Low Carb Breakfast Casserole

I made a REALLY good breakfast casserole, tonight (sorry, no picture…we ate it too fast)

2 c. ham (I used leftover ham that I had frozen)
8 oz. mont. jack cheese
2 cans mushrooms
1 c. real bacon bits
12 eggs, beaten

Layer ham, mushrooms, bacon, eggs, mont. Bake in a greased 13×9 pan for 25-30 minutes.

Serves 12
Carbs per serving: 2

When Calls The Heart Season 1 Giveaway (a $60 value)


Lori Loughlin:  Score

Jack Wagner:  Score

This series is rated G!  How stinking exciting is that? It is a clean, wholesome television show that your whole family can enjoy.  The program is about an hour, in length and can be found on the Hallmark Channel.  It reminds me of Little House on the Prairie, The Christy Series, or The Love Comes Softly series.

It is set in the Great Northwest in 1910.

I can tell you no more….my mouth and fingers are closed for business.  Just know…you will thank me, a lot, if you win!

Remember:  You have to like ANY ONE OF these posts:  my blog, facebook  (thebarefoothomeschooler), twitter (barefootHSer), instagram, pinterest, or google+ (thebarefoothomeschooler) to be entered!  The winner’s name will be drawn randomly and you will receive 1 set of When Calls The Heart Season 1 on DVD ($60 value!!)! These DVD’s were supplied by Word Films.

You MUST provide me with your email address so I can contact you.  You can do this by leaving a comment on either of the above places or by emailing me at thebarefoothomeschooler@gmail.com  If you win and I can’t get in touch with you, I will have to draw another name for this giveaway!

A winner will be drawn on April 26, 2015.


Social Corner:

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About the series:

The series is inspired by Janette Oke’s bestselling book series about the Canadian West. “When Calls the Heart” tells the captivating story of Elizabeth Thatcher (Erin Krakow), a young teacher accustomed to her high society life, who receives her first classroom assignment in Coal Valley, a small coalmining town where life is simple, but often fraught with challenges. Lori Loughlin plays Abigail Stanton, a wife and mother whose husband, the foreman of the mine, along with a dozen other miners, has just been killed in an explosion. The newly widowed women find their faith is tested when they must go to work in the mines to keep a roof over their heads. Elizabeth charms most everyone in Coal Valley, except Constable Jack Thornton (Daniel Lissing) who believes Thatcher’s wealthy father has doomed the lawman’s career by insisting he be assigned in town to protect the shipping magnate’s daughter. Living in a turn of the century coal town, Elizabeth will have to learn the ways of the frontier if she wishes to thrive in the rural west on her own.


Here are the new winner guidelines we shared with you for use in 2015:

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Ham, Broccoli, Mozzarella Bake


2 cups cubed ham (can be lunchmeat.  I used leftover ham I had baked awhile back)

10 oz. broccoli (steamed)


Fresh mushrooms (optional)

1- 1 1/2 c. mozzarella

9 eggs, beaten

Ham is cooked.  Broccoli is steamed.

Layer in greased 13×9 pan the broccoli, seasoning, ham, mushrooms, mozzarella.  Pour over the beaten eggs.  Bake at 350 for 35-30 minutes.

It was wonderful.

Servings:  12

Carbs per serving:  2

Healthy Lifestyle Update

I wouldn’t say I have fallen off the wagon…my feet were dragging the ground a bit for the last few weeks, but I’m still on that wagon :)

I have not lost any more weight but I have not gained any weight.  I guess I could count that as a win.

I refuse to live life without the things I love, but I am reducing those things.  I have continued to keep my water intake up (between 84-120 ozs a day), while reducing my coke intake.  I also rarely eat sweets (sometimes hard candy, but even that is really only on Sunday).

I haven’t had a sandwich in…well…I don’t know how long.  It’s been a while.  I have found some good recipes and then I’ve found some stinker ones.  You can find me on pinterest under the username thebarefoothomeschooler.  I have 2 boards…one says “Low Carb” and the other says “Low Carb, Made and Liked.”

Today, for lunch…I dredged some zucchini slices in egg and then in parmesan.  I put them on a cookie sheet. I added some fresh mushrooms.  I also had a few slices of pepperoni.  Yummy!  Yesterday, I did stuffed peppers (I cut the peppers in half).  It was pretty fantastic too.

My goal is to make fat bombs for Big Daddy and then I’m going to do the sugar free chocolate pudding with heavy cream for later.  It is spectacular.  I only it less than a teaspoon a day because it is just enough to scratch that itch.


