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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Well .... it's just another beautiful Wednesday!

Well the trash got out bright and early this morning and I am wondering if on the Holiday week after if the garbage is going to pick up on their regular day.Ahh ..... if that was my only worry! Right?

Well I have been vegan for about 3 weeks now and I really don't feel any different yet. I am still swollen, especially in my tummy area. Although now that I think about it the swelling in my legs have gone done quite a bit. Maybe it's just moving! lol Has anyone (other than a salesperson) used that Nopalea? Well I took a moment to "google" this and here is what I found. Nopalea - true or scam?

I made a couple of cards last night Here's a peek!

So I have run across an amazing amount of challenges this morning already!   I have already posted this post earlier, however I posted it to an old blog and had a devil of a time trying to figure it out!  I tried several different things thinking Oh this has GOT to be it!  But no, that didn't fix it.  I then realized I had signed into an old account!  How lame that it took me a couple of hours to get that!  Geez!   And that was with a few breaks to "just walk away" to grab prospective! LMBO!  In those breaks, I went to grab the camera to get a shot at the beautiful male cardinal and the battery needed charged! so I went to do that but not before I had to locate the charger!  We had went somewhere and I had taken the charger but couldn't remember where I put it.  And I do usually put it where it belongs, but didn't the last time!  You see, I usually leave my computer and last night I shut it down.  And wouldn't you know it (TODAY) is day that google changed the format of Blogger!  What a ride I have had so far today!!!  Here comes the sun so I will take that as a sign that all is well! lol

Please enjoy this beautiful day (no matter what!) and smile! someone may need it today! : )

Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day

Well can I just say this weather is beautiful!  Sun shinning bright and it's a little on the hot side!  I have been busy resizing pictures for the website!!!  I am so excited about it actually being up and running! I so surprised myself!  I would like to take a second or two out of my day to seriously thank the soldiers of yesterday and today for your bravery and commitment!

I have been trying different salads and such lately but I seem to be drifting to quickies!  I cut up sweet onions, celery, and carrots in a small dice.  I coat my pan with non stick and a spoon of vegan butter.  Slow cook the veggies until done.  I then add a couple three vegetable broth ice cubes along with brown rice I previously cooked with veggie broth. When heated thoroughly, I add different spices or herbs.  Quick and easy lunch or dinner.  This is still making my sugar spike however.  What'cha gonna do?  The spike happens when I eat pasta also!  Does NOT matter what kind I use, it still happens.  Of course I don't stop eating it!  I love it.  It is getting more difficult to eat low protein and low carb!   I am starting to feel a little better since I stopped eating animal anything!  Did you know that vegans don't eat honey either?  I was surprised by that fact.

I will be posting pictures in the not so distant future after I get more uploaded to the site.  And that address again is (LOL)

Please enjoy your day and smile, someone needs it!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Jo's House of Cards website is now UP AND RUNNING!

How excited am I that I finally am open for business!!!  Oh my gosh!  What it took to get here.  But that's when arriving is good isn't it?  When you lay down a good foundation? So lets get cooking!! lol

I am still updating and uploading (after editing) lots of my cards so please be patient!  And I would so love to get back to making my cards!! Steps, that's what it amounts to. (and then a can I end that sentence without a proposition?)! And I would like to keep taking those steps without to many more thought interrupterers!  Laughing my butt off all alone in my studio!  It's been a long day!

So please come by and check out all my links, pictures, and cards!  Like me on facebook and leave me some love!!  Thanks so much and Enjoy every second of your day and smile!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

JDRF News 5/22/2012

Type 1 diabetes is one of the worst diseases out there. My son was diagnosed when he was just 2 yrs. 2 months old. It is now 33 yrs later and now he is blind. So I know diabetes. It has been in my maternal background for 60 or so years. And now the numbers have just been posted and our kids are now getting adult onset diabetes (type 2). So I do what I can to help find a cure and I am doing my part by finally becoming vegan! You can never go wrong with a plant based diet!! : )

Now here is something pretty cool! A new reality show!! LOL This is going to be so good!!!! A great way to draw awareness about diabetes! We will be on episode 5 !! Here is the link, enjoy!

JDRF is featured on a brand new episode of AMC's new unscripted series, The Pitch on Sunday, May 27, 2012, at 11 p.m. ET/10 p.m.

So much time has past!

So many things are going on and I'm dealing with it the way I always do, which is try to get it all done at the same time and trying to fit life in! And what usually happens happened!  lol  I'm really trying to keep my sugar under control as I deal with a kidney issue which in turn, is causing havoc with the rest of my body and life.
I am completely vegan now so that has to be a good thing.  I have cooked a couple of recipes from the PCRM website.  There are only 103 days until the summer 21-day Kickstart to healthy eating starts!!! Here is the link to sign up and start exploring!  PCRM's 21day vegan kickstart
By the way, I am setting my intention to cook one new vegan dish a week so I can see what I like!  I did make this dish and I really like it a lot!

I make about six servings of brown rice.  I use the long grain long cooking rice.
Now in a skillet I spay a non stick spray and a couple t. of vegan butter.
I dice up a sweet onion ~~~ (put in ever how much you like)
I dice up about 3 celery ribs ~~~ (put in ever how much you like)
I add very little sea salt and cook to soften.
I then add a couple servings of the rice and cook and stir and stir,
then add three of four ice cubed veggie stock and cook til liquid is gone.
Now add any spices you like.  I have used fresh cracked black pepper, italian seasonings, fresh parsley, fresh time, fennel seeds, cumin seeds, and so on!  I loved it!

Next order of business, my website is almost complete except for adding lots of product.  That is proving to be a huge pain in the behind!  I have to edit and resize every picture before I upload it and then writing out the description is very tedious and it is taking away from what I love to do, make cards, and what I should be doing, cleaning the house!  Same day same issues to overcome.  And I am breathing and being grateful that it is one of my issues! ;>)

Next here is a couple of Mother's Day cards I made ..........

Ok!  The next time I write, I will be announcing the new website!!1  I'm getting excited now!!

Please enjoy every minute of your day and smile!