SUPER SUNDAY!

So, yesterday was the Super Bowl for us US football fans! We intended on just having some burgers and brats and some chips, queso, and salsa. (pepperoni crisps for me!) Then we invited a couple of friends over. No big deal! While at church, one of our OTHER friends said he was just going to stay home because his wife was in Florida. So we invited him over as well. So it was 6 of us watching the “Big Game!”

I made WAY too much food. Lol but it was all stuff I can eat (minus the chips and buns)!  We had burgers, brats, mozzarella and tomatoes, queso, salsa, tortilla chips, pepperoni crisps (which were a big hit with the non low Carbers), shrimp, and jalapeno poppers,! There was quite a bit of food left over! We had a fun night.

The game itself was a bit of a disaster. I won’t give any spoilers away since I know SOME people don’t watch live. At one point we got into a discussion about American Idol versus Americas Got Talent. One of or friends said that a singer always wins AGT. We started telling him about Kenichi Ebina that won last year and went to YouTube to watch a couple of his performances. (if you haven’t heard of him, seriously YouTube him. Right now! I’ll wait!)

My puppy decided that the pepperoni crisps were for HER and decided to have a few bites. I was a LITTLE bit upset. Those things were good! Of course, that didn’t make me stop eating them. πŸ˜‰

Overall, we had a great night, joked with friends who were rooting for the loser team, tho THEY didn’t find it as funny. πŸ˜‰ it was a great night, filled with great friends and great food.

This morning I had a leftover cheeseburger for breakfast. Life is good!

Hope everyone had a great week! πŸ˜€

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It’s cold, and I want to eat!

So, I weighed in this morning. I’m 203, which means I “gained” .4 pounds. I’m not worried about it. My pants are fitting better, I feel great. πŸ™‚

So! Today, the high is 37, and it won’t be all that great the rest of next week either, minus Sunday, but it’s supposed to rain, so that doesn’t count.

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All I know is that it’s supposed to be 21 tonight. Um, no thank you! Where is my beach weather?! I KNOW it’s winter, but, I’m not used to this cold any more! This kind of weather is where I make a giant pot of chili with beans, make grilled cheese sandwiches with Velveeta cheese, and snuggle on the couch and watch movies with a nice fire in the fireplace. That just doesn’t work any more. I guess I COULD make chili with no beans, and just put real cheese and sour cream in my bowl and make grilled cheese for the fam.

 

I’m going to share my newly favorite “warm food” (which is what we call Chili!). It’s called Stroganoff Soup. It’s DELISH!! I borrowed this from Kyndra over at Peace, Love, Low Carb. I prepped everything in my cast iron skillet, then transferred it to my crock pot.

 

Stroganoff Soup

Ingrediets

  • 32 oz beef stock
  • 10 mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 Tbs garlic, minced
  • 3 Tbs butter (I used MUCH less, more like 1 Tbs)
  • 1 1/2 pound steak – sliced thin (I cut mine in about 1/4-1/2 inch thick slices)
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 Tbs beef bouillon granules
  • 2 Tbs Dijon mustard
  • 2 Tbs Italian Flat Leaf Parsley, chopped (or about 1 Tbs dried)
  • 1 1/2 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Dried oregano
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt

Directions

  1. Heat slow cooker on high setting, add beef stock and mushrooms, cover.
  2. In a large Saute pan, over medium heat, saute the onions and garlic in butter, until translucent and soft. Add to slow cooker.
  3. Using the same pan, add the steak into the pan and sear it on both sides. About 1-2 minutes
  4. To the slow cooker, add steak, heavy cream, sour cream, beef bouillon granules, Dijon, parsley, onion powder, garlic powder, oregano, and salt, then mix.
  5. Cover and cook on high for 6 hours.

12 1 cup servings with 4.5 net g of carbs!

It’s a GREAT way to gave something warm and delish on a cold night.

I hope you all are doing well, staying warm, and losing weight!

Monday I’m starting yoga, and possibly starting to work out with my Wii Fit Plus again! What changes are you making, if any, the beginning of this new year?

Took a little break!

I took my weight last week, and I was down to 203! Woohoo!

Since my daughter is home for Christmas break, I lost track of the days and forgot to weigh in today. Oops!!

We had a really nice small Christmas here at home. I made a turkey breast, some fauxtatoes, and green beans. We had gravy as well. I did have a little bit, but not much. I also made a pumpkin custard. THAT was my downfall. I ate almost the whole thing. :-/ I don’t think that I’ve gained any actual weight, but, I do think I need to cut down on the carbs a bit. πŸ˜‰

I introduced my 10 year old to the movie Clueless yesterday and now she can’t stop watching it! I think I’ve created a monster. I do have to admit that I do sorta love the movie tho. I hope it doesn’t go to her head!

On the 1st, I’m going to start doing yoga and pilates. I’ve bookmarked several on youtube. I’ll be a beginner at both. I do have some Beachbody and Jillian Michaels workout DVDs, but, since I had knee surgery, it’s difficult to do most of them. Hopefully I will be able to get some muscles starting. πŸ™‚

Low Carb Hot Chocolate

It’s starting to get colder here in the southwest corner of North Carolina, and one of my FAVORITE things on a cold day is to snuggle up on the couch with a mug of hot chocolate and watch some TV, usually something from my Hulu account that I’ve missed.

