DIY Eclipse T-shirt

We are going to get moon yall! 

People are really getting rawled up about the total eclipse that will take place on August 21st. Everywhere I go everyone is talking about it. Businesses are offering special foods and drinks this day. Krispy Kreme is pulling out a chocolate glazed doughnut for the occasion. Somebody stop me!

The path goes straight to the South Carolina coast. Hotels are already booked up and extra security is in place for the crowd that suppose to be pouring in. They have plans to direct traffic. They say its going to be crazy.

I don't have any glasses, but I did make me a cool shirt to wear this day. It has a simple look and was easy to make. 

I took an old t-shirt and some white acrylic paint. 
I painted the edge of an old plastic bowl and stamped it in the center of the shirt. I then used a paper towel and sort of smeared it to give it a glowing look. 

The last solar eclipse was in 1979. I was ten. I remember being in school and the teachers took us outside. I didn't understand what the fuss was all about and I was not interested in looking at it on a piece of paper through a pin dot on a piece of cardboard. 

Well they say from where I live, we will see 95% coverage. But, We can't look at it without special glasses. Hmmm I wonder how hard it would be to get a pair? I'm sure the stores have a markup on them. 

The next total eclipse in view from here will be May 11, 2078.

What are your speculations or plans for the total eclipse? 

Meanwhile, I wonder where I put those moon pies.

Vacation Is Over

I'm back from the beach. I can't say we had the best weather but it was ok. We got two nice sunny days out of eight and made new friends. Though it rained off and on all week, the mornings brought a beautiful sunrise.

One night was extremely windy but no rain. It was three in the morning and you could hear others outside rushing around to get their awenings in. We pull ours in any time we leave and before be head to bed. We have been the ones fighting the awning in the wind before. Not fun.... well, yes, for me it was fun. I think I laughed the whole time we wrestled with it. 

Despite some bad luck during the week, we had a pretty good time. We celebrated my brother in laws birthday at dinner one night. We danced on the pier one evening til close and visited the winery one afternoon. 

The ride home was nice though we ran through bans of rain every few miles. We stopped half way for a picnic and finished off the piminto cheese sandwiches. 

I love being at the beach but there is always that feeling of comfort when I return home. I have to say, I miss my soft bed, big shower, and 4ply toilet paper.

Cloudy With A Chance Of Sand

It's our fifth day at the beach. I can't say it's been our best vaction week, but hey, it beats being at work. I have had time to relax.

It has rained every day we have been here. The camper gets tight. However, the sun will make an appearance for a few hours each day and everyone rushes out to the sand to get a dose of vitamin D. It's like playing Russian Roulette with the sun. We have not needed to put out the umbrellas yet. I think friday is suppose to be a brighter day. 

We have kept busy. At the beginning of the week we spent a half a day at the Verizon store. If you read my last entry, you know my daughter dropped her phone in the toilet and killed it. We actually were able to order the new phone online and just go pick it up. But, since we have poor internet service at the campground, we decided to hang out at the Verizon store while my daughter swiched everything from her old phone to her new one. The ride back was more joyful as we now have a happy girl (Her bill hasn't came yet).

I have actually enjoyed the cloudy mornings on the beach as long as it's not rainy. Something about the sound of the waves, cool breeze and the sounds of chirping seagulls that bring tranquility. 

I'm feeling pretty good. I got an email Monday from the cardiologist letting me know that my stress test results were normal and nothing is wrong with me. (Yes an email). This relieved a lot of my tension knowing I can continue doing what I do without worry.

My husband snapped a picture of me acting silly. I was seeing how high I could jump. You can see the rain bans in the horizon. 
Note: When your 48, this can hurt. 

Today is Thursday and it's the sunniest so far. The rain is suppose to move in later this afternoon. Here is my current 11:30am few. We will head in soon for a bite to eat and hopfully head back to the sand.  


Fifteen minutes after I posted this photo It came a down pour with thunder. So we are now sitting in the camper eating and possibly a nap. There are only so many games of checkers you can enjoy. 

Ooop, here comes the sun again....gotta run.

Good Day From SC

We made it to the beach. Finally, a vacation. I still have some things to do for work. I'll log in and do that later this afternoon. Thats what happens when I leave the office on payroll week.ugh.

Last night we had a little dilemma and it's pretty serious. It ruined everyones moods and caused a little sress in yesterevening. We made it here to our destination around noon, hooked up the camper and set off for a short walk. 
We have our 25 year old daughter with us. Yep, shes made it a point to come for a free vacation with us every year. Well, this year it's going to cost her. Why? Well, during our walk, she made a pit stop and ended up dropping her smart phone in the toilet. It became a dumb phone within minutes. She rushed to the general store and grabbed a bag of rice. Putting you wet phone in a bag of rice is suppose to cure it. Nope. Some of her phone works now, but most of the features are dead. 

