Monday, November 12, 2012

Crockpot <3

In an effort to make sure all my meals are good ones this week, I busted my butt in the kitchen. I made black beans; white beans; pumpkin muffins; brown rice; chicken soup with veg, beans, and rice; steel cut oats with apples and raisins; cherry Jello; and last but not least a big ole turkey breast.
This spice mix made delicious and super hot meatballs.
The animals were  very happy when the turkey was done.
Soup in progress.
Finished soup!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

70 degrees in November!

Mackie the Wonder Dog and I went for a stroll. I can tell we haven't been exercising, there was some effort being heaved out on our hilly walk! Thanks to Girls on the Run for the inspirational sidewalk chalk messages. :)

Friday, November 9, 2012


Tomorrow there will be delicious things crafted with beans. Magically delicious beans. I'm thinking cumin, curry, onion... Maybe something a little Indian in celebration of Diwali.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

The Office of Good Deeds

I run this project called The Office of Good Deeds - St. Louis and today we got together for the semi-annual Charity Stitch event and made hats, booties, and tiny things for the babies at Nurses for Newborns a local nonprofit that provides assistance to families in need. It's a really feel good kind of day. My pal Autumn owns a cool shop on South Grand called The Upcycle Exchange and she was kind enough to host us today. Smooches to Autumn.

50+ hats, 3 sweaters, 2 sets of booties, and 2 washcloths!

Food report: Today was pretty much a fail. Potluck proved to be tricky. I didn't eat as much as I wanted to, but I'm feeling like a bit of a bottomless pit, so I'm not sure that's saying much. Better luck tomorrow.

UPDATE: The Office of Good Deeds now has a blog!

Saturday, November 3, 2012


Mimi has nothing to do with dieting at all, she's my new foster kitty. I am smitten with this kitten! Mimi a little one-eyed love bug.

Food today was erratic. I need to figure out a way to plan for on-the-go days. I had a breakfast sandwich and hashbrowns from a fast food joint for breakfast then nothing for hours and hours. I went to a party and ate some snacky crap and cake since I was starved. Then afterwards I finally fed myself some soup. Even though the food was pretty poor quality, the calories were probably not outrageous. It definitely could have been worse. Tomorrow is going to be another goofy day. Hmmm. Maybe I need to figure out one day a week to do meal planning or something. 

Anyway, daily victories - I actually ate way less than I wanted to at the party. I excercised some restraint and didn't go for seconds on cake.  Last night, same thing. I went to an art opening and there was lots of crappy food. I told the cookies no and walked away from them. Not an easy feat for a girl with a big ole sweet tooth. 

My eyes want to close. Hugs and smooches to you all. What's new in your world?

Friday, November 2, 2012

Beginning Again...Turkey Day Challenge

Time got away from me again and in the mean time I managed to regain 3 pounds and eat way too many cookies. I'm doing a new challenge and part of it suggests that we record our daily victories. I'm going to try to put something down on "paper" daily here since the once in a while posting schedule is clearly not working. I need structure. 

Yesterday: I did great all day, but it sort of fell apart at dinner. I met some friends for Vietnamese food, which was delicious, but I have no idea what the caloric count looked like. Probably not too awful, but there was some white rice involved. Afterwards there was a mocha latte and a piece of key lime pie. That was not so much on track. On the upside, nary a piece of Halloween candy touched my lips -- that feels like a big deal. Today will be better, for sure!

This morning so far: Oatmeal with dried apples, a low fat mozzerella cheese stick, and I've been nibbling on grapes off and on. For lunch there is soup and salad. Dinner will be something light, not sure what exactly yet. I'm going to stay on plan today. Promise. 

Miss you all!