Week In Review~10/26/15

Another Week…Another Week in Review hostessed by the lovely Meg at Clean Eats, Fast Feets.  I was all organized last week and had things planned out for my review.  This week I’m flying by the seat of my pants trying to remember what the Heck I did with SEVEN DAYS!  Guess we’ll Both find out!!

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1. My Gym time was cut short this week.  I worked out 3 times as opposed to 5 last week.  As much as I enjoy the gym and I know the benefits I get from it, some days life gets in the way and I just don’t get there.  Next week will be tricky too because we’re going to be away, but I’m going to try to do my best to get activity in even though I’m not at the gym.  I’m in control of my activity level and I need to make the most of it.  A friend of mine started a FitBit challenge last week and it’s great to be competing against others.  It makes you keep going.  I’m going to suggest we do it again this week!

2. For many years I’ve been collecting antique dresses.  I haven’t done much with them over the last 10 or 15 years.  They sat in storage boxes.  About a year ago I had contacted someone who buys and sells antique clothing.  I wasn’t ready to get rid of them at the time but this week, I decided it was time.

Dresses No. 5

I took photos of all of them (believe me, this is just a few!) and sent the info to the lady interested in buying them.  Hopefully in the next few weeks I’ll have them all packed up and shipped off to her.  As I said on Instagram, it’s like parting with an important piece of my youth.  But I’m doing this to raise money for our move to New Mexico.  To me it’s worth it.  I’m trying to sell anything I can.  Next is my pottery collection!

3. I’ve been doing a lot of reading.  Started and finished Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter.

Really enjoyed this.  It was one of those books that starts slowly but once you’re into it you can’t put it down.  I like that.  I’ve enjoyed all of her books.  Only problem is that since the beginning of the year I’ve read ALL of her books.  This is her newest one and now I’m finished.  She better get writing so that I have something to read!

4.  I thought I was doing a good job on Weight Watchers this week but I had a gain anyway.  At this point in my life I don’t really worry (well not TOO much) if I have a gain.  I’m 14 pounds under my Weight Watchers goal and I pretty much stay there regardless of what I do.  I’m pretty good at writing down all of my foods and staying on track.  It’s just frustrating and I guess it always will be when I have a gain and I can’t pinpoint the reason.

That’s my week.  Not very interesting but that’s the way it is sometimes.  I’ll try to make next week more Exciting.

Don’t forget to check out all of the other listers over at Clean Eats, Fast Feets.  It’s always a lot of fun!

Happy Monday!

WIAW~ October 21, 2015

It’s that Happy time of week when we get together over at Peas & Crayons and talk about what we’ve been eating all week.  It’s What I Ate Wednesday!  When you’re finished here, be sure to stop over there to see what everyone’s been munching on all week long!

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I’m always up for a breakfast at the diner.  My best friend Gail and I took our other best friend Alice and Gail’s brother, Ray to the airport for a flight to Florida.  No problem except that we had to leave at 4:30 am!!  Again, no problem, but we wanted to go to breakfast and contrary to what we thought, all of the local diners are Not open at 5 am! We went to one that had recently reopened after renovations.  It looked nice but this was 5 am.  There were only 2 other people in the diner and we had to wait almost 25 minutes for our food.  It wasn’t that great when we finally got it.

Diner breakfast

But it was better than some early diner breakfasts I’ve had.  We headed to the gym afterwards to work it off.

I got a better breakfast at home on another day.  I like trying unique things with omelettes.

Omelette with black beans

Not the prettiest photo but very tasty.  Egg beaters and egg whites seasoned with Mrs. Dash and chipotle powder.  Inside chopped broccoli, 2% cheese and a quarter cup of black beans.  Topped with Cholula hot sauce, my new favorite.  The small addition of the quarter cup of black beans makes this extremely filling.  I add them in whenever I have the home-made beans in the fridge.

