Saturday, January 24, 2015

Sunshine On A Cloudy Day

I had not intended to post today. Its a saturday and this is what I woke up to.

Cold and wet with gray skies. Not much moving outside even though there is not much snow on the ground. Hubs left out early this morning so I am home alone. You would think I would be cranking at something exciting since I have me time, but I just seem to be bouncing from one odd job to another today.

At least I was......... until the phone rang! And who did I hear on the other end but my BFF from high school or I guess to be more accurate I should say junior high. Boy that really dates me now doesn't it!!! I was so excited, I had not heard her voice in over 30 years. We had emailed and chatted a bit before, but to hear her voice was amazing! It truly brought "Sunshine on a Cloudy Day".

So what can I say except I am stepping a bit higher this afternoon and moving a little faster. 

I had to stop for a few minutes after we hung up to just praise the Lord for this phone call. It just made my heart spill over with gratitude and love.

So folks I have to say if you have someone you have not been in contact with( doesn't have to be for 30 years) pick up the phone and make that call, you have no idea what a lift and a blessing it will be for the one on the other end!! What a gift!

Go ahead make that call and get this new year started off right.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Girl Talk

It seems when ever you get 2 or more women.....girls......females together there is never a problem with conversation. The topics, they are vast. Everything from cooking, shopping, crafting, husbands, kids, well you get the picture!

 So I thought I would set aside Fridays for "girl talk" and see what we can come up with. A time where I share with you and you in turn, share with me.
Well this week I thought I would start with weight loss. If there is one of you that is not interested in discussing this will you please step up and tell us all about it. Wave your hands high so we can all see you. And even share how you came to this point. 

First off I have to say I am a mother of 2 and a grandmother of 4. So not a young chicky! Weight loss to me is about getting healthy, keeping my joints healthy, my heart healthy and having the ability to carry my body in a safe fashion. Meaning good balance and posture.

So last year I lost some weight, 22 lbs. to be exact. But the holidays hit and it all came to a stand still. I was still trying and eating relatively well but nothing was happening. You know what I was forgetting to add to each day? Movement! Thats right, we have to move! Dah! Where was my brain, what was I thinking. So I started moving again and the scales are moving backward already.

Now this is not just about the scale here. I am also sleeping better now that I am moving. And I am also more in control of my eating. So all in all it a good thing!

Now what about you guys? What is working for you? Whats not working for you? Maybe you are at your ideal weight and you want to share how you maintain it. 

I ran into a lady the other day at the "Y" and we were chatting while we sat in the sauna, she was sharing with me that she swims 3 miles 3x's a week. She said she has found this to be her magic weapon against weight gain! She was in her 50's and had reached here happy weight about 7 years ago. And by doing this swimming routine she is able to stay put and stay strong.

I don't know about you but I love hearing a good success story. Now we all have successes to share, even those small ones along the journey. 

So let here 'em!

And by the way if you are interested you can follow my weight loss journey on the ticker at the bottom of the page.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Thankful Thursday

This week has been a whirlwind for me. Busy with something to do every minute of everyday.
But one thing is for sure I have been sleeping good this week. So if this is what it takes to get some good rest then I am there! 

I must say I seem to have my energy back as well. I am working out 5 days a week for about 2 hours a day and I am loving it. 

We have had sunshine everyday this week up until today. And sunshine always makes me feel better. And the temps have been a tad bit warmer.

I have been making time to read a bit more and that is just a good thing.

Finding time as well to create, even though it is on a small scale. 

It is much quieter around my house since hubs is over his cough.  I am glad he is not sick anymore.

Hubs took a routine trip to his Cardiologist this week and left with the knowledge that he can walk and exercise as much as he wants to. (Probably more than he wants to!)

These are all things that I am thankful for.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Tasty Tuesday

I share dinner menus on Monday so I am going to try to share some recipes for other things here on tuesday.

A few weeks back I referred to a recipe for Baked Oatmeal and I will say this is a delicious way to get your oatmeal. A confession is forth coming here, I am not an oatmeal lover. I just don't like the texture of cooked oatmeal. So when the Doctor said eat more oatmeal I ask if no bake cookie counted! For the record, they do not! So I have been trying to find other ways to get my oatmeal. This baked oatmeal was perfect and you can work with it adding different fruits and nuts which add the textures that I need to be able to get it down.

But I started thinking about trying to lower the calories a bit and still retain the protein and for the carbs to still be within reason. So here is what I came up with.

No Flour Cookies

2 egg whites
2 T. plain greek yogurt
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 smashed banana
1/3 cup + 2 T. unsweetened almond milk
1 cup regular oatmeal
1/2 tsp. baking powder

Place first 5 ingredients into bowl and mix well. Stir in oatmeal and baking powder. You can now add nuts and fruit to your liking. Bake at 350* till brown around edges and set to your liking.

