MAMAVATION MONDAY – MY FEET WILL THANK ME FOR IT

Today I had to make a very difficult decision. It’s Black Monday. I was all geeked up to go online and but these awesome furry boots. They are adorable. I would look AMAZING in them. Buying them is stimulating the economy, right??? But, I’m also on a budget.

Instead of feeding my shoe fetish, I came to my senses and registered for the Team Ortho Get Lucky 7K that happens in March. I’ve only got so much money and I couldn’t do both. I hope the boots find a good home with some other fashionista.
At least, this way the money goes to a good cause. The race is organized by Team Ortho and they work to improve and enhance the lives of orthopaedic patients by supporting research, education, and advancements in orthopaedic technology. They also promote good muscular, skeletal, and joint health by encouraging an active lifestyle. The shoe store only promotes its awesome collections of furry leather-clad pieces of heaven.
And I’ll get this awesome sweatshirt for finishing the race in March, so my closet won’t go totally unfifilled.

Also, this week I changed my SparkPeople account to tighten up my calorie count a bit. I’ve let the holidays get to me and the added discipline will do me good. I’ve still got a pound to loose of the 2 pound gain that I picked up pre-Thanksgiving, so while I’m at it, I’ve decided to try and 5 pounds all together to give myself some added breathing room.

I feel much more at peace with my decision to pay for the race instead of the shoes. Those furry boots probably would have hurt my feet anyway.

MAMAVATION MONDAY – I GOT CAUGHT BY THE "DID NOTS"

I gained two pounds in the last two weeks. Two pounds doesn’t sound like much. In fact lots of things weigh more that 2 pounds. Dumbbells, bags of flour, my winter boot. But after losing over 50 pounds and keeping it off for over a year, I’m not trying to go back.

It’s my fault. I did just about everything wrong last week. I ate out too many times and did not plan my meals ahead. I did not log my food like I usually do. I did not keep away from the alcohol. I did not work out. I did not drink enough water each day. I din not get enough sleep. And the end result of all those “did nots” – TWO GIANT POUNDS. Somebody smack me.
Now I’ve got to get back on track. Thanksgiving is next week and now more than ever I’m determined to keep things in check during one of the biggest overindulgent holidays of the year. I also don’t want to ruin it for the family, so I’m continuing my quest for recipes makeovers that my whole family can enjoy.
We’re loading up on the veggies and greens this year. Including the slimmed downed version of our family favorite Collard Greens. They can be really great for you and have. ton of vitamins and antioxidants. But it’s easy to ruin the benefits by seasoning them with greasy Ham Hocks or fatty bacon. This year, I’m using the steamer and turkey bacon instead to get rid of the unnecessary calories and fat.
I’ve also included an updated Sweet Potato Pie recipe. I’m not crazy enough to think I an get away without having pie, but I can shave some undesirable fat and calories off the darn thing. This version that I found in Fitness Magazine cuts out the butter, sugar, and whole milk and focus on the Sweet Potato, which is actually good for you.

This week, I plan to pile up the “dids” and leave the “did not” for someone else. Enjoy.

Sweet Potato Pie

Makes 12 servings


Ingredients
Low-Fat Crust

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons chilled oil (canola or olive oil)
1 extra-large egg white; lightly beaten
1 1/2 teaspoons vinegar, either white wine or apple cider
Ice water as needed

Sweet Potato Filling
16 ounces sweet potatoes, baked till soft, with skins removed
4 egg whites
1/2 cup sugar or Splenda
1 1/4 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon cloves
12-ounce can evaporated skim milk

Directions
To make crust: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix flour and salt in a medium bowl. Carve a small well in the middle of the flour and add chilled oil to it. Mix with fork until dough is crumbly. Mix in beaten egg white and white wine vinegar. Using your hands, form dough into ball, adding ice water to the dough if it is still a bit crumbly. Dough should hold together well. Refrigerate until very cold (1/2 hour). Roll dough on a floured surface until 1 inch thick. Drape over 9-inch pie pan, being careful not to tear the dough. Trim off the excess pieces and discard. Bake for 7-10 minutes or until golden brown.

To make filling: In a medium-size mixing bowl, mix all ingredients. Pour into the prepared crust and bake at 350 degrees F. for approximately 30 to 45 minutes, until knife inserted in center comes out clean.

Nutrition info: 221 calories, 6g protein, 34g carbohydrate, 7g fat (1g saturated fat), 2g fiber, 125mg sodium

AND THE WINNER IS … MONSTER JAM TICKET WINNERS

Congratulations to Amber and Cindy
Thanks for commenting on my giveaway. They’ll be jamming this Saturday, November 13th
with 4 tickets each for the Advance Auto Parts MONSTER JAM.
If you didn’t win – don’t despair. Tickets are still available for purchase through Ticketmaster.com. Keep checking back here for more chances to win great tickets and prizes.

"Down On Me" – Keenan Cahill featuring 50 Cent from Chelsea Lately (Full Version)

This kid is hilarious. I hope my kid is this funny when he grows. Watch for the cameo from 50 Cent.  Side note… 50 Cent gives excellent hugs.  I know from experience.

