Friday, March 29, 2019

3 ingredient Lemon Cupcakes

First let me say HAPPY BIRTHDAY! To my dear hubby who I love so much I've married him 4 times. LOL Long story.
These are for you sweetheart, well, we already ate them, but here's the recipe.

All Hale the Mighty Cupcake!
No I didn't give up on WW or quit or even jump ship temporarily. But I have been on a cupcake kick lately.
I saw a recipe where they used Greek yogurt and a cake mix to reduce the fat and calories, so I thought why not give it a go.
There were delicious. I will say, they are better the second day. The first day they are so airy until they fall completely apart which wasn't a problem to me but it was aggravating to eat.
I topped mine with Fat Free Reddi Whip, they were delicious!
Simple quick easy no fuss no muss. A perfect recipe.

1 box of cake mix, I used the Lemon Supreme
1 individual size lemon Greek Yogurt
1 cup water
24 cupcakes, bake according to the package.

Seriously, eat them the next day or bake them at night and have the next morning. Each cupcake is less than a point. So I enjoyed 2 for 1 point without the topping. This is if you are following the WW Freestyle system.

ENJOY we sure did.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Victoria's Secret Fruit Of The Loom Party

Karen over at Baking In A Tornado said, I'm paraphrasing, hey why don't we do a post on "make up your own holiday day"? I asked if we were all creating our own and she said yes. I was in like Flynn. WOO yeah!!(you'll find her link and the other at the bottom of this post).
Now what would my day be? Something to do with food of course. HA! Those days have all been created. I came up with some doozies and found a day for every stinking one.
Then I thought, fun, crafty, kids, animals, pets...again those days were created.
However I did come up with the following 3 that I could not find. If you know they are already a day please don't bust my bubble. Let me have this one, okay? Okay. Great so off we go...
National Sit On Your Ass Day
National Create A New You Day
National Dance Around In Your Underwear Day
I decided to go with Dance Around In Your Underwear Day because quite frankly when I mentioned this one my son said "gag gross" and there we have a winner folks! When you can gross out your kids, no matter how old they are, you have a winner. At least in my book. I raised all boys and grossing them out became a hobby because theirs was to scare the crap out of me at every corner turn. It was fair play.
I then decided that the title was too boring. I needed to jazz it up. Hence...
Victoria's Secret Fruit Of The Loom Party 
was born. I thought it was funny, my son rolled his eyes and my husband said, well hell let's get this party started woman! Which led to a quick exit from my son. 😃
No, I'm not posting photos of me dancing around in my drawers nor of my husband. I'd like to keep what readers I have and not run y'all off to the dr because you've been blinded.
But just think about it. Maybe you are a mom with small kids, I bet you'd give anything to have a day to yourself to just dance around in your panties or maybe a stay at home dad who is missing his bachelor days of walking around in your tightie whites or sexy bikini drawers. If you're an empty nester this might be one of the first things you did when the kids moved out.
We used to walk around that way as soon as we got home from work and most weekends but then JT moved back in and we had to stop. Not really, I mean we could have continued but he would not have appreciated it I can promise you that. We'd much rather have him here and in our pjs than where he was, worrying me sick.
So here's the gist. Today is make your own holiday day, so let's party in our underwear, dance around in our VS or FOTL, Wally World cotton special, whatever it is you have. Lock the door, draw the shades, pull the curtains, crank up the music and dance until you can't dance anymore!!

For even more entertainment, stop over to my friends blogs and see what they came up with for a holiday...I can hardly wait to see what they are celebrating.

And in honor of the party, here is a quick easy and WW friendly cupcake coming in at 2 pts per cupcake without frosting.
1 box cake mix, Pineapple Supreme by Duncan Hines
1 can crushed pineapple Drain The juice
1/2 - 3/4 cup pineapple soda or flavored water that is carbonated or Sprite
The soda makes the cake rise and gives it a lite airy feel.
24 cupcakes in a 350 degree oven for 18 minutes. ENJOY
YEP, it's that simple.


