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New Sewing Student

Having a new student of any age can be a challenge.  Not only for the student but also for the teacher.  Not knowing the level of what they can achieve you take it slow till you see their work.

Being creative and thinking out of the box has helped in these ventures with my students that average in age from 16 to 60.

My new student is in her twenties.  She is due in 8 weeks to have her first baby and has never sewn.

Our first project?  I taught her what a seam was by having her recover a lamp shade with her favorite material for the baby’s curtains and matching blanket.

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By teaching her to use the lampshade as a pattern and using the glue gun instead of the machine, she learned to seam the pieces together to make a finished product.

securedownload2A product that she will be proud of for years to come.  As the baby grows, the shade covering can be changed to meet the needs of the room.

Today is curtain day…

curtains1Finding a technique to have her sew straight and with confidence, we are trying a zig-zag across the edging to make a guide to follow when she is ready to sew.



Since I polish my table I was afraid that the material would be too slippery with the student first learning so I had set the machine on a table cloth.

ironing boardBy simply ironing the edges and smoothing out the material it made it easier for her to work.

getting in the flow ironing made it easier slowly coming along


By removing the table cloth after she became familiar with the machine she was able to not only guide the material but finish a complete curtain on her own.

without a table coth finished productShe then felt secure enough to start the other curtain. Yeah!

no table cloth


Now she can go home and hang her curtains… stay tuned for part 2, the baby blanket.

Tammye Honey




Daily Prompt: Right to Health Or Is It?

Daily Prompt: Right to Health

by michelle w. on February 7, 2013

Is access to medical care something that governments should provide, or is it better left to the private sector? Are there drawbacks to your choice?

This is a difficult question to answer as I have been in the private sector of life.  Having been self employed, I can understand the hardships suffered by a small business that does not have employees that is struggling to make ends met.  Having the government step in and tell you that you must have a medical care plan added to your life that you do not have the added money for in your budget can feel overwhelming.

The other side of the coin on this is having one surgery.  This could set a family back for years to come with bills that they would never have saved for.

Working for an employer who provides medical care coverage sometimes is worth it’s weight in gold.  Those jobs are becoming rare in our society.  Due to the high cost of medical care.

I can understand the need that our government feels to step in and want to take control over the medical care needs.  However, the way that some politicians have gone about it has left a bad taste in a lot of voters mouths.

If we were to look at Socialized medicine in other countries and how it is working there, perhaps a fresh view of the situation would stumble upon our feet.  This would also not be accepted with a popular vote, however.  This also has it’s draw backs.

People do not realize in this country that we already have a form of socialized medicine with the military and the VA Hospitals.  The military only see Military Doctors.  They get their medications on post.  They sit and wait to be seen and sit and wait for their medications because the price is right.  The doctors are highly trained.  Why not take advantage of this right to be seen.

Even being retired, they still have the right to be seen.  Compared to going out into private sector where the copay would be as much as $50.00 twice a month for a prescription.  The choice on a fixed income becomes simple.  The wait is long but pays off in the end.

I am on the fence with this decision.  It is different for each family.  To say that someone has to do something might make their situation worse, not better.

Would love to hear your views on this.  Let me know.

Here are some other views that were posted on this same topic so be sure to check them out as well:

  1. Healthcare – right or privilege? « Q the Adult
  2. For All The Sick Penguins Out There… | All Those Small Things
  3. Government Hospitals suck « Right Down My Alley
  4. Ow | One for the Big Guy.. sometimes.
  5. Daily Post: Right to Health | tel-uh-vizh-uh-ner-ee
  6. Daily Prompt: Right to Health | Daddy’s Naughty Little Girl
  7. The Evolution of Medicine « theseeker
  8. Here’s to good health 🙂 | Random Encounters of an Inquisitive Mind
  9. Medical care: a God given right? « Melanie Ryding – Ryding2Health BLOG
  10. Daily Prompt: Right to Health, A Nurse’s perspective on why I think healthcare should be universally awesome! | Kul World Daily Drivel
  11. My Solution to the Healthcare Crisis | Mind of a Mouse
  12. Daily Prompt: Right To Health « Pride in Madness
  13. Putting Cancer on the Rwandan Agenda | Aphro Junkee
  14. Daily Prompt: Right to Health | I really just pretend to know stuff
  15. Right to Health: Govermental Sector | بيسان
  16. DP: Right To Health « Life of Me and Mine
  17. Short Ramblings of a Blue-Leaning Redhead | Sorta Ginger: Ramblings of a Quasi-Redhead
  18. Daily Prompt: Right to Health « Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  19. Daily Prompt: Right to Health | Tita Rita
  20. Right to Health | Drama Queen Under the Sun
  21. Daily Prompt – The Right To Health – Poem / Poetry – “A Public Toast To Your Health” | toofulltowrite (I’ve started so I’ll finish)
  22. Healthcare… | jaycee68
  23. On Health Care « Fish Of Gold
  24. Daily Prompt: Right to Health « A Western Buddhist’s Travels
  25. Right to Health | The Nameless One

