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Christmas Rag Quilt Tutorial – Complete Series!

My new Christmas Rag Quilt tutorial is now live!  I uploaded the entire series so you can watch from beginning to end before you even get started!

You can start with the video above, or you can use this Playlist Link to bounce around to the steps that you need.

I hope you enjoy! Next series coming soon so be sure you subscribe to my channel!  Thanks!!!

 

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What I Ate Yesterday… and the Day Before… and the Day Before…

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This was a rough week for me with the passing of my husband. But the one thing I knew I could count on was my new way of eating.  My mental health has improved so much during my 2 weeks of eating this way, and it really helped me to get through all this. The last thing I needed was carbs to bring me down.

I was going to skip my usual journaling, but I found that it help me to get my mind off things. So I continued. But instead of posting daily, I just put every day on this post until I felt ready to go live on the blog again. Since I have it recorded, I might as well share!  I will go back to posting daily now.


Wednesday 11/30 – Day 14

I had my usual coffee when I got up with heavy cream.

At 3:30pm I ate a meat mix that I cooked and froze before Thanksgiving. I was too busy eating turkey for a few days so I just tossed my cooked meat in the freezer and it was just as good as always!  (I heated it with water and a bit of butter).  I added some deli ham to the mix and some butter.  I have my deli ham sliced thin then I boil it to remove the salt. And it changes the texture a bit, which I love.  Might be one of my new favorites!

At 9:00pm and I ate a delish meal. I cooked ground beef and bacon in butter. Then on the side, I made some deli meat rolls!  I started with a thin slice of deli ham, then a thin slice of deli roast beef, then half of a thin slice of deli swiss cheese. I rolled that up tight.  I made and ate 3 of those along with my meat mixture. That was beyond awesome!

Note: I have not really been eating cheese over the past two weeks (only twice, I think), but it is part of this animal kingdom way of eating.  However, some find that even tiny amounts of dairy makes them struggle with cravings and for others, it slows down their weight loss. I’ll watch to see if any cravings pop up. I’m not in this for the weight loss, so if that slows down, that’s no biggie.  The thing is you need to eat plenty of meat with the dairy. Don’t just make a meal out of cheese.

At 9:30pm I had a decafe with light cream and heavy cream. I was in a creamy mood.

Then I had one of those nights that I could not sleep.  My mind was spinning with all that’s going on right now.  At 4:30am, I ate another meat meal.  I guess we can call that breakfast? lol  At first I felt guilty, but then I realized I had not eaten for hours so I was hungry. I ate. Guilt free.

Food that entered my mouth on 11/30:  bacon, beef (ground, eye round, rump roast), deli ham, deli roast beef, deli swiss cheese, butter, light cream, heavy cream, water.


Tuesday 11/29 – Day 13

I had coffee with heavy cream when I got up.

As for the rest, it was a rough day and I can’t even remember what I ate.  But I can promise you it was meat cooked in butter. And I might have had deli meat before bed, along with my usual swig of light cream.

Food that entered my mouth on 11/29:  Some kind of meat and maybe deli meat, butter, cream, coffee, water.


Monday 11/28 – Day 12

When I got up, I had my cup of coffee with heavy whipping cream and a bit of light cream since I did not have enough HWC.  Need to go out today for more.

At 1:30pm, I had a mix of two previous meat concoctions that I had made (food list is below). I heated by adding water and adding a pat of butter.  I also added a few slices of deli ham and deli roast beef to my plate.  I don’t usually eat that early, but I was going out so I thought it would be better to eat a bit before leaving than waiting until very late.  And I ate a smaller portion to see how that works for me.

At around 6:00pm, I had the final bit of leftovers from the same concoction that I had for lunch.  Since there was not enough, I added more ground beef and more ground pork to the mix. I ate less than normal due to no appetite. I should have eaten more, I think.

At 9:00pm, I had some deli roast beef and deli ham.

At 2:30am, yes, 2:30am, I ate another meal.  I realized that my day was totally screwed up and I had not eaten enough.  And eating earlier than normal for lunch completely threw me off.  I cooked some ground beef and this time topped with some cheese and added salt and pepper.  In other words, I went wild.

Note:  I noticed that I do great with deli roast beef, but the deli ham is just too salty for me.  I need to find a low sodium brand (I just grabbed what was on sale).  That salt made me too thirsty and I was somehow not quite as satisfied as I have been every other day. Also, I started craving salt.  So the salt needs to go bye bye.  I hate any kind of cravings. Update: I now boil it to remove most of the salt.

