Saturday, July 7, 2018

"IT'S CHOCOLATE DAY"!!!!!

Hey everyone....hope all is well.....have to say I was so excited when I noticed what today was...seriously had no idea so had to "google it" to make sure. It's a "legal" day to eat chocolate so I'm assuming it's also a "calorie free" day as well (a girl can only dream) Unfortunately for me, chocolate would need to be sugar free but that's o.k.....you can hardly tell the difference  these days with all the natural substitutes. My favorite below is an "all time" staple to take to pot lucks etc., and it's fast & easy and you can prepare overnight. Sorry don't have a pic to share but I think you can get the "visual" reading the recipe. If you're a "quilter/crafter" like me you know chocolate goes "hand & hand" in my sewing room! So enjoy your chocolate day!

Other important dates ;-)
International Choc day....September 13th
National Choc days...October 28th & December 28th

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Cat
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Cat's Favorite Low Sugar Chocolate Pie...

1 Pillsbury pie crust (bake as directed & let cool)
1 lrg. box sugar free chocolate pudding (mix with 3/4 cup 2% Milk)...set up in fridge for about 30 min. (I chill my bowl ahead of time before preparing pudding mix)
Spoon into cooled pie shell & shave "sugar free" chocolate on top :-)
Cover (saran wrap) & Refrigerate until set
Hint.....you can cover (saran wrap) & freeze for a bit if you need to serve quickly.....Enjoy!
Also, a great project to do with kids this summer.....add sprinkles & eatable décor :-)


Tuesday, January 30, 2018

DECOR TIP: 2018 COLOR OF THE YEAR!

Hey everyone...hope all is going well. As a designer wanted to share the Pantone 2018 color of the year with you. Pantone 18-3838 Ultra Violet....oh my gosh...all you purple loves this is definitely your year! This vibrant....stimulating color would go great with greys, neutrals with black accents. This would also be stunning pared with Rustic Textiles as well.  While you're out shopping, you'll notice how this color hue will be incorporated into plastic, towels, etc. to complete your decorating décor. As always email me if you have any design q's. Consulting and Space Planning is my specialty. Always glad to help!

Blessings from my Home to Yours,
Cat
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"A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, Pantone 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity & visionary thinking that points us toward the future. Read all about this stunning color at Pantone.com
                                                                       

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

CATS CRAVING BUSTERS!

Hey everyone....hope your new year is off to a great start! I don't know about you but I'm having difficulty getting back on the "diet train" again. My body got used to the wonderful holiday meals & reality kicks in pretty quick when starting again. I've been working on a weight-loss journal so I actually had to go back & read my own craving buster tips. So I thought maybe some of you might be struggling like me so thought I would share some tips. Hate to admit it but I still have 30 pounds to loose so if you have any tips to share with us please email them. As always, consult your doctor before any diet....mine actually helped me tremendously last year with recognizing that my body doesn't digest sugar...not diabetic but it has really helped watching my sugar intake and he also had me read up on foods with hidden sugars. Great tip to read up on the internet when you have time...you will be surprised. Anyway, these are my tips that work for me and would love to hear from you with yours.  Enjoy!
If you're a quilter follow along on my blog below for some exciting designs to make this year. Great gifts along with easy time-saving techniques!

