Friday, March 10, 2017

Daybook/march11/2017

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For Today March, 10, 2017
10:58pm




 
Looking out my window...

It is pitch black; however the day has been dark and overcast.


I am thinking..
 
about life on the beach






I am thankful
for all that Jesus has blessed us with

One of my favorite things
chatting with friends over a quilting bee





I am creating


I am wearing
A red and white bed gown

I am watching
Lady in the Water
I am hoping
 that Oklahoma  will cease with their delays.
to be more patient with my husband




I am learning
to be more patient with my own weaknesses



In my kitchen


Snake Bites
a.k.a. gluten free chicken nuggets

Ingredients
  • 1-1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup finely ground corn flake crumbs or Rice or Corn Chex crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon EACH salt, onion powder & paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon EACH black pepper, cayenne pepper & garlic powder
Directions
Begin by preparing the cereal crumbs. I do this in a food processor. I start with 2-cups of cereal, process it to fine crumbs and then dump the crumbs into a measuring cup. Then I process more crumbs, continuing until I have a full cup.
The next step is cutting the chicken into small, bite-sized pieces or longer tenders.  The smaller you make the pieces the further you can extend them with the coating.  After cutting the pieces set them aside.
For the coating you need an empty rice cake bag or a small paper bag or an empty waxed paper cereal bag or something of that nature.  In your bag combine the crumbs, nutritional yeast and seasonings.  The nutritional yeast is completely optional, but gives the nuggets a slightly cheesy flavor that my kids really like. Close the top and shake to combine.
Coat a pizza pan or other baking sheet with the vegetable oil.  Preheat the oven to 450°.
Place a few of the chicken pieces into the bag of crumbs.  Close the top and shake briskly.  Place the coated chicken on the prepared baking sheet.  Continue until all of the chicken pieces are well coated with the crumb mixture.  If you have crumbs leftover you may scatter them over the top of the coated chicken pieces in the pan.  Bake the nuggets at 450° for 12 to 15 minutes or up to 20 minutes for larger pieces.  Remove and allow to cool briefly before serving.
Provide condiments including barbecue sauce, ketchup, honey-mustard, plain honey, mayonnaise, dairy-free ranch dressing or any other favorite.  This is a real kid pleaser.
If your chicken meat is fresh, not previously frozen, then after coating the snake bites you can flash freeze them and store them in a zipper bag in the freezer.  Bake in an oiled pan as directed, increasing the cooking time to 30 minutes or so, depending on the size of your bites.
Flash freezing is when you arrange the food on a waxed paper lined cookie sheet and place the pan in your freezer overnight, or for several hours.  When the snake bites are frozen, gather them up and store them in a heavy plastic bag in the freezer.
The reduction in fat and absence of additives and preservatives makes these a much healthier choice than commercially available nuggets.  Besides that, they taste better, are higher quality and cost less than most store-bought nuggets; and are a fraction of the price of gluten-free store-bought nuggets. I don’t know who can afford those; pound for pound they cost more than shrimp or ribeye steak!
Makes 8 moderate (kid-sized or diet-sized) servings, or enough for 4 starving adults.
Per Serving: 180 Calories; 6g Fat (29.6% calories from fat); 21g Protein; 11g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 52mg Cholesterol; 430mg Sodium.
Calories By Percentage: 30% Fat; 24% Carbohydrate, 47% Protein.
Exchanges: 1/2 Grain(Starch); 3 Lean Meat; 1/2 Fat.





