Friday, April 30, 2010

Friday Food

We had 'family company' for supper tonight. I made bison meatloaf (I always put some onion, celery, carrot and peppers through the food processor, and mix into the meat with an egg, and some gluten free bread crumbs) mashed potatoes, steamed carrots and opened some creamed corn - gotta have that creamed corn with meatloaf! The glaze on the meatloaf was ketchup, brown sugar, and a bit of plain Jane mustard. MMMM good. For dessert, we had angel food cake (ten egg whites and a mix...very easy and GF) with strawberries. MMMMM good if I do say so myself! A glass of white white just made it all so much better!

Lunch was skipped. My bad.

Breakfast was a toasted tea cake and two poached eggs, with a glass of skim milk.

Snack? Are you kidding? I won't be able to eat for a week I am so full!

Busy, busy, busy!

So, here we go again, filling up the closet! Although,in my defense? The things I bought are replacing items that are far too big, so it is a "one in, one out" situation. I ordered white and beige cargo capri's that convert to shorts with the use of a clever little side tab, and a very much needed pencil skirt to use with the tops I already have. I wish they would have had one size smaller, but as it stands, this one will do. Who knew that clothing gets bigger with use? I always bought things that fit nicely in the store, but I am finding out that it is best to have them fit a little bit on the snug side. A LITTLE on the snug side to me, means not pulling it six inches away from my body for "ease"! Changing the habits of a lifetime is not an easy thing to do. Anyway, back to the pencil skirt. The fabric is firm, smooth and stretchy. No slip recquired, which is a big plus for me in the summer. And the length? PERFECT. Not too long, not too short. With a back pleat no less! So, ready for the pictures?


I am a convert. Not everything from Pennington's is ugly these days!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Another day...

spent busily doing what? LOL I do know I have been up and running all day. It started off quietly enough, with preparing breakfast for dear hubby before he left for Vancouver. I made us each and egg, and two pieces of bacon, with a bowl of oatmeal for "dessert". I put maple syrup and raisins into the porridge for hubby, and it did make those baby blues brighter! It was enough to keep me going until five, when the urge for a taco salad overcame me. Unfortunately the avocados were not ripe, so that little garnish was sorely missed. Otherwise, it was a success!

My online shopping is starting to arrive,

so I have three more t-shirts, a pair of yoga pants and a new hoody to sport around town. I really do have to stop buying clothes, but the Internet just makes it too easy! A person could forgo laundry completely, armed with a computer and a credit card .... who knew that buying casual clothes could be so much fun, or that it would make so much of a difference in my outlook on life? I made sure that these things were "just right tight" so I won't have to replace them so soon. My weight loss has been slow, but it is finally making a difference in the sizes I buy. (There must be a huge inch difference in the plus sizes, because it sure took me a long time and a lot of pounds to drop two sizes!) I am starting to really like my clothes being more fitted. Part of that has been belly acceptance'. It is there. I am working at getting rid of it, but oh my, you can not hide it, so you may as well make the rest of you look neat! I will never be a fan of tight clothing, but there is something to be said for shoulder seams that rest on your shoulder point and not on your bicep! It really is a thrill to go to the closet every day, and choose something to wear, that I can feel good in, and that is suitable for the day's activities.

Grocery shopping was also on the agenda, although I just needed very few things. If only every grocery day were as simple! A jar of marmalade, a jar of raspberry jam and a bag of taco chips. Can't beat that for simple, can you?

Breakfast was: one egg, two strips of bacon, one glass of skim milk, 1 cup of oatmeal with maple syrup and raisins

Lunch: who had room after all that breakfast?

