Monday, April 30, 2012

Flower Cupcakes

I made these cupcakes for a bake sale at work. They are a fun easy activity that kids would love to help with. Just cut mini marshmallows in half diagonally so the form a flower petal shape. Place them in a baggie of colored sugar and shake. The sugar will stick to the cut side of the marshmallow. Arrange the petals on the cupcakes around a small round candy. Thats it they are done and so cute.

My Fitness Pal Week 3

This week i lost 0.8lbs so yay for a loss!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Breakfast Muffins

Breakfast Muffins
1 cup egg beaters
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup quick oats
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
5 frozen Banquet turkey sausage links, cut up
1/2 cup shredded carrot
1/2 cup shredded cheese
1/4 cup green onions

Spray muffin pans heavily with cooking spray, set aside. Preheat oven to 375F. In a medium bowl mix egg beaters and applesauce, set aside. In a large bowl mix, flour, oats, baking powder and salt. Add egg mix to dry ingredients stir until just mixed. Add in sausage, carrot, cheese and green onions.Bake 14 to 16 minutes or until tops are browned and lightly spring back when touched. Serve warm.

These are really good. Don't be scared off by the applesauce and carrots! I made 18 so mine are 65 calories each. 

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Broccoli Chicken Rollups

 I loved these. They are super quick and easy. They would be a perfect appetizer for a get together or party, or even great for a kids menu. They are less than 200 calories each when using light mayo and would probably be even less if you substitued mayo with plain yogurt.

Broccoli Chicken Rollups
1 c. chicken, cooked and chopped
1/2 c. carrots, finely chopped
1/2 c. broccoli, finely chopped
1/4 c. mayo
1 clove garlic minced
1/2 tsp dill weed
1 pkg refrigerated crescent roll dough

Mix first 6 ingredients together. On a baking sheet separate dough triangles. Place spoonful of filling in each triangle of dough. Roll up. Bake at 375F for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Fiesta Chicken Pie

Fiesta Chicken Pie (makes 2 pies)
2 pkgs refrigerated pie crust
1 jar (16oz) salsa
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 cup sour cream
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 pkg (24oz) frozen corn
2 cans (9.75oz each) chunk chicken, drained
1 can (15oz) black beans, drained and rinsed

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Bring pie crust to room temperature.

Mix salsa, soup, sour cream, cheese, corn, chicken and beans in large bowl.

Line 2 pie pans with one crust each. Divide filling amoung the pans and cover with remaining crust. Cut slits in the top to release steam. Line edges of pan with foil to prevent the crust from getting over done on the edges.

Bake 30 minutes, then remove foil and bake for a remaining 15 minutes or until crust is golden.


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Skillet BBQ Chicken

This recipe was a hit at our house. It took about 30 minutes to make so it's nice for a quick supper.

4 chicken breasts thawed
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp pepper
2/3c BBQ sauce
2/3c applesauce*
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp chili powder

Heat oil in a skillet. Sprinkle chicken breasts with pepper on both sides. Brown in skillet on both sides. In the meantime mix bbq sauce, applesauce, brown sugar and chili powder. Once chicken has browned on both sides, add sauce and cover. Continue cooking until chicken is done.

*The original recipe called for chunky applesauce, I didn't have that so I just used plain and it was really good. I think the chunky would have apple pieces in it, where the regular applesauce, just thickened the bbq sauce and made it a bit sweeter.

Monday, April 23, 2012

My Fitness Pal Week 2 Update!

This week I gained 1.6lbs :(  The only thing I can think of is that I didn't drink as much water this week. Technically I am still down from my starting weight so that's good, but I definitely do not want to gain  any more. I'm still loving the program and hoping that this weeks gain is just a balance because I lost so much last week.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Weight Loss Update!

So weight watchers isn't really working for me anymore. Andrew's family is doing My Fitness Pal and I thought I'd try it too. Our whole house is doing it and I've lost 6.7lbs the first week!!! It's pretty easy to follow, it's just a calorie counting program. I have an app on my phone that I can scan bar codes on food and it will show how many calories and makes it easy to add to my calorie diary. It helps that almost everyone I'm around is following the program too!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

2 Month Anniversary!

Today is Andrew and my 2 month anniversary. I thought it was the perfect time to share with you how we met.

I had been on eHarmony for a little over 3 years. I met someone right away and it ended up being a bad relationship, we broke up about a year later. Over the next two years I talked to a few guys here and there, but never actually met someone. Right before Christmas I started talking to a guy and met him for supper. Things were going well or so I thought until a few days before Christmas when he emailed and told me it wouldn't work out. About a week later another guy and I started talking and made plans to meet up. Everything was going well, then a few days before our date, he called and said it wasn't going to work out. I was pretty upset, this was the second time this had happened in 2 weeks! I decided then that I wasn't looking for anyone else and really wasn't interested in finding anybody.

My sister had convinced me to join christianmingle in early December. I hadn't really done anything at all with it. I got the emails everyday saying "here are your new matches" but I just deleted them. I wasn't really interested at all in finding anyone. One week in late January/early February christianmingle was mentioned to me by 3 different people (who didn't know I was on it), then I saw a commercial about it too. I thought "maybe someone is trying to tell me something" I decided to log on and see what it was about it.

I searched my matches and came across a few profiles I liked. I sent "smiles" which is like a hi to a few guys. One of them being Andrew. I also decided to go ahead and subscribe for a month, but didn't really expect anything to happen because of it. Later that night I got a christianmingle message from Andrew asking if I'd like to chat(IM) on christian mingle. We started chatting and 3 hours later realized we both only had a few hours to sleep before church, so we exchanged numbers and went to bed. The next day we spent the day texting each other and then finally talked on the phone that night. We ended up talking for another 3 hours. We continued to text and talk throughout the week and met the next Friday night. We hit it off immediately. Neither of us were even nervous on our date because we felt like we already knew each other. We were both about ready to give up on finding anyone and feel incredibly blessed that God brought each other into our lives. In the past two months we've gotten to know and love each other and our families. If I could create my perfect match, I wouldn't be able to make as good a match for me as Andrew is.

This is our first picture together, taken at our Valentine's Day celebration.

Sometimes the best things in life come when you least expect them!