Major Weigh Down #7


Just to update and inform those that may not remember or know that I begun my Major Weigh Down plan in August 2012. Since beginning the weigh down series I have updated six times, showing a total loss of 43 pounds. Please read the previous updates to catch up.
As 2015 draws to an end I realize I have fallen behind on keeping you updated on my progress. In this year I became even more dedicated to my weight loss plan. I continued with my plan of “portion control” and was still determined to lose weight without drugs or surgery.
In April of 2015 I weighed in with a total lose of 58 pounds. As you see it has been a slow process. In June I decided to kick my weight loss into full gear and get rid of this weight. I set myself a goal to lose 25 more pounds by the end of July.
July-October brought with it many surprises and changes to my life. ( Please watch for the full story on that coming soon.)
I stayed faithful to my “portion control” and was pleased with the scale reading at the end of July. I had a total weight loss of 80 pounds!
First of July brought not only happiness with my weight loss, it also brought a trip to Florida to visit my son and his family. It was a thrill to be able to pack smaller clothes then I had packed the last time I went for a visit.
Please remember to check back for the rest of the story.
I wish everyone a Very Happy and Healthy 2016.

New Book for Storing Your Recipes

The Blank Recipe Book

There’s a new book for storing your recipes called, “The Blank Recipe Book.

It’s useful for storing recipes and keeping cooking/baking instructions so that you can easily find them later instead of digging through recipe cards or going online and hoping you find the exact recipe that you liked.

I really like the cover design and layout of the book. It also has a family memory section that is very thoughtful and something I’m so glad I can utilize going forward. It’s a really clever idea and I think it’s something that makes a great gift to a newlywed or anyone who cooks for a family. It’s also great for putting a lot of family recipes in and then giving that as a gift. For example, a mother putting dozens of her recipes in and then giving it to her daughter. Or for a grandmother to do the same with a granddaughter (obviously it can be a son as well).

So it’s The Blank Recipe book and you can get it at

Great Christmas Gift Idea!

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No one can preserve foods  like Grandma and Mom, that is just the way it is.  We all say from time to time I sure wish I had some of Grandma’s pickles or maybe it was her canned squash, maybe it was mom’s tomato juice.  Have you ever wished you had their canning recipes?  Canning  recipes are being lost with each generation.

Veronica Cooked has come up with a great idea  for preserving family canning recipes. Sections such as preparing produce, processing, ingredients and a very special section for family memories.  The Blank Canning Recipe Book. This book has 100 pages of carefully planned out lined blank sections just for canning. What a great way to preserve family canning recipes and family memories. The Blank Canning Recipe Book makes a great wedding, birthday, Mothers day and don’t forget Christmas gift.  You, your family and friends will complete this recipe book. Pass it around to each family member and let them write their own recipes. What a great way to not only preserve the recipes but their handwriting as well. There is something about a recipe in a loved ones own handwriting makes it extra special.  Veronica came up with this idea when she discovered she had no recipe of any kind in her own Moms or Grand Mothers handwriting.







Major Weigh Down #6


I know my followers thought I surely had fallen off the weigh down wagon and let it run over me.  Shame on you !!!  LOL

Actually, I have been involved in several projects and have not really had an opportunity to post  an update in quite some time.  My weigh down journey  at times has been a roller coaster ride and not an easy task. I seem to be on the down part of the roller coaster ride and am beginning to see a weight loss again. Since I began my major weigh down journey I have lost 43 lbs. It has been slow and not easy. Slow and easy will carry me to my goal and hopefully make my long term success  greater and permanent .  I have begun to see more energy and mobility return to my life. Thank you for your encouragement and I will continue to work toward my goal and hope not to disappoint my family, my followers, my friends nor myself.

As I mentioned I have been working on some projects. I am sharing links below with you to my projects.

Quick and Easy Fall Recipe

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Fall is here!!!! Fall is my favorite time of year. I really enjoy the beautiful painted leaves of nature and the cooler temperatures. It seems fall is the season of festivals and football.  With football comes food and friends. The thoughts of hot soups and Chili comes to mind. I want to share a quick and delicious chili dish recipe just right for fall.  This recipe is great when having friends over to watch the big game or just right for a quick and easy dinner  after a busy day.

