If you want a golden rule that will fit everything, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.William Morris.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Slow Sunday

It was so nice today that I had to take time outside and didn't get to sewing until later on today. 
Since I hadn't finished organizing the garage that is what I did.
When I did get around to getting some sewing in I worked on this month's RSC. 

I had all the fabric cut and now it's just a matter of sewing the pieces together and trimming. Started putting a few on the wall to see what it would look like.

Like it. 

Then this evening I have been trying my best to get the boarder done. 

I have little over one side left to do and will no way to have it completed by today. Pretty close tho. 
Maybe by the end of the week.

Linking up with So Scrappy

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Whole 30

Have you heard the Whole30 challenge. I hadn't until last month during our stitch group. Pam had told me about how she and her husband have been doing this Whole30 challenge.


It's based on a book written by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig, called It Starts With Food and then an additional book that they written  called The Whole30

Image result for whole30 book

Being that my major in college ( 20 years ago) was Nutritional Science, anything that have to do with food and nutrition just perks my ears right up.
I had not heard of this challenge before and of course my curiosity got the best of me. Pam was speaking of the positive benefits she had been experiencing while doing this eating plan.
While researching this I realize that it really wasn't a far-fetched, way out there type of diet. I do not believe that diets like that are beneficial or a long term healthy lifestyle. My first thought was Atkins, Paleo or South Beach 
It's what I would call a elimination diet, a clean food eating plan that is a temporary 30 day deal. 
Now that's just my short summary on it. I advise you to do your own research go to their website Whole30.com . Or check Instagram, Pinterest, or Facebook for recipes
 At their website Whole30.com you get a better understanding of what their idea is behind this program.
Again I'll summarize and say that it's a vegetable, fruit and animal meat base eating plan. And vegetable being the main portion of your daily foods but adding protein with each meal. It's not as strict as far as how much of your diet daily percentage comes from an animal source as Dr. Fuhrman eating lifestyle is.
But it does go further than Dr Fuhrman is that Whole30 program you eliminate sugars of all forms, dairy products of all forms, legumes, processed foods for the most part, alcohol and all grains.

 The purpose behind it to give your body a 30 day adjustment of going without these foods. Then after the 30 days you start by introducing one of the category slowly and seeing how your body reacts to that food. 
I talked with my doctor about this and what my goals were. She had suggested reading Eat to Live last year and knew that she knows my history.
I can tell you after being on this way of eating for 26 days now, I have not had to take my stomach pills for the past two weeks. So apparently something I've been eating is giving me issues and I will  now be able to try to pinpoint the culprit and then eliminate it from my diet
As stated in their book it's not to get you to go the rest of your life totally without these foods. But to become aware of how certain foods you eat do affect your body.
And I can tell you from personal experience that from going without these foods I feel more energetic,  no pain in my joints or muscles. I'm not bloated in the stomach. I'm thinking clearer and I have less menopausal symptoms. Plus I've noticed my blood pressure has lowered some. All Good
I'm not hungry all the time but I will say though I do miss my cream and sugar in my morning coffee. Otherwise my sweet tooth, which I have a very bad sweet tooth, is well under control right now. That's not to say I don't still crave sweets. I do, but I can look at a piece a cake or a candy bar and for some reason do not find myself wanting it.
I have realized though I am sensitive to eating eggs. Seeing how that is a common breakfast food and is one of the foods allowed on the Whole30 program. I was eating them two to three times that first week. Then I went quite a few days without having any eggs in the morning and had eggs again one morning and realized that my stomach was acting up. Went away quickly and I did not eat another egg for another three or four days.
In that time my stomach was fine but the day I ate the eggs again I had nausea and indigestion that afternoon. I tried it again few days later and sure enough it happened again
So apparently I'm sensitive to eggs and I did not know it.
Now I don't know if that will hold true to eggs being in a dish as an ingredient and not just fried and eaten alone on my plate
One of the goals of the whole 30 it's to drastically reduce, if not eliminate sugar and grains from your diet. I can tell you there are no benefit to sugar.
Because we all know sugar have no nutritional value whatsoever and I believe limited with refined flours also.
That will be my goal is to keep those types of foods as a special treat and have on special occasions and not a daily event like I was having. I knew this before but it is so easy to fall back into old habits. I'm human and not perfect but my desire to eat nutritionally dense food all the time is a good base to have.
You do not need to cook special, exotic, hard to find ingredients. In fact I've been cooking a lot of the same dishes, with occasions having substitute an ingredient or two. I wasn't a big fan of coconut milk before taking on this challenge but I've gotten use to it, even in my coffee as a creamer. It's still not the same as half and half plus the sweetener is missing. That will be the first thing I will put back when my 30 days are completed. Hopefully I can tolerate that, so enjoy my morning cup of joe.
I am making a list of foods I feel I would like to continue if tolerable and foods I figure I can go without most of the time cause I don't miss it. Example is soda, wasn't a big soda drinker and now see no point to add it back.
Anyway I can ramble on when it comes to foods.
I just thought I would share this with you and if you too have heard or even done the 30 days, I would love to hear about your experience. 