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Cat
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                                               "Healthy Snack Tray"
*As you can see the term "outta sight outta mind" plays in hand....my healthy go to snack tray is a centerpiece on my kitchen counter. Recently had guests for the Holidays and I found them all gravitating to my "centerpiece" during meals. Even my sweet grandson enjoyed it! Needless to say I didn't tell them why it was there but it did make me feel good knowing that it does work for everyone. For me...it's all about training my mind to think healthy while snacking. We all have those cravings between meals so here's some tips that I do to help....
*When I WANT something that I SHOULDN'T....I tell myself is it really worth that extra time exercising to burn off the calories....oh my word....99% that really works ;-)
*Recently I've tried "Brushing my teeth"....seriously....something about the toothpaste stops a sweet tooth and how can you go wrong with fresh breath & better dental visits!
*In my Fridge....I have a low sugar "protein shake" that I can just sip on to help....I do a chocolate flavor and it really helps. Also, I have boiled eggs....petite carrots....even boiled lima beans....don't laugh but they are really good cold and full of protein. A colander with washed fresh fruit easily accessible is a must for me....keeps me from grabbing something I shouldn't. If you're not lactose intolerance try those "babe bel or laughing cow cheese that are low cal or fat free...they will help fill you up between meals.
*Cook and cut up some chicken and have in containers for those on the go trips....you wont be so tempted to stop at a "drive though" :-) Also, bag up some healthy walnuts....if you're like me the "crunch" will satisfy you and you wont want those lovely fries!
*Make your own protein bars to control your sugar intake (I'll be posting mine soon)....individually wrap them and store in a container for those grab n go moments we all have.
*Plan your meals for the week before grocery shopping. My daughter recently shared this tip with me and I have to say her family looks wonderful plus she's been saving money on her grocery bill. Most of all don't shop hungry...oh my gosh that's my biggest mistake. It's true when you are full you are less likely to purchase those tempting snacks for on the way home (not like I do that) :-)
*Pick 2-3 outfits that you want to wear again & make them a focal point in your closet. When you get a craving go look at them and "trust me" you'll want to grab a healthy snack. Take a pic of them (cell phone)so if you're at work or on the go you can still keep yourself focused. Also, have a pic on your fridge...."focal pic that I like to say"....I have one of me when I was a bit on the "lighter side" ;-)
*Have an "Exercise Buddy" that inspires you....mine is my Daughter Nichole....she's always kept me emotionally on track and now physically. She recommended me to have a weight loss journal which has now led to my weight loss recipes. Writing down what I eat make me realize my good and bad points. Everybody is busy these days but you would be surprised of how just a few positive words from someone helps keep you on track. Exchange cell numbers for those quick "text me ups" when needed. Don't hesitate to ask someone...they will be flattered that you asked plus what a positive reinforcement for them for working so hard and setting a great example.
*If you're like me and you are the only one in the household that needs to loose weight then take the time to pre-cook your healthy meat your way. Freeze safely and take out ahead of time to prepare along with your family meals. It's all about taking the time for yourself!
As always....reward yourself for doing good....you're doing this for you and your family! Wish me luck and share any tips you may have.


Monday, January 1, 2018

Cats "NEW YEARS BREAD PUDDING"

Hey everyone....Happy New Year! Hope everyone is enjoying the day but for me it's back to reality....dieting that is! Yesterday I gathered all the left over "Christmas Cheer" and decided to make something with them You know the old saying...outa sight outa mind". Well, I had left over low fat fudge....m&m's from making a gingerbread house with grandson Davin....pecans and walnuts from cookies....candy kisses etc. even had 2 innocent bananas laying around. Needless to say this was a blast and the smell and taste was wonderful. This helped me start the new year off right today without all the tempting "Christmas Cheer" around. Happy New year!

Blessings from my Home to Yours,
Cat
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Here's all you do...
Spray a large glass pan
Spread about 3-4 cups of left over bread pieces from your snow flake sandwiches (previous post) or use some bread and tear into small pieces.
Mix together 3 eggs....3/4 cup of heavy crème...1 tsp. vanilla...1/2 tsp. nutmeg...1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
Layer all your "Christmas Cheer" candy over bread pieces
Pour egg mixture over candy and bake in a 375* over for about 20-30 minutes (watch carefully cause ovens vary)
This is so d-lish and like me your starting the New Year off good :-)
Store any left overs in fridge.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

"CATS TEXAS STYLE NEW YEARS BRUNCH"

Hey everyone....hope you are having a wonderful Holiday season. It's already New Years Eve and I don't know about you but 2017 flew by for me. I just had a wonderful Christmas with my family and feeling blessed for the time that we shared together. I wanted to share my family tradition that I make for New Years brunch but have to day it's so delish that I make it all the time. It's a great casserole dish to take to a pot luck or any type of gathering. Fast & easy to do. You can substitute the milk and cheese to make a low calorie casserole as well. I hope you enjoy the "smell" your kitchen has while it's baking. If you have "over nighter's" for the holidays this is an amazing smell for them to wake up too. Wish I had a pic to share but it never lasts that long to take one! Wishing everyone a safe and blessed new year!

Blessings from my Home to Yours,
Cat
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Ingredients:
1 pkg. fresh or frozen tamales (10-12) beef or pork
1 10 oz. can of Rotel ( I use mild)
1/2 cup milk ( I use low fat)
6 medium fresh eggs
1 8 oz. pkg. shredded Fiesta Blend Cheese

This is all you do..
Spray a large casserole dish.
Layer tamales in dish (remove husks) not that I've forgotten before :-)
Mix well milk, eggs & Rotel thoroughly and pour over tamales

Bake at 375* for approximately 25-30 minutes or until eggs are cooked  (ovens vary)
Remove and sprinkle grated cheese on top and bake just until cheese is melted
Cut and serve with a dollop of sour crème if desired.
Note:...I don't add any other seasoning due to the spices already in the tamales and the spices in the can of Rotel. Add more seasoning if you desire. This is also a great "left over lovin" breakfast to use up those extra tamales when entertaining. The smell is amazing! Enjoy!

