Sunday, April 22, 2012

Zucchini Chips

I was missing around on Pinterest last night, which I can honestly say I have been trying to stay away from.  Why?  Because I feel like I get trapped on the computer sometimes and get so interested in blogs, Pins, or facebook that I don't LIVE LIFE!  Technology is awesome but a curse, at least in my opinion.  Well I'm in strict diet mode in preparation for Bodybuilding and Figure Competitions, so food is always on my mind.  I came across a Pin of Zucchini Chips.  This lady had baked hers (45 min), but I have the handy dandy chip maker from Pampered Chef.  If you don't have one, it is a must!  I also have their Simple Slicer.  I should just sell Pampered Chef because besides the "pretty" stuff, I have all of the functional stuff.  So, I got some zucchini and sliced them at number 1. 

I put them on the tray and microwaved for probably 4 or 5 minutes.  Yum, melt in your mouth, tasty without even seasoning!  But, they were paper thin.  Next zucchini I set the blade at 3. 

I could tell immediately that it was going to be too thick, but too late I had already sliced them.  I microwaved these for 8 or 9 minutes and they still weren't crispy, but I ate them anyway.  Third time is a charm, right!?  I set the blade at 2, baked, and perfect.  I did massively waste energy using the microwave and after doing that many trays it took awhile.  So, maybe if I was mass cooking these I would be better off baking them.  But, just for 1 I would totally do it in the microwave.  I played around with seasonings - paprika, chili powder, cavendars, and cinnamon.  I actually liked them plain or with the cinnamon.  Can't wait to get some more and do it again!

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Mirror Mirror

I seem to be attracted to mirrors.  Sometimes I buy without thinking.  Sometimes I come back to it 50 million times.  Sometimes I walk away.  And, sometimes I think about it and buy it!

I had 3 huge mirrors propped up in my bedroom while my basement was getting stained.  Eventually I got sick of them being there and did something to them!  The first mirror was beautiful and actually was purchased atop my red dresser.  I thought the dresser seemed more like a buffet, so I decided they needed a divorce!  I removed the boards that had attached the two and added hooks to the mirror.  I debated a long time on whether to paint the mirror or not, but decided to leave it as it was.

The next mirror also came attached to a dresser.  It was attached with metal rods that ran up and down the dresser and mirror.  I had never seen such a contraption before.  But, of course since this purchase have now noticed them assembled like this many places.  Was I just not looking before???

Any way I knew without a doubt that I did not want these two to stay together; another divorce was going to be necessary.  The pieces were ivory with gold detailing.  I thought the mirror should just be cream with some distressing.  So, I painted the mirror cream and then applied stain to the wet paint to give it an aged look.  I used this technique on a piece that started out lime green and in my grandma's garage and is now cream and "aged" in my bathroom.

My final mirror for this post was a very blonde wood color.  I bought it because it was a good price and good quality, not because it was eye candy.  I originally thought black and distressed with some wood peeking out.  But, I went to my stand by color it seems, red.  I painted it red.  Once the red was dry I used the dry brush technique and put some black on it.  For this technique you basically barely put any paint on your brush and then hit the piece where you want the color.  This mirror was HEAVY!! 

All three mirrors went to my Junk Parlor room in the basement of the Columns.  The red one sold the first day!  Which I am thrilled for because although we drilled into the brick wall and used two huge cement screws, that mirror was HEAVY and I figured I would get a call saying to come clean up a mess!  Thank you shopper!

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Saturday, April 21, 2012


So, today has been super lazy.  I cannot get over this cold!  My FCCLA group went and picked up trash this morning and other than that I have been in bed.  I decided I wanted to see if I could Pin some pictures.  So, really this is just a post of me screwing around with technology! 

I tried to Pin some pictures I had posted on Facebook, but you can't Pin from Facebook.  So... I decided to post a couple pictures here and see if I could Pin them.  Way back when I signed up for Pinterest I must have put a Pin It tab under my URL.  We will see if I can make it work!

These pictures were taken by Julie Clark at Click Happy Photography spring of 2011.

Monday, April 9, 2012

What I Eat #3

Since January I have been dieting for my first Pro Figure show in July.  Each month I write down what I ate for the previous month.  I've only talked about food.  The biggest reason is your diet is the most important thing with weight loss!  No amount of working out is going to give you big muscles, or fat loss if you don't change your diet!  So, remember that!  When you eat half a pizza (I'm sure no one ever does that!) you cannot undo the damage by working out 2 hours that day or the next!

