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Cookie Dough Dip {Trim Healthy Mama Makeover Recipe}

Trim Healthy Mama Cookie Dough Dip (Recipe Makeover) | RaisingArrows.netWhen I first started doing Trim Heathy Mama, I stuck to the basics.  I’m not a foodie, so experimenting with recipes is not my forte.  However, as I’ve gotten more confident in building and changing recipes, one of my favorite things to do is THMify favorite recipes.  This is one of those recipes.

About a year ago, I came across an amazing Cookie Dough Dip recipe from Add A Pinch. It is decadent, let me tell you!  The kids were asking me to make it again, but I knew it was going to be an instant sugar overload, so I decided to experiment and see what I could come up with that would taste just as wonderful, but not send my blood sugar through the roof.

This is the result of that experiment…

I first set out ingredients for a double batch of the Add a Pinch recipe because I have a large family and knew I wanted to have enough extra to make some of it by the recipe and some of it THM’d for me.

Once I had the butter and cream cheese creamed, I took out 1 cup of the mixture and set it aside as “mine”.  (You could definitely use a lower fat cream cheese to help cut down on calories.)

Trim Healthy Mama Cookie Dough Dip Recipe Makeover | RaisingArrows.net

From there, I continued on with the original recipe for the kids.

Cookie Dough Dip (a Trim Healthy Mama Makeover Recipe - S) | RaisingArrows.netWhile they dipped their ooey-gooey goodness up with graham crackers, I started throwing together my version.

To the 1 cup of butter/cream cheese mixture, I added 1/4 tsp caramel extract and 1 Tbsp Trim Healthy Mama Sweet Blend.  (If you don’t have the Sweet Blend, take a look at this conversion chart and find an alternative sweetener you do have.)

Lastly, I stirred in 1 oz of chopped unsweetened baker’s chocolate.  It’s what I had on hand, but you could use any plan approved chocolate, including skinny chocolate!

Trim Healthy Mama Cookie Dough Dip (S) | RaisingArrows.net

The result was so YUMMY!  I chose to simply use my spoon and savor tiny bits of this dip at a time – no carby graham crackers needed!

You can do what I did above and make some for you and some for the rest of the family by taking out a portion for yourself and THMifying it, or you can use the recipe below and share the sugar-free goodness!  The recipe below will make plenty to go around!

Trim Healthy Mama Cookie Dough Dip (Recipe Makeover) | RaisingArrows.net

Trim Healthy Mama Cookie Dough Dip

Cream together:
2 – 8 oz cream cheese
1 c. butter

Add:
3/4 tsp caramel extract
3 TBSP Trim Healthy Mama Sweet Blend
(or other sweetener of your choice)

Stir in:
3 oz of plan-approved chocolate, chopped

Enjoy!  Share!  Save some for later!

Week 32 Pregnancy Update

baby developmentSo, I’m going to be perfectly honest here…

I think I’ve hit the pregnancy wall.  It’s that place where you aren’t sure you can keep going, yet you know you have to.  Problem is, it seems a little early for that, don’t you think?

We have a lot going on behind the scenes that shall be revealed very soon.  I am sure much of what I’m feeling stems from that.  (aren’t I awful for making you wait to find out what’s going on??!!)

Additionally, the diastasis recti is making carrying this baby a bit challenging.  I carry very low because of the lack of stomach muscles.  So low, in fact, that baby “sits” on my lap when I am sitting down.  A baby sitting on your lap in utero is NOT as wonderful as a baby sitting on your lap and in your arms…just in case you were wondering. ;)

This weekend starts our holiday festivities.  We will be having an early Thanksgiving with my side of the family.  Then, next week, I have my gestational diabetic counseling and an OB appointment.

And again, no updated photo.  Life here is moving so quickly that if I took a photo, I would just be a blur.  A very round blur. ;)

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Preparing for a Peaceful Christmas – Week 4

Preparing for a Peaceful Christmas:  Week 4 - Baking Week | RaisingArrows.netFind all the Preparing for a Peaceful Christmas posts here!

How did you do with the Week 3 To Do List? Hopefully all the items have been completed and you are now ready for Week 4!

