April Foodie Penpals.

This month was my first time to participate in a "food swap" called foodie penpals. You can read more about foodie pen pals here, and see how it got started, how to sign up, etc. I heard about it via a twitter friend, and went to The Lean Green Bean to sign up. I've also loved being a follower of Lindsay's blog now. She has some good recipes and great healthy living tips!

I discovered my food pen pals box on my porch Sunday afternoon (April 15). We had been out most of the day Saturday (which is when it was delivered), so it was an exciting surprise when I came across it that Sunday afternoon. I immediately went inside the house to open it and see what goodies I received! My box came to me in Oklahoma from Rebecca in Ohio. You can check out her blog here.

The first thing I saw when I opened my box was a small package from a pet bakery. She had written on there, "for puppy." I thought it was SO thoughtful and sweet of her to send something for Honey too. There were adorable doggie treats inside, and Honey has loved them all!

She sent me some great snacks! One of my new favorite things (I discovered not too long before getting her box) is the Justin's all natural chocolate hazelnut butter. She sent me some of that with all natural honey graham sticks. It goes great together! The hazelnut butter is also great with apples. I also got some berries & cherries nut crunch. It's 100% natural and fiber enriched... this stuff is YUMMY! I'm going to have to find some here. It's the perfect amount of sweet and salty.

Another thing in the box was black rice. I had never seen or heard of black rice before, but I'm anxious to try it. She placed sticky notes on everything with either something to pair it with, or how she likes to have it. She suggested the black rice with a raspberry vinaigrette and fruit, kind of like a salad. She sent oats for hot cereal and included a recipe for those, and also sent me a box of her favorite tea. 

So far everything I've tried I have liked! Rebecca was a GREAT first pen pal to have! She definitely set the standards high, and also gave me some ideas for the box I send next month. Thank you Rebecca for all my goodies! I have enjoyed everything, and appreciate all your thoughtfulness. Honey said thanks for her treats too! 

I sent a penpal box to Lauren in MA.You can check her blog out here. I sent her a few of my favorite things, and I hope she enjoyed them. I really enjoyed participating with foodie penpals, and I plan to stay with it for a while. It's a fun way to connect, and who doesn't love getting a box of surprises??! until next time.



This past month I have fallen off the wagon. I feel so blah too... I'm not sure why I've fallen off, except for the fact that I got lazy and then lost my motivation. We've been busy, but that's just an excuse. I missed bootcamp more than I ever have... I think I went only 4, maybe 5 of the 12 sessions for April. 

I've had some co-workers do cleanse from the book Clean, and have great results so I decided I was going to look into it. I have been eating terrible, and my sugar cravings are horrible. I also feel like I can't concentrate most of the time, so those were my motivating factors to look into it. I'm currently reading the book, and it is very interesting...

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I'm hoping the cleanse will help me kick my sugar and caffeine cravings, shed a few pounds, help me focus and make me feel rejuvenized! I'm looking forward to starting, and seeing the effects. I know it'll be a challenge, but I'm up for it. I'm also planning to get back with my routine, and be dedicated to bootcamp next month. I feel SO. much. better. when I just get up and go. I've got to get my motivation back, and I'm the only one who can motivate me. until next time. XO


thoughts for thursday...

lately, i've  noticed a lot of drama posted on facebook (which facebook is not the place for some things, but that's a while other blog post in itself), and heard about some unfortunate tragedies that have taken young lives too soon. all of this has got me to thinking, and also asking myself some questions about life...

everyone knows, we have no guarantee for tomorrow. of course, we live our lives as if we will only die when we're old or if we become ill... but the truth of the matter is we could easily day today. this morning, one of my devotionals read " ...today is a whole day for you to do good. What you do today is important because you are exchanging a whole day of your life for it. When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever; and in its place will be something that you had left behind... let it be something good."  the more i've thought about this, the more it makes sense. we are given TODAY. today, the present... it's a gift. we need make the most of today and do good. we cannot get back today once it's gone... when today passes, it is gone forever. so instead of fighting over silly things, holding grudges and building anger... why can't we all just strive to do good?  
i know for me, this is something i've been trying to get better about. i often tend to get my feelings hurt over silly things, and get upset. instead of putting that energy towards being upset, i'm trying to get better about letting things roll off my shoulders and being quick to forgive. we're all only human, so we will all mess up and make mistakes. if we didn't make mistakes, we'd never learn. some of the greatest life lessons we learn come from our mistakes. so today, instead of putting your energy towards something negative... try to put it towards something good. if you were gone tomorrow, how would you want people to remember you? your actions always speak louder than your words.... until next time. xo 


fiesta veggie dip.

