Book Review * The New 500 Low Carb Recipes

As January ends today – I am thinking about the goals I made the first of the month. One was more exercise and eating more healthy – here something to help:

Since its publication over 15 years ago, 500 Low-Carb Recipes has become a classic in the low-carb community, earning author Dana Carpender the affectionate moniker “low-carb queen” from her fans. The book is now a bestseller, with over half a million copies sold.

Low-carb cooking has evolved. A decade ago, low-carb menus relied on ingredients like artificial sweeteners, unhealthy vegetable oils, protein additives, and processed foods from grocery store shelves, like low-carb branded snack bars and packaged meals. Today’s low-carb cooking is influenced by larger food movements, such as clean eating; farm-to-table ingredients; higher fat ratios, thanks to the popularity of ketogenic diets; and less stigmatization of foods that have substantial inclusion in a low-carb diet, namely animal foods and saturated fat due to the growth of the Paleo and traditional foods movements. The New 500 Low-Carb Recipes is the beloved cookbook updated for today’s low-carb movement. 

About the Author

Dana Carpender (Bloomington, Indiana) is a pioneer of the low-carb movement and best-selling author of over 14 cookbooks, including The New 500 Low-Carb Recipes,1001 Low-Carb Recipes500 Paleo Recipes15-Minute Low-Carb RecipesThe Low-Carb Diabetes Solution Cookbook200 Low-Carb, High-Fat RecipesThe Low-Carb Diabetes SolutionThe Insulin Resistance Solution500 Ketogenic Recipes, and many more. To date, her books have sold over a million copies worldwide. She writes about low-carb cooking and nutrition on her Facebook page, Dana Carpender’s Hold the Toast Press. 

Net Galley Book Review :

As the New Year begins one of my goals was eating better and being healthy but in a tasty way. And this book has a great selection of recipes to try and accomplish my goal. The cookbook is filled with information ( gluten free or dairy free) and for anyone on the keto diet you can find some additional information and recipes here. Low Carb has come a long way and now it also taste good and good for you. Lisa

In the Kitchen : Easy Chinese Soup

Welcome to the last day of January and its only fitting today recipes are some of my family’s favorite cold weather soups : So Soup is on! Lets Cook-

  • 3 C chicken broth
  • 1 T cornstarch
  • 2 T cold water
  • 1 Large egg /slightly beaten
  • 1 green onion sliced
  • In a large saucepan, bring broth to a boil over medium heat. Combine cornstarch and water until smooth; gradually stir into broth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  • Reduce heat. Drizzle beaten egg into hot broth, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat; stir in onion.

Easy Chinese Chicken Noodle Soup

  • 4 C Chicken stock ( homemade is best)
  • Left over cook chicken meat
  • Chinese Noodles (fresh or package)
  • 2 Trees of Bok Choy
  • Salt,Pepper and green onions sliced fine

Heat chicken broth -add meat . Then cook noodles in water until almost done-add bok choy leaves and finish cooking. In a soup bowl place sliced green onions -chicken stock/meat and Add Noodles. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Cooking Hint :

If you can’t find fresh noodles, packaged wheat or egg noodles will work well. You can even use rice noodles or maifun. Dry lo mein will work, too.

When you use dry noodles, always refer to the instructions on the packaging to prepare the noodles.

Chinese New Year Kids Crafts

Welcome to Wednesday !

And today I am share some fun children crafts for Chinese New Year -My husband is an American Born Chinese but both of his parents are immigrants to the USA. He enjoys passing on his family traditions and customs to our family and others. This was my sons class in elementary school . He told them about the holiday and shared food and we made crafts.

Cupcake paper Dragon

  • 12 paper cupcake holders (folded in half)
  • Construction paper in red and gold- for Face.
  • Base paper and Glue

Make the dragon face and horns , and attach the folded cupcake papers to each other in a curve shape.

