Recipe - Zero Point Homemade Chicken Sausage

Zero Point Chicken Sausage

1 1/2 pounds of ground chicken*
1 tsp poultry seasoning
1 tsp dried thyme leaves
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp white pepper
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (I also like red pepper flakes)
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/8 tsp ground cloves
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
**you can use whatever spices you like for sausage**

Put your ground chicken into a bowl that has a lid and set aside.  Mix the spice together in a smaller bowl and then sprinkle on top of your chicken, mix that really well getting all those yummy spices all mixed into the meat.  Put the lid on your bowl of chicken and let marinate in the refrigerator over night.

The next morning, when you're ready to enjoy, prep your non-stick skillet with a few sprays of cooking oil on medium heat.  Pat out your sausage into 16 patties, place in your hot skillet and cook sausage until completely (about five minutes on each side).

*you can grind your own chicken as well using two or three chicken breasts


WW & Eating Out Around OUR Town

Well good morning, today I did a little research about what to eat while out and about that has low points, I read a few blogs but they points are not adding up in my app (purple).  So I am creating this little cheat sheet, basically for myself - but if someone else wants to use it that is fine by me - and I am only adding in food because I don't drink any of their "fat" coffee drinks, soda or juice.  I have water or unsweetened tea.  And I am really only adding items that I would actually eat to this list, since this is---well, my list haha.

I'll start with DD & DB because they are the closest to me at work :) Starbucks is in the BUILDING.

Dunkin' Donuts & Star Bucks

DD Hashbrowns - 4pts
DD Ham Egg and Cheese Wake up Wrap - 5pts
DD Egg and Cheese Wake Wrap - 5pts
DD Bacon Egg and Cheese Wake up Wrap - 6pts
DD Egg and Cheese on English Muffin - 9pts
DD Plain Bagel - 9pts
DD Ham Egg and Cheese on English Muffin - 10pts

SB Classic Oatmeal (no toppings) - 1pt
SB Classic Oatmeal with Blueberry - 3pt
SB Ham, Cheddar and Peppers Sous Vide Egg Bites - 7pts
SB Plain Bagel - 8pts
SB Butter Croissant - 8pts
SB Bacon and Gryere Sous Vide Egg Bites - 9pts
SB Bacon Gouda and Egg Breakfast Sandwich - 10pts
SB Fig and Chicken Spread Sandwich - 13pts
SB Sausage Cheddar and Egg Breakfast Sandwich - 14pts
SB Roasted Ham, Swiss and Egg Breakfast Sandwich - 15pts

Chick-fil-a

0-5 points

Breakfast
Hash brown scramble bowl with grilled chicken (no potatoes) - 3pts

Lunch/Dinner
Grilled Chicken Nuggets (12) - 0pts
Chopped Egg Topping - 0pts
Fruit Cup (small or medium) - 1pt
Light Italian Dressing - 1pt
Buffalo Sauce - 1pt
Honey BBQ Sauce - 2pts
Regular BBQ Sauce - 2pts
Side Salad (no dressing) - 3pts
Chicken Noodle Soup (small) - 3pts
English Muffin - 4pts
Grilled Chicken Sandwich - 5pts

6-10 points

Breakfast
Egg White Grill - 6pts
Hash Browns - 8pts
Chicken minis (3) - 8pts
Hashbrown Scramble Bowl with grilled chicken - 8pts
Bacon, Egg and Cheese on English Muffin - 8pts
Greek Yogurt Parfait with-out Granola - 7pts (with granola 9pts)

Lunch/Dinner
Chick-fil-a Sauce - 6pts
Grilled Chicken Filet Salad (no dressing) - 6pts
Nuggets (8) - 6pts
Superfood Side (small) - 6pts
Waffle Potato Fries (small) - 9pts
Chicken Tortilla Soup - 9pts
Cobb Salad with Nuggets (no dressing) - 10pts
Mac and Cheese (small) - 10pts