Food that entered my mouth on 11/28:  turkey (white and dark), pork (ground, bacon), ground beef, beef liver, Italian blend cheese (mozzarella, provolone, parmesan, asiago, romano) deli roast beef, deli ham, butter, light cream, heavy cream, salt, pepper, water.


Sunday 11/27 – Day 11

I skipped coffee today.  I’m in a fog because my husband died.

At 2:00pm, I ate more of the mix that I ate on 11/26 but added ground beef. I also had a side of deli roast beef and deli ham.  I had a sip of light cream and lots of water.

At 8:30pm I had a decafe with heavy cream.

At 11:00pm I had deli roast beef and deli ham and a gulp of light cream.

Food that entered my mouth on 11/27:  turkey (white and dark), pork (ground, bacon), ground beef, deli roast beef, deli ham, butter, light cream, heavy cream, water.


Saturday 11/26 – Day 10

When I got up, I had my cup of coffee with heavy whipping cream.

At some point during that day, I ate a concoction of turkey, bacon, ground pork and liver.  I did not keep track of time because I was in a haze.  I had no appetite but ate what I could. I will say, the liver (which is full of vitamin C) was quite tasty sliced up and mixed with that concoction. I cooked it all in butter.

Since I had no appetite, I didn’t eat again until much later. At maybe 2:00am, I ate cold leftover turkey and I had a swig of light cream.

Food that entered my mouth on 11/26:  turkey (white and dark), pork (ground, bacon), butter, cream (heavy and light), coffee, water.


You can watch THIS VIDEO to learn why I’m doing this.

This is the facebook group I’m in.  It’s a public group so you can read the posts without joining.

I will be talking about this new way of life often on my Youtube channel, so please subscribe and you won’t miss a thing!

This is the article that I stumbled upon by Kelly Hogan which got me immensely excited.   And this is Kelly’s blog.

PLEASE READ: Please remember that it’s MY CHOICE to eat the way I want. If you think this is unhealthy, know I’m not as concerned with physical health. I’m more concerned with my mental health. I’m on a mission to feel better mentally… without cravings!!! I’m willing to test this so you don’t have to! But what works for me might not work for you. I’m not doing this to lose weight. I’m doing this because I’m convinced that I’m overly sensitive to carbs and that I must stay away from them if there is any chance of me feeling better. I’m eating from the animal kingdom, like the complete opposite of vegan. I know this upsets many, but I promise I won’t eat your pets. You are free to follow my progress/failures and you can even disagree with what I do. Just remember that I will get the last word because it’s my blog, my channel, my life! That’s the new me talking! (I think I’m growing balls! Let me look… yes, I see one starting to grow!)

 

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Thursday Chat – Thank You and Christmas Rag Quilt Series Today!

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Happy Thursday!

Once again, I want to thank everyone for all the heartfelt condolences you sent my way for the loss of my husband. My online family has helped me so much.  I will have some updates for you later and what this experience has been like for me. But for now, I just want to get back to some sort of normal, so it’s time to work on my blogs and youtube channel a bit.

Speaking of my channel, last night I uploaded a video thank you and an update saying that I’m back. You might want to watch that. It’s a quickie, just a few minutes.

In that video, I mentioned that my Christmas Rag Quilt series is ready. I hoped to upload it late last night, but decided to wait until today.  I’ve never uploaded an entire series all at once before so I thought I should be rested before attempting it. lol  So watch for that series soon!

Not too much else to report right now.  Thank you once again for all your kind support!

 

Have a great Thursday!

Darlene
XOXO

 

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Heartfelt Thank You and I’m Back!

 

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My Husband Andy

I don’t know how to go about this.  My heart is broken in so many ways. My husband, Andy, died this morning.

Most of you know at least part of the story because I’ve talked about him in my videos. Long story short, he died from complications of a lifetime of drinking and smoking.  He was 60 years old.

Andy has been part of my life, off and on, since I was 14. I can’t bring myself to even post a picture of him right now, but you can see a pic of him in this video where I read from my diary and talk about the way we met.

And if you want a few more details, you can see the update I recorded a few days ago.

I don’t know what happens from here. I really don’t. We have lived in separate states for 5½ years, and I have not even seen him in over 3 years. We talked often and actually got along much better apart, because I didn’t have to see him drink.  I assume his family will do what they want and that’s probably the best thing. Just don’t know.

