Blown Out Of Proportion


Day one of the Keto Challenge was a flop, a major flop. The whole day didn’t go as I had planned. Nothing went according to plan. I guess there is a reason most people start new diets and exercise plans on Mondays. Well here’s hoping tomorrow will be better equipped and my plan won’t fall through. After work I plan to ransack my pantry and fridge, (throw away all signs of junk food, non-Keto food) make a grocery list for the week and Only buy those things on the list. And after work go shopping as well as meal prep a few dishes for the week. So I have variety. Variety is key after all.

Let’s face it, I really don’t want to be that same cute chubby little bear for the umpteenth summer in a row. 😜

Thanks for following my journey, here’s to Monday, a better start to my journey, (I hope).



My 90 Day Keto Journey (w/ 100 days of exercise)


Well now I’ve done it. I just told you the secret to my upcoming challenge. For me, usually if I put it out there that I’m doing a challenge; it never happens. Or it never gets finished. This time I’m actually gonna try to do 90 days of Keto. Or roughly 3 months. The first 10 days I’m going to try to cut out sweets/sugar of all kinds not even swerve or any of the sweeteners that most people use on keto. Just to recharge and help jumpstart my 90 days. So that way when I’m actually doing keto with the sweetener it’ll actually taste sweet and yummy. And I will be able to enjoy it, this time through. After the 10 days, I will do the rest of the 80 days of no sugar but ONLY sweeteners. If it doesn’t have Swerve or Truvia in it, it’s out. I will still eat some fruit, that is Keto friendly, because I honestly can’t live without my fruit. But white table sugar, honey and maple syrup is totally out. Even cane sugar.

Along with these 90 days I shall be doing a 100 days of exercise challenge which I’ve already started. Hopefully both will continue on even after 90 and 100 day challenges. But I’m better at short term goals if I don’t have short-term goals then they never happen. Let’s face it, I’m guilty of never finishing anything. 😜

I’m going to *try* and tune in every week {just once a week} and tell you how well the challenge is going. How much I’ve lost so far etc. etc. Everybody needs accountability, in most things.

Like I’ve said I’ve already started exercising and will be starting the keto diet on Sunday. I know, I know it’s Easter Sunday. 😉 (holidays to me are so hard to resist the temptation… but it will be worth it to fit back into those 8’s again and who knows I might surprise myself and fit into a pair of 6’s. 🙃😜

Since I haven’t blogged in a while I thought this would be the perfect place to login every week and tell you a little bit about my experience, how it’s going, how much I’ve lost, and if I’ve gained any (Which with exercising could be muscle gain). Just to kind of give you a run down of my week, hopefully even a day in day out, look. So I will try and share recipes and exercises if this is something you would like to do one day, too? Or maybe something you might enjoy following along to.

I will say, I have tried doing keto in the past and I continued to just fall back and fall back that this time I really, really am serious about it and I really want to do better and to stick to this diet plan. I’m a planner I do better with plans with diet restrictions I’m not very good at just going with the flow or doing my own thing I’m much better at a plan. People have tried to discourage me, “don’t go on a diet just eat the best way you know how!” but I’m terrible at that. I just don’t do very well on my own.

So with that said, Sunday, here we come. Let’s go for 30 days… c’mon 30 days ain’t so bad…and then we’ll go from there..take it one month at a time…or one day, at a time for that matter. 💕



Keto Sausage Balls


Mmm! Have I got a treat for all you Keto Lovers! Or Gluten Free fans! These sausage balls hit the spot! With less than 2g carbs per a couple of these boogers you can’t beat that! Make them smaller and trick your mind into thinking you’re getting more!


1 cup Almond Flour

1 lb breakfast sausage (I used mild)

1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese or cheese of choice

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

1 egg

1 Tbsp butter


Mix all ingredients up by hand and roll into 18 large balls or 25 small (bite size) balls.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and then bake for 20-25 min or until golden brown. Be sure to put a pan underneath for it was very greasy and spilled out onto the bottom of my oven. Eww!

