Thursday, February 26, 2015

#120 Cauliflower Pizza Crust!!!

Scoot on over to my "Oh Taste & See" blog and check out this week's post regarding a great pizza crust I made with Cauliflower.   Oh taste and see for yourself how good it is!!!!

Click here to go to the post:  Cauliflower Pizza Crust Recipe Blog Post

I could have eaten this entire healthy pizza (8 slices)

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

#119 The Mind -- Think on These Things....

Disclaimer:  If you have come to this blog thinking all you will read about is Yo-Yo Eating No More -- you are sorely mistaken...hence the title AND SO MUCH MORE.  Gotta love blogging :-)))

The mind is a funny thing.  I look at it as a big REPLAY button...

But the funny thing is -- what's replayed the most is the unpleasant stuff.  Have you noticed that?  For instance, I've been doing this blog since 2012 and I hardly get any comments.  My mind replays that over and over.  It skips over the fact that I have over 22 THOUSAND VIEWS -- and that people are always complimenting and saying how much they enjoy it.  How soon we forget all of that because the mind replays the fact that you did not get one comment today on your post -- boohoo!!!

Have you ever had on an outfit or your hair was on "POINT" and just about everyone complimented you on how nice you looked and this one individual doesn't say a word but the eyes says it all -- or at least in your MIND the eyes says it all!

You know what I'm talking about -- right lol???  The replay button just keeps going back over and over and over and over on that face in your MIND.  No matter all the 50 thousand compliments you got before hand -- that ONE person sticks in your mind -- and you can't seem to turn off the REPLAY button.

The Bible talks about this because God knows our mind is a powerful thing.  It has the ability to think on ALL types of things but it focuses on the unpleasant things.  The Bible has to help us to focus on what to think on.  So before you start thinking about all kinds of mess the bible says this:

"Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things (Philippians 4:8)."
Example:  Think about those people that we think are living the life.  Hollywood stars, bloggers with 10 million comments (ha!!), people that appear to have it all together.  Well, life is not what it appears.  Robin William, for instance, loads of movies, beautiful wife who loves him, money, fame -- but the mind torments and it has to be something we shut off.  We have the power, with the help of the Lord.

Let's pay attention!  The mind can have you on a trip that will take you outta here.  We ALL have so much to be thankful for.  So-much-so that we can shut that replay button off and FOCUS on the good.


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Friday, February 13, 2015

#118 Don't Ever Go On A Diet Again!

Don't ever go on a diet again.  I will tell you why!  Diets set you up for failure.  Unless you are willing to eat a low carb diet, Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers or any other diet -- for the REST OF YOUR LIFE, you are wasting your time and money.  They are making money off of you and that's how they stay in business.  How many people do you know that started Weight Watchers or any other diet and as soon as they got off of it and tried to eat "regular" food they gained back their weight and some?  Too many stories and unfortunately it doesn't have to be that way.

This is my suggestion.  Don't ever go on a diet ever again.  I'm going to suggest you do what you know is the only way your going to loose weight and keep it off.  Stop eating crappy food.  Eating out 2 to 3 times a week instead of fixing your own meals.  I'm talking restaurant food that you know is not good for you.  Greasy burgers, greasy chicken, fried rice, fried this, fried that.

And let's face it.  If you are eating out at restaurants instead of eating at home, even if you are not eating greasy food, you could be loading up on unnecessary calories.  These places should be at best every blue moon.  Not once or twice a week.  It is best to cook most of your meals 90% of the time.  That way you know what you are eating and you are avoiding sabotaging your hard work.

