A SALUTE TO ALL THINGS PUMPKIN

tl-9-23-a-salute-to-all-things-pumpkinIf I listed everything related to pumpkin, you’d be reading until next Tuesday!  This is my favorite time of year and most of the reason has to do with pumpkin everything!

  • PUMPKIN PATCHES

https://wichita.citymomsblog.com/fall/pumpkin-patches-in-wichita-2016/

  • PUMPKIN SONGS
  • PUMPKIN MUFFINS FROM STARBUCKS

Just keep in mind, these yummy cream cheese muffins are a whopping 53g carbs and 14g fat!  I do make a copycat recipe at home, however – it makes me feel less guilty.  Will I share it?  Well, of course!  My recipe will still have carbs because it uses all-purpose flour, which is what gives baked goods the bounce and great texture we love.  Does it have as many carbs?  No – I substitute Splenda for sugar and cream for milk.  Let’s make muffins!

COPYCAT PUMPKIN CREAM CHEESE MUFFINS

INGREDIENTS:

For the muffin:

1 cup Splenda

1/3 cup vegetable oil

1 cup pumpkin puree’

2 eggs

1/4 cup cream

2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

1/4 tsp. salt

1 tsp. baking soda

2 cups sifted all-purpose flour

For the filling:

8 oz. cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup Splenda

1 tsp. vanilla

INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Put muffin liners in tins.  Stir pumpkin, oil and Splenda together in a large bowl.  DO THIS BY HAND.  Stir in eggs, pumpkin pie spice, salt and baking soda.  Stir in 1 cup flour, then stir in cream, then stir in remaining 1 cup flour.  Divide batter among muffin tins, filling 1/2 full.  Stir together cream cheese, Splenda and vanilla.  Drop 1 Tbs. onto the top of each muffin.

Bake for 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the muffin part comes out clean.

Cool at least 5 minutes before serving.  Store in refrigerator.  You can freeze these for a quick snack later.

  • PUMPKIN HAIR MASK

Nope – I’m not joking!  Thanks to NaturallyCurly.com for this really great hair mask!

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup pumpkin

1/4 cup plain yogurt

2 Tbs. honey

INSTRUCTIONS:

Put everything in a bowl and puree well.  If you don’t, you’ll end up with pumpkin chunks in your hair.  Separate hair in sections and smooth from root to tip all over.  Put on a shower cap and wait 20-30 minutes.  Shower and shampoo/condition as usual.

Fun Fact:  Pumpkin contains over 100 beneficial nutrients and is exceptionally high in beta carotene thus making it an ideal ingredient for hair products.

  • PUMPKIN SCENTED LOTIONS

http://www.bathandbodyworks.com/family/index.jsp?categoryId=4304786

Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin from Bath and Body Works – well, that really WORKS for me!  Have you tried it?  If they made that into a wax melt, I’d buy it!  Okay, I may not buy it if it’s super expensive, but I’d want to buy it.  😉

  • PUMPKIN WAX MELTS

Here’s how I roll on wax melts…  when I can get them for .89 a package from Bed, Bath & Beyond – I go for it!  There’s just one drawback to buying wax melts on the cheap…  I buy the fall and winter scents in the summer, and the spring and summer scents in the winter!  On a good day, I can buy up all they have and use my handy dandy coupon for more savings!

I’ll tell ya though – I don’t like paying upwards of $2 a package for them, so I buy the pumpkin scents in June, July and August because if I live long enough, autumn will show up eventually and it will be time to use them.

  • PUMPKIN POETRY

I have enjoyed sharing Lucinda’s poetry on my blog – and I know you’ve enjoyed reading it!  When I mentioned a salute to all things pumpkin, she got to work!  I thought I’d see one, maybe two poems at the most.  LOL – can you believe this…  she wrote a ton of pumpkin poems!!!  I couldn’t think of one to write – is this girl talented or what?

autumn-pumpkinsfall-on-the-farmpunkin-pieOh wait…  that one was mine – from like 3 years ago!  Thanks again to Matthew Deets for sharing a photo of his punkin’ pie!  I’m looking forward to some punkin’ pie pretty soon – with whipped cream on top!  Yum!  I did a non-scientific poll of my friends on facebook, asking what their favorite PUMPKIN thing is – and most said PIE – and I’m right there with ya – it’s pie for me too!  That’s my pumpkin thing, followed closely by the pumpkin spice coffee creamers – sugar free, of course.

Let’s enjoy some more pumpkin poetry from Lucinda:

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And a couple of poems I wrote to add – right at the last minute – whew!  Made it! 

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my-favorite-basketOf course, my favorite part of fall is decorating with my pumpkin baskets!

Nothing is more cute than seeing little people with little pumpkins – just so cute!!! 

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We’ll be talking about this more on October 1st, but there’s some special pink pumpkins that are important to us.  Ladies, if you have not had your mammogram yet this year – get it done!  fall-awareness

There are so many ways to PUMPKIN-IZE your autumn!  Have some fun and make the most of the season.  Oh, and don’t forget to make the punkin’ pie!  🙂

 

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MARK 10:27 ON 10/27

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Jesus looked at them and said, “It’s impossible for people [to save themselves], but it’s not impossible for God to save them. Everything is possible for God.”  – Mark 10:27

I humbly accept God’s plan of salvation for me…  do you accept His plan of salvation for you?