Friday, March 22, 2019

Beefy Rotel Pasta and March 2019 FOTW

Life is just a little crazy around here because we moved, yes yes again, on March 16th. Holy moly man
It is exciting and exhausting all at the same time. We are in a house, first time since October 2013 AND the biggest house ever at 2265 square feet, plus a deck, a screened in porch and a double car garage. I'm in heaven or hell when it comes to keeping it all clean, that is still to be determined.

Karen and I were discussing the move prior to it happening. This is my 52nd move and I am 52, 53 in June. I think I've had close to that number in jobs.(edit...I sat down for a few hours and wrote down my job history...58 jobs) I worked for a temporary service for seven years. Loved it! I get bored easily and this cured the boredom. If I didn't like a job I could call for a new assignment and it didn't reflect badly on my resume. Actually when working for a temp agency the more jobs the better. I have many talents, I've worn many hats but I am the master of nothing. LOL There will be a post coming soon about this very topic.

Welcome to the March edition of Fly On The Wall, a post where you get to peek inside my home and life to gather some insight, get some laughs and hopefully lighten your mood. Get yourself a cup of coffee, prop up your feet and read a spell. At the end of the post you'll find links to the others. THANK YOU for stopping by.

This young lady used to be in our youth group and one of my sons dated her. She is now a teacher and married. She posted on Facebook a few times on afternoon...
Apparently my kiddos have had a long week too and attitudes are at a high. I was helping one of my partner groups with their research project and one little girl tells the other one after she wrote the word help “your h looks like a n. Fix it.” To which the other little girl replies “I make my letters different than other people. Don’t judge me.” 
Lord, let us get through this Friday 🙃
From Kendall 

Kendall 
Also while working on word problems during math one of my students just said “I’m not solving this one because these problems are getting ridiculous.” Like I said, attitude central 😂🙃
👦👨👧👩👲

Sometimes supper is whatever I have on hand. I will do a quick run through of what is available in the pantry, freezer and fridge. Then I do what I do best, throw it together. Honestly, very little thought or effort goes into some of these dishes. Like this one. Quick, simple, delicious and what I had on hand.
Beefy Rotel Pasta
1 lb 93% lean either ground beef or  turkey
1 cup corn
1 can Rotel
1/3 cup Ditalini pasta (or whatever you have on hand)
1/2 cup of beef broth, low sodium
top with fat free sour cream or a non fat Greek yogurt
Cook the beef or turkey until nice and brown, not barely done and soggy. Add a little crunch by cooking it longer. Toss in the corn, can of Rotel, beef broth and the pasta. Stir it together and place a lid on it. Stir every so often, adding more broth if need be. Once the pasta is done, about 10 minutes you're ready to eat. Add cheese to the top if you want, my son did, and a dollop of sour cream, Greek yogurt if you're cutting calories. I added neither.

My phone rings and it's my son at work. He says "hey I just wanted to call you and tell you what kinda crap I'm dealing with this morning. So here's the deal (he hasn't taken a breath yet so I'm all ears) this dude from corporate is here training K and he brought his dog with him. You know I love dogs and I'm okay with that but I don't think we're supposed to have animals in the building. So he's in there and just said "oh yeah he's trained and a really good dog" and I'm sitting in my office thinking okay. This dog is running all over the place. Then it hits me. This smell. I gag and cough. I get up and get to my door, THERE right at my door is this BIG OL PILE of dog...he just took a HUGE dump at my door! I'm gagging and came outside to get some air. I'm waiting to see how long before they notice and I"m not cleaning it up either. So yeah that's my morning."
We have this towel... not sure when or even how but my husband got bleach all over it. He says “ no big deal it’s a towel”. Now ladies I ask you, is it a big deal? Yes!!! He ruined my towel. It doesn’t match the others. The color is weird and has this, I don’t know what, pattern on it now. I was raised where this would now be cut into rags. No way would my mother allow us to use a bleach stained towel. I mean what if company saw it? What would they think?!?!
Today. I’m like. Okay. It’s a towel with a bleach stain. Would I give it to a guest? No. But we use it all the time. I don’t care. The towel works just like any other. It absorbs water off my body or floor or both. 
I’m a lot more relaxed than in my younger years and these things don’t bother me. 
Does it really matter ? No. In the grand scheme of things it doesn’t matter and if the world ends tomorrow no one will be here and if there happens to be a few left they won’t be talking about my bleach stained towel. 

