Tuesday, September 29, 2009

POM Iced Coffee Review and Care Package Giveaway

I was so happy to get an email from the folks at POM asking me if I'd like to try their product. I'd never tried POM but had wanted to. I'd heard great things about it, after all.

Yesterday I got a package in the mail that contained my samples. Can I be honest? I was disappointed when I opened it. Come on...POM Iced Coffee? That didn't even sound appealing. POM is known for pomegranate juice. Pomegranate juice mixed with coffee does not sound good at all!


I took the bottles and put them in the fridge to chill. This morning Chuck, Rachel and I tried them. You know what? They're totally, freakin' awesome! They're between 170-180 calories and full of yumminess. They do have the antioxidant goodness of pomegranate but none of the taste of it. It also contains "ethically sourced Rainforest Alliance Certified, premium Italian-roasted Arabica beans" and sweetened with organic cane sugar.
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Think Starbuck's frappuccino and you are pretty close in flavor. I'm thinking I'd like to try blending a bottle of this with some ice for a great frap. mmmmm.......
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So now you know how much I enjoyed it. I'm not just saying that either. I really liked it.
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Now for the exciting part: POM is letting me share the love with you guys! You know you want your own FREE care package.
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Here's what you need to do (and don't miss out on this because this is some good stuff!):
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1. Leave me a comment telling me you want some POM love for 1 entry
2. Post on your blog about this giveaway and let me know for another entry.
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Good luck to y'all. I can't wait for you to try it.
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**Drawing will be on Monday, October 5, 2009.**

Monday, September 28, 2009

Cold Sesame Noodles with Chicken & Cucumbers (6 pts)

I made this for dinner tonight and it was sooooo very good. Here is a pic of the ingredient list.
The finished product. You serve it cold.

Sesame Noodles with Chicken & Cucumbers

from Cooking Light Sept. 2009
8 oz uncooked dried udon noodles
1/4 cup rice vinegar
2 Tbs dark sesame oil
2 Tbs. low sodium soy sauce
1 Tbs. honey
2 tsp sambal oelek or chile paste with garlic
1/2 tsp. bottled ground fresh ginger (I used dried ginger)
2 cups shredded skinless, boneless rotisserie chicken breast (I bought bone-in chicken breasts and shredded them)
2 medium cucumbers, halved lengthwise and sliced
6 Tb.s chopped green onions
3 Tbs. chopped dry-roasted peanuts
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Cook noodles according to package instructions, omitting salt and fat. Drain and rinse under cold water; drain. Combine rice vinegar and next 5 ingredients in a large bowl, and stir with a whisk. Add noodles, chicken, and cucumbers to bowl; toss gently to coat.
Top with green onions and peanuts.
Yield 6 servings
(serving size 1 cup noodle mixture, 1 Tbs green onions and 1 1/2 Tbs. peanuts)
Calories 302; Fat 9.2 g; Protein 21.5 g; carb 32.6 g; fiber 3.1 g
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I thought I would post new recipes as I make them instead of bombarding you with them all at once when I post next. :)
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I hope you enjoy these as much as I did. Serve with a salad for a complete dinner.

World's Greatest Hamburger Recipe

This is the recipe I used from Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce for the burgers.. I also saw that you can get a free bottle to try from his web site!

"World's Greatest Hamburger"

Description We won the "Best of Show" at St Louis BBQ Cookoff. This was over ribs, loins, chicken and etc.

2 1/2 of ground sirloin
1/2 package of Lipton Onion Soup
3/8 cup of Country Bobs All Purpose Sauce
1 T Country Bobs Seasoning salt or other.

Methods/steps
Combine all ingredients and grill. When serving top off with a T. of Country Bobs.

Burger, Burgers & More Burgers; a GIVEAWAY!

It's been a busy week, folks. And this week seems to have a theme to it: hamburgers. I got hooked on reading blogs a while back that rated hamburgers in the Houston or Texas area and I wanted to try a few different places and rate them myself.

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Eating out is not usually Weight Watcher friendly. Eating hamburgers and fries is almost never Weight Watcher friendly. So how can I try new restaurants, eat a burger and not feel guilty?! My plan: eat healthy and exercise all week and have the weekends "off." Eh, it may or may not work out. We'll see. I just hate guilt feelings while I'm trying to enjoy something. Know what I mean?

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Let's begin the week's tour, shall we?
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Monday:
We were supposed to go to Latin class but Rachel was not feeling well. So we stayed home and didn't do much.


