Try this ASAP! Pork shoulder steaks!

I usually struggle to get my kids to eat pork, unless it’s bacon or sausage of course! I love pork chops and pork steaks but haven’t really found that magic way of cooking them that everyone loved! I tried this recipe tonight and it was REALLY well received by all! 

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce 
  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 pork steaks

I used 2 really large pork shoulder steaks and reduced the extra liquid after cooking and we used it as a gravy. YUM!!!

Directions

Melt butter in large deep sided skillet, mix in soy sauce, sautée the green onions  and garlic until just browned. 

Place the pork steaks in the skillet, cover, and cook 8 to 10 minutes on each side, Remove cover, and continue cooking 10 minutes, or to an internal temperature of 145 degrees F (63 degrees C).

Lessons

I made two mistakes yesterday. Let’s start with the obvious one, I committed Skin Care sin number one and went to bed with all my makeup on 😂 (You thought it was going to be about the hair didn’t you, that’s some priceless bed head) I’m sure my skin will forgive me this once, check out that mascara though, I’m a stomach sleeper and there’s no smeared, smudged black all over my eyes and cheeks! Yes! 

Anyway, the real lesson learned from yesterday. I got hit with a really severe headache while out shopping Friday afternoon, I still needed to function for some things we had planned so I made it home and took ibuprofen, applied some peppermint oil and had some coffee. Those three together usually help bring me out of a bad headache (they didn’t really touch it). But because I was frazzled and also super hungry I also started snacking. On, you guessed it… carbs. Then we ordered pizza for dinner 🍕 hey I’m giving myself credit here for going for the thin crust. And then I had birthday cake that night. 

On any given day, none of these things alone would have been too horribly detrimental, but all of it together after being very strict with my carbs this week meant I woke up feeling like an absolute mess. I literally felt hung over. Bloated and miserable stomach, groggy and in a REALLY bad mood. 

How many more time will I need to “mess up” before I learn permanently that my body just needs to be away from carbs. Like, totally away from them! I guess all life lessons take time for us to learn!

Back on it today tracking my digestible carbs to be sure I’m staying under my target 🎯 and because I believe there’s a positive in every situation I am ending with that. I am proud of myself that I am right back on it the next day rather than crashing and being depressed about my mistake and eating poorly for several days. That’s a huge win! 

You’re Beautiful Without all that makeup

“You are beautiful without all that makeup.” How many times have you heard someone say this? I understand the intention behind that statement. It’s meant to tell you that you can feel confident without wearing makeup. (Or worse, sometimes it’s a back handed compliment meant to shame you for making the choice to wear makeup) Yes, I can feel confident without makeup. However, I love wearing it. I love the creativity it brings to my day. I love all the beautiful colors. I love how it makes me feel. Somehow we have confused wearing makeup with wanting to hide who we are. A woman who wears makeup is NO less confident then the woman who doesn’t. It’s one way she expresses herself, and I would venture to say, you are actually getting to see more of who she really is when she has her face done. 

Makeup is NOT a mask. 
Makeup is art.
Makeup is passion.

Makeup is expression.

It’s not just about the scale

Well, the number on the scale isn’t dropping a whole heck of a lot lately BUT I’m definitely feeling and looking a little slimmer and I feel amazing. That’s what counts! It’s just a number! I do weigh myself daily. I do this for several reasons, I’d say unless you’re able to look at that number without emotion don’t weigh so frequently. It keeps me focused, it’s a daily reminder that I’m in this for the long haul and exact day is a new commitment. For me I like seeing how I respond to foods and how my weight naturally fluctuates. I can use these along with my food journal to see problems as they come up or foods I might need to stay away from. It’s all learning what your body responds to and needs! There’s no diet book or program out there that has the perfect magic recipe for everyone! For me, I am pullin pieces from many different things I have read or tried throughout the years. And I am definitely sticking with the Low Carb way of life!!! 

The Subtle Difference That Makes a Huge Difference

There’s nothing like a half face selfie to show off the power of makeup! In my case, I love showing how simple and subtle makeup can have a not so subtle effect. I love my Touch Mineral Liquid Foundation because I don’t feel like I’m wearing anything but to look at my skin it’s evened out and just looks refreshed and brighter. Adding something to the brows is also an essential for me when I do my makeup! It finishes the look and frames the eyes! Your brows don’t need to be perfectly made up, just a slight tint and grooming them a little makes a huge impact!

