Weight Loss Time!

I know what you might be thinking: It’s holiday season! Why on Earth would you attempt dieting at this time? My answer to this question I have already been asked a few times is: to A.) keep the 10 pounds that I have already lost in the past month and a half off and B.) to make it easier to lose more weight once the holiday season is over. If I can’t use some level of control on myself when the holidays roll around, then how am I ever going to maintain a stable, healthy weight?

For the past month and a half, I have lost ten pounds following the low-carb diet. So far, it seems to be the diet that is working best for me. The low carb diet consists of mostly protein items, such as meat and eggs, cheese, milk, vegetables, and a little bit of fruit everyday. You aren’t supposed to eat foods high in carbs, such as bread, pasta, and sugary stuff. What I like: I feel that I can eat as much as I want until I am satisfied as long as the meal qualifies as being low carb, verses other diets that would still leave me feeling a bit hungry after every meal. I can also still enjoy my diet soda, however, in small quantities as soda even has it’s own unhealthy factor (yes, even diet *sigh*). What I don’t like: I miss my pasta!!!! We used to eat pasta at least four times a week, be it as spaghetti, lasagna, bow-tie, etc. I miss it!

I also know that it is really hard to exercise during the winter, especially for me, as my ideal day in Winter, when I have free time, is hiding under some blankets in pjs, either watching Netflix or reading a good book. With Nanowrimo 2017 (more on that on my next blog) going on, as well as kids, their extracurricular activities, and random errands, I have been neglecting house cleaning quite a bit. Sure I’ve been keeping the dishes washed, the counter/oven wiped down,  and clothing laundered. I have been neglecting the more extensive house cleaning, the kind that promotes weight loss (I’ll be using the weight-loss reasoning to further propel me into doing otherwise boring chores). I need to just get outside and start walking more as well! There is so much outside in nature to explore, especially in the winter!

Since I am not the type of person that is shy about this sort of thing (after all, the number you weigh is really just a number, it doesn’t say who you are as a person), I will be updating my blog with my weight-loss experience.

The last thing I will be doing is DRINKING WAY MORE WATER THAN I DO NOW!!!

What I weighed on October 1st: 217 lbs.

What I weigh now, November 18th: 207 lbs.

What I eventually want to weigh: 147 lbs.

 

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Predicting the Future?

So the other night, my husband and I were watching a movie that had just been added to Netflix called ‘Whatever Works’, which is a film by Woody Allen. It came out eight years ago in 2009. I had seen it once before, however, it had been awhile (since the year it came out).

At one point, a specific scene in the film grabbed our attention: It’s the scene where Melody takes her Southern belle mother, Marietta, on a tour around New York. They wind up at a wax museum full of famous political figures, such as former President, George W. Bush, and Hillary Clinton. During this scene, Marietta is trying to talk Melody out of staying married to the main character, Boris. As soon as they walk past the wax figure of George W. Bush, Marietta tells Melody “This is the kind of man you should be married to. Not that communist who sings Happy Birthday every time he washes his hands.” as they come to stand in front of a wax figure of Donald Trump. This film came out eight years ago before President Trump ever ran for office. Spooky right?  Did Woody Allen know something that we didn’t?   😛

Nanowrimo 2017

November is only four days away, and I will be participating in Nanowrimo this year. My username on Nanowrimo’s website is Princess Scorpia. I originally intended to participate back in 2015, but there was so much transitioning going on, I wound up not having time to even make a sentence……

This year will be very different as I fully intend to get all required 50,000 words and then some. I get so tired of starting on writing projects and stories and then not being able to finish them. I want to actually finish something for once!

How I have prepared: A month ago, when I fully decided I was all in this year, I went ahead and wrote out a very basic outline of how my book would start and the major highlights of what would transpire. I originally planned on writing one huge novel, however, I have so many story ideas flowing through my brain, I have decided to start my first successful Nanowrimo by writing a series of short stories that might later become inspirations for novels. One of my favorite things about the story writing process is thinking up characters and settings. I love the feeling of being able to think up entire worlds where anything I say goes! I have pulled pictures off the interwebs that are serving me for inspiration. Keep in mind I am writing multiple short stories. These are inspirations for only four of them that I have planned so far.

