Try It Tuesday

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After Valentine’s Day–or, as I like to call it, “Day Losing Count of all the Carbs”–I told myself to get my rear in gear and STAHP with the sweets and carbohydrates because they’re not helping me with my goal. Which is so incredibly difficult when the day after Valentine’s Day is Half-Price Candy Day.

Sigh. 

I figured I should have something on hand for when I want a carb (e.g., bread) but I don’t want to completely render all my hard work moot. Enter: cloud bread!

I’ve seen this innumerable times on Pinterest and have wanted to try it forever! The best part is: its only three ingredients!

Here’s what you need:

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4 eggs, separated

1/2 tsp cream of tartar

1/4 cup  cream cheese, softened

 

First, preheat your oven to 300°. Then, line two cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside. Next, beat the egg whites and cream of tartar in a bowl with an electric mixer on high until stiff peaks form. This will take about 1 to 2 minutes.

 

After that, beat the cream cheese in a separate bowl on medium speed until smooth. Add in the egg yolks (one by one) beating the mixtures until its completely smooth. This part is tricky: gently fold in the egg white mixture into your yolk mixture. Be sure to not “mix”.

 

When the mixture appears to be one color, use a 1/4-cup measuring cup and scoop batter onto your prepared cookie sheets about two inches apart. Then, spread each scoop into a small (about 4-inch) circle.

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Pop into the oven and bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown and the centers are completely set. When they’re done, cool your bread on the baking pans for about 5 minutes and then remove and place onto wire racks to completely cool.

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Y’all, I REALLY liked this! I made a sandwich out of it for lunch (complete with yummy Quest protein chips!) and it was soooo good!

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The bread was light and fluffy but not “eggy”. It was great! And just check out the nutrition information for one piece:

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That’s what I’m talking about!

Have you ever tried this before? What did you think? Share in the comments below!

Mommy Monday

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A few weeks ago, I posted how I kept Huff the Tot busy during my workouts. Well, the other day, I was in need of an activity for Huff the Babe while I worked with his older sister on sight words.

I asked him if he wanted puzzles.

No.

Did he want to color?

No.

Paint?

No.

Play with Legos?

No.

I was at my wits end.

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Desperate, I searched Pinterest and found a quick and easy activity that could occupy the kid for ten freaking minutes while I helped HtT with Tot School.

It worked! *PRAISE HANDS*

He was occupied for a good 15-20 minutes while Huff the Tot and I finished up Tot School and screamed into a pillow. Just kidding about that last part. Maybe.

What independent activities do you have for littles? Share in the comments below!

Try It Tuesday

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After the fiasco of last week’s cheesecake in a mug, I was on the hunt for an easy, tasty Keto dessert. Thankfully, Pinterest delivered!
Here’s what I used:
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~One packet sugar free Jell-O cheesecake mix
~2 cups heavy whipping cream
All you have to do is mix the two together until it starts to thicken up. Then, either eat right away or divvy them up into individual containers and refrigerate!
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You guys, this was DELICIOUS! Seriously, it was so good! The calorie count was a little high BUT, it is Keto and it’s not bad for a dessert or a “treat”! Here are the stats:
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Have you ever tried this? What did you think? Share in the comments below!

Mommy Monday

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With Valentine’s Day this Thursday, I thought I’d round up some fun and simple Valentine-themed crafts and activities you can do with your kiddos to celebrate the day!

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Have you ever been out shopping, looked down, and found a fun, painted rock? A group in Oklahoma City (405 Rocks) paints little stones and leaves them around the city for folks to find and brighten their day! The kids LOVE finding these! You can make your own friendship rocks like these from Red Ted Art!

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To get the whole family in on the fun, Makoodle has a ton of ideas for Valentine’s Day-themed Minute to Win It games! Like this conversation heart relay!

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Have a classroom you need to entertain? You can throw this game together super fast! Its a “punch a prize” Valentine from Paige’s Party Ideas!

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Want to send something to your kiddos’ grandparents? This card from The Best Ideas For Kids is perfect! And its super easy!