P.S.  By all means I am not promoting this book or the authors. Just telling my story. What we read can be comprehended by what we believe, understand, knowledge and experience. Personally I'm a skeptic and believe that there are two sides to everything. Whether it's politics, relationships and even science for example. Our knowledge of things are ever changing as we learn more. And we should be learning something new everyday. So I hope you don't misunderstand that just relating my experience for that is all I can do.  I can not speak for others.

Friday, January 29, 2016

January Books

My Five on Friday is a list of books that I had read and the last one  I just started.
My list of books look like a list of self-improvement and in some way they are. Maybe it had something to do with it being the start of a new year.
But that didn't last long, I'm ending the month with two books of fiction.

The Miracle Morning Audiobook
  • The Miracle Morning by Hal Enrod.  This book is about how something as simple as a small routine each morning can make a change in one's life. He uses the letters SAVERS to use as the reminder of what to do each day. A time of Silence. Affirmation. Visualization.  Exercise. Read. Scrip or write. The book itself was boring and like a sell pitch for himself. But the idea is a good one.

It Starts with Food Audiobook
  • It Starts With Food by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig. I would recommend this book. At times has some very technical nutritional information but they do explain it where it's understandable. At first I wasn't sure if I could do this for 30 days but I am and will tell more about my experience in my next post, which I'm almost done writing it.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up Audiobook

  • The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. Maybe you would like it but I didn't. I thought it was a waste of time and money. That's the best I can say about this book.
Me Before You: A Novel | Jojo Moyes
  • Me Before You by JoJo Moyer. I so enjoyed this book.  Louisa goes to work for a man who is in a wheelchair with no will to live after a 6 months agreement with his parents. She ends up falling in love with him hoping that he felt the same way and would want to live past the agreed time. A heartfelt love story. Made me think what would I do in that situations. There is a sequel called After You. I plan on reading that one too.
Flash Audiobook
  • Flash, The Homeless Donkey by Rachel Anne Ridge. I will put here what the publisher wrote. I haven't gotten very far in the book to tell what I think.  
The heartwarming tale of an irrepressible donkey who needed a home - and forever changed a family.
Rachel Anne Ridge was at the end of her rope. The economy had crashed, taking her formerly thriving business along with it. She had been a successful artist, doing work she loved, but now she felt like a failure. How would her family pay their bills? What would the future hold? If only God would somehow let them know that everything was going to be all right... and then Flash the donkey showed up.
If there is ever a good time to discover a wounded, frightened, bedraggled donkey standing in your driveway, this wasn't it. The local sheriff dismissed Flash as "worthless". But Rachel didn't believe that, and she couldn't turn him away. She brought Flash into her struggling family during their darkest hour - and he turned out to be the very thing they needed most.
Flash is the true story of their adventures together in learning to love and trust; breaking down whatever fences stood in their way; and finding the strength, confidence, and faith to carry on. Prepare to fall in love with Flash: a quirky, unlikely hero with gigantic ears, a deafening bray, a personality as big as Texas, and a story you'll never forget.

Linking up 
With Amy at love made my home

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Some Catch Up

I am at the halfway mark of having the cataracts removed and replaced with new lenses. 

This was right afterwards, tape still on

Had the right eye done and next Tuesday it is the left eyes. I had spent 3 out of 5 days last week visiting doctors and again the first 3 days of this week. With being gone so much I had very little to share as far as what I've been working on. I could get a little cutting in on a couple days but that's about it. 
I am so amazed how quickly my eye has adjusted to the new lense. I can see so well in just 24 hours, so today I spent the day sewing and cutting. 

