How did that get posted?

So, if you were surprised to see me write a post you were not the only one. I was surprised when the last one about Trim Healthy Mama got posted….

Then I realized that I had written it about 4 or 5 years ago and must have moved it out of draft and put a date Way Out There Date so I could decide whether to post it or push it out again. Well, the Way Out There Date came and gone and it auto posted. I haven’t looked at the blog for months.

I have to admit that I still think Trim Healthy Mama makes sense and I have a couple of the cookbooks, but I have been very randomly cooking that way. Life and family desires have gotten in the way.

The weird part is that on Tuesday I was talking to a friend and saying that I wanted to add more Trim Healthy Mama recipes to our menu so it was actually a nice reminder to read how I was eating at that time

I also have realized that I am allergic to ragweed, which is related to stevia, so I have been having a hard time finding a sweetener that I want to use.

Have you tried Wholesome Allulose Granulated? If so, leave a comment since I have heard about it, but haven’t tried it yet.

H

Weight loss & Trim Healthy Mama

Earlier on the blog I said I had lost some weight.  I wish had I taken measurements before I started, but I forgot.  I can tell you that I have gone down one to two pant sizes and even had to remodel some of my shirts smaller.  A few grocery bags worth of clothes were donated since I couldn’t easily make them smaller.

I have had a few people ask me how I have done it and the big answer (which won’t be popular) is I have greatly cut down on the number of carbs I eat (sugar including from fruit, flour, etc).  I haven’t lost as many pounds on the scale as I would like, but I have definitely tightened up my body.

One thing I am trying to follow is Trim Healthy Mama – have you heard of it?  Recently I made the Tuscan Cream Chicken from the Trim Healthy Table cookbook (page 72) without the sun-dried tomatoes, but with extra spinach and it was a hit with my family.  My family ate rice with the dish and all of us ate steamed Zucchini as a side (our Zucchini plants have abruptly decided it is time to provide a zucchini a day).

One of Trim Healthy Mama’s main points is to eat non-starchy vegetables so we have been eating a lot of lettuce, spinach, broccoli, brussel sprouts, green beans and even cauliflower, which I have mostly eaten as ‘cauli rice’ or as a pizza crust.

What I have greatly cut back on are the baby carrots  and fruit.  I used to eat at least baby carrots and  fruit every day at lunch – not anymore!

Another thing I realize is I feel a lot better if I eat at least a little protein at every meal so that is something I do every day.

I have also realized that one diet plan doesn’t work for everyone and Trim Healthy Mama doesn’t remove any food group, but you try to eat the healthier version of a food group and to mix up the meals.

Summer eating has been a little harder, but I have only gained a couple of pounds back at this time and my current clothes still fit me.  My goal is to go back to meal planning and get back to the low carb meals, at least for me, and rice, etc that can be added to the rest of the families meals.

What meal plan have you been eating lately?  Later – Heather

 

Happy (delayed) New Year

I went to make a comment on another blog and had to enter my WordPress password. I realized that I haven’t been on here for a while when I wasn’t even sure if I remembered my password. Wow, I actually got it right the first time.

I have some projects that I have been working on so I will write some posts and actually post a photo.

Walmart & Buddeez 32 qt ‘pet food’ container for $6.99

Hi, world.  Long time no type.  Life has just been weird….

  • Main computer died
  • Was sick, before the Virus officially hit
  • The Virus (no, not willing to say it’s official name) threw a major wrench in life
  • Did not if I had anything I wanted to share….

But, since I just ordered two of these I figured I would share.  I have always had a small stockpile of food since I never knew if there would be a major earthquake, major snow storm, etc.  And yes, the snow storms we had this last winter did delay trucks from getting to the stores.

And now with the Virus it has been random if I can find the things on our list.  We don’t go out often and when we do we are wearing masks.  Yesterday was the first time, since the virus made our state shutdown, that I have seen a 5 lb bag of all purpose wheat flour.  So, maybe things are getting back to normal.

A friend suggested years ago that I put brown rice, etc  in gallon ZipLoc bags and put them in the freezer for a least a few days to kill any bugs.  I did that, but bags are stacked in a Rubbermaid tote in the bottom of our pantry.  Not the best organization since they are just stacked on each other and there is a lot of wasted space.

So, when I saw these posted on Instagram today by @ivebeenlivingwrong I realized they should work for stacking my ZipLoc bags neatly.  Assuming their dimensions are correct they will fit at the bottom of our pantry.    Otherwise, I will find a different location or use them for the extra dog food that doesn’t fit in the sealed container we have for Pepper’s dog food.

Buddeez 32 Quart ‘Bag-In’ Pet Food Dispenser, Holds up to 22 lbs

$6.99 was regularly $21.99

 

They should arrive after Memorial Day.  I will try to post an update after they arrive.

I checked the manufacturer’s website and this size is totally sold out.

So, are you finding everything you want at the grocery stores?

-H

 

Cleaning up the blog

So, one of the things on my too long mental To Do List was clean up the blog – delete old posts, etc.

So, if you read it (does anyone read it??), you might find some changes since I was ruthless today.

Oh, and as of right now I am debating about closing down the blog in June.  I want to focus on important items and this one hasn’t been very high on the list by the length of time between posts and how many drafts I still have in the pile…

So, comment if you actually read this and would care if it closes down.  The minimum I will be doing is:

  • randomly post
  • maybe post some photos of projects I have completed so I have a record of them also

Credit Freeze for deceased loved one

Update:   I am happy to say that this worked!  I got letters back from the credit agencies that my family member’s credit report has officially been permanently frozen.