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Virtual Party Idea

I broke a bowl the other day and went on Facebook to find a consultant for Pampered Chef to find a new one as it is one of my favorites in my cupboard.

She is in California and I am in Tennessee.  How ironic that we should be able to work this out.  After finding a few other costly items that I liked and the minimum party being $150.00 ,  I had almost spent that on my own.  She suggested trying the Virtual Party to see if anyone would purchase and that would lower my cost so I made up my guest list and my wish list.

I will see how it goes and blog back to let you know how things go with it.

If any of my readers are interested in Pampered Chef products, I would appreciate the assistance as my tastes are a bit over my tiny budget.


  • Tammye Green is the Hostess
  • This is a 100% virtual Pampered Chef show…get all the same tips, tricks, recipes and time/money saving how-to’s that you’d get by coming to a live cooking show BUT…without ever leaving the house. You can shop from the comfort of our couch.

    I will update the event daily with a tip, trick or recipe and you can place your order online by following the directions below.

    THE 1ST 3 ORDERS will receive a FREE cookbook with their order. Feel free to spread the word and invite your friends too!

    All orders need to be submitted by Feb. 14th!

    Happy Shopping!!



First 3 Orders get this Cookbook


If order is $60.00 or more you get this item also


She also threw in this recipe idea

Thought it was worth a shot…might get my broken bowl at a discount at least if not at least one of the items on my wish list…think big or stay in bed.

Thank you for reading

Have a great day

Tammye Honey


Weekly Photo Challenge: Delicate

Weekly Photo Challenge:Delicate…

“Delicate could be the tracings of frost on a window, a child’s tiny fingers and toes, the intricate pattern of a tree’s canopy, or something yet-to-be-discovered. So much of this challenge depends on your interpretation of “delicate,” and we look forward to seeing the range of images you capture”.  – Michelle


tammyehoney loves cooking

Hubby of course wants his soup again…I needed something a little different yet healthy so I went for the griddle that was on the stove and added two pieces of tilapia…

I then threw some fresh spinach atop of each then some season all and garlic powder of course…

Covered and allowed to steam

Setting the thermostat to low so I could do other things….

then turned fish once and recovered…

placed one in plate then added….

You got it whipped cream cheese from Philadelphia Brand and it is soooo goood….

Adding second piece of Tilapia and spinach over while still hot….

then dig in…

Dinner in less than 20 minutes….and is actually healthy for you…

Tammye Honey

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Buddy Holiday BOGO Offer

This is a buy one get one free offer for a limited time only…

There’s no better surprise than spying a Buddy underneath the Christmas tree – and this year, Scentsy is here to help you make gift-giving double the fun! Starting Sept. 26 through Dec. 31, 2012, buy one of our selected Buddies and receive a second Buddy for FREE.

Each of your new friends will come with a Scent Pak to make snuggling up to your new Buddy extra festive!

Choose any two of these popular Buddies:
Lenny the Lamb, Penny the Pig, Roarbert the Lion, Ribbert the Frog, Ollie the Elephant,
Mollie the Monkey, Patch the Dog, Scratch the Cat, Barnabus the Bear, Wellington the Duck
Bring your new Scentsy Buddies to life with two Scent Paks, one for each of your new friends.
Scent Pak #1: Choose any Scent Pak fragrance in the Fall/Winter 2012 Catalog!
Scent Pak #2: We’ll choose a second Scent Pak for you!
Don’t wait to stock up on your Scentsy Buddy gifts – there are a limited number of Buddies
available during this promotion, and these 10 Buddies will be gone for good after Feb. 28, 2013.*
*Offer does not apply to Pooki the Polar Bear or Baby Buddies. Cannot be purchased using Host Half-Price Rewards.

I do not usually blog this product on my regular blog however, this was just too exciting an offer not to share.


To be able to double your Christmas list shopping for half price…


Remember this is a limited time offer…so let us know if you need to have any assistance in ordering.

