Monday, January 26, 2015

Our New Pet at Peaceful Forest

Georgie Girl, "boss" horse talking to her friend, Rabbit. 

Georgie Girl is not some mild mannered elderly horse. Even though she will be 20 years old in March, she is very spirited, and does not take to everyone like she has taken to our little rabbit. She really is attached to him. I think she protects him from getting stepped on by the other two horses.


Imagine my husband's surprise, back in September, when he went out to clean our barn and he heard something or someone, banging around in the back where he stores our tools. He came in the house and said, "You'll never guess what I found in the barn!" It is not often you find a white rabbit in your barn. From his wounds, I believe he was dropped here by an owl. I tried to get close to him so I could doctor his wounds. Never could.

"Oh, boy, Hay!"

He just stayed in the barn and slept under a big wood box we have for kindling. Pretty much hidden. As long as he had hay, he was happy. During the day, he'd be outside eating grass on the lawn. He never bothered anything in the garden at all. Every night, he'd be back in the barn.

Eating grass around the ramp!

As he got better and recovered from his wounds, he started coming closer to the house. He put on more weight and started filling out. Soon his wounds were completely healed and gone. No sign of them anywhere now. I truly believe animals can heal themselves better than humans can. My animals have all had instances where most people would have rushed them to the vet. By not doing so, my animals have recovered quicker and more fully. In fact, my animals live long active lives.

Rabbit telling Larry good morning!

Soon he was running toward my husband on the path, circling his feet and acting excited to see him. I checked my Encyclopedia of Country Living by Carla Emery, for foods we could feed him. She mentioned carrots, greens and oats. Well, I can tell you he really loves oats! I was scared our cats would try to attack him. Especially Spots, who is a tomcat, and half wild. Nope! Instead I saw them playing together. Rabbit was chasing after the cats, instead of the other way around! He is very social.

Rabbit enjoying a meal of carrots!

I never thought we'd have a pet rabbit. Now I am glad we do. He is a free spirit, like all our other animals.

Copyright © 2015 Kathleen G. Lupole
All Photographs Copyright © 2015 Kathleen G. Lupole

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Making Memories With People and Pets You Love

The Heart of the Homestead! The Barn!

When we first moved here in 1999, the forest grew almost up to our house. There was a little bit of yard, but not too much. It had never been taken care of as a lawn. This was a hunting camp, so no need to do that. In the summer, the owners did not use it that often. It was a mess. None of the hunters over the years who had owned it, cared about it enough to take of it. Once we moved in my husband made a lot of changes around here. One of the first was to remove the brush and blackberry bushes that surrounded the back yard. Then he built an outside campfire area with benches, for us to have outside fires in the evenings.

Hollie Sunshine with her baby, Angel Sunshine

One of my favorite memories was when my stepdaughter, Hollie and her baby, Angel, would spend a few days with us. We'd spend most of the evening out at the campfire talking, cooking food and roasting marshmallows. My husband would start playing his guitar, while he and Hollie sang songs he had written, and some that he hadn't. Hollie knew all the words to his songs, and had a beautiful voice. She was his biggest fan! Her and my husband were a lot alike in many ways.

Our Campfire

My son, Jeff was living with us here at that time too. One morning, we were all sitting out there cooking breakfast on the campfire. We were drinking coffee and talking, when our friends, Jim and Jessica, arrived for a visit. It was such a nice morning, because there we all were outside. Nikita was still a puppy and Angel, my husband's granddaughter was still a baby. Nikita would watch her if Hollie went inside for anything, by sitting close to her and not moving. Guarding her!

Peaceful Forest in earlier years

We offered them coffee and sat around talking. It always gives me a good feeling remembering times like that, because most people sit around inside their houses when visitors arrive. Hollie loved our house as much as we did. She loved the idea of living in the forest. She tried her best to buy a trailer, to move out on a piece of property nearby. Unfortunately, she was never able to attain that dream she had. She got the trailer, but never got to buy the property, to move it to. She had too many obstacles in her way. I think if she had, she may have found a new direction to take her life, and would still be with us.

