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It’s bitter cold but thankful for company on my three daily walks!Home sweet home on 45 acresJustFurKids CarolA new Spark friend just crossed a milestone:148,250 fitness minutes! WOW!
😲I better get moving! Was thinking this morning, what would happen if I exercised for at least as many minutes every day as I spend on social media, or playing candy crush? 🏃♀️Just unsubscribed to the Betty Crocker daily emails. They’re just too darn tempting! I’d rather see low carb recipes!
Like Buttoni Breakfast Sticks! Search for that led me to a really cool way to collect recipes and have them easily accessible on laptop or phone! It’s called Copy Me That.
Ok back to vacuuming ever-present dog hair.Info for Inquiring Minds:
Mini muffins are one third the size of regular muffins, which means that a big muffin recipe that yields 12 large muffins will produce 36 mini muffins. Good to know while counting calories or carbs.
btw I love my new silicone muffin "tins" but one must using a baking sheet underneath. No paper cups required!Photo is Parker posted for a friend. My new journey toward a healthier lifestyle has SPARKed new interest in cooking! Husband is delighted. Next recipe to try: EggRoll in A Bowl Reflecting on a fellow SPARK member wishing us all “health & mobility”
Reminds me of my 82 year old momma’s recent struggles with mobility. Went to visit her in Fl had to get her a walker! But I turned her on to meditation & Chair Yoga and we both went on diets. Now the walker is gathering dust in the garage & she’s doing great! Go Mom!New Recipe (KETO Egg Roll In A Bowl) tuned out well. Might do larger shredded cabbage next time & add some water chestnuts & shedded carrot. Husband had 3rd helping so I guess that means it’s a keeperPosted a photoMy first Keto Bread! (1 g netCarb per slice)
And Bacon Wrapped Breakfast Muffins With Tri-color Peppers, Onions, Jalapenos & Cheese mmmmI had forgotten it’s Fat Tuesday! Happy Madris Gras fellow SPARKlers!Happy Valentines Day fellow SPARKlers! Wishing lots of love to each and every one of you! ❤️ Please join me in efforts to resist the chocolate (ever present in my house as husband is an avid fan.) No thanks honey! Anyway LOVE TO ALL!Wheatgrass anyone? Got 40 acres here. Do any of my fellow SPARKlers drink wheatgrass juice? I may try some!Early Morning Drama! Maverick ripped his eyelid open. Snagged on the end hook of a garden fence. Ugggh so off to the vets we went. They’ll stitch him up and release after lunch. 10 am & I’m already exhausted but blood cleaned from car & floors. Now to feed the 5 hungry dogs & selfMaverick - swollen and shaved and sporting a T shaped set of stitches. Poor sweet puppy!Day 3 Of cold rain & expected to continue until Friday. One can only do so much house cleaning! The Kitchen Wolves & I want to play outside! But one bright spot: the Forsythia & Daffodils are bloomingYep it’s STILL RAINING! Warming up with some Low Carb Buffalo Chicken SoupJoin me! Get motivated to grow your own vegetables this year! Lettuces, Cabbage, Broccoli, Spinach are all cool season crops. Starting them inside now or look for commercial plants in your garden center. Good advice here:
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rops/Today is my FAVORITE DAY of the year! Happy March 4th Everyone! Great day for movers & shakers & fellow SPARKlers!Morning Black & Blue Berry Smoothie plus Spinach/Asparagus disks & SuperFood powder ... Ready for Anything now!Cheesy Breakfast Beef Fajita Muffins one of those little of this and a little of that creations! Delicious! Wanted to put husband in a good mood before he sees the tractor that’s still stuck in mudGood Morning SPARKlers! Happy Friday!Moving seedlings out into the garden today! Yay! Celebrated with a yummy low carb quesadilla for lunch....4 g netCarbs, as opposed to husband’s had 37 g!3-9-18 First garden beds are in for 2018 Seedlings Of Broccoli, Green & Red Cabbage, Spinach & Romaine Another gorgeous spring day! Thought I’d share a little trick I’m trying: Starting a new bunch of green leaf or romaine lettuce from a store bought bunch. So far so good. This is day 3 for my experiment.Good morning Beautiful Spark Friends!Cheesy #KETO Jalapeño Meatloaf was a big hit for dinner. Chance of frost tonight...scrambling to protect my early seedlings!New Neighbors Moo-ving In! Just love seeing the little ones frolic like puppies. Nope don't want to think about where they go when they "move out." Another freeze warning issued for tonight...tho the weeds seem to think it’s springYay! After searching in all the likely places, finally found the Epsom Salts so I can whip up a batch of Homemade “Miracle Grow”!Still stuck at -30 lbs but I know I just have to be patient& keep moving. More workouts on the #TotalGym But honestly wearing myself out everyday w/spring garden chores! No excuses Carol! Get moving!is amused everytime I see one of those big exercise balls. I had one for about 2 minutes. That's how long it took the Kitchen Wolves to eliminate the threat & pop it!Just made Spinach Quiche with corned beef, mushrooms and banana peppers. Had so much extra stuff I ended up with one regular size and 12 muffin size quiches!Wishing all my fellow SPARKlers a HAPPY SPRING! especially all my #gardening friends #TeamGardening #TeamOrganicGardenersHere's the recipe: https://alldayidreamaboutfood.com/ch
e-low-carb-and-gluten-free/ As if this morning, I’m down 32 lbs! Happy Dance! 💃 My scale has awakened from its catatonic state! Broke thru a 2 week long plateau, despite making & eating low carbish choc peanut butter donuts yesterday! Love to all SPARKlers!Spinach Quiche (banana peppers, mushrooms & corned beef nestled inside) with half a plum tomato. Can't wait till we're picking our own veggies from the garden. Today's task: Divide & Transplant awakening overcrowded Hostas.WooHoo! Down 33lbs! Half way to goal ... doing my Happy Dance with the Kitchen Wolves!Feeling JOYFUL - down another 1.8 lbs yesterday! worked out harder than usual, finished my 90 ounces of water before dinner so skipped it & drank a cup of green tea before bed. WOW2 days later than last year our hummingbirds are back! For video http://facebook.com/JustFurKidsWooHoo! Two days later than last year but the hummingbirds have returned! So far just the first scout but soon there will be 40 or 50. #hummingbirdsHoppy Easter Everyone!When packing for an extended trip, does it help if you never unpacked from the last trip? I feel like it’s just making it more complicated....and now that I’ve lost 35 lbs, how much of this stuff fits? I suspect a FL shopping trip is in my near future! Happy Easter SPARKlers!Visiting 81 yr old momma in FL but wanted to share pics I took before I left. Growing potatoes in pots from potato peels. Just keep adding potting mix to keep just the tips of green leaves showing. #gardeningGood morning SPARKlers! It’s a beautiful day! Be kind to yourself and everyone around you!Missing my morning walks with the Kitchen Wolves while on vacation, but the beach is a really nice place for morning walks too.The Florida wedding was a huge success and thou I admit to a touch of familial bias, I think my niece was the most beautiful bride ever! Back home to TN - the DH, the Kitchen Wolves and the garden on Thursday.Last morning walk on the beach before heading home to TN, the DH & the Kitchen Wolves.Down 37 pounds since mid Jan, despite 11 days of drinking & celebrating with carby food during my 11 day trip to FL. Happy Dance with hungry hummingbirds (currently 5 but we’ll have 40 or 50 soon)Happy Weekend Eve! Hope all y’all are enjoying a good breakfast!Looks like I’m not the only one around here enjoying a few moments of sunshine on the back patio!awesome mega salad for dinner -from garden: spinach, romaine, kaleadded shrooms, sun dried & fresh tomato, carrot, broccoli slaw, artichoke heart, cucumber, raisin, apple, egg, walnut,roast beef, feta & cheddarEarly Iris (the first of many) and Azalea are two things making me HAPPY today... and the subtle tinkling of wind chimes & the 3 new raised garden beds DH and I are putting togetherDown 39.2 WooHoo!
