Wednesday, April 28, 2010

My Story ...

This past Sunday at church we were encouraged to write down our conversation story and to keep it to four minutes in length (when you share it verbally). Well here is my story....

I was raised by a Catholic step-mother and an athiest father. We (my sister and I) attended whatever church was closest to the house that we could walk too. They wanted us out of the house for a few hours Sunday mornings. This left me confused at all of the different groups that we had worshipped with. During my eighth grade year in school my dad and stepmother decided to send me to a boarding school. Without going to visit any, they decided on Great Lakes Christian College in Beamsville, Ontario. I would be a boarding student and only come home at holidays. God surely played a hand at this decision. GLCC is the only "Church of Christ" backed school in Eastern Canada. It was a same school that most teens in the churches in Ontario attended. We had daily Bible classes that wet my appetite for more. That first year there I could not go home for Thanksgiving, my parents were taking a cruise, I got to spend the holiday with a local family and say for the first time how a God lead home should look. Wow, I wanted that.

The following spring the chorus that I was a member of, at the school, travelled to sing at local churches. When we arrived at St. Thomas in southern Ontario a group of college students from Harding were up working with the church during their spring break. That night one of the young ladies was talking with me about my faith and she answered alot of questions for me. At 1:30 am I was baptized. I had finally found my comfort and the God of my nana (father's mother). I was excited.

When school let out that June I wanted to attend the local church and had to find a ride. One wonderful family decided to pick me up and drop me off each Sunday. The first couple of weeks my folks were okay with it. However, they were not happy when I chose church before "sunday activities". Within a month all of my belongings were on the front yard and the locks were changed. My dad told me to chose and I did. Evan and Debbie Whittington loaded up my belongings and took me to his (Evan's) parents home. By the end of the summer they had "adopted" me and to this day I call them mom and dad.

God knew where I needed to be and gave me the strength to make the hard choices. He put me in a home where I would see Godly people raise their family and love each in their marriage. I knew that there was hope of not repeating the cycle of divorce and children out of wedlock that haunted my family. I have never regretted my choice. He has been faithful leading me to a godly man, allowing me to raise two of his children the best I can and giving me the support I need now with my health issues.

It is not a "wonderful" story but it is mine.

Weird Weather

Yesterday we had hail and we have lost some of our tomato plants. We typically don't plant them until May because of this but it had been so nice we did anyway. Today I will check to see how many while I am weeding the garden.

Last night was very cold, but by tomorrow it is to be in the 80's again. Strange very strange.

Monday, April 26, 2010

I love a GREAT deal

This morning I stopped at the grocery store for light bulbs. I knew that this is about the time that the meat is marked down soI decided to check it out. SCORE !!! They had just marked down sl/bl chicken breasts to $1.58 a pound. WooHoo so I got three packs. Wished I had picked up more but I only had so much money. They had also marked down one package of chicken thighs to $2.56 for the pack. I came home and separated the into meal size portions and got 15 meals. I paid $17.05 so that equals $1.14 per meal. This is for approx. 10 pounds of chicken. I was almost out of chicken so this is great.

Just wanted to share.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Wow !!!!!!!!!!!! Wonderful news

For those that read my blog and wrote recently that I went to the doctor on April 1 and he told me once again to lose the weight. So I took it seriously and have been a lot better than before. Well I weighed myself on April 14 again and I had lost 11.6 pounds in two weeks !!!!!!!!!!!!! I could not believe it. I am 272.4 now and if this doesn't motivate me nothing will.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Some recipes to share

Last night we had stir fry which is a wonderful way to use leftovers in. In the past I have slipped in shredded brussel sprouts, shredded zucchini and asparagus bits. Did members of the family have sworn that they would never eat one or more of these foods. ~smile~ I guess what they don't know ..... Last night I used leftover spaghetti noodles. Dh thought it rocked.

Tonight we are having chicken lo mein. I am using the other half of the chicken breast that I used last night. I thought I would post my recipe that amazingly every one in the family loves. I got it out of a magazine from 2000.

Chicken/Pork lo mein

5 cups water
2 pkgs ramen noodles
1/2 pound of pork or chicken cut in thin strips
2 tbsp cornstartch
2 tbsp soy sauce (I use low sodium)
1 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tsp minced, peeled ginger or 1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 pkg frozen sugar snap stur-fry vegetables.

In a large suacepan bring 4 cups of water to a boil over high heat, add ramen noodles without the seasoning packets and boil 2-3 mins. Reserve one seasoning packet. Rinse under cold water, drain and set aside.

In a small bowl, combine pork or chicken and cornstarch and toss to coat well. Set aside. In another small bowl combine remaining 1 cup water, the seasoning packet and soy sauce. mix well.

In a large skillet heat vegetable oil over med-high heat. Add pork or chicken and ginger and cook about 5 mins until meat begins to brown; stirring constantly. Stir in soy sauce mixture and frozen vegetables. Cover skillet and cook 3-5 mins, or until vegetables are heated through. Stir in noodles and cook until heated through. Serve immediately.

