Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Cold Brew Macaroon Pie

If you know me then you know several things:
I love owls, coffee, squirrels, kitties, iced coffee, cooking, photography, coffee and oh yes coffee.
I also love trying to find new ways to use my favorite flavors, like coffee.
Recently I purchased some espresso powder, not quite sure what I was going to do with it but I was thinking about trying to create a low calorie tiramisu. Well, my husband got impatient in me opening the powder and started adding it to his morning coffee.
Thinking I better hurry up with some type of dessert before the powder was gone, quickly ditching the tiramisu idea and preparing a no bake freezer pie. Which is a perfect end of the day treat with a hot cup o'joe.
Before it went into the freezer.
The ingredients I used.
Cold Brew Macaroon Pie
1 package Sugar Free vanilla pudding
3/4 cup concentrated cold brew (you could make your own. This is unsweetened)
1/2 cup Reduced fat Hood Milk * you could use Almond milk for less but I can't
8 oz. container light whipped topping
1-2 tsp SF Skinny Syrup - Chocolate Coconut Macaroon (use whatever flavor you like)
1 heaping tsp Espresso Powder
Graham cracker crust

This makes 8 slices for 6 points per slice if you follow the WW Freestyle plan.

In a large bowl whisk the pudding, milk, espresso, syrup and coffee. Allow it to sit a good 3-5 minutes and thicken a bit. Gently fold in the whipped topping and pour into a crust. Spread and pop into the freezer for about 6 hours.
I put mine in for 3 hours, sliced and returned to the freezer. This makes serving easier when time to enjoy it and it cuts easier and thaws a little quicker as well.
Top each slice with a squirt of SF FF whipped topping and a dusting of espresso powder.
Sliced before it was set...we couldn't wait.
Good and set...oh my gosh!! A squirt of Fat Free Sugar Free Whipped topping and a dusting of espresso powder for a little extra kick!! OMGosh y'all seriously you're gonna want this. 
My guys told me this should be in the freezer EVERY day. Oh yeah they loved it.
After the pie was gone...a few days, I decided to reduce the points and make it even more WW friendly. I ditched the crust. Whipping up the filling and placing it into small 1/2 cup serving containers and crushing just 1 square of graham cracker on top. It is great out of the fridge but I do prefer it in the freezer a few hours so it is firmer.
You could vary this with different flavors, which I've already done. I'll share those later. 

Friday, October 18, 2019

Things that make you go hmmm...Oct 2019 FOTW

Welcome to the October issue of Fly On The Wall. A post that gives you a peek into my home and life. I am joined by several other bloggers and you'll find their links at the bottom of this post.
Thanks for stopping by! Let me know you were here and now grab a comfy chair, a cup o'joe and make sure you went to the loo first cause we don't need any accidents.
I try my darnedest to use the Wal-Mart grocery app and totally avoid going into the store. I try. So, I'm working on my order and did a search. I was looking at protein powder and there in the list was...a pair of fuzzy lined imitation Crocs?! Say what? So I clicked on it out of curiosity. Yep, 3 oz milk berry vanilla? and 97 cent is a deal. I added it to my cart JUST BECAUSE I want to see what I get! I'll let ya know. LOL AND I took this screen shot so when they give me some crazy substitution or tell me it was the wrong item I can show them this.
Now I do have to say that I have been VERY pleased with the whole process. Because, well I don't have to go in! YAY

 I'm on my way out of the house headed to Aldi. I look over and my neighbor's teenage daughter is just standing there. Poor thing, looking very confused. Try as I might I'm not sure what's wrong. THEN I see it! HOW she did it, I have no idea, they have a very narrow drive and she tried to turn around but got herself stuck on the wall (drivers side) and off the pavement into the ivy on back (passenger side) of the car. As I pulled out she was just standing there.
Should I have offered help? Should I have stayed to see IF she could figure it out?
By the time I returned, the car was gone. So someone resolved the problem.
The red lines show where the drive is.
After dropping Jesse off at work I'm headed back to the interstate and there's a truck beside me hauling a trailer. It's loaded with motorcycles, the one on the end...well it's missing a crucial part. The front tire! obviously it had been in an accident. but it caught me as funny that the others were all in tack but this one. I bet you could get it for a real deal.
Beau fully believes that he is the king and can sit anywhere he wants any time he wants. Here's the proof. Sitting on hubby's desk...you have no idea how difficult it is to work with this 17 lb cat nudging his way between you and the keyboard. But I wouldn't change it.
 My newest cup! OMG I love it so much it's ridiculous. You can also read about it on my BOO! BWF post HERE.
 Driving home after dropping our son at work and I see this! A tanker truck full of COFFEE!! YES I am following him to where the heck ever he is driving.
Okay, it is an advertisement, not a tanker of coffee, I know, but a girl can dream can't she?

