Friday, December 8, 2017

Vintage Recipe - Sausage Cheese Puffs

I'm digging into old recipe boxes and rediscovering the family favorites hidden inside! You'll find carefully handwritten recipe cards, newspapers and magazines clippings and even some hastily scrawled directions on scraps of paper, all from years (and years) ago! They're all getting scanned and transcribed so you can enjoy them in your own home kitchen. 


Looking at this recipe for Sausage Cheese Puffs I am almost certain it is the Bisquick Sausage Ball recipe my best friend and I would make every Christmas. It is SO GOOD! I would always use half spicy and half mild pork sausage as well as sharp cheddar cheese. The resulting sausage balls are not spicy but they have SO MUCH FLAVOR! These are always a welcome addition at a potluck or party!




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Friday, December 1, 2017

Vintage Recipe: Swedish Spritz Cookies

I'm digging into old recipe boxes and rediscovering the family favorites hidden inside! You'll find carefully handwritten recipe cards, newspapers and magazines clippings and even some hastily scrawled directions on scraps of paper, all from years (and years) ago! They're all getting scanned and transcribed so you can enjoy them in your own home kitchen.


The Christmas Season is well known for it’s seemingly endless supply of cookies. Spritz Cookies are on favorite among many. They have a rich buttery shortbread-like texture and a pleasant almond flavor. They are also known as Swedish Butter Cookies when made with vanilla extract.

“Spritz” is German for “spritzen” which means “to squirt”. It seems an appropriate name because you will need a cookie press to make these cookies. If you do not have a cookie press, you can use a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip.

The following three recipes for Spritz Cookies were all handwritten on index cards. They were found together in an old large recipe file box. All the recipes have almond extract in them but you can substitute vanilla extract instead for a rich butter cookie.

The ages of the recipe cards are unknown. The original recipes have been scanned and are transcribed below. They can be printed for use in your own home kitchen. Enjoy!

Please Note: Every effort has been made to transcribe these old recipe cards completely and accurately. Many have faded, are stained, or simply do not include every step or tool used in the process. We have changed the wording in some places and added instruction in others to make the text a bit clearer. 

We do not test or verify all the information found on these old cards. If you choose use the information found here, please know that you do so at your own risk.

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Swedish Spritz (Cookies)

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ingredients:


  • 1 Cup Butter
  • 3/4 Cup Granulated Sugar (1 1/4 Cups)
  • 1 Egg (2)
  • 1 tsp. Almond Extract or Vanilla Extract (2 tsp)
  • 2 3/4 Cups Flour (4 1/4 Cups)
  • 1/4 tsp Salt (1/4 tsp)
  • 1/2 tsp. Baking Powder (3/4 tsp)
  • 2/3 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 3 Egg Yolks
  • 1 tsp. Almond Extract or Vanilla Extract
  • 2 1/4 Cups Flour

instructions:


  1. Cream butter and sugar together.
  2. Add egg yolks one at a time and beat after each one.
  3. Add extract and flour.
  4. Put through a Cookie Press.
  5. Bake at 350˚ for 20 minutes.
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Spritz

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ingredients:


  • 1 Cup Shortening (1 1/2 Cups)
  • 3/4 Cup Granulated Sugar (1 1/4 Cups)
  • 1 Egg (2)
  • 1 tsp. Almond Extract or Vanilla Extract (2 tsp)
  • 2 3/4 Cups Flour (4 1/4 Cups)
  • 1/4 tsp Salt (1/4 tsp)
  • 1/2 tsp. Baking Powder (3/4 tsp)

instructions:


  1. Combine all ingredients
  2. Add egg yolks one at a time and beat after each one.

NOTES:

This particular recipe card had adjustments made to it. The ingredients have the original measurement with the adjusted measurement beside it in parentheses.
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Spritz (Cookies)

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ingredients:


  • 2 Cups Shortening
  • 1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 TBS Almond Extract
  • 5 1/2 Cups Flour
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp. Baking Powder

instructions:

Combine all ingredients. Put through a cookie press. Bake at 375˚ for 8-10 minutes.
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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Vintage Recipe: Ohio Buckeyes

I'm digging into old recipe boxes and rediscovering the family favorites hidden inside! You'll find carefully handwritten recipe cards, newspapers and magazines clippings and even some hastily scrawled directions on scraps of paper, all from years (and years) ago! They're all getting scanned and transcribed so you can enjoy them in your own home kitchen. 


