Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Cauliflower Pizza aka Squeezed Brains

Sometimes you decide to do something really random because you read about it on the internet.  That is a good description of how I got started on the Trim Healthy Mama(THM) eating plan. 

I’ve been using this plan since April.  I’ve lost almost 20 pounds and learned so much about how my body uses food.  I’m a slow looser due to the many stresses I have in my life right now.  Another lesson I have learned. 

It was very useful for Elizabeth & her gluten intolerance.  For so long pizza, sandwiches, cookies, etc have been a problem.  Working through Diet Changes & Challenges have been a slow process for her and THM has helped with recipes and ideas on how to make it work for our family. 

One of our favorite meals is Fooled You Pizza from the THM book, but there are many cauliflower pizza recipes out there if you aren’t on the THM plan.  Last night I wasn’t feeling well so Elizabeth took control & made supper.

It was quite amusing.  One of the steps is to squeeze the cauliflower to remove as much moisture as possible.   We make almond milk quite regularly using this nut bag that I bought on Amazon(NOT an affiliate link).  It is also perfect for squeezing the cauliflower—very easy to clean up.

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Elizabeth’s comment “This is like squeezing brains” 

Not sure where that came from but she sure made us all laugh.  I was thankful that I didn’t have to make supper.  Having a 17 year old who can take charge in the kitchen is a blessing.  This is a great thing for her to know how to make since she can’t eat regular pizza without having problems. 

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Monday, February 3, 2014

January, I’m dreaming of spring . . .

Difficult is the word I would use to describe January.  Holidays are done.  Time to buckle down and get some school done.  Not to mention how bitterly cold it has been.  Several crisis events have happened.  High stress.  Hard decisions.  Its all there & it is no where near ending.  But I’ve seen God’s hand through it all.

I’m trying to be home more.  For me that is a battle.  So many responsibilities and so little time available.

Today I went to look at January pictures and was discouraged that there was only one on my camera.  Then I looked at my Photostream from my phone.  I am so thankful for my phone for many reasons but one of the biggest is that I can take photos even when I don’t have my camera.

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Early in January Mom spent a few days with us. We had fun shopping for hats as her latest chemotherapy has caused her to loose her hair.  It is hard to believe that she is still fighting through pancreatic cancer.  She was diagnosed over 2 years ago.  So many difficult days but there is joy in the journey.  Even when the journey is all up hill.

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Elizabeth’s Bible quizzing team, Squad, posed to get a group picture.  We’ve been trying for several months.  Not sure this is quite what I was after. LOL!  They are great kids and I’m thankful that we have gotten to coach them.

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Ok in general I hate having my picture taken but I kinda like this one. Many of my clothes are too big these days.  I’m good with that as I’ve lost almost 20 pounds since April.  I’m slowly adding pieces as I retire the baggy ones.  Reasons I’m thankful.  #1 it’s a new outfit—all on clearance.  #2 my 17 YO daughter said I was wearing non-mom jeans(HA!) #3 I love this outfit.  Dressy but not.    Very comfortable & did I mention it was all on clearance? 

So after my difficult January it is good to look back and enjoy the gifts God gave  me in the midst of the storm as he always does.

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      Thinking About Home

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Glimpses of the New House

We have been adjusting to our new home.   No time for much extra besides school, meals, memorizing for Bible Quizzing and taking care of family.  I’ve been gone LOTS of weekends lately so that hasn’t given us any extra down time.  Last week we were home 4 whole days!  Only our regular Tuesday errand day was spent in town.  It was awesome to have a calm normal week.  I’m so thankful for our new place and the time we get to spend here.  God has really blessed us with a special place that brings peace to my soul.

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A new season has snuck up on me while I’m still trying to hold on to summer.   We finally got our pool put to bed for the winter this weekend.  Next year we will definitely know more about what we are supposed to do.

One project I’ve completed in stolen minutes & hours is to paint the kitchen.  I have a hard time in the winter with clouds and no sunshine.  So the prospect of living with this dark red color(while beautiful) was giving me the willies.  (Please ignore all dogs & teenagers and focus on the red.  Really the teens & dogs are just accessories in the picture.)

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So I primed it and painted it a lovely blue.  The color of the sky.  The color of a summer day.  My favorite color. I can do this.

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So there are still boxes around but mostly we’ve unpacked the most needed stuff and we are working on the odds and ends that do not have homes.

Here are some pictures stolen from Elizabeth’s Facebook page and they show some of the outside views that we get to enjoy.  .

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Falls glorious colors take my breath away

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And here are a few of my own.

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(Again ignore the dog)

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I hope that as life slows down I can get back to scrapbooking, blogging, sharing recipes, projects and crafts.  Be back soon . . . .

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

A BIG move here!

We did it.  We moved.

There are really no words for how much we LOVE our new place.

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So I’ll just give you some pictures!

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Kitchen & eat in nook

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POOL!

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Garden bounty!  I’ve canned 7 gallons of tomatoes & there is much more to come!

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More POOL time!

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Kids bath!

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Back of the house in the pasture with the dogs

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This was the beginning of filling this room with boxes.  Its full & well I’m working my way through unpacking

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Movie night on Labor Day in the new place!

