Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Weight Loss

Quick post on the weight loss because it's late
and I'm tired :)
 
Down 3 more this week!
That bring the total to 34 pounds!


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Weigh Day

Down 5 pounds this week and 1 from the week
before that I forgot to post.
So that brings the total to 31 pounds!
So happy!
It's not coming off as fast as it has in the past but
I'm completely ok with that.
 
 


Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Whole Wheat Scones

As a kid this was one of my favorite things
my mom made us for breakfast.
And now my kids love them as well!
 
They are delicious right out of the oven with a little
butter and jam!
 

 
 


Whole Wheat Scones
 
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup flour
1 T. sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 cup shortening
3/4 cup buttermilk or sour milk
 
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • In a large bowl sift together flours, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda.
  • Cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Stir in buttermilk until just moistened.
  • With floured hands, pat dough on a baking sheet lined with parchment, into a 9 inch circle, 1/2 inch thick.
  • Cut into 8 pie shaped wedges.
  • Pull out every other wedge to slightly separate for baking.
  • Bake 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Serve hot.
 

Monday, April 1, 2013

Easter

"He is Risen!"
We had such a great Easter!
 
 
Liv was pretty excited when she got up to see if the Easter bunny
brought her anything.
 
We had a great morning at church.
Kellen was perfect and sat on my lap or my dads through
the whole service.
Liv enjoyed playing in the nursery with the other kids,
where I was informed she is quite the little mother.
 
 
 
After church we headed home for naps then enjoyed
lunch at my parents house.
I would say the meal was one of the best I've ever had.
Prime rib was the main attraction, need I say more.
 
After lunch we headed outside for an Easter egg hunt.
Kellen enjoyed picking up a couple.
Liv on the other hand was going crazy!
Every time she found an egg she yelled, "Look another one!"
 
 
 
 
 
 
All in all it was a great day filled with lots of food and family.
 
 


Saturday, March 23, 2013

Birthday Round Two

Today was Liv's 3rd birthday.
We started the morning with breakfast in bed.
My mom did this with my brothers and I when we were little
and I have to say it is my favorite memory of my birthdays.
I looked forward to it more than anything every year.
It was such a special thing she did for us and I wanted to share
it with Liv this year too.
And let me say she loved it!
She squealed the moment I walked in the room.
 
 
 
We spent most of the day at home getting ready for her party,
but we had to take a quick trip to the barn at
one point to see the puppies. 
 
 
We had a simple dinner of tacos.
 
The best part of the evening was watching the birthday girl .
I love seeing how things make her so excited.
She loved the cake but most of all loved all the presents!
 
 
 
 
 
Happy Birthday my sweet Liv!
 
 
 
 



Thursday, March 21, 2013

Cinnamon Baked French Toast

Last Saturday for Kellen's birthday we decided to have a brunch.
I wanted to have some sort of bread dish,
whether it be pancakes, scones or muffins.
So while browsing through Pinterest I came across this
Cinnamon Baked French Toast.
Oh. My.
It was absolutely delicious.
It really didn't even need any syrup or anything.
I think the bread was key to the recipe.
Challah is one of my favorite breads and it
works perfect in this dish.
 

 
 
Cinnamon Baked French Toast

Ingredients
  • 1 loaf stale bread (I used challah)
  • 8 whole eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick cold butter, cubed
Directions
  1. Grease a 9 x 13 inch pan.
  2. Tear the bread into chunks and place them in the greased pan.
  3. Mix together eggs, milk, cream, sugar, and vanilla. Pour the mixture evenly over the bread. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  4. In another bowl, mix together the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Add the butter and mix until the batter comes somewhat together, like little pebbles. Store in a plastic bag in the fridge.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  6. Take your pan with the soaking bread inside and sprinkle crumb mixture on top.
  7. If you like soggier french toast, bake for 45 minutes. For a firmer and less liquid-y french toast, bake for an hour.
  8. Serve warm with maple syrup and butter, if desired.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Look at the positives

Sometimes when I don't see the number that I want I have to
take a step back and look at the positives.
I ended this week in the same spot I was last week.
So we are still at 25 pounds.
 
Now for the positives....
On Saturday I ate anything I wanted, and I mean anything.
It was the first time in five and a half weeks that I had
 done that and it was wonderful.
But here's the thing.
In the past, the next day I would have seen all the leftovers in the fridge and just decided to take another free day.
But not this time.
It was nice to have a little break but the next day I was
soooo ready to get back in the routine.
Another positive is the fact that I didn't gain weight.
I was up a couple of pounds after Saturday but all
those are gone by this morning.
 
It frustrates me a little that I won't hit my goal of 30 by Liv's birthday but I mean come on.
I have to be so proud of where I'm at.
I'm down 25 pounds!
So I have to look at the bigger picture sometimes and not get discouraged when the scale doesn't show the number I want.
 
Liv's birthday party is this weekend but I
 will have awesome numbers next week!