Paper Plate Fan :

  • White paper plate cut in half
  • sticks for handles /with string
  • Red paint / gold decorations
  • glue,tape and sharpie to write symbols

Paint half of paper plat e with Red paint . Make handles and attach on the back with tape. Decorate with gold sequins and write symbols on fan.

Fun Color Pages :

This title has everything you need for a classroom celebration of the Chinese New Year or a study of the country of China and their culture.

We include reproducible paper bag puppets (dragon and panda), dragon-shaped stationery, Chinese lanterns, figurines featuring traditional Chinese dress, a pretend firecracker, flash cards, book cover, fan-folded paper dragon, and so much more! Complete instructions also provide a background and history of the holiday, as well as a story for the students concerning the naming of the years in China.

This unit also contains material that can be used at other times of the year! A traditional Chinese hat (that the students can actually wear!), paper masks, a model of the Forbidden City, a map of China, the Chinese flag and money….

Your students will even learn to speak Chinese! Included are flip booklets to teach the numbers to 10 and the colors of the rainbow. Various other projects also include the Chinese term and character!

Book Tour : Chronicles of a Hero

Let’s Welcome author : Jaime Buckley’s Author of Chronicles of a Hero :

Prelude to a Hero Chronicles of a Hero Book 1 by Jaime Buckley Genre: YA Fantasy

Nerd. Introvert. He was the hero they never knew they wanted. All Wendell hoped for was a decent job, a hot new car and a girlfriend to match. What he got was the mantle of a legendary hero, the heart of a girl who had no idea who he really was…and a diamond bigger than his fist. What could possibly go wrong? Prelude to a Hero is book one in the Chronicles of a Hero series, by Jaime Buckley. If you enjoyed Tiffany Aching, Harry Potter or Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, then you’ll love this humorous, original epic fantasy, packed with magic, mystery and sharp kicks to the funny bone. “I’m already a HUGE fan of fantasy fiction, this book appealed to me as I felt it would be something new and unique… I wasn’t left disappointed!”**only 99 cents**Goodreads * Amazon

Race to Til-Thorin Chronicles of a Hero Book 2

Dream girls. Fried snails. A 30” bodyguard with pink ponytails. Being a hero comes with learning curves. The curve of a hip. The curve of a sword. The curve of a sucker punch as it connects with your face. It wouldn’t be so bad if Wendell had professionals to help him. Instead, he’s stuck with a feisty gnome, a senile old wizard and a green skinned, cigar-smoking babysitter to guide him. Is it too late to quit? Fans of epic fantasy will cheer Wendell on as the Chronicles of a Hero series continues in book two. Those who enjoy the world building skills of J.R.R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling and Brandon Sanderson will surely get addicted to this original new world. Feed your fantasy needs and grab your copy today! “I have not laughed so hard in a long time. I don’t KNOW how long it’s been. Just when the tension is about to make my heart pop, Chuck or Dax or a situation will pop up and make you laugh.”Goodreads * Amazon

Into the Fire Chronicles of a Hero Book 3

Stranded, alone…with a tree sticking out of his bellybutton. Wendell’s task is simple: get to Til-Thorin Keep. No problem. Add to that no map, no help and no flippin’ idea where he is and you have a day in the life of our hero. Oh wait—we forgot to add the army of cannibals now nipping at his heels. It just might be the death of him. Elemental magic and nail-biting action are what you can expect in book three of Chronicles of a Hero. Fans of Dragonlance and The Hobbit will love this new addition to the series. Don’t wait to grab your copy—buy one today! “I think this book will be well-liked by those who like Harry Potter, but I think it goes to a new level where those who didn’t like Harry Potter can still love this book!”Goodreads * Amazon

Trench Wars Chronicles of a Hero Book 4

Wizards. Elves. Giant Robots with Automatic Weapons. Wendell is dying for a change of scenery, but Clockworks City has a ban on all outsiders. It’s a law punishable by death. So how does a 5’ 10” human hide among 1.5 BILLION gnomes? By competing in the #1 televised extreme sport in the country, of course. Enjoy bullets, babes and a bowl of mushroom soup as this series jumps from humorous fantasy to comical science fiction! If you enjoy a good laugh, intense action and unexpected endings, you’ll love book four in the Chronicles of a Hero series. Grab your copy and keep the epic buzz going! “(got yelled at by mom to put my Nook away all week….*sigh*) It was that good.” Goodreads * Amazon

