Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Tuesday Treat Day

You are going to want to make these! Best. Pancakes. Ever.

I made these over the weekend and we liked them so much we had them for breakfast and dinner (it makes about 12 large pancakes)! I got this recipe from Health magazine January/February 2010 issue. I did some modifications to make this even more figure friendly! I hope you try them!

(my modifications are: used all whole wheat flour, egg beaters, 2% buttermilk--since I couldn't find 1%, 2 tbsp brown sugar and skim milk to offset the 1% buttermilk. I also didn't make the blueberry sauce, as I added some fresh blueberries/bananas to the mix and used maple syrup instead). Here is the recipe as printed in Health Magazine:

Oatmeal Pancakes with Wild Blueberry Sauce

Soak 1.5 cups of Rolled Oats in 1 cup 1% buttermilk in a small bowl for 15 minutes.

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
2 large eggs
2 large egg whites
1 1/2 cup low fat milk

Mix in oatmeal mixture and blend (batter will be thick).

Wild Blueberry Sauce:

2 cups frozen wild blueberries
1/4 cup sugar
1 tbsp. lemon juice

Monday, February 1, 2010


I know I take many things for granted. One of them is water. I don't think twice about turning on the sink and seeing clean, clear water. But for many people, they do not have this advantage. They don't take water for granted like I do. In fact, they don't even have running water in their homes. Millions of children (especially) die each year because they can't get clean water, so they drink dirty, contaminated water that is harmful to anyone who drinks it.

There wasn't much you or I could do for those people a few years ago, unless we gave a donation to a charity who provides this. But, now PUR is providing children and families with clean drinking water. They have created the Children's Safe Drinking Water Program. They distribute packets that turns dirty water into clean drinking water. AMAZING!!

Now, here is your part:

For every product PUR sells, they will make sure someone gets 10 liters of clean drinking water in an area that needs it. You can also become a fan on Facebook and they will do the same thing!

This is a pretty easy way to help make a difference in our world! Become a fan here and to find out more about PUR's program, go here!

If we work together, we can overcome together!


PS--if you have a blog, please post this information to help spread the word!

Giant Deals 1-31

Shannon has the best deals for Giant too! Check them out here. Here are my favs:

Post Select Cereals 2/$4.00
use $1.00/2 in 1/17 SS
use $2.00/1 Post Printable Coupon
FREE after coupon

Red or Green Seedless Grapes $1.49 lb.

Wholly Guacamole BOGO
use $1.00/1 in 1/31 RP

Kraft Shredded Cheese 3/$5.00
use $1.00/2 in 1/3 SS
use $1.00/2 printable Kraft Cheese Coupon
$1.33 after coupon

Ragu Pasta Sauce $1.69
use $.75/1 in 1/31 rp
$.94 after coupon

Weis Deals 1-31

Shannon, over at For the Mommas, has the best Weis deals this week. Here are my favs:

Nature Made Vitamins BOGO
use $1.00/1 in 1/31 ss

Philadelphia Cream Cheese 4/$5.00
use $1.00/4 printable coupon
$1.00 after coupon

Heluva Good Dips 2/$3.00
use $.50/1 printable coupon
use $1.00/2 in 1/24 ss
$1.00 each after coupon

Claussen Pickles $2.99
use $1.00/1 printable coupon
$1.99 after coupon

Thanks Shannon!

Look what I got Free in the Mail.....Part 1

I love free things! It's such a nice feeling to open the mailbox and see free things!!! Here is what I got:

Weight Watchers Magazine & Free samples of Lipton Green Tea

NYRS Update

I forgot to update my New Years Resolution. My official weigh in day is on Saturday and as of Jan. 30, 2010, my total weight loss is 9.5 lbs!! I'm so happy about that! I have 5.5 more pounds until I reach my first goal of 15 lbs by March 1, 2010. I think I will be able to do it!

I have to be honest and say I have not stuck to my exercise 5 times a week resolution. I decided that I needed to start 1 thing first and then add more "resolutions" after I accomplish one. Right now, I feel like I have conquered some food issues and know how to deal with them when they come back (think the hungry monster from the Weight Watcher's commericals). So, this month, I hope to exercise more.

As I have said before, I'm not following a plan, but I am waiting for Dr. Oz to contact me!! I am melting a bunch of great advice into my plan. Here are some of my melting pot diet secrets (OK, they aren't secrets, but I just could find a better word):

1. Eat more fish. (2-4 times a week, either for lunch or dinner)
2. Eat more vegetarian meals (2 per week for dinner or lunch, if leftovers)
3. Cut out as much sugar as possible.
4. Limit Sodium (I try not to have more than 1000mg per day, some days it's easy, some it's really hard)
5. Eat the same thing for breakfast (either steel cut oats or cheerios with my son)
6. Increase healthy fats (olive oil, salmon, almond butter, nuts, canola oil)
7. Limit or eliminate refined/processed foods
8. Whole wheat/grain everything (bread, pasta, flour)
9. Cheating is OK in moderation
10. Watch Dr. Oz once a week (he scares me a in a good way, motivating!)

OK Dr. Oz, I'm waiting!

Shopping Trip

I was a mad woman. I went to CVS, Darrenkamps, Giant & Weis in one night (I really needed to get out of the house)! Here is the breakdown (from last weeks sales).

Giant (I really wanted to get Greek Yogurt, but they were out, so I got a rain check):
Apples, Baby Wash, Kidney Beans, Pasta
Total before savings: $15.36
Total Coupons: $1.75
Total BC Savings: $1.43
Total OOP: $12.18

Bread, Yogurt, Chicken, Wheat Thins, Tomato Sauce, Kashi Cereal, Baby Lotion, Baby Yogurt, Oatmeal
Total before savings: $44.27
Total coupons: 8.69
Total Club Savings: $12.78
Total OOP: $22.80

Milk, Buttermilk, Bananas, Cheese, Whole Wheat Flour
Total before savings: $17.27
Total Coupons: $0.00
Total Club Savings: $4.16
Total OOP: 13.11

CVS: Isn't included in my grocery budget

Total Spent: $48.09

(I'm over $8.09 for the 1st week in February and I will try to make it up in the coming weeks!)