Wednesday, September 24, 2014

SIL Sisters in Christ: Jesus 101 - Turning Water Into Wine

SIL Sisters in Christ: Jesus 101 - John 2 Bible Study: Why Did Jesus Turn Water Into Wine?
Read Past Posts: Week 1 | Week 2

If there's one thing almost everyone knows about Jesus (other than being crucified or born in a manger, that is) it's that He turned water into wine. 

Here in John 2, John takes us to that very moment - the first of the signs through which Jesus revealed that He was truly the Son of God. We see Jesus perform His very first miracle here on earth.

For over two thousand years, people have been asking the same question; "What proof is there that Jesus really was who He claimed to be?". They even asked it to Jesus himself time and time again. 

For John, the proof that Jesus truly was God was found in His words and actions. In this chapter we see not one, but two signs that show us that Jesus was the fullness of God in human form. But these signs can be a little tricky to understand - so we're going to break them down to find their true meaning. 

So come and explore John 2 with me; 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Recipe: Marbled Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cake

Healthy, High Protein Marbled Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cake - low fat, gluten free, low carb, high protein, grain free, refined sugar free

I'm definitely not a girl who's afraid of carbs... in fact, I probably eat too many carbs but hey, who cares! I am, however, a girl who loveeeeeeeeeeeeesssssssss peanut butter. So I kinda, sorta, accidentally created a low carb recipe here. 

This cake came from a random peanut butter craving (who am I kidding, I'm always craving peanut butter) and an overflowing stash of peanut flour. Yeaaaaah, I'm a peanut butter addict who's also a peanut flour hoarder - but at least these problems enable me to make delicious cakes.

So, one weekend, I took my random craving and my peanut butter stash and I got to experimenting. I'd been watching some foodie show on TV and saw a marble cake and decided I neeeeeeded to make a peanut butter chocolate swirl marble cake. So I started throwing things into a bowl...

Healthy, High Protein Marbled Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cake - low fat, gluten free, low carb, high protein, grain free, refined sugar free

I decided I needed a little extra protein in my life so I decided to use all peanut flour (and no other flours - risssskkkyyyyy business but I made it work!) - then I decided to amp up the peanut butter flour by using peanut butter - add in a couple of eggs, a bit of yogurt, some applesauce and honey and then separate the batter, add cocoa, pour your batter into the tin and cross your fingers and hope that this Frankenstein recipe works.

And ohhhhhhhhhhh sweet goodness did this recipe work!

This cake/bread/slice of heaven is perfect. Whether you eat it on it's own or top it with even more peanut butter (what did I tell you, addict) - toast it or eat it fresh, you'll probably want to hide it and eat the whole batch because it's so so good!

But let me share the recipe with you >>

Monday, September 22, 2014

Recipe: DIY Healthy, All Natural Soda Syrups

DIY Healthy Soda Syrup Recipe - low fat, gluten free, sugar free, all natural

We're not big flavoured soda/soft drink fans, however, we do drink a tonne of soda water. For ages we were carting bottle after bottle of soda water home from the supermarket (and recycling bottle after bottle every week), however, we found an easier, more affordable and more environmentally friendly option - SodaStream! 

For a household of soda water lovers, the SodaStream Play was an instant hit and we constantly have a bottle made up in the fridge. The SodaStream Play is one of the latest models and we think it's super cute with its fun retro look - we chose a bright lemon yellow which is perfect for summer, however, it's also available in five other colours including red and grey!

The Play is the first SodaStream drinks maker to have the cool "auto-lift" slider and "snap-lock" mechanism so making a bottle of soda water is super simple. Just fill the reusable carbonating bottle to the line with water, pop your bottle into the machine and press down 2-3 times to carbonate. For best results, refridgerate the water prior to carbonating - that way it's super fizzy!

Best of all? You can add a little bit of designer style to your home for just $99 because this gorgeous machine was designed by the legendary Yves Behar.

DIY Healthy Soda Syrup Recipe - low fat, gluten free, sugar free, all natural
But not everyone likes plain Soda Water - and not everyone wants a sweet drink that's overloaded with sugar. Sometimes it's nice to enjoy something different, so I decided that I wanted to create my own healthy, refined sugar free soda syrups to enjoy with friends.

Whilst SodaStream have their own Flavours (with great low sugar options!) I wanted to make something a little bit special - my own DIY Soda Syrups that were full of flavour without being full of sugar.

So I set to work to create something delicious - and I succeeded!
DIY Healthy SodaStream Syrup Recipe - low fat, gluten free, sugar free, all natural

DIY Healthy SodaStream Syrup Recipe - low fat, gluten free, sugar free, all natural
I came up with a super simple method for making a refined sugar free syrup using just about any type of fruit. For our friends, we created two special drinks - the Blueberry Fizz and a Strawberry Sparkle.

They are super refreshing and can be tweaked and changed to create whatever you like. For the more adventurous drinkers, I added in some fresh herbs for a flavour boost whilst others chose to keep it simple.

The best thing about these syrups is that you can add as much or as little as you like - it's totally up to you! All you've got to do is add some syrup to the bottom of your glass and top it up with a fresh bottle of Soda Water made in your SodaStream.
They're a huge hit with kids and adults and are the perfect summer drink. Because they're so quick and easy to make, I know they'll be making a regular appearance at the SIL house! 

So let me show you how to make these Healthy Soda Syrups >> 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Six Sentence Sunday: 21st September, 2014

Just when I think I'm starting to feel better it all gets worse as I've been battling major sinus headaches/pain for the last two days :(

Jesse and I are both currently snuggled up in blankets in our office - we're both sleep deprived and just wanting to relax. 

After we binge watched (and finished) all of Supernatural, Beauty and the Beast, Baby Daddy and Once Upon a Time we're now going to re-watch Dr Who whilst we wait for all of the new seasons :P 

On Friday night we brought back an old favourite for dinner - The Healthy Chicken Bacon Rice Bowl

I think this week's mission is to create awesome veggie burgers because I've never actually had a veggie burger that I loved and I'm determined to create a recipe which I do love!

I have some how managed to drink just about all of my tea stash so I've been checking bags and boxes all over the house to find stray tea bags (because this girls needs emergency tea bags in her purse, you see) so I can keep on sippin' (and not have to go to the store today because I'm lazy haha) 

But tell me, how has your weekend been? 
Do you have any sinus clearing secrets? (I'm open to anything)
And are you a tea lover like me? What's your favourite tea?

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