11-15 points

Breakfast
Chicken Minis (4) - 11pts
Hashbrown Scramble Bowl - 11pts
Buttered Biscuit - 11pts
Chicken Biscuit - 15pts

Lunch/Dinner
Waffle Potato Fries (medium) - 11pts
Chicken Sandwich - 12pts
Spicy Chicken Sandwich - 12pts

McDonalds

0-5 points

Breakfast
Scrambled Eggs - 0pts
Egg White & Turkey Sausage Bowl - 5pts
Fruit & Maple Oatmeal (no brown sugar) - 5pts
Hash Brown - 5pts

Lunch/Dinner
Side Salad (no dressing) - 0pts
Apple Slices - 0pts
Bacon Ranch Salad with Grilled Chicken (no dressing) - 5pts
Southwest Salad with Grilled Chicken (no dressing) - 5pts

6-10 points

Breakfast
Egg McMuffin - 7pts
Fruit 'n Yogurt Parfait - 8pts
Sausage Burrito - 8pts

Lunch/Dinner
Chicken Nuggets, 4 nuggets - 6pts
Small French Fry - 7 pts
Hamburger - 8 pts
Artisan Grilled Chicken Sandwich - 9pts
Cheeseburger - 10pts
Caesar McWrap with Artisian Grilled Chicken - 10pts

11-15 points

Breakfast
Hotcakes (no syrup) - 15pts
Apple Pie - 11pts
Bacon, Egg & Cheese McGriddles - 13pts (I have them take off the cheese for less points)
Sausage McMuffin with Egg - 14pts
Bacon, Egg & Cheese Biscuit - 14pts (I have them take off the cheese for less points)

Lunch/Dinner
Filet-o-Fish - 12pts
McChicken - 13pts
Bacon Ranch Salad with Buttermilk Crispy Chicken (no dressing) - 13pts
Bacon McDouble - 14pts
Quarter Pounder with No Cheese - 14pts

Subway

One thing to remember, at Subway is the cheese is 2pts a slice-so you can reduce the points by just not having cheese :)  These points are calculated wo/sauces (they can cost you-so look them up)

0-5 points

Breakfast
Apples - 0pts
Egg Patty - 1pt

Lunch/Dinner
Fresh Fit Oven Roasted Chicken Salad (no dressing) - 0pts
Fresh Fit Veggie Delight Salad (no dressing/cheese) - 0pts
Low Fat Vinaigrette Dressing - 1pt
Fresh Fit Turkey Breast Salad (no dressing) - 1pt
Fresh Fit Roast Beef Salad (no dressing) - 1pt
Fresh Fit Rotisserie Style Chicken Salad (no dressing) - 1pt
Fresh Fit Black Forest Ham Salad (no dressing - 2pts
Fresh Fit 6" Oven Roasted Chicken on 9-Grain Wheat Sub - 5pts

6-10 points

Breakfast
Egg and Cheese on Flatbread - 9pts

Lunch/Dinner
Fresh Fit 6" Turkey Breast on 9-Grain Wheat Sub - 6pts
Fresh Fit 6" Rotisserie Style Chicken on 9-Grain Wheat Sub - 6pts
Fresh Fit 6" Roast Beef on 9-Grain Wheat Sub - 7pts
Tuna Salad (no dressing) - 7pts
Fresh Fit 6" Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki on 9-Grain Wheat Sub - 8pts

11-15 points

Breakfast
Bacon Egg & Cheese on 9-Grain Wheat Sub - 10pts
Bacon Egg & Cheese on Flatbread - 11pts
Steak Egg & Cheese on Flatbread - 11pts

Lunch/Dinner
Tuna on 9-Grain Wheat Sub - 12pts
Tuna on Italian Sub - 13pts

Wendy's

This place is the closest to our house, so it's easy for the husband to run in and run out :)

