Monday, July 17, 2017

WEIGH-IN 7-17-17


I'm typing this on Sunday. I'll try to remember to get in here and fill in that actual weight. I forgot to weigh this morning.  

UPDATE:  I didn't gain any during vacation! Now if I can just lose a pound this week. I really want to see 170 by August 1. From there the 169 by October 10th should be easy peasy.

We spent all of last week in Eureka Springs AR on vacation with the girls. I'm a strong believer in "calories don't count" on vacation, though I did try to behave. 

The first thing we did was take a ride on the Eureka Springs & North Arkansas Railway. They offer an excursion, lunch or dinner trips. The girls love trains so we thought this short trip (about 90 min.) with lunch would be perfect.


Menu Selections:
Chicken Salad with Fresh Fruit
Beef Stroganoff
Ham and Turkey Croissant
Grilled Cheese Croissant with Tomato Soup
Egg Salad with Fresh Fruit
Chicken Strips (kids)

All entre├ęs are served with hot, fresh baked rolls, beverage and special dessert.

Meal and trip are a package. Adults is $25 and Children (under 8) $15.

I chose the Chicken Salad with Fresh Fruit

I also had grapes but they are difficult for me to eat unless I cut them in half. A young girl across the isle from us got the Chicken Strips (which came with seasoned green beans) She doesn't like anything green so I happily gave my grapes to her. 

Everything was very tasty. 
There was a bit of a lull between the meal and dessert, which gave the girls a chance to just watch the scenery.  

Then dessert came. I failed to take a picture before I began eating. 

This is what they called a Eurekan Chew Chew. They are a bar cookie consisting of a shortbread/ pecan crust, caramelized brown sugar for the middle then melted chocolate chips on top. 
Very yummy. Served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, drizzled in chocolate. 

The rest of the week we ate at the hotel restaurant - Myrtie May's Cafe. This place is an institution. One waitress, Molly, has been working there for 42 years! Then there's young David, who began busing tables at the age of 14. He'll turn 16 in a few weeks. Very conscientious young man. They have a fabulous soup and salad bar but with my teeth, some things are just not as enjoyable. I ate light breakfasts then enjoyed a homestyle meal from the menu.

Best Western Inn of the Ozarks and Convention Center is the only hotel I will stay in when I go to Eureka Springs. They've hosted the Ozark Creative Writers Conference for 51 of the 52 years we've been in existence. I've been going there since my first conference in 1999.

Lots of pool time and just snuggling with the girls. We did some sightseeing but because of the heat and having the girls I didn't do near the walking I normally do on my own.  There will be plenty of time for that after the girls are gone... but I'm not going to rush that.

What's ahead for the week? I'm still into Camp Reset and this is Week 3. This week we are focusing on moving more. I want back on the Wii this week. I will probably put down the equipment mats to absorb some of the shock to my feet when I'm walking or bicycling. Those do not require the board. 

How do you like to 'get moving'?

Enjoy the Journey!

Monday, July 10, 2017

WEIGH-IN 7-10-17


I really thought I'd be down another pound..but then we did each Chinese on Saturday. But I'm happy there was no gain. At this point, I can't afford to go up.

For the month of July I'm taking part in a couple of creative challenges. One is called Camp Reset by Cori Spieker, The Reset Girl. Her concept for the month is for us to each carve out time for ourselves for a bit of pampering and self-care. We received a welcome packet in our email when we signed up with an outline of the concept, monthly calendar, itinerary and badges to print out. There are even badges for over-overachievers like myself. :-D

Well, I'm not so much the overachiever this month. I've yet to put my planner together. Only because I have this vision in my head of a really chic traveler's notebook made from recycled denim jeans. I'm hoping to work on that today (Sunday) among the things I want to do with the grandgirls. Originally, I was going to use an A5 (5.5 x 8.5") so I printed the items for my camp journal accordingly. But then this idea popped into  my head. So I'm reprinting the Traveler's Notebook (TN) size she provided and if I get nothing else accomplished for me today, it will be my TN.

Later in the week I'll show you what my Camp Reset packing essentials include then try to give you a overview of my week on Fridays. I really want to get back in the swing of things around here. 

