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A Little Nudge

A Little Nudge ~ Lifeofjoy.meIt was cold yesterday. Very cold. I wore my warm winter clothes but I was still a bit chilly. Of course that is probably because I’m eating lots of veggies and cutting back on fat a bit (I have a tendency to overdo that luscious stuff) in order to jump start some weight loss again. For those following the Trim Healthy Mama plan, Tiffany and I are doing the Stubborn Losers’ Menu available on the membership website. It helped me kick start weight loss last time.

At any rate, sitting in church I was a bit chilly, so I nudged Michael and basically asked him to put his arm around me. :) I’m usually so warm-natured that sitting that close is not usually desirable for either of us. I was surprised how good it felt to have his arm around me. :) I made sure I told him so.

Later we were at my sister’s house spending some time with her dogs while they were gone. We were sitting down watching a movie and he surprised me once again by putting his arm around me. I was cold and covered up with a blanket sitting beside him. I can only imagine it was because I let him now that I liked it in church. :)

So, the point of this story is two-fold. One: ask for what you want and Two: Let him know when he does something you like. I guess it really boils down to something I have said before: communication is important. :)

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº

Grandson Fun and Some Birthday Celebrations

It’s been a long week but it sure did start out fun. Brian, Lauren, and Liam were here over the weekend. It was a nice visit, although it was an aunt and uncle visit rather than a grandma visit. But that is okay because some visits he has pretty much ignored his Aunt Tiffany, so this time he pretty much ignored me. ;)

Michael didn’t get a lot of sleep Saturday night, as he was up for several hours not feeling well. He’d finally felt better about 5:30am and was able to get back to sleep. When the alarm went off at 6 to get up for church, we decided he needed to rest some more and stayed home from church. Brian, Lauren, and Liam  stayed too, so we had a longer visit than usual this time. :)

Tiffany made chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast.

Chocolate Chip Pancakes ~ Lifeofjoy.meAnd then I remembered I needed pictures for the blog. :D

March Visit ~ Lifeofjoy.meThey all joked that they were only good for blog content. It was fun for everyone, even Liam. :D

Laughing Grandson ~ Lifeofjoy.meGrandson and Papa ~ Lifeofjoy.meLiam had his first “horsey” ride on his papa this visit, at Michael’s suggestion.

Horsey Ride ~ Lifeofjoy.meLiam didn’t the plate of blueberry pancakes I offered him shortly after they arrived. I left it on the table and later he decided he was hungry.

Sneaky grandson ~ Lifeofjoy.meHe made quite a number of trips. He’s teething some more and was in a bit of pain at times.

Remote woes ~

Sean gave him a controller minus the battery pack. He decided he needed some sort of cord for it to work so Michael taped a cord to it for him. :D

Then he discovered the decorative glass pane and had fun with Sean.

Fun times with Liam ~ LifeofjoymeI had the cake for Sean’s birthday celebration at my parents’ home on the coffee table so I wouldn’t forget it. Little guy discovered that it was there and decided to carry it around but dropped it on its side. :p

cake saver frosting ~ Lifeofjoy.meI scraped the frosting off the lid and attempted to put it back on the cake.

At my mom and dad’s, we sang Happy Birthday to Lauren, since we didn’t do that last month.

Lauren first ~ Lifeofjoy.meNext up we celebrated my sister Tracie’s birthday. (Sorry about the bad picture, I was too close to her. ;) )

Sister Bday ~ Lifeofjoy.meAnd then we did Sean’s birthday.

Sean's bday celebration ~ Lifeofjoy.meHere’s a closeup of the cake and the “creepy” clown head she and my niece put on it. :D

cake ~ Lifeofjoy.meLiam decided he needed to help Uncle Sean open his gifts.

help with gifts ~ Lifeofjoy.meIt was a fun weekend and very good to see my kids (son, daughter-in-love, and grandson).

Then Tuesday I became best friends with the tissue box. :(

empty Puffs box ~ Lifeofjoy.meI was very stuffy and my nose is now raw!

Tissues ~ Lifeofjoy.meWednesday was a bad day and I decided to just rest. Thankfully Tiffany wasn’t too bad off and picked up my slack. Wednesday night I felt incredibly better, although still stuffy. Thursday was better and I actually felt like doing some stuff.

I’m looking forward to the weekend and feeling even better! I hope you all have a good weekend.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Roasted Green Beans ~

Green Fries (a.k.a. Roasted Green Beans)

Another tasty roasted vegetable! These are not pretty but they are good.

I had never thought to roast green beans before. Mostly because the majority of the green beans I have eaten over the years have been from a can. Many years ago though, I was introduced to frozen thin whole green beans. It was in a crockpot meal that I really should fix again and share here with you.

You see, my experience with fresh green beans was that they were crunchy. Ewww, yep, that is not a word I liked associated with my vegetables in the past. (I’ve gotten a bit better now.) At any rate, that recipe has frozen (or fresh) whole green beans in the crockpot with chicken and they come out like we love them! :) Super flavorful and yummy and nary a crunch around.

When I did the hCg diet, I learned to roast vegetables other than potatoes, like cauliflower, broccoli, brussels sprouts, and even mushrooms, onions, and peppers. So I don’t know why it surprised me when I started Trim Healthy Mama (THM) and heard about roasted green beans but I was surprised. I gave it a shot anyway and we all love them. We can easily go through two bags for our family of four (adults).

