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First, there’s just about everything on the Food Network.

Then.. there’s the stuff on the Travel Channel.  Man V Food.  Bizarre Foods, Bizarre Foods America, all those Worlds Greatest whatever food, all those Anthony Bourdain shows about traveling and food…

Food.  Food.  Food.

It’s no wonder I’m gaining way too much weight!

It’s all I want to watch right now.

Food, and those reality shows on TLC, but that’s for another blog entry.

All the food television makes me crave whatever I watch.  If steak is the feature, I’m craving a steak badly.  If it’s a sandwhich on the TV, I’m calling Hubby to bring home a nice, hearty sandwhich.  If it’s burritos, you better believe Hubby is hitting up the 24hr Mexican place down the street to get me a good California burrito (the ones with the fries inside.. mmmm).

I know I should just avoid all food television, but I just can’t.  It’s like an addiction.  I NEED to watch it.  I NEED to eat it afterwards.

I think I NEED help… 🙂

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For the first part of February, I will be counting down my 14 loves  until I get to February 14th.  This is a great way to get back to blogging daily again, and a way to make Valentine’s Day worth it this year!

I love Starbucks, but Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf more…

I love coffee.  If I could, I’d drink coffee everyday.  But since we are trying for another baby, and coffee every weekday usually leads to headaches on the weekends, I haven’t been drinking any caffienated drinks.  This slight obstacle doesn’t stop me from making frequent visits to Starbucks.  I love that they have oatmeal for breakfast and sandwiches and salads for lunch.  If Coffee Bean was more accessible, I’d probably go there for their tea lattes. 

I love that Starbucks has their rewards system.  I love that Starbucks has an app to pay.  I love how convenient Starbucks likes making my life.

I go to Starbucks so much that M even knows the logo.  It never fails that every time we see the logo she exclaims, “Starbucks!”

Yup.. I love Starbucks!

I weighed myself this morning…

136.4 lbs

I’m almost there.

I have to admit that battling this cold has helped a lot.  My appetite is very minimal.  My meal sizes are considerably smaller.   I do get full much faster.

I’m definitely NOT fighting it.. I’m letting be.  If I want to eat less, so be it. 

Chasing after the toddler helps too.  We dance around.  It’s a mini-workout.   My weight training comes from carrying her when she asks me to..

I started the year at 143.2lbs.  Sometime during the year, I went up to about 151.0 lbs. 

Now, I will end the year at around 136lbs.  I’ve got a little over a week left of the year, maybe I can bring it down to about 135lbs.

My goal is to be at about 130lbs. 

I’ve pretty much gotten down to my pre-prego weight.. YAY!

Before the pregnancy, depending on my eating habit and activity, I would weigh anywhere between 128-133, maybe even 135 during times I really let myself go..

I still plan on getting down to 130 lbs…

My jeans feel so much looser, hindsight being 20/20, I really shouldn’t have gotten rid of ALL my pre-prego jeans.. I just never thought I’d get down this far..

I probably WON’T buy smaller jeans unless they look really bad.  It’s only because I know baby #2 is a strong possibility this coming year and I don’t want to buy smaller jeans only to wear them for a short time. 

I do want to enjoy my goal weight for a while before I get pregnant again…

I’m almost there.. almost there.. just a little bit more!!!

How was your Easter?

I’m hoping yours was a Blessed Easter Sunday.  Ours was.. well.. interesting..

Everything started on Saturday.

We went to a picnic at the Admiral Baker park.  There was to be an Easter Egg hunt for the kiddos, so we went.  Harmless enough.

The food was abundant, as to be expected when hosted by a bunch of Filipinos.

There was one food there that I have a personal rule about.  Kare-kare.  Due to previous experiences, and the little known fact that this food, although super yummy, has a reputation of spoiling really fast, I always make sure NOT to eat it unless I know it’s been freshly cooked.

I didn’t make sure of how freshly cooked this dish was, but I assumed that since the picnic had just started, everything would be ok.  So I ate it.  Hubby ate it.  My parents ate it.

Shortly after, my father in law asked us if we ate it.  Yes, we did.  He was worried.  He told us that he just had to throw it out because it was starting to show signs of being spoiled.  Oh no!!!

We were hoping that we had eaten it just before things went south and that we hopefully wouldn’t get sick! 

So.. the party went on with thoughts of doubling over a toilet in the back of our heads.. but we didn’t let it phase us.  No no no..

They were preparing for the Easter Egg hunt when I noticed M starting to get a little sleepy.. Since the egg hunt was in about a half an hour, I decided to let her take a quick little cat nap..