In my garden
nothing but seedlings germinating in small cups




Snake Bites
a.k.a. gluten free chicken nuggets

Ingredients
  • 1-1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup finely ground cornflake crumbs or Rice or Corn Chex crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon EACH salt, onion powder & paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon EACH black pepper, cayenne pepper & garlic powder
Directions
Begin by preparing the cereal crumbs. I do this in a food processor. I start with 2-cups of cereal, process it to fine crumbs and then dump the crumbs into a measuring cup. Then I process more crumbs, continuing until I have a full cup.
The next step is cutting the chicken into small, bite-sized pieces or longer tenders.  The smaller you make the pieces the further you can extend them with the coating.  After cutting the pieces set them aside.
For the coating you need an empty rice cake bag or a small paper bag or an empty waxed paper cereal bag or something of that nature.  In your bag combine the crumbs, nutritional yeast and seasonings.  The nutritional yeast is completely optional, but gives the nuggets a slightly cheesy flavor that my kids really like. Close the top and shake to combine.
Coat a pizza pan or other baking sheet with the vegetable oil.  Preheat the oven to 450°.
Place a few of the chicken pieces into the bag of crumbs.  Close the top and shake briskly.  Place the coated chicken on the prepared baking sheet.  Continue until all of the chicken pieces are well coated with the crumb mixture.  If you have crumbs leftover you may scatter them overtop of the coated chicken pieces in the pan.  Bake the nuggets at 450° for 12 to 15 minutes or up to 20 minutes for larger pieces.  Remove and allow to cool briefly before serving.
Provide condiments including barbecue sauce, ketchup, honey-mustard, plain honey, mayonnaise, dairy-free ranch dressing or any other favorite.  This is a real kid pleaser.
If your chicken meat is fresh, not previously frozen, then after coating the snake bites you can flash freeze them and store them in a zipper bag in the freezer.  Bake in an oiled pan as directed, increasing the cooking time to 30 minutes or so, depending on the size of your bites.
Flash freezing is when you arrange the food on a waxed paper lined cookie sheet and place the pan in your freezer overnight, or for several hours.  When the snake bites are frozen, gather them up and store them in a heavy plastic bag in the freezer.
The reduction in fat and absence of additives and preservatives makes these a much healthier choice than commercially available nuggets.  Besides that, they taste better, are higher quality and cost less than most store-bought nuggets; and are a fraction of the price of gluten-free store-bought nuggets. I don’t know who can afford those; pound for pound they cost more than shrimp or ribeye steak!
Makes 8 moderate (kid-sized or diet-sized) servings, or enough for 4 starving adults.
Per Serving: 180 Calories; 6g Fat (29.6% calories from fat); 21g Protein; 11g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 52mg Cholesterol; 430mg Sodium.
Calories By Percentage: 30% Fat; 24% Carbohydrate, 47% Protein.
Exchanges: 1/2 Grain(Starch); 3 Lean Meat; 1/2 Fat.


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A moment from my day


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Board room

These are the sustainable living homes built by my former college professor, Dr. Dan Philips.

https://www.green-talk.com/builder-dan-phillips-philosophy-onhttps://

https://youtu.be/gVLu99Ja2mA

 


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  A Day in the life

  Because the husband is diabetic, I have the tendency to sweep on a daily basis to keep anything that he might step on, NOT be stepped on.

Post Script


I am a bit anxious to move back to Huntsville. Since the husband and I are disabled, we could not get
 get insurance from Marketplace(Obamacare) due to the credits. (Actually we could if we did not mind paying $1009 per month). in Huntsville their charity care insurance would allow my family to have the ability to see a doctor. And since both my daughters are autistic and only can get medical help(medicare),and I live on pain pills daily is very much needed. However,We have to wait for my own disability to come through. I am on my 5th year. Though I know I will receive it, the extended wait for very strange reasons, does not help.


We lived there 5 years ago. But my sister in law lied to my husband concerning my mother in law's health for the sole purpose of having control over him. I have to believe that if she knew that half of us would not have medical insurance, she would not have done it. 

I really have to believe God would not allow her to do this .... 

 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Day Book/ Cross Stitch House Cleaning.

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March, 1 2017  4:46 p.m.

Being an artist I am just horrible at due dates. I get so wrapped up in projects or designing the project. I couldn't even remember if I had done my daybook yet(sigh) 
BUT here I am, a day late and a dollar short but here nonetheless.   Cheers!

 
Looking out my window...

Spring has sprung here in North Texas; the yard is filled with yellow dandelions and purple flowers.And my Jack, Lightning is thrilled with it as well. 


I am thinking..
 
about becoming more frugal. I have re-found an old recipe site that was once called Hillbilly Housewife and now is called FRUGAL ABUNDANCE. Her name is Miss Maggie and she has a wonderful site with a lot of frugal recipes and tips and I suggest thoroughly that my friends here check her out.
 

I am thankful
 for the health of my husband, the help of my youngest who doesn't think twice about doing such things like tying my shoes and help me stand from a low seated chair.

