Saturday, September 30, 2017

Sandra's Chicken, Broccoli & Swiss My Late Night Supper - Product Review

Good day everyone!  Thanks for stopping by.  I really have to tell you about this new frozen product I tried for a late night supper last night, SANDRA'S CHICKEN, BROCCOLI & SWISS.......oh my goodness.



I was going to try cooking it in the toaster oven to avoid heating up the full size oven because it's electric and isn't cheap to run but the directions recommend using the regular oven and getting the internal temperature to 165 degrees.......so, that's what I did and cooked up both instead of just one.   



Glad I did, because after Mike tasted mine he wanted the other one for his lunch at work today. :) 


(this is one on a small plate)

All I can say is that it melted in my mouth.  Not one part of this meal overpowered the other.  Each part; the chicken, cheese and broccoli were just enough to let all of the flavors come through in each and every bite.  

Why oh why didn't I pick up two boxes?  I'd certainly have this again for lunch today. 

Weigh in this morning showed some positive results - even weighing myself with my long nightgown on.



Thanks again for visiting with me.  I wish you a joyful day.
Hugs,
Carol 

Friday, September 29, 2017

Sunkist Fruit Chips Freeze Dried Fruit - Product Review

In my walk around Wal-mart the other day I found these freeze dried Fuji Apple chips that I thought I'd try.  I had apple chips in the past so I knew they were tasty and crunchy but the brand I had eaten before just up and disappeared one day.  They were one of my go to snacks when I was a Visiting Nurse since they kept well in the car.  




The serving size is a bit small at only 0.25 oz. which comes to about 5 pieces.  Though they are quite tasty, even with no added sugar, they leave me wanting more.  If I eat these again it would have to be at least 10 pieces which would only come to 14 grams of carbs and very doable with the current state of my ketosis.  

Right now I am able to eat 50 or more grams of carbs in a day and not lose the ketosis weight loss effects.  Of course, a day here and there of higher carbs only serves to maintain my weight at it's current level.  Once I lower them again the weight starts coming off.

It's good to test the limits of carb intake so that when I've reached my goal of 122 lbs. I can stop losing and stay within the range of 122-125 lbs.

Thanks for stopping by today.  I do hope you had beautiful weather and was able to get out and about and enjoy it. 

Hugs,
Carol 

So Excited I Could Dance

Lovely sunny, cool and crisp day here in Maine.  My weight loss has resumed after a few days of stalling -


I'm so excited I could dance.....



Thanks for stopping by.  Enjoy your day!
Carol

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Gettin' My Girlie On - New Product Review (not food this time)

First let me say that I've never been one of those girlie girls.....bows, lace, spike heels, etc.  But I do love my toenail polish.  I found these Sally Hansen colors today and had to get them - 




(#193  Slick Slate.......  #126 In Nude-tral ........ #316 (formerly 170  Expresso....)

This Insta-dri is the best....and under $4.00 per bottle.  Had to grab me a new bottle of the Expresso to match my Jeep.



Well, that's as girlie as I get!  Thanks for visiting.  I hope you are having a wonderful day. Looks like this is the last of the super hot days for us here in Maine.  Back to Autumn tomorrow and  I bet we will have snow this year before Halloween.  It has happened before.  

Hugs,
Carol

Mike's New Truck

Well, we did it!  We finally found Mike a truck that is very comfortable, clean, no rust, and was in our price range.  On the way to my doctor's appointment yesterday for my last OMT session since I popped a rib a couple of month's ago, we stopped at a car dealership that had a Chevrolet Silverado 03' that Mike wanted to check out.  There were definitely good vibes as it was comfortable, clean, had no rust and was in our price range (as I said before). 

As we headed back home to check it out on Carfax, our 97' Jeep which we nicknamed "Olive" (yes, she is green) started having transmission problems.  Can you say we were buying a truck "in the nick of time."  I swear Olive was angry because we were truck shopping.  

Anyway, the Carfax was great; 2 owners and both had done wonderful upkeep at the dealerships.  It was a sign!  We jumped into the other Jeep the 01' named "Rusty" because she is a sexy redhead (yes, she has rust too but don't we all have some blemishes) and headed back to buy the truck.  And voi la!



Now that's a happy man!