I will share more as we unpack & do some of the fun things we have planned for the new place.  In the mean time PRAY that our previous home is LOVED by a new family soon!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Working Smarter Not Hotter!

We are in house clean up mode around here as we have high hopes to sell our home this summer!  It has warmed up to summer temperatures so that means getting outside early to work in the garden & yard!

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The last thing I want to do when I come in is COOK!  So I have been stockpiling meals and the basics of meals.  As one of the things on our list is go get new counter tops & do some kitchen updating that means the meals will be ummm interesting for a week or so. 

I’ve been following a new eating plan(notice it is not a DIEt) and it has been AMAZING for my energy levels.  AND for the first time in forever I am off soda(and all sugar for that matter).  I don’t crave it at all.  If you want to check it out, then head over to the  Trim Healthy Mama website.

So to make life easier I have done 3 things this week.

1.  Bought strawberries while they are in season.  We go through a lot of berries & it is WAY cheaper to buy them fresh & freeze them.  I stalk the produce aisle at Aldi’s for those $1 boxes.

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2. Bought chicken.  I know everyone buys chicken but I never even put it in the frig.  I cooked it up, diced it, shredded it & basically made some meals ahead of time.  My favorite one is at the bottom of this post.  I also caught precooked chicken(grilled) on sale last week at Kroger so I can head that REALLY quick in the microwave(cooler!) for grilled chicken salad.  I also put the broth in quart jars so I have that to make up some easy soups pretty cheaply. I will freeze that soon but ran out of time!

3. Bought ground turkey.  This is for breakfast mostly.  We love sausage but I hate the high price!  I caught ground turkey on sale this week so I used Heavenly Homemaker’s recipe for homemade turkey sausage.  Quick easy breakfasts are a must!

Then I made my kids Chocolate Pudding Pops with no sugar!  Thank you THM for such great recipes that are healthy!

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Chicken Bacon Salad—S meal (no picture because we ate it too fast)

4 cups cooked diced chicken

1/2 c cooked crumbled bacon

1/4 c slivered almonds

1/2 c sliced celery

1 can water chestnuts

2 tsp dry minced onion or 1 T chopped red onion

1 cup miracle whip

1/4 tsp ginger

Mix it all together & serve on a bed of greens!  Cool and healthy meal!

Serves 5  Calories per serving 276  Carbs 8 Fat 14 Protein 27  Tallied up from myfitnesspal.com

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Diet Changes & Challenges

I like to think our family eats fairly healthy.  Most nights we have chicken, pork, fish, or beef and then healthy sides like salad & veggies with an occasional bowl of ice cream to finish things up.  But on the other hand its not uncommon to have a pizza from    Hy-vee because momma is just too tired to be creative. 

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One challenge we often encounter is that Elizabeth seems to have some wheat or gluten intolerance.  We haven’t had her officially tested but when she eats wheat she has headaches & feels “sick.”  So she avoids it when possible.  I am avoiding wheat as well but mainly because I’ve noticed a gain of 2-3 lbs each time I eat it. 

I really think that this has been preparing me for the BIG change that we’ve had the past month.  My mom has moved in with us and she is a diabetic. 

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Ironically I changed my eating even more about 7 weeks ago to the Thin Healthy Mamma(THM) plan after reading the book.  I still eat carbs but they are low glycemic & that works SO well  in coordination with Mom’s diabetes.  Not to mention that I’ve lost 5 pounds while eating desserts, healthy fats, good carbs & yummy snacks.  With this plan I’ve kicked the soda habit & the cravings are gone!! 

One of my BIGGEST challenges is Tuesdays.  It is our run around day and I have to pack food for Mom and I for lunch & snacks.

Here’s what has worked a couple of times.

Lunch—these little ice cream containers were bought by my hubby when our freezer was FULL of meat and we had no room for big containers of ice cream.  A fun treat for the kids but VERY handy for packing small portions.

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Cottage cheese, cucumbers, Joseph’s pita, peanut butter & sliced strawberries, dessert is usually a homemade peanut butter cup!

Snack—Kroger Greek yogurt.  Love this yogurt as it seems to have the lowest carbs of the flavored Greek brands.  Gentle on the blood sugar levels for mom.

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All this stuck in my little cooler w/ a jug of Good Girl Moonshine for me & sweet tea made with stevia for mom & we are good to go!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Starting again

Its been almost a year since I posted.  No excuses just reasons.

No time as I’ve managed to accomplish a REAL school year for 2012-13.  We are close to finishing it all up and having a few weeks off for the summer.(PRAISE GOD!)

My mom has pancreatic cancer, lives with us & I am often away at doctor appointments.

My dad has a delusions and that has been taking up bits of time.

Blogging can take over my life and it is better to just live it some times.  But that said I know that I want to post more here.  Enjoy these random pictures from the past year.

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You never are too old to play dress up

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New puppy in the house—meet Bear

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A new boy scout!

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Still a kid—looking for Easter eggs!

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Having fun coaching again

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Michael & Rebekah announcing . . .

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Something exciting in their future!

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