Light and Darkness

This morning I was again reminded of the blessing of the light!


God’s light can never be extinguished in us unless we deliberately choose to allow it to be. Even though we may be going through a hard day (week, month, year, season) God is still right there with us every step of the way. Isn’t that an amazing feeling?!
Allow HIS light to shine into the dark corners of your day and choose happiness even when it’s not easy or natural. It will chase away the darkness :)

Strawberry ‘Pretzel’ Dessert

Strawberry season is almost over here in the South and I have been taking advantage of having our own strawberry patch. I made this dessert 3 or 4 times in just a few short weeks time! It is the closest thing I have found to replace the Strawberry Pretzel Dessert I used to love making before Trim Healthy Mama 😉

Strawberry (Pretzel) Dessert THM S

I used a combination of different recipes and added my conversions and I am so happy with how it turned out. The salt and nuts in the crust gives it the salty, crunchy ‘pretzel’ taste :)

Strawberry (Pretzel) Dessert THM S

Just look at all those delicious layers of yumminess :)

Strawberry 'Pretzel' Dessert THM~S
A delicious remake of Strawberry Pretzel Dessert that is delicious, healthy and sugar free.
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  1. 1 c almond flour
  2. 3/4 c chopped nuts
  3. 1/4 t sea salt
  4. 2 T xylitol
  5. 2 drops liquid stevia
  6. 4 T butter melted
Pudding Layer
  1. 1/2 c 'pudding mix' (recipe below)
  2. 1 1/2 c milk (can use part almond milk and part half and half)
  3. 1 t vanilla
  4. 1 T plain gelatin
  5. 1-8oz cream cheese
Strawberry Layer
  1. 1/3 c sugar free strawberry jello (mine was sweetened with xylitol)
  2. 1 c boiling water
  3. 1 c cold water
  4. 1 pint sliced strawberries
For crust
  1. Mix all the ingredients together and pour in a 8 x 8 square pan, bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until edges are a golden brown. Let cool completely before adding next layer.
For pudding layer
  1. Soak 1 T plain gelatin in 1/4 cold water. Heat milk, vanilla, and pudding mix together until really hot but not boiling. Remove from heat and add gelatin mix right away. Allow to cool for about 10 minutes then pour into blender with 8 oz cream cheese. Blend well, pour over cooled crust and put in refrigerator until completely set up. (may take 1-2 hours)
Strawberry Jello layer
  1. Add strawberry gelatin to boiling water, stir until dissolved. Add cold water and strawberries and allow to cool until it just starts to thicken slightly. Pour over the already set up pudding and return to refrigerator and allow to set up completely.
  2. Enjoy!
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 Don’t let the instructions scare you from making it! It is actually really simple and so delicious. It is worth the wait it takes, until it has all set up.

Strawberry (Pretzel) Dessert THM S

The ‘Pudding’ recipe was shared on Facebook by Char Eash and I am sharing it with her permission… It is a very versatile pudding mix and it has taken the place of Instant Vanilla Pudding for me! Yay :)

1 cup sweetener (I used Birch Xylitol)
1/2 – 1 tsp. Glucomannan
2 scoops vanilla whey protein powder
1 tsp. salt
Mix together and store in airtight container. Use 1/2 cup mix per recipe

To just make the pudding:
2 cups liquid. I used 1 cup almond milk and 1 cup 1/2 and 1/2.
1 tsp. vanilla – or to taste
*Mix with 1/2 cup of the “pudding mix” in a medium saucepan.
*Heat to just very hot, almost boiling, stirring constantly, immediately remove from heat.
*Add 1 Tablespoon plain beef gelatin soaked in 1/4 c. cold water to mixture. Stir in, and cool. Add to a delight recipe, or use by itself as ‘custard’ or fresh fruit. It will continue to set up when it’s chilled. If you don’t care for gluccie, I think you could use more gelatin to make up the difference. Gluccie helps keep a softer “firm.”
NOTE on pudding: If you wish to use the pudding alone, you may want to use less sweetener. If you want it for ‘custard’ only, I would use less gelatin, as this sets up pretty much like jello. After you make it once, you can better ‘tweak’ it to how you like it. This pudding is really good, tastes like a hot custard. I could hardly leave it alone. Enjoy!




Being a Mom is teaching me…

These are the days I want to store in my memory box so I never forget them. Yes they are hectic and overwhelming at times, but I keep reminding myself that all too soon they will be over and I will look back and wish I had enjoyed them a little more. So although my blog is suffering currently (I think of many things that I could write about but finding the time to do it is a different story) I am just here making memories and spending alot of time playing on the floor :)

being a mom is teaching me

Recently I have been thinking about all the things ‘Being a Mom has been teaching me…’ I had a lot of preconceived ideas and big words before having kids, and I still have high ideals about how I want my kids to grow up but sometimes its the little things that are hard to swallow and say, okay that really isn’t gonna matter in 10 years. It hasn’t always been easy but every day we keep learning :) (that’s the important part right?)

