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.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Bridle My Thoughts Bridle My Tongue


Do you have a tendency to criticize or have a sharp tongue? I don't know about you, but I do, so I ask God to bridle my thoughts and bridle my tongue every morning.  This is something that I have found I need a lot of help with. Especially with the people closest to me.

You see, I tend to be a perfectionist, and that can make me difficult to live with.  Most people who know me think I'm a super nice, easy going person, but my family knows the real me.  I am a nice person, it's not that I'm not, but I tend to be hardest on those that I love.  My poor husband says that I have a certain view of the world and that I expect those whom I love to live up to that view.  I am probably not very reasonable at times, and short on patience when I think that I am doing it all.  I'm sure that some of you are like that also, you know who you are.  We clean, cook, work, take care of the kids, do the laundry, even pack all of the suitcases and try to do it without complaining, until we feel like we are being taken advantage of.  We haven't asked for help, so how can those around us, know that we needed it to take advantage of us.  Maybe just by watching all that we are doing?   Come on that's not fair to them!  They can't read our minds even though we think that they should.   We walk around with a laundry list in our heads of what needs to be done, but they don't have the same list, so how are they supposed to know.

Then Satan rears his ugly head!  (I have now reached my limit, but how would my family know what needed to be done if I didn't tell them.)  I lash out in anger and frustration!  Not fair right!  No, not fair at all. Do you recognize this person, are you like me?  I need to learn how to talk, ask for help. So each morning I ask God to bridle my thoughts and bridle my tongue, so that I don't say something mean to those that I love.  They are the ones I should have the most patience with, not the least.

Each morning I pray, "God, bridle my thoughts and bridle my tongue today, in the name of Jesus Christ.  Don't let me say anything mean, angry, or unkind to anyone today. Thank you Lord."  I know that when I am praying in the name of Jesus that it is done.  It is such a simple prayer, but so powerful.  It has helped me to so very much.  I want my thoughts and tongue to be in agreement with God's will, not mine.  The Lord's prayer says "Thy will be done."  Let it be.


I like this verse in Psalms, and I'm giving you several different versions. I think it is helpful to see different transliterations.

Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth;
Keep watch over the doors of my lips.
Psalms 141:3 (NKJV)

Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth;
Keep watch over the door of my lips (to keep me from speaking thoughtlessly).
Psalms 141:3 (amplified)

Guard my mouth, O Eternal One;
control what I say.
Keep a careful watch on every word I speak.
Psalm 141:3 (The VOICE)

I especially liked The VOICE's version, "Guard my mouth..., control what I say, Keep careful watch on every word I speak".

If this speaks to you, I hope it helps.  Have a blessed week.


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Mint Chip Ice Cream Sandwiches A Weight Watchers Recipe


Do you love ice cream sandwiches?  I love them and these delicious Weight Watchers Mint Ice Cream Sandwiches are only 2 points so easy to make.  These are the perfect St. Patty's Day dessert and definitely guilt free.  How can you beat a 2 point dessert?  Maybe have two ice cream sandwiches and make it a 4 point dessert.  

I found this new ice cream, called Halo Top, and it is very good and definitely guilt free.  Depending on the flavor that you buy it is anywhere from 3 to 4 point for 1/2 cup of ice cream.  It doesn't use splenda, the sweetener is erythritol, so it doesn't raise your blood sugar and it has not calories.  It comes in several flavors and I have tried a few.  The peanut butter cup, chocolate, cookies and cream, and chocolate almond are all amazing.

I have been doing Weight Watchers since January 4th, 2017, I've lost 14 pounds and I'm loving it.  I don't feel deprived and I don't feel hungry.  I can look at my favorite pastries and eat them if I want or save my points for something else.  I even had a Mint Oreo Milk Shake this week from BurgerFi and didn't feel guilty at all.  I just counted the points.  I would definitely recommend giving it a try if you feel the need to lose some weight.



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Mint Chip Ice Cream Sandwiches - A Weight Watchers Recipe
1 serving = 2 Points

Ingredients:
2 fat free graham cracker squares
1/4 cup Halo Top Mint Chip Ice Cream

Directions:

Set the 2 graham cracker squares on a plate

Measure out 1/4 cup Halo Top Mint Chip Ice Cream.

Set the Ice Cream on one graham cracker square and top with the 2nd graham cracker square.

Enjoy!

Makes 1 ice cream sandwich

I will sometimes make several of these up ahead of time and put them in a Tupperware in the freezer. That way they are ready for me when I want one.  I normally have 1 or 2 after dinner while I am watching TV with my sweet husband.

