Aug 21, 2017

Trim Healthy Mama - Glosted Raspberry Muffins

Good morning, friends! And happy eclipse day!  Is everyone planning to safely view the eclipse today? Be sure to wear your glasses! We will have 98.5% totality here.  Here's to moon pies, sun chips, and starburst parties! I've heard of all sorts of clever snacks for eclipse parties.  I'm thinking almost everything will be shut down in our town due to the eclipse.

This week I wanted to share a review of the Trim Healthy Mama Glosted Raspberry Muffins.  The recipe is found on page 285 of the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook. It makes 12 medium muffins and I was glad that the recipe suggested using liners for ease in removing the muffins from the tins.  You may notice that my muffins have no glosting on them... I made the glosting; however, I did not add the ingredients in the order they suggested and mine was a bit clumpy. So, I've made a note in my cookbook to follow the specific direction next time. 

I would make these again and glad eat them again.  They are an S (satisfying) food.

This was what The Salesman returned to me after a few bites of the muffin top.  He thought they should have a sugary crumb topping in order to qualify as a breakfast muffin!

Another friend thought they were fantastic.  I may make them again this week!  Have a great week friends!

Aug 18, 2017

For the Love of Lamp Lights - Breakfast Room

Good morning friends!!! Happy Friday!!!

I was hoping to post the big reveal of the new dining room chandelier; but, it can't be revealed because: there was another problem when the electrician came...

Patience must be the trait I am to learn...

However, I am going to share another new lamp light from here at the house...from the breakfast room... One of my favorites...

Drum roll and ta-da:

What do I like about this lamp light, you might ask? So, for you inquiring minds, I will share what I like:

The elegant design
The gilded iron with wax
The life-like look of the candle sticks
There is no glass 
The size of the fixture
The shape of the lantern
It makes an architectural statement to me
It is stylish, fashionable and functional
The reflection of the lines and design on the ceiling and walls
The company that makes this light is called Visual Comfort - I think I would agree that this lamp light is a visual comfort.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Look up!

Aug 16, 2017


So, you know I have this delight in lamp lights.  I truly enjoy seeing lamp lights and appreciating their beauty, style, light and reflections.  And a couple weeks ago, I ordered a favorite chandelier that I'd been eyeing for quite some time.  I even showed you a picture of the box here because I was so excited about it arriving.

And some of you may say: get a life lady.  Well, remember please, I am in the empty nest stage and The Salesman works all.the.time and some of my best friends do not like social media or even (gasp) have social media, so I don't share what we do - to honor them.  So there you have it. I am delighting in my everyday activities.

I believe the LORD must be teaching me patience though in regard to this new light...

The electricians came last week to install the chandelier and were not able to complete the installation because a repair to my ceiling needed to be done after taking the old chandelier down.  So today, now that the repair has been done, and the ceiling repainted,  the electricians will come and connect the wires and finish the installation.

Well, I started unwrapping all the crystals that go one the chandelier and it seemed to stir HOLY SPIRIT thoughts in me.  The crystals cannot be added to the chandelier until it is fully installed, so I unwrapped each one carefully and put them on towel lined trays until the chandelier is securely in place and I can safely attach the crystals. But, as I unwrapped each of the 554 crystals that were individually wrapped and taped, I had many thoughts.  I started thinking how I, how we, are individually made, package and prepared for a beautiful destiny and future.

But what if I never unwrapped the crystals and never hung them on the chandelier?  It would not be a reflection of any light without the crystals.  These single crystals are designed to be unwrapped and hung in unison with other crystals to reflect the light.

And it got me thinking:

What if we never unwrapped the gifts we've been given?
What if we weren't really living?

What if the darkness that wants to overwhelm
Became the captain of our helm?

What if we settled for not knowing "How Much More"
Our Abba GOD, has in HIS heavenly stores?

What if we were content to sit on the bench
And fill our nostrils with a lazy stench?

Never wanting to get in the Kingdom game
And go forth, with boldness In HIS NAME?

What if the "What If's" held us back
The enemy winning every attack?

Don't leave your gifts unwrapped
Seek HIM, Live fully, Don't go back.

We are intended to function in unity
Reflecting HIM together, you and me.

Together we can reflect HIS light
Give up the selfish battles to win the fight -
We all need to reflect HIS light.

I felt HE said to me:

Be a reflection of Light
As you hear and write,
Be a reflection of Light.

