Monday, December 26, 2011

MPM, Christmas, and Weight Loss

Well, the Christmas weekend was such a blast. We just relaxed and made some new traditions as a family. Saturday we made Sugar cookies. I love this recipe for the cookies and this recipe for the frosting. Yum! Although, I still hate rolling and cutting out sugar cookies. I read like 5 different posts on little tricks to make it easier, but it still kind of annoys me. But Tim LOVES them and the girls really enjoy making them with me(aka: eating all of the raw dough and frosting :) SO in the long run it was worth it! Here's some pics of us baking :)

I made Paula Dean's Baked French Toast  for Christmas morning and it was pretty amazing.

I also made this yummy Bacon Cheese Dip that a friend had given me the recipe for years ago and that was delicious! We just relaxed Christmas eve and snacked on appetizers.

"Warm Bacon Cheese Spread"
1 round loaf sourdough bread (1lb)
1 package(8oz) cream cheese softened
12 oz sour cream
2 cups(8oz) shredded cheddar cheese
1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
3/4 lb sliced bacon, cooked and crumbled
1/2 cup chopped green onions
assorted crackers
1. Cut the top fourth of the loaf of bread; carefully hollow out the bottom, leaving a 1-in. shell. Cut the removed bread and top of loaf into cubes; set aside.
2. In a mixing  owl, beat the cream cheese. Add the sour cream, cheddar cheese and Worcestershire sauce until combined; stir in the bacon and onions.
3. Spoon into the bread shell. Wrap in a piece of heavy-duty foil (about 24inx17in).
4. Bake at 325 fro 1 hour or until heated through. Serve with crackers and reserved bread cubes
Yields 4 cups

On Weight loss...
We have eaten very well (and badly) basically since Thanksgiving, and it was so amazing and worth it, but now we are trying to eat lighter for the New Year. Mainly me, but Tim is always supportive acting like he needs to lose a few...sweetie! But all that to say, I am going to start to *try* to include calorie counts next to my recipes mainly for planning on my part. I am back to counting calories, being sure to exercise 5 days a week, and weighing in once a week. I'm determined to finally lose this baby weight (after all, my "baby" is almost 16 months old- gasp ;)

Monday - Broiled Tilapia,  broiled  olive oil and salt and pepper broccoli  (225 calories) I know  I said I was going to make this last week, but my local grocery store didn't have the fish I wanted let time I ordered, so I just postponed it. But his week - it's happening :)

Tuesday- Chicken Parmesan (couldn't find calls, but on a healthy website and no pasta) with green salad

Wednesday - P.F. Chang's Chicken Lettuce Wraps (580 cals, but that's without the sauces only 160 calories a serving!)

Thursday - Baked Honey Mustard Chicken (232 Calories), Grilled Asparagus

Friday - Spaghetti and Meatballs (291 Calories), Salad

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LMLogan said...

dang it, you've inspired me. now let's see if it actually happens - but now I want to do menu planning. I really should anyway since I get to dinner and find everything frozen - oops.

way to go chica!! missing you!!

jeileenbaylor said...

ok so the Chicken Parm is 435 cals. Not great, but not too terrible with no pasta and only a salad on the side.