Beef Stew – THM-Style

Have you ever thought of eating a radish, like it was a potato? No, me either. That is… until a few weeks ago, when I heard from a friend that it turned out really good. So… I tried it myself.  Of course, I didn't follow the exact rules of THM (Trim Healthy Mama), because I added regular beef gravy, instead of making my own with an approved thickener.  I'm kinda lazy like that and I've never had a good experience with Xanthan Gum yet.  I'm also slow on the "let's experiment with this new product", because I'm always afraid I'll mess it up and then, well… there goes that meal.  Ha!

Regardless… here's my beef stew which not only surprised me, but my family.  They loved it.  Well… everyone except my daughter who won't eat anything I make unless its mac n' cheese or rice.  crying

Beef Stew – THM-Style, Mostly

1 onion chopped


1 large scoop minced garlic, out of jar (or 3 cloves freshly minced)


2 carrots, sliced (or more if you like carrots.  My family doesn't like cooked carrots much.)


2 pkgs beef stew meat, browned


3 large pkgs radishes, cleaned and trimmed of whiskers (image shows only one pkg)


To this, add garlic powder, onion powder, beef soup base and water (or beef stock), salt and pepper.  Of course, you can also add any other veggies you like.  I happened to have some cauliflower that needed to be used up, so I threw it in.


Boil stew for about 2 hours over medium heat, until radishes have become light pink or almost white.  Turn down heat to low, add 2 jars of premade beef gravy, powdered gravy that's been lightly mixed with water or a THM approved gravy slurry.  Simmer another 15 minutes.




Nutter Butter Cake – Low Carb & Gluten-Free


I'm dancing in my seat!  This cake turned out so deliciously, that I crammed down three pieces right out of the oven!  

Dry Ingredients:

1/2 c coconut flour

1/2 c almond flour, finely ground

1/4 c tapioca flour

1/2 c PB2 Powered Peanut Butter

1/4 tsp baking soda


Wet Ingredients:

5 eggs

1/2 c 100% pure maple syrup

5 drops stevia

1 c whole milk (or full-fat, in a can, coconut milk)

1/2 c chunky peanut butter (creamy is ok too)


Mix all wet ingredients in mixing bowl.  Mix all dry ingredients in separate mixing bowl.  Pour all dry ingredients into wet mixture and stir until mixed thoroughly.  Place batter into greased 8×8 pan.  Bake @ 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes depending on your oven.  Let cool, if you can stand it!

Serve with homemade, stevia sweetened, whipped cream!  Mmm…

Endless Genealogies and Arguments


Why are we arguing over who God's chosen people are? There is way too much disagreement over God's own words. And why? Because there are too many jealous factions. Children fighting over which one is loved more by their father. The 'church' is the chosen of God. The 'Jews' are the chosen of God. Its sad and disappointing. Stop arguing, go back and reread what He wrote down for His children!

Romans 8:15-17 (ESV) For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, "Abba! Father!" The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs–heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.

Romans 8:22-24 (ESV) For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees?

1 Timothy 1:4 (YLT) …nor to give heed to fables and endless genealogies, that cause questions rather than the building up of God that is in faith…

We are one stick in the hand of the Master!


As in…


Ezekiel 37:16-23 (NIV) Son of man, take a stick of wood and write on it, ‘Belonging to Judah and the Israelites associated with him. ’ Then take another stick of wood, and write on it, ‘Belonging to Joseph (that is, to Ephraim) and all the Israelites associated with him.’ Join them together into one stick so that they will become one in your hand. When your people ask you, ‘Won’t you tell us what you mean by this?’ say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am going to take the stick of Joseph—which is in Ephraim’s hand—and of the Israelite tribes associated with him, and join it to Judah’s stick. I will make them into a single stick of wood, and they will become one in my hand.’ Hold before their eyes the sticks you have written on and say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will take the Israelites out of the nations where they have gone. I will gather them from all around and bring them back into their own land. I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel. There will be one king over all of them and they will never again be two nations or be divided into two kingdoms. They will no longer defile themselves with their idols and vile images or with any of their offenses, for I will save them from all their sinful backsliding, and I will cleanse them. They will be my people, and I will be their God. 

Israel has always been defined as native born and sojourners (i.e. foreigners, not native born, companions). And yet, they were all Israel. Does this mean that those who follow YHWH and His Son, Yeshua are to become Jews? No! Does it mean that Jews who believe on Yeshua are to stop being Jews? No!

