You know how some people get reeaalllly bored of drinking plain water even though it’s part of their “get healthy” plan? That’s how I feel about using the same salad dressing day in and day out. So when I was asked to try out four different salad dressings from Kraft, I said Send em’ on over!
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I’m going to tell you right of the bat that I’m not exactly the best cook. Don’t get me wrong, I love to make food.
So awhile ago I tried to make cheesy chick biscuits. I started by mixing all the ingredients in the bowl and the likes, but after that it all went down hill.
I rolled the batter out and it stuck to the wax paper I was using.
Then I realized that we didn’t have any cookie cutters, so I just said “cookie cutters are like SO sixty-five million years ago.” And that’s how cheesy chick biscuits turned into cheesy blob biscuits.
I then sprinkled them with grated cheese (most of which I’d all ready eaten) and put them in the oven.
A while after that mom told me to check on them in the oven. So that’s what I did, and when I opened our magical box of domesticated fire, all the cheesy blob biscuits were sizzling, hence the name sizzling cheese balls.
Despite the horrible appearance, they tasted pretty good.
Stella is my 10-year-old daughter and on Saturdays, I let her rent this space from me because she thinks blogs are cool. It is her hope that her writing will appeal to kids her age as well as to the adults who read here too. (For the intro to Saturdays with Stella, click here.)
(Keep reading if you’d like to try this recipe yourself …. )
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When I told you about my New Year’s Resolution, I also said I’d tell you how I planned to achieve it. I have three steps in my success plan.
#1: The FitBit
My goal is to hit 8,000 to 10,000 steps a day. So, naturally, I needed a way to track how many steps I’m doing. For this task, I chose a handy dandy gadget called a FitBit (I bought the “Ultra” now replaced by the “The One”). I had been eyeing this fancy version of pedometer for a while now and Tatiana, who is a reader here and fellow blogger over at Renaissance Daze, really inspired me to finally make the leap and get one.
It cost $99. And here’s why I love it: it’s easy, easy, easy to use! You clip it on your waistband or bra at the beginning of the day and that’s it. You don’t need to do anything else. It will wirelessly download your progress and send you updates by email now and then. (However, if you love charts and tracking and all that jazz, like Dani does, then this gadget will make you doubly happy.)
The sad reality is that my desk job, commute, and home life result in only about 3,000 steps a day. Having an easy way to track my progress throughout the day with the FitBit is remarkably motivating.
What is it about the turning of the clock that makes us want to change ourselves? Well, perhaps not “change,” but improve or enhance. I think it must be the feeling of “starting fresh.” Like all dieters tend to do by starting their diet on a Monday rather than, say, a Wednesday.
I am a failure at resolutions. I’m not being self-deprecating. This is a fact. I know this because I recorded my 2011 New Year’s Resolutions here on the blog. These resolutions weren’t even newly professed — they were things that I had committed to doing in 2010 already during the year and still hadn’t managed to succeed at. (This is certainly a downside of keeping a public weblog — your successes and failures are out in the open for all to read.)
I don’t want to shock you or anything, but I’ve expanded my cooking repertoire beyond Bananaberry Bomb muffins to now include a quinoa salad. That keen-noa, people. Don’t make the same mistake as me and go around called it key-no-ah for at least a year before figuring out that you’re pronouncing it all wrong!
For a while, I’ve been trying to sway the household into eating quinoa instead of pasta and rice, but with only limited success. However, this salad has pushed them over the edge into quinoa-lover territory. They just rave about it! (Or maybe it’s just that they are trying to be encouraging?)
I find it a bit of an effort to make, so I always do a double batch and then I have lots to take into work for my lunch during the week. If you’d like to try this recipe with your family too, it is from The Looneyspoons Collection. It’s very filling — and healthy too!