Hey y'all. I don't have much time today. Midterm grades are due and I'm behind this week already and Monday isn't over. I gained a pound when I weighed on Saturday which came as no surprise since I ate too much the weekend before. I had a rude awakening today when I went to Belk and found myself looking for bigger jeans and flowy clothes to cover myself up. I remember when I was proud to go shopping. There are changes that can be made of course but it sure is frustrating to exercise as much as I do and do as well as I do during the week to have weight just piling on. I have to get motivation for the weekends somehow. Back on again today of course.
As most southern women tend to do, I love fried okra. Often times, people think that the only way to have okra is if it's battered and fried but that's actually not true. I like to have it baked as well. Even Cassandra who is not the biggest vegetable lover will eat it done up and seasoned in the oven. All I did was take a bag of frozen okra, place it on a cookie sheet sprayed with Pam, added some salt and Flavor God's Everything Spicy season and let it go until it was crispy. I broiled it some at the end for added crunch. It was delicious and the whole bag was 120 calories. The spice really kicked it up a notch as well.
I neglected to give my mom a birthday shout out last week. Her birthday was on Thursday. Happy Birthday Mom! I made a few lower cal recipes, my Dad smoked a turkey and then for dessert we had diet cupcakes. They were actually delicious. I've featured the chocolate ones before. All you do is take a box of cake mix, mix it with one canned diet coke and bake like normal. I also added some sugar free frosting. For the strawberry cupcakes, I mixed strawberry cake mix and diet cream soda for a strawberry-cream effect. Both were delicious and well under 200 calories. They were big too!
Alabama had an amazing win on Saturday and I celebrated way too hard. I hope they can make just as big of a statement on Saturday when they play Arkansas.