Friday, August 28, 2009

Afagan stitch

Howdy blog friends, Sorry for the lack of post. I have just been busy on the Farm (te, he) That would be Farmtown on Facebook. I am so addicted to that. So much fun!! I really have not done a lot of anything lately to blog. Just doing a lot of r & r and trying to enjoy the last days of summer I guess.
I am however working on a new Crochet project. I learned this really awesome stitch called the Afagan stitch and am loving it!! Its really a no brainer. Of course I did have to rip it out several times (5 to be exact) before I actually caught on. It has a lot of the same look as knitting, but with crochet and 1 needle. I saw the stitch done by a friend and then went online to U-Tube to learn it. The tutorial is very easy to follow. Just do a search on U-Tube for Afagan stitch. Easy to learn and the results are just beautiful. This project I am doing now is a neck scarf. I figure I will start out on something small and doable, before I start a big project. Here is what I have done so far. The first picture is of the front and the second picture is of the back side. Its a little hard to tell the difference in the photo, but there is a better difference in person. Both sides are gorgeous.


This stitch is so easy that I taught my 10 year old how to do it in minutes. She is also making her a scarf like mine. We are busy ripping out and starting over on hers right now cause mostly she does not pay attention to her stitches and goes in the wrong loop, but she is learning from her mistakes and a scarf is starting to form. I have some ideas of what I would like to do next. Just not sure I can do this stitch. We shall see!!!

Other than this, September brings about a lot of fun activities. God willing on all of this, we will be starting homeschool on Sept. 14. I am excited to start back to CHEC this year. Lots of fun things planned for the fall with our schooling. I am starting back to swimming 3 days a week now that public school is back in session. I will also be joining our local Rec center so that I can work out on machines 2 days a week. Planning to start walking at our local Civic Center at least 3 days a week. I am planning and going on a scrapbook retreat with my girlfriends mid September, playing Bunko with my new Bunko Club, going to my monthly Stamp class, which I enjoy so much now that I have gotten to know some of the ladies, and starting a new Bible Study on the 5 Crowns, which I am very, very excited about. Should be a fun and busy month for me!!! Hopefully I will have lots to talk about and share in my next post!!!

Oh and the LIVIT is going great. Still no significant amount of weight loss to talk about, but I have great hopes for September!!!

Until I post again, I pray Gods Blessings on all!!!

TTFN

Friday, August 21, 2009

Coconut Milk

Oh yea, I am a happy camper. Finally a alternative to soy milk. I have been drinking Soy Silk Soy milk for probably 4 years now. There is so much controversy out there about soy milk that it has had me concerned the last few months. I have recently been diagnosed with very low thyroid and very high estrogen levels. Sooooo many people keep telling me its because of the soy milk I drink. I did do a search about it and have found some sites that talk about this and so I really started pondering the idea that it could be true. But what does one do when they cannot drink regular milk. I mean its not a allergy thing, but a YUK thing. I really do not care for cows milk at all. About the only time I will drink it is with cookies or cereal. But never just down a big ole glass of milk. I would much rather down a big ole glass of soy milk. Well today I went to the health food store in search of a substitute to soy. I have done the almond milk and its pretty good, but it only comes in these little bitty cartons that would only last about 3 glasses. So searching and searching and low and behold I found my milk savior!!!

I am soooo thrilled. I have been reading a lot about Coconut milk mainly because it is one of the things I can have on my Fungus Livit. I had no clue there was actually a half gallon of it sitting on the shelf. Oh awesome!!! I was thinking people squeezed their own or something. Never heard of coconut milk. Everything I read about this product so far sounds really great. Lots of good vitamin E and D. Calcium, zinc, magnesium ect..... All the things that I am low on. I just cannot tell you how excited I was when I saw it. Here is the website if you want to read more....http://www.purelydecadent.com/products/coconut_milk_beverage.html If you are drinking soy and would like something different, I totally recommend this product already. It taste great. Not like coconut at all. Just smooth and creamy. I got the unsweetened and I think it will take a little bit of time to get use to the blander taste, but it should not be that hard since I was drinking unsweetened Soy Silk. I am definitely doing the happy dance. Now I have something besides soy to drink in my smoothies. YES!!! YES!!! Happy Dance!! Happy Dance!! Happy Dance!! Thank you God!!! You are just toooo good to me!!!
My other discovery today was Coconut flour. I can have coconut flour. Its a little expensive so I do not plan to go hog wild and start baking cakes or anything, but it will be a great substitute for regular flour and soy protein. It is so much easier nowadays to be on a LIVIT!!!

Monday, August 17, 2009

A post that actually does not consist of me talking about my "LIVIT" I am sure you are totally surprised!!! Today I would like to share some of my card making and Scrapbooking projects that I have done over the last couple of weeks. First in line are these beautiful cards that I made at my friend Karen's stamping class. My first time seeing a card like this was from my friend Paula. She made it during a crop we had a few weeks back. It was so beautiful. I knew I had to eventually make a card like hers. So when I went to my friend Karen's class, I was tickled pink to see that we were making this card. It was very detailed and took some time, but every minute was worth it!! I absolutely love this card!!!
Next we did 2 more simple, but yet awesome cards. The first one below is actually a bookmark. You take off the corner and place it on the corner of your page. Very cool!!! A card and a gift in one. Last, but not least, this simple, but elegant Thank you card. All three cards were fun to make and I love this class. I cannot wait till next month to see what Karen will have for us.!!! Thank you Karen!!! YOU ROCK!!!

