Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wordless Wednesday- I'm back!

I took a couple of weeks off from posting my Monday/Wednesday/Friday features but I'm back!

I hope and pray this everyday when I sit down to create- that my products and custom items will inspire the person it ends up with! Happy Wednesday!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Wordless Wednesday- Look what came in the mail!

So, look what came in the mail today!!!  (Please excuse my hair-it's a messy bun day- and how tired I look, lol)

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Made it Monday...1 Day Late- LC Pepperoni Chicken

Welcome to Made It Monday (on Tuesday)!  I knew I was going to make this dish for dinner tonight so I post-poned Made it Monday for Made it Tuesday.  Meet- Pepperoni Crusted Chicken Strips!

I pinned this recipe a few weeks ago and knew instantly that I wanted to try it.  Before our "low carb" days I used to make this cheez-it crusted chicken that my husband LOVED and I have found myself craving it lately.  This sounded right up my low-carb alley and I wasn't disappointed!  It was delicious.  I served them up with my ZERO carb mozzarella sticks with a little marinara :-)

Here you go- let me know if you try it!


- 1 lb. chicken breast strips, tenderloins or chicken breasts cut into "nuggets"
- Approx. 30 slices of pepperoni
- 3 Tbsp. Almond Flour
- 2 Tbsp. Grated Parmesan
- 2 Tbsp. minced dried onion
- Garlic Salt, to taste
- Pepper, to taste (sorry forgot it for the pic)
- 1 Egg


1.) Preheat your oven to 400.  Place your pepperoni slices on a cookie sheet and bake for 5-10 minutes (depending on your oven) until crispy. 
2.) While you're waiting, whisk your egg in a bowl.
3.) When the pepperoni is done, "Dab" it to remove excess grease :-).  Add to a re-sealable bag and let out the stress of the day by using a mallet to smash it to bits.
3.) Add remaining ingredients (except for chicken)

4.) Set up a "coating station" and dip each breast strip in the egg then coat it in the breading mixture.
5.) Bake on a "greased" cookie sheet for 25-30 minutes or until no longer pink.
(HINTS: I turned my oven to broil for the last 5 minutes to make the breading extra crispy.  I also had about 1.5 lbs of chicken so I "upped" everything for the breading, but I STILL didn't feel like I had enough.  I will do a full package of pepperoni in the future.)

Monday, March 24, 2014

Favorites Fridays- Snack Attack!

So, with all the craziness going on (I was recently attacked-yes, attacked- by a cyber bully hacker and my computer contracted a HUGE, vicious virus which wiped out every .jpeg on my computer.  For a person who relies on photographs for my business, this has seriously set me back!)...anywho... I set this post (scheduled in advance) for last Friday and much to my surprise- it didn't post!

So....Here you go!  LOL.  For someone like me who lives a low-carb lifestyle and LOVES to bake and has a HUGE sweet-tooth, sometimes life just stinks.  Lol- In times like this back in "the day" I would've baked up a storm to combat my stress and blues, but nowadays...I can't afford to bake up a storm with low carb ingredients! 

I discovered these little gems at my local grocery store a few weeks ago and let me tell you.... I AM IN LOVE.  These little frozen strawberry halves and like a sweet treat from heaven.  They are covered in dark chocolate, so you feel like you're eating a treat yet they are healthy!  They are refreshing, affordable and my new favorite "go to" when I get a craving...The bonus?!  6 (Yes, SIX) carbs per packet!!! Yummmmm!!!! (Please excuse my paint covered fingernails...Yes, that means NEW block set designs for you, lol!)

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Wordless Wednesday- When there are no words

Yesterday was a really rough day for me (one of the many reasons why this is one day late) Well, this week has been really rough.  3/16 marks the day we "knew" that we were losing our 2nd baby last year.  In 1 moment it seems like there's no way it could be a year and other moments, it feels like I can feel the weight of every second since it happened on my shoulders.  This is for anyone out there suffering from loss or grief today- don't lose heart!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Made It Monday- My Name Is...

