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Strawberry Lemon Tart with Rose Cream-from AIPlifestyle

STRAWBERRY LEMON TART WITH ROSE CREAM I started a new baking adventure with Sweet Potato Flour. I ordered a box on amazon to see what I could bake up. I wanted to try something different than coconut flour in my occasional AIP baking, and this was definitely worth the money. This sweet potato flour was a beautiful light orange color. It had a normal flour texture, and tasted nice. I think I paid almost $12 for about a pound of this flour, so a bit pricey. But, if you cannot eat coconut flour because you are low FODMAPS, this may be a great alternative. I am going to experiment with cookies this week. This tart however, came out really, really well. I am endlessly trying to figure out how to bake without eggs, and the tapioca … [Read More...]


Magnesium Deficiency-

You are here: Home » Blog » Health » Are You Low on Magnesium? Are You Low on Magnesium? The answer is likely “Yes” that you are deficient in Magnesium. Magnesium is the eighth most abundant mineral on earth, and the third most abundant in sea water. More importantly, it is the fourth most abundant mineral in the human body and it is necessary in over 300 reactions within the body. Magnesium isn’t just abundant in the body, but vitally important too. As this articleexplains: Every single cell in the human body demands adequate magnesium to function, or it will perish. Strong bones and teeth, balanced hormones, a healthy nervous and cardiovascular system, well functioning detoxification pathways and much more depend … [Read More...]

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Meatballs on AIP-

Start with 2 pounds of grass fed ground chuck or better- In a food processor mine 2 medium red onions, set aside  then 2 small zucchini - When done I add a few pumpkin seeds- Add 2 tablespoons of Coconut Aminos- I get organic, most grocery stores carry it- Mix well they will be damp but oh the end results! They should look like this, before mixing- I cook mine in a shallow pan on a gas grill closed, or the oven 350 for about 25 to 35 minutes, they are awesome, and so good my family love them- I use my cell these days and the quality is not the best but, you get the idea. I eat mine over kale and dried cranberries (without added sugar) I rub the Kale with Organic Olive Oil so it is not so bitter- It's healthy and delish- … [Read More...]


The Letter from 1963-

The letter had arrived from Charleston SC, on a  November day in 1963.  I rushed to get the mail and it was there. I was 6 at that time and it was a letter from my Aunt Louise.  She was my dad's oldest sister. It was official, she and my Uncle,were coming for a week during the Christmas Holidays. She was a bit bossy and blunt, but she loved me a lot and I her. I only got to see her 2 times a year at best when I was younger. As I jumped up and down at the table, for Mom to read every word out loud my mind was already racing. Wow, in two weeks she would be here. She always came in with a bang, suitcases and clothes, like a star! To a kid that lived in a middle class neighborhood seeing someone that carried themselves like a movie star was … [Read More...]

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The Kitchen-

With my own eclectic look before I started the Kitchen rehab a couple of years ago now  because  of my love for  old things and new I had quite a collection going and did not realize it until we started cleaning out things for the new look!  I used Chalk Paint ® by Annie Sloan and I mixed 1/2 Linen and1/2 Old White Mix, that I order from Lady ButterBug, their link http://ladybutterbug.com/  for my Kitchen cabinets, the photos below will show you the Oak cabinets before and the painted ones today- I had looked for a new farmhouse dinning table for months, so  when I found this table and chairs in all their left over glory, I knew they were just what I wanted.. It had never been painted and had no top and the seat covers were gone- I recall … [Read More...]

God is Love

When God speaks to us-

It's God talking to you! Have you ever felt sorry for yourself, it's an odd question I know.. But, most of us at some point in our lifetime has done so for one reason or another This morning as I was getting ready my hair just acted out, in that I mean a bad hair day for sure! It went one and I tried to get it to go the right way, nothing doing with the hair loss I have had due to the Disease Hashimoto's you know that disease I talk about the one that destroys the thyroid! This morning as I was trying to get read and look my best at 59, something I thought at 30 wouldn't matter lol. I mean then 59 was old and I never thought when I got here to 59 that I'd not feel any different about looking my best, and trying to take care of … [Read More...]

