Friday, September 19, 2014

It's raining, it's pouring...

"Clouds come floating into my life, no longer carry rain or usher a storm, but to add color to my sunset sky." -Rabindranath Tagore

Today has been about 10 days of constant rain.  I cannot recall it ever raining for so many days in a row here.  In North Carolina...at Luke and Jordan's... yes, but not here.  I actually love the rain, the puddles, the dark skies, rain boots, and all the other things that go with rain.  I spent this morning taking photos of the rain.

Puddles...and rain drops making wonderful ripples...

A tree seen through a window...

This is a car in the intersection...see the stop light in the top right hand corner...the light is yellow.

Another intersection with a red car...and a red light.  

One more intersection...

Flowers in my yard...rain drenched...


Maximillion Daisy


My cat checking out what I am doing...

Rain and all it's glory is my Friday Find that I will be linking up to Kim Klassen's Friday finds.  
Kim Klassen {dot com}

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Alice in Wonderland...


One of the classes I am taking online is called Photoartisry.  When you sign up for the course, it is forever available, and new material is added to it constantly.  Recently, there was an offer for a big bundle of backgrounds, textures, clipart, vectors, and more from Design cuts.  Sometimes the offer comes with a free tutorial.  This particular one had a tutorial on how to design a poster of Alice in Wonderland.  I particularly like Cheshire cat, tea time, and the Mad Hatter, so I thought I would do the tutorial.  Let me say, it took me a long time to come up with this simple poster...and there are about 30 layers to this thing.  I liked it very much, so all the effort was worth it.  I would have no clue how to do it again.


Before breakfast imagine six impossible things, and don't forget to have some tea.  Blessings to all.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Choices...


Saturday, September 13, 2014

More keto recipes...

"It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing."- Thomas Jefferson

Pizza, and Mexican food, yum.   Yes, I have enjoyed these on my ketogenic diet, all made without the flour, hence low-carb.  I have tried many recipes for pizza, but have not found a crust I have liked. The cauliflower crust, and a protein powder crust just were not too high on the taste scale.  Today, I discovered a crust I liked.  It made a wonderful tasting pizza.

Doesn't this pizza look amazing?  You'd never know the crust was flour less. 



Here is how you make the pizza.
Crust:
4 oz. cream cheese
2 eggs
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp. italian seasoning
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
8 oz. mozzarella cheese
(optional) 1 scoop unflavored protein powder (I use Isopure) This ingredient is not essential.  The crust is fine without it.  I just like to add a little extra protein.

Heat oven to 375°.  In a large mixing bowl add all ingredients, and blend until smooth.  Grease a 9x13 pan, and line with parchment paper.  Spray paper with PAM.  (it is easier to get out the crust if you line with parchment paper...if you do not have parchment paper, grease very well).  Pour the cheese crust mixture into the pan, and spread to a thin layer.  Bake about 20 minutes until lightly brown.  Do not bake it longer, because your crust will be too dark after it is baked with all the toppings on it.

Remove from oven and cool.  I like to put the crust in the refrigerator for awhile before I add my toppings.  At this point, it can be used, or frozen for a later use.

Toppings (you can choose toppings to your liking...this what I used)
Ham sautéed in one tsp. butter until lightly browned
Onion
jalapeño
pepperoni
1-8 oz. pkg. of shredded mozzarella cheese (about 2 1/2 cups)

To put it together:
Remove the crust from the 9x13 pan, and parchment paper.  Place on pizza pan sprayed with PAM, or pizza stone.  Drizzle crust with 1 TBS. olive oil, and spread around evenly on the crust.  Spread crust with sauce. (about 1 cup...do not use the whole jar!) I used this sauce, because it does not have added sugar.

Spread mozzarella cheese over the sauce.  Add toppings.  Bake 400° for 20 minutes or until browned.

I was hungry for some Enchiladas, and came up with my own spin so I could have Mexican food as well.  Instead of tortillas, I used a scrambled egg cooked like a tortilla.

