Saturday, May 18, 2019

A Perfect Day

When it all comes together it's such a perfect day.  Got up this morning with the sun shining brightly and a temperature outside of 60 degrees fahrenheit.  That put a smile on my face.  

Feeling really good physically these days doesn't hurt either.  I still say my new lease on life is from eating a Ketogenic diet.  Still loving all the delicious things I can have on Keto and doing lots of baking and making new recipes.

Then we got an unexpected visit from grandson Jacob so I got my hug.  

After some hours of yard sales and a visit to the local Gun Show to enter some raffles and chat with neighbors we headed home.  

I made us a wonderful salad to break the fast today at 2:30 p.m. which made that a 21 hr. fast.  Then we worked on packing up some Ebay sales for shipment. 

While sitting at my computer I saw the most amazing sight, and one I have been looking forward to for the 14 yrs. we've lived here in the country......the Eastern Bluebird finally payed us a visit.





Here's a link in case you want to know more about this handsome little fellow.

http://www.mainebirds.com/bluebirds.php

Dare I say this has been the most perfect day.  I hope your day has been special in it's own way.   

Blessings,
Carol

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Spam, Spam, Spam (and not the kind you eat)

Dear blog friends,
It is with a heavy heart I must tell you that I am blocking comments again from those who are not followers of my blog as I have been once again overrun with spam comments like this....

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sorry, because I know I will not hear from some of you unless you change your settings too.  If this does not stop the spam I will just quit using the blog altogether.  I am using the blog less these days but do check in on you all from time to time and will continue to do so.   Blogging has been a lot of fun over the years and I want to thank you all for sharing your lives with me.

I wish a Happy Easter to those who participate.  Enjoy the coming summer and have lots of great adventures.

Hugs,
Carol

Sunday, April 14, 2019

New Kid in Town


Saw a new face at the feeder this morning and set to work finding out just who this new kid in town is..........the Brown-headed Cowbird.  He and his buddies didn't stay long so hopefully they'll return and give me some great shots another time.  I was lucky to get this one.  I guess he was a bit hungrier than the others.

Thanks for visiting.  I hope you've had a great week and the new one brings us all great weather and lots of happy moments.

Carol

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Leftovers & Cover Ups

Well, here it is the last day of March 2019.  Not that the date has anything to do with leftovers, but it is the last one left, right?  Now that's too confusing.  Let's save the confusion for April 1st........

Today I want to share some leftovers that made a scrumptious meal; check out what you can do with some cooked chicken, steamed broccoli and cheese (I used shredded Mexican blend).


Now all I did was layer the chicken in a casserole dish, covered it with steamed broccoli in two layers with the cheese between each layer and baked for approximately 15 minutes to heat through.  There were no seasonings used and it was sooooooo delicious and filling.  This serving was approximately 2 cups. 

Time for a new product review.........Cover Ups. 


Three sizes in every box; fits a soup bowl to a large mixing bowl and quite a few in between.
I am terrified that our local Dollar Tree store will stop carrying these (I have not found them anywhere else) so I have stocked up on a few boxes.  I have come to rely on them for keeping my leftovers safe, they are easy to see through and use unlike some of the plastic storage ware covers that never seem to fit the way they used to when new.


Thanks for stopping by today.  
Enjoy the new week ahead.
Carol


Thursday, March 28, 2019

Halo Top Ice Cream Product Review

Happy Spring everyone!  So nice to see warmer temperatures and melting snow around here.  We still have 3-4 ft. piles along the side of the road and even larger in parking lots but a lot of our ground is being uncovered more and more each day. 

It's so nice of the ice cream shops to open early.  They usually open on April 1st but two of them have already got lines of customers eager to dig back into those ice cream sundaes and cones.

I decided to give Halo Top low carb ice cream a try.  Why not, I haven't reviewed a new product in a while so this would be a good one right now.



Mike picked out the Vanilla Bean to try first and we had a 1/2 cup serving for dessert.  It tasted like vanilla, was cold and refreshing like ice cream, but lacked the "creaminess"  of good old fashioned ice cream.  It did not leave an after taste.  So, I think we would buy this again.

Then I went shopping on my own.......not always a good thing!  I got a carton of the Halo Top Candy Bar flavor and tried a serving while Mike was out for the day playing Cribbage with an old friend from when he worked.



Well now, this one left me wanting to go back to the vanilla.  Supposed to taste like a Three Muskateers or Snickers-type candy bar I found it quite lacking in appeal.  Even less creamy than the Vanilla Bean,   it was sort of like you soaked a candy bar in water overnight then froze the flavored water.  I just don't know how else to describe it.  I doubt I'll even try another serving of this one. I might just toss it out.  I'll see what Mike has to say about it, if I can get him to try it. 

