Using an Apple Slicer to Slice Bell Peppers

Before you grab your apple slicer – please note: there is a right way and a difficult way to do this. I’m here to show you both.

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I keep our apple slicer in our wire basket with the apples in hopes that it will spur on healthy eating by the males in our house. The results have been, well, let’s just say unless I slice it for them and put it on a plate they’re still not biting. I keep hoping for the best. But in the meantime, I was about to slice me an apple when out of the corner of my eye, I spy the four green bell peppers that I was given and have meant to core and slice for the past two days. But instead, I just stare at them.

But then I got this idea…..

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I took the apple slicer and eagerly cut through a bell pepper. It sliced right through and I was stoked. That was until there were a lot of seeds and things to be removed and perfected before I could freeze them.  What should have been simple took way too long to accomplish. I knew there had to be a better way than this:


After all the mess and work, I still had some great looking slices, but knew I needed to think about a better way.IMG_3925

This time, I decided to slice and take off the top of the pepper like I normally would:bell pepper being cut

Bell pepper with top cut off

I used the apple slicer again and this time – voila! So easy and with minimal, if any seeds were left to contend with! I would still advise gloves if you are the type to use a warmer pepper or inevitably touch your face (even after you told yourself you wouldn’t).

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Now before you go breaking my heart, you must know that this was truly one of life’s little discoveries. Someone out there has probably been doing it for years, but for me it was like, Eureka! I didn’t Google it, I just did something I had never done before.

Question: What other things have you tried to slice with an apple slicer?

Clean Eating Apples with Almond Butter & Date Slices

  Just a quick post to share an easy and delicious snack that is not hollow in calories but also not hollow in amazing nutritious benefits.

I am clean eating again since the beginning of August 2015 and this most simply means I don’t eat fake stuff. I aim for organic, whole grain and minimal proceeded food of any sort. I consume a lot of water. I count my calories to keep myself accountable.

So I wanted something sweet but also something that would give me some nutritional bang for the buck.

The dates and apples provide good fiber. The dates although primarily full of natural sugar, also provide an amazing amount of potassium. The crunchy almond butter gives me that dense and nutty flavor to balance out the sweetness and adds protein to keep myself from crashing. These tastes combined are amazing!

1 organic gala apple, sliced (I have an apple slicer, so I got 8 slices

1 tbsp Maranatha crunchy almond butter

1 medjool date sliced into eight pieces
Spread even amounts of peanut butter on the apple slices and put medjool date pieces on top. Enjoy!

Note: This snack averages about 250 calories based on the brands and size of apple, etc. and averaged as an A- on Calorie Count Please make your own calorie evaluation based on what you use.


Chihuly is Glasslove! My Trip to St. Petersburg, FL to the Chihuly Collection

Im not going to say much as I want the pieces to do the talking. What I would suggest as you look at the individual pieces is to look at how lighting is also a huge element in his work. Not only does his glass take on shape and color, but it also brings forth words like “growth” “light” and “harmony”. What do you see? I’d love to hear your comments. 

Being there in person was amazing for me as I began my love for Chihuly’s work after watching a PBS special around 2000.  Although I will never be able to afford one of his pieces, this trip will remain with me for a long time.




























Now More Than Ever – My Response to Charleston

I am so saddened at what has happened to those beautiful people in Charleston, SC. I’m angry. And to top it off, now I get to see the media circus ensue whenever I happen to look.

What should my response be in my tiny corner of the world? Now before I rattle my list off – that’s fine if yours is different. It’s even fine if you disagree with what I say. I’m simply here stating my personal response to having seen such a horrific act of hate and murder.

  • As a Christian, I am told the World will hate me for my beliefs.
  • As a white person, I am exempt from so many layers of hurt that others must deal with because of their skin color.
  • My job is to be the best light I can be wherever I’m at.
  • I  am not the judge. My faith says that the One who sits on the right-hand side of the Father is. I thank God that his mercies are new every morning and that He has forgiven me for my poor as crap choices.
  • My job isn’t to correct people who might think differently than I do. My job isnt to spout what I believe is the truth and respond/reply to everything I see online.
  • My job is to build relationship with people enough to earn the right to speak into their life – and even then, many times, that comes only when asked.
  • I am to be slow to speak and slow to anger (I’m not so great at this one)
  • Now more than ever, my job is to love those around me and to love those God has placed in my life.  What does that look like? I ask God to help me know everyday what that looks like. It might be to try and be encouraging to someone who looks down.
  • I may not know any of those people at that church, and I certainly don’t know what was in the heart or mind of the killer. I don’t know how they live their lives, what they believe that might be the same or different than me, but tonight, as I sit here, I love them all. I grieve with them. I wish there was something I could do. The treasure of prayer is the closest thing to them in my grasp.
  • Am I concerned about our country, these political candidates, all the intensifying war cries regarding every topic under the sun? You better believe it. I feel it throughout my days and nights. I grieve for those still imprisoned over in Iraq and for those persecuted all over.
  • I  am concerned and I’m being poorly represented by “fellow Christians” who are spouting hate and anger online in the name of righteousness during things such as what’s going on in Charleston. Who are you? Even if you know the Bible backwards and forwards who do you think you are telling everyone who they are and that they are going to hell? Is that your utmost job while you are here on this Earth? I don’t think so. Am I saying you should silently watch from a distance? No. But please quit being a false representation of the truth and love God wanted us to share! We are called to be a light in the darkness! I see so many mean, rude, hateful, boastful remarks being made by some Christians who are sitting in the wrong seat. The scriptures us Christians read in The Bible isn’t just for newly marrieds to have a handle on how they should treat one another! We’ve confined it to couples when it’s meant for the WHOLE WIDE WORLD.

