Thursday, June 30, 2011

Rice Noodles with Peanut Sauce

This is a cold pasta salad and it is really tasty!! This makes 4 servings and the serving size is 1 Cup. It has 425 Calories (155 calories from fat) 17g fat (sat. fat 3g) cholesterol 0mg sodium 770 mg carbs 60g fiber 5g protein 11g.

8 oz rice stick noodles
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon grated gingerroot
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/2 cup vegetable or chicken broth
1 cup shredded carrots (1 1/2 medium)
1 small red bell pepper, cut into 1/4 inch strips
2 medium green onions, sliced (2 tablespoons)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, if desired

In 3 quart saucepan, heat 2 quarts water to boiling. Break noodles in half and pull apart slightly; drop into boiling water. Cook uncovered 1 minute; drain. Rinse with cold water; drain.

In small bowl, beat peanut butter, soy sauce, gingerroot and crushed red pepper with wire whisk until smooth. Gradually beat in broth.

Place noodles in large bowl. Add peanut butter mixture, carrots, bell pepper and onions; toss. Sprinkle with cilantro.

**Next time I make it, I will add more fresh veggies. It was great but I felt like I wanted more of the veggies.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Malibu Slush

Got this one from my friend, Sara. And, oh, we drank a lot of it Saturday night!

Large bottle of Malibu Coconut Rum (she got a different and cheaper brand and it tasted great)
6 pack of 7-up
Favorite fruit juices, frozen (we used a couple of frozen juice concentrate tubes)

Pour a can of 7-up into the blender. Add 1 cup of ice, 5-6 oz of Coco rum and 2-3 tablespoons of your favorite frozen juice. Blend well. Makes 2-3 large glasses.

We used more ice and slightly less rum. It was wonderful.

Getting Back on Track (6.20.11)

Hello! I have had a busy couple of weeks---June 12 I helped host a bridal shower for my good friend (the bride) as I am one of her bridesmaids. It was nice seeing all of my high school friends again. I really have missed them. That week, I spent a lot of time catching up with old friends and family. Thursday the 16th I went shopping with my mother and her friend. We visited a lot of different quilt shops around eastern Iowa. It was a great day! I bought a lot of stuff (bad), but I'm planning on making some purses to sell soon (good!). Friday I drove back to my apartment and caught up on cleaning and laundry. Saturday I went to my someday-future-sis-in-law's birthday party. We had a great time. We played some yard games, ate out at a mexican restaurant, and had a bonfire. Oh, and we drank....a lot. Here is the link for the Malibu Slush that we had. It tasted SO great! Sunday, Ian and I drove back to my parents' house for Father's Day. We spent the afternoon with my parents, my sister and her husband and baby boy. Later in the day we visited my grandparents and then drove back to our apartment.

Today is Monday the 20th. I caught up on some homework this morning. This afternoon I am hoping to get some sewing done and I may venture to the grocery store later on.

What I really wanted to blog about is that I am trying to get back on track with my diet. I went a little out of control these last couple of weeks and I really need to be better about the food I am eating. This morning I did my Tae Bo video. I just had lunch, which is the only thing I have eaten today, and it consisted of fat free french dressing, home-grown mixed green salad, strawberries, and one little slice of cheddar cheese, shredded. myfitnesspal website (add me) says that the amount I ate equals about 150 calories so I think I will be good if I eat a reasonable supper.

I will try to update regularly about how my exercise and diet is going.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Failure. (6.8.11)

So, I have not been posting everyday like I wanted to.

Last week, I was very busy - I played with my baby nephew a lot, visited my grandparents and stayed overnight in their camper, went shopping, hung out at my parents' house, and visited my other grandparents to look at old pictures. It was a great week. I came back to my apartment on Saturday. I cleaned and bought groceries that day. Sunday we saw X-Men. It wasn't great and it wasn't terrible. I spent a lot of time over the weekend hanging out with Ian and shopping. I bought a bigger seat for my bike, but I haven't installed it yet. I also cleaned up my bike and took it for a ride. It still works even though it is around 14 years old!

Monday and Tuesday I caught up on homework. I spent a lot of time doing this. I should have been working a little everyday, instead of saving it all for the last minute. I also started sewing some more purses.

Today is Wednesday. I am going to do some homework, even though I am caught up through the end of the week. I would like to get ahead. I am also going to go shopping at Joanne Fabric and Michaels for some sewing/crafting supplies. I have to run a few errands as well.

That pretty much wraps up my week!