Sunday, March 30, 2008

Photography Assignment

This week's assignment on DPS was "Your Morning." At first I thought to do Babycakes in his crib, but then someone else already posted their child in the crib, and she got lots of great comments, so I had to come up with a new idea. Here it is:

Yeah, I know I need a pedicure. And, yes, you must be shocked that I'm revealing my actual weight. In all honesty, I don't know where that wonderfully low number came from. Normally I weigh in the morning, after I pee and floss, and before I drink anything in hopes of getting the lowest number possible. I took this picture after breakfast, which included lots of water. I don't know how it got that low, but I'll take it.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Wednesday Weigh In

I lost two pounds! I'm quite shocked considering I've eaten anything I've wanted too, including all the chocolate the in-laws brought over for Easter. I got on the scale three times to verify the number, letting the scale completely turn off and reset itself in between each weigh. Well, that gives me hope. I was inspired by Ali on Biggest Loser last night. She just keeps losing weight, and she looks great!!

Monday, March 24, 2008

Book Reviews - Debbie Macomber

I've been too busy with reading to care to write reviews. I enjoy Debbie Macomber's books, although they are not as deep as Susan Wiggs' books. That is my main disappoint with Macomber, that she doesn't give me all the details of the characters, for example, she ended a chapter just when the female lead announced some major news to her boyfriend. Well, how did he react? I'll never know.

I won't take the time to summarize them now (or ever, actually), but I read Montana and Heart of Texas, Vol. 3 (which includes Nell's Cowboy and Lone Star Baby), and 16 Lighthouse Road. I enjoyed reading each of these. I'm currently reading the second book in the Cedar Cove series, (16 Lighthouse Road was the first of the series) and I think this set of books is my favorite of hers yet. I am interested in all the characters, which is rare for me.

Monday's Wednesday Weigh In

I did weigh in last Wednesday even though it slipped my mind to report it. I gained a pound (maybe if I had lost weight, I would have been more ecstatic to report it...)

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Photography Assignment

This week's photography assignment on DPS is construction. There is tons of road construction around my area, but I was too shy to get out of my car and start snapping photos of I took this one shot from inside my car, through the windshield, and raced away. I was so embarrassed to even do that!! I do hope to get a better construction shot, but for now, this is my entry for the construcion assigment. (I was glad to see that I was the first out of 45 entries to have the focus on a human doing construcion. Of course it would be nice if it were summer and I could find a construction worker with bulging biceps...)

Thursday's Wednesday Weigh In

On Wednesday (yesterday), I gained a pound from the week before - nothing to fret over, especially since I'm not counting points.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

My friend Nicole introduced me to the most hilarious and very addicting blog called "Confessions of a Pioneer Woman...Plowing through life in the country one calf nut at a time." Here's the link:
The blog is written by Ree, once a city girl who married a cowboy, whom she calls Marlboro Man. Ree is a very clever and entertaining writer and an excellent photographer and cook. She's everything I've ever wanted to be and more. Okay, maybe not, but she takes amazing photos!! My mere words can't do her justice, so you should head over to her site and read for yourself. The story about how she fell in love with Marlboro Man is a MUST READ!! You can find all the postings about the story if you click on Post Categories on the right and choose "Black Heels to Tractor Wheels: A Love Story." I spent the whole weekend reading it like it was a book. But, be warned, she writes it in a "to be continued.." type fashion, and the story hasn't been completed yet.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Cooking Light DISASTER!!!

I attempted to make Cooking Light's Flounder Picata. I bought the flounder this afternoon at the store, came home and made the dinner. The flounder completely fell apart, and not because I had cooked it too long. Some parts of it were still pinkish. Don't you worry - I have pictures!

Here is the flounder after I tried to turn it over to cook on the other side:
Here is the flounder after I added the white wine, lemon juice, and butter per the directions:

Here is my attempt to plate this disaster:

And finally, here are mine and Donivan's finished plates. Yep, it was DISGUSTING!! It was so mushy, and now it's in the trash. Luckily, flounder is not expensive.
Of course, Babycakes would have nothing to do with the flounder, and I don't blame him. He ate half a green bean, and got about 12 grains of rice in his mouth, with about half a cup of rice spread over the floor. Each time I let him eat rice I tell myself - never again!! But, then I always seem to forget and give him rice.

I plan to write Cooking Light about my disaster to see what went wrong. I'll let you know if I find out something. Right now I'm going to enjoy my New York Cheesecake with raspberry sauce from Black Angus. We went there last night, and as the waitress brought us our receipt there was a survey at the bottom and we got a free desert for each cell phone that called the survey. Our waitress encouraged both of us to call right there at the table so we could take home two desserts with us. What a good idea!! So, hubby and I each got to take home our own piece of New York Cheesecake. The night is redeemed.

Book Review - Heart of Texas, Vol. 1, by Debbie Macomber

Heart of Texas, Vol. 1 houses two books, Lonesome Cowboy and Texas Two-Step. The stories take place in Promise, Texas in the current day. Both stories are enjoyable. Macomber's characters are not as complex as Susan Wiggs', but I think I'm grateful for that because Macomber's characters don't exasperate me the way Wiggs' do. In Lonesome Cowboy, Savannah picks up a hitchhiker, Laredo, on a lonely country road. She instantly likes Laredo and hires him to work for her on her and her brother's ranch. Laredo, of course, likes Savannah as well, but has nothing to offer her and in a bold move, leaves town without saying goodbye. What will happen to their budding relationship?

In Texas Two-Step, Ellie Fraiser's father has just passed away, and her mother has moved far away. She turns to her friends best friend, Glen Patterson, for comfort. In his "comforting" Ellie, he finds that he might like her more than a friend. Can they have the romance too?

I know I made my very simplified summaries a little silly, but, really, I did enjoy reading these books, and I look forward to reading Volumes 2 and 3 in the series.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Wednesday Weigh In

I have lost 2.5 pounds!! I'm extremely pleased with that because I have not been counting points. I just don't want to. But I haven't gone overboard on eating either. I'm still eating like I'm counting points. My 2.5 pound weight loss puts me in the next level to where I have to subtract one more point from my daily goal - so if I go back to counting points, I'll have to consider that. I'm really enjoying working out, although my knee is bothering me again (I hurt it from too much vigorous running.) I really like the challenge of running, and it is frustrating to not be able to do it. Although, today, I did the elliptical, and I kind felt like I was running when I went really fast, so maybe that will have to do.

I won our family Biggest Loser contest for the month of February (my total weight loss for February was 2.5 pounds, and yet I still won!). I think I'll get about $4 for winning.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Book Review - Thursdays at Eight by Debbie Macomber

Thursdays at Eight is about 4 friends who meet for breakfast each week, on Thursdays at 8am. We get to read each of the friend's journal entries and have a glimpse into the lives of each through third-person narrative. I enjoyed the book, but was a little disappointed that some of the story lines weren't finished by the time the book ended. I really wanted to see how Liz's relationship with the doctor panned out, and I wanted to see what happened with Claire's budding relationship with Leslie. Overall, though, I consider it a good read.

Cornmeal and Spice-Crusted Scallops

I made this meal (from "Cooking Light" magazine) for the first time last night. I didn't take a lot of time to get a good picture since I wanted to eat my food while it was hot, but here's the picture:
I can't taste right now since my sniffer isn't working, so to me, it tasted like chicken. Babycakes was very good about trying the scallops, but he made the most awful face when he was swallowing it! He didn't eat any noodles, and he tried the baby corn, but was equally repulsed by that as well. I had to make him a peanut butter and jelly sandwich later on.