Here is part of the trouble, part of the reason so many are arguing and fighting… Jews were not the only ones at the base of Mt. Sinai. It was all 12 tribes. Many of the things Jews do, in following Torah (as its written in the Bible) are things that all Israel (including companions) should be doing, because these are God's commandments. However, Jews have a long history of additional rules and traditions (aka Oral Law, Rabbinacal Law) which are not necessary to follow. This is what Yeshua disputed over and over again while He was here. And Paul also spends a considerable amount of time disputing these Pharisaical additions. Who better than a Pharisee turned follower of Yeshua, right?

Another part of the arguing is that those who have come to understand they are part of Israel and begin to observe the feasts, Sabbath and the other Torah instructions are scoffed at by often well-meaning, but completely mistaken others who attempt to disuade these believers to not follow Torah, either in part or whole. Attempting to take their blessings (intentionally or unintentionally).

Still more arguing crops up because many don't understand what the Torah's purpose is. We are saved through GRACE by FAITH alone in Yeshua. But… faith is DEAD without works. We cannot have one without the other!

Ephesians 2:8 (ABPE) For it is by his grace that we have been saved through faith, and this faith was not from you, but it is the gift of God.

James 2:14-17 (NKJV) What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

What are these works? Yeshua said that the Law and Prophets hang on "these two commandments". Which commandments?

Matthew 22:37-40 (NLT) Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” (see Deuteronomy 6:5 and Leviticus 19:18)

Our works, through our faith and love for Yah and our neighbor, is our walk in the Torah. This is our walk in righteousness.

Psalm 1:1-2, 6 (NIV) Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.

Psalm 119:1-3 (NIV) Blessed are those whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the Lord. Blessed are those who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart— they do no wrong but follow his ways.

Every kind act, every demonstration of love toward another is born out of the two commandments that are the very crux, the foundation, of all other commandments in Torah.

If we claim we are a follower/believer/disciple of Yeshua Ha'Mashiach (Jesus Christ), we MUST lay down our own agenda, our ingrained belief systems, the history of blindness, the lies we ate unknowingly and go to Yah's Word. Research the language. The Hebrew language is an amazing language. It tells the end from the beginning if we will just look. The truth of who we are, where we come from, how we are saved, is all there! And then, its layered and layered and layered, just like the covenants in scripture.

We MUST stop shunning the Jews and saying they have a different future than the church. We MUST stop ignoring the 'church', be they from whatever geneaology (Jew/Ephraim/Companion) and saying they don't know what they're talking about and they're not part of Israel. We MUST stop holding on to the factions and divisions.

And rather… Love Yah with our whole heart, mind and body and love one another. Trust our Heavenly Father to work out the rest! Shalom! Selah!

**Groups who are recognizing the need to focus on the things we have in common include United2Restore and Bney Yosef.   There are many, many others, some of which you can find through links on these websites.  Check them out!

On The Other Side…

The Other Side

Got this as an email  and it was too good not to share!


A sick man turned to his doctor as he was preparing to leave the examination room and said,

'Doctor, I am afraid to die. Tell me what lies on the other side.'

Very quietly, the doctor said, 'I don't know.'

'You don't know? You're, a Christian man, and don't know what's on the other side?'

The doctor was holding the handle of the door. On the other side came a sound of scratching and whining, and as he opened the door, a dog sprang into the room and leaped on him with an eager show of gladness.

Turning to the patient, the doctor said, 'Did you notice my dog? He's never been in this room before. He didn't know what was inside. He knew nothing except that his master was here, and when the door opened, he sprang in without fear. I know little of what is on the other side of death, but I do know one thing…

I know my Master is there and that is enough.'

Do I Love This Much?

I have been pondering love. The Bible says, in John 3:16, "For God so loved the world, that he hath given his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him, should not perish, but have everlasting life. "

The depth of the love of Yah to watch His Son go through such horrible torture at the hand of man and finally death, so that they might live, is bewildering to me. I, in my finite existence, can't imagine sacrificing my daughter, to save others. I just can't imagine doing it. In fact, I can't imagine the sacrifices that many have made throughout history.

Love Shown

Take Dirk Willems, for instance.  

Dirk Willems reached out to rescue his captor. The act of his profound Christ-like love took place more than 400 years ago.  Hounded for his Anabaptist faith, arrested and escaping, Dirk had nearly eluded his pursuer when the man chasing broke through the thin ice of a river. In an expression of a life filled with love that can only come by knowing Yeshua fully, Dirk turned and rescued his captor. Even after this heroic deed, he was taken, arrested and burned at the stake for his faith.