I hope you like them.  I would love to know if you try them.  Let me know what you think.

Have a great week.



Sunday, March 12, 2017

Rest in the Lord


Are you tired, weary, feel the weight of the world on your shoulders?  Rest in the Lord, he will carry you. You weren't meant to carry life's troubles all by yourself.  Jesus says in Matthew 11:28-30, "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."  Jesus and God are so much bigger then us, and they will gladly carry our load, all you have to do is ask.  

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.
Matthew 11:28-30

After asking you then need to actually give your troubles to God.  You can't give them to Him and then take them back, You just need to leave them at His feet, and He will take control.  The Casting Crowns song Just Be Held says:

And when you're tired of fighting
Chained by your control
There's freedom in surrender
Lay it down and let it go.

Refrain

So when you're on your knees and answers seem so far away
You're not alone, stop holding on and just be held
Your worlds not falling apart, its falling into place
I'm on the throne, stop holding and just be held
Just be held, just be held
Casting Crowns Just Be Held


God has told us that He will take all of our "stuff".  He is strong enough to do it all.  We just have to trust in Him.  You just have to give it to Him and leave it with Him, lay it at His feet, because don't you feel lost trying to do it all by yourself?  Things may seem tough, and without Him, they are tough, but you can find rest in Him.  He can do it all.  He will take it from you, He will carry your load, you just have to let Him.

The Matthew West Song Strong Enough says so much in just a few short verses.

I know I'm not strong enough to be everything that I'm supposed to be
I give up
I'm not strong enough
Hands of mercy won't you cover me
Lord right now I'm asking you to be
Strong enough
Strong enough
For both of us


I'm not strong enough, but He is.  Rely on His strength and you will find peace.

Have a blessed week.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Adorned From Above on Etsy

Have you ever wondered what to do with all of the things that you make for your blog?  I came up with a solution for mine.  Adorned From Above on Etsy is an Etsy store, and I am so excited to share the jewelry that I have making with all of you.  I, also, have a friend Gwen Taylor who is an amazing jewelry designer, and she has been making all kinds of bracelet, necklaces, and earrings for Adorned From Above on Etsy.  

This post contains links to my Etsy store. If you buy something from my Etsy store I will earn money.

Right now, Adorned From Above on Etsy, has many different bracelets, along with some necklaces, and earrings.  I have more to add, so check back often, there is a lot more coming.  Right now I am focusing on jewelry, but I may add other items in the future.

Please go in, take a look around, and shop.  I would be so excited, if you find something that you like in my store.  Here are a few of the pieces that are online right now.

As a thank you,  I am offering a 5% discount for shopping on Adorned From Above on Etsy, good for any purchase over $10.00.  Input coupon code 031017 to receive your discount.  This coupon is valid until March 31, 2017, so shop this month and receive your 5% discount.

Have a great week.






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Friday, March 3, 2017

Mexican Rice a Weight Watchers Recipe


I have never made Mexican Rice from scratch before, have you?  I thought it would be really hard, especially because I wanted to it me a Weight Watchers Recipe.  It turned out to be super simple to make.  I wish I had know that years ago.  Wow!  Now I can make it all of the time.  Especially since it is only 2 points for 1/2 cup of rice.  I thought that was pretty good.  I was fortunate to come up with this recipe the first time I tried it.  I have even been using it in my scrambles eggs after I work out in the mornings.  I'll share that recipe with you next week.  I served this with chicken tacos and refried beans.  It was a big hit.

I am really having fun making new recipes that are Weight Watchers friendly, and it is not a difficult task.  I am even coming up with desserts.  I'll share my recipe for ice cream sandwiches in a few weeks, once I have perfected them.  I'm still working on that recipe.  I'm trying to keep them to 2 points.  Good things to share in the future.



Mexican Rice A Weight Watchers Recipe
Serves 10 - 1/2 cup servings
Weight Watchers Smart Points - 2 points

Ingredients:
1/2 cup diced onions
1 tsp minced garlic or 2 cloves
2 1/2 cups rice
1 can diced tomatoes with habanero chili peppers (you can substitute a milder version like green chilis instead)
1 6 oz can sliced black olives drained
2 cups chicken broth
2 cups water
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

Directions:

Saute onions until translucent, then add garlic and cook for 1 minute.

Add the mexican rub, diced tomatoes, black olives, chicken broth, water, salt, and pepper and bring to a boil.