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Welcome to my home-

I can not think of a better time of year here in Alabama, with the weather in the 70's each day I have started my potting and planting..  Not to plant too much incase we get that last cold snap in what we call Blackberry Winter, usually the last of April- I took some photos toady even under the cloudy skies here at my home front- I thought I'd share just a few of them with you today and hope you share yours here too in comments- So welcome to my home- The front door says welcome with my Ivy topiary I love and an old basket of  new Red Petunias                                            A close up of the red Petunias that sit at my front door-   Earlier this Spring I painted my front door "Crimson Tide Red" from Sherwin … [Read More...]

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Mother called it her Tree House-

A country home and an Alabama girl- Eight years go last month we moved into this home-It needed a bit of updating and took a few years to get there. Three years ago a tornado came right over our neighborhood and took part of our roof on our home and totally removed the roof on our deck that Mr Shabby had worked so hard to put up alone about the second year we lived here. Then a tree come down and took out the rest of it all but the floor- It's now time to re-roof and re-screen it in. This is my place of peace and quite and where I grow the herbs I cook with I already have a few planted!  When my Mother was alive she loved to sit out here rain or shine when the roof was on. She said she felt like a kid in a BIG tree house because the deck … [Read More...]


Living with Autoimmune Disease and eating right-

  It's been a couple of years now after being diagnosed with another Autoimmune disease Hashimoto's the autoimmune disease not may Dr.'s or us understand well.   For me it has taken my down a time or two. Eat the wrong thing, or have too much stress ( stress in our life each day can be too much) when you have Hashimoto's. For some and I am one of them, it can be a mind changing illness and daily life seems more stressful even the little things seem BIG! And it seems to happen over night.    I had been meaning to write this and let the ones that have Hashi's know that the battle rages on in me and I now know that we can only slow the process not remove the illness alone. That would be a God thing, one I pray for daily for myself … [Read More...]


The Best Strawberry Cake Ever-

Print The Best Strawberry Cake Ever- Rating  4.0 from 1 reviews Ingredients Ingredients 1 (18.25-ounce) box white cake mix 1 (3-ounce) box strawberry-flavored instant gelatin 1 (15-ounce) package frozen strawberries in syrup, thawed and pureed 4 large eggs ½ cup vegetable oil ¼ cup water Strawberry cream cheese frosting, recipe follows Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting ¼ cup butter, softened 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened 1 (10-ounce) package frozen strawberries in syrup, thawed and pureed ½ teaspoon strawberry extract 7 cups confectioners’ sugar Freshly sliced strawberries, for garnish, optional Instructions Instructions Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease 2 (9-inch) round cake pans. In a … [Read More...]


A weekend project-

This weekend I decided to take some old fencing and cedar that I had in the basement and make a bench to go in the living-room So, I started it Saturday and finished it this afternoon I think any wood will do, the Bench is 5 ft long 20 inches high and 18 inches deep I painted it once I had it all put together with Chalk Paint®  by Annie Sloan in Paris Grey, then I added some dark wax by Annie Sloan. If you do not have a dealer near you for all your Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan needs, try  http://www.ladybutterbug.com/ the owner Karla, is always helpful and kind and the products are shipped very quickly.            Snapped with my cell sorry they are blurry- I almost forgot to even take before's, oops                    After I got … [Read More...]


I’ve got that Cottage feeling-

I love the Summer months and riding through different towns looking at cottages- This one I love a lot- I love this little cottage with the ferns, American Flag flying. This one speaks to me totally- The little red cottage makes a bold statement- Little Red Cottage, oh so cute- My favorite so far, I think, nantucket no doubt- My favorite so far- Then when I see this one well, my mind goes hmmmm, love love love- I love a home with great curb appeal, that means so much to me.. Spring/Summer are my favorite seasons when we can work in the yard, plant,prune and enjoy the labor of all that we do at our home-And an American Flag hanging makes it all the more awesome- Tell me the one you loved and why, I love hearing … [Read More...]