0-5 points

Breakfast
Apple Bites - 0pts

Lunch/Dinner
Baked Potato (plain) - 0pts
Grilled Chicken Patty Only - 0pts
Saltine Crackers (1pk) - 1pt
Lite Sour Cream - 1pt
Small Chili - 3pts
Jr. Hamburger Patty Only - 3pts
Large Chili - 5pts
Chicken Nuggets (4) - 5pts
Garden Salad (no dressing) 5pts

6-10 points

Breakfast
Breakfast Potatoes (small) - 7pts
Bacon Egg and Cheese Classic - 8pts
Sausage and Egg Burrito - 8pts
Artisan Egg Sandwich with Bacon - 10pts

Lunch/Dinner
Ultimate Grilled Chicken Sandwich - 6pts
Grilled Chicken Sandwich - 7pts
Chicken Nuggets (6) - 7pts
Grilled Chicken Wrap - 8pts
Jr. Cheese burger - 9pts
Apple Pecan Chicken Salad (half dressing) - 9pts
Small Fry - 10pts
Crispy Chicken Sandwich - 10pts

11-15 points

Breakfast
Breakfast Potatoes (large) - 11pts
Bacon Egg and Cheese on Croissant - 13pts
Bacon Egg and Cheese on Biscuit - 14pts
Artisan Egg and Natural Sausage - 15pts

Lunch/Dinner
Jr. Bacon Cheese Burger - 12pts
Chicken Sandwich - 14pts

Popeyes

Blackened Tenders - 5 for 1pt
Mashed Potatoes with Cajun Gravy - 2pts
Green Beans - 2pts
Red Beans and Rice - 5pts
Coleslaw - 5pts

Taco Bell

0-5 points

Breakfast
Mini Skillet Bowl - 4pts
Breakfast Soft Taco with Egg and Cheese - 4pts
Hashbrown - 5pts

Lunch/Dinner
Black Beans - 1 pt
Black Beans & Rice - 4pts
Soft Taco with Chicken - 4pts
Crunchy Taco with Chicken - 4pts
Crunchy Taco - 5pts

6-10 points

Breakfast Soft Taco with Bacon - 6pts
Breakfast Soft Taco with Sausage - 6pts
Grilled Burrito with Fiesta Potatoes - 9pts
Grilled Burrito with Bacon - 10pts

Lunch/Dinner
Cheesy Rollup - 6pts
Chips & Salsa - 6pts
Cinnabon Delights (2pk) - 6pts
Soft Taco with Beef - 6pts
Cheesy Fiesta Potatoes - 7pts
Cinnamon Twists - 7pts
Spicy Potato Soft Taco - 7pts
Bean Burrito - 8pts

11-15 points

Breakfast
Quesadilla with Bacon - 15pts
Quesadilla with Steak - 15pts
Quesadilla with Sausage - 16pts

Lunch/Dinner
Shredded Chicken Burrito - 13pts


Hardee's

So don't hate me, but we don't really have a lot of places to eat breakfast or fast food breakfasts that are going to be low in points.  Hardee's is a go to for my husband, but looking at the points today I can see that this will be a hard one for me to justify when using points-so may not be going back to this joint for a while.

0-5 points

Breakfast
Couldn't find anything

Lunch/Dinner
Chicken Soft Taco - 5pts
Chicken Hard Taco -5pts

6-10 points

Breakfast
Small Hash Rounds - 9pts

Lunch/Dinner
Chick Tenders (3) - 6pts
Small Hamburger - 8pts
Small Cheeseburger - 9pts
Charbroiled BBQ Chicken Sandwich - 9pts
Small French Fries - 10pts

11-15 points

Breakfast
Frisco Breakfast Sandwich - 12pts
Egg and Cheese Biscuit - 12pts
Breakfast Slider - 13pts
Loaded Breakfast Burrito - 14pts

Lunch/Dinner
Beer Battered Onion Rings - 14pts

& other places I like to go:


Chipotle

Roasted Corn Topping - 0pts
Fajita Vegetables Topping - 0pts
Black Beans - 1pt
Pinto Beans - 1pt
Lime Brown Rice - 3pts
Chicken - 3pts (donno why)
Steak - 3pts
Cheese Topping - 4pts
Sour Cream Topping - 5pts
Queso - 5pts
Carnitas - 6pts
Lime White Rice - 6pts
3 Taco Size Tortillas - 7pts (you just have to add in your toppings)
Burrito Size Tortilla - 9pts (this is why I get the BOWL)
Chips - 17pts (wowza)

So I normally get "burrito bowl, chicken, black beans, white rice, fajita veggies, corn, sour cream & cheese" for 19 pts-now mind you, I have not gotten this since I started WW-so I'd get the brown rice now and maybe lay off the sour cream/cheese (maybe do light or 1/2 to cut that down and make it a for 9pts (not bad)

Panera

Breakfast

0-5 points
Steal Cut Oatmeal with Almonds Quinoa and Honey - 4pts

6-10 points
Ham Egg and Cheese on Farmstyle - 7pts
Steel Cut Oats with Apple Chips and Pecans - 9pts
Steel Cut Oats with Strawberries, Pecnas and Cinnamon Crunch - 9pts
Chipotle Chicken Scrambled Egg & Avacado Wrap - 10pts

11-15 points
Bacon Egg Scramble Cheese Wrap - 11pts
Egg and Cheese on Brioche - 11pts
Bacon Egg and Cheese on Ciabatta - 12pts
Bacon Egg and Cheese on Brioche - 14pts
Steak and Egg on Everything Bagel - 13pts

Lunch/Dinner

0-5 points
Apple - 0pts
Banana - 0pts
Fruit Cup - 0pts
Ten Vegetable Soup (cup) - 1pt
Chicken Noodle Soup (cup) - 2pts
Slice of French Baguette - 4pts
Caesar Salad with Chicken & Dressing (half portion) - 5pts
Turkey Chili (cup) - 5pts

6-10 points
Half Steak and Arugula on Sourdough - 6pts
Modern Greek Salad with Quinoa and Dressing (half portion) - 7pts
Fuji Apple Salad with Chicken & Dressing (half portion) - 8pts (4pts without dressing)
Half Napa Almond Chicken Salad on Country Rustic - 8pts
Half Roasted Turkey and Avocado BLT Sandwich on Country Rustic - 9pts
Broccoli Cheddar Soup (cup) - 9pts
Creamy Tomato Soup (cup) - 10pts
Half Roasted Turkey Apple and Cheddar on Cranberry Walnut - 10pts
Autumn Squash Soup (cup) - 10pts

11-15 points
Half Toasted Tuscan Grilled Chicken on Ciabatta - 12pts
BBQ Chicken on Flatbread - 12pts
Half Cuban on Ciabatta - 13pts

One of my favorite things to get at Panara is a 2pick for lunch (easy enough) and the bacon souffle, which is 21 points.  I can get the cheese one for 19 points....but why bother-no more souffles for me.

Chili's

0-5 points
Steamed Broccoli - 0pts
Black Beans - 1pt
House Salad (no dressing) - 2pts
Corn on the cob - 3pts
Southwest Chicken Soup - 3pts
Chicken Fajita's (no toppings that are not free)- 4pts
Side of Mexican Rice - 5pts

6-10 points
Classic Sirloin (no sides) - 6pts
Grilled Chicken Salad - 7pts
Sirloin with Grilled Avocado - 7pts
Ancho Salmon - 9pts
Margarita Grilled Chicken - 10pts
Mango Chili Chicken - 10pts

11-15 points
Lunch Combo-Boneless Wings (no fries) - 11pts
Loaded Mashed Potato - 12pts
Home-style Fries - 13pts
Lunch Combo-Tacos 1975 (no chips) - 14pts
Chicken Caesar Salad - 15pts
Lunch Combo-Bacon Avocado Chicken Sandwich (no fries) - 15pts