I hope you enjoy them! Leave me a comment if you liked them or would recommend them to your friends? Thanks for stopping by,



The Homestead Artist

Patching Things Up


So I made a vision board (my last blog post) of all the things I want to accomplish before the new year. It’s kind of like making a New Years resolution list, but since I’m a short term goal list maker, I do better with short term goals. Several of my goals have lasted for years some even my whole life, (i.e. Being a good wife, and a mama to earthly children), but short term goals, (painting landscapes and architecture for a change) or (photographing birds for the blog post I promised a few people a year or so ago…) are easier to accomplish for me, since having kids isn’t really something I can accomplish right now. Maybe someday, though. 🤗

It’s good for me to have short term goals because it makes me less idle. Like it’s something I really, really have to get done. Not that it would be the end of the world if I didn’t, but it would be disappointing. And I don’t wish to disappoint my readers. Though at this moment of blogging I doubt I have very many readers. Since I’ve pretty much put it on the back burner for nearly a year now.

Oh well. No matter. Moving on.

So here is my collection of patches, I thought you all might enjoy seeing. I may or may not be missing one or two. When I buy them I’ve gotten into a bad habit of just laying them anywhere instead of putting them in the box I keep all the ones that aren’t sewn on. Yes, I sew and iron them on. Because I’m paranoid that they are going to fall off. And I hate it when they curl at the edges when they have been on for a long time.

Here are some of the current ones that need sewing on and some that already are:

< img src=”; height=”4032″ class=”wp-image-629″ width=”3024″>Jackson Hole is still one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever lived, and visited.

The Grand Canyon Boot is still one of my favorite patches.

And the North American Hunting Club sent me a free huge patch nearly the size of my hand. 😜

I think I have a total of 46 patches, possibly 47-48? Not sure? I know I’m missing at least one. Just can’t find it. But I’m determined to find the missing patch. May have to take my house apart in the process but I will find it. 😂🤗

And that’s more elaborations on my patches goal/collection.

I’ll post my painting lists next. I hope you all have great week! My boss is on vacation until Wednesday and I’m gonna be working the front (cash register) Monday and Tuesday, so it should be interesting. Hopefully I won’t goof up too badly.



The Homestead Artist

This Crazy Wonderful Life!


Hey y’all!

It’s been a little while since my last post. I just got done organizing my art room. A project sorely neglected for a long time. But I said, before I start painting a ton of new paintings again, I’m going to first organize my art room so it’s decent for painting in. I think I’ll be putting up my jewelry stuff for awhile and focus on just a few things I want to get done, those things on my vision board.

First thing is first:

1.) Spend more time with Hubby. And those I love.

I love a LOT of people, mostly the ones I spend a lot of time talking to, over the phone, texting and in the everyday. And now that I have a job, time with my tribe is limited. Saturdays are pretty much my tribe time and Sundays are my church tribe and my family time. But I’m thankful more and more for each moment. Thanks to this job, I really am starting to appreciate every moment I spend with everyone I possibly can. And having a new church family, is such a blessing. Each person in our church we’ve grown so close in such a short time. Love it. ❤️

2.) This one may seem silly to some of you, but I have had this project going on now for about 15 years maybe more. I have an obsession of patches, you know the patches you buy for ironing on shirts and jackets and such? Well I have collected them for about 15ish years now and have cumulated quite a few in my travels. Just about every park I have visited I bought a patch. Every national park I’ve visited, unique restaurant that sell them, etc. I’ve always been fascinated with the old 1800’s-1900’s fashion of putting stickers on your luggage/trunks of places you’ve been, and wonder why they don’t do that anymore? So I decided I would buy a patch every place I went that was unique and if they sold them. I’ve had friends buy some for me, and have given me some. Which I find funny. They must think I’m crazy. But I appreciate it. 😎 The patches will be added to a bag I made in middle school, that I have saved for years and years. 😋 I would like to get all the ones I currently have onto the bag, asap. So I can continue my collecting without feeling too overwhelmed with how many I need to sew on.

3.) I would like to do more photography. Some of just my own inventions and pleasure. Not necessarily paid ones. More practice. Which I just started lessons with my new Pastor who is an excellent photographer so I think I’m in good hands. I’ve had two lessons so far and have really come to appreciate it even more.

