Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2015 New Year's Resolutions

Yesterday, I discussed how weight loss is usually the number one resolution. Today, I am posting my goals chart. My daughter will have her New Year's fireworks party tomorrow since so many had other commitments. So, our New Year's Eve will be a quiet one ( though I can imagine she will shoot off some noise maker tonight).

Monday, December 29, 2014

My Top 10 New Year's Resolutions

New Year's Eve is fast approaching. Time for those good intentions we label “resolutions.” The new year sets us in a frame of mind for reflection and hope for new beginnings.
What are the top 10 resolutions?
Weight loss is number one.
Between holiday feasting and wintery weather, pounds have crept on. It is usually on the top of my list, too. But, holiday coolies aren't the only things sitting on my hips and around my waistline. I need to improve my rating from obese to healthy. Being sedentary prompts me to not only add exercise, but some effective food choices, too. Foods can help to speed up your metabolism and help you to start feeling great in no time at all.
Here is a list of foods that will boost your metabolism:

  1. Apples and pears - the soluble fiber pectin works in concert with phytonutrients to lower blood fat levels.
  2. Grapefruit - high fiber content causes body to use more calories. Also, lowers insulin levels.
  3. Avocado - a great source of heart-healthy MUFA and potassium.
  4. Ginger - thermogenic--it tends to slightly increase body temperature as it's being digested Ginger also contains digestive enzymes to speed up digestion.
  5. Broccoli- high in calcium, loaded with vitamin C, vitamin A, folate and fiber. Fights fat; boosts immunity and protects against disease.
  6. Leafy Greens - eat spinach and other dark leafies to optimize your red blood cells' transport nutrients and hormones. Increases iron levels
  7. Almond s- full of vitamin E, protein, fiber, and a healthy choice to sustain you in-between meals.
  8. Oats - complex carbohydrates and fiber that increase metabolism after a meal, while keeping insulin at low levels.
  9. Peppers - Hot peppers—like cayenne and jalapeno—raise body temperature, due to the compound capsaicin. Also, packed with vitamin C.
  10. Water - Try carbonated mineral water because it contains calcium, magnesium, potassium. A squirt of lemon is also, enjoyable and adds some vitamin C.
The above foods are fantastic for fat loss, so be sure to incorporate them into your weight loss diet!
If you want to boost your metabolism, you should know that it doesn't have to be hard to do. Let's enjoy some of the foods that will help you to boost your metabolism.

 The rest of my New Year's resolutions will follow:
  1. my health
  2. my work
  3. my family
  4. my home
  5. my money
  6. my faith
  7. a habit to cultivate
  8. a habit to break
  9. a skill to master
  10. books to read

Friday, October 10, 2014

Paying it forward.

Out of the mouths of babes. What a wonderful story "between an officer and a gentle-young soul"
Click here to watch  video.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Yellow Jacket Ensemble

"These pants are PERFECT. They look sharp and well fitted, even though the waist has comfortable give," says J. Elliot. Briggs New York Women's All Around Comfort Pant forms the base of this fresh collection. The pants are 63% Polyester, 33% Rayon, 4% Spandex with a hidden elastic comfort waist--Everyone will notice and no one will know. The classy short sleeve smart office cotton shirt blouse with a textured line. The front is an open V, then does up with white pearl effect buttons. The short cap sleeve is gathered with a puff effect and matching button. The front has gather detail at the top buttons. This is a fitted style with seams front and back is flattering on any figure. The lightweight V Neck fine knit cardigan adds a casual trendy look. No outfit like this is complete without the Anne Klein Women's Fairlee Suede Dress Pump--classic with flair as it is trimmed with gold-tone and a lovely bow at the toe. Coordinate these with the Scarleton Quilted Patent Satchel, a classic and elegant purse. Beautifully made, the high quality finishes are perfectly complimented by the charming patent leather bow for a distinctive style. Accessorize with the simple, stunning, elegant, natural and classic. 18K Yellow gold plating over brass, double strands necklace decorated with labradroite stones.Pair this with stunning unique black onyx dangle earrings--handmade in South America. and a lovely cuff watch completes the look. You can find of of these at the new "What's not to Wear" department in the TCS The Coffee Shoppe.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

How GREAT is our God

I am reading Break Out! by Joel Osteen. How great is our God! How and why can I keep Him in my little box? I am my third time through. I still can't seem to unlatch the box.
(Photos used are from the Hubble Telescope :
  • X" Structure at Core of Whirlpool Galaxy • M51
  • Whirlpool Galaxy • M51
  • Giant star-forming nebula with massive
    young stellar clusters • NGC 3603
  • Largest spiral galaxy known Galaxy  • NGC 6872 
  • Eagle Nebula

And if you really want to see something awesome...

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Lacy Heart

Great pick-me up

I just made my own "jamocha" shake. I love my Nutribullet. I put about a quarter cup of this morning's coffee (even better if you freeze it ahead of time), a squirt of chocolate syrup, a quarter cup of powdered milk, and about 6-8 ice cubes. Inverted onto the Nutribullet and spin. Comes out almost frozen with a whipped foam on top.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Lentils--what's your favorite?

Someone gave me yet another batch of lentils. 

Time to make something with them. After browsing some recipes, this is what I came up with:
1. I cooked the lentils with a 1:2 ratio of lentils to water. I seasoned this with some fresh dill and ground black peppercorns. 
2. I used 1/4 pound Italian sausage browned with 1/2 pound ground beef.
3. I combined all with a box of New Orleans rice mix.
4. Topped with fresh-from-the garden tomato slices and a dollop of sour cream (the teenager loves anything with a dollop of sour cream).
Side dish -- Green been casserole with French-fried onions.

He planned for me just the way I am

I'm revisiting Rick Warren's Purpose Drive Life. One of the most encouraging verses is
Jeremiah 1:5  (KJV)
Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.

It is more than knowing that he orders my steps and that I can trust Him (Proverbs 3:5-6). He planned for me--my personality, my talents, my joys and desires, my sorrows and tears.

Friday, July 18, 2014


Day one at Fly Lady-- shine the sink. Baby steps are suggested at this how-to site. It is all about organizing your household so that you don't suffer from CHAOS (can't have anyone over syndrome). Here is my sink.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Toddler Saves Elderly Man Locked Inside Hot Car

Toddler Saves Elderly Man Locked Inside Hot Car 

Leaving babies, elderly (you are as old as you feel), or animals in a hot car is dangerous. I didn't even leave my daughter(s) in the car when running into the gas station. It seems like this practice is more and more common, so I'm not sure what can be done. Have you ever left child or pet in the hot car?



We've been practicing Feel The Joy (Mark Condon) for church. Join us at The Well if you can.