Thursday, June 28, 2007

rain, coffee pt II ~sct ~ diet devo day nineteen

I'm sitting here (with my sidekick Izzy by me) looking out the window, it is still raining. Not sprinkling, raining. It did stop for a couple of hours yesterday, but when we came out of church I could tell it had downpoured while we were in... I'm not complaining. I know that we won't all float away, God promised that. So, I just thank Him for watering all the beautiful flowers so nicely and soaking the earth. I am imagining all the fires that are being prevented from this rain.
So, Gail and Stacy both mentioned liquid creamers for the coffee. Gail even sent links to websites. I went yesterday with the goal of finding these creamers. I bought international flavors hershey chocolate with caramel I think. Miss Paula mentioned liking the Mocha foldgers. I have so much to try, very exciting. Then Jenna discouraged me from using splenda, she and I see eye to eye on those artificial sweeteners. So, this morning I made my first cup with the tablespoon of the new creamer, and 3 tsp. of sugar. It was actually good. I think it's funny how many people either hate coffee or really love it. Amanda loves starbucks and several of you suggested different drinks there. She usually talks me into a drink there when we are at Target. I have tried several and in the past if they had a coffee flavor I pitched them (I'm a new woman now, so I'll try again), usually opting for hot cocoa. Isn't this just fascinating stuff? :o)
At church last night, the pastor was talking about leadership, not in the way I would expect. More about courage and character. He said courage is faith in action. He also mentioned that there have been studies done that show the people who acheive their goals write them down. I am going to start writing my goals down. He also talked about living a yuck life and made an acrostic to define his thoughts... y - yesterday, living in the past, being caught up in what was or could have been; u - unsupervised, not being held accountable to anyone; c - callused; and k - killjoy, no fun to be around, someone who just sucks the life out of you. I certainly don't want to live a yuck life!
Izzy had summer school yesterday, for some reason she was so cranky there. She starting being fussy while I was getting ready to take her and then I noticed when I picked her up she was still very vocal and a little stiff. I'm not sure if her tummy was upset from her lunch, or if she just didn't want to be there. I can't wait until she can tell me what's wrong instead of playing the guessing game... I'm just glad that she does show me when she is uncomfortable. She slept really well last night and so far this morning seems to be doing good. When I heard her and went in to get her this morning she smiled and was glad to see me! I showed her the view out the window and we talked about the rain. I usually spend some time first thing in the morning in prayer over her too. She is a sweetie. Prayers are welcome btw.

Sweet & Sour Meatballs
2 pounds ground turkey breast
2 teaspoons salt-free garlic and herb seasoning or poultry seasoning
1 egg whi
Salt and ground black pepper
2 (15-ounce) cans tomato sauce

2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 cup chili sauce
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup brown sugar

2 teaspoons dried thyme
In a large bowl, combine turkey, garlic and herb seasoning, egg white and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and black pepper. Mix well and shape mixture into about 32 meatballs. Place meatballs in bottom of slow cooker.

In a medium bowl, whisk together tomato sauce, broth, chili sauce, vinegar, brown sugar, and thyme. Pour mixture over meatballs.

Cover and cook on LOW for 6 to 8 hours or on HIGH for 3 to 4 hours. Season, to taste, with salt and black pepper.

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It's funny to follow a recipe with a diet devo huh? I have had some good laughs at the comments on the diet devos pertaining to recipes and food. You have to eat for goodness sakes, the point is to just be smart about it right... Anyway, here is day 19. I sent out several of these books yesterday, so if I promised one to you expect it soon.

"Because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow His steps ... Who his own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness."

It is good for us to remember, as we sit feeling sorry for ourselves because we may not indulge in tasty pleasures, that our sacrifice is not really so great when we compare it to the many sacrifices Christ made. What we are doing is indeed a sacrifice, but for self rather than for others. Christ sacrificed for us in order that we might enjoy life to the fullest. Let us learn from the sacrifices of Christ and remember that He has given us the power to overcome any temptation that might present itself.

Today's thought: Christ has conquered temptation and will be with me!

Hope you have a great Thursday!


mjpuzzlemom said...

Good Morning Annie!

The meatballs look yummy! Thanks for sharing!


Marcia said...

Oh, you SO light my fire when you talk about goals!!! By coincidence, I'm posting on goals tomorrow (on the take charge blog).

It is funny about the coffee - I like my coffee plain and simple (no flavours) but I like flavoured tea (vanilla is my favourite - and wherever I am in the world I buy some vanilla because it's all different and all delicious). Now, where was I? :)

I am just finishing my work day but I decided to take a quick break before I do tomorrow's to-do list.

Have a good day, Annie and Izzy (sidekick - love that)!

Organising Queen blog and
Take Charge blog

tegdirb92 said...

looks yummy!!

Loving Annie said...

I'm not a coffee drinker, and I have to admit that out of all the artifical sweetneres, I choose Splenda. Why don't you like that one either ?

Prayers for you and Izzy and all, Annie !

How much weight have you lost in 19 days ? (The best I could probably hope for would be 9 pounds if I was exercising/doing cardio and dieting like crazy !)

IRENE said...

