Recipe Share Wednesday: Fruity Delight

This is a modification of the chocolate delight recipe I’ve shared before.

1 stick butter (or margarine, if you must)
1 cup self-rising flour
1 cup chopped pecans
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
12 oz. Cool Whip, thawed
fruit topping (I used homemade strawberry jam but you could also use fresh fruit or a can of pie filling)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. I like to put the stick of butter (I used salted butter) and pecans in the pan (13×9) in the oven while it’s preheating…makes the pecans nicely toasted. Remove from oven when butter is melted. Stir in flour; pat crust over bottom of pan when it is just cool enough to touch it. (You can just melt the butter and add the flour and pecans, then pat into pan.) Return it to oven and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove and cool completely (!!!) on wire rack.

NOTE: I usually make the crust several hours ahead of time, sometimes the night before. After it’s cooled, I move it to the microwave and let it site until I’m ready to make the rest of the dessert.

Beat the cream cheese on medium speed until smooth; mix in the powdered sugar and beat until well-mixed. On low speed, add in half of the Cool Whip until just mixed. Spread over crust.

Top with fruit of choice.

Refrigerate for at least 1-2 hours or until ready to serve.

I’m working on modifying this to be a whole food recipe…will let you know if I get it right. 🙂

 

Lynne

Health & Fitness Challenge, Part 3 (I think)

Hi, all!

Hope you had a good weekend and a great Monday!

It’s been rainy for the last couple of days around here…makes me want to be lazy…sadly, that hasn’t happened yet. I’m hoping for a chance on Wednesday. 🙂

My challenge to you this week is get yourself a journal (or notebook of some sort) and start writing down what you eat every day. This is piggy backing (probably shouldn’t have used the word “piggy”) on the last two weeks’ challenges: exercising and resting. This is just step number 3 in our quest for better health.

AND find someone you can share the journal with. Someone who can look at it and see what you’ve been up to food-wise. Knowing that someone is going to see what you’re eating makes you a little less likely to scarf down that candy bar. For me, at least, that’s a motivator.

So here’s what we have so far in what is, I guess, a lifestyle change/fitness challenge.

1. Get some exercise 6 days a week.
2. Get some rest during the day and get enough sleep at night.
3. Keep a food journal/diary.
4. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.
5. Trade unhealthy snacks for healthier, whole food – REAL food – choices.

I had to go to the funeral home tonight and after throwing several outfits on the bed because they have gotten too tight in the last couple of months, I have really gotten motivated to up the exercise ante.

So let’s get to it, shall we?

Lynne

P.S. Another good thing to do is to take “before” weights and measurements. If you can get your body fat percentage checked, do that, too. And you know I’m a fan of “before” pics.

Recipe Share Wednesday: Peach Cobbler

It’s peach season in SC and they are so wonderfully delicious! Here is one of my favorite ways to enjoy them. It’s not low fat, but they’re only in season once a year, right? 🙂

Lynne

  • 4 -5 large peaches, peeled and sliced
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup self-rising flour
  • 1 cup milk

Peel and slice peaches and place in baking dish (8×8 square or deep dish pie pan). In large bowl, melt butter. Stir in milk. Mix in flour and sugar. Pour over peaches. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes.

Hey, there!

Hey, there!

I just realized that I haven’t posted to the blog since last Wednesday. Oops! I (frequently) forget that things I post on Facebook don’t go to the blog and vice versa. I have posted some stuff on Facebook. I didn’t mean to neglect y’all.