Supper: 1/2 cup of taco meat mix over romaine lettuce, garnished with salsa, sour cream and cheddar cheese, washed down with a Fresca, followed by a nice cuppa tea!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

In the mood for a good Greek dish? Chicken Lemonato

Today's menu:

Breakfast: two poached eggs, half of a GF tea cake, glass of skim milk
Lunch: Chicken broth with a toasted tea cake
Supper: Chicken breast, with roasted potatoes and spinach with cream

Chicken Lemonato

· 2-3 pounds chicken pieces
· 3-4 pounds potatoes
· ¼ cup olive oil
· 5 garlic cloves, crushed
· Juice of 3-4 lemons
· 1 teaspoon each salt and pepper
· 3 tablespoons oregano
· Clean and wash the chicken pieces.
· Mix the marinade ingredients*, and toss the chicken with it to coat all the pieces.
· Chill, covered in the refrigerator 2 hours, even over night.
· Turn chicken pieces at least once during marinating time.
· Peel and slice the potatoes into chunks or wedges.**
· Put potatoes into a large, greased casserole pan.
· Add the marinade and toss potatoes to completely coat.
· Arrange the chicken over the potatoes.
· For more tender chicken and potatoes, cover pan for first 45 minutes of baking.
· Bake at 350 degrees for about 60-90 minutes until both chicken and potatoes are completely cooked and tender.
· Baste 2-3 times while baking.
· If needed, add water to the pan until the potatoes are tender.
* May combine all ingredients in a blender.

Guess what I found at Costco today?

It was meant to be. I love it when items call my name from afar, and this bag literally hollered at me when I first walked in the door! In usual Costco fashion, it was sitting on top of a mountain of similar bags in various colours. Red, black, white, and be still my heart, pyrite metallic. When I saw the price tag? I knew I had scored the perfect bag for the summer. LOVE it, love it, love it! I wore my metallic sandals today, so how could I pass up a bag that didn't match, but coordinated so well with them? I love the cross body strap, and the extra depth to this will work out really well for home and for travel.

Pssssst - it was 49.99 - a steal for a leather 'The Sak" bag!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Closet accomplished, and hangers reclaimed....

This time, I actually got rid of things! I arranged tops by colour, then by sleeve length. I didn't realize that I had so many black shirt's, yet I am constantly seeking to buy more! I think I get it into my head that I need something, and then proceed to buy a dozen of them on a dozen occasions! I surely have enough now. But it was good to try absolutely everything on, and get hubby's opinion of it - a lot of things just hit the bin! I wish he would express himself more clearly when I am in the store, rather than letting me spend good money on something and THEN tell me what he thinks!

I have so many pairs of jeans that actually fit now! I wore my "skinny" dark blue jeans with a tunic top that matched the stone stitching on the jeans to a family supper tonight. Which reminds me, the hostess (my "bonus" girl - sister to my dear d-i-l) made the most delish taco salad I have ever had....all gluten free!

Melissa's Taco Salad

brown meat with 1 1/2 tsp chili powder - make it spicy
layer in a large glass cake pan:
1/2 head of iceberg lettuce
ground meat
sliced black olives or kidney beans
1 cup of grated cheese
Serve with taco chips, sour cream, guacamole and salsa. MMM good!
The dear girl even bought me some gluten free chocolate cookies to have while the others were enjoying cake, that were soooooo good I didn't miss a thing. In fact, I think my dessert was better! Very chocolaty and not a speck of flour in them. And she even sent some home with me!

Now, I am cleaning my bathroom, but am losing interest at this late hour! My hairbrushes are soaking while I have a tea break, so I am multi-tasking! I had a banana muffin for a snack today..mmmmmm good. Even better than they look, warmed up with a bit of butter? Who could wish for anything better!

What I ate today:
Breakfast: two poached eggs, banana muffin & butter,milk, coffee
Snack/lunch: banana muffin & butter, half an orange, glass of milk
Supper: taco salad, Choriatiki salad, taco chips, guacamole and 3/4 of a chocolate cookie

Friday, April 23, 2010

Don't know and don't care....

how many points are in these babies! I do know they are delicious warm from the oven....mmmm good! I made a Kinnikinnick bread and bun mix, added some mixed peel, and the rest is culinary history....