I added enchilada sauce, cooked chicken, onions, and cheese.
This cheese is from grass fed cows.  It tastes amazingly good.  I could not believe the difference.  I found this at SAM's 


I topped off the enchilada with lettuce, avocado, tomatoes, and sour cream. To the right of the enchiladas is a Keto version of refried beans made from zucchini.  Hard to believe, I know, but it tasted just like refried beans.  I got the recipe from the book, Keto Clarity.

Here's the recipe for "Refried beans". 
1 zucchini peeled and cubed (about 4 cups)
4 slices of bacon
1 cup diced yellow onion
1 TBS. minced garlic
1 TBS. minced, seeded jalapeño
1 TBS. chili powder
1 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. oregano
pinch of cayenne pepper
1/2 grated cheddar cheese

1.  In a skillet saute over medium heat the bacon and zucchini until the zucchini is soft.  About 10 minutes.  Pour off bacon fat and reserve for later use.  Transfer the zucchini, and bacon to a food processor and puree until smooth.

2.  In a large skillet, heat the reserved bacon fat.  Add onions, cook until soft, about 3 minutes.  Add the garlic, jalapeño, chili powder, cumin, salt, and cayenne pepper.  Cook about 1 minute.


Add pureed zucchini, and bacon mixture.  Add oregano, and stir to combine.
3.  Cook, stirring continuously with a wooden spoon until the mixture forms a thick paste. About 5-10 minutes.  Garnish with cheese, and serve.


This was one fine, and filling meal.  

Food you can enjoy, without the guilt or carbs.  

Friday, September 12, 2014

Acres, and acres of sunflowers...

"If you'll chase God instead of your dreams, all your dreams will come true." -Werley Nortreus

Look what I found.  Tons of sunflowers.  I am linking up to to Kim Klassen's Friday finds.  
Kim Klassen {dot com}



Sunflowers are my favorite flower.  I love all the varieties with their different colors.   When Warren watches his yearly Tour de France, he calls me in when they pass by the fields of sunflowers.  They are gorgeous, and I always wish I could see them in real life.  Well, God gave me one of the desires of my heart: to experience sunflowers first hand, and in real life.

This past week, I traveled with the DeFrancos to McKinney where Ryan is staying with my niece while he works as an intern for a sports facility.  When we were halfway there, we came across acres, and acres of sunflowers.  It was truly breath taking, and an experience that I will remember forever.  I felt so very blessed.  Of course, we had to stop to get photos.  I chose the quote above, because the story of the sunflower is that its face will follow the sun.  I like to think the flower is keeping its face toward the light of heaven, and following God.

Behold all the glory of sunflowers.

These sunflowers were not very tall.  They only came up to my hip.  It looks warm out here, but it was very cold.

Amazing how they face all one way...

Sunflowers galore.  Oh, I was thrilled to be here.

It was also very windy which made it seem colder.  I was freezing here.  You cannot see me shake, but I was shivering.  

Uh-oh...look at the sunflower in the lower left hand corner.  It did not get the memo to face the other direction.  

The tumbleweed in between the rows will give you an idea about how little these stalks are. 

Okay, I had to doctor up the flower with a texture.  This was an iPhone photo processed with the app snapseed, and distressedFX

Textures added: from photo artistry: texture 003 multiply 25%, 2 Lil Owls: square bonus iPhone texture one overlay 75%. kk_heart overlay 35%, center of flower masked

I wonder if all these sunflowers will be harvested to become "David" sunflower seeds.


Eat.  Spit. Be Happy.  Wow, they made me happy just seeing them growing.  Their "happiness" factor just keeps on going...kind of like the energizer bunny.  I think I will try growing them again next year.  For some reason, my seeds did not germinate this year.  I think I will plant them in rows so they can look so cute, too.    Be blessed...

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Remember...

"Success is not final,  failure is not fatal: it is courage to continue that counts." -Winston Churchill

I traveled today.  I flew on a commercial airline... home.  On 9/11.  I remembered the horrible event that happened on this day in 2001.  The airport was not as busy as usual.  The plane was not full as usual.  I think others remembered, too.  Maybe they were afraid to fly.  Maybe they did not fly, because they were honoring those who lost their lives on that dreadful day.  Regardless, we remember.


