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Atkins To The Rescue

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Here I am getting ready to start on another journey, as this journey of obesity that I have been on is getting really old and I decided I no longer want to be on it, and besides the tickets are WAY too expensive (health issues, no flexibility and having to look at myself in the mirror).

© 2012 Atkins Nutritionals

So myself and a couple of good friends and fellow workers in the Lord are going on a new journey, the Atkins journey. These two guy’s, Darin and Rich, have done Atkins before so they have been giving me a lot of good hints and such.. I am so blessed to know these men of God.When one starts the Atkins plan it is suggested that you have a ‘carb blowout party’ in order to get rid of all the unnecessary carbs from your kitchen. Well I live with roommates who may or may not go on the Atkins plan as well so in lieu of a carb party Darin and I are going to feast on carbs at this years CA. State Fair this Sunday. Stay tuned for a blog post on all the goodies we tried at the fair in a few days.

So this page will begin to have recipes that are carb friendly and hopefully some of you will want to share some carb friendly recipes with us as well. That would be so cool.

Well that is this post, I hope you stay tuned and give your comments.

Keep looking up and remember to enjoy life, share your faith.



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Well today I discovered Judy’s dish;


And I wanted to tell you all about it. I have not tried it yet but I am going to make this one real soon. Here is a picture of it from her blog

Check it out, she has a lot of great recipes that I know you will all want to try.

Easy Peasy Crescent Roll Dough Cinnamon Rolls

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My sister Judy has always been creative with her cooking; she invented her own version of a meatloaf that is the one I cook to this day and her fried chicken is the best, oh and don’t even get me started on her potato salad, every time we have a cookout my mom asks her to make it.
Over the years she has also invented a few treats that are really good. She learned how to make funnel cakes at home using a cast iron skillet and a 2 cup glass measure to pour out the batter and only using a small amount of oil instead of a deep fryer. She also makes great cakes and is not afraid to try something new.

Well last night she made these cinnamon crescent rolls by just sprinkling the inside of the rolls with cinnamon sugar and rolling them up into crescents. They were SO good! I could not believe something so easy could come out so good, she is a genius. They got eaten up so fast that I did not have time to get a picture of one…



Well I decided to take her recipe to the next level and actually make these Crescent Dough Cinnamon Rolls. They are so, so good and you will be amazed at how easy they are to make.







First chop 1 cup of walnuts and set aside (or you can use any nut you like). Mix ¼ cup white sugar and 1 tablespoon cinnamon together, set aside.

Take a roll of crescents out of the fridge and on a lightly floured surface unroll the dough. Next seal all the seams in the dough so that you have 1 rectangle of crescent dough. Spread with butter that you have allowed to come to room temperature (you will need about 1 tablespoon of butter, maybe a little more).








Next sprinkle the cinnamon sugar lightly over the dough, ya don’t want too much or the rolls will not hold together well when you slice them (As I found out in this first attempt and you will see in the pictures). Then sprinkle the nuts on top.








Roll the dough up from the longest side so you have a long tube of dough. Then slice into ½ inch pieces and place in a small pan coated with cooking spray and bake at 375 for about 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.

As you can see they did not hold together well, I think that was because there was too much of the sugar/cinnamon sprinkled on them, but they were still good.

I did not have any milk so I did not make a glaze to go over these but if you want you can make a glaze with a ½ cup powdered sugar and just enough milk to make a thick glaze. Serve warm with coffee or milk,Yummy!


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The following was given out at Arcade Church and a friend of mine that goes there gave me a copy and I thought it was really cool so I wanted to share it with you all.

Religion: I obey-therefore I’m accepted.

THE GOSPEL: I’m accepted-therefore I obey.

Religion: Motivation is based on fear and insecurity.

THE GOSPEL: Motivation is based on grateful joy.

Religion: I obey God in order to get things from God.

THE GOSPEL: I obey God to delight and resemble Him.

Religion: When circumstances in my life go wrong, I am angry at God or myself, since I believe, like Job’s friends that anyone who is good deserves a comfortable life.

THE GOSPEL: When circumstances in my life go wrong, I struggle but I know all my punishment fell on Jesus and that while He may allow this for my training, He will exercise His Fatherly love within my trial.

Religion: When I am criticized I am furious or devastated because it is critical that I think of myself as a ‘good person.’

THE GOSPEL: When I am criticized I struggle, but it is not critical for me to think of myself as a ‘good person.’ My identity is not built on my record or my performance but on God’s love for me in Christ. I can take criticism.

Religion: My prayer life consists largely of petition and it only heats up when I am in a time of need. My main purpose in prayer is control of my surroundings.

THE GOSPEL: My prayer life consists of long stretches of praise and adoration. My main purpose is fellowship with Him.

Religion: My self-view swings between two poles. If and when I am living up to my standards, I feel confident, but then I am prone to be proud and unsympathetic to failing people. If and when I am not living up to standards, I feel insecure and inadequate. I am not confident, I feel like a failure.

THE GOSPEL: My self-view is not based on my view of myself as a moral achiever. In Christ I am simultaneously sinful and yet accepted in Christ. I am so bad He had to die for me and I am so loved He was glad to die for me. This leads me to deeper and deeper humility and confidence at the same time. Neither swaggering nor sniveling.

Religion: My identity and self worth are based mainly on how hard I work. Or how moral I am, and so I must look down on those I perceive as lazy or immoral. I disdain and feel superior to ‘the other.’

THE GOSPEL: My identity and self-worth are centered on the One who died for His enemies. I am saved by sheer grace. So I can’t look down on those who believe or practice something different from me. Only by grace I am what I am. I’ve no inner need to win arguments.

