Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Finding New Recipe Ideas

Post from guest blogger Sheila Potter

A great way to find new cooking recipes is to watch cooking shows on television. Whenever I am looking for something new to make, or want to learn some new tricks of the trade, I flip on my direct tv satellite t.v. and browse the cooking channels for a show that appeals to me. My favorite is definitely Rachel Ray. She always has easy delicious recipes that are practical. I am a mom, so I like learning how to make foods for an average family, not a banquet to suit royalty. Anyone can make the easy recipes, and she shows all of the steps and ingredients that she uses. The Rachel Ray show also has guest stars and celebrities, so you also have entertainment while your food is cooking. I also love that if you see something on her show, you can go to her website and get the recipe. There are also tons of other recipes on there, and I love browsing them. There seems to be something for every occasion, from tailgating to Christmas diner. This is just one show of many you can take advantage of, so start watching and cooking today.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

A Pirate Challenge

WEEK FOURTEEN  : [For the review of the previous week... CLICK HERE]

This week was a very significant week. It is significant because I was able to work at the Preschool Child Care at the YMCA. It is significant because one of the staffs took the week off and I was hired for the week. It is that significant because my work at the Waterboro Elementary School Site's Kids Out Enrichment Program ends when the school ends. And so this is significant because I was still able to work at least for a week.

This week is significant because for the entire week I was able to work out at the YMCA Gym for an hour everyday. I did cardio at the treadmill for 45 minutes... 5 minutes on elliptical trainer... pump iron for 10 minutes... and took shower for an hour. I did this before or after work whenever my schedule permits.

And this week I ate more servings of fruits and of course, my usual serving of Chinese on Fridays. LOL. 

But this weekend was also Brandon's 9th Birthday Celebration so I host a party for the little pirates. I didn’t need a hosting guide to turn it right for the little ones are good at being a pirate. And as expected I ate like a pirate too. hahaha

And I lost about 2 pounds. Yey! But I gained them back over the weekends due to Chinese and Pirate appetite. Yay!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Early Morning Fishing

Thanks to my husband Ron Kemla for the guest post.

It is a summer tradition of mine to spend at least one morning a week fishing. My kids used to hate getting up at 4 in the morning to go fishing in the summer but have grown to love it. We are usually back home for a late breakfast and morning cartoons on our Direct Tv Local Channelsso it isn't very time consuming.

The night before our fishing trip I prepare everything so all we have to do is jump in the car when we wake up. The poles and gear are all put in the car the night before. I lay out clothes and jackets for everyone, so they can just slip them on and brush teeth in the morning. I have the coffee pot set for 3:30 and take a cup to-go. Our snacks are in the fridge with the worms and that is all I have to grab.

I usually go to the darkest part of the river and am there in thirty minutes. We get our gear out and cast our lines for two or three long hours of silence. We almost never catch anything, but watching the sun come up while drinking coffee and cocoa is the best part of the whole morning. This is a summer routine I couldn't live without and I hope my kids feel the same way when they are older.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Improvised Challenge

WEEK THIRTEEN : [For the review of the previous week... CLICK HERE]

This past week was a bit crazy at work. It was the last day of school and I had lots of preparation for the "Fun Day" with my kids. So yes... I know... my challenge is still what it is... a challenge.

Then we spent the weekend up north camping and gold panning again.

So, the only exercise I did was climbing up and down the steep hills of the East Swift river where we gold panning. The trail going down the river is my improvised "eliptical exercise equipment" and the bucket of concentrate and sluice are my weights which I carried up and down that hill.

But I did eat a healthy meal because I had an improvised kitchen where I was able to cook stir fried veggies.

And I have not checked my weight. I hate them.

Monday, June 14, 2010


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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Back to the Challenge... but not totally!

WEEK TWELVE: [For the review of the previous week... CLICK HERE]

So I did take a break from the Challenge. My Bad!

Well, I have some issues with camping... relaxation... adventures... outdoor activities... and all sort of synonyms associated with "vacation"

So if you noticed... I didn't have a BLWC post last weekend. I totally forgot about it because of the Memorial Weekend that I spent with Hubby up north.

One reason that I can think of is... I did enjoy camping and gold panning with Hubby. I did have a little work out or sweat it out a bit because we did a little hiking up the mountain and down the river several times a day in two days straight. But I bet whatever I lost I gained it back because I enjoyed grilling and cooking at the camp. hehehehehe

Perry Mountain at the distance.
The trail I climbed up and down going to the river.

Another trail going down the river.

The calm Swift River

Swift River where we dredged dirt from the river floor.

Another reason could be... the Challenge totally slipped my mind so I didn't do anything except for the 45 minutes workout I had on the treadmill when I went to the office to bring the check payments I received from parents.

And lastly... my weighting scales are acting up. The old one is totally messed up and the new one looks like not accurate [or I just can't accept the fact that I totally gained weight again].

Here are the photos of the old scale where I stepped on at an interval of 1 minute.
Notice that I am wearing the same jammies.

Here is the photo of the new scale that I bought.
Notice that the number went up drastically after a minute.

I think I was scammed. The new scale is broken. I weigh heavier. I think I want to keep the old scale even if it is acting up because I weigh less in it. hahahahahaha

Nevertheless, the Challenge is still on... even if it has to take a lifetime!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

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