March 31, 2017

Glazed Chicken and Szechuan Noodle Salad

This Cooking Light recipe comes together 
very quickly and is perfect for a warm evening!
The peanut sauce is sooooo good!
10 Weight Watchers Smart Points for the meal.

Day 67: Pencils

Capture Your 365 Day 67: Pencils.
My daughter's beloved Prismacolor pencils. 
She's going to know I touched them!

Day 66: Ideas

Capture Your 365 Day 66: Ideas.
Already gathering ideas for our Easter feast!

March 30, 2017

BBQ Beef-Stuffed Potatoes

This is a super-easy slow cooker meal.  
The potatoes are wrapped in parchment paper 
and cooked along with the beef in the slow cooker.
An absolutely delicious Cooking Light recipe!
15 Weight Watchers Smart Points for the meal.

Day 65: Vintage

Capture Your 365 Day 65: Vintage.
"The American Woman's Cookbook"

Day 64: Motivate

Capture Your 365 Day 64: Motivate.
I won't tell what number this got up to 
but it's down 58.6 pounds from there. 
I'm very motivated to lose 12.2 more 
to get to my goal! 

March 26, 2017

Beef Flatbread Tacos with Cucumber and Yogurt Sauce

from Cooking Light
My husband said it reminded him of a dish that is 
served at a Greek restaurant near his office. 
This was a pretty quick and easy dish to make as well. 
10 Weight Watchers Smart Points for the meal.

Cinnamon-Apple Stuffed French Toast

Thick-cut French bread stuffed with 
Cinnamon-Apple Filling and topped with more cinnamon 
and apples and powdered sugar.
Served with bacon.
14 Weight Watchers Smart Points for the meal.

March 25, 2017

Grilled Mango-Habanero Jerk Chicken

It doesn't look like much but this meal has a lot of flavor! 
Quick and easy....perfect for a warm spring evening. 
Served with roasted asparagus. 
8 Weight Watchers Smart Points for the meal.

March 23, 2017

Pork Medallions with Grainy Mustard Sauce

This was a very tasty recipe, the mustard sauce is delicious!
and roasted red potatoes.
All recipes from Cooking Light.
13 Weight Watchers Smart Points for the meal.

Ocean Beach and the Dutch Windmill

We had a picnic lunch at Ocean Beach then headed to Golden Gate Park 

Day 3: Reflections

Capture Your 365 Day 3: Reflections. 
Reflections found on a pond during 
a Discover Diablo hike in the
Mt. Diablo foothills.

March 22, 2017

Hiking McLaren Park, San Francisco

Last weekend we took a guided hike 
though  McLaren Park in San Francisco.

Day 61: Dr. Seuss

Capture Your 365 Day 61: Dr. Seuss. 
"Just suppose there was a little kid 
who didn't speak words but only 
weird sounds?" Theodor Geisel said. 
And that's how Gerald McBoing Boing came into being.

Day 60: In the Corner

Capture Your 365 Day 60: In the Corner.
My cat, in the corner of the bathtub, spying on me.

March 21, 2017

Mediterranean Salad with Chicken

A delicious big salad for lunch today: 
greens, tomatoes, English cucumber, kalamata olives, 
feta cheese, and shredded chicken tossed 
with balsamic vinaigrette. 
10 Weight Watchers Smart Points.

March 20, 2017

Quick-Roasted Cherry Tomato Sauce with Spaghetti

My younger daughter and I thought this was very good. 
My meat-loving son thought this was NOT a substitute for 'real' spaghetti, 
and my husband did not care for it. 
It was quick and easy and the flavors were 
nice and fresh.....this would be perfect 
on a warm summer evening! 
With a 50/50 rating there are other dishes my family would
prefer I remake before I make this again.
Served with roasted green beans.
Recipe from Cooking Light
10 Weight Watchers Smart Points for the meal.

March 16, 2017

Day 59: Furry Faces

Capture Your 365 Day 59: Furry Faces.

Day 58: Commute

Capture Your 365 Day 58: Commute.
Driving down Byron Highway between storms.

