WW Update - Week 56

Pounds lost in Week 56: 1 pound

Total weight lost so far : 28.6 pounds

30 pounds here I come!  That is my new official goal.  I want to see the number 30 in “total weight lost so far”.  I’ve been wanting to see that for a while, but now I’m inching that much closer.  Maybe next week???  I did some extra walking this week in an effort to save money by not using the subway.  However, given the ridiculously high temps here this week, that is not going to happen.  My people are from the north.  We don’t like heat.  BUT - there also aren’t any special events with special food this week, so that is a BIG bonus.  My weekends have been hosing me for a while now.  Drink your water and stay cool!

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One Hell of a Week

My husband lost his job yesterday, I had to explain what that meant to my kids, our credit card number was stolen and used to purchase several thousands of dollars worth of phone minutes on the Itunes store, and my Itunes account is now all messed up.  This sure is turning out to be one hell of a week!

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WW Update - Week 55

Pounds lost in Week 55: -.8 pounds

Total weight lost so far : 27.6 pounds

Considering I had 2 BBQs and a baptism luncheon, I’m chalking this up to a good week.  The damn tres leches cake does me in every time!  Why will no one take my tasty leftovers?  Yeah - so 1/4 of a tres leches cake and a .8 pound gain?  That’s a plus in my book.  But, it is a new week and I’m already back on track.  I spent last night cleaning out the basement - up and down the stairs, big heavy bags of garbage.  If only I had done that BEFORE weigh-in!

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Tres Leches Cake

For the past few parties I’ve attended or hosted, I’ve made a Tres Leches Cake (3 Milks Cake).  Not the complicated recipe the Spanish lady at work gave me, but the Betty Crocker recipe.  And you know what?  IT ROCKS!  And I can’t even show you a picture of it because once it is frosted, it is G-O-N-E!!!  I started making this for a Cinco de Mayo party and now it has become my go-to cake for all parties.  1) It is simple!  2) It is refreshing! 3) It is tasty! (and you wonder why I can’t get past those 2 pounds at WW???)

THIS is the recipe I use - with some modifications which I have detailed below.  I’ve also included some helpful tips.


1 box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® yellow cake mix
1 1/4 cups water
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla
4 eggs
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
1 cup whole milk or evaporated milk (I use evaporated)
1 cup whipping cream
1 container Betty Crocker® Whipped fluffy white frosting

2 Tablespoons coconut rum

Homemade Whipped Cream - 2 cups heavy cream, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, 2 tspn vanilla


  Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Grease and flour or spray bottom and sides of 13×9-inch pan.
  In large bowl, beat cake mix, water, oil, vanilla and eggs with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, then on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Pour into pan.
  Bake 29 to 35 minutes (mine is done at about 30 mins) or until edges are golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let stand 5 minutes. Poke top of hot cake (I wait until it is warm - if it is too hot, the cake comes out with the fork or knife and makes a mess) every 1/2 inch with long-tined fork, wiping fork occasionally to reduce sticking.
  In large bowl, stir together sweetened condensed milk, whole milk and whipping cream. Carefully pour evenly over top of cake. I then also pour 2 tablespoons of coconut rum over the cake. Cover; refrigerate about 1 hour or until mixture is absorbed into cake (I refrigerate overnight). Frost with frosting. (I use homemade whipped cream).


  • Wait until the cake is warm to poke the holes.  I use a knife - not a fork.  Less mess.
  • Use the rum.  You won’t really taste it, but it makes a difference.  Trust me!
  • Don’t freak out when pouring the milks onto the cake.  Do it slowly as to not overflow your pan.  It will all absorb.
  • Refrigerate your cake overnight so the milks have a chance to absorb into your cake.  Take it out an frost with homemade whipped cream RIGHT before you serve it.
  • Make the whipped cream!!!  Frosting will be too sweet and this cake is far too good for Cool Whip!
  • If you want, sprinkle the whipped cream with toasted coconut when frosting.  I like it both ways, but my husband thinks the toasted coconut is a nice touch!
  • Put a piece of cake aside for yourself for later when cutting it, because once word gets out, this cake goes fast!
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