Monday, November 5, 2007

Weekend Recap and my New Toy!

So this weekend has probably my best yet but I still feel like I could have done better
I made out good on Friday. I ended up winning 50/50 at work and took home $50 so I decided to take Scott out to supper on Friday and we hit up Swiss Chalet. I ordered the Santa Fe Chicken Sandwich with a baked potato for a side. YUM! Have any of you Canadian gals tried this? So good! We also had Chicken Spring rolls for an appetizer but they were supper small and mostly had veggies in them. We skipped on dessert and opted for a flavored coffee at Java Moose instead. We almost talked ourselves into getting a brownie to split but ended up making the right decision and just took the coffees. That was basically our Friday night, we spent a few hours shopping so I was on my feet all night. I did have a small run in with Baked Doritos at the end of the night but only 4 pts worth so no big deal there!

Saturday was a bit of a different story. We had our usual breakfast and then decided to save up as many points as possible for the birthday party we were going to. It was our Goddaughter's birthday and pizza and cake was on the menu. Luckily I offered to bring Caesar salad with me so I heaped that on my plate before adding any pizza and I ended up only eating 1.5 pieces of pizza (compared to Scott's 6 pieces!!) I also used fat free Caesar dressing and no one even noticed the difference! Then came the cake.......Randi was right....I couldn't resist. BUT I didn't take a huge piece and I shared it with Scott so we did alright. The real kicker came when we got home and we decided it would be an AWESOME idea to make Nachos for supper! Not the best idea right but that's what flex points are for!! They were darn good too!

Sunday was a bit of a challenge but I was determined to pull through and stay OP. First up we had a course that we are taking together and someone decided to bring Chocolate chip cookies for a snack (instead of the veggie tray we had last week!) I totally wanted one but declined (TWICE!) when they came around to me. YAY for me! THEN after the course I was meeting my friend in town for a day of shopping and forgot to grab something at home for lunch. I was surrounded by fast food restaurants and decided to just get a small chili from Wendy's. Filling AND low in points. Another YAY for me! THEN after supper (Tomato Sup and grilled cheese sandwiches, my FAV) Scott wanted me to come with him to the store to get milk so I hoped in the car (Fully decked out in Christmas pajama bottoms, crocs, and Scott's Old Navy sweater) and once we got there Scott started in with the treats. But since I wasn't going in looking as ridiculous as I did, I said None for me!! I totally wanted a Mars bar but opted for a Banana-Vanilla milkshake at home instead! Nice! I ended up being under in points yesterday because the shake filled me up so much!

How was your weekend??

Now, on to my toy. I inherited a bread maker yesterday from my MIL. I've always wanted to try to make homemade bread but have always been WAY too scared to. My Mom isn't a huge bread maker so it's not something she ever really taught me to do (that and she lives 12 hours away from me so when we get together, making bread isn't a high priority). How hard can it be when you have a machine that does it all for you right? So if any of you ladies have any yummy recipes, bring em on!! I invited my brother and his wife over for supper on Saturday. Scott's making a pot of chili and I'm making homemade bread AND the Chocolate Peanut Butter parfaits that you'll find in this month's WW magazine!! Mmmmm

PS I've also heard that bread is easy to mess up, and if anyone's going to mess it up, it would be me. So any tips or tricks you ladies have would be great!


  1. a HUGE pat on the back for all of those smart choices you made this weekend! keep it up and you'll have another fabulous loss this week! (notice i'm blogging from work...not sure how that happened, but i'm not going to say a word!)

    i have always wanted a bread-making machine, but i always seem to find something else i want more. can't wait to hear how it turns out.

  2. it sounds like you had a good weekend! good job not going OP yesterday, that's a victory!! sundays i usually eat a little bit more than usual. i did yesterday but it wasn't THAT bad. so i guess that's a step in the right direction, right?

    i've never made bread before but my mom makes delicious banana bread and bran muffins/bread. YUM!! i should see if i can get some receipes from her. she also makes "monkey bread" during christmas. its made from pillsbury rolls and lots of caramelly/oozing sugar goodness. omg. so good but definitely so bad for you. what about making a pumpkin bread? yum!!! i'm getting hungry now.

    hope your monday goes by fast, mine is :) take care!!

