It's no secret that I'm a big foodie.
I love to cook....and I love to eat.
Here's the thing....I can't eat what I want to all the time, because I also like to fit in my clothes!
So, I've been on a mission since the fall to drop some weight.
Which I have.....yay, me!
I'm a huge fan of Weight Watchers and always turn back to the program when I need to drop a few pounds.
Which means my grocery shopping frequently looks like this.
My method for following the plan is to have fruit for breakfast, a light lunch, and save the majority of my points for the evening, so I can enjoy a nice dinner and a cocktail.
That's what I love about Weight Watchers, it's so flexible! I still enjoy so many of my favorite foods, I just choose where and when I want to 'spend' my points!
Well, even though I'm delighted to be just about at my goal weight, I still have cravings for some of the foods I like to indulge in.
Like cheese. Oh my gosh, I love cheese so much. But I've been staying away from it, since it's super high in points.
And I haven't figured out how to change that, or how not to eat an entire block of cheese, so I tend to just stay away from it.
But some of my favorite indulgences can be reinvented so they aren't as high in calories and fat.
That's where my new toy comes into play.
Yup, that's right - Mountain Mama got another new kitchen toy!
Say hello to Big Red - my new and oh-so-pretty Avalon Bay Air Fryer!
Oh boy, I am so excited to experiment with this baby!!
I've been researching Air Fryers for a while, and finally pulled the trigger on buying one.
And I knew what was going to be first on the list of experiments.
Oh yeah, I love me some good old sloppy Buffalo Wings!
But I don't love the fact that they are deep fried. No thank you!
That's where this baby comes into play.
Just look at all that golden deliciousness right there - and not a drop of oil was needed!
The air fryer circulates hot air at the temperature you set it to, you take the basket out and toss the wings every now and again so that they brown evenly, and that's it. Nothing else to do! Easy peasy!
I cooked these a bit longer than the directions indicated, because I like my wings crispy.
I prepared the sauce while the wings were cooking using the classic recipe of butter and hot sauce.
Next time I'll go lighter on the butter, heavier on the hot sauce. I might even experiment with light butter and see how that tastes.
When the wings were done to my liking, a quick toss in the sauce, and they were good to go.
The aroma was heavenly, I was so excited to try these out!
Just look at that! Restaurant quality Buffalo Wings right in my own little cozy kitchen!
This was dinner, and I was quite content.
These will have to be on the agenda frequently, and I'm going to sample different recipes to see how I can lighten them up even more.
Plus I have plans for French Fries, Sweet Potato Fries, Cauliflower Wings, Fried Ravioli, and who knows what else! There's a cookbook on the way from Amazon and I can't wait to get my hands on it.
Meanwhile, this is what it looks like on the mountain top these days.
Actually it's even worse than that, since another foot of snow fell on Sunday. Yup.
It's gorgeous out there, for sure. Cold, but so very beautiful.
I always wonder why the horses stand at the back of their little barn during a storm - wouldn't it make more sense to be inside? Perhaps it shields them from the wind.
I keep all the feeders full for the poor little birds and squirrels.
There's a little red squirrel that has decided to shack up in my garage this winter....he's going to have to be relocated when the weather warms up a bit. I hate to kick him out now when it's so very cold out there.
Good thing the garage is not attached to the house or I'd be freaking out right about now.
Meanwhile, back inside, who's more spoiled than the little Monkey? She spends most of her time in the chair right across from the fire. What a little punk she is, look at that cheeky little cute face!
We came home from a nice restaurant the other night with a bone for my old girl, Lily.
Guess who stole it within seconds.