Crustless Quiche

This recipe is a favorite of ours. It is great because you can throw whatever you have on hand….or about to go bad into the quiche. Today we did onion, orange pepper, spinach and Swiss cheese. Other things you could throw in….mushrooms, swine flesh…er bacon or ham if that is your bag, tomatoes, any color of pepper, different types of cheese, asparagus…whatever! Crustless….for years I made this with a premade pie crust. But alas….the crust isn’t healthy, is Gluten and junk loaded…so we skip it now. If you want crust throw a crust in the bottom of your dish. Ingredients:

  • 6 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups of milk. I use a higher fat milk…nothing less than 2% or your quiche will be runny.
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (I use swiss)
  •  3ish cups of toppings
  • salt and pepper

Preheat over to 375 degrees Grease your pie dish/pan….I use butter. Beat your eggs and milk together at a medium high speed for about 2 minutes….you want it frothy. Add salt and pepper. Dump the egg mixture into your dish. Layer your other ingredients into the egg mixture. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake for 40-60 minutes or until it sets. That’s it! So easy! Enjoy!!! Oh, this freezes wonderful

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Food Talk and Fish Tacos

I’m a pretty decent cook. Really, I am. I know that’s a not a terribly humble thing of me to say..but, well…I enjoy cooking…probably because I am good at it…ha!

So as we have totally flipped our eating habits up-side-down in the past 6 months I have been forced to find new recipes…and I think it is FUN!

This past weekend I had Fish tacos at The Cheesecake Factory (and yes I had cheesecake too…) and they were good…but I knew I could make something better.

And after pursuing Pinterest and combining a few different recipes…I managed to pull off fish tacos that were better than what I had this weekend.

After posting a couple pics of my Fishy food on Facebook and having the crowds go wild I decided I would share the recipe…

Recipe first…then pics….because I loathe scrolling through all the “how to cook” pics on food blogs. Just gimme the details.

Fish Tacos with a Spicy Flare

The Fish:

  • 2 Tablespoons Wildtree’s Jalepeno Grapeseed oil (Extra Virgin Olive Oil could be substituted)
  • The juice of 1 lime. Must be fresh! No bottled lime. I insist.
  • A palmful of salt. I used Pink Himalayan Sea Salt. But go with whatever is in your pantry.
  • 1-1.5 pounds of a white fish: Cod, Halibut or Tilapia.

Throw all of those things in a container and let them marinate for a few hours.

The Slaw:

  • 4 cups of slaw
  • 1 cup of chopped cilantro
  • The juice of 1 lime. Must be fresh! No bottled lime….
  • 1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil….good quality…it really does taste better.
  • 1 Teaspoon toasted sesame oil…don’t overdo sesame oil!! And refrigerate it after opening or it will go rancid
  • 1 small thinly sliced red onion

Throw that all in a bowl and let it chill in the fridge for a couple hours.

The Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt
  • 1 Tablspoon of sourcream
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 teaspoons Sriracha
  • 2 pinches of salt and a couple shakes of pepper

Throw that all in a bowl…and let it chill for a couple hours.

This meal is great because the prep is easy and you can throw it all together in the morning and head out for the day.

Cooking the fish….you could grill it or bake it or cook it on the stovetop. I cooked mine on the stove top. Medium High heat 2-3 minutes per side.

Make your tacos on the “wrap” of your choice…corn tortilla, flour tortilla, gluten free tortilla (my preference) or just make a pile on your plate and eat it with Tortilla chips.

Garnish with Verde Salsa and avocado slices. Seriously people don’t skip the avocado…your body needs the good fat.

Enjoy!

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When Fear Fades

This week will mark having Lucy home for 3 months.

As they say “time flies,” but at the same time it’s hard to remember the chemistry of our family without her….seems like a lifetime ago we got her.

She fits. She belongs. She has captured our hearts.

She has changed our hearts.

We received a call about Lucy, from an adoption agency on Friday, November 1st. “It’s a girl, she is 6 weeks old, she has Down syndrome, her heart and lungs are healthy. If they would choose you to parent placement would happen quickly. Are you interested?”

These calls take your breath away. You go from having a typical day….to, well, not typical.

The days between November 1st and November 8th when Lucy was placed in our arms forever were some of the most remarkable days of our lives. Emotions ran the gamut…excitement, joy, grief, wonder….fear.

Let’s be real.

We were scared.

When we said “yes” to that phone call on November 1st we were scared.  When we got that call we prayed. We felt led to say “yes” and we did. We didn’t consult family or our close friends. We heard God, we moved….and then we talked, to a few.

