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Buffalo-Zucchini Stroganoff Soup
Posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 8 am by

buffalozucchini soup

After yesterday’s update, I thought I’d put up a new recipe–in fact I just created this one last night and it was so good, Sam’s lucky he got ANY dinner.

2 lbs ground beef or buffalo
8 cups zucchini noodles
¼ cup Port
2 tbsp chicken or beef bouillon paste/cubes
1 tbsp each: thyme, parsley, sage
½ cup fake or real sour cream (if you can eat dairy, use that)
1 can unsweetened coconut milk
¼ cup butter or margarine

Brown beef with herbs, Port, and bouillon. Crumble as you brown into little pieces.
Add zucchini noodles, margarine, sour cream sub, and coconut milk.
Heat through.

Low carb. Dairy Free. Gluten Free. And SO good.

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Low Carb Update (Yes, It HAS Been Awhile)
Posted on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 8 am by

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It has been quite a while since I did a low-carb date. The past eight months I’ve been on a bit of the plateau, and yes, it’s my own fault. I stopped keeping strict count of my carbohydrates and did a lot of guesstimating. Now, I didn’t end up taking them extremely high — nothing compared to what I used to eat. But I started to notice my blood sugar was a little bit higher, nothing to worry, not in diabetes range at all but still, it told me that I was eating too many carbohydrates. My weight loss plateaued, I did not gain but I wasn’t losing either. But most telling, my joints started to ache again. And this just got exacerbated when I hurt my knee in May. How many carbs was I eating per day? I’m going to say about 70 net carbs, which is about 20 more than I’m supposed to have. But that 20 extra was way too much. (for example: 20 net carbs is a large piece of fruit or the equivalent to scant ½ cup of cooked pasta).

Which brings me to the growing realization I’ve made over the past few years: even 50 carbs a day is too much for my body to handle on a regular basis. I do not assimilate carbohydrates well, they make my joints hurt within a couple days of eating too many. They bloat me up, they sap my energy. They also interfere with my menstrual cycles. So I am back to counting every carb I put into my mouth because it will keep me healthy.

So what’s in my refrigerator right now? Celery, cherry tomatoes, bok choy, carrots, frozen broccoli that I grew myself, all sorts of meats: diced turkey breast to grab and snack on, chicken, salmon, beef, pork. I also have Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese which I use in place of cream cheese to make my mousses. We have condiments of course, water bottles, I use Earth balance margarine because it’s dairy free, canned coconut milk, almond milk. The latter two are both unsweetened as is my ketchup – Westbrae brand. I usually keep some Cascade Ice in there to drink.

In my cupboards I have nuts of all kinds except peanuts which I’m allergic to, almond meal and hazelnut meal to bake with, erythritol, the usual baking supplies of extracts and baking soda and baking powder. All the herbs that I’m not allergic to. I also have unsweetened cocoa and unsweetened baking chocolate.

On the counter, I have butternut squash, spaghetti squash, and a few small sweet potatoes that I use sparingly. I occasionally add an some apples and raspberries to my diet, as well as strawberries. And for example, today I spent 12 of my carbs on a nectarine.

So this is pretty much what I eat except, of course, for my lattes, of which I never tire. Fred, my espresso machine, does me proud twice a day. I keep a variety of sugar free coffee syrups around with which I both bake, and make my lattes and I use almond milk and coconut milk.

So yeah, I’m getting back on track and starting to feel better. It’s amazing how such a small amount of something can affect your body so much and make such a difference. I’ve learned that the hard way with my food allergies.

I think I needed this plateau though, to both let my body adjust to all the weight I’ve lost so far, and also—to remind me of just how easy it is to head back to unhealthy habits. And this just reminds me once again of how touchy my body is when it comes to what goes inside of it. Get your mind out of the gutter on that one! LOL

So, the way I’m going to be dealing with this from now on is on holidays I will allow myself to have a somewhat normal diet within reason, given all my food allergies. But I simply have to accept that I have to count carbs every single day and make certain I stay within the limitations. This will keep me my healthiest and feeling my best and that’s better than the best-tasting food.

