Thursday, January 26, 2012

Terrific 100 Calorie Snacks

I am keeping an eye on my calorie intake.  My doctor recently cut my Synthroid  down (I have no thyroid) and I feel like I am ballooning up like a baboon!  Check out these terrific snacks for just 100 calories or less!!

Frozen Chocolate-Covered Bananas

Mmmm but I will roll them in some toasted pecans instead of the coconut.

Pistachios. Snack on 20 pistachios.  Don't let the high fat content scare you.  It's "good fat" and most of the fat is unsaturated.  They are high in protein and fiber with lots of vitamins and nutrients. 

Guacamole-Stuffed Eggs

What a great change from ordinary deviled eggs.

Source: Eating Well

These look very refreshing.

Now then!  Don't all theses snack looks terrific?  There is no excuse then is there?

What is you favorite low calorie snack?

Monday, January 23, 2012

Should I Read my Oncology Report?

Today marks the day, six years ago that I had my breast cancer surgery while I was 29 weeks pregnant with Kiera.  I understand that the walk I have been on throughout my life contributes to who I have become.  However, I am tired of it.  I am grateful for the opportunity to be a survivor, a lot of other men and women do not get the same conclusion to their cancer fight.  I started this blog in hopes of continuing to help others going through the same fight be encouraged and have faith that there certainly can be a wonderful outcome.  But, honestly, I am kinda tired of thinking about cancer.

At work last week a customer and I talked at great length about it.  She had the same exact cancer and diagnosis as I did. I enjoy that. I do.

I was chatting with a group of friends on Facebook about my urge to read the Oncology reports I never could get myself to read all the way through. The last time I tried I got three paragraphs into the first page and read "extremely high chance of disease recurrence" I was in tears for days.  I mentioned to my friends that maybe I should read them through because maybe the doctor changed him mind later on.  A Sweet friend replied. "Maybe GOD changed his mind! You are here with us, you are healthy! Why get all depressed because of what someone said 6 years ago!?!" and another great friend said "Will reading this enrich (my) life in some way? Do (I) feel like there is some need behind reading it? Is there a reason it would be worth."  Another suggested I "make (myself) a cake and celebrate!" another "agree(d). Live life to the fullest."

Don't I have marvelous friends???  I do. I know I do.  No looking back, move onward. Enjoy life to it's fullest. I heard that 90% of what we worry about never happens anyhow! 

ps... I love you ladies!

 <3 Tammy

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Cupcake Heaven!!

Cupcake Heaven, Here ya go.  Cupcakes are the perfect choice for satisfying that sweet tooth and maintaining some form of portion control!  Check out these great delights and stop by their blogs to check out these master bakers' talents.

DIY: cupcake in a jar from Cakies
(I LOOOOVE these!!!)

white wedding cake cupcakes from recipe Girl

(A souped up cake mix recipe!)

 Perfectly Chocolate Cupcakes from Glorious Treats
(Great Blog, btw)

Fluffy Vanilla Cupcakes from Bake, Robot                          

Friday, January 20, 2012

More Valentine's Day Treats and Crafts

Need some more great treats for Valentine's Day?

Pink Lemonade Pie from The Prepared Pantry

Valentine Wreath from Simply Crafty

Yarn Hearts from Family Chic

Plantable Valentines from Positively Splendid

I still cannot believe the creativity some people possess! These people simply amaze me.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Bright Green in the Home

I adore green.  I do. I would love to have the money and nerve to use it in my home decor.  What do you think about these marvelous punches of bright green?

Fun and Funky Mudjimba Beech House eclectic kitchen
Colorful Kitchenette modern kitchen
Do you have "guts" with color in your home?

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Valentine's Day Treats

Is your head spinning thinking about Valentine's Day yet?  
Here are some great ideas on how to sweeten up your sweetie!

He & Me, sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G Valentine cookies for your sweetie.

These sweet marshmallow pops are a perfect combo of easy and delicious!

From Glorious Treats

Red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting and crumb coating

From Sprinkle Bakes

These sweet Valentine's cupcakes are quite easy to make!

From Glorious Treats

Reviews and Giveaways are OPEN

I have decided to begin reviewing products I love on this blog again.

I had decided to concentrate on book reviews and reading but I am working full time now and raising a large family, reading seems to be a luxury I just don't have the time for right now. I have about 300 books on my Kindle hoping to be my next pick.

So, I am open for product reviews again. If you would like to pitch your product for review please email me at svrmomof6 (at) gmail. Please read my Review Policy.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Unique Rings

Would you like to see some cool rings?  Check these out:

Friday, January 13, 2012

Six Year Cancerversary

Today is Friday the thirteenth of January, 2012. On Friday the thirteenth of January, 2006 I was five months pregnant with my fifth child getting a biopsy on my breast.  As you know since you are reading this blog the results would come back Monday as positive for Stage II Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, followed by surgery, then induced childbirth, chemotherapy and radiation.

