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Healthified Pumpkiny Muffin Majiggers…

Continuing on with The List quest!  I’m like the warrior, Ricarda Simmons… except with less sequins and certainly less shorty short shorts.  PASS!!

Find a recipe of a food that you love but is bad for you and find a way to make it healthy.

I did this tonight and I was sore afraid.  “Healthy” is all relative.  If it were healthy it would contain vegetables and fiber and no sugar and minimal calories.  My version is “healthier” than it would be if it were the regular recipe… so there you go.  Plus, I do have squash in my recipe, which I’d normally hate to eat, but if you mash it up and hide it inside something delectable, it’s totally tasty.  Now, how to do that with asparagus… asparagus-covered chocolate… no, I don’t have that backwards.  I figure I can flick a few sprigs of asparagus somewhere on my Snickers and call it a day.  Got me some veggies today… you best believe it!

Moving on… I’d read about this concoction on several low-calorie recipe sites, so it certainly isn’t my invention and I’d give credit where credit is due but finding out who actually invented this might be harder than finding out who invented the Internet (HINT… it was NOT Al Gore!)  Y’all… this recipe is complee-cated.  I’m talking rocket science here, so I’d buckle in and if you don’t have an IQ as high as mine, I’d totally skip this recipe and just take a nap.  Get your SAT scores out… my score was negative 8… I’m thinking that was pretty good considering I slept through most of it.

Pumpkin Spice Muffins
Serves 12

15-ounce can of pumpkin
1 Betty Crocker Spice Cake Mix (dry mix only)

Okay, I lied… that’s the end of the ingredient list.  Basically, pour the pumpkin and the cake mix into a bowl, mix it all together, and then divy it up into a muffin tin.  Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 15 minutes or until the tops look hard.

Obviously if you hate pumpkin, Charlie Brown, rainbows, unicorns, and whiskers on kittens, you’ll hate this recipe… but it tasted to me like pumpkin bread… maybe next time I’ll throw in a few chocolate chips… because let’s be honest… everything tastes better with chocolate in it… chocolate haters need not apply!  Ooo… or to lessen the calorie load, I’ll just smoosh in 1 hershey kiss onto the top of each muffin before I bake it.   The calorie breakdown is as follows:

Per Serving:  Calories:  145  Fat: 1  Sodium:  268  Fiber:  2  Sugar:  16

For comparison, if you made the cake mix per the directions on the box without the healthier pumpkin version, your calorie and fat breakdown would look like this:

Per Serving:  Calories:  233  Fat:  12

High fives all around!!

Question of the Day:  Do you have any recipes that you’ve “healthified”?  Any suggestions for ways to healthify recipes?

PS – I’ve changed my background color and header… if the color is too blinding on your eyes, holler and I’ll change it to a less gaudy color.  I aim to please! 


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I Will Not Be Looking At Myself In the Mirror Nekked…

END OF STORY!!!!  How’s about that for a title.  Y’alls families will think you’re reading a nastee site.  Nope… just me over here… mostly rated PG Whitney and her magical dictionary of made-up words.  What the crimeny puffs am I referring to?  The next day on The List that I’m currently trying to catch up with.  Day number next told me to look at myself nekked in a mirror and name 5 things I liked.  LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL!  Neverending OLs!  You can just take my word for the fact that looking at myself in the mirror nekked will not help anything, and will most definitely wreak havoc on the global warming epidemic whilst I’m raging against the machine (that’s a band too… ironical!)  NOPE… nekked mirrors are out!!!

Moving on to the next ones on the list.

Drink a glass of cold water and stay completely still to feel how it travels through your body.

So, now I have brain freeze and am pretty sure I slipped a disk in my neck due to the fact that I whipped it weirdly whilst trying to get the full glass of cold water down the gullet.  Give me a minute while I stick my head in the microwave on defrost.   Now my toes are cold and my cankles have no earthly idea what just hit them.  Jackfrost.  You’ll get used to it fellars.  It’s kind of like winter, except with less snow and more water retention.

Make a grocery list comprising of 50% new foods.

Wow… this was harder than I thought it would be because every time I went to write a new food down, I immediately reverted back to that 5-year-old self who was scooping brussel sprouts into her napkin to make it look like she’d eaten more.  I did buy me a new fruit at the grocery store on Saturday… a pomegranate.  I’d never eaten pomegranate before and I have no idea what constitutes a ripe pomegranate, but I bought me one and I plan on eating it this week sometime… like it or not!  I’m pretty sure you don’t eat the skin… thanks for the information, Google!

Question of the Day:  Have you eaten pomegranate before?  How do you pick a ripe one and do you eat it with anything or just plain? 

Anyone wanna wager how long it’s going to take them to finish the parking lot project they’ve got going on around the tabernacle?  I’m guessing June 2nd, 2025… just because I like the month of June and 2025 is a pretty number.


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11/11/11 – This Post is Brought To You By the Number ELEVEN!

Awww… that title makes me want to marathon me some Sesame Street.  I love that adorable show.  I don’t care how old you are, you can always learn something from that there program… like overgrown talking yellow birds are friendly… and green things that live in garbage cans are grouchy and probably contain more bacteria per square inch than a public restroom door handle (I just dry heaved writing about a public restroom door handle… that’s like my least favorite kind of handle!)  Moving on… gonna try to tackle 3 days today in an effort to play The List catchup.  Without further ado… BRING IT!