This was something I experimented with over the weekend while Clete was out golfing. I was prepping dinners for this week, and decided to try something new. It turned out oh so good, and is excellent with veggies!

fiesta veggie dip.
+ 6 oz fat free plain Greek yogurt
+ 1/4 cup light sour cream
+ 1 packet of fiesta ranch dip mix
Put all ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir until blended well. Enjoy with veggies, crackers or chips.

If I would have had a little more Greek yogurt, then I may not have used the sour cream at all. The next time I make it, I'll do 12 oz fat free Greek yogurt and mix the ranch seasoning. I was low on Greek yogurt and only had 6oz when I put this together. I didn't get a pic of this one, oops! I guess about 1/4 cup of the dip is around 1 PPV. I like it with carrots and celery sticks for a nice filling and healthy snack. Enjoy! until next time. XO

Happy Birthday Hubs!

On April 23, 1987....an 8 lbs, 7oz baby boy came into this world. His name, Clete Thomas-Wayne Griffith. I am so thankful that Clete was brought into this big world. I was 28 days old when he was born, and no one knew at that time we'd grow up not too far from each other, never being friends... but 24 years later being partners for life, best friends and living our happily ever after together.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! I hope you have a great day, and that 25 is the best year yet! I am looking forward to what this next year brings our way. I thank God everyday for putting you on this Earth, and for sending you to me. I am proud to be your wife, and I am grateful you're my best friend. I look forward to celebrating many more birthdays with you, as we grow old and gray together. Have a happy happy day!! I love you to the moon and back mr. g! XOXO 


celebrating the mr.

Clete turns 25 tomorrow! Yes I'm older, but only by 28 days. We celebrated his birthday with friends Friday evening. It was early, but the best time for us all to get together. We started the evening with dinner at Iron Starr. I bought some balloons for the table and a birthday cake for us all to celebrate. After we finished up dinner, we went out for a bit and ended the night in Norman at Riverwind. I left with $200 more than I came with, so I didn't complain too much. We got home around 4AM, so we slept in yesterday.

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Once we finally got out of bed Saturday, we got around and went to run errands for the day. Clete received several birthday cards in the mail, so after having lunch we went to get him a new set of golf clubs. He has been wanting some for quite some time, so we agreed that he'd put his birthday money toward a new set, then I'd pay the difference and that's be his birthday and anniversary gifts from me. After trying a few sets out, and debating on which bag to get... we finally left the golf store with him a brand new set of irons and a new golf bag. He was so excited and on cloud 9! He's already putting them to use this morning out on the course.

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We had a great time with our friends Friday night, and a lovely Saturday together yesterday. It was a good time celebrating Clete turning 25! until next time. XO


Happy 50th Birthday MOM!!!

Happy Happy Birthday to my beautiful Mom, Mary Kay! As of today, she's been in this world for 50 years... but she makes 50 look fabulous! I am so blessed to call her my mom. She's not only been my mother but also my role model, a mentor, a cheerleader and a great friend. She is the rock of our family, and I hope one day when I have a family of my own I can be half as good of mother as she is. We are very blessed!

HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! Enjoy your day! I hope 50 is a phenomenal year for you!! Have a great birthday trip in the Bahamas! Think of us while you're on the beach. ;)  Thank you for all you do. You truly are FABULOUS! Love you! XOXO


oven fried zucchini with mk's zucchini sauce.