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And for those more adventurous mommas that don’t mind mess, here’s two-ingredient Valentine slime just for you from There’s Just One Mommy!

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What are some of your favorite Valentine’s Day crafts to do with your kids? Share in the comments below!

Try It Tuesday

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I’m still going on the low-carb bandwagon, mainly because I had a little bit of a hiccup in January. I was literally sick for 21 days out of the month. TWENTY. ONE. DAYS. Now, to clarify, I wasn’t running a fever or had the flu. But I battled a sore throat, ear infection, cough, congestion, runny nose, and headaches for the entire three weeks. It wasn’t until last weekend I actually got some relief. Anyway, since I’m back doing low carb, I decided to try a recipe I pinned on Pinterest a while back for a microwave Keto cheesecake in a mug! Woohoo!

Here’s what I used:

~2 oz cream cheese, cubed

~ 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

~1/2 teaspoon stevia

~1 large egg

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First, I put the cream cheese in my mug and popped it in the microwave for 15 seconds. Then, I added the vanilla and Stevia.

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After that, I added the egg. I had to stir a for a hot minute to get the batter smooth, so remember that if you try this!

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Then, the mug went back into the microwave for another 90 seconds.

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After that, I put the cheesecake onto a small plate and refrigerated it for an hour. When it was done, I added some whipped topping and strawberries.

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Y’all…this was…in a word: DISGUSTING.

OMG this is probably one of my biggest Pinterest fails EVER. Seriously. It was so freaking gross. It legit just tasted like creamy eggs. I took one bite and then threw it all in the trash.

Very disappointing.

Mommy Monday

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One of my favorite shows in high school was MTV’s Cribs. It was basically a total ripoff of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous–another one of my family’s fave shows growing up. Anywhoo, the hilarious momma over at That’s Inappropriate thought it was time for some reality on reality TV and did her own spoof of those programs and LAWD it is so relatable:

 

“I do endless amounts of laundry in here and, if we’re honest, its completely soul-sucking.”

Agreed, honey. AGREED.

 

Thriving Thursday

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One of my goals this year is to FINALLY read my Bible allllll the way through. I actually found a great reading plan on Pinterest and Huff the Hubs and I have been reading the passages at night, together. I’m telling you, if you want to help build up the foundation of your marriage–read your Bible together. Its done wonders for HtH and I. Now, there have been some nights we’ve missed reading them together. Sometimes kids need extra cuddles at night, lunches need to be prepped for the next day, or one of us is so exhausted we pass out before the other one comes to bed.

When those situations happen, I’ve been improvising when I feel rushed. The ONE moment in the day I get peace is when I shower. Mostly because I make a conscience effort to do it while the kids have their allotted tablet time. They have their screens and I have a nice, hot, uninterrupted shower. I’ve been opening my Bible app and listening to the audio of the Scripture while I shower. I’m able to focus and really hear what’s being said. Its awesome!

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Maybe your goal isn’t to read the Bible more, maybe you want to work on your prayer life. There are a ton of prayer challenges and resources on Pinterest (like the ones here, here, here, and here).

Maybe there are a lot of things you have on your mind and feel like there is no way you can possibly remember all of them when you’re finally in a quiet place to pray. Last year, I wanted to be sure I prayed for my family–immediate and extended–as much as possible. I grabbed a few popsicle sticks and wrote their names on them. I placed them in a small jar by my bed and every day I’d grab a few sticks out of the jar. I pray over each person by name. Then, when every stick had been taken out of the jar, I placed them back in and started over the next day.

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I also added in other things I wanted covered in prayer (wisdom for our finances, friends, and anytime I got a prayer request for someone who was ill I added their name as well) and put them in the jar. This was a great way for me to stay disciplined and also just to remember everyone!

The Bible app also has several daily devotionals and reading plans that can help you with whatever your spiritual goals are this year. I hope and pray that you reach your goals and feel uplifted by whatever plan you choose!

Do you have any goals related to your spiritual walk? Share in the comments below!