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Keep the Faith ~ Inspiration

To those that may be struggling with disappointments, life, diet, lack of results…


Helen Marie

Sorry for my extended absence.

My precious mother-in-law passed away quite suddenly

after a harsh round of chemotherapy for a quick growing lung cancer.

She will be sorely missed.

What a lady.

She took 8 little kids, 6 sons and 2 daughters, away

from an abusive relationship

and raised them with the love and help

of a wonderful man, our Papa Freddie.

She was our strength and the glue that  kept our

family together.

She kept her kids on the right path with her tough love.

Gone too soon.

We love you both, Grandma and Papa.

Rest in Jesus.

In Memory of Freddie “Papa” Golden

Today would have been Papa’s 83rd birthday.  He was a man that lived up to his name…he truly was golden.  He is greatly missed.

Papa & Grandma Golden

Freddie H. Golden

11-19-27 to 5-24-10

Summer 2010

I just thought I’d share some pictures of my summer.  Most of these were taken with my cell phone camera, so please forgive the quality.

Hope you’ve had a great summer!

My daughter is all excited about Fall, so we’ll probably be sharing some photos of an Autumn project she has in mind.


(Click on the pictures to enlarge.)

My hubby went fishing this morning.

Chicken Fried Steak and Gravy

My great-nephew enjoys the pool.

Homemade Pizza on a Low Carb Tortilla

The Pool on a beautiful day!

Purple Hull Peas from my garden

Purple Hull peas on my plate.

This was one of my mom’s favorite summer suppers…purple hull peas, fried summer squash, ripe tomatoes & cornbread.

My daughter’s cat, Angel, goes to the garden with me every day.

Pretty pepper plant.

Fresh green beans.

Fresh tomato on toasted sour dough bread sammie.

A wedding cake by my friend’s daughter…she is self-taught and a mom of 2 young children who bakes out of her home.  I don’t know how she does it!

Another cake by Jada.

(Hopefully someday to be called The Cakery Boutique.)

Chicken Club Ring


Our family made a trip to Lambert’s in Sikeston, Mo.  They are famously called “The Home of the Throwed Rolls”.  When you raise your hand, they’ll throw you a hot yeast roll.  The food is wonderful!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this glimpse of my summer.

I hope to be back soon with some great low carb recipes and stories that warm the heart.  Come back soon!

The Holidays and your favorite recipes

The holiday season will soon be here. 


Thanksgiving is a very special holiday for our family and usually centers around our family dinner.  

Mom’s Southern cornbread Turkey and Dressing is the usual star of the main meal.  There are other favorites that complete our meal.  My brother has to have Chunky Potato Salad, made the same way my grandmother made it.  I usually enjoy the Sweet Potatoes and baked Ham.  

One daughter loves the Green Bean Casserole and Yeast Rolls while daughter #2 loves the Ham and Cream Style Corn.

And of course, the dessert choice wouldn’t be complete without mom’s Angel Salad on the menu.  (Pictures and recipe forthcoming)


 I’m a dessert eater.  Below are some of my favorites.



Peanut Butter Balls



Southern Pecan Pie



Chess Pie



Sour Cream Pound Cake


And if you’re watching your sugar intake…


Low Carb Mini-Chocolate Chip Cheesecake


What special dish are you looking forward to? 

My Grandparents – 1935

Missing for 15 years, this photo was found in an old purse of my Mom’s.


Doy Otis Butler and Lois Alma Wells

Mom has been fighting sinus cancer since 2003.  I’ve been spending more time with her, trying to help in any way I can.  I was just straightening up in her bedroom a little as she took a shower.  I spotted some beaded black satin material and thought it was just a house-dress and I’d hang it up for her.  I pulled out this purse that I didn’t recall seeing.  As I moved it I heard some change rattling around and thought I’d get it out for her.  She has tons of old purses with change in the bank envelopes from her working days.

I opened the drawstring on this unusual purse and laying there on top of several items was this picture of my grandparents in 1935, one year before their wedding date.   It was in excellent condition and I was so pleased to find it.

Then I spotted 2 more pictures, those in not so good shape.  I gently placed them on her bed, eager to show them to her.  As she came out of the shower, she spotted the pictures laying there on the bed.  Her knees went weak and she almost fainted because she was so happy to see them.  She had feared them lost forever. 

She told me a what she could remember about the picture.  It was taken outside her aunt’s house and that they had had a spat the day before.  This might account for the slightly severe facial expressions.  I assume they got over the spat.  They were married for over 40 years and had 1 child, a daughter- my mother, Genelle.

I believe finding these precious pictures was just a little gift from the Man above to let us know that we’re not forgotten and that there are moments of happiness and pleasure yet to come.

My Valentine and Chocolate Cake


My Valentine gift turned 11 this year. 

I made her a layered chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream icing.  This started out being for the cake eaters at her party, since she had requested an ice cream cake from the local Dairy Queen.  DQ Ice cream cake has no cake and I wanted some cake, myself. 