The way I see it, this is no different than Sam having to take his insulin every day, or both of us having to take our thyroid medication every single day. In a way the low-carb diet is my prescription for health, and luckily it’s one that I can live with even if sometimes it frustrates me.

So I expect my plateau to break shortly. In fact it feels like it already is. Which means over the next few months I will probably be going down another few sizes. And that makes me happy, because I am still not in a comfort zone physically although I am much closer than I was.

I also realize that I make some people uncomfortable talking about this. About losing weight and feeling better. I admit: before I lost over 100 pounds it made me uncomfortable to hear things like I’m saying now, because I didn’t know what to do for my own body and I felt horrible physically and that made me feel lousy on an emotional basis.

And I know first hand how, as a culture, we rampantly discriminate on weight. The fact that I was 100 pounds heavier made me no less successful as a person, and no less loved by my husband then now and no fucking dickwad shouting and barking at me from a car on the street can change that.

But…it would also be hypocritical of me to pretend this hasn’t made such change my life. Because gaining back my mobility — and a lot of that mobility was lost due to an accident and then exacerbated by more weight gain due to being laid up — has made a huge difference in my life.

And really that’s what it’s all about: being healthy and happy at whatever size you are. Because when you are healthy and happy, it shines throughout your body and spirit.

I guess that’s all for now, so back to the grind stone. Back to counting carbs every single day and counting every single carb. No different than avoiding the foods that trigger my allergies and sensitivities because of how badly they can affect my body.

And back to feeling healthier again — and even more than before.

Bright blessings,
Yasmine

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Monday Snippet! – Priestess Dreaming
Posted on Monday, August 25, 2014 at 8 am by

Good morning folks! It’s almost time for an all new Otherworld book featuring everyone’s favourite stiletto loving busty witch, Camille D’Artigo! – Marc

Priestess Dreaming and Panther Prowling are both available for pre-order right now, click on the names for the pre order page – and if you want to preorder a signed copy of Priestess Dreaming, you can always head on over to Seattle Mystery Bookshop

Oh, and if you can’t wait to talk about them, why not head over to Yasmine’s forums and start a thread if there isn’t one already? We don’t bite. Much. I promise

And as a final word from me before we get to the snippet, remember Flight From Hell, is out but as it is an electronic release only, you will need either an e-reader or an app to read it.  Both Barnes and Noble and Amazon offer free e-reader software for you to do just that and read them on your computer or your smartphone.

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Autumn Makeup Palettes
Posted on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 11 am by

Happy Saturday Peeps!

I’ve decided to start up my posts about makeup and clothes again. It’s not that I had deliberately stopped them—I just got sidetracked and haven’t written about them for a while. Some we’re coming up on autumn and I always shift my makeup palettes over every autumn and spring. I also go through my clothes and assess what no longer fits—because I’m still losing weight, what is worn out, what needs fixed, what’s still good, and what I just no longer like. Same with shoes. I cart everything that’s still wearable but that I don’t want down to the charity thrift shops and re-organize what’s left.

So today’s post is on autumn makeup. The other day I got on a tear and pulled out all of my makeup. I am talking everything out of the makeup case, my makeup drawers, my purse, anywhere I could find that I had stashed my cosmetics.

Now bear in mind, this did not include all my lotions perfumes and body care items. That will be another session.

So first what I did is divide everything into types of makeup, and then into colors within those divisions. I went through everything and threw away anything that was old. Old is a relative term when were discussing cosmetics. Some items should be replaced every three months, others—can last a couple years. The main point is that you do not want is to keep makeup that may be harboring bacteria. After I had weeded out all of the old eye makeup, I then organized everything by color in various Ziploc bags. THEN I chose the shades that I want to work with this autumn. Once that was done, I wiped down my makeup case, makeup drawers, and put everything away neatly.

