Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Keto Raspberry Scones



These yummy Keto Raspberry Scones came out so good that I couldn't wait to share them with all of you.  I was going to post this in August, but I broke my ankle, so I have been recuperating for the last 4 months.  I also was not able to get all of the pictures that I wanted to get, but at least you can see what they look like.  I made them along with Spiced Keto Donuts, and Peanut Butter Bread the morning that I broke my ankle, I only got pictures of them cooling off.  I'm still not walking yet, which means I'm also not cooking much yet, so I hope that you will forgive the pictures.

The recipe is easy and the changes that I made to the original recipe from Brian Speaks make it Keto.  These would be great to make for a New Years morning brunch, or, if you're not too worried about your macros you could make them with dried cranberries for an amazing Christmas morning scone.

Keto Raspberry Scones
Serves 8
Calories: 317
Fat: 27g
Net Carbs: 7g
Protein: 10g
Print Recipe

Ingredients:
2 1/2 cups Trader Joe's almond flour
1/2 tsp sea salt
2 large eggs
4 TB Yacon Syrup
1/3 cup melted butter
1/2 cup Trader Joe's Freeze Dried Raspberries

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Spray non stick cooking spray on a cookie sheet or a silicone mat on a cookie sheet.

Mix all of your ingredients together, and drop onto your silicone mat.  Mine look like drip biscuits, I could not shape them.

Bake between 15 and 20 minutes.  Mine took closer to 20 minutes.

I hope you enjoy these delicious Keto Raspberry Scones.  They are a really delicious baked treat, when you are craving a pastry, and they taste delicious even if don't need to do Keto.  I always love hearing from you.

Have a great week.
Debi

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Pray


Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day. We had a very lovely, warm, and quiet one here in Fort Lauderdale.

I saw a sign that said "Pray" near my home a few weeks ago.  I often see different scripture on this sign, but it felt like Pray was flashing at me.  It wasn't, but God certainly wanted me to notice it on that day.  I have seen so many bad things happen recently, and I just keep praying, because that is all that I have I can do, but this was like a call to action.  This was different, I knew that this sign was a "sign" from God for me to write about.  Then, last week, on our morning prayer line my pastor was talking about some of the things happening in the world, and what came to my mind were these verses in Job 2.

Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the Lord And the Lord said to Satan, “From where do you come?”
Satan answered the Lord and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it.”
Job 2:1-2 NKJV

We don't often think about verses like this, but this is really important!  The sons of God are the fallen angels who followed Satan and were kicked out of Heaven, never to live with God again.  They are wandering the earth, going to and fro, back and forth.  They create chaos, and their mission is to turn as many people away from God as possible.  Not just turn away, but not allow them the chance to find God, to reach Him.  Their job is to steal, kill, and destroy anyone they can reach.  Our mission is to PRAY!  To pray for our people, our communities, our country, and our world.  We are the line of defense!  We are the Warriors!  We can't allow the enemy to cross the line. Our strategy is to PrayPray unceasingly!  Please join me in praying during your prayer time, whenever that may be, to pray for people, not just people who know God, but people who don't.  Please pray for the lost, the lonely, the sad and disheartened, the happy, the healthy, the wealthy, all of the people who don't know God.  Please join me in prayer that they find Him and welcome Him into their lives.

Now, this was one of  the few occasions of being outside  of my house over that last few months.  You see on August 3rd, I fell and crushed my ankle.  I have started to write about it several times, but have never had the right words, to share this very humbling experience with all of you.  I have had several surgeries and I am on the mend.  Today I took my first steps in my boot without a crutch.  Yeah!!!  Walking never felt so good, I will never take it for granted again.  I have been praying like crazy, and God is answering each and every prayer.  I am so grateful.  

Thank you for reading this today.  I am so grateful that you are here.

Have a blessed week!

Debi

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Adorned From Above Jewelry and Blog


It has been such a long time since I have written anything, but I wanted to share some exciting news about Adorned From Above Designs and my Adorned From Above Blog.  

