HI LADIES ~
had a nice restful Sunday at home, keeping warm inside; had a bit of ***** on and off, but not too much. Did a bit of reading and answering mail and such just for fun; I finished off the book about Angels yesterday. Now I am reading a nice story called "The Christmas Promise" by Thomas Kinkade: and it seems to be the positive Christmas story I was looking for, and I am enjoying it thoroughly so far ....
HI PURPLE ~
thanks for sharing your chicken casserole recipe; it sounds a lot like a version of Chicken Cattiatore, but with a few variations. Here, I would maybe add in some carrots, kniblets corn, mushrooms, and green beans. I am definitely going to try that one for DH. Tonight we had Shepherd's Pie along with some roasted veggies.
I put them in 30 minutes earlier: sliced carrots and parsnips, plus broccoli and cauliflower on top and they were very nice. I really like the added flavor of the parsnips; I had forgotten what they taste like: they have a kind of spicy flavor to them, almost like ginger; and my mind started thinking of ways I could put them in soups and stews, etc.
I recall that they were a favorite of my great uncle and he often suggested to me that I try them; and my Dad really likes to put them in soups & stews too. I found some on sale last week, so I wanted to try them out, and I am glad that I did; now I have another root veggie to add to my favorite dishes, and I bet they would taste fantastic in that chicken casserole.
Congrats on staying on plan for so many days in a row; I have been doing very well also, but it seems that 1 day a week, I seem to digress a bit, but I am trying very hard to limit that now. I hope in time that I can actually find ways to have a treat yet also stay within my alotted calories for the day. So far I am doing pretty good; and I am even trying to have protein more often for snacks as well, so if I go over the damage will be minimal.
I am also trying to work in some fun foods like hamburgers and fries into our week (once a week) but still stay within my calorie limit for that day. I am doing this by shaving calories off my breakfast & lunch and my snacks, and so far, it is working out OK. I am allowing myself 200 more calories for Friday to Sunday, so that helps; but have 200 less on Monday to Thursday.
On those days, I have more for BF and lunch; and a lighter dinner so I won't have too many cravings. It is a balancing act and it does take time to figure out what will work and what won't. I just know that I have to find ways that will help me stick to this for the long term; so far, it is helping. I know that if I don't, then I might slip back into old habits; this way I am working around those old habits, by changing them into new ones.
For instance, this Christmas, I am getting myself dark chocolate and nuts for my stocking; that way, I can still have a treat (in moderation) and still stick to my plan. I think we will save some money this way too.
I am waiting to get DH's stuff and then putting it in a hamper to go away; it's Ok becuz I am getting him stuff I am not fond of anyways.
I already have my meat pies for this year; but that will be our special Christmas Eve dinner with roasted veggies and for New Year's Eve as well. I have things all planned ahead; they say this planning will help me stay on my plan better, and I think that is true.
When and if our guests do come, I will again have healthier treats this year and am going to wait until I know exactly when they are coming. My friend says that she really appreciates that we are doing things this way now. When they come over for coffee, we purposely choose something that is light and not too sugary now.
Yes, we do have squirrels and chipmunks where we live, but we haven't seen any this year; the chipmunk came to our feeder last winter. Maybe he/she will show up again this winter, if they get low on food. The squirrels hybernate during the wintertime here. I hear other people say they have a problem with them, but we never have; maybe becuz we have more than one feeder. We have one big one, and a small one hanging in the tree, and several tree bells over the winter. I think that he is able to get enuff food on the ground from under the tree (from what drops there) that he doesn't really bother the birds too much; he doesn't act like the greedy type either (our chipmunk, I mean).
Our flock of ROCK DOVES has grown to about 25 over the last while; I don't know if they will stay all winter or not. They come by several times over the day, with a few that stick around quite regular and stare into our kitchen window: it is fun to watch them watch us though ...
They are so friendly that they aren't afraid of DH or our NIKO either (DH thinks they know that he is tied up and can't reach them).
Anyways, this is turning into a novel; it's time for me to go make my evening tea and put my legs up. Do take good care ladies, and I hope you have a marvellous Monday tomorrow ... ROSEBUD