TammyeHoney and Eman

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OH Brother Gazebo Here we come

My hubby was rattling my case about buying toys and not using them regularly.  To me this is the pot that called the kettle black.  I have not seen him in his work shop building in almost a year. Our Gazebo was destroyed during a storm that partially destroyed it last month then last night was wipe out.  The only thing that we salvaged was the net zip up screens and the very tip top, as well as a few tiny shelves that were inside of the gazebo.  The remainder was bent and twisted beyond recognition.

My Idea:  Build a new one out of wood that is treated lumber.  That is stronger and will withstand the storms.

Home Depot and Lowe’s  DYI Projects to the rescue:

Home Depot DIY Weekend Project

The detail lacked a bit here and I really did think that it did not have everything included compared to the other one that I have enclosed….

Lowe’s DIY Weekend Project

Construction Note

These instructions are for a basic pergola with square rafter ends. You may alter the design and cut shapes in the rafter ends for a more decorative effect.

Example Dimensions:

  • The deck has 2 x 8 joists 16 in. on center (OC).
  • The pergola will be 8 ft. square with 4 x 4 posts, doubled 2 x 8 beams, 2 x 6 rafters 24 in. OC and 2 x 6 bracing blocks 24 in. OC.
Check with your local building authorities before beginning to find out if any permits are required. Whether joists are set 12″, 16″ or 24″ OC there will always be joists at multiples of 48″OC.

Laying Out the Site

Laying Out the Site

Follow the steps below to lay out the site for your pergola.
Step 1Determine the approximate area where you want the pergola. Locate a deck joist at one of the corners and mark the decking flush with the inside edge of the joist (mark 1). Measure 8 ft. along the joist and make another mark (mark 2). Snap a chalk line between the two marks flush with the inside edge of the joist.
Step 2Partially drive a 6d nail into the decking at mark 1. Tie mason’s cord to the nail and pull it perpendicular to the chalk line. Use the following method to square the cord with the chalk line.

3, 4, 5 Method: Measure 3 ft. along the chalk line and mark, measure 4 ft. along the cord and mark it, then adjust the cord until the distance between the two marks is 5 ft. (see Figure A above).

Measure 94 1/2 in. along the mason’s cord and make a mark (mark 3). Snap a chalk line between mark 3 and mark 1.
Step 3Repeat step 2 from mark 2 to locate mark 4.
Step 4Marks 3 and 4 should be flush with the inside edge of a deck joist. Snap a chalk line between marks 3 and 4, flush with the inside edge of the deck joist (see top view of Image B above).
Step 5Stand a small piece of 4 x 4 on the decking at mark 1. Align the outside edges of the 4 x 4 with the chalk lines. Trace the other two sides of the 4 x 4 onto the decking. Use a jig saw or a reciprocating saw to cut out the hole for the 4 x 4. (see Image C) Perform the same steps at marks 2, 3 and 4.

Setting the Posts and Beams

Setting the Posts and Beams

The steps below will help you set the posts and beams for your pergola.
Step 1Have a helper slide a 10 ft. 4 x 4 post into the hole at mark 1. Align the bottom of the post flush with the bottom of the deck joist, while the helper holds it plumb. Drill two offset 1/2 in. holes through the post and the joist. (Offsetting the holes helps maintain the strength of your framing members.) Secure the post to the joist with 6 in. x 1/2 in. carriage bolts (see image). Set the posts at marks 2, 3 and 4 the same way.
Step 2Measure up 8 ft. 6 in. from the top of the decking on post 1 and mark it. Use a water level to transfer the mark on post 1 to the other posts. Cut each post off at the marks.
Step 3Square two 10 ft. 2 x 8s and cut them to 10 ft. exactly. Screw the 10 ft. 2 x 8s together flush. The fasteners should be in rows of three, spaced approximately 24 in. apart and driven in from alternate sides to ensure the boards don’t separate.
Step 4Measure the distance from the outside of post 1 to the outside of post 3 and subtract that number from 120 in. (The length of the doubled 2 x 8 beam).
Step 5Divide the difference from above by 2, to determine the overhang of the beam at each post.
Step 6Measure in from each end of the beam and mark for the overhang.


Outside of post 1 to the outside of post 3 = 94 1/2 in.

120 in. – 94 1/2 in. = 25 1/2 in.

25 1/2 in. divided by 2 = 12 3/4 in.

The beam overhang on each side of the posts is 12 3/4 in.

Set the beam with the top of the beam flush with the tops of posts 1 and 3. Also align the overhang marks flush with the outsides of the posts. At each post, drill two 1/2 in. offset holes through the beam and post. Secure the beam to the posts with 7 in. x 1/2 in. carriage bolts (see image above). Set a second beam on posts 2 and 4.

