Monday, March 31, 2014
I love tortillas, however, they are loaded with carbohydrates, which I have tried to cut out. So when I learned I was chosen to receive a free package of LOW CARB tortillas to try I was excited.
I have tried others and to be honest, wasn't too thrilled with them. I can honestly say, I will buy these in the future. The La Tortilla Factory Low Carb whole wheat tortillas were soft and had the look of homemade, they were good and filling. They are LARGE, the size of my dinner plate! So you only need to eat one. Which is even better.
Some I have tried tasted like raw whole wheat flour, not very appetizing. These did not have that taste and no guilt with only 80 calories and 6 carbs.
I prepared some ground meat with peppers and onions, of course my homemade taco seasoning, added a little cheese, salsa and lettuce. Rolled it up and enjoyed!!
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
Friday, March 28, 2014
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First my middle son Jesse is now a Daddy! YES, that makes me a grandma again. Little Daniel was born Wednesday night at 11:34 pm weighing in at 7 lbs and 5 oz, 21 inches long. Healthy and a cutie. Mom and Dad are exhausted and so am I. Wishing I was there and hopefully next week, but for now I have to settle for text photos and Facebook. Thank God for technology, otherwise I'd be waiting for weeks for those terrible hospital photos to arrive.
Exhausted because Little Man is sick and I've been keeping him this week. You think you are in shape, or getting that way, until you have to pick up a 23 lb toddler about 500 times a day and wrestle with him because he is sick and fighting sleep and his medications. MAN I'm sore and need the weekend to recover.
Excited because Saturday, tomorrow, my husband will be the BIG 5-0! YEPPERS and we're having a family cook out, which might be rained out, but we'll have fun anyway. Wishing our boys were here, but those days are over. They are married, grown and living states away :( makes me very sad.
OKAY enough or I'll be boo hooing. On to the chicken!
I love chicken, y'all know that already, but I needed to do something new. Dear old hubby (see that wink wink) old... gets bored and he'd rather eat ground beef. So I have to constantly do something new with the chicken to keep him happy.
Here is what I did: (which by the way he LOVED and raved over)
Thyme Lime Chicken
2 boneless skinless chicken breast
1 tsp dried thyme
1 lime juiced
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 white ground pepper
Juice the lime over the chicken breast, sprinkle the seasonings over the breast, both sides and pan sear with a dab of olive oil. Cook until done, about 4 minutes per side. This time depends on the thickness of the chicken and the type of pan you are using.
I served ours with slaw and a baked sweet potato.
Thursday, March 27, 2014
I'm down a total of 44 lbs and plan on keeping them off, but sometimes ya want a little something. I didn't eat much, as it was super filling but oh so good. Now I'll admit, I paid for it later, as my body is NOT used to these types of food anymore.
My it made my husband happy and that's important. Fixing a meal like this every once in a blue moon helps him continue to smile and eat the spinach salads I hand him at lunch time. (big grin)
So, here was the deal. I had planned on making homemade pizza on Saturday night, but then he comes home and tells me he had pizza for lunch. Okay, no problem, I really didn't need all that bread and cheese anyway.
So, I'm thinking spaghetti, then realize I only have about 1/3 of a box. hmmm, why not make pizza or FULLY loaded spaghetti? YEAH, now that's the ticket.
Super easy, filling and we had enough for lunch the next day. Even better, two meal, one time to cook.
Fully Loaded Spaghetti
1/3 lean ground beef
1 8 oz package pepperoni, cut in half
1/3 cup olives
3 sweet salad peppers diced
1 small sweet onion diced
1/2 jar of garden chunky spaghetti sauce
1/3 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
1 TBSP Italian seasoning
1 tsp garlic
1 TBSP parsley flakes
1 tsp paprika
1/3 box Barrilla plus thin spaghetti (this pasta is high in protein and made with whole grains and legumes)
In a skillet, cook the ground beef with the seasonings, onion and peppers. Then add 3 cups of water along with the rest of the ingredients EXCEPT the Parmesan cheese and sauce. Cover and cook on med/high until the pasta is al'denta. Last add the cheese and sauce. Stir and allow the sauce to heat through.
Serve and enjoy!
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
I make a conscience effort each day to eat healthy, clean and move my butt. Whereas before I ate whatever, whenever and sat around. I used my health as my excuse. But then I saw a video of a man who lost his legs and he is now a body builder. With tears I said to myself, NO MORE EXCUSES.
If you can't RUN you Walk, if you can't WALK you crawl, but you MOVE! That is my new motto.
With this new mind set, and that is what it is, I have lost 44 lbs to date and over 30 inches. WOW I can hardly believe it myself. However, sadly enough, I still have a LONG way to go. How far you ask...ugh I hate to say it but 80 lbs. YES YES I Know, I R E A L L Y let myself go and shame on me.
Working out after over 20 years of not, has been a real struggle. When you wake up every single morning in pain, moving is not what you want to do. However, if I don't, one day all too soon, I won't be able to and it will be no ones fault but my own. SO...I resolved to change that.
