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Seasons of Life

We all go through different seasons of our lives and I have been in a new one for the last few years. I am not the same person or in the same place as I was when I first created this page. I have a different career, am divorced and living alone. I am doing a different way of eating than I was when I created this page. I am still doing a low carb diet of sorts but it is called Trim Healthy Mama and I have learned how to use protein in a way to allow myself gentle carbs. I am still losing weight with this plan and I feel healthier every day.

For some reason I have had no joy using this blog for a very long time. I have been considering closing it but not removing the recipes that are already currently posted and I will be doing that. I may occasionally make a post but to be honest I doubt that I will. I will also be closing my facebook Grace2882 page as well. I am not removing it from Facebook but I will change it to no posts and no comments. This will allow people to keep the recipes that they have saved from that page. If I were to delete the page people would lose the recipes that are saved there.

I am keeping my facebook page that is a support group called Grace2882 Workout. I have gotten so much support from the ladies there and most of them are doing the THM plan as well. I look forward each to going to that page and sharing with them.

I am enjoying my life that I have now. I am cooking new recipes, working a career that I deeply love, sewing a lot and reading a lot. I love my calm lifestyle. I am just in a different place and I am not the woman that I was when I created this page. I hope that you understand.

So I am leaving this blog up so that you can keep using the recipes posted but I will be closing comments and seriously doubt that I will be making anymore posts. I want to just live my life and not talk about it. I hope that you understand!



Weekly Support Group For Weight Loss

Hello. I have started a weekly support group for weight loss over on Facebook. We will be sharing our thoughts, achievements, difficulties, and ups and downs while we offer positive reinforcements for achieving weight loss.

Weekly Support Group For Weight Loss <– click there to join


This group will be a private group. You will need to ask to be admitted but that shouldn’t be a problem. 🙂

I don’t want people coming there to just read and possibly stalk others there. If you join you are making a statement that you are determined to make positive life changes and achieve better A1C numbers, weight loss and possibly taking control of your life. Each person will have a different mission to be there. There will not be one right or wrong answer to what your goals are. They are personal to your needs and family.

I fell a few months ago down the stairs in my home and seriously injured my hip. I was in horrible pain and from limited physical exercise and depression I have gained weight. Serious amounts of weight. I have been walking between 1-2.5 miles a night for the last week with a neighbor. Last night I met a new neighbor who asked if she could join us for us support and walk each night. Of course we said yes. 🙂

We all need a buddy at times. Someone who will give us a hug when we need it but will also say, “Snap out of it!” when we need that too. So if you want to have someone to help you along this journey join using the link above.

This is what you will need to have to be in the group.

  1. No money- This is free
  2. Access to the internet
  3. Notebook for journaling. I am using Evernote.
  4. The desire to be a part of something good.
  5. Positive attitude as much as possible. I was talking to my grandchildren this morning and the four year old said that sometimes the 12 month is a fussball! I asked him if he is ever a fussball and he said NO!! I told him that I am sometimes a fussball. My sister said that at times she is a fussball. His Mommy said that sometimes she is a fussball too. None of us are positive all of the time. Just bring your smile as often as you can.

Now I have a question for you. Do you love yourself? Do you seriously love yourself? How often do you put others before you thinking that your needs or wants aren’t as important as theirs? If your health is deteriorating it is time for you to put your health and needs first. Give yourself some love and join us. Make a three month commitment to participate for three months. If at the end of three months you aren’t seeing a positive change both physically and emotionally you can quit. This is free. What do you have to lose other than weight, high glucose numbers and a low self esteem?





A few weeks ago Caleb spent the night with me and he helped me look through Amazon for new games for my house. He picked out about 10 games that he might like and I purchased 3 for now. One of those games was Spontuneous. This game has turned out to be sooooooo much fun. You have to play in teams and the more people the better. Each team goes off into separate areas and they come up with songs and they choose one word from each song to be their chosen word.

Each team will take a turn giving a word and the other team has 15 seconds to sing or speak 5 words of a song using that word. As you progress around the board you will get opportunities to choose cards that make you have to do things. Caleb and my nephew’s son who is 6 years old had to sing and dance for 15 seconds to be able to progress ahead 6 paces. The kids laughed through this entire game and they won in the end.

Donna and David were here playing with us and we have said many times since then that we wished that we had recorded the boys singing and dancing. The boys have said that they are glad that we didn’t. haha

This is such a fun game and I know that it will be played often in this household. If you want to find this game please click here. Spontuneous on Amazon.

Gone Again by James Grippando

Yes it is time for another book review. This book has been added to my top five favorite books of all time. I love a good crime/mystery and this one truly fit the bill. It has many twists and turns and at no time was I able to figure out who did it until the very end and James Grippando finally disclosed it. I had never heard of this author and he is now in my cue to try to read all of his books. This book was #12 in a series about attorney Jack Swyteck. I have already downloaded another of his books to read in my Overdrive program on my phone.