Today’s vintage recipes is Ohio Buckeyes. These sweet treats are called “Buckeyes” because they look like buckeye nuts. The peanut buttery center is coated in a chocolate shell leaving a small opening in the top.



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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Vintage Recipe: Chocolate Sauce

I'm digging into old recipe boxes and rediscovering the family favorites hidden inside! You'll find carefully handwritten recipe cards, newspapers and magazines clippings and even some hastily scrawled directions on scraps of paper, all from years (and years) ago! They're all getting scanned and transcribed so you can enjoy them in your own home kitchen.


This chocolate sauce would be perfect poured over ice cream or a slab of pound cake! You can also use it as a dip for vanilla wafers or fresh fruit. Yum!





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Saturday, October 28, 2017

Working Through The Metabolism Plan: Day 4

Day 4 of The Metabolism Plan (Test Cheese)


You can follow along with a downloadable menu and instructions from LynGenet.com or you can purchase The Metabolism Plan book. (It is available as a Kindle book, but I much prefer the hard copy because I write notes in it)

Weight Change: -0.2
Total Weight Lost So Far: 1.8 lbs

Okay, so I didn't lose the 5 pounds expected during the cleanse. But I did have a busy week with unusually late dinners. I also can't remember the last time I lost almost 2 pounds in a matter of days and wasn't feeling crappy (tired, bloated, achy, sneezy, dry itchy eyes, etc). In fact, I'm feeling pretty good!

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16 ounces of water with a splash of lemon juice with supplements (liver detox, MSM and probiotic).

Breakfast: 1 cup of Flaxseed Granola with choice of 1/2 cup blueberries, 1/2 pear or 1/2 apple served with Silk Coconut Milk.

I chose to have blueberries this morning only because I needed to use them up. I didn't want them sitting in my fridge going bad. As usual, served with unsweetened Silk Coconut Milk and topped with some dried cranberries and extra cinnamon.

Flaxseed Granola with choice of 1/2 cup blueberries served with Silk Coconut Milk and topped with dried cranberries and cinnamon.
Lunch: Leftover Roasted Vegetables reheated and served over a bed of Red Leaf Lettuce, topped with Raw Pumpkin Seeds and 1/2 ounce hard or soft Goat Cheese.

This lunch was SO satisfying! The roasted vegetables were hot so the goat cheese began to melt over them. I topped it all the some extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice. This was definitely something I could eat on a regular basis!

I used Simple Truth brand soft goat cheese. This is a Kroger organic brand which I find in the deli section of my King Soopers grocery store here in Colorado. It was the least expensive available at $4.99 on sale. I also purchased some hard goat cheese to try if the soft cheese didn't agree with me.

Simple Truth Organic Soft Goat Cheese 

Roasted Vegetables served over a bed of Red Leaf Lettuce, topped with Raw Pumpkin Seeds and 1/2 ounce hard or soft Goat Cheese
Snack: Carrots with 2 Tablespoons Raw Almond Butter

I cut 2 Carrots into sticks and spooned out 2 Tablespoons full of Raw Almond Butter. I had heard some people reacted to unblanched almonds but passed blanched almonds. Finding almond butter that is unsalted, raw AND made with only BLANCHED almonds was quite a task. Trader Joes is apparently the only maker of this combination and since the closest one is 30 miles away, I would be better off making my own almond butter.

BUT...before purchasing almond butter, I decided to first see the results from the Day 2 almond test. I ate UNblanched almonds and passed so I went to the grocery store and purchased MaraNatha Raw Almond Butter made with UNblanched almonds.


One ingredient...Raw Almonds. No salt. No palm oil. No nothing.

Well...all that trouble over almond butter was for naught. Within minutes of finishing my snack, I started feeling like I had heartburn. I developed a severe headache, started sneezing, had stomach pains and my eyes became dry and itchy. Here I was on Day 4 testing cheese and the almond butter got me.

Dinner: Roasted Chicken, Zucchini Noodles with Sunflower Pesto and Red Leaf Lettuce with Carrots and 1/4 Avocado.

Knowing there was a good chance I wasn't going to pass the day because of the almond butter, I almost caved in for dinner. It was Saturday...our regular Pizza night when Mr. LH takes over and makes pizza for everyone. He had been doing it for YEARS. It smelled SO GOOD when he was making it! But...I was good and stuck with The Plan.