Hello world.  It has been such a long time since I posted I didn’t know my password at first!  Luckily it popped into my brain while I was looking for it.  I guess I need to write it down somewhere…

Even though an extended family member died over four years ago we have still been getting ‘pre-approved’ applications for the DISH for the family member!

The bottom of the page from DISH even says ‘This pre-screened offer of credit is based on information in your credit report indicating that you meet certain criteria’ – Ouch…

Today I saw something that if a loved one dies you should contact each of the credit reporting agencies.  So.. I wrote letters today and will be mailing them this week.  I hope this at least stops some of the mail to the deceased family member’s name.

Here are the addresses I am mailing the letter to and a copy of my form letter.  I hope it helps someone else out too.  Oh, and I wish the attorney who helped me with the family member’s estate would have suggested that I do this back then.

Equifax Options , PO Box 740123, Atlanta, GA 30374-0123

Experian, PO Box 919, Allen, TX 75013

TransUnion Opt-Out Request, PO Box 505, Woodlyn, PA 19094-0505

(Credit report agency address)

Dear Sirs:                                                                             DATE

RE:  NAME

Social Security #:    SS NUMBER

(copy of Death Certificate enclosed, if enclosing)

This is to let you know that I would like NAME credit reports to be marked as ‘Deceased’ to create a permanent credit freeze.

NAME died (ON DATE) .

Latest address:

NAME

ADDRESS

TOWN, STATE, ZIP

Thank you.

YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS

 

So, if you read this far, what do you want to see on the blog next year?  I can’t find the option for putting the survey, but here are some of the things I have been thinking (yes, I have been thinking about the blog, but just not doing).

  • Photos of the sewing, etc projects I have been working on
  • Helpful hints – like this post
  • Recipes that I have tried and the family likes
  • Books that I have enjoyed
  • Photos of places we have visited
  • YouTube bloggers and websites that I like
  • ??

Note:  Only your name and comment will show to anyone reading the blog.

 

 

Reasons to be on Facebook

So, I had someone a couple of months ago tell me to get off Facebook.  Their reason was they didn’t want to see what their cousin ate for dinner.  I tried to tell her that my friends usually don’t post about that and there was other things on Facebook, but I got ignored.

Then earlier this month someone else told a group of people to get off Facebook.  Her reasoning was there wasn’t anything worthwhile on it.

Wrong!  At least for me, I have multiple things that I follow on Facebook that are worthwhile.

Here are some of my general examples of the type of pages or groups I follow:

  • local fire and weather
  • local community events
  • garage sales, Facebook Marketplace
  • hobbies I am interested in – sewing, etc
  • local Zumba instructor’s page – then we know if the class schedule has been changed and so we can learn the meaning of new songs
  • new InstaPot, etc recipes
  • stores that I frequently go to
  • etc, etc

If you looked I am guessing that you would find pages that interest you too.

Also, in the last month I commented on a grocery stores post and ended up winning a $5 gift card.  If I hadn’t been on Facebook there would have been no way for me to win the gift card.

So, are you on Facebook?

Later – Heather

Unwanted calls?

Long time no post.  I do have a valid excuse, but that isn’t what this post is about.

So, in the last couple of days we have gotten multiple calls from

‘DSCNT CBL SRVCS’ 702-359-7676

Every call we had sent to the voicemail and they never left a message.  After a few of the calls I did a Google search and found out that some people were getting 7 – 10 calls a day from this number!  Ouch.  So, I went into our phone system and blocked it.

Then, I got an email from FTC titled ‘How to Stop Unwanted Calls’.  Since I know everyone isn’t signed up for the FTC emails I figured I would attach a link to their website that gives options on how to stop the unwanted calls.

https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/how-stop-unwanted-calls?utm_campaign=unwanted-calls&utm_content=text-link&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

Let me know if the link and advice helps you.

Later – Heather

 

Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV)

Long time no post…  I just saw a photo of a Christmas present I made so I figured I would do a quick post.

Who else has gotten into using Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV)?  There are many videos on YouTube, individual blogs, etc so I won’t repeat how to do it, but I will show you the first project that I did for a family member.

heat transfer vinyl, HTV, present

first HTV shirt

The lighting wasn’t great, but the trees are a solid green.  I used my Sizzix hand die cutting machine and some of the dies I had for making scrapbooks.  I had to play around with which way the HTV needed to be placed on the die since I wasn’t able to electronically flip my text.

The shirt is still being worn, but I have had to touch up a few of the letters with an iron.  I am still working on the correct amount of time, etc that they should be ironed for, etc.

Since this original shirt I have made eight more shirts for different family members.  So far I haven’t heard that the shapes or letters have fallen off.

What is your latest craft project?

Later – Heather

 

Instant Pot recipes

Hi.  Yes, I am still here, but have been spending more time living life and working on projects than updating the blog.  I catch myself thinking ‘I should make a blog post about this’ so one of these days I will write about some of my current projects.

Just wanted everyone (anyone?) to know that I just added the links to some of my family’s current favorite Instant Pot recipes to the ‘Links to Instant Pot Recipes’ page.  Tonight I cooked the Pork Chops and they were very good.

Do you have a favorite Instant Pot recipe?  If so, please share the link.

Later – Heather