Monthly Archives: December 2013

WIAW~Do I Remember How?

Hello…My Name is Fran and I’ve been away from What I Ate Wednesday for Way too long! Truthfully only 2 weeks, but it seems like a lot longer.  I haven’t been sitting on my hands during that time (well sometimes because my hands get really cold and that’s the only remedy!) I’ve been very busy accomplishing things around here and I’m quite proud of myself. I guess it was worth giving up WIAW for a few weeks.  The projects continue and now I’ve got to get back to some food at least once a week!  Thanks to Jenn at Peas & Crayons for being our glorious hostess!!

What I Ate on Thanksgiving

Not JUST on Thanksgiving, but Thanksgiving is certainly in here.  Funny thing is, that with everything I’ve been working on, I’ve been forgetting to photograph food.  I’m going to work on that in the coming week and get back my blogging skills.

Veggie burger salad


Salad topped with a veggie burger at our favorite diner.  It’s one of my favorite lunches.  Filling and delicious.

tomato onion omelette


Breakfast at the same diner.  A tomato and onion omelette.  Cottage cheese on the side.  This combo just sounded good to me and it was.

Thanksgiving breakfast


On Thanksgiving, I wanted a light breakfast so that I would have lots of flexibility at dinner.  This was an omelette made with egg substitute and egg whites topped with Fall Apple salsa.  Very tasty and filling.  I love making omelettes this way and it only cost me 2 Points on Weight Watchers.  Recognize the mug, Ele?!

Thanksgiving dinner


Yummy Thanksgiving dinner at my sister Ele’s house. Morningstar Farms turk’y burgers, mashed potatoes topped with Serv-A-Gravy, a wonderful veggie gravy substitute, succotash (an old favorite that I made), green beans, cole slaw and cranberry orange relish that Ele made.  All quite delicious. Didn’t get a photo of my cranberry orange mold. Oh well.  I also forgot to capture dessert but I had a piece of Jim’s homemade apple pie and piece of Ele’s Andes candies brownies.  So good!

One more thing that should be accompanied by a recipe but it isn’t today.  I will get it posted because it’s delicious and I will be making it again and again.

Crock pot steel cut oats


Steel cut oats made in the crock pot.  This is so easy and it is so delicious.  I was set for breakfast for a week. I’ll try to get the recipe up sometime this week.

I’m working hard to get back on track as far as my food choices are concerned.  I do feel I kept myself in control on Thanksgiving but I’ve been struggling with night-time snacking again.  That is Always my big stumbling block.  I’m also working hard to get more exercise which will help.  So far so good this week.  I’ll try to keep it up.

I’m still not feeling Christmas yet.  I’ve been dealing with this for that last few years.  I’m working at getting the Spirit.  We’ll see how it goes.

So for now, that’s What I Ate Wednesday for me.  Be sure to check out the wonderful group of foodies who gather at Peas & Crayons each week.  Humfph…seems the whole thing continues even when I’m not there.  That is how it should be!!

Happy What I Ate Wednesday!!

Week In Review~December 2

Holy Cow!! It’s DECEMBER!!  How did this happen?! Well, it actually seems that this happens Every year anymore.  It’s on me before I’m ready.  I have decided that I’m not going to let it worry me.  I’m going to plug along and do my best.  In that vein, I’m going to jump right in to Week In Review and let the lists fall where they may.  Of course, all of this fun is brought to you by the lovely Meghan at Clean Eats, Fast Feets.  It warms my heart that when the whole world crumbles…Meghan has things under control! She is my Hero! Let’s get started!

Again, much of the week is a blur.  I spent the first few days with my head in a box or bag, sorting and dividing and hopefully at some point conquering this whole whirlwind.  Although I can’t be very specific and I would love to show what I’ve accomplished I’m somewhat embarrassed by the whole thing. Let’s suffice it to say that I made Huge progress.

