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Strange But Good~Extra Protein

It has been a VERY long time since I joined in on Strange But Good.  That’s the link up hostessed by Laura at Sprint 2 The Table.  This is where we share our strange obsessions with food and our unique ways of combining and preparing it.  I’m glad to be back.  I love being Strange with these crazy people!

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As a vegetarian, I’m constantly on the look out for ways to get extra protein into my meals.  I try things.  Sometimes they work, sometimes. they don’t.  Breakfast has recently been my guinea pig…strange for a vegetarian to use that analogy, but it works!

Yesterday, I had cooked up a batch of white beans in the crock pot.  I use them for a lot of things but never thought of using them for breakfast.

Egg beaters with beans

 

I use a mix of egg substitute and egg whites plus lots of Mrs. Dash.  Since I had the beans there and ready, I decided this morning I would add a quarter cup of the beans into the mixture.  No Idea how it would turn out.

Omelette with beans

 

Looks pretty much like a standard omelette.  I sprinkled a little dried basil on top to give it a little color and a little shredded 2% cheese inside.  The beans have a very mild flavor and the next time I might use a bit more spice.  I got 4 extra grams of protein so that was good.

The amazing thing is, it was Extremely Filling.  When I’m finished eating an omelette, I usually feel satisfied.  After this I felt Full.  Such a minor change and it made such a difference.  For me on Weight Watchers it only added one Point so I was pretty happy about this all around.

Be sure to stop by at Sprint 2 The Table to see what other strange things you’ll find.

Happy Friday!

Thinking Out Loud #3

Here I am, back for my third try at Thinking Out Loud!  I’ve had so many nice comments on my first two posts.  I truly appreciate all of your kind words.  Again, I haven’t really planned anything out so it’s more Fly By The Seat Of Your Pants time.  Let’s see how this works out.  Be sure to check in with the other posters on Amanda’s blog, Running With Spoons.

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My mind is all over the place but then, that’s what my life feels like at the moment.  Trying to get back to normal after surgery while still doing physical therapy and my home exercises is quite an adventure.  Our house is not as conducive to moving around as my friend’s house was so that’s an issue.  I’m working with it.  Also dealing with a stubborn husband who won’t believe me that I can go down the steps to do the laundry.  I’ll even concede to him walking down in front of me so I can get there.  He’s still giving me a hard time.  Hopefully my next Thinking Out Loud will be saying that “I’ve done the laundry!!”

~I think that all of the emotions that should have come out during my weeks of recuperation, have been stored up and are rearing their ugly heads now.  I’m feeling very disjointed, disorganized and not myself in a lot of ways.  I need to focus, which is a story anyone who has read BCDC for awhile has heard before.

~I feel a bit out of control with my food as well.  NOT a good thing.  I’m proud of how I’ve been doing with staying under my Weight Watchers goal for over a year.  I probably shouldn’t be too hard on myself.  I was told before the surgery that you need to eat to heal.  I did that and now I find myself wanting to continue to eat that way.  During recovery, I ate and ate and never gained a pound.  Now I have to be more conscious.  I know the best way to do that.

WW Journal

 

~Those of you who have visited with me before have seen this.  This is my Weight Watchers journal.  If I ever need to bring myself into better focus (not that I EVER seem to be able to get myself completely in focus-not for lack of trying!) I turn to my WW Journal.  This is a tremendous tool in trying to keep myself on track and under control.  I write down all of my foods and (in red) review what I’ve done and give myself pep talks.  At times in my WW adventure, I’ve kept another journal where I tracked my thoughts and discussed my successes and missteps.  I’m thinking I need to do that again.  I’m really feeling a bit out of touch with what I need to do.  I’m still about 12 pounds under my WW goal, but I love the way my clothes feel now and the fact that I have no trouble finding things to fit.  I don’t want to let myself slip on that.  I want to continue to feel this good.

~I have to commit to doing more cooking, not relying on eating out or ordering in.  I can do it, I just need to make myself get back in the routine.  I did do the Best thing in the world for me.  Made a crock pot of my WW veggie soup and a crock pot of beans to go along with it yesterday.  That always gets me back on track.

~As I type this, I seem to me motivating myself into a better mood, a clearer head and a more focused vision of what I need to do.  I’ve always felt that blogging could work that kind of magic for me. Thinking Out Loud is definitely doing it. It’s allowing me to get things off my chest whether it’s about myself or something else.   I like this idea.

Be sure to check out the other Thinkers over at Running With Spoons. Thursday is quickly becoming my favorite day of the week!

Happy Thursday!

WIAW~She Must Have Eaten Something

Good Morning and welcome to the type of What I Ate Wednesday post that happens once in a while.  The type where I have little or nothing to show in the way of actual food because…I’ll tell the story as I go…which seems to be my routine of late.  Be sure not to miss the chance to visit Jenn and company over at Peas and Crayons!

What I Ate Wednesday: FALL into Good Habits

Since this is hap hazard at best, I’ll at least try to do it in order.  Saturday is always Weight Watchers day around here.  You wouldn’t know that I’ve ever even heard of WW if you saw some of the things I’ve been eating, but trust me it is! I’ve been lonely all summer because my two best friends, Gail and Alice have been away in Maine.  They’re back and we’re back to our routine.  Weight Watchers and then breakfast at the local diner.

Saturday breakfast

 

Obviously, I was too hungry to wait for the photo! Egg beaters and fruit. Gail had a great idea.  We all really wanted pumpkin pancakes.  So we ordered a short stack (3 pancakes) and shared!  We got the taste of pancakes but stayed in control.  We used the sugar-free syrup.  I didn’t have any toast so that made it even better! Pumpkin Everything, Please!

If you’ve visited BCDC before, you know that I am the Crock Pot Queen.  I use them year round, but Fall and Winter is when they get the most use.  Trying to keep myself on track, I was up bright and early Monday morning chopping up the goods for a batch of my version of Weight Watchers veggie soup.

Coffee and crock pot

 

Going along with the pumpkin theme, WaWa pumpkin coffee in the wonderful cup sister Ele gave me a few years ago.  I love how they are color coordinated!  Yum to both!

To be perfectly honest and show that I’m not kidding about eating things I shouldn’t…

Eggpland parmasan sandwich

 

Eggplant parmesan sandwich from the local pizza place. Should I have? No.  Did I? Yes.  Sadly, I also ate way too many french fries along with this.  It’s gone now, it can’t hurt me anymore. I’m back on track.  I promise.  No, Really!!

Being back on track is proven by this next photo.  If it was a piece of art it would be titled White Beans In White Crock Pot.

White beans in white crock pot

 

To go along with the WW veggie soup, I started a crock pot of white beans.  Thank goodness I remembered to soak them last night.  I realized I’m down to almost NO dried beans in the pantry.  I have to correct that.  A girl needs her protein!  These will be added to the veggie soup but measured for each serving.  Much easier to track the Points value that way and Boy do I need to get back to tracking the Points value!!

There you have it, What I Ate Wednesday for me this week.  I’m hoping that next week will be much better, actually showing food that I cooked and looking like I’m just the tiniest bit on track with my Weight Watchers plan!

Be sure to stop over to visit all of the fun at Peas and Crayons, you’ll be glad you did!

Happy What I Ate Wednesday!

Saturday Snapshot~October 25

Here we are, it’s Saturday again and it’s time for Saturday Snapshot.  Hostessed each week by Melinda at West Metro Mommy Reads, Saturday Snapshot is a fun place to get together with other people who enjoy taking photos and sharing them.

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I love being a part of this link-up but I had the hardest time this week trying to decide on a photo to use.  I jumped into the way back machine to solve my problem.  Well, not That way back but a bit.

In March, I had the pleasure of spending several weeks in Clearwater, Fla. with my best friends, Gail and Alice.  We always have the best time but we’re always looking for new and different things to do.

Gail found that there was a Buddhist Temple in Tampa.  We took a road trip.  I posted pictures before of the Temple itself.  On Sundays, there is also a market where they sell food (which is Excellent) and flowers.  They have an amazing collection of orchids.  I took lots of photos and can’t believe I never shared them.  Hard to choose which photo to share but here’s my choice.

Temple Orchids

 

A photo doesn’t really do them justice.  The colors were so intense and so varied.  This brings back memories of a beautiful warm day and a new adventure.  It was great fun.

Don’t forget to stop over at West Metro Mommy Reads to see what everyone else is sharing this week.

Happy Saturday!

Thinking Out Loud #2

I had so much fun last week participating in Thinking Out Loud with Amanda at Running With Spoons that I decided I’d give it another try.

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I want to thank everyone for you kind comments and for taking me into the group with such warmth.  It’s amazing after having taken this long hiatus from blogging that old friends and new friends have just come right back now that I’m here again.  I am very grateful for that.

