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Evil Ways…baby!

07 Evil Ways (enjoy the tune by Santana) I think they’re gone…for the most part! Since mid January, cold turkey, we changed our evil addiction to carbs! Yep, gone from our lives…well, mostly! Once you adapt to this eating lifestyle, the cravings for sweet, and even salty foods start subsiding.

The most difficult part of the diet is the additional time for grocery shopping, and the extra time in the kitchen. Also, I must say it is much more costly to shop for fresh, and organic foods rather than processed foods. I don’t think I’ve ever seen coupons for fresh beets, or baby carrots, or even brussel sprouts! I mean seriously, how cheap is it to whip up a delicious pasta meal with fresh warm bread! That is something I haven’t allowed myself to enjoy since January! That is the hard part, because I love fettuccine, ciabatta, biscotti, all those things, but I’ve changed!

my tea party breakfast

my tea party breakfast

The nice part, is the big guy too has adopted this new lifestyle change. And although he doesn’t share in the task of cooking, he is 100% enjoying the new food line up too! It’s great to have someone diet and eat healthy along with you! So, Saturdays we stop at Fresh Market for organic eggs, hormone  & antibiotic free chickens, beets, fresh pinneapple…etc.! (Of course the big guy is lined up with the kids for a free cookie, the only time the guy will get a treat because they are off the grocery list! Mike is not quite set free from goodies 01 You Keep Me Hangin’ On Enjoy the Tune by Vanilla Fudge!) These fresh chickens are now cooked in the crock pot for Mikes lunch, no more lunchmeat or processed foods!

Mike's lunch

Mike’s lunch

And every dinner includes a huge salad, fruit and veggies. Sometimes salad is the dinner, other times perhaps, I also serve salmon, or crab cakes or chicken or some other lean protein! But always a salad and at least two vegetables are served with dinner!

a yummy salad for dinner

a yummy salad for dinner

Mike does have Special K in the morning, and a 100 Calorie bagel with his chicken at lunch, but I do not indulge in those simple pleasures! And no more granola bars, and pretzels, and animal crackers and cheez-its!  Also gone are  breads, crackers, processed foods and frozen lunch meals. I have allowed myself a few Way Better Snack chips from Fresh Market a couple of times on the weekend.  These chips are  blue corn chips made with flax, chia seed, quinoa, radish seed and other good stuff. But besides that, no special treats!

a good chip if you are having a few chips and salsa

a good chip if you are having a few chips and salsa

Saturdays are my baking day for the week!  No more grocery store muffins! So baking now includes Almond flour. I’ve given up the processed white flour! I have found that Honeyville flour online is the tastiest and also priced the best. Still expensive, but bakes delicious dense muffins!

some of my ingredients for baking

some of my ingredients for baking

So, before I close, I will include another Paleo recipe that I modified to my liking. It is so yummy! You will find that baking with almond flour yields a very filling dense muffin! These are very satisfying! So, give almond flour a try! I think you will love these!

Pumpkin Raisin Muffins (18 muffins)

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1 small can pumpkin
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup almond butter (this is not butter, it’s like peanut butter only almond butter)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 tsp baking power
  • 2 rounded tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 – 1 cup raisins
  • Walnut Halves

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 F. Combine all the ingredients and mix well. Use muffin liners and line the muffin tin. Fill the liners a bit more than 3/4, almost filled, these type of muffins don’t rise as high as regular flour muffins. Add a walnuts half on the top. Bake 35 minutes or till toothpick comes out clean.

Hope you love them!

So, this week, I’ve got quite a few new things going on. I just bought a new Nikon D7000 to replace my old Nikon D70. (I can’t wait to blog about this!) I’m anxious to get out there and take pictures…the spring flowers can’t pop up fast enough! AND, it should take some awesome photos of my new jewelry ( LindaGeez jewelry) with my new macro lens! And, I have some new jewelry I’m finishing up, and new recipes to try and the list goes on!