I didn't plan ahead and forgot to soak the sunflower seeds overnight for the pesto. They soaked for only about 30 minutes. I used an OXO spiralizer for the zucchini noodles. If I had to make this often for the entire family, a hand crank spiralizer would be helpful but I really don't want or need another large gadget taking up space in the kitchen. The OXO is a small size and can tuck away in a drawer.

The chicken was leftover from the roasted chicken the night before and I had olive oil and lemon juice on my lettuce, carrots and avocado. It wasn't pizza, but it was very filling.

The sunflower pesto was pretty good! I froze the extra in an ice cube try so I could pull out small portion sizes when I needed it later.

Roasted Chicken, Zucchini Noodles with Sunflower Pesto and Red Leaf Lettuce with Carrots and 1/4 Avocado.



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Friday, October 27, 2017

Working Through The Metabolism Plan: Day 3 of The Cleanse

Day 3 of The Metabolism Plan - The Cleanse (Test Chicken)

You can follow along with a downloadable menu and instructions from LynGenet.com or you can purchase The Metabolism Plan book. (It is available as a Kindle book, but I much prefer the hard copy because I write notes in it)

Weight Change: -1.0
Total Weight Lost So Far: 1.6 lbs

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16 ounces of water with a splash of lemon juice with supplements (liver detox, MSM and probiotic).

Breakfast: 1 cup of Flaxseed Granola with 1/2 apple, chopped.

I think this is my favorite version of the Flaxseed Granola. I love the crisp, juicy apples combined with the sweet dried cranberries and the crunchy granola. I added an extra dash of cinnamon as well.

Flaxseed Granola with Chopped Apple, Dried Cranberries and extra Cinnamon
No headaches this morning after breakfast!

Lunch: 16 oz Cream of Broccoli Soup, Red Leaf Lettuce with Grated Carrots, 1/4 Apple and Sunflower Seeds dressed with extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice.

I was halfway through eating my lunch when I remembered to take pictures! Thankfully, the salads are evolving into something more interesting than lettuce with olive oil and lemon juice. And the Cream of Broccoli Soup, while not as thick and creamy as the cheesy version, is really good with a lot of broccoli flavor (and I LOVE broccoli).

Red Leaf Lettuce with Grated Carrots, 1/4 Apple and Sunflower Seeds dressed with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Lemon juice

Cream of Broccoli Soup
Snack: Spicy Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

I cut the cayenne in this recipe in half down to 1/8 tsp and added some onion powder. They seemed way too oily once they were done baking and I think I could have safely left in all the cayenne called for in the recipe

Dinner: 2 to 3 ounces chicken, roasted vegetables, Red Leaf Lettuce with 1/4 Avocado, Lemon Juice and extra virgin olive oil.

I decided to roast a whole chicken for dinner. The whole dinner menu tonight was something the entire family could eat and would enjoy so I got a bit of a break by only needing to cook one meal. However, The Girl was planning to go the the DenverCon All Hallow's Eve Bash across town and needed a ride there. This was going to put dinner on hold until we got back.

I used a lot of "safe" seasonings like basil, oregano, and garlic in seasoning the chicken and roasted vegetables. The chicken spent the better part of the afternoon in the crock pot and then an hour or so in the oven in a cast iron skillet on a bed of onions. It turned out wonderfully moist and delicious! The carcass was saved for making chicken broth later.

The boys (Mr. LH, The Boy and Elder Boy) added some salt to their dinner but not much.



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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Working Through The Metabolism Plan: Days 1 and 2 of The Cleanse

Knowing it would be a while before I would be able to eat some of my favorite foods, I had spent the previous couple of weeks making some of them for dinner...lasagna and crusty garlic bread, green chile pork burritos, Buffalo Chicken Nachos, and Sweet and Spicy Chicken Wings, etc.

Last night was no exception. I make BBQ sandwiches and an extra cheesy homemade baked mac and cheese (and had three helpings). Imagine my surprise when I weighed myself this morning and found I had lost 1.4 lbs! That was a nice way to kick start this diet!

Day 1 of The Metabolism Plan - The Cleanse

You can follow along with a downloadable menu and instructions from LynGenet.com or you can purchase The Metabolism Plan book. (It is available as a Kindle book, but I much prefer the hard copy because I write notes in it)

Weight Change: 0.0
Total Weight Lost So Far: 0 lbs

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16 ounces of water with a splash of lemon juice with supplements (liver detox, MSM and probiotic).