When I started typing this, I really had no theme in mind.  I suppose in the coming weeks it might be a good idea to start out with a CLUE what I might be writing about.  So since I mentioned being grateful, perhaps gratitude might be a good topic.  I’ve had so much to be grateful for lately.

~I am grateful for the true and absolute gift that I received in the form of my hip surgery.  I promised not to talk Too much about it and I won’t but a few things have to be said.  I’m sure I was suffering from this nonsense of degenerative joint disease for a long time. Basically, arthritis, but they like to give things fancy new names these days.  The problem is that is was there in various joints but not so much that it had any serious adverse affect on my daily life.  I was “fine” throughout the summer and fall of 2013.  Lots of walking and going about my regular routines.  Then the winter of 2013/2014 came around-cold and damp and unbearable.  Suddenly it hit me.  I couldn’t sit for long, sitting down and standing up were extremely painful, I stood most of the time because that was the least uncomfortable position.  Walking any distance was difficult at best. The surgery is a gift.

~It was a bumpy journey getting to the right place for the surgery.  I went to one doctor who had been recommended.  He put me on medication because “we always try this first and we let the patient tell us when they’re ready for surgery.”  I took the pills for a month without any relief.  I went back in a month and said, I’m ready for the surgery and was told “we don’t do hip replacement surgery anymore.”  What?!?  I asked for a recommendation for someone who did it.  I got the name and called for an appointment.  This was June-I couldn’t be seen until the end of August.  I took the appointment but I didn’t think I could wait that long. We had a friend who had recently had emergency foot surgery at the Rothman Institute in Philadelphia. I called for an appointment and I was scheduled for three days later.  The amazing thing is that the appointment was with Dr. Rothman, head of the organization!  I was amazed.

~I cannot say enough good things about Dr. Rothman, the Rothman Institute and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital where my surgery was performed.  There is an entire Rothman floor there and it was wonderful.  From my first appointment with Dr. Rothman, through scheduling, pre-admission testing and medical clearances there was never a single glitch.  They even had excellent vegan/vegetarian food choices! The care I received was incredible and the results have been mind-boggling.  At my first appointment with Dr. Rothman he showed me my x-rays.  I can’t believe that the other doctor could have looked at those same x-rays and not known that I immediately needed surgery.

I suppose it was all meant to be this way.  That first situation didn’t work out because I was meant to find Dr. Rothman and his staff and I was meant to have these amazing results.  I am so grateful for what they did for me.  If any of you are in the Philadelphia/New Jersey area and need orthopedic medical care, please don’t hesitate to contact the Rothman Institute.  They can work miracles.

~I am so grateful to my best friend, Gail.  She spends the summer in Maine, but came back to New Jersey to open her home to me for my recuperation.  She’s a nurse which is good because I was full of questions about what was going on.  Her home was more conducive to recovery-all on one floor, lots of room for maneuvering my walker and a shower that you just step into instead of a tub.  It was also fun to just spend time together in spite of the fact that I was trying to recover. Without question, she is the best.

~I am grateful to my sister, Ele.  She came to visit me nearly every day during my recovery and especially after Gail went back to Maine.  Even after I was up and around and doing well, she was there.  She kept close watch on me while Ralph was away, in case I needed anything.  As sisters go…I got the best!

~I am so grateful to my wonderful Ralph.  He was a wreck leading up to the surgery, he was a wreck during the surgery and now 13 weeks after surgery, he is still a wreck worrying about everything I do.  He’s even more of a worrier now that we’re back at our house.  But I try to show him that I am careful and I am getting stronger every day so that I can do things.  Eventually, he’ll see that I’m good as new and able to get back to my routines.  He says he’s aged through this process.  Well, I’ve aged too but I survived and so will he.  He is the most wonderful man in the world though and I am grateful every day for him.

This has been a lot of Thinking Out Loud and I hope I didn’t stray too far off track.  I am so very grateful for this entire experience.  I often refer to it as a miracle because that is what I feel it has been.  I’m walking and doing things I almost never thought I’d do again.  Each day gets better.  It really is a gift.

That’s it for me for Thinking Out Loud, don’t you think it’s enough?!?!?  Be sure to check out everyone’s thoughts over at Running With Spoons.  Lots of interesting things there.

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Be Grateful.

 

WIAW~A Tale of Two Birthday Cakes (and Two Crock Pots!)

Good Morning and Welcome to my second What I Ate Wednesday post in a row! I’m quite excited to be back and joining in with all of the fun people who gather at Jenn’s party over at Peas and Crayons. I’m going to dive right in and tell my story as I go.