 
I am creating











finishing several pieces







I am listening


West Wing


I am hoping

to leave this town for my hometown near Houston

I am learning

not to rush things;He will get it done in his own time. :)


In the kitchen

our indoor kitties all curled up on the wooden kitchen table peering into the darkness of our back yard.




 

Board room




by  joao godhino


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  A Day in the life

 

Our days are one of routine

First thing is the 19 pills and two different insulin shots for his heart and diabetes. Then a breakfast of 2 eggs, 1 piece of toast, 8oz water and 1 cup of coffee. Then, checking of blood pressure and blood sugar.This is followed by him having to rest because of his breathing problems.  This now means I have to feed out numerous pets and those chores that we all detest: 4 loads of laundry cleaning the floors, dishes, etc. By evening, it is the same routine of pills and injections followed with a frugal meal of little meat, few carbs and plenty of fruits and veggies.

Postscript

I feel like changes are happening. I have prayed that, if God is willing, to allow us to return to South East Texas. But my husband seemed to be sitting on the fence. Lately, without any coercion from me, he has announced that we must become even more frugal than what we have been in the past to save for the journey home. 

So now we are simplifying, cutting back and praying everyday. I know that God is watching over us or this would not be happening. I would be the only one with the dreams of returning while  the husband was still fence sitting

 



Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Daybook 2 /15/17

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February 15,2017 9:44 pm

Being an artist I am just horrible at due dates. I get so wrapped up in projects or designing the project. I couldn't even remember if I had done my daybook yet(sigh) 
BUT here I am, a day late and a dollar short but here nonetheless.   Cheers!

Looking out my window...

Completely dark with only the light of the neighbor's window treatments and several stray cats(I feed about a dozen strays) peeking in my front windows

I am thinking..
 

About my time living in New Orleans as a child and my parents taking me to the jazz clubs to hear the likes of Al Hirt and Pete fountain(you could do that back in the early 60's :) 

I am thankful
  for my husband even though he can be an old grouch. I don't know too many men that would stay up most of the night nursing a heating system that is breaking down just so 'us girls' can be warm.

 


I am creating
Sketches for future embroidery designs
(no peeking) 


I am wearing
pumpkin colored turtle neck and blue jean with my pink fuzzy slippers

 



I am reading
The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens
I am listening

Vince Guaraldi (jazz)

 



I am hoping

for a new direction in my life

I am learning

that the government will release my disability. It would be nice not to struggle so

 

In the kitchen

our indoor kitties all curled up on the wooden kitchen table peering into the darkness of our back yard.




 

Board room



by Debra Jacobeson wreaths

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Anger and What to Do With It

Anger and what to do with it.


Recently I was having a conversation with a friend of mine who has had some anger issues. He has always been quick to anger; always wants to accuse they don’t agree with him or even getting ticked off when something he read on social media or in the news that doesn't deserve such emotion.

Unfortunately, I know too many like like him, my husband for one.

I am a calm person and work daily via meditation, Ti chi and reasons both sides of the coin. However, I know I am rare in my behavior.

My friend is the majority. Not only does his brain tell him the opposite, but now, no thanks to our President, society tells him that it is alright to declare this right. 

So why does he and millions others feel a need to lash out both verbally and physical?

Scientists have outlined how anger results from a combination of the trigger events, the qualities of the individual, and the person’s appraisal of the situation.

TRIGGER

For years, people have believed that trigger events are the reason of anger. "That car pulled out in front of me so I had to retaliate"

 This, of course is false because then everyone would strike out. Being a low anger person, my own response would have been to take a deep breath, thank my lucky stars I'm not in a hospital and move on assuming we both were to blame.

Other  markers of being the 'quick to anger' type gets down to personality traits; that experience getting angry quicker. The top ones would be narcissism, competitiveness, low-frustration tolerance .

Then there is what scientists like to call cognitive appraisal. This is how a person appraises certain situations and therefore, react to it.

FAMILY

There are also situations where we inherit out bad disposition. Families that are disruptive, chaotic and haven't been taught that these behaviors are wrong usually have strong desires to follow
their family history.
HOW TO CHANGE
First of all you cannot change people or situations. You are going to run into angry people and bad situations all of your life. Your choice is how you react calmly to them and it. Simple techniques such as yoga, ti chi and meditation help a great deal. Also relaxation imagery and cognitive reconstructing(changing the way you think).