So, I thought I’d share this simple easy “recipe” with you today. It isn’t exactly a recipe as much as it is a process. You see, we use the same process for most all of our roasted veggies, mostly because we like them this way. (If it ain’t broke, don’t be trying to fix it. ;) )

We take two bags of these frozen fancy green beans and pour them out onto a large baking sheet.

Roasted Green Beans ~ Lifeofjoy.meSprinkle with salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and nutritional yeast, the last of which is a newer addition and thus optional. Really use whatever seasonings you like. If you like a spicy seasoning, use some Tony’s creole seasoning (just skip the salt though) or add cayenne pepper, chili powder, paprika, and/or cumin. If you want more of an Italian flair, use herbs to season them like basil and oregano. Seriously, it’s hard to mess these up if they are seasonings you like. :)

Roasted Green Bean Seasoning ~ Lifeofjoy.meRoasted Green Beans Seasoned ~

Drizzle a little oil of choice over them. (We use olive oil but some people think that baking that oil at high temperatures ruins it, so use whatever you desire.)

Drizzle Oil on green beans ~ Lifeofjoy.meSeasoned green beans ~ Lifeofjoy.meToss to distribute all the oil and seasonings. I forgot to sprinkle with nutritional yeast, so we did it on the table. :)

Bake in the oven. Now here’s the deal. You can bake these in a higher heat for a shorter time or a lower heat for a longer time. I do whatever I need to at the moment. I’ve done it on 350º for somewhere around 45-60 minutes but I’m usually a bit more impatient and crank it up to 400º or even 450º and they bake in 30-45 minutes, to our liking. Really just check on them after about 15-20 minutes and stir them. Then keep checking them every t minutes or so, depending on how high you have the temperature.

Roasted Green Beans ~ Lifeofjoy.meTake them out and gobble them up. If you are a dipper, you can make a dipping sauce to go with it. One I’ve seen and liked was mayo with a bit of tomato paste and a dash of cayenne.

Serving Roasted Green Beans ~

Green Fries (a.k.a. Roasted Green Beans)


  • 2 bags of frozen fine green beans (about 12-16 ounces each)
  • seasonings to taste:
  • salt
  • pepper
  • onion powder
  • garlic powder
  • nutritional yeast (optional but yummy)
  • Oil


  1. Put frozen green beans on a rimmed baking sheet.
  2. Sprinkle with desired seasonings.
  3. Drizzle with your preferred oil.
  4. Bake on 350º-450º for 30-60 minutes depending on temperature and desired doneness.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Pizza Salad ~

Pizza Salad

The flavors you love on a pizza over a bed of lettuce.

Well, we had a bit of a heat wave before the cooler temperatures are here, to stay I hope, and we had Pizza Salad.

Pizza Salad is super simple. You put whatever toppings you like on a pizza on top of a salad! Yep, I know, not really much of a recipe but it was good.

I took some chicken sausage links, removed the casings, and pinched it off into smaller pieces and browned them.

Browned Chicken Sausage ~ Lifeofjoy.meI also sautéed some onions and mushrooms because I love those on both pizza and a salad. :)

Make your base salad as plain or as jazzed up as you like. We just had some lettuce, a few sliced radishes, some diced yellow pepper, a little shredded carrot, and CHEESE the other night. I had some really good mozzarella from Aldi that we added to this with a little shredded cheddar. The mozzarella was really good and creamy.

Pizza Salad ~ Lifeofjoy.meI cut up a roma tomato because I had one that needed to be used. I put it in a side dish because not everyone likes tomato.

The first time I made this, we used some Parmesan cheese instead of the other cheeses. We also add pepperoni, either turkey or regular.

Pizza Salad 1 ~ Lifeofjoy.meOh! Tiffany likes sun-dried tomatoes, so we have those available too. Seriously, this is all about whatever flavors you like on your pizza. :) We love meaty pizzas, so we even add bacon bits sometimes. Ham is not out of the question either.

Some times I cut the pepperoni into quarters and sprinkle throughout the salad.

I served it with a homemade catalina that used tomato paste in it. I cannot remember which one now but I think it was a mix of these two here  (eliminated the honey) and here (and I used an on-plan sweetener, not splenda).

Pizza Salad ~ Lifeofjoy.meEach person’s plate of salad looks a bit different. To each his own. :)

Tiff's Pizza Salad ~ Lifeofjoy.meSean's Pizza Salad ~ Lifeofjoy.mePizza Salad ~ lifeofjoy.meIt is almost silly to add a recipe but here goes anyway. :D

Pizza Salad


  • Lettuce or bagged salad (we like green leaf or butter leaf lettuce in a bag)
  • pizza toppings of choice:
  • pepperoni
  • sausage
  • bacon bits
  • ham
  • onion
  • bell pepper
  • mushrooms
  • tomatoes
  • sun dried tomatoes
  • cheese
  • shredded carrot
  • sliced radishes
  • dressing of choice, we use homemade Catalina or just plain olive oil


  1. Cook the sausage.
  2. Assemble the lettuce and any toppings liked by all diners.
  3. Place optional items in side bowls to allow each individual to have the amounts of each thing they desire.

I hope you enjoy this.

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº