Thursday, August 31, 2017

Cauliflower Fried Rice.......An Unexpected Surprise

Hi everyone,
I picked up this Green Giant Cauliflower Fried Rice Mix at the supermarket yesterday because I have been seeing cauliflower rice on different Keto blogs and channels.  



I was curious because I've had cauliflower before and when it was cooked it really smelled bad and made me nauseated.  So since so many people are touting the low carb advantages of cauliflower rice I thought I'd invest a few dollars in a package and try it for myself.

Well, lo and behold I was pleasantly surprised.......


There was no foul odor in the house and it tasted sooooo delicious I could have eaten a double helping.   Unfortunately I didn't quite make it to the recipe specifications because I couldn't get the new jar of garlic opened and I didn't have any Hoisin sauce (whatever that is).  But, with the ingredients I did have it turned out just amazing.  I will definitely give this to Mike and I know he will enjoy it too.

Have you tried cauliflower fried rice?  What do you think? Could I make a chicken rice soup with it (not fried of course, just the cauliflower mix)?  I guess I will be experimenting soon.

Thanks for visiting with me today.  I hope you are having a lovely day.
Carol

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Kitchen Toys

I don't know about you, but I just love a new kitchen toy -


(Hamilton Beach Hand/Stand Mixer)

And, I went wild and got RED................ 

I hope you are having a wonderful day.
Hugs,
Carol


Sunday, August 27, 2017

Beth's Kitchen Cafe and the meal worth 17 Grams of Carbs Any Day

Hi everyone,
So nice of you to stop by.
Mike and I were out and about going to yard sales today and come around 2 p.m. we were both hungry (hadn't eaten anything all day except drinking black coffee).  So, we were in the Bridgton, ME area and decided to stop at one of the cutest places around; Beth's Kitchen Cafe on Main Street. 




(it was way too packed today to take pictures so these are from spring of 2016)

However, this is from today - Tilla's Breakfast Sandwich made with 1/2 english muffin, a fried egg over easy, some onion, green pepper, tomato, carrot, mushrooms, spinach with a tiny bit of honey mustard made with mustard seed.  I cannot describe the taste of this wondeful open-faced sandwich except truly magnificent. The macros on this beauty are estimated at - 213 calories (using on online calorie website), 10 grams fat, 12 grams protein, and 17 grams carbs (not net carbs).  That's because it was only 1/2 english muffin.  I would never have eaten a whole english muffin.  Well worth the 17 grams carbs toward my daily 20 average any day of the week.  Feast your eyes.......



(I only wish I could share the taste with you.)  

My weight is now 130, even after eating calories of 1,598; 1,432; 1,589;1,216; and 1,256 over the last 5 days while we had company in town.  My weight went from 132 to 130.  I tried increasing the calories but made sure to keep the macros in line.  Trying to eat 1,000 calories or less per day wasn't dropping the weight as quickly as I wanted and I was pretty hungry most of the time.  Increasing the calories has kept me from being hungry and evidently helped me to start dropping the weight again.



So, for the time being I'm not going to worry about how many calories I eat, just make sure I keep the macros in line, which right now for me are 66% fat, 26% protein, and 8% carbohydrates.  

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you had a wonderful day.  Mike and I met so many great people at the yard sales we visited and had lots of good conversations that I told him "it was like we visited some old friends."  Couldn't have asked for a better day out and about with my honey.

Blessings,
Carol




Saturday, August 26, 2017

Some Like It Hot, Hot, Hot

Yowza................ (panting) these are hot, hot, hot!



I know it says a serving is about 23 of them but yikes, I couldn't eat more than one.  I felt like my throat was on fire.  That's one way to lose weight!

I guess Mike will have to eat these.  Oh well, more Keto for him. Now that his bag of potato chips (yuk) is gone, he'll reach for these.

Try them only if you are brave............
Good day,
Carol  

Friday, August 25, 2017

The Verdict Is In - Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins Rule


"Ummm, that's a great snack," he said, as he peeled the paper from his second muffin.  Glad he likes the low carb muffins.  I can't wait until he tries the Keto Almond Joy bars I made for him this afternoon.  It was a fun day cooking for Mike.

