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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Phase 1 Recipe: Caramelized Onion Frittata



Caramelized Onion FrittataJul 9, '06 1:33 PM
by jerrybear123 for everyone
1 cup diced jicama
3 tablespoons water
Cooking spray
4 cups sliced onion (about 1 pound)
1/3 cup water
1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, divided
2 tablespoons fat-free milk
6 large egg whites, lightly beaten
4 large eggs, lightly beaten

Place jicama and 3 tablespoons water in a small microwave-safe bowl. Cover with plastic wrap, and vent. Microwave at high 4 minutes or until tender, stirring once. Set aside.

Heat a 10-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add onion. Cover and cook 10 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Uncover and cook 10 minutes or until golden brown, stirring frequently. While onion cooks, add 1/3 cup water, 1 tablespoon at a time, to prevent onion from sticking to pan. Stir in jicama, sage, salt, and pepper. Spoon into a medium bowl; cool slightly.

Combine 3 tablespoons cheese, milk, egg whites, and eggs in a small bowl; stir with a whisk. Add egg mixture to jicama mixture; stir well.

Preheat broiler.

Wipe pan with a paper towel; recoat pan with cooking spray. Pour jicama mixture into pan. Cook over medium heat 7 minutes or until bottom of frittata is browned and top is almost set.

Wrap handle of pan with foil. Sprinkle remaining 1 tablespoon cheese over frittata. Broil 5 minutes or until cheese melts and top is set. Cut into wedges.


Yield: 6 servings (serving size: 1 wedge)



Phase 2 Recipe: Salmon Frittata



Aug 28, '06 11:08 AM
by harleysrme1017 for everyone


SALMON FRITTATA

Serves 1

1 egg
1 egg white
1/2 cup (3 oz) cooked or canned salmon
1 T. parmesan cheese
1 T. salsa

In a medium bowl stir eggs to blend. Chop or mash salmon and combine with eggs. Add cheese and salsa and pour into a small lightly oiled non stick skillet. Cook over med heat 2 or 3 min until set. You can then flip it over or put it in a hot oven for 2 or 3 min till it sets.

I use an omelette pan and when the frittata sets, I close the pan and flip it over. I have an electric stove so I then turn off the stove and watch that it doesn't get burned.

208 cal.
3 gr. saturated fat
(9 gr. fat altogether)
235 mg. cholesterol
2 g. carbs
28 gr. protein
0 fiber
331 mg. sodium.

Phase 1 Recipe: Salmon Frittata



PHASE 1 AND 2 BREAKFASTAug 28, '06 11:08 AM
by harleysrme1017 for everyone
SALMON FRITTATA

Serves 1

1 egg
1 egg white
1/2 cup (3 oz) cooked or canned salmon
1 T. parmesan cheese
1 T. salsa

In a medium bowl stir eggs to blend. Chop or mash salmon and combine with eggs. Add cheese and salsa and pour into a small lightly oiled non stick skillet. Cook over med heat 2 or 3 min until set. You can then flip it over or put it in a hot oven for 2 or 3 min till it sets.

I use an omelette pan and when the frittata sets, I close the pan and flip it over. I have an electric stove so I then turn off the stove and watch that it doesn't get burned.

208 cal.
3 gr. saturated fat
(9 gr. fat altogether)
235 mg. cholesterol
2 g. carbs
28 gr. protein
0 fiber
331 mg. sodium.


Phase 1 Recipe: Belgian Waffles




Phase 1 Belgian WafflesJan 17, '07 11:29 PM
by rabrcbkmbcrb for everyone
Hi all

I've been scouring the internet for SBD recipes, and found this one for Belgian Waffles that is for PHASE 1!!!

I tried it this morning, and I have to say, it was pretty darn good. It came out quite a bit thinner than the usual waffles (about half the thickness), but it was tasty. I melted a bit of natural peanut butter and spread it over top, then poured a Tbs of sugar free maple syrup on top. It was a yummy change from eggs.

Here's the recipe:
2 large eggs
1/4 c. lowfat ricotta cheese
1 Tbs. splenda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp cinnamon
dash nutmeg (optional)

1. Preheat waffle iron. Spray with Pam. (You can also make pancakes if you have no waffle iron)

2. Beat eggs with electric mixer on high for one minute. Add all other ingredients and beat until smooth.

3. Pour batter into waffle iron and cook as usual for waffles.

Now, the recipe said to pour it all into the iron and it serves two, but when I poured it all into the iron, half ran out. So next time, I would pour half in, cook it, and then make another waffle with the other half. I guess it depends on the size of your waffle maker.




