Monthly Archives: November 2008

Holiday dish # 1 : Sarah’s Pumpkin Dip

No, not me Sarah…the pumpkin dip recipe comes from another Sarah who is a friend of mine. She brought this dip over for Monday Night Football a few years ago and we’ve all been in love ever since. It’s got very few ingredients, all of which are inexpensive, and it’s very easy to make, perfect for parties!

It’s especially good this time of year and I find it’s a good alternative to pumpkin pie. You would definitely love it if you are a fan of pumpkin ice cream!


Somehow my picture of the spices and confectioner’s sugar got lost! So here’s a list:

  • 3 oz cream cheese, softened (I used fat free but you don’t have to–this is a little less than 1/2 a brick)
  • 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin (I use Libby’s which I find to be better than store brands)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp ginger
  • 8 oz tub of cool whip (allow to thaw–I also went fat free here)

Directions: Mix softened cream cheese with confectioner’s sugar…add in pumpkin.

Next, add in spices and stir well. Fold in thawed cool whip. It should look like this:

This recipe makes 3.5 cups and for the ingredients I used, this comes to about 65 calories per 1/4 cup or 130 for half a cup. Not too bad, eh?

This dip is best served with ginger snaps or your favorite graham crackers! I had it last night when I took this dish to our girl’s night potluck 🙂

Happy Thanksgiving, enjoy!

Turkey day Eve

I can’t believe I fit everything I ate today into five pictures! Usually I have way more, but I kept it pretty simple today I guess. Been busy preparing some holiday dishes that I will share with you in my next post. One of them will probably look familiar to some of you 🙂 I also have another cool surprise to share with you all on the subject of products I’ve been wanting to try.

Breakfast this morning was a cup of Kashi Go Lean cereal with 1/2 cup plain soymilk and 1/4 cup of pomegranate seeds. This was my first time having pom seeds and I absolutely love them! It was a little bit of work getting them out but they taste great and were totally worth it. I can’t wait to buy more in the future!

I also had a cup of coffee with 1/4 cup soymilk and Equal…actually I dragged it out to 2 cups today and boy was I fidgetty — from now on, only 1 cup max 😉

I did not eat again until lunch, so this cereal held me better than it usually does — that and I was distracted by household chores and some old episodes of “Six Feet Under” one of my all-time favorite shows! That is one thing time off work is good for, catching up on old tv, haha.

I had lunch with my aunt today at Cracker Barrel and before I even gave it a second thought, I ordered the oven roasted turkey salad (minus the croutons) with ranch dressing on the side. OMG. we’re having turkey tomorrow, duh! But then I realized turkey and chicken are two things I never tire of, so I think I’ll be okay. This salad was amazing, by the way.

Later in the afternoon, I snacked on some mixed nuts while I slaved away in the kitchen 🙂

Our girls potluck dinner tonight consisted of lots of beans and veggies. No complaints for the most part but there was some miscommunication and unexpected snafus which led to this. But everything tasted good! I went back for seconds, which was about half what you see here.

Oops, I almost forgot…last minute addition, so I’m up to 6 pics for the day now…I had two of these: Yellowtail Pinot Grigio!

Dessert – Pumpkin dip with ginger snaps…recipe coming later! 🙂 By the way, I had a few more ginger snaps than is shown here, I had dip leftover!

Be back before ya know it 🙂

p.s. Edit — I forgot to mention that I walked the dog 4 times, did some shopping, housework, etc. all of which I counted as exercise for today, haha. But I also got in a couple sets of pushups, dips, crunches (two kinds), and some light weights, I only have 5 lb’ers at home but it’s better than nothing 🙂

Tuesday = Friday

Yesterday was fake Friday to me, so I am feeling like it’s the weekend right now which is why I have not kept up very well with my blogging…I know, excuses, excuses!

Anyway, here is the rest of Tuesday/Friday for ya:

Lunch – Tomato bruschetta veggie burger with mustard, side salad with sunflower kernels, pumpkin seeds, Parmesan cheese & balsamic vinaigrette, tangerine.

Mid-afternoon snack #1 – This was more of an extension of lunch because it didn’t quite fill me up (and was a little low calorie-wise).

