Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Confessions of an Overeater

Photo: I'm FRUSTRATED

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Most of you who have been following me for sometime know that I have been on a long journey of making myself healthier.  Last year I was down 105 lbs.  In June I went back to a "healthy" eating lifestyle.  WELL in my mind I was doing well with a few little snacks here and there.  My old habits started to rear their ugly heads along with my mindset that if you don't see it or acknowledge it, it's not true!  YUP it's worked so well for me, hence the need to loose 100lbs before.  

So I started to feel the clothing pinch and I had to go up a size in my jeans and my tops.  I kept saying oh I only gained 20 lbs when I talked to other (in my head I would say ok maybe 30).  Then I started to say oh I gained 30lbs and really thought that was the truth!  YUP then this weekend after trying on a pair of pants in the size I went up to and they wouldn't budge over my thighs and I almost went in tears to the party.  I talked with a friend there about the Omni supplements she had already lost 5lbs in her first week.

WELL I so know my body and know no matter what I do it has to be eating right with exercise.  NEVER have I been one to loose with out changing these two factors.

So I've now added on 3 days of Inanity and 3 days of ripped at the YMCA.  And I've gone back to my ideal protein diet, which is a tough diet but I plan to stick to it for 8 weeks!  I did pick up a few Omni supplements for my friend, that I'll be adding in next week.

So I finally stepped on scale on Monday and was shocked to see the amount gained was 40lbs!!  YUP it was a shocker but it was needed for me to get my head out of the clouds and actually see the #. 

Wish me luck!  I want to be close to being down those 40lbs by my Bday in June.  So I share my ups and downs, it keeps me accountable plus hopefully help others that are going through this also.

Photo: Today I start my journey back to a healthier me!  This past week I got my exercise right. 3 days of insanity and 3 days of ripped. Now to get my food right.  I got off track let some bad habits take over me and gained back some weight.  My promise to myself is by my bday I will be back or very close to were I was last year!  2 months is the challenge.


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Easter Treats ... Oreo Bunny

And we finish our Easter Treats with these super cute Oreo Bunnies that I found on Inside Brucrew Life.  She did her's on cute Paper Straws with labels.  I did mine with out the straws and added to a cute bag so the kids can take them home if they would like to take them home.


What You need:
Oreo
Wilton Melts (White - I used the Marshmallow flavor)
Wilton Candy Eyes
Heart Shaped Sprinkles (Nose)
Flat Marshmallow (S'More Version)
Corn Syrup
Pink Sprinkles
Bunny Cookie Cutter
Wilton Black Candy Melts Pen

This is a little time consuming but so worth it, they turned out so cute!

Step One:  Twist apart the Oreos.  Flatten one end of the straw.  Put the flattened end inside the Oreo with a little bit of melted CandiQuik.  Place the top cookie back on and let set.

Step Two:  Cut out the ears.  Place the flat marshmallow on the counter and press with the cookie cutter so only one ear is made at a time.  Remove the cookie cutter and use scissors to cut away the rest of the ear.  Go ahead and cut a small part off the bottom at an angle so it will attach to the Oreo better.  I have the steps for this in the next picture.

Step Three: Next you will start dipping the Oreos in the melted CandiQuik.  Make sure you have the candy eyes, pink sprinkle noses, and tweezers very close by.   Dip each Oreo at a time by spooning chocolate over the whole cookie.  Tap off the excess chocolate very gently.  Place the chocolate coated cookie on a wax paper lined tray.  Place the candy eyes on.   Use the tweezers to drop the pink nose on.   Do this right after dipping the cookie in chocolate, so it is still wet enough for the sprinkles and eyes to attach too.

Step Four: Dip the angled end of the marshmallow ears into the chocolate and carefully attach to the top of the cookie.  Finish the rest and let them set up.

Step Five: After the chocolate has completely set up, use the paintbrush to coat the center of each marshmallow ear with corn syrup and then sprinkle with the pink sugar.

Step Six: The next thing you will do is melt the chocolate CandiQuik.  Using a toothpick very carefully draw on whiskers.  Let dry.  Flip the cookies over and attach half of a miniature marshmallow for a tail using the white chocolate. Let set again.  

ALEXIS NOTES: I skipped the paper straws, so step 1 I skipped. I just cut the ears out didn't cut them at the bottom like she did.  I'm all about the easy :). I used Wilton Melts instead of CandiQuik.  While the cookies where wet I attached the ears. I used Wilton Candy Melt Pen for the whiskers.  I skipped the tails also.  Her Step 7 is attach the Tag, Mine was to add them to a bag for the kids to take home.



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Monday, April 14, 2014

Easter Treat ... Easter Chick Oreo's

Next on the list to make is for Cole's classmates.  I found these super cute Easter Chick Oreo Pops on About a Mom's Website.  Her's were on a lollipop stick, I did just the chicks to make it easier plus less mess for the teacher to have to pick up.