My friend is finally accepting that being angry and blaming others doesn't need to be a way of life. He is working towards a quiet lifestyle in which he takes responsibility. And that is always the first step towards a happy and calm coexistence. 

I just pray that the majority of my country could follow suit. 

 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Daybook 2/8/17

 
 
 
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February 8,2017; 541 p.m.


looking out of my window


 
This morning it was sunny and slightly warm. Now the chill came back with abandon



I am thinking
About our neighbors across the street.He has alziemers. His wife abandoned him and didn't tell the adult daughters. Fortunately he was found and brought home.  If you don't mind, please pray for them both.


I am thankful
 
For my dilapidated  house, my 15 year old car and my heater that barely works.  Because it's mine and was given to me so I would be thankful for the little things. 
 

One of my favorite things 

This photo of my parents when they were newlyweds



I am creating
 
Embroidery designs for my Etsy shop
 


'I am reading
 
Stranger in a strange land by Robert A Heinlein 
 
I am hoping
 
For peace and the end to the tyrannical bullies. And pray that G-d will save us.

I am learning
 
 
 A lot about Canada
 
 In my kitchen
 
Turkey burger for the oldest, chicken for the youngest, steak for the hubby and a vegan plate for me. 

In my garden
 

 
 Not so much my normal garden. But I found these plants being placed for the garbage man. And I could not resist!



 
 



SHARED QUOTE

Some people are so afraid to die that they forget to live....  Henry Van Dyke

or
Life is a banquet and more poor suckers are starving to death!....Mame Dennis



MOMENT FROM MY DAY
 
 
Spent my day drawing embroidery designs for spring.

Monday, February 6, 2017

6 ways to get out of a rut

Yes rut. That nasty little word that means you are stuck physically, mentally and even spiritually. 

We've all been there. The 'what am I doing with my life?' attitude that can drag you down until you can't even get up. 

I've been there, I know. So now, I'm going to talk to you about getting out of the muck with......

10 ways to get out of a rut
 
First of all, you have to know that you are in a rut. It's not so easy to figure it out. As the Don Henley song goes, “So often times it happens that we live our lives in chains and we never even know we have the key.”

 Diagnose

1.If you aren't putting for much effort or seem down or possibly angry for no reason,then your might have yourself A Rut. So now it is time to not just acknowledge it but get to work.
 

baby steps

2.When it comes to your gifts, work on your strengths, when it comes to your character, work on your weaknesses. In this way, you can take baby steps and not get stuck in the mire of trying to do too many things at one.  

"You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with....."


 3. Make changes. And not just changing your hair color or something just as simple and mundane.  At one point I had surrounded myself with negative people. So much so, that it began to affect me where I couldn't concentrate on my artwork and therefore had to close my shop.  

Later on I read a book by Joyce Meyer that stated that if someone decides not to be happy then it's not your problems, you don't have to spend your time trying to cheer up someone who is already in a bad mood. You can actually hurt people by playing into their pity party. 

So make big changes in your life.  It's okay if you fail. Failing is just a learning tool of what to do the next time. The sun will still come out. 

Prepare

4. Get ready. The majority of successful people prepare plans long before the down times hit. You don't have to be the CEO of a large company to follow this. When that rut does come around, you will have a plan to make sure it doesn't stay. Creating your own business plan to prepare for the bad times will help  you fight back from the blues.A key element might be writing down your own 'rut' symptom so you know when they have arrived again.

5. Talk to someone 

This method will ensure you can get a fresh perspective. It doesn't have to be a best friend; it could be a co-worker or even your employer. Make certain that it is not someone that it always negative. That could make you situation worse. 

6. paint a vision to work toward.

If work is the problem, then maybe there is nothing inspiring to work towards. Think about why you are working there and why. What is your end vision? If you need to, write it, paint it or whatever it takes. Make sure your vision is what you want and not someone else. 

