CAROL’S CORNER

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Wanted to post a different picture , but didn’t realize it came out too blurry. Decided to post this from a weekend we went back home to my husband’s family’s farm. This was a dress I got at a Good Will in Pa. when I visited my daughter and grandkids there. Got it for $4.99. Put my new dark gray cami shaper underneath and got gray tights to coordinate with it also. I already had this jewelry set I had made which also went great with it. Finished it off with black flats and was set to go. Judging from some things I’ve read lately , some people are having bad days and then being too hard on themselves. I have to reiterate what I said in yesterday’s blog. It is times like these that we have to let cooler heads prevail , instead of letting our emotions lead us in the wrong direction. When we let emotions rule , we usually makes decisions that are not in our best interests. Having a bad day in our food choices is not the end of the world , unless we keep on compounding those bad choices with more bad choices. When you make bad choices, use that as an opportunity to reevaluate what you need to do to be successful. No one and I do mean no one, goes through their weight loss journey without having bad days or even bad weeks. It’s how we handle these times that make the difference in our success or failure . You cannot fail unless you just give up and stop trying. Instead of being mad at yourself and letting your mistakes lead to a downward spiral, stop it in it’s tracks. Stop feeling sorry for yourself, and make the right decision the next chance you get. One right decision at this moment will lead to another and another. Before you know it , you will be back on the road to your success story. You’ll forget all about your bad days or weeks , whatever it may be. Success breeds success. With the holiday’s coming up, we all need to get our heads in the right place, so we can navigate through them and come out on the other side happy at where we stand in our journey. Now onto the recipe portion for today. I’m going to give you guy’s a Weight Watcher’s variation of that perennial favorite, ” Green Bean Casserole”. Ingredients are: (16 oz) package frozen French-cut green beans –1/4 cup chopped onion–1/4 cup water–1/3cup shredded Parmesan cheese–1/4 teaspoon salt–1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper–1 (10 3/4 ounce) can reduced-fat, reduced-sodium Cream of Mushroom soup (I use Chicken cause I Don’t like Mushroom). Top part. Cooking spray–15 onion Melba rounds, crushed- (if you can’t find onion ones just substitute and add more onion-flakes)–1Tbl. Onion flakes–2 tsp butter melted. Directions : 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees 2. Combine green beans, onion, & water. Cover and microwave at high 7 minutes. 3. Combine cheese and next three 3 ingredients in a bowl. Stir in bean mixture. Spoon into an 8-inch square baking dish coated with cooking spray. 4. Combine Melba rounds, onion flakes, & butter. Sprinkle crumb mixture over bean mixture. Bake at 350’degrees for 20-25,minutes or until bubbly. Serving size is about 3/4 cup. 100 calories- WW points 2. Now go have a good productive day. Remember every day is a new beginning. See you next time.

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