Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

Hello? Spring? Are you out there? If someone has seen Spring, please send it my way. I'm so over this Winter. The kids were out of school yesterday because of freezing rain in the forecast. I guess it was a good call since we did end up having some ice sticking in some places. Better safe, than sorry, right?

This casserole is a perfect cold weather dinner. It's comfort food at its finest! I love how rich and creamy it was. The recipe made enough for us to get two dinners, plus a lunch for TC out of it. It takes a little bit of prep work, but it's definitely worth it!! 

Here's the recipe:

Servings: 8
Points+: 9

8 oz uncooked pasta
4 T. light butter
3 T. flour
2 c. skim milk
3/4 t. salt
1/4 t. black pepper
8 oz. 2% Swiss cheese, either shredded or torn into pieces
1/3 c. FF sour cream
2 c. chicken breast, shredded
6 oz. lean cooked ham, diced
1/4 c. bread crumbs
1/4c. reduced fat Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9" x 13" baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Cook pasta according to package.

Meanwhile, melt 3 T. butter in medium saucepan. Add four and stir until mixed. Gradually add milk and whisk until smooth. Add salt and pepper and mix again. Add Swiss cheese. Stir until cheese has completely melted in.

In a large bowl, combine pasta, chicken, ham, sour cream and cheese sauce. Stir until all ingredients are incorporated. Spread the mixture into baking dish.

In small skillet, melt remaining butter over medium heat. Add bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese. Stir for 1-2 minutes until lightly browned. Sprinkle this mixture over casserole.

Bake casserole for 30 minutes or until lightly browned on top. Enjoy!!

This is definitely a winner-winner chicken dinner! Add these ingredients to your grocery list and make it soon! You won't regret it!

I hope you all have a great day!

So long for today...

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Weekly Menu Plan & Fitness Recap {2/22}

Hey, hey everyone!! Hopefully, you are all either thawing out or getting ready to. Our cold weather has passed. Yesterday was a really nice day. Today is supposed to be another warm one, but could rain. Either way, it's a lot better than the freezing temps that we had last week, so I'll take it! We decided to finally clean the rest of the stuff out of the old house this weekend. We are hoping to sell it soon, so fingers crossed everything works out. Needless to say, it's been a busy weekend on our end. But it'll all be worth it!

Here is what we have planned for the week:

Menu Plan:
Sunday - Grilled Hamburgers
Monday - Grilled Italian Chicken
Tuesday - Tacos
Wednesday - Spaghetti & Meatballs
Thursday - Chicken & Biscuits Casserole
Friday - Grilled Turkey Brats
Saturday - Leftovers/Contingency Day

Fitness Recap:
Yesterday was what I would call an active rest day. I didn't get a formal workout in, I was very active with all the moving, so I don't feel guilty about not working out.
Sunday - 21 Day Fix Cardio Fix
Monday - 21 Day Fix Cardio Fix
Tuesday - 21 Day Fix Full Body Cardio
Wednesday - Rest
Thursday - Zumba
Friday - 21 Day Fix Upper Fix
Saturday - Rest

Our garage is now piled high with boxes and will stay that way until we get TC's garage/workshop/storage building built. In the meantime, it might be a great time to have a garage sale!

As usual, I'm linking up with Mommy Run FSt and Jill Conyers for the link-up. I hope you all have a great week! 

So long for today...

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

An On-Plan WIAW {2/18}

Happy Ash Wednesday everyone!! I'm not Catholic myself, but I do have friends and family that are. So, just a meat today!

I'm pretty excited that I remembered to take a picture of every.single.thing.I.ate on Monday so that I could put together a WIAW post to share with you all. This was from an on-plan day, too. Even though I had way too many indulgences over the weekend, I still managed to have a one pound loss from last week. I'm not sure I really deserved the loss, but I'll still take it!!

Here's how my day in food looked from Monday:






Total points for the day put me right at 26! I also got in my workout for the day, too! I'd call that WeighhWatchers success!! I love a perfectly on-plan day!!

I hope you all have a great day. Stay warm wherever you are!

I'm teaming up with Peas & Crayons for another WIAW today. Join in if you can!!

So long for today...

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Weekly Menu Plan & Fitness Recap {2/15}

Happy Sunday from the road. We are headed home after a fun weekend in Waxhaw. It was Addison's first time roller skating and I think it was a success! 
Sorry for the blurry picture. It's hard to get a good iPhone picture of a moving target when you're also a moving target. I  think she did pretty well. We might even take her to our local skating rink for her to try again. We'll have to see.

There was lots of food eaten this weekend as well. 
It's always good to share...