Next, add in the rice and stir  Bring to a boil again. Cover pan, land reduce heat to a simmer.

Cook for about 20 minutes, until the liquid is absorbed.

Once done, remove from heat and serve.

I hope that you like this recipe.  Let me know if you try it out.  I always love hearing from you and how the recipes work out.


Have a great week.


Sunday, February 26, 2017

The Cross


Have you ever wondered why people wear a cross? Have you thought about why you wear a cross?  What is your motivation?  My motivation is simple.  It opens a door for conversation.  It allows people to know that I am a Christian, and to ask me questions.  It allows me to reach people whom I may not have been able to reach otherwise. 

I want to tell you a story, it's just a short one, and it never would have happened had I not been wearing a cross.  I was in Alexandria, Egypt.  I was in the spice market searching in every little shop for ground saffron.  It's an Egyptian saffron that's delicious in rice, and anything else that you can think of.  It is kind of hard to find because most people just carry the saffron threads, and this is a mix of ground saffron and other spices.  The Egyptians were very kind to us, and there was one young man running all over trying to find it in any of the stalls, of which there were probably a hundred or more.  David and I kept walking to different stalls, and we finally came to a very small enclosed store.  Now, let me remind you we are in Egypt, in a very Muslim area, most of the women were wearing burkas.  I on the other hand had on a dress with short sleeves, and the dress only came to my knees.  I saw a woman come out of the store, and she was not wearing a burka, which to an American is not a big deal, the burka, is what I was noticing, not someone not wearing a burka.  Anyway, to go on with the story this woman comes out of the store in regular clothes with a scarf over her hair.  That should have been my first clue, that something was different here.  She was the store owners wife.

I entered the store, and this store had the ground saffron that I was looking for.  This was the only store in the whole spice market with ground saffron.  I was very excited.  The gentleman who owned the store was helping me, and he was very sweet and kind.  After a while he saw the cross around my neck, and he asked if I was a Christian, and I answered "yes".  He got very excited and said that he was a Christian also.  I thanked God for taking me to this little shop.  For allowing me to share with this man that he was not all alone.  That God was with him bringing people to his little spice shop.  It also signaled to me that God was leading me to where He wanted me to be.  I just needed to follow.  That the only Christian in the area shopping, found the only Christian store owner in the area, with the product that I was looking for.  God is good.  Now, I was a baby Christian back then, and not very bold, so I did not ask if he wanted me to pray with him, but I did praise God aloud for bringing me into his store.  To this day, I still say thank you God, thank you Jesus.  Now, when that kind of thing happens I do ask people if they want me to pray with them.

I am rarely in Muslim countries, but my cross opens up dialogs everywhere.  It gives people the freedom to ask me questions about Christianity, to tell me that they are sick, have cancer, back pain, that they are alcoholics or drug addicts, and it gives me the opportunity to pray with them and for them.  I want God to help me to be bold in sharing His word, and wearing a cross allows me to reach people I would not normally be able to reach.  I praise God daily that I am being put into the lives of so many different people and to make a difference.  He told us to take up our cross and follow Him.  I am trying to do that daily.

Here are some verses that I found and I wanted to share them with all of you.

Then Jesus said to His disciples, "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
Matthew 16:24

When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, "Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
Mark 8:34

Then He said to them all, "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me."
Luke 9:23

Have a blessed week.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Creamy Tomato Soup a Weight Watchers Recipe


Have you ever wondered how to make Creamy Tomato Soup?  I love tomato soup, it's my favorite soup.  For me it brings back wonderful childhood memories of lunches with tomato soup and delicious grilled cheese sandwiches.  It also reminds me of when my kids were little in Colorado and on would make it for them on snowy days.  I, also, love gooey, yummy, buttery grilled cheese sandwiches almost as much as I love tomato soup.   They kind of go together.  My mom always made Campbell's tomato soup, but I wanted to make a homemade soup that was a little more natural, a little healthier

Now I live in Southern Florida, so it is kind of like summer all year here, but when we get those cold days, I take full advantage of it. Most of the rest of you live in climates that have winters that are more conducive to soups and stews.  The weather is a little colder, so you can make these a lot more often then we can down here.  I guess I could make them more often if I turned the air conditioner on, but I think SW (sweet hubby) might get a little upset about the electric bill being higher just for a pot of soup.  The good news, though, is that yesterday we had a high of 66 degrees, which was great.  I could wear pants and even a sweater, but the best thing was that I could make this delicious Creamy Tomato Soup and share the recipe with all of you.