Tip for stretching food and dollars with leftover Roast


Since my husband and I are empty nesters we tend to have leftovers whenever I cook a roast. We do enjoy the leftovers but after two or three days either we get tired of the same thing for dinner, or we run too low of the beef roast for a complete meal. Roast is a easy dish to stretch.  A roast beef sandwich and beef hash are the two ways I usually stretch out our enjoyment of a roast. Since I am working on my weigh down, I did not want the extra carbs that a sandwich or beef hash would provide me. So I put my thinking cap on and came up with another idea which I have to say turned out to be great. By adding vegetables and a few other ingredients to the beef I made a delicious left over roast stew.

With money not growing on trees, allowing food to spoil or just saying I am tired of this and trashing it would be a waste of money and food. Below you will find a delicious food and dollar stretching recipe.

Vegetable Soup Recipe from Veronica


First real cold weekend of the season has settled on us in North Alabama. The thoughts of Thanksgiving and Christmas are in the air. In the air as well is the smell and thoughts of seasonal foods. Yesterday my thoughts were on hot soup. In cold weather hot soup is a comfort food for many folks including myself. I wanted to cook a healthy and tasty soup so I decided on vegetable soup. I have made vegetable soup only a of couple times and was not pleased with it at all. I decided to give it one more try.

The Blank Cookbook


I really enjoy trying new recipes. I have got quite a collection of cookbooks. I have recipes clipped from magazines and papers. I have jotted down recipes from friends and from magazines. They are stuffed into boxes, slipped between pages of cookbooks.

Recently I found a solution to my mess of recipes. I found on Amazon The Blank Cookbook by James Laymond Publishing. This book has titled sections for ingredients, preparation directions, cooking directions, serving notes and a section titled “family memories of this recipe.”

I am enjoying getting my recipes organized in this neat book. It has been fun thinking of memories of the recipes.

I also thought of what a great gift it would make for a new cook! Just wanted to pass this find onto everyone. You can buy it at for around $8.

Other reviews and places to buy “The Blank Cookbook”:

Today’s Sermon was NOT from the Preacher


As a young mother I remember praying every morning. I would pray for patience for the day. I prayed I would have patience with my two precious little boys. They deserved patience and required patience. I never wanted to get angry and yell at them. I know there were a few times I failed at both of my goals. However I prayed and did my very best. I loved seeing my boys smile. I loved knowing they knew they were loved. Being a mother can be the most rewarding job in the world.

This morning while in worship service at church I saw a young mother in front of me. I had watched this young lady grow from a child herself into a loving mother. She and her husband sat there with two small boys. I watched her as the youngest climbed around on her and the chairs. He was very quite while doing this. The only one that might have been inconvenienced or disturbed was his mom. She would look at him and give him a large smile. He would look back at her with adoring eyes and go on being a little boy climbing around.

Plastics and Brain Development in the Womb


What a miracle, what a blessing and what a joy a baby is. It is unbelievable the awesomeness of a new life growing inside a woman’s body. A loving mother will do anything to ensure the delivery of a mentally and physically healthy baby. She is sure to make all her doctor’s visits. She takes her vitamins and gets extra rest. She will go the extra mile to take care of herself and her unborn baby. It is so sad to hear of a woman who has put drugs and alcohol into her body during pregnancy all the while knowing that it can harm the precious growing human inside her. It is equally sad to think a loving mother may not know of hidden dangers to her unborn baby and small child. I would like to bring to the attention of all parents the following study. A recent study from a group of scientist at Duke University finds dangers to an unborn baby and a newborn in developmental stages. These dangers come from the BPA (chemicals) found in plastic storage containers, plastic cups, and plastic drinking bottles. These chemicals can cause adverse mental and physical conditions. An expectant mother should stay completely away from the plastics containing BPA (chemicals).

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