In case you haven't noticed, there is an additional child in our family photo. I would like you all to meet the newest member of our family. She is the pretty little 7 year old in the purple dress. "Eloise" now has a little sister. We have decided to call her, "Amelia Bedelia".

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Oh So Tempting...

 One of our friends went to work
 "down the road".
He was given some freshly caught shrimp.
He texted to make a deal.
He would share his shrimp if I would cook them.
 He requested a fried shrimp po-boy,
so I dredged them in flour with spices,
then in an egg-milk mixture.
After the egg, 
I ran them through some bread crumbs.
 I fried them in peanut oil
and drained the excess oil on paper towels.
Our guest was then able to dress
 and eat his sandwich.
You will be proud to know that
I was a good girl.
I grilled my shrimp in olive oil 
with asparagus, garlic, peppers, and herbs.
I did splurge a tiny bit though.
I added a teaspoon of butter to the pan
at the end of the cooking process. 

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Drum Roll Please....

 We are pleased to announce the results
 of our big "conversion".
We have been eating lots of yummy food,
feeling great,
I had a sneaky suspicion 
that hubby was losing weight, 
but only confirmed it today.
He has dropped approx. 10 lbs.
(I say approx. because our scale is a cheap one)
I have lost about 6 1/2 lbs.

The above pics are of my lunch/dinner
 for my trip to and from Houma tomorrow.
The sandwich is tomato with
 fresh basil, sea salt, & roasted turkey breast.
I am having so much fun helping my family 
to discover new flavors.
It really does help to know that many of our 
friends are on this health journey with us.
It seems funny to think that we are trying to make our church smaller!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Miracles Never Cease....

(Chicken Picata w/ artichoke, tomatoes, capers, etc...)

 For those of you who personally know me,
 it is a well known fact
 that my hubby and daughter
 are purely carnivores
purely junk- food- ivores.
It has been source of contention in my home
 for quite some time.

 (Beef, avocado, sprouts, & spinach rolls)

After having a family pow wow 
a week ago,
the other two thirds of my family
 decided to willingly surrender!

 (15 grain bread, low fat cheese, lean meat, pure joy)

We now drink a low fat,
fruit & protein filled
smoothie for breakfast,
then we eat several veggie & fruit filled
 mini meals throughout the day.
(the above pics are just a sampling) 
Words cannot convey
 the long awaited joy that I feel,
 knowing that I am
not serving my family foods that will
harm and possibly kill them.
This is truly a
Happy Mothers Day!

 Eloise & Cousin planting seeds.

 Some seeds that Eloise started earlier this year.
This is an old picture.
The plants are bigger now.
We actually used the sweet Basil 
in the Chicken Picata dish at the top.

This is a bonus post:
      I just wanted to share how industrious and resourceful my little darling is. About once a year, I go through my closet and get rid of all shoes that are really unbalanced. For some reason the outsides of my heels wear out really quickly. After a while, I can't walk in them comfortably because my feet fall to the outside. This in turn causes my ankles to twist, my knees to hurt, and my back gets all out of whack.
Anywho... I recently did a shoe tossing. After I dumped three pairs of shoes in the garbage, I returned to my closet to wipe down all of the keepers. I suddenly became aware of a whirring noise. Upon further investigation, I realized that Eloise had rescued the cast off shoes. She was using the "pedi paws" spinning pet-claw file to even out the heels. Now I can get another season out of my favorite sandals.
 I love that kid.