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This is maybe the easiest and tastiest way to have shredded chicken on hand for Taco’s, Quesadilla’s, Enchilada’s, Nacho’s, Taco Pizza, Taco Salad, Omelets or just to eat out of the bowl! Top a bowl of this with a bit of cheese and light sour cream and I am good to go!

I can’t remember who first told me about this recipe? I know a lot of my friends make it, and everyone loves the fact that it IS so easy and you can use the chicken for so many different meal ideas.


4-6 Frozen Chicken Breast

1 (24 oz) Jar of Salsa

1 Packet of Taco Seasoning (I like to use Homemade Taco Seasoning)


Put the frozen chicken breast in the crockpot. Add the salsa and taco seasoning and cover.

 Cook on low 6-8 hours.



 Remove the cooked chicken breast from the juices and shred them using a couple of fork’s.

They pretty much fall apart anyhow. I told you it was easy!



Put all of the shredded chicken back in the crockpot with all of the juices and give it all a good stir.



1 oz. of cooked Shredded Chicken = 1 PPV.

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I’m Living in a Land of Pumpkin!!!! Literally!


I’m not even kidding. This happened to me last Fall as well, and I just went Pumpkin Cray Cray!! I want pumpkins all over the house, I want pumpkins in the yard, on the deck, in the kitchen, in my food and in my latte’s!! I am dreaming Pumpkin!

It’s just through early December people, then I’m all cinnamon, and I’m good until the following Fall……I think. I’ll Pumpkin Ponder that.

Okay, let me go back to Thursday. Wait, really Wednesday. Wednesday when I stepped on the scale at home, it said 154. I bout fainted. Must be a fluke. 155 just knocked at my door LAST Friday, so I knew that it couldn’t be real. Thursday morning, 154 at home again. I put on this pair of shorts that fits, but fits snug at 157. They felt really good and I had JUST washed them, so I knew it was true. Ahhhhhh. I felt awesome! I ate great throughout the day, drank lots of water, got my exercise in and followed all the rules. I was kicking ass and taking names. I was “ON”. 

Thursday night. On Thursday night I was getting together with a few of my girl friends from High School and really looking forward to it. We have been much better about getting together lately and I have really been enjoying it. There were five of us that night and we have all known each other since the 7th grade, some even before that! So you can imaging the story telling and the laughs and the memories we all share of “first” experiences and sneaking out and school sports and spring break trips and just so many good stories. We started at the kitchen table with awesome appetizers…..Honey Crisp Apples (I could eat them all day long), chips with homemade salsa, and an awesome cheese platter with sausage and grapes. I mostly stuck with the apples and grapes, and enjoyed a few bites of the salsa with a couple of chips. I drank tons of water as well. Then there was the cheese. Ah, glorious cheese. It’s a trigger food. Damn the cheese. It was so creamy and rich.



and you guys… paired well with the wine…..




…….which I only had a glass and a half of, and I was completely satisfied with that, but I’m quite certain I overdid on the cheese, but gosh darn it, that was some really good cheese. Did I say I liked the cheese?

I brought Butternut Squash Chili for our entree. It seemed to be a hit. I found this recipe last year on Pinterest, and even Mike liked it when I made it last year, so I knew, even though there is no Pumpkin in this, it was keeper.



Then we all went outside and sat around the fire-pit. More stories. It was an awesome and perfect Fall night with good friends. 

Friday I weighed in. 156. Damn that cheese!!! I think I can flush all the salt out by tomorrow. No worries.

Then……I spent the entire day on Friday cleaning. Fall cleaning? I guess. The windows opened and the stereo cranked up! I’m doing it again today. I can’t believe I am spending two entire days of this beautiful Fall weather, cleaning, and not outside watching a Football game, or at a City Market, but it just feels good to be home and not have to be hurrying around going anywhere. (Mike’s on a golf trip, and due home tonight)

While cleaning, I had to take a break. A Pumpkin Break, that is. Your surprised? I found this Sugar Free Pumpkin Pie Coffee Syrup last year at World Market, and you know we fell in love with one another. This week, I discovered they also have Pumpkin Pie flavored sauce! What?


Here’s my morning love for this Fall Season. Breakfast Blend coffee, just a tad of Pumpkin Coffee Syrup, frothy milk and a drizzle of Pumpkin sauce. It’s heaven, for pumpkins. (well, and me.)


I may have been on Pinterest while sipping on my coffee, and came across this idea…..



um, okay.

So, I did.



Yes, that is a pumpkin cookie made with those two items. Cake mix and canned pumpkin.




I melted 1 T. of butter and lightly brushed the tops while they were warm. I made 50 (1″ size) cookies, and used the 1 Tablespoon of butter for all of the 50 cookies.