But, the exciting news for you, my customers, is I have my customer appreciation sale going on! Check your email for your coupon codes for discounts! If you didn’t receive an email, or your address has changed,  you can email me for the coupon codes, or comment with an email address and I will email you the discount!

So, have a wonderful holiday weekend! Enjoy eating and shopping and being with your family! And when you have some quiet time, please take a peek at my shop! I’m sure you will enjoy some of my new jewelry!

And, please in support of the Human Rights Campaign listen to Cyndi Laupers song…still beautiful! Enjoy the tune! 12 True Colors

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Don’t Worry…Be Happy!

01 Don’t Worry, Be Happy Click to listen :o)

It’s been a long time since I have blogged, and actually I have good reasons. Today is different but then again not! What am I talking about! Well, I was once again driven to my keyboard because of bits of emotion. Emotion is such a driving force: it makes song writers write the best songs, artists create the best piece of art, people fall in love and children scream with delight! Sometimes, it’s sadness and that can be overwhelming.

Life is full of LIFE! Meaning, life is bursting with a full spectrum of every imaginable color! Some days are brilliant beautiful colors filled with joy and  enthusiasm – making you more than willing to get up and experience all the beauty the day can bring to you. Sometimes, well not so bright, times a bit gloomy and bringing to you days where the same eagerness, well, it’s just not present.

I’m sure most of us have times such as I am experiencing, so, I’m sure you will appreciate listening to this happy song. Lately, every generation in my family has been faced with health issues to deal with in their lives. From my less than healthy aging parents, to myself, to my children, and sadly even our little grandson Jaden was very ill. This kind of stuff is heart wrenching to deal with. Some days are just plain harder than others to deal with.

14 Just Feel Better Listen to the music

So, today I thought I’m doing a little better….exercise, get some things ready for tomorrow and just relax. The jewelry creations whirling through my head as I was exercising may not come to reality today, so, I should jot down these thoughts because as of lately, I have not been creating much jewelry. See, I have this personal rule, I don’t force myself to create unless my heart is open and I am willingly able to pour that into my creations. See, jewelry making is my hobby, I do it because I just love to. My little shop is for enjoyment for me and others! And, I love Etsy, to me it always was an escape to my own little creative world. I do as I please when I design jewelry. I don’t care about the time it takes, or if it conforms to a “popular” style.  I work on my creations until I love it, if I don’t…well, it stays on my workbench until it eventually flows perfectly! So, yes, there are a few unfinished projects waiting for the perfect finish.

When I started with Etsy, it seemed like a small community of artisans, and it was so exciting to me. Well, Etsy is growing like crazy! And especially in the jewelry category. I don’t want it to get too big and too impersonal, that would be a shame, but perhaps it already is! Things change almost daily on Etsy, and for a moonlighting artisan like me, sometimes its difficult to compete with the full time artist who has access to their customers and listings throughout the day. It certainly would be a dream come true if I could create everyday, but, it is just that, a dream!

So, what brings me to Etsy when I shop? I shop a lot on Etsy too!   To me, it’s finding that little entrepreneur, an artist who dreams up and creates a unique item, that personal connection with the artist, an enjoyable buying experience.  And, I have met some wonderful artists! And, I can’t wait to proudly display them in my home! Well, that’s my thoughts.

So if you are the type of person that loves to shop for that unique item that was handmade by someone in their little workshop, please think of a few things. Most likely that person is like me, making beautiful items to sell, because it’s a hobby and they love to do it!  I spend way more hours on my things than people would believe….why…it’s fun to send bits of me to someone! Something I created on my own, my own style, my own story….with hopes of sending package full of peace, love and smiles!

So tomorrow, I will start off fresh.  I hope to find some solace in the beautiful Botanical Gardens, and be free and enjoy nature!  Yes nature is always healing, isn’t it.

Please visit my little shop and browse around, and know that everything is made by ME with love!

Peace and Love….LindaGeez and LindaGeezToo

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