So… do I love this much? Would I be ready to turn around and save my enemy, even knowing that I would most likely lose my life over saving theirs? Its easy to say yes, when we're not faced with the prospect head-on. For now, I must pray that, if I were faced with this situation, I would do just as Dirk did, just as Yeshua did, just as Yah did and give the ultimate sacrifice for love.

Simply Wonderous Waffles

wafflesHave no fear!  The waffles are here!

You CAN have waffles and still follow Trim Healthy Mama.  Barring that I don't have the THM Baking Blend at this time and only have a few different items that are part of it (almond flour, coconut flour, golden flax meal) I searched online for recipes that used almond flour as the basis for the recipe.  I found one at Power Hungry that I took and modified.  Their's calls for arrowroot powder (a thickener) and nondairy milk.  I used golden flax meal instead of arrowroot powder, heavy cream and water.  I used our waffle maker, sprayed so they wouldn't stick and cooked until medium dark.  They turned out wonderful!  Thick, fluffy with a slight crunch on the outside.  If I were going to use them for sweet, stand alone waffles though, I'd add more sweetener.  I didn't use alot, since I knew I was going to use them as breakfast sandwich triangles.  I hope you enjoy the recipe as much as I did!

Simply Wonderous Waffles

  • 1 to 1 1/2 c. almond flour
  • 1 T. golden flax meal
  • 1/2 tsp. aluminum-free baking powder
  • 1 pinch mineral salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 c. heavy cream
  • 1/4 c. (or more) water to thin batter
  • 1/2 squirt liquid vanilla creme stevia

Place waffle maker on medium high or the mid-mark from medium to dark and voila!  Super yumminess and no guilt!  

These fall into the "S" meal category.

Trim Healthy Mama & My Family

chicken saladAbout six months ago, my husband developed the signs of diabetes (insatiable thirst, frequent potty breaks, difficulty recovering from a candida-like rash breaking out all over his body, and rapid weight loss after having gained over the past few years), but due to finances, we were unable to send him to his doctor.  Finally, having saved for a visit, he was able to go a few weeks ago.  The doctor confirmed what I knew was the major problem – diabetes.  They also confirmed my suspicion that he had high blood pressure.  Armed with the "official" answer, he agreed to let me change our eating habits and follow a program I'd heard about a couple years ago – Trim Healthy Mama.

Since we began, just barely three weeks ago, he has lost about 15 lbs.  His blood sugar has stabilized, with a fasting at his doctor appt @ 279 to now an average of 89.  And his blood pressure which was 142/86 (high risk for hypertension, because it has been recorded as this high each time he's visited over the past six years) to 107/75 (low risk).  He feels great, but we're still tweaking exactly how much he can eat, since he often still feels hungry after some of his meals.

I have PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), which puts my body in an insulin resistant state and not only helps to increase weight, but also keeps weight glued on me.  The terrible diet we were eating in our home had skyrocketed my blood sugars and continued to push the limits of my pancreas, as it overdumped insulin to keep my sugars level.  Everything in me ached, I was beginning to gain even more weight than I'd ever had on my 5'2" frame, my hormones were completely out-of-whack and I was completely miserable.  So… when we started this diet, I experienced some rather annoying issues.  (All clean-up from my bad eating habits.)  My face broke out.  I hit a wave of exhaustion unlike I've experienced since I was pregnant with our daughter and my cycle, which has always been radical, is still adjusting itself.  BUT… I've lost 20 lbs and my face is finally beginning to clear.  I'm feeling better every day and things are beginning to right themselves.  Yay!!!

Trim Healthy Mama

Trim Healthy Mama, started by two lovely New Zealand turned Nashville sisters, is easy to follow.  You don't feel deprived or without.  As it says on the back of their newer book on the plan, "Counting Calories is out.  All the food groups are in.  Becoming trim and healthy doesn't have to be difficult or painstaking anymore."  

You eat a variety of foods grouped into meal types.  There are "S" = Satifying Meals, which many would consider low carb/Paleo/Primal meals.  There are "E" = Energizing Meals.  These have up to 45g of carbs.  There are "FP" = Fuel Pull Meals.  These are both low in carbs and fat and can be added to either meal or eaten separetly as a snack or full meal.  As your weight (and health issues) stabalize you can add other types, like "Helpers" and "Crossovers" to your meals.

