Thursday, November 30, 2017

Losing weight is still possible!

A few months ago my son lost his job and so they moved in with us.  Currently He is teaching in our local school and part of his daily habit was to lose 50 pounds which he did do and the weight has stayed off. 

This last week we sat down together so he could explain how he did this.  It's a Paleo plan.  Where you fast for 3 weeks.  You can have coffee, tea and water as long as it has no calories.  And if you need it you can have 1 cup of bone broth each day.  After 3 days you will no longer be hungry and you have a lot more energy.  You must do at least 30 minutes of some form of aerobic exercise each day also. 

My husband and I have started this and he is losing weight each day but over a 3 day period I have only lost 1 pound and my body started shutting down.  I have low blood pressure and the fasting caused my blood pressure to start falling to dangerous places.  I had to stop my fast and get enough electrolytes into my system and enough food with lots of salt to raise my blood pressure back up. 

I am disappointed and will try to figure out how I can do this without threatening my life trying to lose 20 pounds.  But it has worked for my son and his dear wife.  They have lost lots of weight and they both feel much better now.    My husband has lost 6 pounds so far.   I think he has decided to wait until after the first of the year to try this again.

I know there are lots of folks out there that would love to lose some weight so thought I should share this with you all.  My son said after your 3 week fast you will find certain foods that make you gain weight.  For him it was dairy.  You can continue fasting for 2 or 3 days at a time and then eat for a day or two until you have lost the weight you had planned on losing. 

Blessings.
Cherlynn

Friday, June 23, 2017

Being Grateful

A study done at Harvard showed that many folks are a glass half empty type person.  But there is a way we can change our personality to become a glass half full type person.  Its a very simple act of daily writing down in a journal or just in a note on your phone,  3 things you are grateful for.   It doesn't have to be big things, the small simple things will do.  After a few months of doing this daily, you will change how you look at things.  You will be looking for the good in people.  You will be become a happy grateful person.  Yes everyone can do this and change their outlook in life.

I hope you all can find at least 3 things to be grateful for each and every day!

Blessings,
Cherlynn

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Ok I love junk food but with my severe food allergies I rarely find anything I really long for.  I am trying to get healthier but I confess I don't like most veggies.  Broccoli is ok cooked with lots of cheese sauce on it.  My oldest has gone Paleo and I found a few recipes they've sprung on me that I actually liked.  Oh I don't care much for fish either.  This cook book is by Loren  Cordain.  It's titled "Real Paleo Fast and Easy".  ISBN 9780544582644

I hate Brussel Sprouts but my husband loves them so in an attempt to please him and try something new I made Shaved Sprouts and Chicken Salad from this book.  I also hate musard of any kind.   I cut the recipe in half for the two of us but here is today's recipe which has me wanting Brussel Sprouts again later this week!

Shaved Sprouts and Chicken Salad       Serves 4

1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 to 4 Tablespoons fresh Lemon Juice
1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons Dijon Style Mustard

Mix this together in a large bowl.

Add 9 ounces shaved fresh Brussel Sprouts (shaved is thinly sliced,I used a mandolin slicer but a knife would work fine as would a food processor if you cut the bottoms off.) and 1/2 cup snipped fresh mint.  

Mix and add 2 cups shredded roast chicken (recipe is in the book), 1 cup halved seedless red grapes, 1 sweet tart apple such as Pink Lady, cored and diced and 1 cup chopped pecans.  Toss together and enjoy.

Blessings,
Cherlynn

Friday, February 24, 2017

8 Financial Stressors Many Couples Face and How to Overcome Them

I found these guidelines on a Military sight and most of them will apply to all married couples. 


8 Financial Stressors Many Couples Face and How to Overcome Them

Not Agreeing on How to Handle Finances

Most couples are made up of one spender and one saver. This can be great as the saver can keep the spender in check and the spender can get the saver to live a little. When a couple can’t decide together how best to handle money, financial stressors occur.
To overcome this, sit down and talk to each other. Set aside time when children are not around and there are no interruptions so that you can have a serious financial discussion. Don’t leave the table until a decision has been made.