We stood on the knowledge that we knew the Lord had directed us to say “yes” to this baby. Yet, fear and anxiety filled much of my mind. We knew very little about Down syndrome. We hadn’t talked to our families about the possibility of a special needs adoption. We weren’t prepared for a baby. We wondered how this would impact our other children. We didn’t have the money to cover the cost of the adoption.

Honestly, it wasn’t the excitement or anticipation of bringing a new baby home in a few days that kept me up at night that week….it was fear.

I would toss and turn all night. Falling asleep for an hour at a time, at best, and wake up in a panic wondering if we were making a mistake.

The noise that was fear was drowning out my ability to hear the voice of The Lord.

But I, we, pressed on. Even as the noise of fear screamed we moved forward. By this time we had an army praying with us…and while “the noise” continued it didn’t stop us.

We kept on…like building a crazy big ark or sleeping in a lion’s den or jumping into a fiery furnace…we kept on.

We pressed through the noise that is fear, that can be so debilitating and controlling…

Until we saw the Glory of the Lord, The Olive branch, The Sleeping Lion. Until the noise dulled and the fear faded and we walked out of the fire hand in hand with Jesus.

Friday November 8th, just a week since hearing about Lucy, she was placed into our arms forever. The night before she was placed with us we launched a fundraising campaign. Somewhere in the hours after launching that campaign…asking others for money…asking for help…the fear faded.

The Lord took one of our greatest fears, financing the adoption, and used it to hush the enemy.

The morning before we left to get Lucy the Lord moved mightily, he spoke intimately, he brought us to tears. He answered detailed prayers.

He financed every penny of the $15,000 we needed in less than 48 hours.

When Lucy was placed in our arms the noise, fear, was gone.

We still had very little knowledge of Down syndrome. We didn’t know how Lucy would fit into our family. We didn’t have answers to so much.

But we knew. We knew were walking in obedience. We knew this was right.

And it was. It is.

Lucy, whose name means “Light,” is a dream come true. She brings explainable joy to our family.

Her soft grin lights up a room. Her uncontrollable hair makes the other 3 kids giggle. Her hushed cry…it somehow silences fear.

Blessings friends, Thanks for journeying with us.

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New Year, New You!

Tired, Stressed, Forgetful, Sluggish, Sweatpants, Overweight.

Those words had become my normal.

I thought about how junky I felt and looked all the time.

If I was running errands alone I would nap in my car in the parking it.

I was desperate for change.

In just 90 days I have traded those words and feelings with:

Life, vitality, health, fun, clear mind, AWAKE, energy, healthy weight, CUTE CLOTHES

And

Orphan Care.

Yes, Orphan care.

This Isagenix team, that I am a apart of, affectionately calls themselves “Adoptagenix.” Not only are we jumping in with both feet to feed ourselves and our families the best food available we are getting it into Orphans ,young and old, around the world.

Isagenix is whole body health. It’s for families, kids, athletes…and orphans.

Below are some pictures and a video link that speak louder than words.

I would be delighted to have you join our team.

Please consider joining me and my team at my home on Saturday, January 11th at 10:30 to learn about the Isagenix product and benefits of Nutritional Cleansing.

It would bring me great joy to have you on our team.

If you are unable to make it I would be happy to offer you free nutritional coaching via phone or email. Just email me at angelacaroyln.isagenix@gmail.com

ADOPTAGENIX SUCCESS STORIES! This video is beautiful: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hh9LHxeR4ec

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Unbelievable!! Thank You!!!

We have met our goal of $7000 and are being gifted our $7000 marching grant!

In the 48 hours the entire expense of Lucy’s adoption has been funded!

We are so humbled.

We are so grateful.

Our faith has been increased.

Lucy means “Light.” We have no doubt that she has been and will be the Light of Christ to many in her life.

Her Life, like every life, is a testimony to the Lord’s greatness. To His Love.

We are so blessed!

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CHALLENGE!!! 100 gifts of $25! Will you help?

We are getting so close to receiving our $7000 matching grant!!! The Lord is Good.

Would you join us in a challenge to meet our goal?

If we get 100 gifts of $25 we will reach $7000 in donations and receive our matching grant! That would make us nearly fully funded!!

Follow this link to give. All donations are tax deductible! THANK YOU!!!

https://www.adopttogether.org/brettandangela

If you would like to mail a check instead of donating online please use this information: Checks Addressed  To: Adopt Together,  Memo: Boblitt

Mailing Address: Adopt Together at 251 w central Ave #278, Springboro OH 45066

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No Words…..and a Matching Grant

No Words….

