Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Apple Blackberry Gallette and Weight Watchers

Apple Blackberry Galette / Sugar Free or Not Print Recipe  Ingredients:  1 Granny Smith Apple, peeled, cored, and sliced very thin 2 cups blackberries 2 tsp butter melted 1/8 tsp salt 1/4 cup Copycat Gentle Sweet, or stevia, Splenda, Swerve, or Sugar 1 Pillsbury Pie Crust  Directions:  Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Lay you pie crust on a piece of parchment on a baking sheet  Put you apples and blackberries in a bowl and add the butter, salt, and sweetener and stir together.  Lay the apples on the pie crust starting at the center in a circular pattern leaving 2 inches from the edge free to fold over the apples and blackberries   Then pour the blackberries over the apples  Next, fold the pie crust over the edge of the apples and blackberries.  Bake for 45 to 55 minutes, until the crust is done and lightly browned.  Let sit for at least 10 minutes before cutting to let the juices firm up  Serves 8  with sugar 7 points without sugar 5 points

I joined Weight Watchers two weeks ago and I decided to make this delicious Apple Blackberry Gallette.  Yum!  It was delicious and super easy to make.  I always like easy recipes.  I adapted this recipe from a Weight Watchers recipe for a Pear Blackberry Gallette.  I didn't have any pears on hand, but I had lots of apples.  I took this to my cousin's house for dessert and was so excited to share it with everyone.  It is such a simple, rustic, looking kind of dessert.  Just so beautiful. It looks like something that would have been made for dessert after a long day working on the farm or ranch. That thought makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.  There is something so comforting about connecting with our roots through food.  

Anyway, I never took the pictures yesterday, so I made another one today to share with all of you.  Only this time I made it without sugar and used my Sugar Free Sweetener - CopyCat Gentle Sweet, and that was just as delicious as the first Gallette with sugar.  So today you have a recipe for the Apple Blackberry Gallette with or without sugar.  The one with sugar is 7 points and the gallette without sugar is 5 points.  You get to choose.  You could also substitute Splenda, stevia, or Swerve confectioners also for the Copycat Gentle Sweet.   

Now, I want to share why I joined Weight Watchers.  I am not an affiliate right now, though I have signed up for their affiliate program.  I have done every kind of diet on record, only to gain the weight back and even more.  I was hesitant to share my journey, because a lot of people who follow my blog are also friends, and it makes me feel bad about myself that I can not keep the weight off.  Not only keep the weight off, but to gain even more, is even more difficult to share with people.  I have even done Weight Watchers in the past, only to gain the weight back again.  I have been on a Ketogenic diet for the past year for health reasons and those issues were taken care of by the Keto Diet.  I have done low carb diets, counted calories, the Atkins Diet, The Scarsdale Diet, The Palm Beach Diet, lots that I no longer remember.  I joined a health club a few months ago, so I had already started exercising several times a week, but I knew that I needed something to help me with weight loss.  Enter, Weight Watchers!

The reason that I am sharing this with all of you now, is that I decided to be transparent about what I am doing in hopes that it may help someone else.  To help someone like me to feel better about themselves.  You are beautiful and your worth is not in how you look or how much you weigh but the kind of person you are.  I am telling you right now that no matter your weight, you need to love yourself.  For me, it is trying to see myself the way God sees me, and I know He sees a beautiful woman.  I had been thinking about this for several months and kept seeing Oprah in the WW commercials and decided to bite the bullet and join Weight Watchers again. 

It has been even easier this time to start it.  I can eat anything, I just need to count my points.  Some of the things that I had really missed were pastries and breads.  I can eat these now, but again I have to count my points and make decisions about what I really want to eat, and what will I give up to have it.  I had pizza and garlic knots last week and it was delicious and worth every point.  What did I give up to have it, nothing really.  I had egg whites scrambled for breakfast, Trader Joe's Veggie Flaxseed tortilla chips for lunch, and for dinner and antipasto salad, 2 pieces of pizza, and 2 garlic knots.  All of that came to 32 points.  I get 30 points in a day and 35 extra points in a week, so I used 2 of my extra points for that day and it was worth it.  I also had a couple of apples for snacks that day, and they are 0 points.  Normally, my meals are a healthier then this, but this was exciting.  I didn't feel like I was cheating or doing something wrong, I am allowed to eat this.  It is a novel thought for me after years of not eating things because they are not allowed.  I guess that always set me up to fail.

