Sunday, September 9, 2012


Whew, let us pretend I have not abandoned blogging and that there is NOT an 11 month gap between this post and my last...let us pretend.

This is what I'd call a personal indulgence post, one that you may not get a darn thing out of, but I'll write it all the same just because this is my blog and well, I can do that. So feel free to stop reading now and come back another day.

On Tuesday, September 4th, Charles Malachi Suggs went to sleep to await the return of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We commonly say that he has gone to Heaven because the Bible says that to be absent from the body is to be present with God, the transition is that quick. It also says in several passages that the dead in Christ are sleeping, to be awakened by the trumpet of the Lord when He returns for His people. I think either way you'd like to believe it, just know that he'll be with Jesus for ever more and there's nothing sad about that. He was my PawPaw for a little while here on earth but he'll be my brother forever in the Kingdom of Heaven. Praise God.

The day before he died PawPaw said to me, "I'm leaving soon." 
And I replied, "We'll meet you wherever you're going."
He smiled.

His obituary was bland. He was not.
His funeral was sad. He was not.
His service was somber. He was not.
His body was still. He was not.

His laugh was big.
His house was warm.
His table was full.
His family was blessed.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Day 27: Muffin Juice?

Still juicing, juicing juicing. But I haven't had the motivation to update! Very sorry to all 3 of you lovely, loyal readers who have been waiting for this, here it is at last!

I've lost a total of 22lbs by this point and I'm wearing some of my smaller clothes again. That of course thrills me, but not enough to make me continue to fast beyond this month! I have been working out steadily for the past two weeks and I plan to continue that, along with healthy food choices, and lose another 30lbs. 

MY JUICER BROKE! That is in all caps because I did indeed yell a lot when it happened. My handy husband super glued the broken bit back on only to have in break again within hours. Oh the frustration! This was on Day 23! My Dad was over the second time it broke and I might or might not have shed some tears right before his inner Daddy hero came out just in time to save the juice fast! He called a friend of his who owns a really snazzy juicer and was willing to let me borrow it as long as I needed to finish the fast. Praise God for good friends and great family!

Now on to these beautiful muffins! No, I did not eat one. But I'm wilting outside the kitchen and I really needed a challenge to distract myself from unwanted thoughts of food. Oddly, it is cooking that most relaxes me. These are made from scratch, but do not despair! I'm not a talented baker and I still pulled it off. 

Pumpkin Cheesecake Muffins


Justin says they're delicious!
For the filling:
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
¼ tsp vanilla extract
For the muffins:
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
4 large eggs
2 cups sugar
2 cups pumpkin puree
1¼ cups vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
For the topping:
½ cup sugar
5 tbsp. flour
1½ tsp. ground cinnamon
4 tbsp. cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces

For the filling, combine the cream cheese, vanilla  and confectioners’ sugar  in a medium bowl and mix well until blended and smooth.  Once blended, cover tightly with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator.

For the muffins, preheat the oven to 350˚ F, and line muffin pans with cupcake  liners.  In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, pumpkin pie spice, salt and baking soda; whisk to blend.  In the bowl of an electric mixer combine the eggs, sugar, pumpkin puree ,, vanilla and oil.  Mix on low speed until blended.  With the mixer on low speed, add in the dry ingredients, mixing just until incorporated.

For the topping, combine the sugar, flour and cinnamon in a small bowl; whisk to blend.  Add in the butter pieces and cut into the dry ingredients with a pastry blender or two knives until the mixture is coarse and crumbly.  Transfer to the refrigerator until ready to use.

To assemble the muffins, fill each muffin well with a small amount of batter, just enough to cover the bottom of the liner (2 tablespoons).  Spoon a tablespoon of the cream cheese mixture into the very center of each cup.  Divide the remaining batter among the cups, placing on top of the cream cheese to cover completely.  Sprinkle a tablespoon of the streusel mixture on top of each muffin.

Bake for 20-25 minutes.  Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely before serving, the cream cheese filling will be very hot!

I did not write this recipe! I found it on and only tweaked it a bit. Perfect fall treat and you don't even have to be a fan of pumpkin! 

Two tips: 
1.) Be generous, never stingy with the vanilla extract. 
2.) Use more than 8 ounces of cream cheese, it's better to have too much than not enough filling!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Day 19: Just a quick update

Haven't lost weight in two days! I have two theoretical excuses for this:
1.) I put salt in my juices for two days, therefore I retained water. As evidence I would like to present my ring finger, where my wedding band is usually lose and is now snug do to the sudden onset fluid retention.

2.) For the third day in a row I've exercised vigorously. Fluid gathers around your muscles after exercise. 

I'm not bothered by the stand still as much as I expected to be. My clothes are fitting better and better and I can see a big difference in my body from head to toe. Therefore I'm going to juice right on through and hopefully I'll have some more weight loss to report soon!

My energy is fantastic! The increase in energy is my second favorite thing about this fast, right behind the weight loss of course!

One last thing, here is a link to several great recipes on the "Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead" website. Great resource, but just keep in mind that these are suggestions and you should modify them in any way that will help you like it, juice it, and drink it! For instance, I do NOT use ginger root! But you may like it!

Happy Wednesday and thank you for reading!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Day 16: Your number one question answered

The question I get most often is, "What about protein?" To which I say, "What about it?" Here are the ways in which I get my protein.

  1. Broccoli 
  2. Spinach
  3. Kale
  4. Soy beans <---best way!
Obviously I am not consuming nearly as much protein as I was before the fast, but I am consuming enough to survive and thrive for the time being. I'm not suffering from a lack of protein nor am I losing muscle mass. I actually lifted weights a few days ago and the recovery was only slightly rougher than it normally is on my every day meat eating diet.

UPDATE: A little over half way to the goal and I'm still juicing strong! By this morning I'd lost 16.6lbs and as long as I remember to juice, my energy is souring. I'd like to take a moment to recognize my incredible husband who not only tolerates but goes out of his way to soothe my cranky moods, hunger pains, and excessive complaining. His support is priceless.

I still haven't tried a juice with parsley or cilantro and I'd really like to do that soon. I'll let you know if I find a tasty recipe! Speaking of recipes, here is one for a protein loaded juice that doesn't taste half as bad as it sounds!
  • 4+ cups soy beans(buy a frozen bag and thaw)
  • 1 large broccoli spear
  • 2 green apples
  • half of a lemon
I leave you now with an example of 
amazing support(which is something you'll need to juice fast!):
We put up the Christmas tree this weekend!
Happy October, baby Jesus!
I think he knew how much
this would cheer me up.
It worked. I feel happier and
more motivated when I see it!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Day 11: A few quick motivators

Still going strong and I'm 1/3 of the way to my goal! In case you haven't noticed it lately, the weight ticker can tell you that I have lost 13.4lbs! I had a few really rough days where I wanted to give up but here's how I got through them:

  1. 7 Ways to Fight Back Against Food Cravings (READ IT!)

  2. My amazing husband. I asked him to bring me home a rotisserie chicken, instead he brought me these beautiful roses for my desk. 

  3. I made a count down calendar to hang where I spend the most time, at my desk.

  4. We made a DELICIOUS watermelon/pineapple juice which cured me of my sweet tooth for two whole days.

(How do you motivate yourself?)