Join Me For Another 10 Weeks! This is the first week of ten weeks starting October 22, 2012

Hi folks! I'm at it again. I'm going for another 20 pound loss in ten weeks. I've recently had another baby, a little girl, she is now five months old and I'm ready to drop some weight.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

A Quick Post

hi folks!

Sorry I haven't written in a few days, I have been unable to get online at home. So...I am here at the library printing out directions for all of the places we are going to see in South Dakota.

We are very excited to be leaving and I probably won't post again until later next week.

I hope you all had a good holiday weekend! I did actually make it to our local fest grounds and shared some Tom Thumb donuts. When my husband and I walked past the funnel cakes, he says, "Now's you're chance to get some..."

I declined. Now that I know how many calories there are in them, I just couldn't do it.

I'm 23 weeks along. When I come back I will officially be 6 months along. But that means I still have four months left.

Hope you all have a good week!

Sunshine Mama

Friday, July 2, 2010

Fantasy Food Friday...Tom Thumb Donuts and Funnel Cakes

Hi folks!

Welcome to Fantasy Food Friday where I talk about food that I fantasize about but shouldn't necessarily be eating. In tonight's edition these foods are a big, big "no, no", but they are what I fantasize about all year long. Then I wait until our town's local fourth of July celebration to fulfill my fantasies.

Well, after doing some research on the world wide web tonight...I now have a more accurate picture of just how calorie laden my fantasy foods are.

Before I looked online, I thought Tom Thumb donuts was a local secret. I was completely wrong on that perception. Here is what a typical Tom Thumb donut stand looks like.
I visited their website just for the fun of it, and was entertained by the six little donuts that followed the movements of my mouse throughout the visit. You should try it. Not a single calorie in it. Ha, Ha!!

Anyway, here's part of the process of making these donuts. They do it right in front of you.

There are 16 donuts to a bag, which if I recall costs about $4. You can get more bags in which case the price gets reduced.

I really like this really captures how wonderful they really do look and taste.
Oh, and I found out the calorie content of a little bag...
500 calories. For some reason I was expecting more.
Maybe I could buy a bag and have two and give each of our family members two.
That almost takes care of the entire bag.
Then, there's my next fantasy that is even worse than the donuts.
Funnel cakes!
But I don't eat them just plain like this.
That is absolutely no fun.
Especially when they come with all different toppings.
My favorite is the cherry topping. many calories do you think one of these bad boys are?
Any guesses.
Well, with it plain, it's around 760 calories.
Dressed up it has to be maybe 125 calories or so more...
So, about 900 calories?
For one?
So, yah...that's nice to know now before going down to the fest grounds this weekend.
I think if I do this, I'll definitely have to split it up with my family.
Good thing I have a large family. Ha! Ha!
So what about you all?
Is it the fried fest foods you like or is it something else?
And I have to know, has anyone tried any unusual deep fried fest foods?
Well, on that note, I'm so glad it's July 4th weekend.
I hope you all relax and enjoy yourself!
Sunshine Mama

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Happy Thursday...Day 2 Of Creative Cooking

Happy Thursday folks!

Today I am 22 weeks and two days along! I'm feeling decent, however, I felt a little worn out from all of the cooking I did in the kitchen today. This is day two of me trying to put together meals for the family with what I have left in the house because I didn't go grocery shopping last weekend.

But, I'm very proud of my culinary efforts and the bounty of food they have yielded. I made some things today that I've never made before and may very well make them part of the rotation.

If you recall, yesterday I had made some original malt-o-meal muffins made with malt-o-meal and whole wheat flour. I started the day with making a double batch since the kids ate them so fast yesterday. Then for lunch, I fed them, a muffin, the leftover spaghetti dish that I had made last night....

And boiled up some broccoli florets that had been sitting in the freezer for a few months. I wasn't sure if the broccoli would still be good, but it was.

I used it a 13 ounce bag and the kids, for the most part, ate it.

For myself, I skipped the pasta dish and had two whole eggs instead.

I started preparing the supper meal around 11:00 a.m. with making a few batches of whole wheat bread. The recipe, which I found on the back of this flour bag, asked for 1/4 cup of powdered milk. I didn't have that, but I did find this powdered formula for babies. The recipe also asked for "instant" yeast. I had yeast, but I wasn't sure if my yeast was different than instant yeast.

This is what the dough looked liked "before" the bread raised...

Then, this is what it looked like 90 minutes later after raising.
Then, I cooked it for 35 minutes in the oven at 350 degrees.

This is what it looked like.
It was a hit!!
The entire family ate this bread like it was candy...
I couldn't believe it.
For dinner I decided to make barley soup and add some lentils, split peas and these spices, and not pictured was a little over a pound of chicken breasts that I found spread apart in two bags in the freezer.
The directions on the barley said I needed to "hand sort" it and wash it.
Same directions with the lentils and split peas.
Well, after yesterday's bug scare, I was keeping an eye out for anything that moved.
Yes, Sunshine Meg, I do think I was traumatized by the whole bug fest going on in the Rice-a-Roni box.
The whole barley thing amazed me.
I had to cook one pound of barely in 12 cups of water. The whole process took about 2 1/2 to three hours. But, the barely expanded. And by the time I was done with all of my add-ins, my "little" recipe filled a crock pot.
Folks, I don't think I'll be needing to cook tomorrow, because I have so much chicken and barley left-overs.
And this bag of barely only cost like fifty cents and it's super healthy and low calorie.
So, this is dinner.
I will admit that the kids weren't as impressed with the barley dish as I was.
I think the next time I make this I will use less salt.
Otherwise, it tasted great.
But...the kids did like dessert.
I unthawed a bag of strawberries that I had picked from a few weeks ago and served it as a topping for some vanilla ice cream that I had in the freezer.
Wow...that was good.
So, now you can see why I am worn out from cooking...
But the good thing is that I made so much food today that I probably won't really need to cook much tomorrow. I still have a whole loaf of bread yet, 3/4 of a crock pot full of chicken barley, I have several muffins still.
And, honestly, I really wasn't expecting this barley dish to turn out so huge. Ha, ha!!
And by the time, I pick up and photograph what I plan to use for Fantasy Food Friday...Well, I won't need to cook until Saturday!
Other than that, I have to tell you all that I went to my first "Mom's In Motion" class tonight at the local YMCA and the instructor, who I'm sure has never been pregnant, had us doing three or four songs of Zumba, which involves very quick, hip swiveling movements.
Jumping, leaping...I guess I was expecting a class that had slower movements that involved more strength. I'm not sure pregnant women should be doing zumba.
I demonstrated some of the movements to my husband and daughter when I got home and they looked at me in shock. Ha, Ha!
Well, you all know what tomorrow is...
Have a good Friday!!
Sunshine Mama