Just another day in paradise…

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A Little Piece of My Heart

I’ve started several posts over the last month and a half. But none of them have survived.

A lot has happened over the last month.

Aaron graduated from ALS and got his promotion.

My mom came to visit. I miss her already.

We started preschool for the boys.

I’ve lost a total of 20 pounds since starting THM the beginning of May.

T and I got tested for diabetic antibodies.

And S is getting seen by a specialist for a possible diagnosis of diabetes insipidous.


Tonight, I just need to vent. To cry my heart out.

Its not fair.

I know. It could be worse. It might end up being worse.

But here is my heart. Here is my love. And he is suffering from yet another disease.

And this one? This one is extremely rare.


I feel alone.

I know I’m not.

I have a very supportive husband, and family.

And its not MY disease.

But its my baby. My precious little boy.

And I hate to see him going through all of this.


Here’s my fear right now. This precious little boy is meeting with a new specialist tomorrow.

I’m not even sure this is the right specialist to see.

I don’t even know if he is going to do anything or if this is going to be a waste of my time and energy.

I have to haul all three boys with me up to the hospital. All by myself. Again. Two hours there, however long we are at the appointment, and then two hours home. And dinner. ‘Cause we can’t do that long without stopping for food at least once.

But what if this is a wasted trip?

What if we are seeing the wrong specialist?

What if they need to hospitalize him right away, and I am stuck with the car, without my hubby, and all three kids?

I don’t mean to be a downer. I really don’t.

I am so grateful. For some many things.

I am very grateful for health care.

For specialists who do know how to take care of my treasures.

For medicines that can help us live normal lives.

And for many, many other blessings.


To be honest, I’m scared.

Scared of what the results will be.

Scared that something really serious is going on.

Scared that I might be in the spot I was in almost 2 years ago, when I almost lost my little boy to Type 1 diabetes.


But I will press on.

I will get our stuff together for tomorrow.

I will go to bed.

And I will pray.


Then tomorrow morning, when T decides we all need to wake up, I will get out of bed, and put on a cheerful face.

I will not allow my kids to sink into my negative state.

And if I have to “fake it till I make it” tomorrow, then I will do so.

But I will find joy in something tomorrow.


If nothing else, I will find joy in this gorgeous smile. The smile that belongs to such a strong little boy.

Sherwood in the grass

Or maybe the smiles on these two little faces…

Tobias on a sunny day_edited-1




And although I have to go without him tomorrow, I will remember the love of the man God gave me. I will be so grateful that I have him to stand next to me through everything.


And I will trust that God knows what He is doing. That He is holding, not just the world, but my little family within His hands, and in His heart.

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A Little Fall of Rain…

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We’ve been getting quite a bit of rain around here lately. And I can’t help but sing to myself the Les Mis song.

“A little fall of rain, can hardly hurt me now. You’re here. That’s all I need to know. And you will keep me safe. And you will keep me close. And rain, will make the flowers grow.”

Ah, Eponine! How tragic is your story!

But I digress.

I braved the rain this afternoon to take some photos of our flowers. How beautiful they are! And how they are loving the little fall of rain.

another sunflower 2

Sunflower 3

My husband is growing these beautiful sunflowers, which is one of my favorite flowers.

They remind me of grandma.

She is no longer with us, but she was a Kansas girl where sunflowers are weeds. She used to remind me of that anytime I told her how beautiful I thought they were. For a long time I wanted them to be one of my flowers in my wedding. It didn’t happen but maybe if we renew our vows someday it will. It would be a great tribute to a woman I miss dearly.

My flowers 2

I have no idea what the name of this plant is. It is growing in our front yard along with other Delaware “weeds” that I happen to enjoy. This one was planted by the maintenance crew before we got here but is the prettier this year than I have ever seen it. I just love the pinkish/purple flowers!

My kids are loving the rain too. Here are some shots of them playing in the rain and enjoying our little “stream” in our back yard. Summer days can be so much fun!

Boys in the rain

Love this one of S.

S playing in the rain with blog info

And my precious T, who was contemplating something.


G stayed inside and took a nice little nap while the boys got soaked. He will get to enjoy the water soon enough.

We have had some warm, sunny days too. Here’s a collage of the family at the park the other day.

boys at the parkSo far we are enjoying our summer. Looking forward to daddy having some time off and grandma coming to visit.


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Tuna “Crabby Patties”

Tuna Crabby Patties

These are amazing! I have to admit I am slightly addicted to the ease, taste, and simplicity of these wonderful patties.

If you are a THM’er you will recognize this recipe. This is simply my adaption of the delicious patties in our book.