Next I would like to share the pages I just did on Scrapbook Retreat this past weekend. I actually got 15 layouts completed. It will show 16, but I had already done one these pages before retreat. 15, that is a huge amount for me. I am better known as one who only gets probably 4 done on a weekend. So I totally rocked this retreat!!!

Most of them are of my DD's past birthdays. We have had a variety of theme party's. These are just a few of them. The first one is of her Ronald McDonald party. These are of her and her little school friends all gathered at McDonald's. It ended up raining and so they were all stuck inside. They still had lots of fun though.

The page above and below are half pages that will go in a half sheet page protector. I just could not decide which photos I wanted to use and there were too many to put on 2 12x12 pages, so I put the extra on 2 sides of 2 6x12 pages. Worked out perfectly. The next pages are of Chuck E. Cheese Birthday. Every kid needs at least 1 Chuck E. Cheese party. I think we did 3 of them. These pictures are of her at her 5th Birthday. This theme will be easy to identify. It is Strawberry Shortcake. I used a coloring book image I got from google and paper pieced my strawberry shortcake and the strawberry on the half page. This took a little time, but the end results made it all worth it. There is lots of glitter on Strawberry Shortcake, but its hard to see in the photo. The Strawberry Shortcake title was just printed and cut out and then glittered.

Next we are again at Chuck E. Cheese. This time she is turning 7. She is hanging out for the day with her friend Hunter. She had a party at school, which I already did that layout a while back, then we went to Chuck E. Cheese, shopping at Toys R Us, and then a sleep over. There will be another layout of shopping to come.
below is the layout of the sleep over part of the party!!! Her very first sleepover!!!
In the layouts below, we are celebrating 3 years old or "Free Years Old" We had a home party and invited family and close friends. She loved all the attention!!! She was a cute little princess!!!

The next layout is another birthday, but not my DD's. It is of my DS. This is the day we brought him home from the hospital. So not really his birthday, but still a celebration of his birthday.
The last layout is one that I had started a while back, but had not completed. I ended up redoing the entire layout as I had found more pictures and had to put them on the page. I am really starting to get into the more picture part of scrapbooking, rather than so many embellishments. Its about time I finally do what I am suppose to be doing, and that is scrapbooking the pictures!!!

These layouts are of a vacation we took in 1996 to Turner Falls, Oklahoma. It was a memorable vacation cause it was Memorial Day weekend and it came a rain and flooded. Everything flooded. I think we ended up being one of the few families that found dry land and was able to stay in the park. I never saw so much water in one place. What was once a stream, became a raging river. Very awesome!!! Well that's it for now. Hopefully I will get even more done during my next retreat which is mid September. I am still using sketches and I do believe that is what has helped me get my Scrapbook Mojo back. I just cannot think of ever doing another layout without using a sketch.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Sugar: The Bitter Truth

Remember when I told you that I would probably have to pray myself through certain situations concerning my LIVIT!! Well last week I had a few down days and spent most of the day talking to God and asking him how in the world will I be able to do this LIVIT for the rest of my life. Some days seem so much harder than others. So guess what happens??? I am a member of a fungus yahoo group. Yes there is even a yahoo group of people on the same LIVIT. I stumbled upon this group by accident. I was reading some other website and saw it and was shocked to see that it was exactly the same LIVIT. So I know God sent me to this group, cause he knew I needed all the help I could get. So anyway, this lady post this video link about suger for everyone to listen. That was exactly what I was struggling with a few days before. Sweets are my biggest down fall in life. I am totally addicted to cakes, pies, candy. Anything sweet, I will pop into my mouth without much thinking involved. Well on this LIVIT, I can have 0 sugar. It has been the hardest part of the LIVIT so far. Now after listening to this video, I am totally thinking in a new more positive way. Not that I plan to give up sweets for the rest of my life, cause that would be just insane, but after listening to this video, I will be way more picky about the things I pop into my mouth. Listen to the video and you will see why I have had a change of heart when it comes to sugar. Thank you God for always being there for me!!! You continuously light my path when it is dark!!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBnniua6-oM



Tuesday, August 04, 2009

LIVIT and LOVIT!!!

