Saturday, April 9, 2011 | By: Mary Wright

Contest: Low Carb Breads + Recipe

A good friend of mine is on a low-carb diet, which has me considering trying it, also. I had tried the Weight Watcher's diet before, so I can try a variation of it, going by points. I don't want to give up all sugar/chips, but I do want to try to reduce some of it (lately, my latest craving is cotton candy...which of course is the greatest for someone who is borderline diabetic...and one of my favorites is Tostitos lime chips. One of my snacks during the day is Life, if I can find a low-carb bread, I can make sandwiches/etc, to lower some of the remaining carbs/points that I would have).

Anyway, Shannon's Kitchen Creations is hosting a giveaway. Julian Bakery will send you 3 different types of breads.

The first one is their "Smart Carb Low Carb" bread, which is 2 points per slice, and 1 net carb. It contains 12 grams of proteins and fiber per slice. And the ingredients: Ingredients: Fresh Ground Whole Grain *Wheat, Sprouts of *Kamut, *Spelt, *Rye, Lentils, Sesame Seeds, *Millet, *Quinoa, *Amaranth, Ground Flaxseed, *Wheat Bran, Oat Bran, Eggs, Undenatured Whey Protein Isola – (*Organically Grown)

The second one is "Cinnamon Raisin Smart Carb", 2 points per slice, and 2 net carbs. 16 grams of protein, and 13 grams of fiber. She says this makes a great french toast, and looking at the ingredients, I would have to say so, also: Fresh Ground Whole Grain *Wheat, Sprouts of *Kamut, *Spelt, *Rye, Lentils, Sesame Seeds, *Millet, *Quinoa, *Amaranth, Ground Flaxseed, *Wheat Bran, Oat Bran, Eggs, Undenatured Whey Protein Isolate (90%), Chicory Root (Inulin Fiber), Wheat Gluten, Cinnamon, Raisins, Yeast & Sea Salt. (*Organically Grown).

The third one is the one that I would be most interested in! Amazing Sourdough with 60 Calories and 4 Net Carbs, it's 1 point per slice! She even includes a 4 point cheddar and tomato sandwhich recipe, for this bread! She says it's a very flavorful sourdough, so I would love to try this! Here's the ingredients for this one: Fresh ground high protein golden whole grain *wheat, onion, Undenatured Whey Protein Isolate (90%), Chicory Root (Inulin Fiber), sesame seeds, yeast & sea salt. (*Organically Grown) much as I just want to enter, and not share, so I have more of a chance, I thought I would give others a chance to win, also. I won the earrings, and hopefully someone will win the bread, through this blog! So make sure you enter this giveaway!!!


Old-Fashioned Shaving Bunnies

(and no, I don't like the commercial about the guitar that sounds like dolphins. Make it sound like cats, and perhaps....*giggles*)

Pallet Gardening

I have always been interested in having a garden. The last plant I remember having was a colia (colius?) when I lived in Germany when I was 12 years old. Since being an adult, I have wanted to have a container garden (I had to change my wording from "pot garden" for obvious reasons.) I had thought having dwarf fruit trees would be so nice.

Well, I have moved to Las Vegas, and most ideas like that, as far as I know, are out the window. But I can dream, can't I? I would have 2 areas that would be "ideal"...except they are cement covered. One is between the garage and the front door (about 8 x 14ish), and about the same amount in the back. It's a homeowner's association, and also, I believe we aren't allowed to plant, at least in the back.

However, one person had nice window-box type plant boxes along her fence, where she grew herbs. So, I know some are allowed (she's one of the HOA's members). That is what would give me the encouragement, if I were anything of a green thumb.

So, I saw this blog entry, and thought "Oh, this would be perfect"....heck, I would be tempted, if I didn't live in Las Vegas, and limited on water. And not sure how to grow items. But soooo pretty.

Check this out:

It would be a great way to make an herb garden on a balcony, if you lived in an apartment, or if you had limited ground space, and wanted to use the ground space you *did* have for other items.  Heck, right now, what I would see would be these for herbs, upside-down tomatoes (with a couple of plants on top to balance the soil), a couple of container could get quite a bit into that...8x14ish area.  And perhaps even still a small table and chairs to enjoy the outside.

Anyway, here's her post...she gives great instructions!  I hope that you enjoy it, and perhaps someone could do more with it than I can!

Life On the Balcony - How to Turn a Pallet Into a Garden

I GOT IT! (Continuation of "I Won! I Won!"

Last night, I got a package from New Zealand...and I was so happy...I got the earrings from the contest that I entered on the Frugal Kiwi'sblog. Re-reading the article, I found out that I was wrong. I thought it was sterling silver, and that she was doing metal work....then I found out it was metal clay.

I have always wanted to do metal clay work, but don't have the money to invest in am glad to have my first piece of metal clay jewelry! The pieces are exquisite, with lots of details.

Thank you, Ingrid, for creating such a wonderful piece of art, and thank you, Frugal Kiwi (Mel?) for making the offer. I have so much enjoyed your blog, even though I don't felt, garden, chase after chickens, or anything like that...I just truly enjoy it.

Today, not feeling well, but am thinking Monday, dressing up, pulling my hair back, and wearing those earrings....soooooooo pretty!