Apple “dump” cake

I saw this recipe online (hip2save.com/2014/09/03/3-ingredient-apple-dump-cake/) and decided to make it today, especially since I had all the ingredients.

I realized, though, that I only had five apples— I needed 7, so I substituted fresh peaches. I kept the peel on some of the apples then thinly sliced the apples and peaches.

001I layered the fruit on the bottom of the glass 9×13 pan, but forgot to spray it first. After the fruit was distributed evenly at the bottom of the pan, I sprinkled cinnamon over it.

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Then I poured the yellow cake mix over the fruit. The recipe called for one stick of melted butter, but instead I used unsweetened apple sauce— about ¾ of the 23 oz jar.

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I wasn’t sure how it would turn out since I hadn’t sprayed the bottom of the pan, and because I used apple sauce and peaches.

I baked it for one hour at 325 degrees. When the timer went off, I noticed that there was still dry cake mix on it so I spread the apple sauce over the dry mix and placed the pan back into the over for another 15 minutes.

I was surprised to see how the cake looked—it had a golden color and the apples were bubbling.

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I didn’t wait for the cake to cool—I scooped some out and then topped it with low fat chocolate ice cream.

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Great recipe!

“…people do not live by bread alone; rather, we live by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord” (Deu 8:3, NLT).

 

Copyright © 2014 Dr. M. Teresa Trascritti

A new day

I saw my doctor the other day—it was nothing serious. I had been running on my tread mill and felt my heart jump. Then after a couple more miles of running, I felt another jump. It was really hard for me to complete my run so I stopped.

Anyway, while at the doctor’s office, I was weighed. I had noticed that for the past several months that I had plateaued in my weight loss, in fact, it almost felt like I had even gained a little weight. Once I stepped on the scale I realized that I really had gained a few pounds from the last time I was there.

Since I was having an issue with my heart, the doctor ordered an EKG. When he saw the results he said that my heart was “perfect.” Then my husband’s physical appointment followed. I was there when the doctor explained to him about exercise and eating fresh vegetables and fruits.

After getting home, I looked for information about jump starting my weight loss and found an article online (http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/bob-harper-jumpstart-skinny).

The visit to the doctor’s office and the article made me realize that I had slowly slipped back to my old eating habits—eating more bread, eating more meats, eating desserts, etc. No wonder I had gained weight even though I was still running! So for the next three weeks, I will watch what I eat and follow the plan listed on the website.

I tried to start yesterday, but at the end of the day I had cake while celebrating my daughter-in-law’s graduation from nursing school.

“…we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day” (2 Cor. 4:16, NLT).

Today is a new day!

Copyright © 2013 Dr. M. Teresa Trascritti

I was an “out-of-control” glutton

My husband and I know of an older man who is in his 70’s who seemed so much younger because he has a lot of energy and is very active—he would go on mountain hikes that were several miles long, and he would go whitewater rafting and canoeing. His advice was to live life now while you still can and keep doing what you love.

I wanted to have that kind of energy and strength, but I had to make some changes in my life. I couldn’t keep eating like a “teenager”—I had to take care of my body.

I heard that as we get older it’s natural to gain weight, but how much is “natural”? When my children were younger I weighed 107 pounds—I remember this because when I tried to give blood the person said that I had to be at least 110 pounds. They gave my children cookies and sent me on my way.

My heaviest, non-pregnant weight was 148 pounds (it could have been higher than that, but that’s what I remember from the doctor’s office). The sad thing was that I didn’t even realize that I had gained this weight— in my mind, it just “seemed to happen.”

I remember eating quarter-pound hot dogs, quarter-pound burgers, milk shakes, and large cinnamon rolls (I was eating as much or even more than my husband) then telling myself that I’d work it off—who was I kidding? I hadn’t exercised in several years! That was my way of feeling less guilty for having no self-control.

One day I noticed that my clothes were starting to get tight. Then I noticed that I was slowly transitioning into larger blouses and pants. I would tell myself, “Clothing sometimes runs small.” Why would I fool myself like that? I didn’t like what I had become. I didn’t even like looking at myself in the mirror. I was an “out of control” glutton.

That’s when I “woke up.” I couldn’t keep going down this path—I had to do something. Not only did I not like how I looked, but I found out that it was affecting my health—my cholesterol and blood pressure were up.

So I started to “run” (it was more like light jogging and walking, but it was a start). Even though I wanted to exercise there were weeks when I did no activity. I felt pathetic—I felt like a “loser” and I wanted to “give up” and “give in”—just eat whatever and do nothing about it because it was just too hard to exercise.

It wasn’t until I started to Tweet about my progress that I was able to stick with exercising. It felt like there was some kind of accountability. After a “run,” I would Tweet my time, the distance, and some encouraging Scripture. I tried to do this at least twice a week.

I increased my time on the treadmill, and I added an extra day to my week—I was working out three times a week, 30 minutes each time. I went from light jogging/fast walking, to light jogging only, then to running. That was about 2 years ago.

The progress is slow—sometimes I only have one day a week to exercise and I find myself eating lots of cake during special occasions. Sometimes I would gain a pound or two, then there were weeks or months when I “plateaued”—no changes in weight, but I kept going. I try to think of certain foods as “poison” for my body and this has helped me to avoid some of them.

I long to be that “skinny” young mother that I was, but even if I never get there at least I am helping my body to recover from the damages I inflicted.

Change is possible— you just have to want it more than the other thing. I loved all the wrong foods, but I really want to be healthy so I can be around a little longer for my children and grandchildren.

I picture myself at my granddaughters’ wedding and seeing my great-grandchildren. I want this to happen in “real life.” I know there are no “guarantees” in life—God can take me anytime He wants and I can’t do anything to stop Him, but I shouldn’t shorten my life by being a glutton with no self-control.

I think this might be an issue for others too and that’s why the Bible has so many passages about “self-control.” One that seems applicable to my situation is Proverbs 25:27-28, “It’s not good to eat too much honey… A person without self-control is like a city with broken-down walls” (NLT). I don’t want to have “broken-down walls” anymore!

Copyright © 2013 Dr. M. Teresa Trascritti

The Temple of God

My husband and I have been trying to watch what we eat—eating more fresh vegetables and fruits, and refraining from eating red meat, fatty foods, and fried foods. I never realized that eating fresh vegetables can be so satisfying!

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In the past year or so I have lost about 30 pounds. I want to take care of my body. I think what drives me to do this is 1 Corinthians 6:19— “Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God?”

Not only am I watching what I eat, but I am trying to exercise regularly—not because it’s the “in thing” to do, but because I don’t want to have health problems in the future. A couple years ago, my blood test showed that I was on the verge of getting high cholesterol, but my levels are normal now.

Healthy eating reminds me of Daniel 1:12 &15, “’Please test us for ten days on a diet of vegetables and water,’ Daniel said…. At the end of the ten days, Daniel and his three friends looked healthier and better nourished than the young men who had been eating the food assigned by the king.”

How are you taking care of God’s temple?

Copyright © 2013 M. Teresa Trascritti