Oh, I am very proud of Mike.  He is eating more and more lower carb with me and slowly losing pounds and inches.  He still won't let me take weight loss photos of him but that's ok because I measure him with hugs........now I can not only get my arms around his waist but I can interlock my fingers as well and that's a big improvement for him.

Will we try more of the other Halo Top flavors.......probably, I'd like to try the Pistachio or maybe the Mint Chip.  There are probably 25 or more other flavors at the supermarket. I guess the lack of creaminess has to become an acquired taste preference I don't know if I even want to acquire, and reminds me of the ice milk I had in my younger days.

Thanks for visiting today.  How are you doing with your weight control journey? Drop me a comment below, I'd love to hear from you.  Be blessed.

Hugs,
Carol

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

The Grouse (or Partridge.....who knows)





This morning my Hubby said to me, "your little buddy is outside." Then I got this little video of the Grouse or Partridge (not sure which it is), thought it was a female (she shows up often) but with the strutting now wondering if it's a male as well.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Zoodles with Ground Beef and Italian Dressing


Simplicity......tastes so good with some grated Parmesan cheese on top!

I picked up these Zucchini noodles in the freezer section to have on hand for a quick meal and was very glad I did.


Unfortunately, this package states it serves 4..........but it does not.  Mike and I split it and both felt we needed more to make this worth calling a meal.   Perhaps some low carb garlic bread would have helped.

Thanks for visiting my blog today.  I will definitely pick these up again to have on hand.....but, maybe two packages.
Carol

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Someone's in the Kitchen........

While Mike has gone off to an auction this afternoon, I decided to make it a day of baking.  Got out the awesome low carb/Keto recipe for Cinnamon Donut Balls and had a go at that.


One of my first thoughts when removing them from the oven was that they reminded me of the Chocolate Crinkle Cookies I used to love.  Maybe next time I'll substitute some cacao for the cinnamon and see how that works out.  I picked up some Swerve today, the erythritol that looks and acts like confectioner's sugar.  That would be perfect for on top.  Don't you think?



Then, I made these scrumptious blueberry muffins, using the recipe I use to make Mike his favorite Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins.  Just a few tweaks and it's an all purpose muffin recipe.  I substitute water for the lemon juice and blueberries for the poppy seeds.  Voi la!



Since I had to calculate the macros for these babies I did it in different size batches.  I really like the 8 muffin size best, so that's the one I make.

While at the grocery store I picked up a couple of new items to try this week and will let you know how they are in another post.


I thought it would be nice to have some zucchini noodles on had for a quick meal.  I usually make my own fresh Zoodles so I hope these are just like fresh.


Riced cauliflower is so versatile, from Cauliflower Fried Rice, hash browns to pizza crust and loads of stuff in between.  I thought this riced cauliflower with mushrooms and asparagus tips might go great with some pork or chicken, two staples I keep in my freezer for a quick meal.

Thanks for visiting my blog today.  May all your meals be tasty and satisfying.
Carol

Saturday, February 9, 2019

A Question of Sleep

 I've read lots of articles about sleep, in an effort to "get some." 



There are different schools of thought on the subject; for instance one article said embrace it when you awaken during the night, get up and do one little thing that is productive like organize a cabinet in the kitchen or something and then go back to bed and hopefully back to sleep. This method will make you much more productive; it's like adding an extra day to your life. Well, that's that one! 



Another article said that the most productive people awaken at dawn, when our biological clocks are in sync with the universe, and begin their day with things like reading all the news, jogging, going to the gym, etc. before they go to work or whatever. These are the people who go on to do "big things" like become rich and famous. So much for that! 





So far neither of these methods work all the time for me. How about you? I think it's naptime......enjoy your day!

Hugs,
Carol





Thursday, February 7, 2019

The 6 Best Spiritual Teachings of Dr. Wayne Dyer

Thanks for stopping by today.  I found this article just when I needed it, to remind me to let the actions of others be theirs and not let them stick to me.  It's their karma.  I do not have to accept it.

Number 6 is rather poignant considering some events that I recently had to deal with.  I spent the last 3 days being ill over those events after I got home to my peaceful place of sanity and calmness, and wish I had found this article as soon as I got home.

I hope you click the link below and are blessed by Dr. Dyer's teachings.
Much love to you all.
Carol


Dr. Wayne Dyer 6 Best Spiritual Teachings


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