Low Carb Pumpkin Pie

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Many fellow Trim Healthy Mama’s {and families} have been getting the nervous sweats over Thanksgiving and how their waistlines will survive the holidays. I wasn’t too worried about it because I’m not an over-eater or anything, but since we are spending the week at my parents house, I did worry about the “convenience eating” and the off plan meals. Because of this, I volunteered my sister and I to prepare some food. Especially the (sugar free) treats. See, My mom is a sugar and carb addict, and weighing in at whopping 98 pounds only fuels her guilt free addiction.

One of my favorite food blogs is Stacymakescents because she shares many great sugar free, gluten free and low carb recipes. So far her deserts are a hit in our house. When she shared her Pumpkin Breakfast Cake I became all giddy because 1) I’m a sucker for pumpkin recipes during the holiday season and 2) I love breakfast-desert combinations.

Usually THM recipes are never sweet enough for my liking, but this guy was perfection. In fact – I can probably do with a lil less truvia next time. Nonetheless, this is the perfect pumpkin pie for thanksgiving dinner! Just look it as a crustless pie and you won’t even know the difference. And your waist will thank you ;)

Serves 5 and would be S food (low carb) if you follow THM.

~1/4 – 1/2 cup homemade truvia
~1/4 cup melted butter
~1 cup pumpkin puree
~2 eggs, beaten
~1 cup almond flour
~1 teaspoon baking powder
~1/4 teaspoon salt
~1 teaspoon cinnamon
~1 teaspoon vanilla extract
~1/4 cup chopped pecans

1.Combine eggs, puree, melted butter, and extract.
2.Mix in almond flour, truvia, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Then stir in the nuts.
3.Pour into greased 8 inch baking dish, bread loaf pan, or to really get the pie effect – a pie dish!
4.Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes or until done.

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Happy 2nd Birthday Emunah

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Today, and every November 9th, I am thankful for God blessing me with the opportunity to experience the loss of a child.

I am forever grateful for the miraculous events that took place in her story, and for the growth in truth I have received because of her.

I don’t feel the pain I went through the week we found out about her condition, but I remember. I kept a journal of letters to God describing my every emotion so that I would always remember.

Amazing enough, not one of those emotions I describe are anger at God.

I pray that this blog, Emunah’s story, shows up when other mothers are given the tragic news about their unborn child.

More importantly, I hope her story points to Jesus.

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For those who are new, Emunah’s story can be read here. For another intro to her name, here you go:

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We Got {Re}Married on Halloween

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*Gasp*

I feel the tension, the critique, the pointing fingers….

Truth is – Its not my conviction to ignore and hide from Halloween.

Scriptures that I have read and that I may get emails about, do not speak to me the way it does to others, or the way it does to me on my convictions (like wardrobe) nor do I apply or see in the same context. I am not saying who is right or who is wrong, or trying to water down the word of God, or twist things to please myself. I just have not had a conviction on it. That’s it.

The Holy Spirit has not worked this matter out in me and that may be because it is not a matter needing to be worked out. We all have different issues God works out in us, and all are at different times. The true importance is that we listen and are obedient when called.

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I don’t celebrate Halloween like I use to as a child, because I am not a child anymore, and I definitely do not celebrate it like I did before I was saved! Drunk, parties, promiscuous costumes, uh hum..…
What I did do this year was – participate in our American culture tradition of allowing my kids to have treats, and go dress up shopping and yes, even go trick {or trunk} or treating at a community event. This year we went downtown, and unfortunately missed the Church’s fall festival due to Jakes car breaking down and leaving me vehicle-less. This can change for next Halloween, and the Halloween after that, and the one after that. This is just where we stood this year.

But, Jake and I did marry on Halloween, back in the day. A few years later we started Divorce papers during our “transformation” time, and when we were saved and back together stronger than ever, we never completed the paperwork. It bothered us both about how rebellious and unmoral we were married so eventually we completed the papers, waited the six months, and legally became divorced.

One year later, on our original wedding day of Halloween, we were re-married by our neighbor, landlord and friend, Pastor Jim on 10-31-13. He gave us thee most beautiful words and blessings upon our marriage, our health, our children, our home, our rings- all in the name of The Lord!

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882862_10151959100425115_470445700_oNot only did my dream wedding of taking place in a cemetery come true, but Jim equally saw the beauty and symbolic points of doing so.

A cemetery is a romantic setting for a wedding because

1) It’s till death do you part

2) We can one day be buried together in the same place we became one flesh (again. And in the Lords name.)

3) The cemetery’s are where its at! These people who are buried and dead, just like we once were [spiritually], will be risen and given new life [like we do now]!

It doesn’t get more romantic than that.

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So while many will get their chonies in a bunch around this time of year, my family and I might just be dressing up in silly costumes, eating treats, and decorating our house with webs and tombstones – not to celebrate pagan beliefs – but to rejoice in our new life, and honor the ones who have died and will again be given new life. Oh, and our wedding anniversary :)

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Christians and Tattoos Part 1

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I never saw tattooing as a ministry until our neighbor, who is a Pastor, and another Pastor from a church we visit, planted the seed in our minds. Jake is back to tattooing full time, and even drives 2 hours away to be in the shop that God has placed him in. The confirmation Jake goes through on a daily basis that he is suppose to be there is unreal. I am in awe at the little things God does for each and every one of us, even those in the tattooed community.