MAMAVATION MONDAY – LEARNING MY LIMITATIONS

I’m getting back on the Mamavation bandwagon. Over the past two months, I’ve had a lot of things happening all at once.

(Deep Breath)
• We bought a new house, but it’s a foreclosure and needs A LOT of work.
• I booked a bunch of comedy shows between now and the end of the year.
• We put our 2 ½ year old Toddler Tornado into speech therapy hoping that his adorable gibberish will miraculously develop into English.
The hubs and I are so cute.
All while still having my day job and an ever mounting pile of laundry that looms in our bedroom like a giant evil monster. It never slows down. At first I was miserable even thinking about all the things I wanted to do – should do – couldn’t do. Everything. Then I got it together and just let some crap go.
The best thing I’ve learned over this really busy time is that I have limitations. I want to do everything: but I can’t. So I admitted that I should take a break from the Mamavation Sistahood. (Thanks Lori @gutimon for your patience.) I deferred my Half Marathon registration to next year’s event. I kept my expectations on our moving date in check. I let the laundry pile up and now our Todder can use it as a slide. Huzzah.

I’m more at peace now. I’ve managed to stay healthy mentally and physically.  I’ve realized that some things just take a while. They have to develop in their own time.To enjoy life you have to let things run their course and that course can be long and full of twists and turns.

Last November, I posted healthy versions of my favorite Thanksgiving. I really enjoyed it, so here we go again. We’ll start with a new Herb Stuffing recipe I’ve found. Yummm, I can’t wait for my house to smell like the herbs and spices in this awesome recipe. Please let me know what you think.
Have a great week Mamavation ladies. And I hope have some time to breath this week.

Herb Stuffing

Makes 12 1-cup servings


Ingredients
1 1-pound loaf whole wheat bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
8 ounces spicy or regular bulk turkey sausage (or purchase links and remove casing)
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
4 large stalks celery, very thinly sliced
1 large (10-ounce) red onion, chopped
2 large garlic cloves, minced
12 large fresh sage leaves, finely chopped (about 3 tablespoons)
3 cups natural, fat-free chicken broth

1/3 cup dried, sweetened cranberries

3 tablespoons unsalted butter

3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt, or to taste

Directions
Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Arrange bread cubes evenly on two large baking pans. Brown in oven for about 25 minutes.

In a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, cook sausage for 5 minutes, breaking into small pieces as it browns; place in a 9-by-13-inch baking pan.

Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add celery, onion, garlic, and sage. Lightly brown, stirring often, about 12 minutes. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, simmer broth, cranberries, and butter for about 10 minutes.

Add celery mixture, bread cubes, and cranberry broth to sausage. Stir until broth is absorbed. Season with salt to taste.

Evenly spread stuffing in pan; cover with foil. Bake for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake 10 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
Nutrition facts per serving:
Servings Per Recipe 12 1-cup servings
Calories199

Total Fat (g)9
Saturated Fat (g)3
Carbohydrate (g)25
Fiber (g)3
Protein (g)8
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

MISS SHANNAN’S MONSTER JAM TICKET GIVEAWAY

Next weekend is “Man Weekend” around here. While I’ll be off telling jokes, my husband, his little brother and his dad are taking our Toddler Tornado to the Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam happening at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, MN this Saturday, November 13th.
Our little guy is already a “gearhead.” We grabbed him some earplugs and we’re ready to take him to the Dome to see all the car crunching splendor.
Man time starts with the “Pit Party” from 2:00 – 5:00 pm . You can grab free passes to the Pit at participating Subway locations. With your Pit Party tickets you can get a closer look at some of the vehicles like Grave Digger, Maximum Destruction, Avenger and the rest down in the dirt. Then the big show starts at 7:30pm
I’m sad I’m not going along, because I am positive that our Little Man is going to LOVE Monster Jam. I’m sure he’ll be cheering and screaming the whole time. (On second thought, maybe I’m glad I’m leaving this outing to his dad. )
I can’t make it to Monster Jam, but you can. They’ve given me two Family Four Packs of tickets to give away, so you and your monsters can get in on the car crushing action.
Just leave a comment below saying why you want to take your “Monster” to Monster Jam and I’ll randomly select one winner to grab four tickets to Saturday’s event.
I’ll also select an additional winner to receive 4 tickets if they Tweet or Facebook about “Miss Shannan’s Monster Truck Jam Giveaway.” Include a link to this contest page and then please leave an additional comment below every time you post or tweet, so I know to throw you into the running. 

The contest is open until this Wednesday November 10, 2010 at 12:00 pm Central Time.  I’ll announce the winner here on MissShannan.com. and via Facebook and Twitter by 5:00 pm Central time.
For more information or to buy your own tickets Click Here. And for all my Monster Jam Fans. Comment away and good luck with the Gear Jamming Action.

TOO SOON FOR SNOW

I’m glad to be home from our gig in Detroit Lakes, MN. They’ve got snow on the ground up there already.

Not much, but right now ANY snow is too much for me. My brain hurts just thinking about it.

I’m wishing off winter. Anyone with me???

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