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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

A New Way of Life

     I am super excited to let you all know about a huge change in my life.  I have started a new journey to finally become healthy.  I have been on about every diet you can imagine.  I have tried pretty much all of them with no luck at all.  I have even been on doctor controlled diets and I have never lost more than 10 pounds on any single one.  And not only did I not lose any weight with the others but I was also miserable.  I was hungry all the time.  Now, I am proud to say I am a Personal Trainer Food Blogger (and believer):

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     I know that sounds cheesy and sounds like I'm selling something but I'm not selling anything here.  I just truly believe in this program after being on it just 5 complete days now.  It has made that much of an impact on me already that I am telling everyone about it.  Seriously, I am chatting to people online, at the grocery store, to my friends, etc.  Have you ever been super excited about something you found out and wanted to share it with all your friends and loved ones? Well, that is how I am feeling right now about Personal trainer Food. 

        This is my before shot.  This is the part that I disliked a lot.  Here I am at the beginning of this diet.


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      The other part I hated the absolute most is sharing my starting weight on day 1:  263.2.  This diet is a whole change of life for me.  The premises of this diet is that you cut out all sugar, all flour and starches.  I am 47 years old and I bet ya that I have eaten meat, potatoes, and bread at least once EVERY single day for 45 years.  I grew up in the South and we eat meat & taters; biscuits & gravy; etc.  My main foods are not off limits.  What????  Will I survive?  Will I even be able to do this?

      The first thing you do to get started is to go to the Personal Trainer Food website and order your menu choices.  I started the Rev program.  On the Rev program, you choose a breakfast entree; for lunch a meat and a vegetable choice and for supper, two vegetable choices.  There are programs where you choose for only 2 meals a day or a choice where you get meat for both your supper and lunch choices.  The choices were really good and I was excited about the menu.  All the food really did look good.

        Once the food is ordered, they suggest you go on a 24-48 hour fast to rid your body of as much sugar and junk as it can.  I did the 24 hour fast because as you can tell by looking at me, I likes my food.  :-)
Also, since I am an insulin dependent diabetic, I have to be careful too.  After 24 hours, I was ready to start and the food arrived the next day.  I live in southern Oklahoma and the company is in Texas so it arrived super fast.  This first order was for the normal 28 days worth of food and it weighed nearly 50 pounds!

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    All the food is completely cooked already and they flash freeze it to preserve the flavors.  All you have to do is steam each package in the microwave from 2-4 minutes and you have a delicious meal ready right away.  Example breakfast choices were cheese omelet with bacon; eggs with sausage and things like that.  Here are 2 of my breakfast packages.

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    I was amazed how delicious all the different breakfast choices turned out.  They taste just like they had been cooked in my kitchen.  Everything is so flavorful and good.  The yellow squash tasted like I had picked the squash from our garden and steamed it fresh.

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    The dinner choices look beautiful and taste great too.  These amazing chicken strips are my absolute favorite.

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     The first few days I really struggled with cravings.  I really wanted potatoes, bread, and sugary type foods.  On this diet, all those are no-no's but what you can have is all the meat that you want.  UNLIMITED!  Eggs are unlimited.  Leafy greens are unlimited...I like the sound of this.  The first few days I felt like I was eating all the time.  Every time I got hungry, I would supplement the meals I received by having a few boiled eggs, or a piece or two of lunch meat or a salad.  I really thought, "boy, oh boy, I must be gaining a ton of weight".  By day 4, I was getting concerned.  I ate a lot but never once cheated.  I was never really hungry either because I was allowed to snack and eat.  They suggest you NOT weigh yourself but let the way your clothes fit show you if you are losing or not.  I did weigh myself and was floored...I had lost almost 7 pounds.



     Since the 2nd or 3rd day since I began this, my energy levels are so much better.  I used to have to take a nap every single day but I have not had a nap (nor needed one) since I started.  Also, my blood sugar levels are better controlled than they have been in YEARS.  I have actually had to have my doctor adjust my insulin and he's excited about my results too.  I will continue to blog about this and share my results.  I hope everything continues to get better for me.

     If you decide to try it out, enter this code (HEALTHYFOOD) for $100 off.  


     
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Saturday, January 9, 2016

Dehydrating Turnips

     We harvested the last of the turnips recently and I decided to dehydrate them.  Dehydrating is a great way to preserve the harvest.  When you dehydrate foods, they shrink down in size and you can store a lot more in a very small amount of space.  Dehydrating preserves the vitamin content and allows items to last for a long time too.  You can rehydrate them and use them as you would a fresh turnip.  They go great in soups, stocks, stews and casseroles.  Actually, anything you would put a sweet potato into a turnip would be good in it too.  You can also eat the dehydrated turnip chips as a snack. 