Now I sleep better, wake up in FAR less pain (more of a throbbing annoyance) I have more energy, my clothes are looser, and I just feel happier about me.
One of the things I find frustrating is finding clothes to work out in. My friend Kim at Sublime Reflection turned me on to Taffy Active Wear! I LOVE their clothes but they are out of my budget right now.
I went to Facebook and liked their page, followed them on Twitter and Pinterest. In doing so I saw they hold A LOT of giveaways with bloggers. THIS was exciting to me. I entered every one I saw and searched them out each day. It paid off! I WON a pair of their carpi pants and let me tell you, it really changed my workout! No more stopping to adjust my baggy hot sweats. They really are comfortable and I could live in them.
THANK YOU Alyse from Sweat Guru, this is where I WON my carpi pants!
Now my goal is to get one of their t-shirts, a tank (which I haven't work in about 10+ years) and a jacket for those cooler evening walks.
Sorry, no photo of me in them right now, but if I can get my husband to take one. I'll update this post with a photo.
But here is a photo from their site.
I have applied to be an Ambassador in hopes of being able to offer YOU discounts from their site! Go check them out and write on their Facebook Wall that I sent you :) THANKS!!
**Disclaimer, I was not paid or compensated for this post. I did WIN a pair of carpi pants but was NOT obligated in ANY way to write a review**
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
One he loves olives, two he loves puns, put them together and it's a laugh riot!
Olive You Chicken
2 chicken breast, boneless and skinless
white ground pepper
pitted stuffed olives, sliced
1 small sweet yellow onion, sliced
Season both sides of the chicken breast with seasonings, saute in a tab of oil in a skillet. Just before you are ready to take them up, add the fresh tomatoes, olives and sliced onion. Add 1/4 cup of water or broth and top the pan with a lid. Allow the food to steam, this will cook the vegetables without making them mushy and over cooked. This takes about 7 minutes. Serve with your favorite vegetables or a salad.
Monday, March 24, 2014
Why? Because I can. LOL, seriously, I love wings and I had a large bag in the freezer. Plus, the wings are much healthier than a bologna sandwich.
We had chili lime wings and sweet carrot rounds. A delicious, filing lunch. What? You missed the carrot rounds. For shame! Here they are:
Chili Lime Wings
zest 1 lime and juice
approx. 1 lb wings = 12
white ground pepper
*I would say that I used 1-2 tsp of each seasoning*
Place the wings in a baking pan. Squeeze the lime juice over the wings and add zest. Now sprinkle each seasoning over the wings until coated or the amount you think would be best for your taste. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Drain any fat and return to the over uncovered for 15 minutes.
Friday, March 21, 2014
Let's see, what has happened? Life, lots of rain and some beautiful sunny days. Flowers are in bloom, the trees are budded out, pollen is in the air. Spring is officially here in South Georgia. Which means grilling, a lot, fishing even more, and watching kids play ball at the park.
Thursday, March 20, 2014
OMGosh it was delicious. What I really enjoyed was the rice and carrots. They were so sweet, like candy.
I figured I could replicate them and I did. We loved them so much I made them twice yesterday. For lunch and supper. Oh yeah that good!
Sweet Carrot Rounds
2 cups sliced carrots
2 tsp butter
2 tsp brown sugar
In a sauce pan, place carrots and just cover with water. Place a lid on the pot and boil until the carrots are tender. Mine took 12 minutes. Drain the water and add the butter and brown sugar. Stir well and return the pot to the burner but make sure it is OFF. Allow them to set for a few minutes.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
However, I was out of mango :( boo and made a lime cilantro slaw instead.
PLUS I changed the rub ingredients just a tad.
The original you can find HERE
But here is the newest version:
3 Talapia fillets, cut into 2-3 pieces depending on the size of the fillet
6 flour tortillas
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp chili powder
2 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp white ground pepper
1/2 tsp course ground black pepper
Mix this well and coat 3 talapia fillets, cut into 8 pieces. More if needed. Saute fish in olive oil and serve while hot.
2-3 cups tri-colored shredded slaw
4 salad sweet peppers, julienne
juice from 1 lime
2 tsp cilantro
1 tsp honey
2 tsp rice wine vinegar
Toss well and serve over fish on a tortilla shell or just as a side dish.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
- My middle son is going to be a daddy very soon. That will make me a grandma twice!
- Dawn is my middle name and my first name starts with an R
- I was married at 16
- I'm allergic to mushrooms and peanuts
- I'm an only child
- I have moved over 35 times in my life
- I was an Army wife
- I went to art school and dreamed of being a famous fashion designer or interior designer
- LOVE animals, all animals and if I had my way I'd own 100's of acres for rescue/rehab
- My youngest two sons were in a band, toured the US and have a CD before they were 20
- The first plane ride I ever took was from SC to Germany
2. What is your dream job and do you think you will get it or do you already have it? A famous writer or photographer, that remains to be seen.
3. What is your best childhood memory? Sitting on the bow of my grand-daddy's boat with my cousin Tina, our feet dangling in the water, soaking up the sun, while my Daddy and Grand-daddy were pulling in nets. This was a common occurrence for us during the summer, but they are all favorites.