I'm going to say something I'm sure you have heard before.  What you NEED to be eating is more fruits, vegetables and lean protein (chicken, fish).  You can get full on this stuff -- you just need to know how to prepare it.  That's where internet and cookbooks comes in --- if you are not familiar with cooking.  As a family we try to eat meat once a week (the leftovers the next day), beans once a week (the leftovers the next day), pasta once a week (the leftovers the next day) and on Saturday is our eat whatever we want day.  I have teenagers who do very well eating this way during the week but I make sure I have a eat whatever you want day in the schedule as well.  This is mostly for my teens -- so I will say that on this day for me and my husband we will eat our usual way for breakfast and lunch and have whatever we want for dinner.    But basically this way of eating allows me to eat well 90% of the time and have something that I wouldn't eat everyday once in awhile.  This allows me to maintain my weight and if I want to loose unwanted pounds, I just cut back on food or exercise more.  It really is a matter of calories in and calories out.  I do not count calories -- the food I eat is so familiar to me I don't have to.

What I'm basically saying is -- you have to find a way that you can eat FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE and stick with it.  Don't fall for having food being shipped to your door unless you are willing to stick with that for the rest of your life.  Eat well (and that does not mean eating food that has no flavor or is boring because you will have to live with that for the rest of your life too -- are you willing to do that -- I'm sure not).  Eat foods that are good for you, that will fill you up, that taste good, and what you feel you could do for the rest of your life.  Then enjoy it!

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Friday, February 6, 2015

#117 Stomach Update!

Before 1/08/2015
After 2/06/2015

No photo editing.  It's going down slowly but surely.  34 to 32.  Woohoo!
After 2/06/2015
Before 1/8/2015

I will keep you posted as I move forward with my goal.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

#116 Homemade Bread - YUM!

I have been wanting to make my own bread but not the old fashion way of kneading and letting it rise and kneading again and you know the drill.  It's seems like an all day job. 

So what's a girl gotta do?  Buy a bread machine that's what!  Several ways of getting your hands on one.  You can either buy one new or get one from a garage sale, get one from a friend who back-in-the-day bought one and does not use it and is willing to give it over to you -- or you can like me, have a super sweet sister who buys you one!  SCORE!  How blessed am I. 

Well, I've been making bread for my bread heads (AKA hubby and two teenage boys) who absolutely love anything with gluten in it! 
So far, I've made 3 maple, pecan breads -- one was a gift for a girlfriend's birthday, one for my sister of course, and I couldn't make bread without making a loaf for the bread heads mentioned above.  As I'm typing out this blog there is a loaf of garlic bread churning in the machine. 

My First "EVER" 1.5 lb. Loaf
What I love about my machine (which is a West Bend) is that it's practically foul proof.    Put in the ingredients from top to bottom, shut the lid and in hours you have fresh bread.  It has 12 settings to choose from depending on what type of bread you want to make.  Set it and forget it!  Literally.  I purchased a book of over 300+ bread machine recipes (that you can use with any bread machine) and boy am I excited.  I realize that I'm on a quest to loose my tummy (Loose My Tummy Blog #115) and bread is not the best thing to be eating in order to do that -- but I'm also on a mission to make healthy breads as well.  So be looking for healthy bread recipes in the upcoming months.

One more thing -- can you say BAKERY.  That's literally what my house smells like when I bake bread.  I can turn off my baking scented Yankee candles and just bake bread. 

Life is good.

Until next time...

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

#115 Its Gotta Go -- My Tummy That Is!

This is the year that the tummy has got to go.  I'm determined!!  I'm focused!!  I'm on a mission!!  Here's what I'm working with -- there is no shame in my game.

Not bad with pants pulled over belly

Front view

But when pulled down -- you see the full belly

You know I have to love sharing/helping on my blog to be bearing it all for everyone to see.  But it is what it is and it's gotta go!  Another thing I would like to say in my defense, I've had two boys from this body -- but they are 16 and 17 -- so there is no excuse -- moving on.  It's time to roll up my sleeves, continue to use that Gold's gym membership and work it off!

First things first that I'm doing -- cleaning up my diet better.  I'm NOW strictly eating boo-coo veggies, lean protein and fruit. I'm not a bad eater -- but it doesn't take much to sabotage your efforts.  I don't eat processed foods, but I'm going to tighten the reigns on my eat out or cheat meals and be more mindful of my snacking.  Including WATER, WATER AND MORE WATER.  At least 2 or 3 liters per day (that's 8 or 12 cups).  As you may know, when you work out, it's necessary to drink lots of water.

