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Nature Scenery for this Sunday

Sunday is meant to be a day of rest and relaxation and one of the ways that I rest is to spend time in Nature. I try to spend a least a little bit of time in nature each week. I have decided that I will use Sundays to share the photos of my nature adventures each week just as a way to relax and share the beauty that is God's creation with all. I hope you enjoy!

Photos from September 21, 2017 at Ariel-Foundation Park

Photos from September 22, 2017 at The Heart of Ohio Trail

I hope everyone has a wonderful Sunday and gets to spend time in nature! 

Recap of Spirit Week at the Kids' School

This past week was spirit week at the kids' school. Each day had a theme that they encouraged the kids to dress as.

Monday was crazy sock day. We raided Rebecca's old softball socks from various years to come up with the crazy socks! 

Tuesday was neon day. Ben and Jacob's shirts both came from Goodwill and both shirts will probably become regulars in their wardrobes. Rebecca had her outfit already. 

Wednesday was dress up day (as it was also the day for school pictures). I just figured out that I never took their pictures at home. LOL. 

Thursday was crazy hair day. Rebecca came up with the idea for her hair all on her own. The boys wanted me to use spray hair color that I have had in our cabinet after buying it after Halloween either last year or the year before. We had red and teal. 

Friday was OSU (Scarlet and Grey) day AND crazy hat day. Friday had 2, because when the schedule was first released they had originally had crazy hair day schedule for Wednesday not realizing tha…

Sausage Egg Roll in a bowl (low carb) (new recipe #13 of 2017)

I am still trying to find new recipes to make. I had some reactions to carbs this week that means that I need to go low carb from now on until I am sure I can still handle processed carbs. What that means is that some nights, I will have to make separate dinners for myself than I make for the family (ie. if they are having sandwiches, I will make something else.) That is what I did on Wednesday night. I wasn't feeling all that well and we figured out it was a reaction to an overload of carbs, so I made the family what I had on the menu--sandwiches, and I made a new low carb recipe for myself.

I had seen the recipe for a sausage egg roll in a bowl on Facebook and decided that it sounded really yummy. It is also low carb which is a win in my book. 

I followed most of the recipe, using chopped up cabbage and shredded carrots in place of the cole-slaw mix. I also used ground ginger instead of the minced ginger as that is what I had in my cabinet. I had this for dinner that night and LO…

Weigh In Wednesday: One Step Forward, 2 Steps Back

So last week's weigh in was great. This week...not so much. I have n no excuse except I ate too many carbs...I overate. I ate crappy food and now I am paying for it. I also haven't been able to move. Oh well. Will move forward...
Anyhow, let's get on with this week's Weigh In Wednesday: 
My official starting weight(on 1/1/2017)was: 242.0 pounds!
My weight last week was 233.6. My weight today is: 

So a gain....

I just need to get back to low carb...

       If you are on a weight loss journey, how are you doing?

Happy Homemaker Monday

Happy Monday! Once again I am joining in with the lovely Sandra over at "Diary of a Stay at Home Mom" in her Happy Homemaker Monday meme.

I hope everyone had a lovely weekend. I am actually typing this up on Sunday night as my Monday is going to be CRAZY! I will be babysitting A, so I am trying to get a jump on my Monday to-dos. 

So with that being said, let's get to it....

Hot is the correct word to tell what the weather is. We are supposed to have temperatures in the upper 80s all week with high humidity. I think we have a chance of storms on Wednesday. Last week we needed to have our jeans and jackets most of the time, this week we will need our shorts and tank tops again! Oh well, that is September in Ohio. LOL 

Sitting here typing this up. I also have the Packers game on, even though they are losing big!   

Still nothing at the moment :-( I really need to get reading some of my review books.

Cleveland Indians …

Lovely scenery, cows and snakes! Oh my!

Friday morning after I went to the grocery stores, I came back home and then Bill and I went out for a walk. It has been a long week with no walking since we are still trying to get in a schedule with the baby that I am babysitting. The weather was perfect. 

I will have to say that we had a great walk. We saw lots of lovely scenery. We even saw a long snake across the path! It was kind of cool. It was elongated at first slithering across the path, then it coiled up. Overall, it was a lovely walk. 

Hope everyone has a lovely Sunday! 

Greek Style Green Beans and Chicken in the Crockpot (new recipe #12 of 2017)

So with my new dieting plan of carb cycling, I have been on the lookout for recipes to try that are both low carb and are something more than grilled meat and veggies, and is something that my family will eat as well. I don't have time to make separate meals for everyone so it has to fit both diet plans. (I am not cutting carbs from the kids' food nor am I making Bill follow my diet plan-- he has his own plan going.)

Anyhow.... I was scrolling through Facebook and came across this yummy looking recipe for Slow Cooker Greek-Style Green Beans and Chicken Thighs. I knew instantly that Bill would love it as he loves Greek food and I thought the kids would eat it as well. It also fit into my low-carb day perfectly! So that is a triple win and so a go to become my 12th new recipe tried in 2017. 

I followed the recipe to a tee, except I used 3 large chicken breasts instead of the thighs. I also only cooked it for 6.5 hours on low instead of 8 as the chicken was done after that time. I …

Weigh In Wednesday: Finally....

Sorry this is getting put up so late. This is the first chance that I have had to sit down and type this up...between a new babysitting job, my tutoring job, life with my own family, I am surprised I am able to get on the computer this early!  Anyhow, let's get on with this week's Weigh In Wednesday: 
My official starting weight(on 1/1/2017)was: 242.0 pounds!
My weight last week was 235.4. My weight today is: 

So a loss of 1.8 pounds. FINALLY A LOSS!!! Total loss from 1/1/17: 8.4 pounds

Finally a loss!!! I was really thinking that I was going to have  a gain this week or a little loss as I have not been able to exercise and I have been stressed and not sleeping well. But to my surprise there was a 1.8 pound loss recorded! I have been more diligent about my diet. I really need to follow the thought that many of you shared with me last week...focus on the diet to lose weight and focus on the exercise for my sanity! I kind of did that this week and I got results that I liked. I started …

Happy Homemaker Monday

Happy Monday! Once again I am joining in with the lovely Sandra over at "Diary of a Stay at Home Mom" in her Happy Homemaker Monday meme.

I hope everyone had a lovely weekend. I had a lovely one. On Saturday, we got to attend a fall party at our friends' horse farm. The party was for her riding clients, but we are almost like family so she invited us as well. The kids had a blast. Sunday, was the first Sunday for the kids' PSR classes and church. Then we just relaxed around the house watching the NFL interspersed with coverage of Hurricane Irma. My in-laws were unable to evacuate from their Florida home. The storm passed directly over them, with the eye going over their home around 3AM this morning. I talked to them this morning and they were safe, but were unsure of damage as they were not allowed outside due to continued threats of tornadoes and wind. Just thankful that they are safe. I have been meaning to get this post up earlier, but this is the first chance I ha…