Guilty Pleasures

Happy Saturday!

I love lazy Saturday mornings! The sun is shining and the Nebraska Cornhuskers are playing today! Go Big Red!

One of my guilty pleasures is a good cup of coffee. I love espresso! my favorite is a skinny vanilla Latte with 4 or 5 shots of espresso. I love the strong yet smooth taste of the coffee with the sweet foam from the steamed milk. I have a fancy smancy espresso maker. IMG_0621This coffee maker totally broke my budget 12 years ago, but I can’t tell you how much I love it. If  there were a fire in my house, I would first grab my dogs, then if time allowed, I would grab my Jura Espresso S9. This baby grinds, tamps, and pulls the shots for you, and in less than a minute, you get a nice shot of espressoIMG_0627 with the yummy crema floating on top. Who ever elevated a coffee bean to this level should be celebrated!

Yesterday my friend Pat and I made some killer Pumpkin Cranberry bran fat free muffins. I made up the recipe, I do that a lot with muffins. Sometimes they turn out great, sometimes not so great. But these turned out exceptional. Here’s the recipe. If you have any questions abut the recipe message me.

I punched in the numbers from the recipe on MFP and the jumbo muffins were 198 calories each. Full of fiber, low in fat and super healthy. These are dense healthy muffins, not light cupcakes without frosting.







Pumpkin Cranberry Bran Muffins

1 large can puréed pumpkin
3 eggs
1 quart buttermilk fat free
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup brown sugar
I box of all Bran cereal
4 cups Bisquick
1 cup craisons
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon soda powder
1 tablespoons baking powder

Optional roasted pumpkin seeds for top of muffins

Makes 30 jumbo muffins
198 calories
60 regular size 99 calories

Pour the quart of buttermilk over All Bran and let it soak for 10 minuites. Add the rest of the ingredients mix well. Place liners in muffin tins and spray each liner with Pam. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes for large muffins. Test with toothpick if comes out clean, they are done. I put in individual ziplock sandwich bags and freeze. Can be thawed in microwave for 45 seconds to a minute. So good with a cup of coffee.


So here I am on a lazy Saturday sitting on my bed with my laptop with a cup of great coffee, a fresh healthy muffin, and my Huskers on TV.

A year ago, I could barely push myself out of bed. I would sleep most of the day and shuffle into the kitchen to make something easy and very unhealthy to eat. I would spend sometime on social media, feel sorry for myself and probably post some snarly self loathing post and pass out asleep the rest of the afternoon. I’m not proud of this at all. But it is my truth. I don’t live that way anymore, and life is getting better daily.

Today I am grateful for the progress I have made. But I’m not even close to where I want to be. I think I need to push myself a little more. I don’t believe I realize what I am now capable of, because I spent so much time shut down. I did not really want to post that last sentence, because now I’m accountable and have to do something about it.

This evolution to wellness is quirky. Suddenly I will catch myself doing something I have not done in years, without even noticing. I’m getting up and moving around in my kitchen these days, rather than scoot around on my stool that has wheels. It is so much easier to just get up and go to the fridge than roll my chubby self over there. Last year I would rather die than push my body to an upright position and walk across the room. Oh I could do it, but it was unbelievable pain. As I see myself regain health without realizing it, the same happens when we lose out health. We quit walking into the store, we order more stuff on Amazon to avoid shopping, we drove through for our food. It starts with stuff we don’t even realize. None of this happens over night. And soon, you realize you are unable to do the simplest things. My advice would be to guard yourself against this behavior. it sneaks up on you, and soon you can be in a whole lot of trouble. I think this could be applied to many other things in life.

Enjoy your Saturday everyone! Go Big Red!go-big-red


Thanks so much for taking the time to read my blog. I am a Baby Boomer from Nebraska blogging my way to good health. I am single, with no children, I have a little white maltese dog named Lily. Follow my journey to lose 1 pound 300 times.

2 thoughts on “Guilty Pleasures

  1. forjrt from MFP (Becky)

    I covet your espresso maker, Kathy, and those muffins look AWESOME. Will be trying that recipe, for sure. Once again I related to everything you wrote about, too. I’m a couple years older than you and haven’t been at a normal weight for decades, and find myself wondering just what I WILL be capable of, whether I can build my muscles and lung strength up again, etc. I don’t want to be an athlete, but I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to be much more mobile than I am now.


      Let me know how you like the muffins! Won’t it be fun to find out what our bodies will be capable of doing? I can hardly wait! Thanks for the sweet message!

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