Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Cause Blankets

I just came across an image on facebook of a blanket with one of those Cause ribbons on it.  I didn't know Cause Blankets were a thing!  Then again, I don't know a whole lot of things.  What immediately popped up in my mind was making a remembrance baby blanket for the First.  I'm going to make blankets for all of my kids, even the unborn.  I only have one thing from that pregnancy, and that's a baby book that I had started filling out.  Now that I'm learning how to crochet, I think a memorial blanket with the Infant and Pregnancy Loss Awareness Ribbon would be perfect for the First.

(also posted on The Wren's Nest)

Now I'm looking at what others have done concerning awareness and even for homeless.  This is the whole reason why I wanted to learn such a useful skill, to help others.  Yes, I do want to make things for my family, but mainly to donate to charities and just help other people.  To keep them warm, to let them know they're not alone, that someone cares.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

My Frankenstein

What to cook when you're on a certain diet with limited ingredients?  Frankenstein.  Think of Frankinstein's Monster and you get the idea.  Only Dr. Frankenstein had a plan.  I usually don't, but it comes together.

So last night, I had Chicken, Kale, Spinach, and a skillet.  Nothing else in mind. As I cooked, I put something together, having no idea what the heck it was going to be.  It turn into a kind of Mexican dish, that hubby--weather permitting--is going to pick up shredded cheese and sour cream for, because he thinks it still needs something.  I just used ranch, I'm convinced that ranch finishes any dish.

As for measurements, I hardly ever measure anything, unless baking.

Frankenstein Chicken Bowl:
  • Olive Oil
  • Chicken
  • Raw Kale
  • Raw Spinach
  • Corn
  • Kidney Beans
  • Red Pepper Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Garlic Salt
  • Pepper
  • Chili Powder
  • Shreded Parmesan
  1. I cooked the chicken breast filets in the over, at 375 for 45 minutes.  
  2. Chopped it when it was done.
  3. Tossed it in a skillet with some olive oil.
  4. Added the red pepper, onion powder, garlic salt, pepper, and chili powder.
  5. Let it cook while I figured out my next move.  Which was a can of corn.  I just added until satisfied.  
  6. Added lots of kale and spinach.
  7. Added the parmesan cheese.
  8. Lastly, I decided on a can of kidney beans.  
  9. Let it cook, served it.  Served mine with ranch, as I said.  Hubby's making his serving into a burrito later, with sour cream and shredded cheese.  

I wonder what tonight's Frankenstein is going to be?

Monday, February 16, 2015

So, Check It

I'm am sick and tired of making baked goods as gifts.  One of the reasons why I'm learning how to crochet is because I want to give people warm gifts that last longer than week, or a couple of minutes.  I want my gifts to be useful and not fattening.  Nor do I want to do ornaments again.  Something they see once a year, if they even decide to keep it.

Yes, I've taken up crochet.  It took me 2 weeks to get 3 feet out of my scarf.  I figure it might take me another 2 weeks to get 6, and maybe be done, and ready to move onto a wider scarf or perhaps tackle a blanket.

The thing about crocheting is that it takes time.  Luckily, I also want to learn other useful skills, like sewing, weaving, arm knitting, finger knitting, and well...knitting.  Other time consuming things.  Well, this year, people are getting blankets for Yule and Christmas.

Why blankets?  Who doesn't like a nice, soft warm blanket?  I'm a blanket nut!  Love em!  Love collecting them.  Love donating them!  They're useful and comforting.

That's a lot of blankets to make, so I need to faster way.

I've always wanted to learn how to make those knotted fleece blankets, and I just found my tutorial:

Sold!  Doin it.  Gonna select the designs based on interests or favorite colors and make em.

Carbs and Colorful Yum!

I'm on a low-carb, high protein diet, and have since lost 10 lbs since November 6th (I weigh myself on the 6th of every month; I would've lost more, but I was also on birth control....and face it, holiday foods), so that means less-to-no breads, pasta, and rice.  I still eat bread here and there, just not nearly as much (I think I have low-carb bread to thank because that stuff is nasty).  And I only eat rice when I'm eating sushi.  Pasta is only with Olive Garden (which I hardly ever get, but love).  Or, ya know, when I'm paying attention to the serving size.  Which is all the time.

Every 2-3 hours, I eat:
  • Breakfast- 30 Carbs
  • 30 Carbs
  • Lunch- 60 Carbs
  • 30 Carbs
  • Dinner- 60 Carbs
  • 30 Carbs
I can still eat in between, as long as the food either has no carbs or has very little.  I'm not a calorie counter at all.  Calories don't matter to me at all.  Carbs, definitely.  So it makes me sad when I come to something delicious and even the serving size far exceeds my 60 carb limit.  It's so annoying.  But every once in a while, I allow myself a cheat.

Man, when you actually start paying attention to serving sizes, you can easily see why so many people are overweight and unhealthy (not everyone has a carb problem)!  But I'm eating 1000 times healthier, because I'm forced to seek other foods than the usual go-to junk.  

So, yeah, I've had to get creative with my food since cutting down on my three favs, and sometimes not so creative.  I often just eat a spoonful of peanut butter and a glass of Carb Master, almond or cashew milk.  Allows me to stay within my 30 carb limit.  

One creative dish...well creative for me, is my Jacksonville Salad.  I sure this has it's own name, but this one's mine and I'm not that creative:

Jacksonville Salad

  •  Bit of Olive Oil
  • 1 Green Pepper
  • 1 Red Pepper
  • 1 Yellow Pepper
  • 1 Onion
  • 1 Jalapeno (or you can use the Jalapeno Cheddar Sausages)  I'm not a big fan of jalapeno unless it's with cream cheese, but in this meal it's not overpowering.  Adds a touch of spice.
  • Raw Spinach
  • Raw Kale
  • 1 pack of Jacksonville Cheddar Sausages
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Onion Powder
  1. Heat up your big ole skillet, add some olive oil to it.
  2. Cut up the onion, peppers, jalapenos, and sausages.
  3. Toss it in the skillet.  
  4. Cook for a little bit, let the cheese melt a bit and the veggies to soak it up.
  5. Add the spinach and kale, as much as you want.  
  6. Salt, pepper, onion powder to taste.
  7. Cook until the spinach and kale are cooked.
  8. Serve.
It's colorful and totally yum. ...but i don't know how many carbs, lol.  I can usually tell when I exceed my carb limit by whether or not I get headaches, and just a bowl full doesn't give me one.

Oh, and as for crocheting, I'm working on a single-stitch practice scarf.  It's about 15 inches long, and I've been working on it for 2 weeks, this will be the start of my third week.  I'll post a picture of it when I'm satisfied with it.  I don't know when that's going to be.  I tried to make wash clothes, and due to tension problems, I ended up with unintentional doll purses.  lol.  Hey, practice makes perfect, right?  :-D

Sorry, apparently I can't judge length, I got about 3 feet goin on my practice scarf!  Wha, what?!