Who doesn't love fried zucchini? Growing up in Muskogee, there is a local restaurant that used to be one of the best places to eat in town. They had awesome fried zucchini, so I always compare to that. Every time we'd go there to eat, we always got it for an appetizer. My mom (MK) always made a this special sauce (sour cream and ketchup... don't knock it until you try it.) that we dipped it in, and it was so yummy! mmmm...
It's no secret that fried foods are not good for us... and let's get honest with ourselves, sour cream isn't the healthiest of things either. So I decided to take on making a healthier version of the two things. It was an experiment, but it turned out pretty good! I need to make a few modifications to the zucchini next time.

oven fried zucchini.
+ 2 large zucchini
+ 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
+ 1/2 packet dry ranch seasoning
+ dash of salt and pepper
+ 1 Tbs olive oil (I'll use something different next time because EVOO is too heavy to get the zucchini crispy.)
1. Slice zucchini into thin slices.
2. Combine breadcrumbs and dry ranch seasoning in a medium mixing bowl.
3. In another mixing bowl, combine olive oil, zucchini slices, salt and pepper. Making sure each zucchini slice gets coated with a little olive oil.
4. Dip each slice of zucchini in the breadcrumb mixture, coating each side.
5. Place onto baking sheet and bake on 350 for 30 minutes.

MK's zucchini sauce.
+ 6 oz fat free Greek yogurt (I prefer 0% Chobani)
+ 1/4 cup ketchup (I prefer Heinz)
Combine two ingredients in a small bowl and mix together until blended.

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The sauce turned out GREAT! I am convinced that 98% of the time Greek yogurt can take the place of sour cream. The zucchini however, wasn't as good as I hoped. Since I used olive oil, by the time I got the actual zucchini crispy the breadcrumbs were a little too done. Next time, I'll use PAM or cooking spray instead of olive oil. Thanks Tracey for that tip! (: It was definitely an experiment, and for the most part it turned out well. I now know how to better improve it for next time I make it. until next time. XO

Happy Anniversary!

Happy 27th wedding Anniversary to my in-laws, The Griffiths! 27 years is a long time together... but we wish you another 27 and more! True love stands the test of time, and can truly conquer anything life throws in it's way. "For better or worse, in sickness and in health..." Thank you for living out the words in the vows you took on this day 27 years ago. Clete and I feel extremely blessed to both have parents that are still married after all these years together. Happy Anniversary! We hope you have many more great years together! xoxo


grilled tequila citrus chicken.

This is another recipe from the "Best Darn Food Ever" Weight Watchers cookbook. Have I mentioned I am loving that cookbook? Well, I am! We had this for dinner last night and it had a nice flavor. Clete cooked it on the grill, and then I served wild rice with it.

tequila citrus chicken.
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6 ppv for chicken breast
+ 1/4 cup lime juice
+ 1/4 cup orange juice (I used a little more orange juice)
+ 1/4 cup tequila (1 of the small airplane size bottles is perfect!)
+ 1 small jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
+ 2 garlic cloves, minced
+ 1 Tbs canola oil
+ 1/2 tsp salt & pepper
+ 4 skinless chicken breasts
1. Combine all ingredients in a large ziploc plastic bag, then add chicken. Seal bag and turn to coat chicken. Refrigerate a minimum of 20 minutes. (I let ours set all day while we were at work.)
2. Remove chicken from mixture, and grill until chicken is cooked through.

ENJOY!  This is a great chicken dish for spring and summer, the perfect time for grilling. It would also go nicely with grilled veggies or even on a salad.  We'll definitely have it again. until next time. XO


no weigh wednesday.

I was way too busy today at the office to sneak out to my weight watchers meeting, so I have no weigh in to report this week.

On a different note, I had a yummy lunch today while sitting at my desk! I made a pesto spinach pizza. A flat out multi-grain wrap, 1 Tbs pesto, fresh spinach and 1/3 cup low fat mozzarella cheese.  I put it all together, and baked on 350 for about 5 minutes. I also had some fresh pineapple to with it as my dessert. It was something different, and also pretty tasty!



new find.

i came across this chocolate hazelnut butter on one of my recent grocery store visits. t can be found at most grocery stores... because i've now seen it multiple places. it's similar tasting to nutella, but it's all-natural and lower in sugar. the thing I like best about it... you can buy it in individual serving packets which is great for portion control. one individual packet is 5 ppv. so not too bad for a yummy chocolate treat! it goes great with apples, or even with graham crackers. just sharing since it's something i'm a fan of. until next time. XO

storm watcher.

