Chicken Alfredo

I met with a dietician on Friday to discuss how to manage, control and enjoy my new life as a woman with diabetes.

She put me on an 1800 calorie diet and a daily allowance of 225 carbs. At first that sounded like a lot, but now seeing how many carbs are in the simplest of dishes… this is going to be WAY more work than I thought!

Tonight, we made chicken alfredo. We used whole wheat pasta instead of regular pasta, and I only took about 2/3 of a cup. I used a smaller plate in order to trick myself into thinking I had a plate full of food.

(It didn’t really work, but at least I didn’t go back for seconds!)

Oh! Also!

The hubs and I went to work out for 20 minutes today at our apartment gym. I spread my time out on the treadmill and stationary bike. I adjusted my speed and incline on the treadmill to ease myself into this whole “working out” thing.

I’m going to make myself go at least 2-3 times a week to start out.

I am DETERMINED to beat this diabetes out of me.


Hubs Made Dinner… Twice!

My darling husband cooked dinner for us twice before my entire life started to crumble and this mean guy called Diabetes entered and demanded I feel like complete poo for the rest of ever.

Fragment sentence, much?

Just so that his efforts aren’t in vain (and so he knows how much I completely appreciate him and adore him), I’m posting the pictures of his delicacies below.

Enjoy!…. I sure did.

and this is what it looked like! Yum.

1 medium onion
1 medium green bell pepper
3 links mild Italian sausage
2 garlic cloves, pressed
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
3 1/2 cups uncooked penne pasta
3 1/2 cups water
1 26 oz jar marinara sauce
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground pepper
2 oz cream cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 oz parmesan cheese, grated (1/4 cup)
1 tbsp chopped parsley

1. Dice onion and bell pepper. Remove casings from Italian sausage and cut in half lengthwise. Then cut crosswise into 1/2-in nuggets. Place sausage into 12-in skillet and cook over medium heat, 6-8 minutes or until golden brown.

2. Add onion and bell pepper to skillet; cook an additional 2-3 minutes or until veggies are tender. Add pressed garlic and pepper flakes, cook 10-20 seconds or until fragrant. Stir in pasta, water, sauce and salt & pepper. Bring to a simmer, cover and cook 14-16 minutes or until pasta is tender, stirring occasionally.

3. Remove skillet from heat. Stir in cream cheese until incorporated. Top with mozzarella and parmesan cheeses. Cover and let stand 2-3 minutes or until cheeses are melted. Garnish with chopped parsley.

This meal was followed by a fun (free!) trip to the Cardinals game.

It was gorgeous outside too, definitely not a normal day in August in St. Louis. It was almost chilly and in the 70’s.

Absolutely the most perfect evening.

Did I mention the tickets were free? :D

The next night, the hubs made Chicken Fajitas.

Seriously, look at how good these veggies look!

2 medium green or red bell pepper, or combination
2 medium onions
2 garlic cloves, peeled
1 1/2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 pkg taco seasoning (or 2 tbsp Chipotle rub)
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1/4 cup water

flour tortillas
shredded cheddar cheese
sour cream

1. Cut bell peppers lengthwise into 1/4 inch strips, and thinly slice onions lengthwise. Slice garlic.

2. Slice chicken into 1/2 inch strips. Heat 1 tbsp vegetable oil in a 12-in skillet, 1-3 minutes until shimmering. Add chicken, cook for 4-6 minutes or until cooked through. Add 1/4 cup water, vegetables and seasoning/rub.

3. Cover, simmer 3-4 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender.

New Look!


Well, well, well.

Life has changed pretty drastically for me in the past couple of days.

I was in the ER on Friday night with a blood sugar of 479. (yes, that’s high.)

I have to see my doctor still, but the premature diagnosis is Type II Diabetes.


I have been nursing a headache, muscle aches and a general weakness all weekend.

So this means……. NEW BLOG!

I will be limiting my sugars and carbs and eating a LOT more vegetables.

