Celebrating Life with Paula Blog at Allrecipes.com (5/2012)

Celebrating Life with Paula

May 31, 2012 12:29 pm 
Updated: Jun. 7, 2012 8:35 pm
(I am journaling my weight loss efforts in hopes that you and I both might benefit. Me from being accountable and you from recipes and tips I write about. I am using the Weight Watchers PointsPlus program and usually calculate points using the nutrition guide underneath the recipe. I invite… MORE
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May 24, 2012 11:06 am 
Updated: Oct. 11, 2012 11:28 am
This has been an eventful week. I told you last week that I wasn't riding my bike and would tell you why in a later post. I also didn't walk my daily 4 miles this week. I suspected I had a stress fracture in my foot. I had one several years ago in the same foot, so I knew what it felt like.… MORE
May 17, 2012 1:24 pm 
Updated: May 24, 2012 6:01 pm
Today marks 2 weeks on Weight Watchers, and I lost 1 pound this week. That makes me happy! I'm still walking 4 miles most every day but not biking. I'll tell you that story next week. This week has been very hard, and I don't know why. Honestly, I've been hungry every day, all week long. I… MORE
May 10, 2012 1:04 pm 
Updated: Jun. 19, 2012 9:30 am
Today marks one week of being on Weight Watchers...again. I have discovered this is my favorite way to lose weight because it offers variety, it includes eating fruits and veggies and even fats, and it can be a way of eating for life. Yes, I know, I have fallen off the wagon many times, but… MORE
May 3, 2012 12:15 pm 
Updated: May 21, 2012 5:41 pm
In April of 2010, I came to a point in my life where I knew I needed to lose weight and get moving in order to be healthier and feel better. By December of that same year, I had dropped 48 pounds, was seeing a personal trainer twice a week, and was walking 4 miles a day. I did indeed feel… MORE
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I'm a wife, mother of 2, and grandmother of 6. I love to cook. I especially like to cook new and different recipes. I don't like to have the same meals week after week. My husband has decided it really doesn't matter whether he likes a new recipe or not because he won't see it again for a very long time anyway!
My favorite things to cook
I like to cook entrees and desserts. I like preparing good, down-to-earth cooking. I also decorate cakes, mostly for the grandchildren now.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Holidays bring out the traditions: chocolate chip cheese ball; crockpot chicken and dressing; and broccoli salad, sweet potatoes and butterscotch pie handed down from past generations. Another thing that must be tradition in my family: we all make new recipes when we have company! My mother, sister, daughter, and I all do this. My daddy never understood why we would risk making something we had never made before. Actually, none of us has ever served company a new recipe that didn't taste good.
My cooking triumphs
Cake decorating: wedding cakes, bridal and baby shower cakes, birthday cakes: Little Pirate, Cinderella, Elmo, Strawberry Shortcake. My friends call me Betty Crocker. When my daughter got married, she had a bridal shower where the guests were asked to write something on an apron. My best friend told her if she needed a recipe or help in the kitchen to ask her mother. If she needed a good place to eat out, ask her.
My cooking tragedies
A 4 tier huge wedding cake that fell apart at 2:00am. Thankfully, I still had time to salvage the cake.
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