Not Communicating

Communication is key in a healthy relationship. If you are not being honest with yourself or your spouse about spending, more financial stressors will occur.
            Do you hide shopping bags in the car until your spouse isn't home so they can't see how much shopping you've done?
Ask yourself why you feel the need to do so. Did you spend more than you should of? Are you worried they will be upset with you for this?
            Years ago I had a friend with out of control spending habits.  She took out credit cards in her husbands name and hid everything from him. She hid the mounting bills that flooded in.  This poor guy remained clueless until the sheriff came to his workplace and arrested him for fraud. She ended up in jail, divorced and lost her children over her fraud. This as an extreme that I pray no one else commits!

Not Creating a Budget 

Forget financial stressors, money-conscious couples that set budgets have less stress. Knowing how much money is coming in and going out will bring relief.
Knowing that you have enough money to pay all the bills by allocating money each month will set fears aside. As a couple, decide how much money you want to save and how much you’re comfortable spending each month.  You can find free activities to do to relieve the . stress until you have enough money to go out again.  

Putting Off Saving for Retirement

When you’re young and facing bills, saving for retirement might be the last thing on your mind. Savvy savers know that saving now for retirement can alleviate financial stressors. You can contact a financial planner, attend a saving for retirement seminar or do your own research.   A simple $10 a month no matter how poor you are is a start until you can afford to put more away.  
The sooner you start saving for retirement, the better off you’ll be when the time comes.

Not Having an Emergency Savings

It is recommended to have an emergency fund with the greater of either 2 weeks’ worth of pay or $1,000. You can use an emergency fund calculator to determine the right amount that your family should save. When an unexpected event occurs that brings in a large bill, financial stressors arise. Help lower the stress by having a plan already in place.

Taking on More Debt Than You Can Handle

You and your spouse need to be realistic on what you can afford. Keeping up with the Joneses is what gets many families into trouble.
Just because your neighbor has a new car or put in a pool does not mean that you need to do the same thing.
How many financial stressors do you need in your life?
Is trying to keep up with the social status of your neighbors or friends worth the burden?
Be realistic with your wallet. If you can’t afford the payments on a new car, maybe you don’t need such an expensive one.
Use combined wisdom before you make major purchases.  Make every penny count!

Struggling with Finances on Your Own During a Deployment

While most of you will not face separation due to work, I am finding more and more families are having to live with these types of separation.  Planning before hand can save both of you a lot of stress.

When your spouse is deployed and you are unable to communicate immediately or even frequently, financial decisions are often made on your own.
It can be extremely frustrating when financial stressors arise during a deployment. You don’t have your significant other to help you make a decision and are forced to deal with it on your own.
Setting time aside before your spouse deploys to discuss what to do in this instance can help significantly.

Not Expecting a Baby to Change Your Finances Dramatically

If you don’t have children yet, you might not understand this but it is true. Children are expensive. The more you have, the more it will cost you. Having a child unexpectedly can create financial stressors if you aren’t prepared. Not everyone gets the opportunity to plan ahead for a growing family, but if you are able to plan financially for your little one, life will be a little easier.  Never put off having children due to money concerns but make sure you do plan for the event.  If it takes both pay checks for you to survive, make sure you plan for child care.  My husband and I arranged different work times so we could eliminate child care. But it was hard on us because we had so little time together.  Other's have family members who can watch little ones.  But if neither of these options work for you, you will need to decide if it is worth one of you staying home instead of working.  Weigh your options before having a family.  Realizing those expenses after the fact can lead to many fights and depression.  
I hope these thoughts help you!
Cherlynn

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Lessons learned today: Making Strawberry Icing

My Dad was a romantic soul.  Every Valentine's day he gave all his daughters a small heart filled box of chocolates and Mom always got a big heart shaped box of chocolates. I continued to receive my box of chocolates every year until I got married.   On Her anniversary in December he always brought her a dozen Red roses.  After she died he still put a dozen red roses every year on her grave until he died.  My husband is not cut from the same cloth.  I think he was relived that our 2nd son was born on Valentines Day.  Now Valentines day is all about his birthday relieving my other half of ever feeling guilty about the day.  I miss my Dad on day's like today.