Thanks for visiting.
Carol

Lemon Poppy Seed Low Carb Muffins | Keto Recipes and another Lb. Lost

Today is the day I make Mike some of his favorite Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins.  I'm hoping he'll like them Keto style.  I got the recipe from one of my favorite YouTube Keto sites called KetoConnect.  You can check out their website at   KetoConnect.net  if you are interested in learning more.  I binge watch their videos and can't tell you how informative and interesting this young couple is.


before baking


straight from the oven

Ok, now that they've cooled and I've had the chance to taste one I'll say they are quite strong.  The reason for that is probably because I didn't have straight Erythritol so I used Truvia which is Stevia with Erythritol. Since it wasn't exactly the same I used only 3 tablespoons instead of 4.  I also think that for me, maybe 4 tablespoons of lemon juice is a bit much.  I'll try 3 tablespoons next time.  Still, they are quite filling and with the stronger taste eating just one is plenty.  Not ideal but a good way to curb your appetite........

The macros on these beauties is 136.4 calories each, 12.5 grams fat, 3.2 grams protein, 2.1 grams fiber, 3.7 grams carbs, and 1.6 grams net carbs.

I've added the KetoConnect video just in case anyone would like to watch Megha make these lemony beauties.  I always watch the video first before making one of their recipes so I don't miss any helpful tips.




Thanks for visiting with me today.  I am tipping the scale at 131!  That's 23 pounds weight loss. Huzzah!



Thursday, August 24, 2017

The Way We Were


Do you find that sometimes the littlest thing can trigger a memory for you; like a smell, a sound, or something as insignificant as some little dots of paper left from punching holes in recipe pages to go into a notebook.


These seemingly insignificant little pieces of paper have quite the memory-triggering impact for me and did just that today.  They reminded me of when grandson Jacob was about 4 y.o. and would be playing with little tractors and trucks on the floor in my computer room.  I had been punching some papers one day and when I went to empty the punch into the trash can it slipped and sent hundreds of these punch dots onto the carpeting.  Jacob immediately came to the rescue, and with the little Matchbox-type front end loader began to scoop them up, probably about 4 at a time, and empty them into the trash.  My clumsy mess turned into something fun for him.

We have numerous little memories like this that pop up during our days and bring a smile to our faces and a lightness to our hearts.

I hope you enjoy this song by Barbra Streisand.  I know it's about adults but memories are precious no matter whom they are reminding us of.




Blessings,
Carol

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Sixteen Going on Seventeen

Oh boy, life has new challenges.  Beware, that empty nest will soon fill up again with grandchildren bringing home first loves and presenting new challenges for Grandparents to continue to instruct them in the facts of life.

My grandson Jacob asked if his new girlfriend could come stay with us for a week.  Of course, we said, being the loving and concerned Grandparents that we are.  I'll tell you it has been exhausting.  Just for some background information; she is from New York City and they met online gaming a couple of years ago.  




Jacob with Liz

Trying to keep them busy with lots of things to do that limit alone time is not easy.  My old body can't take much more walking and standing around but, being only 16 years old they are quite immature and still need monitoring.  I can't tell you the number of times I've broken up the full body presses and discussing the dangers, not to mention the unsightliness, of hickeys visibly noticeable on my grandsons neck.  This young lady is quite the aggressive one and today is going to be a strain for me as my husband goes back to work, leaving me alone with these two sets of raging hormones.

As the old adage goes, "Bless us and save us, said Mrs. Davis."

On the day we picked Liz up at the bus station we headed for the hot air balloon festival. That occupied several hours and was fun all in all.



Yesterday we kept them busy with paddle boats.



But, of course, that didn't last more than a few hours.  So we had a cookout!  We tried getting them to the movies but they weren't interested in any that were playing.  We tried bowling, but the bowling alley wasn't opening until later that evening (under new management).  We suggested a hike up a local mountain but they were too tired from peddeling the boat.  So we made them sit in the living room with us and we watched a movie together.  I'm exhausted; I think I said that already didn't I.........

So, wish me luck.  I will need the patience of a Saint and the wisdom of Solomon.
And, even though I'd like them to act more responsibly I have to remember, they are 16 going on 17.

Any suggestions would be most appreciated!






Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The Soaps Must Go On

As I posted in the comments on the website SOAPS.COM -




Isn't there enough coverage out there for people to tune to who really, really want to watch things like the eclipse, bombings, riots, famine, other worldly events without taking away General Hospital from innocent people like shut-in's who live for their daily visit with their soap friends on TV. 

How disheartening for them to tune-in only to have to tune-out. As a nurse I understand how the house bound and infirm could care less about what else is going on except on the regular programs they watch. Isn't there another way? I'm sure it doesn't do anything positive to the bottom line to skip showing the regular episode of GH to show something everyone else is showing. 


Rethink the positive press from being the one who sticks to regular programming. Those who go elsewhere to view the goings on aren't your die hard, true fans anyway. The event can always be seen later on evening news or in the papers. 


Think about it!


How do you feel about your favorite shows being "preempted?"    Feel free to comment, rant, rave, or other, but remember to "play nice."


