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1  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Need ideas for a really weird diet. Please read because I need help desperately on: May 10, 2017 06:15:55 AM
My family is filled with lots of dietary issues, and I am going quietly insane trying to come up with ideas that are in compliance with all of the issues, without breaking the bank or my mind.   

Here are the criteria I am working with: 
1) diabetes- my teenage daughter and husband
2) egg allergy- myself
and the biggest one:
3) a very specific diet for my 11 year old son:  2070 minimum calories a day (max of 2330) to be broken up among 4-6 meals as follows:
                           a) 12-15 grams of fiber per day, broken up among the 4-6 meals
                           b) between 50-55 grams of fat per day
                           c) 38 grams of protein per day
                           d) fruits and vegetables must be skinless, seedless, non-fibrous, and cooked to soft or pureed.
                           e) the only grains allowed are white flour and white rice as well as a small amount of pasta.
                           f) no beans/legumes
                           g) the only nuts allowed are nut butters, which can not include hazelnut
                           h) also, he has a shellfish allergy.

This diet goes against everything I have EVER been taught about nutrition. 

We are "too rich" for food stamps, but we have a rough budget of $125 every two weeks for groceries, with a massive stock up done every couple of months.    In other words, we are working poor, and can't have crazy expensive ingredients.

I make my own stocks and things like that, so I know how to make things stretch. 

I desperately need ideas for meals, because it has reached the point that we eat "baked chicken with white rice" two to three times a week, and mix it up with "red sauce with insert shape of pasta here".

Thank you so much for your time in reading this. 

2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Glowing web hoopla on: May 13, 2016 03:27:40 AM
I was at the thrift store and ran across this piece of Fabric for a quarter, and fell in love with the too cute monsters and spiders, all sitting on a web. 

There wasn't a lot of it.  Something a bit more than a fat quarter, but less than a half yard.  I cut most of it up into a fat quarter, and a smallish piece was left. 

That piece stared at me on my desk for a few days, saying "PST!  You need to make a hoopla...hoopla...Hoopla...HOOPLA!" 

So, I grabbed the glow thread and did a simple stitching of the web.  Really simple, but it's going to be cute as a button on my Halloween Hoopla wall. 

Sadly, it is sideways.  Tongue

3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / My first Teesha Moore patch on: May 11, 2016 02:23:20 AM
I have been loving these TM things when they show up.  I think they are amazing, and have always coveted them.  

Well, due to circumstances that were totally under my control, I can't swap anymore, so now getting all of the cool nifty things is all on me instead of just "covet this and hope someone does it".  Edit:  it sounds like I'm whining.  I don't mean to.  I truly am totally okay with not swapping.  Smiley

On the down side: I don't get to swap very often, and can't get really cool things from others.  Sad 

On the up side:  I am digging in and learning to do the new crafts that fascinate me so much.  Smiley

Anyway, Here is my first attempt at a TM patch.  It's a little wonky and crooked, and I think that I did things out of order, but...hey, it's mine and I think it's pretty decent and will work well for the gift it is intended to become.  

4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / What's this? What's this? I finished something else??? on: February 02, 2016 03:30:56 PM
I can't believe I made TWO things in one day.  I may shock myself if I keep this up.  Smiley

5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / NCIS Abbie- finally done (with a slightly depressing twist). on: February 02, 2016 03:46:31 AM
Hi all.  I am super proud of this.  You see, about a year ago, I was part of the Second Chance Swap. 

Aaaannnd...I botched it.  Life is complex for me, sometimes, and I never really knew why.  Well, right around the same time that I had this 3/4 done, life did the thing that it does for me and I just...stopped.

I had this completed to here:

Well.  I was diagnosed with PTSD shortly thereafter. 

And I have sat there and stared at this completely pathetic 15 minutes worth of crafting, feeling terrible about myself, for about a year.

This morning, I finally did it.  It won't change the fact that I am permanently banned from swapping.  It stinks, and it stings. But, it's for the best.  I know that I have not, and most likely will not, be a reliable swap partner.  But, at least I now know why. 

Here's to always moving forward. 

Here's the final product.  I'm proud of her, and proud of me. 

6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Random jewelry I have made (pic obnoxious since it's a few things) on: February 01, 2014 10:43:09 AM
In an attempt to clear out my craft room, I have been pulling out all of the "half finished" projects and completing them. 

Here are some I finished up last night and today. 

And here are some I did awhile ago and forgot about.  Tongue

I'll post more later as I finish up more.  It's so wrong that I have kept things like "closures" keep me from doing it.  Bad crafter, no coffee!
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Some of us who wander are LOST on: February 01, 2014 10:21:20 AM
So I'm a little obsessive about LOST.  It's been a few years, and I still randomly shout "We have to go back" at my family, just because it fits the situation.

Because this obsession is still dear to my heart, I decided to make something to shout it to the world a little more quietly. 

Behold, my (still in process) Lost charm bracelet.  Sorry for the shadows, my lighting stinks..

8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / My 6 year old's lightsaber- my crafty little heart explodes with the cuteness... on: June 11, 2012 08:42:07 AM
Mods:  Please feel free to move if necessary- just a bragging mom Smiley

My son (age 6) has been admiring my hooplas that I receive in swaps, and has often lamented that I don't let him help.  Today, he made his very own light-saber.  He is super proud of it, and asked that it be put on his own "hoopla wall".

In process shot:

And the completed hoopla:

9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / My turquoise obsession.... on: June 10, 2012 08:07:50 AM
Lately I have been just crazy about the color turquoise.  I seem to gravitate toward it everywhere I go.  Well, I decided to make something so that hopefully it will get out of my head for awhile.

I have about 6 unfinished projects, but these are the three I completed so far- all are on a butterfly theme, because I had a belt that I re-purposed into several focal pieces.

It was supposed to be a necklace, bracelet and earrings, but in my desire to make it nifty, I went about 2 inches overboard and wound up with an anklet instead Tongue

Thanks for looking! C&C are much appreciated.  Smiley
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / My quest to explore the world of inchies...a rambling kind of question on: January 12, 2012 04:15:35 AM
Okay, so I have been putzing with scrapbooking for years- my pages are...boring.  I don't do all the fancy-scmancy stuff that other people do, and I'm sorta jealous, but hide it behind a facade of "that's too busy for my taste"...but I digress.

Having been on here for awhile now, I have explored this "inchie' concept with both fascination and fear.  You see, the papercrafter in me wants to Do. That. Now!  And the creative-in-the-head-not-so-much-in-practice me says...waitaminute!  You know that you are gonna botch the heck out of that and then be thoroughly annoyed.

So, I have been being patient (yeah right) and have been pulling together my tiniest of little things from all my crafting areas and piling them together, and thinking... a lot.

While cleaning out my "punches and scissors" drawer- plastic and it broke, grr- I found this punch that makes...you guessed it...squares!  While doing a happy dance because now I can quit using my paper cutter like a fiend to make little squares...
Except... I can't.  I tried it, and they aren't inch squares...they are 5/8" or so.  In my disappointment I did not measure.

So...onto the point of this posting...opinions, please:

Do "inchies" have to be an inch exactly, if you choose to join a swap?  Not that my skill set is up to a swap yet, but for future reference.

Thanks for your time and patience reading my ramble... Smiley

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