Second Chances Chronicles of a Hero Book 5

Fame. Fortune. Thrown into the City incinerator. Wendell’s chance at the title was always a long shot. Since then he’s been on TV, Radio and even has the attention of The Church. Fact is, he’s more popular than ever. So why are people trying to kill him? (It’s the cheesy goatee, isn’t it.) Second Chances is book 5 in Jaime Buckley’s Chronicles of a Hero series. Laugh, cheer and bite your nails as this epic fantasy takes you on a crazy ride, twisting down ramps and out a back window! Pick up a copy today! “You know you have found a great book when you want to slap the author and give the author a hug at the same time, when you take some of the plot turns personally.” Goodreads * Amazon

The Truth About Lies Chronicles of a Hero Book 6

Caught. Tortured. Scheduled for execution. Any Questions?. Wendell and Dax are exposed and the gnomes of Clockwork City are freaking out. Are they spies? Is this an invasion? Was this all just a terror tactic to get gnomes to pay their taxes? Now with Wendell under arrest and Dax under armed guard, it’s going to take a pardon from President Shrub to set them free. Good thing Chuck’s planning to kidnap his kids. The Truth About Lies is book six in the Chronicles of a Hero series by Jaime Buckley. The series that makes you laugh, squirm, grit your teeth and has you begging for more. Make sure to grab yourself a copy! “I loved this book because it takes a misfit who was never really liked or appreciated and it shows the beginning of the process of him unlocking his potential and becoming something greater than anyone would have imagined for such a small, insignificant person.”Goodreads * Amazon

The Price of Fame Chronicles of a Hero Book 7

Honest Politicians. Humane Terrorists. Religious Devils.Then it gets confusing… Wendell’s learned that gnomes are just as irritating and dangerous as humans…they just come in smaller packaging. Citizens are rebelling, the government’s collapsing, the Church is selling off the poor and Dax’s head on the chopping block. All Chuck needs to get everyone home is a city wide diversion, a flying S.L.A.G., four lawyers, a hand grenade…and a tiny bit of string. It feels good when a plan comes together! The Price of Fame is book seven in the Chronicles of a Hero series by author Jaime Buckley. If you love a good laugh and incredible plot twists to keep you guessing, this book will curl your toes and put a smirk on your face! “…packed with wild imaginations and inspirations. It’s a rarity that a YA book contains the combination of those three things but Wanted: Hero has them. Seriously, you don’t want to miss reading this book in your lifetime.”Goodreads * Amazon**Special Tour Promo!!**

Get all 8 books + 2 Wallpapers for only $9.99!!Order HERE!

Jaime Buckley married young, winning the heart of a beautiful Samoan princess

and together, they had 12 amazing children.

One of the original ‘lost boys’ of Peter Pan, Jaime never truly grew up. Though he is respected as a traditional father figure, he still enjoys late night conversations with Santa Clause, flirting with the Tooth Fairy and has an occasional beer with Bigfoot. Wizards and warriors seek his counsel while monsters tremble at the mention of his name. An accomplished writer and illustrator of all things fictional, Jaime has a passion to entertain and uplift. He loves God, his country, his family and continues to expand his influence and friendships by stepping onto the Twitch platform as a Creative streamer. Jaime can always be found through Wanted Hero, his greatest project, and passion. Website * Web Store * Facebook * Facebook * Twitter * Google+Pinterest * Instagram * Youtube * Twitch * Amazon * Goodreads

Follow the tour HERE for exclusive excerpts, guest posts and a giveaway!

