Friday, November 14, 2014

NEW BLOG!!

Hi everybody!!! I know it's been awhile since I last posted, but that's because I've been working on getting a real blog with wordpress.org!! :)
From now on I will be posting here: http://prayworkeat.com/
Sooner or later I will delete this blog, once traffic gets over t my new blog.
All you advanced bloggers out there who use wordpress.org: I could use some tips! :)

Monday, September 1, 2014

Quick & Easy Pecan Pie Bars {S}


     I love these bars! They taste just like a pecan pie. :-) Believe me, before THM, pecan pie was one of my favorite desserts. I know my dads favorite is pecan pie. Poor dad... I need to work on that.
     This recipe is easy! :-) The only "complicated" (not really, if you do THM) ingredients are coconut flour and almond meal (I use homemade, just grind almonds in a coffee grinder). Coconut flour can be expensive if you buy it at a regular whole foods store, so I buy mine at a local mennonite-owned general store (it's a lot cheaper!).
     One of the  most convenient things about these is they are fairly quick to mix together and throw in the oven. There's no hour process before you even get them in the oven. You simply beat eggs with sweetener, add dry ingredients (mix), add pecans and vanilla (mix). Then mash them into the pan and bake at 300 degrees F for 30 minutes. That's it. :-)
     My top two tips for these bars are...   Measure your flours correctly (make sure your measuring cup is level) and cook them no longer than 30 minutes (which means, set your timer!). If you avoid these tips, then you will most likely have dry pecan pie bars. So that means you might want to follow them! :-)

Here's the recipe...




     Pecan Pie Bars {S}

Ingredients:


  • 3 eggs (I only had 1 egg, so I had to use 2 flax eggs too)
  • 10 tsp. Truvia OR 8 tsp. THM Sweet Blend
  • 1/4 tsp. NuStevia OR THM Pure Stevia Extract Powder
  • 2 tsp. Molasses (usually not on plan, but in this case it is, because this small amount is going across a whole recipe) 
  • 1 1/2 Cups + 2 T. almond meal
  • 1/4 Cup coconut flour
  • 1 T. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 2 Cups chopped pecans
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
Directions:

     Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Beat eggs with vanilla and sweeteners (sweet blend/truvia, stevia extract, and molasses). Add flours, baking powder, and salt. Mix with your hands (if your a clean freak, use a large wooden or plastic spoon). Lastly, add chopped pecans and mix until fully combined. Press thick dough into a greased 13 x 11.5 x 2-in. baking dish (or one of similar size). Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes. Fully cool (if you can stand it!) before cutting and serving.



Picture Time!! ;-)


















Sorry it's been so long since a post! I think I'm going to switch my blog to http://wordpress.org/, so posts are going to be a bit slower right now. ;)


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Our New Baby Brother!! :)


     Our new baby brother is here!!!! :)
     He was born on July 7th at 7:10 pm. He weighed 9 lbs 1 oz (smaller than our little sister Zuzu!) and he's 22 in long. 

     Barret Earl Clinton Sweat is his name. Barret, after William Barret Travis, a lawyer and soldier who died at the alamo (read about him here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Barret_Travis). Earl, after our dad (of course), and Clinton after our great grandpa on my moms side.

 Look at his cute little fingers!! :-)

 Little footsies! :-D

 His poor little face isn't as swollen now. :-)

Our first time seeing him at the birthing center (my mom doesn't go to a hospital).


I am so happy that he is here! We thought my mom would never have him, it was such a long wait!
No more waiting now! :-)

Monday, June 9, 2014

Running and 5K Races (Father-Daughter Time!)


     Last year, around May, my dad and I started running in the evenings to train for 5K (3.1 miles) races. We run about 3 laps each time we go to our community park's 1-mile path. Not only is it great exercise, but I get to spend one-on-one time with my dad. Thats rare with a family of (almost) ten.
     Last year my dad ran 7 races and I ran 9 (they aren't as enjoyable by yourself). We ran until late Fall; after that it got to cold. ;(
     Thankfully, Spring is here and we're back at it! We ran our 1st race for this year on May 10th. I won 1st in my age group and dad won 2nd in his (he came very close to 1st). A couple weeks ago, on a Saturday (May 24th), we ran our 2nd race. I think it has been my best! :) A friend of my Aunt Kathy's and I ran together the whole time. We even finished together! We both got 2nd overall female. It was great. :)
     Early in the morning is my favorite time to run. Most of the time it's in the evening though, because that's when my dad gets back from work (he builds houses. I think thats why he's such a great runner).
     Sometimes my Aunt Calley will run races with us, or Tim and Tracy; some friends that dad built a house for.
     Besides regular old 5K's, we have also ran a mud run, color run, and glow run.