So, pretty much my day of food stayed the same again for March, but I have gone to slightly smaller portions.  I eat every two to three hours and always a carb and protein, at least early in the day.  It is important to gradually make changes because your body will always adapt to what you are eating.  Lets say back in January I was eating 2,000 calories.  Because I wanted to loose weight I figured 1,200 calories would help me do that, so I dropped 800 calories from my diet.  Would I loose weight?  Yes, but eventually my body would get used to those 1,200 calories.  Your body needs 1,200 just to function - breath, push blood, digest food, etc.  So, if I dropped my calories again after plateauing my body would be on starvation mode and I would not loose weight, I could possibly gain it because my body is hording those calories, scared it will never get food again.  If my body is working optimally then it gets calories in and uses them up right away because it's not scared of never getting food again.  That is the difference between having a "good" metabolism and a "poor" metabolism.  You  have to retrain your body.  So, how do I keep loosing weight?  I slowly drop my calories, 100 or 200 a day until I am no longer seeing results.  Then, I do it again.  At some point you do have to add in a way to burn more calories because you do not want your metabolism to slow because it thinks it is in starvation mode.  My first three months of dieting, I did not do cardio.  I lifted weights 5 days a week for about 45 minutes.  That was not new to my body either, I do that year round.  I lost 15 to 20 pounds, just from changing my diet.

This is Monday - Friday diet and has been each post.  The weekends I normally eat actual food instead of a shake unless it's pre/post workout.  Cycling your diet is another way to keep your metabolism on fire.  Have high/low calorie days or high/low carbohydrate days.

Breakfast - 1/2 cup oatmeal or 1/4 cup cream of wheat with 4 egg whites/1 whole egg
*sometimes I add blueberries

Morning Snack - 1 scoop of protein powder

Lunch - 1/2 cup of carb - brown rice, couscous, or whole wheat pasta with 4 oz. chicken, beef, roast, or pork loin and 1/2 can green beans, 1 cup broccoli, or portion of carrots or red peppers

Pre-Workout/Afternoon Snack - 1 scoop of protein powder

Post Workout - 1 scoop of protein powder with 1/2 cup oatmeal (it really is AWESOME, but sounds weird)

Dinner - 4 egg whites/ 1 whole and salsa or some other vegetable

Here is my third butt shot.  Not sure if you can tell a difference in the pictures, but you can in person!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Another from Gma's Garage

So, last week a showed you a couple pieces I took from my Gma's garage.  This piece was hanging in the garage housing lawn chemicals, old nic nacs, and old cleaning supplies.  I don't think grandma had opened this cabinet in at least 20 years!  :)

I saw it and told her I wanted it someday.  She thought I was crazy, as did my mom, and my husband when I took him to help me take it off the wall.

Grandma said it was part of an old hutch they had in the kitchen.  She grew up in the house, it is on the Century Farms list.  She said they got ready to move the hutch and the bottom had completely rotted and fell apart in the move.  She thought it was still in pieces in one of the barns because she had always hoped they would fix it up and put it back together.  My grandpa was a dairy farmer and awesome woodworker.  He lived many years with Alzheimer's before dieing when I was in college.  I have searched the barns and haven't found anything that I think might have once been the base to this cabinet.  It had been painted blue, then wall papered, then wall papered again.  I used a scraper to get as much wallpaper off as possible.  I wasn't too worried about getting every little piece because I was planning on decoupaging music sheets over it.  I debated painting the shelves, but didn't figure you would see them anyway, so I left them.  The music sheets were in a cat food sack, the only sack to not get burned.  Yes, grandma was trying to clean up before she died or went to the nursing home.  I'm like no.... I would have used all of those, but it was too late.  My grandma saved everything!  We went through a lot of her stuff before she moved into assisted living, where she is now.  Her biggest regret is that they "saved" all of this stuff and didn't use it.  She wished she would have let us play with all her old clothes when I was a kid and used or gave away stuff rather than just letting it sit.  She is thrilled that I am using some of the stuff she saved, because she thought now one would want it.

I used some orange polish on the wood to shine it up and cleaned the glass a million times and it is still dirty. Many panes are broken and one is missing. There were, what I assume, extra panes in the cabinet, but I have not had time to replace them and I haven't decided if I'm going to anyway.

We screwed the cabinet directly into the wall, but also put a board underneath the cabinet for extra support.  You can kind of see it in this shot.  See the hole in the door?  We can't really figure out why it was there.  Something ran out of that cabinet?  It is a knot that has worn through, or a critter used it as a doorway?

I placed this piece in a nook above my washer and dryer.  I want to put in it things that "go" with the area, although I'm not entirely sure what that is.

This is an old stamp that grandma had in the cabinet along with a sharpening tool or a dried up eraser?  You guys probably know better than I.  It has a relatives name carved on one side and McKinley who must have been President at the time on the other.

My mom got this sewing machine that I took out of the base at an auction. 

The old shaving brushes and cups were in the cabinet when I got it.  They are my grandpas.  The cups say they were from the railroad.

I wanted to house my bleach, laundry detergent, and dryer sheets in the cabinet, but didn't want to "see" them.  I decided to place them in a couple crates/drawers.  The rest of the stuff I just kind of added for the time being.  I'd like to do something in the open drawers, but haven't had any awesome ideas at this point.

I added this, grandpas old shaving mirror.  I had to turn it on it's side to get it to fit, but placed it behind the shaving brushes.

These are grandpas old shoes that grandma just couldn't part with.  She said she didn't know what to do with them, but didn't want to throw them away.  I cleaned them up and put them in the cabinet.  She loves it.

I'm sure I will continuing rearranging until I am happy with the look.  At this point it holds lots of family treasurers.

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