Olive Garden

0-5 points
Grilled Chicken on Garden Salad (no cheese/no dressing) - 0pts
Whole Grain Linguine - 0pts
Minestrone Soup - 1pt
Paste e Fagioli Soup - 2pts
Salad w/dressing - 4pts
Breadstick - 4pts
Grilled Salmon - 4pts
Chicken Fingers (app) - 5pts

6-10 points
Create your own Pasta Marinara Sauce - 7pts
Chicken Piccata (dinner) - 8pts (lunch portion is 7pts)
Chicken & Gnocchi Soup - 8pts
Chicken Margherita (dinner) - 9pts

11-15 points
Spaghetti with Meat Sauce (lunch) - 11pts
Chicken Giardino - 11pts
Whole Wheat Linguine with Meat Sauce - 11pts
Zoodles Primavera (lunch) - 15pts
Cheese Ravioli (lunch) with Marinara - 15pts

So you can get the whole grain pasta with grilled chicken (0 points) add in marinara for 7 points (yum)

Texas Road House

0-5 points
Buttered Corn - 2pts
Herb Crusted Chicken - 2pts
Grilled BBQ Chicken - 2pts
Mushrooms - 2pts
Sweet Potato - 3pts
Fresh Veggies - 3pts
Grilled Salmon - 3pts
Sirloin - 4pts
Roll - 5pts / Butter is 4pts
Side Salad (no dressing) - 5pts
Mashed Potatoes - 5pts
Smothered Chicken with Jack Cheese - 5pts

6-10 points
Portobello Mushroom Chicken w/veggies - 7pts
Ranch Dressing - 10pts (wowza)
Chicken Critters - 12pts (with steak fries it's 19pts)

11-15 points
Side Caesar Salad - 14pts
Fried Catfish (3) - 15pts

Waffle House (breakfast only)

0-5 points
Scrambled Egg - 1pt per egg (with cheese 3pts)
Over Medium Egg - 1pt per egg
Hashbrowns - 2pts
Grits - 3pts
Ham - 3pts
Bacon - 5pts
Sausage - 5pts

6-10 points
Buttered Toast - 7pts for wheat & 8pts for white

11-15 points
Waffle - 16pts

FYI this is a WORK IN PROGRESS!



Brush your Teeth

So this morning was like all work day mornings, I wake up tired.  Squinting and hiding my eyes from the bright runway lights of our bathroom vanity as I pee and then scramble to brush my teeth.  I do this barely looking, mostly feeling my way around.  I grab my toothbrush, slather it with my toothpaste-turn on the brush and jam it into my mouth and start scrubbing.  Top teeth, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5....yes, I still count.....bottom teeth.....1, 2, 3, 4, 5.....and then I open my eyes and look at myself in the mirror vigorously brushing my gums, teeth....all of it.  I open my eyes wider in surprise, and honestly disgust as I notice I am using a BLUE brush, not a PINK one.....

I, Lela Johnson, have brushed my teeth, with my husbands toothbrush.

Thank you for your time.

WW-GO PURPLE!

So WW rolled out a new program recently, and you get to pick which one works best for you:

Green (100+ zero point foods) the most points to "spend"
Blue (200+ zero point foods) most like freestyle with a moderate amount of points to "spend"
Purple (300+ zero point foods) the least amount of points to "spend", I get a mere 25 points a day.

Having said that, I did pick the purple plan-because it worked the best with my lifestyle and that of the families.  It still forces you to make good choices in your food choices and most specifically snacking since those points will be used mostly for snacking lol!

I will find it hard to eat whole wheat pasta and brown rice, but I have learned during my journey that spiralized veggies are amazing and so is riced veggies!  You really don't feel like you're missing out on much in that regards.

You know, I should challenge myself to eat an entire week using nothing but zero point foods!  That would mean I would need to drink my coffee black-hmmmm let me think about that for a moment, lol!  I guess I could always drink hot tea in the morning, I can stomach that with no sugar or cream.  I'll circle back to that at some point.