Sit down and truly enjoy a home cooked meal.  Identify the flavors you love the most.
I made enchilada soup, which is a feat in itself since I hate enchiladas, hot/spicy things, and soup.  LOL!!!  You go, Whitney… bring on that 5-year-old palate… but, I totally dug the soup.  It was mighty tasty and hit the spot on a cold day.  Flavors I enjoyed the most… the taste of the spicy green chilies cooled down some with light sour cream… and that dagnabbed green enchilada sauce was mighty tastee too.

Enchilada Soup
Serves 6

– 1/2 cup low sodium vegetable broth (or chicken broth for you nonvegetarians)
– 2 cups milk
– 1 can low sodium kidney beans (rinsed and drained)
– 1 can low sodium corn (drained)
– 1 can Rotel diced tomatoes and green chilies
– 1 can (16 to 19 ounces) green chilie enchilada sauce
– 1/2 cup green pepper, diced
– 1/2 cup onion, chopped
– Chicken (again, nonvegetarians)

You can chuck all that into a slow cooker and cook for something like 4 hours (less if you aren’t adding the chicken).  But I just threw it all in a pot on the stove, brought it to a boil, and then turned it down to low and simmered it for about 30 minutes.

Garnish with sour cream (helps tone down the heat from the chilies), tostitos or corn chips, and cheese.

Take a slow walk and appreciate the capabilities of your body.
I paid close attention to this when I was on the treadmill tonight.  It’s amazing how resilient this body of mine is.  It should be shot to heck with how badly I’ve treated it over the years… but it just keeps on kickin’.  It’s amazing the difference I feel when I’m exercising now as opposed to when I first started.  I was out of breath and wanting to die within seconds of beginning exercising back in the old days… now, I’m totally fine going a good hour or more, depending on my mood.

Eat something you don’t usually consume.
See above… I’d guess that enchilada crapola counts for something.  I also was surprised the other morning to open my front door and see 2 freshly planted piles of doggy doo doo treats (or so Lucy my cat thought they were).  I was tempted to try a bite of that but then the medication kicked in and I took off the strait jacket.  I guess in some countries it is considered a compliment to have the neighbor’s dog poop on your porch.  At least it wasn’t on fire…

Question of the Day:  What’s the last “new” food you tried? 

PS- Just wanted to take a minute to thank the Veterans for serving our country.  Freedom is an awesome privilege but it didn’t come for free.  Thank you all you brave men and women!   Have a great weekend, friends… and thanks for reading!


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The List…

I’ve seen this “list” on my calorizing site, MyFitnessPal on several different occasions.  It kept pulling me in and I’ve decided I’m going to bite the bullet (why in the frim fram sauce would anyone bite a bullet on purpose!?  Unless they star on that Weird Cravings show on TLC) and attempt to do it.  Obviously, I didn’t start it on the correct date seeing as today is the 10th of November.  But, I think I can double up some of the days and catch up in no time.   If anyone else wants to take the challenge with me, either use my comments below to answer the question or post the link to your blog where you answered it.  FUNNNNNNN!!!!   Or if not fun, at least self discovering and a step in the right healthy lifestyle direction.

Write one thing you love about yourself that you didn’t before.

Start me out with the hardest question of the bunch why don’t you.  Whatever happened to easing into the pot of magical witch brew!?  I feel like I’m scalding myself.  I can’t say I’ve ever thought about things I love about myself, mostly because I never felt like there was anything about me to love.  I was a big ole fat failure, counting down the days until I didn’t have to think about it anymore… because a dead person doesn’t have to think… do they?  I merely existed, going through the motions of life just because I had to… certainly not because I wanted to… and I lost years of my life living like that stuck in that pathetic little world of self-hatred and depression so thick I could cut it with a knife.  Those years bring up dark memories.  I don’t like to think about them and yet I need to… it’s all part of the healing process because this isn’t about losing weight in the sense that I’m becoming a smaller human… it’s about shedding all of the baggage that got me to the point of weighing 530 pounds in the first place.  That baggage will always be with me… always… I just have to learn how to manage it so that it doesn’t take control of me like it once did.

So, what do I love about myself now that I didn’t before?  My persistence.  I could have given up long ago.  There were numerous times when I was tempted just to say to heck with it, this is how it’s going to be, but deep down I somehow knew that wasn’t what I wanted, so I’d doggedly get back up and try again… and fail again… until one day it clicked and it actually registered in my head space that this was not some temporary thing but a lifelong process.  I wake up in the morning faced with choices… if I choose the wrong thing this day, I can wake up tomorrow and try to choose better.  When you think about it, it’s not all that hard of a concept, and yet it’s the hardest thing I have EVER done in my entire life.

Question of the Day:  What’s one thing you love about yourself that you didn’t before? 

If anyone else is participating in the List of FUNNNNN… I’m posting the whole list here for reference of what’s going to be coming up in the coming days so you can prepare, all the way to December 31st, 2011!

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