Saturday night, while watching Adeline, Dan and I caught up on The Kitchen. Adeline isn't quite into cooking yet, but she loves to clap for the crew along with the audience. It keeps her entertained while we get to watch.
I swear though every time I watch it, I pick up something that is a game changer for me in The Kitchen. (Ha!Ha!) I promise it is a cooking show worthy of being on your radar. Katie's little reminder tip of cleaning up as you go has kept our kitchen clean now for two weeks straight!
We got in two episodes last night and, I used my favorite takeaway for breakfast Sunday morning. As you all know, Dan and I live low-carb or keto. (Please don't police me either with what is and what isn't.) A while ago I discovered the Ole Extreme Wellness Tortillas. They are only 5g net carbs, and we were struggling for something to dip into like soups or turn something into sandwich-like.
We had used them a few times, but they were limp and not crispy enough, like a restaurant style quesadilla. I even tried them in the panini maker. That just made them kind of like cardboard tasting, even with butter.
Until last night when Katie Lee shared this trick, one that I would of never in a million years thought of. Mayo, yep, good old fashion mayo slathered baking side down. Who knew? It makes for a perfect fat.
Top the side up with your favorite cheese, let it cook until it gets golden crispy brown, then slide it out of the pan and either fold it over or add your favorite fillings. This morning I filled ours with scrambled eggs, and the fans went wild.
We now have a new favorite at our house, and I see us using more of these tortillas in the future. Like this Friday I think it will be quesadilla night at the Smiths.
Headspace is how I did it and more precise being in the right headspace. Headspace is my new favorite buzz word. I have heard it it everywhere lately. From podcasts to audible books and social media posts, I mean it's everywhere. When I first started hearing it, I thought about how it applies to me, in my current season of life, in which, so far and still counting have lost 35 lbs.
According to Google, the definition of headspace is as follows:
head·space /ˈhedspās/ noun
1. the unfilled space left above the contents in a sealed container.
2. a person's state of mind or mindset.
"if you're not in the right headspace for this stuff it's going to bore you, no matter how well it's done"
OK, I am talking about the second definition not the first. I just wanted to clarify that for you first.
When I first heard it, I had just started my weight loss journey. For those of you that do not know me or follow me on social media, I have lost 35 lbs., since this past August.
I have done this through a lifestyle change by changing our way of eating. I say our way because my wonderful husband knew that for me to be successful, he had to be all in too. How have I done this?
I have been in the right state of mind or HEADSPACE. I will never forget the day that I started it was August 15th, 2018, at approximately 8:45 AM. It was my annual OBGYN appointment. We women all hate it, and I really hated it this day, because I had gained 10 lbs since my last annual visit.
My wonderful doctor and gently reminded me that in a few years I would be hitting the BIG 50. He went on to tell me, that the older I get, the harder it will be to get the weight off. Like I didn't already know this. Right?
I asked the question. What can I do? He immediately went into how he and his staff have followed the low-carb lifestyle for years. He and his nurse told me about the food that they eat, and how they make the lifestyle work for them. He suggested that I get Dr. Atkins original book and read and understand how carbs work on your body.
I went out to my car and sat there for a few minutes and pondered everything that he said. I was tired of carrying this weight, tired of working hard for it just to come back when life got in the way. I gave myself a stern talk and then called my husband. He agreed with everything that Doc said and said that he was all in.
From that moment I have not looked back. Yes, I have a meal here and there that is off my way of eating, but I quickly get back on. Have I lost it as quickly as I would like? HELL NO! What woman does?
But I will tell you that with the wide world web at our finger tips, there is no reason why anyone cannot lose weight if they are in the right HEADSPACE. It is the number one thing that you need to do anything to achieve a goal or dream. It takes the desire from wanting to doing, and then to fully blown accomplishment.
Being in the right headspace has given me the resources to be successful. I meal plan, I cook (which if you read Monday's post you will now know why our kitchen is always messy) and, set myself up for success when I am on the road for work by planning meals and snacks ahead. I am also blessed to have my husband in my corner too.
If you follow me on social media, then you know that we LOVE to eat out and drink wine often. In this, I have grown up a lot, and that's funny to say when I am 47. What I mean is that I make adult choices from the menu that adhere to my way of eating, and I now drink dry red wine and I LOVE IT.
Part of my want for loosing weight was for our son's upcoming wedding next month. I didn't want to go and try on dresses and just to be pissed off at myself for not loosing the weight like I said I was going to. Raise your hand if you have been here!
I have not done this with a magic pill or a magic wrap. Nor, have I done this spending hours in the gym. I have done this by planning and preparing what goes into my mouth. You have heard the saying feeding the machine, and that is truly all that I have been doing, but with the right choices that work for my body and aide in my weight loss.
I do not track or use an app to monitor my food intake. I do not have the time for that. I knew that I needed something easy, and I like to cook anyway. I do not really call it Keto or low-carb, I call it what works for Amy. I am not strict anything, and yes I eat dessert, actually about every night.
I still have another 30 lbs or so that I want to loose. On average I loose 4-5 lbs per month and that is sustainable weight loss I believe. I also know that we can easily sustain this lifestyle and way of eating.
I will over the next few months share how we make this work for us, and I will also start sharing weekly menus and recipes. I promise it does not have to hard, especially if you are in the right headspace.
