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Hello Iowa!

I’m back home and am finally getting settled in. Monday I am back on schedule and that will be really nice for me. Going from one time zone to the next always throws me. I’ve been having such a hard time going to bed/getting up at a regular time.

I have a new recipe to post on Tuesday, so I’ll see you all then!

Happy cooking!
Kristin

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Just a few of my favorite things went into these cookies. I just dug around in the freezer and cupboards and whipped these up last Thursday night. They started out as cookies, but I really feel like they came out more like scones – delicious either way. I have to admit I’ve been eating them for an afternoon snack, breakfast, and dessert. What a useful treat to have around the house, right? Haha.

Wonder Blend Scookies

Ingredients:
1 banana
1 stick softened butter (8 T)
2 t vanilla extract

1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. baking soda
1/4 t. baking powder
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/4 cup white all purpose flour
1 cup chopped walnut
1 cup dark chocolate chips

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Mash up bananas and blend with softened butter – add sugar and mix together.

Add remaining ingredients except for walnuts and chocolate chips. Once thoroughly mixed, stir in chocolate chips and walnuts.

Place drops of batter onto cookie sheets – about 1 1/2 – 2 T per drop.

Bake at 375 for 12 – 15 minutes.

Makes: 18 – 24

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And then there was one. I actually had to make sure we didn’t eat the last one so I could take a picture of it. I chomped through this last one while I was finishing up this post 🙂 Delicious!

See you soon!
Kristin

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I was reading this article titled Tips for Cutting Your Food Bill when I came across this other great article on Cheap Heathly Good called Learning to Love Foods you Hate. They are both really good and think that you should all read them both.

The first article hits on pretty much every main point I’ve compiled over the last 2 weeks for frugal grocery shopping, so instead of reinventing the wheel I will direct you to this great article.  I tried to pick two to point out that were my favorites, but I think I would end up just requoting 2/3 of the article, haha. Just go read it!

The other article (which was linked to in the first) is really great if you are or you have a picky eater in your family. There are so many great ideas for getting yourself reconditioned to loving good foods that you hate. So go take a look at that too. I know I’ll use many of the tips for Jason. I already use the “make it unreconizable tip” where I mince things up and mix it into a sauce for him – eggplant, cabage, and zucchini especially.

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New Look & a Mention!

I’ve realized that as much as I loved the fun loving look of the old template, I couldn’t edit the header at all. And granted I haven’t really put much effort into the head, but it’s up and I like it for now. I’ll work on a nicer one over the next week or so. Or I might switch to something else. Who knows. It’s a trial and error issue.

And then a really nice ping back showed up today! Check out What Meg Makes’ Thrifty Tuesday where she mentions the Coupon Catcher!

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Well, it’s three pm and I’m not having a snack, I’m having a late lunch! Yikes. Well, I had an exceptionally huge breakfast around 11am – a Supremely Delicious Omelet. I made it like usual, but today I tossed in some bacon bits (soy protein) into the mix while whisking it up. Then when just about finished (with the cheese melty in the middle after cutting in half and flipping onto itself) I poured about 1T of spaghetti sauce on the top and smeared it around, sprinkled with Parmesan cheese and flipped spaghetti sauce side down. Let it sizzle for about 30 seconds and flipped it onto a plate. I chowed it down so quickly that I didn’t even think to take a picture until after it was gone!

I will be having a snack though while at work at Stam. Today I’m taking cottage cheese with a little cracked pepper on it. What I do is get a huge container then portion it into smaller rubbermades as needed. If I want fruit mixed with it I pack that up seperately. And I actually measure the cottage cheese to a recommended portion size as I have a tendency to scoop out too much. Cottage Cheese is really great because it’s pretty high in protien, but it’s slow release, so it’s good for a later in the day or after workout snack.

Well, I need to get to said work! See you all soon!

Kristin

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I actually saw this coupon pop up on the BlogHer ad on my Craft Leftovers Blog, haha.

Check it out to get $1!

You do have to sign up for an account to get access to the coupons.

