Sunday, April 17, 2011

stormy weather - Higgins Beach 11:00AM

lost the stairs again!

soon to be a very wet boy!

even with the stormy weather, there are signs of SPRING!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

fried dough, YUM!

Can't wait for the fairs or festivals to roll into town?
Can't afford the extra fat or calories around the waist line?
Here is a recipe for a lighter healthier version of a yummy guilty pleasure.

The first item is Naan, a wonderful oven baked (not deep fried) indian bread.
It can be found at specialty stores, or in the grocery in the frozen health food area.

Pop in in he toaster for a couple minutes, and them add a bit of butter.
I know butter is full of fat, but all natural butter is dairy...
and we all need our daily dairy intake!

top with cinnamon....

and then the best part...

powdered sugar.

just like the fairs and festival, but minus loads of fat, and calories!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

amazing tulips

It's tulip time in Holland, check out these amazing photos!

The patterns, and colors are amazing!
What inspiration for a small quilted wall hanging!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

some smoothie action....

My 25th class reunion is fast approaching.
I'd be lying if I didn't tell you that I have mixed feelings about attending.
Facebook has been great tool in finding long lost friends, and high school chums.
I almost feel that Facebook is enough.
I chat with the ones I have things in common,
or mutual interests with.  I see the ones I want to see.
Do we all really need to meet and size up one another?

Hem! size up one another.....there is a lot more of me than there was in high school!
I have been telling myself....
OK, Julie time to lose some weight....lets get in shape...lets look good for the old classmates.
Well, months have gone by and I haven't lost a single pound, but I also haven't been trying.
Is it that I don't care?  Maybe not.  As I get older I care less about what others think.
I need to find reasons that affect me, and motivate me.

I love clothes and fashion. I hate not being able to shop for the cool BoHo clothes that I love.
That should be a motivation.
I am not a big fan of exercise, it bores me.
So....I am thinking lets start with healthy eating...
I bought one of these Oyster hand held blenders...
$21.99 at Target .

So far, it works great. It so much easier to clean than a  traditional blender.
It's easy to control, and it makes a great lump-less smoothie.

I use Spirulteen vanilla soy protein powder, organic soy milk,
Chobani greek yogurt, Wyman's of Maine blueberries, and nanas.
I am tracking my caloric intake here at Everyday health . com.
I am going to try 1300 calories a day. 

Am I happy about this...not overly.
I will be happy when I can shop here for fabulous dresses!
like this one....

or this one

This is my motivation!