Wednesday, April 30, 2014
It is all about being healthy, not just in body but in mind and in spirit.
If you're interested, join us at Lean.Green.Kitchen for details
A little about the challenge, each day you eat 1 clean meal, do something for yourself and clean up or declutter.
I love this. I do these things anyway but the self care is the one area I lack in.
As I have mentioned before, I have always put my family first. I was last on the list, and with doing that my health has suffered for years. In January I made the decision to work on me and in doing so I have lost weight and gained my life.
Here are a few of my #selfcare moments from last week: I read a book ( I LOVE to read)
went to the lake with my husband while he fished, I walked and enjoyed the sun
decluttered and shredded old files
ate a ton of healthy fruit
What have you done for yourself lately? It is not being selfish or self centered to care for yourself. You owe it to yourself and your family to be the best you that you can be. I wasted a lot of years, don't do the same.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
I hope you are enjoying being able to find just about everything here and also linking up not only your recipes but your DIY, crafts and home decor ideas.
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Last week my favorites were:
Easy Owl Organizer Clips
DIY silver polish
Homemade Lemon Pudding
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Monday, April 28, 2014
For Easter we had a family dinner, my husbands siblings and their kids and their kids and my FIL all got together. THIS is an interesting time. Now I am the only one who eats healthy and no one wanted my "health food junk" but a fattening full of sugar clog my arteries type of dish.
So to keep peace, I made deviled eggs, chicken and rice and a big ol' fat bundt cake, a new recipe just for my FIL because he loves strawberries.
Here is the result, now yes I did eat a small piece, but here I sit a week later writing this post and there is still cake in my kitchen, which sadly will be thrown out. Sad you may question, yes because it is food thrown out and I hate being wasteful. But I'm not going to eat it and everyone else is done with cake for the week.
They are not big on sweets but will batter and deep fry anything that doesn't move...hey that's an idea, I could slice the cake, batter and deep fry it, then they'd eat it up.
Oh yuck just the thought...oh sorry I digress. On to the recipe...
Strawberry Daiquiri Cake
1 white cake mix
1 small box of vanilla pudding, instant
1 stick room temp butter, no salt
1 cup strawberry daiquiri mix
Blend all ingredients together and pour into a prepared bundt pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes.
Cool and poke holes in the top. Pour 1/3 cup of daiquiri mix over cake to soak in.
Mix 1/3 cup daiquiri mix and 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar together, toss in 1 pint of strawberries stemmed and washed. Mix well and pour over cake placing strawberries in the center.
Friday, April 25, 2014
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Foodie Friends Friday was my big push into the blogging world. The very first link party I ever saw and linked up to. These ladies have seen me through a lot, so be sure to stop by and check them out!
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If not, you're in for at treat!
Onion bombs are man food! Camping, grilling, eat with your hands, primitive goodness!
These however, I cooked in the oven and added BBQ sauce, so they'd be sort of messy to eat with your hands. I'm sure your husband or sons would love them!
The traditional onion bombs are cooked in foil over an open fire. Tons of meat and heat... I added in some sneaky veggies. shh don't tell your kids.
BBQ Onion Bombs
1/2 lb ground turkey
1/2 lb lean ground beef
1 large Vidalia (or sweet)onion
finely diced, celery, carrots, garlic, parsley to make 1 cup
spices: paprika, garlic powder (if you don't use fresh garlic in the mix) sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper - 1 tsp each
1 TBSP Worcestershire sauce
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl except the onions. Slice the onion in half. Stuff half of one layer with the meat mixture and top with the other half of the layer, continue until you run out of meat or onion.
Top with bbq sauce either store bought or homemade.
Wrap in foil and place in a baking dish. Double wrap with foil if placing on the grill.
Grill for 30 minutes
Bake at 300 for 45-60 minutes
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Now, this recipe has cheese and you could make it without but I sure did enjoy it!
Rewind 2 years ago and we were eating 4-7 lbs of cheese a month, NO I'm not kidding! I know, that is a lot.
Now... I might buy a small package about once every 2-3 months. So that is a great improvement. Actually, I purchased cheese to make this recipe and that was only the second time since January.
This casserole is loaded with protein and vegetables.