Anyway, I lost 5.6 pounds in the first 12 days and that makes me happy!  I have a long way to go, but this is a good start.  Anyway, on to the recipe for this delicious Apple Blackberry Gallette.

Apple Blackberry Galette / Sugar Free or Not Print Recipe  Ingredients:  1 Granny Smith Apple, peeled, cored, and sliced very thin 2 cups blackberries 2 tsp butter melted 1/8 tsp salt 1/4 cup Copycat Gentle Sweet, or stevia, Splenda, Swerve, or Sugar 1 Pillsbury Pie Crust  Directions:  Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Lay you pie crust on a piece of parchment on a baking sheet  Put you apples and blackberries in a bowl and add the butter, salt, and sweetener and stir together.  Lay the apples on the pie crust starting at the center in a circular pattern leaving 2 inches from the edge free to fold over the apples and blackberries   Then pour the blackberries over the apples  Next, fold the pie crust over the edge of the apples and blackberries.  Bake for 45 to 55 minutes, until the crust is done and lightly browned.  Let sit for at least 10 minutes before cutting to let the juices firm up  Serves 8  with sugar 7 points without sugar 5 points

Apple Blackberry Galette / Sugar Free or Not

Ingredients:

1 Granny Smith Apple, peeled, cored, and sliced very thin
2 cups blackberries
2 tsp butter melted
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 cup Copycat Gentle Sweet, or stevia, Splenda, Swerve, or Sugar
1 Pillsbury Pie Crust

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Lay you pie crust on a piece of parchment on a baking sheet

Put you apples and blackberries in a bowl and add the butter, salt, and sweetener and stir together.

Lay the apples on the pie crust starting at the center in a circular pattern leaving 2 inches from the edge free to fold over the apples and blackberries

 Then pour the blackberries over the apples

Next, fold the pie crust over the edge of the apples and blackberries.

Bake for 45 to 55 minutes, until the crust is done and lightly browned.

Let sit for at least 10 minutes before cutting to let the juices firm up

Serves 8

with sugar 7 points
without sugar 5 points

Apple Blackberry Galette / Sugar Free or Not Print Recipe  Ingredients:  1 Granny Smith Apple, peeled, cored, and sliced very thin 2 cups blackberries 2 tsp butter melted 1/8 tsp salt 1/4 cup Copycat Gentle Sweet, or stevia, Splenda, Swerve, or Sugar 1 Pillsbury Pie Crust  Directions:  Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Lay you pie crust on a piece of parchment on a baking sheet  Put you apples and blackberries in a bowl and add the butter, salt, and sweetener and stir together.  Lay the apples on the pie crust starting at the center in a circular pattern leaving 2 inches from the edge free to fold over the apples and blackberries   Then pour the blackberries over the apples  Next, fold the pie crust over the edge of the apples and blackberries.  Bake for 45 to 55 minutes, until the crust is done and lightly browned.  Let sit for at least 10 minutes before cutting to let the juices firm up  Serves 8  with sugar 7 points without sugar 5 points

I hope you like this recipe.  As always I love hearing from all of you, and if you have any questions please feel free to send me a message.

Have a wonderful week.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Craftsy BOGO Class Sale

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  Make 2017 a year of more making! Get two classes for the price of one. Use coupon code BOGOJAN17 at checkout. 
I love Craftsy classes, and today I am so excited to share a great new buy one get one free offer.  I have taken all kinds of classes from Craftsy, and this is an amazing offer.  You can take these classes in your own time frame and stop and start them as you need to.
I am going to sign up for a couple of classes that I have not yet taken. I think The Essentials for Understanding Light (w/ Alan Thornton) will be a good class to take, since I just bought a lightbox and need to understand lighting my jewelry designs.  I also always make chocolate candy for my family for Valentine's Day and I think I am going to sign up for this class on Homemade Chocolate Candy: Truffles, Bonbons & More (w/Jen King and Liz Gutman)  .
I really hope you will give Craftsy a try.  Go in and check our their classes.  You have nothing to loose and everything to gain.
Have a great week.
Debi
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Friday, December 16, 2016