This is us at the "Pumpkin Run" in our small town last year. We both won 1st in our group.


My dad and I at a Color Me Rad run in Knoxville last year. There aren't any prizes in these runs. They let the people out in waves every 15 minutes!


Before the Mud Run we did with Aunt Calley, Tracy and Tim.


After the mud run!


The race we did Saturday. My dads number kept flying up!


At our house with our medals. We won 1st again! :)


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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Fooled Ya Cheese Sticks {S}


    
     Words can't describe the crispy, tasty, cheesy, goodness of cheese sticks. Especially, when they've just come out of the oven. And the best part about these is, you actually get a serving of vegetables if you eat a few! :) Ok, you got me. Maybe the best part isn't that it has vegetables in it. The best part would probably be getting to eat the cheese sticks!
     Some of my siblings like to eat these with hot sauce. It reminds them of a local pizzeria that we have. They serve the best cheese sticks with a mild dipping sauce. I have to say, I think I like these just as well. They also remind me of Little Caesars! :)
     This is a delicious cheese stick recipe I created. I adapted the base recipe of the Fooled Ya Pizza recipe in the book. I wouldn't recommend doing the recipe in the book, because in my opinion that version was way too eggy. It wasn't crispy at all. Or sturdy. We had to use a fork to eat it. I like to do what I call "tweaking", when a recipe isn't how we want it. I'll try something different or substitute in a lot of things. It worked with this one (sometimes my "tweaking is unsuccessful).
     Not one of my family members doesn't LOVE these cheese sticks. My brother Kaleb said, "I like this better than Trim Healthy Mama." I replied, "This is Trim Healthy Mama!" I didn't tell him what they were made of until after he had eaten five of them. :)
     For all you THM beginners, this recipe requires no specialty ingredients. No almond flour, flax meal, protein powder, or any of that stuff you have trouble pronouncing the name of. You could make a nice pizza crust with this too.
     If you want, make yourself some marinara sauce to go with them! I think I will next time.




Fooled Ya Cheese Sticks {S}
Ingredients:

Crust:
  • 2 (16 oz.) bags frozen cauliflower, lightly steamed
  • Scant, 1 1/4 cups carton egg whites
  • 4 lightly packed cups shredded PS mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic, optional 
  • salt, garlic/onion powder, and Italian seasoning (to taste)
Topping:
  • 1/4 cup ricotta, optional
  • 1 1/2 lightly packed cups shredded PS mozzarella
  • 1 1/2 lightly packed cups shredded monterey jack cheese
  • Italian seasoning, optional
Directions:

     Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
     After lightly steaming cauliflower (just until warmed all the way through), place in colander and press all liquid possible out with a paper plate or paper towels.
     Place cauliflower in food processor or blender and pulse to rice size pieces.
     Lay cauliflower out in a thin layer on paper towels and soak up all the liquid possible with another layer of paper towels on top, OR you can wrap up cauliflower in an old dish towel and squeeze out all the liquid possible. (The main idea is to try to get ALL the liquid POSSIBLE out so that your crust will be crispy and not a soggy-eggy mess.)
     Place your cauli-flour (although it looks, nor feels nothing like flour) in blender. Add egg whites and pulse to combine. Add cheese and seasonings and blend well for a couple minutes, stopping to scrape the sides every so often.
     Plop cauli-crust mixture onto a parchment lined (about 11x15-in) jelly roll pan or rimmed cookie sheet. Spread mixture out evenly, filling the sheet/pan.
     Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes.
     Remove from oven. Carefully, grab sides of parchment paper and flip the crust over (move the crust back on the pan with 2 spatulas if you miss the pan a bit).
     Bake in oven for 20 minutes more.
     Remove from oven and spread optional ricotta layer on top. Sprinkle cheeses and optional Italian seasoning on top.
     Bake in the oven for about 10 minutes more or until desired brownness/bubbly goodness is achieved.



Lightly steamed cauliflower


Pressing out the water with a paper plate.

Pressed cauliflower

Rice size cauliflower pieces

Spreading the cauliflower on paper towels.

After the cauliflower was pressed with another layer of paper towels.



Cauli-flour in blender



I had to push all the cheese in with a rubber spatula.

Blended cauli-crust mixture

After I spreaded it out on the rimmed cookie sheet.




My crust missed the pan some after I flipped it, so I took 2 spatulas and carefully (so that my crust didn't rip) pulled it back on the pan.


While the crust was baking for 20 minutes more, I shredded the cheese.

The crispy crust is now ready to be topped.

Ricotta layer

Mozzarella, monterey jack, and parmesan

After the cheese sticks baked for 10 minutes. Yummy!!

I think that these are delicious with hot sauce and crushed red pepper. I bet they would be really good with a homemade marinara sauce too!