This is really great for me because I use their tub cleaning products (I don’t like the idea of taking a bath in bleach) and a lot of times the local health food store will run member discounts on their products. So I will take my 25% off and then a $1 off too! (member discounts can be combined with coupons).

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Last week was strange anyway because we had a ton of leftovers from Jason’s surprise birthday party. A few brats, lot’s of veggies, potato chips and dip mainly. So we snacked on that until lunch on Sudnay.

Sunday for dinner we had some great spaghetti mince up for dinner – just mince up any veggies in the frig (onions, tomatoes, and a portabello mushroom from grilling out), sauté in just a little butter, and then add in a little spaghetti sauce at a time until there is a nice sauce. Make noodles and enjoy! We had a salad on the side too. Quite delicious!

Yesterday was a fend for yourself day, and here we are at today. Jason made Tuna Helper for lunch (he bought tuna in bulk from amazon, so it’s about 4 servings for under $3 when you throw some veggies into the mix). And for dinner we are just doing our own thing – I’m thinking pb&j with some yogurt for me and he will have what he will have.

After reading about the JANE4girls blog (which we did connect up through email and she’s agree to answer some questions for us, what would like to know? leave a comment with your question and I’ll make sure to ask her) and listening to Mindless Eating (audio book), I really feel like there is so much room in my diet to cut back. I feel like if she can feed a family of 4 on that much, I can certainly feed a family of 2! Things like cream and sugar in my coffee every morning, randomly eating a bonbon or a plate of nachos. I’m starting to follow the “if you are hungry, drink a glass of water and wait 10 minutes” rule to see if I’m really hungry or if I’m just randomly craving. I’m happy to report that last night Jason and I had nachos (we shared a plate and loaded it with tomatoes, onions and peppers and skimped on the cheese) and we both wanted more after we had finished. We decided to wait 10 minutes and you know what? We ended up both being just fine and not really hungry at all. It was all in our heads.

I’ve been struggling with my weight lately. I just want to be healthy and while I have been working out more and trying to keep my cardio up, my food life could really use a face lift. It’s not that I eat bad food (I’m usually pretty good about that), it’s that I eat too much. Like I’ll eat until it hurts… which is honestly hard for me to admit.  I think there are a few different things that lead to me overeating every day. It really did start when I was a kid. We didn’t get to have treats to often and when we did we all had a tendency to overdo it. Like we would get ice cream and eat a huge bowl instead of just a scoop. Portion control was always an  issue in my family. And even now I know my dad really struggles with it too. And I am my father’s daughter. If I’m eating something good, I want to eat as much as I can because “I don’t know when I’ll get it again.” I’m pretty financially secure now. Yes on a budget, but I can afford to get ice cream when I want it or chips or whatever. And Once I realized that I’ve been making progress on portion control.

From listening to Mindless Eating I’ve come to realize that the extra cream in my coffee, eating two extra bites instead of just one, will add up to 10lbs extra over the course of the year. And on the flip side. If I eat one bite less, if I go with a teaspoon of cream instead of a tablespoon, it could be 10lbs less over the course of the year. And let’s face it, the less you eat, the less you spend in groceries.

Oddly enough, Jason has the opposite problem as me, he eats less than he should. And so we really are both working on finding balance in our portions and snacks and treats. I heard yesterday on npr that a Snack is something you eat regularly between meals to keep you going – like an apple or yogurt or peanut butter toast. A Treat is something you have occasionally as, well, a treat. Like ice cream or cake, or a package of m&m’s. I really like the way they put that. We all know what are favorite treats are, but do we know what our favorite snacks are? This week I’m going to focus on healthy snacks. I’ll post each day what I snack on and my snack time will be 3pm.

I’ve put myself on a regular work schedule this past week and so I know 3pm is an ideal snack time for me (half way between lunch and dinner). I’ll just snap a photo and post about it and then post some links to some other snack ideas.

I was going to post a meal plan today, but because of last week’s crazy food issues I’m going to hold off until next monday. This week I’m going to plan from the pantry. I don’t have a plan yet though, so I’ll post about that tomorrow once I do!

See you soon!

Kristin

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