I have recently had several people ask me what kind of diet I am on since I have been posting low carb recipes to my blog lately? Is it Adkins or South Beach? The answer to that question is, its neither!!! Its a Doctor prescribed Anti Fungal LIVIT. Its only similar to Adkins and South Beach, because it is eating low Carbs and no Sugar. All things that feed fungus/yeast. I have been on the LIVIT for 1 month and now I have started the medication part this month. I will be on that for 2 months. I am eating some low sugar fruits like strawberrys and apples, and lots of veggies, meats, and good fats. I can have some bad fats sparingly, and can have absolutely no bad carbs, grains, cheese, beans, and sugars. I eat about every 2 to 3 hours. It was pretty tough the first couple of weeks only because the die off of the fungus was draining me. I could barely get off the couch, and felt like I had the flu, or something. However, after a few weeks, I started regaining my energy, and now I am doing great. I am walking regularly with my walking tapes, doing some in home exercises using arm and leg weights, and swimming when I can. I have seen a huge difference in my sleep habits. I go to bed early, sleep all night, and wake up feeling rested. I do not have that need to take naps during the day as I did before. I am eating so much better nutritionally now, than I have eaten in a very long, long time. I eat salads and veggies through out the day. I even fix them just for myself. I have always loved veggies and ate them a lot as a child. Then I married a meat/potato guy who hated veggies, and so I stopped eating them myself. I thought fixing them just for myself was a waste of food and time. About the only time I ate them was when we went to Golden Corral or Luby's or occasionally I would fix broccoli/cheese at home. Since I have started this LIVIT, I am eating all kinds of veggies. I eat squash, cooked cabbage, zucchini, cucumbers, tomato's, lots of greens, carrots. I fix them for dinner and then I eat them for lunch the next day. So there is never any waste. I am loving my new LIVIT way of eating. Do I miss the bad carbs and sweets that I was eating? Occasionally I get a snack attack. I cure it with eating fruit by itself, or I might eat it with cream cheese sweetened with Truvia. I might mix it with the plain yogurt, and then it becomes a fruit dip, or I will just eat the plain yogurt and fruit mixed together and sweetened with Truvia, or I might make me a fruit smoothie packed with all kinds of good protein, fibers and fruit. There are many options to cure my snack cravings. Sometimes all it takes is a apple, a piece of grapefruit, or a handful of nuts or sunflower seeds. I do know one thing that has changed, and that is, its much easier now to cure my snack cravings than it use to be. Before I would spend hours eating various things and never could find anything satisfying. I would go from sweet to salty, back to sweet. A never ending cycle, and would end up with a entire day of snacking lots of calories, and still never feel satisfied. Now I do not have those kinds of problems. So I know this way of eating has been good for me in many ways. Would I recommend this LIVIT to everyone, and is this a easy LIVIT?? It takes lots of concentration, prayer, and focus. Always remember to eat 2 to 3 hours, hungry or not. To take time to cook the good foods. To think ahead and make sure you take your foods on the road with you, so you never let yourself get hungry or be tempted to eat badly. To take all of your vitamins and supplements daily. To make sure you are drinking lots of water. To make time for exercise in your day. Yes I do recommend you doing this LIVIT!!! Its time well spent and you are worth every minute!!! I plan to stay on this LIVIT plan forever. I have some other health issues that have improved with this way of eating and so I plan to always eat this way. I am sure there will be times down the road that I will be tempted to eat badly or get tired of the exercising, but I will pray myself through those negative times, and keep on LIVIT!!!! So with all that said, I would like to end this post with a yummy soup recipe that I absolutely love.

Chicken Cabbage Soup


1 head of cabbage

2 large chicken breast

2 tablespoons of olive oil

1 onion

2 cloves of garlic

1 stick of butter

2 cans of chicken broth

1 teaspoon dried chives

1 teaspoon of basil

2 teaspoons of chicken soup seasoning

salt and pepper to taste


Cut up chicken breast into small chunks, cook in skillet with a little olive oil. Add in chopped onion and garlic and saute till tender and somewhat caramelized. Cut up cabbage into chunks and boil in stick of butter till cabbage is completely tender. With a knife and fork, cut up the cabbage into small pieces. Add in the rest of the ingredients, including chicken and onion/garlic and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 30 minutes. Enjoy alone or with a salad!!!

Monday, August 03, 2009

Carb Cabinet "NO MORE"

Oh boy, wouldn't the diet goo roo's of the world be proud of me. I finally did it!!! I cleaned out what I have been considering my Carb Cabinet. It was very refreshing and much easier to do than I would have expected. I was not tempted to keep anything. In fact, if my husband had not come home from work, the cabinet would have probably been completely empty. He did talk me into saving a few things!!! I always considered myself as eating pretty healthy the last few years. After seeing this trash bag and box full of junk foods, I would say I was fooling myself. There were Crackers of many kinds, Cereal bars of many, many kinds, lots of sugary cereal, chips, cookies, shake mixes, instant this and that. So many carbs, preservatives, hydrogenated oils, and sugar. Even the stuff I thought was good stuff, is now considered bad on my new LIVIT!!!
My son did box up a few things to take out to his little house. He said his friends would love all the cereal bars and crackers. So all was not a waste!!! I am so proud of myself for doing this. Now I am no longer haunted by Bad Carbs in the Carb Cabinet!!!

All that is left is some protein powders, dried cranberry's, a few boxes of multi whole grain cereals, bread, and pork skins. Fairly healthy things that I thought husband and children could eat. The rest is history!!! A "SIGH" of relief!!!