A while back a company contacted me and asked if they could send me some sauce to try for free. They said the magic word (FREE) so of course I said "yes."


Along with this sauce called Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce came a recipe booklet. We tried the one for the hamburgers.
These were truly some of the best burgers I've had. I don't generally like to order sauces online. I don't want to pay shipping and there are so many sauces at the grocery store. But Chuck told me that I needed to order some more of this stuff to keep on hand. It's sooooo good! I can see where you could use this in a lot of your savory dishes. I'm going to experiment with it. But trust me: it's VERY good. And it's only 25 calories per tablespoon and no fat. The ingredient list says it's "all natural."


And because I'm so sweet (and Country Bob sent me an extra bottle) I'm going to GIVE AWAY a bottle and recipe booklet to YOU! Just leave me a comment telling me that you'd like to have it and I'll have a drawing next Sunday and post the results.
Tuesday:
Rachel had a class for high school homeschoolers (though she's in 8th grade they said it would be fine for her to attend) at the Houston Museum of Natural Science about the Terra Cotta Warriors (since they're having an exhibit right now) and Chinese culture. The museum was even bringing in a professor from Texas A&M to teach some parts of the class.
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The weather was terrible that morning and I even went through some high water but we got there in time. It took the professor 3 hours to get there! Poor lady.
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The class was awesome. She learned some Chinese, culture and painted a replica terra cotta warrior.

Rachel also won a Chinese lantern in a trivia game!
As part of the China study we did at home the kids painted "Ming" vases. Well, they're actually bowls.Wednesday:
Meh, nothing much going on except a big load of school work.
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Thursday:
We all went on a 1 night stay to San Antonio. Just because. We had planned on going to homeschool day at SeaWorld but it turned out not to be such a great deal so we just went to San Antonio to hang out.
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Ever hear of the TV show called Man vs. Food? Well, he went to this restaurant in San Antonio called LuLu's Bakery and Cafe so we decided to try it.
The building and atmosphere don't look like much. They have a sign out front that proudly boasts that they have been voted to have the best chicken fried steak in town.
Sooooo.........here is a visual of the SMALL chicken fried steak that I ordered complete with mashed potatoes (some of the best I've ever had), fried okra and a roll. All for under $10. And it really was some awesome chicken fried steak.
Afterwards we went downtown where we were going to go on a ghost tour but our guide stood us up. The kids were ticked off.
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Got to see the Alamo. It's so pretty at night. Stirs something in the heart of this Texas girl.
We also took a carriage ride and got to hear legends and some false information about San Antonio. I guess the driver/guide didn't count on these tourists researching the info she told us. :) But it was a great ride and we thoroughly enjoyed it.
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After the ride we had to check out one of the most haunted hotels in America: The Menger Hotel. It's just gorgeous inside! Look at this lobby from the 1800s. Famous folks such as Teddy Roosevelt, Roy Rogers and Bill Clinton have stayed there. That's just a few of the names on the guest registry. There have been countless tales of sightings at the hotel. The kids took many pictures and looked everywhere but were disappointed not to see any ghosts. I'm a skeptic so I didn't expect to see anything and was not disappointed. ;-)
Got back to the hotel and the kids couldn't stop cracking up about the pool sign that had obviously been violated so that it read "Poo Hours."
Friday:
Every one slept late.
Then it was off to a very late breakfast /almost lunch at LuLu's for their legendary cinnamon rolls that weigh in at 3 pounds each! On Man vs Food he at one of the cinnamon rolls and then the large order of chicken fried steak. It's just not human. Something has to be wrong with him. I mean, look at the size of these things!!
That's just ONE cinnamon roll.
Time to head home. On the way we stop at The Snake Farm. Mike Rowe from Dirty Jobs did some work here for his show. Let me tell ya, the smell just about knocks you out when you go in. They have a viper pit filled with rattlesnakes that burns the hair in your nose. It's pretty bad. They did have a large variety of snakes.

Here are some Burmese pythons they have.
This cobra was nice enough to sport his hood and pose for the camera.
Outside were a variety of animals including alligators, birds, monkeys, lemurs, a wolf, tortoises, hyenas, a fox and more. Chuck fell in love with a hyacinth macaw.
There was also this geeky looking llama in the petting zoo.
It was nice to get home and sleep in my own bed. It felt like we had been gone for longer than a day. Every one slept hard that night.
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Saturday:
Chuck had an IDPA shooting match this morning and I had a difficult time waking up to go with him.
He did pretty good coming in third. He was moving slow and must have been pretty tired too.
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For lunch we went out for some of the best sushi at Little Tokyo.
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Afterwards, Chuck and I went home and slept until 5pm. I guess all of that activity catches up with you.
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For dinner we tried a place in Sugar Land called Original Eats. We got there at 7:45 and they closed at 8pm. Whew. Just made it.
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This goes along with the idea of wanting to try new burger places. Chuck and I split the buffalo burger on sweet sourdough with a side of sweet potato fries. The folks there were even nice enough to cut our burger for us and split the meal.
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The burgers here are awesome! I loved it. They have small condiment bar where you can fix your burger however you like.
Saturday night was time to unwind. I made up a pitcher of ritas and Chuck had cream rum. Wish y'all could come over for a rita. They were good!
Sunday:
It felt good to sleep late until 9am. That's late for us. :)
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The kids had their first Aviation Education class at the 1940 Terminal Museum near Hobby airport. It actually backs up to Hobby.
The kids learned how an airplane works and then made paper airplanes to fly while they watched different types of planes land and take off including some antique planes and private jets.
Afterwards it was time to check out another burger joint: Niners Grill. I ordered a burger with bbq sauce, cheddar & bacon. The burgers are enormous but they just weren't a favorite with any of us. Chuck only ate half of his and I didn't finish mine either. The onion rings are great though. The best burgers so far are the ones that Chuck made using Country Bob's Sauce.
That brings us up to Monday. Today starts my 30 day Challenge with Rachel. As I write this, she is working out.
The challenge: work out for 30 days straight using EA Sports Active on level medium or harder. If we are out of town then we can choose another activity of comparable intensity. For each day we exercise we earn $1. If we complete all 30 days we earn another $30 bonus!
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That should get us back on track!
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I have several new healthy recipes that I'll be trying this week. I'll report back next week with the results and the recipes if they turn out ok.
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Have a terrific week! **And don't forget to leave a comment to win a bottle of Country Bob's Sauce! It's really good. :)**

Monday, September 21, 2009

FREE stuff!

I just love getting free stuff. I doubt I'll ever win the lottery but every time I get some new goodie in the mail I feel like I've won something. :)

Here are some free samples of goodies for you to get!

Honey Nut Cheerios

Kashi Cereal

Taster's Choice Coffee (6 flavors)

Wal Mart (a variety of samples to choose from)

Total Blueberry Pomegranate Cereal

Fiber One Cereal and $5 in coupons

Essence Perfume Sample

Nature Valley Trail Mix bar (you do have to sign up for a newsletter but you can cancel it at any time and enjoy your samples)

Bear Naked Granola Bar

A.C.T. Energy Drink

Enjoy! That should get you some good stuff coming in the mail. Now if we could only get some free wine samples.....

Sensa?

I do not believe in diet pills and things of that nature. The side effects seem more dangerous than actually having a few too many pounds hanging around. So when the people from Sensa asked if they could send me a 3 month sample to try I hesitated. But I'm also curious so I said, "Yes."

Here is what they asked me to do: take the stuff and blog about my experience. They also want me to include a link to them so you can get your free trial. Being the nonconformist that I am, I'm not going to include a link. Yet.

Sensa is not a pill but a powder. It comes in what looks to be a giant box of floss but it is split between "salty" and "sweet." You are supposed to sprinkle the salty side powder on your food that you would normally put salt and pepper on. You sprinkle the sweet side powder on stuff that is sweet. The powders themselves have no sweet or salty taste. The idea is that the smells will signal your brain that it's satisfied.

The ingredients are not impressive or dangerous sounding, otherwise I would not be willing to try it at all.

My thoughts are that it will not work at all. I just don't see how it could. So I have no expectations for this product. (Sorry, folks at Sensa. Thanks for the samples though!) Either way I'll tell you how it's going. I just started using it Saturday night.


Weight loss update: I have nothing to update. LOL OMG, it's so difficult to stay motivated and focused. But I saw a picture of myself and I realized that I need to get back to my dedication. Focus. Focus. Focus.

I also need to analyze my goals and why I do what I do. My main reason to lose weight is because the health risks to being overweight are just too great. I love my husband so much and I want to have as many years with him as I can. It seems that time is speeding by at the speed of light and I want to slow the clock down just a little bit.

My other reasons for losing weight include better self confidence, feel better, able to get cute clothes, and I want to accomplish this HUGE goal. It's a mountain to climb. A mountain of lard! LOL But I must never give up.


Food and recipes: nothing much to share this week. I mainly used stuff I already had in the freezer so it wasn't creative. One thing that we had for dinner that was fairly low cal and delicious was potato, egg, cheese and bacon breakfast tacos (or we call them taquitos). Just scramble some eggs and cook up some hash browns and center cut bacon. Add them and some low fat cheese to a low carb tortilla and you have a VERY yummy meal that satisfies. One of my favorites, actually.


This week was busy as usual.

Monday:
Took our first Latin class. It was all Greek to me! :P It's pretty difficult but I think we'll be able to learn it.

Tuesday:
Rachel had a chemistry class so Charlie and I did school at a fancy coffee shop called Minuti Coffee. The atmosphere must have agreed with him because he made perfect scores on everything including his spelling test, which he never does well on. Rachel LOVED her chemistry class.

First episode of Biggest Loser of the season! My heart about broke when that poor woman said she lost her family in a car accident. It even made Jillian cry! JILLIAN! Hell hath frozen over.

I know that not every one has warm and fuzzy feelings for Biggest Loser but it's a big motivator for me and my family. Every time we watch it we feel like we can also get in shape. Even the kids get in on the action. So for us it's a big help. I wish that none of them would get voted off. I don't really like the reality game show aspect of it. Glad to see Daniel back and getting another chance.

Wednesday:
We're studying about ancient China so the kids painted their own Ming vases. I don't think they would fool an art dealer though. :)

Thursday:
Just ran errands all over town. Got NOTHING done at home. Charlie had PE at the Y.

Friday:
Park Day with the homeschool group. The kids love park days.
For lunch we went to a Chinese buffet as a sort of field trip to go with our studies. It wasn't the best place we had ever eaten. They also had some weird stuff on the buffet like octopus and salty duck. Blech! We dared Charlie and Rachel to eat an octopus. We even offered $10 if they would eat it. Charlie accepted the challenge and ate a whole octopus. I almost lost my lunch. I did try a tentacle and it did not taste what I thought an octopus would taste like. It was kind of rubbery too. Charlie finished his octopus and was $10 richer for all of 30 minutes until we got to the dreaded Wal Mart.

Saturday:
Spent the morning at Sims Bayou Nature Center for the Family Nature Exploration Club kick off. It was so good to see my favorite chicken and they had lots of activities going on.
Me and Scooter the rooster.


They had a bird banding demonstration going on as well. They tried to catch hummingbirds but it didn't work out. They did catch an English sparrow for us to see and pet. So cute!


Later in the day we went to Hudson Woods for a nature walk and this hound dog showed up and Charlie became attached to it real fast. It was funny: when it came up behind me I could hear a noise and when I turned around all I saw was something big and black running up and I screamed. After many more scares with spiders and noises in the woods and spotting very large hog tracks and walking for nearly 2 hours, we made it back to the car and the dog trotted off to its home.
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And THANK YOU to Shelley for sending me 2 tickets to the Renaissance Festival! We've never been so I can't wait to go check it out. Every year we say we're going to go but never do. Thank you!
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Sunday:
Just stayed home and cleaned a very messy house.
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I hope to have a lot of good exercise and healthy eating news for next week.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Sept 9-13,2009; BEST Pulled Pork Recipe