Hello, Annie,
My computer has been so slow in the past week, and it somehow changed the directions to Greek! It is so funny to navigate around it, trying to figure out what is what (and a waste of time!)
Anyway. I am so glad Izzy responds to your presence. It is a good sign that she can express her feelings.
I had to stop drinking coffee when I began consulting with my homeopath.I never really liked coffee, but I drink it because C likes to have a cup first thing in the morning. The ban helped me assert myself in that and i now have a cup of green tea when we get to work.
I am going to post some lines of your devotions in my getting fit blog. I just wanted you to know.
All my love,

Sandra said...

Annie the meatballs look wonderful, thanks for sharing.

Jammy said...

This sounds so satisfying!!!


justabeachkat said...

Watching rain with Izzy...awww what a sweet picture in my mind that makes!

The meatballs sound y-u-m-m-y!

I do pray for Izzy and you too my sweet friend.


Renee's Ramblings said...

The meatballs look delicious! I'll be keeping you, Izzy and all of your family in my prayers. Thanks for sharing.

Sheryl said...

A whole new world has been opened to world that is ;) Have
fun exploring all the fab choices!
I know you know, but it's always good to hear, you, Izzy, and your family are in our prayers.
Also, responded to your ipod comment back on my blog, so I didn't hog your comments space.
Hope you win the fits you to a T!

Melonie said...

These meatballs look so tasty - and the devotion is "filling" as well. ;-) I'm so glad I took a moment to pop by your blog today. It's absolutely lovely. Can't wait to come back and visit again soon. Wishing you a wonderful week/weekend.

Tammy and Parker said...

Prayers being said!

annb said...

I like the "Yuck" life analogy. I don't want to live that life either and am very happy that I can live a life of service.
You know I'm a coffee drinker - every day! - any time of day! After I had my surgery, I no longer eat sugar (4 years now) and the doctor told me to use Splenda instead of any other sweetener. It's a staple at my house!
Thanks for the devo and the suggestion of writing down goals. That's something I've never really done, but think I will now.

Miss Paula said...

I am drinking Mocha Fusion right now!!! I do think you will like it. If you stir it with a wisk it will get a little foamy!!!

Coach J said...

Can I just say thank you for being my supervisor? I don't want to live a yuck life either. I'm so very thankful for you. If I wasn't accountable to you, I'd have given up the diary by now. YOU ROCK!! (Oh, yea, I think I need to accept your reward! ;) )

Marcia said...

Oooh, balancing checkbook and organising your purse (handbag) - two of my favourite things! (Just in case you had any doubt that there's a screw loose).

So green's your favourite colour???

Ribbon Rock Star said...

Those meatballs look divine!


Penless Thoughts said...

I love the creamers. My favorite is French Vanilla but also like Hazelnut and Armaretta. 3 tsp of sugar!!!!!! Annie, that's a LOT of sugar. A mother speaking - you know-once a mother, always a mother!

Marcia said...

I tagged you
Organising Queen blog and
Take Charge blog

Irritable Mother said...

Annie, when I read about your interactions with Izzy my desire to spend time with you in person always increases. I'm picturing you showing her the view out the window and talking to her about the rain and I'm thinking, I really want to meet this Annie!
But then I think, Oklahoma is so far away! Hmmm, not for God. Maybe someday...

JennaG said...

What happened to one teaspoon of sugar, my friend??? Actually, I am a sugar addict, so I know I would use three. The meatballs sound wonderful. A. is better this evening since he took his antibiotic--I think that was the answer for him. I am so relieved. Don't wanna live a yuck life either.

palmtreefanatic said...

Such a nice post Annie!
Blessings and prayers are with you!

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Judi said...

I can't get on board with the coffee thing. Sorry. I enjoyed the "yuck" life message. I don't want to live one either. I need to get it together. The meat balls look fab!

Haley said...

The meatballs sounds yummy! I'll have to try them.

Also, the interent people are coming monday! Yay!!!

I'm glad to hear Izzy is communitcating better all the time. :-) God is so wonderful that way!

Talk to you soon!


Susanne said...

I love my coffee and I've gotten myself really hooked on the Internationl Delights "Southern Butter Pecan" flavor one. Yummy. Otherwise I just drink it with plain cream.

Terri @ In His Hands said...

Thanks for the recipe. Love reading about you holding Izzy in the morning talking about the rain. Such a sweet picture. She is in my prayers--for sure!

kim said...

First of all, what can I say about coffee? I live in the land of Starbucks Coffee--where there is a coffee shop practically on every corner! :) I LOVE coffee and hope you can truly join the land of coffee drinkers. My favorite is a Grande, decaf, lowfat, sugar free hazelnut latte. :)
I loved your comment about living a YUCK life. I surely don't want to live that kind either. t is real easy to become a killjoy at work when others around me are being one. Thanks for the thoughts.

Michelle said...

oh those meatballs sound delicious - making me hungry LOL

I'm glad that Izzy wasn't coming down with anything and seemed to be feeling better the next morning!

- PRACTiCAL CHiCK said...

It isn't going to stop any time soon. I looked like a drowned rat when I got to work. I left my umbrella at home by accident.

Lauren@Baseballs&Bows said...

My hubby loves meatballs! I will have to try this recipe for him. Thanks for sharing it!

gail@more than a song said...

That recipe looks good!
Glad you found some creamer.....I tend to use splenda but maybe I need to know why it's not good, I thought it was better than the other sugar substitutes?