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Happy-New-YearIs it just me, or did 2014 pass by extremely fast?

One thing I am very thankful for starting this new year is a healthier, 40-pound lighter body!  If you’ve read my blog very long, you likely remember that I have severe thyroid issues (Hashimoto’s Disease to be exact) and that does not make losing weight an easy task!  Last fall, after my endocronologist suggested that I begin a diet similar to that of a diabetic, I was introduced to the Trim Healthy Mama plan. It’s a meal plan that separates carbs and fats during a single meal (but not eliminating either!), thus allowing for weight loss, instead of weight gain. Read more about it here and then consider purchasing the book here.

To ring in the New Year, I am preparing my favorite Blackeyed Pea Soup recipe. This is an E (stands for Energizing meal) for those following THM.

Spicy Slow Cooker Blackeyed Pea Soup
~ serves 8 ~

  • 16 oz dried blackeyed peas
  • 32 oz reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 14 oz Turkey (or Chicken) Smoked Sausage – sliced
  • 14.5 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup celery – chopped
  • 1 cup onion – chopped
  • ½ cup carrots – chopped
  • ½ cup green bell pepper – chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp cajun spices – or to taste

Place all ingredients in slow cooker and cook on low for 8-10 hours until peas are tender. Top with hot sauce of choice and/or jalapeños, bananas peppers, etc.

I like to serve this with Gwen’s Easy Bread Recipe.


Many of you have asked about and sent encouraging words these past few weeks regarding the testing I was going through … and I have wonderful news to share with you! 

I went to the outpatient imaging center at the hospital on Friday, and the mass that covered the entire left part of my thyroid a little over a month ago is basically gone!  In fact, it’s so small it took the second sonogram machine to even locate it.  Because of it being so small, they did not do a needle biopsy.  I do still have an enlarged and abnormal thyroid due to the Hashimoto’s disease, but the doctor feels that with the right dosage of medication, my risk for future growths are reduced.

I thank you for your prayers, as I know that the medication has only worked because God allowed.  For He is our Healer!

All that being said, the past few weeks I feel that I have neglected to get many things done here at home.  So, starting today, that’s changing (if only you could see my to-do list!). 🙂 Besides the normal Monday routine of laundry, ironing and general housecleaning, I plan to sort through closets to put away summer clothing/shoes and get out the winter clothing.  I’ll also be purging the closets and getting those items ready to take to the consignment store.  Plus, my pantry is in dire need of reorganization!  If I can stand the embarrassment, I will post before and after pictures later today! 😉

Since I have all those things on the agenda for today, we are simply having “refrigerator cleanout” tonight.

What’s on your Monday menu and agenda?


What’s for Supper?

October 16, 2012

Today is the day that I’ve waited for and dreaded to see arrive – it’s the day where I’m to have a biopsy on my thyroid.  I’m thankful that my husband is home today to keep me focused on normal things, like fixing a big breakfast of homemade biscuits, sausage gravy and scrambled eggs, plus homeschooling.

Since we’ll be gone for most of the afternoon, I plan to put this chicken, corn and potato chowder in the crockpot, so it’ll be ready when we get home.

What’s on your menu?

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What’s for Supper?

October 15, 2012

We are planning to attend the family visitation of a 26 year old this evening, so I am using my crockpot today and have chosen this meal, so it will be ready when Robert gets home from work, so we can eat and leave.  It’s also a meal that’s loaded with iron, since they’ve determined that I am anemic due to my thyroid problems.

My aunt shared this recipe with me and my family really enjoys it, and I’m sure that during the winter months it will be on the menu regularly.

Red Beans (aka Pinto Beans) with Seasoned Ground Meat
Sliced Red Bell Peppers

I cook the beans in the crockpot for 4-6 hours, then brown 1-lb of ground beef, add taco seasoning and stir to coat beef crumbles.  Add to red beans in crockpot and cook until the beans are done.  Super easy!

What’s on your menu?


What’s for Supper?

October 5, 2012

Thank goodness it’s Friday!

 This week has been a little a lot unsettling for my family.  I mentioned on Tuesday that I was going to the doctor to see if the new thyroid medication was working.  However, upon arriving I found out things were worse than even thought.  The sonogram I had a month ago revealed a cyst on one side of the thyroid and a mass on the other side.  That is not the best of news for someone with a family history of cancer.  Now, I am scheduled for a biopsy in a couple of weeks.

I am so thankful for a supportive husband.  He has been beside me when I’ve cried and he’s cried with me during the past few days.  But, we are believing for good news from the biopsy – even though it may mean that they still remove the thyroid completely.

Tomorrow Robert and I will celebrate our 11th wedding anniversary, so this weekend we are trying to focus on remembering that happy day, in place of this weeks’ gloom.

Here’s what my menu looks like for tonight:

Pepperoni Pizza Soup
Homemade Cherry Cheesecake

What’s on your menu?



What’s for Supper?

October 2, 2012

Today is the final day of my husband’s vacation. 🙁  Although it will be nice to get back into the normal groove of things, I am going to miss having him around 24/7.  Even though this coming Saturday marks 11 years of marriage, I still love spending every possible minute with him.  I am blessed with a wonderful man and two exceptional boys!

Today we are planning to run some errands for a side business my man is starting and I have a doctors appointment later this afternoon.  Hopefully there will be some good news on whether the new medication is making my thyroid work right!

Here’s what I am planning for supper (using the crockpot is a no-brainer, since we’ll be gone most of the afternoon):

Crockpot BBQ Chicken Drumsticks
Mashed Potatoes
Honey Glazed Carrots

What’s on your menu?