(photo of a 4 pt breakfast on purple (and blue) 6 pts on green - water poached egg on Sarah Lee 45 calorie bread with 1/2 table spoon of Earth Balance smeared on the bread).

I hope that I can be successful in this journey, it's a lot harder then I ever really imagined.  I love food so much!  And food really does love me, lol :D

Apples & Sauce

I won't make a habit of this, but I do love me some sliced apples drizzled with about 1 tablespoon (maybe less) of Smuckers sugar free caramel sauce.  (1pt).  Not a bad little snack when you're craving something low in points and sweet.  This isn't something I am always craving, sweets....so no need to warn me about sugar free items.  I got this.



21 day soda fix (update-update-update)

Update: Update: Update: So today is day 18-so that means come this weekend, I will have completed my CZ21DAYFIX!  I have fasted soda for 18 days, can you believe it?  I sure can't.  I feel much better, but today I wanted a soda.  I even thought, well I'll just grab one today-since I've been doing so good!  NO BRAIN!  NO YOU CANNOT TRICK ME!

Update: Update: So today is 13 and I am going out to lunch with a friend of mine today that I have not seen in a long time.  We used to work together, but she wised up and got a fantastic job that she loves and makes more money to (win win)....anyway, we are going to lunch today and this will be a great test for me to just order water or unsweet tea.  I have not been out to eat much since I gave up Coke Zero.  Wish me luck!


Update: Well today is day 10-so I have had no soda in a little over a week.  This past weekend, I felt great-had lots of energy and was taking care of things that I was just to sluggish to take care of before in the ways of house work.  So I got a lot of things organized at home over the weekend with this extra energy.  I even got out of the house and went to the store in town to buy new bowls for the kids cereal, because they have broken all my other ones.  Ahh kids.  Which reminds me I need to clean out the cabinets next, things are very unorganized there because apparently the kids do NOT know how to put things away-lol!  Anyway.....here's to the next 10 days of no soda and then one more day after that and I will have officially been off soda for 21 days - and completed my goal!




Well, I have tried to stop drinking Coke Zero about a gazillion times-so this time will hopefully not be the same as those times, hopefully THIS time I can stick to my "why".  I am working on day four of my twenty one day no soda fix.  And if I am being honest, all I am doing is thinking about my afternoon soda!  My brain is thinking of nothing but on day four.  The first three days were not as bad, as it was the weekend & I normally don't have one on the weekend-it's a rare treat if I do.  I had all together just stopped buying them for the house, so I could eventually get to this little experiment.  They say, that soda is bad for many many reasons-even diet soda.  To name a few:

  1. No nutritional value what so ever
  2. High in sugar (the body uses fake sugar the same as real)
  3. Can cause weight gain (duh)
  4. All chemicals (gross)
    1. can cause aggression
    2. ADD
    3. Lack of focus
    4. Abnormal brain function (just what I need right?)
  5. Heart Disease
  6. Caffeine addiction (and I guess I have it bad)
  7. Can cause soft bones
  8. Dehydration
  9. Weakens kidney & liver
  10. TOOTH DECAY
I'm no doctor, but all of that is yucky stuff for sure.  I am saying this, as I sip on my very so boring flat water.  My daughter has given me some advice on some yummy fizzy water-that I will be trying out!  Get that fizzy fix.

Wish me luck, I hope to come back after my 21 days are over and have lots to report-mostly weight loss!

1st Grade Photo

Well Olivia's first grade photos finally came in.  She's totally "cheesing" with her fake smile, but I don't mind-it's her as she is right now-not interested in having her photo taken lol

I dare not post it on facebook just yet.  I don't think the facebook community can handle the cuteness.  Aside from that, I think I've decided NOT to post so much on facebook as you will.  Maybe just on Insta from time to time.  Just to keep my fan's happy lol - jk of course, but you get my point right?