Sausage patty, cream cheese & salsa for breakfast :-) worked HARD yesterday building & painting 3 new raised garden bedsI’m putting together pot roast dinner in the crock pot. Hey look! I’ve got Kitchen Help!HARDEMAN COUNTY TN Democratic Primary today! Find out when you’re next election is and make sure and VOTE! Voice Your Opinion Every Time You Have The Opportunity!!!Weight wise I''m plateaued. Down 41.4 since mid-Jan...but I''m ok with that for a few days. Exercise? Getting lots of steps in, the usual 3 daily walks with Kitchen Wolves & HOURS of gardening minutes!
No sooner than I announce to Spark world that I’m happy with a few days plateau... I step on the scale and look what happens! HELLO ONEdurland! Heart-felt Happy Dance 💃 #KETO Rocks!Happy STAR WARS DAY Sparklers!
May the 4th be with you!I use an app called WaterLogged. Love it! Customized with pic of my favorite 20 oz glass. So easy to get my 90 ounces each day!Happy Monday fellow SPARKlers!YUMMY Power bowl at Taco Bell - $5.19
grilled chicken or steak
Fresh Pico de Gallo
For #KETO Hold the seasoned black beans & seasoned riceYUMMY Power bowl at Taco Bell - $5.19 grilled steak, Guacamole, Sour Cream, Fresh Pico de Gallo! For #KETO Hold the black beans & seasoned riceDennis suprized me and made ANOTHER new garden bed! 😍
Got up this morning-watered existing beds and painted the new one! So productive so early- very empowering!Rocky - the Garden Supervisor We have. Big day planned • filling the last of the 4 new raised beds so I can plant Swiss Chard,more peppers,more tomatoes...can taste the homemade sauce & salsa already!The Daily Challenge in another group was drinking a glass of water every hour so I think I actually drank too much water today! Lots of gardening in the sun tho so maybe I needed it. 3 of my 6 gardening buddies handing out in the shade.HAPPY NATIONAL CHOCOLATE CHIP DAY! What a great excuse to do something yummy with that bag of Lilly’s Sugar Free Chocolate Chips I’ve got in the pantry!Love Love Love these 3 minute Keto "Red Lobster" mug biscuits! And they turned out great in my new silicone mini molds! Will make awesome substitute for bread! Yay Sandwiches May be back on the menu!All that lush green Winter Wheat gets me thru the bleak winter when everything else is sleeping and brown. Our farmers began harvesting yesterday. See you again in the fall beloved winter wheat!Polished off the last of the #KETO Crustless Spinach Quiche Muffins so I’ll be making a new recipe this time: Cheesy Garden Greens & Pepperoni Frittata Muffins to freeze... maybe add onion and salsaMade Cheesy Garden Green Pepperoni Frittata Muffins (#mealprep #KETO #LowCarb) yummyHarvesting & eating ALL the BROCCOLI. It’s just too darn hot and the heads are starting to Flower.... but it’s so yummy! Will freeze the stems for soup and make crunchy chips out of leaves tomorrow Harvesting & eating ALL the BROCCOLI. It’s just too darn hot and the heads are starting to Flower.... but it’s so yummy! Will freeze the stems for soup and make crunchy chips out of leaves tomorrowTime for another reminder to keep those hummingbirds happy! Keep the feeders and anti ant moats full. :-) Go outside for a little ecotherapy!Made absolutely irresistibly delicious homemade Hummus 8 g netCarbs ... then found out you can make a Keto version with cauliflower in place of chickpeas. Live and Learn.Cut back on foods high in Solid Fats
Added Sugars —— also known as SoFAS
Love that acronym!Good morning SPARKlers! Got a nice reward for watering the garden this morning. :-) Ahhh the exquisite joy of finding the first tomatoes!Yep the HUMMINGHOGS are back & drinking a gallon of nectar a day. In other news I made Lemon Delights (yum! See blog for recipe) & I have poison ivy!Yep the HUMMINGHOGS are back & drinking a gallon of nectar a day. In other news I made Lemon Delights (yum! See blog for recipe) & I have poison ivy!Yep the HummingHogs are back & drinking a gallon of nectar a day.And you thought YOU were hydrating! #H2WHOAHappy Thursday SPARKlers! today must be Yellow Flower Day....greeted this morning by the first DayLilly flower (Stella D’Oro) & the first flower on our Cucumbers. Thanks to the Kitchen Wolves for pointing out these beauties:-)Scale was good to me this morning- Big Milestone: Hit 50 lbs down since mid-January......WooHoo!Bella says, “Come on Mom! Put down that stupid phone! Let’s WALK!”Husband back from 11 day business trip. His first words to me: “WOW, YOU LOOK GREAT!” What a guy!Eagle eye husband just spotted the first adorable lil baby squash! #gardeningDid you know US Nutritional Guidelines Are NOT Based on Strong, Scientific Evidence? The Food Pyramid, & the Newer MyPlate icon, do not give us correct advice about how best to eat to prevent OBESITY, DIABETES, HEART DISEASE, or ALZHEIMERS. For a Healthier America We Need US Dietary Guidelines Based on Sound Scientific Evidence. Sign The Petition to support real food that will restore good health to America. Nutrition-Coalition.orgFirst zucchini & first cherry tomatoes among
garden harvest this morning. Life Began In A Garden :-)Remember those Potato Peels I planted in pots back in March? I unearthed one pot-full and VIOLA- I now have one normal size & a bunch of “new potatoes”! Five more pots still growing. #BeforeAndAfter #gardening magic! Too bad I no longer eat potatoes but DH will enjoy them.“I believe, every day, you should have at least one exquisite moment. “ - Audrey Hepburn