Monday, June 11, 2012

Phase 2 Recipe: Apple Walnut Chicken Salad





Apple Walnut Chicken Salad
Phase 2

Ingredients

  • 6 oz chicken breast, boneless, skinless, roasted (cut into 1/2" chunks)
  • 1/2 cup celery, (chopped)
  • 3/4 cup apple, (chopped)
  • 2 oz walnuts, (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp raisins
  • 1/3 cup dressing, Italian, low-sugar
  • 1 head lettuce, bib (chopped)


Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, gently stir the chicken, celery, apple, walnuts and raisins.  Pour the dressing over the mixture and toss gently to coat.
  2. Serve on a bed of Bibb lettuce.

Nutritional Information

Calories                              444
Total Fat                              32 g
Saturated Fat                        4.1g
Cholesterol                          47mg
Sodium                               462 mg
Carbohydrates                     21g
Dietary Fiber                          4g
Sugars                                 13 g
Protein                                 23 g







Sunday, June 10, 2012

South Beach Diet Phase 1 Sample Menu

© 2012 ~ Cizon Sauceda

Phase 1 Sample Menu

Try to eat every 3 - 4 hours so you do not go hungry.  Drink your water!!!
You really should not be hungry once you get going on this lifestyle.

A Day Living the Lifestyle

BREAKFAST

Protein (Qty unlimited):                      1-2 egg(s), scrambled

Vegetable (minimum 1/2 cup):            1/4 cup beans (usually black or pinto)

Fruit (NONE ALLOWED)

Starch (NONE ALLOWED)

Milk (2 c daily):                                   1/2 cup milk, fat-free or 1%

Fat (1 tsp oil or mayo or optional):      1 tsp evoo

For breakfast I like to add a few more veggies to the 1/2 c minimum. So if you are counting calories (and you don't have to on the SBD) then just include the extra's in your count.  I usually take couple of tbsp of chopped onion, 1 tsp of choppped garlic, 1/2 bell pepper diced and sautee this in the extra virgin olive oil. Take your egg(s) and add just a tbsp or two of milk to them before cooking. Do a quick squirt of cooking spray in the pan to scramble the eggs. Once I scramble everything together I'll add the beans just to warm them slightly.  Top with a couple of tbsp of salsa if you want.  I'll also have one or two cups of coffee (my caffeine limit for the day) shared between breakfast and the morning snack.

*SNACK:
A great mid-morning snack is 6 oz v8 or tomato juice and a string cheese stick.

LUNCH:

Protein (Qty unlimited):                       2-3 oz of salmon or water packed tuna, drained

Vegetables (minimum 2 cups):             1 1/2 cups of spring salad mix1/4 cup garbanzo beans (chickpeas); 1/8 cup diced bell pepper; 1/8 cup diced onion

Fruit (NONE ALLOWED)

Starch (NONE ALLOWED)

Milk (Maximum of 2 c daily):              None

Fat (1 tbsp oil or mayo or optional):    1 tbsp salad dressing

*SNACK:
Mix in 15 almonds (or choose nut of your choice using correct amount - see choices)
with 1/2 cup low-fat plain yogurt and add a couple of teaspoons of splenda.

DINNER:

Protein (Qty unlimited):                        3 - 4 oz broiled or baked chicken breast

Vegetables (minimum 2 cups):              2 c. choice of veggie (see Foods To Eat List)

Fruit (NONE ALLOWED)

Starch (NONE ALLOWED)

Milk (Maximum of 2 c daily):               1/2 c. milk, fat-free or 1%

Fat (1 tbsp oil or mayo or optional):     5 squirts of ICBINB Spray


*SNACK / **DESSERT:
1 hard boiled egg, 1/4 cup of cucumber, 1/4 cup diced tomato

*   When snacking try to pair your nut, veggie or dairy product with a protein.

**  If you go with a Phase 1 dessert recipe plan ahead so you keep within the guidelines dependent upon what the ingredients are for your dessert choice.



To begin, I am sharing a one day menu.  I hope as time permits to return and give you 14 days worth of menus to start your journey.