Zucchini Lasagna

Broccoli, Ham, and Mozzarella Casserole/Asparagus with Feta/Green beans


Chinese (probably pork and broccoli)


The other two nights, I don’t cook.

Reminder and Reason!

I get a lot of hits for Reactive Attachment Disorder or Reactive Attachment Disorder in Adults.  I do post on that but I also have it set to where you need a password.

One of my posts ended up in the hands of a troll and it was broadcast in a not so nice way.  Since the actions of one person were so upsetting to me, I set all my RAD posts as private.

If you are genuinely interested in reading these posts, please feel free to email me at thebarefoothomeschooler@gmail.com for the password.

If you are one of those lovely troll people, then I will be happy to block your cheerful wretched behind :)

Tomorrow, I will post my weekly menu and my healthy lifestyle update.  I will also be drawing the winning name for the DVD Grace of God.  You can “like” this post or my previous two posts for entry.  Please remember that I will need your email address to contact the winner!

Grace of God DVD: Giveaway



I love reviewing movies!  We have been in the process of weeding out our movies and replacing them with good, family friendly, Christian movies!

This movie is another great addition.  You should remember (at least people my age) Jon Ratzenberger from the television show, Cheers.  He has also done many voice overs for Pixar Entertainment.  His voice is undeniably fantastic!  He is an excellent actor, so I was tickled when I realized that he was in this movie.  Larenzo Lamas is also in this film.  Again, those who grew up in the 80s and 90s will be very familiar with him.  I was not familiar with the lead lady actor, Erin Bethea, but she is a welcomed addition to our movie collection!

This movie is based off of the Ten Commandments about lost faith that has been restored.  Please like this post for a chance to win your very own copy of this DVD.  I will be drawing a name on April 20, 2015.  Remember, if you win, I will be emailing you!  So check your spam folders!  The winner will need to provide me with your name and address, so you can get your free copy.

You can like my post on pinterest (thebarefoothomeschooler AC), twitter (@barefootHSer), google+ (thebarefoothomeschooler), facebook (thebarefoothomeschooler), and/or instagram (thebarefoothomeschooler).

About the Movie:

Releases on DVD March 24, 2015
99 Minutes // Genre: Family, Inspirational // Rating:  NR
Having lost his faith many years ago, Detective Bill Broadly is called to investigate the disappearance of the local church’s collection plate. As he questions its various church members, rumors swirl as more congregants learn about the theft. When one unexpected church-goer confesses to stealing the funds, the confession resurrects Broadly’s views on God, and helps him see that through faith and belief there really is rebirth and redemption.

S O C I A L • C O R N E R

OFFICIAL WEBSITE  – Grace of God Movie from Wal-Mart.
“GRACE OF GOD demonstrates grace in a powerful way.” Read the full review from The Dove Foundation and buy this FAMILY FILM from EOne Films US at Walmart TODAY!” #GraceofGodMovie 


Here are the new winner guidelines we shared with you for use in 2015:

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): 

Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Young Living Essential Oils: Trial and Error on Uses from a Skeptics Point of View

I rarely believe in fads.  I have to try it to believe it.  I have many friends who are “oily” people.  They use Young Living, DoTerra, Essential Oils Exchange, Native American Nutritionals and so on and so forth.

I had been reading things on facebook and, no offense to those of my friends that sell these products, I just assumed that you were touting its greatness in order to sell.  I sold Thirty One, so I know how that is and I don’t begrudge you at all.

That is one reason why I would scan over the posts, comments or messages were made.  I would just chuckle inside and move on….and then, my sister called.  She has dipped her toe in a more “hippy” lifestyle over the past few years.  It started with my nephew and his belly issues….then it was applied to acne of some of her children and her ginormous plantars wart on her foot.  I get so tickled with her “finds” and new, more holistic approaches because…well, let’s be honest, I am the hippy of the family.  I *always* think outside of the box..march the beat of my own drum, and so on and so forth.

I decided to talk to a close friend because she is all about the “oily” lifestyle.  She encouraged me that I do not have to sell anything and the bottles last for a while, so they maintenance of replenishing my stock is financially doable.

I ordered the advanced kit (for the life of me, I can’t think of what the technical name is called…clearly, I don’t sell these products).  I wanted the diffuser.  The diffuser came with the kit that I ordered.  My goal was to please my husband.  He is always telling me that the house smells of dog, feet, sweat, boy, etc.  I get so sick of it because I work so hard.  I keep the house clean.  I use candles, scentsy things, glade air fresheners and nothing has worked.

My sister coveted LOL.

