Sunday, November 27, 2016

Holidays in Hooterville - Life is where you are - Home is where you are at

Holidays, Home, Happiness - all are in Hooterville this year.  After a few tough years, I have found my Joy again.   Life is where you are – Home is where you are at – this is me in Hooterville!

This week I purchased my first holiday music in 5+ years, it was Amy Grants new Tennessee Christmas – I bought it because I heard that “Christian” stores did not want to sell her new Album because it was not “Christian” enough?  Really? I bought it for that reason – Gee, I can’t assume I know what Christian enough is? – by the way – two thumbs up and a snap – worth it – put this on your list for your music lovers!

Baking is what I love to do and especially this time of year - I found a new Bakery about 15 miles (round trip) from me (on the way to/from work) – the Red Truck Bakery in Marshall, VA.  – makes the best cinnamon rolls, the right balance of spices, texture of dough and enough sweetness - it is my thank you Holiday Hallelujah! – I no longer have to make them – I can buy my ‘fix’ and be happy and not over indulge from the pan I made staring at me! I still make my cookies - of course!

Holiday Decorating is simple, I put up some LED lights, that I can leave up all year – they offer a soft lighting that softens the room and brings me peace all throughout the year.

My tree is live and I plant them in my yard, each year now, for ten years, I have planted a new tree– I get to reflect on each tree and I think back to that year and give gratitude.



Holiday gift giving is now about simple, homemade, local and organic – I love shopping in the small businesses close to me,  I find such great products, like local honey, local salt, maple syrup, cranberry sauce – bird treats and unique gifts…. What fun it is to find something that I know will be enjoyed and cherished!   I found a jar spoon - OMG - Love the Brits!

What you  do or however you celebrate the holiday - Enjoy the simple things this time of year, a nice quite family dinner, bake that special batch of cookies, eat that pancake with butter and syrup - find that Holiday Hallelujah in your life!  Be Happy Be Grateful!  

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Prepare to Prepare - Inclement Weather

Hurricane Matthew is looming, and winter is approaching - What better time to get your supplies, plan and kits ready.  

I recommend - keep it simple - what you eat, what you need.. My main “go Kit” (I do have this ALWAYS ready)  the big evacuation TUB is filled with the following:

Nuts, cranberries, dates, meal bars, juice boxes, peanut butter, crackers, graham crackers, dried venison jerky, hubby likes sardines, so I pack this for him ( I circulate  - use and replace).
Dog food.
Enough water for three days per person and dog. (actually, I am obsessed, I have 7 days ALWAYS)
I add games, like old maid, rook, regular cards, Yahtzee.
Flashlights and batteries.
Personal Hygiene items, to include wipes.
I have a change of clothes for each person, make sure I have socks!

In a separate ‘go kit’ each commuter car has a sleeping bag, blanket and a backpack for 3 days (water, personal items, food and a change of clothes)

I also have a "work go kit", in case I can't make it home.

If I KNOW storm is coming:

I make sure laundry is done!  - crazy huh?

I make sure all trucks have fuel - never now if we have to leave.
Generator is checked every 30 days and I make sure I have fuel - so I am good here (except we sold it, so not good, but we have a perm. one being installed)

I refill all of the following:
3 refillable 5- gallon water jugs (mainly for pups)
10 - 1 gallon refillable waters jugs (mainly for pups)
I also fill my bathtub up so we can use to dump water in the toilet. (well thing)

I check my water supply and make certain I have:

1 gallon of drinking water per person a day stored for 7 days.

I have in my chest freezer with frozen  water in 20- 1 gallon jugs  -  It helps to keep your food when power goes out. (we don't run the generator 24/7)
I always have camping propane bottles so cooking  rice and oatmeal is a snap on a camp stove, and of course - I can rely on my go kit.

I have a wind up radio
Candles
And backup flashlights

My car, has a generator - (love me my Tacoma, so, I can run an appliance, or charge a phone battery).


On my end note: If you have children, plan for them, storms and shelters can be scary - this is why I say pack a game, pack their favorite snacks if you have time to plan.

Zucchini Muffins - Hooterville Cooks

Zucchini Muffins - made with the one and only zucchini I was able to grow this year.. Bad garden year for me.

My new recipe find and test was using Flax Seed and Whey Powder. (no palina is for a new recipe, yet to try)


This recipe I found on the Atkins Blog… and I had to try it, I sure missed having my muffins…But no MORE!
hubby gave them a 4  pitchforkimages.jpg

Ingredients: large Eggs (Whole), 2 tbsps Canola Vegetable Oil ,1 tsp Vanilla Extract ,4 1/2 oz Zucchini 1 cup Organic 100% Whole Ground Golden Flax seed Meal ,1 oz Vanilla Whey Protein ,1/3 cup Sugar Substitute), 1 1/2 tsps Cinnamon, 3/4 tsp Baking Powder, 1/4 tsp Salt, 1/8  tsp Allspice Ground, 1/8 tsp Nutmeg (Ground)  (I also added a Tablespoon of unsweetened coconut and used pumpkin pie spice - I was plumb out of baking spices except for pumpkin!)

