TWEETIBEAR's SparkPeople Blog TWEETIBEAR's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community I'm not tired, Grandma! <img src=""> How many times have parents (and grandparents) heard that one!!? So, Nathan (now 4) is a "big boy" now, and instead of a nap with grandpa, he wanted to go grocery shopping with grandma (i.e. Point to all the snacks he wants). So I took him, and he didn't even ask for one snack! Mon, 23 Jan 2017 21:12:50 EST What my husband eats and what I eat We can often eat the same meal, but sometimes he gets cravings and I need to avoid these triggers. He wanted some kind of gravy (he loves mushroom soup gravy, too). <BR> <BR> So for dinner he had two fried pork chops, warmed in the oven in mushroom soup gravy. He had 2 big helpings of mashed potatoes with gravy. 4 slices of bread, two pork chops, chunky applesauce, green beans and for dessert about 9 of those snack size 3 Muskateer candy bars, FOLLOWED by chocolate chip ice cream. <BR> <... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 22:28:23 EST ..and my husband's handiwork as well! ...he finished making 2 single beds today (he mostly does only bunk beds since no little girls apparently have only one doll any more)... <BR> <BR> I had already finished sewing one of the bedding sets. <BR> <BR> We put this online on a few local sales groups and it sold within 10 minutes. <BR> <BR> It is the sturdy wooden bed <BR> a foam mattress <BR> a fitted sheet <BR> a reversible main pillow (coordinating) <BR> a reversible bed spread (coordinating) <BR> two throw pillows (coordinati... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:10:18 EST I spent the day baking fancy cakes with sugar sprinkles (pics) Well, not ALL of the cakes were baked, only the polymer clay parts. <BR> <BR> These are little doll cakes, made for American Girl sized dolls...but also good for any doll 15"-20" in size. They are two tier is a tea light candle, and is a birthday cake. Child can have tea parties and/or birthday parties (and the candle can have the battery exchanged when it runs down). <BR> <BR> It kept me quite busy, my husband and to REMIND me to eat lunch (hahaha, that almost NEVER happened... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 22:05:51 EST Ice storm. No electricty. No internet. And sick. Sick yesterday and today, and since our electricity got knocked out from the ice storm, I just stayed wrapped up in some, slept some. I've been overly-busy and stressed lately, so it was good to take a break. <BR> <BR> So, since I gained over the holidays (and beyond)...and since I go to my doctor this Wednesday, was that a wake-up call for me to get on track? <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> What is the o... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 23:16:26 EST Finished a bunch of American Girl Doll Valentine's items. I will sell a dozen "lots" of Valentine treats, and I'm real happy with them. Anyone working crafts knows that the early timeline is important at holidays. <BR> <BR> Each lot will consist of: <BR> A drink: Either a drink with whipped cream and glitter heart on top <BR> ----------- or a glitter pink drink with a glittery pink heart-shaped "ice cube" on top. <BR> <BR> And a cupcake or a small bag of valentine candy hearts. <BR> <BR> And two cookies: One heart shaped with marble icing, a... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 00:30:41 EST French Macarons (not macaroons) I made some French macarons...for my 18" doll food hobby, of course. My granddaughter has a French American Girl doll, and she apparently owns a bakery! Her favorite sweet treat are macarons, So my granddaughter wants some macarons, and I had some requests for them at our Christmas sale. <BR> <BR> So, I looked them up, and they look interesting, so I made them. (Hannah is delighted, so I'll make some doll macarons for Easter! <BR> <BR> Photo 1 is a picture of real (real people, edible... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 22:02:56 EST Crispy baked chicken, Low Carb and Yummy! I saw several low carb recipes using pork rinds to form the crust of oven baked chicken. I didn't like them for one reason or another. So I took another of my recipes and tweaked a bit, and this chicken came out SO yummy. <BR> <BR> The "crust" was crisp and greasy look, feel or taste. My skinny husband loved it as well. Less than 1 gm. carb in each piece (I used chicken tenders, but thighs, half breasts can do just as well I would think). <BR> <BR> I just put this recipe ... Sun, 8 Jan 2017 21:29:14 EST Cheesecake. THE SEQUEL. <img src=""> Adding to yesterday's blog. We left when I yelled at my hubby for not eating those 2 slices if (New York Style) cheesecake, this torturing me so cruelly. He got out a slice and ate it (even though he may mot have been hungry). When I went to bed last night, this note to himself was taped to the kitchen cabinet right next to the coffee pot! Who needs to be REMINDED to eat cheesecake?!! Hilarious. Sat, 7 Jan 2017 16:38:42 EST Cheesecake! Really?!! So we had our son and kids over for dinner, and got a small frozen New York Cheesecake (their favorite) with canned cherries to top. <BR> <BR> So I went and found some individual cheesecake recipes, and being me, I chose the fastest one, which cooked in the microwave. Licking the spatula, it tasted pretty yummy. Then I looked up 1 TBL of canned cherries, and planned for one. excellent. low-carb dessert. <BR> <BR> Everyone was taking their slices of cheesecake and spooning their cherries o... Sat, 7 Jan 2017 00:06:48 EST Updated my photo and sharing my new "bitmoji" So I noticed my profile photo showed a younger me with brown hair and few wrinkles. If I ran into anyone from here on the street they would never have recognized me! <BR> <BR> So, I updated my gray-haired photo, wrinkles and all, and also shared the bitmoji I tried to make look like me. Wish I looked as cute as it, LOL! <BR> <BR> The bitmoji I chose for tonight was me on the treadmill. 6 months ago I was walking 2-3 miles every day. Since Dec. 30th, I have walked every day and am only u... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 22:27:07 EST So much (too much) hate! Sorry, so so much of this today, I needed to vent. Sometimes it's hard to keep up a good vibe. Hate is everywhere. People hate Clinton. People hate Trump. People hate Mexicans. People hate law enforcement officers. People hate people of color. People hate Jews. People hate Catholics. <BR> <BR> People make "funny" memes which are humiliating and/or offensive to others. People person and on the social media. People hate people who have guns. People hate people who won't own guns. <BR> <BR> What will it take to turn th... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 21:30:10 EST Hang in There! We'll get stronger. It gets better. We will turn heads! <em>9</em> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Mon, 2 Jan 2017 19:17:21 EST First of five new products I'm crafting for dolls this year. The 18" dolls are getting more popular, especially since Target and other stores sell a version of the doll for only $35-50, as opposed to $110-$120 (or more)! My husband makes doll furniture, and I make foods, drinks, and other accessories. <BR> <BR> Here are some 20 piece place settings to serve four. These were my first and sold out right away. They are made with canning lids, sanded down, metal primed, double paint coated and then <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 21:20:39 EST Happy New Year! Whether you have lost 100 lbs. or (like me) fell off the wagon, so to speak, the new year brings new hope, motivation and strength. Keep positive. Let's do this! Sat, 31 Dec 2016 21:16:27 EST MIA for over two months!? How easy was it to fall off the wagon! Actually, I have not blogged for 2 months. I have checked in almost every day. Always with this thought: Today I will enter my foods and my exercises, etc. And almost every day I didn't enter all my food....and there were no exercises to record. <BR> <BR> And I have had people BUGGING me to get back here! "We miss you" -- "Where are you?" -- "Don't give up" ...Really! Did they not know I just wanted to sit in a corner and suck my thumb? Oh, I am so thankful to them! It was indeed ... Fri, 30 Dec 2016 18:39:04 EST Making bedding for 14 doll beds (7 bunk beds) for our sale. I've over halfway finished. My passion is working in polymer clay, but my husband makes furniture. He's made 7 bunk beds and I have only 4 sets of bedding finished. <BR> <BR> Each bed includes a mattress, a fitted sheet, a reversible bedspread, a reversible main pillow and two throw pillows. Hurry, Hurry, Hurry! THIS is why I'm not on the blog much. I do check in every day. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img ... Sat, 15 Oct 2016 21:52:43 EST Nathan hosted a tea party (with a little help from Grandma). But poor pah! Nathan is 3 and loves tea parties at my house, but today he wanted to be the "server" - I told him it was called "host" and he loved calling himself that. <BR> <BR> He set the table (I made all the dishes except the bowls), put out plastic silverware, and we each had both a plastic tumbler AND a "hot chocolate" mug. We got a towel out and ready, because when her serves our "tea" most of it ends up on the table, LOL. <BR> <BR> Poor pah...he had to sit in that little tiny plastic chair...and... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 23:56:59 EST Low Carbers, let me tell you a story about this cheesecake! Found this on Pinterest: Low Carb Lemon Cheesecake. <BR> Only 4 ingredients. FAST and easy and YUMMY! <BR> <BR> Story: My 9 year old granddaughter was here with her daddy and brothers. The boys wanted ice cream for dessert, but Hannah had spotted my cheesecake bars in the fridge. She LOVES cheesecake. <BR> <BR> So I gave her a bar and told her if it wasn't to her taste, I would eat it later. Well, of course she loved it. Her daddy warned her it was almost time to leave for her dance ... Thu, 22 Sep 2016 22:00:15 EST Body Image. What wonderful responses I receved from my last blog. Thank you all. I received some VERY different responses, different support in different ways...and I appreciated every one of them. <BR> <BR> My whole thing simply boiled down to body image. I am now more aware of how overweight my body is (now that I am losing weight) than I was before (I wasn't worried about it, or at best didn't want to even think about it). <BR> <BR> I do know that I cannot give up my life and turn into a hermit. As I lose weight, the body image thing will take care of itself....mea... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 21:11:40 EST Sometimes I don't WANT be rational...and I act on it. My current crisis. I'm going to be a whiney baby here, but if I can't share it here, I can't share it and I'll soon explode. <BR> <BR> I have not been to church but a few times in months (I NEVER missed church). I backed out of some of my volunteer work in nursing homes and at the hospital. I hate going out to go to the dentist or the doctor or even the grocery store. <BR> <BR> Why? Because I have NO clothes that fit me. And I refuse to spend money on clothes, because I'm still so huge, new clothes will n... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 22:40:43 EST ...and today's project is for the dolls. Remember the plastic tumblers from the 50's? ...well, I thought the kids would like to choose which drinks go to their dolls (and my granddaughter "helps" her dolls drink from their tumblers)! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My Becca (yes, I have my own dolls, and yes I play with them) drinks 8 full glasses of water a day...she likes to d... Fri, 9 Sep 2016 20:16:04 EST Took pause from other projects to make this birthday gift. Pics. The gift is a "Busy Book" for the one year old neighbor. She's only a year, but really smart, so I think she will enjoy parents interacting with her in this book. Faces are blanked out. <BR> <BR> First is the cover, showing the interaction...Seeing her own photo under the pull-up-felt. <BR> <img src="">. <BR> <BR> Then she can find the missing bird. <BR> <img src=" Wed, 7 Sep 2016 17:00:57 EST Makes no difference...athiest, christian, jewish, muslim....etc.... You don't "have to" be any faith at all...these words in each heart to start each day could change the world! <BR> <BR> We all have something to share! It could be a visit to a nursing home one hour a month. <BR> ...working in a soup kitchen <BR> ...volunteering at a school <BR> ...offering a new mom a few hours' child care so she can take a shower and nap! <BR> ...Craft something for seniors; better yet, teach them to craft somethin for their room. <BR> ...Hold your tongue when someone is... Mon, 5 Sep 2016 11:52:34 EST A recent study. A recent study showed that women who carry a little extra weight live longer than men who mention it. <BR> <BR> Sorry, couldn't resist...the last couple of days that my sister visited we ate out several times. I was hitting some foods my husband knows I have stayed away from. So when he decided to give a little "uh hmmmm" with one eyebrow raised, I steam-rolled him... Me with my ugly face: "When you quit smoking, then you may judge my eating habits." <BR> <BR> <img src="http://phot... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 00:26:57 EST Baked some low-carb banana bread and low carb cookies today....surprisingly yummy! I have really been wanting to just sit and have a cookie sometimes. My fear is not going off track for a little bit...but wanting 2 or 4 cookies instead. Also, eating carbs makes one crave carbs more. But I found a recipe yesterday...right here on Spark Recipes, and it's called: Low Carb Sugar-Free, Gluten Free, Almond Cookies. It makes 12 as the recipe says, but they are nice and BIG. At first it seemed like it would just melt on my tongue, not satisfying my need to chew a cookie...... Sat, 13 Aug 2016 21:04:06 EST TweetiBear to Self: "Hi, how are you?" Self to TweetiBear: "Fine...but I gotta run....bye!" Just got back into town yesterday after being gone for several days. <BR> Cleaned house and did laundry today. <BR> Tomorrow out-of-town guests come in for 4 days. <BR> Will clean house and do laundry Monday. <BR> Tuesday my sister arrives for a week-long visit. <BR> <BR> It is HARD to be out of town for days, at the mercy of hosts and restaurants. But my blood sugar levels are great, and my weight, though not down right not up! <BR> <BR> See you all around the corner (I just don'... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 00:44:28 EST Ready to go on hiatus from my doll crafts...and onto sewing some donation dolls. It's been a while since I made and shipped some of my donation dolls. They require some hand sewing and my arthritis won't let me do much at a time. I used to send 40 or 50 dolls at a time, but I'll limit myself to between 10 and 20, however my fingers can handle. <BR> <BR> My last project are some American Girl doll cookie jars full of my polymer clay cookies. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here are some of the h... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 22:18:42 EST Hilarious - saw this today. Here is one diet I've never tried, hahaha! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Mon, 25 Jul 2016 22:03:09 EST Felt great for first time in weeks. Even did a bunch of fun crafts today I can't explain the funk I've been in these past few weeks. Suffice to say when I'm affected physically, my mental state seems to weaken and crash as well. I had some stomach issues, (turned out a UTI)(?!) - then my back and hip were hurting so bad I was walking with a walker, and felt 83 instead of 73....finally, a week ago I was pulling the curling iron out when some hair got hand slipped off and the curling iron landed on my forehead. Not just a burn, but hundreds of tiny bl... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 20:49:21 EST Relay for Life always breaks me...that's not negative. Annual Relay for Life here was last night. I've only attended these in our home town for many years, and I have no idea how it compares to others. I only know it is a night filled with tears and laughter and fun and passion. <BR> <BR> The first lap to the survivors...some in wheelchairs, some children, some bald, this year a lady on crutches with one missing leg. All walk to show us there IS life after being diagnosed with cancer. There ARE people who win every day. Some walkers are a f... Sat, 16 Jul 2016 13:34:49 EST No longer sick...certainly depressed...and mostly angry. Warning. Post is a downer. You may want to just skip it. <BR> <BR> I can't speak of the horrific tragedies our nation is suffering. <BR> I can't breathe. It is so overwhelming. <BR> So much hate. <BR> Who is guilty? Certainly the shooters, both law enforcement and "cop killers." <BR> <BR> But who else? <BR> Those who show up at rallies with hate signs, spitting in police officers' faces, threatening them on national tv. <BR> <BR> Those griping, threatening and adding fuel to the h... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 21:44:04 EST Can't seem to care too much about anything today. I had been sick for 5 or 6 days, but am doing fine now. But I just couldn't seem to get into any gear today. In fact, I sat in my rocking chair this morning (I pray every morning) and fell back asleep for an hour! <BR> <BR> I worked a little with polymer clay, and did a little sewing, but got tired of that easily. I had no problem staying on plan...not because I was working at it, but even food didn't appeal to me. <BR> <BR> Nothing is wrong! Everything's fine with all my relationships,... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 22:16:01 EST Our donation to our local Relay for Life Auction July 15 Besides walking the Relay and donating funds, we always donate something to the Relay for Life auction. This year it is a "room" for American Girl dolls. <BR> <BR> The 3 walls have a "Frozen" theme (look outside the window)! <BR> My husband built the furniture. <BR> I made the lamp, cushions, throw pillows and bedding, and decorated the "walls." <BR> <BR> I hope this will add well to our team's final total. <BR> <img src=" Tue, 5 Jul 2016 21:50:42 EST The photo on my Facebook page today shows my family's personal heroes. Included are my dad, husband, brothers, nephews. <BR> I put this together because my nephew, injured in the Gulf war, said he's sick of people saying "Make America Great Again." -- He says this country IS great and anyone who doesn't think so should go to Russia or China or Japan or Korea or the Mideast for a week. THEN come back and say this country isn't great. This is for Mikey, who will carry wounds for the rest of his life because he defended this GREAT country, America. Happy Birthda... Mon, 4 Jul 2016 23:28:41 EST My food, weight, health was all over the place this week. I got sick on Thursday morning. <BR> <BR> For almost 4 days I have downed a couple of packages of Ramen Noodles every day. That made double or triple the carbs I usually eat daily, but I drank my water. <BR> <BR> I had my first official weight gain (not quite a pound) on Saturday afternoon, but I am not concerned...I've got this. <BR> <BR> My blood sugar readings have been great and THAT is the main thing. <BR> <BR> I found one of the funniest pages ever about "dieting" and I'll share... Sun, 3 Jul 2016 22:23:37 EST My 3 year old grandson came for a "Tea Party Snack" today. When his daddy picked him up from daycare, he asked if he could go to grandma's house. My son told him they had to get home. But, little Nathan said, I need a snack and grandma Loud has tea party snacks with me. I'm hungry. <BR> <BR> So my son called, and I told him to come on over. I let Nathan "set our places". We each have our own tea pots and cups. We had ice cream (his real, mine carb smart). And he got some sugar sprinkles and sprinkled "a few" onto his ice cream. <BR> <BR> A... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 23:14:55 EST Not much of a country fan. <img src=""> ...but visited my brother at his American Legion Post last night, and it is all about country there. My brother is VERY country now, and I enjoyed it! Dancing is hard work but fun! Here's my brother: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 22:13:32 EST Going out of town to meet up with some siblings, and bringing one back home. My brother belongs to an American Legion post out of town, so we occasionally like to join him for a meal and some dancing and some karaoke (hahahaha). When I return in a couple of days I'll bring my sister back to stay with us for about a week. Going to get our Netflix money's worth this week...she'll watch movies all night! <BR> <BR> When I return I will fix a batch of cloud bread and some pork rind tortillas, which always help get me through each week...making my food not "have to" but ... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 09:54:27 EST My three thin daughters all relax with yoga. As for me.....Hah! ....this is how I end up! <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 19 Jun 2016 20:52:29 EST All dads have a story! When I was born my dad was serving his country in the middle of the Pacific Ocean in the U.S. Navy. He would not return home until I was almost 4 years old. He sent these tiny white plastic records a couple of times a year, speaking to my sister and me. <BR> <BR> When he returned home I did not like him. Who in the heck was this guy who moved into the house that belonged to my mom, my sister and me? And why did HE get to sleep in mom's bed and we had to sleep in our own beds? I will alw... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 23:27:36 EST I "trick myself" -- do you? I trick myself in many ways. Of course it's no secret, but it helps. Just as one may set their morning alarm 10 minutes that they can sleep 10 more minutes....may work for them, because it "feels" like they got to sleep longer. <BR> <BR> I am on low carb, so I've enjoyed making and finding ways to use Cloud Bread. I take my Atkins candy bars and cut them up into 3 pieces or 4 (depending on size of bar) and, wrapped in aluminum foil, I can go get ONE and enjoy it slowly. The tr... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 22:14:39 EST Hannah's mouth is healing quickly...then it got even better. I went over to swim at my son's house today...a couple of my daughters came in from out of town for my birthday (I'm 73 today. WHAT?!!) and her mouth is healing nicely from her surgery a couple of days ago. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, her basketball camp got cut short and she could not attend the last two days. So a little girl from the camp and her mom showed up at the door, and presented Hannah with her basketball shirt...signed by all her camp-mate members. And she got a large poster sign... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 20:21:57 EST Granddaughter's surgery went way better than expected! (warning: graphic photo) Thank you, thank you, thank you all for positive thoughts, prayers and caring! <BR> <BR> Hannah was so frightened this morning, but bless her heart, she was being brave. <BR> <BR> The surgeon was very pleased. He said that the growth did NOT have a base or root into the gum. It was attached on the back right side of her gum...but in such a way he was able to cut it out with barely a snip...and NO stitches were required. Of course he is sending the cyst to the labs and we'll wait a week... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 15:49:29 EST Sick to my stomach with fear. Today my 9 year old granddaughter when to her orthodontist appointment. When examining her mouth, they found a HUGE cyst in the back of her mouth, by her back molars. They showed it to my DIL and she couldn't believe her eyes. After Hannah left to wait in the lobby, my DIL said she couldn't believe Hannah didn't feel that, or that it didn't bother her. The orthodontist said she likely had some pain at some point, then got used to the lump, not realizing how huge it had gotten. <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 00:50:08 EST Just this. If we don't heed this: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We will get this: <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 12 Jun 2016 23:12:55 EST Weigh-In this morning. A slow but solid journey in the right direction! It's not showing yet to people around me...just my hubby and myself. I wear the same clothing, but WE know that my arms are no longer so tight they cut off my circulation. We can see the bagginess of my jeans, which will soon look a bit like a bag lady. I know I can breathe better, sleep better. And I know the hope and confidence I feel. <BR> <BR> I've always before told myself that the 40 lb. mark is when I'd falter and fail and stop. <BR> And it always was. I am not "predicting" that ... Sat, 11 Jun 2016 09:22:13 EST What was that judge thinking? How could ANY halfway decent, intelligent man....a judge, no less, sentence a man to 6 months in jail (not even prison) for raping an unconscious woman? This young lady had been drinking - to excess - could that be the "okay" sign to rape according to the judge? <BR> <BR> And I agree with so many who pointed out a young man (who is black) did the exact same thing and will have to serve FIFTEEN YEARS in PRISON for the same crime. <BR> <BR> The judge's reasoning? Time spent in prison woul... Sat, 11 Jun 2016 00:17:59 EST My two dolls (Abby and Becca) enjoyed their ice cream cones today! ...and I enjoyed my 1/2 cup dish of Carb Smart vanilla ice cream as well! <BR> <BR> (No, I won't show a pic of me stuffing my face, LOL...but here are "my girls") <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 9 Jun 2016 20:40:38 EST It's not Summer without the Ice Cream Truck! (And a special pic for KDYLOSE) So I decided that since kids love the Ice Cream Truck, those American Girl dolls probably want some cold confections as well. So I made these today... <BR> <BR> Ice cream cones, popsicles, fudge bar, ice cream sandwiches and snow cones! <BR> I'm really happy with them and will put them on my Facebook page in the morning. <BR> <BR> Photo #1 - Those treats <BR> Photo #2 - Two ice cream cones in my fingers to show the size. <BR> Photo #3 - KDYLOSE, thanks for the are some peanut-b... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 23:43:07 EST