Monthly Archives: March 2015

Low Carb Pancakes!

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I was trying to do the post about our visit with The Canadians, but yahoo is being a hater today and I cannot retrieve the pictures I need.

So let’s talk about pancakes!

The low carb lifestyle, that I try to adhere to, is always most problematic when it comes to bread type things and dessert. Because I am a big fan of bread type things and dessert. It is always a good day when you find a lower carbed recipe for something familiar and loved.

A couple weeks ago I had such a day! A gal named Hailey sat next to me at our BSF leaders meeting. We happened to be having a fellowship that day so we ate lunch together too. She said she had forgotten her lunch that morning and had gone out to her car to scavenge the leftovers from her 2 young daughters on the go–in the car breakfasts.

One of the things she had were what she called crepes, or pancakes, made with cottage cheese and eggs. I am familiar with this combination from another recipe, but had never considered making pancakes! I asked her if I could have the recipe and she rattled it off on the spot!

She said whole wheat flour but I was out so I used a combination of mostly coconut flour and a little white. I don’t see why you couldn’t go totally low carb and use fine almond meal. I added the flax meal because I try and add that where ever I can.

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Everything in the blender.

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These are the most real looking and normal textured pancakes I have ever tried in all of my low carbing experience! The batch made about 16 typical sized pancakes, so pretty good for a 1/2 cup of some type of flour, and you could probably monkey with it and reduce the amount further.

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Definitely a keeper!

Give them a whirl and tell me what you think!

As Promised

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Hi Guys! Hope you had a weekend that had some fun involved!

We ate out a couple of times and finally made that banana pudding we have had a hankering for since we had some in Florida. Considering I have not made it in decades, if ever, the girls and I thought it was pretty good! Honey said it was too much for him. I questioned him further on this. Was it too sweet, too much banana, too much pudding? No he said I gave him too much. I reminded him that he didn’t have to eat it ALL!

We have a new movie that we seem to watch whenever we come across it. Pitch Perfect, about a couple of a cappella college groups. That would not normally be a draw for me but the songs are a tiny bit addicting. It has been on A LOT lately, probably because Pitch Perfect 2 is coming out soon and they want to remind us how much we liked the first one? Don’t you, forget about me…..don’t don’t don’t don’t …don’t you forget about me.

Here are my new hairs!!!

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I am LOVING them and I have received so many compliments that it confirms my suspicion that I was looking like an old hag.

I did not intend for this to be a list but it appears it is what we have. I have two proper posts that need to be written. I will work on them, I promise. One is a visit from Honey’s People, whom we affectionately refer to as The Canadians. The other is about an incident Mousey had at work. I should get cracking.

It sunny and beautiful this morning and 38!!!!! That may not seem like a cause for celebration but if it’s already 38 at 9:00 in the morning it could be in the 50s or, dare I say it. 60s by this afternoon!!!!!!!

I am trying not to get overexcited. This is Michigan and it snowed yesterday, I need to just simmah down now.

The Grandpa is driving home from his Florida trip today and tomorrow, join me in praying him home safe and sound?

I am down to my last bottle of DaVinci sugar free chai. A moment of silence please, and a prayer for strength.

There is a reason and here is why, I have another 6 month urology appointment in April. These have turned into an x-ray, a little doctor pep talk and a refill on the antibiotics that I have been taking for the last 2 years.

I can tell that the doctor does not know what else to do and he is ready to be done with me. If that is the case, I will thank him for his time and effort, explain that I will not be returning, and be on my way.

I am not comfortable being on antibiotics for this long, or comfortable having an infection in my body, that affects my kidneys, that they cannot find.

I have several friends at BSF who have been going to a couple of natural health places with very good results. These friends have had real, medication inducing, serious, life altering problems and these doctors have listened to them and suggested supplements and nutrition to help them overcome their difficulties. And they have seen results!!!

The way I see it is if they can’t help me to get off antibiotics, at least they can give me supplements to help support my body from the effects of all the antibiotics.

It’s worth a try

All that to say, I am positive that the natural health doctors will say to omit artificial sweeteners. The chai is made with Splenda. If I am going to give these doctors a real shot I am going to have to follow their instructions to the tee. Therefore I don’t need a brand spanking new order of chai taunting me in our pantry.

The goals today are to vacuum, dust and work on the Bible study lessons. I have already heard from The Ab-Cat that BSF is requiring much reading, or skimming, as they call it.

Go forth and do Monday.

The Weekly Sy

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Here are the pictures that I sent to Jip the Farm Dog.The ones featuring my old lady hand.

