When I was making the beef stew the other day, I reached into my potato bag and pulled that out!  I left this note for Tony Tuesday morning.  While I immediately thought it looked like a heart, I won’t even bring up what it reminded Tony of!  Now all of you get your head out of the gutters!

Since Joe’s visit was a surprise, it didn’t dawn on me until after we finished making cookies that one of Joe’s favorite things is cinnamon rolls.  But yeast cinnamon rolls need to rise, so I googled “quick cinnamon roll recipe” and found this one.   Now if you are looking for the typical soft, pull apart cinnamon roll, this isn’t it.  What this is, is more like a cinnamon biscuit.  Still a delicious cinnamon roll – Joe ate four! 😀

The other day while watching Giada, she made a zucchini potato pancake that I knew I would incorporate into a breakfast.   This recipe made 5 pancakes, at 2 points each.

Zucchini Potato Pancakes 

Course: main meals
PointsPlus™ Value:    2
Servings:  5 

Preparation Time:  0 min
Cooking Time:  0 min
Level of Difficulty:  Easy


5 oz zucchini
5 oz uncooked potato(es)
1/8 cup(s) grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup(s) seasoned bread crumbs
2 Tbsp Egg Beaters Refrigerated Egg Whites


Shred potato and zucchini. Put in paper towels to squeeze out excess water.
Combine all ingredients. Make into patties and Pam fry for 5 minutes per side, until cooked through and crispy.

My plate:  canteloupe (0); 3 pancakes (6); 1/2 cup egg white (2); 1/2 ounce cheddar cheese (1).  9 PointsPlus.

this was so delicious!!

Before I knew it, I had to get to work and Joe went back to his Mom’s house.  It was so great seeing you Joe!

Lunch ended up being a bunch of leftovers really.  I had a chicken tender to cook up, I sauteed some green pepper.  Two tortillas (2); 3 oz. chicken (3); 1/4 cup refried beans (1); 1 cup green pepper (0); 1/2 cup salsa (0); 1/2 ounce cheddar cheese (1).  7 PointsPlus

Later in the afternoon I had an ounce of almonds:  5 PointsPlus.

And because I was working out after work, I had an orange for fuel.

Since I already had dinner fixed from my crock pot beef stew the night before, I left work and went straight to the gym.  It was really busy compared to when I go during lunch!  I did an hour on the treadmill! Since I had planned to be on there that long, I did 5 minutes of warm up, then every five minutes ran 4 minutes at 4.5 mph, one minute walk at 3.8 mph, and did that for 50 minutes, then cooled down for 5 minutes.  Whew!  I still watched Rachael Ray though! 😀

Beef Stew 

Course: main meals
PointsPlus™ Value:    8
Servings:  6 

Preparation Time:  5 min
Cooking Time:  600 min
Level of Difficulty:  Easy


24 oz beef round
2 cup(s) Carrots
2 cup(s) uncooked potato(es)
1 Tbsp paprika
2 cup(s) fat-free beef broth
4 Tbsp all-purpose flour
2 cup(s) cauliflower
1 clove(s) garlic clove(s) (medium)
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce


Place the meat in the slow cooker. In a small bowl, mix together the flour, salt and pepper, pour over meat and stir to coat the meat with the flour mixture.
Stir in the garlic, paprika, Worcestershire sauce, beef broth, potatoes, cauliflower and carrots.
Cook on low for 10-12 hours.

It’s interesting, but Tony and I both “lost” the cauliflower in this dish – its nice that it bulked up the veggies, but it kind of melted during cooking!

And to answer another readers question, I steam my apples in about 1/2 a cup of water.  I put the sliced apples in a pan, add the water, and put a lid on it for about 10 minutes over medium heat.  Then I take the top off, let the water evaporate, and I have I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter which is 5 calories a tablespoon, and finish the apples off with that and a sprinkle of cinnamon.  I could seriously eat these every day.

And to answers yesterday’s pictionary questions, no one guessed all four!

Hannah's word was . . . WET
Tony's word was . . . SLACKS. He and Joe are the kings of "sounds like" hence the drawing of a tack!
My word was . . . MUSCLE
Joe's word was. . . HORN

And a huge thank you to my MIL who shipped me oranges and grapefruit!  She normally grows them in her back yard, but I guess this season didn’t turn out well, so she went to a local place and shipped me some – THANK YOU!  I will love every bite of them 😀

Stats for Wednesday:

  • 40 points (not pictured: wine and Munchies = 11 extra points after dinner)
  • still have 6 flex points left for the week
  • 60 minutes on the treadmill
  • 30 activity points earned (which I am not using this week)

I still have a feeling that I am eating a lot.  But I haven’t used more points than I have earned, so I guess we’ll see on Saturday at my first weigh in.

Off to make breakfast nachos . . .MAKE IT A GREAT DAY!