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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Forget The Diet



We have been doing a low carb diet
for so long that the other day
our taste buds could not stand it any longer, LOL.
So I made some homemade biscuits, Yum.


They say carbs make you crave more carbs . . .
It must be so, because a couple days later . . .


I baked a blueberry pie :)


 Hopefully working outside in the 
garden has burned off the extra calories.


I've been getting my above ground beds
ready for planting.


My Snap Peas are already starting to pop 
through the ground,
but planting season for most of our crops
are not until mid May.


Well, that's it for today . . .
The sun is breaking through the clouds,
so I'm heading outside.
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KEEP SMILING!
  ~~~~~*****~~~~~
Your blogging sister,

  

77 comments:

  1. It is so nice to see your sweet, smiling face on your blog. I just love you! I hear you- I get so hungry for biscuits every once in a while. I like my own with butter and orange blossom honey!
    Your raised beds look great AND I love that big milk sign in your kitchen. xo Diana

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    1. Good Morning Diana, We had these warm from the oven with homemade raspberry and blackberry jam. I forgot all about honey, maybe I need to make another batch this weekend :)

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  2. Good morning Connie! Your biscuits and blueberry pie looks so yummy. I'm trying to follow weight watchers, so my carbs are limited too. Once I get started, I just can't seem to stop with breads and with chocolate. I'm impressed that you can garden already. We had a little bit of snow over the weekend again. Then yesterday it was 60°. Today is supposed to be 38! The weather is all over the place . Have a lovely day.
    Blessings, Betsy

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    1. Hi Betsy, thanks so much for popping in to visit. Now, ism off to check out your blog. We try to get out beds prepared in April so that they are ready to plan in May.

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  3. I'm waiting for our tea to be ready and see your gorgeous looking biscuits and pie, now I'm so hungry. Xx

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    1. I know, I just had to have a carb attack . . . now I'm back to eating low carbs. I just visited your blog and your teddies are so cute, great job!

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  4. You forgot something...the recipe for your bisquits!!! AND that blueberry pie...lol! Love your gardening space...isn't spring wonderful and the thought of all those vegies growing??? What are you planting in the tires????

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    1. I just got the basic recipe from the red and white check Better Homes & Gardens cookbook, for my biscuits and my crust. The only change that I made was that I used coconut oil for my fat ingredient. I'm thinking about putting my cucumbers, spaghetti squash and pumpkins in the tires this year. I like to rotate my crops.

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  5. Absolutely forget the diet! Homemade biscuits and blueberry pie! What more could anybody want...except maybe butter and jelly, and vanilla ice cream. :) I can't understand why the more steps I get, on my Fitbit, the bigger the roll around my waist gets. It's crazy! Your garden beds are looking good. We still have just the six broccoli plants in the garden. I'm anxious get the tomatoes and beans growing. You are cute in that straw hat! I need one! Love, Henny

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    1. I agree with the butter, jelly and ice cream . . . great minds think alike, LOL I have seeds started in my mudroom and now that are nights are above freezing (just barely) I'm going to move them to the potting shed with two grow lights and a heat lamp at night. We usually don't plant around here until the middle of May, but I'm getting ready. I'm a hat person spring, summer, winter and fall.

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  6. Yes, I know what you mean...my hubby and I both fell off the low-carb wagon too and are trying to hitch a ride and get back on! Your biscuits and pie look absolutely mouth watering!

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    1. Carbs can be so addictive, they are my drug of choice, LOL.

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  7. Hello, your biscuits and pie both look delicious. I love blueberries, they are brain food. Happy Wednesday, enjoy your day!

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    1. Brain food . . . I think I'm bake another; I need all the brain food I can get!

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  8. oboth biscuits and pie look sooooo good. Iv'e been trying so hard to get back on my diet.

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    1. And you work with carbs all day long . . . does that make you crave them or does it make you just want to stay away for them? I know that at Christmas when I bake cookies all day, I get enough sweets just from the smell of a full day of cookie baking.

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  9. I am such a carb addict...the struggle! I love sweets and breads and potatoes and the list goes on! Your biscuits and pie look so good! I love that second picture with the wood milk bottle on the wall and that other sweet black framed art. I love milk themed decor...which is strange since I don't even like milk. LOL! Your planter beds are going to be filled and spilling over in no time. Glad it's warming up for you all. You look beautiful in your sun bonnet! Enjoy planting!