Disclaimer:  The information on this website is not intended to replace medical advice.  ASICIT, Journey 4 Living and Cizon Sauceda are not associated with either the Abs Diet or The South Beach Diet companies nor have these companies endorsed this site or person.  As with any new eating plan, exercise or lifestyle change, please be sure to check with your physician as only he/she knows your medical history and your abilities for you to succeed on your journey.





South Beach Diet Phase 1 Foods To Avoid


© 2012 ~ Cizon Sauceda



South Beach Diet
Phase 1 Foods To Avoid

BEEF

Brisket
Jerky (unless homemade without sugar)
Liver
Other fatty cuts
Prime Rib
Rib steaks

POULTRY

Chicken (wings and legs)
Duck
Goose
Poultry products (processed)
Turkey (dark meat - including wings and thighs)

PORK

Honey-baked ham
Pork rinds

VEAL

Breast

CHEESE

Brie
Edam
Nonreduced fat 

VEGETABLES

Beets
Carrots
Corn
Green peas
Potatoes (white)
Potatoes (sweet)
Pumpkin
Turnips (root)
Winter squash
Yams

FRUIT

Avoid all fruits and fruit juices in Phase 1, including:

Apples
Apricots
Berries
Cantaloupe
Grapefruit
Peaches
Pears

STARCHES AND CARBS

Avoid all starchy food in Phase 1, including:

Bread (all types)
Cereal 
Croutons (all types)
Matzo
Oatmeal
Rice (all types)
Pasta (all types)
Pastry and baked goods (all types)

MILK/DAIRY

Ice cream
Milk (whole)

MISCELLANEOUS

No regular ketchup or cocktail sauce
No pork rinds - too high in saturated fat
No jerky - too high in sugar content



BEVERAGES

No Alcohol of any kind, including beer and wine 


Disclaimer:  The information on this website is not intended to replace medical advice.  ASICIT, Journey 4 Living and Cizon Sauceda are not associated with either the Abs Diet or The South Beach Diet companies nor have these companies endorsed this site or person.  As with any new eating plan, exercise or lifestyle change, please be sure to check with your physician as only he/she knows your medical history and your abilities for you to succeed on your journey.


Recipe: Chicken Tortilla Bake

2012 - Retreived from the blog Homemaking Challenged
Enjoy!


Found this recipe via a friends Pinterest page.  It appears to almost be a modified version of the Roswell Symphony Enchilada recipe I like so well.  I look forward to trying this recipe.  Let me know what you think about it if you make it too.  Also check out Homemaking Challenged for other great ideas.




Chicken Tortilla Bake


Ingredients

  • 2 10 3/4oz cans of cream of chicken
  • 1 10oz can of dice tomatoes and green chilies
  • 12 6in corn tortillas
  • 3 cups of cooked chicken
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend


Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Combine the 3 cans and mix them up, then set aside
  3. Chop up the tortillas into bite sized pieces.
  4. Layer 1/3 of the tortillas onto the bottom of a 3 quart pan
  5. Place half of the chicken on top of the tortillas
  6. Then spoon 1/2 the soup mixture on top of the chicken
  7. Repeat layers and top with the rest of the tortilla strips.
  8. Cover and bake for 40 minutes
  9. Top with cheese and bake an additional 5 minutes until the cheese melts
  10. ENJOY!






South Beach Diet Phase 1 Foods To Enjoy


© 2012 ~ Cizon Sauceda


South Beach Diet
Phase 1 Foods To Enjoy List


PROTEIN

BEEF

Lean* cuts, such as:
Bottom Round
Eye of Round
Flank Steak
Ground beef:
- Extra Lean (96/4)
- Lean (92/8)
- Sirloin (90/10)
London Broil
Pastrami, lean
Sirloin Steak
T-bone
Tenderloin
Top Loin
Top Round

* Lean meat has, per 100 gram portion, 10 grams or less of total fat and 4.5 grams or less of saturated fat.


