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Weight Loss Wednesday: Surviving Thanksgiving

I have to say that I think the holidays are officially here! This makes me excited, but at the same time–for those of us who are trying to lose weight the holidays can be a bit unnerving and stressful. Or that could just be me. 😛 I finally got to come home after 4 months in the city, and let me tell you, it’s SO AMAZING–I don’t think Dad and Mom are going to be able to get me back in my car to head back (HAHAHA). I had this whole plan about what I was going to do when I got home as too not destroy 4 months worth of work–yeah that went up in smoke when I saw the cookies at my best friend’s bridal shower.

Needed him at the shower 😛

So I gained weight. This kind of depressed me because the fact I went from 149.6 to 151.8 and THEN I had the Scholz Thanksgiving the next day. I was upset with myself because I knew that I would have been fine if I hadn’t indulged myself in so many cookies the day before. My mom actually brought up a very good point: there’s a difference between good calories and bad calories (bad calories meaning sugar). I have a massive sweet tooth, and with one more Thanksgiving meal coming up on Saturday–I have given myself some tips. (I also found them online, but I’m adding some of my own).

1) Workout the morning before and eat a good high protein breakfast.

I’m going to be doing a tough workout the morning before we go. Some study I read said that people who worked out in the morning were more likely to be mindful of what they ate throughout the day. I’m also having a Greek yogurt parfait with tart cherries for breakfast in order to get my protein fill and kick start my metabolism.

2) Drink some apple cider vinegar before the meal

I was talking to a woman from my church who has dropped an AMAZING amount of weight, (SO SO SO SO proud of her!) and she reminded me of drinking ACV before every meal. I was only doing this once a day, but after the fiasco of my 2 pound weight gain, (gosh I sound pathetic), I decided to put this back in. So this whole week I have made 24 oz of water with 6 Tbsp ACV, a dash of chili powder and paprika (actually more then a dash, about 2 tsp of cayenne so… your taste I guess and I had to use these because mom doesn’t have cayenne at home), cinnamon, 3 Tbsp lemon juice, 2 second squeeze clover honey, and some stevia in the raw. I drink this about 30 minutes before each meal and so far it’s working nicely. Also drink some water just before eating, that way you’re just a bit fuller when you go for the food

3) You only get 1 plate. Repeat–NO SECONDS!!

This rule is especially hard for me, but I did it at the Scholz Thanksgiving on Sunday and you know what–I was fine. I know that with these type of holidays most people say that you should, “gobble till you wobble”. But here’s the thing. I filled my plate up with everything that I wanted, but only small portions of each (maybe 2-3 bites). Then I sat down and I actually sat down and slowly ate the food. I actually forced myself to eat slowly and enjoy each bite. This might sound strange to you, but ever since grade school, it always seems like I have to wolf down my food–this is bad not only for your waist line because you eat more, but also for your digestion. Sit down, enjoy your food, and you only get one plate. Which leads me to #4–>

4) Eat the things you only get once (or twice if you count Christmas) a year

With our family (at least the Elder’s) it’s all about the green bean casserole. The Scholz’s, homemade chicken and noodle (though we didn’t have it this year). The Harden’s, all about that bake mac and cheese. With all this delicious food, make sure you get the stuff that you only get once or twice a year. But make sure that you make protein your top priority! So I made my plate with small portions of all everything I liked, and believe it or not–I got full off of all of it. Of course, not full enough to skip dessert…..

5) 1 plate (probably a bit smaller) of dessert

Even though I am giving myself these rules, this one I’m worried about because I have a MAJOR sweet tooth. So with this one, I am going to have to watch myself. Just like the food, take small portions of things that disappear fast, and then whatever else. But I’m going to have to watch it. I might take things that disappear fast and then walk away and save the other until later in the day. Since our food sits out all day

6) Get up and do something after eating

Go outside and take a brisk walk around the yard, or if it’s nice get some sort of game going with your family. Play with the little ones, but do something to get your heart rate going after eating.