Sometimes I’ll take a little shortcut.  Ralph brought home a salad from a local convenience store labeled “super food” salad.  It was made with kale, slivered almonds and chopped apples.

Home Salad

I added some chopped spinach, cucumbers, tomatoes, black beans, 2 % cheese and light balsamic vinaigrette.  It was delicious!  It’s nice to take a little help when you can.  I love doing that with store-bought salads.  I can always find a way to make them more substantial or add some protein.

One more salad.  Ralph and I went to one of our favorite restaurants on Monday afternoon.  In line with my continued efforts to get back on and stay on track with my food choices, I had already decided what I would have before we got there.  When the server brought the menu, I left it on the table and didn’t even look.  I didn’t want to be tempted to stray from my plan.

Greek Salad

This restaurant has the best Greek Salad I’ve ever tried.  It looked better but I started to poke around at it.  I forgot that I’m blogging again and needed a nice photo!  Regardless, I think it’s beautiful and I know it was delicious.  I also asked for only one roll with it, that way I wouldn’t be tempted by an entire basket.  I keep trying!

That’s What I Ate Wednesday for me this week.  I need to get back to doing more cooking and coming up with some unique things.  We’ll see how I do.  Whatever I come up with, you can be sure I’ll be back here next Wednesday.  Be sure to stop over at Peas & Crayons to check out the other linkers!

Happy What I Ate Wednesday!


Week In Review~October 19, 2015

I have received a Welcome Home blogging gift.  Meghan at Clean Eats Fast Feets has reinstated Week In Review.  I’m really excited about this because for me WIR was always a good way to start the week and get things going both in my blogging life and real life.  Meghan’s contention is that we don’t give ourselves enough credit for what we do in the course of a day or a week.  This allows us to see what we’ve been doing with our time.  Meghan is a great list maker and I’m trying to emulate her.  My list making was a little hap hazard as I try to settle back in from three weeks in my happy place (New Mexico!) but I think I’ve done a decent job.

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1. My first focus on my return had to be getting back on track with Weight Watchers.  There are no WW meetings in Silver City, the town where our house is in New Mexico.  The closest is an hour and a half away in Las Cruces.  When we move there I’m going to have to figure how I can get to a meeting there at least once a month.  I’ll work on it.

First thing I did was put in a pot of black beans to soak and go into the crock pot the next day.  Then I wanted to get everything I needed to make my WW veggie soup.  I never thought of this before, but I prepped the soup on Sunday night and was able to just plug in and turn on the crock pot when I got up Monday morning.  Believe me, I’ll be doing it that way from now on.

I had put on about a pound and a half while I was away.  I didn’t think that was too bad.  I wore the same clothes I’d worn the last time I weighed in so that any difference was weight, not clothes.  I weighed in Saturday morning and in spite of the fact that I was wearing jeans because it was too cold to wear capris, I lost 2.2 pounds!  I had worked really hard, journaled all of my foods and tried to stay focused.  That and the availability of the  veggie soup did the trick.

2. I went to the gym 5 times.  I know that those visits also helped with my weight loss and getting myself back on track.  Being in Silver City for such a short time, I didn’t try to sign up for a gym there.  Plus the 3000 miles of riding in the car didn’t help.  I started out pretty stiff the first two days but by mid-week I was feeling back in control.  Again, I was happy with my focus and dedication.  I feel much better now and I’m going to do my best to get there as often as I can this week.

3.  My long hiatus from blogging came to an end.  I wrote and published 4 blog posts in the past week.  I do enjoy the link-ups like Week In Review.  I still haven’t decided if I’ll have a hard and fast schedule or if I’ll just go free style.  For now, I think I’ll see how I do and work from there.  It seems that my readers have not forgotten me and for that I am very grateful.