“Life is a party. Dress for it.” - Audrey HepburnThe quest for good recipes to use garden CUCUMBERS continues. Harvesting two a day. Thankfully the TOMATOES are now pitching in! Made a nice cucumber, onion & tomato salad for lunch... added a little left over spicy cucumber soup, dill and ACV in the dressing. DELICIOUS!Honored to have her photo of Maxi heading into the surf chosen as the Cover Photo for Team Dog Motivators! Mowing and harvesting from the garden before the storm hits. Froze a triple batch of Spicy Cucumber Avocado Soup earlier today & will throw together a mega salad for dinner.Happy Independence Day SPARKlers! Much Love to each and everyone of you! Today DH and I celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. Beach wedding of course!I’ve been Sugar Free since mid January 2018.
Down 54.4 lbs and feeling great eating Low Carb, Healthy Fat, Moderate Protein. #KETO Rocks!Good morning!
GREAT morning actually. They're installing our fiber optic internet line today! Wooohooo!It’s SAUCE & SALSA DAY!Good morning SPARKlers! Have a BEAUTIFUL Day! :-)Corny joke of the day:
M speaking to 007 M: "for your next assignment, I'm sending you to a very posh party."
007: "what are my orders?"
M: "Mingle. Meet people. Make friends. Bond,James. Bond"Just made another batch of 44 meatballs
(2 lbs ground beef
1 lb chub of hot sausage
1/2 cup ground pork rinds as sub for breadcrumbs
3 T Garlic Powder) #mealprep #FREEZE4lat8r
Should be yummy!LUNCH: Taco Bowl with Tomato & Swiss Chard & fresh salsa from the garden!Half the Kitchen Wolves “plum worn out” after our morning walk. Of course I’m not even finished posting this before they’re up and barking at some unseen threat. Silly fur babies!Voting: The Best Kind Of HabitNew batch of Crustless Quiche muffins with spinach, ham & (from our garden) onion, peppers, sun dried tomato. Should be the best batch ever!
Also for dinner I shredded a couple garden cabbages for sausage egg roll and in a bowl 😎
Need to do something with the mountains of tomato & cucumbers- ugh more in fridge!Fresh from the garden Marinara atop Zucchini Noodles. Yum! My “pasta loving” husband has gone back for FOUR HELPINGS! I’d say it’s a hit!Have I broken my latest stall? Only time will tell. The scale could creep back up but I’m working hard & it shows. 60.4 lbs down in 7 months! Doing a happy dance here! Zero calorie celebrations only :-)My newest goal? Do something everyday that brings me joy! Life has a way of just slipping by. I’m starting a collection of joyful moments.So pretty and so delicious!
Gazpacho and Spicy Cucumber Avocado Soup
Freezing both soups seperately to use the mountains of fresh produce from the garden. #MealPrepDH brought me home a couple awesome gifts from the Huntsville HamFest:
A $99 Dell win7 laptop (Current one is on last legs) and a GARGANTUAN 34 Oz bottle of Vanilla... Guess I better get to baking!
😎Good morning Sparklers! Don’t forget to find the joyful moments in each & every day! (I’ve obviously had my coffee already. There’s a joyful moment right there!)New furniture arriving today! Cleaning & Organizing ahead of this JOYful event 😎Watermelon is the star of the show in terms of this morning's harvest. Also picked cabbage, green beans, bell & banana peppers,tomato & cucumber. (Up till all hours last night freezing 4 batches of my very yummy Spicy Cucumber Avocado Soup. I swear the upright freezer is half full of the stuff! The cukes just keep comin’! #GardeningDelighted with the new family room furniture! Playing with panoramic pics but SPARK doesn’t like wide photos. Wanted Mick in the dog bed to show upIt’s a Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood! Won’t you be my neighbor?
Pittsburgh- I had a friend whose parents lived right next to Fred Rogers. Met him once & he said, “Hello neighbor. it’s a beautiful day!” Honest to GodZucchini Mini Muffins! Yay! Two watermelons picked so far! Was really hoping the yellow flesh variety would reward us and YES ... it’s so sweet! Thank you Mother Nature!Mom arrives from Florida tomorrow! Yay! But it’s so WINDY OUT, I think Tropical Storm Gordon is gonna beat her here! (So excited 2 spend 3 weeks with my momma & a road trip planned 2 visit more familyNormally it’s about 111 ounces of water daily. I drink a big 24 oz glass overnight then have three 15 oz cups of coffee in the morning. The rest is easy! Check out the WATERLOGGED app to track as you go. #h2whoaHome Grown Hot Banana Peppers!RIAD TRIP: Off with my Momma to Huntsville to visit sister, brother-in-law, niece & her 2 toddlers, nephew & new fiancé! Have Keto Ice Cream will travel.Good morning! I have a lap full of kittens! ROAD TRIP UPDATEROAD TRIP with 82 yr old Momma to Huntsville to see older sister, brother-in-law, niece& her 2 toddlers. Woke to a lap full of kittens & a SURPRISE: Lil Sister flew in from FL! Best Road Trip Ever!Home again after an awesome family get together in Huntsville, topped off by seeing my brother-in-law minister to his flock at the Biker Church! Rough looking congregation but they were all sweethearts in leathers.Sugar Free Homemade Marshmallows for a couple new Keto Ice Cream Recipes: Rocky Road & Bubble Gum Bliss on the horizon (That’s Riley & No - no marshmallows or ice cream for the 6 Kitchen Wolves!)Do y’all have your fall vegetable garden in? It feels late but today I’m tucking in seedlings under the still prolific tomato & cucumber plants. (Cabbage, Cauliflower, Collards, Broccoli, Kale, spinach) Also some carrot, onion, mixed leaf lettuce, and beet seeds if I can find some room.Dodged the rain drops to do some harvesting from the garden. Another Yellow Watermelon & Cayenne & some Tomatoes. Fall plants & seeds STILL unplanted due to 3 days non-stop precipitation! Sigh :-|“Hey! Aren’t Y’all Supposed To Be Working Dogs?”
