Sunday, June 25, 2017

A Great Adventure Story

I just finished reading a book called, "Braving It" A Father, A Daughter and an Unforgetable Journey into the Alaskan Wild by James Campbell. James took his 15 year old daughter, Aiden, on three different trips to Alaska. It was quite the adventure story, but not only that, it was the story of father and daughter growing close in love and respect. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the bravery of both father and daughter. It made me feel like I was walking through the wilderness with them. I would give this book five stars and would recommend this book to anyone that likes true adventure stories.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for my fair and honest review.

Friday, February 03, 2017

Avenue of Spies by Alex Kershaw

I loved this book. A true story full of intrigue and suspense, it kept me on the edge of my seat. Dr. Sumner Jackson and his wife Toquette were true American heroes living in Paris during the Nazi occupation and helped the French resistance. Worth the read!

I received this book from Blogging for Books for my honest review.

Sunday, June 05, 2016

It's been a long time coming!

 I'm writing now because I have something to share. Hubby and I  embarked on a life changing journey on January 1, 2016. In November of last year, my daughter, Kim, was diagnosed with pre-diabetes. (I got that diagnoses in January of 2014.)  My daughter is very proactive when she needs to be and quickly went on line trying to find something to help her cope with this disease. She googled Reversing Diabetes and a Facebook group popped up. She joined the group  and soon was telling me about the Low Carb/High Fat way of eating this group was  advocating. Like the good mother I am, I told her she was crazy and she  was going to ruin her health! She told me she was doing it whether I liked it or not. My darling hubby and I watched her journey all through December and couldn't believe the changes in her. Her weight dropped, she had  more  energy and felt great. By the end of December, my hubby and I decided to give it a try for 1 month. If  we  didn't have any results, we would go back to our old way of eating.

We joined the Reversing Diabetes group and right after Christmas we got all the flour, sugar and processed food out of our house. We filled our  pantry and fridge with coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil, cream cheese, butter, eggs, heavy  whipping cream, vegetables and meat. We started eating LC/HF on January 1st. The first two weeks were pretty rough as we switched over from burning glucose for fuel, to burning fat for fuel and being in ketosis, but something was happening. We were losing our taste for sugar and it felt good. We also lost 15 lbs each in the first three weeks. We decided to keep going. We have been eating this way a little over 5 months now and hubby has lost 52 lbs. I've lost  43 lbs. I've had to clean my closet out twice to get rid of my big clothes. The best part though, is the  health benefits we have been reaping. I went to my doctor in April and I am no longer pre-diabetic. My total cholesterol  was 181 and my triglycerides dropped 80 points into the normal zone. I had been taking a Prilosec every day for 5 years  because of my acid reflux disease. One  month after we started this way of eating, I was off the medicine and I have no more acid reflux.
Hubby saw his doctor and his high blood pressure is coming down and he's doing terrific on his thyroid meds with no increase. Our doctors were shocked!

I just want to thank my daughter and the Reversing Diabetes Facebook group for showing us that we could make this lifestyle change and live a healthy and happy life!

These are Before pictures taken 1-1-2016:







these are After pictures taken 5-6-2016:





Sunday, August 09, 2015

Road Trip 2015

We took a road trip this summer from June 26th-July 16th. We were able to take our lovely granddaughter, Heather, with us and had a great time with her. While we were on our road trip, we visited many quilt shops because the Row by Row Experience shop hop was going on. The premise of this shop hop was to go into at least 8 different quilt shops and collect a free pattern for their row. They also had kits available for purchase and fabric license plates from each shop.

Our first day on the road was a long one. We drove from Fort Collins, Colorado to Des Moines, Iowa.
Here's a few pictures from our first day.


 Heather enjoyed the Trading Post.





This is one of the quilt shops that I stopped at the first day. We arrived late at our hotel so we went right to bed because we had a long drive to Michigan the next day.

Day Two: We got up early and got on the road because I wanted to stop at several quilt shops before we got to Michigan. The owner of this quilt shop, opened two hours early so that I could get her row kit. She was so nice.

