One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident


Easter Candy and Holiday Dinner Plans

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I made the Easter baskets tonight and now I feel like a stuffed pig. It’s really my first nibbles at the Easter Candy. Thankfully I only bought one bag of jelly beans (which I don’t even like) and one bag of chocolate eggs. That’s it.  The rest of the basket is filled with trinket toys, play dough and lots of fun little gifts. SO much better then a basket of candy in my opinion.

So tomorrow the guests start to arrive.  I’m TOTALLY not ready. But I’m getting there.  The baskets are done. I’ve been prepping vegetables all day. And I’m starting a cool yelatin (no, it’s not a typo it’s my new favorite dessert!) mold with a bunch of festive colors.  My plan is to serve it with fruit and cool whip for a fun light dessert. As for dinner, I’m going half traditional, half Italian. It’s kind of a family tradition.  I’m starting with some Zucchini & Red Pepper Salad with Spinach “Pesto” as an antipasta type salad.  Then it’s traditional stuffed shells made with my homemade sauce, turkey sausage and turkey meatballs. Of course I’m using reduced fat cheese for the shells, not that anyone ever notices. My other main course this year is Baked Ham with Sweet Potatoes and Carrots and I’m serving a side of Roasted Margarita Asparagus.  

There you have it, an “on plan” holiday dinner menu.  Now if I can only stick by the veggie tray instead of the candy, cheese and crackers, I’ll be set!

Anyone else have big plans this weekend? Maybe some that don’t revolve around food?!? :~P

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    March 21, 2008

    I moved away from my family and don’t get to go home for Easter anymore, so to distract myself this weekend I’m doing my first triathlon. However, I’m pretty sure this is going to make me feel justified in eating the entire Easter basket full of Jordan almonds and jelly beans that my mom sent me.


    March 21, 2008

    It’s just me, the hubby and the dog…family is on the other coast. We are going to stick with our Sunday tradition of a nice hike but we are going to have an Easter picnic on the trail…and enjoy a nice day out. No jelly beans or chocolate but I am sure it will be nice. Have a Happy Easter Roni!!


    Mrs Darling

    March 21, 2008

    Oh my I still have to make my easter baskets. I dread it. If I can resist even one candy its easier to resist them all.

    And by the way I love jelly beans!


    March 22, 2008

    Hi Roni :-) Thanks for your comment, yup I have checked out all the great sites on here now. My post was actually referring to blogger (I just imported my posts from my old blog over there when I signed up here, so it sounded a bit weird he he he). Is there anyway I can use my blogger blog for the weightwatchen website rather than the wordpress one?
    Your baskets sound great. Hubby and I also bought things for each other rather than choccy :-) Means you get to enjoy the great memories for a lot longer too, rather than regret another lump on the hip… :-) Have a great one!! or


    March 22, 2008

    DS is only 18 months so Easter baskets will not happen this year… probably never if they are filled with candy. I am addicted to jelly beans and therefore have and will continue to run past them until the holidays are over. We will most likely have your crab cakes, a salad and veggies. It is just the three of us so we are making our own traditions.

    going for 10

    March 22, 2008

    Well…I am having the full fledged all american Easter. We will go to both sets of family…which means two huge meals. Both involve hunting chocolate Easter eggs….and munching and crunching all day!!! So, I am bringing the trusty old relish tray with “light” dip… and my husband’s favorite potatoe salad. I will just have to depend on myself to drink lots of water….and try to make good choices on a REALLY challenging food day. But…boy am I gunna look good in my Easter dress :) ha ha.


    March 22, 2008

    I’m not doing anything. I was invited over to my sister’s house, but I like to have one slug day a week where I have no plans and don’t have to go anywhere. It’s virtually my idea of heaven. Hope you have a great Easter!


    March 22, 2008

    I am going for a morning walk with my dear friend and our two dogs, then we are going to sit and have tea and chat……very cozy and fun…..the best easter basket I ever received was one that was filled with tons of fresh fruit…made my day that my family was so supportive of my efforts to be healthier :) Happy Easter hon

    Laura Brandon

    March 22, 2008

    want to know what my big easter plans are? i get to work tomorrow! not that i’d get to do anything fun anyway, my parents went to texas for easter. but i hope you have fun!


    March 22, 2008

    How can you not like jellybeans? they are my favorite! My mom always gives me an easter basket full of fruit, i always look forward to it. Your dinner spread sounds amazing, you sound like your going to have a good time! Enjoy!


    March 23, 2008

    sometimes it’s nice to be jewish :)

    hope you had a fab weekend/easter.

    it can all be stressful Id imagine…