Setting the Rafters

Setting the Rafters

These steps will allow you to set the rafters properly on your pergola.
Step 1Set the rafters 24 in. OC. Find and mark the center of each beam. Measure from the center of the beam and mark it every 24 in. You should have five marks on each beam, one in the center and two on each side. The marks represent the centers of the rafters (see top view of image).
Step 2Measure the distance between the beams from outside face to outside face and add 12 in. The extra 12 in. allows the rafters a 6 in. overhang at each beam. Cut five 2 x 6s to length.


The distance from outside face to outside face of the beams is 102 in.

102 in. + 12 in. = 114 in.

The rafters should be cut to 114 in.
Step 3Center the rafters on the marks and screw them to the beams. The rafters should overhang each beam by 6 in.

Installing Brace Blocks

Installing Brace Blocks

Use the following steps to add the brace blocks to your pergola and complete the finishing touches.
Step 1Measure between the rafters and cut brace blocks from 2 x 6 boards (for rafters 24 in. OC the braces should measure approximately 22 1/2 in.).
Number the rafters from left to right (see Image A above).
Step 2Measure 10 in. back from the inside face of the beam along rafters 1 and 2 and mark them. Continue measuring and marking the left side rafters 24 in. OC. You should have four sets of marks.

Secure the bracing blocks between the rafters.
Step 3Go to the next set of rafters (Rafters 2 and 3) and measure from the inside face of the beam 13 in. and mark each rafter. Then make marks 24 in. OC and install brace blocks. Between rafters 3 and 4 mark and install brace blocks as you did between rafters 1 and 2. Between rafters 4 and 5 mark and install brace blocks as you did between rafters 2 and 3. Offsetting the brace blocks allows you screw through the rafter into the end of the brace block instead of toenailing (see Image B above).
Step 4Stain and seal the pergola to match the deck.

Tomorrow is Our Three Year Wedding Anniversary.  What a great gift for hubby to make me… that or a new phone system…hint hint hint….

I had made and sent around 11 personalized pillows to each of our grand children for the Holiday season last December.  I have also been able to do a few local personalized jobs for area residents on items that are unique and local seamstresses will not do.

Now I have ordered more feet from Amazonthat are to arrive any day… so look out world I am about to expand.

Brother Sewing & Embroidery Machine

Viking Husqvarna Sewing Machine

This relic is over 30 yrs old and still going… will sew tent material so jeans are a breeze.  Between the two I am in heaven.  The only problem is with all of my moving I have lost a lot of my attachments for this machine.

Have a great day and keep all your thoughts happy

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Bad Foods Nutrition Alert Just Out…


Some came as a surprise and some were like it does not take a rocket scientist to figure out lol…anything deep fried, breaded or in an Alfredo sauce should make bells and whistles go off to the brain lol.

Here are those from the experts list…

This was from “Yahoo News” Today


No brainer for me

“[In June, Wendy’s launched this item, claiming it was “as far as it gets from fast food.”

Calorie-wise, this meal isn’t that bad if it makes up your entire lunch. But it has more salt than you should have in a day, let alone at one sitting.

One order: 550 calories, 18g fat, 27g sugar, 2,530mg sodium.

Choose this instead: Try the Ultimate Chicken Grill, a grilled chicken breast on a sesame-seed bun: 320 calories, 7g fat, 8g sugar. Still, with 950 milligrams of sodium, don’t make it a daily habit.]”

Olive Garden

Anything in a butter sauce is high in fat….

“[Shrimp are low-fat, low-cal, and high in protein and iron. What’s not to like?

In fact, the garlic-butter sauce in this dish helps rack up nearly two-thirds of your daily fat and about one and a half times your sodium limit.

One plate: 900 calories, 41g fat, 3,490mg sodium.

Choose this instead: Get a lighter version of this dish without the melted cheese and with marinara sauce on the side. The Venetian Apricot Chicken is another option; it has one-third the calories and 1/10 the fat, but still packs a good deal of sodium.]”

Well If I am going to Cinnabon it is not to watch my weight or to eat healthy.  I know that before I get there.

“[The luring scent of Cinnabon is a mall staple. But just one of these decadent pastries means trouble. They deliver about half the calories and just about all the fat you should consume in a day.

One bun: 1,092 calories, 56g fat, 47g sugar.

Choose this instead: Cinnabon has no options that are particularly healthy, but you can try a Minibon, designed for smaller—and smarter—appetites: 300 calories, 11g fat.]”

