Trying to stifle my inner Neanderthal

Hola and happy Saturday all you busy bees ! Today has been quite productive. A few days ago I went on a 3 day fruit flush by Jay Robb.  I have never done anything like it before and it really got me into a better mindset of eating more healthy, at a more reasonable time of day ( rather than 11:30 pm). I will admit though, that by the end of the third day I was ready to eat  devoured a cold left over steak that was just taunting me from inside my refrigerator. All it took was one hand and a little channeling of my inner  Neanderthal and that sucker was history. Oh yeah, and I forgot to mention that this all took place approximately 1-2 hours before my family was to arrive to celebrate my birthday with 6 pizza pies, ice cream cake and fruit and veggie salads. I did behave though and limited myself to one slice. It’s really surprising how small the portions that our body require if only we give it a second to think. 

Since the flush, I have gained a new drive to eat healthier and exercise more. It helps that it’s bikini season too and…well let’s just say…no one wants to see a blob walking around.

Today I passed on the yard sale-ing to sleep in and make some breakfast. Saturday morning and afternoons are a time that I get to spend with my man and just enjoy the day, weather and each other. I decided to look up a healthy pancake recipe for breakfast, preferably one involving egg whites and oatmeal. I found the recipe, blended everything up to make a batter and poured it in the skillet.

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Holey Moley ! A pan-sized pancake. This recipe does not mess around. The cake smelled delicious as the cinnamon gave off a pleasant aroma.

The next hurdle was to add a topping or syrup, all while avoiding actual syrup and the evil sugar within. I decided to utilize some of the fresh blueberries and strawberries left over from my flush, blend ’em up in my awesome NINJA that I got from my C.V. and S.V. for my birthday and create a fruit sauce topping.

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I topped it right onto the monstrous cake and this is what I had. Vuala !  

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Doesn’t look too bad eh.

Well to my surprise and chagrin the cake was a little more  ALOT more dense than I had anticipated. It had a decent flavor, kind of a mix between baked oatmeal and an omelet, but lordy bigordy that sucker was thick and the word “cake” should not have even been added to this recipe. 

I think I ate about a third of sucker and I had enough. Plus sides.
1. It’s filling
2. It’s got pert near 21 grams of protein in each cake
3. You won’t be hungry for the rest of the day…ok thats a lie, but it is definitely hearty. 

I kept on a healthy kick and warmed up some lowfat turkey and a piece of 2% provolone cheese on the griddle and stuck it in a pita pocket with some lettuce, tomato and cucumber. No sauce necessary. Boy was that good. I think that will be my dinner as well. 

I finished the day out with an all fruit smoothie, some fresh, some frozen. I kinda eyeballed everything but I know that almond milk went in along with 1 banana, quite a few blueberries, about 10 strawberries and about a half bag of frozen pineapple (DOLE) and 5 ice cubes. No added sweeteners required. DELICIOUS and perfect for this warm summer day.

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Not so crafty or thrifty I know but I will show you what I have been working on lately.  
First, here is the first of 2 pillows that will be displayed in my sunroom.

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Initially my plan was to cover this entire pillow, but when I saw how much felt it was taking and how time consuming it was I decided to stop here , and I am in love with how it turned out.

I also told you that I was working on something new to add to my HortDecor Etsy Store

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I love this. I made one of these for my kitty last year, but this one, I think is a thousand times cooler. The cushion was hand stitched with quality printed fabric and tufted with my own hand made jute button balls.

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I wanted to make it to really scream, CUTE ! so I added the striped fabric bow at the top for a stunning contrast.

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All in all, I’m really happy with how it turned out. It is one of a kind and available now. If you are interested, in it, you better act fast before someone else gets their paws on this beaut. Get it here.

Alright. Enough for now. I’m going to get some more wreaths made. Go out and soak up the sun !

Hugs and Stitches,

Sarah

P.S. For more healthy meals, snacks and breakfasts that are sure to be delicious, check out my friend Emily’s blog EmilysHappyHomestead. She’s got some awesome stuff going on in her kitchen !  

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I Got a Room, Got a Room Full of Sunshine…

Well today is absolutely beautiful. It has been a rainy mess the past 3 days. Although I have not enjoyed the weather, I think it is just what my plants needed. I took a minute to walk around my yard this morning and look at all my plants with the sweet golden rays of the sun reflecting off all the drops that set on all the leaves. I thank God for every day, but for me, it is especially easy to see his hand in everything and be thankful for each new day when you see mornings as beautiful as today.

All my plants are looking great. I do have a question though. About a week ago my cat Who…
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… decided to upset my whole box of basil. I had been waiting patiently for the seeds to turn to sprouts and the moment they did….off the sill and onto the floor they went. So now, one side of the box had a few surviving sprouts where the other side looks like a mess of upset dirt. What should I do? Dig up the whole darn thing and start over or just let the few keep growing and plant another box?

Spill your guts and let me know at the bottom.

Well last night after work, after a trip and a salty bill from the grocery store I went home to a house that I have neglected for quite some time. It always surprises me how long it takes to clean the house and how fast it can turn right back into a disaster. My biggest problem is throwing my dirty clothes wherever I feel like, not putting clean clothes away and failing cleaning up after myself when I am crafting.

Normally the coffee table has scraps of felt all over, with the floor beneath having random balls of once, hot glue, shreds of jute and burlap  and a few raw coffee beans. The beans are another “more than I bargained for” byproduct of buying burlap coffee bags from Surplus City. I would prefer if the store would keep the bonus beans to themselves but I guess thats all part of getting things at a surplus price.
So last night I cleaned and organized my life and if you remember, that pine chest that I purchased at the amazing price of $10 was all part of OPERATION: Organize Sarah’s Life.

Over the past week I have been working on transforming the Chest-of-drawers from a mansion for mice into the main focal point of my sunroom.

When I took my first tour through my apartment, the sunroom was the room that I fell in love with most. I had plans for this room. Sadly, those plans pretty much went down the toilet when my awesome sunroom turned into a trash heap for all things crafty. It was a mess. But now thanks to my lovely chest-of-drawers, it is quickly turning into the beautiful sunroom that I had imagined all along.
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My yellow mirror from the same estate sale I got the chest of drawers at. The two make a perfect pair.

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Some milk glass vases from the thrift store quite a few months ago.

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This guy still needs some work. Its got 2 different paints on it  – hence the splotchiness. It was a glossy greeny and brownish color before I took a can of spray paint to it.
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View from the top

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This cage was a bargain find from last saturdays yard sale adventure with B.S. It was an ugly garden green with the most horrid looking flowers and faux bird taking up residence inside. Since there is no opening  or door to this thing, I was forced to take a steak knife to the whole operation.
Ugly flowery foamy bird – 0
Steak knife Sarah – 1

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Yellow and Grey, whats not to love.

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Don’t be afraid to add a splash of color to your life. When crafting, think COLOR. Pick 2-3 colors that compliment each other and get creative.

Hugs and Stitches,

Sarah