Just a quick reminder before we get started: These Weekly To Do lists are directly from The 12-Week Holiday Planner (affiliate link). Those of you who have purchased The Holiday Planner will have all the forms that go along with the To Do Lists. If you have not purchased the planner, then you will need to make your own forms or buy your own copy!

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Preparing for a Peaceful Christmas - a 12 week series from RaisingArrows.net and SheriGraham.com

This is a fun week! You get to do some holiday baking! Make sure to make a schedule for the week so that you get all the baking done! Then after the baking is done, you get to jot down some gift ideas for the kids. How fun!

Note from Amy:  I’m planning to make rolls, some freezer meals, and some sugar-free snacks for the Thanksgiving time frame.  We always decorate for Christmas right after Thanksgiving with a big Decoration Day celebration, so I’ll try to pull together a few things for that as well!

Week 4: Baking Week

[ ] Holiday Baking! Set aside some time this week to do some holiday goodie making (things that you can stick in the freezer). You can bake items you plan to share or give away AND other goodies to have at family gatherings, OR just do one or the other! There will be another baking week closer to Christmas, so keep that in mind. Pull your List of Baked Items to Share/Give Away and the Holiday Baking Recipes filed under the Holiday Baking section and place in your binder behind your calendar for this week so they are ready to use! If you need some great holiday recipes, you can find some in my Homemade for the Holidays series or check Sheri’s Recipe Index or Amy’s Large Family Recipes page for more ideas!

[ ] Schedule Your Week! Use the calendar provided to schedule your week so you get all the baking done! Once your baking is done, be sure to file these forms back under the Holiday Baking section and note on the List of Baked Items to Share/Give Away form (filed in the Holiday Baking section) what you have completed.

[ ] Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids! Using the form provided, make lists of toys, books, and clothes that children would enjoy and keep the list handy for telling family members who ask what they would like.

Accountability:

Once you have completed this list, come back here and tell us about it! Let’s encourage each other to plug away at these “to do’s” now so that our holidays can be less stressful and more focused on Jesus!

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Week 31 Pregnancy Update

baby development

We were too busy with traveling and company to snap any photos for this week’s update. Suffice it to say, I am huge and baby feels as if he/she weighs much more than the 4 pounds my ticker says.

I was asked multiple times this week if I was having twins.  Several people also commented on the fact that I am all belly.  This is due not only to the diastasis recti, but also to the fact that I am extremely short waisted.  There’s really no place for baby to go but out in front.  Hiding pregnancy is not really something I do well. ;)

My friend, Amy, who happens to be one who does not show early and never gets very big at all has given me some great perspective this pregnancy.  She revels in every second of her pregnancies (she’s due a week after me with their #8).  She loves looking pregnant, and I’d almost venture to guess she wouldn’t mind one little bit if she got as big as I do.

Getting this big used to bother me a lot.  In fact, I once rushed out of a store because of the comments I could hear being made behind my back, yet within my earshot.  While it does get extremely old defending that I know FOR SURE I’m not having twins, and that I also know FOR SURE that my due date is December 22, and that I am well aware of the fact that I shock people when I turn around because from the back I don’t look pregnant, I am still thankful to be growing the newest member of our family…and thankful for a friend like Amy, who keeps me from having too many pity parties.

I will say, with every passing day, I grow slower and slower.  It’s been a difficult adjustment going from 90 to nothing so quickly.  Thankfully, I have a lot of willing helpers who help ease my workload.  My 16 year old son even sat down the other night and gave me a foot massage because I looked tired and so did my feet.  What a guy!

Oh, and some not so great news…
The nurse told me I had passed my 3 hour glucose test, but a few days later, she called and started the conversation with, “You are going to hate me.”  I actually did NOT pass.  She had misread the numbers.  My beginning and ending numbers were in the 70s, but my middle numbers were above range.  For now, my OB is just having me watch my diet.  (yes, Trim Healthy Mama it is)  I will be 33 weeks when I go back for my next appointment, so we’ll see then what she is thinking.  She is super low key, so that could be the extent of “treatment” for me.  I definitely feel like this is doable.  I’m just disappointed that after losing weight and watching my sugar intake these past couple of years, I am gestational diabetic for the first time.  bah.

So, how are all my pregnant mama friends out there?  Would love to hear YOUR updates!