I’m taking some time off from my blogs and videos. Will be back when I feel better.

Darlene
XOXO

 

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What I Ate Yesterday – Day 9

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Some want to know what I eat between meals or what I snack on. The answer is nothing. I’m listing exactly what I eat below. Nothing else has entered my mouth, not even a lick of something else. I have zero desire for anything else. Preparing food for my mother does not tempt me at all.

Yesterday – Friday 11/25 – Day 9

When I got up, I had my cup of coffee with heavy whipping cream. I do this every day.

At 4:00pm:  I had a very stressful day yesterday, and I had zero appetite.  But I knew I had to eat. I warmed up some of my Thanksgiving meat mix leftovers.  I warm that in a pan on the stove top with a more water and a bit more butter.  I did not take a picture, but it looked a lot like this meal, except no drumstick. Once I started eating, it felt very good to eat. I drank all the remaining juice from my pie plate. So classy.

At 8:30pm, I reheated the cup of decafe with HWC (heavy whipping cream) that I made earlier and completely forgot about.  My emotions were all over the place. I don’t even remember fixing that cup of coffee. I hope it was not from the day before! lol

At 9:30pm, I ate some roast beef. Tried a different kind. This one was from Roger’s Supa Dollar. Not sure I’d get that one again. So far, Hannaford is still my fave. I’m going to keep shopping around. It’s fun to test deli roast beef!

At 1:30am, I ate a decent amount of turkey straight out of the storage bag, cold from the fridge. It was actually my “dinner” meal. I was so off kilter yesterday, so that’s why I ate so late. But that does not matter.  When hungry, eat meat. When full, stop. Time of day or night does not matter.

After that meal, I had a gulp of light cream and a gulp of heavy cream. That is like my sleeping pill or nightcap, you could say. So incredibly satisfying!

Food that entered my mouth yesterday:  turkey (white and dark), beef (ground, deli roast), pork (ground, bacon), butter, cream (heavy and light), coffee (instant, reg and decafe), water.

You can watch THIS VIDEO to learn why I’m doing this.

This is the facebook group I’m in.  It’s a public group so you can read the posts without joining.

I will be talking about this new way of life often on my Youtube channel, so please subscribe and you won’t miss a thing!

This is the article that I stumbled upon by Kelly Hogan which got me immensely excited.   And this is Kelly’s blog.

PLEASE READ: Please remember that it’s MY CHOICE to eat the way I want. If you think this is unhealthy, know I’m not as concerned with physical health. I’m more concerned with my mental health. I’m on a mission to feel better mentally… without cravings!!! I’m willing to test this so you don’t have to! But what works for me might not work for you. I’m not doing this to lose weight. I’m doing this because I’m convinced that I’m overly sensitive to carbs and that I must stay away from them if there is any chance of me feeling better. I’m eating from the animal kingdom, like the complete opposite of vegan. I know this upsets many, but I promise I won’t eat your pets. You are free to follow my progress/failures and you can even disagree with what I do. Just remember that I will get the last word because it’s my blog, my channel, my life! That’s the new me talking! (I think I’m growing balls! Let me look… yes, I see one starting to grow!)

 

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Saturday Chat – Update About My Husband Andy

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I know many of you would like to know, so I’ll give you an Andy update. The reason I have not done this by now is because I didn’t know anything until last night.  I have zero relationship with his family, so no one has called me with info.  I had an insane runaround just to find out exactly which hospital Andy was in. I spent several hours on the phone yesterday and was finally able to talk to a nurse.

Seems Andy had a heart attack. Also, his sodium was at rock buttom. He had/has a lot of fluid on his lungs. They drain it, and it fills back up. No cancer results yet (what is taking so long?) but they are still quite sure it’s lung cancer.  I forgot to ask about his liver function as I’m pretty sure that has to be bad too. He is not eating at all. His weight just two weeks ago was 115 fully dressed with shoes. He is suffering from DTs and they are medicating him for that.

All I know for sure is he’s failing. On Wednesday and Thursday, he sounded like himself on the phone. Thursday night it sounded like he was failing fast. Friday it was \very hard to understand him. But he can answer yes and no and there are some words I can understand.

At this point, I still have no plans to go there. I know most of you think I must go, but there is a long history between us and you don’t know the whole back story. I know I make it sound like a joyous love affair, but I am very good at idolizing things. I’m still hanging on to the boy I met when I was 14.  That boy no longer exists. I don’t think he ever existed, not the way I’ve always imagined it.  But we do love each other in the only ways we know how. Just not sure I should go there. There are many reasons that you don’t know about.

