microwave the cauliflower until soft. Puree in a food processor, adding the butter spray and half-and half to taste. Season with salt and pepper.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Okay ladies..let's pay if forward!

So tomorrow is national"pay it forward day" and it got me thinking about how we could help each other. Since we've working on weight loss and dealing with the yummy holiday temptation, why not share healthy recipes!? They don't have to be holiday recipes, just something yummy that doesn't go straight to the hips.

I'll start!

Lunchbox oatmeal cookies (more like peanut butter cookies to me)
* It's a diabetic recipe so it's low sugar and only 76 calories per cookie

cup butter or margarine, softened
cup reduced-fat peanut butter
cup  granulated sugar
cuppacked brown sugar
teaspoon baking soda
egg whites
teaspoon vanilla
cup all-purpose flour
cup quick-cooking rolled oats

1. In a large mixing bowl beat butter and peanut butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed about 30 seconds or until combined.
2. Add granulated sugar, brown sugar, and baking soda. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in egg whites and vanilla until combined. Beat in as much flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour. Stir in oats.
3. Drop dough by rounded teaspoons 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake in a 375 degree F oven for 7 to 8 minutes or until edges are golden. Cool on cookie sheet for 1 minute. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool. Makes about 40 cookies.

Spinach pesto, sausage  and pasta dinner
*I tweaked this from the original link ,this is my version. The original seems to make around 1 serving so adjust the amounts according to your needs. (I double the pesto ingredients in bold.)

  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 cup fresh basil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup white cooking wine
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan
  • 3/4 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1 cup cooked whole wheat pasta-I make enough for 4 servings.
  • 4 oz. lean turkey kielbasa- I use a whole package
Heat skillet over medium heat. Slice kielbasa and add to skillet, toasting both sides of each sausage slice until browned and cook mushrooms until tender. Add spinach, basil, garlic, pine nuts, lemon juice, wine, broth, Parmesan, and salt to blender, pulsing until combined and smooth. Add pasta and 2 Tb. of pesto sauce to mushrooms and chicken, stirring until combined and heated through. Top with 1 oz. grated Parmesan. (There will be extra pesto.)*I just add all the pesto to all the pasta since I make this recipe larger and there are still plenty of leftovers for lunch

Sunday, November 21, 2010

_ Just little update

It seems nobody is posting on this site anymore. Just an little update my life is so busy this time of the year. I took an promotion at work and let me tell you it seems I am running my legs off trying to get as much done as possible in my shift. Went to the doctor on Friday for just my follow up and I had to fast for my blood work. By the time I got out of there I thought I was starving trust me no coffee at 6am for me that morning. That's the first thing I went to get when I got out. I have lost "Nine" pounds since September. I seem to lose more when I am not thinking about it or trying so hard.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Three Steps Forward..One tiny step back.. Not giving up!

Dear friends,

I have some Bad News and some Good News.

First the Bad News: I just have to tell you that it's time for 'true confessions'. Sigh..  I was doing so well and have only gained back three pounds, but it's been a bumpy road on the weight loss journey the last few weeks.It all started when I accidentally bought the wrong protein powder for breakfast. I couldn't tell that it had more carbs than protein (and that was pretty low) by taste and hadn't read the fine print. For 3 weeks I drank that stuff and started finding myself thinking about food again.
You know..the good stuff like pizza, french fries, and cookies.  I would only eat a and there..but it started adding up. To tell you the truth I was getting tired of healthy food. with no treats. Lesson learned. (Some of you have already said this before. :o).  All or nothing will get to you eventually!

Then I  got a urinary tract infection. The problem..not enough water drinking  and having too much protein with not enough carb to balance it out.  I was getting lazy about my veges and skimpy on the fruit. Not a good combination!

So I took a  sabbatical from the protein powder and started working more on getting more veges back into the diet along with a small extra helping of whole grain something each day. I feel like I'm back on track and am so glad.

I have to say the occasional indulgences didn't hurt me too much, but being too tired to weigh was a BAD thing..for me. I needed the accountability!!  So now I'm weighing again and focusing on healthy food. It really would help if the kids would quit baking cookies all the time and bringing home pizza. :o) (Can I blame it on them?! Tee.hee!

Oh for the Good News!  After years of living on junk food, and then spending such a long time learning to change my habits by eating healthy food...some of the new habits have STUCK! That's why I didn't gain too much! To really have learned to eat better and not overindulge is wonderful!

Here are the habits that have stuck:

  • If I want some french fries or other bad carb, I just have a few--at the most, one or two fries. It's enough! I'm happy to have had the taste.  (Homemade fries at Aunt Joan's...that's another story. I ate a whole cupful!)
  • When we eat out and we had to do that a  lot over the last two weeks, I almost always buy a salad with meat. And if I get a sandwich, I always throw away half or all of the bun. (On the road, I have to use half the bun to leave the meat and veges on.)  This is so important! It really limited the 'damage'.
  • Keep nuts and/or fruit with you on the road. I just don't eat chips  like I used two.(except one or two)  I keep nuts and fruit stocked up and I buy it on the road at convenience stores if necessary. And we keep fruit on hand for easing snacking.  Even when Tim and I were at a hotel for the weekend, we bought a roasted chicken and a bag of oranges and nuts rather than go out for lunch each day. It helped so much--It's a habit!

  • If you are going to indulge on sweets...make it very small!  I've had icecream, cake etc...but only in very small doses.
  • Starting out breakfast with protein and fruit is a habit I just don't break.
These are the main ones and I know there are others. I cook differently now and it helps so much. I make salads for lunch almost every day.  These things have kept me from falling completely off track.

How are you all doing? Have you been struggling like I was?  What good things have you learned about weight loss this summer?

Donna @ Comin' Home

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Hi ladies..

I haven't been ignoring you, the truth is I've had to put my diet and fitness on hold. I've had some issues that take first priority but after my vacation in Sept. everything should be sorted out. Then it's back to the task at hand full force! I'm ready for results!