I have been using oils for a few months now.  When I first got my kit, I fired up my diffuser.  When Big Daddy came home, he didn’t complain, at all, about the smell in the house.  He said that it actually smells good and he wondered what I had been using.  Score.

These are a few of things that I have discovered.  I’m all about honesty and whether or not the oil works or doesn’t work.  My first BIG thing I used was Lavender.  Jude ripped off his toenail and it would not stop bleeding.  My first reaction would be to grab peroxide, triple antibiotic cream and a bandaid.  This time, I grabbed the lavender.  I put ONE drop on his profusely bleeding toe (much to his chagrin) and it INSTANTLY stopped bleeding.  I was shocked…plus his toe smelled like a flower instead of stinky boy :)

Here is what I have used (I have only bought two oils outside of the starter kit…Cedarwood and Oregano).

Snoring: Valor.  I put one drop on Big Daddy’s right big toe.  Dudes (and Dudettes)….I thought I had killed my husband.  I sat up, most of the night, putting my finger under his nose because he was not snoring.  He was on his back, people.  Normally, he sounds like a freight train.  He sucks my hairs up his nostrils every single night for almost 22 years.  He.  Does.  Not.  Snore.

Scratch/Bleeding:  Lavender, one drop….bleeding stop, scratch healed up in about 5 hrs.

Allergies:  I diffuse lavender, lemon, and peppermint.  I rub lavender behind ears, on wrists.  I rub lemon behind ears and on wrists.  Peppermint, I rub under the nose and on the shirt.  I also put some on a tissue to inhale it.  Has done really well…I’m not *near* as pathetic as usual.  Two of my kids have severe allergies and this has done great!

Insomnia:  I have tried Lavender on my wrists, forehead, back of neck, bottom of my feet, and on my pillowcase.  I also diffuse it and inhale it.  I do relax more with lavender, but it has not helped me sleep.  I have recently been using Cedarwood on each big toe.  I do not remember falling asleep :)  I also inhale this.  I keep it by my bed.  I’m not fond of the smell, but hey, it works.

Back problems:  PanAway…S.C.O.R.E.

Headaches: I rub peppermint on my temples and on the back of my neck.  I also diffuse it and inhale it.  Headaches are gone within minutes.

Arthritis in knees: Pan Away….knees felt pain free within 10 minutes.

Depression/Stress/Anxiety:  Lemon (diffusing and on wrists).  I also use lavender, stress away, peace & calming, and joy.  All these have done well for me.

Neck Stiffness:  Valor.  I rub it down my neck, focusing on the large bone at the base of my neck.  Works within minutes…plus, as an added bonus…when I turn my head to the right or left, it starts cracking like I’ve been to a chiropractor.  Weird and addictive LOL

Skin Tags:  Frankincense and/or Melaleuca Oil.  I used this on two of my skin tags and they fell off within a week.

Bronchitis/Cold/Pneumonia/Any Sickness:  Thieves.  I love this oil.  I rub it on my feet and diffuse it.  I used it on my 80 year old friend…she had bronchitis.  The last time she had this, she was sick for almost a month.  I diffused it in her house, twice a day.  I also rubbed it on her feet twice a day.  She was better in about 3-4 days.

Smells:  Purification diffused.  Citrus diffused.  Lemon diffused.

Eczema: I have tried lavender, melaleuca, and frankincense…none has cleared up my psoriasis.

Hair Growth:  currently, I rub lavender and cedarwood on my scalp….we shall see if that works.  I just started a couple of days ago.

I will be (or I did) replenishing my stock through Native American Nutritionals and Essential Oil Exchange because it is more cost effective.  Do your homework…I did…these oils are comparable to YL or DoTerra.  Some oils, I will replace through Young Living.  You can get diffusers on Amazon (I caution you on buying oils from amazon).  I also got my rollers from amazon.  I want more diffusers LOL…I also want a diffusing necklace.  Someday…

I will continue to post on what has worked and not worked.  Honesty is the best policy.  If I can get rid of some of our “extra” medications through using something more holistic, I will.  I will not replace my medications that I regularly take!!!

*Disclaimer:  I do not sell Young Living Essential Oils, DoTerra, EOX, or NAN.  I have looked, researched and used my family, as well as, myself as guinea pigs for things that we deal with everyday.  If you have substantial issues with anything that I have listed above, by all means, go to your doctor and seek medical attention.  Do not stop taking your regular medication without consulting a doctor.  Oils should not replace prescribed medication.  I have also not taken ANY oils internally.  All oils are topical, diffused, or inhaled. Read the labels.  If the oil is “hot” then use a carrier oil.  I use olive oil*