Okay, here's my first try at a quick post! We'll see how fast I am. It is now 10:11pm here in the Central Time Zone, we'll compare that to the actual time this thing posts and see how well I did!
I did manage to cook two meals today. Yea! I made pancakes from scratch for breakfast this morning. I added instant potato flakes to the batter and they were so filling that I could only eat two of them myself and each of the kids could only manage one. So, I put the remaining batter in the fridge and voila, breakfast tomorrow is already taken care of!
For supper I made pasta with smoked chicken and tomato sauce. Since I can't eat smoked meats or regular spaghetti sauce on my diet, I had to use my crockpot barbecued chicken and I had to make my own sauce. Yes, everyone else could have eaten my kind, but they don't like it as well without the salt, and I have a bunch of smoked chicken and sausage left over from the graduation party in Magnolia last month that needs to be used. We used the Seal-a-Meal and vacuum sealed it all so it will be good for a while yet, but with the wedding cake coming up next week, I need the freezer/fridge room to store cake! Making a separate sauce is not a big deal and the chicken was already made, so not as big of a pain as making two separate meals like I have had to do on many previous occasions.
I also managed to get out and walk/jog tonight!!! I put on my "Mio" heart monitor/watch and took off after I had everyone fed. I was determined to walk enough to burn 500 calories so I could come home and have a bowl of that "Island Bread Pudding" I mentioned in the previous post. I'm on a mission to lose a pound a week and the program I am on regulates the number of calories I can have in a day and still lose that pound each week. If I stay on course, I will be down to "fighting weight" in 12-15 weeks. I'll keep you posted...unless I fail miserably, in which case I'll drop the subject entirely and not bring it up again. :)
Finally, I returned from my hour and a half walk, (that's how long it took to reach 500 calories burned--I'm so glad my MP3 player holds 900+ songs, or I would have never made it!) I loaded the dishwasher and washed all the pots and pans from dinner and shined my sink! The Flylady would be so proud!!
So all-in-all it was a pretty successful day. We got some housecleaning and some de-cluttering done although we have a l-o-n-g way to go on that front. The one thing that kind of fell through the cracks was schoolwork. We didn't get everything done that needed to be done today. Maybe I'll crack the whip and make them do it tomorrow. Perhaps losing free time on a Saturday will help them to step it up a little during the week. Of course, then I, lose free time on Saturday as well...sigh.
Okay, so that's it for today. I've gotten all of my ramblings and updates out of my system. It probably would have been more interesting with pictures and such, but I just didn't take the time to snap any. Maybe when I get caught up around here a bit, I'll be able to post recipes and step by step photos ala Barb. I wish I could get her to bite me and see if her DNA would merge with mine kinda like Peter Parker being bit by that radioactive spider...do you think it would work? I'd sure give it a try!
Good night everyone, and thanks for stopping by.