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Glazed Chicken and Szechuan Noodle Salad

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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

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

Day 66: Ideas

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

BBQ Beef-Stuffed Potatoes

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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

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

Day 64: Motivate

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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! 

Beef Flatbread Tacos with Cucumber and Yogurt Sauce

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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.  Served with Tequila Slaw with Lime and Cilantro.   10 Weight Watchers Smart Points for the meal.

Cinnamon-Apple Stuffed French Toast

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Cinnamon-Apple Stuffed French Toast from Cooking Light. 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.

Grilled Mango-Habanero Jerk Chicken

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Grilled Mango-Habanero Jerk Chicken from Cooking Light.  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.

Pork Medallions with Grainy Mustard Sauce

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Pork Medallions with Grainy Mustard Sauce. This was a very tasty recipe, the mustard sauce is delicious! Served with Spinach Salad with Berries and Goat Cheese and roasted red potatoes. All recipes from Cooking Light. 13 Weight Watchers Smart Points for the meal.

Ocean Beach and the Dutch Windmill

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We had a picnic lunch at Ocean Beach then headed to Golden Gate Park to see the Dutch Windmill and the Queen Wilhelmina Tulip Garden.




Day 3: Reflections

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

Hiking McLaren Park, San Francisco

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












Day 61: Dr. Seuss

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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

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

Mediterranean Salad with Chicken

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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.

Quick-Roasted Cherry Tomato Sauce with Spaghetti

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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.

Day 59: Furry Faces

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Capture Your 365 Day 59: Furry Faces.

Day 58: Commute

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

Day 57: With Words

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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

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

Cinnamon Toast Popcorn

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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

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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.

Tamale Chicken Potpies

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

Chocolate Chip Dutch Baby

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Chocolate Chip Dutch Baby for brunch  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.



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

Day 55: Commemorate

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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

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Ricotta Lemon-Blueberry Waffles from Cooking Light. Our new waffle plates for out Griddler arrived!   This was the perfect recipe to break it in. 11 Weight Watchers Smart Points.


New England Turkey Burgers

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New England Turkey Burgers, again. Because they are THAT good! This time I used some Garlic Pesto Jack cheese from the Sonoma Cheese Factory 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

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

Day 53: Withered

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

Sheet Pan Beef and Black Bean Nachos

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Yummy cheesy nachos for just 12 Weight Watchers Smart Points?  Yes please!  Sheet Pan Beef and Black Bean Nachos from Cooking Light.

Day 52: Replicate

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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

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

Mini BBQ Meat Loaves with Smashed Blue Cheese Potatoes

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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!  Served with Brussels Sprouts with Whole-Grain Mustard Sauce.  All recipes are from Cooking Light.  15 Weight Watchers Smart Points for the meal.

Day 50: With Help

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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

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Capture Your 365 Day 49: Celebrate

Loaded Twice-Baked Potatoes

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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.

Thai Steak Salad

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