My product list for this look is:

  • Touch Glorious Primer
  • Touch Mineral Liquid Foundation (Chiffon)
  • Addiction Shadow Palette (number 3: shades Smitten, Flippant, Cheeky
  • Stiff Upper Lip Lip Stain (Shy)
  • Precision Brow Gel (Medium)
  • 3D Fiber Lashes+ (New formula)

The Great Going Out Decision

You could say this is a sign of getting older. Except that isn’t the case with me. I have been this way for as long as I can remember. I love going out. I love being around people I know and love, and usually I love meeting and getting to know new people. I also hate going out, having to make the effort to get dressed up and talk to people and do social things. I am well aware of the paradox. This happens to me on a regular basis. When faced with the opportunity to go out, my brain goes into over drive trying to decide what’s best. Don’t want to miss a good time, but what if I go out and wish I had just stayed home to chill. What if I stay home and wish I had gone out?

Thankfully, (well I guess I should say thankfully because it’s a good thing we agree on this) I am married to someone who also doesn’t care too much about the whole going out thing.

Picture this scenario:  You’re married with 2 young children. The grandparents are taking the kids out for the day and keeping them over night. WHAT!? Yes, it’s real. I’ll give you a minute to process that first.

Well of COURSE you are going to go out right? It’s the thing to do, right? Except usually my feelings of “Yes, let’s go out” turn into “actually, I just want to get some take away and stay home and watch a movie on the couch” The silence is just far too appealing to me!

But then I start to feel guilty. Well, we so rarely get this chance. We really SHOULD go out! Well… who says? I mean really, who says? There’s no law that says you must go out and be social. So why do we feel like such losers when we make the choice to stay in? Social media is filled with sarcastic posts about grown up “wild” Friday nights spent in PJs with a netflix movie and a few glasses of wine. There is always some implied guilt or judgement that it’s uncool or loser-ish.

Want to know how I see it? It’s perfectly cool to want to stay home. It doesn’t mean you hate people or don’t want to be part of society. It just means that you are content with yourself and value a nice quiet night in. Learning to be ourselves without feeling apologetic can be really difficult. Don’t make it harder on yourself than it needs to be. Do what you want and don’t criticize yourself based on your perceived expectations. Something most of us need a reminder of just about every day.

Low Carb Cabbage Casserole

This one was a surprise!!! It looked interesting to me so I made it as a side to pork chops and it was really good! Husband loved it and one out of two kids approved. I’ll take that! Adding this to my LCHF recipe stash! I forgot to take my own photo so this is the one from the website I originally got the recipe! DoetDoctor.com

Ingredients For 4 large servings

Cabbage casserole

2 lbs green cabbage

1 onion

2 garlic cloves

3¼ oz. butter

1¼ cups heavy whipping cream

5 1⁄3 tablespoons sour cream or crème fraiche

1⁄3 lb cream cheese

1 tablespoon ranch seasoning

1 teaspoon salt

1 pinch ground black pepper

1⁄3 lb shredded cheese

Instructions 

Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Shred onion, garlic and green cabbage with a sharp knife or a mandolin slicer, or in a food processor.

Heat a large frying pan and add butter. Sauté the vegetables soft for 10 minutes without letting them turn brown.

Add heavy cream, sour cream, cream cheese and spices. Stir thoroughly and let simmer for another 5–10 minutes.

Pour into a baking dish. Sprinkle the cheese on top and bake for 20 minutes.

Yum!

Opulence Lipstick Gallery

16 shades of lipstick heaven! This stuff converted me to being a lipstick lover! I am not even kidding you! It’s super creamy and soft, moisturizing, doesn’t tug or pull when I apply it, and it doesn’t bleed or feather and lasts a really long time! Here’s my gallery of all the shades!

Check out all 15 shades of Opulence Lipstick on my Younique Website!

 

That wagon gets slippery sometimes!

Staying “on the wagon” has always been my struggle. Always. I struggle with emotional eating (don’t most of us?) when things get stressful for me it’s hard to not turn to food. I am 10 pounds down in 3 weeks, I must be real with myself and see that as a positive rather than dwelling on the fact that the last few days have been a struggle. Tomorrow is a new day and all of that, right? All I can do it try each day to do better than the last. Despite some wobbles I have still kept completely clear of bread, candy, sweets and pop. That is an accomplishment worth celebrating!  Keeping it positive! 

Amy’s Really Green Tuna Salad

Despite two of my first three recipes being tuna, I promise you I do eat other things! This concoction was born out of the need to use some of my avocados that are fast approaching “over ripe” status. This is my second time making this and it’s delicious! You could easily make it with chicken instead of tuna. Or maybe chicken AND bacon? Whoa, mind = blown.

img_8932Ingredients:
4oz Tuna, drained
2 small stalks celery, chopped
1 mini cucumber, chopped
1 very ripe avocado, smashed
1 green onion, chopped
2 T mayo
Sale and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Serve on Baby Spinach

Recipe: Get ready this is a technical one…
Add all your ingredients and mix it up. Use more or less Mayo for your taste. This is so simple and so amazing. The lemon juice gives it such a nice tang. It would also be great served with some Oopsie Bread (Recipe here)

Let me know what you think when you try it!