We had a round of Oklahoma storms come through Friday late afternoon/early evening. Clete had Honey on storm watch at home (pic above)... I was working at an event, and luckily it didn't ever get too bad in our area. Everyone was safe, and we're thankful to have been out of the path this time.

until next time. XO


weigh in wednesday.

It's Wednesday.... weigh in day. I weighed in today at my weight watchers meeting and lost -1.4 lbs this week! The scale is moving along in the right direction. Just a few lbs away from my next milestone... hoping to hit it very soon. until next time. XO

10 months.

When I think back to this time last year, I had just had two wedding showers and my evenings consisted of writing thank you notes and getting last minute wedding details settled up. It was also very close to invitation time, so I was anxiously awaiting the phone call from Paper'n More they had arrived. So many things are different this year, than last. Our evenings now consist of dinner, doing around the house, playing with Honey and watching tv... mostly watching the clock tick until it's time for bed. Ah, the married life!

Today marks 10 months since we said our "I do's". It's crazy how the time has flown by! In just two months, we'll be celebrating our 1 year anniversary of officially being "The Griffith's". The past 10 months have been everything I've ever imagined it would be. It's great waking up to your best friend, having them by your side through every day life, and falling asleep next to them at night. You learn to do life as a team once you're married, and you quickly find out that it is no longer just all about yourself. You both have to give and take some, and figure out where the happy medium is. It's been a fun and exciting ride so far, with just a few bumps in the road... but little bumps come with any journey we venture on in life. I wouldn't trade any day of it...marriage has been great this far!


Being your wife for the last 10 months has been an honor, even on the days you drive me crazy! ;) I look forward to many more days, months and years spent with you! I am blessed to have found my prince charming, and to be able to share life with my best friend. I love you to the moon & back mr! XOXO


honey mustard chicken.

I came across this recipe on my boot camp's facebook page, and after looking at it I knew it was a must try. It sounded tasty! I just so happened to thaw out some chicken breast in plans for dinner. After looking over the ingredients and seeing I had everything I needed to make it, I knew this was going to be on our menu. Since it's just Clete and I at our house (and we are not big on leftovers... or I'm not), I took the original recipe and cut it down to 2 servings. You can click here for the original recipe that yields 6 servings if you have a family to feed. Here's how I modified the recipe to make it a good fit for two.
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baked honey mustard chicken
servings: 2 (7 ppv- calculated in weight watchers recipe builder)

  • 2 chicken breasts (around 4-5oz)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup mustard
  • 1/2 tsp. dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • pinch of dried parsley

Preheat oven to 350*.
Sprinkle chicken breasts with salt and pepper to taste, and place in a lightly greased baking dish. In a small mixing bowl, combine all other ingredients. Mix together well. Pour half of this mixture over the chicken, and brush to cover.
Bake in oven for 25 minutes. Turn chicken over and coat with remaining 1/2 of mustard mixture. Bake for an additional 15-20 minutes, until chicken is no longer pink. Let cool before serving.

It was delicious! This is one of my favorite chicken recipes that I've made. When Clete took his first bite he said, "mmm" and I knew it was a success when he said that! I served the chicken breast with a sweet potato for our dinner this evening. It was yummy and I'll definitely make this again very soon. Thanks Melissa for sharing this recipe on the SP facebook page. ENJOY! until next time. XO


baked beans.

Summer is just around the corner. Along with summer comes cook-outs and BBQ's. What better side dish for this time of year besides baked beans? I found this recipe in my newest weight watchers cookbook, Best Darn Food Ever. Little did I know that baked beans from scratch were such hard work! Next time, I think I'll just use canned beans and then add the other ingredients to them. It would be WAY easier than using raw beans. For my very first time ever cooking with raw beans they turned out well, and everyone that ate the seemed to like them. Here's the recipe:

Boston Baked Beans with Spicy Brown Mustard.
serving size: 1/2 cup (4 points+ per serving)
+ 1 pound navy or great northern beans
+ 8 slices turkey bacon
+ 1/2 onion, chopped
+ 3 cups water
+ 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
+ 1/2 cup ketchup (I used closer to 1 cup)
+ 3 Tbs light molasses (I used honey)
+ 1/4 cup spicy brown mustard
+ 1 Tsp black pepper
To soak beans, combine them with enough water to cover by about 2 inches in a sauce pan, bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer a few minutes. Remove from heat, let stand covered for 1 hour.
Drain beans and return to saucepan. Add water to cover beans by about 3 inches and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until beans are tender, about 40 minutes. Drain.
Preheat oven to 350*
Chop 4 slices of bacon. Combine all other ingredients with beans and mix together well. Place 4 slices of bacon on top of bean mixture. Bake until sauce is thickened and beans are tender. About 2 hours.

