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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.

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Or maybe the smiles on these two little faces…

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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.

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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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Trim Healthy Goulosh

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I’ll be honest. I never was a big fan of goulosh when growing up. Our version was simply spaghetti, just with elbow noodles instead of spaghetti noodles. It was loaded with cheap, fatty ground beef, overly processed elbow noodles, and tomato sauce.

The other day I was looking for a new option. Something yummy that would fill me up, introduce a few more carbs into my system, and fill my sudden craving for the goulosh of my childhood.

This goulosh can be altered in so many ways. Add veggies of any type. Puree them in the blender to add to the tomato sauce. Leave the curds in the cottage cheese or blend it smooth. Add the pasta or skip it. Its all up to you!

Trim Healthy Goulosh

Serves 2 people

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup cooked Quinoa
  • 2 Tbsp Cottage Cheese (2% fat or less)
  • 4 oz Lean Ground Turkey (93% fat free or higher)
  • 2 oz Dreamfields Elbow Macaroni
  • 1/2 Cup Pizza Sauce (sugar-free)
  • 2 tsp Parmesan Cheese
  • Optional, Sprinkle of Low Fat Mozzarella

Directions:

  • Cook ground turkey in a skillet, seasoning as desired. Garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper are good, simple options. Italian seasoning is another good option.
  • In a small saucepan, cook the macaroni.
  • Drain as much fat as possible from the turkey.
  • Add the pizza sauce to the skillet and combine.
  • Add the quinoa, noodles, and cottage cheese. Combine and cook until heated through evenly.
  • Sprinkle the parmesan on top and add the mozzarella, if desired.
  • Allow cheese to melt naturally.

As written this meal consists of approximately 8 gram of fat, and 15 grams of carbs.

The noodles I use in this are Dreamfields, which are supposed to be low carb, diabetic friendly, and are allowed on the THM plan. There is a lot of debate about the truth in the “protected carb” claim of Dreamfields, but I have found that we do not have the issues with sugar spikes when we eat Dreamfields pasta in our house, the way we do with the regular pasta. And we like the taste. However, you can feel free to add more pasta if you are not worried about the carbs, or sub for a whole wheat pasta. Or skip it all together. Just be aware that any change you make will also alter your fat and carb count.

THM’ers: The way I wrote this recipe, it is just barely a crossover. I allow myself to have these on occasion because I am losing well and nursing a 5 month old every few hours.

If you want to be more conservative on the fat (to make it an E) wash the lean ground turkey to eliminate the grease, make sure to use fat free cottage cheese, skip the parmesan, and make sure not to add the optional mozzarella. You can also lower the amount of turkey and add some scrambled egg whites which blend wonderfully with the ground turkey. Because it is just barely a crossover, it should be fairly simple to reduce the fat content. Just check your ingredients to make sure it fits within the E parameters.

If you would like to make it an S meal (lower in carbs and higher in fat), use half the quinoa, and increase the turkey. You can also increase the bulk of the turkey inexpensively with some scrambled eggs. Feel free to use a whole egg in this instance as the fat is appropriate in the S category.

I’m linking up to Gwen and Stacy‘s Trim Healthy Mama Tuesday!

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Blessings!

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Creamless Creamy Chicken and Pasta

Creamy Creamless Chicken and Pasta

This is to die for! If you don’t think you like Konjac noodles,  or haven’t tried them yet, I highly recommend it. Cooked correctly these noodles are amazing!

First, let me show you what I am talking about.

Konjac noodles

Here are some available on Amazon.

And here is a link for information about the noodles themselves.

They are also called Yam noodles or Shirtaki noodles. Don’t be fooled. They are all the same thing. (Unless you get the tofu ones. I don’t recommend those as soy is hard on the hormones.)

I buy my noodles from the Commissary on base for around $1.50 a bag. They can be found in the Asian section at your supermarket or in a cold section near the tofu and the wonton wraps.

They are kinda cold to the touch and when you open the bag it will have an odd, fishy smell. Try to ignore that smell. It doesn’t hang on when you are done cooking it. I promise.

As you can see, I pour my bag of noodles into a colander, drain it of the nasty water, and run water from the tap over them. I swish them around in the water to clean off the noodles. If desired you can parboil the noodles by putting them either in boiling water for a minute or boil them in water in the microwave for a couple of minutes.

When all the yuckiness (yes, that is a technical term :) ) is off of them, put them in a dry, hot skillet. Keep the heat on high and fry them for a few minutes.

Fry them up!

Once the noodles are fried they will be a little less mushy. They will never really crisp up, so don’t look for them to do so. At this point they are ready to be made into any variety of different noodle dishes. Add a tomato sauce. Turn them into a stir fry. Top them with your favorite cheese sauce. Or make this meal, inspired by THM’s “Creamless Creamy Veggies” (p352).

Creamless Creamy Chicken and Pasta

Adapted from Trim Healthy Mama

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 1 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast
  • Rinsed and fried Konjac Noodles
  • 1 Cup Frozen Broccoli and/or other favorite veggies
  • 1 Wedge of Light Garlic and Herb Laughing Cow Cheese
  • 1/4 Cup Fat Free Chicken Broth
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Garlic Powder, Salt, and Pepper

Ingredients to the Creamless Creamy Chicken and Pasta

Directions:

  • In a skillet, or grill, cook the chicken breast either in strips or as a whole breast. Feel free to season it with the garlic powder, salt, pepper, and parmesan.
  • Pour the chicken broth into a small saucepan. Add your broccoli or other veggies and simmer on low heat.
  • After the veggies have softened, add in your seasonings (to taste) and your cheese wedge. Allow the cheese to melt.
  • Once the cheese has melted, add your noodles into the sauce and mix well. If the chicken is cut into strips, add it into the mixture as well.
  • Once everything is blended well, put onto a plate and sprinkle with some more parmesan.
  • Enjoy!

This delicious meal is cheap, easy, and healthy!

THM’ers: If you make it as listed above and make sure to cut off any fat on the chicken breast, you can easily count this as an FP meal, as the fat and carbs are minimal. It is also very filling because of the Konjac noodles.

Check out Gwen and Stacy‘s blogs for more wonderful recipes that are healthy, and delicious!
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Blessings!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Love this one of S.

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And my precious T, who was contemplating something.

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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.

Blessings!

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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

Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

  • 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.

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Enjoy!

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