Three amazing prizes!!! #1)A one-of-a-kind full color HD character sketch from the books–of ANY character the winner wants, created in a live stream session and autographed to the winner by name. (a $300 value) #2) a PDF copy of the first 5 unedited chapters of Chronicles of a Hero, Book 8: Howling Shadows (scheduled to be released fall 2019) #3) A digital copy of ‘An Unsolvable Problem’ (any format)–the Origin Story of Dax, one of the main characters of the Chronicles of a Hero story (not available for sale). a Rafflecopter giveaway

Memo to self: Don’t forget to Destroy the Universe.

Meet the Author in this Guest Post :

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There’s an exciting aspect of writing novels that I have become addicted to: research.

I love learning about new things, places, people, events, science and the list goes on. But there’s a side effect to this grand adventure in expanding your brain and that’s awareness.

Wanted Hero has been on my mind and on my lips as stories for children and adults alike for decades, but it never occurred to me, being a story with a great deal of humor, obnoxiousness, puns, danger and magic, that aspects of it truly didn’t make sense.

Thank heaven for awesome wives who catch things like this before books go to print!

My desire is always to help you lose yourself in the adventures. Show you the wonderful cities and ancient glyphs, ride the wild beasts of forgotten realms…and believe in the end that it just might exist after all.

That takes more than just smiling when a clever reader asks you ‘why?‘ or ‘how is that possible?

The answer can’t always be “it’s magic“.

Not only does that become anticlimactic, it’s flat out lame IMO.

Enter “the wife”. The brilliant woman who says I’m the creator, but she’s the ‘organizer‘.

(I love when she says that…)

When I got out the years of notes to do the novel series, we agreed that no matter how long it took to release the first book, it would be the foundation to set the stage for the rest of the adventure.

A sure and solid foundation that worked, made sense and instilled a “WOW!” factor when it came to the Universe.

It also meant, that I had to realize many of the creations developed and even used in the comic version of the story, simply didn’t work in novel form.

This was an epic blow to me mentally and emotionally—because I’d spent years on those comics and they flew off my website faster than I ever could have imagined. So why wouldn’t it work in a novel, right?


I couldn’t draw everything I had in my mind, regardless of skill level. Yet in words, the FX department of my mind has an unlimited budget!

So where a simple revision might take days, weeks or even months, this has become a daily adventure as a writer. So far I have written the equivalent of nearly four times the size of the novel itself (which is roughly 120,000 words), just in NOTES.

And we’re not done yet.

The biggest discovery so far, has been The Universe.

Studying how stars work, their classifications, light, distance, habitable planets, etc….ALL tell me that my desire to have a single system with the multiple planets doesn’t work.

At least not in the fashion this story is meant to be told.


The answer? I now have to rewrite the entire structure and foundation history the story was based on and what The Great Sundering means, the events, people, cultures, conflicts and the end results of where the colonies end up.

Do I create new lands or races now? Do I create special plants, animals and magic with unique dynamics?

Double and TRIPLE Ouch.

Best part is, the deadline is Monday!

So hang tight my friends, this just gets better and better and I assure you, you’re going to be impressed.

Memo to Self: Don’t forget to buy milk, eggs, wash van, then destroy the Universe.

What’s Your Sign ? Chinese Astrology 2019

Did you know that Feb 5th starts Chinese New Year ? And this Year we celebrate the Year of the Pigs !
The Chinese Zodiac, known as Sheng Xiao, is based on a twelve-year cycle, each year in that cycle related to an animal sign. These signs are the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig.

Did you know that : Pigs are relatively calm when facing trouble. No matter how difficult the problems are Pigs encounter, they can handle things properly and carefully. They have a great sense of responsibility to finish what they are engaged in. Perfect for theme for this year – want to know more read this :

What does 2019, Chinese Year of the Earth Pig have in store for you? Will your family prosper? Will our dreams start to become reality? We all wonder about the future. This book is a comprehensive guide to what is coming up for you in 2019. Chinese Astrologer, Feng Shui Expert, and Author Donna Stellhorn’s popular annual series of predictions and Feng Shui cures is now in its eighth year. She does the research and offers the most useful insights into the things you can do to improve your luck in the areas of love, money, career and much more. Her instructions are based on thousand-year-old traditions, and are easy to follow once you are aware of them. And they work!

