Baby Steps…Healthy wasn’t built in ONE day.

Yesterday for Colton and the rest of our clan was a step toward some changes.  The first part of that change was for me to not be defensive and beat myself up.   Yes, I am the grocery getter and head chef for the Ponderosa.  That being said, there are not bags of Doritos and Oreos hanging out at the Ponderosa.  I do love to cook and butter is my middle name but there is other accountability.  I cannot take full blame for Colton’s being overweight.  That sounds really good, doesn’t it??? I cannot lie, totally blaming and beating myself up.  I can talk a big game but when it comes down to it, Mama guilt kicks my butt every time.

Baby Step One was a stop at the pediatrician’s office.  Dr. Baker was amazing but she doesn’t prescribe blood pressure medication.  So a referral to a cardiologist.  So a moment of venting.  I paid a co-pay to learn we couldn’t be helped at that level.  Now I will be referred to a cardiologist (a specialist) for a higher co-pay.  YAY health care.  Dr. Baker was not judgemental, condemning, condescending,  or any of the things I thought she was going to be.  I actually thanked her as I left for not judging me as his Mama.  She asked Colton questions about making changes in his life and he committed to her to walk half a mile three times a week.  He had already stopped drinking caffeine and only drinks water.  So that was a plus.  She shared with us about the Healthy You program offered by CHKD, and asked Colton if he would be interested in that?  To which Colton said yes.  So Dr. Baker started the referral paperwork for that.

I am not going to lie to you and say I have all of these ideas about eating healthy and all these recipes whirling around in my brain.  UM NO.  Just NO.  This will be a giant mountain for me to climb.  I first had thoughts of man baked chicken and steamed broccoli every night or foods that don’t fly at the Ponderosa.  Though the confidence several of you have in me is reassuring.  It is nice to know that when doubting myself, there are those that have faith in me.  I couldn’t completely allow myself to get overwhelmed at this point.  But I am choosing not to.  Because you see life is all about choices and how you face obstacles.  I may not have a lot of control over this obstacle, but I have complete control over my attitude towards the obstacle.

Last night’s dinner was a good one.  It was on the healthy side.  I make my own Shake n Bake.  It is so much tastier than that box on the shelf.  I can pronounce every ingredient, which is a huge plus.  I found a recipe that I love from South your Mouth.  I use Panko breadcrumbs instead of plain breadcrumbs.  Here’s the recipe:

Homemade Shake n Bake

  • 3 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 1 Tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder
  • 2 teaspoons Onion Powder
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley (i omit this)
  • 1 teaspoon of Thyme
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil

Mix all ingredients together and place in ziplock bag.  It makes 4 batches.


So last night I cut up 3 chicken breast into little nuggets and I used the shake n bake to coat them.  I place them on a baking stone to cook.  I also took little potatoes added some olive oil, salt, and pepper and a new spice I love from Just Spices, called Spicy Garlic Blend.  Mixed it up and on a separate baking stone added them.  I baked them both at 425 for about 25-30 minutes.  Mark likes his chicken WELL done.  You probably could have cooked it a little less.  As Izzy complained it was dry and she’d like juicy chicken.  I would probably start the potatoes first for about 10 minutes then add in the chicken and cook both for 20. I thought we were going to have broccoli but I apparently didn’t have any.  So we had sauteed sugar snap peas.  Little olive oil, salt, and pepper and once they have cooked a few minutes, press a couple of garlic cloves into stir fry around.  Do not overcook them; they are best when they have a bite and aren’t mush.

So a very dear friend and my go to gal for medical issues, Maria, has reminded me several times that it will take a village of people to support this change and that I am not alone.  God is there and a village of supporters will help.  She soothed my heart when it was really hurting.  Words of thanks aren’t enough to tell her how much I appreciated her words and the love and guidance she gave me.

Well that is it for today.

From the Ponderosa Kitchen to yours

Elizabeth Queen of the Ponderosa




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