    Hugs, Vicky

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    1. Hi Vicky, carbs have always been a battle for me, but as I get older even more so. Our days have been warming up, but we still need a jacket and our nights are cold, but it is so much nicer that March was. We can't plant outside in the garden until May but I'm getting ready and being out in the fresh air is exhilarating.

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  10. I do low carbs, too and every now and then you just have go bonkers! Love your scarecrow, looks a lot like my two. Mine need new clothes this year...
    Your gardens are ahead of ours. Not planting anything yet, just getting all the spring flowers going now and mowed for the first time last weekend. I'm ready to start planting, but its not safe here, yet. Some ding a ling said something about snow tonight...not talking to him anymore! Have a good week!

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    1. Good Morning Sweet Sister, We are not planting outside yet either, but I've got the beds weeded and manured and reading for May weather and planting. There seems to me a lot of preparation for spring, so I'm outside working whenever we have a sunny day. We mowed last weekend, too . . . I'm looking forward to warmer days and seeing my tulips start to bloom, they are up but no blooms yet :)

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  11. My vegetables are in raised beds also, it is easier to work with.

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    1. I love my raised beds, they are so much easier to weed and take care of. We also have a regular garden space too. This year it is going to be dedicated to peppers and tomatoes. My husband and I started canning for the first time last summer and we had so much fun, not to mention all the gorgeous glass jars filled to enjoy this winter. This year we want to try even more things :) We have never lived in a place with enough room for a garden until now, so it has become a new passion for us.

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  12. I love your garden, Connie. Hope you share more of it.

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    1. Talk about sharing, if you lived closer I would have tomatoes and peppers to share around August and September. I enjoy having a large enough garden to share with those that don't have the space for a garden. We were like that until we bought this place three years ago :)

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  13. Ooh, I"d pull me up a chair at YOUR table, girl ! Yes, you're gonna work those extra carbs off, no problem.....I just love finally being able to get outside and work. I have to work up to it a little bit more slowly every year, but maybe I just need that yummy incentive that you've provided for yourself !

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    1. I know what you mean about going a bit slower each year. I know it in my brain, but my body isn't as smart and some days I over do it and pay the price with back and shoulder pain. Eileen above said that blueberries where brain food, so I think that I need to eat more blueberry pie, LOL.

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  14. I usually limit carbs, too, but sometimes I just need a slice of freshly baked bread! I planted snap peas this week, and it will be a little bit before they emerge. It's exciting to think about the gardening season ahead. Enjoy your carbs and gardening!

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    1. Our weather started warming up when April arrived, it's still very cold at night and you need a jacket in the day time, but great weather for being outside. After our coldest ever winter . . . I am welcome spring with a huge smile on my face :)

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  15. I do low-carb, too...your biscuits and pie look amazing! I'd have a hard time resisting either one.

    Looks like you've done a lot of hard work with getting the garden beds ready. We won't be able to plant anything here for at least another month, too.

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    1. It takes time getting things ready, so I work outside when the sun shines, that's about every three days lately. I like to work the soil and add manure, then give it time to rest for a month or more before planting. I read somewhere that it is a good way to keep the worms happy and happy worms make for good soil :)

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  16. Yum! I'm sure working outside getting those garden areas ready you burned up thousands of calories and if that didn't happen, well, you enjoyed yourself both inside and outside.

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    1. We have been having more rain than usual, so I clean, shop and cook on the rainy days and get outside when the sun shines. Hopefully more sun shine will mean less pies and biscuits . . . I don't need them, but I so enjoy them, just the same :)

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  17. How lovely to see your smiling face!! The biscuits and blueberry pie look wonderful and I just know they tasted that way too.

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    1. They were enjoyed for sure, LOL. I usually don't put photos of myself on my blog, but I was needy for a fresh post and photos to go with it :)

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  18. Hi Connie, Your biscuits and pie looks delicious. Savor a bit for me! Pretty soon your gardens will be popping with veggies and flowers. I know you are looking forward to that! Send some sunshine our way! Nancy