7) I was going to say something about munching here

I’m going to have to tell you how Saturday goes, but I’m going to have to be very mindful about munching and grazing throughout the day considering that we leave the food out. But because of health issues with my family, there will be a lot of salads, veggies, and fruits–so I’ll have to hit those. But even those need to be eaten in moderation. But I’ll have to watch it because I need to eat to be satisfied, not gobble till I wobble.

8) most importantly–ENJOY YOUR TIME WITH FAMILY!!!!

This is the whole point of the holiday, when it boils down to it enjoy your family time! When you enjoy your family, you’ll forget about food. Love each other, talk with each other, make amends, make memories, laugh, sing, and enjoy the time you have, because you never how much time you have left with each other.

Hope you guys like these tips, and I hope they help. I know that I’m going to have to follow them closely and be mindful–but #8 to me is the most important to me, and that’s what I’m going to focus on. (Just no grazing for me 😛 ) And I’ll be back on Friday to give some thoughts about what to do the day AFTER a fest like Thanksgiving.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!



Music Mondays: The American Legend

“You build on failure. You use it as a stepping-stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.”

What up everyone?! Well hope that everyone had a great weekend. I did but didn’t. I mean, it’s going toward the end of the semester and because of this, it’s like every single teacher feels like Opra and decides, “FINAL PROJECTS FOR EVERYONE!!” Ok, so I might be a bit melodramatic on that last part, but for those college kids—isn’t it true? Well it’s Monday, which means it’s Music Monday. I hope that you have enjoyed these posts so far and that you’ve learned a bit more about Johnny Cash and what influenced him, and how he influenced the U.S., not just socially but politically. Of course, this is the last post on him, so it might be a bit shorter then the others. But as my dad always says, “life is like a roll of toilet paper. It’s a lot shorter and seems faster toward the end.” (Yeah…that’s my dad for ya). So on to Johnny!!

As I did research on him, I realized, like I said in my last post, that the impact Johnny had on the U.S. is kind of like an underground river. It’s there and it affects so much, yet no one can really see it. Oh, and I realized that I forgot to mention in my last post, that Johnny along with Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and Kris Kristofferson created a group called “the Highwaymen”. They made several albums in the ‘80s and ‘90s but it was in the ‘80s when country music started taking a decline as a genre. This was the same that could be said for Johnny. He felt that his label was ignoring him, and so (while fighting a lot of health problems), he dropped them, and then hired Rick Rubin out of American Records to help him make a new sound. Here he made my four favorite albums—the American albums: “American Recordings”, “Unchained”, “Solitary Man”, and “The Man Comes Around”.

The American Recordings

During this time, his health also started to decline. Between diabetes, Parkinson’s, and numerous respiratory ailments—he kept working, especially after June died from heart problems. He lost his soul mate, and this caused Johnny to become very depressed, so he turned to the one place he knew he would be okay—his studio. Here he stayed, recording new music before his own death on September 12th, 2003 at the age of 71. June and he left behind 7 children between the two of them.

True love even to death and beyond

In his whole career, he recorded over 1500 songs, including a cover of Trent Reznor’s “Hurt”, which became a staple and statement for Johnny Cash in his last days. (This song is probably one of my personal favorites.) I absolutely love it. It tells Johnny’s life in a beautiful way, even though he never used heroin. There’s just something about the song that reaches deep into your emotions and pulls you in. It’s beautiful).

Johnny was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Country Music Hall of Fame, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was ranked #1 of the 40 greatest men in country music, sold over 90 million records and 45 albums, and he received numerous awards and honors between the CMA’s, Grammy’s, and MTV. He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6320 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California. These are just a few examples that show how much he really has affected our culture.

According to an article I found by Richard Phillips, Johnny was a very contradicting person when it came to politics. He was friends with numerous politicians—both democrat AND republican. He believed in equality for everyone, but he didn’t let social issues pull him one way or the other. This is true for not only social issues but political sides as well. (He viewed each side accordingly. Shouldn’t that be how we all should act?) However, just like with Vietnam, he didn’t agree with our invasion of Iraq, and as Kris Kristofferson would say, “I think he’ll be remembered for the way he grew as a person and an artist. He went from being this guy who was as wild as Hank Williams to being almost as respected as one of the fathers of our country. He was friends with presidents and with Billy Graham. You felt like he should’ve had his face on Mount Rushmore.”