While I get used to this idea (it’s definitely strange…), my meals will mostly look like this:

and this

Exciting, no?

It’s alright, you can say no.



Weekly Menu

I tried to find mostly Weight Watcher meals for next week since I bought the cookbook and haven’t actually made anything out of it. I also dug out some old Pampered Chef recipes to use as well… but I could not find any original recipes online for these! I can’t believe there isn’t an archive for this stuff. So I will include the recipe on each post for you.

WEEK 8/8 – 8/12
Monday – W.W Cheddar-Stuffed Burgers and W.W Oven Fries
Tuesday – W.W Honey Mustard Pork Chops, broccoli & W.W Scalloped Potatoes with Cheese
Wednesday – W.W Chicken with Rice
Thursday – P.C Pasta & Sausage Skillet
Friday – P.C Chicken Fajitas & Spanish Rice (I’ve made the rice before)

This is all I have right now, because I am always behind on my days and weekends are always so up in the air anyways.

Ps: I wish the hubs liked veggies more.

See you soon!



Weekly Menu

New week, new food!

Only most of them I’ve already made before.

Details, details.

WEEK 7/18 – 7/22
Monday – Tacos
Tuesday – Chicken Alfredo
Wednesday – Chicken Club Salad
Thursday – Ham and Cheese Sliders
Friday – Chicken Packets & Mac and Cheese
Saturday – Baked Spaghetti
Sunday – Calzones



Corn on the Cob Cupcakes

Today was my Grandpa’s 90th birthday party. I’ve been lucky enough to be super close with my grandparents throughout my entire life. My dad’s parents were both deceased before I was born, so I was even closer to my mom’s parents than I probably would have been if my dad’s parents were still alive.

My grandma passed away in January of 2009, but I still think she lives on in my Grandpa. He is a strong, determined, caring man and I am so lucky to be his granddaughter.

His stories are full of character, history and bravery. His hugs are full of love.

He is my favorite grandpa, ever. :)

I don’t know what year this was, but either late 80’s, early 90’s. And I was afraid of stuffed animals as a child, don’t tease me. Also this was my favorite dress.

This was my wedding in February 2010.

I decided to make Corn on the Cob Cupcakes for the party, and apparently they were a hit!

They were a lot of fun to make. I used yellow cupcakes, vanilla frosting (dyed yellow), and 3 kinds of jellybeans. The white were coconut, the light yellow were pineapple and the dark yellow were banana. The melted pats of butter were Starbursts that I melted down a little and molded into their shapes.

Seriously sweet, but seriously delicious!



French Dip Sandwiches

Tonight the hubs and I hosted dinner and a movie for his parents. I made french dip sandwiches, mashed potatoes and corn on the cob.

His mother brought tons of movie goodies and we watched Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1.

I could not be more excited to go see HP7 part 2 tomorrow. Seriously, I kind of feel giddy. And nauseous. I don’t want it to be over!

Anyway, I decided to make french dip sandwiches for dinner tonight because they were the first recipe I tried on this blog! See?

I think I made them a lot better this time, and my picture taking abilities have definitely increased. That first picture was taken on my cell phone!

Also, I forgot to take a picture so ignore the third of the sandwich that is missing. Okay, thanks.

Here is a picture of all the goodies we had to snack on… most of it is leftover but that’s okay by us!

I love chocolate covered strawberries. And Draco Malfoy. Yum.




Turkey and Cheese Sandwiches

Listen, I’m kind of a huge nerd.

I really need Photoshop on my new Mac. I have the full Adobe Design Suite on my HP laptop… but a 13″, 2 year old, barely functioning laptop with Photoshop vs a brand new 21″ desktop that’s a Mac…. yeah, I think I’ll take editing pictures in iPhoto and Open Office (I don’t even have Office!!) over my laptop.

But my Adobe Suite is yelling at me via my laptop from inside my nightstand.

As is my wallet.

And by that I mean my school loans.

