Monday, July 27, 2009

Walk with God

I know, 2 post in 1 day. That's A-ma-a-a-zing!!! I just now got done with my Leslie Sansone 2 mile walk and I just had to share my thoughts about this tape before I forgot. The other day I posted about her wonderful Walk the Walk videos where you can do all your walking indoors. I have about 5 of her tapes, and I wanted to share with you my favorite, in case you are thinking about purchasing one.

This one I love for 2 reasons.

1. It is not just any walk, its a walk with God. She plays Christian Inspired music through the video. Its very uplifting and full of wonderful loving words. At the end there is even a Pastoral Message and its so awesome. Really sets your mind in the right place.

2. It includes a 1 mile walk, 2 mile walk, or put them together for a 3 mile walk. So you get lots of walking for your buck. My goal is to get to the point where I do the 1 mile walk in the morning to get my metabolism going, and then the 2 mile walk in the evening.

So anywho, I wanted to share that before I forgot. If you are looking for a low impact, yet great workout, I totally recommend Walk The Walk

Nutty Low Carb Flax Pancakes

These are deeeeelicious!!! I totally fell in love the first bite. I got the recipe from a low carb forum called Low Carb Friends from a lady in Texas named Nancy. Thank you Nancy for sharing your recipe. I did tweak this recipe just a little bit for my liking. I added walnuts, a pinch of salt, and a little more cream. I will totally be making these again and again. Next time I think I will add some cinnamon. YUM!!!!
Ingredients:

1/4 Cup protein powder -- vanilla or plain

1/8 Cup flax seeds -- ground to 1/4 cup flax meal

3 eggs

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 Cup heavy cream (I did about 1/2 cup)

1/4 Cup water (approximate)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1 Pinch sweetener

1 pinch of salt (my addition)

1/4 cup chop walnuts (my addition)


Mix ingredients and cook in melted butter on a griddle just as you would regular pancakes.

Carbs per serving - include all nutritional information if known: approximately 8 to 10g carbs total, approximately 2 carbs per 3 inch pancake, approximate 6 pancakes per mix.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Thank You God!!!

Today I am just feeling very Thankful to God!!!

Thank you God for my life and everything in my life. My sweet husband and adorable children, my loving parents, my devoted friends, all the people, and things that I sometimes take for granite, that help to make my life totally content and happy, good health, prayer and always being there to listen and answer, your healing powers for those that are sick, for our Country and Leaders, for those that fight for our freedom, MOST of all God, thank you for your Son, Jesus, and what he did for me. My life would be NOTHING without him. You are a most awesome God and I love you so much, for loving me, enough to sacrifice your sons life, to save me and others!!! I do not think I could ever express enough thanks to you. Please continue to forgive me for my sins and where I fail you each day. I know that I do not deserve your forgiveness, but I am very thankful for you giving it to me each day of my life. God thank you for all things not mentioned in this prayer as there are just so many blessings that you give to me every day. In all these blessings I ask in Jesus precious and holy name. AMEN!!! AMEN!!!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

New Coffee Grinder

I have a new kitchen gadget. Most of you would think its not really blog worthy, but perhaps the reason I bought it might be. This is my new Coffee Grinder!!! Those that know me may wonder why I would buy a Coffee Grinder, since I do not drink coffee. Well its not for coffee, its for grinding flax seed. I realized yesterday that I needed to grind my flax seed so that I would get more benefits from them. For the longest I just added them to my food whole. Then I read a very interesting website that said you should grind your flax seed to get its full benefits. Otherwise they just pass through the body. Dah!!! that makes total since now that I think about it. So I immediately went out and bought me a coffee grinder, since that is what they suggested for me to purchase. It was a very amazing thing to watch. My flax seeds became dust. LOL!!! It really does not take much to entertain me. You are only suppose to grind what you need in just a few days of use. I really wanted to grind the whole bag, because it was so much fun to watch. Anyways, if you want to know more about flax seed health benefits, I have found lots of good information on the Flax Seed Shop website. Now maybe I will reap the full benefits with my new grinder!!!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Walk the Walk

Besides swimming as many times a week as I can, My dear husband and I have started walking again. This time we are using my Leslie Sansone 2 mile Walk the Walk. I have about 4 or 5 of these videos for many years, and I love them because you can walk 1,2,3,4 mile walks without ever leaving your home. She gives you a really great workout and its very low impact. The 1 mile walk is a quick walk that you could do to start out your morning. Its a great energy booster and it is only about 15 minutes long. The 2 mile walk is the one I am doing now and its a 30 minute walk. I have not worked up to the 3 mile or 4 mile yet, but maybe one day. I also have a video where she combines weights with walking. This one is awesome. You can visit her websiteLeslie Sansone Videos to see all the videos she has to offer. There are so many to choose from. You can watch the preview video below to get an idea of the beginner workout, or you can go to Real Age and there is a free full workout video for you to use. Give this a try if you are looking for a great workout at home. I promise you will feel like you have worked out!!!

