Saturday, March 8, 2014

Godly Words of Encouragement: Printable

Here are some words of encouragement, simply because some days we need more of it than others. When we are in need of encouragement, who better to run than to God!

I don't have the links the where these originated, so if you know please write a comment and leave the link. This way I can give credit where credit is due.

Hope you all are having a blessed weekend!
God bless,
Jacque Heaton

Friday, March 7, 2014

Flourless Chocolate Mini Cake Recipe

I have been craving something sweet like mad lately! I scoured the web for some kind of treat , for something, anything I could make! All I could find was recipes that were glucose free, some that were lactose free, or fructose free. Some that were free of two, but none that were free of  all three! I was so frustrated.

I ended up running across a Flourless Chocolate Cake. I have never baked or eaten Flourless Chocolate Cake, but it looked really yummy, so I thought I would give it a try. The recipe called for a half a stick of butter (lactose), and sugar (fructose). So I had to do some tweaking in order to make it low-FODMAP. 

The original recipe was from a wonderful blog Whipperberry (click here to go to her site)
Here is her ingredient list and how I changed it:

3/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips: I didn't have anything to replace it so I just left it out
1/2 cup butter: 1/2 cup of  Glucose Free Activia Yogurt
1/2 cup sugar:1/3 cup of Stevia
1/2 cup dutch cocoa: Glucose Free Baking Coco
3 eggs: I kept the same

(Scroll to the bottom of this post to get my printable recipe w/directions)

Here is what they look like before I backed them
(Next time I will be making them twice as thick)

Here is what they looked like coming out of the oven:

Here is the final Flourless Chocolate Mini Cakes:
(as you can see they are more the size of cookies and that is why next time I will double the batter per mini cake)

So here it the final recipe (click to view and print):

Happy Baking!

God Bless,
Jacque Heaton

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Finals and Midterms: Mommy's Going Crazy!!!

I feel like I am going crazy and getting a full tour of the nut house padded walls and all. 

My online collage I attend, Liberty University, has 4 different class slots. Each semester in 18 weeks, so the slots available are the A term which spans the full 18 weeks, B term starts at the same time as the A term but only lasts 8 weeks The C term begins 4 weeks after the A & B terms starts and is 8 weeks long . Then lastly, the D term, which starts right after the B term ends, and ends at the same time the A term. So they all stagger, which I love!

For this semester I am taking: Foundations of Earth Science as an A term, English for a B term, and Accounting 100 as a D term. The reason this week is so crazy is because come Monday (3/10/14) I will be taking my midterm for Earth Science, and my final for English. On top of that, I have an 8 page review for my science class and an essay to write for English. 

Of course my boys are feeding off my stressed energy and going buzzerk. Add that to the cabin fever they are already experiencing, and... well... I'm sure you can image the chaos exuding in the Home of the Heaton's! For me this means a lot of coffee, Yogi stress relief tea and prayer...lots and lots of prayer!!

Unfortunately, for me the rest of life (which I would love to have put on hold), such as laundry, breakfast, lunch, dinner, dishes, Quinton's home school, a husband with a broken leg and keeping the house clean, grocery shopping....the list goes on, as it does in any home with kids, seems to never end. Then there is my IBS, which the biggest onset of  is stress, so that's not helping either.

At the sake of sounding like I'm complaining, with all the above already being said. I have been staying up late nights after the kids are asleep and being woken up by them too early for my taste. So I've been getting very getting little sleep.

 Thankfully, my tests are all open notes and open book. So as long as my notes are written adequately, I should do long as they are not timed, like so many of the test have been in the past, I get so stressed out when taking timed tests. I'm a lot better than I use to be, but still don't like it.

I am going to be so happy when Tuesday rolls around, that means I will be done with this week!

Just because I like to add pictures to my posts, I ran across this picture of this mug. This had to be made by someone crazier than myself. Who in their right mind would love midterms? Unless it is a psychological thing, trying make yourself think you love it.

All this aside and with my tea close at hand and constant prayer I am doing my best to:

Hope you all are having a less stressful week!

God bless,
Jacque Heaton

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Aluminum Foil Ball To Rid Your Dryer Of Static!