Breakfast: 1 cup of Flaxseed Granola with 1/2 cup of blueberries.
The recipe for Flaxseed granola can be obtained from the LynGenet website on the Summer Menu Plan. Or, you can opt to purchase Flaxseed granola (though I hear the homemade version is a LOT better).
The recipe called for raisins to be added to the granola when making it but I had left them out. Instead, I put a sprinkle of dried cranberries in the granola before serving it. I poured Silk Unsweetened Coconut Milk over it.

1 cup Flaxseed Granola with Dried Cranberries (instead of raisins) and 1/2 cup Blueberries served with Silk Unsweetened Coconut Milk

I had never had coconut milk before I started The Plan, at least not as a substitute for cow's milk. Mr. LH uses plant based milks on his cereal but I never tried any of them. Even then, he had never tried this brand before. I wasn't sure what to expect, especially since it was unsweetened. I actually really like it! Silk Unsweetened Coconut Milk has a great coconut flavor!

Lunch: Carrot Ginger Soup, 2 Cups Sauteed Broccoli and Red Leaf Lettuce with Raw Sunflower Seeds dressed with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Lemon Juice.

Carrot Ginger Soup, 2 Cups Sauteed Broccoli and Red Leaf Lettuce with Raw Sunflower Seeds dressed with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Lemon Juice.

Carrot Ginger Soup. I had 16 ounces. The recipe had some "options". It was optional to add coconut milk. I did. It was optional to use chilies. I did. It was optional to puree it. I did. After tasting it, I wished I had left out the chilies. It was SO SPICY! And because the recipe also is used to make the Carrot Essence, all the Carrot Essence I had (and everything going forward that was made with it) was going to be super spicy, too! I LOVE spicy foods but this was a bit much.

Sauteed Broccoli. This one was easy. Unfortunately, I hadn't pre-chopped my broccoli. I cut up a couple heads of broccoli and portioned them out into 2 cup containers for future lunches. Then I just heated some olive oil in a pan, mashed a clove of garlic and sauteed it with the broccoli.

Red Leaf Lettuce with raw unsalted sunflower seeds, extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice and some grated ginger for a boost of flavor. The book calls specifically for baby romaine lettuce and I found it in my grocer's produce section (near the bagged salad mixes) but the cost ON SALE was 3 times the price of the red and green leaf lettuces.

Red and green leaf lettuces are considered low reactive, along with a handful of others so they are safe to use for The Metabolism Plan. I'll get the baby romaine at some point to put it into the rotation but for now I plan to stick with the red and green leaf lettuce.

Lyn-Genet would like for you to eat ALL the food but if you can't, you're supposed to eat some of everything. It was a TON of food and I'm not accustomed to eating lunch...ever. Try as I might, I still wound up with leftovers but I did try to finish all the sunflower seeds (for protein).

I knew there would be a time period where I had to find a new "routine" for The Plan. Day 1 drove that reality home for me. After lunch I made the spicy Coco Sauce (recipe in TMP book) and then had to run The Girl and The Boy to their dentist appointment.

The appointment took extra long (for the first time ever) and I didn't have my water with me so I was really thirsty when we got home and my headache was getting worse. I had some peppermint tea available but didn't think it was bad enough yet for me to stop everything for a tea break. 

The Metabolism Plan Spicy Coco Sauce

I did manage to eat my Snack of 1 medium sized apple. It was pretty late for a snack (I think?)...around 4pm. My headache started to fade away afterwards.

Of course, once dinner prep began (having to make 2 different dinners...one for me and one for everyone else), life happened. A fox had trapped a neighborhood cat under our deck. The fox was blocking the cat's escape route so we had to remove some of the lattice surrounding one side of our deck to free her. Exciting stuff!

Dinner: Kale with Spicy Coco Sauce with Raw Sunflower Seeds, Carrot and Beet Salad with Raw Pumpkin Seeds, lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil.

When I finally made it back inside to finish dinner I was woefully behind. The Kale with Spicy Coco Sauce seemed to have half the grocery store's produce section needing to be chopped up! And I still had beets and carrots to grate, too!

I DEFINITELY recommend chopping and grating all your veggies for the week BEFORE starting your cleanse. Stress is supposed to be kept to a minimum during this time but I seemed to be taking care of all my stress on the very first day!

So dinner was late on Day 1. It was almost 9pm before everyone got fed. I was SO thirsty because I had not had any water since before 7:30. If you learn anything from my experience, I hope it is to plan ahead.