How are the rest of you doing?

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

I"m Still Here...I was on vacation!

Hi Country Momma...I"m still here of course. :o)

I've been on vacation and it's the first time I've taken a vacation from blogging for the first time ever since I started in November. I was so nervous to do it to!. Even then I published a couple of posts that I just couldn't keep to myself.

How am I doing..well? I discovered two weeks ago, that I had been accidentally eating sugar in my protein powder. Guess what, after two weeks of that, I started having cravings again. I had sent dear hubby to pick up the whey free powder and this was the result. It never occurred to me to read the label--like a dummy! It had half the protein and tons of carbs. Oops!

Anyway, I have the right stuff now and am doing fine. I lost a pound or so over the last two weeks, but not like I had been.  I'm back on track but am now going to take off dieting for a month (since I've been hard at it for three months. My nutritionist said to take a break so my body doesn't think I'm starving it.  Debra told me to focus on healthy eating for one month. I may lose weight anyway, but the point is to give my body a break.

Today, the day you posted, was our 23rd anniversary and I was determined not to post anything or even look at the computer when dear hubby was wanting my attention.  I know that blogging has to be secondary to life and it's been a hard lesson learned. Yipes!

As it is, I've had nine teenagers at the house all day yesterday and today-(18th birthday bash). The boys all spent the night so I spent the morning cooking a huge breakfast. They are now all at the movies but will be back for 18 hamburgers (grilled by me) at 4pm. Then we are ALL getting dressed up and headed out to go square dancing. Tuesdays are our dance and this is the last chance we have to get new students to sign up. If it doesn't work, we have to cancel our club for the summer and no one wants to do that.  I did post a couple of times on my home blog because that is what was going on in my life at the moment.

I had my first ever piece of pizza and cup of icecream since this blog started. I guess I needed the break -Ha!

But I do hope all is well. I've got an awful lot of clothes to alter--I can say that much. :o) It's a great problem! I've officially lost a total of 20 pounds as of the start of this blog and I am so grateful to all of you for helping us get started.

Donna @ Comin' Home

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Anyone here? Hello?

Okay, maybe I'm just not looking in the right place but it seems like no one is ever here. I don't see any updates, chatting...nothing. So, where is everyone? How's the progress going? Even if all you've done is camp out on the couch and enjoy junk food we'd still like to hear from you all.

Yes dear Donna, this includes you and your busy schedule.

We can't help support each other if we don't touch base.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Positive progress, even in pain

I've had a sinus migraine today and yesterday so I haven't been doing anything that isn't needed. Feeling like I really need a workout but until this passes, I'm useless. My new way of eating is working though, lost another inch..two in the last two week! I'm getting better at reaching my calorie goal too. Even without exercising I still burned more than I ate and met my goal!

I take my pedometer with me whenever I leave the house now. I want every bit of exercise to count. From the looks of things 5,000 steps is my average. (not bad seeing as I'm not going out of my way to get in more steps) I figure if I want to learn why I'm stuck at this weight I need to see what I'm naturally burning, traveling ect. so that I know what needs changing. I've started a Sparkpeople blog for myself, just to keep notes and so I don't overload this blog.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Go Go Green Monster!

For those that haven't heard of's a smoothie packed with tons of vitamins and healthy, yummy stuff. I made my first one today (took the idea from my cousin who's a runner) and I'm in love! It cost about a dollar per smoothie for the ingredients.

My Green Monster
2 bananas
1 cup yogurt
1 (10oz) container of frozen sliced strawberries
1 cup fresh Spinach leaves (I'm not a huge spinach fan, you could add more if you are)

Throw it all in the blender til smooth, it's thick! Enjoy! It makes about 3-4 (8oz) servings

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

A little about me, Countrymama

Hi ya'll!
Donna was sweet enough to let me join this lovely group so I thought I should do a little intro.

I never used to have a weight issue, as a matter of fact when hubby and I met I as lean and in peak physical health thanks to training and diet but these past few years between medications (off them now) and pregnancy my body has completely changed.

I have no idea how to really  lose weight. After having Aiden I just went back to my training roots and it worked, kinda. I lost 75 lbs. the first year but for the last two I've been stuck at the same weight no matter what I do! I know I need to burn off more than I eat and I love working out..just have to force it in the days..the problem is I always end up spending most of the day hungry or bored with my choices of foods thanks to allergy restrictions. I love to run but my body doesn't, yet. I'm using Wii active/fit to ease myself into working out again and walking/jogging outside when I can. Last serious thing I did was a 5K 6 months preggo..he's almost 3 now! I work best with a coach of sorts but a trainer was a waste of time and money as was the gym membership. See, told you I was a mess! Thanks for listening.

starting weight: 147.5
goal weight: 120
long term goal: finishing a 5K
short term goal: better self image
plan: using Wii/outside for exercise to work my way up to using P90X. I'm upping my water intake and tracking my calories/diet through just to see what I eat vs. what I burn.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

{weight update}

I cannot believe it ladies. I am getting ready for work this morning and I actually got back into one my skirts that is a size "5". I never thought I would get back into that skirt again it probably has been since 2005 since I had it on. Also, I wanted to tell you I tried the Jillian detox/body cleanse last month and I feel so much better. I had a kidney infection in January-February I thought I would never get over. I think I was still carrying around a lot of extra weight from that. I have tried other detox in the past years that were very harsh on your body while taking it, but this by Jillian was not harsh at all. I picked it up at Wal-Mart for $29.95. My clothes do feel a lot loser around the waist right now.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Great Article from Spark People-- Stop Dieting and Start Living!

 Hi friends,  I recently got this in my email box and am so glad I read it! What a great source of encouragement!  It's so easy for me to get into the 'diet' mentality..and then slip right back out of it again when I've 'lost the weight'.  

