Kittens

So, Jacob phones home each and every afternoon before he comes home from work. He usually asks if we need anything on his way.

I think it’s terribly polite. It’s not something I’ve asked him to do- he just does. Sometimes (like today!), I do take him up on his offer. Most days, we’re just glad to know he’s on his way since we’ve missed him….and then there was Thursday.

His phone call was more like, “I was on my way home and wanted to know if you needed anything? Also, I have something I really need to tell you.”

Immediately, my mama alarm started ringing.

A wreck? Is he hurt? Did something bad happen?

Instead he sits the phone down and I start hearing lots of little sounds. I thought I was hearing birds. I *knew* he had rescued something.

He is one of the most tender-hearted young men I’ve ever met.

Having found their mother dead on his job, he just couldn’t leave them.

I *love* that about him.

So now we’re feeding four kittens (we had five but one passed).

We think there are three boys and one girl. My girls have named them after their favorite Downton Abbey characters.

Violet
Matthew
Mosely
Branson

They are adorable! I’m sure in the next week, we’ll have kittens everywhere.

Anyone need a kitten?? (Please?!)

It’s Been Said…

“It is good to have an end to journey towards, but it is the journey that matters in the end.”

                                                                   —-Ursula K. LeGuin

Spending Time With Paul

I snapped these photos while out with Paul a few weeks back. He took me to dinner and then had some things to finish up on his truck.

These pictures always amaze me…he actually knows what every switch, every cable and every blinking light does!!

Enjoying Fall

(Written last week….)

The weather is supposed to be cooler, right?

It is fall and it is Alabama. The leaves are turning colors and it is still reaching almost 90 each day. At least there is a cool breeze and a chance to just enjoy some rest in the afternoons as our day comes to an end.

It’s Been Said…

“I learned early on that setting a table is so much more than just laying down knives and forks.  It is creating a setting for food and conversation, setting a mood and an aura that lingers long after what was served and who said what was forgotten.”

                                                                —–Peri Wolfman

Preparing for Guests

October is turning out to be a very busy month for our family.

We have three birthdays, and our community fellowship. We also have a couple of Joshua’s friends coming to stay for a few days.

It just seemed like a good opportunity to paint and upgrade things a little before the holidays begin…I love days when you can really see things being done and looking spiffy!

THM Peanut Butter Cups

So far, this is my *favorite* Trim Healthy Mama dessert!

This particular recipe is from The Sunny Patch blog.

Jessa made these for me today. I keep them in the freezer so they are ready any time I want a quick snack or dessert!

1 recipe of skinny chocolate
1/2 cup all natural peanut butter
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/2-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Stevia extract, to taste (for me that was 2 little scoops)

Pour 1/2 or all of the chocolate mixture into a mini-muffin pan (depending on whether or not you are doing 2 layers of chocolate). Freeze until firm. While that is setting up, make the peanut butter filling: Combine the filling ingredients – peanut butter, coconut oil, vanilla and stevia and mix well. Using a tablespoon, portion out the peanut butter filling on top of the hardened chocolate.

Top with more chocolate, if desired. Freeze until firm. Pop the firm peanut butter cups out of the muffin tin using the edge of a butter knife. Store in the refrigerator.

This is appropriate for a “S” dessert or snack.

THM Pumpkin Fudge

This recipe was first found on The Coers Family blog.

Trim Healthy Mama Pumpkin Fudge

Ingredients:

1 stick butter
1/2 cup pureed pumpkin
3 ounces cream cheese, full fat or 1/3 fat both work well
3-4 tablespoons xylitol (or sweetener of your choice to taste)
1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
chopped pecans (optional)

Melt butter over medium heat, stirring often until melted. Add pureed pumpkin. Whisk until smooth and add cream cheese and sweetener. Give it a little taste just to be sure it is sweetened to your preference. Continue stirring until smooth, then add vanilla and additional spices.

Sprinkle pecans, if desired and place in freezer until firm (about 20-30 minutes- original recipe states 24 hours is best).

When set, slice and store in a container.

This is considered a “S” dessert or snack.

Jessica made my fudge. It is really good! It just seemed like such a fall indulgence!!

 

 

THM Skinny Chocolate

One of the best parts of Trim Healthy Mama is eating chocolate every single day.  So  far, this is my favorite recipe for “skinny  chocolate”.  I originally found it at The Sunny Patch blog.

Easy Dark (and Healthy!) Chocolate

Yield: 3 servings

Ingredients

1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
1/4 cup xylitol
1-2 scoops powdered stevia extract
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

Instructions

Melt coconut oil in a 2-cup glass measuring cup.
While it’s melting, run xylitol through a coffee grinder until it’s the consistency of powdered sugar.
Add xylitol to the coconut oil along with the stevia and stir until it’s all dissolved.
Add cocoa and whisk again. Taste for desired sweetness.
Pour into molds or waxed-paper lined pie plate and refrigerate or freeze until hardened.

Notes

Keep refrigerated as it softens quickly at room temperature.

Optional: Pour into a small jar and keep in the refrigerator. When a chocolate sauce or magic shell is needed, reheat and use.