Friday, September 13, 2019

Never Judge By A Sniff

It's Friday, it's Friday...oh sorry you probably hate that song and now it's stuck in your head. However, it is Friday and time for another writing challenge. Today it is time for Use Your Words and this is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now. Dun Dun Dun... cue weird music.

Links to the other blogs featuring this challenge are listed below. Check them out, see what words they got and how they used them. Grab a cup o' joe or tea, plop yourself down in a comfy spot and after you finish this post, which well hello you are at the end of, pop over to the ones listed below.
Thanks again for stopping by!

Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts:
Baking In A Tornado             
Wandering Web Designer    
On the Border                    
Follow Me Home                     
Part-time Working Hockey Mom 

Your words are: banana ~ airborne ~ ace ~ vestibule ~ canine

There is a canine named Ace running through the vestibule carrying a banana and wearing an airborne vest.


Sorry that was my weak attempt at humor. Now to try and do justice to the words that Shellybean submitted. Although it did give life to an idea so let's see how this works out shall we?

Sue walked in through the double doors, she stopped for a mere second to admire the wood, solid oak, hand craved and crafted by a member many years ago. Pausing in the vestibule she crossed herself and proceeded into the sanctuary. 
Having found her favorite spot, because well don't we all have one, she sat herself down. Almost immediately a gentleman sat next to her. He leaned over quite close and took a sniff. Sue leaned away, what kind of weirdo did the ushers let in this morning. He sniffed again and smiled.
Sue slide further down the pew. She took a side glance at the man and noticed his service canine aka dog. The dog was wearing a vest that said "Service animal please do not pet" and she wondered if he would bite?
It was then that she noticed the man had his eyes closed and sunglasses laid in his lap. She wondered if he was blind and felt ashamed that she had, in her mind, called him a weirdo.
For some unknown reason she felt misty eyed and reached into her purse for a tissue and then she saw it. The reason the man had sniffed she was sure of it. It was the banana peel, she meant to throw it in the trash outside but someone had taken up the cans, now it was in her purse smelling up the church. Oy!
Sue wrapped the banana peel into her tissue and quickly went to the restroom to throw it out. On her way back she heard one of the ushers refer to the dog as Ace and she thought that it fit him nicely.
Service was long this morning and her butt was going numb, man she sure did wish that the building committee would go for padded pews.
Once the service was over the man next to her put his glasses on, stood and took hold of a metal handle of sorts that was attached to the vest on Ace. This confirmed for Sue that the man was blind. Again she felt like a real heel.
He started out and stopped, turning toward Sue, he said, "excuse me ma'am but can I ask your assistance?"
"oh my, yes, what do you need?"
He smiled shyly and said "the restroom, as it is my first time here I am unfamiliar with the layout and I sense no one else near by to ask. I do hate to impose and hope I am not offending your female sensitivities."
Sue smiled, he was older than she thought at first and thought it very sweet and sad all at the same time.
"oh no bother and I'm not offended. If you will turn and follow me out the left end of the pew we can access the hall faster and with less traffic if that is okay."
He said, "well first let me introduce myself, Bridges. Mr. Bridges. I'm sorry it is an old Airborne habit to use my last name only."
"Well, Mr. Bridges it is nice to meet you and I am Sue."
After navigating the hallway and running children they safely arrived at the restroom door where Sue stayed in case he needed her help finding his way outside again.
Mr. Bridges exited the restroom and said "if it is not too forward of me, would you do this old vet a tremendous favor and accompany me to lunch?"
Sue smiled, "I would love to."
And off they went, soon to become fast friends with lots of conversations over coffee and walks in the park.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Loaded Muffin with WW points

It is almost Fall, well officially it is Fall on September 29th this year. I know a lot of you and I mean a lot, have been celebrating Fall since the end of August and on the first of September everyone went total PS crazy! I didn't even realize what they were talking about at first until the recipes started popping up in my newsfeed and the coffee places were celebrating PS Day. Seriously? A pumpkin spice day? Well butter my butt and call me a biscuit I didn't know we had a PS Day!
So I'm late to the party, of course, but it is worth the wait let me tell ya!

This is a super easy recipe as you can see. 
Mix everything in a large bowl.
Grease or spray 2, 12 muffin pans or use liners.
Fill each cup 2/3 and bake at 350 degrees for 18 minutes.
Simply and delicious.
I put mine in a large zip top bag and each morning or whenever the mood struck, I'd take one or two out and pop them in the microwave for 30 seconds. Hot and fresh. Stayed in the fridge for almost 2 weeks before they were all gone. It took that long because the guys refuse to eat anything pumpkin.
Their loss.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Calorie Free Cake - Wishful Thinking -Sept BWF

Most of you know that I am following the WW Freestyle plan. WW used to be Weight Watchers but in September of 2018 they changed it to WW which means Wellness Wins. Why? Because we need to be on a path to wellness not weight loss. Do I want to lose weight? Yes! But I also want to be healthy. Weight loss is a benefit of wellness, the result of healthy choices which are not always food related.

What does this have to do with BWF? Well, everything! This month our blog with friends theme is "wishful thinking" and I thought, my wishful thinking is that food would be calorie free, especially sweets and I could eat cake whenever I want. LOL

Well, on WW I can eat cake whenever I want BUT I have to count it. What? Yes, we count points. each food has been given a point based on calories,  fat, sugar, carbs and depending on you, whether you are trying to lose weight, maintain a healthy weight or just make better choices, you have as set number of points to use each day. Like a bank account. There is a daily deposit, each time you eat, you spend those points and a withdrawal is made. At the end of the day if you over ate, you are in the negative. Not where you want to be. But it happens.
So with that in mind I thought I'd make a wishful thinking cake. Calorie free cake? No such thing but I thought it was a poetic name.
How about low in points cake? Sounds better or more realistic anyway.

Watermelon Feta Balsamic Drizzle Cake, does that sound weird? You may think I've lost my mind. But clearly I'm onto something here.

Thick slice of watermelon
1 teaspoon of low fat Feta cheese
Balsamic vinegar, the really good kind

Slice your watermelon into large triangles or big thick chunks, sprinkle feta and layer the slices, or just use one as I did. Drizzle the bv over the top and BAM a master piece. According to my WW app this would be 2 points (if I use 3 slices of watermelon, 2 TBSP Feta and a drizzle of BV) and more than enough to satisfy my sweet tooth. Honestly two slices is more than enough because of the feta. It was really good. The guys think it's weird but whatever.
I know that this is not calorie free but for 0-2 points, depending on how much you eat, it is well worth it and guilt free which is better than calorie free.

Back to the theme. Wishful thinking...what would you have done? Is there a dream or wish that seems out of reach? An impossible dream? Why? Why is it that we saying "wishful thinking" because something seems out of reach, a far stretch, do we give up too easily? I know I do. I've been on this weight loss journey more times than I really care to admit. Have I ever made "goal"? No. Because it seemed wishful thinking. It's hard and at times I think screw it I'll just be 'fat and sassy' as my Daddy used to say. But I'm tired. I'm out of shape, I'm restless and I want, no NEED to do this. So no more "wishful thinking" when it comes to getting healthier, dropping some pounds or being fit. I won't win top model or be on the cover of Women's Health but that's not my goal. My goal is to be a better version of me and THAT is an obtainable goal.

Now be sure to see how my cohorts interpreted this theme.