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Monday, August 30, 2010

Thank You

I just wanted to thank you if you've been clicking the amazon.com link on my blog to do your amazon shopping - or the kellyscloset.com link for your cloth diapering needs.  I don't know who it is that has been shopping through my website, but some of you are and I really appreciate it.  Even though it costs you nothing more, for each purchase you make, I earn 5-6% in advertising fees when you click on the link through my weblog.  With the holiday season approaching, I do hope you'll continue to remember to visit the weblog before you shop online.
And, again, thank you SO MUCH for shopping - and for reading my weblog and voting in my mindless polls.   :)
-amanda



 

Family Update

Here are some recent pictures of the whole family.  We have moved back to the desert - and we're all very happy and healthy.  As you may have noticed, I have little time to update this little weblog lately.  But I'm having a great time being a mom to these two, wonderful babies.
Adam is working hard so that I can stay at home with these little blessings.  We are making some pretty big  sacrifices to afford this luxury - but it is really important to both of us.  I'm just thankful to have such a hardworking (and exceedingly handsome) husband and some amazing, lovable, chubby babies to cuddle.
God is so good to us and we couldn't be much happier. 









Chocolate Bicycles

A close friend of mine gave us a popsicle-making mold.  I made some healthy fudgesicles for Lily Ann.  She called them bicycles - chocolate bicycles.  And she loved them.

Here's the recipe:
3/4 c. coconut milk
2 T unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1-2 T agave nectar (to taste)

Combine these ingredients in a saucepan, over low heat - just until mixed.  Then pour into popsicle molds and freeze. 

What makes this recipe healthy?
1.  Coconut Milk - Contains medium-chain fatty acids that are easily metabolized and used by the body.  Also, the fat in coconut milk is over 50% lauric acid.  Lauric acid is the component found in human breast milk that protects infants from certain illnesses.  This nutritional benefit is unique to coconut milk and is not found in other foods.
2.  Cocoa - High in Iron.
3.  Cinnamon - Cinnamon is a great source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium.  Even in very small amounts, it has been shown to have a regulatory effect on blood sugar.
4.  Agave Nectar - Agave nectar is sweeter than sugar, the glycemic index is much lower than sugar and it is all natural, from fruit and has no funny "fake sugar" aftertaste. 

Friday, August 20, 2010

Let's Do Lunch

This is another book review that I'm posting for the publisher, Thomas Nelson.  It is a review for a book called Let's Do Lunch, by Roger Troy Wilson.  He is a formerly obese man who devised his own plan to lose 230 pounds after trying countless other popular diet plans.  He not only successfully lost the weight, but he has kept it off for more than fifteen years.  Actually, he is the living proof that this plan works.  I was already sold on the program when I read his bio.  But I read the rest of the book to give it a fair nutritional analysis.
It was a quick read - and I really like that.  The introduction was long, but enjoyable.  The diet plan was pretty good - overall.  Mr. Wilson is, obviously, not a nutritionist.  There are a few inconsistencies, overstatements and nutritional errors - but nothing too grievous.  Also, he is not a gourmet chef - if you don't mind cooking with some very mainstream convenience-type foods - you're fine.  But if it pains you to use Hellmann's fat free mayonnaise, dry Ranch dressing mix (loaded with MSG), Borden fat free cheese, or other shortcuts in a recipe - you may not like his suggestions.  Those were my only problems with the book.
Otherwise, his main suggestion (without stating it) is to watch your saturated fat grams and avoid refined sugars.   That is the diet we all should be following - and one that i always sometimes stick to myself.  :)
R.T. Wilson's book was good - for the most part.  I think someone could follow the plan and lose a considerable amount of weight without feeling hungry or dissatisfied.  I give it three out of five stars.

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