When I started on my Atkins journey last month, I didn’t even THINK about all the things that I was used to doing that I wouldn’t be able to do any more. I never in a million years would have thought something as simple as a mug of hot chocolate could make me sad, but, I really did miss that this past week.

Until yesterday!! I found a wonderful recipe for Low Carb hot chocolate (also known as Bulletproof hot chocolate) on an Atkins facebook group that I’m on, so I thought I would pass it on to all of you! πŸ™‚

Ingredients:

  • Β 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, the unsweetened kind that you find in the baking section Β (I use Hershey’s)
  • 2-4 tablespoons coconut oil OR butter
  • 2-3 packets of sweetener (I used under a tablespoon of Splenda)
  • 3 tablespoons of HWC (Heavy Whipping Cream)

Pour a mugful of hot water into your blender. Β Add ingredients and blend thoroughly.

Β It will be rich, frothy and delicious.

Only 2.26 net carbs! If you don’t have a blender (like my sister…. LOL) I say go get one!! It’s completely worth it, and you can usually find them at thrift shops for a few bucks. I will admit, the next time I make it, I might add just a smidge more Splenda, but overall it was DELICIOUS and hit the spot!

Post Thanksgiving weigh in

Well, today is “Black Friday,” the busiest shopping day of the year. Well, I’ve got everyones Christmas presents done, except for my Momma, and stocking stuffers.

I got my son, who will be 15 in December, Battlefield 4, a Minecraft t-shirt, and a Legends of Zelda t-shirt. I think that I’m going to get him an iTunes gift card and maybe a razor as a stocking stuffer. My daughter, who is 10 1/2 (the half is SUPER important!), got a combo straightening/curling iron, a new hair dryer, and a 48 piece nail polish set. I can’t say what I’m going to get my Momma, because I think she reads my blog. πŸ˜‰ I’m also thinking about getting my husband a new electric razor for his birthday/Christmas present. He always says he doesn’t want anything, but, I always get him something practical that I know he will use and he is always happy and thankful.

ANYWAYS! Thanksgiving!!!!!! I had a great time! It was at our friend Amys house again this year. Β She always does a BIG Thanksgiving. We had grown the turkeys at our place this year, and apparently we’re being “selected” to grow them for next year as well! LOL So, I’m already looking at prices for turkey for next year. We did have fun raising them, so it is something that we would do again I think. πŸ™‚ I don’t THINK I went over my carb limit, but I guess it will depend on how many carbs the pumpkin bake I made was. (The recipe said 7 or 9 depending on if you used liquid or granular Splenda, and I made a double batch and only used half the Splenda… so….. I dunno! LOL) I tried to cut the pieces for myself small, but, you never know. If I WAS over, it wasn’t by a whole lot. I stuck with meat, cheese, more meat, a couple pieces of my pumpkin bake with whipped cream, and meat. Oh, and 1 glass of wine and meat.

My weigh in this morning I was at 209.2, exactly 1 pound more than I was last week, but, after all the meat I ate yesterday, I’m not super worried! (I ate a LOT of meat!!!) Did I mention I ate a lot of meat? πŸ˜‰

Rainy night

So, it’s rainy tonight. All I want to do is snuggle up on the couch with some ice cream and watch TV. What is it with rainy nights (or cold nights) that make you want to do that? BAD BODY!!

I resisted tho. I made myself some sugar free jello and some homemade whipped cream for the top. Delicious!

In 2 days it will be one of the largest eating days of the year. I’m going to someone elses house, and I WILL be strong! That way when I step on the scale Friday morning I can say WOOHOO! and report how much weight I’ve lost. πŸ˜‰

That’s really all I have for now. I’ve got some recipes to share soon!

I’m here!

I promise I haven’t fallen of the wagon! I’ve just been very busy with work stuff. πŸ™‚

I’ve hit the “energy” phase of Atkins! Even tho I still go to bed at 9pm (Cos I’m a 33 year old old lady… Lol) I have been waking up naturally around 5:30am. I usually lay in beef and read the newspaper that comes to my email every morning. I then get all my work work done, then house work done, and usually by noon I can relax and watch some TV. I rarely do the for more than a TV show or two I missed the night before. Always something to do here! Rabbits need fed, watered, cages cleaned, water bottles cleaned, chicken coop cleaned, nest boxes cleaned, feeders, waters….. on and on! Lol

Today was the Marine Corps 238th birthday. It’s a special day for our family. My husband is a medically retired Marine, and my aunt was in the Marines as well. Tomorrow is Veterans Day, another special day for us. We live very close to Camp LeJeune, which is the largest Maine base on the East coast. I’m very proud of all of the veterans in our family. My aunt, my uncle, my dad, my brother, my brother in law and father in law! (And if I’m not mistaken, my grandfather as well!) All veterans. Only some of them seen war time, but, it doesn’t matter. They all served our country proudly in many different branches of the military.

Anyways! I Just wanted to post that I’m still alive and still plugging away at my weight loss! Tomorrow, I will post a recipe for Chicken Parmesan meatballs. Oh gosh they are so good!

Off to bed for me!