I really don't want to go through that this time around!  I've been so wanting to eat stuff that I haven't eaten in two months! Yipes! I'm afraid it's partly because I've been going through a certain time of the month and when I get the 'blahs' I want to eat.   

Rather than get off the band wagon completely--I just ate one bite of what ever it was.  It worked! I got to 'taste' the forbidden food but I didn't eat a bunch...just one bite. 

How about you guys? Anyone having trouble with getting tired of eating 'healthy food'? How do you handle it?  

 Here's the article that encouraged me this week with a link below to read the rest of it. Thanks, Spark People!!





Stop Dieting and Start Living!

Have You Made the Change?

-- By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert
You’ve heard it so many times that you probably say it in your sleep. "Diets don’t work; if you want to lose weight and keep it off, you have to make a lifestyle change."

But what does a lifestyle change look or feel like, and how do you know when you’ve made one? The way some people talk about it, you’d think there’s some sort of mystical wisdom you get when you “make the change” that tells you when and what to eat, and how to stop worrying about the number on the scale. Does this mean you’ll finally stop craving chocolate and start liking tofu?
You’ve heard it so many times that you probably say it in your sleep. "Diets don’t work; if you want to lose weight and keep it off, you have to make a lifestyle change."

But what does a lifestyle change look or feel like, and how do you know when you’ve made one? The way some people talk about it, you’d think there’s some sort of mystical wisdom you get when you “make the change” that tells you when and what to eat, and how to stop worrying about the number on the scale. Does this mean you’ll finally stop craving chocolate and start liking tofu?

The basic difference between a diet mentality and a lifestyle mentality is simply a matter of perspective. Having the right perspective may not make tofu taste better than chocolate, but it can make all the difference in the world when it comes to achieving your goals, avoiding unnecessary suffering along the way, and hanging onto your achievements over the long haul.

Trust me on this. I’ve lost well over 350 pounds in my life—I know how to do that. But I also put 200 of those back on again, getting bigger each time. The 150 pounds I lost a few years ago is staying off, because I’ve changed my perspective.

The basic difference between a diet mentality and a lifestyle mentality is simply a matter of perspective. Having the right perspective may not make tofu taste better than chocolate, but it can make all the difference in the world when it comes to achieving your goals, avoiding unnecessary suffering along the way, and hanging onto your achievements over the long haul.

Trust me on this. I’ve lost well over 350 pounds in my life—I know how to do that. But I also put 200 of those back on again, getting bigger each time. The 150 pounds I lost a few years ago is staying off, because I’ve changed my perspective.
Here are the main ways a diet differs from a lifestyle:
  1. A diet is all about numbers—the number on the scale and the number of calories you eat and burn. Success is defined in terms of how well you stick to your numbers.

    A lifestyle change is all about you. It’s about lining up your eating and physical activity with your real goals and desires. Success is defined in terms of how these changes make you feel about yourself.
  2. The diet mentality assumes that reaching a certain weight is the key to finding happiness and solving other problems. That’s why messing up the numbers on any given day can be so upsetting—it means you’ve messed up on just about everything that really matters.

    The lifestyle approach assumes that being overweight is usually the result of other problems, not the cause. Addressing these problems directly is the best way to solve both the problems themselves and your weight issues. This means focusing on many things, not just the numbers on the scale or the Nutrition Tracker. Numbers only tell a small part of the story, and “bad” numbers often provide good clues into areas that need attention.
  3. Going on a diet involves an external and temporary change in eating technique. You start counting and measuring, and you stop eating some foods and substitute others, based on the rules of whatever diet plan you are using. Maybe you throw in some exercise to burn a few extra calories. You assume that it’s the technique that produces the results, not you. The results of a diet are external; if you’re lucky, you may change on the outside—but not on the inside. Once you reach your goal weight, you don’t need the technique anymore, and things gradually go back to “normal.” So does your weight—and then some. And, of course, all the problems you hoped the weight loss would solve are still there. 
Read the Rest of the Article at Spark People--a great website for people trying to lose weight!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

To God be the glory

My weight is coming off very, very slowly....which can sometimes be quite frustrating.  I want to jump on the scale and see a 5 lb loss every single week. my age...that's not gonna happen unless I'm on "The Biggest Loser" and exercise 8 hours every day and have a personal trainer telling me what I should and shouldn't eat!!! 

I wrote a post on my blog today titled, 
"To God Be the Glory", 
and it explains why sometimes I feel I don't loose like I would's because I try to take the credit for any accomplishment....instead of giving the glory to HIM!!!

If you get a chance, I would love for you to check it out....To God Be The Glory!!!

Blessings to each of you....Deb

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Still losing..slowly but surely...

I am so glad that this healthy eating is not only helping me feel better but also lose weight slowly but surely. I haven't had any real battles with temptation. And I look better every day.  Sometimes I see my face in the bathroom mirror at Krogers or Jack in the Box...and I do a double take because I don't even recognize myself. 

Trying on Clothes is Fun Now!   Is there anything more fun than trying on everything in your closet because it all looks so much better and fits better now?  I'm in heaven!..all except the hanging the clothes back up part which I really hate!  It seems like a miracle that I fit back into my size 16 black jeans from seven years ago! God is so good!
It's great to to have so much energy..especially for the grandkids. Not as much energy as the grandkids of course..but a lot more than I used to have!

Well..and hubby..well he's just getting to be a pest. Silly guy! I guess that's the best proof of all. He just grins at me now and it's really so embarrassing! The teens are like.."Aww Come on Dad! Grow up!"

I'm praying that all of you are staying the course too and experiencing victories of one kind or another. How are you all doing? I'd love to hear from you.  Having some struggles? Let us know so we can encourage you and pray for you.  I haven't lost any weight this week..but I've lost more inches and I'm having to pin my clothes on to hold them up!  I've gone down four sizes this month!

