Seasons of Life

We all go through different seasons of our lives and I have been in a new one for the last few years. I am not the same person or in the same place as I was when I first created this page. I have a different career, am divorced and living alone. I am doing a different way of eating than I was when I created this page. I am still doing a low carb diet of sorts but it is called Trim Healthy Mama and I have learned how to use protein in a way to allow myself gentle carbs. I am still losing weight with this plan and I feel healthier every day.

For some reason I have had no joy using this blog for a very long time. I have been considering closing it but not removing the recipes that are already currently posted and I will be doing that. I may occasionally make a post but to be honest I doubt that I will. I will also be closing my facebook Grace2882 page as well. I am not removing it from Facebook but I will change it to no posts and no comments. This will allow people to keep the recipes that they have saved from that page. If I were to delete the page people would lose the recipes that are saved there.

I am keeping my facebook page that is a support group called Grace2882 Workout. I have gotten so much support from the ladies there and most of them are doing the THM plan as well. I look forward each to going to that page and sharing with them.

I am enjoying my life that I have now. I am cooking new recipes, working a career that I deeply love, sewing a lot and reading a lot. I love my calm lifestyle. I am just in a different place and I am not the woman that I was when I created this page. I hope that you understand.

So I am leaving this blog up so that you can keep using the recipes posted but I will be closing comments and seriously doubt that I will be making anymore posts. I want to just live my life and not talk about it. I hope that you understand!

 

Orphanage Casa Shalom- Soap For Hope!

I have had a special place in my heart for the children and staff at the Casa Shalom orphanage in Guatemala for many years. My daughter’s friend Jessica Hanson and her husband Josh are the directors there and they have done a phenomenal job. Recently I purchased some soap from their Soap For Hope program and I was so pleased with it once it arrived that I asked Jessica to please write a post discussing what wonderful programs they are doing there. Here is a picture of my soap and then the following post is written by Jessica.

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From Jessica Hanson-

When many people in the United States ask about the realities of orphan care in a developing country, some reference an “Oliver Twist” scenario of dirt-covered children crowded into warehouse-style buildings, fighting over scraps of dinner. While this is sadly the truth in some orphanages around the world, at Casa Shalom Orphanage, located in San Lucas, Guatemala this could not be farther from the truth! Casa Shalom, which means “House of Peace” truly is a beacon of hope and restoration for 100 boys and girls in Guatemala.

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Children come to Casa Shalom after experiencing the worst that life has to offer. Many have witnessed the violent death of their parents; others are victims of trafficking or severe abuse at the hands of friends or family members. Still others have been severely neglected by their families or forced to work long hours in dangerous jobs instead of attending school. They arrive at our gates frightened, ill, often never having been to school or a doctor, and usually wounded in body, mind and spirit.

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They are placed under the care of loving, Christian house mothers and fathers who have been trained on how to provide quality care for traumatized children. They are given excellent medical and dental care. They participate in Christ-centered therapy with one of Casa Shalom’s four licensed psychologists, where creative therapy methods are utilized to bring the children to a place of emotional restoration. They receive an excellent education in local schools, from preschool through career training.

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Most importantly, every child who comes to Casa Shalom is introduced to Jesus Christ. They are discipled in Casa Shalom’s children’s church, middle school group, and youth group, where their individual spiritual gifts are defined and nurtured. The mission of Casa Shalom is to raise our boys and girls to become strong, capable Christian men and women who will one day change their country from the inside out, and who will shine the light of Jesus into every corner of the country.

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One of our newest endeavors at Casa Shalom is our Soap for Hope training program, where our teenage girls 14 and older are being taught to make beautiful shea butter oatmeal soap, a skill they can use to one day earn a living for themselves and their families. A portion of the sales to go the girls themselves and the remainder goes to support the operations of Casa Shalom. The soap comes in lovely scents like lilac, coconut mango, lemon herb, and much more! For more information on Soap for Hope, or to place an online order, please visit: http://www.casashalom.net/buysoap

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Italian Sausage Pepper Cheese Soup- Instant Pot Recipe

I bought an Instant Pot a few weeks ago and I love it. Tonight I attempted to convert a recipe from this blog to the Instant Pot but it made soup instead. I decided to go with it and I am so glad that I did. This was very good and quick and easy to make.