Today I decided to start experimenting with autumn colors and here is one of the palettes that I have put together for the coming season. I love greens but sometimes they don’t work with my skin tone. I can wear jewel toned green clothing, and I can wear lime green, oddly enough, but eye makeup? Green has to be pared with other colors.

So here’s a picture of what I came up with today:

Yasmine's autumn makeup

Foundation and powder: I use MAC Studio Fix Fluid NC15. It’s one of the palest colors they have, because I have very pale skin even though I am a quarter Cherokee. I also use MAC Select Sheer Pressed Powder in NC5. You would, of course, choose colors to match your skin tone. My blush is Nars Super Orgasm. For eyeshadow primer I used Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in the original color.

For my eyes:

Over the entire eye from brow to lid, I used Urban Decay Vanilla. Then over the lid, I used a sweep of Urban Decay Mildew. In the crease: MAC Sketch. Over that, I drew a thin line using Urban Decay’s Glide On Eye Pencil in Rock Star. Then, I blended the Sketch and the Rock Star together with a brush.

Next, I used Urban Decay’s 24/7 Eye Liner in Perversion. I love liquid liner—and theirs is one of the best, in my opinion. So, I use liner both right above the upper lashes, and right below the bottom lashes. I do not use liner on the inside of my eyelid rim—my eyes are way too sensitive for that. After the liner dried (and I love this liner because it dries fast), I used Tarté lash primer, and then Estée Lauder’s More Than Mascara in rich black.

Then lastly, I made a quick run directly under the lower black eyeliner with Urban Decay’s Rock Star Glide On Pencil, and then a light sweep of Urban Decay’s Urb eyeshadow. For my eyebrows, I used a layer of Urban Decay’s Glide On Eye Pencil in Crash and finished that off with MAC’s Clear Brow Finisher.

For my lips I simply used Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Rouge lip lacquer in shade number 9 — Burgundy. This is a long-lasting lacquer that replaced MAC’s version for my favorite. For one thing—there are so many more shades to choose from and for another, it feels lighter.

A lot of people think this process will take forever. Actually, I can do my face in 10 to 15 minutes when I go all out like this, and I almost always do a full face of makeup. It simply takes practice. I’ll post again with the next color combination I decide on for autumn, and I may do some fashion posts as well.

Remember makeup should be fun, it’s an expression of who we are that particular day, of who we want to be. Not every woman likes makeup and that’s fine, but for me it’s an artistic expression using myself as a canvas. Makeup makes me feel polished and ready to walk out the door—kind of like wearing clothes. I’m not a nudist at heart.

So what are some of the favorite cosmetics that you use? Are you planning on overhauling your makeup for autumn? Do you gear your makeup looks toward the seasons? And please—no politics in the comment thread.

Bright blessings,
Yasmine

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Brain Candy Friday and Giveaway
Posted on Friday, August 22, 2014 at 8 am by

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So, your significant other (and if you don’t have one, pretend you do), comes home one day and tells you that they have to come out of the shifter closet–they’re really a werewolf and that’s why they’ve been unavailable on the nights of the Full Moon. What’s your reaction?

One person who is subscribed to my blog (and confirmed–check your email for the confirmation letter so you can confirm your subscription) and comments will win a random book from my backlist (signed by me, of course). :)  You must be 18 or over to win, and enter by August 28th, 2014.

Yasmine

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Backlist Blitz! – Autumn Whispers
Posted on Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 8 am by

Ever wonder if the monsters under your bed are real…? Meet the D’Artigo Sisters–three half human, half-Fae, wild and sexy members of the OIA–the Otherworld Intelligence Agency. Camille, a witch, Delilah, a werecat, and Menolly, an acrobat extraordinaire turned vampire, are sent Earthside to keep them out of trouble by their superiors, who consider the girls nothing but a bunch of bumbling half-breeds.
But the girls soon find themselves smack in the middle of Demon-Central when Shadow Wing, the leader of the Subterranean Realms, decides to attempt a coup on both Earth and Otherworld. Now, with their friends and lovers, they must use all of their collective talents to prevent the demons from taking over as the three sisters attempt to save two worlds, one monster at a time. Adult Urban Fantasy (Explicit Sex)