I will be posting Healthy Recipes this upcoming year....so follow along ... still have some weight to "remove" but feeling and doing better. "Power of Prayer". If you're a quilter follow my blog above for some fast ideas this coming year!

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Monday, December 18, 2017

'SNOWFLAKE SANDWICH 4 SANTA"

Hey everyone...have to say last night these sandwiches were a hit at our Church Christmas dinner. I loved seeing the kids face when they saw the sandwiches...and adults too! Sometimes it is the little things in life that bring joy during the holidays. Well...this morning I had an extra loaf of bread so had to come up with a "Christmas Magic Time Saver". I will be having family & friends for the holidays so time saving tips are important but still keeping the Christmas cheer! This is also a fun Christmas project to do with kiddos..Great tips below for leftover bread as well.  Seriously, what "Santa" wouldn't love to eat a Peanut Butter and Nutella sandwich! Christmas Blessings!

Blessings from our Home to Yours,
Cat
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Snowflake Sandwich
*Spread Peanut Butter on one slice of bread then Nutella on other
*Sandwich together and cut with snowflake cookie cutter or your favorite shape
Tip:...Use a hard surface and push down hard to cut the image easier. Use a sharp knife to trim bread      if needed.

"Make ahead Christmas Magic Time Saver"
Use your left over bread and cut out your snowflakes....using parchment paper in between each slice of bread and freeze in a quart size bag (depending on shape it will hold about 6 to a bag).
For that Fun Christmas Breakfast remove and let partially thaw and make Christmas cinnamon toast...French toast....peanut butter sandwiches for a quick and healthy sandwich for the kiddos etc.
* Save your scraps and place in a freezer bag and use later for Bread pudding....breakfast casserole...stuffing etc. Endless possibilities!
                                                                     

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Cats "HEARTY 3 BEAN SOUP-3 WAYS"

Hey everyone....hope all is well and hopefully enjoying a restful labor day weekend. Well it's a beautiful Sunday morning and if you've been following me lately, it's a day that I "give-up" something that I truly love to help me loose weight. I decided yesterday (at my grandsons Lego birthday party) that it would be pizza (if it's not my own healthy pizza/gluten free pizza) I wanted to have the majority of my weight off by September and I am only down 11 pounds. I look as it as that's one 10 pound sack of potatoes that's off my body! Sometimes ya just need to laugh! I've been cooking/eating healthy, exercising and it's still a journey. I'm even "tweaking" my own recipes and making them "healthy-r". This bean soup recipe has been a staple in my home for years. In fact, we eat it all year round! I've done some "tweaking" and you can't tell the difference at all. It's "healthy-r" and so fast and versatile to incorporate leftovers into another meal. Hope you enjoy!

"Blessed Cooking from my Home to Yours"
Cat
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Ingredients...
1 pound lean ground Turkey
1 Bell pepper (chopped)
1/2 Red onion (diced)
2-3  cups Low sodium Chicken Broth
1 (10 oz) can mild Rotel (do not drain)
1 15oz. Bush's black beans (rinse/drained)
1 15 oz. Bush's great Northern beans (rinse/drained)
1 16 oz. Bush's Pinto beans (rinse/drained) yes I am a Bush's fan!
1 8 oz.Tomato Paste (Basil, garlic, oregano)
2 Tb. Tomato Paste
Seasonings...taco seasoning, garlic powder, chili powder, dry ranch dressing

Ground meat, bell pepper, onion in large pan seasoned with 1-2 Tb Taco seasoning and 1 Tb garlic powder.
Drain excess grease and add Tb. Tomato Paste. Blend well.
Add Chicken Broth, Rotel, all drained Beans, tomato sauce....combine well
Season with 1 tsp..Chili powder, 1 Tb. 2 Tb. Taco Seasoning and 2 Tb. dry Ranch Dressing
Blend well and simmer 30 minutes stirring occasionally. Hint...longer it simmers the better the flavors have a chance to incorporate.
Serve with cornbread if desired.

Tips....recipe freezes well and you can easily double for a large crowd.

*Healthy Tortilla Soup.....serve soup as above with crumbled Healthy Tortilla Chips on top!
*Healthy Chicken Tortilla Soup....prepare soup as above but before you simmer ADD 1 cup of cooked shredded Chicken then simmer for 30 minutes. Add more Chicken Broth if needed.
Dollop with some "fat-free sour crème and sliced avocados....makes a pretty presentation when serving for guests.
hint....I love to buy a rotisserie chicken if I'm in a rush or having a busy week. I shred it up and divide in freezer containers to combine in my soups and when I'm doing enchiladas or casseroles.

Hope you enjoy and wish me luck on my "weight loss journey"
More healthy recipes coming soon!