Another great thing about this recipe, I had all ingredients on hand (except the cheese) so there was almost no added expense, but if you're wondering, this cost me (due to sales and things on hand) about $4 for the casserole. WHICH by the way made 10 servings! With 2 of us, that was 5 meals each, translation? CHEAP
*Dry lentils are less than a dollar a bag, the tomatoes were on sale, I had the peppers and spices. I buy my chicken in bulk and store in the freezer so it cost less. The most expensive part was the cheese. IF you do not want to use cheese, you can use Nutritional Yeast Flakes found at the health food stores, taste like cheese but has no dairy. Or you could use vegan cheese like Diaya.
Chicken and Lentil Casserole
1 1/2 cups lentils
3 cups vegetable or chicken broth
1/4 tsp cumin
1 tsp garlic
2 chicken breast , diced
1/2 tsp cumin
fresh cracked black pepper
1 can diced tomatoes without salt
1 red bell peppers diced
1 onion diced
1 tsp garlic
1 tsp cumin
fresh cracked black pepper
2 cups cheese
1 TBSP cilantro
Saute the vegetables in a TBSP of oil and spices. Stir in a large bowl with the tomatoes and cooked lentils.
Sprinkle the chicken with spices and brown in a dab of oil. I use coconut or olive oil when sauteing.
Mix all ingredients except the cilantro.
Sprinkle the cilantro on top.
Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes and remove. Cover with foil and let it set for 30 minutes, then serve.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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Monday, April 21, 2014
My husband was thrilled with the healthy bad food (yes that's what I'm calling it) and my mind enjoyed it, but my insides did not.
I have noticed since January and changing to a clean eating lifestyle that it may taste good to eat otherwise but boy do I pay for it. The pain returns, the bathroom trips increase and I just feel blah.
Enough of the TMI...so, I really wanted a Cobb Salad, but honestly, my husband doesn't like avocado, the corn is all GMO, the cheese (that's another story) so I decided to create my own version, sort of.
I came up with this Cajun Shrimp salad, no it's not really a Cobb salad but it was delicious! You can omit the bacon, but I figure 2 slices of bacon will not kill me and you can add other vegetables if you like.
Cajun Shrimp Salad (makes 2 large salads)
24 shrimp, peeled and remove the veins
8 large grape tomatoes, quartered
1/2 cup black beans, (if you use canned be sure to drain and rinse them well)
6 slices of bacon, cooked, drained and crumbled
1 small sweet onion, diced and sauteed
4 cups baby organic spinach (or whatever green you prefer)
dressing of your choice
Cook your bacon, drain and crumble, set aside. I cooked the onion in the bacon drippings, yes that is probably not the best way and surely not the healthiest way, but to keep my husband happy this is what I do. Once in a while won't kill ya, I promise.
Sprinkle the shrimp with Cajun seasoning and saute.
On a plate lay out your spinach, next in rows add your beans, tomatoes, onion, bacon and shrimp. The plate is very appealing and taste delicious all combined. We topped ours with a tablespoon of light ranch dressing. Again, you can make a better choice on the dressing, but this meal still meets my 80% clean rule.
Sunday, April 20, 2014
chocolate and cauliflower
pumpkin and broccoli
If this is your first time visiting a CIC post, please visit the other hard working bloggers, you'll see the link up at the bottom.
Now for my creation, it is not very original but it was tasty! I had first thought of using the PEEPS in the pie, but changed my mind, then I thought of using them for the meringue but didn't. After my first bite I wish I had of, they would have worked wonderfully.
Don't get me wrong, the pie was good, I really liked it, but using the PEEPS as the meringue would have been better.
1/4 lemon juice
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups water
1/3 cup corn starch
3 egg yokes (save the whites for your meringue)
3 TBSP butter (unsalted)
3 egg whites
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
6 TBSP sugar
2 1/2 cups pretzels crushed
1/4 cup sugar
5 TBSP butter, melted
Crush your pretzels, then add your sugar and melted butter. Press into a pie pan. I used a large 10 inch pan.
In a medium sauce pan, bring water,sugar, butter and cornstarch to a boil, reduce heat and stir well. Once the mixture begins to thicken remove from the heat and stir in your egg yokes, stir well and set on the heat again. Once it begins to boil, stir for 2 minutes and remove, last add the lemon juice. Stir well and let it sit for 2 minutes.
Pour into your prepared pie pan.
In a mixer, add your egg whites and cream of tartar. Beat on high until it begins to peak and thicken, add sugar 1 TBSP at a time and allow it to beat/mix well. Once you are done, spread on top of your pie. Insert your PEEPS.
Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes careful to not burn the meringue.
Cool completely and serve.
Be sure to stop by and check out all the other participants and their take on "Lemon and PEEPS" recipes, created just for this CIC !!