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We had them as a side with grilled hamburgers. They'd go well with just about anything from the grill. I will make them again with some modifications. I now know what to expect, and what I need to do to make them better next time around. I'm still learning. ;) ENJOY! until next time. XO

Happy Easter!

He is RISEN! The celebration of Easter is our Risen savior. I'm so grateful that Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice, and paid the price of our sins on his cross. I hope that you have all not only celebrated Easter with traditions, the bunny, eggs, and a special meal... but that you have also celebrated the resurrection of our Savior.  

My parents came to our house yesterday evening. We had planned to go to church today some good family friends, so Clete and I decided to attend a service at our church yesterday afternoon. AMAZING. It was the most incredible Easter service I can ever remember attending. The worship was incredible and the message Pastor Craig shared was great! The message was titled, "Why do bad things happened to good people?" You can watch it hereHe said two things that really stuck out to me. He tied the message into Easter by sharing, "Something bad only happened to someone good once. His name is Jesus and he volunteered for it!" The other thing he mentioned that really stuck out to me and I hope to always remember when I'm going through one of life's trials, "It may be Friday, but Sunday is coming!" We all go through things in life that we wouldn't choose to go through, but everything we go through helps make our story. I'm thankful to have a living Savior! One who was thinking of you and me when he was hanging on that cross.

After church we came home and my parents had arrived. They had Easter goodies for us all. Yes, we're grown and still get goodies from the Easter bunny. We hung out around our house, and cooked out for dinner. We had burgers, baked beans, and my mom's famous seven layer dip. It was all great! 

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Honey got a new pink bone, and some balls to play fetch with from her Queenie & Poppy. Clete got golf balls and a chocolate bunny from my parents, and then I got him some of his favorite Easter candies. My sister and I both got the new Pioneer Woman cookbook and an "Okie from Muskogee" shirt. The Easter bunny was good to us all! Honey also got a basket full of stuff from us, and her Aunt KK. She got treats, balls for fetch, a donut toy, a stuffed bunny and a bone. Can you tell who gets all the attention? She's so spoiled! I cannot imagine what it's going to be like once we have real babies. 

We got up and met the Stacy's at their church this morning for Easter service. After church, we went to their house for Easter dinner. Cindy cooked a prime rib, caesar salad, mashed potatoes and homemade rolls. My mom made green bean bundles, and her and I made a dessert together last night. Everything was wonderful! It was a great Easter dinner. We are blessed to have such wonderful family friends to share special occasions with. 

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*the table set for dinner. beautiful!

It has been a great Easter weekend! We celebrated our Risen savior, got some Easter goodies from the bunny and spent some quality time with family and friends. Thankfully, I'm feeling much better since Friday. I still have a stuffy head, but hopefully it'll be gone soon since I am not finished with my meds. I hope you and yours had a beautiful Easter weekend too! until next time. XO

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our little family.
Easter 2012


cheerio treats.

I was strolling through Target yesterday getting a few groceries while I was waiting on my meds and happened to see a variety of new flavored marshmallows. They had several different flavors, but the ones that stuck out to me the most were the chocolate ones. I'm not a big fan of marshmallows alone, but I do like things with marshmallow in them. Rice Krispie treats are on my list of my favorite things, and my MIL makes the best ones. After passing by, I started thinking about what I could do with the marshmallows... after a little thought of what was at home in the pantry I came up with something, so I went back and grabbed a bag. This is what I came up with, and it's an original from yours truly! ;)

chocolate peanut butter cheerio treats.
servings: 9-12 (depending on how small you cut them.)
+ 3 cups multi-grain peanut butter cheerios
+ 1 bag chocolate marshmallows
+ 2 Tbs light butter
Place butter in saucepan on stove and begin to melt, coating the pan. Pour in bag of chocolate marshmallows and stir until completely melted. After marshmallows are melted, stir in the cheerios. Pour mixture in to glass baking dish and spread out evenly. Let sit about 10 minutes, then cut and serve.

