Unstuffed Peppers

Unstuffed Peppers

Everything you love about stuffed pepper but 10 times easier (IMO).

Serves 6; Estimated Smart Points: 7 for 1/6th


1 lb 99% fat-free ground turkey

½ cup yellow onion, diced

3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped

2 cups of bell pepper, diced (green or red)

½ tsp of salt

¼ tsp of pepper

1 can of diced tomatoes (14.5 oz)

1 can of tomato sauce (8 oz)

1 tbsp low sodium soy sauce

1 tsp Italian seasoning

1 cup Minute white rice

1 ½ cups of shredded cheddar cheese


  • In 4-quart saucepan, cook turkey, onion and garlic over medium-high heat 5 to 7 minutes, breaking into small pieces as beef browns.
  • Add bell peppers, salt and pepper. Cook 5 to 7 minutes longer or until peppers have started to soften. (Drain fat if needed)
  • Reduce heat to medium; add tomatoes, broth, tomato sauce, soy sauce and Italian seasoning. Stir until well combined. Heat to boiling.
  • Add uncooked rice. Simmer covered for 5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat; sprinkle with shredded cheese, and let sit covered for 5-7 minutes.

*Modified from Betty Crocker’s Stuffed Pepper Casserole recipe here.


Weigh in Monday

After a too long hiatus from blogging I’ve decided to start again.

I am currently about 7 weeks into Weight Watchers (6 if you don’t count the week I took off for Thanksgiving, oops!). I’ve lost a total of 12.5 pounds so far, and my goal is to be down a total of 40 by my 1 year Weight Watcher anniversary next October.

I don’t have all of my stats as I don’t do measurements of my arms and legs and what not, but below are my weight stats.

Starting Weight: 201.8

Current Weight: 189.3

Goal Weight: 161

My weight loss has been at a standstill for 2 weeks. Mainly because I took off Thanksgiving… and the week following it. Then last week I didn’t grocery shop for success and was lackadaisical in tracking!

This is the week! I really hope to see a loss this week, I am looking for only a half pound loss. Sounds doable right? I just have to keep in mind how great it feels for my pants to be LOOSE on me for once. And I finally fit back into a pair of pre-pregnancy pants that were too tight on my BEFORE baby.

Here is a photo of me the day before I started Weight Watchers (left) and last week (right). It’s amazing the difference 12.5 lbs can make, and can’t wait to see what I look like at goal!

Who’s with me?


How do you trust again when your body betrays you?

In early 2010 I caught a textbook case of gastroenteritis (AKA the stomach flu) and my stomach was never the same.

Something about that illness seriously altered the way my insides behave.

The summer of 2010 I began having issues such as loose stools, stomach pain, and chronic nausea. My stomach issues became less chronic over the course of the summer, and for weeks at a time I would feel ‘normal’. My issues however began coming in ‘episodes’. It would start with a run of constipation, followed by periods of diarrhea/stomach pain. This led to a fear of going pretty much anywhere. I was afraid to eat out, I got anxious just going to the mall. So, I went to the doctor, and he diagnosed me with anxiety. I was placed on a small dose of anti-anxiety medication, which didn’t help.

Occasionally my episodes of loose stool would wake me up urgently in the middle of the night (thankfully this hasn’t happened in a while). It even happened on vacation in 2012 when we were in a camper with no bathroom. Anyone ever try to hold that kind of movement in while running across a dark campground to the public toilet? Probably not. So, it’s safe to say that it’s one reason I won’t go camping again. It’s also a reason I am now so afraid to travel.

Thinking about travel makes my stomach hurt. Literally. Sharp pains, cramps, the whole works. Then, I can’t think of anything else, which zaps  my energy and willingness to do anything spontaneous. One of the only ways I can do anything when I feel this way is to load up on anti-diarrheal meds. I used to take Imodium but that backed me up badly, so I started taking Pepto which calms my nerves and doesn’t stop me up. I digress.

In 2013 I visited a Gastroenterologist who performed an upper endoscopy, and a colonoscopy. Some benign polyps, but no signs of anything ominous. I was put into the all-encompassing category of IBS, although never officially diagnosed.

This has been my life for the last six years. Off and on episodes of loose stool followed by sharp stomach pains, lack of appetite, and nausea. It affects all aspects of my life and has led to me being labeled as ‘no fun’. I used to be fun. I want to be fun again. I want to go on a road trip and not have to think about how long until the next rest stop, and without fear of my stomach misbehaving. Will I ever get there? I’m not sure.

I have an appointment with a new GI doctor tomorrow, and I know he will want to run tests. As much as I don’t want to do them I will, because I do want to figure out what’s going on. I may not be normal, but I want my stomach to feel ‘normal’ again.

Will keep you updated.


My Bucket List: 1-50

Some people may think that bucket lists are stupid.

Well, I don’t.

In fact, recently I sat down and began mine. It’s my hope that my bucket list will encourage me to do things in my life to make it more fulfilling and adventurous. On mine I have place I would like to visit, life events I would like to see, personal goals, and more! 😀

My goal is to eventually get to 100, but for now I have 1-50 for you, in no particular order:

  1. Write a book
  2. Publish a book
  3. Visit Ireland
  4. Own a NEW car
  5. Go on an east coast road trip
  6. Open an event venue
  7. See a musical on Broadway
  8. Go to a Needtobreathe concert
  9. Fly in a plane
  10. Visit Austin, Texas
  11. Go Canoeing
  12. Go to a Steeler’s game IN Pittsburgh
  13. Go to an NHL game
  14. Go to an NBA game
  15. Become a foster parent
  16. Adopt a child
  17. Learn a new language
  18. Live to see my son graduate high school
  19. Live to see my son graduate college
  20. Live to see my son get married
  21. Live to meet my grandchildren
  22. Visit Alaska
  23. Golf 18 holes
  24. Ride on the back of a motorcycle
  25. Meet someone famous
  26. Grow a vegetable garden
  27. See the northern lights
  28. Be completely debt free
  29. Get my master’s degree
  30. Ride in a helicopter
  31. Get a henna tattoo
  32. Spend the night in a tree house
  33. See the Grand Canyon
  34. See the Statue of Liberty
  35. Be a biological aunt
  36. Visit a castle
  37. Travel first class
  38. Go Zip-lining
  39. Ride a double-decker buss
  40. Visit a black sand beach
  41. Own a beach house
  42. Visit Niagara Falls
  43. Participate in a color run
  44. Design dream house
  45. Visit Scotland
  46. Have a dog for it’s entire life
  47. Own a lot of land
  48. Take a Graphic Design class
  49. Take a Creative Writing class
  50. Run a 5K

What are some of the things on your bucket list??



















YOU! I need your help!

I am sitting in front of the computer eating a Twix bar as I Google “Ways to Make Positive Change in Your Life.”

I find irony in the situation because the reason I am Googling the above is because I am trying to change my lifestyle. I don’t think hypocritical quite describes it… I’ve spent the last ten minutes looking for the appropriate word and I can’t seem to find it. Ironic is the best I could do.

So, I’m sitting here, ironically trying to cram the remaining Twix bar in my mouth before the first article opens, because gosh dang it if I’m going to lose weight it’s going to be after this chocolate. I NEED HELP.

I’ve been on Weight Watchers for around four weeks and have lost six pounds. I’ve done better on the program before, but I haven’t really been that invested (aside from the money I paid to join). Yes I am unhappy with my weight, but why can’t I eat whatever I want to lose it. UGH. My motivations is lacking.

So, I need your help! Tell me what you do when your motivation wanes, because I think I need advice… *cleans Twix out of teeth*.

Much love,