It was pumpkin and spinach night at our house last night. I saw this recipe for a pumpkin spinach crustless quiche on Hungry-Girl's website. I was intrigued and changed the recipe just a bit to make it my own...
10 ounces of chopped spinach
6 ounces of chopped kale
1 cup of chopped mushrooms
1 Vidalia onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 can pumpkin
1 1/4 cup egg substitute
4 wedges of Laughing Cow Cheese
1/4 tsp chili powder, 1/2 tsp curry powder, 1/2 tsp salt, black pepper
Saute the onions and mushrooms. Add the spinach and kale and stir until wilted. Add the garlic and cook for one more minute. Add the mixture to a large bowl and add the 4 wedges of cheese.
Stir everything together to make a smooth mixture.
Add the egg substitute, the pumpkin and the spices.
Mix well and add the mixture to a pie pan which has been sprayed with non stick spray.
Bake at 350 for one hour until the egg is set and the top is golden brown.
One serving is 1/8th of the pie (only 2 WW points!). I served ours alongside a spinach salad with goat cheese, dried cranberries and toasted pumpkin seeds.
I think this would have been even better with some Sriracha sauce on top, just to kick it up a notch. We like our food spicy ;-)
Please excuse the terrible quality of these photo's. My camera is on it's last leg and my new one is on back-order. I can NOT wait for it to get here!
Jazzie has been in speech therapy since she got her first cochlear implant at 16 months of age. We used to go to Children's Hospital twice a week for therapy and our local Early Intervention Program came to our house at least three times a week. When Jazzie turned three, she started at Ohio Valley Voices, which really was like all day speech therapy. When she mainstreamed into first grade, she continued to receive speech therapy at school.
We are currently down to only 20 minutes of speech therapy twice a week, but lately Jazzie has been saying that she is not happy with the fact that she still has to go to speech at school. She does not like to miss ANY class time, even though she gets pulled out during silent reading time or lesson reviews. She never misses anything new or unknown to her.
Despite the fact that Jazzie is deaf in both ears and has bilateral cochlear implants, her speech is amazing. It really is. More than anything, Jazzie needs help with vocabulary. Her vocabulary is weak compared to her hearing peers, which is typical for hearing impaired kids due to the lack of incidental hearing.
More and more Jazzie wants to be like her peers. She wants to dress like them, talk like them and she wants to stay in class with them without being pulled out.
I was explaining to Jazzie how the speech pathologist at school is helping her learn new vocabulary and how to pronounce new words correctly.
One of my favorite iPhone app's is Fooducate. I am telling you - it is AWESOME!
All you do is scan the bar code of any kind of food product with your phone and it will tell you both the positive and negative things about it, compare other brands and it will help you select better alternatives. And best of all for me is that it tells me the Weight Watchers Points!!!! They actually refer to them as FoodPoints on the app, but I have found them to calculate to be the same as WW points.
I have been going a little nuts scanning stuff in my pantry and at the store and it's been eye opening. Stuff that I thought was pretty healthy, turns out to be not so much! The app will tell you if the product has excessive sugar, preservatives, food coloring, MSG, trans fats and more. I learned that if a product contains yeast extract, it actually means there is MSG in it. Who knew? So download the FREE app and Fooducate yourself!
I made some healthy turkey meatballs for dinner tonight. Start out by mixing 10 oz of lean ground turkey, 1 grated zucchini (squeezed dry), 2 cloves of garlic (chopped), 2 Tbs grated parmesan cheese, 2 Tbs whole wheat bread crumbs, 1 Tbs egg substitute, 2 Tbs fresh basil (chopped), 1/2 tsp kosher salt and some black pepper.
Form into about 15 meatballs:
Bake in a preheated oven (350 degrees) for about 15 minutes. They come out looking yummy!
I added the meatballs to some marinara sauce (I made my own, but a jar would be just fine as well) and served them over Shirataki noodles, which Fooducate gives a B rating with 0 FoodPoints!
So I FINALLY got a call back from the Weight Watchers people this morning. I was not picked as the person to do the commercial.