If you don’t have an Instant Pot I highly recommend getting one.

I have been doing the Trim Healthy Mama diet for 3 months now and I have lost 26 pounds. I feel so much better. This would be an S meal.

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Italian Sausage Pepper Cheese Soup- Instant Pot Recipe

  • 1.5 pounds Italian Sausage (I used bulk breakfast sausage and added a teaspoon of dried fennel leaves while cooking)
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 jar spaghetti sauce that does not contain sugar.
  • 1 15 ounce can diced tomatoes (do not drain)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced (I used about 2 teaspoons from a jar)
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • Parmesan cheese (optional)

In your Instant Pot add the sausage and saute until lightly browned stirring often. Once it is completed turn off the saute option.

Add the spaghetti sauce, diced tomatoes, garlic and 1 teaspoon of dried basil. Stir well.

Add peppers to the top and do not stir. Add lid to pain with the liner in it. Choose the manual option and set for 25 minutes. Once cooked do a quick release and once safe remove lid.

Stir in Mozzarella Cheese and additional 1/2 teaspoon dried basil. Ladle soup into bowls and add Parmesan Cheese to the top.

Cabbage Noodle Tuna Casserole – Low Carb, Gluten Free

Before I began doing low carb I loved tuna noodle casserole as a comfort food. This recipe meets that need. After a rough week at work I needed comfort food tonight so I made this. The recipe is below the picture. When I used to make it we were very poor and I used American cheese. I think the next time that I make this I will use either cheddar or American instead of the Parmesan.

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Cabbage Noodle Tuna Casserole – Low Carb, Gluten Free

 

Pumpkin Pie Pudding

Caleb came to spend the night and he brought a cookbook with him. He had several pages marked with post-it notes for recipes that he wanted to try. Most of them were desserts but I did find one that I could adapt to make it low carb. It turned out to be pretty good and boy did my home smell good when it was cooking.

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Pumpkin Pie Pudding

  • 2 eggs
  • 15 ounce can solid pack pumpkin
  • 1 1/2 cups vanilla unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup Splenda or equivalent of sugar substitute
  • 2 Tablespoons almond flour
  • 2 Tablespoons Coconut flour
  • 2 Tablespoons ground flax meal
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 Tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

Mix all ingredients well and pour into a slow cooker. Cook on low for 6 hours. Serve warm with heavy whipped cream on top.

I mixed heavy whipping cream with a bit of splenda and poured it on top as I did not have any canned heavy whipping cream.

This recipe is a keeper. Caleb is currently on his second dish!!

Tilapia Veracruz by Trim Healthy Mama

I spent the day with my son and his family and got the joy of holding my newest grandchild, Josie while my son and daughter-in-law cooked my dinner. I took my Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook with me and they made the Tilapia Veracruz that is available on page 70. Their picture of it is much prettier than mine because I just snapped mine with a cell phone. I am down 13 pounds now while following their diet plan and eating mostly meals from their cookbook. I am getting more vegetables than I have been eating for the last few years. I really needed their book to help get me back on the path of regaining my health again. If you haven’t gotten their books yet I highly recommend doing so.

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Trim and Healthy Mamas Cookbook

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This was so light and spicy. I can’t wait to have it again. As wonderful as this was it came in second to holding my baby girl!! Caleb is a perfect big brother and loves her so much. I am one blessed Grandma that they all share and let me hold her!!

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Cornbread Crusted Mexican Pie- THM-S

This recipe is from the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook on Page 132. I won’t be giving the recipe and unfortunately the only place that you can get it is by purchasing the book but I just had to share. This is an excellent recipe. I think I may be making this at least monthly. It freezes well from what I have been told. I am down 12 pounds now by doing the Trim Healthy Mama plan. The food is fantastic and quick to make.

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I am going to my son’s home tomorrow and I can’t wait to take him some of this to try. I know that he will love this. For those of you who struggle with what to feed your husband this one is a keeper. He will never know that it is healthy for him!