  • your kids actually do survive without a bath every evening (shocker right :p )
  • a toy strewn living room is not actually a dirty house
  • dirty dishes on the counter overnight is not gonna kill anyone (Okay I am still trying to learn this one… I HATE coming out to the kitchen in the morning with a counter full of dirty dishes) Just ask Owen :p
  • there isn’t a specific laundry day, you do laundry (1) when the drawers are empty of clean clothes, (2) when its sunny, or (3) when there is a dirty outfit that you really wanted to wear… and many times you only do 1-2 loads per day and feel like you are doing laundry all week :)
  • you discover that your whole house does not HAVE to be cleaned every week, or even all in one day (yes I hate cleaning and I’m sure there’s people that don’t agree with this one :) That’s okay, I’m figuring out what works for our family) When the cleaning mood strikes I attack it viciously and we may have a clean bathroom on Monday, and a clean kitchen on Thursday. :)

Those are only a few of the many things I have been learning… What are things that you have learned since having kids? I’d love to hear in the comments below!


A Letter to my Single Friends…

Have you ever come to the place in your life when you look back and really wish you had enjoyed ‘that’ time in your life a little more?

I have! and although I love where God has me at in life right now, it is still at times tempting to wish the kids would grow just a little faster, be at the next stage in life, be able to do just a little more on their own… and the list goes on.

But I have also learned from past experience that I will never have this chance again and if I don’t enjoy it now I will never have this opportunity again! So I am focusing on

  • enjoying the moments,
  • making memories,
  • taking time for the little things,
  • having a little more patience,
  • speaking a little kinder,
  • and knowing that if they don’t learn everything I am trying to teach them ‘right now’ that they will still be just fine :)

So that is kind of what inspired this post…

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Here are a few things that I wish someone would have told me back when I was still single…

  • Make God your #1 priority
  • Travel (especially missionary related excursions)
  • Help out a busy mom
  • Save your money (check out Dave Ramsey here)
  • Invest it too
  • Help out at local ministries
  • Enjoy the carefree days
  • Never drop your life to chase after ‘him’, let him pursue you 😉
  • Most of all, live your life to the fullest, with no regrets (yes that’s something you will be working on your entire life :)

With all that being said, yes I am happily married! And no I wouldn’t trade it for the world!

Marriage is work tho, and it will come to you at the exact time God has it planned for your life, so pining for it won’t bring it any sooner, so go enjoy each day you are given :)

And here are a few of my current blessings…

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The Winner is…

Its been about 2 weeks ago now since I had a giveaway for the book, Set-Apart Motherhood and today I am excited to announce that the winner is…..

Rebecca LaFave! :)

Please contact me via email or facebook with your mailing address Rebecca :) I pray that this book inspires and encourages you in your role in life!

If you didn’t win and still want a copy just click the link above and place your order :)


Baked Chicken Stir Fry THM E

I am finally back with another recipe! This recipe was slightly adapted from a stir fry recipe my mom made for us while we were growing up. I  loved it back then and now its one of my ‘go to’ recipes because its so simple and is a complete ‘E’ meal (if you’re following Trim Healthy Mama) in a short time!

Baked Chicken Stirfry THM E


Here’s the recipe:


Baked Chicken Stir Fry THM E
A delicious THM stye "E" meal.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr
  1. 4 chicken breasts
  2. 1 c greek yogurt (or 1/2 c greek yogurt and 1/2 c reduced fat mayo)
  3. 1 tsp garlic powder
  4. 1 Tbsp liquid aminos (or soy sauce)
  5. 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  6. 1 pkg mixed vegetables (Sams Club has some great combinations)
  7. brown rice
  1. Preheat oven to 350*
  2. Layer chicken in greased 9x13 baking dish.
  3. Mix greek yogurt, garlic powder, liquid aminos and ginger together and spread evenly over chicken.
  4. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes.
  5. Layer the vegetables on top and bake another 30 minutes.
  6. Serve over rice.
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 Hope you enjoy it!

Be sure to check out my Giveaway that is still open for a few days right here.

Set Apart Motherhood *Giveaway*

Have you ever read a book that was so refreshing and encouraging that you just wanted everyone to read it? I admit it has to be a pretty good book for me to get through the whole book without burning out and forgetting I was reading it. But this particular book I was sad to see that I was on the last page!
In the culture we are living in today children are looked at as a bother or a distraction. Recently I have been challenged that “Motherhood is a calling, not a job!”

Don't underestimate the importance of this time in your life. Some days it's just plain hard and you can't wait for tomorrow - these are the moments to remember that the quality of our tomorrow depends on our willingness to be present today.

I am asking God to remind me about that all the time. After all we are only given a short season with these precious souls and then they will grow up and be on their own.

What am I doing now to impact their lives and equip them to be ready to stand up and be strong warriors in God’s kingdom?

 Do I just pray and ask God to help me with the ‘big’ things that I am faced with? I was really challenged in the book ‘Set-Apart Motherhood‘ that we should be praying and asking God to help with us the littlest things, potty training, home schooling, etc… He does care about them and it is amazing to see him work when we just take the time to ask him for help!

I was trying for a while to get Shania interested in learning her numbers and colors and her attention span was about a minute and she would be done and didn’t want anything to do with it anymore, so I decided I am going to start praying about it everyday and ask God to help her take an interest in colors and numbers and helping me teach it in a way that it makes sense to her and she can understand it.

In less then a week she was taking an interest in it and would bring me a handful of colors asking me what color they are, and now she is counting to 4 by herself. Talk about an excited Mom :) Prayer works!

The game shown above was a Pinterest idea! I decided to find and print out flashcards with numbers on them for her. I printed out 2 sets and we play Memory with them! :) Here is a link if you want to print them out as well.

So lets get to the point! Today I am GIVING AWAY a copy of Leslie Ludy’s book, “Set Apart Motherhood”

Here is a link to some of the reviews people have left about the book.

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