I was reading on Instagram and one of the WW ladies I follow posted.
 “Loving SF Chinatown”
My first thought was... sugar free?
Oh no wait she’s visiting California. San Francisco Chinatown

Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes:

Baking In A Tornado                  https://www.BakingInATornado.com
Never Ever Give Up Hope             https://batteredhope.blogspot.com
Spatulas on Parade                     https://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com
Sarah Nolan                                  https://www.writersarahnolan.blogspot.com/           

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

French Onion Grilled Chicken with WW points - Word Count

I've seen several people on connect, my WW app, and on Instagram posting French onion chicken. It looked good but bland. So you know me. I had to try and spice it up, make it my own.  Viola! Mission accomplished. Believe it or not I was able to keep it point friendly as well.
Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: contributing bloggers each picked a number between 12 and 74. The submitted numbers were then assigned to other bloggers challenged with writing at least one piece using that exact number of words.
So I will attempt my number with each paragraph here.
At the end you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what numbers they got and how they used them. Remember each person gets a different number and it is chosen by Karen randomly. Not sure if she rolls a dice or uses a computer program.
Your number is:

Spices for the chicken
Smoked paprika
fresh cracked black pepper
garlic powder
sprinkle of sea salt
Place on the grill while you cook the onions and gravy. It all comes together quickly.
When it was all ready I did use a fat free cheese sprinkled on top, leave that off if you want.
When I received the email from Karen I said to myself, 53??!! 53 is a lot! I can say a lot mind you, I'm chatty when I want to be and can ramble on and on for hours but when it comes to writing these post it seems easier to use fewer words.
Let's see if I can walk you through this recipe in 53 words...

Season and grill the chicken tenders
Dry saute the onions in a non stick pan
Add the dry onion soup mix and water to the onions
Allow to thicken
In a baking dish, place your grilled chicken
pour the onion gravy on top
Sprinkle with cheese
Serve with your preferred side.
Viola Done!
Thank you Rena for the number of 53 which by the way is how old I am. Yikes not sure how that happened. I swear last time I looked I was forty something and then fifty snuck in and it's all been a blur since oh I'm not sure, since forty five maybe.
If you follow the WW Freestyle plan like I do, you'll be pleased to know that this plate is only 5 points. Yes you read that correctly. Five points. Which is a great low point meal for dinner and it gives you that comfort food feeling. Which we all crave. That's a win!

Links to the other Word Counters posts:
Baking In A Tornado                       https://www.bakinginatornado.com
Spatulas on Parade             HERE        https://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com
Wandering Web Designer              https://wanderingwebdesigner.com/blog
Sarah Nolan                             https://writersarahnolan.blogspot.com/
On the Border                      https://dlt-lifeontheranch.blogspot.com/   

Friday, October 11, 2019

Chicken Fajita Soup - Random Thoughts -UYW

Some of you know that I'm doing WW Freestyle. That is WW, Wellness Wins formerly Weight Watchers. Anyway, I'm always looking for delicious new dishes that are low in points. A new friend of mine, Rebecca, shared her soup recipe with me. It is delicious.
I just had to share it with you.
This is how I made it...oh and it is only 1 point for a cup of soup!! That meant I could indulge in a few tortilla chips without breaking the bank.
Chicken Fajita Soup
4-5 chicken breast
1 cup salsa
I placed the chicken in the slow cooker and covered with the salsa. Cook on high for 2-3 hours, then I added the remaining ingredients and cooked on high for another 3 hours.
water 2 cups
2 cans Fat Free reduced sodium cream of chicken soup
1 can (drained and rinsed) organic black beans
12 oz bag of frozen corn
1 bag of frozen 3 peppers/onion mix (because the fresh ones at the store looked like poo)
1 heaping tablespoon of minced garlic
1 1/2 teaspoon of Cumin
Stir well and allow to cook on high for a total of 6 hours. remove the chicken and shred. replace it in the pot and cook until you are ready to eat.
You can also add cheese, sour cream, diced avocado when you serve it but I ate mine plain with a few tortilla chips. It was so so good!! Also, I did add fresh cracked pepper to my bowl.
Sometimes it is really easy to work with the challenges and sometimes it's not. Oh wait, if you're new here I'm referring to the UYW "Use Your Words" challenge that I participate in each month.
We, those of us participating, receive 4-6 words or phrases, then we creatively use those words to tell a story, write a poem, tell about a recent event. However we choose. Then on the same day we post. No one knows until we post who received whose words. Our faithful leader Karen handles all the details and beautifully I might add with little to no thanks and the money isn't great either. Zero to be exact. However, each month she does it without a complaint or fuss, working away behind the scenes so that this all works and flows. THANK YOU KAREN!! She is the owner and author of Baking In A Tornado.