Then I mixed 2 packets of Truvia with a little bit of cinnamon.



I sprinkled that on top, then added a dusting of powdered sugar.


1 Cookie = 1 PPV



Then I immediately put some on a few paper plates and distributed them to other homes!!!!




All while smelling my Pumpkin Candle. I said PUMPKIN PANDEMONIUM, didn’t I???



Here are Friday’s eats….


Breakfast – FREE SAMPLES at the WW Meeting!!!!





Snack – Grande Nonfat Latte with 1 Splenda and 1 Pump of Pumpkin Spice







Lunch Butternut Squash Chili, in a “Pumpkin” colored Bowl! I can’t stop myself!!!!


Dinner….again Butternut Squash Chili. Yes, it’s just that good.




Refresh…I can eat 26 points a day.

I can earn Activity Points by doing exercise, and eat them if I choose.

I have an allowance of 49 points that I can dip into if I chose.

I should drink a minimum of 6 (8 oz) glasses of water each day.


The food I ate and it’s PPV


Breakfast = WW Crackers (2)

Snack = Latte, Banana (3)

Lunch = Chili with avocado and chips (8)

Snack = Pumpkin Cake Cookies (6)

Dinner = Chili with avocado (5)


Total = 24


Today’s Exercise = Friday’s are my day off.


How many glasses of water I drank today = 12

Activity Points Earned Today = 0

Activity Points Earned This Week = 0

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 49

Alcohol consumption = none, and the entire time I was baking, I was wanting to sip on wine. Do they make Pumpkin Wine??????

Hey look! Pumpkin Beer!!!!!

It’s from Last Year. You think I should toss it? How long is beer good? It’s never been in my fridge for that long…….




Saturday morning, I made Pumpkin Oatmeal for breakfast! I’ll tell you all about it Monday morning!


 Have a PamPumpkinPastic Day!



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Better’n Peanut Butter

June 25, 2013

Have you tried any of these?

I can’t remember the last time I bought regular old Jiffy or Peter Pan. The one in the middle is the one I eat the most. I like it on toast, waffles, pretzels, pancakes, bananas, apples or on just about anything.
On a spoon is good too!
One Tablespoon = 1 PPV.

The other flavors are also 1 PPV for 1 T.
I recently discovered the Chocolate, and it’s certainly no Nutella, but I do like it. It’s my sweet treat once in a while, but it seems to satisfy me without over doing it.

I was shopping yesterday to restock, and discovered the Banana flavor. I can’t get enough bananas. (I actually didn’t buy any this week because I felt I was eating a few too many.) I haven’t tried it yet, but I’ll let ya know what I think. Maybe I should mix it with the chocolate!?!?


Breakfast Number 2!!!

The Greek yogurt just didn’t stay with me like the Egg Whites and fruit do!
(These are actually Southwest Egg Beaters)




I was craving a Burger and Onion Rings, and this totally hit the spot!

Refresh…I can eat 26 points a day.
I can earn Activity Points by doing exercise, and eat them if I choose.
I have an allowance of 49 points that I can dip into if I chose.
I should drink a minimum of 6 (8 oz) glasses of water each day.

The food I ate and it’s PPV

Breakfast = Greek yogurt, Coffee with Milk (4)
Breakfast = Egg Beaters, Cheese, Apple (2)
Lunch = Fruit, Mixed Greens, Carrots, Red Onion, Grilled Chicken, Salsa (2)
Snack = Almonds (3)
Snack = WW Mini fudge Bar (1)
Snack = Turkey Burger Patty (4)
Dinner = Loaded Turkey Burger, 80 Calorie Bun, Cheese, Baked Onion Rings, Cucumber Tomato Onion Salad (11)

Total = 27

Today’s Exercise = None.
My hips actually ached. I may not do my 7 mile walks two days in a row. Maybe I do 7, the next day 4 or 5, then the next day 7???

I meet with my personal trainer today, so I am looking forward to finally getting some exercise guidance!

How many glasses of water I drank today = 8
Activity Points Earned Today = 0
Activity Points Earned This Week = 21
Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 42
ALCOHOL consumption = NEGATORY!

A little humor for the day!!
This is so me!
I found it on Pinterest, then realized Tess Pinned it!
I’m certain she had me in mind when she pinned it, the little stinker!


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Did you know that…….

…….a light multi grain English Muffin counts as a Weight Watchers power food?
Yip, It do.

and…………it has…..
5 grams of protein and……..
8 grams of fiber, and…….

It is 3 PPV.

Just a reminder. WW power foods are fruits and veggies, nonfat dairy, lean proteins and whole grains. These foods help you to feel fuller longer.