     To dehydrate turnips,  wash your them and then cut off the ends and peel them.

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   Next using a sharp knife or your mandolin, slice the turnips into slices about 1/4" thick.

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    At this point, many people will tell you to blanch your turnips but I never do and they still turn out fine.  I just place them on my dehydrator trays and turn it on.  If your dehydrator has a temperature setting, set it at 125 degrees and turn it on and let them dehydrate for 12 hours.   You know they are done with they are brittle but can bend just a little.   Store in an airtight container until you are ready to use them.


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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Making Turkey Stock

     Anytime that I cook a turkey, I save the carcass to use again to make turkey stock.

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Don't you love the rich, dark color of homemade stock?


     The first thing you need to make turkey stock is a whole turkey carcass.  After Thanksgiving, we saved ours so I could make stock.  Get a really large soup pot and add the turkey carcass and water. This was a really large turkey so I added 2 full gallons of water to the pot so the bones and all were completely covered in water.  I then added 1/2 cup of vinegar.  The vinegar helps to draw out all of the nutrients out of the bones.  Allowing the vinegar to do the work of softening the bones makes the stock so much more mineral rich.  It leaches out magnesium, calcium, and potassium!  Soak for about an hour. 

      Now the fun part, add in the veggies and herbs you desire.  I often will save the ends off of carrots and celery and throw them in the freezer until I have enough for stock.  If I buy an onion and don't use it all, it goes into the bowl for stock too.  Any veggies you have on hand or want to buy can go into the pot.  I always add in celery, onions and carrots and then whatever else I feel like at the time.  Today I added in 1 large onion, cut in half; 4 stalks of celery (cut in 1 1/2"-2" pieces); 3 leeks cut up into large sections; a small handful of mushrooms; and a 1/2 bag of baby carrots I had in the fridge.  At this point add in some spices too.  I added in parsley flakes, sage, garlic powder, salt & pepper.   Sometimes I add in thyme but I was out of it today. 

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   Turn the stove onto high and bring the mixture to a boil.  Skim off any foam that is on the top and discard.  Turn the stove down.  We have an electric stove and turned it down between 1 and 2.  Cover the pot and allow to simmer 12-24 hours.  We let ours go overnight. 

      Remove from the stove and using tongs, remove the bones and discard.  Now use a fine mesh colander, strain the veggies out.  I feed the veggies to the turkeys and chickens.  They love them.  At this point, I place the strained stock into the fridge.  I leave it there all day and night.  The next day, I scoop all the fat that is congealed at the top. If you have a carcass from a home raised bird, you can leave the fat in it if you want.  Some leave it and some remove it.  They say there is good immune building nutrients in the fat so it is a matter of preference.    

      Now you can freeze or refrigerate the stock or can it. If you put it in the refrigerator, it will last 5-7 days.  In the freezer, it will last a year.  If you pressure can it, it can last at least 3 years on your pantry shelf.  It tastes so wonderful I doubt it will be there that long before you use it up.  :-)

     First, sterilize your jars.  Wash your jars and bands thoroughly.  I then place mine on a cookie sheet in a warmed oven until ready to use (at least 30 minutes).  I then bring my stock to a slow boil and pour them into the sanitized jars.  Fill with hot broth and leave a 1" head space.   Wipe the rims with a clean dishtowel soaked with vinegar and then put on a new lid.  Tighten according to manufacturer's recommendations.  At this point you are ready to can them.  Process following your pressure canner's instructions.  I pressure canned this stock at 11 pounds of pressure for 25 minutes and made 5 quarts of delicious turkey stock.  Mark and date your jars and you are finished. 

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A few notes:
  • You can use raw meat or cooked meat when making stock.  You can even mix some of each.  Since it is cooked for so long (simmering at least 12 hours) all the germs should be killed so it is safe to do so.
  • Other than parsley, avoid using other green veggies.  They end up making the stock taste bitter.
  • If you prefer to add no veggies, that is fine too.  The veggies add gorgeous color, some flavor and extra vitamins and nutrients but you can make just bone broth if you prefer.  
  • You can use this basic recipe for chicken stock; beef stock and fish stock too.  :-)  The good thing about beef stock is that the beef bones can be reused 3-4 times to make stock over and over.  After making beef stock, dump out the veggies and can your stock and then add the bones to a pot again, add in the vinegar and start the process over again.
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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Homemade Country Corn Bread Dressing

     This is my cornbread dressing recipe that I have been making for many, many years.  When I go to potluck dinners, this is one of the dishes they always request I bring.  It is similar to many others out there but each one is tweaked just a bit different.  This is mine.  I hope you enjoy.

