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Lifestyle change …

To start…..

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Ok so that is now out of the way!

I’ve been gaining weight, as we all do as we get older, but moreso however it has happened even more since November. I’ve been diagnosed with more and more ailments as well, a few due to weight gain in general, fatty liver disease is the major one. And even hubby has been diagnosed with things in recent, diabetes and hypertension, so major lifestyle change has come around.

We have been doing low carb, very low but not keto. Im impressed with how low carb is easier than it was years past and actually is pretty tasty!

Tonight was low carb copycat Chick-fil-A…. it was pretty good.

Today’s lunch was low carb wrap with lavish. Ham, avocado, greens, havarti cheese….

Monday was low carb meatloaf and mashed cauliflower.

This was when I did prep and froze it.

Low carb shrimp stir fry and cauliflower rice….was good but the ‘rice’ not popular.

Hamburger wrap another night.

Some breakfast….

Low carb banana and banana/blueberry muffins.

We got what is called carbquick… like bisquick but made with carbulose which is less on carbs.

Theae are a work in progress, 1st ones were bland. These 2nd ones were better but not quite.

Working on other and better things!

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Our Homemade Pizza

We have now decided, after making it a few times (like 5 in the last month and a half), that homemade pizza is best!

So good that I didn’t get pics of when they were finished….except when my daughter decided to make a stromboli this last time.

My hubby likes pepperoni (sausage give him heartburn) and the kids and I like sausage (pepperoni give me heartburn). We use breakfast sausage, jimmy dean type, and the sauce we use is Prego (I grew up using and still use).

I brown all meats, except for the pepperoni, and for me I sauté an onion in alittle butter, to top mine.

We use pilsbury pizza dough, we have even used Walmart’s brand too. I pop the container and put the dough on a silicone mat, rolling it out to desired thickness. I like a thicker crust while the hubby likes a very thin and crispy crust. We brush a thin layer of olive oil and prebake it….my son 10 minutes, my daughter and me 12-13 minutes and my husband until almost burnt (a joke in our house….he likes it very crispy!)

Then after prebaking, we let it cool about 10 minutes, that way the sauce doesn’t make the crust soggy. After that we assemble as we wish, I make everyone do their own so Im not to blame about too much or not enough toppings. And then bake atleast 10 more minutes, depending on the person.

This is my hubby’s after final bake, my opinion its burnt.

My daughter decided last time to make stomboli, no prebaking. She said it was great!

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Orzotto with Peas

We had what we call ‘whatever night’ at our house tonight. I’ve been wanting to make this for awhile but half my family doesn’t share the love of peas. I made this with adding shrimp sautéed in garlic butter and cut them up in little pieces.

Its very tasty.

Here is the recipe …

Orzotto with Peas

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Valentines soap…

Alittle while ago, December 17th to be exact I made what I was calling ChocoBerry soap. To be ready, ok I didn’t calculate the times that great….Im new to making soap, but anyway to be ready for valentine’s day.

I scented it with chocolate covered strawberry scent, via Natures Garden fragrance oil. Well I went, apparently, light handed on the scent.

This was the day after making, unmolded and was disappointed. No scent and it was yellow and red instead of brown and red like a strawberry with chocolate on it.

Later, it has turned the colors I wanted but again no scent.

They are even darker now! I wish I had a picture but Im not where I can get a snip.

Anyway they are luxurious anyway from all the oils used, just not scented as I want. 🤷‍♀️ Live and learn.

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Aids in healing….

Yesterday I made a batch of Baby Soft/Sensitive soap.

I unmolded and cut it today. Looks nice!

In the olive oil, I infused calendula, comfrey and chamomile; those aid in healing the skin. I use the calendula and comfrey in my homemade Neosporin and it helps in healing wonderfully!

My next soap, for valentines is going to be made with this!

My Valentines inspired soap, I may call it ChocoBerry. 🤔

Im thinking I should make the middle red and all around brown, just like a chocolate covered berry!

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Magical Mermaid Soap

Made a new soap last night, a partial lard bar and it was beautiful when making it, but the cut was even better than I thought it would come out!Thanks to some name suggestions I named this batch Magical Mermaid 🧜‍♀️. The smell is sweet and kind of oceany, it was Sea Salt fragrance from Bramble Berry. It will be wrapped and ready to go mid to late January.

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Body butter

Hubby needed some kind of good and moisturizing cream for his feet, that is unscented. So I made my own body butter with avocado oil, coconut oil, shea butter and castor oil.

Out of the remainder of the butter that wouldn’t fit all into this container and added peppermint essential oil and some red mica. So I made Candy Cane Body Butter.

Then I had not quite enough to fill another container like the previous ones, so I made samples.

This body butter, like most of my others is very lightly scented, but luxurious.

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Ocean Swirl

I can’t believe I have been out of my mind and forgotten to write here.

I made more soap about a week after my first one, it was kinda a mess. I learned a valuable lesson, don’t buy my scents from the local stores, buy it online… but I also learned to look online about my scents because they are not all created equal.

I wanted to make an Ocean Swirl for the next soap. To which I sort of did.

The scent or fragrance should I say, that I used accelerated the soaponification that it got so stiff so quickly that I couldn’t see that there were holes as I was trying to swirl and no matter how much tamping down I did. This fragrance was from an online source.

Then I made another soap, I call Kiwi Swirl, fragrance from a local store and it accelerated the soaping process even more that it was like oatmeal…. then while trying to smooth out the top it started to already gel.

Then after the next day, unmolded and cut, it was seeping oil. I thought I was going to lose my mind. After curing for awhile, it has a few more weeks, but its not oily anymore!

So, because my 1st 2 batches were alittle wonky, I made samples out of them.