So guess what.....

We are heading out Monday morning to travel 10 miles to the nearest Verizon store. (Dads not to happy). She will need to purchase a new phone. (Yes we are some of those mean parents that make our child do for herself after college). 
For now, She will have to enjoy a day without the luxury. It's killing her. Moms and dads, You know how its. When your kids aint happy, your not happy. Its going to be a long day. 

Meanwhile, I got up early and had my breakfast and coffee on the beach then went to the campground worship service while Nick took his walk and the daughter slept in.

Depiste the weather station calling for rain all week, it's a beautiful hot and sunny day.

Aunt Again

It's A boy!

I found out in June that I get to be an aunt again. 
It was announced yesterday that I'll have another Nephew! 
Due Christmas eve.
It's all grand boys on my side of the family, except for my daughter.

I was hoping for pink ribbons and bows. But its ok. I just pray for a healthy one. Its been twenty five years since a girl has been born into the family.  Family get togethers are full of snakes, snails and puppy dog tails. I'll throw in dirty hands and snotty noses too.

My daughter likes the idea that she still holds the title of the only "granddaughter". She now hopes to one day be the one to have the first "great grand daughter". 
I'm not holding my breath. She needs to find prince charming first.

Speaking of baby boys. My friend has her first grandbaby due anytime now. The nursery theme is vinatge cars and trucks. How cute is that? 
The mom to be found a picture online of some little crochet booties in the shape of cars and made sure I saw them. She said her baby boy just might look good in a pair of them. 

If you know me, I like a challenge, so I worked up a pair of little car shoes without her knowing.

Aren't they cute? I'm pleased at the way they turned out. I can't see them staying on the little kicker but they might add a touch to the nursery. 
The pattern I used is from Hut's Crochet

I'm giving them to her as a surprise gift. She should be getting them in the mail sometime tomorrow.

Meanwhile, I'm sitting around waiting on results from my stress test. I dont have time to wait around anymore! I'm guessing, no news is good news and I have beach to attend. 
Sea ya! 

Nailed It

Hopefully I didn't actually nail anything!

I finally felt like getting out for a little walk. Not sure what's going on but my normal fast 15 minute a mile walks have been a thing of the past latley. I'm working on finding out what's going on with my chest pains. 
After more sleepless nights, I reconsidered the stress test and will be doing that tomorrow.

We have our normal path around the neighborhood and it's equal to about three miles. We threw on our walking cloths and headed out. Once we reached the top of our road, we noticed several nails that looked as if they had spilled from a construction truck. We picked up all the ones we could see and continued walking. As we continued we saw a lot more. Our whole walk consisted of picking up nails. The intire neighborhood roads were infested! 

Here are just a few we found. It's all we could carry at one time. We went back for more.

This makes me mad. One, because I can't afford new tires. Two, I'm fixing to drive out of town and don't need a flat, and three, how can somone be so careless?

Every morning now, when Nick takes his walk, he continues to find more nails. He thinks he found the neighbors that are causeing this havoc. He noticed their own driveway was covered in nails as well. Why are they not concerned about this? I do not wish bad on anyone but they deserve four flat tires! We can't communicate with them because they do not understand English. 

Meanwhile,  I try to watch the road on my drive in and out each day. I have also notified the other neighbors to be careful as well.  If I get a nail in my tire, those culprets will learn some English pretty quick.

Lemon Poppy Seed Protein Cookies

I'm currently waiting on my Nutrisystem food order to arrive. It's slower getting here this time than normal. That's ok though. I can imagine them being swamped with orders. It's just that good. I picture the processing department looking like a bunch of little elves in Santas workshop. 
Have I ever mentioned that I would love to visit the main Nutrisystem business? Sure! I think it would be interesting. 

Anyway, since I'm out of Nutrisystem snacks at the moment, I decided to get a little creative with their Turbo Shake mix. Its a powder, full of protein and vitamins. I wanted a snack and I wanted it now, so I came up with these delicious "Lemon Poppy Seed Protein Cookies". 

My husband could not wait to try one of these sweet bites but he knows that since I am a blogger, he has to wait until I get a photo. 
"Ok, you can have one now", I said. He popped one in his mouth and I seen him immediately grab a couple more and head to the couch. 
They got a thumbs up. 

I'm sure any protein powder will work but I love the Nutrisystem Shake Mix. Its filling, sweet, and makes the best shakes. They come in Chocolate and vanilla.

