Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Hello my dear friends. I've been on the slippery slopes as far as taking care of myself, how I eat and how I get out and move. I could cop out and say I've been busy but that's not entirely true-well not anymore than usual.
When I went to Europe to see my family I knew I would be eating foods I learned to love when living there, not all of them necessarily good for me. But more than the what I ate, I started eating too much. When I got home the damage was not too bad, but I did not STOP the trend. I slowed it, but things got worse when Erik's caregiver quit to go to school. We of course were happy for Franklin, but the company did not have a back up for us. I probably blogged some of this. We were an entire month w/o help. Of course Erik's progress and mine slipped. I could not drive 42-45 miles every day to get him to transitional therapy and volunteering five days a week and get anything else done. Well one of the things that I didn't do well was plan what we were eating the days I did take him. Erik being a man and having a one track mind on food and beer wanted to stop for food everytime I took him-fast food. Of course I ate with him and I did not always make the wisest choices.
Along came our Student helper. Sarah is magnificent, she challenges Erik, and keeps after him to switch up his exercise. Good for her and for Erik and for me...well we are not eating fast foods 2-3 times a week. But the effects were registering. So I felt bad about myself. I made it through my birthday, my DIL's aunt & uncle's visit and some other things but I was not getting control. Then came my deceased hubby's birthday and that of my uncles-more bad choices to cope with my momentary depression which of course was harder because I was not getting enough exercise or eating properly.
Then came the candy! Oops, I bought a bag of peanut butter kisses, an old time favorite of mine. I thought I would share it, but my Erik, his older brother and his wife weren't a fan. So I ate the whole thing...I took a week, but still I ate the whole bag of candy while reading novels. Which means my friends more calories in and less calories out=more weight.
So I've been struggling to get back on some kind of track. I know I have to do this slowly, too much at once and I'll cave again. So I worked on logging in regularly and tried to track my food and water. The logging in and Trivia improved-day 19 today. The food and water tracking as well as having a minimum of freggies did not. I started and stopped, excuses galore my DIL's dad coming into town, a wedding to attend... well Now I'm on day 9 of tracking my food (not yet in calorie range-but tracked), my water-back on track there and my freggies-back on track there. I'm also trying to move more. I've shared with some that I do a lot of sitting work.
knitting and two unfinished ones.
Oh and that infernal paper work--- I HATE it, but I've got to do it and I'm 7 months behind and I will have to give a report to the courts on Erik's funds at the end of the year. I'm not good at this...see a portion of my mess . I am so unorganized and so hating paper work that I've made myself more stress by not doing small bits at a time.
So I'm going to get dressed now, go work in the yard-have to keep the HOA off my back, come in and do an hour of paper work while praying for divine help. Then I'll decide if I've earned the right to knitting club today.
So wish me well, say a prayer or just please continue to be a supportive friend.
love and prayers to all
Monday, September 08, 2014
I got a plea from the director of volunteers to make some more stuffed animals. Happily she had some cut out, but she gave me more fabric too. I, crazy person that I am, went to Hancock Fabrics and bought a few more pieces for variety only to come home and locate fabric I had left over from my last batches. I was looking for the patterns and oops more material. So I started my sewing frenzy.
At about the same time I realized we were having a September stash buster so I gathered yarn that I already had to make a few prayer shawls, our ministry meetings started up again Friday and I thought I'd get a jump start on everything. WELL, while I was buying fabric and one skein of Navy yarn for my SIL's shawl-to be finished at a later date, I found a variegated purple, lavender and green yarn I likes but had to get some lavender yarn because there were only 2 skeins left of the precious variegated in the store. I come home, realize I'm going to have to change my entry on stash buster's site but didn't get to it right away. Friday at the Prayer Shawl Ministry meeting there was a desperate plea by our leader for a pink and purple shawl for an 11 yr old who will be having a kidney transplant soon and a shades of blue one for her donor aunt.