Order from here on the right

And a quick note  Flight From Hell is NOW AVAILABLE!  and  Priestess Dreaming and Panther Prowling are available for PREORDER, click on the names for the pre-order page

As Flight from Hell is an electronic release only, you will need either an e-reader or an app to read it.  Both Barnes and Noble and Amazon offer free e-reader software for you to do just that and read them on your computer, there are also Nook and Kindle apps available in the app stores for both iOS  and Android phones – Marc

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BOOK BIRTHDAY: FLIGHT FROM HELL
Posted on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 8 am by

YES! TODAY IS RELEASE DAY.

GO! BUY! READ!

I hope you love it. :) –Yasmine

FLIGHT FROM HELL Novella

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Monday Snippet!- Flight From Hell!
Posted on Monday, August 18, 2014 at 8 am by

Ok folks, this is it! This is THE LAST SNIPPET before release! That’s right! Flight From Hell, the crossover novella between the Otherworld series and the forthcoming Fly By Night series is out TOMORROW!

Not only is Flight From Hell available for pre-order, but so are Priestess Dreaming and Panther Prowling, click on the names for the pre order page – Marc

Oh, and if you can’t wait to talk about them, why not head over to Yasmine’s forums and start a thread if there isn’t one already? We don’t bite. Much. I promise

As Flight from Hell is an electronic release only, you will need either an e-reader or an app to read it.  Both Barnes and Noble and Amazon offer free e-reader software for you to do just that and read them on your computer.

And be sure to come back this time next week when we return with snippets from everyone’s favorite busty witch J and start Priestess Dreaming!

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Brain Candy Friday and Giveaway
Posted on Friday, August 15, 2014 at 9 am by

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OOPS… Brain Candy Friday is a little late today because I’m running a little scattered. So, this week has been full of horrific stuff in the news and has left me feeling a bit overwhelmed. I’m also waiting on news (can’t talk about yet) and hoping it will be good (no, it’s not health stuff so don’t worry).

So, how about this. My question today? Tell me something to make me smile. Kitties make me smile, caffeine makes me smile, good deeds and fun news makes me smile…leave a little happy comment here.

One commenter (who is 18 or over), who is subscribed to my blog will win a random book from my backlist, and yes, I’ll sign it, and even enclose a little note with it. ;)  Make sure that when you subscribe to my blog (if you’re a new subscriber) that you have confirmed your subscription–always check your spam folders if you don’t get the confirmation email. Contest ends August 21st.

Bright Blessings and have a good weekend!
Yasmine

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Backlist Blitz! – Haunted Moon
Posted on Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 8 am by

Ever wonder if the monsters under your bed are real…? Meet the D’Artigo Sisters–three half human, half-Fae, wild and sexy members of the OIA–the Otherworld Intelligence Agency. Camille, a witch, Delilah, a werecat, and Menolly, an acrobat extraordinaire turned vampire, are sent Earthside to keep them out of trouble by their superiors, who consider the girls nothing but a bunch of bumbling half-breeds.
But the girls soon find themselves smack in the middle of Demon-Central when Shadow Wing, the leader of the Subterranean Realms, decides to attempt a coup on both Earth and Otherworld. Now, with their friends and lovers, they must use all of their collective talents to prevent the demons from taking over as the three sisters attempt to save two worlds, one monster at a time. Adult Urban Fantasy (Explicit Sex)

Order from here on the right :)

And a quick note  Flight From Hell is available for pre-order and so are Priestess Dreaming and Panther Prowling, click on the names for the pre order page

As Flight from Hell is an electronic release only, you will need either an e-reader or an app to read it.  Both Barnes and Noble and Amazon offer free e-reader software for you to do just that and read them on your computer – Marc

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