Something to consider  My successful weightloss and improvement in my overall health is proof of what happens when you are finally willing to 'die' to the junk food.  It doesn't take lots of self-control...but rather more of a willingness to give up some of the intense pleasures of treats..for food our bodies love and can process in a normal way and use to the best efficiency. I know we all 'LOVE' to eat and to eat certain foods...but is that really the best?

The bloating...ugly bumps...fatigue...allergies...looking and feeling the very best that you can possibly feel...even if you still have a lot to lose.  If you are still struggling with temptation...and haven't tried giving up white flour products and junk food....just remember..It might work for you to!  What can it hurt to give up the 'yummy stuff' for just one little ole' week?  If you find yourself being able to say No to temptation and looking and feeling better than you have in years, wouldn't it be worth it?  It's just a thought... :o)

Would you let your children eat...what you let yourself eat?  For years, I've given myself permission to indulge in ways that I never would have let my children do.  The result? They are thin...I am not. What do I tell them? Too much sweets is bad for you. Veges and lean meat are good for you. You need to eat more fruit. No more soda...Water is better!   Candy and dessert are treats..not to be eaten on a regular basis.  If all of this is true for my much more so is it not true for us adults?  It's something to think about.

Have a great week!

Donna @ Comin' Home

PS. I'm posting the linky list for this week. Sorry I've been off schedule. Can I plead three grandchildren as my excuse?

Sunday, June 13, 2010

{ getting back on track }

i'm getting back on track.
need your prayers...desperately!
i have alot flooding my mind right now. . .but i've got to get back on track. hubby's job was in hiatus...we thought they were going to strike, so what did i do? i resorted to eating to calm me down! i'm over that obstacle at the moment, but i've moved on to another. . .but GOD will help me through it without eating!!!
i'm excited to read what you all have been doing!
pray for me and i am you all!!!

Friday, June 11, 2010

This week's update

Well my week started off very rocky indeed, I have no excuses, I just couldn't keep my trap shut. Bread seemed to be the order of the day - despite KNOWING that it gives me awful belly ache. Seriously, why do we do this to ourselves? Anyway, by Sunday things were improving and by Tuesday I was ready for getting back on track properly - purchasing some new clothes in a size smaller kind of forced me back on track!

I haven't got a weight update because lately I've been getting too obsessed over the numbers and have decided to weigh in just once a month. I've spoken to my WW leader and she's happy with that so I'm going to give it a go. I just don't find the half pound losses inspiring you know? But if I was told once a month that I'd lost say 2 whole pounds, I'd be stoked! It works for my mum doing it this way.

I'm still cooking at the weekend and benefitting from reduced kitchen time during the week.

Not much of an update really, but there's just not much different going on here at the moment.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Why Am I Doing This? (Losing weight) By Keelie at Real Fat

Dear Friends at Gettin' Thin Together,

If you have not yet visited Keelie of REAL FAT, you have missed a huge source of encouragment and inspiration. She's so sweet and funny! She talks very matter of factly about how it feels to struggle with your hard it is to give up the foods we love, and how easy it is to feel bad about your self when you are overweight. She's so REAL and so funny!!  This post just about made me die with laughter!

You gotta give her a visit at REAL FAT.  Her post today about having a "Mental Health", nails etc 
was very inspiring...think I'll go paint my toenails too!

Meet Kylee.....

I have been overweight forever. This is a struggle that weighs most heavily on the soul. I am finally looking to God for help in becoming the woman He created me to be, inside and out. This blog is the brutally honest account of my pursuit to lose 100 lbs. It may be silly, it may be sad; perhaps even strange at times, but one thing it will always be is real.

My Stats

Height: 5'4"
Starting Weight: 229
Current Weight: 178
Pounds Lost: 51
Inches lost: 27
Goal Weight: 129
Starting Size: 22
Current Size: 14
Goal Size: 6  was so good!!

Why I am Doing this? Read on...

P.S. A heartfelt thank you to Jack for his special brand of motivation and humor. You have kept me going more than once, my friend.


Hope everyone enjoyed sure made me laugh!

Donna at Comin' Home

Monday, June 7, 2010

My "Real Food" diet is working!! Before and After Pictures from Donna. PTL!!

 173 pounds on June 5th (5'2")  (Stomach all gone!!)

Hi everyone! I'm posting my first every "Before and After" pictures!  Rebekah is asleep and we do mother-daughter marriage devotions and tea  for an hour every morning my blogging time is limited and since she's already asleep, I had to take this photo myself. Sadly, both pix are blurry, but I'll have her help me tomorrow for a better one. I couldn't use a flash in the that's what the blur is all about.

  189 pounds on February 25 (5'2") 
I looked pregnant from the side because my stomach was so big. And it was so tight in the bust that I could barely get it over my chest.

But I think you get the idea anyway. I  added the  ruffle and widened the hips on this blouse on February 25th this year. I started dieting about a week after we started   this blog on April 11 and I didn't really start dieting until April 18th or so ...and I took this photo tonight, June 6th.  So this has been seven weeks of dieting. (Did I tell you I had no intentions of getting on a diet...I just started the we could all encourage each other. I thought I would never be able to get on a and stay on a diet again for the rest of my life!!)

I thought I'd post my update though it is belated. I've been so swamped with family responsibilities which absolutely must come first that I haven't been able to keep up very much. The Lord has really been working on me to keep my priorities straight and with that came a conviction to drop blogging or commenting if anyone in the family has a need or just requests that I watch a movie or play a game, or listen to their latest speech. That means a lot of interruptions! I've missed you all!

Anyway, I am still pinching this real? To think I fought giving up junk food all these years! My conscious has always bugged me about it ...but I just couldn't bring myself to give up the processed foods and snack foods and poor quality bread and tons of pasta.     I don't want to do anything to jeopardize my freedom to choose good quality food at every meal and go back to the old cravings..