Here's what I have planned for this week:
Menu Plan:
Sunday - Lasagna Soup
Monday - Crockpot Chicken Fajitas
Tuesday - Bubble-Up Pozza Casserole
Wednesday - Cream Cheese Chicken Chili
Thursday - One Pot Cheesy Pasta w/ Smoked Sausage
Friday - Leftovers
Saturday - Contingency Day

Fitness Recap:
Sunday - 3 mile run
Monday - Rest
Tuesday - 21 Day Fix Upper Fix
Wednesday - 21 Day Fix Lower Fix
Thursday - 21 Day Fix Pilates & Zumba
Friday - 21 Day Fix Dirty 30
Saturday - Rest

I ended up taking an extra rest day this weekend. But there was too much fun to be had to take a break for a formal workout. Skating counts, right?

Have a great week everyone!

So long for today...

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Thinking Out Loud {2/12}

Thursday, Thursday, Thursday. Here we are again. It’s been another busy week with a lot going on in the Southern Living Yankee household. You all know that we are trying to sell our house. In addition, I’m also trying to sell the townhouse that I bought when I first moved to South Carolina. It’s been rented for a while, but I’ve decided that it would be best to go ahead and try to sell it. The equity that I have in it would really help us out with a couple of the projects that we have planned for our new house. The tenants aren’t being very cooperative with letting agents show the property, which they previously agreed to be. So, I made the tough decision to give them their notice to vacate. Luckily, I have a management company that is handling everything for me. I’ve been told that they aren’t very happy about the notice. But to me, it wasn’t a personal decision. It was a business decision. I need to look out for my family. They are my priority. ANYWAY, sorry to put this all out there, but it’s been weighing on me this week and taking up a lot of my thoughts, so I thought I would share.

Another thought this week…I’ve changed my Weight Watchers plan again. I had been trying to follow the Simply Filling technique, but it just wasn’t working for me. I wasn’t having the loss that I typically have when I finally buckle down to try to lose my weight. I couldn’t figure out what was going on. I was following the SFT and I was exercising most days of the week. I was really confused as to why I wasn’t seeing a change on the scale or in my measurements. Then I went ahead and calculated the points that I would have been using if I would have been tracking. I found out that I was way over. Personally, I’m not able to eat all of my daily points, plus my weekly points, plus any activity points that I earn. The light bulb finally went off and I realized that the best thing would be to go back to tracking points. I’m halfway through my second week and I’m liking what I’m seeing on the scale. After much thought, I’m going to stick with tracking. It’s what has worked for me in the past and I have confidence that it will work again for me. 

I'm also trying to up my water intake. I was talking to a friend of mine about my frustrations and she asked me if I'm drinking enough water. Unfortunately, no. I wasn't. So I'm hoping to change that, too.

This weekend is going to be a challenge for me. We are going to see my cousins and will be spending the weekend with them. They are lucky enough that they don’t have to worry about their weight. They’re both extremely active and are able to stay thin. So they tend to have what I would consider to be indulgences in their house. I’m going to be one of “those” people that bring some of my own food with me. I realize that some people might think this is extreme, but the bottom line for me, is that I have a bridesmaid dress that I need to fit into in less than 3 months. So I need to do what I can to stay on plan! I just hope they’ll understand!!

Sorry for the random thoughts for today. But my mind is going in a lot of different directions and this is what I came up with today. Thank you again to Running with Spoons for this week’s link-up!

I might get another post up, but it might not be until Sunday, depending on how busy we are. Either way, I hope you all have a great weekend!

So long for today…

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Baked Red Velvet Donuts + WIAW

Happy Wednesday everyone! I hope you're all having a great week. It's chilly again here. I got my Spring fever over the weekend when it was up into the 70s and lots of sunshine!! That always happens and makes me ready for Spring even more. Of course, it's back to reality and back to the cold nights and chilly days. It's still pretty sunny though, so I guess I can live with the cooler temps.

I thought I would combine my WIAW post with a recipe for you all. These donuts are what we had for breakfast in Sunday.  For some reason, I get obsessed about Red Velvet everything around Christmas and Valentine's day. Is anyone else like that? What's funny, is that before I moved South, I'm not sure I ever had red velvet anything!! I didn't know what I was missing!! Another one of my (not-so-new) obsessions is baked donuts. Who doesn't like a pretty baked donut? I mean, it looks good and isn't really that bad for you. I saw these donuts on Pinterest a couple of weeks ago and knew that I had to make them when we were closer to Valentine's Day. Sunday was the perfect day for this. They were absolutely delicious and even taste good a couple of days later. Since Valentine's Day is on a Saturday, I think these would be perfect to make for breakfast-in-bed!! 

Here's the recipe:

Baked Red Velvet Donuts
Servings: 12
Points+: 4

1 c. all-purpose flour
1 t. baking powder
1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 c. sugar
1/4 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
pinch of salt
1 egg
1/2 c. applesauce
2/3 c. skim milk + a T. apple cider vinegar
1/2 t. vanilla extract
1 red food coloring

For the cream cheese frosting:

1/8 c. light butter, softened
1/8 c. light cream cheese, softened
1/2 t. vanilla extract
1 c. powdered sugar
milk (Start with just a couple of tablespoons. I ended up adding a good bit more to make it pretty fluffy)
sprinkles to decorate

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a donut pan with non-stick spray.