At this time of year, I like to read the story about the little girl who was asked what it’s like to be a Christian.  It’s so cute and so TRUE!  Do pumpkins pick themselves?  Do they wash the dirt off themselves?  They certainly do not cut open the top and scoop out all the yucky stuff – along with the seeds of doubt, hate and greed.  No – they do not do that for themselves.  This is a perfect example of what it’s like to be a Christian!  I like the part about how God puts HIS light in us and we shine for all to see!

BEING A CHRISTIAN

Have you tried to save yourself?  Have you leaned on fame, wealth, success or a particular lifestyle instead of a life in Christ?  So many times we dive head first into things here on earth that give us a temporary sense of self-worth.  Happiness comes over us but it doesn’t last.

There is a Jesus-shaped hole in everyone’s heart – and once you discover Him and allow Him to save you, the things of this earth will continue to appeal to you.  Maybe this next thing will fill the void…  but it won’t.  As the old gospel song says, ONLY JESUS CAN SATISFY YOUR SOUL.

I hope that today you will consider a permanent relationship with Jesus Christ.  When you are saved by Him – it’s forever and His light will shine in your heart and life.

Today serves as a little reminder to those of us who belong to Christ that we did not save ourselves – and it’s one more opportunity for those who have not yet accepted Him as their personal Savior…  please consider having a talk with Christ today.  I pray you are in the ark of safety today.  I love this beautiful poem by Lucinda Berry Hill.  How could we be anything but humble before our wonderful Lord and Savior?  After all, He loved first!

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Have a BEAUTIFUL Christ-centered day!  🙂

 

 

NATIONAL PIE DAY

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1-23 OUR FAVORITE PIES

The First Pies Appeared around 9500 BC, so they are not only a tradition in our everyday lives, but a force to be reckoned with as diabetics.  We have a choice to make – we can either be miserable and deny that pie exists in society, or we can outsmart the evil parts of it by coming up with a diabetic-friendly alternative…  a kind of pie-like experience that makes us feel as though we get to take part in the pie party!  And you guys know me – I like a good party – so let’s find some smart, diabetic-friendly recipes!

I know it may seem like a contradiction in philosophy when I talk about diabetes and desserts in the same sentence.  I’ve lived with this disease for over 20 years and I’ve learned that you have to make friends with it – I mean you have to find ways to enjoy the same things everyone else does.  You just have to be smart about it.
Where pie is concerned, I focus on the filling.  I’m not a big fan of pie crust to begin with, so the way I handle things seems to work for me.  I usually leave most of the crust on my plate, but I do eat a couple of bites of it.  I don’t think there are enough carbohydrates in two bites of crust to do too much damage.
Stressed spelled backwards is desserts. Coincidence? I think not!  – Author Unknown

If you can make little tartlets instead of one big pie, that seems to help if you’re exercising portion control.  Again, I don’t do a heavy crust, but enough to make it look like I’m being bad.  I use a Greek dough called filo or Phylo dough, a very thin unleavened dough used for making pastries such as baklava.  Any pie crust or bread will have yeast, which will definitely raise blood sugar.  My blood sugar doesn’t spike and stays pretty level if I use the Phylo dough.    By the way, I make a great baklava with sugar-free honey.  It’s the bomb!

I would use Splenda brown sugar and no salt butter in this recipe to make it more healthy.

The real secret to enjoying pie is to make the little individual serving sizes.  She is right, if you make a whole big pie, there is nothing to stop you from devouring the entire thing.  I’ve never used coconut flour, but I suspect it is much lower in carbohydrates than traditional all-purpose white flour.

Key limes are not always at our local market, but it really makes a difference in the flavor of the pie if you don’t use key limes.  I spent a lot of time and money just to end up with a pie that gave me a permanent pucker!  LOL.

 

Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first.  – Ernestine Ulmer

My husband makes a great no sugar added apple pie.  He knows I love cinnamon, so he makes sure it has plenty of cinnamon in it.  No canned filling either – he peels the apples and seasons them perfectly.  When I make a pie, I often “cheat” and buy a can of sugar-free apples or sugar-free cherries.  They’re sweetened with Splenda and nobody can tell they are healthy pies.

So I guess the take-away is:

  • Don’t play the “I can’t eat like everybody else” card.  You can – you just have to be more smart and creative about it.
  • Remember portion control.  For me, having a whole pie in front of me is too much of a temptation, so I like the idea of having my own little pie.  When it’s gone – that’s it.
  • The carbohydrates live in the yeast – so either make your crust very thin, use Phylo dough for your crust, or try a pie with no crust – there are Adkins recipes like that all over You Tube!  I highly recommend the pumpkin bake – it’s the pie without the crust (a.k.a. carbohydrates).
  • It’s okay to buy the canned filling.  You don’t have to peel and core and prep all day long to have a good pie.  Get one can of apple or cherry sugar-free filling sweetened with Splenda.  It works great!
  • If you make key lime pie, make sure you use key limes or you will discover you have a permanent pucker.  You’ve been warned – lol.

There’s no reason a diabetic can’t enjoy a slice of pie once in a while.  Just think – be smart about it.  Enjoy NATIONAL PIE DAY!!!  🙂