I will also say that I am looking forward to moving my body more, now that it is easier and have the energy.
*Disclaimer-I am not a doctor nor a dietitian nor do I play one on TV. What I say here are my thoughts and what works for me.
Which was like last July, we decided not to move into "The Suite." Our son, Dakota, got it all fixed up and now has it rented out to a nice elderly gentleman. We are still living life here on the ridge by the pond.
We love this quirky little cottage, and we hope that life slows down soon so that we can get back to showing it a little TLC. It's a lot of property for us to take care of, but we will muddle through. We have a laundry list of things that we want to do and projects that we have started that need completed.
For now, though we are in a busy season of life. We recently relocated our hydraulic business, No Pressure Services and trust me it was anything but no pressure. I am also running toward the the finish line of tax season at my job.
We pretty much have put everything on the back burner at home, and we barely have enough time to get laundry done and a decent dinner on the table. As I wrap tax season, Dan work's late catching up on repair work or organizing the shop. The days are for sure long, but the end is near.
Instagram and Pinterest are my poison through this life season though. I watch all the feed and drool over all the pins, only left with the want of wishing that we had the time. For now, I will settle for the rare day that I can steal away, and spend it doing normal day to day chores.
Saturday was one of those days. I am one who has to get up in the morning and start my day cleaning. I cannot come home after work or even on a weekend afternoon and dig in. Like my work list, I have a cleaning list, well in my head anyways. In my Superwoman way it's always way too long.
My routine as I go through my chores is to have the TV on and watch Food Network. The Kitchen is my favorite, but I am always up for a little Trisha and Bree too. Today my girl Katie gave me a good tip, or should I say a good reminder.
Please don't judge me for what I am about to say. Our kitchen is always in the worst mess by the end of the week. Like stinky bombshell zone. We get in late every night, and we hurry to throw together dinner, and then we collapse on the couch. The mess gets pushed off till the next meal. OK, well more like pushed over to the side on the counter. You know making a room to make the next meal. Then by the weekend, we have a major mess to clean.
There I said it, the cat's out of the bag. Mom if you read this I am sorry. Oh crap! If Dad reads this, I am really sorry. So now, let me get back to Katie's tip of the day.
When cooking you should clean as you go. WOW, that hit me over the head. How easy is that. Yes, my parents taught me this. Especially, my father. However, though in life I conveniently forgot this little golden rule.
As I was cleaning on Saturday, I gave this a lot of thought. How can I break the habit that we are in and keep the kitchen cleaned all week? As I was emptying the dishwasher, for the second time of the day, it hit me, like an anvil it did. Empty the dishwasher before I even start to cook.
How simple is that? My goal for the week to keep my kitchen clean is to do this one thing. Empty the dishwasher first, before I even lift a finger to prepare the evening meal. I have a feeling that this is going to make a major impact on my weekend.
Don't you agree though, that it is way easier to cook in a clean kitchen vs. a dirty one? I will keep you posted through the week on my progress. Fingers crossed because I have a full week at work.
My hope is that with menu planning, meal prepping, a stocked fridge, and an empty dishwasher is that I should be able to make quick work of my kitchen detail through the week.
Please feel free to share your dirty little house secrets too, and how you have tackled them.
#CleanKitchenChallenge who's up for it?
Happy Wine Down Wednesday! I am into this short week like no other, but so ready for it to be over. What about all of you?
We are crazy busy with life and our new shop for No Pressure Services! (Which I will be sharing pics of soon.) Dan is working like a madman, while I am off tending to my small business clients getting them and their QuickBooks up and running for the New Year. Oh let's not forget that awful "T" word, TAX Season is now upon us.
When it is crazy like this, I am always looking for quick and easy meals. Especially, when it's cold outside. The last thing that I want to do is leave the ridge after I am in for the night. Especially, after I have my comfy clothes on. Yes, ladies, you know what that means, yoga pants and NO BRA!
One of our easy go-to meals is a charcuterie-board or if you are from the hills like us, a meat and cheese board. Some evenings we will even pair it with a bottle of wine. Pinterest has some great ideas on these easy to make boards and I have started a collection for you to look at.
The can be as easy as this one is-no need for complicating life, just go with what you have on hand.
Oh, don't think these are just for adults either. Our, Adeline, loves a good board too!
Like this one with pretzels and her favorite, PICKLES. The wine in the background was an adult only glass. No worries.
For me, grapes or berries are a must, but it's really up to you. We love a hard salami and sometimes it's just a simple turkey pepperoni because that is all that's in the fridge. Crackers or no crackers, again a lot is just based on the pantry stockings. Oh, and Daniel's must-have is an olive of some sort. If you have a Trader Joe's & Aldi's close by, they are a great grab for some of these items.
Have a great rest of your Wednesday and "Cheers" to sliding into the weekend like no other. Well almost.
P.S. Here are a few ideas for serving your board!
Hello there! We are Daniel & Amy Smith of Triple "R" Creations. Together we are creating a crazy re-fined life, be it re-creating, re-modeling, traveling, enjoying fine food or just enjoying life with our family and friends. All from our crazy cottage by the pond along the banks of the Muskingum River, in Southeastern Ohio. Come in sit a spell and read all about our latest adventure.