Spurred on by my success with tea cakes, I produced banana muffins
I am far too full to sample them yet, but I am impressed just by looking at them! It has been so long since I got busy in the kitchen! It feels very good, I must say. This gluten free thing is a bit more time consuming, but when you consider how much time I save by NOT being sick, it is a very small investment for a very big reward.

The next item on the agenda is my closet. Yes, again. I still have far too many things. When you go to get dressed, and try on, and try on, and try on? It is time to ditch the things that you tried on and that didn't work. Trouble is, that when you find new things that really fit nicely? It is hard to make do with the clothes that now feel sloppy. And sad to say? Some of the new things that I bought, I did get one size too large. I do not like to see fat stuffed into tight casings, but too sloppy isn't a good thing either. So, back to work I go. This time, I am going to try on, evaluate and dispose of things by category. It might be easier to do if I set the goal of weeding out one section at a time. It is pretty lame when you clean out your closet, and then shop until you don't have an empty hanger in the house! Does everyone have this trouble, or is it just me? I can't seem to ever get rid of enough stuff to have breathing room in the closet! And I just did this before we went to the states...ahhhhh. That was the problem. I started shopping like a fiend! LOL

Yesterday my dear daughter-in-law and I went shopping. That translated into SHE went shopping in peace, and I had the privilege of playing with baby in the shopping center play area. It was so neat! Little slides,a bridge, a little soft train, and a super spongy floor so the little ones wouldn't hurt themselves. Lots of places to climb and crawl through. She is such a dear baby, and was happy as a lark just playing with the other little ones! Her greatest joy was walking up and down the soft stairs unassisted - she rewarded herself each time with a robust round of hand clapping! Lord help us all when she is potty training, because our hands will be raw from clapping! This kid can really pound back the liquids! LOL Anyway, this ol' Gramma sure got a workout playing with her yesterday. I am surprised that I am not sore this morning...I was sure tired last night, though! I have lots to do at home for supper, laundry and a general tidy up of the house. Ah, life is grand at Casa del Phillips!

Monday, April 19, 2010


Did you think that I had given up telling you the details of my life? NO WAY are you getting that bit of peace and quiet! Here I am again! I must say a big thank you for your comments too! Really? Over 4000? I have been doing this a long time, haven't I! So here come the details...get your tea, and settle in, because I have lots to tell you! But first, let me confess. At the moment, I have SWA oil on my hair, and it is standing straight up on end - looks good with my well worn nightie and freshly washed face. Yep. It ain't pretty, but it sure feels good! That SWA+ stuff is really good. Brought my hair back from the dead after the cruise this winter and I returned home with something on my head resembling straw..... I subsequently stopped going to the pricey salon for colour treatments. When you see the results you can get from home hair colouring products now? Why would you spend over a hundred dollars every month just for colour? Spending 10.99 at Shopper's really works for me!

But I digress. We drove back from Regina yesterday - the only eventful thing was running out of gas. Yes, in his wisdom, my husband drove by several gas stations in order to get to his "favourite" and the rest is history. We were about five minutes from home, and gently rolled to a stop at the side of the highway. That pesky little bell that kept ringing? Well, in the man's estimation, it was like a hysterical backseat driver...nag, nag, nag....we had lots of gas to get us to the garage with the good car wash. Well, we did get a few minutes to make telephone calls while we were waiting for the towtruck. That meant we could start putting things away as soon as we walked in the front door. All the unpacking was done last night, with the piles of sorted laundry waiting for me in the morning! Life is good to spite what happens, eh?

Today I have been running like a mad woman...not running, really, since that is one thing that just doesn't happen in my world, but busy? Yep. I was busy! The house has been reclaimed. Dusted, vacuumed, kitchen scrubbed. Supper was real food, made with my own little hands tonight. Chicken thighs, mashed potatoes and green beans sprinkled with Parmesan cheese. Easy to make, but since I stopped using the microwave, the pots are plentiful after every meal. If you love your microwave, don't research what really happens to food when you cook in one. I became slightly suspicious of them when my daughter-in-law was pregnant and told not to eat food from a microwave. WHAT???? Unbelievable, I thought. But, the rest is history. I am now a pots and pans cook again.It is just one more thing to all burns calories, so what the heck. I am breathing anyway, may as well do dishes! The laundry is started. The flowers are arranged. Life is a semblance of normal...for two weeks at least!

