Amazing Sugar Free Jam

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In the hustle and bustle of daily life it can be difficult to make healthy and economical  meals. However, with the start of my new nursing program Monday morning I am trying to save as much as I can and eat as healthy as I can. The hardest part of working full time and going to school part time for me has been my diet. I can do really well for months and then once I slip from my day to day diet, all of hard work to be healthy seems to get pushed to the side. I am battling constant stress and I am working on getting better and healthy again. In my quest for getting healthy, I have been following some pretty amazing real food blogs and I have learned a LOT! Billy Always loves it when I make something new and is always happy to watch me in the kitchen. 🙂

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Today was no different than any other Sunday for me and scroll through food blogs, however, I came across an Amazing recipe that I wanted to try! Wild Blueberry Chia Seed Jam by http://healthylivinghowto.com One look at the name of the recipe and I knew it was for ME! I love ANYTHING CHIA and to add it fruit to make a jam sent me straight to the kitchen! I always have frozen fruit in my freezer and I grabbed the first bag I saw, which was strawberries! I used the basis of the original recipe, but I added an extra 1tbsp of chia seeds and 3 extra tbsp of water to balance the jam. This recipe can be tweaked to your liking very easily.

I have to say that this recipe is extremely simple to make and the taste is unbelievable! Since I used strawberries as the fruit I did not need to add any sweetener to the jam, making the sweetness entirely from the fruit. Win-Win in my book! 🙂 I hope to get better with pictures as I blog more. I hope you try this amazing simple recipe!

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1 cup frozen strawberries

2 tbsp chia seeds

4 tbsp water

sweeten to taste with stevia (sweeter fruit may not need any added sweetener)

In a small saucepan over medium heat bring fruit and water to a low boil

Smash fruit until desired consistency

Remove from stove and add chia seeds

Stir until fully mixed and seeds begin to thicken

Place in a small glass jar, add sweetener if needed

Store in refrigerator

Stir before serving

Note

You can use any type of berries;   i.e. blueberries, raspberries, blackberries or strawberries.

Sunday’s

Sunday’s should be for rest and reflection.

Life is hectic and it seems that I never have enough time to do everything that I want or need to do. Yet, on Sunday’s I try to take a little time for myself to relax and unwind, as well as reflect on the week that has just ended. Some weeks are crazier than others and I always enjoy being able to sleep in a little on Sunday mornings when I can. Life as I know it is about to get even crazier as my new nursing program is about to begin, but until it does I am going to enjoy my last 2 Sunday mornings to the best of my ability!

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Sunday’s are my day to remember why we do what we do!

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Last Sunday we mowed and opened up the side pastures for the boys to graze!

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Today I have enjoyed myself by sleeping in and lounging in my PJs’ most of the day. I did make homemade fruit and nut bars, which I will blog about at a later time once I get them perfected! Being the avid DIY’er I am always trying new recipes that I can tweak and make my own! Today’s treats are drying in the oven as I type and the cinnamon in them is making my tummy hungry!!! 🙂

My wish for you today is to enjoy your Sunday and reflect on your week!

Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!

Peace! Love! & Hugs!

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Happy Birthday Dr. Suess!

WOW!!!!

Little did I know when I started the thought process on creating a blog that amazing things would happen!!!! I have been trying to come up with a name for a facebook page and blog for a while and with the help of my amazing family and friends, I was able to come up with a name that totally fits!!!! Something tells me that it is a good thing that I created these pages on Dr. Suess’s Birthday since they are on a play on one of my favorite Dr. Suess books of all time!!!! 🙂

Happy 109th Birthday Dr. Suess!!!!