The Easter holiday is around the corner. This Sunday is Palm Sunday which means next Sunday is Easter. Are you ready?? Ready or not, we have some helpful healthy holiday baking tips for your gathering.
Let's look at some "this instead of that" for your recipes. If it calls for:
Sugar - reduce the amount of sugar by 25%. There shouldn't be much of a taste difference and my aunt swears by using apple sauce instead of sugar altogether. For more about when and how to replace sugar with applesauce read this helpful article:
White Flour - here's another 25% rule. Replace 25% of the flour with an alternate healthy flour (i.e. wheat, hazelnut, almond, etc.) In our family we have made pancakes with hazelnut flour and they have turned out DELICIOUS!
Butter - 25% is the magic number again. Reduce butter by 25% and you can replace it with mashed bananas or Greek yogurt. (We also us Greek Whole Milk yogurt instead of sour cream and can't tell a difference. It's a great nutritious tasty swap.)
Eggs - My husband and I have this ongoing discussion about eggs. With soo many egg options out there, is one really more nutritious than another? Turns out "yes". According to registered dietitian Dawn Jackson Blatner, RDN CSSD, she says Eggland's Best have double the omega-3's than ordinary eggs and are the only eggs she recommends. Hmm...talk about food for thought.
The bonus on the eggs is that since Easter is a hop, skip, and a jump away most grocery stores will have Eggsland's Best (EB) eggs on sale. Our grocer had it on sale this week and EB regularly has coupons in the paper. On sale, a coupon, and better for you; some things are oh so good.
So, here's to healthier eating that still tastes great!
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The day you bring your angel home with you is called "Homecoming Day!" What makes this day special and why it's called that has a few meanings.
When a family adopts a child and that child becomes part of their family usually the day of the legal adoption is called (among other things), Homecoming Day. Around here we see each angel that goes into someone's home as becoming part of their family - part of their forever family.
Angels are universally believed by all - young and old alike. So when an angel gets "adopted" into a family it is kind of permanent. Something that will last a lifetime.
Homecoming Day also is a special day where families can name their angel. Or if you have the first book, your angel names YOU. When you name something, whether a cat or dog or a child, it becomes yours. You take on an ownership role and you become more attached to it. I'm not sure if you ever heard an adult joke about a stray, "Oh no, she named it. Now it's not going anywhere!" Similar concept with giving a name on Homecoming Day!
Along with Homecoming Day! we say that is when your angel's mission starts. In the Christian faith, when someone asks Jesus to come and live in their heart something supernatural occurs. Their Christian walk starts - no matter how old they are. In a similar comparison, when your angel comes into your home and you name it, you start living differently with a divine focus. Even if you just purchase it for play. It's divine play!
Welcome YOUR angel home. Homecoming Day! is simply divine!
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Each of our books come with a plush "watchman angel." We have been asked by a few of you, why is it called a "watchman" angel? Usually everything we do around here is given extra thought as to how it relates to angels and the message. Some things around here have a double entendre.
The reason we call our angels "watchmen" is because it's one of the roles angels play in our lives. Merriam Webster defines a watchman as, "a person who keeps watch, a guard." Synonyms for a watchman include: custodian, guardian, keeper, lookout, minder, sentinel, watch.
In Biblical times, prophets were know as watchmen giving warnings where needed of impending danger and giving instruction. (Ez. 3:17-21, Ruth 4:1-12) In ancient agrarian times watchmen were an integral part of society. They helped to protect their crops from thieves or wild animals.
Cities erected watchtowers with watchman on top to look out for the best interests of its citizens. The watchman could alert the city if an enemy was coming. Then the city could close its gates and prepare for battle. Watchman also observed all the activities of the city and knew the residents and their habits.
The idea of a watchman brings comfort to me. It is a comfort to know that someone has my back and is watching out for my best interests. Hence, the term "watchman angels."
The rest of this week we will be introducing more of our company culture to you. So stay tuned!
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As a Bookcrash! book reviewer, every so often I have the opportunity to share with you a good book that may or may not be on your radar. This time around the book I reviewed is titled, "Little Girl Crying" by Belinda Rose.
This author is unique in that not only has she written and published a book that received a "Reader's Favorite Five Stars" award, but she also has an art gallery AND has a CD to go along with her book. Whew, what talents!
The reason I chose her book is because of the subject matter. It's universal and very real. This story is about Belinda's many decades struggle with an eating disorder (among other things). She goes into detail about how it started, the compounding pain that added to it, and her eventual healing from it. I was pulled into her story and felt her struggle and her pain. As a mom, I was taking mental notes of what to look for in a child who finds themselves tempted to take a similar path.
The author opens up her life -the good, the bad, and the ugly - to paint a picture of the depth of her darkness. Her story, however, is not one that ends on a sad note. She takes the reader on her progressive path of healing and there are some surprises along the way.
This story beautifully represents the truths found in Romans 8:28, "And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose." Belinda's love for people to be set free from the bondages that hold them captive is evident throughout the culmination of this book.
You can hear her heart in each chapter - both the little girl crying because of the pain to the mature woman whose tears are now tears of joy. If you or someone you know suffers from demons inside - any type (rejection, abuse, depression, disorders,...) - then you would benefit from this book. The hope this book points to springs off the pages and envelopes like a warm blanket or a cleansing, refreshing shower. The poems she has dispersed throughout the book are also poignant.
You can get Belinda's book and find out more by visiting her at: www.belindarose.com
As a reviewer, I have to let you know that this book was given to me free of charge. (But that did not influence my review.)
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