Roasted Tomato Soup


This soup is to die for!! It takes a little bit of prep time, but it is worth every minute. I got the idea from Central Market. We went there over the weekend and I had a sample of this soup. I just knew I had to make it. So I came home and did a search and found a recipe on Food Network. It tasted exactly like the soup I tasted at Central Market. DEEEElicious!!! I usually make changes to most recipes I try, but this one I did exactly as printed. The ingredients just sounded too good to admit or change. Perfect just as it is!!! The best part, it is low carb!!! I love that!!! One more thing on my diet that I can have. Enjoy!!!

Roasted Tomato Soup
Ingredients
2 1/2 pounds fresh tomatoes (mix of fresh heirlooms, cherry, vine and plum tomatoes)
6 cloves garlic, peeled
2 small yellow onions, sliced
Vine cherry tomatoes for garnish, optional
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 quart chicken stock
2 bay leaves
4 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil leaves, optional
3/4 cup heavy cream, optional
Directions
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
Wash, core and cut the tomatoes into halves. Spread the tomatoes, garlic cloves and onions onto a baking tray. If using vine cherry tomatoes for garnish, add them as well, leaving them whole and on the vine. Drizzle with 1/2 cup of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast for 20 to 30 minutes, or until caramelized.
Remove roasted tomatoes, garlic and onion from the oven and transfer to a large stock pot (set aside the roasted vine tomatoes for later). Add 3/4 of the chicken stock, bay leaves, and butter. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes or until liquid has reduced by a third.
Wash and dry basil leaves, if using, and add to the pot. Use an immersion blender to puree the soup until smooth. Return soup to low heat, add cream and adjust consistency with remaining chicken stock, if necessary. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Garnish in bowl with 3 or 4 roasted vine cherry tomatoes and a splash of heavy cream.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Creamy Buttermilk Dressing and Salads

I cannot think of a better time to start a diet than the summer. All the fruits and vegetables are at their peek, and the weather being so warm, its the perfect time for salads. I love salad. Almost any kind of salad. Never met a salad I did not like. Lately I have been eating lots of salad. Here is my most favorite of all salads

This salad has all my favorites included. Here is the list

Organic Spring Mix greens

cubed grilled chicken

tomato's

cabbage

avocado

green onions

black olives

sunflower seeds

black ground pepper

homemade buttermilk dressing

This salad is just so good. Down to the very last bite. I think what makes it so tasty tonight, is the new buttermilk dressing I made for it. The diet that I am on does not allow me to have regular vinegar or sugar. Most of the store dressings have both. So I thought I would be able to add lower amounts and use more natural ingredients by making my own dressing. This recipe is more on the lower side of carbs, but not carb free. Buttermilk and Yogart both have carbs and sugar, but with this recipe, there is small amount per serving. With me, its mix this, taste, mix in that, taste again. I taste till I get it just the way I want it. So here are the ingredients and amounts to the best of my memory.

Creamy Buttermilk Dressing

3/4 cup half/half

1/2 cup buttermilk

2 tablespoon size dollops of plain low fat yogurt

1 8oz of sour cream

2 tablespoon lemon juice

1 tablespoon Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar

1 large garlic clove pressed

1 tablespoon dried chives

1 tablespoon onion powder

1 teaspoon course black pepper

1 packet truvia sweetener

1 teaspoon of paprika or Old Bay seasoning

Salt to taste.

Mix all ingredients in order, mixing each one separately. Chill in refrig. Enjoy!!!

Feel free to make changes to your liking. I really don't think there is any way to mess this dressing up. Its just so tasty!!!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

New Annie Update!!

Annie got a new front. I think this just pulled the color all together painting the window cover red. I am so looking forward to whatever my dear husband does next. Not sure about him, but for me, this is fun!!! LOL!!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

My little China Collection

I was browsing through my pictures that I took the last few months and I totally forgot to share my new dishes with you. I have been collecting these dishes for a very, very long time. I had about 23 pieces collected so far over about 10 years or more and a few weeks ago my Mother gave me more to go with my collection. She went to a estate sale and found about 25 more pieces for me. I was so excited, cause now I have enough to display in my china hutch. What I noticed when I was putting them in my hutch is that I think I actually have 2 or more collections going. Some are marked Japan, some are marked China, one piece is marked Floral Park, and others are marked with nothing at all. I thought that was interesting as they all appear almost exactly the same. The only difference I could see is, some have gold trim around the edge and a etching, and others are plain. You really have to look closely to see the differences in the flowers or the etching. It is so very slight. Anyway, I am hoping that I can collect enough of all the pieces to split it in half with my daughter some day. I really do not think these days it matters if its all the same set. Its not like I ever plan to sell them. Its all beautiful, and I think looks fabulous in the hutch. Just so delicate and pretty.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Enjoy your sweets and diet too!!!

