Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
I'm not sure if it'll be his Halloween costume or not but he sure is cute!
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
When I showed him the picture he said "I'm not dirt." He thought I was so silly for having him stand in the scooper.
Monday, September 14, 2009
Monday - Chris may not be around for dinner but if he is I'll serve Chicken empanadas. These are great to freeze and only take 15-20 minutes to cook.
Tuesday - Dijon chicken (286 calories) with Easy Zucchini Parmesan (52 calories)
Wednesday - Slow cooker jambalaya (255 calories) with rice
Thursday - Garlic brown sugar chicken (187 calories) with Parmesan roasted broccoli
Friday - Pasta carbonara florentine (I've made this once before but I'm going to try it with turkey bacon this time to cut calories.)
Last night I had the urge to bake and to try something new. I had torn out a muffin recipe from Parents Magazine and tried it last night.
Zucchini and Orange Zest Muffins
1/2 cup softened butter
1 cup sugar
Zest of one orange
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup grated zucchini
1/2 cup small-dice drained canned pineapple
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp coarse salt.
Preheat oven to 365. Fit a 12 muffin tin with paper liners. With a whisk or a fork, cream butter, sugar and zest until fluffy. Set aside. Whisk together eggs and vanilla, and then slowly incorporate into butter mixture until well combined. Mix in zucchini and pineapple. In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt, then fold into the wet ingredients. Fill muffin cups halfway. Bake for 20 minutes or until the tops are golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Makes 12.
"As is" Calories - 178.9, 5.7 fat, 30.5 carbs, 2.8 protein
Baked using Splenda instead of sugar - 114.4 Calories, 5.7 fat, 16.3 carbs, 2.8 protein
The muffins turned out a little bit denser than I thought but I guess that's what happens when you bake with fruit and veggies. (It couldn't have been the cooks fault, right?) Anyway, the boys and I both liked them and had one for a bedtime snack and ate them again for breakfast this morning.
Make sure to check out http://www.orgjunkie.com/ for more great dinner ideas.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
First you rub your ribs (baby back pork ribs or whatever you like) with vegetable oil and then a rib rub on both sides. If you don't have a rub season with whatever you like - seasoning salt or garlic powder and onion powder.
Cut the rack into pieces between every 2-3 ribs. Put them in the crock pot with a little water - half an inch will do. Any fat will melt off and add to the liquid. Turn your crock pot on high and cook for about 6 hours (mine took a little less).I could smell mine cooking almost immediately! My mouth was watering all day just smelling those ribs.... When I checked them between 5 & 6 hours I found this:
They fell apart just pulling them out of the crock pot! We like barbecue sauce with ours so I heated some up in a pan to put on top. This was super easy. I can not wait to try something else in the crock pot!
To look for lots of crock pot ideas check out http://diningwithdebbie.blogspot.com/.
Monday, September 7, 2009
Last week hubby ended up being gone two nights so I didn't cook a big meal for just the boys and me. So, I've added those two meals back to this week.
Monday - leftover sandwich platter from party yesterday
Tuesday - Lemon chicken with angel hair pasta & artichokes (426 calories)
Wednesday - Crock pot ribs and fried potatoes
Thursday - Chicken chow mein (291 calories)
Friday - Orange-sesame pork chops (370 calories) with rice
For more great meal ideas go to orgjunkie.com.
Saturday, September 5, 2009
We didn't get to stay out terribly long because Zachary was so cold that he was shivering all over. The water has only been in the pool for a week so I think that it's colder than it might normally be. (Totally making that up but it sounded logical.) Plus today was overcast and I'm not sure we reached 90 degrees. Anyway, that happens to Zachary sometimes. I mean, when you have no body fat what do you expect?
Tomorrow we're having our first party and we'll get to try out the pool with a group. I just wish that we had some grass so the yard would be a little nicer looking. Oh well.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
And since I know you're curious about the pool.....The concrete is completely dry and the rails were installed. The pool cleaner guy came to sprinkle some liquid in it to help settle all the dirt and he's here now to start cleaning it. It's so bad this first time that he'll have to come back again tomorrow to clean a little more and to start adding the salt.