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    1. We get the sun about every three days, so I'm a little bit greedy with it, LOL. Getting the garden ready is helping to burn off some of that pie and biscuits, but it's true the more you eat of carbs the more you want. It's a battle!

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  19. Yep! Sounds about right. Those carb craves will come a'callin when you least expect them And there's nothing tastier than some home made biscuits (with sausage gravy, yum!) and blueberry pie (double yum!). Your raised beds are looking great. Summer will be here before we know it. Happy Gardening. :)

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    1. Now you have me wanting biscuits and sausage gravy . . . I see a weekend meal ahead of us. My husband will love you for putting that idea in my head, it is one of his very favorite meals :)

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  20. I am smilin' ... such a lovely post. I hope that you enjoyed your outside time. Blessings & Hugs ♥ Teri

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    1. I get outside every chance I get . . . it's still cold here but warming up slowly each day. We won't be doing much planting other than peas and onions until May, but getting the beds ready feels very good. Now I'm waiting to see my tulips bloom, should be a couple weeks a way.

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  21. Your pies and biscuits look amazing! Here is where there is a difference in language - your biscuits are more like our scones and our biscuits are what you call cookies! Enjoy the sunshine xxx

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    1. I have noticed that, but you have so many ways to bake scones, savory and sweet, I love that:) Biscuits here become savory or sweet by what we put in them after baking and slicing open. Either way . . . it's good food and I love them, especially warm from the oven :)

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  22. Oh my gosh those biscuits are making my mouth water!!!! I have been doing weight watchers for months and although I'm not off carbs (no way!) biscuits are a bit high in points for me! Oh well....I can't make them anyway, so that's that! I'm heading out to my garden Sunday, I hope, if weather permits. Lots to do to get the gardens ready to plant!

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    1. Lots of work, but so enjoyable :) I like getting my beds done early . . . I weed, tun and add manure. I read that the worms don't like being disturbed and that if you do your beds early the worms return and are happy when it's time to plant. I know that you are a gardener, do you have any advice or knowledge whether there is any truth in that theory?

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  23. Well, I'm not giving up carbs...especially after seeing your pictures! LOL! I wish I could garden down here but there is Bermuda Grass which is a noxious weed in my opinion but I do what I can with containers. I can't wait to move back North where we just have regular grass and weeds!LOL! Happy Spring to you!

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    1. Well, we have to do what we can, where we are. We have terribly hot and dry summers so if we didn't irrigate we would not be able to have a garden. Then on the other hand our tomatoes love the hot weather :) Have a lovely day.

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  24. Oh Connie,,, lucky you,,, it just started raining here (again) and the winds are kicking up... so I will have to garden vicariously through...
    >^..^<

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    1. It rained all night here, but the sun is trying very hard to break through the clouds, could go either way, but that's Spring :) Whatever the weather it's better than Winter, LOL. There is a silver lining behind every cloud.

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  25. Looks really great, you are already for planting! The wood we were using for our above ground garden rotted so we have to buy new this year, we were wondering if we should get those plastic ones or go with wood again.
    I know what you mean about the carbs, we try to watch how much we eat but once you get going the more you crave it that is for sure, same with sweets.

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    1. Why is it all the good food in bad for you? I am addicted to carbs or maybe it sounds better to say that they are my favorite food group. Hopefully this spurge can be worked off with gardening :)

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  26. There's no shame in taking a break from a diet. Who could resist homemade biscuits and blueberry pie? Gardening is hard work. It should all even out in the end. :)
    xx Beca

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  27. Phew, finally I have reached you keep saying I'm going to visit you but after so many and posting I get tired out and lost with it all lol. Biscuits look great ythat berry pie too.. are planting is in March but we have had so much rain can barely get pit there and then when I did it started raining again.. rain and rain.. go away. Wished I had some beds I really like the look of them.. thank you for your dear visits Connie God bless you with Love Janice

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    1. April showers bring May flowers they say. Spring is that way, you can go for a drive and drive in and out of rain and sunshine . . . oh, but isn't it better than Winter :)

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  28. ahhhh. I was hoping you'd share your biscuit recipe and yummy pie too. Carb craving going on here definitely.