The hardest part about dieting is when you get that "Sweet Tooth" craving. I am always trying to find a way to have my sweets and diet too!!! Here are a few of my favorite low carb/low sugar ways to cure my sweet tooth using my favorite fruit, Strawberry's.

Cream Cheese Dip
2 tablespoons of whipped cream cheese
1/2 cup of fresh Strawberry's (about 5 small)
1 packet natural sweetener (I use Truvia or PureVia)

Put 2 tablespoons of cream cheese in a bowl and mix 1 packet of sweetener. Then you just spoon it onto your strawberry and enjoy the sweet goodness!!! It is also great on apple slices.

Strawberry Smoothie
1 cup of soy milk ( I use Soy Silk unsweetened)
about 4 large fresh strawberry's
1/2 cup of vanilla yogurt (most flavors will work)
1 packet of natural sweetener(Truvia or Purevia)
1 cup of crushed ice

Put all ingredients into a blender and blend on high for about 1 minute.
Pour in glass and enjoy!!!
You can add in fiber, flax seed, or any oils to make it even more healthier.

Strawberry's and Cream
1 cup of sliced fresh strawberry's
1 cup of heavy whipping cream
2 packages of natural sweetener (Purevia or Truvia)
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 teaspoon of cinnamon (optional, but good for you)
With a mixer on medium, mix all ingredients until it becomes thick with peaks(about 5 minutes)
Layer in a small 1/2 cup dessert dish, whip cream and strawberry's. Enjoy!

Thursday, July 09, 2009

The Word of the Day is.....

Red!!!





Not just any red, but.......

Raggedy Annie Red

My dear, sweet, adorable husband painted our travel trailer (shhh..my travel trailer)... (aka... Raggedy Annie)... Raggedy Annie Red. I was totally thrilled. Actually the true color on the can was Cherry Red. But we will just call it Raggedy Annie Red, because that seems to be a more fitting color name.

Isn't she just gorgeous. This Momma is Proud!!!
She once looked like this
I really did almost cry when I saw her new color. I admit, I did not think she would clean up so well from when I first saw her out in the back pasture of our friends property. I hoped, but was not certain. Most of all, I did not ever think that my husband would let me have my way with her. He did not seem real excited about me wanting to decorate her in my favorite Raggedy Annie theme. But with lots of talking and some compromising, she is getting there. I promised not to put anything on the outside that gave away her real identity. LOL!!! He just could not see himself driving down the road pulling something that was decorated in Raggedy Annie. So we are keeping her in disguise for his dignity's sake. As for the inside, he has agreed to Red Check Curtains and red seat cushions. I told him I would not over do the inside. Maybe just a couple of things. He has worked so hard on her and he deserves to enjoy her as much as I do.

Here are a few other very important additions. First being the new air conditioning

He did a fabulous job mounting the A/C into the trailer. It was a hard job. He first had to cut a hole, which was very scary. We were not sure if this was going to work, and cutting the hole could have been a huge mistake. Everyone, including my dad, said it was not the best idea cutting a hole in the side of the trailer. However, there was just no other way to mount it. We went through ever idea and I searched the Internet high and low for ideas. When we went on our homeschool camping trip, we saw another trailer with the A/C mounted in the side. It looked fairly easy to do and gave us the confidence to do it. So we decided to go against all advice and just do what we thought was the only way. Thank goodness it worked. He had to put extra wood on the inside to help brace it up and make it tight and sturdy. It was not exactly the best look we were hoping for, but once we get it all stained and decorated, I doubt you will even notice the bracing. He put extra bracing on the outside as well. I really do not think it will go anywhere. Fingers crossed!!!

Next....

We got the new fan and cover for the top. It has been a big gaping hole since we brought it home. Not no more!!!When it comes to this kind of stuff, my husband really makes it all look easy. However, this was several hours of hot fun. He said not as hard as he anticipated, but still very hard to install. I ask him if he wanted to retire and do this sort of thing all the time. His quick answer was "NO". LOL!!! I think though once it is done, he will look back on all of it and say that it was "Not so bad" and that he really did enjoy doing it. The end results will be so worth all the hard work and I know, as long as God allows, we will have years of great fun.

Next will be staining all the inside wood and the floor!!! We are almost done!!! I can hardly believe it.