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A birthday cake that is FAT FREE?!?!?!

We had three birthday celebrations back in February—-yes I am behind:)  They were all within a few days.  I like everyone to have their own cake or treat to feel special, but too many desserts and I am feeling a little bloated:)  My second oldest daughter chose to have her traditional eclair dessert.

Then my youngest daughter wanted an angel food cake with strawberries.  I like angel food cake with strawberries too!  So I decided since our family was so large, that we could definitely just make two different angel food cakes–one fat free and one regular homemade and that would be enough cake for everyone.

For the fat free version, purchase an angel food cake mix and one can of crushed pineapple—that’s it!

Mix them up well and pour into your tube pan.  I did not spray my pan because the box did not say to spray your pan.  In my homemade version I do–not sure if it makes any difference or not. 

Bake as directed……………then start making your homemade version.  We used to make this almost every baking day back when we had 25 chickens–because it uses up so many egg whites!

In a mixing bowl, sift 1 c flour and 1 1/2 c powdered sugar and set aside.

  In large mixing bowl, beat 12 egg whites–best at room temperature, 1 1/2 tsp cream of tartar, and 1/4 tsp salt until foamy.  Add small amount of sugar a time–1 cup total.  This will get shiny and have peaks when you pull the mixer up.  Gentle fold in the flour and 1/2 tsp almond and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract a little at a time on the lowest speed of your mixer. 

Pour into your pan, gently.  Bake 30-35 minutes or until top springs back when touched.  Invert pan until completely cooled.

We like to serve our cake with cut up strawberries and cool whip.  You can use fat free or coconut cool whip for a healthier version.  To compare the taste of both of them side by side, the homemade one is definitely thicker and you feel like your eating a good piece of cake.  The fat free version is a lot lighter.  The pineapple gives it a great taste and I felt like I could eat a few pieces–which I did, and not feel guilty at all. Go ahead and eat your cake and NOT feel guilty:)  Be blessed today!

Total Body Makeover part 6 eyes that see


  Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law

Psalm 119:18

I think one of the first prayers that I started praying when I was first became a Christian were prayers like the above verse.  All about opening my eyes so that I can start to “see things in God’s eyes.”  Oh how little did I know back then!  I think about all of the “little” things that God started showing me piece by piece in my life were so tiny compared to what is shown to me now. I was a new babe in Christ.  Just as a newborn baby requires a little bit of milk every so often, that is how Christ feeds us as “new babes.”  He couldn’t of just handed me meat and potatoes as a newborn.  He had to give me sips of milk so that I could easily digest those tiny truths, so that eventually I could digest the bigger truths that He showed me as I grew.  We are all at different stages in our walk with the Lord.  I know, I get excited when God shows me something new and I want to share it with someone and most of the time, they aren’t ready to hear it and think I’m crazy!!!?  Then I have to take a step back and slow WAY down (because I talk fast when I get excited) and start from the beginning.  I realize that I myself, didn’t get the revelation in the beginning, I got it piece by piece.  If you are sharing something with someone and you can tell that they aren’t ready to hear it, don’t give up.  Just as you didn’t know that truth and had to be taught it over time, they are the same way.  People don’t just get a spark of something and be changed overnight.  It takes time. Be patient when sharing something new with a believer.

The eye is the lamp of the body;  So if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness.

Matthew 6:22

Our eyes are what brightens up our entire bodies.  In the verse above the bible talks about that if our eyes are healthy, then our whole bodies will be light, but if our eyes are bad, then our bodies will be darkness.  We know that the light is God.  God is light.

Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways.

Psalm 119:37

How do we keep our spirit in the light?  We need to train and develop our human spirit–to keep it full of the “light.”

  1. By meditation in the Word–speaking and talking it day and night.
  2. By practicing the Word of God–this is how your faith is built up
  3. By giving the Word first place in your life
  4. By instantly obeying the voice of your spirit–which is connected with the Holy Spirit

How we remain full of the light is we read God’s Word everyday.  It doesn’t matter if you read one line or one chapter, however much your mind can process you read.  You can’t get to the full knowledge of God just by hearing or reading someone else’s message.  Yes, those are good things to hear, because it is someone planting seeds, but to get the full understanding of the Lord, we need to read HIS words.  Read something everyday.  Think about those verses, write them down and tape them to your kitchen window to look at each day. Talk to your children about what you read.  Share with a friend.  Keep it in the forefront of your communication all that you read that day.

If you come across something in the Word and it says to do something—–then DO IT!  I have heard a preacher say, “We are doers of the Word of God.”  I share that with my children to remind them that we DO what God’s Word says.  We don’t just merely listen to it, we actually do it.