Thanks to FB for this photo: A 9 year old memory of the Kitchen Wolves in a lazy moment. Left to Right: Hobo who went on to Training & Placement by the Guide Dog Foundation...Buckmeister whom we sadly lost to cancer.. and our beloved Rocky on the right, nearly blind now but still happy and going strong.Have to keep moving, despite the Super Ouchies, to get all those seeds in for the Fall Garden! Beef Bone Broth and 1/2 cup sauerkraut for dinner last night.... and Today I Broke a Stubborn Plateau!!!! WooHoo 65.6 lbs down since mid Jan!Taking control of my eating habits is so empowering! Love to all my fellow SPARKlers! 💕Today’s Harvest but I really didn’t check the beans... must do that tomorrow.WoooHooo • Happy Dance💃
New Goal 159
Original Goal 175
CW 174.8Hit my ORIGINAL GOAL today! WooHooo!!!
Started Jan 12, 2018 at 242
New Goal 159Not sure I really believe this yet. Apparently at 5’7” and 174 lbs I am now “normal” despite my wild quirky nature. However I’ll take any excuse for a Happy Dance, right? #Keto Rocks!Well bummer! I didn’t win the $One Billion Powerball but neither did anyone else so it looks like Tuesday’s jackpot will be at least 1.6 Billion. Wow. I am not usually a player but I’m in! Who’s with me?Well shoot! I’m not a megamillions billionaire but I did catch a Beautiful Sunrise on this morning’s walk with the Kitchen Wolves:-)Pumpkin Carving aka FOOD ARTis heartboken at the senseless violence & pain just sickens me. All my Love & Support to all my old friends & strangers too in Squirrel Hill.after today's horrific shooting incident.The Kitchen Wolves say HAPPY HALLOWEEN SPARKLERS!Kimchi & sauerkraut for lunch with #Keto ice cream for dessert! Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk with a little Kept In The Dark Chocolate on top...YUM :-)Today exercise your right to VOTE if you have not already voted early. Love to all.Two weeks till THANKSGIVING but started my Christmas shopping this morning with an order of two more Jumbo Dog Beds.Loving my first ever homemade sauerkraut! Threw salted cabbage, a carrot, banana pepper strips together last Saturday & let ferment. It’s the BEST I’ve ever eaten!I may need to go verify this in person. Snow expected tomorrow here in TennesseeTHE PRE-THANKSGIVING TALKUnpacked our Nativity scene yesterday. In keeping with current political climate, I removed all the Jews, Arabs, and foreigners. Ended up with a jackass and a handful of sheep. Let’s all celebrate diversity joyously!LOL 😝 Keto mini muffin Pumpkin Cheesecakes!
HAPPY THANKSGIVING SPARKlers!Health & Happiness & Love & Family!
Happy Thanksgiving!Turkey Stuffed with carrots, celery,garden peppers.Being cooked separately ALL #KETO stuffing,garden green beans & cauliflower faux potatoes & biscuits. Too much! Exhausted at 10 amToo funny! Not true in my case. Thankfully I stayed strong through the feast day! #KETOFresh picked greens from my garden (safe romaine, mixed lettuces, spinach, kale, collard), homemade sauerkraut, carrot, cucumber, apple, 3 cheeses, chunked turkey in our mega salad with #Keto Pecan Tassies for dessert!How many days in a row can you eat pie for breakfast before it becomes a habit?
Asking for a friend. :-)Bella and I did 6 times around the shop with me on the bike. She gets the prize for the better workout since she carried a gargantuan stick the whole time!Made Homemade Turkey Soup, converted laptop OS to Ubuntu Linux and put the tree up... whew ...I need a nap The Kitchen Wolves Are Supervising The Soybean Harvest Today. It invokes a lot of running & barking. LOL Great exercise for our 2 oldest fur babies, Riley & Mick.Good morning SPARKlers!Well.... Stay Strong & Keep SPARK’n! #TeamSugarFreeCake #SteviaCouldn’t resist this one!Grow Your Own WINTER SALAD! Since this time last year: 3 E. coli outbreaks involving romaine lettuce 350 confirmed cases Seven deaths 31 kidney failures 162 hospitalizations linked to romaineDog Park Etiquette?Planted 3 mixed lettuce seeds per cell. It appears that the Oak leaf lettuce is winning the battle for nutrients. Wanted to post a pic before I start harvesting oldest leaves from the bottom up.My one wish1st Gift Opened!
UPS just delivered a HUGE Cooler of Omaha Steak selections from my sister & niece in Alabama.
Neither of us have had these before. Really looking forward to it tho! (Fritters, potatoes & tartlets strictly for the husband but I'm sure I'll make up for it with meat consumption)! :-)Good Morning SPARKlers!This winterâ€™s first indoor tomato and my first post to Sparkâ€™s PEP App :-)Have y’all tried SPARKpeople’s new PEP App? Posts shared simultaneously with Spark and you can choose to post to FB automatically as well.Can’t co@plain about the weather with temps in the 50s most days! Tho we are supposed to get colder overnights for a few days, so I’ll harvest some salad greens from the winter bed & cover it back up. :-)I love it when Candy Canes are in mint condition.I made a Ginger Bread House for Christmas! Let me know if you want the recipe.Yes I Know I Got Hair On The Sofa...