Dunkin Donuts

Gee I thought their low fat muffins were low fat…so this was a surprise to me.

“[Muffins are often mistaken for the doughnut’s healthy cousin. But muffins can be surprisingly high in fat.

This one is particularly offensive; you’d need to eat about three glazed donuts to match its nutrients and calories.

One muffin: 620 calories; 25g fat, 7g saturated; 54g sugar; 93g carbs.

Choose this instead: For an alternative—but equally decadent—breakfast treat, one glazed donut is a better bet: 220 calories, 9g fat, 12g sugar, 31g carbs.]”

Auntie Anne’s

Always has been a trusted name in nutritious food ugh you really let me down here…

“[Auntie Anne’s sells snacks, not meals. But this concoction—a Nathan’s hot dog wrapped in a pretzel bun—contains almost half your daily upper limit of fat and sodium.

One Jumbo Pretzel Dog with butter: 610 calories; 29g fat, 13g saturated; 1,150mg sodium.

Choose this instead: Go for the original pretzel without the butter and salt and you’ll whittle your treat down to 310 calories and only 1 gram of fat. Now that’s more like a snack!]”

A serious no brainer here….

“[Sure it sounds bad, but how bad is it? This afternoon pick-me-up delivers nearly one-third of the maximum fat you should consume in a day, and over half a day’s saturated fat.

One 16-ounce Grande: 510 calories; 19g fat, 11g saturated; 59g sugar; 300mg sodium.

Choose this instead: Your best bet is a regular cup of coffee without all the bells and whistles. If you just can’t live without a Frappuccino, make it a Coffee Frappuccino Light Blended Coffee: 130 calories, 0.5g fat, 16g sugar.]”

Cold Stone Creamy Milkshake

Think this one says it all in it’s name lol…

“[Chances are you already suspect that milkshakes aren’t all that healthy. But this particular shake, made with chocolate ice cream, milk, and peanut butter, is in a class of its own. This frosty monster delivers an entire day’s worth of calories and almost three and a half times the daily limit for saturated fat.

One “Gotta Have It” (Coldstone speak for “large”): 2,010 calories; 131g fat, 68g saturated; 153g sugar.

Choose this instead: A better bet is the 16-ounce Sinless Oh Fudge! Shake, with the same chocolaty taste, but a quarter of the calories and only 2 grams of fat.]”

Smoothie King

Hmmm…besides all the cornsyrup that they pour into it lol…This is actually listed for people who are looking to gain wait if you look close at their menu according to the report lol…

“[Fruit and yogurt can’t be bad, right? Wrong. Smoothies are often made with ice cream or milk and can be crammed with sugar. At least this treat gives you a heads up: It’s listed on the menu as a smoothie for people looking to gain weight.

But the calories are excessive—more than two Big Macs put together. And that’s just the small.

One 20-ounce smoothie: 1,044 calories, 35g fat, 120g sugar.

Choose this instead: Low-Carb Strawberry smoothie: 268 calories, 9g fat, 3g sugar.]”

A breaded sandwich

Fast Food in General…and breaded sandwiches…how funny are they…

“[It really is a shame. Some of the best-tasting foods are actually some of the worst in terms of fat and calories. But it can be hard to avoid them, especially in places—like malls—where nutrition information usually isn’t available.

So we did the work for you; take a look at a list of foods you should skip—or pick—at a mall, restaurant, or grocery store.

(A 2,000-calorie-a-day diet should have no more than 66 grams of fat, less than 20 grams saturated; 2,400 milligrams of sodium; and 300 grams of total carbohydrate, including sugars.)]”

Chili’s Onion String and Crispy Jalapeno Stack

Question here … anything deep fried should have hit the list from all the fast food chains… or am I missing a bigger point?

“[Diners and bloggers alike were outraged by the fried-onion Chili’s appetizer, the Awesome Blossom.

The unhealthy behemoth was removed from the menu, but its replacement is only a bit better. This appetizer is meant to be shared, but even one-quarter of the dish delivers an entire day’s limit for fat.

One appetizer: 2,130 calories; 213g fat, 31g saturated; 1,320mg sodium.

Choose this instead: Chili’s doesn’t have particularly healthy appetizers. If you must have one, try the Chips and Hot Sauce (470 calories). However, the chips’ sodium is 2,790 milligrams—500 milligrams over the maximum daily intake.]”

Macaroni Grill’s Kids’ Fettuccine Alfredo

Is this as bad as most restaurants that offer a hot dog and macaroni and cheese that is processed?