Now the new debate. What does this stain look like?
This month's participating bloggers:
Carol over at: Never Ever Give Up Hope  
Sara at The Crazy Mama Llama                     
Shel at Follow Me Home                        

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Turkey Bacon Ranch Cheese Burgers

Do you have favorite flavor combinations? Like jalapeno and cheddar, peanutbutter and jelly, chocolate and everything LOL. I do. I love turkey bacon ranch wraps, subs, and now burgers.
I thought about this one day, why do we make plain burgers and add a ton of stuff to the top? Why not incorporate those things that we love IN the burger.
I'll tell you why, you have to be careful because you can make the burger too wet which causes it to fall apart and create a huge mess and an even bigger mess if you add too much cheese "in" the meat mixture. How do I know? Well, let's just say I've done my fair share of cleaning up burnt on crusty cheese in the bottom of a what I thought was nonstick pan.
I apologize now for the photo. It really is not the best but I will not apologize for the flavor because it is on point. Delicious, moist, packed with flavor, not too dry and they didn't fall apart either. I did not have any buns I discovered after I was in the process of making the burgers so I decided to shape them in an oval and put them on some deli fresh Italian bread slices that I had. The bread is soft but also hearty and I knew it could stand up to a patty being served on it.

I have started using 93% lean ground turkey to cut down on fat and calories but I'll admit it is not as good as a big ol' thick juicy Angus beef burger off the grill. It's just not.

But I have created a few burgers lately that are delicious and satisfying, no they still aren't beef but they do fill a craving for a while. Yes I still eat the good ol' juicy beef burgers but only once in a while and I prepare for them by eating low points that entire day. You may ask why and it's because I refuse to go over points if at all possible. By doing so I have been consistent in losing weight by 1 pound or more each week.

Just a note about ground turkey, not all ground turkey is created equal. You may think that it is all fat free and lean, I found out it is not. A lot of brands are only 80-85% lean unless otherwise stated on the package. So that makes it higher in points/fat/calories.

Ingredients:
1 lb 93% lean ground turkey 
1/3 cup diced bacon or real bacon pieces in the bag
1/2 package of dry ranch mix
1 egg beaten
1/3 cup Panko bread crumbs
1 TBSP parsley flakes
Mix all ingredients well in a bowl, shape into patties-whatever size, shape or thickness you desire. I made 6 patties from this mix.
Cook in a nonstick skillet sprayed with a few shots of oil or cook in oil if you're okay with the extra fat/calories/points. I'm cutting them wherever I can.
Once they were done I placed a extra thin slice of baby Swiss cheese.
Served with a salad.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

National Breakfast Day! Combo Breakfast Casserole

Can there be a better day? National Breakfast Day? Well, yeah. Like chocolate day, donut day, fried chicken day...I'll stop. Dang I'm getting hungry. So not to get off track here. I have this great recipe. It uses up leftovers along with a few prepackaged items. No, it's not the healthy fabulous help you lose weight recipe but it is good, filling, comfort food, frugal and not totally horrible on points.
If you're wondering how I knew it was National Breakfast Day, well that's because I was doing research for an upcoming post and saw the date, and knew I had this gem sitting in my drafts, so I decided to go ahead and post it today instead of some random day because, well, it's NATIONAL BREAKFAST DAY!
I had leftovers in the fridge from a breakfast casserole. So instead of using 6-8 eggs, milk, cheese and whatever else, I just cut the casserole up into tiny 1/2 pieces and sprinkled them into this new casserole. BA BAM using leftovers and getting a new dish. Works for me, how about you?
If you're wondering why the cheese is so uneven, well that is because my husband is not a big cheese lover and our son is. So the half I figured JT would eat has more cheese, I'm the middle with a moderate amount and hubby is the other end with just a sprinkle.
Here you can see what I was referring to when I said I cut up the casserole and sprinkled it in. The previous casserole is the little yellow squares. Nice huh?

