thePennyPinchingPastryPrincess

February will be chalked up to yet another month I didn’t meet my savings goal. Ah well, we’ll see if March will bring a higher percentage. Still, I can’t scoff at 43% savings and I’m so close to my 50% goal. Getting this close is actually a great incentive.
I do need to make sure you’re all aware that Publix is no longer accepting their expired store coupons. I certainly don’t blame them and I’m still achieving my greatest percentage of savings from Publix.
As some of you may recall, a friend and I joined Weight Watchers in December. I’ve only seen significant weight loss (remember healthy weight loss is 2-4 pounds per month) in the last couple weeks and I think it has to do with the weather being nicer and allowing me to become more active. In fact, now that my children have three soccer practices a week at the Devaul Henderson Park, I’m “forced” to walk each of those nights. (Walking keeps me from becoming Sand Gnat food!) If you need a walking buddy, please let me know. My iPod will appreciate the break!
While I’m learning to making healthier choices, I think the most important change I’ve made is to trade my Diet Coke for water. Mind you I have not cut the Diet Coke addiction completely, but I have noticed days where I didn’t have a single can because I chose water or soda water with lime instead.
My mom bought me a cookbook that I highly recommend. It’s called Eat What You Love by Marlene Koch and I’m very happy with most of the recipes in it. The book is for sale at Kroger or on-line. One of my favorite recipes from this book is:

Fresh Broccoli and Walnut Salad
Makes 5 Servings

Dressing
1/4 cup light mayonnaise
6 tablespoons plain nonfat yogurt
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
2 teaspoons granulated sugar (I substitute with Truvia, just remember to adjust the amount)

Salad
4 cups broccoli florets
1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
1/3 cup toasted walnut pieces
1/4 cup raisins or 3 tablespoons real bacon bits

1. To make the dressing, in a medium bowl whisk together the mayonnaise, yogurt, vinegar, and sugar.
2. For the salad, in a large bowl, toss the broccoli, onion, walnuts, and raisins. Pour the dressing over the broccoli and mix well.
3. Cover and place in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours to meld the flavors and slightly soften the broccoli before serving. Just before serving, toss in the bacon bits.

Enjoy!

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