Monday, March 12, 2012

2012 Men's NCAA Basketball Bracket picks round two

Here are my 2012 Men’s NCAA Basketball picks:


Round Two:


Kentucky vs. WKU – Kentucky

Iowa State vs. UConn – UConn

Wichita St vs. VCU – Wichita State

Indian vs. New Mexico St – Indiana

UNLV vs. Colorado – Colorado

Baylor vs. S. Dakota St. – Baylor

Notre Dame vs. Xavier – Xavier

Duke vs. Lehigh – Duke



Michigan St. vs. LIU Brooklyn – Michigan State

Memphis vs. Saint Louis – Memphis

New Mexico vs. Long Beach St – New Mexico

Louisville vs. Davidson – Louisville

Murray St. vs. Colorado St. – Murray St.

Marquette vs. BYU – Marquette

Florida vs. Virginia – Florida

Missouri vs. Norfolk St – Missouri



Syracuse vs. UNC Asheville – Syracuse

Kansas St. vs. Southern Miss – Southern Miss

Vanderbilt vs. Harvard – Vanderbilt

Wisconsin vs. Montana – Wisconsin

Cincinnati vs. Texas – Texas

Florida State vs. St. Bonaventure – FSU

Gonzaga vs. West Virginia – Gonzaga

Ohio St. vs. Loyola – Ohio St.



North Carolina vs. Lamar – North Carolina

Creighton vs. Alabama – Creighton

Temple vs. South Florida – Temple

Michigan vs. Ohio – Michigan

San Diego St. vs. NC State – San Diego St.

Georgetown vs. Belmont – Georgetown

St. Mary’s vs. Purdue – Purdue

Kansas vs. Detroit – Kansas


Saturday, January 22, 2011

What I love about Saturday mornings

This is what I love about Saturday mornings and not having to go out.

Temp: 29F
Feels like: 24F
Humidity: 51%
Wind: NNW at 4 mph
Updated: 1/22/11 7:45 AM EST

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Mexican Chicken Casserole

Tonight's dinner is Mexican Chicken Casserole.  Here's the recipe.

  • 7 oz cooked chicken breast, shredded or diced
  • 10 oz canned tomatoes with green chilis (Rotel original), do not drain
  • 10 3/4 oz 98% Fat-Free Cream Of Chicken Soup
  • 4 oz tortilla chips, crushed
  • 1/2 cup(s) Mexican blend shredded cheese
Spray a 2-qt baking dish with non-stick spray. Spread a layer of crushed tostitos on the bottom, reserving 1/4 of them for later. Add the chicken. In a separate bowl, stir together the Rotel and the Cream of Chicken Soup. Spread over the chicken. Spread the cheese over the soup mixture. Top with remaining crushed tostitos.

Bake at 425 for 25 minutes or until casserole is heated through and cheese has melted.

Preparation Time: 10 min
Cooking Time: 30 min
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Servings: 4

You can adjust this to your family's taste by using mild or hot Rotel or using nacho cheese flavored tortilla chips.

Monday, January 03, 2011

Of pasta bowls and spaghetti sauce (a recipe included)

I got a set of pasta bowls for Christmas this year. They are lovely and I am excited to be able to use them for the first time tonight.  It's Monday, so that means it's Spaghetti night.  It's been a long time since we've had sauce not out of a jar once we discovered how much we enjoy Bertolli pasta sauce.  But for tonight's inaugral use of the pasta bowls, we're having homemade spaghetti sauce served over Barilla thin spaghetti.

Spaghetti Sauce

  • 4 cup(s) cooked ground beef, 10% fat, brown and drain.
  • 1/2 cup(s) onion(s), chopped finely
  • 1 1/2 cup(s) mushroom(s), diced
  • 1/2 cup(s) bell pepper(s), chopped finely
  • 45 oz canned tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup(s) ketchup, or three squirts
  • 1 tsp italian seasoning, to taste. basil, oregano, garlic salt or powder
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup(s) olive oil

Cook ground beef. Drain and set aside. Add olive oil to pan and saute onion, mushroom, and green pepper until tender. Pour the canned tomato sauce into a large sauce pan (dutch oven). Add cooked vegetables, ground beef, seasonings, ketchup. Stir. Bring to a low boil and then simmer until done, stirring occasionally. Serve over cooked pasta. Store in freezer for later use. Makes 10 1-cup servings.

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Happy New Year!

A new day, a new month, a new year.

A time to look at the here and now.

A time to move forward.

A time to take the lessons learned from the past and not repeat the same mistakes.

A time of forgiveness.

A time to encourage.


Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Eleven things for 2011 - health improvement

 Eleven is my favorite number. I love the number 11. And now it is nearly the year 2011.  I'm planning to celebrate the number eleven all year and culminate it with a party on 11-11-11 featuring the number eleven.

So I was thinking about how to incorporate my love of the number eleven into my annual weight loss efforts and came up with eleven things I can do to improve my health. 

1.  Be asleep before 11:00 each evening, even on the weekends.  Not just in bed, but asleep. I get up at 6 a.m. so I need to be asleep by 11 to get enough rest.

2.  Plan eleven meals each week As in on purpose, on paper - and bowls of oatmeal for breakfast don't count! Dinners, lunches, and breakfast that's more than just a bowl of cereal. There are 21 meal times in a week.

3.  Move on purpose for eleven minutes each day. This is mostly for during the work days when I sit at a desk all day and really do need to move more than I do.

4.  Spend eleven minutes just being quiet. By myself.  Letting my thoughts run free.

5.  Try eleven new foods this year.  Seasonal fruits and vegetables are a good source!

6.  Spend eleven minutes outside each day.  This can be combined with #4 but would be better combined with activity.
7.  Read eleven weight-loss-related articles each month. WW online is a good place to start!

8.  Adapt the FlyLady's 15-minute attack plan to an 11-minute attack plan to keep my environment clean and organized. Less clutter and disorganization (and dust) will help my sanity and my sinuses. This can be at home or work.  After all, I spend 9 hours at the office each day.

9.  Send eleven notes of encouragement to others each month.  When you are thinking of others, you find that things often improve for yourself.

10. Drink no more than equivalent of eleven (12 oz.) Diet Cokes (or other soda) each week. This will be a challenge but I know that they offer absolutely no nutritional value or health benefit.  This will actually save me money, too!

11. Post to my Blog eleven times a month. I find when I get my thoughts out of my head and onto paper (or screen) that it frees my mind of worries and such so it can work on other things - like building my commitment to improving my health and letting my body do it's job.

So there it is.  Eleven things for 2011 directly related to improving my health and weight loss efforts.  

Monday, July 05, 2010

Cruise transfer info

We arranged transportation from the hotel to the Port of Dover through
the Disney Cruise Line, and since we are also staying at one of their
pre-arranged hotels, we are able to check in for the cruise right here.

We have to have our luggage ready and tagged for pick up by 9:00 AM
and then just meet the motorcoach at 11:15 for an 11:30 departure for
the next part of our adventure.