You can increase your good fortune, your good luck potential, and attract what you want into your life. This year Chinese Astrology 2019, Year of the Earth Pig includes predictions for every month for each and every Chinese Zodiac sign. 

You’ll find tips on these topics and many more:
* Finding new love or supporting your existing relationship
* Financial opportunities and career/job prospects
* Home and family (as well as tips for increasing fertility energy)
* Energy surrounding legal matters and education
* You and your family’s protection and safety, and much more!

You’ll have access to this comprehensive information, right at your fingertips!

In “Chinese Astrology: 2019 Year of the Earth Pig” you will find more than just predictions. You’ll find easy-to-follow guidelines to help you work with specific Feng Shui Cures for each individual Chinese Zodiac Sign. 

This book also contains:
* Mercury Retrograde dates and tips
* Solar and Lunar Eclipse dates and information
* 2019 Flying Star predictions

Chinese New Year begins early February 2019, but that’s just the beginning of this exciting year! You’ll want to know how to bring in luck, love and prosperity energy all year long.

This is the best book you will find that reveals forecasts for every aspect of your life in the coming year 2019. “Chinese Astrology: 2019 Year of the Earth Pig” will be your invaluable tool on the way to reaching the next level of personal success and fulfillment.

Author Donna Stellhorn has included two special bonus sections in this book. First, the bonus chapter on the 144 compatibility combinations in Chinese astrology can help you find out who you click with; and then you can discover tips about the best things to do when you want a relationship with someone to work out. 

Another chapter explores how to work with gemstones and crystals, and offers instructions on how to energize them. You can use this information to make the crystals and gemstones you already own more powerful and more effective. 

Imagine yourself a year from now…you’re at a party, talking to some people you’ve just met. They are frustrated and worried about their jobs, their relationships, and whether or not they will have the money they need in the future. You listen and sympathize but inside, you feel very happy and very blessed. Why? Because a year ago you took the time to review what was ahead for you. You took some simple steps to improve your situation. You took action to create positive luck for yourself and your loved ones. Now you are in a whole new place in your life. And it feels great! 

Do you know your birth sign ? Find Here

My sign is :

I am a Rat married to a Rooster with a true Dragon son. Comment with your sign . Lisa Jung

New Year Craft goal update :

January is almost over – how have your New Year goals are going. One of mine was to re learn a new craft/Hobby that I had not done in a while. And crocheting is one I haven’t done in ages. Let’s start with a basic granny square – something I learned to do as a teenagers :

Directions : These are just the basic but if you google Granny Squares you will find You Tube and patterns online.

Stitch Guide:

Chain (Ch) – Double crochet (DC) -slip stitch (SL)

Basic Pattern :

Make a slip knot ch 4, join in furthest ch from hook to form a ring. Center circle
Chain (ch) 2. Crochet 2 double crochet (dc) into the center of the ring, ch 1, *3 dc, ch 1* (repeat 2 more times). Connect to first dc (not top of the chain) with a slip stitch,

Round 2: Ch 2, turn. 2 dc into space below ch, ch 1, 3 dc into space. This will make your first of four corners. Below next chain (in the gap between the 3 dc clusters) crochet *3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc* (repeat 2 more times, for a total of four corners). Connect to the first dc with a sl st.

Round 3: Ch 2, turn. 2 dc into space below ch. In the corner space, 3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc (for your first corner). *3 dc in the next space, in the corner 3 dc, ch 1, 3dc* repeat 2 more times. Connect to first dc with a sl st.

Round 4: Ch 2, turn. 2 dc into space below ch. In the corner space, 3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc (for your first corner). *3 dc in the next 2 spaces, in the corner 3 dc, ch 1, 3dc* repeat 2 more times. 3 dc into the final space. Connect to first dc with a sl st.