What more can be said. He was a respected man that helped start the 21st century. When people think country—they think of Johnny. Course, I’ve said this before in my previous posts as well. His LIFE was an impact on our culture. He showed America what it was like to live the “American Dream”. What it takes in order to reach dreams, to keep pushing no matter what odds are stacked against you. He showed us what it was like to find your soul mate, and what a successful life really looks like. To Christians, he is the prime example of the “prodigal son”, the one that left and then came back. I think all of us have a little Johnny inside us. A little “Cash” the monster and “Johnny” the saint. He gave the working class a voice, he came to us on our level, and didn’t look down at the working class—he considered himself the working class. This is the reason I decided to write about him for this creative project; because, Johnny is you, he’s me, he’s every American at some point in their lives. He showed us what it meant to walk the line.

The American Legend

Hope you’ve enjoyed these posts and look to Wednesday for Weight loss Wednesday. It’s been a battle but hey, I’m almost to my November goal!! 😀 So until then, this is the Farmer’s Daughter!

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Music Mondays: The Man in Black (Continuation of my Creative Project)

“You’ve got a song you’re singing from your gut, you want that audience to feel it in their gut. And you’ve got to make them think that you’re one of them sitting out there with them too. They’ve got to be able to relate to what you’re doing.”

~Johnny Cash

 What up guys!!! It’s that time again, Music Monday with Johnny Cash! In post 2, I’m going to touch shortly on Johnny’s work with the U.S. Air Force, and then move on to his professional singing career. This will hopefully include some of the influence of his music during the Korean and Vietnam Wars.

After graduating in 1950, Cash would move around for work until he joined the Air Force for a four-year enlistment. While in Texas for basic training, Johnny met his future wife Vivian and then he was sent to Germany with the 6910th Security Group. While there, he was a radio intercept operator where he picked up and translated Soviet radio transmissions. (So does that mean he was technically a spy?) The Air Force was also the place where he created his first band with some buddies, (called the Landsberg Barbarians), and it was also the place where he wrote ‘Folsom Prison Blues’. He was with the Air Force until 1954 and discharged at the rank of Sergeant. Once back in the states, he married Vivian and they moved to Memphis where Johnny worked as an appliance salesman while trying to get his music career started. (Maybe that’s why I like him so much. He’s a real life success story).

              Handsome devil ain’t he?

At this time, he teamed up with two of his older brother’s (Roy) friends: Marshall Grant and Luther Perkins. With the help of Marshall and Luther, they became Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Two. With our recent discussion about the country genre, we discussed rockabilly—and these three were a big part of the rockabilly influence due to their blues/country/western sound. In ’55, Johnny, Marshall, and Luther went back to Sun Records in order to convince Phillips to allow them to cut a record. With his cry for new material and original songs, Johnny wrote “Hey Porter”, “Cry, Cry, Cry”, “So Doggone Lonesome”, and they recorded the every popular “Folsom Prison Blues”. However, Johnny and the Tennessee Two weren’t propelled into fame until the writing and releasing of Cash’s most famous song, “I Walk the Line” in 1956.

Johnny, Vivian, and their girls

Now here’s where everything started to go downhill for Johnny. After “I Walk the Line”, Johnny started using drugs and alcohol in order to help with the pressures that this new touring life brought him. He was doing almost 300 shows a year. Things started becoming more and more tense at home, as Vivian wanted Johnny home more, and then she had enough and filed for divorce in 1966. During this time, Johnny tried to take his life on multiple occasions. He was also a troublemaker of mass proportions. Cash and Company would do crazy stuff at hotels like: bringing 500 chickens into a hotel and letting 100 loose on each floor, flushing cherry bombs down the toilet, and even stabbing a replica of the Mona Lisa, because it, “didn’t reach his standards”. With a 9-year battle with drugs and alcohol, Johnny and Vivian were divorced and then he met June Carter. They toured together in 1967 and became best friends. With June and her family’s help, Johnny was able to kick his habit of drugs and alcohol, and in 1968—they were married and Johnny turned back to his Christian beliefs. (Aaaahhhh, best friends and soul-mates! It’s so CUTE!)