4. Here is where the whole list making idea is going to be helpful.  I really, Really want to get things on track with our move to New Mexico. I’ve started trying to list what I have to accomplish in order to make that happen.  I’m also trying to give myself alternatives so that if one thing doesn’t work, I have a back up plan.  Lots and lots to do regarding this.  This is important to me and I will be focusing on this.  Let the Listing Begin!

Be sure to stop over to Clean Eats, Fast Feets to check out what accomplishments are on everyone else’s lists.

Don’t Forget to…

Drink coffee and Make Lists

Saturday Snapshot~October 17, 2015

It’s been a long time since I’ve done a Saturday Snapshot post, but I’m Very happy to be back.  This is the fun link-up Hostessed by West Metro Mommy and it allows us to share lots of photos.  They can be ours or a family member or a friend.  Just not something you downloaded from the internet.  Let’s go!


Ralph and I just returned from a visit to our home in Silver City, New Mexico.  Unfortunately, we don’t live there permanently yet, but we’ll get there.  It is a beautiful place and I miss it when I’m not there.

One of the highlights of our visits there for me are the sunrises and sunsets.  This visit was unique and not in a good way.  There were not nearly as many colorful sunrises and sunsets as I was used to.  I love it there regardless and I dutifully stood with my phone at the ready morning and evening to catch what I could.  There wasn’t much but here was one particularly pretty sunset.

New Mexico Sunset

This is a view from our side deck.  It seems that we can see forever from there.  The spot where our house is affords incredible views.  Wish I was capable of taking night-time photos.  You can actually see the Milky Way.  Not something I’ve ever seen in New Jersey!

Be sure to check out the others linking up at West Metro Mommy Reads.  It’s well worth the time.  Everybody have a Great Weekend!


Thinking Out Loud-October 15, 2015

I’m feeling pretty good about getting back into all of this blogging stuff.  I think one of the best ways to do that is to get back into some of the link-ups I used to enjoy before my excessive hiatus.  One of my favorites…


Yes…Thinking Out Loud, hostessed by the lovely Amanda at Running With Spoons.  Thinking Out Loud is for letting everyone know how you feel about things.  For Good or Bad…What do I Really Think?!?

~~I try not to make political statements but I Am so Very sick of politicians and everything they have to say.  Since when do we have to hear from them all so early either on the news programs or in debates.  I’m just tired of it, but I promise not to mention it again.

This quote sums up my feeling on this topic:

Two leaves

Think about it.

~~Just back from a three-week visit to New Mexico and yet I miss it already.  There is something special about the place.  I’m trying to make the best of the time I still have to spend in New Jersey, but some days are difficult.  I find it hard to wrap my head around being here and not on my mountain ridge where the days never seem to end and the skies go on forever.  The Autumn colors are helping but only a little.

~~I’m working hard on trying to get into a better routine than I had before we left.  I should probably actually write down my plans for each day.  Sometimes I’m not even sure if I missed doing something that I had intended.  At least if I made a list, I could check things off and then know what was done and what wasn’t.  I’m going to write one Tonight!

~~Getting back on track with food is also a challenge for me.  Trust me, I was not the best Weight Watchers member while on vacation.  I paid attention but I was Way too flexible.  I’m working hard to get back on track.

~~Boy did I miss going to the gym while I was away.  I could tell that I was getting very stiff and achy.  Now that I’m back to the gym, I feel so much better even though there’s plenty of achy going on with muscles that had to endure no exercise and a 3000 mile car ride.  But I fell better already and I’m feeling good getting back into that routine.

Enough of me rattling on.  If I talk too much for too long, they won’t let me back into Thinking Out Loud next week.  That’s all I have to say for this week. Stop over at Running With Spoons to see what everyone else has on their minds.  It’s a lot of fun!

Happy Thursday!

WIAW-The Green Chile Edition

It has been Oh So Very Long since I’ve participated in a What I Ate Wednesday party hostessed by the lovely Jenn at Peas & Crayons. I’m so excited to be back and to see what everyone is sharing today. Let’s see if I remember How!