To purchase the book go here-> Gone Girl By James Grippando


There will be spoilers from this point on.

According to Good Reads site:

“Sashi Burgette vanished three years ago on her way to school. The night after the teenager’s disappearance, ex-con Dylan Reeves was stopped for drunk driving. An article of Sashi’s clothing was found in his truck, and a police videotape of his drunken explanation under interrogation sealed his fate at trial. Now, just days from Kyle’s execution, Sashi’s mother visits Jack Swyteck, doing pro bono work at the Freedom Institute, and delivers shocking news: “Sashi called me.”

The police dismiss the call as a cruel hoax. The State Attorney refuses to consider the new evidence, insisting the case is closed. The governor has already signed the death warrant. An innocent man may be executed and time is running out—unless his lawyers can locate Sashi.

A man of principle who believes in justice, Jack jumps into the investigation. But the deeper he digs the more he discovers that nothing is what it appears to be. Not the victim. Not her alleged killer. And definitely not Sashi’s parents, whose grief ruptured their marriage, each openly blaming the other for what happened to their daughter.

As their gut-wrenching and hopelessly conflicting version of events unfolds in a Miami courtroom, it becomes clear there is something even more difficult to find than a long-missing girl . . .”


Lunch Warmer Crockpot

I mentioned this little crockpot last week and I received it on Saturday. I am working from home today and decided to try it to see how it worked before taking it in the car with me. I am absolutely in love with this thing. I want to say that I am NOT getting paid by this company to endorse it. I had a neighbor recommend it to me and it is fantastic. It is not meant to cook your food. It is meant to be used with leftovers and it will heat them to a perfect temperature in about 3-4 hours. Let me show you how it works.

To purchase this little food warmer- go here. 20 ounce crockpot lunch pot

It has this great little handle which is perfect for carrying from your home to the car.


The cord wraps around the bottom and snaps into place underneath it.


The little dishwasher safe container has a lid that snaps on.I filled this last night and sat it in my fridge. This morning I dropped it into my container and screwed on the lid and plugged it into the outlet.


At noon my chili was warm. The outside of the crockpot was barely warm to the touch. No danger of burning from the outside if you touch it. The cheese began to melt the second that it touched the chili. It holds 20 ounces of food. I am so excited about this little container. I will finally have hot food in my car as I bought an inverter to plug it into the car with. To buy the inverter to use in the car go here. Inverter


Slow Cooker Chili

I tried another freezer meal and I love it. The recipe called for it to be done in a slow cooker but I cooked it in a pot on the stove instead. I fell down my stairs 10 weeks ago and hurt my hip. Since I keep my slow cooker in a crawl space and getting into it right now isn’t exactly comfortable for me I won’t be using it much for a bit. I am sure it would be just as good prepared in a slow cooker. I only made a couple of changes to it. I added an extra teaspoon of chili powder as I felt that it needed a bit more punch. I also used a chili mix bean instead of kidney beans. While it was cooking I at first thought it was a bit thin but I let it cook down a bit and it was okay. I may add a bit of tomato paste next time to make it a bit richer. This recipe was still a complete success as being a freezer meal.

You can get the original recipe here. Passion For Saving Freezer Meals


I spent my morning working on the yearly training and testing for my license for my job. Bucca was my  friend and stayed in a box a couple of feet away. I am so glad that I got this cat to live with me. He is such a sweetheart.


Slow Cooker Chili

Ingredients for freezer pack:

2 Cups Cooked Ground Beef

1 Cup of Onion, diced

2 Cans Diced Tomatoes

1 Can of Tomato Sauce

1 Can of Water (I use the Diced Tomatoes Can)

1 Can Dark Red Kidney Beans (I used a 15 ounce can of chili mix- pinto beans with a light tomato sauce and spices)

1 Packet Chili Seasoning Mix

1 teaspoon chili powder (This was my addition)

3 Stalks Celery, chopped

2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

2 Tbsp. Sugar (I omitted entirely. You could substitute for any diet sweetener of your choice)

Directions: Cook Ground Beef and Onion. Combine all ingredients in a Freezer Gallon Size Bag. Freeze until Needed. Remove from Freezer and Thaw Overnight in Fridge. Place contents of bag in Slow Cooker and cook on High for 4 hours or Low for 8 hours Serve with Fritos (omit for low carb) and Shredded Cheese (I used Mexican blend of cheese).


Keeping My Lunch Warm

Since changing jobs four years ago I now work out of my car 3-4 days a week and that has made eating lunches a bit difficult and staying on track. My wonderful neighbor Andrea found this 20 ounce crock pot that would be perfect for my lunch. At first I didn’t understand how it would work since it needs to be plugged into a wall but Andrea showed me these cute little inverters that convert the plug to be used in the car.

20 ounce Crockpot <- click here to purchase.

Inverter <–Click here to purchase



I bought the red one! I am very excited about using my frozen meals in my new little crockpot. This is going to be great!! These little crockpots work great in an office too.