         Aren’t they just precious!?!?

As time went on, Johnny hosted the Johnny Cash Show. June wrote and Johnny sang their most famous song “Ring of Fire”. He was on movies, wrote music for TV, began to write books about his life, and in 1980, became the youngest member of the Country Music Association Hall of Fame.

This is just the main points of his life. I have read numerous autobiographies and biographies of his life, and he is just plain fascinating! In one of these books, I read that “I Walk the Line” could be taken in two different ways—and that Johnny probably sang them in both ways. One: a guy singing to his lady, and two: a guy singing to his Lord and Savior. Johnny’s influence was felt throughout America. It could be said that he was the voice of the country. The song, “Man in Black” is a political statement inside itself. He sang in prisons, went to Saigon, and sang for the troops. He never mentioned the Civil Rights movement or Vietnam—but his songs at that time held a rebellious tone to them. On singing in prisons, he stated, I kept thinking I could have been down there listening with the prisoners. Only been in jail twice, and just overnight, but you don’t need much to see what it’s like. Both times it was for pills, dexedrine. Second time I woke up in a Georgia jail not knowing how I got there. Could’ve ended up on a chain gang, but the jailer was a fan of mine and he let me go”.

            One of his mug shots

At some point or another, every good artist out there today has some sort of influence of Johnny Cash. He is like an underlying river that forever runs, even after his death. He’s the face of a man who reached the “American Dream”. He came from a lowly sharecropping family, became a famous musician, hit a low point and then came back to rise again. Johnny was a voice to the broken and the down-and-outs. He was the Man in Black.

Sunday Seasonings: End of the season of Pumpkin

YYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Only got 3 more days until I get to GO HOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh boy, my first break since August. I must sound like such a sap to some people, but I’m seriously missing home. Text messages and phone calls are great. Skype is even better (if my mom would actually get it) but, in the words of that famous Kansan, “There’s no place like home”.

Ok, on Wednesday I introuduced y’all into my crazy life of weight loss and eating. I know many were worried about me (thank you for your concern! It warmed my heart to know that if I ever did get into that position that I would have so many people that would help me out of it!!) but I update y’all. I did go up past 900 on Monday but then on Thursday and Friday I went again over 900 and Friday I got over 1000 (1172 if you want to know 😉 ) I gained 6 oz and I was like “SERIOUSLY!?!?!?” But it didn’t matter. So yesterday, I decided to try myfitnesspal again and so far I’m enjoying it. Of course, sometimes it’s a pain in the butt, because you have to put everything in, make all the recipes, figure out if every things right, etc. So it’s a bit of a hassle, but I think it will be worth it.

However, I must say–that making sure that I’m getting things I need (adding veggies and eating more protein/complex carbs/fats) I’m actually starting to see better toning in my stomach. I have this last bit of fat around my middle that I’m trying to get rid of, and I’m just like, “duh Lisa. More protein and healthy stuff you put in your body, the better your results”. Not rocket science, but sometimes you just need bonked on the head.

But today is Sunday, so I must give you Sunday’s Seasonings before church starts 😀 (and because my recipes are piling up lol)

My first recipe was an Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookie. I must say, I went out an bought a ramekin just to make this. It was interesting, and I think I put in too much baking soda because it tasted salty. On a grading scale I’d give this a B- to a B. Creativity, it’s a great idea. An Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie for breakfast?!?! HECK YES!!!! Guess this means that I’ll just have to experiment and get it healthier and much better tasting. It registered at 347 calories, but with working with myfitnesspal, I’m beginning to think some of my past calories are wrong.

oatmeal cookie dough breakfast bake


Now, you might remember when I made a Cauliflower soup, well this is a cauliflower chowder. It tasted about the same as the soup, but I think I prefer the soup to this. Don’t get me wrong–this was tasty, but I had to add cheddar cheese to it (course in our family we add cheddar cheese to EVERYTHING) and then some parsley and pepper in order to give it a bit more flavor. There was also some added 1 oz of turkey to the 1 slice of bacon because there wasn’t enough protein in my mind. But it was still tasty. Make it, taste it, tell me what you think. I don’t remember the calories on this, because some of them got fudged and I don’t think they were right. However, it’s still good for you–so just eat it 😛