4.) I would also like to try to paint at least 10 more paintings before the new year. I have one landscape I hope to start on in the morning now that my art room is fairly organized. I just need to make a list of all the ones I want to try and do. I’ll elaborate more on those later.

5.) I have a plethora of photos I would like to turn into another scrapbook before the new year. In a perfect world I will crank out 3 in a year. But we’ll see if next year will hold more true to that.

6.) I just started bullet Journaling and absolutely love it! Well I did until I got a job, and that went out of the window for now. So I have to figure out how to keep that in line and keep at it. We’ll see how it goes.

7.) I really want to squeeze my workouts back into my schedule even if it’s just for a short 10min. Or what have you. I can tell I get tired easily and feeling a little flabby. So I need to get back into it. I would like to get back into running but it may just be a once a week thing again, which would be fine with me.

8.) I know, I’m a nut, but I’be been keeping my eyes open for a Star Wars phone case. I had an R2-D2 phone case with my old iPhone 4s, I have an iPhone SE and have been on the lookout for something Star Wars. Because I’m a nerd like that. 🤓😜

9.) I have about two or three paintings I really need to finish, but haven’t. So they maybe part of the ten I do, they maybe extra. We’ll see.

10.) Like always I plan to blog more. Probably FB less because frankly, too much drama lately. No offense but there really is. And I miss writing. So I’m gonna try and do more blogging and less FB.

11.) So, thanks to family members, I finally found an OB-GYN that is not only a Christian but also one who really CARES! Yes!! He really, really does! When we went last month for my consultation he continued to say how sorry he was for our losses! And how he acknowledges God created our bodies to do amazing things just confirmed that I knew I was in good hands. That he acknowledged that our babies were babies and REAL LOSSES, not just an “oh well,” thing that happened like our last doctor put it. I had been praying so very much that we would find a doctor who really, genuinely cared, and I believe he does!

Anyway he told me, my issue was indeed an incompetent cervix and noticed my cervix opening was a lot smaller than most. He also said, there is a very promising procedure I can have done, a TAC (Trans Abdominal Cerclage). There are only two doctors in the US that perform this surgery and the one I will be going to, is in Chicago and has an individual success rate of 99%, as oppose to all the others (95%!). So we are extremely hopeful! We went from having a 50/50 chance of being able to have a full term baby to a 99% chance! Isn’t God good? How amazing is that? His plans are ALWAYS perfect. We are very hopeful and know He knows best, whatever the outcome.

And lastly,

12.) I would love it, if I had the surgery next month (November) and Lord willing get pregnant in December. I think that would be so cool! Either get pregnant around Christmas or New Years! Either way, it would be a great gift!

Anyway, I’ll write soon about our upcoming trip as I find out more details! Hopefully I’ll know more next week sometime.



The Homestead Artist

Light and Fluffy Cloud Bread. (No Carb “Bread”).


So, I started doing the Keto Fat Burner diet plan on Wednesday of last week and have crazily dropped 6 whole pounds in 5 days!! Crazy. I know! Especially since yesterday, helping friends move, and working out that morning, I had, 3 SLICES of Pizza Hut Pizza, which was AMAZING, I might add, 😜 mainly because I was so hot, sweaty and tired (not to mention STARVING) and really didn’t want to be that one person that always says, “Oh, I’m on a diet, I can’t eat that.” You, know, there’s always that one person? 🙄 I didn’t want to make a fuss so I devoured it in spite of. 🤤😜 That was yesterday, and I had some Keto Cheesecake last night, to boot. So, this morning I knew my weight was going to read that I gained it all back. I hopped on the scale, and I think I did a double take, I not only didn’t gain an ounce but actually lost 8 extra ounces, so that made a whopping 6lbs total since Wednesday! Hey? I ain’t complaining no way, Ho-say! 😜

I hadn’t planned on telling anyone I had started Keto until I had at least made it through one week. But it slipped out because of this amazing “bread”. It was so pretty and smelled so good, I couldn’t resist posting it. And telling a little of my Keto success. 😉

If I continue to lose as I have I might lose ten in a week or week and a half. We’ll see?! I would love to be ten pounds lighter. Who wouldn’t? 😛

Moving on to the point of this post.