Lemon Poppy Seed Protein Cookies
Makes 12 three inch cookies.
4 servings- 108 calories per serving

4 Scoops- Nutrisystem Vanilla Turbo Shake Mix. 
1 Cup- Old Fashioned Oats (ground in food processor). 
1/2 Teaspoon- Lemon Zest
1 Tablespoon- Poppy Seeds
4 Tablespoons- Lemon Juice
4 Tablespoons- Water
1/2 Tablespoon- Splenda or equivilant

Mix until blended. Batter will be thick and sticky. 
Spoon onto a cookie sheet.
Bake 325 degrees for 10-15 minutes. 

Thats it! I tried adding a pinch of powdered sugar on top but realized it's not nessecary as these are sweet enough and the lemony taste hits the spot. These cookies would be perfect after a workout, for snack or paired with a cup of coffee for breakfast. I just ate three of them and now feel full and satisfied. 

If your on the Nutrisystem plan, three cookies would count as 1/2 Power fuel (powder) , 1/2 Smart Carb (oatmeal)

I have lost 50 lbs on Nutrisystem. Feel free to read my weightloss journey HERE.

Note: I do not get paid or compensated by Nutrisystem for my blog posts. I blog for fun. 
However, if they wanted to send me free Whoopie pies for life, that would be great! Hahaha

Its Going To Be A Good Week

It's Saturday morning and im sitting here with my coffee enjoying my morning while Nick is out walking his usual morning route. 

My Nutrisystem friends are on my mind right now. I got invited to come back for another Nutrisystem photo shoot next week.
Unfortunatly, I had to turn it down due to not being able to get the week off work since I will be taking the next week off for family vacation.
They fly out Monday to Las Vegas for the fun trip. Im not sure Vegas would be my favorite place but to get the star treatment again would be awesome! Im sorta jealous right now. A little bird told me its possible there will be other trips planned so who knows. 
July and August are hard to escape the office so when I have to choose one, my family comes first.

Next week for me is going to be a good one as I am so excited about my family vacation coming up. I'll enjoy the work week as I have something to look foward too. I love looking foward to things. This past month has been a struggle so I'm ready for some fun and relaxation. 

After lunch, me and Nick are heading out to do a little shopping for our beach trip. He needs new walking shoes and I need.... well, nothing. But Im sure Ill buy something. Thats the girl in me. 

Update- Results Are In

So if you have been following my post you know my delima but ill make it short....
Starting July 6th I began having chest pains and no energy. The pains radiate to my right side all the way around to my back shoulder blades. I get shortness of breath and a scary feeling when a spasm hits. 
Ive had an ER visit, 3 EKGs, a consult with Cardiologist and an ultra sound. All test come back negative. I really thought for sure it was my gallbladder. Im glad for good reports but now Im broke, have no answers and dread seeing the bills that will begin piling in soon. 
I have already heard " well there goes our moving plans or beach place plans for a while". Ughhh! 

Now Im' just going to go on with life. I hope whatever is ailing me will just go away. I refuse to go back to the doctor. If it were serious, I'm sure I would have an anwer. So I'm going to go on and try not to get scared with every chest pain. The doctor did mention possible Anxiety but thats not me.....wait, did I hear wine?

I am a usual cheery and energetic person and I hope to get back to that but for now I simply do not feel like walking even to the end of the driveway.  

Maybe its just stress. I hope I feel better soon. These chest pains are scary at times. 

Oh, and I did cancel my stress test scheduled for next week. If they were that concerned, they wouldn't make me wait yet another week. I'm tired and broke and I have beach to do soon. 

Now back to more happy blog post .

Owie Oui

Owie- The pain I'm induring since July 6th. Not sure what's going on. I've thought gallbladder since the beginning but the doctor seems more concerned about my heart. My heart is fine I tell ya! All test on it are good, therfore I'm cancelling the stress test scheduled next week. I do not see the point when the Cardiologist says hes not concerned either but "just to make sure". At this point, they are just stealing my money. I simply can not afford more test only to be put off another week. I still have no answers or relief of my chest, and right side pains. I don't look or act sick so they are not taking me serious. I guess I'll wait til I'm bleeding from my eyes and passed out on the floor.
I finally got an ultra sound done yesterday on my gallbladder and kidneys, so I sit here at work today and wait.

Oui- My new found yogurt. I try to eat yogurt when I can, but honestly, I hate yogurt. I do not like the sour tangy kind. There is one other kind I like but it seems to contribute to more pain in my mid area so im laying off of it for a while til I figure out what's going on. I still say gallbladder. Why hasn't my phone rang with my results yet???
Anyway, this "Oui" yogurt is by Yopait. Its not Greek or Chinese. It's French. 
And why am I blogging about yogurt? I have no idea.

