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hey pumpkin!

This morning I went to WI and lost another 1.6 pounds.   I am now at 132 and only 2 pounds away from goal! WOOP!  I am so excited!  I got my very last 5 pound star today.  It was kind of a shock.  I gotta get my mind right.  I mean I am skinny, but I don’t feel like I look skinny.  Today I am wearing a size small shirt and jeans that I used to have to lay on the bed to get on.   That is where it clicks with me that I’ve lost weight.  I am wearing smaller sizes. 

It’s hard when you see the same people everyday because they don’t notice.  Next week is Brandon’s (the husband) aunt’s birthday party so we will see if anyone notices.   I hope to be at goal by Valentine’s day! 🙂

I had a 2 point Soy Joy bar and a Wild Cherry Pepsi this morning.  Then I went through McDonald’s for Brandon like I do every Saturday.  It has become easier and easier because their food is not worth the points.  (Well, at least not today).  

While he ate that, I made Pumpkin Oatmeal.  It contained:

1/4 cup quick oats

1/4  cup Hot cereal from TJ’s

1/2 cup pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)

a sprinkle of country pumpkin granola

It was warm and delicious!

Today we are going to a baby shower and hopefully there will be something there I can eat for lunch.  I think I am going to eat a banana before I go.

Holy S’moates!

I have been experimenting with oatmeal lately.  I have quick oats, steel cut oats and something called “hot cereal multi-grain” which contains rye, barley, oats and wheat.  I was running my usual errands today and needed something that would last a while. 

Today’s experiment is basically s’mores for breakfast.  Oh yeah, and oatmeal…

1/4 cup quick oats

1/4 “hot cereal” or you could just put in 1/2 cup of quick oats if you don’t have this (I got it at TJ’s)

1 tbsp. of Marshmallow Fluff (it was a lot so you could get away with a tsp.)

1 reduced fat cinnamon graham cracker

1 packet of splenda

a few chocolate chips 🙂

Mix together and you will have yummy, gooey s’moates for breakfast!

For WW points: The whole bowl came out to 3 points 🙂

Why do you build me up butternut…

So after a pointy breakfast yesterday, I wanted something filling for lunch.  I needed something low in points so I could make it to dinner without going over for the day.  Got it!  Butternut squash fries!

I have tried this recipe a few times and I think I have finally mastered it.  I bought a butternut squash about two weeks ago.  When I have tried the recipe before, I made them a day or two after I bought the squash.  It was way too difficult to cut.  I waited till about five days before the sell by date and tried again.   I didn’t need to warm it in the microwave to soften it.  It was perfect.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees…

First to cut up your squash (I got a medium one), cut off the top of the squash.  Then, cut the bulb off on the bottom.  Cut the middle into two halves and then cut into long slices like long fries.  You can make them thin like regular fries, make steak fries or cut them into wedges.  Then take a vegetable peeler and get all of the “skin” off.  It is much easier to get the “skin” off this way instead of peeling it from the beginning. 

Once fries are cut, spray a cookie sheet with PAM (or any cooking spray) and sprinkle 1 teaspoon of salt over the fries (or to taste).  Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes.  I like mine softer (like sweet potato fries) so I cooked mine for 30 minutes.

Flip over with tongs halfway through baking time.

Serve with ketchup and enjoy! 🙂


I have looked on several recipes for point values.  I have found a range for different size of squash.  I split the recipe in half and it came out to 2-3 points depending on the size of your squash.

Kitchen Sink Pancakes

Brandon (the husband) woke up and looked over at me and said “I want some pancakes.”

