Monday, October 6, 2008

A for Monday and a GIVEAWAY!!

A for Monday - AccBLOGability Monday!

Remember, here we are for each other! In Encouragement, Accountability, and Friendship! Let's get to know God's word, lose some pounds, and get healthier together!!

Read the Bible

How did you guys do? There are always excuses, I read a few times, prayed a lot, but just getting back from a trip I have not gotten back into routine yet. With getting an unwanted visit from Aunt Flo (remember I was waiting for her to come and now I was hoping she wouldn't show up!), I needed some scriptures. Here is what I found, maybe it'll be good for others who are "waiting" for something (in God's timing of course, ooh that's tough). They're good reminders that we don't always pray as we should and remember that God has been and will always be there for us!

Rom 8 26-28: In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

Psalm 77 1-15

Eating Healthy

The best way I have found to eat healthy is eating and cooking at home! I think it was Lane that said I love to cook, but only when I feel like it. Haa, how true is that? I LOVE to cook but definitely easier when you are super inspired. Let's inspire each other with some new recipes!! One mainstay in my kitchen Betty Crocker's Cookbook The Bridal Edition, given to us in 2003 for our wedding by a dear friend. A few things I've made this week are...

Whole Wheat Pancakes with Blueberries and Almonds
*You can mix the batter in a glass measuring cup with a handle and spout, then pour the batter when ready :)
*Yields: 9 4inch pancakes Huh?: Super easy

1 large egg

1 cup whole wheat flour no whitey flour girls!
3/4 cup milk
could use skim to save a few calories, see I'm helping
1 tbs packed brown sugar instead of granulated, I heard it was better, anyone?
2 tbs vegetable oil or canola, heard that was better too!
3 tsp baking powder ok you're not baking them, but you want them fluffy don't you?
1/4 tsp salt
Oh and dump in 1 cup of frozen or fresh blueberries and about a 1/4 cup of chopped or sliced almonds

1. Beat egg in medium bowl w/ hand beater or one of my loves, the Kitchenaid Mixer!, until fluffy. Beat in remaining ingredients until smooth. For thinner pancakes, stir in additional 1 to 2 tbl milk.
2. Heat griddle or skillet get a griddle if you can, they totally rock over medium heat or to 375 degrees. You can sprinkle a few drops of water on the griddle to test if it's ready, if bubbles jump, it's ready. You shouldn't need any butter with the griddle, see saving calories!
3. Pour 1/4 cup of batter. Cook pancake until bubbly on top, puffed, dry around edges. Then it's ready to be flipped! Cook until golden brown.

1 Pancake (per recipe but I think we have saved a few of these calories and fats :)) Cal: 110 (45/fat); Fat 5g; Carb 13g; Protein 3g and vitamins!

Blueberry Muffins (1/2 with strussel topping, I had to try it). Just let me know if you want the recipe, I realize this is a lot of bready stuff! Or Apple Muffins, yum!

Indonesian Peanut Chicken!
About 3 lbs chicken I use boneless skinless, oh and have been using the kitchen shears to cut off extra fat, I am obsessive about that, and it is revolutionary with the shears!
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 tbl vegetable oil
could use grapeseed oil
1 med. onion chopped or 1/2 cup
1/3 cup peanut butter
1/4 chli sauce
1/2 tsp ground pepper (cayenne)
spicy, tsss!
1 cup water
1/4 cup salted chopped peanuts
1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper

I slice and dice the chicken before I cook it, that way you don't have to work to eat it :)

The recipe does not call for it BUT I added any veggies we had...zucchini, mushrooms, and some peas at the end (I normally don't like peas in dishes but I didn't mind it and it was healthy)! Hubby says there can never be enough veggies!

Here it is cooking! In between steps 2 and 3

1. Cook chicken.
Don't completely cook because it will cook some more when you add back to sauce :)
2. Drain all but 1 tbl or drippings. Put chicken aside. Cook onion in drippings over medium heat. Stir in pb, chili sauce, red pepper. Gradually stir in water, stirring constantly, until pb is melted.

