Ancestry DNA, Should I, or Shouldn’t I? And Do We Have the Right to Know About Our Ancestors?

DNA testing for genealogy seems to be all the craze now.  Some jump on the bandwagon and take the tests right away, others seem more hesitant.  How will the results be used?  Is our information really private?  What if I find out something … unexpected?!

All of these same questions went through my mind.  Ultimately though, I did take the test, through Ancestry.  My sisters and father took it as well.  And the results?  Well, my dad is my dad, and my sisters are my sisters, no surprise there. 😉 Continue reading “Ancestry DNA, Should I, or Shouldn’t I? And Do We Have the Right to Know About Our Ancestors?”

Chicken Salad – Low Carb/Keto Friendly

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This is a simple low-carb/keto friendly lunch idea.  I used 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts that once cooked and chopped, weighed 15 ounces before adding the other ingredients. Continue reading “Chicken Salad – Low Carb/Keto Friendly”

The Complete Tightwad Gazette

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"Sitting on Books | stephsneckofthewoods.com"Title: The Complete Tightwad Gazette
Author: Amy Dacyczyn (aka The Frugal Zealot)
Category:  Non-fiction
Genre: Thrifty Tips
Format: Softcover, 959 pages
How did I get this book: I purchased this book many years ago
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Overview: Promoting Thrift as a Viable Alternative Lifestyle.
The author established herself as the expert of economy.  The Complete Tightwad Gazette brings together all her best ideas and thriftiest thinking into one volume, along with new articles never published before this book format. Continue reading “The Complete Tightwad Gazette”

DIY – Body Butter

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What is better than a body butter that begins to melt as soon as it touches your skin,  providing moisture and support throughout your day,  helping to prevent chafing, itching and dryness, as well as supporting various “issues” when combined with appropriately chosen essential oils.

This body butter recipe is a combination of many recipes I have found (and used) over the years. I took all the best parts and found the combo that works well me. Continue reading “DIY – Body Butter”

Banana Bread in the Sun Oven

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Who doesn’t love fruit breads?  Apple, blueberry, mixed berry, banana etc., all yummy! Today, we made banana bread, and since it was bright and sunny outside (for the most part), it was a perfect day to use the Sun Oven.

Below is our favorite fruit bread recipe.  Today, I tried the recipe with sugar alternatives.  I did use all purpose flour, so this batch is not a low carb friendly bread.  Maybe I will try it with alternative flours next time. Continue reading “Banana Bread in the Sun Oven”

Brush Your Teeth

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If you have a challenge with snacking, shortly after a meal, try this trick.  Brush your teeth.

I was one of the many people who find themselves snacking shortly (within 30 minutes) after a meal.  But why?  

Sometimes boredom, other times the “fullness” of the meal had passed, and I felt it was time for something sweet.  Yes, unfortunately, the snacks were rarely healthy. Continue reading “Brush Your Teeth”

DIY – Body Powder

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Who has not used body powder at some time in their lives?  As a baby, a child after a bath, or as an adult, to help with chafing, etc.  But is commercial baby powder safe?  Read more about it here.

For the last few years, I have been making a safe, DIY body powder.  So simple to make, with all the benefits of a commercial powder and none of the worries. Continue reading “DIY – Body Powder”

Almond Milk

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Almond Milk is an excellent substitute for use in baking, with morning coffee, or as a general dairy alternative, in a low carb/keto lifestyle.  Do you use it?  It is a fabulous choice!

Many commercial brands are less than ideal though.  One popular brand on the market contains the following ingredients:

ALMONDMILK (FILTERED WATER, ALMONDS), CONTAINS LESS THAN 2% OF: VITAMIN & MINERAL BLEND (CALCIUM CARBONATE, VITAMIN E ACETATE, VITAMIN A PALMITATE, VITAMIN D2), SEA SALT, NATURAL FLAVOR, LOCUST BEAN GUM, GELLAN GUM, ASCORBIC ACID (TO PROTECT FRESHNESS).

CONTAINS ALMOND.

What is “Natural Flavoring” anyway?  (Not to mention the other ingredients) Continue reading “Almond Milk”

Low Carb Skillet Chili

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This easy low carb chili can be eaten alone or with hot dogs.  A bunless chili dog topped with cheese would be a yummy quick lunch or dinner. Continue reading “Low Carb Skillet Chili”

Whisps – A Favorite Low Carb/Keto Snack

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I recently found a new favorite snack … Whisps.  Such a wonderful little crunch, that fits perfectly into my low carb/keto lifestyle.  The multipack arrived today, so three of us in the household decided to find out which variety was our favorite.

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Three of us tried the crisps:
Myself –  Currently following a low carb/keto lifestyle
My husband – Currently doing Weigh Watchers
My 24 yr. old son – Eats an average diet, anything, and everything. Continue reading “Whisps – A Favorite Low Carb/Keto Snack”