Monday, March 21, 2011

NEW RECIPE! Broccoli Chicken Muffins

It can be difficult to make bread for hot pockets all the time, so I adapted a recipe I found from food.com and it was a success!! These are less than 150 calories per muffin...and they're very yummy - great for freezing and throwing into your lunch box to thaw the night before. The recipe makes 18 largish muffins.

Ingredients:

2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup white flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp ground pepper
1/4 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 1/3 cup buttermilk (or regular milk mixed with 1 1/3 tbsp of lemon juice or vinegar)
3 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp melted butter
1 cup chopped cooked chicken
1 cup finely chopped cooked broccoli
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Coat muffin tins with cooking spray.

2. Combine first six ingredient in bowl.

3. In another bowl, whisk together eggs, buttermilk, oil and butter. Add chicken, broccoli and cheese.

4. Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients. Add wet ingredients and mix until moistened. Batter will be thick. Scoop into muffin tin

5. Bake 15 minutes.

Feel free to add extra seasonings such as garlic or onion powder, rosemary, chili powder etc. I'm using these in Hannah's lunches, so I chose to leave them pretty simple.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Money Monday - Some freebies and savings

I'm a sucker for a free sample. Emma is 3 months old and gets one bottle of formula a day. I'm STILL using up free samples!! If you're willing to punch in your address info and create an email address for junk mail ('cause they all ask you for one) then go to town on these sites. I get free granola bars, formula, shampoo, coffee (even though I don't drink it,) lotions, vitamins, bibs - you name it. I NEVER complete a free sample form where I have to select offers or pay money for something else. I have to filter through things sometimes, but the sites I give you are all totally free.

Here are sites I frequent if I have time:



Cheap Stingy Bargains This site is new to me, but it has a freebies tab that has some cool stuff!

Coupon Mom - This site has great printable coupons! I use it often.

Current Codes - I haven't used this site as I don't do much online shopping, but Parents Magazine suggests it has discount codes for 2000+  online stores including kid-friendly ones like Babies R Us and Gymboree. 

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Wellness Wednesday

I think New Year's Resolutions are stupid. I never make them - but every once in a while, I get a burst of motivation to get my house organized or to lose weight.

When a friend suggested some accountability regarding eating, exercising, and drinking water, I was leery. I mean, I like pizza - and SUGAR! But once I got started and saw that scale drop a pound - I became motivated to shed these last few pregnancy pounds. I want to buy some new clothes (I have a gift card), but I refuse to do so until I get the rest of my weight off.

Now that I'm accountable to someone and have to send her a list of the things that I ate for the day - I'm much less likely to pound a bag of mini Cadbury eggs...but I'm still going to eat some after dinner! I can't deny myself or I'll binge completely.

I'm also trying to get back into drinking more water and exercising most days. I've gotten kinda lazy with both.

To keep track of my calories, water intake, and exercising, I've jumped on the "My Fitness Pal" bandwagon. I can see it annoying me by being too time consuming at some point, but right now, it's really helping me know how much (or how little) I need to eat to lose a pound a week. I hope to reach my goal weight by the end of the month. If you want to check it out - it's really quite easy to navigate. They even have a free iPhone app for it. Because I have never kept track of my calories, I find it quite interesting at the end of the day to see how many I've consumed. I'm realizing that condiments can ruin a meal calorically speaking!

Anyhow, I have 2.5lb to lose to get back to my pre pregnancy weight and 2 more pounds to get to where I'll be comfortable. It seems like such a little bit of weight to lose - but I'll remind you, I'm only 5 feet tall! 5 pounds is a lot on me!

So anyway - that's where my wellness is going right now. Will you join me?

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Tips and Hints Tuesday - Storing Towels

Alright - after I posted my tip on storing sheets in their pillow cases, my friend Michele asked me if I had any tips on towels.

I don't know if I have anything ingenious to report - but I was inspired to clean out my linen closet!

I was talking to another friend who agrees that there is only one way to fold towels.

1. Fold them in half from short end to short end.
2. Fold them in half again.
3. Then fold in thirds.

This ensures that you can store the most towels in the smallest area.

It's nice if you are able to store them so the smooth side is showing, but my closet is narrow, so in order to fit two columns of towels, you have to see the not-smooth side - which annoys me.

So here's my before and after...

Here is my messy bathroom closet.


Yes, that is a caulking gun next to toilet bowl cleaner, next to mouth wash...


Here's the finished product. My towels are old - and I bleach them all (colored or not.) I'm in the process of replenishing with new WHITE ones, but it'll take a while. You can clearly see where the new white ones are. Haha. It's obvious from the photo, that my recommended way to fold towels allows me to neatly store many of them. The bottom shelf holds bath toys mostly. The top shelf holds cleaning products. It's not perfect but, it will do.


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