“[Kids’ meals, in theory, are smaller than adult portions; children simply don’t need as many calories.

The average 10- to 12-year-old, the upper age limit for many kids’ menus, needs about 1,600 to 1,800 calories daily. This meal puts them at half of that, with more fat than a grown adult needs in a day.

One order: 890 calories, 67g fat, 1,480mg sodium.

Choose this instead: Coax your little ones into ordering the Grilled Chicken and Broccoli: 390 calories, 8g fat. It’s still high in sodium, so ask for sauce on the side and use sparingly.]”

Quiznos’ Chicken With Honey Mustard Flatbread Salad

Started out good with chicken and flat bread lol…

Had to include the findings here cause this one to the eye does look healthy….

“[Unhealthy salads lurk everywhere. They promise grilled chicken, leafy greens, and fewer carbs, but often deliver bacon, cheddar cheese, and high-fat dressing.

Don’t be tricked; this salad will cost you half a day’s calories. The dressing alone has 48 grams of fat, nearly your daily max.

One salad, dressing and bread included: 1,070 calories, 71g fat, 1,770mg sodium.

Choose this instead: The Cantina Chicken Sammie, a 205-calorie, low-fat, veggie-filled flatbread sandwich: 455mg sodium, 12g protein.]”

Pizza Hut’s Meaty P’Zone

Ok now we never go to eat here so looking at the picture I am thinking ok cheese might put over the top till I read the findings then I know why lol….

“[The TV commercials for this 1-pound monster feature hungry dudes who don’t want to share. One chows down and tells another, who looks on longingly, to order his own. But these pizza-crust calzones should be shared—preferably with a crowd. Eating the whole thing is akin to consuming about six cheese slices in one sitting, and it delivers one and a half times your daily limit for sodium. One serving size is one-half of a P’Zone.

One whole P’Zone: 1,480 calories, 66g fat, 3,680mg sodium.

Choose this instead: One slice of the Natural Veggie Lover’s multigrain crust pizza has 190 calories, 6g fat, 380 mg sodium, and 9g protein.]”

One pound?  Seriously?  That is a small family meal not for one person….

Lunchables’ New Wholesome Deep Dish Pepperoni Fun Pack

I call these mom on a really tight schedule lunches who has a ton of money….

“[Ideally, a lunch box should strike a balance between taste, fun, and nutrition. 

However, an easy prepackaged solution like Lunchables may not deliver. The nutrition info is based on a 2,000-calorie-a-day diet—that of a grown adult. The processed food is too high in fat and sodium for the average 8-year-old’s daily recommended intakes.

One Fun Pack: 470 calories, 20g fat, 880mg sodium.

Choose this instead: For the same ease, try another variety of Wholesome Lunchables, like the Turkey and Cheddar Club, which comes with water and applesauce instead of cookies and fruit punch, and has 360 calories, 8 grams of fat, and 600 milligrams of sodium.]”

Ruffles’ Cheddar & Sour Cream Flavored Potato Chips

These are out of my food items due to corn oil however still found them interesting…

“{Ruffles don’t just have ridges, they’ve also have 17% of the upper limit of daily fat in just one serving. The calorie count is low, but chances are you’ll eat more than a serving, as most packages are the larger 1.5-ounce size.

The 1-ounce serving size: 160 calories, 11g fat, 230mg sodium. The larger size: 240 calories, 16.5g fat, 345mg sodium.

Choose this instead: Try Baked! Ruffles in the original flavor. The 1-ounce serving has 120 calories, 3 grams of fat, and 200 milligrams of sodium, plus 2 grams each of fiber and protein.]”

Haagen Dazs’ Dulce de Leche Low-Fat Frozen Yogurt

Ugh just when I was going to look and see if this came in the sugar free kind…

“[Frozen yogurt is often relatively healthy; even the most decadent flavors tend to have less fat than ice cream.

However, not all fro-yo is created equal. To be fair, this flavor does have 15 grams less fat than the regular ice cream flavor, but one serving packs 25 grams of sugar.

One serving (1/2 cup): 190 calories, 2.5g fat, 25g sugar, 35g carbs.

Choose this instead: Try a brand that offers no-sugar-added options, such as Edy’s. The French Vanilla flavor has only 100 calories, 3 grams of fat, 14 grams of carbs, and 4 grams of sugar in a 1/2 cup serving.]”