By giving the Word first place in your life.  You either believe what the Lord says in His Word or you don’t.  You have to start choosing to believe all the truths that Gods Word says.  Faith—-is a choice.  When you hear people say, “You never know what God is going to do.”  That is NOT in the Bible, that is a man made phrase that many Christians are unfortunately fallen prey to because they don’t believe what God says.  You don’t have to beg God for anything.  We just need to believe God and be willing to receive it.  He already wants to give you all the goodness of things.  But you have to be willing to take it.

Whatever you do in life you need to be led by the spirit.  If everyone was led by the Spirit of God, we would have it made.  Life would not be confusion, it would be made perfect.  God is not the author of confusion, he will ONLY lead you to what is HIS perfect plan. But, you can’t be head led,  emotion led, feeling led, reasoning led, stress led, or  person led.  Everything that you do has to be GOD LED.

Philippians 4:4-9

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say rejoice.  Let your reasonableness be known to everyone.   The Lord is at hand;  do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.  What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me-practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

We need to refuse to fret or have anxiety about anything.  We need to bring our requests before the Lord and thank Him for the answer.  This quiets our spirit and pacifies the troubled spirit that the devil tries to make us have.  Even God’s word says to PRACTICE these things—-think about the right things.  If it was easy He would expect us to “get it” but He knows it will be a struggle so He says to practice them.

Ephesians 1:18-19

….having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might..

We want the eyes of our heart to be enlightened and changed.  We do not want to seek voices.  We want our spirits to be knit with the Lords and by doing this we can know it is Him.

Keep your EYES full of God’s light by focusing on HIM everyday. When you do this, you will be confident to know that no matter what happens, your eyes are going to stay focused on HIM!

Be blessed as you go about your day today!

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New favorite breakfast–corn tortillas

Hello, hope your having a great start to your day today! I’ve got a great healthy new favorite of ours that I wanted to share with you.

We had our friends come visit us back at the beginning of the year and their family is all gluten free. She did the majority of the cooking because she enjoys that and I don’t mind sharing my kitchen.

We ate pretty much everything gluten free that week and I can honestly say that I felt really great during that time. You know when you get together with people and you always have tons of food to eat and you feel so stuffed because you “feel” like you’ve been splurging all week? I did not feel that way at all. Even though I had eaten more than I typically do, because it tasted so good!!! It was a great eye opener to choose some gluten free meals after they left.

One thing that I really enjoyed was how she made her corn tortillas. We always bought whole wheat flour tortillas and used them for breakfast burritos. I think I have tried the corn tortillas once before and we thought they tasted horribly. It was just that I was making them wrong. I was told to fry them first. So I tried that with olive oil. I felt like they were so greasy and that all I was eating was fat.

My girlfriend introduced me to grapeseed oil. I know, whats that!?!? It is a healthier alternative to your regular frying oil. I was told you are not supposed to fry with olive oil because it can produce toxic chemicals when heated high. A quick search on google goes either way on whether it is true or not. I am not a scientist so I can’t say for sure. I guess it is one of those things that you try for yourself. Me, I usually look at the price. If it is astronomically expensive, I might consider not using it because we still need to eat during the week. This large bottle of grapeseed oil, I found at Walmart for around $5. It was actually cheaper than the olive oil that I was buying at Sams Club.
All I did, was pour about 1-2 T on my griddle and fried up my corn tortillas.  I like they crispy so I do it for longer.  We place them in a bowl until we are ready to eat.

I then make up some Mexican eggs. My girlfriend chopped up every kind of meat and vegetables and put it in the eggs and my children ate it! I was like, wait a minute. Normally its, “There is something green or red in my food.” and they won’t eat it.  But this they ate a lot of. So I chopped up some potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, kale, and leftover chicken.  I know chicken?!! My most favorite thing to put in eggs.  I think a big key, is chopping them up small. I first cooked the vege and meat mixture in the skillet with a little grapeseed oil and cooked everything until soft.  While doing this, the potatoes got chopped up even smaller. Then I whisked my eggs and milk and cooked it with the vege mixture.

We placed it on a tortilla and added some salsa.  Again, yes salsa!!!!  It is so good.  Try it! I always liked just eggs and the thought of salsa did not sound appealing at all. But I tried it and this is what we have been eating everyday for breakfast. And if you follow along with me, you know I don’t like making breakfast!  I get up and fry  my tortillas every morning. I cooked up a big batch of eggs on Sunday and we have just been reheating some each day.

When you eat these, they are not heavy feeling at all.  Even cooked in the oil, it doesn’t taste “fattening”.  Something to try.  They are much cheaper than flour tortillas and a whole lot better for you.  Grab some at the store this week along with some grapeseed oil.

We also did a batch with chopped up hotdogs.  I didn’t have any leftover chicken but we did have hot dogs.  So I added those all chopped with the same vegetables.  Again everyone ate and loved!  So look in your refrigerator and find any meat scraps and veges.  Fry them up and put on a tortilla!

Enjoy and be blessed as you go about finding inexpensive healthier food choices for your family!

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