Monthly Archives: January 2012

Sugar Free and Low Carb Pumpkin Cheesecake


Sugar Free Low Carb Pumpkin Cheesecake


Low Carb Pumpkin Cheesecake


3         Philadelphia Cream Cheese (8 ounces each)* at Room Temp

1         Canned Pumpkin (15 ounces)

1 1/3   Cup Splenda

2         Teaspoons Pumpkin Pie Spice

1          Teaspoon Cinnamon

1          Teaspoon Vanilla*

1/8     Teaspoon Salt

3         Large Eggs at Room Temp


Heat oven to 325 degrees.  Spray a spring form pan with cooking spray.  Beat cream cheese until creamy.   Add pumpkin, Splenda, spice, cinnamon and vanilla.  Beat until well blended.  Add eggs one at a time beating on low speed until each is blended well into mixture.  Pour batter into prepared pan and smooth out.  Bake for 45 minutes.  Turn oven off, open door and let stand in oven for another 30 minutes.  Cool at room temperature and like all good cheesecakes refrigerate and serve after 8 hours.

Nat Notes:  Use the name brand cream cheese for lower carbs.  Use the teaspoon of vanilla liberally and allow just a splash more for flavor. This is a great cheesecake to start out on since most require a water bath to not burn.  This one does not.  A spring form pan is the kind with “the little buckle on the side” which allows you to remove the cheescake by opening the “buckle” to expand the pan.  Walmart carries a decent spring form pan.  Get the coated one.

Ten Servings:  Each with 6 Grams of Net Carbs, 8 Grams of Protein, 1.5 Grams of Fiber, 27 Grams of Fat and 298 Calories.  Atkins and South Beach friendly.


“What Spurs Me On?”


“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds”, implored the writer of the book of Hebrews in the tenth chapter twenty-fourth verse.   Thinking of that verse today had me asking, “What spurs me on?”   Quickly, I went through the last few weeks and realized there were others spurring me on and for all of you I am truly grateful:

Thank you to my oldest son for letting me know why you received an “A” in your speech class.  When he was assigned a speech, with himself as the subject, he could have easily spouted off about himself.  Instead, he talked about his parents and family: our trials, life, death, homeschooling and how proud he was that his parents have stayed the course through it all.   I could not have received a better compliment than knowing that you have been watching and we haven’t done too badly.

My stepmother, who sent a small note, letting me know you consider me your own daughter is a tremendous act of love.  The handwritten notes in  cards and letters, from friends and family to let me know that you care,  have meant a great deal and the timing was impeccable.  Phone calls, emails, text messages…these are all acts of love spurring me on.  Thank you so very much for thinking of us.

Then, there is this grinning little girl, a gift from my sister,  who loves me and stays by my side all day long.

Finding inspiration from magazines to remind me that spring is coming and the possibilities on the farm are endless.   Fancy chicken coops and lady bugs have me planning building and gardening projects.  Clothing and jewelry have me motivated to eat right again.  All this is possible because some caring strangers bring their old magazines to the Brenham library and leave them in the vestibule so you can take them home.  What a blessing!  I would not have found spring so easily without old issues of these lovely magazines to remind me that it does exist and is just around the corner.

Lastly, but not least, thank you to my youngest son for reminding me how to resize, upload and get this thing working again.

Come Early, Proverbs 8:17


Proverbs 8:17 says, “I love them that love Me, and those that seek  Me shall find me early.”   This was the message embroidered on canvas and given to me on Christmas Eve by neighbor and Sister In Christ, Mae Starr.    Her given name is something entirely different.  Mae Starr of  Texas  is her inner talent name that she uses for art and especially embroidery.  She drew this and then embroidered it.  These are the kind of gifts that mean so much to me.

Find Mae Starr’s Boutique with embroidery, vintage fabric, patterns and surprises at:

Come Early Canvas

How perfect was the timing because as you know my sister did leave early and she did seek Him and I know that she found Him.  What a comfort to know that!   Thank you, Mae, for reminding me of that and giving such a beautiful and comforting gift.

In Loving Memory Of My Sister, Sandra Lee Wilson


When you were born in the south in the 50’s or 60’s, at least in our family,  you were given one long name which automatically included your middle name.   This was the case when Fern Marie gave birth to Sandra Lee.

From the beginning she was a November child full of gratitude and love.  She started her career at age eighteen and before twenty-five  was managing Superior Title in Clear Lake, Texas.  She always looked at every employee as someone with a life and family beyond the door of the office.  Each file or title that was examined was important to her because that meant a family or a life that counted on her for their future success.  She was in the title industry for forty years.  I don’t recall her ever having a resume.  The name Sandra Lee Wilson was enough.

Her personal life was filled with family and friends.  She owned her own ski boat and took it out to Clear Lake every weekend.  Years later, she admitted that she couldn’t really back that boat up but she knew someone would help her when she got there.

Then the babies came and from that moment on she gave up herself and it was about her children.  That brings me to you, Natalie Nicole,  an August baby, back to school and down to business.  Your mom worked until the day you were born and did she ever crave mexican food and guacamole.  You are the serious business side of your mom.  We are so proud of the teacher and motivator that you are.

Matthew David, the December, “let’s celebrate Jesus’ birthday”,  child which was your mom’s favorite time of year.  You, Matt, are the fun-loving, compassionate and joyful side of your mom.  We are so proud of the husband and father you have become.  Both of you are the sum total of your mother; full of goodness and light.

John Brandon and Crystal Suzanne, you completed Natalie and Matthew.  Sandra felt her job was complete when her children married you.

Allen,  I just realized I have never known your middle name so I am calling you what my sister named you – Allen Soldier.  We laugh because Sandra Lee could give us our orders and we carried them out.  It may be tear out the back yard and re-landscape in a day or just a week ago shopping for the  grand babies.  Like you said, she kept you going and gave you a purpose.  Well, now there are new marching orders.  You are a wonderful father, brother, uncle and most of all a grandfather which is most important to Sandra.  The last few years have been difficult; but,  you kept it all together and I thank you for loving my sister.

Payton Kaylee and Carter Allen, your grandma loved you beyond words.  We all know that the first grandchild has the privilege of naming the grandparents.  When Sandra was keeping Payton, there was a period of about two weeks that several bananas were peeled and not eaten.  Payton kept asking for a “nana” and not eating them.  Finally, Sandra realized that she was Nana.  Recently, I have been informed that Payton changed her mind and is saying grandma now.

With all her heart Sandra wanted to bless you, her grand babies, and so I have these verses for you from your grandma:

The Lord Bless thee and keep thee.  The Lord make His face shine upon thee and be gracious unto thee.

The Lord lift up His countenance upon thee and give thee peace. (Numbers 6:24-26)

Looking back, Sandra’s life story was her family especially her grandchildren.  There was plenty of love and laughter and friends along the way.  Her favorite song was “I Hope You Dance”.  If it came on the radio I had to listen and I believe now she would give us our marching orders and she would hope that we dance…

Love to you, Sandra Lee.  I know you know the Lord Jesus and must be dancing for joy right now.