My husband and I have both been on the Trim Healthy Mama plan for almost a year. In that time, my handsome husband has lost over 40 pounds. It’s been a wonderful blessing to walk this journey together. Making the transition to a Trim Healthy life as a couple has some great benefits. There’s no better weight loss buddy than your spouse. However, many wives find themselves in unfamiliar territory when losing weight and changing lifestyle habits with their husbands. In the past year I’ve picked up a few tips and tricks to help my husband on his Trim Healthy journey and I’d like to share those with y’all.
Merry Christmas from our family to yours! Thank you all so much for visiting our blog, sharing our recipes and being a wonderful part of this year. We pray The Lord will bless you and your loved ones as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.
My mother, Kalan, recently penned a beautiful rendition of an old Christmas classic – changed to recall the beautiful family get togethers we all enjoyed with her mother, Nanny, particularly during Christmas. We were all moved to tears, just remembering the wonderful times spent ’round the table, playing games, laughing, and enjoying each other’s company. In our family, it’s become a tradition to open a few presents or our stockings on Christmas Eve. We would later go outside to light fireworks and enjoy a little bonfire. It was always so much fun and we miss those wonderful Christmases with Nanny dearly. I wanted to share my mother’s poem here with all of y’all because it means so much to our family. My mother is a gifted, clever writer and I’m extremely proud to be her daughter.
T’was The Night Before Christmas – A Tribute To My Mother
By Kalan Whiteley Harvey
Twas the night before Christmas, a long time ago
when very small children, whose eyes were aglow
opened their presents, their shrieks pierced the air
warming the hearts of all sitting there.
When the last gift was opened, and hugs all around
all put on their coats and small shoes finally found.
Heading outside a bon fire was made, and fireworks brought out
to stun and amaze!
Crys of “Don’t stand too close” and “Move over here”
Made sure that all spectators were safe, in the clear.
Cups of hot cocoa were brought through the night
to warm hands and hearts till the last ember light.
Once back inside, the kids went to bed
smiles still seen on their cute little heads.
The parents and grandparents all gathered around
the small kitchen table where goodies abound
Pies and cakes of every kind, and even a cheeseball
some crackers to find.
After the goodies, the games were brought out,
and laughing and teasing as teams sat about.
So, on into the night, a great time had by all
Memories and love, all this I recall
My Mom, known as Nanny, was the center of it all
Those Christmases past I always will treasure,
That time of love, we knew without measure.
I miss you Mom, I can’t wait to see
how great Christmas with you in Heaven will be.
Merry Christmas Mom, I love you.
Christmas is right around the corner, ya’ll! Maybe you’ve been running around like a chicken with her head cut off… like me. And now you’re in a rush, rooting around for Christmas Cookie Recipes that don’t require training as a master pastry chef to make. You just want something simple, cute and colorful, to brighten up the holidays. Because it just wouldn’t be Christmas without a few (dozen) cookies, right? Well fret no more, I’ve got a little round-up here of some of my favorite, very simple and delicious Christmas Cookie Recipes.
There’s nothing more wonderfully easy to make than a good Cake Mix Cookie! With a few simple tweaks, you can come up with countless variations – like this fun little peppermint cookie made with white cake mix, peppermint extract, cream cheese and topped with crushed candy canes. These are an adorable Christmas cookie and a big hit with my kids, with a very soft texture and sweet peppermint flavor.
I’m officially a fan of cauliflower. And I’m a fan of green chilies. Putting green chilies in creamy, cheesy baked cauliflower is one of the best darn ideas I’ve ever had. The only problem is this is not the most photogenic dish. Isn’t that the trouble with all really yummy food? Tastes great, doesn’t exactly ring any bells with pictures, though. But, with food (as with life), taste always trumps appearance – and this Fiesta Creamed Cauliflower has that in spades.
This is my second year to participate in The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap. My first year I made yummy Andes Mint Swirled Cake Mix Cookies, but this year I wanted to make a healthier cookie to reflect our new Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle. I puzzled around in my brain, thinking of a cookie that could easily be adapted to fit into Trim Healthy Mama guidelines, but could also be tweaked just a little to be a healthy cookie that could easily be enjoyed by just about anyone. One of my cookie recipients specified they would rather not have a cookie made with the normal alternative sweeteners I like to use, so I enjoyed this fun little challenge for a healthy, versatile cookie. This recipe uses honey as a natural sweetener, but I’ll also include instructions for making this a completely sugar-free treat for those watching their waistlines.
I love baking cute little mini breads, like this chocolate banana bread, during the holidays and driving around town to deliver them to friends. I also like to pop one in my mailbox for my mail carrier. I feel like Mrs. Claus or something. It’s fun for me. This year I wanted to do something unique and I started thinking about some of my favorite holiday flavors: peppermint, pumpkin, chocolate… Oooh! And Eggnog! Beloved by some, hated by others – but you can’t deny it’s a Christmas classic.