Monday, I realized that I needed to shop for a few things and get what I needed for my contribution to Thanksgiving dinner which is my cranberry orange jello mold.  It’s still one of my favorites.  I think I posted it once and maybe I’ll post if for What I Ate Wednesday although I don’t think I took a photo of it.  We’ll see how it goes.

Tuesday, I continued with my clean out and sorting.  I had to actually make the jello mold so I wouldn’t have to think about it on Wednesday.  It’s not hard and I could probably do it from memory, but I always pull out my old cranberry stained copy of the recipe in my own illegible handwriting.

Wednesday, Ralph surfaced again and was quite pleased with my progress of cleaning out (she wipes her sweaty brow and quietly says, “Whew!)  I was happy that he was happy.  Then he asked if I had come across something “that he’d been looking for” although he’d never mentioned it to me.  Yes I had and as the conversation was happening, this “something” was residing in the trash can in the back yard.  Yikes! Ok, I knew where it was, I just needed him to leave again so that I could get it out of the trash.  We headed over to my sister Ele’s house late afternoon so that Ralph could carve the turkey. Ele has a great way of doing the turkey. She cooks it on Wednesday, we carve it and put it into a big roasting pan and cover it with chicken stock.  Then on Thursday it goes back in the oven to warm.  The family tells me it is delicious and moist.  It saves the steps and mess of carving when it’s time for dinner on Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving morning, Ralph went off to pick up our grandson Alex who would be spending Thanksgiving with us.  We were very excited about that! While he was off on that adventure, I had my own adventure of tearing through the trash bags to find what I was looking for.  Generally messy, but I found it, cleaned it up and when he got home he was Quite happy that I had found it.  His question of course was, “Where did you find it?”  I didn’t want to lie.  I said, “Under some stuff, in a bag I hadn’t gone through.”  I didn’t lie.  Everyone was happy!

Thanksgiving dinner was great and I kept myself generally under control, although my results on Saturday morning would not reflect that.  We had a great time and we were happy that Alex was able to stay over so we were able to spend Friday with him. Out to breakfast on Friday morning which was fun. We mostly just hung out at the house watching movies and TV.  Then back to Ele’s on Friday for dinner leftovers.  They always taste so good.

Saturday found me at Weight Watchers with a gain of 1.6.  I need to refocus and get back on track I can do this easily.  I’m the one in charge.  After weighing in, I was sitting there waiting for Gail and Alice.  I see Gail walk in and she’s holding her right arm in a very uncomfortable position.  Turns out she walked from her house to Alice’s to leave for WW, which is about 2 and a half blocks.  Just before she got to Alice’s house, she tripped on broken sidewalk and fell.  She was trying to be brave, but I knew she was in pain. We stayed for the meeting and our plan was to go to the Med Express which fortunately was just across the parking lot from WW.

None of us had ever been there but it was beautiful inside and they were extremely efficient. They opened at 9 am so we were first in line. They did x-rays and the doctor determined that she had cracked the bone very close to her shoulder.  They wanted to send her to an orthopedic clinic right then but she felt more comfortable seeing her primary doctor on Monday and getting a referral from her. The doctor put her arm in a sling.

She and I still went to breakfast and Alice went off to meet some of her former co-workers which was previously planned.  I got Gail home and settled and then went home for a while to check on Ralph and let him know what was going on.  We were all planning on going to Alice’s for dinner leftovers.  As I said, they’re the best!  I went back to Gail’s, got her some lunch and then stayed with her until it was time to go to Alice’s.  Dinner was wonderful, Alice really is an excellent cook!

After dinner, I got Gail home and settled in her jammies for the evening.  It’s tricky getting her arm in and out of the sling so that she can change, but we’ve got a routine going so I think she’ll be ok.

It’s Sunday morning now and I’m not sure what it will bring.  I’m writing this now because I’ll probably be pretty busy today and then tomorrow morning as well getting Gail ready to go to the doctor’s office. A busy week to be sure.

That’s my Week In Review. Be sure to check out all of the other Reviewers over at Clean Eats, Fast Feets.

Happy Monday!