After she saw this cake, she changed her mind on the DQ idea and I picked up some Vanilla & Chocolate Swirl Ice Cream to go with the cake.  No Neopolitan this time! 

Handyman grilled hamburgers and hotdogs and talked to the adults (family) while the kids (8 of them) played outside.  There was some type of mystery they were investigating.  They’re all into Nancy Drew at this age and are intrigued by any type of mysterious finding!

After her party, we went to the mall to spend some of that birthday money.  She found a fluttery cream and brown skirt, a cream sweater and a fancy top.  At Claire’s she got a small coin purse and at Bath and Body she got shimmery lip gloss.  She had a blast shopping and enjoyed her birthday very much!


Below is one of the best chocolate cakes you’ll ever eat.  This recipe was given to me by a friend years ago and happens to be my mom’s favorite cake.  It can be made as a sheet cake or a layered cake.


Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake

2 C sugar
2 C flour
1 1/2 sticks butter
1 T baking soda
1 C buttermilk
2 eggs
1/2 cup baking cocoa dissolved in 1/2 cup hot water.
Mix all together.  Bake at 350 until done, about 40 minutes or until
toothpick comes clean.

Chocolate Buttercream Icing

  • 2 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • In a mixing bowl, cream  cocoa, butter, heavy cream and vanilla. Add confectioners’ sugar until desired spreading consisteny.  This makes a stiff icing.  If you desire thinner icing, add small amounts hot water or hot black coffee until desired spreading consistency is reached.


    My Low Carb Story


    February 15, 2001 was when I first started Low Carb. 

    It was the day after my youngest daughter’s 3rd birthday.  We had her party at our favorite Mexican restaurant.  I made her a 2 layer cake decorated with buttercream icing colored pink.  It had the sprinkles that she loves so dearly all over it.  It was rich and delicious, but I had already made up my mind to start low carb eating the next day.  I had bought the book and had been reading it and was really excited to be making a change.  I had reached the point in my life where I was always tired and had ballooned up to my highest weight at that time.  I was ready for a change.

    By September of 2001, I had lost 28 lbs.  I was feeling and looking so much better.  I kept the weight off for a year or so, then in 2003 I started a job where I sit most of the day.  I would grab anything I could find for lunch and the weight started coming back.  I gained 5-10 lbs per year until I gained it all back plus some.  My body no longer responds to diet attempts.

    Every year around this time, I get that certain euphoric feeling I had when I first started low carb and my mind seems to be made up to try it one more time.  The pounds come off a whole lot slower now, but I must keep trying.  I lose inches now and my clothes feel looser, but the scale discourages me and usually by the weekend, I’ve given up once more.  Hopefully this time I can make it.  I can never give up totally.

    So, I’m trying the Carbohydrate Addicts Diet, by Drs. Richard & Rachael Heller.  That allows me to have a treat at one meal, usually dinner.  I had good luck with this last spring.

    From The Low Carb Friends website…This diet works because it controls your insulin release, which is related to how you store and use body fat. (See the book for all the scientific references!) You are allowed only three meals and one optional snack on CAD. This is how the insulin releases are controlled. Two of the meals are called “Complementary Meals” (CM’s) and the third is called a “Reward Meal” (RM.) There is no calorie counting, no carbohydrate counting… it is a very simple diet so none of that is necessary. If you follow the rules, everything falls into place.

    CM’s are essentially very low carb meals. You divide your plate in half, and ½ your meal is protein, and the other ½ is low carb veggie. Simple. There is a specific list of veggies to choose from, called “crave –reducing” choices. The list is pretty extensive, but it does not include all low carb veggies. You are allowed to eat from this list, and that is all. If it’s not on the list, you don’t eat it. (But rest assured, there’s so much to choose from you won’t feel restricted.) It’s easy and flexible, it just needs to be balanced, protein & veggie. It is very much like an Atkins meal.

    The optional snack is the same as the CM, just smaller.

    An RM is a flexible meal you can have for your choice of Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner. This makes it easy to plan for events like restaurant meals or parties. For the RM you begin your meal with a salad.  Then you divide your plate into thirds. 1/3 is protein, 1/3 is low carb veggie, and that last 1/3 is ANYTHING YOU WANT. If it fits in that 1/3 balance, you can have it. Potato, Bread, Cake, Cookies, Candy, Noodles, Rice, whatever you feeling like having.

    This does not give free license to pig out on carbs. It must be BALANCED. If you want more cake, you also have to take the same portions of chicken and green beans, too.

    One more catch: This RM must be completed within a one hour time limit. This has everything to do with controlling the insulin release. This is very important. Also, you are not allowed to snack (aside from the optional complementary snack.) You eat three to four times a day, and that’s it. Believe it or not, this will not be a problem. Your meals should carry you easily to the next meal. It’s all about that insulin control.