TWEETIBEAR's SparkPeople Blog TWEETIBEAR's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community A little bit of levity here...very little! <img src=""> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 23:22:23 EST Pork Rind "Tortilla Wrap" Final Report Day 3: PANCAKE??? Okay, so I can report that the frozen "tortillas" freeze well. The texture remained good, and since I was actually going to try it out as a pancake, I let it set out at room temp for about half an hour, I put some thin slivers of real butter on, the nuked it in microwave for 15 seconds. Then I poured Aunt Jemima SUGAR FREE syrup on it. (A serving is 1/4 cup, but I had only one pancake and only used a 1/8 cup). <BR> <BR> Before I tell you how it tasted to me, I need to mention: We all ... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 12:55:55 EST Pork Rind Tortilla/Wrap: Report Day 2 I checked on the tortillas this morning and they fared well in the plastic bag...I actually put some napkin between them, and they still hold quite solidly. <BR> <BR> I decided to make a peanut butter "sandwich" -- the only thing I didn't care for is the fact that they are too thick for a sandwich -- I have to measure my peanut butter, so it took away from that mouthful-of-peanut-butter enjoyment. They have little flavor at all, but it does satisfy me desire for a substantial tortilla/wrap ... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 14:01:17 EST Tried another low-carb recipe today...not bad at's a keeper. When I first realized what this was, my stomach kind of churned. Tortillas made from pork rinds? REALLY? So I looked on Pinterest...and, yep...there are many people touting this almost-no-carb alternative to (gasp) flour tortillas or hard shells. <BR> <BR> I just made them garlic or parmesan or Splenda, or cinnamon, etc at all. Some people make a version for pancakes...others use it for a wrap. I left it plain for my first try so I'm not pin-holed to one "flavor" <BR> <BR> I... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 21:00:46 EST My middle granddaughter. From chalking the sidewalk to junior/senior prom. I know this has happened to so many of you. I went through this with three daughters (long ago) and with my oldest granddaughter 4 years ago. Enjoy your babies, young mommas; I know you've heard it a million times...but before you blink and eye, they are grown! Can't get those moments back. Savor every precious moment! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 24 Apr 2016 20:59:12 EST We need a news station named FGN (Feel Good News). I'd tune in to check out the good news of the day. <BR> The couple who feeds the homeless every day. <BR> the children who fundraise for a classmate with cancer. <BR> The police officer who saves a life. <BR> The oldest vets being honored at a special ceremony. <BR> The finding of a lost pet. <BR> The volunteers who work in hospitals, orphanages, nursing homes and shelters. <BR> The team that allows that child with cancer to play the game and score a touchdown. <BR> A tribute to stay at hom... Sat, 23 Apr 2016 23:12:19 EST What with all the doll foods and drinks I craft, look what my hubby does! PICS Our 9 year old granddaughter has lots of "American Girl Doll" things (the real deal, her momma knows how to spend money)! So, hubby and I craft things for her and her dolls, because we can't afford the name brand items. We also make a little money for sales of our items. <BR> <BR> A week ago, our granddaughter told us she has a kitchen set, and a few other sets, but that they don't have room for her dishes and all her foods. She asked for a pretty pink shoe box, which she decorated to kee... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 22:22:15 EST Just being silly my with my 3 year old silly grandson! My son texted me a photo of my 3 year old grandson making a silly face at me, just captioned "Hi, Grandma!" <BR> <BR> So I was sitting at the computer, and I grabbed a craft stick that was handy and just took a silly picture, captioned, "Hi, Nathan!" <BR> <BR> My son said he cracked up into giggles and couldn't stop laughing. Ah, to be remembered by a grandchild as that "silly grandma" gives me great joy. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 21 Apr 2016 18:31:35 EST Today I was just too tired (lazy?) to walk or dance or even chair exercise. I just felt drained today. Maybe because it was cool weather and rain was pouring down. I used that wonderful sound of rain on the roof to take a nap, hoping to feel refreshed and stronger. But I slept a whole hour (mistake), and felt even more sluggish. <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> Hubby has been walking with me in the evenings, which I really enjoy, but we consider Walking In the Rain only a song title. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> So I did a few moves with my hand weights but that's about... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 21:27:12 EST Delightful visit to the doctor today. My doctor knows that I try to get around that weighing scale every time I go, so she was a bit surprised when I walked right up to it and stepped on without being hog-tied. <BR> <BR> At first she exclaimed happily, "TEN pounds! That is great!" <BR> And I said, "Uh, you need to look at that number again...or use a calculator to do the math." (It was 20.5). <BR> <BR> She was VERY pleased. She knows how I struggle with weight...and how easily I give up within a month or two. She was gla... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 22:41:20 EST Doctor tomorrow When I last went to the doctor it was the second week of January. I'd already made the decision to start a food plan here (again, like all year-beginnings). <BR> <BR> She let me know that I had Type II Diabetes, and wanted to give me meds to keep my blood sugar levels down. I told her I'd started again at Spark and told her unless I was in immediate danger I did not want the meds. To give me 3 months to try to learn to control my blood sugar levels. She agreed that if I charted every da... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 00:16:39 EST They are SAFE in Ecuador! Our "daughter" from Ecuador and her family are safe after that earthquake. She said it was frightening even there in Quito, which is not right next to the ocean. She says it is devastating to see the damage, and so far 77 (Edited: Now 233) people have died, many are injured. Such devastation for such a tiny country. <BR> <BR> That being said, she is safe, and I'll tell you a short story about Male (Molly) when she arrived in the U.S. for her year with us. <BR> <BR> She brought gifts f... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 08:17:11 EST Praying for safety of my "daughter" in Ecuador, and her family! Ecuador was hit with a 7.8 earthquake this is a TINY country, so even though the brunt was on the coastline, it affected even Quito, where she lives. We haven't heard anything from her, and have left messages to let us know if she and her loved ones are okay. The article mentions Guyaquil, where her parents and grandparents live, as a major point of impact. Don't think there will be much sleep tonight. Male (pronounced like our Molly) stayed with us for a full year when she w... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 23:52:47 EST I'm starting to lose my boob-holder-upper! Yep, as I begin to melt away some of that big "tire" that circles right under my breastline, it becomes obvious to me that that's what's been holding me up! I'm going to have to get myself some more supportive undergarments (and stuff 'em in there). <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> But there is a bright side...I'm actually breathing better...I haven't known for a long time that I haven't been breathing well...and looking forward to more! <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 15 Apr 2016 22:54:28 EST Before that doll has that polymer ice cream, she should have a bowl of chili! I'm real happy with my bowl of chili for American Girl sized dolls. Some lady on Etsy had purchased some of my other foods and asked me to make different inserts for her little girl's bowl (she got a set of 3 food items, one bowl). <BR> <BR> So, the ice cream was a couple of days ago...this (next to my Froot Loops) is my favorite! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 14 Apr 2016 20:24:45 EST Turn off that t.v., close that book, get away from that computer! (If you're like me) Have you ever taken a snack or a drink and finished if off...the wondered how it disappeared so fast? I've often wondered if my husband, or one of the grandkids or even if the dog snuck in and somehow took my food! I wanted MORE, because I wasn't satisfied! <BR> <BR> I had always been in the habit of reading a book or article while eating (especially snacking). Or watching television when I ate lunch or dinner. Or even been on the computer, taking bites in between. <BR> <BR> Problem is... Wed, 13 Apr 2016 10:58:21 EST My newest polymer clay doll food creation. Ice cream! I purchase tiny bowls, and then make "inserts" for them. A child could have only one bowl, but can choose cereal or mac n cheese or ramen noodles (or her own foods). <BR> <BR> I had a special request for ice cream, so I tried it today and was really pleased. I think I'll make a few more to have on hand after I ship this one. <BR> <BR> Here is the ice cream with its own spoon (all my inserts have their special spoon or fork) <BR> <img src=" Tue, 12 Apr 2016 22:37:47 EST I know the day will come when I throw caution to the wind. Only someone who is perfect will get through months of change without making mistakes. And believe me, I am one of the least perfect people you will ever meet. <BR> <BR> Strangely, I feel like I'm ready for it (this time). I don't believe it is coming real soon, because I'm still feeling strong. But I know how I blew my entire eating plan by being mad at myself for getting off each day I would "reason" with myself that since I blew one day (or two) one more would not matter. ... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 23:28:03 EST It's National Sibling Day! I'm greeting my 10 siblings (pic) Mom and dad raised eleven of us kids, and as of today, only one has passed from this side of earth. Here is a rare moment at one of my daughter's wedding, when all of us were together at once. I am the second oldest. Love my siblings, and am excited that our sibling vacation weekend will be May 12-19 at Lake of the Ozarks. Look out, here comes trouble! <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 10 Apr 2016 17:37:06 EST Buttered cinnamon sugar bread for breakfast (with milk) It's another love-my-cloud-bread blog. <BR> <BR> I try to get in some milk every day for calcium...sometimes I sneak in a bit of plain cereal. But this morning I fixed two cinnamon buns (sort of). Cloud bread with 1 tsp margarine on each, sprinkled with a little Splenda and cinnamon. <BR> <BR> I could easily eat this in two bites, but I took nice sized (not oversized) bites and it lasted for a nice while. Drank some cold skim milk, and it was perfect for that "something" to eat in the ... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 20:59:46 EST Now I LOVE going to rummage/yard sales, but this was RIDICULOUS! These people boasted of having over 7,000 items from crafts (my deal), tools (my hubby's deal) to furniture, clothing, books, toys, electronics...and they had bought out 3 estate sales. <BR> <BR> So, it sounded big enough that we could maybe find something, and might be fun to look around. First of all, it was COLD with a strong wind. Secondly, it WAS a big sale. BUT...every single item, with big things an exception, were lined up in tote containers, hundreds of them, sprawled around th... Fri, 8 Apr 2016 21:48:45 EST So the birthday party menu was Pizza Hut Pizza and DQ Ice Cream Cake. I knew what the menu was in advance, so I took my own. Now I literally HATE when people tell me they were strong enough to take their own healthy, non-tasty stuff to a party. I always had the mindset: One night won't hurt you. And that may be true...later....but right now I'm still at the early stages, and one night CAN hurt me. I'm on a low carb-high fat plan. (pizza crust and cake and ice cream?) <BR> <BR> So...(oh, are you ready? I'm so proud)...I took my no-crust pepperoni pizza,... Fri, 8 Apr 2016 00:03:23 EST Yummier than the cheddar potato chips I'd been addicted to! Had one of my favorite lunches today since I started Low Carb High Fat food plan. Instead of cheddar potato chips (I could eat a whole bag, I swear), I fixed myself three big cheddar cheese chips...nothing but shredded cheddar cheese, placed on parchment paper in flat rounds, and microwaved for a minute and 15 seconds. Put that together with a crisp, fresh spinach salad and 1.5 TBL Light Parmesan Peppercorn ranch dressing, and we're talking heaven here. Topped it off with two pieces of su... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 14:26:39 EST You are wonderful...yes, YOU! I cannot put into words how grateful I am for all the kind words, the suggestions, the motivations, even some silly responses to my blogs....and I see some of you on others' blogs, encouraging them as well. <BR> <BR> I'm 72 years old, VERY short and VERY heavy. Low self esteem has been creeping into my heart for a long time now (hah, maybe 50 years?). <BR> <BR> I consider each of you a friend...and some of you have helped me immensely with staying focused, with determination, with inspir... Tue, 5 Apr 2016 22:15:20 EST Little things mean a lot! I love it when my phone rings and my granddaughter is face-timing me because she misses me! <BR> <BR> I love it when each morning I look at our big tree and the buds are turning greener each day! <BR> <BR> I love it when I go to bed at night and realize I had another great day staying on track with my food plan, and my blood sugar counts are still good. <BR> <BR> I love it when I find some way to eat something I have done without, because I found a recipe on Spark that allows me the joy of... Mon, 4 Apr 2016 21:58:19 EST My happy, sad and funny Sunday. Today would have been my mom's 94th birthday. Last year at this time we were just finishing up her funeral and burial, and still in disbelief that it happened. (Like we weren't expecting her to pass on soon...she was only 93 after all)! <BR> <BR> She was a funny lady. She and dad raised eleven children. She took care of others. She was one of those people who did everything at church, despite all the kids. She cooked for a family of 5 children when their mom was in the hospital, opened ... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 23:43:40 EST Each week is a disappointment. I'm ready to scream in frustration. In 13 weeks I have only now lost 18.2 lbs. I KNOW it's going the right way. I KNOW I need to have patience. I KNOW my blood sugar levels are great. I KNOW I should be satisfied. <BR> <BR> But whenever I've tried to watch my food/exercise take before, I could manage to take nice size amounts least in the beginning weeks. Not this time! Most of the time I am quite satisfied and happy that every week since the first of the year I have only had a losses. But my "goal line" on my ... Sat, 2 Apr 2016 21:03:23 EST 2 sick grandkids today...and their new puppy! I feel like I've run a marathon...almost needing to get down on my knees and crawl over the finish line...hahaha! Two sick grandkids all day, and so a lot of reading books, drawing, painting, playing with play dough, playing several board games and puzzles, re-filling drinks and fixing meals. All great fun and very tiresome. Throw in a puppy who has become accustomed to being carried around all day like a human infant (and cries when left alone), and you have one tired grandma! <BR> <BR... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 22:05:20 EST Cookies with no calories, fats or carbs! ...but it you take a bite, the dentist will have to check out your broken teeth! <BR> <BR> My five different kinds of polymer clay cookies for 18" dolls. The only ones that still look any good to me are the ones with the candy kiss in the middle. I'm learning to actually do without sugar...comfortably (sometimes <em>43</em> ) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 31 Mar 2016 20:55:41 EST Low Carbers! I hope this isn't us, but it is funny! <img src=""> Wed, 30 Mar 2016 11:19:41 EST A half-baby step for some, but a BIG milestone for me! I see people in here walking and running 5K's, half-marathons, and marathons. I see them going to the gym every day and working out, flexing those muscles. Kudos to you all! <BR> <BR> Me? I'm just trying to learn to move and simply walk around again after just doing NOTHING for about a year. <BR> <BR> So inching may way day by day on the treadmill, I finally got past one whole mile today, going at an even 2.5 mph (on flat surface) in 30 minutes. (The mph stops when I stop the walking,... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 12:24:41 EST Cravings - I guess they are forever? I did as planned for Easter, and allowed myself a helping of home-made lasagna. I love it, and have had zero pasta since January, so it was quite a treat. <BR> <BR> I had it for my mid-day meal with a big salad, eating every bite slowly and enjoying it so much. Then in the evening for supper, newcomers had the lasagna, and I had my sandwich, made up of 2 rounds of cloud bread, chicken leftover slices, slice of tomato, and 2 TBL light miracle whip, along with a WHOLE can of green beans, w... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 19:39:28 EST Enjoy the day! <img src=""> Sun, 27 Mar 2016 09:51:41 EST Happy day tomorrow...remember we are ALL family! <BR> A blessed and Happy Easter for those who celebrate this day. <BR> And a blessed and great Sunday for those who celebrate other faiths! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sat, 26 Mar 2016 20:44:39 EST No meat today for us Catholics...and my burgers looked pretty good! Hah...of course those who know me know I'm talking about my polymer clay items. <BR> <BR> I had cheese and fish today (and to say I don't like fish is an understatement). But I made it through because I was hungry, LOL I think I'll set my alarm for midnight then get up for some cold chicken. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I'm enjoying my polymer clay projects, and they keep my mind off of food! <BR> <BR> Here are my hand-made cheeseburgers. <BR> <img src=" Fri, 25 Mar 2016 20:49:23 EST My "cloudy" scrambled egg sandwich. Pic. I haven't made any cloud bread for a long time and wanted to make some "sandwiches" on occasion. So I made a batch...usually I made them a bit thicker (like a bun) but this time I flattened them out a bit, and they are "bread slice" size. <BR> <BR> For those who never made cloud bread, they are NOT bread, but they are "holders of the sandwich" so to speak. I would recommend do NOT take any of the bread until it has "settled" in the fridge overnight. BIG difference. They become closer to ... Thu, 24 Mar 2016 16:09:33 EST I almost quit Spark over the weekend! ...and I love Spark and how it's working for me as I try to control Diabetes with diet. <BR> <BR> But...we have a R.E.A.L.L.Y. slow computer...can't afford a new one...and this site is free to us because of the advertising. But I sit at the computer and it takes me SO DARN LONG to record look it change the page....every "click" and I have to wait for 2 or 3 or 4 commercials to s.l.o.w.l.y. show up before I can enter anything. <BR> <BR> I truly was going to see if I cou... Wed, 23 Mar 2016 21:06:03 EST Anyone have a little girl with a doll that NEEDS a crown? Look! My granddaughter and I have made a dozen of these in different colors, different gems, different kinds of shine and glitter. <BR> <BR> It was also a craft at a little girls' American Girl sleepover party...each little girl got to make a crown for her doll (dolls were invited). It was so much fun and they all loved going home with a favor that they made themselves. I hope this will show up big enough for a tutorial! <BR> <BR> All you need: The top section of a Pringles can....heavy-duty s... Tue, 22 Mar 2016 23:19:53 EST New Puppy My son and his wife surprised the kids with a tiny puppy today. Hannah is 9, and she has missed her doggie since he had to be put to sleep almost a year ago. She has begged for another dog and is ecstatic. <BR> <BR> Aaron, age 4, "kind of" wanted another dog, but he is skittish...downright afraid of dogs, all sizes. When they jump up on his chest, he panics, even though they are playing. <BR> <BR> At first he just watched the puppy and then he got to laughing at the puppy. <BR> Before th... Mon, 21 Mar 2016 23:13:03 EST Tacos and Burritos at my son's house tonight...PICS! When we were invited, I groaned. I love tacos and burritos, but I don't like the huge number of calories, fats and (worst) carbs in the tortillas. <BR> <BR> So I decided to get brave and went into Spark Recipes and made some cauliflower tortillas. <BR> The whole time I didn't have much faith, but I was determined to have SOMETHING instead of a plate of toppings. <BR> <BR> Well, they weren't half bad, even when I took a piece and ate it by itself. <BR> Each is 39.3 calories, 1.7 fats, 3.3 c... Sun, 20 Mar 2016 22:23:58 EST Failed a bit on my food plans during my R&R But not too bad. We went to a fish fry, followed by music, dancing and karaoke. <BR> <BR> They brought our plates out...I hate fish but took some shrimp (fried of course)...and they had a huge ton of creamy cole slaw and big beautiful french fries. <BR> <BR> So I ate the shrimp, took maybe 1/4 of the french fries and 1 taste of the cole slaw. Now leaving that cole slaw alone was not because I was actually wasn't good, LOL! <BR> <BR> I had Spark on my iphone and realized I ... Sat, 19 Mar 2016 20:46:40 EST Much needed R&R I'm exhausted to the point of wanting to sit in a corner and suck my thumb (and I never sucked my thumb before, LOL). <BR> <BR> Early in the morning hubby and I will head to STL area to visit family...then a little further west to meet up with some siblings, nieces, friends for a Fish Fry, Karaoke and dancing. We'll stay over in a nearby motel and sleep in late (7 a.m. is late for us). Gong to visit a State Park and sit by the water and take in the coming Spring. And do nothing. <BR> ... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 18:51:55 EST Every vote DOES count. We must exercise our right. And exercise our duty as Americans. <BR> Get out and vote. Let your voice be heard. <BR> <BR> "I don't like anybody" is just crap and a cop-out. Do WILL find a candidate you least prefer. <BR> <BR> Remember: NO vote at all is a vote for the person you don't want! <BR> <BR> Just do it. <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 15 Mar 2016 12:44:45 EST 4th Day out of 6 comes with a meltdown missing his mommy! We've been sharing with other set of grandparents and taking care of a couple of grandkids while they have a rare "couple" vacation together. <BR> <BR> Sometimes it's not real good to not leave the kids occasionally for a sleepover with grandparents, so that that KNOW parents will return, and so that they are not afraid in the grandparents' house. <BR> <BR> Our Aaron has spent frequent sleepovers here, but always for only one night. Seems the 4th day brought many sobs and many tears miss... Mon, 14 Mar 2016 14:13:29 EST 40 years together today. It's our 40th wedding anniversary! My hubby is truly my closest friend, my needed companion, my parenting partner, my hero. My only regret is that I didn't meet him sooner. But in this big world, he found me...rather shattered and broken, a single mom with three little girls. <BR> <BR> He has been the best husband and dad any man could be. We had a son later, and he is as much a loving dad to our three daughters as he is to our son. Their biological dad was alive and well when each girl... Sun, 13 Mar 2016 19:54:19 EST Our first (and last) craft show went poorly. After all the buildup, hard work, packing boxes and doll furniture (2 trips with the van), it didn't go well. We made just under $200, when our American Girl open houses (in our home) always take in 8-9 times more. <BR> <BR> The main problem was that very few people even attended the craft show/bazaar, and we probably fared better than most vendors. It was SAD. One lady had American Girl doll clothing...tons of it...beautiful and well-priced stuff. She sold $24 worth the entire day -- s... Sat, 12 Mar 2016 21:05:37 EST Showing a bit of OCD at age 4. My grandson shows some signs of OCD, though doctors are not concerned because he says MOST 4 year olds have OCD in some ways. <BR> <BR> Yesterday he earned $1.00 from Pah (my husband) for helping us carry in some items for the craft show on Saturday. He loved it! He waved it like a plane in the air as he ran through the house. We had to promise him we would take him to the dollar store next time we see him. (He takes about half an hour choosing a single $1 item). He wanted in his pocket.... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 19:18:20 EST Had some celery sticks and cream cheese for a snack today. <BR> Not half bad. <BR> <BR> (Also not half good). Baaahahaha! <BR> <BR> Just was actually a very satisfying snack. <BR> <BR> That being said, if I could safely eat any snack in the world and not have any negative effects, it would DEFINITELY not be celery! <BR> <BR> Thu, 10 Mar 2016 18:31:55 EST Another blog to just say thanks. I can't believe the outpouring of care, help and suggestions from some very fine friends on Spark. I am struggling with finding balance, but I am getting may take time...we are all different....what works for one may not work for another...keep on trying, you will be able to do this! Thanks for the suggestions of food items I can try, of recipes that work for others in a low carb plan. There are more than a few who check in on my regularly, and are gently guiding me. <BR> <BR> Ov... Wed, 9 Mar 2016 20:45:30 EST I coudn't resist. Low carb, high (not good kind) fat. Pizza. Sort of. Pic. Well, I watched grandkids today, and my daughter in law left instructions to put in a pizza for the kids, with milk and fruit. <BR> <BR> It looked and smelled SO good I almost fainted. I thought of having just a tiny sliver, but I know myself. I would not have stopped. <BR> <BR> So when I got back home, I NEEDED pizza. I am on LOW CARB, HIGH FAT plan because of diabetes. <BR> <BR> So, I spread 1/3 c. part-skim mozzerella cheese onto parchment paper <BR> I put 10 pieces of pepperoni b... Tue, 8 Mar 2016 21:52:11 EST