Kar’s Yogurt Apple Nut Mix

Just when you thought you had nutrition in a bag…

“[Words like yogurt, apple, and nut make this snack seem healthy. But a serving size is 1 ounce. The tiny snack, often found in vending machines, contains nearly three times as much—2.75 ounces. Bags in stores contain five times as much.

Eat a whole 2.75-ounce bag and you’ve consumed 412 calories—the equivalent of one and a half Snickers bars.

A 1-ounce serving: 150 calories; 10g of fat, 2.5g saturated; 90mg sodium; 3g protein; 2g fiber.

Choose this instead: Select a healthier trail mix, like Peeled Snacks. A 2/3-cup serving of the Fruit & Nuts FigSated mix has 150 calories and 6 grams of fat.]”

Reese’s Puffs Cereal

This is so full of corn that I would not venture near

“[Starting your morning off with this bowl of sugary puffs may be worse than getting up on the wrong side of the bed. One serving of this breakfast treat has more sugar than an actual Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.

A 3/4 cup serving with 1/2 cup skim milk: 160 calories, 3g fat, 12g sugar. (One Reese’s Cup has 7 grams of sugar.)

Choose this instead: For an organic and natural take on the peanut-buttery puff, check out EnviroKidz Peanut Butter Panda Puffs from Nature’s Path. The same serving size with milk has slightly more calories, but less sugar: 170 calories, 2.5g fat, 7g sugar.]”

Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts Brown Sugar Cinnamon

To me just add a little chocolate to dip it in and make smores then it is really unhealthy…

“[At least breakfast cereals have relatively easy-to-understand serving sizes. Pop-Tarts, on the other hand, report nutrition information for one serving, but each package contains two—and is impossible to reseal.

Eat both, and this breakfast delivers a quarter of your daily limit for fat, and more than half your added sugar for the day.

Two pastries: 420 calories, 16g fat, 26g sugar, 66g carbs.

Choose this instead: Your best bet is to eat just one pastry. Or you can try Fiber One’s Brown Sugar Cinnamon Toaster Pastry: 190 calories, 4g fat, 16g sugar, 36g carbs, 5g fiber.]”

Thought that is why there is now resealable sandwich bags….

PowerBar Performance Energy Cookies & Cream

It’s name said it all to me lol…

“[PowerBars are often shaped like candy bars and can taste like them too.

This particular PowerBar has only 1 gram of fiber and nearly three-fourths of the upper limit of daily added sugar, so there may be healthier options. (The USDA says to limit added sugar to 40 grams, or about 10 teaspoons, per day.)

One bar: 240 calories, 26g sugar, 45g carbs, 8g protein, less than 1g fiber.

Choose this instead: Try the PowerBar Harvest line. Made with whole grains, 1 Oatmeal Raisin Cookie bar still has 250 calories, 43 grams of carbs, and 22 grams of sugar, but offers 10 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber, vitamins, and minerals.]”

Arnold’s Whole Grain Country White Bread

just the corn syrup in this bread makes me cringe…

“[Don’t fall for the “whole grain” marketing trick without knowing all the facts.

While “whole grain” sounds good, this product doesn’t have nearly the amount of heart-healthy whole grains as products that say “100% whole grain.”

Two slices: 220 calories, 3g fat, 300mg sodium, 42g carbs, 4g fiber.

Choose this instead: Try two slices of Arnold’s Light line of breads, like the 100% Whole Wheat: 80 calories, 0.5g fat, 170mg sodium, 5g fiber. Or try the new Deli Flats from Pepperidge Farm. One 100% whole-wheat roll has 100 calories and 5 grams of fiber.]”


Still have yet to find one without corn syrup added…

“[VitaminWater uses the old trick in which the nutrition information on the label is based on a serving size, but the bottle contains multiple servings—leaving you to do the math.

Each bottle contains 2.5 servings of the sugar-sweetened water, so a whole bottle delivers 33 grams of sugar (a can of Coke only has 6 more). That’s a lot of calories when plain water could do the trick.

One bottle (2.5 servings) of the Charge flavor: 125 calories, 32.5g sugar.

Choose this instead: New VitaminWater10 has only 10 calories per serving, or 25 if you finish the bottle. But it contains zero-calorie sweeteners.]”

Quaker Natural Granola, Low-Fat

A lot of these either have corn syrup in them or modified food starch which is corn…

“[Granola is tricky. Although the name is practically synonymous with healthy, some types—including this cereal—contain a startling amount of sugar per serving. One serving contains 18 grams of sugar, as much as a Twinkie.

A 2/3-cup serving: 210 calories, 3g fat, 4g protein, 3g fiber—but 18g sugar.

