I had a wonderful time wandering around the park for a few hours from late afternoon to dusk. I hadn't been to QEP for many years, the last time was with my mom who has since passed away and it brought back a lot of memories. She would have been enchanted with the variety and beauty of the gardens. The last time we went, the park wasn't in the midst of its glory and the flowers were wilted and faded. It was a day to remember. I got so many awesome photos to scrapbook with.
I've been able to keep up with the Scrapaneers MOS Tournament and it's been a blast so far. It's been challenging me to step out of my comfort zone which is scary but fun too.
I'm in a shopping mode now, replenishing my wardrobe after almost a 50 lb weight loss. I'm looking for sales and deals everywhere and am so thankful that I'm finding lots to buy at decent prices. This wkend I'll be bringing clothes to the consignment store in Bellingham.
I've got an upcoming blog article and slow speed scrap this coming week at The Lilypad. If you're a digital scrapper, go check it out! At Oscraps I'm working on a few challenges for September. If you've never participated, go take a look. I'm blessed to be on the creative team for both and consider myself very lucky. They are both amazing digital homes for me.
Didn't get a chance to try out any new recipes this week but I have been perusing pinterest looking for keto friendly recipes. I did come across a DIY idea for a scarf hanging rod which I need b/c I have a lot of scarves and it's always a hassle to dig through the bin for one. I need them hung up where I can easily see what I have. Of course, when I get it up and put all my scarves on it, I'll take a pic of them and scrap a page about it.
Hope you are all having a great week and enjoying these last weeks of summer.
I'm happy to say that the bit of rain we had cleared the smoky air and the birds have come back to the feeder. We missed seeing our little fluttering friends flying around the feeders throughout the day. The woodpeckers, flickers, sterling jays, chickadees and sparrows came back first but then the hummingbirds came back the next day. I just love to watch these little guys come to the feeder. They are so tiny and move so quickly!
As for my personal life, I'm happy to say I've been able to maintain the ketogenic diet lifestyle and it's both the easiest and hardest diet I've ever been on. It's easy in the sense that I don't have to count calories, don't have to figure out anything other than paying attention to how many carbs I consume daily. I eat when I want, have figured out what snack foods I like, have a binder of fave dinner recipes to choose from and add in enough healthy fats to keep me feeling satiated. I no longer crave food, don't eat at night b/c I really don't care to, other than the occasional piece of dark chocolate or some almonds and am down over 45 lbs. I think another 5 or so pounds will be where I want to maintain (will eat a bit more healthy fat to prevent any more weight loss). I still haven't put together a weight lifting program but have been outdoors walking a lot more and doing planks and squats occasionally with a bit of pilates but basically, not much exercise yet. Just been too busy with everything else.
Things will quiet down, as we get to the end of summer, (can't believe it's August already) and I'll be posting more about scrapping, keto, exercise, photography and more! Stay tuned.
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.
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.