Cauliflower Chowder

IMG_1842Finished off the rest of my protein bars this past week so I needed to make some more. Now some of you would probably think, “go buy more” but I wanted more protein with less calories. I have a few recipes on my pinterest snack board that I wanted to try, and since they’re there I might as well right?! Well these are Red Velvet Protein bars. They probably could have made 10, but the dough was really sticky and some of them are bigger then the rest. I added red food coloring to the dough to give it the red color because I couldn’t find the chocolate the woman said to get. I also ground up Quaker Old Fashioned Oats in order to make oat flour. The oat flour might have been why it was sticky (or I might have needed more) but these are actually quite amazing!! I was surprised, so it makes me wonder how I’m ever going to choose between these and the others. Guess I’ll just have to make them and see what I think!! So here’s the recipe I made:

4 scoops Lean 15 Vanilla Cream Protein Powder

2 Tbsp whole wheat flour

4 Tbsp oat flour

1-2 Tbsp cocoa powder (could probably actually only use 1)

½ C Unsweetened original almond milk

¼ tsp vanilla extract

¼ C dark chocolate chips

9 bars at 48 calories each (according to myfitnesspal)


Don’t know if you can tell, but the one on the left is the before chocolate, and the right has the chocolate on top (yyyuuummmmmmmmmm)

Yesterday it started to snow and snow and snow…..again…..and because I’m going home I wanted to bring a “Hey Dad and Mom, I’m HOME!!! Here’s our family’s favorite food–BREAD!!!!!” This is a Pumpkin Cream Cheese bread, and get this–makes 2 loaves, and at 14 slices for each bread (unless your my dad, who could probably demolish one in a day) it’s only 60 calories per slice. Of course, me being me, I revised the recipe a bit.

1 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 eggs
1 cup all-purpose flour
2/3 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup Truvia (I don’t like stevia, it has a weird texture to me–but use what you like)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp baking soad
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
For the Cream Filling:
8 oz. fat free cream cheese
1/4 cup Truvia
1 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
(There’s only a few times that I actually use egg whites. I like the full benefit on an egg but you can follow the original recipe if you need to do that. I think the bread tastes great, might not be as tall as it should, but that’s high altitude for ya…….maybe…… :P)


But yes, it does taste as delicious as it looks!!

Last night I made a salad I call a Broccoli Salad salad. I love broccoli salad (or any other salad that has mayo in it 😛 ) but I wondered what it would taste like on a bed of lettuce. You might know the traditional broccoli salad, but I revised this for one serving.

  • 1/2 cup romaine lettuce
  • 1.00 tbsp onion diced
  • 1 Tbsp shredded Mild Cheddar Cheese (there’s that cheese again :P)
  • 2 slices Hormel fully cooked bacon (love this stuff!!)
  • 1/2 Tbsp Kraft Mayo Real Mayonnaise
  • 1 heaping Tbsp Fage Total Greek Plain 2%
  • 1/4 cup chopped Frozen Broccoli Florets


At 134 calories, this is a full-filling salad and oh so good!!

I also made a really easy Egg Drop Soup in order to combat the cold wave that came through. I actually liked this recipe, but I’m always open to try others and find THE BEST one. But this one isn’t bad (lol)

As you guys can see, I do eat and I eat a lot of good things!! I’ll have some more recipes for you next week, but I’ll have to put them up on Saturday because Sunday–I’m HOME!!!! And we’ll be having the Scholz Thanksgiving on Sunday 😀 😀 😀 I’ll see y’all tomorrow, got some more information on Johnny Cash for ya!

This is the Farmer’s Daughter! Have a great Sunday, and stay warm!!!!