We've got traveling to do........  
Thanks for stopping by.  May all your travels be safe travels.
Hugs,
Carol 

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Bad Food Habits Follow You Even When Eating The Right Foods

As the title says, "bad foods follow you even when eating the right foods."  So very true.  I've struggled with this very thing during the last 5 months on Keto.  Having made so many new recipes is wonderful but when you eat the whole thing in 24-48 hrs. it's not so great.  It's better than eating a whole bag of  Honey BBQ Chips sure, but binge eating is binge eating even if it is low carb brown butter cake or ginger beef; the calories add up either way.  Finding the happy balance between calories, fats, proteins and carbohydrates takes time and patience.  Keeping a journal of my daily intake has certainly been a big help.  I am on day 91 of recording in my journal.

When weight loss stalls I review what I've eaten and then look back at what I was eating when I lost the last good amount of weight.  This way I can go back to eating those things and it breaks the stall.

Today's weight on my new digital scale -

 
Feeling pretty good about the continued weight loss and health benefits I've felt such as increased mental clarity (otherwise know as Fibro fog); yes the fog has lifted and is staying away.
I am able to go more places with hubby Mike and not turn to him and say "I need something to eat now."  I used to get ravenously hungry just like snapping your fingers and have to find something to eat to stave off the fatigue.  That has all changed with Keto. 

An important part of breaking the binging and bad eating habits is purging your home of the bad foods on hand.  The first thing I did was ditch the potato chips and pretzels, Oreos and red licorice.
I stocked up on the good stuff like bacon and eggs, avocado, Monterey Jack cheese, pepperoni, salad fixings (lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, broccoli, cauliflower, red onion, green and red peppers), good nuts like Macadamias and almonds, and herbal teas and lemons. 

Researching new recipes on low-carb eating websites has been such fun as some of you know from my posts.  I often make a smaller batch than the recipe because I know that if it's available I'll eat it all out of my bad habits.  Yes, the bad habits take longer to break than losing the weight and it's a daily struggle to stay on track. 

Do you struggle with a bad habit you need to break?  You are not alone.  Thanks for visiting my blog today.  I wish you a beautiful day where ever you are and what ever you are doing. 

Hugs,
Carol




Saturday, September 23, 2017

Chronic Pain Support


I thought I'd share this post today in support of those of us with Fibromyalgia and other chronic pain issues.

Weather changes can bring on flares of symptoms so if your loved one has a chronic pain condition please be patient with her or him; they are still the same person you love even though they cannot be their usual wonderful self.

Gentle hugs,
Carol

Friday, September 22, 2017

Justin's Almond Butter - Product Review and Weight Update

Well, I found these little single serving packs of Justin's Almond Butter that are sooooo good, in Maple, Honey and Regular.  As a snack alone, on celery, or as I had the Honey Almond with an avocado and lettuce for my lunch yesterday. 







Made a filling lunch that held me for hours with lemon water.


I love it when I find single serving or sample sizes of new foods.  Almond butter is so expensive this was perfect for my needs.  I don't dare buy a full jar because I'd eat it with a spoon.  Deliciousness even in the aroma.

And,  I almost forgot, I bought a new digital scale and after having got my intake back on track for two days I have some good results to show for it.....





Yes, that's 128.8.....I felt it but didn't dare get my hopes up before stepping on the scale.
So much easier to read than the spring model.  Finally catching up with the times.

LOL, I posted the full picture then I realized it's a glass scale and acts like a mirror.....I was giving you all a full naked shot....OMG I grabbed the "remove"  and got it out of there as quickly as I could.  That would have been embarrassing if one of you had brought it to my attention.  It's just what I do!

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you are having a beautiful day in your neighborhood.
Blessings,
Carol

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Funin' With Ya

(no need to SHARE unless you really want to, I stole this from Facebook and couldn't edit it)


I have a lifetime supply of  eggs!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Two Steps Back

After several days of activities that lead me away from eating Ketogenic I have regained 2 lbs..........oh no!  Yes, the scale is showing me 131.  Ughhhh!


I knew it would happen; a couple of Italian sausage, peppers & onion subs, and some french fries, it was inevitable.  That's what happens when you spend an evening at the County Fair one night and then at the Speedway Swap Meet.  Good Lord, the food abounds.  