You can make as may rows as you want and make the square solid color or each row connect another color of yarn to the square. Lisa

* I took the Crafting Resulution Challenge with Craft Blog Club #craftblogclub

Whatever your crafting resolution, this challenge is hopefully the motivation to get you started.

On twitter:

The Rules:

  • Learn a new craft, or,
  • Try a new technique within a craft you already enjoy, or,
  • Use that new machine / craft tool you haven’t taken out of the box yet, or,
  • Pick up a craft you haven’t done in a long time.

Road trip time * Gumbo cook off

Hi Monday Readers ! Today’s road trip with Tom and Lisa we are in Opealousas for the annual Gumbo cook off held this weekend .

French:les Opelousas) is a small city in St, Landry parish. Which takes its name from the Native American tribe that had occupied the area before Europeans arrived in the Territory in 1690. Home to many spice company its comely known as being -Perfectly Seasoned .

The 13th annual Opelousas Gumbo Cook-Off heats up with live music, a kids’ activity area, silent and live auctions, food, drinks, dancing, and, of course, lots of gumbo—all held in downtown Opelousas. Prizes are awarded for first, second, and third place; and the winner receives a specially designed Gumbo Cook-Off Champ Paddle from last year’s champ.
Winners will be announced at 4 pm. All proceeds will benefit a local child and family who are burdened with medical and related expenses.

Monday’s Recipe :

So get ready and Cook :  Chicken and Okra Gumbo

  • 1-3 lb chicken cut up
  • 2 large onions chopped
  • 1 lb okra sliced
  • 2 quarts of water
  • 1 medium green pepper
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Salt & pepper chicken and brown until golden brown. in a large pot with oil. Remove chicken from post and add onions,okra,green peppers and fcook slowly until soft About 1 hour. Add in water and chicken -cook another hour. Taste for seasoning, And serve with hite rice.

Please help?

Okay Iam thinking about opening a Etsy’s shop in the coming months.

Yes or No ? Good or Bad experience? Is it worth the bother?

Drop me your shop link! Thanks lisa

Book Review : A women’s battle for Grace

Sunday’s book is wonderful book to read or give. :

When Guilt Wages War,
Fight for Grace

Christian women repeatedly fall into the trap of self-condemnation. They choose to berate themselves in their weakness rather than fight through their pride to receive the strength only God can provide.
Cheryl Brodersen, ministry leader and popular speaker, knows it’s time for women to understand the daily battle they’re facing—to pinpoint their enemies, claim their God-given weapons, and examine the true prize awaiting them. God wants His daughters to live moment by moment in His victory, but first they have to see what’s at stake when they go their own way.
The truth about grace is simpler—and deeper—than you may realize. Discover how this life-saving, life-sustaining resource can be your motivation and means for living in freedom today.

Net galley book Review :

I enjoyed this book about the true meaning of Grace. With real life testimonies and ways to have grace through all things. Grace is freely given even though we might not deserve it but we should not fight it but receive it with joy and let it strength us in our daily lives.

This book may have some triggers for some with real life stories : but its still a wonderful book to read and discuss with others. . Let’s make Grace part of your life,

Sunday * Words of Faith

Happy Sunday morning ! Today’s Words of Faith is : Is all about being steadfast and firm in your faith.

He alone shapes their hearts ;He considers all their worth. Psalms 33:11

Meaning the thoughts of his heart – The things which he has “designed,” or which he intends shall be accomplished. So be steadfast in your faith even though you may not see immediate results the Lord know your hear , Nothing is wasted in the lords name.

My page is done in watercolors done with gelatos colors ( first for me) and then highlighted with a heart and stamped word Believe > Lisa

My devotional journal :

Wherever you do,do it enthusiastically,as something done for the Lord and not for man. Colossi ans 3 :28

This implies the ideas of enthusiasm and passion. Demonstrating a good work attitude makes a tremendous difference in one’s personal life and in our influence on others.  In daily work,chores or prayers give thanks to the Lord,

My Bible planner :

My weekly bible verse ,prayer list and bible study.