I'm going to be doing these exercises from these videos below for my tummy as well as classes at my gym and Jessica Smith's challenge below.

Vladimir Massillon is the creator of the video above and below (guy below).  He also has a wonderful abs workout using a stability ball below (which is my favorite).

The last thing I would like to suggest is to join a challenge for 2015.  I've joined Jessica Smith's Fitin15 weight loss challenge.  There's always plenty of challenges going on during the month of January so find one you like.  Jessica's are free, fun and fast.  It started January 5.  But you can easily start today and jump right in.  The exercises are 15 min. each day.  Who doesn't have 15 minutes?  You can find out more about her Fitin15 Challenge here:  Fitin15 Challenge

So take a good look at the above tummy.  Say bye-bye!  I will be posting my results as I go along.

Until next time...

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Friday, January 2, 2015

#114 Have You Done It Yet?

It's 2015. Happy new year!!!!  There's one thing that I want to make sure I do right off the bat this year and that's ask you a question.  Have you done it yet?  Have you given your life and heart to the Lord Jesus Christ?  It's real easy and simple -- here's the scripture of how to do it:

Romans 10:9-10 

New American 

Standard Bible (NASB)

[a]that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 10 for with the heart a person believes, [b]resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, [c]resulting in salvation.

I know this is controversial with so many and frankly -- it's my blog and it's my belief -- therefore I'm sharing.  If you don't agree or don't think I should share -- it's a free country for you to feel that way -- but I feel otherwise.   

I pray that you do turn your life to Him.  Yes it is a new year.  But Jesus is coming back for His Church.  The bible says no one knows the day nor the hour (Matthew 24:36).  I pray that you are ready when He returns.

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Friday, December 26, 2014

#113 Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

Wishing you and your family a blessed New Year!

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Friday, December 19, 2014

#112 Diet change for my young adults

It all started with a "Meatless" Spinach Lasagna Roll-Up recipe we had for dinner.  Jen's Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups Recipe.  We typically will have two days were we will have meat in our dinner rotation, two days of a bean type meal and two days were we will have some type of pasta meal. 

My 16 year old asked the aged-old question -- "What's for dinner."  Here's how it went down:

Me:  Lasagna.
Son:  Let me guess, no meat.
Me:  You guessed it.
Son:  Why is it we never have meat anymore in our lasagna?
Me:  We have meat twice per week, as a matter-of-fact we had that for the last two days.
Son:  I know, but we never have it in our lasagna.

This discussion brought forth a chain reaction.  At dinner dad and I began to talk about the eating habits of our teenagers.  For the most part, I felt their diet was OK compared to a lot of teens their age but then dad made it clear we needed to re-evaluate what they ate more carefully. 

  • Breakfast:  Cheerios (no milk), a ready-made sausage for the microwave and toast. 
  • Lunch:  Bologna sandwich and tortilla chips.  My oldest will have an apple but the other does not eat fruit (unless forced). 
  • Snacks:  Graham Crackers, pretzels, Fruit and Grain Cereal Bar, Clubhouse crackers and a box of raisins. 
  • Dinner: would consist of something healthy that I cook for the entire family which varies nightly. 

Needless to say, the snacks are no longer an everyday option.  Fruit and vegetables are now the new norm.  Both myself and the hubby feel if we are going to eat healthy -- primarily something green or a fruit with breakfast/lunch/dinner and our snacks -- why not our kids. 

Believe it or not, they did not take this hard.  It was as if they knew it was coming and took it very well.  I thought there would be a big kicking and screaming (not literally) but there wasn't.  We will continue to have our eat out day on Saturday's which is something we all enjoy  -- but for the rest of the week -- they will have better nutrition in their diets.  Thanks to hubby!  And yes, we will have meat in our lasagna from time to time in the future.