Cotton Creek Mill is in West Branch, Iowa. It's a small town that has the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library. I loved this shop and the owner was so gracious. After we left her shop, drove to La Salle, Illinois and picked up another kit from their quilt shop. We also had lunch and a very nice restaurant across the street.
We got to Michigan in the late afternoon and didn't stop at any shops because I wanted to be at my brother's house before dark.
Coming up: Michigan



Sunday, July 26, 2015

Mastering Pasta

If you love pasta, if you love Italian food, and if you love trying new things, I've found the book for you. Mastering Pasta is written by award winning chef, Marc Vetri. This book is stunning to look through. The pictures are great and the step by step instructions for making your own pasta, gnocchi, and risotto are clear and concise. Marc has included 100 recipes that any vegetarian or meat lover would enjoy. There is even a chapter on flavored pastas, such as parsley, lemon, chestnut and mint, to name a few. You will learn about the different flours used to make the most beautiful and tender pastas. Pick up a copy and see for yourself.
I received this book for my honest review and no other compensation.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

21 days on the Road Again

Well, we just got home from our second epic road trip. Last year we did letterboxing all the way across the Midwest. This year I visited quilt shops to participate in the Row by Row Experience. This goes on until Sept. 5th and all 50 states are participating this year. If you go to rowbyrowexperience.com, you can click on the Start Here button and you will get a page with license plates on it. One for each state. You click on the state you are interested in, and it will bring up a page with the name and address of every quilt shop in the state that is participating in Row by Row. The premise is, you collect a pattern or kit from eight different quilt shops, put them together in a quilt, have it bound, quilted and a label on it and return to any quilt shop with it. If you are the first to bring your quilt in you win 25 fat quarters and if you use the row from the shop you take the quilt into, you usually win a second prize from that shop. Patterns are given out free, kits and licence plates you have to buy. It's a good thing I had been saving my money because I came home with 32 kits and 23 license plates! I can make a really big quilt with those, but I doubt I will have it done by the time the contest is over in September.

We had a really great trip. We took our 14 year old granddaughter with us and had so much fun with her. We drove from Colorado to Michigan in two days and spent a couple of  days with my brother and sister-in-law, then drove to Gladwin, Michigan to spend another 3 days with my dad and mom. After that we drove to Nashville, Tn in one day and spent 9 days with my daughter and her husband and our other two beautiful grandkids.  When we left there we took 5 nights and 6 days to get home to Colorado. We took  Hwy 80 out to Michigan and took Hwy 40 home. We spent some time on the old route 66 and had a blast. I haven't had time to download pictures yet but next week I hope to have another post  about this trip with pictures. In the meantime, look up 2014 Epic Road Trip Day one through Day Twelve.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Lighten up, y'all

I just got a new cookbook, called "Lighten up, y'all-Classic Southern Recipes made Healthy and Wholesome. It's written by Virginia Willis who is a columnist for FoodNetwork.com, a contributing editor to Southern Living, and was named one of the "Seven Food Writers You Need to Know" by the Chicago Tribune.
The photography in this cookbook is suburb. It really made me want to try the recipes. I like the fact that the nutrition facts are with the recipe. I also like Virginia's little stories that she tells throughout the book.
I decided to try the Turkey Meatloaf with Mushroom Gravy. It took me about 30 minutes to put this recipe together because of chopping onion, mushrooms, parsley and garlic. I also had to shred carrot. Then everything had to be cooked before I added it to the ground turkey. It took an hour to cook in my oven. I was being kind of lazy and wasn't going to make the gravy until  I took  the meatloaf out of the oven and it looked totally dry and unappetizing. I quickly made the gravy. My husband's reaction was that this is a keeper recipe. Mine, not so much. It didn't really taste bad, it just didn't make me want seconds. The gravy did make it look more appetizing, but I still don't think I want to make this again. I will try some of the other recipes that sound really good, like "Beer Battered Shrimp, Lemon-Basil North Georgia Trout, Chicken Tortilla Soup, or Brown Sugar-Strawberry Shortcakes.

I received this book from "Blogging for Books" for my honest review.