I didn't get a picture of the dinner plate on Day 1 but it was pretty similar to Day 2's dinner found below.

Kale with Spicy Coco Sauce. I am not a kale person. I serve kale to my tortoise, not my family. I tried it once and promptly spit it out. Bleh! BUT I had never eaten cooked kale, only raw. So this was going to be something new.

I had a questions about the Kale with Spicy Coco Sauce Recipe in The Metabolism Plan book. It didn't specify how much of the Spicy Coco Sauce to use so I used the entire batch. It worked out great!

Carrot and Beet Salad. As much as I am not a kale person, I am not a beet person. Maybe that is why I took so long to start The Plan! I had to eat both on the very first day! I have avoided beets my whole life. But this was important to me so I was determined to choke down beets if I had to. I didn't know how to buy them (how do you know a beet is good?) nor did I know how to prep them. I had to look it up. Elder Boy grated the carrots for me while I grated a beet (and managed to make the kitchen island look like a crime scene). UGH! It smelled like dirt! The Girl tried some and declared it tasted like dirt!

I kept the carrots and beets separated until dinner then mixed some of each together on my plate and topped it with raw pumpkin seeds, extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice. I was pleasantly surprised to find I could not taste the beets at all this way. In fact, it almost tasted like I was eating shredded apple!

...I was also delighted to learn The Boy and Mr. LH both liked the Kale with Spicy Coco Sauce (The girl wouldn't try it). It means I can use it as a side dish in regular family dinners with no complaints! Good thing, too because it made a HUGE amount! I think I will make only a half recipe next time I need more.

Day 2 of The Metabolism Plan - The Cleanse (Test Almonds)


Weight Change: -0.6
Total Weight Lost So Far: 0.6 lbs

I woke up to a 0.6 lb loss. Not as much of a loss as a lot of people on the cleanse but it was a loss. It could have been from the stress of yesterday. It could have been from the late dinner. Who knows?

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16 ounces of water with a splash of lemon juice with supplements (liver detox, MSM and probiotic).

Breakfast: 1 cup Flaxseed Granola with 1/2 Pear

I was really slack about getting pictures today. Breakfast was 1 cup of Flaxseed Granola with 1/2 pear. Again, I put a sprinkle of dried cranberries in the granola since I had not added raisins when making it. This time I also added a shake of cinnamon for some extra flavor.

I tried using less coconut milk but the flax seeds develop more mucilage sitting in the milk, making the whole bowl of granola kind of gross. The addition of more milk actually seems to mask that by thinning it out making it much more palatable. So no more skimping on the coconut milk!

I started to develop a mild headache around 10:30 but this time it went away on it's own by lunchtime at 1pm.

Lunch: Carrot Ginger Soup with 1 oz Raw Sunflower Seeds, Red Leaf Lettuce extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice and 2 Cups Sauteed Broccoli.
  • Carrot Ginger Soup with 1 oz Raw Sunflower Seeds. Like yesterday, I couldn't finish everything so made sure to at least finish up the rest of the sunflower seeds.
  • Red Leaf Lettuce extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice. This was supposed to also have 1/4 avocado on it but the one I had just purchased this morning was rotten when I cut it open. I took it back to the grocery store after lunch to exchange it.
  • 2 Cups Sauteed Broccoli. This time I used pepper and garlic powder to season it. Also a hefty dose of olive oil to cook it in.
I was STILL not able to finish everything! So Much FOOD!

Snack: 1/2 of an apple and 8 to 10 almonds.

Apple and Raw Unsalted Almonds
Dinner: Kale with Spicy Coco Sauce, 1 cup Basmati Rice with Raw Pumpkin Seeds and Carrot and Beet Salad.

Dinner was much calmer tonight than last night. Everything was pretty much made except for the basmati rice and that could be done quickly in my Instant Pot. I was REALLY looking forward to the rice.
  • Kale with Spicy Coco Sauce. I heated the leftovers up then served it over 1 cup Basmati Rice with Raw Pumpkin Seeds. The rice seemed to actually calm down the spiciness and was really tasty!
  • Carrot and Beet Salad. Served with raw sunflower seeds, lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil. Also, the 1/4 avocado I missed in my lunch earlier because it was rotten was replaced and served with dinner on my carrot and beet salad.
Kale with Spicy Coco Sauce, Basmati Rice with Raw Pumpkin Seeds, Carrot and Beet Salad




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Monday, October 9, 2017

Time To Put "The Plan" in Motion

WARNING! Long post ahead...