It would have been nice to have had the experience, but I am truly, 100% okay with it. Like I wrote in a previous post, just doing the audition was a personal victory; just like this entire journey has been. I am not in the least defeated; I am going to continue doing what I have been doing!
Thanks to everyone who has left me positive and encouraging comments, e-mails and texts. I appreciate them all!
I know, I know. How can porta potties possibly be a source of inspiration? Well, let me explain...
First of all let me start out by saying that I have worked very hard this past year on not letting other people's actions bother me or to not take on other people's negative stuff as my own. I used to do that a lot. If someone close to me acted differently towards me in any way, I would immediately think that it must have been something I did or said. I no longer do that, however ;-) My attitude now is that if you have a problem with me, then you can talk to me about it. If not, I am no longer letting it consume me. It is YOUR problem.
I run the same route in our neighborhood just about every morning. I sometimes run elsewhere, but for the most part I stay in our neighborhood, just because it's convenient and there are some pretty good hills which is great for conditioning. Anyway, since they are still building new homes in our neighborhood, there is this porta potty that sits about halfway on my route. In my mind it represents all the negative things/people in my life and I'll be damned if I let their shit slow me down, so I run faster. I run faster so I can leave that shit in the dust; so I can leave it behind me. Far behind me.
Who knew that another person's shit could be such a source of running inspiration???
"I’ve got two daughters who will have to make their way in this skinny-obsessed world, and it worries me, because I don’t want them to be empty-headed, self-obsessed, emaciated clones; I’d rather they were independent, interesting, idealistic, kind, opinionated, original, funny - a thousand things, before ‘thin’. And frankly, I’d rather they didn’t give a gust of stinking chihuahua flatulence whether the woman standing next to them has fleshier knees than they do. Let my girls be Hermiones, rather than Pansy Parkinsons. Let them never be Stupid Girls." – J.K. Rowling
Just about a year ago, I posted a video of myself called "This is me". This was a BIG thing for me, since I had been trying to hide for many, many years. Putting myself out there was really hard, but looking back, it was one of the best things I've done in a long time. Here it is again:
I posted the video shortly after turning 40 and I knew that I had to change. I was unhealthy, unhappy and I did not want to continue living the way I was. And so my year of transformation started. Yesterday was my 41st birthday and I am happy to say that I did what I said I was going to do. I have transformed myself. Not just physically, but mentally as well. I am no longer afraid to be seen, nor I am embarrassed. I feel strong, happy and healthy.
We went to the pumpkin farm this past Saturday. The same farm we've been going to ever since Jazzie came home. I have taken a picture of Jazzie (and later with Tahlia) with Raggedy Andy and Raggedy Ann each year. Here is Jazzie; her first October home:
You may remember that Tahlia's first year home was difficult. We were not able to get a picture of the girls with Raggedy Andy and Raggedy Ann together that year, because this is the way it was like most of the time:
Luckily, things have gotten better over the years ;-)
So there we were again this past Saturday and of course we made a beeline for Raggedy Andy and Raggedy Ann. But this year, we had another addition to the picture:
First of all, my audition was fun yesterday! It was all done through video conferencing with me in Cincinnati and two people from Weight Watchers in Manhattan. I think it went well. In case you're wondering, I wore the blue sweater with the belt. It's what I was feeling most comfortable in :-)
Now we wait and see if I get called back for a second audition. But if I don't it is really okay. The old me would NOT have gone to that audition. I would have lacked the confidence to do it. I would have been afraid and ashamed to be seen. I would have wanted to hide. But the new me is not afraid nor ashamed. I stood up there with confidence and had fun with it. Whatever happens is fine. To have gone on this initial audition has been yet another victory for me in this year of transformation.
On a totally different note, here are some totally random picture from my iPhone:
My husband cracking up after he sprayed whipped cream all over the coffee maker:
The Lion King in 3D!
Tahlia lost another tooth :-)
Hanging out in Jazzie's room in their jammies. Giggling and talking. Love it :-)
Today was a GORGEOUS fall day. Perfect for a hike in the Nature Center:
And last but not least, today is Alex' birthday. We are not exactly sure where he is at the moment. I believe he is back in China after a short side trip to Dubai. Whereever he is, we hope he had a good day.