The Six Month Itch

Welcome  I hope everyone had a BEAUTIFUL Christmas holiday…blessed with safe travels, loving family, and, well, comfort and joy!  With my daughter home on Christmas break and lots of holiday festivities, I’m spending time away from the blog, but I wanted to check in with everyone, wish you a Happy New Year, and share another great recipe.  Thanks for taking the time to visit today.  Note–I may receive a small compensation from affiliate links seen on this blog post.  For further information, please see my Terms and Disclosure page.

Food For Thought  Are you familiar with the phrase “seven year itch?”  The idea is that after you have done something for seven years, or so, you get a little restless and bored and start to seek out other sources of entertainment.  I have heard this most often about marriages.  After seven years, one or both partners begin to feel less than enthusiastic about one another.  Ideally, when this time in marriage comes up, you can find some encouraging mentors and some exciting new hobbies to share to keep the excitement up!  When my husband and I had been married for seven years, our daughter was four years old.  I had taken up running and was losing quite a bit of weight.  This was enough excitement, I suppose, to keep my husband’s interest.  In addition, our daughter was old enough that my husband and I could resume our hiking hobby and quest for waterfall adventures.  There’s nothing magical about the number seven here, but I think the “itch” comes along when we’re fighting the mundane.  Every day, doing the same work, following the same routine with house and kids.  It just gets a little too easy to allow marriage to be routine as well.  Look for little ways to keep the excitement and romance alive…don’t let love get stale!

This idea doesn’t just apply to marriage, though.  I might be dealing with a little bit of an itch myself regarding the relationship with my blog.  I launched this blog six months ago and it’s become part of my routine.  I love routine and, for the most part, familiarity.  But I fear that I may become stagnate in this endeavor, which I do not want!  I would like to keep this fresh, exciting, and inviting.  I would like to grow my audience and followers.   I don’t want to get lazy and “let myself go” in this venture.  But I’m also getting “the itch” to do something new.  So I began writing my book this week!  It’s a bold move on my part, but it should keep my interest.  As we are approaching 2018 at a feverish pace, are you getting the itch to try something new?  I want to encourage you to embrace the “new” in the new year and make a leap of faith.   Try a new hobby.  Try a new look or fashion.  Try a new line of work, either in the same field or something completely different.  Try a new form of exercise.  Meet new people.  Read a new book.  Redo a room in your home.  Plan some new landscaping for the spring.  Visit a new venue in your city.  There are lessons to learn around every corner.  There is personal growth waiting for each of us.  Be bold and brave in 2018, and if you start a new adventure, share with us in the comments here, or on our Facebook page.  I’d love to offer you encouragement along the way!

Today’s Scripture  It’s scary to try new things, even when we know they’re good for us.  That’s why I love the song Fearless by Jasmine Murray, “But I wasn’t given the spirit of fear, I was given the power of love, Everything I’ve been fighting against, I’m gonna lift it up.  I wanna be fearless, no holding back, no backing down.”  The lyrics of the song are great, but don’t stop there.  Check out these verses that can help us be fearless.

Joshua 1:9  “Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous.  Do not be terrified, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Psalms 34:4  “I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.”

Isaiah 41:10, 13  “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”  “For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.”

2 Timothy 1:7  “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.”

Today’s Recipe  Last week I shared the need we have at our house for sugar-free and low-sugar desserts.  Today’s recipe is a “classic” sugar-free dessert that I first enjoyed at my mom and dad’s when my dad was diagnosed with diabetes.  I’ve made it occasionally, but also found the recipe on Pinterest at Rose Bakes.  There is no doubt that sugar free cake mixes are lacking in the texture department, but the addition of the pineapple lush on top adds creaminess without a ton of extra sugar.  Be sure to pick crushed pineapple in 100% juice to help lower the sugar content, as opposed to heavy syrup.  This is not completely sugar or carb-free because of the pineapple, but lower than most desserts.  And it is one of the easiest and lightest desserts you can make for your loved ones that need to watch their sugar.

Pineapple Lush Cake

  • 1 box Pillsbury sugar-free yellow cake mix, and water, eggs, and oil called for on box
  • 1 20-oz can crushed pineapple in juice, NOT drained
  • 1 1-oz box sugar-free instant vanilla pudding, NOT prepared
  • 1 8-oz carton sugar-free Cool Whip, thawed

Prepare cake according to package directions; allow to cool 2 hours.  In large bowl, stir together remaining ingredients.  Top cake with the pineapple lush.  Refrigerate for at least 2 hours to set.  Refrigerate any left-overs.

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