Real mid-afternoon snack – Light yogurt with 1/2 cup Kashi Go Lean, woo hoo!

Extreme close-up!

Dinner – Hamburger (yes, a real one!) with 2% cheese & ketchup, broccoli, barley (1/2 cup), 1/2 a sour pickle from NYC 🙂 My father-in-law brought these back for my husband last time he went. I also had one dark chocolate kiss after dinner.

After dinner, we went and played volleyball for about 1.5 hours…there was a time when we used to play for 2+ but it’s been a while…we’re getting old, haha.

When I got home, I was really thirsty and craving something sweet and refreshing, so I decided to make a smoothie…it’s 1 cup plain soymilk, 2/3 cup frozen strawberries, and a packet of fat free hot cocoa – YUM!

Much later on in the night, I dug into the peanut butter…more than once. Hmm…oh well!

Be back with today soon!

More treadmill action

Before I forget, I just want to thank everyone who has commented on my blog today! I really appreciate everyone’s support and just know that I hope to do the same for you 🙂


This morning at work, I had 1 cup of coffee with a packet of Equal and 1/4 cup plain soymilk. Then for a snack (pre-workout fuel), I had some…you guessed it…mixed nuts! 🙂

I just LOVE these, if you couldn’t tell already!
For my workout today, I joined a work friend at the gym and hopped on the treadmill for an intense 50-minute workout!

We warmed up walking for 5 minutes, then we ran (gradually increasing speed) for 15 minutes. Then, I walked at 3.8 mph and steadily increased the incline until I reached 15.0, then I came back down, ran some more, walked to cool down and then turned around and walked on the treadmill backward for 5 minutes.

It was sort of random but I got so sweaty and burned almost 400 calories! Those are the kind of workouts I like 😉

Hope everyone has had a good Tuesday! I’m off work tomorrow so hopefully I can blog and keep you all posted over the holiday weekend as well. Take care!

Still looking for…

1. Chobani yogurt! (I have a Whole Foods but they don’t have it, meh)
2. Honest Foods granola planks
3. Arnold’s sandwich thins
4. Pure Protein Hot ‘n Healthy oatmeal squares
5. Barney Butter (I think most everyone orders this online)
6. Quaker Pumpkin spice instant oatmeal (found the empty shelf where it’s supposed to be)
7. Glenny’s Brown rice marshmallow treats
8. Iced Gingerbread Clif bar! My Whole Foods continues to fail me 😦 But I did pick up a Pear Apple Struedel, which I’ll be trying here soon! And I got another Pumpkin Spice bar too!


I know many of you are going into the holidays with some dread because of all the food that will be present and the holiday weight gain that comes as a result (and the guilt it makes us feel). But this year, I am actually going into Thanksgiving with a ton of confidence.

I think it is because I have started running (er, jogging) again. Just knowing I can do it, not to mention the calorie burn it gives me, has really made me a lot more positive. Plus I just remember that I survived the holidays last year — I managed to lose weigh over Thanksgiving week and then maintain throughout Christmas and New Year’s! So I know I can do it again 🙂

Breakfast this morning was 2 scrambled eggs topped with a little bit of 2% cheese and salsa, and an apple with a tbsp of peanut butter (355 calories):

Happy Tuesday!

What we all need sometimes

I just thought that title has hilarious, so I had to take a picture of it! Sometimes that’s what we need, right?! Haha.

Lunch was some salmon (3 oz vacuum pack) with Smart Balance mayo and some huge tomatoes I picked up from a tray leftover from a work party 🙂 I also had my leftover asian veggies from Sunday afternoon.

Mid-afternoon, I had some decaf green mint tea with a splash of soymilk and forgot to take a pic (gasp)! But I did manage to take one of my tangerine and yogurt that I had around 3:30 😉 The yogurt was missing some crunchiness like nuts or cereal, I won’t bring it alone again! But the flavor was great, I love how this brand has like a million different flavors 🙂

When I got home, I was HUNGRY and we hadn’t started dinner yet and I had to walk the dog, so I figured that was enough excuse to snack on a spoon of PB 🙂

Dinner was a baked chicken breast (with some habanero ketchup), some green beans and a 1/3 cup cooked barley. So good!

