Sunday, November 15, 2009

sunday morning ramblings

Morn'n girls! Finally I'm getting here to do a quick post! Ive been busy for the last few days. I've done a bit of christmas shopping, some creating some cleaning and finally got groceries last night.. been putting that off for days. So here it is sunday. I have a ton of laundry to do, and more creating to work on. I think we're going to cook burgers on the grill tonight, so I'll probably make a salad of some sort.

I've got Christmas on the brain now and need to get the swaps done and out, so I can concentrate on making something special that is dancing around in my brain! I also have a few memory bear orders and an order for 5 memory elves! These I want to have done by thanksgiving !! (good luck with that!)

I would love to start decorating now, but I have so much cute thanksgiving stuff that I have to wait at least til thanksgiving night or the day after! I'm thinking about hosting (at home) a christmas tea for the sunday after thanksgiving.. kind of a little season kick off! (and of course that will make me get my decorating done quickly!) I probably wouldnt have my tree up by then because we get live ones and thats a little early for one.

I lost another pound and a half last week! hopefully more this week. I'll keep you posted. I was at about 18/19 pounds last tuesday! Thats about the weight of the turkey I bought last night.. And he was pretty heavy! Still along way to go.. but I'm doing it.. Once I totally set my mind on something.. I become obsessed.. and theres no turning back! I can wear a couple pairs that I had stopped wearing a while back!

I have two recipes I wanted to share with you. This pork loin was soooo good, I made it the other night and then bought two more pork loins last night so I could make it again and again!! the recipe comes from the weight watchers in 20 minutes cookbook .
Pork tenderloin with Cranberry pan sauce:
served with butternut squash.. about 5 points per serving!

1 & 1/4 lb pork tenderloin trimmed and sliced into 8 slices
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 cup reduced sodium vegetable broth (but I use low fat chicken broth)
1/4 cup whole berry cranberry sauce
1 tbsp orange zest
1/2 tsp dried thyme

1) Spray non stick pan with nonstick cooking spray and set over med-high heat. Sprinkle the pork with the 1/2 tsp of the salt and the pepper. Add to the skillet and cook until browned about 2 minutes on each side. Transfer to a plate.

2) Add the broth to the skillet scraping up any browned bits from the botton of the pan. Add the cranberry sauce , orange zest , thyme, and pork along with any accumulated juices; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer covered until pork is done. About 8 minutes.
Another recipe is for :
weight watchers crustless pumpkin pie! oh my.. so good!
4 servings.. 2 points each
1 can 15 oz pumpkin
1 can evaporated milk, fat free
3/4 cup egg beaters
1/2 tsp salt
3 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 splenda (or sugar)

400 degrees for the frist 15 minutes, then 300 for 45 minutes
the whole pie is only 8 points!!

EDIT~~ when I had that pie.. it was made with sugar. I just made it today with splenda.. and I hate it! el yukkko!!! dont do it! use sugar and you will love it.

Have a lovely sunday! Its supposed to be nice out today.. so I'm planning on at least an hour walk for this afternoon!
OOOHHHH!! one more thing! Frannie and Figgy are growing up and trying to make babies !! Shes been in heat.. and I think he has finally figured out what to do about it. (I saw them!!!) anyways, I really didnt want them to have kittens yet. Was hoping in the spring. so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that what ever they have been doing.. hasnt worked!!!!! Of course.. I would love to have little frannie and figgy kittens, but Jennifer wants two of them, and will have to move to have them and she wont be ready to move until nicer weather. I dont think that it would be hard to find them homes.. but that wasnt the plan. not yet! remember.. they are not related girls.. some of you may think they are brother and sister, but they are from two different litters. I purposely did it that way, so that I could let them have kittens if I decided to. So anyways.. it may be sooner then planned! Frannie is just so little and so young still. IF she got pregnant.. they would be due about januray 17th. I guess then the kittens would be ready to go mid march.. maybe that would be late enough for Jennifer.. ..
well I'm rambling on..
have a lovely day all you lovelies!


kathy said...

Yah !! you are my hero -- sticking to your plan -more lbs lost !! The recipes look yummy -- Just got home from Church and going back for a large church picnic to help set up at 1:30 - so I am starving !! _ Need this dish now !!! LOL Kathy - ga ♥

Emily said...

The turkey decoration you made is so adorable! :) :) Also, if you ever have too many kittens, we'd like 2! lol :) We love Siamese cats.

Sycamore Moon Studios said...

What an ispiration you are!

Creative Breathing said...

A quick Sunday stop by. Busy goings on at your house - and you have time to cook! You don't know what a life saver you are. Just purchased a pork loin without knowing what to do with it! I will certainly try this recipe. Let me know if you can use my Elsie the cow adorable ice cream cup container - the old fashioned waxy type. White, yellow and red are the colors. Have a great week - so exciting - kittens! E

Mary Isabella and Kiley too! said...

The pie looks sooo good!!!

Julie said...

Oh - I love your ceramic turkey in the photo! Funny post! I ate apple pie once made with some kind of sugar subsitute...and almost died...ha ha .. I thought my intestines were going to explode. It tasted good...but something about it did not agree with me!