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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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Life in the New Year - January 2019

Well, another year has arrived and there are lots of new things going on here.  I'm happy to announce that my husband, Mike, has gotten more into low carb eating and is enjoying seeing the pounds drop off.  He's feeling great and looking amazing, although he's always looked amazing in my eyes.  My weight is doing it's own thing, fluctuating up and down about 4-5 lbs.   Today's weight is -


Mike is not ready to share that information just yet, so I'm giving him his space.

Here a a couple of the things he's been enjoying -


Chorizo egg scramble on a bed of sauteed spinach. 


Shaved steak with onions and green peppers, with eggs.


Low carb french toast made with Harvest Spice bread from Thin Slim Foods, with Johnsonville sausage and bacon.  Topped with Kerry Gold butter and sugar free syrup from Maple Grove Farms.


"Peasfull Rice" - I adapted one of Mike's favorite recipes by using riced Cauliflower to replace the Basmati rice he would have used.  Ingredients are cauliflower, onion, peas, a can of diced Italian tomatoes, about an ounce of tomato sauce.  Added some minced garlic, too. 

Mike was very excited about the outcome and we enjoyed this whole pan for lunch. 


Low carb blueberry muffins made with Maine Wild Blueberries and oh, so good!
Just used my basic coconut flour muffin recipe and instead of making Lemon Poppyseed muffins, omitted the lemon and seeds and dropped in the blueberries.  We thoroughly enjoy these in the evening with tea as our last snack of the day. 


Meet the Kids.......Cabbage Patch Kids.  We have been having fun with online auctions and last week I adopted 9 babies to resell on Ebay or other venue.  If you are a collector and like something you see, don't hesitate to send me a comment and we can talk about finding one of these a new home.  They are very well behaved.

So in this new year, I decided it's time to jump start my art again and see where it goes.  Starting by taking on online video and email workshop called "The Artist's Journey" with Nancy Hillis.  Nancy is an abstract artist.  I'm hoping this will be interesting and give me the kick in the pants I so desperately need.  I have painted so little these passed few years, I am hesitant to even call myself an artist anymore.  

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope this month has been good to you.  I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of warmer temperatures but, "they" say that February will be our coldest month yet to come.  Can I begin hibernating now?

What are you hoping February brings?
Carol


Friday, December 21, 2018

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens Aglow Dec. 20, 2018





Mike and I took advantage of the great weather last night and went to Boothbay to visit the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens Aglow.  Not only was the weather mild, but everyone was having a great time from two year olds to great grandmas and grandpas.  A worthwhile trip on a beautiful evening.  I hope you enjoy this brief video.



Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas from our house to yours.

Hugs,

Carol