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Creamy Tomato Soup
Serves 6 / 4 Weight Watchers Smart Points per Serving

Ingredients:
1 28 oz can tomato puree
1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
1 medium onion chopped
2 cloves garlic
9 basil leaves cut up ( I stack them together, then roll them up, then cut them into thin strips.)

Directions:

Saute onions and garlic in olive until the onions are translucent.

Next add the tomato puree, crushed tomatoes, coconut sugar, pink Himalayan salt, both peppera, and chicken broth.

Bring to a boil, then turn the heat down and simmer for about 30 minutes.

Use a stick blender to make the tomato soup smooth, pureeing the onions into the soup.  If you don't have a stick blender you can put it in a blender to make it smooth.  

Return the soup to the stove and over low heat add the coconut milk.

Bring to a light boil and then add the cut basil leaves.

It is now ready to serve.


I hope that you enjoy this recipe for Creamy Tomato Soup.  I loved it.  I'll share my recipe for grilled cheese sandwiches next week, and they are only 5 weight watchers points each.

Have a great weekend.
 





Sunday, February 19, 2017

Fighting in Prayer

Adorned From Above www.adornedfromabove.com For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power. 1 Cor 4:20 The power of the Holy Spirit

How do you fight your battles? If you are not fighting in prayer then you need to learn how to fight better.  We received all of the tools to battle the enemy when we were filled with the Holy Spirit.  A friend from church posted this line post on Facebook a few weeks ago, "If we're just praying and not praying and fighting, we're losing... #prayerwarrior".  As I was asking God what to share with all of you next, he told me "fighting in prayer".  So here are some verses to help you fight in prayer, with prayer. Through the Holy Spirit you have the AUTHORITY!  Be a prayer warrior.

And He called to Him His twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out and to heal every disease and every affliction.
Matthew 10:1

And He called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them the authority over unclean spirits.
Mark 6:7

Behold I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you.
Luke 10:19

Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. You received without paying; give without pay.
Matthew 10:6-8

Declare these things: and exhort and rebuke with all authority.  Let no one disregard you.
Titus 2:15

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, to the end of the earth.
Acts 1:8

For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power.
1 Cor 4:20

These scriptures tell us that we have the power, the authority to fight for our families, our friends, ourselves, even our country, our president, the world.  When we pray in the name of Jesus Christ we are using the power of the Holy Spirit.  I urge you to use the tools we were given, our weapon is  prayer, to defeat the enemy.  We can defeat him, it is written that in the end he loses.  Don't let him have one more soul.  Fight in prayer, fight with prayer, be a prayer warrior.

Have a blessed week.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Blueberry Crisp - Weight Watchers Recipe

Adorned From Above www.adornedfromabove.com Ingredients: Trader Joe's Coconut Oil Non Stick Cooking Spray 3 cups blueberries 1/2 cup Swerve Sweetener, Confectioners 1/2 tsp Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Xanthan Gum  Topping Ingredients: 2/3 cup Almond Flour 2 TB butter, melted 1 tsp lemon juice 1 tsp lemon zest 1/4 cup Swerve Sweetener, Confectioners  Directions:  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

I am always experimenting with new Weight Watchers dessert recipes that are low in points and this Blueberry Crisp was delicious.  It is very easy to make and it's gluten free, grain free, and sugar free which is always an added plus for me.  It makes 4 very nice sized servings which are 6 points each.

I am a dessert lover.  I love sweets after dinner and for years I have deprived myself of some of my favorite foods in my quest to loose weight.  That is not something that happens since I started Weight Watchers.  I am still careful about using sugar and flour, because for me there is a direct correlation between sugar and flour and inflammation in my body, but I no longer shy away from eating them either.  I found that I couldn't live my life like that any longer.  I want to be able to have to have a luscious and sweet treat after dinner or at some point during the day.  Just like I want to be able to eat a chip or a cracker.  I don't want to go through life feeling deprived any longer.  One of the results of that change in thought and behavior is this delightfully, effortless Blueberry Crisp.  I hope that you like it as much as I do.