For my entire life I haven't had to work very hard at maintaining my weight. Boy, was I lucky!

In high school, I was thin. Almost too thin. But I ate well a lot.

In my young adult years, my weight stayed at a steady 125 lbs. I ate out regularly and although I wasn't REALLY active, I was no couch potato. I worked in restaurants and was always on my feet.

After I had baby #1, I didn't gain a lot during the pregnancy and I was able to squeeze into my pre-pregnant jeans with a week.

Baby #2 was 6 years later. Just like before, I didn't gain a lot and the baby weight came off easily.

By baby #3, I had a pre-pregnancy weight of 125 lbs. I still ate out a couple times a week but by now I was a stay-at-home parent. I gained more during this pregnancy, had gestational diabetes and took longer to drop the weight (this was all blamed on my "higher" age of only 29). I did, however manage to drop the weight. I wound up holding my weight around 128 lbs. This may be the only time in my life I was happy with my weight. I was neither "underweight" nor "overweight" for my body type.

In May of 2012, We started working on Getting Out Of Debt and because of that, we stopped eating out and the majority of our food was made from scratch.

October of 2012, I quit smoking. Within 4 months my weight had gone up to 140 lbs. That's a lot of weight to gain in 4 months. My doctor didn't see anything to worry about because my weight was still well within the "normal" range (for the record, I really started to question everything my doctor said after that).

I started experimenting with diet. I didn't "go on a diet" but I did start paying more attention to the foods we were consuming. More veggies, less sugar, no processed foods. We didn't drink soda anyway and my favorite beverage was unsweetened iced tea. I would have an alcoholic beverage maybe once a year and I had quit smoking. My weight still fluctuated between 132 and 142 lbs.

It seemed I needed to get comfortable with my new weight. The problem was, I LOOKED like I had extra weight and it wasn't muscle. It was fat. I could see see the gain in my arms, face and neck, but the weight was mostly concentrated in my belly area. I wasn't gaining weigh gracefully, I was looking frumpy. How could a few extra pounds look so obvious?

Then came another problem. During a routine doctor's visit, It was suggested that because of my age (and from having gestational diabetes all those years earlier) I should get an A1C test done. So I did.

"The A1C test is a blood test that provides information about a person's average levels of blood glucose, also called blood sugar, over the past 3 months. The A1C test is sometimes called the hemoglobin A1c, HbA1c, or glycohemoglobin test."

My results in August 2014:
A1C 5.8% (standard range is 3.4 - 5.6%)
Blood Sugar 120

The 5.8% put me just over "normal" range and into "high-risk" range for my doctor (different places have different scales). It was suggested I lower my sugar intake as well as my carbs. So I did.  (I didn't cut them out completely. I only lowered them).

Approximately 18 months later, I took the test again.

March 2016:
AIC 6.1% (standard range is 3.4 - 5.6%)
Blood Sugar 128

A change was becoming NECESSARY or I would be facing the very real possibility of developing diabetes. The 6.1% test result actually put me in the "prediabetes" range for my doctor. At this time it was suggested I see a nutritionist.

I started looking into sugar alternatives. Agave Nectar, Stevia, Honey, molasses, Monk Fruit, etc. I watched what I was eating and upped my water intake. I have since kept Agave nectar use to an absolute minimum and have cut out all stevia use completely (apparently I have an allergy to stevia).

During this time, I began exercising a hour at a time twice a day, 5 days a week for 5. solid. months. My weight was hovering between 135 and 145 lbs. I wasn't losing anything.

December 2016:
A1C 5.9% (standard range is 3.4 - 5.6%)
Blood Sugar 123

My A1C results went down a little bit and my weight was still the same.

Not only were my weight and my A1C levels a problem, but my whole body seemed to be out of whack. I couldn't focus. I kept becoming distracted. I would zone out frequently. My muscles would ache. My joints would ache. Constant headaches. Constant sneezing. I was tired ALL. THE. TIME. I had a lower tolerance for stress and any disruption of things, any break from routine would cause me to turn bitch instantly. Then the guilt from that would hit and I'd start crying uncontrollably. Seriously. This is no way to live. It's HORRIBLE.


Enter "The Plan" 

I first read "The Plan" in 2016. I knew almost immediately that this was a "diet" I was willing to try. It is a type of elimination diet that has you test foods for "reactivity". Do they cause inflammation? Do they cause weight gain, headaches, gas, bloating, etc? You can learn more about it at LynGenet.com.