However, by the time they were ready for the egg hunt… she wouldn’t wake up!  So I told Hubby to take her anyway, grab about 4 or 5, and we’ll do it at home..

So here’s Hubby:
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We got a couple eggs, then the hosts of the picnic decided to do a Senior’s Egg Hunt, so my father in law grabbed M about 5-6 more eggs.  So much for M’s first real Easter Egg Hunt…

We left the picnic feeling very confident we avoided the food poisoning of the spoiled kare-kare.. so much so that we went down to National City and had halo-halo with ice cream on top.. went to Costco and ate cheese and salami.. and then had cheese and salami sandwhiches for dinner!

 Then.. Hubby started to complain about his stomach.  Suddenly he was in and out of the bathroom.

Then.. my mom..

My dad and I thought we were pretty luckily.  While the two of them we starting to feel the effects, he and I were just fine. 

Wrong!

Much later into the night, my stomach started to turn.. and into the bathroom I went. 

My father, into the wee hours after midnight, was making his run into the bathroom.

This went on for the good part of Easter Sunday.  So much so, that we had to put M’s potty outside of the bathroom in case one of us was in there when she needed to go.

Needless to say, we didn’t get to go to Easter Mass.  M didn’t get to wear her fancy Easter dress.  We missed out on a yummy Easter brunch with the family.

Well… luckily, we’re all ok now.  I’m able to go to work and I think I can eat food again. 

The best part?!  I lost THREE pounds!!!

Hope your Easter was happy and blessed!

M has this facination with eggs.

Whenever we ask her what to eat, she’ll say “egg.”

In the future, when she askes me what her first sentence was, I’ll say:

“Go, ah eet egg.”
Go, I eat egg.

Yup, at seventeen months, her first documented four word sentence that was understandable and made perfect sense was, “Go, I eat egg.”

Of course, I made her eggs that morning, but the little booger didn’t eat it!

In fact, whenever she asks for eggs and I make them, she will only eat a few bites and the proceed to spit the rest out.

Yet, she continues to ask for eggs.

Oh, the joys of toddlerhood..

Every night, it seems like a battle.

Every night, it’s getting harder and harder.

Every night, it’s a question of will she or won’t she?

Every night, it makes me a little anxious and stressed out.

Dinner time.  Yes, dinner time.

M used to be a great eater.  She ate anything you put in a bowl and into her mouth.  She would eat a lot too.  She had the greatest appetite.

Ok, so she still has a great appetite, and when she likes what she’s eating, she’s a great eater..

But the reign of the pickiness is totally beginning.. sixteen months and she’s telling me what she wants to eat..

When did she get a mind of her own?

The other night, Hubby brought some food from his parents house.  I haven’t been cooking lately so I can finish the Save The Dates for my friend. 

It was good food, yummy filipino food. 

M wasn’t having it.

She’d either keep her mouth completely shut and turn away from me, or I’d get it in her mouth and she’d immediately push it out with her tongue.

So frustrating, but there was no changing her mind.  I tried everything. I tried to pretend feed her little princess toy that was with her, I tried to pretend-feed Elmo, I tried to pretend-feed the Fresh Beat Band she was watching on TV.

Nothing.

Thank God for frozen bags of peas and hot dogs..

We quickly heated and chopped up a hot dog, cooked up some frozen peas.. and she LOVED it!

She ate almost all of it..

I asked my mom about whether I should be doing that, or make her eat what we initially had.  She said that at this age, I should just cater.  I guess she has a point.  She’s a little too young to realize what I’m doing, but smart enough to know what she wants and doesn’t. 

All I know is that she can’t live off hot dogs and peas.. so I need to figure out more foods to cook that I know she will like..

Any suggestions and/or recipies?!

When I first moved to SD, I remember writing a blog post about how to manage grocery shopping, meal planning, and stuff like that..

It’s been about two years since then, and while I thought I had it under control, evidently, I don’t.

For awhile, we were buying a lot of perishables at Costco, but realized that we were throwing so much food away because it would go bad before we could make a dent in the stash..

We decided that we’d go grocery shopping for veggies and other perisables about once a week at a regular grocery store.  We’d plan what foods to make for the week and then buy accordingly.

Even THAT is proving difficult.

We were at the grocery store on Saturday.  I could NOT figure out what I wanted to make for this week.  It’s hard to decide on food ahead of time.

There are just too many options.  AND it’s hard to think about food when you aren’t hungry!

Maybe it’s because I’m a working mom, that I’m having such a hard time with this.  I just wish we could come up with a better system that doesn’t require a daily trip to the grocery store to get the veggies that I need for dinner that night.

