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South Beach Diet-Day 1

Posted in healthy living with tags , on May 21, 2008 by erin

Day One down (only 13 to go) and boy was it so hard easy. Why would I lie in my blog? I’m not a liar. So I’ll tell the truth straight up. I did really well until about 3 pm and then the need for something sugary hit hard and I caved. I ate some yummy graham cracker sticks. Pure white processed sugar goodness. But you know what all in all I did okay for the first day. I have a new appreciation for folks who are overweight and starting diets. It’s hard. Or smokers quitting cold turkey. Addiction is powerful whether it is addiction to processed sugar, drinking, smoking or porn. Addiction gets a good hold.

So day one wasn’t perfect but by all means it was much better than I have been in recent weeks. I do feel good about it. I’ve also decided I will allow myself a healthy dessert after dinner. There are several reasons behind my decision. 1) I am not severely over weight therefore don’t have to follow this diet as exactly written. 2) I’m weak. 3) I’m afraid if I don’t allow myself a little indulgence at the end of the day I might over indulge and be at square one. 4) Did I mention I’m weak? 5) I have something to look forward to after being “good” all day. 6) Oh and I’m weak. Not afraid to admit that. It might take longer than the token two weeks to lose 8 pounds but I’m okay with that. Really my goal from the beginning was to eat healthier and this book has opened my eyes to that.

Also, I think I’m going to make some modifications in his daily meals. Make them my own but use his guidelines. I know what this dude is getting at. For the first two weeks, I’ll follow his no carbs rule except adding in my desert. I’m sure he has lots of reasons for the no sugar and would probably argue with my decision but I’m doing it anyway.

Here’s an example of what I will be eating for the next two weeks:


6oz vegetable juice-I LOVE tomato juice

Eggs with Canadian bacon and veggies (or some form of this meal)

Coffee with creamer (no sugar)


Mid Morning Snack:

Celery stuffed with Laughing Cow cheese or

Turkey roll ups with chipotle mayo or

12 nuts (any variety) or

Mozzarella cheese stick


Grilled chicken breast on romaine with low sugar salad dressing (or tuna or cob salad-pretty much any salad variation with protein)

Sugar Free Jello for dessert (not a very satisfying dessert)

Mid Afternoon Snack:

Same as mid morning snack


Grilled Salmon (or chicken, steak, other kinds of fish)

Steamed veggies



Vanilla Ricotta Crème or a healthy dessert of my own creation J

Delicious Indeed!

Posted in cooking, Deceptively Delicious, petunia with tags on April 23, 2008 by erin

Last Christmas I was given the cookbook Deceptively Delicious you know the one written by Jessica Seinfeld. I filed it away in the cabinet along with my other cookbooks nothing against it just thought the recipes were a little advanced for my 6 month old at the time. I totally spaced that I owned this treasure until last week when I reacquainted myself with Mrs. S the chef (she doesn’t mind when I call her that) and started using her recipes.

You probably know the concept behind her recipes and hence the title of the cookbook, Deceptively Delicious meaning fool your kids into thinking they are eating something fun and kid like but it’s loaded with purees like sweet potato or yellow squash or spinach so in reality it’s healthier than say Jamba Juice even with the vita boost! I like her thinking and I like that her recipies are already loaded with veggies and fruit and are low fat but then you add more nutiriton. Brilliant! So really you are teaching your kids to eat healthy.

Anyway, I have used this cookbook for every meal and some snacks this week and I am so pleased. The recipes are quick and easy and if you make your purees a head of time you’re in even better shape.

So far I have made the Lemon Blueberry Muffins (with yellow squash puree), French Toast (with sweet potato puree or you can use banana, pineapple or squash), Macaroni and Cheese (with white bean puree) and for the rest of the week we are having Tuna Salad in Pita Pockets (with cauliflower puree), Beef Stew (with broccoli puree) and Twice Baked Potatoes (with cauliflower puree). Not only healthy for kids but awesome for adults too!

We spent the afternoon outside yesterday enjoying the beautiful sunshine and Petunia had a Lemon Blueberry Muffin as a snack. One disclaimer on these muffins. The blueberries make a huge mess as you can see the evidence on her pants. What you can’t see is blueberry residue was EVERYWHERE! On her hands, face and feet, the blanket and all over my hands. But it was worth the mess she loved them, they are healthy and I know they pack an extra punch of vitamins. Yeay Mrs. S.!

Does anyone know how to get blueberry stains off clothes. I sprayed with Shout and washed like normal and it looks as though these stains aren’t going anywhere. Any tips?
****2nd update***
I couldn’t find Biz-which was suggested by ggsmama-at my Targhetto but I did find baby oxy clean and wouldn’t you know the stains are gone. That stuff is awes(ome).

A Little TLC and Soup

Posted in lunch with tags on December 19, 2007 by erin

I am going to turn into this and this. It’s what I’ve had for lunch everyday for a month. Yummmmm. I think I have an orange hue to my skin.

I have died and gone to Happy Cakes Heaven

Posted in happy cakes, the hood with tags , , on December 13, 2007 by erin

I’ve always liked our neighborhood. There are more dogs per capita here than anyway else in the city. It’s safe (relatively speaking), there’s always someone out walking their dog or kid, it has a beautiful peaceful lake (peacefulness is hard to find in a city) with walking paths and yet we are still 8 minutes from Downtown (where the husband works) and where we spend a fair amount of time.

We are also within walking distance to a cutsie, trendy, high priced boutiqued neighborhood shopping square. I love this little square. Love to browse in the shops. I don’t buy much because like I said it’s high price boutiquey stuff that’s super cute and fun and I can’t justify. My kid does not need a $50 onsie. I mean it’s super cute and all but since she will probably wear it all of three weeks I won’t buy it. And I don’t need a $200 haircut-though would love to have one of them fancy hair cuts, my $55 cut is just fine.

This square also has a few affordable places like Chipotle, a great wine shop, two coffee shops and a handful of great restaurants. But I have NEVER been so excited about “my square” as when I found this little piece of Heaven. A little cupcake shop called Happy Cakes. Oh My Gosh! And happy it makes! First of all, can you get any better than cupcakes? I mean it’s a cake which already says scrumptious and secondly, they are small so you don’t feel like a cow if you eat two (or three or four 🙂 Right? Lastly, they are so cute and are begging to be eaten. Look at the pictures and tell me you don’t want to devour these creations.

The descriptions read like you were in a fancy schmancy restaurant in NYC: “vodka soaked cranberry cupcake with lime infused butter-cream” and
“A maple cupcake topped with cinnamon butter cream, reminds you of Sunday morning brunch!” and “Crunchy pretzel crust, strawberry cupcake with cream cheese frosting – the perfect marriage of sweet & salty!”
Doesn’t that just make your mouth water…..I’m a sugar-a-holic so it makes my mouth water.
Seriously, you should try these delights. If you don’t live in my town maybe you can order them online. It’s worth it.