Menu Plan Monday

Monday:  Leftover shredded pork burritos and edamame

Tuesday:  Smitten Kitchen’s huevos rancheros and black bean and lentil salad

Photo courtesy of Smitten Kitchen

Wednesday:  Leftover three bean turkey chili and cornbread

Thursday & Friday:  Away in NY for my sister’s wedding!


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Low Fat Blueberry Scones

Man, I am really procrastinating on my sisters slideshow (see previous post).  I watched almost two hours of Olympic rowing and made scones to get out of it.  Time to bite the bullet though now.  Well after I finish blogging 🙂

Speaking of biting….these are worthy of just that.  They are a-m-a-z-i-n-g!

For the recipe and step-by-step pictures head over to Mennonite Girls Can Cook!

WWP:  4

Servings:  10 medium size scones

Saturday Link-fest

I’ve had a lazy Saturday so far.  Slept in until 10, made breakfast, read some blogs, watched the US Women’s Volleyball team kick butt in the Olympics and threw in a load of laundry.

Now I’m sitting downstairs willing myself to finish the slide show I started for my sisters wedding next week.  It’s almost done.  Almost.  I just have to set music to it which is the most annoying part – by far.  I’m just sick of looking at it, so I thought I would do a little link-fest instead.  That’s much more fun.

Here are some things that have piqued my interest in the blog world as of late:

White Bean Cassoulet  – I have to make this.  I just have to.  Although, I’m afraid of how high in points it will be.  For now, I will just drool.  Lisa Garza, a contestant from The Next Food Network Star made this on the final day of the competition.  Did anyone catch it?  It looked amazing.  She didn’t win though.  No one I ever want to win actually does.   Oh and I have to have this apron.  If your going to cook french food you must dress the part.   Right?  Yeah, my DH didn’t buy it either. 

Check out the Sweet Potato, Quinoa and Black Bean bites over at Diet, Dessert and Dogs.  Weird flavor combination for me, but worth a try just for curiosity sake.

The Leftover Queen recently posted a recipe for Mozarella Stuffed Portabellasthat looks easy and delicious.  They will definitely make it into the meal plan next week.

Dani SpiesApple and Cheddar Egg Pizza looks too good to pass up!  Doesn’t that sound so good?  Lucky for me I have leftover apples around from making Apple Crisp Cake the other day. 

I want these too.  Aren’t they the perfect bowls for chili?  Three Bean Chili, perhaps?

Great blog post on Quinoa (pronounced Keen-Wah) over at Slim Shoppin’.

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Stephanie’s crock pot Chicken Cordon Blue looks really good and easily adaptable to WW friendly crowds.  She has committed to crock-pot something everyday for an entire year.  You wouldn’t believe some of the stuff she comes up with.  Head over to A Year of CrockPotting and check it out!

Finally, Pioneer Woman Ree inspired me to make one of my favorite dishes: Shredded Pork.  I have some bubbling away in the crockpot now.  She makes her’s a little different than mine (I like sweet, she likes spicy), but it still looks amazing.  I’ll be posting the recipe and pictures of mine later today.  While your over at Pioneer Woman don’t forget to enter in her latest cooking related contest.  She’s giving away knife sets!

Well, that’s enough procrastination for now.  The slideshow is calling!

Have a great Saturday!

Apple Crisp Cake

After making chili yesterday, I’ve been on a bit of a fall kick.  So today I decided to experiment with a few different recipes and came up with Apple Crisp Cake.  It’s divine.  Literally, straight from the Lord.

It makes 12 servings at 8pts a piece, which is a little hefty, but totally worth it.  Hey, what are flex points for anyway?  With that said, if you have any ideas on how to make it more figure friendly I want to hear them!  My brain was tired today.  Probably because I spent the first part of the morning grocery shopping at Super Wal-Mart.  That place can suck the life out of you faster than anything.  Ugh.

My plans for this dessert are to have a small piece after dinner (in additional to the tablespoon(s) fulls I had when it came out of the oven – HOT) and then get rid of it as fast as possible (i.e. give it away to a skinny unsuspecting friend).  It’s so good, it simply musn’t be left in the house.  I bet your wondering about that white stuff.  Well, yes that does make it more points, kinda.  It’s Blue Bunny Fat Free Sugar Free vanilla frozen yogurt  (click here for a printable coupon) and I had less than 1/4c. which isn’t even 1 pt!  I love you Blue Bunny.

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Honey, can I turn on the heat?

It’s freezing here today.  The thermostat has barely hit 65.  And, its raining.  In fact, I can’t remember the last time it didn’t rain.  Very unseasonable for this time of year. 

We’ve been traveling far more than I desire to this summer.  Off on vacation with the in-laws, picnics and bbq’s, local fairs, bridal showers in New York, and the latest – SOULFEST, a four day Christian music festival and camping excursion with 6 of our teens from youth group.   

I’m plum exhausted.

Next week is the last trip of the summer: New York again for my baby sister’s wedding.  The 8-hour trip gets longer every time.  Fly?  What a great idea, except the nearest airport is over 2 hours from my parents house.  Can you say boondocks?

Upon returning I plan to practice agoraphobia.   Hibernation will commence September 1st.  All joking aside I’m really looking forward to fall.  Back to schedules, cooler weather (although 65 is pretty cool), leaves, pumpkin spice candles, far less tourists (especially ones that go 10 miles below the speed limit in the left hand lane) and fall cooking (read: soup/stew/chili).

Are you ready for fall or are you clinging every last bit of summer?

I decided to take advantage of the weather and day off and cook me up some chili.  DH won’t touch the stuff seeing as how “everythings is all mixed together”.   Looks like chicken fingers for him tonight.

Three Bean Turkey Chili


Click below for the recipe and more pics!

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