Another Update for April


Available now at the sites listed below. I believe The Daddy Pact (old cover above) is missing from a couple sites but I’ll take care of that in the next few days.

Sadly, I’ve done very poorly with Camp NaNoWriMo this month. Hopefully, starting Monday, I can play some quick catch up. Nowhere near what I’d planned, but better than where it stands now – which is less than 5,000 words. On a brighter note, I now have eleven more books ‘wide.’ That means they are at iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Kobo,  Google Books, Google Play, and Smashwords, in addition to Amazon.  When I figure out how to find myself on Google Books and Google Play, I’ll share those links here too.

By mid-May, Enza, Josh, The Secret Admirer, The Ripple, and Storytime Shorts will be joining them.

If this works out, I’ll be making the rest of my books available to the other stores again. I’ll be doing some advertising and praying, and hoping for the best that it does because I have never liked the thought of being exclusive to one online bookstore.

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But enough of that. Now for a quick update on my Trim Healthy Mama (THM) journey…

Except for one small cheat early last week, I’ve been on plan for eight days in a row. I do realize I’m more of an emotional eater than I though since the cheat followed hot on the heels of several hours of frustration while trying to upload the books to Google. I finally got to the bottom of that problem early this evening.

One of the most exciting things I’ve noticed is that in separating fats and carbs (mostly), and limiting carbs to – at most – 45 grams per meal, I’m sleeping SOOOOOOOO much better. I didn’t need my Fitbit to tell me I was waking up all of the time – up to a dozen or more times for every seven or eight hours sleep I was getting. Now I’m sleeping four to seven hours at a time and only waking up in between for the “Mom’s Taxi Service” runs.

Part of the time, those waking periods were to make a quick run to the bathroom. TMI, I’m sure, but I’m sharing in case anyone else has this issue. I was starting to worry that I might be getting – or already have – diabetes. But after a week on this diet, those trips to the bathroom … they’re over. Unless I chug a whole lot of water right before bed and then that’s my fault. Something about carbs, or sugar  … or both … combined with fats just isn’t conducive for a good night’s sleep 

So I’m feeling better and losing a few pounds – and the food is really pretty good. Tonight (technically, yesterday) I had two tacos, each on a quarter of a Lavash flatbread. I fried them in a little bit of refined coconut oil very briefly. They crisp up so maybe five seconds on each side, then I blotted them off with a paper towel. Then I fried the other half a little longer, until almost crisp (they continue to crisp up as they cool down), broke it into pieces, and had it with a little Tostino’s Salsa Con Queso. They worked very nicely as chips.

About a half an hour ago, after finally figuring out how to get my books up on Google Books and Google Play – and spending several hours doing it, I was kind of hungry. I didn’t want another taco, and I didn’t want anymore chips and cheese. I wanted something sweet. But I wanted it to be quick.

Necessity is the mother of invention, right? So here is what I did…

1 Mission Carb Balance tortilla
2 oz. cream cheese (cold)
1 heaping tablespoon Swerve granular sweetener
2 tablespoons no sugar added strawberry preserves
1-2 tablespoons refined coconut oil

Mix the cold cream cheese with the sweetener and preserves. Heat about a quarter of an inch of coconut oil in small pan. Dump cream cheese mixture in the center of the tortilla and make four quick folds. Place the ‘taco’ top down and turn as soon as it begins to brown – or the filling will leak out – fast. fry the bottom for a bit longer, until it’s golden.

The only thing I might do differently the next time is to freeze the dessert taco until the center is pretty solid. Because lit does start leaking out of the tortilla fairly quickly and I’d have loved to have had the folded edges a little crispier. But I was hungry then  and in too much of a hurry to bother. The most important thing is that my experiment was a huge success. I’ll definitely be enjoying more of these – until I’m more established with the THM plan and work the gluten back out of my diet again.

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