Weight Loss Wednesday: The Battle

Oh look, it’s Wednesday and I’m actually getting the chance to write something about weight loss! 😛 Yeah, so these last two months of school have been chaotic, and surprisingly I haven’t let the stress get to me (too much….at least not yet….I hope….) and gained weight instead of losing it. I did reach my October goal of 155 and I reached my November/year end goal of 150 last Friday. (YAY!!!! I GOT TO IT BY THANKSGIVING BREAK!!!!!!) Ah, Thanksgiving……break is in only 7 days and then I’ll be able to go home for the first time since August. With absolutely no. Homework. (yyyyyyeeeessssssss, those stupid hours of pushing myself did come in handy. I’ve got everything crossed off my to-do lists so far!!!!)

Ok, this morning I was sitting at a whopping 150.6 so…..I can’t go any higher or I won’t beat it. 😛 Though i’s okay, I’ve kind of plateau right at 150 which is kind of funny in my mind. However, if I could get lower (like 145), then if I gain it all back after eating Thanksgiving I won’t feel so bad because I’ll still be 150. (Yeah? Is that the right thinking?! I think so.)

Ok, like I’ve said, I’ve plateaued at 150 since last Friday, but if this is where my body wants to stay then that’s cool. However, only has long as me doing what I’m going to talk about will keep it there or go lower (or lose inches), then that’s fine. You probably saw the title and are probably thinking, “The battle. She must be talking about the weight loss battle she’s been in.” Actually…..I’m not. I’m about to come out with a truth that I’ve been hesitant about telling anyone, but I think it needs to be done. That way ya’ll can learn from my “mistakes” and don’t do them. 😛

The battle that I’m facing right now has to do with calorie intake. Now this might come as a shock to many of you, but here’s the truth about my calories. On my “high cal” day, I only manage less then 900 calories, and no less then 625 on my “low cal” days. Everyone’s probably like, “O_O OMG LISA!!!! WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU!?!?!?!??!?!” (well……………..)

Anyway, that’s just what I’ve done and I know the whole “you should never go below 1200 calories” thing that EVERYONE preaches on. Here’s the thing, every time I would break the 1000 point–I would gain weight, no matter what exercise I was doing or how hard I worked out, still gained weight. Some would say, “that’s just your body trying to get used that many calories”. True, that is most definitely true, however, for me 800 calories was enough. See, I’m not starving myself–don’t get that idea because those who know me know I love to eat, and some think that I’m eating all the time. But now I’m down to 150, so it’s time to try and see about adding some calories back in order to help, not only maintain my weight, but to help heal my body.

See, I got myself (again) into a state that’s called Athletic Amenorrhea. (WARNING TO BOYS: WOMAN STUFF AHEAD!!!) This is you don’t have 3 consecutive periods (I did spot in October so I don’t know if that counts as a cycle or not……cause I don’t). Some think that this is because of working out hard, but the source that I found says that this actually isn’t the case. It’s actually restrictive eating and heavy workouts. Their suggestion: need to find the balance of food and exercise. But here’s my problem, like I said–every time I raise my calories, I gain weight.

So what do I do? Do I raise my calories or do I stop my workouts? Here’s what I’m going to do. Slowly but surely, I’ll start to raise my calories up, but here’s the thing–I’m going to eat to be satisfied not to be full. I’ve come to find that 900 calories can be very filling, especially when you eat about 4-5 meals a day. I’m also going to be focusing on making sure I’m getting protein, iron, and all the other nutrients and healthy fats that I think my body might be missing. I’ll keep you guys up-to-date with how this goes, especially with the holidays coming up and…………CHRISTMAS TREATS!!!!! (You just can cannot make/eat cookies at Christmas time…….if you can…….well…….)

Anywho, that’s the battle that I’m experiencing right now. So it’s just getting it figured out because I still have that little bit of fat around my love handles and belly that I want to get rid of, Shaun T said something tonight that kind of goes along with this. He said losing those last inches isn’t just about exercising, it’s about what your eating. So if I’m not eating what I need to in order to replenish my battery (body) and also getting enough sleep, then you’re not going to lose it.

So here’s to the battle! And here’s to me winning!

Hope this wasn’t too weird or graphic for you. Let me know what you think or if you have any suggestions for me! I’d love to hear them, but please–positivity!