I’m all for the freezing of cooked meals to have for future use, but since we don’t have a big freezer, we have no room for storage..

Any suggestions?!

Little M has been wanting to assert more independence lately.

She’s been wanting to feed herself more and more. 

We can’t really get through a meal if she doesn’t have her own spoon in her hand.  She wants to be a part of the feeding festivities.  The more she practices, the better she’s actually getting.  For the most part, it really depends on the food she’s eating, but she can actually get a piece of food onto her spoon and carry it to her mouth without spilling.

She gets so proud of herself when she does it!  I love that look of accomplishment she gets on her face.

She even tries to feed me or hubby.  I think it’s because she sees us feeding her all the time with a spoon that she feels the need to reciprocate the action.  I love it.  Such a sweet girl!

Feeding herself is messy.  I’ve taken to laying a cut-open trash bag underneath her highchair to catch the food she drops.  It’s also a pain to clean it off her lap, and her clothes usually go straight to the hamper.

It would be so much easier to just feed her and keep things clean.

But she’s learning.  She’s exploring and developing this new skill.  I can’t get mad at the spilled food.  It’s part of her learning process. 

I just make sure she isn’t spilling the food on purpose, or waving her spoon around carelessly.  I’ve also had to teach her that she shouldn’t bang her spoon against her plates.  While the sound may be fun to hear, it makes a mess and it could be dangerous if she hits herself or someone else in the process..

I’m so proud at what this little girl has accomplished.  She’ll be 15 months tomorrow and she’s done so much in so little time.

My baby is growing up so fast..

Venti Latte with Classic Syrup.

Every morning.

5 days a week.

Can you believe I spend about $5 a day on a cup of coffee every morning?

And it’s Starbucks!  I’m actually a Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf girl.

Ok, so I have their gold card.. and after 15 drinks I get a postcard for a free drink.. but that means I have to spend $75 before I save $5!

I’m spending $25 a week on coffee.. that’s roughly $100 a month on a cup of coffee..

That’s $1200 a year on coffee!

Holy smokes!

Ok, something’s gotta change.. but I needs my caffiene. 

I’m already saving a lot of money by bringing in my lunch than eating out all the time.. so.. why not be frugal about my coffee?

My workplace provides coffee in the breakroom.. so I might as well start using that..

It’s not great coffee.. but it’s free.  And I really only need it for the caffiene.  And I don’t have to wait in long drive-thru lines..

I started this on Monday.  So far, that means I’ve saved myself $15. 

Maybe I’ll treat myself to Starbucks once a week.. or once every two weeks.

We’ll see how this goes.

I started introducing Little M to non-baby food stuff sometime last month or so..

Now.. she’s starting to lose interest in fully pureed baby foods and desires foods with more texture and stuff she can “chew” on.

Granted, Little M has no teeth, so I can’t really give her a lot of dry and hard type foods… but she loves white bread (it just melts in her mouth) and those little Gerber puff snacks..

She chews like an old man.. hahahahah!

I also have been cooking food for her.. it’s mainly been soupy foods.. but she seems to just LOVE them..

I just refrain from using fish sauce (patis) when making my dishes for her.. and being Filipino, I love my patis.. but I don’t think she’s ready for that quite yet..

Most of these foods start with chopped onion, garlic, and a good amount of water. 

Then I add a chicken thigh, or a few pieces of stewing beef. 

I also add a pinch of salt to taste.  The salt is totally optional as I know lots of parents don’t really like adding salt of a baby’s food.  But I think salt is ok.. it’s just a pinch to taste anyway.. and our bodies need a little Na+ and Cl-.. in moderation.

After those main ingredients, you can pretty much put whatever you can boil into it..

The other day, I did chicken, chayote squash and miswua noodles..  you can find chayote squash at any grocery store, and I usually find miswua noodles at asian stores.

I pretty much boil chicken until the chicken flavor infuses itself into the broth, then I add the squash and noodles and boil it til the squash is totally mashable..

I’m not one for measurements.. I’m a terrible recipe giver.. I just go with what looks right.. maybe I’ll take a picture next time..

When serving it to Little M, I cut the chicken into superfine pieces.. it’s almost like mashing it with a knife or fork.. it’s small enough for her toothless mouth, but not totally pureed.. I also mash the chayote.  The miswua noodles become soft enough that mashing isn’t required, but if i do make sure that they are in short pieces instead of long noodles..

She LOVES it. 

I’ll try to write more postings about some of the foods I make for Little M.. and if anyone has any recipes for me, please feel free to share!


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