4. What was your most embarrassing moment - if you dare..... I've had a few, but I think my mom finding me in a pool, in a bikini in the middle of the afternoon with my friends and making me walk home, was by far the worst! To a teenager anyway. YES I skipped school...bad idea
5. How often do you blog and how long have you been doing it? I have been blogging 2 years in June and normally post M - F but sometimes I have weekend post as well. I started out 7 days a week with a different recipe every single day.
6. What is the best advice you ever gave anyone? Be yourself and love yourself
7. What is the best advice you ever received? Don't worry about everyone else and what they think.
8. Do you enjoy blogging challenges? If so, any ones in particular? I love blogging and challenges. I am part of Secret Subject Swap, Use Your Words, Fly On The Wall, all with Karen over at Baking in a Tornado and LOVE it!!!
9. How many children do you have? Can you tell me about them? 3 sons. All J names. Justin is 26 and has a 3 yo little girl,plus he is getting married in Sept. Jesse is 22 and is expecting a son on April 3. They all live in NC. My youngest son Joey is 20, married and serving in the USAF (United States Air Force) I love them ALL dearly!!!
10. What are you the most passionate about? most? Oh gosh...I am passionate about a lot really. My kids, cooking, photography, homeschooling, helping others, and most recently being healthy.
11. What would you want the world to know if you could stand on a soap box and be heard? oh...Soap box issues I have several. I think people need to READ the constitution and understand it. Research the issues and candidates. Educate yourself! Think for yourself! Love yourself. Stop hating and start healing...I could go on and on but don't wanna loose all my readers ;)
- What type of blog do you have?
- What is the best thing about blogging?
- If married, does your spouse support your blogging?
- What state were you born in?
- How many states have you lived in?
- Name something you are afraid of:
- What is the one food you could not or would not want to live without?
- Name one food you can not eat you hate it so much you gag?
- Favorite time of year? and why?
- Did you attend college and if so, were you a party animal?
- Favorite sport, college or pro:
Monday, March 17, 2014
Recently while at the store I saw a new product. Smithfield "all natural" pork breakfast sausage.
I thought, what the heck, I'll give it a try.
The sausage does not smell like regular, it smells clean if that makes sense. The taste is not as strong, sort of bland actually and had way less fat.
I cooked this with sweet salad peppers, onions, smoked paprika, a little garlic and fresh cracked pepper. I then scrambled eggs into it with a 1/4 cup of shredded cheese and served it over creamy grits.
Simple, filing and satisfying.
OH and HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY
Friday, March 14, 2014
We love eating breakfast and do so often, especially on Sunday nights. Not sure what it is, but that seems to be our chosen night. Omelets, breakfast casserole, pancakes with fruit and now this delicious veggie fritatta.
Basically a fritatta is a baked omelet and can be made with or without a crust. I chose to make mine without, who needs the empty calories? Plus this kept me in my "clean" category.
I used organic farm fresh eggs, almond milk and fresh Colby cheese but only a 1/4 cup. Keeping in mind again my 90% clean.
Turning, she thanked William for his retrieving her and hoped it was not too much of a bother.
Bother, laughed Abe,(her cousins husband) William is my brother.
Pearl was almost giddy inside, if he was family, then she'd see a lot more of him. Oh, stop it she chided herself. Here you are having just met the man and you act as if you're betrothed already. Don't be so furhoodled.
She dipped her head and went inside to see Cousin Sara.
Oh just look at this mess! Oh I do have my work cut out for me. Seems working endlessly will be no worries here. Papa wanted to keep me busy. With 3 wee ones, a sick cousin and a man to care for, oh yes, busy indeed.
After changing into her work dress, Pearl set about straightening the living quarters, making tea, changing the babe and setting dough aside for the next mornings bread. She finalized her list of "to do" in her head before checking on Sara.
Sara hardly spoke that night. Pearl had heard of women who suffered after child birth but had never witness someone so sorrowful. She did not care for the babe, her other children or even to breath it seemed. I must set about praying right away for Cousin Sara or she will waste away and leave these poor children motherless.
Oh what a rough night it was, the babe woke numerous times and try as she might, Pearl could not rouse Sara to feed the babe. She even dared to wake Abe for his assistance but once was enough of that. He was so mean to her, Pearl learned her lesson quickly and understood that NO ONE at home knew what was going on here.
Finally, having to make do with a make shift bottle she had the wee one fed. Ach, the poor babe she thought. No one even told me your name. He ate heartily and fell fast asleep but all too soon the sun was up and Pearl was late getting things in order for the day.
Days turned into weeks and weeks turned into a month. No sign of William, poor Pearl was beside herself. Had she been wrong? Was he one of those men who only teased her and was off to find a godly woman as a mate? Had she spoiled her chances? Oh dear, she fretted. Then chided herself, oh never you mind. God is my husband, busy are my hands, long are my days. I have no time for childish romantic day dreams, mama would be ever so disappointed in me...a deep sigh escaped her lips at the very moment she heard a wagon outside.
Thursday, March 13, 2014
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Joy over at Yesterfood
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