You have gifts tucked deep inside,
Do not fear, do not stay in the box - don't hide.

Amen. And hallelujah!

Aug 14, 2017

Trim Healthy Mama Trim Mac Salad

Good morning!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

Do you ever have a hankering for fast food? Well, if you are a fan of the Golden Arches and want a healthy version of the Big Mac, I recommend the Trim Healthy Mama Trim Mac Salad.  It is an S (satisfying) meal and requires no special ingredients!  It's like having the burger without the bun, and it was yum! I would definitely make this one again!  The Trim Mac salad, including their version of the Special Sauce, is a healthy alternative to the Big Mac. You will find the recipe on page 181 of the Trim Healthy Mama cookbook.

I served my salad over a variety of greens and served The Salesman his over iceberg lettuce, because, that is what he likes.  It is a family serve recipe, so it makes 6-8 servings.  The Salesman did like it when I first served it; but decided not to eat the leftovers, which meant more for me!  A friend is bringing some tomatoes by today and they should be a delicious addition to the salad.

Happy Monday!

Aug 11, 2017

For the Love of Lamp Lights - Knoxville

There is such beauty all around us! Gas lamp lights are among my favorites and this one nestled among the greenery and flowers and on the stacked stone was picturesque to me.

I do hope you have a wonder filled weekend!

Aug 9, 2017

The Anniversary of A Day

Sunday was the anniversary of my father's death.  It had been two years... All the memories associated with the day seemed to resurface days before the actual anniversary.  I found myself missing my dad; but also replaying the events of the day: remembering everything we did that day and the details of minutia about him and what was said and done on August was 6th, 2015.

For two years before my dad went to live with JESUS, Dad lived in our home and we cared for him. Hospice had been serving him here at our home for about nine months.  When my father was 45, he had a severe stroke that left him weak on his left side. My mother cared for him until she passed; and he was able to gain a sense of independence thanks to her planning for him and the LORD's great grace.  However, as the years progressed, his balance became worse and the need for him to live with my brother (who lived in the same town as my dad) became evident. When my brother and his family could no longer care for him, The Salesman welcomed my dad into our home.  The timing seemed perfect.  Victoria had just entered college...  Dad was a great patient; but the care was demanding and I have a whole new respect for caregivers.  The years he was with us were full and busy and challenging.  However, his earthly journey ended and a new life began for him on August 6, 2015, not long after breakfast, while he was sipping his coffee.  It was as if he took one sip of coffee and then a sip of eternity.  GOD was so gracious.  My dad's body was tired.

It was my second experience with being the first to notice that someone dear to me had departed their earthly body.  I will not forget the experiences.

This year, the date fell on Sunday and while I was getting ready for church, I found myself in methodical memories and missing him much. The morning seemed a blur to me two years ago; but the details and the heartache seemed and seem so real.

While churning the thoughts and memories in my mind, I felt the LORD speak to me and grabbed my pen and journal and wrote this down while drying my hair:

There is A Power, A Source,
That steadies me on life's course.

As I navigate the good and bad,
The happy and oh, so sad.

I struggle with the memories attached to this day:
So many haunt me, in various ways.

Can I let go and have peace
And feel my Savior's sweet release?

Will I allow HIM to turn my mourning to dance,
Or will the sad, I relive and enhance?

Sorrow comes knocking at my door,
I will not answer any more.

I'm putting my dancing shoes on,
My ears attune to a new song.


I'm totally believing that GOD can bring me victoriously through this process of grieving and help me hold on to HIM and all the good memories I have of my dad.

Aug 7, 2017

Trim Healthy Mama - Butterfly Wings Cake

Good morning! Hope you had a lovely weekend! 

The Butterfly Wings Cake is the Trim Healthy Mama version of an angel food cake. And since angel food cake was my dad's favorite, and I've had him on my mind much this last week, I decided to share it today.  My sweet daddy has been in heaven now for two years, and I miss him. 

This cake has six ingredients and is easy to make. It is a fuel pull recipe; however, it is pictured here as an S dessert, because this is how The Salesman likes his!  The whipped cream makes is an S dessert, S for satisfying.  If you want to keep it in fuel pull mode, just top with fresh berries or an all fruit jelly.

I have served this one to friends and they have enjoyed it too!  I would definitely recommend this Trim Healthy Mama recipe.

Happy Monday!