3. Add chicken. Spoon sauce over chicken. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer uncovered about 5 min, spponing sauce frequently over chicken, until sauce is slightly thickned. Serve over rice. Yum!


We went for an hour and 10 minute walk yesterday! We didn't even end up at Starbucks. Now that it's cooler and I'm NOT pregnant (I'm not bitter, I'm really not, all in God's timing), I'll be doing more again, and some cheesy work out videos with my Aunt! I think I've lost around 3 lbs over the past few weeks! If I can do it, you can sooo do it!

Now for the GIVEAWAY!

Now that we are on our way to losing some pounds and getting healthier, how about keeping those digits beautified too! Here is a manicure kit from Bath and B0dy W0rks in a super cute metallic blue case and an 0PI Nail polish-Log On To L0ve!!

All you have to do is leave a comment below with either how you did this week, or a healthy recipe for everyone, or any hints or suggestions for any of the three categories for everybody attempting to do better each week!!

See how easy that is!! Join on in! Winner will be announced Monday October 13th! We could all use some encouragement, fun accountability, and great ideas, so the more involved the better!


Miss Anne said...

I love this new plan!

I did read some scripture.. my current inspiration:

Isaiah 41:10
'fear thou not for I am with thee: be not dismayed for I am thy God. I will stengthen thee yea, I will help thee yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of My righteousness'

(sure helps on those tough days)...

I also keep my "Short Prays for Busy Women" by Harriet Crosby on my bookshelf in my office :)

I also have been making good choices foodwise.. keeping it primarily protein and drinking lots of water!

Great accountability!

*Sweet giveaway too!*


Mistress Meeyee said...

I just had a baby and I need to lose some weight badly! So,this morning I ate oatmeal for breakfast with fruit and I am slowly making changes the past week. Also,I gave up soda a few days ago. Hope to win your giveaway!

Renee said...

I need the manicure set and instructions on how to use it!

I think I read my Bible at least four mornings last week. I did the elliptical machine twice and walked twice. Some days I ate healthier than other days.

Thanks for the recipe.

Amanda-The Family News! said...

Mmm..that looks yummy!!! I really need to become more of a cook - it just isn't in me! Now exercising, I can handle! I love to get out and walk and with the cooler weather it's great to push the kids around in the stroller!!!

preppy little dress said...

all the recipes you posted look delish, thanks for sharing!

count me in on your giveaway! what fun!

happy monday!

audreyo said...

I looooooooove making summer rolls - the healthy alternative to fried egg rolls. All fresh ingredients (the cilantro really makes the recipe). Light but very filling, and an awesome "to-go" lunch or snack! They 'keep' in the fridge for at least 3-4 days. The 'worst' part health-wise is the peanut sauce, but that's alterable with reduced-fat peanut butter and other subs. I'll post the recipe here...then forward the recipe to you in an email with a jpg diagram for the rolling (I promise it's not complex...more for reference). It's one of the Swede's favorites:

30 Minute Summer Rolls for Dummies
by Audrey

First you need to organize all of your ingredients. To do so, go ahead and prepare the sauce.

6 tbsp. peanut butter (I used coarse "natural" peanut butter, which contains only peanuts and salt - crunchier textures are good, too, though)
3 tbsp. molasses (honey can be substituted)
1 tsp. salt (I used kosher)
1 dash white vinegar (~2 tbsps.)
1 small lime's worth of juice (~2 tbsps.)
3 dashes soy sauce (~3-4 tbsps.; I used low-salt soy sauce)

Mix all above in a bowl or mug and microwave ~40 sec., or until will stir together with a fork. Allow to cool a couple of minutes while you assemble the other ingredients.

