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26 May 2017

Gooey Chocolate Lava Cake in a Mug THM-S

Is it cake? Is it pudding? Gooey Chocolate Lava Cake in a mug is the most decadent choclatey dessert anybody ever ate and still lost weight - yes, it is low-carb!

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Low carb eating agrees with me. I love the food. I always feel better. When I follow a low-carb regimen I have more energy and lose weight, too. So why has it been such a struggle to stick with? Well, frankly, I missed carbs. And I especially missed yummy desserts! 

Now that I have discovered Trim Healthy Mama, problem solved! The plan allows me to include healthy carbs while following a significantly low-carb strategy. Best part?  I get to have awesome desserts, too. 

As a rank beginner, I first came up with my Dreamy Creamy Cheesecake You Will Love... in a Mug. What a great dessert! It truly is a low-carb dream come true. I continue to enjoy it over and over again. 

My most recent obsession is a chocolate lover's dream ⇒ Gooey Chocolate Lava Cake in a Mug! And, I am losing weight. 8.5 pounds in 4 months. Oh, others have lost faster but my goal is to get to the finish line and stay there - not necessarily set a record for speed! 

This chocolate mug cake recipe can be enjoyed on pretty much any low-carb plan. Read the labels on the ingredients and you will see that it is true. The THM philosophy is desserts don't have to be tacked onto the end of a meal. Instead, have it as a meal! Cake for breakfast? Sure! No wonder I love THM! 

I came up with the recipe from their Volcano Lava Mudslide Muffin. I didn't have all the ingredients in the house - and I was desperate for chocolate! So, I used what I had and "Voila" - my lava cake in a mug was born.

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Chocolate Lava Cake in a Mug

Adapted from the THM Volcano Mudslide Muffin Recipe page #274 of Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook - Eat Up, Trim Down

Ingredients
1/3 cup frozen raspberries, thawed
1 egg
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp cocoa powder, unsweetened
1 tbsp golden flaxseed meal, heaping
1 tbsp salted butter, softened
2 tbsp water
2 big squirts low carb whipped cream topping to garnish (optional)

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Directions
Beat egg and thawed raspberries in a mug.
Add all of the remaining ingredients, stir well.
Microwave on high 45 seconds.
Remove.
Cool slightly. 
Top with whipped cream.
Enjoy!

Delicious gooey chocolate lava cake in a mug! 
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Here is that awesome cheesecake recipe I told you about! 

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Dreamy Creamy Low Carb Cheesecake in a Mug - with buttery walnut topping!

Enjoy!

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25 May 2017

Come to a Recipe Sharing Party


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Welcome, food bloggers!

How this party will help you most:  this party is designed to bring LOTS of NEW TRAFFIC to your recipe posts. 
The only way that is going to happen is if we share each other's recipes on social media. We ask that EVERYBODY pin and yum every recipe. If we do, we all should get lots and lots of fresh exposure to our work every week!  You can even COME BACK and yum and pin some more. Party is open till Friday night for entries but pins and yums continue. 

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23 May 2017

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop #227


Welcome to our party!
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We Stopped Going To Church - Jennifer Lambert





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Peanut Buster Parfait Pie - Rae's Book and Recipes


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22 May 2017

Make Your Flowers In a Clear Glass Vase Look Fabulous With Stones

Take your indoor floral arrangements to the next level with stones!  
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Start with a colorful bouquet of flowers, clear glass vase and fresh water. Add stones and you have the prettiest display with very little effort. I wish I had thought of it sooner.

You see, I received an absolutely gorgeous floral bouquet from my husband. It was so large that it needed 4 different vases. This vase, being the largest, surprised me. The bouquet lost some of its pizzazz. Something was wrong. I think it was because every stem was clearly visible. 

Then I got an idea! I had just brought home a collection of stones used in my O is for Ocean fizzing preschool activity. I wouldn't be needing them again for a while so I took a handful, rinsed them off and put them in the bottom of the vase. Next, I filled it with water and put the flowers back in. Beautiful! The stones made all the difference in the world. Don't you love it? 



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21 May 2017

Come to the Happiness Is Homemade Link Party

Welcome back to the Happiness is Homemade Link Party!