In a mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, cocoa powder and salt. Stir to combine.

In another (larger) bowl, combine egg, applesauce, milk and vanilla. Stir until well incorporated. Add food coloring and stir until distributed. Slowly, add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir just until mixed.

Spoon batter into donut pan. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until donut is springy to the touch. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

Meanwhile, beat the butter and cream cheese together until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and powdered sugar. After this has been mixed, add in enough milk until the frosting is the consistency you want.

After the donuts have cooled, you can frost them and add the sprinkles.

These things were so good! Camden even had one and a half!! Definitely worth trying!!

Have a wonderful day!

So long for today...

Recipe adapted from Eat Drink Love

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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Weekly Menu Plan & Fitness Recap {2/8}

Happy Sunday everyone!! I hope you're all having a great weekend! We have been keeping busy as usual. Nothing major, but just trying to run some errands and get things taken care of.

We had a beautiful day here today and tomorrow is supposed to be just as beautiful and a little warmer. I can't wait!! I've been doing pretty well with both my eating and exercise. I was pretty frustrated with last week's WI, so I realized that I needed to make some changes to what I was doing. I'm going to do a post about that, so stay tuned.

Thanks again to Mommy Run Fast and Jill Conyers for hosting the link-up.

Here's this week's plan:

Menu Plan:
Sunday - Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole
Thursday - Bubble-up Pizza Casserole
Friday - Out of Town
Saturday - Out of town

Fitness Recap:
Sunday - 3 mile run
Monday - 21 Day Fix: Cardio Fix
Tuesday - 21 Day Fix: Dirty 30
Wednesday - 21 Day Fix: Yoga Fix
Thursday - 21 Day Fix: Total Body Cardio
Friday - Rest
Saturday - 3 mile run

I'm hoping to (once again!!) keep the motivation going and see the scale move in a downward direction.
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Thursday, February 5, 2015

February 2015 Goals & Thinking Out Loud {2/5}

Hey there everyone! This week has been a busy wee for me and I'm so happy that it's almost over. Busy weeks definitely go by so much faster! I've had a lot on my mind this week and thought it would be a good day to do a Thinking Out Loud post with Running with Spoons.

I've told you all before that I'm a very structured person. I'm always planning something, too. Whether it's a big event, next week's meals or something else. I've always got something that I'm working on. I'm also pretty goal oriented. After reading Ashley from Coffee Cake and Cardio's post about her February goals, I thought maybe it would be a good idea to start making some monthly goals of my own and share them here to help me to be more accountable.

I'd like to have a few different types of goals that I work on. I think that Home, Blog and Myself goals are a good place to start. I'm going to stick to just three for each category for my first month and go from there. So here we go:

- Do our taxes - this is pretty self explanatory, right?
- Move holiday decorations to the attic - we have a few storage totes of holiday decorations that really need to be moved to the attic. Sounds simple...
- Make & hang frames quotes in dining room - I have an idea for a couple of decorations for the dining room. I really hope they turn out and I'll make sure to share them with you!


- share 2 new recipes
- write and publish a post about doTerra - I've really started incorporating these amazing oils into my everyday life and I'd really like to share my experience with them with you.
- Research adding ads to the blog - I'm thinking about starting to turn this blog into a little side business for myself, but I really don't want it to get to the point where it feels like "work" so I'm going to look into my different options for this.

- Get my hair cut. - I'd like to go a little shorter with my hair. I already have an appt for this, so it shouldn't be a problem to cross off the list!
- Read 1 book - I love to read but don't do it enough. I'd better get started on this one since it might take a little while!!
- Start using some kind of paper planner - Yes, electronics are nice. But there is something nice about having a paper planner where I can write things down to keep track of my thoughts and ideas.

I'll come back to these at the beginning of March to give an update about how I did and to share my new goals for next month with you!

I hope you'll bear with me while I decided how I want to do this. I'd love it if you would share some of your goals with me, too! What do you have planned for February?

So long for today...

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

A Simply Filling WIAW

Hey everyone! Happy Hump Day to you all! I hope you're having a great week! We're halfway there everyone!!

I thought I would share some of my recent eats with you since I've been following the Simply Filling Plan with Weight Watchers...


I've mainly been eating eggs with eith a whole grain English muffin or some steel cut oatmeal. Although, I have been thinking about having some yogurt instead of the English muffin or oatmeal to try to up my protein intake a little more.


Lunches have been a little bit of this and that. I usually have some chicken or turkey with a potato, sweet potato or brown rice and some steam green beans.


Dinners have been similar to my lunches. I have some kind of protein (usually grilled) with a potato or some kind of whole grain. The great thing about this is that I try to make enough to have some leftovers for a lunch or two later in the week.


I usually snack on fruits or veggies and popcorn or yogurt. All of these things are Simply Filling friendly as long as you're picky about which ones you have.

Honestly, I haven't been that happy with the Simply Filling plan. But I'm hoping to explain why and share my new game plan with you in the next couple of days.

I hope you all have a great week!

So long for today...

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