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Make A Plan

Well it’s been a while since I been on here and it’s been a busy time here on the homestead!

So busy that I’ve not been to the gym lately but I have been working outside a lot and using my workout machine so it’s not all bad!

How about you? What’s your plan? Do you slow down come summer or quit the gym and workout at home? I think its good either way as long as you don’t quit totally!! I also have some weights sitting near my chair to remind me to get lifting!! It’s been a long journey with a lot of ups and downs and that’s normal we all are going to have weeks with a gain ! We just have to shake it off and start new the next day believe me I know how easy it would be to just say who cares anymore I messed up so why try anyway!! Been there done that!

Gain 2 pounds, lose 3 and sometimes plateau for a month!! That was hard on me knowing I have only 30 pounds to go and man it’s been the hardest! But I’m NOT giving up I think about it this way ; where was a I a year ago? A lot lighter ! Well there you go so why throw in the towel when you have come this far and done so good ! See what I mean , Look at it from where you were and then where you would like to be!!

Have a plan make a strategy like what will you do when you have a gain ? What’s your plan? Write it down then go back to it when you need it. And you will need it , We all do!!

So pull up those big girl or guy pants and hang in there you come to far Baby!!

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Two Ingredient Pizza Crust

                             Healthy Pizza that taste good!!

 

2 ingredient dough: (6 sp total)
1/2 C self rising flour
Slightly less than 1/2 C plain Greek yogurt

Mix together (will be crumbly-keep working with it). Roll into a ball and then place on greased pizza pan and flatten or roll out(I used parchment paper instead of cooking spray because I don’t like my pizza pan sprayed).
I sprinkled Italian herbs on the crust before the sauce.

I used:
1/4C pizza sauce (1 sp)
1/2 C low fat mozzarella cheese (4sp)
Mushrooms
Green pepper
Onions
I would’ve added chicken if I’d have had some. I added Turkey Pepperoni.

Bake in oven at 375 for 23-25 min

11 points for entire pizza. So filling!

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BLUE BERRY MUFFINS

Berry Muffins

 

 

1/3/4 c Flour  ( here is where i changes it a bit; ( I used 1 cup organic coconut flour and 3/4 c of half wheat and half white).  

1 c. sugar. ( I use Trivia) sweetener as an option

2 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp salt

1 c. milk

1/4 c Butter melted;  (I use part coconut oil)

1 . egg beaten

1 tsp. vanilla

1 cup of Berries ( blueberries, cranberries, blackberries, etc.)

Grease muffin pan. Preheat oven to 375.

Stir together in large bowl the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.

In another bowl stir together milk, butter, egg, and vanilla.

Add to the dry ingredients and stir until blended.  Batter will be lumpy. Fold in your choice of berries.  Fill muffin tins 3/4 full,  sprinkle with a little sugar or not and bake for 20 Min or until done.

Thats it, easy fun and good for you!!

Another good baking day at “Marston’s Ranch”  till next time!

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Getting a Work Out in the Winter!

Snow and more snow, ice, sleet!  Hard for a girl to get her workouts!

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Well I made it to the gym today finally!  I’m over all this winter stuff!  How about you guys?   So what’s a girl to do when you can’t make it to the gym?

Hopefully you have a device to use at home (lucky I do) but no weights, friends or the cool sweaty workout environment!   I know you must be thinking she’s NUTS!  But hey whatever it takes to get this weight off right?    Ok so you don’t have the machine or weights at home now what?  Well guess we better improvise huh!  And how we going to do that you say!   Well lets start with getting in the mood first!

Work out clothes, check.  Us girls love buying and wearing them, not to mention shopping for them ( thats another story) lol.

Music or I Pods to listen to while working out, check

Locked door to keep unwanted visitors out, such as husband, dogs, cats, or Whatever!  check.

Oh and how about Please don’t eat before you work out!  Man thats hard to vamp up the energy after eating, But do drink your water!  check

Ok We are in the mood now right??!!  OK so next step.

No machine No weight NO PROBLEM!    Floor exercises now don’t moan or cry we got this!!  And how about some good Ol Richard Simmons or Zumba or MY favorite  Body Groove which is free style dancing and moves to music and hey they even have one for Seniors!!  Dig that Man!!

How about free style weight!  You know those ones like you get at discount stores in different colors and sizes,  And if you don’t have them lets just fill up some milk jugs or grab some cans of food, your dog, cat, husband,  oops forgo the last one!! lol

So do what you have to do and not give up or give in!  Theirs always a way just think outside the box a bit and YOU GOT THIS!!!

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CHOCOLATE BROWNIE MUFFINS SF

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  • 1 BOX BROWNIE MIX (DRY)
  • 2 EGGS
  • 1/2 C GREEK YOGURT
  • 1 C CHERRIES; THAWED
  • 1/2 C. COCONUT FLAKES
  • 1/2 C SLIVERED ALMONDS
  • 1/4 C WATER
  • 1/2 TSP BAKING SODA
  • 1/2 TSP BAKING POWDER
  • MIX ALL TOGETHER AND POUR IN GREASED LARGE MUFFIN TINS AND BAKE 350 FOR 15-20 MIN.