“Power foods are determined by both their ability to be filling (provide eating satisfaction, which keeps you fuller longer) and their impact on health (how their sugar, sodium, saturated fat, total fat, and/or fiber content stack up against that of similar foods).” Weight Watchers

If you fill your daily menu with Power Foods, you are certain to have success!

Protein is key for me in feeling fuller longer. I have been asked why I always eat egg whites.

One Egg has 6 grams of Protein and is 2 WW PPV.

Four Egg Whites have 16 grams of Protein and is only 1 WW PPV.

So…….because I eat eggs often, and I would like to keep my cholesterol at a healthy number, I choose egg whites most often.

I do, on occasion, enjoy a whole egg, and I do love the taste of the yolk.

Here is breakfast……

4 scrambled egg whites
1 slice Kraft 2% Reduced Fat Sharp Cheddar Cheese (torn into pieces)

Cover for just a sec………

The best creamy and cheesy eggs ever!
And only 2 PPV!

I ate late…..around 9:30, and I knew I wouldn’t be able to eat again until about 3:00, so I loaded up!

Toasted English Muffin with Pumpkin Butter (4 PPV)
Eggs and Cheese (2 PPV)
Pineapple and Banana (0 PPV)

Tons of food for 6 PPV!

I am working at the Food Truck, Beauty of the Bistro, on Wednesdays, and The Boom Boom Tacos are one of my favorites!

I brought them home today for lunch, then I disected them to see just how many PPV I thought they might be?

They are pulled pork, with slaw, salsa and a buttermilk yummy goodness on top. I may be over guessing a bit, but I am calling each taco 8 PPV.

I decided to not eat the tortillas, and dumped the best part into a bowl!
10 PPV

No regrets!

I don’t know what happened for dinner, but I wasn’t hungry. It was weird.

I shared some Green Giant veggies with Mike.

Then I thought I would try some Pineapple and cottage cheese……..never had it together……won’t have it again. I didn’t hate it, I think I just prefer my cottage cheese with tomatoes and cucumber mixed in, rather than fruit.


I made the Pumpkin Poppers again. This time I tried really hard to take them from 3 PPV to 2 PPV.

I got them to 1 PPV!

This is the original recipe with my modifications in parentheses.

1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. allspice
1/8 tsp. ground cloves
1/3 cup vegetable oil. (I used 1/3 C lite applesauce)
1/2 cup brown sugar (I used 1/4 C Splenda Brown Sugar)
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 cup pumpkin
1/2 cup milk

For Coating
1 stick unsalted butter, melted (I used 2 Tablespoons)
2/3 cup sugar (I used 1/4 Cup of sugar)
2 tbsp. cinnamon (I reduced this to taste since I used less sugar)

Preheat oven to 350 F and spray mini muffin tins with non-stick cooking spray.

Combine flour, baking powder, salt, and spices in a bowl and whisk until combine.

In another bowl, mix oil, brown sugar, egg, vanilla, pumpkin, and milk. Pour in flour mixture and mix until just combined. Fill mini muffin tins until almost full and bake 10-12 minutes.

(I do not follow the instructions below. I barely dipped the top in melted butter, then lightly dip it in the cinnamon/sugar.)

Melt butter in small bowl. Mix sugar and cinnamon in a separate small bowl. After popper cool for a few minutes, dip them in the butter and roll them in the sugar mixture. Enjoy. ๐Ÿ™‚

1 Pumpkin Popper = 1 PPV!

Combine Dry Ingredients….

Combine wet ingredients…..

Mix together!

The original recipe….I think…..calls for 24 mini muffins, but I stretched it into 30 mini muffins.

Let them cool and dip away……..but just a tiny dip!

Aren’t they cute?

I actually melted 3 Tablespoons of butter, but poured out what was left over into a Tablespoon, and there was extra!

I think they taste great!

Perfect Fall Treat!

I had to freeze some so I don’t eat them all…………

Refresh…I can eat 26 points a day.
I can earn Activity Points by doing exercise.
I have an allowance of 49 points that I can dip into if I chose.
I should drink a minimum of 6 (8 oz) glasses of water each day.

The food I ate today and it’s PPV.

Breakfast = 6
Lunch = 10
Snack….(poppers) = 4
Dinner = 4

Total = 24

Activity Points Earned Today = 0
Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 26
How many glasses of water I drank today = 12

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Apple Sandwiches

July 24, 2012

This is a great way to get your “Apple A Day” in with a little fun!

Slice your apple so you have four good slices.

Core the apple and fill a Tablespoon with your favorite Spread! Peanut Butter, Almond Butter, Laughing Cow Cheese Wedges, or this ridiculously delicious new Trader Joe’s find, Cookie Butter! You can also add raisins, any other dried fruit, granola, nuts or drizzle honey on top!