Yep, you guessed it! I'm doing the purple and pink one for the little girl-I did say I could NOT do both of them. So Saturday I drug Erik to three stores looking for the perfect yarn because the variegated baby yarn they gave me was JUST NOT GOOD ENOUGH. So instead of using up yarn I bought more to use. Now I have three prayer shawls I started since September 1st and the red, white and blue one I started for my SIL at the end of July. Ooooh boy, I'm going to be the knitting fool this month oh and I have to remember to get caught up on Erik's financial report so I'm not freaking in December and the animals for the hospital, etc, etc, etc. Did I say I was going to be bored when I retired? Not hardly .
Have a blessed week, I'll come up for air later today or tomorrow morning.
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Good morning friends!
This week we had another guest, one of our deacons lost his wife and we invite him every so often to eat with us-well I invite him, Erik enjoys his visits.
So my dilemma was what to serve that is good for me and tasty for someone with different tastes. We had a pork roast (he told me almost everyone serves him chicken + it's something he's comfortable cooking), rice, green beans (from the garden) w/almonds, and a salad with tomatoes from the garden. Thankfully they were cherry tomatoes, he could pick around. The salad was red & green leafy lettuce mix w/ garbanzo beans, tomatoes and cucumbers-dressing choices on the side. I also had sunflower seed, black and green olive pieces for those who so desired. The pork loin was a half I had put in the freezer a few weeks ago, so I rolled it in coarsly ground pepper and garlic powder, put it in a high oven for 40 minutes then lowered the heat, poured on a 1/2 cup of apple juice and a little water and tented it-it had not completely thawed and I needed it done on time.
NOW FOR THE RECIPE -I found this in a Diabetic's recipe magazine for the Chicken roll-ups I made for FR. Eric. For this week I made 1 1/2 times the recipe and used it as a side.
Apple-Pecan brown rice!
1/2 cup apple juice (watch the sugar content)
1/2 c. instant brown rice (one half)
1/2 c finely chopped unpeeled apples
1/4 c chopped pecans ( toasted them in the oven before chopping this time)
3 TBSP of sliced green onions
Bring the apple juice to a boil. Add rice, cover, reduce heat and simmer 8-10 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Stir in apples, pecans and green onions and remove from heat.
Now you can use it as a stuffing for chicken roll-ups-maybe pork chops (I had 4 chicken breasts-pounded to 1/4 of an inch last week) or as a side with pork or chicken.
Hope you like it!
Eriks comment about dinner Tuesday night was EXCELLLENT! YES he drew it out, and repeated it as he ate more rice, green beans and pork roast. I love it when my son likes what I cooked and I had added NO SALT!
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Dinner was a success ! Thanks for the encouragement , I don't like fussing but I like to make a good meal. Funny because I'm frequently trying new recipes on my guests this time there were two new recipes. That's not usually wise but it insures that I'm extra careful in the preparations.
The dessert I chose was a Three-Berry Kuchen from my Motts applesauce cookbook. It had 1/4th of a cup of plain yogurt and two tablespoons of butter, the only milk products I used. It is made with egg whites and I adjusted the flour to be part all-purpose part whole wheat. Since I didn't have raspberries I used strawberries, blackberries and blueberries. We ate it warm, but Erik and I had a piece cold for breakfast and it tasted even better.
The salad was a SP salad except that I substituted Romaine for the spinach.
Father was not put off by apples & pecans in the rice stuffing, strawberries & almonds in the salad and the berries on the dessert. The roasted zucchini was not quite as browned as I would have liked but it was tasty with garlic powder and italian herbs. I made a note to better sear the chicken rolls, baste them with apple juice and upon Father's suggestion cover them with foil when they are in the oven-chicken was just a tad dry, which my Erik hates.
All and all both Erik & Eric were happy with their dinner and Father Eric even fixed Erik's closet door for us.
A side note about the two of them: They are both EJH, they are both fun loving characters, they are both born on the 17th of a month beginning with A..., Father Eric is 8 months older than Erik John.
Now to take Erik John for a new brace
Have a terrific Thursday.
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