Remember that thing that you always asked for as a kid. Every birthday, Christmas or other gift giving occasion it made the top of the list. For me it was a horse. I always wanted a horse. I even had the saddle to go with it just never the horse.
As a child I was fascinated with horses. Horses were my favorite animals. I had toy horses, books featuring horses and pictures of horses. If it hadn’t been for the Billy And Blaze Series
horse series I probably wouldn’t have learned to read. Those were about the only books I would read attempt to read and even that was not drama free. Unfortunately, we lived in the city and a horse wouldn’t really fit in our backyard. By the time I came along my Granddaddy C only raised cattle. Oh, I did get a cow as a present once but that is another story.
What was that one toy or other thing you always asked for as a kid? Did you ever get it?
Diets don’t really work for me. I’ve had some success if I would just stick with them. Instead of dieting I’m trying to change my habits and the way I look at food. (Want to read Part 1?) I am kind of behind in journaling our progress on 100 Days of Real Food.
Week 3: Meat – All meat consumed this week will be locally raised (within 100-miles of your hometown). Meat consumption will also be limited to 3 – 4 servings this week, and when it is eaten meat will not be presented as the “focal point” of the meal. Instead meat will be treated as a side item or simply used to help flavor a dish.
Getting locally raised food has been a challenge. At this time it is a budget issue. However I have found a local meat market that has fresh meat. The sausage and hamburger are fresh and high quality. The hamburger is actually ground steak not scrap. As for reducing the number of servings that is something I’m trying but not very successful. We are from Texas and my Granddaddy raised beef cattle. One thing I have gotten down is using meat as a part of dish and not the focal point. That is something I’ve been doing for years as a budget issue. In most recipes I use about half of the meat called for and add more vegetables. Another way to get a non-vegetable eater like myself to eat more veggies.
Week 4: No fast food or deep-fried foods – No fast food or any foods that have been deep-fried in oil.
For this challenge the rules call to avoid anything that has a drive through, assemble in front of you or basically isn’t table service. We have modified this. My rule has been if something would be considered a Quick Service Location (QSL) at the Land of the Mouse (Walt Disney World) then it is probably okay. QSL’s are restaurants like Boston Market and many BBQ places that serve real food. The fried food’s part hasn’t been that hard for me. I didn’t grow up eating much deep fried foods and rarely make deep fried foods at home. After a few weeks it is already hard for me to handle many fried foods.
One major plus of making healthy food choices is loosing weight. I’m almost down one size. Currently I’m in that the old size is too big and the next size down doesn’t always fit.
Had a request for my Chili Pie Recipe. I started with a basic “Frito Pie” and enhanced the recipe. This is a great recipe to use up leftover chili.
- Chili (either I make my own or use canned. The Big Guy like prefers Wolf Brand – Wolf Brand Chili No Beans)
- 1 bag corn chips (I prefer Trader Joe’s Organic Corn Chip Dippers)
- 6-8 oz. Shredded Cheddar or Colby cheese
- 3-4 green onions, chopped
- 1 small tomato diced
- sour cream
- fresh cilantro
- Layer chips, cheese and chili lasagna style in a baking dish.
- Bake at 400 for 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted. Make sure it is warm in the center.
- Top with sour cream, tomato, onions and cilantro
The topic for this week’s photo challenge is treasure.I have been thinking about an entry for it. So I’ve been pondering what do I really treasure. This morning as we were singing Now is Time to Worship in Church it hit me.
Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. Matthew 6:21 NLT
This is a follow-up to a post I wrote earlier this week. Since January 6th or so we have been doing the 100 Days of Real Food: 14 Week Mini Challenges. The Big Guy and I have both been trying to loose weight. I wanted to get a better handle on my food allergies and food issues. 100 Days of Real Food is not a diet or weight loss program. It is about eating healthier foods and reducing processed foods/junk. A plus is that eating less junk and making healthy choices has helped with weight loss.It’s that making smarter food choices thing.
Since the beginning of January I’ve already lost about 10 pounds. We haven’t strictly followed the 100 Days of Real Food rules. I’ve made modifications as needed to fit us. I decided the mini-challenges were much easier to start with than jumping in the deep end of all the real food pool. I had intended to chronicle progress but I’m kind of behind. This is summary of our progress:
Week 1: Fruits and Vegetables – Eat a minimum of two different fruits or vegetables (preferably organic) with every breakfast, lunch, and dinner meal.
Is was fairly easy to include 2 servings of fruits or vegetables in each. Breakfast was difficult unless the juice from my favorite bean counts as a vegetable. So does coffee count as vegetable juice. I try to buy local produce as much as possible. I buy as much through the local farmer’s market and have been using many of the same farmers for about 10 1/2 years. While it may not be certified organic I am able to talk to the growers, who also eat what they grow. One thing we have tried this week is making our own trail mix for snacks. I keep a big tub on the counter and pack a bag for each of us to take to work. This really helps control my snacking.
Mini-Pledge Week 2: Real Beverages – Beverages will be limited to coffee, tea, water, and milk (only naturally sweetened with a little honey or 100% pure maple syrup). One cup of juice will be allowed throughout the week, and wine (preferably red) will be allowed in moderation (an average of one drink per day).
So we are still doing week one and have added week two. I don’t follow this one as closely. I do allow 1 soda with real sugar on weekdays. That is my reward for making to lunch time. As for the juice some weeks we drink more than one cup a week and sometimes we don’t. The Big Guy drinks those Bolthouse Farms type drinks. I prefer Simply Juice. For coffee I’m using organic 1/2 and 1/2, which doesn’t cost much more the the regular 1/2 and 1/2. Since I don’t like to use granulated sugar in my coffee, its a texture thing. I have experimented with both honey and maple. I really like the taste of maple. Also, I’m still using Sucanat for tea. Another change I have made is I still make homemade lemonade.