Sugar Free Sweetener - Copycat Gentle Sweet

www.adornedfromabove.com Adorned From Above 1 1/2 cup + 2 TB Swerve Confectioners Erythritol 2 cups + 2 TB Xylitol 2 tsp Sweet Leaf Stevia or 5 packets  Directions:  Put all of the ingredients into a food processor and whirl for several minutes.

I made this Sugar Free Sweetener a copycat version of  the Trim Healthy Mama Gentle Sweet sweetener and it tastes the same to me.  It was a lovely surprise.  It uses erythritol, zylitol, and stevia.  I found the recipe for it at Joy Filled Eats Sweetener.  I modified her version a little bit.  I found that granulated erythritol doesn't dissolve easily.  I have been buying Swerve's confectioners erythritol and I thought that it would work great in this recipe.  The copycat Gentle Sweet has a cotton candy taste to it, and when added to my ice cream recipes and coffee creamer recipes it is amazing.  There is no funky aftertaste.  I think it saves a little money by making it yourself.  You can buy it for $9.99 per pound from the Trim Healthy Mama Site plus shipping. 

Swerve Confectioners Erythritol 1 Lb $7.85
Xylitol 1 Lb $6.87
Stevia 70 packets box $4.92 

Total $19.64 for approximately plus shipping 2 lbs at I Herb, so the cost is approximately the same. If you order $20.00 there is free shipping which is an added plus.

 The good thing about making it yourself is that you can actually buy the products from Whole Foods if you are in a hurry and can not wait for shipping or even local grocery stores. So that is an added bonus.  It is a little more expensive, but no wait time.

Sugar Free Sweetener - Gentle Sweet Copycat

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cup + 2 TB Swerve Confectioners Erythritol
2 cups + 2 TB Xylitol
2 tsp Sweet Leaf Stevia or 5 packets

Directions:

Put all of the ingredients into a food processor and whirl for several minutes.

You now have 3 3/4 cups of Sugar Free Sweetener Copycat Gentle Sweet.  

*The reason that I put it in the food processor is that I want it to be a very fine powder, not granulated.  I feel like it works better in recipes.  Since xylitol is still granulated, this helps the sweetener to dissolve into your recipes better.

I hope that you like the recipe and that you give it a try.  I comes the closest to sugar in taste that I have ever had, and it doesn't raise you blood sugar levels which is great.

Have a great week.
Debi

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

John 3:16 Meme

John 3:16 Meme / For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. http://www.adornedfromabove.com

John 3:16 Meme

I have been practicing working with memes a little bit and sharing them on twitter, but I wanted to share some of them here also.  Since Christmas is coming up, this is the time of year that people are thinking about Jesus more often,  I wanted to share John 3:16.  I have shared it in the past, but I thought it would be good to share again.

Have a blessed week.
Debi

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Dollar Tree Sale 12/7/17

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Dollar Tree is one of the best places to find gift wrap for the holidays.  I have already ordered tissue paper and gift bags and had them shipped to Colorado, so that when I get there, all of my wrapping supplies will be there.  They are also offering $4.95 Flat Rate Shipping At Dollar Tree (12/7 through 12/9), which is a great incentive to buy what you need over the next few days.

I decided to order the gift bags from Dollar Tree this year, because when I was ordering Christmas gifts Amazon and Target they wanted to charge $5.99 gift wrap.  That is ridiculous, I was able to order super cute Christmas gift bags and tissue and have them shipped, so that I don't have to take them on the plane with me or go shopping once I get to Denver.

Here are some examples of what I ordered.



I was even able to order my gift bag tags online and ship them also.

I hope this helps make your Holiday Shopping a little easier.  The great thing is that everything is just a dollar.

Have a great week.
Debi