This year our son requested a chocolate cake with Strawberry icing.  I've never made Strawberry icing and quickly discovered there was a learning curve on this project.  Looking back now I realize it should of been a no brainer.  You cut strawberries up and add a little sugar and let them sit awhile and it pulls the juices out.  Had I started out thinking about this the project would of went much better than it did!  I used a pound of frozen strawberry slices and semi thawed them and just dumped them into the icing.  12 cups of powdered sugar later I finally awakened to my stupidity.  I should of added a little sugar and let it sit and then add in some clear jell and stir again.  This thickens and stabilizes the strawberry before you add it to the icing.  I added the clear jell to the frosting and it did thicken but I have a ton of it now and we are not big on sweets.  

I haven't posted much lately but I thought I should pass this along in case anyone else wanted to make strawberry icing.

Blessings,
Cherlynn

Friday, November 4, 2016

Food Storage



I have been getting Non-GMO Freeze dried food from http://www.thrivelife.com/.   I set up "Q-Shipments so they come each month.  While we were in Utah I was told to go to blazefreefood.com for a deal of a lifetime.  That site is now gone,  their special of free 72 hour kits is out.  But these deals came from http://www.mypatriotsupply.com/  and you can still order from them at a slightly higher price but you don't have to listen to a spill going on for 10 to 20 minutes for each page before you can order or not before going to the end.  This product is also all non-gmo and all food was grown in the USA.  



I don't suggest buying all your food storage in freeze dried,  I am a firm believer in having a diversive supply.  Having dehydrated or freeze dried supply would be perfect if you ever had to bug out.  Its light weight and easy to pack but it can also be bad to have if you have a limited water supply.  So I am trying to collect 1/3 supply in freezed dried/dehydrated.  I also am aiming at having 1/3 supply in canned goods.  Then the rest in dry goods and freeze/frozen.  I greatly limit my freezer stuff in case of a total power outage that last long term.  I need to be able to use/ can it if that ever happens. 

 

I am also making sure everything is non-GMO and I am storing grains for those who need GF.  Nothing like facing a disaster only to discover no one can eat the food you stored.  

Have fun and store the things your family loves to eat.   My husband and I have made it a priority to rebuild our food supply now that we are out of debt and can do so.  We are getting enough food for the whole family knowing that if something big ever happens they will be coming home.   They are all living in apartments so we have told them to put aside a 30 day food storage and we will have the rest.   

Blessings,
Cherlynn
brchbell@yahoo.com

Friday, September 2, 2016

Awesome 3 cheese Mac and cheese

I just tried a new recipe for Mac & Cheese and it was great!   It was the best recipe I've ever had!  Make sure you read the recipe all the way through before starting.  I made 3 smaller casseroles out of one batch

1 pound Rotini or other pasta
2 cups whole milk
8 oz. Cream cheese
3 Tablespoons Butter
1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cup grated sharp cheddar
1 1/2 cup grated smoked gouda or muenster cheese

Cook the pasta and make the sauce: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cook the pasta following package directions. Strain the pasta, rinse with cold water to cool and prevent clumping, drain well, and transfer to a large bowl. Set aside. Combine the milk, cream cheese, butter, pepper, and salt in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the butter and cream cheese have melted -- about 10 minutes.
Assemble the macaroni and cheese: Toss the Cheddar and Gouda with the reserved pasta. Add the hot milk mixture and stir until well combined. Transfer pasta to a 3-quart baking dish and bake until the macaroni is set and the top is golden brown -- about 30 minutes. Divide macaroni and cheese among 8 plates and serve hot.

We were having terrible cravings today and this totally took care of it.

Hope you enjoy it!
Cherlynn
brchbell@ yahoo.com