I discovered these during a trip to Walmart. Despite the cute glass containers, they are delicious. 
They are not tangy or sour. The have the texture of creamy pudding. The fruit on the bottom is real fruit. 

Aren't they darling? At only a dollar each, I plan to stock up on these cuties. The are perfect for any snack or small meal. 

Oh and did I mention, they are healthy? 

Stay tuned here for my doctor results as I do not publish on Facebook.

Empty Church

There sits a church on the side of the road I pass every day. On Sundays you could see children running around in the yard of this little church waiting for services to begin. I remember seeing teens sitting on the steps giggling and playing while they wait for their parents to finish saying their goodbyes as they all leave to go home to their Sunday dinners.  

Sadley Those images are mearly ghost when the doors of this church closed for the last time for these members.

I wondered, "Where did they go?"
Was it finacial reasons?
Was there a disagreement?
Did anyone even fight to keep worship going?

These days everyone is opting for the "mega churches" or the new "plant churches" set up at local facilites and schools. 

I wish eveyone would come back to the little old fashion churches. Where everyone knows everyones name. You had church on Sunday morning, Sunday night and Wednesday evenings. Where everyone know each other and if your sick or out, they know it and will check on you. If a family needs help, everyone chips in. Everyone does things together like one big family. There are amens in the congregation, kneeling at the alters, families sitting together and covered dish dinners waiting in the fellowship hall. Haha, I had to throw that one in.

I look at this little church with a for sale sign in the yard. I don't see it as a closed church. I see it as an open invitation to another growing congregation looking for a place to worship or a new pastor looking to start his own church. 

Im happy to say, as I rode buy this little church yesterday, there was a message written in spanish on the church sign. The for sale sign was gone. There was a group of people, young and old, working alone the outside to get things ready.  

So see, this church was an answered prayer to some. 
I hope they continue to grow. 

Two Ingredient Pita FlatBread

Grab your plate and log into Pinterest! It's time for another food post! 
I'm still a little under the weather but thats not hurting my appetite at all. 

My husband picked me up from work a little early today since he had my car -AKA Betty. 
He had just gotten back from getting her oil changed. I had to go to the bank for work, I couldn't wait to see him and he couldn't wait to pick me up, so it all worked out. 

This got me home a little sooner than normal so I decided to play around in the kitchen for a couple minutes before supper time. Yea, we are routine on supper. We always eat during the week around 5:30. Thats what happens when you get old. 

Anyways! I wanted a bread to go with my Nutrisystem Meatballs, so I grabbed two ingredients. 
Yes, only two ingredients and made these wonderful pita flatbreads. 

  • 6oz plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1 cup self-rising flour.
Make a dough and divide into four balls. Roll each ball into an approx 6 inch flat. 
If dough is too dry, add a tad of water.
Grease frying pan with cooking spray (zero calories). And fry each side until lightly browned.

These flatbreads are actually softer than they look in my photos.

These can be used for sandwiches, pizzas or alone with a smear of sweet butter. 
Each round is approx 140 calories.

Of course, I love my Nutrisystem foods so I made a Nutrisystem Meat ball pizza.

I took one pita round and added half of my Nutrisystem Meatballs in Marinira Sauce (cut into small pieces). 
Added some fresh spinach and a pinch of cheese. 
After placing in the toaster oven a few minutes, I had a wonderful tasty pizza that was as healthy as it was good. And guess what? Since I only used half of the meatballs, I have enough to make another one tomorrow! 

On the Nutrisystem plan, this would count as one meal and one power fuel (cheese). 
Top with veggies of choice. 

Now if I just knew how to make tzaziki sauce!

Painting Rocks

I remember finding a pretty rock last year. It was laying under a bush at the Outlet mall. I did not pick it up. I thought maybe it was there for a reason. I did snap a photo though.

Well it so happens I think I was supose to have picked it up because im seeing this frenzy everywhere now.

I told Nick about how I keep reading how people are finding rocks and on the back of them, there are instructions to take a photo, post it on facebook, where you found it and the rock group its from. I bet thats what the rock was I saw that day. Now I want in on the fun! 

He said, well I just saw one on my walk but didn't know. "Really?" I questioned. So he drove me two blocks up the road and sure enough there it was.

I picked it up and it was from "cleveland strong Rocks". Cleveland is a county next to me so that shows how far the rock has traveled so far.  

I rehid it while I was in Charlotte the other day. I hope a child finds it and post it. Ill be watching to see how far it ends up. 

Now for me, I took out my paints and found a couple rocks to paint to join in on the fun.

This is all I plan to do. Its Just a fun thing. I painted three rocks.

