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Ask Umpa / Re: OMM Bread
« on: July 17, 2021, 11:43:32 AM »
Hi Rene, I believe this is what you're looking for :)

Ask Umpa / Re: ASK UMPA IS BACK!!!
« on: March 16, 2021, 09:36:22 AM »
Past couple of years has been extremely busy, nice to find the time to get back to our forum.

General Discussion / Global Moderator Reunion
« on: November 03, 2018, 01:38:59 PM »
Hello everyone....2019 is upon us, how time flies! Umpa and I left the Florida Keys and moved to Sebring FL. Sold the property 1 month before the big one hit. Still doing the snowbird thing and the Smoky Mnts are still beautiful in the fall. Nice chilly day today, about 50 degrees and the leaves are changing. I've had my scope on a nice big bear over the last few weeks and hope to pack him into the freezer before I leave. Tough to beat fresh black bear meat from this part of the country.

I hope all of you are in good health and doing well!

Lean On My Shoulder / Re: Heart Attack!
« on: April 16, 2018, 01:12:54 PM »
Hi Suz... Unfortunately "the horse is out of the barn" as my doctor would say. Over the years of high triglycerides caused by high sugar in my system. The plaque that built up in my arteries in lay terms is "hardening of the arteries plaque" This type of plaque stays hard, real hard condensed against the arterial walls. THEN something makes it soften and expand like a sponge closing off the arteries. My blockage in my left anterior was 98%. That required a stent about 8 years ago. Unfortunately throughout my system there are other areas of hard plaque, that's the docs words. SO, will it happen again? Don't know.  I've been taking Buckwheat supplements as a natural way to break down the plaques. That's the claim the industry states... Umpa approved :) Anyway, the question of course to the doc was what is the something that activates the plaque... His answer was stress. 

Hope you get well soon. 

General Discussion / Re: So where is Doug and Umpa
« on: December 29, 2017, 04:40:55 PM »
Here  8) Hi all, time has been extremely hard to capture. All is well. Umpa and I had a tough 18 months with deaths in the family, lost both my parents.

We haven't forgotten any of you guys and appreciate your friendship. Thanks Tony for being a cornerstone in the foundation :)  Life is settling down now. FTS re-focus is in the short future.

Keep it rocking, talk to you all soon.

General Discussion / Hello All :)
« on: December 03, 2017, 01:48:26 PM »
Umpa and I have been on a roller coaster for about a year. Elderly parent stuff. Haven't had extra minutes for anybody. Out of the tornado now and can catch a breath  8)

General Discussion / Hello gang
« on: May 13, 2016, 09:30:28 AM »
Hi guys, been a tough couple of months. Mom died, dad landed in the hospital, Umpa and I caught a foreign flu unrecognizable by doctors that kept us down for about 6 weeks followed up by food poisoning.  :-[  Doing much better the past couple of days and are now on the 1600 mile trip to care for Dad at the cape. Should be able to get back on our forum soon.

Thanks to all of you who have held down the fort!

Sides and Snacks / Re: Candied Turnips...yummy
« on: March 08, 2016, 04:59:05 PM »
When I was young my Mom grew fact she still does :) To make them really delish for us kids she would fry them in butter, then caramelize them with more butter and brown sugar. I developed this replacement dish and BOY does it do the job!

Sides and Snacks / Re: Deviled Eggs w/ a crunch BACON!!!!!!!!!!!!!
« on: March 08, 2016, 04:53:46 PM »
I made this recipe yesterday and threw in some dried onion flakes and some capers......... topped it all off with smoked paprika! Yummy!!

Sides and Snacks / Re: asian-broccoli-salad
« on: March 08, 2016, 04:51:29 PM »
I've got a nice head of broccoli and the entire ingredient list.... sounds like lunch tomorrow. Might throw in some grilled deer meat for an extra protein punch :)

Lean On My Shoulder / Re: Now what do I do?
« on: March 08, 2016, 04:39:41 PM »
Stay the course Susie!

Lunch Recipes / Re: Delicious Low Carb Nordic Gravlox
« on: March 06, 2016, 11:22:09 AM »
I've made this with Steelhead.....delish!!!!!!!!!

Lunch Recipes / Delicious Low Carb Nordic Gravlox
« on: March 05, 2016, 09:55:14 AM »
Want something wonderful? Of course you do :)

Gravlax is a Nordic dish consisting of raw salmon, cured in salt, sugar, and dill. Gravlox is usually served as an appetizer, sliced thinly and accompanied by a capers, cream cheese and diced purple onion on bread of some kind. We enjoy Gravlox on low carb everything bagels (2 grams net carbs) that we buy from

Making Gravlox is easy and fun and requires about 10 minutes prep time and 4 day cure time.

Delicious Low Carb Nordic Gravlox


1 pound thick Salmon filet skin on
1/2 cup sea salt
1 bunch fresh dill weed
1/2 cup vodka
15 drops FAT TO SKINNY Zero Sweetener
Course ground black pepper (optional)


1- Mix the Zero sweetener with the vodka
2- Place the fish in a quart zip lock bag and pour in the sweetened vodka coating all sides.
3- Open the bag and pour the salt all over the flesh side of the fish covering all areas.
4- Place the bunch of dill weed on top of the salt.
5- Press down gently on the bag to remove most air.
6- Place the sealed bag with the fish flesh down in a container and place a weight on top of the fish. A brick works well. I use a round 5 pound barbell weight. Place the fish in the fridge.
7- Turn the fish each day and re-weight.
8- After 4 full days of curing time remove the fish from the bag and pepper well with course ground pepper if desired.
9- Slice the fish very thin and serve on a low carb bagel with cream cheese, capers, purple onion and a bit of the dill weed.
10- Store the fish back into the emptied zip lock in the fridge. The fish will stay fresh for a couple of weeks. BUT if you're like me it will be gone in a few days!  ::)  


General Discussion / Re: Hello Again.......
« on: March 03, 2016, 08:55:22 AM »
Hi Morgan, nice to hear from you! Umpa and I were talking about you a couple of days ago wondering where you disappeared too. Not sure what you're going through however I do know that our bodies are very susceptible to hormone changes as we age. Maybe that's the road to search. Hang in there and stay in touch here, we'll help you through it!  8)

Desserts and Sweets / Re: Low Carb FALL SPICE BALLS Delish!!
« on: February 25, 2016, 12:41:12 PM »
GREAT with coffee or tea!

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