Thursday, December 24, 2015

Ham, Potato & Corn Chowder

#Recipe: Ham, Potato & Corn Chowder #SlowCooker @


  • 2 c. Potato, chopped
  • 1 c. diced green peppers
  • 1 t. minced garlic
  • 1 c. corn
  • 1/2 c. diced onion
  • 4 c. chicken broth
  • 1/2 c. wheat berries
  • 1/4 t. basil, dried
  • 2 c. diced ham
  • 1 c. Milk

Freezer Containers(if you will make ahead)

  • 1 Gallon Freezer Bag
  • 1 Pint Freezer Bag

Directions (To make right away)

  1. In a slow cooker combine potatoes, peppers, garlic, corn, onions, broth, wheat berries, basil and ham.
  2. Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.
  3. Stir in milk.
  4. Continue to cook until heated through, about 30 minutes more.

Freezing Directions (To make ahead)

  1. In a large bag(s), combine potatoes, peppers, garlic, corn, onions, wheat berries, basil and ham.
  2. Place milk in pint bag.
  3. Place 1 bag of milk inside each bag of meat/vegetable mix.
  4. Label and freeze.

Serving Day Directions

  1. Place meat/veggie mix in slow cooker.
  2. Add 4c chicken broth.
  3. Cover and cook low for 6 to 8 hours.
  4. Stir in milk.
  5. Continue to cook until heated through. (about 30 minutes)


Until next time...Keep cooking!


Saturday, December 19, 2015


Good morning lovlies...Hope all is well with you.

Today was the day I got to drive with my daughter K!

Her drivers Ed is coming to a close and by next week she should have her permit.

Exciting times.

Distracting me for a short time from my own issues.

For now I will take feeling so very proud of my girl.

She did great!

Driving!! @

Kat Driving!!!

My little girl is growing up!!

I could not be a more proud mom.

Until next time...keep smiling!


Friday, December 18, 2015

Delayed Anger

Not such a good day here, but do hope yours is going well.

Some days are certainly way more difficult.

This past month has actually been one of them.

On the outside I have to put up a brave front...

Smile, when inside I am crying...

Say things are good, when all I want to do is scream and punch something....


For my kids...

Inside I am fighting with so many things.

I am waiting on an appointment with a physiologist.

Needing to talk through this with someone.

Funny...part of having weight loss surgery was to save my marriage.

I certainly do not regret having it,

losing the weight feeling better about myself...

I am just having anger issues lately about the irony of the whole thing...

I lose 150 pounds and my ex decides to leave me after 21 years together.

Definitely dealing with delayed anger all that has happened over the past 20 months.

There are days I just want to run.

To leave this area so I do not have to run into or see my ex...

His friends...

His girlfriend...

No matter where I go now I am reminded of the fact he left me and we are no longer together.

He has a lot of good qualities...

He is a very caring person for one...

Just not when it came to being a husband to me.

I do not like how I am feeling...

I want my peace back.

I want my happiness back.

I know I am responsible for how I deal with things...

I am just having a hard time dealing with this.

I am feeling so much pain right now...


This helps a little to remember...

Culmination...Delayed Anger? @

Until next time...


Sunday, December 13, 2015

What Does Succeeding Mean?

Good morning my lovlies.

As I was grocery shopping the other day I got to thinking.

I know...scary!

Certainly can be, especially when I am shopping alone...

No distractions...

Just me...

With my thoughts.

The phrase "Succeeding" has taken on way more than when I started blogging I ever thought it would.

Meaning of Iamsucceeding @

It initially was my positive mantra to lose weight.

Now as I am learning who I truly am all over again I am finding...

Inner strength I never knew I had...

Confidence that I did not know was there...


Peace that I have not felt in a very long time.

Along this my journey I have had my share of ups and downs and undoubtedly will encounter ups and downs as life continues.

The biggest difference in me is how I am dealing with things.

Meaning of Iamsucceeding @

The down times are there.

Like I miss having a best friend as my husband,

But I'm filling that void with many friends.

I am giving of myself and time to other projects that do make me happy.

Meaning of Iamsucceeding @

I do not need a man to complete me...

I'm finding inner strength I forgot I had...

But I do hope to find a best friend again...


Someone who treats me with love...



Someone who shares my faith and puts that first..

So the he will be someone...

Who is there for me.

Who is committed to an "us" and his eyes won't wander.

I have learned I deserve that and will not accept anything less.

I don't need to because I'd rather remain single,

Than settle on less ever again feeling as I  can't or don't deserve better.

My life is filled with hope and wonderful things

Most days I can say are good.

The bad ones I deal and move on.

So see,

I can honestly say...


And that that term truly has new meaning to me.

Until next time...keep moving forward and making your own success!


Thursday, December 10, 2015

Three & 1/2 Years?!

Good morning my lovlies!

So the title of this post!

I cannot believe the time that has passed since I had Gastric Bypass Surgery.

So much has changed in that time…

Since that day July 5, 2012

More than weight loss.

My life really.

Who I am.

To continue to move forward though I need to take a moment to see where I have come…

I just recently have come to possess the photos from the day the new me was being formed…

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Then we have me…


I am not at goal yet.


I feel amazing.

I am such a different person today and you know what?

I LOVE who I am becoming.

I am still a work in progress and that is ok!

Until next time...Keep smiling!