POULTRY (SKINLESS)

Cornish hen
Low-fat turkey sausage (3-6 grams of fat per 60 gram serving - can be eaten as an occasional treat approximately once/week)
Turkey bacon (2 slices per day)
Turkey and chicken breast


SEAFOOD

All types of fish and shellfish
Water-packed tuna and other canned fish
Salmon roe
Sashimi


PORK

Boiled ham
Canadian bacon
Loin
Tenderloin


VEAL

Chop
Cutlet, leg
Top round


LAMB 

(Remove all visible fat)

Center Cut
Chop
Loin


LUNCHMEAT

Fat-free or low-fat only
Boiled ham
Deli sliced turkey breast
Steamship roast beef
Smoked ham

 
MEAT SUBSTITUTES (SOY BASED)
(Unless otherwise stated, look for products that have 6 grams of fat or less per 2-3 ounce serving)

Bacon (Limit to 2 slices per day)
Burger
Chicken, unbreaded
Hot Dogs
Sausage Patties and Links (Limit 1 patty or 2 links per day)
Seiten
Soy Crumbles (1/4 cup (2 oz) suggested serving)
Soy Nuts (1/4 cup for a protein snack is suggested serving)
Tempeh (1/4 cup suggested serving)
Tofu All varieties (1/2 cup suggested serving)
Yuba (Bean Curd or Sheet)


CHEESE (FAT-FREE OR LOW-FAT)
(Look for varieties that have 6 grams of fat or less/ounce)

American
Cheddar
Cottage cheese (1%; 2% or fat-free)
Cream cheese substitute (dairy-free)
Feta
Mozzarella
Parmesan
Part-skim Ricotta
Part-skim String
Provolone
Swiss


EGGS
 The use of whole eggs is not limited unless otherwise directed by your doctor. 

Use egg whites and egg substitute as desired.

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MILK/DAIRY
(2 cups allowed daily, including low-fat or nonfat plain yogurt)

Low-fat milk (fat-free and 1%)
Fat-free 1/2 & 1/2 (less than 2 tablespoons)
Low-fat plain, vanilla, or sucralose-containing soy milk (4 grams of fat or less per 8 ounce serving.  
Be sure the product does not contain high fructose corn syrup)
1% or fat-free buttermilk
Low-fat or nonfat plain yogurt

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BEANS/LEGUMES
(Start with 1/3 - 1/2 cup serving)

Adzuki Beans
Black Beans
Black-eyed peas
Broad Beans (fava beans)
Butter Beans
Calico or cattle beans (red and white colored)
Cannellini Beans
Chickpeas or Garbanzo
Edamame
Great Northern Beans
Italian Beans
Kidney Beans
Lentils
Lima Beans
Mung Beans
Navy Beans
Pigeon Peas
Pinto Beans
Soy Beans
Split Peas
White Beans

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VEGETABLES
(May use fresh, frozen or canned without added sugar)

Artichokes
Arugula
Asparagus
Broccoli
Bok Choy
Brussels Sprouts
Cabbage
Capers
Cauliflower
Celery
Chayote
Chicory
Collard Greens
Cucumbers
Eggplant
Endive
Fennel
Garlic
Green Beans
Hearts of palm
Jicama
Kale
Leeks
Lettuce (All varieties)
Mushrooms (All varieties)
Mustard Greens
Nopales
Okra
Onions
Parsley
Peppers
 (All varieties) 
Pickles (Dill or artificially sweetened)
Radicchio
Radishes
 (All varieties) 
Rhubarb
Sauerkraut
Scallions
Sea Vegetables
Snap Peas
Snow peas
Spinach
Sprouts
Squash, Spaghetti
Squash, Summer
- Yellow
- Zucchini
Swiss Chard
Tomato
Tomato Juice
Turnip Greens
Vegetable Juice Cocktail
Water Chestnuts
Watercress
Wax Beans
Zucchini

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NUTS AND SEEDS
(Limit to one serving per day as specified. Dry roasted recommended.)

Almonds (15)
Brazil Nuts (4)
Cashews (15)
Filberts (25)
Flax Seed (3 tbsp = 1 oz)
Hazelnuts (25)
Macadamia (8)
Peanut Butter, Natural, and other nut butters (2 tbsp)

Peanuts (20 small  - May use dry roasted or boiled)
Pecans (15)
Pine Nuts/Pignolia (1 ounce)
Pistachios (30)
Pumpkin Seeds (3 tbsp = 1 oz)
Sesame Seeds
 (3 tbsp = 1 oz) 
Soy Nuts (1/4 cup)
Sunflower Seeds
 (3 tbsp = 1 oz) 
Walnuts
 (15) 