It’s Called “Fur”-ni-ture isn’t it?You betcha I do crunches! :-)yes!Merry Christmas SPARKlers! May your holiday be filled with joyful moments & family snuggles!A little Holiday HumorPerhaps this is the reason I rarely waste any emotional energy on WORRY. No worries here!Made a mega salad with a variety of greens from my winter garden bed & the very last of the summer tomatoes. (I do have some tomato plants inside under lights but if I’m going to keep up my 4 salad meals a week I guess I’ll have to start bring them home from the grocery.)Ordered Early Garden Seeds! WoooHooo! This year’s order includes a number of things I’ve not grown before, including Napa Cabbage (pictured) Bok Chou & Tomatillo.... Can’t Wait :-)I remember 2018 just like it was yesterday!Congratulations to my fellow inhabitants of our beautiful planet Earth. Happy New YearPoor Riley is having trouble maneuvering his back legs to walk & has been dragging one foot resulting in bloody toes so ....
The very adorable solution...Good morning SPARKlers! I ask you: What’s Wrong With This Picture?SugarFree GlutenFree
KETO Chocolate Chip Cookies
Tasty! I’ll try to post the recipe in a blog post later from laptop.A Facebook memory from 2011. No Snow now but NOTE we had 14 Kitchen Wolves then (at the height of my involvement with rescue tho I believe our max was 17 at one point.)I needed a laugh! Spent the morning trying on bathing suits ahead of my upcoming FL vacation. That was all the renewed inspiration I needed!is trying on bathing suits ahead of my FL vacation next week...Great for renewed #MOTIVATIONGood morning SPARKlers! Stay Warm!Excuse me... Have you seen Mary?Yesterday (I believe) was the one year anniversary of my new healthy lifestyle! Stalled at 69 lbs down but that’s okay. Feeling GREAT about all the healthy changes that have become healthy habits. To my SPARK friends: Thanks for all the love & support! On to Day 366 & beyond! :-)Tracking Our MacrosLeaven’ on a jet plane... singing as I pack for tomorrow’s trip. 18 days with beloved family & friends on Gulf Coast Of Florida. Nasty weather for traveling & stressful unknowns relating to gov shut down cant damper my mood-sooooo EXCITED! WooHoo!It’s SNOWING& likely to be icy by morning. Great time to leave for the B.E.A.C.H.Made it to my beloved Sunshine State! Greeted enthusiastically at the airport by my Momma & my best friend Tracey. Brunch at Pier 22 Marina (Salmon Cream Cheese Omelette & Tuscan vegetables) and home to nap to the football games. Ahhh this BeachBabe says “its great to be back, Florida!”WTF finally defined! “WELL THAT’S FANTASTIC”Only a month late, Mom’s Christmas Gift has arrived & she loves them. :-)Mom & I will be enjoying an evening at the theatre tonight. “Straight White Men” at the Florida Studio Theatre —As an ex actress, (Equity/SAG/AFTRA member) this is my wheelhouse... really miss it living out in the TN sticks.Love: Getting a whole bunch from Florida family & friends but missing all the loving energy #from the Kitchen Wolves big time! Unseasonably chilly here but still hoping to get in a long walk on the beach today. Keep moving!Good morning world! Except...Got locked outside my sisters house with my coffee and my phone. Let’s hope the gathered family won’t be sleeping in! Have a beautiful Monday everyone! And Happy Birthday to my little sister. The baby of the family is now 55... how did this happen? Loved seeing her this weekend. :-)Beach Day with a shark!! Spent 4 hrs at Turtle Beach with my BFF yesterday & our beach neighbor caught a baby hammerhead. Released it and swam away. I fly back to TN tomorrow but today I’m appreciating being able to walk outside sans jacket & shoes.CLOSE UP; 18 inch baby Hammerhead Shark caught (& released unharmed) by a man fishing next to me on a Sarasota FL beach. So if you’ve ever wondered what that was brushing against your leg while wading into the surf... :-)Daily Motivation To Exercise (Bring it Zombies. I’m ready!)Oh deer is it nearly Valentines Day again? (:-) Check Out those antlers.)Typical Spring-ish day in TN. Will be putting the row cover on the garden bed (winter greens) by nightfall. But first pick a salad! Yummy!HAPPY VALENTINE’S Week #KETO mini cheesecakes. I keep them in the freezer for anytime a sugar free sweet will hit the spot. My Sweetie isn’t doing Keto with me but (of course) eats the majority of them anyway.Made my husband some Heart shaped #Keto Buckeyes for valentine's. Between that and the mini cheesecakes, he should be set for treats for quite a while! Recipe is posted in today’s blog.Love yourself and become your own BFF. Have a happy healthy productive weekend SPARKlers!Picking up a book... SWIPING LEFT! :-)Happy President’s Day!LUDO CLUB my newest online passion. Just like the old board game Parcheesi While I don’t recall especially liking the game, playing online is BIG FUN! :-). Come play with me!Keep laughing for perpetual youthfulness! Love this! :-)Yes it’s been raining for days! Rather than posting a pic of Noah on the ark proclaiming this is Tennessee, let’s all remember to find the joy in every situation!Crock pot creation: Buffalo Chicken Stew over Wonder NoodlesLIES MY DOCTOR TOLD ME :-) I may go see Dr Ken Berry give a talk on #Keto today. Could be worth braving the INCESSANT rain, tho I’ve seen all his videos so... we’ll see.Wicked wind today but the sun is FINALLY shining! I’ll take it! Watching ROMA on Netflix, favored to win Best Picture at Oscars tonight.Love this :-) If you were needing a sign- here it is!Where is the Early Spring Punxsutawney Phil promised us?Wow! Lucky Charms Flavored Beer? Who gave this idea the green light??? Just incredible...a big NO!Had AWESOME laser treatment with periodontist yesterday so a good time for an extended fast! Back to working out today! Wake up you lazy Kitchen Wolves, Momma’s got her groove on! Let’s do this!March 1 (Unofficial start to spring in my mind) Time to get CREATIVE with daily activities ! New garden plan, new workouts, new inspirations! And yes:Spring Cleaning!Posted a photoSix Glasses of Water by Six a.m. #h2whoa Woot Woot!Good morning SPARKlers!Love & Prayers for all those suffering after the devastation of yesterday’s deadly tornados. And Love to all the First Responders.Posted an Easy Very Delicious
Blog recipe for Black Bean Flourless Brownies #KETO #SugarFreeHappy Fat Tuesday..... Love MardiGras!Oh the things that make me happy! Rec’d gift of 2 big bags of wool at last night’s Master Gardening meeting. Will make a great addition to garden beds: organic nutrients & will drastically reduce need for hand watering! :-)All the birds are using their SPRING, outside voices this morning and I get to uncover my winter greens garden bed for at least the next week!My Kitchen Help wanting me to stop & give belly rubs. Freely given to such an adorable member of the family of course! Happy Friday Sparklers!Thankfully OK HERE! A week after tornadoes killed 23 people in Alabama, two twisters touched down in parts of Arkansas and Louisana Saturday, as severe weather continues to sweep across the country. Here? Lots of rain & lost the outside garden WiFi router due to lightning strike. And Yay it under warranty!If April Showers bring May Flowers, what do May Flowers bring? PILGRIMS! supposed to go to a Master Gardening workshop on spring pruning but if this rain doesn’t quit, that’s not happening! Bella wants to go back to bed. Have a fabulous day!Good morning Sparklers! Gonna be another beautiful day here in SW Tennessee.Pruning the pitiful old peach tree and starting to harden off my seedlings. What are y’all up to today?Good morning beautiful SPARKlers! What a wonderful world!Joke of the Week :-) Have a Beautiful Day Sparklers!We’re Under Tornado Watch Till Noon. :-/. Fortunately for Dorothy, each tornado season brought a veritable windfall of shiny new footwear.My Magnolia (variety called Jane) is showing off with its lovely purple-pink flowers. It will bloom over & over thru fall. Planting Trees later today with my Master Gardener group for a new local Arboretum!HAPPY ST PATRICK’S DAY.