Honestly, these last six years have seemed like about 15. It has been a challenge but I am grateful that I am able to continue to be a part of my children's lives.

Here's to another forty years cancer free!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Not your Ordinary Sandwiches

As I mentioned in yesterday's post I am on a mission this month - - Reduce our grocery burget drastically and immediately! 

As I mentioned yesterday, I am going to employ a weeknight meal of sandwiches and soup.  I have found some terrific food blogs throughout my search and I decided to share some linky love.  Stop by each of these terrific blogs and check out some more of their awesome goodness.

Gouda and Apple Croissant with Baby Spinach and candied nuts.
A healthy and delicious breakfast or lunch! I am looking forward to trying this very, very soon.
From Some the Wiser

Source: via Tammy on Pinterest

Everything is better in a grilled sandwich! Try this Eggplant Parmesan Panini.
I adore every ingredient in this lovely sandwich!
From BS' in the Kitchen

Source: via Tammy on Pinterest

Grilled Cheese and Spinach Panini Sandwich.
From Pham Fatale

Source: via Tammy on Pinterest

Quick n easy to assemble healthy sandwiches for kids.
From Little Food Junction

Source: via Tammy on Pinterest

Roasted Red Pepper, Basil & Provolone Sandwiches brushed with garlic infused olive oil. Oooh yeah!
From Cook and Be Merry

Source: via Tammy on Pinterest
Philly cheese steak recipe that packs a top-shelf punch. This looks so yummy!
From Patio Daddio BBQ

Do you make creative sandwiches?  If you have an original recipe or tradition, please send me a link to it. I would love to try it out.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Challenge: Greatly Reducing the Food Budget

Photo from Nourished Kitchen

Our family has started off this new year of 2012 with some financial challenges, thus impacting our food budget severely. It just so happens to be when meat prices seem to have increase by 50%!  I have thus been on a mission this week to find creative ways to feed our family of 7/8 on a tight, tight budget. I say mission because these meals have to be easy enough to throw together throughout the week for this working mom of six. (sigh)

Some of the ways I hope to greatly reduce my food budget immediately are:
1.  I will again employ a weekly menu to help reduce overbuying of extras at the grocery store. 
2.  We will have one meatless meal every week.
3.  We will have a sandwich and soup meal one night each week.
4.  We will have a breakfast for dinner meal one night each week.
5.  We will incorporate more beans into our menus.

I don't know....I am still working on this.  

I am using my Pinterest to "pin" some meals I am hoping will help us out in this crunch time. I shall post some of them here as I am able along with the links to some terrific blogs I have found through Pinterest and Foodgawker.

I hope you look forward to these upcoming posts!  There are some good ones coming with some terrific links.

How do you stretch your food budget?

Fantabulous Kitchen Helps

Pullout Perforated Organizer with Hooks modern cabinet and drawer organizers

Who doesn't have a wasted nook in between cabinets? I love this idea for hanging kitchen utensils.Harbor Breeze Eastview Aged Bronze Ceiling Fan modern ceiling fans

modern ceiling fans design by Lowes

What an AMAZING kitchen ceiling fan!!

Rev-A-Shelf In-Cabinet Chrome Cabinet Organizer modern cabinet and drawer organizers
modern cabinet and drawer organizers design by Lowes

Fit twice the amount of pans in one small space. Perfect. 

Kitchen Remodel
spaces design by san francisco interior designer Justrich Design

This drawer is deep, which makes it perfect for these tall airtight storage containers.

Spice Drawer Insert by Omega National  cabinet and drawer organizers
cabinet and drawer organizers design by chicago kitchen and bath Rebekah Zaveloff

I love these drawer spice inserts for any kitchen. These wood ones can be trimmed to fit, but there are also adjustable plastic ones available.

Rev-A-Shelf Wood Trimmable Knife Block Drawer Insert  cabinet and drawer organizers

I love drawer inserts! They make organizing SO much easier. This great little knife block insert will give you plenty of storage for all of your cutlery needs.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Shoes Shoes Shoes

Shoes.  There's something about them. 

I own four pairs.  Yep plus a flip flop or two. But that doesn't stop me from adoring them.  
Check out these beauties!!

So,  how many pairs of shoes do you own??

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Funky Magazine Racks

Need a place to corral those magazines? There are some super trendy storage opportunities our there.  Watch out for those price tags though.

Gumps - Woven Leather Magazine Rack

Kinda cool ones aren't they?