If you are on WIC, you will find this to be a great use of those cans of tuna you get while breastfeeding (you know, other than tuna salad, again).

And if you are doing Atkins, this is an awesome way to get some inexpensive HEALTHY protein in while not overdoing the fat.

This makes enough for either one large serving or two medium servings.  I find, as a nursing mama, that I am full with this as one serving.

I could break it up into smaller servings if it is served with a large salad or some good sides (say some green beans, or steamed broccoli). And if you aren’t as overweight as me (ie. don’t need as much food to fuel your body), aren’t pregnant or nursing, there is a good chance that you could get away with even less. So if you are trying to save money, this is an awesome choice!

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One of the things I fell in love with when we moved to the East Coast is Old Bay seasoning. So, when I created my crabby patties, I knew that I had to use it for seasoning. If you haven’t given it a try, I highly recommend it! Of course, if you are from the East Coast I am probably preaching to the choir.

Tuna “Crabby Patties”

Adapted from Trim Healthy Mama

Serves 2-4


  • 1 can tuna (canned in water and drained)
  • 1 egg
  • Old Bay Seasoning, to taste
  • Sprinkle of Parmesan Cheese
  • Sprinkle of Nutritional Yeast
  • Green Onion, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp Oatmeal, ground in a coffee grinder
  • Coconut Oil

Optional ingredients:

  • Joseph’s pita bread (to put the patties on)
  • Slice of cheddar cheese
  • Lettuce, tomato, onion, hummus, mayo, and any other burger like toppings


  • After draining your can of tuna, put in a bowl and smash with a fork.
  • Add seasoning, cheese, onion, and yeast. Taste to make sure you have a good amount of seasoning.
  • Heat coconut oil in a skillet.
  • Once the flavor is to your taste, add oatmeal and egg. Mix well, breaking up all the little chunks.
  • Form into one large patty (will be slightly mushy in the center), two medium patties, or for a super crispy taste, 4 smaller patties.
  • Place in heated oil and fry until a nice golden brown on both sides.

Net carbs: 6-8 grams for 1 big patty (Note: Will increase depending on the amount of nutritional yeast used.)

Yum! My favorite way to eat it is with a slice of cheddar and some spinach, sandwiched with a thin layer of garlic hummus on a split low carb Joseph’s pita.

Tuna "Crabby Patty" Burger


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Looks like a secret code, huh?

I apologize to my other readers, but this post is aimed just at my THM readers. If any of this sounds good to you, I highly recommend checking out the book.

I get frustrated trying to come up with on plan meals that are also good for our WIC items. So I went through the book and made myself a list of recipes that can be done without buying added ingredients (with the exception of a few that I always have on hand, like vanilla). I did not include recipes that require meat, but there are some that would be better with the meat.

(Note: To save money, scrambled eggs can often be added to meat without changing the taste. This works well with ground turkey and ground hamburger in particular.)

Much to my relief, they are not all breakfast meals! They do not require special ingredients. And because I love you all so much, here is my list. Hope it helps!


  • Simple Fried Eggs (p215)
  • Zucchini Fritter (p217)
  • Egg White Omelet/Scramble (p217)
  • Golden Soft Boiled Eggs (p219)
  • Savory Protein Muffins (p221)
  • Old Fashioned Oats (p229)
  • Anabolic Oatmeal (p230)
  • Savory Skillet Oatmeal (p231)
  • Breakfast Burrito (does require you to buy a plan approved tortilla or lavash wrap) (p234)


  • Kefir Smoothies (great way to use the milk, but does require buying kefir grains) (p245)
  • Berry Bonanza (p245)
  • Green Purity (p247)
  • Berritastic (p248)
  • Vanilla Sip (p249)
  • Cream and Greens (p249)

Yogurt (can be cheaply made at home with milk and a starter):

  • Apple Cinnamon (p250)
  • Fruity Blend (p251)


  • Fooled Ya Pizza (o276)
  • Speedy Thin Crust (p278)
  • Portobello Mushroom Pizza (p279)
  • Tortilla Pizza (again with plan approved tortilla) (p280)


  • Tomato Soup (use fresh tomatoes in place of the canned sauce) (p292 and p293)


  • Lettuce Wrap (p297)
  • Scrumptilicious Sammie (p298)
  • FP Salad (p302)
  • Tabouleh (with cauli rice) (p303)
  • Better Than Chef Salad (p304 and p305)

Odds and Ends:

  • Sweet Potato Lunch (p306)
  • Quesidillas (plan approved tortillas necessary) (p307)

Evening Meals:

