Posts Tagged ‘recipes’

First and foremost, for all of my U.S. readers (which is most of you)…

I love Rosie, don’t you?


There’s no FMM post today because Kenlie is still dealing with the aftermath of Isaac, so I hope you’ll all stop by her blog, go on Twitter, or FB and let her know you’re thinking of her.  I have lived through earthquakes, but never something as devastating as a hurricane, so I can’t imagine what she is going through.


You guys may have noticed that I’ve been making a lot of great new recipes lately.  I haven’t posted about every single one, because this would turn into a food blog if I did, but I’ll link up and show pics on WIAW posts.  One reason I’ve been able to make all these recipes is something called ZipList.  I found out about it through Skinnytaste.com, and I adore it.  There’s a website and an app, and between the two, I can copy any recipe from any blog or website and save it to my “recipe box,” plan a meal with it, and add the ingredients on a shopping list.  I love it!  I’m sure there’s so much that I haven’t explored yet, but even in the few weeks I have used it, it has become such a time saver.  It also lets me see what ingredients I might already have, so I’ve been using food that might have otherwise been forgotten in my freezer, which saves money.  If you like cooking and keeping organized, check it out.


I just finished reading Summer in the City (Carrie Diaries #2), which is book two of the “YA” version of Carrie Bradshaw’s young life.  It’s been fun to read the backstory about how Carrie came to NYC, how she met Samantha and Miranda (Charlotte only makes a cameo so far), and how she started wearing all of her famously funky fashions.  I didn’t have much expectation of this book, but I am really hooked on this series, and can’t wait for #3.

Next on the bookshelf is a quick short story, The Diary of Darcy J. Rhone by Emily Giffin and then

The Recipe Club: A Novel of Food and Friendship by Andrea Israel.  Since I’ve been cooking up a storm lately, it seemed like an appropriate choice.

What have you been reading?


I know Halloween is a long time from now, but I just found Janine Basil’s Etsy shop (via a Pinterest pin) and I bought this headband for this year’s outfit:

As a teacher, I want to show my spirit by dressing up for Halloween, but don’t want to get into full costume because I want to stay comfortable.  This year I think I’m going as a super hero. {Update: An hour or so after I posted this, I found this shirt on Cafe Press, so I’m all set for my costume:

If you guys use promo code PRGEYT5KATL6, you can get 25% off Cafe Press, too.


Speaking of shopping, last week in my FMM post, I found a laptop bag from Kailo Chic, and I’ve been obsessed with it since, so I broke down and got it:

I’ve also been needing a new fall/winter black tote as an everyday handbag, so I was thrilled when I found this one by AmeriLeather:

I love the proportions of this bag, which work well for my size.  (I avoid small bags because they look so teeny tiny on me).


I’d better get cracking if I’m going to hit all my To Do’s for today:

  • wash and fold laundry
  • vacuum and spot mop floors
  • change sheets
  • get together with Ani (Sofi & Riley) for a puppy play date, and some time at the pool
  • OnDemand kickboxing workout
  • prep tonight’s dinner, as well as breakfast and lunches for Tues-Fri.
  • polish nails and toes
  • read for an hour

I hope you have a lovely day. How do you plan to spend it?

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Does that just say, “no matter what kind of day you faced, this will make it all better?!”

The weather here has turned cold overnight.  Literally.  On Wednesday it was warm (77 degrees) and on Thursday the wind blew, the rain sprinkled, and the temperatures dropped.  Same today and for the rest of this weekend, only with even more rain. The perfect weather for making warm, comforting bowls of yummy goodness.

I went to Trader Joe’s today and totally stocked up.  I bought every thing and then some to make some of my favorite cold-weather foods:

Hungry Girl 10-Alarm CrockPot Chili

Italian Single Girl Soup

Michigan Rainstorm-Inspired Soup***

I’m also thinking of making a new soup with a bit of an Asian flare that I’ll post more about after I make it, so look for that new recipe later this weekend.

***Since I’m trying to keep things as low carb as possible, I’m going to make this weekend’s version with kale instead of rice.  I know that sounds like a strange substitute, but I think a “stewoup” of butternut squash soup, turkey kielbasa, and sauteed onions and kale just sounds so good.  I’ll let you know for sure afterward.