Early in 2017 Lyn-Genet Recitas released "The Metabolism Plan" and I was even more enthusiastic to start.

I knew just limiting calories didn't work for me. I knew regular exercise (or perhaps the KIND of exercises I was doing) didn't work for me.  But this time I didn't JUST have weight loss as a goal. This was an entire change in eating habits that I could continue using and adjusting for the rest of my life as my body's needs changed.

A lot of the problems I had been having with weight, aches and pains, fatigue, etc, could be attributed to inflammation. A dysfunctional thyroid could be to blame. The foods I prepared and served to my family on a regular basis could be doing me (us) more harm than good. I hoped that "The Metabolism Plan" could help me uncover all the issues and solve the mysteries with my health. I wanted so much to feel "right" again.

It was time to "The Plan" in motion.



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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Vintage Recipe: Impossible Cheeseburger Pie

I'm digging into old recipe boxes and rediscovering the family favorites hidden inside! You'll find carefully handwritten recipe cards, newspapers and magazines clippings and even some hastily scrawled directions on scraps of paper, all from years (and years) ago! They're all getting scanned and transcribed so you can enjoy them in your own home kitchen. 



This recipe for Cheeseburger Impossible Pie is the Impossible Cheeseburger Pie from my childhood. It is a popular recipe by Betty Crocker for Bisquick Baking Mix.




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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Vintage Recipe: Peanut Butter Cookies - Large Batch Recipe from Denver Public Schools

I'm digging into old recipe boxes and rediscovering the family favorites hidden inside! You'll find carefully handwritten recipe cards, newspapers and magazines clippings and even some hastily scrawled directions on scraps of paper, all from years (and years) ago! They're all getting scanned and transcribed so you can enjoy them in your own home kitchen. 


This recipe for Peanut Butter Cookies makes a HUGE batch…a whopping 7 dozen cookies! The recipe comes from Denver Public Schools and was handwritten on a decorative recipe card. The age of the recipe card is unknown, however, I’m pretty sure it’s been a long time since cookies were made from scratch in school cafeterias!



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Monday, August 14, 2017

Furry Meet Up in Arvada


The day after we returned from our whirlwind trip to South Dakota, there was a Furry gathering in Arvada that The Girl wanted to attend. She had spend so much time making her fursuit but had little chance to actually wear it so we agreed to take her. I'm so glad we did!

She was able to see old friends, make some new friends and had a genuinely wonderful time!





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Sunday, August 13, 2017

From Colorado to South Dakota


The start of school was creeping up on us quickly (as it always does). We had kept pretty busy all summer and had not yet taken an excursion away from the city.

When we first moved to Colorado, The Boy had mentioned wanting to visit Mount Rushmore. It was, after all, only a 5 or 6 hour drive from Denver.

So on Monday Mr. LH proposes a trip to Mount Rushmore...

Me: When do you want to go?
Mr. LH: I don't know...after the (school) open house Wednesday night.
Me: How long do you want to stay?
Mr. LH: Probably just overnight.

On Tuesday...

Me: Why are the hotels so expensive right now? And why is everyone booked?!? (The Sturgis Rally was in its second week.)
Me: (makes hotel reservations for one night)
Mr. LH: Maybe we can make a trip out to the Badlands, too.
Me: Ooohhh...there is a Minuteman Missile Silo we can go down, too. But you have to make reservations ahead of time.

(10 minutes later)

Me: No openings for the silo tour. (There were no openings for the tour through the entire weekend...make your reservation FAR in advance)

On Wednesday...

Mr. LH: We can take this route through Custer State Park. It's supposed to be really scenic. (It was)
Me: How are we going to drive up there, do all this, and come home in 2 days? We should probably see if we can stay another night.
Mr. LH: ....
Me: (extends hotel reservation to second night)

On Wednesday, we shopped for snacks for the road, packed our stuff, took The Girl to her open house (she is starting her freshman year of high school), and went to bed intending to be out the door at 7 AM (you know that didn't happen, right?)

We pulled out of the driveway sometime after 8am and headed north on I-25 toward Cheyenne. I couldn't help but notice that the scenery from northern Colorado through southeastern Wyoming and southwestern Nebraska looked very much the same...


Of course, just like the Rocky Mountains, the Black Hills seem to suddenly appear! And they are gorgeous!