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

#111 My Puff Stitch Cowl & New Haircut

Last week I announced that I was going to start back crocheting and I showed a puff stitched cowl that I was interested in making.  Well, it's finished.  Here's the one that I was trying to make:

How To Make Your Own

and here's mine:

Closer View

Mine is a tad bit different in my yarn is a little stiffer then the original one -- so my stitches seem to be a little tighter instead of loose -- but other then that -- I absolutely love it.

Now on to making some headbands now that I have a new hair cut.  Need to keep this noggin warm - LOL!!!

Shaved in the back
I'm loving it!

I know -- Right?

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

#110 Cozy Crochet Projects

It's officially freezing here in the Lou.  I am going to kick back and start back crocheting.  I don't remember the last time I've done this -- but it's always been a relaxing past time.  So with the weather being as it is, and I can't get out in my garden :-((  I'm going to make a Puff Stitch Cowl:

These are not my patterns.  I found these on YouTube and will be trying them out.  You can check out how to do the above cowl easily by checking out this link:
Make Your Own Puff Stitch Cowl

My second project is for my head.  I wanted to make an easy headband warmer (Click the link underneath the picture).

So if you are stretched out on the couch chillin' -- go get your crochet hook and yarn and make something beautiful and warm for this fall/winter season.  It would even make a great Christmas gift.

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

#109 November Favorite Thing & Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Happy Thanksgiving all.  It's coming down to the wire with 2014 and I'm so pleased to be able to say -- I'm so thankful to my heavenly Father for all that He has done this year.  So much to be thankful for and I look forward to all that is in store for 2015.

Because this is the last Friday of November -- I always share (or try to) my favorite thing for the month.  Well this month because of all that is going on with the Michael Brown shooting, here in my backyard, Ferguson, MO -- and the verdict of the cop who shot him -- being not guilty -- it has been quite a rocky road with people's expectations.  My two cents on the matter is that Michael Brown obviously did not deserve to die the way he did -- but unfortunately he made a lot of bad choices on that day that lead to his shooting.  I won't go into everything that I feel were his bad decisions -- I'm sure everyone saw the video of him robbing the convenience store and how he treated the worker.  It looks to me like this was not his first time doing this or just being a bully because of his stature.  Nonetheless, it's unfortunate the consequences that lead to his death. 

I wanted to share a video that I believe should be heard in every household where children are being brought up.  Adults need to hear and not only hear but demonstrate how their children and themselves are to conduct themselves as African Americans.  We need to have pride in who we are otherwise we will fall into the stereotypes that are given to so many of us.  God has a plan for each and every one of us.  If only we would seek it out.  We need to be on a road of shaping our children into who He wants them to be and we as parents need not be lead into lives of despair but prosperity in Christ Jesus.

Here's the video.  Enjoy and have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

#108 Free Exercises & Two Other Cool Sites

Back in January 2013, I passed along an exercising website called
Fitness Blender that I found on YouTube when I purchased my Kettlebell set for my birthday.

Loads of free videos

Lots of people found it helpful and I wanted to also pass along other
YouTubers who have been helpful for more then just exercise.
How Jen Does It

This YouTuber has so much to share with others from her Aldi Hauls, Trader Joe's Hauls and so much more.  What I like about her is that she is consistent.  Consistency is very key for me.  When I find people who are consistent in what they do -- I like following them.  If they are sporadic and haven't put out a YouTube video in years then it's hard to follow those types of people.    Check out her channel How Jen Does It

On my channel, you will find organizing and cleaning tips, recipes, menu planning ideas, grocery hauls, huge Trader Joe's hauls, Trader Joe's product reviews, tips for saving time and money, beauty product and clothing hauls, OOTD, and tips for staying fit and eating healthy.

At Home with Nikki

Another one of my favorite YouTubers is At Home with Nikki.  Interior decorating is this women's specialty -- on a budget.  She knows how to turn an old piece of furniture into a work of art.  In my humble opinion, she has fantastic taste.  She needs to have her own decorating show.  Check out her channel At Home With Nikki:

I am passionate about my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, my family and my home. I love all things dealing with home organization, interior decorating, crafts and cooking. On my channel you will find tons of tips to help you around your home. I hope you will take time to enjoy my channel and all that I love to share.