So…how are we doing with our exercise AND rest? If you remember, last week’s challenge was to add both to your daily life. We need exercise to keep us as healthy as possible and we need rest for the same reason. (On a side note, our pastor’s sermon this week was on – you got it! – rest.) I’m going to have to say that I did pretty good last week. I got exercise in five days out of seven. And I think I only missed one day of sitting down and “taking a breather” for a few minutes every afternoon. I more than made up for it with my 2+ hour nap on Sunday afternoon, though. 🙂

Because it’s summer and it’s HOT (!!!), I think we will just continue with this challenge this week and add on another little component: trading an unhealthy snack for a healthy one. So…instead of ice cream, have yogurt. Instead of a piece of candy, some fruit. Ice cold watermelon…mmmmmmm! That’s what I’m talking about. If you’re feeling motivated, start journaling or tracking what you eat. I’ve got a journal where I’m writing down motivational quotes and such. I’ve been tracking what I eat on the “Lost It” app for the iPhone. If I remember to carry my phone, it also tracks how many steps I take in a day. Did you know you should aim for 10,000? However, I’m prone to sitting my phone down and therefore missing out on that part of it. I did get over 10,000 steps on the day I remembered.

So that’s this week’s challenge:

1. Exercise a little every day.

2. Rest a little every day.

3. Trade unhealthy snacks for healthier ones.

It helps me to write down my goals. So if you do have a  journal, you might write these three things down and then on a daily basis, honestly assess how you did. No one has to see it but you, so tell yourself the truth! 🙂

Oh, and keep hydrated! Again, it’s HOT here and I can’t be out there more than a few minutes without feeling parched. (I said that in my head in my best sweet Southern voice.) So drink your water!

It’s time for my few minutes of quiet so I’m off to do some deep breathing.

Lynne

P.S. Here’s my quote for the day: “What you do today can improve all your tomorrows.” ~ Ralph Marston

Recipe Share Wednesday: Berry Crumble

(Adapted from a Weight Watchers recipe)

  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 2 cups strawberries, cut into chunks
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup unpacked light brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350˚F.

Place berries in a medium bowl. In another medium bowl, combine flour and sugar. Remove 3 tablespoons of flour mixture and gently toss with berries. Place berries in an 8-inch square pan.

To make topping, add melted butter to remaining flour mixture; combine well. Crumble little bits of topping all over top of berries. Bake until berries just start to bubble, about 35 to 40 minutes. Cut into 8 pieces; serve warm or at room temperature. Yields 1 piece per serving.

*You can use any combination (or just one type of berry) of fresh berries depending on what’s in season: blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, etc.

Blackberry…yum!

A dollop of vanilla ice cream or some real whipped cream makes this over the top good. And it’s so easy!

I’m off to make one now!

Lynne

Monday Evening “Musings”

Hi, all!

Just checking in real quick. Had a lovely drive to the upstate of SC. Have enjoyed a lot of peace and quiet today. Paid a surprise visit to an old friend. A good day.

Tomorrow we go waterfall “hunting.” 🙂

Y’all have a great night and a good sleep!

Lynne

Happy Monday!

Good Monday morning!

We are packing and getting ready to head out on our little adventure. I’m excited to have a couple of days away!

Remember to be quiet and still for five minutes some time today. It may not be easy to squeeze it in (but if you can’t find five minutes, we will be addressing your schedule soon!), but it will be worth it. I try for 15 minutes total – five minutes morning, midday, and after dinner.

And don’t forget to move that body today! I’m hoping for a hike this afternoon myself, but any movement is good for you. Your body wasn’t meant to be sitting on the couch all day. (Sorry!)

Y’all have a good one. I’ve got to finish packing! 🙂

Lynne

Hey, y’all! I’ve got a weekly challenge for you! (Finally…right?)

Hi, everyone!

I hope that you are all having great summers and that you had happy and safe holiday celebrations over the weekend. The weekend also included my 23rd wedding anniversary (though hubby had to work – I told him that’s what Dave Ramsey would say) on the actual day and I had to work today. So we are off tomorrow to do a little adventuring in upstate South Carolina. I’m hoping we get some – even a teensy bit – of relief from the heat and humidity. I doubt it…but I’m still hoping.  We have no specific plans (well, he doesn’t) but I fully intend to see some waterfalls and do some hiking. I have my camera at the ready and told him that he has to stop any time I say, “Hey. I need a picture of that.” Even if he deems it not picture-worthy.