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These were super easy, and turned out yummy! Clete came home from the golf course and sampled them...  he went back for seconds! The taste of the peanut butter cheerios was a little more dominate than the chocolate, but combining the two things (chocolate and peanut butter always go good together) was a tasty treat! It wasn't too sweet, but sweet enough to fix a sweet tooth. I didn't plug in to weight watchers points+ calculator yet, but I'd guess they're around 2-3 ppv per serving. You could do this with a variety of different flavors... basically you can just mix your favorite cereal with marshmallow. It's a quick and easy treat! ENJOY! until next time. XO


date night.

Life has been busy. Last week, I felt like I barely saw my husband from Thursday-Sunday. This week it's been much slower and more of our normal routine. We rarely have a true date night (him + me, dinner & a movie), but this one was much over due. I don't even remember the last date we went on just the two of us.
A few weeks ago I bought tickets for Clete and I to go see Titanic in IMAX 3D at the Moore Warren Theatre. Titanic is one of Clete's favorite movies, so when he saw that it was coming out in 3D he said we'd be going to see it. To be a good wife, I got online and got us tickets to surprise him. (I surprised him after I bought the tickets, so he knew about the date ahead of time.) We had never been to the Warren to see a movie, so I thought it'd be a good place to go for date night.
We went on Thursday evening because we will have company this weekend, and when I planned it I wasn't for sure which day my parents were coming. It ended up working out great though... Clete came to my office to meet me after work and we headed down to Moore. We had dinner at a new restaurant down that way, Hollie's Flatiron Steakhouse, and then ventured to the movie theater. The movie was good, but it was so. LONG. Of course, I knew this going in but the last 20 minutes seemed to drag on forever. It was a good date night. We got home a little after midnight and went straight to bed. It was way past our bedtime for a work night. ha!

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This morning, I woke up feeling like pooh. :( sore throat, ears hurt, body aches... yuck. I went to the urgent care to get some meds, and hopefully I'll be feeling better before my parents get here tomorrow afternoon. We have Easter plans with them and some good family friends, so I need to be well. until next time. XO


pulled pork tacos.

This recipe I got from another blog that has awesome, weight watcher friendly recipes! www.emilybites.com is a great place to find yummy recipes that are calorie friendly! The original recipe can be found by clicking here. This is the second time we've had it, and again it was an "A" at our house. Of course, as I always do I had to change it up just a little, but nothing too crazy. (; I LOVE that this is a crockpot recipe! I can throw it in before heading to office in the morning and once I'm home dinner is almost ready. Most things in the crockpot make it to my "cook again" list because I love using it to cook. It makes dinner so much easier for a working wife like myself... once I come home I just have a few minor things to do and then dinner is ready. Easy, quick & simple... my cooking motto. Here's the recipe:

pulled pork tacos.
yields 4 servings (2 tacos) at 7 points+ per serving
+ 1 lb lean pork tenderloin
15 oz can tomato sauce
+ 1 Tbs chili powder
+ 1 Tbs ground cumin
+ 1 1/2 Tbs brown sugar
+ 1 tsp crushed red pepper
+ 2 Tbs minced garlic

+ dash of salt
+ 8 corn tortillas
Trim tenderloin visible of all fat and place in crockpot. Combine tomato sauce and all spices in bowl mixing them together well. Once mixed, pour sauce mixture over tenderloin. Turn crockpot on low and cook for 8-9 hours.
Once pork is cooked, shred with two forks and mix with sauce again. 1 serving yields 3/4 cup of meat mixture. (The pork alone has a PPV of 4 per serving.) After placing in tortillas, top with lettuce, salsa and whatever else you prefer on your tacos. ENJOY!

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I also made guacamole that we had with ours. (1/4 cup adds 2 ppv) This is the second time I've done this recipe, and again we enjoyed it. A little spicy, but yummy! If you aren't into spicy, I'd say take out the pepper to cool them down a little. bon appetit! until next time. XO

no weigh wednesday.