Adorned From Above www.adornedfromabove.com Ingredients: Trader Joe's Coconut Oil Non Stick Cooking Spray 3 cups blueberries 1/2 cup Swerve Sweetener, Confectioners 1/2 tsp Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Xanthan Gum  Topping Ingredients: 2/3 cup Almond Flour 2 TB butter, melted 1 tsp lemon juice 1 tsp lemon zest 1/4 cup Swerve Sweetener, Confectioners  Directions:  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

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Blueberry Crisp A Weight Watchers Recipe
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Serves 4 / 6 Weight Watchers Smart Points per serving

3 cups blueberries
Topping Ingredients:
2/3 cup Almond Flour
2 TB butter, melted
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp lemon zest
1/4 cup Swerve Sweetener, Confectioners

Adorned From Above www.adornedfromabove.com Ingredients: Trader Joe's Coconut Oil Non Stick Cooking Spray 3 cups blueberries 1/2 cup Swerve Sweetener, Confectioners 1/2 tsp Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Xanthan Gum  Topping Ingredients: 2/3 cup Almond Flour 2 TB butter, melted 1 tsp lemon juice 1 tsp lemon zest 1/4 cup Swerve Sweetener, Confectioners  Directions:  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Spray a small casserole dish or a 9 x 9 pan with .  I use the Trader Joe's Coconut Oil non stick cooking spray.

In a large bowl mix blueberries, Swerve, and xantham gum.   Then pour into the casserole dish.

Next, in another bowl, mix the almond flour, melted butter, lemon juice, lemon zest, and Swerve and crumble it over the blueberry mixture.

Bake in the over for 20 to 25 minutes, until lightly browned.  Watch it carefully, because the almond flour burns easily.

Remove from oven and let it cool down.  It is ready to serve once it cools a little.

I hope that you enjoy this new Weight Watchers Recipe.  It is really easy to make and delicious to eat.  I always love hearing from you. so send me your comments.

Have a great week.



Thursday, February 9, 2017

Chicken Piccata with Pasta A Weight Watchers Recipe

Adorned From Above www.adornedfromabove.com Chicken Piccata with Pasta 5 ounces uncooked capellini  pasta 4 (4 ounce) boneless skinless chicken thighs - (the recipe called for breast cutlets, but I prefer thighs and the cutlets are very expensive) 1/8 tsp pepper 1/4 tsp salt ( I use pink Himalayan salt) coconut cooking spray (I use Trader Joes, but you can use you favorite type of cooking spray) 3 tsp vermouth or dry white wine 2/3 cup of fat free low sodium chicken broth 2 tsp lemon zest 1 1/2 TB lemon juice 2 TB butter 1 TB capers, drained

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Today I am sharing this yummy recipe for Chicken Piccata with Pasta from the Weight Watchers Five-Ingredient 15-Minute Recipes Winter 2017.  This chicken piccata is so delicious and very easy to make and you can lose weight eating it.  I made it for my mom the other day, and she loved it so much we wrote the recipe down for her, also.  The lemon and lemon zest add so much flavor to this recipe.  It really makes the flavors pop.

I shared with you a few weeks ago that I had joined Weight Watchers, and I'm so grateful that I did.  As of Tuesday, February 7th, I have lost 10 pounds.  I am thrilled. That is 10 pounds in 5 weeks.  So approximately 2 pounds per week, which is great as far as I'm concerned.  I am eating everything that I want to eat.  Nothing is off limits.  I do have to make choices with my points, but isn't everything about choices.  I may forgo an english muffin so that I can have a cookie butter cheesecake bite from Trader Joe's. That is totally worth it to me, because there is no good food or bad food, no off limit foods, just choices about what I want to eat.  I get to make the choices not someone else saying you can't have that.  So for me this is a good thing.

Now, on to the recipe.  You know me, I always change things around. and this is not different.  Here is my version of this Weight Watchers recipe.

Chicken Piccata with Pasta
Makes 4 servings - 7 points per serving

Ingredients:

5 ounces uncooked capellini  pasta
4 (4 ounce) boneless skinless chicken thighs - (the recipe called for breast cutlets, but I prefer thighs and the cutlets are very expensive)
1/8 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp salt ( I use pink Himalayan salt)
coconut cooking spray (I use Trader Joes, but you can use you favorite type of cooking spray)
3 tsp vermouth or dry white wine
2/3 cup of fat free low sodium chicken broth
2 tsp lemon zest
1 1/2 TB lemon juice
2 TB butter
1 TB capers, drained
Adorned From Above www.adornedfromabove.com Chicken Piccata with Pasta 5 ounces uncooked capellini  pasta 4 (4 ounce) boneless skinless chicken thighs - (the recipe called for breast cutlets, but I prefer thighs and the cutlets are very expensive) 1/8 tsp pepper 1/4 tsp salt ( I use pink Himalayan salt) coconut cooking spray (I use Trader Joes, but you can use you favorite type of cooking spray) 3 tsp vermouth or dry white wine 2/3 cup of fat free low sodium chicken broth 2 tsp lemon zest 1 1/2 TB lemon juice 2 TB butter 1 TB capers, drained

Directions:

Start bringing a pot of water to a boil for your pasta. 