Story #1:

 

 

Story # 2:

 

Story #3 :

 

Story #4:

 

 

How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds (cinnamon and sugar version)

Every year, when we buy pumpkins to carve, the kids always enjoy pulling out all of the seeds and squishy guts of the pumpkin. Besides making cool jack-o-lanterns and centerpieces, parts of the pumpkin are also edible. You can use the insides to make pumpkin puree, or a full-blown pumpkin pie (haven’t made one from scratch ever, but I plan to change that at some point). Every year, we clean the seeds up and roast them, as pumpkin seeds make for a nutritious snack, and the kids liking them is a bonus. In years past, I have ever only roasted seeds using the basic salt, pepper, and olive oil recipe. However, I changed things up this year and experimented with cinnamon and sugar. The seeds turned out great!

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What You Will Need:

  • Any sized pumpkin (s)
  • A cutting knife/ pumpkin carving kit
  • Baking sheet
  • Aluminum foil
  • Paper/ cloth kitchen towel
  • Unsalted butter
  • Cinnamon
  • Sugar
  • (Note: You can mix in cinnamon and sugar separately, or buy these two ingredients already mixed together. It really will not make a difference.)
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Spoon
  • Strainer
  • Oven

 

Directions:

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1.) Obviously, you will start by cutting open a pumpkin and pulling out all the seeds, most being attached to pumpkin guts.

2.) Seperate pumpkin seeds from pumpkin guts. Add to strainer. A basic pasta strainer will work just fine. Rinse seeds under running water until they are clean.

3.) Blot at and dry the seeds with paper or kitchen towel. Add seeds to mixing bowl, where you will combine sugar, cinnamon, and butter. Mix with spoon until butter melts. If you need help melting the butter, you can perform this step on low heat in a cooking pot on your stove top. I would not recommend using a microwave, as it can make the seeds either burnt or soggy.

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4.) Cover baking sheet with aluminum foil and spread pumpkin seed mixture in thin layers on the baking sheet.

5.) Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

6.) Once oven is preheated, put sheet on center-rack in oven. Bake for 45 minutes or until all seeds are light brown.

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7.) After roasting, allow seeds to cool for 10 minutes. Enjoy. (We have so many roasted seeds that I have stored in a big zip-lock bag in my cupboard).

HAPPY HALLOWEEN !!!!!!!!!

A Harry Potter-Themed Halloween party

20171021_205722Saturday evening, we got all costumed up and went to an actual Harry Potter-themed Halloween party thrown by my brother and sister-in-law, Cooper and Robin, and their kids. They spent about a month planning it out and the coolest part was all of the decor they either made completely from scratch, or ordered online. My mother-in-law, Kay, even made a cake inspired by the one Hagrid gives Harry for his birthday in ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’.

 

Being a Harry Potter fan since I started reading the series (and watching the movies) when I was eleven-years-old, I was really quite taken with everything cool about this party!

My First Blog Entry

Welcome to my first ever actual blog! Between working, going back to college, chasing the kids around, trying not to pull my hair out, and running errands, I finally managed to get the ball rolling on setting this thing up.

I am wanting a place where I can share my abilities and experiences, particularly those regarding housekeeping, arts and crafts, books that I’ve been reading, writing, cooking, and different projects that I am working on. I enjoy posting pics of things I’m doing or cooking on Facebook so much that I figured that I should make a whole website dedicated to whatever I’m doing at the time.

A teeny bit about me: I am married with two children. I live in the Kansas City area in Missouri, U.S.A. . I enjoy reading, art, art appreciation, exercising, keeping up with my husband and kids, crafts, such as crocheting and knitting, and gardening (This past Spring was my first year having an outdoor garden, and I plan on having an even bigger one next spring!)

As you can currently see, there is not currently much to my blog, as I just started it…like 10 minutes ago! But hang in there, I will have it completely up and looking awesome!