May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again...Happy St Patrick’s Day!Vet Kisses- This is an old photo I shared on FB 10 years ago & it was old then. MePesky Miss Maxine’s first (11 wks) vet visit. We loved Dr Walsh who always made a puppy’s 1st vet visit fun! No shots or anything scary :-)Hardening off some of my seedlings for the next few days. They''ll come in at night. Wind & natural sunlight will make them stronger for planting out When it’s warm enuf - hoping Saturday!
Too rainy & overcast last night to see the #SuperMoon but finally got my moon pics this morning! Only one cooperative Kitchen Wolf volunteered to model. Thank you Maverick!Riley says, “Good morning! Happy Friday!”Enjoying being back in the garden after a rest day yesterday. Gentle spring rain is fine with me but my K9 helpers have disappeared. I keep telling the big brave Kitchen Wolves, “You wont melt!”Check Your AVOs... Avocado Recall http://apne.ws/Z7jhTPKEating wayward asparagus - a reward for planting Bok Choy & thinning out the strawberry bed. (It’s supposed to be growing INSIDE the raised bed!) Just a few stalks so far - will make a nice addition to today’s salad! Also to be added: my 1st PURPLE Carrot. :-)Good Morning beloved fools! BEST APRIL FOOLS JOKES: https://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/best-
april-fools-day-2019-jokes/Good Morning SparkPeeps!Adding 7 Minute workout to my morning routine. Yoga and Qi Jong is just not challenging enough. #HIIT High Intensity Interval Training. The app is free... might try some of them on YouTube as well.Grateful that our water is back on, broken pipe is fixed, handy dandy husband is so talented! Doing without running water for 11 hours makes me appreciate those modern conveniences like flushing!The beginnings of today's salad... adding garden asparagus, purple carrots,my indoor Tomatoes & homemade sauerkraut. Plus the usual: apple, a handful of raisins, chunks of 3 cheeses & some lunch meat. MmmmGood Morning SPARKlers! Third straight day of rain here but the temperatures are awesome. Silver Lining :-)WooHoo ... just booked flights for a week in Florida to surprise my momma for Mother’s Day! Happy Dance! :-)Good morning to my Beautiful Spark Family :-)Been working my fingers to the bone in the garden and still so much more to plant! Feeling pressure to get it all done. They’re Back! A full two weeks later than last year, I just saw the first scout Ruby Throated Hummingbird. Quickly hung a couple feeders. This brings me the joy I needed today. 🙂 Taxes always make me grumpy!Azaleas & snowball bush getting another good soaking today. Also blooming: lilac, dogwood, magnolia, prime, Iris, phlox etc. We’re in the marginally severe weather area today so I brought anything not already planted back in under the lights& tied down loose objects.Just devastating about Cathedral de Notre Dame. Our Lady Of Paris will rise again from the ashes but so sad to see the National Treasure Down and all its irreplaceable artifacts gone.Good morning Beautiful Sparklers! Painted 1st new long bed & vacuumed & did some Qi Jong Meditation so far... lots on the TO DO LIST😎Pictured: the winter bed still providing yummy fresh picked salads! Finally got the Cauliflower in the ground; Space for them after harvesting huge cabbage heads planted last fall. Dragging 3 huge brush piles out of the grass onto the driveway- 3000 steps and 9 glasses of water already.Love this! Happy Easter Weekend Sparklers!Rainy Day View as I chop homegrown cabbages for fermenting some Sauerkraut :-)Just booked a trip Mon- Fri next week to Atlanta to hang out with my Aunt while my Uncle Dan has heart surgery. Prayer Warriors I’d really appreciate it if you could do your thing. Prayers & Healing Vibes sent on his behalf are so powerful. Thank you! Hugs to my SparkFamily!Happy Easter Weekend to all my SPARK friends! You’re like family to me. Blessings to you and yours. Let’s go easy on the Easter Candy shall we? :-) Stay Strong & Keep SPARK’n!Another Easter smile for my SPARKpeeps!Happy Day Spark Family! Leaving tomorrow to join my Aunt in a hotel while my Uncle Dan has heart surgery. (Prayers welcomed)
Text from Aunt 2day: “Happy Easter! He is risen! PS Bring a corkscrew.“Posted a photoFirst let me say Thank you all for your sweet comments & wonderful prayers on behalf of my favorite Uncle, Dan’s surgery. I’m back from Atlanta where I went for moral support. Turns out the procedure was first postponed & then cancelled all together! See Today’s blog. More experimental one set for June.Established garden beds and the 4 new ones! Now to get it all planted before my week in Florida to surprise Mom for Mother’s Day! It’s a Labor of Love!Happy Star Wars Day and Derby Day! “May the Forth Be With You!” Garden loves these humid overcast days. Potting up all my extra seedlings for the upcoming Master Gardener Plant Swap. cukes, strawberries, butternut, spaghetti squash, Iris, Honeysuckle, monkey grass etcGood morning SPARKlers! Happy Cinco De Mayo!Breakfast from the garden this morning. Caught some pesky Jays feasting on my Everbearing strawberries so I decided to beat them to it! Hopefully many more coming in the June bearing patch.Good morning Beautiful SPARKfamily. Back from my visit to FL to surprise Momma for Mother’s Day. Wish I could show you the video. Had a wonderful time but it’s great to be back home with DH & the Kitchen Wolves. :-)Good morning SPARKlers! Harvesting SwissChard, Bok Choy, Strawberries & Purple Carrots. Watering & then maybe use some of this in a new batch of homemade sauerkraut. Get those hands dirty & have a great day! (Did you know playing in soil is good for your microbiome?)SPIDER ID: Brown Recluse? Don’t think he bit me but still...Life Lessons from me to you. :-)