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FATS/OILS

Main Oil Choices:
The following monounsaturated oils are recommended to be consumed daily)
Oil, canola
Oil, olive

Other Oil Choices that may be chosen:

(Polyunsaturated or a blend of Monounsaturated)
Corn
Enova
Flax
Grapeseed
Peanut
Safflower
Sesame
Soybean
Sunflower

Other Fat Choices:

Avocado (1/3 whole = 1 tbsp oil)
Guacamole (1/2 cup = 1 tbsp oil)
Margarine (Chose those that do not contain Trans Fatty Acids such as Fleishmann's Premium Olive Oil or Smart Balance)
Mayonnaise (Regular = 1 tbsp serving)
Mayonnaise (Low Fat = 2 tbsp serving - avoid varieties made with high fructose corn syrup)
Olives, Green or Ripe (15 = 1/2 tbsp oil)
Salad Dressing (2 tbsp serving - Use those that contain 3 grams of sugar or less per 2 tbsp.  Best choices contain canola or olive oil.  Low carb salad dressings may also be used if they meet these guidelines.)
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SEASONINGS AND 

CONDIMENTS
All spices that contain no added sugar

Broth
Espresso powder
Extracts (almond, vanilla, or others)
Horseradish sauce
I Can't Believe It's Not Butter! Spray
Lemon Juice
Lime Juice
Pepper (black, cayenne, red, white)
Salsa (check labels for added sugar)

Use the following toppings and sauces sparingly 

(check labels for added sugar and MSG)

Cream Cheese, fat-free or light (2 tbsp)
Hot Sauce
Low carb condiments (as long as they meet South Beach guidelines and have no added fat and are sugar-free/contain no added sugar)
Miso (1/2 tbsp)
Shoyu (1/2 
tbsp)
Sour Cream (light and reduced-fat - 2 
tbsp) 
Soy Sauce (1/2 
tbsp) 
Steak Sauce (1/2 
tbsp) 
Tamari
Worcestershire Sauce (1 
tbsp) 
Whipped Topping (Light or Fat-Free - 2 
tbsp)




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SWEET TREATS
(Limit to 75-100 calories per day)
Sweet treats are items that contain sugar alcohols, such as:


Candies (hard, sugar-free)
Chocolate powder (no-added-sugar)
Cocoa powder (baking type)
Fudgsicles (no sugar added)
Gelatin (sugar-free)
Gum
(sugar-free) 
Jams and jellies
(sugar-free) 
Popsicles
(sugar-free) 
Syrups
(sugar-free) 

Some Sugar Free Products may be made with sugar alcohols (isomalt, lactitol, mannitol, sorbitol or xylitol) and are permitted on the SBD. They may have associated side effects of GI distress (abdominal pain, diarrhea & gas) if consumed in excessive amounts.

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SUGAR SUBSTITUTES

Acesulfame K
Fructose (needs to be counted as Sweet Treats, Caloric Limit)
Nutrasweet (Equal)
Saccharin (Sweet & Low)
Sucralose (Splenda)

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BEVERAGES
Milk (1% or fat-free) and soymilk (low-fat plain). See MILK/DAIRY
Decaf Coffee and Tea
Diet, decaffeinated, sugar-free sodas and drinks
Herbal teas (peppermint, chamomile, etc.)
Sugar-free powdered drink mixes
Vegetable Juice


Note: caffeinated coffee or diet sodas with caffeine added are allowed, but limited to 1 - 2 servings per day.





Disclaimer:  The information on this website is not intended to replace medical advice.  ASICIT, Journey 4 Living and Cizon Sauceda are not associated with either the Abs Diet or The South Beach Diet companies nor have these companies endorsed this site or person.  As with any new eating plan, exercise or lifestyle change, please be sure to check with your physician as only he/she knows your medical history and your abilities for you to succeed on your journey.





Saturday, June 9, 2012

South Beach Diet Phase 1 Guidelines

© 2012 ~ Cizon Sauceda

South Beach Diet
Phase 1 Guidelines

Please Refer to Phase 1
Foods To Enjoy or Foods To Avoid Lists
When Making Your Food Choices

Breakfast:

Protein:          Quantity is not limited
Vegetables:     Minimum 1/2 cup
Fruit:              None
Starch:            None
Milk:               2 cups allowed daily (including low-fat or nonfat plain yogurt)
Fat:                 1 tsp mayonnaise or oil (optional)



*Snack
*Snacks are required. Choose from the Protein or Vegetable list, or eat specific amount of nuts from the Nuts and Seeds list.


