February 27, 2017

Noodles with Roast Pork and Almond Sauce

This Cooking Light recipe did not disappoint! 
It is actually a pretty quick recipe....the pasta and sauce 
can be made while the pork is roasting. 
My pork was a little well done. 
I need to trust my thermometer and quit overcooking my meat! 
This would be equally good with chicken. 
10 Weight Watchers Smart Points for the meal.

February 26, 2017

New England Turkey Burgers

 These are called New England burgers because they call 
for the onions the be simmered in Sam Adams beer 
and are topped with Vermont white cheddar cheese.
 I could not find the beer in my area so I subbed 
Sierra Nevada Tropical Torpedo IPA which was supposed to be similar. 
I also could not find Vermont white cheddar cheese 
but still wanted something special so I used 
Kerrygold Skellig Sweet Cheddar Cheese. 
Despite all the changes, these burgers were still delicious!!!! 
Who knew turkey burgers could be sooooo good! 
When I make these next time I will skip all the running around 
looking for the correct beer and use something I can buy at my usual store instead.
Served with a side salad.
15 Weight Watchers Smart Points for the meal.

February 25, 2017

Rosemary-Fig Chicken with Port

This Cooking Light recipe was very good and pretty quick to make. 
My sauce was on the thick side and the fig preserves were too sweet 
so I thinned it out a bit with some chicken stock. 
Served with spiralized sweet potatoes and a side salad. 
16 Weight Watchers Smart Points for the meal.

Day 48: Where I Stand

Capture Your 365 Day 48: Where I Stand.
The Tracy Branch Library in Tracy, California.

Day 47: Low Light

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February 24, 2017

BBQ Chicken Pizza with Fresh Mozzarella and Pickled Jalapeños

So good, so quick, so easy! 
I used fresh jalapenos since I don't usually have pickled on hand. 
This is one of the best pizza recipes Cooking Light has....but I believe 
 have said that about every pizza I have tired! 
9 Weight Watchers Smart Points per slice, 1/8 pizza.

Day 45: A Valentine

Capture Your 365 Day 45: A Valentine.
My daughter's favorite Valentine is from her teacher. 
"I love your artistic ability. 
The pictures you draw, color, and create blow me away! 
You are gifted and very talented!"

Day 46: Heart

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February 23, 2017

Day 44: Tiny

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Tiny peppercorns ground into tiny pepper flakes.

Day 43: Found

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My cat found at least five yellow balls, her favorite toy, under the coffee table.

Day 42: Share The Love

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Chicken and Broccoli Fettuccine Alfredo

Chicken and Broccoli Fettuccine Alfredo.
My daughter really wanted chicken and broccoli alfredo 
so I modified this sauce recipe from Cooking Light.
It was very tasty, I will definately make this again!
Believe it or not, that is only 2 oz of uncooked pasta!  
The broccoli really bulked up this meal, making it very filling.
12 Weight Watchers Smart Points for the meal.

February 22, 2017

Fennel and Clementine Salad with Chicken, Almonds, and Feta

This huge dinner salad would be great on a sunny warm evening.
The grilled chicken, watercress, salad greens, fennel, 
clementines, almonds, and feta all taste great together.
The yellow things that look similar to pineapple slices 
are Parmesan Polenta Rounds which would need some 
major modifications if I were to make again!
Recipe from Cooking Light.
13 Weight Watchers Smart Points for the meal, 9 if you skip the polenta rounds!

February 21, 2017

Fettuccine with Tomato-Cream Sauce

This was a very good, restaurant quality meal! 
Recipe from Cooking Light
10 Weight Watchers Smart Points for the meal.

February 20, 2017

Sausage, Cannellini, and Tomato Ragout

This was very good and flavorful. 
Served on brown rice but mashed potatoes 
or polenta would also be good. 
There were no leftovers, darn it! Next time I'm going to double it! 
Sides were Kale Salad with Creamy Peppercorn Dressing and roasted asparagus. 
Recipes from Cooking Light
11 Weight Watchers Smart Points for the meal.

February 19, 2017

Raspberry Almond Linzer Muffins

These are sooooo good and just earned the top spot on my favorite muffin list! 
Served with fresh berries and black coffee. 
7 Weight Watchers Smart Points each.