Win it now-

RULES you must like the face-book page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shabby-and-Such/235005483180340 , then tell us the color you want your initial on the Rabbit- Winner will be picked Sunday afternoon and it will be on it's way to you. Remember we will choose from names that have liked her face-book page and gave their comment for the color they want on the blog here..   Good Luck to all that enter- … [Read More...]


Accent Pillows Pottery Barn fabric at 1/2 the price-

I hated this long cold Winter and was searching the Etsy pages for a touch a Spring a few weeks ago. I cam across this page that I soon found myself going wow! These are Pottery Barn Fabrics or some of the ones they use.. And much to my surprise 1/2 the price even with the shipping! So take a look at Spring on my front porch, Spring has sprung here in Alabama.. I am in love with them, the  fabric quality is awesome they are the pocket slide in which I personally love, no zippers to bust or break just easy in and out.   Fabric one was this vivid Spring/Summer stripe, a close up to see the fabric heavy and nice. I love the stripped lumbar in my Iron chair on the porch! What do you think.. This is the back side as you see, it … [Read More...]


Hang it on the door-

Recently I was looking through some Esty sites and I stumbled across a few that I loved. I just received my wooden Rabbit for my front door for Easter. I wanted to share this Etsy site with all of my readers, I found that Kay was easy to work with, her prices were great and the item was truly worth it. I have shopped around my town and beyond for items for my door. I change with each Season and sometimes more than once during a Season.. Kay was easy to work with, my item shipped in good time and I am totally pleased.. It arrived on Saturday-   I couldn't wait to get it hung on my front door- A close up of the slight distressing, I found this to be just as it had been described on Kay's site. So many times when we order … [Read More...]


Master Bedroom Makeover-

Your master bedroom should always feel like a retreat . . . a serene place to escape the stresses and obligations of the day. However, the bedroom is often times the most overlooked space in our homes. But there isn’t enough time, money, or energy to spread around everywhere, right? Our main living spaces just seem to take precedence sometimes. Well, let me encourage you to realize the importance of loving your bedroom again and its effect on your quality of life.   I believe a relaxing, beautiful bedroom sets the tone for the day as well as a peaceful evening - it’s the place that we associate comfort and rest. There are so many budget-friendly ways to add charm and warmth without breaking the bank. Choosing the right paint color … [Read More...]


When and Why Women Cry-

 Just when and why do women cry! In my younger years the tears would flow so much easier. As I have gotten older I find that I do not cry as often, but when I do, oh it is usually a good one. What I call a "Soul Cleansing" I know there are times I need to cry and let out the hurt, anger, pain I am feeling from deep within.. I remember my Mama sating to me oh I need to cry but the tears just will not come, I have to say that I didn't get then, but I sure do now Like Mother, like daughter, I find myself holding back those tears, or they just will not come at all..  How many of you can cry at the drop of a hat? Why does one person get choked up over a Hallmark commercial, while another sheds tears only for the death of a loved one?   I … [Read More...]


Valentines Evening Bath Bombs-

Your Valentines Day is not over yet and if it was a BOMB - We  have a much better Bomb for you, it's a yummy, relaxing, Bath Bomb with your name on it. Easy to enter, like https://www.facebook.com/EddieandEva on face-book or visit their site at http://www.eddieandeva.com/Default.asp for some incredible Bath and Body Works for YOU! Then  be sure to leave us your blog post to tell us yes, you want to win it in a comment here on the blog...  Come on share this and have fun it's FREE .. … [Read More...]