Monday, Labor Day, 9-7-09

Chuck was home from work so we skipped school. The kids were so disappointed. LOL (not really)
It was such a rainy day that we were not able to go on a hike that we had planned at Hudson Woods. We drove to Brazos Bend State Park and it wasn't raining there. Apparently it was only raining in patches here and there in the area.
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Although it threatened to rain while we were there, we just got a few sprinkles. We were able to hike a trail and find a geocache that had eluded us on our last geocache search.
While on the trail around Hale Lake, this guy was nosing around for some food and got pretty close. Armadillos are such odd looking critters.
Tuesday, 9-8-09
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Rachel is signed up for a Kitchen Chemistry class taught by a wonderful homeschool mom. Today was the first class so we drove for about 30 minutes to her beautiful home. I didn't see any other cars there so I knocked on the door to drop Rachel off. Rachel was nervous. The lady answered the door and apologized profusely. She had sent an email to every one but somehow I wasn't on the email list: her mother died that week and all of her family was there. DOH! I felt terrible.
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So we went home and just did a bunch of school stuff. We also started a family read aloud book called The Graveyard Book. It won the 2009 Newbery Award and is written by the same man who wrote Coraline. It's pretty dark and freaky but has a lot of imagination. We all liked it except Charlie. For some reason it didn't appeal to him.
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Wednesday, 9-9-09
Another rainy day. I have to admit that I am loving these rainy afternoons. We needed the rain anyway.
I still haven't started back to a regular exercise schedule. I can feel a slight change in the way my pants fit and that is not good, my friend. I have got to find some time for me.
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I was able to get a lot of school work done.
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Forgot to mention: a couple of weeks I had a cyst removed from my shoulder. Wasn't a big deal but I nearly passed out because I'm a wimp when it comes to that sort of thing. I broke out in a cold sweat and had trouble standing. I sat in the parking lot for a few minutes with the AC blasting on my face and was able to get it together and drive home.
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Today was the day to have my stitches taken out. I would have done it myself but the stitches were so close to the skin that I was afraid of cutting myself. I shouldn't have worried: the physician's assistant cut me trying to get them out. LOL It wasn't too bad. At least they are out.
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Thursday, 9-10-09
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FUN! I have signed the kids up for a class once a month at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. They have so many class topics available. I hated just choosing one but I can't afford them all. Anyway, Rachel took a class on squid dissection and Charlie took a class on animal defense. They both had a great time. Rachel learned a lot but Charlie already knew all the stuff about the animals. But he still enjoyed it.
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Afterwards, I went to the ticket booth to see if my chaperone sticker for the class would get me a discount to the Cockerell Butterfly Center. It did! They gave me a corporate rate and we saved a lot of $$ and were able to see beautiful butterflies swirling and floating around us. They would land on us or get so close that you could feel their wings as they passed by. We did see one butterfly die in flight and plummet to the ground. Poor thing. It's a shame they don't live longer.
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I had taken several pictures with the camera on my Blackberry but I can't seem to get it to email them to me. It says it emails them but then I never receive them. $*&%@(* Blackberry!!!! Ticks me off. You have no idea how much.
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After all of that, we came home and did some school. Yeah, it was a busy day.
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Honestly, there are so many activities available out there that it's difficult choosing which ones to do and which ones to pass up.
Right now there is an opportunity to take aviation classes at an old airport terminal in Houston and learn about planes and flight history but it's $125 per student ($250 for both of my kids) and I just don't have it right now. So this one I may be forced to pass up, darn it. I have to save up for the house taxes which seem pretty high to me. But it's a great place so I guess it's worth it. I still don't understand why I can't be rich. LOL
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Friday, 9-11-09

Chuck was home. I hate to do school when he's home. It seems like such a treat for the kids to have dad home during the week so we usually take the day off and do something fun and/or educational.
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Today was rainy (again) so we decided to try a place we've never been called the Angleton Natatorium. Angleton is a town in Brazoria County and a natatorium is just a fancy indoor pool.
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Let me tell you: this place was terrific! They had slides, lap pool, spray area with tipping buckets, hot tub and a lazy river. All indoors! The admission was cheap too.

I brought a library book (Angels & Demons) to read while the kids swam. Some guy followed Rachel around for a while and finally asked her when she graduated. She told him that she was only 14 and he said, "Oh, crap!" LOL Guess he was a little older. It made her feel good though. I'm not ready for boys and dating yet. I can't tell you how old it made me feel to have some guy hitting on my baby girl.
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Oh, and we ended up doing some school anyway. I'm such a mean mom. :P
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Saturday, 9-12-09

Lots of rain still. We were lazy today and didn't do too much of anything. Chuck and the kids went to his parent's house for dinner but I had a headache so I stayed home and finished up my library book. Angels & Demons is a great story!
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And 1 year ago on this day, the mighty Hurricane Ike hit. I'll never forget that night as the wind howled and the fence was being torn up and the trees were bending back and forth in half and touching the ground. It was a scary time and we all slept huddled in the living room as a family. The next morning I was so exhausted. Our house made it through ok but we did get some water damage upstairs from the driving wind sending rain into our ridge vents. Others lost their lives in the deadly storm. Bolivar and Galveston are still recovering to this day.
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Before the storm hit, the sky turned purple and frogs started chirping everywhere. It was so odd. There was also a sweet smell in the air that I can't describe. Like a perfume or flowers almost. When the storm hit there was green lightning throughout the sky. We found out that it was transformers being blown across Houston. With the purples and pinks and greens it was an eerie night.
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Sunday, 9-13-09
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Ahhhh....slept in late though I had planned on getting up early to go watch a hummingbird banding demonstration. But it's good to sleep in from time to time.
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It wasn't as overcast as it had been all week so we took advantage of the break in the rain and head to Brazos Bend for a walk. I needed the exercise anyway. ;-)
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We hiked a few miles and got to see the normal wildlife including alligators and ducks and raccoons and armadillos.
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This guy came right up to us looking for food!
A skink on the trail.

