Crocheting.

Hello,

Yup, you guessed it. I am taking up crocheting. If you don’t like it, remind me to make you anything. Yeah, that’s what I thought. Haha. It is perfect for the holidays coming up, and for the creative side of me. However, I have a feeling I am going to make it more difficult than it needs to be with the things I want to make. But I mean that is to be expected of me.

Other than that, I am still stuck in a very hard place. It isn’t even between a rock and a hard place. It is seems like two non-movable places. I mean at least a rock will give eventually. Sometimes, it seems like the two hard places almost squeeze the life out of me. But I keep my head up and always look for the light. There has to be something good at the end of the tunnel right? Like a bulldozer. Haha. Yay for your imagination.

I think that is about all that is going on. Maybe the crocheting will make for a soft spot until the end of the tunnel…: )

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Halloween

Hello,

I’m so glad that I made it through Halloween. I practically died Halloween night…and it took all day yesterday to recover.

So, my boyfriend and I were dummy dolls. I did the makeup and everyone said it came out pretty good…: )

I made candy corn jello shots and black light glowing jello shots…and I carved a pumpkin to look like it was puking out chips…but I don’t think I got pictures of anything…: (

Then three or four hours later, I died. And I woke up on the floor in the bathroom. My makeup was everywhere but on my face. I had people checking on me every few seconds. And then I finally got into bed.

The next morning, I came back to life…slowly…

And now I’m here today on a Sunday. Thinking it is a Monday and that I should be at work.

Okay, end post!

Juicing.

Hello,

So myself and my boyfriend started a 10 day juicing detox. Looking at the plan, it didn’t seem bad. I like veggies for the most part, and the plan was a mix of juices, soups, salads, and smoothie. Fruits and veggies only.

It lasted three days.

We started on Saturday because you normally get flu-like symptoms and I didn’t want to have to work feeling like that. Saturday and Sunday were easy. Monday was horrible. I was hungry. There are chips, crackers, cookies and all sorts of junk around the office to eat. The juice smelt of an old fart and rotten veggies and it tasted like of sour celery. (It had kale, spinach, lemon, cucumber and celery). And the soup the night before was awful.

Truth be told, this “diet”** almost made me never want to eat another veggie ever.

So, as of Monday for lunch, I ate a salad with grilled chicken, crasins, and peanuts. For dinner, we added sausage to the acorn squash stuffed with Portobello mushrooms and sage. (which ended up being very delish).

Tuesday morning, I had three eggs for breakfast (we were staying away from bread, cheese and such, so no egg and cheese sandwich.) For lunch, an acorn squash from dinner. For dinner, home-made Greek salad (olives, peperoncinis, feta, tomatoes, Romaine lettuce) and white hawaiian pizza (olive oil with garlic, ricotta cheese, mozz cheese, canadian bacon, and pineapple). So, “diet” over, but belly full…of delicious food. : )

**Disclaimer: I use the word “diet” but everyone has their own definition for it. My definition for “diet” is a way of eating.

I feel like my blogs are starting to be all food. HaHa.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Hello Friends,

So I’m going to post another recipe. This time I was making some baked goods for a good friend of mine who is allergic to gluten and dairy. But for her birthday, I accepted the challenge. Also, with the “change” in the weather (it was like one day of cool below 80), I felt like pumpkin was the favor of choice.

Here’s the recipe and the site I got it from:

http://paleomg.com/pumpkin-chocolate-chip-muffins/

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
Prep time
10 mins
Cook time
40 mins
Total time
50 mins
Serves: 5
Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup pumpkin puree
  • ⅓ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • 3 eggs, whisked
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup coconut flour
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ⅛ teaspoon powdered ginger
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • ½ cup Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix together wet ingredients in a bowl: pumpkin puree, maple syrup, coconut oil, eggs, and vanilla extract.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together coconut flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, powdered ginger, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  4. Pour dry ingredients into wet ingredients and mix well.
  5. Fold in chocolate chips.
  6. Use an ice cream scoop to scoop batter into 5 silicone baking cups.****
  7. Bake for 35-40 minutes

So, I did this recipe almost exactly because I have baked with coconut flour before and it is different than white flour in all sort of ways. One: you need a lot more liquid to flour. Two if you are using almond meal you need more baking soda/powder (can’t remember which at the moment). I did double this recipe and I ran out of (organic) maple syrup so I used about 1/4 cup of honey. I also made half the muffins without chocolate chips (lactose-intolerant) but the other half I use Special Dark Chocolate (less than 2% of milk) just in case she wanted one. And after I melted the coconut oil and started combining it with the eggs (really the only “cold” item on the list), the oil started to solidify. So I took some time to try and break the oil up, but shortly gave up. I will just rethink the order I combine the ingredients.  And my only “mistake” was I used paper baking cups (because I didn’t think there would be a huge problem) but the coconut oil went straight through them, so I suggest actually using silicone baking cups.