What You Need:
Oreos
Lollipop Sticks (optional)
Wilton Yellow Candy Melts (melted)
Orange heart shaped sprinkles (beak)
Orange flower shaped sprinkles (feet)
Yellow flower shaped sprinkles (hair)
Wilton Candy Eyes

Directions:
1. Carefully separate the Oreo, to insert the lollipop stick. Use a dab of  candy melts or frosting to secure the stick between the  2 cookie halves. Allow to set for a few minutes.

2. Dip the Oreo Pops into the candy melts, and carefully shake off any excess. Smooth a bit with the back of a spoon if needed.
3. While the coating is still soft, place 2 eyes onto the chick. Next, add 1 candy coated chip for the beak and 2 orange wild flower sprinkles near the bottom for the feet. Place on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper and chill until chocolate coating is set.
ALEXIS NOTES: I skipped the lollipop stick and added a little yellow flower candy to the top of the chick to look like a little hair sticking up.



I found these really cute bags at the Dollar Tree.
That way the kid's can take it home if they want.

Any Easter Parties or Plans?

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Easter Treat ... Easter Bunny Bread (Made with Basic Bread Machine White Bread)

Next on our Easter list to make was a fun treat to take to the annual 1,000 Egg Egg Hunt my friend host.  I showed you the Bunny Nutter Butter Cookies last week I made for the party.  I saw this Easter Bunny Bread on Pinterest and I knew I had to give it a whirl.  Their's was super cute and I must say I was pretty happy with the one I created.  I must say I can bust out cookies or cakes, NOW molding a bread into a shape was a WHOLE new ballgame for me.


The recipe on Taste of Home called for Frozen Bread.  I decided that I rather make a homemade bread.  I found a Basic Bread Machine White Bread that I MUST say is the BEST bread I have ever made! 


What You Need:

1-POUND LOAF    INGREDIENTS2/3 cup                       water
4 teaspoons                sugar
3/4 teaspoon              salt
4 teaspoons                nonfat dry milk powder
4 teaspoons                butter OR margarine
2 cups                          bread flour
1-1/2 teaspoons         Bread Machine Yeast OR RapidRise Yeast

Directions
Add ingredients to bread machine pan in the order suggested by manufacturer. 


For the Bunny Bread I started with homemade bread, BUT you can use frozen if you would like.  If you want a great bread machine bread follow recipe above and just set for dough setting.  I doubled the recipe, since I was just doing the dough I knew my machine could handle the 2 lbs.  NOW if you're baking my would only handle 1 1/2 lbs.

What you Need for the Bunny:

Ingredients

  • 2 loaves (1 pound each) frozen bread dough, thawed
  • 2 raisins
  • 2 sliced almonds
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • Dip of your choice

Directions

  • Cut a fourth off of one loaf of dough; shape into a pear to form
  • head. For body, flatten remaining portion into a 7-in. x 6-in. oval;
  • place on a greased baking sheet. Place head above body. Make narrow
  • cuts, about 3/4 in. deep, on each side of head for whiskers.
  • Cut second loaf into four equal portions. For ears, shape two
  • portions into 16-in. ropes; fold ropes in half. Arrange ears with
  • open ends touching head. Cut a third portion of dough in half; shape
  • each into a 3-1/2-in. oval for back paws. Cut two 1-in. slits on top
  • edge for toes. Position on each side of body.
  • Divide the fourth portion of dough into three pieces. Shape two
  • pieces into 2-1/2-in. balls for front paws; shape the remaining
  • piece into two 1-in. balls for cheeks and one 1/2-in. ball for nose.
  • Place paws on each side of body; cut two 1-in. slits for toes. Place
  • cheeks and nose on face. Add raisins for eyes and almonds for teeth.
  • Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30-45
  • minutes. Brush dough with egg. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes

For the Dip I just made a quick Ranch Dip.  I had a small dish that I cut a hole int he bunnies belly and placed it in there and added the Ranch dip inside.  I cut up celery and had mini carrots that I placed around the bunny.


Any Easter Parties or Plans?

Don't forget to see the parties I link up to HERE.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Meal Plan ... Kid Friendly Meal Week (Week of April 13)

This week is all about the kids, with Rick gone I'm going to go back to my strict protein diet and let the kids have meals they enjoy.  So not the most healthiest meals but fun things they would love that I know Rick and I would not want.

Sunday - Meatloaf (Requested by Caden) and Mash Potatoes (Requested by Cole)
Tuesday - Spaghetti and Meat Sauce
Friday - Boy's Pick (probably Papa Murphy's)
Saturday - Chicken Divan - My Recipe (Repeat meal boys liked this one)
Chicken Divan Recipe

Meal Plan Monday
Have a GREAT weekend!!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Easter Treat ... Bunny Nutter Butter Cookies

We have an annual egg hunt at my friends house this weekend.  It's so much fun, she does a huge brunch and then the 1000 egg hunt!  We each bring a dish to the event.  I of course have to find something fun and creative to bring.  I know Rick keeps telling me to go simple I just can't seem to do it .. lol.

