Friday, March 21, 2014


I think if I pay closer attention to this post on Fridays, my weekends might be less of a wash. Though I have decided I'm allowing myself one day a week to enjoy food. I don't over-eat but sometimes it's nice to enjoy the foods you love without thinking about how many calories something contains. This is where 'comfort foods' come in.

This morning I'm headed for Linden Texas. About five and a half hours as the crow flies. I'll be traveling through areas I've not passed through before so I don't really know what my food options are. One thing I do know - my nose has radar when it comes to locating a Chinese buffet. If I'm lucky I'll find one of those for lunch and have a nice Mongolian stir-fry. If not, I have coupons for Ruby Tuesday and they have a new chicken tender salad that looks yummy.

As I said in my Tuesday post, I'll be packing things like my morning glory muffins and plenty of bottled water. I'm sure there is a grocery store somewhere nearby that I can purchase Healthy Choice or Lean Cuisine meals for the microwave. Friday night I'd like to scope out the area and see what is available for local food options.

Saturday is all about prepping for the Texas Music Awards, which I'll be covering via Twitter. I'll also be conducting interviews with some of the artists and lots of networking with industry professionals. What that leaves me for food time, I'm not sure. Since I don't know what Linden has to offer, I will just have to wait and see.

Sunday I'll be back on the road headed home. I hope to do some shopping somewhere and eat what will probably be my first decent meal of the weekend then arriving home late.

If I can wake up at a decent hour on Monday, I'll let you know how things go.
Enjoy the Journey!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

RECIPE WEDNESDAY - Morning Glory Muffins

Once in awhile I go to Heroe's Coffee in West Plains, MO. With coffee readily available, music in the background and a kitchen table to work from, Heroes is a nice place to spend a day when I want to work 'outside' the office. I pick a table out of the way so I'm not interfering with the heavy lunch flow and they are kind enough to let me spend the entire day there if I choose.

One of my favorite items on their menu is the Morning Glory muffin. I've searched for months for a matching recipe and finally found one via Pinterest. I have found several recipes through Jamie, at MyBakingAddiction.

The only change I made to her recipe was to add Craisins to part of the batch. Hubby doesn't like anything resembling a raisin. As it turns out as soon as he found out they had zucchini in them, the raisins wouldn't have made any difference. I'll know next time to make them to suit me. 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

WEEKLY PLAN - Week 9 & 10

Okay... so these two weeks haven't been perfect.
Bob and I made a weekend trip to Springfield, which usually involves food. While it is possible to eat out and stay on target, sometimes you just choose not to. I'm not saying we went overboard - okay one night. And by myself I could have done without but sharing dessert was better than the alternative other than just not ordering one at all.

We ate at Red Robin. I have fallen in love with this place. They have THE BEST burgers. Their Campire sauce is amazing. I'm allergic to Heinz Ketchup - which sadly is what most restaurants offer and why I don't eat a lot of fries. But this Campfire sauce is a blend of Ranch and Catalina dressing. Yum!

Then this dessert - the Mountain High Mud Pie-  is the cherry on top.

Bob saw one delivered to a neighboring table and decided we needed to share one. I'm not big on ice cream - I've determined this is a 'guy' thing. But the oreo cookie crust and the caramel sauce was reason enough for me to help him eat this cold and creamy mound of calories. 

Thanks to their handy dandy Customizeable menu & nutrition calculator I know the Whiskey River Burger came in at 1408 calories while the killer dessert rounded out at 1372.  I did eat a few fries, though I'm not a fry person either. I eat maybe 5 or 6 then I'm done. But their sauce is what makes them the best. There are 

With their customizeable menu calculator you can find out what your items total based on whether you add or leave something off. 

Over the course of days of eating out I only gained 1 pound so wasn't too upset. Bob and I only do this kind of thing once a month - sometimes only once very 2 months. The rest of the time we eat at home and keep each other on task.

This next week will be interesting. I'm on the road to Linden Texas where I'm covering the Texas Music Awards. I love my job! I will be trying to curb spending as much as possible. Since I will have a microwave in the hotel room I plan to stick to my Lean Cuisine meals whenever possible. I have Morning Glory muffins (Recipe coming tomorrow) as well as my coffee and plenty of bottled water. Though I will have to try some local foods. I hope to do lots of walking so that will help.We'll see what happens. 

Enjoy the Journey

Monday, March 3, 2014


I'm jotting this in on Saturday night. We are under a Winter Weather Warning which could bring some ice our direction Sunday and Monday. The power companies across the state are prepared for wide-spread outages.

I am prepared as well. I've stocked up on the necessities, have emergency supplies on hand and have enough to keep me occupied even without power.

I weighed on Friday at 186!

If I can get on Monday, I'll show you one of the items I've added to my daily regimen. Otherwise, it will be an added bonus for next week.

I am also not seeing a food post on Wednesday. I tried something tonight I was not happy with at all so guess that means I need to make something healthier to share as soon as power is available.

In the meantime, keep Enjoying the Journey