Starting this weekend, Thanksgiving weekend, you will find my new 10 Piece Jewelry Collection, called The Inspired Collection at Adorned From Above Designs.  I am so excited to share these beautiful pieces with all of you.  When you sign up for our VIP Newsletter List for Adorned From Above Designs you will automatically receive a 30% discount coupon, and this is good for your entire purchase!!! Yeah!!!  You can even use it on top of the sale prices.  Which means on Cyber Monday there will be a site wide sale that will be 20% off of everything in the store, after you receive that discount you can use your 30% coupon, also!!!  The thing is only the people who sign up for my VIP Newsletter List will receive the 30% off Coupon, because you are my extra special friends.

This VIP email list is going to have amazing benefits such as coupons that only my VIP friends are entitled to, exclusive sales for just my VIP's, and great jewelry giveaways.  Oh, and my first jewelry giveaway will be sometime in the first week of December.  So keep and eye out for my weekly newsletter, because that is where I will keep you updated and post a picture of the what you will have a chance of winning.  I am so excited about embarking on this new journey with all of you. I hope that you will sign up and become one of my VIP friends.

You also should have gotten an email this morning about my Adorned From Above Blog email list.  You don't have to do anything, if you want to keep receiving my newsletters, and if you don't there is and unsubscribe button in the footer of the email.  I hope that you will continue to follow Adorned From Above.  I have so many exciting things in the works for all of you.  Adorned From Above will continue to share recipes, crafts, and Bible Studies. 

I am so excited about sharing all of my new adventures with all of you.

Happy Thanksgiving!
Debi

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Forgive


Do you forgive others?  Are you able to forgive?  Is it difficult for you or is it something that comes easy?  In Luke 6:37, Jesus tells us, "Judge not, and you shall not be judged.  Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven."

As I was doing my Bible reading, I read Luke 6:37 and was thinking about what it means to me.  None of us want to be judged, right?  We certainly don't want to be condemned, and I think we all want to be forgiven.  So where does that leave us when we feel we have been wronged?  Where do we turn?  What do we do?  How do we act?  Don't we all want to be forgiven when we have done something wrong?  I think we do.  I know that I do.

Maybe we need to start with the first sentence, "Judge not, and you shall not be judged."  Do you judge others?  I try very hard not to.  One of the things that I often say if someone says, "you never judge me", is that "I live in a glass house, I don't throw stones."  I have to be very honest with myself though.  I don't normally judge people that I know, but I have found, especially as I was watching the news the other day that I judge our president often.  I get angry when I hear what he is doing, that so many people could have been without health insurance, or that my rates could go up even more.  So I am judging, I'm just not judging someone that I know personally.  I'm judging him each time I get angry with what I feel is his lack of compassion for people. Especially, people with less.  Aren't we called to help others?  Aren't we called to treat the least of us as we would Jesus?  When did that get lost in the grand scheme of things.

And the King will answer and say to them, "Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, You did it to Me."
Matthew 25:40

Then He will answer them, saying, "Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you do not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me."
Matthew 25:45

So He says, if we do something for the least, then it's as if we do it to Him, and if we don't then it's as if we haven't done it to him.  Back to judging,  I am not supposed to judge, so I need to pray, and ask God to help me not judge. Our president could not have been placed in office without God, so let's pray for this man.  Let's pray that he receive compassion for all of the citizens whom he is responsible for in our country.  Do you judge?  Do you need to ask God for help in this area of your life?  He will help you, you just need to ask him.

Next, "condemn not, and you shall not be condemned." Here are some definitions that I found for condemn.

Condemn: express complete disapproval of or to express an unfavorable or adverse judgement
Synonyms:  censure, criticize, denounce, blame, revile, chastise, berate, reprimand, rebuke

As I read the definition, I realized that I do this.  I do it when I talk about our president, but I also do it with my family.  I didn't even understand that criticizing or chastising was condemnation.  Last weeks post was Bridle My Thoughts Bridle My Tongue, well when I criticize I am condemning.  Check, this is now on my list of prayers.  Do you need help with this in your life?  Again, all you need to do is ask God for help.  Add it to your list of prayers, He is there to help, and He wants you to succeed.