Directions: 1. Preheat an oven to 350°F. Grease 6 wells of a standard nonstick muffin tin. 2. Combine the eggs, oil and vanilla in a small bowl. Using a whisk beat until frothy about 1 minute. Shred the zucchini, add it to the bowl mixing to combine. 3. Add the flax meal, protein powder, granular sugar substitute, baking powder, salt, and spices. Mix with a spoon to combine. 4. Bake for 25 minutes until slightly puffed, golden and cooked through. Enjoy!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Lemon Cheese Cake…Hooterville Style

Low Carb, Gluten Free  - Taste Good and Satisfying…I love to bake, and I felt a bit depressed when I switched to gluten free/low carb...I did reading and extensive searching and found that I can still eat my favorite foods, just prepared with different ingredients.  I am growing to like the bread  - it requires taste adjustment -  as it is not the same texture I like. (working on this)
I have come familiar with Erythritol and Xylitol (I read some fuss on this.. But sugar is worse, in my opinion)


I love Cheese Cake - Lemon too,,, so I tried a few and finally hit the jackpot…. Oh, yes, this is a keeper….  I found on the internet - “Cleochatra’s Ultimate Cheesecake - Your Lighter Side”  I followed the recipe as it is stated,,, It is a Keeper!!  I have lost a size and 12 pounds in 4 weeks - Not bad as a benefit to monitor my blood sugar and Gluten - And I get the Cake too!




Makes 16 servings. Nutritional Information for one serving: Calories: 351, Carbohydrates: 29g, Fiber: 2g, Sugar Alcohols: 21g, Net Carbs: 6g, Protein: 8g, Fat: 8g  



Sunday, August 14, 2016

BREAD - you can eat, WAIST forgiving TOO!

I made a decision to lose some pounds... again!! I know, some of us struggle... After two knee replacements and health issues, I gained 20 pounds... I have recently dropped 12 pounds in 4 weeks.... I ditched sugar and carbs.... Today, I made some bread.  I absolutely Love Bread- toasted with JAM...  I make jam and I find I give it mostly away due to the fact I can't eat gluten, not allergic to gluten, just causes me to retain weight and other issues.

I have been searching the internet for bread recipes and taking advantage of the hard work folks put into developing their favorite recipe,,, I would share the recipe, but I don't have the permission yet... I give credit where credit belongs....

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

One Good Cookie...Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cookie Lovers! - Got a new one for you to try!

How many of you are like me?  review recipes and wonder? - well wonder no more.....These are good - simple, fast, and like I said a few words back....GOOD.  I used Bob's Red Mill, Super fine Almond Flour (Bob you are welcome for the free plug, with the exception of the price- yikes)


This is my second batch, so good I wanted to take to work to share with a Gluten challenged friend...I can eat flour, I just wanted a light, protein enriched, low carb choice.
Cookies, rolled and squashed

With the coconut oil, maple syrup - the cookie needs no other sugar

Some ingredients + Eggs, Vanilla


Notes:  it is super easy to make, and stirring in the baking chips, like pushing around a cloud... I think this recipe would be good for those that suffer from arthritis, as it does not put stress on the hands or wrists.

Done and Deli
 Oven 375 and 15 min. Later... Yum

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Healthy in Hooterville

Here in Hooterville, I came to realize that whole foods and whole products are so much better for me.  I took the plunge and invested in some high quality essential oils and other products for the 'overall good'

On another point, I am not necessarily a meat eater, but a high quality raised chicken or beef is okay to me, I like a good steak every now and again,  I like butter from organically raised, grass feed beef, I find it produces a higher quality product and my food taste better too.  I will soon have my hens again, I know what they are fed.

I am not off the scales crazy here... but for me, I have had to realize that eating the proper balance of quality food is important to my body and overall health.  Processed food is not good for us!   I don't care how organic or 'healthy' the label states!  If you don't make it, don't eat it.

I started making my own extracts for baking, buying local products, such as butter, honey and cream/milk to to feed my family.  I even started to experiment on foods made without 'sugar'.  Once you purge this devil, things taste pretty darn good. 

I am making my own beauty products -  just for me, cause I think I deserve it!... I know what is in them, and most of the products I use  - I can grow.

I have always made my own bath salts, there is nothing I love more... sitting in a warm bath and the scent of my salts warming my soul.   I grown my own lavender... so making this salt, is perfect... I get my inspiration from Pinterest and other sites....on how to decorate my jars of joy.



Hooterville wants everyone to stay healthy - whatever this means to you.