Snack and Gatoraid Craft

My daughter wanted to make her dad something for his birthday that he would enjoy.  She wanted to keep it simple because she said he's not worried about how it looks, he just wants the
I thought it was a good idea and  I guess men don't care, like my daughter said, but I tried to think of ways to pretty it up but not too much.
I would cover the cardboard circles with scrap paper with tool designs since he is a carpenter.   Then circle with  pieces of burlap ribbon on the top and bottom.  Then I would tuck small tools in the burlap. Do you have ideas for this craft?  Let me know how you would change this gift or would you change it at all?  We would love to hear your ideas.

Low Carb Recipes

When I go on a low carb diet, boredom is my biggest challenge so I'm on a mission to spice it up.
 In the Atkins days it was mostly meat and salads. How many days can you eat chicken breast and a salad and get excited?

Here are some amazing low carb Recipes.

The Recipe

 To start the meal, this onion sounds delicious.  It uses blue cheese but there are other cheeses that could be substituted if blue cheese is not your favorite. It has butter and crumbled doesn't get much better than that. 

The Recipe

What a way to end a meal, with this beautiful, (I  can't believe this is on my diet) key lime cheesecake bars.

The Recipe

 This is some beautiful bean footage here.  These is not your grandma's green beans. I have a big bag  of green beans in the fridge that are going to used in this recipe.  It's only 8:30 a.m . but I am so ready to make these.  Green beans for breakfast anyone?

The Recipe

These ham and egg cups are a great idea. They are made in muffins tins and are very easy to grab and go.

Celebrating the Fourth of July

These cupcakes are the bomb.  I tried to figure out what the firecracker was made of. I figured they were  shaped fondant.  To my surprise, it is marshmallows that have been covered with melted red wafers and the wick is licorice.
So simple but so cute.
I love candy bark and use it alot to make Christmas candy.  I've never thought about using it for Fourth of July, Memorial Day, or Veteran's Day Candy.
   I just love creative ideas like this,  I would love to take these to a picnic and see the reaction to them.
The Recipe

 I have seen several Oreo cookies dressed for the 4th of July but these are the cutest I've seen.  Visit the site to see how to make these
colorful, patriotic cookies.
My niece made these burlap pillows for Memorial Day but they are perfect for the 4th of July too.

Low Carb Eating

I have been walking with a friend for over a month  trying to improve my overall health.  There are a lot of benefits to walking
I feel much better,  But I noticed something....I'm not losing weight. We walk between 2.5 and 3 miles per day. 
 It takes only one hour to walk 2.5 miles.
Debbie says she can see my weight loss, but I can't and my scales can't see it either.
So now I'm hooked on walking and  would walk just for the health benefits.  But shouldn't I get the reward of weight loss too?
  Things I noticed when I loss 43 pounds (last year)
  • eating less carbs helped my weight loss.
  • going cold turkey on sugar helped lessen my food craving.
  • I'm more aware of what I eat and what my slim friends eat.
  • losing just 43 pounds got me off blood pressure, diabetic, and cholesterol meds, so there is no way I'm going back there.

 This is all out weight loss war!! 

have done research and found a site that focuses on all the things that helped me lose in the past.  Low carbs and sugar free.
Source: Sugar Free Like Me

 I don't know about you,but these food choices look doable to me.
Go to the above link for her grocery list of low carb sugar free eating.

I'm on day 2 and I have a slight headache which is a good sign that your body is detoxing.  I'm eating the foods I have on hand but I'm planning my grocery list for my next shopping trip.
  I will update you as I go through this journey.  I'm so excited, please join me and let me know how this is working for you.