March 15, 2017

Day 57: With Words

Capture Your 365 Day 57: With Words.
"He looked down at my cup and his little, bony fingers started crawling towards it.
I snatched it in front of him, pulling it closer to me.
“Never. Touch. My. Coffee.” My voice sounded colder than I meant."
― Tia Artemis, The Death's Daughter

Day 56: Inactivity

Capture Your 365 Day 56: Inactivity.
Just a little cat taking a nap in a sun spot.

Cinnamon Toast Popcorn

This recipe was so good we had it two nights in a row.
I made my popcorn by mixing 1/3 cup kernels 
with 1/2 teaspoon oil and microwaving until the popping stopped.
Recipe from Cooking Light.
3 Weight Watchers Smart Points.

Tennessee Burger with Bourbon and BBQ Sauce

I say every burger I make is the best burger ever 
but this one might just be THE best burger ever! 
Bacon! Burger! Bourbon BBQ sauce! Bourbon sauteed onions! 
Served with a side salad.
15 Weight Watchers Smart Points for the meal.
Recipe from Cooking Light.

March 14, 2017

Tamale Chicken Potpies

Delicious and filling! 
Recipe from Cooking Light.
9 Weight Watchers Smart Points each.

Chocolate Chip Dutch Baby

to celebrate my 7th wedding anniversary. 
Topped with Kahlua simmered bananas
and whipped cream.
Absolutely delicious!
Recipe from Cooking Light.
13 Weight Watchers Smart Points.

March 13, 2017

Steak Diane

Anniversary dinner at home: 
Steak Diane made with a delicious filet mignon, 
and a side salad. 
All recipes from Cooking Light
It's a special once-a-year meal so points were not counted.

March 11, 2017

Day 55: Commemorate

Capture Your 365 Day 55: Commemorate.
David Best’s Temple of Remembrance 
on the grounds of Paradise Ridge Winery in Santa Rosa, California. 
"It’s a place to commemorate the people 
you’re carrying in your mind or your heart. 
You can scrawl a message to them on a piece of cloth 
set aflutter in the wine country wind. 
And, in doing so, you release your own feelings, too." 

Ricotta Lemon-Blueberry Waffles

Our new waffle plates for out Griddler arrived!  
This was the perfect recipe to break it in.
11 Weight Watchers Smart Points.

March 10, 2017

New England Turkey Burgers

Because they are THAT good!
This time I used some Garlic Pesto Jack cheese
and a local IPA instead of the Sam Adams beer.
Believe it or not....that is only 1 ounce of cheese melting on the burger!
Just as delicious and cheesy as last time!
Served with a side salad.
15 Weight Watchers Smart Points for the meal.

Day 54: Outside

Capture Your 365 Day 54: Outside.
While outside today I noticed some fresh buds on my jasmine vine.

Day 53: Withered

Capture Your 365 Day 53: Withered
My once beautiful jasmine vine is now mostly dead and withered.

March 9, 2017

Sheet Pan Beef and Black Bean Nachos

Yummy cheesy nachos for just 12 Weight Watchers Smart Points? 
Yes please! 

Day 52: Replicate

Capture Your 365 Day 52: Replicate
A replica of Charles Schulz’s studio,
the place where he created Peanuts,
is on display at the Charles Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa.  
It contains the drawing board he used almost from the beginning of his career 
and his desk along with art supplies, personal books, 
gifts, photos, and memorabilia.

Day 51: Portrait

Capture Your 365 Day 51: Portrait
My cat, Maisy, watching the activity outside.

Mini BBQ Meat Loaves with Smashed Blue Cheese Potatoes

Another winner loved by the family. 
I have made this before and it was just as delicious as I remember! 
Note: I am the only one in the family who likes blue cheese
yet they all LOVED the potatoes! 
All recipes are from Cooking Light
15 Weight Watchers Smart Points for the meal.

March 8, 2017

Day 50: With Help

Capture Your 365 Day 50: With Help
I make daily loaves of bread with help from my bread machine. 
With help from my family it gets eaten quickly!

Day 49: Celebrate

Capture Your 365 Day 49: Celebrate

March 3, 2017

Loaded Twice-Baked Potatoes

This Cooking Light recipe was a delicious.
Quick and easy too!
Served with fresh pineapple.
13 Weight Watchers Smart Points for the meal.

March 2, 2017

Thai Steak Salad

This massive, delicious, and filling salad was only 
5 Weight Watchers Smart Points! 
Recipe from Cooking Light.