I plan to hide them soon. The camper one will be hid at the beach later. I mean it is a traveling rock. Right? Mine will belong to the group "Gastonia Rocks". 

There are now groups popping up everywhere to hide and find rocks. Its getting crazy. 
So I'll just step back after this.

People paint them with messages, happy thoughts, memorials, advertisements or just art. Kids are going crazy everywhere looking for rocks. 
I'm thinking the Easter bunny has some competition. 

Its a good thing for the kids to get away from tv and video games and go outside. I just hope people stay safe. 

Find a painted rock? Pick it up. Read its message and rehide it. 
Its like spreading smiles!

What A Day!

A week ago I found a 5k run to sign up and participate in come August. I was excited. This was a goal I set to accomplish for 2017. I still suffer from inner ear problems which cause dizziness and vertigo so I'm still thinking about it. I still want to do it but I haven't signed the dotted line yet. 
Then this happens......

I have not suffered any indigestion since I lost my weight 2 years ago. Until last Thursday. I was haveing some major chest cramps followed by cold chills and weakness. The pain would go from an 8 to about a 5 everytime Id make myself burp. So that told me it was indigestion again and ill be fine later. 

Saturday we set out for our normal 3 mile walk. I barely made it to the top of the road before I felt like I was going to pass out. I was in pain, dizzy and nauseated within minutes. We turned around and went back home. I rested and felt better except the chest pains.

Sunday night I was up till 3:00am with lots pain and discomfort. Nick made me a honey lemon tea. This made me belch and I drifted off to sleep.

Not feeling any better at work monday, I decided to take a trip to the doctor. He talked with me then gave me an EKG. Three minutes later he went to the waiting room and asked Nick to come back to my room. He was very concererned about what he saw and suggest I go to the emergency room immediately for blood work. He was concerned about blood clots more than heart attack. 

I was greeted at the emergency room by a sweet girl that was actually in my phlebotomy class a few years ago. We were surprised to see each other. 
Once I arrived, I was treated with priority. Wow that was nice. I assured them its just indigestion. Sorry, they said, "you are here for chest pains so we will be keeping you a couple hours to run some test. So, three EKGs, blood test, a chest xray, 4 Asprin and a GI cocktail later, I was free to go. "Wait, did I hear cocktail?"
They did not see anything abnormal and told me to follow up with my doctor. He may suggest I do a stress test or see a cardiologist. 

I'm sorry, im just one of those that think its all about making money. All they needed to do was a blood test like the doctor requested. I didnt need to rent a room or sexy hospital peep gown. They said its all part of the drill.

Im up an at it this morning and ready to head back to work. I feel somewhat better. Im not dizzy this morning. My chest feels like I have a large piece of meat stuck in my esophagus but no intense pain. I think im just sore now from the drama. 

I still want to run in that 5k! I have goals!

This will be continued......

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Biscuits could possibly be the best and most eaten Southern comfort food. 
My mom used to make the best! Biscuts are eaten at every meal. They also make great snacks and desserts.   Have you ever eaten an onion biscuit? What about fatback biscuit? 

I remember Mom would sometimes make the spoon biscuits too. We called them "ugly bicuits". They were not the best at stuffing butter and jelly into, but they were great "gravy soppers". 
She makes her gravy dark and thick. So thick your biscuit would stand on its own. Ummm boy! That was some good stuff!
Now days, She will just bake up the frozen ones from Walmart.

I never mastered the art of making biscuits. Sometimes they turned out, sometimes they didn't. 
Same with gravy.
I often wonder if Bojangles really has a little grandmaw in the kitchen whipping up biscuits like in the commercials. 

Why am I talking about biscuits? Well, I found this crazy looking dough cutter in my father in laws estate.

Now that can make a lot of biscuits at one time dontcha think? A lady visiting once told me it was a ravioli cutter. Well, I mean, they were Italian. Hmmm.

I reasearched this utinsil and found out it was a "Moline Hex 12 cavity dough or pastry cutter". So im sticking with "biscuit cutter". 

I plan to clean it up and get it back to tip top shape then put it in the estate sale. 
Unless someone will step up to make me a slew of biscuits. 

What's your favorite thing to put in biscuit? 

Thats Just Rude

I hope I don't come across as an ol hag. Or "one of those old people". But the older I get, the more things annoy me. Things I find quiet rude. 

In just the past week I can name a few things that made me say under my breath, "thats just rude".

Trying to have a nice dinner out after a long days work.
A parent lets their child scream and run around the table. I swere I think people feed their kids like dogs sometimes. Just throw food at them while they run around and play. No respect, no manner, just rude.

