Aug 14, 2012

Fun with Pipe Cleaners

What do you do in Texas when it's too hot to go outside...have a campout inside!

We built our own campfire and monsters out of pipe cleaners Hotrod got yesterday at Nanny and Pa's.

Aug 9, 2012

All In One Meal Pinterest Recipe Success

So I have been putting my Pinterest time to good use this week. I have tried 3 recipies and have had great success. First was the homemade low fat ranch dressing recipe. Next was a black bean casserole (post to come later) and now an all in one dish with meat, veggies and potatoes in a yummy (not low fat) sauce. I changed it up a little to fit our needs and taste. Also, here is the original pin link on Pinterest. You can do this with beef, pork or chicken and change up the veggies to suit your family's taste this is just what worked for us.

First the ingredients: (and sorry for the picture quality, I was trying a new app and it turns out it diminished the megapixels)

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
4-5 pieces of your choice of meat (I used chuck steak this time)
2 cans of green beans (1lb of fresh if you can find good ones)
4-5 medium red potatoes (depending on how many you are feeding)
1 stick of butter (told you it was not low fat)
1 package of Italian Seasoning mix (I used Garlic and Herb for extra flavors)

Place the meat in the middle of a 9x13 baking dish

Wash and cut up the potatoes into cubes and place beside the meat

Drain the 2 cans of green beans well (I poured mine in a colander before starting so they would be good and drained) then place them on the other side of the meat.

Next melt the butter and mix with the seasoning packet and pour over the whole dish.

Now cover it in foil and bake for and 1-1:15 hours. If you are using fresh green beans and want them mush the longer the better and also with the beef it needed longer to be nice and tender. 

Then tada you have a whole meal in one pan. I served with some hot yeast rolls and apple pie. 

Aug 6, 2012

Homemade Ranch Dressing

Here is my latest Pinterest find. Homemade Ranch Dressing. Now if you are like me you like a little salad with your dressing (stole that line from my friend Jodie) and are trying to lose weight this is a great alternative. And now that I am seriously trying to lose 10 lbs, you know counting calories and exercising, not just cutting out the Blue Bell. I had to find a good low calorie salad dressing.

The store bought dressings you find out there are either high in calories and fat or have no taste. So I scoured the Pinterest site and found this blog post and went from there.

Here are the ingredients, Dannon Oikos Plain Greek Yogurt, Hidden Valley Ranch DRESSING mix, and  1% milk.

I took (2) 5.3 oz containers Plain Greek yogurt, which is about a cup if you buy the larger size, (1) package of Ranch Dressing Mix, make sure you get the dressing mix NOT the dip mix. You see 2 packages in the picture because I bought the double package but only use one. And 1/2 cup of 1% milk. Mix it all together and pour into a container. I used some small 4 oz mason jars and it filled up 2. Let it rest in the frig for about an hour before use so it has time for the flavors to meld and get to the constancy you are use to from bottled dressing.

Now using the Lose It recipe builder for a 2 Tbs serving (30g if you weigh your servings) comes out to a whooping...30 calories! Yep you read right 30 calories. I ate it on my salad today for lunch and it was better than any store bought dressing I have had. And so easy to make! 

Aug 2, 2012

Laws of Motherhood

Just as soon as you buy new underwear to replace the ones with holes your child will grow just enough to need the next size!