September 22, 2017

Turkey, Swiss, and Crispy Prosciutto Wrap

Turkey, Swiss, and Crispy Prosciutto Wrap for lunch. YUM!
6 Weight Watchers Smart Points.

September 20, 2017

Flank Steak with Red Pepper Puree

Oh my gosh, the red pepper puree was delicious! 
Recipe from Cooking Light
3 Weight Watchers Smart Points. 
Served with rice pilaf and grilled carrots for an additional 5 Smart Points.

September 18, 2017

Grilled Pork Tacos with Nectarine Salsa

This recipe is from the July 2010 issue of Cooking Light
We had a ton of fresh nectarines from my mother-in-law's tree 
and this recipe was perfect for using some of them up! 
Only 3 Weight Watchers Smart Points per taco!!

September 17, 2017

Strawberry Scones with Lemon Glaze

This Cooking Light recipe uses dehydrated strawberries 
that have super-concentrated flavor. So delicious! 
Recipe from Cooking Light.
10 Weight Watchers Smart Points and worth every point!

September 14, 2017

Thank you, Weight Watchers!

I received the nicest surprise from Weight Watchers!  
They sent me this beautiful "Enjoy The Journey" MantraBand bracelet.  
The enclosed note said they enjoy following my journey 
and thought I deserved a little something special.  
This bracelet is a perfect reminder that weight loss 
is a long journey, not a quick fix.  
Getting to my goal weight is taking a long time but 
I keep moving forward and am enjoying my life (and food!) along the way!  
Thank you, Weight Watchers!  I love it!

August 8, 2017

Hearty Tortellini Soup

This recipe was so delicious! 
It makes 12 servings so I halved it and still got 8 servings! 
No leftovers because it was so good! 
The soup is 8 Weight Watchers Smart Poinnts, 
I topped it with 2 oz basil sausage 
from Lockeford Meats for an additional 6 Smart Points.
Recipe from Cooking Light.

August 3, 2017

Chipotle Chicken with Coriander Rice

Oh wow, was this dinner ever delicious! 
The cherry preserves and chipotle sauce 
was the perfect blend of sweet and spicy. 
Served with a side salad. 
Recipe from Cooking Light and available 
as a dinner option on the Cooking Light Diet
13 Weight Watchers Smart Points for the meal.

My Favorite Spice

My Favorite Spice: Salt. 
I have at least 6 different types at home!

Day 215: Produce

Capture Your 365 Day 215: Produce. 
Lots of produce, including super sweet cherry tomatoes, 
at the Weberstown Farmer's Market today!


Breakfast this morning: 
Steel-cut oats, bananas, toasted walnuts, and a little brown sugar. 
5 Weight Watchers Smart Points.

August 2, 2017

Basil-Ricotta Ravioli with Spinach

Basil-Ricotta Ravioli with Spinach, 
Prosciutto-Almond Green Beans, and Balsamic Roasted Broccoli. 
This meal was fantastic and the ravioli 
was easier to make than I expected! 
The meal is a dinner option on the Cooking Light Diet
10 Weight Watchers Smart Points for the meal!


Steel-cut oats, fresh blueberries and nectarines, 
sliced almonds, and a teaspoon of brown sugar. 
Weight Watchers Smart Points: 4

Day 214: Small Wonders

Capture Your 365 Day 214: Small Wonders.
Ahh, the small wonders of the mighty coffee bean!

August 1, 2017

Brandied Nectarines

Made with fresh-picked nectarines from my mother-in-law's tree. 
This recipe was a bit time consuming but so worth it! 
Recipe from
9 Weight Watchers Smart Points per serving.

Shredded Chicken Tacos with Tomatoes and Grilled Corn

Oh my goodness these are good!
 Recipe is from Cooking Light and is available 
as a dinner option on the Cooking Light Diet
Two tacos are 11 Weight Watchers Smart Points.

Day 213: Weeds

Capture Your 365 Day 213: Weeds

July 31, 2017

Day 212: Bloom

Capture Your 365 Day 212: Bloom


One of my favorite weekday breakfasts: 
Steel-cut oats, blueberries, almonds, and a little brown sugar. 
Delicious and filling! 
Only 4 Weight Watchers Smart Points!

July 30, 2017

Grilled Chicken Breasts with Satay Sauce

This delicious, quick, and easy recipe is 
a dinner option from the Cooking Light Diet.
Perfect for an outdoor summer meal!
Served with rice and green beans.
10 Weight Watchers Smart Points for the meal.
Recipe from Cooking Light.

  (Peanut sauce served on the side, not pictured)

Inside-Out Pancakes

Sunday Brunch: Inside-Out Pancakes from Cooking Light
These delicious whole-wheat pancakes are stuffed with 
a ground pecan/brown sugar/cinnamon mixture 
that melts during cooking and turns into a delicious syrupy filling. 
So delicious! Served with fresh strawberries.
12 Weight Watchers Smart Points for 1 large pancake.