1 Corinthians 13 New International Version (NIV)

13 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
Amidst all of the attrocities, offenses and injustices we are seeing on every level right now – let us shut our mouths. Let us listen for a bit. Let us listen to the heart of God instead of the heart of the Internet.

When we die, people will mostly remember how we loved. Not how we lived or what we had.

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Lord help me to love! That is my prayer. Help me to love when things like Charleston happen.

Homemade Peanut Butter Oatmeal Packed With Protein

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Homemade Peanut Butter Oatmeal – the grits are for every other day.
PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter

I have gotten into the habit of making my own oatmeal for over a year now. I love that I can change up calories by adding or taking away extra goodies, but today I want to focus on having your day start with some good protein.

If you don’t have a texture issue with oatmeal, then having some pre-made saves time and in most cases money. You also have the added benefit of knowing what goes in your oatmeal if you need to watch certain items in your diet.

I discovered powdered peanut butter several months ago when I was really looking at the items in the organic section with a fine-tooth comb.  This little beauty is a great add-in for smoothies, cocoa, breads, cookies…..pretty much anywhere that you would add regular peanut butter. The nice thing about powdered peanut butter is that you can also add water and voila – have a pretty decent peanut butter when needed.  I have not been paid to endorse any of this – I just love it and so I’m sharing it!

Homemade Peanut Butter Oatmeal

INGREDIENTS: (I try to use everything organic as possible)

  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1 tbsp PB2 (powdered peanut butter)
  • 1 tbsp powdered milk (I used a nonfat powdered milk)
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of flax seed

Extra Add-Ins: coconut, chocolate chips for a nice chocolate peanut butter oatmeal, walnuts, raisins, etc.

I simply place all these ingredients into a sealable container and I can grab and go for work.  The calories will vary, so since it is only one serving, just total up all your ingredients. Mine comes to 210 with the basic recipe bulleted above.  If you want to make multiple servings ahead, use a handy conversion chart to turn one serving into five!

These are not hollow calories! The 210 sounds high for something to eat, but you are eating what you will need to get you through the morning without wanting to strangle someone or run for the vending machine/snack room/cupboard.

Have any other ingredients you would add? Let me know here if you try it and how it turns out!

One More Chance at Fishing

So in my earlier post I was sharing about my day and how fishing didn’t look like it would be in the picture for our family today.

Well once my husband got back from his work call, he came through the door asking “Who’s ready to go fishing?” I noticed that the rain had stopped and even some sunshine was hanging around. So we loaded up and went!

Son and I are still learning a lot of the mechanics of things and had our struggles; however hubby was patient with us. I am glad we got to go. We went to Carvin’s Cove and had a chance to catch a great sunset. So with that, I will end my day.

Carvin's Cove
Carvin’s Cove Sunset

What The Binge Was I Thinking?

Today was a Saturday at home. No real schedule, no real plans. We hit the flea market as a family and then came home.

My day suddenly turned from care-free to frustrating when I realized the cat that we are fostering has been pooping outside of the litter box. So the next several minutes were spent with the entire family scoping out the house, cleaning any bombed areas and smelling nothing but nastiness.

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My Flea Market Find – RIP Dusty Rhodes

So although I had chosen an egg white delight meal at Mc D’s this morning, things took a sharp turn. I am embarrassed to tell my readers that I ate a lot for lunch. And not because I was hungry. I think it was to deal with what to do where the cat was concerned. Do we give up? Do we adopt him after all? I mean, we can’t have that going on all the time. Where did we go wrong?

So then I had asked if we could go fishing.  I always keep my license in the fishing box so that I always know where it is. Husband informs me it’s not there. Frustration #2 as we are riding in the car to our fishing destination. We stop at the local gas station there near the entrance to see if they sold licenses and worms.  They didn’t sell licenses and the entrance we were planning on going in had been closed down. The only other way was around the bend of a highway…

So as we head to a sportsman’s store off the highway to obtain my new fishing license, the sky turns grey and overcast. Then my hubby’s phone goes off with a call for work.

Womp. Womp.

So I just asked if we could go back to the house. So he took us back. And then he left for his work call. And my son gets on his computer. And so I eat. And then I eat some more, and some more….just deciding I didn’t even care. Just kept on going.  So now I am at here at the computer and so disappointed in myself.  I had lost three pounds eating right and working out at the gym this week. Have I just wreaked havoc on those three pounds?  I know if I get on the treadmill that is literally right next to this desk, I’d have to walk for miles.

So how does one cope when they have binged? What are some things that I need to learn? I mean, I certainly can’t eat anymore in order to try and deal with trying to figure out what to do about eating more!  Do you have any constructive thoughts?

Help! We Have A Kitten Secretly Pooping Outside of the Litter Box!

Son and Buddy the Kitten

I am in serious need of some Kitten School 101. So all you feline lovers out there – this post is for you!

So we have this kitten. Son named him Buddy.  We thought Buddy did great adapting to the house and he quickly found the litter box. We are fostering Buddy for two weeks from the SPCA to decide if we want to adopt him.  Son has wanted a pet and I thought this would be a great way to see how responsible he would be. I have allergies to cats, so I am really stretching myself and heart to take this little one in.

So anyhow, today when we get back from running errands, we open the door and BAM! Eau DeKitty hits us strong. We figure it must just be his litter box (which son has dumped regularly)I go into my dining room and as I am putting up my crock pot, there THEY are. Several corner

Buddy the Kitten

poops and pees. Then I look in the other corner. Another poop and pee. This is in addition to what this little precious already does in his litter box.

So where friends, did we go wrong? What do we do now? We are all aggravated and ready to give up.  What do we need to do?


Blogathon Newbie!

This weekend I am participating in Blogathon!  I hope to make new blogging friends and learn lots of information about blogging. Find out more here if you want to participate here!

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