Our Family Pic October 2008

Our Family Pic October 2008
Still smiling!

Monday, August 31, 2009

Wedding Pics


Yesterday, Tif and I had the privilege to take reception pictures at our cousin Alyssa’s wedding!

We had a ball!

800+ pics later the reception was over and I was exhausted!

So here are a few for your enjoyment!

The Beautiful bride!!


Cute Couple

Travis and Alyssa

The Great Escape


Cool Get-a-way  Vehicle



The Parents



Ushers and Groomsmen


Possibly not the best Bouquet catchers!


The guys are a little more competitive!

Way to dive Thany!


My poor single nephew Chad…

SOOOO dejected!

Chad head hung

But such a good Sport!

Chad smiling 

Blare and Janel, Brother-in-law & Sister of the groom,

She encouraged me to post some pics on the blog.

Although I have noticed it has been a month since she has posted ANYTHING on hers!  :)



Here we are My little girl and I…         

Wedding Photographers …HA!

FYI: She is in heels and I am wearing flats!

Tiff and Suz

Finally a pic of my family!

Because after all it is my Blog!

And yes I am officially the shortest now!


Congrats! Travis and Alyssa! It was a great Day!

Oh and by the way we were not the formal photographers, just in case you hadn’t already guessed it :) !

If you want to see more formal pics click here.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

56 years


On Sunday the 23rd  was my parents 56th wedding Anniversary. I of course forgot. My Mom of course never does! Dad has been gone for 25 years now and we all still miss him!scan0003

Weren’t they a cute couple? Her dress & hat  were a dusty pink. They were married in Leo, IN on a HOT August Sunday.

Happy belated Anniversary Mom!

Love ya,


Tuesday, August 18, 2009



Yogurt and fruit parfaits, Another new love!

I was going to post this a couple of days ago but I thought that I would wait and post with a picture.

Well it turns out every time  I make one I am just to impatient to eat it.

I think about taking a pic but in the end my mouth wins out And I eat it before I can even find the camera.

Pathetic, I know, but true

I have been making peach parfaits lately because I have a bushel of peaches.

They are delicious!

First you start with your yogurt…

My favorite is Light and Fit by Dannon vanilla flavor. ) fat 110 calories per 1 cup serving. ( no fiber (2 pts)

I buy it in the 32 ounce container.

I also like the Fiber 1 vanilla yogurt. The individual containers are 0 points ( They are loaded with Fiber) I believe 1 container is just 1/2 cup though.

From there you add fresh fruit. At the lakes we added, strawberries, blueberries and bananas.

Here at home I have been adding peaches and raspberries because that is what I have. So Delicious!

Then I top it with my Fiber 1 original cereal.(no pts in 1/2 cup)

So if you use both Fiber 1 cereal and Yogurt all you have to count is the fruit unless you use 2 containers of the yogurt. Which I have been known to do.

If you really want to treat yourself you can top it with some granola.

My favorite at this point is the Cascadian Farms all natural granola. I love it. It is not cheap in the points dept so use it sparingly unless you have plenty of points to use.

I sometimes use a spoonful and then also add my fiber 1 cereal.

Good news you can go and print a $1.00 of coupon here.  ( Small Planet foods)  On my computer it was on page 10. I believe it will let you go back and print it twice.

On a side note you can also print 2 Morton salt coupons if anyone doesn’t want theirs I would love them!

Getting off the subject a little you can go to my sidebar and click on Janelle. She always has a ton of coupon tips.

Okay if you are not a yogurt fan I still urge you to try this.

I was not a yogurt fan!

I only ate raspberry, peach and maybe blueberry.

I had never even tried vanilla.

I did like to buy the plain Fat Free for smoothies.


But yogurt was never on the top of my food list 

Then just one parfait and I was hooked.

They are filling, delicious and oh so good for you.

I feel like I am strengthening my bones and making such good adult food decisions every time I eat one!

I feel so mature, responsible and even healthy! :)

While my mouth is just so excited to be eating dessert anytime of the day!

It is a Win, Win!

My kids love them too!

Although I must add it gets a little old making 3 or 4 every time I eat one.

But today everyone is either at school or work so….

you guessed it, I am off to make me a delicious peach parfait in the middle of the day!

I should probably take a picture but lets be real it probably won’t happen all this typing has made me hungry!

Oh and if anyone cares to know…

My finger is healing nicely. I super glued it shut and now it looks great!

Have a great Day!


Tuesday, August 11, 2009

I love Avocados!

It is never to late to teach an old dog new tricks or so the saying goes…

Here I am 40 years old and I have just discovered that I love Avocados and Guacamole.

My nieces Amy and Kristen made the best Guacamole at the lakes over vacation.