  • Al Day Lentil or Chana Dahl Soup (p311)
  • Cabbage Rolls (p312)
  • Basic Quiche (p319)
  • Hearty Green Soup (p334)
  • Crabby Patties (p338)
  • Bean Burgers (p339)


  • Baked Eggplant Rounds (p353)
  • Steamed Broccoli or Cauliflower (p354)
  • Roasted Veggie Medley (p354)
  • Vangi’s Parmesan Zucchini (p355)
  • Spaghetti Squash/Zucchini Noodles (p356)
  • Zucchini or Green Fries (p357)
  • Sauteed String Green Beans (p357)
  • Cauli Rice (p358)
  • Baked Cauliflower (p360)
  • Stir Fry Veggie Deluxe (p360)
  • Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes (p361)
  • White Bean Mashies (p361)
  • Twice Baked Zucchini (p362)
  • Tuna Stuffed Tomatoes (p363)
  • Cali Potato Salad (p363)
  • Pea Salad (p364)


  • Frozen Yogurt (p377)
  • Frozen Yogurt Pops (p377)
  • Baked Grapefruit (p379)
  • Baked Apples (p379)
  • Pumpkin Treat (p388)


  • Kale Chips (p391)
  • Crunchy Cheese Crackers (p395)
  • Roasted Crispy Garbanzos (p397)
  • Greek Onion Dip (p404)
  • Australian Guacamole (p406)


  • Mayo (p413)
  • Slim Belly Jelly (use inexpensive gelatin in place of the gluccomman) (p411)


  • Kefir (need grains as discussed above) (p415)
  • Sauerkraut (p419)

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Low Carb, Healthy Pizza?

Are you following THM? Have a diabetic in your family? Following an Atkins plan? On WIC? Or simply want a healthier option for pizza? Than I have a solution for you!

Now if you are following the THM plan, then you will recognize this pizza as the “Fool Me Pizza.” Although the recipe that I am linking to is not exactly the same, it is similar in ingredients and nature. THM’ers can give this recipe a try (minus the cornmeal), or follow the one in the book.

Cauliflower Pizza Crust Recipe

Looks like pizza, doesn’t it? Hence the “Fooled Me” title given by THM.

My crust looks amazing doesn’t it?

Here it is topped and cooking away in the oven.


I made half with pepperoni, peppers, mushrooms, and of course, cheese. The other half I topped with ricotta (for added protein) and cheese. The whole thing got a nice coating (about 3 Tbsps) of Ragu Pizza Sauce.

And the last two slices…

(I apologize for the quality of photos as I used my phone to snap these while I was cooking. But hopefully the deliciousness will still find its way through the screen.)

You can top it with anything you want. Cheese, pepperoni, mushrooms, ricotta, chicken, peppers, onions…the list goes on! Use a pizza sauce (make sure it is sugar free!) or an alfredo sauce. You can even make your own sauces! Or try a buffalo chicken pizza. Be creative. The crust lends itself well to many different, creative combinations.

For diabetics, this is a super low carb meal. A head of cauliflower is about 29 grams of carbs but it also has 12 grams of fiber. If you only make up half of that it would be about 15 total carbs for the whole pizza or would be about 9 net carbs. Your toppings may or may not add more carbs. Completely depends on you and what you add. This should not spike sugars as it is all fairly low glycemic. But again, watch your toppings as you may react differently to various toppings than another person will.

To keep it entirely within WIC budget use cheese provided by WIC, buy fresh cauliflower (half a medium head was plenty), make your own sauce from scratch (although sugar free pizza sauce by Rague or Walmart are only about a $1 for far more than a family of 4 would need), use eggs, and whatever fresh veggies you want. Add a side salad to get the most of your WIC items, and to fill you up with green veggies.

With THM remember to keep this an S meal. So full fat cheese and meats are acceptable. Skip the carrots on your salad (or at least keep it to a minimum), but add a great fatty dressing.

If doing Atkins, it depends on what carb limit you have for the day. Generally you can still eat a lot of this without going over any limits set. Make sure to choose toppings that will accommodate your Atkins plan.

Always remember to watch out for dressings that contain sugar in them. It is a challenge to find a dressing that does not have it as an ingredient. The best option is to make your own.

My favorite dressing includes green onions, salt, pepper, garlic powder, mixed in an olive oil and lemon juice base. I also love to use hummus to dip my lettuce in (if you make from scratch you can thin it with the oil you use to make it), or to use a salsa and cream cheese dressing. Guacamole type dressings are also very delicious.

Let me know if you make this delicious pizza and how it turns out!

Bon Appetit!

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