Until next time, this is the Farmer’s Daughter!! Have a good rest of the week, and I’ll see ya’ll Friday!

Music Mondays: The Man in Black–The Early Years

After about three lessons the voice teacher said, “Don’t take voice lessons. Do it your way”.

So, I have to do a creative project about an artist that had a social or political (or both) influence on the U.S. I sat here for a while wondering who I could choose. I mean, there’s artists like Elvis, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, George Strait, The Beatles, and that’s just to name a few. I sat here playing and playing with whom I could pick and that’s when it hit me! Why not do one of my favorite artists of all time, the man in black himself–Johnny Cash! There’s a story about Johnny that not a lot of people know about. I mean, yes, they did make a movie about him, but there is so much more to the man and how much influence he had on America.

A man of many thoughts: the great Johnny Cash

For this creative project, we’re supposed to show the social and political influence, but make it fun and creative–hence the “creative project”. Since I like to blog, I figured I’d share my findings with you guys! It occurred to me, the best place to start is where all good stories start…the beginning. With that in mind, for this first post, I will be hitting Johnny’s early years.

A young John R. Cash

Johnny was born as John R. Cash on February 26th, 1932. He was one of the 7 kids that would be born to Ray and Carrie Cash in Kingsland, Arkansas. Ray and Carrie were 3rd and 4th generation Americans, but their ethnicity was of completely Scottish decent. Johnny grew up during World War II, and in the time of American prosperity, but even though America prospered—the Cash’s were relatively poor, and what some would consider “white trash”. Growing up, Johnny and his family farmed cotton and other crops on about 20 acres in Dyess Colony. As sharecroppers, they worked hard every day, and to escape from the hardship and troubles they seemed to have, the family turned to music. (Huh, sounds like my family 😛 ). Johnny’s life was surrounded by his mother’s folk songs and hymns; he also heard the working songs of the other sharecroppers.

The Cash Family (can you find Johnny?)

Being raised in Arkansas, he was surrounded by the sounds of rock, blues, country, and gospel; however, he was most influenced by gospel because of his mother. Carrie would sing to the family every night on a beat up guitar, and sensing that Johnny had a gift of music (he picked up a guitar at 12 years old) she pushed him in his musical endeavors. Carrie was also a devout Pentecostal and her faith helped solidify Johnny’s faith in God as well. His mother and gospel music were the two things that influenced his musical career. It influenced him so much that, when he first started looking for a record deal with Sun Records, he wanted to do a gospel music album. But Sun Records owner, Sam Phillips, didn’t like the idea and instantly nixed it. However, even though Phillips wouldn’t do a gospel album, Johnny mixed rock, blues, country, and gospel together to make his unique sound.

While researching for this assignment, I found an article that was done by Rolling Stone. It talked about 10 things that we might not have known about him. One thing was that Johnny apparently had to overcome bigotry. This surprised me, because I always knew that he was a HUGE advocator for the minorities, so finding out that he was involved with an incident with a black soldier and a white woman surprised me. However, when asked about it, Johnny replied that he blamed the bigotry on growing up in Arkansas—which makes sense with the time period that he grew up in. He told a friend that he, “never disliked blacks,” which is the Johnny Cash that I grew up with.

So this is part 1 of 3 of my posts on The Man in Black. I know some of this information is really easy to find online, but I hope that you loved reading it and you might have learned a little about Johnny’s early life. In post two, I’ll be talking about his musical career!!

This is the Farmer’s Daughter. Until next time ya’ll!!

Sunday Seasonings

Where has the time gone?! I’m sorry all! It seems that all my teachers wanted to be Oprah and was like, “here’s a project for you, project for you, PROJECTS FOR EVERYONE!!!!” But I’m seriously making myself sit down and work on these things because I seriously WANT a Thanksgiving break and don’t want to be doing papers and projects over it. I just want to sit back and relax and enjoy Thanksgiving with my family and friends. You guys get me right?!