Homemade Cornbread Dressing


 1 (9"x13" pan prepared cornbread
2 chicken breasts, cooked & shredded
48 oz. chicken broth
1/2 c. diced celery
1/4 c. diced onion
2 T. butter
1 1/2 tsp. sage


         
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    In a skillet, melt the butter and then sauté the celery and onion until soft.  Do not caramelize.  Prepare your cornbread.

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     In a large bowl, crumble up your corn bread and then add in the softened celery & onions, the sage, shredded chicken and the broth.  Stir well.

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     Spray the cake pan that you cooked your corn bread in and then pour the dressing mixture into that pan.

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Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 45 minutes.

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Saturday, December 12, 2015

Silly pictures

   I won an Ipad Air 2 last year and it allows you to take some pretty silly pictures. Just thought I'd share them with y'all to make you smile.  These are all of my daughter, her husband and her oldest son Phineas (6).  Enjoy!
















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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Sharing some memories

       I recently had my daughter and her family down for a visit from Nebraska.  It was a lovely visit...in fact, one of the best visits we have had.  She is 25 and has been married to Seth since 2009 and they have 3 sweet boys.  Phineas is 6, Hayden is 3 and Declan is 2.  One reason for their names is because she said she always wanted a PhD and now she has them (from the initial from each of their first names).  ;-) 

    


 
This is Phineas feeding and petting Cooter and Dainty Girl.


     This is Phineas being pulled by Grandpa after finishing up some of the farming chores.  


     This is Hayden.  He truly already has that middle child attitude.  He gets mad at his momma here and it is so funny. 


   Since we only see them about once a year, we celebrated Christmas on this visit.  These are pics of the boys opening up the presents we got them and playing with the stuff. 


Hayden and Declan playing with the "pretend play" food.
Hayden had very good imagination even at such a young age and "chewed" the play food well.

I love Declan's little chubby cheeks.

Declan has something Hayden wants.
Brandy & Seth

My 3 kids.  Ronny (11), Brandy (25), & Bubba (17).
Fun at the park.
Ron being "King of the World" at the playground.
Declan, 2.




Thank you for allowing me to share and I hope you enjoyed looking at the pics.  

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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Repurposing Old T-shirts

     We strongly believe in reusing and repurposing items.  We live on a fixed income and make do a lot of the time.   One way we save money is by not buying tissues.  Instead I make "sneeze rags" from old t-shirts.  I have all of our friends and neighbors give us their old t-shirts they would normally trash and I cut them up into sneeze rags and "personal cloths".



    A personal cloth is a fancy way of saying emergency TP.  If we ever run out of toilet paper, we will use these instead.  They are cut out of super soft t-shirt material and would be used in place of toilet paper.  I always keep a big supply of toilet paper on hand but if we should get snowed in or some other emergency should happen, I like having other options.  And for those of you saying "gross" or what have you, it is no different to me than having to wash out a cloth diaper which I have done many times.
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A t-shirt given to us by a friend.  Their child had outgrown it and it did not fit anyone in our household either.

      The "sneeze rags" we have been using exclusively in our home for over a year.  I just fill up a coffee can with them and if you need one, you use it and when you are done, put it into the dirty clothes hamper.  Again, no different than washing a hankie.  :-)

    When it comes to making these, the older and more worn the t-shirt, the better and softer it is.  I start off by cutting off the neck area of the t-shirt and the sleeves.

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Remove the neck area and the sleeves.




 

    Next, cut a strip of fabric that is about the same size as a normal tissue.  Sometimes I make them a bit longer and sometimes I cut them square like a handkerchief.  Just cut them as you like.  Be sure to cut off the hems and any rough area.

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One of the sneeze rags.




  I usually cut up the front of the t-shirt and use them for sneeze rags and I cut up the back of the t-shirts for personal cloths.  The personal cloths I cut up a bit larger.  Generally I cut the personal cloths about the width of a wash cloth and about 12" long.

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One of our personal cloths.




   From a youth large t-shirt I generally can make 5 personal cloths and 6 sneeze rags.  I just cut them up as I watch a movie or in between doing stuff on FB or online.  I store the sneeze rags in a large coffee can in each bedroom and in the living room and the personal cloths I store in large coffee cans and keep them under the sink in each bathroom.



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