MUTT’S DAY

TL 7-31 MUTT'S DAY

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Well, HAPPY MUTT’S DAY!!! There’s nothing quite like adopting a pet from a shelter. It’s a heart-warming feeling, knowing that you have made life better for one animal. No, I can’t adopt all of them – but if I adopt one and you adopt one – then we can work together to make all animals safe and happy. We can give one animal a good home.

On this day I want to encourage everyone to consider adopting a pet instead of buying one from a store. I know the chances of finding a “pure bred” dog at a shelter are slim to none, but I believe that a mutt is the best kind of pet to own. I’ve owned pure bred dogs with papers and all that, but they seemed to have their share of issues. There are so many animals in shelters who need a good home and if I can rescue one of them – I will.

I think this is something that is mandatory these days, but once you have adopted a pet, please see to it that you have them spayed/neutered. Please Be a responsible pet parent.

Casey is now 10 years old and just a happy little fella! I would not use the word “SPOILED” but I’m sure some others would use it to describe him. He’s brought such joy into my life. I cannot imagine living without him.

The ASPCA is in need of financial support to help animal victims. There are so many abused animals that need to be saved from abusive homes. They don’t have a voice, so we have to speak up for them. For $20 a month or whatever you can afford, the resources to help them can be obtained. I’ve never had human children, but I’ve had my share of animal babies. It breaks my heart that some animals don’t enjoy a good life like my Casey does.

If you own a mutt, today is the day to dote a little more! Have a wonderful Wednesday!   🙂

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CHEESECAKE DAY

TL 7-30 CHEESECAKE DAY

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I love the idea of collaborating with another Christian author – but if that collaboration took place under a shade tree with some cheesecake bites – wow – that would be perfect! 

There are not many blogs that I follow on a regular basis, but I do follow Sally’s Baking Addiction! She has developed the best recipes that provide not only a healthy alternative, but the portion control is built right in most of the time.

We believe in celebrating sensibly!  Today is CHEESECAKE DAY!!! Now, I know you’re thinking that isn’t something for a diabetic to be celebrating, but hang on a minute – these are cheesecake bites! See what I mean about portion control??? Everything in moderation.

Ingredients for the crust:

5-6 full-sheet graham crackers (or 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs)
2 Tablespoons (30g) unsalted or salted butter, melted (or even melted coconut oil)

Ingredients for the filling:

8 ounces reduced fat cream cheese, softened (do not use fat-free)
3/4 cup (185g) Chobani Greek yogurt*
2 egg whites
1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar (I use Splenda)
2 Tablespoons (16g) all-purpose flour
1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup (85g) mini chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line a 8×8 baking pan with aluminum foil with enough overhang on the sides. Set aside.

Make the crust:

Using a food processor or blender, pulverize the graham crackers into a fine crumb. Pour into a medium bowl and mix with melted butter. Press into the lined pan. Bake for 8 minutes. Allow to cool as you prepare the filling.

For the filling:

Beat the softened cream cheese for 1 minute using a hand or stand mixer. Beat in the yogurt, egg whites, sugar, and flour until mixture is smooth and creamy, about 3 full minutes. Add the lemon juice and vanilla, beat for 1 more minute until combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.

Remove the crust from the oven and spread filling on top. Bake for 25 minutes, covering the cheesecake bars at the 20 minute mark with aluminum foil to prevent browning. Allow to cool for 20 minutes at room temperature, then chill completely in the refrigerator for at least three hours. Lift the foil out of the pan and cut into squares.

Makes 16 bars. Store bars in a covered container for up to 7 days in the refrigerator. Recipe can easily be doubled and baked in a 9×13-inch pan, baking time will vary – about 45-55 minutes.

*For the Greek yogurt: I used Chobani 0% fat, plain. You may use low-fat Greek yogurt instead. You may also use regular yogurt, plain or flavored, low-fat or fat-free.

I hope you like these as much as I do! Enjoy cheesecake day! ❤

NATIONAL LAUGH AT YOURSELF DAY

TL 7-29 NATIONAL LAUGH AT YOURSELF DAY

 

You know, I really feel sorry for the generations that did NOT get to hear then president Richard Nixon say the words, SOCK IT TO ME.  Back then we not only laughed at ourselves, but we laughed at life in general and yes, we laughed at the government, including the president – and he laughed with us.  Then things went south, but we won’t discuss that.

Today is “NATIONAL LAUGH AT YOURSELF DAY”.

Last night I made the most wonderful low-carb sweet potato casserole in my 9 x 13 glass dish.  As I took the dish out of the oven and set it on the stove top, it literally exploded into a gazillion tiny pieces!!!  I was not cut and thankfully I was wearing shoes.  There was glass all over the place – it flew into the dining room!

At that moment I had two choices – I could cry or I could laugh.  As I cleaned up the mess, I just started laughing!  It wasn’t a cheerful giggle, but a malicious sort of bwahahahaha type of laugh.  Why is it that most of my trying moments happen in the kitchen?  I’m not a bad cook, but weird things just seem to happen in the kitchen for some strange reason.

It takes self-discipline and effort to laugh at yourself sometimes.  Remember the movie “The Money Pit” – when Tom Hanks (his character’s name was Walter) poured a bucket of water in the bathtub and the whole thing fell through the floor and broke in a gazillion pieces below?  Remember how he just stood there, shocked, peering through the gaping hole in the floor – then just started laughing like a crazy person?  I can relate to that – can’t you??? 