July 29, 2017

Loaded Chorizo Nachos

These nachos are so good!
The homemade tortilla chips stay nice and crisp
and easily support all of the delicious toppings!
Recipe is from Cooking Light and is available 
as a Cooking Light Diet dinner option.
13 Weight Watchers Smart Points per serving, 1/4 of the recipe.

July 28, 2017

Creamy Chocolate Pudding

My 14 year-old son made homemade 
and topped it with homemade whipped cream
and chocolate sprinkles.
(I'm not counting points or calories!)
So delicious you'll never use a mix again!
Recipe from Hershey's.

July 27, 2017

Noodles with Roast Pork and Almond Sauce

This recipe sounds odd but it is soooooo good!
The delicious sauce is Asian inspired and 
the almond butter give it a uniquely yummy flavor!
Recipe from Cooking Light.
10 Weight Watchers Smart Points per serving.


Maisy relaxing in the sun.

July 26, 2017

Tamale Chicken Potpies

I may have added more cheese than the recipe called for! 
A very quick, easy, and filling recipe from Cooking Light
10 Weight Watchers Smart Points per serving.

July 25, 2017

Day 205: Lakeside

Capture Your 365 Day 205: Lakeside. 
The sun is rising over a neighborhood lake.

July 19, 2017

Caramelized Banana Bread with Browned Butter Glaze

Deliciousness for breakfast! 
Soooooo hard to keep my portion in check
but I resisted more than one slice! 
8 Weight Watchers Smart Points per slice.

July 18, 2017

Day 127: Texture

Capture Your 365 Day 127: Texture.
The super fluff of my cat, Maisy.

July 17, 2017

July 16, 2017

Day 118: A City Building

Capture Your 365 Day 118: A City Building.
Looking down at Los Angeles from Griffith Observatory.

July 15, 2017

Day 112: Fibonacci in Nature

Capture Your 365 Day 112: Fibonacci in Nature

July 14, 2017

Day 109: Center

Capture Your 365 Day 109: Center.
The center of a beautiful California poppy.

July 13, 2017

Day 108: April Showers

Capture Your 365 Day 108: April Showers.
(This was taken on Day 108 waaay back in April, it just took me a while to post it!)

This picture was chosen by Capture Your 365
to be featured in their daily square on Instagram!

July 12, 2017

Day 107: What's Missing

Capture Your 365 Day 107: What's Missing?
The part of this California poppy that this little bug ate is missing!

July 11, 2017

Day 106: Easter

Capture Your 365 Day 106: Easter.
(Day 106 was Easter, I'm just a tad late in posting the photo!)
During Easter weekend we went on a wildflower hike in the Mt. Diablo foothills.
This flower, the Mount Diablo Fairy Lantern or Mount Diablo Globe Lily
is endangered and only grows within certain elevations 
on the bayside-western slopes of Mt. Diablo. 
Each plant is in bloom for only a few months every other year.

July 10, 2017

Day 191: Seven

Capture Your 365 Day 191: Seven. 
Seven scoops of coffee brews the perfect pot!

Ginger-Peanut Chicken-Salad Wraps

Al fresco dinner tonight: 
both recipes from Cooking Light
The wrap was beyond delicious! 
The watermelon was sweet and juicy with a bit of a kick. 
Watermelon is usually cool and refreshing 
so it took a few bites to appreciate the grilled aspect! 
14 Weight Watchers Smart Points for the meal.

Day 102: My Favorite Color

Capture Your 365 Day 102: My Favorite Color.

July 9, 2017

Spicy Chicken Shawarma

Tonight's dinner: Spicy Chicken Shawarma
So delicious! Served with a side salad, 
fresh pineapple, and a slice of watermelon. 
Recipe from Cooking Light.
10 Weight Watchers  Smart Points for the meal. 

Day 101: Wall Art

Capture Your 365 Day 101: Wall Art.
”If Walls Could Talk" An awesome mural by artist Susan Richardson
on the wall if the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts in Tracy, CA. 
Residents wrote what they believe the wall might say 
after experiencing over 100 years of Tracy's history.

July 8, 2017

Day 99: Heroic

Capture Your 365 Day 99: Heroic.

July 7, 2017

Day 98: A Spiral

Capture Your 365 Day 98: A Spiral.
Loving my Kitchen Aid Spiralizer!

Birthday Breakfast: Best-Ever French Toast with Maple Apples

I'ts my husband's birthday and we started the day with
 Best-Ever French Toast with Maple Apples. 
This delicious recipe seems to only be available 
to members of the Cooking Light Diet
but a similar recipe can be found here.

4th of July, 2017

My family had a wonderful 4th of July! 
We stayed at a local hotel and had front row seats to all 
of the fun and festivities including an amazing fireworks show.
I read up on firework photography and, for the first time ever, 
was able to get some decent shots!  
I would have preferred a longer exposure time
but a street lamp below our balcony added too much light.
I hope to improve my skills and take even better shots next year!

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