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Bacon Gravy {A Trim Healthy Mama S Alternative to Biscuits and Gravy}

I’m going to be completely honest with you.  Any “diet”, Trim Healthy Mama included, loses it’s luster pretty quickly if you have to make separate meals all the time. {affiliate link} That’s why I try very hard to make the THM meals and snacks I serve just as appealing to rest of my family as they are to me.  Sometimes this means no changes at all because the food is great just the way it is (S meals tend to be a favorite here).  Sometimes it means I tweak my portion with a bread that is “on plan”.  Sometimes this means changing just a few ingredients to get it in line with THM.  Whatever I do, it had better be yummy!

Bacon Gravy - a Trim Healthy Mama biscuits & gravy alternative the entire family will love! | RaisingArrows.net

How about some Trim Healthy Mama Biscuits and Gravy?

Biscuits and Gravy probably seem pretty untouchable in the Trim Healthy Mama world.  Flour, milk, fluffy biscuits – its a blood sugar nightmare waiting to happen.  But, this S version will keep you from feeling yucky or left out of all the fun!  Plus, it is a family favorite that is sure to please EVERYONE!

You have a couple of choices when it comes to the bacon – real bacon or turkey bacon.  Both will work, so the choice is yours and needs to be based on preferences and pounds you need to lose.

You’ll also need to decide what bread to pair this with (that is, if you want bread at all!).  I tend to make regular biscuits for my family and eat mine plain, but all you need to do is pair this gravy with a S bread and you’re golden!  Perhaps the Country Biscuits recipe on page 267 or the Basic Sandwich Buns on page 269?  You could even smother some eggs with this lovely gravy!

I will also tell you this stuff is RICH – eat s…l..o…w…l…y!  You will fill up – especially if you’re choosing the regular bacon option (Deep S).  Take your time, mama!

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One last notation:  I’m a large family mom; therefore, this recipe is going to reflect that (and will end up on my Large Family Recipes page).  Half as needed. ;)

Bacon Gravy
2 pounds bacon (pork or turkey), chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1 pint heavy cream
2 tsp. ground black pepper

Fry bacon until crisp.  Remove bacon to a plate and drain off the excess grease, leaving about 1 Tbsp in the pan.  Add onions and sauté until onions are tender.  Add the bacon back in and pour in the cream and add black pepper.  Bring the gravy to a boil and then turn the heat to low and stir like crazy!  Cook (and stir) until the sauce thickens.

Serve alone, over biscuits, toast, or eggs.  To keep this in line with a Trim Healthy Mama S meal, serve over eggs or a plan-approved bread.

Week 28 Pregnancy Update

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Hello 3rd Trimester!

Yesterday, we met our Taco Friends for lunch and fellowship.  (They are called our “Taco Friends” because when we get together every few months, we always meet at a cheap taco joint.  My kids have always nicknamed our various friends to help keep them sorted out in their minds – so these are our Taco Friends.)

I always enjoy fellowshipping with these two families so much, and yesterday was no different.  It’s especially nice to get together with them because they understand the pain of losing a child, and what that means for subsequent pregnancies and babies.  Our conversation can be candid, yet encouraging.

They are also super good at making a very pregnant mama feel not so huge. ;)

Week 28 Pregnancy Update with Baby #9

(Excuse the shadow behind me – this was late last night after we got back from church.)

Most of the time, I hear a lot of shock in people’s voices when they find out I still have nearly 3 months to go.  Our Taco Friends are more like, “You look so good!”  If only more people were that encouraging to pregnant mamas!

I am still feeling really good (except for that night I had caffeine before bed – what was I thinking??!!).  I am trying to take more breaks, and take full-blown naps as needed.

This week marks the OB appointment where I take my 1 hour glucose test.  yippee.  I am actually pretty nervous because I flunked the 1 hr for the first time with my last baby.  I still passed the 3 hour with flying colors, but I don’t really want to have to do a 3 hour to prove I don’t have gestational diabetes.  The 1 hour is bad enough.  So, if you think of it, say a little prayer for me on Wednesday.  I’ll let you know the results next update.

Bottombumpers Winner & Don’t Forget All the Coupon Codes!

Coupons and Clearance from Sweet Little Blessings Diapers | RaisingArrows.net

Congratulations to our Bottombumpers winner – Audrey Elliot! Don’t forget the great discounts Sweet Little Blessings is offering to Raising Arrows readers through September 30: Save 10% off any size order
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Receive a Free Book from Gospel for Asia {and focus your heart on missions}

Receive a Free Book from Gospel for Asia {and open your heart to missions}

The other day, Ty and I went shopping for groceries.  I always fill 2 carts and barely have enough cloth bags to pack it all into my 15 passenger van.
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How I Flagged My Trim Healthy Mama Book

How I Flagged my Trim Healthy Mama Book | RaisingArrows.net

Not long after I purchased my copy of Trim Healthy Mama {affiliate link} a friend of mine who was also “on plan” came over to visit and shared with me
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Preparing for a Peaceful Christmas {a 12 week series}

Preparing for a Peaceful Christmas - 12 weeks to get your heart and home focused on Christ | hosted by RaisingArrows.net with SheriGraham.com

Knowing Jesus should bring a peace to our lives that surpasses all else.  Celebrating His birth should be a beautiful time of sharing the Light of the world with others.
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