weekly update

The human body amazes me.  So much progress made last week (likely all water weight) and seemingly all because I had no allergic reactions.  I had reactions more days than not this week and almost all of the weight is back on.  People can say what they want about water weight, but when it doesn’t belong there, you want it gone.  It is real weight, it does effect the tightness of clothes and make a stomach unrecognizable.

The dr. is pretty sure that it is yellow dye and carmel coloring and I am pretty sure I agree.  The only unexplained phenomenon right now is apples.  Because I did not test positive to them with the scratch test.  However, so many storebought items that make me sick contain yellow dye.  I have to be better about reading labels.  I did not even expect it to be in italian dressing or vanilla frosting.  Just another reason to make my own food at home.  😉

So I am discouraged again this week after such a success last week.  I still have 10-14 pounds to go to reach my goal.  My workouts are great…have a few intense ones that I love… and if I tape my foot most of the day I can do a lot with it.  There are swelling days and normal days, but in general all is well.  I guess I can say the same about food at this point.  Swelling days and non-swelling days.

I think after the extreme weight losses and gains and swellings my body has been through I can rationalize the point I am at now.  But, no more excuses.  I have a game plan that is healthy, slow and steady, and yellow dye free.  I am hoping the results come now and stay.

Be back next week!


Angry Birds Cake




This was a fun cake to make.  The fondant was a little bumpy…still working on the art of fondant.  The photograph wasn’t the best either, but I had to post it regardless…it was so fun to make!  And my big boy loves it, so that is all that matters.  🙂

orange julius

Because I do not always want to be teacher mommy or rule maker mommy, I decided to incorporate Cooking Days and Science Days into our school days…plus try to be fun mommy during non-school hours.  😉  Cooking and Science Days are so fun for the kids though that I really do not need to be rule making mommy in a strict way…they follow because it is fun.

Today is Tuesday and Tuesdays are cooking days, so we made Orange Julius.  I LOVED orange julius as a kid…and it is still so yummy!  Easy and quick too.

Orange Julius

1 1/4 cups orange juice

1 cup water

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 cup sugar

1 cup ice

Put all ingredients in blender and mix until smooth and frothy.  Enjoy!


I wanted to do something amazing for post 500, but I haven’t done one of my random posts in quite some time, so I decided to make this a random post of random ideas.


I am stronger than I was when I began this blog 500 posts ago.  Stronger physically and stronger emotionally.  Physically I have run my first half marathon, followed numerous body building programs, gained muscle, lost fat and am currently training for my first mud event…not a full Tough Mudder, but a 7 mile version.

Emotionally and spiritually I have been forced to grow stronger.  This is a bittersweet blessing as I have seen many loved ones struggle with various serious life issues since I began this blog.  God has shown me so much of His strength, let me rely on it, let me trust it, and let me share some of it.  Despite that it is still difficult to see loved ones in pain.


Stink bugs have attacked our home.  We have tried so many tactics to get rid of them.  They themselves are not vicious, but they are cyanide based.  A year or so ago my cat ate one and became very sick.  Sadly she is still sick and I wonder if the stink bug is the cause.  We are hoping that she does get better…she has lots of years ahead of her.  A week ago a stink but landed in our fish tank, and wouldn’t you know that our little Swimmy is not so swimmy since then.  We are waiting to see if he regains a little bit of energy or if tornado like waters are in his future.  😦


Of course these little people in my home have changed quite a bit in this short period of time.  They are smarter, bolder (sometimes good, sometimes bad), taller, sweeter, closer to their next birthdays.  Since I am their teacher as well as mommy, I decided to add some fun regular days.  So we now have cooking days on Tuesdays and Science days on Thursdays.  I treasure these days because most of the time I am the one telling them what to do or not to do in school and in home life.  During these special days it gives me a chance to just have fun with them as we do interesting things.  This last Tuesday we made rice krispy treats and tomorrow we are going to make a volcano.


I made a wonderful snack discovery today.  Almonds are quite healthy, in moderation of course.  Today on the shelf, the perfect and most delicious way to eat almonds…WASABI AND SOY…oh amazing!


On this 500th post…the most important thing you could ever know:

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

 – John 3:16

No matter where you are in life or what you are doing, take the time to know the One who made you, suffered for you and died for you.   Study His Word and embrace it.

Pumpkin Black Bean Chili

SO SO SO SO GOOD!  Especially with cheddar cheese on top and a side of tortilla chips.  🙂



  • 3 15-ounce cans black beans, drained
  • 2 14.5-ounce cans plain diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup pureed pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
  • 2 cups diced yellow onion (about 1 medium onion)
  • 1 medium yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • Assorted toppings of your choice like shredded cheddar or jack cheese, sour cream, avocado, cilantro, or our favorite topping for this chili, Tapatio sauce


  1. Add all ingredients to a 4-quart or larger slow cooker. Stir.
  2. Cook on low for 8 – 10 hours.
  3. Serve with assorted toppings.