 

 

If someone decides they're not going to be happy, it's not your problem. You don't have to spend your time and energy trying to cheer up someone who has already decided to stay in a bad mood. Believe it or not, you can actually hurt people by playing into their self-pity.
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/j/joyce_meyer.html
If someone decides they're not going to be happy, it's not your problem. You don't have to spend your time and energy trying to cheer up someone who has already decided to stay in a bad mood. Believe it or not, you can actually hurt people by playing into their self-pity.
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/j/joyce_meyer.html

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Life is Hard/Daybook

Since my last post, events changed oh so quickly. I suppose the man upstairs was trying to give me a hint and, since I wasn't exactly catching on in my usual 'dense-too-busy-to-hear', He made it abundantly clear. 

The youngest was NOT supposed to be attending Midwestern State University.....AT ALL!
After two days of a administrative hell involving everything from advisors who refused to help her register, not being to access the online system to retrieve her financial aid to the weather!  Nothing would work the way it was supposed to; people were unusually cooperative(never a case before). Then we found out that we were going to be hit with massive fees for their 'wellness center'(actually a state of the art gym) of over $1400, another new building(had no idea what it was for) and the new health science building(another $1200 in fees). We were going to end up paying over $800 a month in loans!

Even though we were willing to pay the fees for the the loans, something just ate at me and A., apparently. Although she has anxiety issues, they had never interfered with school before. 

Before now. 

On day one, when we asked if she had money to eat on, her answer was 'yes'. She had $2.00. We had driven the hour drive back home and had no idea. She went without food or drink for about 9 hours. 

After finding out what happened, and feeding her an unusually large meal, the husband and I talked it over and decided that enough was enough. 

I was beyond stressed thinking what A would have to go through just for a single semester of college and how my youngest wasn't going to be able to make it through. All this for so she can teach small children. 
 I prayed....a lot. Well I don't think of it so much as praying but having a loud heart-to-heart. It's okay though; my family is used to my clamorous conversations with G-d, deceased mother AND father, my sister. The more people die in my family, the more they get to hear from me.

 Anyway, leave it in G-d's hands right?  Well, after ranting, I had sat down to the computer looking an nothing in particular when I accidentally hit the tab for her old community college that she had just transferred from. Just before I was going to head over to one of my usual 'sites of avoidance' as I like to call them, I caught a  glimpse of something on her school's page. 

It was advertising that their main campus was starting a new program:Associates of Arts in teaching. A brand new program that had just been opened shortly after she had transferred. As I was sitting and reading the information, my phone rang and it was a staff member from her old school, asking if A would be interested next semester....Apparently she didn't know that A had transferred. 

So Dad and I approached her with "how would you feel" questions. How would you feel about dropping out for a while. How would you feel about working for a while and returning to her old school but another campus. 

Needless to say, she was excited, relieved and thrilled to get away from the school that gave her  panic attacks only hours ago.  And what really surprised my husband and I is that in the last few days, the weather was miserable the entire time yet when we returned with A to remove her from college, the sun came out and the day was bright and cheerful. 

We were all relieved with the end result. I've been to college; several in fact and the line about starting to pay off her college loans 6 months after she left college...well that's a rather large white lie. 

Both my husband and I lost our entire tax return only two months after I graduated and my husband's portion (of the tax return) was taken and he didn't even go to college. They repeated this trend twice more as I worked on two of my other degrees. Being on disability AND having student loans is a scary proposition. 

As her relief settled down, I warned my darling daughter that eventually she would have to go to a 4-year to finish up her degree. Small hints of fear slowly appeared on her reddish apple cheeks. She said "Why do they make it so hard?"
I just gave her a slight all knowing smile of a person who has already thought those thoughts a long

while ago. 
"No baby, there is no 'they'; Life itself is hard."

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Jan. 29,2017

Looking out my window...
bareness; bare trees, bare soil

I am thinking..
  about the war to come



I am thankful
  to know what I need to fight for and how to get there
(former peace protester here) 



One of my favorite things
My little Jack, Lightning. We almost lost him this week but he survived once again. He is definitely one of my favorites.

I am creating
  rough draft of my first Santo

I am watching

  My husband cooking dinner; a rarity

I am wearing
  long ty- dye hippy dress with purple yoga pants

I am reading
George Orwell's 1984


I am listening
Cat Stevens
Tea for the Tillerman


I am hoping
for a peaceful democratic nation once again

I am learning
to not take things for granted.
In the kitchen
remnants of hours old coffee and the sounds of wind chimes
  husband is still cooking
Board room

Principled dissent | quote by Dan Rather | #Trumpocalypse:

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