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So much has happened in the months since I’ve been away but most recently Ralph and I spent 3 weeks in New Mexico.  Was I happy to be there?  You better believe it!  I love being there in general, but the food is one of my favorite parts of our visits. Also another reason that I can’t wait to be there permanently.  Here Goes…

One of the best things about New Mexico especially in the fall is the presence of green chiles.  Everywhere you go they’re offered.  Trust me, I’m not complaining.  Here are some of my happy meetings with the ever-present green chile.

Green chile cheese veggie burger

One of the wonderful things about New Mexico is that if you ask nicely they’ll turn a veggie burger into a green chile cheese burger.  This was a new restaurant we hadn’t tried before.  We Will go there again.

Green chile cheese and mushroom quesadilla

This was a green chile cheese quesadilla.  I asked to have grilled mushrooms added…Very Good Idea.

BYOO Omelette

This is called a Build Your Own Omelette.  I added spinach, tomatoes, onions, mushrooms and green chile.  So good!  You can’t see much of it in the photo, but this could possibly be the best biscuit I’ve ever eaten.  I’ve been to this restaurant for breakfast before but never thought to ask for a biscuit.  Believe me, I won’t make that mistake again.

Huevos Rancheros

Another breakfast was huevos rancheros.  These are so unique to New Mexico.  I always try to have them when I’m there.  You get the choice of either red or green chile, but of course I always pick the green!

Black bean quesadilla with guacamole salad

This was a black bean and cheese quesadilla.  As I think about it, I probably should have requested green chile be added.  Missed opportunity but it was still delicious.  Also tasty was what they called guacamole salad. It was a fresh, crisp salad topped with guacamole.  Very good.

I realize that this sounds like a Lot of green chile.  I suppose some people might think it sounds boring to have the same thing so often.  There is a real variety of great food choices in Silver City.  I just never get the green chile anywhere else.  When we move there, maybe I’ll get tired of them, but for now I take my opportunities whenever I can.

Be sure to check out all of the other bloggers sharing their mouth-watering selections over at Peas & Crayons.  Get some ideas, leave some comments.  Join the party!

Happy What I Ate Wednesday!


The Return

It’s hard for me to believe but my last post was in December of 2014.  Do I have a good reason for being away this long?  Not really.  Life happens.  Frustrations happen.  The good news (for me and hopefully for all of You!) is that I’m back.

My fingers have been itching for many months to be back here typing away but I haven’t done it.  I am now and I’m very happy to be back.

I’ve got to come up with a plan for how I plan to handle my return.  It won’t be every day and in truth I don’t know how I did that when I started BCDC.  When I figure it out, I’ll share it.  In the meantime I’ll be poking around at various topics, plans and link-ups that I find interesting.  But it does feel good to be doing it again.

Life has been interesting lately.  Ralph and I just returned from a 3 1/2 week trip to New Mexico.  It was wonderful and awful all at the same time.  Wonderful because we were there, awful because we had to return to New Jersey.  I tried to come up with every excuse I could think of to be able to stay, but it didn’t work.  So I’m back in New Jersey.  It’s nice to see lower gas prices.  The prices we saw were all over the place, all much higher than NJ.  In fact the prices here were lower when we got back than they had been before we left.  It’s also a plus that we’re back when the leaves are starting to turn into fall.  I love that of course.

Coming East through Ohio and Pennsylvania the leaves started to share their beauty and it was worth it.

Pennsylvania Autumn

A safe return after an approximately 3000 mile round trip journey is a good thing.  It was a trip with its ups and downs but we were in New Mexico so it didn’t matter.  We got to see some parts of NM we hadn’t seen before and that was great.

As I get back into this whole process, I’ll be sharing more of what’s been going on.  I hope that I haven’t lost you all completely.  Please comment to let me know you’re still here.  I look forward to hearing from all of you.  I know I’m glad to be back.  It feels good.

Happy Tuesday!