I want to tell you about the spring celebrations going on at our house!
First of all, the school year is over, and we now have a college junior and a college senior in the family. The boys are SO looking forward to only working at their jobs rather than working with a full-time academic load.
Second, last week I signed my third contract with Love Inspired!
The working title is "A Home in Deadwood." You'd never guess that this sweet little town nestled in the Black Hills is the notorious Deadwood - scene of Wild Bill Hickok's death, gun fights, Calamity Jane's final resting place, Al Swearingen's "Gem" Saloon and "theater", along with countless tales that have made their way into the folklore of the Old West.
This story has been so much fun to work on, and I'm thrilled I get to share it with you!
Third, the cover for my August release is available!
This one is Levi and Ruthy's story. Isn't the cover fabulous? The book is available for preorder here.
Even with all this celebrating going on, I'm still trying to stay on the Trim Healthy Mama plan.
Can I really celebrate and stick to my healthy eating goals? You betcha.
These muffins are low carb, no sugar, and gluten free.
There is a warning though - since they're made with coconut flour, they taste like coconut. I happen to like coconut, but if you don't, be warned ☺
This recipe is from the Trim Healthy Mama book. I changed the name from the original "Light White Muffins" because I added a healthy dose of lemon (mmmmm!)
Lemon Coconut Muffins
2/3 cup store bought coconut flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
8-10 teaspoons Truvia
4 Tablespoons melted coconut oil
4 Tablespoons almond or coconut milk (you can substitute water)
1 teaspoon lemon extract
In a food processor, mix the coconut flour and baking powder until they are smooth and clump-free.
Add eggs, Truvia, coconut oil, almond or coconut milk, and lemon extract.
Process until all lumps disappear and the mixture is smooth.
|It looks a bit like polenta, doesn't it? It's about the same|
We ate a couple when they were fresh on Sunday afternoon, but we had the rest for breakfast. I warmed them up and served them with some fresh berries.
Speaking of spring, we went to Custer State Park on Saturday afternoon after we finished our chores.
We saw a few Bison bulls like these scattered here and there, but the big herd (cows with calves) was hiding somewhere.
And we were welcomed by the official Custer State Park welcoming committee. These burros are semi-wild (they become very friendly if you offer to share an apple with them). They're descendants of burros brought into the Hills by the gold-rush miners in the 1870's.
And we did a little hiking. The views are breathtaking! This is looking south east, across the foothills and the prairie to the Badlands, about fifty miles away.
You can tell we're still early days when it comes to spring. The grass is just beginning to green up.
But we have wild flowers!
How is spring looking at your house?