This month I'm working with 🠟🠟🠟  At the end of the post you'll find links to all the others.

Your words are:
bark ~ social media ~ inventive ~ solitude ~ candy ~ calico
It was submitted by: https://climaxedtheblog.blogspot.com      
Thank you Jenniy. As to not offend anyone and get off on a tangent. I am choosing to use these words separately and independent of one another. So here we go...

Bark. They say "his bark is worse than his bite" but how do they know? Has the dog bitten them before? Does he just like to sit and bark? I've also referred to people like this. Some folks are like little dogs, they are so intimidated that all they do is "bark" but if you were to challenge them they would back down and run away. Bark, it's all noise until it isn't.

Social Media...oh dear. Now this can be a soap box issue. As a blogger I love social media until FB or some other entity decides how and who will see my content. If it's mine, shouldn't I be in control of it?
Then there's the cyber bullying that goes on. Folks think that because they are behind a screen they can say anything to anyone they want and no matter how cruel and untrue it may be.
It is a great way to stay connected to friends/family that are near and far. BUT sometimes we see (and can not unsee) things that NO ONE really should see. We learn far more about our friends from social media than we ever will be sitting down face to face.

Inventive. As a food blogger I try to be inventive but it gets hard. Now with my diet restrictions per the doctor and trying to eat/live a healthier lifestyle being inventive has been hindered and so, well, I become even more inventive. Sometimes that is great and other times not so much. 

I am in awe sometimes at the inventive ways that young people are using social media and changing the world around them for the better. Then I am ashamed at how others use it.

Solitude...ah how I love you. Let me count the ways. LOL seriously. A few years ago solitude was almost a form of punishment. Then I learned more about myself, accepted myself and learned to treasure the solitude. Look for it, crave it and definitely enjoy it.

Candy. Happy Halloween is what we will be hearing soon from eager little faces showing up at our doors, seeking candy. Oh man I used to love candy. Craved it every single day and ate it most days. Until I became very sick last year. One of the first things the doctor said was to lay off the sugar, that means candy for me. I didn't eat a lot of sugar, except candy and baked goods. BUT did eat those most days. So...there went the candy. Now I don't crave it any more. There are times I miss it. But when I try to eat it, oh man, it is overpoweringly sweet and makes me feel sick. Thank you Jesus for removing that addiction from my life. Praying that means no diabetes for me in the future. 

Calico. At the end of our street is a yellow house with 5 or 6 outdoor kitties. I love them. I've never petted them but talk to them each time I drive by. They mostly hang out at the end of the drive. I will pass by slowly and speak to them. NO I'm not crazy. I just love kitties. One of them is a calico. I've never been much of a fan, but this one has the sweetest face. My son is a big calico and tortie lover when it comes to cats.

There ya have it. Random thoughts for your amusement. Now be sure to stop by the other post.

Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts:
Baking In A Tornado                     https://www.bakinginatornado.com
Wandering Web Designer              https://wanderingwebdesigner.com/blog
Spatulas on Parade         HERE      https://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com
On the Border                              https://dlt-lifeontheranch.blogspot.com/
Follow Me Home                          https://followmehome.shellybean.com
Climaxed                                     https://climaxedtheblog.blogspot.com    
Part-time Working Hockey Mom     https://thethreegerbers.blogspot.com/ch 

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

A Fiery Twist - October poetry

Hey or HAY howdy hey! LOL
Time for our monthly edition of the poetry challenge. This months theme is Corn Mazes and BonFires. Sounds like a disaster waiting to happen doesn't it?