I tried out Curves with my friend last Thursday. It was so much easier than anything I have ever tried before and it did get my heart rate up there...apparently. I was more concerned with not tripping over those little square platforms that you stand on to keep moving while waiting for your next machine. I think I would prefer a routine where you didn't have to keep moving to the next station every second! But the time did pass quickly, and for so little effort? You do manage to work up a bit of a "glow". They say it works wonders, but running upstairs and down doing housework leaves me with the same feeling of wanting a big glass of water and a sitdown! But, maybe next fall if the price is right....after all, there is a Curves just up the street from me, and I have no excuse not can even visit other Curves while away from home. Getting to one would be a bit of a problem, but nothing insurmountable.

As for shopping? I didn't buy a thing from the stores in Regina. ONLINE? Quite a different story. I discovered that Pennington's has a website, and now can say they have excellent service to boot. I ordered another pair of pants in black. The green pants were my first choice to wear the whole time we were away - I was thrilled when I found the black ones waiting for me when I got home. It was quite thrilling not to order the largest size they offered. I guess that is what they call a non-scale victory on the Weight Watchers website! That aside? Wrinkles and all, I love those pants! So comfy.

Trollbeads. It is defintely not a good thing for the family budget to leave me alone in a hotel room with a Visa card and Internet access. Hubby knows of my addiction and foolishly says things like "there are too many beads on those bracelets...that is why they are hard to fasten. You should order more bracelets!" Well, I did. And while I was at it? A necklace, four stoppers and a few more pretty little beads snuck into the cart. Now I have a vested interest in watching the progress of that volcanic eruption, since shipping from Denmark was affected, and it will take longer for my purchases and I to be united. Everyone has their own guilty little pleasure, and now you know mine!

Breakfast: GF English muffin, two poached eggs, glass of skim milk
Lunch: 1 cup of bean soup
Supper: Chicken thigh with mashed potatoes and green beans
Snack: GF cookie and a glass of skim milk. MMMM good!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Packing again....

This time, it is only for a week, and only one formal night. I have a new purple dressy dress that I haven't worn yet...there are a lot of clothes in my closet with the tags still on them, but I will get around to wearing them before they grow too big, I am sure! I actually am caught up on the laundry, but when the man arrives tonight, there will be another pile to wade through. I also have to wash those new jeans to get the sizing out of jeans are not agreeable to my skin at all. I think that is why I love those faded denim jeans that you buy already beaten half to death already!

I am loving the convertible green cargo pants...the black ones that I ordered haven't arrived yet, but they will be here when we return.

Here is a picture of the hoodies I bought in black and white:

As it is, I will have lots of options to take with me, and hopefully, I will not get a migraine when I go to do my packing this time! By the way? Using dry cleaner bags to fold your clothing keeps them absolutely wrinkle free. I tested it on a silk blouse last trip, and lo and behold? It came out with nary a crease.

So, news. Hmmm. There isn't any! Yesterday, my menu was rather interesting as I kidnapped my service mates and made them eat lunch with me.

Breakfast was: milk, two poached eggs, GF English muffin
Lunch was: chicken breast, GF gravy, absolutely calorie laden mashed potatoes (cream cheese, whipping cream and butter...but only about 1/2 a cup for my serving....sooooooo worth the calories! Steamed broccoli and cauliflower...mmmmm good!

Supper was: Huge bowl of popcorn and big glasses of water.

Good day all around!

Today breakfast was: hearty mushroom omelette with cheese and milk


Off to toss those jeans into the washer!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

What I ate today....

GF English muffin, butter, two poached eggs, glass of milk and peanut butter for breakfast. After twelve days of restaurant eggs, it was just all so good!

Lunch was raw veggies and dip, two gluten free donuts. Yes. I know. My bad.