Monday, August 21, 2017

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Auburn Maine Hot Air Balloon Festival Last Day & Meeting Liz

I had no idea this was going on this weekend and found out when Mike saw it on the news.  We decided to stop on our way home from picking up grandson Jacob's girlfriend from the bus station in Portland, Maine.  It seemed like a nice thing to do with her and show her some of what us Mainer's do for fun.


Jacob and Liz (from New York City)

They are so cute.  They met on the internet while gaming a couple of years ago and Jacob went to New York to visit her last month and we invited her to come to Maine to visit before they went back to school.  Jacob is a senior at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School and Liz is a Junior at a high school in New York.

Here are some of the highlights of the last day of the Auburn Hot Air Balloon Festival 2017 -















There was loads of great food and everyone had a great time.  Being the last 6 p.m. launch of balloons there were only a few that stayed for the end.  I bet it was wonderful at the 6 a.m. flight though.
Thanks for visiting today.
Carol

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Golden Eggs (or Scrambled Egg in the Shell)





I ran into this on the internet.  I want to make this and give it to my husband.  He peels his eggs for his lunch the next day at home the night before.  I think I'll try it next week when he goes back to work.  He'll either think the egg is defective or I've lost my marbles.  LOL




Only in a Wal-Mart ......


....can you find a Rabbit driving a handi-cap cart.
LOL

Thigh Me To The Moon - Again & Again

Wanted to share something other than food for a change so I thought I'd share underwear.
Not just any underwear, mind you.  These are very special and oh so wonderful.  Made by a company called "Thigh Society" they are the most comfortable, soft, and amazing underwear you will even put on your lovely derriere. 



In the beginning, before I started the Keto diet, I found I was having trouble with chafing of the inner thighs when the weather got hot.   This would not do!  So I scoured the internet sites for something that would help with this problem and found Thigh Society.

My first pair arrived in about a month (so popular they were back ordered).  The moment I slipped into that first pair I was hooked.  The inner panel is cool and the flat seems do not hurt my legs.  I had already had irritation around my legs from the edges of panties and the pressure from sitting.  Mind you, I do have the most delicate skin and get irritation from things others have never heard of.  I am like the Princess in the story "The Princess and the Pea."



So thrilled with this product, I promptly sent off my review......

This is the review I left:

Thigh Me To The Moon
I'm in heaven, or at least over the moon in love with my Mid Rise Anti-chafing Slip Short. The most comfortable thing I've put on my lovely arse in ages. Able to sit in a car for 5 hrs. without any irritation from panty seams, wrinkling fabric and such. And as I am losing weight, these babies are still fitting me perfectly. Thigh me to the moon!

This is the reply by Thigh Society Inc:

Love it! 'Thigh me to the moon' - ❤️
Thanks,
Thigh Society Inc.



I ordered a pair in the black and have been just as pleased with the second pair.  So, now months later.............. I reordered, but a size smaller and they fit just as wonderfully.  Time to order more.  A bit pricey at about $43.00 a pair (they offer $10. off your first pair if you sign up), which includes shipping but, OH SO WORTH IT!  Yes, you are.....................

Thanks for visiting my blog today.  Have a great day!
Carol

Disclaimer:  I receive nothing for promoting this product.  This blog post is purely to pass along some information to those who might have an interest in comfort.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Satisfying the Need to Crunch

Well, I do love to crunch!  I had heard about these cheese crisps, but found them too expensive online (you have to purchase them in a box of 12 packs).  I wasn't going to spend almost $50. to try them either.  But, during the weekend trip to Owl's Head, there they were on a store shelf for only $2.98 a package.  (Guess who went back and picked up 4 more packages.)  




As for the serving size of 23 crisps; no, no, no...... I couldn't eat 1/2 of that in a sitting. They were extremely filling and satisfying.  Especially if you put a little peanut butter on them.  Reminded me of those peanut butter cheese crackers we had as children; called Toasted Cheese Peanut Butter Sandwiches.



Now, what I would do with these crisps is put 23 in a bowl to snack on throughout the day. That could work. Also, a great replacement for potato chips or crackers.

Thanks for visiting today.  
Crunch On!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Weekend Get-Away: Owl's Head Transportation Museum & Lighthouse Museum Weekend

We went to Owl's Head, ME for two days.  One day to travel and relax, and the next to preview the vehicles that will be coming up for auction on this coming Saturday.  The two we decided would be best for us are this Ford F-150 truck,





or, this 1966 Ford Mustang


both which would most likely come in under under $10,000. (if we were lucky).