Whatever works!Another HUGE batch of Dinosaur Fodder picked fresh from the garden. Hopefully I can get around to making those double batches of quiches & sauerkraut so I can use it all. (Couldn't resist including the Spider again. RIP... No he didn’t bite me but I do have my annual case of poison ivy itchies. :-/ )Yesterday's batch of mini Crustless quiches might be the BEST EVER! Made with a ton of chard(steamed like spinach) and I discovered dicing the lovely red & yellow stalks are better than celery (adds a wonderful crunch). Swiss Chard Bright Lights is now my favorite green. Looking forward to breakfast!:-) Parker's advice today: Stop & smell the roses.Good News! The Humming Hogs are back in full force. All 4 ten-hole feeders are full with happy chirping birds. Check out my Facebook page to see new video Facebook/justfurkids Good News! The Humming Hogs are back in full force. All 4 ten-hole feeders are full with happy chirping birds. I make two and a half gallons of nectar every few days to keep those little tummies full. To see new video Facebook.com/justfurkidsIs it my imagination or is this especially pertinent on Tuesdays like today, after a holiday? Mowed a bit this morning but otherwise having trouble finding motivation to tackle the dreaded To Do List :-)This morning’s garden tour. Think I’ll have some steamed squash and broccoli for breakfast! Lately it’s been asparagus and strawberries but I’m ready for something new! Won’t be long for those tomatoes!Happy First Day Of June.. the unofficial start of summer! Can’t help but recall how OVERJOYED we were as children with the end of the school year approaching. :-)Breakfast fresh picked from the garden. :-)Solar Array (largest of 3) on our shop roof. We can go off grid or simply sell excess power to the Electric Utility... usually a combination of both. Nice to have electricity when for whatever reason, power in the neighborhood is out.Lovely Tuesday morning to you! Overcast & sprinkles great for my garden! Today's harvest so far. On the breakfast menu:
Yellow squash, garden strawberries & broccoli...maybe a salad with those tomatoes laterStrawberries! Zucchini! Cucumber! Roma Tomatoes!
Have a beautiful day. :-)First Cucumber for today’s saladThis morning's harvest. Have to go back for the Strawberries & Chinese Cabbage :-)Steamed squash for breakfast and this really lovely salad for lunch. Feeling amazingly healthy & virtuous! I love my garden!HUMMINGBIRDS (Smallest birds in the world) sure can eat! I make 2 1/2 gallons of nectar every other day. 8 cups of sugar dissolved in 3 cups boiling water. Then add to spigot fridge container of 29 cups cold water. Serve to happy hungry hummers!Ok what gives? Carb creep perhaps? So tempting to eat from my veggie garden. I lost 70 lbs on KETO in 10 months and then nothing in the last 8. :-/ but the inches are still melting away so I don’t know what to think.Bottling wine today. This was a kit received as a Christmas Gift. Supposed to bottle it and wait for 3 months but hubby and I did do a little taste test. Yummy and I indulge in wine very rarely... not even once a year. This is tasty!HAPPY DANCE First ripe heirloom tomato (grown from seed)Love this! Happy Birthday to my niece Tiffany - or Raisin (family love name)Been out in the garden this morning. (Big surprise I know.) Pulled some purple & regular carrots for the next batch of kimchi sauerkraut. But look what I achieved last night in Candy Crush! Working on level 2019 now I believe. WOOHOO!Don’t forget, on this magical journey to better health: Take every opportunity to smile. Laugh! Enjoy life!Today’s funny: Why don’t bicycles stand on their own? Two Tired! :-)My best Garden Helpers, Rocky and Bella LaBoo. We harvested yellow squash, zucchini. cucumber, tomatoes, strawberries, Swiss Chard and Chinese cabbage. Sounds like mega salad is on the menu!Wishing all my fellow SPARKlers a HAPPY SUMMER SOLSTICE! What are you doing to celebrate on this longest day of the year?Good morning SPARKlers! Rainy Humming bird feast here.Check my blog today for the recipe: TUNA BIATS WIth Spiralized Squash & Carrots. Yummy way to use a mountain of produce cluttering the kitchen!Garden during a break in the rain. This is dynamic on my FB page if you care to look around. REALLY need to mow but the bid mower that does 11 foot swaths blew a hydroelectric hose & everything’s so wet! Ah well Candy Crush Nightmarishly hard level 2105 it is!Happy Friday SPARKpeeps! Same ole same ole here. Big harvest, another mega salad & a new batch of sauerkraut in the works. Have an AWESOME WEEKEND! Love to each & every one of you! :-)Today’s funny! I’m not 60 yet but I rarely make it to 9 pm. Whatever happened to the party girl night owl I used to be?Those of you close enough for a impromptu trip to the beach... get over there! (Missing my life as a beachbabe.)Thought for the Day!My side of the house AC fan is down so Rocky decided to do garden dog duty all night where it's cooler! Smart dog! AC Repairman on the way!Time to pick Spaghetti Squash! I count 10 without moving the foliage around too much. While it’s not the biggest on the tangle of vines, the very yellow one is ready to pick. First time growing it,I’d say this crop is a success!:-)This photo is when we began referring to the furbabies (resident & Foster here) as The Kitchen WolvesGood morning SPARKlers! Happy Independence Day! It’s also my wedding anniversary. Easy day to remember, right? 21 years! Yes our marriage is now old enuf to drink! LOL. I made DH some Keto Pecan Sandies & will try zucchini lasagna a little later. Happy Safe July 4th to all. :-)Today's yummy creation
Keto Cream Cheese Cookies with monk fruit sweetener.LOL Love this!Yes... Love those bees!Morning perimeter patrol with the Kitchen Wolves. Feeling human again for the first time in 4 days. Good news though: I'm down 75 lbs! Hoping the 9 month plateau has been broken. :-)Got the second part covered! Guess I need to go shoe shopping! :-) Have a wonderful day Fellow SPARKlers!:-)Well this is an easy choice since Bananas are a no no on Keto! :-) Have a lovely weekend SPARK Friends!! Prayers for all those in the path of BARRY!Today’s funny... no (thankfully) I haven’t had a hip replacement!Good morning from Bella & the other 5 lazy Kitchen Wolves who are sleeping in , forgoing our usual sunrise pack walk.Oh I absolutely LOVE THIS! Describes me to a T :-)Prayer request for our beloved furkid, 13 year old Riley. Caring for him in his final days has taken its toll but as long as he’s got a smile on his face and not giving up neither will we. Let’s hope he’ll eat today.You think this dog might be in big trouble for eating this big gorgeous cake? Wrong! The dog is part of the cake! Just had to post this for you Holly! @Happy National
Tell A Joke Day!
