Sunday, February 24, 2013
Oh just a side note, you may notice my Blog is back at blogger...I decided not to renew my paid website for now, so you'll just have to follow me here . Happy Sunday!
side side note...I did renew after all so we are a www.embeesplace.com again :)
I am going to venture slightly away from my normal topics to bring you a "pet friendly" post. We have a beautiful mixed "mutt" named Molly. Molly is pretty low key and loves to hang out in my bedroom. Now first let me say she is sweet and very well behaved, but I have an ultra sensitive nose and Molly, Well...Molly tends to smell a bit doggy at times. This doggy smell forces me to shoo her out of my bedroom. A few weeks ago I read in one my "do it yourself" home recipe books a recipe for Dry shampoo for dogs....Hmmm is this possible??? Could I make Molly smell fresh smelling ...thus granting her a pardon??? I know that my girls and I have had great success with dry shampoo recipes for ourselves, so why not give it a go. I took several recipes and created my own...What's in it?? it is .....
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
One thing I absolutely love about this time of year is my gingerbread family!!! I love gingerbread men and houses, there is just something so homey and inviting about gingerbread men, Okay tasty too ...but you can't eat the stuffed ones ahhaha. Every year we try to keep the tradition of making or at least decorating a gingerbread house. This year was my youngest sons turn to be in charge of decor...hahaha, 5 pieces of candy later he was done, his big sister and grammy pitched in to finish the ensemble. My mom decided to mix it up and put my ornaments on a huge wreath in the kitchen (see pic.) I LOVE it
Of course today is the day of Thanksgiving meal preparations. My menu is very traditional...I don't think my family would handle it any other way...okay okay I wouldn't handle it any other way ahhaha. I will admit to "adjusting" a few of the recipes to make them more diet friendly. What?? What am I having?? To start with we do a light brunch....because there is the Parade to consider, which is a must in our house, especially the Broadway show excepts that start before the parade. Brunch consists of : Sausage and cheese balls, Hard cooked eggs (have to have a protein balance here ..lol), 2 kinds of muffins, mandarin oranges, applesauce, cranberry orange bread....new additions this year BACON (no explanation necessary for this one...hahahah) and a Breakfast pastry ring that my mom found in the latest "First" magazine, coffee and juice. Lest you think I slaved in the kitchen, I cheated on a few of these thing, allowing Costco to do a little contributing. Around two...depending on how fast the turkey decides to cook..comes the main course, the meal that my kids wait for all year. Everyone has helped with the preparation, learning to cook their favorite part of the meal....I guess we should switch it up or the first year they each marry THEIR family will only get one side dish haha ( whoever marries my oldest daughter will be sure to have green bean casserole...LOL,While my oldest son will have all potato varieties covered and the younger two will have stuffing!) Official Menu: Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, corn minus the limas (oops, someone forgot those,...this is another thing I am thankful for, hahaha, I dislike limas, as a child I always mixed them with my potatoes to get them down ...lol) Old fashioned buttered bread, sliced, butter and warmed in the oven the way my maternal grandmother did it, Pickles and olives, 2 Pumpkin pies, 2 Pecan pies (one is an experiment this year ... healthy version made with coconut sugar and milk) , Apple pie and YES real whipped cream!!!! ...not in a can, but the kind that must be whipped from heavy cream to a thick rich topping ..YUMMM, also a sparkling moscato - Spumante, and Sparkling Apple cider . Many hands in the kitchen make the light work and fun! I did try brining the turkey this year after much research I decided on the following: Salt, sugar, oranges and Muscato wine . I can't wait to give it a try.
Right now I am thankful that everything is ready and even the table is set and I can enjoy watching Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and Charlie Brown Mayflower.... a tradition as well, no matter how old you are, you are NEVER too old for Charlie Brown.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE! Be thankful in everything!
Helpful tip...avoid shoulder ache during the prep time by wearing a Capsaicin patch or Thermal patch on shoulder blades, it really made a huge difference!
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Once in a while a true inspiration hits!! Today was that day...an EPIC SUCCESS!! I love pumpkin season and today everything was saying ...make something pumpkiny. Now I am faithfully following a healthy eating plan and this fits into the healthy category and it is sugar free and DELICIOUS!!! Several people have requested this super simple recipe so I thought I would share .
Homemade Pumpkin "Coconut Milk" Ice Cream
2 cans FULL fat (not light) Coconut Milk
1 cup Pumpkin ( I used Libby's)
1 Tbsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
1 tsp Cinnamon
2 Tbsp Cornstarch
1 cup hormone free vanilla whey protein (opt)
1 tsp Sea salt
1/3 cup coconut nectar (Coconut Secret brand)
1/3 Coconut crystals (Coconut Secret Brand)
1/3 to 1/2 Xylitol (to taste)
Blend all the ingredients together in blender. Chill one hour . Then use Ice cream freezer, following freezer directions. Now you can make this recipe with regular sugar (no longer sugar free ;( ) You may also use any sweetner of choice....I have found the best flavor with this option or All xylitol will work as well (xylitol is a sugar alchohol found in the health food store). Coconut Secret products can be found at www.vitacost.com or your local health food or Whole Food store.
I am excited to be in new weight loss territory!!! A two pound loss now puts me down to 226. My lowest in YEARS!!! I briefly hit 218 about 10 yrs ago. I am really happy. Of course I do the hHCG diet a bit on the rogue side it keeps it bearable and it works for me ... Yesterday was a fine example. Egg (cooked in a touch of coconut oil) and 1/2 piece toast (about 45 cal bread) I like the whole grain stuff (Ezekiel / flax etc) without high fructose corn syrup. the plan I am on (Stockwell)(Docstimulusdrops) Does allow for an egg and 45 cal bread at breakfast. Then at lunch I did chicken thighs (5 oz) and YES the skin ...yummmy ( I know I am weird) with 1/2 cup butternut squash and raspberries. Supper was my homemade chili (1.5 cups) on top of my 3 handfuls of salad with about 1.5 Tbsps of FULL fat greek yogurt. I forgot the evening fruit and frankly I didn't really need it. I have still continued with the TBSP of raw local honey in the evening ...so many benefits that I really wanted to see if I could continue to do it and still lose, so far so good!!!! So the two pound loss this morning was exciting!!!!!!! Now off to experiement with some coconut pumpkin spice Ice cream ( I have some Vegan friends visiting, thought I would make a new treat) Happy Day everyone!!
My Chili Recipe: (sorry no photos this time :( )
My Chili recipe (taken mostly from my protocol book) Triple batch
1.5 pounds ground turkey
1.5 lean ground beef
2 onions (carmelized and then added)
4 cups Zucchini shredded (this was frozen from summer harvest)
1 cup campari tomatoes
3 cans rotel (2 spicy one mild)
1/2 pkg taco seasoning
spark plug sauce (no sugar)
1 cup corn
simmmer simmmer simmmer
Saturday, August 18, 2012
NOTE: After reading about how many people have been so negatively effected by the antibiotic I wonder at its continued frequent use in the medical field. If you are reading this and have suffered or are suffering from side effects of Cipro there is HOPE. Talk to your doctor right away, start replacing the magnesium that is stripped out of your body, water, multi V, milk thistle for cleaning out / supporting your liver. Trust God for direction to get you on the path to health.