Lunch:


Protein:          Quantity is not limited
Vegetables:     Minimum 2 cups
Fruit:              None
Starch:            None
Milk:               None
Fat:                 1 tbsp mayonnaise or oil (optional)



*Snack
*Snacks are required. Choose from the Protein or Vegetable list, or eat specific amount of nuts from the Nuts and Seeds list.

Dinner:

Protein:          Quantity is not limited
Vegetables:     Minimum 2 cups
Fruit:              None
Starch:            None
Milk:               2 cups allowed daily (including low-fat or nonfat plain yogurt)
Fat:                 1 tbsp mayonnaise or oil (optional)



*Snack/Dessert
*Snacks are required. Choose from the Protein or Vegetable list, or eat specific amount of nuts from the Nuts and Seeds list.




Disclaimer:  The information on this website is not intended to replace medical advice.  ASICIT, Journey 4 Living and Cizon Sauceda are not associated with either the Abs Diet or The South Beach Diet companies nor have these companies endorsed this site or person.  As with any new eating plan, exercise or lifestyle change, please be sure to check with your physician as only he/she knows your medical history and your abilities for you to succeed on your journey.

Bucket List

© 2012 ~ Cizon Sauceda

Check In Often for Bucket List Updates







1.  Go Camping and See Old Faithful** Geyser erupt in/at/near Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.

Cathederal Lake


2.  Go hike, camp, etc., in Yosemite National Park, California


Bodie - love the old west feel of this pic!

3.  Visit all the Ghost Towns in the USA, traveling state by state.  Starting in California with Bodie  and other sites then moving easterly into Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona after which I will move on to the more ghost towns of our grand old country.


Bodie Ghost Town, California






4.  Learn to read, write and speak Spanish fluently. Learn to speak Italian fluently.







5.  Travel Spain and Italy.





6.  Travel Mexico










7.  Learn to play piano like Mike Teague 

































**Thank you to Michelle Killoran and her travel blog, Killoran Roadtrip, for inspiring me to create a bucket list.  My thoughts were of how much fun that they were able to see Old Faithful and it made me want to see it too!







Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Time Flies When You're On A Learning Curve

© 2012.06.06 ~ Cizon Sauceda


Time is flying by just way fast these days!

I'm loving my new position at work too!  I have lots to do and I am still in that learning curve.  So happy for the change at work and it couldn't have come sooner as I was getting stagnant in what I was doing and we know what that means....CIZON doesn't do JOB very easily when BORED!!!  No boredom anymore!!


I've moved from updating/adding new products to the company website to managing the customer orders / placing purchase orders with our vendors and much more customer service.  I'm really having to learn the Scuba business now so I can communicate more effectively with our customers and the vendors.  It's all good!!  There is so much more I'll learn as I manage what I've taken in the last week.  God is Good!!  Just when I thought I needed another part-time or a full-time job he created change at work to allow me more hours, more responsibility plus he took away the boredom ~ or should I say monotony!!  Thank you Jesus!

My dear sweet youngest boy/man/child - oh - seems like yesterday we brought him home from the hospital - graduates from high school in just a little over a week.  Where have the years gone?



My dear daughter graduated from college in May and will soon spend the summer in Mexico visiting her auntie and cousin...I'll miss her but so happy she has the opportunity for some fun before the real world settles in around her.





I miss my oldest and his family.  I miss my grand babies.  I so wish I could fly off to Georgia and visit them for a week or so.  Even better I wish they could live near me for a while so I can have some one on one quality time with my toddler babies!  Love you guys -  all five of you!!!


Had a date with the hubby tonight.  We had Sweet Tomatoes.  I love Sweet Tomatoes.  I think I haven't been there since last fall.  What a treat!  It was nice to visit and spend time with the hubs tonight.






Hope to get more recipes on the site this week and manage to begin that ever elusive healthy eating program with exercise.  I am managing for the most part to get in the seven to eight hours of sleep each night.  That is far better than the four to six hours I had been getting.  I guess this is best taken in baby steps.  I find I'm not drinking as much water as I should.  I'm at 64 oz a day but really should be at 130 oz.  It'll come with time....


Yeah... Time is flying by... Way too fast!