Saturday, February 2

It is official- 25 pounds!

As of this mornings weigh-in it is an official weight loss of 25 pounds for me. I have 5-10 still to go but taking off 25 has been a semi-goal. Butch is at his goal weight and has been for a couple of weeks. He is now in the process of staying there.

 Friday is when the produce cart is in the park and we loaded up once again with jicama, cauliflower, radishes both white and red and green peppers. The most time consuming part of South Beach is preparing the vegetables. I have made sure we have raw, ready to eat vegetables in the fridge at all times. Butch will eat vegetables readily if they are raw. He is not much for cooked ones except for potatoes,peas and corn none of which are on the South Beach menu.

I have discovered a new product at H.E.B. It is the Hill Country brand of 3 cheese ranch dressing.$2.00! I slice a radish and they are my "chips" and a tablespoon of 3 cheese ranch dressing is my dip. Mighty tasty combo.
 Today we have plans to go to South Padre. Finally!! The kite festival is on down there and then there will be shrimp at Dirty Al's and a walk on the beach. So come back tomorrow for a picture tour of our day.

Friday, February 1

Pictures of the day

This is my breakfast on many mornings. Scrambled egg,2 spoonfuls cottage cheese and 1 spoonful of salsa
Tonight it took me 40 minutes to slice up a $2.00 head of cauliflower. There were 28 cups of sliced cauliflower. That is a whole bunch of cauliflower!!

Thursday, January 31

What we ate..

Haven't been to the grocery store in a week so I have been in a rut for food choices.
Breakfast yesterday was a boiled egg and cottage cheese and it will be the same today.

Lunch also was the same as yesterday as I was once again on the run.

Supper was spaghetti squash with spaghetti sauce and meatballs.
I have found a quick and easy way to prepare the squash: I microwave it for 5 minutes on high so I can more easily cut it. I cut it in half and scoop out the seeds. Place in a crock pot with about a 1/4 inch of water in the bottom. I try to get them cut side up. Cook on high for 3-4 hours and then you can easily fork out the "spaghetti" strands of squash and mix with the desired sauce.
Along with the usual cut raw vegetables, supper was served.

Before the crack of...dawn

I have had some busy days here of late and by the time the end of day arrives I am one tired cookie and do not feel at all creative enough to type out a blog entry. So this morning when I was awake and looked at the clock I thought it the perfect time to do a blog entry with a fresh mind. No one needs my attention at 5:30 A M and that is a blessing.
Park issues of various kinds have been demanding my attention and it is making me ever mindful that I have made the right decision to not run for president another term.

And there have been a rash of computer problems needing a 'magic' touch. I do not mind the computer ones at all as it keeps my brain active and often times it can be like solving puzzles.
The questions asked of me have been:
1. My computer is running slow. Is there anything that can be done about it?

2. My screen keeps going black. What might be causing that?

3.My home page is missing. It is something I have never seen before. How did that happen?(on 3 different computers)

4. Can you teach me what I need to know about my Kindle?

5. I have scanned a flyer into my computer. How do I edit the text on it?

I am not going to answer the questions here but Tuesday seemed to be a very active computer question day.

There are a group of us who get together on Wednesday afternoons to bead and visit. It feels good to get back to beading. It is a quicker fix of creative satisfaction. Within the conversation yesterday it was noted how we get wrapped up in park activities and you wake up one day realizing you have been very busy and yet not been out of the park in weeks! This weekend the kite festival is taking place on South Padre. I hope to make the trip one way or another.

So now I need to turn my attention to the Magnolia blog...

Tuesday, January 29

What we eat...

I have been asked on more than one occasion what we eat on South Beach. So for awhile I will bore you with a food diary among other things.
Breakfast for me-Microwave scrambled egg topped with 1 spoonful of cottage cheese and a crumbled slice of bacon. (The bacon is the precooked kind and I wrap it in a paper towel and micro it for 30 seconds)
Breakfast for Butch- a toasted whole wheat English muffin with a thin coating of peanut butter.

Lunch for us- Lean turkey ham lunch meat wrapped around a thin slice of cheddar cheese and a variety of raw vegetables such as sliced radishes, cucumbers, jicama, celery, green peppers

Supper for us- Church's chicken(a cheat and indulgence) Butch had a breast and I had 2 legs, coleslaw and pinto beans

I had a bad snacking day yesterday because I ate far too many nuts. Almonds both dark chocolate ones and the wasabi and soy ones. Also snuck in too many cashews.

Today- Breakfast
Butch will have the same as yesterday and I did too but this time I skipped the bacon and added a spoonful of salsa
Very tasty!
Lunch: short on time so I grabbed 2 turkey ham slices and wrapped them around a mozzarella stick.
Do not know what Butch had because I wasn't home when he had lunch.

Supper: I had put two browned Pork tenderloins in a crockpot with cream of mushroom soup at noon. ( No plans to eat the soup part and didn't)
And then I made a new recipe of my own and the only thing I can think to call it is South Beach Skillet Casserole.
1 T olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped small
1/2 green bell pepper, chopped small
2 tsp. minced garlic
1 tsp. ground cumin
salt to taste
2 cups sliced Cauliflower
1 (15 oz.) can pinto beans (drained and rinsed)
1cup low-fat grated cheddar cheese (I used Four Cheese Mexican Blend )
Saute onion, peppers, garlic and cumin for about 5 minutes then add cauliflower and beans and allow to cook through. I also added a handful of fresh cilantro at the end and then pressed all of it down into the skillet, sprinkled cheese on top and waited till it melted.

Maybe it was just me and the time but this really hit the spot for me and I didn't have to turn on the oven on a 90 degree day.

Monday, January 28


And her mother says:
Her future is so bright she has to wear shades.....inside....on a rainy day....eating breakfast!