Choose this instead: A 2/3-cup serving of Health Valley’s Low Fat Date Almond Flavor Granola: 180 calories, 1g fat, 10g sugar, 5g protein, 6g fiber.}”

Bear Naked Chocolaty Cherry Grain-ola Bar

Another not so corn free product…

“[We love Bear Naked for its generally low-fat, low-sugar concoctions, but we just can’t get behind this bar.

It has almost the same nutritional stats as a Hershey’s Sweet and Salty Reese’s Peanut Butter bar. Or you could eat almost three Nature Valley Oats and Honey granola bars for the same intake.

One 54-gram bar: 230 calories, 10g fat, 14g sugar.

Choose this instead: Barbara’s Crunch Organic Oats and Honey Granola Bar; two bars have only 190 calories, 8 grams of fat, and 10 grams of sugar.]”

Amy’s Organic Thai Coconut Soup

Shame on you Amy’s parents are counting on you to stay nutritious

“[Generally we love anything from this vegetarian brand, but we have to draw the line at this soup. While packed with veggies and protein-powerhouse tofu, one serving has more than half of your daily limit of saturated fat and a quarter of your sodium.

One 1/2-can serving: 140 calories; 10g fat, 8g saturated; 580mg sodium.

Choose this instead: Lentil Vegetable, one of Amy’s low-sodium soups, is still chock-full of veggies and protein, but with less fat and sodium: 4g fat, 0.5g saturated fat; 340mg sodium.]”

That was their big 26 bad ones for this month…guess bacon and coffee can breathe for a month…

My surprise was the glazed donut being ok….hmmmm….

Two days later they do a review on the best chicken fingers to be found…. now if that is not talking out of both sides of your mouth what is?

Here are their findings:  (Thought I would spare the long of it and just give results)

Perkins Chicken Fingers Plate

[Its chicken fingers were the only ones whose chicken flavor stood up to the crust. Its broccoli tasted freshly steamed, and its potatoes were full flavored.

Cracker Barrel’s sides were also tasty, but those from Country Kitchen, IHOP, and Denny’s were less successful: The broccoli was flavorful but waterlogged; the potatoes had that fake-butter flavor found in some microwaved popcorn.]”

Have a great day and try to stay with a well balanced diet of healthy foods now…hmmm


Tammye Honey


Potato Crisis Overcame

Yesterday morning started out as a typical morning as I entered my kitchen…full garbage can and empty coffee pot which I filled as I waited for first cup.  I unloaded dishwasher and could smell a unique aroma that could come from no other than the dreaded potato bin…

Oh yes it was …my freshly bought ten pounds of potatoes had three that had rotted… oh great… so I dumped the lot into the sink and scrubbed the remaining lot… to use immediately…

Here is what I came up with in my early morning insight of weekend planning…

Good Old Standby Mustard Potato Salad

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

These went great with some leftover Pork Roast that I found in the freezer…

The remainder of the batch became cream of chicken and potato soup for lunches or to freeze.

No need for a panic attack just some really quick thinking and a few pots…

No more cooking for the weekend and now I can sit back and enjoy…


Tammye Honey

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July Craft Challenge

So come on all you crafty people…search for inspiration or make up a design of your own! I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

Here are a few links so you know exactly what I’m talking about :

For those of you that aren’t familiar with what to do :
1. Write up your blog post and tag #julycraftchallenge
2. Link the post back to my site
3. Like the Challenge fb page if you want to be able to share your link with other viewers (we all want comments)
4. Add the badge onto your post for easier linking


Use this HTML to link the badge back to me.

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My Example

Student’s Shirt

I thought that he did quite well with his shirt after just showing him how to do it one time….

Little man was just too busy with everything else going on in the house to give it a try…

Hopefully I did this correctly lol…

Great Project.

Tammye Honey

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July Craft Challenge

Can really get into this one and will have fun with it…need bandana’s for the doggies… and tees for hubby

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Pinterest is an amazing thing isn’t it? Well I have been saying for weeks that I am going to get a bleach pen and make my own T-shirt and still have yet to do it….SO the challenge for this month is bleach pen T-shirts! The great part about this challenge is that you can make one for your kids, yourself, your grandma, okay okay you get the idea.

So come on all you crafty people…search for inspiration or make up a design of your own! I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

Here are a few links so you know exactly what I’m talking about :

For those of you that aren’t familiar with what to do :
1. Write up your blog post and tag #julycraftchallenge
2. Link the post back to my site
3. Like the Challenge fb page if you want to be able…

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