But, it’s Sunday and yes…I have tried out many new recipes that I would like to share with ya’ll!! You might be thinking, “how the heck does she have time to make all this stuff?” Well truthfully, I would rather cook and read a book then be on the computer all the time. Seriously, I’m on the computer enough and sometimes all it is is a time killer. So that’s how I get to cook so much….and because I have to eat too. BAHAHAHAHHAHA

Oh hey, so I did make my October goal of 155! (YAY!) So now I got 12 days to get down to 2014’s year goal weight of 150!!!! (Technically, 19 days–but I want to be 150 or lower by Thanksgiving break). It’s been going good….I’ve hit a kind of plateau, so right now I’m trying to figure out how to get over that and move the weight on down. But anywho, Sunday Seasonings anyone?!

For me, pumpkin season is almost done. And with Hallmark having started their “Countdown to Christmas”, I’m seriously ready for hot chocolate, Christmas cookies, turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, Grandma Elder’s homemade rolls………..yeah….you guys get the picture. Course you’re probably thinking again, “Lisa, you’re trying to lose weight.” Yeah well….live a little people!!!! It’s the holidays!! But I’ll talk about that on Wednesday. (Promise, there will be a weight loss Wednesday this week!)


Now, recipes!!

So when I made those spiced carrot cookies, I have a package of butterscotch chips left. I know, I know, I’m an oatmeal fanatic and I don’t care. So all this is is water, Quaker Old-Fashioned oats, butterscotch chips, and a bit of brown sugar. I wanted it to taste like a cookie, and it did. I might have put more butterscotch chips in it if I wasn’t watching my weight. 😉 But it really did, though I think there was something missing…..cinnamon anyone? But, I will be making this again–that I can promise you!


Doesn’t it look good? I mean, seriously. Good.

Next, I decided to make this Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon rolls. Yes, you heard me right. Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon rolls!! Now, I didn’t know how I would like these bad boys, but boy-oh-boy did they turn out to be absolutely, positively, amazingly, wonderfully, beautifully, delightful! Like….they’re 161 calories per roll (which stinks because they whittle) but seriously, you can’t have just one of these. My roommates will contest to this because by Sunday morning when I went to eat them before church….there was only two left. 😛 This, definite success and will be making them again next fall! Especially for Dad and Mom.


As you can see, I devoured my two before the picture was taken…..was only supposed to have one…yeah…that didn’t happen.

Pumpkin Pie Cinnamon Rolls

A week went buy and I had this recipe that I wanted to make last year for Thanksgiving breakfast…but didn’t because Mom reminded me that we were going to Thanksgiving at Grandpa and Grandma Elder’s. So I had a yogurt and that was it. So I swore I would make this sometime and try it. This is a Pumpkin Spice French Toast bake. It really wasn’t bad, and I really liked it–but when I make it again, I’m going to have to add either cinnamon or some more pumpkin spice and some truvia. It was just a bit bland and just needed some kick and sweet too it. The maple syrup did help, but it still needed that bit of something. But yum guys, yum. 121 calories for a bake of 9 slices.


As you can tell, I always forget to take a picture UNTIL after I get my fill 😛

Pumpkin French Toast Bake

Lastly, for Halloween I decided to treat myself so I made this healthy Chicken and dumplings. These were great and I really loved the recipe. I added peas to it because I wanted some more green then just the celery. I also halved it because it’s supposed to make like….5 quarts (20 cups)…and I didn’t need that much. Needless to say, I don’t think that it made 10 servings–or maybe I just ate more then I should. Which people, is a big possibility. It also tasted like a chicken pot pie. Double bonus. This is a recipe that is going into my cookbook! Most definitely!


Yes, it was a delicious as it looks, and no–those are dumplings, not meatballs 😛

Clean Eating Chicken And Dumplings Recipe

That’s all I got for this week, but there will be more next Sunday! 😉 So until Wednesday, I must get on my homework, projects, and I need to go study for my law test tomorrow…….also practice for my vocal concert on Friday. (So there probably won’t be a Fitness Friday–sorry, they’ll be back!) So until then, hope you guys try these recipes, enjoy your week, and I’ll see you Wednesday!

And here’s the Farmer’s Daughter signing off till next time!