Summer Roll Ingredients:
Summer roll galettes (circular tortilla-sized rice wrappers, available at Asian food markets/stores and Whole Foods)
3 c. mung bean sprouts, raw
1/4 c. fresh cilantro leaves, separated from stems
1/4 c. fresh basil leaves, finely chopped (optional)
8 raw baby carrots, chopped finely
1.5 c. shredded red cabbage, raw
2-3 c. steamed cooled sugar snap peas (may substitute steamed 1/3-cut asparagus spears)
1 large chicken breast, cooked, cooled, and finely chopped (may substitute beef, pork, duck, shrimp, or tofu in similar quantities)

Organize your "summer roll assembly line".
First, at the far left, place the open container of summer roll wrappers and a large bowl or shallow pan of water. At the middle (around your waistline) you will have a large dinner plate where the assembly and wrapping will take place. To the right of the dinner plate, you will lay out your filling ingredients in the order listed above in a format that works for you (I do mine clockwise, beginning with the mung beans at the ~7 o'clock position on a cutting board). Near your wrapping dinner plate (wherever is most convenient), place the cooled summer roll sauce in its bowl or mug with a fork.

Begin assembling your summer rolls.
Take one summer roll wrapper from the original package and dip it in the dish of water for at least 3 seconds, being sure to wet the entire wrapper. Place the wet wrapper on the wrapping dinner plate. Add ingredients in the order below as shown in the diagram.
Small handful mung bean sprouts
3-4 cilantro leaves, evenly distributed
(5 or so basil leaf pieces, if desired)
1 tsp. chopped carrots
2 tbsp. shredded red cabbage
3-5 sugar snap peas
1-2 tbsp. protein, dipped lightly in the peanut sauce just before placement on the spring roll toward the center.

Roll as shown in attached diagram. Makes ~15-20 rolls.

Amy (Metz) Walker said...

Those whole wheat pancakes sound fabulous!!!!

Nancy said...

Hi, this is completely off-topic! Can you tell me how you make the adorable "buttons" or images? I'm working on something special for a new blog and I would love to have something that creative and beautiful! Thanks, Nancy

Lauren said...

This is great, I always need a little encouragement to keep going at things. My main mantra when trying to eat healthy is simple: Eat breakfast. So many people don't eat breakfast because they think that's an easy meal to skip--what they don't know is that they're killing their metabolism. I normally eat a bowl of whole grain cereal w/ 2% milk (I just can't handle skim), and a glass of orange juice. This is also a great time to get in some scripture reading; I'm certainly not as consistent at this. ;o(

Weeksie50 said...

I have been reading through the Old Testament... It is quite interesting. I love hearing how different battles were fought and how many kings came into the office..

I am prepping for weight loss surgery. I have been on a strict diet from the Dr. I eat every three hours. Protien Protien Protien. NO CARBS. Ugh.. lol.

Lane said...

You haven't lost me as a reader!! I look forward to reading your blogs all the time! I have been super busy and haven't had a chance to get caught up on all my favorite blogs until now!
Here is my entry for the giveaway!

Crock Pot Pizza (Weight Watchers recipe)

8 oz. extra lean ground beef or turkey
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
1/2 cup sliced mushrooms, drained
1 3/4 cups tomato sauce
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 tsp. Splenda
3 cups cooked noodles, rinsed and drained (style of choice)
1/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
Olive oil cooking spray

In a large skillet, sprayed with olive oil cooking spray, brown meat, onion and green pepper
Stir in mushrooms, tomato sauce, Italian seasoning and Splenda
Pour mixture into a Crock Pot sprayed with cooking spray
Spread noodles over meat mixture
Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese
Layer Cheddar and mozzarella cheeses evenly over the top
Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours
Mix well before serving


The job situation is still in mid air. Thank you!!! :)

Mojito Maven said...

OMG I need a blueberry muffin NOW!

Blue-Eyed Bride said...

the muffins, the pancakes, the peanut chicken! oh my gosh... sounds so good! i have been really good this week, but i'm headed to dallas on wednesday through the weekend. who knows how it will go when i'm away from home!

Sandy Toes said...

I loved reading this post. What inspiration! Those recipes are truly yummy looking!

I was not ready to give any advice on health or exercise but I am trying to keep my car out of ALL drive puts on the pounds!
-Sandy toes

Trina said...

I read some of 2 Samuel last night. Lots of drama in that book.

Anyway, those muffins look amazing!

About my baby decorations post: I'm nothing if not OCD :)

Lianna Knight said...