This is really simple and honestly could be done the night before, placed in the fridge and then just cooked the next morning. I rarely have fridge space so I do stuff on a as needed basis. I dream of having a BIG fridge with a bottom drawer for easier access. Some dream of yachts and weekend get aways, I dream of kitchen gadgets and appliances but don't tell my husband because he might stop buying jewelry and I can't have that. 😆

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  • Okay, sorry, that rabbit chasing gets out of hand sometimes and I have to rein it in but back to the recipe. Where was I? Oh yes, the two casseroles become one with just a few added items.

    Trying to cut down on fat, calories and of course WWFreestyle points (It may not look like it but it's not that bad) I am replacing turkey for beef or pork where I can. Now don't get confused. I'm still eating ham, bacon, pork chops and roast but not as much and I am subbing ground turkey in recipes where you really can't tell because of the other ingredients. My husband doesn't mind if he can't tell. Like chili, spaghetti and other things.

    In this casserole I used the precooked frozen turkey breakfast sausage crumbles. I had a coupon and wanted to give it a try plus I could control the amount used easier. If I cook an entire roll of sausage I'm going to use it, this way I could take out just the right amount.

    The casserole that I used as leftovers can be found HERE on my blog.
    I really like adding the diced up biscuits, that is a trick I found on several other recipes doing the same thing so I'm not sure who started doing it first.

    Here you can see how I cut up the biscuits.
    Combo Breakfast Casserole
    *leftovers from the ham, pepper, onion bake OR
    6-8 eggs beaten, a splash of milk, cooked diced onion, pepper and ham enough to make 2 cups total with the eggs
    *1 can el cheap o buttermilk biscuits, diced up
    *1 package of country white gravy mix, prepare according to package and set aside
    *shredded cheese, 1/3 cup or you can leave it out, totally up to you
    * 1/2 cup precooked frozen turkey sausage crumbles
    Spray your 13x9 casserole dish or rub it with a dab of oil to prevent sticking.
    Cut your biscuits up and your leftovers if using them.
    Prepare the gravy according to the package and set aside.
    Time to assemble. Biscuits in the bottom, crumbles on top, casserole on top or egg mix. IF using the egg mix, bake your biscuits for at least 15 minutes then assemble the rest.
    Bake the biscuits and sausage for 15 minutes at 350°F.
    Take it out and pour the gravy over the casserole, then return to the oven for another 10 minutes.
    Remove and sprinkle with cheese and bake another 5 minutes or until melted.
    Allow this to set up for a few once you remove it. Serve with some fruit, a cup of Joe and enjoy!

    Monday, March 11, 2019

    Fiesta Biscuit Bake and A Winter Thaw BWF

    Packing boxes, wrapping glass
    extra rolls of tape
    Stuff and shovel
    it all must go
    into the Uhaul truck

    Yep you guessed it, I'm moving again. Hey, it's only the 52nd time. No lie. I may have even missed a few times but here we go.

    Today I'm talking about...A Winter Thaw, why you ask, because today's post is a group post for Blog With Friends. We all decide on a theme, each interpret that theme to suit our blog and readership, then post on the same day at the same time. You'll find links and photos to the others at the end of my post.
    Ah yes, a winter's thaw, well I'm thawed out with all this packing and cleaning that is for sure. But another way to thaw out is this delicious, quick and easy meal. I've made it about 4 times and each time I changed just a few things. I swear it gets better and better.

    This dish should thaw you out or at least on the inside.

    Fiesta Biscuit Bake

    1.) 1 can of biscuits, the cheap ones with 10 in the can(Dice each one into 6 pieces)
    2.) 1 lb lean ground beef, cook and drain if needed
    3.) 1 can Bush's southwest style beans, drain
    4.) 1/2 onion diced
    5.) 3 mini sweet bell peppers diced
    6.) 1 cup white sweet corn kernels, drain if it is in a can
    Layer the 6 ingredients in order in a 13 x 9 inch baking dish, be sure to spray it first or it will be a sticky mess.
    Next add the cheese...
    1/2-1 cup shredded Mexican style cheese
    Once it comes out of the oven, top...
    1/2 cup grape tomatoes cut in half, these garnish the top
    You can also add avocado and sour cream if you'd like.
    Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until everything is bubbly. Your oven temp and time may vary depending.