Copyright © 2015 Kathleen G. Lupole
All Photographs Copyright © 2015 Kathleen G. Lupole

Friday, January 16, 2015

Low Carb Breakfasts Can Be Whatever You Desire

One aspect of low carb eating that I really like is that I can eat bacon, ham or sausage with my morning eggs. Do I miss toast? Not at all! I'd rather have more bacon or cheese on my eggs. Omelets are easy and you can add whatever you want to them. Peppers, onions, mushrooms, celery, etc. It makes it easy when you go out to a restaurant. Just be sure to have them hold the toast and potatoes!

One of my readers asked for some ideas of low carb breakfasts that do not consist of bacon and eggs. I know for myself, I get tired of scrambled eggs every morning. In fact, I don't usually eat them that way. At the present time, I am detoxing myself from Candida, so my food choices are limited. No bacon, sausage or ham. No cheddar or Swiss cheese either, which are my favorites.

The one thing I want to mention is that I used sugar-free syrup previously on my low carb food plan. Now I am trying to limit myself to using Stevia, and maybe a bit of Erythritol, though I am still experimenting with it. It doesn't seem to effect me in any way. The other sweetener I have on hand, but haven't used yet is Xylitol. Some of my recipes include Splenda, as the sweetener, but I won't be using that. It is up to you which you choose.

When I began this post, I thought I had photos of my low carb meals in my computer, but no. I will be taking pictures of all the food I make from now on, so I can share it. Some of the foods I eat for breakfast are not breakfast foods at all. I eat leftovers quite a lot for breakfast. Here are some other breakfast ideas that I make:

Omelets with cheese, bacon, sausage, ham, onions, peppers, celery, mushrooms, etc. - you can make an omelet with just about anything, even cream cheese!

The One-Minute Muffin or one of the variations of it, which there are thousands of ways to eat this thing.

The Mock Danish is absolutely my favorite. I love it! This can be varied also.

Chicken, turkey, ham or salmon salad - I keep at least one of these in my refrigerator for snacks or breakfast.

Deviled Eggs - Yes, I know it is another egg dish, but you can vary these too. Check out Dana Carpender's books and see how she makes deviled eggs seem new.

Low Carb Cereals are common too, though I have never tried any of them. They are basically made with almond meal, flax seed meal and sweeteners and added nuts or seeds or berries, of some sort.

Smoothies - I use organic yogurt or cream. Add some berries, sweetener and almond meal or flax seed or coconut and maybe some type of flavoring extracts.

Cream Cheese Pancakes - Click for the recipe on the "I Breathe, I'm Hungry" blog. They sound really good and the ingredients are so simple: cream cheese, 2 eggs, sweetener and cinnamon.

Once you start exploring the world of low carb food on Pinterest, you will be making breakfasts that are out of this world. I love trying new ideas and experimenting! I like to make the recipe for my taste, so that means I will eat it more often. I will be posting more low carb recipes and photos in the near future.

Copyright © 2015 Kathleen G. Lupole
All Photographs Copyright © 2015 Kathleen G. Lupole
Updated 2018

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Faster Than a Microwave!

My Microwave!

In most of the recipes that I find on the internet, they always begin with microwave this or that, as part of the instructions. I do not own a microwave, nor will I ever. Instead of using a microwave, I found my own way of cooking something super winter only, of course. Using a Dutch oven on your wood stoves will work. It does for me. This little pan I use is not really a Dutch oven, as it is very small. For melting chocolate or butter or cooking something per microwave directions, it works even better than a microwave.

Cooking a 1-Minute Muffin in dish inside pan.

Yesterday, I was trying to make the One Minute Muffin, that is a staple in the low carb life. I doubled my recipe since I was using a bigger dish than I usually do. Normally, I use half almond meal and half flax seed meal, but since I am on a strict low carb plan for Candida, I can't use the almond meal for the time being. I was going to put just the flax seed in.................I baked it and forgot that I did not put the flax seed meal in at all! Must be an aging thing? It came out very good anyway.

 Turned upside down with dish still on top.

Just in case you have never came upon the recipe for the 1-Minute Muffin, this is it. You can Google it and find hundreds of variations. This is just the basic muffin. Experiment with it. 