I had to get in on a few of the pictures because I'm usually the one behind the camera.



It was a great opportunity to interview for a "Price Is Right" spokes-model position, don't you think?


Hmmm, actually it looks like that purse is too heavy and pulling me down to the right... 
We decided that we wouldn't go back for the actual auction because it was quite far to go if there were only two cars that we "might" be able to bid on depending on how much competition there was.

We did meet a man from SWEDEN, yes the real country of Sweden and not Sweden, Maine.  It's always strange running into someone who says they are from someplace like sweden, denmark, mexico, etc. because like the majority of our towns in northern and western Maine are named after other countries.  But, he was from SWEDEN.... here to check out vehicles his hired bidder would bid on for him on Saturday and have them shipped to him overseas.  He was such a wonderful guy to talk with.

Anyway, we had a great time.
Stayed overnight at our favorite Hampton by Hilton in Thomaston, ME.

I was able to put together a great Keto-style breakfast in the morning which included some hot-buttered coffee, a western omelet topped with almonds, maple sausage, cream cheese and peanut butter.  It kept me satiated for over 5 hours.


Before we left the coast, we headed over to the Maine Lighthouse Museum in Rockland, ME.






Back home now, ahhhhhhh!  It is fun to travel, but always so great to be back home.

Thanks for visiting with me today.  I wish you all a beautiful day.
Hugs,
Carol 







Friday, August 11, 2017

Biting Off More Than I Can Chew (and update on doctor's visit)

I bet you thought this was another diet post.  Nope, it's about ART.  I wanted, in the worst way,  to paint some hummingbirds in my garden.  And, I'm afraid that's just what I did (painted them in the worst way LOL).

I started the painting back in May, and I guess and thought I'd work on it today after weeks of looking at it and shaking my head.  You see, it wasn't going in the direction I had thought it would and I guess that's really my own fault.  Probably should have done a smaller painting with one hummingbird and one flower. I always seem to "bite off more than I can chew", with art, that is.   I know I haven't posted a painting in probably a year, so hear goes.


Just wanted to let those of you know, who were following me because we chat about art, that I'm still painting, occasionally.  When  am not fixing the piano, photographing the critters in the yard, or posting about Ketogenic dieting, there will be a painting or story about art from time to time.  I think I'll try painting a different subject next time.

Thanks for stopping by.  I just got a call from the doctor's office and he can see me today at 3 p.m. to do OMT on my back again.  How wonderful.  I just wish hubby had the day off to drive me because driving after a treatment is not a good idea, it can undo the adjustment with one wrong move.  Wish me luck!

Hugs,
Carol

Update on doctor's visit -   I drove cautiously both ways, especially after the OMT treatment.  The doc said I had 3 vertebrae misaligned and he had to do a lot more work than usual to get my right hip in place.  Now I usually get zonked for a few days as the treatment is a shock to the system.  Probably be in bed early, I am pretty exhausted right now.

Our new electric recliners arrived about a couple of hours before I left for the doctor's office and they are nice and comfy.  No more reaching over the side and pulling the handle to recline which often hurt my back.

Thanks for stopping by.  I wish you could try out my new chair.  I'm gonna love it.
Have a great day.
Carol

Why Animals Don't Smoke

I was cleaning out some files a while ago, of things I had saved during my career as a Registered Nurse.  One favorite brochure was from the American Lung Association called "Why Animals Don't Smoke" and was meant to share with children to teach them the dangers and pitfalls of smoking.

I just had to share these cute animal comments with you today.  Something a bit different.
I hope you enjoy the post.








My favorites are -
The frog says, "No one would want t kiss me if I smoked."
The giraffe says, "Smoking would give me a sore throat."
The goat says, "The smoke might hurt my kids."

I just love how they played on the characteristics of the individual animals.  What a creative team.

I hope you enjoyed today's post. 
It's raining here today, just like the weatherman said it would.  Can you imagine that?
I will be resting up and not doing much of anything.

I popped out my right hip last night while getting up off the couch to go get myself a glass of water.  I had a very bad night, with very little sleep and lots of discomfort.
Also, set off a Fibromyalgia flare-up.  Both weather changes and injuries can do that.
I'm hoping I can get in to see the doc on Monday so he can work his magic on this hip anyway.  Can't do anything but ride out the flare-up.  

I was hoping I could show that a Ketogenic diet would help prevent Fibro flare-ups but I guess not.  At least it works for weight loss.  Tipping the scale at 133 for the last two days. 

My new recliner comes some time today.  At least I will be able to sit comfortable and maybe catch some zzzzzzz's too.

I wish you all a beautiful day, where ever it takes you.
Carol