Monday, May 19, 2014
Kellen, our grandson, celebrated his fourth birthday yesterday with a party for family. Lacey, our great granddaughter, attended this gala event and of course brought her princess outfit which she immediately changed into after arriving. The dress and paraphenalia....microphone and crown....are from the new popular movie, "Frozen". She likes several of the songs We downloaded "Let It Go" and "Do You Wanna Build a Snowman" and listened to these songs. I love Smartphones....they are so smart to allow me to download these songs from iTunes.
The party was wonderful. As it was time to leave, Lacey didn't want to change out of her royal princess attire and put on normal clothes. I asked her why. She told me she wouldn't be a princess any longer. Oh my.....Great Grandmother Lynda...that's me ....immediately without hestiation told her and Chloe, my ten year old granddaughter who also attended the party, that attire does not make a princess. I stated that being a princess is a matter of mind and heart. Believe it and feel it and it is yours. I informed both of these precious girls they are always princesses and are always special with or without princess attire. Clothing does not make the person. They both smiled and I think...I hope.... my message was delivered.
I am reflecting back to 100 pounds ago and the beginning of my weight loss and sobriety journey. Would I have given the same advice then? I doubt it because I was guilty of trying to camouflage my excess weight with princess style attire....plus size clothing with lots and lots of bling. I did not feel like a princess at that time ..... I do now!
This journey has instilled in me self-esteem and not certainly the opportunity to share with others that it is what that is inside your head and heart that counts. We are all special!
Thursday, April 24, 2014
A sudden death of a woman's spouse, aged 52, brought a very important thought to my mind. This dear sweet woman is berating herself for leaving the man several years ago because he became extremely abusive physically and verbally after he suffered a stroke. They have a seventeen year old daughter whom she felt she needed to protect as well as herself. The husband refused to follow the directions and suggestions for counseling from his doctors. The result is he lost his family. However, he never took her off the bank accounts and has left everything to her. It was as if he knew he wasn't doing right by his family.
Three days ago he was finally sent for a medical exam by the company for which he worked. My son works for this company and my own husband retired from there. In the waiting room the nurse rushed up to him because his movie on his phone was on pause; he had died there in office of a second stroke.
I am supporting this woman in all that she is going through, but I feel a great need to share with SparkFriends how important it is to stand up for youself and not become a victim.
Today's SparkQuote really inspired me to write this blog.
"Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a
victim. Accept no one's definition of your life; define yourself."
__ Harvey Fierstein
It is so easy to give in to pressures from family, society, or whatever the source rather than define ourselves and meet our own needs, leaving what we want to do with our own lives on the back burner. It is important to take our own path and not follow the directions or mandates of others. Keeping in mind, my personal choices are guided by my personal Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,.I truly believe that God has gifted each and every one of us a mind that is our very own with which we can define ourselves and create our personal life.
Blessings to you today and always!
The Joy of the Lord is My Strength!
Friday, April 18, 2014
I am serving this for Easter, but it would be good served any time. It is drenched in chocolate flavor and is gluten free. On the left is the DARK CHOCOLATE VERSION which is made with dark chocolate cocoa powder. This is my personal favorite!
2/3 cup olive oil, plus more for greasing spring form cake pan (sides only)
6 Tbps. good-quality unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 boiling water
2 heaping teaspoons pure vanilla extract...I love vanilla!
1 1/2 cups almond meal
1/2 tsp. baking soda
Pinch of salf
1 cup of sugar
3 large eggs
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease the sides of a 9 inch spring-form pan with olive oil.
Line the bottom (cut out pattern to fit the bottom) of pan with parchment paper.
2. Place cocoa powder in bowl and whisk thoroughly with boiling water until you have a
smooth, chocolaty , still runny (but only just) paste. Whisk in vanilla extract and set aside
3. In a small bowl combine almond meal with baking powder and a pinch of salt.
4. Put sugar, olive oil, and eggs into the bowl of a free standing mixer or use another bowl
and whisk by hand. Whip or beat vigorously until mixture is pale-primrose, aerated.
thickened, and creamy, about 3 minutes.
5. Turn down mixer speed a little and beat in cocoa mixture. Slowly add almond meal
6. Turn off mixer. Scrape down sides of bowl and stir a little with a spatula. Pour batter into
prepared spring form cake pan. Bake until the sides of cake are set and very center on top
still looks slightly damp, 40-45 minutes. A cake tester should come up mainly clean but
with a few sticky chocolate crumbs clinging to it.
7. Let cake cool in its pan for ten minutes on a wire rack. Carefully remove sides of pan using
a spatula if necessary. Leave to cool completely or serve warm with ice cream ( ice cream
is not Paleo).
8. I made a frosting by mixing a handful of semi-sweet chocolate chips and a bit of butter
Crisco and put in microwave to melt. Whip into a frosting and drizzle on top of cake. These
ingredients are not Paleo, but I have to make it pretty for myself. LOL!
Enjoy. I love almonds so much. I use only almond milk and this cake is made with almonds.
I think slivered almond on top would be fabulous. I didn't have any this morning.
A blessed Easter to everyone! HE IS RISEN!
I have a special Bible.......in Confections 1:1 it says" And God created chocolate, and it was very good! LOL!
Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say rejoice!
Calories per serving: 272.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
My SparkFriends are aware of how very important my koi pond is to me. When I began my journey of sobriety.....almost 1,000 days ago....I was gifted several koi, but of course during my journey I added special ones. Sobriety Rocks is the white shimmery koi; Serenity Bling....my first purchase.... is the BIG shiny yellow one, and I will take another pic so that you can see Amazing Joy, who is very very special to me and to my SparkFriend, Leslie. This incrediblyh beautiful koi is named after an amazing friend who passed, but not without leaving a lot of JOY in many hearts and a legacy of sobriety, Godliness, and absolute courage.
I have a new others......Mountain Mania, speckled and huge, along with Wisdom and Courage to complete the cast of our beloved Serenity Prayer. It seems when I am near this glorious pond, I feel the presence of God. It my place of tranquility and absoute peace.
Blessings today to everyone!
Amazing love, how can it be? That you my king would die for me?
Happy Easter to all!
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Yes, Jacob is our sprinter. He has always loved to run....fast as the wind. I admire his fortitude and dedication to track. He is attending the School of Mines and Technolgy in South Dakota on a football scholarship, but may qualify also for a track scholarship.
This particular race, 100 m, he finished with a 11.14...not his best, but good enough for first place.
I am proud to say he is kind, humble, and a Christian. And I obviously am a very proud grandmother!
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