While Walking,
Those drivers that refuse to move over just a little while we are walking in an area without a sidewalk. Rude.

Grocery shopping at Walmart.
A couple walks in holding the cutest little puppy dog.
This was not a service dog. It was bull dog puppy and they placed it in the seat of the grocery cart. 
Thats just gross! People put food in those carts. Being Walmart, people also put clothes in those carts. 
I thought, "what is this petco?" 
There are people allergic to animals and I personally do not want to handle my food thats been on a puppy butt serface! Thats just rude!

Fireworks going off in the neighborhood at 4:00 in the morning? Rude.

While sitting at a stop light, gas pump or just enjoying the outdoors.
I do not want to hear your filthy music bumping on your radio and blurting obscene words and phrases. I mean, some of that stuff is xrated. Thats just rude.

Out and about,
People seem to find it ok to just blurt out curse words. They cuss and they are not even mad! I dont understand how this type of vocabulary makes you look any better or smarter. Men who cuss around women. Ruddest!!

Why does that lady have to stop between me and what Im looking at?

At work
Cigarette smoke blown in the air. Talk that would make a sailor blush, and using the bathroom without closing the door. Hey! Theres a woman in the office!! Rude! 

I'm telling ya, it gets worst every day, everywhere. I think there should be fines for these behaviors, but again, maybe its just me. Maybe im being an old fart! 

What annoys you? What do you find rude? Are you
like me and just grin and bear it or do you point out the obvious?

Rundown of My Independence Day

Hope everyone had a great Fourth of July! I actually got the day off. 
We did not have any cook outs, swim parties or boat trips planned for today. We just took it as it came. 

The morning started with my usual cup of coffee, breakfast and blog readings. Nick headed out for his usual 5 mile morning walk. After about thirty minutes, I text him to let him know that I decided to walk with him. We always walk together in the afternoons but since I go to work, I dont get to enjoy the week day morning walks. So I met him up the street and we continued walking for another 45 minutes. We talked about our plans for the day and plans for our future. We always talk about the things we want to do in life while we walk. We enjoy our moments together.

After lunch, we decided to head up town to the fourth of July festivities. We cant stand it long in the crowd we have in our town, but we like to see whats going on. I like seeing everyone dressed in patriotic attire. I like to see the kids with excitement and awe in their eyes. I captured some kids playing in the town fountain. 

There were hot dog eating contest, hot pepper eating contest, and pie eating contest. There was music and vendors. Lots of vendors. 

Craft Vendors, artist and food vendors were spread uptown to down town and even behind the town. There were also rides for the kids. 

I wanted an ice cream cone but the lines were too long and the prices were too high. We found the Mayfield truck giving away free samples and that worked just fine. A bite was just enough to satisfy my craving. 

We made a complete round of the town then headed to the mall and a few other stores. I was not shopping for anything particular. We were mainly just walking around to get more exercise......I mean, I had to walk off that big bowl of Ice cream I had. Haha.
I did end up purchaseing some new house slippers since I ruined mine today by wearing them outside to cut some flowers.

Later, the sky darkened as a storm rolled in. We headed home. We couldn't grill out now since it was raining and by the time we would buy meat, potatoes and gas for the grill, it would be cheaper to just go out. So we got cleaned up and headed back out to Logans Steak house. My favorite. 

We decided not to go back uptown to watch the fireworks (Party poopers). Instead, we got comfortable on the couch and I in my new slippers. We settled down to a movie on tv. Relaxing and listening to the booms and crackles of the fireworks going off in the distance. 
We will probably hear them until 3 in the morning and the rest of the month!

According to my fitbit, I walked 19,141 steps and 8.47 miles today. 

It's to bed early and back to work tomorrow. It's nice to get a day off in the middle of the week. Sometimes we just need a break. Or maybe I'm getting old.


Microwave Cookies

Here I go again with a quick single serve recipe. I promise all my post are not about food. I just have the munchies. But not the after a doobie kind of munchies. I have a sweet tooth more than I should! 

I find myself searching around until I figure out an easy single serve recipe. That way I dont have sweets hanging around in the kitchen all week.

Or maybe it's because I have ran out of Nutrisystem snacks and I need a replacement. I will have a new shippment of Nutrisystem foods coming in a couple days. I love that stuff and dont usually have to search for other foods to eat. They are always at my grab!
Anyway, back to the cookies.

You ready for this?

Oatmeal cookies you can make right in the microwave in less than two minutes!

Let me warn you, these are good but not as good as keebler or Nutrisystem for that matter. But they are satisfying, lite on the calories and actually a pretty healthy alternative. 
Try if for yourself!

