We Quit Sugar – Week 2

We’ve just finished Week 2 of our sugar fast on Sunday. I think we all agree Week 2 was more difficult than Week 1 for multiple reasons. The newness has worn off, it was the 4th of July (who doesn’t want something sweet then), and we got together with friends a few times, cookies were eaten, but not by us. In order to help us curb our cravings, Sarah Wilson suggests replacing sugar with fat. The high fat items will help make you feel full more quickly and kind of fill in that gap after a meal. We often ate
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Our Kitchen Table

We’ve almost made it through our first week cutting out sugar, fructose, and added/artificial sweeteners. I snapped a few pictures of some of the new recipes we tried and enjoyed. Ethan even liked the Carrot Soup. 1. Egg and Avocado Spread on Toast – A few times this week we had sugar-free bread (try whole wheat bread from Trader Joe’s or Ezekiel 4:9 Bread), goat cheese and avocado mash, with an egg on top. 2. Coconutty Granola and Plain Yogurt – I used Sarah Wilson’s I Quit Sugar Coco-Nutty Granola with plain yogurt. 3. Almond Butter Yogurt with Blackberries – You can either
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Chorizo with Greens and Roasted Root Veggies Recipe

I love throwing together recipes with what we have in the house, especially if we have leftover vegetables or meat from a meal earlier in the week. Recently, upon suggestion from Marie Williamson from Bluebird Farms in Morganton, NC (we bought our chorizo from her at the Charlotte Farmers’ Market), I made chorizo and greens. I served the chorizo and greens on top of couscous (cooked in chicken broth for more flavor). You can also dice your veggies in different sizes depending on how you like them. I like mine crispy, but Tyler and E like theirs softer, so I
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Let’s Be Honest – Sugar Addict

I’m addicted to sugar. We don’t regularly keep cookies or ice cream in our house. I’ve been known to throw away a mostly good box of Oreos, and we regularly throw out Halloween, Easter, and Christmas candy because we never finish it all. We even have tried to cut back on sugar by only have dessert one night a week. Yet, we’re still addicted. I get that crash and burn feeling later in the afternoon and I typically feel like I need something a little sweet after each meal. Tyler and I will hide sweets and than pull them out
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Your Grandma’s Banana Pudding Recipe

One of my favorite summer treats is banana pudding. It’s light, fluffy, cold, and delicious. I first had this banana pudding recipe almost 10 years ago when E was born. My cousin brought it to me. Later, I discovered it’s the same recipe Tyler’s Grandma Dean uses, hence the name Your Grandma’s Banana Pudding. The secret but essential ingredient in this recipe is the sour cream. I know that sounds a little counter intuitive to the sweetness of banana pudding, but it’s definitely one of the most important ingredients. Sour cream and vanilla wafers. You can use the Nilla Wafers,
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Weekly Photos – Tyler’s Birthday Edition

We’ve just completed Tyler’s birthday week. We celebrated a few weeks ago with a brewery trip to Hickory, Asheville, and Brevard, NC. This week we celebrated with friends and family. We had a small dessert sampling, including Your Grandma’s Banana Pudding, breakfast from Fourth Ward Bread Co., and a celebration with both Tyler’s family and my family. Ethan and I had a flag pole put up in front of our house, which Tyler has been wanting for the longest time. Martin even got to visit the beach for the first time. More and more every day, I realize how thankful
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Childress Vineyards Lunch Date

Entrance A few weeks ago, my sister, Jen, and I decided to meet for lunch. Then a few days ago she suggested we meet at a winery/vineyard for lunch. Why, of course! Of course we can meet at a winery for lunch on Thursday. What a perfect idea. This is one of the great things about living in Charlotte while your sister lives down the road in Winston-Salem. In between are numerous wineries, but up until now, we hadn’t taken advantage of them. And it was quite appropriate that we chose Childress Vineyards because today is the Coke 600 [NASCAR
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Let’s Be Honest – Food and Holidays

Image from Wikipedia I’m a faux vegetarian. I know some people will judge me for it, but it’s true. I’ve accepted it. Here’s how life works as a faux vegetarian. From January until Thanksgiving, life is easy. Making and enjoying food as a veggie is casual, yummy, and convenient. It cuts back on grocery bills, encourages our family to eat healthy foods, and doesn’t make my stomach feel like a brick every evening. This makes life happy for everyone in our household. But in the life of a faux veggie, Thanksgiving and Christmas come around every year throwing a wrench
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A Week Without Sweets

Yum. It has been over a week since I’ve had dessert, and I’m itching for some. I’ve been doing a fast from sweets until Thanksgiving Day, but I definitely will enjoy a piece of pumpkin pie on the best day for pumpkin pies of the year. However, since last Sunday, Nov. 11, I have not indulged, even when my husband brought home Swiss Cake Rolls. When I walked in to see those Cake Rolls on the counter, I was instantly offended. How could he possibly bring home something sweet when he knows I’m fasting from them? Of course, I then realized it’s
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