Shut up already!

Tonight’s dinner was Turkey, Bacon & Cheese Sandwiches, minus the bacon. I am not a bacon lover (and gasps were heard around the world….) and cooking bacon for one is just too messy for a girl that doesn’t like bacon. The hubs lived.

I also heated up some store-bought Cheddar and Broccoli rice (I could eat rice everyday if it wasn’t so bad for me) and my italian dressing covered cucumbers.

Cucumbers are my favorite vegetables to snack on. I used to dip them in ranch, but I feel like Light Italian dressing is a better alternative.

However, if we compare yesterday’s sandwiches vs today’s sandwiches, yesterday’s totally win. In flavor, texture… everything.

But I do love me some cresent rolls, so that was yummy. I might have pulled out the turkey and cheese glob and ate the cresent roll.

Don’t judge me.


Pulled Pork, Sliders and Double Chip Cookies… Oh my!

I’ve been cooking up a storm here lately! And I love it!

The hubs and I had my brother, sister-in-law and their 2 kids (read: Easter Baskets) and my younger sister over for lunch on Sunday. My sister-in-law dyed my hair, and I cooked them lunch! I didn’t take any pictures… but I made pulled pork sandwiches and baked beans for us old folk, and she made homemade KFC slaw. That was some seriously yummy stuff. For the kids I had mac n’ cheese, hot dogs, Cheese-its and Capri suns. It was a beautiful day.

I also bought some new summery plastic plates for the occasion. Aren’t they pretty?

And see the $20 bag of jelly beans in the corner? That’s for the Corn on the Cob Cupcakes I’m making this weekend.

I sneak a couple now and then because I bought banana, coconut and pineapple flavored beans. Holy cow.

Tonight, the hubs was going to play softball with some friends. To this, I laugh. See below.

I can’t find a screenshot of the temperature at 6 pm when we got home, but just believe me when I say it was 99 degrees with a heat index of 112.

Right now, it’s 11:30 pm and it’s 91 degrees outside.

So I made Ham & Cheese Sliders and we stayed INside, IN the A/C and watched the Home Run Derby.

Ah, the joys of being married.

Mmmm, Hawaiian rolls. They remind me of communion at church. I haven’t been to church in years.

Right before I stuck them in the oven.

The glaze on top was perfect. I loved these little guys.

THEN! Since I felt bad he had to miss softball with his friends (even though our friends Roadie and Carrie came over to watch the HR Derby and we love them), I decided to make cookies. I had leftover white chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate chips from another recipe, so I threw them in together and made a delicious double chip cookie. My sister got me a silicone baking sheet for my birthday and I **FOR ONCE** didn’t burn the bottoms of the cookies! YAY ME!

Best part of the meal if you ask me! :)

Weekly Menu (& my love for sandwiches)

Okay, so I’ll come right out and say it. You might see a theme in the menu choices below.

If you don’t understand, the theme is that my husband and I love sandwiches.

And I don’t just mean we fancy them every once and a while.

I mean, give us the option to choose fast food for dinner and we will pick Bread Co (Panera), Subway or a trip to the deli before any other fast food restaurants.

Every time.
(except maybe Taco Bell…. so sue me.)

At one point in my life, I actually took this picture of my meal because I was so excited. And it is still saved on my computer.

I want one now.

Put stuff between 2 slices of bread and hand it to me, and we will be the best of friends.
(maybe not literally, some people are creepy.)

WEEK 7/10-7/17
Sunday – Slow Cooked BBQ Pork Sandwiches
Monday – Ham & Cheese Sliders
Tuesday – Turkey, Bacon & Cheese Sandwiches
Wednesday – Tacos
Thursday – French Dip Sandwiches
Friday – Sweet Tomatoes and HARRY POTTER!!!
Saturday – Corn on the Cob Cupcakes for my Grandpa’s 90th birthday cookout! I love family.
Sunday – Sloppy Joes (what can I say, I’m a kid at heart)