Tuesday, August 21, 2012


 Hi again..... Thanks for stopping by. I have been very busy... Packing and baking, reading  and trying to keep my wits about me with all this heat. I don't know if you have ever heard about Spelt grain but I am once again smitten. I have always enjoyed eating and serving homemade breads and rolls. I used to grind my own flour using a bunch of different grains, seeds and beans. I got out of the habit in recent years and bought my whole wheat flour from good ol' King Arthur. The time has come back around.... I dug out my beloved Nutramill and I"m back to the grindstone... hahahahahaha pun intended hahahahahaah.
 My grain of choice is Spelt. I special order it from Whole Foods. They order it for me in 25 lb bags. Spelt is a wheat grain. It is actually an ancient wheat grain that has been around for ever. It's not very popular because it hasn't been tampered with in any way. The hull is very tough making it harder to manufacture at a lower cost. It is higher in protein than regular wheat and the gluten is water soluble making it easier to digest.
 I haven't cut all white flour out of my diet but have incorporated at least 1/2 and 1/2.into my regular bread recipe.
 I have been using the whey that I get when I make yogurt for 1/2 the liquid in the dough. It just adds more nutrients...you can't taste it..
 The bread comes out with a moist, light crumb and is really yummy.
 I've been baking only one loaf at a time, which for me is weird. But I am glad to be back in the swing of things and eating healthy again. I am feeling SO much better.
 Do you like Pumpkin Pie????? What if I told you you can have your pie anytime you want and feel really good about it at the same time.... Would you try this recipe and let me know what you think??????
 Carlye told me about this just today and it is amazingly delicious. I'm not sure what its "really" called but I'm calling it:
Pumpkin Pie Smoothie ( after Carlye, heehee)

1/3 cup pumpkin
1/3 cup Greek yogurt
2/3 cup milk
1 banana
Ice cubes
pumpkin pie spice to taste

Whir all ingredients together in blender.   I have frozen bananas so I used one of them and omitted the ice cubes. Also if you don't have pumpkin pie spice you can use cinnamon, ground cloves, nutmeg and ground ginger. I also added a teaspoon of truvia.
If you are following the Weight Watchers Points Plus program. This has 3 pts.

This was my breakfast. I WILL be having these OFTEN.....
Oh yeah.... Wondering about the frozen bananas????? I tell you all about it next time.
Blessings, Sue

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Come Walk with me...

 I have started walking again. Around the Lake. Come walk with me...I have some things to share with you.
 These pictures were taken with my phone camera, which actually takes really nice photos. It was just a very bright day and I couldn't,see the screen. So they are just point and shoot and hope something turns out. I like them.
Blue Heron
 I mentioned in my last post about how, in my life ,change is pretty much the only consistent. I meant this in only the most positive way.  If you have been reading for awhile you will remember that I have had quite a few years. I have now had both of my knees replaced. This was tough on me. It took a lot out of me both physically and mentally.
 I am VERY glad I did it... And would do it all again to be where I am now. I have very little pain in my knees now, Of course they are still a large consideration in my daily life but that  was one of the mental challenges I had / have to overcome.
 I believe we all have our physical and mental limitations. They are different for each one of us. Accepting the fact that they are there and learning how to live happily in spite of them has been and is life changing for me.
 So I am loosely calling this season in my life... Getting back to it. Whatever that means...hahahahahahahahaha I have joined a Weight Watchers program and am focusing on getting myself healthy.
Ahhhh Relaxing in the shade
 Don't worry..... I will still be posting great recipes off and on, but I will  be sharing healthy alternatives as well. I have been changing some of my favorites into low and non fat. I'm feeling so much better.
Two Doves high on a tree.
Thanks for stopping by. I hope to be on here more often. I really do enjoy my blog and if I can bless anyone at all that's what I want.
The picture above was taken of  two doves, sitting on the tippy top of this tree. Look real close and you can see two heads. They sat there for the longest time. I thought at the time that if I were a bird, that's exactly the spot I would want to be sitting in with Seth as my bird buddy!!!. hahahahahaahahaha
Blessings, Sue