She is home.  Lucy is home.

We have no words. We are humbled and overwhelmed by the outpouring of love for us and for Lucy.

We have been moved to tears in the last day by God’s goodness

This journey is hard, but it is so worth it.

About 10 minutes before we picked Lucy up we received a call that we have been gifted an anonymous $7000 matching grant towards Lucy’s adoption.  To say that we are thankful doesn’t begin to cover what is happening in our hearts.

Our God is good. He is so, so good.

He provides. He Loves. He redeems!

He is love.

We have raised $2840 in 24 hours! Amazing.

Would you prayerfully consider giving to the adoption of Lucy Jane?

This link will take you to our donation page. All donations are tax deductible.

https://www.adopttogether.org/brettandangela

If you would like to mail a check instead of donating online please use this information: Checks Addressed  To: Adopt Together,  Memo: Boblitt

Mailing Address: Adopt Together at 251 w central Ave #278, Springboro OH 45066

Here is a peak at the gem!

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Help Bring Home Baby Lucy!!!

The Lord has absolutely blown us away this week!

We have been chosen to parent the most amazing baby girl.

She is 7 weeks old

She is tiny

She is beautiful

She is fearfully and wonderfully made

She has Down Syndrome

She is coming home tomorrow!!!

TOMORROW, NOVEMBER 7th!!

We are honored and humbled to be her parents

We need your help

Would you please cover the birth parents, the baby and us in your prayers. Prayer covering is essential.

Secondly, as adoption goes, it is expensive….but so worth it. So, so, worth it.

Would you consider sowing into this life and our family by donating to our adoption fund? We have a very short period of time to raise the funds.

We need $14,300

We know the Lord will provide as he always does.

To donate click the link below.  All gifts are tax deductible.

https://www.adopttogether.org/brettandangela

Thank you all. We are blessed to have you on this journey.

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Isa-what? Health & Orphans

I touched on my Isagenix journey in my previous entry here. But really, what is it?

I know what you are thinking, “Angela, you have lost your mind! Losing that kind of weight in such short order is unhealthy, I’m sure you have the shakes and heart is palpitating 672 times an hour…and really, are you running to the bathroom non-stop…it’s  a fad, it will die down, you will lose interest and be fat again.”

Ok, so maybe you aren’t wishing me fat again…are you???….but you’re thinking the rest. I did too. Honestly with the amount of crap that is on the market and the “get-it-now-be-satisfied-and-fixed-immediately” culture we live in I would be concerned if you didn’t think some of those things.

The fact is….

We should be very aware we are putting into our bodies.

Because it matters.

So what is Isagenix and the 30 day cleanse? Why should I cleanse? Is this also a business venture for me? Why not you, why not now?

What is Isagenix?  

Isagenix is a foundational nutritional program that improves health. It is a whole body health nutrition, not just for weight loss.  Isagenix is about putting the best quality foods into your body so you can function at the health level you were created to. Organic, no soy, gluten free, no stimulants, and no harmful artificial sweeteners

If I do a 30 day cleanse with Isagenix what might I expect:

  • Energy boost
  • Consistent weight loss over time
  • Reduced cravings for unhealthy food
  • Improved muscle tone
  • Balanced digestion

Here is some great info on why to cleanse and why cleansing is for everyone, not just for weight loss: http://www.isagenixhealth.net/science-behind-cleansing/

Will I continue to use the isagenix products?

YES! I feel amazing! I cannot believe the transformation my body and mind are having. My kids LOVE the shakes and I know they are so good for them. They are getting an excellent balance for protein and carbs in these shakes…it sets there day up well.

Furthermore Isagenix has an amazing compensation plan and after just a few shorts weeks I am getting these amazing product for free! I expect in no time Isagenix will not only be benefiting our families health but also our finances.

Am I pursuing this as a business?

I’d be crazy not to! Free health food for our family, feeling amazing, and financial blessings….what could be better.

WELL…it gets better. The Isagenix team I have joined, Adoptagenix, is committed to getting this amazing nutritious food and product into Orphans around the world! What an amazing blessing it is to sow health and wellness into Orphans and fund families that are bringing the Gospel to those children and families around the world.

The Lord has given me a vision to pursue this to further the Adoption Ministry we are starting in our hometown. I couldn’t be more excited!

Why not you? Why not now?

Be a part of this vision and be blessed yourself.

The holidays are here! The average person gains 5-15 pounds over the holidays. Don’t wait to make the decision for health, you deserve it. Set yourself up for success. I have found the 30 day cleanse to SIMPLIFY my life…it is easy and fast and I feel good about it. No guilt, all freedom.

