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Nutrisystem Day 14

nutrisystemOn day 14 and down 13.4 lbs. The sushi caused a one pound set back that took two days to come off but this morning I was more than happy to get on the scale and see that even though I had 4 captain and diet cokes last night at a hockey game that I managed to lose 1.6 lbs!

So now that I am two weeks into it I have tried a good selection of their food. The Delcious, the okay and the omg what in the hell is this.

The Lasagna falls into the what in the hell were they297x220LasagMeat thinking category. I LOVE lasagna, even like crappy frozen lasagna is good… but this is just bad. First let me say beans do not have any business on the same plate as lasagna. It wasn’t the vegetable lasagna I got but the meat one that had pinto beans in it. It had a thick brownish red sauce that was just unpleasant and it was over all the worst meal I have had since being on the plan. I can promise you that I will not be ordering it again next month.

297x220_TurkeyDressingA meal that I really enjoyed was the Turkey and Gravy for dinner. It tasted great my only complaint it it did not look ANYTHING like the picture. The turkey is sliced, but the stuffing is far from dry and fluffy. Its all in a little container, Turkey, Gravy and Stuffing. So everything is covered in gravy. Not a huge deal its going to all end up in the same place anyways but its almost impossible to lay out nicely on a plate like show. However I will be ordering this one again, its delicious!

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The Turkey and Sausage Pizza has been one of my favorites so far. It tastes like a Tombstone pizza. Its one of Nutrisystems frozen entrees and its yummers. It really took care of the craving that I had for pizza. Next time I might add some Jalapenos to it to add a little spice. I have added three of these pizzas to next months order. You can make it in the oven or in the microwave.

297x220_FrZ_HamAndCheeseOmeletMy favorite breakfast meal so far has been the Turkey Ham & Cheese omelet. This is another one of Nutrisystems frozen meals. Once you nuke it in the microwave the egg is still moist and everything is just awesome. Low in calories and totally fills you up! Kind of sad I only ordered one for this month, however I really didn’t have high hopes for it but it really exceeded my standards.297x220ChickenPenneAlfredo

The Chicken Alfredo is another meal that should be put on the WTF were they thinking list. The Alfredo really has zero flavor and the noodles are slimy. I ended up soaking mine in hot sauce in order to choke this one down. I have another one in the cupboard waiting for me and I have yet to be brave enough to put myself through it again. It was just a slimy mess. Ew…

There are a few downs but lots of ups on the nutrisystem. I’m totally seeing results, my jeans are fitting better, I wore a vest the other day that  I couldn’t zip up before, and my wedding ring is actually loose!

Starting on the plan I was at 247 lbs, this morning I’m at 233.6 lbs.  My short term goal is to get under 200 lbs, my long term goal is to get to 145 lbs. I know I normally blog about product reviews and such but I will be honest, as much as I love the free loot but I’m getting a bit burnt out on it. SO you may see my blog being more about my journey as well as about stuff I’m passionate about such as crafting and parenting. I’m sure I may lose some readers but hopefully I gain some along the way and inspire at least one person to jump on and start there own journey to a happier and healthier lifestyle.

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Review: Gummy Bear Candy Mold

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I was sent a Gummy Bear Candy Mold through Tomoson to review. It makes 50 Gummy bears and comes with a liquid dropper in case you are wanting to make little bear jello shots. Made of FDA approved high grade Silicone they are easy to clean and easily releases your little bears. The mold creates the “normal” size gummy bears that would buy at the store. You can purchase it on amazon for $10.99

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Review: Kitchen Cookery’s Salt and Pepper Grinder

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  • HIGH QUALITY STAINLESS STEEL AND GLASS GRINDER SET WITH MODERN DESIGN This salt and pepper grinder set features a top of the line non-corrosive hardened ceramic rotor core that won’t corrode or absorb flavors. It also includes stainless steel pillar, spring, screw, and cap not plastic like other ones.
  • MODERN AND ELEGANT DESIGN We made our design with you in mind. Every salt and pepper grinder is free of bulky logos and branding. The sleek design allows for kitchen-to-table use. The grinder is on top for convenience and function with a few effortless twists.
  • MAINTAINS FRESHNESS OF YOUR FAVORITE SPICES Your spices stay firmly closed with the stainless steel sealing lids that keep your spices from moisture and dust. The placement of the grinder on the top leaves your table or counter free of undesirable residue. Created for a variety of spices including all types of salts and peppercorns. Providing you with fresh spices for all of you meals.
  • EASY TO ADJUST, CLEAN, AND REFILL Very easily adjusts from fine to coarse with just a twist of the nob. It has a wide mouth and large body so it is easy to clean and refill!

 

I personally love them. I think they look great, super easy to use and a fantastic larger size, so no need to constantly refill them. they sell on Amazon for $17.95.

 

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Review: Biotin Bursts

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What if I said having beautiful skin was as easy as taking a bite?  NeoCell Biotin Bursts have a high beauty nutrients in a soft gourmet chew. Each chew is low in sugar and calories.

So what is Biotin? Biotin is an important B vitamin that promotes healthy hair, skin and nails as well as energy support. This high potency formula supports the metabolism of proteins in the body creating a natural energy and luxurious hair, strong nails and beautiful skin.

