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Monthly Archives: February 2019

Finished Virus Shawl!

I decided to leave it unblocked because I love the look.  This one took me a while because I didn’t work on it every day.

My Daddy was kind enough to help me show the actual length.  He is 5’9″ he asked that I crop out his head, so I did.  This shawl uses is DK (sport/baby) weight.  I am incredibly pleased with the results. I will be selling all of my work soon, just need to figure out how to start.

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My project so far …

 

Pineapple Peacock Shawl in Parrot Stripe color. I am in love with the way the colors change on this shawl.  This is only half done, and it hasn’t been blocked but look at those colors!  I will be posting a picture of the finished product really soon.

I am currently edging my Virus shawl, and I am thrilled with the way that one is coming out as well. Once I block that one I will post a picture of it.  I am considering bringing my projects to a consignment shop to see if anyone would be interested in buying my creations. I have more yarn than the law allows and need to use it to make room for the new ones that are coming out soon.

Next project will either be a bag or a blanket. I may just work on both!  🙂

 

LOOKA! Fathead Crust Pepperoni Pizza!

I used way too much pepperoni, but this is GOOD!  Finally, I can have pizza and the crust!

Low carb pepperoni pizza. Crust is made out of mozzarella, parmesan and eggs. Taste better than any of the alternatives.

Cooking spray, for pan

4 large eggs 
4 c. shredded mozzarella, divided
1/4 c. freshly grated Parmesan
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 c. pizza sauce
1/4 c. pepperoni
1/4 thinly sliced mushrooms
2 tbsp. thinly sliced black olives
Fresh basil leaves, torn 


Directions:


Preheat oven to 425°. Grease a small baking sheet with cooking spray. In a medium bowl, stir together eggs, 3 cups mozzarella, and parmesan. Season with salt and pepper, and spread mixture evenly on baking sheet.
Bake until lightly golden, about 12 to 15 minutes. Spread pizza sauce on top of baked crust. Top with remaining 1 cup of mozzarella, pepperoni, mushrooms, and olives.
Bake until cheese is melted and crust is crispy, about 15 minutes more. Sprinkle with basil. Slice and remove from pan while still warm.

I just used pepperoni but you can make any pizza.

 

Chicken Quesadillas and Cranberry Water …

… all low carb! I don’t think Keto folks will like the quesadillas but the low carb folks will:)!  I am waiting to go and see the endocrinologist at the end of the month to see if my thyroid is acting an ass and causing me to lose slowly or not at all.  In the meantime, I will be eating this way because I do need to detox off the sugar and “trash” foods I have been eating.  I have also noticed that cooking is saving me money!

Yay for saving money!

Here is my chicken quesadilla that I created in my k-lab.  I did this fast because I know that I will be grazing around the kitchen while I am waiting for the food to cook, so I used chicken breast strips (fully prepared)  instead of preparing a raw one.  You can pretty much add any protein to a quesadilla because a quesadilla is basically a Mexican grilled cheese. When I was in the kitchen cooking in Alaska, I would always be amazed at how much people would pay for a tortilla with melted cheese. It takes 10 minutes to make the dish from start to plating. It boggles the mind, but I understand … I have my moments, and  I say to myself, “C’mon! I don’t have all MINUTE!” when it comes to cooking. 🙂

Chicken Quesadilla (Carb Controlled)

 

MIssion Carb Balance Wheat Flour Tortillas (I used two)

 

Grilled chicken breast strips (I was lazy and using what I had …You can use a boneless chicken breast instead)

 

Sharp Cheddar Cheese

 

Parmesean Cheese (because I like parmesan cheese, you don’t have to use this)

 

Salsa! Check the carb count! Optional: Sour cream (full fat none of that low fat bull) I didn’t have any which is shocking because I always have sour cream for some strange reason.  I think the sour cream fairy visits me at night and puts it in the refrigerator. I guess the little winged heifer didn’t visit this week. 🙂 

A nice non stick pan and non stick spray.