a non-venomous broad banded water snake. Hint: in Texas, if a snake has a round pupil it is not venomous. But that means you have to get close enough to actually see its pupils and we don't always want to do that!

A black bellied whistler duck and her progeny:
I finally have a new recipe to share with you and it's a good one! It's Pulled Pork crockpot style. The whole family loved this one.
Pulled Pork
from Recipezaar
SERVES 10
4 lbs pork roast(shoulder or butt)
2 large onions
1 cup ginger ale
1 (18 ounce) bottle favorite barbecue sauce (I like Sweet Baby Ray's)
barbecue sauce, for serving (optional)
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Slice one onion and place in crock pot.
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Put in the roast and cover with the other onion, sliced. Pour over the ginger ale. Cover and cook on LOW for about 12 hours.
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Remove the meat, strain and save the onions, discard all liquid. With two forks, shred the meat, discarding any remaining fat, bones or skin. Most of the fat will have melted away.
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Return the shredded meat and the onions to the crock pot, stir in the barbecue sauce. Continue to cook for another 4 to 6 hours on LOW.
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Serve with hamburger buns or rolls and additional barbecue sauce. Any leftovers freeze very well.
TIP: freeze ready-made sandwiches - a scoop of meat on a bun, well-wrapped. These make a great quick meal or snack. To reheat, remove wrapping, wrap in a paper towel, and zap 1-2 minute in the microwave.
Note: Shoulder or butt are recommended because the meat shreds very well. Other cuts do not shred as readily. It is a fattier cut, but the fat melts away in the cooking and is poured away when you discard the liquid.
Note 2: I have an older, smaller crock pot. The above times work perfectly for me. But if you have a newer or bigger crock pot, you may need to revise times downward, esp. after the bbq sauce is added. I think you need at least a couple of hours for it all to meld, but that may be all you need.
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My notes: I used pork loin because it's leaner. I also used Cattlemen's Smokehouse BBQ sauce. It took me almost 3 bottles of barbecue sauce for that amount of meat. It made a TON of pulled pork.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Preview

HELLO! Oh my goodness it's good to see every one. Nothing horrible has happened to me. On the contrary, I've started exercising again with my daughter though my schedule has not been as regular as I would like it to be. I'm thinking about starting a challenge with Rachel (she's 14) and have a prize at the end of the challenge for the one (or both of us!) who completes it. Should be a good incentive. :)

I've decided to post at least once a week. I know it's not the every day posts that I was doing but honestly there just isn't a way for me to do it all. School and life just demand a lot of time.
Here is Rachel's school load:
  • Grammar
  • Classical Roots
  • writing
  • geography
  • Latin
  • Spanish
  • Logic
  • 3 math courses (Math-U-See, Life of Fred, Teaching Textbook)
  • biology
  • ancient history
  • art
  • world religions
  • cartoon/comic group & class
  • once a month chemistry class
  • once a month science/history class at museum of natural science
  • weekly Latin class besides the one at home

That's a lot! I may have even forgotten something.

Much of my blog has been about health and losing weight. As I have been saving for taxes I have been looking for the least expensive meals to prepare to save as much money as possible. Have you noticed that the dollar just doesn't go as far as it used to?! What happened?

Unfortunately, the easiest way to stretch a dollar is with filler foods like rice or pasta. Not Weight Watcher friendly. But I'm trying to get creative to make items that will be low calorie, dollar stretchers that actually taste good.

Not exactly a dollar stretcher but I do have a fantastic recipe for pulled pork sandwiches that is out of this world. Can't wait to share.

I think I will be doing my posts on Sundays and see how that works out. So meet me back here Sunday and we'll chat and I'll share a recipe or two and we'll catch up.