At the end of this post you'll find links to the others. Stop by and read their twist on our theme.

A Fiery Twist
corn stalks in rows
cut down it shows
go this way
no that
oh dang and drat
the trail ends
again we begin
winding and twisting
to find a path
that leads us out.

We made it through
the maze was a blast
but oh no
what is that?
A blaze we see
smoke rising
but wait it's laughs
not shrieks
but fun and glee
it's a bonfire we see

whew, that could have been bad
but oh man am I glad

someone hand me a s'more!

Sarah from Writer Sarah Nolan

Diane from On The Border

Monday, October 7, 2019

BOO! Treats - Oct BWF

Welcome to the October edition of Blog With Friends. This month our theme is...BOO! Now I have to admit, I'm not a huge Halloween fan and definitely not a scary Halloween fan. BUT if it involves black cats, bats, pumpkins, and owls I'm in. Just don't gory, scary, blood and gut zombie type decor or food. I'll pass but to each his own.

I took the picture below a few days before we even chose our theme. I was walking out the door and Sugar stood up and stretched. Thankfully I had my phone in hand and was going out to take a few shots of my squirrel family. Perfect timing. Then when we chose the theme, I knew I had to use this picture.
I had to head out to the local wally world, which it  like my least  favorite thing to do, but I was in search of ideas and items for this post. I walked by the Halloween decor and almost did not stop but decided to peruse down the aisle. I'm so glad I did. because I bought this cup! How stinking cute is this? Is there booze in it? Maybe. Maybe not.
I also saw these napkins and laughed so hard this lady moved to another aisle. LOL and then...I found the 'ghost' marshmallows! I couldn't resist. Even if for the only purpose of this photo, they were both worth it.
I tried a few snack ideas that failed miserably. I just could not get them to suit me and ended up with this "so easy a child can do it no fail treat" how's that for a name? Or just BOO! Treats. LOL
Oreo cookies
Life Saver gummies
That's it. Assembly is pretty simple. Open the cookie, lay a life saver on top, sit a M&M on top of that.
Kids will love it and so will you. No mess, no clean up. And seriously pretty tasty.

This is a collage of all the great project that my fellow bloggers have put together for this post. I do hope you'll visit each one. We are all unique and our projects all different.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Six Years Old - SSS

I woke up and stretched. I could see light through the curtains over my window. Rolling over I lifted the corner. I don't see very much but the road and a log truck going by.
Mama said I have school today and that I'd get to make friends. I'm not really sure what all that means. I have neighbors and cousins and I thought they were friends.
I hear mama in the kitchen and I need to pee so guess I should get up.
Mama walks across the kitchen floor and to the table. She sets my breakfast down and goes back.
Driving to school she tells me to be good, be on my best behavior and if I'm not I'll get a whooping.
I'm listening but mostly wondering what it's like to be a bird. There are so many on our drive.
We arrive and wow, there are so many kids! Where did they all come from? We walk into the cold pale green building and down the hall. There are doors with ladies standing at each one.
Mama finds the first door and talks to this lady, she keeps smiling at me but I'm busy looking around. I see James and I know him because he's my neighbor. There's Wesley too, he's James' cousin. Then mama is walking away.
She waves and says remember what I told you. Oh I remember cause I don't want a whoopin'.
The nice lady tells me her name is Mrs. Smith and walks me into the room. She tells everyone my name and they say hello. I guess when the next child comes in I'll do the same thing.
I walk over to some girls and say hi, they say hi back. They are playing with some dolls and the boys are playing with blocks which looks like more fun so I go over there. The girls giggle and I have no idea why.
A really loud bell rings and Mrs. Smith tells us to find a seat and sit down. Then she says, "when I call your name please answer by saying present." I've never done anything like this and I can tell she means business.
After we are all "present and accounted for" she tells us what each day will be like. Man no one told me school would be like this.
We look at a calendar, days of the week, what month it is, what season it is, and then a bell rings again. She tells us to get our lunch boxes and line up at the door.
Where are we going? I have no idea. We march in line, hands to ourselves and quiet. Down a long hall and out the back of the building, across the yard and down a side walk to another building. It is big and loud, lots of tables and chairs, kids, lines, and the noise...I'm not sure about this and think I might cry.
She leads us to a group of tables and those of us with lunch boxes sit down and the others get in a line. This is the cafeteria. Wow this is cool and scary all at the same time. So many changes, noises, sights and smells. I kinda feel sick, scared and excited all at the same time.
We haven't been eating long and she tells us we need to hurry so we can get back to class. Why? I didn't ask because I'm scared to but we aren't finished. Closing up our lunch boxes the others take their tray to a window and drop it off. This is all so weird.
We line up and march out again. Now we stop at a small block building. Mrs. Smith tells the girls to go in this first door, three at a time and the boys the second door. When it's my turn I go in, what??? There are no doors. I have to pee really bad. You mean in front of these girls and in this small smelly hot building? I really want to cry and I think I might pee my pants. I'm scared and then Betty comes over. she says "you go in and I'll cover for you, then you do the same for me" okay what does that mean??? I go in and she puts her back to me and blocks the stall door. I'm relieved and get to pee, then I do the same for her. She is not my best friend whatever that means.
Back in the classroom it is story time and we all sit on a carpet. Mrs. Smith sits in a rocking chair like the one on our front porch, she reads the book called "Dick and Jane" it has a dog named Spot in it. I like the story.
The day goes on and finally she tells us "those of you who are riding the bus line up at the door and don't forget your lunch boxes and papers." So they line up and another lady takes them outside to the big yellow bus. I'm kinda jealous I think I'd like to ride the bus, all the big kids are on there but I know my mama is picking me up. Next those of us who have someone picking us up get to line up and go out front. WOW look at all the cars! It never even looks like this in town. Now I'm excited. Mrs. Smith goes over to each car and come back for whoever needs to go. My mama is picking me and James up. We ride home and tell her all about our day.
It was a long day, scary and fun but I really don't want to go back. 
It's hard being six. So many changes but mama says I'll get used to it. I don't think so.

