The summer is flying by, what with me being busy on my digital CT teams, getting outdoors and enjoying the endless days of sunshine we're having on the west coast (which almost never happens), reading lots of books and having lots of desk work as I've been covering for the other gal a bit here and there. So, time is going at warp speed, which is why I've neglected my blog a bit lately. Sorry, folks!
We had Beckham with us at the trailer this past wkend and he loved it (poor guy is getting chemo treatments right now, after his leg amputation, and is tired so wasn't up for any long walks but he sure did enjoy just lazing around on the patio and deck at the ranch. On Saturday, we stayed outdoors pretty much the whole day and he happily snoozed and then trotted around the yard, smelling everything. This was his first time out to the ranch this year.
Keto-wise, I am doing well. I'm now over 40 lbs gone, feel great and am getting really comfortable with my eating habits. I have a few faves that sustain me when I'm busy or on the road (Oberto's pepperoni sticks, cheese crisps, bullet proof coffee) and at home have been making lots of salads, coleslaw, deviled eggs and BBQ chicken and beef. My new fave topping for chicken is leftover artichoke and parmesan dip. I eat it for a few days with green pepper strips and by that time I've had enough of that snack so finish off the dip for a meal or two by using it as a topping for baked chicken and/or steamed/baked cauliflower. YUM!
I've been digi scrapping (always find time for that). Here's a few pages I've created this past week or so.
I'm still slowly dropping the inches and weight. I'm feeling really comfortable with my eating plan and still marvelling at the lack of cravings and binging like I had in the past before switching to a keto lifestyle.
This weekend I am going to try making parmesan crackers so will post more on that later. I think they will pair well with pepperoni or other meats and might be a good addition to a salad.
Made my first batch of homemade mayo and while it tastes different than Hellman's Mayo, it's not different in a bad way, just a bit of a different flavor. I am going to experiment with adding in stevia, vinegar and a few spices. But, overall, I am really happy with it and thrilled that I am not consuming any unhealthy oil (the recipe is made with light olive oil).
Here's the RECIPE.
I'm dealing with computer problems (again) and haven't been overly productive this week with scrapping. But here's a spring page I created with the new May Mixed Media Monthly kit from The Lilypad. I can't wait for more flowers to bloom and get out for a fun botanical photography photowalk soon. It's finally starting to warm up a bit with at least a few days of dry weather but holy moly....BC weather has just sucked this spring so far. Hope that on an upward change now.
This morning I created a LO using maya de groot products for an "all about me" page; specifically, about one of my fave TV shows. I enjoyed creating it so much that I think I will create other pages about my fave TV shows. I just watched the episode of General Hospital where Tracy Quartermaine says goodbye to the show and the final few moments were awesome! I think I need to create a LO about that.
I didn't know I would miss Noel so much when my daughter moved out and took her cat with her. He is a stubborn old guy but so adorable. Even Taz missed him. I'm glad I got a few photos of him before they left. We went to visit him in his new home but he was not impressed with the move and would not come out of hiding. Hopefully, next time, as I'd love to get a chance to snuggle and pet him for a bit.
Taz is our Labadoodle (top layout) and the next is of sweet Beckham who it hurts my heart to say is gone now. It happened suddenly last month and I will never forget him. We baby sat him often and we had developed quite a strong bond.
I'm tired of scrapping winter pics, I am so anxious for spring weather. I want to get outdoors hiking with Taz and take photos. My macro lens didn't get used often during the winter. I also want to take more architectural photos too.
I don't know if it's the changes I'm making in my lifestyle and I'm anxious to get outdoors and exercise, or if we just had so much snow (so much more than we usually get), that I am done with it but when I saw the splattering of snow this morning, it looked pretty for a moment and then all I could think of was....where's spring? I hope we see signs of it soon. I think my new (keto shaped) body is going to be pretty happy going out for hikes and walks with Taz since my energy level seems to be increased. I would like some pretty blooms and warm breezes now. I am sooooo craving a photo walk soon.
I'm putting it out there. This is me, in January...no makeup, no PS touchup, nothing...just me taking an iPhone selfie as I'm out walking Taz in the snow in late January. I don't have the nerve to post a full body selfie (believe me, no one wants to see that) but at least this will give you an idea of how my body will be changing (and already is at almost 2 weeks into my keto diet). It also presents me in the best light possible outdoors with the sun shining onto my face to minimize shadows and wrinkles and shot from above to slim down my jawline and neck. So be prepared to see a pic in another week or so for comparison.
I'm still (as always) pretty immersed in my photography and digi-scrapping (even made a hybrid Valentine's Day card for my hubs this month, noteworthy b/c I have been completely digi for some time and hadn't done anything with my traditional scrap supplies) but now am fully, completely, mindboggling happy to be on the KETO diet!
So stay tuned for more updates soon. I will start sharing some digi layouts every weekend and lots of recipes coming that (of course) will be keto-friendly.
I am always surprised when Christmas is just a few days away. The older I get, the faster the time flies. I was feeling really on top of things and on the ball when Bailey & I got the Xmas tree up the first week of December. After that I don't know what happened. The days flew by and now it is almost Xmas. Every year I say that I will be organized and prepared, getting everything accomplished in a timely fashion. Guess what? Every year I fail LOL. So, I will be out there shopping tomorrow and probaby Friday, for a few things. I still need to do some baking and wrapping too. Another thing I say every year....somehow it all gets done and we have a wonderful Xmas.
Taz was very cooperative, sitting his poor little bum in the cold snow so I could take some holiday pics of him in his hat. He was well compensated with treats afterward. As you can tell from his face, he's not really not feeling the holiday cheer at the moment. He's a good boy and he forgave me.
Merry Christmas to you all and have a wonderful holiday time.
The snow has stopped and the sun is out but.....man....is it cold! I don't know what is happening but here on the west coast we don't get this kind of weather...yet we have. I woke up this morning to 23°F...yikes...that is cold! Taz didn't mind though. He enjoyed running across the frozen snow and racing across the upper garden area. I hope the sunshine warms the ice a bit so it'll be easier to shovel later as I still need to dig out a bit of the driveway. It seems weird to not have driven my car for 3 days. I really want to get out and run some errands if I can.
Hi. Welcome to my blog. I'm a photographer, & scrapbooker and this year began my journey on a keto diet. My family lives on the west coast of BC, Canada. I'm also a FB, pinterest and TV addict! Hope you enjoy my blog and photos.