The best part of stocking up on all of these ingredients is that I can easily make these “big batch” foods and then freeze them for quick weeknight dinners.  I haven’t done any marathon cooking sessions in a while, so it will be fun to give it a go on Sunday. Especially because the weather outside is supposed to be pretty wet and ugly, so staying in will be perfect.

I love one-pot meals that are hearty, healthy, and easy to heat up and eat.  When I’ve had a long day and all I want to do is sit down and relax, chili, soup, and stewoups are the perfect way for me to take care of myself and make sure I stay on track with my diet.

What are some of your favorite healthy, cold-weather foods?  If you have the recipes, I’d love for you to put the links in the comments.

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Sometimes it really is the simple things in life that make it worth living.

This morning there’s quite a bit of fog/cloud cover, making it feel a bit like autumn or winter.  I know it will burn off soon, bringing with it a glorious, sunny day, but for a little while this morning, it was fun to pretend like it was going to be a cold day.  Days like that make me want to settle in with a hot cup of coffee.  They also make me want to bake.

Since I need to go grocery shopping, but I don’t get paid until Friday, I had to figure out something for breakfast with the items I already had on hand.  I didn’t feel like eggs or cereal or an English muffin.  Nothing really sounded good.  Until I thought about making the Hungry Girl scones that I knew would satisfy my craving.

I checked the pantry, fridge, and freezer, and discovered that I had all the necessary items on hand.  So this morning I made a mixed berry variety of the Hungry Girl 2-point scones, and they turned out great.  I loved the slight tartness of the mixed berries (blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries) in the frozen mix I had from Trader Joe’s.  The scones were a great way to start the day because they’re filling, low cal, and just made me feel warm inside.

download Yummy and good for the waistline, what more can you ask for in a scone?

It felt so relaxing to have the scones baking in the oven as I read the paper and sipped my coffee.  It reminded me that I haven’t made new recipes in a long time.  And I have at least 3 or 4 recipe books, not to mention a ton of Cooking Light magazines, to pour over.  I still haven’t spent time going through them, choosing recipes that looking interesting, and making lists of ingredients to buy.  Since I don’t have too much on tap for today, I think that’s just what I’m going to do.

So, very soon, I should be continuing my “Bella Cooks” series with some fabulous new recipes.  Stay tuned.

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I had a great week last week, both in results and in food choices.

This week my goal is to add some flavor to my dinners. Last week it was all about grilling the meat for dinner with very few spices — a bit of pepper, garlic powder, etc. This week I want to make some marinades with light soy sauce and rice wine vinegar. I want to use spices like cumin, chili powder, and ginger. I want to use herbs like sage and rosemary.

I scanned Kalyn’s site and got a few great ideas for quick and easy recipes. Then I went on the SBD website and got a few more. Most of the ones I found involve marinating the meat for an hour or two, and most nights that just isn’t in the cards, since I get home from school too late. So, I’m headed to TJ’s and Safeway to buy all of my ingredients, and then I’m going to start marinating everything. I have the time today, so I might as well do it.

I know it’s going to be a fairly hefty grocery bill today, but most of the things I’m buying will last quite a while. Plus, I should have some of these on hand, like soy sauce and rice wine vinegar. You can make so many good dressings and marinades with them that it just makes sense to keep them stocked.

My mom told me about this great salad that uses broccoli slaw or cabbage slaw (shredded broccoli/cabbage) that you mix with a bit of sesame oil and rice wine vinegar. I think you may add some dijon mustard and a few sesame seeds. She said she made it and it was delicious. It would be great as a side dish for dinner or as a salad for lunch, with some grilled chicken.

One thing I’ve really enjoyed on SBD more than on any other diet/program is figuring out new things to cook. When I was on WW, I would try to cook, but most of the time I just threw things together without much thought. I counted the points after I ate and called it a day. This time around, I’m really trying to think about what I’m going to cook and figure out the meals ahead of time. Not only is it helping me feel organized, it’s helping me succeed.

Ok, off to the grocery stores for this week’s goodies.

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