Heat up the pan and warm the (one at a time) tortillas slightly, it tastes better that way and the tortillas will fold better. Be quick, add the cheese (spread over the tortilla to cover it, the edges will stay closed that way). Add a few chicken strips (I warmed mine in microwave because they were fully cooked. Make sure you cook the breast if you are using a fresh one)  on the cheese and fold over. Press down with you spatula, let it cook for about 3 minutes on one side, flip, let it cook on the other side.  The cheese should be melted, if it isn’t cook until the cheese is melted. Repeat with the second tortilla. 

EASY PEASY LEMON SQUEEZY!

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The results! 

***Okay, my Garde Manger skills are somewhat lacking although I excelled in that class!  I could have wiped the plate better and make the plate prettier but it was getting eaten not showcased.”***

My son is my taster, and he loved it.  This is very filling, I only used two taco sized tortillas, and I just ate one, my son ate the other one. 🙂

There you go! Chicken Quesadillas!

Now on to the Cranberry Water. If you are like me and have been on a diet for almost 40 years (Yes, 40 years! I was even on a diet when I didn’t need to be on one, I was a teenager in the ’80s, and the look was emaciated. Wish the “curvy” girl/”thick” sister movement was back then I wouldn’t have been so hungry)  you have probably tried all kinds of diets.  I happen to come across the Fat Flush Plan by Louise Gittleman.  I think she is on to something and I did have a little success on her plan.  There were some things that I found too restrictive but also found wonderful!  One of them was the Cranwater Recipe. This stuff is the bomb, and I still use it daily. Here is the basic recipe. The Miracle water first thing in the morning calls for the Cranwater and fiber added. It makes you regular (“Out of my way, I gotta pooooooo!” regular!) You drink the “I gotta poo” cranwater once and the rest of the day you drink just the cranwater which will flush out your insides, and you will feel lighter. 🙂 It really is good. The PURE cranberry juice can be found in most stores you have to look at the top shelves. It costs more than the other brand but this is concentrated cranberry juice that HAS to be diluted because it is so tart your face will collapse into itself and hair will sprout on your chest. One bottle will yield a lot of cranwater, trust me.

Miracle Cranberry Water Recipe 

 

MUST BE ALL CRANBERRY. Not CRANBERRY BLEND with other juices. I’m serious! 

 

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FILTERED WATER (I use distilled because I’m a wierdo and like the way it tastes. Distilled has all impurities removed AND I found out that is what bodybuilders drink)

You can use bottled water, filtered water from your Brita type filter or if you really have to use the municipal water from your tap.  If you look at the source of some bottled water you will be surprised your water isn’t from a babbling brook but from some city’s municipal water supply or from Coca Cola. Go ahead and check! My feeling were HURT so that is why I use distilled or just Brita type filtered tap water. 🙂 If you look the distilled water in my picture it is from a municipal water supply (Mableton, GA’s water)BUT distilled water is made from the steam or some scientificy procedure, yeah or I just paid $1.00 for Mableton, GA’s tap water.  I still like distilled water 😛 so judge me silently if you must!

If you are hardcore stop those are your ingredients. If you are a punk like me you need a little sweetner.

I used 1 1/4 teaspoon of this. Use as many packets as you need to taste. Stevia sweetner is the only sweetner Ms. Gittleman recommends using on her plan so that is why I used Stevia.

Cranwater: 

In a 2 quart container add 8 oz of the cranberry juice. You may need to shake the bottle first. 

Add 56 oz of filtered water. Add Stevia to taste (use the sweetner you like just NO SUGAR) 

Stir/shake/mix (think grown folks cherry koolaid without the diabetes and the 5 pound bag of sugar added) 

Put in the fridge to chill. 

***To make the MIRACLE FIRST THING IN THE MORNING “I-GOTTA-POOOO” CRANWATER:

 

I added two tablespoons to my first cranwater drink.  I like the clear water soluble fiber because there is no taste. You can add flaxseed but this is easier to find and cheaper. 

Side note: Maybe don’t add two tablespoons in your first drink. That stuff works and I had to poooooo quick. Does it’s job.  The fiber will also fill you. Just stay near a potty if you start off with two tablespoons.  I read you can do this more than once but pooping out my soul once a day is a limit for me. 🙂 

After checking my fridge, I discover a ham. So will be posting my low carb version of a spiral ham. Should be easy, I mean it is a ham!