  3. great weekend! you must have some serious willpower to bypass cookies... twice!

  4. Bravo girl! Thank you soooo much for that awesome burst of motivation and recap of a successful weekend! :-)

    Bread was always one of my downfalls so I purposely stay away from those things, but I"m sure there are some really gread high fibre recipes out there to try! You never know, I may get one someday too (you know when I'm "recovered" lol)

  5. Good job this weekend.

    Tag! You're it!

  6. let me get the exact recipe....but its something like this:

    1/2 cup chopped pecans
    1/2 cup granulated sugar
    1 tsp ground cinnamon
    4 pkg.(10 biscuits each) refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
    1 cup packed brown sugar
    1/2 cup butter, melted

    Preheat oven to 350°F degrees. Sprinkle pecans in bottom of well greased 10-inch fluted tube pan; set aside.
    In a small bowl stir together granulated sugar and cinnamon. Cut biscuits into quarters. Roll each biscuit piece in the sugar mixture and place in prepared pan, arranging pieces to fill the pan evenly. In a small bowl stir together brown sugar and melted butter; pour over biscuits.

    Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until dark golden brown and top springs back when gently touched. Cool in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes.

    Invert onto a serving platter. Serve warm.

    Serves 10.

    i will have my mom email it to me. it is SOOOOOOOOOO good. be careful though you will get addicted. my mom makes all of the christmas goodies: fudge, all types of cookies, jello molds, puddings, she makes it all. its hard to stay away from it. last year i ran on the treadmill for an hour so i could eat the monkey bread. will run for baked goods! haha but yea, let me get you her recipe, she probably tweaked it a bit.

  7. Tag you're it!!!! Check out my last post!!


  8. first I'm tagging you also, but you only have to do it once. Check my blog.

    Second, what a nice weekend? Sounds like you did alright. good job on turning down the cookies. I couldn't have done that. As for bread, I just follow the recipes from the instruction book, did you get one? I've got 1 recipe for 7-grain bread that's pretty good. Hubby loves it, but some of the grains are really hard and I break my teeth on them. I've always found it totally easy, but be careful because the bread is pretty dense and probably high points.

  9. I love to bake bread too, but I don't have a bread machine any more. I just mix and knead it with my kitchen aid mixer then do the rest by hand. It's pretty easy to do...but warm bread with butter is EVIL for me. So totally addicting. But it fills the kiddos and rounds out a meal so I just have to stay strong when I bake it! LOL

    Sounds like you had a good weekend! You and Scott made some good choices. And you usually go all out on the weekends then are really strict all you are really on top of things this week!!!

    Good for you!

  10. my old roommate's machine came with a book that said what you did wrong based on the shape of the bread. they're like idiot proof! you can't go wrong!

    happy breadmaking :)

  11. Glad you had a great weekend :)
    We've just followed the recipes that came with the bread machine and they always turn out fine.

  12. I usually get the chicken sandwich with white meat and rice when I hit Swiss Chalet ... which isn't often.

    I LOVE my bread machine! There's nothing better than waking up to the smell of fresh bread.

    I don't use it often, though, because when I make a loaf, I eat a loaf!!!

  13. nice job on the weekend eating! i totally could not have resisted the cake! have fun w/ the breadmaker!! (i'm totally jealous!)

  14. I have an old breadmaker tucked away, and I keep meaning to drag it out and use it again.

    My tip to you for making bread is to use fresh yeast(it will last longer if refrigerated), and to measure the ingredients religiously. Use measuring cups where you can scrape across the top to make sure you get the exact amount. Baking is a science, while cooking is an art.

    Also, I found that I prefer to use the breadmaker just to knead the dough and let it rise, then bake in a regular pan in the oven. That way,it comes out more bread shaped, and there's no hole in the bottom where the kneader thingy sits.


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