What I Ate Wednesday: FALL into Good Habits

I’m finally back at my own house. After recuperating at my friend Gail’s house for several months ( I started referring to myself as her “squatter” which she found amusing) I am home and it is a bit of adjustment in some ways.  Different bed, different kitchen, different arrangement…I have to stop and think where my spices are, where my utensils are, where my crock pots are!  No, don’t worry, I never forget where my crock pots are!!

Monday afternoon, I suddenly realized that I needed to make beans.  Normally I soak them over night and put them in to cook in the morning.  But I really wanted them on Tuesday so I tried an experiment.  At about 1 in the afternoon, I put them in to soak. My intention was to put them in the c/p at about 11pm.  I fell asleep so they ended up going in at 1 am.  As I write this, it looks like they’re doing fine, but need some more cooking.  But now I know if I forget to soak overnight, I can do it this way.

Two crock pots

 

But I think you all know by now, in my house-where there’s one crock pot, there’s probably another.  This one filled with my version of the Weight Watchers veggie soup.

Veggie soup in crock pot

 

I’ve missed having this while I was away.  There’s actually no reason why I couldn’t have made it at Gail’s house, but as I said…different routine.  Funny thing is that it took me longer than usual to make it.  I think my  chopping skills are a little rusty.  I’ll fix that!

One of the things I always put in my veggie soup…and my stir-fries, and my morning omelette is Mrs. Dash.  I love it because it’s no salt and has so many flavors in one bottle.  The mix is always right.  I’m used to the small containers, but Gail found this huge bottle for me, probably on Amazon.

Mrs Dash

 

I’m so excited because I use it so much.  This should last me a week or two!

Dunkin Donuts breakfast

 

Ralph had to have fasting bloodwork on Monday so I fast along with him.  But I tantalized him with Dunkin Donuts after.  And I had coupons which saved us almost $6.00!!  I had iced pumpkin coffee and a cinnamon raisin bagel with cream cheese.  It was a splurge, but delicious!

I promised you two Birthday cakes, so here goes.  My birthday was early in October but because Ralph was away, we didn’t celebrate with my sister, Ele as we usually do.  This Sunday we took care of it.

My bday cake

 

There’s a story with this cake, isn’t there always a story in our family?!  The candle on top is a gift from our friend, Jim from Washington.  He brought it for I think Ele’s birthday and we use it all the time now.  The cake itself is very specific and Ele always makes it for me.  It is a boxed devil’s food cake with lemon confectioner’s sugar icing.  It’s what Grandmom always used to make for us and it’s tradition.

The next cake is a little fancier!

Maddie's bday cake

 

October 13 was my wonderful sister-in-law Maddie’s birthday.  Saturday we had a little surprise party for her.  The cake was beautiful and we had a wonderful time.  As I’m typing this, I’m realizing that I never took a photo of my lunch that day…it was pasta…it was Delicious!

That’s my contribution to What I Ate Wednesday today.  I’m glad to be back and I suppose it’s just like riding a bike, just get on and type!  Be sure to check out all of the delicious food that you’ll find at Peas and Crayons. It’s always a party over there!

Happy What I Ate Wednesday!

Saturday Snapshot~October 18

It has been Quite Some Time since I’ve participated in Saturday Snapshot.  Lots of things have been going on in my life.  The most time-consuming one and the reason I haven’t been seen or heard from is explained in this post.  Surgery and recuperation with ongoing physical therapy have kept me busy.

But I’m back and I can’t believe that this is my third post for the week, so I guess I’m getting back on track with this whole blogging thing.

That being said, I’m linking up today for Saturday Snapshot with all the fun and talented people who meet up at West Metro Mommy Reads.

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During my recuperation, I was lucky to have the opportunity to stay at my best friend’s house which is all on one floor. It was easier to get around and it has a step-in shower.   It has been a wonderful gift to be able to recover here.  That comfort and convenience has been invaluable in my recovery.

When I started to be up and around again, I took a walk outside to the front yard.  This is what I found.

Front yard daisies

I was so happy to see the bee hard at work on the daisy.  When I was growing up, daisies were always my favorite flower.  My only attempt at art is drawing a single daisy, so they hold a special place in my heart.

I’m looking forward to seeing all of the great photos.  My first time back and I realize how much I’ve missed being part of Saturday Snapshot. Be sure to make your way over to West Metro Mommy Reads to see what everyone is sharing.

Happy Saturday!