Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Chats on the Farmhouse Porch # 108

Time for my weekly chat on the farmhouse porch with Patrice.
Grab your coffee and join us!  
Today's five questions...

1.  Do you remember your first day of school?
I don't, but my mother took a picture of me so she could remember.  It was 1961 and she had given me a Shirley Temple perm the day before.  I looked mad in the picture, probably because I had to wear a dress (and shoes)!
2. Do you decorate for the different seasons? If so, have you decorated for fall yet?
I do, but now just my front door and side porch, and year around.  Before I retired, I decorated my whole house, especially the fireplace mantles and kitchen.  I have not decorated for fall yet because it is still summer until after Labor Day.
3.  What food do you associate with fall?
Pumpkin pie and cinnamon.  Also, pancakes and maple syrup!  And of course, lots of hot chocolate!  (No wonder I gain weight in the fall)
4.  Do you order books online, buy books in a bookstore, download books to a device, or frequent the library? If not interested in books, how do you get your music?
I have a reading list and every three weeks I make a trip to the library and check out as many books as I can carry out.  My husband does the same so we are talking about a lot of books.  If the library does not have a book I wanted (and it is not too expensive), I often order it online, read it, and donate it to the library.  I order quite a number of books online that I want to re-read and I don't mind downloading books to an e-reader at all.
5.  When was the last time you realized that you had just been talking to someone really special?
That's funny you should ask that.  I was just thinking the other day that everyone we meet in life is really special and has a story to tell. 

Thanks for dropping by...
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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Rainy Day Temptation - Great Pot Roast!

It seems to rain everyday!
 Even Miss Elizabeth Cat is tired of staying inside watching the rain.  It seems like a day where South Carolina has a record breaking 68 degrees and 4" of rain would be a cookie day for sure.  But no, I'm on a diet and I will not be tempted by sweets. Maybe not sweets, but what about beef?  I've been eating so much chicken, turkey, and fish (sorry vegans) that I lost myself for an afternoon and went to the grocery to pick up a chuck roast. Here is the best pot roast recipe ever!  (No pictures because my family LOVED it and it was gone before I could get up from the table to get the camera!)


2 tablespoons onion flakes
4 pounds lean chuck roast
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon paprika
   Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup water

1.  Sprinkle onion flakes over bottom of large pot.
2.  Preheat pot and brown meat on all sides.
3.  Add all other ingredients and cover.
4.  Cook on low heat for about two and one-half hours or until meat is tender.
Serves 8
 (3 oz. serving = 282 calories, 20 g. fat,and 0 carbs)
---from SLIM FOREVER by Mary Sargent

I halved this recipe and cooked a 2 pound roast.  It was oh-so tender after one and a half hour.  The house smelled wonderful.  Even Miss Elizabeth perked up! 

(What cha cooking, Mama?)
Hope you are having a sunny day!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Healthy August

In July , I wrote a post about how I was challenging myself to walk 26 miles over the 31 days of July.  Well... I did it!   In fact, I walked 31 miles! I was amazed at how easy it was to remind myself to walk everyday.  We even drove to the walking track at the lake (20 miles) a couple of times just to shake things up!

 It takes twenty-one days for the
 mind and body to create a new habit.
                                                                     --- Checklist for Life for Women

I must have created a habit because here it is the 8th of August and I'm still walking!   One thing seemed a little strange to me, however.  It looks like I would have lost weight, but  I weighed exactly the same as when I started?

30 minutes brisk walking = 300 calories burned
                                                                      -- Roizen and Oz, You on a Diet

How could I burn an extra 300 calories a day and still not lose weight?   I had to admit to myself that  I was eating like it was still the 4th of July!  Time to make a change!

My Healthy August challenge is to follow a portion control diet the five weeks of August.  I have been writing down everything I have eaten and have been eating LOTS of vegetables.  Maybe I'll create another habit!  I'll let you know how it goes at the end of August.

Hope you are having a healthy August, too!


PS:  Read about other people who are starting a diet in August.
The 4 week Back on Track challenge.