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    1. I'll try and remember to put them into another post. They are both pretty basic recipes, I don't go into fancy recipes with lots of ingredients. Down home country comfort food, that what I serve. On the other hand my husband like to try new things . . . I guess we balance one another off that way and keep eating exciting. We would both be better off if it wasn't so exciting, LOL

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  29. HI Connie, oh my goodness, your biscuits and pie look so, so, so yummy. Gardening is hard work, even with those attractive raised garden beds, so those carbs will burn off fast. All this rain will mean a glorious spring; and you're right -- it's much, much better than winter. Looking forward to seeing all the lovelies that come up in your fabulous garden ! 😊😊😊 Blessings, from Marina and Daryl Lynn

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    1. Thank you for your sweet comments and for visiting my blog. I'm getting the potting shed going and starting seed so that I'll be ready to plant in May.
      Happy Saturday!

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  30. Your garden is looking great Connie, you have been very busy.
    Looking forward to seeing your garden grow ...

    Wishing you a wonderful weekend

    All the best Jan

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    1. Hi Jan, I'm looking forward to that, too. It is so much easier to eat low carbs when you have a garden filled with fresh produce :)

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  31. Oh did those look delicious! Aren't carbs wonderful? LOL!!!! They are definitely my weakness. Enjoy your weekend.

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    1. I know, what is more comforting that something warm from the oven :) I have to admit that carbs are most certainly my favorite food group. Why is it the things that taste so good are always so bad for us?

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  32. Hi Connie,
    My cousin does the low carb diet too but on Saturday's they eat whatever they want. Having a 'cheat' day seems to work for them. But it's just so fun to bake, isn't it? Especially when you have such a cute kitchen!

    Cindy

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    1. Hi Cindy, how sweet of you to take time from your vacation to pop in on me . . . having a cheat day once a week sounds like a great idea.

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  33. Your biscuits and blueberry pie looks so dang yummy! Let moderation be the key. :-)

    Your raised beds look great and I look forward to seeing them filled with goodies.

    I want to thank you for visiting my blog and your kind comment.

    Have a great week ~ FlowerLady

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    1. Welcome Dear Flower lady, Thanks for returning my visit and popping in to say "Hi"
      Blog-land is a great place to make new friends and share ideas. I'm looking forward to following your blogging adventures:)

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  34. Hi Connie..thanks for visiting me! Your blueberry pie looks wonderful and I love your veggie garden. So nice to meet you. :-)

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    1. It's wonderful to meet you too :)

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  35. I understand! I've gone without carbs for months, and yesterday my husband baked up a batch of cornbread.. I ate 3 pieces! MAN was that good! Not to worry though, the gardening will take care of the guilt AND the possible weight gain.

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    1. I do hope that, that is true, my carb spurge turned into a week, but this morning I made a pledge to get back on it :) Thanks so much for stopping by :)

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  36. We eat low carb too but it definitely doesn't hurt to have carbs for a treat now and then. I have buttermilk on my grocery list right now. Hubby is hungry for pancakes and for some reason I have a craving for biscuits! heehee! Enjoy your afternoon girlfriend. Hugs, Diane

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    1. Pancakes and biscuits . . . good ole comfort food . . . my favorites :)

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  37. oh I envy the space you have!!!! looks wonderful

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    1. We bought this place three years ago, so I haven't always had a lot of space. In fact in our old neighborhood, we had the smallest yard on our block . . . almost tiny . . . I could get the mower out and from getting it out and putting it away again, I could mow the front and backyards in 20 minutes :) No room for a garden and too shady besides. We are loving being able to grow our own produce and put it up for winter.

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  38. Oh my those biscuits and pie looks fabulous.
    Looks like you've been busy getting your gardens ready.
    I've planted seeds inside but can't put anything outside until the first of June.

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    1. I have plants going inside, too . . . around here they say the middle of May. I did plant my peas and they are coming up, but they like the colder weather. I have been very surprised at the weather in your area. Here's wishing you warm and sunny days ahead. P.S. If you lived closer I would have loved sharing a piece of pie and a cupa with you:)

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  39. Nice that you can work outside. Still too cold and wet here. Odd spring. xo

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