"In The Bag"
I love this photo because my two best girls are in it and my favorite vine. I do miss the Westie on the left, Nikki, who passed away last October, three weeks before her thirteenth birthday. The one looking right at you is Lily. She loves spending as much time in the garden as I do. I had to put this photo in because it shows the Wisteria vine in full bloom. It was taken last year at this time. It's grows bigger every year. It's in bloom at this moment. Everything is in bloom, filling the yard with a beautiful fragrance.
Here it is Saturday, the week went by quickly. Sunday will be my last day to host this "in the bag" Fresh Diet Contest. Jodi M. Z. will take the reins on Monday.
Just because it's the weekend, don't take your eye off the prize, and start reaching for the chips and dip, or go looking in the freezer for the ice cream. You were instructed to throw or give all this stuff away. You want to shrink that waistline and slenderize those hips. Most of all, you want to ditch the unhealthy fare and treat your body to wellness. The Fresh Diet will do this for you effortlessly.
I was looking forward to this breakfast of CANADIAN BACON & YELLOW PEPPER OMELET with WHOLE WHEAT TOAST. I can never pass this one by. The omelet was tender and the yellow peppers were so fresh and juicy. I just love the taste of peppers, I used to put them in everything! It adds so much flavor. The lean canadian bacon added pizzazz, and who doesn't like bacon! This omelet doesn't only look appealing, it was scrumptious!
SMOKED TURKEY SALAD with ARTICHOKE HEARTS, SHREDDED CARROTS, BABY LETTUCE & TART CHERRY VINAIGRETTE was my lunch choice. I'm sincerely addicted to TFD's salads. The greens are always fresh and crisp as are the veggies. The artichokes adds a gourmet flavor. This salad had smoked turkey, which is salty. I would have preferred pieces of roasted turkey instead. I'm not a fan of salt. Regardless, I enjoyed this salad with the tart cherry vinaigrette. I'm a big fan of cherries!
This PINEAPPLE COCONUT MUFFIN was meant to be Sunday's snack. I grabbed the wrong one. Tomorrow I'll have the one meant for today. It was very moist and tender. I love the combination of pineapple and coconut. It had a piece of pineapple on top and coconut flakes inside. I usually cut the muffins in half and grill them but today I tried it heated in the micro instead, for about 10 seconds to warm it up.
This snack brought me back to memories of ma mère, she always made us muffins every friday morning before sending us to school. As a kid I would slather peanut butter and honey on them, sometimes jam or jelly. We looked forward to fridays.
I never gained weight as a kid because we had a long walk to school every day. In fact, we walked everywhere we went. When I turned sixteen and worked every summer and on weekends, during the rest of the year, I had a job that was a good 4 miles away that I walked to. I loved going to the library, which was in the middle of downtown, across the Merrimack River. That was quite a walk including the bridge.
I enjoyed this dinner of VEGETARIAN MEATBALLS with ROASTED PUMPKIN and SWEET BABY PEAS. The first thing I did was sprinkle a little pumpkin pie spice to the roasted pumpkin. I love it that way! Reminiscent of you know what. The sweet baby peas were perfect. I had never tried those meatballs before today. I was pleasantly surprised. They were very moist and filled with chopped veggies. I could see corn, carrots, celery, and onion; I'm not sure if I detected seeds too but I thought they were rather tasty and I found them very delightful.
Of course, I never tire of cheese cake and this one was PEAR CHEESE CAKE. It wasn't fluffy like yesterday's but it was smooth and creamy. I think yesterday's was fluffier because of the banana in it. I savored this one. I tried not to eat it in front of my westie, but I think she has a distinct sharp scent for cheesecake. She found me in the sunroom and just sat there right in front of me and every other bite or so, she did this little funny hop of hers. This, I'm sure in dog language means, "Hey, it's my turn. That bite was mine." When she saw I only had one bite left, she suddenly jumped on me and tried her best to snatch it as it was making it's way to my mouth, the little devil. I was faster!
She followed me into the kitchen. I know she thought I'd give her my empty plate, so she could get any crumbs I had left...as if! I ended up giving her the empty container. She was busy with that thing for a long time. This is turning into a habit!
Tomorrow is the last day that I'll be on your back, cracking the whip. I'm just teasing again. TFD is so easy to stick to. Just look at all those meal photos on this entire blog and it makes you want to eat your screen. I believe Jim, of The Fresh Diet, said that of one of my photos, once.
Continue to drink at least two quarts of water and do some exercise that are fun to do. Let me know on Sunday if your "in the bag".
See you Sunday, and we'll have a good time then.