Season the chicken thighs with salt and pepper.  Set aside

Heat a large skillet and then spray a with the coconut oil spray.  

Next add your chicken and cook for approximately 8 minutes per side.

While your chicken is cooking put the pasta in the pot and cook it according to the directions on the package.

Once your chicken is cooked, pull it out of the pan and set it to the side, keep warm.

Add the wine to the skillet and cook for about 30 seconds stirring and scraping any of the brown bits loose in the pan.

Next at the chicken broth, lemon juice, and lemon zest, bring to a boil and cook until reduced to 1/3 to 1/2 cup.

Then add the butter and capers. and then add the chicken back to the pan. 

Make sure the chicken is well coated with the lemon sauce and it is ready to serve.

Put the pasta on a plate, put 4 ounces of chicken on top, and then pour sauce over each piece of chicken and the cappelini.

This is one of my favorite recipes.  I love chicken piccata, I love pasta, and I am so excited to be eating pasta again after so many years of avoiding pasta and breads.  Yeah!!!  Life is good.

I hope you like this recipe also.  Let me know what you think.  I always love hearing from you.

Have a great week.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

A Battle For Souls


There is an unseen, invisible battle going on around us, a battle for souls, for yours, and mine, and everyone that we know. The battle between good and evil has been going on since the beginning of time.

By the abundance of your trading you became filled with violence within, And you sinned;
Therefore I cast you as a profane thing out of the mountain of God; 
And I destroyed you, O covering cherub, from the midst of the fiery stones.
Ezekiel 28:16

Spiritual warfare has been part of this world since before Adam and Eve were evicted from the Garden.  It continues to this day.  You can't see it, but it's happening, everywhere, and all of the time.

1  Now the serpent was more cunning then any beast of the field which the Lord God had made.  And he said to the woman, "Has God indeed said, "You shall not eat of every tree of the garden"?
2  And the woman said to the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden;
3  but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden God has said, "You shall not eat it, nor touch it, lest you die."
4  Then the serpent said to the woman, "You will not surely die.  
5  For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."
6  So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave it her husband with her and he ate.
7.  Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.
Genesis 3:2-7

The snake wanted Adam and Eve to fall, so he convinced them that God wasn't being truthful.  He was a deceitful witness and he still is. He uses deception to blind our minds and hearts.  He doesn't want us knowing the Bible because God's word keeps us from being deceived by him.

A true witness delivers souls, But a deceitful witness speaks lies
Proverbs 14:25

He tries to convince people that God is not real, that Jesus wasn't the son of God, that He didn't die for our sins, that He wasn't resurrected, that we are not saved through the grace of God.  He tries to convince people that they are worthless, unloved, that there is no need for God, and no need for Jesus our savior.  Satan continues to try to convince humanity that there is no salvation.

God has given us freewill, and Jesus was a true witness who delivers souls to his Father, our Father.

17  Then the seventy returned with joy, saying, "Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name."
18   And He said to them, "I saw Satan fall like lightening from heaven.
19   Behold I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
20   Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven."
Luke 10:17-20

We have authority over the spiritual realm when we pray in the name of Jesus Christ.  God has given us the weapons to fight for our souls, the souls of our family, for the president, the country, and the world.  In Ephesians 6:10 - 18 we are told to put on the whole armor of God.

10  Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
11  Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12  For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
13  Therefor take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness,
15  and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16  above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.
17  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;
18  praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints-
Ephesians 6:10-18

You actually have the power in this age old battle for souls. You are in control, but you need to know His word, hide it in your heart, keep it with you at all times.

9   Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
10  No evil shall befall you,
Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
11  For he shall give His angels charge over you,
To keep you in all your ways.
12  In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your food against a stone.
14  You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra,
The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.
Psalm 91:9-14

God is on one side of this battle and the devil is on the other side and we already know the outcome.  The outcome has already been written.  The battle has been won, but it is a battle to save more souls, to not allow the devil to lead even one more person away from God.  So fight for your family, friends, country, and the world, because if we are not fighting in prayer who will be?  This is a battle we win, but we wont have won the battle if we haven't won souls over for the Kingdom of God.  That's what this battle is for, souls.

The devil who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are.  And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.
Revelation 20:10

Have a blessed week.