So, trying to get back on track today.  After a 14 hr. fast this was the first meal of the day -


a lovely Keto Taco Bowl.  Calories 477  Fat grams 41  Protein grams 38  Carbs 9 (these are NOT net carbs)  I count the whole carbs.

I was surprised to never go out of Ketosis even having as much as 53 grams of carbs in a day, so I guess I tolerate them fairly well and it's just that eating 1,300 or more calories in a day is way too much when I am used to eating 1,000 or less.   And, I am a bit bloated from the carbs.  I'm carrying it in the belly. 

Thanks for stopping by.  You've got to try these Taco Bowls.....so good!
3 oz. browned ground beef over 1 oz. shredded iceberg letuce, topped with 1/4 cup Kraft Mexican four cheese, 2 T. Pace chunky salsa, 2T. Daisy Sour Cream with 1 packet Calavo Guacamole on the side. 

Enjoy your day.
Carol

Monday, September 18, 2017

Waxing Poetic

It's funny, how as Autumn approaches, I tend to wax poetic.  Something about the darker days, rainy season, and nature's autumn colors that touch something in me.  My poetic nature was developed during my first marriage (which I call my first mistake).  Not a real marriage, in any sense of the word, but a 23 year prison term under the wardenship of this man who duped me into thinking he was the be all to end all.  Ah, the indiscretions of youth.  Since I wasn't allowed to have any sort of life of my own, isolated from family and friends,  I turned to creating one on paper that only I could control.  Out of this world came many poems, like they were my form of therapy.  Some about him, some about what I thought life should be like, and yet others about everyday things.

This is one such poem about an ordinary pair of reading glasses.  I hope you enjoy it.

READING GLASSES
By Carol (Reis, at the time) Blackburn

It happens to our eyes
as we age: presbyopia.
We need reading glasses
to correct this problem.

My mother wore them
when I was a child.
Heavy glass lenses
held together by metal frames
perched low
on her slender nose.

I bought my own pair
several years ago, then
refused to wear them (pride I guess).
Until now, humbled
by instructions on labels
blurred in supermarket lighting.

Besides, now I want to check
the fine print on contracts,
read poems in 12 pitch,
volumes of prose, and
letters from old friends.




Thanks for visiting.
Enjoy your day.
Carol

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Fiorucci Panino Prosciutto with Mozarella Cheese - Product Review

My, oh my, found me a new delightful treat.  Even though a serving size is 4; 2 is just fine with me........




Great quality prosciutto and mozarella cheese.  I had prosciutto at a party many years ago and wasn't impressed (it was so chewy it would stay in your mouth for way too long) so  I didn't know how I'd feel about these cheese sticks with prosciutto but I am pleasantly surprised.  It was easy to chew and actually didn't overpower the mozarella.   I think you'd like this.  I found mine at Hannaford Supermarket in the deli section. 




Thanks for stopping by.  Blessings to you and yours.
Carol

Friday, September 15, 2017

Cream Cheese Icing

3 ingredients -
cream cheese
lemon juice
Truvia or other sweetener

Mix to taste and consistency desired.
Enjoy!


So delicious on Peanut Butter Bread........

Batter Up - for Peanut Butter Bread

Hi everyone,
I found this recipe for Peanut Butter Bread on Caveman Keto a while ago and thought I'd try it today.


I gathered my supplies.....


How simple is this?
Followed the instructions and mixed them all in the red mixer.


Spread it into the greased loaf pan and baked as directed.  My oven at 350 degrees only required 20 min. baking time until the toothpick came out clean.


Put it on a wire rack to cool and sliced into only 8 pieces approx. 3/4" each as I thought the 16 slices made it a bit too thin and I was going to eat two of them anyway..............so, why not cut it according to my preference to start with.  I do think that if you must have 16 pieces you need to cut the loaf down the middle and have sort of mini loaf pieces instead of thin slices.


The verdict is in...........tastes great!  A bit dry (glad I took them out early) and maybe next time I'd add a little butter or coconut oil by maybe replacing a tablespoon of the peanut butter with the oil or regular butter, just a thought.  What do you think? Maybe what it needs is a little Cream Cheese Icing?

Macros for 1 slice when cut into 8 slices are:  Calories 226, fat grams 16, protein grams 8, carbs 6 minus 2 fiber = 4 grams net carbs per slice.