Dinner held me over so well, that I didn’t feel hungry again until 10:00. We had people over for Monday Night Football, so there was plenty of food 🙂 I had two cubes of cheese (no pic) and then decided to make a fat free hot cocoa with some reddi-whip. My entire “snack” was only 75 calories!

It was a good day! Hope your all’s Mondays were fabulous as well 😉

Feeling better :)

I am feeling much better this afternoon, thank goodness! Whatever was bugging me must be out of my system now 😉 Plus a good workout always helps!

Mid-morning at work, I had a sliced big green apple and 2 tbsp cranberry fig hummus as a snack…this was such a great idea! Wish I could say it was mine, haha. I also had a cup of coffee with Equal and soymilk prior to this.

I actually debated on whether or not I felt like going to the gym, but I thought, if nothing else, I will just do some exercises where I don’t move my torso too much and didn’t bounce around a lot.

But once I got there and got started, I actually ended up doing a 45 minute treadmill workout, 30 minutes running and 15 walking (walked 5, ran 15, walked 5, ran 15, walked 5). It was AWESOME!

Then I went to the weight room and did some pushups, dips, crunches (regular & bicycle), and some shoulder, bicep and tricep work with dumbbells and resistance bands. All this after I almost didn’t even go in the first place! I burned over 400 calories, so I’m very glad I went 🙂

Hope everyone is having a great Monday so far!

Still full!

I don’t know what I did differently today, but today’s batch of Pumpkin Pie Peanut Butter Oatmeal is really sticking! Ok, I do know now…I ate later than normal because the dog actually let me sleep 🙂

This time, I used 1/4 cup plain soymilk + 1/2 cup water because my previous oats have been a little runny…this worked great!

Happy Monday everybody, at least we’ve got a short week, huh?! 🙂

Something doesn’t agree?

I didn’t mention it in my earlier post, but something I ate last night messed me up, I am just feeling “off” to spare you the details. Since I’ve already given you too much information, let’s move on!

Breakfast yesterday was a bowl of old fashioned oats (made with 1/2 cup milk and 1/2 cup water), topped with a chopped green apple, 1 tbsp peanut butter and 1 tbsp walnuts.

At church, I had a cup of coffee with sweet ‘n low and trans fat creamer. I really need to either drink it at home or do without the powdered creamers they have, yick! I hate how SO many products out there claim to be trans fat free and still contain partially hydrogenated oils — I need to start outing them! 😉

I also had this later on as a snack because I got hungry…

For lunch, I tried some new frozen veggies that I bought at the store because I had a coupon. I like steaming things in the microwave so I’m always looking for new combos…

Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers – Asian Style Medley

I had a serving with a Boca Tomato Bruschetta veggie burger stuffed into a pita pocket with some mustard on top…LUNCH!

The veggies were very good, I loved the sauce that they were in. I would definitely buy those again, luckily I had some left overs so I can have them with lunch another day 🙂

Later in the afternoon, after more errands, house-cleaning, dog bathing (haha), and walking, I had some lite yogurt with 1/2 cup Kashi Go Lean, one of the best snacks ever!

Now, here is where things went south…all of this food tasted good and I love visiting my in-laws, but I am not feeling well today and I think it’s probably something that I ate there.

Dinner was steak in mushroom sauce (?), corn and a roll. I didn’t eat any mashed potatoes since this was already carb-loaded. Perhaps it was the roll?

I went back for seconds on corn and meat…I drank tons of water while I was there too to offset the sodium 😉

When I got home, I had this NASTY butterscotch pudding that I made earlier in the day. I know you are not supposed to make pudding with soy milk but I had bought that this week for some reason and thought I could handle the consistency…I didn’t take into account that I had plain soymilk and it tastes horrible. I should not have eaten it, but when I mixed in the reddi-whip it was a bit better. I will most likely throw the rest out and get some skim milk for my other mixes 😦

Hope everyone had a great weekend! Can’t wait to see what you all have been eating too 🙂