I am hoping I can get them to post their recipe.

It was so yummy! And very low points and oh so good for you!

I was very interested in the whole process…lots of chopping, onions, garlic, serrano peppers, tomatoes, cilantro and of course of Avocados, oh and fresh lime.

Click here to find out the benefits and nutrition facts of an  avocado. It is amazing.

I would type more of the amazing benefits myself if not for the injury I incurred while trying to appear the expert on how to cut an Avocado!

To me avocados are not an attractive fruit.

They are hard and anywhere from green to almost black.

Turns out the black ones are the ones you want unless you have a few days for the green ones to ripen.

A ripe avocado is dark green to black and is I hate to say soft, but isn’t hard, still firm but gives when you press on it. Can you tell from the pic which are the ripest 2?



If you said 1 and 5 you are correct. I have had them on my counter for a few days now.

Turns out you don’t peel these bad boys!

You carefully cut down the middle all around the pit.


Now my niece Amy told me that the ladies in Mexico. ( avocados are cheap and standard fare down there ) just take the knives and hit or whack the pit so it stick to the knife and pull it right out.


So it looks something like this.

Although I am not a talented Mexican lady so mine really looked like this…


And I will spare you the gory details but now my finger looks like this…


Yes it hurts! Yes I am dumb! No I don’t need stitches, Yes it really bled! (Don’t worry none got on the Avocado. WHEW! ) Yes it is going to be a pain to wash my hair for the next few days.

Needless to say Cutco knives are very sharp!

I recommend just flipping the pit out unless you are truly experienced.

Now I like Avocados plain and with salt for a snack they are very satisfying.

1 ounce is 1 point so a small avocado like my ripe ones are between 3 and 4 points. So I don’t eat a whole one.

They are delicious to spread on a wrap or a sandwich thin especially with mesquite turkey and tomatoes.

I store the rest in a container with the pit.

Amy told me this will help it not to turn brown so fast.

She also throws the pits into her guacamole for the same reason.

Although you may want to warn your guests if they are not familiar with this practice. (Those big pits could be painful! )


Here is the half I didn’t eat all snuggled up to the pit. Notice how neat the empty peel is.

It scoops out great!


Amy also taught me to score it in its peel if you want to mash it or have chunks.

I would have more to write but my finger is throbbing.

For you who already knew all these fascinating facts about avocados I’m sorry but up until a few months ago I wasn’t sure what they were, not to mention how would you ever peel it!

And now today I learned I probably should never whack the pit again!

If anyone has any other ideas for this amazing food please share!


Monday, August 10, 2009

Ups and Downs



I don’t even know where to begin it’s been so long. :)

I have been back from vacation for over a week and I have been putting off posting.

At first it was because I didn’t want to admit that I gained a few pounds the two weeks I vacationed at the lakes.

I wanted to be able to tell you that I got those lbs off.

Basically this week I did great and they were going off.

Then I pretty much blew it this weekend.

It all started Friday night with a new pizza my Mom had at her house. Tyger pizza.

Lets just say I loved it!

Then I did pretty good on Saturday but blew it in the evening.

Yesterday was a repeat of Saturday.

But today is a new day and even though I woke up thinking about food ( I know pathetic ) I am determined to stay within my points.

My plan is to eat tons of fresh veggies. I have green beans , beets, broccoli and I am hoping some tomatoes from my garden are ripe!

I have said before that I believe that I am a food addict.

So this weekend was me falling off the wagon.

Now it wasn’t a real big wagon. I picture a little red radio flyer. Because I didn’t fall far.

But it was still a fall.

Today I am fighting the urges to snack. I am thinking about bread, chocolate, frosted flakes, scotcheroos ( thank goodness there are only two left and I moved them to a sack so I can’t sliver them off) and various other cravings.

Now it is really hard to convey feelings in a blog.

I am not sad, or depressed I guess I am just resigned to the fact that this is my life.

Food will probably always be more important to me than it should.

I will not ever be able to say I have my eating totally figured out and totally under control.

But at least I recognize this and can find humor in it.

Which takes me back to the one day at a time theory!

My scale will go down and probably up again.

That’s a given.

The goal is it goes down as much or more then it goes up!

I just have to keep stepping on it every week whether I like it or not.

Some weeks are better than others.

Well I hope I didn’t bore you too much with my ramblings.

Here are some plans for future posts in case your interested…

Pics from the lakes

My new love of Avocados

My new love of yogurt and fruit parfaits

Oh and I leave you with a fun although sad fact from my friend Lisa…

You have to walk the length of a football field to burn off 1 M&M ( that’s the plain 1 and not peanut).

My question is Who eats just 1?