1-Minute Muffin

Melt 1 or 2 tsp of butter or coconut oil (microwave for 5-10 seconds*)
Mix in 1/4 cup of flax seed meal (and/or mix with almond meal)
1/4 tsp of baking powder
1 egg
Sweetener to taste (sweetener of your choice or 1 TBS of sugar free syrup)
Microwave on high for 1 minute* or,
Bake in oven for about 5 minutes at 350 degrees, or
Bake on top of a wood stove in a Dutch oven or closed pan for 1-5 minutes, depending on the temperature of your stove. Watch it!
Turn upside down on a plate and let cool a little.

Resulting in 1 net grams of carbs, depending on your sweeteners and whatever else you use.

Bon App├ętit!

Like I said above, if you do not have a microwave, you can still stick it in your oven, toaster oven or inside of a Dutch oven and put it on your wood stove. When you use the Dutch oven, put the food in another little pan or oven proof dish, that goes inside of the Dutch oven.  If you cook it the way I did, on a wood stove, keep your eye on it! It will cook very fast! Faster than a microwave! 

Copyright © 2015 Kathleen G. Lupole
All Photographs Copyright © 2015 Kathleen G. Lupole
Updated 2018

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Energy is High on Low Carb Food Plans

My breakfast this morning!

I have been on my low carb food plan for 11 days now. Needless to say, I feel great. My energy is high. If someone tells you low carbs means low energy, they are dead wrong! Don't listen to them! Listen to your own body! I notice by being on a low carb Face Book page, there are many low carb haters, who for some reason, join these communities on Face Book. Most people ignore them and don't say anything back, and that is best. The bad thing though, is for new low carbers to become confused.

All I know for sure, is none of the other low carb diets do what Dr. Atkins' low carb plan does for me. I cannot eat the processed foods, the grains, the sugar and other sweeteners, along with rice, potatoes and corn. None of those foods are good for my body. So no matter what someone writes on a low carb page, I am not going to pay attention to that person. Never!

Read Dr. Atkins' books. He explains in detail how a low carb food plan will help you. Another topic I have seen brought up, is the processed, Atkins' food products. Those products are not designed by him any longer. After he passed away his company of products was sold to other companies. In 2010, it was sold to Roark Capital Group, who owns a variety of different companies. So they are not focused on the food so much, as making it profitable. I have never bought the shakes and bars myself. I cook from scratch of course, and that is the best part of eating low carbs!

Copyright © 2015 Kathleen G. Lupole
All Photographs Copyright © 2015 Kathleen G. Lupole

Sunday, January 11, 2015

My Fight With Candida Using Low Carbs

This year, 2015, I have decided to work harder on my health. My health conditions aren't life least, so far that I know of. I found I had several conditions that come from chronic Candida. One thing I found out about it is that a low carb food plan is essential to ridding your body of it. That was great! I was smiling! Not for long though. In Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution book, he listed the low carb foods you couldn't eat while you were working on getting rid of the yeast overgrowth (Candida). Most of those foods were the ones I eat the most. Yes, all my favorites, such as cheese, bacon, sausage, ham and all pickled foods. Grrrrr!

Crustless Spinach Quiche

If I want to get rid of it though, I must follow his advice and not eat those foods. I am now in the process of learning how to eat a really strict low carb food plan for the time being. I can't eat cheese, which really helps on a low carb plan. There are two cheeses he says that are okay. One is cream cheese, which is essential for a low carb plan that is easier to stick to. The other cheese I can eat is Mozzarella. I don't normally eat that one, but have started eating it this week. It was okay and I can live with it. Yesterday, I made fried cheese with it, and it was pretty good.

Hamburger, Brussels Sprouts, Salad & Blue Cheese Dressing

My plan is not the usual new year resolutions. I don't make those. This is just a plan with a goal. My goal is to be feeling better and be rid of the Candida, and those annoying health conditions that are caused by it. I figure my birthday, which is near the end of June, will be my goal date. Twenty-three more weeks to go..........

Copyright © 2015 Kathleen G. Lupole
All Photographs Copyright © 2015 Kathleen G. Lupole
Updated 2018