Cider-Glazed Chicken with Browned Butter-Pecan Rice

This was a very quick dinner to prepare...slightly less than 30 minutes!!! 
The rice was absolutely delicious!!! 
Served with a side salad and roasted green beans. 
Recipes from Cooking Light
10 Weight Watchers Smart Points for the meal.

February 18, 2017

Slow Cooker Beef Lettuce Wraps with Quick Pickles

The side was Garlic-Studded Brown Rice which was amazing. 
Recipes from Cooking Light
13 Weight Watchers Smart Points for the meal.

Cinnamon Crepes with Cinnamon-Apple Filling

Delicious brunch this morning! 
Both recipes are from Cooking Light
14 Weight Watchers Smart Points for the meal.

February 17, 2017

Turkey Sausage, Mushroom, and Potato Gratin

Delicious comfort food recipe from Cooking Light.
Served with a side salad.
13 Weight Watchers Smart Points for the meal.

February 16, 2017

Mexican Bulgur Salad with Citrus-Jalapeño Vinaigrette

This zippy Cooking Light salad was filling and very easy to make.
I served it warm but it would also be very good served as a cold salad during the summer.
12 Weight Watchers Smart Points for the meal.

Day 41: What I'm Reading

Capture Your 365 Day 41: What I'm Reading.
Just reading the March 2017 issue of Cooking Light 
That's me on page 80!

Day 40: Twins

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Lunch Pizza

Lunch Pizza.
Turkey pepperoni on a Flatout Foldit 
with a little pizza sauce and mozzarella cheese.
This was my first time trying turkey pepperoni 
and it was much better than I expected!
4 Weight Watchers Smart Points for two pizzas.

February 15, 2017

Southwest Turkey Burgers

So delicious and juicy! 
If you're on the fence about trying a 
turkey burger you need to make this! 
You won't regret it! 
Served with homemade sweet potato wedges. 
11 Weight Watchers Smart Points for the meal.

Day 39: Pink

Capture Your 365 Day 39: Pink.
My cat's little pink nose.

Day 38: Scenery

Capture Your 365 Day 38: Scenery.
Beautiful San Joaquin County.

February 7, 2017

Day 37: Twisted

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My daughter's curly, twisted hair.

Day 36: A Message

Capture Your 365 Day 36: A Message. 
My book is telling me how healthy exercise is. 
My cat is telling me she wants to play. 
Both are sending the message that it is time to get up and move!

February 5, 2017

#1day12pics: February 4, 2017

I'm participating in the A Year With My Camera workshop. 
Saturday's theme was '1 Day, 12 Pics'. 
Here are my 12 pictures: 

1. The sun rising through my windows.


2. Cinnamon Crepes with Cinnamon-Apple Filling for breakfast.

3. My cat on our second-story ledge, checking out the activity below.

4-9. Photos from our morning walk.

10. Trying to read.

11. Southwest Turkey Burgers for dinner.

12. Cosmic Bowling with the kids.

Day 35: Selective Focus

Capture Your 365 Day 35: Selective Focus.
Lavender flowers being visited by a fuzzy bumble bee.

Day 34: Double Rainbow (off prompt)

Capture Your 365 Day 34: Off Prompt. 
Today's prompt was 'sled'. 
I have not had a sled in my possession since I was a kid 
and moved to California from the East Coast! 
Luckily I saw this beautiful full double rainbow this morning!

Day 33: Observance

Capture Your 365 Day 33: Observance.
The observation tower on the peak of Mt. Diablo. 
From the observation deck you can see the the 
Farallon Islands, Lassen Peak, Sentinel Dome in Yosemite, 
the Sierra Nevadas, and 8 Bay Area bridges: 
San Mateo, Bay, Golden Gate, San Rafael, Carquinez, 
Benicia, Antioch, and Rio Vista.

Day 32: Open

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February 3, 2017

Double-Layer Beef Tacos

These are soooooo good, so filling, and loved by everyone! 
The seasoning in the beef mixture....mmmmmm!
Served with a side salad and confetti corn.
Recipe from Cooking Light.
15 Weight Watchers Smart Points for the meal.

February 1, 2017

Day 31: Balance

Capture Your 365 Day 31: Balance.
My cat loves to balance high up on this ledge. 
In case you were wondering....she has fallen, multiple times. 
It doesn't stop her from getting back up there!

Day 30: Bare Trees

Capture Your 365 Day 30: Bare Trees.
These trees won't be bare for very much longer!