Botauko's Journal, 22 July 2013

Well, back to reality, and I have to admit, it's dull after a weekend at the lake. 3 days of boating, swimming, walking, and yes, eating and drinking. When you consider that 2 of us LOVE to cook as much as we like to eat, well, dieting gets a bit iffy. Although not TOO iffy, as there are lots of fresh veggies to eat, along with all the BBQ'ing and smoking of food.

And it's amazing how much fat you can burn when you fall in the lake...lol! Had a minor flub getting off the Sea Doo at the dock, which pretty much means I make a lousy rope. As the 'Doo drifted away, and I was trying to pull it back with one foot on the 'Doo, one hand on the dock, and the 'Doo getting further from the dock, I just said the hell with it and dropped. Do you have any idea how hard it is to swim and convulse with laughter at the same time? It's one of those occasions when you're happy you're fat, 'cause fat floats. LMAO!!! And life jackets are a bitch to swim in. Not exactly streamlined, y'know?

In packing up food to take with us, for breakfast and lunch, I did discover a convenience food I like. I wanted oatmeal for Sunday morning, and wanted something instant,(cause it's a pack to leave morning) but not by Quaker Oats. I found this small box of instant cereal, called Abundance, by BetterOats. It's a multi-grain cereal, has oats, whole grain brown rice, flaxseed, whole grain barley, quinoa, whole grain rye and wheat. It also comes in flavors, I got the apples and cinnamon, with REAL apple bits and REAL cranberry bits. The 'vital's are as follows:
SErving size..1 pouch (about 1/2 cup)
Calories 160
Total Fat 2.5 grams
Fiber 3 grams
Total Carbs 28 grams
Cholesteral 0
Sodium 90 mg
Protein 5 grams

Yes, there's some sugar, about 9 grams,(but it was sweet enough and I didn't have to add any extra) and 170 mg of potassium, which I need. The pouches are heavy paper, show you where to tear, then after you dump the grain into a bowl, you can use the pouch to add water, as it has a water line mark on it, just for that purpose.
You could do stovetop, but 2 minutes in the microwave works for me, since I did want 'fast'. And I have to tell you, it tastes pretty damned good. And is extremely filling, too! So, I will be stocking up on it, since the grocery has it on special for 1.88 a box, and there are several flavors, and one that's 'organic', for those who insist on that. Anyway, it was easy, tasty, and filling. If you can find it, and like hot cereal, go for it. And 160 calories is 10 less than whole grain bread, and that's before you butter the bread!

Anyway, eating the cereal made up for Saturday's breakfast. See, last time we went to the lake, our friends kids wanted pancakes. I had a couple of sausage patties left from breakfast the day before, (I season my own, because the store bought sausage just doesn't have enough flavor) so I crumbled the patties into bits and added them to the pancake batter. Kind of an all in one. I also add vanilla, sugar, pepper, and allspice to the batter, which works well with the rosemary sage and fennel I add to the sausage. Everyone loves them, especially the kids, and it's become a tradition when we go there. Calories, though!!! So, I don't make them often.

Lunch Saturday was BLT's, and I spent about an hour cooking 3 pounds of bacon...but we needed to use up some bread before we left. Dinner was also a 'use up' meal, consisting of grilled whole onions, which we layered onto hot dog buns along with 1 inch meatballs, tomato sauce and cheese. And home made onion rings. Oh, stop drooling and shaking your head, there was a giant bowl of salad, too, of which I had a huge helping. Even though I hate salad. Really, I do. I'm always looking for things to add to it, like rice, raisins, peaches, strawberries,leftover broccoli, anything to dress it up without added extra fat. And yes, you can add fruit to salad greens, makes it ever soooo much less boring. Surprisingly, the fruit flavors combine nicely with most salad dressings, gives an interesting twist on 'fruit salad'. Makes a weird kinda sense to me.

Enough for today, got to leap back into the real world, no matter how unwillingly. Ta!
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