I mentioned in my post yesterday evening that I more than likely would not be weighing in today. YEP, no weigh in for me today. I know I'm up after a week of eating not so great... and then I missed boot camp Monday and it was cancelled yesterday due to the weather, so I didn't workout as much either. I will get myself back on track this week and face the scale next week.

This evening we're having mexican food for dinner. I've already got the pork in the crockpot for the pulled pork tacos, and I'll also be making my guacamole to go with them. I've made them before (it's been a while), but didn't post the recipe so I'll be sure to post this time around. That's all for now. until next time. XO


meatloaf cupcakes.

My goal for this week is to be better about cooking at home. Having a crazy, busy schedule last week put cooking at home on the back burner and made eating out more appealing. So, we ate out. I know it'll show on the scale tomorrow... ugh! I will probably just use my no weigh pass and aim to do better this week.

This evening, I made meatloaf cupcakes. I got the idea from Pinterest, and I have been wanting to make these for a while. When we were in Muskogee a few weeks ago, I got a tip and icing bag from my mother in-law so I'd have everything I needed to make these. She's into making cupcakes, so she has tons of that stuff. The recipe was pretty simple... For the "cake" I followed the meatloaf recipe I always use that came from a friend of my mom's in a recipe swap. Click here for the meatloaf recipe. For the "icing" I used garlic mashed potatoes. I cheated and bought the ones that are pre-made and you just heat in microwave. I bought the Country Crock brand, and I usually find them in the refrigerated section at super Target. I am not a huge mashed potato fan but Clete loves them. I buy these potatoes for him and sometimes when I work events at night he'll have a tub of mashed potatoes for dinner ha!... so I went with these because I know they taste good, and they're easy!

You prepare the meatloaf as you normally would (follow recipe), but instead of putting into a loaf pan before baking, you just divide up in a cupcake pan. I got 9 cupcakes filled with my meatloaf recipe. Bake the meatloaf until done. It takes less time to cook than normal because it's divided up into smaller portions. I baked for about 20-25 minutes. After they're cooked, let them cool and then top with the mashed potatoes before serving.
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These were definitely a hit at our house! Clete's words were, "This is one this is one of the top two  best things you've ever cooked." So I'll be adding them to my list of favorites!  And yes, they were very  easy. NOTHING I ever cook is too complicated. I like it to be simple when it comes to working in the kitchen. I think these would be great for kiddos. You could tell them they get cupcakes for dinner! (:

I put the nutritional information into the Weight Watchers online recipe builder and calculator to figure out the points+. I came up with a points+ value of around 5 per cupcake. I got 9 cupcakes out of my meatloaf recipe, and then I divided the mashed potatoes as evenly as I could among the cupcakes. I did have some potatoes left over ... I had two cupcakes and that was plenty for me. I also served green beans (0 points+) as a side to complete the meal.

These will definitively be made again at our house. It makes me happy when my hubby loves the dinner I make. Hope if you try them, they're a hit at your house too! ENJOY! until next time. XOXO


April Goals.

I feel like I haven't written a post in forever. I have been on the go nonstop since Thursday, and I'm beginning to feel like a zombie. It's hard to believe that it's already April... before we know it this year will be half way gone. With April here, it's time to set some new goals for myself. I missed our first session of boot camp this month today... I am exhausted and know that I needed the extra two hours of sleep this morning. I will be at it tomorrow for sure. I hope to see the scale keep moving down this month, and to stay with boot camp. I've got around 10 lbs to go... and I'm wanting to be there by June. I think I can do it! I can. I Can. I CAN. I also am hoping I can get Clete to start walking and jogging with me in the evenings again. I think the extra cardio would help boost my losing, and it'd be good for us both! I also will continue to cook at home more, and try to cut back on sugar. I'm wanting to try and eat more "clean." I just know it's better, and cutting out processed things and sugar will help me see better results on the scale too. This is a summary of what I'm aiming for in April. I'm trying to be patient and keep working to see the results I want to see. It's been a slow process, but it is working. Patience is a BIG key player in the WLJ... but you have to just keep going. "Good things happen to those who wait!"  until next time. XOXO

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