Time to show off a little bit! Come by and let us see what YOU have been creating lately!


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THIS WEEK'S FEATURES


Upcycled Pin Cushion from Duct Tape and Denim




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19 May 2017

Letter X Marks The Spot Treasure Hunt Theme For Preschoolers

Check out this adorable Letter X preschool lesson ... X Marks the Spot ... complete with pirates, princesses, an island and a treasure hunt! Free printables for you to use or go ahead and create your own.

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Letter X is one of the more challenging letters of the alphabet for preschool teachers to find themes. X is for Xylophone is the logical choice, or perhaps X is for Xray (especially if you add the superpower "Xray Vision" to it.) But, those possibilities seemed a little lack-luster to me. So, when I came up with  X marks the Spot I was thrilled! It opened the door to an imaginative pirate theme complete with a real treasure hunt. Awesome! 

Children love to play dressup and my young crew is no exception. Thirteen 3, 4 and 5 year olds in pirate - and princess - costumes is their dream come true! One little boy came with a handlebar mustache and black eye painted on his face (probably eye brow pencil) plus a Jack Sparrowesque bandana with hanging beads and dred locks! Talk about imagination! His mom tells me that when he came home from school he said "Mama, my costume was the best!" Yep, it was!

What I really loved was being able to incorporate very simple map reading skills and letter writing practice as they wrote the letter "X" on their maps! Additionally, with the help of the team leader (a teacher) they learned how to follow directions from clue to clue. Here is how we did it...

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X Marks The Spot Preschool Treasure Hunt

Supplies
Crayons - 1 each
Treasure Maps
Color-coded numbered clues
Island decorations
CD player
DIY Treasure Chest (wrapped gift box)
"Treasure"

Directions
Print clues on colored paper -each team has a different color.
Write the number of the clue on the back.
Tape the clues in the correct locations according to the maps along the route you will have them follow.
Prepare a location to be the "island" with the treasure.* How to make it? → below
Set up your CD player at the island loaded with a CD for the hula dance.
Print a treasure map for each child and adult.
Secure the map to a clip board → so that they can mark an X through each clue as it is completed.
Have lots of fun.


Our class meets in a traditional school classroom. The hall has 8 doorways with a big open foyer at the end. The treasure maps are designed for two teams to play - pink team and green team. 

We taped the clues to the wall (high enough for an adult to reach) in several locations as the maps directed. Each clue had the clue number on one side and the clue on the other side. Pink paper clues for Pink Team and green paper clues for Green Team. 

Since most preschoolers do not read yet, the adult team leader did the reading for them.


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In order to keep the teams from crowding in the same area, I made two maps with different directions keeping the teams away from each other. i.e. pink clue number 1 was taped next to green number 5, pink clue 2 was near green number 1, etc.

Starting with number 1, the teams would find the clue number with their team color and the team leader would read it aloud. As they followed the instructions, completing the task, each one would mark an X through that number on their treasure map.





This game has 6 clues. Each clue requires that the team do a simple challenge. For instance, clue #1 says "jump three times and turn around one time" Another clue says "whisper the ABC song." The clues are written in rhyme to make them a little more mysterious. Every time a task is completed, players must put an X through the number of the clue on their map. This is a Letter X theme, afterall!

Clue #6 congratulates the players for making it all the way through...giving them final instructions to meet at the "island" back in the classroom to do the hula and find the treasure! (Prior to treasure hunt time,  I had set up the island motif.)

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How to make an "island" in a classroom:  put 2 grass skirts on the floor near the wall where you will dance, kind of like the floor of a hut or a beach. On the wall, tape a long plastic decorative banner or tablecloth with parrots on it. 

I purchased some very inexpensive plastic Hawaiian leis and had them on the floor. Each child picked one to wear. Our classroom Kids Praise CD has a song on it that sounds a little bit "tropical" so we danced the hula to it. (Cut #5 "Blessed Be Your Name") 




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The treasure chest consisted of a glittery red box filled with bottles of bubbles. I put it inside a larger box and wrapped it in foil wrapping paper, placing a big letter X on the top. When it was time, my little kiddos ripped into it with glee!



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If you love this Letter X preschool theme, take a look at what we did for Letter Y is for Yellow and Letter Z is for Zoo!


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