I've been a prisoner to cravings for junk all my life and I literally have not craved a speck of junk food since I gave it up. I can smell it and look at it and know how good it would taste..and not eat it.  When you think of how much sense it is that natural food (all original recipes by God himself!) like vegetables, fruit, meat , and nuts is going to be good for you and that food made of man-made chemicals just might not be good for you, it makes me wonder why I never consider this!  (I had my protein powder/healthy carbs drink at lunch in a chick filet last week along with an orange and some nuts!)

All these years, I've been a prisoner of my appetites even when I was thin. Now, I'm free and I never feel the need to overeat.  I just want to say thank you over and over to the Lord that the way of escape was sitting there right in front of me....but my taste buds didn't want me to say NO to them.  I truly believe that someday, I will again be able to eat a piece of pizza or have icecream without it sending me into drug-like additive cravings, but I think my body needs to get completely healthy before that can safely happen.

I actually love water and fruit and vegetables now and lean meat...and I avoided them in the past. Even though I loved the taste of them..they were too much trouble to mess with and I didn't 'crave' them like I did toast, crackers, chips, and pasta.

Not only that but I have so much stamina and energy that I just can't believe it's real! The other night, I went square dancing with the children for the first time in several months. Normally, I would dance about two dances...then be exhausted and very over heated. So I'd rest and sit out a dance, then join the next one.  Even though it had been months since I'd danced...I was able to dance two solid hours with no breaks!!  I was so full of energy that I was wide-eyed all the way home even though we didn't get back from College Station until 1:30am.   I NEVER NEED A NAP NOW!  I have been off junk food since May 5th.  That's only ONE MONTH! And I'm healthier and more energetic than I've been in my whole life!

If I never lost a pound...I'd never go back to eating like I did. Now that I know what was making me feel exhausted, emotional, stressed, and addicted.  I look so different even after such a small weight loss that everyone who knows me wants to know what in the world I am doing. The crazy thing is it isn't that the weight loss is so large, but that my skin tone is wonderful, and I'm so NOT bloated. I've lost so many inches that the brand new clothes I bought a month ago don't fit. (Several inches too big in the waist.) I've only lost seven pounds this month...and that's good...but I look like a different person. That never happened when I've dieted in the past.

So when people ask me what I'm doing to lose weight...I tell them..I don't count calories...I don't weigh anything....but I also don't overeat--and I don't even feel the urge too.  I just always eat REAL food rather than man-made...i.e.a small piece of meat, a cheese stick, an orange or apple, broccoli spears in vinegar and oil, and an occasional cup of oatmeal or brown rice. The stomach monster seems to have been slain! Hurrah!

So, I thank the Lord every single day for answering my deepest heartfelt not be overweight and to not be tired, sick, and embarrassed about how I look every moment of the day.  To look really trim even though I do still weigh just astonishing!  I never looked good at that weight before and I think it's because all the junk and chemicals are out of my system. I look and feel younger than I ever have...even though I am overweight. That's as big a miracle as I can imagine.  I have hope now and a future...even if it took three years to lose all my weight...I wouldn't care...because I've got most of the benefits of being thin..already!

There is no one I would more want to tell about what has happened to me than you guys. If you haven't considered giving up processed foods yet and are still struggling with a desire for food...please do give it a shot, even if just for a week or two. I wish I had known how much it would help years ago.

Keep up the good work ladies! I am so encouraged by your stories and hope mine helps you too.

Donna @ Comin' Home

Sunday, June 6, 2010

(Slowly coming off)

I finally approached the scales this week-end. I have been avoiding it for weeks now. I have lost 6 pounds slowly but surely. I am considering taking a fitness & taekwondo class. I called about it this week and it is $5 per class they meet three days a week. Maybe two days a week I could go???? I am still praying about it. What do you think should I join? I have been cutting back and eating less bread and drinking more water. I have also cut back on the caffeine in fact I am drinking 1/2 decaf coffee. I tried to go decaf coffee, but that just does not cut it in the morning.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Quick update

To be honest there isn't really much of an got incredibly busy and the weight loss stopped...didn't gain any weight really but I wasn't exactly making any progress either. Last week I decided to take stock and see if I could figure out the real cause of me eating unhealthy foods when in fact I love fresh fruit and veg above anything else! It basically came down to laziness...or should I say tiredness. I get to work at about 7.30am...spend the day somewhere between my desk and the lab, but usually standing or walking at least...get home at 5.15pm and by that time I'm tired beyond belief. Don't forget I also do the evening job - the graphic design - since Andy is still out of work after losing his job 14 months ago. I love the evening job, but sometimes you just want to come home from work and chill, don't you? So anyway, where was I? Oh yes, dinner is usually squeezed in sometime between the day job and the evening job...and is therefore stressful, rushed and carried out when I'm grumpy, in pain and tired. No wonder we eat a lot of processed food!

Ok, so I started thinking back to how I used to get round this the last time I lost a lot of weight. I was a full time student last time I did this...and no less busier than I am now. I remembered that the last time I did this, I used to cook on a Saturday morning and then refrigerate or freeze everything. It wasn't ideal, but I did this until I got more energy after losing about 3 stone (42 pounds) - and that's what I plan to do now :)

So last Saturday I made a right mess of the kitchen and actually ENJOYED it because I wasn't doing it when I was tired and cranky!
I've booked today off work so I can have some "me" time while Andy is at a job interview and guess what I'm doing? You guessed it...some cooking. I've discovered that I only have so much energy and I need to cook quickly before it's gone!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

my journey to a new way of eating

My struggles with weight started when I hit my teens.  I moved from South America to the United States...the land of the pre-packaged meals, and here is where I discover foods that I never knew existed.  My weight was always a yo-yo.  I was never truly thin...but I was truly heavy! 

My heaviest was last year - I weighted myself at 190 lbs.  For a 5'2" frame woman in her early forties...this was a devastating blow to my self-steem and my body.  I had no energy. Vitamins were not helping and neither was exercise.  The saying - go and get yourself checked by a physician is the wisest advice you can follow! 

