Friday, October 1, 2010


I can't believe September is over, it went by so quickly but it was a fantastic month all around. And now I can officially get in the fall spirit. I picked up a few harvest goodies to spread around the house like the Cinderella pumpkin above and these gourds for the dining room...

I love autumn! We'll visit a pumpkin patch for more goodies and I'll pick up a cinnamon broom at the supermarket on the next trip.

Yesterday I walked up the mountain with Lisa, the first time in a few weeks. It was tough, as the first one always is but I rarely enjoy a workout more than that one. When I got home I was so hungry for breakfast, from the Self plan...
Chocolaty Oatmeal
Mix 5 chopped dates, 3/4 cup old-fashioned oats, 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder, a pinch of salt in a bowl. Add 1 1/2 cups water; nuke 2 minutes; stir. Cook 2 minutes more. Top with 1/2 cup blueberries.
385 calories, 5.1 g fat (1.1 g saturated), 81.6 g carbs, 12.5 g fiber, 10.5 g protein

I followed the "recipe" but I cooked it on the stove. I don't know who at the brain trust that is Self magazine is responsible but they deserve a paddlin' for this hot mess. Low protein, very high in carbs and totally unappetizing. Plus, you know that there are people out there who added 5 whole dates chopped (I used one whole date diced up) thereby adding an extra 250 calories. I weighed everything and it came to out to 319 calories with only 9 grams of protein. Not satisfying and it didn't really taste very nice either. I would have been gnawing my own arm off had I eaten this one after a strength training workout.

This evening I'm making Grilled Steak with Fresh Mango Salsa from September's Cooking Light, Click here for the recipe. The Turkey Lamb Pita Burgers recipe from the other night's supper was amazing. I doubled the meat (as to have lots of leftovers) and added lots of fresh chopped mint to the mixture and cooked it as a meatloaf instead of burgers. It was so good, we just had slices of the meat loaf tucked inside half a whole wheat pita stuffed with lots of crisp, fresh greens. So yummy!

That's all for now, I hope your week has been low stress and that your weekend ahead is fabulous!


  1. Ugh! That looks gross (and the "recipe" didn't do much for me in the first place). I imagine that the Oompa Loompas were left with a huge tub that looked just like that when they were finished squeezing out Violet Beauregard.

  2. Oh my, that oatmeal looks gross! Maybe with strawberries instead of blueberries it would work out better. And without the dates.