Cloud Bread Recipe:

Ingredients 3 eggs, separated

1/4 tsp of Cream of Tartar or Baking Powder

3 Tbsp Cream Cheese or Plain Yogurt

Optional add ins:

Pizza dough: 1-2 tsp garlic pepper seasonings, or Italian seasonings of choice.

Sweetener of choice and cinnamon on top for a yummy dessert like treat.

Fold in a couple Tbsp of cheddar cheese and 1 tsp of garlic powder for garlic cheese bread. Put butter on top once it’s out of the oven and cooled but still warm. Mmm. 👅

Directions: 1. Separate your eggs and place yolks in one bowl and egg whites in another bowl.

2. Add cream of tartar to the egg whites and beat with a hand mixer for a few minutes. I usually check my FB or email while doing this, helps to kill time. Beat until you can form stiff peaks from the mixer beaters. When that’s done set aside.

3. Add the cream cheese to the egg yolks bowl and beat with hand mixer until well combined.

4. Fold half the egg white mixture into the egg yolk mixture until well combined. Repeat with the last bit of egg white mixture.

5. Dollop 6 fairly good size round spoonfuls on a piece of parchment paper on top of your cookie sheet.

6. All the mixture will form six round 1/2inch thick pieces of Cloud Bread. Just keep adding to each one from the mixture and spreading it in to flatten it out with the back of the spoon. It’s very light and airy so little to no pressure involved.

Bake at 300 degrees F for 30min. The recipe I found said to let cool for an hour. But I couldn’t wait that long. 30 min was plenty long and it was still a bit warm.

The texture is a bit like a scrambled egg-y like texture. But super duper light and airy. It makes really great pizzas!

So, have you made Cloud Bread? What do you like to do with it? I’d love to hear what you do with yours in the comments! Thanks for reading. Enjoy!

Bon Appetite! Katie, the Homestead Artist 👨‍🎤

How I Survived Totality!


Wow! Can I just say, wow?! The study of our galaxy the sky, the clouds, and stars and planets have always kinda fascinated me growing up. I am so thankful to have witnessed something so beautiful and incredible. God is truly an amazing creator. It blows me away after witnessing something like that, it really humbles my thoughts that how could the God who created that, love me? Oh wretched person that I am! He is so big, these plants and our world, our galaxy fits in the palms of His hands! If that doesn’t wow you, honestly I don’t know what will?!

(In this picture I drew each segment that I saw. I hope to later go back and paint it).

My art instructor in college called me a “romantic realist”, I loved that because it’s so true. I tend to romanticize things but also believe the obvious and the true and real in life. I could never understand even at a young age, how anyone could not believe a Supreme Being, the Almighty Father God, created these masterpieces that we see every single day, if we simply look around us. Yes, there is ugliness in this world because of our sin but there is still a lot of beauty making declarations to our God; glorious praises to our King!

(We went hiking after the Eclipse at Rock Island State Park there in TN these are some snippets of the hike down).

(Who says you can’t hike in flip-flops?) 😎

The world did not end and yes there were nay Sayers that our eyes would be permanently damaged and irreversible. I was careful in my glances. I wasn’t stupid. I glanced for a few seconds and waited 10-30 seconds before looking at it again. I wore NASA approved glasses and didn’t just stare at it and watch it move. Though I saw it go from a fingernail to a tiny slit in 30sec or less, to Totality! And watched the sky around us go from light to dark, the weather went from a blazing hot to a nice cool breeze. It didn’t get down to 25 degrees but it was pretty cool. Like perfect Ala/TN weather. Almost a bit like fall. (Which by the way, I cannot wait for!) 🙌🏻🍁🍂

All I can say is that it was a breathtaking 2 minutes of my life! Much like my first kiss (though my first kiss was indescribable and totally amazing and was ten times better) 😘😍 Just wish I could have witnessed it with my husband. I definitely plan to go back to Rock Island with him and hike in REAL shoes. (And this is why you don’t wear flip flops while hiking. Oops). 😜😂

Did you leave your state to see the Eclipse in another? What was it like? I would love to hear what you thought about it in the comments!



Me and my sis in our cool NASA approved glasses. 😎😎