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Seriously, all this cuteness and Jaw chooses to focus on my wrinkled claw paw. Jealousy is an ugly outfit.

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The times he is like this go far to offset his stalking thuggery.

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I know I said I would show a picture of my new hairs but I was not ready for my close up yesterday. I will hopefully get myself together at some point over the weekend. Thank you in advance for your patience.

Enjoy your weekend!

F-List

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Hi Guys, how about a Friday, tie up all the loose ends, list?

I am having a hard time getting my head around the fact that next week is APRIL! Where did March go?? What was I doing???!

Let’s start with Monday. I got my hairs cut and I LOVE it!!!!!!! I don’t have a picture, and at the moment I look like the wreck of the Hesperus, but perhaps tomorrow I will sneak in a co-shot with the internet star of The Weekly Sy. Me and my cute new do, along with my old lady hand and our catten who sometimes needs to be incarcerated.

Did you see the part about the old lady hand? I so graciously send sometimes nightly pictures of Sy to Jip the Farm Dog and her husband Jaw, to ease the pain of their loss. They had him a week and they will never get over me stealing him back home.

Anyway, I send them adorable pictures of a sleeping/cuddly Sy and Jaw’s only comment is, “look at her old lady hand!” Proof that no good deed goes unpunished.

Speaking of Jip, I have to give her props for sliding a Borg reference into her BSF lecture!!!!! She briefly mentioned Star Trek, oh yes she did!!! Whether anyone else noticed it? I do not know, but I laughed OUT LOUD.

Speaking again of Jip, our lesson this week covered Balaam and his talking donkey. A strange story to be sure. One of her points was that God can be infinitely creative in getting our attention. How often do we continually ignore God’s guidance and do what we want? Are we so dense that WE need a talking donkey to tell us to stop?

I confess. Sometimes I need a donkey.

One of her principles was “False teachers cannot stop God from blessing His people.”. This is good to know when false teachers abound. If someone is teaching contrary to God’s true word they are a false teacher. That’s why WE need to know what God’s word says. I want to be blessed, I’m going to look for myself.

Speaking of blessing, Trenda, our new class administrator, said something at our Wednesday leaders meeting that was very helpful to me. Our study next year is the book of Revelations. The last book of the Bible is one that I have not read much. It’s full of hard subjects, judgment and strange talk. Plus it is a lightning rod for people who like to argue about interpretations and I don’t like that kind of atmosphere. I was not looking forward to it. I am a literal thinker and I don’t get stories about horses and bowls, allegories and prophesy.

All that to say I am apprehensive. But Trenda mentioned a verse right at the beginning of Revelation that makes it all more bearable to me.

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We will be BLESSED for reading and hearing and taking it to heart. Ok, I can do that!

It doesn’t say that I will be blessed only if I am able to say with complete confidence that I have full understanding of everything I have read. I have to do my part and God will do the rest. Count me IN!

Speaking of BSF class administrators, I have mentioned on the blog that our previous CA Miss Mattie has been in Texas with her husband who suffered a brain aneurysm earlier this year. We learned that he passed away on Wednesday night. We are all praying for God’s peace and comfort to be surrounding our Friend and her family. 

Honey and I went to a financial planning meeting for retirement. It was the second one I have attended and I must be listening more than I think because the guy wasn’t talking complete gibberish.

We had Birthday Club last night, which reminded me of this that I saw over on The Big Mama blog.

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Is that about the truest thing EVER??!!

Seriously, I don’t know what I would do without my girlfriends. We solve a lot of world problems, help carry a lot of burdens, listen to a lot of fears and hopes, tell a lot of funny stories and lift each other up with a lot of prayers. Girlfriends are a kiss on the cheek from a really good God!

We have been trying to grill some steaks all week. What is the problem you ask? Neither Honey nor I can remember to get the propane tank filled. Seriously ALL WEEK. Honey remembered to do it this morning on his way home from work. I love that man.

The Siberian Rhubarb pills I ordered off Amazon should be here early next week. I look forward to testing them for the hot flashes that have decided that I am not allowed to have a good nights sleep again. Ever.

It was 20 degrees this morning and I just saw a snowflake. That Spring is a liar.

I will be back tomorrow with our delinquent cat.

Pinterest

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This is pathetically true. What will become of me?

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I think I found my front porch pots .Love Lantana, love sweet potato vine, love Million Bells, it’s all good!

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How cute is that?

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Pretty sure I mentioned that this is one of my favorite tv shows. Tuesday at 10 on HGTV.