I’m off today for the Federal Holiday, so I will probably be posting more nonsense throughout the day.

Enjoy the recipes!  I know I did!

 

Ketotarian diet: What is it and how is it different from keto? — Solution To Dieting

VERY INTERESTING! I will probably add the fish option to the menu. I have been looking at going Pescatarian for a while now.  I am from New Orleans so fresh seafood isn’t an issue.  I figure I eat crawfish (bait to Northerners) so let’s look into other seafood options out there. 🙂

 

When someone says the words “ketogenic diet,” the first things that come to mind are probably butter, bacon, and avocados. That’s because the trendy diet has a rep for being heavy on the animal-based fats. (Just look up “ketogenic recipes” and you’ll see what I mean.) This makes the eating plan appealing to carnivores…but what…

via Ketotarian diet: What is it and how is it different from keto? — Solution To Dieting

Next Project :)

I’m almost finished with the virus shawl that I made for my Mom. I am now starting on this beautiful Peacock Shawl. I have included pictures and the written pattern in the blog post. I have also linked the information on Amy Gunderson (the designer of this pattern at Universal Yarns) at Ravelry.com.

Just a note, I literally taught myself how to crochet by watching Youtube, buying books, and lots of mistakes with infinite patience.  If I could pick it up, you can too just remember you will not be perfect the first time.  I will be posting my projects as I start them.  If you are looking for great deals on yarn (they are good deals, and I am pretty sure you can find whatever you need because my store selection is so big) check out my yarn shop!  I also sell accessories for knitting, crochet, and embroidery.  This will be so pretty when I am done!  I am using the multicolored yarn for my project, but you can use any color you wish.

Pineapple Peacock Shawl
Designed by Amy Gunderson
FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Width: 56”
Depth: 28”
MATERIALS
Universal Yarn Major (100% acrylic;
200g/328 yds)
• 111 Jewel – 2 balls
Hook: US Size K-10½ (6.5 mm) or size
needed to obtain gauge
Notions: Tapestry needle
GAUGE
Rows 1-4 = 4” high
Save time, check your gauge.

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Pineapple Peacock Shawl Free Pattern

Pineapple Peacock Shawl Ravelry

Amy Gunderson Designer

NolaKitty Yarns and Stuff – My online store

 

The Nola Kitty IT Department

  • Changed out and installed new 1 TB hard drive and installed new Windows 10 software on an HP Slimline that I found in my attic: CHECK

This one was under insulation in my attic along with an EFF-TON of Mardi Gras beads (a couple of cases) and throws.  It looks like the previous residents were in a Mardi Gras Krewe. There appears to be some black looking stuff (I think tar. CRAP!) that is on the bottom of this thing that is getting on my floors. I am happy about the computer working but not pleased about the tar. It previously had Windows 7 on it and 650 GB Hard Drive.  This will be one of my writing computers, so I’m okay with just 1 TB and Windows 10. Please excuse the dust bunnies …  and that black stuff is from the bottom of the computer. This one is a WIN!

***Edited to add: Just checked, this computer is so old there is only Ethernet and Dial-up available to connect to the Internet. Wow. There is no wireless card, no HDMI and in 2010 it was over 500.00. I thought I did something or forgot a connection, nope it is just that old :). Pretty glossy and pretty blue lights though.  ***

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  • Lenovo Laptop upgraded with 2 TB HD.  That one is my son’s gaming computer.  All I know is I am happy that his beloved laptop is now working again. It has a G4 card or something like that, I call myself an IT department but still don’t know what the hell he is talking about half the time.

Second WIN! YAY for saving beaucoup money!

  • Third and last … a FAIL with the Gateway laptop I was trying resurrect for my Daddy. I cannot find a power cord for the darn thing. I rarely used it, and it was just updated to Windows 10.

That was from a dark time in my life, so maybe it is good that it is dead. 🙂 Was going to wipe it and give it to Daddy, but that was a bust. Back to the drawing board and to Best Buy to return the Universal cord. 🙁

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