So I went and what she discovered was not pretty!  I had thyroid issues - hence the weight gain, the low energy, the mood swings, the food cravings, the depression.  I was placed on medication for a year, but I was not getting any better - in fact, I began to get so sick everytime I ate, that I was getting very worried! 

More tests were performed and finally had a diagnosis...I was a Type II Diabetic.  Now, when I was given this information, I pretty much went into denial.  I always believed that being diabetic just meant that I needed to watch my sugar and take medication.  Well, in my ignorance, I began to eat foods that were so unhealthy thinking that because they were sugar-free, I was doing well.  This is when I reallized, that I was un-informed about food.  Labels, ingredients, books...I read everything I could get my hands on.  One thing I knew I did not want and that was medication!  There was no way, I was going to live attached to a pill for the rest of my life.  My doctor basically gave me two either change your food intake or be on medication for life. 

Being a diabetic has its issues.  Anything that turns into sugar is a problem for me. But, with Our Lord's help, I have been able to manage it so far...I am going on a year here, without any type of medication!

What did I do?  I am glad you asked :)

I began to really read every label of every food I had purchased and I discovered that EVERYTHING has sugar!  Corn syrup is an additive - a preservative.  No wonder we are all so heavy! 

salmon fillets with rosemary, sea salt and olive oil - ready for the oven

After I discovered these news, I began to cook!  Yes, cook!  I went into using all natural ingredients.  I cut out of my diet every pre-packaged food item that came from the grocery store.  What does this mean?  I cook everything dear friends.  I make everything from Scratch! 

I realized that grains were not my enemies but my friends.  That sugar was not really the culprit, but refined sugar was.  Carbohydrates - good ones, are needed for my energy level and for my sugar level to stay even.  I also discovered that protein is wonderful, but too much can cause gas and will make me very sluggish!  Not all fruits are good for me due to their sugar content, and that sweets CAN NOT be eaten in moderation!

whole wheat dark chocolate chip scones

I began to bake with whole grain flours.  I began to cook my protein in the oven with very little water and covered.  This way, the juices of the meat or chicken stays in the gravy and I am eating a very healthy piece of meat!  I bake everything with honey, raw sugar or Agave Nectar.  I cook with sea salt and my oil is made from olives.  My seasoning comes from the herbs in my garden.  Rosemary, sage, thyme, lemon balm, lavender.  I don't fry anything but bake pretty much everything!  If I crave anything ice-cream or cookies or cake, I reward myself with it once a month!  You are reading it right, once a month!   The pasta that I eat is whole grain and my sauce is not from a jar, but from real tomatoes.  I eat as much raw vegetables as I can.  I drink a great deal of filtered water, not carbonated; also I do not drink coffee but drink green tea in the morning as a way of waking up my system.  I eat 6 meals a day and try not to skip any meals.  I don't starve.  In fact, I am so satisfied, than when I bake a dessert for the family, it stays there until it is eaten by someone else :) 

Oh, I much on chips sometimes...but the reactions are so harsh, that it is just not worth it! 

my ingredients for whole wheat bread...whole wheat flour, honey, olive oil, sea salt and water.

Changing my cooking style, my grocery lists and my attitude has helped me stay in the best shape I have been since I was 18yrs old!  I am now 44yrs old. A mother of three children.  I went from 190lbs to 135lbs.  I have been able to keep it and still have about 20 more pounds to go.  I am in no hurry to loose these though! Stress is not good for a diabetic so why hurry!  I did not get this way in a took many years of eating wrong that caused this unbalance in my body and it is going to take quite a bit of time to make it right.  I don't panic when I gain a pound or two or even 5!  I just cut back on my meals and exercise. 

Take your time dear friends.  The key is commitment.  Next time I will share a typical menu that my family and I eat to stay eating healthy.

Until next time...


Something to think about...

I missed our Wednesday weigh in this week. I am happy to announce that I've lost 7 pounds since we first started. I know that may not be a lot, but I am very happy. I have found that the best way for me to lose it to work on increments. Not 5 or 10 pounds but random numbers. When we started, I weighed 169. Which may not seem like a lot of weight, but I am small boned and only 5' tall.

Since I was trying to lose 20 pounds, I kept getting discouraged because I would lose a pound or two then put one back on. So I decided, that 165 would be awesome. I just watched how much I ate of everything and didn't go without anything I love. I just had it in moderation. And before I knew it I had held on at 165 for several days straight. Then I shot for 162. I got to 163 and fluctuated between 163 and 163.5 for about a week or more. So this week I increased my activity. More house work, more cleaning out closets, more outdoors work and Wah Lah! I've been holding at 162 so it's time for my next goal. I'm going to shoot for 159. This way, I'll be out of the 160's.

It may seem a strange way to lose weight, but it works for me.

becoming a better listener!

When we first begin anything new, it takes motivation to stay the course.  It takes a great deal of commitment and of course, a willingness to let go of the past mistakes and try a different route.

When it comes to eating differently, this is, if I could say it, an overwhelming challenge.  It happens so often for me, that when I "fall off the wagon" per say, I become discouraged and I end up taking three steps back!

Because of my diabetes, I don't have a choice but stay committed or become very ill.

This afternoon, for instance, a dear friend invited me for lunch.  It is always so nice to spend time with friends, but when they do not eat like you do, it can become the hardest meal you may have had that day.  Then how do you explain that the food she has in her pantry will make you ill?  Very simply, by being honest with your friends and family and letting them know ahead of time that you are committed to this new style of eating, and that eating something for "just this time" will make you quite sick and will derail your focus.

Be prepared to eat what is natural.  Do not go for the chips, the cold cuts - I don't care how fat-free or sugar-free they are advertised, they are processed and hence, not good for you.  Stay away from store-bought bread.  Even if it is wheat, it still contains high-fructose corn syrup, and to a diabetic this is a no-no.