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A perfect pie chart for why we run up the stairs. Can’t you just remember those days?

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Sincere want, can’t wait to give it a whirl this summer!

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We have decided that we are banana pudding devotees. It’s gonna happen soon.

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Get pinning.

Wednesday Hodgepodge

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Hi Guys, Happy Spring! We are not really experiencing spring up here in The Mitten yet, but it’s trying. Thank you to Joyce for gathering us all together and giving us something to talk about!

1. This coming weekend is Palm Sunday, which marks the beginning of Holy Week. Do you celebrate Easter in your home? What was your favorite Easter tradition as a child?

We do celebrate Easter, although for many years we were in Florida on vacation with our children and Easter did not look very typical.

I have to be honest, as a child my favorite tradition was the Easter basket. I love, love, loved all that candy! I also liked a new outfit. I sound like a shallow heathen.

Easter is much more meaningful to me now that I understand how important it is. Because of the resurrection we serve a risen Lord. It makes all the difference.
2. George Weinberg is quoted as saying, ‘Hope never abandons you, you abandon it.‘ Agree or disagree? Share your own thoughts on the word hope.

I guess this is true. Especially since my hope is in Jesus and He will never abandon His own. I sincerely hope that I would never abandon Him. I looked for some verses from God’s true word to give me a handle on the word.

This one is very accurate.

Isaiah 40:31 NIV but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

It is like that expression “hope floats”, all of the sudden it bubbles back up, even in the most unexpected times of sadness or defeat. Even when you think something is irrevocably broken, or you have been knocked down so hard you can’t catch your breath. God helps us to get back up, dust ourselves off and start again. It might sound simplistic or unbelievable, but I speak from experience here my friends. If He can do that for me, He can do it for you.

Which brings us to the next verse.

1 Peter 3:15 – … Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have…

You have to have hope in something. Just sending good vibes and wishful thinking into the air seems risky.. It seems more productive to ask the Creator of the Universe for the help, expectation, optimism and hope needed to live in this world.

Romans 12:12  Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.

I should cross stitch this on a pillow and look at it every day. Well, that’s not going to happen, but you get the idea.
3. Weigh in with a yay or nay on the traditional Easter candies. A solid milk chocolate bunny? Cadbury Creme Eggs? Peeps? Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs? Jellybeans? Coconut Cream Eggs? Of the candies listed, which one would you most like to find in your Easter basket?

I would not be sad to find a Reese’s Peanut Butter Egg in my basket, and neither would Honey!!!

Who are the people who like Peeps? They are nasty bite of something! I see them every year and can’t imagine they are for repeat customers!

I had some yummy jelly beans that were Skittles, or Jelly Bellies or something, but the chocolate calls louder. Dark preferably.

4. When did you last feel ‘like a kid in a candy store’?

Probably last spring at the favorite garden place. So many flowers and arrangements and choices!!!!!!! Really big sigh.
5. What’s something you know you do differently than most people? Does that bother you? Does it bother other people?

I cannot think of one thing for this answer. I’m sure there is something but nothing is coming to mind. Anyone???
6. Palm Springs CA, Palm Beach FL, or the PALMetto State…of the three mentioned, which sunny spot would you most like to visit right now? Which have you visited at one time or another?

I have probably driven through Palm Beach, Florida, and have only been to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina once about 23 years ago. Lets go back there.
7. If you could change the length of a day would you lengthen it or shorten it? Tell us why.

Well, it would totally depend on the day! Most of the time I am ready for the day to end, but some days are so much fun you never want them to end! I guess I wouldn’t change it.
8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Yesterday was my Dad’s birthday, he is 77!!!!!!! He is actually in Florida at the moment but we celebrated him and all his many years before he left. Beeve, Stacey and Goomba came over to eat dinner and cake.

Dad requested his his usual, pineapple upside down cake. We gave him one candle because 77 seemed like a fire hazard. I don’t know if Goomba had ever had pineapple upside down cake before but he said he liked it!

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Grandpa managed to get that mighty candle blown out the first try.

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I asked Mousey to take a picture of me with the birthday boy because I am all about taking a picture to document life. After this stunning shot we ALL were complaining! We look so OLD, we look so FAT, that light is HORRIBLE!!!

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So we switched direction to deal with the only problem we could solve! Then we got tickled, as you do in these types of situations.

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I tried to hide to remedy the fat part of the problem.

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I love my Dad like this.

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Better.

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better,

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oh the heck with it!  Here we are!

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Happy Birthday Dad, so glad you were born!