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Review: Stainless Steel Salt and Pepper Grinder Set


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I was sent this beautiful salt and pepper grinder set through Tomoson to review. Made by Moments Kitchenware this set has a clear glass body and a stainless steel top that will surely bring a bit of class to your kitchen table. They are built to last as they have a ceramic rotatory mechanism to perfect the grinding of your spices. You are able to adjust the mechanism so that you can get the flavor and coarseness that is right for you and your family.

They stand at nearly 7 inches tall and each hold about a 3/4 of a cup of salt crystals and peppercorns. Easy to refill and beautiful to look at. Priced at an affordable $24.99 these would surely look wonderful at your holiday table.

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Treat: 50 Recipes for No-Bake Marshmallow Treats

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  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter (August 11, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804186855
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804186858
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.7 x 7.3 inches

Just how many ways can you make a rice crispy treat? Apparently the answer to that is at least 50!

Treat by Stephanie Banyas leads you on a fun and funky journey of 50 No bake, delicious marshmallow treats!

The chapters are as follows:

  • Marshmallows
  • Updated Classics
  • Candy Store Favorites
  • Fruity Sweets
  • Chocolate delights
  • Holiday & Celebration Treats.

This book really steps up your game on these back of the box treats. You will learn how to make your own homemade marshmallows and flavor them and even scent them! You will find easy Untitledto follow directions and beautiful full color photographs for delicious recipes like:

  • Buckeyes
  • Caramel Salted Treats
  • Mint Treats
  • Potato chip treats
  • Gingerbread treats
  • key lime pie treats

To pick up this book and make your own yummy treats you can find it here on Amazon.

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Review: Einkorn Recipies for Nature’s original wheat

  • UntitledPaperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter (August 4, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804186472
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804186476
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 9 inches

I was sent this book through blogging for books. Not having ever heard of Einkorn before I decided to do some research.

Per Wikipedia:  Einkorn has a higher percentage of protein than modern red wheats and is considered more nutritious because it has also higher levels of fat, phosphorus, potassium, pyridoxine, and beta-carotene. In contrast with more modern forms of wheat, evidence suggests the gliadin protein of einkorn may not be as toxic to sufferers of coeliac disease.[10] It has yet to be recommended in any gluten-free diet.

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Chapters include:

  • From Wild Einkorn to wheat of today
  • working with einkorn
  • breads & crackers
  • quick breads & breakfast
  • cookies & cakes
  • Pies, Tarts, Pastries & pudding
  • pizza pasta & savory main dishes
  • street food

The Recipes are easy to follow and the photographs are sure to make your tummy growl. If you are interested in digging into the world of Einkorn Recipes of Natures original wheat you can find it Here on Amazon where it sells for $12.82 and paperback and kindle versions!

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Review: Spiralizer with a Twist


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Spiralizing veggies is a pretty big deal right now. You can look it up on pintrest and see thousands of different recipes however if you don’t have a spiralizer it can make these recipes pretty tricky and knowing where to start can be super intimidating. So What is the spiralizer? Its a handy dandy took in the kitchen that you can feed in fruits and veggies and have great strands, noodles and curly q’s come out.  You can use the Spiralizer on:

  • Zucchini
  • Butternut Squash
  • Sweet Potato Squash
  • Carrots
  • Cucumber
  • Potatoes
  • beets
  • rutabaga
  • kohlrabi
  • parsnips
  • Jamaica
  • egg plant
  • apples
  • pears
  • onions
  • And  LOTS More…

really the possibilities are endless. I look forward to making Onion tangles like you get at restaurants but a healthier baked version, or a spaghetti using squash noodles!

  • Spiralizer with a Twist is the Perfect Kitchen Gadget for you!• Turn Firm Veggies into “Pasta” Dishes
    • Perfect for preparing Low carb, Vegan, Raw and Gluten-free diets
    • Make Meals Fun and Irresistible for Kids and Guests with wholesome Vegetables
    Features & Benefits

    • Create Strands of Vegetable Noodles or Floras
    • Ready to use Ultra Sharp Stainless Steel Blade and High Grade Food-Safe ABS plastic
    • 1 Julienne size of 3.5x5mm Noodles and 1 Floral Spiral
    • Easy to clean, using the FREE Cleaning Brush provided- Top Rack Dishwasher Safe
    • Includes a FREE e-Book (Electronic Book) with Spiralizer Information and Recipes

 

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Review: Ice Ball Maker Mold by BAR-KRAFT®


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So since having my son I can say that worried about having a diluted whiskey is not at the top of my things to worry about.

But I did figure out a pretty fun cool thing to do with these awesome ice ball makers.

So think of it as a fun pretty way to infuse your water. You could put lime and mint in them, orange slices, Kiwi etc. OR.. think about this…. 3ef9b751d0100f31f48a0988c65bda10

You could make little smoothie balls with them. We have been making LOTS Of soothies at our house and this is a great way to make them and store them, just pop a few out and stick in your cup, maybe add some water and slush it around and BAM quick smoothie! I’m a pretty big fan of these.

You can purchase this ice sphere maker here on Amazon for $9.50.

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Friday Favorites #3

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This weeks Friday Favorites theme is fun kitchen gadgets that I have found around the internet…

#1 Pastry Icing Piping Bag Nozzle Tips Fondant Cake Sugar Craft Decorating Pen SetDecorating pen Read the rest of this entry »

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