Thursday, August 22, 2013

Thursday Thoughts

I'm linking up with Jennifer over at ROASM for Thursday Thoughts.

--First, I've been gone forever it seems.. been getting ready to move. Only to find out the Army has changed our date. Of course. That's what you get when you go & try to make plans in the Army. It is so frustrating & there is absolutely nothing we can do about it! They say it will only be a few more weeks. Yeah, they say. We will see.

--I already had all my mail forwarded to my grandmother's (where we are going to be staying for a few days until we find a house) & I know:

~Bluum, Bulu, Stork Stack, Ipsy, 2 of my Say Yes To Carrots orders, my order, like 2 or 3 of my Amazon orders & others that I can't think of right now, have arrived at her house.

I am dying knowing all of that is there & I can't rip into it. I'm going to be like a kid on Christmas when we finally get there. I wonder if she thinks I'm a shopaholic with all those packages?! To be fair, all.. well ok most of those orders were at a discounted price. That has to count for something, right?

--So since we will be here a little longer, I went ahead & put my daughter back in preschool. Any little bit helps. It helps both of us. She is beyond excited, she loves going to school. I know I need to enjoy it while I can because I am sure that will change someday. It also gave me an excuse to buy her a Skip Hop Lunchie & a Lunchbot!

--If my 6 month old doesn't start sleeping for more than an hour at a time I don't know how I am going to make it! The doctor told me that once they hit 6 months they can slef soothe and that I don't need to feed him during the night anymore. Well, he wakes up hungry.. so I am going to feed him. She also said to just let him cry it out, that it would be a miserable couple of weeks. That would be all fine and dandy if he slept in his own room. Which he doesn't. He sleeps right next to me in his bassinet. Speaking of his bassinet, he is growing out of it, so I am going to have to figure out some other sleeping arrangements soon.

--I bought a bunch (80 pouches) of NurturMe on a FSOT facebook group for only $30! I don't know what I was expecting but I thought the pouches would have more in them. It takes at least 3 to feed my fat baby in one sitting ;) Still, at only $30, I'm not complaining. I don't know if I would ever go and buy at full price though.

Well, that's all for now.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Monday's Scrumptious Sunday

I missed yesterday's Scrumptious Sunday, so this week I'm making it Scrumptious Monday!

As always, these are easy, yummy & mostly healthy recipes!

Sweet & Salty Coconut Chicken

4 cups Honey Nut Chex® cereal (coarsely crushed)
2 cups shredded coconut
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
4 eggs
1 1/2 lb chicken breast tenders

Heat oven to 425°F.
Generously spray large cookie sheet with cooking spray.
In shallow bowl, mix cereal, coconut, salt and pepper.
In another shallow bowl, beat eggs.
Coat 1 chicken tender at a time with coconut mixture, then eggs, then again with coconut mixture;
Place on cookie sheet. Repeat to use up chicken.
Bake about 20 minutes or until chicken is golden on outsides and no longer pink in the center.

Nutrition Info:
Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories 460 (Calories from Fat 170)
Total Fat 19g (Saturated Fat 12g, Trans Fat 0g)
Cholesterol 210mg
Sodium 980mg
Total Carbohydrate 40g (Dietary Fiber 2g; Sugars20g)
Protein 32g
% Daily Value (based on a 2,000 calorie diet):
Vitamin A 15%; Vitamin C 4%; Calcium 10%; Iron 60%

Spicy Broccoli-Mango Salad


Sweet-Hot Pecans~
4 teaspoons sugar
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
1/2 cup pecan halves broken into coarse pieces

2 6-oz.) containers 99% Fat Free (Orange Crème) Yogurt
1/3 cup light mayonnaise
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1/8 teaspoon salt

5 cups fresh broccoli florets and cut-up stems (1 small bunch)
1 1/2 cups diced peeled seeded mango (2 medium)
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion

Lightly spray 8-inch skillet with cooking spray.
Add sugar and ground red pepper; mix well.
Stir in pecans. Cook over low heat
Stir occasionally until sugar mixture is melted and pecans are coated.
Remove from heat; set aside to cool.
In small bowl, mix all dressing ingredients with wire whisk until smooth.
In large bowl, mix all salad ingredients.
Add dressing to salad; toss gently to mix.
Just before serving, stir in cooled pecans. Store in refrigerator.

Nutrition Info:
Serving Size: 1 Cup
Calories 250 (Calories from Fat 110)
Total Fat 12g (Saturated Fat 2g)
Cholesterol 5mg
Sodium 190mg
Total Carbohydrate 29g (Dietary Fiber 4g, Sugars 22g)
Protein 6g
% Daily Value (based on a 2,000 calorie diet):
Vitamin A 26%; Vitamin C 100%; Calcium 14%; Iron 6%

Crescent Fruit Treats

1 an (8 oz) Pillsbury® refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
1 container (8 oz) cream cheese with strawberries
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
1 to 2 kiwifruit, peeled, sliced and slices cut into stars
1 to 2 oranges, peeled, cut into pieces
1 banana sliced

Heat oven to 375°F.
Remove dough from can in 2 rolled sections; do not unroll. Cut each section into 8 slices.
Place slices, cut side down, on ungreased cookie sheet to form tree.
To form tree, start by placing 1 slice for top; arrange 2 slices just below, with sides touching.
Continue arranging a row of 3 slices, then a row of 4 slices, and ending with a row of 5 slices.
Use remaining slice for tree trunk.
Bake 11 to 13 minutes or until golden brown.
Cool 1 minute on cookie sheet.
Carefully loosen with spatula; slide onto cooling rack. Cool 10 minutes.
Place tree on serving platter or tray.
In small bowl, mix cream cheese and powdered sugar; blend well.
Spread mixture over tree.
Decorate tree with fruit as desired.

Nutrition Info:
Serving Size: 1 Serving Calories 130 (Calories from Fat 70)
Total Fat 8g (Saturated Fat 4g Trans Fat 1g)
Cholesterol 15mg
Sodium 150mg
Total Carbohydrate 11g (Dietary Fiber 0g, Sugars 5g)
Protein 2g
% Daily Value (based on a 2,000 calorie diet):
Vitamin A 4%; Vitamin C 25%; Calcium 2%; Iron 2%

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