Don't get hung up on the meal types, because while they have a few "rules" they're easy to understand, honest.  Each of the two plan books also have recipes and meal/full day examples so you get an idea of how to incorporate meals.  Like they said, no more counting calories.  That doesn't mean they have a calorie limit set and you just follow, they truly mean, no counting calories.  Of course, that's not an endorsement to overeat.  You're body will know when to stop, IF you listen.  A person, being honest with themselves, can tell the difference between mouth hunger (wanting to continue the taste) vs. stomach hunger.  Its often that inner child that has to be told "no, you've had enough".  Mine is cranky and tends to pout, but she's getting better each meal.  laugh

I highly recommend Trim Health Mama for anyone who wants to lose weight and/or has health issues, who doesn't want to give up a food group.  The plan is extremely adaptable to those with food allergies too, like for those who must eat gluten-free.  And just because you CAN have 45g of carbs in an "E" type meal, doesn't mean you HAVE to.  If you're super sensitive to carbs, you don't have to incorporate as many.  Its a testing ground, between you and your body.  See what works for you and stick to that.  The great thing is that as a body begins to heal, it allows for greater latitude.

Find your trim! ~ Serene Allison & Pearl Barrett


















12 Delicious Passover Recipes

Paste Magazine Flourless Choc Cake

Celebrating Passover week with good food is a fun, adventurous delight.  Here are 12 delicious passover recipes that look so inviting, I can't imagine spending all my meals focused on the same ol' matzah pizza.  wink

12 Delicious Passover Recipes

  1. Chocolate Covered Matzo Bark
  2. Kohlrabi Carrot Fritters w/ Avocado Cream Sauce – an excellent latke replacement, if you can't eat potatoes.
  3. Sephardic Chicken Soup with Sofrito and Herbed Matzo Balls – Wait til you get a load of this recipe!  YUM!
  4. Passover Crepes w/ Cream Cheese and Smoked Salmon
  5. Matzo Brittle S'mores
  6. Sweet Sesame Matzah Bars – I love sesame candies and sesame sticks.  This looks fantastic!
  7. Braised Brisket with 36 Cloves Garlic – Because… its got garlic!!!  Oh yeah baby!
  8. Charoset Ice Cream – In Israel, apparently you can buy Ben & Jerry's Charoset Ice Cream.  But why not make your own?
  9. Cauliflower Pizza Bites
  10. Lemon Garlic Chicken – need I say more?
  11. Boeuf Bourguignon
  12. Flourless Chocolate Cake – Exactly what Goldie Locks would have wanted if porridge wasn't on the table.

I'm ready to try them all!  Meet me in the kitchen?

Obedience vs. Legalism


  • The quality or condition of being obedient.
  • The act or practice of obeying; dutiful or submissive compliance: Military service demands obedience from its members.
  • The trait of being willing to obey 
  • Conformity to a monastic rule or the authority of a religious superior, esp. on the part of one who has vowed such conformance.
  • Behavior intended to please your parents; "their children were never very strong on obedience"; "he went to law school out of respect for his father's wishes" 

Synonyms – submission, subservience, deference.



  • Strict adherence, or the principle of strict adherence, to law or prescription, esp. to the letter rather than the spirit.
  • The doctrine that salvation is gained through good works. 
  • The judging of conduct in terms of adherence to precise laws.

(All definitions taken from

What does the Bible say?

Legalism is an often thrown about term by Christians today.  The slightest insistence that we must conform our lives to Christ in obedience and tempers flare.  But, what do the scriptures say?  Can we really say we have been saved, if our actions do not reflect our salvation?

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.  James 1:22

If you love Me, keep My commandments.  John 14:5

Peter and the other apostles answered and said: “We ought to obey God rather than men.”  Acts 5:29

Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like:  He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock.  And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock.  But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell.  And the ruin of that house was great.  Luke 6:47-49

He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much.  Luke 16:10

We have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect.  Shall we not much more readily be in subject to the Father of spirits and live?  For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness.  Hebrews 12:9, 10

The world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.  1 John 2:17

Walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness.  Ephesians 4:11

Legalism comes about when we do things for our glory, rather than out of love for our Heavenly Father.  As a child, we loved our parents, who disciplined us on occasion, aimed us in the direction to go and loved us.  Because we loved them, we tried to please our parents by doing as they asked of us.  It is the same in our relationship with God.

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.  2 Timothy 2:15


It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.  Galatians 2:20


It’s My Ovaries Stupid!

 The book, Its My Ovaries Stupid!, by Dr. Elizabeth Lee Vliet is chock full of information for women!  It really opened my eyes to all the different things that can happen with regard to our ovaries.  I wish that I had come across this book years ago, but at least I stumbled across it at our used bookstore.  Even more, I wish that this book was mandatory reading for ALL gynecologists and endocrinologists.  There would be much fewer women out there suffering for so long with such serious problems!