I made these really cute Nutter Butter Bunnies last year and got so many compliments.  So I had to try another fun Nutter Butter Bunny that I found on Munchkin Munchies.  They take a little bit of time but I love how they turned out.


This is one I did on the Popsicle stick

What You Need:
Nutter Butter Cookies
1 16-24oz Almond Bark (I used Wilton White Candy Melts)
Pink Marshmallows (I found the Ice Cream Shaped ones)
Wilton Black Food Marker
Popsicles (if you want, I decided to skip less for the parents to clean up)
Ribbon (optional)

1. Melt the bark (in a deep bowl) according to package directions. Dip the end of a Popsicle stick into the melted bark and gently insert it into the middle of the Nutter Butter cookie (oriented horizontally).  Push bottom of stick into Styrofoam block and let dry (15 min. or so) before the next step. ALEXIS NOTES: I used Wilton melts, and did a few on Popsicle but it will be easier for clean up so I kept mine with out the sticks).
2.  Holding the end of the Popsicle stick, dip the cookie into the melted bark until completely covered. Let the excess drip off into the bowl. ALEXIS NOTES: Since I didn't do the sticks I skipped this.
3.  While it is still wet,  gently add a small,  pink marshmallow (you may cut it, to shape it into a more nose-like shape) or pink jelly bean onto the top, middle, curved part of the cookie.  Another option is to let the cookie dry first, and add the nose with a dab of melted bark later. Let cookie dry completely. ALEXIS NOTES: Now my first batch I forgot to add the marshmallow while it was still wet, lesson learned!
4.   After the cookie is dry, use a  food marker and add simple, bunny facial features…mouth, teeth, whiskers.
5.   Add a bow with a dab of melted bark, or tie a ribbon around the stick. ALEXIS NOTES: Skip if you don't do the sticks.


Any Easter Parties or Plans?

Don't forget to see the parties I link up to HERE.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Easter Gift ... Somebunny thinks you're Egg-Stra Special (Teacher Gift)

I went looking for another a fun and easy Teacher Gift for Cole's teacher I found this Bunny Lip Balm Gift with FREE Printable (which is super cute) on Shaken Together.  She found a super cute bunny ceramic cup she used.  I tried to find one but no luck.  So I took her idea and made it my own.



What you Need:
Easter Cup / Easter Take out Boxes
Easter Filler / Easter Candy
EOS - Egg Shaped Lip Balm

She filled a cute ceramic bunny head with shredded paper.  I found this cute Easter Chinese Take out boxes and filled with candy.  I then added the cute EOS lip balm in the middle.  I put in a clear plastic bag added her printable with a pink bow! 


Super Easy but so sweet for any teacher!

Any Easter Parties or Plans?

Don't forget to see the parties I link up to HERE.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Diet Humor "Birthday Party"

I didn't get a chance to finish up the next Teacher Easter Gift so I leave you with a little diet humor.  As many of you know I've struggled and probably always will struggle with my weight.  I saw this on facebook and laughed so hard because sadly it is so me!  

Photo: Love this!

Hope you all are having a wonderful day!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Easter Gift ... Thank You for being an "Egg-Cellent" Teacher Gift

With Easter just around the corner I'm getting a "hop" (LOL I couldn't resist) on getting our gifts done early.  I have 2 teacher gifts to do, 2 classroom gifts to do and 2 items to make for an Awesome 1,000 Egg Hunt this weekend.  I start with a super simple easy gift for Caden's teacher.  I found this awesome idea with a FREE printable (in so many shapes and sizes) on Lil Luna's website.


What you Need:
Egg Carton (used or from a craft store)
Egg Shaped Candy
Card Stock
Printer
Hot Glue Gun

ALEXIS NOTE: I used a candy that was egg shaped that came in an egg carton, 2 birds with 1 stone!  I found these chocolate covered marshmallow's in the egg carton at Walmart for $1.  I had the card stock and used my printer to print the label and my handy dandy hot glue gun to glue it down.  It cost me only $1 to make!


Any Easter Parties or Plans?

Don't forget to see the parties I link up to HERE.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Mostly Healthy Meal Plan Week of April 6th (Plus Easter Treats)

Well it looks like my last post helped a few with meal ideas.  So I thought I'd post my menu Plan for next week.  I know some hate to plan, but between me working, Rick working 2 jobs and the boys school, tutoring and activities it is about the only thing that keeps this wheel moving. 

SundayCube Steak and Potatoes (This is not a healthy meal night, it's Rick's fav and I do it once a week for him .. lol.
WednesdayBBQ Macaroni and Cheese Recipe (My Family Mealtime) - I'll lighten this up with homemade BBQ sauce and Gluten Free Noodles and Light Cheese
bbq macaroni and cheese
Friday - Boy's Pick (probably Papa Murphy's)

Meal Plan Monday
Have a GREAT weekend!!

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