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Sugar-Free Chocolate Brownie Muffins

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BANANA OATMEAL BLENDER MUFFINS

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banana oatmeal blender muffins

  • 2 CUPS QUICK OATS
  • 2 LARGE BANANAS
  • 2 EGGS
  • 2 Tbl Honey
  • 1 C. GREEK YOGURT
  • 2 TABL HONEY
  • 1 1/2 TSP BAKING POWDER
  • 1/2 TSP BAKING SODA
  • 1/2 TSP VANILLA
  • 1/2 C MINI CHOC CHIPS
  • 1 C. OF FROZEN CHERRIES/ THAWED
  • 1/2 C. SLIVERED ALMONDS
  • MIX ALL INGREDIENTS IN A BLENDER UNTIL SMOOTH , THEN POUR INTO MUFFIN TINS.  I USED THE LARGE MUFFIN TIN
  • PREHEAT OVEN TO 400 DEGREES AND SPRAY MUFFIN TIN WITH A Non-STICK VEGETABLE SPRAY
  • BAKE 15-20 MIN UNTIL RAISED AND DONE.
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WHEAT BREAD

 

 

Home made Wheat Bread

 

2-1/2 TSP OF ACTIVE DRY YEAST

2 C LUKE WARM 1/2 WATER 1/2 Milk

2 TABL SUGAR

2 TSP SALT

3 C WHITE FLOUR

 

1/2 C HOT WATER

1/3 C BROWN SUGAR

2 TABL OF SHORTENING

2 TABL OIL

1 beaten egg

3 C WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR

 

IN A LARGE NON METAL BOWL MIX YEAST AND WARM WATER AND ALLOW TO SIT FOR 10 MIN. ADD SUGAR, SALT, AND WHITE FLOUR. BEAT WITH WOODEN SPOON OR MIXER UNTIL SMOOTH. SET IN WARM PLACE UNTIL LIGHT AND BUBBLY.

MEANWHILE COMBINE HOT WATER WITH THE BROWN SUGAR, OIL; COOL TO LUKE WARM. ADD 1 BEATEN EGG AND ADD TO THE YEAST MIXTURE.

ADD WHEAT FLOUR AND MIX.

TURN OUT ON FLOURED SURFACE AND KNEAD, OR WITH BREAD DOUGH MIXER 4-7 MIN. DOUGH SHOULD BE ELASTIC.

COVER AND LET RISE TILL DOUBLE , ABOUT AN HOUR.

DIVIDE DOUGH INTO TWO GREASED LOAF PANS AND COVER AND LET RISE TILL DOUGH REACHES TOP OF PAN

 

BAKE @375 35-40 MIN OR UNTIL DONE.

The best wheat bread I’ve made!

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German Dark Rye Bread

A Great Healthy Bread

  • 3 cups regular flour
  • 4 1/2 tsp (2 pk) active dry year
  • 1/4 cup of  baking  cocoa powder
  • 1 T Caraway seeds
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/3 cup of Molasses
  • 2 T Butter
  • 1 T Sugar
  • 1 T Salt

3- 3 1/2 cups of Rye Flour

In large mixing bowl combine regular flour, yeast, cocoa powder and caraway seeds until blended well.

In a saucepan combine the water, molasses, butter, sugar and salt; heat until just warm and stir to melt butter.   Add to dry mixture.  Beat at low speed for 30 sec and then turn to higher speed and beat for 3 minutes more.

By hand, stir in enough rye flour to make a soft dough.  Turn out onto floured surface and knead until smooth, adding more rye flour as needed, about 5 minutes.   Cover and let stand 20 min.

Punch down dough and divide dough in half.  Shape each half into a round loaf ; placed on greased baking sheets or 2 greased bread pans.  Brush surface of bread with a little cooking oil.  Slash tops of loaves with a sharp knife.  Let rise until double, about 45-60 min.

Bake at 400 degrees or until bread looks done.

 

This bread is amazing!  soft, and Great Taste with good fiber!

I found the recipe in “The Homestyle Amish Kitchen cookbook”

ISBN # 978-1-61129-846-8

Published By- Harvest House Publishers

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More Muffins Anyone?!


Cherry Almond Banana Muffins

1- sugar Free cake mix (dry)

4-5 ripe bananas

1 Egg

1/2 c 1% milk

1 bag dried cherries( 6-8 oz bag)

1/2-2/3 c of slivered Almonds

1 Tsp Vanilla and 1 tsp cinnamon

Mix all above ingredients together well by hand and bake in Large muffin pans sprayed with Pam

Note batter will be slightly thick, if too thick add another egg (more good protein baby)

Makes 12 muffins, Bake 350 17-19 min.

So good and not full of calories!!