I must admit that I didn't do so good this week with eating :( Because we were traveling and spent a lot of time hanging out with friends, I ate EVERYTHING in sight :) Not really, but pretty darn close.
I have not done so well with excercising either...but I did walk all over Bourbon Street in high heels...does that count?
I DID do well on praying this week. Ever since Amy posted her P-list on her blog, I've been faithful. I'm also reading One Month to Live, which has several verses to meditate on.

Love the new blog look too!

The Farmer Files said...

On my way to the post this is short.

1. Scripture...well, I am plodding through my Daily Bible. I am on Aug 29. behind a few days a few times over the summer. Now this is huge because at one point I was far as 2 months behind.

2. Exercise...walking for an hour during the week. Son2 dropped a book end on my foot and it may be broken. So this might be an end to my exercising. I am waiting for the dr. to call back.

3. Eating....just watching the scale and trying to maintain, and managing to get more and more cheating in there. :)

SouthernAccent said...

Thanks for the scripture, it makes me realize more and more each day to trust in God and know that he has a plan for me even though sometimes I feel alone.

I'm trying to cut out the snacking and trying to drink something sugar and calorie-free whenever I get the urge to eat. I'm also trying to eat more grilled and baked fish, wich I love. Dinner tonight was grilled salmon with green peas and brown rice - frozen peas cooked in the microwave and the rice in the bag - so easy! Keep the encouragement coming!

Monogramchick said...

what a great reminder of God's promises for us!

i'm off to read more of your blog, thanks for stopping by mine.

these recipes look great, can't wait to try the blueberry muffins!

Sweet Simplicity said...

What a fun giveaway! I am not very good at cooking healthy, so maybe I will learn a few things reading your blog. I have been drinking SlimFast in the mornings for breakfast. I know, I know--you are thinking SlimFast??? But I do not get full in the morning. It doesn't matter if it is eggs or cereal, so I figure I might as well just do something that doesn't have a lot of calories and is incredibly fast in the morning.

Lulu said...

Loving your blog! Just left you a little *something* on mine, check it out! ;)

~Mrs. Guru~ said...

That chicken looked good! SO did those blueberry muffins! I am excited because I lost another 2.5 pounds and we have read our bible every night together!

Rebecca Jo said...

I do good with the reading of the Bible - & try to do good with exercise....the eating healthy thing...hmmmm - not so much. But your pictures of some healthy eating actually looks good to me. I may have to try it out!

Lora Lynn @ Vitafamiliae said...

I've decided to work my way through Psalms. There's wisdom and there's emotion, which is all very real to me right now.

I am allowed out of bed as of yesterday. I ran a few errands, went out to dinner with A. and was completely exhausted. The kids come back next week so this should get interesting.

Eating pretty well. Except for the chocolate chip cookie dough egg rolls we had with dessert last night. Just about the perfect food.

NMB said...

What fantastic recipes you have here!! I enjoy reading your blog and thank u for all of your kind comments on mine!! Happy Tues!!

L.C said...

well this is a recipe i got from a magazine recently it tastes great and is really easy to make
it's great for breakfast, very healthy even though it is a little fattening, so you have to make sure to exercise!! : )
two slices of toasted or not if you don't like toasted bread
half of a banana-chopped
about five or so chopped strawberries
peanut butter
jelly---whichever flavor you like :)

then just put it all into a nice sandwhich--trust me it is delicious! it's really easy to make i have no idea why i never thought of making it : )

lc_intocable [at]yahoo[dot]com

Rebecca Taylor said...

I'm in a new Bible study, so I actually did a good job this week with reading scripture. I'm trying SO hard to eat better, but I'm still failing overall. I worked out once or twice, but really want to get better about that too. Your posts are really encouraging me!

Rae said...

Hi! I just found your blog yesterday...I'm not sure how I got here but the important thing is that I did! :)

Love this concept! I will have to come up with a great recipe to share but for now I can say I ran (on the treadmill) 4 days this week for 4 miles each day. Grand total of 16 miles. Not great considering my sister ran a half marathon today!!!

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