I would be tickled to have you as part of my team, to see your and your families health transformed. For more information on how to get started message me here or send me an email at angelacarolyn.isagenix@gmail.com

Blessings!!

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September Was Hard….

September was hard.

One of the reasons Xander was placed for adoption was because his birth grandma was sick with cancer. His birth mom knew she would need her help to parent him.

It is a hard pill to swallow…us getting a baby because she was sick. Unfair, not right, screwed up….we thought all of those thing on their behalf…I’m certain they thought them themselves.

But…and when we allow God to work there is always a “but,” her illness wasn’t the end of this story. We grew to love Grandma LeAnys, as I wrote about here.

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She touched eternity on Thursday, September 26th. She fought hard. She loved well. We look forward to telling Xander about her love for him. I miss her every day. I stopped by her home a couple weeks ago to drop of something off for her daughter…the door was locked, but even upon opening the screen door the smell of her home overwhelmed me. I could smell her.

Grief is hard. It is weird.

Before she passed I dreamt of the day Xander was placed in our arms to take home.  As Grandma LeAnys walked away from us that day she looked me straight in the eye and said “you take good care of him.”

I have never forgotten that statement, “You take good care of him.”

Until now I was naïve to the reality that is cancer.  I knew it was bad and that people die from it…but I had never seen the fight up close and personal. Naïve. Ignorant.

Cancer is ugly. I hate it. It sucks.

She isn’t the first in her blood-related family to battle the cancer she did.

Genetics.

Genetics, you love them or…you don’t.

You can’t run from them…but you don’t have to feed the bad ones either.

“You take good care of him.” It keeps playing over in my head.

Like all of us, Xander has his birth families genetics.  Does it scare me? No, it really doesn’t. But it does make me aware.

I have long struggled with eating healthy, exercise, weight, believing I am beautifully and wonderfully made. Like somehow “that” blessing and truth is for everyone but me…ugh..unbelief…sin.

REPENT. FORGIVEN. FREE.

I have A LOT of food knowledge. I have been studying and reading about it for years. I know what is good for me…I know what isn’t. I know the quality of our food isn’t ideal and that the Standard American Diet (SAD) is less than favorable for my health, for my family’s health. I know every calorie isn’t equal.

I know these things. I have known them for some time.

And I still eat Pringles, lots of them…or whatever.

God said in (Hosea 4:6) “My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge”. We are living in the days where we can no longer turn a blind eye. I can no longer turn a blind eye. I have knowledge as to what is good and what isn’t. I have knowledge of my son’s genetic make-up. I have knowledge that my daughter will have a meltdown if she regularly indulges in foods that are colored with red or blue or yellow food dye. I have knowledge that a white-carb loaded lunch for my son is going to produce a 1st grader that can’t think past the end of his nose.

So now what? Put a ban on ever having birthday cake again….and just stick a candle in a banana for my kids. No, not legalistic…but healthy choices 90% of the time. Yes. That’s my goal.

In late September I started a journey towards health. I was tired or being tired, sick of being overweight, aching when I got out of bed, handling stress poorly, too forgetful for my age… and making poor food and healthy living choices and setting my kids up for the same struggles I have had for so long.

Enter Isagenix.  A healthy living lifestyle.

Just 30 days into my healthy living journey I have released 18 pounds and more than 22 inches. More importantly I feel ALIVE, better than I have in years. I have energy and strength, am sleeping soundly and not hitting the snooze button for an hour before getting out of bed! Isagenix is helping detox my body and  helping me develop healthy, clean eating habits! This isn’t a quick fix. This is a life changing experience for me and for my family.

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This isn’t a meal replacement program. With Isagenix, it’s about cleansing, replenishing and drenching the body with high quality nutrients that strengthen and fortify the body, allowing for the body to become the miracle it was designed to be. It’s not about limiting portions; it’s about eating nutrient dense foods! It is whole body health – undenatured whey, no soy, non GMO, no harmful artificial sweeteners, no corn syrup, and organic…it is the best of the best.

This is about being healthy and vibrant so I can be who God created me to be. So I have the energy to love and serve and enjoy. It is about taking the knowledge The Lord has given me and using it…for me and for my family.

I would be so blessed if you would pray for us as we make these important changes in our daily lives.

Thanks so much for journeying with us. Be blessed.

For more information about Isagenix email me at angelacarolyn.isagenix@gmail.com and check out my website at http://angelacarolyn.isagenix.com You are worth it!

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