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Another New Year

Posted by lmreed on January 9, 2017 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)

So, another new year full of resolutions that many of us make and break within the first few months…if that.


Diet—that word seems to be associated with a lot of New Year resolutions, but for me, it is no longer simply a resolution, but a way of life.


I’ve always thought of myself as a fairly healthy person, but like most people, I’ve had my issues…mostly related to my diet. I discovered over a decade ago that grains and I don’t get along, so I’ve been ‘low carb’ for quite a while. That meant eating low carb bread and doing some of the Atkins drinks and meals. I felt much better. Occasional headache, a few sinus issues, reflux here and there, fluctuating blood pressure, and some inflammation, but nothing a bit of Sudafed Decongestant and Ibuprofen couldn’t handle. I maintained my weight and had enough energy to handle life.


However, when the ‘change’ hit five years ago, that all flew out the window. I gained 3 pounds a month, every month, for over a year. Yep, that’s right, 40 pound weight gain…yay me. It didn’t matter what I did, every month at the same time, 3 more pounds. Weird, right?


Not only that, my energy level dropped and the small problems I was having got worse.


More OTC medicines handled most of the problems, but no matter what I tried, I couldn’t lose the weight.


After trying just about everything I could think of, I just finally accepted the fact that I would never fit back into my closet full of clothes.


Then, last year, I developed a raging UTI and ended up in the ER. When your normal temp is in the 97 degree range, 102.7 temp can really knock you out.


Oh, and did I happen to mention I began having hives right before the UTI…? I didn’t…? Well…


I decided it was time to see a doctor.


That’s all the time I have for today. I’ll be back soon. I’m a rather inconsistent blogger, but I will return.


Until then…stayed tuned for more and Happy New Year!


Still Alive and Kicking

Posted by lmreed on December 25, 2016 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (0)

It's been a long time since I blogged anything.  Thought it was way past time for an update.

On the writing front, I have (since my last blogs) published Grunt Work, Agent Jack Knight: Russia, and Chrystal Bahl's Blood Ties.  YAY!

Currently working on Generally Speaking, Agent Jack Knight: Mexico, and Chrystal Bahl's Blood Secrets.  It's a toss up which will be published next, but I'm kind of leaning towards Blood Secrets.  Time will tell.

There will be two more books in the Chrystal Bahl series and I am currently working on the two simultaneously, so there shouldn't be too much time elapsing between the release of each one.

On the remodeling front, I love my kitchen and decided to tile one of our bathrooms.  It turned out well, but next time I'm bringing in a professional.  That was a lot of work, lol.

Now, about food...I've made some major discoveries about my food sensitivities.  I took the MRT test through the LEAP program and found out why I've been having problems the last five years.

A lot of my future blogs will be about food allergies, sensitivities, and intolerances concerning my family.  However, I will continue to update on my writing progress.

Stay tuned for more and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Coming Right Along...

Posted by lmreed on January 9, 2014 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (0)

I am hard at work on my Agent Jack Knight: Russia book.  I am hopeful that I can have it finished by the end of February *fingers crossed*.  I have a lot less on my plate for the next couple of months, so I plan to devote a lot of time to completing it.

I hope I didn't just jinx myself.

After that, I plan to start up again on Grunt Work (the next book in the Dear Diary...series).  I seldom set deadlines for myself, our life is frequently too unpredictable for that, but perhaps things will stay calm enough for me to accomplish my tentative goals for this year.

Hope springs eternal...

I've Been Bad...

Posted by lmreed on December 13, 2013 at 1:00 AM Comments comments (0)

The last couple of weeks have been absolutely wild!  We've traveled more miles this month than we have in the last six months put together.

Then we tore up our kitchen floor to get ready for our tile but the tiling people had to postpone because of all the icy weather.  We've been living on concrete for over a week now and I have nothing in the chairs...nothing except our wet/dry vac.


So many things I want to do, but I use my kitchen table for everything.  I feel so displaced.

Maybe tomorrow I'll have time to put my no sugar added pumpkin cheesecake on here.  I loved how it turned out.  Thanksgiving was low carb and delicious! 

Now...on to Christmas!  (As soon as I get a kitchen floor, that is.)

Stuffed of Turkey

Posted by lmreed on November 29, 2013 at 10:40 PM Comments comments (0)

My low-carb stuffing turned out so well!  I was surprised how good it tasted.

