Fudge Frosting

fudge frosting…
 
1/3 cup coconut oil
1/3 cup coconut milk 
1/2 cup Monk Sweet Plus, powdered in the blender first
1 cup Lily’s Chocolate Chips
1.5 Teaspoon vanilla crème stevia
1 Tablespoon Vanilla
Combine coconut oil, milk and Monk Sweet Plus in a small saucepan.
Bring to a boil over medium high heat and let boil for 1 minute.
1.5 Teaspoon vanilla crème stevia & chocolate chips until smooth and shiny. Add Vanilla. Stir well.
Immediately pour over a 9×13 cake or brownies.
Let cool completely to set.
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Vanilla Yellow Cake

yellow cake

2/3 cup & 1/4 cup sifted Coconut Flour

2 Tablespoons Rumford Aluminum free Baking Powder

3/4 teaspoon salt (Real brand or himalayan)

2 Tablespoons Arrowroot Powder

6 eggs, separated, so you can beat the egg whites

1 cup MonkSweet Plus (or 1 cup Erythritol plus 1 teaspoon clear stevia)

2 cups coconut milk (Pacific brand original unsweetened is my favorite)

1 Tablespoon Vanilla

1 teaspoon Almond Extract

3/4 cup oil

Preheat oven to 350F.

Sift all dry ingedients into a bowl and set aside.

Beat egg whites until they look like meringue and set aside.

Beat the egg yolks, sweeteners, vanilla, and almond extract in a mixing bowl until well blended.  Gradually add milk and dry ingredients, alternating until all are mixed well.

Add oil and mix well.

Finally, mix in the beaten egg whites.

Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes in a 9×13 or 11×14 depending on how thick you want the cake.  We like cake a little thinner, so typically do the 11×14 pan.  Line the pan with parchment paper if you want to take it out and decorate it.  I almost never do that.  I grease the pan and pour the batter in and we eat the cake straight from the pan.

This cake can also be baked in two nine inch pans for 25-30 minutes.  See the wedding cake photo below.  Not my strong suit but with the help of a dear friend, we actually had homemade, sugar free, grain free, decorated wedding cake for Hannah!  So, it can be done…

If you want to remove it from the pan, cool it ten minutes in the pan and then, dump it out onto a cooling rack. (Be sure you lined the pan with parchment paper to make it easy to remove from the pan.)

This is the cake we used for Hannah’s wedding cake and it got rave reviews, so we have continued to use this recipe several times a year.

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New Beginnings, Renewed Promises

Folks, I am soooo excited about the fresh start of a New Year! I woke up at 5 am planning my day and year! I have easy food prepped for today’s Sunday dinner. Yet, I still woke up early.

Do you wake up early and excited to face each new day?

Do the possibilities of the new year excite you?

I love new beginnings!  Every day, week, month, and year are exciting to me!

It was not always so, so why is it this way now?

In 2009 & 2010, I made permanent non-negotiable changes in my life.  I made myself a promise never to turn back or quit.  As a result, I feel better now than I did 10 or even 20 years ago.

I improved my nutrition, kicked out sugar and grains, and added in Young Living Essential Oils and oil infused supplements.  At the same time, I began reading more labels and I changed my household and personal care products to eliminate toxic substances and use clean products that are safe for my family and for the environment.

I am NOT a tree hugger, folks, but a clean environment is a healthy environment and it does matter!  While I don’t worship nature, I very much appreciate the gift the plants are to us from the Creator!

As the new year approaches, I am so thankful for all the many blessings of this past year!

I am thankful for the faithfulness of the LORD Jesus Christ in my life.

I am thankful for the Bible, the Holy Word of God and enjoy reading it from front to back each year.

I am thankful for my family and my church.

I am thankful for healthy foods and household products.

I am thankful for Young Living Essential Oils and all the wonderful products that now fill my home.

I am thankful for chiropractic, massage therapy, manual therapy, and all the healthy modalities I have learned over the past few years.

I am thankful the LORD led me to make changes accompanied with a promise to never give up and never stop moving forward, thus continuing to seek healthy ways to manage my health and wellness.

I love helping people in their health journey.  I love being a mom and grandma, helping my family, and have learned that I can do it all better when I take care of me, too.  In fact, I am better at helping others when I take care of me first, physically and spiritually.

I look forward to 2019 not with resolutions, but with the promise to myself to stay the course!

 

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Counting My Blessings!

On November 20, 2009, I attended a class in Arapaho, Oklahoma, where I learned about Young Living Essential Oils.  I received a Raindrop that day.  Y’all!!! It changed my life!

In July, 2010, we made the decision to eliminate grains and sugar from our table.  November, 2010, was our first sugar free Thanksgiving.  I must admit the pies were rather experimental that first year and we had some texture issues although they tasted great.

Over the past 9 years, we have ditched candles and cleaning products and replaced them with diffusers and the Young Living Thieves line of cleaners.  We switched to YL shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, mouthwash, skin care, and well, everything Young Living!  It was a gradual process, but we use it all.

We have felt better and our home is cleaner and smells wonderful!  Our young adult children are all members of Young Living and have transitioned their homes, too.  Our grandbabies are oily babies and they are adorable and healthy!

The turkey is in the oven as I type and the pies, which now have good texture and taste good are waiting for the crowd.  This is our 9th sugar free Thanksgiving.  My husband proclaimed my cooking good as he ate a sugar free coconut cream pie last night.

I am stronger and healthier now than I was in my 40s!  God has blessed our efforts to clean up our “temple” and our home.

I am thankful for my relationship with Christ!

I am thankful for my family and our overall great health.

I am thankful for my church family.

I am thankful for every single person in my Young Living team.

I am thankful for each of you who read my blog.

I am thankful for beautiful weather today.

I am thankful for the Godly heritage and history of our nation.

I am thankful we are still free and can have this day to ponder all of the LORD’s blessings!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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2018 For the Glory of GOD! Choose Joy!

I had some challenges in 2017.  I am sure most of us had some to various degrees.  One of mine slowed me down to the point of almost stopping all progress in my life.  Many of my plans for 2017 were derailed.  The few things I did manage to complete were more difficult than in the past.

In the midst of my personal challenges, the LORD continued to bless us!

We gained two new grandchildren in 2017, which gives us a total of 5.  They are every one precious and oh, so different!

Our Young Living team continued to grow in spite of my own challenges.  We were privileged to go to Australia with Young Living and it was an amazing trip!

I have been pondering how to stay on track with my goals for 2018 and the LORD brought the verses to my mind about doing things for His glory.

“For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s. ”  1 Corinthians 6:20

“Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31 

“And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”  Colossians 3:17

I am committed to doing only activities, eating food and drink and speaking words that bring glory to the LORD in 2018.  Sometimes this is hard as I stand alone, meaning I take my own food and eat differently than everyone else.  Even when I am with my health and wellness friends, I am still different because I cannot compromise for an event or a party and still stay on track.

I cannot keep a clear conscience and “take a break” from glorifying God with all I say, eat, drink and do.

I took a quiz on Facebook to determine “my word” for 2018 and it was JOY! A few days ago, as we took down our Christmas decorations, I brought out some of my decorations that had been put away and one of them is a plaque that says CHOOSE Joy!  What a reminder!  It IS a choice!

The Scripture says that if we know to do good and don’t do it, it is sin!  (James 4:17).  I know what to do to be right with the LORD, to feel good, and to accomplish my goals.  I don’t need to make resolutions.  I have studied health, wellness from a physical and spiritual point of view.  I already know what I need to do.   I just need to DO what I know is right.

So for 2018, I won’t make NEW resolutions.  I already read my Bible, take care of my health by eating well and having good personal habits.  I will stay the course and I will be intentional about choosing Joy when staying the course is hard,  inconvenient, or awkward.

WHY do I keep on no matter what?  For the GLORY of GOD, I will stay the course and choose Joy while I do it!

May God give you a peace that passes understanding and Joy in your heart no matter what your circumstance!

Happy New Year!

 

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8th CHRISTmas of Freedom

How different life is now than it was for most of my adult life!

This is the 8th CHLadonna before afterRISTmas since I kicked sugar and wheat addiction to the curb!

It is 2723 days from since I last ate sugar.  That is 7 years, 5 months, 13 days.  

This is our 8th Holiday season with sugar free, wheat free Thanksgiving and Christmas meals.  We didn’t skip desserts.  We have made them even better!

By Thanksgiving, 2010, I had lost weight, inches and mostly inflammation.  By God’s grace, I have maintained this for 8 holiday seasons.  I will not feel sick after our meals.  I will not gain weight from the holidays.

I will not limit my quantity of food.  I will eat until satisfied.  The difference in now and holidays before 2010, is that now I eat ALL I want and feel great because the quality of our food has vastly improved!

This season our food is grain and sugar free, full of good fats and is better than ever!

How did it all happen?  By being intentional and CHOOSING health and wellness!

There are lots of good recipes on this blog!

Be blessed this CHRISTmas!

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Why Do We Wait?

I saw an article today in a popular women’s magazine about women who had lost weight and improved their health over the past year.  All were smiling and all were pleased with the results.  As I read their stories, I saw a pattern that truly disturbs me.

Every single one of them had a crisis in their life before they decided to make changes to improve their lives with better health!  Three were diagnosed prediabetic, one had both parents die with heart issues and one even had a heart attack herself.  All of the women in the article had issues that a better eating plan could have helped or even prevented.

Why, oh why do we wait until we have the loss of a loved one or a debilitating diagnosis before we seek to be healthier?  All of these women had measurable improvements, but sadly, too many people wait too late to really improve their situation.

I spoke with a doctor once about eating habits and using wellness products to improve vitality and quality of life.  He said that sadly, people only come to him for that kind of help when they have already destroyed themselves with bad food and medications. He told me there was no way to undo the damage present in those that come to him.  He said it was just too little, too late by the time most people contacted him for help.

Why, oh why do we wait when we could be choosing life with every bite we eat and every drop we drink?

Two reasons:  One,  we don’t really understand or believe that food matters!  Two, we think the seriously bad stuff won’t really happen to us from what we eat. We see lots of people eating bad who are doing okay… Ah, how we deceive ourselves. Eventually, it catches up with us.

It is really small things that add up to health quality or health disaster:

Will it be an apple or a candy bar?

Will it be carrot sticks or chips?

Will it be eggs or sugared cereal?

Will it be real butter or synthetic butter flavored margarine?

Will it be soda or water?

We could go on and on.

Choose foods that improve the quality of your life!

Choose to drink more water and less of other drinks!

What you eat and drink truly matters!

Research it for yourselves.  People’s lives are changed daily by eating better, drinking clean water and moving more.

Just as Moses said to the children of Israel, I want to say to you:

I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; (Deuteronomy 30:19)

His topic was serving the LORD,  which included instructions for eating wisely.  My topic is food and drink for health and wellness.  Both are valid truths.

Choose LIFE!

Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.                             1 Corinthians 10:31

 

 

 

 

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