It took us about 6 hours to reach Mount Rushmore with rest stops and occasional rain.

Mount Rushmore, South Dakota: Since time was not on our side, we decided to head straight to Mount Rushmore instead of going to the hotel first. We arrived around 3pm but the park is open late so that wasn't a big deal. There was a crowd going in even at that time of day! There is a $10 Parking Fee but if you're planning to stay in the area longer than we were, the parking pass is good for the next 7 days.

Looking at all the license plates on the cars, it seemed the entire country and a good portion of Canada was represented in that parking lot!

Coco, The Girl's plush ferret, always vacations with us.
We took the Presidential Trail that ran below the monument and in a big loop. I highly recommend doing this if you can, though there are lots of stairs.



Keystone, South Dakota: Our hotel was in Keystone so we wandered the small town and had dinner there both nights. The streets were lined with motorcycles from people visiting for the Sturgis Rally.


Had I known BEFORE our trip that the Keystone Historical Museum had an exhibit about Carrie Ingalls Swanzey (little sister Carrie from the Little House book series), we would have made time to visit!

Custer State Park, South Dakota: From Keystone, we took 16A (Iron Mountain Road) down through Custer State Park. We were just going to drive through here and take in the views but we kept stopping to explore and take pictures!


Badlands National Park, South Dakota: It is $20 admission per car, good for 7 days.

We drove down I-90 to the Northeast Entrance and looped around inside the park to the Pinnacles Entrance. Outside the Northeast entrance is a Gas Station/Gift Shop in case you need to fill up before entering the park.


We thought we would be in the car most of the time but there were lots of places to get out, walk around and explore. There were also a lot of "scenic overlook" type spots. Lots of photo opportunities!


Bathrooms are scarce. Bring plenty of water! We actually wound up getting there around 1pm and it was HOT! The Visitor Center has wonderfully cold AC and convenient water fountains with bottle fillers. We refilled ALL our 8 or so water bottles before moving on.


Once we left the Pinnacles Entrance of the Badlands, we headed north to Wall, South Dakota, home of Wall Drug.

Wall Drug: This store has quite an advertising campaign going on up and down I-90. Wall Drug is THE "free ice water store". It's like a mini mall with store after store after store all housed within one building.

We got our free ice water and our souvenir South Dakota Christmas ornament before heading back to Keystone for the night.

Sylvan Lake, Custer State Park, South Dakota: We took 224 to 87 and entered Custer State Park again. This time we entered the fee area. It was $20 admission. Once again, we were just going to drive through so the fee seemed a bit ridiculous. But as it turns out, we spent quite a bit of time in the park...again.


Sylvan Lake was the first place we came to and we had to stop. There was no way we could see this and not stop.  A trail took us around the entire lake.

We could have easily spent a few days in this park!

Wind Cave National Park: Coming out of Custer State Park, we automatically wound up in Wind Cave National Park. Here were sweeping prairies and bison! Lots and lots of bison!


We still had a long 6 hour drive back to Colorado, but we were certainly able to pack a lot into a 2-night stay in South Dakota. There is so much more to see there than we originally thought and we definitely plan to return.



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Monday, April 3, 2017

DIY Fire Starters

I had a bunch of random items in my recycling bins and wanted to find something useful I could make at home with them.  I came across some sites that mentioned homemade fire starters and thought this would be a fantastic project . The Boy had mentioned the difficulty his scout patrol would have in keeping a flame going long enough to catch all the campfire kindling on fire. A DIY Firestarter would keep a flame for a long while enabling someone to have plenty of time to get a campfire going.

I gathered up all my materials one day and set to work making some homemade fire starters.

All you need to make homemade fire starters are recycled paper egg cartons, some wax and a few combustible items (I just used dryer lint, empty toilet paper tubes and the lids of the egg cartons (torn into shreds). I was worried I wouldn't have enough filler material but as it turns out, I had way more than enough!

Fill your egg cartons with combustible material:



Pour melted wax over your combustible materials. You don't need to submerge everything in the wax. You just need enough wax to just hold everything together (and it slows down the burning):


Allow wax to cool. Then cut apart sections.


To use, light a corner of the egg carton. Of course, please use your fire starters with extreme caution!

We put four or five fire starters in a sandwich bag and keep a bag in each of our emergency packs. The rest are stored with our camping gear. Now whenever The Boy goes camping with the scouts, he takes a few fire starters with him.





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