I love the last sentence in this verse, "Forgive, and you will be forgiven."  It sounds so simple doesn't it?  Forgiveness can be tough when we feel we have been wronged.  We hold on to things that we perceive as wrongs, then we say we have forgiven, but we really haven't.  Holding onto all of that sadness, anger, frustration, and disappointment only hurts us.  When you don't let go of all of those terrible feeling, you can't heal.  The forgiveness is not just for the other person, it's also for you.  Do you remember how you felt when you really let go of your anger and forgave someone?  Didn't you feel better.

And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses."
Mark 11:25

But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Matthew 6:15

God wants to forgive all of us, but we need to do our part, also.  It doesn't just happen, but with His help we can do anything.  Prayer is so important.  It doesn't need to be a formal prayer.  I wake up in the morning and start talking to God.  I have conversations with Him all day long.  I ask His advice, but I have realized that I also need to ask for help in more areas of my life.  Do you need His help?  Reach out to Him today,  He is waiting for you, He is always there, He is listening, and He wants to help you.  When you forgive someone, you are also forgiven.  Isn't that what we all want?  We don't want to be judged or condemned, we want to be forgiven.

I write to you, little children, Because your sins are forgiven you for His name's sake.
1 John 2:12

Have a blessed week.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Fried Rice - A Weight Watchers Recipe


What are your thoughts on Chinese Food and Weight Watchers?  Chinese food can be tough on a diet,  right, but this recipe for Fried Rice fits right into my Weight Watchers Program.  It is delicious, easy to make, and low in points! What more can you ask for?  I have been making fried cauliflower rice for a long time, but with Weight Watchers I can have real rice! Yeah!!! This fried rice is super filling, so it makes a meal all on its own for a meatless Monday meal, but you can also add meat to it if you are so inclined.  I have been traveling so I can not update you on my weight loss at this point, but I will after I get home next week.  In the meantime, here is this delicious Fried Rice Recipe.


Fried Rice - A Weight Watchers Recipe
Weight Watchers Smartpoints - 4 per 1/2 cup

Ingredients:
5 cups water
2 1/2 cups rice
2 Tb olive oil
1 Tb sesame oil
1 container 14.5 oz Trader Joe's Mirepoix (1/2 chopped onion, 3 carrots chopped, 3 stalks celery chopped)
2 tsp minced garlic or 3 cloves minced garlic
8 oz sliced mushrooms
1/4 cup low sodium tamari or soy sauce
1/4 cup Trader Ming's General Tsao's Stir Fry Sauce
1/8 cup Soy Vay Veri Veri Teriyaki Sauce
3 eggs, beaten

Directions:
Cook the rice according to the directions on the package. Mine is 5 cups water to 2 1/2 cups of rice.

Set aside.

Heat the olive and sesame oil in a wok or a very deep stir fry pan over medium high heat.

Add the mirepoix to the oil and saute until the onions are translucent.  

Next add the garlic and saute for a minute, next add the mushrooms and cook for approximately 5 minutes.

Then add the rice and mix with the vegetables.

Add the tamari sauce, stir fry sauce, and teriyaki sauce and mix well.

Next, make a hole in the center of the pan, moving the rice and vegetables to the edges of the pan, and add the beaten eggs.

Cook just the eggs in the center of the pan just like you would scramble eggs, without the rice in it as much as possible.

Once the eggs are mostly cooked, stir into the rice and vegetable mixture. Add more tamari sauce if needed.

It is ready to serve.  You can add some kind of meat if you want, but we eat it like this and it is delicious. 

Serves 20 -  1/2 cup servings

I hope that you give this recipe a try.  I would love to hear how you like it.  I always love hearing from you.

Have a great week.