Jake has tattooed countless crosses and scripture, and has not had to decline ONE tattoo for being inappropriate, offensive or against our beliefs. In fact, Jake has tattooed some amazing people with incredible stories how God has been active in their lives.

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Believe it or not, tattooing is a ministry. How shocking and awesome is that?! There are a lot more tattooed Christians out there than you think. In fact, some are Tattoo Artists and are called ACT members – Alliance of Christain Tattooers. Through the ACT website you can find Christian tattoo artists and shops, even shops that hold church and bible studies. Tab even makes sure that your social networks glorify God and not the world! That my friends, is hard to find. We can all look like sheep, but come into our home, our Facebooks, our Instagrams… and you will see the life and heart of a wolf.

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For those of you are open minded and curious to as how the tattoo industry is even close to being a ministry, think of this. Picture a shop of broken and lost Tattooers and piercers with rebellious minds and hearts. These people come in all shapes and sizes; some mean, some scary and dark…..but some are polite and well mannered (but still dark and lost). Do you think they would welcome a pastor right in to sit down and share the gospel? Well, yes, but not likely. Jake can do this. And he does. He gets to share his testimony and pray for all these people, and they welcome him! You know why? Because he looks like them. He knows them and were they’ve been…..we’ve been there too. We are relatable, and I know that God has taken our past to use it for His purpose.

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Vintage Modesty

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I just had to come back and share some outfits with you all, because too often our minds are closed in on what modest or appropriate wardrobes must look like.

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I was a sad, sad victim of that myself.

Now, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. (and again, and again, and again…)

I am not Modest at heart, and I do not claim to be.

I try. I really do. And I aim for it daily. But its not who I am, or who I was raised as. (Thank you God for our Savior!)

But God tugged on me, my heart was a major conviction construction site, and because I have a daughter, I will never ever (don’t say never) dress the way I use to. I dont know His plan and why I have been given this new view on dressing, but I ain’t questioning the Big Guy upstairs. Im just being obedient.

Trust in the Lord will all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight”- Proverbs 3:5-6

Something I really enjoy about History are all the different time eras, and events that have taken place to form our current world. (Cipher’s second grade curriculum is focused on U.S History and I am loving it!)

Some of my favorite eras of fashion are the Victorian times and the 50′s. This time period makes a great reference for modest style, seriously! It’s even easy to find modern clothes online or at the store that are inspired from this time!

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We live in A Victorian Seaport with a lot of vintage consignment stores, So while I took the kids to walk around downtown, we stopped in on a couple of them. I scored big time on some dresses for $6 a piece! I even found a Modest costume dress for Halloween. Say what?!

Notice the lengths, necklines and flowy cut to them? ;)

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So I encourage you to step out of the stereotype and find your own personal style! Not what some woman on the internet is wearing.

As for my weight loss-I haven’t reached goal weight yet, but I have lost over 30 pounds! 50 pounds total from the day I went into labor with Carbon.

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Find Me On Instagram

I miss all of you ladies.

I miss the encouragement we offered to each other.

I miss sharing pictures, and I even miss those snarky comments I’d receive about my tattoos leading people astray.

Ahhhh, the joys of controversy *sigh* :)

I’ve thought about sharing a post here and there, nothing planned or regular.

Mostly I’ve wanted to share THM friendly recipes. The whole family over here has almost jumped on board 100% .

But until then, I’d sure like to find a more simple and convenient way of staying in touch. So find me on Instagram!

@munahscupcake

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Saying Goodbye to Blogging and Facebook.

10/10/23 – Full time anyway, not completely. I missed everyone too much!

When The Lord puts something on your heart, you can try to run, but it will reappear. I’ve been reading posts like this for over a month. Bloggers talking about taking a break from blogs, Facebooks and other social technologies and spending more time with their kids, husbands and keeping of their home. Yet they always end up right back on the computer. Sure there are “scheduling” you can do with posts….but you still have to write the post, take the picture and schedule it. I only have 3 kids. I’m at home. I don’t work or have an online business, or a husband who is gone at work more than usual. But I still feel the time consumption blogging has brought on to my life. I have felt the calling away from blogging so that I can be physical and not just talk about taking a break. Things like twitter, Instagram are cool especially when Sharing quick updates and pictures WHILE hanging out with the family. They don’t take anymore then a minute to do and dont require planning, layout, edit and link ups. If you don’t feel this way, that is excellent. Good for you and keep on blogging. For me, I choose to spend all the time I can growing my home while I have been given the opportunity. My kids or husband can be gone at any moment…..I will not be sitting on the computer when it happens. Because of this, I have decided to cut back and try to condense as much as possible/

I will leave the blog up for Emunah’s story to be shared and for future random postings of modest outfits, homeschool posts, and potters syndrome related posts. But no more trying to keep up with it weekly or in a routinely matter, other than simple picture posts or to link up ;)

 

If I feel a topic is heavy on my heart to share, I will :)

If anyone has any questions, I will respond :)

And I can always be added on facebook through my personal account (that I use mostly to shop local exchanges) since I have deleted the blogs Facebook.

I just need more simplicity. Not a weekly blog, a blog facebook, a personal facebook, a twitter, a blog twitter, an instagram, a blog instagram, a pinterest, a blog pinterest, an email, a blog email, and so on. Doesn’t that seem ridiculous?! I don’t know how some of you do it…..

I have moved over to Instagram. Love it!

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