Here's what Her Place says of the book:

Sometimes it seems as though the only women’s health issues that get any sort of attention are breast cancer, pregnancy, and menopause. But in her groundbreaking book, It’s My Ovaries, Stupid!, Dr. Elizabeth Lee Vliet describes many of the rarely acknowledged, pervasive health threats to young women:

  • Premature Ovarian Decline (POD)
  • Premature Ovarian Failure (menopause in the young)
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
  • Early puberty
  • Endometriosis
  • Infertility
  • Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease and heart palpitations
  • Osteoporosis
  • Insomnia, fibromyalgia, and fatigue
  • Mood disorders
  • Weight gain

All the above problems are on the rise, robbing younger and younger women of life, fertility, and vitality.

Why is this happening? What can you do to protect yourself? How can you get tested? And what treatments are available?

Many common products and environmental toxins are endocrine disruptors that can profoundly disrupt hormone function, even in childhood. These products include:

  • Pesticides
  • Plastic food wrappers
  • Aspartame
  • Soy supplements
  • Food additives

Adding to the problems posed by endocrine disruptors are lifestyle factors, such as stress and dietary fat.

Your life, fertility, and long-term health may depend on on the information contained in It’s My Ovaries, Stupid!. Dr. Vliet draws on the latest international scientific research and her more than twenty years of clinical experience to show the negative effects of endocrine disruptors and poor lifestyle choices on the body. She answers crucial questions for young women who want to take control of their health: For instance, whose job is it to care for the ovaries — beyond their function in reproduction? And why do women have trouble getting help for “hormone problems” that appear to be linked to their monthly cycles?

It’s My Ovaries, Stupid! will help you understand your symptoms, get reliable tests, obtain treatment, and improve your health. The book also examines the controversies surrounding hormone replacement therapy and discusses some of the latest and best options for the treatment of thyroid problems.

Remember, it’s not stress, and it’s not all in your head. It’s your ovaries!


Table of Contents

  1. When Ovaries Go Awry: Women’s Lives, Women’s Stories
  2. Your Ovaries: an Owner’s Manual
  3. Your Ovaries and Their Life Cycle
  4. Ovaries at Risk: Surprising Toxins in Your Diet
  5. Ovaries at Risk: “Gender Benders” and Endocrine Disruptors Around You
  6. Ovaries at Risk: Toxic Effects of Cigarettes, Alcohol, Marijuana, and Other Drugs
  7. Ovary Shutdown: The Toxic Role Of Stress Overload and Sleep Deprivation
  8. Lifestyle Habits and Cultural Issues—Unexpected Stress for Our Ovaries
  9. Ovaries at Risk: Unusual Effects Of Viruses and Medical Illnesses
  10. Ovaries at Risk: Unrecognized Problems from Surgery, Medications, and Herbs
  11. Ovaries Out of Balance: Patterns in Women’s Lives
  12. Ovarian Hormones and The Brain: It’s Not Just Stress or Your Imagination!
  13. The Perils of Pcos, Obesity, Syndrome X, and Diabetes
  14. The Many Faces of Infertility: Overlooked Factors
  15. The Ovaries and Your Other Body Systems
  16. Balancing Ovarian Hormones for Optimal Health
  17. Test-and-Treat Strategies for Optimal Thyroid, Adrenal, and Glucose-Insulin Balance
  18. Starting Your “Clean-Up Campaign”: Get Rid of Ovarian Disruptors You Can Control
  19. Create Your Own Path To Optimal Energy and Health

Publisher: Evans and Company, New York

Number of pages: 503

© 2003


And a review of the book by Publisher's Weekly (via Amazon) says:

Despite the flippant title, this book offers a serious and comprehensive look at hormone dysfunction in women of all ages. Vliet, founder and medical director of HER Place Women's Center, believes that many women suffer needlessly because they are not being treated properly. According to the author, a variety of illnesses-depression, panic attacks, heart disease, diabetes, fertility problems-are related to hormonal dysfunction. Drawing on medical research as well as work in her own practice, Vliet (Screaming to Be Heard) provides a complete guide to ovaries, explaining how they work and what happens when they don't work properly, along with surgical and other treatment. Included are questionnaires so readers can self-diagnose and prepare themselves before visiting a doctor. Also particularly helpful are sidebar definitions and schematic diagrams showing the connection between hormone and illness, such as "How Stress Sabotages Your Health" and "Chemical Disruption of Thyroid Pathways." This is a detailed and sophisticated book, complete with a glossary of medical terms. Readers wanting spoon-fed simplified explanations of their "aches and pains" will find this book daunting, but women who want to become more knowledgeable and assertive patients will find it indispensable.

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