Once again, this is a wonderful meal to slip leftover vegetables and noodles in. I have also used beef in the with good results. The other recipe I want to share is one that was past down for dh's sister. Dh loves it so much he has been known to eat the entire bowl. I make it alot in the spring and fall when broccoli is in season.

Broccoli Salad

1 bunch broccoli, finely chopped
1/2 cup bacon bits (we have used turkey bacon and loved it)
1 cup cheese


1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 tbsp white vinegar
1/4 cup sugar

Mix dressing together the night before; refrigerate. Toss the broccoli, bacon bits and cheese in a bowl the next day and add dressing right before serving. I have successfully doubled this.

We have been working in the garden to try to keep the clover under control. The broccoli, cabbage and kale are looking good. It is hard to tell how the lettuce is doing yet. Our days have been much hotter than normal so we have not gotten out the beets and radishes. We will plant in the fall instead. We are getting antsy to plant our summer garden. I can't wait for fresh vegetables again.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Warm weather is back again.

Tennessee's wild weather is continuing -- 50 to 80 then back down to 57. The running joke is if you don't like the weather just wait and it will change. I love the weather in the high 70's/low 80's. I can be outside without breathing difficulties and I don't need the air on inside.

I have spent the day looking through cookbooks to find healthier recipes. I found a couple that sound good. If they work out I will post them. We are having the last of the hot dogs this evening and tomorrow lunch we are having chicken lo mein. This is a great way of using leftover veggies and stretching one chicken breast to feed four adults.

Got to go start dinner. God bless and I will post the recipe later.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Changes are in the Air

I went to the doctors last week and after fussing at me suggested some changes. Well it was a little stronger than suggested * smile *. I had already started a water aerobics class called "Gentle Joints" a couple of months ago and have been going three times a week. Doctor L suggested that I go five times a week and start walking around the neighborhood. Hopefully I can get either David or Ian to go with me. Snowball will be so happy to be walked consistently. No more snacks also !!!! Sad sad :( No more chocolate, pies, cakes, cheese dip, etc until I can get my weight under control. My A1C has come down but not as much as my dear Dr would like. So I have three more months and then I am adding insulin if it is still high. David and I have decided to start eating more fresh foods and that is why the spring garden is so important. I will be visiting the farmer's market twice a week for things that don't grow well for us. Also no more white stuff (flour, sugar, potatoes, bread) David is not happy so I might have to buy him some and wheat for myself.

I am going to post my weight here so I can be accountable not only to me but to those that might read here. On Thursday April 1. 2010 I weighed 284 lbs. Just reading it causes me to be angry and sad at the same time. How could I have let myself get this bad. I am a stress eater and have not tried anything to stop it. I need to start stitching, sewing and creating again. These take my mind off of food.

Well need to go and work on my messy kitchen. God Bless.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Where is the Year Going?

I can't believe that it is April already. This year is flying by !! A lot has happened recently...

My son and his fiancee have decided to postpone their wedding a year. the stress of school, work and wedding planning was taking a toll on them. My son also has a lot of debt and wants to have time to pay down this debt. This includes student loans, car payment, computer payment and a Kay Jewelers card payment. They had just bought wedding bands so this last bill is a lot larger than normal. she has no debts right now so I think this is really smart on their parts. Her parents are tickled that they have postpone it.

My daughter will be transferring to the university here in town this fall so in a little over one month she is moving back home. I am not sure where we are going to put all the extra things we had purchased for her dorm room but we will work it out. She really missed my home cooking and her boyfriend though I am not sure in what order. *smile*

The garden has started being planted. We have red and green cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce and sunflowers. I still have beets, radishes and snow peas to plant. We purchased a peach tree this weekend and put it on the edge of the garden. We plan to also buy plum and apple trees.

I have started my spring cleaning though it was 87 today. It sure doesn't feel like spring. I have been working in the kitchen. I took the curtain down and washed them. Cleaning windows is not my favorite job but they really needed to be done. Tomorrow I hope to clean the hutch and file those things that need filing. Tuesday I hope to finish the kitchen though it may be Wednesday depending on how much I hurt. My laundry is really behind so I need to work there also.

Easter was wonderful today with Ian and Allison, Rachel and Nick and David and I. I am getting use to having six for holiday meals. I didn't go as overboard this time by fixing way to much. We have leftover ham, green beans and David already ate the leftover broccoli salad. We had ham, sweet potatoes, rolls, green beans, Brussels sprouts, broccoli salad, home canned pickles, home canned cranberry sauce and asparagus. We had apple pie for dessert. Yumm Nick is already back at school and Rachel is almost to her school. Ian and Allison went by her home to spend time with her folks.

Things are calm again. David is watching Yankee baseball (he lives for Yankees ball - - trust me) and I am going to get off here to stitch. Yeah !!!!!!!!!!

Hopefully I will post more this month. I am still trying to eat down the deep freezer. I will let you know how it is going.