These are just a few of my favorites that I hope you will check out.  They have been an inspiration to me on-line and I'm thrilled to share them with you.

Until next time...

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

#107 Fast Food Restaurants -- Healthy Menu Choices

We all have times when we are pressed for time and have to stop into a fast-food restaurant.  There are also times when we just don't feel like cooking and we want something fast and not made at home that's still healthy for our lifestyle.  Well I've researched some fast food restaurants that are pretty much in everyone's neighborhood that offer some healthy options on their menu.

Now these are primarily fast-food restaurants.  Grab and go, not sit in -- but of course you can sit in and eat there -- but these restaurants are not restaurants that you need to tip a waitress.

Here are some of my picks:


My healthy food choices there are:
  1. Southwest Chicken Salad (use 1/2 dressing pack or bring your favorite (my favorite is Paul Newman's Creamy Caesar))
  2. Grilled Chicken Classic (comes with whole grain bun)
  3. Chicken Grilled Snack wraps w/no dressing (bring your own -- I like Veganaise-- see my blog post on this Mayo Please pass the --- what???)
  4. Fish Fillet - no tarter sauce (use Veganaise here as well)

Taco Bell

Veggie Cantina Bowl
  1. Veggie Cantina Burrito or Bowl
  2. Burrito with black bean (Fresco Style - means no cheese) and replace cheese with Pico De Gallo (salsa)
  3. Fresco Crunchy Tacos

  1. BLT Cobb Salad (remove bacon and blue cheese bits) and your left with plenty of good grilled chicken, hard-boiled eggs and tomatoes over a spring mix and avocado ranch dressing (use 1/2 packet or bring your own)
  2. Go wraps
  3. Grilled Chicken Sandwich with no sauce
  4. Chili
  5. Baked potato 

Turkey Flatbread
  1. 6" Oven Roasted Chicken Sandwich (hold cheese, avocado & dressing).  Put on a drizzle of Balsamic Vinegar
  2. Turkey Flatbread sandwich with loads of veggies and Balsamic Vinegar or mustard


Steak salad
  1. Chicken bowl, brown rice, black beans and tomato salsa
  2. Steak salad with grilled veggies (no cheese or avocado) with green salsa


Char Grilled Chicken Sandwich with fruit cup
  1. Char grilled Chicken sandwich meal with fruit cup or side salad with unsweetened tea
  2. Char grilled garden salad

Keep these in mind when you are on the road and want to eat something fast and healthy.

Until next time.

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Friday, November 7, 2014

#106 Bottle Art Tree -- It's GROWING!!!!

My Bottle Art Tree is growing!!!  I'm excited to say during the month of October -- one of my birthday presents to myself was a bottle tree from The Little Shop Around the Corner.

This store was a great find.  It's an antique and collectible shop that resells vintage merchandise donated to the Missouri Botanical Garden.  As you know, Missouri Botanical Garden is one of my favorite places in the world.  So I will have to add this one to the list.

I have enjoyed unique art for the garden and in my opinion this bottle art is brilliant.  It is something that is very inexpensive -- but yet adds a burst of color to your yard.  It's something that can stay out year round and it's eye catching.  Here's my before and after picture of my tree art:

I had fun finding my bottles at different thrift stores.  They ran from $1-2.  Also I received a box of free ones from a restaurant in my neighborhood.  SWEET!!!  So Sweet indeed that I started a new tree with a garden trellis I had sitting around.

My new addition
So now that it's getting cold and all the pretty color from the flowers have faded away, I can always look out my window and see this splash of color glistening back at me.  Ran, snow, wind or hail -- I will have something to look out to that will bring a little smile to my face.  Now that's what I call small pleasures!!!

Until next time...

Post to check out:
My Bottle Art Tree - Beginning Post.

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