Today, I had a salad and I made the mistake of eating a slice of store-bought bread.  Did it give me a reaction?  You bet!!  When I was driving home, I became very sleepy and my hands became numb.  This is my body's way of letting me know..."You have eaten something that is making me sick!"  How do I counter-act this reaction?  By drinking a cup of peppermint tea or a tall glass of water; staying still for an hour or so until my sugar levels itself out and take a walk around the block. 

Now, I know, that many of you probably do not suffer from diabetes, like I do.  But if you still get reactions, like bloating, pain, or feelings of nausea...listen to your body and next time, I can guarantee it that you will listen better.

Stay the course...


Hello......anybody home!!!

It's a bit sad to admit....but it looks like our "Gettin' Thin Together" blog has somewhat gone the way of a lot of my "diets". 
It's just not working out like I had thought it would!!!

I hope that each of you have found since we started this journey....what works for you. 
For's keeping up with my walking.....eating smaller portions....cutting back on my bread....and drinking my water!!

Hope to hear from some of the rest of you to let us know what's going on with your journey...and what's working (or not working) for you!!!
Blessings to each of 'ya!!!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Grillin' Out for Memorial Day

Hey, All.  

Just a quick little post to tell everybody I hope you have a Day weekend!!!!  

If you plan on grillin' out....I have a little tip.  Use ground turkey instead of ground beef.  I love ground turkey and we rarely buy ground beef any more.....haven't for years.  It's really good in chili, too.  I made a huge pot at CHRIST-mas and my brother bragged and bragged on it.....made his sister feel really good!!!  

Another healthy tip....boneless, skinless chicken breast on the grill!!!  Also...veggies are great grilled....just take a piece of aluminum foil....lay your veggies on it....sprinkle with a bit of olive oil...and grill until tender!!!

Blessings to y'all!!!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

A Howdy and a Thank You from Donna

Hi Everyone!  I'm sorry I haven't been commenting as much as I'd like. Between maintaining my own blog and having to cook a lot more...and my children's requests to 'have mother-daughter tea every morning, talk about the latest speech, or just cuddle with an almost not a kid anymore, 15 yr.old...there doesn't seem to be much spare time!

But I think of you ladies all the time and hope that you are hanging in there and not getting discouraged.  This is a MARATHON not a SPRINT as I'm sure you all know very well.  Because my new eating habits have given me such 'visual' encouragement and because it helps me feel so good, it's been so much easier to be on a diet this time.  As you can tell from my last post, it's starting to filter over into my family's life too.  What a gift it would be to spare our children the same battle we've faced for so long.  I feel badly that I've not been careful about guiding my children in this area the way I should. But I honestly didn't believe it was that serious of a problem.

I was such a skeptic!!  What's wrong with sweet and low?  I've had people fuss at me for years about that and I just told them..with a leave it alone.  I thought it was all hocus-pocus to tell you the truth. Who can see chemicals any way? I have to say though, that I'm a firm believer now!

But really, I just wanted to encourage everyone to keep on keepin' on regardless of where you are on this journey or what you eat!  We just need to be faithful to listen to our dear Lord's faithful guidance and correction. He's such a good father! He cares for every detail, including this weightloss journey.

We are not in this alone!! We have each other and we have the Lord's grace if we look to him for help. "For my strength is made perfect in weakness' 2 Corinthians 12:9. I've only been losing a pound a week for the last two weeks, but now that I know I'm on the right track, I know I need never worry. I'm heading in the right direction...and so are you!!  You guys are amazing! You've done a wonderful job sticking to this regardless of the results each week. And I have you all to thank for the fact that since we started this blog I've lost 13 pounds. I  don't even know exactly what day that was...but it was almost the best day of my life!

I just can't thank you enough for suggesting we do this together. I had given up hope about ever losing weight and just figured I'd have to be unattractive to myself and hubby for the rest of my life. (I know hubby loves me as I am...but I wanted to give him better!) But worse, I knew I'd never be in shape enough to do things with the kids and grandbabies the way I wanted to. I just didn't have the stamina that I needed. I had lost all hope when all the diets quit working...and then you all came along and the momentum of this blog got me going on a diet that I never intended to try. I had no plans to lose weight or even try. I thought it would never work for me again--that I was too old or something. (47).

Now I have hope and so much of that is due to you my dear friends.  You've given me a new lease on life and it means the world to me.

Thank you...thank you...thank you!!
Donna from Comin' Home

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Six Easy Ways to Make Your Family' s Favorite Meals Healthier


For the most part, we are creatures of habit and most of our kids don’t want to try ‘new’ things… So in trying to educate our children and train their taste buds towards foods that will keep them healthy, it’s best if we sort of ‘fool’ them into eating healthier by simply improving the health  quality of the family favorites that they are already accustomed to.  Why take the trouble? Do you know how many of our children are now starting out life overweight? Do you know why? Believe me…it’s time to break with our culture…and do things different. Just cause everyone else is jumping off a cliff, children in tow, doesn’t mean we have to!  Here’s what Carol Simontacci, author of ‘Your Fat is Not Your Fault’ says about what she calls “The Fattening of America”….

“If your overweight, chances are you’re not a glutton, but you probably do eat too many nonfoods. Some nutritionists call these foods ‘food artifacts,” or products made by human workmanship. These are substances that are not naturally present in the world and were not part of our ancestor’s diets.

If you look at supermarket stats, you’ll see what Americans are buying—and it isn’t food!  We’re eating more pseudofood now than ever in the the history of the world! And don’t think your body doesn’t know the difference. That entree may taste and smell like real food, but your body knows otherwise, and it knows where to store every toxic molecule.  All the low-fat this and low-fat that, the sugar substitute here and the fat substitute there will not solve your fat problem.