It's worth giving it a try to see if you'd like it too.  I'll get Mike to try it tonight and maybe my grandson Jonathan because he loves peanut butter.  We'll see what the guys think later.

I do wish you a beautiful day.  Thanks for visiting.
Carol

Thursday, September 14, 2017

The Sign Says It All


Now that's my kind of house.........
I'll have bacon, with a side of bacon, and some bacon for dessert.



Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Welcome to the Gallery of the Unsigned

Back before I knew what I was doing, there was instinct and passion. These are just a few of my unsigned acrylic paintings (I thought only "real" artists signed their paintings), after all these were just practice.


Geraniums in a Doorway


Herbal Remedies



Seasonal Mountain View



Chinese Cherry Blossoms in Glass Vase



Violets



Finished Business


Pink Cone Flowers with Butterfly



Tulips in Square Glass Vase



Fetching



Birch Stump with Pink Flowers


Jacob's Kiss

Thanks so much for stopping by. The Gallery of the Unsigned is located in my hallway between the living room and bedrooms, not open to the public, but reserved for the invited guest.  It has been a pleasure to have you visit.

Enjoy your day.
Carol

Monday, September 11, 2017

Can We Talk???

So many times I'd like to respond personally to a blogger's comment and am unable to because they are sending their comment marked "no reply blogger."  I do sometimes leave a comment from the blog post they commented on but am not sure the person ever even sees the reply.  This is something I would like to correct, just  in case you didn't know you were a "no reply commenter" and just thought I was being rude by not responding to you. 
There is a simple fix - click this link to go to the blogger page that gives the instructions at

no-reply-blogger-how-to-fix-this ....... and we'll be on the road to better communication.



"Conversation By The Ocean"
Sketchbook 2010 Watercolor Pencils

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have a special day.
Carol

Friday, September 8, 2017

The Making of Brown Butter Sponge Cake, the Red Mixer and Lessons Learned

Well, I finally decided to try out the new red mixer and make this Brown Butter Sponge Cake recipe I found on one of the blogs.  So, I gathered all the ingredients....


including my new red mixer.


I began prepping.....the dry ingredients, the wet ingredients, butter melted and cooling. Then I started combining.....oh, nice an slow. And add the batter to the buttered, spring-form pan (new, of course).  Then I thought I'd better put this on a baking sheet just in case there is some leakage.  Guess what???  Look at all that butter leaking out of the seam!

Chances are good, without the baking sheet there would have been smoke and where there is smoke..there's FIRE.


I was getting a bit worried because not only was the butter oozing out at the bottom of the pan but it was pooling on top of the cake as well. I wasn't prepared for this!  But, I waited the full cooking time and was sure I would be tossing this cake in the trash.

Well, the toothpick came out clean so I removed it to the counter and let it cool.  I removed the spring-form sides and noticed the butter had been absorbed.  Hmmm, now I was intrigued.


I gently lifted it with two spatulas and placed it in my vintage Tupperware Pie Taker (a blessing over the years as it holds everything from pies, muffins, cakes, and now this. Some things can never be replaced with newer things.  

I put it in the refrigerator to keep until Mike got home from work and then we both tried a piece.  I was hesitant; I thought the butter might have gone rancid from the heat (I think of crazy stuff like that) or something else happened to spoil it, but it was delicious.

Thick and moist, with a buttery nutty taste and consistency..........yum, yum!
And, as you can see by the morning it had been proven, without a doubt, that it was in fact a success by the number of pieces that were missing.


Something I learned from making a recipe I found online is to double check the instructions carefully as even though salt and baking soda were listed as ingredients they were not in the instructions and I hadn't noticed they had been missed until I had mixed the entire batter and was putting away things, and I saw them sitting on the counter.  I prayed and put them in at the end and hoped I mixed them in well enough.

The second thing I learned is to be careful with the ingredients as it said 2 cups of sugar substitute and when I looked at 2 cups of Truvia, and I know how sweet it can be, I stopped and looked up the conversion for two cups of sugar to 2 cups of Truvia and I used the conversion amount ,which if I remember correctly was 2/3 cup and 2 Tablespoons, and even that made it a bit sweet.

The baking session was a success and all that was left was the CLEAN-UP.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have a beautiful sunny day where you are.
Time for me to get out and enjoy mine.
Carol