Tips----I like to stick with berries as they are lower in sugar and my hubs is a diabetic. 
I have also added cinnamon or used other flavoring in place of vanilla.
After mixing the wet and dry ingredients I like to allow the mixture to rest and absorb some liquid.
When adding the fruit and nuts I usually add by the handful. This lets me see how much we are getting. 
This makes 9 large cookies which is 2 serving. They are perfect for heading out the door with a cup of coffee.

If you want to give this recipe a try you better Pin it so it doesn't get lost.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Monday's Musings....... .Menus

So the weekends over and the new week begins.

 I had some "fun" this weekend but then it doesn't take much to excite me!

 As I sat with my morning coffee I was thinking back over the things that took place this weekend and it felt good for the second time. It brought me joy when I was doing them and again as I was reflecting. So a double whammy is always a good thing. Friday I finished all the week long chores up around 1 or 2 in the afternoon and then the hubs and I went to the Y. I had a good workout and enjoyed the sauna after. In the evening I finished some small crocheting projects.

These are just hair scrunchies. But I will do a few at a time when I can fit them in time wise and once I have a basket full they will be used as table fillers at this years shows.

Saturday I worked in my doodle pad and just had fun! And then in the afternoon I went back to the Y. Worked out a bit harder than usual and I am feeling it today. I have to say that it does feel good! 

Been trying to cook better and plan better as well so we can avoid eating out. This is not something we do much of anyway but it really helps our food intake and our pocketbook by not eating out. So lets get on to the weeks dinner menus:

Sunday..........turkey pizza and a chopped salad with balsamic vinaigrette ( we had regular pizza on friday night and it was requested that I do something like this with the turkey for the ballgames on sunday) I will try to take photos.

Monday...........bbq venison ribs, fried cabbage w/onions and hot peppers, green beans

Tuesday........chopped salad with tuna added for protein and balsamic vinaigrette

Wednesday.........oatmeal pancakes, turkey bacon and homemade blueberry syrup

Thursday........leftovers and macaroni and tomatoes 

Friday.......grilled chicken breast, chopped salad

Saturday........I'm clueless!

Friday, January 16, 2015

This And That......Thankfulness

We find ourselves here on friday, is it the end of the week or the beginning of the weekend? No matter how you look at it, it's friday. Friday to me is the day I try to finish up all the unfinished routine household jobs that have been moved from one list to the next all week. I try to not carry anything over into the weekend. And the magic word here is "try"! Sometimes no matter how hard I "try" I still don't get all things completed. But this week seems to be a magical week. I am finished!

So as I move forward with this afternoon and on into saturday and sunday I can relax a bit and do some fun stuff! I will share some of those things later on so watch for them. Well not only am I thankful to get all my work list completed but: 

I am also thankful today for warmer weather(40's)

For being able to exercise and stretch my body.

For nourishing food for my hubs and myself.

That I have a stash of yarn to begin working with and making items for table fillers at some of my shows this coming year.

For the recovery of my neighbor who fell and broke her back right after Thanksgiving.

For my health.

And for the beautiful sunshine that is shining on us today.

Here is a couple of skirts and leg warmer sets I made for my granddaughter for christmas, each one has a matching hair clip to clip on a headband.

These were so fun to make. 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Not So Tasty Tuesday.......But A Recipe!

Well its tuesday and I know you are expecting a recipe for something yummy. 

You will only be half way disappointed. I do have a recipe to share and if you give it some thought it will be very useful. But definitely not very tasty!!

This is the time of year that we are seeing all kinds of articles in the newspaper and hearing all over the news about the different strands of flu and all the colds and sinus problems going on. We have had schools closed in our area for disinfecting. So many children sick and missing school that they just closed it down and sent the healthy ones home, so hopefully they would stay that way!

Well I thought it would be a perfect time for me to share a recipe with you that I have used for well over 30 years. ( WOW, I'm old!) I used it back when my boys were in school and they were never sick. So it worked well for us and the way I look at it is it can't hurt.

Its called the "Super germ Killer".

Mix 1/2 cup of bleach into 2 quarts of hot tap water. After the 2 are combined slowly add 1/2 cup white vinegar and mix well.

Use this solution throughout the day to wipe down door knobs and phones as well as light switches and facet handles. This solution must be used within 24 hours or it neutralizes itself and is non effective.

I mix it first thing in the morning and then use it throughout the day. Instead of just dumping it in the evening I will use it to clean a bathroom or for soaking a rug or old cleaning rags that are extremely dirty. 

Reminder**** if you have a septic system I would not advise dumping this into it. You would be killing off all the good bacteria within it*****

******I found this recipe many moons ago on a brochure from the Center for Disease Control.*****

Tips........I do not place my rag/sponge back in the solution until I have rinsed it and rung it out. This keeps my solution clean and usable all day long. It will still work and do its job even after the water has cooled off.

So what precautions are you taking to keep your family healthy this winter?