His Birthday Cake!

When your husband’s birthday comes around, what’s a girl to do about a THM cake? He loves sweet, he loves coffee, he loves chocolate, and he loves to eat! So, I followed the example and recipe that Carolyn posted on her blog: her Chocolate Espresso Torte…which is sweet, has espresso, has chocolate, and he can eat it! And it is THM friendly!

A few words to describe it? AMAZING, STELLAR and PERFECT for the occasion.

However, there was a bump along the way….

We are visiting my family in Newfoundland for a winter getaway (yes, we went North and not to a Sunny South). As wonderful as it is to be home, my sister has a dog; a big dog, a dog that enjoys food, a dog who can reach the counter when given the opportune moment (i.e. no one is watching and delicious smells are filling the kitchen), a dog who….

IMG_1187…decided that it would be convenient for her to find my goods and start chowing down! Glad we caught her before the whole thing was gone!

I didn’t let this stop me from finishing! I’m not one to throw something out because of a bit of dog germs…the cake will get eaten no matter what (and it did!). As a child I’m sure I kissed many dogs on the face and had slobber all over my face…if it didn’t hurt me then, it won’t kill me now. I used the sweet blend (Stevia and Erythritol) not Xylitol so the dog was fine, she didn’t get very much anyway.

(See note on conversations from swerve to sweet blend below.)

The process began as I started layering it up, tasting the deliciousness as I went along. The cream layer was wonderful!! And of course the more photogenic, uneaten-dog-side gets the shot…

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The ganache covered the slight disaster along the way. I was very impressed with how the ganache turned out and thickened. It was very easy to pour over and cover the cake.

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I wasn’t sure how the curls were going to work out. I had the pan in the fridge for a while as directed and it wash’t hardening too well so I stuck it in the freezer. I think I let it get too hard at first so I just got some chocolate dust when I tried scraping it. I let it sit out for a little while and soon I was able to get some beautiful curls.

 

This cake was a huge success!! It was amazing and all credit goes to Carolyn, the creator of the recipe!! Everything was so tasty, my family loved it and most importantly my husband loved it 🙂 I was happy with the outcome and I will definitely make it again sometime. As you can see it started getting devoured and was soon gone.IMG_1216IMG_1221IMG_1226

Success on a new recipe tried! It was THM friendly and went well as a dessert.

Note: I didn’t use swerve in my recipe. I used THM Sweet Blend. Unfortunately I can’t provide exact amounts of THM sweet blend that I used. I tasted as I went along. However, for 1/2 cup of swerve I would suggest about 1-2 Tbs of Sweet Blend. I estimated the amount of THM Sweet Blend when it came to the 1/3 cup and 1/4 cup of swerve required in recipe. For the confectioners swerve mentioned in the recipe I just put the THM Sweet Blend in a blender and ground it to a powder to get the right consistency.

I hope the pictures encourage you to attempt this cake. It’s worth it!! Happy birthday planning!

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Trial

Today we leave for a trip to visit my family in Newfoundland. I now live miles from home. Growing up, chocolate chip cookies are a kid’s staple treat and let’s not kid ourselves…we adults still like our sweet treats and chocolate chips! So, I thought I would whip up some chocolate chip cookies for the road/flight. They will make a nice snack with a coffee to keep us awake. Since being on THM I have tried various chocolate chip cookie recipes, I will post other trial cookies that I have experimented with. However, yesterday I tried these: Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies from the blog Beth on a diet.

The problem I find with some of the recipes using almond flour is that for the amount of  almond flour used there is not much for quantity versus using white flour recipes. This recipe wasn’t bad – a batch made 22 cookies!

I followed the recipe exactly as posted. I used a cookie scoop to put the dough on the baking tray. In the post Beth suggests flattening the dough with a fork before baking. I decided to see what would happen if I flattened some and left the others in a ball shape…and a couple of them well, I will explain when you see them.

These are the cookies left in a ball shape. The texture is great and makes a wonderful treat!

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Here are the cookies I flattened prior to baking. I would take them out sooner next time as you can tell by the slightly dark edges they enjoyed the heat too much!

