Friday after Thanksgiving

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I hope everyone here in the US had a great Thanksgiving yesterday.  I spent it with lots of family, ate way too much food, and just thoroughly enjoyed the day.  I know we should be thankful every single day, but I am so glad there is a national holiday set aside for us to acknowledge and remember our blessings.  One thing I am thankful for, as the days get colder and the urge to hibernate and nest gets stronger, is home baked bread.  Is there really anything quite like the taste, texture, smell and yumminess?!  Following Trim Healthy Mama, bread is not banished from my diet, but it is something to watch out for and make sure I’m eating it an E setting so I can continue to lose weight.  Also, bread that is sprouted is even better, is better for digestion, and has more nutrients our bodies can degree organic

So what else to do when it’s chilly outside and the urge to bake strikes?  Get out some sprouted spelt and whip up a loaf of bread, that’s what!  This flour from One Degree Organics was so easy to work with.  I found the recipe straight off their website and followed it to a T.  I made it in a bread machine, and it literally took me about 3 minutes to be done and let the bread machine do the rest.  DSC06662

I got to enjoy the rest of my day while inhaling the yeasty baking smell.  It came out nice and lightly crispy crusted, but soft inside.  It was also very good toasted up the next day with some chicken salad and cucumbers! (chicken, Greek yogurt, a small spoon of Miracle Whip, salt/pepper)DSC06664

There are so many possibilities with this recipe I’m seeing… maybe a cinnamon swirl version or an orange spice version or maybe something savory like a sage and garlic version.

Next up to try will be their sprouted whole wheat flour…I’m thinking perhaps stuffed crust pizza dough?  Stay tuned! :)

Oh, and no, I wasn’t a Black Friday crazy this year. ;)

*Flour was sent in exchange for an honest review.

Destiny Defied plus Kindle Fire Giveaway

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Welcome to the series launch of J.A. Marx‘s Destiny series. Book one, Destiny Defied, is a chilling tale of freedom from oppression and the Light that overcomes the dark.

J.A. is celebrating the launch of her series with a Kindle giveaway and a Facebook author chat party on December 2. 


One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A Kindle Fire
  • Destiny Defied by J.A. Marx.

Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on 12/2. Winner will be announced at the Destiny Defied Facebook author chat party on December 2nd. RSVP for a chance to connect with J.A. Marx, to chat about the book, as well as to win some great prizes!



RSVP today and spread the word—tell your friends about the giveaway via FACEBOOK, TWITTER or PINTEREST and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 2nd!

 “A dramatic shipwreck emancipates Riki Hammad, but the island where she finds refuge is compromised. Unless she finds a power truly great enough to defeat her dark past, she will choose death over returning to captivity. Lord Vétis, high priest of a cultic underground, will stop at nothing to reclaim their chosen one. Using black magic, he manipulates Riki and her four self-assigned bodyguards, triggering a battle that consumes the entire island. The underground will never allow Riki to live out her dreams of a normal life…something she has never known.”

My Thoughts:

After I agreed to do this book review, I greatly second guessed myself, because 1) I remember trying to read This Present Darkness back in middle school or high school and not getting very far, and 2) obviously, due to #1, this is not really a genre I relate to.  But I thought it might be nice to try something a little different. The first chapter or so, I was almost tempted to pluck my eyes out.  Perhaps a bit dramatic, but yes, it was confusing me and hard for me to really get into. I even went to amazon to see how others felt, and noticed all the high reviews.  So I pressed on…and I was soon hooked!  It actually really surprised me!!  While the story line is far-fetched (um, that’s probably due to the genre, right?), the story-telling was good.  The young men in the book were quite refreshing, and it was interesting seeing the unfolding of the lives and inner workings, not just of Riki, but of her rescuers as well.  Overall, yes, I’d recommend!

Skinny Chocolate Cocomint Bark

skinny chocolate cocomint bark

5 CommentsDid someone say chocolate???  Yep, skinny chocolate cocomint bark to be specific!   It’s no secret I love chocolate… milk, dark, with peanut butter, with mint….pretty much any combination and I’m in my element eating it!  Since following Trim Healthy Mama, if anything, chocolate and I have become even closer. I apologize in advance […]

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The Promise by Beth Wiseman

Leave a CommentAbout the book:  Mallory’s search for happiness leads her to a faraway place. There she finds heartache, betrayal—and danger. Mallory Hammond is determined that no one will stand in the way of her goal—to save a life. She had that chance years ago, and she failed to take it, leaving her adrift and […]

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I Need You


1 Comment Sometimes, life has a way of getting our attention.  Actually, let me rephrase that…God has a way of getting our attention.  He uses our life circumstances and happenings to get our attention.  Sometimes, we choose to ignore Him.  We think we’ve got it all figured out on our own…we can handle it.  Or maybe we […]

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