Sometimes life hands you tomatoes and you have to make salsa.  Stand there, chop the tomatoes and make the salsa.  Learn to laugh at situations when you really just want to cry and have a meltdown or something.  Whatever happens today, laugh at the situation and at yourself.  You’ll feel better if you don’t take yourself so seriously.   🙂

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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Do you procrastinate???   Well, you’re in good company – so do I.

“You can walk to the corner and back home, just make sure you don’t walk too far because you need enough energy to walk back home”, said the surgeon, a mere day after my major surgery.  “I especially don’t want you to strain and don’t pick up more than fifteen pounds.”  I was nodding as I held on to every word of the instructions he quickly rattled off to me.

An important rule of procrastination: do it today but remember that today will be today again tomorrow.

I remember thinking, “This is so routine for him and so very new for me.”  He was almost bored as he spoke. I think I saw him fight off an urge to yawn at one point (but that could be my imagination).  He had obviously done hundreds of these surgeries in his career.  I felt a peace about things when I realized that just because I was nervous didn’t mean that he was.

Everything went well and I am CANCER-FREE!!!  I think that is the most wonderful phrase in the world – even better than I LOVE YOU, I think.  I was really scared about cancer since I lost my entire family to the big “C”.

So, what will I do with my new lease on life???  I will take better care of myself for a start.  I will eat healthier and have a more positive outlook on life and…  I will…  (wait for it…) EXERCISE!!!!!

Stop laughing – I will.  Tomorrow.

Tomorrow is Monday – and what better time to begin a new exercise routine than on a Monday???  All good things begin at the start of the week, don’t they?  I hear some of you saying, “Technically the beginning of the week is Sunday.”  Well, my personal belief is that Sunday is a day of REST and the last time I checked, exercise is anything but restful.

It’s difficult to be in recovery for a month, taking it easy, then suddenly realize that it is time to add some activity (as well as walking) back into your everyday life.  I am basically a lazy person but I will admit, however, that after I exercise I am in the best mood and feel so much better!

So tomorrow my life changes for the better!  I’m getting stronger every day and I want to be the best me I can be!  The plan is to hop on my stationary bike and use my free weights…  TOMORROW!!!

Today – I’m just chillin’ in front of the TV eating a salad! Ah – yeah!!! Enjoying this while I can!!! ❤

I FORGOT DAY

TL 7-2 I FORGOT DAY

 

7-2 I FORGOT DAY

What will you forget today?  Well, don’t forget to take your medicine or exercise or anything else you need to do to stay healthy.  I have a list of things I will forget today and I’m going to share it with you.

  1. I forgot to get angry when the jerk in the SUV cut me off in traffic.
  2. I forgot to hang on to the hurt feelings I first felt when someone said something mean to me.
  3. I forgot to be negative when I was told I made a mistake.
  4. I forgot to stick my tongue out at the guy who stole the newspaper from our front yard.
  5. I forgot to be impatient with the lady standing in line ahead of me at the grocery store.
  6. I forgot to keep the extra change the clerk gave me at the book store.
  7. I forgot to break the pool stick across my knee when I lost the game.
  8. I forgot to worry about what will happen tomorrow.
  9. I forgot to be jealous of others who seem to be getting ahead in life.
  10. I forgot to get discouraged when circumstances were less than desirable.

Today I want to encourage you to hang on to God’s promises and trust Him for your future.  He is the one who knows best.  You may have a plan for your life, but remember that His plan is best.  If there’s a hiccup along the way, thank God because it probably means that He’s protecting you from something bad.

Don’t forget to water your olive tree…  LOL!!!

We don’t know the future – and that’s a good thing.  If we knew how things would go, I wonder if we’d have the courage to get out of bed every day.  It’s a challenge to wake up and get out of bed and face whatever lies ahead in life, but with God, ALL things are possible!   🙂

 

 

 

 

FIND YOUR HAPPY DAY

TL 7-1 FIND YOUR HAPPY

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Today is FIND YOUR HAPPY DAY!!!  I have to laugh because I’m reviewing the way my day began…

If you are a pet owner you will understand this. The first thing I hear every morning is the sound of my dog tapping a piece of furniture in the bedroom. Just leisurely tapping… tap… tap… as if to say, “Excuse me, but it is morning and I am hungry. No hurry, but until you get out of that bed I will continue to annoy you with this noise.”

So the day begins. Casey tapped so it must be time to get up, right??? If he owns this house and we are his staff, then why doesn’t HE pay the taxes on this place instead of us??? Oh well, moving on…

I give my Casey his bone and he trots off into the living room to chew it. I’m still barely awake but making coffee. Then I see smile maker number two… my cereal box! I don’t know who came up with the idea of putting SMILE on the back of the box – but I LIKE IT! My favorite color is yellow and the box tells me to smile – yes, this IS the cereal for me.

No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.  – Helen Keller

Remember the little song “If You’re Happy and you Know it” – ??? Try to hang on to those childhood happy things as long as you can. I know you’re not a child anymore and you have very grown-up responsibilities, but I challenge you to stop and think about your thoughts today. If they start sounding pessimistic or sour, maybe you should find something to make you smile. Let’s see…

That could be a pet, or a bright yellow cereal box that tells you to smile every day, or a little song you learned way back in Sunday School when you were very small. Discover the joy in life and embrace every little piece of happiness and when a cereal box tells you to smile, JUST DO IT! Find your HAPPY! 🙂