History must be taught to our children...so they do not forget either.  And they know...

from the internet
Terrorism is real.  Never forget.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Treasure trove...Friday finds...

"Faith goes up the stairs that love has built, and looks out the window which hope has opened." -Charles Spurgeon

 This past week has been anything but ordinary for me, because I have worked in my dear hubby's office while a new employee was getting trained.  As I was putting away patient chart's, I realized that these will soon be a thing of the past with the new electronic filing just around the corner.  That which will be no more, needs to be memorialized with a photo.  So I took one...with my iPhone.

Patient's charts...soon to be only a memory.

Could this soon be a picture of the past as well?  
Fuel...it keeps America running.  

I was so glad when I had the opportunity to get out my camera to take some photos.  It is therapy for me, and I definitely needed some therapy after working.  Oh the bliss, and joy when a camera is held in the hand...and up to the eye...and you hear the clicking of the shutter.  Ahhh.

I am taking a class from Kim Klassen called "Be Still 52."  Once a week, she shares thoughts, photos, encouragement, inspiration, and homework to help us sharpen our photographic skills, and bring some calm into our chaotic lives.  One of the assignments that had me stumped was to take photos that might tell a story, and maybe submit them to a magazine for publication.  I don't know about the magazine part, but I am up for story telling.  I was looking around my house to try to figure out something I could use that would tell an interesting story.  It is hard when I live a life that is pretty ordinary.  I remembered I had been given some silver flatware that had belonged to my grandmother.  So I went to the drawer where I kept it, and spied a small package labeled "iced teaspoons".  Hmmm. I hadn't remembered it.  I opened it, and was thrilled with my find.


Apparently, the spoons were given to my Uncle, and his wife as a wedding present from my Uncle's Dad, my grandfather...on my dad's side.  The note says:

"Pat and Bob...These spoons belonged to my grandmother and were passed down to my mother.  If I had had to look after them they would have been lost.  However my mother and your mother hung onto them.  May you live to eat strawberries stuffed with pineapple with them...Dad."

Now isn't that the most lovely note you have ever read?  I loved how he ended the note with such a wonderful thought...strawberries and pineapple.


If I figured out the note correctly, these spoons belonged to my great, great grandmother...which also means, they are very old.  I am so glad I have them.

any time I have things laid out for a photo shoot, my cat has to check things out.  

I love the detail work on the spoons.



Green in the spoons is the reflection of the trees over head.

lovely details.

Lovely engraving on the spoons...my grandmother was Elizabeth, and Mary her daughter.  The green hue is a reflection of the trees overhead...I took these photos outside.

I used Kim Klassen's lightroom preset: kk_moody

kk_dark mood LR preset, by Kim Klassen

Now, let me introduce you to my grandfather, F. S. Norcross, Jr.  This is his college days picture...and he is in his football uniform.  Pitiful protection for sure.  He was a quarterback for the University of Michigan...if I remember right.

His nickname was Norky...

He looks kind of mean here...but he was not.  He was the nicest man around.  He was the one who taught me to throw a ball...not like a girl.  
The spoons reminded me of some pictures I had taken at my friend, Suzanne's, house...she has tons of fun antique things.  I thought it would be a good time to edit some of her spoons, and other treasures in her house.  Her house is full of fantastic things.  I could spend hours just looking.  It is such a delight!

Antique everything...spoons, plates, lace, yarn, and pots...

More old treasures...camera, harmonica, books, photos, and who know what the little bowl has in it.

A sweet bird nest...

Old tricycle tire...

lovely flowers, and I love the material underneath them.  So romantic looking.

A box of all sorts of goodies...

I basically spent the day taking pictures of found things...
My extra buttons...


There's even hidden treasure in the buttons...money!
The best part of it all was being invited for tea at my friend, Marisha's.  Good company, good friends, good tea, and good photos...it's almost like being in heaven.

Marisha and me.    

My tea cup...

She is from Poland, and has the Polish pottery that is so beautiful all over her house.  Cause for more pictures.
I am linking up this post with Kim Klassen's Friday finds...go on over to take a peek at what others have found.


Happy Friday!
 
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