So, try them and enjoy them. They were so so so good. I have made paleo and coconut flour and no milk baked goods before and they were dry or “heavy”. But these things are far from that!

See you soon

Buffalo Chicken Sliders

Hello,
I’m thinking about posting once a week…still not 100% on that though. I have been thinking about what I want to post since the minute I click the publish button from my last post. I have so many ideas that I want to just get off my mind, I don’t know where to start. This post is going to be a recipe, because 1. I love cooking 2. I love eating 3. This recipe was easy and delish.

So, to start this is a recipe I saw in the magazine EveryDay with Rachael Ray (the September 2014 issue). As usual, I followed the recipe for a guideline but I didn’t follow it to the letter. So here is the original recipe:

1 stick of butter, melted * 1 tbsp. of hot sauce, plus more for dousing * 1 lb of ground chicken * 1 tsp. salt * 1/2 tsp. of pepper * 1 tbsp. of vegetable oil * 4 oz. blue cheese, cut into 8 slices * 8 slider buns, split and toasted * 1 rib of celery, thinly sliced
In bowl, combine butter and 1 tbsp. hot sauce. In another bowl, mix chicken, salt, pepper, and 1/4 cup hot sauce butter. Form into 8 meatballs. In medium nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium. Add meatballs; cook until browned all over and cooked through, about 10 minutes. Off heat, douse meatballs with hot sauce. Top each with cheese. Cover skillet until cheese melts. Dip bun bottoms, toasted side down, into remaining hot sauce butter. Build sliders with buns, celery and meatballs. Makes 8.

There are also 12 other popular sliders http://www.rachaelraymag.com/recipes/burger-recipes/most-popular-slider-recipes/1/

And here are a few of my personal changes and errors:

  • I didn’t have celery (I used it all for my pesto minestrone which was the recipe I was going to post but changed my mind after dinner last night). So, we didn’t have a crunchy factor to our sandwich.
  • I measured ABOUT 1/4 cup of hot sauce butter to the chicken mixture. My meatballs didn’t hold its own shape -lol- I guess that could mean I put too much hot sauce butter in it.
  • After going on a few trips to the store to look for a blue cheese block that I could slice, I found one at the commissary. However, when I went to slice it, it crumbled. So, I put crumbles on the top on my doused meatballs.
  • I suppose I took too long to douse and cheese my meatballs because when I covered the pan my cheese never melted. I ended up turning the stove back on for a moment and then turning it off and letting it sit.

No matter they turned out delish (although celery would have probably made it better).

Well, I hope you guys try this recipe and let me know how you like it and if you changed anything.

First Post…

Hello friend,

Well, here is my first post on my blog. First, I would like to say, “Welcome.” I am not sure how this is going to work out, how often I will post or what I will write about each time, but I think it will be fun so I don’t care. I know I will touch on things that I enjoy (cooking, gardening, and making things) and hopefully include personal situations, but mostly my post will be positive, light-hearted, motivating, informational, and maybe funny (if you know me on a personal level). I would love comments/feedback to be the same (NOTE: all negativity will be deleted) I am not perfect so for you grammar-crazed people out there. I’m sorry in advanced. -lol- Well, I guess let’s get started.

I think I want to talk about something that I have noticed recently with me. Over the past few months, I have noticed while sitting or sleeping, my arm or leg will “fall asleep.” I know that it has something to do with poor circulation but without health insurance, it isn’t that easy to just go to a doctor and see what is up. I firmly believe in diet having a strong role in the body, so I researched foods and spices that help with circulation. Here’s a list I have come across:

http://www.revitive.com/health-information/foods-to-improve-circulation/

1. Oranges
2. Dark Chocolate
3. Cayenne Pepper
4. Sunflower Seeds
5. Ginger Roots
6. Garlic
7. Ginkgo Biloba
8. Goji Berries
9. Watermelon
10. Salmon
11. Avocado

The list is from that website above and they give brief descriptions of how they can help.
I love food and I’m not very picky so if it comes down to eating something delish instead of taking medication, I am all for it!

Other sites also say that exercise (30 mins of walking a day) and messages help. I would like to think that I am a fairly active person and with the weather (rain just about everyday) it is difficult to stay motivated to walk/run daily. No excuses though. As for the message, I mean, seriously, I would love them. I was seeing a chiropractor for my hip and lower back but the drive to the office was longer than the appointment. I did find an office closer to home and they do messages, but I haven’t had the chance to check out the prices. So I will have to update you on that.

Well, I think that is all for now. Sorry if this is boring. If you guys have any input, let me know.

<3,
Kim 🙂

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