Another great life hack and money saver!
All you have to do is wad up a ball of Aluminum Foil about the size of a softball and throw it in your dryer.
I had previously been having to buy the expensive no-die, no-perfume dryer sheets and I was so excited when I stumbled upon this. I have now been using it for over a year now.

It is going to look similar to the above and below photos.

The picture below shows a ball I just made next to a ball that I have been using for the last 3 months. Even when made smaller by the tumbling of the dryer it will still absorb and eliminate the static.
It only gets as hot as your dryer so you can use it with any type of material you would use in the dryer.

Just throw them in and start your dryer as you always do.
 I normally have 2 in my dryer as it seems to work the best.

Just think of all the money you will save never having to buy dryer sheets again!

Hope you all enjoy!!
God bless,
Jacque Heaton

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Hair Goodies

Many don't know this but my hair is kind of long. in fact it is about 3 inches from the floor. Of course you have to take into account that I am only 5'2" so my hair is just less than 4' long. People ask me how long it takes to wash and I reply, "About 20 minutes." It's more of the drying time that takes the longest as I do not use a blow dryer; it simply takes up too much of my time. My usual hair do is normally a braid or bun,, if it takes me longer than 20 minutes to do my hair than it is just too much time (unless it is for a special occasion). That is why I love flowers; they can dress up the simplest of hairdos. 

Because to buy the nicer looking hair pieces can be kind of pricey, and me being the penny pincher that I am I have learned to make my own. A lot of people have asked me if I could make them to sell, and although I wish I could, I simply don't have the time. So I have been throwing around the idea of making some video tutorials on how to make flower hair accessories for the blog. These are some that I have made for myself, so this post is a preview of tutorials to come.

Leave a comment and let me know which flower you would like me to do first! Being that this is a newer blog I do not get many comments and I would love to hear from you!

God bless.
Jacque Heaton

Monday, March 3, 2014

Lovy Bovy Pictures and Prints

Today being Monday means it is a crazy day for me, due to all my homework needing to be turned in and all my weekly quizzes due. Instead of skipping a post I am adding in some more printables. Unfortunately I don't have the original links to any of them, so if you know please feel free to post it in the comment box. That way everyone get's credit for their work. As you can see I am in a loving mood today! Just thinking about what a wonderful husband I have, it almost makes me feel like a little girl with a crush. Sometimes I can't believe it's for real.

Hope you all enjoy!
God Bless!
Jacque Heaton

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Attempted Tortillas and Ended Up W/ Quinoa Cinnamon Flat Bread

Well here is my attempt at making these beautiful tortillas from the blog 84th and 3rd (click the link above the picture) with my homemade quinoa flour (Click here for my tutorial on how to make your own Quinoa Flour). So if you are wanting to make tortillas make sure to visit her blog.

It took a few tries and what I ended up with is nothing like what I started out wanting to make!

Attempt #1
1 1/2 cups Quinoa flour
1 1/2 cups water
A Dash of Celery Salt
And let it sit for about 5 minutes
Then pour into your pre-warmed skillet
with a little Olive Oil
(per the directions from 84th and 3rd)
Obviously I did something wrong!!

Attempt #2
I added: 
 1 1/2 cups of water
1 Large Egg
(It was almost perfectly round, and then the hubby decided to take a tester before I was able to take a picture)

Attempt #3
I added: 
  1/2 cups of water
5 packets of  Stevia
(Here is where I started to really like it)

Attempt #4
All I did here was
add in about 1 tbsp of Cinnamon
and that was it!!! I made 3 more of these, top them with honey/jam/syrup.

So the recipe that was suppose to be tortillas turned into a really yummy bready pancake thing that I am naming Quinoa Flat Bread. 
The recipe I ended up with:

Quinoa Cinnamon Flat Bread
1 1/2 cup of Quinoa flour
4-5 cups water
(let this sit for about 5-10 minutes so the water can soak into the flour)
1 Large egg
8-10 packets of Stevia (I use Stevia in the Raw)
2 tbsp Cinnamon
Then pour into your pre-warmed skillet
with a little Olive Oil

I'm sure if you left out the Stevia and Cinnamon, there are endless possibilities to flavor combinations.

Hope you all enjoy and have a wonderful Sunday!
God Bless,
Jacque Heaton