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Then there were these four little guys that were an experiment. I opened the oven at about half way and checked them, the flattened ones were looking great so I  wondered what would happen if I flattened a couple during the baking process….needless to say they aren’t pretty but they do taste just as good as the rest!

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Scott and I both enjoyed these cookies very much!! definitly a make again receipe. Annnd I may have snuck a couple here and there. I hope you enjoy them as well!

 

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THM – “His” Perspective

My name is Scott. I thought I would give you all some background and perspective from a male point of view…I hope you enjoy!

Like many of life’s activities, this whole adventure is the result of many small choices. One by one, opportunities presented themselves as we made lifestyle changes that eventually led us down this path. It started with trying to be healthy – we all desire to do this, right? – then it was a smorgasbord of flavor-of-the-week diets that really didn’t produce desired results; then, thankfully, came the discovery of the “Trim Healthy Mama” book by sisters Serene Allison and Pearl Barrett. (A quick note to husbands and fathers: this will likely affect you more than your wife… go with it. Just because it says “mama” in the title doesn’t mean it isn’t for you!). Finally something that made sense to both of us! Imagine that: a diet that made sense to the engineering mind! A favorite quote of mine is: “In God we trust. Everyone else must bring data”. Without going into details, THM made sense to me in how the human body works. We tried the THM way of life and the results were great! I shred 30lbs in less than 3 months (200 to 170lbs) where my weight stabilized. I noticed a significant drop blood pressure (140/90s to 124/72) and increase in energy all while still being able to enjoy the wonderful gift of great tasting food. The data also showed that THM worked for my wife as well but due to the sensitivity of this data, I have been informed it will not be published in this domain!

We were and are so happy with this way of living that we shared (and continue to share) it with any one who was interested. Ruth started this blog to share recipes and photos of food and just general thoughts. At one point, we were purchasing products for our friends off the THM website and decided to look into becoming a reseller of THM products in Canada. Shortly after, we were looking into an online store! Neither of us have any experience in E-commerce so it is a learning experience for us both!

Our mission is to share 3 things with you that affected us first:

1. Simple lifestyle changes that will help you live healthier

2. Alternative food products that are substitutes for the things you crave (so you don’t need to white-knuckle your way through another diet!)

3. Encouragement to make healthy lifestyle changes through our story. We, among thousands of others, are proof that this works!

I hope you enjoy this blog and that you come back often. I will try my best to post in order to give all you Trim Healthy Husbands/Fathers out there some company, perspective and encouragement!

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Now an authorized THM reseller!

Trim Healthy Mama was started by sisters Serene Allison and Pearl Barrett. Their book, Trim Healthy Mama, No More Fads! A common sense guide to satisfy your cravings and energize your life, has impacted thousands of peoples’ lives for the better! It impacted our lives (my husband and I) so much that we wanted to share this knowlege with others.

Pinch of Patience is excited to be an authorized reseller of THM products in Canada located in Sarnia, Ontario. Check out my online store or leave me a message if you want to do a local pickup!

www.store.pinchofpatience.com

Check out the Trim Healthy Mama website by clicking on the link below:

www.trimhealthymama.com

 

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Let’s get started…

Hello world!

Welcome to Pinch of Patience! If you are new to my blog and store, don’t worry. I am too! I will try my best to be relavent and up to date with my posts. I hope you enjoy the content and come back to see what I have been up to.

You might ask what motivated me to start this page. Well, it has been said that patience is a virtue. Although we have all heard this saying many times in our lives, we seldom actually slow down and enjoy the simple yet divinely good things we have been blessed with. Our culture lends itself to speed, production and efficiency, yet God instructs us to “be still and know that I am God”. Waiting is tough, especially when you are used to rushing all the time! Sometimes it just takes a pinch of patience to slow down or stop, just for a moment, and enjoy the simple goodness of this life.

Thats where I got the idea for this blog/company venture that I am just embarking on now. I hope it is helpful to you and that you come back often. Every time you do come back, I extend a humble thank-you and a warm welcome to my site.

 

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