   Over 75 percent of the food products sold in our supermarkets are either nutritionally dead or nutritionally toxic. We don’t bury that dead food; we store it on our hips, waists, and chests, pound after pound after pound. Why build more toxic waste dumps in this country when we can use our bodies instead?”


What happens when we eat this stuff?  Carol says, “When we eat foods our bodies can’t use, or foods that contain artificial ingredients; when our digestive systems do not sufficiently break down the foods into usable parts, the liver is required to handle an excessive amount of toxic waste for which it is not prepared. And most of us don’t drink enough water or eat enough fiber for the colon and kidneys to perform their vital functions, and waste materials build up in the colon to be reabsorbed into the body.   Fat performs an important function in the body by storing all this excess toxic waste.

Logic tells us that if we clean up our diets and eat pure foods, including 30 to 40 grams of fiber a day, drink eight to ten glasses of water, and avoid synthetic chemicals as much as possible, our bodies will not have to build storage depots on our hips and bellies to handle an unnecessary load of toxic waste.”  In other words, friends, Fat has to encase these toxins to keep them out of our systems! No toxins…less fat in all the wrong places!

Six weeks ago, I decided to take Carol seriously and say No to junk food, sugar, fast food, bread and other man-made non-foods (except homemade whole grain wheat bread).  Guess where I lost the first ten pounds?  My hips, stomach, and other lumpy bumpy places.  Not only that, but my energy level skyrocketed! My hubby, who is very thin, was feeling so sluggish that he decided to quit eating the junk too. He said he feels better than he has in years and he looks less drained and dehydrated. So obviously the junk food affects us all whether we have fast metabolisms or slow.

Even if our kids aren’t overweight now, if they keep eating junk…they will be later down the road, or like my dear hubby, they’ll just be exhausted and worn down by the time they hit middle age. We feel like we’ve gotten a new lease on life! But convincing our kids to change is another issue all together!  Hence the reason for today’s article…We need to make gradual changes and wean our kids off this stuff.


The biggest thing you can do to improve your meal’s health factor is to cook from scratch. The fact is that if it’s in a box or a bag or has Carol Simontacci (nutritionist) says, “Don’t eat it!” It’s probably not good for you!  I's time consuming..but our country is in a crisis...and we need to spend more time on this issue! Our children's future health and quality of life are depending on our willingness to make this a priority. 

Second, replace the BAD fats with GOOD fats Don’t buy fatty meats…but instead choose lean meats. Instead get your fat from good sources like real butter, olive oil, canola oil, and lots of nuts for snacks, even avocado slices to get the good fat that actually lowers cholesterol and gives you the energy you need.  This will cut out the hunger factor and avoid so much need to snack. Even your skin will be softer!  Don’t eat or use saturated fats if you can at all avoid them…and of course, fried foods are pretty much a disaster… so avoid them as much as possible.

Third, have a good source of protein at every meal! This will keep you from having a carb heavy diet that causes insulin rush and food cravings..leading to excess snacking of the junk food.  Spend less on junk and more on lean meats, low fat cheeses (the only thing worth buying low-fat), eggs, turkey bacon or protein drinks (look for ones without the excess chemicals), tuna, fish, poultry etc.  Sandwiches are more bread than anything else and without protein will lead to excess hunger and cravings.  Make chunky soups with lots of meat and veges, that can sit in the fridge and be eaten easily and packed for on the go if needed.  I keep at least one cold roasted chicken in the fridge just for snacking purposes.

Fourth, add lightly cooked vegetables to every meal and keep raw veges  ready to eat for snacks in between meals.  Plan to have two thirds of the meal be veges to one third meat.  Be creative! There’s all kinds of ways to add veges to a dish…get the kids used to chunkier sauces, add veges to casseroles, etc.

Fifth, cut out the sugar!! Provide lots of fruit, ready to eat, for dessert instead of nutritionally worthless pastries, chips and snacks.  If you can’t leave the sugar out of your main dishes altogether, at least use a natural substitute like Truvia or Stevia.  But skip the baked products as much as possible.  I buy one back of chips for the week and one bottle of soda—we’re still in the weaning stage. When those are gone…they’re gone! Then I keep lots of fruit on hand.  We thought it was going to cost a lot, but surprise! When the fruit was there and the bread, cookies, chips, and soda were gone…they ate it…and forgot to complain!

Last, substitute GOOD CARBS for BAD CARBS in your main dishes and side dishes.  Oatmeal and Oat flower, Brown rice, Pearled barley, sweet potatoes and protein fortified pasta will not spike blood sugar levels nearly as much and won’t cause the cravings that normal pasta, white flour, rice, and white potatoes do.  Be aware..Gluten Free Pasta is HIGH on the glycemic index!

These are habits that we need to instill in our lives and the lives of our children. Yes it’s easier to just eat readily available quick cook precooked food…but the price we pay in terms of health and fitness for the rest of our lives is simply not worth the convenience and time saving. Make some time for you and your children’s health…it’s an investment that will pay off for life!

I’ll post Carol’s recipes this evening, but here’s my menu plan for this week….
Comin’ Homes  Menu Plan for May 25-31
  • Roasted turkey breast, roasted asparagus, Baked Sweet Potato
  • Chicken and Brown Rice Casserole, Sauteed Broccoli
  • Healthy Salisbury Steak, Baked Potato without fat, Basic Salad
  • Roasted Chicken with Mushroom Gravy, Roasted Veges
  • Lemon Pepper Halibut, Steamed Rice, Roasted Asparagus,
    Pumpkin Pie (1 small piece per person)

Sunday Dinners:
Roast Beef w/Roasted rosemary tossed whole greenbeans, new potatoes, and carrots
Skirt-Steak Fajitas with Sautéed Peppers and Onions  (go easy on the canola oil!)
(use corn tortillas instead of flour if allergic to wheat)

Photo Credits for most pictures: Photo

Happy Homemaking!