I went upstairs to get some Easter stuff out of a closet early this morning, before coffee. Sitting on one of the boxes was this little book I recognized but hadn't seen in a while. I grabbed it along with the Easter stuff and went on my way. [Do you remember when EVERYTHING had this angel on it?]
When I took time to flip through the book, I remembered that I used it to take notes during sermons at our "new" church, starting back in 1999. Notes from 2000 -- quite a few weeks represented there. Continues on through 2001 -- here's a note from September 9, 2001: Psalm 118:7-9 -- have confidence that God is in charge. That was a truth to remember a couple of days later. A few other headlines caught my eye ("Regaining Credibility," "How to Provoke Your Children" -- good times!) and I found a sweet card from a friend.
Notes stopped after May 26, 2002. A bunch of blank pages made up almost half the notebook. That was a pretty tough year, so maybe that's why. Or maybe I changed purses or something silly like that.
I almost missed it. I started flipping from the back. Blank pages, blank pages...wait. What was that? I flipped back and found this:
"Hi Sweet Girl
Hope you are having a happy day.
You make me happy!
I love you,
I have no idea if I knew at the time she'd done this, but I really don't think so. Sneaky Mom swiped my notebook and left me a love note. Ten years later, I'm getting a virtual hug from her. And she's coming to see me in four days. Then I get a real one.
My daddy used to write me notes, and I still have them -- and he's been gone 11 years. I do this for my girl and hubby, too. If you don't do it, you should try it. You just never know what will happen. It was a wonderful way to start my day.
I totally love cheese. On stuff. By itself. Any kind (except Limburger, of course). Melted, cubed, sliced, crumbled. If it weren't for cheese (oh, and bacon) I could probably be vegan. But anyway...
If you've been on many diets, and especially if you've done Weight Watchers, you already know that cheese is not exactly friendly to most point-counting or calorie-watching plans. It does have an offset with protein and calcium, but I realized it's probably worth a little research.
First, a visual. This is one ounce of each of these cheeses. Generally, an ounce is a serving size - a sandwich slice, a string cheese stick, those single serve snacks in a bag -- most of those are one ounce. It's a little hard to tell in a picture, but the "bars" like Gouda and Havarti look like about the same amount in an ounce, but parmesan looks like a much more when it's piled up like this.
Lesson #1: All cheese is not created equal. It's hard to tell by looking how muc…
If you're counting carbs or adding fiber...these pitas will save your sanity. I'm a carb addict from way back, and trying to keep my carb count down just depresses me. I love sandwiches, but it's hard to justify the points (or the carbs) for slices of bread. And I really don't like the skinny slices that allow you to get two slices for the price of one.
Anyway, THIS is a great solution. Check out the details:
Calories: 60 for the whole pita Fat: 1.5g Carbs: 10 for the WHOLE pita - TEN! Fiber: 5g (that means that your net carbs are really just FIVE!) Protein: 7g WW Points: 2, as shown by my handy sharpie note on the package :-) I generally eat mine as a sandwich pocket, with cold stuff. But I've also tried it as a pizza crust - sauce, little light cheese, some ground turkey or canadian bacon -- and it works great. They are not pre-sliced. I've only found these in the deli at Wal-Mart. I've looked at Kroger and at Albertson's. I don…
I totally intended to post this on Tuesday, and then stuff got all in the way. So here's a new Tasty Tuesday-ish.
I stole this recipe, I'll admit. Actually, I steal most of my recipes. But I try to give credit!
This was on Pinterest as Chicken & Lime soup from budgetbytes.com. It was Paleo without even trying. But I made some adjustments, and it really reminds me so much of a chicken tortilla soup (without the tortillas) and is one of my new favorites. I didn't know it was going to be, so I didn't take step-by-step photos...Go to this link if you need to see that kind of detail. It's really easy.
As with most of my recipes, the amounts here can be scaled up or down depending on how much you want. I love leftovers, so I keep that in mind when I'm making soups.
Okay, what you need: chicken breasts - I used about a pound, and they were frozen when I put them in 2-3 stalks of celery, diced onion, diced, about a cup 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 jalapeno, diced, seeds remo…