I'll start with my product review. I was dropping by Walmart the other day to check out the Halloween costumes (more on that later...this may be a long post ladies, bear with me) and I saw a sale on Special K Vanilla and Almond cereal. I've never tried it before and I checked out the nutritional info and it looked pretty comparable to my regular Honey Cluster WW cereal so I decided to give it a whirl. I tried it out yesterday and this stuff is fan-friggin-tastic! It's light and sweet and crunchy and it's about 2 points for 3/4 cup (Same as the WW cereal) The only difference I found with this cereal is that I found that the last 2 days, I have been hungrier earlier in the day after eating this cereal as opposed to my WW cereal. Usually I hold off until 10:00am before I have my morning snack but yesterday I was starving by 9:20. Maybe it's the higher sugar content or the lower protein content but I would still recommend it. Especially if you see it on sale. (Walmart has it one for 2/$5 this week)
This year Scott and I decided, since we have a new house (yay!) that we are going to throw a Halloween party this year, costumes mandatory. Just like in Junior High only with a little alcohol mixed in. We have been having so much fun with it and buying up decorations right left and center. We have also been looking around for a really good couples costumes idea. I'm counting on you ladies to throw out some really great ideas here! We've looked at a few things and unfortunately while we were at Walmart yesterday, Scott stumbled across a Pimp costume that actually looked really good/funny on him. Now he has been trying to convince me to be his...how shall we put this? "Lady of the night"...aka Hoe. I'm just not feeling it. The other idea we had was to be Gangsters. Get a few pinstripe suits from the second hand store, a couple fedoras and a few plastic guns from the $Store. I also saw a really cute French Maid costume at Walmart that I would love to get too. Ideas ladies???
Randi is challenging everyone to make a Thanksgiving Plan for this weekend (for us Canadians) and I think it's a great idea! We have 2 Thanksgiving dinners to go to. One on Saturday with my family and one on Sunday with Scott's family. We are hosting the one on Sunday. It's going to be a rough weekend BUT I'm going to stay within my 35 flexies and there's no way in hell I'm going cheating! No way! Here are my goals for this weekend:
1. No seconds. I don't need them. I always eat way too much anyway and if I have a no seconds rule then I should be able to portion control. I mean how much food can you fit on one plate?? I'm also going to get inspired by Randi and leave space on my plate.
2. Measure everything! This may seem impossible but luckily for me both my family and Scott's family know that I have been working hard on WW and they have been totally supportive of me (How lucky am I???) so even though they might make fun of me for hauling out the measuring cups, in the end they will admire me for my devotion to the plan!
3. Fill up on veggies. At the dinner hosted by Scott and I, we are going on Veggie overload. We are having Potatoes, turnip, squash, corn and carrots. so I will have my pick. I usually don't eat too much Turkey. I like a few pieces and then I am done (all white meat too of course!)
4. Provide a low fat alternative to dessert. Although we HAVE to have pumpkin pie due to tradition, plus Scott's Mom is a pumpkin pie fanatic so I don't think she'd ever come back if we didn't have it. But I'm also going to have low fat frozen yogurt and I'm going to try Angel Food Pumpkin Cake. Has anyone made this?????? I'm really hoping it's good.
Pumpkin Angel Cake
1 package angel food cake mix, F. F., Betty Crocker -- (1 step)
1 (15 oz) can canned pumpkin -- solid packed
1 cup water
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1. In a large bowl combine cake mix, canned pumpkin, water and the spice.
(DO NOT OVERBEAT, batter will get thin.)
2. Bake it as directed on box, either using an angel food pan, bundt or 9-by-13-inch pan.
Makes 12 servings. 1 serving = 3 points
I figure it may be good with a little fat free Cool Whip on top and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Any thoughts?
5. Send home leftovers with our guests. I don't want any stuffing, gravy or heaven forbid, pumpkin pie lying around my house the next day. I want it out. If the guests won't take it home, it's going in the compost about 30 mins after we are done the meal. I know it sounds like a waste but it 's better for it to be in the compost than adding pounds to by butt!