Supper - as if we hadn't eaten out enough, we had to stop by Wendy's on the way home from getting our tires changed. So, supper was half a large Chili, and half an order of fries with a diet coke.Love to share, don't you?

NOW, on an up note? I was so thrilled with my Lauren Hutton kit, that I went online to order the Aqua Elements from the Canadian website. So much for simplicity. But the products are very nice, and this morning? The man even noticed my face...he looked at me and said, quote: DO you have makeup on? Ya look good. Well, that was enough for me! I was actually half through the routine when he called me to the table, and didn't have lipstick or mascara on yet. The contouring works in this kit. Very soft, not like the eighties contouring at all. You can straighten out your nose AND minimize the droopy eyes. Well, enough said. This is good stuff, just as Ms. Hutton says....

Lauren Hutton Face Disc

I am such a sucker for new makeup! I did resist this one for quite some time. So far? So good! This really is a nice little item, promising to be convenient above all else. I spent a bit of time watching the video...nothing new or earth shattering, but simple straightforward reminders of the "face" priciples. So far? I am not dissappointed at all in it! The disc is very well laid out, and when applied as directed? You get a nice, natural look. No itch so far, either! I bought this from the shopping channel, so I have 30 days to see if it works "long term". I really hope it does, because the system addresses all of my "issues" and the end result is very soft. The brushes are neither the best or the worst. Surely, for the price? They are a very good deal!

I ordered a kit in "PINK". Turns out that it is a perfect match for my skin tone. There are four shades of spot covers, so there is every shade of blemished covered! And covered they are. The concealers alone are worth the price!

Monday, April 5, 2010

So, did you miss me?

We had a fabulous time! Met lots of interesting new friends, and saw a few old ones, too. The Bonspiel was a real hoot! Since hubby's company was sponsoring the event, we were there every night for supper, and "sociables" too. I think we did really well keeping up, considering we are old people! LOL

While in Regina, I did do a little shopping...t-shirts mainly. I had a migraine when I was packing, and the contents of my suitcase was quite a shock to me when I reached Regina! As chance would have it, I managed to find a few things at Pennington's. ON SALE no less. More casual things. In my wisdom, I had packed only three tops. Of course, the first time I wore them they attracted spots, so were not wearable again. DUH! Ten days is a long time to be away. I didn't have a clue what to take, and as a result, what I took was completely clueless. My suitcase was expanded to the max on the way home though! Thank you Heys!

The one outfit that I did get right, was for the banquet. I wore a my black short swing dress with black beads that I bought in Germany years ago, with my new crock patent evening clutch, and comfy patent slings. It was a good thing that I thought to dress it up a bit, because I had the thrill of a lifetime when we were asked to be the first ones to follow the piper in to dinner. Now, I love bagpipes to begin with, but this? I really felt like a queen! It was a privilege indeed. I am looking forward to going next year to Calgary!

The new short short haircut worked out well. Very trouble free. My dear friend gave me a "puff" spray this stuff on your hair, then style. It is amazing! The first time I used it, I sprayed my hair right after drying it...while I was bent at the waist. When I stood up? I had a dandelion head! Good thing I had a short haircut, or I never would have made it through the door! Once tamed down with a curling iron, I had pain free hair for days. Isn't technology wonderful?

Now, my WW diet went out the window. Every meal was hosted by two provinces. We were treated to local fare on a grand scale. Alberta beef, PEI oysters, New Brunswick scallops, BC salmon...the list goes on and on. Needless to say, the scales will probably groan a bit in the morning! The major damage was done by my consistent consumption of Tanguery Ten with lemon. It may even out though, because a lot of the food had gluten in it, so I had to pass on a lot of can only hope! LOL

ANYWAY, the next posting will be about Lauren Hutton kits arrived while we were away, so tomorrow, I will experiment with the products, after I watch the instructional video. To have every product that you need for your face in one compact, would be sheer heaven for me. With all the running around we do, it really would make packing so much easier. Think I will go open the boxes now!