I actually have two challenges for you this week: one for your personal/mental health and one for your physical health. I’m not sure which is most important…it probably depends on what day it is. And maybe what time of day.

So first, I want you to take five minutes (more if you can swing it) to just BE STILL and BREATHE. That’s right. Five minutes. Breathing intentionally. Now, you may have to hide in the bathroom (I used to do that when my kids were little) or you may be blessed enough to have a sweet spot to sit in and relax. I’m taking my yoga mat on the road with this in mind. So just sit still in whatever spot you choose and just be by yourself. Take some deep breaths. Relax your mind. Relax your muscles. I talk myself through it, telling myself to let go of the tension from my toes to my head…toes, feet, ankles, legs, torso, back, shoulders, neck and top of head. I mentally picture myself releasing and relaxing the muscles in my body. Soothing music helps but isn’t necessary. If you can get outside, nature’s symphony is delightful. But I mean for you to do this EVERY DAY if it is at all possible. If you have a desk job, just close your eyes and try and tune out the noise and release the tension…especially from you shoulders. No one will every know what you’re doing. 🙂 I do this first thing in the morning before anyone else is up if I can. I take my coffee and my yoga mat and sit on the back deck for just a few minutes…listening to the birds and breathing.  If you’re have a fever pitch of a busy day and can stop right in the middle of the chaos and breathe for a few minutes, you’ll feel better about continuing on. (Note: People in traffic behind you do not care for you to breathe for five full minutes at a stop light. Just saying.)

The second thing I want you to do is physical. While some of you are very physically active, some are not. And most of us are somewhere in between, I’d imagine. My challenge to you here is to move your body. That’s right…move it, sister. (By this I do not mean join the gym and take a kick boxing class if your most recent exercise routine involved walking to the mailbox five steps from your front door. Do NOT do that. Please.) What I mean is this: any movement is good movement (for the most part – you know your health restrictions). But if you can walk for 10 or 15 minutes and you’ve not been walking at all, do that. If you been walking 30 minutes three times a week, make it four. Or add 10 more minutes on your three days. That’s it. Just some movement or exercise of some sort. Nothing drastic. Nothing harmful. (As always, please consult your physician before beginning an exercise program. That’s my disclaimer since a health expert I am not.)

This week you might also try one – or more – of the following if you aren’t doing them already:

1. Take time in the morning before your day gets going to visit with God. He’ll appreciate it and so will you.

2. Drink more water. God intended for us to drink water…He created it after all.

3. Cut out sodas and sweetened drinks, or at least reduce your consumption. In Heaven, I hope sweet tea is not bad for you.

4. Replace an unhealthy snack with a healthy one…a piece of fruit or some yogurt instead of a candy bar.

5. Eat your fruits and veggies. It’s summer. They’re fresh. What’s better than ice cold watermelon on a hot summer day? Not much, I tell you!

6. Go meatless for one day. Try it. Experiment with some new recipes.

7. Get an exercise buddy…yes, even if you’re only walking for 15 minutes. You need an accountability partner.

8. Turn off the television and read a good book.

9. Unplug for a while every day. (Truth: I have become attached to my iPhone and really need to work on this one.)

10. Do something unexpectedly nice for your spouse if you’re married, or for a friend or parent. Even a teenage child! (Won’t that blow their minds? They’ll wonder what you want. It’s fun!)

Y’all have a great Monday. Take pictures and/or keep a journal of your week. I’m continuing to take at least one picture a day of something that puts a smile on my face. Here’s a picture of the flowers my sweet volunteer and friend Gail brought to me at church this morning “just because.” Made my day. 🙂

I’m off to pack for my adventure.

Lynne

 

 

Flowers from a sweet friend :)

Flowers from a sweet friend 🙂