Sweet Valentines Day Stories-

A few stories that is sure to put a Valentines Day smile on your face- Devoted and Determined During World War II my parents had planned a romantic Valentine’s Day wedding. Suddenly my father, then stationed at Camp Edwards in Massachusetts, received orders to prepare to ship out, and all leaves were canceled. Being a young man in love, he went AWOL. He and my mother were married four days earlier than originally planned and he returned to base to an angry sergeant. After hearing the explanation, the sergeant understandingly replied, “Okay, okay!” Then, as an afterthought: “But don’t let it happen again!” – Contributed by Sandra L. Caron Making the Grade My high-school English teacher was well known for being a fair, but hard, grader. … [Read More...]


Tell us your favorite Country Cottage Bedroom-

Ok, I have heard from many of you on the Cottage you chose from the photos I shared on  previous post yesterday - So tell me now the bedroom you would personally want to have in your Cottage. Just post your comment here on the blog for us, we love to see what people like- Love to play decorate that cottage-or truly decorate your cottage with ideas from these amazing bedrooms.       All photos can be found at https://www.pinterest.com/smither1/cottage-country-decorating/   … [Read More...]


We all need that one little place-

As Spring gets even closer I love the outdoors, while looking for a new home possibly I think to myself, ok it is only me now so how about a cottage? Do you see one of your dreams here, if so which one and why? Tell us here in a comment, I love to read all of your comments too.  Next time we will look for the things we see in these beauties.    2 All cottage photos came from https://www.pinterest.com/explore/lake-cottage-style/ … [Read More...]

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The Best Strawberry Cake Ever-

Ingredients Ingredients 1 (18.25-ounce) box white cake mix 1 (3-ounce) box strawberry-flavored instant gelatin 1 (15-ounce) package frozen strawberries in syrup, thawed and pureed 4 large eggs ½ cup vegetable oil ¼ cup water Strawberry cream cheese frosting, recipe follows Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting ¼ cup butter, softened 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened 1 (10-ounce) package frozen strawberries in syrup, thawed and pureed ½ teaspoon strawberry extract 7 cups confectioners' sugar Freshly sliced strawberries, for garnish, optional   Instructions Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease 2 (9-inch) round cake pans. In a large bowl, combine cake mix and gelatin. Add pureed strawberries, eggs, oil, … [Read More...]

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Gluten Free Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Icing-

Print Gluten Free Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Icing- Ingredients Ingredients Cake: 2 cups almond flour ⅔ cup dark cocoa powder ⅓ cup Coconut flour ⅓ cup unflavoured whey protein powder 1 tbsp instant coffee 1 ½ tsp baking soda OR 1 tbsp baking powder ½ tsp baking powder) ½ tsp salt ½ cup butter, softened ¾ cup Raw Stevia Sweetener ( you may use the same amounts of Sugar) 4 large eggs 1 tsp vanilla extract ¼ tsp Stevia Extract Liquid ¾ cup almond milk 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar (omit if using baking powder) Peanut Butter Frosting: 8 ounces cream cheese, softened 4 tbsp butter, softened 1 cup creamy peanut butter 1 cup powdered Raw Stevia (You may use the same … [Read More...]

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My AIP Homemade Pineapple Sorbet-

  After being on the AIP Paleo diet for awhile you get a craving for something sweet and creamy. I decided to try my version of Pineapple Sorbet but you can use any organic FROZEN fruit that you like most. I just happen to love pineapple. Ingredients: 1 cup frozen organic Pineapple Chunks 1/2 cup Organic Pure Coconut Water 1/2 cup Fresh Organic Coconut Milk 1/2 Lime Juice organic for me- (NOTE : I make mine from unsweetened organic shredded coconut) I use the food processor 1 cup coconut 1 cut boiling water and process for about 5 minutes or longer. Then strain it once it cools with cheese cloth and can for keeping in my frige. I sue this for my AIP if you are not AIP use the liquid you want water is fine.. I use … [Read More...]