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

My Testimony and Bible Time


     I feel the need to tell you guys about the best thing that ever happened to me. That's right, it's better than when I started Trim Healthy Mama. It's better than when I first discovered how to ride a bike. It's better than the time I bought my own hamster. It's better than when I got to go to Disney World.
     It was the time I accepted Jesus into my heart to be my Lord and Savior; when I accepted his precious gift of salvation and placed all my trust in him. (John 3:16-17, Luke 13:3)
     I have always grown up in church. When I was little I knew you had to be saved to go to heaven. I knew you couldn't go to heaven by good works or because a lot of your family members were saved. (Ephesians 2:8-9, Titus 3:5) I just didn't understand it yet and the Holy Spirit hadn't drawn me. I remember being around 6 years old asking my big sis (Savannah), "When am I gonna get saved?" She would reply something like, "You will. Just wait."
     That day came. Of course I wasn't expecting it, at the time. Because I had heard that same story so many times. The story about Jesus dying on the cross for my sins. Ms. Lisa, our children's church teacher (at that time) would tell that story at the end of every children's lesson she taught. She would put piece after piece of felt on the board, placing the picture in our mind.
     It was October 27, 2007 on a Saturday night. We were at church having Children's Day. On Children's Day we would have games for all the kids and a cookout for the whole family. Afterward, Ms. Lisa or one of the Sunday School teachers would teach a lesson.
     That night, as a 7 year old girl I felt it for the first time. I felt the Holy Spirit yanking (not tugging!) on my heart, saying, "GO!" Thankfully I obeyed. The Holy Spirit sure is good at his job. I couldn't sit there any longer. I looked at my mom, who was sitting beside me, and asked, "Can I go to the altar?" "Yeah!" she said.
     I walked quickly down the aisle and to the left altar (I was sitting on the left side). I knelt down and asked Jesus to save me forever, on that altar. I remember I cried and cried. Ms Lisa came and read scripture to me, and showed me what the Bible said about salvation. I can't remember the exact verse, but I think it was in Romans. She asked me, "Did He save ya?" I remember nodding my head with joy.
     I believe Jesus took me in the moment I obeyed that still small voice and ran to him. No, people don't get saved by going to the altar to pray. Some people go, just to go. Whether it be for a friend or because they want people to look at them. People get saved when they realize they are a sinner, the Holy Spirit starts drawing them, and they OBEY the voice of the Lord. They ACCEPT Him. They no longer wait. They've made the decision in their heart already when they say to God "OK, I'll go to you. Save me."
     You know if you've been saved. I have never been the same since. Don't get me wrong, I still sin every day, and I have awful problems with pride (It hurts to admit it). But, when I do fail God or sin against him, I feel terrible afterwards. The Holy Spirit tugs and tugs, telling me, "You shouldn't have done that. Make it right."
     Please pray for me. That I would get rid of my pride. That I wouldn't think I am at the same level as my elders. I know God's going to help me. I just have to continue to read His Word every day, pray to Him, and grow in grace. As Paul said, "I die daily." (1 Cor. 15:31).
     So, have you been saved? Have you been born again? Do you know that you will go to heaven when you die? The Bible (God's holy word) says Jesus is the only way. You won't get to heaven any other way, but through Him (John 14:6). You may ask me, "How do you get saved?" Romans 10:9 says, "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." And Luke 13:3 and 5 says, "...but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish." So, all you have to do is repent, believe and confess. Pretty simple, isn't it? You see, Jesus already did the complicated part when he died on the cross.
     After I got saved I followed the Lord in believers baptism. I love to hear my dad read the story about Philip and the eunuch before baptizing someone. My dad said one time, the moment the eunuch said I believe that Jesus is the son of God, he was saved. Then the eunuch showed the world how he had changed by being baptized. Some people don't have the chance to be baptized after they get saved because of disabilities or death right after, so I thank God that he gave me the opportunity to show the world what Jesus had done for me.



     I know you are probably thinking, "After a post that long, it must have been the best thing that ever happened to her!" Well, it was the best thing that ever happened to me. If you get saved it will be the best thing that ever happened to you. :)



     Just last week I finished reading the whole Bible. Yeah! Now I get to start all over! :)
     There's always something else God will show you through a verse or a story. Fellow believers, don't stop reading His word!



     Here is a picture of my VERY worn out Bible reading plan. I never go by the day schedule. I just read what's on the paper.


Here is a picture of the Bible I use and the new plan I'm working on. I love it!



Every once in a while, I'll read from a devotion/study book. I like what I've read from this one.

I always drink a cup of coffee while reading my Bible. :)

When do I read my Bible? I have long days, so I usually wake up at 5 am, read my Bible, and go on with the rest of my day.


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