I think they’re super cute!

Why would a kid say NO to this??

YOU determine the points by YOUR toppings!

Apple Sandwiches

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I have several items listed in the post. Everything from 1 PPV to 5 PPV. I hope you find something new that you LOVE!

Organic Low Sodium Vegetable Broth.

So versatile!

1/4 – 1/2 Cup = 0 Points

Use this in place of Beef broth or Chicken Broth. Use it in place of water for your taco meat. Sauce veggie in it!

Cookie Butter
Dangerous and Delicious!
1 T. = 2 PPV
Eat on toast, waffles, pancakes, apples, pears, or tortilla!
Eating right out of the jar, NOT RECOMMENDED!

Sprouted Wheat Bread
1 slice = 1 PPV
This bread is super dense and full of flavor. Love it! Makes the best toast and egg white sandwiches!

Chicken Meatballs
4 Meatballs = 4 PPV
Sure, you can eat these with pasta and sauce, but how about chopped up in you salad? Or on a low calorie wheat bun and make your own Grinder?

Ingredients: Bananas
I think you just eat them out of the bag? They have a chewy texture much like a raisin. I love bananas and was super curious when I saw them on the shelf.

GoLean Crunch
1 C = 5 PPV
This is not a Trader Joes only product, but I did buy it there, and I buy it all the time. I don’t buy cold cereal anymore. It’s one of those foods I had to give up. But I use this in an way I would use Granola. It’s high in fiber and high in protein! I like to eat it dry in a baggies for a snack, on top of smoothies for a little crunch, or on apple slices with peanut butter.

Cliff Kid Z Bar
Honey Graham = 3 PPV
Chocolate Brownie = 4 PPV
Iced Oatmeal = 4 PPV
You just EAT em!

Luna Bar
1 bar = 5 PPV
Eat em up!

White Corn Tortillas
1 tortilla = 1 PPV
I prefer these over flour tortillas when eating tacos.

Lite Mozzarella Cheese
1 oz = 1 PPV
It was awesome on the pizza and I only had to use 4 oz. for the entire pizza.

Unsweetened Vanilla Milk
1 C = 1 PPV
It is a great milk alternative.
I like to cook my oatmeal in it for a little extra flavor and creaminess.

1 T = 2 PPV
Honey is great on a lot more things than just a biscuit!
Waffles, toast, PB sandwich, in your tea or oatmeal!

Better n Peanut Butter
1 T. = 1 PPV
I love this stuff and it has come my complete Peanut Butter replacement.
This is the Low Sodium, and I love that I have that option!

Steel Cut Oats
1 C = 4 PPV
Not Trader Joe’s brand, but it’s where I buy this.
Check out this recipe for Crockpot Oatmeal.

Those are just a few of my favorites! I would love to know some of your favorite Trader Joe’s finds!

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July 7, 2012

A serving size is 2 Tablespoon’s and 2 PPV.

1 Tablespoon = 1 PPV.

You can read all about it here.

Basically, it is a Peanut Butter Powder. You mix it with water to make peanut butter! I actually have not done this, but I do Love it in a smoothie!

You can also buy it in Chocolate.

I buy this at HyVee.

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Turkey Sausage

July 4, 2012

The serving size is 3 sausages. 3 of these are 3 PPV.

1 Sausage = 1 PPV
I like to make one and cut it up and toss it in my scrambled egg whites. I’m just looking for a little kick to breakfast when I eat these.

I also like to heat up one in the microwave, slice it into three slices, and put it on an egg white sandwich. I get lots of sausage flavor, a taste in every bite, and only 1 PPV.

Occasionally on a Sunday morning, I will cook two small new potatoes in the microwave. Then I dice them up and cook them in a skillet with a little cooking spray and some chopped onion. After thats all brown and crispy, I add two or three chopped up Turkey Sausages, and six egg whites. After it is all cooked, I top with a little shredded cheese, remove from the heat, and put a lid on the top for a minute or so to melt the cheese. This makes an awesome Sunday Breakfast for Mike and I. I always put some fruit on the side. This makes a huge breakfast forย 5 toย 7 PPV, depending on how many sausages you use, and your cheese and potatoes.

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These are super creamy!

1 PPV.

They really are MINI! But yummy too!

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I use this as fruit dip ALL the time. I like to add a dash of cinnamon and eat with apple slices.

It’s light and refreshing and sweet! Taste more like pudding than yogurt to me!

A serving size on the package is 1 Cup for 3 PPV.

1/3 Cup = 1 PPV.

1/3 Cup is plenty for a snack with some fresh fruit.

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