Mix All-
1/2 Cup- Quick Oats.
2 Tsp- All purpose Flour.
1/4 Tsp- Baking powder.
1Tsp- Brown Sugar.
Pinch-Cinnamon. (Ok maybe a little more than that).
1/2 Tblsp- add ins (nuts, raisins or chocolate chips). 
1/4 Tsp- Vanilla.
3 Tblsp- Milk (I used 2%).

Place on a microwavable plate and pat into a big cookie or two small cookies.
Microwave on High for 70 to 75 seconds.
Let cool (it can burn you).

At 230 calories and 10 grams of Protein, these cookies are perfect for breakfast so grab a cup of coffee. Its equivalent to a bowl of oatmeal with toppings.
*the recipe is ONE serving weather you make one large or two small cookies.

Brussel Sprout & Kale Salad

It had been a long day and we didn't have any idea what to eat for dinner. This happens sometimes. We will ponder back and forth on what we feel like having. Do we want to stay in or go out? You know, one of those normal couples decisions.

We tossed some ideas around then started eliminating what we really didnt want.
" No pizza" I said.
" No Chinese this time" said Nick.
After a moment of thinking, I metioned how I would love to have some fried chicken livers and some kind of veggie. Its been a while since I had some fried livers. He was ok with the idea. 

The closest restaurant around, that served them, was the Cracker Barrel across town. So we hit the road. 
Nick ordered a fish plate with greens. I ordered chicken livers of course. For my side I had mashed potatoes and a new dish called "brussel sprout kale salad with walnuts". It was delicious! The combo was perfect! We both liked it so much that we went to the grocery store the next day and grabbed the ingredients we needed. 

Kale and brussel spouts both come already finely chopped. We grabbed a bag of each. I guessed at the ingredients I needed for the dressing. I made a good guess because it tasted pretty dog gone close to the dish at Cracker Barrel. 

  • Combine the brussel sprouts and kale. If not already, place them in a food chopper and chop fine.
  • Add some walnuts or pecans (I didnt measure).
  • Add some rasins or craisins (I didnt measure).
In a seperate bowl, combine:
  • 1/2 cup olive oil.
  • 1/4 cup vinegar. 
  • 3 Tablespoons maple syrup. (I used sugar free syrup and it was great).
  • Pour into the salad mixture and toss til covered.
  • Chill for 4 hours or over night. 

This is a tasty and healthy side dish.


Oh, and those chicken livers? Not so good. But of course I'm out of the habit of eating fried foods. 
What was I thinking? 

Soggy Walk

We set out for our afternoon walk. It had been a misty rain for a couple days. Once the rain stopped, we took off out the door like a kid itching to go out and play.
It was a rather soggy walk but a nice one.

In the mist of the rain, I could not help but notice the mushrooms that seemed to be growing around the sewer lines in a few yards. You always know where a neighbors sewer line runs because the grass is always greener and sometimes mushrooms grow.


I just had to stop and take a photo. 
This looked like a Smurf village from the cartoons I remember when I was young. A few years ago we had a cluster of mushrooms in our yard and I painted each one with clolorful polka dots. It was really cute looking until the Briggs and Stratton appeared.

The wet weather will also bring out the wetland creatures. Nick took a great photo of one.
Our little 3 year old nephew is learning the different animals so we showed him this photo and asked if he knew what it was. 
Without hesitation, he says,



Strawberry Season

Well, they say now is strawberry season.
Here is how it's going for me.


One ripe strawberry.

I bought a strawberry plant from Lowes back in the spring and planted it in a big pot in hopes to have some strawberries by Summer.


I have been watching it grow beautifully into a mature strawberry plant full of white flowers ready to give fruit. At times I could grab handfuls of tiny white berries waiting to ripen. 


I finally saw a ripe strawberry ready to pick. But it was short lived. As soon as I took some bragging pictures, it was gone.

I walked into the house to send my sister a picture of my lovely little strawberry.
As I was typing, I looked out the window to get another glimpse of my gardening trophy. But instead, I saw a squirrel holding it in both hands enjoying a sweet strawberry treat.
I left him alone. One strawberry is hardly enough to make a pie.  

So tell me, how do you keep the rascals from eating your plants? They did the same thing with my tomatoes!

I give up on farming.
I think I'll stick to making coffee.

Protein Orange Pops

Here I go playing with my food again.

If you know me, then you know I lost 50lbs on Nutrisystem. Also if you know me, your probably tired of hearing about it. I'm just still tickled to pieces that I found a diet that worked for me. 

Its been 2 years and 6 months since I joined Nutrisystem. I am currently on the maintenance plan and have been able to hold on to my weight loss for over a year now. I eat a lot of my own foods but still have a Nutrisystem meal or snack regularly. 