Please let the choice be mine. And I hope you don’t judge me if you think I made the wrong choice. And yes, I may very well have huge regrets if I don’t go. But there can also be huge regrets if I do go. And the emotional roller coaster I’d have to ride to go there seems like pure torture for me. Please let me decide for myself. He does have his family, so he is not alone.

Darlene
XOXO

 

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Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipe – Easy Slow Cooker Three Bean and Turkey Chili

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Easy Slow Cooker Three Bean and Turkey Chili

INGREDIENTS:

1 can (25 to 28 oz) crushed tomatoes
2 cans (15 oz each) chili beans in sauce
1 can (15 oz) black beans, undrained
1 can (15 oz) cannellini beans, undrained
1 1/2 to 2 cups leftover chopped cooked turkey
2 to 3 tablespoons chili powder

DIRECTIONS:

Step 1:  Spray a 4 to 5 quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Mix all ingredients in slow cooker.

Step 2:  Cover; cook on Low heat setting 2 to 3 hours, stirring occasionally, until chili is hot.

Darlene’s Tip:  You could just as easily heat this up on the stove top for a quicker meal!

Source and Image: Pillsbury.com Recipes

 

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10 FREE EBOOKS you can download from Amazon Today 11/25 – NO Kindle needed!

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Thank you for sharing this roundup, See Mom Click!
My readers love your daily free ebook list!!!

Below are 10 FREE eBooks that you can download from Amazon. Please note that these eBooks are only free for a little while, then they go back to regular price. Always check to see if they are still free.

You can download for free to your PC

You can download the free Kindle app to your device!

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Free eBooks – price can go up at any time, so hurry if you want them!

You can find lots more FREE eBooks here!

Want more Kindle deals? Check out all the Kindle Daily Deals and this month’s batch of 100 books for $3.99 or less.

Thanks again, See Mom Click!

 

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What I Ate Yesterday – Day 8 – Thanksgiving Dinner

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You can watch me cook my Thanksgiving Dinner here!!!

Someone mentioned that my meal looks disgusting. I’m sure many other think the same and are just too polite to say so.  And I can certainly see why.  But it’s fuel for my body. Fuel does not need to be pretty.

Yesterday – Thursday 11/24 – Day 8

Around 2:00pm, I ate my Thanksgiving dinner.  It consisted of only meat (see food list below).  I ate about half of what you see above. Then I covered my plate and put it in the fridge.  My mother had turkey, potatoes, stuffing, and gravy on her plate. I had the potatoes and stuffing already cooked and in the freezer for her. The gravy came from a can. So her meal was super easy!

At 5:00pm, I had a cup of decafe with a bit of heavy cream.

At 7:30pm, I grabbed my plate of leftovers, warmed them up in a pan again with a bit more water and another pat of butter. Then I ate the rest! So the plate you see above was two meals.

At midnight, I ate some more turkey and 3 thin slices of roast beef (that’s all I had left, must get more today).

At 1:30am, I had a gulp of light cream.

Food that entered my mouth yesterday:  turkey (white and dark), beef (ground, deli roast), pork (ground, bacon), butter, heavy cream, light cream, coffee, water.

You can watch THIS VIDEO to learn why I’m doing this.

This is the facebook group I’m in.  It’s a public group so you can read the posts without joining.

I will be talking about this new way of life often on my Youtube channel, so please subscribe and you won’t miss a thing!

This is the article that I stumbled upon by Kelly Hogan which got me immensely excited.   And this is Kelly’s blog.

PLEASE READ: Please remember that it’s MY CHOICE to eat the way I want. If you think this is unhealthy, know I’m not as concerned with physical health. I’m more concerned with my mental health. I’m on a mission to feel better mentally… without cravings!!! I’m willing to test this so you don’t have to! But what works for me might not work for you. I’m not doing this to lose weight. I’m doing this because I’m convinced that I’m overly sensitive to carbs and that I must stay away from them if there is any chance of me feeling better. I’m eating from the animal kingdom, like the complete opposite of vegan. I know this upsets many, but I promise I won’t eat your pets. You are free to follow my progress/failures and you can even disagree with what I do. Just remember that I will get the last word because it’s my blog, my channel, my life! That’s the new me talking! (I think I’m growing balls! Let me look… yes, I see one starting to grow!)

 

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