Ok, so admittedly, I usually use this blog as a platform for my boutique- but I also feel like it's important to share things that I come across that make a difference in my life.  So...the other day I had a "lightbulb" moment and an idea hit me for a new quote hanger.  While I was designing it, it really got me to thinking....

Here it is:

It is based on the song by Matthew West, "Hello, My Name Is".  If you haven't heard it- listen  here .  It's worth a few minutes- just click play then come back and finish the blog post while you listen, lol.   ;-) 

Here are the lyrics:

Hello, my name is regret
I’m pretty sure we have met
Every single day of your life
I’m the whisper inside
That won’t let you forget

Hello, my name is defeat
I know you recognize me
Just when you think you can win
I’ll drag you right back down again
‘Til you’ve lost all belief

Oh, these are the voices. Oh, these are the lies
And I have believed them for the very last time

Hello, my name is child of the one true King
I’ve been saved, I’ve been changed, I have been set free
"Amazing Grace" is the song I sing
Hello, my name is child of the one true King

 I am no longer defined
By all the wreckage behind
The one who makes all things new
Has proven it’s true
Just take a look at my life

 What love the Father has lavished upon us that we should be called His children
I am a child of the one true King

What love the Father has lavished upon us that we should be called His children

Hello, my name is child of the one true King
I've been saved, I've been changed, I have been set free
"Amazing Grace" is the song I sing
Hello, my name is child of the one true King

 I am a child of the one true King.
If you listen to "Christian Radio" at ALL, you've probably heard it.  But for some reason on this day, it really caused me to analyze my life- on 2 particular points. 
#1- I've heard it taught on before...that your "name", in a way, defines who you are...that whatever you name your child they will struggle with attaining their NAME all their life- or that they will always be CHALLENGED by it.  Honestly, I have found this to be 100% true with myself.  My name "Amber" means: precious, valued, cherished jewel.  On a completely raw level here- sharing my heart- I have struggled my ENTIRE life with SELF WORTH.  I have always struggled with confidence.  Always.  When I heard this idea taught about 10 years ago it was very REAL to me.  Thinking about this in the context of this song really put things into perspective for me.
#2- What NAMES have you put on yourself throughout your life?   What LABELS have you adopted every day?  What BURDENS have you picked up and carried along either because of others putting them on you or life circumstances?  I know that I have MANY.  The other day for some reason it just HIT me (like in the a ton of bricks) that others may have put them there, but I am the only person that can leave them behind...Not only to leave them behind but to replace them with things that the word tells me I am INSTEAD of those things.
Believe me, I'm preaching to myself more than anyone, lol.  I am challenging you though, to sit and write a list of the things you struggle with adopting as your "NAME" and make another one of things that you truly ARE.  Make sure the list is "balanced", so it's like you are trading one thing for another. 
I started this, so of course I'm doing it too.  I will be adding this to my daily devotional, looking up scriptures, reminders and promises that back these things up... Trying to remind myself of who HE says I am. Here's mine:
My Name Is:                                                                  HELLO, My Name REALLY IS:
1. Fat                                                                                 1. Saved by Grace
2. Useless/Worthless                                                         2. Important
3. Inadequate                                                                     3. Unique
4. Ugly                                                                               4. Talented
5. Pathetic                                                                          5. Loved
6. Defective                                                                       6. Strong
7. Alone                                                                            7. DAUGHTER of the One True King
SHARE with me!!!  What does your "actual/given" name mean?  Do you feel like your name's meaning has affected how you feel about yourself?  What does your "Name Is/REALLY Is" list look like?  I would love to see some comments if this speaks to you.  The Lord really put it on my heart. 
Happy Monday :-)
***I made the above quote hanger for myself- I have it hanging in my MTMS Studio Craft Room to remind me everyday of who I am.  I am also making them for others in my boutique- Please send me a message or comment if you would like to purchase one for yourself ***