Friday, April 18, 2014
Well, we aren't paying. So we're sharing instead. The more folks who visit a status, like and comment, the more FB will show that page.
So if you see the page and like it, be sure to visit often, like and comment, otherwise it will disappear from your feed.
To the bloggers, you know the benefit and I hope you are seeing your numbers go up. THANK YOU all for participating each week and now...on to the link!
Several weeks ago we shared how frustrated many of us are with the lack of views on our Facebook pages. Loving Facebook as we do, we did not want to give up. Instead, we created this party where we help each other by boosting (liking, commenting and sharing) each other's Facebook posts.
Song: You picked a fine time to leave me Lucille,
with 4 hungry children
and a crop in the field
I thought he said 400 children, ROTFL
My cousin was little when I was going into my teen years and I was singing and dancing with my radio on. Yes a little red transistor AM/FM radio. Loved that thing. Anyway, later that day, we're in the car with my mom and Chris starts singing "muh muh muh mice are rolling"
We are cracking up, WHAT?
It's MY Sharona!
Little Man is calling his kitten "meow" because that's what the cat says. It is so funny. You say "B where is the kitten. He answers "meow" and the kitten runs to him.
At 16 months old, he has become a magpie. Everything you say he repeats, except "I love you" he shakes his head no.
It warms my heart, when "Little Man" gets home in the evening he runs to Nema first, then looks for meow, next he runs to the front door (which is glass) and starts hitting it and yelling DAWN DAWN DAWN. awww makes me smile and warms my heart. I do so love this little guy! If I have not gone over by 8 p.m. someone is the house is calling or texting me and saying "B is driving us crazy, will you come over here."
Funny thing is, when we moved here four months ago, the kid would not come near me for over 2 weeks. Now he's my little buddy.
I'm at the grocery store (this was several years ago) and at the time I was vegan. I bought a 25 lb bag of organic carrots a week and juiced them. So I go EVERY week to buy these carrots, only one store in town carried them. I'm at the check out and the bag boy says "wow you must have a lot of rabbits."
Me: ugh no I juice them
Bag boy: you what
Me: I juice them, I put them in a machine that squeezes the juice out and I drink it.
Bag boy: WHY
Me: Because it is healthy and I like it.
Bag boy: man that's weird. What's it taste like?
Me: chocolate (idiot what do you think)
He looks all confused, I laughed and said "carrots"
He looks disappointed and says "oh"
My husbands aunt, her daughter, grand daughter and great grandson "little man" live across the street from us. I'm helping keep "little man" one morning and cousin A is getting ready for work. She can't find her earrings, she is looking all over, I start to help. Nope can't find them anywhere, then I find them on her dresser. Where she has looked 3 times! We laugh, she gets ready and leaves. Flip to the next morning, same thing, this time I can't find them, she can't. She even says "I remember last night when I took them off I said I'd put them here so I wouldn't forget where they are, now I don't know where "HERE" is." We laugh, she leaves for work.
Later she calls, "guess what"
I don't know, what.
A: I'm outside smoking and see myself in the door, there's something in my hair, I move my hair and feel to see what it is, (now she's laughing) it's my earrings! I had them on!"
Me: WHAT?! (now I'm cracking up) I said, YEP this is going on the blog! Okay confession: I did really well and went 3 whole months with NO chocolate, candy, cake, pie, or cookies oh and no ice cream. The last 2 weeks I've had some ice cream AND a candy bar. I feel like yuck! But it was good. Down 44 lbs and the scale is not moving :( guess I need to amp up my exercise. Shoot
Weighed this morning, down 2 more! WOOT
My FIL was in the hospital just last week in ICU as most of you know,our youngest son came home from TX to visit. It was the best and worst week combined. We did manage a few moments of peace at my SIL house. My DIL caught the only fish of the day! It was funny to me, and it was a big one! Even more funny because she did not grow up fishing and is only 4 feet 11 inches tall.
There are a LOT of stories I could tell you from this month, but I'll save some for later! Thanks for stopping by and remember to take time to make memories. Because one day you might have grandchildren and who better to tell these funny stories to than them, even better if it's about their parents. (wink)
Sunshine in a glass
2 small mango's, peeled and cut up
2 small frozen bananas
3 pineapple rings, chopped
1 cup almond milk
1 scoop pea powder protein
All items into the Vita-Mix or blender and hit liquify. You end up with a gorgeous yellow glass full of sunshine and energy!