Mad Like Alyce

Pintrest Recipe Roundup Week 1

Healthy Pintrest Recipie Roundup

In the past few weeks I’ve really started trying to take a closer look at how I am eating (ignore my Insta post of an already half eaten box of Girl Scout cookies…). I’ve been quite upset about my most recent flare up with my shoulder injury, which has set off my worst chronic pain symptoms. I know, you are probably like, “Wait… how does this have anything to do with your diet?”

Without getting into the internal chemistry or topics regarding how food can cause inflammation etc. it simply breaks down to the fact that even with my successes with Farrells Kickboxing a year ago, I have gained a net 40 lbs in the past 4 years. Its one of those things that I’ve accepted, as I spent a majority of those years focusing on getting control of my mental health and dealing with a myriad of other physical ailments which took up my full attention span.

Now 4 years later, my confidence in my self is SOOO MUCH BETTER than it was 40 lbs ago, but no matter what confidence I have in myself now, the fact remains that by gaining these 40 lbs, I’m essentially asking my body to carry the equivalent of 2 large bags of dog food around on a daily basis. And with my sensitive and weaker back muscles, this was eventually going to catch up to me… and I have to admit that it finally has. As much as I want to call myself “cosmetically overweight” (Thanks for coining this Louie C.K.!) since my other health metrics such as blood pressure, blood sugars, etc. are in the excellent range on my last physical, I can’t keep demanding my poor damaged back to continue lugging this weight around.

In an effort to be healthier and start losing this weight, I’ve started to actually dig into my “Healthy Food” pintrest board that I constantly hoard recipes on, but don’t often re-visit. There are tons of recipes out there, and not all of them are a hit, or easy to make. That said, I’m going to start posting links to my favorite Pins with a quick review of each so you can find those that work best for you!

Pintrest Recipe Roundup Week 1

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Baked Chicken Stuffed with Pesto & Cheese

This recipe from Kayln’s Kitchen is fantastic! I made it with a few swaps, using chicken tenders instead of full breasts, plain greek yogurt in place of sour cream, milk instead of eggs, and breadcrumbs instead of almond meal. Following this recipe and using these swaps, it comes out to 5 Smart Points for weight watchers when divided into 4 portions. I served this with roasted vegetables and rosemary potatoes.

simple roasted butternut squash recipe, how to make lasagna from scratchButternut Squash Lasagna (with Turkey Sausage)

OMG this recipe from Julia’s Album is to die for! Not only is the picture droolworthy, but Damir (who adamantly claims to hate squash in all forms) ate half of the pan in one sitting. I call this a definite win! Two pieces of this recipe rings up at 8 Smart Points if you follow her recipe exactly. I added 4 links of Sweet Italian sausages, but instead of using the full sausage, I split the casing of the sausage length wise and pulled the meat out, then cooked it as ground turkey and sprinkled a bit of the cooked turkey sausage into each layer. Adding the sausage brings two pieces up to 11 points, but is still absolutely worth every bite.

Crispy-Outside Creamy-Inside Garlic Herb Potatoes. Quite possibly the BEST POTATOES / SIDE DISH EVER. |

Crispy-Outside Creamy-Inside Garlic Herb Potatoes

You will absolutely not regret making this recipe from Host the Toast! I have been pretty one-note with my potato skills… usually I dice up baby potatoes and use a bit of olive oil and fresh rosemary to spice it up then just bake in the oven. This takes a little more work to prep but is more than worth the time spent, it literally lives up to its name of crispy-outside and creamy inside. I made 1 lbs of potatoes instead of the 1.5 the recipe calls for, and splitting that 4 ways worked out to 7 Smart points per serving. Split her full recipe by 6 to get the same points values.

Hasselback chicken stuffed with mozzarella, tomato and basil is a new way to enjoy chicken for dinner tonight from Walking on Sunshine Recipes.

Caprese Hasselbeck Baked Chicken

While I didn’t exactly follow this recipe from Walking on Sunshine Recipes, it was my inspiration for a slightly different version. I halved my chicken breasts so I had 4 pieces of chicken at half the thickness, make the hasslebeck slits and filled them with thin slices of mozzarella cheese and sliced tomatoes, then spread a thin layer of basil pesto over the top. Using the 2 breasts, 4 oz of cheese and 4 Tbs of pesto, it comes out to 6 points per serving (4 servings).