Easy Zucchini Recipes

We have been lucky enough to get loads of zucchini, squash, and cabbage from a family member.
 I can hardly believe that two summers ago I didn't like zucchini, and it keep coming all summer.  I didn't want to seem ungrateful and tell my niece and nephew  I didn't like zucchini, so on and on it came.    The next year they didn't grow any, so it was safe to tell them I didn't like zucchini.  We had a good laugh about it. But I found myself buying some in the grocery store and making oven fries with them.
    This year, we have been blessed again with a big bounty of their zucchini.  Here are some recipes I  want to try and a few I have tried.
This is on the top of my list of zucchini recipes to try.  It is low carb dish and is also a healthy meal for weight watchers.
Tried these tonight.  I think mine were too thin, I got impatient and cut the oven up to 300 degrees.  They stuck and never got crispy.  I feel sure if I had followed instructions, it would have worked. I was trying to hurry them up because the rest of my meal was ready to serve.  I will try them again but I will add Parmesan cheese to them next time for more flavor
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Oh my Goodness!  Zucchini Brownies?  My sweet friend Lauren sent me a link with this recipe.  This is a must try.
Look at the texture of this zucchini bread...I could lick the computer screen it looks so good.  This is a will try recipe and it looks so good I  sent it to my niece that gave me the veggies.
Ok, I just let these cucumber rolls ups hijack my zucchini recipes.  I thought it was zucchini when I saw the photo, but it is such a good idea, I had to share. There are several recipes on the website using thin sliced cucumbers. I Bet these would be a hit at parties.

Beauty Tips and Secrets

This is a great way to get lush lashes without using false eyelashes.  I tried this tip and it does work good. Use mascara as usual.  I dipped an old mascara wand into a small container of baby powder and brushed my eyelashes with it. Then I followed it with my regular mascara. I was very happy with the way this worked.
I have never heard of the term "beachy hair" until I visited this site. Now I totally get it. I made the mix and sprayed and sprayed my hair.  Trust me, you don't won't to overdo it.  I had  matted, dirty looking hair that even my daughter, who is very kind, said looked awful. The blogger said not to spray too much product but I got excited.  I found after the second try, that spraying the underside of my hair worked best for me. It does give your hair texture and hold.  You just have to let off the sprayer before it's too late.
Love this idea, the nails look awesome.  I don't know if I want to purposely smear nail polish around my nails. It is so hard to get polish off when you accidentally get it on your skin. If anyone tries this, please let me know how it worked for you. I'm loving the look.
Source: Buzzfeed
 This is so easy but I never thought of it.  I have tubes and tubes of mascara that I can now save.  I am so excited about this beauty tip find.  
Tried it and it worked!!  It was like a new tube of mascara.
I have never heard of duping a product until recently.  I am totally on board. What it is, is finding matching, less expensive products that perform just as well.  And it's not just beauty products. 
 I saw products comparable to Wen Hair products.  I  bought Wen and gave it away. ( I love the smell of shampoo and I've got to have that lather...right or wrong).

Fun Memorial Day Ideas

Memorial Day is around the corner and many are preparing for parties to celebrate.  Here are some ideas to get you started:
These colorful treats are made from ice cream sandwiches and red, white, and blue sprinkles.  Easy and sure to be a hit. Add by hand or pour sprinkles in a dish and roll the sides.
 My niece Debbie sent a photo of Memorial Day pillows she made from burlap. She used old pillows she already had and covered them with burlap she painted with patriotic designs.  This girl is the repurpose queen.
Source: The Frugal
 Love these fruit Kabobs.  How easy is this to make with skewers and red fruit (like strawberries and red grapes),and blueberries, and white marshmallows.
Source: Skinny Taste
Look at this Luscious trifle!!  Can you believe it is weight watchers? The perfect dessert for Memorial Day and healthy too.

Happy Memorial Day to Each of You

Nurse Graduation Cake

There are so many graduations going on this time of year.  One special friend of ours graduated from nursing school this week.  Here is the cake a friend made for her. The cake is more beautiful in person.
The band aids looked so real, I had to touch them to see. The cake is pound cake and the only fondant is the stethoscope, band aids, and pills. The icing is a cool whip type icing. 
Congratulations Lauren and to all nurses graduating.  As a friend of mine said, Nurses are under rated.
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