Religion: Since I look to my own pedigree or performance for my spiritual acceptability, my heart manufactures idols. It may be my talents, my moral record, my personal discipline, my social status, etc. I absolutely have to have them so they serve as my main hope, meaning, happiness, security and significance, whatever I may say I believe about God.

THE GOSPEL: I have many good things in my life—family, work, spiritual disciplines, etc. But none of these good things are ultimate things to me. None of them are things I absolutely have to have, so there is a limit to how much anxiety, bitterness and despondency they can inflict on me when they are threatened and lost.1

I know I want to follow the Gospel but sometimes I fall into the religion trap. So I am posting this as much as for me than for anyone else. Hope you find it makes you think like it did for me. J


1 Adapted from Timothy Keller, The Gospel in Life Study Guide, (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2010), 16.

What He did

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Sunday, April 1, 2012


Jesus, He:

Created, appeared, was prophesied about, hoped for, called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (And mightily lives up to all of those even today), was born, lived a human life, honored His mother and earthy father (and His real Father too), never killed, swore, had no other God before Him, never had or worshiped a carved image, never took His name or His Fathers name in vain, kept the sabbath day (As it was meant to be kept by God’s rules and not man’s), never committed adultery (He was never married, but He also never committed fornication), never stole anything, did not bear false witness against anyone, never coveted anything that belonged to someone else, worked with His hands, was called, baptized, baptized (once by water and then by the Holy Spirit), fasted, prayed, was tempted, called others to follow Him, made plain the teaching of God, upset the phonies, healed, loved, gave all of Himself, befriended sinners, longed for those lost, taught, lived what He taught, amazed many, commanded demons, entered Jerusalem on a colt, was stalked, betrayed, arrested, claimed He was that I AM, given an unfair trial, humiliated, mocked, crucified, laid in a tomb, RAISED TO LIFE, is still alive today, has a free gift of salvation, beat Satan, will come again on the clouds, take His children home, destroy sin, start a new world, live forever, give us everlasting life and He is real, really.

Parmesan Potato Wedges

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Have you ever had steak fries? I know, silly question right? Well I was doing some research on the web and I found out that the standard steak fries (1 regular serving at local Steak House restaurant here in Sacramento) had over 300 calories and a whopping 17 grams of fat! Man that is almost half of your daily value for fat.. That is just ridiculous.

Well I have been accused that most of the recipes I post about are high fat/high calorie so I thought I would post a recipe for low fat version of my Parmesan Potato Sticks. These are baked and not fried and have less than half of the calories and fat of the deep fried version. These fries are perfect as a side dish with your favorite burger or go really well with a good grilled steak. They are also really yummy with Spaghetti, Yum!

First you need a good baking potato. I use a regular Idaho Russet baking potato (the ones that are really huge!) for this dish because they have the perfect amount of starch and usually you can find the baking size at the store. However you can use any type of potato for this recipe that you like.

I also use a low fat parmesan cheese as well so that the calories and fat stay low.

There is also some Panko bread crumbs in this and so far I have not been able to find a low fat version of them in the store but the recipe only uses ½ cup over 6 large potatoes (cut into wedges) so the amount per serving is really not that much. Progresso makes good Panko bread crumbs and the Italian style are the best to use for this recipe.

Here is the complete recipe for Tim’s Potato Wedges;

Serves: 5 Cooking Time: 30 min


1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs

1/2 cup grated reduced fat Parmesan cheese (if you can’t find the low fat version just use the regular)

1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon black pepper

6 medium baking potatoes (about 2 pounds)

¼ cup plain yogurt + 1 tablespoon chicken stock or water to thin out a bit




Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Coat two 9″ x 13″ baking dishes with nonstick cooking spray.

In a small bowl, combine bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, salt, and pepper; mix well and set aside.

Peel potatoes and cut lengthwise into quarters; cut each quarter lengthwise into 3 strips. Dip each strip in yogurt mixture then in the Parmesan mixture, coating completely. Place in a single layer in baking dishes. Pour any remaining melted butter evenly over potatoes.

Bake potatoes 30 to 35 minutes, or until tender, turning them over once or twice during baking (Note I turn these a few times, like 4 or 5 because I want them to cook evenly and not be to brown on one side).


Making Gnocchi from scratch

So I had some leftover baked potatoes and I decided to peel them and make some gnocchi. If you don’t know what they are here is a link from Wikipedia: Gnocchi

I really like the Italian dumplings so I went to work.

Now I don’t have a potato ricer so I just used a fork to break up the potatoes into crumbles then mixed in 1 egg to the 2 small potatoes that I had left over. Then added flour until the dough was no longer sticky (Sorry I did not measure this all out because it was just a quickie to get some Gnocchi in the freezer for a future use and to use up the leftover baked potatoes).

Then I added more flour and cut off a small handful of dough and rolled into a long rope about ¼ an inch thick and then cut the rope into ½ inch pieces, then I indented them with the end of a wooden spoon (you can also use your pinkie to make indentations, just flour your pinkie first!) so that they would hold whatever sauce I will be putting them in (Actually they will be used this time in a chicken soup recipe).

After I cut the potatoes with a fork it hit me that I could have grated the potatoes on the smallest side of my box grater and that probably would have worked great (no pun intended.)!

Well these baby’s will be going into my next pot of chicken soup, now mind you they do not take long to cook at all so if you use them for soup add them the last 5 minutes to the cooked soup. Make sure the soup is simmering well and when the Gnocchi float to the top they are done. You could also ladle out some of the broth and cook the Gnocchi separate then add all to the soup and serve. So yummy.

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