When is a door not a door?
When it's ajar.Just a reminder:
ADULTS need TIME OUT CHAIRS too!Don’t know about you but I’d LOVE this for Halloween! Pretty sure the neighborhood kids wouldn’t feel that way tho LOLSecret to a LONG Intermittent Fast: Don't start cooking the stuffed peppers till 4 pm
Almost done... smells awesome!Saying goodbye to our beloved Riley today. We’re heartbrokenWooHoo! Just booked a 2 week trip to Florida over Thanksgiving! Happy Dance!This morning’s funny :-DA (nearly full) 5 gallon bucket of garden peppers. Guess it'll be stuffed peppers for dinner!As someone that tends to take advantage of every rest stop on road trips, I got a big kick out of this! :-)I’m blonde and have always loved BLONDE JOKES! How about you? A blonde calls Delta:
"How long does it take to fly from LAX to La Guardia?"
Operator: "Just a minute."
Blonde: "Thanks." And hangs upHappy Friday Fellow Sparklers! Make it an awesome day!I’m beyond upset today. Despite trying to get my whole family on board the KETO train, I’ve been largely unsuccessful. Pretty much all of them are morbidly obese. Sadly, my brother in law is having surgery to remove his right lower leg (Diabetes and a compound leg fracture from a fall a month ago.) So sad and so unnecessary.
They’re all amazed at my transformation but seem convinced they aren’t capable of giving up sugar and products made with flour. Potatoes are required eating etc...
Take a moment for yourself and enjoy this beautiful SundayGuess What Day It Is? :-) Hump Daaaaay! Love to all my fellow SPARKlers. Hang in there; The first weekend of Fall is coming. :-(Love the Dali Lama :-)Miss You Cards for dogs.... :-)Cute idea for Halloween brunch or dinner! Fill with tuna or chicken salad.I’m thinking it’s the socks. Yes I could tell right away, those were heavy socks. HaHaHa yes definitely the socks!TODAY’s ASSIGNMENT: work that GRATITUDE Muscle! :-)Clear your mind of clutter! Learn to be present and enjoy the moment.Laughter is so healthy! Do it every day! :-)Happy Halloweenies :-)HaHaHa :-)I was thinking about celebrating my 76 pound Weight Loss by going out to eat & having a cheat meal so I asked my best friend where we should go. Her response: You realize celebrating weight loss with a cheat meal is like celebrating your wedding anniversary by having an affair.
Cheat Meal CancelledToday’s amusing observation. :-)Happy Veterans Day Sparkler Friends!No snow here yet but 15 degrees tonight. I’ll be in South Florida in less than 2 weeks! WooHoo!Be careful with those SPACE HEATERS! Especially with power strips or extension cords! USA electric outlets weren’t designed to be heavy enough for the task of providing 1,500 watts continuously for hours on end. A relative’s house burned down last weekend. Thankfully he & his dog are safe.Happy Friday my friends and fellow SPARKlers.LOLA find memory: Crowd of 8 Kitchen Wolves at the baby gate 2009Posted a photoHobo who was one of the dogs featured in the 8 Kitchen Wolves at the Baby Gate photo (2009)Non scale victory. I’m flying today and tucking in my shirt for the first time in over 20 years! Happy Thanksgiving SPARKlers! 💃 #NSVLegal question: I’m dressed in a black suit outside a restaurant waiting for a friend and a curmudgeonly gentleman pulls his sports car into the driveway. While walking past, he dismissively looks at me and barks “Key’s in it.”
The Porsche is now mine, right?Last beach day before heading home to Tennessee tomorrowLast night’s Florida Gulf sunset. Home to Tennessee today.Happy 2020 SPARKlers!HaHaHa couldn’t resist (but I did make Keto cupcakes the other day!)Pay no attention to the weapon! Happy Valentines Sparklers!Yes!Sunset dinner with my BFF at Spanish Point in the Gulf Coast of FL....so relaxing & rejuvenating:-)Another lovely Venice Florida sunset then a slumber party with 3 girlfriends. Life is good!Happy Woman’s Day to all those beautiful women out the in Sparkland! March 8thWhere’s Waldo Social Distancing Edition :-)Saw my first 2020 hummingbird searching for food so I quickly whipped up a small batch of nectar & hung a couple feeders. Yay (I've missed those lil guys!)Easter Greetings and Happy Passover to all my fellow Sparklers :-)Day 34 of Quarantine... Finally got to the bottom of my freezer :-)💕Love Love Love this :-)Awww...I’ve always had a thing for Waldo :-)Today’s chuckle:-)Posted a photoHappy Star Wars Day! :-)Posted a photoHappy Friday Sparklers! Fresh garden strawberry smoothie for breakfast and Homemade keto meatballs on the menu later today.... mmmm