WW Friendly Pizza Dough

So I've made the two ingredient pizza dough before & it's "okay", I mean-it's better then NO PIZZA for sure.  But I have been seeing on a facebook group for WW recipes for a "skinny pizza dough" that is sort of the same, but with a few different ingredients.  I am thinking, this "skinny" version may be way way better!

What you'll need:


  • 1/2-3/4 cup of water
  • 1tsp of yeast
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 1/2 cup of fat free Greek yogurt
  • 2 cups of self rising flour

What you'll do:

  1. Heat oven to 425
  2. Mix dry ingredients together in a bowl
  3. Stir in yogurt and mix until it starts to combine
  4. Start by adding in about 1/2 cup of water, add more by the tablespoon if there is loose flour in the bowl
  5. Dust counter top with about 2 tbs of four, add dough (should be a little sticky) - work until no longer sticky
  6. Sit dough back into bowl and let rest for thirty minutes
  7. Or roll it out and form into pizza crust and let sit for thirty minutes, poke with fork a few times to prevent bubbles
  8. Add toppings of your choice
  9. Bake on lined cookie/pizza sheet for about 14 minus
  10. ENJOY!
Original recipe can be found here (My Bizzy Kitchen)

I have not tried this recipe yet-but I plan to, writing this post to "remind" me later :)  Oh and apparently, you can use this recipe to make other things like:
  • Cinnamon Rolls
  • Naan Bread
  • Garlic Knots
  • Garlic & Cheese Bread Sticks
  • Meat/Fruit Pockets
  • Calzones
  • Stromboli Sandwiches
  • Muffin Tin Taco Cups
  • Pot pie top crust

WW Sides Ideas, Part 1

I have the largest time with figuring out what sides to have with what.  Or just what sides to have in general.  You'd think it would be easier, because it's just veggies-but my mind just cannot wrap my head around not having potatoes or rice, I suppose.  It's the way I was raised, eating items from every food group.

I decided to write a blog post with some sides ideas, that I can refer back to....here goes.....


  1. corn on the cob
  2. Italian peas
  3. roasted broccoli
  4. roasted green beans
  5. Brussels sprouts
  6. roasted carrots
  7. asparagus
  8. riced cauliflower
  9. acorn squash
  10. zuccini
  11. roasted cherry tomatoes
  12. yellow squash
  13. butternut squash
  14. strawberry balsamic salsa
  15. sugar snap peas
  16. salad
  17. tangy coleslaw
Most of these can be made zero points, or just a few if adding some sort of fat to them, or cheese (like on the Brussels sprouts (mmm).

One thing I have learned is that roasted veggies are amazing, I thought I would just go to heaven on the spot when eating roasted broccoli for the first time.

Loom Knitting

Last November, while I was in Portland visiting my daughter, son-in-law & my brand new and first Grandson my daughter started to teach me know to knit.  I came back to Florida, with the loom knitting bug and made several hats and scarves.  I just knew the one stitch.  I even bought myself (and my daughter) a afghan knitting board.  Once winter went away, the the hot summer Florida weather set in-I put the yarn away & didn't pick it up again until recently, with the encouragement of my daughter.

I have used an entire skein of yarn on the loom, and am ready to take it apart and start over.  I do not like the one stitch that I know how to do and i do not like the thickness of it, I used two strands and need to really go back and do one so it's more light weight and maybe not so heavy!

I have taught myself a new stitch, and started practicing with a scarf loom to maybe make myself an infinity scarf.  If that turns out, I'll make more as gifts for all the lovely ladies in my life (that like scarves).

Knitting is a lot harder then I figured it would be, even on a loom.  I had to get the right tools, as I kept breaking my hooks.  Cheap yarn is hard to work with, but as a beginner I don't want to spend a small fortune on yarn.  I will keep going, as it really is something nice to do with my hands while I sit mindlessly in the evening, trying to relax and it does help with that-until I get a knot, then I loose my shit and my stress level goes through the roof, lol!

I am open to any advice, or if you have you tube channels you love-send them my way!

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