The girls are only here for another seven weeks. In the grand scheme of things that might seem like plenty of time but having learned my lesson four years ago, I know there's no promise of when I'll see them again so I'm devoting about 98% of my time to them. They both love to be in the kitchen so we try to have a kitchen day every week. Friday didn't turn out well as I lacked ingredients on hand. That has been remedied and we're good to go!

Speaking of, I have about 30 min left of quiet time to get some things done for me.

Oh!  Remember to watch America's Got Talent tomorrow night to see if The Baker Family gets their audition aired! Your support is very much appreciated.

However you plan to spend your week, Enjoy the Journey!

Monday, July 3, 2017

WEIGH IN - 7-3-17


Whooo Hoooo... I lost that sneaky little pound!

Don't ask me how. I've not changed how I eat, I'm really not any more active than normal - even with the girls here. The weather has either been too wet or too hot to be outside much. 

The days are heating up as they begin to shorten towards fall. I'm just going to keep doing what I'm doing.

This week is pretty normal. We had our 4th of July yesterday. Subway sandwiches (of which I only ate 1/2 of a 6") and fireworks that were pretty awesome for a town of less than 500 people!

The highlight of the day was seeing friends of ours perform.  The Baker Family Bluegrass. We've known these kids since the multi-award winning fiddle champion, Trustin was 5. He is now 18. Does not seem possible. The vocalist, Carina, turns 16 on Wednesday. They are super talented all the way around. They will be on America's Got Talent either tomorrow night or next Tuesday. That whole confidentiality thing, they can't tell us much but I'm watching and I'll be voting when the time comes because I KNOW in my heart they'll be in the live rounds. If not, someone really needs to clean their ears!

Please watch AGT on Tuesday nights and give this family your support. This is a big thing for a family from small town Birch Tree MO (650 people) and they've earned every accolade they receive!

Thursday, June 29, 2017


I've been a fan of Cori Spieker aka The Reset Girl for a long time. She's fun and creative and she never lets anything get her down. She finds the positive in everything that happens to her. And she uses that positive attitude to inspire others.

CAMP RESET is her newest venue for encouraging us to make time for ourselves
                                                  to take care of US.

You might remember earlier in the year I said I was hitting the RESET button on my life. Cori inspired me to do that. And for the most part it is working. Though I do have to admit that while having the granddaughters has changed how I'm doing things, I am still doing things I enjoy when I'm with them.

Each week, via email and our private FB group, Cori will set us on another part of the trail that will lead us to a better self. Think of it like going to Scout Camp! Lots of activities, visiting with other campers and taking time out for things we enjoy. Sounds like FUN to me!

Your Welcome Packet will include a calendar of events, an itinerary and a packing list. I've gathered some of the items from the list but still have more I want to include form a personal perspective. I'll post my camp basket on Monday.

In the mean time, I hope you'll join us for a month-long camping event of FUN and INSPIRATION!

Still have questions, you'll find all the information you need when you click the Register Here button up above. Then you can decide if you'd like to come along. The bus pulls out Friday night so don't miss it!

Enjoy the Journey!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017


I love BBQ. And while I'm not a fan of pub crawls, I could get into some tailgating come football season. Though, I know tailgating has become very sophisticated in some areas. Me? I'm happy with a plate of BBQ wings. Not the Hot/ Buffalo... but a mix of sweet and tangy... like Teriyaki/ Sweet BBQ.  Come on! You didn't think I'd stray from Chinese too far, did you? ;-)

Here's where I started:

I used about 1-1/2 cups of Teriyaki Marinade to 1 cup Kraft Sweet Honey BBQ. A nice balance. 

I coated the foil-lined cookie sheet with a non-stick spray then popped them in the oven around 375 for 30 minutes.

When I removed them from the oven, I put them into a large metal mixing bowl then drained the juices off the cookie sheet. After thoroughly coating the wings in the sauce, I put them back on the cookie sheet and into the oven for 20 minutes at 350* to bake the first coat on really well.

This is what they looked like after round one:

Following The Pioneer Woman's BBQ Chicken Thighs recipe, I dipped them three more times, letting them back for 10 minutes the first two times. The final bake I left them in for 15 to really let that last coat carmalize a bit. 