I haven’t made them in a while so I agreed.  I always have made regular pancakes and put chocolate chips in them.  I just took the mix and added water until they were a good consistency.  Not any more…

Whenever I cook something I look through cookbooks, recipes online, and recipes given to me, put some of the similar ideas together and make them lighter.  Here is what I came up with this morning…

Kitchen Sink Pancakes:

1/2 cup quick oats (I used generic from Food Lion)

1 cup soy milk (Unsweetened Trader Joes brand)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 cup whole wheat flour

1/4 cup white flour (Brandon doesn’t like a lot of wheat taste)

1 tablespoon honey from the honey bear 🙂

1/4 cup Egg Beaters

1 tablespoon unsweetened apple sauce

2 teaspoons baking power

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg ***If you do not like things with a lot of “spice” taste, leave this step out.  I will next time.  Nutmeg is a strong spice and I could taste it throughout the whole recipe.  Not a fan…

1 tablespoon semi-sweet chocolate chips

Some people make pancakes by separating the dry ingredients and the wet ingredients and mix them in two different bowls.  I was tired this morning and ended up just throwing everything in one bowl.  I mixed up the ingredients with a whisk until well mixed.

I put the mixture into a 1/4 cup mixing cup and poured onto my PAM sprayed griddle.  I cooked them on medium about 2 minutes (or until brown), I just peaked at the bottom and flipped.  I made four at a time them had one left over. 

I put about five semi-sweet chocolate chips in each pancake.  The recipe made about nine total.  Here are the progression pics…

I had a cup of unsweetened soy milk with mine 🙂  I drizzled a little Mrs. Butterworth Sugar Free syrup on each.

The recipe made 9 pancakes.  The point value came out to be one point per pancake! 🙂 13 points for all 9.  If you ate 3 pancakes like me (could you really only eat one pancake?), you could just divide 13 by 3 and get about 4 (4.3 to be exact) points for the 3 pancakes 🙂

Quick Pita “Pizza” Lunch

Hubby and I came home from church this morning and wanted a quick lunch.  I have made different sandwiches, but not actually a “pizza”. 

Quick Pita “Pizza” Lunch (5 WW points):

  • Preheat the oven to 375
  • Two Trader Joe’s Apocryphal Whole Wheat Pitas, place them on a lighthly sprayed pan (I used PAM)
  • One tablespoon Trader Joe’s organic tomato paste (one tbsp per pita)
  • One tablespoon Trader Joe’s fat free pizza sauce (one tbsp per pita)
  • 1/4 cup TJ’s Lite Mexican Blend Cheese
  • 8 slices Turkey Pepperoni

Bake about 5-7, just until pepperoni curls up and cheese looks melted.

So yummy and super filling!

Mexi-Veggie Bean Burger

This is an idea I came up with because I have been trying to eat more fiber and I wanted a really low point lunch.  I have been craving a big burger and this just sounded so good!


1/2 cup black beans (I buy mine from Trader Joes)

1/2 cup kidney beans

1/3 cup quick oats (I just use generic)

1 cup diced onion

1 cup green peppers

1 cup fiber cereal (again, I use the kind from Trader Joe’s, but you can use Fiber One-It’s just a little pricey for me!)

1/4 cup egg beaters

2 tsp. low sodium soy sauce

1 tsp. red wine vinegar

1 tsp. worchester sauce

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. pepper

1 cup cut green beans


Blend fiber cereal into “breadcrumbs.”  Set aside in a bowl. 

Add 1/3 cup boiling water to quick oats and set those aside also.    


Both play a nice part in actually keeping the “burger” together.

 In a medium pot, sprayed with PAM or another type of non-stick cooking spray. , cook all of the veggies for about five minutes on medium heat, stirring occasionally. 


When the five minutes are up, carefully remove the pot from the heat and put all of the cooked veggies in a large bowl.  Stir in quick oatmeal, fiber “breadcrumbs”, soy sauce, salt, pepper and egg beaters.  Mix until well blended.  


Next, flatten your “burger” mixture into patties.  These should be placed on a plate and be placed in the refrigerator to set and cool.  Cooling time: 30 minutes-1 hr. (Just enough time to clean up!) 


Once cooled, spray a skillet or a griddle with PAM.  I cooked mine about 3 minutes per side (just until they started to look brown!) Make sure to flip them gently so they do not fall a part or lose their shape! I added sour cream to mine and a few jalapenos!

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