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Loving the Results!

I can’t believe that it has been 4.5 months since I decided to change my health and chronicle this journey.  The results have been much better than I could have anticipated.  I look and feel great!  My eating limitations have been challenging, but as I have been feeling better I have been allowing more and more back into my diet.  I want to see if my body has healed enough that I can start eating some foods that I used to, like corn.  I have been sneaking in foods that include corn starch, so now I’m starting to feel brave enough to try something a little bit more risky–cornbread.  I’m only stepping out because having eaten some items with corn starch in it and NOT having immediate adverse reactions like I used to, gives me a little hope that I could be getting better.  We shall see.  I will definitely let you know how this goes.  I have really missed having Sloppy Joe Casserole with Cornbread, so here we go!

Day 119 Week 18: 139.4 lbs, Waist 37.5″, Bust 33″

Halloween

Don’t I look fabulous?  And so does this little man!  He was a fireman for Halloween!  Can you believe it?  He turned one year old a week and a half ago!  I am so thankful to be able to spend more time with him now.  He has been such a blessing and I love watching him grow up and develop!

And here is my recipe for the week:

Breakfast Casserole

Ingredients:
1 pkg precooked crumbled sausage
1 pkg precooked bacon
(you can get fresh bacon and cook it yourself, but I like the ease and speed of precooked for work nights)
2 medium pkgs hash browns
9 hardboiled eggs
1 8oz pkg cheddar cheese
1 8oz pkg pepper jack cheese
1 cup heavy cream

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix together sausage crumbles, hash browns, sliced hardboiled eggs and cheddar cheese in large bowl.  Sprinkle in pepper jack cheese to desired amount.  Cut up bacon into small pieces (we use scissors) and add to mixture.  Once everything is to your desired amount and thoroughly mixed, pour into two 9″ x 13″ baking pans.  Pour 1/2 cup of heavy cream into each pan.  Place both pans in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

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We have tweaked this recipe so many times to find what we really like.  The last time we made it, we added 1 lb of sliced kielbasa sausage to it.  I think that was my husband’s all time favorite!  You can also add more cheese.  When we first made it we added an extra cheese layer on top, but since we’ve been cutting back on the dairy we just mix some in with everything else.  But we love this recipe for being easy and quick.  And it can last us a couple days as well.  Hope you enjoy!

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Fall Celebrations

Fall has finally arrived and I feel like I can now cook my Fall favorites like chilis and soups and hot apple cider.  MMmmmmm.  So today I wanted to share with you some wonderful Fall recipes and a quick update on how I’m doing.  All three of these recipes that I am about to share I made Saturday night and they all turned out so good!

The chili was actually the only one that I had made in the past, everything else was for the first time.  I love this recipe!  It is so easy and so tasty.  I have changed it up several times myself.  Sometimes I don’t put any beans in it.  This last time I didn’t put any onions in it.  We also toned down the spices since my son is starting to eat what we eat now (he just turned one this past week!)  And as always, I was very pleased with how it turned out.

Recipe: Chili

Chili

Ingredients:
3 lbs turkey meat
3 garlic cloves
6 large celery stalks chopped
4 large peppers chopped
28 oz can crushed tomatoes
14.5 oz can black beans
14.5 oz can kidney beans
3 cups chicken broth
2 tbsp. chili powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp cayenne pepper

Directions:
Mix cooked turkey meat with veggies and sauté.  Place in crockpot.  Add cans of crushed tomatoes, black beans, kidney beans, chicken broth and spices to crockpot.  Cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours.

One of my new adventures, and one that I had been wanting to do for a while, is hot apple cider.  This is a stovetop recipe, there are ones that you can do in the crockpot but since I was already using mine for the chili, I decided to go this route for the cider.  Again, this recipe was very simple (as you can tell, I like simple).  And it turned out very delicious!  I love hot apple cider and this made it oh so good!

Stovetop Hot Apple Cider

Cider

Ingredients:
1 orange sliced with peel
1/2 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tbsp whole cloves
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 cinnamon sticks
2 liters apple juice

Directions:
I placed the loose powdered spices in a tea strainer and hung inside the stockpot.  Combine rest of ingredients in stockpot.  Stir over medium-low heat.  If you have time, heat for 30 minutes to let the spices really get in there.

And last but not least, we had baked apples.  Our only real complaint was we found that the skin got kind of annoying to eat around.  I ate one in a bowl with ice cream, and I had another one later by just scooping out the meal with a spoon.  But it was all very juicy and tasty, well worth the effort.

Baked Apples

Baked apples

Ingredients:
4 large baking apples (I used red delicious)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp butter
3/4 cup boiling water

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Rinse and dry apples.  Using a sharp paring knife or an apple corer, cut out the cores, leaving the bottom 1/2 inch of apples intact.  Put the apples in a baking dish.  Pour the boiling water into the bottom of the baking dish.  Sprinkle the cinnamon into each apple, maybe a 1/4 tsp in each.  Pour about a spoonful of brown sugar at a time into each of the apples.  I got about 3 spoonfuls in each apple.  Top each apple with a slice of butter.  Place in the oven for 30 to 45 minutes, until the apples are cooked through and tender, but not overcooked and mushy.

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As for my personal update, here are my stats below:
Day 112 Week 17 – 139.8 lbs, waist 37.5″, bust 33″.

Unlike the previous week, I wasn’t able to do any exercising.  I had a surprising break in the weather Friday morning so I spent most of the morning and some of the afternoon on the lawn and the garden.  And then Saturday I was trying to clean the house for our showing the next day.  Needless to say, I exhausted myself again.  But I’m hoping that after the next couple of weekends I will be caught up with the garden and scrubbing down the house so I can just do a once over and be done every weekend.

I have been so pleased with how my diet has been doing, I really don’t remember straining too much with picking out recipes this week.  Although I do have to admit, we have been so worn out during the week that we have resorted to eating out more than usual.  And having been making homecooked meals so much, I am amazed at how easily I get tired of fast food now.  I’ll eat it if I have to, but I really miss my homecooked meals.  Hahaha!  And my son is becoming such a foodie!  He is only one year old, but he would not eat KFC mashed potatoes or baked beans today!  I may be in trouble…but I think its good that he refuses to eat crappy food already.  Until next time!