Your “Secret Subject” is:
You're six years old. What does your world look like?
It was submitted by: https://ourprimeyears.com/blog/

Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week 7 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts. 

Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.  Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:

Baking In A Tornado                    https://www.BakingInATornado.com
Wandering Web Designer              https://wanderingwebdesigner.com/blog
Spatulas on Parade                     https://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com
Our Prime Years                           https://ourprimeyears.com/blog/                
Climaxed                                  https://climaxedtheblog.blogspot.com   
Part-time Working Hockey Mom           https://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch/ 
Sarah Nolan                                  https://writersarahnolan.blogspot.com/2019/10/secret-subject-swap-status-update.html   

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

String Bean Chicken CopyCat with WW Points

Y'all know by now that I am following the WW Freestyle plan, formerly Weight Watchers. I love the app and find some great recipes and tips on there.
One thing I kept seeing was Panda Express and the green bean chicken. It is a big hit among WW folks because it is super low in points.

One day I was out shopping and lunch time rolled around. I was thinking where could I eat and not throw myself off track. I remembered Panda Express and headed over. I had the green bean chicken and a side of steamed vegetables, no rice or noodles. Oh my, it did not disappoint.

Several days later I kept thinking about the PE chicken. I wondered if maybe just maybe I could make a copycat recipe.
It's not exact, but I'll keep working on it. But it is yummy enough that I will take it any day of the week.

For the guys I added mushrooms, garlic and onions. Mine just had the chicken, green beans, onions and garlic. No mushrooms.

3 large chicken breast cut into thin slices
1 lb of whole snap beans, ends trimmed (fresh or frozen will work)
Vidalia onion, 1 cup diced
button mushrooms sliced, 1 cup
LIGHT soy sauce 2 TBSP
rice wine vinegar 1 TBSP
sesame oil 1 tsp
cornstarch 2 tsp
sugar 1 tsp or you could use an alternative sweetener
vegetable oil 2 TBSP
garlic, minced 4 cloves
ground ginger 2 tsp
water 3/4 cup

5.6 oz equals 190 calories

In a large non stick skillet, because I no longer have a wok, heat to medium high and add the vegetable oil and chicken, when there is very little pink left, stir in the onion, soy, rw vinegar, sesame oil, sugar, garlic, ginger and stir well. I cooked it about 5 minutes then added the mushrooms and green beans on top. Allow it to steam about 5 minutes, covered. Then removed the lid. I mixed the water and cornstarch and poured over, allow this to come to a boil, stirred well, reduced heat and cooked 2-3 minutes.

The leftovers the following day were even better. I think the flavors had time to marry up and it was better with the beans cooked a little more. Not mussy but firm and done.