Was able to get these block done today and it felt so good.

Been cutting blue fabric for this months RSC 16. 
I had decided that a would make a small quilt each month using that months color instead of a rainbow quilt. My thought is to have some quilts completed to give away, basically speaking baby quilts,

I'm using Metro Twist by Sew Kind of Wonderful and their Curvy Ruler
This is not a pattern I will use as a go to pattern for the rest of the year. It's one that will be taught as a class at the quilt shop. So this is a sample beside this month's quilt. Taking care of two things with one item.

Plus I'm getting along on the border, halfway done but not sure if I'll make my goal of having it done by the end of the month.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Some Show and Tell

Yesterday was our small groups day to meet and this time we all seemed to have brought something to show. 

JoAnn had been busy.

 antique one

Now the rest of us......

These pictures are Linda Grandsons class. As a raffle quilt,
the handprints the children colored themselfs.
How can they not bid on this. You know each of those children's parents and grandparents are going to want to go home with this.

Hope you enjoyed

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Hard Boiled Eggs in your Instant Pot

I was going through the pictures on my camera when I found these I had taken last year when I cooked eggs in the pressure cooker. 

Last year I purchased an Instant Pot and was finding ways to use it. Telling my friends about what I had and wanted to do is when Pam told me about how she hard boils eggs in her cooker.
I had never heard of that before.
Now that was something I needed to try
Well time went by and I forgot what she said so I went to the Instant Pot website and there is where I found these instructions,

Pour 1 cup water into the pot and position a steamer basket or trivet atop the steam rack.
Place 3-5 eggs, using canning lids or metal cookie cutters to separate/hold the eggs.
Close lid and steam valve.  Press Steam setting, and adjust time down to 4 minutes.  (5 minutes for hard boiled).
At end of cycle, place a cool cloth on the lid and quick release the steam valve. 

Use tongs to transfer eggs to a cold water bath for 1-2 minutes.
Peel and enjoy!

Now I don't know if you notice but they are all white eggs. That's cause I have had to resort to buying eggs. 

The eight girls I have  now are not laying.
Free Loaders 

If you are interested in more recipes for your pressure cooker here are a couple to start you off with

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Top Ten for Q1 of FAL

2016 button 250 best

Well here it is, time for 2016 finish A-Long. To be honest it's snuck  up on me. I had forgotten about it, plus forgot to post the last quarter of last year's finishes. So I'm just going to just start with a new slate. Then later I'll take the time to find the list of the ones that were for last quarter and see what I did accomplish.

Forgive me on this post, it will be loaded with pictures

First one on the top 10 list is to finish the 30 sampler. I am in the homestretch on this one, Quilting the border now and after that of course the binding and label.
Then I'm done.
Yeah, after all these years.
Will feel good

Number two on the top 10 list is the tumbling snowman I have a started.... that's all I can say about this one.

 I have to put a few easy finishes on my list.
Which number three is. 
The Red String quilt is one of them. Just require binding only. These pictures were taken before it had gotten quilted.

Now number four is a quilt again that just needs the binding. 
I don't know if anybody else is guilty of this other than myself but I wanted this quilt on my bed because at the time I didn't have one I thought matched my room, even though I wasn't done with it. So I just went ahead, threw it on the bed and have been using for quite awhile now. Seriously this one needs to be bound.

Next number five is one of RSC15. Not sure the name at this one but I just call it my stacked bricks. Needs it all...to be assembled, quilted and bound.

The same goes for number six the Scrappy Spool

And since were on a roll number seven is from the same group the RSC15 challenge this is my 30s collection.

And last of the group, number eight which is Scrappy Nine Patch

Number nine is a baby quilt I have made out of scraps that I am going to practice my machine quilting on. It's  ready to go, so wish me luck

Number 10 and last is the 30's Row quilt. Has been hand quilted but need a little more detail to one of the rows

The row of houses I want to put in some more detail like grass and clouds. When I get done with that, this quilt is ready to be bound also.

So there you go....... 
 my top 10 for the 2016 finish along.
I am linking up at She Can Quilt.   And in the nick of time, barely 12 hours to go before the deadline I hope everybody has enjoyed looking it everybody else's unfinished projects that they have put on their list.
 I know I have and I look forward to seeing what gets done.

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