Basically, I took a bunch of recipes I found online and picked out the ingredients I liked and it worked.

Ingredients and instructions:

Toast 1 cup of walnuts (place on cookie sheet in oven at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes

Chop or dice and saute in 1 stick of butter:

1 medium onion

4 sticks celery

2 medium carrots

1 zucchini

1 cup toasted walnuts

2 cloves of fresh garlic (use garlic press)

1 or 2 cups of turkey (may brown in olive oil before adding to saute)

1 medium peeled apple

Using a low-carb or diet bread, cut into cubes and place in a large bowl.  Add 16 ounces of chicken broth.  Stir in 2 well-beaten eggs.

Add poultry seasoning, sage, salt, and pepper. 

(The amounts of the seasonings are personal preference.  One of my family members likes so much the whole thing has to turn 'green' while others prefer just a touch.)

Add the sauted mixture to the bread mixture, blending well.

Pour into buttered rectangular glass casserole dish.

Cover with foil.

350 degrees for 45 minutes to and hour and a half depending on the oven...or the other things you have in the oven...or the humidity...or...anyway, remove the foil for the last 15 to 20 minutes of cooking time.

It was very good!

Cooking day...

Posted by lmreed on November 27, 2013 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Working hard to make a low-carb Turkey Day.

1.  Trying out a new stuffing recipe that I pieced together from other low-carb stuffing recipes I found on the internet

2.  Substituting sugar free cherry Jello instead of cranberry sauce

3.  Making a pumpkin casserole with just a touch of pineapple topped with whipped cream to replace sweet potatoes (or yams)

4.  Placing sliced almonds on top of my green bean casserole instead of those lovely high-carb french fried onions

5.  A nice leafy salad

6. A touch of corn

7.  A jar of pre-made turkey gravy (in limited amounts)

8.  And, of course, lots of nice zero carb turkey (we'd have ham, too, if I hadn't forgotten to buy it)

9.  To top it all off, low-carb custard for dessert

Happy Turkey Day!

No more shopping until...

Posted by lmreed on November 26, 2013 at 5:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Didn't matter where I went today, the lines were already way too long at the checkout.

Best Buy, Academy Sports, Tom Thumb, know it's bad when you hear "All checkers to the front please".

And don't even get me started on the public sneezing and coughing...


I think I'll stick to shopping online until everybody else is back to work and school. 

Darn that football...

Posted by lmreed on November 26, 2013 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Didn't even realize I hadn't blogged yesterday.  Too much football. 

And by the way, Cowboys, thanks for the heartattack!

Now the decision...brave the weather to grocery shop for Thanksgiving or wait until the weather warms up and brave the crowds instead.



Posted by lmreed on November 23, 2013 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (0)

I love cooking in my kitchen now.  Won't have the floor done until the week after Thanksgiving, but the countertop and backsplash are great and my new sink and faucet are awesome.

Made a simple no-sugar-added cheesecake today.  Yummy!

16 oz cream cheese

1/2 cup Splenda

1/2 tsp vanilla

2 eggs

dash of milk if needed for desired consistency

Mix all ingredients and pour into baking dish.  Place filled baking dish into larger baking dish and add water to the larger baking dish to create a double boiler.

350 degrees for approximately 50 minutes.  Time may vary.

Cool and refrigerate.

Add fruit topping if desired.

I'll have to be careful not to eat too much of it today, but it is so stinkin' good that I'm afraid that will be difficult.  Willpower...willpower...

Christmas movies

Posted by lmreed on November 22, 2013 at 8:50 PM Comments comments (0)

My favorite time of the year to watch movies...Christmas movies...November and December.  We watched Charlie Brown last night and Winnie the Pooh tonight.

Planning to get in all the animated favorites before the New Year like Frostie, Rudolph, and Santa Claus is Coming to Town.

Also live action ones like Borrowed Hearts, The Christmas Card, Christmas List, a bunch of Christmas-every-day type of movies, and maybe find some new ones.  Borrowed Hearts is one of my favorites, but I don't always find it on TV or find the time to watch it during the holiday season.  I think Netflix has it, so this year I plan to watch it at least once.

I've read a bunch of free Christmas books, so I think i'll take a break from reading books and watch shows for a change.

Fun times...