This was the result:

They turned out very yummy. I spread them out on a foil lined cookie sheet and froze them over night then packaged them 6-8 per package in my food saver bags. I think after the girls are gone, I'm going to do several batches of these and have them in the freezer ready for Bronco Season!

Enjoy the Journey!

Monday, June 26, 2017

WEIGH IN - 6-26-17


No weight loss last week... but no gain either. I can take that all considered. Before I tell you about my week, I thought I'd let you know that Bob came home on Wednesday. We weighed in on Thursday morning for our challenge. Both of us had lost four pounds!  I am so proud of Bob. We probably should have split the pot but we are taking the gamble. Since we evened out, leaving no 'winner', we are padding the kitty next time he goes out. The weight loss challenge will be worth $200. Now all we have to do is try to maintain or lose from where we are until then. 

I have a good range of self control - well, unless sea food is involved. Do you know how many calories are in PLAIN seafood? I'm not talking dipped in clarified butter or served with a creamy sauce... just plain. 50 calories in THREE MEDIUM shrimp! yowza!

Why do I mention seafood? We took the girls to Springfield for a couple of days. Adrian (9) loves seafood almost as much as me. Okay, maybe as much as me but either one of two things happen. She has more self control than I do or she gets tired of cleaning out the shells. Maybe both. We started out going to Hemmingway's Blue Water Cafe in Bass Pro on Thursday night. with buffet, the all you can eat snow crab for adults is $35.95 and for children $19.95. Pricey? Yes. But this is our treat night and we do less expensive meals the rest of the time. The other thing is that while we can get the same thing at the Chinese buffet on Friday and Saturday night for only $11.95, there you are hoping to get a 1/2 pound on your plate if someone ahead of you in line hasn't tried to pile as many on his/ her plate as possible. I swear, the majority of people do not know how to share with others. it's ME ME ME. You literally have to be a vultcher standing over the pan waiting for them to bring out a new batch -which they do about every 30 minutes.  At Hemminway's they bring them to your table in a galvanized bucket about 4-6 knuckles at a time depending on whether or not they are for a single person or two - as was our case. Adrian helped me eat the first two buckets, I ate an entire third and part of a fourth. Hey, it's crab legs - don't judge me! LOL  And I ate most of them without the clarified butter.

Friday was Golden Corral where we met up with my sister and nephew so they could see the girls. There, I'm all about the protein. Chewing salads unless they are a spring mix doesn't make for an enjoyable experience so while they have an awesome salad bar, I'll stick to Ruby Tuesday's for that one. Dinner that night was Crab legs so that the 5 year old could enjoy some. She likes them too but I'm pretty sure not $20 worth :-)

Saturday we walked most of the day around Dickerson Park Zoo. You would think there would be LOTS of steps involved when in reality, walking the entire park including from the parking lot and back barely racked up 6500 steps! At least there were some shallow inclines and stairs involved. Then back to Golden Corral before we headed home. Why GC so often? One, they have a taco bar and macaroni and cheese - two things I know the picky 5 year old Abby will eat. Hard to pay for something not knowing whether or not she will eat - and wind up not having enough to eat. 

Amongst the eating there was lots of time in the chilly pool. Lots of splashing and swimming for all.

As I type this, I should be out working in the yard. The temps today are to only be int he 70s with very low humidity and cloud cover. Perfect gardening weather. But I'm going to have to see how my back does. Right now, sitting here at the desk isn't even comfortable. I'm sure the dampness has a lot to do with it as we had some rain this morning and should have heavier stuff moving in about three this afternoon. 

The week ahead will be relatively tame. The girls will get some outside time catching lightening bugs and star gazing. I have some things to get done in the garden and we have one day to go to Menards for play sand. Adrian will probably live in her sandbox from that point on. LOL But that's okay. even on the hottest of days, the sandbox is under the dogwood tree where the temps are at least 20* cooler. 

Wow... that's a lot for you to read today. LOL I guess I should move on to my other blogs before the rest of the house comes alive. 

Whatever your week holds, Enjoy the Journey!