I like to play around and experiment with the foods. You can find some of my other ideas here.

Yesterday was the first day of summer. What better way to cool off than to have some popsicles? Right?
I was drinking a Nutrisystem Turbo shake after my afternoon walk. This time I added an orange. It was so good. I think this is my new favorite. That's when the idea hit me.
"Why not put those cheap-o, throw away, no good popsicle molds I had stashed away, and make some creamsicles?".



Delicious! And since one serving makes several popsicles, you can just eat them all without guilt. Yea, go ahead, eat all of them you wish and it still only counts as a Power fuel + smart carb (with the orange). 

  • Prepare the shake as directed.
  • Add a peeled orange.
  • Mix in blender until smoothly blended.
  • Sip a little, yum. Add to molds. Now lick the jar.
  • Add a little orange zest before freezing for an extra flavor boost.
These popsicles taste smooth and creamy. 

If you want the real deal. Try Nutrisystem's frozen orange creamsicle found at They are the best! 
Oh and while your there, check out the success stories page and see my success story along with many others! 


To Market To Market

It's that time of year! The farmers around here gather a truck load of crop and head out to sell there stock.

I love going to the farmers market. It used to be a cheaper alternative to buy produce but they dont give much slack anymore. It's ok, I know my money goes to help local farmers and the veggis are fresh. 

Our daughter was home, so we got up early. I grabbed my market tote and we headed down town to the farmers Market. 

"I want some cucumbers and squash" I said on the way there.
"I want some good tomatoes" said Nick.
Then a voice from the back seat says " I want macaroons from the french bakery!" 
Me and Nick just looked at each other then realized there was a little set up that looked like a little french bakery that sold fresh pastries.
Personally, I think her intentions is the cute young boy behind the counter every season. 


We grabbed a few of the things we needed and headed home. 
This little piggy purchased some cucumbers and couple red and green tomatoes.
This little piggy (nick) came home with some homemade chow chow and pickles, 
and the third little piggy came home with none.
She didn't see any macaroons in the bakery this time. 

And we went "wee wee wee"  all the way home.

Once we got home,we enjoyed some fried green tomatoes with lunch. They were delicious! 

I hope to go back again next weekend and get some more fresh veggies. It was crowded and hard to really look. Also, They were actually running low on things by the time we got there.

Happy Fathers Day

I don't have a Fathers Day post written for today. But I'd like to take a moment to say happy Fathers Day to all the Fathers that visit my blog.

You have an important roll in life that I know is not easy. 
Being a father is a gift from God. 
You have been given this title for a reason. 
Continue to love, protect and lead your children and family.

Happy Fathers Day!

Today I sat with Dad in church as always but today was special. Fathers were honored along with our Heavenly Father. My dad won a special prize for having the most children at church with him and was one year shy of being the oldest dad there today. Tonight we are taking him to his favorite Chinese restaurant for dinner. I have a sister in law that is fighting that aweful "C" desease and we really hope she, my brother and their kids can make it. 
However, I doubt they will, but it would be a great surprise to daddy. 

Cloud Bread

Today I challenged myself to make "Cloud Bread".
Its not bread at all.


It's a bread alternative that's practically carb free, grain free, and high in Protein.
Perfect for those on a special diet. I'm not on a special diet other than Nutrisystem. I just wanted a healthy choice of bread for my flex meals. 

I have seen this recipe for cloud bread floating around all over social media and just had to give it a shot.

I have never whipped egg whites long enough for them to turn into a fluff texture. This is something I had to do to believe. Now I understand the whole meringue thing. **My mom makes the best!! 


  • Mix 3 egg whites and 1/8 teaspoon of cream of tarter until it peaks (About 5 minutes).
  • In another bowl, add 3 Tablespoons of cream cheese to the egg yolks and mix well. 


  • Fold the egg whites into the egg yolk mixture half at a time. 
  • Last, place 1/4 cup drops of mix on a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake 30 minutes in a 300 degree preheated oven.
Unfortunately mine did not turn out well. My 3 year old nephew came to visit as I was about to place the mix on the cookie sheet, so I paused a while to greet him, causing the clouds to deflate. Only about 3 or 4 out of 12 came out half way decent but not fluffy enough so I plan to attempt it again another day. 


I like the way they taste. I was afraid they would taste eggy but they didn't. They had a light and fragile texture like a croissant or cream puff with a light bready taste.

You have to let them cool completely before eating, It will hold a sandwich together. You can also lightly toast them and top with butter and jelly or any other topping for a delicious breakfast snack.
(be sure to watch the video below). 

Each cloud is approx 35 calories.