    Saturday, March 9, 2019

    Ham Pepper and Onion Egg Bake

    Are you familiar with egg bakes or casseroles? I love them and we will eat them for breakfast on weekends or for dinner during the week.
    I wanted one last weekend and was out of sausage but did have some diced ham in the fridge so I  decided to use what I had and make one anyway. It is different than the norm but just as delicious if you ask me, not that you did but here it is.
    Later this month, on the 13th you'll see how I used the leftovers to create a whole new casserole.
    Since I did not have my usual "go to" items, I used what I had and this was the result. Delicious

    Ham Pepper Onion Egg Bake
    1/2 cup diced ham, chopped finer than from the package
    1 small onion finely diced
    6 small sweet mini bell salad peppers finely diced
    8 eggs beaten with a splash of water
    In a non stick skillet cook your onions and peppers until done/translucent adding the ham towards the end. Allow to cool off.
    Beat the eggs in a medium bowl.
    In a square baking dish, greased or sprayed first, add your veggies and ham then pour the eggs on top. Place in a preheated 350℉  oven and bake until done. Which for my oven, which is gas, it takes 23 minutes. You could add cheese to the top if you wanted but I chose not to today, saving on points and reducing my fat intake.

    My usual one and several other varieties can be found here:

    Thursday, March 7, 2019

    Loaded Chicken Bake

    In case you didn't know, I joined WW formerly Weight Watchers back in November. I immediately set about recreating some of my old recipes and searching for new things to try that would keep me on track and within my daily allotted points. Which by the way is 23.
    I found several great pages to follow on Instagram and began surfing their blogs as well. One of my favorites belongs to Star at www.theskinnyishdish.com because she has hearty filling comfort food recipes which with all the cold wet weather we've had were right up my alley.
    This recipe I did not alter the first time but did the second. I made adjustments to suit my taste and cut out a few points. 
    You can see the step by step photos of what I DID below.
    We enjoyed the recipe the first time but REALLY loved it the second time.
    I purchased a whole chicken from Aldi on sale and cooked it. After allowing it to cool off I then pulled off all the skin and fat, removed the bones and separated the dark and white meat. With the white meat I made chicken salad, after the meat sat in the fridge to get nice and cold, otherwise when you hit it with the food processor it becomes paste and no one wants that.
    With the dark meat i made the casserole. I know she used white meat, and I did too the second time, to cut points/calories, but it really needs both. You can purchase a rotisserie chicken and pull that off the bone to use if you'd rather due to convenience and time or even the precooked chicken you can purchase in the meat department at most stores. It is totally up to you.
    Start off by greasing/spraying no stick spray in a 13 x 9 baking dish. Take your can of biscuits, the cheap-o cans. You know like we had growing up IF your mom bought them. Being from the South my mother NEVER bought store can biscuits until maybe 10 years ago. Well after the time I was grown and gone. My can had 10, the Star said hers had 8. As you see above this is how I cut them up.
    I begin by placing them four wide and spaced out, then as you see below I start to fill in until I've used all the pieces. I cut each biscuit into 6 pieces. So that's 60 pieces.
    Below is after I created the filling and carefully spread it over the biscuit pieces. I thought it was runny and too much. This photo is from the first time I made it. Also WAY too many green onions and I didn't use as much as she called for. So the next time I cut it WAY down on the onions. I mean I like them but I swear I could still taste them the next day.
    It goes in the oven and as you can see from the top picture it is gorgeous and gooey. Let it sit for at least five minutes to allow it to set, otherwise it will be runny and you'll need to scoop it up with a spoon. Which my guys were fine with but doesn't allow for a pretty picture let me tell you that.

    Here are the ingredients...**EDIT**I edited the ingredients to suit our taste but Star requested that I remove my ingredients and direct you to her blog. Her link is above.

    I served mine with a big salad which we ate while the bake/casserole rested.

    I hope you enjoy it. Star did a great job, I just made a few adjustments. Show her some love on social media.