Hi! I'm Alyce.
Welcome to my journey towards living a happier and healthier life while living with PTSD and chronic pain... and never letting it keep me from my passion for Halloween, cooking, and way too many DIY projects... all at the same time!

Costume & Makeup Tutorials


  • I should be in bed, but instead I'm fighting sleep and fooling around on Photoshop. This is a mirrored version to complete a full face. I have my makeup out and ready for a new look, but have nothing left in the tank today, so here's my last Gwen Dylan... for now ;)
Also, I forget how asymmetrical our faces can be until you flip a photo, or in this case, mirror it. Even just flipping it looked so strange to me!
  • I’m having waaaayyyy to much fun with this one, and it’s just the makeup! I think I might have to start this cosplay this weekend... what’s a good material to use to make a fake shovel blade? I’m a nube when it comes to fabrication, so any and all advice is welcome!
  • You GUYS this might have moved to my favorite makeup of all time. Gwen Dylan, inspired by the cover of iZombie: Dead to the World. I think I might have to make this a full scale cosplay, what do you think?

The zombie half was created using @mehronmakeup water paints. Wig is from @ardawigs (I think it is the Magnum Long Classic in Titanium Blonde). Eyes were photoshopped to match the comic book cover.
  • You may know of Liv Moore, but do you know who Gwen Dylan? You guys, i'm really really pleased with how this turned out! Modeled after the cover of iZombie: Dead to the World, Gwen Dylan is the original iZombie heroine, a revenant zombie that must eat brains once per month to retain her mind, which is easy, seeing as she is a gravedigger. 
The zombie half was created using @mehronmakeup  water paints. Wig is from @ardawigs (I think it is the Magnum Long Classic in Titanium Blonde). Eyes were photoshopped to match the cover.
  • Some like it hot! Unlike Liv Moore in iZombie, I would get some pretty bad heartburn, but that doesn't stop me from adding Sriracha. I think the most disturbing part of this picture is that even though I added white to the foundation to get that "ultra pale" look, you still can hardly see the difference between my face and hands... sigh. #palelife #zombie
  • When you get those late night munchies... Another look at this Full On Zombie Liv Moore from iZombie. The more I look at this, the more I love it... why do I procrastinate in posting things for so long?!? I've got a few blog posts in the works for projects that I started last year! I should hopefully have more things up in the near future. In the meantime, bon appetit.
  • Happy Valentines Day! I'll always love you for your BRAINS!!!
I did this iZombie Liv Moore in Full-On Zombie back before my surgery and just haven't gotten around to posting until now! I had wanted to come up with some kind of Valentines day themed look to kick me back into things now that my arm is mostly functional, but I was just struggling to think of what I wanted to do. Valentines Day is just not my thing. Unless there is chocolate. I Digress.
Halfway into my glass of wine, I realized this was the perfect time to post this look. I technically have a video, but the jury is still out on whether or not to post it just yet. I'm mostly just glad to be at a point where I can start experimenting with makeup again!
  • Anybody else struggle this time of year? I’m looking at these lovely sunbeams from my Alice In Wonderland shoot this summer to bring some sunshine to my day. I’ll be doing just fine, then be lying on the couch trying to feel like I can breathe again. I know it is ok, and these increased symptoms will pass, but it’s certainly not fun, especially when I have projects and ideas id like to tackle, but can’t get past this paralyzing anxiety. What do you guys use to help with SADD? #SADD #anxiety #ptsd #seasonaldepression  #winteristheworst #whydoilivehere
  • Halfway done! Still a ton to do, and I’ve learned ALOT already, like how not to sew in an invisible zipper, that I need a seam ripper, and need to invest in real fabric shears. But it’s actually coming together! Having never used a pattern before, I admit I looked at the pile of paper with some skepticism. Also, it kind of matches my couch. 😂 #cosplay #sewing #mccallspatterns #mccalls #mccallscosplay #spacesuit #plussizecosplay


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